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, CA11
FOCUS SURGERYINDIANAPOLIS, IN3

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
DeMarta, Stan Pleasanton, CA 5 536
Fry, Frank Port Charlotte, FL 1 177
Hennige, Carl Folsom, CA 5 241
Kendrick, Paul Sunnyvale, CA 2 185
Law, Wing K Mountain View, CA 6 655
Miller, Fred Sunnyvale, CA 2 183
Sanghvi, Narendra T Indianapolis, IN 37 1323

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