Means For Marking Animals Patents (Class 606/116)
  • Patent number: 10856523
    Abstract: An animal ear tag is anchorable on an animal's ear by means of a dome and has a housing enclosing an electronics assembly and a battery, and a panel surface on which identification data relating to the animal are directly visible in clearly legible characters, wherein the panel surface is located below the housing when the ear tag is placed on the animal. The center of gravity of the housing and of the parts enclosed by the latter lies inside an area protruding downwards from the spike axis, which area is not higher and 2 cm and, in the horizontal lying normal to the spike axis, is not wider than 1 cm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Inventor: Wolfgang Auer
  • Patent number: 10806455
    Abstract: A surgical tack applier comprising a handle assembly, an inner tube, a plurality of fasteners and a solution is disclosed. The handle assembly includes an actuator associated therewith. The inner tube extends distally from the handle assembly and defines a longitudinal axis. The inner tube is rotatable about the longitudinal axis. The plurality of fasteners are disposed at least partially within the inner tube and are selectively ejectable therefrom. The solution is disposed within the inner tube and is dispensable through a distal opening of the inner tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Ferass Abuzaina, Amin Elachchabi, Ali Irfan, Gregory Fischvogt
  • Patent number: 10449345
    Abstract: A microneedle puncture instrument includes a pinch section including a first pinch element and a second pinch element arrayed in an array direction and configured to individually pinch the skin in a pinch direction, which intersects with the array direction, the first pinch element and the second pinch element being connected to each other with a distance therebetween maintained within a predetermined range; and a puncture section configured to puncture the skin while pinching the skin in the pinch direction at a position between the first pinch element and the second pinch element in the array direction, the puncture section including a microneedle for puncturing the skin and a support portion that supports the microneedle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: TOPPAN PRINTING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tomoya Sumida
  • Patent number: 10269533
    Abstract: In conventional structures, a space between a dual cooling tank is vacuum insulated, and a cooling part is cooled via a highly thermally conductive material connected to an inner container. Such structures are affected by heat infiltrating into the highly thermally conductive material and the cooling part. For instance, in cases when liquid nitrogen is used as a coolant, it takes approximately 30 minutes for the temperature to reach ?120° C. Even in cases when a significant amount of time has been spent, the temperature only reaches approximately ?150° C., and thus falls significantly short of the temperature of liquid nitrogen, namely ?196° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Mizuo, Yusuke Tamba, Haruhiko Hatano, Kazutaka Nimura
  • Patent number: 9889286
    Abstract: A medical device that may include an elongate member having a proximal end and a distal end, and a lumen disposed through the elongate member is disclosed. The medical device may also include an opening disposed at the distal end of the elongate member in communication with the lumen, and a pushing element disposed with the lumen. The medical device may also include at least one fiducial disposed within the lumen and distal to the pushing element, and a separating mechanism disposed at the distal end of the elongate member. The separating mechanism may be configured to apply a separating force to deploy the at least one fiducial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Shawn Ryan, Joseph A. Levendusky, Robert B. DeVries, William Cole Lafferty, Andrew Kendall Hollett, Brian Intoccia
  • Patent number: 9867729
    Abstract: A capsule assembly for an endograft introducer is disclosed. The assembly comprises: a capsule retriever having a plug portion and a tail portion, the plug portion having a lead-in surface, the tail portion having an elongate body extending proximally from the plug portion to an end stop feature receiver; a capsule tube having an end stop feature at a proximal end thereof and terminating in a distal end, the end stop feature and the end stop receiver arranged such that proximal movement of the capsule tube relative to the plug portion is limited; and a capsule cavity inside the capsule tube, a proximal end of a prosthesis being receivable in the cavity. The capsule tube is slidably movable with respect to the capsule retriever to a position in which the distal end of the capsule tube is adjacent to the lead-in surface of the plug portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Werner D. Ducke, David Ernest Hartley, David Sean O'Brien, Blayne A. Roeder
  • Patent number: 9375259
    Abstract: The surgical instrument for sealing and/or cutting tissue includes a handle assembly and an end effector assembly operatively connected to the handle assembly. The end effector assembly includes first and second jaw members each including a jaw housing and an electrically conductive surface defining a plurality of bores and an adhesive applicator assembly disposed in one of the jaw members. The electrically conductive surfaces are configured to effect a tissue seal. The adhesive applicator assembly includes a platform defining a reservoir therein and a plurality of needles in communication with the reservoir. The platform is movable between a neutral position in which the plurality of needles are disposed within the jaw housing and an actuated position in which the plurality of needles extend through the respective plurality of bores defined in the electrically conductive surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Kellie F. Payne, William H. Nau, Jr., Duane E. Kerr
