Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Alexander J. Burke
  • Patent number: 8352538
    Abstract: A system for exchanging transaction messages between different computer systems includes a data processor for monitoring transaction messages. The data processor has a transaction processor for assigning identifiers to both inbound transaction messages from source executable applications and outbound transaction messages for communication to destination executable applications, to individually identify transaction messages. The data processor has a repository of map information associating inbound and outbound transaction messages using the assigned identifiers and a user interface for providing data representing at least one display image and including data identifying an inbound or outbound transaction message and a corresponding outbound or inbound transaction message, in response to a user command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Julianne Noonan, Maryann Feng, Richard J. Gengler, Mannage Gunaratne
  • Patent number: 8321005
    Abstract: A system determines fractal values, a nonlinear fractal ratio and fractal data patterns in a heart and maps determined fractal values to medical conditions. A system for heart performance characterization and abnormality detection includes an interface for receiving sampled data representing an electrical signal indicating electrical activity of a patient heart over at least one heart beat cycle. A signal processor calculates, a first signal characteristic value comprising a first fractal dimension value derived from the sampled data over at least a portion of a heart beat cycle, a second signal characteristic value representing a computed derivative of the first fractal dimension value and a ratio of the first and second signal characteristic values. A comparator compares the calculated ratio with a threshold value to provide a comparison indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Hongxuan Zhang, Dennis Steibel, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8312322
    Abstract: A system automatically generates a workflow report for computerized system testing and other uses. The system comprises at least one processing device including at least one log file including records identifying time stamped actions performed by a user of a computerized processing system and actions performed by the system. A repository includes stored predetermined data patterns associated with workflow tasks performed in a workflow by a user and a system. A parser automatically parses records of the at least one log file to identify workflow tasks performed during a time period using the predetermined data patterns. A report generator automatically generates a workflow report comprising the identified workflow tasks and associated time stamps indicating workflow tasks performed by the system and user during the time period. An output processor provides the generated workflow report to a destination device for access by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Rajesh Gururaj
  • Patent number: 8310234
    Abstract: A system for fat signal suppression in MR imaging comprises an RF signal generator for generating RF pulses in an MR pulse sequence using one or more RF pulses for echo signal formation including, an RF excitation pulse and an RF refocusing pulse subsequent to said RF excitation pulse. A magnetic field slice select gradient generator generates first and second different slice select magnetic field gradients for corresponding use with the RF excitation pulse and the RF refocusing pulse, respectively, the first and second different slice select magnetic field gradients having substantially different amplitudes. An MR imaging control unit directs acquisition of MR imaging data having fat signal substantially suppressed using the generated RF pulses and different slice select magnetic field gradients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Vibhas Deshpande
  • Patent number: 8290234
    Abstract: A system determines static background medical image data by receiving pixel luminance data comprising multiple sequential medical images of a patient anatomical portion and luminance data of an individual image that comprises multiple pixel luminance representative values of multiple individual pixels of the individual image. A filter includes a first filter function having a first response time for filtering received luminance representative values of a particular individual pixel varying in response to a first motion disturbance in the multiple sequential medical images for use in identifying a substantially minimum luminance value of the particular individual pixel in the multiple sequential medical images. The filter filters luminance representative values of individual pixels of the multiple sequential medical images to identify substantially minimum luminance values of individual pixels in the multiple sequential medical images as background image data of the multiple sequential medical images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Adam K. Galant
  • Patent number: 8290222
    Abstract: An image processing system and method to resize image data from two sources of image data. The method includes receiving a first matrix of image data from a first detector and a second matrix of image data from a second detector. Detector-specific image correction is performed on the first matrix data and the second matrix data independently. The first matrix and the second matrix are re-mapped into virtual matrices of a common size, which are processed through a common image pipeline. The virtual matrices are remapped into different matrix sizes for further processing or display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Martin Spahn
  • Patent number: 8265224
    Abstract: An Angiographic X-ray imaging system includes a detector for automatically detecting a transition between different phases of contrast enhanced blood flow in vessels of a portion of patient anatomy, in response to pixel luminance content of at least one image of a sequence of acquired images of the portion of patient anatomy. An X-ray imaging device uses the detector and information associating different sets of X-ray imaging device settings with corresponding different phases of contrast enhanced blood flow in vessels for automatically sequentially acquiring images in different phases using different imaging settings, in response to detection of transitions between different phases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.
