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Pinnacle first to introduce robotic heart catheter in southcentral Pa.

PinnacleHealth System today said it was the first to introduce a robotic heart catheter system in southcentral Pennsylvania.

The $500,000 system gives physicians a new, flexible way to conduct advanced catheter navigation in the heart during electrophysiology procedures, the Harrisburg-based health care provider said.

The Sensei X Robotic Catheter System is manufactured by California-based Hansen Medical Inc. The tool integrates advanced 3-D catheter control with 3-D visuals, which gives physicians accuracy and stability during procedures, Pinnacle said.

Physicians can robotically control the catheter, which is called the Artisan Extend Control Catheter, from a workstation. It improves a physician’s technical capabilities during electrophysiology procedures, which gives them the ability to place catheters deliberately and accurately within the heart, Pinnacle said. It also reduces radiation exposure to patients and physicians.

“We are now able to reach further into the heart with this new device because it allows us to place catheters with great precision and accuracy,” said Dr. David C. Man of Associated Cardiologists, who uses the new device at Pinnacle. “The advanced navigation helps us to safely and effectively perform complex arrhythmia mapping procedures on our patients.”

Pinnacle has exclusive rights to the device in the region for the next two years, said Gray Onobrakpeya, Pinnacle spokesman.

“Only Dr. Man has so far been trained on its use around here — to the best of what we know,” Onobrakpeya said.

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