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 28 955
Hossack, John A Palo Alto, CA 106 3084

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Montefiore Medical Center (1)
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5,285,788 Ultrasonic tissue imaging method and apparatus with doppler velocity and acceleration processing 102 1992
 
HITACHI, LTD. (2)
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Biosense, Inc. (1)
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SIEMENS MEDICAL SOLUTIONS USA, INC. (10)
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5,575,286 Method and apparatus for generating large compound ultrasound image 91 1995
5,503,153 Noise suppression method utilizing motion compensation for ultrasound images 36 1995
5,566,674 Method and apparatus for reducing ultrasound image shadowing and speckle 74 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 137 1995
5,655,535 3-Dimensional compound ultrasound field of view 123 1996
5,899,861 3-dimensional volume by aggregating ultrasound fields of view 141 1996
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ACOUSTIC IMAGING TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION (1)
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U-SYSTEMS, INC. (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 71 1992
5,456,259 Ultrasonic transducer arrangement and catheter 71 1994
5,590,659 Ultrasonic visualization method and apparatus 37 1995
 
DIASONICS ULTRASOUND, INC. (1)
5,379,642 Method and apparatus for performing imaging 76 1993
 
KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA (4)
4,635,293 Image processing system 90 1985
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Advanced Technology Laboratories, Inc. (5)
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5,529,070 Acquisition and display of ultrasonic images from sequentially oriented image planes 87 1994
5,474,073 Ultrasonic diagnostic scanning for three dimensional display 88 1994
 
VOLCANO CORPORATION (3)
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INTERSPEC, INC. (1)
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GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY (5)
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5,517,537 Integrated acoustic leak detection beamforming system 27 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)
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5,349,262 Phased array ultrasound imaging system with dynamic elevation focusing 26 1994
5,469,851 Time multiplexed digital ultrasound beamformer 61 1994
5,538,004 Method and apparatus for tissue-centered scan conversion in an ultrasound imaging system 98 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 145 1993
 
FUJI PHOTO OPTICAL CO., LTD. (1)
5,211,176 Ultrasound examination system 141 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 19 1997
 
THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE LELAND STANFORD JUNIOR UNIVERSITY (1)
5,606,975 Forward viewing ultrasonic imaging catheter 58 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 209 1991
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5,713,363 Ultrasound catheter and method for imaging and hemodynamic monitoring 164 1996
5,699,805 Longitudinal multiplane ultrasound transducer underfluid catheter system 119 1996
5,704,361 Volumetric image ultrasound transducer underfluid catheter system 188 1996
 
University of Washington (2)
5,398,691 Method and apparatus for three-dimensional translumenal ultrasonic imaging 142 1993
5,492,125 Ultrasound signal processing apparatus 60 1995
 
OLYMPUS OPTICAL CO., LTD. (3)
5,107,844 Ultrasonic observing apparatus 53 1990
5,497,776 Ultrasonic image diagnosing apparatus for displaying three-dimensional image 79 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 325 1994
 
Circulation Research Limited (1)
5,081,993 Methods and apparatus for the examination and treatment of internal organs 156 1990
 
SONOMETRICS CORPORATION (2)
5,515,853 Three-dimensional digital ultrasound tracking system 230 1995
5,797,849 Method for carrying out a medical procedure using a three-dimensional tracking and imaging system 450 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)
4,397,775 Varistors with controllable voltage versus time response 7 1981
 
TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (1)
5,612,713 Digital micro-mirror device with block data loading 74 1995
 
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC. (3)
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5,724,978 Enhanced accuracy of three-dimensional intraluminal ultrasound (ILUS) image reconstruction 92 1996
 
MATSUSHITA ELECTRIC INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD. (2)
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SENSOR ELECTRONICS, INC. (1)
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GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY (1)
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* 2011/0320,143 ULTRASOUND PROBE WITH ACCELEROMETER 2 2010
9,261,596 Method for monitoring of medical treatment using pulse-echo ultrasound 0 2010
9,005,144 Tissue-retaining systems for ultrasound medical treatment 0 2012
 
