Scraping With Edged Instrument Patents (Class 600/570)
  • Patent number: 10278679
    Abstract: A self-sampling device used for collecting a homogenized sample of cells from different areas within the vaginal canal by a user. The device, comprises a hollow, cylindrical elongated tubing, a cell collecting area which is covered by an adhesive collecting element is disposed at one end, a channel disposed along the length of the cell collecting area for collecting the cells from different areas along length of the vaginal canal via one insertion, so as to mix the cells within the channel resulting in the homogenized collection of cells, further the collecting element has plurality of organized ridges arranged along the length of the cell collecting area to facilitate cell collection and a handle comprising an ergonomically shaped finger grip, wherein one end of the finger grip having a design or marking to facilitate easy counting of the complete rotations of the device, the handle and the tubing is designed to form a unitary structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventors: Frank Melendez, Liliana Montes
  • Patent number: 9895140
    Abstract: In an embodiment of the invention, a frictional tissue sampling device with a head designed to be rotated without rotating off the designated site can be used to obtain tissue biopsy samples. A frictional tissue sampling device with a head designed to be rotated without rotating off the designated site can be used to obtain an epithelial tissue biopsy sample from lesions. The device can be otherwise used to sample specific locations. In various embodiments, the head of the device is narrow and pointed with a hybrid pear shaped diamond facet. Abrasive material can be adhered to the facet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: HISTOLOGICS, LLC
    Inventor: Neal M Lonky
  • Patent number: 9435716
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a device as well as a collection element (1) for collecting a chemical and/or biological sample directly from a surface exposing said sample material. Furthermore, a method for collecting a chemical and/or biological sample directly from a surface exposing said sample material and a kit thereof is subject-matter of the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: VIBOD GMBH
    Inventor: Peter Dobrowolski
  • Patent number: 9282951
    Abstract: In an embodiment of the invention, a frictional tissue sampling device with a head designed to be rotated without rotating off the designated site can be used to obtain tissue biopsy samples. A frictional tissue sampling device with a head designed to be rotated without rotating off the designated site can be used to obtain an epithelial tissue biopsy sample from lesions. The device can be otherwise used to sample specific locations. In various embodiments, the head of the device is narrow and pointed with a hybrid pear shaped diamond facet. Abrasive material can be adhered to the facet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: HISTOLOGICS, LLC
    Inventors: Neal Marc Lonky, Martin L. Lonky
  • Patent number: 9226734
    Abstract: Among other things, there are disclosed embodiments of a biopsy device using relative rotational motion to obtain a full-core biopsy sample. Inner and outer tubular members are provided connected to a handle. Each member includes a slit, and the members are rotatable with respect to each other. The device is inserted into a patient to a sampling site, and with the slits co-oriented, is extended into the sampling site. Tissue enters the tubular members through the slits, and one or both members are rotated to cut off and enclose tissue within the inner tubular member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Robert Eells, Jeffry S. Melsheimer, Grant T. Hoffman
  • Patent number: 9139871
    Abstract: A method for amplifying nucleic acid from a higher eukaryotic, such as mammalian or plant, nucleic acid source, the method comprising (a) contacting a sampling device with the source of higher eukaryotic, such as mammalian or plant, nucleic acid such that following said contacting, higher eukaryotic such as mammalian or plant nucleic acid-containing material is adhered to at least part of the sampling device, wherein the sampling device, or part thereof to which the nucleic acid-containing material is adhered, is made of a suitable polymeric material; (b) introducing the sampling device or part thereof to which the nucleic acid-containing material is adhered into a reaction vessel which contains a reaction mixture for carrying out a nucleic acid amplification reaction, without any prior treatment of the nucleic acid-containing material; and (c) performing a nucleic acid amplification reaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: LGC Limited
    Inventors: Paul Gerald Debenham, John David Moore
  • Patent number: 9060753
