The Intravascular Lithotripsy (IVL) System

The Devices Behind the Technology


Intravascular Lithotripsy (IVL) Technology is powered by a treatment system which includes an IVL Generator, an IVL Connector Cable and IVL Catheters. These are familiar devices for interventionalists, making the technology inherently familiar, easy to learn, adopt, and use on a day-to-day basis.

IVL Catheters

IVL Catheters are prepared and delivered exactly like traditional balloon angioplasty devices. The catheters have proximal and distal markers, so they can be accurately placed within the lesion. At the touch of a button, miniaturized lithotripsy emitters apply pulsatile mechanical energy along the length and diameter of the balloon.

IVL Connector Cable

The balloon catheter easily attaches to the connector cable. Lithotripsy pulsing is activated by pushing a button on the connector cable. Disruption starts with a pulse.

IVL Generator

The small, battery-powered rechargeable generator is linked to the balloon catheter via the connector cable. A chip in the catheter provides pre-set lithotripsy delivery parameters, so no dials or settings need to be adjusted.


The Shockwave Medical Intravascular Lithotripsy (IVL) Technology system is now available in the US for lithotripsy-enhanced balloon dilatation of lesions, including calcified lesions, in the peripheral vasculature, including the iliac, femoral, ilio-femoral, popliteal, infra-popliteal, and renal arteries. Not for use in the coronary or cerebral vasculature.

Learn more about the Shockwave Medical Peripheral product configurations here.