Patents Examined by Dani Fox
  • Patent number: 11327031
    Abstract: A photon counting X-ray CT apparatus according to an embodiment includes: data acquiring circuitry, and processing circuitry. The data acquiring circuitry is configured to allocate energy measured by signals output from a photon counting detector in response to incidence of X-ray photons to any of a plurality of first energy bins so as to acquire a first data group as count data of each of the first energy bins. The processing circuitry is configured to determine a plurality of second energy bins obtained by grouping the first energy bins in accordance with a decomposition target material that is a material to be decomposed in a imaging region, allocate the first data group to any of the second energy bins so as to generate a second data group, and use the second data group to generate an image representing a distribution of the decomposition target material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Inventors: Kenta Moriyasu, Taichiro Shiodera, Shuhei Nitta, Tomoyuki Takeguchi, Hidenori Takeshima, Toshiyuki Ono, Takashi Ida, Hiroaki Nakai
  • Patent number: 11324460
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an X-ray mammography apparatus includes a breast support, a compression plate, and a compression controller. The breast support where the breast is placed. The compression plate is arranged such that the breast is sandwiched between the breast support and the compression plate. The compression controller is configured to control the breast support to move toward the compression plate so as to compress the breast from below between the breast support and the compression plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Tomoaki Ogura, Takehito Tomaru, Seiichirou Nagai, Yasushi Sakai, Yuuji Kuki, Rie Ochiai, Naoko Kuratomi, Takahiro Inagaki
  • Patent number: 11317887
    Abstract: A method for reconstructing at least a first and a second independently moving body from one 3D tomography scan includes performing a movement of the first body relative to the second body, obtaining the movement, obtaining a 3D tomography scan of the first body and the second body during the movement, and reconstructing a first 3D model of the first body and a second 3D model of the second body by applying the recorded movement to the 3D tomography scan. This has the effect that reconstruction of several 3D tomography scanned bodies is possible during motion of the scanned bodies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Inventors: Morten Boll, Sami Brandt, Thomas Sangild Sørensen
  • Patent number: 11317876
    Abstract: A weightbearing simulation assembly includes a substrate comprising a mounting surface extending in a first direction a subject support disposed on a first region of the mounting surface and a pedal assembly disposed on a second region of the mounting surface. The pedal assembly includes a spring assembly including a contact plate facing the subject support, a compression plate, and a first spring disposed between the contact plate and the compression plate. A subject applies a compressive force to the contact plate in a compression direction to simulate a load-bearing condition by compressing the first spring. An orientation of the pedal assembly may be adjusted to change a relative angle between the compression direction and the first direction to alter an imaging angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: SIMULATE Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Schwartzbauer, Mark Carl Miller, Stephen F. Conti
  • Patent number: 11317881
    Abstract: An imaging system that is configured to automatically obtain and provide two and three-dimensional digital images of various types of objects (e.g., tissue specimens, animals, electrical devices, etc.) for use in analysis thereof in a manner free of manual repositioning of the objects between images and free of movement of an electromagnetic radiation source and detector within or relative to a cabinet housing of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Inventors: Ciaran Purdy, Mikhail Viznyuk, Mehmet Akif Baysal
  • Patent number: 11317884
    Abstract: Various methods and systems are provided for workflow monitoring during x-ray mammography and related procedures. In one example, a vision system is utilized to monitor an x-ray mammography system, accessories associated with the system, and surrounding environment. Based on the detection and user indications, via a user interface for example, one or more of a current mode of operation of the x-ray system, a current workflow step in the current mode, and one or more errors may be identified using the vision system, and one or more of indications to the user and system adjustments may be performed based on the identification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: GE Precision Healthcare LLC
    Inventors: Laurence Vancamberg, Serge Muller
  • Patent number: 11311257
    Abstract: Various methods and systems are provided for a mobile x-ray imaging system. In one embodiment, a system includes a gantry with an x-ray source and an x-ray detector mounted thereon opposite each other, a carrier coupled to the gantry and configured to rotate the gantry relative to the carrier, and a robotic arm coupling the carrier to a base, the robotic arm comprising at least three links and four joints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Carlos Martinez Ferreira, Jean-Michel Marteau, Julien Marcotte, Herve Buffard, Sebastien Roquand
  • Patent number: 11311254
