Patents Assigned to Calypso Medical Technologies, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130345561
    Abstract: Systems and methods for treating a lung of a patient. One embodiment of a method comprises positioning a leadless marker in the lung of the patient relative to the target, and collecting position data of the marker. This method further comprises determining the location of the marker in an external reference frame outside of the patient based on the collected position data, and providing an objective output in the external reference frame that is responsive to movement of the marker. The objective output is provided at a frequency (i.e., periodicity) that results in a clinically acceptable tracking error. In addition, the objective output can also be provided at least substantially contemporaneously with collecting the position data used to determine the location of the marker.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2011
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Applicant: Calypso Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Fergus Quigley
  • Patent number: 8196589
    Abstract: A wireless marker for localizing a target of a patient comprises a casing and a magnetic transponder at least partially received in the casing. The magnetic transponder produces a wirelessly transmitted magnetic field in response to a wirelessly transmitted excitation energy. The magnetic transponder also has a magnetic centroid. The marker also comprises an imaging element carried by the casing and/or the magnetic transponder. The imaging element has a radiographic profile in a radiographic image such that the marker has a radiographic centroid at least approximately coincident with the magnetic centroid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Calypso Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Margo Gisselberg, Keith Seiler, Steven C. Dimmer
  • Publication number: 20110308016
    Abstract: An apparatus for supporting a patient in radiation therapy and other applications. In one embodiment, the apparatus includes a support structure and a panel carried by the support structure. The support structure can have first and second support members, such as rigid girders or other structures comprising substantially dielectric materials. The panel is also a rigid structure comprising substantially dielectric materials. The panel can further include a pass-through zone or other type of zone that is compatible with an ionizing radiation beam. For example, the panel can have a grid or solid low-density structure that mitigates beam contamination. The support structure and the panel together are configured to position a magnetic marker implanted in the patient in a navigational zone in which a magnetic field transmitted from the marker is not affected by conductive components or loops of conductive material in the pedestals or cantilevered support structures of conventional patient support systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2011
    Publication date: December 22, 2011
    Applicant: Calypso Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven C. Dimmer, Matthew A. Herron, Edward J. Vertatschitsch
  • Publication number: 20110283663
    Abstract: Packaged systems for implanting a marker in a patient and methods for manufacturing and using such systems. In one embodiment, a packaged system comprises an introducer having a cannula and a stylet configured to be received in the cannula, a marker in the cannula, and a package having a sterile compartment. The marker can have a casing configured to be implanted in a patient and a resonating circuit in the casing. The resonating circuit can comprise a coil configured to wirelessly transmit a target signal in response to a wirelessly transmitted excitation signal. The introducer is contained within the sterile compartment. In another embodiment, the marker is not loaded in the introducer within the compartment of the package.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Applicant: Calypso Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Seiler, Eric Hadford
  • Patent number: 8020227
    Abstract: An apparatus for supporting a patient in radiation therapy and other applications. In one embodiment, the apparatus includes a support structure and a panel carried by the support structure. The support structure can have first and second support members, such as rigid girders or other structures comprising substantially dielectric materials. The panel is also a rigid structure comprising substantially dielectric materials. The panels can further include a pass-through zone or other type of zone that is compatible with an ionizing radiation beam. For example, the panel can have a grid or solid low-density structure that mitigates beam contamination. The support structure and the panel together are configured to position a magnetic marker implanted in the patient in a navigational zone in which a magnetic field transmitted from the marker is not affected by conductive components or loops of conductive material in the pedestals or cantilevered support structures of conventional patient systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Calypso Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven C. Dimmer, Matthew A. Herron, Edward J. Vertatschitsch
  • Patent number: 8011508
    Abstract: Packaged systems for implanting a marker in a patient and methods for manufacturing and using such systems. In one embodiment, a packaged system comprises an introducer having a cannula and a stylet configured to be received in the cannula, a marker in the cannula, and a package having a sterile compartment. The marker can have a casing configured to be implanted in a patient and a resonating circuit in the casing. The resonating circuit can comprise a coil configured to wirelessly transmit a target signal in response to a wirelessly transmitted excitation signal. The introducer is contained within the sterile compartment. In another embodiment, the marker is not loaded in the introducer within the compartment of the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Calypso Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Seiler, Eric Hadford
  • Patent number: 7926491
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention are directed to an apparatus for use in a system that senses an excitable wireless target capable of being implanted in a body or tissue. The apparatus includes multiple electromagnetic field sensors arranged approximately in a common plane, and multiple sense signal output paths coupled to the sensors. Each one of the sensors and corresponding output paths is configured to provide an output signal representing at least a portion of an electromagnetic field provided by the marker, where the output signal is proportional to a component of the field at the sensor, where that component is substantially perpendicular to the plane. Various other configurations regarding this apparatus, as well as the overall system and methods of exciting and receiving signals from wireless markers, are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: Calypso Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: J. Nelson Wright, Laurence J. Newell
