Avinger launches upgraded Lightbox imaging console

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Avinger has announced the US launch of an enhanced version of the company’s Lightbox imaging console. The Lightbox provides a dual display of images to physicians using Avinger’s Lumivascular system, which Avinger says is “the first-ever image-guided atherectomy and chronic total occlusion (CTO) recanalisation devices for the treatment of peripheral artery disease, providing physicians with a view inside diseased arteries.” A company press release states that the upgraded Lightbox L250 console is designed to be more intuitive, provide sharper imaging, and reduce start-up times before procedures begin.

Physician feedback and a commitment to provide the most advanced Lumivascular guided treatment were the driving forces behind the development of the Lightbox L250.

Lumivascular technology allows physicians to see from inside the artery during a directional atherectomy procedure by using an optical coherence tomography (OCT), which is displayed on the Lightbox console. In the past, physicians have had to rely solely on X-ray as well as tactile feedback to guide their tools while treating complicated arterial disease. With the Lumivascular approach, physicians can more accurately navigate their devices and treat peripheral artery disease lesions, thanks to the real time OCT images generated from inside the artery, without exposing healthcare workers and patients to the negative effects of ionising radiation.

Specific enhancements to the Lightbox L250 include:

  • Digital video output: The addition of a high-definition video output via HDMI allows for deeper integration of Avinger’s OCT imaging technology into the cath lab environment, allowing multiple images to be displayed simultaneously on existing imaging banks and providing a more seamless workflow of treatment for peripheral artery disease patients.
  • Touch screen interface: a new 10-point touch screen display replaces legacy mouse and keyboard input for increased ease of use and efficiency during procedures.
  • Simplified software workflow: With an emphasis on touch input, the software user interface and workflow have been streamlined with a focus on efficiency. For example, users can now go from powering on the Lightbox to imaging ready in two taps of the touch screen.

All upgrades and updates available in the Lightbox L250 will be fully transferable to Avinger’s previous Lightbox models.