Medtronic introduces 3D Recon service to enhance endovascular treatment of aortic aneurysms


Medtronic announced on 19 November 2009 the introduction of an imaging and visualisation service for endovascular specialists who use the company’s market-leading portfolio of stent grafts to treat aortic aneurysms.

Enabled by a global partnership with Vital Images, 3D Recon is a new service from Medtronic that converts two-dimensional computed tomography (CT) axial images to three-dimensional images, offering advanced visualisation of the anatomy and aneurysm measurement for device sizing. This technology allows physicians to streamline pre-case planning and patient follow-up. It is cleared by the FDA under a 510(k) granted to Vital Images.

Vital Images is a leading provider of advanced visualisation and analysis software. Its Endovascular Stent Planning application provides real-time automated clinical information specifically for the evaluation of abdominal and thoracic aortic aneurysms. The application enables removal of bone and anatomy from the image, visualisation from the aortic root through the iliac bifurcation, as well as specific measurements for procedure planning. It allows vascular surgeons and interventionalists to instantly view three dimensional anatomy pre-operatively, followed by the implanted stent graft post-operatively.

“Our exclusive partnership with Vital Images gives endovascular specialists access to advanced visualisation technology on a Medtronic field representative’s laptop to enhance their use of Medtronic’s aortic stent grafts,” explained Tony Semedo, vice president and general manager of the Endovascular Innovations division, part of the CardioVascular business at Medtronic. “3D Recon is a unique service that complements Medtronic’s existing service offerings of CTeXpress, a remote DICOM image transfer service in partnership with Intelemage, and Stent Graft Tracker, software managing patient follow-up schedules.”

Michael H Carrel, president and chief executive officer of Vital Images, added: “At Vital Images, we are committed to advanced visualisation and analysis innovations that enable clinicians to drive clinical efficiency and quality of care. We are pleased to partner with an industry leader and pioneer like Medtronic to deliver this innovative service to surgeons worldwide.”