Patents Assigned to General Electric Co.
  • Patent number: 7821265
    Abstract: A method for acquiring magnetic resonance (MR) data for a pulse sequence with periodic signal modulation and a set of views having at least two phase encode directions includes selecting a direction of modulation. Each view in the set of views is assigned a readout number based on a position of each view along the direction of modulation resulting in a plurality of readout number groups, each readout number group having a plurality of views. Each view within each readout number group is assigned a train number based on a position of each view along a second direction in k-space. MR data for the set of views is acquired based on the assigned readout number and train number for each view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: General Electric Co.
    Inventor: Reed F. Busse
  • Patent number: 7801267
    Abstract: A method and system for auto positioning a compression mechanism in a mammography imaging system is disclosed herewith. The method comprises: automatically elevating the compression mechanism upon detection of a breast biopsy device. The breast biopsy device can be detected upon connecting the same to the mammography system or can be detected upon noticing the same on the vicinity of the mammography system. The compression mechanism includes: breast compressor, breast holding paddles and paddle holders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: General Electric Co.
    Inventors: Gagan Bindra, Guy Hersemeule
  • Patent number: 7800367
    Abstract: A method for generating a susceptibility (or T2*) weighted magnetic resonance (MR) image includes defining a pulse sequence having a plurality of gradient echoes and acquiring MR data for each of the plurality of gradient echoes. A weighting function is applied to image data for each gradient echo such as MR data (e.g., k-space data) or magnitude images associated with each gradient echo. A susceptibility weighted image is generated by combining the image data for each gradient echo based on at least the application of the weighting function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: General Electric Co.
    Inventors: Ravi Bhardwaj, Anthony T. Vu, Ramesh Venkatesan
  • Patent number: 7796795
    Abstract: A method, system, and storage medium for computer aided processing of an image set includes employing a data source, the data source including an image set acquired from X-ray projection imaging, x-ray computed tomography, or x-ray tomosynthesis, defining a region of interest within one or more images from the image set, extracting feature measures from the region of interest, and reporting at least one of the feature measures on the region of interest. The method may be employed for identifying bone fractures, disease, obstruction, or any other medical condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: General Electric Co.
    Inventors: Renuka Uppaluri, Gopal Biligeri Avinash, Carson Hale Thomas, John Michael Sabol, Kadri Nizar Jabri, Amber Elaine Rader
  • Patent number: 7767745
    Abstract: Method for making a mixture used in the production of a polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) membrane including metal oxide(s). The mixture includes PTFE resin, a lubricating agent, and a metal oxide. The mixture may be further processed to form a PTFE membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: General Electric Co.
    Inventor: Gopakumar Thottupurathu
  • Patent number: 7761100
    Abstract: Described herein are one or more implementations for an electromagnetic (EM) position and orientation tracking system operating at an ultra-low frequency, which reduces the strength of eddy currents produced by nearby field-distorting electrically-conductive materials (“distorters”). This effectively reduces the overall distorting effect of distorters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: General Electric Co.
    Inventor: Peter Traneus Anderson
  • Patent number: 7745797
    Abstract: A digital radiography imaging system having a digital x-ray detector that is easy to manufacture and produces high quality images with no artifacts. The digital x-ray detector including a front cover, a scintillator screen member, a light imager panel member having a surface in direct contact with an adjoining surface of the scintillator screen member, a compressible member positioned between the front cover and the scintillator screen member to apply pressure to the scintillator screen member and the adjoining surface between the scintillator screen member and the light imager panel member, electronic circuitry mounted on at least one printed circuit board and coupled to the light imager panel, a back cover, and a plurality of fasteners for fastening the front cover to the back cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: General Electric Co.
    Inventors: James Zhengshe Liu, Chen Zhang, Habib Vafi, Zhimin Sun, Kenneth Scott Kump, Clifford Bueno, Clarence Lavere Gordon, III
  • Patent number: 7738320
    Abstract: A method for displaying temporal data on a portable device is presented. The method includes converting the temporal data to clock coordinates to generate a clock data set. In addition, the method includes presenting a clock plot representative of the clock data set on a dial of a clock. Systems and computer-readable medium that afford functionality of the type defined by this method are also contemplated in conjunction with the present technique.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: General Electric Co.
