Patents Examined by Joel F Brutus
  • Patent number: 11944419
    Abstract: A method for monitoring thoracic tissue. The method comprises intercepting reflections of electromagnetic (EM) radiation reflected from thoracic tissue of a patient in radiation sessions during a period of at least 24 hours, detecting a change of a dielectric coefficient of the thoracic tissue by analyzing respective the reflections, and outputting a notification indicating the change. The reflections are changed as an outcome of thoracic movements which occur during the period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Sensible Medical Innovations Ltd.
    Inventors: Dan Rappaport, Nadav Mizrahi, Shlomi Bergida, Amir Saroka, Amir Ronen, Ilan Kochba
  • Patent number: 11944509
    Abstract: An implantable tissue marker device is provided to be placed in a soft tissue site through a surgical incision. The device can include a bioabsorbable body in the form of a spiral and defining a spheroid shape for the device, the spiral having a longitudinal axis, and turns of the spiral being spaced apart from each other in a direction along the longitudinal axis. A plurality of markers can be disposed on the body, the markers being visualizable by a radiographic imaging device. The turns of the spiral are sufficiently spaced apart to form gaps that allow soft tissue to infiltrate between the turns and to allow flexibility in the device along the longitudinal axis in the manner of a spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: HOLOGIC, INC.
    Inventors: George D. Hermann, David B. Willis, Michael J. Drews, Gail S. Lebovic, James B. Stubbs
  • Patent number: 11944394
    Abstract: A method of applying a topical numbing agent to a nasal cavity without sedating a patient may include inserting a catheter into a nostril of the patient, the catheter having a first bend that forms a first angle such that at least a portion of the catheter is non-linear. The method may also include guiding a distal end of the catheter into the nasal cavity using a computerized tomography (CT) system by aligning a distal end of the catheter with a first cavity portion of the nasal cavity using a projection of the catheter within the nasal cavity on a CT scan of the patient, and moving the catheter within the nasal cavity while dynamically displaying the projection of the catheter by the CT system relative to the nasal cavity. The method may further include dispensing the topical numbing agent through the catheter into the first cavity portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Inventor: James T. Wright
  • Patent number: 11931111
    Abstract: Surgical guidance systems and methods visually mark a structure of interest (SOI) of an organ on intraoperative images captured by a locatable imaging device. A location of the SOI relative to a body structure (e.g., a passageway system) associated with the organ is determined in a preoperative image that is captured by a medical diagnostic imaging (MDI) system. The location of the SOI relative to the body structure in the preoperative image is then mapped onto a reconstructed version of the body structure based on location information provided by localization sensors distributed on the body structure. An intraoperative image taken by the locatable imaging device is aligned with the reconstructed version of the body structure and an image object representing the SOI is overlaid on the intraoperative image at a location that is mapped from the reconstructed version of the body structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Evgeni Kopel, Oren P. Weingarten, Ariel Birenbaum
  • Patent number: 11925421
    Abstract: A surgical needle comprising: (a) a sensor; (b) a distal tip with the sensor being located at the distal tip; (c) a needle advancing mechanism that is adjustable to change an insertion depth; and (d) a control unit in communication with the needle advancing mechanism; wherein the sensor provides a signal to the control unit regarding a thickness of a feature of interest and the control unit controls the insertion depth based upon the signal from the sensor so that the insertion depth into the feature of interest is varied or the control unit prevents the needle advancing mechanism from activating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: Gyrus ACMI, Inc.
