3. Zeus: An LCP fiber enabling MRI during catheter procedures
Procedures involving catheterization have used X-ray imaging rather than magnetic resonance imaging to guide the catheter, because the metal in the catheters makes them MRI-incompatible. But X-ray is not ideal for patients and clinicians due to the ionizing radiation involved.
Enter Zeus (Orangeburg, S.C.) and its liquid crystal polymer (LCP) monofilament fiber, which the company touts as ideal for catheter braiding reinforcement. Because the fiber contains no metal, the catheters created with it can be used with MRI.
Zeus officials say they perfected a process to produce LCP as a monofilament fiber that can be easily braided; the fiber boasts LCP properties including mechanical strength, heat tolerance for autoclaving, and chemical inertness.