Patents by Inventor Nigel Cronin

Nigel Cronin has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20190201094
    Abstract: A microwave applicator having a probe which comprises an elongate shaft (14), the shaft having an external tubular wall (18), a radiating portion (15) disposed at the distal end of the shaft (14), a transmission line (17) extending to the radiating portion internally of the tubular external wall (18), and an elongate flow dividing member (19) which co-extends with the transmission line (17) longitudinally of the shaft (14), the side wall of the transmission line (17) and the side wall of the flow dividing member (19) contacting each other and contacting the internal surface of the external tubular wall (18) at two-spatially separated discrete positions, thereby defining a pair of flow channels (20, 21) inside the shaft (14). In use, cooling fluid can pass down one channel (20) and return via the other channel (21). The structure of the probe is uncomplicated and the probe is straightforward to assemble.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Applicant: AngioDynamics, Inc.
    Inventors: Nigel Cronin, Peter Clegg
  • Publication number: 20190125441
    Abstract: A radiation applicator with a dielectric body (2) surrounding the antenna. The dielectric body (2) is comprised of three sections (3, 4 and 5) with different dielectric constants to provide broad-band matching of the applicator to surrounding material. Washers (10) and (11) are mounted on the antenna to act as reflectors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Publication date: May 2, 2019
    Applicant: AngioDynamics, Inc.
    Inventor: Nigel Cronin
  • Patent number: 10265125
    Abstract: A microwave applicator having a probe which comprises an elongate shaft (14), the shaft having an external tubular wall (18), a radiating portion (15) disposed at the distal end of the shaft (14), a transmission line (17) extending to the radiating portion internally of the tubular external wall (18), and an elongate flow dividing member (19) which co-extends with the transmission line (17) longitudinally of the shaft (14), the side wall of the transmission line (17) and the side wall of the flow dividing member (19) contacting each other and contacting the internal surface of the external tubular wall (18) at two-spatially separated discrete positions, thereby defining a pair of flow channels (20, 21) inside the shaft (14). In use, cooling fluid can pass down one channel (20) and return via the other channel (21). The structure of the probe is uncomplicated and the probe is straightforward to assemble.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: AngioDynamics, Inc.
    Inventors: Nigel Cronin, Peter Clegg
  • Publication number: 20180161096
    Abstract: A microwave applicator having a probe which comprises an elongate shaft (14), the shaft having an external tubular wall (18), a radiating portion (15) disposed at the distal end of the shaft (14), a transmission line (17) extending to the radiating portion internally of the tubular external wall (18), and an elongate flow dividing member (19) which co-extends with the transmission line (17) longitudinally of the shaft (14), the side wall of the transmission line (17) and the side wall of the flow dividing member (19) contacting each other and contacting the internal surface of the external tubular wall (18) at two-spatially separated discrete positions, thereby defining a pair of flow channels (20, 21) inside the shaft (14). In use, cooling fluid can pass down one channel (20) and return via the other channel (21). The structure of the probe is uncomplicated and the probe is straightforward to assemble.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Applicant: AngioDynamics, Inc.
    Inventors: Nigel Cronin, Peter Clegg
  • Patent number: 9913686
    Abstract: A microwave applicator having a probe which comprises an elongate shaft (14), the shaft having an external tubular wall (18), a radiating portion (15) disposed at the distal end of the shaft (14), a transmission line (17) extending to the radiating portion internally of the tubular external wall (18), and an elongate flow dividing member (19) which co-extends with the transmission line (17) longitudinally of the shaft (14), the side wall of the transmission line (17) and the side wall of the flow dividing member (19) contacting each other and contacting the internal surface of the external tubular wall (18) at two-spatially separated discrete positions, thereby defining a pair of flow channels (20, 21) inside the shaft (14). In use, cooling fluid can pass down one channel (20) and return via the other channel (21). The structure of the probe is uncomplicated and the probe is straightforward to assemble.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: AngioDynamics, Inc.
    Inventors: Nigel Cronin, Peter Clegg
  • Patent number: 9907613
    Abstract: A dipole microwave applicator emits microwave radiation into tissue to be treated. The applicator is formed from a thin coax cable having an inner conductor surrounded by an insulator, which is surrounded by an outer conductor. A portion of the inner conductor extends beyond the insulator and the outer conductor. A ferrule at the end of the outer conductor has a step and a sleeve that surrounds a portion of the extended inner conductor. A tuning washer is attached to the end of the extended inner conductor. A dielectric tip encloses the tuning washer, the extended inner conductor, and the sleeve of the ferrule. The sleeve of the ferrule and the extended inner conductor operate as the two arms of the dipole microwave antenna. The tuning washer faces the step in the ferrule, and is sized and shaped to cooperate with the step in balancing and tuning the applicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: AngioDynamics, Inc.
