Lenox Hill Hospital installed an additional Philips Live 3D transesophageal echo (TEE) transducer to its existing ultrasound systems – making it the 2000th to be installed in North America.
Live 3D TEE allows real-time three-dimensional views of the heart while it is beating. Already in use for non-invasive cardiology, interventional cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery applications, the technology provides state-of-the-art patient care with fast and specific diagnoses.
Lenox Hill Hospital was one of the first institutions in the country to use this technology to help guide interventional procedures in the cardiac catheterization laboratory. Itzhak Kronzon, MD, director of non-invasive cardiology at Lenox Hill Hospital and a recipient of a lifetime achievement award from the American Society of Echocardiography for his work applying and teaching cardiovascular ultrasound, has worked with Carlos Ruiz, MD, and other interventional cardiologists to develop an integrated imaging protocol that includes Live 3D TEE to visualize the heart before, during and after procedures such as paravalvular leak closures and transapical punctures. It has also being used during transcatheter aortic-valve implantations clinical trial procedures at Lenox Hill.