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.

Navin Kapur, M.D., FAHA, FACC, FSCAI, executive director, The CardioVascular Center for Research and Innovation (CVCRI), explains the concpet of the Door-to-Unloading (DTU) Trial he is heading, one of several innovations at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. Kapur is also director, Acute Mechanical Circulatory Support Program; director, interventional research laboratories; director of Cardiac Biology Research Center, Molecular Cardiology Research Institute (MCRI), Tufts Medical Center. Photo by Dave Fornell

Navin Kapur, M.D., FAHA, FACC, FSCAI, executive director, The CardioVascular Center for Research and Innovation (CVCRI), explains the concpet of the Door-to-Unloading (DTU) Trial he is heading, one of several innovations at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. Kapur is also director, Acute Mechanical Circulatory Support Program; director, interventional research laboratories; director of Cardiac Biology Research Center, Molecular Cardiology Research Institute (MCRI), Tufts Medical Center. Photo by Dave Fornell

Feature | Tufts Medical Center | August 21, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
The cardiology program at Tufts Medical Center in Boston is internationally recognized for being on the forefront of...
The Philips Healthcare OmniWire is the world’s first solid core fractional flow reserve (FFR) pressure wire for coronary artery interventional procedures.

The Philips Healthcare OmniWire is the world’s first solid core fractional flow reserve (FFR) pressure wire for coronary artery interventional procedures.

News | FFR Technologies | August 18, 2020
August 18, 2020 — Philips Healthcare introduced its new OmniWire, the world’s first solid core fractional flow reserve...
The Acist Navvus II Rapid Exchange FFR MicroCatheter delivers even more flexibility and a streamlined crossing profile to assess complicated lesions.

The Acist Navvus II Rapid Exchange FFR MicroCatheter delivers even more flexibility and a streamlined crossing profile to assess complicated lesions.

News | FFR Technologies | July 09, 2020
July 9, 2020 – Acist Medical Systems Inc., a Bracco Group Company, announced the global launch of its Acist Navvus II...
The Medis QFR technology allows non-invasive functional FFR assessment of coronary flow based on standard X-ray angiographic images in the cath lab without the use of a pressure wire.

The Medis QFR technology allows non-invasive functional FFR assessment of coronary flow based on standard X-ray angiographic images in the cath lab without the use of a pressure wire.

Feature | FFR Technologies | July 07, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
Fractional flow reserve (FFR) pressure wires have been used now in interventional cardiology procedures for more than a...
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...