Patents Examined by Bill Thomson
  • Patent number: 10433914
    Abstract: A system and method that acquire (i) at least a reference image including one of a preoperative image of a surgical site with skeletal and articulating bones and a contralateral image on an opposite side of the patient from the surgical site, and (ii) at least an intraoperative image of the site after an implant has been affixed to the articulating bone. The system preferably generates at least one reference stationary point on at least the skeletal bone in the reference image and at least one intraoperative stationary point on at least the skeletal bone in the intraoperative image. The location of the implant is identified in the intraoperative image, preferably including the position of first and second centers of rotation, which are digitally represented and copied into the reference image to analyze at least one of offset and length differential.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Jointpoint, Inc.
    Inventors: Noah D. Wollowick, Andrew J. Cooper
  • Patent number: 10426354
    Abstract: An object information acquiring apparatus includes: a receiving element configured to receive an acoustic wave generated by emission of light from a light source on an object and output an electric signal; an amplifying unit configured to amplify the electric signal; a scanning unit configured to move relative positions of the receiving element and the object; a controlling unit configured to determine a gain of the amplifying unit according to time when the receiving element receives the acoustic wave; and a processing unit configured to acquire characteristics information on the object, using the electric signal. The controlling unit determines the gain of the amplifying unit according to a positional relation between the receiving element and the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Koichi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10405774
    Abstract: A catheter has single axis sensors mounted directly along a portion of the catheter whose position/location is of interest. The magnetic based, single axis sensors are on a linear or nonlinear single axis sensor (SAS) assembly. The catheter includes a catheter body and a distal 2D or 3D configuration provided by a support member on which at least one, if not at least three single axis sensors, are mounted serially along a length of the support member. The magnetic-based sensor assembly may include at least one coil member wrapped on the support member, wherein the coil member is connected via a joint region to a respective cable member adapted to transmit a signal providing location information from the coil member to a mapping and localization system. The joint region provides strain relief adaptations to the at least one coil member and the respective cable member from detaching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Biosense Webster, Inc.
    Inventors: Maribeth Esguerra Wilczynski, Jennifer Maffre, Thanh Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10383601
    Abstract: There are included a data-processing-unit that selects two or more pieces of data from among a plurality of pieces of first element data or from among a plurality of pieces of first reception data generated by subjecting the pieces of first element data to phasing addition processing and that performs superimposition processing on the two or more pieces of data to generate processed data, an image-generation-unit that generates an acoustic wave image on the basis of the processed data, a setting-information-holding-unit that holds setting information on at least one of a transmitting-unit, a receiving-unit, the data-processing-unit, the-image-generation-unit, and a display-control-unit, and a setting-changing-unit that, in a case where a measurement condition is changed, changes setting of at least one of the transmitting-unit, the receiving-unit, the data-processing-unit, the image-generation-unit, and the display-control-unit on the basis of the held setting information, the setting being related to the aco
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroaki Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9993248
    Abstract: A device including smart sensors with a local signal processor is disclosed. The device includes an end-effector including at least one sensor and a signal processing component corresponding to the at least one sensor; and a handle configured to receive processed information from the signal processing component. The processed information is generated by the signal processing component at the end-effector based on data received from the at least one sensor at the end-effector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, Andrew T. Beckman
  • Patent number: 9706934
    Abstract: Methods and systems for monitoring, preventing and/or treating upper airway disorders such as apnea, dysphagia, reflux and/or snoring are described. The methods and systems monitor the upper airway disorders by processing one or more neural signals obtained from one or more upper airway afferents. Upper airway disorders are prevented and/or treated by delivering one or more stimulations to one or more reflex-related afferents, efferents, muscles, and sensory receptors to manipulate the threshold and/or trigger an upper airway reflex including, but not limited to a swallow reflex and/or a negative-pressure reflex.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: MED-EL Elektromedizinische Geraete GmbH
    Inventor: Willard Wilson
  • Patent number: 9480601
    Abstract: A system for ophthalmic surgery on an eye includes: a pulsed laser which produces a treatment beam; an OCT imaging assembly capable of creating a continuous depth profile of the eye; an optical scanning system configured to position a focal zone of the treatment beam to a targeted location in three dimensions in one or more floaters in the posterior pole. The system also includes one or more controllers programmed to automatically scan tissues of the patient's eye with the imaging assembly; identify one or more boundaries of the one or more floaters based at least in part on the image data; iii. identify one or more treatment regions based upon the boundaries; and operate the optical scanning system with the pulsed laser to produce a treatment beam directed in a pattern based on the one or more treatment regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Optimedica Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel V. Palanker, Mark S. Blumenkranz, David H. Mordaunt, Dan E. Andersen
