Extension catheter for complex PCI procedures launched
Medtronic announced that it has launched an extension catheter that was approved by the FDA in March to provide backup support and access in complex PCI cases.
The guide extension catheter (Telescope) helps deliver stents, balloons and other devices and enables interventional cardiologists to obtain better access to distal lesions, according to a press release from the company.
The catheter has a solid, round pushwire with a coil-reinforced hydrophilic-coated distal segment and a soft polymer tip that bends and deflects during use, according to the release.
“It is not an exaggeration to say that guide extension technologies have greatly impacted the ability to deliver devices to the distal coronary vasculature, especially for cases where traditional guide support may be limited,” Cardiology Today’s Intervention Editorial Board Member Ajay Kirtane, MD, SM, director of the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories, said in the release. “In this light, the Telescope — a guide extension catheter with specific design optimizations aiming to stably deliver devices through tortuous anatomy — is a welcome addition to the interventional toolbox.”
Disclosure: Kirtane reports he receives institutional funding to Columbia University and/or Cardiovascular Research Foundation from Abbott Vascular, Abiomed, Boston Scientific, CathWorks, Cardiovascular Systems Inc., Medtronic, Philips, ReCor Medical and Siemens.