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

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PATENT NO 6171248
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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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ACUSON CORPORATIONMOUNTAIN VIEW, CA93

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Eaton, John W Palo Alto, CA 28 993
Hossack, John A Palo Alto, CA 107 3438

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