Healthcare Industry News: magnetic navigation
News Release - November 6, 2006
Stereotaxis Announces Clearance of Stereotaxis System for Use in Neurovascular and Peripheral ApplicationsST. LOUIS, Nov. 6 (HSMN NewsFeed) -- Stereotaxis, Inc. (Nasdaq: STXS ) today announced 510(k) FDA clearance of the Niobe® magnetic navigation system for use in neurovascular and peripheral applications with the Company's family of Cronus® magnetically enabled .014" vascular guidewires. Stereotaxis had previously received FDA clearance to use the Niobe System and Cronus guidewire family in coronary vasculature procedures only.
"While we have no current plans to immediately move into peripheral and neurovascular clinical applications, this clearance provides us with the flexibility to do so at a time of our choosing," said Bevil Hogg, President and Chief Executive Officer of Stereotaxis, Inc. "We believe this latest clearance is further evidence of the broad applicability of our system to the entire body."
Stereotaxis designs, manufactures and markets an advanced cardiology instrument control system for use in a hospital's interventional surgical suite to enhance the treatment of coronary artery disease and arrhythmias. The Stereotaxis System is designed to enable physicians to complete more complex interventional procedures by providing image guided delivery of catheters and guidewires through the blood vessels and chambers of the heart to treatment sites. This is achieved using computer-controlled, externally applied magnetic fields that govern the motion of the working tip of the catheter or guidewire, resulting in improved navigation, shorter procedure time and reduced x-ray exposure. The core components of the Stereotaxis system have received regulatory clearance in the U.S., Europe and Canada.
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