Patents by Inventor Francesco Pompei

Application number: 20140149065
Abstract: The present invention relates to more accurate indication of fever. Temperature data from a large population of individuals are obtained and the temperature data are processed to determine a threshold, at a fever bump, above a normal range of distribution. The fever threshold, along with an individual's temperature, is used to indicate if the individual has a fever. Further, circadian information may be utilized to adjust the temperature data for an individual or the population of individuals.
Type: Application
Filed: November 26, 2012
Issued: May 29, 2014
Assignee: EXERGEN CORPORATION
Inventors: Francesco Pompei, Janette H. Lee, Jason N. Jarboe
Application number: 20140046620
Abstract: A user obtains an individual's body temperature data and transmits the data to a medical monitor (e.g., a medical device) for display. Additional data includes a timestamp and location of the body temperature data. Once the data is transmitted, a user may view the medical monitor for a temperature reading. For example, a doctor may take a patient's temperature and the temperature reading is displayed on a medical monitor. The body temperature data of each patient is detected using a preferred temperature detector, such as a temporal artery thermometer using an arterial heat balance approach. After collecting an individual's body temperature data, the body temperature data can be transferred to a processor. By sending body temperature data for many individuals for a geographic region, the processor can identify a pattern (e.g., a pandemic) in the body temperature data.
Type: Application
Filed: October 18, 2013
Issued: February 13, 2014
Assignee: Exergen Corporation
Inventors: Francesco Pompei, Janette H. Lee, Jason N. Jarboe
Patent number: 8577642
Abstract: A user obtains an individual's body temperature data and transmits the data to a medical monitor (e.g., a medical device) for display. Additional data includes a timestamp and location of the body temperature data. Once the data is transmitted, a user may view the medical monitor for a temperature reading. For example, a doctor may take a patient's temperature and the temperature reading is displayed on a medical monitor. The body temperature data of each patient is detected using a preferred temperature detector, such as a temporal artery thermometer using an arterial heat balance approach. After collecting an individual's body temperature data, the body temperature data can be transferred to a processor. By sending body temperature data for many individuals for a geographic region, the processor can identify a pattern (e.g., a pandemic) in the body temperature data.
Type: Grant
Filed: April 12, 2012
Issued: November 5, 2013
Assignee: Exergen Corporation
Inventors: Francesco Pompei, Janette H. Lee, Jason N. Jarboe
Application number: 20120197585
Abstract: A user obtains an individual's body temperature data and transmits the data to a medical monitor (e.g., a medical device) for display. Additional data includes a timestamp and location of the body temperature data. Once the data is transmitted, a user may view the medical monitor for a temperature reading. For example, a doctor may take a patient's temperature and the temperature reading is displayed on a medical monitor. The body temperature data of each patient is detected using a preferred temperature detector, such as a temporal artery thermometer using an arterial heat balance approach. After collecting an individual's body temperature data, the body temperature data can be transferred to a processor. By sending body temperature data for many individuals for a geographic region, the processor can identify a pattern (e.g., a pandemic) in the body temperature data.
Type: Application
Filed: April 12, 2012
Issued: August 2, 2012
Assignee: Exergen Corporation
Inventors: Francesco Pompei, Janette H. Lee, Jason N. Jarboe
Application number: 20120183013
Abstract: There are many industrial applications in which non-contact temperature sensing is useful for increasing production speed and quality, such as printing, laminating, extrusion, and metal forming. Disclosed is a non-contact temperature determining apparatus which uses two wide wavelength bands integrating sensors to determine the radiance ratio of a target and thereby determine a corresponding temperature of the target. Also disclosed is a non-contact temperature determining apparatus in which a beam splitter passes one wide wavelength band to a sensor and reflects another distinct wide wavelength band to another sensor from which temperature can be determined. A disclosed embodiment of the dual waveband temperature detector improves upon traditional and currently available ratio pyrometers by further reducing the cost of the system, making installation and use easier, and improving temperature detection for low temperature industrial applications.
Type: Application
Filed: January 17, 2012
Issued: July 19, 2012
Assignee: Exergen Corporation
Inventors: Alexander Stein, Francesco Pompei
Application number: 20120179049
Abstract: A body temperature detector includes a body having a viewing end, a retaining end, and a disposable cap. The retaining end includes an inward protrusion that expands over a wider portion of an end of the detector and contracts after the retaining end has passed over the wider portion to snugly secure the cap on the detector. An operator can scan the detector across the forehead of the patient and behind at least one ear, and the detector selects a maximum peak temperature of the two scans. The operator can continuously scan the detector from the forehead to behind the ear. Measured temperature is processed to provide a body temperature approximation based on heat flow from the skin surface to ambient temperature.
