Stereotaxis announced the completion of the first 50 clinical procedures using the company’s Niobe ES system to treat patients with a variety of complex cardiac arrhythmias. A majority of the first 50 cases were performed to treat atrial fibrillation. Positive initial results with the Niobe ES system in Europe demonstrate that the average time for completion of mapping and ablation for the initial atrial fibrillation patients was 69 minutes. This data will be featured at the Boston Atrial Fibrillation Symposium 2012 (12–14 January 2012).
The Niobe ES system is part of Stereotaxis’ Epoch platform. It features a fully-remote, networked and modular robotic, magnetic system that enables greater surgical precision and improved catheter control while reducing the risk of complications.
Carlo Pappone of Villa Maria Cecilia Hospital, Cotignola Italy, said, “My vision was to click on the map and for the catheter to quickly and precisely move to that spot. Today with the Epoch platform, this is a reality. I believe the Epoch platform is one of the most important innovations for the EP practice to date. With the Epoch technology all physicians can successfully and consistently perform high quality atrial fibrillation procedures with the assurance of superior patient care.”
The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano in Plano, Texas, USA, was the first North American site to install the new Epoch platform, and the first hospital in the world to perform an EP procedure using the new system.
“Interventional physicians want to leverage advanced technology that minimises surgical risks to the patient while increasing the likelihood of a favorable outcome,” said Brian DeVille, eletrophysiologist on the medical staff at The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano. “The new Niobe ES system will enable electrophysiologists on the medical staff to deliver therapy in a precise manner, while reducing X-ray exposure and procedure time for our patients.”