HRS: GE expands Biosense alliance, launches new EP ultrasound feature
GE Healthcare has expanded its strategic alliance with Diamond Bar, Calif.-based Biosense Webster in intra-cardiac echo (ICE) imaging at the 2009 Heart Rhythm Society meeting (HRS) in Boston this week. Under terms of the agreement, GE will develop support for additional Biosense ICE catheters.

Currently, GE said its compact Vivid i cardiovascular ultrasound systems is compatible with the AcuNav 10F ultrasound catheter. Combined with the ICE catheter technology performance and navigational versatility of the Acuson AcuNav 10F ultrasound catheter, cardiologists can navigate electrophysiology (EP) procedures.

GE also introduced CardioIce as a feature on the new CardioLab XTi EP recording system to the market early in 2009. CardioICE synchronizes EP signal data and procedure information with ultrasound images acquired during the case that are time-aligned with waveforms and information, creating a synchronized case report and an integrated workflow solution for the EP lab.  With the optional integrated Centricity CA1000 PACS workstation, the CardioLab XTi system can be the convergence point for information in the EP lab.

"We are delivering a system based on validated platforms that both synchronizes procedure data in real time as well as allows integration of relevant historical image data," said Mark Langer, general manager of interventional cardiovascular ultrasound for GE.