Ultrasound compatible system provides lifelike touch, offering electrophysiologists and cardiologists and a next generation training tool to meet the growing demand for transseptal training
BIOMODEX, a pioneering digital health company that offers a unique and enhanced 3D printed solution for patient specific rehearsal and physician training, today announced the launch of the company’s new Transseptal Puncture Training Solution. The next generation training system is ultrasound (i.e., TEE, ICE) compatible, and simulates the feel, friction and haptic feedback of real heart tissue and blood vessels – enabling electrophysiologists and cardiologists to gain realistic, hands-on experience performing ultrasound-guided transseptal procedures.
Transseptal puncture (TP) is a critical step during structural heart and electrophysiological procedures that cardiologists and electrophysiologists use with increasing frequency to access the left atrium of the heart. The technique comes with inherent risks and safety concerns related to injury of adjacent cardiac structures and perforations. The procedure is typically guided by advanced cardiac imaging such as transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) or intracardiac echocardiography (ICE). These alternative approaches require advanced skills and credentials to ensure success and patient safety.
“Adoption of emerging structural heart technologies require the operators to receive more specialized training to further industry adoption. Biomodex’s latest solution offers an innovative alternative over traditional training methods because it enables physicians to gain experience by working on humanized models and using clinically adopted imaging tools in a real cath-lab environment. Due to the fact the training models are 3D-printed, we can adapt training to address more complex anatomies or specific technical challenges,” said Dr. Juan F. Granada, President and CEO, Cardiovascular Research Foundation.
“The volume of TP procedures has been on the rise due to increasing incidences of atrial fibrillation and other structural heart disease, which in turn has propelled the development of new devices and innovative treatment approaches. Our aim is to provide a modern and realistic training solution that can shorten the learning curve for this demanding procedure, and enable more physicians to advance their skills more quickly,” said Bill Perusek, Vice President of U.S. Sales for Biomodex.
Biomodex’s Transseptal Training Cartridges are 3D-printed using Biomodex’s INVIVOTECH® and ECHOTECH® technologies, which integrates multiple advanced materials. INVIVOTECH® mimics the mechanical behavior of cardiac tissue and blood vessels to deliver the same tactile feeling of an actual procedure. ECHOTECH® provides targeted acoustic properties and allows for the visualization of models using ultrasound (TEE, ICE).
Key features include:
Reusable cartridge (inferior and superior vena cava, right atrium, aorta and mitral annulus)
TEE access via simulated esophagus
ICE compatible via femoral access
Contrast agent and X-ray compatible
Source: Company Press Release