    Inventor: Basel Hasan Taha
  • Patent number: 7735350
    Abstract: Determining shot peening intensity by affixing a Almen test strip to a shot peening surface, removing the peened strip from the shot peening surface, measuring an arc height of the shot peened strip, and determining peening intensity on the surface from the measured arc height. The strip may be affixed with an adhesive such as rubber cement and may be a sub-size strip cut from a full size Almen strip. The arc heights of the sub-size strip may be correlated to arc heights of the standard strips. A sub-size strip may be affixed to and a full size standard strip may be mounted on a peening surface of a block and be simultaneously shot peened. Arc heights may be measured on a gage having support means for holding both strips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: General Electric Co.
    Inventors: Peter Gregory Bailey, Gerard Gilmary Burns
  • Patent number: 7667457
    Abstract: A gamma ray detector ring for a combined positron emission tomography (PET) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system is integrated into a radio frequency (RF) coil assembly such that the detector ring is integrated with a RF shield. Each gamma ray detector in the detector ring includes a scintillator component that emits light when a gamma ray is detected and a photodetector component designed to be sensitive to the frequency of light produced by the scintillator. A RF shield may be integrated into a detector ring such that the RF shield is positioned between the scintillator and photodetector components of each detector, thereby saving valuable radial space within the imaging system. Multiple such detector rings may be located adjacent to one another to increase axial coverage and enable three-dimensional PET imaging techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Assignee: General Electric Co.
    Inventors: Anton M. Linz, Chang L. Kim, Jim L. Malaney, David L. McDaniel, Robert S. Stormont, Ricardo Becerra
  • Patent number: 7668295
    Abstract: A system and method to improve the high voltage performance of an x-ray tube with electrostatic deflection of an electron beam focal spot. The system and method provides protection of bias circuits from high voltage transients and spit protection in x-ray tubes through the use of a high voltage transient suppression and spit protection circuit assembly coupled between the bias circuits of a high voltage generator and an x-ray tube vacuum housing of an x-ray generation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Assignee: General Electric Co.
    Inventors: Liang Tang, Philippe Ernest, Georges-William Baptiste, Fengfeng Tao
  • Patent number: 7668296
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an X ray tube assembly is provided. The X ray tube assembly comprises an evacuated envelope, an anode disposed at a first end of the evacuated envelope and a cathode assembly disposed at a second end of the evacuated envelope. The cathode assembly comprises a cathode filament and a cathode cup defining a plurality of electrically isolated deflection electrodes. Further, the cathode cup comprises at least two portions, a first portion comprising an electrically conductive material and a second portion comprising an electrically insulating material. In another embodiment, a method of manufacturing the X ray tube assembly is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Assignee: General Electric Co.
    Inventors: Thomas Schaefer, Ron Hockersmith, Ethan Westcot
  • Patent number: 7668298
    Abstract: A system and method for collecting backscattered electrons within a substantially evacuated vessel containing both an electron-emitting cathode assembly and an electron-attracting anode assembly. The system and method comprises an electron collector assembly including a first plate, a second plate, an internal member, a fluid inlet, and a fluid outlet. The first plate is mounted within the vessel closest to the anode assembly. The second plate is mounted within the vessel closest to the cathode assembly. The internal member is positioned between the first plate and the second plate, and includes an internal conduit for conveying a heat absorbing cooling fluid therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Assignee: General Electric Co.
    Inventors: Madhusudhana T. Subraya, Michael Scott Hebert, Gregory Alan Steinlage
  • Patent number: 7664459
    Abstract: A distributed power train (10) communications system for sending and receiving signals between a lead locomotive (14) and remote locomotives (12A/12B/12C) in the train (10). A lead (14) initiated message is received by at least the remote locomotive (12A/12B) nearest to the lead unit (14). The receiving remote unit (12A/12B) retransmits the message for receiving by the next remote unit (12C) in the train. Thus the message leapfrogs down the train from the lead unit (14) to the remote units (12A/12B/12C). When the last remote unit (the nth remote unit) (12C) receives the message, the last remote (12C) transmits a status or other response message to the lead unit's message. The status message is received at the (n-1)th remote unit (12A/12B), which appends its status message and transmits the combined status messages toward the lead unit (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Assignee: General Electric Co.
