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A guidewire imaging catheter includes a catheter body, housing secured to the distal end of the catheter body, a drive cable extending through a central lumen of the catheter body, and an imaging system disposed within the housing and coupled to the drive cable. A fixed guidewire is secured to the distal tip of the housing, and the catheter body is highly flexible while retaining sufficient torsional stiffness to allow the entire catheter to be used as a guidewire. Thus, the imaging guidewire can be used to first image a desired region within a patient's vascular system and subsequently as a guidewire to allow placement of a desired interventional catheter.

Title
Guidewire with imaging capability
Application Number
7/525948
Publication Number
5095911
Application Date
May 18, 1990
Publication Date
March 17, 1992
Inventor
Mark L Pomeranz
Los Gatos
CA, US
Agent
Townsend and Townsend
Assignee
Cardiovascular Imaging Systems
CA, US
IPC
A61M 25/00
A61B 8/12
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