    Inventor: John Baumgart
  • Patent number: 8265731
    Abstract: A pointing light device includes a light pointer, such as a laser pointer; and an elongated pointing member detachably associated with the light pointer. The pointing member contains at least two bead-like members. Also, a method for aligning a light pointer with a predetermined medical interventional device trajectory. The method includes attaching a pointing member to an output end the light pointer to form a movable pointing light device; imaging two or more bead-like members of the pointing member to create live projection images or shadows in the live projection image; projecting at least first and second points associated with the predetermined medical interventional device trajectory onto the live projection image; and moving the pointing light device until the live projection images of the two members are aligned with corresponding ones of the projected first and second points in the live projection image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Markus Kukuk, Norbert Strobel, Sandy Napel, Rebecca Fahrig
  • Patent number: 8255038
    Abstract: A system employs non-uniform and nonlinear patient monitoring signals in automatically adaptively varying image resolution, image scanning frequency and acquisition speed and gates and synchronizes the image scanning and acquisition of an imaging system. A system acquires medical images of patient anatomy using a trigger generator. The trigger generator generates a trigger signal comprising a non-periodic sequence of pulses in a first signal portion within individual heart beat cycles. The first signal portion is periodically repeated for multiple sequential individual heart beat cycles. An image acquisition device acquires multiple images of a patient anatomical portion in response to corresponding multiple individual pulses of the non-periodic sequence of pulses. A display processor presents acquired images on a display for review by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Hongxuan Zhang
  • Patent number: 8244013
    Abstract: A system processes pixel representative image data of medical images of patient anatomy to automatically identify an interventional instrument. The system includes an acquisition processor that receives pixel luminance data comprising multiple sequential medical images of a patient anatomical portion and luminance data of an individual image comprises multiple pixel luminance representative values of multiple individual pixels of the individual image. An image data processor detects and subtracts background image data from the pixel luminance data comprising the multiple sequential medical images to provide processed pixel luminance data comprising multiple processed sequential medical images. The image data processor computes gradient components of individual pixels of the processed pixel luminance data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Adam K. Galant
  • Patent number: 8233962
    Abstract: An improved method is disclosed for imaging in an interventional medical procedure that is more advanced than a conventional 2D image processing application and less restrictive than a 3D reconstruction image processing application. In contrast to the prior art 2D imaging application in which a single 2D image is acquired, the inventive method acquires and stores a set of 2D anatomical images while rotating a C-arm/X-ray source using a single injection of contrast agent. In lieu of performing a 3D reconstruction, the multiplicity of anatomical views provided by the set of 2D anatomical images adequately serve as a visual “rotatable roadmap” to perform classical 2D-roadmapping navigation. The “rotatable roadmap” assists a user to locate an ideal working view of the patient's region of operative interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignees: Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc., The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University
    Inventors: Markus Kukuk, Sandy Napel
  • Patent number: 8233972
    Abstract: A system for heart performance characterization and abnormality detection includes an interface that receives a signal representing electrical activity of a patient heart occurring during individual heart cycles of multiple sequential heart cycles. A signal processor decomposes the received signal into multiple signals comprising a heart cycle signal primary wave and one or more heart cycle signal wavelets occurring at corresponding successively higher frequencies. The signal processor determines multiple amplitude representative values of the heart cycle signal primary wave and the one or more heart cycle signal wavelets. A comparator compares the multiple amplitude representative values with corresponding multiple predetermined threshold values to provide comparison indicators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Hongxuan Zhang
  • Patent number: 8224129
    Abstract: A system for auto-deletion of image related data in an imaging system, includes an imaging system. The imaging system comprises a repository for storing image representative data, and is capable of archiving image representative data in the repository, and deleting image representative data from the repository. The system also includes an archiving system, coupled to the imaging system, for receiving image representative data from the imaging system and archiving the received data. The imaging system automatically deletes image representative data which has been archived from the repository.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Soroosh Kargar, Weng Lei
  • Patent number: 8219416