  • Patent number: 9259561
    Abstract: A tattooing apparatus, which have a tattoo needle traveling back and forth to a skin to allow a staining solution for tattoo contained in the apparatus to penetrate into the skin and thus to get a tattoo and which can adjust a concentration of the staining solution for tattoo, is disclosed. The tattooing apparatus includes a chamber pressure adjusting member to adjust a degree of opening and closing an inlet of a storing chamber in which the staining solution for tattoo is stored, thus to adjust a pressure in the storing chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: Bomtech Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jong-Dae Lee
  • Patent number: 9113956
    Abstract: A device and method for marking a treatment isocenter on a patient's body. One embodiment includes a base including alignment indicia, a marker disposed over the base and positioned relative to the indicia for marking the isocenter on the patient's body and an actuator for actuating the marker and causing a mark indicating the isocenter to be made on the patient's body. The actuator can include a button and a spring coupled to the marker. Compressing the actuator causes the marker to travel through an ink well prior to piercing the patient's skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research
    Inventors: Robert D. Ahmann, James A. Starr, Broc T. Giffey
  • Patent number: 8979987
    Abstract: Provided, amongst other things, are dyes of formula II: wherein R1, R2, R3 and R4 are independently H or alkyl, so long as one or more is alkyl, and salts of the compound of formula II. Methods of making, inks, surgical markers and methods of marking tissue and the like are further provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Viscot Medical, LLC
    Inventors: Eric Stroud, Gary J. Pieringer
  • Publication number: 20150018752
    Abstract: A delivery system, including: a material for storing molecules and/or nanoparticles by substantially binding said molecules and/or nanoparticles to said material; a means for applying an electric field to said material to release said molecules and/or nanoparticles; and a means for applying an ultrasonic signal to said material to transport said molecules and/or nanoparticles through said material to a surface for delivery to an entity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Harry UNGER, Mark UNGER, Donald MARTIN, David John BULL, Craig ANDREWS
  • Publication number: 20150005586
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention are directed towards a medical device, method and system thereof for the placement or passage of patches, sutures, anchors, tags, tissue sensors and more particularly to a medical device for repairing female pelvic organ or tissue prolapsed region. The device may be used for the placement of stereotactic markers into tissue near joints or tumors for guidance during orthopedic or neurosurgical procedures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: Phillip A. Williams
  • Publication number: 20140296706
    Abstract: A device for characterizing a luminal dimension, such as the aortic annulus, has also been developed. These include a balloon or basket with sensing and transmitting elements for assessing two or three dimensional shape of lumens using a guide wire and catheter. Sheath introducer devices were developed for percutaneous delivery of bioprosthetic valves during various percutaneous procedures, such as TAVI. A marker needle dispenser for pre-marking anatomical features that are either desirable to target or desirable to avoid has been developed. The needle contains a central passage or lumen for loading marker and spacer material. These are characterized by specific spacing, color, shape or diagnostic imaging criteria to facilitate passage through and placement within the vasculature. Hemostatic stents or balloons are used to prevent bleeding and facilitate closure at sites for entry of catheters or introducer sheaths into luminal structures, especially for procedures such as TAVI through the subclavian artery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventors: Nicolas Chronos, Eberhard Grube, Michael Calhoun, Chris Hooper
  • Publication number: 20140236169
    Abstract: Embodiments provide apparatus and methods for producing markings in the skin. One embodiment provides an apparatus for marking the skin comprising a housing and reservoir for storing a skin colorant. An electrode is positioned within the housing so as to be electrically coupled to the colorant in the reservoir and is configured to be coupled to a current source and return electrode. A colorant applicator having at least one fluid pathway is coupled to a housing distal end. The applicator proximal end is positioned such that the fluid pathway is coupled with the reservoir. The applicator distal end applies colorant to the skin surface through the fluid pathway as the applicator is moved across the skin. The electrode delivers current from the current source to the skin to transport charged pigment elements of the colorant into the skin using an electromotive driving force to produce a marking in the skin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: InCube Labs, LLC
    Inventor: Mir Imran
  • Patent number: 8784433
