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Sampling nonliquid body material (e.g., bone, muscle tissue, epithelial cells, etc.)

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600564000 Cutting 500
600569000 Brushing 22
600572000 Wiping or dabbing 18
600563000 Irrigation 13
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20100160811Z-Stop Feature of Targeting Set for MRI Biopsy Device - A cradle assembly is configured to support a biopsy device. The cradle assembly comprises first support member and a second support member. A biopsy device may be supported by either the first support member or the second support member. A movement restriction member is operable to restrict the longitudinal distance to which a biopsy device may be advanced relative to the cradle assembly. The movement restriction member may comprise a needle mount, a cannula mount, and/or a z-stop. For instance, a z-stop may be positioned to limit the distance to which a cannula mount may be slid along a rail of the cradle. A screw gear may be used to make fine adjustments to the longitudinal position of the z-stop. A needle mount or cannula mount may also include a ratcheting mechanism to restrict proximal motion of the needle mount or cannula mount along a rail of the cradle.06-24-2010
20110196258NESTING ENDOSCOPIC ULTRASOUND GUIDED BIOPSY DEVICE - A biopsy device for insertion to a target site within a living body comprises a first longitudinal element including a first longitudinal element extending from a first element proximal end to a tissue piercing first element distal end and, the first longitudinal element defining a first lumen extending therethrough from a proximal opening at the first element proximal end to a distal opening at the first element distal end. The first longitudinal element is sufficiently flexible to be inserted to a target site along a tortuous path within a natural body lumen and a second longitudinal element extending from a proximal end to a tissue piercing second element distal end. The second longitudinal element is sized to be slidably received in the first lumen and defining a second lumen extending therewithin to a tissue receiving opening at the second element distal end. The second longitudinal element is sufficiently flexible to be inserted to a target site along a tortuous path within a natural body lumen.08-11-2011
20100076340DEVICE AND METHOD TO EXTRACT MATERIAL OF A MATERIAL RESERVOIR - A device to extract material of a material reservoir has at least one guide tube with internal space and with an inner wall surrounding the internal space; at least one sled that can implement a sled translation movement in the inner space along a longitudinal alignment of the guide tube; and at least one collection unit with collection surface to collect the material. The collection unit and the sled are coupled to one another such that the sled translation movement of the sled leads to a collection translation movement of the collection surface of the collection unit, and such that the collection surface can be inserted into the material reservoir and be withdrawn from the material reservoir. A rotation mechanism that is operated manually or automatically can be provided with which a wire, which acts as a collection device, can be displaced in vivo over a length of 1 mm to up to 2 cm within a venous cannula. The invention is used in medical technology, for example, to collect cells from a reservoir in the form of a bodily fluid.03-25-2010
20130079663Device for Transiently Contacting At Least One Unit For Capturing Biological Targets With A Fluid Containing Them, Method For Recovering The Captured Targets And System For Contacting And Recovery - The invention relates to a device for transiently contacting at least one unit for capturing biological targets with a body fluid containing them, a method for recovering the captured targets for analysis, and a system for contacting and recovering a capture substrate included in said unit. The invention relates to samples obtained in particular in vivo from body fluids of the human body, e.g. circulating body fluids, said fluids possibly containing, as targets, proteins, oligonucleotides such as RNA or DNA, antibodies, enzymes or cells. A contacting device (03-28-2013
20120265094Endoscopic Methods and Devices for Transnasal Procedures - Medical devices, systems and methods that are useable to facilitate transnasal insertion and positioning of guidewires and various other devices and instruments at desired locations within the ear, nose, throat, paranasal sinuses or cranium. Direct viewing of such placements via an endoscope.10-18-2012
20100106052SURGICAL RETRACTOR - A surgical device having a housing, an elongated shaft extending distally from the housing, a retractor including a plurality of retractor elements extending distally from the shaft, a vacuum chamber in communication with a vacuum tube positioned within the elongated shaft for applying a suction force to remove a specimen, and a fluid delivery assembly including a fluid container positioned adjacent the housing.04-29-2010
20090124927Endoscopic system for lung biopsy and biopsy method of insufflating gas to collapse a lung - An endoscopic biopsy system comprising a means for drawing a sample to be sealed, separated, and/or collected towards an instrument, such as a structure that includes one or more of: an extendable wire, an extendable mast, an extruded tube with at least one opening and a vacuum therein, a pivot point, a hinge, and a mounting block. The system should have a means to transfer energy to a sample after a sample is grasped, such as a conducting wire or an anvil. The system should also have an airtight means to remove a separated sample from a biopsy site for analysis, such as a collection bag or an internal vacuum suction system. The endoscopic biopsy system can be used in a method of obtaining a biopsy from the thoracic cavity that includes a step of insufflating gas to induce pneumothorax and collapse a lung.05-14-2009
20130046198METHODS FOR MAINTAINING THE PATENCY OF COLLATERAL CHANNELS IN THE LUNGS USING CRYO-ENERGY - The methods disclosed herein are directed to altering gaseous flow within a lung to improve the expiration cycle of, for instance, an individual having Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. More particularly, these methods produce and maintain collateral openings or channels through the airway wall so that expired air is able to pass directly out of the lung tissue to facilitate both the exchange of oxygen ultimately into the blood and/or to decompress hyper-inflated lungs. Devices and methods apply cryo-energy to maintain the patency of the surgically created openings.02-21-2013
20090043224Sampling System - A sampling system comprises a mailing package; a cell sampling device comprising a flexible shaft having a handle at one end, wherein the shaft is configured to allow an individual to self collect a cell sample from mucous tissue, and a sample collecting element removably connectable with the other end of the shaft and operable to collect a cell sample from mucous tissue of an individual; and a sealable unit, wherein the unit is configured to store the sample collecting element having a cell sample thereon and to be received within the mailing package in its sealed form. The system may optionally further include a transport package configured to receive the remaining components of the system for delivery to a user.02-12-2009
20090306540Chorionic villus sampling catheter - A catheter with a guide wire and handle is provided for sampling an area of interest, such as chorionic villi. The catheter contains a cannula of flexible plastic that is non-pyrogenic and latex-free, and a flexible obturator with an elongate cylindrical handle. The cannula is echogenic and can be easily visualized with visualization or imaging device. In an embodiment, the catheter may be curved manually by the operator to conform to the patient's anatomy and it is inserted through the cervix into a pregnant uterus at 10-13 weeks gestation and placed into the developing placenta under ultrasound guidance and a guide mechanism provided on the handle. In this embodiment, once the catheter has been placed, the obturator is withdrawn and a sample of chorionic villi is removed by applying appropriate pressure to the proximal end of the cannula and slowly withdrawing the cannula from the uterine cavity.12-10-2009
20110066073BIOPSY DEVICE WITH ACOUSTIC ELEMENT - The invention relates to a biopsy device, particularly a biopsy device comprising a shaft with a transducer element for providing information about acoustic properties of a material to be analysed, a system of positioning a biopsy device and a method for positioning a biopsy device. The biopsy device may be adapted to take biopsies of different regions of the 5 human body for excluding or detecting abnormalities as cancerous lesions. The biopsy device may be used to measure acoustic properties of the material while inserting the tip portion of the biopsy device into the material to be analysed. The biopsy device may further allow measurement based on elastography.03-17-2011
