MAGNETICALLY DRIVEN, MESOSCALE SHUTTLE FOR MEDICAL DEVICE PLACEMENT

Medical device implantation often results in tissue damage due to placement difficulties. Such damage adds risk to implantation procedures and may limit the depth to which devices can be placed, leading to suboptimal device performance.

The proposed invention is a small, soft, flexible shuttle with two embedded dipole magnets. This structure is attached to the device or lead to be implanted and placed in the body, enabling the physician to steer the shuttle through the body by using another magnet placed on the skin. The shuttle is propelled forward in a wavelike motion by the external magnet until it reaches the desired location, with minimal tissue damage.