    Abstract: An intracorporeal marker delivery device includes a delivery tube which has a distal tip, a discharge orifice and an inner bore extending to the discharge orifice. A plug is releasably secured within the inner bore. The plug may itself serve as a marker, and may be the sole marker. Markers may be positioned proximal to the plug, and may be detectable by ultrasound, X-ray, magnetic resonance imaging, and other imaging devices, and may include bioactive elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: SenoRx, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Lubock, Jason H. Safabash, Martin Shabaz, John Merritt
  • Publication number: 20140194892
    Abstract: A marker delivery device is configured for deploying a tissue marker. The marker delivery device includes a handle having a chamber, and a cannula. According to one aspect, the cannula has a flexible portion formed by a slot arrangement having of a plurality of spaced-apart substantially parallel peripheral slots extending through the side wall of the cannula to the lumen. A marker introducer rod is movably disposed in the lumen of the cannula for deploying the mark, and has a flexible region that corresponds to the flexible portion of the cannula. According to another aspect, a retraction mechanism is mounted to the handle and is configured to facilitate a complete retraction of both the cannula and the marker introducer rod into the chamber of the housing of the handle upon an actuation of the retraction mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: C. R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Himanshu Ranpura, Chad C. Van Liere
  • Patent number: 8763287
    Abstract: A device for sampling biological tissue (1) to be used in a label for marking animals includes: a hollow needle (3) having a cutting edge (36) at one end, capable of sampling a biological tissue sample when the sampling device is inserted into the biological tissue; a fixation part (22) of the hollow needle, made as a single piece and including a tank (2) containing a chemical for processing a biological tissue sample, the base of the tank including a partition (211) that is punctured by the needle when a pressure is applied upon the insertion of the sampling device into the biological tissue. After puncturing the partition, the content of the tank flow into the hollow needle and contacts the recovered sample. The end of the hollow needle containing the sample can further be protected by a cap, and the sample remains easily accessible for further analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Allflex Europe SAS
    Inventor: Jean-Jacques Hilpert
  • Patent number: 8744554
    Abstract: A localizing wire includes an anchor portion that can change shape from a collapsed shape to an expanded shape and thereby anchor within a tissue mass. The localizing wire has an exterior portion that can lie flat against the tissue mass. The localizing wire can be repositioned or withdrawn without the need for the reinsertion of an introducer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Bard Peripheral Vascular, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven E. Field, Brian R. Mulder
  • Publication number: 20140128880
    Abstract: Described herein is a marking system for marking animals. The marking system may include a restraining device, a controller, and a marking device. The marking device includes a marking needle of fixed length comprising one or a plurality of needle tips; the restraining device is sized and configured for restraining an animal or animal body part thereof and oriented such that the marking device can make a mark on a substrate portion of the animal body part; and the controller is configured to control the position of the marking device and to make a mark on the substrate portion of the animal body part. Also described herein are media transfer assemblies for use in the disclosed marking system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: Somark Innovations, Inc.
    Inventor: Somark Innovations, Inc.
  • Patent number: 8685038
    Abstract: Embodiments provide apparatus and methods for producing markings in the skin. One embodiment provides an apparatus for marking the skin comprising a housing and reservoir for storing a skin colorant. An electrode is positioned within the housing so as to be electrically coupled to the colorant in the reservoir and is configured to be coupled to a current source and return electrode. A colorant applicator having at least one fluid pathway is coupled to a housing distal end. The applicator proximal end is positioned such that the fluid pathway is coupled with the reservoir. The applicator distal end applies colorant to the skin surface through the fluid pathway as the applicator is moved across the skin. The electrode delivers current from the current source to the skin to transport charged pigment elements of the colorant into the skin using an electromotive driving force to produce a marking in the skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Incube Labs, LLC
    Inventor: Mir Imran
  • Patent number: 8688198
    Abstract: A site marker delivery system is provided. The site mark delivery system includes an outer cannula having an open distal end. The outer cannula defines an inner lumen in which an inner cannula may be received. A marker is also positioned within the inner lumen of the outer cannula. The inner cannula further includes a trigger mechanism that when actuated injects the marker through the open distal end of the outer cannula into a biopsy site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Suros Surgical Sytems, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph L. Mark
  • Patent number: 8588892
    Abstract: A method and system for determining the orientation of a surgical tool with respect to a bone of a patient, and a device for positioning a sensor are disclosed. The bone has at least three predetermined reference locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Avenir Medical Inc.
