Stereotaxis has introduced Vdrive, an expansion of its Magnetic Navigation platform that facilitates remote manipulation of diagnostic devices used during electrophysiology (EP) procedures. The company is planning to preview Vdrive at the HRS meeting and is expected to make commercially available when regulatory processes are complete.
Stereotaxis said that during complex ablation procedures, electrophysiologists commonly use multiple advanced diagnostic catheters and positioning sheaths. Navigation of the devices is a significant component of an electrophysiologist’s workflow. Vdrive is designed to improve the efficiency of remote procedures.
Vdrive works with Stereotaxis’ Magnetic Platform and enables the electrophysiologist to fully and remotely control diagnostic catheters and accessories. The Vdrive module will be installed near the patient table and disposable components will be needed for each procedure. The disposable for circular mapping catheter control will be made available initially, to be followed shortly thereafter by disposables for sheath and intra-cardiac echocardiography (ICE) control.
Vdrive expects to join QuickCAS, Stereotaxis’ catheter advancement system, as the fundamental elements of Stereotaxis’ disposable product portfolio. Vdrive uses mechanical and electronic controls for its remote operations and is expandable to work with major types of EP diagnostic catheters.
Michael Kaminski, president and chief executive officer of Stereotaxis, said: “Stereotaxis is committed to developing long-term solutions for our EP customers. By providing physicians with a helping hand to control diagnostic catheters and accessories, Vdrive has the potential to enable a much simplified and enhanced EP workflow and much improved efficiency.
“This significant product milestone is a direct outcome of our global collaboration with EP industry thought leaders, and an exciting result of our ongoing investment in strategic product innovations.”