Patents Examined by Eric D. Bertram
  • Patent number: 10772521
    Abstract: Systems and techniques for managing biological signals. In one implementation, a method includes receiving a cardiac biological signal that includes information describing events, determining a merit of each event based on one or more of a severity of a cardiac condition associated with the event and a quality of the event, and handling a subset of the events that meet a merit criterion. The subset can be handled for medical purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Inventors: Lev Korzinov, Eric Baumann
  • Patent number: 10773081
    Abstract: An electric hearing prosthesis, wherein the electric hearing prosthesis includes an implantable portion configured to electrically stimulate a cochlea to evoke a hearing percept, and an external portion configured to be in wired communication with the implantable portion, wherein the electronic components of the implantable portion are all passive electronic components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventor: Charles Roger Aaron Leigh
  • Patent number: 10758178
    Abstract: A measuring device, including a device body, distance measuring units, optical measuring units and a processing unit, is provided. The device body includes a sensing reference surface adapted for a person to be measured to stand thereupon. The optical measuring units are disposed corresponding to the respective distance measuring units. Each of the distance measuring units transmits distance measuring signals to body areas of the person, so as to obtain distance information between each of the distance measuring units and the body areas of the person. Each of the optical measuring signal transmits measuring light to the person to be measured, and receives a measuring pattern formed through reflection of the measuring light from the person. The processing unit calculates and reconstructs a three-dimensional surface structure of the body areas of the person according to the respective distance information obtained from the distance measuring units and the corresponding measuring patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: Chun-Yih Wu, Ta-Chun Pu, Yen-Liang Kuo
  • Patent number: 10750967
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a method for identifying areas of the heart of a patient able to be involved in the perpetuation of atrial fibrillation. This method takes into account the reference cycle of the arrhythmia and has two variants: a local variant in which the areas of the heart are each analysed separately and a regional variant in which several areas of the heart are analysed together. The invention also concerns device for implementing said method a program and the medium thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: SUBSTRATE HD
    Inventors: Clement Bars, Julien Seitz
  • Patent number: 10736496
    Abstract: Provided is a medical wire including: a main wire-strand portion that is formed of a plurality of main wire strands and that extends over the entire length of the medical wire; and at least one sub wire-strand portion that is disposed at an outer circumference of the main wire-strand portion, that is secured to the main wire-strand portion, and that is formed of a sub wire strand, wherein the diameter of the sub wire strand is at least twice the diameter of the main wire strand, and a first region having a relatively small lateral cross-sectional area and a second region having a lateral cross-sectional area that is greater than that of the first region are included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Inventor: Noriaki Yamanaka
  • Patent number: 10743114
    Abstract: Presented herein are techniques that use acoustic scene (environmental) analysis to determine the sound class of sound signals received at a hearing prosthesis and, accordingly, assess the estimated listening difficulty that the acoustic environment presents to a recipient of the hearing prosthesis. This difficulty of the recipient's listening situation can be used to adjust, adapt, or otherwise set the resolution of the electrical stimulation signals delivered to the recipient to evoke perception of the sound signals. In other words, the resolution of the electrical stimulation signals is dynamically adapted based on the present acoustic environment of the hearing prosthesis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Inventor: Zachary Mark Smith
  • Patent number: 10729906
    Abstract: A circuit includes first and second current control sub-circuits connected in series between a DC supply voltage node and a reference voltage node and third and fourth current control sub-circuits connected in series between the DC supply voltage node and the reference voltage node. The circuit also includes a DC/DC converter with a first input terminal coupled to the first load node between the first and second current control sub-circuits, a second input terminal coupled to a second load node between the third and fourth current control sub-circuits, a first output terminal, and a second output terminal. The circuit further includes output electrodes, a routing sub-circuit for selectively coupling the output electrodes to the output terminals, and a controller configured for operating the routing sub-circuit and the current control sub-circuits to cause the DC/DC converter to supply biphasic pulses for at least one of the pairs of output electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Vanderbilt University
    Inventors: Michael Goldfarb, Kevin Ha, Don Truex
  • Patent number: 10722219
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for diagnosing neuromuscular disease in a patient suspected of having a neuromuscular disease, Phantoms for use in these systems and methods are also provided. Methods are further provided for determining a normalized ultrasound data value for a patient of interest having a known age, weight, height, and sex.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research
    Inventor: Andrea J. Boon
  • Patent number: 10722400
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are provided for interfacing a surgical laser with an eye using a patient interface device that minimizes aberrations through a combination of a contact lens surface positioning and a liquid medium between an anterior surface of the eye and the contact lens surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: AMO Development, LLC
    Inventors: Michael F. Brownell, Jim Hill
  • Patent number: 10716503
    Abstract: Systems, methods, sensors, and software for providing enhanced measurement and detection of patient pain response are provided herein. In a first example, a measurement system is provided that includes a capacitive system configured to measure a capacitance signal of tissue of the patient using a capacitive sensor applied to the tissue of the patient. The measurement system also includes a patient monitor configured to measure an electrical signal representing brain activity of the patient using a brain activity sensor applied to the tissue of the patient. The measurement system also includes a processing system configured to determine pain metrics based at least on the capacitance signal and the electrical signal, and determine a pain response of the patient based at least on the pain metrics and pain calibration information for the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Paul S. Addison, James N. Watson, Eric Morland
  • Patent number: 10709379
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices for signal analysis in an implanted cardiac monitoring and treatment device such as an implantable cardioverter defibrillator. In some examples, captured data including detected events is analyzed to identify likely overdetection of cardiac events. In some illustrative examples, when overdetection is identified, data may be modified to correct for overdetection, to reduce the impact of overdetection, or to ignore overdetected data. Several examples emphasize the use of morphology analysis using correlation to static templates and/or inter-event correlation analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: CAMERON HEALTH, INC.
