|Publication number||US3889657 A|
|Publication date||Jun 17, 1975|
|Filing date||Feb 12, 1974|
|Priority date||Feb 12, 1974|
|Publication number||US 3889657 A, US 3889657A, US-A-3889657, US3889657 A, US3889657A|
|Inventors||Carl B Baumgarten|
|Original Assignee||Gomco Surgical Mfg Co|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (10), Referenced by (180), Classifications (13), Legal Events (5)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
United States Patent 11 1 1111 3,889,657
Baumgarten 1 June 17, 1975 1 UTERINE ASPIRATING CURETTE 3,542.031 11/1970 Taylor 1211/304 3,661,144 5/1972 Jensen et al 1. [28/2 13  Inventor. Carl B. Baumgarten, Houston, Tex. 332L244 3/l973 Elmaleh 28/304 73 A G S |M f t 3,769,980 11/1973 Karman 128/304 1 sslgnee fig f fijff N 1? ac 3.774.612 11/1973 Marco 128/276 x 3,774.613 11/1973 Woods, Jr. et a1. .1 [28/304  Filed: Feb. 12, 1974 3,777.743 12/1973 Binard et al 128/2 B Appl. No.: 441,805
 US. Cl 128/2 B; 128/276; 128/304  Int. Cl. A61B 10/00; A61B 17/22  Field of Search 128/2 B, 2 F, 276, 277, 128/304  References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 2.531,730 11/1950 Henderson 128/276 3,169,528 2/1965 Knox et al. 128/276 X 3,230,949 1/1966 Olleros 128/2 B Primary Examiner-Kyle L. Howell Attorney, Agent, or FirmKenneth H. Johnson  ABSTRACT A uterine aspirating curette which has an effective 360 contact with the uterus inner surface in use so that rotation of the curette in order to scrape and aspirate the entire surface is not required and a removable specimen collection basket mounted in the handle of the device in the line of suction.
11 Claims, 9 Drawing Figures UTERINE ASPIRATING CURETTE BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION The present invention relates to a surgical device, more particularly it relates to an aspirating curette for inner uterine use. Prior uterine curettes usually required a rotational motion in addition to rectilinear motion in order to scrape the uterus surfaces. This additional movement increases the degree of trauma experienced by the patient during the surgical procedure. Also the specimen recovery for pathological examination has been difficult using prior art devices.
It is an advantage of the present invention that rotation of the device in use is unnecessary to achieve scraping contact with the entire uterine surface and removal of material attached thereto. It is a further advantage that the patient is subjected to less trauma with the present device than prior devices in the same procedure. It is a further feature of the present invention that specimen may be removed from the uterus surface without dilation of the cervix. It is a further advantage that specimens removed by aspiration from the uterus are recovered for pathological examination. These and other advantages and features of the present invention will become apparent from the following discussion and from viewing the drawing.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION The present invention is a uterine aspirating curette comprising a tube attachable to a suction means, a plurality of a spaced apart members extending linearly from one end of said tube, and a tip attached to said spaced apart members. The tip has a blunted surface, for example a dome shape projecting away from the tube and preferably overhanging the spaced members which extend from the end of the tube. The projection forms a lip which provides a scraper for dislodging specimens adhered to the inner surface for the uterus contacting the curette. The tip and tube have a substantially round cross-section to conform anatomically with the vaginal channel, cervix and uterus in which the device is employed. The underside of the tip which is attached to the spaced members is substantially flat.
The surface attached to the spaced members may be at approximately 90 thereto, although the angle could be from say 60 to 120. The angle (FIG. 5) of under surface of the tip is relevant in so far as the angle of the under surface at the point it contacts the upper surface is of such a nature that the rim or outer edge of the tip will serve as a scraper. At angles greater than 120 the configuration of the rim is generally too blunt and hence the scraping action is diminished. Under surfaces angled at less than 60 may result is a very sharp edge on the tip.
Another preferred feature of the device is having the diameter of the tip substantially the same as the diameter of the tube. Another preferred feature is having a tube with approximately a 25 to 35 angle located adjacent the end of the tube inserted into the uterus. This is an anatomical configuration which facilitates the insertion of the device.
Another feature of the present invention is the location of a removable specimen collection basket in a handle portion of the device between the aspirator tip and the suction.
The following brief description of the drawings and the detailed description of the invention will make the substance of the invention clear, where possible similar parts have been identified with the same indicia in the figures. Standard and conventional and obvious modifcations or changes within the routineers skill are within the scope of invention, although no particular mention thereof may have been made.
DRAWINGS FIG. 1 is an isomeric view of the device of the present invention.
FIG. 2 is a partial cross sectional view of the present device.
FIG. 3 is a detail of a specimen collection basket.
FIG. 4 is a cross section taken along line 44 of FIG. 1.
FIG. 5 is a detail view of the aspirating tip.
FIG. 6 is a cross section taken along line 6-6 of FIG. 1.
FIG. 7 is a cross section of a flexible tube.
FIG. 8 is a cross section of an alternate cross section of a flexible tube.
FIG. 9 is a view of an alternate configuration of a tip.
