St. Jude Medical won the European CE Mark of approval for its Nanostim leadless pacemaker to receive MR conditional labeling for 1.5 Tesla scans. Taking certain precautions into account, patients with the tiny Nanostim pacemaker can now receive full body magnetic resonance imaging scans. This applies both to those already implanted with the Nanostim pacer and patients that will get one in the future.
The Nanostim is delivered and implanted straight into the heart, not using any leads and attaching directly to the cardiac wall. Once placed, it can still be re-positioned or removed at a later time.
The chest is no longer used to carry the pacemaker and so discomfort and related complications can be avoided. Moreover, there’s no longer limitations on activities that may cause displacement of leads as there are none.
Via: St. Jude Medical…