It is important to check the balloon for concentricity before use. Eccentric inflation can result in uneven vessel pressure and/or incomplete clot removal. Be sure not to exceed the recommended maximum inflation volume.
Guidewire Selection: a straight, soft guidewire (e.g. Bentson) is generally used to traverse the occluded segment(s). Wires with or without hydrophilic coatings may be used, but a non-coated guidewire is most often used initially. The guidewire is inserted into the balloon catheter so that is tip is just inside the catheter. Typically 90% of stenotic lesions can be crossed with a wire.
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