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION Referring to FIG. 1 the uterine aspirating curette is shown in an isomeric view as having an angularly bent tube member 1 attached to a base 4 having a suction control opening 26 thereon and mounted to handle 7. Projecting outward along the axis of the tube 1 is a series of spaced apart members 6, onto which is attached the tip 2 thereby creating a plurality of slots or openings adjacent to the tip 2. Tip 2 closes off the end of the tube. The device is attached to a suction such as a vacuum pump (not shown) by a flexible tube 8. Aspiration is achieved through slots 3. An aid to gripping the handle is provided with surface S. This is particularly useful when the base and handle are disassembled for removal of a collected specimen as described herein below.
The invention can be better understood from FIG. 2. The tube 1 is shown as fixedly mounted in recess 11 in base 4. The aspirating end of device can be seen in more detail in FIG. 5. The tip 2 can be seen to have a rounded configuration to provide for safe entry and manipulation within the uterus. There are slots 3 which can be formed by removing portions of tube 1 adjacent to the end. The portions of the tube remaining form the members 6. The slots are arranged around the tube to provide aspiration on an effective 360. Referring to FIG. 4 there can be seen to be 4 slots 3. Preferably there would be at least two and more preferably three or four slots around the tube. Because of the relatively small diameter of this uterine device, there will not be more than four slots, because such slots would tend to be too small to allow material from the uterus wall to pass through. The members 6 are seen to be extensions of tube I and have the same outside diameter thereas.
The tip 2 is of substantially the same diameter as the outside diameter of tube 1. The shoulder 9 on the tube 1 is thus in line with the edge of tip 2. Both shoulder 9 and shoulder 10 on tip 2 form scraping surfaces. The uterus would be distended by the tube and would tend to press in against the tube thereby allowing the scraping surfaces to break lose any material adhered to the inner wall of the uterus. The tube 1 has a single angle along its length which is anatomically designed to facilitate its use.
The base 4 is removably attached to hollow handle 7 by threads 13 and 14 located respectively thereon. Tube 1 communicates with chamber 15 via passage 12. Located in chamber 15, projecting from the inner wall of base 4 are fins 24 of which there are two to several, equally spaced about base 4. The function served by fins 24 could just as well be served by an annular member 24. The member 24 is spaced slightly above handle 7 when the base is completely seated down onto the handle 7 against the annular ridge 25.
Seated within handle 7 and removable therefrom is basket 16. The basket 16 consists of annular rim 18, ribs 19 attached to the rim 18, said ribs being joined at one end to form a bottom. Rim 18 has a ledge 22 which is seated against shoulder 17 in handle 7. The member(s) 24 serve to retain basket 16 in place allowing only slight movement of the basket if the handle is inverted or joggled. The fins or members 24 may be seated against the basket rim 18 to prevent any movement of the basket.
At the end of the handle 7 opposite the tube 1 a suction egress conduit is provided. The conduit has annular ridges 23 for securing a resiliant tube 8 thereon.
In FIG. 2 a partial section of gauze 21 is shown in place within basket 16, seated against ribs 19. The guaze would, in use, line the entire basket and provide the surface, on which any specimen material recovered from the uterus is collected. The entire curette device, i.e., tube, base, handle and basket or just the basket with the specimen, is then sent to the laboratory for pathological examination.
Referring to FIG. 3, there is an alternate form of basket shown comprising a rim 118 having a ledge 122 and attached to the rim a mesh 121 forming an enclosed area having a frustro conical cross section and attached to said mesh 12] opposite said rim 118, a closed cup 119.
There are a number of obvious variations in the pres ent device, some of which have been noted such as the basket, the basket retaining member, and slots in the aspirating tip. Some other obvious modifications are location of the suction egress at some point other than directly opposed to tube 1, change in the manner of securing tube 8 to the device and the like.
The present device may be manufactured from stainless steel for a long lived reusable device or lends itself to easy fabrication from polymeric materials to provide a one use disposable device. In either event it is intended to provide for a non-traumatic procedure.
In use the device is inserted into the uterus by a physician in a position 180 from that shown in FIGS. 1 and 2, thereby conforming to the patients anatomy. During the insertion the suction control opening 26 is left open thus providing the path of lest resistance to suction. After insertion of the tip 2 into the uterus the physician closes the opening 26 with the thumb thereby creating the suction through slots 6. The device is moved generally in a rectilinear motion to scrape the walls of the uterus. The specimen, if any, is then drawn through slots 6 into tube 1, hence into basket 16. The entire device can be made of substantially clear polymeric material to aid the physician in determining when to terminate the procedure. Upon terminating the procedure the opening 26 is again released and the tube removed from the patient. The alternate basket shown in FIG. 3
is particularly useful if the specimen is small or of a very thin consistency. The velocity of the specimen will carry it into the cup 119 while the suction passes through mesh 121.
In FIG. 5 the aspirating end of the device is shown in more detail. The angle a should be between 60 and l20. The angle a is formed between tip 2 and the opening 3 by shoulder 10. The angle shown in the figures is considered a preferred embodiment.
In FIG. 6 the members 6 are shown at the periphery of tip 2.
