US Patent No: 6,692,450

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Focused ultrasound ablation devices having selectively actuatable ultrasound emitting elements and methods of using the same

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A focused ultrasound ablation device includes an ultrasound emitting member having a plurality of individual ultrasound emitting elements arranged in an array. The ultrasound emitting elements are selectively, independently actuatable to emit ultrasound energy and focus the emitted ultrasound energy a predetermined distance from the ultrasound emitting member such that the ultrasound energy is focused within anatomical tissue adjacent which the ultrasound emitting member is positioned. The anatomical tissue is heated by the focused ultrasound energy to form a lesion in the tissue of desired size and/or surface configuration. A method of thermal ablation comprises the steps of selecting selected ones of a plurality of ultrasound emitting elements, arranged in an array on an ultrasound emitting member, for actuation to emit ultrasound energy in accordance with a desired size and/or surface configuration of a lesion to be formed in anatomical tissue, positioning the ultrasound emitting member adjacent the tissue, actuating the selected ones of the ultrasound emitting elements to emit ultrasound energy, focusing the ultrasound energy in the tissue with the selected ones of the ultrasound emitting elements, and heating the tissue with the focused ultrasound energy to form a lesion within the tissue having the desired size and/or surface configuration.

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MEDTRONIC XOMED, INC.JACKSONVILLE, FL184

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Coleman, R Glen Jacksonville, FL 5 937

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8,715,186 Methods and systems for generating thermal bubbles for improved ultrasound imaging and therapy 26 2010
9,149,658 Systems and methods for ultrasound treatment 0 2011
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8,672,848 Method and system for treating cellulite 43 2012
8,366,622 Treatment of sub-dermal regions for cosmetic effects 46 2012
8,282,554 Methods for treatment of sweat glands 53 2012
8,444,562 System and method for treating muscle, tendon, ligament and cartilage tissue 38 2012
9,452,302 Systems and methods for accelerating healing of implanted material and/or native tissue 0 2012
8,858,471 Methods and systems for ultrasound treatment 8 2012
9,504,446 Systems and methods for coupling an ultrasound source to tissue 0 2012
9,011,337 Systems and methods for monitoring and controlling ultrasound power output and stability 1 2012
8,523,775 Energy based hyperhidrosis treatment 41 2012
8,333,700 Methods for treatment of hyperhidrosis 44 2012
8,506,486 Ultrasound treatment of sub-dermal tissue for cosmetic effects 42 2012
8,636,665 Method and system for ultrasound treatment of fat 43 2013
8,915,853 Methods for face and neck lifts 10 2013
8,690,778 Energy-based tissue tightening 30 2013
8,690,779 Noninvasive aesthetic treatment for tightening tissue 30 2013
8,690,780 Noninvasive tissue tightening for cosmetic effects 30 2013
9,272,162 Imaging, therapy, and temperature monitoring ultrasonic method 3 2013
8,932,224 Energy based hyperhidrosis treatment 10 2013
9,320,537 Methods for noninvasive skin tightening 3 2013
9,095,697 Methods for preheating tissue for cosmetic treatment of the face and body 10 2013
8,915,854 Method for fat and cellulite reduction 10 2014
9,039,619 Methods for treating skin laxity 10 2014
8,920,324 Energy based fat reduction 10 2014
9,510,802 Reflective ultrasound technology for dermatological treatments 0 2014
9,039,617 Methods and systems for generating thermal bubbles for improved ultrasound imaging and therapy 4 2014
9,283,409 Energy based fat reduction 3 2014
9,283,410 System and method for fat and cellulite reduction 3 2014
9,440,096 Method and system for treating stretch marks 0 2014
9,427,601 Methods for face and neck lifts 0 2014
9,421,029 Energy based hyperhidrosis treatment 0 2014
9,345,910 Methods and systems for generating thermal bubbles for improved ultrasound imaging and therapy 0 2015
9,427,600 Systems for treating skin laxity 0 2015
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KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS ELECTRONICS N.V. (1)
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8,568,409 Fluid-assisted medical devices, systems and methods 3 2007
 
NATIONAL HEALTH RESEARCH INSTITUTES (1)
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6,840,936 Methods and devices for ablation 86 2002
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7,387,126 Surgical system and procedure for treatment of medically refractory atrial fibrillation 82 2002
6,949,095 Apparatus and method for diagnosis and therapy of electrophysiological disease 81 2002
7,338,486 Methods and devices for ablation 18 2002
6,971,394 Methods and devices for ablation 87 2002
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8,114,069 Methods and devices for ablation 0 2005
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8,870,864 Single instrument electrosurgery apparatus and its method of use 0 2011
9,381,061 Fluid-assisted medical devices, systems and methods 0 2011
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8,057,391 Apparatus for delivering high intensity focused ultrasound energy to a treatment site internal to a patient's body 11 2008
9,248,318 Optimization and feedback control of HIFU power deposition through the analysis of detected signal characteristics 0 2009
8,845,559 Method and apparatus for treating tissues with HIFU 0 2009
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9,144,421 Optimization of acoustic window and target depth for transabdominal ultrasound treatment or imaging of the uterus 0 2009
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* 2006/0206,105 Treatment of diseased tissue using controlled ultrasonic heating 93 2005
8,801,701 Method and apparatus for obtaining quantitative temperature measurements in prostate and other tissue undergoing thermal therapy treatment 0 2007
8,989,838 System for treatment of diseased tissue using controlled ultrasonic heating 0 2010
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