Adept Medical, the Auckland based manufacturer of the STARSystem, has announced the release of its latest product innovation, the I.R. Platform (interventional radiology platform). The I.R. Platform is an over-the-patient work surface, specifically designed for use by interventional radiologists when they are working through the femoral artery.
Adept’s previous experience with the development of the STARSystem, a radial arm support system used by interventional cardiologists around the globe, and the femoral table, a much smaller, lightweight, work surface to aid femoral access procedures in cardiology and neuroradiology, has provided further insights into the clinical environment and requirements of the wider interventional radiology field.
Post market feedback and extensive research identified the need for a longer over-patient work surface that would be useful for clinicians performing ‘over the wire’ procedures and using very long wires of up to 300cm.
One of the key benefits of the I.R. Platform is the improved operational security for equipment on a stable, height and length appropriate surface unaffected by the patient’s legs, a press release from Adept says.
Manufactured from carbon fibre composite and plastic, the I.R. Platform is strong, lightweight, radiolucent and very easy to set up or remove for each patient, the release adds. The Lower (base) board slides under the mattress which allows the platform to fit any procedure table. Then, with the patient lying in a supine position on the imaging table, the platform is simply placed over the patient’s legs to locate in the sockets on the Lower Board.
The height of the platform can be adjusted to suit the specific patient size ensuring the platform’s feathered, front edge can be tuned perfectly adjacent to the femoral access site. With its easy to attach, optional extension, the I.R. Platform can be set at two different lengths according to equipment needs.
The standalone platform (without extension) is well-suited for shorter wire procedures such as ‘rapid exchange catheter systems’ and the extended platform is suited for ‘over the wire catheter systems’ and neuroradiology wires.
Another feature of the I.R. Platform is that the working surface is secured above the patient by locking clips which connect the legs to the Lower (Base) Board under the mattress. This removes the risk that a distressed patient could dislodge the platform off the table.