    Inventors: Eugene A. Smith, Jr., David Michael Peltz, Robert C. Palanti
  • Patent number: 7664222
    Abstract: A portable tomosynthesis imaging system is disclosed that includes a portable X-ray source assembly and a portable detector assembly. The source assembly may be coupled to a portable power supply and controller such that multiple projection X-ray images may be obtained at a site that is not accessible by conventional tomosynthesis imaging systems. Image data may be transmitted from the detector by wired or wireless communication. Tomosynthesis image reconstruction may be performed locally at the portable system or remotely by the transmission of raw or filtered image data from the portable system. The portable system is particularly well-suited to field deployment, such as at accident scenes, scenes of natural or other disasters, or in confined clinical settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Assignee: General Electric Co.
    Inventors: Kadri Nizar Jabri, Renuka Uppaluri, John Michael Sabol, Gopal Biligeri Avinash
  • Patent number: 7654382
    Abstract: A table drive system comprising a first drive assembly configured for moving a support table in a first direction, a second drive assembly configured for moving the support table in a second direction and a drive motor coupled to the first drive assembly and the second drive assembly is provided. The drive motor is configured to drive the first drive assembly and the second drive assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Assignee: General Electric Co.
    Inventor: Asghar Ali Farooqui
  • Patent number: 7649354
    Abstract: A multi-shot three-dimensional (3D) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data view-ordering strategy for uniform or variable density k-space sampling schemes is presented. The ky-kz plane is partitioned into multiple wedge-shaped “blades” (or radial fan beams). The angular size of individual blades may be adjusted according to the desired number of views for each blade. Each blade includes views near the origin that contain low-frequency information about the imaged object such that views having the most desirable characteristics may be used to fill the central portions of k-space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Assignee: General Electric Co.
    Inventors: Ersin Bayram, Charles R. Michelich, Anthony T. Vu, Reed F. Busse
  • Patent number: 7631749
    Abstract: A table drive system for driving a support table is disclosed herein. The table drive system comprises at least one of a first drive assembly or a second drive assembly or a combination thereof. The first drive assembly is configured for moving the support table in a first direction for example, a longitudinal direction and the second drive assembly is configured for moving the support table in a second direction for example, a vertical direction. The table drive system further includes a safety block in combination with at least one of the first drive assembly or the second drive assembly, the safety block configured to arrest the motion of the first drive assembly or the second drive assembly upon experiencing a predetermined condition such as the failure of at least one of the first drive assembly or the second drive assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2009
    Assignee: General Electric Co.
    Inventors: Baskar Somasundaram, Bernard Bouvier, Shaji Alakkat, Mukund Parthasarathy
  • Patent number: 7620151
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a voltage rectifier circuit for a radiation generator is provided. The voltage rectifier circuit is configured to be used in a voltage multiplier circuit and a voltage doubler circuit. The voltage rectifier circuit comprises at least one first printed circuit board and at least one second printed circuit board coupled to each other using a plurality of connectors. Further, each printed circuit board comprises, a first terminal, a second terminal, a third terminal, a diode assembly externally connected between the first terminal and the second terminal and a capacitor assembly embedded between the second terminal and the third terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Assignee: General Electric Co
    Inventors: Senthil Kumar Sundaram, Rohini Krishnamoorthy
  • Patent number: 7620227
    Abstract: A computer-aided detection system for evaluating tissue based on a series of timed images acquired both before and after a contrast agent is administered performs a temporal analysis of the tissue and then a spatial analysis in which the tissue is categorized. After the temporal and spatial analysis is performed, the results can be displayed. The displayed results can include both tissue characterization results, underlying curves used to determine the characterization, and confidence data regarding how good the characterization is expected to be. The confidence data can be provided, for example, by using variations in color schemes, displaying numerical confidence levels, or providing graphical features such as piecewise linear models.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Assignee: General Electric Co.
    Inventors: David Thomas Gering, Gopal B. Avinash, Sandeep N. Gupta