Catharina Hospital Eindhoven announces collaboration with Pie Medical Imaging and Medtronic

Catharina Hospital Eindhoven announces their collaboration with two leading technology companies in the field of Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) procedure, Pie Medical Imaging and Medtronic. Both companies make their state of the art technologies available to optimize clinical practice at Catharina Hospital.

A state of the art treatment program

This collaboration combines the expertise of Catharina Hospital in TAVR procedures with Pie Medical Imaging’s technologically advanced 3mensio Structural Heart software. 3mensio Structural Heart is an image analysis solution dedicated to planning the implantation of prosthetic valves such as Medtronic’s CoreValve.

Dr. Jacques Koolen of Catharina Hospital:

‘’We decided to collaborate with Pie Medical Imaging and Medtronic to establish a state of the art treatment program. The use of the sophisticated 3mensio Structural Heart software allows us to thoroughly plan the CoreValve procedures. We are able to calculate and visualize the exact dimensions of the anatomy of the native aortic valve to select the perfect size prosthesis and determine the optimal projection to position the new valve. This saves procedure time and ultimately improves patient care.’’

Catharina Hospital Eindhoven

Catharina Hospital has a cardiovascular expert center, leading in the development and implementation of new methods of treatment. The hospital is based in Eindhoven and performs the highest number of PCI’s in the Netherlands. More information can be found at:

Pie Medical Imaging

Pie Medical Imaging BV has almost 30 years of experience in cardiovascular analysis software and is well known for its CAAS and 3mensio product lines. Pie Medical Imaging is based in Maastricht (The Netherlands) and hosts the Global Sales for the CAAS and 3mensio product lines. The 3mensio product development team is located in Bilthoven (The Netherlands). Both Pie Medical Imaging and 3mensio are part of the Esaote group. Esaote S.p.A. is a leading manufacturer of ultrasound and dedicated MRI equipment. For more information, visit


Medtronic ( is the world leader in medical technology, alleviating pain, restoring health and extending life for millions of people around the world. Medtronic is specialized in the treatment of chronic diseases by means of surgical and transcatheter heart valve replacement and repair products, pacemakers, defibrillators, ablation, balloon catheters, stents, stent grafts, neurostimulators, devices for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, movement disorders, incontinence, obsessive compulsive disorders, osteoporosis, chronic pain and diabetes. Every 4 seconds, somewhere in the world, a person’s life is saved or improved by a Medtronic product or therapy.

Medtronic employs 1100 people in the Netherlands: Heerlen hosts the Dutch sales organization, Europe’s Information Technology and Financial Services center, and Medtronic’s largest distribution facility in the world. The Medtronic Bakken Research Center is located in Maastricht and the site in Kerkrade hosts the European production facility of perfusion systems.