SAN DIEGO, April 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Volcano Corporation
VOLC) today announced it has received clearance to market the
PrimeWire PRESTIGE® pressure guide wire in Japan. In addition
to accurately measuring intravascular pressure via Fractional Flow
Reserve (FFR), the PrimeWire PRESTIGE® pressure guide wire
delivers superior handling with a frontline tip design, enhanced
torque and more support.
“Japanese physicians are global leaders in advanced guide wire
techniques and truly appreciate a wire that handles well in complex
patient anatomy,” said Junichi Osawa, President and Managing
Director of Volcano Japan. “Reduced coil spacing at the tip of the
PrimeWire PRESTIGE® pressure guide wire improves tactile feel
of the wire, allowing physicians to maneuver the wire easily.
Physicians in the United States and Europe have strongly embraced
the PrimeWire PRESTIGE® pressure guide wire because of its
The PrimeWire PRESTIGE® pressure guide wire has a 90 percent
improvement in torque compared to the SmartWire® II pressure
guide wire. A larger core wire and SlyDx™ coating enabled
improved trackability and smooth device delivery over the wire.
Full market release of PrimeWire PRESTIGE® pressure guide wire
in Japan is expected in the second quarter of 2011.
About Fractional Flow Reserve (FFR)
FFR is a guide wire based technology that measures blood
pressure differences across lesions. FFR provides valuable
information to physicians about lesion significance, allowing them
to make important treatment decisions. Additionally, FFR
guided therapy improves patient outcomes reducing the risk of death
& heart attack by 34 percent.
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