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STEREOTAXIS, INC. filed this Form S-1/A on 06/17/2004
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disposable interventional devices, we believe that it enables chronic totally occluded coronary arteries and atrial fibrillation to be treated interventionally, and permits physicians to predictably treat complex cases involving partially occluded coronary arteries and arrhythmias.
 
Improve outcomes by optimizing therapy. Difficulty in controlling the working tip of disposable interventional devices leads to sub-optimal results in many procedures. Precise instrument control is necessary for treating a number of cardiac conditions, including arrhythmias, where precise placement of an ablation catheter against a beating inner heart wall is necessary, and congestive heart failure, where precise navigation within the coronary venous system for optimal placement of pacemaker leads is required. Precise and correct navigation and placement of expensive drug-eluting stents also have a significant impact on procedure costs and outcomes. We believe the Stereotaxis System can enhance procedure results by improving navigation of disposable interventional devices to treatment sites, and by effecting more precise treatments once these sites are reached.
 
Enhance hospital efficiency by reducing and standardizing procedure times, disposables utilization and staffing needs. Interventional procedure times currently range from several minutes to many hours as physicians often engage in repetitive, “trial and error” maneuvers due to difficulties with manually controlling the working tip of disposable interventional devices. By reducing both navigation time and the time needed to carry out therapy at the target site, we believe that the Stereotaxis System can reduce complex interventional procedure times by 30% or more compared to manual procedures. We believe the Stereotaxis System can also reduce the variability in procedure times compared to manual methods. Greater standardization of procedure times allows for more efficient cath lab scheduling. We also believe that additional cost savings from the Stereotaxis System result from decreased use of multiple catheters and guidewires in procedures compared with manual methods and also from decreased staff requirements during procedures, which further enhances the rate of return to hospitals.
 
Improve the efficacy of complex cardiology procedures by enhancing physician skill levels. Training required for physicians to carry out manual interventional procedures typically takes years, over and above the training required to become a specialist in cardiology, leading to a shortage of interventional physicians for more complex procedures. The Stereotaxis System can allow procedures that previously required the highest levels of manual dexterity and skill to be performed effectively by a broader range of interventionalists, with more standardized outcomes. In addition, interventional physicians can be trained to use the Stereotaxis System in a relatively short period of time. The Stereotaxis System can also be programmed to carry out sequences of complex navigation automatically.
 
Improve patient and physician safety by reducing procedure times and minimizing x-ray exposure and the use of contrast dye injections. During conventional catheter-based procedures, both the physician, who stands by the patient table to manually control the catheter, and the patient are exposed to the potentially harmful x-ray fluoroscopy field. This exposure can be minimized by reducing procedure times. Reducing procedure times is also beneficial to the patient because there is a direct correlation between complication rates and procedure length. Shorter procedure times and improved navigation result in reduced use of contrast dye injections which are potentially harmful to the patient. The Stereotaxis System can further improve physician safety by enabling them to conduct procedures remotely from an adjacent control room, which reduces their exposure to harmful radiation and helps alleviate orthopedic problems that often result from wearing heavy lead vests to shield them from x-ray exposure during procedures.

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