Shina Systems Successfully Performed an Alpha Test of its Novel Aortic Valve Assistance Software Application

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Live percutaneous aortic valve replacement (PAVR) procedures performed at Gaia Hospital Center in Portugal.

Shina Systems Ltd., a leading provider of clinically effective software solutions for the cardiovascular market, today announced the successful completion of an alpha test of its novel aortic valve assistance software application. Shina Systems' software application helps the interventional cardiologist achieve successful outcomes when used during complex percutaneous aortic valve replacement (PAVR) procedures.

Shina's aortic valve assistance software utilized in four PAVR procedures, performed at Centro Hospitalar de Vila Nova de Gaia in Porto, Portugal on July 2 by Dr. Vasco Gama Ribeiro, allowed to achieve better access of the Iliac arteries and better placement of the CoreValve device.

"Up to today, out of thirty PAVR procedures performed at Gaia, two required surgery due to puncturing calcified areas in the Iliac artery. Using Shina's new technology, I was able to avoid such areas and successfully complete the procedure," said Dr. Vasco Gama of Centro Hospitalar de Gaia. "With the continuous growth of PAVR procedures, I find that the Shina Systems' aortic valve assistance software application simplifies the planning of procedures, cuts down the overall procedure duration, and improves the success rate."

Realizing the value of 3D CT data in PAVR procedures, Shina Systems has developed a novel software application that innovatively integrates 3D CT data with angiograms and live fluoroscopy done during PAVR procedures.

The aortic valve assistance software application features are as follows:

  • Ability to calculate based on 3D anatomy the optimal valve plane orientation.
  • Allow optimally puncturing of the Illiac artery by overlaying the live fluoroscopy and 3D CTA image data, thereby decreasing the odds of puncturing calcium by mistake and sending the patient to surgery.
  • Allow demonstrating the aorta and the calcified valve before and during the procedure.

These features may lead to multiple benefits such as reduced radiation dose, reduced contrast injection, and lower procedure duration.

About Shina Systems:
Shina Systems develops innovative, clinically effective software solutions for the cardiovascular market. The company's intuitive yet easy-to-use solutions empower the cardiologist and radiologist with more accurate and more rapid analysis and imaging tools, enabling next level cardiovascular assessment and in turn better results.

Committed to innovation, the company was the first to introduce a complete, auto-cardiac CT segmentation based analysis tool at RSNA 2003, receiving worldwide recognition for its in-depth comprehensive 3D imaging and analysis abilities. Today Shina Systems develops cutting edge clinical analysis software based on its core proprietary auto-segmentation, classification and registration technologies, for various imaging modalities.

For more information on Shina Systems, please visit our web site at

Company Contact:
Ophir Lotan
VP Business Development
Shina Systems


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