Cooper University Hospital, a leader in cardiac innovation, recently became one of the first centers in the nation to implant a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) – safe pacemaker, the Revo MRI SureScan™ pacing system. A significant technological advance, the FDA-approved device provides both a MRI mode setting for use during imaging studies, and hardware modifications that inhibit errant electrical currents due to magnetic forces.
“As patients age, their co-morbidities increase,” says John A. Andriullli, DO, Director of the Arrhythmia Device Program at Cooper. “This new pacing system provides renewed access to critical diagnostic modalities for complex patients. We believe this will become the standard of care for patients who require implantable devices.
“The increasing demand for MRI studies in the aging population has been cited as the impetus for the new technology. More than 40 million MRIscans are performed annually in the United States, with more than 200,000 patients each year denied the testing because of implanted devices.