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SGMC’s Dasher Heart Center Announces Availability of Revo MRI™ SureScan® Pacing System

Posted on: March 3rd, 2011

3/3/2011

SGMC’s Dasher Heart Center Announces Availability of Revo MRI™ SureScan® Pacing SystemSGMC’s Dasher Heart Center announced that it will be offering the Revo MRI™ SureScan® pacing system, the first MR-Conditional pacing system designed, tested and FDA approved for use in the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) environment.

Prior to the Revo MRI SureScan pacing system, MRI procedures for patients with implanted pacemakers were not recommended because these patients might face serious complications, such as interference with pacemaker operation, damage to system components, lead or pacemaker dislodgement or changes in the pacemaker’s setting.

Developed by Medtronic, the Revo MRI SureScan pacing system is the first pacing system of its kind in the U.S. The pacing system was designed to address safety concerns around MRI procedures for patients who have implanted pacemakers. MRI scanners may cause traditional pacemakers to misinterpret MRI-generated electrical noise and withhold pacing therapy or deliver unnecessary pacing therapy. The Revo MRI pacing system, when programmed into SureScan mode prior to an MRI scan, is designed to be used safely in the MRI environment.

The number of patients with pacemakers is growing at the same time that the use of MRI is increasing. About 40 million MRI scans are performed annually in the United States. SGMC performed 4,211 MRI scans in FY 2010. MRI is often preferred by physicians because it provides a level of detail and clarity not offered by other soft tissue imaging modalities.

It has been estimated that there is a 50 to 75 percent probability that cardiac device patients will be indicated for an MRI over the lifetime of their devices. Furthermore, more than 200,000 patients annually in the U.S. have to forego an MRI scan because they have a pacemaker. The Revo MRI SureScan pacing system can help address this important unmet patient need.

“Medical imaging and electronic implantable devices, such as pacemakers, are important technological advances, particularly for older people,” said SGMC affiliated Interventional Cardiologist Sidney Staton, MD, “The Dasher Heart Center is proud to provide safer access to MRI for our patients. We encourage our patients to talk to their doctor about which pacing system is right for them.”

For more information on the Revo MRI SureScan, contact the Dasher Heart Center at 229.259.4340 or visit www.medtronicexperience.com/patient/revo/.

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