Infraredx will premiere its new Advanced TVC Imaging System and the Muller NIRS-IVUS Catheter featuring Extended Bandwidth IVUS technology at the American College of Cardiology (ACC)’s 2015 Annual Scientific Meeting (14–16 March, San Diego, USA) at booth #1215.
Infraredx says that the Advanced TVC Imaging System is the only FDA-cleared technology capable of rapidly, specifically and reliably identifying lipid-core plaques, which are known to complicate stenting procedures and suspected to cause most heart attacks.
By integrating near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) with intravascular ultrasound (IVUS), the Advanced TVC Imaging System enables quick, informed clinical decision making and greater physician confidence in determining procedural and treatment strategies requiring information on vessel structure and plaque composition. This new, high-powered platform is designed to evolve with coronary care and incorporates advanced computing technology, the latest high-definition monitors, an intuitive, user-friendly interface and near-infrared laser optics for in vivo chemical analysis. This new system also includes Infraredx’s proprietary Extended Bandwidth IVUS technology. Extended Bandwidth ultrasound technology harmonises multiple signal frequencies to produce a sharp image of the complete vessel that allows for easy identification of the lumen, plaque and vessel structure.
In addition, a meeting of the Lipid-rich Plaque Study investigators will be held. This multicentre study is designed to test the hypothesis that TVC imaging can identify the plaques likely to cause a heart attack. The study already has over 850 patients enrolled and is expected to yield a result in late 2015.
“Over the past 25 years, there have been few technological innovations in intravascular imaging systems that compare with those introduced in the TVC Imaging Systems,” said Don Southard, chief executive officer of Infraredx. “Understanding vessel structure and plaque composition is critically important for interventional cardiologists. The Advanced TVC Imaging System will assist physicians to achieve their goal of optimising PCI procedures.”