20120191006STEERABLE MEDICAL DEVICE - A steerable medical device is used to controllably introduce a guidewire or other medical instrument into a body of a patient and direct placement of the guidewire or other medical instrument in the body of the patient. The steerable medical device can include an elongated member, a steering mechanism, and an attachment member. The elongated member extends along a longitudinal axis and comprises a deflectable distal portion that is deflectable off of the longitudinal axis. The steering mechanism is adapted to control longitudinal and rotational movement of the elongated member and to control off-axis deflection of its deflectable portion. The attachment member is removably couplable to another medical device. The attachment member is moveably coupled to the steering mechanism and the elongated member.07-26-2012
20090259141STEERABLE TOOL GUIDE FOR USE WITH FLEXIBLE ENDOSCOPIC MEDICAL DEVICES - An articulatable, steerable tool guide includes a maneuverable head subassembly, a flexible or rigid insertion tube subassembly, and a handle subassembly. The tool guide defines at least one inner lumen extending through the length of the tool guide, with each such lumen being adapted to receive a flexible endoscopic medical device.10-15-2009
20120232423Specimen Removal Device with Gas Venting - A removal pouch that is utilized for removing body tissue from the interior of the body as part of a minimally invasive surgical procedure. The specimen removal pouch includes an elongated body and a gas vent. The elongated body has an interior portion to collect specimen from a body cavity of a patient. The gas vent is configured to allow passage of gas from the interior portion of the elongated body to an external environment during removal of the pouch from within the body cavity of a patient.09-13-2012
20110092848MRI Biopsy Targeting Cube with Eccentric Lock - A biopsy system comprises a control module, a localization assembly, a biopsy device, and a targeting cube. A probe and/or other associated components of the biopsy device are configured to selectively couple with the targeting cube, which is configured to selectively couple with a grid plate. The targeting cube may comprise an eccentric lock for securing the targeting cube within the grid plate. The targeting cube may further comprise an elastomeric insert positioned within guide holes of the targeting cube for securing the probe and/or other associated components within the guide hole of the targeting cube. The guide holes of the targeting cube may alternatively, or in addition, include an elastomeric retaining ring within the passageway of the guide hole.04-21-2011
20110282237TROCAR WITH SPECIMEN RETRIEVAL FEATURE - Devices and related methods are provided that generally involve a specimen retrieval pouch coupled to and/or disposed within a surgical access device. Once a specimen is positioned within the pouch, the pouch can be closed and/or contracted to contain the specimen therein, for example by actuating one or more drawstrings configured to contract an open end of the specimen retrieval pouch.11-17-2011
20110071425Laser-perforated intra-parenchymal micro-probe - Apparatus and methods in which very small volumes of biological fluid-borne material, particularly large molecules such as proteins, may be selectively extracted from or delivered to interstitial fluid (in vivo or in vitro) by means of intra-parenchymal micro-probes inserted in the brain. The primary use of the micro-probe is in neuroscience research, clinical diagnostics or treatment of epilepsy and other neurological conditions; it may also be applied to other organs and biological systems. Eventual human clinical applications may include neurosurgical monitoring, functional tracking of devices or materials introduced in a surgical procedure, or cerebro-spinal fluid sampling.03-24-2011
20120289858METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR HYSTEROSCOPY AND ENDOMETRIAL BIOPSY - Methods and devices are described for performing a combined hysteroscopy and endometrial sampling. Techniques for improving visual images include forward facing fluid ports for clearing tissue debris and LED positioning and design. Manufacturability is improved through separately formed tip and shaft pieces. User interface features are described including user-friendly handle-mounted buttons as well the use of an interactive integrated touch screen display. The handle and display can be mated to a docking station for storage and recharging batteries.11-15-2012
20110301496BIOPSY COLLECTION DEVICE AND RELATED METHODS - A biopsy collection device may include a filter located distally of an aspiration device to collect a biological sample aspirated from a patient. The biological sample may be accessible to a clinician without the need to expel the sample from the aspiration device. The filter may be disposed in a filter housing that is in fluid communication with the aspiration device and the vasculature of a patient.12-08-2011
20110264005BRONCHOSCOPY OXYGENATION SYSTEM - A bronchoscopy oxygenation system may be used to permit the introduction of oxygen (or other gaseous substance) through a bronchoscopy device while also permitting various interventional procedures, for example, but not, limited to biopsy, lavage, and/or suction.10-27-2011
20100113970Biopsy device - A biopsy device includes a support base for supporting a mass to be examined, a compression plate for compressing and holding the mass to be examined against the support base, and a biopsy needle moving mechanism for moving a biopsy needle in a plane along the compression plate as well as in directions perpendicular to the compression plate. The biopsy needle is movable through an opening defined in the compression plate for insertion into the mass to be examined. The biopsy device also includes a determining section for determining whether or not the biopsy needle has pierced the mass to be examined, and a movement limiter for limiting movement of the biopsy needle within a plane perpendicular to a piercing direction along which the biopsy needle pierces the mass to be examined, if the determining section judges that the biopsy needle has pierced the mass to be examined.05-06-2010
20110264004Bronchoscopy System - A bronchoscopy oxygenation system may be used to permit the introduction of oxygen (or other gaseous substance) through a bronchoscopy device while also permitting various procedures, for example, biopsy, lavage, and/or suction.10-27-2011
20110270125Stool collector - A stool collector adapted for being positioned in a use position in which it is secured to a standard water closet or toilet to collect a stool sample delivered by a user, said stool collector comprising a rear piece adapted for being secured between rear halves of a toilet bowl and a tip-up toilet seat, respectively, of said toilet. The stool collector further comprises a front piece adapted for being secured between front halves of said toilet bowl and said tip-up toilet seat, respectively, said front piece comprising two lateral wings enclosing a cut-out adapted to allow for urine from said user to pass through into said toilet bowl in said use position, and an intermediate piece connecting said front and rear pieces and in said use position forming a stool collecting area adapted to receive said stool sample, said front, rear and intermediate pieces being manufactured from a flexible, foldable, biodegradable and highly water soluble paper material, said stool collector thus being suitable for being flushed in a standard water closet.11-03-2011
20100100006PRODUCTION OF OPTICAL PULSES AT A DESIRED WAVELENGTH USING SOLITON SELF-FREQUENCY SHIFT - The present invention relates to an apparatus for producing optical pulses of a desired wavelength. The apparatus includes an optical pulse source operable to generate input optical pulses at a first wavelength. The apparatus further includes a higher order mode (HOM) fiber module operable to receive the input optical pulses at the first wavelength, and thereafter to produce output optical pulses at the desired wavelength by soliton self-frequency shift (SSFS). The present invention also relates to a method of producing optical pulses having a desired wavelength. This method includes generating input optical pulses using an optical pulse source, where the input optical pulses have a first wavelength and a first spatial mode. The input optical pulses are delivered into an HOM fiber module to alter the wavelength of the input optical pulses from the first wavelength to a desired wavelength by soliton self-frequency shift (SSFS) within the HOM fiber module, thereby producing output optical pulses having the desired wavelength.04-22-2010
20090275857Diagnostic or treatment tool for colonoscopy - Apparatus (11-05-2009
20090287111ENDOSCOPE COLLECTION VESSEL - A device for use with an endoscope is disclosed. The device includes a body that defines a vessel for collecting fluid that may escape through the port and/or valve of the endoscope. The body includes a bottom and a side wall. The bottom and the side wall form a portion of a cradle surrounding the port of the endoscope. The bottom includes a portion configured to mate with the endoscope adjacent the port. The side wall is configured to partially wrap around the port of the endoscope. Further, the body of the device may be shaped to cover at least the neck portion of the port and may include an aperture. The aperture allows access to the port and facilitates attachment of the valve. Absorbent material may be used in the collection vessel to absorb the fluid. The device may also include a wire anchor for attaching a guide wire.11-19-2009
