Cardiology, information technology  

New training tool for interventional cardiologists

17 July 2006

Uppsala, Sweden. is a new web-based teaching tool for interventional cardiologists, interventional technicians, nurses, and catheterization-lab staff. Sponsored by Swedish company Radi Medical Systems, it consists of narrated, interactive case studies from leading cardiologists demonstrating the proper use of fractional flow reserve (FFR) measurement techniques, which physicians use during interventions to assess lesion severity.

The interactive cases also demonstrate the versatility of FFR measurement, which aids clinical decision making not only in cases that involve intermediate lesions but also in cases that have traditionally resulted in bypass surgery or unnecessary multiple stent placement.

"It is critical for interventional physicians to understand the proper use of stents, especially in light of recent concerns about DES thrombosis," noted John McB. Hodgson, MD, Senior Editor for and head of Academic Cardiology at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona. "Use of FFR should not be considered optional but rather the norm." illustrates FFR use in specific areas, including Multivessel Disease and Tandem Lesions, Side Branch Narrowing, Pre-op Evaluation for Non-Cardiac Surgery, Multivessel Disease, Post Bypass, Post Stenting, and a variety of other scenarios. A "guess the FFR" exercise allows users to compare the use of FFR techniques against traditional angiography. A discussion forum, which allows registered members to interact with peers and top interventional cardiologists, is also under development.

"Radi is happy to support a new FFR training tool that's based on interactive, evidence-based case studies, said Anders Qvarnstrom, Chief Operating Officer for Radi Medical Systems. Radi manufactures the PressureWire system, which measures FFR for physiological lesion assessment.

MultiWeb, a company that specializes in interactive online learning programs for cardiovascular health professionals, used an unrestricted grant from Radi Medical Systems, Inc. to develop The site currently features cases from Dr. Hodgson and other leading cardiologists, including William Fearon, MD; Morton J. Kern, MD; Peter Ver Lee, MD; Michael Lim, MD; and Habib Samady, MD. New clinical cases will be added to

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