Philips unveils new products and technologies for the cardiology market

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Philips Medical Systems was on board at the American College of Cardiology meeting this week showcasing a number of new technologies dedicated to improving the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease.
   
New to the show was Philips' HD11 high definition ultrasound system and iE33 echocardiography system - both designed for the cost conscious healthcare provider. The HD11 echocardiography ultrasound system provides hospitals and facilities that serve a diverse patient population and have a restrained budget with high-definition imaging and advanced imaging features. The iE33 echo system provides clinicians faster, less expensive ways to measure cardiac anatomy and function.
   
In CT, Philips demonstrated enhanced and new cardiovascular technologies, including a fusion technology that allows 3D CT images to be transferred to the Philips Allura Xper FD cardiovascular x-ray system. Philips said the technology can improve visualization and treatment planning for patients who need to undergo more invasive procedures such as stent placement.
   
Philips showed for the first time a Comprehensive Cardiac Analysis (CCA) package targeted for cardiologists, cardiac radiologists and CT technologists. The software allows users to perform detailed evaluation of the coronary arteries and advanced ventricular functional analysis. The technology aims to reduce the time and complexity of a cardiac evaluation. Based on one-click total heart segmentation, Philips said CCA delivers in-depth visualization of the entire coronary tree, morphological analysis of the vessel lumen and cross sectional views of the artery in question provides free lumen diameter/area analysis.
   
For the cath lab, Philips introduced the newest member to the Allura Xper family of flat detector (FD) systems-the Allura Xper FD10/10. The biplane cardiovascular x-ray system is suited for a full range of applications, from interventional cardiology, electrophysiology to pediatric cardiology, including customized settings for each application, Philips said.
   
Featuring Xper technology, the Philips Allura Xper FD10/10 delivers personalized workflow with Xper settings, where all preferred protocols can be pre-programmed. With Xper integration, images from other modalities- MR, CT, ultrasound and EP mapping information- can be reviewed in the exam room.
   
Philips also highlighted the Allura Xper FD20 designed for general - neuro - and cardiovascular applications. Also on display were a number of interventional tools included in Philips' Allura Xper FD family, including Allura 3D-CA, Stentboost and Integris 3D-RA.
   
In the informatics realm, Philips showed its portfolio of cardiology information technologies that is comprised of advanced modules, such as Xcelera Echo Lab Management, Cath Lab Management, Qlab for 3D echo and advanced quantification and Webforum - all of which allows clinicians to integrate medical images and patient records, as well as share information across departments.
   
Philips IntelliVue Telemetry system - also on board at ACC - is a wireless device designed for uninterrupted cardiac monitoring that operates in the 1.4GHz wireless medical telemetry service band. The system gives patients the freedom to walk around or rest in bed while maintaining uninterrupted monitoring.
   
The system operates on the IntelliVue Clinical Network, Philips said. A telemetry overview feature links a patient's telemetry device and IntelliVue bedside monitor. A patient's telemetry waves and numerics are available on the bedside monitor, along with other physiological data. The system co-exists with Philips digital telemetry systems, Philips wireless bedside and transport monitors and a hospital's own Wi-Fi network.
    
In addition, Philips participated in the Integrating the Health Enterprise (IHE) Pavilion. Philips showcased the latest workflow enhancements and multi-vendor data sharing capabilities of the Philips HaemoSphere monitoring system, Philips Allura Xper FD cardiovascular X-ray system, and Philips Xcelera cardiology information system.