Patents Assigned to Medtronic Navigation, Inc.
  • Patent number: 10939053
    Abstract: A system for performing a medical procedure on a patient is provided. The system can include an imaging head defining a field of view relative to the patient. The imaging head can include at least one transmitter that emits at least one signal in the field of view, and at least one receiver that receives at least one reflected signal from the field of view. The at least one reflected signal received can be based on at least one electrical property of at least one material in the field of view. The system can further include a workstation, which can determine, based on the at least one reflected signal received by the at least one receiver, a location of at least one boundary of the material within the field of view. The system can include a display that displays an image of the location of the at least one boundary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Medtronic Navigation, Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Simon, Andrew Bzostek, Steven L. Hartmann, Brandon Merkl
  • Patent number: 10932840
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system and method for tracking an instrument. The instrument may be tracked with one or more trackable members. The trackable members may be held relative to a handle to which the instrument is attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Medtronic Navigation, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew F. DiCorleto
  • Patent number: 10898153
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are disclosed for use within an image-guided surgical navigation system for facilitating the combined positioning and orientation of multiple surgical implements. A tool guide having multiple cannulas is tracked by a surgical navigation system in real time. Position data of the tool guide is registered and combined with pre-acquired images by the navigation computer. Concurrent graphical representations of the plurality of cannulas are superimposed over the images and displayed. The display allows the surgeon to place the tool guide into the patient's body and position and orient the plurality of cannulas which are then used to place each of the implements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Medtronic Navigation, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony J. Melkent, David M. Kahler
  • Patent number: 10898271
    Abstract: A tracking system can be used to track a plurality of tracking devices. A representation of at least two instruments may be displayed relative to image data. The representation is customizable to distinguish between the at least two instruments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Medtronic Navigation, Inc.
    Inventors: Justin Kemp, Victor D. Snyder
  • Patent number: 10888288
    Abstract: A transformable imaging system configured to operate in at least two configurations. A first configuration may be open and a second configuration may be closed. The closed configuration may allow for imaging in along an arc greater than 180 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Medtronic Navigation, Inc.
    Inventors: Clifford M. Risher-Kelly, Ziad F. Elghazzawi, David A. Garlow
  • Patent number: 10888294
    Abstract: A method and system is disclosed for acquiring image data of a subject. The image data can be collected with an imaging system in a selected manner and/or motion. More than one projection may be combined to generate and create a selected view of the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Medtronic Navigation, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick A. Helm, Rasika A. Parkar, Robert J. Reddy, Kyo C. Jin, Seunghoon Nam, Andre Souza, Xiaodong Tao, David A. Garlow, John R. Martin
  • Patent number: 10881371
    Abstract: A method and system is disclosed for acquiring image data of a subject. The image data can be collected with an imaging system in a selected manner and/or motion. More than one projection may be combined to generate and create a selected view of the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Medtronic Navigation, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick A. Helm, Rasika A. Parkar, Robert J. Reddy, Kyo C. Jin, Seunghoon Nam, Andre Souza, Xiaodong Tao, David A. Garlow, John R. Martin
  • Patent number: 10849576
    Abstract: A method and system is disclosed for acquiring image data of a subject. The image data can be collected with an imaging system with at least two different energy characteristics. The image data can be reconstructed using reconstruction techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Medtronic Navigation, Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Garlow, Elizabeth A. Levasseur
  • Patent number: 10849574
    Abstract: An array emitter including a plurality of emitting portions can be used to individually emit selected energy, such as x-ray radiation, from the emitter ray rather than powering or emitting radiation from all portions of the emitter array. According, providing a plurality of cells within an emitter array, and selectively emitting x-rays from individual cells can allow for selection of which cells to emit x-rays from to acquire selected image data. A process is disclosed for selecting, including automatically, which portions to power to emit energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Medtronic Navigation, Inc.
    Inventor: Patrick A. Helm
  • Patent number: 10835322
    Abstract: A display may display a region of an anatomy that is not within the field of effect of an instrument. The additional views may assist in determining a location and orientation of an instrument. The instrument may be tracked with a tracking system to make the determination of image data to display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Medtronic Navigation, Inc.
