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Philips and RealView Imaging conclude world's first study to evaluate live 3D holographic imaging in interventional cardiology

AMSTERDAM and YOKNEAM, Israel, Oct. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) and RealView Imaging Ltd. today announced that they have completed a clinical study that has demonstrated the feasibility of using an innovative live 3D holographic visualization and interaction technology to guide minimally-invasive structural heart disease procedures. In the pilot study that involved eight patients and was conducted in collaboration with the Schneider Children's Medical Center in Petach Tikva, Israel, RealView's innovative visualization technology was used to display interactive, real-time 3D holographic images acquired by Philips' interventional X-ray and cardiac ultrasound systems.

In addition to viewing the patient's heart on a 2D screen, doctors in the interventional team were able to view detailed dynamic 3D holographic images of the heart 'floating in free space' during a minimally-invasive structural heart disease procedure, without using special eyewear. The doctors were also able to manipulate the projected 3D heart structures by literally touching the holographic volumes in front of them. The study demonstrated the potential of the technology to enhance the context and guidance of structural heart repairs.

"The holographic projections enabled me to intuitively understand and interrogate the 3D spatial anatomy of the patient's heart, as well as to navigate and appreciate the device-tissue interaction during the procedure," said Dr. Einat Birk, pediatric cardiologist and Director of the Institute of Pediatric Cardiology at Schneider Children's Medical Center.

Dr. Elchanan Bruckheimer, pediatric cardiologist and Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories at Schneider Children's Medical Center, added: "The ability to reach into the image and apply markings on the soft tissue anatomy in the X-ray and 3D ultrasound images would be extremely useful for guidance of these complex procedures."  

The results of this unique pilot study will be presented by Dr. Bruckheimer at the 25th annual Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) scientific symposium, sponsored by the Cardiovascular Research Foundation. The presentation will be held on Tuesday, October 29th (Main Arena; Plenary Session V). For more information follow this link.

"Our ultimate goal is to create the future of healthcare by delivering innovative solutions that enhance clinical capabilities and improve patient outcomes," said Bert van Meurs, General Manager of Integrated Clinical Solutions and Marketing for Imaging Systems at Philips Healthcare. "By teaming up with partners that share our passion for innovation, we have been able to demonstrate the feasibility and potential value of the world's first holographic visualization technology targeted at guiding minimally invasive cardiac procedures."

"I see clear indications that 3D medical holography will play an important role in medical imaging in the near future," said Aviad Kaufman, CEO of RealView Imaging Ltd. "With the advancement of live 3D imaging and increasing clinical evidence of its value for a variety of procedures, we are convinced that our holographic technology will further enhance 3D imaging and, most importantly, improve patient care."

Progress in image-guided therapies for heart diseases - from the opening of obstructed coronary arteries to catheter ablation therapy for heart arrhythmias and catheter-based structural heart repairs (for example, heart valve replacements) - have greatly increased the need for live 3D image guidance, to supplement today's live 2D image guidance. Live X-ray and live 3D cardiac ultrasound imaging are typically used simultaneously to guide minimally invasive structural heart repair procedures, with the ultrasound images providing detailed insights into the heart's soft tissue anatomy, and the X-ray imaging providing visualization of catheters and heart implants.

The technological advancements in the acquisition of live 3D images to guide minimally invasive procedures have also triggered the development of novel ways to visualize the data. Following the promising results produced by this pilot study, Philips and RealView Imaging will continue to explore the clinical value of combining live 3D imaging and medical holography, both in interventional cardiology and in other clinical areas.

About Royal Philips
Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a diversified health and well-being company, focused on improving people's lives through meaningful innovation in the areas of Healthcare, Consumer Lifestyle and Lighting. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips posted 2012 sales of EUR 24.8 billion and employs approximately 115,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. The company is a leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as male shaving and grooming and oral healthcare. News from Philips is located at

About RealView Imaging
RealView Imaging Ltd. (Yokneam, Israel) is developing the world's first 3D holographic display and interface system, initially for medical imaging applications. RealView's proprietary technology projects hyper-realistic, dynamic 3D holographic images "floating in the air" without the need for any type of eyewear or a conventional 2D screen. The projected 3D volumes appear in free space, allowing the user to literally touch and interact precisely within the image, presenting a unique and proprietary breakthrough in digital holography and real-time 3D interaction capabilities. For more information please visit


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Image with caption: "In the pilot study, clinicians were able to manipulate the projected 3D heart structures by literally touching the holographic volumes in front of them." Image available at:

Image with caption: "Dr. Elchanan Bruckheimer, Dr. Einat Birk and Dr. Tamir Dagan at the Schneider Children's Medical Center (Israel) are performing a minimally invasive repair of a patient's heart under guidance of live interventional X-ray and live 3D ultrasound imaging. In addition to viewing the heart on a 2D screen, the interventional team was able to view detailed dynamic 3D holographic images of the heart 'floating in free space'." Image available at:

Image with caption: "The members of the joint Philips, RealView Imaging and Schneider Children Medical Center team responsible for the world's first pilot clinical study to evaluate live 3D holographic imaging in interventional cardiology." Image available at:

Rachel Bloom-Baglin
Philips Healthcare
Tel: +1 978 7609007

Steve Klink
Philips Group Communications
Tel.: +31 6 10888824

Aviad Kaufman
RealView Imaging Ltd.
Tel.: +972-544-334-834


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