    Inventors: Kester J. Batchelor, Nikhil M. Murdeshwar
  • Patent number: 11925331
    Abstract: A system and method for a laryngoscopic device which incorporates the electronic and imaging elements within the device with advanced functional iterations that incorporate mathematical pattern recognition/predictive modeling as well as parallel computing and supercomputing for data analysis as well as and integrating it with the patient's record and compiling images from multiple scopes in a cloud-based system for an AI platform to use in diagnosis and disease monitoring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Inventor: Charles T. Gonsowski
  • Patent number: 11928859
    Abstract: Aspects of the technology described herein relate to techniques for guiding an operator to use an ultrasound device. Thereby, operators with little or no experience operating ultrasound devices may capture medically relevant ultrasound images and/or interpret the contents of the obtained ultrasound images. For example, some of the techniques disclosed herein may be used to identify a particular anatomical view of a subject to image with an ultrasound device, guide an operator of the ultrasound device to capture an ultrasound image of the subject that contains the particular anatomical view, and/or analyze the captured ultrasound image to identify medical information about the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Inventors: Daniel Nouri, Alex Rothberg, Matthew de Jonge, Jimmy Jia, Jonathan M. Rothberg, Michal Sofka, David Elgena, Mark Michalski, Tomer Gafner, Abraham Neben
  • Patent number: 11918366
    Abstract: An electrocardiography device (ECG device) designed for use in combination with a magnetic resonance device, including: a carrier unit; a receiving unit designed to mount on the carrier unit; an electrode; an electrode conductor connecting the electrode to the receiving unit, wherein the electrode conductor is stabilized at least partially by way of a shapeable guide element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2023
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare GmbH
    Inventors: Ulrich Batzer, Michael Roas-Löffler, Christopher Horn
  • Patent number: 11918341
    Abstract: A medical apparatus includes a probe configured for insertion into a body of a patient. The probe includes electrodes configured to contact tissue within the body. The apparatus further includes a display screen, a position-tracking system configured to acquire position coordinates of the electrodes, and a processor. The processor is configured to acquire electrophysiological signals from a group of the electrodes in a sequence of time intervals, extract electrophysiological parameters from the signals, and for each time interval, compute a measure of consistency of the parameters extracted from the signals. The processor is further configured to render to the display screen a three-dimensional map of the tissue while superimposing on the map a visual indication of the extracted parameters for which the measure of consistency satisfied a consistency criterion, and automatically discarding from the map the parameters for which the measure of consistency did not satisfy the criterion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: Biosense Webster (Israel) Ltd.
    Inventors: Vadim Gliner, Alexander Salevich, Yair Palti
  • Patent number: 11918775
    Abstract: An assembly for retaining a pressure jacket (134) and a syringe (132) on a fluid injector, the assembly including a base plate (1902) comprising a body (1904); at least a first retaining arm (1910a) and a second retaining arm (1910b) operatively mounted on the body of the base plate, the first retaining arm having a first retaining surface at a distal end thereof and the second retaining arm having a second retaining surface at a distal end thereof, wherein the first retaining surface and the second retaining surface are configured for abutting a distal surface of at least one of the pressure jacket and the syringe; a linkage assembly operatively connected to at least one of the first retaining arm and the second retaining arm, wherein the linkage assembly is configured to move at least one of the first retaining arm and the second retaining arm between at least a first open position and a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Inventors: Michael Spohn, Kevin Cowan, Arthur Uber, III, Patrick Campbell, Andrew Osan, John Haury, James Dedig, Andrew Naples, Christopher Scutt, Michael Swantner, Nathaniel Payor
  • Patent number: 11911550
    Abstract: A pressure measuring device 30 installs on a tube 11 for transferring a medium BL so as to measure a pressure of the medium BL inside the tube 11. The pressure measuring device 30 includes a main body portion 31 mountable to the tube 11, polarizing means 34 disposed in the main body portion 31 so that light oscillating in a specific direction is transmitted therethrough, an image acquisition unit 32 disposed in the main body portion 31 so that image information on a pressure receiver that is deformed in response to the received pressure is acquired through the polarizing means 34, and a control unit 100 that converts the image information acquired by the image acquisition unit 32 into pressure information about the pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Inventors: Yosuke Itamochi, Kozo Hisamatsu
  • Patent number: 11896364
    Abstract: A non-transitory machine-readable media storing instructions is provided. The instructions cause one or more processors to: define a subregion of a model of an anatomic region of a patient anatomy, the subregion corresponding to an area surrounding a tip of an image capture probe located within the anatomic region, the subregion including a plurality of virtual tissue structures—a set of virtual tissue structures of the plurality of virtual tissue structures is situated distally from the tip of the probe; compare a tissue structure in an image received from a camera positioned at the tip of the probe to a portion of the plurality of virtual tissue structures to identify a closest matched virtual tissue structure; and based on identification of the closest matched virtual tissue structure, register the image to the model to identify a virtual probe position for the tip of the probe with respect to the model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Tao Zhao, Prashant Chopra
  • Patent number: 11896779
    Abstract: A magnetic resonance compatible catheter. The catheter incorporates directional high intensity ultrasound. The catheter may include imaging coils visible through magnetic resonance imaging. The location and placement of the catheter may be controlled by steering wires within lumen in the catheter guided by the location information from the magnetic resonance imaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Acoustic Medsystems, Inc.
