Neurological catheters, also known as microcatheters, are small devices that can navigate the intricate intracranial vasculature of the brain. These catheters–some on the market, others in development–are used for a variety of applications, including aneurysm occlusion, chronic pain relief, targeted drug delivery, tumor embolization, treating vascular malformations, brachytherapy, and vasospasm therapy. They also promise to be extremely useful in the delivery of therapeutic genes or stem cells to patients who may have a variety of neurological diseases.
This report analyzes the world market for neurological catheters, providing forecasts of dollar volume and unit sales to 2008 in the US, Europe & Japan, and the rest of the world. The report generally reviews the nature and direction of research activities involving the development of neurological catheters as well as the current and future market for these devices. This briefing also profiles several companies involved in marketing or developing such products in the field, including Boston Scientific, Concentric Medical, Cordis and Medtronic. Market forecasts are based on an examination of current market conditions and on investigations into the development of new products by key companies. This information is also weighted with the projected timing and the probability of receiving FDA and other regulatory approval to market products.