Philips unveils ultrasound, cardiac technologies at ESC

Philips Healthcare plans to unveil a suite of cardiac imaging products and the new EPIQ ultrasound platform at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress.

EPIQ features 3D whole-organ visualization, and the integrated 3D platform helps clinicians interpret and quantify anatomies of interest, plan procedures, and perform minimally invasive interventions. Philips said it designed the technology to overcome many of the usability, reproducibility, and readability challenges of conventional ultrasound, while bridging the workflow gap between diagnosis, procedure planning, and treatment.

The result of an expensive multiyear research and development program, EPIQ will enable the development of new diagnostic and interventional options in cardiology as well as radiology and gynecology, the company said.

Philips will also showcase several cardiac imaging developments at the ESC meeting, including the Philips IntelliSpace ECG, a multivendor electrocardiogram (ECG) management system, and the ST80i Stress Testing System. The stress testing system features wireless, bidirectional connectivity and advanced decision-support tools, Philips said.

Philips is also releasing Xcelera R4.1, the latest version of the company's multimodality cardiology management platform. Xcelera R4.1 offers access to cardiology data across departments, ensuring business continuity and enhanced data-intensive processing, the company said. The newest iteration also includes a thin-client version of the cardiology enterprise viewer Xcelera CEV R2.1, Philips said.

The ESC 2013 meeting will be held in Amsterdam from August 31 through September 4.

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