Royal Philips announces new imaging and workflow enhancements for its KODEX-EPD cardiac imaging and mapping system. The system is now being used to treat patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), a common heart rhythm disorder, at 40 sites worldwide with more than 1,500 patients treated.

Unlike traditional methods to image the heart during AF procedures such as CT and X-ray fluoroscopy, the KODEX-EPD system uses a combination of sensors attached to the body and catheters inside the heart to image the anatomy and properties of the heart, using innovative dielectric sensing technology. As a result, electrophysiologists can create detailed 3D views of the heart of a patient in as little as three minutes and navigate to the target location more easily and efficiently, with the required precision and without using radiation.

“The new release of the KODEX-EPD system represents a significant step forward in terms of image quality and workflow efficiency for AF procedures, as we continue to work towards our longer-term goal of providing real-time therapy assessment,” says Marlou Janssen, general manager, Philips EPD Solutions. “By partnering with Medtronic and developing unique capabilities for cryoablation, we can give more physicians access to this truly innovative cardiac imaging and mapping system and contribute to delivering efficient workflows with Medtronic’s best-in-class cryoablation therapy.”

Advances in the new release include faster, high-resolution imaging; improvements in mapping functionality and point density; as well as new visualization options such as ‘multi-chamber’ view to help understand the relative positions of adjacent chambers and ‘glass view,’ which provides physicians with an improved perception of 3D catheter location and orientation within the heart. For cryoablation procedures, the KODEX-EPD system offers enhanced Occlusion assessment functionality with high accuracy and a simplified workflow.

The KODEX-EPD cardiac imaging and mapping system is commercially available in the US, Europe, and China.