ST. LOUIS, July 8, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Stereotaxis, Inc. (NASDAQ:STXS), a global leader in innovative technologies for the treatment of cardiac arrhythmias, announced today that the first procedure with its Niobe® ES magnetic navigation system has been performed in Japan. Dr. Kohei Yamashiro of Takatsuki General Hospital completed a cardiac ablation on a patient with ventricular tachycardia, noting, in particular, the improved navigation of the ablation catheter and ease of mapping with the Niobe system compared to manual methods for lesion creation.
"We are excited to be the first institution in Japan to offer this unique, innovative approach to treating complex cardiac arrhythmias, which continue to rise in prevalence at a rapid rate with our aging population," said Dr. Yamashiro. "The Niobe system provides greater visibility and precise control of the ablation catheter, as well as significantly increased safety, which I expect to translate into improved outcomes for my patients." Dr. Yamashiro has more than 10 procedures scheduled for the Niobe system's first two weeks of operation.
Takatsuki General Hospital is located near Osaka, Japan and recently underwent a complete renovation to support the latest medical advances and provide higher quality, more integrated patient services. Installation of the Niobe system was completed in the second quarter, as Dr. Yamashiro, its primary operator, received comprehensive training at Stereotaxis sites in the U.S. The hospital held a grand opening lecture on the Niobe system lab July 3, featuring presentations by Dr. Yamashiro and Dr. Hiroshi Nakagawa, a prominent electrophysiologist, who has educated Japanese physicians and government officials on the use of Stereotaxis technologies.
"We have envisioned this day for some time and are very pleased to see it come to fruition," said William C. Mills, Stereotaxis' Chief Executive Officer. "Our momentum continues to build in Japan as we set our sights on becoming the region's first choice in the treatment of complex electrophysiology cases."
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® magnetic navigation system, the Odyssey® portfolio of lab optimization, networking and patient information management solutions, and the Vdrive® robotic navigation system and consumables.
The core components of Stereotaxis' systems have received regulatory clearance in the U.S., 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 U.S. clearance. For more information, please visit www.stereotaxis.com.
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