Patent Number: 7,611,482

Title: Minimally-invasive smart devices

Abstract: There is provided a minimally-invasive smart device which can detect environmental conditions in the vicinity of a target site within a patient's body and autonomously determine whether the medical device on the distal end of the instrument should be activated to perform, or inhibited from performing, a desired minimally-invasive medical procedure. The smart device includes a medical device affixed to the distal end of a lumen, at least one environmental condition sensor adapted to detect an environmental condition adjacent to the medical device, and at least one medical device actuator which responds to signals from an environmental condition sensor to either cause the medical device to perform the desired medical procedure or to inhibit operation of the medical device actuator.

Inventors: Naimark; Wendy (Cambridge, MA), Tung; Henry (Hopkinton, MA), Palasis; Maria (Wellesley, MA)

Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.

International Classification: A61M 31/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 1/03/02017