Philips EchoNavigator for Fused TEE-Angiography Image Guidance


March 7, 2013

Philips Healthcare's EchoNavigator live image-guidance tool helps interventional cardiologists and cardiac surgeons perform minimally invasive structural heart disease repairs by providing an intelligently integrated view of live X-ray and 3-D ultrasound images.

EchoNavigator was developed in response to an upward trend in the use of both X-ray imaging and 3-D cardiac ultrasound imaging (echocardiography) during structural heart disease procedures — an area of interventional cardiology that is growing at around 40 percent per year. During such procedures, ultrasound imaging provides critical insights into the heart’s soft tissue anatomy, while X-ray imaging has particular strengths in visualizing the catheters and heart implants. EchoNavigator was designed to address the unique challenges associated with working with live X-ray and 3-D ultrasound images simultaneously.

EchoNavigator enables clinicians to perform procedures more efficiently by providing intelligently integrated X-ray and 3-D ultrasound images into one intuitive and interactive view, as well as providing easy-to-use system navigation and better communication between the multidisciplinary team carrying out the procedure.

The EchoNavigator received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in March 2013.

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