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Body pierced by tubular cutter or rod-type punch

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600 - Surgery

600300000 - DIAGNOSTIC TESTING

600562000 - Sampling nonliquid body material (e.g., bone, muscle tissue, epithelial cells, etc.)

600564000 - Cutting

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20100016758DEVICE FOR SAMPLING BIOLOGICAL TISSUE FOR THE IDENTIFICATION OF ANIMALS - The invention relates to a device for sampling biological tissue (01-21-2010
20130030324MALIGNANCY REMOVAL WITH TISSUE ADHESIVE SECURED STRUCTURE - Processes of preventing tumor cell mestastases induced by surgical procedures such as resection or biopsy are provided. Some embodiments include applying a tissue adhesive to a structure that is then adhered to tissue providing a tensioning surface for exposing normal tissue for cutting thereby preventing contact of a surgical instrument with tumor tissue. Methods of preventing tumor cell metastasis during or following biopsy are also provided whereby an adhesive alone or optionally along with a structure occupy a track left by a biopsy needle and provide a physical barrier between tumor tissue and normal tissue. The inventive processes improve patient outcome by reducing surgically induced tumor cell metastases.01-31-2013
20130030323NEEDLE BIOPSY DEVICE AND RELATED METHOD - A needle biopsy device is disclosed. The biopsy device includes a housing, a needle set and an actuator assembly. The needle set includes a needle having a tissue receiving opening and a cutting element adapted to pass over or through the tissue receiving opening to sever tissue extending therein. The actuator assembly includes a first magnetic member fixed in a stationary position in the housing and a second magnetic member arranged in the housing so that the second magnetic member is either magnetically attracted toward or repelled from the first magnetic member. The second member is coupled to a respective one of the needle and cutting member so that movement of the second magnetic member effectuates movement of one of the needle and cutting element.01-31-2013
20130046200Instrument For Concurrent Injection Of Anesthesia And Removal Of Specimens From A Body - The instant invention describes a biopsy instrument which is useful in removal of tissue or fluid samples from a body, such as bone and soft tissue biopsy procedures. The biopsy instrument is an improvement over other biopsy needles currently in use in that the biopsy instrument according to the instant invention can be used to reduce the pain associated with specimen removal procedures. The biopsy instrument generally comprises an outer cannula and an inner medical probe member. The inner medical probe member is constructed and arranged to contain one or more fluid dispensing members for dispensing a fluid which are in fluid communication with a fluid dispensing device. In this arrangement, the user has the ability to continually inject fluids, such as anesthetizing agents, directly at or near the spot of specimen removal, without the need to remove the surgical instrument or use a separate fluid injecting needle.02-21-2013
20100160829Biopsy Needle with Integrated Guide Pin - A biopsy needle assembly for use in a biopsy gun includes coaxially slidably engaged outer needle and inner needles. The inner needle defines a cavity adjacent its distal end for receiving a tissue sample. A first hub is attached to the proximal end of the inner needle, and a second hub is attached to the proximal end of the outer needle. An elongated pin having a first end and a second end is fixedly attached to the first hub at the first end of the pin. The second end is in sliding contact with the second hub so that the second hub and the pin are slidable relative to each other. A stop engagement is provided between the second end of the pin and the second hub and is configured to prevent disengagement of the outer and inner needles and to maintain a specific physical relationship between the hubs.06-24-2010
20100160826Tissue Biopsy Device with Rotatably Linked Thumbwheel and Tissue Sample Holder - A biopsy device comprises a probe operably coupled with a holster. The probe comprises a needle portion, a body portion, a rotatable thumbwheel, a cutter, and a rotatable tissue sample holder. The needle portion has a tissue receiving aperture. The needle portion extends distally from the body portion. The thumbwheel is fixedly secured relative to the needle portion such that the thumbwheel is operable to rotate the needle portion about its longitudinal axis. The cutter is longitudinally movable within the needle portion and is configured to cut tissue protruding into the aperture. The rotatable tissue sample holder is configured to receive tissue samples severed by the cutter and communicated through the cutter lumen. The holster comprises a linking mechanism. The thumbwheel is coupled with the tissue sample holder via the linking mechanism such that the thumbwheel is manually rotatable to rotate the tissue sample holder via the linking mechanism.06-24-2010
20100160823Biopsy Probe and Targeting Set Interface - A biopsy device comprises a targeting set assembly, a probe assembly, and a holster assembly, which are detachable from one another. The targeting set assembly comprises a needle assembly, which comprises a connecting member. The probe assembly comprises components configured to selectively attach to the connecting member of the needle assembly. In some versions, the connecting member comprises a recess, and the probe assembly comprises a protrusion configured to selectively engage the recess. The protrusion may be provided on a rocking member or on a resilient arm. The rocking member or resilient arm may bias the protrusion to enter the recess. The connection of the probe assembly to needle assembly provides a device for use during a biopsy procedure. The connection of the probe assembly to needle assembly may further permit rotation of the needle assembly for indexing.06-24-2010
20100160825Targeting Set for MRI Biopsy Device with Probe Holster Support - A support assembly is configured to support a biopsy device. The biopsy device has a probe portion coupled with a holster portion. The probe portion may have an integral or removable needle. The holster portion has a mounting recess and a pair of distally extending mounting arms. The support assembly comprises a cradle and a mount. The cradle has a rail that complements the mounting recess of the holster portion. The mount is configured to move longitudinally along the rail. The mount has a pair of recesses that complement the pair of distally extending mounting arms of the holster portion. A cannula support member may be located at the distal end of the cradle. The cradle, mount, and cannula support may collectively support and stabilize the biopsy device in a rigid fashion. The cradle may be coupled with a targeting assembly such as a grid or pedestal.06-24-2010
20100152614TISSUE REMOVAL DEVICE FOR NEUROSURGICAL AND SPINAL SURGERY APPLICATIONS - A tissue cutting device that is especially suited for neurosurgical applications is disclosed and described. The device includes a handpiece and an outer cannula in which a reciprocating inner cannula is disposed. The inner cannula includes a hinge between a body section and a cutting section that allows the cutting section to pivot when the inner cannula reciprocates within the outer cannula. A tissue collector is also provided and is in fluid communication with the lumen of the inner cannula. The inner cannula and the outer cannula define an annular space between the inner cannula and the outer cannula, and a seal is provided at the proximal end of the annular space. The seal is preferably a thixotropic, semi-solid material such as a high vacuum, halogenated polymeric grease. The device may also include an inner cannula stop position control for selectively controlling the position of the inner cannula when it is at rest.06-17-2010
20110196259In-Situ Tissue Analysis Device and Method - A sensor is mounted to a needle at a location proximate to a tip of the needle. The sensor senses tissue density of tissue in contact with the tip as the needle passes through the tissue. Further, the sensor detects a change in tissue density as the tip passes from one tissue to a target tissue.08-11-2011
20130085413ANATOMICAL-POSITIONING APPARATUS AND METHOD WITH AN EXPANDABLE DEVICE - An anatomical-positioning apparatus for acquiring mechanical data from a tissue to facilitate determining type of the tissue and transition between different tissues and cavities. The anatomical-positioning apparatus includes a cannula, having a tip an expandable device having a contracted form size and an expanded form size, wherein the expanded form size is substantially larger than the contracted form size. The anatomical-positioning apparatus further includes an introducer, having a longitudinal axis and a distal end, facilitating the introduction of the expandable device into the tissue, the expandable device being in a contracted state, an expanding-mechanism for expanding and contracting the expandable device, and a sensor for measuring physical parameters associated with the expandable device. An aspect of the present invention is to provide a method for acquiring mechanical data from a tissue by an expandable device, while the expandable device exerts pressure onto portions of the tissue.04-04-2013
20100113973Biopsy Device with Rotatable Tissue Sample Holder - A biopsy device comprises a probe body, a cannula extending distally from the probe body, a cutter moveable relative to the cannula to sever tissue, and a tissue sample holder coupled with the probe body. The tissue sample holder comprises a rotatable member and at least one removable member secured about the exterior of the rotatable member. The at least one removable member defines a plurality of tissue sample compartments. Each tissue sample compartment is configured to receive one or more tissue samples captured by the cutter. In some versions, the at least one removable member comprises a belt and a plurality of vials.05-06-2010
20100076343Methods and devices for removing tissue from a patient - The present invention is directed to tissue removal devices and methods. A tubular element having an open distal end is advanced into tissue so that tissue enters the tubular element. The tissue, which entered the tubular element is cut to separate the tissue from the surrounding tissue. The tissue is then transported proximally by the cutting element or a separate transport element.03-25-2010
20100076342Biopsy needle - A biopsy needle includes an outer cannula and an inner cannula. The inner cannula includes a distal end and a proximal end, the outer cannula being shaped and dimensioned to closely circumscribe the inner cannula for movement relative thereto. The inner cannula further includes a sample recess at its distal end, the sample recess including a dual cavity recess, wherein a first cavity has a parabolic shape and the second cavity has a circular shape.03-25-2010
20130079665MULTI-BUTTON BIOPSY DEVICE - A handheld biopsy device comprises a needle, cutter, and body. The cutter is movable relative to the needle to sever tissue protruding into a transverse aperture of the needle. The body includes a cutter actuation mechanism, at least two trigger buttons, and a control module. The biopsy device is configured such that the at least two trigger buttons are selectively enabled and disabled. A selectively enabled trigger button is operable to activate the cutter actuation mechanism. A selectively disabled trigger button is not operable to activate the cutter activation mechanism. The enabled trigger button may be selected electronically, such that the control module receives a user's button selection input and enables or disables the trigger buttons accordingly. Alternatively, the body may include movable covers to selectively cover or expose trigger buttons in accordance with the user's preference. The biopsy device may thus accommodate different operators having different gripping styles.03-28-2013
20120209142BIOPSY DEVICE - A method is provided for calibrating a surgical biopsy system. The biopsy system includes a biopsy instrument and control unit. The biopsy instrument includes a piercer, rotatable cutter, and a port for receiving tissue samples. The method comprises the steps of translating the cutter distally until the translation of the cutter is stopped at an extended position and recording the extended position. The cutter is then translated from the extended position proximally until the translation of the cutter is stopped at a retracted position proximal to the extended position. The retracted position is recorded. The method further comprises the step of rotating the cutter to a rotation speed while the cutter is located at the retracted position and, if determined that the rotation speed is within a predetermined rotation speed range, a feedback signal is provided on the display allowing the operator to progress to the next procedural step.08-16-2012
20130041285BIOPSY EXTRACTION UNIT - Biopsy extraction unit for use in relation to a biopsy device provided with an outer cannula. The biopsy extraction unit is provided with a unit handle, an intermediate part and an elongated sample rod, the rod being offset and essentially parallel to the longitudinal central axis of the biopsy extraction unit, wherein the sample rod is adapted to essentially be positioned along an inner wall of the outer cannula when inserted into said biopsy device.02-14-2013
20130041286FULL CORE BIOPSY NEEDLE WITH SECONDARY CUTTING CANNULA - There is shown and described embodiments of a biopsy needle that is simpler to make and use than existing devices. An inner and outer cannula are provided, with the outer cannula having a superelastic finger that lies along the length of the inner cannula in a retracted position and partially covers the lumen of the inner cannula in an extended position. The finger is pointed and in the form of a triangle in a particular embodiment, and does not extend beyond the outer extent of the inner cannula in the extended position.02-14-2013
20130035609Stylet for Bilumenal Flexible Medical Device - Utilizing the technology and methods disclosed, the characteristics of flexibility and rigidity for intralumenal devices, including coaxial two piece devices such as stylet and needle sets, can be adapted by a physician or device manufacturer according to the type of procedure, the patient size and unique anatomical challenges of a given procedure. Rigidity and flexibility are actively controlled by the operator at predefined portions of a device through rotating the stylet within the cannula to bring about alignments of customized notches to impart target flexibility or rigidity profiles at specific spots on the device. The device operator is able to alter the relationship and orientation of specific notched and non-notched segments of either or both the stylet and cannula that are strategically located at said critical points along the length of the device.02-07-2013
20120265098BIOPSY NEEDLE STAND - Embodiments of a needle stand are disclosed that include a base, an arching boom, and a tube, wherein the needle stand supports a biopsy needle. The base defines a plane and the base is configured to attach to a patient. The boom is attached to the base and has a length and a convex curvature and defines a plurality of holes along all or a portion of the length. The tube is sized to retain a needle handle of the biopsy needle. Each of the plurality of holes is sized to retain the tube and each of the plurality of holes defines an axis. The plane and each of the axes form a unique point of entry angle for the biopsy needle. In one embodiment, each of the plurality of holes is spaced at an interval along the boom that corresponds to about 10° increment in the angle.10-18-2012
20120265097TOTAL CORE BIOPSY DEVICE AND METHOD OF USE - Total core biopsy devices and methods of use are provided for taking a total core biopsy sample and a means for using the devices that provide for an adequate sample size and quality while being light-weight, easy to use, small, inexpensive, and permitting one-handed operation and beveled edges to reduce trauma to the surrounding tissue and organs from which a total core biopsy sample may be taken.10-18-2012
20120265096Biopsy and Sutureless Device - A dermal punch device for automatically extracting a sample of tissue of a predetermined size and shape from a body comprising a retractable cutter and a sutureless biopsy closure mechanism that includes a wound closure fastener member adapted to be disposed over a biopsy region after the performance of the biopsy, wherein wound closure fastener member is applied without the need of several instruments to seal the wound. The wound closure fastener member is dispensed by a sutureless biopsy closure dispenser located at the same distal end of the biopsy punch device surrounding the biopsy punch cutter assembly avoiding the need of separates instruments, reducing the wound closing steps and surgical procedure time.10-18-2012
20120265095BIOPSY DEVICE WITH MOTORIZED NEEDLE FIRING - A biopsy device comprises a needle, a body portion, and a needle firing assembly. The needle firing assembly is operable to fire the needle distally relative to the body portion. The needle firing assembly includes two translating members, a resilient member, and a motor. The motor is operable to selectively move the first translating member distally and proximally. The second translating member is secured relative to the needle such that the needle and the second translating member translate unitarily. The resilient member compresses as the first translating member is moved distally toward the second translating member. The first translating member is then secured to the second translating and the translating members are moved proximally while holding the resilient member in the compressed state. The second translating member is released from the first translating member when they reach a proximal position, which allows the resilient member to fire the needle distally.10-18-2012
20100042014Safety Biopsy Instrument - A safety biopsy instrument having a body, a tubular blade with a sharp edge and a protection member engaged with the body such that the protection member and/or body are axially displaceable relative to each other from a position with the protection member concealing the blade edge to a position with the blade edge exposed, and then to a position with the blade edge concealed and the protection member and blade edge axially locked relative to each other. Also, a safety biopsy instrument with a handle, body and removable blade cartridge with a distal opening, a tubular blade having a sharp edge, and a resistance member disposed between a front shoulder and rear wall to bias the blade edge away from the distal opening. Forward movement of the body relative to the handle causes the resistance member to compress between the rear wall and front shoulder and the blade edge to travel distally.02-18-2010
20100106056METHODS FOR MEDICAL DEVICE ALIGNMENT - A device and method for aligning medical devices is disclosed. A biopsy device having a handpiece, an elongated hollow needle with a lateral tissue receiving port, and an apparatus for providing a guide path, such as a light apparatus, is described. The light apparatus can provide visible light in a generally planar form, and the hollow needle can be aligned with the plane of light provided by the light apparatus. The light guide path provides a visible path along the skin of a patient, and the path can be used to align the needle of the biopsy device with a separate, hand held probe, such as an ultrasound probe used in ultrasound imaging.04-29-2010
20130046201HALF CANNULA FULL CORE BIOPSY NEEDLE - There is disclosed, among other things, embodiments of a biopsy needle for taking a full core sample through soft tissue. In the illustrated embodiments, an inner tubular member having a semi-cylindrical distal end is within and slidable with respect to an outer tubular member. A semi-cylindrical channel is in the distal end, as well as a planar end surface. The channel has a set of one or more protrusions or texture, and a complementary set of protrusions or texture are placed on the inside of the outer member so that the sets of protrusions or texture face each other when the distal ends of the members are adjacent each other. Methods for using these embodiments are also described.02-21-2013
20090131825Imageable biopsy site marker - A biopsy site marker having at least one small marker body or pellet of bioresorbable material such as gelatin, collagen, polylactic acid, polyglycolic acid which has a radiopaque object, preferably with a non-biological configuration. The at least one bioresorbable body or pellet with a radiopaque object is deposited into the biopsy site, by a delivery device that includes an elongated tubular body with a piston slidable within the tubular body. One end of the tube is placed into the biopsy site. At least one but preferably several marker bodies or pellets are deposited sequentially into the biopsy site through the tube. At least the bioresorbable materials of the detectable markers remain present in sufficient quantity to permit detection and location of the biopsy site at a first time point (e.g., 2 weeks) after introduction but clear from the biopsy site or otherwise do not interfere with imaging of tissues adjacent the biopsy site at a second time point (e.g., 5-7 months) after introduction.05-21-2009
20100094167MEDICAL EXAMINING DEVICE WITH FIBER OPTIC RECEIVING CHANNEL AND SAMPLING CHANNEL - There is provided a medical examining device including a sample tube detachably connectable to a viewing tool having a fiber optic viewing device. The sample tube defines a tube first end and an opposing tube second end and includes a tube wall extending between the tube first and second ends. The tube wall includes tube inner and outer surfaces extending between the tube first and second ends. The tube inner surface defines a central sampling channel sized and configured to longitudinally receive a sampling tool. A longitudinal channel extends partially through the tube wall from the tube first end towards the tube second end. A translucent lens is positioned in optical communication with the longitudinal channel adjacent the tube second end. The fiber optic viewing device is removably insertable within the longitudinal channel to dispose the fiber optic viewing device in optical communication with the translucent lens.04-15-2010
20120184874METHODS AND DEVICES FOR REMOVING TISSUE FROM A PATIENT AND PLACING A MARKER IN THE PATIENT - The device is used to remove tissue from a patient and to also place a marker in the patient. The device has an opening through which tissue enters the device. The tissue, which enters the opening is cut and the tissue is removed. The device may be used a number of times to remove a number of tissue masses. The device also includes a marker, which the user may release in the patient at the desired time.07-19-2012
20120184873TISSUE SAMPLE FLUSHING SYSTEM FOR BIOPSY DEVICE - A self-contained hand-held biopsy device includes a hollow needle having a distal end portion with a circumferential cutting edge. A sample-receiving device is received in the hollow needle, and has a tapered distal tip and a cavity configured to receive a tissue sample. The sample-receiving device is configured to move in the hollow needle between a first extended position and a second retracted position. A transport device is configured to move the sample-receiving device relative to the hollow needle. A liquid supply unit is configured to operatively connect to the cavity of the sample-receiving device when the sample-receiving device is in the second retracted position and is configured to deliver a flow of the flushing liquid to the cavity to facilitate tissue sample ejection from the cavity. The liquid supply unit is disconnected from the cavity of the sample-receiving device when the sample-receiving device is in the first extended position.07-19-2012
20100069789Metal Needle Usable in Echo Imaging - A metal needle is obtained by being dipped in a liquid selected from the group consisting of a strong acid solution of a metal, acetic acid, and butyl acetate, and then dried. Preferably, the strong acid solution of a metal to be used in the dipping treatment may be a nitric acid solution of a metal selected from the group consisting of a transition element, a lanthanoid, and an actinoid, for example, a nitric acid solution of a metal selected from the group consisting of palladium, gadolinium, germanium, beryllium, strontium, scandium, and samarium. The metal needle is a metal needle for insertion into the body that can be reliably imaged even when a general-purpose ultrasound imaging system is used, and thus is useful in confirming insertion of the needle into a blood vessel and arrival of the needle at an organ, and confirming the position of the needle when it is broken.03-18-2010
20110004121BIOPSY DEVICE HANDLE - A biopsy device handle for use with a biopsy device needle set, comprising a housing, a throw depth selection assembly, a cocking assembly, a carriage assembly, a needle set driver assembly, and an actuating assembly. A safety feature may be incorporated into the device to reduce or eliminate the chance of unintentional firing of the biopsy device.01-06-2011
