Global Patent Index - EP 0987980 A1

EP 0987980 A1 2000-03-29 - ANATOMICAL PROBE

Title (en)

ANATOMICAL PROBE

Title (de)

ANATOMISCHE SONDE

Title (fr)

SONDE ANATOMIQUE

Publication

EP 0987980 A1 (EN)

Application

EP 98915020 A

Priority

  • GB 9801045 W
  • GB 9707414 A

Abstract (en)

[origin: WO9846123A1] A probe (10) for examining body parts has a first fibre optic wire (40) which can illuminate the walls of a blood vessel (20) or internal organ, for example, with infrared light. The light is reflected from the walls and collected by a lens system which contains a reflective ball (60) and a collimating lens (70). The light then enters a plurality of fibre optic detector wires (80) situated within the first, illuminating fibre optic wire (40). This signal is fed first to a frequency shifter (150) to generate visible light and then to a monitor (160) which allows real time imaging of the walls of the blood vessel (20). The probe provides high resolution imaging coupled with a small diameter. For diseased blood vessels, therefore, it is thus possible to deploy the probe together with a standard 1 millimetre diameter balloon catheter (200) to permit detection and treatment of arterial disease substantially simultaneously.

IPC 1-7 (main, further and additional classification)

A61B 5/00; A61B 17/22

IPC 8 full level (invention and additional information)

A61B 5/00 (2006.01); A61B 5/107 (2006.01); A61M 29/02 (2006.01)

CPC (invention and additional information)

A61B 5/0084 (2013.01); A61B 5/0086 (2013.01); A61B 5/1076 (2013.01); A61M 25/104 (2013.01)

Citation (search report)

See references of WO 9846123A1

Designated contracting state (EPC)

AT BE CH CY DE DK ES FI FR GB GR IE IT LI LU MC NL PT SE

EPO simple patent family

WO 9846123 A1 19981022; AU 6930998 A 19981111; EP 0987980 A1 20000329; GB 9707414 D0 19970528

INPADOC legal status


2004-04-07 [18D] DEEMED TO BE WITHDRAWN

- Effective date: 20031007

2003-05-14 [17Q] FIRST EXAMINATION REPORT

- Effective date: 20030326

2000-03-29 [17P] REQUEST FOR EXAMINATION FILED

- Effective date: 20000114

2000-03-29 [AK] DESIGNATED CONTRACTING STATES:

- Kind Code of Ref Document: A1

- Designated State(s): AT BE CH CY DE DK ES FI FR GB GR IE IT LI LU MC NL PT SE

2000-03-29 [AX] REQUEST FOR EXTENSION OF THE EUROPEAN PATENT TO

- Free text: AL PAYMENT 19990114;LT PAYMENT 19990114;LV PAYMENT 19990114;MK PAYMENT 19990114;RO PAYMENT 19990114;SI PAYMENT 19990114