St. Jude Medical announced on 13 January 2011 the launch of its ViewMate Z intracardiac ultrasound system and ViewFlex Plus intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) catheter. The ViewMate Z system is designed for real-time image guidance and visualisation of the cardiac anatomy. The system is able to deliver fast, high-fidelity images that help direct diagnosis or therapy during complex electrophysiology procedures. The system is compatible with the new ViewFlex Plus ICE catheter, which offers improved one-handed control, steering angles up to 120° and enhanced tip stability.
The system offers greater portability and optimises vital lab space while reducing obstructions in a clinician’s workflow. It is developed and provided through St. Jude Medical’s development and distribution agreement with Zonare Medical Systems, a leading provider of high-end ultrasound systems.
“The ViewMate Z system offers clear visualisation of patient anatomy and in turn provides the opportunity for a more effective procedure for the patient. It also has a unique ability to quickly produce exceptional images in a compact, cart-based system, improving on the effectiveness and efficiency of current ICE systems,” said Jane J. Song, president of the St. Jude Medical Atrial Fibrillation Division.
Zonare Medical System’s unique Zone Sonography enables the ViewMate Z system to provide premium image quality, performance and features, as well as advanced image processing capabilities without the limitations of current systems. Zone Sonography technology acquires data up to ten times faster than conventional systems.