Patents Examined by Brian T. Gedeon
  • Patent number: 10405943
    Abstract: A kit for performing a reduced radiation percutaneous procedure is provided. The kit includes a needle access device having a needle connected to a hub portion having an opaque cap portion, a non-opaque body portion positioned between the opaque cap portion and the needle, and a channel extending through the opaque cap portion; a sticker having an adhesive side adapted to adhere to the skin of a patient, and a display surface opposite the adhesive side configured to enhance visualization of the sticker in low light; and a guidewire having a floppy portion with a distal end, an intermediate region connected to the floppy portion, such that the intermediate region is less floppy than the floppy portion; and an ultrasonic-profile-enhancing feature disposed within 3 centimeters of the distal end of the floppy portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: FACULTY PHYSICIANS AND SURGEONS OF LOMA LINDA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
    Inventor: Dalton Duane Baldwin
  • Patent number: 10406367
    Abstract: Transvascular diaphragm pacing systems (TDPS) and methods are disclosed for providing respiratory therapy to a patient. The TDPS can provide rapid insertion and deployment of endovascular pacing electrodes in critically ill patients who require intubation and invasive PPMV in order to support the physiological requirements of the human ventilatory system. The systems and methods make best use of the contractile properties of the diaphragm muscle and prevent muscle disuse and muscle atrophy. This can be carried out by engaging the phrenic nerves using patterned functional electrical stimulation applied to endovascular electrodes that are temporarily and reversibly inserted in central veins of the patient, such as the left subclavian vein and the superior vena cava.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Lungpacer Medical Inc.
    Inventors: Ramasamy Meyyappan, Joaquin Andres Hoffer, Marcelo Baru, Bernard Coquinco, Rodrigo Andres Sandoval, Jessica Kit-Sum Tang
  • Patent number: 10406351
    Abstract: The present application is directed to devices and methods that can treat dementia or other brain disorders via electrical stimulation. Embodiments disclosed herein utilize brain stimulation of brain areas involved in memory and cognition through an intraventricular approach. Brain stimulation is combined with CSF flow in an intraventricular electrode having one or more passageways to permit fluid to flow therethrough. For example, an intraventricular electrode shunt catheter can be safely placed in any part of the ventricular system and through any foramen or aqueduct of the ventricular system without fear of obstruction to CSF flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Inventor: Sherwin Hua
  • Patent number: 10405792
    Abstract: A method, comprising receiving at least one of a signal relating to a first cardiac activity and a signal relating to a first body movement from a patient; triggering at least one of a test of the patient's responsiveness, awareness, a second cardiac activity, a second body movement, a spectral analysis test of the second cardiac activity, and a spectral analysis test of the second body movement, based on at least one of the signal relating to the first cardiac activity and the signal relating to the first body movement; determining an occurrence of an epileptic event based at least in part on said one or more triggered tests; and performing a further action in response to said determination of said occurrence of said epileptic event. Further methods allow classification of epileptic events. Apparatus and systems capable of implementing the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: FLINT HILLS SCIENTIFIC, LLC
    Inventor: Ivan Osorio
  • Patent number: 10398519
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes a method and system for performing robot-assisted surgical procedures. The system includes a robotic arm system assembly, an end effector assembly, and a hybrid control mechanism for robotic surgery. The robotic arm is a lightweight, bedside robot with a large range of motion, which can be easily manipulated to position endoscope and surgical instruments. The control console is mounted at the distal end of the robotic arm to enable robotic arm to follow operators arm movement, provide physical support, filter out hand tremor, and constrain motion. A universal adapter is also described as an interface to connect traditional laparoscopic tools to the robotic arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Children's National Medical Center
    Inventors: Peter C. W. Kim, Yonjae Kim, Peng Cheng, Axel Krieger, Justin Opfermann, Ryan Decker
  • Patent number: 10398504
    Abstract: An ultrasound catheter includes a hollow body and a plurality of ultrasound sensing regions. The hollow body is made of a flexible circuit board. The ultrasound sensing regions are disposed on a periphery of the hollow body, wherein each of the ultrasound sensing regions has a plurality of channels, and the channels of each ultrasound sensing region are arranged along an axial direction of the hollow body. A medical system using the ultrasound catheter is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Qisda Corporation
    Inventor: Jian-Hung Liu
  • Patent number: 10398316
    Abstract: A method for determining at least one physiological characteristic of at least one experimental animal in a cage is disclosed. The method may include capturing at least one infrared image of the at least one experimental animal in a band of infrared radiation that is within the range of from about 3 ?m to about 14 ?m in wavelength and capturing at least one visible image of the at least one experimental animal. The method may further include correlating the at least one image and the at least one visible light image and determining the at least one physiological characteristic of the at least one experimental animal based at least in part on the correlation. An apparatus to determine at least one physiological characteristic of at least one experimental animal is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Vium, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Noble Betts-Lacroix, Timothy Robertson, Laura Schaevitz, Kyle Heath
  • Patent number: 10390758
    Abstract: Provided is an electronic device to monitor a user's biological measurements in two stages, where the first stage determines whether to make measurements and/or appraisals in the second stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Matthew C. Wiggins, Euan S. Thomson
  • Patent number: 10384063
    Abstract: Apparatus for transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation in a user, the apparatus comprising: stimulation means for electrically stimulating at least one nerve with at least one stimulation pulse; control means connected to the stimulation means for controlling at least one characteristic of the at least one stimulation pulse; and modulating means connected to the control means for modulating the at least one characteristic of the at least one stimulation pulse according to the time of day.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Neurometrix, Inc.
