Experimental ablation study using a new long linear probe in isolated porcine hearts

Eimei Shimoike, Norihiro Ueda, Toru Maruyama, Yoshikazu Kaji, Shozo Kanaya, Takehiko Fujino, Yoshiyuki Niho

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    Abstract

    We studied a new technique for creating long linear lesions in hearts using a custom-made linear probe. Radiofrequency (RF) energy applications using a 25-mm long stainless steel linear probe and a corresponding 500-kHz energy generator were tested, creating 90 lesions in isolated porcine hearts. The RF current was applied between the linear probe and a large patch electrode attached to the back of the specimen. Three parameters, comprising the power of the delivered energy, the pressure of contact between the probe and the specimen, and the duration of energy delivery were changed independently and the size of the resulting lesions was measured. All 90 lesions were transmural, well demarcated and created by a single stationary RF application. Lesion length and width increased with: 1) increasing power, when the other two parameters were maintained at constant levels, 2) increasing contact pressure, when the other two parameters were maintained at constant levels, and 3) increasing duration of energy delivery when the other two paramaters were maintained at constant levels. The maximum width of the lesions was 3.7 mm. No overheating of any of the specimens was observed. In conclusion, the new original long linear probe used in this study was effective for creating transmural linear lesions, presenting the possibility of a worthwhile contribution to the maze surgical procedure applied to atrial fibrillation.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)189-197
    Number of pages9
    Journaljapanese heart journal
    Volume40
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 1999

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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