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Angulation Mechanisms For Lasers And Micro-Instrumentation
Author(s): William C McCoy; James E Small; Greg A Cole
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Paper Abstract

Medical science now dictates more precise and more physiological treatment of disorders in the circulation and myocardium. One of the major limitations of conventional catheters, laser catheters, angioscopes and other flexible micro-instrumentation is that their distal ends are not functionally maneuverable. Catheter Research, Inc. has developed an angulation mechanism using shape memory alloys to manipulate the distal tip of a catheter, fiber optic bundle, or other flexible micro-instrumentation. This technology features the following: 1. Controlled angulation of the tip 2. Precise tip placement 3. Miniature size 4. Advancement of a catheter, angioscope, or fiber optics bundle without a guide wire 5. Center lumen of catheters which are free of any obstructions and adaptable for use of fiber optics or micro-instrumentation

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 April 1988
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 0904, Microsensors and Catheter-Based Imaging Technology, (8 April 1988); doi: 10.1117/12.945246
Show Author Affiliations
William C McCoy, Catheter Research, Incorporated (United States)
James E Small, Catheter Research, Incorporated (United States)
Greg A Cole, Catheter Research, Incorporated (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0904:
Microsensors and Catheter-Based Imaging Technology
Alan I. West, Editor(s)

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