20080249434Device and Method for Transporting and Handling Tissue - A device and method and provided for tissue handling, while maintaining the in-vivo tissue orientation. The device includes a structure, configured for receiving and holding a tissue specimen, wherein the tissue specimen includes tissue positional references; and device positional references, associated with the structure, for fixing the orientation of the tissue specimen, when held by the device, so as to reflect the tissue specimen positional references.10-09-2008
20080228102SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PATHOLOGICAL MAPPING OF TARGETED TISSUE - A system and method for collecting specimens removed from different regions of targeted tissue, e.g., the prostate gland. The system is made up a plurality of templates for receipt of respective ones of the specimens and a plurality of specimen identifiers. The templates include respective areas representing corresponding to respective regions of the targeted tissue and each area bears respective visible indicia representative of the corresponding region of the targeted tissue. The specimen identifiers, e.g., label for specimen containers, include visible indicia corresponding to the respective visible indicia areas of the templates. Graphic representations of the targeted tissue showing the pathology of the regions thereof can be computer generated based on the specimens collected.09-18-2008
20080287825Biopsy Device - Medical instruments and methods of using medical instruments are claimed.11-20-2008
20090030338ACCESS GUIDE AND METHODS OF USING THE SAME - Devices and methods for guiding surgical tools are disclosed. The guided surgical tools can be used to extract body tissue from an enclosed body cavity. The guide can have multiple channels for the surgical tools to pass through the guide. The channels can converge and exit at a single exit port. The channels can have distinct entry ports. The guide can have a configuration to provide stable seating at or adjacent to the target site.01-29-2009
20090156961LOCALIZATION MECHANISM FOR AN MRI COMPATIBLE BIOPSY DEVICE - A localization mechanism, or fixture, is used in conjunction with a breast coil for breast compression and for guiding a core biopsy instrument during prone stereotactic biopsy procedures in both open and closed Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machines. The localization fixture can include a breast compression plate and a biopsy probe support plate for supporting a biopsy probe for movement along multiple perpendicular axes. The position of both the breast compression plate and the biopsy probe support plate can be adjustable along an axis which is generally parallel to a probe needle.06-18-2009
20110224574METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR TISSUE PROCESSING AND IMAGING - The disclosure relates generally to methods and systems for processing biological samples obtained from a subject having, or believed to have, a cell proliferation disorder. The disclosure further relates to methods and systems for detecting an object of interest in a biological sample.09-15-2011
20090082695METHODS, SYSTEMS AND APPARATUS RELATING TO COLPOSCOPIC-TYPE VIEWING EXTENSION DEVICES - Handheld imaging and sampling probe systems, and related devices, kits, methods, etc., that may improve the general comfort of gynecological examinations and/or obtaining samples of cells from the vagina or cervix, and may also improve sample collection and thus possibly improve the sensitivity and specificity. The devices comprise an imaging and sample collection probe sized for easy and comfortable insertion into the vagina without requiring the use of a speculum comprising a proximally located handle and at least one relatively thin extension that extends distally from the handle. The probe further comprises at least one light emitter that emits illumination light toward the target tissue, at least one imaging system that detects and images examination light emanating from the target tissue, and a biopsy channel configured to transmit to the target tissue a retractable biopsy or surgical device able to retractably contact the target tissue, typically to obtain a sample of cells from the target tissue. The system can further comprise a disposable sleeve sized to substantially cover at least the part of the extension to be inserted into the vagina, the sleeve comprising at least one passage configured to securely align with the biopsy channel and sized to transmit the retractable sample collection device.03-26-2009
20090192408SURGICAL SITE MARKER DELIVERY SYSTEM - A marker delivery system is provided that includes a delivery tube and a push rod. The delivery tube is defined by distal and proximal ends and includes a distal opening that communicates with a lumen extending through the delivery tube and a curved distal end portion. The distal opening is positioned distally of the curved distal end portion. The push rod is configured for slidable engagement within the lumen of the delivery tube and is sized to extend to at least the distal opening of the delivery tube when the push rod is fully inserted within the delivery tube to push out one or more site markers disposed within the lumen of the delivery tube.07-30-2009
20090318829SAMPLE COLLECTION AND TESTING DEVICE WITH PIVOT ARM12-24-2009
20100160812Fine Needle Aspiration Handle Attachment - A removable attachment for selectively connecting coaxial medical instruments comprises a first instrument having a proximal end, a distal end and a lumen extending therethrough. The first instrument comprises an arm extending from a fulcrum located on the first instrument and a second instrument movably placed within the lumen of the first instrument, the second instrument comprising a hub at a proximal end thereof. The hub comprises a distal edge to engage a proximal end of the first instrument. The arm pivots around the fulcrum and is configured to selectively engage the hub to provide a removable locking connection between the first and second instruments.06-24-2010
20100160813MEDICAL APPARATUS AND LIVING TISSUE FREEZING AND HARVESTING APPARATUS - A first trocar as an medical apparatus includes an insertion hole having a projection opening for leading out a biopsy forceps into a body of a subject, a lid body for blocking the projection opening of the insertion hole, and a cooling sheet for cryogenically cooling a biopsy portion arranged in the vicinity of the lid body in a state where the biopsy forceps is stored in the insertion hole, and is capable of easily harvesting a living tissue while retaining morphological change of tissues in a living body under various hemodynamics.06-24-2010
20100160810Multi-Orientation Targeting Set for MRI Biopsy Device - A biopsy device targeting set includes a vertical member, a carriage that is vertically movable along the vertical member, and a cradle coupled with the carriage. The cradle has a pair of substantially perpendicular mounting arms. Each mounting arm has a recess that may receive a rail of the carriage, such that the cradle may be mounted to the same rail in different orientations. Each mounting arm also has a biopsy device mounting feature, which may be a recess or a rail. The biopsy device mounting feature is configured to engage with a complementary feature of a biopsy device, such that a biopsy device may be mounted to either mounting arm. A z-stop feature is operable to selectively restrict longitudinal motion along either or both of the biopsy device mounting features. The targeting set may be used with a biopsy device in an MRI environment.06-24-2010
20100168609BIOPSY DEVICE FOR THE ENRICHMENT OF TISSUE, CELLS, OR ANALYTES - The invention relates to a biopsy device for the in vivo enrichment of tissue, cells, or analytes, including drugs and therapeutic active substances, at the site of biopsy and for subsequent testing.07-01-2010
20100191145SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR RAPID STEREOTACTIC BREAST BIOPSY ANALYSIS - A stereotactic breast biopsy apparatus and system that may comprise an x-ray source, a digital imaging receptor, and a biopsy specimen cassette, wherein the digital imaging receptor is adjustably secured to the apparatus to permit an unobstructed illumination of the biopsy specimen and thereby produce biopsy x-ray images directly in the procedure room for immediate analysis. Some examples of the benefits may be, but are not limited to, a more rapid analysis of biopsy specimen digital images, post-processing image capability, and decreased procedure time and diminution of patient bleeding complications and needle discomfort.07-29-2010
20080208075SNARE COIL RETRIEVAL DEVICE FOR CAPTURING AND RETRIEVING A SPECIMEN - A retrieval device for retrieving and capturing a foreign body specimen, such as a tissue specimen or a foreign material specimen, according to one exemplary embodiment includes an outer cannula member having an inner lumen and an inner member received within the inner lumen such that the inner member can rotate relative to the outer cannula. The inner member has a distal end that extends beyond a distal end of the outer cannula. The device also includes a first snare coil having a first end and an opposing second end. The first end of the snare coil is attached to an outer surface of the outer cannula and the second end of the snare coil is attached to the inner member to allow the snare coil to be actuated by rotating the inner member relative to the outer cannula so as to either open or close the snare coil for collecting the specimen.08-28-2008
