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Peter Stasz: Ultrasonically enhanced RF ablation catheter. Everest Medical Corporation, Haugen and Nikolai, June 26, 1990: US04936281 (580 worldwide citation)

An electrosurgical angioplasty catheter with ultrasonic enhancement is described. It comprises an elongated, flexible plastic tubular body having located at its distal tip an electrode structure for effecting rf cutting along with a transducer for ultrasonically driving the rf cutting electrodes and ...


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Philip E Eggers, Hira V Thapliyal: Thermal angioplasty catheter and method. Advanced Angioplasty Products, Townsend and Townsend, March 12, 1991: US04998933 (465 worldwide citation)

This invention provides a method and apparatus for selectively heating an atheromatous mass which partially or fully occludes a particular blood vessel. As a result, the occlusive mass is effectively softened or weakened, allowing the occlusive mass to be more readily recanalized by expansion of a b ...


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Michael E Leckrone: Angioplasty catheter and method of use thereof. Cardiovascular Laser Systems, Ice Miller Donadio & Ryan, June 25, 1991: US05026366 (464 worldwide citation)

The disclosure relates to a device for use in removing undesired material, e.g., occlusion or plaque, from a duct or blood vessel within a patient's body. The device comprises a catheter adapted to be disposed within a duct and an element disposed adjacent to the distal end portion of the catheter s ...


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James R Spears: Method for treating an arterial wall injured during angioplasty. Wayne State University, Brooks & Kushman, March 3, 1992: US05092841 (378 worldwide citation)

A method for treating a lesion in an arterial wall having plaque thereon and a luminal surface, the arterial wall having been mechanically injured during an angioplasty procedure, the arterial wall and the plaque including fissures resulting therefrom, the method comprising the steps of positioning ...


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Robert E Fischell, David R Fischell: Stent with improved radiopacity and appearance characteristics. IsoStent, March 4, 1997: US05607442 (370 worldwide citation)

A stent (10) is plated with a high density, radiopaque metal (or alloy) such as gold or tantalum. Specifically, the stent (10) is plated to a sufficient thickness (15) on its longitudinal wires (12) to make it clearly radiopaque in fluoroscopy, but the generally circumferential wires (11) are plated ...


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Juan Carlos Parodi: Protective device and method against embolization during treatment of carotid artery disease. Arteria Medical Science, Nicola A Pisano, Fish & Neave, March 27, 2001: US06206868 (368 worldwide citation)

Methods and apparatus are provided for removing emboli during an angioplasty, stenting or surgical procedure using a catheter having an occlusion element disposed on its distal end, a suction device, and an aspiration lumen communicating therebetween. The occlusion element is configured to be placed ...


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Rodney W Salo, Brian D Pederson: Dimension sensitive angioplasty catheter. Cardiac Pacemakers, Orrin M Haugen, Thomas J Nikolai, May 13, 1986: US04587975 (347 worldwide citation)

An improved dilation catheter for use in the conduct of transluminal angioplasty techniques whereby measurements may be taken to determine patency during the course of the procedure. The catheter comprises an elongated tubular member having an inelastic expander member proximate its distal end. The ...


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Bandula Wijay, Paolo Angelini: Angioplasty catheter. Leocor, Steve Rosenblatt, May 1, 1990: US04921483 (287 worldwide citation)

An angioplasty catheter has an elongated body with at least one lumen extending therethrough. A tip, constructed of materials softer than the elongated body is attached to the distal end of the body. The tip segment has at least one lumen passing therethrough which is in alignment withthe lumen in t ...


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Lawrence O&apos Connor: Angioplasty catheter with transducer using balloon for focusing of ultrasonic energy and method for use. John E Wagner, Robert C Smith, June 4, 2002: US06398792 (276 worldwide citation)

A catheter for insertion into an artery having deposits of plaque and/or thrombus includes, at its distal end an ultrasonic transducer and a dilatation balloon surrounding the transducer such that when the balloon is positioned in the artery adjacent the deposits and inflated, energizing of the ultr ...


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Robert E Fischell, Tim A Fischell, David R Fischell: Integrated catheter system for balloon angioplasty and stent delivery. Morton J Rosenberg, David I Klein, June 17, 1997: US05639274 (269 worldwide citation)

This invention is directed to an integrated catheter system (60) including a stent catheter (65) and a balloon angioplasty catheter (20). The balloon angioplasty catheter (20) has an inflatable balloon (23) mounted near the catheter's distal end which is initially used for dilation of a vessel at a ...