Around 10 million Americans have peripheral-artery disease–plaque buildups in the arteries of their arms and legs that can cause chronic pain and even lead to amputation. Surgeons treat the condition by inflating balloons inside the artery or by inserting metal-mesh tubes known as stents, but a new drill-tipped catheter could be a better option. The drill has blades that expand and contract to fit the artery, plus a vacuum that sucks up the debris.
Courtesy of Pathway
Product: PV Atherectomy System
Cost: Competitive with similar devices, which cost about $3,000
Other products in this section:
Become an Insider to get the story behind the story — and before anyone else.
A stretchy stick-on patch can take blood pressure readings from deep inside your body
The flexible stamp can collect data that usually requires bulky, invasive equipment.
Clearing out old cells might help the brain
A popular anti-aging strategy keeps mice from getting senile.
“Hundreds” of crimes will soon be solved using DNA databases, genealogist predicts
CeCe Moore’s company has been helping police departments solve cold cases by uploading crime-scene DNA to public genealogy databases.