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Title:
MINIATURIZED ULTRASOUND APPARATUS AND METHOD
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO2001013796
Kind Code:
B1
Abstract:
Ultrasound apparatus (21) for examining tissue in a region of interestin a body comprising a housing having a viewing aperture (51). An ultrasonic transducer (52) is provided comprised of an array (53) of ultrasonic elements disposed in the viewing aperture. Electrical pulses are supplied to the transducer for transducer excitation to introduce ultrasonic signals into the body for reflection from the tissue in the region of interest. The transducer is capable of converting ultrasonic signals reflected from the tissue within the body to the transducer to provide electrical signals. The electrical signals are provided and then digitized. The digitized electrical signals are collected to form one image for a single frame of the tissue in the region of interest in the body from transducer excitations less than thirty-three in number which is then displayed.

Inventors:
IMRAN MIR A
MCLAUGHLIN GLEN W
LIPPS WILLIAM D
BRENNAN JAMES M
Application Number:
PCT/US2000/022485
Publication Date:
November 15, 2001
Filing Date:
August 16, 2000
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Assignee:
NOVASONICS INC (US)
International Classes:
A61B8/00; A61B8/08; G01S15/89; A61B8/06; (IPC1-7): A61B8/00
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