    Inventors: Jay A. Warren, Rick Sanghera, Venugopal Allavatam, Surekha Palreddy
  • Patent number: 10709893
    Abstract: A system for a tissue stimulator coupled to an array of electrodes. The system comprises a user-controlled input device configured for generating control signals, and at least one processor configured for generating a plurality of stimulation parameter sets in response to the control signals that, when applied to the electrodes, will shift electrical current between electrodes to modify a region of tissue activation. The processor(s) is further configured for computing an estimate of the region of tissue activation, and for generating display signals capable of prompting a monitor to display an animated graphical representation of the computed estimate of the region of tissue activation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventors: Peter J. Yoo, Michael A. Moffitt, Kerry Bradley
  • Patent number: 10702231
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a medical image processing apparatus includes processing circuitry. The processing circuitry obtains first and second blood vessel image by image generation processing which obtains time phase changes in concentrations of a contrast agent based on X-ray contrast image and generates time phase image according to a gray or color scale. The time phase image has pixel values corresponding to time phases at which the concentrations of the contrast agent become a specific condition. The image generation processing is performed multiple times based on X-ray contrast images acquired at different times. Further, the processing circuitry determines or corrects pixel values or time phases of at least one of the first and second blood vessel image, to make a pixel value of a time phase of the first blood vessel image coincident with that of the second blood vessel image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Satoru Ohishi
  • Patent number: 10702691
    Abstract: A low-frequency treatment device includes: a pad configured to be attached to a body of a user; a holder configured to hold the pad; and a main body portion configured to be attached to the holder. The holder and the main body portion are engaged, with a clearance of a predetermined distance for arranging the pad being formed therebetween. Electrical conduction established between a pad-side electrode portion included on the pad and a main body portion-side electrode portion included on the main body portion by coming into contact with each other in the clearance of the predetermined distance. At least one electrode portion among the pad-side electrode portion and the main body portion-side electrode portion can perform movement in a direction of approaching and separating from the other electrode portion and is biased in the approaching direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Inventors: Yoshiki Doi, Shinji Nakazawa, Kayoko Maeda
  • Patent number: 10695021
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus for breast examination capable of reliably imaging an entire breast is provided. That is, according to this invention, a breast introduced into a detector ring can be placed reliably in a radiographic field of view of the apparatus. That is, the image pickup apparatus for breast examination according to this invention includes a support at an opening opposite to an opening at a side, where a breast of a patient is inserted, of a through-hole of the detector ring. A tip of the breast introduced into the detector ring is obstructed by this support, and cannot project outside the detector ring but contacts a contact surface located in the radiographic field of view. According to this invention, the tip of the breast does not project outside the radiographic field of view, and the breast introduced in the detector ring can be positioned reliably in the radiographic field of view of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Shimadzu Corporation
    Inventors: Masafumi Furuta, Kazushige Tachibana
  • Patent number: 10695534
    Abstract: Described here are devices, systems, and methods for forming a fistula between two blood vessels. Generally, the systems may comprise a first catheter and a second catheter, which may comprise one or more fistula-forming elements. The first and second catheters may comprise one or more magnets, which may be used to assist in bringing the first and catheters in closer proximity to facilitate fistula formation. In some variations, the magnet may have a plurality of magnetic domains each characterized by a magnetic flux vector, with the magnetic flux vectors of the magnet passing through a common magnetic origin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: TVA Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas Diffley Pate
  • Patent number: 10694932
    Abstract: The present invention relates to dental instruments having video capabilities. Specifically, the present invention relates to a dental instrument having a video camera for viewing a user's or patient's mouth when utilizing the dental instrument. More specifically, the dental instrument provides video output to a wireless device, such as a smart phone, tablet computer or other like computer. Methods of using the same are further provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: ONVI, Inc.
    Inventor: Craig S. Kohler
  • Patent number: 10688230
    Abstract: A malleable cannula. The malleable cannula includes a polymeric jacket and a malleable member. The malleable member, being surrounded by the jacket, includes a proximal end, a distal end, and a lumen extending therebetween and along a lengthwise axis of the malleable cannula. The malleable member further includes a longitudinal strut that is parallel to the lengthwise axis and a plurality of transverse struts coupled to and extending laterally away from the longitudinal strut and at least a portion of the lumen. The malleable member is configured to assume and maintain a shape of the malleable cannula.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: CircuLite, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert C. Farnan
  • Patent number: 10682511
    Abstract: A defibrillation system with a unique paddle assembly. The paddle assembly has a paddle head with a conductive surface. The paddle head is introduced into the chest through a small surgical incision. The paddle head is connected to a handle by an elongated shaft. The elongated shaft has an electrically conductive core that is covered in a dielectric insulator. The elongated shaft is malleable. A pivot connection joins one end of the elongated shaft to the paddle head. The pivot connection enables the paddle head to move through a range of different orientations with respect to the elongated shaft. Electricity passes through the conductive core of the elongated shaft and into the paddle head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Inventors: Stephen T. Epstein, John J. Sinisi
  • Patent number: 10675460
    Abstract: An insulated electrode system for delivering a plurality of tumor treating electromagnetic fields including an array of electrode elements for proximate location on a body of a patient. Each electrode element of the array having an insulation layer. Each electrode element being independently electrically accessible and configured to be assigned to emanate an electromagnetic field relative to at least one other of the electrode elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Loyalty Based Innovations, LLC
    Inventors: Peter F. Travers, Ken Watkins, Timothy VanderMey