In one embodiment shown in FIG. 7 the tube 31 is made of a flexible material. In order to provide the anatomical shape, which may vary, i.e., as in the case of an inverted uterus, a bendable wire member 30 which is embedded in the wall of tube 31. FIG. 8 shows an alter nate configuration wherein the wire 30 is attached on either or both ends at the tip or base (not shown). This embodiment allows a wider use of the present device. The desired anatomical configuration is determined by the physician and the tube 31 and hence the wire 30 is bent to that shape.
The invention claimed is:
1. A uterine aspirating curette comprising a tube closed on one end by a tip and having a plurality of equally spaced openings about the circumference thereof, juxtaposed to said tip, said tip having substantially the same outside diameter of said tube adjacent to said openings said tube being fixedly attached to a base, said base having a chamber therein, said tube communicating with said chamber by a passage,
a hollow handle, said base being removably mounted thereon and said chamber communicating with said hollow handle, said handle being adapted for manipulating said curette in use,
a substantially porous basket for receiving an aspirated specimen, said basket being removably mounted in said handle, juxtaposed to said chamber and in alignment with said tube, said basket having an enclosed non-porous end forming a cup, and a means for attaching said handle to a vacuum source.
2. The uterine aspirating curette according to claim 1 wherein there are four openings.
3. The uterine aspirating curette according to claim 1 wherein said tube has a substantially uniform outside diameter.
4. The uterine aspirating curette according to claim 3 wherein said tip is blunt.
S. The uterine aspirating device according to claim 1 wherein said tip is dome shaped.
6. The uterine aspirating curette according to claim 1 wherein said tube and said means for attaching said handle to a vacuum source are at substantially opposite ends of said handle.
7. The uterine aspirating curette according to claim 1 wherein said basket is seated in place on a shoulder in said handle and is held from movement off of said shoulder by an element of said base.
8. The uterine aspirating curette according to claim 1 wherein said basket comprises a mesh.
9. The uterine aspirating curette according to claim 1 wherein said base is threaded onto said handle.
10. The uterine aspirating curette according to claim 1 wherein said tube is flexible and a bendable wire member is located along the length thereof.
said basket rim, a tube fixedly mounted in said base and communicating by a passage with said chamber, said tube extending axially from said base and said engaged handle, said tube terminating in a plurality of spaced apart members extending linearly from said tube and a tip having a blunted surface projecting away from said tube attached to and over hanging said spaced members, and a conduit for suction egress located on said handle opposite said tube.
l i IF
|Cited Patent||Filing date||Publication date||Applicant||Title|
|US2531730 *||Sep 1, 1948||Nov 28, 1950||Gomco Surgical Mfg Corp||Surgical aspirator|
|US3169528 *||May 24, 1963||Feb 16, 1965||Jr Harleston J Hall||Coronary sinus sucker|
|US3230949 *||Aug 2, 1962||Jan 25, 1966||Puerto Rico Cancer League Hosp||Gastroesophageal catheter|
|US3542031 *||Jun 24, 1968||Nov 24, 1970||Marshall B Taylor||Vacuum curette|
|US3661144 *||Sep 16, 1969||May 9, 1972||Hans Gram||Suction apparatus for body cavities|
|US3721244 *||Jan 28, 1971||Mar 20, 1973||Solly Scheiner||Manual suction curettage instruments|
|US3769980 *||Jun 28, 1971||Nov 6, 1973||Medical Concepts Inc||Medical instruments|
|US3774612 *||Jun 14, 1971||Nov 27, 1973||Marco J||Uterine evacuation assembly|
|US3774613 *||Dec 30, 1971||Nov 27, 1973||Scitron Corp||Suction curettage|
|US3777743 *||Sep 29, 1972||Dec 11, 1973||Kendall & Co||Endometrial sampler|
|Citing Patent||Filing date||Publication date||Applicant||Title|
|US4031896 *||Oct 17, 1975||Jun 28, 1977||Molnlycke Ab||Surgical suction sets|
|US4055167 *||Apr 23, 1976||Oct 25, 1977||Bernstein Dell L||Curettement device|
|US4083706 *||Feb 9, 1976||Apr 11, 1978||Wiley Corless W||Sterile trap accessory for use with surgical aspirator|
|US4221225 *||Nov 13, 1978||Sep 9, 1980||Sloan Noah H||Body cavity examination device|
|US4257425 *||Jun 4, 1979||Mar 24, 1981||Codman & Shurtleff, Inc.||Biopsy specimen collector|
|US4366822 *||Dec 3, 1979||Jan 4, 1983||Applied Medical Devices, Inc.||Method and apparatus for bone marrow cell separation and analysis|