    Abstract: An acceleration sensor (10) is attached to a collimator (12) and detects an acceleration of the collimator (12), and a speed calculation unit that calculates the speed of the collimator 12 on a basis of the acceleration detected by the acceleration sensor (10). When the speed of the collimator (12) exceeds a setting speed that is set in advance, a lifting or lowering of an arm (13) is stopped by attaching a permanent electromagnet (42) to a stopper plate (43). In addition, a warning message as a warning indication is displayed on a display unit, and a warning sound as a warning indication is generated from a speaker. Accordingly, damage to an apparatus is prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Inventor: Tomoharu Okuno
  • Patent number: 11307153
    Abstract: In order to increase reproducibility of a reconstructed tomographic image without increasing the computational load, detection is performed by oversampling in (N+n) directions during imaging for detection by N detection elements. A vector having N×(N+n) elements is obtained, and vector decimation step is performed in which a total of n×N elements corresponding to a sequence {k} 30 denoting a decimation order are removed. In a discrete Radon transform step, a corresponding discrete Radon inverse matrix WSQ?140 is operated, and in an image data generation step, de-vectoring is performed, thereby tomographic image data are acquired. When oversampling is used, a discrete Radon inverse matrix WSQ?1 is obtained. Therefore, a tomographic image is obtained by matrix computation without resorting to iterative approximation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignees: RIKEN, Nissan Chemical Corporation
    Inventors: Takaoki Takanashi, Shigeho Noda, Masaru Tamura, Yoshie Otake
  • Patent number: 11308594
    Abstract: Systems and methods for synthesizing a two-dimensional (2D) image of an organ of a patient by obtaining an pre-exposure x-ray image of the organ in order to ascertain parameters needed for acquisition of 2D (tomosynthesis) projection images of the organ, imaging the organ to obtain a plurality of 2D (tomosynthesis) projection images of the organ, and generating a synthetic 2D image of the organ from a combination of both the plurality of tomosynthesis projection images and the pre-exposure x-ray image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: GE Precision Healthcare LLC
    Inventors: Sylvain Bernard, Remy Klausz, Veronique Felix, Xavier Mancardi
  • Patent number: 11307131
    Abstract: A visualization system and method for a multiphase fluids displacement seepage experiment with large viscosity difference in a complex pore structure. The visualization system includes: an injection pump assembly, a visualized complex pore model, a vacuum pressure pump and an image acquisition device; the system and method are printed by a 3D printing device to form the visualized complex pore model with at least two permeability, and displacement fluid mediums of different viscosities are injected into the visualized complex pore model through different injection pumps during an experiment, so that not only is the penetration of the same viscosity in the complex pore structure with different permeability observed, but also the displacement and plugging effect of different viscosities successively entering the complex pore structure with different permeability is realized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Inventors: Yang Ju, Jiangtao Zheng, Wei Chang, Chaodong Xi
  • Patent number: 11307316
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a PET detector and a PET frame. The PET detector may include a plurality of detector modules and a plurality of installing modules configured to install the plurality of detector modules. The plurality of installing modules may be coupled together to form a detector ring. The PET frame may include a detector stabilizing cylinder configured to stabilize a detector and a fixing support configured to support the detector stabilizing cylinder. The detector stabilizing cylinder may be rotatably fixed on the fixing support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Inventors: Huawei Jiang, Huaifang Jiang
  • Patent number: 11304670
    Abstract: The invention relates to radiographic equipment comprising a height-adjustable board, a C-shaped arch, disposed transversally to the greater dimension of the board, said board being housed within the internal space defined between the two free extremities of the arch. The arch is slidingly mounted on a column by means of a connecting element in such a way that as the arch rotates around an imaginary rotational axis it causes the connecting element to slide or roll throughout the extension of the arch. It further comprises a rail extending parallel to the greater dimension of the board, on which the column rests. The arch features at its lower extremity an x-ray receiver and at its upper extremity an x-ray emission assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Sociedad Española de Electromedicina y Calidad S.A
    Inventors: Jose Maria Ortega Jimenez, Juan Manuel Arco Casanova
  • Patent number: 11298094
    Abstract: A radiography system is provided such that a plurality of portable information terminals are associated with a radiation detecting unit so as to be managed by a processing unit. This improves portability and facilitates management including a change of association. The radiography system includes a radiation detecting unit arranged to detect radiation, a plurality of portable information terminals allowed to be associated with the radiation detecting unit, and a processing unit configured to receive and process radiographic image data detected by the radiation detecting unit and transmit the processed radiographic image data to the portable information terminal associated with the radiation detecting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Inventor: Kenta Endoh
