Each year, approximately 1.9 million patients undergo percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in the United States, western Europe, and Japan, which are intended to improve blood flow to the heart. While clinical results of stenting procedures have steadily improved, approximately 30% of individuals undergoing these procedures experience a significant adverse event.
Stenting has traditionally been guided by x-ray angiography, which identifies the general location of the luminal narrowing but cannot identify plaque composition or non-stenotic lesions.
There is a growing awareness of the need to more effectively characterize the vessel by assessing not only its structure (by way of angiography and IVUS) but also its plaque composition. The TVC Imaging System™ was developed to meet this need.
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By obtaining a composite view of both vessel structure and composition, the TVC Imaging System provides interventional cardiologists with comprehensive information that can enable better clinical decision-making and support treatment strategies.
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This dual-modality diagnostic imaging system has the ability to assess vessel structure and plaque composition via integrated IVUS imaging and NIRS lipid core plaque detection.
The TVC System may be able to help:
Identify which patients have advanced coronary disease by assessing not only the degree of stenosis but also the presence of lipid-core plaques.
TVC Imaging may also be able to identify patients at increased risk of having a heart attack during stenting.