Balloon catheters can be used for a variety of minimally invasive medical procedures. These include opening blocked vessels, delivering stents, and dilation. Balloon catheters are highly specialized medical devices that require high precision and non-invasive manufacturing. This article will discuss design considerations and provide an overview of manufacturing procedures for medical balloon catheters.
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Balloon Catheter Types
The intended use of the balloon catheter is the primary driving force behind its design. The design phase should consider the required type and type of balloon as well as the key characteristics of the device. There are three main types of balloon catheters available depending on the application: Over The Wire, Rapid Exchange (RX), or Fixed Wire.
Balloon Catheter Application
High-pressure balloons are now available with thinner walls, stronger profiles, and can be used in minimally invasive procedures. They are available in many sizes, lengths, shapes, and diameters.
Technology and balloon design improvements have made it possible to develop new medical devices. High-pressure balloons can be used for a wide range of diagnostic and therapeutic purposes.
Cardiology, multipoint ablation instead of single-point.
A balloon-integrated catheter can be used to open the sinuses for ENT.
Design considerations for balloon catheters
These key characteristics are important in balloon catheter design. First, the time it takes to inflate or deflate the balloon (inflation/deflation times), and this should be minimized.
This is why catheter manufacturers design their balloons in such a way as to maximize the inside area.