News | June 01, 2010

Robot Helps Teach Physicians New Cath Lab Procedures

An RP-7 robot (right), manipulated remotely by a doctor across the country, helped teach physicians how to perform procedures on total chronic occlusions.

June 1, 2010 – A teleproctoring technology uses robotic technology to teach physicians about new procedures without the additional expense of travel.

Piedmont Heart Institute in Atlanta conducted the first test of the system for teaching interventional cardiology. Piedmont was chosen to test the new telehealth product from InTouch Health for Medtronic, because of the facility’s growing expertise in the area of retrograde and antegrade angioplasty.

On April 29, Piedmont interventional cardiologists Dimitri Karmpaliotis, M.D., and Harold Carlson, M.D., tested the technology as they performed one retrograde and two antegrade angioplasty procedures. They treated complex cases of chronic total occlusion (CTO), while world-renowned CTO expert William Lombardi, M.D., monitored the operations from Bellingham, Wash. With the use of joysticks, Lombardi was able to control a robot stationed in the lab in Atlanta to watch and assess the ongoing events. The participants said this was the first time this kind of technology was applied to coronary angioplasty.

This new teleproctoring technology will allow the remote collaboration of skilled physicians and possibly help to improve the success rate of interventional treatments.

InTouch makes the RP-7 remote presence robot, which allows two-way video for patient evaluation and visits by doctors who are in another location. The remote physician can move the robot with the use of joysticks. A high-resolution camera can be zoomed to examine a patient, and a camera on the physician's computer shows the physician on a screen on the robotic unit.

The new use for the system may enable closer collaboration during interventions and better training for physicians who are separated by great distances.

Related Content

Bivalirudin exhibited an improvement in 30-day all-cause mortality when injected post PCI.
News | Antiplatelet and Anticoagulation Therapies| August 16, 2017
August 16, 2017 — A study has examined the efficacies of various post-percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) bivali
CMS considers eliminating cardiac bundled payments.
Feature | Business| August 16, 2017 | Dave Fornell
August 16, 2017 — The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a proposed rule to reduce the number
News | Drug-Eluting Balloons| August 15, 2017
Surmodics Inc. announced receipt of an investigational device exemption (IDE) from the U.S. Food and Drug...
The Vascular Dynamics MobiusHD device enhances the carotid baroreceptors to reduce resistant hypertension.
News | Hypertension| August 15, 2017
Aug. 15, 2017 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the Vascular Dynamics Inc.
Four Blue Cross Blue Shield Companies Issue Positive Medical Policies on HeartFlow FFRct Analysis
News | FFR Catheters| August 09, 2017
HeartFlow Inc. announced that four Blue Cross Blue Shield companies have each issued a positive medical policy for the...
Ra Medical Systems Granted Broad Patent for DABRA Catheter
News | Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)| August 09, 2017
August 9, 2017 — Ra Medical Systems announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted
Roxwood Medical Announces Agreement With Abbott for U.S. Product Distribution
News | Catheters| August 09, 2017
Roxwood Medical Inc. recently announced it has entered into an exclusive agreement with Abbott for distribution of...
New Jersey Researcher Exploring New Stem Cell Therapies for Heart Attacks
News | Stem Cell Therapies| August 04, 2017
In petri dishes in her campus laboratory at New Jersey Institute of Technology, Alice Lee is developing colonies of...
Abbott Initiates XIENCE Short DAPT Clinical Trial
News | Antiplatelet and Anticoagulation Therapies| August 03, 2017
Abbott recently announced the first patient has been enrolled in a clinical study evaluating the short-term use of...
Overlay Init