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John William Sliwa Jr, Paul E Chandler, John D Marshall, Gelston Howell, S Lawrence Marple Jr, Sassan Shahidi: Motion--Monitoring method and system for medical devices. Acuson Corporation, Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, September 19, 2000: US06122538 (242 worldwide citation)

A system and method for tracking the position and orientation of a movable medical imaging device using a first and second sensor disposed on the device. The second sensor is of a different type than the first sensor and measures a P/O parameter different from that of the first sensor. The system an ...


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John W Sliwa Jr, Michael G Curley, Donald R Mullen, Jay S Plugge, Richard A Lyon: Active thermal control of ultrasound transducers. Acuson Corporation, William F Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione Prendergast, October 1, 1996: US05560362 (234 worldwide citation)

An ultrasound transducer assembly having a housing, a transducer array mounted in the housing, and active cooling mechanism positioned adjacent to the transducer array for actively removing heat generated by the array by transport of heat energy from the affected site. The active cooling mechanism m ...


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John A Hossack, John W Sliwa Jr, Samuel H Maslak, Edward A Gardner, Gregory L Holley, David J Napolitano: Multiple ultrasound image registration system, method and transducer. Acuson Corporation, Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, January 11, 2000: US06014473 (184 worldwide citation)

An ultrasonic imaging system includes an ultrasonic transducer having an image data array and a tracking array at each end of the image data array. The tracking arrays are oriented transversely to the image data array. Images from the image data array are used to reconstruct a three-dimensional repr ...


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John W Sliwa, William R Dreschel: Method and apparatus for diagnostic medical information gathering, hyperthermia treatment, or directed gene therapy. Acuson Corporation, Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, April 9, 2002: US06368275 (182 worldwide citation)

A micro-instrument suitable for property imaging in a body is less than one millimeter in each dimension. The micro-instrument includes a base having a first wall and a second wall, the second wall substantially circumscribing the first wall, and a lid connected with the base to form a cavity and th ...


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Michael G Curley: Method and system for forming an ultrasound image of a tissue while simultaneously ablating the tissue. Acuson Corporation, Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, August 4, 1998: US05788636 (161 worldwide citation)

A method and system for forming an ultrasound image of a tissue while simultaneously ablating the tissue in which the application of therapy current is sequenced with at least the ultrasonic detection phase of the ultrasonic visualization process. In this way, no ultrasonic detection takes place whi ...


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Thilaka S Sumanaweera, John I Jackson, Michael G Curley, Randall Schlesinger, John A Hossack, Linyong Pang: Medical diagnostic ultrasound system and method for mapping surface data for three dimensional imaging. Acuson Corporation, September 3, 2002: US06443894 (157 worldwide citation)

A method and system for mapping surface data onto a geometrical representation of a structure for 3D imaging is provided. A boundary of a structure is determined from one type of data, such as Doppler energy data. Another type of data, such as B-mode data, representing the boundary or an area adjace ...


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John W Sliwa Jr, Michelle L Jung, Paul E Chandler, Amin M Hanafy, David J Napolitano: Method and apparatus for mapping pressure and tissue properties. Acuson Corporation, Hopkins & Carley, May 12, 1998: US05749364 (119 worldwide citation)

The invention disclosed relates to a novel method of mapping and presenting fluid pressure information within a living body utilizing changes in acoustic behavior of microbubbles situated in a bodily fluid such as blood. Differences in the returned acoustic spectra from the microbubbles are related ...


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Sean Murphy, Daniel E Need: Voice control of a medical ultrasound scanning machine. Acuson Corporation, Majestic Parsons Siebert & Hsue, August 13, 1996: US05544654 (116 worldwide citation)

By using a structured vocabulary where subsets of a total large vocabulary are used for speech recognition to control an ultrasound machine, recognition performance is improved. Where the subsets of voice commands are selected to fit the state of the ultrasound machine so as to afford complete contr ...


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Amin M Hanafy: Apodization methods and apparatus for acoustic phased array aperture for diagnostic medical ultrasound transducer. Acuson Corporation, Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, July 10, 2001: US06258034 (115 worldwide citation)

An apparatus and method using a backing block having a variable acoustic impedance as a function of elevation or azimuth, to achieve a desirable apodization of the aperture of an ultrasound transducer stacked with the backing block. The backing block has a gradient profile in acoustic impedance that ...


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Anastasia M Mikula Curtis, Janice L Marshall, Lawrence M Bruno: Ultrasound imaging system with touch-pad pointing device. Acuson Corporation, Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, October 24, 2000: US06135958 (113 worldwide citation)

An ultrasound imaging system having an integrated touch-pad pointing device is provided. The touch-pad pointing device can be used to perform the functions currently performed by a trackball while overcoming the disadvantages commonly associated with trackballs. In addition to being integrated with ...



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