07090683 is referenced by 452 patents and cites 102 patents.

A remote control flexible instrument system, employing a shaft which supports a tool, is described in which the has proximal and distal ends with at least a portion thereof extending through a lumen of the human body so as to locate the shaft at an internal target site. A master station including an input device provides control of the instrument situated at a slave station. The master station can control at least one degree-of-freedom of the flexible instrument. A controller intercouples the master and slave stations and is operated in accordance with a computer algorithm that receives a command from the input device for controlling at least one degree-of-freedom of the catheter so as to respond in accordance with action at the input device. The flexible instrument further comprises a controlled flexible segment along the shaft, for controlled bending at the flexible segment to guide the shaft and to dispose the tool at an operative site.

Title
Flexible instrument
Application Number
10/11371
Publication Number
7090683 (B2)
Application Date
November 16, 2001
Publication Date
August 15, 2006
Inventor
Robert E Ailinger
Norwood
MA, US
Barry Weitzner
Acton
MA, US
Gary Rogers
Wenham
MA, US
Woojin Lee
Hopkinton
MA, US
David L Brock
Natick
MA, US
Agent
Vista IP Law Group
Assignee
Hansen Medical
CA, US
IPC
A61B 19/00
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