Argon Medical Devices announces launch of Option Elite and the acquisition of Angiotech‰Ûªs interventional business


Argon Medical Devices has launched the Option Elite retrievable inferior vena cava filter. The Optin Elite has been designed by Rex Medical and is intended to provide the clinician with enhanced for ease of delivery and retrievability.

“Safety and retrievability are without question two of the most vital, and rare, characteristics in a best-in-class retrievable inferior vena cava filter. Argon is pleased to be able to offer the best of these worlds by introducing the Option Elite,” stated George Leondis, president of Argon Medical Devices.

“This technology provides clinicians with a safe and stable inferior vena cava filter that can be confidently deployed and retrieved while minimising the risk of migration, penetration and fracture. This product, along with the new Cleaner15 Mechanical Thrombectomy System, and the recently announced acquisition of Angiotech’s Interventional business, positively positions the company as a significant player in the interventional arena.”

Option Elite’s enhanced retention anchor pattern provides stability and reduced retrieval force while preventing migration and reducing the risk of penetration. The sturdy apex design has an increased capture zone for ease of snaring, according to a company release. In addition, the new high performance spiral sheath remains the lowest profile inferior vena cava filter delivery system available today (6.5Fr OD, 5Fr ID) and has been reinforced for improved kink-resistance and pushability.

“I have used Option for many years. At Weill Cornell, we had the opportunity to participate in the Option Elite evaluation and found the device to be just as safe and stable as the Option, with no migrations and significantly easier to retrieve,” said David W Trost, associate professor of Clinical Radiology, Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York, USA.

Argon Medical will be featuring the Option Elite inferior vena cava filter at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society of Interventional Radiology in New Orleans, Louisiana, 13–18 April 2013 and will be offering a hands-on simulator training experience at booth 840.