    Inventors: Shai N. Gozani, Xuan Kong
  • Patent number: 10376235
    Abstract: A needle guide system is provided. The needle guide system includes a puncture device, an ultrasound transducer, a first orientation detector, a second orientation detector, a proximity detector and a processor. The ultrasound transducer is configured to obtain an ultrasound image. The first orientation detector is disposed on the puncture device, and the second orientation detector is disposed on the ultrasound transducer. The proximity detector is disposed on at least one of the puncture device and the ultrasound transducer, configured to obtain a relative distance between the puncture device and the ultrasound transducer. The processor is configured to obtain a spatial relationship between the puncture device and the ultrasound transducer by using the first orientation detector, the second orientation detector, and the proximity detector, and predict a trajectory of the puncture device in the ultrasound image according to the spatial relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignees: Industrial Technology Research Institute, National Taiwan University Hospital
    Inventors: Wan-Hsin Hsieh, Hui-Hsin Lu, Chih-Yuan Wang
  • Patent number: 10368776
    Abstract: An apparatus for determining cardiac performance in the patient includes a plurality of electrodes adapted to be placed in the patient and in communication with a heart chamber of the patient for measuring conductance and blood volume in the heart chamber of the patient; and a processor for determining instantaneous volume of the ventricle based on measurement of complex admittance at a plurality of frequencies to identify mechanical strength of the chamber, the processor in communication with the electrodes. A method for determining cardiac performance in a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Board of Regents, The University of Texas System
    Inventors: Marc D. Feldman, Jonathan W. Valvano, John A. Pearce, Chia-Ling Wei
  • Patent number: 10369358
    Abstract: An electric stimulator for brain, heart, skin and internal organs in animals and plants where the electrodes are distributed on a supporting structure. The supporting structure may be adapted for brain, heart, skin or other internal organs, as for DBS, heart pacemaker, TENS, etc. The invention discloses a plurality of electrodes at the surface of the supporting structure, from which electrically stimulating currents can be injected into the organism. Turning off an electrode while turning on another electrode has the effect of moving the stimulation within the body of the organism from one point to another point, with the same effect but with less spent energy than physically moving the whole electrode support. We call this electrode shifting. Rotational and translational electrode shifting are possible. The invention also discloses random changes of the electrode shifting, and random changes of the stimulation time and of the stimulation duration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventor: Sergio Lara Pereira Monteiro
  • Patent number: 10362993
    Abstract: An exercise feedback system determines sensor data quality of an athletic garment based on bioimpedance data. The athletic garment includes sensors that can generate physiological data and bioimpedance data. An athlete wears the athletic garment while exercising. If the sensors have a stable contact with the skin of the athlete, the sensors generate high quality physiological data. However, if the sensors have unstable or no contact with the skin of the athlete, the sensors generate low quality physiological data. The exercise feedback system uses the magnitude and/or variance of the bioimpedance data to determine whether the physiological data is high or low quality. If the physiological data is high quality, the exercise feedback system may generate and provide feedback based on the physiological data for display to the athlete. The exercise feedback system may also use the bioimpedance data to identify defects in the garment during quality assurance tests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Mad Apparel, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher John Wiebe, Daniel Blatnik, Lev Korzinov, Adnan Aslam
  • Patent number: 10363411
    Abstract: A medical microelectrode includes an elongate electrode body including a tip section, a main body section and, optionally, a coupling section. The tip section, the main body section and, optionally, the coupling section are embedded in a first electrode matrix element, which is substantially rigid, biocompatible and soluble or biodegradable in a body fluid. Additionally the microelectrode includes a dissolution retarding layer on the first electrode matrix element and/or a second electrode matrix element disposed between the first electrode matrix element and the electrode. Upon dissolution or biodegradation of the first electrode matrix element a drug comprised by the first electrode matrix element or the second electrode matrix element is released into the tissue. Also disclosed are bundles and arrays of the electrodes and their use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: NEURONANO AB
