Patents Assigned to Boston Scientific Corporation
  • Publication number: 20200253665
    Abstract: A medical device may include an ablation device configured to deliver ablation energy to a treatment site. The medical device may further include a probe device configured to deliver excitation radiation to the treatment site. Further the medical device may include a radiation-receiving device configured to receive photoluminescence radiation emitted from the treatment site in response to the treatment site being illuminated by the excitation radiation and to generate a detection signal in response to the received photoluminescence radiation. Additionally, the excitation radiation may be different from the ablation energy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2020
    Publication date: August 13, 2020
    Applicant: Boston Scientific Corporation
    Inventors: Ralf Brinkmann, Birgit Lange
  • Patent number: 10709505
    Abstract: A medical device may include an ablation device configured to deliver ablation energy to a treatment site. The medical device may further include a probe device configured to deliver excitation radiation to the treatment site. Further the medical device may include a radiation-receiving device configured to receive photoluminescence radiation emitted from the treatment site in response to the treatment site being illuminated by the excitation radiation and to generate a detection signal in response to the received photoluminescence radiation. Additionally, the excitation radiation may be different from the ablation energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Corporation
    Inventors: Ralf Brinkmann, Birgit Lange
  • Patent number: 10420956
    Abstract: A medicament delivery vehicle, the vehicle comprising a reversibly deformable carrier (RDC) adapted to support the medicament on an outside surface of the carrier, an inside surface of the carrier, or homogeneously dispersed throughout the carrier. Specifically, the medicament delivery device may include a reversibly deformable carrier (RDC) adapted to support the medicament.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Arnold M. Herskovic
  • Patent number: 10238891
    Abstract: This invention is a medicament delivery vehicle, the vehicle comprising tubular members adapted to removably receive the medicament and an expandable stent adapted to receive the tubular members. Also provided is a medicament delivery vehicle, the vehicle comprised of tubular members which receive the medicament wherein the medicament comprises discrete entities and each of said entities are removably positioned at predetermined regions within the members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Arnold M. Herskovic
  • Publication number: 20170143943
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods including balloon catheters are described. In one embodiments, a balloon catheter assembly may comprise a tubular member having a proximal portion and a distal portion with a lumen extending between the proximal portion and the distal portion and a balloon member having a proximal waist portion, a distal waist portion, and an expandable region therebetween, the balloon member disposed proximate the distal portion of the tubular member and bonded to tubular member. The assembly may further comprise a first sleeve member covering a first portion of the tubular member and a portion of the balloon member proximal waist portion and a second sleeve member covering a second portion of the tubular member and a portion of the first sleeve member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Publication date: May 25, 2017
    Applicant: Boston Scientific Corporation
    Inventors: Katherine M. Prindle, Daniel James Horn, Joel Munsinger
  • Patent number: 9370638
    Abstract: A tube-in-tube assembled parison for preparation of an elongated medical device. The parison if formed by assembling in tube-in-tube fashion a first tube of orientable polymer material and a second tube formed of orientable polymer material disposed around the first tube, with an adhesive tie layer disposed between the first and second tubes. The tubes are brought into contact to form a unitary parison. The adhesive may allow movement between the polymer layers during balloon blowing. The first tube, or the second tube, or both, may have been longitudinally pre-stretched after formation thereof but before assembly of the parison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Corporation
    Inventors: Nao Lee, Ying Xiong, Joe Khammoungkhoune, John J. Chen
  • Patent number: 8983614
    Abstract: A method of blocking signal transmission through a nerve with reduced onset activity includes applying an HFAC to an axon of a nerve to block the transmission of signals through the axon. The method may also include applying a direct current (DC) to the axon, increasing the amplitude of the DC over time to a predetermined amplitude, applying the HFAC, and then decreasing the DC. The method may also include temporarily reducing the amplitude of the HFAC to permit the transmission of signals through the axon and subsequently increasing the amplitude to block transmission without triggering an onset response. The method may also include temporarily applying an unbalanced charge to the nerve and then balancing the charge over time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin L. Kilgore, Niloy Bhadra
  • Patent number: 8579881
    Abstract: Catheter for use in biliary procedures, including a shaft having a proximal end and a distal end. A guidewire lumen is carried by the shaft extending from a location proximal the distal end of the shaft to a location proximate the distal end of the shaft. An opening is included for accessing the guidewire lumen from a location exterior the catheter shaft located distal the proximal end of the shaft. The guidewire lumen may be formed integral the catheter shaft. The catheter may be used in rapid exchange catheter procedures. The catheter may further include a port and channel design including a first opening into the guidewire lumen located proximal the distal end of the shaft, a second opening located proximal the first opening, and a channel extending longitudinally between the first opening and the second opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Agro, Joseph Levendusky, Charles Warich, Ronald Paille
