US Patent No: 5,762,066

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Multifaceted ultrasound transducer probe system and methods for its use

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A High Intensity Focused Ultrasound system is provided for treatment of focal disease. The preferred embodiment includes an intracavity probe having two active ultrasound radiating surfaces with different focal geometries. Selectively energizing the first surface focuses therapeutic energy a first distance from the housing, energizing the second surface focuses therapeutic energy nearer the housing. Preferably, the probe includes a thin, flexible, inelastic membrane which is rigidized with pressure to allow blunt manipulation of tissue. Methods of use of the probe are also provided, particularly for treatment of diseases of the prostate.

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Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
THS INTERNATIONAL, INC.MILPITAS, CA5
FOCUS SURGERYINDIANAPOLIS, IN2

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
DeMarta, Stan Pleasanton, CA 5 751
Fry, Frank Port Charlotte, FL 1 254
Hennige, Carl San Jose, CA 3 481
Kendrick, Paul Sunnyvale, CA 3 282
Law, Wing K Mountain View, CA 6 859
Miller, Fred Fremont, CA 2 261
Sanghvi, Narendra T Indianapolis, IN 35 2044

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7,951,095 Ultrasound medical system 10 2004
7,695,436 Transmit apodization of an ultrasound transducer array 4 2004
7,806,839 System and method for ultrasound therapy using grating lobes 1 2004
7,452,357 System and method for planning treatment of tissue 29 2004
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7,311,679 Disposable transducer seal 13 2004
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7,857,773 Apparatus and methods for the destruction of adipose tissue 43 2006
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7,052,491 Vacuum-assisted securing apparatus for a microwave ablation instrument 17 2002
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7,192,427 Apparatus and method for assessing transmurality of a tissue ablation 82 2003
6,976,986 Electrode arrangement for use in a medical instrument 56 2004
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7,346,399 Monopole tip for ablation catheter 3 2004
7,156,841 Electrode arrangement for use in a medical instrument 1 2005
7,387,627 Vacuum-assisted securing apparatus for a microwave ablation instrument 32 2005
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7,558,616 Guidance of invasive medical procedures using implantable tags 0 2002
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