FDA OKs Siemens 3D angiography imaging software

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Siemens Healthcare has received clearance from the FDA for syngo Aortic ValveGuide, an integrated image processing software that helps cardiologists and cardiac surgeons prepare and perform transcatheter aortic valve replacement.

The syngo Aortic ValveGuide reconstructs a 3D representation of the aortic root from cross-sectional images acquired with the angiography system and provides the projection angle for the valve replacement. The software selects anatomical landmarks and overlays the 3D image with 2D images acquired during live fluoroscopy, enabling the physician to obtain real-time 3D guidance in the patient’s body while navigating the valve to its intended location.

The intervention can begin as soon as the software overlays the 3D image of the aorta with the 2D live fluoroscopy, according to Malvern, Pa.-based Siemens Healthcare.