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Robert J Crowley, John E Abele, Charles D Lennox, Susan M Ropiak: Catheters for imaging, sensing electrical potentials, and ablating tissue. Boston Scientific Corporation, Lyon & Lyon, December 21, 1999: US06004269 (1009 worldwide citation)

An acoustic imaging system for use within a heart has a catheter (6), an ultrasound device (10) incorporated into the catheter (6), and an electrode (300, 304, 334, 394) mounted on the catheter (6). The ultrasound device (10) directs ultrasonic signals toward an internal structure in the heart to cr ...


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Michael D Lesh, Patrick M Owens, Jerome Jackson: Cardiac imaging and ablation catheter. The Regents of the University of California, Townsend and Townsend Khourie and Crew, January 31, 1995: US05385148 (609 worldwide citation)

Method and apparatus for ablation of cardiac tissue includes a catheter (2, 60) having an elongated flexible body (6, 64), a tissue characterization assembly including a transducer (34) at the distal end (16) of the body and a tissue ablation assembly having a tissue ablation tip (32) at the distal ...


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Peter Stasz: Ultrasonically enhanced RF ablation catheter. Everest Medical Corporation, Haugen and Nikolai, June 26, 1990: US04936281 (580 worldwide citation)

An electrosurgical angioplasty catheter with ultrasonic enhancement is described. It comprises an elongated, flexible plastic tubular body having located at its distal tip an electrode structure for effecting rf cutting along with a transducer for ultrasonically driving the rf cutting electrodes and ...


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Frank I Marcus, Kullervo H Hynynen: Apparatus and method for intra-cardiac ablation of arrhythmias. Arizona Board of Regents for and on Behalf of the University of Arizona, Rosenbaum & Associates, March 22, 1994: US05295484 (548 worldwide citation)

The present invention employs ultrasonic energy delivered to myocardial tissue at frequencies sufficient to destroy the myocardial tissue implicated in the arrhythmic. More specifically, the present invention comprises an ultrasonic transducer mounted on a distal end of a catheter and at least one e ...


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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 (502 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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Shahram Vaezy, Roy W Martin, Stephen J Carter, George W Keilman, Victor Y Fujimoto, Lawrence A Crum: Noise-free real time ultrasonic imaging of a treatment site undergoing high intensity focused ultrasound therapy. University of Washington, Ronald M Anderson, July 30, 2002: US06425867 (461 worldwide citation)

Method and apparatus for the simultaneous use of ultrasound on a probe for imaging and therapeutic purposes. The probe limits the effects of undesirable interference noise in a display by synchronizing high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) waves with an imaging transducer to cause the noise to be ...


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Deborah C Gordon, Frank A Brunot: Method and apparatus for continuously and noninvasively measuring the blood pressure of a patient. Paramed Technology Incorporated, Limbach & Limbach, November 17, 1992: US05163438 (422 worldwide citation)

In the present invention, a method and an apparatus for measuring the blood pressure of a patient continuously and non-invasively is disclosed. The blood pressure is determined by measuring the harmonic frequencies and displacements of an arterial wall of the patient. The measurements are then calib ...


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James R Mault: System and method for remote pregnancy monitoring. Healthetech, Gifford Krass Groh Sprinkle Anderson & Citkowski P C, August 26, 2003: US06610012 (413 worldwide citation)

A system and method for remote pregnancy monitoring of a pregnant woman is provided. The system includes an ultrasound transducer positioned on a pregnant woman having a processor, a transmitter and a receiver, and a personal digital assistant operatively connected to the ultrasound transducer via a ...


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Evan C Unger, David W Yellowhair: Methods and apparatus for performing diagnostic and therapeutic ultrasound simultaneously. ImaRx Pharmaceutical, Woodcock Washburn Kurtz Mackiewicz & Norris, September 24, 1996: US05558092 (406 worldwide citation)

Methods and apparatus for performing diagnostic ultrasound simultaneously with the application of therapeutic ultrasonic waves are disclosed. The methods and apparatus are particularly advantageous in performing ultrasonic imaging of a region of a patient while simultaneously applying therapeutic ul ...


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Michael A Wood, Pascal Roncalez, Lauren S Pflugrath, Jacques Souquet: Ultrasonic diagnostic imaging system with universal access to diagnostic information and images. Atlantis Diagnostics International L L C, Advanced Technology Laboratories, W Brinton Yorks Jr, February 10, 1998: US05715823 (398 worldwide citation)

A medical ultrasonic diagnostic imaging system is provided which is capable of being accessed over data communication networks such as the Internet, making the ultrasonic images, diagnostic reports, and ultrasound system diagnostics information and operation accessible to a conventional personal com ...