20130090570REDUCED PROFILE BIOPSY DEVICE - A biopsy device is disclosed that includes a housing maintaining a stylet and a cannula, a control device operable to actuate the stylet and the cannula with respect to the housing and a removable handle coupleable to the control device to load the stylet and the cannula, wherein the handle is configured to modify the device from to a loading configuration a delivery configuration such that the device has a reduced profile for obtaining a tissue sample.04-11-2013
20130072816Breast Biopsy Lateral Arm System - A biopsy device includes a lateral member; a gun mount configured to support a biopsy gun, the gun mount being connected to the lateral member and movable along a first axis with respect to the lateral member, and a sensor which detects a position of the gun mount along the first axis with respect to the lateral member and generates positional data which is provided to an interface module. The gun mount can also be reconfigured in orientations which are offset in a dimension which is orthogonal to the first axis, orientations rotationally offset about the first axis or an axis parallel to the first axis. The lateral member can be in right hand and left hand orientations. Various sensors detect these reconfigurations and provide corresponding data to the interface module for additional calculations and display.03-21-2013
20130060161COAXIAL NEEDLE ASSEMBLY - An adjustable coaxial needle assembly for placement into a tissue mass prior to a biopsy procedure comprises a guide cannula assembly, a stylet, and a throw calibrator. The stylet is selectively coaxially received by the guide cannula, which is in turn coaxially received by the throw calibrator. The effective length of the guide cannula can be selectively adjusted by moving the throw calibrator relative to the guide cannula to adjust the distance between an open distal end of the guide cannula and a the throw calibrator.03-07-2013
20090270761Medical Instrument - A method includes actuating a lever to move a cannula of a medical instrument from a first extended position to second retracted position; and actuating the lever to move a stylet of the medical instrument from a third extended position to a fourth retracted position. Actuating the lever comprises moving the lever from a first lever position spaced apart from a housing of the medical instrument to a second lever position closer to the housing10-29-2009
20090270760Biopsy Devices - Biopsy devices and methods useful with Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Breast Specific Gamma Imaging (BSGI) are disclosed. A biopsy device including a flexible tube having a side aperture, and a PET or BSGI imageable material disposed within the flexible tube is disclosed. A biopsy method is disclosed that includes advancing a flexible tube having a PET or BSGI imageable material distally through the biopsy device. Various other embodiments and applications are disclosed.10-29-2009
20130165815Insertion Device for Providing Fine Needle Aspiration and Core Biopsy - An insertion device for taking samples within a body. The insertion device includes a trigger housing, an outer sheath assembly, a sampling device, and a resilient member. The trigger housing includes an interior channel in which the resilient member is disposed to urge the outer sheath assembly away from a proximal end of the trigger housing. The outer sheath assembly is disposed within the interior channel of the trigger housing. The outer sheath assembly includes a body and an outer sheath attached to a distal end of the body. The sampling device is removably disposed within the outer sheath assembly and the trigger housing. The sampling device may be a removable biopsy needle assembly which is used to cock the insertion device. The removable biopsy needle assembly may be removed from the insertion device and be replaced by a needle assembly for fine needle aspiration.06-27-2013
20130066232Axial Surgical Trajectory Guide - A medical trajectory guide includes a base a configured for alignment with a coordinate system of an imaging device, first and second guide members rotatably attached to the base, a guide sleeve in contact with the first and second guide members, and a locking mechanism attached to the guide sleeve and configured to allow separate movement of the first guide member and the second guide member. The first and second guide members are rotatable about a first and second axis, respectively. The guide sleeve includes a longitudinal axis about which the guide sleeve is prevented from rotating.03-14-2013
20110021949Multiple Biopsy Apparatus and Related Method of Use - An endoluminal biopsy device is provided with a proximal actuation mechanism attached to a distal sampler by at least one elongate member. The distal sampler includes a distal inner portion defining a plurality of chambers, each configured to receive a tissue sample, and a distal outer portion defining a cutting mechanism opening having a cutting edge adjacent the cutting mechanism opening. The distal outer portion is configured so that, when the cutting mechanism opening aligns with one of the plurality of chambers, the distal outer portion covers the remaining chambers. A related method for the use of such an endoluminal biopsy device also is provided.01-27-2011
20110021948EXCISIONAL BIOPSY DEVICES AND METHODS - An excisional biopsy device includes a tubular member having a window near a distal tip thereof; a cutting tool, a distal end of the cutting tool being attached near the distal tip of the tubular member, at least a distal portion of the cutting tool being configured to selectively bow out of the window and to retract within the window; and a tissue collection device externally attached at least to the tubular member, the tissue collection device collecting tissue excised by the cutting tool as the biopsy device is rotated and the cutting tool is bowed. An excisional biopsy method for soft tissue includes the steps of inserting a generally tubular member into the tissue, the tubular member including a cutting tool adapted to selectively bow away from the tubular member and an external tissue collection device near a distal tip of the tubular member; rotating the tubular member; selectively varying a degree of bowing of the cutting tool; collecting tissue severed by the cutting tool in the tissue collection device; and retracting the tubular member from the soft tissue. The tubular member may include an imaging transducer and the method may include the step of displaying information received from the transducer on a display device and the step of varying the degree of bowing of the cutting tool based upon the displayed information from the imaging transducer. Alternatively, the imaging transducer may be disposed within a removable transducer core adapted to fit within the tubular member.01-27-2011
20120116249BREAST SURGERY METHOD AND APPARATUS - A surgical apparatus for cutting a tissue mass comprising an elongated housing having a distal portion, a rotatable shaft positioned in the elongated housing, and a plurality of flexible electrocautery cutting blades extending from the housing, wherein the plurality of cutting blades are radially expandable from a first position defining a first diameter to a second larger diameter and the blades are rotatable and transmit electrical energy to cut the tissue mass.05-10-2012
20120116248NEEDLE BIOPSY DEVICE WITH EXCHANGEABLE NEEDLE AND INTEGRATED NEEDLE PROTECTION - The invention provides a device for needle biopsy having a novel delivery handle system for interchangeably delivering needles of various sizes to a biopsy site. The delivery handle system is adjustable in length and includes a proximal handle member slideably disposed over a middle handle member, and the middle handle member is slideably disposed over a distal handle member. The proximal handle member includes an inner hub housing component configured to interchangeably receive a needle subassembly that can be inserting into and withdrawn from the proximal handle member. The needle subassembly includes a needle of a plurality of different sizes, a needle luer, a needle hub coupled to a proximal end portion of the needle, and a needle protector subassembly. The needle protector subassembly includes a needle protection hub configured to receive the distal end of a needle.05-10-2012
20120238906LABELED SKIN LESION BIOPSY PUNCH AND USES THEREOF - The present invention relates to a biopsy device, methods, kits and systems for marking the location of a biopsy site in order to later identify the location of a biopsy or surgery in a subject, where the marker is a dye or tattoo which is not visible to the naked eye under normal (white) light, but is visible under UV light. Some embodiments relate to marking a biopsy site for later visualization of the marker.09-20-2012
20090149775Variable-Diameter Punch Biopsy - A punch biopsy device that includes a handle, a blade head, a blade, and a blade adjuster. The blade of the punch biopsy device is variable in diameter and is adjusted by the blade adjuster. That is, the blade adjuster adjusts the cylindrical opening of the blade so that the blade's diameter may be increased or decreased.06-11-2009
20110071431BIOPSY MARKER DELIVERY DEVICES AND METHODS - A biopsy system includes a biopsy device operable for taking one or more biopsy samples from a patient and a marker delivery device. The biopsy device includes a body portion having an alignment feature and a hollow biopsy needle extending distally from the body portion. The marker delivery device includes a marker deployer tube and an alignment feature associated with the marker deployer tube. The alignment feature on the marker delivery device is configured to matingly engage with the alignment feature on the biopsy device. A marker delivery device includes a resilient marker guide ramp.03-24-2011
20110282242Instrument for Applying Therapeutic Cells, with Proximal Portion for Processing Therapeutic Cells - A tissue harvesting and processing apparatus comprises a body and a distally extending needle. The needle includes an aperture configured to receive tissue. A tissue cutting member is movable relative to the needle to sever a specimen from tissue protruding through the aperture. A tissue processor is operable to mince tissue severed by the tissue cutting member. The minced tissue may be mixed with a medical fluid component contained in a reservoir. The medical fluid mixture may be expelled through an applier tip coupled with the body. The tissue processor may comprise a mincing die such that tissue specimens are minced upon being extruded through the mincing die. The tissue processor may comprise a blade that cooperates with a sliding press. The tissue processor may comprise auger blade sections that cooperate with inwardly extending pins. A mixing piston may mix the minced tissue with the medical fluid component.11-17-2011
20110282241Instrument for Applying Therapeutic Cells, with Distal Portion for Processing Therapeutic Cells - A tissue harvesting and processing apparatus comprises a body and a distally extending needle. The needle includes an aperture configured to receive tissue. A tissue cutting member is movable relative to the needle to sever a specimen from tissue protruding through the aperture. The tissue cutting member is further operable to mince the severed tissue specimen. The minced tissue may be mixed with a medical fluid component contained in a reservoir. A plunger may expel the medical fluid mixture from the needle. An applier tip may be coupled with the needle to facilitate administration of the medical fluid mixture at a target site in a patient. The needle may comprise a cannula with a needle adapter, which be removed from the cannula to allow the applier tip to be coupled with the cannula. The tissue cutting member may comprise a perforated disc or tube with inwardly projecting blades.11-17-2011
20110087132Needle Breast Biopsy System and Method for Use - A tilted needle biopsy assembly is provided for mounting on an x-ray system. Because the biopsy needle is angled relative to at least one of the detector and the x-ray source, x-ray imaging may be performed during the biopsy procedure without interference by the biopsy device. The angled biopsy needle additionally allows improved access to the axilla and chest wall of the patient. The stereotactic biopsy device of the present invention may be coupled to any x-ray system, whether upright or prone, including but not limited to mammography systems, tomosynthesis systems, and combination mammography/tomosynthesis systems. The system flexibly supports the use of any mode of image capture (i.e., scout, two dimensional mammogram, three-dimensional reconstructed volume) for either or both target visualization and target localization. With such an arrangement, a needle biopsy assembly having improved patient coverage is provided for use with a variety of different x-ray imaging platforms.04-14-2011
20090281453MRI Biopsy Apparatus Incorporating a Sleeve and Multi-Function Obturator - 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 biopsy procedures in both open and closed Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machines. The localization fixture includes a three-dimensional Cartesian positionable guide for supporting and orienting an MRI-compatible biopsy instrument, and in particular a sleeve, to a biopsy site of suspicious tissues or lesions. A depth stop enhances accurate insertion, and prevents over-insertion or inadvertent retraction of the sleeve. The sleeve receives a probe of the MRI-compatible biopsy instrument and may contain various features to enhance its imageability, to enhance vacuum and pressure assist therethrough, and marker deployment etc.11-12-2009
20120289862PERFORATED ACCESS SHEATH FOR PERCUTANEOUS MEDICAL PROCEDURES - A method and a device are disclosed for the treatment of pneumothorax (air leak) or other similar medical pathologic conditions necessitating percutaneous (through skin) access by a channeling or conduit device, such as a syringe or tube. In various embodiments, a flexible sheath with peripheral holes, an entry orifice, and an end hole is used to enclose and channel a guide needle or other channeling device to evacuate air or fluid from around organs or within body cavities. The flexible sheath may further be used for providing access by relatively larger tubes into body cavities. Still further, the flexible sheath may be used for infusing blood or other coagulant to seal trauma sites within body cavities, or to deliver medicine or other material to a target site within the body.11-15-2012
20110301498BIOPSY DEVICE - This invention relates to a biopsy device consisting of an inner cannula (12-08-2011
20110301497DIAGNOSTIC AND THERAPEUTIC MAGNETIC PROPULSION CAPSULE AND METHOD FOR USING THE SAME - A guided medical propulsion capsule driven by strong electro-magnetic interaction between an external AC/DC magnetic gradient-lobe generator and a set of uniquely magnetized ferrous-conductive elements contained within the capsule. The capsule is navigated through the lumens and cavities of the human body wirelessly and without any physical contact for medical diagnostic, drug delivery, or other procedures with the magnetically guiding field generator external to the human body. The capsule is equipped with at least two sets of magnetic rings, disks and/or plates each possessing anisotropic magnetic properties. The external magnetic gradient fields provide the gradient forces and rotational torques on the internal conductive and magnetic elements needed to make the capsule move, tilt, and rotate in the body lumens and cavities according to the commands of an operator.12-08-2011
20100249648BIOPSY APPARATUS AND BIOPSY METHOD - A biopsy apparatus has a biopsy needle, which faces a radiation reception surface of a radiation detector and is held obliquely to the radiation reception surface by a biopsy needle holding mechanism. The biopsy apparatus includes a radiographic image capturing apparatus for capturing two radiographic images. One of the two radiographic images is produced according to a scout image capturing mode or a stereographic image capturing mode, and the other is produced according to the stereographic image capturing mode.09-30-2010
20100249647Radiographic image capturing apparatus, biopsy apparatus, radiographic image capturing method, and biopsy method - A radiographic image capturing apparatus includes a radiation source for applying a radiation to an object to be examined, a radiation detector for detecting the radiation which has passed through the object and converting the detected radiation into a radiographic image, a positional information acquiring unit for acquiring positional information of the object, and an image capturing angle changer for changing an image capturing angle of the radiation source with respect to the radiation detector based on the positional information in a stereographic image capturing process for capturing at least two radiographic images of the object by applying the radiation to the object from directions which are different from each other.09-30-2010
20110288437TISSUE SAMPLING DEVICE - A biopsy device includes a longitudinal element extending from a proximal end to a distal end and including a lumen extending therethrough and a stylet extending through the lumen along a longitudinal axis thereof and including a tissue receiving structure formed in a surface thereof, the tissue receiving structure being located so that, when the device is in a closed configuration, the tissue receiving structure faces an inner wall of the longitudinal element. The stylet is movable between a tissue capture configuration in which the tissue receiving structure is exposed to receive target tissue and the closed configuration in combination with an actuator coupled to one of the stylet and the longitudinal element for moving one of the stylet and the longitudinal element proximally while the other of the stylet and the longitudinal element is held substantially stationary to sever tissue received within the tissue receiving cavity from surrounding tissue.11-24-2011
20110288438BONE MARROW HARVESTING DEVICE - The present invention relates to a bone marrow extractor. The bone marrow extractor of the present invention has an outer needle rod with a case having an upper portion and a lower portion in communication with each other. The case has a front end with a crushing blade and a rear portion with a stopper groove. An inner needle rod which has a main body having a front end with a crushing blade and a rear portion with a connector is inserted into the outer needle rod. The main body of the inner needle rod has an outer surface from which a stopper lever is protruded. The front end of the main body of the inner needle rod is protruded from the front end of the case of the outer needle rod when the stopper lever is fitted into the stopper groove. The inner needle rod and the outer needle rod cooperate with each other to crush bones through a rotation when the head of a driving means coupled to the connector operates. After bone crushing, only the inner needle rod is removed, and the outer needle rod is kept within the human body to suck and extract bone marrow in a syringe-like manner.11-24-2011
20110295151Enteroendocrine Manipulation for Metabolic Effect - L-cells may be introduced in the gastrointestinal tract. L-cells are used in the digestive process to produce a more efficient and lasting means of regulating feelings of satiation in a patient. Desired metabolic effects may be achieved by manipulating L-cells via delivery sites, frequency of delivery, or type of biological substance delivered.12-01-2011
20100113972BIOPSY NEEDLE DEVICE AND METHOD FOR USING SAME - An improved biopsy needle includes a cannula having an open back end and a tip portion, the open back end is retained in a removeably fixed position by a biopsy gun. The cannula tip portion has a retractable cover for covering a cutting instrument when the cannula is inserted into the patient's body. The cutting instrument is integrally mounted along a lower edge of the cannula tip portion. A set of female threads is mounted along an inner circumference of the cannula at a distal end thereof, proximal to the cannula tip portion and the retractable cover. The retractable cover opens and exposes the cutting instrument when the cannula tip portion rotates and the retractable cover encloses the cutting instrument when the cannula tip portion is at rest. The cannula tip portion rotates in response to the biopsy gun firing a shot.05-06-2010
20120035502ARTICULATING LARYNGOSCOPE - Articulating laryngoscope to aid in the intubation of patients by providing illumination of the oral cavity and trachea during the process having, for example, ‘fingers’ with fiber optic lights at the ends and at joints of the fingers, fingers spread open or ‘flower’ when the device is deployed, gently retracting and compressing soft tissues in the oral cavity and providing medical professionals with much better illumination of the passageway they are addressing, constructed from a malleable material, including rubber, plastics/polymers, and carbon fiber, instead of hard metal. The fingers may have multiple light sources to ensure a flooding of the patient's oropharynx with light. Some versions might have fiber-optic cameras connected to one or more fingers for use in teaching and research, and one might have suction capability to facilitate removal of solids and fluids, one embodiment can have at least one finger with a scalpel at its distal end.02-09-2012
20120109007HANDHELD BIOPSY DEVICE WITH NEEDLE FIRING - A biopsy device includes a body, a needle, and a cutter. A motor is operable to both move the cutter relative to the needle and actuate a needle firing assembly to retract and fire the needle relative to the body. The biopsy device also includes a needle rotation assembly that is configured to substantially prevent rotation of the needle about the longitudinal axis when the needle is in a proximal position yet permit rotation of the needle about the longitudinal axis when the needle is in a distal position. A valve assembly of the biopsy device includes a slider that selectively couples a secondary lumen in the needle with either atmospheric air or saline based on the longitudinal position of the slider. The cutter passes through the slider.05-03-2012
20110201965MRI Compatible Biopsy Device - A Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) compatible core biopsy instrument includes a detachable probe assembly to enhance the accuracy of placement at a biopsy site and avoid repeated insertions, even when used in a closed MRI magnet bore. In particular, the detachable probe assembly is configured for attachment to a localization fixture for accurate stereotopic placement to the desired biopsy site. While disengaged, dual lumens (vacuum and cutter) of the probe assembly allow applying vacuum to, draining fluid from, and insertion of fluids to the biopsy site. The biopsy instrument handle readily engages to the probe assembly for taking samples. Features are included for visual indications of the position of the cutter, prevention of disengagement when the cutter is advanced into the probe assembly, and a tolerance take-out feature that minimizes the deadzone gap at a distal end of the probe assembly, allowing samples to be taken close to sensitive tissues.08-18-2011
20100081965NEEDLE BIOPSY DEVICE - A device for needle biopsy is provided. The device includes a handle member having proximal and distal portions. A proximal handle member is disposed to the proximal portion of the handle member and a distal handle member is disposed to the distal portion of the handle member. A sheath lumen is disposed within the handle member and extends from the distal portion of the handle member. A needle housing member is partially disposed to the proximal portion of the handle member and a needle is disposed within the sheath lumen. A plurality of protrusions are disposed upon the needle.04-01-2010
20090088665MARKER DEVICE AND METHOD OF DEPLOYING A CAVITY MARKER USING A SURGICAL BIOPSY DEVICE - A biopsy marker introduction assembly is configured for introduction through a specimen retrieval recess into a probe cutter lumen of a handheld breast biopsy handle. Advancing the cutter causes an extending deployment rod to distally translate within an introducer tube of the introduction assembly, pushing a biopsy marker out of a distal end of the probe at a surgical biopsy site. Thereby, the surgeon is able to position the probe and effect deployment of the marker even if using the other hand to position an imaging device such as an ultrasonic transceiver.04-02-2009
20090088664SURGICAL DEVICE AND METHOD FOR USING SAME - A method of using a surgical system that includes an outer cannula is disclosed. The method includes removably mounting a surgical device to an adapter. The adapter is secured to a stage. The surgical device and adapter is positioned at a predetermined location for inserting the outer cannula toward a target site in a body. Once positioned in the body, the outer cannula is fired to the target site. At least one tissue sample is taken using the surgical device and tissue samples are harvested from the surgical device.04-02-2009
20090275858ADJUSTABLE 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.11-05-2009
20090281452SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR A MEDICAL PROCEDURE USING COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY - A system and method for planning and performing a percutaneous medical procedure is described. A three dimensional data set of a patient is registered with respect to a patient position and an interventional apparatus, which may be a C-arm X-ray device. A target within the patient is identified in the image data, and a skin entry point chosen for planning the procedure. The image data set is processed so as to compute a two dimensional fluoroscopic overlay image upon which the target and the skin entry point are displayed. The angulation of the volumetric representation of the C-arm is controlled so as to plan the guiding path for an interventional device, and the planning attempts to achieve one of a bull's eye orientation or a generalized bull's orientation. The interventional device is aligned with the guiding axis to perform the procedure, which may be monitored using X-ray progression views.11-12-2009