    Inventors: Fredrik Ek, Nils Danielsen, Jenny Eriksson Linsmeier, Per Petersson, Jens Schouenborg
  • Patent number: 10363091
    Abstract: Systems, delivery devices, and methods to treat to ablate, damage, or otherwise affect tissue. The treatment systems are capable of delivering a coolable ablation assembly that ablates targeted tissue without damaging non-targeted tissue. The coolable ablation assembly damages nerve tissue to temporarily or permanently decrease nervous system input. The system, delivery devices, and methods can damage tissue and manage scarring and stenosis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Nuvaira, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven C. Dimmer, Martin L. Mayse, Mark E. Deem, Hanson S. Gifford, III
  • Patent number: 10361001
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods for monitoring and treating a patient on route to a medical facility are disclosed. The system comprises a critical care unit; at least one patient monitoring device coupled to the critical care unit, wherein the critical care unit obtains physiological data about the patient from each patient monitoring device; at least one patient treatment device coupled to the critical care unit, wherein the critical care unit provides treatment instructions to each patient treatment device; a two way communications device coupled to the critical care unit; and a remote communications terminal in communication with the two way communications device. The critical care unit preferably sends the physiological data to the remote communications terminal and receives the treatment instructions from the remote communications terminal via the two way communications device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Athena GTX, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Darrah, Cesar Gradilla, John Elson, Ellen Miller
  • Patent number: 10349882
    Abstract: A method for identifying changes in an epilepsy patient's disease state, comprising: receiving at least one body data stream; determining at least one body index from the at least one body data stream; detecting a plurality of seizure events from the at least one body index; determining at least one seizure metric value for each seizure event; performing a first classification analysis of the plurality of seizure events from the at least one seizure metric value; detecting at least one additional seizure event from the at least one determined index; determining at least one seizure metric value for each additional seizure event, performing a second classification analysis of the plurality of seizure events and the at least one additional seizure event based upon the at least one seizure metric value; comparing the results of the first classification analysis and the second classification analysis; and performing a further action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Flint Hills Scientific, LLC
    Inventor: Ivan Osorio
  • Patent number: 10342488
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides devices and methods for improved hemodynamic monitoring, including techniques for reducing signals related to hemodynamic activity outside the tissue or region of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania
    Inventors: Wesley B. Baker, Arjun G. Yodh, David R. Busch, Jr., Ashwin B. Parthasarathy, Rickson C. Mesquita, Malavika Chandra
  • Patent number: 10327657
    Abstract: A method of measuring bioelectric signals of a patient having an axis extending from the patient's head to the patient's feet includes attaching a patch to the patient's skin. The patch may include a first electrode and a second electrode spaced apart along a longitudinal axis of the patch. The patch may be attached such that the longitudinal axis of the patch is generally aligned with the axis of the patient. The method may also include attaching a third electrode to the patient's skin, and measuring bioelectric signals of the patient using the first electrode, the second electrode, and the third electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: INFOBIONIC, INC.
    Inventors: Darren Spencer, Peter Van Der Sluis
  • Patent number: 10322289
    Abstract: Implantable devices and/or sensors can be wirelessly powered by controlling and propagating electromagnetic waves in a patient's tissue. Such implantable devices/sensors can be implanted at target locations in a patient, to stimulate areas such as the heart, brain, spinal cord, or muscle tissue, and/or to sense biological, physiological, chemical attributes of the blood, tissue, and other patient parameters. The propagating electromagnetic waves can be generated with sub-wavelength structures configured to manipulate evanescent fields outside of tissue to generate the propagating waves inside the tissue. Methods of use are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University
    Inventors: Ada Shuk Yan Poon, Alexander Yeh, Yuji Tanabe, John Ho, Sanghoek Kim