Patents Examined by Christine H Matthews
  • Patent number: 11894161
    Abstract: A method performed by a medical device, includes: providing a permanent magnetic field by a permanent magnet; operating an electromagnet to provide a first electromagnetic field with a first electromagnetic field value; and operating the electromagnet to provide a second electromagnetic field with a second electromagnetic field value; wherein the first electromagnetic field and the permanent magnetic field forms a first total magnetic field with a first total magnetic field value, and wherein the second electromagnetic field and the permanent magnetic field forms a second total magnetic field with a second total magnetic field value; wherein the first total magnetic is formed when an electric field in an accelerator or an energy level of a particle beam has a first value, and wherein the second total magnetic field is formed when the electric field in the accelerator or the energy level of the particle beam has a second value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: VARIAN MEDICAL SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Anuj K. Purwar, James E. Clayton, Dragos E. Constantin, Gard E. Meddaugh, Matthew C. Schmidt, Mark E. Trail, Flavio Poehlmann
  • Patent number: 11890194
    Abstract: A catheter system including a wire, a translatable catheter, and first and second tethers is introduced into a body of a subject. The translatable catheter has a curved portion proximate a distal end of the translatable catheter. The first tether is coupled to the wire, and passes proximally through the translatable catheter. The second tether is attached to the curved portion. The catheter system is positioned such that the wire is disposed at a first location in the body. While the wire remains at the first location, the translatable catheter is translated away from the wire by manipulating the first tether and the second tether. Other embodiments are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: EDWARDS LIFESCIENCES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jonathan Goodwin, Michael W. Sutherland, Morgan House, Richard J. Morrill, Matt Guimond, Christopher C. Lee, Kate E. Cutuli, Nareak Douk
  • Patent number: 11890486
    Abstract: Systems and methods for increasing skin rejuvenation of a region of a patient's skin. The system includes: a pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) frequency generator that emits electromagnetic pulses to the region of the patient's skin; and a deep tissue diathermy device that applies heat to the region of the patient's skin up to temperature T. The system simultaneously applies the heat and the PEMF to the region of a patient's skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: Venus Concept Ltd.
    Inventors: Oded Ron Edoute, Orit Ron Edoute, Itzhak Kremin, Vadim Polyakov
  • Patent number: 11890249
    Abstract: An apparatus for constricting blood flow and for providing vibratory stimulus to address erectile dysfunction includes a single vibration unit or multiple vibration units. One embodiment includes proximal and distal rings or bands configured to annularly surround a penis close to the base of the penis and proximal to the glans. In another embodiment, the annular rings or bands are connected by at least one intermediate bar, which houses vibratory units, and/or at least one splint which may be an inflatable splint. The intermediate bar is configured to partially cover a penis between the bands. The device is made of an elastic, skin-compatible, slippery/smooth material. The apparatus may include use of a vacuum tube, to induce an erection, and an inflatable constriction ring to maintain the erection induced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Inventor: Maqsood Jafri
  • Patent number: 11890487
    Abstract: An apparatus for a multi-channel high power magnetic coil driver, comprising: a plurality of magnetic coil drive modules, each of which is connected to a magnetic coil that is adapted to produce a magnetic field in a controlled manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Inventor: Yona Peled
  • Patent number: 11890424
    Abstract: A method, computer system, and a computer program product for reducing a motion sickness episode experienced by a user. The present invention may include detecting a triggering environment associated with the user, wherein detection of such environment utilizes a plurality of analyzed data associated with a plurality of sensors. The present invention may then include extracting a piece of data associated with the environment in further association with the motion sickness episode experienced by the user. The present invention may also generate one or more responses based on the extracted piece of data associated with the motion sickness episode. The present invention may then implement the generated one or more responses associated with the motion sickness episode by utilizing an augmented reality (AR) device. The present invention may further include providing a piece of feedback associated with the generated one or more responses associated with the motion sickness episode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Delaney, Robert Huntington Grant, Zachary A. Silverstein, Paul Bergen
  • Patent number: 11883272
    Abstract: Example embodiments provide a sling assembly including two separate slings or sling sections connected via a removable or biodegradable connection mechanism such that the tension in the sling assembly can be readily adjusted after the sling assembly is surgically implanted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventor: Jamie Li
  • Patent number: 11878185
    Abstract: Described herein are multi-leaf collimators that comprise leaf drive mechanisms. The leaf drive mechanisms can be used in binary multi-leaf collimators used in emission-guided radiation therapy. One variation of a multi-leaf collimator comprises a pneumatics-based leaf drive mechanism. Another variation of a multi-leaf collimator comprises a spring-based leaf drive mechanism having a spring resonator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: RefleXion Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Eugene Duval, David Meer, Layton Hale, David Larkin
