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Jeffrey R Oberlin, Christopher L Johnson, David A Dunlap: Articulated surgical instrument with improved firing mechanism. Richard Allan Medical, Howard & Howard, August 25, 1998: US05797537 (864 worldwide citation)

This invention provides articulated surgical instruments for use in laparoscopic surgical procedures including, in general, a handle, an elongated shaft, and an articulated tip. A gap extends longitudinally between the shaft and the tip. The instruments further include a flexible compression drive m ...


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John S Hendricks, Alfred E Bonner, Richard E Wunderlich: Terminal for suggesting programs offered on a television program delivery system. Discovery Communications, Dorsey & Whitney, August 25, 1998: US05798785 (763 worldwide citation)

A novel reprogrammable set top terminal for a television program delivery system which suggests programs for viewing is described. The invention relates to methods and apparatus for reprogramming set top terminals, and selecting and displaying programs to suggest to subscribers for viewing. The inve ...


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John H Stevens, Bruce A Reitz, Alex T Roth, William S Peters, Hanson S Gifford: Method and apparatus for thoracoscopic intracardiac procedures. Jeffry J Grainger, Jens E Hoekendijk, August 25, 1998: US05797960 (663 worldwide citation)

Devices, systems, and methods are provided for accessing the interior of the heart and performing procedures therein while the heart is beating. In one embodiment, a tubular access device having an inner lumen is provided for positioning through a penetration in a muscular wall of the heart, the acc ...


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Lisa W Heaton, Mitchell J Palmer, Keith L Milliman, Richard C McClure: Articulating apparatus for applying surgical fasteners to body tissue. United States Surgical Corporation, August 25, 1998: US05797538 (609 worldwide citation)

Apparatus for applying a plurality of surgical fasteners to body tissue includes an elongated body extending from a handle assembly. A fastener cartridge housing pivotably connected to a distal portion of the elongated body receives a fastener cartridge containing a plurality of surgical fasteners. ...


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Jack Edward Smith, James J Bedi, Thomas J Sierocuk, Thomas Howard Graves Jr: Endoscopic surgical instrument with pivotable and rotatable staple cartridge. Ethicon, Paul A Coletti, August 25, 1998: US05797536 (592 worldwide citation)

A surgical instrument is provided which is insertable through an endoscopic tube to enable a surgeon to perform a surgical technique inside a body cavity. The surgical instrument includes a shaft with a pivotally mounted tip attached thereto, the shaft extending from a handle for gripping the instru ...


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Gary Karlin Michelson: Apparatus for inserting spinal implants. Lewis Anten Esq, Amedeo Ferraro Esq, August 25, 1998: US05797909 (539 worldwide citation)

Apparatus and a method of inserting spinal implants is disclosed in which an intervertebral space is first distracted, a hollow sleeve having teeth at one end is then driven into the vertebrae adjacent that disc space. A drill is then passed through the hollow sleeve removing disc and bone in prepar ...


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Michael C Sherman, Troy Drewry: Multi-axial bone screw assembly. SDGI Holdings, Woodard Emhardt Naughton Moriarity & McNett, August 25, 1998: US05797911 (518 worldwide citation)

A multi-axial bone screw assembly includes a bone screw having a partially spherical head. The bone screw head is truncated at an upper surface in which a tool receiving recess is defined. The assembly includes a receiver member including a central bore that defines a tapered recess to receive the h ...


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Ivan Vesely, Wayne Smith: Method for carrying out a medical procedure using a three-dimensional tracking and imaging system. Sonometrics Corporation, Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff, August 25, 1998: US05797849 (485 worldwide citation)

A method for carrying out a medical procedure using a 3-D tracking and imaging system (1600). A surgical instrument, such as a catheter, probe, sensor, needle or the like is inserted into a living being, and the position of the surgical instrument is tracked as it moves through a medium in a bodily ...


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Edward Komissarchik, Vladimir Arlazarov, Dimitri Bogdanov, Yuri Finkelstein, Andrey Ivanov, Jacob Kaminsky, Julia Komissarchik, Olga Krivnova, Mikhail Kronrod, Mikhail Malkovsky, Maxim Paklin, Alexander Rozanov, Vladimir Segal, Nina Zinovieva: Knowledge-based speech recognition system and methods having frame length computed based upon estimated pitch period of vocalic intervals. Accent Incorporated, Nicola A Pisano, Fish & Neave, August 25, 1998: US05799276 (408 worldwide citation)

Knowledge based speech recognition apparatus and methods are provided for translating an input speech signal to text. The speech recognition apparatus captures an input speech signal, segments it based on the detection of pitch period, and generates a series of hypothesized acoustic feature vectors ...


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Desmond J O Farrell, Roger L Veldman, Kenneth Schofield: Vehicle mirror digital network and dynamically interactive mirror system. Donnelly Corporation, Van Dyke Gardner Linn & Burkhart, August 25, 1998: US05798575 (406 worldwide citation)

A vehicle rear vision system includes at least two rearview assemblies each having an image transfer device for transferring images rearwardly of the vehicle in order to be observable by a driver. A rear vision communication system is provided to effect communication between the rearview assemblies. ...