    Abstract: A sampling system comprises a mailing package; a cell sampling device comprising a flexible shaft having a handle at one end, wherein the shaft is configured to allow an individual to self collect a cell sample from mucous tissue, and a sample collecting element removably connectable with the other end of the shaft and operable to collect a cell sample from mucous tissue of an individual; and a sealable unit, wherein the unit is configured to store the sample collecting element having a cell sample thereon configured to receive the remaining components of the system for delivery to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: APROVIX AB
    Inventors: Ulf Lundkvist, Berndt Sjoberg, Erik Wilander, Soren Nygren
  • Publication number: 20150148684
    Abstract: Devices and methods for profiling microbiota of skin are described which include a microbe profiling device including a device head and a hand-held housing, the device head including an epidermis-engaging component and an access window and configured to dislodge microbes from a skin surface, and the hand-held housing defining an opening aligned with the access window, the hand-held housing including a motor operably coupled to a motivatable component, a substrate disposed in relation to the motivatable component and including a microbe-capture region, a location-capture component to detect a location of one or more regions of the skin surface as the epidermis-engaging component contacts said one or more regions, at least one sensor component to detect one or more signals emitted or reflected from the microbe-capture region, and a computing component including circuitry to associate the location of said one or more regions of the skin surface and the detected one or more signals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Michael H. Baym, Roderick A. Hyde, Jordin T. Kare, Eric C. Leuthardt, Gary L. McKnight, Tony S. Pan, Elizabeth A. Sweeney, Clarence T. Tegreene, Lowell L. Wood, JR.
  • Publication number: 20150148685
    Abstract: Devices and methods for profiling microbiota of skin are described which include a microbe profiling device including a device head and a hand-held housing, the device head including an epidermis-engaging component and an access window and configured to dislodge microbes from a skin surface, and the hand-held housing defining an opening aligned with the access window, the hand-held housing including a motor operably coupled to a motivatable component, a substrate disposed in relation to the motivatable component and including signal-generating complexes, a location-capture component to detect a location of one or more regions of the skin surface as the epidermis-engaging component contacts said one or more regions, at least one sensor component to detect one or more signals emitted from the signal-generating complexes, and a computing component including circuitry to associate the location of said one or more regions of the skin surface and the detected one or more signals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Michael H. Baym, Roderick A. Hyde, Jordin T. Kare, Eric C. Leuthardt, Gary L. McKnight, Tony S. Pan, Elizabeth A. Sweeney, Clarence T. Tegreene, Lowell L. Wood, JR.
  • Patent number: 9033897
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a sampling instrument adapted for taking a sample in situ and in vivo or taking a sample ex vivo of a target tissue or body structure, in a maximum quantity of less than 10?6 g, the instrument comprising an elongated active member (10) with a distal operative end (11) having at least one retaining surface (12) arranged for contacting directly the target tissue or body structure, capturing and retaining molecules of the target tissue or body structure thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: INSTITUTE NATIONAL DE LA SANTE ET DE LA RECHERCHE MEDICALE
    Inventors: Alim-Louis Benabid, Ali Bouamrani, Jean-Paul Issartel, David Ratel, Francois Berger
  • Publication number: 20150088032
    Abstract: The present invention comprises methods and devices comprising a scraping element used to contact circumferentially and longitudinally the surface walls of the uterine cavity to provide for broad contact of the intended surface with the device, resulting in attainment of a sufficient volume and comprehensive tissue sample for analysis as an endometrial biopsy or screening uterine cancer. The device may provide for a reservoir for the obtained sample to be contained when removing from the uterine cavity, cervical canal, and vagina. The device may be comprised of a detachable means or be of a material that allows the user to cut the sampling head of the device for placement in collection means to maximize the amount of tissue or cells being sent to the laboratory for analysis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: Kathy Lee-Sepsick
  • Publication number: 20150057574
