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Scott L Delp, J Peter Loan, Craig B Robinson, Arthur Y Wong, S David Stulberg: Computer-assisted surgical system. Schiff Hardin & Waite, November 4, 1997: US05682886 (791 worldwide citation)

A method for planning surgery on a body portion is provided in the steps of gathering image data, storing the image data, reading the image data into a computer, generating a three-dimensional computer model of the body portion from the image data, identifying anatomical features relevant to the sur ...


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Jay A Lenker, Michael A Evans, Steven W Kim, Brian Glynn, Gwendolyn A Watanabe: Apparatus and methods for deployment release of intraluminal prostheses. Cardiovascular Concepts, Townsend and Townsend and Crew, November 4, 1997: US05683451 (568 worldwide citation)

A delivery catheter for a radially compressible tubular prosthesis comprises an elongate shaft slidably received within a tubular cover. The prosthesis is carried within a plurality of elongate, relatively hard runners, and is restrained in a radially compressed configuration by the cover. After int ...


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Gary Lee Shinn, James Daryl Tate: Artificial intervertebral disk prosthesis. Risto A Rinne Jr, November 4, 1997: US05683465 (526 worldwide citation)

A prosthesis for the replacement of a spinal disk includes a first disk half and a second disk half. The first disk half includes a portion of a socket attached to a first plate. The second disk half includes a portion of a ball attached to a second plate. The socket includes a plurality of expansio ...


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Ching Wan Tang, Biay Cheng Hseih: TFT-el display panel using organic electroluminescent media. Eastman Kodak Company, Raymond L Owens, November 4, 1997: US05684365 (522 worldwide citation)

A flat panel display comprising thin-film-transistor-electroluminescent (TFT-EL) pixels is described. An addressing scheme incorporating two TFTs and a storage capacitor is used to enable the EL pixels on the panel to operate at a duty factor close to 100%. This TFT-EL device eliminates the need to ...


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Hugh Allen Oliver Hill, Irving John Higgins, James Michael McCann, Graham Davis: Strip electrode with screen printing. MediSense, Fish & Richardson P C, November 4, 1997: US05682884 (502 worldwide citation)

A sensor system that detects a current representative of a compound in a liquid mixture features a two-electrode strip adapted for releasable attachment to signal readout circuitry. The strip comprises an elongated support (preferably flat) adapted for releasable attachment to the readout circuitry; ...


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William R Wagner, Richard L Lariviere, Scott D Slabbekoorn: Spinal disk implantation kit. Sulzer Calcitek, Philip S Lyren, November 4, 1997: US05683464 (447 worldwide citation)

A spinal disk implant comprises a solid body having four faces arranged to define a right-rectangular solid body and two faces that define the ends of the solid body. The faces that define the right-rectangular body include two opposed side faces and two opposed transverse faces. A kit that may be u ...


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Philip E Eggers, Hira V Thapliyal: System and method for electrosurgical tissue canalization. Arthrocare Corporation, Townsend and Townsend and Crew, November 4, 1997: US05683366 (428 worldwide citation)

A method for transmyocardial revascularization of the heart of a patient comprises introducing a probe (10) into the thoracic cavity through a percutaneous penetration, a thoracotomy or a sternotomy. An active electrode surface (58) is then positioned adjacent a wall of the patient's heart, e.g., th ...


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Joshua Makower, Lois A Fitton, Aaron D Sodickson, William A Gorman: Laparoscopic dissection tension retractor device and method. Valleylab, Peter C Richardson, Lawrence C Akers, Aaron Passman, November 4, 1997: US05683349 (405 worldwide citation)

A minimally invasive retractor and dissector for internal surgical use on a patent's body has a tubular support for passing into the patient's body. A proximal end on the tubular support located outside the patient's body is in position to provide assess for the surgeon. A distal end on the tubular ...


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David J Boothby: Synchronization of disparate databases. Puma Technology, Fish & Richardson P C, November 4, 1997: US05684990 (382 worldwide citation)

A data processing method for synchronizing the data records of a plurality of disparate databases, in which a status file is provided containing data records representative of the contents of data records existing in the disparate databases at a prior synchronization. Data records from at least a fi ...


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Brian Lee Klosterman: Merging multi-source information in a television system. Starsight Telecast Incorporated, Townsend and Townsend and Crew, November 4, 1997: US05684525 (380 worldwide citation)

The present invention provides a scheme for merging television schedule information received from multiple sources (26, 28, 30 and 34). In the preferred embodiment, a microprocessor (36) mixes and sorts the schedule information received from multiple source devices (26, 28, 30 or 34). The schedule i ...