Medical Incentive – the Missing Tool
To date, no diagnostic tool is available on the market enabling the
direct vision through blood with sufficiently high resolution. It is an old dream
of cardiovascular surgeons as well as cardiologists to directly view vessel walls
and cardiac structures from the inside.
At the moment, the progress in interventional / minimally invasive surgery is slowed
down due to a missing imaging tool. With this novel technical concept, our company
puts this idea into practice to attain this goal of an videoendoscopic system enabling
to guide minimally invasive cardiac operations such as mitral valve repair, closure of
septal defects, or endovascular stenting of the severely diseased thoracic aorta, as well
as several interventional procedures in interventional cardiology. Compared to IVUS technology,
our system provides a better resolution to directly visualize the vascular wall structures within.
Application - Advantage and Benefit
This patented angioscope assists the cardiovascular surgeon in pre-operative,
intra-operative and postoperative treatment of patients. The novel therapeutic
tool enables a simple morphologic imaging of the cardio-vascular system with a
huge field of application, e.g. during complex heart surgery. Thus, the operating
room of the future will invariably have this tool as an integrated piece of the
armamentarium promoting the further progress of minimally invasive cardiac surgery.
In contrast to standard imaging methods, this smart system provides higher resolution
without using ionising radiation. In the future, the cardiovascular angioscope
stimulates new techniques of visualization aiming at real four-dimensional image
processing. Experts from phlebology, accident surgery and fetal surgery are looking
forward to applicating this tool.
Angiocam develops and sells a high resolution technology for vision through blood. This technology will be integrated into an intra-cardiac catheter in order to give a real-time inside view of the beating heart and the major blood vessels. This system can be used for minimally invasive cardiac surgery and for diagnoses of the cardiovascular system. For the proof of concept, a demonstrator of the system was built