Volcano gets Japanese approval for IVUS device

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Volcano, a manufacturer of intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) devices, reported that it has received approval of its Revolution 45 MHz rotational IVUS imaging catheter and related accessories by necessary regulatory authorities in Japan, granting it entry into the Japanese market. The approval covers use of the Revolution catheter when used on Volcano's IVG IVUS system, according to the Rancho Cordova, Calif.-based company.

Volcano said it expects to launch the Revolution catheter into Japan, which it said represents the largest IVUS market worldwide, during the fourth quarter of this year. The firm has already commenced shipments of the Revolution catheter in the U.S. and Europe.