MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., May 14 Siemens Healthcare(www.siemens.com/healthcare) today announced that it would extend itsstrategic alliance with Biosense Webster, Inc. by opening up the ACUSONAcuNav(TM) ultrasound catheter for use on third party ultrasound systems. In2006, the two companies announced an agreement giving Biosense Webster theexclusive worldwide rights to distribute Siemens' ACUSON AcuNav ultrasoundcatheters, as well as a co-development of the technology in the future.
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The ACUSON AcuNav ultrasound catheter provides electrophysiologists andinterventional cardiologists with high-quality, real-time diagnosticultrasound images and Doppler blood flow information from within the heart.Cleared for marketing in 1999, the intracardiac catheter is known for itsstate-of-the art quality and is currently the world's only cardiac imagingultrasound catheter.
"We are pleased to open up the use of the ACUSON AcuNav technology toother than our own ultrasound systems," said Klaus Hambuchen, chief executiveofficer, Ultrasound, Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc. "This will enablehealthcare providers to improve the quality of care for an increased number ofpatients by coupling their ultrasound equipment with advanced intracardiacechocardiography (ICE)."
Introducing an open standard for the use of ICE means that this innovativetechnology is available for a growing cardiac patient population with the goalof making the ACUSON AcuNav technology a standard of care in electrophysiologyand interventional cardiology.
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