  • Patent number: 11298089
    Abstract: An x-ray examination arrangement includes an x-ray radiation source arranged at a source position, at least two x-ray detectors having active detector areas and being arranged such that the active detector areas capture different solid angle ranges with respect to x-ray radiation produced by the x-ray radiation source and emanating from the source position, and a control device configured to calculate a projection onto a virtual detector plane based on radiographs respectively captured by the at least two x-ray detectors and spatial poses of the at least two x-ray detectors relative to the source position, and provide a combined radiograph for the virtual detector plane based on the projection. In addition, a method for operating the x-ray examination arrangement and a computed tomography device are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss Industrielle Messtechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Marco Erler, Daniel Weiss, Martin Krenkel, Wolfgang Kimmig
  • Patent number: 11300696
    Abstract: A radiation imaging device capable of reducing the number of measurement times of calibration data used in pile up correction while maintaining the accuracy of the pile up correction. The radiation imaging device has a photon counting type detector to output an electric signal corresponding to energy of an incident radiation photon. The radiation imaging device includes: an extraction unit that extracts a component by the number of pile ups from a material spectrum, as a photon energy spectrum, obtained by detecting a radioactive ray transmitted through a calibration member, formed by combining plural basal substances having different radiation attenuation coefficients, with the photon counting type detector; and a synthesis unit that generates a calibrated equivalent spectrum, as a photon energy spectrum to be collated with an imaging spectrum obtained by imaging a subject by synthesizing the components by the number of pile ups based on the imaging spectrum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Healthcare Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuma Yokoi, Isao Takahashi
  • Patent number: 11291416
    Abstract: An X-ray CT device and a computing unit to use a projection-based method for image reconstruction are included. The computing unit sets a coordinate space having coordinate axes of the thicknesses of base materials and likelihood the thicknesses, and then based on X-ray attenuation responses, executes: a first search to search in a direction perpendicular to a ridge direction of likelihood contours for a first estimated thickness having the highest likelihood, starting with an estimated thickness input value set in the coordinate space; a second search to search for a second estimated thickness having the highest likelihood, starting with a shifted starting point at a position shifted from the estimated thickness input value; and a third search to search on a line connecting the first estimated thickness with the second estimated thickness for the highest likelihood estimator having the highest likelihood, to obtain an estimated thickness output value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Inventor: Kazuma Yokoi
  • Patent number: 11295924
    Abstract: An x-ray window can include an adhesive layer sandwiched between and providing a hermetic seal between a thin film and a housing. The adhesive layer can include liquid crystal polymer. The liquid crystal polymer can be opaque, gas-tight, made of low atomic number elements, able to withstand high temperature, low outgassing, low leakage, able to relieve stress in the x-ray window thin film, capable of bonding to many different materials, or combinations thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Moxtek, Inc.
    Inventors: Jared Sommer, Jonathan Abbott
  • Patent number: 11287539
    Abstract: An apparatus for sensing radiation is provided. Certain examples provide an apparatus including: a first layer including a sensor, wherein the sensor is configured to be responsive to changes in an electric field in the vicinity of the sensor; a second layer including a substrate configured to produce charge carriers in response to incident radiation; and a third layer including a plurality of electrodes, wherein the plurality of electrodes are configured to be selectively addressed during a readout operation of the sensor. Certain examples, relate to an apparatus for sensing X-rays or sensing neutrons including a graphene field effect transistor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Zoran Radivojevic, Matteo Bruna
  • Patent number: 11275039
    Abstract: A two-dimensional X-ray diffractometer uses an X-ray source that emits a divergent beam toward a sample under test. The divergent beam has a substantially fixed width in a first direction perpendicular to its propagation direction, and a thickness in a second direction perpendicular to the propagation direction that increases proportionally to a distance from the source. An aperture may be used to block a portion of the beam in the second direction, and the sample is positioned so that the beam illuminates a two-dimensional area of the sample surface. The detector detects an X-ray signal diffracted from the sample across a two-dimensional detection area, and may use a one-dimensional detector array that collects diffracted X-ray signal at a number of different positions. The source, detector and sample may be mounted to a goniometer to maintain them in a desired relative orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Inventor: Jonathan Giencke