    Inventors: Everette C. Burdette, Bruce M. Komadina, Emery M. Williams
  • Patent number: 11896253
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a novel target detecting device comprising an excitation transducer generating a low frequency pulses of weakly focused ultrasonic energy and a sensing transducer. The present invention also includes a method of aligning a treatment transducer to a target by mapping the target in situ by sending a low frequency ultrasound signal and receiving reflected signals from the target. These inventions provide a simpler way of determining the location of a target and aligning a treatment transducer without the need to generate and interpret an image and then translate the image back onto the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Applaud Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: William Behnke-Parks, Daniel Laser
  • Patent number: 11883118
    Abstract: A surgical navigation system may include a processor and a display. The processor may receive a patient image and sensor data captured by a sensor, receive a medical image, generate a hologram of the medical image, perform coregistration between the patient image and the hologram, superimpose the hologram on the patient image, and display the superimposed image. Coregistration may be performed manually via a user interaction, or automatically based on one or more fiducials in the medical image and sensor data related to the fiducials. The system may monitor a change in the environment and update the display correspondingly. For example, the system may monitor a movement of a body of the patient, monitor the size of an organ of the patient as the organ is being under operation, or a movement of the surgical instrument. The sensor may be an augmented reality (AR) sensor in an AR device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignees: United States Government As Represented By The Department Of Veterans Affairs, Hennepin Healthcare Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Uzma Samadani, Abdullah Bin Zahid, David P. Darrow
  • Patent number: 11883116
    Abstract: A tracker, a surgical navigation system with the tracker, and a method of operating the tracker are described. The tracker comprises a first switch configured to be operated between a first switch configuration and a second switch configuration. The tracker also comprises one or more sources of electromagnetic radiation configured to selectively emit electromagnetic radiation with a first radiation characteristic or a second radiation characteristic. The tracker further comprises electrical circuitry configured to selectively control the one or more sources of electromagnetic radiation to emit electromagnetic radiation having the first radiation characteristic in the first switch configuration and to emit electromagnetic radiation having the second radiation characteristic in the second switch configuration, wherein the second radiation characteristic is different from the first radiation characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: Stryker European Operations Limited
    Inventors: Fadi Ghanam, Fabian Riegelsberger, David Hofmann, Reinhold Zimmermann, Andreas Reutter
  • Patent number: 11883182
    Abstract: A system and a method is provided for assessing motion of a biological tissue of a subject including one or more superficial biological layers and a targeted biological layer. An optical perturbation is introduced within the one or more superficial biological layers but not within the targeted biological layer. A set of optical signal data is acquired preceding, during, or following the optical perturbation and, using the set of optical signal data, a set of optical characteristics is determined that is representative of light transiting the biological layers. Using the set of optical characteristics and a model of the biological layers, a target optical signal consistent with a target biological layer is separated and a movement of the desired biological tissue is determined using the target optical signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: The General Hospital Corporation
    Inventors: Quan Zhang, Gary Strangman
  • Patent number: 11877826
    Abstract: In some aspects, the present disclosure provides methods for identifying a disease in an epithelial tissue of a subject. Methods for identifying a disease in an epithelial tissue comprise the generation of a depth profile of the epithelial tissue using signals generated from the tissue by pulses of light directed towards a surface of the epithelial tissue. In some aspects, the present disclosure provides apparatuses consistent with the methods herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Inventors: Gabriel Sanchez, Fred Landavazo, IV, Scott Delp, Kathryn Montgomery
  • Patent number: 11877809
    Abstract: Disclosed is a computer-implemented of adapting a biomechanical model of an anatomical body part of a patient to a current status of the patient. The method encompasses determination of a currently executed step of a workflow such as a medical intervention, the result of the determination serving as a basis for adapting and/or updating a biomechanical model of an anatomical body part to the corresponding current status of the patient. The determination of the current workflow step may also be used as basis for controlling an imaging device for tracking entities around the patient or for imaging the anatomical body part or acquiring further data or for urging the user to perform a specific action such as acquisition of information using a tracked instrument such as a pointer. The biomechanical model has been generated from atlas data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: BRAINLAB AG
    Inventors: Stefan Vilsmeier, Andreas Blumhofer, Jens Schmaler, Patrick Hiepe
  • Patent number: 11872027
    Abstract: An apparatus for emitting a field comprising a core, a conductive winding with a first end, a second end, and an intermediate portion, where the conductive winding surrounds a portion of the core and is wound about a winding axis, a protrusion for aligning the apparatus where the protrusion is parallel with the winding axis, and a conductive connector extending from the conductive winding, wherein the conductive connector is electrically coupled with the conductive winding at the intermediate portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical International Holding S.á r.l.
    Inventor: Ryan K. Buesseler