Philips introduces live 3D echo for transesophageal apps
Royal Philips Electronics announced its new live, 3D transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) probe, the X7-2t, last week. The advanced solution was recently demonstrated at the 18th Annual American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) scientific sessions in Seattle.

Since 2002, Philips' live 3D echo has been delivering new and additional data to cardiologists to aid in diagnosis and planning. Now, live 3D technology has been transitioned to a TEE probe, enabling cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, anesthesiologists, cardiac interventionalists and echocardiographers to view new depths of data with the X7-2t transesophageal transducer.

Available soon on the iE33 system, live 3D TEE is the result of combining and miniaturizing two cutting-edge technologies. With the 3D power of xMATRIX technology and the image clarity of PureWave crystal technology in one transducer, new views of cardiac structure, pathology and function can be appreciated. These views provide additional information for diagnoses, treatment planning, monitoring and assessing during procedures and follow-up.

In addition, live 3D TEE imaging provides more perspectives of the heart, including the surgeon's view—a perspective of the mitral valve from the left atrium as well as from the left ventricle. The 3D heart is displayed in motion, in real time.

When patients present with shortness of breath and are difficult to image in a transthoracic exam, TEE is often selected as the next step. Live 3D TEE delivers exceptional image quality, accurately depicting cardiac structure, pathology and function, which allow cardiologists to confidently diagnose and plan treatment.  Live 3D TEE is on-the-spot evaluation, and there may be no need for further exams or tests.

Communication is facilitated, as these images contain the information surgeons, anesthesiologists and cardiac interventionalists need and understand.

Surgeons and anesthesiologists can see the complete mitral valve from multiple perspectives while it's functioning with live 3D TEE. A comprehensive plan can be in place before the first incision. Live 3D TEE images enable assessment of valvular function—views not available once surgery begins. During surgery, anesthesiologists easily monitor patients, perform analysis for surgeons, such as quantify the mitral valve with new and objective data, and assess procedure outcomes to determine if fully resolved. If needed, further repairs can be done immediately before completing the procedure.