News | March 07, 2011

Digital IVUS Catheter Cleared in Japan

March 7, 2011 – A new digital intra-vascular ultrasound (IVUS) catheter has been cleared in Japan. The Eagle Eye Platinum digital IVUS catheter, from Volcano, was introduced at the Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) Live Demonstration Course in Kurashiki.

The catheter offers all of the benefits of the predecessor Eagle Eye Gold catheter, plus improved deliverability and the convenience of additional radiopaque markers. Full market release in Japan is expected in the second quarter of 2011.

"Volcano is thrilled to offer our most advanced digital IVUS catheter to the largest – and most developed – IVUS market in the world," said David Sheehan, president of the IVUS and FM business units at Volcano Corporation. "Since the catheter's release in the U.S. and Europe, customers have been impressed with its deliverability through tortuous anatomy and complex lesions, and have appreciated the ability to more accurately perform angiographic lesion length assessments by using the integrated radiopaque markers instead of taking the time to use a separate pullback device."

"In Japan, physicians are tackling increasingly complex and challenging PCI," said Junichi Osawa, president and managing director of Volcano Japan. "The more tapered tip design of the Eagle Eye Platinum catheter, with lower entry profile and new GlyDx hydrophilic coating, facilitates guidance of chronic total occlusion (CTO) procedures, and the smoother lower profile catheter transitions improve delivery through smaller guides. This can help facilitate radial access, an approach common in Japan and growing elsewhere in the world due to reduced bleeding complications."

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