St. Jude Medical landed FDA approval for the Protégé MRI spinal cord stimulator, the world’s smallest upgradeable MR-conditional device of its kind. It can be safely used while the patient receives head and extremity MRI scans, as long as certain precautions are taken.
The Protégé MRI can be reprogrammed with new features developed in the future without having to explant the device.
In addition to approving the stimulator, the FDA has also approved the company’s 60 cm Octrode leads to be used with the Protégé MRI system.
Some of the device features according to the product page:
- Longest-lasting battery (10-year approved projected battery life)*
- No manufacturer-induced shut-off1
- Only warranty that considers patient out-of-pocket costs
- Constant current stimulation—the therapy preferred by patients for more effective pain relief
- Smallest IPG footprint on the market for patient comfort
- Greatest freedom to vary implant depth (up to 2.25 cm) according to your patient’s unique anatomy
*Allows for 10 years of practical recharging
Product page: Protégé MRI…
Source: St Jude Medical…