Patents Examined by Jeremy S Valentiner
  • Patent number: 10585208
    Abstract: A method for underground exploration using cosmic rays muons, the method comprises: detecting cosmic ray muons by sensing ionizing events that initiate within spaces of one or more gas amplification detectors of a system that is positioned within an underground space; and limiting a flow of gas within the spaces of the one or more gas amplification detectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Inventors: David Yaish, Amnon Harel, Yossi Kolkovich
  • Patent number: 10575801
    Abstract: A photon-counting detector includes a first subset of detector modules and at least one second subset of detector modules. Each detector module has power-consuming circuitry. Power-consuming circuitry of detector modules in the first subset is configured, in an operational mode in which the detector modules are powered on, to consume a first amount of power. Correspondingly, power-consuming circuitry of detector modules in the at least one second subset is configured, in the operational mode, to consume a second amount of power that is lower than the first amount of power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: PRISMATIC SENSORS AB
    Inventors: Mats Danielsson, Staffan Karlsson, Xuejin Liu, Martin Sjölin, Anders Björklid, Torbjörn Hjärn
  • Patent number: 10551523
    Abstract: Methods including taking a gamma spectrum from a wellbore at a target depth, wherein the wellbore penetrates a subterranean formation and has a completion profile comprising a pipe and an annulus between the pipe and the subterranean formation; determining a cement volumetric void space in the wellbore at the target depth; establishing a cement-void-spatial calibration curve based on obtained gamma spectra representing cement spatial void space locations in the annulus of the completion profile, wherein each cement volumetric void space amount in the wellbore has a characteristic cement-void-spatial calibration curve; comparing the wellbore gamma spectrum and the cement-void-spatial calibration curve; and determining a location of the cement volumetric void space in the wellbore at the target depth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Yike Hu, Weijun Guo
  • Patent number: 10548482
    Abstract: A medical imaging apparatus includes a gantry with a tunnel-shaped opening, an examination region and a holder. In an embodiment, the holder includes a light source for illuminating the examination region and the holder is arranged on the gantry projecting above the tunnel-shaped opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: SIEMENS HEALTHCARE GMBH
    Inventors: Daniel Lerch, Carsten Thierfelder, Andreas Wiesinger
  • Patent number: 10551197
    Abstract: A mobile X-ray examination apparatus has an instruction receiving device that receives an entered instruction for the mobile X-ray examination apparatus to reach a designated position. A navigation device creates an environment map of an environment of the mobile X-ray examination apparatus, determines a current position of the mobile X-ray examination apparatus according to detected environment profile information, calculates a movement trajectory of the mobile X-ray examination apparatus according to the environment map, the current position and the designated position received by the instruction receiving device, and sends corresponding information to a central control device. The central control device causes the mobile X-ray examination apparatus to reach the designated position along the movement trajectory according to the corresponding information sent by the navigation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare GmbH
    Inventors: Qiang Guo, Yi Hua Jiang, Ao Lin Tang
  • Patent number: 10546713
    Abstract: A thermionic emission device includes an indirectly heatable main emitter with a main emission surface and a connectible heat emitter with a heat emission surface. The heat emission surface is disposed at a predefinable distance from the main emission surface. In the operating state, the main emitter is at a constant main potential and the heat emitter can be switched between at least two heating potentials which differ from one another and which differ from the main potential. Through the use of the thermionic emission device, the radiation load for a patient is reduced in the case of dose-modulated x-ray recordings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare GmbH
    Inventor: Anja Fritzler
  • Patent number: 10539682
    Abstract: The present invention relates to medical imaging, and in particular a medical imaging detector. In order to improve and facilitate the collection of information, e.g. for medical diagnosis, a medical imaging detector is provided that comprises a first sensor arrangement (12) and a second sensor arrangement (14). The first sensor arrangement is configured to provide a first type of image data belonging to a first imaging modality. The second sensor arrangement is configured to provide a second type of image data belonging to a second imaging modality. The first imaging modality is an X-ray imaging modality, while the second imaging modality is a non-X-ray imaging modality. The first sensor arrangement comprises one or a plurality of first sensor segments (16) arranged within a first circumferential line (18) defining a first imaging area (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Johannes Wilhelmus Maria Jacobs, Walter Ruetten, Matthias Simon
  • Patent number: 10536650
    Abstract: Infrared cameras can include an infrared sensor and an infrared lens assembly defining an optical axis. A camera can include an inner gear engaging the infrared lens assembly and a focus ring that engages the inner gear. The inner gear can engage the focus ring and the infrared lens assembly such that rotation of the focus ring about its central axis can cause the rotation of the infrared lens assembly about its optical axis, which may be offset from the central axis of the focus ring. The camera can include a sensor can threadably engaging the infrared lens assembly and fixed relative to the infrared sensor such that rotation of the infrared lens assembly causes the infrared lens assembly to move relative to the infrared sensor. The sensor can support other components such as a visible light lens assembly or a laser within a perimeter of the focus ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Fluke Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick R. Woolfenden, Brian R. Gattman, William Weidner
  • Patent number: 10533939
    Abstract: The instant disclosure provides a gas detection device including a chamber module, a light emitting module and an optical sensing module. The chamber module includes a condensing chamber, a receiving chamber and a sampling chamber. The condensing chamber has a first reflecting structure, a second reflecting structure and a third reflecting structure. The first reflecting structure is disposed between the second reflecting structure and the third reflecting structure. The light emitting module is disposed on the condensing chamber and includes a light emitting unit corresponding to the condensing chamber. The optical sensing module includes an optical sensing unit disposed in the receiving chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: RADIANT INNOVATION INC.
