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Next Gen Mechanical Thrombectomy System Combines Superior Catheter Design with Dual Clot Detection Algorithms

By HospiMedica International staff writers
Posted on 11 Jan 2023
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Image: The Lightning Flash mechanical thrombectomy system features dual clot detection algorithms (Photo courtesy of Penumbra)
Image: The Lightning Flash mechanical thrombectomy system features dual clot detection algorithms (Photo courtesy of Penumbra)

An advanced and powerful mechanical thrombectomy system features next generation technology that combines superior catheter design with the latest dual clot detection innovation to address venous and pulmonary thrombus.

Penumbra, Inc. (Alameda, CA, USA) has launched Lightning Flash that features the company’s novel Lightning Intelligent Aspiration technology, now with dual clot detection algorithms. Together with innovative catheter engineering, Lightning Flash is designed to quickly remove large blood clots in the body, including venous thrombus and pulmonary emboli (PE). Lightning Flash, powered by the Penumbra ENGINE, uses both pressure and flow-based algorithms to detect blood clot and blood flow. The Lightning Flash catheter is made with MaxID hypotube technology, allowing an inner diameter similar to large-bore catheters while maintaining a lower profile and a soft, atraumatic tip designed to help navigate the complex and delicate anatomy of the body. When used together, the device is intended to help remove blood clots quickly while minimizing potential blood loss.

"Penumbra's Lightning Flash gives physicians a highly torqueable, larger catheter that is designed to remove a large clot burden in the pulmonary arteries or deep venous system more efficiently while maintaining an excellent safety profile because of Lightning's computer-aided algorithms," said James F. Benenati, M.D., FSIR, chief medical officer at Penumbra. "We believe that patients can have improved outcomes with this new technology because of the exceptional trackability and unique ability to distinguish flowing blood from clot."

"Lightning Flash will fundamentally change how blood clots are removed from the body," said Adam Elsesser, president and chief executive officer of Penumbra. "With this latest advancement, physicians are more likely to adopt mechanical thrombectomy because a broad spectrum of blood clots can be removed much quicker and less invasively than current interventional or surgical methods. This means that we are able to help even more patients with our technology, which is core to who we are as a company."

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