R-One – Robocath

R-One, the medical robot 

R-One™ robotic assistance platform was designed using a global approach to the needs of interventional cardiology. It integrates flawlessly with the interventional protocol. R-One™ is designed to provide physicians with reliable, precise assistance during procedures and enhance movements creating better interventional conditions, in particular by being totally protected from x-rays.

R-One™ comprises two core elements:

  • Radio-protected control unit: a mobile radioprotection control station with a mobile radiation protection screen that protects medical staff from x-rays, and the command unit (joysticks). With this unit, the physician remotely controls instruments in the vascular system safely and accurately
  • Robotic unit: comprising the robot and its articulated support arm.

The architecture of the medical robot R-One™ allows to use two guidewires and a stent or balloon catheter. It is compatible with market leading devices (guidewires, stent/balloons, imaging systems, etc.). It takes just a few minutes to install and integrates flawlessly with the intervention protocol, without adding any additional steps.

Robotic precision

  • R-Grasp®: this unique, anthropomorphic technology facilitates the navigation of instruments inside the vascular system, making it possible to reproduce hand movements at any point (independent or simultaneous rotation and translation). The right joystick alone enables the guidewire to be navigated into position. The left joystick controls the catheter stent/balloon previously placed on the guide. This intuitive control system allows physicians to easily familiarize themselves with it.
  • R-Lock®: Locking the guidewire in the robotic unit ensures that it remains perfectly stable throughout the intervention and that access to the lesion is maintained during the procedure. This system significantly improves interventional conditions.

Enhanced movement

In addition to its anthropomorphic nature, replicating hand movements identically, R-One™ offers a greater level of freedom of movement than a manual procedure (repeatability, one-handed guidance, etc.). This presents new movement possibilities like continuous rotation (Easy-Loop®).

Comfort and safety for medical staff

  • Radio-Stop®: thanks to the mobile radioprotection control station, interventional cardiologists can carry out interventions remotely. This means they are protected from x-rays, known to cause recognized occupational diseases such as cancer. The intervention is carried out in a safe environment, with considerably reduced stress levels for physicians.
  • Ergonomic position: procedures are carried out while seated at mobile radioprotection control station.
  • Close visualization: visual proximity with radiography screens

Plug and Play solution

  • Open Architecture: R-One™ has a universal architecture, making it compatible with market leading devices (guidewires and rapid exchange stents/balloons). Its design means it can be adapted to any cath lab. It does not require any specific equipment or technical changes before installation (layout of components, type of flooring, etc.).
  • Intuitive control
  • Minimal learning curve
  • Radial and femoral access
  • Easy-Click®: devices introduction into R-One™ only takes a second and the disposable set-up requires only a few minutes before each procedure

Next applications

Innovation is at the heart of Robocath’s strategy. New patents are regularly filed for new technologies that will be used in future medical specialties. Robocath’s aim is to guarantee the same access to treatment for all through the development of remote interventions, including the remote treatment of vascular emergencies such as strokes. This model will provide better care for this type of pathology, more quickly and under better conditions. Research is currently underway to develop robotics platforms for peripheral vascular and neurovascular procedures