Patents Examined by Baisakhi Roy
  • Patent number: 9918618
    Abstract: The present invention provides improved medical devices equipped with a visualization device for intubation, ventilation, drug delivery, feeding and continuous remote monitoring of a patient. The present invention also provides methods for rapid and accurate placement of a medical device in a patient and continuous real time monitoring, including a remote monitoring, of the patient after the placement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: WM & DG, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert W. Molnar
  • Patent number: 9901324
    Abstract: An ultrasound probe connected to various diagnostic apparatuses and a method of operating the ultrasound probe. The includes transmitting an ultrasound signal to an object and receiving a response signal reflected from the object; acquiring information regarding a diagnostic apparatus connected to the ultrasound probe; determining a type of data that may be processed by the diagnostic apparatus based on the information regarding the diagnostic apparatus; generating transmission data corresponding to the determined type of data from the response signal; and transmitting the transmission data to the diagnostic apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Inventors: Jeong Cho, Se-tae Kim, Ho-san Han
  • Patent number: 9883850
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for determining a right ventricular transit time for a patient. An echodense contrast is injected into a patient. A first representative region, representing the right ventricle of the patient, is selected. A second representative region, representing the bifurcation of the main pulmonary artery, is selected. Respective first and second time series of intensity values for the first and second representative regions are generated via echocardiography. The right ventricular transit time is determined from the first and second time series of intensity values. The right ventricular transit time is displayed to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Vanderbilt University
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Monahan, Evan Brittain, Steven M. Boronyak, William David Merryman
  • Patent number: 9867523
    Abstract: A surgical imaging device and method configured to be inserted into a surgical site. The surgical imaging device includes a plurality of prongs. Each one of the prongs has an image sensor mounted thereon. The image sensors provide different image data corresponding to the surgical site, thus enabling a surgeon to view a surgical site from several different angles. The prongs may be moveable between a first position, suitable for insertion through a small surgical incision, and a second position, in which the prongs are separated from each other. In addition, the prongs may be bendable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventor: Michael P. Whitman
  • Patent number: 9867595
    Abstract: An ultrasonographic system includes an electronic memory to store a table that relates subject information to a plurality of frequencies, and a frequency setting unit that sets the examination frequency to one of the frequencies stored in the table. The frequency setting unit sets the examination frequency based on selection of subject information from the table, and the examination frequency is used to perform ultrasound examination on the subject according to the selected information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Inventors: Yoichiro Sako, Kouichirou Ono
  • Patent number: 9861339
    Abstract: Disclosed is an ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus including a main body, at least one input/output unit coupled to one side of the main body to input data to the main body or to output data transmitted from the main body, and a connection unit to connect the input/output unit and the main body to each other. The connection unit includes plural first connection members, each of which is connected at one end thereof to the main body and at the other end thereof to at least a portion of the input/output unit and has a variable length to move the input/output unit relative to the main body, and at least one second connection member coupled to the first connection members and at least one of the main body or the input/output unit so as to come into contact with the same at a point to support load of the input/output unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Inventors: Gil Ju Jin, Kyeong Gu Woo, Sim Gwan Jeong, Hae Ran Choi
  • Patent number: 9826962
    Abstract: The ultrasound probe transmits and receives ultrasonic waves in different directions and the diagnostic apparatus body combines a plurality of images captured in the different directions of transmission and reception to produce an ultrasound image. In this process, the ultrasound diagnostic apparatus measures the temperature of the ultrasound probe to change the ultrasound transmission and reception for producing a composite ultrasound image or makes the directions of transmission and reception in the last ultrasound image in one composite ultrasound image coincide with those in the first ultrasound image in its temporally adjacent composite ultrasound image. The ultrasound diagnostic apparatus thus enables consistent ultrasound diagnosis against heat generated in the integrated circuit board of the ultrasound probe while simplifying the control of the ultrasound transmission and reception.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Tsuyoshi Tanabe
