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.

Technology | May 19, 2011
May 19, 2011 - BridgePoint Medical Inc. has announced that they have received clearance of an expanded indication for...
News | February 16, 2011
February 16, 2011 – To expand its portfolio of devices for lower extremity peripheral artery disease (PAD), Boston...
Technology | January 25, 2011
January 25, 2011 – A microcatheter offering superior crossability, flexibility and guidewire support during coronary...
News | October 05, 2010
October 5, 2010 – A U.S. clinical study evaluating the CrossBoss and Stingray catheters in treating chronically...
Feature | September 07, 2010 | Dave Fornell
A major issue in treating chronic total occlusions (CTOs) is the lack of angiographic visualization. The flow of...

The key to treating chronic total occlusions is getting a wire across the lesion. The Terumo FineCross microcatheter is one of the main guidewires used to help cross these difficult-to-treat lesions.

Feature | September 07, 2010 | Dave Fornell
Coronary chronic total occlusions (CTOs) are found in about one-third of patients who undergo angiography.(1) Most of...

A radio frequency plaque ablation system is combined inside the Minnow Guiding Reshaping Technology balloon catheter.

Feature | May 02, 2010 | By Stephanie Labelle, senior analyst, Millennium Research Group
In recent years, many medical device companies saw the underserved lower extremity as an opportunity to enter the...

The CrossBoss and Stingray CTO catheters.

News | November 24, 2009
November 24, 2009 – European CE mark clearance was granted this week for BridgePoint Medical’s coronary and...

The FlexStent

News | November 10, 2009
November 10, 2009 – The latest data from seven studies focused on the treatment of peripheral arterial disease (PAD)...
Technology | October 22, 2009
October 22, 2009 – FlowCardia Inc. yesterday began its U.S. launch of the over the wire (OTW) delivery platform for the...

The Zilver 518 RX is a self-expanding nitinol stent.

News | October 21, 2009
October 21, 2009 – Cook Medical is introducing six new products in parallel to provide better treatment options to...
News | October 07, 2009
October 7, 2009 – FlowCardia Inc. this week launched the FlowMate Injector, which dramatically simplifies central lumen...
Technology | August 11, 2009
August 11, 2009 – Pathway Medical Technologies Inc. today introduced the 7 French compatible version of its...
News | March 13, 2009
March 13, 2009 - BridgePoint Medical Inc. completed the first human clinical case in the U.S. using its CrossBoss CTO...