Patent Number: 7,711,413

Title: Catheter imaging probe and method

Abstract: A catheter imaging probe for a patient. The probe includes a conduit through which energy is transmitted. The probe includes a first portion through which the conduit extends. The probe includes a second portion which rotates relative to the conduit to redirect the energy from the conduit. A method for imaging a patient. The method includes the steps of inserting a catheter into the patient. There is the step of rotating a second portion of the catheter relative to a conduit extending through a first portion of the catheter, which redirects the energy transmitted through the conduit to the patient and receives the energy reflected back to the second portion from the patient and redirects the reflected energy to the conduit.

Inventors: Feldman; Marc D. (San Antonio, TX), Milner; Thomas E. (Austin, TX), Chen; Shaochen (Austin, TX), Kim; Jeehyun (Irvine, CA), Han; Li-Hsin (Austin, TX), Oh; Jung-Hwan (Austin, TX), Lee; Ho (Austin, TX)

Assignee: Volcano Corporation

International Classification: A61B 8/00 (20060101); A61B 1/06 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 5/04/12018