The Determinants of Successful RF Ablation - Is Measurement of Tissue Contact the Next Step?



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The Determinants of Successful RF Ablation - Is Measurement of Tissue Contact the Next Step?

Author(s): Michael A. Jones, Kelvin C.K. Wong, Yaver Bashir, Timothy R. Betts and Kim Rajappan

Affiliation: John Radcliffe Hospital, Headley Way, Headington, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX3 9DU, United Kingdom.

Abstract

The assessment of tissue contact is an area undergoing much research as a means of improving the outcomes of cardiac radiofrequency ablation. This review provides an overview of RF ablation with specific reference to the relevance of good tissue contact to adequate RF lesion formation. An up-to-date review of the clinical evidence is provided, and recent patents of novel contact-sensing technologies in the field of cardiac RF ablation are presented.

Keywords: Ablation, atrial fibrillation, contact, ECI, endosense, intellisense, smart touch, verisense.

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Article Details

Volume: 8
Issue Number: 2
First Page: 151
Last Page: 161
Page Count: 11
DOI: 10.2174/15748901113089990019
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