The Use of Remote Magnetic Navigation in Catheter Ablation of Atrial Arrhythmias

Jeffrey A. Tice, MD



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Abstract and Introduction


The California Technology Assessment Forum (CTAF) was asked to assess the evidence for the use of remote magnetic navigation during catheter ablation of atrial arrhythmias. Catheter ablation using radiofrequency energy has become standard therapy for the treatment of patients with symptomatic supraventricular tachycardia and is increasingly being used to treat atrial fibrillation. The procedures may last for hours with repeated use of fluoroscopy to help guide the placement of catheters in the heart. Remote magnetic navigation was developed to improve the precision and flexibility of catheter movement to increase the efficacy of ablation while lowering the risk of unintended damage to the heart and reducing radiation exposure to both patients and healthcare providers.


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