US Patent No: 5,334,193

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Fluid cooled ablation catheter

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A thin, elongate and flexible ablation catheter, suitable for delivery to an internal organ, comprises a fluid delivery lumen centrally located within the catheter, and first and second electrodes disposed on an outer surface of the catheter. The electrodes preferably are helically oriented about the catheter. At least one of the electrodes is in communication with a source of electrosurgical energy so as to deliver ablative electrosurgical energy to tissue. The lumen communicates with a fluid supply source such that fluid is conveyed through the lumen and is discharged to adjacent tissue during the delivery of ablative energy. The fluid delivered through the lumen assists in optimizing the electrode temperature. A method and apparatus is also provided to regulate the fluid flow rate based on monitored electrode temperature and/or tissue impedance.

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AMERICAN CARDIAC ABLATION CO., INC.TAUNTON, MA10

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Nardella, Paul C Wareham, MA 29 6217

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5,431,649 Method and apparatus for R-F ablation 472 1993
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7,766,905 Method and system for continuity testing of medical electrodes 12 2005
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6,986,767 Multi-function surgical instrument 0 2003
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7,674,256 Treating internal body tissue 4 2005
7,189,227 Cryo balloon 5 2005
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8,696,659 Electrosurgical system and method having enhanced temperature measurement 0 2010
8,685,018 Electrosurgical wand and related method and system 0 2010
8,568,405 Electrosurgical wand and related method and system 0 2010
D658760 Wound care electrosurgical wand 9 2010
8,747,401 Systems and methods for turbinate reduction 0 2011
8,444,638 Hard tissue ablation system 0 2012
 
MEDTRONIC ARDIAN LUXEMBOURG S.A.R.L. (37)
7,653,438 Methods and apparatus for renal neuromodulation 63 2005
8,771,252 Methods and devices for renal nerve blocking 0 2005
8,150,518 Renal nerve stimulation method and apparatus for treatment of patients 15 2005
7,647,115 Renal nerve stimulation method and apparatus for treatment of patients 52 2005
8,145,316 Methods and apparatus for renal neuromodulation 13 2005
7,937,143 Methods and apparatus for inducing controlled renal neuromodulation 20 2005
7,756,583 Methods and apparatus for intravascularly-induced neuromodulation 65 2005
7,620,451 Methods and apparatus for pulsed electric field neuromodulation via an intra-to-extravascular approach 69 2006
8,175,711 Methods for treating a condition or disease associated with cardio-renal function 31 2006
8,150,519 Methods and apparatus for bilateral renal neuromodulation 33 2006
8,150,520 Methods for catheter-based renal denervation 35 2006
8,145,317 Methods for renal neuromodulation 33 2006
8,131,371 Methods and apparatus for monopolar renal neuromodulation 37 2006
7,853,333 Methods and apparatus for multi-vessel renal neuromodulation 20 2006
7,617,005 Methods and apparatus for thermally-induced renal neuromodulation 71 2006
8,774,913 Methods and apparatus for intravasculary-induced neuromodulation 0 2006
8,347,891 Methods and apparatus for performing a non-continuous circumferential treatment of a body lumen 11 2006
8,131,372 Renal nerve stimulation method for treatment of patients 19 2007
7,717,948 Methods and apparatus for thermally-induced renal neuromodulation 57 2007
8,454,594 Apparatus for performing a non-continuous circumferential treatment of a body lumen 2 2009
8,768,470 Methods for monitoring renal neuromodulation 0 2010
8,433,423 Methods for multi-vessel renal neuromodulation 1 2010
8,626,300 Methods and apparatus for thermally-induced renal neuromodulation 0 2011
8,620,423 Methods for thermal modulation of nerves contributing to renal function 0 2011
8,684,998 Methods for inhibiting renal nerve activity 0 2012
8,548,600 Apparatuses for renal neuromodulation and associated systems and methods 2 2012
8,444,640 Methods and apparatus for performing a non-continuous circumferential treatment of a body lumen 0 2012
8,398,630 Methods and apparatus for performing a non-continuous circumferential treatment of a body lumen 0 2012
8,784,463 Methods for thermally-induced renal neuromodulation 0 2013
8,728,137 Methods for thermally-induced renal neuromodulation 0 2013
8,728,138 Methods for thermally-induced renal neuromodulation 0 2013
8,805,545 Methods and apparatus for multi-vessel renal neuromodulation 0 2013
8,774,922 Catheter apparatuses having expandable balloons for renal neuromodulation and associated systems and methods 0 2013
8,818,514 Methods for intravascularly-induced neuromodulation 0 2013
8,740,896 Methods and apparatus for performing renal neuromodulation via catheter apparatuses having inflatable balloons 0 2013
8,721,637 Methods and apparatus for performing renal neuromodulation via catheter apparatuses having inflatable balloons 0 2013
8,652,133 Methods and apparatus for performing renal neuromodulation via catheter apparatuses having inflatable balloons 0 2013
 
