Clinical Laserthermia Systems has filed a patent for an apparatus and system that enables thermotherapy on a tissue site. The system includes a heating probe with an emitting area that can be connected to an energy source for heating the tissue. A sleeve is also included, allowing the probe to be positioned in the tissue for controlled thermotherapy. The patent claim specifies that the heating probe includes an optical fiber with a diffuser and a capillary to protect the emitting area. GlobalData’s report on Clinical Laserthermia Systems gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.
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The patent is filed for a heating probe for thermotherapy
A recently filed patent (Publication Number: US20230142426A1) describes a heating probe designed for thermotherapy on tissue sites. The probe includes an optical fiber with a light emitting area that can be connected to an energy source for heating the tissue. The light emitting area is partially a diffuser, which is a structured writing with micro-modifications. Additionally, the probe has a capillary that covers the light emitting area to protect it.
The micro-modifications in the optical fiber can be burnt into the core, cladding, and/or buffer of the fiber. These modifications are arranged on sectional planes that are perpendicular to the optical waveguide axis of the fiber. The capillary can be fused, adhered, or bonded to the optical fiber using shrink tubing. It can also be fused to the fiber at a point distally to the proximal portion. The fusion provides a thermostable bond between silica and silica, or an adhesive can be used as a seal at the proximal portion.
The capillary used in the heating probe is a glass capillary, and there is a space between the optical fiber and the capillary, preferably filled with air. The optical fiber itself comprises a jacket made from acrylate, a layer of resin, and an outer layer made of Polybutylene terephthalate (PBT).
The patent also describes a system for performing thermotherapy on tissue sites, which includes the heating probe mentioned above. The system further includes means for measuring the temperature in the tissue and a display unit to indicate the measured temperature. The temperature can be displayed as a graph. The means for measuring the temperature can be temperature measuring elements arranged in a sleeve or Magnetic Resonance Imaging to obtain temperature maps of the treatment area. The system can also include a light source that can be connected to the heating probe.
Lastly, the patent outlines a method for manufacturing the heating probe. The method involves providing an optical fiber with a light emitting area that can be connected to an energy source for heating the tissue. The light emitting area is a diffuser with micro-modifications. A capillary is then arranged to cover the light emitting area and protect it.
In summary, this patent describes a heating probe, a system, and a method for performing thermotherapy on tissue sites. The probe includes an optical fiber with a diffuser and micro-modifications, protected by a capillary. The system includes temperature measuring means and a display unit, and the method involves manufacturing the probe with the described components.
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