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SJCH Implants First MRI-Compatible Pacemaker in Kern County


San Joaquin Community Hospital (SJCH) successfully implanted the first MRI-compatible pacemaker in Kern County. Developed by Medtronic, The Revo MRI Surescan® Pacemaker System is the first and only pacemaker in the U.S. specifically designed for use in a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) environment.

Prior to the Revo MRI SureScan pacing system, MRI procedures for patients with implanted pacemakers were not recommended because these patients might face serious complications such as interference with pacemaker operation, damage to system components, or pacemaker dislodgement.

"We're excited about this breakthrough in pacemaker technology," says Dr. Oriento Esposito, the cardiologist who performed the inaugural pacemaker operation at SJCH. "Finally, pacemaker technology has caught up with other areas of health care, such as MRI. It's going to make a big difference for our patients."

For more information, please visit www.sjch.us.

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