Unlike fiber-optic devices, in which the actual imaging component is positioned proximal to the operator, the new device has the sensor right at its tip. The part that would navigate through the vasculature is only 1.3 mm in diameter and it’s flexible enough to move through curvy anatomy.
The device can be combined with other intravascular imaging techniques, such as intravascular ultrasound and optical coherence tomography, giving cath lab surgeons an unprecedented view of what they’re working on.
The new device has not been tested on humans yet, but the underlying technology will certainly find its way into an actual product, as currently available options intravascular endoscopes are extremely limited.
According to medgadged