  • Patent number: 7912529
    Abstract: A low-density sensor panel assembly system is provided for use with remote marker assemblies that generates a marker signal and for use with a radiation therapy source that generates a radiation beam during radiation therapy. The system includes a sensor array having a layer of sensor coils arranged in a selected pattern and configured to receive the marker signal from the remote marker. A support panel is connected to the sensor array and retains each of the sensor coils in a substantially fixed and unmoving position relative to the other sensor coils. The sensor panel and sensor array define a low-density panel structure configured to dwell in the radiation beam during the radiation therapy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: Calypso Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew A. Herron, Bryan White, Jon H. LeFors, Sam Truslow
  • Patent number: 7899513
    Abstract: A facility for performing patient localization for radiation therapy is described. The facility activates two or more discrete software modules, and performs interactions between the activated software modules. Based upon the performed interactions, the facility performs patient localization for a radiation therapy session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: Calypso Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Chase Phillips, Ryan Kempston Seghers
  • Publication number: 20110046481
    Abstract: A system and method for accurately locating and tracking the position of a target, such as a tumor or the like, within a body. In one embodiment, the system is a target locating and monitoring system usable with a radiation delivery source that delivers a selected doses of radiation to a target in a body. The system includes one or more excitable beacons positionable in or near the target, an external excitation source that remotely excites the beacons to produce an identifiable signal, and a plurality of sensors spaced apart in a known geometry relative to each other. A computer is coupled to the sensors and configured to use the beacon measurements to identify a target isocenter within the target. The computer compares the position of the target isocenter with the location of the machine isocenter. The computer also controls movement of the patient and a patient support device so the target isocenter is coincident with the machine isocenter before and during radiation therapy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2010
    Publication date: February 24, 2011
    Applicant: Calypso Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy P. Mate, Steven C. Dimmer
  • Patent number: 7778687
    Abstract: A leadless marker for localizing the position of a target within a patient. In one embodiment, the marker includes a casing, a resonating circuit, and a ferromagnetic element. The casing is configured to be positioned at a selected location relative to a target site in the patient; the casing, for example, can be configured to be permanently or semi-permanently implanted into the patient. The resonating circuit has an inductor within the casing comprising a plurality of windings of a conductor, but it does not have external electrical lead lines extending through the casing. The ferromagnetic element is at least partially within the inductor. The ferromagnetic element has a volume such that when the marker is in an imaging magnetic field having a field strength of 1.5 T and a gradient of 3 T/m, then the force exerted on the marker by the imaging magnetic field is not greater than gravitational force exerted on the marker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: Calypso Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven C. Dimmer, Eric Hadford
  • Patent number: 7747307
    Abstract: A method and system for locating a source of a signal. The source may be a wireless marker that is implanted in an object, such as a human body. The signal generated by the marker is a magnetic field. The location system uses an array of sensors to measure the magnetic field of the marker at various sensor locations. The location system compares the set of actual measurements to sets of reference measurements for various known locations within a bounding volume. Based on the comparisons, the location system identifies the set of reference measurements that most closely matches the set of actual measurements. The location system then uses sets of reference measurements for known locations near the closest known location to more accurately determine the marker location when it is not actually at one of the known locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Calypso Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: J. Nelson Wright, Barry Friemel
  • Patent number: 7696876
    Abstract: A system for generating a magnetic field for excitation of a leadless marker assembly. The system of at least one embodiment includes a source generator that generates a plurality of alternating electrical signals each having an independently adjustable phase. A plurality of excitation coils are configured to simultaneously receive a respective one of the alternating electrical signals at a selected phase to generate a magnetic field. The phase of the alternating electrical signal for each excitation coil is independently adjustable relative to the phase of the alternating electrical signal for the other excitation coils so as to adjust the magnetic field from the respective coil. The magnetic fields from the excitation coils combine to form a spatially adjustable excitation field for excitation of the remote leadless marker assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: Calypso Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven C. Dimmer, J. Nelson Wright, William T. Mayo
  • Patent number: 7684849
    Abstract: A receiver for determining the location of a marker that is excited with an exciting waveform. A sensing array having coils is used to sense magnetic flux from the resonating marker. The coils provide inputs to the receiver. The receiver includes a correlation processor for analyzing the inputs in a coherent manner. Further, the receiver is synchronized to act on inputs that are gathered when a treatment radiation source is inactive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: Calypso Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: J. Nelson Wright, Laurence J. Newell
  • Publication number: 20100036241
