At the annual scientific meeting of the Society of Interventional Radiology in Tampa Bay, Florida this week, Cook Medical is launching a version of its NavAlign inferior vena cava (IVC) filter placement system. Already on the market since the fall of 2009, the NavAlign system is now available with femoral access option to complement the jugular access model.
From the press release:
NavAlign, available for Cook Celect® and Günther Tulip® filters, incorporates a hemostasis valve to minimize blood loss. With an accompanying multipurpose dilator, radiopaque sizing marker bands and flushing sideports designed to decrease fluoroscopy time and contrast medium amounts, the NavAlign system is ideal for physicians using image guidance to place IVC filters to help protect patients from DVT and pulmonary embolism (PE), a life-threatening condition that can kill one out of three individuals if left untreated.