U.S. Patent Number: US20120259238A1


Title: Anatomical Visualization With Electrically Conductive Balloon Catheter


Status: Granted 


Inventors: Lawrence J. Gerrans, Erhan H. Gunday, Lon Chu  


Abstract: A balloon catheter for providing a 3-dimensional rendering of the interior of a cavity, the catheter system including a controller, a catheter connected to the controller and a balloon positioned on the catheter. The balloon includes a mesh having members extending longitudinally and circumferentially about the balloon where each member of the mesh has an electrical characteristic that changes as the member is deformed. The controller uses a measurement of the variable electrical characteristic to generate a three-dimensional rendering of an interior surface of the cavity, which can be rotating to different viewing angles.


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