AURORA, Colorado, Dec. 20, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Children’s Hospital Colorado (Children’s Colorado) is the world’s first pediatric hospital to use a 3D intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) catheter in the treatment of congenital heart disease in the Cardiac Catheterization Lab. The live, 3D image guidance provided by Phillips’ recently FDA-approved technology allows cardiac interventionists to better navigate complex procedures, which is expected to result in improved outcomes. The first two pediatric patients were successfully treated at Children’s Colorado in early December.

The ICE catheter uses traditional intracardiac ECHO in combination with 3D echocardiography, miniaturized to fit the tip of the catheter. Cardiac interventionalists can use the new technology to navigate a patient’s heart during interventional procedures in the Cath Lab, without significant additional time, risk, or entry points.

“The quality of the images we can obtain with the 3D ICE catheter is a huge step forward,” said Gareth Morgan, MD, a congenital interventional cardiologist at Children’s Colorado. “In our first few cases, we already have a better understanding of the complex interaction between newly implanted valves and a patient’s anatomy. We expect this will help expand treatment options for patients who might not otherwise be good candidates for Cath Lab procedures.”

Ultrasound during cardiac catheterization procedures is usually based on transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) imaging, in which the probe is passed down the patient’s throat and into their esophagus until it is adjacent to the heart. TEE requires the patient to be sedated or given general anesthesia, which carries an additional risk. With ICE, a miniature ultrasound is navigated through their blood vessels to the patient’s heart — the same route used during minimally invasive cardiac procedures in the Cath Lab — so general anesthesia may not be necessary. Specifically, 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 expanded its line of unique high-tech imaging solutions, justifying its claim to deliver the most comprehensive Cath Lab imaging of any pediatric hospital in the world.

“At our Heart Institute, we are at the forefront of 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 can correct many more heart defects in our Cath Lab, allowing us to provide highly specialized care at a much lower risk.”

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


Children’s Hospital Colorado is one of the nation’s leading and most comprehensive nonprofit pediatric health care systems with a mission to improve children’s health through patient care, education, research and advocacy. Founded in 1908 and recognized as a top 10 pediatric hospital by US News & World Report, Children’s Colorado has established itself as a pioneer in the discovery of innovative and groundbreaking treatments that are shaping the future of pediatric healthcare worldwide. Children’s Colorado offers a full spectrum of family-centered care at its urgent, urgent, and specialty care locations throughout Colorado, including a teaching medical center on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, hospitals in Colorado Springs, Highlands Ranch, and Broomfield, and outreach clinics throughout. Colorado. the region. For more information, visit or contact us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

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