  • Patent number: 9826904
    Abstract: A system and method for detecting a tissue property. The system comprises a first unit positioned outside a patient body and a second unit positioned inside the patient's body. The first unit includes a first housing, and a magnetic field source supported by the first housing. The second unit includes a second housing, a pressure sensor supported by the second housing, a localization module supported by the second housing, a controller, and a power source. The pressure sensor is configured to detect an indentation force applied to the tissue, and the second unit is configured to wirelessly transmit the indentation force data and localization data to a computer to generate a volumetric stiffness map for the tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Vanderbilt University
    Inventors: Pietro Valdastri, Marco Beccani, Christian Di Natali
  • Patent number: 9801614
    Abstract: An ultrasound diagnostic apparatus includes an ultrasound image acquirer, an evaluation target determiner, a disease progression score calculator, a selector, and a display controller. The ultrasound image acquirer acquires ultrasound image signals of a plurality of frames. The evaluation target determiner analyzes the ultrasound image signal of each frame and determines the frame to be an evaluation target frame when the ultrasound image signal includes a target image section depicting a joint. The disease progression score calculator calculates, for each evaluation target frame, a disease progression score quantifying disease activity using an ultrasound image signal of the target image section included in the ultrasound image signal of the evaluation target frame. The selector selects at least one disease progression score in accordance with a predetermined numerical process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Kazuya Takagi, Yuki Matsumoto, Tomohito Sakai
  • Patent number: 9788754
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a medical method of managing a cerebrovascular insult, the method comprising the following steps in this order: a) placing a patient on a patient support unit; b) positioning a mobile tomographic imaging system in a predetermined position relative to the patient support unit with the patient placed on the patient support unit; c) imaging at least part of the patient's brain using an imaging unit of the tomographic imaging system, the imaging comprising in particular generating an image describing the functioning of the patient's blood vessel system; d) determining, in dependence on the result of the imaging, whether the patient support unit should be rotated relative to the tomographic imaging system with the patient placed on the patient support unit so that the patient is free of the imaging unit in order to conduct a medical intervention on the patient's blood vessel system, or whether the patient support unit may remain in its position relative to the tomographic imagi
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Brainlab AG
    Inventor: Stefan Vilsmeier
  • Patent number: 9763843
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present description provide a medical apparatus for use in supporting a patient lying in a supine position during a radial cardiac catheterization procedure. More particularly, embodiments of the present description provide an arm board a patient's arm during a radial cardiac catheterization procedure. The arm board has a base member having a substantially planar support surface on which the patient's arm can be stabilized during a catheterization procedure and at least one shield member affixed to the base member and extending away from the support surface. Desirably, the base member has both a radiolucent portion and a radiopaque portion and the shield member is a radiopaque material, thereby reducing and/or eliminating a doctor's exposure to radiation during radial cardiac catheterization procedures without impairing the ability to obtain the necessary medical images. Also provided is a medical apparatus and a method for its use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Merit Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: L. Van Thomas Crisco, Gary Goff
  • Patent number: 9763599
    Abstract: A method for repositioning a mobile imaging system includes: a) capturing an image recording of at least one optical marker as a reference variable which is disposed close to an examination and/or treatment area of an object, b) capturing the image recording direction as a further reference variable, c) wherein the capturing mobile imaging system is in a predefined position and/or alignment suitable for image recording, d) detecting a changed and/or non-capturable position of the at least one optical marker and/or a changed and/or non-capturable image recording direction, and e) repositioning the mobile imaging system using a comparison of the reference variables from a) and b) with the respectively corresponding reference variables from d). An image capturing unit and an optical marker are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Rainer Graumann, Sultan Haider, Gerhard Kleinszig, Jessica Magaraggia
  • Patent number: 9757091