    Inventors: Nigel Cronin, Maria J Boix
  • Publication number: 20180055566
    Abstract: A microwave applicator device comprising a probe (11) for ablating the body of a human or animal, a cooling passage (20,21) extending through the probe (11) and arranged to carry a cooling fluid, a pump (71) for pumping the fluid through the probe (11), and an elongate flexible duct (104) extending between the pump (71) and one end of the cooling passage (20,21), the pump comprising a pump body (73) including a motor (120) and a pump head (72) detachably mounted to the pump body (73), the pump head (72) comprising a first port (86) connected to a proximal end of the elongate flow duct (104), a second port (85) and fluid propulsion means (84,92) for creating a flow of fluid between the ports (85,86) and along the elongate flow duct 104 upon energisation of the motor (120), the pump head (72) being arranged to sealingly contain the fluid. The pump head (72), the elongate flexible duct (104) and the probe (11) form a replaceable assembly that can be detached from the pump body (73) and discarded following use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Publication date: March 1, 2018
    Applicant: AngioDynamics, Inc.
    Inventors: Nigel Cronin, Philip Radford
  • Patent number: 9788896
    Abstract: A radiation applicator (102) for applying electromagnetic radiation to tissue, comprising: an axial central conductor (124) adapted to be coupled to a source of electromagnetic radiation and defining an axis; an elongate dielectric member (126), the dielectric member surrounding at least part of said central conductor along an axial length thereof; a metal ferrule (106), the ferrule being attached to the dielectric member and surrounding a portion of the central conductor and extending parallel thereto along a length thereof. The ferrule and the dielectric member have respective elongate cooperating surfaces and wherein the ferrule and the dielectric member are fixed to each other with said cooperating surfaces in close abutment, thereby providing a rigid structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Inventors: Nigel Cronin, Maria J. Boix
  • Patent number: 9770295
    Abstract: A radiation applicator with a dielectric body (2) surrounding the antenna. The dielectric body (2) is comprised of three sections (3, 4 and 5) with different dielectric constants to provide broad-band matching of the applicator to surrounding material. Washers (10) and (11) are mounted on the antenna to act as reflectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Inventor: Nigel Cronin
  • Patent number: 9757197
    Abstract: A microwave applicator device comprising a probe (11) for ablating the body of a human or animal, a cooling passage sage (20, 21) extending through the probe (11) and arranged to carry a cooling fluid, a pump (71) for pumping the fluid through the probe (11), and an elongate flexible duct (104) extending between the pump (71) and one end of the cooling passage (20, 21), the pump comprising a pump body (73) including a motor (120) and a pump head (72) detachably mounted to the pump body (73), the pump head (72) comprising a first port (86) connected to a proximal end of the elongate flow duct (104), a second port (85) and fluid propulsion means (84, 92) for creating a flow of fluid between the ports (85, 86) and along the elongate flow duct 104 upon energization of the motor (120), the pump head (72) being arranged to sealingly contain the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Inventor: Nigel Cronin
  • Publication number: 20160262832
    Abstract: A dipole microwave applicator emits microwave radiation into tissue to be treated. The applicator is formed from a thin coax cable having an inner conductor surrounded by an insulator, which is surrounded by an outer conductor. A portion of the inner conductor extends beyond the insulator and the outer conductor. A ferrule at the end of the outer conductor has a step and a sleeve that surrounds a portion of the extended inner conductor. A tuning washer is attached to the end of the extended inner conductor. A dielectric tip encloses the tuning washer, the extended inner conductor, and the sleeve of the ferrule. The sleeve of the ferrule and the extended inner conductor operate as the two arms of the dipole microwave antenna. The tuning washer faces the step in the ferrule, and is sized and shaped to cooperate with the step in balancing and tuning the applicator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Publication date: September 15, 2016
    Applicant: ANGIODYNAMICS, INC.
    Inventors: Nigel Cronin, Maria J. Boix
  • Publication number: 20160106503
    Abstract: A microwave applicator having a probe which comprises an elongate shaft (14), the shaft having an external tubular wall (18), a radiating portion (15) disposed at the distal end of the shaft (14). a transmission line (17) extending to the radiating portion internally of the tubular external wall (18), and an elongate flow dividing member (19) which co-extends with the transmission line (17) longitudinally of the shaft (14), the side wall of the transmission line (17) and the side wall of the flow dividing member (19) contacting each other and contacting the internal surface of the external tubular wall (18) at two-spatially separated discrete positions, thereby defining a pair of flow channels (20, 21) inside the shaft (14). In use, cooling fluid, can pass down one channel (20) and return via the other channel (21). The structure of the probe is uncomplicated and the probe is straightforward to assemble.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Publication date: April 21, 2016
    Applicant: AngioDynamics, Inc.
