GE Healthcare and HeartFlow announce global collaboration

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HeartFlow FFrct

GE Healthcare and HeartFlow have entered into a global collaboration agreement with the goal of increasing the clinical availability and adoption of HeartFlow FFRct.

Announced at the annual scientific meeting of the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT; 6­–9 July, Washington DC, USA), the collaboration will involve computed tomography (CT) scanners from GE Healthcare with HeartFlow FFRct.

The agreement will initially focus on the USA, with plans to expand into other markets in the future.

With HeartFlow FFRct, data from a patient’s non-invasive coronary CT angiogram are securely uploaded from the hospital’s system to the cloud, according to a press release. Then, HeartFlow creates a personalised, digital 3D model of the patient’s coronary arteries, and uses powerful computer algorithms to solve millions of complex equations to simulate blood flow in the model and assess the impact of blockages on coronary blood flow. The results are provided to the patient’s clinician via a secure web interface to offer actionable information on the optimal course of treatment.

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