Patents Assigned to AGFA-Healthcare
  • Patent number: 10310778
    Abstract: A system and method for printing medical images is provided. The system includes a client device and a server in data communication with the client device. The client device includes a communication subsystem for receiving medical images from the server; a user interface device for displaying the medical images in an Internet browser and receiving a request to print at least one selected medical image; and a processor coupled to a memory for storing a plurality of instructions. The processor can be configured for generating a base model that includes at least one page required to print the at least one selected medical image, generating a printable model by, for each of the at least one selected medical image, rendering that selected image to an image element of a page of the base model; and transferring the printable model to a model printable by the Internet browser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: AGFA HEALTHCARE N.V.
    Inventors: Giovan Giuseppe Boccanfuso, Robert A. Lowe
  • Publication number: 20190125292
    Abstract: A radiation image capturing system includes a processing unit that determines at least three distances between at least one first distance sensor provided at a radiation generation unit and at least three second distance sensors provided at a detection unit based on one or more signals emitted by the first distance sensor, and that determines an orientation of the radiation generation unit and the detection unit relative to each other based on inclination information provided by a first sensor unit provided at the radiation generation unit and a second sensor unit provided at the detection unit. Alternatively, the processing unit determines distances between at least three first distance sensors provided at the radiation generation unit and at least three second distance sensors provided at the detection unit based on signals emitted by the at least three first distance sensors to determine an orientation of the radiation generation unit and the detection unit relative to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Publication date: May 2, 2019
    Applicant: Agfa HealthCare NV
    Inventors: Rainer NEBOSIS, Vladimir ZEMANEK, Johannes HOELZL, Georg REISER, Roland REUTER
  • Publication number: 20190125285
    Abstract: A mobile radiation image capturing system includes a radiation generation unit that generates X-ray radiation; a mobile carriage on which the radiation generation unit is mounted; a drive unit that moves the carriage by linear motion in two dimensions and/or by rotation; at least one detection unit that captures a radiation image of an object; at least one sensor unit that determines an orientation and/or a position of the radiation generation unit and the detection unit relative to each other; at least one output unit that output information to a user; and a processing unit that, based on the orientation and/or position of the radiation generation unit and the detection unit relative to each other, determines whether the radiation generation unit and the detection unit have a predetermined orientation and/or position relative to each other and, if not, determines a positioning information on how to move the carriage and/or the radiation generation unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Publication date: May 2, 2019
    Applicant: Agfa HealthCare NV
    Inventors: Rainer NEBOSIS, Vladimir ZEMANEK
  • Patent number: 10127683
    Abstract: A short axis in a 3 dimensional image of a lesion is determined starting from voxels defining the long axis and voxels in the plane of the long axis. Voxels within the plane of the long axis are projected perpendicularly onto the long axis and receive an identifier indicative of the region on the long axis onto which they are projected. Distances between points (projected sub-voxels) in pairs of points within the same range and within adjacent ranges are evaluated in order to determine the longest distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: AGFA HEALTHCARE NV
    Inventors: Asma Ouji, Yoni De Witte
  • Patent number: 10067243
    Abstract: A scintillator includes CsBrxI(1-x) doped with Europium (CsBrxI(1-x):Eu) wherein x<0.5, and is obtained by annealing CsBrxI(1-x):Eu material at a temperature from 50° C. to 280° C. The EPR spectrum of the obtained scintillator measured at room temperature at a frequency of 34 GHz shows a maximum signal height at a magnetic field of 1200 mT, and the signal height at 1090 mT and 1140 mT does not exceed 40%, wherein the normalized signal height percentage at 1200 mT is calculated to be 100%. The scintillator is useful in a high energy radiation detection and radiography imaging apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: AGFA HEALTHCARE NV
    Inventors: Ilse Mans, Sabina Elen, Paul Leblans, Luc Struye, Freddy Callens, Henk Vrielinck
  • Patent number: 10068319
    Abstract: A method for processing a frame in a sequence of successively acquired frames in dynamic digital radiography includes the multi-scale representation of frames being subjected to temporal filtering by adding at least one correction image to a corresponding detail image(s) in the multi-scale representations of a frame of interest, the correction image being computed by combining clipped difference images obtained as the difference between the multi-scale representation of the frame of interest and the multi-scale representations of a selection of other frames in said sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: AGFA HEALTHCARE NV
    Inventor: Tom Bertens
  • Publication number: 20180211004
    Abstract: A system and method for providing breast image data. A transmission request is transmitted from a workstation to an imaging server with identifying characteristics for a mammography image. A pre-determined breast window for the mammography image is identified. An unprocessed image stored on the server that corresponds to the mammography image is identified, and breast image data can be determined for unprocessed image. The breast image data includes a breast window image that can be determined by applying the pre-determined breast window to the unprocessed image. The breast image data is transmitted to the clinician workstation, and the breast window image is displayed at the clinician workstation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Publication date: July 26, 2018
    Applicant: Agfa HealthCare Inc.
