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Richard C Gunderson, James S Sharrow, Jeffrey A McBroom: Method of diagnosing tissue with guidewire. SpectraScience, August 8, 1995: US05439000 (388 worldwide citation)

The present invention provides a guidewire which incorporates an optical fiber and associated diagnostic apparatus for diagnosing tissue in vivo. Use of the present invention provides for diagnosis of tissue and tailoring of the therapeutic portion of the procedure to the tissue or condition identif ...


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Richard C Gunderson, James S Sharrow, Jeffrey A McBroom: System for diagnosing tissue with guidewire. SpectraScience, Schwegman Lundberg Woessner & Kluth P A, February 11, 1997: US05601087 (309 worldwide citation)

The present invention provides a guidewire which incorporates an optical fiber and associated diagnostic apparatus for diagnosing tissue in vivo. Use of the present invention provides for diagnosis of tissue and tailoring of the therapeutic portion of the procedure to the tissue or condition identif ...


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Michael L Auer, Victor I Chornenky, Peter T Fettig, Richard C Gunderson, Jeffrey A McBroom, James S Sharrow: Guidewire catheter and apparatus for diagnostic imaging. SpectraScience, Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner, January 24, 1995: US05383467 (277 worldwide citation)

A catheter comprising a unitary guidewire and single mode optical fiber is used to illuminate human body channels, such as a tissue mass within a blood vessel, for purposes of diagnosis. A low coherent light source illuminates the tissue and provides a reference beam. Illumination that is reflected ...


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Frederick J Foley, James S Sharrow, Lorraine E Reeve, Thomas G Adelman, Michael F Hoey: Surgical devices and methods for use in tissue ablation procedures. Iotek, Shumaker & Sieffert PA, December 16, 2003: US06663622 (131 worldwide citation)

Devices and a method are provided to assist a surgeon in ablating conduction paths in tissue, such as a heart. A device can be configured to operate as a template that adheres to the tissue surface, and allows the surgeon to more easily sever the conduction path to form a lesion in a desired locatio ...


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James S Sharrow: Centering balloon structure for transluminal angioplasty catheter. GV Medical, Orrin M Haugen, Thomas J Nikolai, Frederick W Niebuhr, December 27, 1988: US04793359 (115 worldwide citation)

Disclosed is a cylindrical balloon mounted near the distal tip of a percutaneous transluminal laser angioplasty catheter. Proximal and distal neck sections of the balloon are sealed to the catheter tubing, and a balloon inflation lumen originating at the tubing proximal end is open to the balloon in ...


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Curtis A Amplatz, James S Sharrow: Method and apparatus for treating vessel wall with UV radiation following angioplasty. AngioMedics II, Haugen and Nikolai P A, March 4, 1997: US05607419 (93 worldwide citation)

Disclosed is an apparatus for use in applying UV light to a blood vessel wall following the performance of a balloon angioplasty procedure. It comprises an elongated optical fiber whose outside diameter permits it to be inserted into the lumen of a guidewire that is used to position the angioplasty ...


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Gary L Moore, Bruce H Neilson, James V Kauphusman, James S Sharrow: Laser catheter control and connecting apparatus. GV Medical, Orrin M Haugen, Thomas J Nikolai, Frederick W Niebuhr, June 2, 1987: US04669465 (83 worldwide citation)

A multi-lumen laser enhanced transluminal angioplasy catheter apparatus provided with a balloon or expandable member which is coupled to a catheter connecting manifold member providing a plurality of inlet ports for handling and delivering procedure-dependent materials. A laser fiber advance unit, i ...


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James S Sharrow, Jayne G Fangel: Optical fiber advancement, retraction and storage system. GV Medical, Merchant Gould Smith Edell Welter & Schmidt, September 7, 1993: US05243679 (66 worldwide citation)

An optical fiber storage and manipulation system (1) is disclosed, including a storage container (2) and a fiber insertion tool (3). The storage apparatus (2) includes a housing (11) containing a reel (13) onto which portions of a bare fiber (6) as well as a sheathed tube (36) coaxially covering the ...


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James S Sharrow, Leonard A Nordstrom: Inflatable tip for laser catheterization. GV Medical, Orrin M Haugen, Thomas J Nikolai, Frederick W Niebuhr, November 1, 1988: US04781681 (63 worldwide citation)

A transluminal balloon laser catheter has an inflatable distal tip formed by an elongated balloon sealed at the distal end of a length of catheter tubing, and inflatable to an operating configuration in which the balloon effectively extends the distal end of an optical fiber lumen through the cathet ...


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Thomas G Adelman, Frederick J Foley, James S Sharrow, Lorraine E Reeve, Michael F Hoey: Devices and method for manipulation of organ tissue. Iotek, Shumaker & Sieffert PA, May 6, 2003: US06558314 (62 worldwide citation)

Devices and methods of manipulating and stabilizing organ tissue, such as heart tissue. The devices, which are of varying sizes, shapes and conformations, generally include a seal member having a chamber with a wall and a skirt-like member that extends outward from the chamber wall for contact with ...