Patents Examined by Bo Joseph Peng
  • Patent number: 10426438
    Abstract: Provided is a method of measuring an ultrasound image in an ultrasound apparatus. The method includes: displaying an ultrasound image on a screen; receiving a first user input of selecting at least one coordinate on the ultrasound image; determining a first measurement tool corresponding to the first user input based on a type of the first user input; and acquiring measurement information on the ultrasound image by using the determined first measurement tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG MEDISON CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Young-Tae Roh, Duke-Man Hur
  • Patent number: 10426429
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods are disclosed for acquiring and providing information about orthopedic features of a body using acoustic energy. In some aspects, an acoustic orthopedic tracking system includes portable acoustic transducers to obtain orthopedic position information for feeding the information to an orthopedic surgical system for surgical operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Decision Sciences Medical Company, LLC
    Inventors: Dustin Kruse, Evan Freiburg, James J. Hayes
  • Patent number: 10426428
    Abstract: Provided is a method for data analysis and processing of an elasticity detection device, and an elasticity detection device. The method includes: transmitting, by each elasticity detection device, a detection result to a cloud server if a communication connection between the elasticity detection device and the cloud server is determined to be normal so that the cloud server can store the detection result in a database. The elasticity detection device transmits a data analysis request to the cloud server, and the cloud server obtains from the database data to be analyzed corresponding to an analysis keyword, analyzes the data to be analyzed to obtain an analysis result, and transmits the analysis result to the elasticity detection device. Thus, the elasticity detection device can obtain a comprehensive and accurate analysis result for different analysis requirements by means of storage and analysis capability of the cloud server on massive detection results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: WUXI HISKY MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jinhua Shao, Jin Sun, Houli Duan
  • Patent number: 10413213
    Abstract: A system and method is provided for magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) that includes applying a first labeling pulse sequence to a first labeling region having a first portion of a vasculature of a subject extending through the first labeling region to label spins moving within the first labeling region. A second labeling pulse sequence is applied to a second labeling region having a second portion of a vasculature of the subject extending through the second labeling region to label spins moving within the second labeling region. The first and second labeling pulse sequences include different labeling techniques. An imaging pulse sequence is applied to an imaging region having a third portion of a vasculature of the subject extending through the imaging region that is displaced from the first and second labeling region to acquire imaging data from the spins labeled by the first labeling pulse sequence and the second labeling pulse sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: NORTHSHORE UNIVERSITY HEALTHSYSTEM
    Inventor: Ioannis Koktzoglou
  • Patent number: 10413273
    Abstract: Rotational intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) imaging devices and systems are provided. The IVUS imaging devices include catheters having a rotating drive cable with a transducer disposed at a distal end thereof for imaging a bodily vessel of interest. In some embodiments, a lubricious coating is applied on the drive cable to promote uniform rotation of the drive cable and the transducer. In some embodiments, the drive cable is coated with a polymer layer to promote uniform rotation of the drive cable and the transducer. In some embodiments, radiopaque markers are affixed on the drive cable for accurate placement of the transducer within of the vessel and for accurate measurement of internal dimensions and lesion lengths within the body of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Jeremy Stigall, Chris LeBlanc
  • Patent number: 10405805
    Abstract: A method of blood flow monitoring for a patient, the method comprising the steps of: a) receiving a first signal indicative of the real time cardiac output for the patient; b) processing the continuous wave Doppler signal to provide an estimate of blood flow velocity as a function of time; c) receiving a pressure measurement indicative of the blood flow resistance through the patient; and d) calculating an Inotropy measure indicative of the potential and kinetic energy of the cardiac output of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: USCOM LIMITED
    Inventors: Robert Allan Phillips, Brendan Smith
  • Patent number: 10405833
    Abstract: An ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus according to an embodiment generates, based on the echo signal, velocity distribution information of a tissue in the object. The ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus generates state information representing a cycle of the pressurization or the depressurization and target information representing a target cycle of pressurization or depressurization based on the velocity distribution information. The ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus associates one of two variables defining a predetermined graphic pattern with the cycle, displays the state information and the target information as the graphic pattern, and displays the graphic pattern upon deforming a shape of the graphic pattern in accordance with a change in the cycle of the pressurization or the depressurization in the state information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Ryota Osumi, Tetsuya Kawagishi, Yasuhiko Abe, Toshie Maruyama
