Siemens debuts ultrasound applications for congestive heart failure
Siemens Medical Solutions is showcasing its comprehensive portfolio of Electrophysiology (EP) systems at the Annual Scientific Sessions of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS), in Boston, today through May 20th  The company will also highlight ultrasound applications for the assessment of patients with congestive heart failure and a new 3D solution for atrial fibrillation.

EP is a fast growing cardiovascular discipline with nearly 550,000 new patients being diagnosed with cardiac arrhythmias in the U.S. each year, according to estimates.

"Cardiac arrhythmias are being diagnosed at increasing rates," said Kelly Feist, senior director, Cardiology Global Solutions, Siemens Medical Solutions. "Now more than ever before, electrophysiologists need efficient and effective solutions to diagnose and treat arrhythmic heart disease earlier, while driving down costs.”

Towards that goal, Siemens is showcasing its complete line of products for the assessment of heart failure patients and cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) candidates with dynamic cardiovascular assessment methods designed to speed up clinical workflow. The suite of echocardiography tools for electrophysiology, includes a new automated left ventricular quantification package.
According to Siemens, electrophysiologists will not only have Doppler-based assessment tools for evaluating heart failure patients and synchronization of heart contraction using the Axius Quantification Synchronization Tools (QST), but also the ability to assess left ventricular dynamics in patients with heart failure using Axius Velocity Vector Imaging (VVI) technology. As a result, new insight into ventricular mechanics with quantitative echocardiography can help physicians assess patients as candidates for CRT. The suite of electrophysiology applications is available on all Siemens' transthoracic (TTE), transesophageal (TEE) and intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) transducers. Another highlight on the ACUSON Sequoia platform is the new Axius Auto Ejection Fraction.

The company is also debuting its syngo InSpace EP. This software application integrates pre-procedural cardiac computed tomography or magnetic resonance 3D data sets to quickly segment a view of the heart's left atrium. The software includes ‘one-click segmentation of the left atrium and pulmonary veins.

Siemens is also showcasing its magnetic navigation technologies, capable of improving the ease and accuracy of catheter-based procedures to facilitate increased efficiency and productivity. Its AXIOM Artis dBC Magnetic Navigation System includes a biplane flat panel detector that can be used as either a biplane or a single plane magnetic navigation system depending on clinical preference. Each of Siemens' magnetic navigation systems can work in conjunction with the AXIOM Sensis EP recording system.

Also highlighted is syngo Dynamics, a multi-modality, dynamic image review, diagnosis and archiving system.