    Abstract: Kits, devices, methods, and systems for assessing microbiota of a body surface and selecting treatment agents to apply to the body surface to modulate one or more types of microbes are described which include a kit including a plurality of treatment agents, a microbe sampling unit including a microbe-capture region, and an analyzer including a user interface, at least one sensor component, and a computing component with a processor and circuitry.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Michael H. Baym, Roderick A. Hyde, Jordin T. Kare, Eric C. Leuthardt, Gary L. McKnight, Tony S. Pan, Elizabeth A. Sweeney, Clarence T. Tegreene, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20150018714
    Abstract: A step-shaped endometrial curette is provided. The step-shaped endometrial curette includes a handle, a curetting bar, and a collection cup. The handle is connected to a first end portion of the curetting bar. A second end portion of the curetting bar has a distal end formed with a plurality of mushroom-shaped curetting plates for removing endometrial tissues by scraping. The collection cup is slidably connected between the first end portion and the mushroom-shaped curetting plates and serves to hold the removed endometrial tissues. As the mushroom-shaped curetting plates are arranged stepwise, and the curetting bar is freely flexible to adapt to the internal shape and angles of the uterus, specimens can be taken from inside the uterus without dilatation of the cervix or anesthesia. Besides, the collection cup can collect all the removed endometrial tissues to enable sufficient and thorough pathological examination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Hong-Ming CHEN
  • Patent number: 8911459
    Abstract: A method of removing material from a blood flow lumen includes providing a device having a cutting element and an opening, the cutting element being movable relative to the opening. The method then includes advancing the device through a patient's vascular system to the blood flow lumen. Finally, the method involves moving the cutting element and the opening relative to the blood flow lumen so that a continuous piece of material is severed by the cutting element and directed into the opening as the cutting element and opening move through the blood flow lumen, the continuous piece of severed material being directed into the device for removal from the patient. The method may include providing a device having a rotatable cutter that, in some embodiments, is not parallel to the longitudinal axis of the device, is movable, has retracted and deployed positions, or any combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: John B. Simpson, Himanshu Patel, Greg Stine, Brett Follmer, Michael H. Rosenthal, Mehrdad Farhangnia
  • Publication number: 20140296742
    Abstract: The present invention provides an endoscopic abrasion device and methods of use thereof. The device includes a catheter having an inflation balloon including one or more elements disposed on the balloon for abrasion of tissue when the balloon is rotated about the longitudinal axis of the catheter. The device may be used to treat and diagnose diseases of the esophageal passage, such as Barrett's disease.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2012
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventors: Anthony N. Kalloo, Mouen A. Khashab
  • Publication number: 20140288460
    Abstract: Methods and devices are described for performing a combined hysteroscopy and endometrial sampling. Techniques for improving visual images include forward facing fluid ports for clearing tissue debris and LED positioning and design. Manufacturability is improved through separately formed tip and shaft pieces. User interface features are described including user-friendly handle-mounted buttons as well the use of an interactive integrated touch screen display. The handle and display can be mated to a docking station for storage and recharging batteries.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: EndoSee Corporation
    Inventors: Xiaolong OUYANG, Paul D. Indman, Robert K. Deckman, Shih-Ping Wang
  • Publication number: 20140276212
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods are described for providing, among other things, devices operable to acquire intestinal microbial flora samples, to map intestinal microbial flora, to identify microbes present in an individual's digestive tract, to delivery intestinal microbial flora compositions, to register a microbial flora collection events, to register microbial flora-seeding events, or the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Roderick A. Hyde, Lowell L. Wood, JR.
  • Publication number: 20140275822
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods are described for providing, among other things, devices operable to acquire intestinal microbial flora samples, to map intestinal microbial flora, to identify microbes present in an individual's digestive tract, to delivery intestinal microbial flora compositions, to register a microbial flora collection events, to register microbial flora-seeding events, or the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Roderick A. Hyde, Lowell L. Wood, JR.
