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'Angioplasty' Repair for GI tracts, Vascular Systems & Pipes

[Category : - MECHANICAL ENGINEERING- Construction Processes & Equipment- HEALTH]
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Medical Application:

The overall catheter market in the U.S. alone is over 10 billion dollars¬ a year and growing. Featuring targeted treatment capability (not currently offered in the present state of the art), the elastomeric shell works by expanding first at both ends (in a barbell shape), which isolates the middle section for treatment. The medical version of this device can be used to isolate and treat a specific section in a blood vessel, GI tract, CNS tract, urinary tract, respiratory tract, etc. Because the targeted area can be isolated and treated, more potent and effective treatment regimens can be applied without endangering adjacent tissue, or patient. Furthermore, isolated section of blood vessel or GI/CNS/urinary/respiratory tract can be treated while using device's pass-through feature where needed, which can allow normal function while procedure is taking place—reducing potential complications. Device can also be used to install and then enhance the effectiveness of stents via supplemental coating of stent after installation. Device can also be used to isolate, dissolve, and actually remove clots and plaque in blood vessels. Device can also be used to seal/fortify perforations, e.g. Crohn’s disease or diverticulitis in GI tract, using suitable medicated sealants—precluding the need for more invasive surgery. Along the same line, it can be used to seal a failed surgical union in a GI resection, ~ 5,000 failures annually, avoiding the need for further surgeries including colostomy. Device can also be used to treat cancerous polyp sites, on or after removal, by isolating and treating site with potent anti-cancer drugs. Overall, this device is the perfect vehicle for delivering targeted treatment in GI, CNS, vascular, urinary, respiratory, and similar systems.

Mechanical Application:

A slab leak in the U.S. costs between $625-$4,400 to pin-point and repair. Prior state of the art does not isolate and quickly repair angled sections of pipe, let alone perform repair while plumbing still in use. Commercially perfected over the last 14 years for pool plumbing, this is THE state-of-the-art device and method for internally repairing pipes. The device consists of an elastomeric, bladder-like shell that first expands at both ends (in a barbell shape), which isolates the section in-between for repair. The design of the device itself aids in positioning the expandable shell over and helps seal off the leak area inside a pipe, including pipe elbows--crucial capabilities other methods do not address. Once inflated into proper position, a sealant is injected into the leak area. Not only does the sealant eventually seal and fortify inside the pipe it also forms a seal around the outside of the pipe. Once the sealant has cured, the device is deflated and removed from the pipe--usually within 30 minutes after application. Besides working in angled sections of pipe, minimal pipe preparation and a quick return to operational capacity are other standout features of this device. Finally, the elastomeric shell can be configured with a pass-through opening to enable repair of plumbing actively in use, which can eliminate the need for costly down time.








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