20100241026Portable suction device - An improved suction apparatus, which may be used by health care providers, emergency medical teams, or a corpsmen, to remove debris, fluid and other foreign matter from the airways and/or wounds of injured persons. The suction apparatus which includes: a venturi tube having a forward end, a rear end and an inlet, a valve located on the top rear end portion of the venturi tube, a body for housing at least one can of propellant or compressed gas, an airtight cap, and a trigger mechanism. The improved suction apparatus that forces the propellant passed the inlet of the venturi tube, wherein the inlet is located toward the distal end of the cap.09-23-2010
20100145224CANAL DILATION DEVICE - A device for enlarging a canal of a human or animal subject includes an elongate member having a first lumen extending therein and an inflatable body toward a distal end of the elongate member. The inflatable body is deliverable, in an uninflated or deflated state, to a location substantially within the canal prior to inflation. The first lumen is in communication with the inflatable body via one or more channels therebetween. In use, the first lumen is in communication, toward a proximal end, with an inflation system for delivering fluid to inflate the inflatable body and thereby enlarging the canal. The device may include markings for sounding of e.g. uterine depth. The device may also include one or more projections, or other structure providing tactile cues during positioning of the device within the canal and these may also be configured to aid in removal of cells from a tissue wall.06-10-2010
20090076411Endometrial anesthesia delivery device and methods of use thereof - The field of the present invention relates to medical devices. More particularly, the field of the present invention relates to devices for providing anesthesia to an endometrial cavity of a patient and, furthermore, to methods of using such devices for endometrial biopsy and other medical procedures. According to certain preferred embodiments of the invention, devices for delivering anesthesia to an endometrial cavity are provided, which generally comprise (i) a primary shaft, (ii) a port located in a backside portion of the device, and (iii) a substantially spherical tip.03-19-2009
20120143082TISSUE SAMPLE ANALYSIS - A new method of Raman micro spectroscopy for the detection and imaging of Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) comprises the application of a multivariate supervised statistical classification model to distinguish between dermis, epidermis and BCC. The resulting Raman images provide a tool for the automated and objective evaluation of a tissue sample.06-07-2012
20110213270BIOPSY INSTRUMENT FOR ENRICHING SAMPLE MATERIAL - The present invention relates to a biopsy instrument, comprising the following components: i. a guide element (09-01-2011
20090030339APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MOTORISED PLACEMENT OF NEEDLE - The present invention provides a method and apparatus to insert a needle through a predetermined trajectory and with a predetermined depth, in order to reach a target accurately within soft tissue, under ultrasound imaging guidance. The invention can be applied to carry out, for example, prostate biopsy, or prostate brachytherapy. The apparatus can guide a biopsy needle into defined sites in the prostate gland. A conical approach is used to reach the prostate through one or more pivot points on the perineal wall. The biopsy needle penetrates the patient's skin through the pivot point for multiple cores. The apparatus holds a needle sheath with two ball joints. The orientation of the needle sheath is controlled by locking the front ball joint at the pivot point, and moving the back ball joint on a virtual plane. The biopsy needle is inserted manually through the needle sheath. The depth of the insertion is controlled by the position of the stopper on the biopsy gun holder. Both the orientation and depth stopper are preferably driven by motors.01-29-2009
20090216150Method and Apparatus For Inserting Biopsy Site Marker In Marker Body - An apparatus for inserting a marking element into a marker body includes a body portion, an insertion member, and a pushing member. The body portion has a compartment configured to receive a marker body. The insertion member is configured to engage the marker body within the compartment. The pushing member is configured to engage with the insertion member. The pushing member is operable to force a marking element along the insertion member into the marker body. The insertion member may include a hollow needle configured to penetrate the marker body. The pushing member may include a pin configured to fit within the hollow needle. The marker body may include an opening such as a slit, a slot, or a passage that is configured to receive a marking element. The marker body may include a collagen dowel, and the marking element may be formed of titanium.08-27-2009
20110098595Biopsy Marker Delivery Configured to Retain Marker Prior to Intended Deployment. - A biopsy marker delivery device is described. The delivery device can include a relatively flexible hollow tube, a pushing member such as a push rod disposed for sliding with the tube, and at least one marker disposed in the tube. The inner surface of the tube can be configured to engage the marker at spaced apart locations on the outer surface of the marker.04-28-2011
20120035499METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR IN VIVO COLLECTION OF CIRCULATING BIOLOGICAL COMPONENTS - The invention relates generally to in vivo collection of circulating molecules, tumor cells and other biological markers using a collecting probe. The probe is configured for placement within a living organism for an extended period of time to provide sufficient yield of biological marker for analysis. In some embodiments of the invention, active attraction of biological markers are provided. A partial or complete analytic/detection assembly may also be integrated with the probe.02-09-2012
20110251516IMPLANT AND APPLICATOR - An implant having an energy converter. The energy converter is designed to convert applied energy to heat, the energy converter being situated in such a way that heat generated from the energy conversion is active at an outer surface of the implant.10-13-2011
20110152714VARIABLE ANGLE GUIDE HOLDER FOR A BIOPSY GUIDE PLUG - Apparatus and methods are described as relating to a variable angled guide plug holder for use in interventional procedures. In an exemplary embodiment, a variable angled guide plug holder for use in interventional procedures is provided, including a guide plug holder for receiving an angular determination fixture, the guide plug holder movable relative to the angular determination fixture between a plurality of positions, each position providing a different angle of insertion relative to a point of origin on the angular determination fixture, and plate plug engaged with the angular determination fixture wherein the plate plug is insertable into a guide plate aperture of a guide plate for use in an interventional procedure.06-23-2011
20110071423FLEXIBLE BIOPSY MARKER DELIVERY DEVICE - A biopsy marker delivery device are described. The delivery device can include a relatively flexible hollow tube, a pushing member such as a push rod disposed for sliding with the tube, and at least one marker disposed in the tube. The push rod can include a surface feature effective for reducing the contact area of the push rod with the internal surface of the hollow tube. The surface feature can be effective for reducing binding of the push rod within the hollow tube when the tube and rod are subject to bending.03-24-2011
20110071426Wound treatment and containment arrangement - A wound treatment arrangement for the debriding and cleansing of a patient's body portion comprising: a flexible elongated body portion enclosure bag; an elongated nozzle arrangement securable to the inner surface of the elongated enclosure bag; a pressurized fluid treatment supply gun; and a connectable and releasable coupler member arranged on the proximal end of the nozzle arrangement so as to sealably receive a corresponding coupler arrangement on the fluid treatment supply gun.03-24-2011
20110071424BIOPSY MARKER DELIVERY DEVICE - A biopsy marker delivery device are described. The delivery device can include a relatively flexible hollow tube, a pushing member such as a push rod disposed for sliding with the tube, and at least one marker disposed in the tube. A marker blocking member is disposed distal of the distal most marker, and is disposed at least partially within the hollow tube to assist in preventing premature deployment of a marker from the hollow tube. A portion of the blocking member may disposed in the hollow tube, and another portion of the member may be operatively associated with a portion of the package such that when the marker delivery device is removed from the package, the member is removed from the marker delivery device.03-24-2011
