Technology | April 22, 2010

Guidewire Provides Torque, Flexibility for Coronary Procedures

April 22, 2010 – Instead of using a conventional spring coil design, a new guidewire uses a micro-cut nitinol sleeve for improved torque control. The Kinetix Guidewire was launched today for use in percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedures.

Joseph DeGregorio, M.D., treated the first patient with the guidewire at Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, New Jersey. “The Kinetix Guidewire provided exceptional torque and flexibility,” said Dr. DeGregorio. “It’s rare to find a workhorse guidewire that combines outstanding deliverability of the wire, support for device deliverability and an excellent safety profile. The availability of Kinetix is welcome news for interventional cardiologists and their patients.”

The wire builds on Boston Scientific’s Synchro Guidewires used in neurovascular interventions. The micro-cut nitinol sleeve and a nitinol distal core are designed to provide responsiveness and maneuverability.

The company will begin a phased launch of the Kinetix Guidewire immediately and expand to full product availability by next quarter.

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