Patents Examined by Jeffrey G. Hoekstra
  • Patent number: 10842466
    Abstract: Provided is an ultrasound apparatus including a first display configured to display an ultrasound image; a control panel including a second display that is different from the first display and configured to display a plurality of control items related to the ultrasound image; and a controller configured to select at least one control item from among the plurality of control items based on a location of an input tool located on the second display, and to control the first display to display the selected at least one control item and an indicator representing the location of the input tool together with the ultrasound image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ho-kyung Kang, Jin-woo Yim, Ki-won Sohn
  • Patent number: 10820890
    Abstract: Operation of a patient's lungs may be analyzed by transmitting ultrasound energy into the patient's lung, and obtain power and velocity Doppler data while a vibration is being induced in the lung. At least one portion of the power and velocity data that corresponds to a fundamental harmonic is then identified. In some embodiments, portions of the power and velocity data that corresponds to higher order harmonics are also identified. The power observed in the fundamental harmonic and optionally the higher order harmonics can then be used to determine the condition of the lungs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Echosense Jersey Limited
    Inventor: Yoram Palti
  • Patent number: 10820859
    Abstract: A non-invasive sensor unit adapted to be coupled to a patient includes a pair of light emitters spaced apart a known distance, and a pair light detectors. The light detectors detect light emitted from the emitters and scattered by a patient. The unit determines one or more cardiovascular characteristics of the patient from the scattered light, such as the patient's pulse wave velocity; a saturation of peripheral oxygen (SpO2) level; a temperature; a respiration rate; a heart rate; and a blood pressure. The light emitters emit light that may have wavelengths between 600 and 1000 nanometers. The unit, in some embodiments, is integrated into a patch adapted to be secured to the skin of the patient. Readings from the unit may be transmitted to a separate device spaced from the unit, such as via Bluetooth, WiFi, or by other means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Sean Hadley, Marko N. Kostic, Joshua Elmer Mix, Christopher John Hopper
  • Patent number: 10813554
    Abstract: Embodiments related to medical imaging devices including rigid imaging tips and their methods of use for identifying abnormal tissue within a surgical bed are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Lumicell, Inc.
    Inventors: W. David Lee, Jorge Ferrer, David B. Strasfeld
  • Patent number: 10799134
    Abstract: Provided are methods to measure and or monitor consciousness in a subject, including analyzing brain activity with weighted symbolic mutual information (wSMI) and/or Kolgomorov symbolic complexity (KSC). In addition, methods and apparatus to administer a stimulus and/or a medicament to a subject according to their consciousness level which has been determined using the method described herein are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Commissariat A L'Energie Atomique Et Aux Energies Alternatives
    Inventors: Jacobo Diego Sitt, Jean-Remi King, Laurent Cohen, Lionel Naccache, Stanislas Dehaene
  • Patent number: 10792016
    Abstract: Enhanced ultrasound imaging apparatus and associated methods of work flow are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a method of ultrasound scanning includes receiving a first dataset representing ultrasonic scanning of a target anatomy of a patient in a two-dimensional mode and generating a two-dimensional ultrasound image of the scanned target anatomy based on the received first dataset. The method also includes accepting a definition of at least one of a sagittal plane, a transverse plane, and a coronal plane on the displayed two-dimensional ultrasound image. Thereafter, a second dataset representing ultrasonic scanning of the target anatomy in a three-dimensional mode is received and an ultrasound image at the coronal plane of the target anatomy is generated based on (1) the three-dimensional scanning and (2) the accepted definition of at least one of the sagittal plane, the transverse plane, and the coronal plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Sonosite, Inc.
