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ANS Unveils Rapid Programmer 3.0 at American Academy of Pain Medicine Conference; New Compact Neurostimulation Programming Platform Provides Easy-to-Use Interface, Enhanced Graphics, and Significant Programming Advances.



PLANO, Texas -- Advanced Neuromodulation Systems (ANS (ANS Communications, Inc, Purchase, NY) An ISP, Internet backbone and provider of private data network services, founded in 1990 as Advanced Network & Services, Inc., by IBM, MCI and Merit (consortium of Michigan universities). ), the Neuromodulation business of St. Jude Medical St. Jude Medical, Inc. NYSE: STJ is a $2.9 billion global cardiovascular device company, with headquarters in St. Paul, Minnesota, United States. The company sells products in more than 100 countries and has over 20 operations and manufacturing facilities worldwide. , Inc. (NYSE NYSE

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), today announced its newest programming platform, Rapid Programmer(R) 3.0, for the management of spinal cord spinal cord, the part of the nervous system occupying the hollow interior (vertebral canal) of the series of vertebrae that form the spinal column, technically known as the vertebral column.  stimulation, a therapy used for treating chronic pain of the trunk and limbs. Introduced at the 22nd American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM AAPM American Association of Physicists in Medicine
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, this platform delivers advanced programming features, including Dynamic MultiStim(TM) and Active Balancing(TM) programming, both of which are industry firsts.

Rapid Programmer 3.0 is the smallest and lightest-weight (6.49 ounce) clinician programmer in the industry. This powerful handheld system features enhanced graphics and an intuitive Windows(R)-based graphical user interface graphical user interface (GUI)

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. It is also available as a software upgrade to the ANS Rapid Programmer(R) platform, first introduced to the market in September 2003, and is fully-compatible with the full family of ANS spinal cord stimulation products, including the Eon(TM), Genesis(R), GenesisXP(TM), GenesisRC(TM), and Renew(R) neurostimulation systems, as well as the MTS (1) See Microsoft Transaction Server.

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"The new Rapid Programmer 3.0 empowers clinicians to deliver more efficient and effective patient care and is designed to decrease the average postoperative programming time," said Chris Chavez, president of Advanced Neuromodulation Systems. "For the first time, clinicians have the ability to test and make real-time changes to multiple areas of stimulation coverage."

Key features of Rapid Programmer 3.0 include:

--Dynamic MultiStim - This advanced electrical field management technology allows for precise real-time optimization of multiple areas of stimulation coverage.

--Active Balancing - This capability enables the clinician to fine tune the amplitude levels of various stimulation coverage areas simultaneously, easily establishing a comfortable level for the patient.

--Calibrated Testing - This automated feature allows the clinician to map the neurostimulation system's interaction with the patient's nervous system and quickly move through programming scenarios.

--Patient Database - Rapid Programmer 3.0 contains an easily-accessible, large-capacity database that securely stores patient records on a single programmable card. Vital patient information, such as stimulation parameters for trial and permanent implants, can be captured during programming and stored in one paper-free location. Information can also be exported for use with other programs.

About Advanced Neuromodulation Systems (ANS)

ANS (www.ans-medical.com) is an innovative technology leader dedicated to the design, development, manufacturing and marketing of implantable neuromodulation systems to improve the quality of life for people suffering from disabling chronic pain and other nervous system disorders Nervous system disorders

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. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, ANS is a division of St. Jude Medical (www.sjm.com).

About St. Jude Medical

St. Jude Medical is dedicated to making life better for cardiac, neurological and chronic pain patients worldwide through excellence in medical device technology and services. The company has five major focus areas that include: cardiac rhythm management Cardiac rhythm management is a field of treatment in cardiology. The purpose is managing cardiac rhythm disorders. Usually it involves artificial pacemakers and/or implantable cardioverter-defibrillator therapy as well as antiarrhythmia drugs. , atrial fibrillation, cardiac surgery, cardiology, and neuromodulation. Headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota, the company employs approximately 10,000 people worldwide. For more information, please visit www.sjm.com.

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