News | April 21, 2010

Force Sensing Ablation Catheter Calculates Pressure Applied

April 21, 2010 – A second generation, force-sensing ablation catheter released this week in Europe, gives physicians a real-time, objective measure of contact force during the treatment of cardiac arrhythmias. It includes a smaller fiber optic sensor at the tip, a force-time integral display and automatically generated summary reports of the procedure.

The next generation TactiCath force-sensing ablation catheter was recently granted CE mark and unveiled at German Cardiac Society meeting in Mannheim, Germany.

The catheter includes a support system called the TactiSys. It is comprised of a graphical user interface, base station and splitter. It includes a customizable, information-rich user interface that now displays force-time integral (the calculation of force over time), a new parameter which research has shown may be a better predictor of lesion size than current alternative parameters. The system automatically generates summary reports that document therapy delivery, including a histogram that shows physicians the forces applied throughout the catheter ablation procedure.

“I find the next generation product to be a significantly enhanced system that delivers even greater performance and flexibility during catheter ablation procedures,” said Dipen Shah, M.D., University Hospital of Geneva, Switzerland. “The new features and product enhancements make the TactiCath and TactiSys an even more compelling addition to the EP lab.”

The new TactiCath and TactiSys are indicated for the treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF) and supraventricular tachycardia (SVT). The product is currently available in markets across Europe, Latin America, Canada, the Middle East and Africa.

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