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Medtronic launches Japan's 1st MRI-friendly pacemaker system

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 4:40pm
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Minneapolis-based medical device titan Medtronic received Japanese regulatory approval for its Advisa DR MRI SureScan pacing systems, the first MR-Conditional pacemaker system in Japan.

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Medical device titan Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) landed Japanese regulatory approval for its Advisa MRI SureScan pacing system, which allows patients to have full-body scans without positioning limitations during the MRI scanner procedure.

"Until recently there was a significant unmet need for patients with pacemakers to have access to MRI technology," said Dr. Ken Okumura, professor at Hirosaki University and president of the Japanese Heart Rhythm Society, in prepared remarks. "Now physicians and patients have a choice of pacing systems that allow access to the invaluable benefits of MRI technology."

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