  • Patent number: 9439566
    Abstract: A re-wearable wireless device includes a reusable component to be secured to a disposable component. The reusable component includes a sensor interface to receive signals from an electrode secured to a living subject and monitors physiological and physical parameters associated with the living subject and a cellular wireless communication circuit. An adhesive base the device includes a first adhesive layer and a second adhesive layer partially covering the first adhesive layer around a perimeter thereof, where the first and second adhesive layers include different adhesives. A method of establishing a link between two wireless devices is also disclosed, where a first wireless device with an insignia representing a communication channel address identification is provided. An image of the insignia is captured with a mobile telephone computing device comprising an image sensor. The captured image is processed to extract the communication channel address identification represented by the insignia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Proteus Digital Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence Arne, Todd Thompson, Timothy Robertson, Robert Azevedo
  • Patent number: 9433371
    Abstract: Virtual dipole signal amplification for in-body devices, such as implantable and ingestible devices, is provided. Aspects of the in-body deployable antennas of the invention include antennas configured to go from a first configuration to a second configuration following placement in a living body, e.g., via ingestion or implantation. Embodiments of the in-body devices are configured to emit a detectable signal upon contact with a target physiological site. Also provided are methods of making and using the devices of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Proteus Digital Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Hooman Hafezi, Benedict Costello, Timothy Robertson, Maria Casillas Holen
  • Patent number: 9414887
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus are provided for producing SuperContinuum (SC) light for medical and biological applications is provided. Pulses are focused from a laser system into at least one of a pressurized cell and one or more fibers. A pump pulse is converted into the SC light at a specified rate of repetition. The SC light is applied at the specified rate of repetition to tissue for medical and biological applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Inventor: Robert R. Alfano
  • Patent number: 9378657
    Abstract: An illustrative mobile computing device executing weight, nutrition, health, behavior and exercise application software serves as a simulated combination personal trainer and dietician/nutritionist for the user using comprehensive databases storing personalized health, nutrition and exercise information. A mobile computing device, such as a smartphone, executing such software monitors, tracks and/or adjusts caloric intake, energy expenditure taking into account nutritional information and behavioral factors. The mobile computing device receives food consumption, exercise-related, behavior and other input using speech input and the device's GPS subsystem to ease data entry burden on users and to promote continued long-term usage. The system rewards user goal achievement in an automatic, seamless manner, through, for example, downloading music, books, or other media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Inventors: Mark E. Nusbaum, Vincent Pera, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9330237
    Abstract: A method of diabetes analysis includes receiving a plurality of glucose level readings for a user. A common event occurrence in at least two of the glucose level readings is determined. The at least two glucose level readings from the common event occurrence onwards in time for a time period is analyzed. A glucose level pattern formed by the at least two glucose level readings having a similar shape is determined. At least one anomalous glucose level reading having the similar shape and not conforming to the glucose level pattern is analyzed. The at least one anomalous glucose level reading is adapted to the pattern to form an adapted glucose level pattern. An insulin dosage for the time period beginning at the common event occurrence is calculated based on the adapted glucose level pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Medtronic MiniMed, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary Cohen, Kristen Getschmann, Vidya Raman, Kenneth Ko, Biju Nair, Cary Talbot, Tamir Nitzan, Paul H. Kovelman, Bee Hess
  • Patent number: 9223935
    Abstract: An apparatus, system, and method for the measurement, aggregation and analysis of data collected using non-contact or minimally-contacting sensors provides quality of life parameters for individual subjects, particularly in the context of a controlled trial of interventions on human subjects (e.g., a clinical trial of a drug, or an evaluation of a consumer item such as a fragrance). In particular, non-contact or minimal-contact measurement of quality-of-life parameters such as sleep, stress, relaxation, drowsiness, temperature and emotional state of humans may be evaluated, together with automated sampling, storage, and transmission to a remote data analysis center. One component of the system is that the objective data is measured with as little disruption as possible to the normal behavior of the subject. The system can also support behavioral and pharmaceutical interventions aimed at improving quality of life.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: ResMed Sensor Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Conor Heneghan, Conor Hanley, Niall Fox, Alberto Zaffaroni, Philip De Chazal
