US Patent No: 6,171,248

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Ultrasonic probe, system and method for two-dimensional imaging or three-dimensional reconstruction

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An ultrasonic probe that includes at least two ultrasonic arrays and allows three dimensional images to be constructed of the region examined by the probe in a precise and facile manner.

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Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
ACUSON CORPORATIONMOUNTAIN VIEW, CA90

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Eaton, John W Palo Alto, CA 28 922
Hossack, John A Palo Alto, CA 105 2804

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HITACHI, LTD. (2)
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PARALLELE BIOSCIENCE, INC. (1)
5,558,091 Magnetic determination of position and orientation 564 1993
 
SIEMENS MEDICAL SOLUTIONS USA, INC. (10)
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5,575,286 Method and apparatus for generating large compound ultrasound image 89 1995
5,503,153 Noise suppression method utilizing motion compensation for ultrasound images 35 1995
5,566,674 Method and apparatus for reducing ultrasound image shadowing and speckle 71 1995
5,575,290 Coarse-fine ultrasound transducer array for medical imaging 24 1995
5,582,173 System and method for 3-D medical imaging using 2-D scan data 124 1995
5,655,535 3-Dimensional compound ultrasound field of view 113 1996
5,899,861 3-dimensional volume by aggregating ultrasound fields of view 124 1996
* 5,876,345 Ultrasonic catheter, system and method for two dimensional imaging or three-dimensional reconstruction 115 1997
* 6,045,508 Ultrasonic probe, system and method for two-dimensional imaging or three-dimensional reconstruction 52 1997
 
ACOUSTIC IMAGING TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION (1)
5,103,129 Fixed origin biplane ultrasonic transducer 34 1990
 
U-SYSTEMS, INC. (1)
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RAVI SHANKAR (1)
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HUGHES ELECTRONICS CORPORATION (1)
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Intravascular Research Limited (3)
5,257,629 Methods and apparatus for the examination and treatment of internal organs 69 1992
5,456,259 Ultrasonic transducer arrangement and catheter 70 1994
5,590,659 Ultrasonic visualization method and apparatus 36 1995
 
Diasonics Ultrasound, Inc. (1)
5,379,642 Method and apparatus for performing imaging 74 1993
 
KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA (4)
4,635,293 Image processing system 90 1985
5,186,176 Ultrasonic diagnosis apparatus 15 1991
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5,724,976 Ultrasound imaging preferable to ultrasound contrast echography 121 1995
 
Advanced Technology Laboratories, Inc. (5)
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5,474,073 Ultrasonic diagnostic scanning for three dimensional display 85 1994
 
VOLCANO CORPORATION (3)
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5,368,037 Ultrasound catheter 84 1993
 
INTERSPEC, INC. (1)
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GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY (5)
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5,186,177 Method and apparatus for applying synthetic aperture focusing techniques to a catheter based system for high frequency ultrasound imaging of small vessels 132 1991
5,517,537 Integrated acoustic leak detection beamforming system 26 1994
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5,568,813 Method for combining ultrasound vector data from multiple firings to improve image quality 27 1994
 
KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS ELECTRONICS N.V. (5)
5,127,409 Ultrasound Doppler position sensing 52 1991
5,349,262 Phased array ultrasound imaging system with dynamic elevation focusing 26 1994
5,469,851 Time multiplexed digital ultrasound beamformer 57 1994
5,538,004 Method and apparatus for tissue-centered scan conversion in an ultrasound imaging system 95 1995
5,735,281 Method of enhancing and prolonging the effect of ultrasound contrast agents 58 1996
 
HEWLETT-PACKARD COMPANY (1)
5,381,067 Electrical impedance normalization for an ultrasonic transducer array 133 1993
 
FUJI PHOTO OPTICAL CO., LTD. (1)
5,211,176 Ultrasound examination system 140 1991
 
U.S. PHILIPS CORPORATION (2)
5,320,105 Ultrasonic echograph for measuring high velocities of blood flows 19 1992
5,891,039 Ultrasonic echography system including sequencing means for the examination of arteries 18 1997
 
THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE LELAND STANFORD JUNIOR UNIVERSITY (1)
5,606,975 Forward viewing ultrasonic imaging catheter 55 1994
 
Fukuda Denshi Co., Ltd. (2)
5,215,093 Ultrasonic color doppler diagnostic apparatus 14 1991
5,273,045 Ultrasonic equipment and its catheter-type ultrasonic probe 38 1992
 
MAYO FOUNDATION FOR MEDICAL EDUCATION AND RESEARCH (5)
5,325,860 Ultrasonic and interventional catheter and method 197 1991
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5,713,363 Ultrasound catheter and method for imaging and hemodynamic monitoring 157 1996
5,699,805 Longitudinal multiplane ultrasound transducer underfluid catheter system 115 1996
5,704,361 Volumetric image ultrasound transducer underfluid catheter system 176 1996
 
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON (2)
5,398,691 Method and apparatus for three-dimensional translumenal ultrasonic imaging 129 1993
5,492,125 Ultrasound signal processing apparatus 48 1995
 
OLYMPUS OPTICAL CO., LTD. (3)
5,107,844 Ultrasonic observing apparatus 52 1990
5,497,776 Ultrasonic image diagnosing apparatus for displaying three-dimensional image 71 1994
5,471,988 Ultrasonic diagnosis and therapy system in which focusing point of therapeutic ultrasonic wave is locked at predetermined position within observation ultrasonic scanning range 299 1994
 
Circulation Research Limited (1)
5,081,993 Methods and apparatus for the examination and treatment of internal organs 152 1990
 
SONOMETRICS CORPORATION (2)
5,515,853 Three-dimensional digital ultrasound tracking system 212 1995
5,797,849 Method for carrying out a medical procedure using a three-dimensional tracking and imaging system 416 1997
 
RENISHAW PLC (1)
5,064,290 Opto-electronic scale-reading apparatus wherein phase-separated secondary orders of diffraction are generated 28 1990
 
HUBBELL INCORPORATED (1)
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TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (1)
5,612,713 Digital micro-mirror device with block data loading 74 1995
 
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC. (3)
4,841,977 Ultra-thin acoustic transducer and balloon catheter using same in imaging array subassembly 257 1987
5,000,185 Method for intravascular two-dimensional ultrasonography and recanalization 341 1988
5,724,978 Enhanced accuracy of three-dimensional intraluminal ultrasound (ILUS) image reconstruction 89 1996
 
MATSUSHITA ELECTRIC INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD. (2)
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SENSOR ELECTRONICS, INC. (1)
5,199,437 Ultrasonic imager 68 1991
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HITACHI MEDICAL CORPORATION (3)
* 7,691,065 Ultrasonic probe and ultrasonic diagnostic device 0 2004
* 8,708,912 Ultrasound diagnostic apparatus and method of displaying ultrasound image 0 2005
* 2009/0124,903 Ultrasound Diagnostic Apparatus and Method of Displaying Ultrasound Image 5 2005
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (3)
* 2009/0112,089 SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MEASURING BLADDER WALL THICKNESS AND PRESENTING A BLADDER VIRTUAL IMAGE 8 2007
* 2008/0262,356 SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ULTRASOUND IMAGING USING AN INERTIAL REFERENCE UNIT 7 2007
9,005,144 Tissue-retaining systems for ultrasound medical treatment 0 2012
 
VERMON (2)
* 7,798,971 Motorized ultrasonic scanhead 5 2005
* 2007/0038,110 Motorized ultrasonic scanhead 8 2005
 
FUJIFILM CORPORATION (2)
* 8,257,263 Ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus and ultrasonic probe 0 2009
* 2009/0312,643 ULTRASONIC DIAGNOSTIC APPARATUS AND ULTRASONIC PROBE 0 2009
 
3G ULTRASOUND, INC. (2)
7,090,643 Ultrasonic imaging device, system and method of use 6 2004
* 2004/0152,986 Ultrasonic imaging device, system and method of use 4 2004
 
FUJI PHOTO FILM CO., LTD. (2)
* 7,632,233 Ultrasonic endoscope and ultrasonic endoscopic apparatus 1 2005
* 2006/0058,679 Ultrasonic endoscope and ultrasonic endoscopic apparatus 0 2005
 
