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MRI Safe Pacemaker Now Available at Sanford Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls

Sanford Heart Hospital became the first in South Dakota, North Dakota and Nebraska to implant the new MRI-safe pacemaker.

(Sioux Falls, SD) –Sanford Heart Hospital now offers a new pacemaker option for patients who may also need Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). The Revo MRI™ SureScan® pacing system is the first MR-Conditional pacing system designed, tested and FDA approved for use in the MRI environment. Prior to the Revo MRI SureScan pacing system, MRI procedures for patients with implanted pacemakers were not recommended because these patients might face serious complications, such as interference with pacemaker operation, damage to system components, lead or pacemaker dislodgement or change in pacing capture threshold.

“The device functions are similar to the previous pacemaker devices; however, the new device allows patients to undergo MRI scanning. It offers flexibility for the patients who may need MRI scans for their care in the future and it’s safe,” said Scott Pham, MD, Cardiac Electrophysiologist with Sanford Heart Hospital.

Sanford Heart Hospital became the first in South Dakota, North Dakota and Nebraska to implant the new MRI-safe pacemaker. Pham implanted the new device in three patients just this week. MRI’s are often preferred by physicians because it provides a level of detail and clarity not offered by other imaging modalities.

“It is federally approved, and I suspect we’ll be using the device more often for the right patient,” added Pham. “For those patients who clearly don’t need an MRI or are not likely to, we’ll still be using the more conventional pacemakers.”

The Revo MRI SureScan pacing system was designed to address safety concerns around MRI procedures for patients who have implanted pacemakers. MRI scanners may cause traditional pacemakers to misinterpret MRI-generated electrical noise and withhold pacing therapy or deliver unnecessary pacing therapy The Revo MRI pacing system, when programmed into SureScan mode prior to an MRI scan, is designed to be used safely in the MRI environment.

“Medical imaging and electronic implantable devices such as pacemakers are important technological advances, particularly for older people,” said Dr. Pham. “Sanford is proud to provide safer access to MRI for our patients. We encourage our patients to talk to their doctor about which pacing system is right for them.”

About Sanford Health

Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in Fargo, ND and Sioux Falls, SD and consists of two long-standing organizations that merged in 2009. Sanford is now the largest, rural, not-for-profit healthcare system in the nation with a presence in 111 communities in eight states. In addition, Sanford Health is in the process of developing international clinics in Belize and Ireland.

Sanford Health includes 31 hospitals, 111 clinic locations and more than 800 physicians in 70 specialty areas of medicine. With more than 18,000 employees, Sanford Health is the largest employer in North and South Dakota. The system is experiencing dynamic growth and development in conjunction with Denny Sanford's $400 million gift in 2007, the largest gift ever to a healthcare organization in America. This gift is making possible the implementation of the several initiatives including global children's clinics, multiple research centers and finding a cure for type 1 diabetes.

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Stacy Bauer Jones | Media Relations Manager | Sioux Falls Region
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