Patents Assigned to Catheter Imaging Systems, Inc.
  • Patent number: 6470209
    Abstract: A method of epidural surgery is provided that improves visibility in the epidural space of a patient for more effectively conducting therapeutic surgery therein. The method includes the steps of distending a portion of the epidural space of a patient by filling the portion of the epidural space with a fluid supplied from a catheter and positioning a portion of an optical scope in the distended portion of the epidural space by inserting the optical scope through the same catheter that supplies the distending fluid to thereby provide a visual image of the epidural space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2002
    Assignee: Catheter Imaging Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Phillip Jack Snoke
  • Patent number: 6464682
    Abstract: A method of epidural surgery is provided that improves visibility in the epidural space of a patient for more effectively conducting therapeutic surgery therein. The method includes the steps of distending a portion of the epidural space of a patient by filling the portion of the epidural space with a fluid supplied from a catheter and positioning a portion of an optical scope in the distended portion of the epidural space by inserting the optical scope through the same catheter that supplies the distending fluid to thereby provide a visual image of the epidural space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2002
    Assignee: Catheter Imaging Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Phillip Jack Snoke
  • Patent number: 6017322
    Abstract: A catheter and methods are provided for inserting at least portions thereof into a vessel, cavity, or tissue of a human body to thereby provide manipulation of a distal portion of the catheter when positioned within a vessel, cavity, or tissue. The catheter preferably has a module which includes an elongate tube having at least one lumen extending from a distal end to a proximal end of the tube, a module interface connected to the proximal end of the tube, and a deflector connected to the tube for deflecting the distal portion of the elongate tube. A handle detachably connects to the module and is configured to be readily held in the hand of a user. The handle has a body which includes a wall positioned in and extending transversely across distal portions of the body. The wall has an outer surface thereof defining an exterior portion of the body and a first cavity formed within the body. Preferably, the body detachably and coextensively connects to the module interface through the outer surface of the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2000
    Assignee: Catheter Imaging Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Phillip Jack Snoke, Michael J. Mark, David Scott Rowley
  • Patent number: 6007531
    Abstract: A catheter and methods are provided for inserting at least portions thereof into a vessel, cavity, or tissue of a human body to thereby provide manipulation of a distal portion of the catheter when positioned within a vessel, cavity, or tissue. The catheter preferably has a module which includes an elongate tube having at least one lumen extending from a distal end to a proximal end of the tube, a module interface connected to the proximal end of the tube, and a deflector connected to the tube for deflecting the distal portion of the elongate tube. A handle detachably connects to the module and is configured to be readily held in the hand of a user. The handle has a body which includes a wall positioned in and extending transversely across distal portions of the body. The wall has an outer surface thereof defining an exterior portion of the body and a first cavity formed within the body. Preferably, the body detachably and coextensively connects to the module interface through the outer surface of the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1999
    Assignee: Catheter Imaging Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Phillip Jack Snoke, Michael J. Mark, David Scott Rowley
  • Patent number: 5860953
    Abstract: A catheter and methods are provided for inserting at least portions thereof into a vessel, cavity, or tissue of a human body to thereby provide manipulation of a distal portion of the catheter when positioned within a vessel, cavity, or tissue. The catheter preferably has a module which includes an elongate tube having at least one lumen extending from a distal end to a proximal end of the tube, a module interface connected to the proximal end of the tube, and a deflector connected to the tube for deflecting the distal portion of the elongate tube. A handle detachably connects to the module and is configured to be readily held in the hand of a user. The handle has a body which includes a wall positioned in and extending transversely across distal portions of the body. The wall has an outer surface thereof defining an exterior portion of the body and a first cavity formed within the body. Preferably, the body detachably and coextensively connects to the module interface through the outer surface of the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1999
    Assignee: Catheter Imaging Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Phillip Jack Snoke, Michael J. Mark, David Scott Rowley
  • Patent number: 5846221
    Abstract: A catheter and methods are provided for inserting at least portions thereof into a vessel, cavity, or tissue of a human body to thereby provide manipulation of a distal portion of the catheter when positioned within a vessel, cavity, or tissue. The catheter preferably has a module which includes an elongate tube having at least one lumen extending from a distal end to a proximal end of the tube, a module interface connected to the proximal end of the tube, and a deflector connected to the tube for deflecting the distal portion of the elongate tube. A handle detachably connects to the module and is configured to be readily held in the hand of a user. The handle has a body which includes a wall positioned in and extending transversely across distal portions of the body. The wall has an outer surface thereof defining an exterior portion of the body and a first cavity formed within the body. Preferably, the body detachably and coextensively connects to the module interface through the outer surface of the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1998
    Assignee: Catheter Imaging Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Phillip Jack Snoke, Michael J. Mark, David Scott Rowley
  • Patent number: 5496269
    Abstract: A method of epidural surgery is provided that improves visibility in the epidural space of a patient for more effectively conducting therapeutic surgery therein. The method includes the steps of distending a portion of the epidural space of a patient by filling the portion of the epidural space with a fluid supplied from a catheter and positioning a portion of an optical scope in the distended portion of the epidural space by inserting the optical scope through the same catheter that supplies the distending fluid to thereby provide a visual image of the epidural space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 5, 1996
    Assignee: Catheter Imaging Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Phillip J. Snoke
  • Patent number: D398986
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1998
    Assignee: Catheter Imaging Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Phillip Jack Snoke, David Scott Rowley, Thomas Scott Klinker
  • Patent number: D405881
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1999
    Assignee: Catheter Imaging Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Phillip Jack Snoke, David Scott Rowley, Thomas Scott Klinker