  • Patent number: 8834503
    Abstract: Lancet device including a first housing. A first guide wall is disposed within the first housing. The first guide wall includes an opening. A cap removably mounted to the first housing. A needle holding member for holding a lancet. At least a portion of the needle holding member being able to move within the opening. A first spring for biasing the needle holding member toward an extended position. The first spring surrounding a portion of the needle holding member and being disposed between the first guide wall and a shoulder of the needle holding member. A movable trigger having a first position and a second position. A movable second housing including a proximal end, a distal end and a second guide wall arranged at the proximal end. The second guide wall including an opening. A portion of the needle holding member being able to move within the opening of the second guide wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Stat Medical Devices, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven Schraga
  • Patent number: 8801628
    Abstract: Methods and systems for medical home testing are described. In one embodiment, the device includes a case member, a plunger member, an accumulator member and a handle member. The case member has a first distal end portion and a first proximal end portion. The first distal end portion has a distal opening and the first proximal end portion has an aperture. The plunger member is sized and configured for sliding through the aperture. The plunger member has a second distal end portion configured to slide within the case member. The accumulator member is disposed in the case member adjacent the plunger member. The accumulator member is compressed by the case member and configured for sliding through the distal opening as the plunger slides through the aperture. The handle member is attached to the accumulator member and extends through the plunger member. Other methods and systems are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Express Scripts, Inc.
    Inventor: Lauren K. Teschendorf
  • Publication number: 20140187939
    Abstract: A treatment instrument includes an insertion portion and a sample collection portion, wherein the sample collection portion includes a link portion and an advancing/retracting portion and when the advancing/retracting portion is located on a most proximal end side, the advancing/retracting portion and the link portion are connected in the axial direction and thereby become parallel to the insertion portion, when the advancing/retracting portion is located on a most distal end side, a part of the advancing/retracting portion and the link portion overlap and thereby become parallel to the insertion portion, and when the advancing/retracting portion is located between a proximal end portion side and a distal end portion side, the link portion is pushed out in a direction crossing the axial direction of the insertion portion by the advancing/retracting portion and thereby projects from the insertion portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: OLYMPUS MEDICAL SYSTEMS CORP.
    Inventor: Tomoaki OGAWA
  • Publication number: 20140171828
    Abstract: A device for obtaining tissue from the aerodigestive tract is provided. The device may have internal and external folds and a tissue collection surface for collecting a tissue sample from a body lumen, such as the nose or throat. The present invention is also directed to methods of collecting a tissue sample using the devices, described herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: ADN International, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Blitzer, Marshall Strome
  • Patent number: 8734362
    Abstract: A lung biopsy tool having a deployable snare and an inflatable pull type cutter for removing small samples of tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventor: Edward M. Boyle, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20140100457
    Abstract: A treatment instrument for an endoscope includes a specimen sampling tool including arm portions, a loading portion, and a claw portion, a proximal end of the arm portions being fixed, and a tube on an inside of which the specimen sampling tool is placed to be capable of moving back and forth. At least the claw portion is expanded in diameter further to an outer side in a radial direction R than a tube 3 according to relative movement of the specimen sampling tool and the tube 3. After the diameter expansion, the arm portions are retracted in the tube according to relative movement of the specimen sampling tool and the tube opposite to the relative movement in the diameter expansion in the extending direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: OLYMPUS MEDICAL SYSTEMS CORP.
