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Published:  April 25, 2012

St. Luke’s Hospital at The Vintage Implanting MRI-Safe Pacemaker System

St. Luke’s Hospital at The Vintage (SLHV)  is proud to offer heart patients the first pacing system designed, tested and FDA approved, the Revo MRI™ SureScan® pacing system, for use in the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) environment.

Across the United States, the number of patients with pacemakers and the use of MRIs are increasing. Annually, 40 million MRI scans are performed in the U.S. and are a preferred method by physicians due to the level of detail and clarity not offered by other soft tissue imaging modalities. Among the 1.5 million Americans with pacemakers, it’s estimated that there is a 50 to 75 percent probability that cardiac device patients need an MRI over the lifetime of their devices.

Prior to the Revo MRI™ SureScan® pacing system, patients potentially faced serious complications if pacemaker and MRI technologies were combined. Complications 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. The 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 Maged Amine, MD, Head of Cardiology, SLHV. “We’re proud to provide safer access to MRI for our patients.”

To learn more information about RevoMRI or St. Luke’s Hospital at The Vintage, call 832-534-5156 or visit To find a physician, call 832-355-3627.

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