St. Jude successful with US cardiac ablation

Medical device manufacturer St. Jude Medical reported that its high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) surgical ablation technology was successfully deployed in a clinical case.

The system allows an ablation device to be placed on the outside of a beating heart, and deliver HIFU energy across the wall of the heart to create precise and complete lines of cardiac tissue ablation, according to the St. Paul, MN-based developer. The HIFU cardiac ablation procedure was performed prior to the accompanying cardiac procedure, on the beating heart and off-pump, without having to stop the patient's heart, the company said.

The HIFU surgical ablation technology was originally developed by Epicor Medical of Sunnyvale, CA, which was acquired by St. Jude Medical in June 2004.

By staff writers
December 21, 2004

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