The FDA approval covers the use of the NAVISTARŽ RMT Diagnostic/Ablation Steerable Tip Catheter with the NiobeŽ System. Biosense Webster offers the only products that work with the Stereotaxis system to enable electrophysiologists (doctors that treat the heart's electrical system) to steer a catheter remotely, map the electrical activity of the heart, and ablate targeted areas that require treatment.
This technology has been used in Europe with extensive experience at San Raffaele University Hospital in Milan, Italy. "Our center has performed over 100 procedures using the combined technology of the NAVISTARŽ RMT Catheter and the NiobeŽ System," said Carlo Pappone, MD, PhD, FACC, Director of the Arrhythmology Department. "It is a true breakthrough technology as one can, for the first time, perform the procedure from a remote location, such as the control room."
Biosense Webster President Roy Tanaka commented, "Since its inception, Biosense Webster has partnered with the electrophysiology community to set new standards for developing innovating products and treating patients with heart rhythm disease. The enhancements to patient care afforded by these FDA approvals are gratifying and represent the next chapter in our product development and partnering that will benefit patients and doctors now and well into the future."
"This is good news for doctors and patients. By integrating Biosense Webster's navigation system and catheters with Stereotaxis' Niobe system, we get leading diagnostic and ablation technology combined with an automated mapping and steering system, resulting in greater ability to treat a broad range of patients, including the most complex cases," said Gery F. Tomassoni, MD, Director, Central Baptist Hospital Cardiac Research, Lexington, Kentucky.
In October 2005, Biosense Webster received FDA clearance for the CARTO RMT Navigation System and NAVISTARŽ RMT Catheter to be integrated with the NiobeŽ Navigation technology from Stereotaxis. In addition, the company received clearance for the REFSTAR RMT Catheter which provides a reliable reference point within the CARTO RMT System to ensure an accurate visual framework for mapping diagnostic procedures.
About Biosense Webster
Biosense Webster Inc, a Johnson & Johnson Company, pioneered EP diagnostic catheters more than 30 years ago and continues to lead the industry as an innovative provider of advanced diagnostic, therapeutic, and mapping tools. As the leader in navigation systems, Biosense Webster's technology includes the largest installed base of navigation systems worldwide in leading hospitals and teaching institutions. With proprietary products such as the CARTOMERGE Image Integration Software Module, the THERMOCOOLŽ Irrigated Tip Catheter and the LASSOŽ Circular Variable Mapping Catheter, the company is changing the way electrophysiologists diagnose and treat arrhythmias.
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