Patents Assigned to Hologic, Inc.
  • Patent number: 10444960
    Abstract: Methods, systems and computer program products for controlling display of different types of medical images and providing touchscreen interfaces for display on a mobile communication device and associated with different image types, e.g., different imaging modalities or different view modes. Detection of a multi-finger tap on the screen of the mobile communication device while viewing a first touchscreen interface for an image type invokes a second or auxiliary touchscreen interface for that image type having a subset of interface elements of the first touchscreen interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: HOLOGIC, INC.
    Inventors: Julian Marshall, Brian T. Matuska, Chinghsiang Chang, Edgar W. Chen
  • Publication number: 20190290230
    Abstract: A medical imaging device includes an x-ray source disposed at a first end of an arm, and an x-ray detector disposed at a second end of the arm opposite of the x-ray source. At least one of the x-ray source, the x-ray detector, and a portion of the arm are selectively adjustable with respect to the arm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Applicant: HOLOGIC, INC.
    Inventors: Richard E. KEIL, Daniel SANTOS, Mark GUETERSLOH, Kevin WILSON, Tri PHAM, Alexsey DANILKIN
  • Publication number: 20190290221
    Abstract: Systems and methods for x-ray imaging a patient's breast in combinations of dual-energy, single-energy, mammography and tomosynthesis modes that facilitate screening for and diagnosis of breast abnormalities, particularly breast abnormalities characterized by abnormal vascularity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Applicant: Hologic, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew P. Smith, Jay A. Stein, Zhenxue Jing, Baorui Ren, Loren Niklason, Christopher Ruth, Ian Shaw
  • Publication number: 20190282325
    Abstract: A biopsy site marker configured to expand upon deployment into a biopsy cavity, and visible under several different imaging modalities, comprises a superabsorbent hydrogel component and a radiopaque element. The hydrogel is in a compressed, dehydrated state prior to deployment to facilitate placement of the marker within the biopsy site, and thereafter expands upon deployment in the biopsy site. Such expansion limits migration of the site marker.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Publication date: September 19, 2019
    Applicant: HOLOGIC, INC.
    Inventors: Estefania ALVAREZ, Adam KOZAK, Jaimee ROBERTSON, Stephen SPIEGELBERG
  • Publication number: 20190285558
    Abstract: A specimen radiography system may include a controller and a cabinet. The cabinet may include an x-ray source, an x-ray detector, and a specimen drawer disposed between the x-ray source and the x-ray detector. The specimen drawer may be automatically positionable along a vertical axis between the x-ray source and the x-ray detector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Publication date: September 19, 2019
    Applicant: HOLOGIC, INC.
    Inventors: Kenneth DEFREITAS, Timothy N. WELLS, Thomas DEYOUNG, Henry LANDRY, Shawn ST. PIERRE, Shawn HOCHSTETLER, Joseph VARTOLONE, Neil ROTH, Michele LUSTRINO
  • Patent number: 10413255
    Abstract: A breast imaging system leverages the combined strengths of two-dimensional and three-dimensional imaging to provide a breast cancer screening with improved sensitivity, specificity and patient dosing. A tomosynthesis system supports the acquisition of three-dimensional images at a dosage lower than that used to acquire a two-dimensional image. The low-dose three-dimensional image may be used for mass detection, while the two-dimensional image may be used for calcification detection. Obtaining tomosynthesis data at low dose provides a number of advantages in addition to mass detection including the reduction in scan time and wear and tear on the x-ray tube. Such an arrangement provides a breast cancer screening system with high sensitivity and specificity and reduced patient dosing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: HOLOGIC, INC.
    Inventors: Jay Stein, Andrew P. Smith, Zhenxue Jing, Loren Niklason
  • Patent number: 10413263
    Abstract: A 2D mammogram image is synthesized from at least one of tomosynthesis projection images and/or the tomosynthesis reconstructed image data. In a simplest form, the mammogram may be synthesized by selecting one of the tomosynthesis projection images for display as a synthesized mammogram. Other methods of synthesizing a mammogram include re-projecting and filtering projection data and/or reconstructed data. The synthesized mammogram is advantageously displayed together with at least a portion of the reconstructed data to aid in review of the reconstructed data. The present invention thus provides a familiar image which may be used to facilitate review of a tomosynthesis data set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: HOLOGIC, INC.
