On March 25, Cook Medical launched the new 2.6 Fr CXI® Support Catheter with platinum-iridium marker bands. The new 2.6 Fr CXI, which is now available in the US and Canada, comes with additional tip configurations and a new 135 cm length. This new length also provides another option for coaxial use with a 90 cm 4 Fr CXI.
The CXI is used in small vessel or superselective anatomy for diagnostic and interventional procedures, including peripheral use. A popular catheter for endovascular specialists, CXI has gained name recognition as sales have continued to grow steadily since it launched eight years ago.
Platinum marker bands are already available on the 2.3 Fr platform of the CXI catheter. Because platinum-iridium bands have better visibility under fluoroscopy,1 physicians asked for the 2.6 Fr CXI to have the same visibility as the 2.3 Fr version.
“We have loyal customers who love the platinum-iridium bands on the 2.3 Fr CXI,” said Mike Williams, director of global vascular programs. “Physicians like our 2.6 Fr CXI, but asked for more visible marker bands. Because we always strive to provide physicians with the right tools for the right procedures, we listened to them and now are making CXI even better.”
CXI’s stainless steel braid provides responsive torque and pushability. A hydrophilic coating on the distal 40 cm further enhances pushability and also increases trackability. The flexible, braided catheter shaft with hydrophilic coating tracks through complex anatomy and provides support for crossing difficult lesions. Radiopaque bands at the tip and at 5, 10, and 15 cm enhance visualization and allow operators to measure vessel segments. Exterior depth markers clearly show progression into the sheath.
The 2.3 Fr and 2.6 Fr sizes can fit coaxially in the 4.0 Fr size to increase the amount of support. The smaller sizes can also pass through the Micropuncture® Pedal Access Set and can fit in any catheter that has an .035 inch lumen.
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Chidalek D. Radiopacity testing of CXI catheters: Generation 1 and Generation 2 (2019); FS180470-R.