Revolutionizing Cardiac Procedures with Augmented Reality

In the ever-evolving landscape of healthcare technology, augmented reality has emerged as a game-changer. St. Louis-based developer, SentiAR, is breaking new ground by receiving 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its groundbreaking electrophysiology (EP) cardiac mapping system interface, known as CommandEP. This innovative system is revolutionizing cardiac procedures by integrating augmented reality to create interactive holograms of the heart in real time.  

Seeing the Heart in 3D: A Leap in Cardiac Ablation 

The CommandEP system opens the door to a new era of cardiac procedures. This technology seamlessly integrates with holographic imaging systems to generate 3D digital models of the heart in real time. These dynamic models provide physicians with a 360-degree interactive map that proves invaluable during surgeries, particularly cardiac ablation. 

Traditionally, physicians would have to rely on 2D images and hard-to-maneuver equipment, but with CommandEP, they can view a 3D model of the heart and control it with hand motions during procedures. This gives the physician total control over the images, so they do not have to instruct another person on how to manipulate an image, while maintaining the sterile field since it does not rely on a controller or screen. This hands-free approach not only enhances precision but ensures the utmost safety and efficacy for patients. 

Physicians wear specialized headsets to immerse themselves in the holographic model of the patient’s heart. These headsets allow them to explore intricate details such as previous surgeries, catheter locations, and abnormalities, all while maintaining a clear view of the procedure room. The result is a seamless integration of reality and the holographic images that can be used right at the tableside in the EP lab. 

Real-World Application at Massachusetts General Hospital 

The CommandEP system is already making waves at renowned healthcare institutions. Massachusetts General Hospital, a pioneer in healthcare excellence, has integrated this cutting-edge technology into its procedures. Gregory Michaud, MD, the clinical director at Massachusetts General Hospital, remarked on the results, stating, “Our initial clinical experience with the CommandEP system has been promising. Being able to see patient anatomy in full 3D visualization with contact force allows us to identify targets and navigate more efficiently.” The hospital eagerly anticipates further developments and enhancements of the system. 

SentiAR’s Vision and Industry Impact 

SentiAR, Inc., the brains behind CommandEP, is spearheading innovation in healthcare technology. Founded by Dr. Jennifer Silva, MD, FHRS, FACC, FAHA, Dr. Jonathan Silva, PhD of Washington University in St. Louis, and Mike Southworth, MS, SentiAR has garnered support from various industry players, including the NIH, BioGenerator, and Cultivation Capital, to transform their vision into reality. 

Their pioneering Mixed Reality technology is poised to reshape interventional procedures, starting with cardiac ablation, including atrial fibrillation treatment. The SentiAR platform serves as an immersive command center for clinicians, presenting a 3D hologram of the patient’s electro-anatomic data in real time. This innovative solution equips clinicians with unprecedented control via SentiAR’s patent-protected, intuitive gaze interface, providing invaluable insights to guide physician diagnosis and catheter navigation. 

The Future of Augmented Reality in Healthcare 

SentiAR’s CommandEP system marks a significant milestone in the integration of augmented reality in healthcare. With this innovative technology, physicians have the power to revolutionize cardiac procedures, ensuring greater precision, efficiency, and patient safety. As SentiAR continues to develop new features and expand its clinical studies, we can anticipate even more groundbreaking applications of augmented reality in healthcare, paving the way for a brighter and more innovative future. 

To learn more about SentiAR and their groundbreaking technology, visit SentiAR’s official website. 


  • Kay Kegley

    Kay Kegley joined AHEC in 2020 and has since played a vital role in producing high-quality content for the company's blog, social media, and video productions. Her skills in writing, editing, and producing content have been invaluable in helping the company reach a wider audience and continue to provide top-quality education to healthcare professionals across the country.

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