    Inventors: Andre Novomir Hladio, Armen Garo Bakirtzian, Uriah Lodewyk Antoine Van Amerom
  • Publication number: 20130304079
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for labeling a living organism by laser engraving, the method comprising fixing the living organism to a fixation device, coating whole or a part of body surface of the living organism with a paint operable to react with a laser; and reacting the paint with the laser to make a label by color alteration of the paint.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2012
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Applicant: National Taiwan University
    Inventors: Ta Te Lin, Chia Ying Wu, En Chen Yang, Yi Chan Peng, Joe Air Jiang
  • Publication number: 20130267962
    Abstract: A device and method for subcutaneously implanting an identification chip into a domestic animal, the identification chip becoming relatively immobile once implanted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Inventor: Gary Karlin Michelson
  • Patent number: 8532747
    Abstract: A biopsy device for delivering a biopsy marker to a biopsy site is disclosed. The biopsy device can include a marker deployer having a unitary endpiece disposed in a distal end of the cannula. The distal endpiece can be a molded component which includes a distal tip, a marker deployment ramp, and a marker engaging element that aids in retaining the marker in the cannula until the marker is meant to be deployed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Devicor Medical Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew P. Nock, Ramon Ramos
  • Patent number: 8480684
    Abstract: The present invention provides a three section skin marking system combining target placement, lancing, marking, cleanup and protective bandaging comprising a positioning target, an ink application pad and a bandage pad, wherein the ink application pad is attached to the positioning target and the bandage pad is attached to the positioning target, wherein the positioning target is an appliqué with a top side and a bottom side and a peripheral border of material with a center portion of the appliqué removed and free of material, wherein the bottom side has an adhesive for adhering to skin of a patient; wherein the application pad comprises an absorbent pad surrounding micro-encapsulated or macro-encapsulated ink for marking the patient's skin; and wherein the bandage pad comprises an absorbent pad and an adhesive strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Inventors: Dhananjay Deodatta Bendre, Andrae L. Parks
  • Patent number: 8419656
    Abstract: An apparatus for implanting a locatable marker at a target site within a tissue mass comprises an insertion device and a marker introducer system that is received within the insertion device. The marker introducer system is anchored in a compressed tissue mass and a locatable marker is deployed from the introducer system after the tissue mass is decompressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Bard Peripheral Vascular, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven E Field
  • Patent number: 8409111
    Abstract: A localizing wire comprises an anchor portion that can change shape from a collapsed shape to an expanded shape and thereby anchor within a tissue mass. The localizing wire has an exterior portion that can lie flat against the tissue mass. The localizing wire can be repositioned or withdrawn without the need for the reinsertion of an introducer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Bard Peripheral Vascular, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven E. Field, Brian R. Mulder
  • Patent number: 8371443
    Abstract: A biopsy marker delivery device are described. The delivery device can include a relatively flexible hollow tube, a pushing member such as a push rod disposed for sliding with the tube, and at least one marker disposed in the tube. A marker blocking member is disposed distal of the distal most marker, and is disposed at least partially within the hollow tube to assist in preventing premature deployment of a marker from the hollow tube. A portion of the blocking member may disposed in the hollow tube, and another portion of the member may be operatively associated with a portion of the package such that when the marker delivery device is removed from the package, the member is removed from the marker delivery device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Devicor Medical Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew P. Nock, Ramon Ramos, Shailendra K. Parihar
  • Patent number: 8363259
    Abstract: A method is described for producing printed patches to provide a plurality of color markings and high-contrast markings as aligned arrangements of fiducial points. The printed color markings facilitate optical image processing and the printed high-contrast markings facilitate high-contrast image processing. These fiducial points enable a visible area of interest to be located by a person and associated with relevant high-contrast imaging data. This method includes providing a patch; printing at least one arrangement of color markings on the patch; and printing at least one arrangement of high-contrast markings on the patch. According to further features of certain embodiments the markings are aligned, can designate the same point, or can be disjointed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Activiews Ltd.
