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Data Communication Pathway for Sensing Guidewire at Proximal Side: A Review

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Hoda Sharei

Department of Biomechanical Engineering,
Faculty of Mechanical, Maritime
and Materials Engineering,
Delft University of Technology,
Mekelweg 2,
Delft 2628 CD, The Netherlands
e-mail: h.sharei-amarghan@tudelft.nl

Ronald Stoute

Department of Microelectronics,
Delft University of Technology,
Delft 2628 CD, The Netherlands

John J. van den Dobbelsteen, Jenny Dankelman

Faculty of Mechanical,
Maritime and Materials Engineering,
Department of Biomechanical Engineering,
Delft University of Technology,
Mekelweg 2,
Delft 2628 CD, The Netherlands

Maria Siebes

Department of Biomedical Engineering and Physics,
University of Amsterdam,
Meibergdreef 9,
Amsterdam 1105 AZ, The Netherlands

1Corresponding author.

Manuscript received June 2, 2016; final manuscript received December 16, 2016; published online May 3, 2017. Assoc. Editor: Marc Horner.

J. Med. Devices 11(2), 024501 (May 03, 2017) (5 pages) Paper No: MED-16-1235; doi: 10.1115/1.4035545 History: Received June 02, 2016; Revised December 16, 2016

As the connection at the proximal tip plays an important role for sensing guidewires, we compared various sensing guidewires with regard to their proximal connectors. The strengths and weaknesses of each are discussed and recommendations for future development are provided. A literature search limited to the English language for the time period from the 1960s to the 2010s has been performed on the USPTO database, Espacenet, and Web of Science. The results have been categorized on the basis of the connector design. A comprehensive overview and classification of proximal connectors for sensing guidewires used for cardiovascular interventions is presented. The classification is based on both the type of connector (fixed or removable) and the type of connection (physical, wireless, or a combination). Considering the complexity of the currently prototyped and tested connectors, future connector development will necessitate an easy and cost-effective manufacturing process that can ensure safe and robust connections.

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Fig. 1

Guidewire and catheter placement in a vessel

Grahic Jump Location
Fig. 4

Connector type classification (a combination is also possible)

Grahic Jump Location
Fig. 6

An electrical and optical fiber connector. Adopted from Ref. [48].



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