Type: Application
Filed: March 20, 2012
Issued: July 12, 2012
Inventors: Francesco Pompei, Marybeth A. Pompei
Application number: 20120170612
Abstract: An inexpensive thermopile temperature detector is particularly adapted to monitoring of electrical equipment, such as a power bus bar, within an enclosed area such as a cabinet. The detector may have a plastic housing, a thermopile sensor and a plastic Fresnel lens. Each sensor also includes a calibrated element such that, but for calibration, the same sensor may be used for various applications for different target sizes and distance or, more generally, with respect to effective target percentage of field of view.
Type: Application
Filed: December 29, 2011
Issued: July 5, 2012
Inventor: Francesco Pompei
Patent number: 8160836
Abstract: A user obtains an individual's body temperature data and transmits the data to a medical monitor (e.g., a medical device) for display. Additional data includes a timestamp and location of the body temperature data. Once the data is transmitted, a user may view the medical monitor for a temperature reading. For example, a doctor may take a patient's temperature and the temperature reading is displayed on a medical monitor. The body temperature data of each patient is detected using a preferred temperature detector, such as a temporal artery thermometer using an arterial heat balance approach. After collecting an individual's body temperature data, the body temperature data can be transferred to a processor. By sending body temperature data for many individuals for a geographic region, the processor can identify a pattern (e.g., a pandemic) in the body temperature data.
Type: Grant
Filed: April 17, 2007
Issued: April 17, 2012
Assignee: Exergen Corporation
Inventors: Francesco Pompei, Janette H. Lee, Jason N. Jarboe
Application number: 20110092822
Abstract: Body temperature measurements are obtained by scanning a thermal radiation sensor across the side of the forehead over the temporal artery. A peak temperature measurement is processed to compute an internal temperature of the body as a function of ambient temperature and the sensed surface temperature. The function includes a weighted difference of surface temperature and ambient temperature, the weighting being varied with target temperature through a minimum in the range of 96° F. and 100° F. The radiation sensor views the target surface through an emissivity compensating cup which is spaced from the skin by a circular lip of low thermal conductivity.
Type: Application
Filed: August 16, 2010
Issued: April 21, 2011
Inventor: Francesco Pompei
Patent number: 7787938
Abstract: Body temperature measurements are obtained by scanning a thermal radiation sensor across the side of the forehead over the temporal artery. A peak temperature measurement is processed to compute an internal temperature of the body as a function of ambient temperature and the sensed surface temperature. The function includes a weighted difference of surface temperature and ambient temperature, the weighting being varied with target temperature through a minimum in the range of 96° F. and 100° F. The radiation sensor views the target surface through an emissivity compensating cup which is spaced from the skin by a circular lip of low thermal conductivity.
Type: Grant
Filed: January 25, 2008
Issued: August 31, 2010
Assignee: Exergen Corporation
Inventor: Francesco Pompei
Application number: 20080262782
Abstract: A user obtains an individual's body temperature data and transmits the data to a medical monitor (e.g., a medical device) for display. Additional data includes a timestamp and location of the body temperature data. Once the data is transmitted, a user may view the medical monitor for a temperature reading. For example, a doctor may take a patient's temperature and the temperature reading is displayed on a medical monitor. The body temperature data of each patient is detected using a preferred temperature detector, such as a temporal artery thermometer using an arterial heat balance approach. After collecting an individual's body temperature data, the body temperature data can be transferred to a processor. By sending body temperature data for many individuals for a geographic region, the processor can identify a pattern (e.g., a pandemic) in the body temperature data.
Type: Application
Filed: April 17, 2007
Issued: October 23, 2008
Inventors: Francesco Pompei, Janette H. Lee, Jason N. Jarboe
Application number: 20080239920
Abstract: An identification input device and a temperature detector that detects body temperature data. The identification input device may be an optical touch pen. The infrared touch pen may be affixed to the temperature detector using a hook and connector or a snap fit connector. In use, the temperature detector computes body temperature data and the identification input device determines an identifier. The identifier is unique to a user. After obtaining the body temperature data and identifier, a transmitter may transmit body temperature data and the identifier over a wireless communications path to a processing unit. By transmitting data over a wireless communications path, an individual's data or a large group of data may be analyzed and viewed via a display unit.
Type: Application
Filed: March 27, 2007
Issued: October 2, 2008
Inventors: Francesco Pompei, Janette H. Lee, Jason N. Jarboe
Application number: 20080200830
Abstract: Body temperature measurements are obtained by scanning a thermal radiation sensor across the side of the forehead over the temporal artery. A peak temperature measurement is processed to compute an internal temperature of the body as a function of ambient temperature and the sensed surface temperature. The function includes a weighted difference of surface temperature and ambient temperature, the weighting being varied with target temperature through a minimum in the range of 96° F. and 100° F. The radiation sensor views the target surface through an emissivity compensating cup which is spaced from the skin by a circular lip of low thermal conductivity.
