Patents Examined by Catherine B Kuhlman
  • Patent number: 10293175
    Abstract: This invention relates to devices and methods for the activation of nerve cells and muscles by magnetic induction, and in particular to devices including moving magnets. The devices disclosed may also have other therapeutic, medical and industrial applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventor: Peter Andrew Watterson
  • Patent number: 10239071
    Abstract: A cartridge device is provided for applying a fiber matrix to a tubular member such as a saphenous vein graft. The cartridge includes a housing, a tubular member holder, a rotational drive, and a polymer delivery assembly. The housing defines a chamber which surrounds the tubular member holder. The rotational drive rotates the tubular member during the fiber application process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignees: Neograft Technologies, Inc., University Of Pittsburgh—of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education
    Inventors: Lorenzo Soletti, Mohammed S. El-Kurdi, Jon McGrath, Andrew Ziegler, J. Christopher Flaherty, William R. Wagner, David Vorp
  • Patent number: 10219885
    Abstract: The invention provides, in various embodiments, aspects of soft tissue anchors, adjustable length/tension slings, interconnects between slings and soft tissue anchors, delivery devices and systems for implanting supportive slings, and methods relating to anchoring, 5 adjusting and implanting supportive slings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: George Mamo, Michael F. Weiser
  • Patent number: 10207127
    Abstract: Radiation therapy devices, systems and methods are in general sheet-like form, are characterized by flexibility, and include at least one spacer that can be a balloon or bubble that assists in placement of radio therapeutic members at desired treatment locations along or around a limb, within an existing body cavity, or at a site that was formed under a patient's skin for treatment purposes. Sarcoma treatment is particularly conducive to treatment by these devices, systems and methods. One or more detectors, such as microdiodes, are accommodated when desired on the device, and a hyperthermia tube or the like is also includable that delivers hyperthermia treatment for the target treatment site or sites. Data collected by the detector allows the medical professional to monitor radiation treatment and, when desired, interaction between hyperthermia treatment and radiation delivery by the radiation treatment member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventor: Mark A. D'Andrea
  • Patent number: 10194940
    Abstract: A living cell collection needle has a hollow needle having a hollow body part, a hollow small-diameter front end part, a tapered part between the front end part and the hollow body part and decreasing in inner and outer diameters toward the front end of the needle, and a piercing cutting edge part at a front end of the small-diameter front end part; a hub fixed to a rear end portion of the hollow body part; an inner tube inside the hollow needle and a living cell sucking tube connected to a rear end portion of the inner tube. A rear end of the hollow needle is positioned inside the hub. The needle has a side tube with a front end portion inside the hub and communicating with the inside of the hollow needle and a rear end portion projecting rearward from the hub and liquid-tightly fixed to the hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Inventor: Futoshi Inoue
  • Patent number: 10194254
    Abstract: A bone conduction device utilizes discrete retention magnets to secure both a sound processor housing and a vibration actuator to a head of a recipient. Only an electrical lead connects the sound processor housing and the vibration actuator. As such, the sound processor housing and the vibration actuator are mechanically separated. This mechanical separation helps reduce or eliminate vibration transmission between the two components, thus reducing feedback caused by the vibrations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventor: Fredrik Johansson
  • Patent number: 10183029
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the use of an oxytocin receptor antagonist in females undergoing embryo transfer as part of an assisted reproductive technology. In particular, methods are provided for increasing ongoing implantation rate, increasing ongoing pregnancy rate, increasing clinical pregnancy rate, and/or increasing live birth rate in a female subject undergoing embryo transfer. Specifically, the antagonists are released in the luteal phase when the endometrium is receptive for embryo implantation and/or when the embryo has reached the blastocyst-stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Ferring B.V.
    Inventor: Joan-Carles Arce
  • Patent number: 10175254
    Abstract: Quantitative colorimetric carbon dioxide detection and measurement systems are disclosed. The systems can include a gas conduit, a colorimetric indicator adapted to exhibit a color change in response to exposure to carbon dioxide gas, a temperature controller operatively coupled to the colorimetric indicator and configured to control the temperature of the colorimetric indicator, an electro-optical sensor assembly including a light source or sources adapted to transmit light to the colorimetric indicator, and a photodiode or photodiodes configured to detect light reflected from the colorimetric indicator and to generate a measurement signal, and a processor in communication with the electro-optical sensor assembly. The processor can be configured to receive the measurement signal generated by the electro-optical sensor assembly and to compute a concentration of carbon dioxide based on the measurement signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventors: Leslie E. Mace, Elizabeth K. Siegelman, Debra L. Reisenthel, Simon W. H. Thomas
  • Patent number: 10166403
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present disclosure is directed to a brachytherapy source assembly including a guiding wire and a brachytherapy capsule located at a distal end of the guiding wire. The capsule includes a chamber defined by a wall for holding a radioactive source. At least a portion of an exterior surface of the wall of the capsule includes at least one of a friction-reducing coating, a wear-resistant coating, and a wear-indication coating a coating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Nuvletron Operations B.V.
