Malleable elongated medical device

  • US 20030009095A1
  • Filed: 05/21/2002
  • Published: 01/09/2003
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/21/2001
  • Status: Abandoned Application
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1. An elongated medical device for introduction into a patient'"'"'s body into conformance with an anatomical structure at a site of interest of the type comprising an elongated device body having device body proximal and distal ends and a device body axis, the device body further comprising a device body proximal section extending from the device body proximal end to a proximal section distal end and a device body distal section extending from the proximal section distal end to the device body distal end, wherein the device body distal section is formed of a malleable material including an elongated, malleable member disposed on or within the device body extending in the direction of the device body axis, the malleable member formed of a Beta III titanium alloy of the type exhibiting superelastic properties when subjected to strain at a bending strain of less than a set threshold strain and capable of undergoing plastic flow to take a set shape when subjected to a strain of greater than the set threshold to impart a shape enabling conformance of the distal section to the anatomical structure, the Beta III titanium alloy enabling the set shape of the malleable member to be restored to the imparted set shape following application of strain of less than the set threshold strain during introduction of the elongated medical device into a patient'"'"'s body and orientation of the distal segment into conformance with the anatomical structure at the site of interest.

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