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1. (WO2010117999) MEDICAL DEVICE AND TECHNIQUE FOR USING THE SAME

Pub. No.:    WO/2010/117999    International Application No.:    PCT/US2010/030064
Publication Date: Fri Oct 15 01:59:59 CEST 2010 International Filing Date: Wed Apr 07 01:59:59 CEST 2010
IPC: A61M 16/04
A61M 25/01
A61B 5/00
A61B 1/267
G01B 9/02
G01B 11/02
Applicants: NELLCOR PURITAN BENNETT LLC
MCKENNA, Edward
LI, Youzhi
LIN, Andy
HAYMAN, Sarah
Inventors: MCKENNA, Edward
LI, Youzhi
LIN, Andy
HAYMAN, Sarah
Title: MEDICAL DEVICE AND TECHNIQUE FOR USING THE SAME
Abstract:
According to various embodiments, a tracheal tube (12) may employ optical sensing techniques for determining a distance (d) between the inserted tube and an anatomical structure such as a carina (28). The distance information may provide an indication as to whether or not the tracheal tube is properly placed within the trachea. The optical techniques -may include interf erometry.