TEE Offers Real-Time 3D in the Cath Lab


March 31, 2008

March 31, 2008 - As part of the Philips cath lab showcase at ACC, the company presented Live 3D TEE technology for the cath lab, designed to give real-time volume rendered images using one-touch controls.

Live 3D TEE is said to be capable of imaging catheters, devices and adjacent structures simultaneously, giving users access to more data for planning, increased visualization during guided procedures

The company also featured the Allura Xper features solutions for diagnostic, interventional and pediatric cardiology, as well as vascular interventions and electrophysiology. This 3D-coronary angiography tool reportedly aim to simplify 3D modeling of the coronary arteries in adults with CAD, and can help avoid foreshortening of lesions so that interventionalists can choose the correct length stent, reducing stent costs, according to the company. The rotational angiography technology has been shown to reduce average total patient X-ray exposure and contrast utilization by approximately 30 percent each compared to standard angiography.

The StentBoost works to improve visualization of stents and contrast agents in the coronary arteries. With the ability to transfer CT volumes from the Brilliance CT to the Allura Xper systems, CT TrueView provides an additional way for interventionalists to quickly select the proper projection angle to avoid foreshortening.

For more information: www.medical.philips.com