Ascension to launch new 3D Guidance tracker at TCT 2006

Burlington 11 October 2006Ascension Technology is showcasing its newest medical tracking device, 3D Guidance, at TCT 2006 - the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutic Conference and Exposition, in Washington, D.C., October 23-25, 2006. 3D Guidance tracks the position and orientation of one or more tiny sensors, enabling real-time guidance of medical instruments for minimally invasive, image-guided procedures. Sensors, ranging in diameter from 1,8 mm to 0,3 mm, are typically embedded in the distal tip of catheters, scopes and probes. Measurements are unaffected when used in close proximity to intravascular ultrasound arrays.


The development of a new, customizable, flat transmitter now permits tracking on hospital beds and tables containing steel structures. The tracker meets Class 1 Type CF regulations for use within the human body.

Ascension is currently developing new applications for 3D guidance of catheters with its medical partners, including the deployment of stents, delivery of therapeutic agents, and guidance of ultrasound probes. 3D Guidance employs DC magnetic field sensing technology to minimizing conductive metallic distortion, and overcome line-of-sight tracking restrictions.

Jack Scully, Ascension's Vice President of New Business Development, stated: "3D Guidance sensors enable physicians to track the precise position of catheters even inside a beating heart. Sensors are now capable of guiding 3 French catheters to internal targets without fluoroscopic exposure or the use of expensive computer equipment."

Ascension Technology Corporation, based in Burlington, Vermont, USA, is specialized in magnetic motion tracking solutions for medical applications. For more information about Ascension trackers, you can visit the Ascension Web site or read the VMW March 2006 article Ascension to showcase catheter tracking at American College of Cardiology Conference.

Leslie Versweyveld

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