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Implements, particularly medical instruments, formed at least in part of elongated polymer members, exhibit high torque fidelity after processing with tension, heat, and twisting. The processing orients the polymer in generally helical paths so that torque imposed at the proximal end can be transmitted to the distal end without substantial whipping, even if the implement follows a long and tortuous pathway. Applications include medical guidewires, catheters, and driveshafts.

Title
Polymeric implements for torque transmission
Application Number
9/114458
Publication Number
6436056 (B1)
Application Date
July 13, 1998
Publication Date
August 20, 2002
Inventor
Thomas A Svatek
Carlisle
MA, US
Charles Warich
Milford
MA, US
Christopher A Rowland
Marlborough
MA, US
Robert E Reid
Westborough
MA, US
John F Hartnett
Wellesley
MA, US
Richard M Demello
Acton
MA, US
Douglas J Daniels
Mendon
MA, US
James B Daigle
Morgan Hill
CA, US
Albert Chin
Newton
MA, US
James C Wang
Norton
MA, US
Agent
Fish & Richardson P C
US
Assignee
Boston Scientific Corporation
MA, US
IPC
A61B 5/00
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