PALOMAR MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (31)
6,015,404 Laser dermatology with feedback control 107 1996
6,508,813 System for electromagnetic radiation dermatology and head for use therewith 119 1999
6,605,080 Method and apparatus for the selective targeting of lipid-rich tissues 135 1999
6,517,532 Light energy delivery head 138 1999
6,511,475 Heads for dermatology treatment 105 2000
6,653,618 Contact detecting method and apparatus for an optical radiation handpiece 70 2001
6,663,620 Light energy delivery head 56 2002
6,723,090 Fiber laser device for medical/cosmetic procedures 95 2002
6,878,144 System for electromagnetic radiation dermatology and head for use therewith 50 2002
7,077,840 Heads for dermatology treatment 21 2002
7,540,869 Method and apparatus for improved vascular related treatment 16 2002
7,029,469 Method and apparatus for laser removal of hair 23 2003
6,976,985 Light energy delivery head 18 2003
7,276,058 Method and apparatus for treatment of cutaneous and subcutaneous conditions 18 2003
7,135,033 Phototreatment device for use with coolants and topical substances 26 2003
6,974,451 Light energy delivery head 18 2003
7,309,335 Dermatological treatment with visualization 32 2004
7,220,254 Dermatological treatment with visualization 24 2004
7,274,155 Flash lamp drive circuit 13 2005
7,431,719 System for electromagnetic radiation dermatology and head for use therewith 19 2005
7,763,016 Light energy delivery head 3 2005
7,758,621 Method and apparatus for therapeutic EMR treatment on the skin 2 2006
8,346,347 Skin optical characterization device 2 2006
7,942,915 Phototreatment device for use with coolants 4 2006
7,942,916 Phototreatment device for use with coolants and topical substances 8 2006
7,531,967 Flashlamp drive circuit 3 2007
8,328,794 System for electromagnetic radiation dermatology and head for use therewith 0 2008
7,935,107 Heads for dermatology treatment 8 2010
8,002,768 Light energy delivery head 3 2010
8,109,924 Heads for dermatology treatment 0 2011
8,328,796 Light energy delivery head 0 2011
 
ANGIODYNAMICS, INC. (30)
5,683,384 Multiple antenna ablation apparatus 208 1995
5,863,290 Multiple antenna ablation apparatus and method 121 1995
5,782,827 Multiple antenna ablation apparatus and method with multiple sensor feedback 87 1995
5,735,847 Multiple antenna ablation apparatus and method with cooling element 157 1995
5,672,173 Multiple antenna ablation apparatus and method 68 1995
6,689,127 Multiple antenna ablation apparatus and method with multiple sensor feedback 14 1995
5,672,174 Multiple antenna ablation apparatus and method 251 1996
5,728,143 Multiple antenna ablation apparatus and method 122 1996
5,810,804 Multiple antenna ablation apparatus and method with cooling element 204 1996
6,071,280 Multiple electrode ablation apparatus 130 1997
5,928,229 Tumor ablation apparatus 55 1997
6,958,062 Multiple antenna ablation apparatus and method 9 1997
5,951,547 Multiple antenna ablation apparatus and method 115 1997
5,925,042 Multiple antenna ablation apparatus and method 55 1997
5,913,855 Multiple antenna ablation apparatus and method 62 1997
6,059,780 Multiple antenna ablation apparatus and method with cooling element 88 1997
6,090,105 Multiple electrode ablation apparatus and method 112 1997
6,132,425 Cell necrosis apparatus 42 1998
6,080,150 Cell necrosis apparatus 75 1998
5,980,517 Cell necrosis apparatus 97 1998
6,500,175 Multiple antenna ablation apparatus and method with cooling element 20 2000
6,641,580 Infusion array ablation apparatus 16 2000
6,632,221 Method of creating a lesion in tissue with infusion 11 2000
6,632,222 Tissue ablation apparatus 58 2000
6,569,159 Cell necrosis apparatus 115 2000
6,770,070 Lung treatment apparatus and method 221 2000
7,160,296 Tissue ablation apparatus and method 38 2002
7,344,533 Impedance controlled tissue ablation apparatus and method 56 2002
7,150,744 Infusion array ablation apparatus 4 2003
8,734,439 Ablation apparatus and method 0 2008
 