    Inventors: Kenichi NISHINA, Atsushi BAN
  • Patent number: 8652067
    Abstract: The invention relates to trans-epithelial frictionally abrasive tissue sampling devices for performing biopsies and methods of inducing an immune response against a pathogen, wherein epithelial cells containing the pathogen are disrupted with the frictionally abrasive tissue sampling device to introduce the pathogen into the bloodstream of a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Histologics, LLC
    Inventors: Neal Marc Lonky, Martin L. Lonky
  • Publication number: 20140046176
    Abstract: A method for treating lung tissue of a patient is provided. A pathway to a point of interest in a lung of a patient is generated. An extended working channel is advanced transorally into the lung and along the pathway to the point of interest. The extended working channel is positioned in a substantially fixed orientation at the point interest. A tool is advanced though the extended working channel to the point of interest. The lung tissue is treated at the point of interest.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Casey M. Ladtkow, Joseph D. Brannan, Darion R. Peterson, Eric W. Larson, Kaylen J. Haley, William J. Dickhans, Jason A. Case
  • Patent number: 8641642
    Abstract: A biological sample collection system is described comprising a biological sample collecting wand and a buffer container with a buffer solution. The biological sample collecting wand includes a handle and a sample collector detachably coupled to the handle. The sample collector include one or more sample protrusions, one or more sample apertures, or a combination thereof, at least the sample collector to removably insert into the buffer container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Oasis Diagnostics Corporation
    Inventors: Jason Giddings, Paul D Slowey
  • Patent number: 8622927
    Abstract: A biopsy device comprises a probe assembly, a holster assembly, a tissue sample holder, and a manually operated rotation mechanism configured to rotate the tissue sample holder. The probe assembly comprises a cutter configured to sever a tissue sample. The tissue sample holder includes a plurality of tissue chambers configured to receive discrete severed tissue samples. The holster assembly comprises the non-motorized, manually operated rotation mechanism configured to allow a user to align consecutive chambers to successively collect discrete severed tissue samples. The tissue sample holder rotation mechanism may comprise a first button, a first lever, a first pawl, a first ratchet, an indexing shaft, and a first gear, which are all configured to, ultimately, rotate a tissue sample holder. The tissue sample holder rotation mechanism may alternately include thumbwheels, a worm gear, or a ratcheting lever, among other things.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Devicor Medical Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Shailendra K. Parihar, Michael R. Ludzack
  • Publication number: 20130338534
    Abstract: A tissue extraction device. The tissue extraction device includes a first handle, the first handle terminating in a first tip. The tissue extraction device also includes a second handle. The second handle is coupled to the first handle and terminates in a second tip. The tissue extraction device further includes a tissue collection mechanism, where the tissue collection mechanism is configured to collect tissue extracted from a patient by the first tip and the second tip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Inventors: John P. Cole, Tesfaye G. Habtemariam
  • Publication number: 20130317390
    Abstract: A tissue collection device and method. One embodiment of the device includes a body formed by an elongated member, a pair of inflatable balloons at spaced-apart locations on the body, and one or more collection structures on the body. Inflation lumens extending through the body and coupled to the balloons cause the balloons to move between collapsed and expanded states. The collection structures collect a tissue sample from a collection region between the balloons. In another embodiment the collection structures include one or more of an irrigation lumen and an aspiration lumen having one or more ports opening into the collection region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2012
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: MAYO FOUNDATION FOR MEDICAL EDUCATION AND RESEARCH
    Inventors: Michael J. Levy, Christopher J. Gostout
  • Patent number: 8556825
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the invention provide an instrument for mechanically removing segments of tissue from a patient during a minimally invasive surgical procedure. An exemplary instrument provides an inlet for receiving tissue a mechanism for cutting away received tissue and for simultaneously moving the cut away tissue away from the inlet to allow additional material to enter the inlet for removal wherein multiple specimens can be captured and eventually removed from the patient's body without the need of removing the instrument after each capture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Microfabrica Inc.
