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Niobe Remote Magnetic Navigation System

Hackensack University Medical Center as part of their Heart and Vascular Hospital Center Initiative has created a Niobe Remote Magnetic Navigation Laboratory. Remote Magnetic Navigation is a technological advance that allows physicians to treat cardiac arrhythmias with a great degree of efficiency, safety, and precision. The physician uses sophisticated software to drive powerful magnets positioned near the patient. The software draws a map of the diseased tissue, and the magnets lead a soft catheter gently along this map by guiding its magnetic tip. This enables the physician to safely position the catheter in the precise location of the required therapy. The physician can then activate the catheter and deliver the treatment.

Niobe Remote Magnetic Navigation System

The system's magnets generate magnetic fields that are less than 10% of the strength of fields typically generated by MRI equipment, which has been widely used in medicine for more than 20 years. The magnetic technology is perfectly safe for patients.

Because the working tip of the catheter is controlled by a magnetic field, the physician maintains precise, digital control over the catheter's tip regardless of the distance traveled or the number turns made by the catheter to arrive at the diseased tissue. Because the catheter is guided from its working tip by a magnetic field and not pushed from behind by hand, as in manual ablation, or robotic procedures, the catheter is extremely "soft" or "floppy," and therefore extremely safe when held against a beating heart, or when traveling through delicate vasculature.

This technology enables a new standard of effective, non-invasive care for patients who may have failed anti-arrhythmic drug therapy, or would have had to rely on drug therapy alone, or whose arrhythmia might only be treated during coronary artery bypass surgery, improving their quality of life.

Most importantly, ablation procedures with the Niobe System are exceedingly safe. Globally, physicians have performed more than 25,000 ablation and other procedures with this technology. Major adverse events have occurred in less than 0.1% of cases.

Other benefits of the system include:

  • Shorter procedures and faster recovery time, enabling patients to return to normal
    activity within a few days.
  • Less patient exposure to X-ray radiation and contrast dyes.
  • Significantly reduced risk of serious complications from perforation of blood vessels or
    heart tissue.

If your physician would like to refer you for a consultation or you would like to make an appointment to speak with us concerning the treatment options available to you in our Atrial Fibrillation Center please call (201) 996-2997.

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