  • Patent number: 9144467
    Abstract: A method of transmitting controller motion from a robotic manipulator to a surgical instrument includes rotating a plate included in the robotic manipulator. The plate has a driving surface that bears against an inner gimbal of a gimbal assembly included in the surgical instrument. The plate is rotated about a center of motion that coincides with an intersection of two rotational axes of the gimbal assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas G. Cooper, Anthony McGrogan
  • Patent number: 9033957
    Abstract: The present invention is a device and system for manipulating a surgical tool at an intended location, e.g., a confined or inaccessible space, which includes a surgical anchor having at least one opening, wherein the opening provides a catch for a pin; and at least one anchor point to position and orient a surgical tool inside a human body. The apparatus and system of the present invention allows for the use of multiple intra-abdominal surgical tools inserted through a single incision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Board of Regents, The University of Texas System
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Cadeddu, Richard A. Bergs, Raul Fernandez, Linda Baker
  • Patent number: 8998808
    Abstract: A generic model structure captures basic characteristics in BIS-based patients' responses to anesthesia and surgical stimulation, the model being used in combination with the insight of an anesthesiologist. The model structure represents the patient response with a time delay, a time constant for response speed, and a nonlinear function for drug sensitivity. Clinical data confirms the model structure and is used to establish parameters and function forms for individual patients. A feedback and predictive control strategy for anesthesia drug infusion is then introduced on the basis of the patient model. Feedback control alone cannot avoid large fluctuations in BIS values when significant surgical stimulation is imposed, as a result of time delays in a patient's response to drug infusion. Predictive control attenuates fluctuations of BIS levels from surgical stimulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Wayne State University
    Inventors: Le Yi Wang, Hong Wang, Gang George Yin
  • Patent number: 8870762
    Abstract: A system for remotely monitoring an individual. The system includes a server system for generating a script program from a set of queries. The script program is executable by a remote apparatus that displays information and/or a set of queries to the individual through a user interface. Responses to the queries that are entered through the user interface together with individual identification information are sent from the remote apparatus to the server system across a communication network. The server system also includes an automated answering service for providing a series of questions from a stored set of questions for an individual at the remote apparatus to respond to, storing responses to each provided question in the series of questions and providing a service based on the individual's response to the questions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Stephen J. Brown
  • Patent number: 8864824
    Abstract: A method is provided for increasing the depth of focus of an eye of a patient. A visual axis of the eye is aligned with an instrument axis of an ophthalmic instrument. The ophthalmic instrument has an aperture through which the patient may look along the instrument axis. A first reference target is imaged on the instrument axis at a first distance with respect to the eye. A second reference target is imaged on the instrument axis with the ophthalmic instrument at a second distance with respect to the eye. The second distance is greater than the first distance. Movement is provided such that the patient's eye is in a position where the images of the first and second reference targets appear to the patient's eye to be aligned. A mask comprising a pin-hole aperture having a mask axis is aligned with the instrument axis such that the mask axis and the instrument axis are substantially collinear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: AcuFocus, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas A. Silvestrini, Bruce A. Christie, Kevin F. Hahnen
  • Patent number: 8858538
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are described allow the techniques of endoscopic and laparoscopic surgery to be combined into a minimally invasive hybrid surgical technique called NOTES-assisted laparoscopic surgery. Manual and robotic-controlled versions of a modular laparoscopic tool are described having a small diameter shaft that is delivered laparoscopically to a surgical site. Larger diameter working tips are delivered through a NOTES delivery tube inserted to the surgical site through a natural orifice and joined to the shaft of the modular laparoscopic tool. Larger diameter working tips improve the effectiveness of the modular laparoscopic tools and the number and size of laparoscopic ports used can also be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Modular Sugical, Inc.
    Inventors: Amir Belson, James J. Leary
  • Patent number: 8858432
    Abstract: Ingestible event marker systems that include an ingestible event marker (i.e., an IEM) and a personal signal receiver are provided. Embodiments of the IEM include an identifier, which may or may not be present in a physiologically acceptable carrier. The identifier is characterized by being activated upon contact with a target internal physiological site of a body, such as digestive tract internal target site. The personal signal receiver is configured to be associated with a physiological location, e.g., inside of or on the body, and to receive a signal the IEM. During use, the IEM broadcasts a signal which is received by the personal signal receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Proteus Digital Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Robertson, George Savage, Mark Zdeblick, Yashar Behzadi, Benedict Costello, Jeremy Frank, Hooman Hafezi, Tariq Haniff, David O'Reilly