Magnet, Computer Joystick Key To 'Driving' Advanced Heart Care
Ohio State University Medical Center has installed one of just 50 machines in the world that adds precision, safety and increased effectiveness to the catheter-based treatment of irregular heartbeats, especially procedures that have the potential to cure a debilitating chronic heart condition, atrial fibrillation.
Among key features of the new technology: The catheter is driven by computer-directed magnets, resulting in greater precision and reproducibility, and the catheter design is softer and safer. In comparison, a conventional heart catheter is stiffer, and manual navigation of the catheter can be challenging and less precise.
"Here, we're using a magnetic field to exert the force