NEUROTHERM, INC. (28)
6,122,549 Apparatus for treating intervertebral discs with resistive energy 272 1997
6,095,149 Method for treating intervertebral disc degeneration 247 1997
6,073,051 Apparatus for treating intervertebal discs with electromagnetic energy 310 1997
6,007,570 Apparatus with functional element for performing function upon intervertebral discs 258 1997
5,980,504 Method for manipulating tissue of an intervertebral disc 288 1997
6,126,682 Method for treating annular fissures in intervertebral discs 327 1998
6,099,514 Method and apparatus for delivering or removing material from the interior of an intervertebral disc 228 1998
6,261,311 Method and apparatus for treating intervertebral discs 196 1999
6,517,568 Method and apparatus for treating intervertebral discs 60 2000
6,547,810 Method for treating intervertebral discs 71 2000
6,767,347 Catheter for delivery of energy to a surgical site 53 2001
6,749,605 Catheter for delivery of energy to a surgical site 62 2001
7,069,087 Apparatus and method for accessing and performing a function within an intervertebral disc 37 2001
6,832,997 Electromagnetic energy delivery intervertebral disc treatment devices 33 2001
6,733,496 Intervertebral disc device employing flexible probe 139 2001
6,726,685 Intervertebral disc device employing looped probe 82 2001
6,638,276 Intervertebral disc device employing prebent sheath 66 2001
6,878,155 Method of treating intervertebral disc tissue employing attachment mechanism 62 2001
6,997,941 Method and apparatus for treating annular fissures in intervertebral discs 47 2003
7,400,930 Method for treating intervertebral discs 27 2003
7,282,061 Method of treating intervertebral disc 56 2003
7,267,683 Method for treating intervertebral discs 24 2003
7,226,447 Electrosurgical generator 67 2004
7,309,336 Catheter for delivery of energy to a surgical site 24 2004
8,226,697 Method for treating intervertebral disc 0 2007
8,187,312 Method for treating intervertebral disc 0 2007
8,128,619 Method for treating intervertebral discs 0 2007
7,647,123 Method for treating intervertebral discs 13 2007
 
COVIDIEN LP (25)
7,824,408 Methods and apparatus for coagulating and/or constricting hollow anatomical structures 6 2004
7,625,372 Methods and apparatus for coagulating and/or constricting hollow anatomical structures 15 2005
D574323 Generator 53 2007
8,777,941 Adjustable impedance electrosurgical electrodes 0 2007
7,777,130 Microwave cable cooling 3 2007
7,834,484 Connection cable and method for activating a voltage-controlled generator 7 2007
8,216,220 System and method for transmission of combined data stream 1 2007
8,181,995 Cool tip junction 1 2007
8,512,332 Real-time arc control in electrosurgical generators 0 2007
8,211,099 Thermal feedback systems and methods of using the same 7 2008
8,226,639 System and method for output control of electrosurgical generator 6 2008
8,608,739 Electrosurgical devices, systems and methods of using the same 0 2008
8,734,444 System and method for delivering high current to electrosurgical device 0 2008
8,292,880 Targeted cooling of deployable microwave antenna 5 2008
8,361,061 Methods and apparatus for coagulating and/or constricting hollow anatomical structures 0 2009
8,093,500 Microwave cable cooling 1 2010
8,083,738 Method and apparatus for coagulating and/or constricting hollow anatomical structures 0 2010
8,357,157 Methods and apparatus for coagulating and/or constricting hollow anatomical structures 0 2011
8,480,665 Cool tip junction 0 2012
8,353,905 System and method for transmission of combined data stream 0 2012
8,568,402 Thermal feedback systems and methods of using the same 0 2012
8,480,666 Thermal feedback systems and methods of using the same 0 2012
8,486,061 Imaginary impedance process monitoring and intelligent shut-off 0 2012
8,795,266 Methods and apparatus for coagulating and/or constricting hollow anatomical structures 0 2012
8,721,639 Methods and apparatus for coagulating and/or constricting hollow anatomical structures 0 2012
 