    Inventors: Nigel Cronin, Peter Clegg
  • Patent number: 9254173
    Abstract: A microwave applicator having a probe which comprises an elongate shaft (14), the shaft having an external tubular wall (18), a radiating portion (15) disposed at the distal end of the shaft (14), a transmission line (17) extending to the radiating portion internally of the tubular external wall (18), and an elongate flow dividing member (19) which co-extends with the transmission line (17) longitudinally of the shaft (14), the side wall of the transmission line (17) and the side wall of the flow dividing member (19) contacting each other and contacting the internal surface of the external tubular wall (18) at two-spatially separated discrete positions, thereby defining a pair of flow channels (20, 21) inside the shaft (14). In use, cooling fluid can pass down one channel (20) and return via the other channel (21). The structure of the probe is uncomplicated and the probe is straightforward to assemble.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: Angio Dynamics, Inc.
    Inventors: Nigel Cronin, Peter Clegg
  • Publication number: 20160000505
    Abstract: A radiation applicator with a dielectric body (2) surrounding the antenna. The dielectric body (2) is comprised of three sections (3, 4 and 5) with different dielectric constants to provide broad-band matching of the applicator to surrounding material. Washers (10) and (11) are mounted on the antenna to act as reflectors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Publication date: January 7, 2016
    Applicant: AngioDynamics, Inc.
    Inventor: Nigel Cronin
  • Patent number: 9161811
    Abstract: A radiation applicator with a dielectric body (2) surrounding the antenna. The dielectric body (2) is comprised of three sections (3, 4 and 5) with different dielectric constants to provide broad-band matching of the applicator to surrounding material. Washers (10) and (11) are mounted on the antenna to act as reflectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: AngioDynamics, Inc.
    Inventor: Nigel Cronin
  • Publication number: 20150272673
    Abstract: A microwave applicator having a probe which comprises an elongate shaft (14), the shaft having an external tubular wall (18), a radiating portion (15) disposed at the distal end of the shaft (14), a transmission line (17) extending to the radiating portion internally of the tubular external wall (18), and an elongate flow dividing member (19) which co-extends with the transmission line (17) longitudinally of the shaft (14), the side wall of the transmission line (17) and the side wall of the flow dividing member (19) contacting each other and contacting the internal surface of the external tubular wall (18) at two-spatially separated discrete positions, thereby defining a pair of flow channels (20, 21) inside the shaft (14). In use, cooling fluid can pass down one channel (20) and return via the other channel (21). The structure of the probe is uncomplicated and the probe is straightforward to assemble.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Publication date: October 1, 2015
    Applicant: AngioDynamics, Inc.
    Inventors: Nigel Cronin, Peter Clegg
  • Patent number: 9084619
    Abstract: A microwave applicator having a probe which comprises an elongate shaft (14), the shaft having an external tubular wall (18), a radiating portion (15) disposed at the distal end of the shaft (14), a transmission line (17) extending to the radiating portion internally of the tubular external wall (18), and an elongate flow dividing member (19) which co-extends with the transmission line (17) longitudinally of the shaft (14), the side wall of the transmission line (17) and the side wall of the flow dividing member (19) contacting each other and contacting the internal surface of the external tubular wall (18) at two-spatially separated discrete positions, thereby defining a pair of flow channels (20, 21) inside the shaft (14). In use, cooling fluid can pass down one channel (20) and return via the other channel (21). The structure of the probe is uncomplicated and the probe is straightforward to assemble.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: AngioDynamics, Inc.
    Inventors: Nigel Cronin, Peter Clegg
  • Publication number: 20140042154
    Abstract: A microwave applicator comprising a coaxial electrical input (4) and a waveguide (1) filled with dielectric (2), an inner conductor (7) of the coaxial input extending longitudinally within one end of the waveguide to launch microwaves in the TM01 mode to travel to the distal end face (8) of the waveguide so that microwaves are transmitted when the distal end face is contacted by the biological tissue to be treated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: AngioDynamics, Inc.
    Inventor: Nigel Cronin
  • Patent number: 8586897
    Abstract: A microwave applicator has a coaxial electrical input (4) and a waveguide (1) filled with dielectric (2), an inner conductor (7) of the coaxial input extending longitudinally within one end of the waveguide to launch microwaves in the TM01 mode to travel to the distal end face (8) of the waveguide so that microwaves are transmitted when the distal end face is contacted by the biological tissue to be treated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Angio Dynamics, Inc.
    Inventor: Nigel Cronin
  • Publication number: 20130267941
    Abstract: A radiation applicator with a dielectric body (2) surrounding the antenna. The dielectric body (2) is comprised of three sections (3, 4 and 5) with different dielectric constants to provide broad-band matching of the applicator to surrounding material. Washers (10) and (11) are mounted on the antenna to act as reflectors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Inventor: Nigel Cronin