1. With FDA nod, Avinger's PAD device becomes both therapeutic and diagnostic tool

    With FDA nod, Avinger's PAD device becomes both therapeutic and diagnostic tool

    The FDA expanded the indication of Avinger’s image-guided atherectomy device for the treatment of peripheral artery disease, allowing its use in both therapeutic and diagnostic procedures. Now, the Pantheris device may be used for diagnostic imaging and treatment of PAD simultaneously. It is the first and only image-guided atherectomy system to be cleared for both, according to a statement. In addition to using the device for atherectomy--a catheter-based treatment that removes plaque from a blood vessel--physicians may also use it to identify features of blood vessels, including necrotic cores, fibroatheromas, calcium and stent struts. Being able to see from ...

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