Patents Examined by Brian Szmal
  • Patent number: 9414774
    Abstract: A system and method for carrying out the withdrawal of body fluid with as little body fluid as possible visible to the user at the end of the process. The present invention provides a pressure piece for exerting pressure on a body part. The pressure piece is moved relative to a support for the body part, and in the final phase of fluid withdrawal, the compressive or resistive force of the pressure piece on the body part is reduced in order to avoid the escape of body fluid from the puncture site. The support results in a defined positioning of the body part that rests against it for the lancing process, whereas the relative movement of the pressure piece enables an additional increase in pressure and thus an improved collection of fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Roche Diabetes Care, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephan Korner, Rainer Jaeggi, Patrick Griss, Emad Sarofim, Irio Guiseppe Calasso
  • Patent number: 9370587
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a substance selected from the group consisting of riboflavin, its esters, salts and hydrates thereof, for use in an ophthalmic diagnostic method. In preferred aspects of the invention, the riboflavin is applied into the eye as part of a solution having a concentration from about 0.01 and 0.5% riboflavin or acceptable salt, ester, hydrate thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignees: IROS R.C. S.R.L
    Inventors: Ciro Caruso, Salvatore Troisi
  • Patent number: 9358388
    Abstract: Systems and methods for detecting intrathecal penetration are disclosed. A method in accordance with one embodiment includes detecting a value corresponding to an impedance of an electrical circuit that in turn includes an electrical contact located within the patient, and patient tissue adjacent to the electrical contact. The method further includes comparing the detected value to a predetermined criterion, and, if the detected value meets the predetermined criterion, identifying penetration of the patient's dura based at least in part on the detected value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Nevro Corporation
    Inventors: Jon Parker, James R. Thacker
  • Patent number: 9351667
    Abstract: A device for measuring orofacial stiffness in a subject can include: two lip saddle attachment components configured for attachment to the lip saddles of a patients mouth; two elongate members, each being coupled with one of the lip saddle attachment components; a pivot member that couples the two elongate members at a pivot point opposite from the two lip saddle attachment components; an electronic sensor configured to sense the stiffness of the lips by sensing movement of the elongate members with respect to the pivot point, where the electronic sensor is operably coupled to each of the elongate members; and a pressure component configured move with respect to the pivot point so as to provide pressure to and/or receive pressure from the lip saddle attachment components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: The University of Kansas
    Inventors: Steven Barlow, Douglas S. Kieweg
  • Patent number: 9351661
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods to measure parallel tissue conductance, luminal cross-sectional areas, fluid velocity, and/or determine plaque vulnerability using temperature. In at least one embodiment of a method to obtain parallel tissue conductance, the method comprises the steps of inserting at least part of a detection device into a luminal organ, applying current thereto, obtaining a native temperature measurement, injecting a solution of a known conductivity into the luminal organ, detecting a temperature change indicative of the fluid within the luminal organ, measuring an output conductance, and calculating a parallel tissue conductance based upon the output conductance and the conductivity of the injected solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: 3DT Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Ghassan S. Kassab
  • Patent number: 9352131
    Abstract: A medical guidewire having distal tip coil that includes a twisted ribbon wire construction. The distal tip coil is mounted to the distal end of the distal core section of the guidewire. The coil is made from a flat ribbon wire with a polygonal, preferably rectangular, cross-section that is twisted along the length of the wire. The twisted, flat ribbon wire creates a tip coil that has a roughened, undulating surface at the outer circumference that, whether coated or bare, is perceptible to the physician or cardiologist when pushing or torquing the guidewire in an interventional procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Inventor: Daniel G. Brown
  • Patent number: 9352130
    Abstract: A torque device for attaching to and selectively gripping or securing and releasing a guidewire to permit rotational and longitudinal manipulation of the guidewire to steer and control the guidewire. In one embodiment the torque device comprises a nose portion, a neck portion, and a base portion with varying outer diameters for improved rotational control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Inventor: Adrian Moger
  • Patent number: 9351680
    Abstract: An analyte monitoring system is provided. The system may include a housing (200) and a visual display (206) on the housing (200), the visual display (206) having at lease one visual indicator position next to a corresponding marking (208, 210, 212, 214 and 216) on the housing (200). The system may include a processor (60) driving the visual display (206), wherein the processor (60) runs software that is modifiable to provide a variable user interface on the visual display (206). The system may include a wireless communication to allow applets or programs to be down-loaded by the processor (60).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Inventor: Dirk Boecker