    Inventors: Qinglin Ma, Nikolaos Pagoulatos, Dave Glenn Willis
  • Patent number: 10786228
    Abstract: In the ultrasound diagnostic apparatus, the method of determining the sound velocity, and the program recorded in a recording medium, a probe is made transmit an ultrasonic beam a plurality of times so as to form a predetermined transmission focus point, an analog element signal output by the probe is A/D converted into the first element data, the second element data corresponding to any one of a plurality of the first element data is generated, and the second element data is used to determine the sound velocity in an inspection object, whereby the sound velocity of the ultrasonic waves in the inspection object can be accurately determined without decreasing the frame rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroaki Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10779733
    Abstract: A system for providing video analysis and motion augmentation, particularly in the context of telemedicine applications is disclosed. In particular, the system may utilize cameras and other devices to detect macro and micro changes and movements of a being so as to assist in the detection of an anomaly associated with the being. After detecting the anomaly based on the detected macro and micro changes and movements, the system may transmit an alert identifying the anomaly and formulate a proposed request for interaction with the being. The request for interaction may be transmitted to the being, and information obtained in response to the request for interaction may be utilized by the system to assist in the determination of a diagnosis of a condition of the being. The process may be repeated as necessary until the diagnosis is confirmed and enough information associated with the being is obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: James H. Pratt, James E. Jackson, Eric Zavesky
  • Patent number: 10779799
    Abstract: A method for imaging an object by ultrasound elastography through continuous vibration of the ultrasound transducer is taught. An actuator directly in contact with the ultrasound transducer continuously vibrates the transducer in an axial direction, inducing shear waves in the tissue and allowing for real-time shear wave imaging. Axial motion of the transducer contaminates the shear wave images of the tissue, and must be suppressed. Therefore, several methods for correcting for shear wave artifact caused by the motion of the transducer are additionally taught.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research
    Inventors: Shigao Chen, James Greenleaf, Daniel C. Mellema, Pengfei Song
  • Patent number: 10773102
    Abstract: Radiotherapy apparatus comprises a source of radiation mounted on a chassis, the chassis being rotatable about a rotation axis and the source being adapted to emit a beam of radiation along a beam axis that intersects with the rotation axis; a patient support, moveable along a translation axis; a set of magnetic coils located on either side of the beam, for establishing a magnetic field at the point of intersection, spaced from that point along a first direction; the translation axis, the rotation axis, and the first direction being substantially parallel; and further comprising a multi-leaf collimator fixed in its orientation with respect to the source of radiation, the multi-leaf collimator comprising a plurality of elongate leaves disposed with their longitudinal directions substantially aligned with the first direction and movable in that direction between a withdrawn position in which the leaf lies outside the beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Elekta AB (publ)
    Inventors: John Allen, Duncan Neil Bourne, Kevin Brown
  • Patent number: 10772537
    Abstract: In a method and apparatus for determining a physiological activity signal in a subject using various movement sensors that each transmit a temporal movement signal, a physiological reference signal is determined from the various movement signals that best depicts a physiological movement of the subject, the movement sensor that generates the physiological reference signal is identified as a physiological reference sensor, at least one physiological addition signal is determined from the temporal movement signals that is similar to the physiological reference signal up to a limit, and the physiological reference signal and the at least one addition signal are added to form the physiological activity signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare GmbH
    Inventor: Juergen Roessler
  • Patent number: 10765407
    Abstract: An ultrasound diagnosis apparatus includes an ultrasound transducer, an evaluation value acquisition unit, a determination unit, and an output unit. The evaluation value acquisition unit obtains an evaluation value for evaluating the function of tissue including a predetermined site based on biological information acquired for a predetermined period of time by the ultrasound transducer. The determination unit determines whether the function of the tissue is abnormal based on the evaluation value. The output unit outputs information based on a result of determination by the determination unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Hitoshi Yamagata, Yasuhiko Abe
  • Patent number: 10765356
    Abstract: A system for tracking a bone-altering tool in computer-assisted surgery, comprising a first trackable reference secured to a first bone, with a first frame of reference being associated with the first trackable reference. A bone-altering tool is securable to the first bone in a secured configuration. Sensors track the trackable reference for position and orientation. A position/orientation calculator is connected to the sensor device to calculate a position and orientation of the first frame of reference. An alteration parameter calculator is associated with the position/orientation calculator to determine a position and orientation of the bone-altering tool in the secured configuration as a function of the position and orientation of the first frame of reference and of the secured configuration. A method for tracking tools using the tracking of a bone is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: ORTHOSOFT ULC
