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 6075

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MEDTRONIC, INC. (70)
5,431,649 Method and apparatus for R-F ablation 466 1993
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7,083,620 Electrosurgical hemostat 151 2003
7,156,843 Irrigated focal ablation tip 20 2003
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8,162,933 Vibration sensitive ablation device and method 0 2004
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7,758,580 Compound bipolar ablation device and method 1 2005
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7,749,217 Method and system for optically detecting blood and controlling a generator during electrosurgery 27 2003
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7,364,577 Vessel sealing system 74 2003
8,104,956 Thermocouple measurement circuit 6 2003
7,131,860 Connector systems for electrosurgical generator 192 2003
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7,396,336 Switched resonant ultrasonic power amplifier system 149 2004
7,303,557 Vessel sealing system 189 2004
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7,780,662 Vessel sealing system using capacitive RF dielectric heating 24 2005
7,628,786 Universal foot switch contact port 11 2005
7,879,031 Cooled RF ablation needle 3 2005
7,776,035 Cool-tip combined electrode introducer 3 2005
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8,734,438 Circuit and method for reducing stored energy in an electrosurgical generator 0 2005
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7,763,018 Cool-tip thermocouple including two-piece hub 12 2006
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8,685,016 System and method for tissue sealing 0 2009
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5,868,735 Cryoplasty device and method 183 1997
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6,648,878 Cryoplasty device and method 34 2001
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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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7,850,681 Cryoplasty device and method 5 2006
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6,197,021 Systems and methods for controlling tissue ablation using multiple temperature sensing elements 63 1998
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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. (34)
7,653,438 Methods and apparatus for renal neuromodulation 54 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 13 2005
7,647,115 Renal nerve stimulation method and apparatus for treatment of patients 48 2005
8,145,316 Methods and apparatus for renal neuromodulation 12 2005
7,937,143 Methods and apparatus for inducing controlled renal neuromodulation 16 2005
7,756,583 Methods and apparatus for intravascularly-induced neuromodulation 56 2005
7,620,451 Methods and apparatus for pulsed electric field neuromodulation via an intra-to-extravascular approach 60 2006
8,175,711 Methods for treating a condition or disease associated with cardio-renal function 27 2006
8,150,519 Methods and apparatus for bilateral renal neuromodulation 29 2006
8,150,520 Methods for catheter-based renal denervation 31 2006
8,145,317 Methods for renal neuromodulation 29 2006
8,131,371 Methods and apparatus for monopolar renal neuromodulation 31 2006
7,853,333 Methods and apparatus for multi-vessel renal neuromodulation 16 2006
7,617,005 Methods and apparatus for thermally-induced renal neuromodulation 63 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 9 2006
8,131,372 Renal nerve stimulation method for treatment of patients 17 2007
7,717,948 Methods and apparatus for thermally-induced renal neuromodulation 51 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 0 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
8,728,137 Methods for thermally-induced renal neuromodulation 0 2013
8,728,138 Methods for thermally-induced renal neuromodulation 0 2013
8,774,922 Catheter apparatuses having expandable balloons for renal neuromodulation and associated systems and methods 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 106 1996
6,508,813 System for electromagnetic radiation dermatology and head for use therewith 118 1999
6,605,080 Method and apparatus for the selective targeting of lipid-rich tissues 130 1999
6,517,532 Light energy delivery head 134 1999
6,511,475 Heads for dermatology treatment 104 2000
6,653,618 Contact detecting method and apparatus for an optical radiation handpiece 69 2001
6,663,620 Light energy delivery head 56 2002
6,723,090 Fiber laser device for medical/cosmetic procedures 93 2002
6,878,144 System for electromagnetic radiation dermatology and head for use therewith 49 2002
7,077,840 Heads for dermatology treatment 21 2002
7,540,869 Method and apparatus for improved vascular related treatment 14 2002
7,029,469 Method and apparatus for laser removal of hair 22 2003
6,976,985 Light energy delivery head 18 2003
7,276,058 Method and apparatus for treatment of cutaneous and subcutaneous conditions 17 2003
7,135,033 Phototreatment device for use with coolants and topical substances 25 2003
6,974,451 Light energy delivery head 18 2003
7,309,335 Dermatological treatment with visualization 29 2004
7,220,254 Dermatological treatment with visualization 23 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 1 2006
7,942,915 Phototreatment device for use with coolants 4 2006
7,942,916 Phototreatment device for use with coolants and topical substances 7 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 205 1995
5,863,290 Multiple antenna ablation apparatus and method 119 1995
5,782,827 Multiple antenna ablation apparatus and method with multiple sensor feedback 85 1995
5,735,847 Multiple antenna ablation apparatus and method with cooling element 154 1995
5,672,173 Multiple antenna ablation apparatus and method 66 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 244 1996
5,728,143 Multiple antenna ablation apparatus and method 119 1996
5,810,804 Multiple antenna ablation apparatus and method with cooling element 201 1996
6,071,280 Multiple electrode ablation apparatus 125 1997
5,928,229 Tumor ablation apparatus 54 1997
6,958,062 Multiple antenna ablation apparatus and method 7 1997
5,951,547 Multiple antenna ablation apparatus and method 113 1997
5,925,042 Multiple antenna ablation apparatus and method 53 1997
5,913,855 Multiple antenna ablation apparatus and method 62 1997
6,059,780 Multiple antenna ablation apparatus and method with cooling element 85 1997
6,090,105 Multiple electrode ablation apparatus and method 106 1997
6,132,425 Cell necrosis apparatus 40 1998
6,080,150 Cell necrosis apparatus 72 1998
5,980,517 Cell necrosis apparatus 95 1998
6,500,175 Multiple antenna ablation apparatus and method with cooling element 20 2000
6,641,580 Infusion array ablation apparatus 15 2000
6,632,221 Method of creating a lesion in tissue with infusion 10 2000
6,632,222 Tissue ablation apparatus 57 2000
6,569,159 Cell necrosis apparatus 108 2000
6,770,070 Lung treatment apparatus and method 213 2000
7,160,296 Tissue ablation apparatus and method 37 2002
7,344,533 Impedance controlled tissue ablation apparatus and method 52 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 269 1997
6,095,149 Method for treating intervertebral disc degeneration 242 1997
6,073,051 Apparatus for treating intervertebal discs with electromagnetic energy 299 1997
6,007,570 Apparatus with functional element for performing function upon intervertebral discs 252 1997
5,980,504 Method for manipulating tissue of an intervertebral disc 284 1997
6,126,682 Method for treating annular fissures in intervertebral discs 323 1998
6,099,514 Method and apparatus for delivering or removing material from the interior of an intervertebral disc 221 1998
6,261,311 Method and apparatus for treating intervertebral discs 194 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 51 2001
6,749,605 Catheter for delivery of energy to a surgical site 60 2001
7,069,087 Apparatus and method for accessing and performing a function within an intervertebral disc 34 2001
6,832,997 Electromagnetic energy delivery intervertebral disc treatment devices 33 2001
6,733,496 Intervertebral disc device employing flexible probe 134 2001
6,726,685 Intervertebral disc device employing looped probe 79 2001
6,638,276 Intervertebral disc device employing prebent sheath 65 2001
6,878,155 Method of treating intervertebral disc tissue employing attachment mechanism 61 2001
6,997,941 Method and apparatus for treating annular fissures in intervertebral discs 46 2003
7,400,930 Method for treating intervertebral discs 25 2003
7,282,061 Method of treating intervertebral disc 52 2003
7,267,683 Method for treating intervertebral discs 23 2003
7,226,447 Electrosurgical generator 66 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 11 2007
 
