US Patent No: 7,591,786

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Dock for connecting peripheral devices to a modular diagnostic ultrasound apparatus

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The present invention describes a system for use with a core module for diagnostic ultrasound, the system comprising at least one core module having a housing, system electronics package and a I/O port and one or more docking station(s) in electronic communication with a plurality of peripheral devices, the docking station capable of releasable connection to the core module. The invention further details the individual modular components of the system, being a receptacle connector, a docking station, a multiple transducer adaptor and a mobile docking station.

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Patent Owner(s)

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SONOSITE, INC.BOTHELL, WA78

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Bunce, Steven M Mill Creek, WA 21 733
Holmberg, Randy T Bothell, WA 8 141
Little, Blake W Bothell, WA 48 747

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Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (2)
6,381,484 Palm sized medical examination device 8 1999
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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
SONOSITE, INC. (3)
7,849,250 Docking station with hierarchal battery management for use with portable medical equipment 3 2006
8,088,071 Modular apparatus for diagnostic ultrasound 4 2009
8,398,408 Charging station for cordless ultrasound cart 0 2009
 
C.R. BARD, INC. (2)
8,228,347 User interface and methods for sonographic display device 6 2007
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MELA SCIENCES, INC. (2)
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GE MEDICAL SYSTEMS GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY COMPANY, LLC (1)
7,857,541 Connecting/disconnecting mechanism and composite apparatus 4 2007
 
VOLCANO CORPORATION (1)
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WELCH ALLYN, INC. (1)
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Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (3)
8,210,548 Portable nursing service cart and associated method 3 2009
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