    Inventor: Viktor Kopylov
  • Publication number: 20180166161
    Abstract: A workflow management system for medical report production includes a workflow database that stores workflows, a user database that stores users, a task configurator that generates and configures tasks for production of a medical report in correspondence with rules of a workflow out of the workflows and assigns the tasks to users out of the user database, the tasks including at least one multi-author task, and an exclusion list manager that maintains an exclusion list of excluded authors for the multi-author task, wherein the task configurator is operationally coupled to the exclusion list manager and adapted to exclude the excluded authors when assigning the multi-author task to users.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Applicant: Agfa HealthCare NV
    Inventors: Nancy SAMI, Wim GEERAERTS, Olivier DEBELS, Caroline BOGAERT
  • Patent number: 9996951
    Abstract: A computerized tomographic image exposure and reconstruction method wherein an object is subjected to irradiation during a relative movement of a source of radiation, the object, and a radiation detector and wherein a digital representation of the radiation image of the object is computed by applying a tomographic reconstruction algorithm to image data read out of the irradiated radiation detector. A number of projection images are generated, each of the projection images being generated by integrating X-ray beams continuously emitted during the relative movement through a predefined movement path, and the created projection images are modeled in a tomographic reconstruction algorithm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignees: Agfa HealthCare, Universiteit Antwerpen
    Inventors: Jan Sijbers, Jeroen Cant
  • Patent number: 9984458
    Abstract: Vascular structures are segmented by a locally adaptive method based on iterative region growing and morphological operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: AGFA HEALTHCARE NV
    Inventors: Asma Ouji, Yoni De Witte
  • Patent number: 9984210
    Abstract: A method for performing a job list of radiographic recordings indicated in a radiographic information systems includes communicating the job list to a mobile apparatus, e.g. a smartphone, whereby, in a first step, a peer-to-peer communication is set up between the radiographic information system and the mobile apparatus by a Near Field Communication technique, whereupon the job list is transmitted to the mobile apparatus via a WIFI peer-to-peer communication. A radiographer then completes the job list by using, inter alia, a self-triggering direct radiographic panel and a radiographic generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: AGFA HEALTHCARE NV
    Inventors: Wim Govaerts, Patrick Pandelaers
  • Patent number: 9913621
    Abstract: An offset of an actual positional relationship of a radiation source and an object from a reference positional relationship is determined and taken into account when positioning and/or tilting and/or collimating the radiation source so as to irradiate a region of interest of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Agfa HealthCare NV
    Inventors: Wim Govaerts, Yves Vanmeenen, Danny Janssens
  • Publication number: 20180032677
    Abstract: A data processing system for determining an availability speed of a medical image includes a client sends a request for viewing the medical image, a server that provides the client with the medical image upon reception of the request, an availability determining unit configured to: determine a download path to be followed by the medical image within the data processing system in order to be made available to the client, retrieve configuration parameters indicative for a transfer speed along the download path, and determine the availability speed of the medical image from the download path and from the configuration parameters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Publication date: February 1, 2018
    Applicant: Agfa HealthCare NV
    Inventor: Roel ADRIAENSENS
  • Patent number: 9874643
    Abstract: A storage phosphor plate assembly includes at least one storage phosphor plate having a storage phosphor layer for storing X-ray information and a substrate layer on which the storage phosphor layer is provided. The substrate layer contains a permanent magnetic material, and a support plate contains a magnetic material, the at least one storage phosphor plate being held on the support plate due to magnetic forces. The invention further relates to an X ray cassette and a system for reading out storage phosphor plate. An easy and safe handling of storage phosphor plates of various sizes and/or forms, in particular during the read-out process in the read-out system, is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: AGFA HEALTHCARE NV
