06293940 is referenced by 2 patents and cites 27 patents.

An apparatus and method for performing a myringotomy in a child's ear without the need for anaesthesia. A charge coupled device or television camera is aimed within a micromanipulator housing at a child's ear drum. The housing is retained to the ear, either with a fastener such as an adhesive or in a helmet, so that the housing moves with the movement of the child's head. A video image of the ear drum surface is displayed on a screen from signals transmitted from the camera device. A physician marks on the screen with an electronic pen pointer where the laser beam should be aimed at the ear drum surface. A microprocessor responds to this marking to determine the appropriate coordinates and instructs mirror control motors to rotate a scanning mirror in the path of the laser beam. The laser may be fired and its beam is directed by the scanning mirror to strike a desired location by passing through the housing attached to the child's ear without being affected by any sudden movement of the child's head.

Title
Apparatus and method as preparation for performing a myringotomy in a child's ear without the need for anaesthesia
Application Number
8/978230
Publication Number
6293940 (B1)
Application Date
November 25, 1997
Publication Date
September 25, 2001
Inventor
Michael Slatkine
4009 Brookside Ave, Fairlawn
NJ, US
IPC
A61B 18/18
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