Vessels in the peripheral artery system are captured using IVUS, which allows physicians to identify a targeted area and place a catheter in a specific location. The catheter also provides a cross-sectional ultrasound image of the arterial area that allows for guidewire placement beyond stenotic lesions prior to additional interventions.
Philips initiated a design modification to the Pioneer Plus catheter in 2015, prompting the company to take the product off the market proactively until completing modifications; it has now reissued the catheter because the modifications are finished. The catheter has U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance and CE Mark approval, according to the vendor.
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