Patents Examined by Courtney Thomas
  • Patent number: 10295485
    Abstract: An x-ray transmission spectrometer system to be used with a compact x-ray source to measure x-ray absorption with both high spatial and high spectral resolution. The spectrometer system comprises a compact high brightness x-ray source, an optical system with a low pass spectral filter property to focus the x-rays through an object to be examined, and a spectrometer comprising a crystal analyzer (and, in some embodiments, a mosaic crystal) to disperse the transmitted beam, and in some instances an array detector. The high brightness/high flux x-ray source may have a take-off angle between 0 and 15 degrees, and be coupled to an optical system that collects and focuses the high flux x-rays to micron-scale spots, leading to high flux density. The x-ray optical system may also act as a “low-pass” filter, allowing a predetermined bandwidth of x-rays to be observed at one time while excluding the higher harmonics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Sigray, Inc.
    Inventors: Wenbing Yun, Srivatsan Seshadri, Janos Kirz, Sylvia Jia Yun Lewis
  • Patent number: 10265041
    Abstract: A multi-mode system and method for imaging a patient's breast with x-rays in one or more of a CT mode, a narrow-angle tomosynthesis mode, a wide angle tomosynthesis mode, and a mammography mode, using essentially the same equipment, on one or more compressions or immobilizations of the breast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: HOLOGIC, INC.
    Inventors: Andrew P. Smith, Jay A. Stein, Ken Defreitas, Ian Shaw, Zhenxue Jing, Loren Niklason, Baorui Ren, Christopher Ruth
  • Patent number: 10201319
    Abstract: An X-ray imaging apparatus includes an X-ray generator configured to generate X-rays and radiate the X-rays to an object; an X-ray detector configured to detect the X-rays that have passed through the object and convert the detected X-rays into a signal; and a controller configured to generate a single energy X-ray image and a plurality of multiple energy X-ray images using the signal and control a display to display the generated single energy X-ray image and the plurality of multiple energy X-ray images together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Inventors: Hyun Hwa Oh, Young Hun Sung, Kang Eui Lee, Myung Jin Chung
  • Patent number: 10197683
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus for an image intensifier (II) X-ray system includes a camera lens assembly (CLA) configured to cooperate with the II to create an X-ray image, the CLA including an image sensor and a lens. The image sensor is configured to convert received light and generate a digital image. The lens is configured to guide the light from the output surface to the image sensor, the lens having a fixed diaphragm. The CLA includes a diaphragm and/or neutral density filter with a fixed attenuation. A controller is configured to control an amount of amplification of the electric signals or the digital image. The sensor, e.g. CMOS sensor, is configured to amplify the analog electric signals before conversion into the digital image according to an analog gain, and the controller is configured to control the amount of amplification by controlling the analog gain applied by the image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Inventor: Reinder Gerrit Aartsen
  • Patent number: 10188365
    Abstract: An X-ray apparatus including an X-ray source configured to radiate X-rays; a collimator configured to adjust an irradiation region of X-rays radiated from the X-ray source; an image acquirer configured to acquire an image by imaging an object; and a controller configured to detect, in the image, a marker projected on the object by the collimator, and to determine a source to object distance (SOD) based on a location of the marker in the image, wherein the SOD comprises a distance between the X-ray source and the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventors: Ho-jun Lee, Seung-hoon Kim, Il-hwan Park
  • Patent number: 10182778
    Abstract: An X-ray imaging apparatus includes an X-ray generator configured to generate X-rays; a detector configured to detect X-rays that have penetrated an object; a stand on which the detector is mounted; and a control panel mounted on the stand, and configured to operate the detector to rotate or move up or down along an extension direction of the stand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventors: Ku-Il Jang, Chang Jin Yang, Hyun Joong Chae
  • Patent number: 10178981
    Abstract: An imaging system including a scanner for scanning an object and creating an image of the same; and a transport mechanism mounted to the scanner for moving the scanner, wherein the transport mechanism includes a gross movement mechanism for transporting the scanner between scanning locations; and a fine movement mechanism for moving the scanner precisely, relative to the object being scanned, during scanning of the object; wherein the gross movement mechanism comprises at least one motorized wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: NeuroLogica Corp.
