Chronic Total Occlusion (CTO)

This channel includes news and new technology innovations for chronic total occlusions (CTOs). This includes both coronary and peripheral CTOs. CTOs are complete occlusions of arteries due to atherosclerosis plaque build up along the wall of the artery. CTOs have traditionally been treated with bypass surgery, but with the advent of better catheter and imaging technologies, minimally invasive interventional catheter-based techniques are now often used to reopen the blocked artery to avoid surgery, or if the patient is too sick for surgery. Here are some key pieces of CTO content in this channel:

How to Tackle Coronary CTOs

VIDEO: New Technology to Treat Chronic Total Occlusions (CTOs), an interview with Farouc Jaffer, M.D., Ph.D.

When to Consider Revascularization of Coronary Chronic Total Occlusions

VIDEO: Treating Chronic Total Occlusions, an interview with Bill Lombardi, M.D.

VIDEO: The Evolution of Complex PCI at University of Colorado  — Interview with John Messenger, M.D., and Kevin Rogers, M.D.

VIDEO: How to Treat CTOs and Complex PCI Cases — Interview with Khaldoon Alaswad, M.D.

Videos | Guidewires | November 18, 2016
A discussion with guidewire expert Dimitri Karmpaliotis, M.D., Ph.D., FACC, about the basics of interventional...
Cath lab radiation dose reduaction, doseaware, raysafe

The Philips DoseAware Xtend system is an advanced version of the Unfors RaySafe system, combining real time radiation detection badges and a live video screen showing each person in the cath lab in a different color. The system reports their real-time exposure rate and cumulative dose since the start of a procedure. It shows changes in dose exposure the closer a person gets to the C-arm.

Feature | Cardiac Imaging | January 12, 2016 | Dave Fornell
Each year radiology vendors use the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting as a springboard to unveil...
vessel assist, CTO fusion imaging

An example of Vessel Assist used to create vessel centerlines through a CTO to help guide revascularization in the cath lab.

Technology | Cath Lab Navigation Aids | December 14, 2015
December 14, 2015 — As the field of interventional medicine grows, so do the challenges for clinicians to plan, guide...
Videos | Cardiac Imaging | December 11, 2015
ITN/DAIC Editor Dave Fornell shows his choices for some of the most innovative new imaging technologies on the expo...
News | Cath Lab | October 09, 2015
October 9, 2015 — Cardinal Health is launching its expanded portfolio in the cardiovascular space including the latest...
Cordis Corp., Cordis Crossing Portfolio, Elitecross, Outback Elite, CTO
Technology | June 10, 2015
June 10, 2015 - Cordis Corp. announced the launch of the new Elitecross support catheter in the United States and...
Technology | November 04, 2014
November 4, 2014 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared the Abbott family of Xience everolimus-...
IVUS, CTOs
Feature | September 26, 2014
September 14, 2014 – A new study found that intravascular ultrasound (IVUS)-guided intervention in patients with...
Medtronic Total Across Crossing Catheter CTO Peripheral Artery Disease PAD
News | February 18, 2014
February 18, 2014 — Medtronic Inc. launched in Europe its Total across crossing catheter. Total received CE marking for...
Boston Scientific OffRoad Re-Entry Catheter System CTO PAD Cath Labs
Technology | February 06, 2014
February 6, 2014 — Boston Scientific launched in the United States the OffRoad Re-Entry Catheter System to treat...
OffRoad, CTO, OffRoad CTO Device, Boston Scientific

OffRoad CTO Device

News | October 11, 2013
October 11, 2013 – The Boston Scientific OffRoad Re-Entry Catheter System demonstrated excellent performance in...
Enabler-C, EndoCross, enabler catheter

Enabler-C Catheter System

News | October 03, 2013
October 3, 2013 — EndoCross, Ltd. announced today that it has already enrolled one-third of the patients planned for...
balloon, CTO

Abbott's Mini-Trek balloon dilatation catheter.

Feature | February 22, 2013 | Dave Fornell
February 22, 2013 — Physicians have new tools for treating coronary chronic total occlusions (CTOs) after Abbott...
Millennium Research Group Peripheral Vascular Device Market Growth
Feature | January 28, 2013
January 28, 2013 — According to Millennium Research Group (MRG), increasing awareness and diagnosis of peripheral...
Avinger Ocelot OCT CTO catheter
Technology | November 16, 2012
November 16, 2012 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted market clearance for the Avinger Inc....