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August 12, 2013

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JACKSONVILLE — For those of you in pain and willing to travel to Tyler, the Texas Spine and Joint Hospital is offering  what it describes as the “first and only” spinal cord stimulation system for chronic pain.

This implantable spinal cord stimulation ― also known as  “neurostimulation” or SCS ― treats pain problems by blocking chronic back or limb pain ― from which as many as 100 million Americans suffer, according to a news release from the company.

Previously, patients with neurostimulation systems implanted to manage their chronic pain were denied an MRI scan due to concerns about the system being affected by the large magnetic fields and radio frequency energy involved.

Enter Dr. Lee Griffith, a board certified anesthesiologist and pain management physician at Texas Spine and Joint Hospital, who will be among the first U.S. surgeons to implant a patient with “RestoreSensor® SureScan® MRI" with "Vectris® SureScan®” MRI percutaneous leads.

This is one of four Medtronic neurostimulation systems that recently received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for body MRI scans under specific conditions of use.

“Until now, removal of spinal cord stimulation devices to ensure a safe body MRI scan was unavoidable,” the doctor said. “With SureScan technology, patients who are receiving SCS therapy to manage their chronic pain now have access to the full benefits of MRI scans without compromising their healthcare, and their physicians have the best opportunity to identify potentially life-threatening medical conditions.”

To inquire about use, call Medtronic at 1-800-328-0810 and/or consult Medtronic’s website at www.medtronic.com.

Reporter Ben Tinsley can be contacted by email, btinsley@jacksonvilleprogress.com, or by phone at 903-586-2236. Tinsley can also be followed on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/bentinsley or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ben.tinsley.12.


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