Boston Scientific today announced collaborative efforts to integrate its iLab Ultrasound Imaging System with Philips Allura Xper and Siemens AXIOM Artis and Artis zee interventional X-ray systems. Boston Scientific has a similar partnership with GE Healthcare on its Innova System.
Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) enables a 360-degree view inside the heart and coronary vessels to assist with diagnosis and to generate a more accurate image of the diseased vessels than is possible with angiography alone.
From the press release:
Boston Scientific’s collaborations with Philips and Siemens include recently completed compatibility testing, which confirmed that the iLab System can function as an integrated system with the Philips and Siemens X-ray systems.
The iLab System is designed to be installed directly into a cardiac catheterization laboratory or radiology suite alongside these X-ray systems, enabling physicians to more readily incorporate IVUS technology into their procedures. The integrated systems will be featured at the annual EuroPCR Scientific Program, May 25 – 28 in Paris.
IVUS technology incorporates a tiny catheter inserted into the heart or coronary vessels where high-frequency sound waves reflect off tissue or vessel walls. The reflected sound waves create a cross-sectional image from within the heart or vessel, which can help determine treatment options. Unlike fractional flow reserve (FFR) technology, IVUS may be used to help select balloon and stent sizes and to view stent apposition and expansion after stent placement. The iLab System features exceptional image quality and the option for physicians to use a variety of catheters to accommodate coronary, peripheral and intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) applications.