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1. (WO2019032989) SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR RF ABLATION WITH GENERATED IMAGES OF ABLATED TISSUE LESIONS
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What is claimed is:

1. A system for generating images representative of areas to be treated by a subsequent radiofrequency (RF) ablation, comprising:

a computer processor including a memory, a processing element, and programmable instructions including at least one mathematical relationship for visually modeling a size and shape of a selected lesion pattern to be created;

an RF probe communicating with said computer processor;

an RF generator for supplying energy to said RF probe;

said mathematical relationship including variables incorporated in said mathematical relationship including (a) specifications for said RF probe(s) to be used in an ablation procedure, (b) an amount of energy supplied through the RF probe(s) during the ablation procedure, and (c) a measured amount of time in which the energy is supplied; and a visual display for viewing virtual images corresponding to at least one selected lesion pattern to be created.

2. A system, as claimed in claim 1, wherein said visual display includes a geometric shape corresponding to said at least one selected lesion pattern.

3. A system, as claimed in claim 1, wherein said visual display further includes an image of anatomy of a patient undergoing the subsequent ablation procedure, and said at least one selected lesion pattern is superimposed over the RF probe positioned in the patient such that the at least one selected lesion pattern is a proposed virtual lesion pattern.

4. A system, as claimed in claim 3, wherein said visual display further includes a designated virtual lesion pattern corresponding to a lesion pattern executed during the subsequent RF procedure.

5. A subsystem for generating images representative of areas to be treated by a subsequent radiofrequency (RF) ablation, comprising:

a computer processor including a memory, a processing element, and programmable instructions including at least one mathematical relationship for visually modeling a size and shape of a selected lesion pattern to be created;

said mathematical relationship including variables incorporated in said mathematical relationship including (a) specifications for an RF probe to be used in an ablation procedure, (b) an amount of energy to be supplied through the RF probe during the

ablation procedure, and (c) a measured amount of time in which the energy is to be supplied; and

a visual display for viewing virtual images corresponding to at least one selected lesion pattern.

6. A subsystem, as claimed in claim 5, wherein said visual display includes a geometric shape corresponding to said at least one selected lesion pattern.

7. A system, as claimed in claim 5, wherein said visual display further includes an image of anatomy of a patient undergoing the subsequent ablation procedure, and said at least one selected lesion pattern is superimposed over the RF probe positioned in the patient such that at least one selected lesion pattern is a proposed virtual lesion pattern.

8. A system, as claimed in claim 7, wherein said visual display further includes a designated virtual lesion pattern corresponding to a lesion pattern executed during the subsequent RF procedure.

9. A method for generating images representative of areas to be treated in a subsequent radiofrequency (RF) ablation, comprising:

providing a computer processor including a memory and a processing element;

providing programmable instructions including at least one mathematical relationship for visually modeling a size and shape of a selected lesion pattern;

providing communications between an RF probe and said computer processor;

generating power for delivery to said RF probe by an RF generator;

determining in said at least one mathematical relationship a plurality of variables to achieve said modeling, said variables at least including (a) specifications for said RF probe to be used in an ablation procedure, (b) an amount of energy supplied through the

RF probe during the ablation procedure, and (c) a measured amount of time in which the energy is supplied; and

producing a visual display including virtual images corresponding to at least one selected lesion pattern.

10. A method, as claimed in claim 9, wherein producing said visual display includes

generating a geometric shape corresponding to said at least one selected lesion pattern.

11. A method, as claimed in claim 9, wherein producing said visual display further includes generating an image of anatomy of a patient undergoing a subsequent ablation procedure, and said at least one selected lesion pattern is superimposed over the RF probe positioned in the patient such that the at least one selected lesion pattern is a proposed virtual lesion pattern.

12. A method, as claimed in claim 9, wherein producing said visual display further includes creating a designated virtual lesion pattern corresponding to a lesion pattern executed during the subsequent RF procedure.

13. A method for generating images representative of areas treated to be treated in a

subsequent radiofrequency (RF) ablation procedure, comprising:

providing a computer processor including a memory and a processing element;

providing programmable instructions including at least one mathematical relationship for visually modeling a size and shape of a selected lesion pattern;

providing communications between an RF probe and said computer processor;

determining in said at least one mathematical relationship a plurality of variables to achieve said modeling, said variables at least including (a) specifications for said RF probe to be used in an ablation procedure, (b) an amount of energy supplied through the RF probe during the ablation procedure, and (c) a measured amount of time in which the energy is supplied; and

providing a first user interface including a plurality of lesion patterns to be generated by said computer processor; and

selecting a desired lesion pattern to be created in the subsequent RF ablation procedure; providing a second user interface with a composite image showing the selected lesion pattern with an image of anatomy of a patient to be treated and the selected lesion pattern positioned on the image of the anatomy at a desired location for subsequent treatment of targeted tissue.

14. A method, as claimed in claim 13, further including:

confirming the desired location and the selected lesion pattern for determining RF generator settings to deliver energy commensurate with the selected lesion pattern and the RF probe to be used in the procedure.

15. A method, as claimed in claim 13, wherein:

the image of the patient anatomy is a virtual image.

16. A method, as claimed in claim 13, wherein:

wherein the image is an actual image of the patient taken prior to the procedure.

17. A method for generating images representative of areas to be treated in a subsequent radiofrequency (RF) ablation procedure, comprising:

providing a computer processor including a memory and a processing element;

providing programmable instructions including at least one mathematical relationship for visually modeling a size and shape of a selected lesion pattern;

providing communications between an RF probe and said computer processor;

determining in said at least one mathematical relationship a plurality of variables to achieve said modeling, said variables at least including (a) specifications for said RF probe to be used in an ablation procedure, (b) an amount of energy supplied through the RF probe during the ablation procedure, and (c) a measured amount of time in which the energy is supplied; and

providing a first user interface including a plurality of lesion patterns to be generated by said computer processor; and

selecting a desired lesion pattern to be created in the subsequent RF ablation procedure; providing a second user interface with a composite image showing the selected lesion pattern with an image of anatomy of a patient to be treated and the selected lesion pattern positioned on the image of the anatomy at a desired location for treatment of targeted tissue; and

confirming the desired location and the selected lesion pattern for determining RF generator settings to deliver energy commensurate with the selected lesion pattern and the RF probe to be used in the procedure.

18. A method, as claimed in claim 17, further including:

activating the RF generator to deliver RF energy according to parameters selected for the procedure; and

providing a third user interface with a composite image including an actual image of the treated location of the patient and a superimposed virtual image of the selected lesion pattern created.

19. A method, as claimed in claim 18, further including:

confirming the actual energy delivered by the RF generator according to the

predetermined settings.

20. A method, as claimed in claim 18, wherein:

the image of the patient anatomy is a virtual image.

21. A method, as claimed in claim 18, wherein:

wherein the image is an actual image of the patient taken prior to the procedure.