    Inventors: Tseng-Lung Lin, Shao-Yun Yu, Yu-Chien Huang
  • Patent number: 10530261
    Abstract: In the present invention, a high-voltage DC/DC converter suitable for powering x-ray tubes and the like provides control of a voltage applied to a resonant circuit at least in part according to a timing of a monitored voltage on the resonator thereby compensating for variations in the parameter stability of the resonant circuit, nonlinearity in the resonant gain curve and frequency dependencies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Aurelien Gadenne, Julien Bouhraoua, Jean-Francois Larroux
  • Patent number: 10527907
    Abstract: A coherent anti-stokes Raman scattering apparatus for imaging a sample comprises an optical output; an optical source arranged to generate a first optical signal at a first wavelength; and a nonlinear element arranged to receive the first optical signal, where the nonlinear element is arranged to cause the first optical signal to undergo four-wave mixing on transmission through the nonlinear element such that a second optical signal at a second wavelength and a third optical signal at a third wavelength are generated, wherein an optical signal pair comprising two of the first, second and third optical signals is provided to the optical output for imaging the sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: NKT PHOTONICS A/S
    Inventors: Anatoly Grudinin, John Clowes, Pascal Dupriez, Michael Yarrow
  • Patent number: 10520297
    Abstract: Devices and methods for determining the position of a device relative to a person using the device, or the position of a part of a user's body relative to the user. One or more thermal sensor may be used to determine the relative position of the device or part of the user's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Child Mind Institute, Inc.
    Inventor: Curtis P. White
  • Patent number: 10502690
    Abstract: An illumination apparatus for a vehicle is disclosed. The illumination apparatus comprises a wear component comprising a plurality of layers disposed in an engine compartment. The layers comprise a photoluminescent portion and a cover layer disposed over the photoluminescent portion. The apparatus further comprises a light source located in the engine compartment. The light source is configured to emit an excitation emission configured to illuminate the photoluminescent portion to emit an output emission having a color different than the excitation emission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Terry R. Lobsinger, James J. Surman, Paul Kenneth Dellock
  • Patent number: 10481087
    Abstract: A downhole system in which an agile light source is used to simulate an integrated optical element to measure one or more characteristics of a fluid in a wellbore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Li Gao, David L. Perkins, Michael T. Pelletier, Christopher Michael Jones
  • Patent number: 10466108
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an electrically thin molybdenum thin film absorber coating for a detector, that is capable of absorbing a fraction of incident electromagnetic radiation over a 1-15 THz spectral range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: United States of America as represented by the Administrator of NASA
    Inventors: Ari D. Brown, Kevin H. Miller, Edward J. Wollack
  • Patent number: 10461114
    Abstract: A system for use in identifying a user includes a portable emitter transported with the user. The emitter includes a quantum cascade laser configured to emit a thermal beam identifying a location of the user in response to a command, the thermal beam having a wavelength between approximately 2 ?m and approximately 30 ?m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: LMD Power of Light Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel J. Balonek, Christopher A. Gagliano, Susan Houde-Walter
  • Patent number: 10444380
    Abstract: A device is for the spatially resolved measurement of photons, in particular x-ray photons. In an embodiment, the device includes a first plurality of photoelectric converters, a second plurality of current measuring apparatuses and a third plurality of voltage conditioners. Each current measuring apparatus is electrically connected to at least one photoelectric converter; each voltage conditioner is electrically connected to at least one current measuring apparatus; and each photoelectric converter is configured to generate a photocurrent from an incident photon. Each voltage conditioner is connectable to a supply bar, configured to provide a supply voltage. The voltage conditioner is configured to down-convert the supply voltage to an operating voltage of a current measuring apparatus. Each current measuring apparatus is configured to measure a photocurrent under operating voltage when this is generated in a photoelectric converter, electrically connected to the respective current measuring apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: SIEMENS HEALTHCARE GMBH
    Inventors: Alexander Graf, Gerald Hauke, Thomas Hilderscheid, Klaus Windsheimer
  • Patent number: 10444077
    Abstract: A system for measuring a sensor having two terminals includes first and second transistors with first and second control signal inputs connected to the sensor terminals. The system further includes a current divider including a reference current input, a current divider control input and first and second current outputs connected to the first and second transistors. First and second load circuits are connected to the first and second transistors at first and second differential output nodes. First and second integrating circuits are connected to the first and second differential output nodes. A comparator is driven by first and second differential output nodes. The comparator output controls a digital integrator. A value of a current divider control signal driving the current divider control input depends at least indirectly from the digital integrator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Elmos Semiconductor AG
    Inventor: Artur Suntken
  • Patent number: 10429238
    Abstract: There is provided an optical measurement method using a detector having a detection sensitivity to at least a near-infrared region. The optical measurement method including: obtaining an output value by measuring a light sample at any exposure time with the detector; and correcting the output value with an amount of correction corresponding to the output value, when the exposure time at which the output value is obtained is within a second range. The amount of correction includes a product of a coefficient and a square of the exposure time, the coefficient indicating a degree to which an output value obtained when the light sample is measured with the detector at an exposure time within the second range deviates from output linearity obtained when the light sample is measured with the detector at an exposure time within a first range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Otsuka Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Nobuyuki Inoue, Taku Nagashima
  • Patent number: 10426418
    Abstract: One aspect of the invention provides a phantom including a confined fluidic path defining a plurality of regions of monotonically decreasing, discrete cross-sectional dimensions with respect to an imaging plane. Another aspect of the invention provides a method of assessing imaging. The method includes: placing a phantom as described herein within an imaging system; flowing one or more fluids through the phantom; and capturing one or more images of the phantom. Another aspect of the invention provides a kit for assessing imaging. The kit includes a phantom as described herein and instructions for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Baylor College of Medicine
    Inventors: Goetz Benndorf, James Ryan Mason