20110009772BIOPSY DEVICE - Biopsy needles equipped with fibres (01-13-2011
20080214953Tissue-characterization system and method - A measurement system and method are provided for use in characterizing a tissue. The system comprises a probe adapted for operating in either a scan mode or a measure mode, and a control unit for operating the probe. The probe comprises a sensing module for measuring one or more parameters indicative of one or more states of the tissue; and an attachment module configured and operable to enable selective operation of the probe in either one of the scan mode and the measure modes. The control unit is configured and operative to selectively operate the probe in either one of the scan and measure modes.09-04-2008
20110054348OPTICAL BIOPSY DEVICE - An objective lens system for an optical biopsy device has a lens that comprises a first part configured for viewing at a first magnification, and a second part configured for viewing at a second magnification. The second magnification is substantially different from the first magnification. The first magnification enables viewing a larger area of a target and the second magnification enables viewing the target at a cellular level with high sensitivity and specificity. Combining viewing at two different magnifications in a single objective lens results in a compact optical biopsy device.03-03-2011
20110054347Devices for Selective Recruitment, Isolation, Activation, and/or Elimination of Various Cell Populations - Implantable devices comprise at least one or more targeting molecules that form a primary coating layer for selectively recruiting, isolating, activating, and/or eliminating any cells of interest, such as T cells, monocytes, and stem cells. The implantable devices can be utilized for selectively removing a particular subset of cells from bodily fluids of a patient. Various non-selective pharmaceutical agents and biological agents can be incorporated into the implantable devices so that cells of interest can be isolated for elimination or for activation/differentiation. Cell-type selectivity is conferred by the presence of cell-type-specific targeting molecules incorporated into the implantable device, preferably at the surface level to permit direct or indirect interaction between the cells of interest and targeting molecules of the implantable device. Related therapeutic methods for utilizing the implantable devices are also provided. These implantable devices can be manufactured as a stent, a catheter, a holding chamber, or any other device, and can be manufactured into any shape, including a conduit, a vessel, and a tubing.03-03-2011
20120150066SNARECOIL RETRIEVAL DEVICE FOR CAPTURING AND RETRIEVING A SPECIMEN - A retrieval device for collecting a specimen includes an outer cannula member having an inner lumen and an inner member received within the inner lumen such that the inner member can rotate relative to the outer cannula. The device also includes first and second snarecoil elements that are formed as part of the inner member. Each snarecoil element has an arcuate shape and is attached to an inner surface of the outer cannula. The snarecoil elements being deformable such that rotation of the inner member relative to the outer catheter results in the snarecoil elements collapsing toward a center of the outer cannula member resulting in either the tissue specimen being captured between the two snarecoil elements in one embodiment or being sheared by the two snarecoil elements in another embodiment.06-14-2012
20100324444MRI Biopsy Targeting Grid Wall Guide - A targeting guide device is configured to support a biopsy device. The guide device comprises a first plate and a second plate. A biopsy device may be supported by either the first plate or the second plate. The targeting guide device is also configured to be secured to a compression grid plate, which is situated adjacent the tissue to be biopsied. The compression grid plate includes apertures that are defined by grid walls. Either or both of the first plate and the second plate have a slot within which a grid wall may be positioned so as to secure placement of the targeting guide device. In addition, either or both of the first plate and the second plate have an access hole through which a biopsy device may be inserted. A flanged insert may be positioned through the access hole to provide further support for the biopsy device.12-23-2010
20120150067KIT FOR TAKING BIOPSIES, AUTOPSIES, EXCISIONS, AND RESECTIONS AND METHODS THEREOF - The present invention relates to a kit for taking biopsies, resections, excisions, and/or autopsies. Moreover, the present invention relates to methods of taking biopsies resections, excisions, and/or autopsies using the kit of the present invention. The kits and methods of the present invention allow for fewer errors, decreased turn around time and/or more rapid processing due to a cassette and specimen numbering system that is simplified and superior over that which has been previously disclosed in the prior art. The kit of the present invention comprises one or more tissue cassettes, and optionally one or more bottles of formalin and optionally, other components.06-14-2012
20110201964Biopsy Device Tissue Sample Holder with Flow Restriction Device - A tissue sample holder for a biopsy device comprises an outer cup, a collection tray, and a flow restriction device. The outer cup defines a hollow interior. The collection tray separates the hollow interior into an upper chamber and a lower chamber while allowing fluid to pass between the two chambers through an opening in the collection tray. The flow restriction device selectively seals the opening thereby preventing fluid from passing from the lower chamber into the upper chamber. The flow restriction device may be operable to selectively seal the opening in response to a vacuum being induced within the upper chamber. The collection tray may have a shape (e.g., tapered, funnel-shaped, convex, etc/) selected to facilitate the flow of fluid toward the opening. The lower chamber may be coupled with an external fluid collection device. The lower chamber may define a larger volume than the upper chamber.08-18-2011
20100022912METHOD AND APPARATUS TO DETERMINE A PARAMETER PERTAINING TO THE PROSTATE OF A PATIENT - In a method to determine at least one parameter pertaining to a prostate of a patient, an integrated diagnostic support system implements the following steps. A first risk value for prostate illness is determined using a screening method. In the event that this first characteristic risk value exceeds a first limit value, at least one second characteristic risk value for prostate illness and its location are determined using a method supplying a medical image of the patient. An integrated report system outputs at least one of the characteristic risk values and/or the location. A corresponding device has a mini-laboratory analysis unit for the screening test, an intelligent decision support system for the first characteristic risk value, a first interface with an imaging system, an evaluation system for the medical image for the second characteristic risk value, and a report system with a user interface.01-28-2010
20100016757Integrated Multi-Functional Endoscopic Tool - A system for extending the visual capabilities and working channel of a bronchoscope including a probe having optic and/or tracking capabilities at a distal tip thereof and capable of being advanced through the working channel of a standard bronchoscope. The probe also includes a working channel through which various diagnostic and treatment tools may be advanced.01-21-2010
20120041335THORACIC ACCESS PORT - A surgical access port for accessing a cavity of a patient having an outer frame including first and second frame portions, wherein at least one of the frame portions is movable with respect to the other frame portion. The outer frame has a first length greater than the first width, wherein movement of at least one of the frame portions away from the other frame portion increases the outer frame to a third length greater than the first length. An inner member has a second length and a second width, the second length being substantially transverse to the first length of the outer frame and the second width being substantially transverse to the first width of the outer frame. A flexible member extends between the outer frame and inner member and is movable by movement of at least one of the frame portions.02-16-2012
20120004571LUNG AEROSOL COLLECTION DEVICE - A device for collecting material from lung aerosols. The device functions by collecting aerosols from the lower airway separated from material in the by collecting air from the upper airway in a chamber that when full causes the remaining exhaled aerosols from the lungs to be captured by a filter. The filter collects sample of material from the separated lung aerosols.01-05-2012
20120310108COMPUTER-IMPLEMENTED INTEGRATED HEALTH SYSTEMS AND METHODS - Computer-implemented integrated health systems and methods related to organs of the human body and to cancer. For example, a method and a system can be configured for choosing a strategy for an organ condition that maximizes a life score.12-06-2012