20090299221Apparatus for Cocking a Biopsy Device - A biopsy device includes a housing, a stylet carriage having a strike, a cannula carriage having a strike, and a cocking element comprising a catch carried by a resilient shaft that extends along an operational axis of the biopsy device. To arm the biopsy device, the cocking element is moved in a first arming stroke such that the catch engages the strike on the cannula carriage to deflect the resilient shaft from the operational axis such that the catch clears the strike on the stylet.12-03-2009
20090299219Micro-invasive device - An apparatus for removing tissue and/or other material from a patient, particularly a breast of a patient, is provided. The apparatus generally includes a handpiece and a tissue removal mechanism connected thereto. The tissue removal mechanism includes a cannula having an open distal tip and an outer diameter of less than about 5 mm, or less than about 2 mm. The mechanism further includes a rotatable element having a distal portion with helical threading. The distal portion of the rotatable element extends beyond the open distal tip of the cannula in order to allow tissue to prolapse between turns of the helical threading. The apparatus is designed to draw soft tissue into the cannula upon rotation of the rotatable element and without the need for supplemental sources of aspiration.12-03-2009
20110208088Needle Tip for Biopsy Device - A biopsy device includes a body portion, a cannula, a cutter, and a tissue stop having a proximal face. The cannula has a transverse aperture that is defined in part by a proximal edge and a distal edge. The cutter is movable to a distal position to sever tissue protruding through the transverse aperture. A tip at the distal end of the cannula has a sharp edge that extends proximally to a longitudinal position that is proximal to the longitudinal position of the distal edge of the transverse aperture. The sharp edge of the tip extends to a longitudinal position that is proximal to the longitudinal position of the distal cutting edge of the cutter when the cutter is at the distal position. The sharp edge of the tip extends to a longitudinal position that is proximal to the longitudinal position of the proximal face of the tissue stop.08-25-2011
20090149774 BONE MARROW ASPIRATION NEEDLE - A bone aspiration needle is provided. The cannulated body can define at least a first aperture for aspirating bone marrow from a first region of an anatomy. The bone aspiration needle can also include a second aperture for aspirating bone marrow from a second region of the anatomy and a third aperture for aspirating bone marrow from a third region of the anatomy. The first aperture can be a distal most aperture and the third aperture can be a proximal most aperture. The first aperture can have a first area, the second aperture can have a second area, and the third aperture can have a third area. The second area can be greater than the first area and less than the third area so as to enable the aspiration of substantially equal amounts of bone marrow substantially simultaneously from each of the first aperture, second aperture and third aperture.06-11-2009
20080281225Rotational Core Biopsy Device With Liquid Cryogen Adhesion Probe - A device for biopsy of body tissue. The device is driven by liquid CO2, and is provided with a control system to control various components to effectuate rotating core biopsies.11-13-2008
20080281226Core Biopsy Device with Specimen Length Adjustment - A biopsy device comprises a housing carrying a stylet is telescoping register with a coring cannula and a specimen length adjuster operably coupled to the stylet to move the stylet relative to the coring cannula to set the size of the biopsy sample to be collected. The coring cannula is moved over the stylet and rotated relative to the stylet to excise the biopsy sample from surrounding tissue. A trigger assembly is provided that includes a release button on opposing sides of the housing as well as a rear trigger button that enables a user to comfortably actuate the biopsy device using any of the three trigger buttons.11-13-2008
20080287827SYSTEM, METHOD AND DEVICE FOR POSITIONING A TARGET LOCATED WITHIN SOFT TISSUE IN A PATH OF AN INSTRUMENT - A system, method and device for positioning a target located within soft tissue in a path of an instrument inserted into the soft tissue includes: a manipulation system including a plurality of force applicators positioned around the soft tissue containing the target; an image acquisition system including an imaging probe for obtaining data for generating an image of the soft tissue containing the target; a detection means for detecting deflection of the target using the data from the imaging probe; and a control means for actuating the plurality of force applicators to apply forces on the soft tissue in response to a detected deflection of the target to move the target back in line with the path of the instrument. In an exemplary embodiment, the soft tissue is a breast, the imaging probe is an ultrasound imaging probe, and the instrument is a biopsy needle.11-20-2008
20100280411Transbronchial Needle Aspiration Device - Transbronchial needle aspiration (TBNA) device. In one embodiment, the device comprises a handle and a flexible catheter, the handle having a bore, the proximal end of the catheter being fixed within the handle bore. A protective tubular hub having a flared distal end is press-fit coaxially within the distal end of the catheter, the distal end of the catheter being sealed around the distal end of the hub so as to define a distal opening. A hollow needle having a sharp tip at its distal end is disposed within the catheter, the needle tip being sized for insertion through the distal opening of the catheter. The distal end of a flexible wire is coupled to the proximal end of the needle, the proximal end of the wire extending through the handle bore and coupled to a button slide accessible through a slot in the handle. The button slide is movable between a distal position in which the needle tip extends through the distal opening of the catheter and a proximal position in which the needle tip is disposed within the hub. When in either its distal position or its proximal position, a pawl on the button slide releasably engages a corresponding notch on the handle to lock the button slide in place.11-04-2010
20100280409REAL-TIME PATHOLOGY - A system for detecting tissue in a patient is disclosed. The system includes an introducer assembly, a surgical instrument and a sensor element. In one configuration, the introducer assembly has a first delivery lumen and a secondary lumen. The surgical instrument is configured for resecting tissue from a patient, and is received within the first delivery lumen. The sensor element is configured to detect at least one property of the tissue of said patient. The sensor being positioned within the secondary lumen so as to contact tissue.11-04-2010
20100280408FINE NEEDLE BIOPSY SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USE - The present invention includes a biopsy needle system comprising a tubular cannula having a first longitudinal passage, a first length, and a first grip on the proximal end of the cannula. The tubular biopsy needle has a second longitudinal passage, a second length greater than the first length, an inward beveled distal end, and a second grip on the proximal end. The biopsy needle is both sized and configured to fit within the first passage.11-04-2010
20080214954Biopsy Device - A biopsy device comprising a body, a mandrel provided with housing intended to receive a sample of organic tissue, a concentric hollow needle outside the mandrel, said mandrel and said hollow needle being slidingly coupled with said body and being movable in a direction parallel to the respective longitudinal axes between a respective proximal position and a respective distal position, a distal portion of said mandrel and of said hollow needle protruding outside said body; the biopsy device further comprises a concentric cannula outside said hollow needle, said cannula having sufficient length to cover completely said distal portion of said mandrel and said distal portion of hollow needle when the mandrel and the hollow needle are in a preset intermediate position between said distal position and said proximal position.09-04-2008
20080281223BIOPSY NEEDLES - A biopsy needle for collecting a tissue specimen includes a handle including a handle body that defines a hollow interior that includes a hollow inner housing member and a cannula assembly including an inner cannula, an outer cannula and a snarecoil coil at a distal end that is attached to the outer cannula. The biopsy needle also includes a first biasing element that is coupled to the cannula assembly and is configured to apply a force thereto when stored energy of the first biasing element is released to cause forward projection of the cannula assembly. A first mechanism of the needle has a first component associated with a proximal end of the inner cannula that is received within the inner housing member and a second component associated with the inner housing to cause controlled rotation of the inner cannula relative to the outer cannula after the cannula assembly is projected a predetermined distance.11-13-2008
20080228105Sampling Means - Sampling Means A sampling means for obtaining an organic sample (09-18-2008
20090264795Dermal punch device - A dermal punch for extracting skin or tissue samples. The dermal punch has a blade having a pair of walls. Each wall is convex and opens towards each other. The walls are connected to each other at a pair of mating edges. Each wall has a cutting edge. In a preferred embodiment, the ratio of the minor axis to the major axis of the opening created by the walls is between 1 to 3 and 1 to 4, wherein the major axis extends through the mating edges. The cutting edge is formed of a plurality of teeth and the teeth have a sawtooth shape. The cutting edge has a projecting edge for each wall, and the projecting edge is concave. The cutting length is greater than twice the length of the projecting edge.10-22-2009
20090264794TISSUE BIOPSY NEEDLE APPARATUS - The present invention is intended to provide a tissue biopsy needle apparatus equipped with a protective cover which prevents a needle tube from being ejected unnecessarily when an urging member is compressed in preparation for ejection of the needle tube. For that, the tissue biopsy needle apparatus includes a spring 10-22-2009
20080287826Transport System for Biopsy Device - A biopsy device for harvesting tissue samples from a body of a living being, e.g. in percutaneous aspiration biopsy, includes an outer needle and a sample-receiving device for receiving a severed tissue sample, the sample-receiving device being movable in the hollow needle. The device includes a transport device for moving the sample-receiving device in the hollow needle, the transport device comprising a bendable elongate element, such as a steel wire, a toothed wire made from e.g. a plastics material or a Bowden cable capable of pushing and pulling the sample-receiving device in distal and proximal directions, respectively. A coiling device is provided for the bendable elongate element. The bendable elongate element and the coiling device may be included in a disposable unit, which is attachable to a hand-held unit including a motor for driving the transport device. Orientation means are provided for appropriately orienting the sample-receiving device with respect to the hollow needle.11-20-2008
20110208087Tissue Harvesting, Mincing, and Transport Device - A device comprises a needle, probe, holster, and tissue collection chamber. A motor simultaneously powers a vacuum pump, translates and rotates a cutter, and translates a plunger. The needle includes a piercing tip and an interior shelf that divides the needle into a cutter lumen and lateral lumen. The cutter and shelf include apertures configured to mince a portion of a tissue specimen that has been severed by the cutter and forced through the apertures by compressive force from the plunger as well as vacuum force. The apertures of the shelf and the apertures of the rotating cutter cooperate to shear the tissue being compressed by the plunger. The minced tissue is then transported to the tissue collection chamber under vacuum force with the assistance of a fluid flush. Collected minced tissue may then be further processed as desired for a given medical treatment or procedure.08-25-2011
20080269638Medical Instrument - Medical instruments and methods of using the instruments are described. In some embodiments, a medical instrument includes a housing, a stylet having a portion in the housing, a movable first member in the housing, the movable member being connected to the stylet, and a second member located in the housing to reduce movement of the first member. The second member is configured to change movement of the first member from a first direction to a second direction different than the first direction.10-30-2008
20090030340Biopsy Needle with Different Cross-Sectional Shapes and Associated Trap Doors - A biopsy needle has a forward needle opening that can be closed off with a trap door. The trap door is pivotally mounted to a flat top surface inside the needle opening. As the needle is extracted, a forward blade of the trap door cuts into the biopsy tissue and the trap door pivots about a pivot axis extending transversely to a longitudinal direction of the needle. The trap door is configured to match a contour of the top surface and an adjacent curve of the needle opening to maintain the needle substantially open when the trap door is in the open position and to close the forward needle opening when the trap door is in the closed position and the biopsy tissue specimen is entrapped inside the needle.01-29-2009
20080319342Biopsy device with selectable tissue receiving aperture orientation and site illumination - The invention is directed to a system and device for separating and collecting a tissue specimen from a target site within a patient. The device includes a probe component with an elongated tubular section, a penetrating distal tip and a tissue receiving aperture in the distal end of the tubular section proximal to the distal tip, and a tissue cutting member which is slidably disposed within the probe member to cut a tissue specimen drawn into the interior of the device through the aperture by applying a vacuum to the inner lumen of the tissue cutting member. The device also has a driver component to which the probe component is releasably secured. The driver has a drive member for adjusting the orientation of the tubular section and thus the aperture therein and one or more drive members for moving the tissue cutting member within the tubular section to sever a tissue specimen from tissue extending into the interior of the tubular section through the aperture. The motion imparted to the tissue cutter is at least longitudinal and preferably is also oscillation and/or rotational to effectively separate a tissue specimen from tissue extending through the aperture in the tubular section.12-25-2008
20080319341Single-Insertion, Multiple Sample Biopsy Device with Integrated Markers - The present invention provides for exemplary embodiments of a single-insertion, multiple sample biopsy device. Exemplary embodiments of a single-insertion, multiple sampling device with integrated marker release.12-25-2008
20090326412Biopsy Device with Rotating Needle - A biopsy device configured to rotate a needle about a longitudinal axis when resecting tissue, and a method of performing a biopsy using the same. Also disclosed is a needle configured to resect tissue by a rotational motion, for example, when operating in conjunction with the device herein.12-31-2009
20090326413Single-Handed Biopsy System - An automatic tissue sampling apparatus for use with a biopsy needle set includes a housing defining a cavity and a forward end opening for passage of an inner needle and outer cannula. Two carriers are slidably disposed within the cavity and are configured to support one of the inner needle and the outer cannula. Springs operably engage each carrier and have a cocked position to store potential energy and a firing position to releases the potential energy and drive the corresponding carrier toward the forward end of the housing. A single-handed cocking mechanism, operable to sequentially move the each driving mechanism to its respective cocked position, includes a manually operated cocking lever positioned outside the housing. A force transmission mechanism operably coupled between the cocking lever and the carriers is configured so that the force required to manually depress the cocking lever does not increase as the springs are compressed.12-31-2009
20110224576METHODS AND DEVICES FOR TISSUE COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS - The present invention is directed to methods and devices for tissue collection and analysis, and particularly to methods and devices for collecting, preserving and analyzing biopsy samples. In one aspect, a method for collecting a tissue sample includes disposing a collection device proximate and/or within a tissue, such as of a body, drawing in at least a portion of the tissue into the collection device, adhering the at least a portion of the tissue to at least a portion of the collection device and separating the sample and collection device from the remainder of the tissue and/or body. In general, the method of adhering the tissue sample to the collection device may also preserve the tissue sample, such as, for example, by altering the temperature of the tissue sample. In one embodiment, the method of adhering the tissue sample to the collection device includes lowering the temperature of the collection device and thus the tissue sample such that the tissue sample may adhere to the collection device and may also be preserved against degradation.09-15-2011
20090024056Coaxial Needle Assembly - An adjustable coaxial needle assembly for placement into a tissue mass prior to a biopsy procedure comprises a guide cannula assembly, a stylet, and a throw calibrator. The stylet is selectively coaxially received by the guide cannula, which is in turn coaxially received by the throw calibrator. The effective length of the guide cannula can be selectively adjusted by moving the throw calibrator relative to the guide cannula to adjust the distance between an open distal end of the guide cannula and a the throw calibrator.01-22-2009
20080306406Single-Insertion, Multiple Sampling Biopsy Device With Linear Drive - The present invention provides for exemplary embodiments of a single-insertion, multiple sampling biopsy device. Exemplary embodiments of a single-insertion, multiple sampling device with integrated marker release.12-11-2008
20090048532Biopsy device tissue port adjustment - The present application is directed to an image-guided, vacuum assisted, percutaneous, coring, cable driven breast biopsy instrument which may be conveniently mounted to an x-ray machine wherein the biopsy instrument incorporates a rotation knob at the proximal end of the instrument to manually rotate the distal end of the probe, thus allowing the clinician to conveniently position the tissue port next to the tissue to be sampled.02-19-2009
20090292224POSITIONING MECHANISM FOR AN INTRODUCER DEVICE - A needle guide is disclosed, including a support member and a body portion. The body portion includes a proximate end that is connected to the support member. The body portion also includes at least one channel extending therethough. The channel is configured for receiving an introducer cannula. At least one latch extends from the support member. A portion of the latch is configured for engagement with a portion of a retaining member.11-26-2009
20090198150Biopsy Device - A method is provided for calibrating a surgical biopsy system. The biopsy system includes a biopsy instrument and control unit. The biopsy instrument includes a piercer, rotatable cutter, and a port for receiving tissue samples. The method comprises the steps of translating the cutter distally until the translation of the cutter is stopped at an extended position and recording the extended position. The cutter is then translated from the extended position proximally until the translation of the cutter is stopped at a retracted position proximal to the extended position. The retracted position is recorded. The method further comprises the step of rotating the cutter to a rotation speed while the cutter is located at the retracted position and, if determined that the rotation speed is within a predetermined rotation speed range, a feedback signal is provided on the display allowing the operator to progress to the next procedural step.08-06-2009
20090054807Targeted biopsy delivery system - This invention relates generally to the targeting and biopsy of tissue for medical purposes, and more particularly to a targeted biopsy system which allows planning of tissue to be sampled, targeting of specific areas of tissue in reference to the plan, capturing the tissue sample and recording the source location of the tissue sample, particularly for use in collecting tissue samples from the prostate gland. A further purpose of this invention is to provide a targeted treatment system which allows planning of tissue to be treated, targeting of specific areas of tissue in reference to the plan, and delivering the treatment to the targeted tissue.02-26-2009
20090054808Apparatus and Methods to Harvest Bone and Bone Marrow - An apparatus and method for harvesting bone and bone marrow are provided. The apparatus may include a driver operable to be releasably engaged with an intraosseous device. The intraosseous device may include a cannula having a first end operable to penetrate bone and bone marrow and to allow retrieval of portions of bone and/or bone marrow. The cannula may have a second end operable to be releasably engaged with bone marrow sampling equipment. The apparatus may include a removable trocar. The removable trocar may have an inner channel operable to convey portions of bone and/or bone marrow. The removable trocar may have an inner channel and a side port communicating with the inner channel. The removable trocar may have a first end operable to penetrate bone and bone marrow.02-26-2009
20090054806MARKING BIOPSY SITES - A needle biopsy system for marking a sampling site is described.02-26-2009
20090082697BONE MARROW BIOPSY NEEDLE - A biopsy needle for removal of tissue from a patient including an outer tube; an inner tube within said outer tube; and a snare connected to the inner tube and to the outer tube. The outer tube has an outer surface that has a first region that terminates in the distal end and is the distalmost section of the outer tube and a second region adjacent the first region. The first region represents a tip transition region and has a frustoconical shape that is defined by an outer surface area (A) and is defined by a cross-sectional area (B) at the interface between the first and second regions in a direction that is perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the needle, the interface representing a base of the frustoconical second region, wherein a ratio R=(A)/(B) is approximately 1 for a predetermined needle type, such as an 8 gauge needle.03-26-2009
20080262383NEEDLE ASSEMBLY WITH SEPARABLE HANDLE - A needle assembly comprising an outer cannula having a restraining element, an inner rod capable of being removably inserted into a hollow cross-section of the outer cannula, a handle having a flexible restraining member with a restraining nub and a protruding element whereby a force applied to the protruding element disengages the restraining nub from the outer cannula restraining element and the handle can be removed and attached to the outer cannula. Other embodiments of the invention comprise a strike cap integrally connected to the inner rod whereby a force applied to the strike cap is directly transferred to the inner rod. Other embodiments of the invention comprise a rod attachment member connected to the inner rod and the handle having at least one handle attachment element whereby the inner rod attachment member cooperates with the handle attachment element to removably attach the inner rod to the handle.10-23-2008
20100217152Device for Shielding a Sharp Tip of a Cannula and Method of Using the Same - A safety device for shielding a sharp tip of a tubular needle includes a shaft sized and shaped for being received into the passage of the tubular needle through a first end of the passage and extending to a second end of the passage. A shield is associated with the shaft and is constructed for receiving and substantially shielding the sharp tip of the needle. A catch is associated with the shaft. The catch prevents the withdrawal of the shaft from the passage of the needle when the shield is shielding the sharp tip of the needle.08-26-2010
20120078135Medical Instrument - A medical instrument includes a housing, a stylet having a portion in the housing, a cannula coaxially receiving the stylet and having a portion in the housing, and a member slidably coupled to the housing. The stylet and the cannula are movable between an extended position and a retracted position. The member is configured with first and second bars to move the stylet and the cannula from their extended positions to their retracted positions.03-29-2012
