04991602 is referenced by 173 patents and cites 11 patents.

A guide useful for guiding a catheter within a blood vessel is formed of a single length of shape memory alloy. The guide has a central portion of uniform diameter and substantially identical tapered end portions each terminating in enlarged diameter portions defining smoothly rounded beads which function to reduce trauma to the lumen of a blood vessel.

Title
Flexible guide wire with safety tip
Application Number
7/372049
Publication Number
4991602
Application Date
June 27, 1989
Publication Date
February 12, 1991
Inventor
Stuart Lind
Minneapolis
MN, US
Curtis A Amplatz
St. Paul
MN, US
Agent
Mary P Bauman
Gregory P Kaihoi
James R Haller
Assignee
Flexmedics Corporation
MN, US
IPC
A61B 5/00
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