St. Jude Medical, Inc. (NYSE:STJ), a global medical device company, today announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for full-body magnetic resonance (MR) Conditional labeling for the Proclaim™ Elite Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) System. With the latest labeling approval, patients who receive the Proclaim Elite SCS system can now undergo full-body magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) diagnostic scans within approved parameters and access the benefits of BurstDR™ stimulation therapy. "This MR Conditional labeling applies to both new patients and those already implanted with the upgradeable Proclaim Elite SCS System," said Dr. Thomas L. Yearwood of Comprehensive Pain & Rehabilitation in Pascagoula, Mississippi. "I am very grateful that I can now safely expand access to the superior therapeutic outcomes offered by BurstDR stimulation to my patients who may need a full-body MRI in the future." Full-body MRI compatibility is the second major upgrade to the Proclaim Elite SCS system following the recent approval of BurstDR stimulation. Current and future patients who get the Proclaim Elite SCS system will now have access to both full-body MRI scans within approved parameters and BurstDR stimulation. St. Jude Medical designed the Proclaim Elite SCS system to offer patients future approved upgrades through software updates without the need to surgically replace their device. St. Jude Medical's proprietary BurstDR stimulation works differently from other stimulation designs, utilizing intermittent "burst" pulses designed to mimic the body's natural nerve impulse patterns. BurstDR stimulation is a physician-designed form of SCS clinically proven to provide patients superior pain relief (as compared to tonic stimulation) by reducing their physical pain and addressing their emotional response to pain as measured by visual analogue scale (VAS) scoring. Physicians nationwide have begun to offer their patients access to BurstDR stimulation. "The addition of full-body MR Conditional labeling for the Proclaim Elite SCS system will be another critical benefit for my patients and will help me ensure those who may one day need an MRI can benefit from St. Jude Medical's innovations without fear of putting themselves and their implant at risk," said Dr. Steven M. Falowski, chief of functional neurosurgery at St. Luke's University Health Network in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.