Patents Assigned to BSD Medical Corporation
  • Publication number: 20140039483
    Abstract: A microwave applicator for insertion into living body tissue for use in microwave coagulation and ablation treatments includes a microwave transmission line extending between an attachment end of the applicator and an antenna toward an insertion end of the applicator with an outer conductive sleeve forming an enclosed cooling fluid space around the transmission line. Circulation of cooling fluid is guided in the cooling fluid space by a guide sleeve. A fluid circulation system provides a plurality of fluid supply connectors and fluid return connectors which can be connected and used with any number of applicators between one and the number of the fluid supply connectors provided by the system. A portion of the applicator inserted into the tissue can stick to the tissue to stabilize the applicator during treatment. A warning marking on the applicator can be used during track ablation to prevent ablation of the patient skin tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: BSD Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Paul F Turner, Thomas L. Youd, Brianne Hamilton
  • Patent number: 8551083
    Abstract: A microwave applicator for insertion into living body tissue for use in microwave coagulation and ablation treatments includes a microwave transmission line extending between an attachment end of the applicator and an antenna toward an insertion end of the applicator with an outer conductive sleeve forming an enclosed cooling fluid space around the transmission line. Circulation of cooling fluid is guided in the cooling fluid space by a guide sleeve. A fluid circulation system provides a plurality of fluid supply connectors and fluid return connectors which can be connected and used with any number of applicators between one and the number of the fluid supply connectors provided by the system. A portion of the applicator inserted into the tissue can stick to the tissue to stabilize the applicator during treatment. A warning marking on the applicator can be used during track ablation to prevent ablation of the patient skin tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: BSD Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Paul F. Turner, Thomas L. Youd, Brianne Hamilton
  • Patent number: 8423152
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for providing hyperthermia treatments to a protruding body portion having fatty tissue surrounding a deposit in the protruding body portion is disclosed. The apparatus includes a cavity for receiving the protruding body portion. A radio frequency antenna array is used to direct a radio frequency signal at a selected frequency into the protruding body portion such as a breast so that the radio frequency signal will have a selected wavelength in the breast to create a circularly polarized radio frequency electromagnetic field to selectively heat the deposit to a temperature greater than the surrounding fatty tissue through resonant heating within the deposit when a diameter of the deposit is within a range of about 0.5 times to 0.16 times the wavelength of the radio frequency signal within the fatty mammary tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: BSD Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Paul F. Turner, Mark Hagmann
  • Patent number: 8414570
    Abstract: A microwave applicator for insertion into living body tissue for use in microwave coagulation and ablation treatments includes a microwave transmission line extending between an attachment end of the applicator and an antenna toward an insertion end of the applicator with an outer conductive sleeve forming an enclosed cooling fluid space around the transmission line. Circulation of cooling fluid is guided in the cooling fluid space by a guide sleeve. A temperature sensor senses the approximate temperature of cooling fluid to indicate cooling fluid is circulating. A multiplexing and power splitting circuit provides outputs tuned for one or for more than one applicator to be attached and detects the number of applicators and correct connection. A cadence sound generator can be used in conjunction with depth markings on the applicator to provide substantially constant withdrawal of the applicator from the treated tissue after treatment to provide track ablation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: BSD Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Paul F. Turner, Thomas L. Youd
  • Publication number: 20130072924
    Abstract: A radio frequency ablation antenna is disclosed. The micro-strip ablation antenna has a dielectric member having a substantially tubular shape. A first conductor is disposed within the dielectric member, and a second conductor is disposed on an outer surface of the dielectric member. The first conductor is configured to be electrically connected to a radio frequency source or ground, and the second conductor is configured to be electrically connected to the other of the radio frequency source or the ground.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Applicant: BSD MEDICAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert H. Burgener, Todd H. Turnlund, Chet M. Crump, Kent Moore
  • Patent number: 8170643
