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80-lead ECG vest to aid acute MI diagnosis

A new 80-lead 3D echocardiogram (ECG) (Heartscape™, Verathon) system, which debuted at the European Society of Cardiology congress in Paris, aims to improve early diagnosis and help detect acute myocardial infarction (MI) missed by traditional systems.

In studies the system has shown superior sensitivity and comparable specificity in detecting acute MI compared to traditional 12-lead ECGs.1–3 The device’s design includes a rapid-application 2-part vest containing 80 leads, and a touchscreen monitor that displays the Heartscape 360⁰ Exam.

“Emergency physicians and Interventional Cardiologists told us that more definitive ECG information could help them identify high-risk cardiac patients more quickly, when seconds count,” stated Gerald McMorrow, founder and CEO of Verathon.

“By offering a 360° view of the electrical activity of the heart, Heartscape is designed to help healthcare providers assess the patients’ status faster and accelerate their treatment. We believe that with more accurate diagnosis, better outcomes and lower costs are the result,” he added.

ECG vestA US introduction is anticipated in 2012, Verathon have said.


1 Owens CG, McClelland AJJ, Walsh SJ et al. Prehospital 80-lead mapping: Does it add significantly to the diagnosis of acute coronary syndrome? J Electrocard. 2004/37(suppl): 223-32.

2 McClelland AJJ, Owens CG, Menown IBA, Lown M, Adgey AJJ et al. Comparison of the 80-lead body surface map to physician and to 12-lead electrocardiogram in detection of acute myocardial infarction. Am J Cardiol. 2003/92: 252-7.

3 Ornato JP, Menown IBA, Peberdy MA et al. Body surface mapping vs 12-lead electrocardiography to detect ST-elevation mycocardial infarction. Am J Emerg Med. 2009/27: 779-84.

Published on: November 3, 2011

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