Patents Examined by Jason Ip
  • Patent number: 10235497
    Abstract: An ultrasound probe acquires a 3D image dataset of a volumetric region of the body. The 3D image data is reformatted into a sequence of successive parallel image planes extending in one of three orthogonal directions through the volume. The sequence of images (74, 84, 94) is preferably formatted in accordance with the DICOM standard so that a clinician can review the 3D image data as a sequence of DICOM images on an image workstation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips, N.V.
    Inventors: Jimmy Ray Brown, Kevin Bradley
  • Patent number: 10194829
    Abstract: During operation, a system iteratively captures MR signals of one or more types of nuclei in one or more portions of a biological lifeform based on scanning instructions that correspond to a dynamic scan plan. The MR signals in a given iteration may be associated with voxels having associated sizes at three-dimensional (3D) positions in at least a corresponding portion of the biological lifeform. If the system detects a potential anomaly when analyzing the MR signals from the given iteration, the system dynamically modifies the scan plan based on the detected potential anomaly, a medical history and/or an MR-scan history. Subsequent measurements of MR signals may be associated with the same or different: types of nuclei, portions of the biological lifeform, voxels sizes and/or 3D positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Q Bio, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Howard Kaditz, Andrew Gettings Stevens
  • Patent number: 10189053
    Abstract: A curved high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) transducer comprising a curved piezoelectric array having opposite convex and concave surfaces, the concave surface being a transmitting surface, and a plurality of acoustic transmission areas, a plurality of electrodes located on the surfaces of the curved piezoelectric array for applying electrical transmit signals to the acoustic transmission areas, and a unitary, continuously formed curved matching layer pre-formed to the desired curvature of the curved transducer array and bonded to the transmitting surface of the curved piezoelectric array which provides acoustic matching and electrical isolation for the transmitting surface of the curved piezoelectric array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Dennis Dean Clark, Barry C. Scheirer, Ryan Manning, Haifeng Wang
  • Patent number: 10159454
    Abstract: An imaging system selects a medical imaging protocol using a repository of information associating multiple ranges of contrast agent peak time with corresponding different imaging protocols. An imaging protocol comprises a method for acquiring images using an imaging system and using data identifying at least one of (a) an imaging rate within an imaging scan cycle and (b) an interval between imaging scans. A contrast agent peak time comprises a time a contrast agent concentration substantially reaches a peak value in an anatomical region of interest of a patient relative to a time of start of contrast agent injection. A contrast agent peak time detector detects a contrast agent peak time. An imaging processor adaptively selects an imaging protocol from the imaging protocols in response to a comparison of a detected contrast agent peak time with at least one of the plurality of ranges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare GmbH
    Inventors: Katharine Lynn Rowley Grant, Bernhard Schmidt
  • Patent number: 10149661
    Abstract: A probe cover is provided. The probe cover is configured to be detachably attached to an ultrasonic probe and cover plural switches on a surface of the ultrasonic probe, the probe cover including a depression portion by which an operator can depress at least some of the plural switches when the probe cover is attached to the ultrasonic probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: GE Medical Systems Global Technology
    Inventors: Kiyoshi Matsumura, Mitsuhiro Nozaki
  • Patent number: 10076301
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for visually depicting a vessel and evaluating treatment options are disclosed. A method of evaluating a vessel of a patient, comprises: obtaining intravascular data from an intravascular instrument positioned within a vessel of a patient while the intravascular instrument is moved longitudinally through the vessel from a first position to a second position; obtaining an angiographic image of the vessel while the intravascular instrument is moved longitudinally through the vessel; correlating the intravascular data from the intravascular instrument to locations on the angiographic image; and outputting an enhanced angiographic image of the vessel on a display, the enhanced angiographic image including the angiographic image overlaid with visualizations representing the intravascular data at the correlated locations. Corresponding systems are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Inventors: Bret C. Millett, Joe Burnett, Howard David Alpert, Fergus Merritt
  • Patent number: 10070772
    Abstract: Precision control systems for tissue visualization and manipulation assemblies are described herein where such devices may utilize a variety of apparatus and methods for facilitating advancement, articulation, control, navigation, etc. of systems which may be used to visualize and/or treat tissue regions. Additionally, methods and devices for enhancing navigation of the device through a patient body are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Ruey-Feng Peh, Vahid Saadat, Edmund Tam
