Yesterday at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester, clinicians performed the first remote catheter ablation for the treatment of atrial fibrillation. The procedure involved an Amigo Robotic Catheter System from Catheter Robotics of Mount Olive, NJ in combination with the CARTO-3 3D mapping system from Biosense Webster, a J&J firm. The Glenfield Hospital is the first in the world to evaluate the Amigo system and so had the opportunity to bring together the two devices.
Features of the Amigo system:
Amigo™ is compatible with conventional, commercially available mapping catheters and sheaths. The easy to use remote Controller replicates the form and function of a catheter handle. Amigo™ preserves all of the deflection and safety functionalities of your catheter. Physicians can operate all functions of catheter manipulation while minimizing
exposure to radiation.
The user can quickly switch between manual guidance and remote control. Amigo™ requires little change in physician or staff workflow, with little or no learning curve.
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Product pages: Amigo RCS; CARTO 3 System
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Images: Top: Amigo catheter system; Side: CARTO3 map of the left atrium with pulmonary veins and location of ablation lesions. (Credit: University of Leicester)