    Inventor: Pinhas Gilboa
  • Patent number: 8361082
    Abstract: A marker delivery device includes an elongated delivery cannula which has a distal end section, an inner lumen and a discharge opening in the distal end section in communication with the inner lumen. At least one elongated fibrous marker body is slidably disposed within the inner lumen of the elongated delivery cannula. The at least one elongated fibrous marker body includes a plurality of bioabsorbable polymeric strands. The strands are compressed to a compressed configuration and bound together in the compressed configuration with a polymer binding agent prior to insertion into the elongated delivery cannula. A releasable plug is disposed within a distal portion of the inner lumen and distal to the at least one elongated fibrous marker body so as to at least partially occlude the discharge opening in the distal end section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Senorx, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael L. Jones, Paul Lubock, John Merritt
  • Patent number: 8287463
    Abstract: A localizing wire comprising an anchor portion that can change shape from a collapsed shape to an expanded shape and thereby anchor within a tissue mass. A localizing wire having an exterior portion that can lie flat against the tissue mass. A localizing wire that can be repositioned or withdrawn without the need for the reinsertion of an introducer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Bard Peripheral Vascular, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven E. Field, Brian R. Mulder
  • Publication number: 20120226288
    Abstract: Described herein is a marking system for marking animals. The marking system comprises a restraining device, a controller, and a robot assembly wherein the robot assembly comprises a robotic arm, a marking device attached thereto, and one or more actuators for manipulating the robotic arm and marking with the marking device; the robot assembly and the restraining device are positioned in a fixed manner relative to one another; the restraining device is sized and configured for restraining an animal or animal body part thereof and oriented such that the marking device can make a mark on a substrate portion of the animal body part; and the controller is configured to control the position of the marking device and to make a mark on the substrate portion of the animal body part by actuating the one or more actuators. Also described herein are media transfer assemblies and animal restraints.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2010
    Publication date: September 6, 2012
    Applicant: Somark Innovations, Inc.
    Inventors: Ramos M. Mays, Mark C. Pydynowski, Mark A. Van Veen, Ben Tse, George Albert Mansfield
  • Publication number: 20120215230
    Abstract: An intracorporeal marker delivery device includes a delivery tube which has a distal tip, a discharge orifice and an inner bore extending to the discharge orifice. A plug is releasably secured within the inner bore. The plug may itself serve as a marker, and may be the sole marker. Markers may be positioned proximal to the plug, and may be detectable by ultrasound, X-ray, magnetic resonance imaging, and other imaging devices, and may include bioactive elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Inventors: Paul Lubock, Jason H. Safabash, Martin Shabaz, John Merritt
  • Patent number: 8241299
    Abstract: A biopsy marker delivery device is described. The delivery device can include a relatively flexible hollow tube, a pushing member such as a push rod disposed for sliding with the tube, and at least one marker disposed in the tube. The inner surface of the tube can be configured to engage the marker at spaced apart locations on the outer surface of the marker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Devicor Medical Products, Inc.
