Scripps Health now offers the innovative first generation Sensei Robotic Catheter System, a state-of-the-art tool used by cardiologists at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Scripps Green Hospital.
This system is designed to give cardiologists accurate and stable control of catheter movement during complex cardiac procedures performed to diagnose patients suffering from abnormal heart rhythms or arrhythmias.
The robotic system offers:
- Greater precision and accuracy for better mapping, and more exact targeting of abnormal tissue
- Enhanced access to even the most difficult-to-reach heart tissue
- Reduced operator fatigue by seating the physician at the control console
- Increased stability
- Increased patient safety due to reduced procedure time and exposure to radiation
One method of treating arrhythmias is to destroy the cells that are causing the heart to beat irregularly using a catheter placed in specific locations inside the heart. This is called catheter ablation. Radiofrequency energy is the most common energy source used to eliminate the abnormal heart beats.
As a precursor to treating the arrhythmia, the physician creates an electrical road map of the inside of the heart to help guide the placement of the ablation catheter. This road map is created by placing a catheter that records electrical signals from various locations in the heart. This catheter is called a mapping catheter.
The most important element in the mapping and ablation phase is to place the catheters in the correct location of the heart so that an accurate map is created and only the abnormal tissue is destroyed.
See the robotic catheter system in action: