Patents Examined by Courtney D Thomas
  • Patent number: 12011617
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for detecting installation of a collimator of radiotherapy equipment. The method includes: acquiring a projection to be detected of a beam passing through the collimator and an isocentric plane of the radiotherapy equipment in sequence on a ray detector; comparing the projection to be inspected with a reference projection, and determining an installation deviation of the collimator of the radiotherapy equipment based on a deviation between the projection to be detected and the reference projection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2024
    Assignee: Shenzhen Our New Medical Technologies Development Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jinsheng Li, Hao Yan
  • Patent number: 11992354
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus for use with an imaging device in order to image a subject. The imaging device includes an annular gantry having an opening and a table to accommodate the subject or a portion thereof for imaging. The imaging apparatus includes a platform and a positioning device. The imaging device is mounted to the platform. The annular gantry is in a fixed position relative to the platform. The table is horizontally displaceable relative to the annular gantry. The positioning device supports the platform and is configured to horizontally displace the platform relative to a supporting surface for the subject. The positioning device is configured to position the platform with the imaging device in at least one operational state in such a way that, during a relative movement of the table with respect to the annular gantry, the table remains stationary relative to the supporting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2023
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: VET-DICON GMBH
    Inventor: Thorben Schulze
  • Patent number: 11986326
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for imaging a region of a subject comprising an artifact. In certain embodiments, the apparatus and methods utilize computed tomography (CT) scans obtained at two different angles to image a region posterior to an artifact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Inventors: David Followill, Stephen Kry, Daniela Branco
  • Patent number: 11986681
    Abstract: Time-domain interleaving of treatment X-rays and imaging X-rays during an image guided radiation therapy (IGRT) process in a radiation therapy system prevents scatter of the treatment X-rays from degrading the quality of X-ray images used to generate volumetric image data of a target volume. Imaging X-rays are delivered to the target volume during one or more imaging intervals, and one or more pulses of treatment X-rays are delivered to the target volume between the imaging intervals. In instances in which a pulse of treatment X-rays is timed to occur during an imaging interval, the pulse of treatment X-rays is inhibited from occurring during the imaging interval and is rescheduled to occur at a later time that does not coincide with that imaging interval or subsequent imaging intervals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Inventors: Simon Keller, Daniel Morf, Peter Munro
  • Patent number: 11990307
    Abstract: An electron gun includes: a cathode, which has a cathode holder and a cathode body; and a Wehnelt cylinder. The cathode holder receives the cathode body and the Wehnelt cylinder is suitable for bundling free electrons, which can escape from the cathode body toward the Wehnelt cylinder, to form an electron beam. The Wehnelt cylinder is interlockingly arranged, at least in some parts along a first inner surface facing the cathode holder, on an outer surface of the cathode holder and at least partly extends around the cathode holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: Thales Deutschland GmbH Electron Devices
    Inventors: Christof Dietrich, Norbert Festl, Harald Seidel
  • Patent number: 11980776
    Abstract: Risks of radiation-induced toxicity associated with a radiotherapy treatment of a target region of a patient are predicted. Data associated with a region of interest comprising the target region is received. The received data includes a predefined dose map of the radiotherapy treatment and pre-radiotherapy-treatment imaging data of the region of interest. A trained machine-learning algorithm is applied to the received data. The trained machine-learning algorithm generates at least one toxicity indicator based on the received data. The at least one toxicity indicator is indicative of the risks of the radiation-induced toxicity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: Siemens Healthineers AG
    Inventors: Ali Kamen, Bin Lou, Fernando Vega
  • Patent number: 11980490
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus removes a pattern caused by a grid from a radiation image captured by using a scattered ray removal grid. The image processing apparatus includes a grid pattern removal unit, a filtering unit, and a distortion correction unit. The grid pattern removal unit is configured to generate a grid pattern removal image by removing a grid pattern from the radiation image. The filtering unit is configured to extract a frequency component lower than a frequency of the grid pattern from the radiation image. The distortion correction unit is configured to replace a low-frequency component included in the grid pattern removal image with a frequency component obtained by the filtering unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Inventor: Naoto Takahashi
  • Patent number: 11984235
    Abstract: Some embodiments of a device comprise a shuttle member, wherein the shuttle member includes a body, wherein the body includes an opening that extends through the body, and wherein at least part of the shuttle is radiopaque; a first actuator; and a second actuator, wherein the first actuator and the second actuator are positioned on opposite sides of the shuttle member, wherein the first actuator is configured to move the shuttle member in a first direction, and wherein the second actuator is configured to move the shuttle member in a second direction that is opposite to the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: Canon U.S.A., Inc.
    Inventors: Charles George Hwang, James Hastings Houskeeper
  • Patent number: 11980775
    Abstract: Generally speaking, pursuant to these various embodiments a memory stores prescribed treatment instructions for a particular patient radiation therapy. Those treatment instructions specify clinical metrics for goals pertaining to at least one treatment volume for the particular patient. Either directly or inferentially those clinical metrics are prioritized. A control circuit automatically converts those treatment instructions into resultant radiation treatment plan optimization objectives where the automatic conversion can compatibly comprise a non-convex optimization objective. The control circuit then automatically iteratively optimizes the radiation treatment plan for the particular patient radiation therapy as a function, at least in part, of the aforementioned resultant optimization objectives to thereby produce an optimized radiation treatment plan for the particular patient that a radiation treatment platform then utilizes to administer therapeutic radiation to the particular patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: Varian Medical Systems International AG
    Inventors: Emmi Ruokokoski, Jarkko Y. Peltola, Esa Kuusela
  • Patent number: 11979970
    Abstract: An electric component includes an electric circuit and a metal container covering the electric circuit. The metal container includes a side wall portion surrounding the electric circuit, and a closing portion forming an end surface of the metal container while covering an end portion of the side wall portion. An exposed surface of an outer peripheral portion of the closing portion exposed to an outside of the metal container has a roundness in a section perpendicular to the end surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2023
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Inventor: Junya Kawase
  • Patent number: 11957499
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses methods and systems for obtaining a radiographic image. The method may include obtaining a control instruction for controlling an imaging device to image a subject; determining, based on information reflecting a user's behavior in using the imaging device, adjustment parameters of a radiation generating device in the imaging device; and based on the control instruction, determining target exposure parameters at least based on a parameter control curve or biological information of the subject, the parameter control curve including a preset first parameter control curve or a second parameter control curve determined based on operation data of the imaging device, and the biological information including at least a weight and an overall content of each component of the subject; and imaging, based on the target exposure parameters, the subject to obtain the radiographic image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Inventors: Hui Yin, Yecheng Han
  • Patent number: 11957500
    Abstract: A radiography device includes an interface unit and a controller. The interface unit connects to an external interface. The controller operates according to timing signals from the external interface connected to the interface unit so as to synchronize with timing of repetition of generation of radiation by a radiation device that generates radiation in serial radiography in which frame images are generated. Even after connection between the interface unit and the external interface is cut off, the controller repeats operation for generating a frame image while synchronizing with the radiation device without communicating with an outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Mao Eguchi
  • Patent number: 11944482
    Abstract: In tomosynthesis imaging which uses a radiation source that generates radiation and an Al filter and a Cu filter that change the quality of the radiation, irradiates a breast with the radiation emitted from the radiation source at a plurality of irradiation positions having different irradiation angles, and switches the Al filter and the Cu filter at each of the irradiation positions such that the radiation having different qualities is emitted to capture a plurality of radiographic images of the breast at each of the irradiation positions, a CPU performs control to set a last filter used at an n-th irradiation position as an initial filter used at an (n+1)-th irradiation position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Inventor: Menamu Sano
  • Patent number: 11946884
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a method comprising: causing emission of characteristic X-rays of a first element attached to a first biological analyte; causing emission of characteristic X-rays of a second element attached to a second biological analyte; detecting a characteristic of the first biological analyte based on the characteristic X-rays of the first element and a characteristic of the second biological analyte based on the characteristic X-rays of the second element; wherein the first element and the second element are different; wherein the first biological analyte and the second biological analyte are in the same solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Inventors: Peiyan Cao, Yurun Liu
  • Patent number: 11937968