    Inventors: Eric M. Bailey, Andrew P. Tybinkowski
  • Patent number: 10175381
    Abstract: The present application discloses an X-ray scanner having an X-ray source arranged to emit X-rays from source points through an imaging volume. The scanner may further include an array of X-ray detectors which may be arranged around the imaging volume and may be arranged to output detector signals in response to the detection of X-rays. The scanner may further include a conveyor arranged to convey an object through the imaging volume in a scan direction, and may also include at least one processor arranged to process the detector signals to produce an image data set defining an image of the object. The image may have a resolution in the scan direction that is at least 90% as high as in one direction, and in some cases two directions, orthogonal to the scan direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Rapiscan Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Edward James Morton
  • Patent number: 10172585
    Abstract: An imaging system such as a medical C-arm x-ray fluoroscopy machine includes a tracking system that tracks a position of an x-ray source and an x-ray detector using sensors which monitor positions of joints which allow relative motions of segments in a support for the x-ray source and detector. Sensor readings are used in a kinematic chain. One or more segments that behave in a non-rigid manner are replaced by a virtual rigid link in the kinematic chain that takes into account deformations of the segments (e.g. under the influence of gravity). Calibration methods permit calibration of the system using images of phantoms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Torus Biomedical Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Shahram Amiri
  • Patent number: 10172223
    Abstract: Described herein are methods and systems relating to an x-ray generation system. In some embodiments, the system includes an electron beam acceleration region that generates an electron beam and accelerates electrons in the beam and a radiation generation region that (i) receives the electron beam and (ii) generates an electric field having an energy of greater than about 10E7 V/m without electrical breakdown of vacuum gaps. The electric field is configured to decelerate electrons in the electron beam sufficiently to generate x-ray energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: X-ILLUMINA, INC.
    Inventor: Steven D. Hansen
  • Patent number: 10165663
    Abstract: An x-ray system for simultaneously or concurrently measuring currents of multiple emitters is provided. The x-ray system includes a high voltage direct current (DC) supply configured to supply tube current to the multiple emitters and plural emitter circuits. Each of these circuits includes each comprising an alternating current (AC) voltage supply, at least one of the multiple emitters operatively coupled to the AC voltage supply and the high voltage DC supply, and a circuit coupling the AC voltage supply and the high voltage DC voltage supply to the at least one of the multiple filaments. At least one of the emitter circuits has a current measurement device between the high voltage DC supply and the emitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Inventors: Uwe Wiedmann, Philippe Ernest, Denis Perrillat-Amede, Dominique Poincloux, Jean-Francois Larroux
  • Patent number: 10154824
    Abstract: A radiological imaging device including a gantry suitable to perform the radiological imaging. The gantry includes a source suitable to emit radiation and a detector suitable to receive the radiation. The radiological imaging device further includes a control station suitable to control the functioning of the source and the detector. Also, the radiological imaging device includes an articulated arm suitable to move the gantry in relation to the control station to define various configurations. These configurations include an operating configuration wherein the gantry is distanced from the control station and a rest configuration wherein the gantry is alongside the control station limiting the overall dimensions of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Imaginalis S.r.l.
    Inventors: Damiano Fortuna, Leonardo Manetti
  • Patent number: 10149656
    Abstract: A radiographic image capturing system includes the following. A capturing stand includes a holder to hold radiographic image capturing devices. A radiation irradiator is able to irradiate the radiographic image capturing devices at once. An image processor generates images based on image data acquired by the radiographic image capturing devices. The image processor removes a structural component derived from the front radiographic image capturing device, on the basis of a calibration image and the generated image. The calibration image is preliminarily generated based on the image data acquired by the rear radiographic image capturing device with no subject disposed. The generated image is generated based on the image data acquired by the rear radiographic image capturing device during actual image capturing. The image processor removes a streaky component residing in the generated image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Tatsuya Takagi, Hiroaki Matsumoto, Ryohei Ito, Agus Suharno, Tsuyoshi Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10143435
    Abstract: A radiation imaging system includes an imaging unit, a detection unit, a change determination unit and a control unit. The imaging unit emits radiation and images a dynamic state of a subject, thereby taking a plurality of frame images of the dynamic state of the subject. The detection unit detects the dynamic state of the subject being imaged and generates detection information on the dynamic state. The change determination unit determines whether change of the dynamic state being imaged is within a predetermined range based on the generated detection information. The control unit controls capturing of the taken frame images according to a result of the determination of the change determination unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventors: Tetsu Hosoki, Tsuyoshi Haraguchi, Kenroku Ubukata
  • Patent number: 10147511
    Abstract: Linear ribs are formed radially with a center at a through-hole on one face of an X-ray transmissive film (radiolucent film) in an X-ray transmissive window (radiolucent window) to be used for an X-ray detector (radiation detector). The X-ray transmissive window faces a sample. A beam for irradiation to the sample passes through the through-hole, and X-rays (radiation) are radially emitted on a line extending through the through-hole and enter the X-ray transmissive window. Since the linear ribs are formed radially with the center at the through-hole, even X-rays entering at shallow angles with respect to the X-ray transmissive window are transmitted through the X-ray transmissive window at a probability equivalent to X-rays entering at deep angles. More X-rays are transmitted through the X-ray transmissive window, and thus the X-ray detector can detect X-rays with high efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: HORIBA, LTD.
