Takatsuki Hospital Reaches Milestone of 120 Patients Treated with Niobe System
ST. LOUIS, March 30, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Stereotaxis, Inc. (NASDAQ:STXS), a global leader in innovative technologies for the treatment of cardiac arrhythmias, today announced that Takatsuki General Hospital, a leading acute care institution near Osaka, has reached the milestone of treating 120 patients using the Company’s Niobe® remote magnetic navigation system. This milestone completes the required patient enrollment for the Niobe system’s post-market surveillance (PMS) in Japan. Reviewed by Japan’s Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA), the PMS is used to monitor the safety and effectiveness of medical devices once they are on the market. Upon completion of six-month patient follow-up, Stereotaxis and its local representatives will submit final study data to the PMDA to satisfy all PMS requirements.
Stereotaxis gained market entry of the Niobe system in Japan in 2013. Takatsuki General Hospital represents the first installed Niobe lab in Japan, performing initial procedures in July 2015. Led by Dr. Kohei Yamashiro, the hospital has adopted magnetic navigation as its key treatment option for complex cardiac arrhythmias, citing its increased safety and catheter precision as integral benefits, and has performed case demonstrations to visiting physicians and executives from many Japanese hospitals interested in magnetic navigation. Dr. Yamashiro has also been invited to present his clinical experience on magnetic navigation at several scientific conferences for electrophysiology, most recently at Japan Circulation Society (JCS) on March 20.
“Successful ablation requires precise catheter positioning, often in complex heart chamber anatomy,” said Dr. Yamashiro. “With the Niobe system’s computer-aided, magnetic catheter guidance, we have achieved precise steering for more accurate lesions and greater safety, as well as reduced radiation exposure to both patients and physicians. Our first 120 patients have realized outstanding acute success in the treatment of their arrhythmias, without any major complications.”
Stereotaxis is a healthcare technology and innovation leader in the development of robotic cardiology instrument navigation systems designed to enhance the treatment of arrhythmias and coronary disease, as well as information management solutions for the interventional lab. Over 100 issued patents support the Stereotaxis platform, which helps physicians around the world provide unsurpassed patient care with robotic precision and safety, improved lab efficiency and productivity, and enhanced integration of procedural information. Stereotaxis' core Epoch® Solution includes the Niobe® ES remote magnetic navigation system, the Odyssey® portfolio of lab optimization, networking and patient information management systems, and the Vdrive® robotic navigation system and consumables.
The core components of Stereotaxis’ systems have received regulatory clearance in the United States, European Union, Canada, China, Japan, and elsewhere. The V-Sono™ ICE catheter manipulator, V-Loop™ variable loop catheter manipulator, and V-CAS™ catheter advancement system have received clearance in the United States, Canada, and the European Union. For more information, please visit www.stereotaxis.com.
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