Siemens Healthineers and HeartFlow are to collaborate on joint-solution computed tomography (CT) scanners, intended to provide a comprehensive, noninvasive solution to support the diagnosis and management of patients with suspected coronary artery disease.
The collaboration pairs CT scanners from Siemens Healthineers with the HeartFlow FFRct Analysis, the first noninvasive technology to provide insight into both the extent of coronary artery disease and the impact that disease has on blood flow to the heart.
Using CT images, the HeartFlow FFRct Analysis is designed to create a personalised 3D model of each patient’s arteries. Computer algorithms then simulate blood flow and assess the impact of arterial blockages. The combined clinical pathway of coronary CT angiography and the HeartFlow FFRct Analysis is designed to provide actionable information that helps physicians determine each patient’s optimal course of treatment. Published clinical data demonstrate that use of the HeartFlow FFRct Analysis may prevent unnecessary invasive angiograms.
Although the USA is the initial commercial focus of this collaboration agreement, the two companies plan to expand their efforts to additional geographic markets in the future.