Patent Number: 6,254,538

Title: System and process for performing percutaneous biopsy within the breast using three-dimensional ultrasonography

Abstract: A system and process are provided for performing percutaneous biopsy within a breast using three-dimension ultrasonography and including a breast positioning device, a breast immobilization device, an ultrasonic imaging device, a biopsy instrument positioning device, the breast immobilization device and the three-dimensional ultrasonographic imaging device being positioned in a known relationship to each other, the breast immobilization device being employed to immobilize the breast and a lesion contained therein for imaging by the three-dimensional ultrasonic imaging device, and the three-dimensional ultrasonic imaging device being employed to assist an operator in positioning the biopsy instrument positioning device relative to the lesion and guiding a biopsy instrument percutaneously to the lesion.

Inventors: Downey; Donal B. (London, CA), Fenster; Aaron (London, CA)

Assignee: Life Imaging Systems, Inc.

International Classification: A61B 17/34 (20060101); A61B 8/08 (20060101); A61B 19/00 (20060101); A61B 10/00 (20060101); A61B 008/00 ()

Expiration Date: 07/03/2018