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1. (WO2011153434) APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DEVICES FOR IMAGING STRUCTURES IN OR AT ONE OR MORE LUMINAL ORGANS

Pub. No.:    WO/2011/153434    International Application No.:    PCT/US2011/039066
Publication Date: Dec 8, 2011 International Filing Date: Jun 3, 2011
IPC: A61B 1/227
A61B 1/24
G01B 9/02
Applicants: THE GENERAL HOSPITAL CORPORATION
TEARNEY, Guillermo, J.
BOUMA, Brett, E.
GORA, Michalina
SUTER, Melissa
YOO, Hongki
SHISHKOV, Milen
Inventors: TEARNEY, Guillermo, J.
BOUMA, Brett, E.
GORA, Michalina
SUTER, Melissa
YOO, Hongki
SHISHKOV, Milen
Title: APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DEVICES FOR IMAGING STRUCTURES IN OR AT ONE OR MORE LUMINAL ORGANS
Abstract:
In accordance with exemplary embodiments of the present disclosure, device and method can be provided which can facilitate imaging of biological tissues, e.g., luminal organs in vivo, using optical techniques. The exemplary device can include different designs an features of one or more catheters, which can illuminate the tissues, and collect signals from the inside of the lumen. In another exemplary embodiment according to the present disclosure, a balloon-catheter can be provided with the flexible neck, which can absorb most of the bending. According to still another exemplary embodiments of the present disclosure, a balloon-catheter tethered capsule can be provided, and according a yet further exemplary embodiment, a structured balloon design can be provided with one or more protuberances, thus enabling imaging of the structures in close contact, e.g., without compressing of the tissue.