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1. (WO2018225040) SYSTÈME POUR LE RAJEUNISSEMENT ET L'ÉLIMINATION DES RIDES DE LA PEAU
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CLAIMS

1. A system for treating wrinkles and rejuvenating skin on a human body, the system comprising a diagnostic component and a therapeutic component, an ultrasound probe, wherein the diagnostic component and the therapeutic component are connected to the ultrasound probe for diagnosis and therapy, a processor, and a memory, the processor running a program stored in the memory causing the system to perform the following steps:

obtaining an image of a depth of the skin in a region of interest on the skin using the diagnostic component; and

at each target point of a plurality of target points in the region of interest, determining how many ultrasound therapy foci to apply and the depths of each of the ultrasound therapy foci based on the image, and applying the ultrasound therapy foci at each of the depths using the therapeutic component.

2. The system of claim 1, wherein the ultrasound probe comprises one of: i) a single ultrasound transducer or transducer array that is used by both the diagnostic component and the therapeutic component;

ii) separate transducers or transducer arrays used respectively for the diagnostic component and the therapeutic component, and angled so that diagnostic beams and therapeutic beams overlap in the skin; and

iii) separate transducers or transducer arrays used respectively for the diagnostic component and the therapeutic component, the separate transducers or transducer arrays being mounted in an acoustic stack or an annular structure so that a diagnostic beam axis and a therapeutic beam axis overlap.

3. The system of claim 2, wherein the ultrasound probe transmits diagnostic ultrasound at a diagnostic frequency (DF) and therapeutic ultrasound at a therapeutic frequency (TF), wherein DF≥ 1.5-TF.

4. The system of claim 1, wherein the processor running the program causes the system to further perform the steps:

determining whether a skin thickness at the each target point is greater than a predetermined minimum thickness based on the image;

if the skin thickness at the each target point is greater than a

predetermined defined minimum thickness, then performing the steps of determining and applying at the each target point; and

if the skin thickness at the each target point is not greater than a predetermined minimum thickness, then not performing the steps of determining and applying at the each target point.

5. The system of claim 1, wherein the processor running the program causes the system to further perform, during the step of applying, measuring variations in a tissue parameter at the location of the each of the ultrasound therapy foci using the diagnostic component, and ceasing the step of applying of the each of the ultrasound therapy foci when the variations in tissue parameter meet a predetermined value.

6. The system of claim 1, wherein the image is a 3D image of the depth in the region of interest.

7. The system of claim 1, wherein the image is a 2D image of the depth obtained along a line in the region of interest.

8. The system of claim 7, wherein the processor running the program further causes the system to move the transducer in a direction orthogonal to the line and repeat the steps of obtaining along additional lines to obtain a plurality of 2D images that are combinable to form a 3D image of the region of interest.

9. The system of claim 8, wherein the steps of determining and applying are performed for each of the additional lines.

10. The system of claim 8, wherein the steps of determining and applying are performed for each of the 2D images before a successive one of the 2D images is obtained.

11. The system of claim 8, wherein the transducer moves within the probe in the direction orthogonal to the line to obtain the plurality of 2D images.

12. The system of claim 7, wherein the transducer moves within the probe in the direction orthogonal to the line to obtain a plurality of 2D images.

13. The system of claim 8, further comprising a robotic arm on which the probe is mounted, the robotic arm capable of positioning and orienting the probe, the robotic arm moves the transducer in the direction orthogonal to the line to obtain the 3D image.

14. The system of claim 1, further comprising a holding fixture on which the probe is mounted, the holding fixture capable of maintaining the probe at a fixed position for at least one of obtaining the image and applying the ultrasound

therapy foci in a locked position and manually adjustable to change an orientation or position of the probe in an unlocked position.

15. The system of claim 1, further comprising a robotic arm on which the probe is mounted, the robotic arm capable of positioning and orienting the probe, wherein the robotic arm moves the transducer for at least one of obtaining the image and applying the ultrasound therapy foci.

16. The system of claim 1, wherein the diagnostic component is used during the step of applying the ultrasound therapy foci to correct for body movements.

17. The system of claim 5, wherein the variations in the tissue parameter include changes in an elastic stiffness of the tissue.

18. The system of claim 5, wherein the variations in the tissue parameter include changes in an optical property of the tissue.

19. The system of claim 17, wherein the elastic stiffness is measured using an acoustic radiation force (ARF) mode of the diagnostic component to displace the skin.

20. The system of claim 1, wherein the probe includes an acoustic standoff providing acoustic contact to a region of a multi-curved skin surface with low absorption so that a high ultrasound intensity is obtained in a subcutaneous focus region.