RADI, a St. Jude Medical subsidiary out of Sweden, has partnered with GE Healthcare to deliver the first wireless system for measuring fractional flow reserve (FFR) for coronary vasculature. FFR is defined as the pressure distal to a coronary stenosis relative to the pressure before the stenosis. FFR is a technique that allows to discover blood flow bottlenecks in the vascular system. This newly announced system uses RADI’s PressureWire Aeris device, a minimally invasive pressure sensor that features a wireless transmitter, to interface with GE’s Mac-Lab hemodynamic monitoring system.
The solution is based on the PressureWire® Aeris technology and an FFR upgrade package available for the XT and XTi system configurations of GE’s Mac-Lab® hemodynamic recording system, a system used to record and display physiological parameters in the coronary cathlab. PressureWire Aeris was developed and marketed by Radi Medical Systems, which was acquired in December 2008 by St. Jude Medical and is now part of the Company’s Cardiovascular Division.
The Mac-Lab FFR upgrade utilizes existing cathlab infrastructure, including screens, input modules and controls, and together with the PressureWire Aeris technology forms a seamlessly integrated FFR measurement system for greatly improved cathlab workflow and ease of use.
With all FFR results integrated into the existing physiological information archive, this new solution is also the only system on the market where the hemodynamic severity of coronary lesions, as measured by FFR, is documented together with other procedural data and angiographic imagery, creating a more complete patient record.
The Mac-Lab FFR solution is available as an upgrade path to all existing GE Mac-Lab installations worldwide, as well as new installations.
Press release: Radi Medical Systems AB and GE Healthcare announce cooperation to integrate FFR and PressureWire® Aeris in GE Mac-Lab® IT
Product page: FFR Integration with PressureWire Aeris and GE Mac-Lab