Technology | February 10, 2008

Toshiba’s Aplio Artida Aims to Meet Needs of 4D Cardiac Market

The Artida is reportedly the first ultrasound system with the ability to track and display myocardial motion and 3D volumes in 3D images. Two and 3D wall motion tracking features allow the user to obtain angle-independent, quantitative and regional information about myocardial contraction. These features will enable acquisition of additional data that could be of value in echo-guided cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) and in stress echocardiography.

Using Artida’s real-time, multi-planar reformatting capabilities, physicians can assess global and regional LV function, including volumetric LV ejection fraction. Arbitrary views of the heart, not available in 2D imaging, are also obtained to help with surgical planning. The 2D/3D wall motion tracking features from Toshiba allow the user to obtain angle-independent, global and regional information about myocardial contraction. It is hoped these features will enable acquisition of additional data that could be of value in echo-guided cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) and in stress echocardiography.

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