At ESC in 2011 Dr. Ashok Tirouvanziam, Interventional Cardiologist at the University Hospital of Nantes, France, showcased how the integration of 3D images to guide complex procedures during interventions, such as Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) enhances clinical confidence.
“TAVI has become one of the most important procedures for aortic stenosis treatment” explained Dr. Tirouvanziam. “3D imaging is really important to screen the patient before the procedure and the valve implantation. It is used to size the annulus, to precisely assess the iliac femoral access, and to define the target site. This helps to reduce associated complications and to increase the procedural success for the patient”.
When considering Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) it is also important to understand the patient anatomy in order to plan the appropriate therapy path and strategy. One approach for locating the exact region of interest to deliver the planned therapy is the use of advanced visualization techniques.
At ESC 2012, Prof. Tamburino, University of Catania, Italy will address the impact of advanced visualization techniques developed for complex procedures, such as TAVR. Prof. Tamburino will chair two clinical sessions outlining the use of Valve Assist, to help plan and guide complex cardiac procedures.