    Inventor: Adam L. Cohen
  • Patent number: 8551097
    Abstract: A method and system for guiding at least a portion of a surgical device to a desired position between two tissues in a patient's body involves coupling a guidewire to the device and pulling the distal end of the guidewire to guide at least a portion of the surgical device to a desired position between the two tissues. The surgical device generally includes one or more guidewire coupling members and may comprise a tissue access device. A system may include a guidewire and a surgical device. In some embodiments, a guidewire, a tissue access device, and one or more additional devices to use with the access device may be provided. Methods, devices and systems may be used in open, less-invasive or percutaneous surgical procedures, in various embodiments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Baxano Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory P. Schmitz, Jefferey Bleam, Roy Leguidleguid, Jeffery L. Bleich
  • Patent number: 8501114
    Abstract: A curettage collection apparatus includes a plate that has first side, a second side, and a perimeter edge. The perimeter edge includes a first edge, a second edge, a third edge and a fourth edge wherein the first and second edges are positioned opposite of each other. The first edge is convexly arcuate and the second edge is concavely arcuate. An elongated rod is attached to and extends away from the first side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Inventor: Howard P. Charman
  • Publication number: 20130158429
    Abstract: The present invention comprises methods and devices comprising a cutting element used to contact circumferentially and longitudinally the surface walls of the endocervical canal to provide for broad and complete contact of the intended surface with the device, resulting in attainment of a sufficient volume and comprehensive tissue sample for analysis as an endocervical curettage or screening pap smear. The device may provide for a reservoir for the obtained sample to be contained when removing from the cervical canal and vagina. The device may be comprised of a detachable means or be of a material that allows the user to cut the sampling head of the device for placement in collection means to maximize the amount of tissue or cells being sent to the laboratory for analysis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2012
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: FEMASYS INC
    Inventor: FEMASYS INC
  • Patent number: 8439847
    Abstract: A combination exo-endocervical sampling device includes a shaft that includes a first end opposite a second end, and a combination exo-endocervical sampler configured to simultaneously collect endocervical cells and exocervical cells. The combination exo-endocervical sampler is coupled to the second end and includes a pair of opposing wings disposed transverse to the shaft and a brush extending from the wings along a central axis of the shaft. Each of the opposing wings includes a plurality of flexible loops configured to collect exocervical cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Inventor: Daniel Larkin
  • Publication number: 20130116596
    Abstract: A sample collection tool comprises a collection end configured for collecting a sample. Optionally, the sample is collected from within a body cavity of an animal without causing significant discomfort or injury to the animal. A first handle portion has a first end connected to the collection end and a second end. A second handle portion is connected to the second end of the first handle portion by a breakable connection. The second end of the first handle portion has at least one winglet. The at least one winglet is compliant in a preferential direction. The breakable connection is ruptured at least in part when the at least one winglet is forced in the preferential direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Applicant: DNA GENOTEK INC.
    Inventors: H. Chaim Birnboim, Roy Sunstrum, Adele Jackson, Rafal Michal Iwasiow, Romeo Graham, Rod Muir, Mike Sirois, Michael Beach, Ellen Joan MacLean, Rama Nadia Panford-Walsh
  • Patent number: 8435189
    Abstract: A compound curette for removing tissue samples and delivering liquid and anti-pathogen to the treated area includes a hollow handle that fits a reservoir with a medicated or cosmeceutical solution. A solution is delivered from the reservoir through a channel to a scraping end of the curette by a button activated mechanism. The scraping end of the curette is made of a metal or hard plastic and is covered in anti-pathogen material. The liquid delivery allows placing a medicine or sterilizing solution directly at the locust of the infection. Pathogen inhibition coating provides for a good safeguard to stop or slow bacteria or fungus proliferation. The method of scraping debris and medication delivery is particularly useful for the treatment of onychomycosis, commonly referred to as a fungus infection of the toenail. Main portions of the curette could be detachable, allowing for the easy reservoir replacement and for the use of multiple scraping utensils.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Inventor: Pamela Bissell
  • Patent number: 8376958
