The Milan, Italy-based company said the device can automatically detect an MRI scanner’s magnetic field and ensure proper device operation during the scan. Sorin said it is the world’s smallest MRI-safe pacemaker to date.
“At Sorin Group we have a long tradition of developing patient-focused technologies. This latest family of pacemakers benefits from our proprietary algorithms and with automatic MRI mode now available for full body scans, Kora 250 offers doctors and patients a complete suite of advanced therapies aimed ultimately at improving patient outcome. With this next-generation pacemaker family, Sorin is once again setting a new standard in pacing technology,” Sorin CRM business unit prez Stefano Di Lullo said in prepared remarks.
The Kora 250 is also able to intelligently handle atrioventricular block and sleep apnea issues, the company said.
“Kora 250 is the ideal pacemaker for all my brady patients. Whether I’m treating them for sinus node disease or AV block, its smart algorithms like SafeR and sleep apnea monitoring help me to proactively manage comorbidities and reduce long-term risk. I’m happy to be able to offer my patients such a tiny and long-lasting device that now also allows them to undergo full body MRI scans easily and safely,” Antonio Sagone of Milan’s Luigi Sacco Hospital said in a press release.
The merger won approval from U.S. anti-trust regulators in April. Sorin’s sales account for more than 60% of the combined entity’s total sales. Cyberonics had around $290 million in 2014 revenues, 1 production facilities and 650 employees, compared to Sorin’s sales of nearly $1 billion, 10 manufacturing sites and 3,900 workers.