Patents Assigned to Carestream Health, Inc.
  • Patent number: 11324464
    Abstract: A mobile radiography apparatus includes a moveable transport frame and an adjustable support arm attached thereto to support an x-ray source. At least one digital detector storage slot in the transport frame is configured to receive and to controllably lower at least one portable radiographic detector into the slot at a controlled speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Carestream Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward J. Thornton, III, Todd R. Minnigh
  • Patent number: 11272893
    Abstract: A mobile radiography system with a wheeled transport frame has a vertical column mounted on the transport frame to hold in position an x-ray tube head. One or more pulley systems inside the vertical column and/or the transport frame allow easily manually adjusting a height of the x-ray tube head. The pulley systems may include cables and fixed and movable pulleys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: Carestream Health, Inc.
    Inventor: Anthony DiRisio
  • Patent number: 11272891
    Abstract: A mobile radiography system includes a wheeled transport frame and a vertical column mounted on the transport frame. A boom is attached to the vertical column and to an x-ray tube head. A boom carriage allows movement of the boom along a track in the vertical column and includes a magnetic mechanism to lock the boom in the track at a desired height. An electromagnetic coil in the boom carriage is configured to disable the magnetic lock mechanism to allow vertical movement of the boom along the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: Carestream Health, Inc.
    Inventor: Anthony Dirisio
  • Patent number: 11266365
    Abstract: A mobile radiography system includes a wheeled transport frame and a vertical column mounted on the transport frame. A telescoping arm is attached to the vertical column and to an x-ray tube head. The telescoping arm includes a first section, a second section movable within the first section, and a third section movable within the second section. The first section and the second section each include a drag assembly configured to provide a drag force on the linearly movable section therewithin. The drag assemblies each include a friction material pressed against the linearly movable section to provide a constant drag force on the linearly movable section while it moves. A permanent pressure source presses the friction material against the linearly movable section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Carestream Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony Dirisio, Adam D. Pruyne
  • Patent number: 11259765
    Abstract: A method for fluoroscopy energizes a radiation source to form a scout image on a detector and processes the scout image to determine and report a radiation field position with respect to a predetermined zone of the detector. The radiation source is energized for fluoroscopic imaging of a subject when the reported radiation field position is fully within the predetermined zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Carestream Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel Richard, Xiaohui Wang, Michael C. Lalena
  • Patent number: 11246554
    Abstract: A radiographic imaging system uses an automatic exposure control device configured at a default shut-off threshold. If the radiographic imaging system includes a processor programmed to process the image by executing a scatter removal algorithm thereupon, the shut-off threshold of the AEC is increased prior to capturing the radiographic image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: Carestream Health, Inc.
    Inventor: Xiaohui Wang
  • Patent number: 11234661
    Abstract: A mobile radiography system includes a wheeled transport frame and a vertical column mounted on the transport frame. A telescoping arm is attached to the vertical column and to an x-ray tube head. The telescoping arm allows an operator to rotate the tube head to a desired orientation and then to fix the tube head in the desired orientation without mechanical impact noise. A permanent magnet and an electromagnetic coil assembly allows an operator to easily and quietly control rotation of the tube head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: Carestream Health, Inc.
    Inventor: Anthony Dirisio
  • Patent number: 11231509
    Abstract: A DR detector is formed from a housing with a cover attached to the housing. Shaped gaps formed in the housing and/or cover include a bonding agent or adhesive therein to fix the cover to the housing. Other attachment means such as screws or pins may be used instead of, or in combination with, the bonding agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: Carestream Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Kralles, Nathan Kalpin, Steven D. Daniels, Robert J. Stanchus
  • Patent number: 11195874
    Abstract: An image sensor array formed on a flexible first substrate is supported by a flexible second substrate attached thereto. The second substrate has a top surface with an adhesive thereon for attaching the substrates together. The adhesive is on a portion of the second substrate directly beneath the image sensor array to allow selective formation of the second substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Carestream Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy J. Wojcik, Ravi K. Mruthyunjaya, Bradley S. Jadrich
  • Patent number: 11166695
    Abstract: A power consumption rate of a battery is monitored according to time of day and is recorded as a battery power consumption profile associated with a plurality of daily time periods for that battery. Electric circuits connected to the battery are activated during high battery power consumption rate time periods and deactivated during low battery power consumption rate time periods. A stored control program is executable by a processor to control the automatic power downs and power ups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Carestream Health, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott T. MacLaughlin
  • Patent number: 11158050
    Abstract: A system and method for generating a rib suppressed radiographic image using deep learning computation. The method includes using a convolutional neural network module trained with pairs of a chest x-ray image and its counterpart bone suppressed image. The bone suppressed image is obtained using a bone suppression algorithm applied to the chest x-ray image. The convolutional neural network module is then applied to a chest x-ray image or the bone suppressed image to generate an enhanced bone suppressed image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Carestream Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Zhimin Huo, Hui Zhao
