An angiographic image showing a transesophogeal Echo (TEE) probe in use during deployment of a transcatheter Sapien aortic valve.


June 20, 2012 — Echocardiography is playing a key role in both the assessment and guidance of transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). Attendees at the American Society of Echocardiography’s 23rd Annual Scientific Sessions will have the opportunity to see this in action during a live TAVR procedure transmitted from Washington Hospital Center's hybrid cath lab.

The value of TAVR depends on careful selection of patients who, while not surgical candidates, do not have such extreme comorbidities that overwhelm the benefits of TAVR and render the intervention futile. In selection of these patients, Doppler echocardiography has now replaced cardiac catheterization as the gold standard diagnostic technique for quantifying aortic stenosis (AS), the most common valvular heart condition in the elderly. A transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE), in which an external probe is placed on the patient’s chest, can determine whether the AS is severe enough for TAVR. Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE), in which an ultrasound probe is passed into the patient’s esophagus, supplements the information from TTE, providing precise measurements of the ring surrounding the aortic valve, critical for selecting the proper size of the implanted valve.  And, the role for echocardiography doesn’t stop with diagnosis and decisions on treatment, as TEE is widely used to guide device placement during the TAVR procedure.

Steven Goldstein, M.D.,  a cardiologist at MedStar Heart Institute, will lead a team of interventional experts during the surgery at the center. Due to the design of the hybrid cath lab at Washington Medical Center, the audience will be able to see information from various monitors, including echo images, fluoroscopic images and pressure tracings. 

For more information: www.asecho.org

 


Related Content

News | Ultrasound Women's Health

September 21, 2022 — Butterfly Network, Inc. (NYSE: BFLY), a digital health company transforming care through the power ...

Time September 21, 2022
arrow
Feature | Ultrasound Women's Health | By Roberta Kline, MD and Robert L. Bard, MD, DABR, FASL

An estimated 24% of women in the United States will suffer from a pelvic floor disorder in her lifetime, with that ...

Time September 15, 2022
arrow
News | Ultrasound Imaging

September 9, 2022 — Boston Imaging, the United States headquarters of Samsung digital radiography and ultrasound ...

Time September 09, 2022
arrow
News | Ultrasound Imaging

September 9, 2022 — According to ARRS’ American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR), ultrasound color Doppler twinkling may ...

Time September 08, 2022
arrow
News | Radiology Business

September 1, 2022 — Fujifilm Sonosite, Inc., the world leader in point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) solutions, is pleased ...

Time September 01, 2022
arrow
News | Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS)

August 26, 2022 — EchoNous, the leader in ultra-portable, AI-guided point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) tools and software ...

Time August 25, 2022
arrow
News | Radiology Business

August 12, 2022 — Clarius Mobile Health, a leading provider of high-definition wireless ultrasound systems, announced ...

Time August 12, 2022
arrow
News | Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS)

August 10, 2022 — Mindray North America, a global leader and developer of healthcare technologies and solutions for ...

Time August 10, 2022
arrow
News | Focused Ultrasound Therapy

July 5, 2022 — Focused Ultrasound, an innovative, new procedure being used by USF Health Morsani College of Medicine ...

Time July 05, 2022
arrow
News | Radiology Business

July 1, 2022 — Richard Fabian has been promoted to the role of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Fujifilm Sonosite, Inc ...

Time July 01, 2022
arrow
Subscribe Now