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, CA104

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Eaton, John W Palo Alto, CA 28 850
Hossack, John A Charlottesville, VA 115 2334

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MAYO FOUNDATION FOR MEDICAL EDUCATION AND RESEARCH (5)
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U.S. Philips Corporation (2)
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UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON (2)
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HITACHI MEDICAL CORPORATION (1)
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THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE LELAND STANFORD JUNIOR UNIVERSITY (1)
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7,314,446 Method and apparatus for time gating of medical images 10 2004
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8,317,711 Oscillating phased-array ultrasound imaging catheter system 1 2007
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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 2 2004
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VERATHON INC. (6)
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HITACHI MEDICAL CORPORATION (2)
7,691,065 Ultrasonic probe and ultrasonic diagnostic device 0 2004
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KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS ELECTRONICS N.V. (2)
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7,347,820 Phased array acoustic system for 3D imaging of moving parts 2 2003
 
3G ULTRASOUND, INC. (1)
7,090,643 Ultrasonic imaging device, system and method of use 3 2004
 
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC. (1)
8,388,540 Method and apparatus for orienting a medical image 0 2002
 
CARDIOSONIX LTD. (1)
6,503,205 Dual ultrasonic transducer probe for blood flow measurement, and blood vessel diameter determination method 5 2001
 
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FUJIFILM CORPORATION (1)
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TOMTEC IMAGING SYSTEMS GMBH (1)
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VERMON (1)
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