por Lynn Shapiro
, Writer | October 22, 2008
GE Healthcare, Philips and Toshiba unveiled ever-more powerful imaging products and upgrades at the 20th annual Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) meeting in Washington, D.C. last week.
The annual TCT symposium has became the premier showcase for the most sophisticated technologies for interventional cardiologists. Techniques and training were offered to cardiologists around the world and patients needing procedures agreed be part of it.
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Visitors to GE Healthcare saw "the debut of game-changing products and partnerships to help physicians combat disease," the company said.
Several new products are making their international debuts. For one, the GE Innova cardiovascular X-ray system continues to deliver excellent image quality with industry-leading dose efficiency. These technologies will soon be further aided by the new Innova Dose, Innova 3D and Innova with stent technologies features, GE said.
Intended to enhance, but not replace, 2D fluoroscopic imaging, GE's new Innova 3D imaging technique lets clinicians rapidly acquire and reconstruct 3D cardiac anatomy images in the cath lab.
Innova with stent technologies simplifies lesion assessment and provides exceptional stent visualization, with easy, one-button activation and can be fully integrated with Innova IVUS systems.
Meanwhile, the FDA is currently reviewing StentVis, a component of Innova with stent technologies.
Biosense Webster Partnership
GE's Vivid I compact cardiovascular ultrasound system, with its high-resolution imaging capability, intuitive user interface and portable design, leads the industry in quality performance and clinical expansion, GE told cardiologists.
At last week's meeting, GE unveiled a 2D Intracardiac Echo (ICE) ultrasound system. "Through a unique and expanded partnership with Biosense Webster Inc.,GE launched the AcuNav 2D ICE catheter for invasive echocardiography procedures.
This catheter enables the physician to evaluate cardiac anatomy, guide ablation procedures and reduce the likelihood of complications during interventional procedures. The new product will be aimed at both the structural heart and the electrophysiology markets.
Boston Scientific Corporation
Meanwhile GE Healthcare has formed another partnership with ultrasound market leader Boston Scientific Corporation, to improve IVUS workflow between the GE Healthcare Innova Cardiovascular X-ray System and the Boston Scientific iLab Ultrasound Imaging System.