OrbusNeich has unveiled its Sapphire II NC coronary dilation catheter for crossing through particularly difficult lesions. The device is touted as having a “ZERO” transition between the distal tip of the balloon and the guidewire it’s riding on, nearly eliminating the spacer normally used to step up in size from the wire to the balloon. This should hopefully make it easier to slide the balloon into the lesion once the guidewire makes it through, potentially preventing unnecessary poking and leading to easier and less frustrating time for the physician. The device is available in sizes from 1.75 mm to 5 mm.
Dr. Toshiya Muramatsu, of the Saiseikai Yokohama-City Eastern Hospital in Japan, in a statement said, “Sapphire II NC with its reduced and improved profile performs well not just as a post but also as a pre dilatation balloon. Robustness and good crossability are very desirable features for a non-compliant balloon.”