Type: Application
Filed: January 25, 2008
Issued: August 21, 2008
Assignee: EXERGEN CORPORATION
Inventor: Francesco Pompei
Patent number: 7346386
Abstract: Body temperature measurements are obtained by scanning a thermal radiation sensor across the side of the forehead over the temporal artery. A peak temperature measurement is processed to compute an internal temperature of the body as a function of ambient temperature and the sensed surface temperature. The function includes a weighted difference of surface temperature and ambient temperature, the weighting being varied with target temperature through a minimum in the range of 96° F. and 100° F. The radiation sensor views the target surface through an emissivity compensating cup which is spaced from the skin by a circular lip of low thermal conductivity.
Type: Grant
Filed: October 14, 2003
Issued: March 18, 2008
Assignee: Exergen Corporation
Inventor: Francesco Pompei
Patent number: 7314309
Abstract: A body temperature detector is particularly suited to axillary temperature measurements of adults. The radiation sensor views a target surface area of the body and electronics compute an internal temperature of the body as a function of ambient temperature and sensed surface temperature. The function includes a weighted difference of surface temperature and ambient temperature, the weighting being varied with target temperature to account for varying perfusion rate. Preferably, the coefficient varies from a normal of about 0.13 through a range to include 0.09. The ambient temperature used in the function is assumed at about 80° F. but modified with detector temperature weighted by 20%.
Type: Grant
Filed: November 14, 2005
Issued: January 1, 2008
Assignee: Exergen Corporation
Inventor: Francesco Pompei
Application number: 20060222048
Abstract: A body temperature detector is particularly suited to axillary temperature measurements of adults. The radiation sensor views a target surface area of the body and electronics compute an internal temperature of the body as a function of ambient temperature and sensed surface temperature. The function includes a weighted difference of surface temperature and ambient temperature, the weighting being varied with target temperature to account for varying perfusion rate. Preferably, the coefficient varies from a normal of about 0.13 through a range to include 0.09. The ambient temperature used in the function is assumed at about 80° F. but modified with detector temperature weighted by 20%.
Type: Application
Filed: November 14, 2005
Issued: October 5, 2006
Inventor: Francesco Pompei
Application number: 20060062274
Abstract: Tympanic temperature measurements are obtained from the output of a radiation sensor mounted in an extension from a housing. The housing has a temperature display and supports electronics for responding to sensed radiation. The sensor is mounted in an improved extension which is shaped to fit into smaller ear canals, such as a child's ear canal or a swollen adult ear canal. Within the extension, the sensor is positioned in a highly conductive environment and receives radiation from an external target through a tube. Electronics determine the target temperature based on the sensor output signal and a temperature sensor signal.
Type: Application
Filed: June 28, 2005
Issued: March 23, 2006
Assignee: Exergen Corporation
Inventor: Francesco Pompei
Patent number: 6932775
Abstract: A disposable cap for a body temperature detector includes a body having a viewing end and a retaining end. The retaining end includes an inward protrusion that expands over a wider portion of an end of the detector and contracts after the retaining end has passed over the wider portion to snugly secure the cap on the detector. The cap further includes a flange with an aperture therethrough adjacent the viewing end to permit a radiation sensor of the detector to view a target surface. Preferably, the cap is sufficiently large so as to not be insertable into an ear of a human. The cap is formed from a sheet of material, preferably by thermoforming, from a material such as polypropylene, polyethylene, polystyrene, or other similar material which has relatively low hardness and low thermal conductivity properties. The cap has a generally uniform thickness of about 0.020 inch.
Type: Grant
Filed: September 20, 2001
Issued: August 23, 2005
Assignee: Exergen Corporation
Inventors: Francesco Pompei, Marybeth A. Pompei
Application number: 20050065451
Abstract: A disposable cap for a body temperature detector includes a body having a viewing end and a retaining end. The retaining end includes an inward protrusion that expands over a wider portion of an end of the detector and contracts after the retaining end has passed over the wider portion to snugly secure the cap on the detector. The cap further includes a flange with an aperture therethrough adjacent the viewing end to permit a radiation sensor of the detector to view a target surface. Preferably, the cap is sufficiently large so as to not be insertable into an ear of a human. The cap is formed from a sheet of material, preferably by thermoforming, from a material such as polypropylene, polyethylene, polystyrene, or other similar material which has relatively low hardness and low thermal conductivity properties. The cap has a generally uniform thickness of about 0.020 inch.
Type: Application
Filed: July 20, 2004
Issued: March 24, 2005
Assignee: Exergen Corporation
Inventors: Francesco Pompei, Marybeth Pompei
Application number: 20050031014
Abstract: A body temperature detector is particularly suited to axillary temperature measurements of adults. The radiation sensor views a target surface area of the body and electronics compute an internal temperature of the body as a function of ambient temperature and sensed surface temperature. The function includes a weighted difference of surface temperature and ambient temperature, the weighting being varied with target temperature to account for varying perfusion rate. Preferably, the coefficient varies from a normal of about 0.13 through a range to include 0.09. The ambient temperature used in the function is assumed at about 80° F. but modified with detector temperature weighted by 20%.
Type: Application
Filed: May 24, 2004
Issued: February 10, 2005
Assignee: Exergen Corporation
Inventor: Francesco Pompei