THERMAGE, INC. (25)
5,660,836 Method and apparatus for controlled contraction of collagen tissue 205 1995
6,241,753 Method for scar collagen formation and contraction 199 1996
5,871,524 Apparatus for controlled contraction of collagen tissue 136 1997
6,470,216 Method for smoothing contour irregularities of skin surface 101 1997
6,461,378 Apparatus for smoothing contour irregularities of skin surface 76 1997
6,430,446 Apparatus for tissue remodeling 88 1997
5,919,219 Method for controlled contraction of collagen tissue using RF energy 183 1997
6,425,912 Method and apparatus for modifying skin surface and soft tissue structure 152 1997
5,948,011 Method for controlled contraction of collagen tissue via non-continuous energy delivery 179 1997
6,377,854 Method for controlled contraction of collagen in fibrous septae in subcutaneous fat layers 78 1997
6,438,424 Apparatus for tissue remodeling 80 1998
6,381,497 Method for smoothing contour irregularity of skin surface by controlled contraction of collagen tissue 83 1998
6,381,498 Method and apparatus for controlled contraction of collagen tissue 101 1998
6,377,855 Method and apparatus for controlled contraction of collagen tissue 99 1998
6,350,276 Tissue remodeling apparatus containing cooling fluid 198 1999
6,749,624 Fluid delivery apparatus 157 2001
7,141,049 Handpiece for treatment of tissue 46 2002
7,022,121 Handpiece for treatment of tissue 49 2002
7,452,358 RF electrode assembly for handpiece 46 2003
7,267,675 RF device with thermo-electric cooler 41 2003
7,229,436 Method and kit for treatment of tissue 24 2003
7,115,123 Handpiece with electrode and non-volatile memory 188 2003
7,006,874 Treatment apparatus with electromagnetic energy delivery device and non-volatile memory 59 2003
7,189,230 Method for treating skin and underlying tissue 50 2003
7,481,809 Handpiece with RF electrode and non-volatile memory 17 2005
 