  • Patent number: 11116457
    Abstract: Laser sources are configured to project planar laser beams in a preselected geometric relationship. A laser detector is configured to detect, locate, and identify the planar laser beams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Carestream Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Heath, Xiaohui Wang
  • Patent number: 11103205
    Abstract: A method of operating a mobile fluoroscopic imaging system includes positioning an x-ray source and a DR detector about a patient. Data defining a spatial configuration of the x-ray source and the collimator is stored in the system. The system is configured to determine a source-to-image distance of the x-ray source and the DR detector including by activating the x-ray source and capturing a scout image in the DR detector. Dimensions of the scout image are calculated and the source-to-image distance is determined based on the data defining the spatial configuration of the x-ray source and the collimator and on the dimensions of the scout image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Carestream Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis J. O'Dea, Xiaohui Wang, Samuel Richard, Michael Ficarra, Joseph E. Stagnitto, Michael C. Lalena, Kenneth J. Brown
  • Patent number: 11083427
    Abstract: A mobile radiography system includes a wheeled transport frame and a telescoping vertical column mounted on the transport frame. The vertical column includes a stationary base section and a vertically movable upper section coupled to the base section. A cap is positioned in a nest at the top of the movable upper section whereby a counterweight in the movable upper section displaces the cap when the counterweight is extended through the nest and replaces the cap in the nest when the counterweight is retracted into the movable upper section. A padded section of the nest and the counterweight prevents impact noise when the cap contacts the nest or the counterweight. Magnets are used to hold the cap and the nest together in alignment when they are adjacent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Carestream Health, Inc.
    Inventor: Adam D. Pruyne
  • Patent number: 11061153
    Abstract: A flexible DR detector assembly bendable along one axis and not bendable along a second axis is used with an x-ray source for radiographic imaging of a human anatomy, veterinary anatomy, or industrial equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Carestream Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Bradley S. Jadrich, Timothy J. Wojcik
  • Patent number: 11051775
    Abstract: A mobile radiography apparatus with a portable transport frame has a sectioned vertical column mounted on the transport frame. The sectioned vertical column defines a vertical axis and has a vertically fixed base section and an upper section that is movable with respect to the base section along the vertical axis. Cable and pulley systems are coupled to the vertical column sections and/or the transport frame. A boom is coupled to the movable section for positioning an x-ray source attached to the boom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Carestream Health, Inc.
    Inventor: Anthony Dirisio
  • Patent number: 11045162
    Abstract: An imaging system includes an x-ray assembly having one or more x-ray sources configured to be energized at multiple positions. A control program energizes the one or more x-ray sources in a programmed sequence and controls the timing of the sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Carestream Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Xiaohui Wang, David H. Foos, Michael D. Heath, Richard A. Simon, Eliot L. Siegel
  • Patent number: 11039799
    Abstract: A radiographic imaging apparatus includes elongated rigid guide rails having equivalent symmetrical shapes. Carriages attached to the guide rails are configured to move along a length of the guide rails and to support a portion of the imaging apparatus and to facilitate movement thereof along the guide rails. A first type spherical bearing assembly allows a gimbaled connection thereto while allowing substantially no axial movement. A second type spherical bearing assembly allows a gimbaled connection thereto while allowing a limited amount of axial movement. Frame mounts are each attached to one of the first type and second type spherical bearing assemblies to facilitate movement having a one sided tolerance along the guide rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Carestream Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony Dirisio, Michael A. Litzenberger
  • Patent number: 11024061
    Abstract: A method for scattered radiation correction acquires radiographic projection image data for a first portion of a subject that lies within a field of view of an imaging apparatus and characterizes the surface contour of the subject that includes at least a second portion of the subject that lies outside the field of view of the imaging apparatus. The surface contour of the subject is characterized according to the reflectance images. The surface contour characterization is registered to the field of view. Scattered radiation is estimated according to the projection image data and the surface contour characterization. The acquired radiographic projection image data is updated according to the estimated scattered radiation. An image of the field of view is displayed according to the conditioned acquired radiographic projection image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Carestream Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Yuan Lin, William J. Sehnert
  • Patent number: 11022706
    Abstract: A digital radiographic detector includes a planar multi-layered core with a two-dimensional array of photo-sensitive cells. A five-sided, integrally formed, rigid enclosure having one open side is configured to receive the multi-layered core through the open side. The planar multi-layered core comprises a foam layer having a recessed pocket on one major side thereof shaped in the form of a metal ground plane positioned in the recessed pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Carestream Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd D. Bogumil, Steven R. Lippold