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A tissue ablation device has a handle and an ablation head coupled to the handle. The ablation head has a first jaw, a second jaw, and an ablative element coupled to at least one of the first and second jaws. A thickness measurement device may be coupled to the ablation device to indicate the distance separating the first and second jaws. Further, a force measurement device may be coupled to the ablation device to measure the force being applied by the first and second jaws to a piece of tissue. Further, a strain measurement device may be coupled to the ablation device to indicate the strain resulting in a piece of tissue disposed between the first and second jaws when a stress is applied to the tissue.

Title
Device and method for determining tissue thickness and creating cardiac ablation lesions
Application Number
10/844213
Publication Number
8333764 (B2)
Application Date
May 12, 2004
Publication Date
December 18, 2012
Inventor
Rahul Mehra
Stillwater
MN, US
Eduardo N Warman
Maple Grove
MN, US
David E Francischelli
Anoka
MN, US
Assignee
Medtronic
MN, US
IPC
A61B 18/14
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