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Freeman H Rose, Charles D McGregor, Prabodh Mathur: Method and apparatus for stone localization using ultrasound imaging. Medstone International, Lyon & Lyon, January 30, 1990: US04896673 (280 worldwide citation)

The present disclosure relates to a method and apparatus for localizing an object in space, such as a gallstone in a human, using stereo imaging and ultrasound imaging. The localization system is described in connection with a dry table shock wave lithotripter, and uses a conventional ultrasound ima ...


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Aage Gronningsaeter, Bjorn Olstad, Geirmund Unsgaard: Method for ultrasound guidance during clinical procedures. Dennison Meserole Scheiner & Schultz, February 1, 2000: US06019724 (266 worldwide citation)

A method for generating quasi-realtime feedback for the purpose of guiding surgical, therapeutic or diagnostic procedures by means of ultrasound imaging, wherein the location of a surgical tool, therapeutic radiation field or a diagnostic energy field is related to the coordinate system of an intrao ...


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Michael S H Chu, Yem Chin, Demetrius H Bagley, William H Stahley, David K Young, Christopher G Fishbein, George G Brusard: Ultrasound imaging catheter with a cutting element. Boston Scientific Corporation, Lyon & Lyon, October 19, 1999: US05967984 (191 worldwide citation)

The invention features a catheter having a catheter body of extended length for insertion within a body of a living being. The catheter also includes an ultrasound imaging device disposed within a distal portion of the catheter body. The ultrasound imaging device generates electrical signals used by ...


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Quing Zhu: Combined ultrasound and near infrared diffused light imaging system. The University of Connecticut, Cantor Colburn, July 24, 2001: US06264610 (191 worldwide citation)

A combined ultrasound and near infrared (NIR) diffused light imaging system includes a combined ultrasound and NIR light probe operatively connected to an ultrasound imaging system and an NIR diffused light imaging system. The combined ultrasound and NIR light probe comprises ultrasound transducer e ...


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J Robert Fort, Norman S Neidell, Douglas J Morgan, Phillip C Landmeier: Synthetic aperture ultrasound imaging system. Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear, November 14, 1995: US05465722 (165 worldwide citation)

An acoustical imaging system for producing high resolution medical images provides a method and apparatus for obtaining accurate velocity characterizations of samples within the human body, and for obtaining high resolution images of the samples by utilizing the velocity characterizations of the sam ...


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Alice M Chiang, Steven R Broadstone: Portable ultrasound imaging system. TeraTech Corporation, Hamilton Brook Smith & Reynolds P C, September 28, 1999: US05957846 (159 worldwide citation)

A portable ultrasound imaging system includes a scan head coupled by a cable to a portable battery-powered data processor and display unit. The scan head enclosure houses an array of ultrasonic transducers and the circuitry associated therewith, including pulse synchronizer circuitry used in the tra ...


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Harm Tenhoff: Enhanced accuracy of three-dimensional intraluminal ultrasound (ILUS) image reconstruction. Cardiovascular Imaging Systems, Lyon & Lyon, November 3, 1998: US05830145 (156 worldwide citation)

A method for imaging an organ or internal structure within a body to obtain three-dimensional reconstruction of the organ or internal structure. The method includes steps of providing an intraluminal ultrasound imaging system capable of obtaining echographic images of the surrounding of a catheter i ...


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Dexter J Elkins: Echogenically enhanced surgical instrument and method for production thereof. Vance Products Incorporated, Cook Urological Incorporated, Woodard Emhardt Naughton Moriarty & McNett, September 26, 1989: US04869259 (143 worldwide citation)

A surgical instrument such as a needle is particle-blasted with particles approximately 50 microns in diameter to produce a uniformly roughened surface portion for use with an ultrasound imaging system to provide real-time monitoring of the location of a specific portion of the needle during inserti ...


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Ricardo Scott Avila, Lisa Sobierajski Avila, Brian Peter Geiser, William Thomas Hatfield, Todd Michael Tillman: Method and apparatus for displaying 3D ultrasound data using three modes of operation. General Electric Company, Marvin Snyder, Douglas E Stoner, August 10, 1999: US05934288 (142 worldwide citation)

A method and an apparatus for allowing the operator of an ultrasound imaging system to switch between two-dimensional slices and three-dimensional projections in such a way that it is easy for the operator to visualize the relationship of the two-dimensional slice to the three-dimensional anatomy. I ...


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Nima Shokrollahi, William Tobocman, Sanford Roth, Joseph Izatt: Method and apparatus for ultrasound imaging using acoustic impedance reconstruction. Case Western Reserve University, March 13, 2001: US06200266 (141 worldwide citation)

An ultrasound imaging system employs acoustic impedance reconstruction to produce high-resolution images of anatomical structures, which are virtually free of speckle. Determination of the acoustic impedance profile involves prefiltering of the incident ultrasound signal and the ultrasound signal re ...