FDA clears St. Jude's intracardiac echo catheter

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St. Jude Medical received 510(k) clearance from the FDA for the ViewFlex Xtra Intracardiac Echocardiography (ICE) catheter.

The catheter technology is designed to be used with the ViewMate Z Ultrasound console, a system that provides images to visualize cardiac structures and blood flow within the heart during electrophysiology or interventional procedures, the St. Paul, Minn.-based company said in a release. The ViewFlex ICE catheter has a new handle, allowing for single-handed, four-way tip deflection and self-locking steering.