THERMAGE, INC. (25)
5,660,836 Method and apparatus for controlled contraction of collagen tissue 210 1995
6,241,753 Method for scar collagen formation and contraction 203 1996
5,871,524 Apparatus for controlled contraction of collagen tissue 138 1997
6,470,216 Method for smoothing contour irregularities of skin surface 105 1997
6,461,378 Apparatus for smoothing contour irregularities of skin surface 79 1997
6,430,446 Apparatus for tissue remodeling 92 1997
5,919,219 Method for controlled contraction of collagen tissue using RF energy 187 1997
6,425,912 Method and apparatus for modifying skin surface and soft tissue structure 155 1997
5,948,011 Method for controlled contraction of collagen tissue via non-continuous energy delivery 184 1997
6,377,854 Method for controlled contraction of collagen in fibrous septae in subcutaneous fat layers 80 1997
6,438,424 Apparatus for tissue remodeling 82 1998
6,381,497 Method for smoothing contour irregularity of skin surface by controlled contraction of collagen tissue 86 1998
6,381,498 Method and apparatus for controlled contraction of collagen tissue 104 1998
6,377,855 Method and apparatus for controlled contraction of collagen tissue 102 1998
6,350,276 Tissue remodeling apparatus containing cooling fluid 205 1999
6,749,624 Fluid delivery apparatus 162 2001
7,141,049 Handpiece for treatment of tissue 48 2002
7,022,121 Handpiece for treatment of tissue 51 2002
7,452,358 RF electrode assembly for handpiece 51 2003
7,267,675 RF device with thermo-electric cooler 45 2003
7,229,436 Method and kit for treatment of tissue 25 2003
7,115,123 Handpiece with electrode and non-volatile memory 190 2003
7,006,874 Treatment apparatus with electromagnetic energy delivery device and non-volatile memory 61 2003
7,189,230 Method for treating skin and underlying tissue 51 2003
7,481,809 Handpiece with RF electrode and non-volatile memory 19 2005
 
ST. JUDE MEDICAL, ATRIAL FIBRILLATION DIVISION, INC. (23)
5,676,662 Ablation catheter 181 1995
6,264,654 Ablation catheter 74 1999
6,605,087 Ablation catheter 59 2001
7,235,070 Ablation fluid manifold for ablation catheter 67 2003
7,101,362 Steerable and shapable catheter employing fluid force 11 2003
7,819,866 Ablation catheter and electrode 7 2003
7,311,704 Spring-tip, flexible electrode catheter for tissue ablation 26 2004
7,087,053 Catheter with bifurcated, collapsible tip for sensing and ablating 73 2004
7,776,034 Ablation catheter with adjustable virtual electrode 13 2005
7,419,486 Treatment and diagnostic catheters with hydrogel electrodes 22 2005
7,819,868 Ablation catheter with fluid distribution structures 4 2005
7,879,030 Multipolar, virtual-electrode catheter with at least one surface electrode and method for ablation 1 2005
7,416,552 Multipolar, multi-lumen, virtual-electrode catheter with at least one surface electrode and method for ablation 21 2005
7,326,208 Ablation catheter having a virtual electrode comprising portholes and a porous conductor 17 2005
7,419,489 Ablation catheter assembly having a virtual electrode comprising portholes 30 2006
7,766,907 Ablation catheter with sensor array and discrimination circuit to minimize variation in power density 0 2006
8,128,620 Irrigated ablation electrode having proximal direction flow 1 2007
8,273,082 Irrigated ablation catheter assembly having a flow member to create parallel external flow 2 2007
8,221,409 Thermally insulated irrigation catheter assembly 4 2007
8,216,225 Irrigated ablation electrode assembly having a polygonal electrode 0 2007
8,118,809 Flexible conductive polymer electrode and method for ablation 0 2007
8,012,152 Treatment and diagnostic catheters with hydrogel electrodes 0 2008
8,585,697 Irrigated ablation catheter assembly having a flow member to create parallel external flow 0 2012
 
