Patents Examined by Brian Szmal
  • 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
  • Patent number: 9283356
    Abstract: A guide wire includes an elongated wire body exhibiting flexibility, a distal side coating layer that covers a distal portion of the wire body and is made of a resin material, and a tubular member through which the wire body passes and possessing a distal portion positioned in the vicinity of a proximal portion of the distal side coating layer. A plurality of melted portions which are concavely deformed toward the wire body side by melting are formed in the tubular member. The tubular member is fixed to the wire body by bringing the melted portions into press-contact with the wire body The plurality of melted portions is irregularly formed along an axis direction of the tubular member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Inventors: Yutaka Tano, Yousuke Nabeshima
  • Patent number: 9271677
    Abstract: Intraocular pressure measuring and/or monitoring device comprising a soft contact lens and a pressure sensor united with the soft contact lens, the pressure sensor being located such that it is applied against an eye of a user for sensing the intraocular pressure (IOP) of the eye when the soft contact lens is worn by the user, wherein the soft contact lens is softer than a surface of the eye and is configured to adapt its shape to the shape of the eye under the effect of capillary force maintaining the contact lens on the eye when the user is wearing the contact lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Sensimed SA
    Inventor: Matteo Leonardi
  • Patent number: 9272122
    Abstract: A shaft suppresses a permanent set, or plastic deformation, even when inserted into an extremely winding blood vessel. A guidewire incorporates the above shaft. The shaft is twisted along its longitudinal axis and has a cross section forming a substantially rectangular shape extending in a first direction perpendicular to the longitudinal axis. The cross section has at least one arcuate recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: ASAHI INTECC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Naohiko Miyata, Muneya Furukawa, Kenichi Matsuo
  • Patent number: 9271676
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for measuring tissue edema. By a method in accordance with the invention an electromagnetic probe (24) is placed on the skin, and the capacitance of the probe is proportional to the dielectric constant of the skin and subcutaneous fat, which is proportional to the water content of the skin. The edema is scored by measuring the capacitance of the electromagnetic probe, so called open-ended coaxial cable, at a high frequency, approximately 20-500 MHz.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Delfin Technologies Ltd.
    Inventors: Esko Alanen, Aulis Tapani Lahtinen, Jouni Nuutinen
  • Patent number: 9265451
    Abstract: There is provided a system and a method for quantitative measurement of spasticity in a patient. It has been found that stretch reflex measurements, that are quantitatively indicative of spasticity, can be obtained by recording an EMG signal while the limb is being moved at a variety of angular velocities. The method advantageously allows the clinician to perform the test at the bedside by eliminating the need for cumbersome mechanical components for moving the limb while providing quantitative measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Inventors: Mindy Levin, Anatol Feldman, Eric Johnstone
  • Patent number: 9265580
    Abstract: The devices and methods taught in this disclosure are directed to facilitate the observation, collection, transportation, storage, and preservation of specimens possibly containing DNA, said specimens potentially constituting evidence of sexual assault. The devices and methods described further allow for a means of minimizing the possibility of specimen contamination, dilution, or degradation during the collection and storage processes. The disclosed devices may contain electrical components that provide for the generation and recordation of information (specifically, times, dates, and locations) related to circumstances surrounding the collection of such specimens. This information may serve as evidence corroborating the circumstance of specimen collection, it may help to maintain a known and identifiable Chain of Custody (CoC), and it may additionally be used for unique device identification (UDI), inventory control, and current procedural terminology (CPT) coding purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Inventors: Jonathan M. Speck, Ronald L Speck, Glenda Beth Horn Herring, Diana K Faugno, Rachell A Ekroos, Stacey A. Mitchell, Erik J. Ernst, John M. Hawkins
  • Patent number: 9259557
    Abstract: A shaft suppresses a rise in operation resistance as it is pushed and pulled even inside an extremely winding blood vessel and thus secures sufficient torque transmission characteristics and operability. A guidewire may employ the above-described shaft. The shaft is twisted along its longitudinal axis and has a cross section that forms a substantially rectangular shape in a direction perpendicular to the longitudinal axis. Moreover, the cross section of the shaft has a projection that projects arcuately.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: ASAHI INTECC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Naohiko Miyata, Muneya Furukawa, Kenichi Matsuo
  • Patent number: 9259211
    Abstract: An excisional biopsy and delivery device may comprise one or more rotating, penetrating and cutting rod elements. The rod elements may be configured to advance from a stored and confined first position and rotate about an axis, while being simultaneously revolved about a central axis. The rod elements may then assume a second released and expanded configuration that is operative to cut around and surround target tissue. In this manner, the rod elements are operative to move through the surrounding tissue to create a volume of revolution and to sever and capture the target tissue contained within the volume of revolution from the surrounding tissue. The severed and captured volume of revolution containing the target tissue may then be removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: TRANSMED7, LLC
    Inventors: Eugene H Vetter, James W Vetter, Alisen E Vetter
  • Patent number: 9254100
    Abstract: An implantable activity detector can detect metabolic stress levels, which can be normalized, such as to identify times of activities such as walking and running or to identify trends such as a decrease in metabolic activity. The data can be derived from different sources such as an accelerometer and pedometer. This data can be compared to independently specifiable thresholds, such as to trigger an alert or responsive therapy, or to display one or more trends. The information can also be combined with other congestive heart failure (CHF) indications. The alert can notify the patient or a caregiver, such as via remote monitoring. Metabolic activity data from one or more of the activity detectors can be used to establish a model of metabolic stress, to which further activity data can be compared for identifying periods of increased or decreased metabolic stress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Beck, Ramesh Wariar, Chie Kawahara, Gerrard M. Carlson
