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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FUJIFILM SONOSITE, INC.BOTHELL, WA135

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Bunce, Steven M Sedro Woolley , US 15 661
Holmberg, Randy T Bothell , US 4 110
Little, Blake W Bothell , US 32 624

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