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New Technologies Presented at the American Heart Association Meeting

by Lynn Shapiro, Writer | November 13, 2008

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Other highlights of this week's American Heart Association meeting follow:

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GE Healthcare

Meanwhile, three new ultrasound devices are making their US debut this week, the company told AHA members. The Vivid E9 offers 4D imaging, opening the door to full cardiac studies. Vivid q adds quantitative analysis to portable excellence, bringing even more diagnostic confidence into the equation; while its intravascular ultrasound (ICE) imaging probe opens up an entirely new care area. All of these products are ready to take users and their patients in directions they can only dream of, the company says.

Diagnostic Cardiology

Among the new releases from GE's Diagnostic Cardiology business exhibited at AHA is EMR Gateway, an innovation that delivers electrocardiogram results and patient demographic data to virtually any electronic medical records (EMR) system. In addition, the company will unveil a new electrocardiograph system in MAC 1600, which will provide recording for advanced arrhythmia assessment. This advancement is designed to aid healthcare providers in appropriate treatment.

Cardiovascular Services

GE's Ultrasound Service team is set to announce the availability of AccoustiCare, a package including as many as four, fully covered, and transesophageal ultrasound probe repairs per year.

Each repair consists of genuine, upgraded OEM parts and results in a like-new, remanufactured transducer probe. GE's Interventional Service team for Hemodynamics and EP Recording Equipment, including Mac-Lab IT, CardioLab IT and ComboLab IT, will provide Proactive System Check-up and Patch Management coverage for hospitals needing optimal efficiency and security. This system check-up can improve network performance, prevent workflow interruption and keep the system performing at optimal levels, the company said.

Royal Philips Electronics

Philips unveiled a cardiograph technology that helps improve detection of heart problems, including specific coronary artery obstructions, damaged heart muscle and abnormal rhythms.

On display at the AHA meeting, the new Philips PageWriter TC70 cardiograph, featuring Philips unique DXL16-Lead ECG Algorithm, may help clinicians deliver faster diagnosis and treatment during heart attacks, while also supporting door-to-balloon (speed) and hospital quality products.