    Inventors: Christopher Ruth, Andrew P. Smith, Jay Stein
  • Patent number: 10413750
    Abstract: The disclosure describes devices and methods for asymmetrical irradiation at a body cavity or site, such as after removal of tissue, e.g. biopsy or cancer. One device includes a lumen which is off-set or off-settable from a longitudinal axis to increase the intensity of radiation received from a radiation source by a first tissue portion surrounding the body cavity and to reduce or minimize radiation received by a second tissue portion (e.g. healthy tissue) surrounding the body cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: HOLOGIC, INC.
    Inventors: Paul Lubock, Michael L. Jones, Frank R. Louw
  • Patent number: 10410417
    Abstract: A system and method for displaying and navigating breast tissue is configured for or includes obtaining a plurality of 2D and/or 3D images of a patient's breast; generating a synthesized 2D image of the breast from the obtained images; displaying the synthesized 2D image; receiving a user command, or otherwise detecting through a user interface, a user selection or other indication of an object or region in the synthesized 2D image; and displaying at least a portion of one or more images from the plurality, including a source image and/or most similar representation of the user selected or indicated object or region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Hologic, Inc.
    Inventors: Jin-Long Chen, Haili Chui, Nikolaos Gkanatsios, Kevin Kreeger, Julian Marshall, David Mislan, Mark A. Prazer, Xiangwei Zhang
  • Patent number: 10398398
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for estimating a geometric thickness of a breast in mammography/tomosynthesis or in other x-ray procedures, by imaging markers that are in the path of x-rays passing through the imaged object. The markings can be selected to be visible or to be invisible when the composite markings/breast image is viewed in clinical settings. If desired, the contribution of the markers to the image can be removed through further processing. The resulting information can be used determining the geometric thickness of the body being x-rayed and thus setting imaging parameters that are thickness-related, and for other purposes. The method and apparatus also have application in other types of x-ray imaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: HOLOGIC, INC.
    Inventors: Baorui Ren, Andrew P. Smith, Zhenxue Jing, Jay Stein, Kenneth F. Defreitas
  • Patent number: 10390784
    Abstract: A method includes moving a radiation source and a radiation detector along a scan path substantially transverse to a longitudinal axis of a patient. A beam of radiation is emitted from the radiation source. The beam of radiation is detected at the radiation detector. The detected beam is processed so as to form a first image of a first area of the patient along the scan path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Hologic, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin Wilson
  • Patent number: 10384077
    Abstract: An apparatus for securing a marker wire relative to a lumen includes a hub to which the marker wire is secured. The hub includes a feature that secures the hub to an outer surface of the lumen. For example, the hub may include a base member secured to the marker wire and a separate fastener member which secures the hub to an outer surface of a lumen, where the base member includes a split tube segment that receives the lumen within an inner cylindrical opening. Alternatively, the hub may include a cylindrical slide lock collar member with a split tubular extension that receives the lumen within an inner cylindrical opening. Locking features may be included to help fix the two pieces of the hub in position relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Hologic Inc.
    Inventor: Maria Benson
  • Patent number: 10368817
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and related computer program products for processing and displaying computer-aided detection (CAD) information associated with medical breast x-ray images, such as breast x-ray tomosynthesis volumes, are described. An interactive graphical user interface for displaying a tomosynthesis data volume is described that includes a display of a two-dimensional composited image having slabbed sub-images spatially localized to marked CAD findings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: HOLOGIC, INC
    Inventors: Kevin A. Kreeger, Julian Marshall, Georgia K. Hitzke, Haili Chui
  • Patent number: 10363010
    Abstract: A method for use in medical imaging of a patient including, with the patient immobilized with respect to an imaging reference frame, acquiring first digital imaging information including a first region of interest using a first imaging modality; processing the first digital imaging information to identify a feature for analysis; and using a second imaging modality to acquire targeted second imaging information for a second region of interest, the second region of interest corresponding to a subset of the first region of interest, wherein the second region of interest includes the feature for analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: HOLOGIC, INC.
