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An excisional biopsy system includes a tubular member that has a proximal end and a distal end in which one or more windows are defined. A first removable probe has a proximal portion that includes a cutting tool extender and a distal portion that includes a cutting tool. The first removable probe may be configured to fit at least partially within the tubular member to enable the cutting tool to selectively bow out of and to retract within one of the windows when the cutting tool extender is activated. A second removable probe has a proximal section that includes a tissue collection device extender and a distal section that includes a tissue collection device. The second removable probe may also be configured to fit at least partially within the tubular member to enable the tissue collection device to extend out of and to retract within one of the windows when the tissue collection device extender is activated. A third removable probe may also be provided. The third removable probe may also be configured to fit at least partially within the tubular member and may include an imaging device, such as an ultrasound transducer, mounted therein. By selectively activating the cutting tool and the tissue collection device while rotating the excisional device, a tissue specimen may be cut from the surrounding tissue and collected for later analysis.

Title
Excisional biopsy devices and methods
Application Number
10/66353
Publication Number
6863676 (B2)
Application Date
January 31, 2002
Publication Date
March 8, 2005
Inventor
Ary S Chernomorsky
Millbrae
CA, US
James W Vetter
Portola Valley
CA, US
Roberta Lee
Redwood City
CA, US
Agent
Young Law Firm P C
Assignee
Rubicor Medical
CA, US
IPC
A61B 017/32
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