|US4393879 *||Apr 11, 1980||Jul 19, 1983||Milex Products, Inc.||Tissue-collecting apparatus|
|US4441509 *||May 21, 1981||Apr 10, 1984||Sherwood Medical Company||Endometrial sampling device|
|US4517977 *||Jul 24, 1981||May 21, 1985||Unisearch Limited||Co-axial tube surgical infusion/suction cutter tip|
|US4533345 *||Jun 14, 1983||Aug 6, 1985||Fertility & Genetics Associates||Uterine catheter|
|US4627444 *||Jun 20, 1985||Dec 9, 1986||Regents Of The University Of Minnesota||Device for sampling tissues and fluids from bodily cavities|
|US4685472 *||Jan 23, 1984||Aug 11, 1987||Rudolph Muto||Specimen collector|
|US4986839 *||Nov 10, 1988||Jan 22, 1991||Surgical Laser Products, Inc.||Self-contained air enhancement and laser plume evacuation system|
|US5035688 *||Apr 6, 1989||Jul 30, 1991||Masahiko Inui||Polyp or cell block collecting instrument|
|US5047040 *||Feb 16, 1989||Sep 10, 1991||Devices For Vascular Intervention, Inc.||Atherectomy device and method|
|US5047072 *||Mar 19, 1990||Sep 10, 1991||Surgical Laser Products, Inc.||Ultraviolet air enhancement and laser plume evacuation method and system|
|US5100424 *||May 21, 1990||Mar 31, 1992||Cardiovascular Imaging Systems, Inc.||Intravascular catheter having combined imaging abrasion head|
|US5106377 *||Jan 30, 1990||Apr 21, 1992||Vas-Cath Incorporation||Chorion biopsy catheter|
|US5122149 *||Oct 23, 1991||Jun 16, 1992||Astra Meditec Ab||Surgical instrument|
|US5197485 *||Oct 15, 1991||Mar 30, 1993||Pilling Co.||Method and apparatus for sampling aortic plaque|
|US5357977 *||Apr 23, 1993||Oct 25, 1994||St. Mary's Hospital And Medical Center, Inc.||Cytological sampling method and device|
|US5402790 *||Feb 27, 1992||Apr 4, 1995||Cardiovascular Imaging Systems, Inc.||Intravascular catheter having combined imaging abrasion head|
|US5507292 *||Aug 22, 1994||Apr 16, 1996||Cardiovascular Imaging Systems, Inc.||Intravascular catheter having combined imaging abrasion head|
|US5533517 *||Oct 12, 1994||Jul 9, 1996||St. Mary's Hospital And Medical Center, Inc.||Cytological sampling method and device|
|US5562679 *||Jul 6, 1994||Oct 8, 1996||Valtchev; Konstantin L.||Collar system for uterine mobilizer|
|US5569276 *||Jun 6, 1995||Oct 29, 1996||Cardiovascular Imaging Systems, Inc.||Intravascular catheter having combined imaging abrasion head|
|US5575293 *||Feb 6, 1995||Nov 19, 1996||Promex, Inc.||Apparatus for collecting and staging tissue|
|US5662671 *||Jul 17, 1996||Sep 2, 1997||Embol-X, Inc.||Atherectomy device having trapping and excising means for removal of plaque from the aorta and other arteries|
|US5683406 *||Sep 29, 1995||Nov 4, 1997||Maxilon Laboratories, Llc||Apparatus and method for harvesting bone|
|US5720299 *||Sep 21, 1995||Feb 24, 1998||Theodoru; Liviu||Method for collecting endometrial tissue samples with a secured hand-held collecting device|
|US5766134 *||Jul 18, 1995||Jun 16, 1998||Atrion Medical Products, Inc.||Autogenous bone specimen collector|
|US5779649 *||Dec 17, 1996||Jul 14, 1998||Pabban Development, Inc.||Surgical suction wand with filter|
|US5895397 *||Aug 30, 1996||Apr 20, 1999||Cardiovascular Imaging Systems, Inc.||Intravascular catheter having combined imaging abrasion head|
|US5993469 *||May 27, 1997||Nov 30, 1999||Embol-X, Inc.||Guiding catheter for positioning a medical device within an artery|
|US6010522 *||Jul 24, 1996||Jan 4, 2000||Embol-X, Inc.||Atherectomy device having trapping and excising means for removal of plaque from the aorta and other arteries|
|US6371969||Dec 3, 1999||Apr 16, 2002||Scimed Life Systems, Inc.||Distal protection device and method|
|US6371970||Dec 23, 1999||Apr 16, 2002||Incept Llc||Vascular filter having articulation region and methods of use in the ascending aorta|
|US6371971||Apr 28, 2000||Apr 16, 2002||Scimed Life Systems, Inc.||Guidewire filter and methods of use|
|US6406454 *||Mar 14, 2000||Jun 18, 2002||Mohammed Ali Hajianpour||Surgical suction probe system with an easily cleaned internal filter|
|US6530939||Jul 30, 1999||Mar 11, 2003||Incept, Llc||Vascular device having articulation region and methods of use|
|US6537295||Mar 6, 2001||Mar 25, 2003||Scimed Life Systems, Inc.||Wire and lock mechanism|
|US6544280||Nov 27, 2000||Apr 8, 2003||Scimed Life Systems, Inc.||Intravascular filter and method|
|US6589263||Oct 29, 1999||Jul 8, 2003||Incept Llc||Vascular device having one or more articulation regions and methods of use|
|US6616679||Jul 7, 2000||Sep 9, 2003||Incept, Llc||Rapid exchange vascular device for emboli and thrombus removal and methods of use|
|US6616681||Mar 7, 2001||Sep 9, 2003||Scimed Life Systems, Inc.||Filter delivery and retrieval device|
