Access port identification systems and methods

  • US 9,603,993 B2
  • Filed: 03/29/2013
  • Issued: 03/28/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/04/2005
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A power-injectable access port, comprising:

  • a housing defining an internal cavity, a bottom wall of the internal cavity, and an outwardly facing bottom surface, the bottom wall comprising a metal, the housing including a plurality of suture apertures;

    a needle-penetrable septum captured by the housing enabling needle access to the internal cavity;

    a stem having a lumen in fluid communication with the internal cavity, the stem configured for coupling to a catheter; and

    a radiopaque identification feature observable via imaging technology, the radiopaque identification feature positioned on the outwardly facing bottom surface etched into the metal;

    wherein subsequent to subcutaneous implantation of the power-injectable access port, the radiopaque identification feature conveys to an observer using the imaging technology that the power-injectable access port is suitable for power injection.

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