Technology | June 28, 2006

Coaxial Microcatheter Improves Procedural Efficiency, Reduces Kinking, Other Problems

Combining the Progreat microcatheter with a Glidewire GT, the Progreat Coaxial Microcatheter System is designed to increase procedural efficiency and reduce the risks of procedural problems, such as kinking.
The microcatheter system includes a 0.021Ó Glidewire GT and incorporates an attached hub, which allows the wire to be preassembled and fixed via a lure-lock assembly onto a Terumo Progreat microcatheter. The combination allows the guidewire and microcatheter to be flushed simultaneously while still in the packaged hoop and it enhances the clinician's ability to negotiate the vasculature and reach the targeted vessel.
The Glidewire GT has a highly elastic nitinol alloy core — a mixture of titanium and nickel — that resists kinking while providing the flexibility and durability to navigate difficult vessel anatomy. The wire features a hydrophilic coating that reduces friction and enhances navigation through difficult vasculature. The Progreat microcatheter features a nearly frictionless polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) inner layer to ensure smooth delivery of embolics, coils and other agents, and is encased in a tungsten coil that delivers kink resistance, provides for superior trackability and acts as a radiopaque middle layer to maximize visibility.
The distal portion (50 cm for the 110 cm length and 70 cm for the 130 cm length) of the microcatheter is partially coated utilizing Glide Technology, which allows for unparalleled maneuverability.

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