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An ultrasonic imaging device for imaging the middle and inner ear is here described. It includes a thin, flattened shaft, a deformable support structure, a mounting surface, and an ultrasonic imaging array. Imaging is effected by the introduction of an acoustically conductive fluid into the middle ear space. Access to the tympanum through the external auditory canal and adjacent to the probe shaft for the purpose of injecting fluid into the middle ear space both before and during the exam is permitted by the flattened probe shaft. The deformable probe shaft may be bent or angulated to best fit a particular patients ear thus permitting optimal access for imaging through the tympanum and around the manubrium of the malleus attached down the midline of the tympanum. High resolution imaging of all structures within the middle and inner ear is achievable.

Title
Ultrasound otoscope
Application Number
9/1389
Publication Number
6093150
Application Date
December 31, 1997
Publication Date
July 25, 2000
Inventor
Worth B Walters
Cupertino
CA, US
Joan C Main
Mountain View
CA, US
John W Sliwa
Los Altos
CA, US
Paul E Chandler
Santa Cruz
CA, US
Agent
Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione
Assignee
Acuson Corporation
CA, US
IPC
A61B 8/00
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