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A method for carrying out a medical procedure using a 3-D tracking and imaging system (1600). A surgical instrument, such as a catheter, probe, sensor, needle or the like is inserted into a living being, and the position of the surgical instrument is tracked as it moves through a medium in a bodily structure. The location of the surgical instrument relative to its immediate surroundings is displayed to improve a physician's ability to precisely position the surgical instrument. The medical procedures including removal of an obstruction from the circulatory system, a biopsy, amniocentesis, brain surgery, measurement of cervical dilation, evaluation of knee stability, assessment of myocardial contractibility, eye surgery, prostate surgery and transmyocardial myocardial revascularization (TMR). In addition, the method of the present invention also finds use in connection with the generation of 2-D echo planes.

Title
Method for carrying out a medical procedure using a three-dimensional tracking and imaging system
Application Number
411959
Publication Number
5797849
Application Date
March 7, 1997
Publication Date
August 25, 1998
Inventor
Wayne Smith
London
CA
Ivan Vesely
Cleveland Heights
OH, US
Agent
Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff
Assignee
Sonometrics Corporation
CA
IPC
A61B 8/00
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