Medtronic has partnered with Vital Images out of Minnetonka, Minnesota to bring 3D reconstructions of CT images of abdominal and thoracic aorta, and other large vessels, to improve preoperative planning and operative outcome in patients that are undergoing for endovascular graft placements for treatment of aneurysms. Whether this partnership actually delivers clinically significant solutions, remains to be seen.
3D Recon is a new service from Medtronic that converts two-dimensional computed tomography (CT) axial images to three-dimensional images, offering advanced visualization of the anatomy and aneurysm measurement for device sizing. This technology allows physicians to streamline pre-case planning and patient follow-up. It is cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration under a 510(k) granted to Vital Images.
Vital Images is a leading provider of advanced visualization and analysis software. Its Endovascular Stent Planning application provides real-time automated clinical information specifically for the evaluation of abdominal and thoracic aortic aneurysms. The application enables removal of bone and anatomy from the image, visualization from the aortic root through the iliac bifurcation, as well as specific measurements for procedure planning. It allows vascular surgeons and interventionalists to instantly view three dimensional anatomy pre-operatively, followed by the implanted stent graft post-operatively.