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Grand View Hospital First in State to Implant New Dual-Chamber Pacemaker FDA-Approved for MRI Scan

June 3rd, 2014
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Grand View Hospital doctors recently completed the first commercial implant of an Entovis ProMRI®, a pacing system that is FDA-approved for use with MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scans, in Pennsylvania. The device, a pacemaker 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.

The patient, who was implanted with Entovis ProMRI at Grand View Hospital, is doing well and will be able to undergo MRI scanning after at least six weeks.

“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,” said John J. Pagan, M.D., the surgeon at Grand View Surgical Associates who placed the pacemaker. “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 provide the treatment our patients need for existing heart conditions with the peace of mind that they will be able to receive diagnostic scans in the future.”

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 lifetimes. 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 and have suffered a stroke or have lost consciousness, fallen and suffered moderate to severe injuries like hip fractures and head trauma, benefit from an MRI scan.

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.

About Grand View Hospital 
Grand View Hospital, Bucks County’s first hospital, has provided residents of Bucks and Montgomery counties with comprehensive healthcare services since 1913. Now a century strong, Grand View offers a range of inpatient and outpatient care—particularly emphasizing the areas of surgery and orthopaedics, women’s and children’s health, heart and vascular care, and cancer treatment. For more information about services and programs, visit www.gvh.org.

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