Defusing mines? Possible. Building cars? Sure. But using robots to assist in heart interventions? It may sound like science fiction, but today’s physicians are already using the technology to work more accurately and gently.
Coronary heart disease is one of the most common cardiovascular diseases in Western industrialized nations. Its consequences, which include acute myocardial infarction, are among the leading causes of death globally.1 When it comes to treating coronary heart disease percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with stenting has become established as the gold standard. Nevertheless, PCI presents challenges for both the patient and the medical team working in the catheterization laboratory, commonly referred to as a cath lab.
New pathways for coronary interventions
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The precision provided by robotic assistance and the reduction in radiation exposure can be of fundamental importance.Holger Nef, MD
Robotic copilots in the cath lab? A promising approach for the future
As part of a clinical study, PCI was performed on five patients by using telerobotics and CorPath GRX platform5. Albrecht Elsässer of the German Cardiac Society believes that it will be possible to use the technology “universally and nationwide” in five to ten years’ time. Interventions will change rapidly because humans and machines can achieve more if they work together than separately, and because visible successes are more powerful than human fear.
- Remote telerobotic PCI applications are currently under development; it is not for sale in the USA, its future availability cannot be guaranteed.
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