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Upgraded ACCF/ AHA/ SCAI Guidelines Reinforce Benefits of Volcano's Precision Guided Therapy Technologies
Date:11/9/2011

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Volcano Corporation (NASDAQ: VOLC), a leading developer and manufacturer of precision guidance therapy tools designed to enhance the treatment of coronary and peripheral vascular disease, supports the elevation of Intravascular Ultrasound (IVUS) and Fractional Flow Reserve (FFR) technologies in the updated clinical guidelines for the management of patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). The update was issued earlier this week by the American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF), American Heart Association (AHA), and Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI).

"The latest guidelines recommend additional use of IVUS and FFR, both of which represent key product lines in Volcano's broad portfolio of precision guided technologies, in patients undergoing PCI," said Scott Huennekens, President and CEO of Volcano Corporation.  "These recommendations confirm the positive role that IVUS and FFR technologies play in the care of PCI patients."

The newly revised guidelines include the use of IVUS for the assessment of intermediate lesions, for guiding stent implantation and for determining the cause of stent thrombosis.  In addition, a new Class IIa recommendation now states that IVUS is reasonable for the assessment of angiographically indeterminate left main coronary artery disease (CAD), which is a new guideline and was not published in prior guidelines.  IVUS and coronary angiography was also included for patients who have heart transplantation including 4-6 weeks post-cardiac transplant and 1 year follow up.  

The guidelines categorize FFR as Class IIa and stated that the technology is reasonable to assess angiographic intermediate coronary lesions (50% to 70% diameter stenosis) and can be useful for guiding revascularization decisions in patients with stable ischem
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