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UAB Surgeon First To Use New Heart Catheter On A U.S. Patient

Thu, 09/12/2013 - 10:37am

University of Alabama at Birmingham cardiovascular physician Tom McElderry, M.D., has become the first surgeon in the United States to use the new IntellaTip MiFi XP catheter in a patient.

The device was given FDA approval in the United States in August for the treatment of atrial flutter, an arrhythmia that affects nearly one million people in the United States.

IntellaTip MiFi™ XP is engineered to deliver highly localized electrical information in real time. An innovative set of electrodes around the catheter’s tip provide electrograms of the heart – photos of the heart’s electric anatomy – with a higher resolution than any other ablation catheter. These electrograms help clinicians assess lesion maturation and differentiate viable from non-viable tissue.

McElderry, associate professor of medicine and section chief of Electrophysiology in UAB’s Division of Cardiovascular Disease, worked with Boston Scientific for five years on the sensor technology.

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