Methodist Mansfield: First in North Texas to Implant New Pacemaker with FDA-Approval for MRI Scan

Methodist Mansfield Medical Center is leading the way in cardiac surgery. Darien Bradford, MD, an independently practicing cardiologist on the Methodist Mansfield medical staff recently completed the first implant of a pacemaker system that is FDA-approved for use with MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scans, under certain restrictions. Until today, pacemaker patients with single chamber devices had to forego MRI scans due to possible complications.

entovisThe device, the Entovis ProMRI® pacing system developed by BIOTRONIK, is one of the first pacemakers in the U.S. with MR-conditional labeling, meaning that it has been demonstrated to pose no hazards when used in an MRI environment under specified conditions of use.

Several million patients are currently implanted with pacemaker systems worldwide. Recent studies show that many of them will develop a clinical need for an MRI scan during their lifetime[1]. MRIs serve as a primary diagnostic tool for many diseases and conditions and have several advantages over other diagnostic procedures. For instance, patients who have chronic atrial fibrillation, those who have suffered a stroke or lost consciousness and fallen resulting in moderate to severe injuries like hip fractures and head trauma, benefit from an MRI scan.

The patient, Barbara Hanson implanted with Entovis ProMRI® at Methodist Mansfield Medical Center on May 15, is doing well and will be able to undergo MRI scanning after at least six weeks.

“We are thrilled to be the first hospital in the North Texas region to offer the state-of-the art pacemaker to help heart patients get back to life,” says John Phillips, FACHE, president of Methodist Mansfield Medical Center. “We are committed to being a leader in cardiovascular care and have some of the finest physicians and medical staff delivering a higher standard of care for heart patient in the region.”

“I immediately felt better with my new pace maker and was able to go home within five hours,” Ms. Hanson says. “I now have more energy and am able to teach again without feeling exhausted.”

“MRI is critical in the diagnosis of many serious conditions but until now, patients with traditional pacemakers have been denied access to this important imaging tool,” Alan Taylor, MD cardiologist on staff at Methodist Mansfield Medical Center says. “Now, with our MR-Conditional pacemaker we have the ability to detect health issues that may otherwise be difficult to diagnose. The Entovis ProMRI® device allows us to give our patients the treatment they need for existing heart conditions with the peace of mind that they will be able to receive diagnostic scans in the future, if needed.”

BIOTRONIK ProMRI® device and lead systems increase the potential to improve patient access to MRI scanning for those who require pacemakers and give physicians more options to choose from without any compromise on the therapy. The Entovis ProMRI® device offers daily monitoring through BIOTRONIK’s Home Monitoring technology and provides the most advanced physiological therapy available.

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Angel Biasatti