News | September 03, 2007

Solution Designed to Reduce Door to Balloon Time

September 4, 2007 – At the European Society of Cardiology’s (ESC) annual congress, Royal Philips Electronics demonstrated its HeartStart MRx Monitor/Defibrillator, which enables paramedics to transmit patient data from the ambulance to the hospital’s emergency department so that clinicians can use the ECG data to begin assessing what treatment the incoming patient will need.

According to the manufacturer, by allowing a hospital to begin organizing its resources before the patient arrives, the MRx can help reduce the time to treatment. In addition to transmitting ECG data to the hospital prior to the patients’ arrival, the HeartStart MRx integrates with a an ECG management system TraceMasterVue, to send critical patient information to the Catheterization (Cath) Lab.

Philips also demonstrated at ESC 2007, the recently introduced ultrasound transducer for Live 3D transesophageal echocardiography (Live 3D TEE) was demonstrated, providing views of cardiac structure and function. Along with new advanced software for accurate and precise quantification of the mitral valve, surgeons can use the data for planning procedures. This TEE probe enables 2D imaging as well as real-time 3D visualization of the heart, in particular the heart’s valves, giving clinicians the ability to carry out a complete analysis, which can help achieve a faster and more precise diagnosis.

The exceptional image clarity of Live 3D TEE is designed to provide clinical cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, anesthesiologists and echocardiographers with more data, faster.

In addition, Philips showed CT TrueView, a software engineered to bring high-quality CT data to the Cath Lab, providing clinicians with a more accurate view of the patient’s anatomy, and thereby reducing the time from initial diagnosis to treatment.

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