A team led by Nick Cheshire, MD, from St. Mary's Hospital, part of the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust in London, have utilized Hansen Medical’s Sensei robotic catheter system and Artisan control catheter to deploy stent grafts to treat an abdominal aortic aneurysm in a 78-year old patient.
The company said they believe this is the first time in which any robotic medical technology has been used to repair an aortic aneurysm through a patient's vascular system.
“The time taken to correctly position a stent graft during the treatment of an aneurysm is highly variable and depends on the complexity of the vascular anatomy,” Cheshire explained. "By providing increased catheter stability and accurate navigation, the Sensei system has the potential to greatly simplify the procedure and make it more predictable. In this case, it only took a few minutes to drive the Artisan catheter to the location where the stent was to be deployed."