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United States Patent Application

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An embolectomy device comprised of an expansion unit and a support unit is disclosed. The expansion unit can be actuated in response to one or more external stimuli, and the support unit, located proximately to the expansion unit, provides a force to hold the expansion unit in place and to further induce the expansion unit's radial expansion. The radial expansion of the expansion unit causes the expansion unit to physically contact a blood clot, enabling the blood clot to be removed. In some embodiments, the expansion unit can be fabricated from a shape memory polymer foam. In some embodiments the support unit can be fabricated from any elastic material including, without limitation, shape memory alloys.
Szafron, Jason (Hamden, CT), Maitland, Duncan (College Station, TX), Small, IV, Ward (Livermore, CA), Buckley, Patrick (Livermore, CA), Muschenborn, Andrea D. (Bloomington, IN)
15/ 094,701
April 8, 2016
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT [0002] This disclosure was made with Federal Government support under Grant No. R01EB000462 awarded by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. The Government has certain rights in the disclosure. Additionally, the United States Government has rights in this application pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC52-07NA27344 between the United States Department of Energy and Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC for the operation of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.