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Deep Brain Stimulation medical devices

Boston Scientific’s DBS systems offer one of the most advanced therapies on the market - safe, precise and tailored to your individual needs

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Types of Implantable Pulse Generators (IPGs)

There are two types of devices available: 

Vercise Genus R16 and P16 comparison

1. Vercise Genus™ R16 | Rechargeable
Lasts at least 25 years*

2. Vercise Genus™ P16 | Non-rechargeable
Lasts about 3–5 years*

What is the difference?

The main difference between these two stimulators is the longevity of the device. Though the systems use the same core technology, each offers some unique benefits.

Vercise Genus™ R16 system

 should provide at least 25 years*, this requires you to recharge the device. This is very simple to do and information on this can be found here.

Vercise Genus™ P16 system

should provide at least 3.5 years*, after this period of time you will need to undergo surgery for a replacement device. This device does not need to be re-charged.

*Battery life is dependent on the stimulation settings and conditions.

What makes Boston Scientific DBS systems unique?

Every person is unique and your brain is even more unique. The structures to be targeted in the brain are extremely small and come in many different shapes.

All our systems come with industry-leading precision technology standard, enabling your specialist team to deliver therapy with precision, and the flexibility to adapt your treatment as the needs of your condition change. Only Boston Scientific brings you directional stimulation with Multiple Independent Current Control technology.

Doctor looking at MICC

Multiple Independent Current Control (MICC) is a long name for a simple and elegant design. MICC is where you have 16 individual batteries to control each contact on your DBS leads. MICC can be used to shape the stimulation to your individual brain target and ensure that stimulation remains consistent at all times.

Termed ‘Directional Stimulation’ our technology has the ability to direct the therapy to the area of your brain responsible for coordinating movement, whilst steering it away from structures areas associated with side effects, resulting in a more precise therapy.

MRI conditionality


All our products are MRI-Conditional. As with any metal implanted device (e.g. pacemakers) precautions must be taken if a patient is to have an MRI scan. Boston Scientific have ensured that patients implanted Vercise Genus™ R16 or Vercise Genus™ P16 may have an MRI scan provided that the system conditions are met.

Elder woman at the MRI

Your specialist team will be able to provide you more information in regards to MRI-conditionality. As a patient your responsibility before attending an MRI appointment is to ensure your patient control is fully charged and if you have Vercise Genus™ R16 this is also fully charged.

To be able to have an MRI scan, your specialist will put your stimulator into MRI-mode which will de-activate your device for the duration of your scan. Your specialist team will ensure you have been given the appropriate medical care to manage the return of symptoms before performing an MRI scan.

The Vercise Genus™ DBS System, Vercise Gevia™ DBS System, and Vercise™ DBS Lead-only system (before Stimulator is implanted) provide safe access to full-body MRI scans when used with specific components and the patient is exposed to the MRI environment under specific conditions defined in the supplemental manual ImageReady™ MRI Guidelines for Boston Scientific DBS Systems.

Replacing your battery

Do you already have a DBS device that needs to be replaced in the near future? Then you can also benefit from the innovative therapy options offered by Boston Scientific. We offer the possibility of upgrading to a BSC device with the help of special adapters. 

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This material is for informational Purposes only and not meant for medical diagnosis. This information does not constitute medical or legal advice, and Boston Scientific makes no representation regarding the medical benefits included in this information. Boston Scientific strongly recommends that you consult with your physician on all matters pertaining to your health.

CAUTION: The law restricts these devices to sale by or on the order of a physician. Indications, contraindications, warnings, and instructions for use can be found in the product labelling supplied with each device or at www.IFU-BSCI.com. Products shown for INFORMATION purposes only and may not be approved or for sale in certain countries. This material not intended for use in France.