Patents Examined by Eric D. Bertram
  • Patent number: 10321846
    Abstract: A new apparatus, algorithm, and method are introduced herein to support navigation and placement of an intravascular catheter using the electrical conduction system of the heart (ECSH) and control electrodes placed on the patient's skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Bard Access Systems
    Inventors: Sorin Grunwald, Isabella B. Hurezan
  • Patent number: 10321831
    Abstract: Disclosed examples include heart rate monitor systems and methods to estimate a patient heart rate or rate of another pulsed signal, in which rate hypotheses or states, are identified for a current time window according to digital sample values of the pulsed signal for a current sample time window, and a rate change value is computed for potential rate transitions between states of the current and previous time windows. Transition pair branch metric values are computed as a function of the rate change value and a frequency domain amplitude of the corresponding rate hypothesis for the current time window, and the pulsed signal rate estimate is determined according to a maximum path metric computed according to the branch metric value and a corresponding path metric value for the previous time window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Tarkesh Pande, David Patrick Magee, Rajan Narasimha
  • Patent number: 10322228
    Abstract: A power injector is disclosed having power injector control logic, which in turn includes a decay constant cross-reference, for instance in the form of a data structure. Flow rate decay constant information may be stored by the decay constant cross-reference. A decay constant, which may be used by the power injector to generate an exponentially decaying flow rate for an injection, may be stored in the decay constant cross-reference in conjunction with a particular imaging unit. The decay constant cross-reference may be searched by entering a model or module number of an imaging unit to identify the corresponding flow rate decay constant to be used by the power injector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Liebel-Flarsheim Company LLC
    Inventors: Frank M. Fago, Alya Schalabi
  • Patent number: 10322287
    Abstract: Provided is a portable controller and associated method that provides a patient or caregiver the ability to recharge and alter the parameters of an implanted medical device, while allowing the patient substantially unobstructed mobility. To enable mobility, the controller may be worn on a belt or clothing. The controller also allows the patient to turn device stimulation on and off, check battery status, and to vary stimulation parameters within ranges that may be predefined and programmed by a clinician. The controller communicates with the medical device to retrieve information and make parameter adjustments using wireless telemetry, and it can send and receive information from several feet away from the implanted medical device. Charging of a battery contained in the implanted medical device is achieved via an inductive radio frequency link using a charge coil placed in close proximity to the medical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Medtronic Urinary Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert B. Strother, James E. Barber, Joseph J. Mrva, Christopher A. Thierfelder, Maria E. Bennett, Geoffrey B. Thrope, Danny R. Pack, Stuart F. Rubin
  • Patent number: 10314507
    Abstract: Medical catheterization is carried out by receiving a plurality of analog bioelectric signals in respective channels and multiplexing the bioelectric signals in respective selection events. The selection events comprise making a first connection with a reference voltage, thereafter breaking the first connection and making a second connection with one of the bioelectric signals. The method is further carried out by outputting the multiplexed bioelectric signals to an analog-to-digital converter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: BIOSENSE WEBSTER (ISRAEL) LTD.
    Inventors: Assaf Govari, Andres Claudio Altmann, Yaron Ephrath, Oleg Khudish
  • Patent number: 10314673
    Abstract: A method for producing a one-piece orthodontic jig and brackets employs a computer-aided design (CAD) system to create a model of a patient's dental anatomy. A set of orthodontic brackets and their desired positions are also designed in the CAD model. An orthodontic jig for temporarily positioning the brackets during the bonding process is then designed that includes features for registering the jig to selected teeth, together with connecting members that detachably connect the brackets to the jig and hold the brackets in their desired position on the patient's teeth during the bonding process. The orthodontic jig and brackets is fabricated as a single piece by computer-controlled manufacturing (e.g., 3D printing) based on the CAD model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Orthodontec Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Schulhof, Neil Warshawsky, Sung Kim, Leonard Liptak
  • Patent number: 10300281
    Abstract: This document provides methods and materials for modulating afferent nerve signals to treat medical conditions such as CHF, CHF respiration, dyspnea, peripheral vascular disease (e.g., peripheral arterial disease or venous insufficiency), hypertension (e.g., age-associated hypertension, resistant hypertension, or chronic refractory hypertension), COPD, sleep apnea, and chronic forms of lung disease where muscle dysfunction is a part of the disease pathophysiology. For example, methods and materials involved in using electrical and/or chemical techniques to block or reduce afferent nerve signals (e.g., nerve signals of group III and/or IV afferents coming from skeletal muscle and/or the kidneys) are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research