COVIDIEN LP (24)
7,824,408 Methods and apparatus for coagulating and/or constricting hollow anatomical structures 5 2004
7,625,372 Methods and apparatus for coagulating and/or constricting hollow anatomical structures 14 2005
D574323 Generator 51 2007
8,777,941 Adjustable impedance electrosurgical electrodes 0 2007
7,777,130 Microwave cable cooling 2 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
8,721,639 Methods and apparatus for coagulating and/or constricting hollow anatomical structures 0 2012
 
ST. JUDE MEDICAL, ATRIAL FIBRILLATION DIVISION, INC. (23)
5,676,662 Ablation catheter 177 1995
6,264,654 Ablation catheter 74 1999
6,605,087 Ablation catheter 58 2001
7,235,070 Ablation fluid manifold for ablation catheter 65 2003
7,101,362 Steerable and shapable catheter employing fluid force 11 2003
7,819,866 Ablation catheter and electrode 6 2003
7,311,704 Spring-tip, flexible electrode catheter for tissue ablation 23 2004
7,087,053 Catheter with bifurcated, collapsible tip for sensing and ablating 67 2004
7,776,034 Ablation catheter with adjustable virtual electrode 12 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 18 2005
7,326,208 Ablation catheter having a virtual electrode comprising portholes and a porous conductor 15 2005
7,419,489 Ablation catheter assembly having a virtual electrode comprising portholes 28 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 3 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 294 1996
6,015,406 Electrosurgical instrument 259 1996
6,004,319 Electrosurgical instrument 292 1996
6,027,501 Electrosurgical instrument 272 1996
6,013,076 Electrosurgical instrument 199 1996
5,944,715 Electrosurgical instrument 308 1996
6,093,186 Electrosurgical generator and system 304 1997
6,416,509 Electrosurgical generator and system 278 1998
6,090,106 Electrosurgical instrument 224 1998
6,056,746 Electrosurgical instrument 319 1998
6,364,877 Electrosurgical generator and system 226 1998
6,306,134 Electrosurgical generator and system 290 1998
6,261,286 Electrosurgical generator and system 260 1998
6,210,405 Under water treatment 74 1998
6,277,114 Electrode assembly for an electrosurical instrument 91 1999
6,174,308 Electrosurgical instrument 98 1999
6,234,178 Electrosurgical instrument 141 1999
6,780,180 Electrosurgical instrument 172 2000
6,565,561 Electrosurgical instrument 23 2000
6,482,202 Under water treatment 61 2001
 
ORATEC INTERVENTIONS, INC. (19)
5,785,705 RF method for controlled depth ablation of soft tissue 248 1995
6,482,204 Method and apparatus for controlled contraction of soft tissue 29 1996
6,068,628 Apparatus for treating chondromalacia 180 1996
6,461,353 Orthopedic apparatus for controlled contraction of collagen tissue 7 1997
6,168,593 Electrode for electrosurgical coagulation of tissue 144 1998
6,135,999 Concave probe for arthroscopic surgery 124 1998
5,954,716 Method for modifying the length of a ligament 199 1998
6,007,533 Electrocauterizing tip for orthopedic shave devices 50 1998
6,004,320 Clip on electrocauterizing sheath for orthopedic shave devices 42 1998
6,283,960 Apparatus for delivery of energy to a surgical site 79 1998
6,214,001 Electrocauterizing tool for orthopedic shave devices 82 1998
6,176,857 Method and apparatus for applying thermal energy to tissue asymmetrically 95 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 79 2000
6,645,203 Surgical instrument with off-axis electrode 24 2001
6,695,839 Method and apparatus for treatment of disrupted articular cartilage 33 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 134 2002
 
INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC. (17)
7,860,555 Tissue visualization and manipulation system 22 2005
7,930,016 Tissue closure system 0 2006
7,860,556 Tissue imaging and extraction systems 14 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 10 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 9 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
 
MEDTRONIC ADVANCED ENERGY LLC (17)
6,702,810 Fluid delivery system and controller for electrosurgical devices 182 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 205 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 21 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
 
CORDIS WEBSTER, INC. (12)
5,462,521 Fluid cooled and perfused tip for a catheter 417 1993
5,607,422 Catheter with elongated side electrode 102 1994
5,643,197 Fluid cooled and perfused tip for a catheter 310 1994
6,017,338 Fluid cooled and perfused tip for a catheter 128 1995
5,800,428 Linear catheter ablation system 199 1996
6,402,719 Steerable DMR catheter with infusion tube 16 1997
6,024,739 Method for detecting and revascularizing ischemic myocardial tissue 87 1997
6,120,476 Irrigated tip catheter 105 1997
6,063,080 Linear catheter ablation system 44 1998
6,210,406 Split tip electrode catheter and signal processing RF ablation system 52 1998
6,171,275 Irrigated split tip electrode catheter 92 1998
6,217,573 System and method for measuring surface temperature of tissue during ablation 107 1999
 