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods for implanting objects, such as a marker, in the lungs of patients. In one embodiment, a bronchoscopic catheter assembly for implanting an object in the lung of a patient includes a handle, a delivery catheter projecting outwardly from the handle, and a push wire contained within the catheter In one aspect of this embodiment, the catheter can be configured to releasably hold a plurality of markers at a distal end. In another aspect of this embodiment, the push wire can be operably connected to the handle and axially moveable within the delivery catheter to eject the marker out of the catheter within the bronchi of the patient. In a further aspect of this embodiment, the marker can further include an anti-migration device associated with the marker for holding the marker in place once the marker is deployed in the bronchi. The anti-migration device can be integral with the marker or positioned proximate to the marker to prevent migration of the marker.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2006
    Publication date: February 11, 2010
    Applicant: Calypso Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin L. Mayse, Steven C. Dimmer, Roger Hildwein, Eric D. Nielson
  • Patent number: 7657303
    Abstract: A system and method for accurately locating and tracking the position of a target, such as a tumor or the like, within a body. In one embodiment, the system is a target locating and monitoring system usable with a radiation delivery source that delivers selected doses of radiation to a target in a body. The system includes one or more excitable markers positionable in or near the target, an external excitation source that remotely excites the markers to produce an identifiable signal, and a plurality of sensors spaced apart in a known geometry relative to each other. A computer is coupled to the sensors and configured to use the marker measurements to identify a target isocenter within the target. The computer compares the position of the target isocenter with the location of the machine isocenter. The computer also controls movement of the patient and a patient support device so the target isocenter is co-incident with the machine isocenter before and during radiation therapy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Assignee: Calypso Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy P. Mate, Steven C. Dimmer
  • Patent number: 7657301
    Abstract: A system and method for accurately locating and tracking the position of a target, such as a tumor or the like, within a body. In one embodiment, the system is a target locating and monitoring system usable with a radiation delivery source that delivers selected doses of radiation to a target in a body. The system includes one or more excitable markers positionable in or near the target, an external excitation source that remotely excites the markers to produce an identifiable signal, and a plurality of sensors spaced apart in a known geometry relative to each other. A computer is coupled to the sensors and configured to use the marker measurements to identify a target isocenter within the target. The computer compares the position of the target isocenter with the location of the machine isocenter. The computer also controls movement of the patient and a patient support device so the target isocenter is coincident with the machine isocenter before and during radiation therapy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Assignee: Calypso Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy P. Mate, Steven C. Dimmer
  • Patent number: 7657302
    Abstract: A system and method for accurately locating and tracking the position of a target, such as a tumor or the like, within a body. In one embodiment, the system is a target locating and monitoring system usable with a radiation delivery source that delivers selected doses of radiation to a target in a body. The system includes one or more excitable markers positionable in or near the target, an external excitation source that remotely excites the markers to produce an identifiable signal, and a plurality of sensors spaced apart in a known geometry relative to each other. A computer is coupled to the sensors and configured to use the marker measurements to identify a target isocenter within the target. The computer compares the position of the target isocenter with the location of the machine isocenter. The computer also controls movement of the patient and a patient support device so the target isocenter is coincident with the machine isocenter before and during radiation therapy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Assignee: Calypso Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy P. Mate, Steven C. Dimmer
  • Publication number: 20090306728
    Abstract: Instruments and method of using instruments for implanting electrodes into a patient. The instrument can include a body configured to be implanted into a patient, an electrode contact carried by the body, and a marker carried by the body. The electrode contact has an electrically conductive surface exposed at a location along the body to sense electrical activity and/or deliver electrical stimulation to the target neural structure. The marker can include a transponder configured to be energized by a wirelessly transmitted excitation energy and to wirelessly transmit a location signal in response to the excitation energy. The instrument is tracked as it is implanted into the patient by time multiplexing the wirelessly transmitted excitation energy and the location signal such that the absolute location of the marker can be determined in real time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2005
    Publication date: December 10, 2009
    Applicant: CALYPSO MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: J. Nelson Wright, Steven C. Dimmer
  • Publication number: 20090299174
    Abstract: Instruments and methods for tracking such instruments in a human patient. One embodiment of an instrument in accordance with the invention comprises an elongated body, such as an elongated flexible member, which has a distal section configured to be passed through a vessel or other passageway in a human. The instrument can further include a lumen through the distal section and a magnetic marker having a transponder at the distal section. The transponder includes a circuit configured to be energized by a wirelessly transmitted magnetic excitation energy and to wirelessly transmit a magnetic location signal in response to the excitation energy. The magnetic marker, for example, can be attached to or otherwise integral with the instrument.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2005
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Applicant: Calypso Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: J. Nelson Wright, Steven C. Dimmer