Christopher E. Banas, Vice President and General Manager of Volcano's OCT Division in San Antonio Texas, and former CEO and Chairman of CardioSpectra commented, "This is an important step in demonstrating the ability of Volcano's OCT catheter to safely image coronary vessels of human patients and establishing a leadership position in advanced coronary imaging technologies."
Volcano's OCT imaging platform provides high-resolution images in the 10- 15 micron range, opening the door for new applications to complement both IVUS and angiography. Michel Lussier, president of Volcano Europe commented, "The high resolution OCT images provide a glimpse at structural detail not seen before by other imaging modalities. We believe that OCT has the potential to identify thin-cap fibro-atheromas, clearly highlight intraluminal thrombus, and assess the complete healing of novel drug-eluting stent designs. Volcano is committed to exploring the various clinical benefits of our OCT platform through detailed data-driven study design and mutually beneficial partnerships with other therapy companies."
Patrick Serruys, M.D., commented, "The Volcano OCT Imaging Catheter is another step closer to delivering interventionalists with the true cath lab of the future. To better serve my patients, I want the flexibility to select from an array of different tools, quickly interrogate the vessel, and immediately process the information. Having these various technologies, including IVUS, OCT and FFR, all integrated into the lab, with a common user interface, review points, data storage and staff training provides this flexibility."
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