Lincoln, NE (May 18, 2014) –Bryan Medical Center announced today that it has completed its first robotic cardiac ablation procedure with the Stereotaxis (NASDAQ:STXS) Epoch™ Platform for complex cardiac conditions. Epoch is a state-of-the-art computer controlled robotic navigation system that allows physicians to safely navigate in a patient’s heart to ablate diseased tissue causing cardiac arrhythmias or irregular heartbeats. Bryan Medical Center is the only hospital in Nebraska to utilize robotic ablation technology. The physicians of Bryan Heart are the region’s experts in this technology, with a combined 15 years of experience in robotic technology.
Bryan Medical Center recently installed the new Epoch™ platform, an advanced computer controlled technology that allows physicians to navigate within the patient’s heart with robotic precision. Epoch’s advanced computer-controlled technology allows physicians to treat common and complex cardiac arrhythmias with a great degree of safety, precision and efficiency. The physician uses sophisticated software to draw a highly detailed 3D map of the diseased cardiac tissue, and drive powerful magnets positioned near the patient. Following the map, the magnets lead a soft catheter gently through the patient’s cardiac anatomy by guiding the catheter’s magnetic tip.
“A traditional manual ablation can be challenging on complex cases as it requires a very precise manual orientation of a stiff catheter through the intricate orientations of the chambers of the heart,” said Michael Kutayli, MD, electrophysiologist with Bryan Heart. “The technology that the Epoch solution brings to market is a major step toward making robotics standard of care for treating complex arrhythmias and is a big step toward the efficiency goal exceeding the human hand. We believe this new technology will provide patients with the safest interventional procedure with less radiation and improved precision.”
"Stereotaxis represents a major step forward in the robotic treatment of complex heart rhythm abnormalities,” said Andrew Merliss, MD, Director of the Electrophysiology Lab. “At Bryan Health, we continuously strive to reach higher standards of excellence in care and we are committed to providing the most state-of-the art tools to allow doctors to find and treat problems quickly, efficiently and safely using the least invasive methods.”
More than five million people in the United States currently suffer from abnormal heart rhythms, known as arrhythmias or irregular heartbeats. Those who suffer from these abnormal heart rhythms are five to seven times more likely to have a stroke or experience more permanent damage to the heart. A growing number of complex cardiac interventional procedures is driving the need for new technology that enables physicians to confidently treat areas of the heart previously unreachable or potentially unsafe with manual techniques.
How Stereotaxis Epoch™ Platform Works: