Medtronic introduces imaging service to enhance endovascular treatment of aortic aneurysms


Continuing to drive innovation in endovascular aortic repair (EVAR), Medtronic has announced the introduction of an imaging and visualisation service for endovascular specialists who use the company’s portfolio of stent grafts to treat aortic aneurysms.

Aortic aneurysms affect more than one million people in the United States alone and can rupture with fatal consequences if left untreated. A global partnership with Vital Images has enabled Medtronic to introduce 3D Recon, a new service that converts two-dimensional computed tomography (CT) axial images to three-dimensional images, offering advanced visualisation of the anatomy and aneurysm measurement for device sizing. This technology allows physicians to streamline pre-case planning and patient follow-up. It is cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration under a 510(k) granted to Vital Images.

Vital Images is a leading provider of advanced visualisation and analysis software. Its Endovascular Stent Planning application provides real-time automated clinical information specifically for the evaluation of abdominal and thoracic aortic aneurysms. The application enables removal of bone and anatomy from the image, visualisation from the aortic root through the iliac bifurcation, as well as specific measurements for procedure planning. It allows vascular surgeons and interventionalists to instantly view three dimensional anatomy pre-operatively, followed by the implanted stent graft postoperatively.

“Our exclusive partnership with Vital Images gives endovascular specialists access to advanced visualisation technology on a Medtronic field representative’s laptop to enhance their use of Medtronic’s aortic stent grafts,” explained Tony Semedo, vice president and general manager of the Endovascular Innovations division, part of the CardioVascular business at Medtronic. “3D Recon is a unique service that complements Medtronic’s existing service offerings of CTeXpress, a remote DICOM image transfer service in partnership with Intelemage, and Stent Graft Tracker, software managing patient follow-up schedules.”

Michael H Carrel, president and chief executive officer of Vital Images, added: “At Vital Images, we are committed to advanced visualisation and analysis innovations that enable clinicians to drive clinical efficiency and quality of care. We are pleased to partner with an industry leader and pioneer like Medtronic to deliver this innovative service to surgeons worldwide.”