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.


An example of a FFR-CT study showing a 3-D reconstruction of the coronary tree and a color overlay of virtual FFR readings, including a severe blockage in need of revascularization in the left anterior decending artery. 

News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 21, 2015
August 21, 2015 — Loyola University Medical Center is the first and only hospital in Illinois to offer a new,...
Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | August 07, 2015
DAIC Editor Dave Fornell shares some of the most innovative new technologies shown on the expo floor and discusses in...
Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | August 05, 2015
Interview with James Min, M.D., Professor of Radiology and Medicine and Director of Dalio Institute of Cardiovascular...
Comparison Charts
Opsens Medical, FFR, OptoWire, OptoMonitor, FDA, fractional flow reserve

OptoWire image courtesy of Opsens Medical

Technology | July 10, 2015
July 10, 2015 - Opsens Inc. announced 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the...
FFR, fractional flow reserve, Opsens Medical

Opsens' new FFR system is the most recent to enter the market, having gained FDA clearance in June.

Feature | FFR Technologies | July 01, 2015 | Dave Fornell
Key to ongoing U.S. healthcare reform are efforts to reduce costs by eliminating unnecessary medical procedures and...
St. Jude Medical, FFR, cFFR, CONTRAST, DEFER, study, EuroPCR 2015
News | May 22, 2015
May 22, 2015 — St. Jude Medical Inc. announced new results from two clinical studies further supporting the use of its...
CT-FFR, Heartflow Analysis, coronary artery disease, EuroPCR, RIPCORD
Feature | May 20, 2015
May 20, 2015 — Adding the HeartFlow FFRCT Analysis to a standard coronary computed tomography angiogram (cCTA) may...
iFR Scout, pullback software, iFR Modality, fractional flow reserve, FFR

iFR Modality screenshot courtesy of Volcano Corp.

News | April 06, 2015
April 6, 2015 — Royal Philips announced that Volcano, a Philips business, has received CE Mark for the iFR Scout...
A comparison of iFR and FFR cut offs for whether a stent is needed in a coronary lesion.
Feature | FFR Technologies | March 05, 2015 | Juan A. Pastor-Cervantes, M.D.
As an early adopter of fractional flow reserve (FFR) for the diagnosis of ischemia, my initial decision to transition...
ISET, aneurysms, blood flow, software, flow diverter, FFR catheters
News | February 05, 2015
February 5, 2015 — A new computer program allows doctors to assess blood flow as they are using flow-diverter devices...
FFR catheters, Cath lab, OptoWire, OptoMonitor

Image courtesy of Opsens

News | January 14, 2015
January 14, 2015 — Opsens Inc. announced the first use of its Fractional Flow Reserve (FFR) products in Europe by the...
News | January 07, 2015
January 7, 2015 — Volcano Corp. announced that more than 1,000 systems have been activated with its instant wave-Free...
absorb, bioresorbable stents

Content that included bioresorbable stents were among some of the most popular stories in 2014. An image of Abbott's Absorb bioresorbable scaffold.

Feature | December 30, 2014 | Dave Fornell
DAIC readers chose the following stories as the most popular content in 2014, based on website analytics. The list is...

The iFR modality provides a hyperemia-free measurement in as few as five heartbeats.

Feature | September 30, 2014 | Jasvindar Singh, M.D., Washington University School of Medicine
Earlier this year, the Barnes-Jewish Hospital at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis adopted the...