    Abstract: A cap for a container is described that is configured to retain a gynecological sample collected with a sampling device. The cap includes a peripheral wall extending between a base and a flange opposite the base, and a diaphragm extending from the base of the peripheral wall. The flange projects beyond the peripheral wall and is configured to seat against a rim of the container. The diaphragm defines a first open area communicating with a second open area that is smaller than the first open area and includes a boundary spaced from the peripheral wall that is configured to detach the distally located sampler from the sampling device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Inventor: Daniel Larkin
  • Publication number: 20120310113
    Abstract: A biological sample collection system is described comprising a biological sample collecting wand and a buffer container with a buffer solution. The biological sample collecting wand includes a handle and a sample collector detachably coupled to the handle. The sample collector include one or more sample protrusions, one or more sample apertures, or a combination thereof, at least the sample collector to removably insert into the buffer container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2011
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Applicant: Oasis Diagnostics Corporation
    Inventors: Jason Giddings, Paul D. Slowey
  • Patent number: 8323209
    Abstract: A catheter with a guide wire and handle is provided for sampling an area of interest, such as chorionic villi. The catheter contains a cannula of flexible plastic that is non-pyrogenic and latex-free, and a flexible obturator with an elongate cylindrical handle. The cannula is echogenic and can be easily visualized with visualization or imaging device. In an embodiment, the catheter may be curved manually by the operator to conform to the patient's anatomy and it is inserted through the cervix into a pregnant uterus at 10-13 weeks gestation and placed into the developing placenta under ultrasound guidance and a guide mechanism provided on the handle. In this embodiment, once the catheter has been placed, the obturator is withdrawn and a sample of chorionic villi is removed by applying appropriate pressure to the proximal end of the cannula and slowly withdrawing the cannula from the uterine cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Inventors: John Williams, III, Jennifer Marie Williams
  • Patent number: 8298213
    Abstract: A medical instrument comprises a funnel having a tube with opposite first and second ends, respectively, with a conical portion at the first end. Conical portion has an outer conical surface which increases in outer diameter in a direction from the second end to the first end. A mouth is provided at an end of the conical portion distant to the end, and a lip extends about a part of the circumference of the mouth. The lip protrudes from the conical surface. A first grip is formed axially along the tube and provides a visual reference to the lip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Inventor: Steven Jiwan Singh
  • Patent number: 8282661
    Abstract: A multi-blade curette tool for use in spinal surgery. The curette tool includes an elongated member having a first end and a second end. A handle is disposed at the first end. A curette head is disposed at the second end. The curette head is generally tapered toward the first end and the second end. The curette head includes a convexly-shaped and generally tapered nose portion, a base portion, and a plurality of blades. Each blade extends between the base portion and the nose portion, and each of the plurality of blades is provided with at least one cutting element. A drive stem connects the handle and the curette head. At least one cutting element of each blade is adapted to remove spinal disk material upon rotation of the curette tool in at least one direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Concept Matrix, LLC
    Inventor: Walter W. Eckman
  • Patent number: 8251918
    Abstract: A method of simultaneously collecting exocervical and endocervical cells from a female patient, includes providing a combination exo-endocervical sampling device including a sampler having a pair of opposing wings and a prominence extending from the wings. The opposing wings include a sampling surface and the prominence includes a multiplicity of endless looped fiber pairs distributed axially along a distal end section of the prominence. Each looped fiber pair includes a first loop extending transverse from the shaft and a second loop extending transverse from the shaft. The loops define a void space therebetween configured to capture exo-endocervical cells. The method includes placing the sampling device in contact with a cervix of the female patient, collecting exocervical cells with the opposing wings of the sampling device, and simultaneously collecting endocervical cells with the prominence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Inventor: Daniel Larkin
  • Patent number: 8241227
