Siemens featured new products, upgrades at Heart Rhythm 2005

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Siemens Medical Solutions demonstrated its products for the electrophysiology (EP) lab with enhancements to its AXIOM Sensis hemodynamic and electrophysiological recording system at the annual Heart Rhythm Scientific Sessions, held May 4-7 in New Orleans.

The updates will automatically be given to existing AXIOM Sensis for EP customers, and features the following functionality:
  • Vital signs logging - Clinicians now have a choice of automatically logging heart rate, non-invasive blood pressure, SpO2 (pulse oximetry), and respiration rate into the database.

  • Non-invasive blood pressure (NIBP) measurements.

  • Automatic simultaneous non-standard gradients - Gradients between two sites located in the same anatomical region (non-standard gradients) can be calculated automatically.

  • Arrhythmia detection and recording.

  • Examination archiving -- The system's automatically splits recordings in case they exceed the capacity of storage media.

  • AXIOM Sensis data exchange -- Data transfer between two systems can be performed using DICOM Query and DICOM Retrieve functionality.
Siemens recently announced the 500th installation of its AXIOM Sensis system at Methodist Willowbrook Hospital in Houston, Texas.
Siemens also highlighted the AcuNav 8F catheter, which enables improved access to a wider range of patients for left heart applications in electrophysiology and interventional cardiology due to the device's size. The model is 33 percent smaller in the cross sectional area than the existing ACUSON AcuNav 10F catheter, Siemens said.

The company also showcased the ACUSON CV70 cardiovascular ultrasound system which provides complete cardiovascular capabilities in an all-digital ultrasound system, including Doppler sensitivity, color flow sensitivity, and spatial resolution. The systems also features foursight transesophageal (TEE) view for integrated 3D TEE imaging, a P9-4 transducer for pediatric cardiac imaging, and access to 3D/4D images through easy-to-use acquisition, review, manipulation, and dynamic display capabilities of 3D datasets using the V5Ms TEE transducer, Siemens said.