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First Use Of Advisa DR MRI™ Surescan™ Pacing System In Uk

The first implantation of the now commercially available Advisa DR MRI™ SureScan™ pacing system has taken place in United Kingdom (UK).

Advisa MRI is Medtronic’s second-generation pacing system in a portfolio of pacing systems designed, tested, and approved for use as labeled with MRI machines in UK.

Patients with Advisa MRI will now have access to full body scans, without positioning limitations in the MRI scanner. MRI is the standard of care in soft tissue imaging, providing information not seen with X-ray, ultrasound, or CT scan, and critical for early detection, diagnosis and treatment.

“MRI scanning is unequivocally superior to X ray based imaging methods and is fast becoming an essential diagnostic tool for clinicians. Existing pacemaker technology meant that MRI scans were not safe for over a quarter of a million patients because of the strong magnetic fields it uses” said Dr Jonathan Lyne, cardiologist at Royal Brompton Hospital, London.  “The launch of an MRI safe pacemaker will mean that these patients will not need more invasive or complicated diagnostic procedures and will lead to speedier and more accurate diagnoses.

“Furthermore patients with chronic conditions requiring repeated imaging investigations will be able to benefit from MRI scanning as opposed to X ray based alternatives, helping to reduce the patient’s exposure to radiation.”

Approximately two million Europeans have implanted pacemakers. Until the availability of Medtronic SureScan pacing systems, patients with pacemakers have been strongly discouraged from receiving MRI scans. There is the potential for pacemakers to interact with MRI machines in a manner that could affect the device function or patient safety. According to estimates, 50-75 percent of patients worldwide with implanted cardiac devices are expected to need an MRI scan during the lifetime of their devices.1

Advisa MRI  –An Advanced Pacing System

Medtronic’s new pacing system provides patients with innovative exclusive technology, such as MVP® (Managed Ventricular Pacing), which is proven to reduce unnecessary ventricular pacing by 99 percent2, and complete automaticity, including Ventricular and Atrial Capture Management (VCM and ACM) and automatic sensing.  Advisa MRI includes sophisticated therapies such as Anti-Tachycardia Pacing (ATP) and diagnostics such as the Cardiac Compass Report™ and tachyarrhythmia management tools that assist in the early detection and termination of atrial fibrillation (AF).

Advisa MRI offers remote follow-up via the Medtronic CareLink® Network, which transmits comprehensive arrhythmia and diagnostic device data to a physician’s clinic. In addition, the Advisa MRI pacemaker features OptiVol® Fluid Status Monitoring, which, together with the Heart Failure Management Report, tracks and reports fluid changes using intrathoracic impedance measurements. These measurements may be used to detect potential fluid buildup before heart failure symptoms appear and also are available on Medtronic CareLink Network, enabling a fluid status check from a patient’s home.

Other therapies provided by Advisa MRI include the Rate Drop Response that identifies abrupt cardiac slowing and responds by pacing the heart at an elevated rate, which may reduce the frequency of syncopal (fainting) episodes in patients with apparent cardioinhibitory vasovagal syncope. Advisa MRI also provides high upper tracking rates up to 210 beats per minute (bpm), which may be beneficial for pediatric patients, as well as older active patients.

Published on: April 20, 2010

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