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Balamuth Lewis: Ultrasonic surgical methods. Ultrasonic Systems, January 28, 1975: US3862630 (392 worldwide citation)

The method and apparatus of the invention use ultrasonic energy in the form of mechanical vibrations transmitted by a tool member to close off small severed blood vessels, such as in humans, by the formation of closures at the terminal portions thereof, and stop what is called 'oozes', that requires ...


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Shiber Samuel: Atherectomy system with a clutch.. Shiber Samuel, September 19, 1990: EP0387980-A1 (341 worldwide citation)

An atherectomy system for cutting an obstruction (13) in a patient's vessel, comprising a flexible guide-wire (14) insertable into the vessel, a flexible rotary catheter (15) being rotatably disposed and insertable into the vessel, over the flexible guide-wire (14), cutting means (16) for cutting th ...


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Bass Michael, Dwyer Richard M, Haverback Bernard J: Fiber optic laser light delivery system. University of Southern California, Harris Kern Wallen & Tinsley, January 7, 1975: US3858577 (248 worldwide citation)

A flexible endoscope with a laser connected thereto for simultaneous viewing and performance of surgery on the interior stomach wall. A low power laser operating in the visible light range with the laser beam directed to one or more individual fiber optic fibers carried on an endoscope for performin ...


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Jonathan A Eppstein, Michael R Hatch, Difei Yang: Photothermal structure for biomedical applications, and method therefor. SpectRx, Altea Technologies, Needle & Rosenberg P C, March 11, 2003: US06530915 (204 worldwide citation)

A photothermal structure designed for the uniform application of a photothermal material, such as, for example, a dye or a pigment, to a tissue, e.g., the stratum corneum. In one embodiment, the photothermal structure comprises photothermal material combined with a carrier, such as, for example, an ...


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Allen George S, Galloway Robert L Jr, Maciunas Robert J, Edwards Ii Charles A, Zink Martin R: Interactive image-guided surgical system.. Allen George S, Galloway Robert L Jr, Maciunas Robert J, Edwards Ii Charles A, Zink Martin R, May 15, 1991: EP0427358-A1 (204 worldwide citation)

An interactive system for guiding the use of a surgical tool uses at least one imaging technique, such as CT scanning. A mechanical arm has a fixed base at a first end and a tool holder that holds the surgical tool at a second end. A display displays one or more images from the image space of a pati ...


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Eric B Shain, Mark R Pope, Joseph L Pezzaniti: Removal of stratum corneum by means of light. Abbott Laboratories, David L Weinstein, May 27, 2003: US06569157 (197 worldwide citation)

The invention involves a method for focusing light comprising the steps of: projecting at least one pulse of light onto the surface of the skin of a patient; collecting at least a portion of the light that is reflected from the skin of the patient; projecting the collected, reflected light onto a de ...


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Jeevanandam Valluvan, Smith Craig R: Myocardial revascularization through the endocardial surface using a laser.. Univ Columbia, December 2, 1992: EP0515867-A2 (175 worldwide citation)

Myocardial revascularization is performed by an apparatus and method which forms channels in the myocardium from inside the ventricular cavity without penetrating the full thickness of the ventricular wall. A catheter has a fiber optic connected at its handling end to a laser, and terminates at the ...


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Shelton Frederick E Iv: Surgical instrument incorporating electrically actuated articulation movement mechanism. Ethicon Endo Surgery, February 9, 2006: JP2006-034978 (171 worldwide citation)

PROBLEM TO BE SOLVED: To provide an articulating surgical instrument incorporating an articulation movement mechanism having a reduced number of mechanical mechanisms to be inserted through a shaft of the articulating surgical instrument.SOLUTION: This surgical instrument 1200 is especially suitable ...


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Fischell Robert E: A tunneling catheter system for transluminal arterial angioplasty.. Fischell Robert, Fischell Tim A, July 30, 1986: EP0189329-A2 (167 worldwide citation)

A tunneling catheter system for percutaneous transluminal angioplasty which includes a catheter for advancement through a patient's arterial system to the vicinity of an arterial stenosis and tunneling means disposed within the catheter for tunneling through the arterial stenosis. Means for centerin ...


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Harte Richard A, Amstutz Edwin A: Photocoagulation means and method for depilation. Gregory System, September 26, 1972: US3693623 (166 worldwide citation)

Depilation is effected by use of light energy of a selected frequency band concentrated into a flexible fiber small enough to enter the region of the follicle. This effects photocoagulation tissue in a limited region determined by the placement of the fiber.