  • Publication number: 20120303103
    Abstract: A method and apparatus of treating tissue adjacent to a bodily conduit using thermotherapy, while preventing obstructions of the bodily conduit due to edema employs the circulation of warmed fluid to maintain the temperature of the bodily conduit walls and compresses the tissue to be treated to increase the effectiveness of the irradiated heat. An energy-emitting source containing catheter is inserted in a bodily conduit and is positioned in a region of the tissue to be treated so that the energy-emitting source radiates energy to the tissue to be treated. Fluid warmed to over 30° C. is circulated into and through the catheter to warm walls of the bodily conduit adjacent the catheter. The warmed circulated fluid inflates a balloon to a pressure to compress the tissue to form a natural stent that remains after the catheter and compression balloon are removed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: John Mon, Dennis Smith
  • Publication number: 20120265137
    Abstract: An apparatus for treatment of tissue within a body requiring thermotherapy includes a catheter to be inserted into a bodily conduit, an energy-emitting source disposed within the catheter, a compression balloon surrounding the energy-emitting source where the compression balloon has an inflated diameter that is greater than that of the bodily conduit in a relaxed state and an outside surface of the balloon is coated with one of gene modifiers and drug or medication, and means for activating the energy-emitting source to radiate energy to heat the drug-coated compression balloon and tissue to be treated whereby the heated drug-coated compression balloon effectively delivers the one of the gene modifiers and drug or medication to a target area of the diseased tissue. In addition, methods for using the above apparatus to treat diseased tissue are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: John MON
  • Publication number: 20120253099
    Abstract: A method and apparatus (100) of treating tissue adjacent a bodily conduit using thermotherapy, while preventing obstructions of the bodily conduit due to edema, includes injection of a drug-encapsulated within a heat-sensitive carrier, such as a liposome, within a region of tissue to be treated. The heat produced by the energy-emitting source (110) heats a portion of the tissue surrounding the bodily conduit to a temperature of approximately 43° C. for a time sufficient to destroy the heated portion of the tissue. In addition, the heat produced by the energy-emitting source (110) activates the heat-sensitive carrier to activate the release of the encapsulated drug and the drug targets the tissue to be heated. The focused energy of the energy-emitting source together with the compression acting on the target area can assist in delivering drugs to the target area so that a natural stent has a long term efficacy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: John MON, Alan J. FENN
  • Patent number: 8221414
    Abstract: An apparatus for treatment of tissue within a body requiring thermotherapy includes a catheter to be inserted into a bodily conduit, an energy-emitting source disposed within the catheter, a compression balloon surrounding the energy-emitting source where the compression balloon has an inflated diameter that is greater than that of the bodily conduit in a relaxed state and an outside surface of the balloon is coated with one of gene modifiers and drug or medication, and means for activating the energy-emitting source to radiate energy to heat the drug-coated compression balloon and tissue to be treated whereby the heated drug-coated compression balloon effectively delivers the one of the gene modifiers and drug or medication to a target area of the diseased tissue. In addition, methods for using the above apparatus to treat diseased tissue are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Corporation
    Inventor: John Mon
  • Patent number: 8221413
    Abstract: A method and apparatus of treating tissue adjacent to a bodily conduit using thermotherapy, while preventing obstructions of the bodily conduit due to edema employs the circulation of warmed fluid to maintain the temperature of the bodily conduit walls and compresses the tissue to be treated to increase the effectiveness of the irradiated heat. An energy-emitting source containing catheter is inserted in a bodily conduit and is positioned in a region of the tissue to be treated so that the energy-emitting source radiates energy to the tissue to be treated. Fluid warmed to over 30° C. is circulated into and through the catheter to warm walls of the bodily conduit adjacent the catheter. The circulated fluid inflates a balloon to a pressure to compress the tissue to be treated. The combination of warmed fluid over 30° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Corporation
    Inventors: John Mon, Dennis Smith
  • Patent number: 8224455
    Abstract: A method and apparatus of treating tissue adjacent a bodily conduit using thermotherapy, while preventing obstructions of the bodily conduit due to edema, includes injection of a drug-encapsulated within a heat-sensitive carrier, such as a liposome, within a region of tissue to be treated. The heat produced by the energy-emitting source heats a portion of the tissue surrounding the bodily conduit to a temperature of approximately 43° C. for a time sufficient to destroy the heated portion of the tissue. In addition, the heat produced by the energy-emitting source activates the heat-sensitive carrier to activate the release of the encapsulated drug and the drug targets the tissue to be heated. The focused energy of the energy-emitting source together with the compression acting on the target area can assist in delivering drugs to the target area so that a natural stent has a long term efficacy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Corporation
