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Steven P Masterson, Robert J Laird: Method and system for direct heating of fluid solution in a hollow body organ. Innerdyne Medical, Townsend and Townsend and Crew, August 5, 1997: US05653692 (207 worldwide citation)

The invention provides improved methods and devices for heating a thermally conductive fluid within an internal body organ to thermally ablate or necrose the body organ. In an exemplary embodiment, the invention provides a thermal ablation device having an elongate member with a proximal end and a d ...


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Jeffrey B Sampsell, Toshio Shionoya: Spatial light modulator display pointing device. Texas Instruments Incorporation, Sony Corporation, Julie L Reed, James C Kesterson, Richard L Donaldson, August 5, 1997: US05654741 (206 worldwide citation)

A display system with a pointer that is not restricted by wires or sensors. The display uses a spatial light modulator (14) for projecting an image on the screen (20). During a time period when all of the cells of the modulator (14) are in the same state, a cursor projected onto the screen by the po ...


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Joseph E Laptewicz, Matthew T Yurek, Thomas A Silvestrini: Catheter with expandable wire mesh tip. Schneider, Peter C Richardson, Lawrence C Akers, Howard R Jaeger, August 5, 1997: US05653684 (200 worldwide citation)

A catheter for use in angioplasty and other medical procedures is disclosed. The catheter features a flexible-wire mesh tip movably attached at a distal end of the catheter, the tip being expandable from a contracted position which it is first in when the catheter is deployed inside the lumen of a v ...


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Madhavan Pisharodi: Method of lumbar intervertebral disk stabilization. Mark R Wisner, August 5, 1997: US05653761 (195 worldwide citation)

A method of intervertebral disk stabilization in which adjacent vertebrae are spread and a portion of the intervertebral disk is removed from therebetween is disclosed. An elongate, generally cylindrically shaped implant having middle and end portions, the middle portion being of larger diameter tha ...


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Jay L Gainsboro: Computer-based method and apparatus for controlling, monitoring, recording and reporting telephone access. Ward & Olivo, August 5, 1997: US05655013 (194 worldwide citation)

A method and apparatus for managing institutional telephone activity utilizes a computer control unit to control a trunk management unit, which connects institutional telephones to outside telephone lines. The computer control unit contains a database for storing the calling privileges and restricti ...


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Jeffrey B Lund, Redd H Smith: Modified superhard cutting elements having reduced surface roughness method of modifying, drill bits equipped with such cutting elements, and methods of drilling therewith. Baker Hughes Incorporated, Trask Britt & Rossa, August 5, 1997: US05653300 (180 worldwide citation)

A superhard cutting element having a polished, low friction substantially planar cutting face with a surface finish roughness of 10.mu. in. or less and preferably 0.5 .mu. in. or less. A chamfered cutting edge and side surface of the superhard material table of the same surface finish roughness are ...


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Gary Karlin Michelson: Surgical rongeur. Lewis Anten Esq, Amedeo Ferraro Esq, August 5, 1997: US05653713 (179 worldwide citation)

An improved rongeur for cutting bone or cartilage comprising two shaft members capable of reciprocating motion relative to each other wherein one shaft member terminates in a foot plate and the other shaft member comprises a combined cutting element and storage member is disclosed. The combined cutt ...


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William James Schulz Jr, Shizhong Zhahg: Silicone oils and solvents thickened by silicone elastomers. Dow Corning Corporation, James L DeCesare, August 5, 1997: US05654362 (177 worldwide citation)

Silicone gels are made by reacting an .tbd.Si--H containing polysiloxane with an alpha, omega-diene. The reaction is conducted in the presence of a platinum catalyst and in the presence of a low molecular weight silicone oil. The reaction is continued until a gel is formed by crosslinking and additi ...


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Robert S Howland: Cervical spine rod fixation system. Advanced Spine Fixation Systems, Christie Parker & Hale, August 5, 1997: US05653708 (177 worldwide citation)

A cervical spine fixation system is described. The fixation system comprises a bone screw for implanting in the cervical vertebrae of the spine and for accommodating a clamping assembly. The clamping assembly comprises a rod receiving aperture which is angularly oriented a predetermined amount from ...


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Terry L Dietz, Richard D Vanlaningham: Dual slide cutting guide. Zimmer, Todd A Dawson, August 5, 1997: US05653714 (176 worldwide citation)

The guide of this invention provides an alternative to a system requiring a plurality of guides or for a guide with a plurality of slots by providing a single guide which slides along the distal femur and which articulates to accommodate a variety of angles. The guide includes a base portion definin ...