Ultrasound catheter

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 5368037
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08012251

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An ultrasound catheter is disclosed for providing substantially real-time images of small cavities. The ultrasound catheter is characterized by separate and distinct materials for backing the transducers and for carrying the electronics components. The separate materials comprise an electronics carrier meeting the requirements for holding the integrated circuitry of the ultrasound device and a backing material displaying superior characteristics relating to reducing ringing and minimizing the effect of other sources of signal degradation in the transducer assembly. Also, in accordance with the present invention, a technique is described for connecting the conductor lines of the separate transducer assembly and electronics body.

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Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
VOLCANO CORPORATIONRANCHO CORDOVA, CA240

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Eberle, Michael J Fair Oaks, CA 49 2160
Kiepen, Horst F Georgetown, CA 15 939
Rizzuti, Gary P Shingle Springs, CA 12 649

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Medical College of Georgia Research Institute (1)
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