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.

Angiography with a co-registered view of pressure drops according iFR readings in a coronary vessel. The DEFINE PCI study showed patients had improved outcomes and less recurrent chest pain at one year using iFR physiologic measurements combined with landmarks shown on angiographic imaging to better guide therapy. Image by Philips Healthcare. #TCT #TCT2020 #TCTconnect

Angiography with a co-registered view of pressure drops according iFR readings in a coronary vessel. The DEFINE PCI study showed patients had improved outcomes and less recurrent chest pain at one year using iFR physiologic measurements combined with landmarks shown on angiographic imaging to better guide therapy. Image by Philips Healthcare

Feature | FFR Technologies | October 30, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
Fractional flow reserve (FFR) is considered the gold standard measure whether a coronary lesions needs a percutaneous...
Example of FFR assessment of the coronary hemodynamic flow in lesions using the Philips FFR, iFR assessment system. #FFR #TCTconnect #TCT2020

FFR assessment of a coronary lesion using the Philips Healthcare Volcano FFR system.

News | FFR Technologies | October 23, 2020
October 23, 2020 – A new observational study of deferred lesions following combined fractional flow reserve (FFR) and...
Fractional Flow reserve (FFR) selection on the Abbott, St. Jude FFR system console. The TARGET FFR study at #TCT2020 #TCTconnect.
News | FFR Technologies | October 23, 2020
October 23, 2020 – Results from the randomized controlled TARGET FFR trial show that while a physiology-guided...
An example of a HeartFlow FFR-CT image showing the blood flow through what looked like a significant blockage on CT angiography alone actually was not flow limiting based on computational fluid dynamics. Use of the technology was supposed to reduce the number of diagnostic catheterizations in the FORECAST trial, but the costs of FFR-CT were not offset enough to show cost savings. #TCT2020 #TCTconnect

An example of a HeartFlow FFR-CT image showing the blood flow through what looked like a significant blockage on CT angiography alone, actually was not flow-limiting based on computational fluid dynamics. Use of the technology was supposed to reduce the number of diagnostic catheterizations in the FORECAST trial, but the costs of FFR-CT were not offset enough to show cost savings.

News | FFR Technologies | October 22, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
October 22, 2020 – In the FORECAST randomized clinical trial, the use of fractional flow reserve (FFR) derived from...
A longitudinal vessel assessment may demonstrate co-existence of multiple plaque morphologies on OCT, including superficial calcification with thrombus, healed plaque, plaque rupture, lipidic plaque with a thin capped fibrous atheroma (TCFA). #TCTconnect #TCT2020

A longitudinal vessel assessment may demonstrate co-existence of multiple plaque morphologies on OCT, including superficial calcification with thrombus, healed plaque, plaque rupture, lipidic plaque with a thin cap fibro-atheroma (TCFA).

News | Cath Lab | October 18, 2020
October 18, 2020 – Data from the COMBINE (OCT-FFR) study found that the use of FFR combined with OCT imaging can help...
Philip's co-registration technology showing angiography overlaid with iFR in a coronary vessel segment with a system of dots that show regions where the hemodynamic pressure drops occur. This can aid in identifying culprit lesions. #TCT #TCT2020 #TCTconnect

Philip's co-registration technology showing angiography overlaid with iFR in a coronary vessel segment with a system of dots that show regions where the hemodynamic pressure drops occur. This can aid in identifying culprit lesions.

News | FFR Technologies | October 15, 2020
October 15, 2020 — The one-year results of the late-breaking DEFINE PCI study showed patients had improved outcomes and...
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...