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. 

The Stereotaxis Genesis EP robotic navigation system.

The new generation Stereotaxis Genesis EP robotic navigation system.

News | EP Lab | September 01, 2021
September 1, 2021 — Stereotaxis and Shanghai Microport EP Medtech Co., Ltd. announced a broad collaboration to advance...
The new Octaray high-density mapping catheter from Biosense Webster has 48 electrodes to enable faster and more detailed electromapping of the heart to better guide ablation procedures.

The new Octaray high-density mapping catheter from Biosense Webster has 48 electrodes to enable faster and more detailed electromapping of the heart to better guide ablation procedures. Photo by Dave Fornell

News | EP Lab | August 03, 2021
August 3, 2021 – Biosense Webster, the global leader in cardiac arrhythmia treatment and part of Johnson & Johnson...
Videos | EP Lab | August 02, 2021
Jass Brooks, vice president of global strategic marketing, Biosense Webster, explains four over-arching...
The AcQMap 3D Imaging and Mapping System, left, and the AliveCor KardiaMobile device and app for personal ECG monitoring using a smartphone, right. The companies plan to use remote monitoring to see if it helps improve care for ablation patients.

The AcQMap 3D Imaging and Mapping System, left, and the AliveCor KardiaMobile device and app for personal ECG monitoring using a smartphone, right. The companies plan to use remote monitoring to see if it helps improve care for ablation patients.

News | EP Lab | July 27, 2021
July 27, 2021 — AliveCor Inc., which offers FDA-cleared, smart-phone enabled personal electrocardiogram (ECG)...
A live, 3-D intra-cardiac echo (ICE) ultrasound image from inside the atrium of the heart taken during the first cryoablation EP procedure performed using the technology at Northwestern Medicine. The new Philips Healthcare VeriSight Pro ICE catheter offers superior 2-D and 3-D live image guidance for a wide range of procedures in structural heart disease and electrophysiology (EP), allowing interventionalists to navigate procedures.

A live, 3-D intra-cardiac echo (ICE) ultrasound image from inside the atrium of the heart taken during the first cryo-ablation a EP procedure performed using the technology at Northwestern Medicine.

Feature | Ultrasound Intra-cardiac Echo (ICE) | July 21, 2021
July 21, 2021 — Northwestern Medicine Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute recently became the first cardiovascular program...
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...