Patents Examined by Carrie R Dorna
  • Patent number: 11406843
    Abstract: A polymeric radiation-source with customized geometries to maximize receipt of radiation into treatment areas that is formed from either radioisotopes molecularly bonded to a polymer or radioisotopes encased within a polymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Inventors: Paul T. Finger, Toby Welles, Jaime Simon
  • Patent number: 11399941
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods for altering functioning of a tissue/organ by application of force thereto. In one preferred embodiment, a device for reducing or preventing regurgitation of blood through a valve of a heart is provided. A device may include a main body having a segment adapted to apply force to a surface of tissue/organ; a member that applies counterforce to the force applied by the segment; and an adjuster that is manually operable to change the force applied by the segment. The adjuster can be manually operated before or after anchoring of the device to the tissue/organ.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Mitre Medical Corp.
    Inventors: John MacMahon, Evan Anderson, Jeremy Boyette
  • Patent number: 11382646
    Abstract: A capture-tool for manipulation of tissue utilizes vacuum to hold the tissue in place. An extension attached to a vacuum source at one end and a vacuum arm at another end creates a vacuum force through the extension and vacuum arm. The vacuum arm has a support surface with ports therein at which low pressure areas are formed by the vacuum force. The low pressure areas draw tissue against the supporting surface to hold it in place, as long as the vacuum force is active.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Axogen Corporation
    Inventors: Jennifer Faleris, Anne Engemann, Curt Deister
  • Patent number: 11376146
    Abstract: An implantable sphincter assistance device is configured to surround an exterior wall of an esophagus. The implantable sphincter assistance device includes a plurality of beads, at least one connector, and secondary material. Each of the beads has an exterior surface. The connector is configured to serially connect the beads to form a ring. The secondary material is configured to be disposed between the exterior surface of at least one of the beads and the exterior wall of the esophagus. The secondary material is configured to control remodeling of tissue surrounding the exterior wall of the esophagus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Kevin M. Fiebig, Frederick E. Shelton, IV
  • Patent number: 11369770
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a brain stimulating device and, particularly, relates to a brain stimulating device comprising: a brainwave measurement unit for outputting a brainwave signal; and a stimulation unit for applying spindle-like stimulation to a brain in accordance with the generation of slow oscillation included in the brainwave signal. The brain stimulating device according to the present invention can reinforce memory or reduce memory deterioration due to dementia. Also, the brain stimulating device according to the present invention can reinforce hippocampus-dependent memory. Further, a portable device according to the present invention can control and monitor the brain stimulating device. Moreover, a method for assessing the performance of the brain stimulating device according to the present invention can assess the performance of the brain stimulating device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Inventors: Hee-Sup Shin, Charles Francois Vincent Latchoumane, Jan Born
  • Patent number: 11369536
    Abstract: A device that adapts/upgrades an existing, or new medical facility to provide a method of examining and treating occupants in a safe, efficient manner which is one quarter the size of conventional examination and treatment spaces through the use of a system that utilizes a modular frame and compartments to organize medical utilities, services and equipment to be more space efficient than conventional examination and treatment spaces. The frame and compartments have a shaped surface that focuses acoustic energy to increase intelligibility between a caregiver and the occupant and at the same time reduce ambient acoustic energy propagation. Additionally, the device can be disassembled, moved and reassembled easily. Further, the surface over the compartments creates a safety barrier between expensive and delicate utilities that mitigates tampering, accidental damage and reduces the possibility of infectious disease transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: HKS, Inc.
