Siemens will showcase cardiovascular technologies at TCT 2004

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Siemens Medical Solutions will highlight its range of cardiovascular technologies at the Cardiovascular Research Foundation's 16th annual Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) Scientific Sessions that start Sunday in Washington, D.C. (Sept. 27 - Oct. 1).

High on its list is Siemens new Interventional Cardiac 3D (IC3D), introduced earlier this month. IC3D is designed to create three-dimensional images of the coronary vessels in the heart.

Siemens' Axiom Artis dFC Magnetic Navigation System will be on display at the show, too. Integrating Siemens flat-panel detector technology with Stereotaxis Inc.'s Niobe magnetic navigation system, the device directs and digitally controls catheter- and guidewire-based devices along complex paths within the heart and coronary vasculature.

Also featured at the show will be Siemens' Axiom Sensis. It is designed to improve workflow in the cath lab by providing accurate calculations of hemodynamic data obtained during catheterization, and presenting it clearly and concisely.

Siemens will give meeting-goers a first hand look at its Somatom Sensation Cardiac 64-slice CT scanner. The imaging device has a standard gantry rotation speed of 0.33 seconds and achieves a temporal resolution up to 83 milliseconds.

In clinical IT, Siemens will showcase Soarian Cardiology designed to address the specific clinical, financial and operational workflow challenges of the cardiac care team.

From Siemens Ultrasound division, the company will highlight the Acuson AcuNav diagnostic ultrasound catheter. The device provides real-time ultrasound imaging inside the heart, and direct visualization of blood flow and of other catheters during minimally invasive procedures.