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Royal Philips has launched a new 3D navigation system, VesselNavigator, designed to guide the minimally invasive treatment of patients with vascular diseases such as aortic aneurysms.

The new catheter navigation solution can be used in conjunction with its interventional x-ray systems, which helps to improve precision and accuracy of stent placement and reduces contrast medium usage.

The system provides minimally invasive treatment options for patients who were previously unable to benefit from new image-guided intervention techniques.

Developed in collaboration with Germany’s University Hospital Cologne and Belgium’s University Hospital Ghent, VesselNavigator is suitable for all types of endovascular procedures.

"The new catheter navigation solution can be used in conjunction with its interventional x-ray systems, which helps to improve precision and accuracy of stent placement and reduces contrast medium usage."

In addition to complementing the company’s current image-guided therapy portfolio in the field of endovascular and hybrid suite solutions, VesselNavigator also addresses the need for advanced 3D live-image guidance solutions.

University Hospital Ghent vascular and thoracic surgery head Dr Frank Vermassen said: "VesselNavigator gives vascular surgeons during endovascular procedures the 3D view of the patient’s anatomy, which they are familiar with from open surgery.

"It also significantly reduces the amount of contrast medium required, which means a lesser burden on the kidneys."

The new system is more suitable for guidance during the treatment of aortic aneurysms, which if untreated could result in severe complications such as massive internal bleeding.

It combines live interventional x-ray images with pre-acquired 3D MRI or CT images of the patient’s vascular structures. The resulting 3D colour-coded images of the vessels offer improved real-time visual guidance.

The company said in recent studies, VesselNavigator was shown to reduce contrast medium usage by 70% and procedure times by 18%.

Philips Image Guided Therapy general manager Bert van Meurs said: "The strong growth in image-guided therapy procedures is driven by the significant benefits they offer for healthcare systems and patients, including reduced patient trauma, shorter hospital stays and lower healthcare costs."


Image: Royal Philips’s VesselNavigator is suitable for all types of endovascular procedures. Photo: ©Koninklijke Philips NV.