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)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
FUJIFILM SONOSITE, INC.BOTHELL, WA146

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Bunce, Steven M Sedro Woolley , US 15 925
Holmberg, Randy T Bothell , US 4 229
Little, Blake W Bothell , US 32 1157

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6,251,073 Miniaturized ultrasound apparatus and method 135 1999
6,569,102 Miniaturized ultrasound apparatus and method 54 2001
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D469877 Handheld ultrasonic display device with cover 22 2001
D462446 Handheld ultrasonic transducer with bulb grip 31 2001
D467002 Handheld ultrasonic transducer with curved bulb grip 31 2001
D461814 Docking station 44 2001
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SONOSITE, INC. (1)
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SAMSUNG MEDISON CO., LTD. (1)
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FUJIFILM SONOSITE, INC. (5)
7,849,250 Docking station with hierarchal battery management for use with portable medical equipment 8 2006
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* 2009/0275,835 MODULAR APPARATUS FOR DIAGNOSTIC ULTRASOUND 6 2009
8,398,408 Charging station for cordless ultrasound cart 6 2009
 
GE MEDICAL SYSTEMS GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY COMPANY, LLC (4)
* 7,857,541 Connecting/disconnecting mechanism and composite apparatus 6 2007
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