20120078134METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR CONTROLLED DEPLOYMENT OF NEEDLES IN TISSUE - Needles are deployed in tissue under direct ultrasonic or other imaging. To aid in deploying the needle, a visual needle guide is projected on to the image prior to needle deployment. Once the needle guide is properly aligned, the needle can be deployed. After needle deployment, a safety boundary and treatment region are projected on to the screen. After confirming that the safety boundary and treatment regions are sufficient, the patient can be treated using the needle.03-29-2012
20090204023ROTATING SOFT TISSUE BIOPSY NEEDLE - A biopsy needle for collecting a tissue specimen includes a housing; an outer cannula that is at least partially received within the housing; and an inner tube received within the outer cannula and is configured to receive a stylet. The needle also includes a snare coil that is formed as part of the inner tube and is coupled to the outer cannula. The needle has a first actuation stage and a second actuation stage that is automatically activated as a result of activation of the first actuation stage. During the first actuation stage, a first mechanism contained at least partially within the housing is actuated to longitudinally and axially advance both the outer cannula and the inner tube as well as causing the outer cannula and the inner tube to simultaneously rotate in unison as the two are longitudinally advanced. In the second stage, a second mechanism contained at least partially within the housing is actuated to cause rotation of the inner tube relative to the outer cannula thereby causing activation of the snare coil.08-13-2009
20090204024Apparatus and Method to Access the Bone Marrow - An apparatus and method for harvesting bone and bone marrow are provided. The apparatus may include a driver operable to be releasably engaged with an intraosseous device. The intraosseous device may include a cannula having a first end operable to penetrate bone and bone marrow and to allow retrieval of portions of bone and/or bone marrow. The cannula may have a second end operable to be releasably engaged with bone marrow sampling equipment. The apparatus may include a removable trocar. The removable trocar may have an inner channel operable to convey portions of bone and/or bone marrow. The removable trocar may have an inner channel and a side port communicating with the inner channel. The removable trocar may have a first end operable to penetrate bone and bone marrow.08-13-2009
20120197157Distal Tip Configurations for Biopsy with EUS FNA - A biopsy device includes a needle extending longitudinally from a proximal end to a distal end and including a channel extending therethrough and a stylet extending through the channel of the needle and including a coil at a distal end thereof such that rotation of the stylet relative to the needle moves the coil from a closed configuration in the channel to a tissue collecting configuration in which the coil extends distally past the distal end of the needle to be inserted into a target tissue.08-02-2012
20100160824Biopsy Device with Discrete Tissue Chambers - A biopsy device includes a probe, a holster, and a tissue sample holder for collecting tissue samples. The probe includes a needle and a hollow cutter. The tissue sample holder includes a housing having a plurality of chambers that are respectively configured to receive a tray. The housing is releasably engageable with the probe. Each tray is configured to receive a tissue sample communicated through the cutter lumen. Each tray is removable from the housing, such as along an axial direction. The tissue sample holder is rotatable to successively index each chamber to the cutter lumen. A tray retainer is operable to selectively secure the trays relative to the housing. The trays may be flexible, resilient, or rigid.06-24-2010
20100160828FINE NEEDLE ARRANGEMENT FOR CELL SAMPLING - Fine needle arrangement for taking a sample of cells from suspicious lesions by using fine needle aspiration (FNA) technique, including a tubular needle member (06-24-2010
20100152615TISSUE REMOVAL DEVICE WITH ADJUSTABLE FLUID SUPPLY SLEEVE FOR NEUROSURGICAL AND SPINAL SURGERY APPLICATIONS - A tissue cutting device that is especially suited for neurosurgical applications is disclosed and described. The device includes a handpiece and an outer cannula in which a reciprocating inner cannula is disposed. The inner cannula includes a hinge between a body section and a cutting section that allows the cutting section to pivot when the inner cannula reciprocates within the outer cannula. A tissue collector is also provided and is in fluid communication with the lumen of the inner cannula. A fluid supply sleeve is disposed about the outer cannula and is selectively positionable along the length of the outer cannula.06-17-2010
20090247901LATCHING SIDE REMOVAL SPACER - A medical system includes a first medical device having a first engaging portion and a first cannula extending therefrom, a second medical device having a second engaging portion and a second cannula extending therefrom, an introducer having an introducer cannula and an axial distance adjustment system for providing an adjustable length between the introducer cannula distal end and at least a portion of one of the first engaging portion and the second engaging portion. The adjustment system includes at least one spacer having a side opening for permitting the at least one spacer to be interposed between the introducer and at least one of the first medical device and the second medical device. At least one of the first cannula and the second cannula may be selectively interposed within the side opening when at least a portion of the at least one of the first cannula and the second cannula is at least partially interposed within the introducer cannula.10-01-2009
20090318832Biopsy Devices with Universal Probe - A biopsy device comprises a probe that is configured to couple with a holster. The probe comprises a needle, a cutter, and a body portion. The needle is rotatable and translatable relative to the body portion. The holster has a locking feature that is configured to prevent the needle from rotating relative to the body portion upon coupling of the probe with the holster. The locking feature may also be configured to prevent the needle from translating relative to the body portion upon coupling of the probe with the holster. The same probe may thus be used with a holster intended for use in a fixture-based, stereotactic setting, in which rotation and translation of the needle may be desired; and with a holster intended for use in a handheld, ultrasound-guided setting, in which rotation and translation of the needle may be less desired if not undesirable.12-24-2009
20100185117SPINAL ASPIRATION APPARATUS - A spinal aspiration apparatus 07-22-2010
20110105948Electrical Impedance Sensing Biopsy Sampling Device And Method - A biopsy sampling device has an inner trocar having a sharpened tip and a sampling opening. The trocar is slideably engaged in a central cavity of an outer needle with its sharpened tip and sampling opening protruding from an end of the outer needle. Impedance measuring apparatus measures impedance between the inner trocar and the outer needle. In an embodiment, impedance is measured at multiple frequencies and spectral characteristics are determined therefrom. The inner trocar has an insulating coating over those portions of the inner trocar that are located within the central cavity of the outer needle. In an embodiment, the sampling device is used to obtain samples from an organ at points in the organ where impedance differs from an impedance of organ stroma.05-05-2011
20090299220Biopsy Device Having Specimen Length Adjustment - A biopsy device having a sample size control assembly for selecting the specimen size to be collected. The sample size control assembly includes a rotatable nose on the exterior of the biopsy device for actuating the operation of the sample size control assembly. A needle assembly of the biopsy device can extend through the rotatable nose. A tip protector can be coupled to the sample size control assembly, and can be engaged by a user to operate the sample size control assembly. Also disclosed is a method for making a biopsy device, including coupling a tip protector to a sample size control assembly.12-03-2009
20100160827DEVICE FOR TRANSCUTANEOUS BIOPSY - A biopsy device includes a first hollow cylindrical element, a second hollow cylindrical element inside which the first hollow cylindrical element is insertable and a locking element that is suitable for locking a tissue sample inside the first hollow cylindrical element. The locking element includes a deformable portion of the first hollow cylindrical element that is able to become deformed to enable a cross section of the first hollow cylindrical element to be closed, the deformable portion connecting a distal end of the first hollow cylindrical element to a body of the first hollow cylindrical element.06-24-2010
20100160822Biopsy Device with Detachable Needle - A biopsy device comprises a targeting set assembly, a probe assembly, and a holster assembly, which are detachable from one another. The targeting set assembly comprises a needle assembly having a tissue piercing tip and tissue receiving aperture. The needle assembly further comprises a needle portion, a needle hub, and a connecting member. The connecting member permits attachment of the needle assembly to the probe assembly. The needle portion may include one or more ceramic inserts, and further is provided with a dual lumen structure. The needle hub comprises features to permit access to the dual lumen structure of the needle portion, while managing fluid and vacuum within the device.06-24-2010
20100160821Biopsy Device with Sliding Cutter Cover - A biopsy device comprises a targeting set, a probe assembly, and a holster assembly, which are detachable from one another. The targeting set comprises a needle assembly having a tissue piercing tip and tissue receiving aperture. The probe assembly comprises a tissue cutter, a body, cutter driving mechanism components, and a sliding cutter cover. The cutter extends from a distal portion of the probe assembly. The sliding cutter cover extends from the distal portion of the probe assembly when the probe assembly is detached from the needle assembly of the targeting set assembly. This extension of the sliding cutter cover shields a user of the biopsy device from the sharp cutter. The sliding cutter cover further retracts into the probe assembly when the probe assembly is coupled with the needle assembly of the targeting set assembly. The cover may be resiliently biased to extend distally from the probe assembly.06-24-2010
20100234761BONE BIOPSY AND BONE MARROW ASPIRATION DEVICE - The invention relates to a device for taking a liquid bone marrow sample (aspiration) and a solid bone sample (biopsy) in the same procedure, which can thus replace specialized needles for taking bone marrow and needles exclusively used for taking bone biopsies. The device for taking liquid bone marrow samples and a solid bone sample has a simple mechanism that uses two grooved clamps, it is easy to disassemble for sterilization and its handle is designed to perform the puncture easily. The needle of the device is hollow, and within it a guide is placed with two sections of different diameters. The guide makes it possible to open up the empty needle channel to allow the bone marrow liquid to flow and be extracted, and also to close the channel to be able to penetrate the tissue. The purpose of this invention is to combine the procedures of bone marrow aspiration and bone biopsy, thus reducing the patient's discomfort and the time needed for the procedure.09-16-2010
20110112437NEEDLE ASSEMBLY FOR USE WITH A BIOPSY DEVICE - A needle assembly comprises an outer cannula and an inner cannula. The outer cannula and the inner cannula have complementary tissue receiving apertures. A tissue piercing tip is secured relative to one or both of the inner cannula or the outer cannula. A cutter is slidably disposed in the inner cannula. The cutter is configured to sever tissue protruding through the transverse apertures. A hub releasably secures at least part of the needle assembly relative to the body of a biopsy device.05-12-2011
20120035503METHODS AND DEVICES FOR CUTTING AND COLLECTING SOFT TISSUE - Devices and methods for cutting and collecting a specimen from a mass of tissue. The device may include an integrated cut and collect assembly. The integrated cut and collect assembly includes a cutting portion and a collection portion that includes a flexible membrane. The collection portion of the assembly is attached to the cutting portion thereof. The cutting portion is configured to cut the specimen from the mass of tissue and the collection portion is configured to collect the cut specimen and to encapsulate and isolate the cut specimen within the membrane to enable its safe retraction from the mass of tissue.02-09-2012
20120035501Bone Marrow Aspiration Needle - A bone marrow aspiration assembly including an outer cannula and an inner cannula. The inner cannula is moved only radially about a longitudinal axis thereof with respect to the outer cannula to selectively align inner openings of only one of distal, intermediate, and proximal opening groups of the inner cannula with outer openings of only one of distal, intermediate, and proximal opening groups of the outer cannula to permit aspiration therethrough.02-09-2012
20120130276Reusable biopsy gun and a lockable biopsy needle for use therewith - The invention relates to a biopsy needle wherein the cannula and stylet may be arranged in a locked position, preventing longitudinal movement relative to each other and a reusable biopsy gun comprising means for moving the biopsy needle from its locked position to an unlocked position where the cannula and stylet may be moved in the longitudinal direction relative to each other. The invention furthermore relates to a kit comprising at least one biopsy needle and a biopsy gun as described.05-24-2012
20120130275BIOPSY APPARATUS HAVING INTEGRATED THUMBWHEEL MECHANISM FOR MANUAL ROTATION OF BIOPSY CANNULA - A biopsy apparatus includes a driver assembly and biopsy probe mechanism drivably coupled to the driver assembly. The biopsy probe mechanism includes a biopsy cannula having a cylindrical side wall that defines a lumen and has a side port located near a distal end that extends through the side wall to the lumen. A thumbwheel mechanism includes a thumbwheel mounted to the driver assembly to rotate about a first rotational axis, the first rotational axis being substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal axis. A first gear is mounted to the thumbwheel for coaxial rotation with the thumbwheel about the first rotational axis. A second gear is mounted to the biopsy cannula for coaxial rotation with the biopsy cannula about the longitudinal axis, the second gear being located to be drivably engaged by the first gear. The housing is grasped and the thumbwheel rotated with a single hand.05-24-2012
20100210967SURGICAL KITS AND METHODS - A kit for implantation of material into a body, a kit for extraction of tissue from a body and a tissue transplantation kit. A method for implanting material into a body, a method for extracting tissue from a body and a method for transplanting tissue into a body.08-19-2010
20100121218DEVICE FOR NEEDLE BIOPSY WITH INTEGRATED NEEDLE PROTECTION - A device for needle biopsy is presented. The device includes a handle member having proximal and distal portions. A proximal handle member is disposed to the proximal portion of the handle member and a distal handle member is disposed to the distal portion of the handle member. A sheath lumen is disposed within the handle member and extends from the distal portion of the handle member. A needle housing member is partially disposed to the proximal portion of the handle member and a needle is disposed within the sheath lumen. A plurality of protrusions is disposed upon the needle. A needle protection member is partially disposed to the distal portion of the needle housing member. The needle protection member includes a needle protection hub and a needle protection shaft.05-13-2010
20120143083DEVICES AND METHODS FOR IMPROVING THE USABILITY OF STEREOTACTIC IMAGING FOR PERFORMING A BREAST BIOPSY - A device to distance a breast of a patient between a breast support plate and a compression plate while undergoing a stereotactic biopsy comprises a platform distanced from the breast support plate by a distancing structure connected with the platform when the device is mounted on the breast support plate. The device can be bound to the breast support plate to resist movement of the platform relative to the breast support plate. The platform is formed of a material that permits x-rays to pass through the platform substantially unobstructed such that no artifacts are introduced by the platform during imaging.06-07-2012
20120143084DEVICE FOR IMPROVING THE ACCURACY OF MANUAL OPERATIONS - A hand held robotic system that remains stiff so long as it is operating within allowed limits, but which become actively controlled once the operator exceeds those limits. The system thus corrects deviations by more than a predetermined amount of the operator's hand motions, so that the tool remains in the allowed region even when the operator's hand deviates from the planned trajectory. The pose and path of the robotic operating head is ascertained by means of a navigation or tracking system, or by means of a proximity device to measure the closeness of the operating head to a damage sensitive feature. As the tool deviates from its predetermined path or pose, or comes too close to the hazardous area, the robot control acts to move the tool back to its predetermined pose or path, or away from the hazardous region, independently of user's hand movement.06-07-2012
20100312141TISSUE SAMPLING DEVICES, SYSTEMS AND METHODS - Methods, devices, and systems are described herein that allow for improved sampling of tissue from remote sites in the body. A tissue sampling device comprises a handle allowing single hand operation. In one variation the tissue sampling device includes a blood vessel scanning means and tissue coring means to excise a histology sample from a target site free of blood vessels. The sampling device also includes an adjustable stop to control the depth of a needle penetration. The sampling device may be used through a working channel of a bronchoscope.12-09-2010
20130144187DERMAL PUNCH DEVICE - A dermal punch for extracting skin or tissue samples. The dermal punch has a blade having a pair of walls. Each wall is convex and opens towards each other. The walls are connected to each other at a pair of mating edges. Each wall has a cutting edge. In a preferred embodiment, the ratio of the minor axis to the major axis of the opening created by the walls is between 1 to 3 and 1 to 4, wherein the major axis extends through the mating edges. The cutting edge is formed of a plurality of teeth and the teeth have a sawtooth shape. The cutting edge has a projecting edge for each wall, and the projecting edge is concave. The cutting length is greater than twice the length of the projecting edge.06-06-2013
20110245720TISSUE EXCISION DEVICE WITH A RETRACTABLE BACKHOOK - A biopsy device includes a coring cannula, a retract stylet, and a localization needle. The coring cannula has a longitudinal axis and a shaft centered on the axis. The stylet has a tip containing at least one blade and a central passage. The localization needle has a channel and is slidably disposed within the central passage. A drive mechanism rotates the cannula and moves the cannula in a direction parallel to the longitudinal axis of the cannula. A guide element has a first end and a second end and is slidably disposed within the channel of the localization needle. The guide element is movable from a first position to a second position within the localization needle.10-06-2011
20110245727TISSUE EXCISION DEVICE WITH A RETRACTING STYLET BLADE - A biopsy device includes a coring cannula, a retract stylet, and a localization needle. The coring cannula has a longitudinal axis and a shaft centered on the axis. The stylet has a tip containing at least one blade and a central passage. The localization needle has a channel and is slidably disposed within the central passage. A drive mechanism rotates the cannula and moves the cannula in a direction parallel to the longitudinal axis of the cannula. A guide element has a first end and a second end and is slidably disposed within the channel of the localization needle. The guide element is movable from a first position to a second position within the localization needle.10-06-2011
20110034828ENDOLUMINAL MEDICAL ACCESS DEVICE - An endoluminal medical access device (02-10-2011
20110245721TISSUE EXCISION DEVICE - A biopsy device includes a coring cannula, a retract stylet, and a localization needle. The coring cannula has a longitudinal axis and a shaft centered on the axis. The stylet has a tip containing at least one blade and a central passage. The localization needle has a channel and is slidably disposed within the central passage. A drive mechanism rotates the cannula and moves the cannula in a direction parallel to the longitudinal axis of the cannula. A guide element has a first end and a second end and is slidably disposed within the channel of the localization needle. The guide element is movable from a first position to a second position within the localization needle.10-06-2011
20110245716TISSUE EXCISION DEVICE - A biopsy device includes a coring cannula, a retract stylet, and a localization needle. The coring cannula has a longitudinal axis and a shaft centered on the axis. The stylet has a tip containing at least one blade and a central passage. The localization needle has a channel and is slidably disposed within the central passage. A drive mechanism rotates the cannula and moves the cannula in a direction parallel to the longitudinal axis of the cannula. A guide element has a first end and a second end and is slidably disposed within the channel of the localization needle. The guide element is movable from a first position to a second position within the localization needle.10-06-2011
20110245717TISSUE EXCISION DEVICE WITH AN EXPANDING LOCALIZATION NEEDLE - A biopsy device includes a coring cannula, a retract stylet, and a localization needle. The coring cannula has a longitudinal axis and a shaft centered on the axis. The stylet has a tip containing at least one blade and a central passage. The localization needle has a channel and is slidably disposed within the central passage. A drive mechanism rotates the cannula and moves the cannula in a direction parallel to the longitudinal axis of the cannula. A guide element has a first end and a second end and is slidably disposed within the channel of the localization needle. The guide element is movable from a first position to a second position within the localization needle.10-06-2011
20110245726TISSUE EXCISION DEVICE WITH AN INDEPENDENT NEEDLE - A biopsy device includes a coring cannula, a retract stylet, and a localization needle. The coring cannula has a longitudinal axis and a shaft centered on the axis. The stylet has a tip containing at least one blade and a central passage. The localization needle has a channel and is slidably disposed within the central passage. A drive mechanism rotates the cannula and moves the cannula in a direction parallel to the longitudinal axis of the cannula. A guide element has a first end and a second end and is slidably disposed within the channel of the localization needle. The guide element is movable from a first position to a second position within the localization needle.10-06-2011
20110245725TISSUE EXCISION DEVICE WITH A COLLAPSIBLE STYLET - A biopsy device includes a coring cannula, a retract stylet, and a localization needle. The coring cannula has a longitudinal axis and a shaft centered on the axis. The stylet has a tip containing at least one blade and a central passage. The localization needle has a channel and is slidably disposed within the central passage. A drive mechanism rotates the cannula and moves the cannula in a direction parallel to the longitudinal axis of the cannula. A guide element has a first end and a second end and is slidably disposed within the channel of the localization needle. The guide element is movable from a first position to a second position within the localization needle.10-06-2011
20110245718TISSUE EXCISION DEVICE WITH ROTATING STYLET BLADES - A biopsy device includes a coring cannula, a retract stylet, and a localization needle. The coring cannula has a longitudinal axis and a shaft centered on the axis. The stylet has a tip containing at least one blade and a central passage. The localization needle has a channel and is slidably disposed within the central passage. A drive mechanism rotates the cannula and moves the cannula in a direction parallel to the longitudinal axis of the cannula. A guide element has a first end and a second end and is slidably disposed within the channel of the localization needle. The guide element is movable from a first position to a second position within the localization needle.10-06-2011
