July 19, 2011
CarolinaEast Heart Center is proud to offer Coastal Carolina’s heart patients the Revo MRI™ SureScan® pacing system. This is the first pacing system designed, tested and FDA approved for use in the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) environment under specified conditions for use.
Across the U.S., the number of patients with pacemakers is growing and the use of MRI is increasing. About 40 million MRI scans are performed annually in the United States and CarolinaEast performed approximately 8,775 MRI scans in 2010. MRI is often preferred by physicians because it provides a level of detail and clarity not offered by other soft tissue imaging modalities. Among the 1.5 million Americans with pacemakers, it is estimated that there is a 50 to 75 percent probability that cardiac device patients will be in need of an MRI over the lifetime of their devices.
Prior to the Revo MRI SureScan pacing system, patients might face serious complications if pacemaker and MRI technologies were combined. These could include interference with pacemaker operation, damage to system components, lead or pacemaker dislodgement or change in pacing capture threshold.
The Revo MRI SureScan pacing system is the first MR-Conditional pacing system available in the U.S and was developed specifically to address MRI safety concerns. MRI scanners may cause traditional pacemakers to misinterpret MRI-generated electrical noise and withhold pacing therapy or deliver unnecessary pacing therapy.
It’s important to note that a complete SureScan pacing system, including a Revo MRI SureScan implantable pulse generator and two CapSure Fix MRI™ SureScan leads, is required for use in the MRI environment. Any other combination may result in a hazard to the patient during an MRI scan. “Compatibility of pacemakers with MRI scans is an important technologic advance.” said Christopher J. Hudson, MD, CarolinaEast Heart Center. “We are proud to provide safer access to MRI for our patients.” For more information about the Revo MRI Surescan and all the cardiac services available from the physicians of CarolinaEast Heart Center, call 252-635-6777.