Central Baptist Hospital acquires 2nd magnetic navigation system

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The Baptist Heart and Vascular Institute at Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington, Ky., will deploy its second Axiom Artis dFC magnetic navigation system developed by Siemens Medical Solutions and Stereotaxis Inc.

The system will be devoted to procedures in the interventional cardiology department, while the first system, purchased in early 2003, will be dedicated to the hospital's electrophysiology department.

The Axiom Artis dFC uses computer-controlled permanent magnets external to the body for orienting the magnetic tip of specially designed catheters and guidewires. The approach allows for 360-degree rotation of the catheter and guidewire.

In addition to the second installation of the magnetic navigation system, Central Baptist Hospital is renovating its cardiology department with six Axiom Artis digital cardiology catheterization laboratories from Siemens. The upgrade of the existing ACOM Net line of software, which provides technological enhancements that are compatible with the entire AXIOM platform, will be included with the purchase.

The technology allows for multi-modality viewing of echocardiography, nuclear medicine, computed tomography, magnetic resonance and cardiac cases. The dual-screen display adds flexibility and offers the ability to view multiple cases on a split screen.

Additionally, Central Baptist will begin utilizing the Axiom Sensis hemodynamic and electrophysiology recording system, designed to improve workflow in the cath lab.