Patents Examined by George R. Evanisko
  • Patent number: 10342983
    Abstract: A connector for an implantable electrical medical device can include a connector housing having a first portion and a second portion that can partially separate to receive a lead or lead extension into a connector lumen of the connector housing. The connector also includes at least one connector magnetic element coupled to each of the first and second portions of the connector housing to couple to at least one corresponding magnetic element in the lead or lead extension to align the lead or lead extension within the connector lumen of the connector housing. An electrical stimulation lead can include at least one lead magnetic element disposed along the proximal end of the lead body to couple to at least one corresponding magnetic element in a connector to align the lead within a connector lumen of the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC NEUROMODULATION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ranjan Krishna Mukhari Nageri, Geoffrey Abellana Villarta, Anne M. Pianca
  • Patent number: 10342908
    Abstract: Disclosed is a distributed transformer or extension cord component for a transcutaneous energy transfer system used to transfer electric power to an implanted medical device. The extension cord component may enable power transfer to occur at various points on or near the body of the subject within whom the medical device is implanted. In this way, the subject may gain greater flexibility and high levels of convenience in connection with use of the transcutaneous energy transfer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Minnetronix, Inc.
    Inventors: Vlad Bluvshtein, Lori Lucke
  • Patent number: 10335601
    Abstract: A neurostimulation system includes a programming control circuit and a user interface. The programming control circuit may be configured to generate a plurality of stimulation parameters controlling delivery of neurostimulation pulses according to one or more neurostimulation programs each specifying a pattern of the neurostimulation pulses. The user interface includes a display screen, a user input device, and a neurostimulation program circuit. The neurostimulation program circuit may be configured to allow for construction of one or more pulse trains (PTs) and one or more train groupings (TGs) of the one or more neurostimulation programs, and to allow for scheduling of delivery of the one or more neurostimulation programs, using the display screen and the user input device. Each PT includes one or more pulse blocks each including a plurality of pulses of the neurostimulation pulses. Each TG includes one or more PTs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventor: David Ernest Wechter
  • Patent number: 10335590
    Abstract: A lead for an implanted medical device is disclosed in which the lead is adapted for electrical communication with an electrical signal source and has a distal tip with an electrode. The lead comprises a wire adapted to be placed in electrical communication with electrode. The wire includes: (i) a core comprising a polymeric material, and (ii) a metallic layer surrounding an outer surface of the core. The metallic layer includes a first section having a first thickness and a second section having a second thickness, wherein the first thickness is greater than the second thickness. The lead is substantially transparent to radio frequency waves in clinically-applicable magnetic resonance environments to reduce radio frequency absorption and avoid substantial heating effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: The General Hospital Corporation
    Inventors: Husam Katnani, Giorgio Bonmassar
  • Patent number: 10322291
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to wearable cardioverter defibrillator (WCD) systems that include patient parameter electrodes, such as ECG electrodes, that are at least substantially electrically isolated from other circuits of the WCD system. In embodiments, the WCD system includes a power source, an energy storage module, and a processor each connected to a first circuit ground. A patient parameter sense port, such as an ECG port, is coupled to the patient. A measurement circuit may render a physiological input from the sensed patient parameter received at the patient parameter sense port, and the measurement circuit includes an isolating circuit that electrically isolates the patient parameter sense port from the first circuit ground. The sensing of physiological inputs of the patient can be improved, resulting in fewer erroneous readings and false alarms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: WEST AFFUM HOLDINGS CORP.
    Inventors: Douglas Keith Medema, Kenneth Frederick Cowan, Zhong Qun Lu
  • Patent number: 10315037
    Abstract: Devices that communicate using wireless proximal communications measure pulse width to find distortion in the received signal. The distortion may be due to the devices being too close to one another for a transmission power level currently being used which causes ringing of a receiving coil. The distortion may be used to find a correction that the receiving device may use to correct for the distortion in the received pulse train when decoding the pulse train. The distortion may be used to adjust a transmission power level of the receiving device and/or to send an instruction to the transmitting device to adjust the power transmission power level of the transmitting device. The distortion may be used for other purposes including determining a device depth and/or location for an implanted device, such as an implantable medical device within a body of a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC, INC.
