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Title:
FINGERTIP ULTRASOUND MEDICAL INSTRUMENT
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO2004073496
Kind Code:
A3
Abstract:
Disclosed is a minimally invasive surgical instrument that may be used in hand-assisted laparoscopic surgeries. The device is an ultrasonic transmitter and receiver and may be mounted directed on a surgeon's fingertip and inserted through an incision to allow the surgeon to monitor the operational field during a surgical procedure. The device may be used in combination with tactile feedback or other means of alerting the surgeon of the presence of blood vessels or arteries, for example, to provide the surgeon with an improved tactile sense of the surgical field.

Inventors:
VOEGELE JAMES W
GILL ROBERT P
Application Number:
PCT/US2004/004258
Publication Date:
July 28, 2005
Filing Date:
February 13, 2004
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Assignee:
ETHICON ENDO SURGERY INC (US)
International Classes:
A61B8/00; A61B8/12; A61N7/00; A61B8/06; A61N7/02; A61B; (IPC1-7): A61B8/00
Foreign References:
US6485425B22002-11-26
US5152293A1992-10-06
Other References:
See also references of EP 1596717A4
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