  • Patent number: 10408909
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a medical apparatus which includes a motion mechanism which has at least one degree of freedom, an actuator configured to drive the motion mechanism and a control unit configured to control the actuator, and which operates in a magnetic field environment of an MRI, the medical apparatus including: a data storage unit in which data related to magnetic susceptibility of the actuator is stored; a calculating unit configured to calculate information related to an influence which the actuator exerts upon the magnetic field environment by calculation based on the magnetic susceptibility; and a communication unit configured to output the information to the MRI. An influence which an apparatus which operates in a strong magnetic field environment exerts upon an MR image can be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takeshi Iwasa
  • Patent number: 10398410
    Abstract: A tension transmission device as a control system for a probing portion of a three-dimensional mechanical probe is fitted to a support portion. The tension transmission device includes a driving shaft, a first tension member, and a second tension member. The driving shaft defines first and second fastening points. The first fastening point and the second fastening point are located at axially-distanced points of the driving shaft which are not diametrically opposite. The first and second tension members wind around a circumference of the driving shaft guided by a first pulley and a second pulley, to rotate and manipulate the driven shaft of the probing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Shenzhen Mindray Bio-Medical Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ming Tang, Zhen-Yu Chen, Le-Yun Bai
  • Patent number: 10398509
    Abstract: In the present invention, a system and method for selection of an optimal catheter for use in a medical procedure relative to the anatomy of a patient includes the steps of providing a system including a scanning device capable of obtaining image data on a ROI within the anatomy of a patient and reconstructing a 3D image of the ROI from the image data, a display capable of illustrating the 3D image and a 3D catheter model, and a CPU operably connected to the scanning device and the display and operable to analyze the 3D image in comparison with the 3D catheter model, obtaining image data of the ROI of the patient, reconstructing a 3D image of the ROI from the image data and comparing the 3D catheter model with the 3D image of the ROI to determine the catheter with the optimal configuration for use in the procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Adrian F. Warner, James V. Miller, Daniel R. Schneidewend, Hao Lai, Maxime Cazalas, Hans-Peter Stoll
  • Patent number: 10390728
    Abstract: A medical image diagnosis apparatus includes a capturing part configured to photograph a target site of a subject to capture a medical image. The medical image diagnosis apparatus further includes a positional information acquisition unit, a guideline generator, and a display processor. The positional information acquisition unit acquires the positional information of a puncture needle inserted into of the subject. The guideline generator generates a guideline that indicates an insertion route for the puncture needle to reach the target site based on the positional information. The guideline includes scales graduated at predetermined intervals. The display processor displays the guideline with the medical image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Masuda, Shouichi Nakauchi, Tomio Nabatame, Takashi Koyakumaru, Tomoko Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10387612
    Abstract: A medical imaging system comprises one or more displays. A viewer device generates an interactive user interface screen on the display, which viewer device enables a user to simultaneously inspect selected image data of multiple patients or multiple images. A layout editor generates a layout editor user interface in the user interface screen, which layout editor device enables the user to create and/or modify a layout of the selected image data on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Xiangyu Wu, Ronald Sukalac, Charles Nortmann, Steve Cochoff
  • Patent number: 10383600
    Abstract: A method and a device for analysis and display of blood flow information in the human or animal body are described. The method includes the following steps: a) providing a digital input data set including a time series of two or three dimensional velocity vector fields, wherein each velocity vector field represents the velocity of the blood flow within a blood vessel, especially of a heart chamber or part thereof, of a certain human or animal body within a certain time frame within one heart cycle, b) calculating a gradient vector field for each time frames from the time series of velocity vector fields; c) summing the gradients over the gradient vector field or a part thereof for each time frame to a summed gradient; and d) displaying and/or analyzing the summed gradients with reference to their space directions within the blood vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignees: Koninklijke Philips N.V., Tomtec Imaging Systems GmbH, AMID S.R.L.
    Inventors: Gianni Pedrizzetti, Giovanni Tonti
  • Patent number: 10376693
    Abstract: A high-frequency cosmetic treatment apparatus capable of preventing local heating of a skin is provided. The high-frequency cosmetic treatment apparatus includes: a portable casing; side-by-side electrodes disposed at a tip portion of the casing with a predetermined interval provided therebetween, and having treatment surfaces to be contacted with a skin of a user; and a first power supply disposed in the casing, and to supply a high-frequency current to the pair of side-by-side electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: YA-MAN LTD.