    Inventors: John Mon, Alan J. Fenn
  • Patent number: 8211159
    Abstract: A stent delivery system includes a catheter with an axially extending inner core and outer sheath. Axially spaced rings extending from a relatively narrow diameter portion of the inner core proximate the distal end thereof. The rings engage proximal portions of a compacted stent disposed within the sheath and over the core and rings. A proximal handle of the system has a first portion that supports the sheath and a second portion that supports the core for relative displacement of the core and the sheath. Retraction of the sheath relative to the core uncovers the stent engaged by the rings which tends to remain stationary relative to the core so that upon partial retraction of the sheath a distal end of the stent expands to its expanded form. Further retraction of the sheath deploys the stent, retracting the core returns the distal portion of the stent into the sheath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Corporation
    Inventor: Adrian C. Ravenscroft
  • Patent number: 8206283
    Abstract: Locking device that is mounted on an endoscope or the like for selectively securing the position of a guide wire and/or catheter relative to the endoscope or the like. The locking device preferably includes a side wall with an opening therein for receiving the proximal end of a guide wire or catheter. The opening is preferably J-shaped or boot shaped, and has an entry end and a locking end. Once a guide wire or catheter is in a desired position within a body cavity, the portion of the guide wire or catheter that extends outside of the endoscope or the like may be moved into the opening. More particularly, a portion of the guide wire or catheter may be inserted by an operator through the entry end of the opening and into the locking end, wherein the locking end frictionally secures the position of the guide wire or catheter relative to the endoscope or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Corporation
    Inventors: Jim Windheuser, Jim Yearick, Oscar R. Carrillo, Gary McAlister, John Holmes, Paul Norton
  • Patent number: 8135454
    Abstract: A catheter for diagnosing and performing an interventional procedure on tissue has an elongated catheter shaft, and optical fibers, extending through the catheter shaft, for transmitting light to tissue located at a distal end of the catheter and conveying light back from the tissue for analysis by a spectroscopic diagnosis system to determine whether an interventional procedure should be performed on the tissue. An interventional device is located at the distal end of the catheter for engaging tissue diagnosed by the spectroscopic diagnosis system in order to perform the interventional procedure on the tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Corporation
    Inventors: Douglas J. Daniels, Michael S. Banik
  • Patent number: 8118857
    Abstract: A medical article that includes (a) an electronically conductive substrate having a specific conductivity of at least 1 ?S/cm and (b) a galvanic couple that includes a first member and a second member arranged in sufficient proximity to each other to generate a localized electric field under physiological conditions. The first and second members are selected such that the galvanic couple exhibits an average plateau current density of at least 25 microamps/cm2 when short circuited in a zero resistance ammeter test at room temperature using a saline electrolyte.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel VanCamp, Rajesh Radhakrishnan, Eric Nielson, Verivada Chandrasekaran
  • Publication number: 20110196344
    Abstract: Catheter for use in biliary procedures, including a shaft having a proximal end and a distal end. A guidewire lumen is carried by the shaft extending from a location proximal the distal end of the shaft to a location proximate the distal end of the shaft. An opening is included for accessing the guidewire lumen from a location exterior the catheter shaft located distal the proximal end of the shaft. The guidewire lumen may be formed integral the catheter shaft. The catheter may be used in rapid exchange catheter procedures. The catheter may further include a port and channel design including a first opening into the guidewire lumen located proximal the distal end of the shaft, a second opening located proximal the first opening, and a channel extending longitudinally between the first opening and the second opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Publication date: August 11, 2011
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mark Agro, Joseph Levendusky, Charles Warich, Ronald Paille
  • Patent number: RE45718
    Abstract: Systems and methods for blocking nerve impulses use an implanted electrode located on or around a nerve. A specific waveform is used that causes the nerve membrane to become incapable of transmitting an action potential. The membrane is only affected underneath the electrode, and the effect is immediately and completely reversible. The waveform has a low amplitude and can be charge balanced, with a high likelihood of being safe to the nerve for chronic conditions. It is possible to selectively block larger (motor) nerve fibers within a mixed nerve, while allowing sensory information to travel through unaffected nerve fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kevin L. Kilgore, Warren M. Grill, Cameron C. McIntyre, John T. Mortimer