20120016260RETRACTOR CANNULA SYSTEM FOR ACCESSING AND VISUALIZING SPINE AND RELATED METHODS - Retractor cannula systems may be used for accessing and visualizing the spine and related methods of treatment, including a forward-looking retractor cannula system for creating a working space and the retractor cannula system having atraumatic dissection capability to allow visualization in spine. The devices and methods described may be used, for example, to perform annulus repair, herniated disc excision, and denervation of neurological tissue; to dispense pharmacological agents and/or cell or tissue therapy agents; to diagnose disc degeneration and bony degeneration, spinal stenosis, and nucleus decompression, and to perform disc augmentation.01-19-2012
20110092850MRI Biopsy Targeting Guide with Rotational Lock - A biopsy system comprises a control module, a localization assembly, a biopsy device, and a targeting device. A probe and/or other associated components of the biopsy device are configured to selectively couple with the targeting device, which is configured to selectively couple with a grid plate. The targeting device may comprise a rotational lock for securing the targeting device within the grid plate. The targeting device may further comprise an elastomeric insert positioned within guide holes of the targeting device for securing the probe and/or other associated components within the guide hole of the targeting device. The guide holes of the targeting device may alternatively, or in addition, further comprise one or more retaining rings positioned within guide holes of the targeting device for securing the probe and/or other associated components within the guide hole of the targeting device.04-21-2011
20110092849MRI Biopsy Targeting Cube with Gripping Arms - A biopsy system comprises a control module, a localization assembly, a biopsy device, and a targeting cube. The biopsy device and/or other associated components are configured to selectively couple with a targeting cube that selectively couples with a grid plate having apertures for receiving the targeting cube. The targeting cube comprises a body defined by faces. The targeting cube further comprises guide holes that originate and terminate at the faces and pass through the body of the targeting cube to provide passageways through the targeting cube. To securely and removably fit the targeting cube within a grid plate aperture, the targeting cube also comprises a pair of gripping arms. The gripping arms extend from two opposing faces of the cube and snap fit around the walls of the grid plate to secure the targeting cube in position. The arms are resiliently biased to engage the grid plate.04-21-2011
20110092847MRI Biopsy Targeting Cube with Snap Corners - A biopsy system comprises a control module, a localization assembly, a biopsy device, and a targeting cube. The biopsy device and/or other associated components are configured to selectively couple with a targeting cube that selectively couples with a grid plate having apertures for receiving the cube. The targeting cube comprises a body defined by faces. The targeting cube further comprises guide holes that originate and terminate at the faces and pass through the body of the targeting cube to provide passageways through the cube. To securely and removably fit the targeting cube within a grid plate aperture, the targeting cube also comprises deflectable projections positioned at the corners of the cube or extending from the faces of the cube. The projections are resiliently biased to extend outwardly, and are inwardly deflectable by the walls of a grid plate aperture to secure the targeting cube in position within the aperture.04-21-2011
20120157878ANATOMICALLY DESIGNED AND COLLAPSIBLE INTRAVAGINAL DEVICE FOR SELF-SAMPLING AND CONTAINMENT OF CERVICAL EPITHELIAL CELLS - A device is described that allows women to collect and preserve cervical cell samples to be later tested in a clinical analysis laboratory. It includes a cylindrical body, housing a shaft that axially pushes and retracts a cell collector. The penetration necessary for the insertion device is self-induced by the woman, and therefore has morphological characteristics that are adaptable to the anatomical shape of the vagina. The shaft slides inside the device to position the cell collector on the surface of the cervix. Once the sample is taken, the shaft is retracted, and the cell collector collapses as a consequence of the sliding inside the device, and positioning itself inside the handle, which may contain a liquid medium for cellular containment.06-21-2012
20090131815MARKER DEPLOYMENT DEVICE - A marker deployment system is provided, including at least one cannula, a site marker and at least one wire. The cannula has a tubular side-wall and a distal opening. The cannula defines at least one aperture extending through the side-wall. The wire is selectively interposed within the cannula, and a distal wire end extends through the aperture. A portion of the wire is secured to an end portion of the site marker. The wire is pulled taut at the aperture, thereby at least partially aligning the end portion of the site marker with the distal opening of the cannula.05-21-2009
20100204609MICROENDOSCOPE AND METHODS OF USE - The present invention generally relates to a microendoscope assembly capable of intra-ductal use. The microendoscope generally comprises: an outer cylindrical guide tube defining an internal passageway having an exterior diameter of no greater than about 1.0 mm; a first internal cylindrical tube defining a working channel having an interior diameter of no less than about 0.5 mm; a second internal cylindrical tube defining a image guide and housing a lens; and an illumination bundle comprising optic fibers.08-12-2010
20110184311Tissue Retrieval Device with Resilient Member - A specimen retrieval instrument comprises a tubular member, a resilient member, and a retrieval bag. The resilient member is associated with a distal end of the tubular member. The bag is secured to the resilient member. The resilient member is compressible such that the resilient member and bag fit within a hollow interior portion of the tubular member. A rod may advance the resilient member and bag out of the tubular member. Alternatively, the tubular member may comprise a sheath that is retractable to reveal the resilient member and bag. The resilient member may have a hoop, spiral, or rolled strip configuration. The resilient member may alternatively comprise telescoping arms. The resilient member opens the bag when the resilient member and bag are deployed relative to the tubular member. The resilient member may also unfurl the bag when the resilient member and bag are deployed.07-28-2011
20110201963Hydrophobic Filter Assembly for Biopsy System - A filter assembly comprises an outer member and an inner member. The outer member is configured to allow a vacuum to be communicated through the outer member. The outer member comprises hydrophobic material and an interior cavity. The hydrophobic material is configured to substantially repel fluids at atmospheric pressure. At least a portion of the inner member is positioned within the interior cavity of the outer member. The inner member comprises occluding media configured to absorb fluids both at atmospheric pressure and when a vacuum is being communicated through the inner member. The filter assembly may be incorporated within a vacuum canister to be used in conjunction with a biopsy device as part of a biopsy system, although other suitable applications will be apparent to those of ordinary skill in the art in view of the teachings herein.08-18-2011
20120316462STOOL SPECIMEN COLLECTION SYSTEM - Provided herein is technology relating to collecting samples and particularly, but not exclusively, to technology for collecting a stool specimen.12-13-2012
20100049083DEVICE FOR CONTACT MOLECULAR SAMPLING02-25-2010
20100049085METHOD OF MAKING A BIOPSY MARKER DELIVERY DEVICE - A method for making a biopsy device for delivering a biopsy marker to a biopsy site is disclosed. The biopsy device can include a marker deployer having a unitary endpiece formed in place in a distal end of the cannula. The distal endpiece can be a molded in place in the distal end of the cannula, and can include a distal tip, a marker deployment ramp, and a marker engaging element that aids in retaining the marker in the cannula until the marker is meant to be deployed.02-25-2010
20100049084BIOPSY MARKER DELIVERY DEVICE - A biopsy device for delivering a biopsy marker to a biopsy site is disclosed. The biopsy device can include a marker deployer having a unitary endpiece disposed in a distal end of the cannula. The distal endpiece can be a molded component which includes a distal tip, a marker deployment ramp, and a marker engaging element that aids in retaining the marker in the cannula until the marker is meant to be deployed.02-25-2010
