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|Medtronic Announces FDA Approval and Launch of Its Advisa MRI Pacemaker System|
Second-generation MR-Conditional Pacemaker Combines Advanced Pacing Technology with MRI Access
MINNEAPOLIS - February 13, 2013 - Showcasing its leadership position in pacing technologies, Medtronic, Inc. (NYSE: MDT), today announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and U.S. launch of its Advisa DR MRI(TM) SureScan® pacing system. The Advisa MRI system is Medtronic's second-generation MR-Conditional pacemaker and is the first system to combine the most advanced pacing technology with proven MRI access.
MRI is the standard of care in soft tissue imaging, providing information not seen with X-ray, ultrasound or CT scans, and is critical for early detection, diagnosis and treatment. Advisa MRI was specifically tested and approved for use as labeled with MRI scanners in the U.S. Of the 156 patients scanned in the Advisa MRI Clinical Trial, none showed any MRI-related complications. The new system includes an Advisa MRI device and two CapSureFix MRI(TM) SureScan® leads, which must be used together.
"Your physician can implant a pacemaker with advanced options that will allow for broad access to MRI scanning," said Dr. J. Rod Gimbel of Cardiology Associates of East Tennessee in Knoxville, Tenn. "MRI is just so very important and traditional pacemakers not FDA approved for MRI scanning often prevent the patient from having an MRI when they need it. With more than 85 percent of pacemaker patients being at least 65 years old and having multiple comorbidities for which MRI may be needed, it's key that physicians and patients have a pacing system that allows MRI imaging as a diagnostic procedure."
The first SureScan pacemaker system was introduced in Europe in 2008 and its use in the MRI environment is supported by clinical studies and extensive computer modeling, as well as real-world data. To date, more than 100,000 Medtronic SureScan devices have been sold worldwide; and, in the U.S., it is estimated that more than 10 percent of patients with SureScan pacing systems have received MRIs. These patients received Medtronic's first-generation Revo MRI® SureScan® pacing system, which was the only FDA approved (February 2011) MR-Conditional pacemaker in the U.S. before the Advisa MRI system.
Until the availability of Medtronic's SureScan pacing systems, patients with pacemakers in the U.S. have been contraindicated from receiving MRI scans because of potential interactions between the MRI and device function. According to published literature, up to 75 percent of patients worldwide with implanted cardiac devices are expected to need an MRI scan during the lifetime of their devices.
Advisa MRI - Medtronic's MRI Pacing System with Innovative Technology
This system is the latest addition to a growing number of Medtronic devices which are designed for MRI access including the SynchroMed® II programmable drug infusion system available worldwide, and the SureScan® neurostimulation systems for the management of chronic pain which are available in Europe. In addition, SureScan® pacing systems - including Advisa MRI - are available worldwide.
In collaboration with leading clinicians, researchers and scientists worldwide, Medtronic offers the broadest range of innovative medical technology for the interventional and surgical treatment of cardiovascular disease and cardiac arrhythmias. The company strives to offer products and services that deliver clinical and economic value to healthcare consumers and providers around the world.
Any forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties such as those described in Medtronic's periodic reports on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Actual results may differ materially from anticipated results.
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Advisa DR MRI™ SureScan® video
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