    Abstract: A biopsy tissue sampling treatment instrument includes a stem portion having a predetermined length sufficient to puncture living tissue; a puncturing portion formed at a distal end of the stem portion and having a protruding surface portion expanding rearward along a puncture direction of the stem portion; a tissue holding surface provided on a rear side of the protruding surface portion in the puncturing portion and having an area large enough to hold the living tissue; a stopper member provided at a rear end of the stem portion and having an abutting portion capable of abutting against the living tissue punctured by the stem portion; and an operating member provided on the stopper member and configured to hold the stem portion to the living tissue, allowing the stem portion to puncture the living tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Junichi Ohnishi, Masatoshi Tonomura, Akira Suzuki
  • Publication number: 20120197156
    Abstract: An apparatus for taking tissue samples in the treatment of humans or animals includes a telescope, a maneuvering cable which extends through the telescope, and a biopsy tool at an end of the maneuvering cable, the biopsy tool including a turnable cylinder which is perforated for collecting samples and has walls that define a receptacle and a lid which closes over the receptacle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Inventor: John Bleibach
  • Patent number: 8150506
    Abstract: The subject invention utilizes the characteristics of in vivo tissue impedances to provide an embodiment of a retinal rake capable of providing a visible and/or preferably an audible signal to a surgeon that more clearly indicates which type of tissue(s) is in contact with the retinal rake. A preferred embodiment comprises a handheld, battery operated retinal rake having two electrodes, wherein at least one electrode is the modified retinal rake. Upon contact with different optical tissues, e.g., epiretinal membranes, retinal tissue, vitreous humor, etc., the electrodes detect varying impedances which are translated by onboard circuitry into various signals that indicate what type of tissue, fluid, structure, etc. is in contact with the retinal rake.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: University of Florida Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventors: Shalesh Kaushal, Michael Darnall Furman, Jennifer Delight Simonotto, Abraham Miliotis
  • Publication number: 20120059278
    Abstract: A compound curette for removing tissue samples and delivering liquid and anti-pathogen to the treated area includes a hollow handle that fits a reservoir with a medicated or cosmeceutical solution. A solution is delivered from the reservoir through a channel to a scraping end of the curette by a button activated mechanism. The scraping end of the curette is made of a metal or hard plastic and is covered in anti-pathogen material. The liquid delivery allows placing a medicine or sterilizing solution directly at the locust of the infection. Pathogen inhibition coating provides for a good safeguard to stop or slow bacteria or fungus proliferation. The method of scraping debris and medication delivery is particularly useful for the treatment of onychomycosis, commonly referred to as a fungus infection of the toenail. Main portions of the curette could be detachable, allowing for the easy reservoir replacement and for the use of multiple scraping utensils.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Publication date: March 8, 2012
    Inventor: Pamela Bissell
  • Publication number: 20110319789
    Abstract: The eye sampling device (10) comprises supporting means (12) comprising a sampling surface (11), the supporting means being elastically deformable between a rest position and a sampling position and conformed so that, upon being used for sampling, the sampling surface applied in the sampling position in a coinciding way onto a sampling area (2), is detached therefrom according to a peeling movement when passing from the sampling position to a rest position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2010
    Publication date: December 29, 2011
    Inventors: Pierre Roy, Elena Pierre-Paul, Groux Hervé, Baudouin Christophe
  • Patent number: 8070691
    Abstract: A cytology device and a method of use thereof are described. The cytology scraper comprises a scraping element that provides increased tissue removal capabilities over conventional cytology brushes. The edges of the scraping element can also simultaneously dilate strictures during the tissue removal procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignees: Cook Medical Technologies LLC, Baystate Health, Inc.
    Inventors: David J. Desilets, Richard W. Ducharme
  • Patent number: 7947057
    Abstract: Lancet device including a first housing. A first guide wall is disposed within the first housing. The first guide wall includes an opening. A cap removably mounted to the first housing. A needle holding member for holding a lancet. At least a portion of the needle holding member being able to move within the opening. A first spring for biasing the needle holding member toward an extended position. The first spring surrounding a portion of the needle holding member and being disposed between the first guide wall and a shoulder of the needle holding member. A movable trigger having a first position and a second position. A movable second housing including a proximal end, a distal end and a second guide wall arranged at the proximal end. The second guide wall including an opening. A portion of the needle holding member being able to move within the opening of the second guide wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Stat Medical Devices, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven Schraga