    Abstract: An automated search system uses data indicating clinical and non-clinical needs of a patient to provide a ranked list of candidate beds, status of beds and availability of a specific type of bed having a particular set of clinical attributes, using a score value derived using configurable rules for comparing patient requirements with bed characteristics. A patient bed search system includes at least one repository including bed information for multiple beds in a healthcare facility comprising multiple clinical attributes including current availability for individual beds of the multiple beds. A bed management processor automatically employs the bed information in providing data representing a candidate list of beds for a particular patient in response to clinical and non-clinical requirements associated with the particular patient and a request to allocate a bed for the particular patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerrit Dean Auker, Vincent Anthony Buccellato, Robin J Grattan
  • Patent number: 8217855
    Abstract: A system generates a plurality of display signals. The system includes a source of data representing a plurality of display images. A processor combines the data representing the plurality of display images into a single composite data matrix in which the data representing the plurality of display images are interleaved. A DVI signal generator produces a DVI signal representing the single composite data matrix. A splitter is responsive to the DVI signal representing the single composite data matrix. The splitter extracts the respective data representing the plurality of display images and generates corresponding DVI signals respectively representing the plurality of display images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Yeegee Ku
  • Patent number: 8217649
    Abstract: A system for use in MR imaging using tissue mechanical resonance includes an external wave generator for generating mechanical waves for transmission through patient anatomy. An RF pulse generator generates an RF pulse for exciting nuclei magnetic moments at specific spin frequencies in a particular selected anatomical region of interest. A motion encoding gradient generator generates a motion encoding gradient magnetic field within a time duration of a read-out gradient and synchronized with generation of the mechanical waves. A data processor processes data derived from radio frequency signals resulting from nuclei spin frequencies responsive to the motion encoding gradient magnetic field to detect the mechanical waves propagating through the patient anatomy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Bradley Drake Bolster, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8218727
    Abstract: A system automatically adaptively adjusts an enlarged region of interest presented as a zoomed image on a secondary live display in response to X-ray filter (e.g., collimator) adjustment. An X-ray medical image user interface system includes one or more displays for displaying medical images. At least one display concurrently presents, a first image window including an X-ray image overview of a portion of patient anatomy and a second image window including an enlarged region of interest within the X-ray image overview. A collimator position detector provides a collimator signal in response to a detected collimator position. An image data processor automatically identifies the enlarged region of interest within the X-ray image overview in response to the collimator signal. A display processor generates data representing an image comprising the enlarged region of interest of the X-ray image overview in response to the identification of the enlarged region of interest within the X-ray image overview.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.
    Inventors: John Baumgart, Benita Devadas
  • Patent number: 8204289
    Abstract: A system identifies a particular image associated with a particular cardiac characteristic from within a sequence of cardiac images including image noise artifacts and obtained over a heart beat cycle. The system comprises at least one repository including, first data comprising heart cycle information derived from ECG data, second data comprising data representing multiple images acquired over at least one heart cycle and third data comprising data associated with timing of contrast agent flow. An image data processor identifies a particular image exhibiting a particular cardiac characteristic from within a sequence of cardiac images by processing the first, second and third data to identify an image having a substantially maximum likelihood of exhibiting the particular cardiac characteristic. A storage processor retrieves data representing the particular image from storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Wei Qu, Yuanyuan Jia
  • Patent number: 8200308
    Abstract: A catheter has a plurality of sensors and electrodes, wherein the sensors are arranged alternately and spaced apart from each other. A system for continuous measurement and mapping of physiological data may use such a catheter with a coupling unit for insulated coupling of the plurality of sensors with a measurement unit and a mapping unit for mapping values received from the sensors to a predefined matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Hongxuan Zhang, Detlef W. Koertge
  • Patent number: 8183864
    Abstract: A system for respiratory motion compensated MR imaging or spectroscopy, comprises an MR imaging system. The MR imaging system performs a single imaging scan including, acquiring a first imaging data set representing a spatially localized first imaging region located on a patient diaphragm, using a first RF excitation pulse sequence and by transmitting a nuclei excitation first resonant frequency and receiving data substantially at the first resonant frequency. The MR imaging system derives data representing diaphragm position over a respiratory cycle using the first imaging data set, in the single imaging scan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Jian Xu