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Dec 13, 2020

SMC's Dr. Lucas Elijovich leads stroke clinical trial

New developments in stroke care research

Dr. Lucas Elijovich, an endovascular neurologist at Semmes Murphey Clinic, is leading a clinical trial to test a new device for treating ischemic stroke patients.

The study is evaluating the effectiveness of the MIVI Q Revascularization System and the Q Aspiration Catheter to perform mechanical thrombectomy stroke surgery. The tool helps restore blood flow to the brain in the critical moments after a stroke due to a blood clot in a large brain artery. This new catheter design takes advantage of the larger lumen, or channel, of the catheter to perform mechanical thrombectomy surgery. It’s a promising technical advancement that has the potential to improve patient outcomes, and the study has recently enrolled its first patient in France.

“The Q catheter technology represents a substantial leap forward in improving aspiration-based techniques for neurothrombectomy. We are looking forward to our first enrollments in the United States,” says Dr. Elijovich.