08012092 is referenced by 17 patents and cites 27 patents.

A combined ultrasound imaging and therapy transducer includes a linear array of imaging transducer elements. First and second linear arrays of therapy transducer elements extend longitudinally along respective first and second sides of the imaging transducer elements and are canted inwardly toward each other. The imaging and therapy transducer is used with an ultrasound imaging system to locate clots in a region of interest. After the region of interest has been perfused with a microbubble contrast agent, the therapy transducer elements are driven by an amplifier located in the transducer to dissolve the clot. The use of the imaging transducer elements and the therapy transducer elements can be interleaved so that the therapy can be conditioned on an ultrasound image showing substantial destruction of the contrast agent microbubbles, re-perfusion of microbubbles in the region of interest, or the continued presence of the clot.

Title
Method of using a combination imaging and therapy transducer to dissolve blood clots
Application Number
12/65343
Publication Number
8012092 (B2)
Application Date
August 25, 2006
Publication Date
September 6, 2011
Inventor
Michalakis Averkiou
Nicosia
CY
John Fraser
Woodinville
WA, US
Jeffry E Powers
Bainbridge Island
WA, US
Assignee
Koninklijke Philips Electronics
NL
IPC
A61B 7/00
A61B 8/14
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