Biotronik, a manufacturer of cardiac devices, has launched a new ablation catheter AlCath Flux eXtra Gold in Europe after receiving CE mark and completing the premarket evaluation in Germany, Italy, Switzerland and several other European countries.

AlCath Flux eXtra Gold combines the advantages with the X-shaped irrigation configuration and the FullCircle deflection, Biotronik said.

The features of the AlCath Flux eXtra Gold facilitate optimal irrigation and building on the thermal properties of gold, the catheter tip’s X-shaped configuration of the 12 irrigation channels further increases the cooling effect by more than 33% compared to the preceding model.

Proximal cooling addresses the transition from tip to shaft to prevent charring during the procedure.

University Hospital Bonn Germany professor Lars Lickfett said the Gold-tip electrode of the new ablation catheter with its unique irrigation concept remains cool during energy delivery even at relatively low flow rates and high power settings: This allows me to ablate atrial fibrillation safely with less irrigation fluid and less risk of thrombus formation.