Intravascular Ultrasound at the Tip of a Guidewire: Concept and First Assembly Steps

Ronald Stoute, Marcus Louwerse, VA Henneken, Ronald Dekker

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Abstract

Minimally invasive surgery of the most lethal disease worldwide, coronary artery disease, benefits from better diagnostic tools during the treatment. With this in mind, a novel concept is introduced for intravascular ultrasound on a 360 μm diameter guidewire. The complex manufacture of this medical instrument, and other devices that require extreme miniaturization, will benefit from our previously presented Flex-to-Rigid assembly platform. However, currently the scalability of this technology is limited by etch-dependent effects. But with an innovation on the process flow presented here, the required smaller, well-defined, arbitrary shaped rigid islands with flexible interconnects between them were fabricated, therefore making it possible to manufacture this device.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1563-1567
Number of pages5
JournalProcedia Engineering
Volume168
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventEurosensors 2016: The 30th anniversary Eurosensors Conference - Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 4 Sep 20167 Sep 2016

Keywords

  • Intravascular Ultrasound
  • Assembly
  • Microfabrication
  • Platform Technology
  • Flex-to-Rigid

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