GE, Boston Scientific ink IVUS collaboration
WASHINGTON—GE Healthcare and Boston Scientific partnered to improve intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) workflow between GE’s Innova cardiovascular x-ray system and Boston Scientific’s iLab ultrasound imaging system this week at the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) conference.

Both company’s devices are on display at the symposium.

GE and the Natick, Mass.-based Boston Scientific said the iLab ultrasound imaging system can be directly installed into the cardiac cath lab or radiology suite, alongside the Innova x-ray system, allowing physicians to incorporate IVUS technology into their procedures.

With IVUS, a tiny catheter is inserted into the heart or into a vessel where high-frequency sound waves reflect off tissue or vessel walls. The reflected sound waves create a cross-sectional image from within the vessel or heart to aid in visualizing vessel and heart structure. IVUS helps to determine treatment options because it is designed to offer a more complete picture from inside the artery or vessel and helps to optimize stent outcomes, according to the companies.