What Does Your Aortic Valve Look Like in 3D?
By Adam Pick on October 24, 2016
I’m just getting back from the Heart Valve Summit in Chicago. It’s an amazing conference where hundreds of surgeons, cardiologists, nurses and medical device companies gather to discuss the best practices for heart valve management and therapy.
While there, I was very lucky to see how 3D echocardiograms are helping doctors before, during and after surgery. As you will hear from Christine Wagner, a product application specialist with Philips Ultrasound, these images were taken using a transesophageal echocardiogram, also known as a 3D-TEE.
Thanks so much to Christine and Philips for all the great work they are doing to help the surgeons help us patients!!!
Keep on tickin!
P.S. For the hearing impaired members of our community, here is a written transcript of the video with Christine Wagner.
Christine: Hi, I’m Christine Wagner, a product application specialist for Phillips Ultrasound. I want to describe what you’re seeing on the screen here. This is a 3D TEE, and it is an en face view of the aortic valve. You can see all three cusps here. You’ll see this little black line there, which is a coronary artery. By using this technology, we are able to see not only exquisite detail, but I can rotate this image around. I can see it from the front and the back. It allows us to give such detailed information to our surgeons that they were really never able to have before, both pre and during an aortic valve procedure.
Interviewer: Wow. Thanks so much, Christine.
Christine: You’re welcome.
Interviewer: We really appreciate it.