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ACC 2009 Sessions on Intravascular Imaging and Functional Measurement

Angioplasty.Org Image     March 26, 2009 (updated with comments by Joe Burnett) -- A number of studies in the past year have shown benefits in stent and angioplasty procedures for intravascular imaging and functional measurement modalities, such as Fractional Flow Reserve (FFR), Intravascular Ultrasound (IVUS, Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), as well as newer technologies, like Forward-Looking IVUS and VH plaque composition.

The upcoming American College of Cardiology Annual Scientific Sessions, being held in Orlando, Florida from March 28-31 is featuring more than 50 presentations, case reviews and abstracts focused on these technologies.

Joe Burnett, Vice President of Marketing at Volcano, a manufacturer of intravascular imaging and measurement equipment, commented:

"Three years ago, you could flip through the ACC program and see a couple of presentations on intravascular assessment using IVUS or FFR. This year, there are more than 50.

"Word is getting out that more precise guidance during PCI is important, and the sheer number of talks focused on higher resolution tools, highlight the increased demand for access to these technologies. The strategy that relied on angiography alone is evolving to include better confirmation of disease severity and stenting technique. The economic environment that our healthcare system faces is demanding that we target the right patients, and that we get it right the first time."

Key sessions of interest include:

  • Saturday, March 28, 10-12, Room W314B: Eight presentations highlighting clinical data demonstrating the value of IVUS in a variety of patient populations.
  • Saturday, March 28, 2:10-2:40, Room W314B: Debate over the role of IVUS versus OCT in mainstream applications.
  • Sunday, March 29, 4:40-5:30, Room W314B: Five presentations on the value of FFR in different settings and the impact of the FAME data..

A complete list of sessions can by downloaded here.