    Inventor: John A. Hibner
  • Patent number: 8177792
    Abstract: An intracorporeal marker delivery device includes a delivery tube which has a tapered, tissue penetrating distal tip, an inclined discharge orifice in the tapered distal tip and an inner bore extending to the orifice. A plurality of remotely detectable markers, which are formed at least in part of bioresorbable material, are slidably disposed within the inner bore. A plug having an inclined exposed surface, which is formed at least in part of bioresorbable material, is releasably secured within the inner bore of the delivery tube distal to the plurality of remotely detectable markers disposed therein to retain the plurality of remotely detectable markers within the inner bore. The plug is disposed at least in part within the inclined discharge orifice. A plunger is slidably disposed within the inner bore proximal to the plurality of remotely detectable markers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Senorx, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Lubock, Jason H. Safabash, Martin Shabaz, John Merritt
  • Patent number: 8170648
    Abstract: A localizing wire includes an anchor portion that can change shape from a collapsed shape to an expanded shape and thereby anchor within a tissue mass. The localizing wire has an exterior portion that can lie flat against the tissue mass. The localizing wire can be repositioned or withdrawn without the need for the reinsertion of an introducer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Bard Peripheral Vascular, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven E Field, Brian R Mulder
  • Patent number: 8157812
    Abstract: A delivery cannula for a site marker deployment device is disclosed. The delivery cannula includes a cannula having a tubular sidewall and at least one slot intersecting through the side wall. Each slot is sized to have a predetermined width so as to be configured to receive at least one filament of a site marker. When the site marker is inserted into the delivery cannula, at least a portion of the filament extends outwardly from the cannula and through the slot. A deployment system is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Suros Surgical Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Aaron P. Barr
  • Publication number: 20110152876
    Abstract: The invention relates to a tool for placing a mark for animal marking, said mark combining by nesting: a male portion (2), including a rod defining a fitting axis and enabling the guidance of an awl (11) for piercing the skin of the animal, and a female portion (5), including a recess for engaging said rod. According to the invention, the tool includes a means for setting said awl (11) in rotation about said fitting axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2009
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Inventor: Bernard Vandeputte
  • Patent number: 7819820
    Abstract: A self-contained, self-piercing, and side-expelling marking apparatus for percutaneously placing a imaging marker in a tissue mass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: Bard Peripheral Vascular, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven E. Field, Ryan L. Goosen, Brian R. Mulder, Richard M. Chesbrough
  • Publication number: 20100121343
    Abstract: Scrub resistant inks and methods and apparatus for fabrication and use thereof are provided. Scrub-resistant ink compositions may include a dye for marking skin; and a solvent dissolving a marking effective amount of the dye, wherein the solvent comprises about 0.1 to about 90 percent of a polar aprotic solvent. Apparatus for marking patients may include an ink reservoir; an ink dispenser having a fluid connection to the ink reservoir to dispense the ink at a desired rate to mark a patient; and a scrub resistant ink disposed in the ink reservoir. Methods for forming scrub-resistant ink compositions may include providing a marking effective amount of a dye suitable for use in marking skin; and mixing the dye with a first solvent comprising 0.1% to 90% of a polar aprotic solvent. Methods of marking patients may include applying an ink as recited above to a body part of the patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2009
    Publication date: May 13, 2010
    Applicant: VISCOT MEDICAL, LLC
    Inventors: ERIC STROUD, GARY J. PIERINGER
  • Publication number: 20100094169
    Abstract: The invention provides marker delivery devices, assemblies, and methods. Assemblies embodying features of the invention include marker delivery devices having a delivery tube with an orifice, markers, and a plug releasably disposed in the tube occluding the orifice. The plug prevents markers from passing through the orifice before the marker is to be placed at a desired location within a patient's body, prevents ingress of tissue into the bore of the tube, and allows markers to pass out of the orifice when marker delivery is desired. Guidance of a delivery tube to a desired location within a patient's body may include the use of an imaging device, with or without the use of a guide cannula. The plug may itself serve as a marker, and may be the sole marker. Markers may be detectable by ultrasound, X-ray, magnetic resonance imaging, and other imaging devices, and may include bioactive elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2009
    Publication date: April 15, 2010
    Inventors: Paul Lubock, Jason H. Safabash, Martin Shabaz, John Merritt
  • Patent number: 7651505