    Inventor: James Albert Lennon
  • Patent number: 11364393
    Abstract: An apparatus for use in a treatment planning process or in a treatment process, includes: an input for obtaining a parameter representing a number of beam on-off transitions; and a treatment planner configured to optimize a treatment plan based on parameter representing the number of beam on-off transitions. An apparatus includes: an input configured to obtain a width of a gating window for a treatment plan; and a gating window adjustor configured to adjust the width of the gating window during a treatment session. An apparatus includes: a dose calculator configured to calculate doses for different treatment variations; an evaluator configured to evaluate treatment acceptance criteria against the calculated doses; and a delivery limit module configured to determine one or more limits for one or more delivery parameters based on an evaluation of the treatment acceptance criteria by the evaluator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Inventors: Janne I. Nord, Juha Kauppinen, Lasse H. Toimela
  • Patent number: 11350846
    Abstract: An impedance reflector apparatus, systems, and methods are provided for detecting a marker implanted within tissue that includes a switch for changing a configuration of an antenna of the marker. The apparatus includes a set of transmit electrodes coupled to a signal generator for transmitting a drive current into tissue to generate an electromagnetic field around the marker, a set of receive electrodes configured to detect voltage signals within the tissue corresponding to the electromagnetic field, and a light source for delivering light pulses into the body to open and close the switch to change the configuration of the antenna of the marker. A processor coupled to the receive electrodes processes the detected voltage signals to identify changes in the electromagnetic field that are synchronized with the light pulses to determine whether the marker is operating properly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Cianna Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Nikolai Rulkov, John E. Greene
  • Patent number: 11351397
    Abstract: Apparatus for performing a procedure at a target site of a patient's body, the apparatus comprising: a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) apparatus that provides CPAP to the patient's lungs; a medical device for performing the procedure at the target site; and a controller that controls the CPAP apparatus to provide CPAP to the patient's lungs during performance of the procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Tel Hashomer Medical Research, Infrastructure and Services Ltd.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Goldstein, Nir Peled, Zvi Symon
  • Patent number: 11351080
    Abstract: An infant care device and, more particularly, an apparatus for providing the combined functions of an infant incubator and a radiant infant warmer and which includes a radiant heater assembly contained within a housing and mechanisms and methods to quickly reduce the heating from the radiant heater assembly when the infant care device is quickly converted from an open infant radiant warming device to an enclosed incubator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: International Biomedical, Ltd.
    Inventors: Michael H. Mackin, Christopher A. Dykes
  • Patent number: 11344738
    Abstract: Devices and methods for generating and applying stimulated acupuncture needles to one or more acupuncture points on a body of an individual suffering from one or more ailments using magnetic fields. The acupuncture device is configured for generating magnetic fields to stimulate acupuncture without using human manual manipulation. The acupuncture device may comprise a control unit and one or more acupuncture needle stimulation units. Each one or more acupuncture needle stimulation unit is functionally connected to the control unit by a cable or lead. The control unit may include a variable frequency generator configured to deliver various power levels, direct voltages, or a combination of various power levels and direct voltages to the acupuncture needle stimulation units, alone or in combination with other stimuli.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Inventors: Dennis Marcantonio, Greg Bartosiewicz
  • Patent number: 11331189
    Abstract: An anchoring system and related methods are provided for treatment of dilated hearts and of functional valve regurgitation, the system comprising one or more self-expandable or manually expandable anchors and associated devices for fixating a valve splint within the heart. For example, a spade-shaped assembly may be configured to be deployed in a right ventricle of the heart and to stabilize a puncturing instrument to puncture the septum. Various puncturing instruments may also be part of the anchoring system, including one or more of a flexible needle having a multiplicity of slits disposed along the length of the needle, a trocar catheter with a retractable head, and a catheter needle having a blunt introducer to protect nearby tissue within the heart during advancing a guidewire. A cutter catheter and puncture location catheter may also be part of the system and be used during treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Arie Tylis, Nikolay Gurovich, Eran Goldberg, Boaz Manash, Dan Rottenberg, Hagar Adika, Tal Regev, Dikla Kersh, Danny M. Garmahi, Hernan Altman, Amir Blumenfeld
  • Patent number: 11324967
    Abstract: A method that produces high energy charged particles that may be used to destroy cancer cells contained in cancerous tissues. The device uses electronic neutron generators to produce neutrons with energies that have a high probability to interact with a therapeutic source comprised of a reactive material with an outer layer of a material having a high atomic number such as Platinum or Gold. The reaction produces high energy electrons, and in some cases other charged particles with relatively short half-lives, which can destroy the cancerous cells, without seriously damaging the surrounding healthy tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Company LLC
