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John A Main, Mark E Wells, Tony S Keller: Vertebral prosthesis. Vanderbilt University, Tilton Fallon Lungmus, June 12, 1990: US04932975 (598 worldwide citation)

A dynamic prosthetic vertebral body for use in a cavity left by resection of a natural vertebral body and adjacent intervertebral discs. The prosthesis includes a pair of rigid housings joined by a connecting structure that is operable to shift the housings apart into supportive engagement with the ...


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Alain F Carpentier, Ernest Lane: Supported bioprosthetic heart valve with compliant orifice ring. American Hospital Supply Corporation, Tilton Fallon Lungmus & Chestnut, August 15, 1978: US04106129 (568 worldwide citation)

A supported bioprosthetic heart valve in which the supporting stent is capable of annular deformation and also of limited perimetric expansion and contraction during heart operation. The stent includes a wire frame composed of a single flexible wire preformed to define inverted U-shaped commissure s ...


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Donald J Therriault, Robert G Olach, John S Biersteker: Hollister Incorporated, Tilton Fallon & Lungmus, September 5, 1989: US04863449 (550 worldwide citation)

A tubular elastic sheath for a condom catheter, the sheath taking the form of a thin, flexible, cylindrical member of elastic material having inner and outer surfaces and being rolled outwardly upon itself to form a torus having successively larger turns. A thin, flexible, multi-layered tape is inte ...


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Andrew H Cragg: Intraluminal stent. EndoTech, Tilton Fallon Lungmus & Chestnut, April 11, 1995: US05405377 (541 worldwide citation)

An intraluminal stent includes a continuous helix of zig-zag wire and loops which connect adjacent apices of the wire. The stent is compressible and self-expandable substantially to a pre-compressed configuration. A method of forming the stent includes bending a length of wire into a zig-zag configu ...


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John T Grayhack, Theodore V Benderev: Medical instrument for containment and removal of calculi. Northwestern University, Tilton Fallon Lungmus, September 16, 1986: US04611594 (383 worldwide citation)

Several versions of instruments are disclosed which are useful for the containment of calculi to minimize injury to surrounding tissue during removal and/or destruction of such calculi. In each embodiment a suitable grasping device is utilized to locate and grasp a stone (calculus) in a body passage ...


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Robert S Schwartz, Ronald R Pfister: Medical instrument for locating and removing occlusive objects. American Hospital Supply Corporation, Tilton Fallon Lungmus Chestnut & Hill, September 6, 1977: US04046150 (303 worldwide citation)

An instrument particularly useful for locating and removing ureteral calculi and other occlusive objects from body passages. The instrument includes a flexible tube or sheath which slidably receives a tightly-twisted multi-stranded cable of a length greater than that of the tube, the cable having an ...


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George J Picha: Biological implant with textured surface. Tilton Fallon Lungmus & Chestnut, March 26, 1991: US05002572 (280 worldwide citation)

An implant for soft tisse (e.g., subcutaneous, perivascular, adipose), particularly a mass transfer device having a fluid diffusing or transmitting surface in contact with the soft tissue, in which the surface of the device in tissue contact is textured to provide a regular pattern of micropillars a ...


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Steven B Feinstein: Contrast agents for ultrasonic imaging. Tilton Fallon Lungmus & Chestnut, January 12, 1988: US04718433 (239 worldwide citation)

A method of ultrasonic imaging for use in medical procedures is disclosed. The method comprises providing specifically defined microbubbles formed by sonicating a bicompatible liquid comprising a sonicated aqueous protein solution, preferably a 5% solution of human serum albumin, and denaturing the ...


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Steven B Feinstein: Ultrasonic imaging agent and method of preparation. Tilton Fallon Lungmus & Chestnut, October 4, 1988: US04774958 (221 worldwide citation)

An ultrasonic imaging agent is formed by subjecting an aqueous protein solution to high frequency sonication while heating the solution sufficiently to denature portions of the protein, thereby forming a dispersion of microbubbles stabilized by denatured protein. In a preferred embodiment, the prote ...


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Richard M Heller: Method for locating the illuminated tip of an endotracheal tube. Vanderbilt University, Tilton Fallon Lungmus, February 4, 1986: US04567882 (220 worldwide citation)

An improvement in catheters and other medical tubes and in the method of use thereof, which facilitates the precise positioning of the tips of such tubes within body passages. The improved method and device are particularly useful in the care and treatment of premature infants. The medical tube has ...