German-based endovascular simulator company Cathi recently announced that it launched its Cathis RHC 2 right heart catheter simulator.
The company developed Cathis RHC 2 in close consultation with the Cologne Cardiovascular Research Center in Germany. It has all features of the first iteration of the device with added benefits of wire-assisted navigation and the potential to work with real liquids for thermodilution simulation.
A right heart catheter is inserted through the jugular or femoral artery to provide an invasive examination of the right heart, which includes the atrium and ventricle. The procedure can detect pathological changes through pressure measurements, including central venous pressure, right atrium pressure and right ventricular pressure. Right heart catheters can also measure pressure in the pulmonary arteries and capillaries, as well as cardiac output.
“Characterizing the exact hemodynamics of patients with cardiovascular disease is becoming increasingly important, so improvement in teaching and knowledge transfer in this field is urgently required,” Stephan Rosenkranz, head of the Cologne Cardiovascular Research Center, said in a news release.
Cathi’s first right heart catheter simulator software has a number of functionalities that include realistic X-ray projections, 3D view of the vessel, dose management and more.
“Hands-on training using state-of-the-art methods offers an excellent opportunity for a sustainable and efficient transfer of knowledge and understanding of hemodynamic relationships. Cathis RHC 2, the new innovative simulator developed with CCRC’s expertise, will significantly enrich our training capabilities.”