  • Patent number: 9247877
    Abstract: Disclosed is a device adapted to measure intraocular pressure comprising: a corneal contact lens having a pressure sensor mounted in a recess or cavity in the contact lens, and wherein the contact lens has a back surface which is formed so as to protrude in a desired portion beyond the profile of the adjacent part of the lens and thus to press against the cornea, which protruding portion experiences a reactive deformation which is detected directly or indirectly by the pressure sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Inventors: Ahmed Elsheikh, John Clamp
  • Patent number: 9241691
    Abstract: The device is used to remove tissue from a patient and to also place a marker in the patient. The device has an opening through which tissue enters the device. The tissue which enters the opening is cut and the tissue is removed. The device may be used a number of times to remove a number of tissue masses. The device also includes a marker which the user may release in the patient at the desired time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Inventor: James W. Vetter
  • Patent number: 9226733
    Abstract: A biopsy device includes a coring cannula, a retract stylet, and a localization needle. The coring cannula has a longitudinal axis and a shaft centered on the axis. The stylet has a tip containing at least one blade and a central passage. The localization needle has a channel and is slidably disposed within the central passage. A drive mechanism rotates the cannula and moves the cannula in a direction parallel to the longitudinal axis of the cannula. A guide element has a first end and a second end and is slidably disposed within the channel of the localization needle. The guide element is movable from a first position to a second position within the localization needle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Inventors: Martin L. Flatland, Bamdad Hassanpourgol
  • Patent number: 9226856
    Abstract: An inflatable mask with two ocular cavities can seal against a user's face by forming an air-tight seal around the periphery of the user's eye socket. The sealed air-tight ocular cavity can be pressurized to take ocular measurements. The mask can conform to the contours of a user's face by inflating or deflating the mask. In addition, the distance between the user and a medical device (e.g. an optical coherence tomography instrument) can be adjusted by inflating or deflating the mask. Also disclosed herein is an electronic encounter portal and an automated eye examination. Other embodiments are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Envision Diagnostics, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander C. Walsh, Paul G. Updike, Richard Castro
  • Patent number: 9220417
    Abstract: A medical device utilizing temperature sensing to identify or assess anatomical bodies or structures includes an elongate tubular member, at least one electrode, a thermal sensor, and a temperature response assessment system or component. The at least one electrode may be connected to the distal portion of the elongate tubular member, and the one or more electrode can be configured to provide energy or heat to a portion of an anatomical body or structure. The thermal sensor may be configured to measure the thermal response of the portion of an anatomical body or structure, e.g., tissue or blood pools. The temperature response assessment system or component can be coupled to the thermal sensor. In embodiments, the device may include a lumen and port opening, which may accommodate a tool, such as a needle. Methods for using temperature sensing to identify an anatomical body or structure are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Atrial Fibrillation Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Saurav Paul, Todd R. Stangenes, Riki Thao
  • Patent number: 9220484
    Abstract: A biopsy device is disclosed that includes a housing maintaining a stylet and a cannula, a control device operable to actuate the stylet and the cannula with respect to the housing and a removable handle coupleable to the control device to load the stylet and the cannula, wherein the handle is configured to modify the device from to a loading configuration a delivery configuration such that the device has a reduced profile for obtaining a tissue sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: CAREFUSION 2200, INC.
    Inventor: John A. Krueger
  • Patent number: 9211113
    Abstract: A biopsy needle for collecting a tissue specimen includes a handle including a handle body that defines a hollow interior that includes a hollow inner housing member and a cannula assembly including an inner cannula, an outer cannula and a snarecoil coil at a distal end that is attached to the outer cannula. The biopsy needle also includes a first biasing element that is coupled to the cannula assembly and is configured to apply a force thereto when stored energy of the first biasing element is released to cause forward projection of the cannula assembly. A first mechanism of the needle has a first component associated with a proximal end of the inner cannula that is received within the inner housing member and a second component associated with the inner housing to cause controlled rotation of the inner cannula relative to the outer cannula after the cannula assembly is projected a predetermined distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Inventor: Alec S. Goldenberg
  • Patent number: 9204842
    Abstract: A fixation member configured to anchor an implantable medical device within a patient is attached to an implantable medical device by introducing at least a portion of the fixation member in a tube mechanically connected to the medical device, and plastically deforming the tube in order to pinch the fixation member within a hollow space of the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Kamal Deep Mothilal, George Patras, Albert H. Dunfee
  • Patent number: 9204799
    Abstract: A sensor suitable for measuring the pressure applied by a bandage, the sensor being in the form of an elongate strip having a plurality of pads arranged along its length, wherein the sensor includes a connection to each pad, whereby the pressure applied to each pad can be determined independently, wherein each pad is inflatable to form an expanded pad protruding above the surface of the strip, and deflatable so that it does not impede removal of the sensor from the bandage. Such a sensor is primarily intended for single use, i.e. is disposable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Inventors: Roy Frederick Davies, Ejaz Huq, Stephen George Edward Barker
  • Patent number: 9198683
    Abstract: Systems and methods capture and/or occlusion of selected body tissue using various tissue characteristics and/or techniques are described. In the context of left atrial appendage closure, the systems and methods can be used to capture the left atrial appendage while a closure instrument (suture, clip, ring, etc.) is placed over the appendage and tightened down or a closure method (ablation, cryogenic procedures, stapling, etc.) is performed to close the left atrial appendage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Inventors: Paul A. Friedman, Charles J. Bruce, Samuel J. Asirvatham, Trevor A. McCaw, Elliot Y. K. Hong