The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued a patent on a stent design that could be assembled in a modular fashion to treat arterial or vascular disease. The inventor is Raghu L. Motaganahalli of the Indiana University School of Medicine.
Endovascular stents can be delivered noninvasively to treat aneurysms, but traditional designs do not allow for stents to be deployed at the intersections of one or more arterial passages. They also do not allow for adjustment or assembly that would accommodate various angles within an arterial space.
The innovation was disclosed to the IU Innovation and Commercialization Office. The mission of the office is to drive innovation to the market for the benefit of the public, the university and innovators for state, national and global commerce. IU personnel can disclose an innovation online.