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Volcano Announces Distribution Agreement With AngioScore for the AngioSculpt(R) PTCA Scoring Balloon Catheter in Japan
Date:4/27/2010

SAN DIEGO, April 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Volcano Corporation (Nasdaq: VOLC), a leading developer and manufacturer of precision intravascular therapy guidance tools designed to enhance the diagnosis and treatment of coronary and peripheral vascular disease, announced today that it has entered into a distribution agreement with AngioScore for its AngioSculpt® PTCA Scoring Balloon Catheter for coronary indications in Japan. This is the first of what Volcano believes will be many products distributed by Volcano Japan, which now includes more than 50 direct sales representatives.

"Not every lesion or heart blockage is the same," commented Scott Huennekens, President and CEO of Volcano. "Physicians have to make a number of difficult decisions as they build a lesion by lesion treatment strategy for their patients. The first step is to identify which blockages require angioplasty or stenting, or a combination of both, versus medical therapy alone. But once the decision has been made to place a stent, the pre-stent preparation, and the post-stent expansion strategies can differ greatly across lesion types as well. This relationship between Volcano and AngioScore now combines two technologies: Visualization with Volcano's intravascular imaging products to build a lesion specific strategy; and tailored therapy with the AngioSculpt Scoring Balloon Catheter to deliver a targeted treatment for that specific type of lesion. This concept of precision-guided therapy using intravascular imaging has already taken hold in Japan where the technique is used in more than 70% of all PCI procedures. Our distribution of the AngioSculpt device now gives us access to bot
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