    Inventors: Michael J. Joyner, Bruce D. Johnson, Thomas P. Olson
  • Patent number: 10300295
    Abstract: A liquid light conducting device used in intervention, comprising a catheter, wherein the inside of the catheter is a cavity, one end of the catheter is provided with a tail sheath, and the other end of the catheter is provided with a liquid-laser coupler which can inject a liquid medium and conduct laser; the tail sheath is provided with an outlet; an inner wall of the catheter is plated with a metal reflecting layer, the liquid medium can be transmitted in the catheter, and laser can be transmitted in the liquid which is coated by the metal reflecting layer and emitted via the tail sheath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventor: Hua Shang
  • Patent number: 10278604
    Abstract: A fetal state estimation apparatus estimates a state of a fetus in a maternal body based on a potential signal indicating a change in potential on a surface of the maternal body. The fetal state estimation apparatus is configured to include a rotation angle estimation unit which estimates a rotation angle of the fetus with respect to the maternal body at every beating of a heart of the fetus based on the potential signal and a fetal movement estimation unit which estimates a fetal movement which is a movement of the fetus based on the potential signal and the estimated rotation angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: TOHOKU UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Kimura, Naoaki Sato, Nobuo Yaegashi, Takuya Ito, Miyuki Endo, Sayaka Oshio, Hidekazu Nishigori, Yuji Nabeshima, Mitsuyuki Nakao
  • Patent number: 10278767
    Abstract: Vaporization electrodes having functional surfaces with non-smooth semispherical shapes, and electrosurgical devices equipped therewith. The electrodes include a base oppositely disposed from its functional surface. The non-smooth semispherical shape of a functional surface is defined by a plurality of individual planar and/or cylindrical surfaces that intersect each other to define edges therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Endomedical Concepts, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon D. Barrett, Gregg Alan VanDusseldorp, Sr., Gregg VanDusseldorp, II
  • Patent number: 10272244
    Abstract: Apparatus is provided including an implantable retinal stimulator, for implantation on a retina of an eye, and including (i) an electrode array including electrodes; (ii) a plurality of photosensors; and (iii) driving circuitry, configured to drive the electrodes to apply currents to the retina. The apparatus further includes an interface member disposed at an outer surface of the implantable retinal stimulator, e.g., a peripheral member surrounding at least a portion of the implantable retinal stimulator. The apparatus additionally includes a frame, (i) shaped and sized to couple to the peripheral member and to surround the implantable retinal stimulator at least in part, and (ii) shaped to define at least a first anchoring element receiving portion. An anchoring element is shaped and sized to be positioned in the anchoring element receiving portion and to penetrate scleral tissue of the subject. Other applications are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: NANO RETINA LTD.
    Inventors: Boris Degtiar, Rani Mendelewicz, Yaakov Milstain, Yossi Gross, Dorit Raz Prag, Matan Zehavi, David Rigler
  • Patent number: 10271798
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices are provided for monitoring and displaying medical parameters for a patient. In one embodiment, a display can be configured to show a display screen that includes information related to a physiological parameter being measured from a patient. The information can include trends of values of the physiological parameter gathered from the patient over a period of time. The display screen can also show assessment information regarding one or more diagnostic parameters for the patient and notification information regarding one or more medically-related events that occurred as related to the patient. The trends information, the assessment information, and the notification information can be shown on the display screen alone or in any combination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Integra Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Salim Kassem, Nicholas Baruch
  • Patent number: 10271794
    Abstract: Location data associated with a cardiac wall motion during a cardiac cycle can be received. The cardiac cycle can be divided into incremental phases. The location data associated with the cardiac wall motion can be assigned to the incremental phases. A fiducial pair of coordinates can be determined for each of the incremental phases. The fiducial pair of coordinates can include location data for an intermediate cardiac phase and location data for a reference cardiac phase. A fiducial loop can be determined from the fiducial pair of coordinates for each of the incremental phases. A learned cardiac mapping between the reference cardiac phase and the intermediate cardiac phase can be determined using the fiducial loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric S. Olson
  • Patent number: 10271789
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for measuring the body fat percent and fat accretion during pregnancy, which preferably utilizes a Fourier transform near infrared spectroscopy (FT-NIR) fat determination method. The FT-NIR results can be used to measure and monitor body fat percent, and used to measure the mother's fat accretion rate. A method to monitor weight gain in a pregnant subject is provided wherein the body fat percentage of the subject is maintained at a constant level during gestation, and the subject's fat accretion rate is monitored so as to follow the fat accretion rate provided by using pre-defined fat accretion determination formulae. By measurement of the body fat percent and fat accretion rates, the weight gain of a subject can be monitored and/or controlled during pregnancy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: NIR Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: Hormoz Azizian
