Minimally invasive valve replacement system

  • US 20050075584A1
  • Filed: 10/06/2003
  • Published: 04/07/2005
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/06/2003
  • Status: Abandoned Application
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1. A valve sizing apparatus, comprising;

  • a catheter having a distal end, a proximal end, and a central lumen adapted to fit through a body cavity, a guidewire, an intravascular ultrasound catheter, and a balloon catheter comprising a balloon having a distal end, a proximal end, and an outer wall circumferentially surrounding a portion of the catheter at its distal portion;

    a transducer positioned on the intravascular ultrasound catheter with the ability to emit and receive a signal;

    a sizing window positioned over the transducer; and

    an auxiliary processor for processing the ultrasonic signals operatively connected to the transducer.

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