    Inventors: Pier Bakker, Wim de Jager, Arie Luite Visscher, Henk Vreeken
  • Patent number: 10092244
    Abstract: A biometric detection module including a light source module, a detection region and a control module is provided. The light source module is configured to emit green light, red light and IR light in a time division manner to illuminate a skin surface. The detection region is configured to detect penetration light emitted from the light source module for illuminating the skin surface and passing through body tissues to correspondingly generate a green light signal, a red light signal and an IR light signal. The control module is configured to determine a filtering parameter according to the green light signal to accordingly filter the red light signal and the IR light signal, and calculate a biometric characteristic according to at least one of the green light signal, a filtered red light signal and a filtered IR light signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Inventors: Chih-Yuan Chuang, Cheng-Nan Tsai, Ming-Tsan Kao, Ren-Hau Gu, Yen-Min Chang
  • Patent number: 10092775
    Abstract: The invention provides for a medical instrument (400, 500, 600, 700) comprising a magnetic resonance imaging system (404) and an external beam radiotherapy system (402) for irradiating a target zone (438) of a subject with a beam (442) of ionizing radiation within the imaging zone. The medical instrument further comprises a processor (448) for controlling the medical instrument. Execution of instructions cause the processor to: acquire (100, 200) first magnetic resonance data (458); reconstruct (102, 202) a first magnetic resonance image (460) from the first magnetic resonance data; receive (104, 204) planning data (462), wherein the planning data specifies a spatially dependent radiation dose for the target zone; register (106, 206) the planning data to the first magnetic resonance image; and calculate (108, 208) an external beam dosage plan (468) and a brachytherapy dosage plan (468) using the spatially dependent radiation dose and the first magnetic resonance image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Inventors: Falk Uhlemann, Johannes Overweg
  • Patent number: 10076396
    Abstract: Described are devices, systems, and combinations useful for monitoring tension in an implant, which may be an implant useful to treat pelvic condition, the device, system, or combination including an implant and a tension indicator. Embodiment of tension indicators ca include one or more of a cursor, a reference, or both, to indicate a tension, the cursor or reference taking any useful form or structure, such as multiple color markings printed or otherwise included at a location of the tension indicator or implant. Colored markings can allow for quick and easy indication of a desired implant tension during deployment and positioning. The tension of the implant can be correlated to elongation of a segment of the implant (e.g., implant material) at which the tension indicator is located.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Inventor: James R. Mujwid
  • Patent number: 10076394
    Abstract: A method of treating urinary incontinence is disclosed. The method includes guiding a tip of an introducer tool through a length of a soft tissue anchor and out of an end of the soft tissue anchor. The method includes pushing the tip of the introducer tool and the soft tissue anchor into tissue on a side of a urethra, penetrating the tissue with the tip of the introducer tool, and delivering the soft tissue anchor into the tissue. The method includes removing the tip of the introducer tool from the soft tissue anchor and allowing a plurality of projections connected to the soft tissue anchor to expand thus anchoring the soft tissue anchor in the tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Coloplast A/S
    Inventor: James Browning
  • Patent number: 10070233
    Abstract: An implantable hearing aid system is disclosed. The system has an external transmitter device and an implantable receiver device, and includes a skin interface to connect the external transmitter device to the head of a user. There is a transmitter connector on the external transmitter device and an interface connector on the skin interface to form a coupling between the skin interface and the external transmitter device to enable connection and disconnection of the external transmitter device to and from the skin interface. The skin interface has an adhesive surface facing the skin so that it can be adhered to the skin on the head of the user. The implantable receiver device has an implant stimulator to stimulate a hearing organ. Sound information is transmitted from the external transmitter device to the implantable receiver device that stimulates the hearing organ of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: MED-EL Elektromedizinische Geraete GmbH
    Inventor: Patrik Westerkull
  • Patent number: 10052501
