Intracavitary catheter for use in therapeutic radiation procedures

  • US 5,720,717 A
  • Filed: 01/24/1997
  • Issued: 02/24/1998
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/28/1995
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A therapeutic catheter, comprising:

  • a catheter body for insertion through a body orifice and into a portion of a body cavity to be subjected to radiation therapy and which will not deform under pressure from the body orifice or body cavity;

    a therapeutic balloon, said therapeutic balloon having sufficient axial length and radial extendibility to generally fill the portion of the body cavity to be subjected to radiation therapy when the balloon is inflated, said therapeutic balloon having a proximal end portion and a distal end portion, said therapeutic balloon including rod receiving members, said rod receiving members being capable of receiving radiotherapeutic rods having prescribed radioactivity;

    said therapeutic balloon provides manipulation of the body cavity by expansive engagement between the balloon and the body cavity upon inflation of the balloon; and

    an inflation tube which permits inflation and deflation of said therapeutic balloon.

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