EP MedSystems and Philips launch new ultrasound platform for cath lab
16 January 2007
West Berlin. EP MedSystems (NASDAQ: EPMD) and Royal
Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) have announced the new ViewMate II
ultrasound system based on Philips Medical Systems’ HD11 XE platform for use
with EPMD’s ViewFlex intracardiac (ICE) imaging catheters.
As part of this joint development and distribution agreement, Philips
will also offer an ICE option to its customers on the HD11 XE ultrasound
system. The new system offers healthcare providers high performance
ultrasound imaging modes, simplicity of operation, and a price that allows
easy adoption and expansion of ICE imaging in both advanced
electrophysiology (EP) and interventional cath (IC) lab procedures.
ViewMate II system will be distributed by EP MedSystems through its
dedicated sales and clinical education staff to cardiac cath and EP lab
customers in the US. Philips will offer the ICE option for echocardiography
customers who desire ICE capabilities. A single model of ViewFlex catheter
operates with both systems allowing each company to meet the growing demand
for better visualization of intracardiac anatomy during complex intracardiac
procedures in their targeted customer base.
David Bruce, EP MedSystems’
president and CEO stated, “Combining Philips’ exceptional ultrasound imaging
capabilities with EP MedSystems’ focus on EP and interventional catheter
procedures has produced a unique offering: high performance ICE imaging for
intracardiac procedures that also addresses the strong cost containment
pressures in cardiac care. ”
ICE imaging has been shown to reduce
procedure time and X-Ray exposure in procedures such as transseptal
catheterization, complex arrhythmia ablation and guidance of septal defect
closures. Additionally clinicians should find this ICE system a useful tool
in cardiac synchrony assessment and therapy, and for emerging transcatheter
cardiac valve treatments.
“This collaboration of technologies from the
leaders in cardiac ultrasound and EP products has the potential to broaden
the services a hospital can offer patients and increase the value of their
investment in their ultrasound system,” said Barbara Franciose, CEO,
ultrasound and monitoring for Philips Medical Systems.