MEDIWATCH UK LIMITED (2)
* 8,914,245 Ultrasound probe with accelerometer 2 2010
* 2011/0320,143 ULTRASOUND PROBE WITH ACCELEROMETER 2 2010
 
Cardiosonix Ltd. (1)
* 6,503,205 Dual ultrasonic transducer probe for blood flow measurement, and blood vessel diameter determination method 6 2001
 
BIOSENSE WEBSTER, INC. (8)
8,870,779 Display of two-dimensional ultrasound fan 0 2005
* 7,604,601 Display of catheter tip with beam direction for ultrasound system 34 2005
7,517,318 Registration of electro-anatomical map with pre-acquired image using ultrasound 27 2005
* 2006/0253,029 Display of two-dimensional ultrasound fan 27 2005
* 2006/0253,031 Registration of ultrasound data with pre-acquired image 27 2005
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* 2006/0253,032 Display of catheter tip with beam direction for ultrasound system 29 2005
* 2006/0241,445 Three-dimensional cardial imaging using ultrasound contour reconstruction 68 2005
 
SIEMENS MEDICAL SOLUTIONS USA, INC. (3)
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* 2007/0255,137 Extended volume ultrasound data display and measurement 7 2006
* 2010/0286,527 ULTRASOUND SYSTEM WITH MULTI-HEAD WIRELESS PROBE 13 2009
 
ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (8)
7,806,892 Tissue-retaining system for ultrasound medical treatment 14 2002
7,846,096 Method for monitoring of medical treatment using pulse-echo ultrasound 17 2003
* 2004/0106,870 Method for monitoring of medical treatment using pulse-echo ultrasound 15 2003
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* 2005/0240,123 Ultrasound medical treatment system and method 4 2004
* 2005/0256,405 Ultrasound-based procedure for uterine medical treatment 42 2004
* 2005/0261,587 Ultrasound medical system and method 10 2004
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Piezo Technologies (1)
* 2004/0254,471 Miniature ultrasonic phased array for intracardiac and intracavity applications 12 2003
 
PIEZOTECH LLC (1)
* 2005/0251,127 Miniature ultrasonic transducer with focusing lens for intracardiac and intracavity applications 5 2005
 
FUJINON CORPORATION (2)
* 7,828,736 Electronic scan type ultrasound diagnostic instrument 1 2005
* 2005/0165,314 Electronic scan type ultrasound diagnostic instrument 5 2005
 
ELECTION SYSTEMS & SOFTWARE, LLC (1)
* 2010/0006,649 Secure Ballot Box 1 2008
 
GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY (1)
* 2008/0200,801 Mapping Movement of a Movable Transducer 2 2007
 
KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS ELECTRONICS N.V. (3)
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ST. JUDE MEDICAL, ATRIAL FIBRILLATION DIVISION, INC. (21)
7,507,205 Steerable ultrasound catheter 11 2004
* 2005/0228,290 Steerable ultrasound catheter 21 2004
7,654,958 Method and apparatus for ultrasound imaging with autofrequency selection 2 2004
* 2005/0240,103 Method and apparatus for ultrasound imaging with autofrequency selection 19 2004
7,713,210 Method and apparatus for localizing an ultrasound catheter 21 2004
* 2006/0122,514 Method and apparatus for localizing an ultrasound catheter 37 2004
7,648,462 Safety systems and methods for ensuring safe use of intra-cardiac ultrasound catheters 5 2004
7,314,446 Method and apparatus for time gating of medical images 18 2004
8,070,684 Method and system for evaluating valvular function 1 2005
* 2007/0167,794 Method and system for evaluating valvular function 2 2005
* 2008/0009,733 Method for Evaluating Regional Ventricular Function and Incoordinate Ventricular Contraction 8 2006
8,187,190 Method and system for configuration of a pacemaker and for placement of pacemaker electrodes 0 2006
* 2008/0146,940 External and Internal Ultrasound Imaging System 21 2006
* 2008/0146,928 Method and System for Configuration of a Pacemaker and For Placement of Pacemaker Electrodes 3 2006
* 2007/0167,809 Method and System For Estimating Cardiac Ejection Volume And Placing Pacemaker Electrodes Using Speckle Tracking 11 2006
* 2007/0232,949 Method For Simultaneous Bi-Atrial Mapping Of Atrial Fibrillation 27 2007
8,317,711 Oscillating phased-array ultrasound imaging catheter system 1 2007
8,057,394 Ultrasound image processing to render three-dimensional images from two-dimensional images 9 2007
8,052,607 Ultrasound imaging catheter with pivoting head 3 2008
* 8,622,915 Ultrasound image processing to render three-dimensional images from two-dimensional images 2 2011
* 2012/0113,108 ULTRASOUND IMAGE PROCESSING TO RENDER THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGES FROM TWO-DIMENSIONAL IMAGES 6 2011
 
SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT (1)
* 2006/0116,571 Guidewire for vascular catheters 27 2005
 
ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, LLC (12)
* 7,494,467 Medical system having multiple ultrasound transducers or an ultrasound transducer and an RF electrode 6 2004
* 2005/0240,125 Medical system having multiple ultrasound transducers or an ultrasound transducer and an RF electrode 21 2004
7,883,468 Medical system having an ultrasound source and an acoustic coupling medium 1 2004
* 2005/0261,586 Medical system having an ultrasound source and an acoustic coupling medium 5 2004
7,951,095 Ultrasound medical system 10 2004
* 2005/0261,585 Ultrasound medical system 27 2004
7,695,436 Transmit apodization of an ultrasound transducer array 4 2004
* 2005/0261,611 Ultrasound medical system and method 1 2004
7,806,839 System and method for ultrasound therapy using grating lobes 1 2004
* 2005/0277,853 System and method for medical treatment using ultrasound 14 2004
* 2007/0016,184 Medical-treatment electrode assembly and method for medical treatment 33 2005
9,132,287 System and method for ultrasound treatment using grating lobes 0 2010
 
TOMTEC IMAGING SYSTEMS GMBH (1)
* 6,398,731 Method for recording ultrasound images of moving objects 36 2000
 
The Procter & Gamble Company (1)
* 2007/0167,818 Device and system for in-vivo measurement of biomechanical properties of internal tissues 11 2005
 
VERATHON, INC. (13)
8,308,644 Instantaneous ultrasonic measurement of bladder volume 0 2003
* 2004/0127,797 System and method for measuring bladder wall thickness and presenting a bladder virtual image 7 2003
* 2006/0025,689 System and method to measure cardiac ejection fraction 10 2005
8,221,321 Systems and methods for quantification and classification of fluids in human cavities in ultrasound images 0 2005
* 2007/0276,247 Systems and methods for ultrasound imaging using an inertial reference unit 7 2005
7,819,806 System and method to identify and measure organ wall boundaries 1 2007
* 2007/0276,254 SYSTEM AND METHOD TO IDENTIFY AND MEASURE ORGAN WALL BOUNDARIES 9 2007
8,221,322 Systems and methods to improve clarity in ultrasound images 12 2007
* 2008/0242,985 3D ULTRASOUND-BASED INSTRUMENT FOR NON-INVASIVE MEASUREMENT OF AMNIOTIC FLUID VOLUME 9 2007
* 2009/0062,644 SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ULTRASOUND HARMONIC IMAGING 6 2007
8,167,803 System and method for bladder detection using harmonic imaging 0 2008
* 2009/0264,757 SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR BLADDER DETECTION USING HARMONIC IMAGING 6 2008
8,133,181 Device, system and method to measure abdominal aortic aneurysm diameter 1 2009
 
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC. (3)
* 8,388,540 Method and apparatus for orienting a medical image 0 2002
* 2004/0114,146 Method and apparatus for orienting a medical image 5 2002
* 2013/0184,590 METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ORIENTING A MEDICAL IMAGE 0 2013
 
EP MEDSYSTEMS, INC. (3)
* 2005/0124,898 Method and apparatus for isolating a catheter interface 2 2004
* 2005/0245,822 Method and apparatus for imaging distant anatomical structures in intra-cardiac ultrasound imaging 5 2005
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