20110245722TISSUE EXCISION DEVICE WITH A FLEXIBLE TRANSECTION BLADE - A biopsy device includes a coring cannula, a retract stylet, and a localization needle. The coring cannula has a longitudinal axis and a shaft centered on the axis. The stylet has a tip containing at least one blade and a central passage. The localization needle has a channel and is slidably disposed within the central passage. A drive mechanism rotates the cannula and moves the cannula in a direction parallel to the longitudinal axis of the cannula. A guide element has a first end and a second end and is slidably disposed within the channel of the localization needle. The guide element is movable from a first position to a second position within the localization needle.10-06-2011
20110245724TISSUE EXCISION DEVICE WITH A REDUCED DIAMETER CANNULA - A biopsy device includes a coring cannula, a retract stylet, and a localization needle. The coring cannula has a longitudinal axis and a shaft centered on the axis. The stylet has a tip containing at least one blade and a central passage. The localization needle has a channel and is slidably disposed within the central passage. A drive mechanism rotates the cannula and moves the cannula in a direction parallel to the longitudinal axis of the cannula. A guide element has a first end and a second end and is slidably disposed within the channel of the localization needle. The guide element is movable from a first position to a second position within the localization needle.10-06-2011
20110245723TISSUE EXCISION DEVICE WITH A MODIFIED CUTTING EDGE - A biopsy device includes a coring cannula, a retract stylet, and a localization needle. The coring cannula has a longitudinal axis and a shaft centered on the axis. The stylet has a tip containing at least one blade and a central passage. The localization needle has a channel and is slidably disposed within the central passage. A drive mechanism rotates the cannula and moves the cannula in a direction parallel to the longitudinal axis of the cannula. A guide element has a first end and a second end and is slidably disposed within the channel of the localization needle. The guide element is movable from a first position to a second position within the localization needle.10-06-2011
20110087131BIOPSY PROBE ASSEMBLY HAVING A MECHANISM TO PREVENT MISALIGNMENT OF COMPONENTS PRIOR TO INSTALLATION - A biopsy probe assembly is configured for installation on a driver assembly. The biopsy probe assembly includes a plurality of components, each of the plurality of components being movable relative to another of the plurality of components, and each of the plurality of movable components having a respective alignment feature, wherein collectively the biopsy probe assembly has a plurality of alignment features. The plurality of alignment features of the plurality of components is aligned to form a continuous passage. A safety alignment pin is inserted into the continuous passage so as to lock relative positions of the plurality of components.04-14-2011
20110125056DISPOSABLE SAFETY NEEDLE SYSTEM AND SAFETY ENCLOSURE MEANS - A disposable safety needle assembly and safety enclosure means for internally shielding a used or contaminated needle is disclosed. The needle assembly has a needle cannula which is disposed and slidably within a safety enclosure. The safety enclosure includes an internally disposed flexible safety member situated substantially longitudinally within said flexible safety member, having a face portion transversely having a safety feature and being disposed to the needle and cooperatively sliding thereon. Retraction of the needle within the safety enclosure to a point wherein the sharp tip of the needle is beyond the needle protection section of the flexible member causes the protection section to travel transversely to the direction of motion of the needle and the safety feature receiving the sharp tip of the needle and preventing it from exiting the enclosure, thereby maintaining the needle safely after use.05-26-2011
20110130680Device for Testing Needles - The present invention relates to a device (06-02-2011
20100222700BIOPSY Device With Sample Storage - A biopsy device and method are provided for obtaining and storing multiple tissue samples. The device permits the tissue samples to be stored in an end to end configuration. The device can include a sample tube having a sample lumen and a generally parallel vacuum lumen. A movable member, such as rod, can be advanced to uncover a predetermined number of fluid passageways between the sample lumen and the vacuum lumen as each sample is severed.09-02-2010
20100217153Device for Shielding a Sharp Tip of a Cannula and Method of Using the Same - A safety device for shielding a sharp tip of a tubular needle includes a shaft sized and shaped for being received into the passage of the tubular needle through a first end of the passage and extending to a second end of the passage. A shield is associated with the shaft and is constructed for receiving and substantially shielding the sharp tip of the needle. A catch is associated with the shaft. The catch prevents the withdrawal of the shaft from the passage of the needle when the shield is shielding the sharp tip of the needle.08-26-2010
20120245487CLOSED SIDE-SAMPLING BIOPSY DEVICE - Among other things, there are disclosed embodiments of a biopsy device using relative rotational motion to obtain a full-core biopsy sample. Inner and outer tubular members are provided connected to a handle. Each member includes a slit, and the members are rotatable with respect to each other. The device is inserted into a patient to a sampling site, and with the slits co-oriented, is extended into the sampling site. Tissue enters the tubular members through the slits, and one or both members are rotated to cut off and enclose tissue within the inner tubular member.09-27-2012
20110245719TISSUE EXCISION DEVICE - A biopsy device includes a coring cannula, a retract stylet, and a localization needle. The coring cannula has a longitudinal axis and a shaft centered on the axis. The stylet has a tip containing at least one blade and a central passage. The localization needle has a channel and is slidably disposed within the central passage. A drive mechanism rotates the cannula and moves the cannula in a direction parallel to the longitudinal axis of the cannula. A guide element has a first end and a second end and is slidably disposed within the channel of the localization needle. The guide element is movable from a first position to a second position within the localization needle.10-06-2011
20110251517Needle Assembly Including Obturator with Safety Reset - A needle assembly is able to collect a sample of biological material in a needle of the assembly. The needle assembly has a safety shield capable of being moved on the needle assembly to cover a sharp end of the needle assembly. The safety shield includes a tubular housing. The shield can be locked in place over the sharp end by a locking mechanism. The assembly further includes a reset member selectively operatively engageable with the locking mechanism for releasing the locking mechanism to permit the tubular housing to be moved away from the sharp end of the needle assembly. The safety shield further includes a resilient membrane including a thin sheet of resilient material the entirety of which extending substantially in a plane extending across the tubular housing.10-13-2011
20090048533BIOPSY APPARATUS - A biopsy apparatus having a disposable cutting element and a reusable handpiece is disclosed. The disposable cutting element includes an inner cannula that defines an inner lumen and terminates in a cutting edge. The inner cannula is slidably disposed within an outer cannula that defines an outer lumen that has a tissue-receiving opening. The inner cannula is driven by a rotary motor and a reciprocating motor. Both motors are constructed of a MRI compatible material.02-19-2009
20120245486GHOST-CORE BIOPSY NEEDLE - Among other things, there is disclosed embodiments of biopsy needles having improved radiological visualization properties. Exemplary needles include an outer cannula and a stylet slidable within the cannula. At least a portion of the stylet is radiologically contrasting to at least a part of the cannula. When the stylet is extended from the cannula within the patient, the clinician can observe radiologically where the extended portion of the stylet is, because of the radiological contrast between the stylet and cannula. The clinician can compare that contrasting area to the tissue of interest, to assure that the needle is properly placed.09-27-2012
20100069790MEDICAL APPARATUS WITH CANNULA AND RELEASABLE HANDLE ASSEMBLY FOR ACCESSING REMOTE ANATOMICAL SITES - A medical apparatus (03-18-2010
20100063415METHODS AND DEVICES FOR AUTOMATED BIOPSY AND COLLECTION OF SOFT TISSUE - A biopsy device and related method are disclosed. The biopsy device disclosed includes a needle having a lateral opening for receiving tissue. The needle may be rotatable with respect to a portion of the biopsy device, such as a housing of the biopsy device, and the needle may be offset from a center of the housing. A hollow cutter is disclosed for cutting tissue received in the lateral opening of the needle.03-11-2010
20100063416Biopsy Device and Method - A biopsy device is provided. The biopsy device can include a cutter which is advanced through a first portion of its stroke by differential fluid pressure acting on a piston. A mechanical drive can be used to translate and rotate the cutter during tissue severing.03-11-2010
20090216152Needle Tip For Biopsy Device - A biopsy device includes a body portion, a tip, at least one blade, and a cutter. The cannula defines at least one lumen. The cannula has a transverse aperture configured to receive tissue. The tip is located at the distal end of the cannula, and may include at least two concave surfaces. The blade extends longitudinally from the tip. A second blade may also extend longitudinally from the tip. Blades may be axially staggered relative to the cannula. Blades may also have lengths that differ from one another. In addition, a blade may have a pointed distal end, or may have a curved distal edge. The configuration of the blade and tip may provide reduced force to penetrate tissue. The blade and tip may produce a cut length that is greater than or equal to the length of the outer perimeter of the cannula.08-27-2009
20090216151Biopsy Probe With Hypodermic Lumen - A biopsy probe includes a body portion, a cannula, a tip, and a cutter. The cannula extends relative to the body portion. The cannula has a first lumen configured to receive a cutter and a transverse aperture configured to receive tissue. The cutter is disposed in the first lumen of the cannula, and is configured to translate relative to the cannula. The tip is located on the distal end of the cannula. An opening is formed through the tip. A second lumen extends through the cannula, and is in fluid communication with the opening formed in the tip. Substances or liquids such as medicine may be dispensed to a biopsy site or other location within the body of a patient via the second lumen and the opening in the tip. The second lumen may be fluidly isolated from the first lumen and any other lumen in the cannula.08-27-2009
20100069788DEVICE FOR THE SAMPLING OF TISSUES IN BIOPSY PROCEDURES03-18-2010
20110251518Obturator with Safety Shield - An obturator for use with a needle assembly to remove a sample of biological material collected in a hollow needle of the needle assembly includes a grip for holding and manipulating the obturator. A shaft extending from the grip is sized and shaped for reception in a central axial passageway of the needle assembly for pushing the sample out of the central axial passageway. A shield is slidably supported on the shaft for engaging and shielding a sharp end of the hollow needle when the obturator shaft is being inserted into the needle to remove the sample.10-13-2011
20110152716BIOPSY PROBE MECHANISM HAVING MULTIPLE ECHOGENIC FEATURES - A biopsy probe mechanism includes an elongate sample receiving member having a longitudinal axis and having a sample receiving notch. An elongate sample receiving member and a cutting cannula are movable relative to one another along a longitudinal axis between a first relative position and a second relative position. A first echogenic feature is established on the elongate sample receiving member and a second echogenic feature is established on the cutting cannula. The first echogenic feature is in longitudinal alignment with the second echogenic feature when the elongate sample receiving member and the cutting cannula are in the first relative position. The first echogenic feature is out of longitudinal alignment with the second echogenic feature when the elongate sample receiving member and the cutting cannula are in the second relative position.06-23-2011
20110071432Fine Needle Aspiration Device with Distal Anchor - A device for capturing a tissue sample from within a body comprises a needle slidably comprising a needle lumen extending therethrough to a needle opening in the distal end and a stylet slidably received in the needle lumen for movement between an extended position in which a tissue penetrating distal tip of the stylet extends out of the needle opening to penetrate target tissue and a retracted position in which the distal tip of the stylet is received within the needle opening to substantially seal the needle lumen. The stylet further comprises an anchoring feature located proximally of the tissue penetrating distal tip. The anchoring feature comprises a first gripping member including a first proximal facing abutting surface adjacent to a first tissue receiving gap. Movement of the stylet distally out of the needle lumen brings the first gripping member into engagement with surrounding tissue to anchor the stylet at a desired position within the body.03-24-2011
20110071433BIOPSY DEVICE WITH TRANSLATING VALVE MEMBER - A biopsy device includes a needle extending distally from a body. The needle includes a transverse aperture, a first lumen, and a second lumen. A cutter is movable within the first lumen to sever tissue protruding through the transverse aperture. A valve assembly is operable to change the pneumatic state of the second lumen. The valve assembly includes a valve body and a translating member slidably disposed in a bore of the valve body. The valve body includes a first port and a second port. The first port is in fluid communication with the second lumen of the needle. The second port is in fluid communication with atmospheric air. The translating member selectively couples the first port with the second port based on the longitudinal position of the translating member within the bore. The translating member translates relative to the valve body based on the position of the cutter.03-24-2011
20110071430Biopsy Device and Method Thereof - A biopsy device includes an acquiring element and a fixation element. The acquiring element has a drill, a sleeve and a handle. The sleeve has first screw threads formed on an outer periphery thereon and is covered on a part of one end of drill. The fixation element has a stylet and a trocar. The stylet has a through hole, and second screw threads are formed on an inner periphery of the through hole. The second screw threads of the through hole are engaged with the first screw threads of the sleeve. The trocar is connected with the through hole for receiving the drill. When the handle is rotated by a force, the acquiring element is moved in the through hole and the torcar relative to the fixation element.03-24-2011
20120302915SPIRAL BIOPSY NEEDLE - A spiral biopsy needle includes an elongated outer sleeve. A sampling tool having a penetrating tip, a grasping region and a helical thread collection region adjacent the tip is inserted into the outer sleeve. A spacer element is received on the tool between the grasping portion and the penetrating tip. When the sampling tool is inserted into the sleeve with the spacer element in place the penetrating tip extends beyond the outer sleeve end, but the collection region does not extend beyond the end. When the spacer element is removed and the sampling tool is further inserted into the sleeve, the sampling tool collection region extends beyond the outer sleeve free end for collection of a tissue sample. A method for obtaining a tissue sample is also disclosed.11-29-2012
20120302914Tetherless Biopsy Device - A biopsy device comprises a body, a needle, and a cutter operable to sever tissue protruding through a lateral aperture of the needle. A vacuum pump is in fluid communication with the cutter. A fluid pump is in fluid communication with the needle. A fluid pump actuation assembly is operable to actuate the fluid pump to deliver a bolus of fluid to the needle based on movement of the cutter. A valve assembly responsive to cutter movement is operable to selectively couple the needle with the fluid pump, couple the needle with atmospheric air, or seal the needle relative to the fluid pump and atmospheric air. The fluid from the fluid pump and atmospheric air cooperate with the vacuum to urge severed tissue samples proximally through the cutter. Components operable to actuate the cutter and the fluid pump include coaxial lead screws having different pitch diameters.11-29-2012
20110257558TISSUE EXTRACTION AND MACERATION DEVICE - Devices and methods are provided for extracting and macerating tissue, and optionally for depositing the tissue onto a tissue scaffold. The device generally includes an outer tube having a substantially open distal end that is adapted to be placed on and preferably to form a seal with a tissue surface, and a shaft rotatably disposed within the outer tube and movable between a first, proximal position in which the shaft is fully disposed within the outer tube, and a second, distal position in which a portion of a distal end of the shaft extends through the opening in the distal end of the outer tube. The device also includes a tissue harvesting tip formed on the distal end of the shaft that is effective to excise a tissue sample when the shaft is moved to the distal position, and a cutting member that is coupled to the shaft at a position proximal to the tissue harvesting tip. The cutting member is effective to macerate a tissue sample excised by the tissue harvesting tip.10-20-2011
20100324448MRI Biopsy Targeting Grid with Round Openings - A biopsy system comprises a biopsy device and a localization grid plate, which is configured to localize part of a patient and defines a plurality of round openings. A probe of the biopsy device and/or other associated other components may be inserted through a selected one of the openings. The grid plate may thus guide the probe and/or other components as such components are inserted into the localized part of the patient; and may further support the probe and/or other components after insertion. The grid plate may thus be used without a targeting cube or other inserted guide. Alternatively, the openings of the grid plate may be configured to receive a targeting guide having a cylindraceous body. The guide body may define passageways for inserting a probe or other components, and may be rotatable to position the passageways to selectively define an insertion axis for the probe.12-23-2010
20100280410Needle Assembly with Removable Depth Stop - A needle assembly (11-04-2010
20100004558MEDICAL TOOL FOR REDUCED PENETRATION FORCE WITH FEEDBACK MEANS - A medical device for reducing the force necessary to penetrate living being tissue using a variety of reciprocating motion actuators, including piezoelectric, voice coil, solenoids, pneumatics or fluidics. The reciprocating actuator drives a penetrating member, such as a needle, through the tissue at a reduced force while the device detects the passage of the penetrating member through the tissue. Upon passage of the penetrating member through the tissue, electrical power to the reciprocating actuator is automatically terminated. One exemplary method for detecting this passage is via a fluid-containing syringe that is coupled to a channel within the penetrating member. Once the penetrating member tip has passed through the living tissue, the fluid within the syringe no longer experiences any pressure and a plunger within the syringe displaces indicating passage of the penetrating member tip. This motion can provide direct tactile feedback to an operator of the medical device or can automatically open a switch providing electrical power to the medical device. Alternatively, a pressure transducer can also monitor the pressure within the penetrating member channel and automatically activate the switch to cut off the electrical power.01-07-2010
20090118639Active Stylet Safety Shield - A bone needle assembly has a cannula and a stylet including a shaft received in a cannula shaft. A stylet safety shield is carried by the stylet to cover a sharp tip of the stylet shaft when removed from the cannula shaft after the bone is penetrated. The stylet includes a shield release device that moves the shield somewhat out of a handle member of the stylet when the stylet is released from the cannula, so that the safety shield can be more easily grasped.05-07-2009
20090118641Devices, Methods, and Kits for a Biopsy Device - Provided herein are biopsy devices each comprised of a tissue collection element having a distal end and a proximal end connected to a drive mechanism. In one embodiment, the tissue collection element can be formed from a material having a first constrained configuration when positioned within the outer needle prior to deployment and a second unconstrained configuration when extended distally beyond the distal end of the outer needle. In another embodiment, the tissue collection element can be formed from a material having a first constrained configuration when a stylet is inserted into the tissue collection element and a second unconstrained configuration when the stylet is retracted from within the tissue collection element. In a third embodiment, the tissue collection element comprises a helical cutting edge along at least a portion of the length of the tissue collection element, wherein the helical cutting edge is adaptable to cut a portion of tissue from the target location. The tissue collection element is translationally and rotationally moveable within a target location in response to actuation by the drive mechanism, thereby collecting tissue. The biopsy devices provided herein can further comprise provisions for echogenecity, a non-friction coating at the tip, and means for providing aspiration. Further provided herein are methods for using the devices described and a kit.05-07-2009
20090118640BIOPSY PLANNING AND DISPLAY APPARATUS - Systems are provided for managing, planning and displaying the location of biopsy core sites across multiple same-patient visits or other stored biopsy plans to increase the confidence and accuracy of biopsy results. The systems may allow the operator to fuse multiple predefined and/or automatically generated biopsy core site plans in addition to previous biopsy sites with a current prostate image to assist in creating a final new biopsy core site plan. Further, the system may allow the operator to selectively view singular parts of the final plan to simplify the planning process. Further, the systems may assist the operator during the navigation phase of the biopsy by hiding biopsy core sites from the final plan that are not of immediate interest during the biopsy phase and thereby reducing clutter and distraction during biopsy sample acquisition.05-07-2009
20080281224BIOPSY DEVICE NEEDLE TIP - A biopsy device having a cannula with a distal tip is disclosed. The distal tip includes a blade, and can be a unitary metal injection molded component including a base and a blade. The blade has a hardness of at least 40 HRC. The blade can be hardened, polished, and then honed to provide a sharp leading edge.11-13-2008
20080306405Perforating trocar - The invention concerns the field of surgical instruments. The inventive trocar (12-11-2008
20110054349CLUTCH AND VALVING SYSTEM FOR TETHERLESS BIOPSY DEVICE - A biopsy device may include a needle, a cutter, and a handpiece. A vacuum pump may be provided in the handpiece for providing a vacuum to the needle and/or to the cutter. A motor may be provided in the handpiece to drive the vacuum pump and/or the cutter. A biopsy device may also include a valving mechanism within the handpiece for selectively communicating a vacuum and/or atmospheric air to the needle. A clutching mechanism may selectively provide communication between a motor and the cutter. Portions of a valving mechanism and a clutching mechanism may be integrally formed. A clutching and valving mechanism may be driven by a first motor; and a cutter and vacuum pump by a second motor. A biopsy device may include batteries for powering motors. A biopsy device may thus provide vacuum and power from within a handpiece, such that the biopsy device is tetherless.03-03-2011
20100305470FLEXIBLE BIOPSY NEEDLE - A flexible biopsy needle assembly includes a flexible coring stylet that is slidably disposed within a flexible outer cannula. The stylet includes an elongated body, a tip, a sampling notch adjacent to the tip, and at least one ferrule along the length of the body. The cannula includes an elongated tubular body defining a lumen sized for sliding passage of the stylet, a cutting edge at the opening of the lumen, and an array of slits along the length of its body. The slits are sized to allow the diameter of the ferrule(s) to extend partially therein. The slits and ferrule(s) interact to limit or control the flexibility of the cannula at the location of the slits.12-02-2010
