First Use in Coronary Patients of a Combined Near-Infrared Spectroscopy and Ultrasound Imaging Catheter
The combination catheter provides the benefits of both IVUS and NIRS imaging in a single study of the artery. IVUS is a well-established technique that is in common use to quantify the degree of narrowing produced by a plaque, the size of the artery and the adequacy of stent expansion. NIRS is a novel technique recently cleared by the FDA for the identification of lipid core plaques, the structures suspected to cause most heart attacks and complicate stenting procedures.
Prof. Serruys stated that, “The composition of atherosclerotic plaques is important in assessing the likelihood that they will cause cardiovascular events. This novel device provides composition on top of anatomy and will play a pivotal role in interventional cardiology, first in clinical trials and further on in treatment planning in individual patients.”
The Biomedical Engineering Department of the Thoraxcenter, led by Prof. Dr. Ton
“In order to determine both composition and structure of an atherosclerotic plaque, a combination catheter is necessary. I am truly excited that InfraReDx teamed up with the Thoraxcenter in this development, both from a technical and a clinical perspective,” says Prof.
Live patient case to be broadcast at EuroPCR Conference this week
About The LipiScan(TM) Coronary Imaging System
The LipiScan(TM) Coronary Imaging System is a catheter-based device that uses laser light to detect how much fat and other substances are contained in a plaque. The identification of the chemical composition of coronary plaques is expected to be of initial value to cardiologists in efforts to improve the safety of stenting procedures, and selection of intensity of lipid altering therapy. The longer-term goal of identification and management of lipid core plaques is to prevent the occurrence of acute coronary syndromes. The device is also expected to be of value to the pharmaceutical industry as a means to assess the effect of novel anti-atherosclerotic agents on lipid core plaque burden.
About InfraReDx, Inc.
InfraReDx, Inc. is a science-based medical device company with expertise in technologies useful for characterization of coronary plaques. The company first developed a system utilizing near-infrared spectroscopic (NIRS) technology to identify plaque composition. It has now developed IVUS technology to provide complementary information about the structure of plaques. The company, located in
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