GYRUS MEDICAL LIMITED (20)
6,293,942 Electrosurgical generator method 305 1996
6,015,406 Electrosurgical instrument 270 1996
6,004,319 Electrosurgical instrument 303 1996
6,027,501 Electrosurgical instrument 283 1996
6,013,076 Electrosurgical instrument 207 1996
5,944,715 Electrosurgical instrument 319 1996
6,093,186 Electrosurgical generator and system 315 1997
6,416,509 Electrosurgical generator and system 288 1998
6,090,106 Electrosurgical instrument 234 1998
6,056,746 Electrosurgical instrument 328 1998
6,364,877 Electrosurgical generator and system 235 1998
6,306,134 Electrosurgical generator and system 299 1998
6,261,286 Electrosurgical generator and system 269 1998
6,210,405 Under water treatment 74 1998
6,277,114 Electrode assembly for an electrosurical instrument 100 1999
6,174,308 Electrosurgical instrument 105 1999
6,234,178 Electrosurgical instrument 150 1999
6,780,180 Electrosurgical instrument 180 2000
6,565,561 Electrosurgical instrument 25 2000
6,482,202 Under water treatment 62 2001
 
ORATEC INTERVENTIONS, INC. (19)
5,785,705 RF method for controlled depth ablation of soft tissue 253 1995
6,482,204 Method and apparatus for controlled contraction of soft tissue 30 1996
6,068,628 Apparatus for treating chondromalacia 181 1996
6,461,353 Orthopedic apparatus for controlled contraction of collagen tissue 7 1997
6,168,593 Electrode for electrosurgical coagulation of tissue 148 1998
6,135,999 Concave probe for arthroscopic surgery 128 1998
5,954,716 Method for modifying the length of a ligament 203 1998
6,007,533 Electrocauterizing tip for orthopedic shave devices 51 1998
6,004,320 Clip on electrocauterizing sheath for orthopedic shave devices 43 1998
6,283,960 Apparatus for delivery of energy to a surgical site 79 1998
6,214,001 Electrocauterizing tool for orthopedic shave devices 86 1998
6,176,857 Method and apparatus for applying thermal energy to tissue asymmetrically 97 1998
6,350,262 Method and apparatus for applying thermal energy to tissue asymetrically 112 2000
6,391,028 Probe with distally orientated concave curve for arthroscopic surgery 82 2000
6,645,203 Surgical instrument with off-axis electrode 24 2001
6,695,839 Method and apparatus for treatment of disrupted articular cartilage 34 2001
6,645,204 Intervertebral disc device employing flexible probe 2001
6,757,565 Electrosurgical instrument having a predetermined heat profile 23 2002
6,939,346 Method and apparatus for controlling a temperature-controlled probe 143 2002
 
INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC. (18)
7,860,555 Tissue visualization and manipulation system 23 2005
7,930,016 Tissue closure system 0 2006
7,860,556 Tissue imaging and extraction systems 15 2006
7,918,787 Tissue visualization and manipulation systems 0 2007
8,050,746 Tissue visualization device and method variations 2 2007
8,137,333 Delivery of biological compounds to ischemic and/or infarcted tissue 11 2007
8,221,310 Tissue visualization device and method variations 3 2007
8,758,229 Axial visualization systems 0 2007
8,131,350 Stabilization of visualization catheters 10 2007
8,078,266 Flow reduction hood systems 1 2008
8,657,805 Complex shape steerable tissue visualization and manipulation catheter 0 2008
8,709,008 Visual electrode ablation systems 0 2008
8,235,985 Visualization and ablation system variations 0 2008
8,333,012 Method of forming electrode placement and connection systems 1 2009
8,694,071 Image stabilization techniques and methods 0 2011
8,417,321 Flow reduction hood systems 0 2011
8,419,613 Tissue visualization device 0 2011
8,814,845 Delivery of biological compounds to ischemic and/or infarcted tissue 0 2012
 
