Electrical Impedance Sensing Biopsy Sampling Device and Method

A biopsy sampling device has an inner trocar having a sharpened tip and a sampling opening. The trocar is slideably engaged in a central cavity of an outer needle with its sharpened tip and sampling opening protruding from an end of the outer needle. Impedance measuring apparatus measures impedance between the inner trocar and the outer needle. In an embodiment, impedance is measured at multiple frequencies and spectral characteristics are determined therefrom. The inner trocar has an insulating coating over those portions of the inner trocar that are located within the central cavity of the outer needle. In an embodiment, the sampling device is used to obtain samples from an organ at points in the organ where impedance differs from an impedance of organ stroma.

WO 2,009,142,918


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