First Peer-Reviewed Video of an ICD Procedure Published

In short

The first peer-reviewed video demonstrating an Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator (ICD) implantation—a procedure featuring BIOTRONIK’s unique Lumax VR-T DX and performed by respected electrophysiologist, Professor Dr. Dietmar Bänsch—has been published in the Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE). The video can be found here.


JoVE was established as a new tool in life science publication and is the first scientific video journal for biological, medical, chemical and physical research. Prof. Bänsch’s video, filmed in his clinic at University Hospital Rostock, is the first video demonstrating the implantation of an ICD device to be published in the academic journal.

During the video footage, Prof. Bänsch describes the diagnosis and assessment of a 40-year-old female patient and the implantation of BIOTRONIK’s Lumax VR-T DX defibrillator with a Linoxsmart S DX lead. The entire implantation process, from lead insertion and assessment through administering a test shock, can be viewed in the video.

Complete diagnostic functionality is achieved from the Linoxsmart lead that is implanted in the same way as a standard single-chamber ICD lead. A floating atrial dipole senses signals coming from the atrial chambers of the patient’s heart, and the complementary atrial information ensures accurate diagnostic capabilities and unique protection for single-chamber ICD patients.

Clinician comments

“Demonstrating the implantation visually in JoVE means the viewer can see every single step of the implantation process, including the visual aids that were used when positioning the lead, and can follow all the measurements while every step is explained,” Prof. Bänsch reported.

“This audiovisual demonstration is an exceptionally beneficial tool for clinical education,” he continued. “For the viewer, it is like standing in the operating room. During the implantation, you can clearly see what makes the Lumax VR-T DX unique. It is a single-chamber ICD that provides complete atrial and ventricular diagnostics.”

Prof. Bänsch added, “The Lumax VR-T DX gives physicians access to complete atrial fibrillation and heart failure diagnostic data, which, alongside BIOTRONIK Home Monitoring®, significantly improve the early detection of atrial fibrillation and reduce any inappropriate therapies.”

BIOTRONIK’s Medical Education Multimedia Gallery

In addition to the Lumax VR-T DX implantation video from JoVE, BIOTRONIK offers an extensive library of multimedia resources related to the topic of cardiology—including short videos and animations that are informative for both medical professionals and patients. The library includes:

• Lumax VR-T DX animation: Detecting Atrial Fibrillation with Only a Single-Chamber ICD

• ProMRI® animation: Access for Heart Patients to MRI Scanning

• Closed Loop Stimulation: New and Unique Physiological Rate Regulation

• BIOTRONIK’s Heart Failure Monitor® animation: Continuous Monitoring of Heart Failure Parameters

• TactiCath® monitoring: Propriety Fiber Optic Technology for Real-Time Contact Force Control

• TactiCath® clinical monitoring: Absolute Force Control with FTI for Safe and Effective Ablation

Source: Biotronik