Patents by Inventor Robert F. Rioux

Robert F. Rioux 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: 20170181791
    Abstract: A medical assembly and method are provided to effectively treat abnormal tissue, such as, a tumor. The target tissue is thermally ablate using a suitable source, such as RF or laser energy. A cooling shield is placed in contact with non-target tissue adjacent the target tissue, and actively cooled to conduct thermal energy away from the non-target tissue. In one method, the cooling shield can be placed between two organs, in which case, one of the two organs can comprise the target tissue, and the other of the two organs can comprise the non-target tissue. In this case, the cooling shied may comprise an actively cooled inflatable balloon, which can be disposed between the two organs when deflated, and then inflated. The inflated balloon can be actively cooled by pumping a cooling medium through it. In another method, the cooling shield can be embedded within the non-target tissue. In this case, the cooling shield can comprise one or more needles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Publication date: June 29, 2017
    Inventors: Robert J. Garabedian, Robert F. Rioux
  • Publication number: 20170119454
    Abstract: The present invention is an ablation device having a screen sphere configuration for the ablation of marginal tissue surrounding a tissue cavity. The device includes a probe having a nonconductive elongated shaft including at least one lumen therethrough and a nonconductive distal portion extending from the shaft. The nonconductive distal portion includes a plurality distal ports and a plurality of proximal ports in communication with the at least one lumen of the shaft. The device further includes an electrode array including a plurality of independent conductive wires extending through the lumen and positioned along an external surface of the nonconductive distal portion, each of the plurality of wires passes through at least an associated one of the proximal ports and through at least a corresponding one of the distal ports.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Publication date: May 4, 2017
    Inventors: Robert F. Rioux, Ryan M. Bean
  • Publication number: 20170000559
    Abstract: A probe includes a shaft and an applicator head designed to treat irregularly-shaped hollow cavities, such as a cavity in breast tissue created by a lumpectomy procedure. The applicator head has a fixed geometry, and a plurality of electrodes can be advanced from an exterior surface of the applicator head in an omnidirectional pattern. The electrodes are used to deliver radiofrequency current or other energy to ablate the marginal tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Publication date: January 5, 2017
    Inventors: Robert F. Rioux, Tyler R. Wanke, Yearnchee Curtis Wang, Adam Piotrowski, Tyler Graf, Aldo Ansel
  • Patent number: 9526561
    Abstract: A medical assembly and method are provided to effectively treat abnormal tissue, such as, a tumor. The target tissue is thermally ablated using a suitable source, such as RF or laser energy. A cooling shield is placed in contact with non-target tissue adjacent the target tissue, and actively cooled to conduct thermal energy away from the non-target tissue. In one method, the cooling shield can be placed between two organs, in which case, one of the two organs can comprise the target tissue, and the other of the two organs can comprise the non-target tissue. In this case, the cooling shield may comprise an actively cooled inflatable balloon, which can be disposed between the two organs when deflated, and then inflated. The inflatable balloon can be actively cooled by pumping a cooling medium through it. In another method, the cooling shield can be embedded within the non-target tissue. In this case, the cooling shield can comprise one or more needles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Garabedian, Robert F. Rioux
  • Publication number: 20160317221
    Abstract: The invention relates to a tissue ablation system including an ablation device having a deployable applicator head configured to be delivered to a tissue cavity and ablate marginal tissue surrounding the tissue cavity. The deployable applicator head is configured to be delivered to a tissue cavity while in a collapsed configuration and ablate marginal tissue surrounding the tissue cavity while in an expanded configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Publication date: November 3, 2016
    Inventor: Robert F. Rioux
  • Patent number: 9474571
    Abstract: A tissue treatment system comprising a tissue treatment probe to be introduced in a target tissue region, wherein the probe comprises one or more perfusion ports that perfuse electrically conductive fluid to the target tissue region, one or more electrodes that deliver RF energy to the target tissue region to therapeutically treat the tissue, and at least one occlusive body that expands to occlude an anatomical vessel in or near where the probe is located in order to prevent heat generated by the delivery of the RF energy from being lost to mobile bodily fluids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert F. Rioux, Paul DiCarlo
  • Publication number: 20160296235
    Abstract: Medical devices, and related components and methods, are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2016
    Publication date: October 13, 2016
    Inventors: ROBERT F. RIOUX, DAVID J. SAUVAGEAU
  • Patent number: 9414883
    Abstract: Methods, medical probe kits, and systems are provided for treating a tissue region within a patient, e.g., a margin of tissue surrounding an interstitial space created by removing abnormal tissue. A delivery cannula is introduced within the patient. A hydrophilic electrode is advanced through the cannula adjacent the tissue region, e.g., within the interstitial cavity. An ablation probe is advanced though the cannula into contact with the hydrophilic electrode, and ablation energy is conveyed from the ablation probe into the tissue region via the hydrophilic electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert F. Rioux
  • Patent number: 9375217
    Abstract: A method and related medical devices include delivering a catheter into a lumen of a subject. The catheter can include a generally tubular member having a lumen, a proximal region, and a distal region, and an inflatable member carried by a portion of the generally tubular member. The method can also include curving the portion of the generally tubular member that carries the inflatable member within the lumen of the subject, and disposing a material (e.g., an embolic material or a contrast agent) into the lumen of the generally tubular member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Robert F. Rioux, David J. Sauvageau
  • Patent number: 9333026
