An Improved Robotic Electrophysiology Platform for Arrhythmia Ablation

P. Mata
UNandUP, Missouri, United States

Poster stand number: W132

Keywords: EP, Catheter, Robot, AFib, Ablation

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia with an estimated 12.1 million patients in the United States by 2030. Given the high intensity of occupational duties and stress that proceeds, military personnel have an increased risk of developing AF, which not only disqualifies them from certain military roles, but also places them in a higher risk or morbidity and mortality from cardiovascular events. Current treatment options such as catheter ablation are limited as these complicated procedures are performed by a surgeon which requires specialized skills to control catheter tip location and maintain heart wall contact, in turn this comes with associated risks such as excessive bleeding and potential heart valve damage. In order to mitigate these events, we have utilized NIH SBIR funding to develop a prototype robotic catheter that is guided with a magnet tip and tension wire. This design provides superior catheter-tip control, ensures continuous heart-wall contact, maintains an open lumen for electrical leads, irrigation, and/or cryocooling, and does not require additional and costly x-ray/room shielding.