    Inventor: Warren Ball
  • Patent number: 10307589
    Abstract: The present invention is a system and method for providing an electrical stimulation signal to condition the pelvic wall muscles of a user and demonstrate to the user the proper muscle usage. The system and method also provides a system for measuring the users muscle response. The system and method also provides an entertaining interaction environment which encourages the user to perform self-initiated conditioning exercises.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventor: Brent C. Reider
  • Patent number: 10278602
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an ECG monitoring system includes two or more electrodes configured to record cardiac potentials from a patient, at least one processor, and a rapid acquisition module executable on the at least one processor to: determine that an impedance of each electrode is less than an impedance threshold; record initial ECG lead data based on the cardiac potentials; determine that a noise level in each ECG lead of the initial ECG data is less than a noise threshold; start a recording timer once the noise level is below the noise threshold; record an ECG dataset while the noise level is maintained below the noise threshold until the recording timer reaches a predetermined test duration; store the ECG dataset and provide a completion alert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Matthew Lane Pemberton, Brian Joseph Young
  • Patent number: 10264987
    Abstract: An apparatus for detection of ANEA comprising an introducer having at least one lumen. The introducer is introduced into brain tissue through an opening in the skull. A reference electrode is positioned at an introducer distal portion. A plurality of electrode members are advanceable within the at least one lumen with each member having an insulated portion and an exposed distal portion. The members have a non-deployed state in the introducer and a deployed state when outwardly advanced out of the introducer. In the deployed state, the members are substantially orthogonal to each other with the exposed distal portions defining a detection volume capable of determining an electric field vector produced by the ANEA and the direction of foci of the ANEA.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: INCUBE LABS, LLC
    Inventor: Mir Imran
  • Patent number: 10265029
    Abstract: Systems and methods for generalized precursor pattern discovery that work with a wide range of biomedical signals and applications to detect a wide range of medical events are disclosed. In some embodiments, the methods and systems do not require domain-specific knowledge or significant reconfiguration based on the medical event being analyzed, hence it is also possible to discover patterns previously unknown to experts. In some embodiments, to build precursor pattern detection models, the system obtains annotated monitoring data. Positive and negative segments are extracted from the annotated monitoring data, and are preprocessed. Features are extracted from the preprocessed segments, and selected features are chosen from the extracted features. The selected features are classified to create the precursor pattern detection model The precursor pattern detection model may then be used in real time to detect occurrences of the medical event of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
    Inventors: Majid Sarrafzadeh, Myung-Kyung Suh, Mars Lan, Hassan Ghasemzadeh
  • Patent number: 10265026
    Abstract: There is described a technique using apparatus for recording and analyzing a surface electrocardiogram (ECG) for distinguishing a physiological signal from noise. The technique involves aligning and averaging multiple surface electrogram records taken for repeated pacing sequence with the same interval between pacing stimuli.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Fen EP, Ltd.
    Inventor: Richard Saumarez
  • Patent number: 10265526
    Abstract: Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) system having a recharging system with self alignment, a system for mapping current fields using a completely wireless system, multiple independent electrode stimulation outsource, and control through software on Smartphone/mobile device and tablet hardware during trial and permanent implants. SCS system can include multiple electrodes, multiple, independently programmable, stimulation channels within an implantable pulse generator (IPG) providing concurrent, but unique stimulation fields. SCS system can include a replenishable power source, rechargeable using transcutaneous power transmissions between antenna coil pairs. An external charger unit, having its own rechargeable battery, can charge the IPG replenishable power source. A real-time clock can provide an auto-run schedule for daily stimulation. A bi-directional telemetry link informs the patient or clinician the status of the system, including the state of charge of the IPG battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Cirtec Medical Corp.
    Inventors: Saif Khalil, Raghavendra Angara, Miles Curtis, Christopher Biele, Daniel Fellmeth
  • Patent number: 10265023
    Abstract: Provided are a laser speckle contrast imaging method, a laser speckle contrast imaging system, and an apparatus which includes the laser speckle contrast imaging system. The laser speckle contrast imaging system includes a laser light source configured to irradiate laser beams toward a subject, the laser beams having a plurality of wavelength bands and different surface transmittances with respect to the subject. An imaging unit is configured to acquire speckle images by capturing images of speckles by using an image sensor, the speckles being formed when the irradiated laser beams are scattered from the subject. A signal processor is configured to convert the acquired speckle images into speckle contrast images and to acquire a compensated speckle contrast image by compensating for a change caused by a movement of the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignees: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD., SEOUL NATIONAL UNIVERSITY R&DB FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Younggeun Roh, Byoungho Lee, Jiwoon Yeom, Youngmo Jeong, Jinsoo Jeong
  • Patent number: 10258794