    Inventor: Iwao Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 10376335
    Abstract: In a method and an apparatus to provide updated images during a robotically-implemented surgical procedure, 3D data is obtained of a volume of a patient, which includes anatomy involved in the procedure. The anatomy is segmented from a reconstructed image of the volume. During the procedure, the surgeon applies forces on the anatomy, causing a geometric change of the anatomy. Force sensors in the surgical robot detect these forces, which are supplied to a processor that controls display of the segmented anatomy at a display screen. From the applied forces and the physical properties of the anatomy, the processor calculates the geometric change of the anatomy that has occurred and modifies the appearance and/or position of the displayed segmented anatomy on the display screen in real time during the procedure, so as to visualize the geometric change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignees: Siemens Healthcare GmbH, Intuitive Surgical Operatons, Inc.
    Inventors: Mahdi Azizian, Lutz Blohm, Holger Kunze, Christine Niebler, Jonathan Sorger
  • Patent number: 10368834
    Abstract: An ultrasonic transducer element can configured to generate ultrasonic energy directed into tissue of a subject and configured to receive a portion of the ultrasonic energy reflected by a target located within the tissue. The ultrasonic transducer can include a surface configured to provide or receive the ultrasonic energy, the surface including an area of greater than or equal to about 4?2, or the ultrasonic transducer element can be included in an array having a spacing between at least two adjacent ultrasound elements of less than or equal to about ½?, and the array comprising an aperture that is at least approximately symmetrical in two axes. A three-dimensional representation of one or more of a location, shape, or orientation of at least a portion of the target can be presented via the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: University of Virginia Patent Foundation
    Inventors: F. William Mauldin, Jr., John A. Hossack, Kevin Owen
  • Patent number: 10363013
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an ultrasound diagnosis apparatus includes an ultrasound probe that transmits/receives ultrasound waves to/from a subject, a reference position member arranged on the ultrasound probe, and a sensor located in a position having a predetermined positional relationship relative to a puncture needle. The ultrasound diagnosis apparatus further includes a position information acquisition unit, a needle length information acquisition unit, and a display. The position information acquisition unit acquires position information of the reference position member and the sensor. The needle length information acquisition unit acquires needle length information indicating the length of the puncture needle based on the position information of the reference position member and the sensor when the tip of the puncture needle is in contact with the reference position member, and the relative position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Masuda, Shouichi Nakauchi, Takashi Koyakumaru, Tomio Nabatame, Tomoko Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10345444
    Abstract: An ultrasonic diagnostic imaging system produces spatially compounded trapezoidal sector images by combining component frames acquired from different look directions. A virtual apex scan format is used such that each scanline of a component frame emanates from a different point (El, En) on the face of an array transducer (12) and is steered at a different scanning angle. For different component frames the scanlines are steered at respectively different angles. In the illustrated example, the scanlines of each component frame are incremented by five degrees relative to the corresponding scanlines in a reference component frame. When the component frames are combined for spatial compounding, the maximum number of component frames are combined over virtually the entire image field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventor: Lars Jonas Olsson
  • Patent number: 10335120
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an ultrasound imaging system and a method for the measurement of a distance (58) between two points (54, 56) within a volume of a three-dimensional image (50). To avoid the commonly known fore-shortening effect, according to which a distance measured by the system is shorter than an actual distance (58) between the two points (54, 56), an in-depth control of a cursor (53) shown in the image (50) on the display as provided to the user. Further, an indication (72) may be given to the user that the cursor (53) collides with a structure (52) within the volume to allow the user to assess the movement of the cursor out of the plane shown on the display more conveniently. By this, occurrence of the fore-shortening effect may be avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Richard Allen Snyder, Vinodkumar Elangovan
  • Patent number: 10322293
    Abstract: One aspect of the present disclosure relates a system that can quickly and reversibly block conduction in a nerve. The system can include a first nerve block modality that provides heat to the nerve to block conduction in the nerve. For example, the heat can provide the quick nerve block. The system can also include a second nerve block modality that provides an electrical signal to the nerve to block the conduction in the nerve. For example, the electrical signal can provide the reversibility. In some instances, the heat can be provided by an infrared light signal and the electrical signal can be provided by a kilohertz frequency alternating current (KHFAC) signal or a direct current (DC) signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignees: CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY, VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Hillel Chiel, Niloy Bhadra, Mike Jenkins, Emilie Lothet, Tina Vrabec, Kevin Kilgore, Narendra Bhadra, Eric Duco Jansen