|US6620148||Sep 29, 2000||Sep 16, 2003||Scimed Life Systems, Inc.||Filter flush system and methods of use|
|US6620182||Aug 9, 2000||Sep 16, 2003||Incept Llc||Vascular filter having articulation region and methods of use in the ascending aorta|
|US6652505||Sep 29, 2000||Nov 25, 2003||Scimed Life Systems Inc.||Guided filter with support wire and methods of use|
|US6663651||Jan 16, 2001||Dec 16, 2003||Incept Llc||Systems and methods for vascular filter retrieval|
|US6673090||Jan 22, 2001||Jan 6, 2004||Scimed Life Systems, Inc.||Percutaneous catheter and guidewire for filtering during ablation of myocardial or vascular tissue|
|US6676682||Oct 5, 2000||Jan 13, 2004||Scimed Life Systems, Inc.||Percutaneous catheter and guidewire having filter and medical device deployment capabilities|
|US6682543||Oct 24, 2001||Jan 27, 2004||C Edwards Lifesciences Corporation||Methods for aortic artherectomy|
|US6689151||Jan 25, 2001||Feb 10, 2004||Scimed Life Systems, Inc.||Variable wall thickness for delivery sheath housing|
|US6695791 *||Jan 4, 2002||Feb 24, 2004||Spiration, Inc.||System and method for capturing body tissue samples|
|US6755847||Oct 5, 2001||Jun 29, 2004||Scimed Life Systems, Inc.||Emboli capturing device and method of manufacture therefor|
|US6908455||Jun 14, 2002||Jun 21, 2005||Mohammed Ali Hajianpour||Surgical suction probe system with an easily cleaned internal filter|
|US6951570||Jun 28, 2002||Oct 4, 2005||Rubicon Medical, Inc.||Methods, systems, and devices for deploying a filter from a filter device|
|US6962598||Jun 28, 2002||Nov 8, 2005||Rubicon Medical, Inc.||Methods, systems, and devices for providing embolic protection|
|US6964673||Mar 26, 2003||Nov 15, 2005||Scimed Life Systems, Inc.||Percutaneous catheter and guidewire having filter and medical device deployment capabilities|
|US6991642||Jan 28, 2003||Jan 31, 2006||Scimed Life Systems, Inc.||Wire and lock mechanism|
|US6997939||Jun 28, 2002||Feb 14, 2006||Rubicon Medical, Inc.||Methods, systems, and devices for deploying an embolic protection filter|
|US7052500||Oct 19, 2001||May 30, 2006||Scimed Life Systems, Inc.||Embolus extractor|
|US7094249||Nov 27, 2000||Aug 22, 2006||Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.||Distal protection device and method|
|US7097652||Dec 31, 2003||Aug 29, 2006||Scimed Life Systems, Inc.||Variable wall thickness for delivery sheath housing|
|US7118586||Oct 24, 2000||Oct 10, 2006||Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.||Forceps for medical use|
|US7182754 *||Jun 19, 2002||Feb 27, 2007||N.M. Beale Company||Containerless tissue sample collection trap|
|US7204464||Jan 21, 2005||Apr 17, 2007||Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.||Medical wire holder|
|US7229464||Jul 17, 2003||Jun 12, 2007||Scimed Life Systems, Inc.||Filter delivery and retrieval device|
|US7232414||Feb 23, 2004||Jun 19, 2007||Spiration, Inc.||System and method for capturing body tissue samples|
|US7235061||Sep 19, 2003||Jun 26, 2007||Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.||Guided filter with support wire and methods of use|
|US7320697||Dec 8, 2003||Jan 22, 2008||Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.||One piece loop and coil|
|US7320698||May 10, 2004||Jan 22, 2008||Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.||Emboli capturing device and method of manufacture therefor|
|US7326226||Nov 3, 2003||Feb 5, 2008||Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.||Percutaneous catheter and guidewire for filtering during ablation of myocardial or vascular tissue|
|US7458940 *||Jul 28, 2004||Dec 2, 2008||Suros Surgical Systems, Inc.||Biopsy apparatus|
|US7473265||Mar 15, 2004||Jan 6, 2009||Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.||Filter media and methods of manufacture|
|US7478465||Jan 10, 2005||Jan 20, 2009||Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.||Method of securing a restraining member on a medical device|
|US7497833||Oct 21, 2004||Mar 3, 2009||Suros Surgical Systems, Inc.||Biopsy apparatus with vacuum relief|
|US7556622||May 18, 2005||Jul 7, 2009||Suros Surgical Systems, Inc.||Selectively openable tissue filter|
|US7563272||Jan 18, 2005||Jul 21, 2009||Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.||Emboli filtration system and methods of use|
|US7588545||Sep 10, 2003||Sep 15, 2009||Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.||Forceps and collection assembly with accompanying mechanisms and related methods of use|
|US7594926||Nov 7, 2002||Sep 29, 2009||Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.||Methods, systems and devices for delivering stents|
