US Patent No: RE43328

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Image guided awl/tap/screwdriver

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A trackable medical instrument for use in a computer assisted image guided medical and surgical navigation systems that generate images during medical and surgical procedures, includes a guide member having an emitter array for being tracked by the system and a drive shaft contained within the guide member having a proximal and a distal end, the drive shaft being rotatable within the guide member while being fixable axially inside the guide member, the proximal end of the drive shaft having a first connector for interchangeably receiving at least one drive source, and the distal end having a second connector for interchangeably receiving at least one instrument tip.

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MEDTRONIC NAVIGATION, INC.LOUISVILLE, CO111

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Carroll, Catalina J Memphis, TN 14 1029
Foley, Kevin T Germantown, TN 213 7784
Melkent, Anthony J Memphis, TN 143 1861

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SURGICAL NAVIGATION SPECIALIST INC. (6)
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