We use cookies to understand how you use our site and to improve your experience. This includes personalizing content and advertising. To learn more, click here. By continuing to use our site, you accept our use of cookies. Cookie Policy.

Features Partner Sites Information LinkXpress
Sign In
Advertise with Us
Greiner Bio-One

Download Mobile App


ATTENTION: Due to the COVID-19 PANDEMIC, many events are being rescheduled for a later date, converted into virtual venues, or altogether cancelled. Please check with the event organizer or website prior to planning for any forthcoming event.
14 Jul 2020 - 14 Jul 2020
Virtual Venue
15 Jul 2020 - 19 Jul 2020
Virtual Venue

FFR Guidance System Confirms Coronary Stent Necessity

By HospiMedica International staff writers
Posted on 23 Dec 2019
Print article
Image: The FFRangio system dashboard (Photo courtesy of CathWorks)
Image: The FFRangio system dashboard (Photo courtesy of CathWorks)
A non-invasive fractional flow reserve (FFR) system delivers multi-vessel physiologic measurements to support functional evaluation of coronary artery disease (CAD).

The CathWorks (Kfar Saba, Israel) FFRangio System provides intra-procedural non-invasive diagnostic technology that aids qualitative analysis of previously acquired angiography data in CAD patients. The software based system is installed on a mobile cart that holds a computer processing unit, a user interface with an LCD screen and keyboard/mouse combo, an isolation transformer, and a network isolator. System operation requires only a mains power connections and a digital imaging and communications in medicine (DICOM) communication port to retrieve X-ray C-arm images.

The system also supports visual output to the Cath Lab main displays, so that the system user interface may be observed on both the system's LCD display and on the Cath Lab's main display (boom monitor). In order to calculate FFRangio, a value derived from simulated blood flow data obtained from coronary angiography images, the user first selects the appropriate images, and following system prompts, marks key features, including target lesion, ostium location, main vessel, target vessel, and its side branches. The system then matches the corresponding vessels among the projections to generate a 3D computer model of the vessels and determine FFRangio.

“Doctors knew that conventional FFR provided valuable objective data, but that came with the cost, risk, and time,” said Professor Ran Kornowski, MD, chairman of cardiology at Rabin Medical Center (Petah Tikva, Israel) and co-inventor of the CathWorks technology. “We believe that we have accomplished our goal of providing doctors with objective data to inform their clinical decision-making without an additional intervention.”

FFR is a physiological index used to determine the hemodynamic severity of atherosclerotic narrowing of the coronary arteries. It specifically identifies which coronary narrowing is responsible for the ischemic obstruction of the flow of blood to a patient’s heart muscle, and helps guide interventional cardiologists in determining which lesions warrant stenting, resulting in improved patient outcomes and reduced health care costs.

Related Links:

Print article



view channel

Omnia Health Live Unites Global Healthcare Community Through New Virtual Experience

Omnia Health Live, a virtual healthcare event, has brought the global healthcare community together on a scale never seen before through a new experience delivered entirely online. The virtual healthcare... Read more
Copyright © 2000-2020 Globetech Media. All rights reserved.