06866624 is referenced by 59 patents and cites 30 patents.

The present invention relates to a device for simultaneously treating a tumor or cancerous growth with both hyperthermia and X-ray radiation using brachytherapy. The device includes a needle-like introducer serving as a microwave antenna. Microwaves are emitted from the introducer to increase the temperature of cancerous body tissue. The introducer is an inner conductor of a coaxial cable. The introducer contains a hollow core which houses an X-ray emitter. The X-ray emitter is connected to a high voltage miniature cable which extends from the X-ray emitter to a high voltage power source. The X-ray emitter emits ionizing radiation to irradiate cancerous tissue. A cooling system is included to control the temperature of the introducer. Temperature sensors placed around the periphery of the tumor monitor the temperature of the treated tissue.

Title
Apparatus and method for treatment of malignant tumors
Application Number
9/731925
Publication Number
6866624 (B2)
Application Date
December 8, 2000
Publication Date
March 15, 2005
Inventor
Peter G Davis
Windsor
CA, US
Russell G Hodge
Healdsburg
CA, US
Vance Swanson
Santa Rosa
CA, US
Victor I Chornenky
Santa Rosa
CA, US
Agent
Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox P L L C
Assignee
Medtronic AVE
CA, US
IPC
A61N 005/00
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