20090171244METHODS AND APPARATUS OF CONE BEAM CT IMAGING AND IMAGE-GUIDED PROCEDURES - Disclosed are embodiments of methods of and systems for detecting and biopsying lesions with a cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) system. The system comprises, in some embodiments, a CBCT device configured to output a cone beam CT image of at least a portion of a patient's breast and a multi-axis transport module, having at least three degrees of freedom and configured to position a biopsy needle within a 3D frame of reference based on inputs received from the cone beam CT device. The transport module can be configured to place the biopsy needle adjacent to, or within, a target of interest within the breast. Also disclosed are embodiments of methods of and systems for testing CBCT systems with phantoms.07-02-2009
20110137202BIOPSY NEEDLE DEVICE - A biopsy needle device for collecting a tissue sample by penetrating a living body includes a needle. The needle includes a tip portion having a cross-sectional area getting gradually smaller toward a front end thereof and a tissue container portion arranged behind the tip portion for holding the tissue sample therein. The tip portion includes a rear surface contiguous to the tissue container portion and a recess formed on the rear surface.06-09-2011
20110190661Tissue Splitting Biopsy Needle - Tissue splitting biopsy devices and methods use a needle portion and a sheath portion that are configured such as to allow simultaneous sectioning of a tissue to produce two tissue samples with corresponding surfaces using motion of the needle portion relative to the sheath portion. Most preferably, the needle portion has a chisel blade tip and at least two cavities opposite to each other and at the same distance from the tip, while the sheath portion has a sharpened front edge.08-04-2011
20110118625Biopsy apparatus - A biopsy apparatus includes a biopsy region positional information calculator for calculating a three-dimensional position of a biopsy region, a biopsy needle moving mechanism for moving a biopsy needle along three axes and/or turning the biopsy needle obliquely to an object to be examined, a biopsy needle positional information calculator for calculating a three-dimensional position of the biopsy needle, and a traveled distance calculator for calculating a distance over which the biopsy needle moves with respect to the biopsy region based on the three-dimensional position of the biopsy needle and the three-dimensional position of the biopsy region.05-19-2011
20080214955Presentation of Biopsy Sample By Biopsy Device - A biopsy device includes a cutter defining a cutter lumen and a tissue sample holder for collecting tissue samples. In one example, the tissue sample holder includes a rotatable manifold, and has a plurality of chambers that are each configured to separately hold tissue samples. A tissue sample holder rotation mechanism is operable to rotate the manifold to successively align each of the chambers with the cutter lumen. A controller in communication with the rotation mechanism is configured to rotate the manifold to a presentation position to present a collected tissue sample within a chamber to a user (e.g., at an angular position approximately 90 degrees from the cutter lumen). The controller is further configured to rotate the manifold align the next, empty chamber with the cutter lumen in response to a user input instructing the biopsy device to obtain another tissue sample.09-04-2008
20110190662RAPID EXCHANGE FNA BIOPSY DEVICE WITH DIAGNOSTIC AND THERAPEUTIC CAPABILITIES - A device for needle biopsy and delivery of a diagnostic or therapeutic agent is presented. The device includes a handle member having proximal and distal portions. A proximal handle member is disposed to the proximal portion of the handle member and a distal handle member is disposed to the distal portion of the handle member. A sheath lumen is disposed within the handle member and extends from the distal portion of the handle member. A needle housing member is partially disposed to the proximal portion of the handle member and a needle is disposed within the sheath lumen. The needle housing member includes one or more ports for introducing an agent or a device into the housing member. The needle can include an agent or a device disposed at a distal portion thereof.08-04-2011
20110144533INTRODUCER CANNULA HAVING A TISSUE ANCHOR FOR USE WITH A MEDICAL INSTRUMENT - An introducer cannula configured for receiving a medical instrument includes a cannula tube having a side wall surrounding a central lumen, a proximal end, and a distal end. An elongate tissue anchor is positioned in the central lumen of the cannula tube. The elongate tissue anchor has a mounting end and an anchoring free end. The elongate tissue anchor is movable in the central lumen such that the anchoring free end is movable between a retracted position and a deployed position. An actuator is coupled to the proximal end of the cannula tube. The actuator is coupled to the mounting end of the elongate tissue anchor. The actuator is operatively configured to selectively position the anchoring free end of the elongate tissue anchor in one of the retracted position and the deployed position.06-16-2011
20110201966METHOD FOR MAINTAINING ACCESS TO A BIOPSY SITE - A method for maintaining access to a biopsy site within a patient, includes forming a passageway from an opening in an exterior site on the patient to a desired location for a biopsy specimen within the patient; removing a tissue specimen from the desired location thereby leaving a biopsy cavity; providing a temporary catheter having an elongate shaft, a flexible proximal shaft section, and a distal shaft section having a cavity filling member thereon; inserting the cavity filling member on the distal shaft section into the biopsy cavity; inflating the cavity filling member after inserting the cavity filling member within the biopsy cavity, but before closing the opening, using the flexible proximal shaft section; placing the flexible proximal shaft section at an intracorporeal location; and closing the opening so as to seal the passageway.08-18-2011
20100030109DOUBLE-SIDE COATED SYRINGE NEEDLE - A hollow stainless syringe needle is coated with a layer of Zirconium or Zirconia to form a smooth inner surface and outer surface. With the Zirconium or Zirconia coated needle, a smooth wound shall be caused in human tissue. The human tissue shall recover more quickly for a smooth wound than an irregular one caused by a traditional stainless syringe needle. In addition, when used in human tissue biopsy, tissue's integrity and consistency can be maintained for different samples taken from the present invention, and thereafter test data comparison accuracy is ensured over the samples.02-04-2010
20100030106BIOPSY DEVICE - A biopsy device for marking a biopsy site is disclosed. The biopsy device can include a marker deployer and at least one marker disposed within an internal lumen of the deployer. The marker can include a non-metallic marker body sized and shaped to reduce variability in marker deployment force. In one embodiment, the marker body can be shaped to cooperate with a feature in the internal lumen of the deployer.02-04-2010
20100030107Needle structure and method of performing needle biopsies - A biopsy needle (02-04-2010
20100030108LARGE SAMPLE LOW ASPECT RATIO BIOPSY NEEDLE - A high aspect ratio biopsy needle achieves reliable performance with large solid sample size by means of a variety of features and combinations thereof, including support to prevent bending, reinforcement of the needle, and cutting edges arranged to resist deformation.02-04-2010
20100022914Skin Biopsy Devices, Kits Containing Skin Biopsy Device, and Methods of Obtaining a Skin Biopsy - Skin-biopsy devices are provided that include a retractable coring assembly. Methods of acquiring a skin biopsy are provided that can include placing a lower portion of a skin-biopsy device proximate skin to be sampled, and extending at least a portion of a coring assembly from the device to acquire at least a portion of the skin to be sampled, and retracting the portion of the coring assembly to within the device, and discharging the portion of skin for analysis.01-28-2010
20100030105DOUBLE NEEDLE FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT, BONE PUNCTURE NEEDLE, AND BONE MARROW HARVESTING DEVICE - [Problems] To provide a double needle enabling easy centesis in bones and cortex and easy alignment of an inner needle with an outer needle in an angular direction and capable of transmitting torque when the inner needle and the outer needle are rotated simultaneously.02-04-2010
20110021947RADIOGRAPHIC IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS - In a radiographic image capturing apparatus, an object to be examined is compressed and secured between a compression plate and an image capturing base, at a position off-center from a central position of the image capturing base near a subject in a direction along the subject. An opening is defined in the compression plate so as to confront the object to be examined in the off-center position. The radiation source irradiates the object to be examined as well as the opening with radiation from a central angle of the radiation source, which is aligned with a vertical axis of the image capturing base, and which passes through the central position from a predetermined angle that is angularly spaced from the central angle about the central position.01-27-2011
20120004572REDUCED PROFILE BIOPSY DEVICE - A biopsy device is disclosed that includes a housing maintaining a stylet and a cannula. A control device is operably coupled to operate the stylet and the cannula. A handle operates to modify the device from a loading configuration with an expanded profile to a delivery configuration with a reduced profile.01-05-2012
20120116247BONE MARROW HARVESTING DEVICE HAVING FLEXIBLE NEEDLE - A bone marrow harvesting device includes a flexible bone marrow harvesting needle that can bend during operation to prevent the needle tip from piercing the inner cortical wall of the target bone. The needle defines an aspiration channel that defines an intake end that is recessed to reduce the instances that the aspiration channel will be fouled by bone particles or other debris within the cancellous portion.05-10-2012
20120310112APPARATUS FOR INSERTION OF A MEDICAL DEVICE DURING A MEDICAL IMAGING PROCESS - The end-effector (12-06-2012
20120310111MAGNETIC LINEAR ACTUATOR FOR DEPLOYABLE CATHETER TOOLS - Using the linear forces that are provided by an electromagnetic solenoid applied near the distal end of a medical catheter, various surgical instruments can be actuated or deployed for use in interventional medicine. The linear actuator uses the principles of magnetic repulsion and attraction as a means for moving a bobbin that can be attached to various types of moving components that translate linear movements into the actuation of a tool that is attached to the linear actuator. Using independent solenoid coils, movement modality is increased from two possible positions to three.12-06-2012
20120310110NEEDLE ASSEMBLY AND BLADE ASSEMBLY FOR BIOPSY DEVICE - A biopsy device may comprise a probe assembly that has a needle assembly extending distally from the probe assembly. The needle assembly has a needle portion and blade assembly. The blade assembly comprises a blade and a multi-member coupling assembly. The multi-member coupling assembly is configured to couple to the blade and to the needle portion to attach the blade to the needle portion. In one configuration the multi-member coupling assembly comprises two coupling members configure to couple to the blade. The blade may be a flat blade that has a retention channel formed therein, wherein the two coupling members may couple to the blade at the retention channel. The needle portion may comprise a needle and a cutter receiving tube. The needle may be an ovular cross-sectioned tube having a cut-out portion into which a circular cross-sectioned cutter receiving tube may be inserted and coupled thereto.12-06-2012
20120065543FLEXIBLE BIOPSY NEEDLE - A flexible biopsy needle assembly includes a flexible coring stylet that is slidably disposed within a flexible outer cannula. The stylet includes an elongated body, a tip, a sampling notch adjacent to the tip, and at least one ferrule along the length of the body. The cannula includes an elongated tubular body defining a lumen sized for sliding passage of the stylet, a cutting edge at the opening of the lumen, and an array of slits along the length of its body. The slits are sized to allow the diameter of the ferrule(s) to extend partially therein. The slits and ferrule(s) interact to limit or control the flexibility of the cannula at the location of the slits.03-15-2012
20120016263DEVICE FOR SAMPLING TISSUE FROM AN ANIMAL - The invention relates to a device for sampling tissue from an animal, said device cooperating with a sampling and/or marking tool and comprising sampling means provided with at least one cutting element for placing next to an end of a needle-forming element of the tool, and enabling a sample to be taken from the tissue. According to the invention, the sampling means comprise an assembly and protection element arranged in the extension of the cutting element and extending over at least a substantial part of the needle when the sampling means are fixed to the tool.01-19-2012
20100022915TISSUE EXTRACTION AND MACERATION DEVICE - Devices and methods are provided for extracting and macerating tissue, and optionally for depositing the tissue onto a tissue scaffold. The device generally includes an outer tube having a substantially open distal end that is adapted to be placed on and preferably to form a seal with a tissue surface, and a shaft rotatably disposed within the outer tube and movable between a first, proximal position in which the shaft is fully disposed within the outer tube, and a second, distal position in which a portion of a distal end of the shaft extends through the opening in the distal end of the outer tube. The device also includes a tissue harvesting tip formed on the distal end of the shaft that is effective to excise a tissue sample when the shaft is moved to the distal position, and a cutting member that is coupled to the shaft at a position proximal to the tissue harvesting tip. The cutting member is effective to macerate a tissue sample excised by the tissue harvesting tip.01-28-2010
20120022401DEVICE FOR TISSUE EXTRACTION - In a device for tissue extraction from a breast, a needle mount accommodating a biopsy needle can be placed by a connection element such that no regions of the breast that are to be examined by x-rays are occluded by parts of the device during an x-ray image acquisition.01-26-2012
20120022399Biopsy Device with Integral Needle Tip Protector - A biopsy device comprises a housing, a needle, a cutter, and an integral needle tip protector. The integral needle tip protector comprises a cover that translates relative to the housing to selectively shield all or a portion of the needle to protect a user from contact with the sharp needle and to prevent the needle from damage during handling. The integral needle tip protector may be used to shield the needle before and/or after a biopsy procedure. The integral needle tip protector is designed such that it can be controlled with the user's hands remaining proximal from the distal end of the needle. In some versions, the integral needle tip protector is designed with an unfolding distal portion unfold or resiliently expanding distal portion.01-26-2012
20120022400Biopsy Device with Detachable Needle Tip Protector - A biopsy device comprises a body, a needle, a cutter, and a needle tip protector. The needle tip protector is selectively attachable to the biopsy device before and/or after a procedure, to protect a user from contact with the sharp needle and to prevent the needle from damage during handling. In some versions, the needle tip protector may be placed on, and removed from, the biopsy device with the user's hands remaining proximal from the distal end of the needle. In some versions, the needle tip protector substantially seals the lateral aperture of the needle such that the needle can be primed before a procedure. In some versions, the needle tip protector includes one or more living hinges for selectively securing the needle tip protector to the biopsy device; or for actuating the needle tip protector to shield or expose the distal end of the needle.01-26-2012
20120022398BIOPSY DEVICE - A mechanism for sequentially loading and unloading a biopsy instrument includes a first wheel operatively connected with a cannula, the first wheel being rotatably mounted upon an axle such that the axle urges rotation of the first wheel in a first direction to transfer the cannula and the first wheel to a loaded position, the first wheel being configured for selective rotation with respect to the axle in a second direction to transfer the cannula and the first wheel to an unloaded position. A second wheel is operatively connected with a stylet, the second wheel being configured to be rotated by the axle in the first direction when the first wheel is in the loaded position, the second wheel configured for rotation relative to the axle to transfer the stylet and second wheel from the loaded to unloaded position. The second wheel is operatively engaged with the first wheel to allow partial rotation of the second wheel in the second direction with respect to the first wheel and urging similar rotation of the first wheel in the second direction after at least some duration of relative rotation of the second wheel with respect to the second wheel.01-26-2012
20120022397Needle Set for a Biopsy Device and Related Method - A needle set is disclosed for biopsy devices including spring-loaded core (SLC) and vacuum assisted spring-loaded core (VASLC) biopsy devices. The needle set comprises a stylet defining an open proximal end, at least two tissue receiving openings at a distal end thereof and a lumen extending from the open proximal end to the at least two tissue receiving openings, wherein the tissue receiving openings are in fluid communication with the lumen. The needle set further comprises a cannula defining an open distal end with a cutting edge formed thereon. The cannula is slidably mounted over the stylet such that the cannula and stylet are movable relative to one another between respective first and second positions. And the cannula is adapted to sever tissue residing in the tissue-receiving openings in a single cutting stroke to obtain at least two biopsy cores.01-26-2012
20120059277CORE BIOPSY DEVICE - A biopsy apparatus comprises an outer cannula with a resilient excising finger and an inner cannula received within the outer cannula. The excising finger is flexible to extend toward the longitudinal axis of the outer cannula. The outer cannula can be rotated relative to the inner cannula so that the excising finger can excise a biopsy sample from a surrounding tissue mass. The inner cannula can be provided with a spoon portion for supporting the biopsy sample.03-08-2012
20090012423Core Biopsy Device - A core biopsy device comprises a cutting cannula provided at a distal end with a helical excising blade. The cutting cannula can be rotated within a tissue mass so that the helical excising blade can excise a biopsy sample from the surrounding tissue.01-08-2009
20110082387Biopsy Devices and Related Methods - Apparatus and methods provided to remove biopsy specimens from bone and/or associated bone marrow. A powered driver may rotate a biopsy needle at an optimum speed to obtain the biopsy specimen. A thread or a groove may be disposed on interior portions of the biopsy needle. The thread or groove may engage a biopsy specimen and enhance removal of a bone marrow core from cancellous bone. Manufacturing procedures are provided for bonding a single helical thread with interior portions of the biopsy needle. The apparatus may also include a biopsy sample ejector and/or ejector funnel. A biopsy needle set may include a cannula and a trocar with respective tips having optimum configurations, dimensions and/or orientations relative to each other to optimize penetration of a bone and/or bone marrow with minimum patient trauma and enhanced reliability of obtaining a biopsy specimen.04-07-2011
20120065544HEALTH MONITORING DEVICE, DEVICE MODULES AND METHOD - The present invention relates to a health monitoring device for measuring blood or tissue indicators and a strip cassette. The device comprises a body having first and second openings, a piercing means being connected to the body and having a piercing head, the piercing means being arranged to extend from the first opening and cockable and releasable for piercing the skin with the piercing head, and a space into which a number of sensor strips can be arranged so that the strips can be brought out from the body one at a time. The device further comprises a shutter that is functionally connected to the body and has a first position arranged to tightly close the first and second openings, and a second position for allowing one sensor strip to be pushed from the first opening into sampling position and for exposing the first and second openings.03-15-2012
20120065542BIOPSY DEVICE TISSUE SAMPLE HOLDER WITH REMOVABLE TRAY - A biopsy device comprises a body, a needle, a cutter, and a tissue sample holder. The tissue sample holder comprises an outer cup and a cap. A tray retains severed tissue samples from a biopsy procedure. In some versions, the tray is selectively detachable from the cap in a one-handed operation by the user. The tray may be ejected into a sample container, such as a formalin cup. The cap may include a threaded portion that is configured to engage a complementary threaded portion of a sample container to seal the sample container once the tissue samples have been transferred to the sample container from the tissue sample holder of the biopsy device. One or more ports may be provided in the cap to manage excess fluid within the outer cup of the tissue sample holder, and/or to provide integrated access for a marker delivery device.03-15-2012
20120071787LENGTH DETECTION SYSTEM FOR BIOPSY DEVICE - A biopsy device includes a handle unit, a hollow needle comprised in a disposable unit, which is releasably attached to the handle unit, and a sample-receiving device, which is movable in the hollow needle between two positions. Tissue is severed when the sample-receiving device is in a first one of the positions, and the severed tissue sample is ejected from the sample-receiving device in a second one of the two positions. A control system is provided for controlling movement of the sample-receiving device and for arresting the sample-receiving device in the second position. The distance between the two positions and/or a length of the hollow needle may be detectable in a calibration cycle, which is automatically initiated upon attachment of the disposable unit to the handle unit. The disposable unit may include electronic memory device for communicating with the control system.03-22-2012
20120157880CORING TISSUE BIOPSY NEEDLE AND METHOD OF USE - Biopsy devices and methods are provided for collecting a sufficiently-sized tissue sample from a region at a known distance by boring into the sample region using simultaneous axial and rotational movement and providing a reduced risk of: over-passing or under-passing the sample sought, injury and trauma to the surrounding tissue area, having to stick the patient more than once, sample contamination, and the user's exposure to sharps.06-21-2012
20110066075Device for Biopsy of Tumors - A device and method of use for securing and coring of tumors within the body during a biopsy of the tumor, specifically breast tumors. An adhesion probe for securing the tumor is described. The probe secures the tumor by piercing the tumor and providing a coolant to the distal tip to cool the tip. The cooled tip adheres to the tumor. A coring instrument adapted for cutting a core sample of the tumor is described. The instrument is provided with a cannula that can cut a core sample of the tumor. The instrument is adapted for use with the probe with the probe fitting within the cannula. The instrument can be used in conjunction with the probe to secure and core a sample of the tumor for biopsy.03-17-2011
20110105950Biopsy Collection Device - A method and device for removing tissue from a patient during a biopsy procedure utilizing a biopsy collection device are provided. The biopsy collection device includes a body portion configured for attachment to an endoscope and a receptacle portion configured to retain a portion of tissue removed from a target site during the biopsy procedure. The biopsy collection device further includes a passageway configured to receive a biopsy sampling device, such as a pair of forceps, passing through the endoscope to the target site.05-05-2011
20110105949CORE BIOPSY ARRANGEMENT - A core biopsy arrangement for taking a tissue sample from a human or animal tissue, preferably from a tumour or a suspected tumour, includes a needle holder member provided with a tissue sampling needle, a longitudinal movement element adapted to apply a longitudinal movement to the needle, wherein the movement of the needle is a reciprocating movement having a stroke length L, wherein the forward movement is faster than the retracting movement, and wherein the reciprocating movement is initiated when the distal end of the needle is subjected to a force in the longitudinal direction.05-05-2011
20110105946BIOPSY SYSTEM WITH INFRARED COMMUNICATIONS - A biopsy system includes a host and a biopsy driver assembly. The host is configured to execute program instructions associated with an application. The host has a first IrDA interface. The biopsy driver assembly has a controller for executing program instructions and a user interface providing user input to the controller. The biopsy driver assembly has a second IrDA interface. The second IrDA interface is default disabled. The controller of the biopsy driver assembly has sole control in enabling the second IrDA interface to in turn enable an infrared communications link between the first IrDA interface of the host and the second IrDA interface of the biopsy driver assembly.05-05-2011
