Germany-based Biotronik has obtained CE mark approval for its Ilesto 7 implantable cardioverter-defibrillator/cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillator (ICD/CRT-D) series.

The Ilesto 7 series, which the company claims to include the smallest ICDs, features the company’s ProMRI technology, which enables access to potentially life-saving MR scans.

In addition, the device’s optimized shape, new DF4 connector provides various important benefits for both physicians and patients, according to the company.

Lucerne Cantonal Hospital physician Dr Paul Erne said patients often require MR scanning at some point in the future, as they get older and have comorbidities.

"With Ilesto 7 I can ensure that my patients will have access to the gold standard of soft tissue imaging when needed — even with an ICD or a CRT-D," Erne added.

"The Ilesto 7 series, as well as many other BIOTRONIK devices, boasts ProMRI capability and BIOTRONIK’s Home Monitoring technology.

"With this, we have the opportunity to offer our patients the most advanced and reliable ICD and CRT-D therapy, an enhanced quality of life, and an opportunity to live as normal a life as possible."

The company is planning to launch Ilesto 7 series with ProMRI technology and the new DF4 connectors in the European market in mid 2013.