The world’s first remote heart procedure has taken place at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester, UK.

Consultant cardiologist Dr Andre Nag used the Amigo robotic arm and the CARTO-3 3D mapping system, which provided a 3D image of the heart, to perform a catheter ablation.

The procedure is used to treat atrial fibrillation, a condition characterised by irregular heartbeats, by burning the heart’s inner lining.

Dr Nag said that his experience using the Amigo system suggested that great precision of catheter movement can be achieved using robotic control.

“Combining this with the accuracy of placing ablation lesions with the CARTO-3 3D mapping system is a significant way forward,” Nag said.