    Abstract: A system and corresponding method for irradiating a target with electromagnetic radiation to produce a heated region. The system comprises a coupling device operable to couple electromagnetic radiation from a magnetic resonance imaging system. A plurality of energy radiator applicators are connected to the coupling device to receive electromagnetic radiation energy from the coupling device. Each of the radiator applicators is operable to emit a radio frequency heating signal using the electromagnetic radiation energy from the coupling device. A bolus filled with a dielectric fluid is positioned within the inner area of the MRI system. The bolus is operable to receive the radio frequency heating signals from the plurality of energy radiator applicators and direct the radio frequency heating signals into a section of the body to produce a heated region within the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: BSD Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Paul F. Turner, Mark Hagmann
  • Publication number: 20110118720
    Abstract: A microwave applicator for insertion into living body tissue for use in microwave coagulation and ablation treatments includes a microwave transmission line extending between an attachment end of the applicator and an antenna toward an insertion end of the applicator with an outer conductive sleeve forming an enclosed cooling fluid space around the transmission line. Circulation of cooling fluid is guided in the cooling fluid space by a guide sleeve. A temperature sensor senses the approximate temperature of cooling fluid to indicate cooling fluid is circulating. A multiplexing and power splitting circuit provides outputs tuned for one or for more than one applicator to be attached and detects the number of applicators and correct connection. A cadence sound generator can be used in conjunction with depth markings on the applicator to provide substantially constant withdrawal of the applicator from the treated tissue after treatment to provide track ablation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2009
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Applicant: BSD Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Paul F. Turner, Thomas L. Youd
  • Publication number: 20110118723
    Abstract: A microwave applicator for insertion into living body tissue for use in microwave coagulation and ablation treatments includes a microwave transmission line extending between an attachment end of the applicator and an antenna toward an insertion end of the applicator with an outer conductive sleeve forming an enclosed cooling fluid space around the transmission line. Circulation of cooling fluid is guided in the cooling fluid space by a guide sleeve. A fluid circulation system provides a plurality of fluid supply connectors and fluid return connectors which can be connected and used with any number of applicators between one and the number of the fluid supply connectors provided by the system. A portion of the applicator inserted into the tissue can stick to the tissue to stabilize the applicator during treatment. A warning marking on the applicator can be used during track ablation to prevent ablation of the patient skin tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2010
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Applicant: BSD MEDICAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Paul F. Turner, Thomas L. Youd, Brianne Hamilton
  • Publication number: 20110118724
    Abstract: A microwave applicator for insertion into living body tissue for use in microwave coagulation and ablation treatments includes a microwave transmission line extending between an attachment end of the applicator and an antenna toward an insertion end of the applicator with an outer conductive sleeve forming an enclosed fluid space around the transmission line. A fluid circulation system circulates fluid in the fluid space. A portion of or all of the circulating fluid can be injected into tissue that surrounds the applicator body from approximately the proximal end of a desired heating zone produced by microwave energy radiated from the antenna along the applicator body toward the proximal end of the applicator to hydrate and wet the tissue outside the proximal end of the desired heating zone to reduce the drying of this tissue and limit extension of the heating and ablation zone proximally along the applicator body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2010
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Applicant: BSD Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Paul F. Turner, Thomas L. Youd
  • Patent number: 7769468
    Abstract: An applicator and method for application of electromagnetic energy to an area of tissue is described. The applicator includes a visually-transparent, high-dielectric interfacing assembly which has a conformable tissue-engaging surface and an opposed antenna-engaging surface. At least one balanced, circularly-polarized antenna is disposed in a plane substantially parallel and adjacent to the antenna-engaging surface. The interfacing assembly and at least one antenna are substantially transparent to enable visual viewing of the area of tissue. This enables monitoring of the tissue for adverse treatment effects while electromagnetic energy is being applied to the at least one antenna and radiated into the tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: BSD Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Paul F. Turner, Mark Hagmann, Thomas L. Youd, Jason Lynn Elsworth
  • Publication number: 20100100092
