Medical Guidewires are used in many surgical applicationsCustom Guidewires

As a leading manufacturer of medical guide wires, we can support your required specifications or the contractual needs of OEM products. These include ranges from 0.018″-0.050″, PTFE coated guide wires, and multiple lengths. Production runs are available for prototypes to large contract runs and from bulk & non-sterile assembly to single with cleanroom assembly.

Guidewire Materials

When manufacturing medical guidewires, different materials may be used for the outer coil and core areas. Each material has its own distinct engineering advantage. Also, the outer coils may be plated with radio-opaque materials (like Gold or Platinum) to aid visibility during a procedure. Below is a representative but not necessarily complete list of materials used in the fabrication of guidewires.

  • Gold (Au) Radio-opaque properties
  • Nitinol (NiTi) Nitinol is a Nickel-Titanium alloy, which has exceptional shape-memory, but limited rigidity, making it an excellent choice when used in tandem with a more rigid substance.
  • Platinum (Pt) Radio-opaque properties
  • Stainless Steel
  • Stainless Steel with Nickel
  • Titanium Core
  • Tungsten (W)

Custom Guidewire TipsCustom Guidewire Tips

A variety of guidewire tips are available, including tips with shapes that can be modified by the operator as needed during usage.

  • Floppy – Reacts to its environment; can operate in a straight format or fold back into form a “J”
  • Angled
  • Straight
  • “J” – Reduces the possibility of tissue perforation by the guidewire tip

Guidewire Coating Options

Most guidewires have some form of an exterior coating that reduces friction. Other coatings are available that provide a variety of advantages, including:

  • Hydrophilic coating Lubricates for more gentle navigation and good trackability
  • Anti-thrombogenic/Heparin coating Inhibits clotting
  • Hydrophobic coating Enhances tactile response for the operator creating a more responsive feel during surgical maneuvers
  • Silicone coating Reduces friction
  • Tetrafluoroethylene (TFE) coating Reduces friction

Standard Guidewire Options

The following guidewires are standard selections. Variations or new designs can also be manufactured to meet specific applications for surgical techniques. If you are interested in developing a custom guidewire, give us a call. We are very experienced in providing guidewire engineering consultation and manufacture prototypes, as well as short runs.

Amplatz ™ Super Stiff Wire
Short, straight tip with a stiff wire
Used for: Catheter Exchange, Delivering Large Devices

Bentson Starter ™ Wire
Tapered floppy tip forms a J when advanced, but can also be advanced through stenoses in straight format
Used for: Vascular Access, Coronary Intervention Procedures

Glidewire ®
Hydrophilic-coated, nitinol with a polyurethane coating, excellent tortuous tracking
Used for: Vascular Access, Coronary Intervention Procedures

Lunderquist ® Extra Stiff  Wire
Short, straight tip with a stiff wire
Used for: Catheter Exchange, Delivering Large Devices

Lunderquist-Ring ® Torque Guidewire
Malleable tip with a stiff wire
Used for: Percutaneous Biliary Drainage

Magic Torque ™ Wire
Good directional control without the use of an external device, radiopaque markings at 1 cm
Used for: Vascular Access, Coronary Intervention Procedures

Meier ™ Wire
Soft tip, wire firm enough to provide support for large devices
Used for: Thoracic Endovascular Aortic Repair (TEVAR), Catheter Exchange, Delivering Large Devices

Nitrix ® Wire
The soft tip can fold back when coming in contact with vessel wall or valve, wire firm enough to provide support for large devices
Used for: Thoracic Endovascular Aortic Repair (TEVAR), Catheter Exchange, Delivering Large Devices

Platinum Plus ™ Wire
Soft tip, wire firm enough to provide support for large devices
Used for: Thoracic Endovascular Aortic Repair (Tevar), Peripheral Stent Placement, Catheter Exchange, Delivering Large Devices

Rosen ™ Wire
Pre-formed J-tip with a stiff wire
Used for: Catheter Exchange, Delivering Large Devices

Wholey ™ Wire
Floppy tip forms a J when advanced, but can still be advanced through stenoses in its straight format
Used for: Vascular Access, Coronary Intervention Procedures