In­no­va­tion: Pan­theris’s laser-guided catheter could be “a game changer for pa­tient care”

Laser-guided Catheter

Bloomberg Businessweek (North America) - - Contents - In­no­va­tor John Simpson Age 72 Michael Belfiore

Form and func­tion

The Pan­theris catheter’s laser cam­era lets sur­geons see inside blood ves­sels as its cut­ting in­stru­ment is re­mov­ing fatty de­posits, mak­ing it much safer than con­ven­tional meth­ods of treat­ing pe­riph­eral ar­te­rial disease (PAD).

Med­i­cal doc­tor and chair­man of Avinger, a 200-em­ployee med­i­cal-de­vice com­pany in Red­wood City, Calif.

Next Steps

The U.S. Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion cleared Pan­theris for PAD treat­ment in Oc­to­ber. Simpson says Avinger is work­ing to make the de­vice smaller and softer so it can also be used to treat the es­pe­cially del­i­cate coro­nary ar­ter­ies. “Pan­theris is a ma­jor up­grade,” says Thomas Davis, a doc­tor treat­ing car­dio­vas­cu­lar disease at St. John Hos­pi­tal & Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Detroit. He calls it “a game changer for pa­tient care.”

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