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, FL183

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Coleman, R Glen Jacksonville, FL 5 903

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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 5 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 0 2012
8,523,775 Energy based hyperhidrosis treatment 37 2012
8,333,700 Methods for treatment of hyperhidrosis 40 2012
8,506,486 Ultrasound treatment of sub-dermal tissue for cosmetic effects 38 2012
8,636,665 Method and system for ultrasound treatment of fat 38 2013
8,915,853 Methods for face and neck lifts 7 2013
8,690,778 Energy-based tissue tightening 26 2013
8,690,779 Noninvasive aesthetic treatment for tightening tissue 26 2013
8,690,780 Noninvasive tissue tightening for cosmetic effects 26 2013
9,272,162 Imaging, therapy, and temperature monitoring ultrasonic method 0 2013
8,932,224 Energy based hyperhidrosis treatment 7 2013
9,320,537 Methods for noninvasive skin tightening 0 2013
9,095,697 Methods for preheating tissue for cosmetic treatment of the face and body 7 2013
8,915,854 Method for fat and cellulite reduction 7 2014
9,039,619 Methods for treating skin laxity 7 2014
8,920,324 Energy based fat reduction 7 2014
9,039,617 Methods and systems for generating thermal bubbles for improved ultrasound imaging and therapy 1 2014
9,283,409 Energy based fat reduction 0 2014
9,283,410 System and method for fat and cellulite reduction 0 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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* 2007/0179,739 IMPLANTABLE PEDOMETER 4 2006
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* 2008/0228,072 Foreign Body Identifier 1 2007
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KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS ELECTRONICS N.V. (1)
9,492,686 Devices and methods for treatment of skin conditions 0 2007
 
UCB PHARMA S.A. (1)
8,568,409 Fluid-assisted medical devices, systems and methods 3 2007
 
NATIONAL HEALTH RESEARCH INSTITUTES (1)
8,287,471 Medical treatment using an ultrasound phased array 2 2008
 
RIVERVEST VENTURES PARTNERS I LLC (2)
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DEEP SCIENCE, LLC (1)
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6,805,129 Apparatus and method for ablating tissue 163 2000
6,858,026 Methods and devices for ablation 89 2001
* 2002/0042,611 Methods and devices for ablation 0 2001
6,840,936 Methods and devices for ablation 80 2002
* 2002/0173,784 Methods and devices for ablation 5 2002
7,387,126 Surgical system and procedure for treatment of medically refractory atrial fibrillation 81 2002
6,949,095 Apparatus and method for diagnosis and therapy of electrophysiological disease 75 2002
7,338,486 Methods and devices for ablation 18 2002
6,971,394 Methods and devices for ablation 85 2002
7,674,257 Apparatus and method for ablating tissue 15 2004
* 2005/0251,125 Apparatus and method for ablating tissue 23 2004
* 2005/0033,274 Apparatus and method for ablating tissue 15 2004
8,721,636 Apparatus and method for diagnosis and therapy of electrophysiological disease 0 2005
8,114,069 Methods and devices for ablation 0 2005
7,824,403 Methods and devices for ablation 4 2006
8,057,465 Methods and devices for ablation 43 2007
* 2007/0255,276 Methods and devices for ablation 35 2007
9,055,959 Methods and devices for ablation 0 2007
8,002,771 Surgical system and procedure for treatment of medically refractory atrial fibrillation 5 2007
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8,709,007 Devices and methods for ablating cardiac tissue 1 2007
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* 2011/0125,017 Systems and Methods for Ultrasound Imaging 16 2010
9,188,673 Systems and methods for ultrasound imaging 0 2012
 
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* 9,198,635 Method and apparatus for preparing organs and tissues for laparoscopic surgery 0 2006
 
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8,882,756 Fluid-assisted electrosurgical devices, methods and systems 7 2008
* 2009/0222,001 Fluid-Assisted Electrosurgical Devices, Methods and Systems 19 2008
8,632,533 Fluid-assisted electrosurgical device 4 2010
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9,254,168 Electro-thermotherapy of tissue using penetrating microelectrode array 0 2010
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9,138,289 Electrode sheath for electrosurgical device 1 2010
8,906,012 Electrosurgical devices with wire electrode 4 2010
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9,023,040 Electrosurgical cutting devices 0 2010
9,427,281 Bronchoscope-compatible catheter provided with electrosurgical device 0 2011
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
8,920,417 Electrosurgical devices and methods of use thereof 4 2012
9,333,027 Method of producing an electrosurgical device 0 2013
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MICROWAVE MEDICAL CORP. (1)
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8,277,379 Methods and apparatus for the treatment of menometrorrhagia, endometrial pathology, and cervical neoplasia using high intensity focused ultrasound energy 43 2007
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8,187,270 Hemostatic spark erosion tissue tunnel generator with integral treatment providing variable volumetric necrotization of tissue 4 2007
8,439,907 Hemostatic tissue tunnel generator for inserting treatment apparatus into tissue of a patient 7 2008
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8,216,161 Optimization and feedback control of HIFU power deposition through the frequency analysis of backscattered HIFU signals 4 2008
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
9,144,421 Optimization of acoustic window and target depth for transabdominal ultrasound treatment or imaging of the uterus 0 2009
* 2010/0228,126 ULTRASOUND TREATMENT AND IMAGING APPLICATOR 11 2010
9,050,449 System for treating a volume of tissue with high intensity focused ultrasound 0 2010
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EDAP S.A. (1)
* 2009/0281,463 THERAPY APPARATUS WITH SEQUENTIAL FUNCTIONING 7 2007
 
SUNNYBROOK HEALTH SCIENCES CENTRE (5)
7,771,418 Treatment of diseased tissue using controlled ultrasonic heating 10 2005
* 2006/0206,105 Treatment of diseased tissue using controlled ultrasonic heating 88 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
 
PROFOUND MEDICAL INC. (1)
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