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Dale R Schulze, Joseph Paraschac, William D Fox, Michael E Setser, Kenneth S Wales, Mark S Zeiner: Surgical instrument. Ethicon ENdo Surgery, Paul A Coletti, October 28, 1997: US05680982 (644 worldwide citation)

A surgical instrument for performing endoscopic surgical procedures. In one embodiment, the instrument includes a knife that remains unexposed until initiation of a cutting sequence, and returns to an unexposed position at the conclusion of the cutting sequence, minimizing the risk of injury to the ...


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Philip E Eggers, Hira V Thapliyal: Methods and apparatus for ablation of luminal tissues. Arthrocare Corporation, Townsend and Townsend and Crew, October 28, 1997: US05681282 (606 worldwide citation)

An electrosurgical probe comprises a shaft having an electrode array disposed over a recessed surface at its distal end. The electrode array includes a plurality of isolated electrode terminals, and an electrosurgical power supply may be connected to the array via a connector at the distal end of th ...


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Carlo A Mililli, Wayne P Young, Stephan A DeFonzo, Dominick L Mastri, Henry Bolanos, Leonard Stern: Self-contained powered surgical apparatus. United States Surgical Corporation, October 28, 1997: US05680981 (570 worldwide citation)

A self-contained powered surgical stapling apparatus is provided which includes an elongate body, a fastener applying assembly including an anvil for forming a surgical fastener driven thereagainst, a motor assembly and power source for energizing the motor assembly disposed within the elongate body ...


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Mir A Imran: Mapping and/or ablation catheter with coilable distal extremity and method for using same. Cardiac Pathways Corporation, Flehr Hohbach Test Albritton & Herbert, October 28, 1997: US05680860 (445 worldwide citation)

A mapping and/or ablation catheter for introduction into a chamber having a wall accessible by a passage leading to the chamber. The catheter includes a flexible elongate member extending along a longitudinal axis and having a distal extremity. An elongate flexible element is provided and has one en ...


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Paul D Brinda: Interstitial fluid sampler. Integ, Merchant Gould Smith Edell Welter & Schmidt P A, October 28, 1997: US05682233 (432 worldwide citation)

A sampling apparatus for sampling interstitial fluid includes a sampler having an external geometry selected to mate with an internal geometry of a testing apparatus such that the sampler may be inserted within the testing apparatus in a predetermined alignment and with a sampling location positione ...


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W Lincoln Bouve, William T Semple, Steven W Oxman: System and methods for remotely accessing a selected group of items of interest from a database. Civix Corporation, Curtis A Vock, October 28, 1997: US05682525 (426 worldwide citation)

A user can access a common database from a remote communications port, at any qualified location, to generate a map or other positional information which locates selected items of interest, e.g., businesses, stores, architectural sites, and the like. The database contains information representing th ...


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Michael J Freeman: Three-dimensional (3D) video presentation system providing interactive 3D presentation with personalized audio responses for multiple viewers. ACTV, Dorsey & Whitney, October 28, 1997: US05682196 (391 worldwide citation)

The system of the present invention provides actual interactive choices to members of an audience in the form of three dimensional (3D) objects in space, and after each member of the audience reaches out at, points at, or looks at the 3D object of choice, the system responds and alters the audio and ...


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Henrik Egesborg Hansen, Henrik Ege, Thomas Munk Plum: Method and apparatus for in vivo determination of the concentration in a body fluid of metabolically significant substances. Novo Nordisk, Steve T Zelson Esq, Elias J Lambiris Esq, October 28, 1997: US05680858 (385 worldwide citation)

A method for in vivo determination of the concentration in a body fluid of metabolically significant substance comprises storing of a needle with a sensor in a liquid-filled ampoule, brief insertion of the needle into a patient, recording of the output signal from the sensor, withdrawal of the needl ...


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Stuart D Edwards, Hugh R Sharkey: Ablation apparatus for cardiac chambers. Stuart D Edwards, Fliesler Dubb Meyer & Lovejoy, October 28, 1997: US05681308 (376 worldwide citation)

An endocardial ablation and mapping apparatus is introduced into a heart chamber for mapping to detect arrhythmogenic foci, and ablate endocardium at the arrhythmogenic foci. An inflatable, flexible porous membrane is adapted to receive an electrolytic solution, and become inflated to substantially ...


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Alan K Plyley, Floyd L Foslien, John M Barker, Robert W Petrich: Safety device for a surgical stapler cartridge. United States Surgical Corporation, October 28, 1997: US05680983 (371 worldwide citation)

The present invention provides a staple cartridge assembly adapted for use in a surgical stapler having a cartridge retention portion and an anvil portion which are movable between a closed position and an open position. The cartridge assembly comprises (1) a firing assembly for firing staples which ...



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