Cath Lab Navigation Aids

This channel includes news and new technology innovations for navigation aids to help guide interventional procedures. These include advanced imaging, fusion imaging, rotational angiograpy, fluoro overlay images, robotic systems, and 3D printing and holograms for use in the interventional lab or cath lab.

Some of the top technology news from ACC 2021. Top left, the LAAOS III trial showed benefit when surgeons seal off the LAA during other open heart procedures. Bottom left, the ReCor Paradise renal denervation system helped lower blood pressure in patients who did not respond to medication. Top right, for patients with both heart failure and AFib it makes no differences is therapy is focused on controlling the heart rhythm or heart rate. Bottom right, the FLOWER-MI trial found no benefit to FFR-guided PCI.

Some of the top technology news from ACC 2021. Top left, the LAAOS III trial showed benefit when surgeons seal off the LAA during other open heart procedures. Bottom left, the ReCor Paradise renal denervation system helped lower blood pressure in patients who did not respond to medication. Top right, for patients with both heart failure and AFib it makes no difference if therapy is focused on controlling the heart rhythm or heart rate. Bottom right, the FLOWER-MI trial found no benefit to FFR-guided PCI in STEMI with multi-vessel disease.

Feature | ACC | June 08, 2021 | By Dave Fornell, Editor
Here are the top 10 takeaways from the late-breaking studies on cardiovascular technologies presented at the 2021...
Videos | Congenital Heart | May 26, 2021
Tom Jones, M.D., director, cardiac catheterization laboratories, Seattle Children’s Hospital, explains some of the new...
Videos | Robotic Systems | May 18, 2021
Ehtisham Mahmud, M.D., division chief of cardiovascular medicine, director of interventional cardiology and the cardiac...
Videos | Robotic Systems | May 18, 2021
Ehtisham Mahmud, M.D., division chief of cardiovascular medicine, director of interventional cardiology and the cardiac...
The FLOWER-MI trial presented at ACC 2021 found no benefit to FFR-guided PCI in STEMI with multi-vessel disease. #ACC21 #ACC2021 #FFR

The FLOWER-MI trial presented at ACC 2021 found no benefit to FFR-guided PCI in STEMI with multi-vessel disease.

News | FFR Technologies | May 17, 2021
May 17, 2021 — In patients who received a coronary stent for an ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) heart attack...
There is a trend in interventional cardiology that is now being called “renalism,” where patients with poor renal function are being excluded from interventional procedures because they are automatically considered too high risk. However, some hospitals are also creating cardio-renal care teams so these patients can be cared for by a team of experts rather than interventional cardiologists going it alone. #SCAI21 #SCAI2021 Creating a card0-renal program.

There is a trend in interventional cardiology that is now being called “renalism,” where patients with poor renal function are being excluded from interventional procedures because they are automatically considered too high risk. However, some hospitals are also creating cardio-renal care teams so these patients can be cared for by a team of experts rather than interventional cardiologists going it alone.

Feature | Cath Lab | May 14, 2021 | By Dave Fornell, Editor
There is a trend in interventional cardiology that is now being called “renalism,” where patients with poor renal...
Explaining the Emory TMVR angle. Discordance between mitral annular centerline (yellow lines) and valve orientation imposed by guidewire position within the LV apex (red dashed lines). (B) Valve intrinsic angle (α) is determined by external skirt height. (C) When annular-apical “Emory” angle (red curves) exceeds α (blue curve), annular skirt apposition is not possible, causing PVL (red arrows). (D) The valve is oriented perpendicular to the annual plane using an exteriorized apical guidewire.

Explaining the Emory TMVR angle. Discordance between mitral annular centerline (yellow lines) and valve orientation imposed by guidewire position within the LV apex (red dashed lines). (B) Valve intrinsic angle (α) is determined by external skirt height. (C) When annular-apical “Emory” angle (red curves) exceeds α (blue curve), annular skirt apposition is not possible, causing PVL (red arrows). (D) The valve is oriented perpendicular to the annual plane using an exteriorized apical guidewire (solid yellow line). Image courtesy of Kendra Grubb, M.D.

