Patent Number: 6,251,076

Title: Male impotence diagnostic ultrasound system

Abstract: An apparatus for diagnosing male impotence by measuring blood velocity in a cavernosal artery of a male penis includes at least one transducer for transmitting/receiving energy and reading corresponding Doppler effect to detect blood velocity in the cavernosal artery, a transducer housing for supporting the transducer in a substantially fixed orientation with respect to the penis as the transducer measures blood velocity in the cavernosal artery, and a fixing device, mechanically coupled to the transducer housing, to substantially mechanically fix the transducer housing in place with respect to the penis and hold the at least one transducer in a substantially constant angular orientation with respect to the cavernosal artery during an impotence diagnostic procedure. Corresponding methods are also disclosed.

Inventors: Hovland; Claire T. (Minnetonka, MN), Abrams; Jerome H. (St. Paul, MN), Wons; Edward J. (Minnetonka, MN)

Assignee: UroMetrics Inc.

International Classification: A61B 5/103 (20060101); A61B 8/06 (20060101); A61B 008/06 ()

Expiration Date: 06/26/2018