  • Patent number: 10064584
    Abstract: The invention relates to a combined x-ray and optical (light-based) tomographic imaging system that provides functional information at greater resolution than can be achieved by optical tomography alone. The system is configured with one or more x-ray sources, x-ray detectors, light sources, and light detectors arranged on a gantry which rotates about an imaging chamber containing the object to be imaged. The system thereby allows both x-ray radiation and light to be directed into the object at multiple locations. Processing methods of the invention go beyond simple co-registration of images obtained from two or more imaging techniques. Both x-ray data and light data are used together in optical tomographic reconstruction to create the tomographic image, thereby allowing a more accurate and/or higher resolution final image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: VisEn Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Wael I. Yared
  • Patent number: 10039527
    Abstract: An ultrasound probe is equipped with a transducer element array and an internally located position marker trackable by a position sensing system or the like. The position marker is supported by a movement and rotation constraining fixture. The fixture is rigidly connected to the transducer element array of the probe. The fixture constrains the position and orientation of the position marker to match a spatial reference relationship with the transducer element array in the position marker's constrained degrees of freedom. The position marker may moved along and rotated in its unconstrained degrees of freedom to match the spatial reference relationship with the transducer element array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Analogic Canada Corporation
    Inventors: Laurent Pelissier, Kris Dickie, Corina Leung, Bo Zhuang
  • Patent number: 10034611
    Abstract: A subject information obtaining apparatus and a subject information obtaining method are provided with which a resolution of a photoacoustic image can be improved even when an absorber arranged at a particular position with respect to a detector for photoacoustic waves is used. The subject information obtaining apparatus is configured to obtain an optical characteristic value distribution of a subject by using photoacoustic waves. A signal processing apparatus constituting this subject information obtaining apparatus executes generating a correction table on the basis of a variation quantity of a signal intensity related to a signal from an ultrasonic wave detector and processing a signal from a photoacoustic wave detector by using a value of the correction table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroshi Abe
  • Patent number: 10028789
    Abstract: A method of compensating for motion of objects during a surgical procedure is provided. The method includes determining a pose of an anatomy of a patient; determining a pose of a surgical tool of a surgical device; defining a relationship between the pose of the anatomy and a position, an orientation, a velocity, and/or an acceleration of the surgical tool; associating the pose of the anatomy, the pose of the surgical tool, and the relationship; and updating the association in response to a motion of the anatomy and/or a motion of the surgical tool without interrupting operation of the surgical device during the surgical procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: MAKO Surgical Corp.
    Inventors: Arthur Quaid, Hyosig Kang, Dennis Moses
  • Patent number: 10022066
    Abstract: A coil pad according to one embodiment is a coil pad that is placed between a receiving coil and a subject. The receiving coil is mounted on the subject and receives a magnetic resonance signal emitted from the subject. The coil pad includes a pad opening and a vibrating portion. The pad opening is aligned with a coil opening included in the receiving coil and forms a through-hole between the coil opening and the subject. The vibrating portion vibrates with a medium that transmits vibration being filled therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Inventor: Sadanori Tomiha
  • Patent number: 10018712
    Abstract: This invention relates to a method of analyzing an ultrasound signal. The method comprises obtaining a time series of sequential data frames associated with an ultrasound signal reflected from and/or backscattered from a fixed location of a material under investigation, each data frame comprising a plurality of samples of the ultrasound signal, and subjecting to an analysis a sequence of one or more samples of the ultrasound signal, or a sequence of at least one parameter derived from one or more samples of the ultrasound signal, wherein a result of the analysis is related to one or properties or characteristics of the material. In one embodiment the method may be used for detecting, diagnosing, and/or assessing cancer and/or abnormalities in biological tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Queen's University at Kingston
    Inventors: Mehdi Moradi, Purang Abolmaesumi, Parvin Mousavi, Eric Sauerbrei, Robert Siemens, Phillip Isotalo
  • Patent number: 10016233
