Dr. Schreiber added that the "precision of robotic techniques now applies to percutaneous coronary intervention" (removing arterial blockages with flexible catheters rather than through invasive surgery), and that the new procedure "is expected to markedly diminish ionizing radiation exposure to physicians, patients and staff during the procedure, since it requires fewer [x-ray] pictures. That will also lead to wiser resource consumption, with more precise stent delivery and angiography, thanks to the enhanced visualization provided to the clinicians during the procedure."Built around a recently developed technology platform known as "The CorPath 200 System," the new robotic-assisted revascularization procedure allows the cardiologist to sit at a control panel and operate a robotic arm that guides flexible tubes (known as catheters) through arteries that are blocked by sclerotic deposits or other disorders in patients with cardiovascular ailments. Once in place near a blockage, the catheter can then deliver stents or balloons that will help to restore blood flow by expanding the area around the arterial backup.
DMC Heart Care Specialists Are First In Midwest To Implement "Robotic-Assisted" Revascularization To Relieve Arterial Blockages
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