US Patent No: 6,135,971

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Apparatus for deposition of ultrasound energy in body tissue

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An apparatus for providing ultrasonic energy for deposition in body tissue including an array of elements having at least two different sizes and at least one element being aperiodically spaced with the respect to other elements in the array. Excitation of the elements produces a beam of ultrasonic energy having reduced grating lobes. Reduced grating lobe magnitude permits improved ultrasonic beam focusing and/or the use of larger element sizes.

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THE BRIGHAM AND WOMEN'S HOSPITAL, INC.BOSTON, MA469

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Buchanan, Mark Burlington, MA 44 425
Hutchinson, Erin Boston, MA 2 134
Hynynen, Kullervo Medfield, MA 17 469

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8,915,870 Method and system for treating stretch marks 0 2009
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8,366,622 Treatment of sub-dermal regions for cosmetic effects 27 2012
8,282,554 Methods for treatment of sweat glands 38 2012
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8,506,486 Ultrasound treatment of sub-dermal tissue for cosmetic effects 23 2012
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8,915,853 Methods for face and neck lifts 0 2013
8,690,778 Energy-based tissue tightening 11 2013
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8,690,780 Noninvasive tissue tightening for cosmetic effects 11 2013
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