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    1. Abbott launches AI-powered coronary OCT imaging system in Europe

      Abbott launches AI-powered coronary OCT imaging system in Europe

      To give clinicians a quick, cross-sectional look into potential blockages of the heart’s major arteries, Abbott has combined digital imaging technology with artificial intelligence to build an automated system for cardiac procedures. The company’s Ultreon software relies on catheters equipped with optical coherence tomography, which uses laser light to scan the interior of a blood vessel and the immediately surrounding tissues to detect calcium and plaque deposits, while also instantly measuring the diameter of an artery. The system—which has now received a CE Mark in Europe—is designed to provide surgeons with prompt information during the placement ...

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    2. 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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