Merit Medical expands SwiftNinja steerable microcatheter offering


meritMerit Medical has announced the expansion of itsSwiftNinja steerable microcatheter product line. New sizes include a low-profile 2.4Fr distal diameter option in 125-cm and new longer 150-cm lengths.

The 180-degree articulating microcatheter is designed to provide access to challenging peripheral and coronary vasculature without the use of a guidewire. It is part of the broader Merit Vascular portfolio that includes sheath introducers, inflation devices, embolics, and other procedural solutions.

“Unlike conventional microcatheters that are limited to a set shape, the steerable SwiftNinja is really a gamechanger,” said Jason Hoffmann, interventional radiologist at New York University (New York, USA), and consultant for Merit Medical. “The tip shape and angle can be changed in real time while inside a patient, allowing for shorter procedures with less radiation exposure. Without the need for a guidewire, there is the potential for significant cost savings as well—all of which benefit the patient. The SwiftNinja has paved the way for better embolization care.”

“The SwiftNinja is the only widely offered steerable microcatheter in the USA,” said Fred P Lampropoulos, Merit Medical’s chairman and CEO. “By providing the additional sizes that physicians require, the SwiftNinja can be used with a range of devices in a greater number of procedures, diagnosing and treating more complex cases.”


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