As if learning to correctly interpret a standard 12-lead ECG isn’t challenging enough for us doctors, Verathon is introducing the Heartscape 80-lead 3D ECG System in Europe. The concept is not entirely new, as it is the successor to the PRIME ECG system which has the same amount of leads, and has been available since 2003. The Heartscape 3D ECG System aims to give a 360 degree electrocardiographic view of the heart, to helping in identifying myocardial infarcts without ST-segment elevation on traditional 12-lead ECGs, and in patients with left bundle branch block.
Compared to traditional 12-lead ECG’s, the system has shown to be more sensitive while retaining comparable specificity in detecting acute infarcts. While that sounds promising, one of the studies with the device also showed that it did not directly improve clinical outcomes and revascularization rates. A U.S. introduction is anticipated in 2012.
From the press release:
The proprietary 80-lead Vest System consists of 2 parts and provides 58 anterior leads, 12 lateral leads, and 10 posterior leads. Available in 4 sizes (small, medium, large, and extra large), the vest is designed to quickly and comfortably fit a wide range of adult male and female patients.
The Heartscape system provides three options for exam results: an anatomical tracing from 80 leads, a 12-lead tracing, and the new Heartscape 360 degree Exam which indicates ST Elevation (STEMI), ST Depression, NSTEMI, and other heart abnormalities in an easy-to-read, rotating 3D color-graphic diagnostic algorithm.
Designed for ease of use, the Heartscape touchscreen monitor offers a short video tutorial on how to utilize the system. A wireless color printer is also included for printing hard copies of exam results. The Heartscape 3D ECG System is battery powered and comes with a 1-year warranty.
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Flashback: PRIME ECG: Sir, Your Heart is on Fire!