Terumo Interventional Systems launched this week the Optitorque, its new line of coronary diagnostic catheters, featuring the exclusive Tiger and Jacky tip shapes designed and cleared specifically for transradial procedures.
"The Optitorque catheters will help to generalize the radial technique by reducing the learning curve," said Ramon Quesada, MD, medical director of interventional cardiology at Miami Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute.
With a simple clockwise or counter clockwise rotation, the Tiger and Jacky tip shapes enable angiography of both the right and left coronary arteries with one catheter. This eliminates the catheter exchange step and can potentially shorten procedure and fluoroscopic time, according to Terumo.
The company said that with its double-braided stainless steel mesh middle layer for superior (1:1) torque control and its large lumen for high flow of contrast, the Optitorque's construction is the key to its performance.