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a data processing method for determining control data for controlling beam positions which beam positions describe positions which a treatment beam has or would have if emitted by a beam source, the treatment beam being for treating a treatment body part of a patient, said method constituted to be performed by a computer and comprising the steps of: .cndot. providing treatment data which comprise data on a position of the treatment body part; .cndot. providing condition data which describe: constraints on the beam positions and/or constraints on positional changes of the beam positions, wherein said constraints allow for at least a part of the beam positions to lie not in a common plane; .cndot. providing an arrangement of the beam positions on the basis of the treatment data which arrangement fulfills the condition data; .cndot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Brainlab AG
    Inventors: Stephan Froehlich, Franz Gum, Kajetan Berlinger
  • Patent number: 10045842
    Abstract: Described are various embodiments of surgical procedure systems, devices, tools, and methods, useful for treating pelvic conditions in a male or female, the pelvic conditions including incontinence (various forms such as fecal incontinence, stress urinary incontinence, urge incontinence, mixed incontinence, etc.), vaginal prolapse (including various forms such as enterocele, cystocele, rectocele, apical or vault prolapse, uterine descent, etc.), and other conditions caused by muscle and ligament weakness, the devices and tools including devices and tools for anchoring an implant to tissue, devices and tools for transvaginally accessing a posterior region of pelvic anatomy, devices (including certain types of implants, anchors, and tools) for connecting (e.g., adjustably) a vaginal apex to a region of sacral anatomy to provide support to the vaginal apex, and related methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Alexander, Kevin R. Arnal, Jeffrey J. Childs, Chaouki A. Khamis
  • Patent number: 10045869
    Abstract: An apparatus for treating obesity and reflux disease of an obese patient has a volume filling device to be invaginated by a stomach wall portion with the outer surface of the volume filling device resting against the stomach wall, such that the volume of the food cavity is reduced in size by a volume substantially exceeding the volume of the volume filling device. An implantable movement restriction device to be invaginated by the stomach fundus wall has an outer surface to be rested against the stomach wall in a position between the patient's diaphragm and the lower part of the invaginated stomach fundus wall, such that movement of the cardiac notch of the patient's stomach towards the patient's diaphragm is restricted, to thereby prevent the cardia from sliding through the patient's diaphragm opening into the patient's thorax.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Inventor: Peter Forsell
  • Patent number: 10039661
    Abstract: A system includes an adjustable implant configured for implantation internally within a subject and includes a permanent magnet configured for rotation about an axis of rotation, the permanent magnet operatively coupled to a drive transmission configured to alter a dimension of the adjustable implant. The system includes an external adjustment device configured for placement on or adjacent to the skin of the subject having at least one magnet configured for rotation, the external adjustment device further comprising a motor configured to rotate the at least one magnet and an encoder. Rotation of the at least one magnet of the external adjustment device effectuates rotational movement of the permanent magnet of the adjustable implant and alters the dimension of the adjustable implant. Drive control circuitry is configured to receive an input signal from the encoder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: NuVasive Specialized Orthopedics, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Pool, Blair Walker, Jay R. McCoy, Peter P. Tran, Richard L. Quick, Shahram Moaddeb, Arvin Chang
  • Patent number: 10035026
    Abstract: A system and method for radiotherapeutic treatment of a patient (20) are provided. The system comprises a patient carrier (11) for receiving the patient (20), means for monitoring (12) positions of at least two different body parts of the patient (20), a processor (14) and feedback means (13). The processor (14) is coupled to the means for monitoring (12) positions and is operative to analyze the monitored positions to determine, for each body part of the at least two body parts, a displacement of the respective body part with respect to a particular desired position. The feedback means (13) are coupled to the processor (14) for interacting with the patient (20) and to provide feedback concerning the displacement of the respective body part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Inventors: Tim Johannes Willem Tijs, Laura Klaming, Juergen Vogt, Daisy Van Minde, Björn Nicolaas Servatius Vlaskamp
  • Patent number: 10028813
    Abstract: Implant systems and methods are provided to include a treatment material with a pelvic implant device. The pelvic implant device, such as an incontinence sling, can include the treatment coating combination of a material, such as Phosphorylcholine (PC), and an infection prevention material, such as InhibiZone® (IZ) technology. The treatment material can be coated onto, or impregnation or integrated with, polypropylene mesh in order to prevent infection and promote healing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Rosa K. Canifax, Thomas Q. Dinh