BIOTRONIK Becomes First Manufacturer of Single- and Dual-Chamber Pacemakers and ICDs Approved for Use in 3 Tesla MRI Scans Worldwide
BERLIN, Germany, July 28, 2015 – BIOTRONIK, the world’s leader in ProMRI® cardiac devices, has announced CE approval of 3 tesla (T) MRI scanning with exclusion zone for its two latest generations of pacemakers.* BIOTRONIK is now the only company offering both implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) and pacemakers approved for 3 T scans.Roughly between 20-30 percent of all MRI scanners installed worldwide are 3 T. However, sales of these are growing three times faster than those of 1.5 T scanners.1 “The benefits of 3 T MRI scanners are clear,” commented Dr. Maurizio Lunati, Niguarda Hospital, Milan, Italy. “3 T scanners offer superior image quality, as well as a shorter scan time compared to a 1.5 T machine. Patients with ProMRI devices enabling 3 T scans benefit from a shorter time spent in the sometimes uncomfortable MRI machine, while doctors benefit from clearer images to diagnose conditions. Reduced scan times can improve clinical workflow, granting more patients access to this vital diagnostic tool.”To help physicians keep track of which ProMRI devices and leads are approved in their own region, new functions have been added to the ProMRI Systems Check website at www.promricheck.com. ProMRI System Check allows physicians to verify whether a patient’s individual BIOTRONIK device and lead combination is MR conditional, and under which scanning conditions. It is now available in five languages: English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.“Along with the development of tools like the ProMRI System Check website, our continued effort to gain MRI approval for all our devices and leads demonstrates BIOTRONIK’s commitment to serving patients and physicians. As 3 T MRI scanners become more and more prevalent, it is essential that device patients are able to access them,” stated Manuel Ortega, Senior Vice President of BIOTRONIK. “Through innovation and diligence we have developed the world’s largest portfolio of ProMRI devices. We are pleased to expand our existing portfolio of approved ICDs and pacemakers by gaining CE approval for 3 T MRI scanning for the latest pacemaker generations.”
At BIOTRONIK, patient well-being is our top priority and has been for 60 years. BIOTRONIK is a leading global medical technology company with products and services that save and improve the lives of millions suffering from heart and blood vessel diseases as well as chronic pain. Driven by a purpose to perfectly match technology with the human body, we are dedicated innovators who develop trusted cardiovascular, endovascular and neuromodulation solutions. BIOTRONIK is headquartered in Berlin, Germany, and is represented in over 100 countries.