|US7618433||Mar 18, 2003||Nov 17, 2009||Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.||Intravascular filter and method|
|US7621904||Oct 21, 2004||Nov 24, 2009||Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.||Catheter with a pre-shaped distal tip|
|US7651514||Dec 11, 2003||Jan 26, 2010||Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.||Nose rider improvement for filter exchange and methods of use|
|US7691123||Aug 18, 2005||Apr 6, 2010||Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.||Percutaneous catheter and guidewire having filter and medical device deployment capabilities|
|US7695465||Nov 7, 2003||Apr 13, 2010||Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.||Chronic total occlusion device with variable stiffness shaft|
|US7699866||Apr 15, 2005||Apr 20, 2010||Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.||Emboli filtration system and methods of use|
|US7708770||Jun 18, 2003||May 4, 2010||Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.||Stent delivery device with embolic protection|
|US7780611||May 1, 2003||Aug 24, 2010||Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.||Medical instrument with controlled torque transmission|
|US7794472||Aug 11, 2004||Sep 14, 2010||Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.||Single wire intravascular filter|
|US7806835||Nov 20, 2007||Oct 5, 2010||Devicor Medical Products, Inc.||Biopsy device with sharps reduction feature|
|US7837630||Feb 10, 2006||Nov 23, 2010||Suros Surgical Systems, Inc.||Fluid control element for biopsy apparatus|
|US7858038||Nov 20, 2007||Dec 28, 2010||Devicor Medical Products, Inc.||Biopsy device with illuminated tissue holder|
|US7875050||Feb 22, 2002||Jan 25, 2011||Target Therapeutics, Inc.||Mechanical clot treatment device|
|US7883476||Feb 28, 2006||Feb 8, 2011||Suros Surgical Systems, Inc.||Selectively detachable outer cannula hub|
|US7896861||Oct 13, 2009||Mar 1, 2011||Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.||Catheter with a pre-shaped distal tip|
|US7909850||Dec 28, 2005||Mar 22, 2011||Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.||Forceps for medical use|
|US7938786||Nov 20, 2007||May 10, 2011||Devicor Medical Products, Inc.||Vacuum timing algorithm for biopsy device|
|US7942896||Nov 25, 2003||May 17, 2011||Scimed Life Systems, Inc.||Forceps and collection assembly and related methods of use and manufacture|
|US7981049||Nov 20, 2007||Jul 19, 2011||Devicor Medical Products, Inc.||Engagement interface for biopsy system vacuum module|
|US7988642||Feb 28, 2008||Aug 2, 2011||Suros Surgical Systems, Inc.||Vacuum assisted biopsy device|
|US7998163||Oct 2, 2003||Aug 16, 2011||Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.||Expandable retrieval device|
|US8038696||Dec 6, 2004||Oct 18, 2011||Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.||Sheath for use with an embolic protection filter|
|US8048003||Sep 5, 2008||Nov 1, 2011||Suros Surgical Systems, Inc.||Vacuum assisted biopsy device|
|US8052616||Nov 20, 2007||Nov 8, 2011||Devicor Medical Products, Inc.||Biopsy device with fine pitch drive train|
|US8083686||Aug 5, 2009||Dec 27, 2011||Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.||Forceps and collection assembly with accompanying mechanisms and related methods of use|
|US8109886||Aug 12, 2003||Feb 7, 2012||Suros Surgical Systems, Inc.||Biopsy apparatus|
|US8123777||Sep 30, 2005||Feb 28, 2012||Incept, Llc||Apparatus and methods for aspirating emboli|
|US8167818||Jan 26, 2009||May 1, 2012||Suros Surgical Systems, Inc.||Biopsy apparatus with vacuum relief|
|US8187204||Feb 14, 2008||May 29, 2012||Suros Surgical Systems, Inc.||Surgical device and method for using same|
|US8192370||Oct 27, 2008||Jun 5, 2012||Suros Surgical Systems, Inc.||Biopsy apparatus|
|US8202229||Oct 1, 2007||Jun 19, 2012||Suros Surgical Systems, Inc.||Surgical device|
|US8231544||May 21, 2008||Jul 31, 2012||Suros Surgical Systems, Inc.||Vacuum assisted biopsy needle set|
|US8236024||Oct 28, 2004||Aug 7, 2012||Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.||Low profile emboli capture device|
|US8241315||Jun 24, 2004||Aug 14, 2012||Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.||Apparatus and method for treating occluded vasculature|
|US8251916||Nov 20, 2007||Aug 28, 2012||Devicor Medical Products, Inc.||Revolving tissue sample holder for biopsy device|
|US8262690||Nov 12, 2004||Sep 11, 2012||Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.||Wire and lock mechanism|
|US8277393||May 18, 2004||Oct 2, 2012||Suros Surgical Systems, Inc.||Biopsy apparatus|
