Breakfast workshop PICS shows iCMR is stepping up

 

On September 6th during the annual PICS symposium Nano4Imaging LLC, BBraun Interventional Systems and pfm medical ag  organized a 2nd breakfast workshop on iCMR in congenital heart disease. The meeting was attended by about 25 clinicians and again showed the strong drive among pediatric centers to move interventional procedures into the MRI. During the workshop drs Reddy (Dallas Children’s) and Ratnayaka (Rady’s Children’s San Diego) shared their experience with MRI guidance. The exchange following their presentations showed that many centers want to move into these procedures, but run into practical and logistic problems with platform suppliers or internal IRB applications. The workshop was also the product launch of the EmeryGlide guidewire by BBraun, and follow-up of last years discussion on clinical indications and medical devices needed to extend the current arena of iCMR.

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Workshop at CSI Frankfurt-June 27th

PFM Medical and Nano4Imaging organize a next workshop on MRI procedures in pediatric cardiology at CSI Frankfurt. This meeting always describes and shows the newest trends in interventional cardiology. We are proud that some of our top clinical centers will share their expertise first hand with thos interested to get started in this field. Prof. Ewert from German Heart Centre Munich and dr Tarique Hussain (UT Soutwestern,/Dallas Children’s) will present their experience with the EmeryGlide guidewire in performing diagnostic interventions.

Mark: June 27th 2019; Start at 1:30 pm  at Room Conclusion 2. Please send registration by mail to pbo@nano4imaging.com.

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Cooperation to enable new MRI procedures in cardiology

pfm medical ag and Nano4Imaging GmbH are proud to announce that pfm medical has become the exclusive distributor for the EmeryGlide guidewire starting with the CE region and later on worldwide excluding the USA. The innovative EmeryGlide of Nano4Imaging GmbH enables cardiologists to perform invasive MRI diagnostics leading to new interventional treatments in cardiology.

During this year’s symposium of European society of pediatric cardiology (AEPC 2019) in Sevilla, pfm medical and Nano4Imaging GmbH organized a lunch symposium entitled “Expert guidance for MRI procedures in pediatric cardiology“. During the symposium both companies announced that pfm medical has become the exclusive distributor of Nano4Imaging’s EmeryGlide guide wire. The symposium enabled new EmeryGlide users to get guidance from experts in starting up their procedures in the MRI suite. For this purpose, the cardiologist team from Dallas Children’s/UT Southwestern joined the workshop to present a brief history and perspective of MRI guidance (Gerhard Greil), show the most recent advances in single ventricle patients (Suren Reddy) and share some recently taped cases.

Over the past two decades, the field of iCMR has been limited to predominantly diagnostic procedures. The availability of EmeryGlide guidewire, a MRI compatible guide wire, is a major step forward to put the real ‘i’ in iCMR procedures”, says Dr. Suren Reddy from UT Southwestern/Children’s Medical Center, Dallas. “The EmeryGlide guidewire has enabled me and my colleagues to advance catheters to places that was previously not possible thereby pushing the boundaries of diagnostic procedures in MRI. I look forward to pave the way towards real interventions in the MRI suite in the near future. Partnerships within device industry and academia on the other hand is critical to develop more tools needed for iCMR procedures. I am glad that pfm medical and Nano4Imaging are combining forces to move things ahead.”

About pfm medical ag
pfm medical is one of the leading German providers of special solutions in the healthcare sector. The Cologne-based family company was founded in 1971, and has nearly 550 employees at twelve international locations. In 2017, pfm medical realized an EBIT (earnings before interest and taxes) of 2.1 million euros from 104.8 million euros in sales. The medical product supplier has over 300 issued patent rights in over 80 patent families worldwide and with nearly 3,000 products spread across a broad portfolio distributed in over 100 markets. Its products extend to the following four key medical areas: Infusion (e.g. infusion pumps and implantable port catheters), surgery (e.g. drainage systems and mesh implants), histotechnology (e.g. blades and laboratory equipment) and cardiovascular technology (e.g. implantable occluders and special catheters). pfm medical integrates products and services into a comprehensive solution package. For instance, the company provides training and advice to users such as medical practitioners, nursing staff, patients and their families to support optimal therapy outcomes in both inpatient and outpatient healthcare. In the development of innovative solutions in close cooperation with leading medical practitioners and specialist partners, pfm medical invariably focuses on improvements in the quality of work and the quality of life of both users and patients.

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N4I and PFM in Sevilla

This year symposium of pediatric cardiology is taking place in Sevilla (Spain) the capital of Flamengo and pediatric CMR (at least this year). At AEPC 2018 we met with pfm medical in Athens, and now we are proud to announce that pfm has become our exclusive distributor of the EmeryGlide in Europe and Middle-East. Nano4Imaging and pfm are now co-organizing a lunch symposium entitled “Expert guidance for MRI procedures in pediatric cardiology. The symposium will enable new users to get guidance from experts in starting up MRI guidance and we hope to build bridges between existing and new clinical users. In this respect we are proud that the team from Dallas Children’s is coming over to the workshop to present a brief history and perspective of MRI guidance (Gerhard Greil), show the most recent advances in single ventricle patients (Suren Reddy) and share some taped cases from the last couple of months. Finally we will have a Q & A session for new users and we will present data of a  world-wide survey on interventional MRI that was completed by 182 labs all over the world. Hope to see you all at FIBES- Palacia de Congresos, Room Praga: 12:30-14:00 hrs, May 17th.