    Inventors: Jasjit S Suri, Yajie Sun, Roman Janer
  • Patent number: 10357211
    Abstract: Systems and methods for x-ray imaging a patient's breast in combinations of dual-energy, single-energy, mammography and tomosynthesis modes that facilitate screening for and diagnosis of breast abnormalities, particularly breast abnormalities characterized by abnormal vascularity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: HOLOGIC, INC.
    Inventors: Andrew P. Smith, Jay A. Stein, Zhenxue Jing, Baorui Ren, Loren Niklason, Christopher Ruth, Ian Shaw
  • Patent number: 10342992
    Abstract: A device for orienting a brachytherapy applicator implanted in a treatment cavity may include an elongated body defining an open channel adapted for slidably receiving at least a portion of a shaft or catheter body of a brachytherapy applicator. A manually engageable gripping element at an end of the elongated body is actuated to constrict at least a portion of the channel around a portion of the shaft to help prevent shaft twist and rotational movement between the elongated body and brachytherapy applicator. At least one engaging element on the elongated body is actuated to releasably engage at least one corresponding engaging element on a brachytherapy applicator. Shaft twist and rotational discontinuity between the elongated body and brachytherapy applicator are further prevented when the at least one engaging element of the elongated body engages the at least one corresponding element of the brachytherapy applicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: HOLOGIC, INC.
    Inventor: Maria Benson
  • Patent number: 10342565
    Abstract: A tissue removal system includes a morcellator having a cannula comprising a proximal end portion, a distal end portion, a sidewall, and at least one lumen extending between the proximal end portion and the distal end portion. A cutting blade is disposed within a lumen of the cannula. Also included is a tissue shield that has an expandable frame element and a shield element attached to the expandable frame element, wherein the tissue shield serves to isolate non-target tissues from at least the cutting blade of the system so that such tissues remain unaffected by a surgical procedure conducted with the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: HOLOGIC, INC.
    Inventors: Roy H. Sullivan, Ronald D. Adams, Paul DiCesare, Jeffrey Radziunas, Danial Ferreira
  • Publication number: 20190200942
    Abstract: A system for multi-mode breast x-ray imaging which comprises a compression arm assembly for compressing and immobilizing a breast for x-ray imaging, an x-ray tube assembly, and an x-ray image receptor is provided. The system is configured for a plurality of imaging protocols and modes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Applicant: Hologic, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth DeFreitas, Thomas Farbizio, Baorui Ren, Christopher Ruth, Ian Shaw, Andrew P. Smith, Jay Stein
  • Patent number: 10335094
    Abstract: Methods, devices, apparatuses and systems are disclosed for performing mammography, such as utilizing tomosynthesis in combination with breast biopsy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: HOLOGIC, INC.
    Inventors: Kenneth DeFreitas, John LaViola, Loren Thomas Niklason, Tao Wu, Joseph L. Mark, Michael E. Miller, Jay A. Stein, Andrew P. Smith
  • Patent number: 10335100
    Abstract: Systems and methods for reducing X-ray scatter during breast imaging, and more specifically during tomosynthesis imaging. In one embodiment, an anti-scatter grid having a plurality of septa may be configured to be positioned relative to an X-ray imaging device such that each septum of the plurality of septa extends along a direction substantially parallel to a coronal plane of a subject during imaging of the subject using the X-ray imaging device. The X-ray imaging device may be operable in a tomosynthesis mode for imaging of a breast of the subject and may include the anti-scatter grid disposed between a breast platform and the X-ray detector. The anti-scatter grid may be configured to move in a direction substantially parallel to a sagittal plane of the subject during tomosynthesis imaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: HOLOGIC, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas Farbizio, Kenneth F. Defreitas, Ian Shaw