News | September 28, 2009

Ultrasound Adds New Intracardiac Echo Functionality

September 28, 2009 - GE Healthcare and Biosense Webster Inc. announced new versions of the Vivid i and Vivid q cardiovascular ultrasound systems, with support for two new intracardiac echo (ICE) catheters.

The Vivid i systems with version BT10 software now support the Biosense Webster Acunav 8 Fr. ICE catheter. The 8 Fr. catheter has a 33 percent smaller cross sectional area than the AcuNav 10 Fr. catheter, making it well suited for patients that cannot tolerate a larger catheter.

The companies also announced new support of the Vivid i and Vivid q systems with the SoundStar 3D ICE catheters, as well as compatibility for the Vivid i and Vivid q systems with the Biosense Webster CartoXP system with the CartoSound version 9.7 software module. The CARTOSOUND Module and SOUNDSTAR 3D Catheter integrate real-time intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) imaging into the CARTO System environment, enhancing visualization and navigational confidence during complex EP procedures.

Biosense Webster is a pioneer in EP diagnostic catheters and is an innovative provider of advanced diagnostic, therapeutic, and mapping tools. GE and Biosense first announced the intent to create a combined AcuNav catheter/Vivid i system at HRS in 2009 and offered the first unit for sale, with support for the Biosense Webster 10 Fr. ICE catheter, in October 2008.

The small and compact Vivid i systems deliver imaging performance comparable that of today’s high-end console ultrasound systems without crowding the lab. Combined with the exceptional ICE catheter technology performance and navigational versatility of the ACUSON AcuNav 10 and 8 Fr. ultrasound catheter, the system helps cardiologists confidently navigate complex interventional procedures for a wide range of patients.

For more information: www.gehealthcare.com

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