US Patent No: 5,810,802

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Systems and methods for controlling tissue ablation using multiple temperature sensing elements

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Systems and associated methods place a temperature sensing element in an 'edge region' between an energy transmitting electrode and a non-electrically conducting support body, where higher temperatures are likely to exist. Reliable temperature sensing, which is sensitive to variations in temperatures along the electrode, results.

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E.P. TECHNOLOGIES INC.SAN JOSE, CA10

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Fleischman, Sidney D Menlo Park, CA 157 14413
Panescu, Dorin Sunnyvale, CA 191 16753
Swanson, David K Mountain View, CA 345 31611
Whayne, James G Saratoga, CA 235 20840

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6,752,804 Ablation system and method having multiple-sensor electrodes to assist in assessment of electrode and sensor position and adjustment of energy levels 48 2000
6,488,678 RF ablation apparatus and method using unipolar and bipolar techniques 156 2001
6,610,058 Dual-profile steerable catheter 69 2001
6,605,086 Steerable catheter with torque transfer system 44 2001
6,585,718 Steerable catheter with shaft support system for resisting axial compressive loads 109 2001
6,652,506 Self-locking handle for steering a single or multiple-profile catheter 58 2001
6,648,875 Means for maintaining tension on a steering tendon in a steerable catheter 73 2001
6,635,056 RF ablation apparatus and method using amplitude control 123 2001
6,730,078 RF ablation apparatus and method using multi-frequency energy delivery 75 2002
6,976,987 Dual-profile steerable catheter 39 2003
* 8,855,784 Implantable medical device including controllably isolated housing 0 2010
* 2011/0160,807 IMPLANTABLE MEDICAL DEVICE INCLUDING CONTROLLABLY ISOLATED HOUSING 1 2010
9,265,969 Methods for modulating cell function 0 2012
 
EPICOR, INC. (1)
6,161,543 Methods of epicardial ablation for creating a lesion around the pulmonary veins 583 1997
 
EP Technologies, Inc. (3)
* 6,078,830 Molded catheter distal end assembly and process for the manufacture thereof 66 1997
* 6,456,863 Molded catheter distal end assembly and process for the manufacture thereof 26 2000
* 6,500,172 Systems and methods for controlling tissue ablation using multiple temperature sensing elements 108 2000
 
CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY (1)
* 2005/0038,489 Electrode array for use in medical stimulation and methods thereof 123 2003
 
Accumed Systems, Inc. (4)
6,712,771 Temperature sensing catheter 11 2001
* 2003/0233,033 Blood-flow-occluding, temperature-sensing catheters and methods of use 5 2003
* 7,951,088 Blood-flow-occluding, temperature-sensing catheters with elastic covers 0 2007
* 2007/0106,173 BLOOD-FLOW-OCCLUDING, TEMPERATURE-SENSING CATHETERS WITH ELASTIC COVERS 1 2007
 
MAQUET CARDIOVASCULAR LLC (1)
8,932,208 Apparatus and methods for performing minimally-invasive surgical procedures 0 2006
 
HEART RHYTHM TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (1)
6,200,314 RF ablation apparatus and method using unipolar and bipolar techniques 77 2000
 
Boston Scientific Scime, Inc. (2)
9,084,609 Spiral balloon catheter for renal nerve ablation 0 2011
9,060,761 Catheter-focused magnetic field induced renal nerve ablation 0 2011
 
