If you asked the average person about the importance of minimizing measurement errors and maximizing accuracy when performing a Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI), the first thing they would probably do is ask what PCI is. Once this was explained, however, even non-medical people would undoubtedly declare that if you are inserting something into a patient’s heart, precision at every step is critical.
The problem is that the challenge of improving precision in PCI is in many ways becoming harder to overcome, because more complex PCI procedures are increasingly more common, accounting for approximately 40% of all PCI cases today.2
The solution to that problem may well lie in a robotic system that allows for accurate lesion measurement as well as precise stent placement. The system is called Corindus CorPath GRX, and it helps to reduce measurement errors, as well as the incidence of LGM and subsequently the need for extra stents.3
For cardiologists who have always had to rely on their eyes, their judgment, and their extraordinary skills, the promise of increased accuracy might well seem too good to be true. This paper takes that concern as a starting point and explores the various questions that understandably surround this new system:
- Why can’t we fully rely on what we see?
- What can this system do to improve stent placement?
- Can this system deliver improved patient outcomes?
- At the end of the day, is this system worth the investment?
The answers to these questions paint a clear and convincing picture of a robotic system that is an absolute game-changer when it comes to precision stenting, and a win-win for both cardiologists and their patients.
How does Corindus CorPath GRX work?
Corindus CorPath GRX is a robotic system that helps to create a safe and healthy workspace for interventionalists. It allows operators to perform interventions by manipulating guidewires, guide catheters and devices from a radiation-shielded, ergonomic workplace with a set of joysticks and touchscreen controls without the need to wear heavy protective lead.
Automated movements of the robotic system aid operators in navigating tortuous anatomies and crossing complex lesions. Exact measurement of anatomy aids in selecting the appropriate stent, while precise movements support accurate device-positioning. All this can contribute to more consistent, high-quality outcomes. These capabilities allow more operators to perform complex PCI with confidence and help interventionalists reduce unwarranted variations.