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Atherectomy of a Coronary Artery


Option 1

Picture of a directional atherectomy

A directional atherectomy device cuts away plaque, which is then collected in the tip of the device.

Option 2

Picture of rotational cutting of plaque

A rotational cutting device spins at a high speed and pulverizes plaque, which is then safely washed away in your bloodstream.

Option 3

Picture of a transluminal extraction device in a blood vessel

A transluminal extraction device cuts away plaque using tiny rotating blades. The loose plaque is sucked into a tube through a vacuum.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerJohn A. McPherson, MD, FACC, FSCAI - Cardiology
Last RevisedMay 10, 2010

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