AURORA, Colo., 20 December 2021 / PRNewswire / – Children’s Hospital Colorado (Children’s Hospital Colorado) is the first pediatric hospital in the world to use a 3D intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) catheter in the treatment of congenital heart disease in the Cardiac catheterization laboratory. Live 3D image guidance provided by the newly approved FDA technology of Phillips allows cardiac surgeons to better navigate complex procedures, which should translate into better results. The first two pediatric patients were successfully treated at Children’s Colorado early December.

The ICE catheter uses a traditional intracardiac ECHO combined with 3D echocardiography, miniaturized to fit the end of the catheter. Cardiac interventionists can use the new technology to navigate a patient’s heart during interventional procedures in the catheterization lab, without any additional time, risk or additional access points.

“The quality of the images that we are able to acquire with the ICE 3D Catheter is a huge step forward,” said Gareth Morgan, MD, congenital interventional cardiologist with Children’s Colorado. “In our early cases, we already have a better understanding of the complex interplay between newly implanted valves and a patient’s anatomy. We believe this will help expand treatment options for patients who may not have been good candidates for Cath Lab procedures. ”

Ultrasound imaging during cardiac catheterization procedures typically relies on transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) imaging, in which the probe is passed through the patient’s throat and into their esophagus, until it is within side of the heart. ETO requires the patient to be sedated or under general anesthesia, which carries an additional degree of risk. With ICE, a miniature ultrasound is delivered to the patient’s heart via their vasculature – the same route used in minimally invasive cardiac procedures in the catheterization lab – therefore, general anesthesia may not be necessary. Notably, it places a 3D ECHO probe in the center of the heart, allowing visualization of structures such as percutaneous lung valves that cannot be clearly seen with other types of imaging.

As the only pediatric center with 3D intracardiac echocardiography, Children’s Colorado has added to its line of unique high-tech imaging solutions, which justifies its claim to provide the most comprehensive catheterization laboratory imaging of any pediatric hospital in the world.

“At our Heart Institute, we are at the forefront in providing our patients with access to the latest minimally invasive treatments for pediatric heart disease,” said Dr. Morgan. “While other hospitals still perform open heart surgery for many heart conditions, we are able to correct many more heart defects in our cath lab, allowing us to provide highly specialized care at a risk. much lower. “

Performing nearly 700 cardiac surgeries and over 1,000 cardiac catheterizations per year, Children’s from Colorado The Heart Institute is the largest pediatric heart center in the Rocky Mountain region and nationally classified for heart care and surgery by US News & World Report.


Colorado Children’s Hospital is one of the nation’s largest and most extensive non-profit pediatric health care systems, with a mission to improve the health of children through patient care, education, research and advocacy. Founded in 1908 and recognized as one of the Top 10 Hospitals for Children by US News & World Report, Children’s Colorado has established itself as a pioneer in finding innovative and revolutionary treatments that are shaping the future of pediatric healthcare in the world. Children Colorado offers a full range of family-centered care in its emergency, emergency and specialist care centers across Colorado, including a university medical center on the Anschutz medical campus in Dawn, the hospitals of Colorado springs, Highlands Ranch and Broom field, and outreach clinics throughout the region. For more information visit or contact us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube.

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