Volcano Introduces New Digital IVUS Catheter
The Visions PV .035 digital IVUS catheter from Volcano Corp. is designed to image large vessels and facilitate the use of less iodinated contrast in endovascular procedures. IVUS (intravascular ultrasound) imaging of diseased arteries and veins allows physicians to observe vessel morphology and make real-time measurements that impact treatment strategies and ultimately patient outcomes. The Visions PV .035 catheter incorporates new centimeter markers to facilitate length measurements important for selecting treatment devices.
Company officials point to a study conducted in Osaka, Japan, published in the European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery that demonstrated the use of IVUS resulted in significantly less contrast needed during endovascular aortic repair (EVAR). The new centimeter markers make these procedures faster and easier and eliminate the need for additional marker catheters or a sterile ruler.
The new catheter features other enhancements, including a longer connector length to improve procedural flexibility, new materials, a softer, more rounded tip with lower entry profile, and GlyDx hydrophilic coating for delivery through tortuous anatomy.
The catheter received both U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance and CE mark in October 2012.
For more information: www.volcanocorp.com