20110105947SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PERFORMING A FULL THICKNESS TISSUE BIOPSY - A medical system for performing a tissue biopsy at a remote location within a patient is disclosed. The medical system comprises an elongate outer cutting member, an elongate inner member movably disposed within the outer member, and a tissue traction member for anchoring bodily tissue and pulling a sample of the tissue within the outer cutting member.05-05-2011
20100094168INSTRUMENT FOR THE MEDICAL EXAMINATION OF TIGHT BODY DUCTS - The invention relates to an instrument for the medical examination of tight body ducts, particularly for the mammary ducts of the breast, comprising a cannula having a cannula shaft (04-15-2010
20100094169Plugged tip delivery tube for marker placement - The invention provides marker delivery devices, assemblies, and methods. Assemblies embodying features of the invention include marker delivery devices having a delivery tube with an orifice, markers, and a plug releasably disposed in the tube occluding the orifice. The plug prevents markers from passing through the orifice before the marker is to be placed at a desired location within a patient's body, prevents ingress of tissue into the bore of the tube, and allows markers to pass out of the orifice when marker delivery is desired. Guidance of a delivery tube to a desired location within a patient's body may include the use of an imaging device, with or without the use of a guide cannula. The plug may itself serve as a marker, and may be the sole marker. Markers may be detectable by ultrasound, X-ray, magnetic resonance imaging, and other imaging devices, and may include bioactive elements.04-15-2010
20120123296SURGICAL TOOL - A surgical tool for use in a tissue removal procedure from a subject is described. The surgical tool has proximal and distal regions and at least one sensor for sensing one or more predetermined conditions located at a distal region of the surgical tool. And a substantially flat signal transmission structure electrically connected with the at least one sensor and extending between the location at the distal region and the proximal region. The signal transmission structure is configured for providing impedance controlled signal transmission between the at least one sensor and the proximal region.05-17-2012
20120123295BIOPSY NEEDLE, SAMPLE EXTRACTING UNIT, BIOPSY APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING BIOPSY NEEDLE - The present invention relates to a biopsy needle, a sample extracting unit, a biopsy apparatus, and a biopsy needle control method. The biopsy needle includes an outer tube and an inner tube movably disposed within the outer tube. The inner tube has a plurality of inner openings defined in a side wall thereof. The outer tube has at least one outer opening defined in a side wall thereof. In response to movement of the inner tube, the outer opening selectively overlaps one of the inner openings thereby to define a communication port which communicates with an interior of the inner tube. The biopsy needle is incorporated in the sample extracting unit and the biopsy apparatus, and is controlled by the biopsy control method.05-17-2012
20090131822Biopsy Device With Sharps Reduction Feature - A biopsy device includes a cannula, a cutter disposed within the cannula, a needle hub having a gear for rotating the cannula, a mechanism for rotating and translating the cutter within the cannula, and a body portion. The cutter rotation and translation mechanism includes a first component that is secured to the cutter and a second component that is secured to the body portion. The body portion includes a tab that is configured to retain the axial position of the cannula and needle hub relative to the body until the tab is depressed or removed. The body is configured to permit the cannula and the needle hub to be pulled axially from the body only after the tab has been depressed or removed. The cutter can then be pulled axially from the body by unscrewing the first component of the cutter rotation and translation mechanism from the second component.05-21-2009
20090131826OBTAINING A TISSUE SAMPLE - A device with a sampling portion configured to engage, sever, and remove tissue from a body can be used to obtain one or more tissue samples from the body. The device can be used to obtain multiple tissue samples simultaneously.05-21-2009
20090131824Biopsy Device With Fine Pitch Drive Train - A biopsy device includes a cutter and a probe body. A cutter rotation and translation mechanism may include a sleeve that is secured to the cutter, a nut that is secured to the body, and first and second gears. The sleeve includes portion having external threads and a portion having external flats. The nut has internal threads that are configured to engage the threads of the sleeve, such that the cutter translates longitudinally when the sleeve rotates within the nut. The threads have a fine pitch (e.g., 40-50 threads per inch). The first gear is slid onto the portion of the sleeve that has flats, and is configured to rotate with the sleeve yet translate along the sleeve. The second gear is coupled with a motor. The second gear is configured to mesh with the first gear to rotate the sleeve, thereby concomitantly rotating and translating the cutter.05-21-2009
20090131823Biopsy Device With Illuminated Tissue Holder - A biopsy device includes a probe portion and a holster portion that may be coupled together. The probe portion includes a rotatable tissue sample holder that is configured to hold tissue samples. One or more portions of the tissue sample holder may be formed of a transparent or translucent material, e.g., a translucent manifold and shaft, transparent or translucent tissue sample trays, and a transparent cup that is external to the manifold and trays. The holster portion may include one or more sources of light, such as light emitting diodes (LEDs). The LEDs may be configured to illuminate at least a portion of the tissue sample holder, such as to facilitate viewing of tissue samples in the tissue sample holder. For instance, one LED may be aligned with the shaft of the tissue sample holder, while two additional LEDs may be positioned on both sides of the shaft.05-21-2009
20120215130BIOPSY DEVICE HAVING SPECIMEN LENGTH ADJUSTMENT - A biopsy device having a sample size control assembly for selecting the specimen size to be collected. The sample size control assembly includes a rotatable nose on the biopsy device for actuating the operation of the sample size control assembly. A needle assembly of the biopsy device can extend through the rotatable nose. Also disclosed is a method for making a biopsy device, including coupling a tip protector to a sample size control assembly.08-23-2012
20100204611BONE BIOPSY DEVICE - A bone biopsy device includes an outer cannula having a mouth with a cutting edge to section a frustule of spongy bone, a plate mounted slidably within the cannula and provided with a semi-cylindrical portion at its distal end, and a stylet mounted slidably within the plate and provided with a pointed tip which protrudes from the mouth of the cannula to pierce the compact part of the bone. The mouth of the cannula has on its inside a narrowing and the semi-cylindrical part of the plate has at its distal end at least one pair of opposed circumferential sets of teeth adapted to bend radially inwards when they encounter the narrowing of the mouth, to clasp the base of the sectioned frustule and allow extraction of the frustule by the plate whilst the cannula is kept at the operating site, allowing aspiration of marrow after the frustule has been removed.08-12-2010
20110184313Cauterization Device and Method of Cauterizing - A medical device such as a biopsy needle or probe has an integrated piezoelectric transducer. A power source is electrically coupled to the piezoelectric transducer. The power source is configured to generate a signal that causes the piezoelectric transducer to generate heat for cauterizing tissue. A signal analyzer receives a signal from the piezoelectric transducer, or from a sensor integrated into the biopsy needle or probe, to determine the extent of the cauterization.07-28-2011
20120172752BIOPSY DEVICE HAVING A RATCHET DRIVE MECHANISM FOR DRIVING A BIOPSY PROBE ASSEMBLY - A biopsy device includes a first cannula having a first aperture, a second cannula having a second aperture, and a driver unit. The second cannula is disposed co-axially with the first cannula. At least one of the first aperture and the second aperture has a cutting edge. The driver unit has a ratchet drive mechanism operatively coupled to the first cannula and the second cannula. The ratchet drive mechanism includes a first gear fixedly attached to the first cannula. A second gear is fixedly attached to the second cannula. A torsion spring has a first end portion connected to the first gear and a second end portion connected to the second gear. The torsion spring stores energy which when released drivably rotates one of the first gear and the second gear relative to the other of the first gear and the second gear.07-05-2012
20110208089FULL CORE BIOPSY DEVICE - A biopsy device includes coaxially disposed inner and outer needles in which the outer needle tip is configured for obtaining a tissue sample. The inner surface of the outer needle includes a tissue retention feature which may include a countersink and/or a feature formed in the inner surface. The device may be configured such that the inner needle does not extend past a certain point within the outer needle.08-25-2011
20100298737GUIDABLE CUTTING INSTRUMENT - A guidable cutting instrument for cutting a tissue specimen from a tissue mass comprises a cannula having a curve formed along a distal portion thereof, and a stylet having a specimen-receiving notch and a curve formed along a distal portion thereof. The stylet is received in the cannula, and is axially extendable therefrom such that the notch is capable of penetrating the tissue mass. The cannula is axially movable over the extended stylet for severing the specimen from the mass for capture in the notch. The cannula and stylet are each structured and arranged for relative rotation between a first position wherein the cannula curve and the stylet curve are in phase to define a curved condition for a length of the cutting instrument, and a second position wherein the cannula curve or stylet curve is rotated relative to the other curve in a manner to define a generally linear condition of the cutting instrument. The selective relative curvature allows the cutting instrument to be steered around obstructions encountered in the body under real time visualization.11-25-2010
20120179065ADJUSTABLE SAMPLE SIZE TISSUE SAMPLING DEVICE - Among other things, there is disclosed a biopsy needle capable of taking samples of varying size. In particular embodiments, a user selects one of a plurality of sample-size settings, which sets the needle to a particular cannula throw-length by moving an internal wall against which a spring engages. For a shorter throw, the wall is in a forward position and the cannula is retracted the smaller amount to compress the spring. For a longer throw, the wall is in a rearward position and the cannula is retracted a larger amount to compress the spring.07-12-2012
20110105945BIOPSY DRIVER ASSEMBLY HAVING A CONTROL CIRCUIT FOR CONSERVING BATTERY POWER - A biopsy driver assembly includes a biopsy driver housing. An electrical assembly is coupled to the biopsy driver housing. The electrical assembly includes at least one electrical drive configured for drivably engaging a biopsy probe assembly. A battery is coupled to the biopsy driver housing. A control circuit is coupled to the biopsy driver housing. The control circuit is electrically coupled to the battery and to the electrical assembly. The control circuit has a motion detector, a timer circuit and a battery dwell circuit. The control circuit is configured to conserve the battery by providing electrical power only to the motion detector after a predetermined time following a last detected physical movement of the biopsy driver assembly and to provide electrical power from the battery also to the electrical assembly when a physical movement of the biopsy driver assembly is detected.05-05-2011
20090069713Medical Instrument - A medical instrument includes a housing, a stylet having a portion in the housing, a cannula coaxially receiving the stylet and having a portion in the housing, and a member slidably coupled to the housing. The stylet and the cannula are movable between an extended position and a retracted position. The member is configured with first and second bars to move the stylet and the cannula from their extended positions to their retracted positions.03-12-2009
20120253228ENDOSCOPIC ULTRASOUND-GUIDED BIOPSY NEEDLE - A notched tissue-collection needle configured similarly to a fine-needle-aspiration needle is provided with a cutting edge disposed in the notch and configured to excise tissue into the notch for collection. A stylet may be provided through a lumen of the needle during introduction into a patient body. The needle may be provided with echogenicity-enhancing features.10-04-2012
20120253230ADJUSTABLE-THROW BIOPSY NEEDLE - Among other things, there is disclosed a biopsy needle system in which the needle is capable of obtaining more than one length of sample. Generally, the needle includes an inner stylet, an outer cannula, and a handle connected to the stylet and cannula. The stylet has a notch that is extendable from the cannula to accommodate a tissue sample. An insert member is provided for attachment to the handle to make the amount of exposed notch smaller. Consequently, when the insert member is not attached to the handle, the needle can obtain a larger sample of tissue, and when the insert member is attached to the handle, the needle can obtain a smaller sample of tissue.10-04-2012
20120253229Tissue Sampling Device And Method - A tissue sampling device includes a cannula having an elongate tubular body with a sharpened coring tip. A shaft extends within the cannula and is coupled with a cutter having an axially advancing wire extending between a distal end of the shaft and the sharpened coring tip. The axially advancing wire is movable in a cutting path defining an arc about the longitudinal axis, by way of rotating the shaft relative to the cannula.10-04-2012
20120220894DEFLECTABLE BIOPSY DEVICE - Disclosed is a deflectable biopsy device that includes a cannula having a preformed bend, wherein the shape of the cannula can be temporarily altered with the cannula returning to its original shape afterward. The deflectable biopsy device also includes a sampling member slidably disposed within the cannula and operable therewith to collect a tissue biopsy.08-30-2012
20120226194APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR BLOCKING NEEDLE AND CANNULA TRACTS - Apparatus and methods for blocking needle tracts are disclosed. In some embodiments, the needle tracts are blocked by using a needle that includes an elongated shaft that defines an outer surface, and a polymer coating applied to the outer surface of the shaft, the coating being adapted to block the tract formed by insertion of the needle into an object.09-06-2012
20120226193BIOPSY DEVICE WITH ROTATABLE TISSUE SAMPLE HOLDER - A biopsy device comprises a probe body, a cannula extending distally from the probe body, a cutter moveable relative to the cannula to sever tissue, and a tissue sample holder coupled with the probe body. The tissue sample holder comprises a rotatable member having a plurality of recesses to receive tissue samples. The rotatable member can be operable to successively index each recess relative to a lumen defined by the cutter. A cover portion may be associated with the rotatable member and permits one or more recesses to be viewable through the cover. The recesses may be configured to carry one or more tissue samples as the rotatable member is rotated.09-06-2012
20120226192METHOD FOR OBTAINING A TISSUE BIOPSY SPECIMEN - A biopsy needle system includes a carrier. A trocar is inserted into the carrier for percutaneous insertion to a biopsy site. A biopsy needle is inserted into the carrier, replacing the trocar, for removal of a tissue biopsy specimen. A biopsy needle and a method for obtaining a tissue biopsy specimen with the system, are also provided.09-06-2012
20120226191ERGONOMIC BIOPSY INSTRUMENT - Biopsy instruments having an ergonomic design are described. A biopsy instrument comprises a housing, a needle assembly, and a handle. The needle assembly includes a cannula that defines a lumen and a stylet slidably disposed within the lumen. The housing and the handle have longitudinal axes that intersect at an acute angle.09-06-2012
20120259242DEVICES AND METHODS FOR PERFORMING PROCEDURES ON A BREAST - A needle is used to mark a tissue area of interest. The needle may have one or more indicators which indicate selected angular orientations relative to the needle. The indicators may also be coupled to anchors which are deployed in the tissue to anchor the needle in the tissue. The needle may be positioned to guide an excisional device to remove tissue.10-11-2012
20110112436Distraction pins for fluid aspiration - A distraction pin for aspiration of a bone fluid and marrow. The pin includes an elongate metallic shaft of generally uniform diameter having a proximate end. The proximate end of the shaft includes an adaptor (attachment means) and a longitudinal bore extending from the distal end to the proximate end. The distal end of the shaft includes threading adapted for screwing the shaft into bone. The distal end also includes at least two fenestrations transverse to the longitudinal bore.05-12-2011
20110112435SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SPECTRAL ANALYSIS OF A TISSUE MASS USING AN INSTRUMENT, AN OPTICAL PROBE, AND A MONTE CARLO OR A DIFFUSION ALGORITHM - Systems and methods for spectral analysis of a tissue mass using an instrument, an optical probe, and a Monte Carlo algorithm or a diffusion algorithm are provided. According to one method, an instrument is inserted into a tissue mass. A fiber optic probe is applied via the instrument into the tissue mass. Turbid spectral data of the tissue mass is measured using the fiber probe. The turbid spectral data is converted to absorption, scattering, and/or intrinsic fluorescence spectral data via a Monte Carlo algorithm or diffusion algorithm. Biomarker concentrations in the tissue mass are quantified using the absorption, scattering, and/or intrinsic fluorescence spectral data.05-12-2011
20120259241DUAL-WINGS PERCUTANEOUS NEEDLE - A dual-wings percutaneous needle has a sampling needle, an outer needle, a transverse position wing and a longitudinal position wing. The sampling needle has a length, a lower end and a needle head formed in the lower end of the sampling needle. The outer needle is hollow, is detachably mounted around the sampling needle and has a length shorter than the length of the sampling needle. The transverse position wing is lamellar, is stuck on the sampling needle or is stuck on the outer needle. The longitudinal position wing is lamellar, is stuck on the sampling needle adjacent to the transverse position wing and is perpendicular to the transverse position wing or is stuck on the outer needle adjacent to the transverse position wing and is perpendicular to the transverse position wing.10-11-2012
20090018468Medical tool arrangement - A medical tool arrangement according to the present invention comprises a hand-held casing. The hand-held casing comprises a tool assembly having a plurality of tools. The hand-held casing further comprises a driving mechanism for moving the plurality of tools independently of each other. The medical tool arrangement is for use with a mechanical energy source remote from the hand-held casing. The mechanical energy source is couplable to the driving mechanism of the hand-held casing by means of at least a first and a second mechanical energy transferring means. At least one of the first, and second mechanical energy transferring means has a length and an axial direction and comprises an energy transferring medium suitable for transferring mechanical energy by making a translational movement longitudinally along its axial direction.01-15-2009
20100241028Navigable Tissue Treatment Tools - Tools for accessing tissue are described for use with a locatable guide of a navigation system. In preferred embodiments, said tools are attachable to a distal tip of a locatable guide, such that the location of the tool, preferably in six degrees of freedom, is known while the tool is being used.09-23-2010
20080300507Biopsy Needle - A biopsy needle includes tissue capture elements within the needle lumen to help hold a tissue sample within the needle and maintain its integrity. According to one aspect, several flexible members form a structure that allows tissue to enter the lumen during advancement of the needle into tissue, and prevents the tissue sample from exiting the needle during retraction of the needle. The flexible members may, in some embodiments, include cutting edges configured to cut the tissue sample from the target tissue mass at the start of needle extraction.12-04-2008
20110004120BIOPSY DEVICE NEEDLE SET - A needle set for use in a biopsy device, where the needle set includes a plurality of annularly nested cannulae. Each of the cannulae have a distal end, a proximal end, a lumen, and a cannula body. At least two of the cannulae are joined at their proximal ends. The distal ends of the two joined cannulae are mountable in a biopsy device. At least one of the two joined cannulae further have at least two flexible linkages joining the cannula body to its proximal end. Upon rotating the cannula body around its longitudinal axis while fixing the proximal end, the linkages present therebetween will contact one another, effectively cutting the luminal space between the cannula body and the proximal end of the cannula, thereby also cutting any material, for example biopsy material, present in the lumen.01-06-2011
20110046513Multi-Button Biopsy Device - A handheld biopsy device comprises a needle, cutter, and body. The cutter is movable relative to the needle to sever tissue protruding into a transverse aperture of the needle. The body includes a cutter actuation mechanism, at least two trigger buttons, and a control module. The biopsy device is configured such that the at least two trigger buttons are selectively enabled and disabled. A selectively enabled trigger button is operable to activate the cutter actuation mechanism. A selectively disabled trigger button is not operable to activate the cutter activation mechanism. The enabled trigger button may be selected electronically, such that the control module receives a user's button selection input and enables or disables the trigger buttons accordingly. Alternatively, the body may include movable covers to selectively cover or expose trigger buttons in accordance with the user's preference. The biopsy device may thus accommodate different operators having different gripping styles.02-24-2011
20090299218Compression plate for a mammography unit and a mammography unit - A laser device for projecting a position mark in the field of vision onto an object to be examined using a mammography unit is described, where the laser device can be adjusted in position together with a vertically adjustable compression plate of the mammography unit. The laser device may be arranged on the compression plate or on the compression plate support thereof. In the latter configuration, the laser device may remain attached to the mammography unit. The apparatus has application to biopsies.12-03-2009
20100228147PUNCTURING CYTODIAGNOSTIC DEVICE - There is provided a device used for sampling a tissue within a lesion in a minimally invasive manner when a bronchus does not directly reach the lesion. A cell sampling needle 09-09-2010
20100234762COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS FOR DETECTING ORAL NEOPLASM - Methods and kits for assessing the presence of, and for detecting cancer, notably oral cancer, are disclosed. Such methods and kits use one or more lectins operably linked to a fluorophore, wherein the lectin binds differentially to cancerous and non-cancerous tissues, and wherein the fluorophore facilitates visualizing the differential binding. The lectins are applied to the oral mucosa of a subject, the fluorophore is exposed to light, and cancerous regions of the mucosa are visualized. In certain embodiments, the lectin specifically binds to one or more of a β-galactoside, an α- or β-N-acetylglucosamine, or a sialic acid moiety.09-16-2010
20120277625RADIOGRAPHIC IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS - A radiographic image capturing apparatus includes a compression member, which is displaceable with respect to a holding member that holds a target object to be examined. The compression member is displaced toward the holding member for compressing the target object held by the holding member while the compression member is tilted with respect to the holding member along lateral directions of the target object as viewed in front elevation.11-01-2012