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SCMR Seattle: showcase for MRI guidance

Last February 7th to 9th, SCMR took place in snowy Seattle-Bellevue. Over 1000 CMR specialists gathered to discuss the newest insights into cardiac MRI. Nano4Imaging’s clinical director Paul Borm was present to co-brand our MRWire as EmeryGlide for the US market with our  partner BBraun Interventional.  During the interventional CMR session (Feb 7th) Nano4Imaging had a joint table with its new distributors to co-brand the  EmeryGlide. During the various workshops several clients showed the enormous progress that MRI guided procedures have made, also by using our EmeryGlide guidewire.

MRI guidance takes off.

Drs Hussain, Arar and Reddy (Dallas Children’s/UT Southwestern) showed the results of over 30 pediatric cases revealing new procedures such as test occlusions in  Fontan fenestration, and diagnostic procedures in single-ventricle patients. Dr Knight (RFH London) explained in detail how his hospital has meanwhile done 50 MRI guided pressure measurements in the pulmonary artery for diagnosis of PH in adult patients. The subsequent days, several taped cases were shown by the Dallas team to show the exact procedure that was used to cross the fenestration using the EmeryGlide and slide a balloon over it.  MRI guidance has clearly taken off to the next level!

More exciting insights

Apart from the interventional take-off other topics such as artificial intelligence (deep learning) are really taking off in both diagnostics as well as in rapid calculation of results. In addition, 3D printing of hearts seems to become a reality in most centres of congenital heart disease. In some technical centers (Georgia Tech and Atlanta Emory Hospital) the 3D models are being used for further modelling studies such as 4D-flow. Interesting is also to note that the USA core facility on MRI guidance at NIH (dr Campbell, dr Lederman) is now exploring to use low-field MRI (0.5 T) and conventional medical devices to perform interventional pre-clinical work. At this low field magnetic field apparently also oxygen can be used as a contrast agent that allows blood mapping.

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SCMR in Seattle

Nano4Imaging will actively participate in the iCMR meeting during SCMR in Seattle. During this symposium several of our clinical users, such as drs Reddy and Arar- (Dallas Children’s/UT) and dr Knight (RFH- London) will share their expertise and experience with our MRWire in pediatric and adult interventions. Come and see us in February 2019 in Seattle.

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Back to Vegas

After our successful participation at PICS in september, Nano4Imaging’s clinical director Paul Borm will be present at the SCAI’s fellow’s program in Las Vegas at the Cosmopolitan hotel between december 9 and 11th. The fellows program contains courses dedicated to Congenital Heart Disease Interventional Cardiology as well as Advanced Structural Heart Disease Interventional Cardiology. Paul Borm will be present on a booth shared with BBraun Interventional and PFM Medical to explain to fellows how they do future procedures in the MRI for these clinical indications. The scientific program can be downloaded here.

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Las Vegas PICS great success

Last week (september 5-8th 2018) Nano4Imaging had it’s first big appearance on the US market via participation during PICS, the annual meeting of the pediatric interventional cardiological society.

La Vegas PICS proved to be a breakthrough and gave us the opportunity to welcome a large number of new interested cardiologists and discuss with them the options to do a catheterization procedure in the MRI. In a round table discussion on september 6th a number of clinical opinion leaders and Industrial partners discussed the way forward to get MRI guided diagnostics and interventions going in clinical practice. Prof Ewert (German Heart Centre-Munich) told interventionalist to get out of their “bubble” and talk to the MRI people, while dr Reddy (Dallas Children’s) showed a number of congenital clinical cases done in Dallas under MRI provoking further imagination towards real interventions.

 

 Finally prof Halperin (Johns Hopkins) showed the participants what is already available and possible in other fields such as electrophysiology. On                           site a task-force was defined that will investigate further clinical needs to enable MRI guidance in (pediatric) cardiology. We will return to Vegas in                               december this year for the SCAI fellows program on pediatric cardiology sharing

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OPENMIND-Final workshop- August29th

Our first Horizon2020 project is coming to an end. Openmind enabled a 4 year cooperation between 9 partners from 6 countries to deliver on demand medical devices. Do you want to participate in the final workshop of the consortium, please send us a mail. The workshop starts at 09:30 and is held at the Fraunhofer IPT in Aachen. The workshop will be very interesting for those 1) interested in the new medical device regulatiom, 2) meeting new SME partners active in the medical device manufacturing, and 3) seeing first prototype manufacturing system for on demand production.

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