    Abstract: The present invention relates to medical X-ray imaging. In order to provide further facilitated positioning of a medical X-ray imaging apparatus, a device (10) for support in positioning a medical X-ray imaging apparatus is provided. The device comprises an input unit (12), a processing unit (14) and an output unit (16). The input unit is configured to receive a 3D motion-model of a currently used X-ray imaging apparatus; and to receive a 3D model of a subject suitable for a calculation of virtual X-ray projections. The input unit is also configured to receive current 3D spatial context data in relation to a current location and orientation of the X-ray imaging apparatus, the 3D spatial context data comprising at least one of the group of a current arrangement of an object support, a current position of the subject on the object support, and objects or persons currently located in a potential moving area of the X-ray imaging apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Inventor: Klaus Juergen Engel
  • Patent number: 11931196
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatuses are described herein for using processes and machine learning techniques to optimize medical imaging processes to reduce inadvertent exposure to harmful radiation. A machine learning model may be trained to output recommended medical imaging device operating parameter settings. Available operating parameters of a medical imaging device may be determined, and patient data may be received. The patient data and the available operating parameters may be used as input to the trained machine learning model, which might output recommended operating parameter settings. In turn, this output in addition to other calculations might be used to transmit, to the medical imaging device, data that causes modification of the operating parameters of the medical imaging device. Metadata corresponding to one or more images captured by the medical imaging device may be received, and the trained machine learning model might be further trained based on that metadata.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2023
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: RADuxtion, LLC
    Inventors: Phillip R. Kingma, Letrisha Weber
  • Patent number: 11933745
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, an inspection apparatus includes a communication interface and a processor. The communication interface acquires package information regarding a package being conveyed by a sorter that sorts the package and an operation signal generated based on an operation of an operator. The processor outputs reference information, based on past history in which inspection-result information indicating whether or not the package is a regulated-article candidate, generated based on the operation signal, and the package information are associated together, and the package information newly acquired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, Toshiba Infrastructure Systems & Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: Yuka Watanabe, Takuma Akagi, Masanori Sato, Kenichi Shimoyama
  • Patent number: 11930581
    Abstract: A modular laser-produced plasma X-ray system includes a liquid metal flow system enclosed within a low-pressure chamber, the flow system including a liquid metal, wherein in at least one location on the liquid metal forms a metal target directly illuminated by laser pulses, a circulation pump within the liquid metal flow system for circulating the liquid metal, a laser pulse emitter configured to transmit laser pulses into the chamber via a laser window, focusing optics, located between the emitter and the metal target, the focusing optics directing the laser pulses to strike the metal target at a target location to form X-ray pulses, and an X-ray window positioned within the chamber to enable the X-ray pulses to exit the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignees: Brown University, Research Instruments Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel John DeCiccio, Christoph Rose-Petruck
  • Patent number: 11918393
    Abstract: Various methods and systems are provided for stationary computed tomography (CT) imaging. In one embodiment, a stationary CT system includes one or more detector arrays extending around at least a portion of an imaging volume, a stationary distributed x-ray source unit comprising a plurality of emitters including a first set of emitters configured to operate at a first voltage and a second set of emitters configured to operate at a second voltage, different than the first voltage, and a source controller for triggering the first set of emitters for acquiring first projection data by the one or more detector arrays and triggering the second set of emitters for acquiring second projection data by the one or more detector arrays, the first projection data and the second projection data usable to reconstruct one or more basis material composition images or monochromatic images of an object within the imaging volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Inventors: Peter Michael Edic, Vasile Bogdan Neculaes, Bruno Kristiaan Bernard De Man, Lin Fu, Robert Senzig
  • Patent number: 11918863
    Abstract: A method and system for determining concentricity of a multiple layer golf ball are disclosed herein. One or more images of a golf ball are generated using an X-ray source, a camera or a digital detector, and an image intensifier. An edge detection algorithm is preferably utilized. The method also includes calculating Y,Z center coordinates of the a best fit diameter or ellipse of the inner edge layer and outer edge layer of the multiple layer golf ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: Topgolf Callaway Brands Corp.
    Inventors: Julie Caterina, Megan Ilnicky, Grady Crahan