GE, Radi Medical partner to integrate wireless FFR into cath lab
GE Healthcare and Radi Medical Systems (Uppsala, Sweden) on Monday announced a development and marketing and sales initiative to integrate Radi Medical Systems PressureWire Aeris, a wireless fractional flow reserve (FFR) technology, into GE’s Mac-Lab IT hemodynamic recording system.

The initiative aims to seamlessly integrate measurement of FFR into the cath lab workflow, with all procedural results stored into existing data archives. The initiative will also provide an upgrade path for GE Mac-Lab IT customers to add this functionality to their existing systems.

FFR is an index for functional severity of coronary stenosis, measured by the PressureWire Aeris. FFR is 100% specific in identifying which lesion or lesions are responsible for a patient’s ischemia, enabling the interventional cardiologist's direction of coronary interventions and result assessment for improved treatment outcomes.

“Traditionally, FFR assessment required additional capital equipment and increased procedure time due to setup operations.” said Jasvindar Singh, MD, an associate professor of medicine at Washington University School of Medicine, Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO. “With FFR fully integrated into our GE Mac-Lab IT, I’ll be able to make the best treatment options immediately available to my patients using equipment we already have, without any installation of additional instrumentation, screens or controls.”

Singh also commented that the wireless technology of the Aeris removes cables crossing the sterile field barrier, making the entire procedure faster and easier.

The cooperation will enable the option of upgrading to wireless measurement and integrated FFR on all existing and new GE Mac-Lab IT installations.

“FFR is a crucial clinical tool for the interventional cardiologist, guiding the PCI procedure for improved patient outcomes and lowered cost,” said Anders Qvarnström, COO of Radi Medical Systems. With this partnership, “we can make this tool readily available in a large number of cath labs worldwide.”