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1. (WO2015123441) METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR IDENTIFYING THE URETER DURING A MINIMALLY-INVASIVE PROCEDURE

Pub. No.:    WO/2015/123441    International Application No.:    PCT/US2015/015671
Publication Date: Fri Aug 21 01:59:59 CEST 2015 International Filing Date: Fri Feb 13 00:59:59 CET 2015
IPC: A61B 18/18
Applicants: THE METHODIST HOSPITAL
Inventors: HUANG, Albert, Yung-hsiang
Title: METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR IDENTIFYING THE URETER DURING A MINIMALLY-INVASIVE PROCEDURE
Abstract:
A method for identifying a ureter during a medical procedure, the method comprising: providing an electrical stimulator comprising: a shaft having at least one electrode; and a power supply connected to the at least one electrode for providing an electrical signal to the at least one electrode; advancing the shaft so that the at least one electrode contacts tissue; operating the power supply so that the electrical signal is applied to the tissue; and visually observing the tissue to determine the presence of a ureter in the tissue.