Hansen debuts updated robotic catheter system, new catheters
Hansen Medical has received FDA clearance for its next-generation Sensei X robotic catheter system. Also, the company is introducing the Artisan Extend control catheter in the U.S., and the Lynx robotic ablation catheter, an irrigated ablation catheter, in Europe.

According to the Mountain View, Calif.-based company, the updated Sensei X platform provides physicians with improved procedural planning and workflow, and enhancements in catheter control within the heart during electrophysiology (EP) procedures. The new Sensei X system integrates advanced levels of 3D catheter control with 3D visualization.

The Lynx robotic ablation catheter, which the company plans to launch in the European market, is supported by the Sensei X platform and leverages the navigation capability of the Artisan Extend catheter, but in an integrated profile for the treatment of atrial fibrillation and other EP disorders, Hansen said.

Offering a seven French irrigated ablation tip with a standard sized sheath, the Lynx catheter has six degrees of freedom that facilitates placement in difficult to reach anatomic locations. Pending CE Mark approval, the Lynx catheter is expected to be available in the European Union within the first half of 2010. The Lynx catheter is not currently available for sale in the U.S.