Medical device manufacturer Boston Scientific has announced the US launch of its Rubicon support catheter in 0.035in (0.89mm) and 0.018in (0.46mm) diameters.
Offering a combination of features such as pushability, low-profile and flexibility, the device assists clinicians with the placement and support of guidewires that are used in peripheral vascular procedures to deliver stents and balloons, and open blockages in the legs and other peripheral arteries.
The device was previously available in 0.014in (0.36mm) diameter and varying lengths of 65cm, 90cm, 135cm and 150cm, according to the company.
Boston Scientific peripheral interventions president Jeff Mirviss said support catheters can also help physicians treat more patients by facilitating crossing of different types of challenging and complex lesions.
"By making a full range of diameters of Rubicon support catheters available, we are offering more choices to clinicians," Mirviss said.
"The Rubicon support catheter is one of many new solutions that Boston Scientific has introduced to the market during the past two years, and demonstrates our continued commitment to global leadership in peripheral intervention."
Boston Scientific is also launching the 0.035in (0.89mm) Rubicon support catheter in Europe, as an addition to the 0.018in (0.46mm) diameter size that was introduced in last autumn.
The company said the Rubicon support catheter has obtained regulatory approvals, including 510(k) and CE mark by the US Food and Drug Administration and European Union respectively.