    Inventors: Satoshi Ohashi, Yoshiaki Nakata
  • Patent number: 10143430
    Abstract: One aspect of the present disclosure relates to a system that can employ multi-modal imaging to provide an image with an enhanced resolution. In some instances, the multi-modal imaging can allow an operator to determine and control a tissue margin without the need for intra-operative tissue pathology. The system can include an imaging system that includes a gamma camera to detect a gamma image and an optical imaging modality to detect an optical image. The system can also include a display device to display an enhanced gamma image created based on a function of the optical image. The enhanced gamma image illustrates a characteristic of a disease in the field of view (e.g., a lymphatic pathway, a sentinel lymph node target, or a satellite disease state).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Inventors: Yang Liu, Francis A. Papay
  • Patent number: 10136864
    Abstract: An X-ray apparatus for image acquisition and a related method. The apparatus comprises a field-of-view corrector (CS) configured to receive a scout image (SI) acquired by the imager with a tentative collimator setting in a pre-shot imaging phase where said imager operates with a low dosage radiation cone causing the detector to register the scout image. The low dosage cone has, in the detector's image plane, a first cross section smaller than the total area of the detector surface. The field-of-view corrector (CS) uses said scout image to establish field-of-view correction information for a subsequent imaging phase where the imager is to operate with a high dosage radiation cone, the high dosage higher than the low dosage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventors: Hanns-Ingo Maack, Christoph Kurze, Jens Von Berg, André Goossen, Claire Levrier, Raoul Florent, Liesbet Hilde Hadewijch Roose, Dirk Manke, Marc Hensel
  • Patent number: 10141081
    Abstract: A phase grating for a phase contrast X-ray imaging device has a transverse surface which is to be aligned substantially transversely with respect to a radiation incidence direction and which is spanned by an x-axis and a y-axis perpendicular thereto. The phase grating is formed from a multiplicity of grating webs composed of a basic material, which are arranged alternately with optically denser interspaces. The grating webs subdivide the transverse surface into grating strips which are in each case elongated in the y-direction and which are lined up parallel alongside one another in the x-direction. The phase grating has in each grating strip along a z-axis, which is perpendicular to the transverse plane, a homogeneous total thickness of the basic material which always differs between adjacent grating strips. At least one grating web extends within the transverse surface over a plurality of grating strips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare GmbH
    Inventor: Oliver Preusche
  • Patent number: 10132762
    Abstract: An adapter apparatus includes a generally cylindrical adapter body 14 including a channel 16 extending axially therethrough, the adapter body having an interior surface, bounding the channel, and an exterior surface 18, a generally circular external cross section and an interior cross section which is adapted to engage at least one object 10, the external surface being formed from a material which is capable of supporting a scanning or testing apparatus at a constant distance from the origin of the circle forming the external cross section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Johnson Matthey Public Limited Company
    Inventors: Oliver John Beckett, Brian Wilson
  • Patent number: 10130314
    Abstract: A method for recording a scan from a series of 2D X-ray projections using a C-arm X-ray apparatus to reconstruct a region of interest. The method includes positioning the C-arm X-ray apparatus in an initial configuration and, while recording a series of X-ray projection views: translating the C-arm along a first path within a C-arm plane parallel to the periphery of the C-arm until the central ray vector extends through the virtual scan center and the region of interest is disposed within the fan beam, moving the C-arm peripherally along the orbital movement axis by at least 180° minus the fan angle, and translating the C-arm along a second path within the C-arm plane until the second limiting vector of the fan beam is tangential to the region of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Ziehm Imaging GmbH
    Inventor: Ludwig Ritschl