Coronary imaging catheter launched in U.S., Europe

Regulators in the U.S. and Europe have cleared an imaging catheter that is used in complex cardiac procedures.

Boston Scientific announced that it has launched its OptiCross Coronary Imaging Catheter in the U.S. and Europe, and that a launch in Japan will soon follow. The device is a next-generation intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) catheter that can be used in a cardiac catheterization laboratory for complex PCI cases.

The device is compatible with iLab Ultrasound Imaging System, which is also made by Natick, Mass.-based Boston Scientific. The delivery system features 5 French guide catheter compatibility, a shorter, tapered tip, a bi-segmented catheter shaft and a redesigned catheter hub, according to the company.