Royal Philips Electronics, of Andover, Mass., and Hansen Medical, Inc., of Mountain View, Calif., have signed joint development and cooperation agreements to create integrated solutions for the diagnosis and treatment of arrhythmias.

The agreements will combine Philips’ Allura Xper X-Ray system with Hansen Medical’s Sensei Robotic Catheter System. The resulting innovations will seek to simplify complex procedures performed by electrophysiologists.

“We believe that combining our efforts will allow us to provide enhanced value and improved capabilities to our customers as this alliance is targeted at developing integrated solutions that will impact not only visualization, but also instinctive driving within 3D anatomical models,” said Gary Restani, president and COO of Hansen Medical.

The Sensei system permits physicians to place mapping catheters in hard-to-reach anatomical locations within the heart easily, accurately and with stability during cardiac arrhythmia procedures. Philips’ integrated EP lab system brings together the company’s Allura Xper X-Ray family and specifically designed tools like EP cockpit and EP navigator to improve the lab environment.