Electromagnetic Catheter Tracking System to Reduce Radiation Exposure

Market Overview:

This electromagnetic catheter tracking system improves surgical intervention while reducing radiation exposure to pediatric cardiology patients. As congenital heart disease (CHD) cases continue to rise in children, the pediatric interventional cardiology market is expected rise as well, reaching a value of $1,379.1 million by 2018. While many therapeutic interventions for CHD patients have transitioned from open surgical procedures to minimally invasive, catheter-based procedures requiring fluoroscopic guidance, this approach results in excessive cumulative radiation exposure for children. According to the FDA, radiation exposure from medical imaging has almost doubled in the past two decades alone, with children and teenagers being especially vulnerable to the effects of radiation exposure through procedures like interventional fluoroscopy. To combat this issue, researchers at Clemson University and Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) have developed an image-guided navigation system capable of displaying catheter position and real-time 3D echocardiographic images, reducing fluoroscopy use in clinical intervention.

Application                                                               Stage of Development

Pediatric cardiology; medical imaging                      Preliminary Prototype



• Requires fewer fluoroscopic acquisitions, reducing radiation exposure

• Provides feedback and guidance to clinician about the catheter location, enabling up-to-date information

  for optimum patient safety


Technical Summary

To date, radiation dose reduction in cardiac catheterization has been aimed at modifying the existing technology to limited dose delivery. However, this approach is inherently limited because fluoroscopy remains the principal imaging modality. Inventors from Clemson University and MUSC have developed an electromagnetic catheter navigation system capable of displaying catheter position and real-time 3D echocardiographic images, thereby reducing exposure to ionizing radiation via fluoroscopy. To facilitate guidance of the instrument during the surgery, the estimated position of an instrument relative to the plurality of projection images can be displayed. The position of the instrument can be tracked using an electromagnetic tracking system, which uses a low-strength magnetic field to follow miniaturized sensor coils embedded in the instrument. For use in interventional cardiology, the system integrates real-time catheter position into a dynamic, anatomical image of the heart.


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Inventors:                  David Kwartowitz, Hamilton Baker, Fuad Mefleh

Patent Type:              Utility

Serial Patent              9,183,354

CURF Ref:                2011-122

MUSC-FRD Ref:      P1143

Patent Information:
Biomedical Sciences
For Information, Contact:
Chris Gesswein
Director of Licensing
Clemson University Research Foundation
David Kwartowitz
Hamilton Baker
Fuad Mefleh
Image-Guided Surgery
Medical Device
Medical Imaging
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