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC. (45)
* 6,409,727 Multifilar flexible rotary shaft and medical instruments incorporating the same 71 1999
* 6,511,478 Medical probe with reduced number of temperature sensor wires 204 2000
6,540,743 Resilient radiopaque electrophysiology electrodes and probes including the same 4 2001
7,341,564 Biopsy forceps device with transparent outer sheath 7 2002
* 6,979,329 Medical probe with reduced number of temperature sensor wires 60 2002
* 2003/0120,271 Medical probe with reduced number of temperature sensor wires 9 2002
6,922,579 La placian electrode 33 2002
* 2004/0116,793 La placian electrode 5 2002
7,276,067 Multifilar flexible rotary shaft and medical instruments incorporating the same 5 2004
8,652,028 Endoscopic instrument system having reduced backlash control wire action 0 2004
7,197,349 La placian electrode 4 2005
* 2005/0245,800 La placian electrode 0 2005
8,678,998 Endoscope and endoscopic instrument system having reduced backlash when moving the endoscopic instrument within a working channel of the endoscope 0 2006
7,918,783 Endoscope working channel with multiple functionality 3 2006
7,519,410 La placian electrode 4 2007
* 2007/0135,700 LA PLACIAN ELECTRODE 9 2007
8,241,280 Multifilar flexible rotary shaft and medical instruments incorporating the same 2 2007
8,585,696 Electrosurgical probe having conductive outer surface to initiate ablation between electrode 0 2008
* 2009/0171,339 ELECTROSURGICAL PROBE HAVING CURRENT ENHANCING PROTRUSIONS 1 2008
8,834,352 Endoscope working channel with multiple functionality 0 2011
9,192,790 Focused ultrasonic renal denervation 0 2011
9,155,589 Sequential activation RF electrode set for renal nerve ablation 0 2011
9,358,365 Precision electrode movement control for renal nerve ablation 0 2011
9,028,485 Self-expanding cooling electrode for renal nerve ablation 0 2011
8,974,451 Renal nerve ablation using conductive fluid jet and RF energy 0 2011
* 9,220,558 RF renal denervation catheter with multiple independent electrodes 0 2011
* 2012/0116,392 RF Renal Denervation Catheter with Multiple Independent Electrodes 37 2011
9,089,350 Renal denervation catheter with RF electrode and integral contrast dye injection arrangement 0 2011
9,326,751 Catheter guidance of external energy for renal denervation 0 2011
9,192,435 Renal denervation catheter with cooled RF electrode 0 2011
9,023,034 Renal ablation electrode with force-activatable conduction apparatus 0 2011
9,220,561 Guide-compatible large-electrode catheter for renal nerve ablation with reduced arterial injury 0 2012
9,186,209 Nerve modulation system having helical guide 0 2012
9,162,046 Deflectable medical devices 0 2012
9,364,284 Method of making an off-wall spacer cage 0 2012
9,186,210 Medical devices including ablation electrodes 0 2012
9,079,000 Integrated crossing balloon catheter 0 2012
8,951,251 Ostial renal nerve ablation 0 2012
9,119,600 Device and methods for renal nerve modulation monitoring 0 2012
9,119,632 Deflectable renal nerve ablation catheter 0 2012
9,050,106 Off-wall electrode device and methods for nerve modulation 0 2012
9,186,211 Methods and apparatuses for remodeling tissue of or adjacent to a body passage 0 2013
8,880,185 Renal denervation and stimulation employing wireless vascular energy transfer arrangement 2 2013
9,173,696 Self-positioning electrode system and method for renal nerve modulation 0 2013
9,297,845 Medical devices and methods for treatment of hypertension that utilize impedance compensation 0 2014
 
VERIMETRA, INC. (2)
* 8,475,448 Catheter with multiple microfabricated temperature sensors 7 2005
* 2006/0264,925 Catheter with multiple microfabricated temperature sensors 6 2005
 
AthroCare Corporation (1)
8,317,786 System, method and apparatus for electrosurgical instrument with movable suction sheath 5 2009
 
CORDIS WEBSTER, INC. (1)
* 6,210,406 Split tip electrode catheter and signal processing RF ablation system 121 1998
 
CYNOSURE, INC. (3)
8,190,243 Thermal surgical monitoring 0 2008
* 2009/0018,531 COAXIAL SUCTION SYSTEM FOR LASER LIPOLYSIS 6 2008
9,028,536 Picosecond laser apparatus and methods for its operation and use 0 2009
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