06409742 is referenced by 176 patents and cites 8 patents.

A target tissue localization device (

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) has outer and inner members (

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) which are longitudinally movable relative to one another. An anchor (

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) is secured to the outer and inner members and is movable from a radially-contracted configuration to a radially-expanded configuration. The anchor may be a tubular mesh anchor. The anchor may have a sufficiently large cross-sectional area when in the radially-expanded configuration to substantially eliminate inadvertent dislodgment of the anchor once radially-expanded. In use, the location of the target tissue (

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) is determined and the distal end of the localization device is passed through the patient's skin (

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) and to the target tissue to create a tissue track (

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) between the patient's skin and the target tissue. The target tissue includes near and far sides (

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). The anchor element, located at the target tissue is expanded to an expanded configuration. The method the anchor element may be located on the far side of the target tissue. The localization device may be selected with an anchor which is palpable for relocation of the target tissue.

Title
Target tissue localization device and method
Application Number
9/678508
Publication Number
6409742 (B1)
Application Date
October 2, 2000
Publication Date
June 25, 2002
Inventor
William R Dubrul
Redwood City
CA, US
Richard Eustis Fulton III
Grand Junction
CO, US
Agent
Haynes Beffel & Wolfeld
US
Agent
James F Hann
US
Assignee
Artemis Medical
CA, US
IPC
A61M 29/00
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