Live 3D TEE capability can increase visualisation for intracardiac repair


Philips announced that their CX50 xMATRIX now offers 2D intracardiac echo capability. The CX50 xMATRIX with available Live 3D TEE and intracardiac echocardiography catheter is expected to be shown in Paris, France, at EuroPCR, 21–24 May.

Since its launch in 2012, Philips CX50 xMATRIX has been, according to the company, the only ultrasound system with the flexibility of a portable system together with Live 3D TEE capability. Phillips also announced that it has partnered with St Jude Medical to integrate the CX50 xMATRIX with the St Jude Medical ViewFlex Xtra intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) catheter. The ViewFlex Xtra ICE catheter is a, 2D catheter featuring four-way steering and single-handed control.

With the increase in minimally invasive structural heart disease repairs and electrophyiosology procedures comes an increase in the need for ICE for visualisation of intracardiac anatomy from the right atrium. ICE is commonly used in procedures such as left atrial ablation and closure of patent foramen ovale and atrial septal defects. With Live 3D TEE and ICE both available on the CX50 xMATRIX, interventional teams, according to a company press release, can visualise these and other repairs that may benefit from Live 3D TEE such as transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI), multi-fenestrated and irregular atrial septal defect closures, and other complex structural heart disease repairs.

The CX50 xMATRIX is an all-in-one imaging solution for cardiac catheterisation labs, EP labs and hybrid operating rooms.  With both ICE and Live 3D TEE available on a single system, hospitals will not need to rely on scheduling two separate ultrasound systems for various procedures.  The CX50 xMATRIX also offers interventional workflow features such as Philips Allura tableside control, automatic patient data exchange, and support for Philips’ EchoNavigator —which combines fluoroscopy and echocardiography.

“Our cardiology customers have clearly told us that one of the most exciting opportunities for patient care involves minimally invasive repairs, and that performing a wide range of procedures requires exceptional ultrasound imaging —not only Philips Live 3D TEE but also world-class ICE,” said Conrad Smits, CEO Ultrasound, for Philips Healthcare.  “Working with another industry leader, St Jude Medical, we have created a partnership that delivers a premium compact integrated solution to exceed the clinical and business needs of our cardiology customers.”