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The present invention provides electrosurgical needles, needle systems, and methods for their use which will allow the surgeon to target a tumor's blood supply. Generally, the invention facilities targeting the bloodflow of the tumor by incorporating a doppler ultrasound transducer into the needle or needle sheath. Preferably, the surgeon will also be able to control the temperature of the needle using an integral temperature sensor to effect maximum transfer of the RF energy into the tissue, thereby maximizing the volume of tissue destroyed. Furthermore, when used (for example) in the treatment of uterine fibroids, the present invention will reduce damage to the serosa by monitoring the uterine surface temperature during myolysis through a temperature sensor integrated into the sheath holding the myolysis needle.

Title
Needle myolysis system for uterine fibriods
Application Number
8/744610
Publication Number
5979453
Application Date
November 6, 1996
Publication Date
November 9, 1999
Inventor
Margaret Webber
Los Altos
CA, US
George M Savage
Portola Valley
CA, US
Agent
Verne E Kreger Jr
Assignee
FemRx
CA, US
IPC
A61B 17/39
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