Dublin, Ireland – Medtronic plc has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for the CardioInsight noninvasive 3D mapping system. The CardioInsight system is used to map a wide range of irregular heart rhythms in the upper and lower chambers of the heart, and provides electroanatomic 3D maps of the heart. The system was first used commercially in the U.S. by Vivek Reddy, M.D., director of cardiac arrhythmia services at the Mount Sinai Hospital and the Mount Sinai Health System, New York.
Cardiac mapping – typically accomplished by inserting a catheter into the heart via an artery or vein – allows physicians to locate the origin of a patient's irregular heart rhythms (arrhythmias). In contrast, the CardioInsight system is the first commercially released, noninvasive, cardiac electrical mapping system in the world, eliminating the invasive steps of this clinical procedure.
(Left) The CardioInsight Mapping Vest is supplied non-sterile and packaged individually. It is a single use device.
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"By offering this noninvasive approach, we are effectively streamlining the clinical procedure planning process for clinicians, and making it easy for patients to receive precise mapping results from their providers right at their bedside," said Dr. Reddy. "This system shifts mapping away from the EP lab, potentially saving time and enhancing the patient experience." Dr. Reddy receives financial compensation as a consultant to Medtronic, as well as research grant support from Medtronic.
Medtronic will employ a strategic rollout of the technology in the geographies where it is cleared. Medtronic acquired CardioInsight in 2015, now part of the Medtronic AF Solutions business in the Cardiac Rhythm and Heart Failure division.
"The CardioInsight system further expands the portfolio of solutions available for common and complex arrhythmias," said Colleen Fowler, vice president and general manager of the AF Solutions business. "This technology - which has been in development for decades - is now poised to drive greater physician insights and new advancements in the study and treatment of infrequent, unstable cardiac rhythms in a noninvasive, patient-friendly manner."
In collaboration with leading clinicians, researchers, and scientists worldwide, Medtronic offers the broadest range of innovative medical technology for the interventional and surgical treatment of cardiovascular disease and cardiac arrhythmias. The company strives to offer products and services of the highest quality that deliver clinical and economic value to healthcare consumers and providers around the world.
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