The patent's inventor is Thierman, Jonathan S. (
This patent was filed on
From the background information supplied by the inventors, news correspondents obtained the following quote: "Certain conditions existing at or near the surface of the skin, e.g. as caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) which causes plantar (Varuca Plantaris), genital (Condyloma Acuminata), and other types of warts, can be treated by elevating the temperature of the affected region. Ultrasonic energy deposition is known to elevate temperature in tissue. It is known that elevating the temperature at an affected region will cause physiological and/or medically significant mechanical biological change such as death of the organisms responsible for the condition. Traditional treatments include large volume heating such as using hot water baths of an appendage, e.g., hand, foot, finger, etc. to achieve the temperature elevation required for treatment. However, such traditional treatments are awkward and painful to the patient, and expose healthy regions of the treated organ to temperature elevations which are not required on the whole organ or which could be harmful to the whole organ."
Supplementing the background information on this patent, VerticalNews reporters also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent: "Embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to an ultrasonic device for thermal treatment of medical conditions near a skin surface, comprising an ultrasonic source adapted for depositing acoustical energy into a region of tissue near the skin surface; a housing that houses the ultrasonic source and houses a supply of power to the ultrasonic source; wherein said ultrasonic applicator is of a size and form to be manually held and applied to said region of tissue; and wherein said housing includes the ultrasonic source and supply of power to the ultrasonic source.
"Other embodiments are directed to a method for treatment of a medical condition near a skin surface, comprising applying a medicated patch onto a region of tissue being treated, said medicated patch including a substance known to favorably affect treatment of the medical condition being treated; applying to the medicated patch an ultrasonic source adapted for depositing acoustical energy into a region of tissue near the skin surface; manually manipulating said ultrasonic source by holding the source so as to deposit energy from the ultrasonic source into the region of tissue being treated through said medicated patch; and determining when a sufficient thermal effect of the deposited energy into the region of tissue being treated has been obtained to secure the treatment.
"Yet other embodiments are directed to a medicated patch for treatment of a skin condition, comprising an adhesive band adapted for adhering to a region of tissue being treated; said adhesive band including a first surface having an adhesive material for adhering to the skin around said region of tissue being treated; said adhesive band further including a second surface adapted for coupling to an ultrasonic source for treating said region of tissue; said patch being designed and adapted to pass ultrasonic waves from said ultrasonic source into said region of tissue; and said patch including medication known to aid the treatment of said skin condition.
"Still other embodiments are directed to an apparatus for treating a skin condition, comprising an ultrasonic source designed to provide energy to a region being treated and elevating the temperature of the same; a self-contained source of power for driving said ultrasonic source that is not connected to an external power source during operation of the apparatus; a control circuit for controlling the driving of said ultrasonic source; a temperature sensor that senses a temperature of said region being treated and provides a signal to said control circuit; and a housing that houses at least said ultrasonic source, said self-contained source of power, said control circuit, said housing being sized and formed to provide portable hand-held operation of the apparatus for localized treatment of said skin condition."
For the URL and additional information on this patent, see: Thierman, Jonathan S.. Treatment of Warts and Other Dermatological Conditions Using Topical Ultrasonic Applicator. U.S. Patent Number 8753295, filed
Keywords for this news article include: Sure-Shot Medical Devices.
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