Since 1971, Millar Instruments, Inc. has been a pioneer in the development of pressure sensor technology and has directed its design and manufacturing expertise toward integrating that technology into catheters for applications in the life sciences. These catheters are now known around the world as the Millar Mikro-Tip® Pressure Transducer Catheters. Millar continues to be committed to providing both clinicians and researchers with the most exacting tools available for obtaining these specific physiological signals.
The company was founded forty years ago by Huntly Millar who, to this day, continues to be deeply involved in research and development. Shortly after our products were initially introduced, they had become known as the gold standard in “in vivo” pressure measurements. Researchers worldwide have written testimonials to the reliability, accuracy, and consistency of Millar catheters and sensors. In 2001, Huntly Millar was awarded the Laufman-Greatbatch Prize by the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) for outstanding accomplishment with a significant impact on a specific medical device. Included in the presentation was the statement, “Millar catheters have come to represent the ‘gold standard’ for accurate measurement to pressure, flow, and volume in humans, and have become essential for acquisition of accurate hemodynamic data in assessment of pediatric and adult cardiovascular function.”
Throughout the history of Millar Instruments, Inc., the goal of research and development has been two-fold: to decrease the diameter of the sensors so as to minimize the interference with the physiological parameters being measured, and to increase the number and kind of measurements that can be taken with a single invasive procedure.
Our products range from 8 French (2.67 mm dia.) catheters to as small as 1 French catheters (0.33 mm dia.), with single to multiple pressures, velocity and electrode sensors for comprehensive pressure-volume studies. Millar also markets a pressure-volume (P-V) system, capable of simultaneously measuring high fidelity left ventricular pressure and volume in small and large animal models. An important part of Millar’s success has come from working with medical researchers around the world. Millar Instruments is committed to being an integral part of this on-going research by developing products and systems that further promote medical advancements and discoveries.