Neurovascular guidewires are used in conjunction with microcatheters, which are used to place coils or stents at intracranial locations to treat conditions such as aneurysms and cerebral arteriovenous malformations. Guidewires are inserted into patients through a small incision near the groin and maneuvered through the vascular system to the targeted area. The microcatheter can then be threaded over the guidewire to the treatment area. There is a wide selection of guidewires available and subtle differences between each product allow them to be used for different applications. Important properties of guidewires include flexibility, stiffness, hydrophilic coating, low friction navigation and high torqueability. A torque device can be used to aid navigation and rotation of the guidewire.
St. Jude Medical
Codman & Shurtleff
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