  • Patent number: 11872351
    Abstract: Systems and methods of delivering a therapeutic session to affect a mental or an emotional state of a user include providing a wearable stimulation device having a transducer adapted to generate tactile transcutaneous vibratory output; with a user interface, obtaining data regarding an event to be experienced by the user; communicating the data regarding an event to be experienced by the user to a computer processor; with the computer processor, creating a therapeutic session parameters comprising the following steps: assigning a set of contiguous output segments for the event, and based on the event, assigning a perceived pitch of transcutaneous vibratory output and a perceived beat of transcutaneous vibratory output to each output segment; sending, from the computer processor, the therapeutic session parameters to the transducer; and generating, with the transducer, transcutaneous vibratory output for the therapeutic session based on the therapeutic session parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: Apollo Neuroscience, Inc.
    Inventors: David Mayer Lowell Rabin, Kathryn Fantauzzi, Raymond G. Pelletier
  • Patent number: 11872407
    Abstract: An apparatus for generating signal waveform for biological stimulation capable of generating and outputting a biological stimulation signal wave, from a signal existing in the external environment, reflected from the signal, which includes a signal input unit for inputting an external signal from the external environment and an output waveform generation unit for generating and outputting a first biological stimulation signal wave modulated with at least one of a frequency component, an envelope component and an amplitude component included in the external signal acquired by the signal input unit and/or synchronized with an output timing of the external signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignees: NIPRO CORPORATION, HARADA ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toshizo Ishikawa, Shigenori Tominaga, Yoshihiko Sano, Masahide Harada
  • Patent number: 11868597
    Abstract: A method for controlling devices includes: providing a first widget and a second widget on the user interface, wherein the first widget is associated with control of the first device, and the second widget is associated with control of the second device; activating joint control of the first device and the second device in response to a bundling operation used for bundling the first widget with the second widget; and driving, in response to an operation used for triggering the joint control, the first device and the second device to perform the respective predefined acts synchronously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: HYTTO PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Dan Liu, Jilin Qiu
  • Patent number: 11869680
    Abstract: A control circuit optimizes a radiation treatment plan for a patient treatment volume using an automatically iterating optimization process that optimizes as a function, at least in part, of predetermined cost functions, wherein at least one of the cost functions favors apertures for the multi-leaf collimation system having local curvature that deviates only minimally from a reference curvature. By one approach the control circuit determines the reference curvature as a function, at least in part, of at least one of setting the reference curvature to a static minimal local curvature, a shape of a projective mapping of the treatment volume onto an isocenter plane, and/or a fluence map associated with an amount of radiation to be administered to the treatment volume from a particular direction. By one approach the control circuit dynamically determines when to employ one or more such cost functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: Varian Medical Systems International AG
    Inventors: Santtu T.T. Ollila, Janne I. Nord, Jarkko Y. Peltola
  • Patent number: 11865362
    Abstract: A method for determining a radiotherapy treatment plan can include: receiving anatomical data for a patient; generating, via a neural network analyzing the anatomical data, a plurality of fitness values for a plurality of candidate beam orientations; determining a selected beam orientation based on the plurality of fitness values; performing a fluence map optimization (FMO) process on the selected beam orientation; and determining a dose distribution for the patient based on the FMO process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: The Board of Regents of University of Texas System
    Inventors: Dan Nguyen, Azar Sadeghnejad Barkousaraie, Steve Jiang
  • Patent number: 11857696
    Abstract: A method includes covering or contacting a portion of a recurrent laryngeal nerve of a subject with a shield including extraembryonic tissue. The covering occurs during a neck or reconstructive surgery of the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Inventor: James Glenn Norman
  • Patent number: 11850445
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems and methods for developing radiotherapy treatment plans through the use of machine learning approaches and neural network components. A neural network is trained using one or more three-dimensional medical images, one or more three-dimensional anatomy maps, and one or more dose distributions to predict a fluence map or a dose map. During training the neural network receives a predicted dose distribution determined by the neural network that is compared to an expected dose distribution. Iteratively the comparison is performed until a predetermined threshold is achieved. The trained neural network is then utilized to provide a three-dimensional dose distribution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: Elekta, Inc.
