St. Jude Medical Announces Launch of Its MediGuide Technology
MediGuide Technology is the first 3-D navigation system intended for the evaluation of vascular and cardiac anatomy on a recorded fluoroscopic image instead of live fluoroscopy. The use of recorded images allows physicians to reduce the duration of radiation exposure during cardiovascular procedures, especially during long procedures in the electrophysiology (EP) lab.
MediGuide Technology allows clinicians to perform cardiac procedures with less fluoroscopy and the corresponding exposure to harmful radiation. The system reduces the need for live fluoroscopy, while providing unprecedented views inside the heart, improving complex cardiac resynchronization therapy and cardiac ablation image-guided procedures for physicians, patients and medical staff around the world
Similar to a global positioning system (GPS) that automobile drivers use to determine the location of their car on a map, MediGuide Technology allows physicians to see the precise location and orientation of MediGuide Enabled devices inside the heart. Using magnetic tracking to locate miniature sensors embedded in devices, such as the MediGuide Enabled Livewire Diagnostic Catheter and the CPS Excel MediGuide Enabled Guidewire, this technology applies 3-D visualization to previously recorded fluoroscopic images in real-time. Automatic adjustments are made to the recorded images to maintain an accurate real-time clinical representation compensating for cardiac motion, respiratory changes and patient movements in order to minimize workflow delays.
MediGuide Technology integrates the Artis zee angiography systems, an innovative line of interventional radiology and cardiology imaging devices, from Siemens Healthcare. Combined, the technologies provide improved navigation during EP procedures.
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