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William G Kuhle: Biopsy needle with flared tip. Morrison & Foerster, August 17, 1999: US05938635 (143 worldwide citation)

An apparatus and method for performing percutaneous needle biopsies under direct visualization by medical imaging technologies is provided. The apparatus is a biopsy needle comprised of a shaft, a tip which is flared in dimension with respect to the diameter of the shaft, and a longitudinal bevel wh ...


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Michael A Martinelli: Ultrasonic transducer. Intra Sonix, Schiller Pandiscio & Kusmer, March 26, 1991: US05002058 (143 worldwide citation)

A miniature transducer designed for use in a medical imaging system catheter probe is disclosed. The transducer has an electric cavity and coaxial construction for preventing electric fields from being emitted or received by the transducers. The construction of the transducer enables two to be mount ...


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Mark J Rice, Steve Spanoudis: Identification of protective covers for medical imaging devices. Fovioptics, Foley & Lardner, March 25, 2003: US06537207 (142 worldwide citation)

A protective cover for medical imaging devices of the type having a probe with an optical system at a distal end includes a sheath of plastic material formed to enclose at least a portion of the probe and a transparent head secured to the sheath at a distal end of the cover. The transparent head pro ...


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Kambiz Dowlatshahi: Apparatus for interstitial laser therapy having an improved temperature sensor for tissue being treated. McCaleb Lucas & Brugman, June 29, 1993: US05222953 (141 worldwide citation)

Improved apparatus for carrying out minimally invasive interstitial laser hyperthermia to induce coagulation necrosis in tissue masses located deeply within the body of a subject. Among examples are malignant tumors in the liver or breast. Low power laser radiation is introduced through an optical f ...


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Michael B Merickel, Charles S Carman, James R Brookeman, John P Mugler III, Carlos R Ayers: Noninvasive medical imaging system and method for the identification and 3-D display of atherosclerosis and the like. Center for Innovative Technology, Staas & Halsey, July 31, 1990: US04945478 (131 worldwide citation)

There is disclosed an image processing, pattern recognition and computer graphics system and method for the noninvasive identification and evaluation of atheroscelerosis using multidimensional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Functional information, such as plaque tissue type, is combined with stru ...


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Mark W Grinstaff, Neil P Desai, Kenneth S Suslick, Patrick Soon Shiong, Paul A Sandford, Noma R Merideth: Method for the preparation of fluorocarbon-containing polymeric shells for medical imaging. Vivorx Pharmaceuticals, Stephen E Reiter, Pretty Schroeder Brueggemann & Clark, April 9, 1996: US05505932 (130 worldwide citation)

In accordance with the present invention, compositions comprising imaging agent(s) contained within polymeric shells are provided. Invention compositions are useful, for example, as contrast agents for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasonography, and X-ray computer tomography. The polymeric sh ...


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Geoffrey R Lockwood, Christine E Morton: Ultrasound transducer array. Queen s University at Kingston, Stephen J Scribner, Carol Miernicki Steeg, December 13, 2005: US06974417 (126 worldwide citation)

This invention relates to an ultrasonic transducer array for non-destructive imaging and inspection of materials, suitable for applications such as bio-medical imaging. According to the invention, the transducer has at least one electrode comprising an array of electrode elements, wherein the elemen ...


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Albert S Waxman: Ultrasound imaging system with improved scan conversion. G D Searle & Co, Walter C Ramm, Albert Tockman, Dennis O Kraft, November 15, 1977: US04058001 (126 worldwide citation)

In an improved system for medical imaging employing a transducer for transmitting and detecting ultrasonic vibrations, a digital scan converter accepts echo signals detected by the transducer and transducer position signals identifying the point of origin of the signals in a scanning plane transvers ...


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Peter M Bonutti: Apparatus and method for use in medical imaging. Apogee Medical Products, Tarolli Sundheim & Covell, September 27, 1994: US05349956 (122 worldwide citation)

An apparatus and method for use in medical imaging simulate within an imaging coil normal movements of body parts such as joints, and improve imaging of soft tissue and bony parts as compared to a static system in which images are taken of a joint in only one position. A joint or body parts is moved ...


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Mark W Grinstaff, Neil P Desai, Kenneth S Suslick, Patrick Soon Shiong, Paul A Sandford, Noma R Merideth: Non-fluorinated polymeric shells for medical imaging. Vivorx Pharmaceuticals, Stephen E Reiter, Pretty Schroeder Brueggemann & Clark, April 16, 1996: US05508021 (122 worldwide citation)

In accordance with the present invention compositions comprising imaging agent(s) contained within polymeric shells are provided. Invention compositions are useful, for example, as contrast agents for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasonography, and X-ray computer tomography. The polymeric she ...