Faisaliah Medical Systems, an Al Faisaliah Group company, recently supplied a Sensei-X robotic Electro Physiology System, from Hansen Medical, of the USA, to the Prince Sultan Cardiac Center in Al Hassa, Saudi Arabia. The translated newspaper article below describes the system’s first application in the Middle East. First in Saudi Arabia: A human-operated surgical robot used in a cardiac intervention procedure For the first time outside of Europe and USA, a Saudi medical team in Prince Sultan Cardiac Center in Al Hassa has performed a cardiac catheter intervention using a human-operated robot. “This is a pioneering step” said Dr. Abdullah Abdul Qader, Director of Prince Sultan Cardiac Center in Al Hassa. “It is the first time in Saudi Arabia that a robot operated by a cardiac specialist succeeds in safely reaching difficult to access areas of the heart so as to accurately measure muscle electrode activity.” Prince Sultan Cardiac Center in Al Hassa was licensed to perform this procedure using a robot following approval from the manufacturer and in cooperation with Oxford Heart Center in the UK and Czech Republic, explained Dr. Abdullah. By using this technology, patients and medical teams alike will avoid the exposure to high radiations levels produced by the traditional techniques currently used in heart centers around the world. Using this robotic system, cardiology physicians and their teams will be able to operate without the heavy lead vests historically required, which typically results in back pain that reduces doctors’ mental concentration.