Volcano Corp out of San Diego, CA received regulatory approval on both sides of the Atlantic for its Visions PV .035 digital intravascular ultrasound imaging (IVUS) catheter.
New features within the device include distance markers that make deciding which tools to use for treatment a faster, more intuitive process, leading to reduced use of contrast imaging agents, as well as a more compliant tip and a new coating that helps propel the catheter through vasculature.
More from Volcano about the company’s new catheter:
- Largest imaging diameter to support your large vessel applications
- Imaging confirms position in true/false lumen, real-time measurements and morphology
- New centimeter markers facilitate low contrast procedures, especially important for renal-insufficient patients
- Longer PIM connector length improves procedural flexibility
Company officials point to a study conducted in Osaka, Japan, published in the European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery that demonstrated the use of IVUS resulted in significantly less contrast needed during endovascular aortic repair (EVAR). The new centimeter markers make these procedures faster and easier and eliminate the need for additional marker catheters or a sterile ruler.
The new catheter features other enhancements, including a longer connector length to improve procedural flexibility, new materials, a softer, more rounded tip with lower entry profile and GlyDx® hydrophilic coating for delivery through tortuous anatomy.
Product page: Visions PV .035 Digital IVUS Catheter