  • Patent number: 9345487
    Abstract: Disclosed is a drilling device and a method for the drilling of human or animal bone tissue. The method comprises the following steps; (a) providing a drill having an electrically conductive bone cutter and an electrically conducting nosepiece assembly spaced apart from the electrically conductive bone cutter and acting as a counter electrode; (b) placing the electrically conductive bone cutter and nosepiece assembly into contact with the bone tissue to be drilled; (c) measuring the electrical impedance between the bone cutter tip and the nosepiece or the current through the cutter motor; (d) commencing drilling and moving the bone cutter toward the bone surface; (e) starting a step counter when the impedance reduces or the cutter motor current increases; (f) incrementing the step counter with every step of the vertical drive motor until the step count reaches the prespecified value thereby controlling the depth of the hole drilled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Path Scientific, LLC
    Inventors: Terry Herndon, Thiruvallur R. Gowrishankar
  • Patent number: 9345849
    Abstract: A device (10) for capturing a surface of an object (30) is provided, wherein the device (10) comprises a flexible membrane (14), which is configured to be deformed from a first shape to a second shape, when at least a part of the flexible membrane (14) is brought into contact with the surface of the object (30), wherein the device (10) comprises a plurality of strain-gauges (18) coupled to the flexible membrane (14), wherein the strain-gauges (18) are configured to measure a plurality of strain signals that depend on the shape of the flexible membrane (14), and wherein the device (10) comprises an output unit (24) for outputting the strain signals for reconstruction of the surface of the object (30) as a function of the strain signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Inventor: Peter Chi Fai Ho
  • Patent number: 9339230
    Abstract: Valve aperture sizing devices and methods. In an exemplary method to size a valve aperture, the method comprises introducing at least part of a first device into a luminal organ at a valve aperture, the first device having a balloon positioned thereon, inflating the balloon within the valve aperture until a point of apposition is achieved, and obtaining a first valve aperture measurement based upon the point of apposition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: 3DT Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Ghassan S. Kassab
  • Patent number: 9326681
    Abstract: An excessive amount of pressurized air is inhibited from being blown to an eye of a patient during measurement of a corneal shape deformation amount. In a non-contact tonometer having a piston, a driving unit to drive the piston, a fluid ejection unit to blow air pressurized by driving the piston toward a cornea of an eye to be inspected, and an intraocular pressure measuring unit to detect a deformed state of the cornea and measure an intraocular pressure, there are provided a piston displacement restricting unit that restricts a displacement amount when the piston pressurizes the air, and a changing unit to change the displacement amount to be restricted by the piston displacement restricting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yuki Shimozato
  • Patent number: 9326728
    Abstract: Electronic devices, apparatus, systems, and methods of operating and constructing the devices, apparatus, and/or systems include a wireless sensor configured to measure strain of hardware implanted in a subject. In various embodiments, temporal measurement of the hardware strain includes monitoring changes of the resonant frequency of the sensor. The sensor can be realized as an inductively powered device that operates as an all-on-chip resonator, where the components of the sensor are biocompatible. Additional apparatus, systems, and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Inventors: Hilmi Volkan Demir, Christian Matthew Puttlitz, Rohat Melik
  • Patent number: 9314194
    Abstract: A body fluid sampling system is provided for use on a tissue site. A drive force generator is coupled to penetrating members. The penetrating members are at least partially housed in a penetrating member housing. The penetrating member housing has openings for the penetrating members. The penetrating members are launched along a launch path by the drive force generator through an opening in the penetrating member housing. Analyte sensors are housed in a analyte sensor housing. Each analyte sensor is associated with a penetrating member. The analyte sensor housing and the penetrating member housing are coupled to provide that each analyte sensor is positioned out of a launch path of a penetrating member. The analyte sensor housing includes desiccant pockets for receiving desiccant plugs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Inventors: Ajay Deshmukh, Dominique Freeman, Dirk Boecker, Don Alden
  • Patent number: 9314152
    Abstract: A surgical access system including a tissue distraction assembly and a tissue retraction assembly, both of which may be equipped with one or more electrodes for use in detecting the existence of (and optionally the distance and/or direction to) neural structures before, during, and after the establishment of an operative corridor to a surgical target site. Some embodiments of the surgical access system may be particularly suited for establishing an operative corridor to a surgical target site in the spine. Such an operative corridor may be established through the retroperitoneal space and the psoas muscle during a direct lateral, retroperitoneal approach to the spine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: NuVasive, Inc.
