Dr. Lynne Hung remembers it well. “Before Stereotaxis, we stood next to patients, manually pushing catheters and using X-ray for positioning,” she says of the EP team at Mission Hospital in Southern California. Now, with the Niobe, they are able to sit in a control room, using a joystick to control movements and analyzing data in real time. “It’s not only safer and more precise, but allows you to think better.”
Dr. Hung also remembers her initial experiences with robotic navigation while it was still in its infancy: first at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville, Indiana in 2006 and later at Scott and White Medical Center in Temple, Texas. “My first case was an AVNRT, which took about 4 ½ hours. It was so exciting to be sitting down,” she says.