MEDTRONIC ADVANCED ENERGY LLC (17)
6,702,810 Fluid delivery system and controller for electrosurgical devices 183 2001
7,115,139 Fluid-assisted medical devices, fluid delivery systems and controllers for such devices, and methods 57 2001
6,953,461 Fluid-assisted medical devices, systems and methods 217 2002
7,651,494 Fluid-assisted medical device 23 2003
8,048,070 Fluid-assisted medical devices, systems and methods 2 2003
8,475,455 Fluid-assisted electrosurgical scissors and methods 0 2003
7,815,634 Fluid delivery system and controller for electrosurgical devices 3 2003
7,951,148 Electrosurgical device having a tissue reduction sensor 0 2004
7,998,140 Fluid-assisted medical devices, systems and methods 2 2004
7,604,635 Fluid-assisted medical devices, systems and methods 4 2004
7,811,282 Fluid-assisted electrosurgical devices, electrosurgical unit with pump and methods of use thereof 9 2005
8,038,670 Fluid-assisted medical devices, systems and methods 6 2005
7,645,277 Fluid-assisted medical device 22 2005
8,075,557 Fluid-assisted medical devices and methods 0 2007
7,537,595 Fluid-assisted medical devices, systems and methods 7 2007
8,632,533 Fluid-assisted electrosurgical device 0 2010
8,361,068 Fluid-assisted electrosurgical devices, electrosurgical unit with pump and methods of use thereof 0 2010
 
XENOGEN CORPORATION (13)
7,403,812 Method and apparatus for determining target depth, brightness and size within a body region 5 2002
7,616,985 Method and apparatus for 3-D imaging of internal light sources 3 2003
7,797,034 3-D in-vivo imaging and topography using structured light 3 2005
7,298,415 Structured light imaging apparatus 10 2005
8,044,996 Surface construction using combined photographic and structured light information 2 2006
7,599,731 Fluorescent light tomography 2 2007
7,764,986 Method and apparatus for determining target depth, brightness and size within a body region 1 2007
7,603,167 Method and apparatus for 3-D imaging of internal light sources 4 2007
7,555,332 Fluorescent light tomography 2 2007
8,279,334 Structured light imaging apparatus 0 2007
7,860,549 Method and apparatus for 3-D imaging of internal light sources 1 2009
8,180,435 Method and apparatus for determining target depth, brightness and size within a body region 1 2010
8,825,140 Imaging system 0 2012
 
CORDIS WEBSTER, INC. (12)
5,462,521 Fluid cooled and perfused tip for a catheter 425 1993
5,607,422 Catheter with elongated side electrode 102 1994
5,643,197 Fluid cooled and perfused tip for a catheter 312 1994
6,017,338 Fluid cooled and perfused tip for a catheter 130 1995
5,800,428 Linear catheter ablation system 204 1996
6,402,719 Steerable DMR catheter with infusion tube 16 1997
6,024,739 Method for detecting and revascularizing ischemic myocardial tissue 90 1997
6,120,476 Irrigated tip catheter 107 1997
6,063,080 Linear catheter ablation system 47 1998
6,210,406 Split tip electrode catheter and signal processing RF ablation system 54 1998
6,171,275 Irrigated split tip electrode catheter 94 1998
6,217,573 System and method for measuring surface temperature of tissue during ablation 112 1999
 
TYCO HEALTHCARE GROUP AG (11)
5,776,130 Vascular tissue sealing pressure control 378 1995
6,280,441 Apparatus and method for RF lesioning 183 1997
6,179,834 Vascular tissue sealing pressure control and method 230 1998
6,039,733 Method of vascular tissue sealing pressure control 375 1998
6,575,969 Cool-tip radiofrequency thermosurgery electrode system for tumor ablation 396 2000
6,506,189 Cool-tip electrode thermosurgery system 296 2000
6,881,214 Ablation treatment of bone metastases 49 2002
7,300,435 Automatic control system for an electrosurgical generator 204 2003
7,255,694 Variable output crest factor electrosurgical generator 60 2003
7,480,533 Ablation treatment of bone metastases 33 2005
7,282,049 Electrosurgical system employing multiple electrodes and method thereof 86 2005
 
KIMBERLY-CLARK INC. (10)
7,163,536 Determining connections of multiple energy sources and energy delivery devices 48 2004
8,043,287 Method of treating biological tissue 0 2005
7,799,021 Electrosurgical treatment in conjunction with monitoring 0 2005
8,201,563 Method for introducing materials into a body 4 2006
8,096,957 Method for removing material from a patient's body 0 2006
8,361,063 System and method for controlling energy delivery 0 2007
8,518,036 Electrosurgical tissue treatment method 0 2007
8,343,146 Methods for control of energy delivery to multiple energy delivery devices 0 2008
8,505,545 Method of and device for introducing materials into a body 0 2012
8,740,897 Electrosurgical tissue treatment method and device 0 2013
 
