EP Mapping and Imaging Systems

This channel page contains news on new technology innovations for electrophysiology (EP) mapping and imaging systems used to guide transcatheter cardiac ablation procedures. These systems use mapping catheters that contain electrodes that measure the electrical activity of the cardiac tissue. This is transferred into mapping system software where a 3D model is created of the heart, a color-coded overlay showing the electrical waves generated during each heart beat, the touch points where the tissue was mapped, and showing the location of the catheter inside the heart. Tissue identified as having unhealthy electrical activity that is cause an arrhythmia can then be ablated directly or isolated using an ablation catheter to cause small burns/scar tissue that block electrical signals. 

Left, the AcQCross Transseptal Crossing Device offers versatility to be utilized with top sheaths currently used in left atrium EP and structural heart procedures. Right, the AcQMap next-generation mapping catheter integrates high-resolution ultrasound-based imaging and non-contact mapping catheter with improved torque response, handling and maneuverability.

Left, the AcQCross Transseptal Crossing Device offers versatility to be utilized with top sheaths currently used in left atrium EP and structural heart procedures. Right, the AcQMap next-generation mapping catheter integrates high-resolution ultrasound-based imaging and non-contact mapping catheter with improved torque response, handling and maneuverability.

News | EP Lab | May 25, 2021
May 25, 2021 — Acutus Medical Inc. announced European CE mark approval for a broad suite of electrophysiology (EP)...
The Stereotaxis Genesis Robotic Magnetic Navigation system.

The Stereotaxis Genesis Robotic Magnetic Navigation system.

News | EP Lab | April 07, 2021
April 7, 2021 — Stereotaxis announced that Broward Health Medical Center is establishing a robotic electrophysiology (...
Top left, electromechanical wave imaging (EWI) isochrone renderings showing the activation points of the myocardium based on echocardiography axial strain measurements. Bottom right, EWI images overlaid on patient's CT scan of the heart.

Top left, electromechanical wave imaging (EWI) isochrone renderings showing the activation points of the myocardium based on echocardiography axial strain measurements. Bottom right, EWI images overlaid on patient's CT scan of the heart.

News | EP Lab | March 23, 2021
March 23, 2021 — Researchers at Columbia University are using cardiac ultrasound to improve the critical need to...
An example of intra-cardiac echo (ICE) imaging from Siemens Healthineers showing color flow Doppler with severe valve regurgitation. ICE has seen wider use in transcatheter structural heart  procedures because, unlike TEE, it can be used without deeper sedation of anesthesia.

An example of intra-cardiac echo (ICE) imaging from Siemens Healthineers showing color flow Doppler with severe valve regurgitation. ICE has seen wider use in transcatheter structural heart procedures because, unlike TEE, it can be used without deeper sedation of anesthesia.

Feature | Ultrasound Intra-cardiac Echo (ICE) | March 11, 2021 | By Dave Fornell, Editor
Intra-cardiac Echocardiography (ICE) uses catheter-based cardiac ultrasound array to image anatomy and devices inside...

The study used cadaver hearts that were images with contrast enhanced MRI and the images used to create a 3-D computation model of the electrical activation in the heart and how it was influenced by adenosine and ablation. Find more images in the original article

News | Atrial Fibrillation | October 08, 2020
October 8, 2020 – People who suffer from persistent atrial fibrillation in the heart may find relief from a new...
The FDA granted 510(k) clearance for the SentiAR CommandEP system, the first holographic guidance system to be used during an invasive electrophysiology (EP) lab cardiac procedures. The system allows electrophysiologists to visualize 3-D electro-anatomic models in real-time, via a wearable headset and offer a truly handsfree control interface providing superior visualization, allowing them to navigate accurately within the heart during a cardiac ablation procedure.

The FDA granted 510(k) clearance for the SentiAR CommandEP system, the first holographic guidance system to be used during an invasive electrophysiology (EP) lab cardiac procedures. The system allows electrophysiologists to visualize 3-D electro-anatomic models in real-time, via a wearable headset and offer a truly handsfree control interface providing superior visualization, allowing them to navigate accurately within the heart during a cardiac ablation procedure.

News | Virtual and Augmented Reality | October 01, 2020
October 1, 2020 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted 510(k) clearance for the SentiAR CommandEP system...
Videos | EP Lab | October 01, 2020
Peter Weiss M.D., MSc, director of ventricular arrhythmia management and robotics, and assistant clinical professor of...
Videos | EP Lab | September 30, 2020
Peter Weiss M.D., MSc, director of ventricular arrhythmia management and robotics, and assistant clinical professor of...
FDA Clears Second-Generation AcQMap 3D EP Imaging and Mapping Catheter
News | EP Mapping and Imaging Systems | September 29, 2020
September 29, 2020 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted 510(k) clearance for the second-generation of...
The Philips KODEX-EPD EP Mapping System Has New Imaging and Workflow Enhancements to aid electrophysiologists improve atrial fibrillation ablations.
News | EP Mapping and Imaging Systems | September 14, 2020
September 14, 2020 — Philips Healthcare released new imaging and workflow enhancements for its novel Kodex-EPD cardiac...
A conformal array of flexible electrodes affixed to an inflated balloon catheter. The sensors have the ability to make measurements of temperature, force of contact and electrophysiological parameters, ability to customize diagnostic and therapeutic functions and offer real-time feedback. Photo by John Rogers, Northwestern University.

A conformal array of flexible electrodes affixed to an inflated balloon catheter. The sensors have the ability to make measurements of temperature, force of contact and electrophysiological parameters, ability to customize diagnostic and therapeutic functions and offer real-time feedback. Photo by John Rogers, Northwestern University.

News | EP Lab | September 08, 2020
September 8, 2020 — Researchers developed a new class of medical instruments equipped with an advanced soft electronics...
Biosense Webster's Carto Prime Mapping Module offers new tools to help shorten ablation time. Left is an example of Coherent imaging showing conduction identification, conduction velocity vectors and conduction barrier zones. Top right, Carto Finder Module automatic visualization of region of interest. Below right, LAT Hybrid imaging, showing correct identification of PVC location based on catheter location in sinus rhythm, and automated visualization of PVC points.

Biosense Webster's Carto Prime Mapping Module offers new tools to help shorten ablation time. Left is an example of Coherent imaging showing conduction identification, conduction velocity vectors and conduction barrier zones. Top right, Carto Finder Module automatic visualization of region of interest. Below right, LAT Hybrid imaging, showing correct identification of PVC location based on catheter location in sinus rhythm, and automated visualization of PVC points.

News | EP Lab | September 03, 2020
September 3, 2020 – Biosense Webster launched its Carto 3 System Version 7 and the Carto Prime Mapping Module to...
News | EP Mapping and Imaging Systems | August 17, 2020
August 17, 2020 — A Northwestern Medicine Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute physician was the first electrophyiologist in...
HRS 2020 Late-Breaking Clinical Trials in Electrophyiology
Feature | HRS | May 20, 2020
May 20, 2020 — Here is the complete list of late-breaking clinical trials (LBCT)  and links to articles on all of them...
he Actus AcQMap EP 3-D mapping catheter used  to speed  electromapping and procedure times.

he Actus AcQMap EP 3-D mapping catheter used  to speed  electromapping and procedure times.

News | EP Lab | May 20, 2020
May 20, 2020 — Acutus Medical and Biotronik announced a new alliance to provide a comprehensive portfolio of...