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St. Jude Medical recently received CE Mark approval for the Prodigy MRI chronic pain system. The magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system will be the smallest MR-conditional rechargeable implantable pulse generator (IPG) in the market. This product will also be the industry’s solitary MR-conditional Spinal Cord Stimulator (SCS) system, capable of carrying out both St. Jude Medical’s proprietary Burst stimulation and traditional tonic stimulation. In addition, all Octrode percutaneous and Penta 5-column paddle leads which have received MR-conditional labeling and FDA approval, are now permitted to be use with the Prodigy MRI system.

“MRI compatibility in our Prodigy system answers a growing market demand for devices that enhance patient access to new stimulation modes and therapy options,” said Eric S. Fain, M.D., group president of St. Jude Medical. “MRI compatibility for head and extremity will reduce treatment limitations or restrictions for chronic pain patients who may have future MRI needs. We want patients to have access to the most advanced therapies and technologies to effectively and safely reduce their chronic pain.”

Nearly 95 million Europeans suffer from chronic pain, and the condition costs European health care systems a combined total of 300 billion Euro annually due to associated medical costs, lost work days and social security and welfare payments. SCS therapy can offer many patients meaningful pain relief and improvements in quality of life, yet for some patients the need for future MRI scans can act as a barrier to SCS therapy.

“Clinical experience suggests that while relief from chronic pain remains the primary need for patients seeking spinal cord stimulation therapy, some patients who may benefit from SCS therapy may also need future MRI scans,” said Dr. Athanasios Koulousakis, Head of Department Functional Neurosurgery, Spasticity and Pain, University Hospital in Cologne, Germany. “So while the number of SCS patients requiring future MRIs may be limited, it is still critical to remove barriers to diagnostic options. Yet just as critical is providing MRI capability in SCS solutions that provide access to new therapy options, such as St. Jude Medical’s Burst stimulation. The new Prodigy MRI system helps put all such requirements into one package for our patients.”

About St. Jude Medical
St. Jude Medical is a global medical device manufacturer dedicated to transforming the treatment of some of the world’s most expensive epidemic diseases. The company does this by developing cost-effective medical technologies that save and improve lives of patients around the world. Headquartered in St. Paul, Minn., St. Jude Medical has four major clinical focus areas that include cardiac rhythm management, atrial fibrillation, cardiovascular and neuromodulation. For more information, please visit sjm.com or follow us on Twitter @SJM_Media.


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