    Abstract: The invention provides marker delivery devices, assemblies, and methods. Assemblies embodying features of the invention include marker delivery devices having a delivery tube with an orifice, markers, and a plug releasably disposed in the tube occluding the orifice. The plug prevents markers from passing through the orifice before the marker is to be placed at a desired location within a patient's body, prevents ingress of tissue into the bore of the tube, and allows markers to pass out of the orifice when marker delivery is desired. Guidance of a delivery tube to a desired location within a patient's body may include the use of an imaging device, with or without the use of a guide cannula. The plug may itself serve as a marker, and may be the sole marker. Markers may be detectable by ultrasound, X-ray, magnetic resonance imaging, and other imaging devices, and may include bioactive elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2010
    Assignee: Senorx, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Lubock, Jason H. Safabash, Martin Shabaz, John Merritt
  • Publication number: 20090326548
    Abstract: A system for marking a non-human biological object and removing a sample of the biological object, which object is in particular an animal, comprising: a first tag part (1), a second tag part (2), a pin (3), a sample container (10) and, a sample removing stopper (20) the system further including a functional compound arranged within a compartment of the system such that said functional compound is in communication with said sample when said sample has been introduced into the sample container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2007
    Publication date: December 31, 2009
    Inventors: Reinhard Nehls, Roy Caisley, Henrik Winkeler
  • Patent number: 7625397
    Abstract: In order to later identify the location of a biopsy or surgery, various means and methods for permanently and non-surgically marking selected tissue in the human body are used. Later visualization of the markers is readily accomplished using state-of-the-art imaging systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Seth A. Foerster, Fred H. Burbank, Mark A. Ritchart, Elias A. Zerbouni
  • Publication number: 20090221915
    Abstract: Methods and devices are provided for marking tissue to be subsequently located for removal from a body or for other examination. In general, a marker is provided that can be delivered through a tissue wall proximate to tissue desirable for marking. The marker can be movable between a non-deployed or unexpanded position, in which the marker is configured to be delivered through a relatively small diameter passageway, to an expanded, balloon-like position in which the marker is configured to engage opposed sides of a tissue wall proximate to the desired tissue. The marker can remain disposed in the body in its expanded position and be subsequently palpably identified and/or visually identified to locate the desired tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2008
    Publication date: September 3, 2009
    Applicant: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: James W. Voegele, William B. Weisenburgh, II
  • Publication number: 20090216150
    Abstract: An apparatus for inserting a marking element into a marker body includes a body portion, an insertion member, and a pushing member. The body portion has a compartment configured to receive a marker body. The insertion member is configured to engage the marker body within the compartment. The pushing member is configured to engage with the insertion member. The pushing member is operable to force a marking element along the insertion member into the marker body. The insertion member may include a hollow needle configured to penetrate the marker body. The pushing member may include a pin configured to fit within the hollow needle. The marker body may include an opening such as a slit, a slot, or a passage that is configured to receive a marking element. The marker body may include a collagen dowel, and the marking element may be formed of titanium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2008
    Publication date: August 27, 2009
    Inventors: Lee Reichel, Gwendolyn P. Payne, Trevor W. V. Speeg
  • Publication number: 20090069819
    Abstract: A cannula for a marker deployment system is provided, including a tubular sidewall and at least one slit intersecting through the sidewall. The slit selectively permits at least a portion of the sidewall adjacent the slit to deform generally radially outward from an axis of the cannula.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2007
    Publication date: March 12, 2009
    Inventor: Aaron P. Barr
  • Patent number: 7497862
    Abstract: Tissue marking apparatus for marking a tissue mass of interest within the body of a patient are disclosed. The tissue marking apparatus include a handle, a tube operatively coupled to a distal end of the handle, a push rod disposed within the tube and extending into the handle, a firing mechanism retained within the handle and operatively coupled to a proximal end of the push rod, and a potential energy source configured and adapted to rapidly drive the push rod distally through the tube upon an activation of the firing mechanism. The tissue marking apparatus further includes a marker configured and dimensioned to be slidably received within the tube at a location distal of the push rod. The marker includes a capsule defining a chamber therein, an elongate tail extending from a distal end thereof, and at least one radioactive bead retained within the chamber of the capsule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2009
    Assignee: Tyco Healthcare Group LP
    Inventor: Frank Viola
  • Patent number: 7494493
    Abstract: A tattooing apparatus for marking animals includes a “U” shaped pliers and a disposable needle carrier that contains plurality of needles that are arranged in desired patterns to be pressed onto animals tissue using tattoo ink. The needle carrier is made of one-piece molded part that can quickly connect into the opening of pliers handle by means of snug fit to be used for purpose of animal tattooing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2009
    Inventor: Grace Masako Matsuura