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South Texas physicians invited to see clot-filtering system

San Antonio (Aug. 7, 2003) — The Boston Scientific SimSuite® will visit The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio on Thursday, Aug. 14. Physicians from the Health Science Center and the community are invited to board the mobile educational suite to experience a new embolic protection system to treat saphenous vein graft disease. Boston Scientific Corp. recently received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to market the product.

The SimSuite® will be parked on Dental Drive from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The first simulation is at 9 a.m. and the last one is at 4 p.m. Please make an appointment by calling the division of cardiology, (210) 567-4601. "This is a powerful teaching tool," said Steven R. Bailey, M.D., professor of medicine in the division of cardiology. "This training model, like flight simulators, allows doctors to learn new skills in a 'risk-free environment.' They can practice procedures as well as simulate critical events, replay the procedure and find out how they can improve their skills."

The embolic filter is designed to reduce complications during balloon angioplasty and stenting procedures in saphenous vein grafts.

Contact: Will Sansom