The extended nosecone increases the storage capacity of the Pantheris system by approximately 75 percent, which should translate to increased procedural efficiency, particularly in long, diffuse lesions with significant plaque burden. Schwindt, who has now performed 21 cases across all platforms of the next-generation Pantheris, used the A400EX to treat a variety of challenging lesion types, including in-stent restenosis (ISR). This device is available in limited supply for commercial sale in select EU countries; it is not available commercially in the United States at this time.
Schwindt noted, “Despite the difficult nature of these particular interventions, I was able to safely and effectively achieve positive outcomes for these patients using the new version of Pantheris with the extended nosecone. I am excited to continue to use this technology in lesions with higher plaque burden, and continue to see the added benefit of the design improvements incorporated into the next generation Pantheris platform.”
“We appreciate Dr. Schwindt’s continued partnership with us in our objective to improve physician user experience with our technology while continuing to generate positive patient outcomes,” said Jeff Soinski, Avinger’s president and CEO. “Dr. Schwindt’s feedback will continue to be invaluable as we launch our Pantheris next generation platform in additional sites both in the EU and in the US, once we receive FDA 510(k) clearance.”
Atherectomy is a minimally invasive treatment for PAD in which a catheter-based device is used to remove plaque from a blood vessel. Lumivascular technology allows physicians, for the first time ever, to see from inside the artery during an atherectomy procedure by using an imaging modality called optical coherence tomography, or OCT, that is displayed on Avinger’s proprietary Lightbox console. Physicians performing atherectomy with other devices must rely solely on X-ray as well as tactile feedback to guide their interventions while treating complicated arterial disease. With the Lumivascular approach, physicians can more accurately navigate their devices and treat PAD lesions, thanks to the real-time OCT images generated from inside the artery, without exposing healthcare workers and patients to the negative effects of ionizing radiation.
Avinger is a commercial-stage medical device company that designs and develops the first-ever image-guided, catheter-based system that diagnoses and treats patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD). Avinger is dedicated to radically changing the way vascular disease is treated through its Lumivascular platform, which currently consists of the Lightbox imaging console, the Ocelot family of chronic total occlusion (CTO) catheters, and the Pantheris family of atherectomy devices. Avinger is based in Redwood City, Calif.