Zeta Needle For Improved Maneuverability and Penetration

Description:

Limited tool reach and maneuverability in laparoscopic and endoscopic procedures can present short term difficulties during an operation, as well as long term ergonomic issues for the surgeon.

 

A designer Zeta needle can bring fine 360 degree maneuverability and increased tissue penetration to such procedures. This is achieved using a needle that is bent into a potential energy- retaining conformation within an inner and outer housing. The housings can prevent needle deflection from needle-tissue interactions which can occur with flexible steerable needles.  This device can also be customized and adapted for macro- to micro-scale procedures in various applications.

 

Key Benefits

- 360-degree maneuverability

- Increased tissue penetration in endoscopic and laparoscopic procedures vs. a            conventional straight needle

- Engineering control avoids accidental needle sticks

- Customizable needle length and type to reach extraluminal tissues such as tumors or perturbed tissue outside of lumen

- Customizable for any macro- to nano-scale procedures requiring tissue penetration

- Adaptable for other applications requiring injection procedures where maneuverability and accurate deposition is desired

 

 

Potential Applications

- In channels within human or animal bodies:

- Combined with a syringe for drug/dye delivery, fluid extraction

- Collect tissue samples

- Embed, implant or deposit electrodes

- Injecting or withdrawing fluids from channels within nonliving things, such as:

- Wellbores and geological formations

- Within a machine or other structure

 

Intellectual Property Status

- US patent pending

- Available for licensing

 

Stage of Development

Pre-clinical, prototype fabricated

 

 

 

Patent Information:

The preceding is intended to be a non-confidential and limited description of a novel technology created at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). This promotional material is not comprehensive in scope and should not replace company’s diligence in a thorough evaluation of the technology. Please contact the Office of Technology Management for more information regarding this technology.
Category(s):
Medical Devices
For Information, Contact:
University of Texas Health Science Center At Houston
 
Inventors:
John d'Aigle
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