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Benefits of Developing Catheters with Sensors

Did you know that around 10% of the United States population will be taken to a catheterization lab for an angioplasty surgery, treatment of an arrhythmia or a heart valve replacement? In 2019, an estimated 1.1 million ablation procedures to treat atrial fibrillation were performed worldwide, with the US, Europe, and Japan at the top of the market. This procedure alone is expected to grow 5.9% through 2025; with the US seeing its own rate grow 8.0%. Over the past two decades, minimally invasive techniques for heart disease treatment have risen because cardiovascular diseases account for one of the leading causes of death globally (17.9 million deaths). Although these procedures seem scary, thanks to imaging and catheters with sensors, they are usually performed with low impact to patients and a quicker recovery time.

Adding sensor technology into catheters is on the rise because it improves patient outcomes and saves healthcare workers time by giving precise diagnostic information. Northeast Biomedical has decades of experience in catheter development, and device design. We can work with you to create a new device or update a legacy product. Upgrade your cardiac catheter so that I can measure blood pressure in the artery before and after the narrowed area. Add ultrasound or near infrared spectroscopy, to image the interior of the lumen- let it be the eyes and ears of the surgeon.

We continue to grow our inventory of prototype catheter components, luers, extrusions, balloons, mandrels, and other components that allow us to create simple prototypes quickly and efficiently. In addition to the development of components, we have a full line of specialized equipment for construction and processing of medical devices and catheters. This equipment includes tip forming, heat forming, balloon bonding, stent crimping, balloon pleating, adhesive dispensers, UV cure systems, and a full suite of measuring tools for leak or burst testing. Our test lab includes hydraulic and pneumatic leak/burst test systems, non-contact dimensional measurement, full mechanical inspection devices, and digital force gauges. Additionally, device can be built in a class 10,000 clean area

“We are looking to add capability to existing devices by adding sensors to improve them in ways beyond what they were originally intended,” says Tim Looney, NEB President. “Working on catheters is something our team loves to do, and we can even adapt our Innovation Summit program to help clients looking to upgrade their technology to the next level.”

NEB’s Innovation Summit ( service helps clients no matter where they are in the design process. During the session, the combined engineering team will discuss and ideate many different concepts and solutions for your catheters. The session will culminate in a structured selection process that identifies the most promising concepts. The output of the session is both the experience of working with, and learning from, the Northeast Biomedical team, as well as a final report documenting the results and illuminating the path forward. This will help your engineering team stay ahead of the curve in the sensing catheter global market.

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