Tissue site markers for in vivo imaging

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 7565191
APP PUB NO 20060036165A1
SERIAL NO

11238201

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Abstract

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The invention is directed biopsy site markers and methods of marking a biopsy site, so that the location of the biopsy cavity is readily visible by conventional imaging methods, particularly by ultrasonic imaging. The biopsy site markers of the invention have high ultrasound reflectivity, presenting a substantial acoustic signature from a small marker, so as to avoid obscuring diagnostic tissue features in subsequent imaging studies, and can be readily distinguished from biological features. The several disclosed embodiments of the biopsy site marker of the invention have a high contrast of acoustic impedance as placed in a tissue site, so as to efficiently reflect and scatter ultrasonic energy, and preferably include gas-filled internal pores. The markers may have a non-uniform surface contour to enhance the acoustic signature. The markers have a characteristic form which is recognizably artificial during medical imaging. The biopsy site marker may be accurately fixed to the biopsy site so as to resist migration from the biopsy cavity when a placement instrument is withdrawn, and when the marked tissue is subsequently moved or manipulated.

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SENORX, INC.IRVINE, CA132

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Burbank, Fred H Laguna Niguel , US 141 8596
De, Santis Stephen A Laguna Niguel , US 7 555
Jones, Michael L Capistrano Beach , US 191 7594
Louw, Frank Carlsbad , US 22 1022
Lubock, Paul Laguna Niguel , US 230 8872
Quick, Richard L Mission Viejo , US 109 5096

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