XENOGEN CORPORATION (12)
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 2 2003
7,797,034 3-D in-vivo imaging and topography using structured light 2 2005
7,298,415 Structured light imaging apparatus 10 2005
8,044,996 Surface construction using combined photographic and structured light information 1 2006
7,599,731 Fluorescent light tomography 1 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 3 2007
7,555,332 Fluorescent light tomography 1 2007
8,279,334 Structured light imaging apparatus 0 2007
7,860,549 Method and apparatus for 3-D imaging of internal light sources 0 2009
8,180,435 Method and apparatus for determining target depth, brightness and size within a body region 1 2010
 
TYCO HEALTHCARE GROUP AG (11)
5,776,130 Vascular tissue sealing pressure control 368 1995
6,280,441 Apparatus and method for RF lesioning 179 1997
6,179,834 Vascular tissue sealing pressure control and method 229 1998
6,039,733 Method of vascular tissue sealing pressure control 365 1998
6,575,969 Cool-tip radiofrequency thermosurgery electrode system for tumor ablation 382 2000
6,506,189 Cool-tip electrode thermosurgery system 286 2000
6,881,214 Ablation treatment of bone metastases 46 2002
7,300,435 Automatic control system for an electrosurgical generator 202 2003
7,255,694 Variable output crest factor electrosurgical generator 59 2003
7,480,533 Ablation treatment of bone metastases 30 2005
7,282,049 Electrosurgical system employing multiple electrodes and method thereof 83 2005
 
KIMBERLY-CLARK INC. (10)
7,163,536 Determining connections of multiple energy sources and energy delivery devices 47 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
 
GREATBATCH LTD. (9)
7,844,319 Systems and methods for magnetic-resonance-guided interventional procedures 18 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 ABLATION FRONTIERS LLC (9)
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 19 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 3 2010
 
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 14 2005
8,486,060 Power ramping during RF ablation 0 2006
7,846,160 Method and apparatus for sterilization 26 2006
 
CYTYC SURGICAL PRODUCTS (5)
5,769,880 Moisture transport system for contact electrocoagulation 107 1996
6,813,520 Method for ablating and/or coagulating tissue using moisture transport 69 1998
7,604,633 Moisture transport system for contact electrocoagulation 13 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 194 2000
6,503,248 Cooled, non-sticking electrosurgical devices 51 2000
6,544,264 Electrosurgery with cooled electrodes 36 2001
7,235,073 Cooled electrosurgical forceps 54 2001
7,074,219 Electrosurgery with cooled electrodes 71 2003
 
HALT MEDICAL INC. (5)
7,678,106 Gynecological ablation procedure and system 9 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 106 2001
7,044,959 Method and apparatus for hair growth management 20 2003
7,351,252 Method and apparatus for photothermal treatment of tissue at depth 33 2003
7,060,061 Method and apparatus for the selective targeting of lipid-rich tissues 39 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 1 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 115 1998
6,251,130 Device for applications of selective organ cooling 135 1998
6,245,095 Method and apparatus for location and temperature specific drug action such as thrombolysis 112 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 235 1999
7,585,296 Method to treat gastric reflux via the detection and ablation of gastro-esophageal nerves and receptors 5 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 37 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 86 1996
5,995,875 Apparatus for thermal treatment of tissue 55 1997
6,402,742 Controller for thermal treatment of tissue 127 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 152 1994
5,755,663 Apparatus for procedures related to the electrophysiology of the heart 55 1996
5,967,976 Apparatus and methods for procedures related to the electrophysiology of the heart 110 1996
 
STRYKER CORPORATION (3)
6,214,003 Electrosurgical tool 46 1999
6,461,352 Surgical handpiece with self-sealing switch assembly 140 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 48 2003
7,412,276 Brain therapy 13 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 88 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 94 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 46 2000
8,740,959 Method and apparatus for modifying the temperature of a patient 0 2013
 
ADVANCED NEUROMODULATION SYSTEMS, INC. (1)
6,208,881 Catheter with thin film electrodes and method for making same 67 1998
 
American Cardiac Ablation Co., Inc. (1)
5,733,281 Ultrasound and impedance feedback system for use with electrosurgical instruments 108 1996
 
AthroCare Corporation (1)
8,317,786 System, method and apparatus for electrosurgical instrument with movable suction sheath 1 2009
 
ATRICURE, INC. (1)
8,353,907 Ablation device with internally cooled electrodes 0 2008
 
CARDIAC PATHWAYS CORPORATION (1)
5,997,532 Ablation catheter tip with a buffer layer covering the electrode 62 1997
 
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6,346,104 System for simultaneous unipolar multi-electrode ablation 128 1998
 
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