Special Section Technical Briefs

Detachable Bronchoscope With a Disposable Insertion Tube1

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Tyler P. Carlson, Chad W. Moen, Taylor D. Soli, Michael A. Greminger

Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering,
University of Minnesota Duluth,
1305 Ordean Court,
Duluth, MN 55812

Joseph J. Martinelli

St. Luke’s Pulmonary Medicine Associates,
920 East 1st Street,
Duluth, MN 55805

Accepted and presented at The Design of Medical Devices Conference (DMD2015), April 13-16, 2015, Minneapolis, MN, USA.

Manuscript received March 3, 2015; final manuscript received March 23, 2015; published online April 24, 2015. Editor: Arthur Erdman.

J. Med. Devices 9(2), 020933 (Jun 01, 2015) (2 pages) Paper No: MED-15-1126; doi: 10.1115/1.4030189 History: Received March 03, 2015; Revised March 23, 2015; Online April 24, 2015

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(a) Kinking due to staggered cuts and (b) collapsing and twisting due to an increased number of staggered cuts and a reduced cut width

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Fig. 4

Bendable end of insertion tube flexed to the left and right, respectively, using the optimal cutout geometry

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Fig. 3

Exploded view of the pulley drive mechanism

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Fig. 2

(a) Bending section of insertion tube showing how the angulation wire is weaved through the cuts and (b) a proposed multilumen medical tubing cross section

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Fig. 1

Disposable end of detachable bronchoscope prototype



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