Each year, interventional cardiologists gather in Washington DC for the Cardiovascular Research Technologies (CRT) Meeting which is organized by MedStar Washington Hospital Center. This year’s meeting featured new tracks highlighting cardiovascular innovation, a keynote by former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, and the several special symposia including a focus on women in interventional cardiology. The meeting continues to exceed expectations and this year featured the highest attendance yet.
Corindus was excited to participate in CRT again this year. Attendees were able to experience complex robotic-assisted PCI with an advanced simulator in the exhibit hall. One of the more exciting elements of the exhibition was the response by the future generation of interventionalists who were all very intrigued by the CorPath System and the paradigm shift it will bring into the cath lab in terms of both creating a new standard of care and a new level of protection now available to operators.
There were several presentations on robotic-assisted PCI including one by Dr. George Vetrovec on “Robotics in the Cath Lab” which was given during the nurse/technologist symposium. Corindus also participated in a first of its kind roundtable session between industry partners and radial thought leaders. The session, entitled “Defining Priorities for New Technology in Radial Intervention,” featured presentations from both radial “masters” and industry representatives. Brett Prince, the Vice President of Marketing for Corindus, highlighted the importance of protection and precision with CorPath as it relates to radial PCI.
On February 22nd, Dr. Itsik Ben-Dor, an interventional cardiologist at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, performed a live robotic-assisted PCI which was transmitted to the meeting. The case was an example of how robotics can be applied to reduce occupational hazards, especially in more complex procedures.
Dr. Itsik Ben-Dor performing a live robotic-assisted PCI
On the final day of the meeting, Dr. Ryan Madder, an interventional cardiologist at Spectrum Health, and Dr. Ehtisham Mahmud, Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine, Director of Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center-Medicine and Director of Interventional Cardiology at UC San Diego, both presented on their experience with robotic-assisted PCI during the “Cardiovascular Innovations” track. Dr. Madder focused on the importance of protection and highlighted the tremendous radiation safety initiatives in place at Spectrum. Spectrum is a pioneer for radiation safety having adopted several new technologies to provide the safest work environment possible for everyone in the cath lab. Dr. Mahmud highlighted the robotic precision of the CorPath System in both sub-millimeter measurement and 1mm device movements and presented several complex robotic cases he has performed at UC San Diego.
In the end, CRT 2016 provided yet another great opportunity for physicians and allied health professionals to learn from thought leaders on the latest clinical data and innovations, to understand the role of robotics in today’s cath lab, and to discuss ways to improve patient care while creating a safer cath lab by reducing occupational hazards.
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