EPIC Alliance Discusses MR Conditional Devices and Best Practices at Europace-Cardiostim 2017

International, All-Woman Faculty Deliberates Clinical Workflow at Scientific Symposium

Dr. Yong Mei Cha EPIC session Europace
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Physicians exchanged ideas on MR conditional devices in the scientific symposium “Clinical Decision Making in Electrophysiology/ Arrhythmias” at the Europace-Cardiostim 2017 congress today. The panel represented an all-female faculty of electrophysiologists from the EPIC Alliance, sponsored by BIOTRONIK.

The recent technological breakthrough in MR conditional devices means patients can access crucial MRI scans. “Events like this symposium are vital,” explained EPIC Alliance steering committee member Dr. Jeanne Poole, University of Washington, Seattle, US. “There should be a continuous interchange on best practices before and after MRI scans. It’s important to have excellent collaboration between radiologists and cardiologists, and all parties need to be informed of options to ease workflow.”

Possibilities to streamline physician workflow include BIOTRONIK’s award-winning MRI AutoDetect feature, which enables the device to automatically recognize when it is in an MRI environment. Meanwhile, the online tool ProMRI® Check allows physicians to check the MR conditionality of BIOTRONIK systems.

The symposium featured the presentations:
  • “Cardiac MRI to Determine LV Lead Positioning, Worth the Effort?” by Dr. Yong-Mei Cha, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, US
  • “Extracting Abandoned Leads: Is a Need for an MRI Scan a Good Enough Reason?” by Dr. Ulrika Birgersdotter-Green, University of California San Diego, California, US
  • “How Do We Manage Our Patients with Non-MR Conditional Devices?” by Dr. Marye Gleva, Washington University, Saint Louis, Missouri, US
  • “MRI Scanning: Establishing a Practical and Safe System in Your Hospital” by Dr. Andrea Russo, Cooper University Hospital, Camden, New Jersey, US
Steering committee member Dr. Birgersdotter-Green added, “Today’s symposium featured a global faculty, which is very important when it comes to learning from each other. The issues discussed during the session are topical for the entire cardiology community. Admittedly though, women remain drastically underrepresented as speakers in congresses.”

About the EPIC Alliance

The Electrophysiologist International Community (EPIC) Alliance is a global network of over 200 women EPs and cardiac device specialists. Founded in 2010, its aims to diversify the medical field by promoting women in their professional and personal lives. The alliance fosters peer support, clinical research opportunities, and career development to help women gain leadership positons in their clinics, professional associations and at scientific congresses. BIOTRONIK sponsors EPIC with an educational grant. Register to receive news about upcoming events and scientific sessions.
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