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A diagnostic catheter using a vacuum for tissue positioning is provided. A method for analyzing tissue in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention includes inserting a catheter having a sensor at its distal end into the body of a patient. Applying suction through the catheter to draw tissue into a predetermined sensing position for the sensor and then analyzing the tissue with the sensor. An apparatus for testing tissue within the body of a patient in accordance with an alternative embodiment of the present invention includes a catheter having a first end and a second end, the first end having an orifice and also having a sensor, the orifice in fluid communication with a vacuum channel.

Title
Diagnostic catheter using a vacuum for tissue positioning
Application Number
9/513076
Publication Number
6728565 (B2)
Application Date
February 25, 2000
Publication Date
April 27, 2004
Inventor
Jeffrey M Wendlandt
Newton
MA, US
Agent
Kenyon & Kenyon
US
Assignee
SciMed Life Systems
MN, US
IPC
A61B 5/00
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