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An improved expandable removal element (16) for an atherectomy device wherein the expandable removal element (16) is movable between an expanded position and a contracted position. In one embodiment of the present invention, a single drive shaft (92) is operatively connected to the distal end of the expandable material removal element (16) for rotating the removal element (16). A catheter (178) may surround a portion of the drive shaft (92). The catheter (178) is shiftable with respect to the drive shaft (92) for moving the material removal element between the expanded position and the contracted position. In another embodiment of the present invention, dual coaxial drive shafts are employed. The inner drive shaft (312) and the outer drive (314) are shiftable with respect to one another for moving the removal element (252) between the expanded position and the contracted position. The present invention also describes several embodiments for an improved removal element (252).

Title
Expandable intravascular occlusion material removal devices and methods of use
Application Number
55995
Publication Number
5897567
Application Date
September 9, 1997
Publication Date
April 27, 1999
Inventor
Hans A Mische
St. Cloud
MN, US
Chad J Kugler
Spring Lake Park
MN, US
Steven S Hackett
Maple Grove
MN, US
Anthony C Vrba
Maple Grove
MN, US
Thomas V Ressemann
St. Cloud
MN, US
Agent
Crompton Seager & Tufte
Assignee
SciMed Life Systems
MN, US
IPC
A61B 17/32
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