20120226188PARAMETRIC CONTROL OF VOLUME STREAMS - The invention relates to a medical device for infusion of an active ingredient or removal of a body tissue or body liquid comprising: a outlet device for infusion of an active ingredient to a body tissue; a receptacle for storing the active ingredient to which the outlet device is attachable; a sensor device for measuring a parameter which is related to a physical state in the body tissue; a drive device for effectuating at least an infusion of the active ingredient; characterized by a control unit functionally connected to the sensor device for receiving a sensor signal, which corresponds to the state of the body tissue, wherein the control unit is adapted for controlling a flow rate.09-06-2012
20120226189CELL SAMPLING DEVICE - The invention relates to a swallowable cell sampling device comprising an abrasive material capable of collecting cells from the surface of the oesophagus, and a means for retrieval wherein the means for retrieval comprises a cord, characterised in that the cord is attached to the abrasive material by means of a hitch knot. The invention also relates to kits and methods involving same.09-06-2012
20120191005Diagnostic and Feedback Control for Efficacy and Safety of Laser Application for Tissue Reshaping and Regeneration - The efficacy and safety of laser medical treatments are ensured by performing a combination of measurement techniques to examine tissue properties in order to control characteristics of the laser treatments of cartilaginous tissues. In some aspects, methods of treatment are provided that are capable of taking and providing feedback relating to multiple measurements, including temperature measurements (in particular, radiometry), light scattering, speckle interferometry, optoacoustic measurements, and monitoring tissue electrical characteristics. According to various aspects, feedback is provided during the course of laser treatment of tissue to increase the safety and efficacy of treatment.07-26-2012
20090024055All-in-one biological specimen collecting, transporting and analyzing device - A device for collecting, shipping and analyzing a pathological specimen comprises a collector stick projecting from the inside of the stopper of a first tubular vessel containing a solution. The bottom of the vessel has a hole sealed by a frangible barrier. When the first vessel is inserted into a second vessel containing a signaling element and having a pintle projecting inwardly from its bottom, the frangible barrier is broken by the pintle and part of the solution flows into the second vessel where it contacts the signaling element. A pin projecting from the inside of a cover for the second vessel punctures the stopper of the first vessel facilitating the flow of solution from the first to the second vessel. The analytical process can be performed in the absence of any contacting or manipulating of the first vessel and specimen collector by simply screwing the cap to its farthest position.01-22-2009
20090018467APPARATUS FOR PUNCH BIOPSY - A punch biopsy apparatus for removing all or a portion of a suspect dermal growth. A punch biopsy apparatus has: a hollow cylinder body; a coring blade at the base of the hollow cylinder body; at least one scooping blade pivotally secured by an axle and a pair of pivot seats within the cylinder body, where each scooping blade is semicircular, a longitudinally-moveable plunger secured within the hollow cylinder, where the plunger has at least one plunger leg for contacting each scooping blade, and each plunger leg transfers longitudinal plunger movement to its respective scooping blade, thereby causing rotational scooping-blade movement. This device helps minimize bleeding and minimize damage to the biopsy sample being retrieved.01-15-2009
20080300505DEVICE FOR COLLECTION, STORAGE, RETRIEVAL AND SHIPPING OF HAIR FOLLICLES FROM ANIMALS - The present invention relates to a novel device for the collection, storage, shipping and retrieval of hair follicles from animals for the purpose of isolating DNA or other genetic material from the follicles for analysis. The device has outer flaps for the protection as well as identification of the samples and an inner part where samples are placed. The inner device has thicker base and a clear plastic cover, the easy peel back of which is facilitated by a) low tack adhesives that hold the two together and b) a touch cut on one end, through the base sheet which creates a grip. This makes the device convenient and easy to use, and yet a robust collection device for hair follicles from animals in a farm or real-life situation. Hair follicles can be punched out through the inner device for direct DNA isolation and analysis.12-04-2008
20100249646SPECIMEN COLLECTION BAG - A specimen collection bag includes a flexible bag with a bottom end and a mouth end. A sleeve extends around at least a portion of a perimeter of the mouth end. The sleeve is adapted to receive the jaws of a grasping tool that are movable between a closed position and an open position. Opening the jaws causes the mouth end of the specimen collection bag to open and closing the jaws causes the mouth end of the specimen collection bag to close.09-30-2010
20120277623Methods and Systems of Delivering a Probability of a Medical Condition - Methods and systems for delivering a probability that a subject has a medical condition are disclosed herein. The methods comprise calculating the probability of a medical condition using biomarker values and the rate of change of the biomarker values over time. In most embodiments, the methods comprise relations and calculations that require computer systems to execute the methods of the invention. Systems of the invention may include computer systems, as well as medical systems, such as biomarker assays and courses of medical action.11-01-2012
20110319788MINIMALLY INVASIVE REMOVAL DEVICE WITH BREAKAWAY SHEATH - A tissue removal device is disclosed which includes an elongate shaft having a distal end and a proximal end, wherein the elongate shaft defines a longitudinal axis, a bag support defining an opening, the bag support being collapsible and expandable to open and close the opening, a bag operatively attached to the bag support, the bag having an open first end operatively secured to the bag support and a closed end, the first end being connected to the support so that when the bag support is in the collapsed position the bag opening is substantially closed, the bag having folds including at least one transverse fold. The tissue removal device may further include a tube for receiving the shaft, bag support and bag.12-29-2011
20080221478Integrated Imaging and Biopsy System with Integrated Control Interface - A diagnostic station integrates patient support, imaging, biopsy, and treatment. An illustrative version of a prone mammography table localizes a breast with an imaging modality (e.g., X-ray, etc.) based upon a rotating C-arm that may encircle the localized breast. A biopsy system is integrated into the controls and displays or user interface of the diagnostic station, sharing integrated utilities (e.g., vacuum, power, data communication, etc.). Ancillary devices may be identified and authenticated by the integrated system, such as to base available functionality on the identification and/or authentication of an ancillary device. Ancillary devices that may be integrated with the system may include devices that are operable to perform surgical, therapeutic, diagnostic, or other functions.09-11-2008
20080208076Barb-wired micro needle made of single crystalline silicon and biopsy method and medicine injecting method using the same - Disclosed are a barb-wired single crystalline silicon micro needle and a biopsy method and a medicine injecting method using the same. The micro needle comprises a main body part, at least one extension part formed on a side surface of the main body part, and a protrusion part protruded from both side surfaces of the extension part. A medicine storage is formed on a surface of the main body part. A fluid passage is formed in the extension part and the main body part. It is easy to pick the tissue sample with the protrusion part just by inserting and extracting the extension part of the micro needle into and from the tissue for a biopsy. Therefore, the biopsy procedures can be simplified. In addition, the medicine in the storage can be injected into the tissue via the fluid passage.08-28-2008
20100286555Methods and apparatus for modulus measurement - Methods and system/apparatus as can be used to determine a material mechanical modulus on length scales as can be of biological cell dimension.11-11-2010
20090137926Apparatus and Methods for Repetitive Microjet Drug Delivery - An active, transdermal delivery system includes a support structure and a fluid reservoir within the support structure configured to contain a fluid to be delivered transdermally. There is also at least one exit orifice defined in the support structure that is in communication with the fluid reservoir. The orifice has a diameter of between about 1 μm and 500 μm. Furthermore, a repeatable activation means is disposed within the support structure and is in cooperation with the exit orifice for ejection of fluid in response to an activation signal.05-28-2009
20110275954Stool sample collector - A stool sample collector is comprised of a sheet of water-soluble material such as heavy-weight polyvinyl alcohol film, six to nine inches by 20 to 26 inches. In use, the strip is positioned across the toilet bowl against the bowl's back rim, the front edge of the strip drooping down to a few inches above the toilet water. The strip is affixed across the bowl by moistening at each end and pressing against the sides of the bowl. Positioning of the strip is facilitated by markings on the strip. Retention of stool samples is enhanced by dimples or riffles in the strip. After use, the strip may be removed and flushed in a domestic toilet.11-10-2011
