FFR Technologies

This channel includes news and new technology innovations for fractional flow reserve (FFR) wires, catheters and systems used to measure blood flow across a coronary lesion to determine if a stent is needed or if the plaque stenosis can be treated medically. The section includes iFR, instantaneous wave-free ratio, systems used in the cath lab and noninvasive FFR technologies including computed tomography-FFR. This is also referred to as CT-FFR or FFR-CT.

Two examples of CT myocardial perfusion (CTP) imaging assessment software. Canon is on the left and GE Healthcare is on the right. Both of these technologies have been around for a few years, but there have been an increasing amount of clinical data from studies showing the accuracy of the technology compared to nuclear imaging, the current stand of care for myocardial perfusion imaging, and cardiac MRI.

Two examples of CT myocardial perfusion (CTP) imaging assessment software. Canon is on the left and GE Healthcare is on the right. Both of these technologies have been around for a few years, but there has been an increasing amount of clinical data from studies showing the accuracy of the technology compared to nuclear imaging, the current standard of care for myocardial perfusion imaging, and cardiac MRI.

Feature | CT Angiography (CTA) | June 08, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
Here is an overview of a few of the biggest technology advances in cardiovascular computed tomography (CT). These are...
An OCT intracoronary image showing instent restenosis. The white spots in the vessel wall casting shadows are the stent struts. OCT image data might be used in the future to assess FFR to determine the severity of lesions and determine if they need to be stented.

An OCT intracoronary image showing instent restenosis. The white spots in the vessel wall casting shadows are the stent struts. OCT image data might be used in the future to assess FFR to determine the severity of lesions and determine if they need to be stented.

News | FFR Technologies | May 15, 2020
May 15, 2020 – A late-breaking study aimed to evaluate whether optical coherence tomography (OCT) can predict...
Videos | FFR Technologies | March 26, 2020
James Udelson, M.D., chief of the division of cardiology, Tufts Medical Center, explains how cardiac computed...
The DEFINE GPS (Distal Evaluation of Functional performance with Intravascular sensors to assess the Narrowing Effect: Guided Physiologic Stenting) study will be the first time that the use of iFR in conjunction with the Philips Image-Guided Co-registration System (SyncVision) is evaluated for PCI guidance and the optimization of treatment outcomes.

The DEFINE GPS study will be the first time that the use of iFR in conjunction with an angiography image-guided co-registration system for PCI guidance and the optimization.

News | Cath Lab Navigation Aids | February 12, 2020
February 12. 2020 — Philips announced a new randomized controlled trial to assess patient outcomes after receiving a...
This is a view of the Level Ex IVUS training app to help users of Philips' intravascular ultrasound system. It is integrated into a percutenous coronary intervention (PCI) training app for mobile devices that allows interventional cardiologists to perform streamlined cath lab patient case simulations, including, iFR, angioplasty and stenting. #TCT2019

This is a view of the Level Ex IVUS training app to help users of Philips' intravascular ultrasound system. It is integrated into a percutenous coronary intervention (PCI) training app for mobile devices that allows interventional cardiologists to perform streamlined cath lab patient case simulations, including, iFR, angioplasty and stenting. 

News | Intra-Vascular Ultrasound (IVUS) | October 02, 2019
October 2, 2019 — Philips Healthcare is utilizing Level Ex’s video game app design expertise to train interventional...
HeartFlow Announces FDA Clearance for HeartFlow Planner
Technology | CT Angiography (CTA) | September 12, 2019
September 12, 2019 — HeartFlow Inc. has obtained clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the...
In June 2019, Medis received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its QAngio XA 3D technology (QFR). The FFR-angio technology can show the FFR readings in a 3-D image and overlaid on a fluoro image.

In June 2019, Medis received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its QAngio XA 3D technology (QFR). The FFR-angio technology can show the FFR readings in a 3-D image and overlaid on a fluoro image. 

Feature | FFR Technologies | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell and Greg Freiherr
New technologies have been developed that may replace the traditional pressure wires and adenosine to assess the...
An example of FFR-CT imaging from Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich. The left image shows a 3D generated image of the coronary tree from a CT scan evaluated with computational fluid dynamics to determine the FFR numbers. It shows a severe restriction of the left main artery which requires a stent to revacularize. The image on the right is a comparison with the invasive angiogram from the cath lab prior to stenting.

An example of FFR-CT imaging from Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich. The left image shows a 3D generated image of the coronary tree from a CT scan evaluated with computational fluid dynamics to determine the FFR numbers. It shows a severe restriction of the left main artery which requires a stent to revacularize. The image on the right is a comparison with the invasive angiogram from the cath lab prior to stenting. 

Feature | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 24, 2019 | Greg Freiherr
One of the big trends in cardiac computed tomography (CT) imaging has been the introduction of noninvasive fractional...
Novel Index Accurately Predicts PCI Success Post-Procedure Compared to Established Measurement Metrics
News | Cath Lab | June 19, 2019
June 19, 2019 — Results from a comprehensive analysis demonstrate the effectiveness of measuring a non-hyperemic...
First Prospective Registry Confirms FFR Impacts CAD Treatment Plans
News | FFR Technologies | June 17, 2019
June 17, 2019 – A prospective, multicenter, multinational study examines how fractional flow reserve (FFR) can impact...
Medis QAngio XA 3D Receives FDA 510k Clearance
Technology | Angiography | June 04, 2019
June 4, 2019 — Medis Medical Imaging Systems B.V. has received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for...
HeartFlow Planner Changes Treatment Strategy for Coronary Heart Disease Patients
News | CT Angiography (CTA) | May 28, 2019
May 28, 2019 — New data demonstrated that use of the investigational HeartFlow Planner, a real-time, non-invasive...
Philips Launches IntraSight Interventional Applications Platform
Technology | Intravascular Imaging | May 20, 2019
May 20, 2019 — Philips announced the launch of the new IntraSight interventional applications platform. The secure,...
SyncVision iFR Co-registration from Philips Healthcare maps pressure readings onto angiogram. Results from an international study presented at ACC 2019 indicates pressure readings obtained using iFR (instantaneous wave-free ratio, also referred to as instant wave-free ratio or instant flow reserve) in coronary arteries may localize stenoses that remain after interventions. FFR in the cath lab.

SyncVision iFR Co-registration from Philips Healthcare maps pressure readings onto angiogram. Results from an international study presented at ACC 2019 indicates pressure readings obtained using iFR (instantaneous wave-free ratio, also referred to as instant wave-free ratio or instant flow reserve) in coronary arteries may localize stenoses that remain after interventions.

Feature | ACC | March 27, 2019 | Greg Freiherr, Contributing Editor
The fingerprints of value-added medicine were all over products and works-in-progress on the exhibit floor of the...
At #ACC.19, Siemens unveiled a version of its go.Top platform optimized for cardiovascular imaging. The newly packaged scanner can generate the data needed to do CT-based FFR (fractional flow reserve).

At #ACC.19, Siemens unveiled a version of its go.Top platform optimized for cardiovascular imaging. The newly packaged scanner can generate the data needed to do CT-based FFR (fractional flow reserve). Photo by Greg Freiherr

Feature | Cardiac Imaging | March 22, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr
Reflecting a trend toward the increased use of computed tomography (CT) in cardiology, Siemens Healthineers launched a...