Impulse Dynamics – the company for which I am CTO and Executive VP – announced today that it received European approval for labeling the OPTIMIZER Smart IPG as MR-Compliant for full-body MRI scans utilizing 1.5 Tesla scanners:
Impulse Dynamics – the company for which I am CTO and Executive VP – received MR-conditional approval (1.5 T head/limbs with peripheral coils) from both FDA and the European Union.
From the press release:
IMPULSE DYNAMICS ANNOUNCES FDA APPROVAL FOR MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING FDA
Clears Potential Hurdle for Many Heart Failure Patients
MARLTON, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Impulse Dynamics, a company dedicated to improving the lives of people with heart failure (HF), today announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the conditional use of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) for Optimizer® CCM® delivery systems. This approval represents a significant advance because the population that benefits most from cardiac contractility modulation therapy (patients with moderate to severe HF) often requires advanced diagnostic imaging procedures.
NeuroPace of Mountain View, CA received FDA approval for MR-Conditional labeling of its RNS® implantable system for the treatment of medically refractory partial epilepsy.
Unlike Cyberonics’ VNS IPGs, the RNS® neurostimulator is designed to detect abnormal electrical activity in the brain and respond by delivering electrical stimulation to normalize brain activity before the patient experiences seizure symptoms. The neurostimulator is implanted in the cranium and connected to one or two leads that are implanted near the patient’s seizure focus.
The FDA announced the acceptance of Zurich MedTech’s Sim4Life IMAnalytics and the field exposure libraries MRIxVIP1.5T and MRIxViP3.0T from the IT’IS Foundation as a Medical Device Development tool (MDDT). This is the first FDA-approved computational modeling Medical Device Development Tool.
IMAnalytics is a software platform for the safety evaluation of implantable devices in the Magnetic Resonance (MR) environment. It characterizes RF-induced heating at the distal electrodes of implantable devices, using a variant of the Tier 3 approach as defined in ISO/TS 10974. It is tailored for elongated lead structures by making use of the transfer function method described in Annex K of the same technical specification.
Boston Scientific announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of its ImageReady™ MRI labeling for the Vercise Gevia™ Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) System to be used in a full-body MRI (1.5 Tesla MRI conditional when all conditions of use are met). This system, with the Vercise Cartesia™ Directional Lead, is designed to treat the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease (PD) by delivering precisely targeted electrical stimulation in the brain to provide optimal symptom relief and better control of unwanted side effects.
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.
A new technical information report (TIR) provides guidance to design active implantable medical device manufacturers for use in patients who may need magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans.
ANSI/AAMI/ISO TIR10974:2012, “Assessment of the safety of magnetic resonance imaging for patients with an active implantable medical device” was adopted and published by AAMI is meant to inform manufacturers about device behavior and patient risks so that MR-conditional AIMDs can be designed and labeled appropriately. The introduction to the TIR explains:
Test methods described in this Technical Specification are primarily designed and intended as bench-top tests using equipment and techniques to simulate the fields (B0 static, gradient, and RF) found in MR 1.5 T scanners. Although, in a few cases, clinical scanner tests are implied, in all others, the AIMD manufacturer assumes the burden for development and validation of clinical scanner-based test methods. Furthermore, the test signals and parameters specifically described within this Technical Specification for bench-top testing are not being encouraged or recommended for use on clinical scanners and to do so might result in scanner damage.
Following Medtronic’s announcement in February of this year that it had introduced in Europe the first and only implantable neurostimulation systems indicated for use in the treatment of chronic back and/or leg pain that are designed for full-body Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans under specific conditions, the Company announced today that FDA has approved the system for use in the US. Medtronic SureScan neurostimulation systems include enhancements to existing devices as well as specially designed leads to reduce or eliminate the hazards produced by the MRI environment. The devices also include a proprietary SureScan programming feature, which sets the device into an appropriate mode for the MRI environment.
The press release states:
“With the first U.S. implants of its new RestoreSensor® SureScan® MRI neurostimulation systems, Medtronic, Inc. (NYSE: MDT) is introducing the first and only implantable neurostimulation (also known as spinal cord stimulation, or SCS) systems for use in the treatment of chronic, intractable back and/or limb pain that are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for conditionally safe* full-body Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) under specific conditions.
Biotronik announced that it had received CE-approval for the world’s first DF4 ICD/CRT-D series approved for MRI. In addition, this series contains one of the world’s smallest ICDs– the Iforia single chamber ICD.
Aside from featuring ProMRI®technology, which allows patients to undergo potentially life saving MRI scans, Iforia also includes the industry standard DF4 connector system, which is designed to simplify and shorten the implantation procedure. The DF4 connector combines the traditional three connectors into one, allowing for a more convenient implantation procedure without compromising safety.
Click here for the press release.
Medtronic has introduced in Europe the first and only implantable neurostimulation systems indicated for use in the treatment of chronic back and/or leg pain that are designed for full-body Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans under specific conditions. Medtronic SureScan neurostimulation systems include enhancements to existing devices as well as specially designed leads to reduce or eliminate the hazards produced by the MRI environment. The devices also include a proprietary SureScan programming feature, which sets the device into an appropriate mode for the MRI environment.
Today St. Jude announced the first implant in its Accent MRI(R) Pacemaker and Tendril MRI(R) Lead IDE Study (MRI Study). The ultimate goal of the study is to determine if patients with these devices can safely undergo full-body, high resolution Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans to better accommodate their medical needs. The investigational Accent MRI Pacemaker system from St. Jude Medical offers an advanced pacing platform that provides wireless telemetry and algorithms to help address individual patient conditions.
Medtronic today announced the receipt of CE Mark and launch of the CapSure Sense MRI™ SureScan® pacing leads, which are approved for use during MRI procedures. The newly approved leads are the smallest MR–Conditional leads available in the world with a 5.3 French isodiametric lead body. The new leads are passive-fixation leads. Previously approved Medtronic MR–Conditional leads are active fixation leads.
Click here for Medtronic’s product page for the CapSure Sense MRI™ SureScan® Pacing Leads.