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A driver apparatus is provided for use with a biopsy instrument, the driver apparatus including a housing and an insertion mechanism including a carriage movably associated with the housing and adapted to support the biopsy instrument to affect longitudinal movement of at least a portion of the biopsy instrument. A linear motion control mechanism is also included that is adapted to move a tissue cutting element of the biopsy instrument from a first position to a second position relative to a tissue receiving portion of the biopsy instrument. Further, a tissue retract mechanism is included which facilitates removal of a tissue specimen from the biopsy instrument without removing the entire biopsy instrument from a surgical site.

Title
Biopsy instrument driver apparatus
Application Number
9/252548
Publication Number
6193673 (B1)
Application Date
February 19, 1999
Publication Date
February 27, 2001
Inventor
Arthur C Stickney
Deering
NH, US
James Dale
Nashua
NH, US
Frank J Viola
Sandy Hook
CT, US
Assignee
United States Surgical Corporation
CT, US
IPC
A61B 10/00
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