    Abstract: A system for resecting tissue includes a loop structure configured for cutting tissue, at least a portion of the loop structure formed by an elongate structure having a first end and a second end, wherein a length of the loop structure is adjustable by positioning the first end relative to the second end, wherein a first portion of the loop structure comprises a first electrode, and a second portion of the loop structure comprises a second electrode. A system for resecting tissue includes a loop structure configured for cutting tissue, the loop structure formed by an elongate structure having a first end and a second end, wherein a length of the loop structure is adjustable by positioning the first end relative to the second end, and a support structure coupled to a portion of the elongate structure and having a surface for contacting tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark E. Girard, Tom Casey, Kimbolt Young, Nathan Murphy, Robert F. Rioux
  • Publication number: 20150182658
    Abstract: A particle includes a ferromagnetic material, a radiopaque material, and/or an MRI-visible material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Publication date: July 2, 2015
    Inventors: Robert F. RIOUX, Thomas V. CASEY, II, Janel LANPHERE
  • Patent number: 9039524
    Abstract: The invention generally relates to a lock-box device that requires a child or any other user to answer one or more educational questions correctly before being allowed access to one or more entertainment systems that require power such as a television, a computer, and a video game console.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventors: Robert F. Rioux, Paul DiCarlo
  • Patent number: 8974829
    Abstract: A particle includes a ferromagnetic material, a radiopaque material, and/or an MRI-visible material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert F. Rioux, Thomas V. Casey, II, Janel Lanphere
  • Publication number: 20150005766
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a catheter, a conductive element and a balloon. The catheter has a lumen. The conductive element is disposed along the catheter. The balloon has an interior in fluid communication with the lumen of the catheter. The balloon is formed of a conductive material conductively coupled to the conductive element. The balloon has a collapsed configuration and an expanded configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert F. RIOUX, Paul DiCARLO
  • Publication number: 20140364850
    Abstract: A tissue ablation system comprises an ablation source, such as an RF ablation source, configured for generating a common power signal, and a power multiplexor configured for splitting the power signal into first and second power signals, substantially attenuating the second power signal relative to the first power signal to create nominal and attenuated power signals, and sequentially delivering the nominal power signal to each tissue ablation probe, while delivering the attenuated power signal to the remaining ablation probes to which the nominal power signal is currently not delivered.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Applicant: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul DiCarlo, Robert F. Rioux
  • Patent number: 8906017
    Abstract: A combination tissue coagulation and cutting apparatus, system and method for coagulating and cutting tissue. A clamp element includes first and second clamp members having respective first and second porous electrodes, such as sintered metal electrodes. A portion of tissue, such as a blood vessel, is held between the porous electrodes, and fluid from a fluid source can pass through the porous electrodes. The tissue portion can be coagulated when electrical current is applied to the first and second porous electrodes, and an adjustable cutting element that is associated with the clamp members is positioned to cut a segment or all of the coagulated tissue portion. In this manner, the same surgical instrument is used to coagulate and cut tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert F. Rioux, Kathleen Fernald, Devon Berman
  • Publication number: 20140324042
    Abstract: A medical assembly and method are provided to effectively treat abnormal tissue, such as, a tumor. The target tissue is thermally ablated using a suitable source, such as RF or laser energy. A cooling shield is placed in contact with non-target tissue adjacent the target tissue, and actively cooled to conduct thermal energy away from the non-target tissue. In one method, the cooling shield can be placed between two organs, in which case, one of the two organs can comprise the target tissue, and the other of the two organs can comprise the non-target tissue. In this case, the cooling shield may comprise an actively cooled inflatable balloon, which can be disposed between the two organs when deflated, and then inflated. The inflatable balloon can be actively cooled by pumping a cooling medium through it. In another method, the cooling shield can be embedded within the non-target tissue. In this case, the cooling shield can comprise one or more needles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventors: Robert J. Garabedian, Robert F. Rioux
  • Patent number: 8858575
    Abstract: Methods and devices for treating female stress urinary incontinence are disclosed. The methods include transvaginally accessing the pelvic cavity and introducing a suburethral sling into the retropubic space. In some embodiments the ends of the sling are attached to an anatomical support structure. In other embodiments, the ends of the suburethral sling are not attached to an anatomical support structure. The devices include a surgical instrument for blunt dissection of the pelvic cavity which includes a curved shaft and a blunt distal end. A hook deployment device may optionally be attached to the surgical instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert F. Rioux
  • Publication number: 20140276234
    Abstract: Uterine sounds are provided including an insertion member having a distal end, a proximal end, and a lumen, wherein the insertion member is configured for insertion through an endocervical canal. A measurement member is provided having a distal end and a proximal end, the measurement member configured to move within the lumen of the insertion member, where the distal end can protrude from the distal end of the insertion member and is configured for insertion to approximately the fundus of a uterine cavity. An expansion member is also provided transitionable between an unexpanded and expanded state, wherein the unexpanded position is configured to pass an internal cervical os, and the expanded position is configured to prevent passage. Once the expansion member is positioned, the measurement member is positioned relative to the insertion member to establish a measurement of a depth of the uterine cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: HOLOGIC, INC.
    Inventors: Keith L. Hines, Robert F. Rioux, Dominic Hulton, Edward Evantash, Daniel A. Beaudet, James R. Woodman, Joe Zimo, Christopher Kaiser
  • Patent number: 8827994
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a catheter, a conductive element and a balloon. The catheter has a lumen. The conductive element is disposed along the catheter. The balloon has an interior in fluid communication with the lumen of the catheter. The balloon is formed of a conductive material conductively coupled to the conductive element. The balloon has a collapsed configuration and an expanded configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert F. Rioux, Paul DiCarlo