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1. (WO2007011550) INTEGRATED PHYSIOLOGY AND IMAGING WORKSTATION
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WHAT IS CLAIMED IS:

1. A physiology workstation, comprising:

a Communications interface conveying physiology signals derived from a subject and ultrasound data representative of a region of interest of the subject, the ultrasound data being obtained by an ultrasound device in real-time during a procedure carried out on the subject;

a physiology processing unit receiving and processing the physiology signals;

an ultrasound processing unit receiving and processing the ultrasound data to generate ultrasound images, the physiology processing unit combining the physiology signals with the ultrasound images from the ultrasound processing unit; and

a display unit displaying the physiology signals and the ultrasound images, the physiology signals and ultrasound signals being presented jointly to a user in real-time during the procedure being carried out on the subject.

2. The workstation of claim 1, wherein the display unit includes at least one monitor, the monitor co-displaying the physiology signals and ultrasound images in adjacent windows on a single display.

3. The workstation of claim 1, wherein the physiology processing unit, ultrasound processing unit and display unit are located in a control room that is divided from a procedure room where the subject is located, the communications interface extending between the procedure and control rooms.

4. The workstation of claim 1, wherein the display unit includes at least one monitor that simultaneously displays physiology signals in real-time, previously acquired physiology signals, ultrasound images in real-time, and images acquired from at least one of a MR, CT, ultrasound, PET, NM and X-ray system.

5. The workstation of claim 1, further comprising an ultrasound device having at least one of an intracardiac electrophysiology catheter, an handheld probe, an intraoperative probe, and a transesophageal probe.

6. The workstation of claim 1, further comprising a beamformer located proximate the ultrasound device and remote from the ultrasound processor unit, the beamformer operating upon raw echo signals received from the ultrasound device to form complex data pairs associated with data samples, the beamformer conveying the complex data pairs over the communications interface as the ultrasound data to the ultrasound processor unit.

7. The workstation of claim 1, further comprising a mid-processor located proximate the ultrasound device and remote from the ultrasound processor unit, the mid-processor operating upon ultrasound signals received from the ultrasound device to form vector data values associated with ultrasound images, the mid-processor processing the ultrasound signals based on at least one of color flow, power Doppler, B-mode, spectral Doppler, and M-Mode operations to form the vector data values, the mid-processor conveying the vector data values over the communications interface to the ultrasound processor unit.

8. The workstation of claim 1, further comprising a scan converter module located proximate the ultrasound device and remote from the ultrasound processor unit, the scan converter module operating upon ultrasound signals received from the ultrasound device to form ultrasound images, the ultrasound images including at least one of color flow, power Doppler, B-mode, spectral Doppler, ARFI and M-Mode information, the scan converter module conveying the ultrasound images over the communications interface to the ultrasound processor unit.

9. The workstation of claim 1, wherein the ultrasound processor unit comprises a beamformer, located remote from the ultrasound device, that receives raw echo signals as the ultrasound data over the communications interface from the ultrasound device, the beamformer performing beamforming operations upon the raw echo signals.

10. The workstation of claim 1, wherein the ultrasound processor unit comprises a mid-processor, located remote from ultrasound device, that receives complex data pairs as the ultrasound data over the communications interface, the mid-processor operating upon the data pairs to form vector data values associated with ultrasound images, the mid-processor processing the data pairs based on at least one of color flow, power Doppler, B-mode, spectral Doppler, ARFI and M-Mode operations to form the vector data values.

11. The workstation of claim 1, wherein the ultrasound processor unit comprises a scan converter module, located remote from ultrasound device, that receives vector data values as the ultrasound data over the communications interface, the scan converter operating upon the vector data values to form ultrasound images, the ultrasound images including at least one of color flow, power Doppler, B-mode, spectral Doppler, ARFI and M-Mode information.

12. The workstation of claim 1, wherein the ultrasound and physiology processing units are located in a common housing of the workstation in a control room that is remote from a procedure room in which the subject is located.

13. The workstation of claim 1, wherein the ultrasound and physiology processing units are located in a control room that is remote from a procedure room in which the subject is located.

14. The workstation of claim 1, wherein the display unit further comprises monitors located in a control room and external display links to drive remote slave monitors located in at least one of a procedure room and a remote monitoring room that are separate from the control room.

15. The workstation of claim 1, wherein the physiology and ultrasound processing units represent sets of functional physiology and ultrasound operations, respectively, performed in a time shared manner by at least one common CPU, the at least one common CPU being located in a control room separate from a procedure room in which the ultrasound device is utilized with the subject.

16. The workstation of claim 1, further comprising a fluoroscopy unit for obtaining fluoroscopic images of the region of interest, the physiology processing unit correlating the ultrasound images and the fluoroscopy images, both obtained in realtime during a procedure, based on the physiology signals.

17. The workstation of claim 1, further comprising memory storing fluoroscopy and ultrasound images each having a time stamp identifying when the fluoroscopy and ultrasound images were obtained with respect to a cardiac cycle, the physiology processing unit generating the time stamps based on the physiology signals.

18. The workstation of claim 1, further comprising memory storing non-ultrasound and ultrasound images each having a time stamp identifying when the non-ultrasound and ultrasound images were obtained with respect to one of a system clock and a cardiac cycle, the physiology processing unit generating the time stamps.

19. The workstation of claim 1, further comprising a frame grabber time stamping individual frames of ultrasound images based on a system clock.

20. The workstation of claim 1, further comprising a user interface for selecting a time log from the physiology signals, the physiology processing unit controlling the display unit to display an ultrasound image obtained at a point in time corresponding to the time log selected from the physiology signal.

21. The workstation of claim 1, wherein the display unit displays a cine loop of the ultrasound images while simultaneously advancing marker indicia across the physiology signals displayed, the marker indicia correlating each frame of the ultrasound images with a point on the physiology signals at which each of the ultrasound images was obtained.

22. The workstation of claim 1, wherein the display unit includes a main monitor located in a procedure room proximate the subject and includes a slave monitor in a control room separate from the procedure room, the main and slave ultrasound monitors presenting the ultrasound images in real-time during a procedure performed on the subject.

23. The workstation of claim 1, further comprising an ultrasound device configured to transmit and receive ultrasound energy to and from a region of interest of the subject, the ultrasound device generating the ultrasound data based on received ultrasound energy.

24. A physiology system, comprising:

EP leads configured to be attached to a subject located in a procedure room;

an ultrasound system for obtaining ultrasound images of a region of interest of the subject;

a physiology processing unit communicating with the physiology leads and ultrasound system, the physiology processing unit receiving and processing physiology signals from the physiology leads and ultrasound images;

a display unit, joined to the physiology processing unit, displaying the physiology signals; and

an ultrasound remote interface, joined to the physiology processing unit, for entering at least one of ultrasound control parameters and ultrasound modes, the ultrasound system adjusting operation based on the at least one of ultrasound control parameters and the ultrasound modes entered at the physiology processing unit.

25. The system of claim 24, wherein the ultrasound remote interface being located in a control room separate from the procedure room wherein the subject is located.

26. The system of claim 24, wherein the ultrasound remote interface constitutes a secondary U/S keyboard located proximate the display unit, the ultrasound system having a primary U/S keyboard.

27. The system of claim 24, further comprising an physiology user interface controlling physiology operations, wherein the ultrasound remote interface is presented on the display unit as a virtual keyboard comprised of ultrasound keys assigned to the ultrasound control parameters and modes, the ultrasound keys being selected through the EP user interface.

28. The system of claim 24, further comprising an user interface including soft keys having first and second functional states, the first functional states being associated with physiology operations and the second functional state being associated with ultrasound operations.