    Inventors: Pierre Couture, S├ębastien Jutras
  • Patent number: 10743909
    Abstract: A transperineal biopsy guide including a guide member and a displacement member supported by the guide member. The guide member may be configured to operably couple with the transrectal probe and may include a distal end, a proximal end opposite the distal end, and a length extending along a longitudinal axis between the distal and proximal ends. The displacement member may be configured to support the access needle and displace the access needle along at least a portion of the length of the guide member between the distal and proximal ends. The access needle may extend into the subcutaneous tissue when the access needle is displaced to the distal end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Corbin Clinical Resources, LLC
    Inventor: Matthew J. Allaway
  • Patent number: 10743910
    Abstract: A biopsy guide for use in guiding a needle in a transperineal prostate biopsy procedure. The biopsy guide may include a guide member and a displacement member. The guide member may operably couple with the transrectal probe and include a guide body including a distal end, a proximal end, a length, a first guide member extending the length, and a second guide member extending the length, wherein a portion of the first and second guide members overhangs the transrectal probe when coupled thereto. The displacement member may be supported by the guide member and may include a central vertically extending member having a plurality of needle receiving ports therein, and a planar member coupled to the central vertically extending member and having a planar bottom surface that is configured to slide on the first and second planar top surfaces of the first and second guide members, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Corbin Clinical Resources, LLC
    Inventor: Matthew J. Allaway
  • Patent number: 10743911
    Abstract: A method of performing a transperineal biopsy procedure including sliding a displacement member of a biopsy guide relative to a guide member of the biopsy guide such that the displacement member is proximate the perineal access site of the patient. The guide member may be secured to the ultrasound probe, and the guide member may include a pair of guide rails each having a planar top surface. The displacement member may include a platform having a planar bottom surface and at least one needle receiving port for guiding a needle, wherein the planar bottom surface of the platform opposes the planar top surfaces of the pair of guide rails during the sliding of the displacement member relative to the guide member. The method may further include inserting a needle into the perineal access site of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Corbin Clinical Resources, LLC
    Inventor: Matthew J. Allaway
  • Patent number: 10743896
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods for ocular ultrasound are provided having therapeutic and/or diagnostic applications. In one aspect, an ocular probe is disclosed that is uniquely configured for use in the eye on the basis of shape and frequency. The ocular probe may be multi-functional, providing sensor, optical or other functionality in additional to ultrasound energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: DOHENY EYE INSTITUTE
    Inventor: Mark S. Humayun
  • Patent number: 10743785
    Abstract: A phase-contrast MRI (PC-MRI) system and method employing a Hybrid One- and Two-sided Flow Encoding Only (HOTFEO) acquisition scheme for accurate blood flow and velocity measurements of three-directional-velocity-encoding PC-MRI.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Peng Hu, Da Wang
  • Patent number: 10743839
    Abstract: The invention includes a device and a method for hybrid optoacoustic and ultrasonographic imaging of an object. The device comprises: an irradiation unit configured to irradiate the object with electromagnetic radiation; first transducer elements configured to detect ultrasound waves generated in the object upon irradiating the object with the electromagnetic radiation; second transducer elements configured to detect ultrasound waves reflected and/or transmitted by the object; a surface comprising at least one first surface segment, on which the first transducer elements are arranged, and at least one second surface segment, on which the second transducer elements are arranged. The first surface segment and/or the second surface segment have a curved shape. The first transducer elements have a first size and pitch and second transducer elements have a second size and pitch, wherein the first pitch and second pitch are different and/or the first size and second size are different.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Helmholtz Zentrum Muenchen Deutsches Forschungszentrum fuer Gesundheit und Umwelt (GmbH)
    Inventors: Daniel Razansky, Xose Luis Dean-Ben
  • Patent number: 10736610
    Abstract: Various types of sub-preset conditions corresponding to a selected mother preset condition are read out from a preset condition storage unit which stores at least a plurality of mother preset conditions set concerning image data acquisition conditions and various types of sub-preset conditions set by updating all or some of the image data acquisition conditions included in each of the mother preset conditions. A sub-preset condition suitable for ultrasonic examination on the object is selected from the readout various types of sub-preset conditions. An image data acquisition condition is initialized based on the selected mother preset condition with respect to each unit related to generation of the image data. The image data acquisition condition is updated by using the selected sub-preset condition. Image data is generated based on a reception signal in ultrasonic transmission/reception using the updated image data acquisition condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Masami Takahashi, Masamichi Oyanagi