May 17, 2009 – GE Healthcare announced new and expanded collaborations with Hansen Medical Inc., STERIS Corp. and Imricor Medical Systems Inc. to enhance its electrophysiology (EP) portfolio and clinically relevant solutions during last week’s Heart Rhythm 2009, May 13-16, in Boston, Mass.
GE and Hansen began working together last fall to try and improve workflow in the EP lab. Based in Mountain View, Calif., Hansen Medical Inc., develops products and technology using robotics for the accurate positioning, manipulation and control of catheters and catheter-based technologies. The agreement expands their association to pursue integration of products for the treatment of arrhythmias. The agreement also includes the intent to integrate the Sensei robotic catheter system with GE’s Innova EP X-ray imaging system. The compatibility of the two products was announced in late 2008.
Hansen’s Sensei Robotic Catheter System is a robotic navigation system that enables clinicians to place mapping catheters in hard-to-reach anatomical locations within the heart easily, accurately and with stability during complex cardiac arrhythmia procedures. GE’s Innova is one of the world’s most trusted families of all-digital EP and cardiovascular imaging systems. The Innova X-ray imaging system provides users with excellent image quality with excellent dose efficiency. Built on GE’s innovative digital detector, the Innova System helps physicians perform complex electrophysiology procedures, precisely place ICDs and perform critical maneuvers. The system is designed to help provide electrophysiologists with more information, resulting in better diagnosis and treatment of complex cardiac arrhythmias
GE is now collaborating with STERIS Corp. to provide LED lighting, jointly designed EP cockpit and cable management solutions. In addition, STERIS brings years of project design management expertise and its proprietary 3D room design capabilities to the EP planning process. STERIS and GE consultants are using these animated virtual reality renderings to help design and optimize the physical layout of a hospital’s EP lab and to increase efficiency and save space within the interventional suite.
Imricor Medical Systems Inc. develops magnetic resonance-guided ablation catheters and associated systems, based on patents licensed from Johns Hopkins University. Though the agreement, GE and Imricor intend to co-develop a radiation-free cardiac EP system. The resulting system would likely combine GE’s MR platform and CardioLab recording system, as well as Imricor’s Vision ablation catheters and Bridge guidance systems. The point of the collaboration is to provide a truly innovative MR-guided, catheter-based cardiac EP technique that may lower procedure time and help eliminate ionizing radiation exposure for patients and clinicians.
For more information: www.imricor.com, www.gehealthcare.com, www.steris.com, www.hansenmedical.com