Medical technology firm Medtronic has launched the Accurian RF ablation platform, which conducts radio frequency (RF) ablation of nerve tissues, in the US.

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Image: Accurian RF ablation platform is capable of performing standard, pulsed, and enhanced procedures. Photo: Courtesy of Medtronic.

The Accurian RF system has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Medtronic said RF ablation is a minimally invasive procedure in which current produced by radio waves heats up a small area of nerve tissue to stop it from sending pain signals, thereby decreasing pain.

For a consistent and predictable lesion formation, the Accurian system combines hardware and quad core processing with advanced software for power and temperature control, facilitating independent channel management and advanced smart features to improve procedural efficiency.

Medtronic claims that the Accurian RF ablation platform is capable of performing standard, pulsed, and enhanced procedures using internally-cooled probes and creates a complete range of lesion shapes, sizes, and volumes.

For easy on-screen identification, the system has independent channel control and chip-enhanced probes, along with smart features like downloadable procedure reports for effective usability.

The company said that Accurian system has been extensively tested for lasting reliability and is designed upgrade-ready with advances in technology.

Medtronic pain therapies division senior vice president Marshall Stanton said: “Medtronic has a long-established track record of bringing to market improved options to support clinicians with state-of-the-art technology, like the Accurian RF ablation system, which was designed for consistency and efficiency.

Medtronic is committed to advancing the treatment of pain as we introduce new options to help patients throughout the care continuum.”

The product launch expands Medtronic’s pain portfolio with minimally invasive therapy to support patients throughout the care continuum.

Chronic pain affects wellbeing and can interfere with working, sleeping, and participating in physical activities, ultimately affecting quality of life. It lasts more than three to six months.

Chronic pain affects about 100 million American adults – more than those affected by heart disease, cancer, and diabetes combined.

It is estimated that the cost to treat chronic pain in the US, as well as related lost productivity, is as high as $635bn per year.