St. Jude Medical has announced today a launch of its new ViewMate Z Intracardiac Ultrasound System and matching ViewFlex Plus Intracardiac Echocardiography (ICE) Catheter. The new ultrasound combo was developed with Zonare which brought its proprietary technology to the table.
The ViewMate Z System is designed for real-time image guidance and visualization of the cardiac anatomy. The system is able to deliver fast, high-fidelity images that help direct diagnosis or therapy during complex electrophysiology procedures. The system is compatible with the new ViewFlex(TM) Plus ICE Catheter, which offers improved one-handed control, steering angles up to 120° and enhanced tip stability. The ViewMate Z System is designed to allow clinicians to better visualize a patient’s cardiac anatomy and the effects of treatment in real-time.
One of the industry’s smallest cart-based systems, the ViewMate Z System offers greater portability and optimizes vital lab space while reducing obstructions in a clinician’s workflow. The system was designed, developed and provided through St. Jude Medical’s development and distribution agreement with ZONARE Medical Systems, a leading provider of high-end ultrasound systems.
ZONARE Medical System’s unique Zone Sonography(TM) enables the ViewMate Z System to provide premium image quality, performance and features, as well as advanced image processing capabilities without the limitations of current systems. Conventional ultrasound systems acquire and process echo data line-by-line and therefore are limited by the time required for sound propagation in the patient’s body. Zone Sonography technology is a new approach to echo data acquisition and image formation. It acquires ultrasound data very quickly in a relatively small number of large zones, each of which contain a volume of data equivalent to many lines in a conventional system. Zone Sonography technology acquires data up to ten times faster than conventional systems.
Features of the ICE catheter from the product page:
•2-dimensional, high resolution imaging of cardiac structures
•Color flow doppler imaging for real time assessment of blood flow direction
•Pulsed and continuous wave spectral doppler for quantification of blood flow
•M-Mode imaging and graphic display of temporal events
The following advanced modes and technologies are standard on every ViewMate® II system:
•2D with Pulse Inversion Harmonic Imaging – Philips Corporation’s patented method for producing pure, broadband harmonic signals for superb grayscale presentation
•Adaptive Color Doppler – automatically selects the optimal Doppler or angio frequency for highly sensitive resolution, as well as Color Power Angio technology for assessing amplitude and direction of flow
•Tissue Doppler Imaging (TDI) – includes Color TDI to assess direction and timing of myocardial function, and pulsed wave TDI for velocity mapping of vessel wall and cardiac tissue