Patent Number: 6,945,993

Title: Stent

Abstract: A radially expandable stent comprising a plurality of spaced band-like elements and intersecting links is disclosed. The band-like elements have a generally serpentine configuration to provide continuous waves of generally sinusoidal character to each band-like element. The waves are characterized by a plurality of peaks and troughs taking a generally longitudinal direction along the cylinder such that the waves in the band-like elements open as the stent is expanded from a first diameter to a second diameter. The intersecting links are substantially U-shaped and terminate in first and second shanks. The first shank of a link emanates from a region between a peak and trough on a band-like element and the second shank of the link emanates from a region between a peak and trough on an adjacent band-like element.

Inventors: Kveen; Craig L. (Maple Grove, MN), Ehr; Timothy G. J. (Elk River, MN), Brown; Brian J. (Hanover, MN)

Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.

International Classification: A61F 2/06 (20060101); A61F 002/06 ()

Expiration Date: 09/20/2022