    Inventors: Luiz Pimenta, Patrick Miles, Scot Martinelli, Eric Finley
  • Patent number: 9307932
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system and a method for assessment of walking and miming gait in human. The method is preferably based on the fusion of a portable device featuring inertial sensors and several new dedicated signal processing algorithms: the detection of specific temporal events and parameters, 5 optimized fusion and de-drifted integration of inertial signals, automatic and online virtual alignment of sensors module, 3D foot kinematics estimation, a kinematic model for automatic online heel and toe position estimation, and finally the extraction of relevant and clinically meaning-full outcome parameters. Advantageously including at least one wireless inertial module attached to foot, the system provides common spatio-temporal parameters (gait cycle time, stride length, and stride velocity), with the 10 advantage of being able to work in unconstrained condition such as during turning or running.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL)
    Inventors: Benoît Mariani, Kamiar Aminian
  • Patent number: 9307905
    Abstract: The present technology relates generally to intraocular pressure (“IOP”) monitoring systems and associated devices and methods. In some embodiments, an intraocular pressure monitoring system configured in accordance with the technology comprises an implantable intraocular assembly and an external unit configured to transmit power to and receive data from the intraocular assembly. The intraocular assembly can include an IOP sensing device embedded within a flexible, expandable annular member. The IOP sensing device can include an antenna, a pressure sensor, and a microelectronic device encapsulated by an elastomer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: University of Washington
    Inventors: Cagdas Varel, Tueng T. Shen, Karl F. Bohringer, Brian Otis, Buddy D. Ratner
  • Patent number: 9308102
    Abstract: An acetabular trialing system has a trial cup including a body comprising an outer surface, a part-spherical inner surface and a rim extending between the inner and outer surface with a plurality of spaced inwardly resiliently deflectable rim members each connected at a first end to the body outer surface. The part-spherical inner surface has a plurality of spaced resilient deflectable bearing members each forming part of the body part-spherical inner surface. The bearing members have a first end deflectable towards the body outer surface. Upon inward deflection, one of the plurality of deflectable rim members is capable of contacting the first end of a corresponding one of the plurality of deflectable bearing members and moving the bearing member towards the body outer surface and into contact an electrical signaling device mounted on the body intermediate the outer surface thereof and the deflectable bearing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Howmedica Osteonics Corp.
    Inventors: Thomas Francis McCarthy, Anthony J. La Rosa, Edward J. Laganis
  • Patent number: 9301738
    Abstract: A tissue sample securement apparatus secures a volumetric tissue sample. The tissue sample securement apparatus according to the present invention includes an expandable-retractable tissue sampling device, which tissue sampling device includes an axial displacement member, an expandable tip construction, and a tensile member. The axial displacement member includes a distal member end and a proximal member end. The tip construction extends from the distal member end, and the tensile member extends in adjacency to the axial displacement member and is connected to the tip construction for selectively retracting a member-retractable distal portion of the tip construction. The selectively retracted distal portion simultaneously severs and secures a volumetric tissue sample. The tissue sample may then be retrieved via a catheter member for directing the device to and from the target tissue mass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Inventor: Donald R. Waxler
  • Patent number: 9289170
    Abstract: An apparatus for eliciting a blood sample is presented having a lancet for lancing a body part of a user and a cleaning member of absorbent material operable to clean a surface of the body part, the apparatus being configured such that in use the lancet is moved to lance a body part of a user and subsequently the cleaning member is moved to contact the body part of the user so as to remove blood from the surface of the body part prior to collection of the blood sample from the surface of the body part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Inventors: Frank Richter, Ross MacArthur