Medical Device Coatings for Neurology
Neurology is the branch of medicine dealing with disorders of the brain and the entire nervous system. Neurologists diagnose and treat of all categories of conditions and disease involving the central and peripheral nervous system.
Our Neurology customers diagnose and treat these conditions
- Acute ischemic stroke
- Cerebral aneurysms
- Brain arteriovenous malformations
- Access to the neurovasculature
Neurological medical devices making use of Harland technologies include:
- Microcatheters which deliver a variety of interventional procedures to the tortuous vasculature of the brain including coils, flow diverters and stents treating intracranial aneurysms.
- Mechanical thrombectomy catheters treating acute ischemic stroke
- Neurointerventional guide catheters
- Neurointerventional guide wires with hydrophilic coating helping neuroradiologists access the neurovasculature.
- Balloon catheters
- Cerebrospinal fluid shunts
Neurology devices present special challenges
The remote anatomies combined with fine and tortuous vasculature make a lubricious low-friction surface essential for device delivery systems. While low surface friction is required, neuro devices must also satisfy strict requirements for particle generation by the coating. Additionally the nature of neurology devices mean coatings must be precisely applied to very delicate and low strength parts. Harland specializes in both satisfying these strict coating performance requirements while handling, coating and testing these delicate devices in production.
Infection associated with the implant of a neurological device can have serious consequences. Systemic treatment with antibiotics is difficult in the brain. Harland’s drug eluting coatings can provide localized antimicrobial drug delivery in the area immediately around the implanted device, where it can be most effective at reducing infection.