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  • ECONOMIC VALUE: Access to MRI scans has the potential to provide quicker detection of health issues, saving unnecessary attempts at treatment.

    Economic Value
  • CLINICAL OUTCOMES: Giving people with pacemakers the ability to have an MRI scan gives them access to another diagnostic imaging tool.

    Clinical Outcomes
  • SOCIETAL IMPACT: For the majority of pacemaker patients, who will need an MRI in their lifetime, our MR-conditional pacemaker may help detect potential health issues that would otherwise be difficult to diagnose.

    Societal Impact

Solving the MRI Challenge

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MR-conditional pacemaker

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a tool for seeing inside a patient to diagnose health issues. In the past, many pacemaker patients had to forego MRI scans because of possible complications between their device and the MRI machine's powerful magnetic fields. Not anymore – we've introduced the first pacing system specifically designed for safe use in certain MRI conditions.

INCREASING MRI USAGE
MRI use in the United States — in combined hospital and
non-hospital sites — increased 152% from 1997-2007.*

MRI Usage chart

*Copyrighted information provided with permission from IMV Medical
Information Division. 2007 MRI Benchmark Report.

PACEMAKER PATIENTS DENIED MRI Every 3 minutes in the United States and every 6 minutes in Europe, a patient with a pacemaker is denied an MRI.1-4

chart of 3-6 minutes

1Gimbel JR. Europace. July 2010;12(7):915-917.
2Gimbel JR. Pacing Clin Electrophysiol. June 2008;31(6):649-651.
3Gimbel JR, Bailey SM, Tchou PJ, Ruggieri PM, Wilkoff BL. Pacing Clin Electrophysiol. October 2005;28(10):1041-1046.
4Irnich W. Europace. July 2010;12(7): 918-920.

The Challenge

There are several ways in which an MRI scan can interfere with a pacemaker or other implanted device.

  • The MRI can cause the pacemaker's lead wire to overheat, which can damage surrounding tissue, result in failure to deliver therapy when it's needed, or result in extra therapy when it's not needed.
  • If a pacemaker is made with significant magnetic materials, it can be attracted to the MRI's magnetic field, causing it to torque and move, which may be uncomfortable to the patient.
  • The MRI's magnetic field may send voltages to the pacemaker's lead, triggering unintended stimulation to the heart.
  • The MRI's magnetic field may cause the pacemaker to turn off or on, or affect or disable other functions.

Our Solution

Learn more about the Revo MRI SureScan Pacing System

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Important safety information

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Important safety information

The graphic below shows how we designed our Revo MRI™ SureScan® Pacing System to provide access to MRI scans under certain conditions:

graphic of Revo MRI SureScan Pacing system

The Revo MRI SureScan Pacing system is MR Conditional, designed to allow patients to undergo MRI under the specified conditions for use. A complete system, consisting of a Medtronic Revo MRI SureScan implantable pulse generator implanted with two SureScan leads, is required for use in the MRI environment.

Benefit Summary

Medtronic is the first to offer a pacemaker designed to work in certain MRI environments.

  • ECONOMIC VALUE: Access to MRI scans has the potential to provide quicker detection of health issues, saving unnecessary attempts at treatment.
  • CLINICAL OUTCOMES: Giving people with pacemakers the ability to have an MRI scan gives them access to another diagnostic imaging tool.
  • SOCIETAL IMPACT: For the majority of pacemaker patients, who will need an MRI in their lifetime, our MR-conditional pacemaker may help detect potential health issues that would otherwise be difficult to diagnose.