GE Healthcare Enhances Workflow With 4-D TEE Transducer

Latest version of Vivid E9 with 4-D TEE transducer, additional efficiency tools gains FDA clearance

 

January 14, 2013

GE Healthcare launched the latest version of its Vivid E9 cardiovascular ultrasound system in May 2012. The Vivid E9 Breakthrough 2012 (BT12) includes a 4-D transducer for transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) and also provides innovative tools designed to help improve workflow efficiency through simplified image acquisition, intuitive navigation and advanced, yet easy to use, quantification.

While Vivid E9 is currently used most frequently in the echo lab, the availability of the 4-D TEE transducer enables the system to be used more often in settings including the cath lab and the operating room. The TEE transducer will allow clinicians to view precise images of the heart during assessment/diagnosis performed in the echo lab and to support invasive surgical procedures in the operating room, as well as image-guided procedures in the cath lab. With the TEE transducer, Vivid E9 can now be leveraged for procedures including mitral valve repair, transcatheter aortic valve repair (TAVR/TAVI), atrial septal defect (ASD) closures and patent foraman ovale (PFO) closures.

The Vivid E9 BT12 also includes several features that are new to cardiovascular ultrasound and which are designed to enhance 4-D imaging and workflow. These include the industry’s first configurable TEE transducer, a new tilt and rotate function, and a live “2-Click Crop” tool. Workflow enhancements can also be achieved during mitral valve acquisition with a dedicated MV button and during quantification with a new plug-in tool that has the potential to decrease assessment time.

Vivid E9 BT12 is also CE marked and available for sale across Europe and many countries around the world.

New features help improve image quality, quantification and workflow and include:

Simplified Image Acquisition

  • Triplane imaging, 4-D views, and high frame rates for both TTE and TEE procedures
  • One-button acquisition of mitral valve images
  • In biplane mode, the ability to tilt and rotate at the same time; e.g., to more accurately image the mitral valve during a MV clip procedure
  • A new QuickRotate button provides consistency and accuracy by allowing users to rotate an image in 30 degree increments with a single click
  • Enhanced zoom capabilities allow for high-volume rates in a single- and multibeat in 4-D and 4-D color zoom mode using FlexiZoom

Intuitive Navigation

  • 2-click crop, a quick and intuitive way of obtaining any 4-D view in both live and replay modes
  • Laser lines, a new tool to help understand the relationship between 2-D slices, and 4-D views, help to visualize the linkage between 2-D and 4-D, and also helps improve depth perception
  • New “one-stop-shop” slice tool, FlexiSlice, provides full flexibility for the user to slice in any direction, 2-D view or render view in both live and replay modes

Advanced Quantification

  • A new MV Assessment plug-in from TomTec available on EchoPAC BT 12:
    • Increases productivity during mitral valve assessment
    • Provides a set of static and dynamic measurements describing the mitral valve anatomy.
  • An automated left ventricular volume and EF quantification tool (4-D Auto LVQ) also for TEE

For more information: www.gehealthcare.com