Philips on board at ACC with a host of cardiovascular offerings
Philips Medical Systems showcased a host of new cardiovascular-specific applications for its medical imaging platform.

The new product advances include: PhysioTrak, a coronary artery imaging package that provides 2D and 3D full heart volume imaging that is integrated with Philips' Intera Achieva system; JetStream workspace for cardiology - a new generation nuclear cardiology software option; CVCT private practice package for Philips' Brilliance CVCT rate responsive system; Allura Xper FD20 - Philips latest line of detector x-ray systems; Allura Xper FD10 - a cardiovascular portfolio of interventional imaging systems; Haemosphere - a hemodynamic monitoring system designed to promote efficient workflow within the cath lab; and cardiac 3D quantification - a low-cost, cardiac 3D viewer and quantification ultrasound software.

Philips highlighted its 2005 upgrade for the Sonos 7500 ultrasound system, which includes live 3D echo technology, Live xPlane imaging for stress echo and 3D networking/connectivity updates. On the IT (information technology) side, Philips exhibited its Xcelera cardiology information system. Xcelera includes the optional Xcelera 3D echo viewing module that enables clinicians to view, crop, cut, perform measurements and archive 3D ultrasound data sets.

Philips also announced a number of cardiovascular research initiatives currently underway, such as CT research projects including the CatScab study comparing CT angiography and conventional diagnostic angiography.