Medtronic Launches New Angioplasty Catheter for Below-the-Knee Arteries
MINNEAPOLIS –– October 5, 2012 –– With a focus on developing lesion-specific solutions for peripheral artery disease, Medtronic, Inc. announced the U.S. and international launches of the Amphirion Plus Percutaneous Transluminal Angioplasty (PTA) Catheter for the interventional treatment of atherosclerotically narrowed or occluded leg arteries below the knee.
The Amphirion Plus PTA Catheter has an over-the-wire diameter of 0.014 inches. It joins the Amphirion Deep PTA Balloon Catheter, which targets lesions in arteries below the ankle. Together, the Amphirion Plus and Amphirion Deep PTA Balloon Catheters represent a comprehensive solution for below-the-knee interventions.
Physicians in Europe and the United States have started to use the new device, which recently received the CE (Conformité Européenne) mark and 510(k) clearance by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Distinguishing features of the Amphirion Plus PTA Balloon Catheter include the device’s wide inflation pressure range, which reaches 20 atmospheres (rated burst pressure) for all sizes –– from 2.0 mm to 4.0 mm in diameter and through 120 mm in length. In addition to the versatile working range and size offering, the new device’s fast inflation-deflation provides an efficient angioplasty solution for ”everyday” below-the-knee cases.