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1. WO2006102142 - APPARATUS FOR DIAGNOSING MUSCULAR PAIN AND METHOD OF USING SAME

Publication Number WO/2006/102142
Publication Date 28.09.2006
International Application No. PCT/US2006/009840
International Filing Date 17.03.2006
IPC
A61B 5/05 2006.01
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
BDIAGNOSIS; SURGERY; IDENTIFICATION
5Measuring for diagnostic purposes; Identification of persons
05Measuring for diagnosis by means of electric currents or magnetic fields
CPC
A61B 2560/0406
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
BDIAGNOSIS; SURGERY; IDENTIFICATION
2560Constructional details of operational features of apparatus; Accessories for medical measuring apparatus
04Constructional details of apparatus
0406specially shaped apparatus housings
A61B 5/05
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
BDIAGNOSIS; SURGERY; IDENTIFICATION
5Detecting, measuring or recording for diagnostic purposes
05Detecting, measuring or recording for diagnosis by means of electric currents or magnetic fields; ; Measuring using microwaves or radiowaves
A61B 5/4519
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
BDIAGNOSIS; SURGERY; IDENTIFICATION
5Detecting, measuring or recording for diagnostic purposes
45For evaluating or diagnosing the musculoskeletal system or teeth
4519Muscles
A61B 5/4824
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
BDIAGNOSIS; SURGERY; IDENTIFICATION
5Detecting, measuring or recording for diagnostic purposes
48Other medical applications
4824Touch or pain perception evaluation
A61N 1/36021
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
NELECTROTHERAPY; MAGNETOTHERAPY; RADIATION THERAPY; ULTRASOUND THERAPY
1Electrotherapy; Circuits therefor
18Applying electric currents by contact electrodes
32alternating or intermittent currents
36for stimulation
36014External stimulators, e.g. with patch electrodes
36021for treatment of pain
Applicants
  • THE TRUSTEES OF THE STEVENS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY [US]/[US] (AllExceptUS)
  • SHAH, Jeckin [US]/[US] (UsOnly)
  • MARCUS, Norman [US]/[US] (UsOnly)
  • STELLAR, Ryan [US]/[US] (UsOnly)
  • SILVA, Daniel [US]/[US] (UsOnly)
Inventors
  • SHAH, Jeckin
  • MARCUS, Norman
  • STELLAR, Ryan
  • SILVA, Daniel
Agents
  • SELITTO, Ralph
Priority Data
60/663,12518.03.2005US
Publication Language English (EN)
Filing Language English (EN)
Designated States
Title
(EN) APPARATUS FOR DIAGNOSING MUSCULAR PAIN AND METHOD OF USING SAME
(FR) APPAREIL PERMETTANT DE DIAGNOSTIQUER LA DOULEUR MUSCULAIRE ET SON PROCEDE D'UTILISATION
Abstract
(EN)
Apparatus and method for diagnosing a source of muscular pain, wherein the apparatus (10) includes a housing (12), an electrical signal generator (52) mounted within the housing (12), and a pair of electrodes (18, 20), one of which is mounted on one end (14) of the housing and the other of which is mounted on an opposite end (16) of the housing. The generator (52) may include either an analog waveform generator or a digital signal processor (413). Each of the electrodes (18, 20) stimulates a muscle with an electrical signal generated by the generator (52). One of the electrodes (18) has a relatively small contact area for targeting smaller muscles or muscle groups, while the other electrode (20) has a relatively large contact area for targeting larger muscles or muscle groups. The apparatus (10) is a self-contained, wireless unit and is highly maneuverable, which allows a user to quickly and easily diagnose a source of muscle pain.
(FR)
L'invention concerne un appareil et un procédé permettant de diagnostiquer la source d'une douleur musculaire. Cet appareil (10) comprend un boîtier (12), un générateur de signal électrique (52) monté dans le boîtier (12), ainsi qu'une paire d'électrodes (18, 20), une des électrodes étant montée à une extrémité (14) du boîtier et l'autre électrode étant montée à l'extrémité opposée (16) du boîtier. Le générateur de signal électrique (52) peut comprendre un générateur de signal analogique ou un processeur de signal numérique (413). Chacune des électrodes (18, 20) stimule un muscle à l'aide d'un signal électrique produit par le générateur (52). Une des électrodes (18) possède une surface de contact relativement petite destinée aux muscles plus petits ou à des groupes de muscles. L'appareil (10) est constitué d'une unité sans fil, autonome, et est très maniable, ce qui permet à un utilisateur de diagnostiquer rapidement et facilement la source d'une douleur musculaire.
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