Avinger receives new patent for Pantheris atherectomy system
Avinger announced the issuance of an important new patent covering the company's Pantheris image-guided atherectomy system. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, or USPTO, issued U.S. Patent No. 10,052,125, titled "Atherectomy Catheter With Laterally-Displaceable Tip," on August 21. This is the fifth patent issued by the USPTO with claims related to Avinger's Pantheris image-guided atherectomy system. The patent describes an atherectomy catheter, a displaceable tip and a balloon to urge the catheter's cutting element into the tissue to be removed. These are all key features of the Pantheris atherectomy system. The next-generation version of this system was cleared by the FDA for commercial sale in the U.S. in May. Pantheris is the only commercially available atherectomy device with on-board intravascular image-guidance.