20100317994Biopsy Targeting Cube with Living Hinges - A biopsy system comprises a control module, a localization assembly, a biopsy device, and a targeting cube. The biopsy device comprises a holster portion and a probe. The probe and/or other associated components are configured to selectively couple with a targeting cube, where the targeting cube is configured to selectively couple with a grid plate having apertures for receiving the targeting cube. The targeting cube comprises a body defined by faces. The targeting cube further comprises guide holes that originate and terminate at the faces and pass through the body of the targeting cube to provide passageways through the targeting cube. The targeting cube further comprises at least one hinged member positioned along the outer portion of the targeting cube and interfacing with an aperture in the grid plate. The hinged member may provide a tapered profile to the targeting cube and may further comprise an elastomeric portion.12-16-2010
20100317993Biopsy Targeting Cube with Angled Interface - A biopsy system comprises a control module, a localization assembly, a biopsy device, and a targeting cube. The biopsy device comprises a probe and other components, which selectively couple with a targeting cube that is configured to selectively couple with a grid plate having apertures for receiving the targeting cube. The targeting cube comprises a body defined by faces. The targeting cube further comprises guide holes that originate and terminate at the faces and pass through the body of the targeting cube to provide passageways through the targeting cube. The faces of the targeting cube comprise a tapered profile from a proximal end to a distal end. The tapered profile of the targeting cube may be created by the faces themselves or by protruding elements from the faces. The body of the targeting cube and/or the protruding elements may be at least partially comprised of an elastomeric material.12-16-2010
20100317992Biopsy Targeting Cube with Malleable Members - A biopsy system comprises a control module, a localization assembly, a biopsy device, and a targeting cube. The biopsy device comprises a probe and other components, which selectively couple with a targeting cube that is configured to selectively couple with a grid plate having apertures for receiving the targeting cube. The targeting cube comprises a body defined by faces, and guide holes that originate and terminate at the faces and pass through the body of the targeting cube to provide passageways through the targeting cube. The body of the targeting cube is at least partially comprised of elastomeric material to allow for adjustment of the orientation of the passageways. The body of the targeting cube is further comprised of malleable members that flank the passageways and allow for angulation of an instrument, such as by maintaining an adjusted orientation of a passageway into which the instrument is inserted.12-16-2010
20100317991Biopsy Targeting Cube with Elastomeric Body - A biopsy system comprises a control module, a localization assembly, a biopsy device, and a targeting cube. The biopsy device comprises a holster portion and a probe. The probe and/or other associated components are configured to selectively couple with a targeting cube that is configured to selectively couple with a grid plate having apertures for receiving the targeting cube. The targeting cube comprises a body defined by faces. The targeting cube further comprises guide holes that originate and terminate at the faces and pass through the body of the targeting cube to provide a passageway through the targeting cube. The body of the targeting cube is at least partially comprised of elastomeric material to allow for compression of the body. The elastomeric material may thus provide a secure fit with a wide range of grid plates having openings of various shapes and sizes.12-16-2010
20100317990Biopsy Targeting Cube with Elastomeric Edges - A biopsy system comprises a control module, a localization assembly, a biopsy device, and a targeting cube. The biopsy device comprises a holster portion and a probe. The probe and/or other associated components are configured to selectively couple with a targeting cube that is configured to selectively couple with a grid plate having apertures for receiving the targeting cube. The targeting cube comprises a body defined by faces. The targeting cube further comprises guide holes that originate and terminate at the faces and pass through the body of the targeting cube to provide passageways through the targeting cube. The intersections of the faces of the targeting cube comprise edges that are comprised of elastomeric material. The elastomeric edges allow for compression and may thus provide a secure fit with a wide range of grid plates having openings of various shapes and sizes.12-16-2010
20120283595CERVICAL TENACULUM AND METHODS OF USE - A cervical tenaculum device is disclosed that grasps the cervix in a manner to reduce trauma to the tissue, while providing unimpeded visual access and instrument access to the cervical os. The disclosed embodiments may include a bell configured to engage a vaginal portion of a cervix and create an annular suction chamber against a surface of the vaginal portion the cervix. The suction chamber encircles the external os and uniformly distributes negative pressure in the suction chamber around the engaged surface of the cervix. An opening through a middle portion of the bell allows access to the external os when the bell is engaged, such that the external os remains unobstructed. A method of grasping and manipulating the cervix to perform a gynecological procedure on a subject, using the embodiments of the disclosed cervical tenaculum device is also disclosed.11-08-2012
20130190648BIOPSY APPARATUS HAVING INTEGRATED FLUID MANAGEMENT - A biopsy apparatus includes a driver assembly to be grasped by a user and a disposable biopsy probe assembly for releasable attachment to the driver assembly. The driver assembly includes a first vacuum path having a first one-way valve configured and arranged to permit a negative pressure fluid flow toward a vacuum source and to prevent a positive pressure fluid flow away from the vacuum source. The disposable biopsy probe assembly includes a second vacuum path having a second one-way valve configured and arranged to permit the negative pressure fluid flow from a sample basket and to redundantly prevent the positive pressure fluid flow toward the sample basket. A vacuum monitoring mechanism is coupled to the vacuum source and configured to shut off the vacuum source when a vacuum level in at least one of the first vacuum path and the second vacuum path reaches a predetermined level.07-25-2013
20130197391BIOPSY APPARATUS HAVING INTEGRATED FLUID MANAGEMENT - A biopsy apparatus includes a driver assembly and a disposable biopsy probe assembly for releasable attachment to the driver assembly. The driver assembly includes a first vacuum path having a first one-way valve configured and arranged to permit a negative pressure fluid flow toward a vacuum source and to prevent a positive pressure fluid flow away from the vacuum source. The disposable biopsy probe assembly includes a second vacuum path having a second one-way valve configured and arranged to permit the negative pressure fluid flow from a sample basket and to redundantly prevent the positive pressure fluid flow toward the sample basket. A fluid management tank is fluidically interposed in the second vacuum path between the first end and the second end. The fluid management tank includes a filter arrangement to prevent a flow of residual biopsy biological material from the sample basket to the vacuum source.08-01-2013
20120095365ADJUSTABLE SPACER - A medical targeting and device introduction system includes an introducer having a cannula, and a hub. The cannula is defined, at least in part, by an inner lumen. The hub includes a latch to releasably secure the hub to a biopsy device. The hub includes a proximal end and a distal end. The latch extends from the proximal end, and the hemostatic valve is interposed within the introducer.04-19-2012
20130211287UNIT FOR COLLECTING ANIMAL MATERIAL - The invention relates to a unit for taking at least one sample of animal material, made up of a package comprising at least one sampling assembly. According to the invention, such an assembly comprises: a sampling tool; a component for taking said sample; a component for storing said sample; at least one of said sampling or storing components being pre-mounted on at least one support provided for this purpose on said sampling tool.08-15-2013
20130211286SAMPLE COLLECTION DEVICE - Provided herein is technology relating to collecting and preparing samples. For example, the technology relates particularly, but not exclusively, to devices, systems, and kits that allow a subject to collect and prepare a sample for analysis.08-15-2013

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