EP MedSystems initiates ICE-CHIP trial

Electrophysiology device developer EP MedSystems of West Berlin, NJ, has begun a new clinical study, called the intracardiac echocardiography-guided cardioversion to help interventional procedures (ICE-CHIP) trial.

The ICE-CHIP trial is a sequential phase I and phase II worldwide clinical trial, which compares the cardiac imaging capabilities of ICE during a cardiac catheterization procedure with standard transesophageal echocardiography, which is a separate standalone procedure in phase I. In phase II, immediate ICE-guided cardioversion is compared to a conventional cardioversion strategy of greater than three weeks of warfarin therapy in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF).

Both phases are designed to reduce the need for additional procedures and prolonged delays in cardioversion therapy for AF patients, the company said. The ICE technique can be incorporated into standard cardiac catheterization and electrophysiologic procedures that are performed by cardiologists, according to EP MedSystems.

This is EP MedSystems' first clinical trial involving intracardiac ultrasound.

By AuntMinnie.com staff writers
May 4, 2005

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