US Patent Application No: 2002/0032,391

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Guidewire for precision catheter positioning

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The present invention comprises a guidewire having a compressible guide section capable of deflecting a catheter to abut a lumen wall. The compressible guide section exerts an outward radial force while it is at least partially compressed within a lumen. The guide section permits a physician to precisely locate a catheter within a body lumen and adjust a catheter tip orientation to be directed to a particular side of a body lumen. A method is disclosed for properly matching a guidewire and a catheter to operate together in the present invention, along with a force measuring instrument to assist in measuring a catheter's resistance force value. This method and systems of the present invention involve determining the exact force relationship between the compressible guide section and the resistance of the catheter in vitro.

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Kupiecki, David J San Francisco, CA 31 466
Mah, Kathy M Mountain View, CA 7 234
McFann, Timothy B Redwood City, CA 7 166
Muskivitch, John C Cupertino, CA 12 371
Passafaro, James D Los Gatos, CA 12 889
Williams, Ronald G Menlo Park, CA 34 3170

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BARD ACCESS SYSTEMS, INC. (4)
7,794,407 Method of locating the tip of a central venous catheter 8 2006
8,388,546 Method of locating the tip of a central venous catheter 1 2009
8,437,833 Percutaneous magnetic gastrostomy 0 2009
8,512,256 Method of locating the tip of a central venous catheter 0 2010
 
C.R. BARD, INC. (3)
8,388,541 Integrated system for intravascular placement of a catheter 1 2008
8,478,382 Systems and methods for positioning a catheter 0 2009
D699359 Ultrasound probe head 0 2012
 
THE SPECTRANETICS CORPORATION (3)
6,951,554 Deflecting catheter 7 2002
7,303,533 Shapeable intraluminal device and method therefor 3 2003
7,951,094 Shapeable intraluminal device and method therefor 1 2007
 
ADVANCED BIONICS, LLC (1)
8,594,799 Cochlear electrode insertion 0 2009
 
TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA (1)
8,517,959 Guide wire for medical treatment 0 2011