    Inventor: Michael D. Heibel
  • Patent number: 11324963
    Abstract: Provided herein are, for example, systems and methods of diagnosing and treating depression, in which a transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy is administered to a subject in need thereof and measuring a TMS evoked response in the subject, are provided. The systems and methods allow tailoring or optimizing of a treatment protocol for maximal individual benefit, thereby providing an individualized and optimized treatment protocol for psychiatric disorders such as depression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignees: The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University, The United States Government as Represented by the Department of Veterans Affairs
    Inventors: Amit Etkin, Corey Keller, Wei Wu
  • Patent number: 11318278
    Abstract: A neuromodulator may output stimuli that causes a user to fall asleep faster than the user would in the absence of the stimuli. Alternatively, the stimuli may modify a sleep state or behavior associated with a sleep state, or may cause or hinder a transition from a waking state to a sleep state or from a sleep state to another sleep state. The neuromodulator may take electroencephalography measurements. Based on these measurements, the neuromodulator may detect, in real time, instantaneous amplitude and instantaneous phase of an endogenous brain signal. The neuromodulator may output stimulation that is, or that causes sensations which are, phase-locked with the endogenous brain signal. In the course of calculating instantaneous phase and amplitude, the neuromodulator may perform an endpoint-corrected Hilbert transform. The stimuli may comprise auditory, visual, electrical, magnetic, vibrotactile or haptic stimuli.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignees: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Elemind Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Nir Grossman, David Wang, Edward Boyden
  • Patent number: 11318277
    Abstract: A method of transplanting a desired emotional state from a donor to a recipient, comprising determining an emotional state of the donor; recording neural correlates of the emotional state of the donor who is in the desired emotional state; analyzing neural correlates of the emotional state of the donor to decode at least one of a temporal and a spatial pattern corresponding to the desirable emotional state; converting said at least one of a temporal and a spatial pattern corresponding to the desirable emotional state into a neurostimulation pattern; storing the neurostimulation pattern in the nonvolatile memory; retrieving the neurostimulation pattern from the nonvolatile memory; stimulating the recipients brain with at least one stimulus modulated with the neurostimulation pattern to induce the desired emotional state in the recipient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Neuroenhancement Lab, LLC
    Inventor: Alexander Poltorak
  • Patent number: 11311409
    Abstract: A cervical cup includes a body having a flange and a vacuum port so that application of a vacuum to the port will secure the cervical cup to a cervix disposed inside of the body of the cup. Example of the disclosed methodology to treat preterm birth includes inserting of a cervix into a cervical cup and applying a vacuum to a vacuum port of the cervical cup so as to secure the cervical cup to the cervix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Inventor: Ashley Camille Crafton
  • Patent number: 11298203
    Abstract: A positioning device configured for introduction within a body lumen. Some embodiments include a catheter shaft with a longitudinal axis; an expandable element coupled along a length of the shaft, the expandable element being substantially thin and flexible in an unexpanded state and exerting a gentle outward force in an expanded state; and a deflection mechanism located within the shaft, wherein the deflection mechanism is flexible when in a non-deflected state and wherein, in the deflected state, the deflection curves in a predetermined lateral direction such that the positioning device laterally deflects the body lumen. In some embodiments, the deflection is a lateral curve that moves the body lumen away from a surgical site, such as a cardiac ablation site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Innovations in Medicine, LLC
    Inventors: Gregory G. Brucker, Steven D. Savage
  • Patent number: 11273325
    Abstract: Systems and devices for applying radiation to a target area, for example for maintaining functioning drainage blebs or functioning drainage holes in the eye, e.g., to reduce intraocular pressure (IOP) of an eye being treated for glaucoma. The systems and devices of the present invention provide for the application of beta radiation to the target area, wherein the beta radiation can function to inhibit or reduce the inflammation and/or fibrogenesis that may occur after insertion of an implant into the eye or introduction of a hole for the purpose of draining aqueous humor to maintain a healthy intraocular pressure. By reducing inflammation and/or fibrogenesis, the implant, the hole, the blebs, or other related structures or tissues can remain functioning appropriately.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Inventors: Laurence J. Marsteller, James A. Fazio, Ian Murdoch
  • Patent number: 11266851
    Abstract: It is an aspect of the present invention to provide a method for recording a response to Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) utilizing a bi-phasic double pulse pair from a TMS coil device to stimulate a subject wherein the second pulse has a lower amplitude compared to the first pulse in the bi-phasic double pulse pair. Significant advantages are achieved using bi-phasic double pulse pairs, particularly where the second pulse in a pair has an intensity lower than the first. Obtaining measurements is simpler and more accurate as the number and intensity of stimulation can be reduced compared to standard single pulse stimulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Nexstim Oyj
    Inventors: Tuomas Neuvonen, Henri Hannula, Gustaf Järnefelt, Jarmo Laine