VentriPoint Diagnostics Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:VPT) (PINKSHEETS:VPTDF) has
installed its latest version of the VMS heart analysis system at
ERASMUS MC SOPHIA (Sophia) Children's Hospital in Rotterdam,
Netherlands. Sophia will introduce the VMS system into routine
clinical use for Tetrology of Fallot (Blue Baby Syndrome) or Systemic
Right Ventricle patients, under the supervision of Dr. Willem Helbing
and Dr. Laurens Koopman.
"The VentriPoint system combines the best of both worlds: the ease and
availability of 2D echo and the intrinsic 3D information of the MRI
acquired shapes of the right ventricle in the database. We anticipate
a reduction of the need for (expensive) cardiac Magnetic Resonance
Imaging (MRI) for the purpose of assessment of right ventricle
volumes", said Dr. Helbing.
Dr. Helbing is the Head of Pediatric Cardiology for Sophia, and has a
history with VentriPoint as he was an early collaborator and provided
valuable insight into the product development. VMS uses Knowledge
Based Reconstruction (KBR) to accurately create the surface volume of
the right ventricle. KBR is based on a library of hearts that are
disease specific. Dr. Helbing provided guidance and MRI heart images
that VentriPoint incorporated into its heart libraries for Tetrology
of Fallot and Systemic Right Ventricle.
"Dr. Helbing was one of the first people I called when I joined
VentriPoint," said Dr. George Adams, CEO of VentriPoint. "It is
wonderful we can now supply him with the newest version of the VMS
which meets his clinical needs."
Approximately, 0.8% of the live births in the Netherlands are born
with some form of congenital heart disease. The more severe cases
require life-long monitoring of their right ventricle.
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About Dr. Willem Helbing
Dr. Helbing has combined a clinical career as paediatric cardiologist
with a research interest in ventricular function in congenital heart
disease. He has used various models and techniques, particularly MRI,
to study right and single ventricular function in children and young
adults with congenital heart disease. He currently is a professor in
paediatrics and Head of Paediatric Cardiology at Erasmus University
Medical Center and Sophia Children Hospital.
About Erasmus MC
Erasmus MC is the largest and most versatile of the eight university
medical centers in the Netherlands. Erasmus MC wants to further extend
its international reputation and become one of the twenty best medical
institutes in the world by 2013. The organization consists of over
fifty departments. Each department contributes to Erasmus MC's three
core tasks: patient care; research; and education.
About VentriPoint Diagnostics Ltd.
VentriPoint has created a diagnostic ultrasound tool to monitor
patients with heart disease, a leading cause of death in developed
countries. Management believes the VMS is the first cost-effective
and accurate diagnostic tool for measuring right ventricle heart
function. Congenital heart disease is the first application in a suite
of applications for all major heart diseases including pulmonary
hypertension, cardiovascular disease and heart failure, which
management believes has a multibillion-dollar market potential. Canada
and Europe (CE Mark) have granted approval for the sale of
VentriPoint's VMS heart analysis system and VentriPoint is pursuing
the US-FDA approval through the 510(k) process.
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