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According to an article in Medical News Today, Dr. Kunal Mitra, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Florida Tech, has been assigned a U.S. Patent, along with Florida Tech, for an x-ray delivery device which can be utilized for irradiation of the arteries after balloon angioplasty. This methodology can curb the frequency of plaque reformation after stent implantation and angioplasty.


This patented process uses hollow waveguides to deliver x-ray radiation to arteries to reduce the reocurrence of plaque. Precise delivery of the energy can be achieved with the device, reducing potential damage to nearby tissue during treatment. The advantages include the fact that x-rays have stronger penetration power than optical waves utilized in laser therapy. The technology can also be utilized to shrink tumors by delivering precise radiation during therapy.

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