    Inventors: Anton Pirmann, Stephan Mair
  • Publication number: 20170344712
    Abstract: In a computer-implemented method of querying a data repository wherein a software image is generated of at least one of a pre-compiled semantic reasoning engine, a set of pre-compiled fact data, and pre-compiled reasoning rules. At runtime additional run time data and/or run time reasoning rules are loaded. A query is specified and solved by means of the software image and the additional run time data and/or runtime rules.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2015
    Publication date: November 30, 2017
    Applicant: Agfa HealthCare NV
    Inventors: Kristof DEPRAETERE, Hong SUN, Jos DE ROO, Dirk COLAERT
  • Publication number: 20170340305
    Abstract: A motion correction method includes two steps. The first step includes a global motion correction using the bilinear warping technique and a rough delineation of the lung fields. One of the native images (low energy image, high energy image) is deformed to match the other image. In a second step, local motion corrections are applied to the globally motion corrected image by computing a proximity value in small overlapping tiles. Only tiles with a sufficient high proximity value are taken into account. The maximum shift applied in this second step is limited to a few pixels to avoid strong deformations of the native images.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Publication date: November 30, 2017
    Applicant: Agfa HealthCare NV
    Inventor: Tom BERTENS
  • Patent number: 9831007
    Abstract: A radiographic flat panel detector includes a layer configuration in the order given: a) a radiation transparent substrate; and b) a scintillator layer applied by vapor deposition on the radiation transparent substrate; and c) an imaging array between the scintillator layer and a second substrate, characterized in that the radiation transparent substrate has on a side a layer including magnetisable particles and a method for producing the radiographic flat panel detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: AGFA HEALTHCARE NV
    Inventors: Paul Leblans, Luc Struye, Ilse Mans, Sabina Elen
  • Patent number: 9786049
    Abstract: Volume data representing a radiation image of an object are subjected to a coarse filtering process to obtain a first classification including support type and non-support type components. An iteration of low threshold filtering steps and successive extraction and classification of connected components is performed and used to rectify the result of the coarse filtering process. A further filtering is based on the location of the connected components in the volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: AGFA HEALTHCARE NV
    Inventor: Asma Ouji
  • Patent number: 9763635
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and system for reliably identifying a specific part of a spine in an image of a human or animal body, includes the steps of determining one or more parts of the spine in the image, determining one or more discriminative parameters for each of the one or more parts of the spine in the image, the discriminative parameters relating to at least one anatomical property of each of the one or more parts of the spine, classifying the discriminative parameters of the one or more parts of the spine in the image, and identifying a specific part of the spine based on the classification of the discriminative parameters of the one or more parts of the spine in the image. An identified vertebra, in particular the T12 vertebra and/or its associated intervertebral discs, can be used advantageously as a starting point of powerful automatic spine labeling algorithms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignees: AGFA HEALTHCARE NV, VRVIS ZENTRUM FÜR VIRTUAL REALITY UND VISUALISIERUNG FORSCHUNGS-GMB, IMP FORSCHUNGINSTITUT FÜR MOLEKULARE PATHOLOGIE GMBH
    Inventors: Jiri Hladuvka, David Major, Katja Buehler
  • Patent number: 9757079
    Abstract: A method controls for a planned radiographic exposure the spatial position of a portable digital direct x-ray detector in a medical imaging system including multiple radiographic exposure stands. The method includes creating a three-dimensional spatial model of the medical imaging system, determining within the model the spatial position of the detector based on input received from three gravity sensors installed thereon, determining a three-dimensional volume space for each radiographic exposure stand, and checking whether the spatial position of the detector fits within the three-dimensional volume space of the radiographic exposure stand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: AGFA HEALTHCARE NV
    Inventor: Walter Exelmans