Feature | Structural Heart | May 13, 2021 | By Dave Fornell, Editor
The mitral valve anatomy is extremely complex, which has caused many challenges for transcatheter mitral valve...
Abbott recently announced its new interventional imaging platform powered by Ultreon 1.0 Software, has gained European CE marked. This first-of-its-kind imaging software merges optical coherence tomography (OCT) intravascular imaging with the power of artificial intelligence (AI) for enhanced visualization. The new Ultreon Software can automatically detect the severity of calcium-based blockages and measure vessel diameter to enhance the precision of physicians’ decision-making during coronary stenting proc

Abbott recently announced its new interventional imaging platform powered by Ultreon 1.0 Software, has gained European CE marked. This first-of-its-kind imaging software merges optical coherence tomography (OCT) intravascular imaging with the power of artificial intelligence (AI) for enhanced visualization. The new Ultreon Software can automatically detect the severity of calcium-based blockages and measure vessel diameter to enhance the precision of physicians’ decision-making during coronary stenting procedures.

News | Cath Lab | May 12, 2021
May 12, 2021 — Abbott recently announced its new interventional imaging platform powered by Ultreon 1.0 Software, has...
The Corindus CorPath robotic cath lab navigation system allows operators to sit and control the procedure from behind a lead-lined booth, so they do not have to wear heavy aprons during the procedures.  Christoper Baker, M.D., Hoag Memorial Hospital using the system. #SCAI21 #SCAI2021

The Corindus CorPath robotic cath lab navigation system allows operators to sit and control the procedure from behind a lead-lined booth, so they do not have to wear heavy aprons during the procedures.  

Feature | Robotic Systems | May 05, 2021
May 5, 2021 — A late-breaking study of the Siemens Healthineers Corindus Corpath GRX second-generation cath lab robotic...
A reconstructed vessel segment from a cone-beam CT created table side in the cath lab with the Philips Azurion SmartCT software.

A reconstructed vessel segment from a cone-beam CT created table side in the cath lab with the Philips Azurion SmartCT software. 

News | Angiography | April 07, 2021
April 7, 2021 — Philips Healthcare announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for its Philips...
Videos | Cath Lab | April 02, 2021
Corindus, a Siemens Healthineers company and a developer of vascular robotics, recently launched a new set of automated...
Driven by pandemic realities and clinical demand for portable and intelligent point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS), GE Healthcare unveiled Venue Fit, a streamlined and compact POCUS system, alongside an industry-first artificial intelligence (AI) offering for cardiac imaging on the Venue and Venue Go. The Venue Fit is the smallest system in GE Healthcare’s Venue Family, featuring an easy-to-clean touchscreen, intuitive scanning tools, and a small footprint designed to fit in tight spaces often found in point-of
News | Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) | March 31, 2021
March 31, 2021 — Driven by pandemic realities and clinical demand for portable and intelligent point-of-care ultrasound...
An example of intra-cardiac echo (ICE) imaging from Siemens Healthineers showing color flow Doppler with severe valve regurgitation. ICE has seen wider use in transcatheter structural heart  procedures because, unlike TEE, it can be used without deeper sedation of anesthesia.

An example of intra-cardiac echo (ICE) imaging from Siemens Healthineers showing color flow Doppler with severe valve regurgitation. ICE has seen wider use in transcatheter structural heart procedures because, unlike TEE, it can be used without deeper sedation of anesthesia.

Feature | Ultrasound Intra-cardiac Echo (ICE) | March 11, 2021 | By Dave Fornell, Editor
Intra-cardiac Echocardiography (ICE) uses catheter-based cardiac ultrasound array to image anatomy and devices inside...

SpectraWave is developing a a new intravascular imaging system that combines two currently available modalities. This likely includes optical coherence tomography (OCT), left, which can define structures within the vessel and vessel wall.  Near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS), right, enables a spectral chemical analysis of the vessel walls to show areas of high lipid content, and specifically can identify lipid-core plaques that are associated with heart attack-causing plaque ruptures.

News | Cath Lab | February 16, 2021
February 16, 2021 – SpectraWave Inc. announced a $13.2 million series A-2 financing to support completion of product...
The EndoWays disposable robotic system for cath lab procedural navigation. EndoWays, developer of a disposable robotic system for the cath lab, announced the completion of an acquisition of a majority of its shares by Ascendum

The EndoWays disposable robotic system for cath lab procedural navigation.

News | Robotic Systems | February 09, 2021
February 9, 2021 — EndoWays, developer of a disposable robotic system for the cath lab, announced the completion of an...