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, FL171

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Coleman, R Glen Jacksonville, FL 5 761

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Guided Therapy Systems, LLC (47)
7,824,348 System and method for variable depth ultrasound treatment 65 2004
7,393,325 Method and system for ultrasound treatment with a multi-directional transducer 65 2004
* 2006/0058,707 Method and system for ultrasound treatment with a multi-directional transducer 50 2004
7,530,958 Method and system for combined ultrasound treatment 77 2004
* 2006/0074,355 Method and system for combined ultrasound treatment 62 2004
8,235,909 Method and system for controlled scanning, imaging and/or therapy 1 2005
8,133,180 Method and system for treating cellulite 13 2005
8,066,641 Method and system for treating photoaged tissue 14 2005
7,758,524 Method and system for ultra-high frequency ultrasound treatment 54 2005
* 2006/0084,891 Method and system for ultra-high frequency ultrasound treatment 56 2005
7,615,016 Method and system for treating stretch marks 40 2005
7,491,171 Method and system for treating acne and sebaceous glands 68 2005
8,480,585 Imaging, therapy and temperature monitoring ultrasonic system and method 23 2007
8,535,228 Method and system for noninvasive face lifts and deep tissue tightening 21 2008
9,216,276 Methods and systems for modulating medicants using acoustic energy 0 2008
9,011,336 Method and system for combined energy therapy profile 0 2008
8,764,687 Methods and systems for coupling and focusing acoustic energy using a coupler member 0 2008
* 2008/0281,255 METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR MODULATING MEDICANTS USING ACOUSTIC ENERGY 53 2008
8,057,389 Method and system for ultrasound treatment with a multi-directional transducer 40 2008
8,915,870 Method and system for treating stretch marks 0 2009
8,663,112 Methods and systems for fat reduction and/or cellulite treatment 31 2009
8,460,193 System and method for ultra-high frequency ultrasound treatment 14 2010
8,708,935 System and method for variable depth ultrasound treatment 11 2010
8,715,186 Methods and systems for generating thermal bubbles for improved ultrasound imaging and therapy 11 2010
9,149,658 Systems and methods for ultrasound treatment 0 2011
8,641,622 Method and system for treating photoaged tissue 15 2011
9,114,247 Method and system for ultrasound treatment with a multi-directional transducer 0 2011
8,672,848 Method and system for treating cellulite 19 2012
8,366,622 Treatment of sub-dermal regions for cosmetic effects 27 2012
8,282,554 Methods for treatment of sweat glands 38 2012
8,444,562 System and method for treating muscle, tendon, ligament and cartilage tissue 23 2012
8,858,471 Methods and systems for ultrasound treatment 0 2012
9,011,337 Systems and methods for monitoring and controlling ultrasound power output and stability 0 2012
8,523,775 Energy based hyperhidrosis treatment 22 2012
8,333,700 Methods for treatment of hyperhidrosis 25 2012
8,506,486 Ultrasound treatment of sub-dermal tissue for cosmetic effects 23 2012
8,636,665 Method and system for ultrasound treatment of fat 19 2013
8,915,853 Methods for face and neck lifts 0 2013
8,690,778 Energy-based tissue tightening 11 2013
8,690,779 Noninvasive aesthetic treatment for tightening tissue 11 2013
8,690,780 Noninvasive tissue tightening for cosmetic effects 11 2013
8,932,224 Energy based hyperhidrosis treatment 0 2013
9,095,697 Methods for preheating tissue for cosmetic treatment of the face and body 0 2013
8,915,854 Method for fat and cellulite reduction 0 2014
9,039,619 Methods for treating skin laxity 0 2014
8,920,324 Energy based fat reduction 0 2014
9,039,617 Methods and systems for generating thermal bubbles for improved ultrasound imaging and therapy 0 2014
 
SUNNYBROOK HEALTH SCIENCES CENTRE (5)
7,771,418 Treatment of diseased tissue using controlled ultrasonic heating 9 2005
* 2006/0206,105 Treatment of diseased tissue using controlled ultrasonic heating 67 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
* 2011/0034,833 System for Treatment of Diseased Tissue Using Controlled Ultrasonic Heating 3 2010
 
WARSAW ORTHOPEDIC, INC. (6)
7,328,131 Implantable pedometer 13 2006
* 2007/0197,895 Surgical instrument to assess tissue characteristics 16 2006
7,918,796 Volumetric measurement and visual feedback of tissues 1 2006
* 2007/0238,998 Volumetric measurement and visual feedback of tissues 2 2006
* 2008/0228,072 Foreign Body Identifier 1 2007
8,137,277 Volumetric measurement and visual feedback of tissues 0 2011
 
Profound Medical Inc. (1)
* 2011/0230,753 Fluid circuits for temperature control in a thermal therapy system 3 2011
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