|US8292829||Jul 13, 2010||Oct 23, 2012||Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.||Medical instrument with controlled torque transmission|
|US8303618||Dec 28, 2004||Nov 6, 2012||Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.||Intravascular filter and method|
|US8403912||Jan 19, 2011||Mar 26, 2013||Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.||Catheter with a pre-shaped distal tip|
|US8430827||Sep 23, 2011||Apr 30, 2013||Suros Surgical Sysytems, Inc.||Vacuum assisted biopsy device|
|US8444665||Jul 17, 2003||May 21, 2013||Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.||Filter flush system and methods of use|
|US8444669||Sep 21, 2009||May 21, 2013||Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.||Embolic filter delivery system and method|
|US8454531||Nov 20, 2007||Jun 4, 2013||Devicor Medical Products, Inc.||Icon-based user interface on biopsy system control module|
|US8460205||Nov 29, 2011||Jun 11, 2013||Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.||Forceps and collection assembly with accompanying mechanisms and related methods of use|
|US8460336||Aug 17, 2011||Jun 11, 2013||Incept Llc||Systems and methods for vascular filter retrieval|
|US8465471||Aug 5, 2010||Jun 18, 2013||Rocin Laboratories, Inc.||Endoscopically-guided electro-cauterizing power-assisted fat aspiration system for aspirating visceral fat tissue within the abdomen of a patient|
|US8468678||Jul 18, 2011||Jun 25, 2013||Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.||Expandable retrieval device|
|US8480595||Nov 20, 2007||Jul 9, 2013||Devicor Medical Products, Inc.||Biopsy device with motorized needle cocking|
|US8480629||Jan 28, 2005||Jul 9, 2013||Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.||Universal utility board for use with medical devices and methods of use|
|US8486104||Dec 13, 2010||Jul 16, 2013||Stryker Corporation||Mechanical clot treatment device with distal filter|
|US8529468||Jul 1, 2009||Sep 10, 2013||Suros Surgical Systems, Inc.||Surgical system|
|US8535344||Sep 9, 2004||Sep 17, 2013||Rubicon Medical, Inc.||Methods, systems, and devices for providing embolic protection and removing embolic material|
|US8568332||May 25, 2012||Oct 29, 2013||Suros Surgical Systems, Inc.||Biopsy apparatus|
|US8579957||May 4, 2010||Nov 12, 2013||Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.||Stent delivery device with embolic protection|
|US8603127||Mar 8, 2012||Dec 10, 2013||Spiration, Inc.||Removable anchored lung volume reduction devices and methods|
|US8667973||Nov 1, 2011||Mar 11, 2014||Spiration, Inc.||Bronchoscopic lung volume reduction method|
|US8702623||Dec 18, 2008||Apr 22, 2014||Devicor Medical Products, Inc.||Biopsy device with discrete tissue chambers|
|US8764679||Aug 5, 2013||Jul 1, 2014||Suros Surgical Systems, Inc.||Biopsy apparatus|
|US8795241||May 13, 2011||Aug 5, 2014||Spiration, Inc.||Deployment catheter|
|US8808200||Oct 24, 2012||Aug 19, 2014||Suros Surgical Systems, Inc.||Surgical device and method of using same|
|US8821478||Mar 2, 2012||Sep 2, 2014||Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.||Catheter with variable stiffness|
|US8845552||Sep 14, 2012||Sep 30, 2014||Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.||Medical instrument with controlled torque transmission|
|US8858464||Aug 15, 2013||Oct 14, 2014||Suros Surgical Systems, Inc.||Surgical system|
|US8926647||Mar 29, 2013||Jan 6, 2015||Spiration, Inc.||Removable anchored lung volume reduction devices and methods|
|US8932233||May 22, 2006||Jan 13, 2015||Devicor Medical Products, Inc.||MRI biopsy device|
|US8956319||Jul 20, 2012||Feb 17, 2015||Spiration, Inc.||One-way valve devices for anchored implantation in a lung|
|US8968212||Jun 5, 2013||Mar 3, 2015||Devicor Medical Products, Inc.||Biopsy device with motorized needle cocking|
|US8974484||Mar 6, 2013||Mar 10, 2015||Spiration, Inc.||Removable lung reduction devices, systems, and methods|
|US8974527||Mar 29, 2013||Mar 10, 2015||Spiration, Inc.||Bronchoscopic repair of air leaks in a lung|
|US8986222||May 21, 2014||Mar 24, 2015||Hologic, Inc.||Biopsy apparatus|
|US8986336||Jan 25, 2011||Mar 24, 2015||Spiration, Inc.||Apparatus and method for deployment of a bronchial obstruction device|
|US9039634||Nov 20, 2007||May 26, 2015||Devicor Medical Products, Inc.||Biopsy device tissue sample holder rotation control|
|US20010044632 *||Dec 12, 2000||Nov 22, 2001||Scimed Life Systems, Inc.||Distal protection device and method|
|US20020082558 *||Feb 22, 2002||Jun 27, 2002||Target Therapeutics, Inc.||Mechanical clot treatment device with distal filter|
