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Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center Announces First Patient in U.S.

to Receive MRI Scan in Clinical Study of MRI-Compatible Pacemaker

BURBANK, Calif., April 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Providence

Saint Joseph Medical Center is the first hospital in the nation to

conduct an MRI scan of a patient implanted with a new MRI-compatible

pacemaker - a breakthrough because metal implants often exclude

patients from this imaging because of the strong magnetic force.

Cardiothoracic surgeon Raymond Schaerf, M.D., implanted the Accent

MRIT Pacemaker and Tendril MRIT Lead in Karolyi Fenyvesi, 82, of

Burbank, who last week successfully underwent magnetic resonance


Led by Dr. Schaerf, Providence Saint Joseph in Burbank was part a

global clinical study to help determine if a patient can safely and

effectively undergo a full-body, high-resolution MRI scan with the

Accent MRI system.

Many patients with pacemakers and defibrillators need MRI studies to

help with their care and diagnoses, said Dr. Schaerf, a leader in the

study of MRI use on patients with implanted devices including

pacemakers and defibrillators. The Accent pacemaker was designed to be

compatible with MRI, often the preferred diagnostic tool for some

medical conditions such as cancer, stroke, spine and neurological


"We have been privileged to have done more than 400 MRI studies

through an FDA-approved study over the last six years, but are

restricted in what studies can be performed," Dr. Schaerf said. "With

this device and system, we have made a great leap forward, and in this

patient actually did an MRI of the heart, with no problems and no

artifacts on the scan caused by metal."

Cardiac pacemakers are used to help treat abnormal heart rhythms. In

this clinical study, a pacemaker is implanted to help treat a patient

with bradycardia, a dangerously slow heart rate. A pacemaker helps

monitor the heart and provides electrical stimulation when the heart

beat is too slow.

The investigational Accent MRI pacemaker and Tendril MRI lead can be

used for full-body scans without any anatomical restrictions because

of technology designed to protect a patient from the risks associated

with an MRI environment.

More than 60 million MRI scans are performed each year around the

globe. Pacemaker patients typically are discouraged from receiving MRI

scans because their pacing system may be affected during the scan.

Michael Rembis, chief executive of Providence Saint Joseph, said he is

committed to establishing the hospital as a center of excellence in

cardiac care, and investing in innovative medical technology. The

Accent MRI Pacemaker and Tendril MRI lead, developed by St. Jude

Medical, are available in Europe and Japan. In March 2012, St. Jude

Medical received conditional investigational device exemption approval

from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to start enrollment in this

clinical study.

About Providence Health & Services: Providence Health & Services,

Southern California, is a Catholic not-for-profit, mission-driven

healthcare system. Providence Southern California operates six

award-winning hospitals and a comprehensive, fully-integrated network

of primary care clinics, urgent care centers, home care, TrinityCare

and TrinityKids Care hospice as well as Providence High School.

Providence is anchored locally by Providence Holy Cross Medical Center

in Mission Hills, Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank,

Providence Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, Providence

Tarzana Medical Center and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical

Centers in Torrance and San Pedro. With more than 3,400 physicians,

Providence provides coordinated primary and specialty care through an

array of physician groups and individual providers including

Providence Medical Institute and physician groups in the South Bay,

the West Valley and Santa Clarita. Providence affiliate, Facey Medical

Group, provides primary and specialized care in the San Fernando,

Santa Clarita and San Gabriel valleys. For more information, visit

SOURCE Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center

-0- 04/10/2014

/CONTACT: Patricia Aidem (818) 496-4780, (818) 631-7429

CO: Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center

ST: California




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