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1. (WO2010118256) OPTICALLY GUIDED FEEDING TUBE, CATHETERS AND ASSOCIATED METHODS

Pub. No.:    WO/2010/118256    International Application No.:    PCT/US2010/030429
Publication Date: Fri Oct 15 01:59:59 CEST 2010 International Filing Date: Fri Apr 09 01:59:59 CEST 2010
IPC: A61M 25/088
A61M 25/095
A61M 31/00
A61B 1/05
A61B 1/055
Applicants: UNIVERSITY OF UTAH RESEARCH FOUNDATION
FANG, John
ADAMS, Mark
MCCREEDY, Dylan
NIEMAN, Tim
GALIANO, Omar
RICHINS, Brett
ANDRUS, Shawn
Inventors: FANG, John
ADAMS, Mark
MCCREEDY, Dylan
NIEMAN, Tim
GALIANO, Omar
RICHINS, Brett
ANDRUS, Shawn
Title: OPTICALLY GUIDED FEEDING TUBE, CATHETERS AND ASSOCIATED METHODS
Abstract:
The present invention provides devices and methods for safe, easy and cost effective means of placing and verifying proper placement of nasogastric and nasoenteric feeding tubes. Specifically, an integrated feeding device including a tube operable to deliver a nutritional and/or medicinal substance to the gastrointestinal tract, an optical system including a light source, flexible optical fibers or a camera, and a lens, and a steering system is disclosed. The components of the system, namely the optical system and the steering system, may be integrated into the tube.