Ultrasound imaging to guide structural heart repair and electrophysiology procedures has conventionally been via transthoracic echocardiography (TTE), in which an ultrasound probe is placed on the patient’s chest, or via transesophageal echocardiography (TEE), which involves the insertion of an ultrasound probe into the patient’s esophagus so that it lies close to their heart. However, TTE typically results in sub-optimal imaging, while TEE requires heavy sedation or general anesthesia so that the patient can tolerate the procedure. To overcome these limitations, Philips ICE catheter utilizes an ultra-miniature ultrasound probe mounted on the end of a 3mm diameter (9 French) catheter, allowing it to be routed via the patient’s vasculature to inside their heart – the same route used to introduce other catheters during minimally-invasive cardiac surgery. Based on Philips’ innovative xMATRIX array 3D ultrasound transducer technology, VeriSight Pro’s probe captures high-quality 2D and 3D live images of the heart, including a 90-degree by 90-degree 3D field of view, simultaneous viewing of two scan planes (for example, to measure the long and short axes of the left atrial appendage), plus 3D volume and color-flow images. Unique to Philips’ device, interventionalists can digitally change the scan angle to capture different views without having to manually reposition the ultrasound tip.
Chris Landon, Senior Vice President and General Manager Image Guided Therapy Devices at Philips said:
“The exceptional 2D and 3D imaging capabilities of the new Philips Intracardiac Echocardiology Catheter – VeriSight Pro – make it a superb choice for image guidance in interventional procedures, reducing reliance on general anesthesia and the logistical hurdles that go with it. Adoption of the technology by Baptist Health’s Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute, one of the most innovative and top institutes in the world, is a significant milestone in bringing better heart care to more patients.”
Philips’ FDA 510(k)-cleared 3D ICE catheter, VeriSight Pro, has the potential to improve the standard of care for structural heart disease and electrophysiology procedures and broaden the range of treatment options open to patients. The reduced need for heavy sedation or general anesthesia accelerates workflows, contributing to increased cath lab efficiency and shorter patient preparation and recovery times. The catheter is designed for use with Philips’ premium cardiology ultrasound systems, EPIQ CVx and EPIQ CVxi.
Philips Intracardiac Echocardiology Catheter – VeriSight Pro – adds to the company’s comprehensive suite of integrated solutions for the treatment of structural heart disease, which combines interventional X-ray, 3D ultrasound, and related interventional tools to enable confident navigation and positioning of devices to optimize outcomes and reduce procedure times.
 A transesophageal echocardiogram is done by inserting a probe with a transducer down the esophagus