Saving lives with robotic assistance

A photo of Dr. Taishi Hirai using the CorPath GRX system as President Choi, Dr. Richard Barohn and President David Pacitti observe.
Dr. Taishi Hirai (seated) uses the CorPath® GRX System as President Choi, Dr. Richard J. Barohn and President David Pacitti observe.

Thanks to our strong partnership with Siemens Healthineers, MU Health Care became one of the first health systems in the state to offer robotic-assisted percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) – a technique to open blocked or narrowed arteries.

As part of our fall Alliance for Precision Health meeting, I joined Dr. Richard J. Barohn, executive vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the MU School of Medicine, and David Pacitti, president of Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc. and Head of the Americas, Siemens Healthineers, for a visit to our cardiac catheterization lab at University Hospital. Interventional cardiologist Dr. Taishi Hirai shared a live patient demonstration of the CorPath® GRX System from Siemens Healthineers.

CorPath GRX enables precise measurements down to the sub-millimeter level and offers automated movements to aid in device manipulation. This system also reduces physician exposure to radiation from imaging equipment used during the procedure.

Siemens Healthineers is an industry leader for lifesaving innovations. Our ongoing collaboration makes groundbreaking resources accessible to Missourians.

— Mun