Patent Number: 6,309,358

Title: Tube unit system including an adapter interposed between a connector and a connecting part

Abstract: An ultrasound imaging catheter system 10 comprises an ultrasound imaging catheter 1 provided with a connector 5 positioned on the handle side thereof, an external drive device 6 provided with a connecting part 20 for connection to the connector 5 of the ultrasound imaging catheter 1, and an adapter 7 interposed between the connector 5 and the connecting part 20 and having undergone a purifying treatment such as sterilization, the adapter 7 being removable relative to the connector 5 of the ultrasound imaging catheter 1 and the connecting part 20 of the external drive device 6. The construction prevents the connector 5 part of the ultrasound imaging catheter 1 from contamination and allows it to retain a sterilized state thereof and enables the ultrasound imaging catheter 1 to be attached to and detached from the external drive device 6 without interrupting the operation.

Inventors: Okubo; Itaru (Fujinomiya, JP)

Assignee: Terumo Kabushiki Kaisha

International Classification: A61B 8/12 (20060101); A61B 1/00 (20060101); A61B 008/14 ()

Expiration Date: 10/30/2018