Acutus Medical yesterday launched its AcQBlate Force Sensing Ablation System following the CE mark approval of its Force ablation catheter.
When used with the company’s AcQMap, the ablation system is designed for the electrophysiologic mapping and RF ablation of cardiac arrhythmias. It shows physicians in real-time how much contact is being applied to the heart during ablation procedures.
“It is important that physicians know how much force is being applied to the wall of the heart during ablation procedures,” Tamas Szili-Torok of Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, Netherlands said in a news release. “AcQBlate Force is a unique and differentiated product that will easily surpass expectations in providing a therapeutic solution. The AcQBlate Force catheter combines the benefits of optical force-sensing technology, a gold ablation electrode, and a novel irrigation design to enable effective lesion formation at lower irrigation rates.”
Acutus Medical’s gold-tipped catheter features improved workflow efficiency through greater thermal conductivity compared to conventional platinum-iridium electrodes. The thermal properties result in more efficient energy delivery and decreased tip temperature at half the irrigation rates of conventional force sensing catheters.
The ablation catheter is paired with the Qubic Force Module that can translate the contact force signal into an intuitive real-time display of contact force and contact force angle that a physician could use to navigate the cardiac anatomy while delivering therapy.
“We are excited to offer this innovative and fully integrated therapeutic solution,” CEO Vince Burgess said. AcQBlate Force’s capabilities reflect everything we’re trying to accomplish at Acutus – the creation and delivery of EP products that are both state-of-the-art and designed to work in virtually any setting due to their open platform design. Open platforms help accelerate innovation and drive cost-effective solutions that ultimately benefit all. We look forward to offering the benefits of a comprehensive, force-sensing ablation system to electrophysiologists in Europe and, ultimately, around the world.”
The AcQBlate Force Sensing Catheter is currently not for sale in the U.S.