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The rise of robotic angio

April 19, 2021
Endoscopy Operating Room
From the April 2021 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine

In the infection control arena, some robotic angiography units allow for an operating room (OR) type of environment by avoiding contact with the angiography suite’s ceiling and floor. This OR-like environment permits necessary laminar air flow over the patient while limiting contact with bodily fluids, cabling, and medical equipment.

Expect use of robotic angiography systems to expand in the coming years, in part because more surgical procedures will become minimally invasive. In the IR space, for example, more embolization and ablation procedures will be used to treat new conditions. These procedures will potentially include bariatric embolization, prostate artery embolization, and osteoarthritis embolization (aka geniculate embolization), or the embolization of blood vessels connected to nerves in the knees to prevent joint pain. In the structural heart realm, repair of mitral and tricuspid valvular disease eventually will be as commonplace as transcatheter aortic valve repair (TAVR), bringing relief to an underserved patient population that currently undergoes highly complex procedures at higher-acuity institutions.

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As the integration of robotics in the angiography suite increases, we can expect this integration to enable increased access to care, improve quality of care, and drive the development of innovative telehealth solutions.

All of this means we have good reason to welcome robotics to the angiography suite.

About the author: David Pacitti is president and head of the Americas for Siemens Healthineers.

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