Infraredx, Inc., a medical device company committed to advancing the diagnosis and management of coronary artery and other vascular diseases, and Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) today announced they have signed a joint development and collaboration agreement that is focused on integrating Infraredx’s true vessel characterization (TVC) Imaging System with Philips’ Allura Xper catheterization (cath) lab imaging systems. This collaboration is intended to enable seamless access to the TVC Imaging System with Philips’ Allura X-ray systems.
“Philips is the premier provider of X-ray imaging technology for interventional cardiologists and we are pleased to partner with them on developing this integrated solution,” said Don Southard, president and chief executive officer of Infraredx. “Our goal is to offer physicians easier access to the TVC Imaging System’s near-infrared spectroscopy and intravascular ultrasound technology for use in determining the true extent of cardiovascular disease, especially the presence of lipid core plaques (LCPs). The TVC Imaging System is experiencing accelerated adoption in the U.S. and Europe. We believe this growth is the result of mounting clinical evidence around the role of LCP and continuous system enhancements.”
The joint product development is intended to provide physicians with tableside control of the TVC Imaging System from within the sterile cath lab environment using Allura’s table-mounted Xper module. The TVC Composite Image can be viewed on the Philips’ cath lab monitors, enabling physicians to view the Chemogram and intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) images alongside the coronary angiogram. This will allow for better visualization of LCPs in a patient’s coronary artery. The automatic sharing and integration of patient demographics and imaging study information between the Allura system and the TVC system will improve workflow efficiency and provide quicker retrieval and review of information.
“As the global market leader in cath lab imaging technology, we strive to offer advanced clinical applications that enable interventional procedures to be performed more effectively,” said Bert van Meurs, senior vice president and general manager, Interventional X-ray, Philips Healthcare. “The collaboration with Infraredx supports our commitment to continuously improve the integrated functioning of our cath labs and further enhance the user experience.”