(March 28, 2011) - Memorial University Medical Center (MUMC) is
the first hospital in Savannah to offer the Revo MRI™ SureScan®
pacing system, the first pacemaker approved for use in certain
magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) procedures. Doctors at MUMC
implanted the first device in Savannah on February 22.
The Revo MRI SureScan Pacing System delivers standard pacing
therapy in patients who have slow heart rates (bradycardia). Unlike
other pacemakers, the Revo MRI SureScan Pacing System continues to
function normally through an MRI scan, if certain conditions are
met. This device is therefore labeled "MR Conditional" and is the
first pacing system to receive the label.
The magnetic forces in MRIs may interfere with traditional
pacemakers, causing them to speed up or slow down. The Revo MRI
pacing system, when programmed into SureScan mode prior to an MRI
scan, is designed to function normally throughout the scan.
"Medical imaging and electronic implantable devices such as
pacemakers are important technological advances, particularly for
older people," said Brett Burgess, M.D., chairman of the department
of cardiology at MUMC. "Memorial 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."
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. The procedure is often
preferred by physicians because it provides a level of detail and
clarity not offered by other imaging machines. More than 200,000
patients annually in the U.S. have to forego an MRI scan because
they have a pacemaker.
Developed by Medtronic (NYSE: MDT), the Revo MRI SureScan pacing
system is the first pacing system of its kind in the U.S. Medtronic
received FDA approval for this technology on February 8, 2011. For
more information about Revo MRI, visit www.medtronic.com/patient/revomri.
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