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
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KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS ELECTRONICS N.V. (4)
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* 2006/0074,309 Phased array acoustic system for 3d imaging of moving parts 40 2003
* 2010/0241,002 2D Ultrasound Transducer for Radial Application and Method 0 2006
 
Vermon (2)
* 7,798,971 Motorized ultrasonic scanhead 5 2005
* 2007/0038,110 Motorized ultrasonic scanhead 8 2005
 
SIEMENS HEALTHCARE GMBH (1)
* 2006/0116,571 Guidewire for vascular catheters 33 2005
 
FUJIFILM CORPORATION (2)
* 8,257,263 Ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus and ultrasonic probe 0 2009
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ST. JUDE MEDICAL, ATRIAL FIBRILLATION DIVISION, INC. (22)
7,507,205 Steerable ultrasound catheter 12 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 22 2004
7,713,210 Method and apparatus for localizing an ultrasound catheter 25 2004
* 2006/0122,514 Method and apparatus for localizing an ultrasound catheter 41 2004
7,648,462 Safety systems and methods for ensuring safe use of intra-cardiac ultrasound catheters 6 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 11 2006
* 2007/0299,479 Method for Reversing Ventricular Dyssynchrony 7 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 26 2006
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* 2007/0167,809 Method and System For Estimating Cardiac Ejection Volume And Placing Pacemaker Electrodes Using Speckle Tracking 12 2006
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8,317,711 Oscillating phased-array ultrasound imaging catheter system 1 2007
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8,052,607 Ultrasound imaging catheter with pivoting head 4 2008
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ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, LLC (12)
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7,883,468 Medical system having an ultrasound source and an acoustic coupling medium 1 2004
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7,695,436 Transmit apodization of an ultrasound transducer array 5 2004
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7,806,839 System and method for ultrasound therapy using grating lobes 4 2004
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9,132,287 System and method for ultrasound treatment using grating lobes 0 2010
 
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 5 2004
 
TOMTEC IMAGING SYSTEMS GMBH (1)
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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
 
The Procter & Gamble Company (1)
* 2007/0167,818 Device and system for in-vivo measurement of biomechanical properties of internal tissues 13 2005
 
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 38 2005
7,517,318 Registration of electro-anatomical map with pre-acquired image using ultrasound 32 2005
* 2006/0253,029 Display of two-dimensional ultrasound fan 30 2005
* 2006/0253,031 Registration of ultrasound data with pre-acquired image 30 2005
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* 2006/0253,032 Display of catheter tip with beam direction for ultrasound system 32 2005
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ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC. (8)
7,806,892 Tissue-retaining system for ultrasound medical treatment 17 2002
7,846,096 Method for monitoring of medical treatment using pulse-echo ultrasound 25 2003
* 2004/0106,870 Method for monitoring of medical treatment using pulse-echo ultrasound 16 2003
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SIEMENS MEDICAL SOLUTIONS USA, INC. (3)
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* 2010/0286,527 ULTRASOUND SYSTEM WITH MULTI-HEAD WIRELESS PROBE 20 2009
 
Piezo Technologies (1)
* 2004/0254,471 Miniature ultrasonic phased array for intracardiac and intracavity applications 13 2003
 
PIEZOTECH, LLC (1)
* 2005/0251,127 Miniature ultrasonic transducer with focusing lens for intracardiac and intracavity applications 9 2005
 
VERATHON, INC. (14)
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
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8,221,321 Systems and methods for quantification and classification of fluids in human cavities in ultrasound images 1 2005
* 2007/0276,247 Systems and methods for ultrasound imaging using an inertial reference unit 8 2005
7,819,806 System and method to identify and measure organ wall boundaries 4 2007
* 2007/0276,254 SYSTEM AND METHOD TO IDENTIFY AND MEASURE ORGAN WALL BOUNDARIES 10 2007
8,221,322 Systems and methods to improve clarity in ultrasound images 16 2007
* 2008/0242,985 3D ULTRASOUND-BASED INSTRUMENT FOR NON-INVASIVE MEASUREMENT OF AMNIOTIC FLUID VOLUME 10 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 1 2008
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EP MEDSYSTEMS, INC. (3)
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BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC. (3)
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