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Ultrasound Catheter Imaging A Functional Overview
Author(s): Robert J. Crowley
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Paper Abstract

Mechanically driven ultrasound imaging catheters (UICs) using single, focused elements are examples of a class of emerging catheter tip ultrasound devices beginning to be used for intravascular imaging. To develop a practical, cost effective imager that is both a good catheter from the interventionalist's standpoint and provides high quality images, we have had to develop new materials, design methods, and fabrication techniques. Present day diagnostic catheter's now being used widely by interventional radiologists were re-examined, and modified for acoustic imaging. Design philosophies that embodied the conventional wisdom of 20 or so years of ultrasound transducer manufacture had to be dissected, and in some cases discarded, and fabrication techniques more familiar to the semiconductor industry applied to the manufacture of intricate, miniature ultrasound crystals.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 August 1989
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 1068, Catheter-Based Sensing and Imaging Technology, (8 August 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.952183
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Robert J. Crowley, Boston Scientific Corporation (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1068:
Catheter-Based Sensing and Imaging Technology
Alan I. West, Editor(s)

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