    Abstract: Heat treatment is applied to tissue in need of such treatment which is surrounded by tissue not in need of such treatment, by positioning a deposit within the surrounding tissue adjacent the tissue in need of treatment. The dielectric constant and/or the conductivity of the deposit is greater than that of the surrounding tissue. A radio frequency antenna or antenna array directs a radio frequency signal at a selected frequency into the deposit. The deposit has a diameter within a range of about 0.5 times to about 0.16 times the wavelength of the radio frequency signal within the surrounding tissue. The deposit is heated, at least partially through resonant heating, to a temperature greater than the surrounding tissue to apply heat treatment to the tissue in need of treatment. The deposit may take the form of a balloon of a Mammosite® type device to provide hyperthermia treatment in conjunction with radiation treatment of a breast after a lumpectomy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Publication date: April 22, 2010
    Applicant: BSD MEDICAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Paul F. Turner, Mark Hagmann
  • Publication number: 20090306646
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for providing hyperthermia treatments in a deposit surrounded by tissue in a body is disclosed. A radio frequency antenna array is used to direct a radio frequency signal at a selected frequency into the deposit so that the radio frequency signal will have a selected wavelength in the deposit to selectively heat the deposit to a temperature greater than the surrounding tissue through resonant heating within the deposit. An injectable medium is injected in the deposit to increase a dielectric value and/or conductivity value of the deposit. The injectable medium is selected to increase a specific absorption rate of the radio frequency signal within the deposit relative to the surrounding tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2009
    Publication date: December 10, 2009
    Applicant: BSD MEDICAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Paul F. Turner, Mark Hagmann
  • Patent number: 7565207
    Abstract: A system and corresponding method for creating hyperthermia in a selected position in target tissue using the application of electromagnetic radiation (EMR) in the HF, VHF and UHF microwave region and phased array steering includes an array of applicators and a single channel EMR radiation energy source coupled to at least one of the applicators of the array. A variable reflective termination device is coupled to at least one of the applicators so that a user can vary the energy radiated from the coupled applicator to steer the heating region in the target to a desired position in the target. Several different applicator arrays are suitable for use with the system, and comprise generally cylindrical annuli which emit radiation toward a central axis. Parasitic applicators with variable reflective termination devices can be used in the applicator array along with at least one applicator directly coupled to the energy source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2009
    Assignee: BSD Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Paul F. Turner, Mark Hagmann
  • Publication number: 20080228063
    Abstract: A system and corresponding method for irradiating a target with electromagnetic radiation to produce a heated region. The system comprises a coupling device operable to couple electromagnetic radiation from a magnetic resonance imaging system. A plurality of energy radiator applicators are connected to the coupling device to receive electromagnetic radiation energy from the coupling device. Each of the radiator applicators is operable to emit a radio frequency heating signal using the electromagnetic radiation energy from the coupling device. A bolus filled with a dielectric fluid is positioned within the inner area of the MRI system. The bolus is operable to receive the radio frequency heating signals from the plurality of energy radiator applicators and direct the radio frequency heating signals into a section of the body to produce a heated region within the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2008
    Publication date: September 18, 2008
    Applicant: BSD Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Paul F. Turner, Mark Hagmann
  • Publication number: 20070208399
    Abstract: An applicator and method for application of electromagnetic energy to an area of tissue is described. The applicator includes a visually-transparent, high-dielectric interfacing assembly which has a conformable tissue-engaging surface and an opposed antenna-engaging surface. At least one balanced, circularly-polarized antenna is disposed in a plane substantially parallel and adjacent to the antenna-engaging surface. The interfacing assembly and at least one antenna are substantially transparent to enable visual viewing of the area of tissue. This enables monitoring of the tissue for adverse treatment effects while electromagnetic energy is being applied to the at least one antenna and radiated into the tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2006
    Publication date: September 6, 2007
    Applicant: BSD Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Paul Turner, Mark Hagmann, Thomas Youd, Jason Elsworth
  • Patent number: 6957108
