U.K. hospital furnishes cath lab with Siemens, Stereotaxis systems

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Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Trust, a U.K. specialist heart and lung center, has deployed a Siemens Axiom Artis dFC angiography system in the magnetic navigation catheter lab at Royal Brompton Hospital in London. The hospital has also installed a Niobe Magnetic Guidance System with Navigant and an Odyssey network system from Stereotaxis.  ??

The new set-up will allow experts at the hospital to carry out interventional cardiology including radiofrequency ablation. The full magnetic navigation cardiac catheterization system operates with two magnets of the Niobe system that produce a navigational magnetic field of approximately 0.1 Tesla in any direction.  Specially designed catheters and guide wires with a small magnetic tip can then be guided to a desired position within the heart using a combination of the imaging of the Axiom Artis dFC and the Niobe magnets, according to Siemens.

??The system also incorporates the first Siemens’ syngo DynaCT cardiac workstation in the United Kingdom, allowing clinicians at the hospital to obtain 3D cross-sectional reconstructions of the beating heart to aid electrophysiology. 

??“The launch of our new state-of-the-art magnetic navigation catheter lab marks a step forward for cardiology and electrophysiology,” said Sabine Ernst, consultant electrophysiologist at Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Trust.