    Inventors: Geoffrey M. Ruckel, Alan J. Schnarr, Marco Capote, Damon Cook, Janice Dugger, Jodi L. Kiefer, Matthew W. Koenig, Jennifer R. Schmasow, Victor D. Snyder, David Hall, Jacob Gerber
  • Patent number: 10838577
    Abstract: A system and method for a procedure that can be performed on an appropriate subject. Procedures can include assembling any appropriate work piece or installing members into a work piece, such as an airframe, autoframe, etc. Regardless of the subject, generally the procedure can have a selected result that is efficacious. The efficacious result may be the desired placement of a device. The system and method can be used in confirming an efficacious result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Medtronic Navigation, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick A. Helm, Andrew Bzostek, James Dustin Duckett, Steven L. Hartmann, Robert Teichman, David E. Macht
  • Patent number: 10828113
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method and system for performing a procedure. The system may include a navigation system to be used to at least assist in the procedure. The system may assist in delineating objects and/or determining physical characteristics of subject portions. The system may assist in performing and/or a workflow of the procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Medtronic Navigation, Inc.
    Inventor: Anthony J. Melkent
  • Patent number: 10806521
    Abstract: An electromagnetic device includes a jig and multiple wires. The jig includes a center member and coil-separating blocks. The coil-separating blocks protrude from the center member and are separated from each other to provide a coil channels. Each of the wires is wrapped on the jig, around the center member, and in one of the coil channels to form one of a multiple coils. Each of the coils is configured to connect to an electromagnetic navigation system and generate respective electromagnetic fields to be emitted relative to a subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Medtronic Navigation, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Wald, Bruce M. Burg, Steven L. Hartmann, Brad Jacobsen, Jeffrey Swetnam
  • Patent number: 10806413
    Abstract: A method and system is disclosed for acquiring image data of a subject. The image data can be collected with an imaging system with at least two different energy characteristics. The image data can be reconstructed using reconstruction techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Medtronic Navigation, Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Garlow, Robert P. Cloutier
  • Patent number: 10779751
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system for acquiring and using image data and generating a three-dimensional reconstruction of a subject. The three-dimensional reconstruction can be used to assist in determining various features, including axis and planes of a subject or members placed relative to the subject. The system can be implemented to plan and perform a procedure relative to the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Medtronic Navigation, Inc.
    Inventor: David E. Macht
  • Patent number: 10779782
    Abstract: A system including an x-ray scanner gantry having: a housing; a gantry gear; a rotor; a generator mounted on the rotor; and first and second generator gears connected to or engaged with one or more axles of the generator. The second generator gear is engaged with the gantry gear. A motor rotates the intermediate gear via a motor gear. A second actuator actuates the motor gear to engage the motor with the rotor. A control module operates in first and second modes and: while in the first mode, engages the intermediate gear to the first generator gear via the first actuator to rotate, via the motor gear, the intermediate gear and as a result the first generator gear; and while in the second mode, engage the motor to the rotor via the second actuator to rotate, via the motor gear, the rotor and as a result the second generator gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Medtronic Navigation, Inc.
    Inventor: Clifford M. Risher-Kelly
  • Patent number: 10765483
    Abstract: Disclosed is a localizer system. The localizer system may be incorporated into a navigation system for tracking a tracking device. Generally, the localizer may include a transmitting coil array and a field shaping assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Medtronic Navigation, Inc.
    Inventors: Brad Jacobsen, Andrew Bzostek, Danail G. Danailov, Andrew Wald
  • Patent number: 10758194
    Abstract: A method and system is disclosed for acquiring image data of a subject. The image data can be collected with an imaging system using various selection techniques. The selection techniques may be used to assist in generating selected images for viewing. Selection techniques may include moving a filter to filter a selected portion of an imaging beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Medtronic Navigation, Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Garlow, Kyo C. Jin
  • Patent number: 10755598
    Abstract: A method to determine the location of an instrument within a patient can be based upon the measuring of a characteristic within the patient and matching the currently measured characteristic with a previously measured characteristic. If the measurements of a characteristic matches in an appropriate or selected manner then a location match can be determined. The characteristic can be any appropriate characteristic and measured in any appropriate way.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Medtronic Navigation, Inc.
    Inventor: David A. Simon
  • Patent number: 10736699
    Abstract: Disclosed is a navigation system. The navigation system may be used to at least assist in a procedure. The system may assist in delineating objects and/or determining physical boundaries of image elements. The system may assist in planning and/or a workflow of the procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Medtronic Navigation, Inc.
    Inventors: Shai Ronen, Justin Kemp, Yvan Paitel, Rowena Vigh, Andrew Wald, Ryan Datteri, Nikhil Mahendra