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Michael D Lesh: Device and method for forming a circumferential conduction block in a pulmonary vein. The Regents of the University of California, James C Peacock III, John P O Banion, January 11, 2000: US06012457 (641 worldwide citation)

This is a method for treating a patient diagnosed with atrial arrhythmia by forming a circumferential conduction block along a circumferential path of tissue in a pulmonary vein wall that circumscribes the pulmonary vein lumen and transects the electrical conductivity of the pulmonary vein such that ...


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Mark C Shults, Stuart J Updike, Rathbun K Rhodes: Device and method for determining analyte levels. DexCom, Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear, September 19, 2006: US07110803 (582 worldwide citation)

Devices and methods for determining analyte levels are described. The devices and methods allow for the implantation of analyte-monitoring devices, such as glucose monitoring devices, that result in the delivery of a dependable flow of blood to deliver sample to the implanted device. The devices com ...


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Menno E Sluijter, Eric R Cosman: Method and apparatus for heating an intervertebral disc for relief of back pain. Richard J Birch, July 18, 1995: US05433739 (546 worldwide citation)

The present invention relates to a technique of relieving back pain by heating of an intervertebral disc. The heating is illustrated by a percutaneous technique where a needle or electrode is inserted into the disc under X-ray or other imaging control and subsequently used to elevate the temperature ...


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Robert J Crowley: Acoustic ablation. Boston Scientific Corporation, Lyon & Lyon, May 20, 1997: US05630837 (494 worldwide citation)

The invention features a catheter system and a method for tissue ablation. A catheter body of extended length is constructed for delivery to locations within a body of a living being and for connection to a power source. An array of acoustic transducers are constructed for receiving power from the p ...


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Edward W Knowlton: Tissue remodeling apparatus containing cooling fluid. Thermage, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rasati, February 26, 2002: US06350276 (409 worldwide citation)

A fluid delivery apparatus for introducing a fluid cooling media to a skin surface includes a template with a skin interface surface. An energy delivery device is coupled to the template. A fluid cooling media introduction member is coupled to the template. Resources controllably deliver energy from ...


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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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Menno E Sluijter, Eric R Cosman: Thermal denervation of an intervertebral disc for relief of back pain. Richard J Birch, November 5, 1996: US05571147 (393 worldwide citation)

This continuation-in-part patent application follows the original parent patent application which described a general method of denervation of the nerves in and around the intervertebral disc to relieve back pain using heating from a probe which is inserted within the intervertebral disc. The probe ...


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Colin J Nichols, William R Dubrul, Robert S Behl: Method and device for thermal ablation having improved heat transfer. Innerdyne, Townsend and Townsend Khourie and Crew, July 18, 1995: US05433708 (388 worldwide citation)

A thermal ablation catheter includes an elongate body member having a heating element disposed over a predetermined length of its distal end. The heating element is suspended away from an exterior surface of the elongate member to form a circulation region thereunder. Thermally conductive fluid can ...


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Edward W Knowlton: Method for scar collagen formation and contraction. Thermage, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, June 5, 2001: US06241753 (382 worldwide citation)

A method is disclosed for forming and contracting scar collagen below a tissue surface in a selected tissue site. An electromagnetic energy apparatus is provided and includes an electromagnetic energy source and a delivery device. The delivery device is positioned on the tissue surface. Electromagne ...


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Lynn Kim, Norman A Parris, Russell O Potts, Janet Tamada, Michael J Tierney, Bret Berner: Biosensor, iontophoretic sampling system, and methods of use thereof. July 1, 2003: US06587705 (358 worldwide citation)

An automated system for continual transdermal extraction of analytes present in a biological system is provided. The system can be used for detecting and/or measuring the concentration of the analyte using an electrochemical biosensor detection means. The system optionally uses reverse iontophoresis ...