Sorin announced the CE Mark approval and first implant of its KORA 100 pacing system.
According to the press release:
KORA 100 SR and DR pacemakers when implanted with the Sorin BEFLEX pacing lead enable implanted patients to undergo magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) safely. Pacemaker patients are typically older than 65 years. This patient population is prone to other medical conditions such as arthritis, cancer or stroke that may require MRI examinations for optimal diagnosis and management.
The KORA 100 pacing system has been designed with both patients and physicians in mind. Device settings which allow safe operation during an MRI examination are automatically enabled when KORA 100 pacemakers detect the scanner’s magnetic field. Similarly the devices sense when a patient leaves the MRI field, and return to normal operation within five minutes. The Automatic MRI Mode feature, which is patented and available exclusively on Sorin Group pacemakers, limits the amount of time that KORA 100 pacemakers operate in MRI mode.