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Guided Dilation Catheter

The Guided Dilation Catheter was brought to the vehiCLE team as an idea.  The goal of the device is to provide an efficient non-traumatic placement of bladder catheters with high level of success and without iatrogenic urethral injury.

VehiCLE created two designs for the device.  The first is a custom designed guided Foley tip that safely and efficiently negotiates anatomical and pathological curvatures within the urinary tract. VehiCLE was able to create this design with 3D printed materials as well as designing a full-length catheter and finding outside companies that could produce the custom parts.

The second design is an anatomically accurate male urinary tract model that allows medical providers, staff and trainees get a realistic training on catheter insertion. The currently market lacks anatomically accurate models for training. This model also allows the invented catheter to be tested against traditional catheters.

Both devices are being marketed to outside companies.

Custom 3D Printed Folley Tips                Urinary Tract Model:

Computer Model of Full Catheter and Tip Assembly

Next Steps:
The Guided Dilation Catheter will be tested in anatomical models and possibly in animal models to show viability.  It will then be marketed to relevant companies for licensing. 

Provisional Patent: 63/426588
Provisional Patent: 63/483,333

Technology Transfer Specialist: Renee Shaw (