Patent Number: 6,308,715

Title: Ultrasonic detection of restenosis in stents

Abstract: An analyzer apparatus and method is provided for analyzing restenosis associated with a stent implanted within a living body. The apparatus includes an input for receiving ultrasonic data from an ultrasonic imaging apparatus; digital memory for storing the ultrasonic data at least temporarily; a processor for analyzing the ultrasonic data, the processor being configured to analyze the data in accordance with at least one predefined criteria to diagnose a degree of restenosis experienced by the stent; and an output for outputting information indicative of the diagnosis.

Inventors: Weissman; Eric M. (Chagrin Falls, OH), Dickens, Jr.; Elmer D. (Richfield, OH), Spillman, Jr.; William B. (Floyd, VA)

Assignee: PMD Holdings Corp.

International Classification: A61B 5/00 (20060101); A61F 2/06 (20060101); A61B 019/00 ()

Expiration Date: 10/30/2018