BIOTRONIK Pacemakers that Automatically Adapt to MRI Environments Get CE Approval

Edora Pacemakers Mark World’s First Cardiac Resynchronization Pacemakers with MRI Sensor to Ease Workflow between Radiologist and Cardiologist

BERLIN, Germany, July 01, 2016 — BIOTRONIK has announced CE approval for its new Edora pacemakers and cardiac resynchronization therapy pacemakers (CRT-Ps). Edora devices feature the company’s ProMRI® technology, including the MRI AutoDetect sensor. This approval means that BIOTRONIK now offers the industry’s first full portfolio of cardiac devices with MRI sensors. The small-sized Edora pacemakers are also expected to have over 14 years of longevity.

MRI AutoDetect helps to both simplify physician workflow and increase patient safety and quality of life by ensuring the patient’s device is in its MRI safe mode during only the period of the MRI scan itself. When a physician switches on the sensor, the device is calibrated to automatically adapt to an MRI environment, keeping the patient’s device at full functionality until the scan is performed. This can take place up to 14 days after the physician turns the sensor on. This 14-day period represents the longest programmable window for MRI sensors on the market. As soon as the scan concludes, the device restores automatically to full functionality, instead of the current procedure requiring manual reprogramming by the physician. The cardiologist receives a full report via BIOTRONIK Home Monitoring® within 24 hours of the scan.

“MRI compatibility for cardiac devices has been a critical development in helping our patients to have longer, better lives. But there are still logistical challenges to managing workflow between cardiologists and radiologists. MRI AutoDetect will certainly help to simplify those,” commented Dr. Paul Foley, Great Western Hospital, Swindon, United Kingdom. “Meanwhile, reducing the amount of time the device is in MRI mode helps to minimize both the risk to the patient and the impact on their quality of life. This is because the pacemaker functions with all its available features for as long as possible before the scan begins.”

“The MRI AutoDetect feature recently won the Cardiostim Innovation Award for ‘Best Practice Improvement,’ in recognition of our contribution to patient safety and easing physician workflows. With Edora’s approval, we are the first to offer MRI AutoDetect to all device patients, whether they are pacemaker, ICD, or CRT patients,” stated Manuel Ortega, Senior Vice President at BIOTRONIK. “With Home Monitoring and the Closed Loop Stimulation algorithm also onboard, we’re proud to be able to give all patients, whatever device they need, the very best care possible.”

Edora single- and dual-chamber pacemakers currently have CE approval for full-body MRI scans at 1.5T and 3.0T scans with an exclusion zone.

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    BIOTRONIK is a leading medical device company that has been developing trusted and innovative cardiovascular and endovascular solutions for more than 50 years. Driven by a purpose to perfectly match technology with the human body, BIOTRONIK innovations deliver care that saves and improves the lives of millions diagnosed with heart and blood vessel diseases every year. BIOTRONIK is headquartered in Berlin, Germany, and represented in over 100 countries.