VentriPoint releases study on its VMS heart analysis technique

Echocardiography technology developer VentriPoint has published results of a clinical study that demonstrate its VMS heart analysis technology can go beyond 2D ultrasound imaging in a range of cardiac conditions.

In a study by German researchers at the Center for Congenital Heart Defects in Bad Oeynhausen, three imaging modalities -- 2D echo, 3D echo, and cardiac MRI -- gave the same results when analyzed using the VMS technique and were equivalent to a gold-standard MRI protocol when visualizing right ventricle function.

Usually, comparing echocardiography and cardiac MRI has been discouraged due to unexplained discrepancies, VentriPoint said. The firm asserts that standardization using the VMS technique for all images would give comparable longitudinal results and allow for patient monitoring and treatment decisions.

The study also showed that, when using the VMS approach, analysis took just five minutes, compared with 10 to 30 minutes using conventional techniques. It validates that the VMS approach is as accurate and reliable for analyzing MRI images or 3D ultrasound images, the firm added.

The study has been accepted for publication in the Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography, the company said.

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