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Intracardiac catheter with industrial-grade diamonds

Dear Sir or Madam,

When the normal heartbeat gets out of sync, this can trigger a stroke or lead to clot formation, among other things. Nowadays, surgical intervention with a cardiac catheter is a safe and well-proven method. In the Interview you can find out how this method can be improved even further.

Stay healthy!

Timo Roth
Editorial team

PS: The video shows how the surgeon can operate in a sitting position with the help of robotic arms.

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Topic of the Month: Possibilities and limits of bioprinting
Interview: Atrial fibrillation
Video: Robotic arms in the operating room
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Printed life – possibilities and limits of bioprinting

Topic of the Month

Image: Illustrations of various 3D-printed prostheses, implants and organs; Copyright: PantherMedia/annyart
Implants, prostheses and various other components made of plastic, metal or ceramics are already being produced by additive manufacturing. But skin, blood vessels or entire organs from the printer – is that possible? For some years now, intensive research has been underway into the production of biologically functional tissue using printing processes. Some things are already possible with bioprinting – others are still dreams of the future.
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Printed life – possibilities and limits of bioprinting
Bioprinting: life from the printer
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Robotic arms in the operating room – When the surgeon can work in a sitting position


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Surgeons do not only need much concentration, but also strength and endurance. Robotic arms under their control can do part of this work. Prof. (Saitama Med. Univ.) Dietmar Stephan from the St. Marien Hospital Siegen describes in our video, how controls and haptic feedback can make surgery with a robot easier. And chief physician Prof. Frank Willeke explains, how a hospital can create the right conditions for the use of a surgical robot.
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Robotic arms in the operating room – When the surgeon can work in a sitting position
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Atrial fibrillation: better outcomes with diamonds


Image: A surgeon is inserting a catheter into a blood vessel of a patient; Copyright: PantherMedia/chanawit
Atrial fibrillation is an irregular heartbeat that can lead to blood clots and trigger strokes. To correct the condition, physicians use medication or surgical intervention by means of catheter ablation. This surgical method on the beating heart is a standard and safe procedure but there is always room for improvement.
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Atrial fibrillation: better outcomes with diamonds
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