Diagnostic imaging, cardiology  

Boston Scientific launches iLab for ultrasound imaging within heart and blood vessels

25 July 2006

Natick, Mass., USA. Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE:BSX) has launched its iLab intravascular ultrasound ultrasound imaging system in the USA. Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) allows physicians to see images inside the heart and inside coronary and peripheral arteries to assist with diagnosis.

With IVUS, a tiny catheter is inserted into the heart or into a coronary or peripheral vessel where high-frequency sound waves reflect off tissue or vessel walls. The reflected sound waves create a cross-sectional image from within the vessel or heart to aid in visualizing vessel and heart structure. IVUS technology also provides physicians with a better understanding of blocked vessels, which allows for proper selection and placement of stents and other devices to restore blood flow at the site of the blockage.

The system can be directly installed into the cardiac catheterization lab or radiology suite. Its tableside controller gives physicians control of the device within the sterile field, and its dynamic review feature enhances image interpretation.

"With the introduction of more sophisticated medical devices such as drug-eluting stents, physicians are treating more complex cases than ever before," said Paul Teirstein, M.D., of Scripps Green Hospital in LaJolla, CA. "That makes the iLab Ultrasound Imaging System an even more important part of my practice. Now I can obtain the images I need quickly and easily. This lets me routinely quantitate the patient's disease, and make an informed diagnosis."

"Boston Scientific is making it easier for physicians to use IVUS technology every day," said Hank Kucheman, President of Boston Scientific's Interventional Cardiology business. "Historically, a barrier to regular IVUS usage has been the need for more user-friendliness. By installing the system right into the lab and putting controls into their hands, physicians now have immediate access to this important technology."

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