MEDTRONIC ABLATION FRONTIERS LLC (10)
8,617,152 Ablation system with feedback 0 2005
8,657,814 User interface for tissue ablation system 0 2006
7,850,685 Ablation catheter 20 2006
8,834,461 Low power tissue ablation system 0 2006
8,641,704 Ablation therapy system and method for treating continuous atrial fibrillation 0 2008
8,771,269 RF energy delivery system and method 0 2008
8,273,084 Atrial ablation catheter and method of use 0 2008
8,486,063 Ablation catheter 0 2008
8,556,891 Variable-output radiofrequency ablation power supply 0 2010
8,337,492 Ablation catheter 5 2010
 
GREATBATCH LTD. (9)
7,844,319 Systems and methods for magnetic-resonance-guided interventional procedures 23 2002
8,600,519 Transient voltage/current protection system for electronic circuits associated with implanted leads 0 2009
8,509,913 Switched diverter circuits for minimizing heating of an implanted lead and/or providing EMI protection in a high power electromagnetic field environment 0 2010
8,457,760 Switched diverter circuits for minimizing heating of an implanted lead and/or providing EMI protection in a high power electromagnetic field environment 0 2010
8,095,224 EMI shielded conduit assembly for an active implantable medical device 1 2010
8,447,414 Switched safety protection circuit for an AIMD system during exposure to high power electromagnetic fields 0 2010
8,219,208 Frequency selective passive component networks for active implantable medical devices utilizing an energy dissipating surface 1 2010
8,275,466 Band stop filter employing a capacitor and an inductor tank circuit to enhance MRI compatibility of active medical devices 0 2010
8,751,013 Switched diverter circuits for minimizing heating of an implanted lead and/or providing EMI protection in a high power electromagnetic field environment 0 2013
 
MEDTRONIC CRYOCATH LP (8)
7,097,641 Catheter with cryogenic and heating ablation 13 1999
7,465,300 Catheter with cryogenic and electrical heating ablation 6 2005
7,842,031 Bioimpedance measurement system and method 0 2005
7,896,870 Catheter with cryogenic and electrical heating ablation 0 2007
7,951,140 Catheter with cryogenic and electrical heating ablation 1 2008
7,914,525 Bioimpedance measurement system and method 0 2008
8,083,732 Catheter with cryogenic and electrical heating ablation 0 2011
8,287,526 Method of simultaneously freezing and heating tissue for ablation 0 2011
 
CYTYC CORPORATION (5)
7,731,712 Method and system for transcervical tubal occlusion 3 2004
7,674,260 Emergency hemostasis device utilizing energy 2 2005
7,512,445 Moisture transport system for contact electrocoagulation 15 2005
8,486,060 Power ramping during RF ablation 0 2006
7,846,160 Method and apparatus for sterilization 28 2006
 
CYTYC SURGICAL PRODUCTS (5)
5,769,880 Moisture transport system for contact electrocoagulation 110 1996
6,813,520 Method for ablating and/or coagulating tissue using moisture transport 74 1998
7,604,633 Moisture transport system for contact electrocoagulation 14 2004
8,506,563 Moisture transport system for contact electrocoagulation 0 2009
8,551,082 Radio-frequency generator for powering an ablation device 0 2012
 
ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (5)
6,206,876 Electrosurgery with cooled electrodes 200 2000
6,503,248 Cooled, non-sticking electrosurgical devices 55 2000
6,544,264 Electrosurgery with cooled electrodes 37 2001
7,235,073 Cooled electrosurgical forceps 58 2001
7,074,219 Electrosurgery with cooled electrodes 72 2003
 
HALT MEDICAL INC. (5)
7,678,106 Gynecological ablation procedure and system 10 2005
8,080,009 Radio frequency ablation device for the destruction of tissue masses 1 2005
8,512,333 Anchored RF ablation device for the destruction of tissue masses 0 2006
8,251,991 Anchored RF ablation device for the destruction of tissue masses 0 2007
8,241,276 RF ablation device with jam-preventing electrical coupling member 0 2007
 
