The patent's inventors are Griffin, Stephen A. (
This patent was filed on
From the background information supplied by the inventors, news correspondents obtained the following quote: "A wide variety of medical devices have been developed for intracorporal use. Elongated medical devices are commonly used to facilitate navigation through and/or treatment within the anatomy of a patient. A variety of elongate medical devices such as catheters, endoscopes and the like have been developed over the past several decades. Because the anatomy of a patient may be very tortuous, it is desirable to combine a number of performance features in such devices. For example, it is sometimes desirable that the device have a relatively high level of pushability and torqueability, particularly near its proximal end. It is also sometimes desirable that a device be relatively flexible, particularly near its distal end. A number of different elongated medical device structures and assemblies are known, each having certain advantages and disadvantages. However, there is an ongoing need to provide alternative elongated medical device structures and assemblies."
Supplementing the background information on this patent, NewsRx reporters also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent: "The invention provides design, material, and manufacturing method alternatives for medical devices. In some embodiments, the medical devices can include a shaft having an elongated inner tubular member and an elongated tubular reinforcing member disposed over a portion of the inner tubular member. In some embodiments, the reinforcing member is disposed about a proximal portion of the inner tubular member such that a distal portion of the inner tubular member is free of the reinforcing member. In some embodiments, at least a portion of an outer surface of the inner tubular member is spaced from an inner surface of the reinforcing member. In some embodiments, the shaft can include a tip structure disposed on the distal portion of the inner tubular member. In some such embodiments, reinforcing member has a distal end, and the tip structure is disposed on the distal portion of the inner tubular member adjacent the distal end of the reinforcing member. Additionally, in some embodiments, the reinforcing member can include a plurality of apertures defined therein, for example, to enhance the flexibility or other such characteristics of all or portions of the reinforcing member.
"The above summary of some embodiments is not intended to describe each disclosed embodiment or every implementation of the present invention. The Figures, and Detailed Description which follow more particularly exemplify these embodiments."
For the URL and additional information on this patent, see: Griffin, Stephen A.; Lim, Elaine; Mirigian, Gregory E.. Medical Device. U.S. Patent Number 8636716, filed
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