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Viasys acquires Navion catheter guidance system:

This article was originally published in Clinica

Executive Summary

Conshohocken, Pennsylvania-based Viasys Healthcare's MedSystems business has acquired the assets of Navion Biomedical, a Stoughton, Massachusetts-based firm that makes the Navigator Bionavigation system for the placement of catheters. The system consists of a disposable stylet or guidewire and a hand-held, battery-operated locating instrument. The instrument uses low-level, high-frequency magnetic fields to communicate with the catheter or guidewire, enabling them to be placed accurately at the patient's bedside. Without such a system, positioning of peripherally inserted central catheters and central venous catheters must be verified by X-ray, and can involve costly and time-consuming repositioning and confirmatory X-rays.

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