Ozgur Kocaturk1, Jamie A. Bell1, Christina E. Saikus1, Vincent Wu1, Merdim Sonmez1, Kanishka Ratnayaka1,2, Robert J. Lederman1
1Translational Medicine Branch, Division of Intramural Research, National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, United States; 2Cardiology Division , Children's National Medical Center, Washington DC , United States
The mechanical characteristics of most commercially available catheter devices are provided by metallic components such as metal braiding or pulling wires in deflectable devices which make them unsuitable for the MR environment. We have developed a deflectable catheter that utilizes Kevlar fiber instead to produce the same shaft support and torquability with a braided tubing and tension mechanism for tip deflection. This device could enable a wide range of MRI-guided cardiovascular interventions in difficult to reach anatomies.