  • Patent number: 10271758
    Abstract: A system for providing information about a patient's heart, the system including one or more catheters that receive intracardiac signals from electrical activity of the heart over one or more heart beat cycles and an electronic processor coupled to the one or more catheters. The electronic processor to: receive the intracardiac signals from the one or more catheters; preprocess the intracardiac signals to provide preprocessed signals, wherein each of the intracardiac signals is preprocessed to provide a corresponding preprocessed signal; and compare the preprocessed signals to a set of signals to determine a degree of similarity between each of the preprocessed signals and the set of signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Stewart, Doron Harlev, Nathan H. Bennett
  • Patent number: 10265450
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems for wireless energy transfer including transcutaneous energy transfer. Embodiments are disclosed for electrical connections between an implanted wireless receiver and an implanted medical device powered by the receiver. Methods for manufacturing and using the devices and system are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: TC1 LLC
    Inventors: David Eldridge, Joseph C. Stark, III, Andrew MacDonell, Scott Kramer, Thomas George Kilavos, Fabian Frigon Franco
  • Patent number: 10263171
    Abstract: A method for determining motional branch current in an ultrasonic transducer of an ultrasonic surgical device over multiple frequencies of a transducer drive signal. The method may comprise, at each of a plurality of frequencies of the transducer drive signal, oversampling a current and voltage of the transducer drive signal, receiving, by a processor, the current and voltage samples, and determining, by the processor, the motional branch current based on the current and voltage samples, a static capacitance of the ultrasonic transducer and the frequency of the transducer drive signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Eitan T. Wiener, Jeffrey L. Aldridge, Brian T. Noyes, James R. Giordano, Robert J. Beetel, III, Nathan J. Price, Matthew C. Miller, Jeffrey P. Wiley, Daniel W. Price, Robert L. Koch, Jr., Joseph A. Brotz, John E. Hein
  • Patent number: 10244958
    Abstract: A cardiac function measurement and evaluation device is provided to measure and evaluate cardiac function in patients with atrial fibrillation, sinus arrhythmia, and the like, using thoracic impedance data and electrocardiogram data. By creating a two-dimensional scatter plot in which (dZ/dt)min values and preceding RR intervals (RR1) corresponding thereto, and the like obtained by thoracic impedance measurement, are plotted, it is possible to visually and easily evaluate the state of cardiac function in patients with atrial fibrillation and sinus arrhythmia. Using the measurement and evaluation device of the present invention makes it possible to perform examinations easily and repeatedly with less burden on patients. Therefore, it is possible to provide very useful information for diagnosing heart disease, selecting drugs, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: MEDICAL CORPORATION USHIRODA INTERNAL MEDICINE CLINIC
    Inventor: Shinichi Ushiroda
  • Patent number: 10244948
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for tracking physiological states and parameters for calorie estimation. A start of an exercise session associated with a user of a wearable computing device is determined. Heart rate data is measured for a first period of time. An onset heart rate value of the user is determined based on the measured heart rate data, the onset heart rate value associated with a lowest valid heart rate measured during the first period of time. A resting heart rate parameter (RHR) of a calorimetry model is associated with at least one of the onset heart rate value, a preset RHR, and an RHR based on user biometric data. Energy expenditure of the user during a second period of time is estimated based on the calorimetry model and a plurality of heart rate measurements obtained by the wearable computing device during the second period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventors: Hung A. Pham, Craig Mermel, Richard Channing Moore, III, Karthik Jayaraman Raghuram, Adeeti Ullal, Alexander Singh Alvarado, Xing Tan
  • Patent number: 10244956
    Abstract: In various examples, a stimulation needle apparatus is used for selectively administering a trial stimulation to body tissue of a patient. The stimulation needle apparatus includes a cannula assembly including a cannula and a cannula hub disposed at a proximal cannula end. A stylet assembly includes a stylet sized and shaped to fit within a cannula lumen. A stylet hub is disposed at the proximal stylet end and is configured to engage with the cannula hub. With the stylet hub engaged with the cannula hub, the distal stylet end extends distally from the distal cannula end. A stylet connection is electrically coupled with the stylet and is configured to electrically couple with a stimulator device, such that, a stimulation pulse delivered by the stimulator device is conducted from the stylet connection through the stylet to the distal stylet end to administer the trial stimulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: NUVECTRA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Lawrence Kane