    Abstract: A microwave hyperthermia apparatus that can be inserted into the body which includes a hollow central tube for the insertion of radioactive therapy sources. The use of a coaxial transmission line impedance transformation along the insertable portion of the coaxial cable enables a reduction in the characteristic impedance by increasing the outer diameter of the inner coaxial conductor so that the center conductor can be a metal tube. If the ratio of the outer coaxial conductor diameter vs. the inner coaxial conductor is decreased, the characteristic impedance of the transmission line is lowered. This enables the inner conductor diameter to increase sufficiently to make the central hollow opening large enough to receive standard radioactive sources therein. This provides for a good impedance match that improves microwave energy efficiency while at the same time permitting a large hollow center opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2005
    Assignee: BSD Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Paul F. Turner, Mark Hagmann, Thomas Youd
  • Patent number: 5344435
    Abstract: A method for the treatment of the prostate gland which heats the tissues which would otherwise be surgically removed with a trans-urethral resection of the prostate. This method is accomplished by combining a radiating energy device integrated with a urinary drainage Foley type catheter, which is modified to provide cooling along the urethra surfaces. The radiating device also serves as a means to measure the tissue radiated thermal energy for the control or monitoring of temperature of the prostate tissues being heated. A urethral inserted applicator for prostate hyperthermia includes a multi-tube, balloon type catheter. The catheter includes a fluid dry tube for an energy radiator antenna applicator which also serves as a radiometric temperature sensor for measuring the temperature of the prostate tissue, and an open fluid receiving tube. An electromagnetic energy generator supplies electromagnetic energy to the applicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1990
    Date of Patent: September 6, 1994
    Assignee: BSD Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Paul F. Turner, Theron N. Schaefermeyer, Amer M. Tumeh, Philip A. Terry
  • Patent number: 5249585
    Abstract: A urethral inserted applicator for prostate hyperthermia includes a multi-tube, balloon type catheter. The catheter includes first and second closed end fluid dry tubes, respectively, for a helical coil electrode type applicator, and an electromagnetic field compatible temperature sensor for measuring the temperature of the prostate tissue, and an open fluid receiving tube enabling urine drainage from the bladder. A radiofrequency source supplies electromagnetic energy to the applicator. A control unit contains a comparator which is connected to the temperature sensor and a temperature reference device for comparing the actual tissue temperature level with a desired temperature level and output control signals to the radiofrequency generator for controlling the output to the applicator. The coil type applicator is an elongated coil connected to the center conductor of a coaxial cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1993
    Assignee: BSD Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Paul F. Turner, Theron N. Schaefermeyer, Amer M. Tumeh
  • Patent number: 5220927
    Abstract: A urethral inserted applicator for prostate electromagnetic hyperthermia includes apparatus for holding and positioning at least one electromagnetic energy applicator in a urethral passage extending through a prostate gland. The apparatus includes a multi-passage or multi-tube, balloon type urinary or Foley catheter with fluid-dry passages for insertion of microwave antenna or capacitive electrode type applicators, and an electromagnetic compatible type temperature sensor for measuring the temperature of the prostate tissue. The urinary catheter provides an open fluid receiving tube enabling urine drainage from the bladder and a balloon at the tip region of the catheter for engaging the bladder neck to properly position and hold the apparatus during treatment. An electromagnetic generator supplies electromagnetic energy to the applicators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 22, 1993
    Assignee: BSD Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Melvin A. Astrahan, Paul F. Turner
  • Patent number: 5097844
    Abstract: A hyperthermia apparatus having a three-dimensional target positioning capability is disclosed. The apparatus includes a signal modifier, having electromagnetic power splitting, phase adjusting, and power gain capabilities, connected to a plurality of power connector assemblies having individual antenna power and power phase adjusting capability. The power connector assemblies connect power at preselected phases to a plurality of antenna groups forming an applicator. Each antenna group includes three antennae preferrably of the dipole type stacked end to end on a tube of dielectric material. The phase of the power applied to the three antennae of the antenna groups is selected to provide a target heating spot positionable or adjustable in size in a body portion in a direction along the long axis of the body portion and within the cross-section perpendicular to the long axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1992
    Assignee: BSD Medical Corporation
    Inventor: Paul F. Turner