SenoRx debuts Contura MLB

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SenoRx has launched Contura, its multi-lumen balloon (MLB) catheter for delivering brachytherapy to the surgical margins following lumpectomy for breast cancer.

The Aliso Viejo, Calif.-based company had previously said that it intended to transition from user preference testing, which had expanded to 34 clinical sites by the end of 2007, to full commercial launch this month.

Contura is designed to reduce radiation treatment time to five days from six to eight weeks in patients eligible for the treatment. In addition, the Contura MLB uses vacuum suction to remove excess seroma and air to enhance conformance of often irregularly shaped lumpectomy cavity walls to the balloon surface in order to deliver precise radiation dosing through multiple radiation source lumens, according to SenoRx.