Tiny 4D Ultrasound Transducer Provides Detailed Cardiovascular Imaging

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Royal Philips is demonstrating a range of new cardiovascular products at the 2006 American Heart Association (AHA) Scientific Sessions meeting, held this week in Chicago. Among them is what Philips says is the industry's smallest transducer for 4D cardiac ultrasound imaging in infants and children. The device promises to help cardiologists accurately view a patient's cardiac structure and blood flow by improving access to the heart.

As cardiac care continues to be a prevalent concern for millions of Americans, innovative solutions and applications that integrate with various modalities including ultrasound, healthcare informatics, magnetic resonance (MR) and computed tomography (CT) are needed to help speed care and increase clinical confidence. Philips' new and integrated technologies on display at AHA offer physicians vivid insight into the human heart and clinical information, which may provide more accurate information to evaluate a patient's condition and provide the necessary treatment.

Philips' X7-2 x-MATRIX array transducer is part of a robust pediatric and congenital heart disease solution that affords small patients the same imaging, quantification and cardiac management benefits that adults attain from live, real-time 3D echocardiography (echo), an ultrasound of the heart. The speed at which volumetric data are captured and the non-invasive nature of ultrasound enables clinicians to obtain high-quality images and data quickly and easily, while potentially reducing young patients' emotional and physical stress, and providing surgeons with pre-operative views of cardiac anatomy and function.

Additionally, the Philips X7-2 transducer, in conjunction with QLAB quantification software, allows cardiologists to evaluate a pediatric patient's heart and closely examine structures, blood flow and function for enhanced diagnosis and treatment planning.

About Royal Philips Electronics
Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands is a global leader in healthcare, lifestyle and technology, delivering products, services and solutions through the brand promise of "sense and simplicity." Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips employs approximately 126,000 employees in more than 60 countries worldwide. With sales of EUR 30.4 billion in 2005, the company is a market leader in medical diagnostic imaging and patient monitoring systems, energy efficient lighting solutions, personal care and home appliances, as well as consumer electronics.

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