    Abstract: A method for the treatment of a patient for the purpose of lowering blood pressure and/or treating cardiac arrhythmias, particularly atrial fibrillation includes the insertion of an ablation catheter into the lumen of a renal artery. The ablation catheter is equipped with an electrode that can stimulate the wall tissue in the renal artery to help identify the location of a renal nerve. High-frequency stimulation of the renal nerve causes a decrease in the blood pressure of the patient thereby indicating that a renal nerve is nearby. The ablation catheter is used to ablate the renal nerve using radiofrequency, ultrasound, microwave energy or cryogenic cooling. An irrigated ablation catheter may be used to decrease damage to cells in the wall of the lumen of the renal artery other than the renal nerve, such as the endothelial cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Inventor: Robert W. Pike, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10010381
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for tracking the position of one or more connected rigid bodies using markers attached to the rigid bodies by laterally compliant connectors. Systems based on this method are comprised of laterally compliant connectors, a position tracking system and a data processing algorithm to determine the positions and orientations of the rigid bodies. Variations in the methods of attachment of the laterally compliant connectors, the means by which lateral compliance in the connector is produced, and in the layout of the markers are presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Inventors: Antony John Hodgson, Mark Joseph Semple
  • Patent number: 10010373
    Abstract: An image guided navigation system for navigating a region of a patient which is gated using ECG signals to confirm diastole. The navigation system includes an imaging device, a tracking device, a controller, and a display. The imaging device generates images of the region of a patient. The tracking device tracks the location of the instrument in a region of the patient. The controller superimposes an icon representative of the instrument onto the images generated from the imaging device based upon the location of the instrument. The display displays the image with the superimposed instrument. The images and a registration process may be synchronized to a physiological event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Monte R Canfield, Michael R Neidert, Kenneth C Gardeski
  • Patent number: 10004424
    Abstract: An endorectal coil (1) includes a tube (40), a spreader (44), and one or more electrically conductive elements (64). The tube (40) is configured for insertion into the rectum (42). The spreader (44) is configured to be positioned at a distal end of the tube (40) and mechanically spread to compress surrounding tissue after the tube (40) is inserted. The one or more electrically conductive elements (64) are tuned to receive magnetic resonance data disposed on at least one of the tube (40), the spreader (44), and adjacent the tube and spreader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Inventors: Daniel Wirtz, Peter Mazurkewitz, Christoph Leussler
  • Patent number: 9986931
    Abstract: A method for automatically determining the 3D position and orientation of a radio-opaque medical object in a living body using single-plane fluoroscopy comprising capturing a stream of digitized 2D images from a single-plane fluoroscope (10), detecting the image of the medical object in a subset of the digital 2D images, applying pixel-level geometric calculations to measure the medical-object image, applying conical projection and radial elongation corrections (31) to the image measurements, and calculating the 3D position and orientation of the medical object from the corrected 2D image measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: APN Health, LLC
    Inventors: Jasbir Sra, Barry Belanger, Mark Palma, Donald Brodnick, Bruce Langenbach
  • Patent number: 9974480
    Abstract: An artery visualization device for irradiating skin on the wrist back side with near-infrared light and forming near-infrared image of the wrist includes a placement table on which the wrist is placed, an irradiation unit including a light source emitting near-infrared light, imaging unit receiving light and forming wrist near-infrared image, the light incidents on the skin on the wrist back side and exiting from skin on the front, optical filter, and monitor. The artery visualization device includes a protrusion protruding from a placement table wrist placement surface. The protrusion compresses the back side skin on the wrist placed on the placement table from the back side, and irradiates the near-infrared light emitted from the light source to the skin on the back. The placement table includes a center placement portion and back of hand contact portion. The back of hand contact surface intersects obliquely with a wrist placement surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Inventor: Tatsumi Ike
  • Patent number: 9955945
    Abstract: An ultrasound imaging system, a method for ultrasound imaging and a non-transitory computer readable medium that stores instructions executable by one or more processors to perform the method for ultrasound imaging are presented. The method includes convolving one or more base ultrasound pulses corresponding to a particular frequency with a desired code to generate an extended excitation wave. Further, the extended excitation wave is transmitted to a broadband ultrasound transducer to be transmitted towards the target. Subsequently, echo signals reflected back from the target in response to the extended excitation wave are received and de-convolved. One or more ultrasound images of the target corresponding to multiple frequencies are generated based on the de-convolved echo signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Inventors: Xiang Li, Ying Fan, Hao Lai