Florida Hospital First in U.S. to Use Stereotaxis Vdrive(R) Duo(TM) System to Control Multiple Diagnostic Devices
"The addition of the Vdrive Duo system to our ablation center enables us to conduct fully remote, single-operator ablation procedures in patients with a wide range of heart arrhythmias," said Dr. Siddiqui. "We are proud to be one of the few facilities in
The Vdrive Duo system includes two robotic arms, enabling remote control and manipulation of up to two devices during ablation procedures performed with the Niobe® ES remote magnetic navigation system. While the Niobe ES system remotely controls the magnetically enabled ablation catheter delivering therapy, the Vdrive Duo system is able to remotely control diagnostic catheters, such as intracardiac echocardiography catheters and variable loop catheters, which are frequently repositioned during ablation procedures. This capability can improve procedure efficiency, preventing multiple trips in and out of the procedure room to reposition the diagnostic catheters, as well as provide greater precision of movement and stability of the diagnostic catheters. In addition, the Vdrive Duo system can be used to remotely control the advancement, retraction, and rotation of a compatible fixed-curve transseptal sheath, which provides stability and support to the ablation catheter during an ablation procedure. Depending upon which Vdrive Duo-compatible devices are needed during the ablation procedure, physicians will use some combination of the three Vdrive system disposable products released to date in the U.S., which include the V-Sono™ ICE catheter manipulator, the V-Loop™ variable loop catheter manipulator and the V-CAS™ catheter advancement system.
About Cardiac Ablation Therapy
Ablation procedures are often used to help correct heart arrhythmias by cauterizing (burning) cells to eliminate rhythm abnormalities in patients. During an ablation procedure, an electrophysiologist (a cardiologist with specialized training in the electrical system of the heart) will thread special electrode catheters (long, thin, flexible wire assemblies) to the heart, normally gaining access to the vasculature through the groin area. Once it is determined which area of the heart is responsible for the arrhythmia, a special wire carrying radiofrequency energy is used to cauterize the site.
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