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Provena Covenant Medical Center First to Offer Technologically Advanced Sensei X Robotic Catheter System in Champaign-Urbana

Provena Covenant Medical Center is the first and the only community hospital in Illinois to install and use a new, technologically advanced Sensei X® Robotic Catheter System.

The new Robotic Catheter System is a sophisticated flexible robotic platform that integrates advanced levels of 3D catheter control with 3D visualization, a combination that provides accuracy and stability to the physician during electrophysiology procedures.

"We are able to reach further into the heart with this new device because it allows us to place catheters with great precision and accuracy," said Christie Clinic Physician and Medical Director of Electrophysiology at Provena Covenant Medical Center, Abraham G. Kocheril, MD, FACC, FACP, FHRS. "The advanced navigation helps us to safely and effectively perform complex arrhythmia mapping procedures on our patients."

More than 2.5 million Americans have been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation resulting in more than 850,000 hospitalizations annually. Prior to the introduction of flexible robotic technology, the majority of electrophysiology procedures were done using a manual technique requiring physicians to perform a series of complex manipulations at one end of the catheter. As a result, achieving stable contact at every anatomic site within the heart necessary for a successful procedure could be difficult. In addition, because these procedures were performed in the electrophysiology lab, physicians would stand for hours wearing heavy lead vests to limit exposure to X-Rays when monitoring the catheter’s location in the patient.

The Sensei X® platform supports the CoHesion™ 3D Visualization Module, which integrates the 3D motion control of the Sensei X system with 3D visualization of the St. Jude Medical EnSite® system, and allows physicians to see the location of catheters within the heart in 3D.

Previously, two-dimensional technologies, such as fluoroscopy or ultrasound were used to assist physicians with guiding catheters inside the heart, which is a three-dimensional space. Combining the Sensei X and EnSite technologies is intended to provide physicians with 3D visualization that is expected to optimize control over placement of the catheter in specific locations.

The new platform allows physicians to robotically control a catheter from a workstation, improving their technical capabilities during electrophysiology procedures. As a result, physicians have the ability to place catheters deliberately and accurately within the heart. It also reduces radiation exposure to both patient and physician.

About Provena Covenant Medical Center
Provena Covenant Medical Center in Urbana, Illinois, is a Catholic faith-based hospital, where a tradition of clinical excellence and service to others come together to create powerful healing. A licensed 210-bed regional hospital serving 13 counties, Provena Covenant is one of east central Illinois' most advanced medical facilities offering a full scope of inpatient and outpatient care. For more information, visit

About Christie Clinic
Christie Clinic has provided health care to the residents of central Illinois for more than 80 years. It is the oldest multi-specialty medical group practice in central Illinois. Christie Clinic has clinics on University Avenue, Windsor Road, and Fox Drive in Champaign; the Christie Clinic Cancer Center and CU Sleep in Champaign; satellite clinics in Arthur, Danville, Mahomet, Rantoul, Tuscola, and Urbana; and Convenient Care at Christie on Windsor (Champaign), Christie in Urbana, and in the County Market on Kirby & Duncan (Champaign). For more information about Christie Clinic, please call 217-366-1200, or visit

Hansen Medical, Heart Design, Hansen Medical & Heart Design, Sensei, IntelliSense, and Fine Force Technology are registered trademarks, and Artisan, Artisan Extend, Lynx, CoHesion, and Instinctive Motion are trademarks of Hansen Medical, Inc., in the United States and other countries. EnSite is a trademark of St. Jude Medical.


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