Central Baptist Hospital Performs First 'Robotic' Catheterization

Lexington Hospital is Nation's First to Utilize New System That Provides

Remote Control of Medical Devices to Navigate the Cardiovascular System

Mar 18, 2003, 00:00 ET from Central Baptist Hospital

    LEXINGTON, Ky., March 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, The Baptist Heart
 Institute at Central Baptist Hospital announced it has performed the first
 'robotic' catheterization procedure utilizing the Niobe Magnetic Navigation
 System, a recently FDA-approved technology that is used to navigate medical
 devices, such as catheters and guidewires, through the cardiovascular system
 to designated target sites in the heart and coronary vasculature.
     "We're excited to be the first in the nation to use this revolutionary
 catheterization system for cardiac applications," said Gery Tomassoni, M.D.,
 cardiologist and electrophysiologist at Central Baptist Hospital.  "We have
 begun the first of at least eight clinical trials using this innovative
     The system is based on Stereotaxis' innovations using computer-controlled
 magnets, positioned external to the body, to programmatically steer
 magnetically enabled catheters and guidewires, directly at their distal tip,
 throughout the cardiovascular system.  The system is fully integrated with
 Siemens Medical Solutions leading AXIOM Artis dFC digital fluoroscopy system,
 which is used to visualize the devices as they are navigated.
     The system defines a new era in interventional medicine; one where
 computers are designed to help the physician navigate medical devices more
 rapidly and more precisely than they can be navigated manually, freeing the
 physician to focus on the patient and the outcome, rather than the mechanics
 of the procedure.
     This combination of the Siemens' and Stereotaxis' technologies is uniquely
 capable of helping cardiologists improve the ease and accuracy of catheter-
 based procedures to facilitate increased efficiency and productivity in
 interventional medicine.  The fully integrated, image-guided, computerized,
 magnetic navigation and control system is aimed at addressing problems
 associated with manual catheter steering and positioning.  This approach
 allows for 360-degree rotation of the catheter and is expected to increase the
 potential for greater precision.
     Advanced fluoroscopic technology integrated with distal tip catheter
 control allows the clinicians to better leverage the imaging information to
 ensure the catheter is positioned properly, without trial and error.  The
 system fits into a standard cath lab room.

SOURCE Central Baptist Hospital