    Abstract: Ultrasound diagnosis apparatus comprises an image generator, a first structural information acquirer, a second structural information acquirer, and a synthesizer. The image generator generates, based on ultrasound waves transmitted and received in accordance with a plurality of transmission and reception conditions, sets of image data whose images represent at least partially a common area for each of the transmission and reception conditions. The first structural information acquirer acquires tissue-structure information indicative of tissue structures depicted, respectively, in the sets of image data. The second structural information acquirer acquires common structural information indicative of a tissue structure common in the sets of image data, based on the tissue-structure information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Kuramitsu Nishihara, Tomohisa Imamura, Takuya Sasaki, Yuko Takada
  • Patent number: 9753103
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method of providing content related to capture of a medical image of an object. The method includes acquiring at least one of information related to a state of the object and information related to a capture protocol, determining content to be provided to the object on a basis of the acquired information, and outputting the determined content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Inventors: Dae-ho Lee, Sang-young Zho, Joon-soo Kim
  • Patent number: 9730673
    Abstract: A method for reconstructing geometry of an object surface via echographic probing, using an ultrasound probe including plural transducers, the method including: controlling the transducers to transmit towards the surface ultrasound waves having initial transmission delays between them; executing at least once a cycle of operations including receiving from the transducers intermediate measurement signals, correcting transmission delays of the transducers using intermediate measurement signals, and controlling the transducers to transmit towards the surface ultrasound waves having the corrected transmission delays; receiving from the transducers final measurement signals resulting from reflection of a wavefront received simultaneously on the surface; determining specular travel times between each transducer and the surface based on the final measurement signals and the corrected transmission delays; and perform geometric reconstitution of the surface based on the determined specular travel times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives
    Inventors: Sebastien Robert, Olivier Casula, Ekaterina Iakovleva
  • Patent number: 9717479
    Abstract: Data is communicated from an implanted section to an external location. The implanted section includes a transducer such as a piezoelectric element with an ultrasound reflecting surface that moves in response to an applied driving signal. A sensor generates an output signal that depends on a sensed parameter, and a control circuit drives the transducer based on the sensor's output. The transducer's response to the driving signal is repeatable such that the value of the output signal can be determined by measuring the variations in the velocity of the surface using externally applied Doppler ultrasound, and computing the value of the sensor's output from the measured variations in velocity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Inventor: Yoram Palti
  • Patent number: 9713460
    Abstract: Provided are an ultrasound system and method for providing change information of a target object by performing image registration on a reference image acquired before radiofrequency ablation (RFA) and an ultrasound image acquired during the RFA and comparing the reference image and the ultrasound image that have undergone the image registration with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Inventors: Dong-kuk Shin, Bong-koo Seo, Sung-jin Choi
  • Patent number: 9713434
    Abstract: A heart-rate sensor for detecting artery blood-flow volume per unit length change in a human or animal subject, which comprises an antenna for sensing the instantaneous volume of blood in the artery of the subject, to be measured; a RADAR unit for transmitting microwave signals into a subject's body part or limb representing tissue targets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: SENSIFREE LTD.
    Inventor: Ilan Saul Barak
  • Patent number: 9706979
    Abstract: A mobile ultrasonic diagnostic device comprising: a battery (30); a storage processing unit (38) that performs storage processing of data used by the mobile ultrasonic diagnostic device; a high-speed storage unit (80) that performs storage processing faster than the storage processing unit (38); and a storage processing determination unit (36) that determines the storage processing on the basis of the temperature or remaining power of the battery (30). Data can be safely used without loss even when there is the possibility that power cannot be supplied from the battery, as a result of the storage processing unit (38) and the high-speed storage unit (80) performing storage processing on the basis of the storage processing determined by the storage processing determination unit (36).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masa Yamamoto, Yoshinori Hirano
  • Patent number: 9702854
    Abstract: In accordance with one exemplary embodiment of the present invention, a photoacoustic probe includes: at least one optical fiber irradiating laser to a target; an ultrasonic probe collecting a photoacoustic signal generated by the target having absorbed the laser; and a fluid-type light reflector reflecting laser reflected, scattered, or deflected from the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Medison Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jung Ho Kim, Jung Taek Oh