Advanced fully integrated radiofrequency/optical-coherence-tomography irrigated catheter for atrial fibrillation ablation
Journal of Biophotonics
Electron Science Research Institute
Australian Research Council
Edith Cowan University
© 2020 Wiley-VCH GmbH The inability of current catheter ablation procedures to accurately monitor lesion formation limits their safety and efficacy. An advanced fully integrated radiofrequency (RF)/optical coherence tomography (OCT) ablation catheter is developed, which enables real-time monitoring during ablation. An OCT fiber array is especially designed, developed and integrated into an off-the-shelf irrigated RF ablation catheter. In-vitro experimental studies performed on poultry and ovine hearts demonstrate the ability of the integrated RF/OCT system to provide information on the quality and orientation of catheter/wall contact. Experimental results show that adipose tissue can be accurately identified from normal myocardial tissue with 94% accuracy and lesion formation is monitored with an overall accuracy of 93%. The ability to predict pop events is also demonstrated, with an accuracy of 86%.