|US20040073163 *||Nov 7, 2003||Apr 15, 2004||Scimed Life Systems, Inc.||Chronic total occlusion device with variable stiffness shaft|
|US20040082968 *||Oct 14, 2003||Apr 29, 2004||Incept Llc||Systems and methods for vascular filter retrieval|
|US20040093016 *||Nov 3, 2003||May 13, 2004||Scimed Life Systems, Inc.||Percutaneous catheter and guidewire for filtering during ablation of myocardial or vascular tissue|
|US20040210250 *||May 10, 2004||Oct 21, 2004||Scimed Life Systems, Inc.||Emboli capturing device and method of manufacture therefor|
|US20040220496 *||Feb 23, 2004||Nov 4, 2004||Gonzalez Hugo X.||System and method for capturing body tissue samples|
|US20040267157 *||May 18, 2004||Dec 30, 2004||Miller Michael E||Biopsy apparatus|
|US20050027210 *||Jul 28, 2004||Feb 3, 2005||Miller Michael E.||Biopsy apparatus|
|US20050049521 *||Oct 4, 2004||Mar 3, 2005||Suros Surgical Systems, Inc.||Collection filter for biopsy apparatus|
|US20050101988 *||Oct 28, 2004||May 12, 2005||Stanford Ulf H.||Low profile emboli capture device|
|US20050107818 *||Nov 17, 2003||May 19, 2005||Valtchev Konstantin L.||Vaginal delineation and occlusion device|
|US20050113867 *||Nov 25, 2003||May 26, 2005||Scimed Life Systems, Inc.||Forceps and collection assembly and related methods of use and manufacture|
|US20050125023 *||Jan 18, 2005||Jun 9, 2005||Bates Mark C.||Emboli filtration system and methods of use|
|US20050288695 *||Jun 24, 2004||Dec 29, 2005||Scimed Life Systems, Inc.||Apparatus and method for treating occluded vasculature|
|US20060015140 *||Aug 18, 2005||Jan 19, 2006||Tsugita Ross S||Percutaneous catheter and guidewire having filter and medical device deployment capabilities|
|EP0131166A1 *||Jun 13, 1984||Jan 16, 1985||Fertility And Genetics Research, Inc.||Non-surgical apparatus for human embryo transfer|
|EP0323527A1 *||Mar 17, 1988||Jul 12, 1989||Nauchno-Proizvodstvennoe Obiedinenie 'medinstrument'||Device for collection of an aspirate|
|EP0363196A1 *||Oct 5, 1989||Apr 11, 1990||Minnesota Mining And Manufacturing Company||Tissue or mucus sampling device|
|EP0463798A1 *||Jun 19, 1991||Jan 2, 1992||VANCE PRODUCTS INCORPORATED d/b/a COOK UROLOGICAL INCORPORATED||Surgical cutting instrument|
|EP0541377A1 *||Nov 5, 1992||May 12, 1993||VANCE PRODUCTS INCORPORATED d/b/a COOK UROLOGICAL INCORPORATED and COOK OB/GYN||Surgical cutting instrument|
|EP0873080A1 *||Dec 26, 1996||Oct 28, 1998||Foundation For Medical Education And Research Mayo||Endometrial tissue curette and method|
|EP1460942A1 *||Jan 2, 2003||Sep 29, 2004||Spiration, Inc.||System and method for capturing body tissue samples|
|WO1986007532A1 *||May 23, 1986||Dec 31, 1986||Univ Minnesota||Device for sampling tissues and fluids from bodily cavities|
|WO1988010102A1 *||Jun 22, 1988||Dec 29, 1988||Silvio Iannuzzi||Saliva sucking spout for dentist apparatus free from bacterium and virus infection risk|
|WO2005025426A2 *||Sep 9, 2004||Mar 24, 2005||Adam L Cohen||A forceps and collection assembly with accompanying mechanisms and related methods of use|
|U.S. Classification||600/571, 606/119, 604/22|
|International Classification||A61B10/02, A61B17/22, A61B10/00, A61M1/00|
|Cooperative Classification||A61B10/0291, A61M1/0056, A61B17/320708|
|European Classification||A61M1/00H14, A61B10/02U, A61B17/3207C|
|Sep 25, 1992||AS||Assignment|
Owner name: ALLIED HEALTHCARE PRODUCTS, INC.
Free format text: RELEASED BY SECURED PARTY;ASSIGNOR:BANE BOSTON FINANCIAL COMPANY;REEL/FRAME:006329/0348
Effective date: 19920831
|Aug 26, 1985||AS||Assignment|
Owner name: BANCBOSTON FINANCIAL COMPANY (THE LENDER)
Free format text: SECURITY INTEREST;ASSIGNOR:ALLIED HEALTHCARE PRODUCTS, INC. A CORP. OF DE.;REEL/FRAME:004444/0863
Effective date: 19850612
|Jun 24, 1985||AS02||Assignment of assignor's interest|
Owner name: ALLIED HEALTHCARE PRODUCTS, INC., 1720 SUBLETTE ST
Owner name: CHEMETRON INVESTMENTS, INC., A CORP OF DE
Effective date: 19850618
|Jun 24, 1985||AS01||Change of name|
Owner name: CHEMETRON CORPORATION
Owner name: CHEMETRON INVESTMENTS, INC.
Effective date: 19840221
|Jun 24, 1985||AS||Assignment|
Owner name: ALLIED HEALTHCARE PRODUCTS, INC., 1720 SUBLETTE ST
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST.;ASSIGNOR:CHEMETRON INVESTMENTS, INC., A CORP OF DE;REEL/FRAME:004417/0915
Effective date: 19850618
Owner name: CHEMETRON INVESTMENTS, INC.
Free format text: CHANGE OF NAME;ASSIGNOR:CHEMETRON CORPORATION;REEL/FRAME:004417/0912
Effective date: 19840221
Owner name: ALLIED HEALTHCARE PRODUCTS, INC., A CORP OF DE,MIS
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNOR:CHEMETRON INVESTMENTS, INC., A CORP OF DE;REEL/FRAME:004417/0915