    Inventor: Lyndon Stanley Hibbard
  • Patent number: 11844956
    Abstract: A pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) web using immersive, flux-guided, micro-coils to direct intense, deeply penetrating, magnetic flux into a subject from each micro-coil capable of pointing in an arbitrary direction. Micro-coils are spooled around iron cores, insulated properly, and soldered to connecting wires, all embedded in a polymeric resin, such as cold-cured silicone resin. Nodes protect, enclose, insulate electrically, and otherwise protect the micro-coils. Connectors between nodes provide mechanical stability against breaking of wires, while permitting folding, bending, buckling, and otherwise deflecting to position the nodes as desired with three degrees of freedom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: PULSE, LLC
    Inventors: Gregory S. Anderson, Kade E. Huntsman, Dale C. Gledhill, Douglas R. Burrell
  • Patent number: 11844960
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for evaluating radiotherapy planning. The present invention provides a method for evaluating radiotherapy planning, the method comprising the steps of: (a) acquiring a dose distribution of generated radiotherapy planning for the target volume according to the prescribed dose; (b) calculating dose gradient index (DGI) of 3-dimensional isodose levels of the acquired dose distribution, by using distances between the isodose levels; and (c) generating a differential dose gradient curve (dDGC) by plotting the calculated dose gradient index (DGI) as a function of the dose over the range of dose distributions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: GIL MEDICAL CENTER
    Inventor: KiHoon Sung
  • Patent number: 11839826
    Abstract: In an aspect a modular field manipulation apparatus is presented. A modular field manipulation apparatus includes a central field manipulation device. A central field manipulation device includes a first surface having a first field polarity. A central field manipulation device includes a second surface positioned opposite a first surface. A second surface includes a second field polarity. A modular field manipulation apparatus includes a plurality of interconnecting components. Each interconnecting component of a plurality of interconnecting components includes at least a contacting member. At least a contacting member engages with at least a first surface of a central field manipulation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Inventor: Aaron James Henry
  • Patent number: 11839582
    Abstract: A massaging device such as a wearable massager may include a moveable cover, a first magnet, a second magnet, a first shell, a second shell, a printed circuit board, a motor, and a battery. The wearable massager may be operated to provide a massaging effect to a wearer of the massager at a desired body part location at a desired time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: DANXIAO INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY LTD.
    Inventor: Dan Liu
  • Patent number: 11839455
    Abstract: Systems and methods for treatment of neurological conditions using aTBS in accordance with embodiments of the invention are illustrated. One embodiment includes a method for treating neurological conditions, including generating a personalized accelerated theta burst stimulation (aTBS) target representing a location in a patient's brain related to a neurological condition, placing a TMS device relative to the patient's brain such that the focus of the magnetic field is over the aTBS target, applying TMS to the aTBS target according to an aTBS protocol to the brain using the TMS device to alleviate the neurological condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University
    Inventors: Nolan Williams, Keith Sudheimer