At the ongoing 12th Annual Boston Atrial Fibrillation (AF) Symposium, a new technology is being profiled. The Sensei™ Robotic Catheter System by Hansen Medical, Inc. (Mountain View, Calif.) is described as “new generation robotic technology for accurate and stable control of catheter movement during cardiac procedures.” The system has just been tested in a 20-patient prospective trial.
Company describes its technology:
The Sensei™ Robotic Catheter System marries robotic technology with computed movement and is designed to enable catheter navigation in a variety of interventional procedures. This unique system is designed to allow the physician to remotely control the catheter while being shielded from unnecessary radiation exposure. The Sensei™ system has three main components:
Efficient user interface, with customized physician profiles, designed to enable quick procedure set up and rapid catheter response to commands during the procedure. Multiple monitors display a variety of imaging, navigation, and physiologic data. Configurable for either the cath lab or control room. Unique ergonomically designed console can be moved throughout the lab to accommodate physician preferences.
Instinctive Motion Controller
Seamless instinctive integration and interpreted motion logic is designed to facilitate the physician’s ability to direct catheter movement regardless of image orientation or perspective. Catheter control in three dimensions is intended to eliminate the need for fixed curve sheaths. Tight bend radius is designed to facilitate complex procedures. Comfortable input device can be controlled with either the right or left hand.
Robotic Catheter Manipulator
Stability not often possible with manual control is now easily maintained reducing tedious re-positioning. The controller couples to a steerable guide catheter with through-lumen that controls existing percutaneous catheters. The robotic controller is portable and easily attaches to the bedside rail.
The Sensei™ Robotic Catheter System is designed to be installed in the cath lab in a matter of hours, eliminating costly disruption to the department. It is designed to be compatible with existing fluoroscopy, intracardiac echocardiography, and surface mapping visualization systems, and provides a cost effective solution for your complex interventional procedures.