20120330186INTRODUCER FOR BIOPSY DEVICE - A biopsy system comprises an introducer, a biopsy device having a needle, and a marker applier. The introducer may include a closed distal tip, a lateral aperture, a proximally facing interior wall, and a ramp that guides the closed distal end of a marker applier up and into abutment with the wall as the applier is fed into the introducer. The needle of the biopsy device includes a blunt distal end and features providing clearance for the ramp as the blunt distal end is brought into abutment with the wall when the needle is fed into the introducer. The introducer may alternatively include an open distal end having resiliently biased leaves that bear against an inserted biopsy device needle. In some other versions, a fin projects laterally from the closed distal end of a marker applier, spacing the distal end away from a sidewall region of the introducer cannula.12-27-2012
20120150071TISSUE SAMPLING, PROCESSING AND INJECTION SYRINGE DEVICE AND METHODS OF USING THE SAME - Tissue sampling, processing and injection syringe device and methods of filtering and concentrating cellular components of tissue sample in situ within the device.06-14-2012
20120150070OVERTUBES FOR EUS FNA DRAINAGE - A device for performing multiple medical procedures comprises a needle extending from a proximal end which remains external to a body during use to a sharpened distal end configured for insertion to a target site within a body via a body lumen. A sheath is slidably receivable over the needle, the sheath extending from a proximal end which remains external to the body during use to a distal end. A stent is slidably received over the sheath, the stent including an anchoring mechanism configured for anchoring in a desired position within the body lumen.06-14-2012
20100168612BALLOON-TIPPED ENDOSCOPIC SYSTEM - Multi-luminal endoscopic systems for sterilely delivering deployable devices or obtaining bodily tissues. The system comprise an outer catheter comprising a wall that encloses an outer lumen; an inner catheter movably disposed within the outer lumen and having an inner lumen; a balloon-tipped catheter movably disposed within the inner lumen and having a distal end and a proximal end, wherein the distal end of the balloon-tipped catheter comprises a balloon tip that can be expanded to contact the wall of the outer catheter to provide a seal to prevent bodily fluids from entering the outer lumen; and a push catheter having a lumen and is located within the outer lumen. The delivery systems can comprise concentric catheters. Systems used for tissue collecting can comprise catheters with different common center.07-01-2010
20130023790BIOPSY DEVICE - Disclosed is biopsy device that includes a stylet with a sample cavity at the end, a cutting cannula movable over the stylet with a cutting end, a firing mechanism operable to suddenly change the position of the cutting cannula to move the cutting cannula over the sample cavity and a grip from which the stylet and cutting cannula extend, where the grip is held in the palm of one hand with the web of the hand between the index finger and the thumb with the stylet and the cutting cannula oriented along the longitudinal axis of the grip and a trigger on the end of the grip to actuate the firing mechanism, where the trigger is operated by the thumb of the hand gripping the grip to actuate the firing mechanism while the same hand holds the grip in a palm grip.01-24-2013
20130023791SINGLE-INSERTION, MULTIPLE SAMPLING BIOPSY DEVICE WITH LINEAR DRIVE - The present invention provides for exemplary embodiments of a single-insertion, multiple sampling biopsy device. Exemplary embodiments of a single-insertion, multiple sampling device with integrated marker release.01-24-2013
20100049087Rotational Core Biopsy Device with Liquid Cryogen Adhesion Probe - A device for biopsy of body tissue. The device is driven by liquid CO2, and is provided with a control system to control various components to effectuate rotating core biopsies.02-25-2010
20080234603ELECTRODE DOME AND METHOD OF USE - Methods and devices are provided for dissecting tissue. In one embodiment, an electro-surgical device is provided having a housing with a hollow interior adapted to receive tissue, such as an organ. The housing can be adapted to couple to a pressure source for suctioning tissue into the housing, and to an energy source for delivering energy to the tissue. The various elements of the device can be adapted such that the initially dispersed energy is passed through the tissue and is concentrated at a location, e.g., connective tissue, having a surface area that is less than a surface area of the electrode, thereby allowing the connective tissue to be dissected. Exemplary methods for dissecting tissue are also provided.09-25-2008
20080228104Energy Assisted Medical Devices, Systems and Methods - A device for penetrating tissue and removing a biological sample includes a biological sampling element to remove a biological sample. The biological sampling element includes a passage therethrough. The device further includes a penetrator positioned within the passage. The penetrator is energized in a repetitive manner to assist in penetrating tissue. The biological sample element can be adapted to remove a tissue sample or a biological fluid sample (for example, blood). A device for penetrating tissue and positioning a tissue resident conduit (for example, a catheter), includes a tissue resident conduit (for example, a catheter) including a passage therethrough; and a penetrator in operative connection with the catheter. A device for inserting a tissue resident conduit includes at least one component that is energized during penetration to assist in penetrating tissue. In one embodiment, the tissue resident conduit is flexible and the energized component is positioned or a forward end of the tissue resident conduit. The device can further include a mechanism for directing the penetration of the tissue resident conduit. A needle for penetrating tissue includes a first effector including a surface and at least one actuator in operative connection with the first effector. The actuator is adapted to cause motion of the first effector such that tearing of tissue takes place in regions where there is close proximity of tissue to the surface of the first effector.09-18-2008
20130204161BIOPSY DRIVER ASSEMBLY HAVING A CONTROL CIRCUIT FOR CONSERVING BATTERY POWER - A biopsy driver assembly includes a biopsy driver housing. An electrical assembly is coupled to the biopsy driver housing. The electrical assembly includes at least one electrical drive configured for drivably engaging a biopsy probe assembly. A battery is coupled to the biopsy driver housing. A control circuit is coupled to the biopsy driver housing. The control circuit is electrically coupled to the battery and to the electrical assembly. The control circuit has a motion detector, a timer circuit and a battery dwell circuit. The control circuit is configured to conserve the battery by providing electrical power only to the motion detector after a predetermined time following a last detected physical movement of the biopsy driver assembly and to provide electrical power from the battery also to the electrical assembly when a physical movement of the biopsy driver assembly is detected.08-08-2013
20120253227MEDICAL DEVICE - A medical device that includes an outer tube assembly that includes a straight outer tube, an inner tube assembly that includes a straight inner tube disposed within the outer tube, and at least one interference member on the outer tube assembly and at least one interference member on the inner tube assembly. The inner tube and the outer tube are configured to rotate relative to each other to resect tissue at a distal end of the inner and outer tubes. The interference members are configured to prevent a force exerted along a longitudinal axis of the inner tube from separating the inner and outer tubes without rendering the medical device unusable.10-04-2012
20130096459SOFT TISSUE CORING BIOPSY DEVICES AND METHODS - A biopsy device comprises a coring and transport assembly and a distal beak assembly. The distal beak assembly may be coupled to or near a distal end of the coring and transport assembly and may comprise at least one movable cutting element. The distal beak assembly may be configured to rotate about an axis, and assume at least a first open configuration operative to enable the at least one cutting element to core through tissue and a second closed configuration operative to enable the at least one cutting element to move through the tissue and to sever a cored specimen from the tissue.04-18-2013
20130096458BIOPSY PUNCH WITH SAFETY SYSTEM AND METHOD OF MAKING AND USING THE SAME - The invention provides for a biopsy device comprising a body, a cutting edge, and at least one of; a movable safety cover, a depth adjustment member, and an arrangement for moving the cutting edge relative to a skin engaging surface.04-18-2013
20130131548COAXIAL INCISIONAL FULL-CORE BIOPSY NEEDLE - Among other things, there are disclosed embodiments of full-core biopsy needles having an outer needle component and a middle cannula through a lumen in the outer component, through which a mandrel may be placed. The outer component includes an internal boss that reduces its internal diameter, and the cannula includes fingers that extend distally. When the needle is inserted for biopsy, tissue enters the outer component and cannula. Moving the cannula forward causes the fingers to engage a surface of the internal boss, resulting in the fingers curving into the tissue. The fingers pinch the tissue while reducing or eliminating compression of the sample to provide an easier removal of the tissue from adjacent tissue, as well as providing a block or backstop keeping the tissue within the needle. Gaps are provided between the fingers to further reduce damage to the tissue sample.05-23-2013
20130131547ROTATING FULL-CORE BIOPSY NEEDLE - There is disclosed, among other things, embodiments of a biopsy needle for taking a full core sample through soft tissue. In the illustrated embodiments, the needle includes a single monolithic tubular member having a notch cut part-way through a distal portion of the tubular member to form an arch-shaped finger. At least a portion of the finger is bent toward the notch and into the lumen of the tubular member. Methods for using these embodiments are also described.05-23-2013
20130144188BIOPSY DEVICE WITH SLIDE-IN PROBE - An exemplary ultrasound biopsy device includes a probe and a holster. The probe is insertable into the holster to form a completed assembly. To assemble the probe to the holster, the probe is initially slid laterally onto the holster and then slid forward to latch the probe into engagement with the holster. The holster is coupled to a vacuum control module by one or more conduits and a power cable. The conduits and/or power cable may be retracted into the vacuum control module. The probe of the biopsy device includes a blade assembly at the distal end. The blade assembly comprises a blade that snaps onto a nosecone via a pair of resilient notched ends. A frictional fitting needle cover can be inserted over the needle and blade assembly to protect the user from the sharp blade.06-06-2013
20080200836Biopsy Device With Motorized Needle Cocking - A needle may be fired into tissue by a needle firing mechanism, which may include a fork for holding the needle and a firing rod coupled with the fork. A spring urges the fork to a distal, fired position. A screw gear is coupled with the rod. A sled is positioned at the proximal end of the rod. A catch is configured to engage the sled when the sled is moved to a proximal position. The screw gear is operable to convert rotational motion from a motor and gear set into linear motion to move the rod proximally to engage the sled with the catch, thereby cocking the needle firing mechanism. The motor may also be used to translate the screw gear distally relative to the rod after the sled has engaged with the catch. A trigger is used to fire the cocked needle firing mechanism.08-21-2008
20080200835Energy Biopsy Device for Tissue Penetration and Hemostasis - A biopsy system having a lateral tissue access port includes an energy based tissue penetration system that can advantageously penetrate hard tumors, improve hemostasis, and provide greater tissue access. The energy based tissue penetration system has a vibrational member removeably disposed within the biopsy system, and a distal tip of the vibrational member extending from the biopsy system for tissue penetration. A sleeve is located between the vibrational member and the lateral access port to prevent tissue contact with the vibrational member through the lateral access port.08-21-2008
20110224577BIOPSY DEVICE - A biopsy device for use in excising tissue from a human body includes an outer member, an inner member and a rotary drive means for rotating the inner member with respect to the outer member. The outer member includes a cylindrical outer body portion, an outer cutout portion defined in the outer body portion, an acute outer knife edge portion formed to extend along an edge of the outer cutout portion and a cutting tip provided at a tip end of the outer body portion. The inner member includes an inner body portion inserted into the outer member, an inner cutout portion defined in the inner body portion to obliquely extend with respect to a longitudinal direction of the inner body portion and an acute inner knife edge portion formed to extend along an edge of the inner cutout portion.09-15-2011
20100286556 EAR TAG FOR MARKING AN ANIMAL AND FOR SAMPLING TISSUE FROM SAID ANIMAL - The present invention relates to an ear tag (11-11-2010
20110275955TISSUE SAMPLING TOOL - A sampling tool for isolating and collecting a tissue biopsy includes a hollow sampling cylinder that includes a first end and an opposing second end. The first end being a sharpened, annular cutting edge and a central bore extending completely from the first end to the second end. An outer surface of the sampling cylinder includes a modified gripping surface. The sampling tool also includes a plunger having a first end and a second end. The plunger includes a shaft portion that terminates in the first end. The plunger has a handle portion at the second end that has greater dimensions than the shaft portion. The plunger includes an air evacuation feature in the form of an air evacuation channel that extends from one end of the plunger to the other end and is open at both ends. The sampling tool has particular utility in isolating and collecting cylindrical core placental biopsies of a standardized size that can be used for multiple downstream applications, including the sampling of other harvested solid, soft-tissue organs such as brain, liver, kidney, and spleen.11-10-2011
20110237976BIOPSY DEVICE HAVING HEMOSTATIC CONTROL - A biopsy device assembly performs a biopsy of an anatomical tissue of a patient. The biopsy device assembly includes a housing and a biopsy device that extends out of the housing and that collects and cuts anatomical tissue from the patient. The biopsy device assembly further includes a hemostatic agent removably housed in the biopsy device. Moreover, the assembly includes an actuator assembly that moves the biopsy device relative to the housing from a first position to an extended position such that the biopsy device collects and cuts the anatomical tissue from the patient. The actuator assembly also retracts the biopsy device relative to the housing toward a retracted position. Furthermore, the assembly includes an ejection device that ejects the hemostatic agent from the biopsy device as the actuator assembly retracts the biopsy device toward the retracted position.09-29-2011
20120277626METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR SECURING MEDICAL INSTRUMENTS TO DESIRED LOCATIONS IN A PATIENT'S BODY - A medical device for localization of tissue at a target site in a patient's body includes a tube having a distal end, a proximal end, and a longitudinal axis. The medical device is configured for placement of the distal end at the target site. A fixation device is disposed on the distal end. The affixation device is configured to mechanically fix the distal end of the medical device to tissue at the target site.11-01-2012
20130150752Apparatus for Bone Aspiration - A bone marrow aspiration apparatus comprising a hollow; stylet removably positioned within said needle; a cylindrical threaded section; a depth gauge threadedly engagable with and movable longitudinally along the threaded section and having a proximal and distal ends, the proximal end being spaced a variable first distance from the end of the needle; a locking nut movable along the threaded section; a cap connection section having a fluid fitting therein; a cap engagable with the cap connection and engaged with the stylet; wherein the threaded section and the depth gauge define a stylet passage between the fluid fitting and the proximal end of the depth gauge; and wherein the variable first distance between the end of the hollow needle and the proximal end of the depth gauge corresponds to a position of the distal annular end of the depth gauge relative to the threaded section.06-13-2013
20130138014BIOPSY DEVICE WITH APERTURE ORIENTATION AND IMPROVED TIP - A biopsy device includes an elongated probe having a central longitudinal axis, a proximal end, a distal end, and an aperture. A tissue penetrating tip includes a proximal base secured to the distal end of the probe. A sharp distal point distal to the proximal base lies on the central longitudinal axis. Each of a first, second and third concave surface is configured to extend from the base to the sharp distal point. The second concave surface is located to intersect the first concave surface to form a first curved cutting edge. A third concave surface is located to intersect the first concave surface to form a second curved cutting edge and is located to intersect the second concave surface to form a third curved cutting edge. Each curved cutting edge extends from the base to the sharp distal point. A tissue cutting device is coaxial with the probe.05-30-2013
20100317998Valve Mechanism for Tetherless Biopsy Device - A biopsy device comprises a body, a needle, a cutter, and a shuttle valve slider. The needle has a first lumen and a second lumen. The cutter translates relative to the needle. The shuttle valve slider translates in response to translation of the cutter. The shuttle valve slider vents the second lumen when the shuttle valve slider is in a first longitudinal position and substantially seals the second lumen relative to atmospheric air when the shuttle valve slider is in a second longitudinal position. A degree of lost motion is provided between the cutter and the shuttle valve slider, such that the cutter moves the shuttle valve slider only when the cutter moves through a first part of the cutter's range of motion; and such that the cutter does not move the shuttle valve slider when the cutter moves through a second part of the cutter's range of motion.12-16-2010
20100317997Tetherless Biopsy Device with Reusable Portion - A biopsy device comprises a body, a needle, and a cutter actuation mechanism. The needle extends distally from the body. The cutter actuation mechanism rotates and translates the cutter relative to the body and relative to the needle. The cutter has an overmold presenting a lead screw and a hex portion. The cutter actuation mechanism comprises a first gear disposed about the hex portion of the overmold and a second gear engaged with the lead screw of the overmold by a nut that is integral with the second gear. The cutter actuation mechanism is operable to simultaneously rotate the first gear relative to the body at a first rotational speed and the second gear relative to the body at a second rotational speed. With the lead screw and the nut rotating at different rotational speeds, the lead screw rotates relative to the nut at a third rotational speed.12-16-2010
20100317996ULTRASOUND-NAVIGABLE BARBED BIOPSY DEVICE AND METHOD - A tissue sampling system includes an elongate flexible needle sheath with a lumen disposed longitudinally therethrough. A needle may be slidably disposed through the needle sheath and include an elongate flexible shaft body configured to pass through a working channel of an endoscope, with an outer cannula disposed at a distal end of the shaft body and housing a longitudinal needle lumen though its length. A sampling member including an elongate flexible stylet body and a barbed portion extending distally from the stylet body may be disposed slidably through the needle lumen. It may include a body with a distal end and barbs forming a barbed region where the barbs are angled away from the distal end. The barbed region may be configured to be slidably extended out the distal end of the needle lumen, then retracted, and may include an echogenic surface along with the barbs and barb-adjacent surfaces.12-16-2010
20130190649Tissue Sampling Device - Provided herein are a device and methods to obtain multiple serial samples from biologic tissues located in a tubular or cavitary space of a body. The device has a proximal and distal end, with a linear shaft connecting both ends. The distal end of the device comprises a tissue cutting assembly, a sample transport assembly and a sample storage assembly. The sample transport assembly comprises a slidable sample transport unit, a semi-cylindrical tubular sample chamber with a pair of axially linear rails located on both sides of said chamber and a system of differential pull wires. The sample transport unit slides on the rails of the sample chamber, providing longitudinally axial movement of the cup connected to said sample transport unit. The sample storage assembly comprises said sample chamber, a reversibly detachable sample catcher inserted in said sample chamber, a tubular sample housing and an expandable tubular sample housing.07-25-2013
20130190650BIOPSY DEVICE - Biopsy devices, as well as related methods and systems, are disclosed.07-25-2013
20130190651SOFT TISSUE CORING BIOPSY DEVICES AND METHODS - A biopsy device comprises a coring and transport assembly and a distal beak assembly. The distal beak assembly may be coupled to or near a distal end of the coring and transport assembly and may comprise at least one movable cutting element. The distal beak assembly may be configured to rotate about an axis, and assume at least a first open configuration operative to enable the at least one cutting element to core through tissue and a second closed configuration operative to enable the at least one cutting element to move through the tissue and to sever a cored specimen from the tissue.07-25-2013
20120004573Methods and Apparatuses for Full-Thickness Hollow Organ Biopsy - A method for obtaining a full thickness biopsy of the wall of a hollow organ, comprising obtaining an apparatus comprising a cannula comprising a proximal cannula end comprising a cutting edge; and a distal cannula end comprising a biased spring, the biased spring being coupled to a needle carrier and a releasable lock; and a needle disposed within the cannula and carried on the needle carrier, the needle comprising: a tip; a flange; a notch portion comprising a notch thickness; and a shaft comprising a shaft thickness; where the shaft thickness is greater than the notch thickness and the releasable lock is configured to hold the cannula in a withdrawn position relative to the needle; obtaining a patient having skin, a first wall, and a second wall; creating an incision through the skin of the patient; inserting the apparatus into the incision; advancing the apparatus through the first wall and the second wall; withdrawing the cannula relative to the needle; locking the cannula with the releasable lock; aligning the notch portion such that the notch portion straddles the second wall; releasing the releasable lock such that the cutting edge of the cannula passes completely through the second wall creating a full-thickness biopsy; and withdrawing the apparatus from the patient.01-05-2012
20120010528Systems and methods for predicting disease progression in patients treated with radiotherapy - Clinical information, molecular information and/or computer-generated morphometric information is used in a predictive model for predicting the occurrence of a medical condition. In an embodiment, a model predicts whether a disease (e.g., prostate cancer) is likely to progress in a patient after radiation therapy. In some embodiments, the molecular and computer-generated morphometric information is obtained through computer analysis of tissue obtained from the patient via a needle biopsy at diagnosis and before treatment of the patent with radiation therapy.01-12-2012
20130197395Instrument for taking a tissue sample - An instrument for taking a tissue sample includes a tissue receiving element with a distal end and a proximal end and at least partly has a spiral or helix that has an outer surface and a central longitudinal axis (X-X′). The spiral or helix has at least has one zone where the distance (d08-01-2013
20120041336Medical Instrument - A method includes actuating a lever to move a cannula of a medical instrument from a first extended position to second retracted position; and actuating the lever to move a stylet of the medical instrument from a third extended position to a fourth retracted position. Actuating the lever comprises moving the lever from a first lever position spaced apart from a housing of the medical instrument to a second lever position closer to the housing02-16-2012
20130102925METHODS AND DEVICES FOR MAXIMIZING TISSUE COLLECTION IN PARTIAL-CORE BIOPSY NEEDLES - Methods and devices are illustrated for improving a partial-core biopsy device whereby inner mandrel deflection and flexibility is reduced, the volume of space available for tissue collection is increased, and tissue migration is reduced.04-25-2013

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