    Abstract: Provided is an electrical stimulation device including a first to fourth electrodes, and an electrical stimulation generation section which supplies an electrical stimulation signal to each of the first to fourth electrodes. The electrical stimulation generation section supplies, to the first and second electrodes, an electrical stimulation signal according to a first stimulation pattern, and supplies, to the third and fourth electrodes, an electrical stimulation signal according to a second stimulation pattern. The first stimulation pattern is set so that an electrical stimulation signal for changing stimulation intensity according to a first waveform is supplied to the first electrode, and an electrical stimulation signal for changing stimulation intensity according to a second waveform is supplied to the second electrode, the second waveform being increased and decreased in conjunction with the first waveform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignees: SYSTEM INSTRUMENTS CO., LTD., THE UNIVERSITY OF ELECTRO-COMMUNICATIONS
    Inventors: Takeshi Akiba, Hiroshi Yokoi
  • Patent number: 10252054
    Abstract: The present application discloses systems and methods for distributed processing of electrophysiological signals. The system may include a processor, a remote device, and an implant comprising an array of electrodes. The method may comprise the processor receiving an electrophysiological signal request from the remote device that specifies at least one electrode at the implant from which to receive an electrophysiological signal, transmitting to the implant instructions to apply a plurality of stimuli via the specified at least one electrode and, for individual stimuli in the plurality of stimuli, recording an electrophysiological signal component resulting from the stimulus. The method may also comprise the processor combining the recorded individual electrophysiological signal components to produce the electrophysiological signal and transmitting the electrophysiological signal to the remote device for further processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventors: Rami Banna, Andrew Botros
  • Patent number: 10252062
    Abstract: A system and method is provided for reliably indicating that an implantable medical device is in need of replacement. An implantable medical device includes a battery and a replacement indicator timer. The battery provides power to the implantable medical device. The replacement indicator timer counts a replacement time period to a determined replacement date for the implantable medical device. The replacement indicator timer starts the counting when an operational characteristic of the battery reaches a selected value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert A. Betzold, James W. Busacker
  • Patent number: 10251593
    Abstract: A method and system for monitoring and preventing a patient from developing pressure ulcers, comprising (1) a sensing unit, which includes a pressure sensor, attachable to a body part of a patient and having a unique identifier, for detecting pressure exerted by a supporting surface and outputting pressure data indicative of pressure as a function of time; and a wireless transceiver for transmitting the pressure data and/or the unique identifier; (2) a controller unit configured for receiving the pressure data and the unique identifier, associating the unique identifier with the body part of the patient, and for transmitting the pressure data and the unique identifier; and (3) a central server device configured for (i) receiving the unique identifier and the pressure data from the controller unit; (ii) determining whether the pressure data exceeds a predetermined value associated with the body part of the patient; and (iii) transmitting to the controller unit a determination that the pressure data exceeded th
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventors: Binay Sugla, Benjamin Kwan
  • Patent number: 10238319
    Abstract: A method to identify feature points associated with the heart valve movement, heart contraction or cardiac hemodynamics is revealed. The mechanocardiography (MCG) is a technology that makes use of vibrational waveforms acquired using at least one gravity sensor attached on one of the four heart valve auscultation sites on the body surface. The data of the electrocardiography (ECG) is recorded simultaneously with the MCG. The feature points are identified by comparing P, R and T points of synchronized ECG with the MCG spectrum. By the time sequences and amplitudes of the feature points, the method provides additional clinical information of cardiac cycle abnormalities for diagnosis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Chang Gung University
    Inventors: Wen-Yen Lin, Ming-Yih Lee, Po-Cheng Chang, Wen-Zheng Zhou
  • Patent number: 10219978
    Abstract: An acupuncture device can include a frame, an enclosure disposed on the frame to protect the frame, multiple stimulators mounted on the frame. The stimulators can be electrically coupled with a controller that transmits electric pulses to the stimulators for electro-acupuncture purpose. The size of the frame is adjustable to fit different body sizes of the users. The stimulators can be carried by the adjustment of the frame. The acupuncture device can also include one or more position references and the stimulators are positioned at relative distances from the position references. When the size of the frame is adjusted, the stimulators are carried by the frame to new positions that are at relative distances from the position references in proportionality with the extent of adjustment of the frame. Hence, the relative distance between a stimulator and a position reference in light of the size of the frame is maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventor: Siu Kwong Tsang
  • Patent number: 10179246
    Abstract: A wearable cardioverter defibrillator (WCD) system includes a processor, a memory, a wireless communication module (DWCM), and an NFC tag that stores information for how an accessing device may access the DWCM wirelessly. An accessing device such as a defibrillator configurator with an NFC reader may read the NFC tag of the WCD system, if it has adequate permission to do so. Upon so reading, the accessing device will know how to address the DWCM wirelessly, and thus install or update configuration data, software updates, or request memory downloads from operations. The use of the NFC tag requires close proximity, which hampers both inadvertently programming the wrong WCD system, plus a WCD system being attacked maliciously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: WEST AFFUM HOLDINGS CORP.
    Inventors: Erik L. Schneider, Erick Michael Roane, Dusan Beblavy