PALOMAR MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (5)
6,997,923 Method and apparatus for EMR treatment 107 2001
7,044,959 Method and apparatus for hair growth management 21 2003
7,351,252 Method and apparatus for photothermal treatment of tissue at depth 35 2003
7,060,061 Method and apparatus for the selective targeting of lipid-rich tissues 40 2003
8,182,473 Cooling system for a photocosmetic device 4 2006
 
SMITH & NEPHEW, INC. (5)
7,150,747 Electrosurgical cutter 36 2003
7,655,003 Electrosurgical power control 13 2005
8,052,675 Electrosurgical power control 2 2010
8,348,934 Electrosurgical power control 0 2011
8,603,082 Electrosurgical power control 0 2012
 
DEL MAR MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES (4)
6,261,312 Inflatable catheter for selective organ heating and cooling and method of using the same 116 1998
6,251,130 Device for applications of selective organ cooling 138 1998
6,245,095 Method and apparatus for location and temperature specific drug action such as thrombolysis 114 1999
6,491,716 Method and device for applications of selective organ cooling 17 1999
 
MEDERI THERAPEUTICS, INC. (4)
6,273,886 Integrated tissue heating and cooling apparatus 246 1999
7,585,296 Method to treat gastric reflux via the detection and ablation of gastro-esophageal nerves and receptors 7 2005
8,696,660 Devices, systems and methods for treating tissue regions of the body 0 2007
8,728,074 Devices, systems and methods for treating tissue regions of the body 0 2009
 
MICRUS CORPORATION (4)
6,887,235 Variable stiffness heating catheter 40 2001
7,066,931 Variable stiffness heating catheter 10 2004
7,645,275 Variable stiffness heating catheter 1 2006
8,282,677 Variable stiffness heating catheter 0 2010
 
United States Surgical Corporation (4)
6,106,521 Apparatus for thermal treatment of tissue 90 1996
5,995,875 Apparatus for thermal treatment of tissue 56 1997
6,402,742 Controller for thermal treatment of tissue 128 2000
6,428,538 Apparatus and method for thermal treatment of body tissue 40 2000
 
NOVOSTE CORPORATION (3)
5,529,067 Methods for procedures related to the electrophysiology of the heart 154 1994
5,755,663 Apparatus for procedures related to the electrophysiology of the heart 57 1996
5,967,976 Apparatus and methods for procedures related to the electrophysiology of the heart 113 1996
 
STRYKER CORPORATION (3)
6,214,003 Electrosurgical tool 48 1999
6,461,352 Surgical handpiece with self-sealing switch assembly 141 2001
7,306,592 System and method for regulating an amount of thermal energy generated by an electrosurgical tool 19 2002
 
The Johns Hopkins University (3)
7,155,271 System and method for magnetic-resonance-guided electrophysiologic and ablation procedures 49 2003
7,412,276 Brain therapy 14 2004
8,099,151 System and method for magnetic-resonance-guided electrophysiologic and ablation procedures 2 2005
 
BIOSENSE WEBSTER, INC. (2)
6,602,242 Irrigated tip catheter 95 2000
6,458,123 Ablation catheter with positional sensor 28 2000
 
ECLIPSE SURGICAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (2)
6,267,757 Revascularization with RF ablation 36 1997
6,156,031 Transmyocardial revascularization using radiofrequency energy 61 1998
 
MRI INTERVENTIONS, INC. (2)
RE42856 Magnetic resonance probes 1 2007
RE44736 Magnetic resonance probes 0 2011
 
Philadelphia Heart Institute (2)
5,447,529 Method of using endocardial impedance for determining electrode-tissue contact, appropriate sites for arrhythmia ablation and tissue heating during ablation 95 1994
5,562,721 Method of using endocardial impedance for assessing tissue heating during ablation 68 1995
 
THERMOPEUTIX, INC. (2)
7,789,846 System and methods for selective thermal treatment 0 2005
7,704,220 Systems and methods for selective thermal treatment 0 2006
 
ZOLL CIRCULATION, INC. (2)
6,527,798 Method and apparatus for regional and whole body temperature modification 47 2000
8,740,959 Method and apparatus for modifying the temperature of a patient 0 2013
 
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