Visualization Techniques Enhance Complex Ablation in Daily Practice
Presented by Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology
and GE Healthcare
Diagnostic & Interventional Cardiology Webinar Series
Original broadcast: Sept. 13, 2012, 2-3 p.m. ET
Realtime visualization of the location of devices during ablation is essential to help enhance a clinician’s confidence during procedures, in particular in patients with complex anatomy. Recent advances in imaging technology, including 3-D rotational angiography images overlaid on live fluoroscopy, show promise, but the adoption has been limited by concerns about the difficulty of obtaining a good 3-D image, registration and other technical challenges.
This webinar is intended to provide a practical, stepwise approach to using the technology, from the perspective of a clinician who has adopted it in daily practice. Topics to be covered include:
- Flattening the learning curve — streamlining workflow, reducing suboptimal scans, lowering exposure rate
- Practical tips for real-world use of 3-D rotational angiography
- Transitioning from investigation to high-volume daily use
The discussion will include examples of the cases with complex anatomy and the unique challenges they presented. Question and answers will follow the session.
About the speaker
Dr. Tom De Potter is the associate director of cardiology and head of the complex arrhythmia program at OLV Hospital Aalst, a privately owned tertiary care facility in Belgium with advanced cardiology services and a prolific research department. He graduated in medicine at Leuven University, with cardiology training in Aalst, residency at Leuven and Ghent University, and EP fellowships in Barcelona and Hamburg.
De Potter heads an in-hospital international training program on multimodality imaging for VT ablation and is actively involved in multiple multicenter international trials on ablation and drug therapy for arrhythmia, including EAST, FIRE&ICE and Thermocool Smarttouch.
- A GE 3-D rotational angiography (RA) images overlaid on live fluoroscopy during an EP ablation procedure.
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