Hansen highlights Sensei robotic system with 3D mapping capabilities
BOSTON—Hansen Medical showcased its Sensei Robotic Catheter System and the CoHesion 3D visualization module at the 14th annual Boston Atrial Fibrillation Symposium (BAFS), Jan. 15-17.

The electrophysiology (EP) solution, which offers physicians a software interface between Hansen’s robotic catheter system and St. Jude Medical’s EnSite technologies, is designed to provide physicians with 3D visualization to assist movement of the catheter throughout the heart and intended to optimize control over catheter placement.

In addition to their partnership with St. Jude, Hansen prides itself on being an open-architecture remote robotic navigation platform, into which the Sensei can integrate various technologies that are preferred by the provider, Matthew J. Baechle, Hansen’s senior director of marketing, told Cardiovascular Business News.

As a result of its non-proprietary nature, Hansen also formalized a new partnership with Philips Healthcare to co-develop integrated products that may simplify cardiac procedures to diagnose and treat cardiac arrhythmias, and combine Philips’ Allura Xper x-ray system with Hansen’s Sensei. 

The Moutain View, Calif.-based company said its CoHesion interface expands the utility of the EnSite and Sensei systems to provide physicians with a remote navigation and mapping system for EP procedures. The EnSite system provides visualization and localization for detection of EP catheters in 3D space within the heart chamber, while the Sensei system is designed to permit remote movement of catheters in 3D.

St. Jude’s EnSite system is a computer-based technology for mapping the electric activity for the heart, and for localizing and visualizing EP catheters. The EnSite system creates 3D graphical displays of cardiac structures and arrhythmias, enabling catheter navigation without fluoroscopy.

The Sensei system uses medical robotics technology to provide control of catheter movement inside the heart, designed to provide fine catheter control while mapping in 3D to enhance the physician’s ability to access anatomy, and to maintain stability during cardiac arrhythmia procedures. The physician workstation is adaptable to existing EP lab suites and can be placed away from the field of direct radiation. The disposable Artisan Control Catheter is comprised of inner and outer steerable guide catheters that accommodate existing pre-approved percutaneous catheters.