Novel TPU enables manufacture of catheters that are optically clear and highly radiopaque.

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A new TPU formulation from NEU Specialty Engineered Materials, North Haven, Conn., a subsidiary of PolyOne Corp., is said to yield catheters that are optically translucent and radiopaque—give superior contrast under x-rays.

            Patent-pending NEU View Radiopaque Translucent Solutions reportedly bring together the performance of optically opaque catheters, which give excellent x-ray contrast, and the optical clarity of the translucent catheters made with radiopaque striping. This technology eliminates the coextrusion process used to make the striped catheters.

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