Ross S Tsugita: Guided filter with support wire and methods of use. SciMed Life Systems, Crompton Seager & Tufte, November 25, 2003: US06652505 (181 worldwide citation)

A guided filter system for temporary placement of a filter in an artery or vein is disclosed. The system includes a guidewire slideable through a wire guide included in a distal region of a support wire. The support wire has an expandable filter, which is operable between a collapsed or enlarged con ...

Eric C Lange: Flexible spine stabilization system. SDGI Holdings, Woodard Emhardt Moriarty McNett & Henry, November 25, 2003: US06652585 (179 worldwide citation)

A spine stabilization system includes a flexible member attachable to a portion of the spinal column. The member includes components that are oriented and function similar to the natural fiber orientation of the anterior longitudinal ligament and annulus tissue. The use of components resist loading ...

Robert J Sweeney: Ultrasonically activated electrodes. Cardiac Pacemakers, Schwegman Lundberg Woessner & Kluth P A, November 25, 2003: US06654638 (179 worldwide citation)

An implantable electrode, where the electrode comprises a first piezoelectric element which converts mechanical energy into electrical energy, and a cathode and an anode, where electrical energy generated by the first piezoelectric element causes a pacing level energy pulse to be delivered between t ...

James F Zucherman, Ken Y Hsu, Charles J Winslow, Scott Yerby, John Flynn: Apparatus and method for determining implant size. St Francis Medical Technologies, Fliesler Dubb Meyer & Lovejoy, November 25, 2003: US06652534 (177 worldwide citation)

A method and apparatus for determining the space between adjacent spinous process. A trial implant instrument contains a trial sizer and an elongated body. The trial sizer and elongated body are pivotally mounted so that as the trial sizer is urged between adjacent spinous process, a physician may r ...

Kenji Yamagata: Method of producing silicon thin film, method of constructing SOI substrate and semiconductor device. Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, Fitzpatrick Cella Harper & Scinto, November 25, 2003: US06653209 (176 worldwide citation)

To decrease the thickness of a silicon thin film to a desired value without deterioration of the quality thereof while avoiding the surface roughness due to speed increasing oxidation of crystal defect portions occurring when conducting the conventional sacrificial oxidation, effect of dust particle ...

Robert R Burnside: Systems and methods to identify and disable re-used single use devices based on cataloging catheter usage. SciMed Life Systems, Bingham McCutchen, November 25, 2003: US06651669 (175 worldwide citation)

A control unit, such as, e.g., an RF generator, for limiting the usage of a medical probe, such as, e.g., a catheter or surgical probe, is provided. The control unit includes a control circuit that is configured for storing a plurality of historical operational indicator sets within a database, wher ...

Parris S Wellman, Rajesh Pendekanti: Transmural ablation tool and method. Ethicon, Nutter McClennen & Fish, November 25, 2003: US06652518 (172 worldwide citation)

An ablation method and device contacts one surface of a target layer and positions the tissue to ablate entirely through the layer. The tissue may be a wall of the heart (ablated, for example, to form blocking lesions for atrial fibrillation), and ablation may be performed with the heart stopped or ...

Murali Mani, Neelakantan Sundaresan: System and method for query processing and optimization for XML repositories. International Business Machines Corporation, Samuel A Kassatly, November 25, 2003: US06654734 (170 worldwide citation)

A computer program product is provided as a system for querying a repository of XML documents. The data in the XML documents are viewed by a query system as a graph that allows queries on content, structure, inter-document links, and intra-document links. The query language uses XML syntax and is ba ...

Sohrab Mansouri, Vasile Cosofret, Clarke Xu: Analytical instruments, biosensors and methods thereof. Instrumentation Laboratory Company, Testa Hurwitz & Thibeault, November 25, 2003: US06652720 (168 worldwide citation)

An electrochemical sensor system and membrane and method thereof for increased accuracy and effective life of electrochemical and enzyme sensors.

Chris Nunez: Hypertext-based database architecture. Centor Software, Brown Raysman Millstein Felder & Steiner, November 25, 2003: US06654737 (167 worldwide citation)

A database which consists of HTML, XML or other standard-format, hypertext documents is disclosed. For each “record” in the database there is a master document and multiple related documents, called “view documents.” The view documents are related to the master document and may have a subset of the ...

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