Patents Examined by Joel Lamprecht
  • Patent number: 10893806
    Abstract: An apparatus according to an exemplary embodiment of the present disclosure can include a first section(s) and a second section(s) which can have a cross-section that can be smaller than that of the first section. The first and second sections can be a particular section and can include memory-forming characteristics. An imaging arrangement can be in communication with the first section or the second section. The particular section can have a first shape when the particular section can be constrained, and the particular section can have a second shape when the particular section can be unconstrained. The second shape can be more curved than the first shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: The General Hospital Corporation
    Inventors: Guillermo J. Tearney, William C. Warger, II, Joseph Gardecki, Jose L. Guerrero, Farouc Jaffer, Kevin Gallagher
  • Patent number: 10888248
    Abstract: Information extracted from sequential images captured from the perspective of a distal end of a medical device moving through an anatomical structure are compared with corresponding information extracted from a computer model of the anatomical structure. A most likely match between the information extracted from the sequential images and the corresponding information extracted from the computer model is then determined using probabilities associated with a set of potential matches so as to register the computer model of the anatomical structure to the medical device and thereby determine the lumen of the anatomical structure which the medical device is currently in. Sensor information may be used to limit the set of potential matches. Feature attributes associated with the sequence of images and the set of potential matches may be quantitatively compared as part of the determination of the most likely match.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Tao Zhao, Giuseppe Maria Prisco
  • Patent number: 10881379
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method (100) of visualizing a sequence of 3D ultrasound images of an object (10) in motion, wherein said motion is a complex motion composed of motion components from a plurality of origins, the method comprising acquiring (120) said sequence of 3D ultrasound images; providing (130) a motion tracking model modelling a contribution to the complex motion, said contribution originating from a subset of said motion components; determining (150) said complex motion from the first and second 3D ultrasound images; and visualizing (160) a contribution of the motion tracking model to the complex motion of said object in order to obtain a motion-decomposed visualization of said complex motion. A computer program product for implementing such a method on an ultrasound system and an ultrasound system including such a computer program product are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Nicolas Francois Villain, Pascal Allain
  • Patent number: 10874302
    Abstract: A handheld skin monitoring or measuring device includes a camera having a camera optical axis; and a structured light arrangement configured to project three or more laser fan beams such that the laser fan beams cross at a crossing point in front of the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: ARANZ Healthcare Limited
    Inventors: William Richard Fright, Brent Stephen Robinson, Shane Robert Goodwin, Bruce Clinton McCallum, Philip John Barclay
  • Patent number: 10874374
    Abstract: A medical image processing apparatus of an embodiment includes storage circuitry and setting-condition determining circuitry. The storage circuitry stores information about at least one of a position of a region of interest in a breast, a size of the region of interest, and a size of the breast, the information acquired based on an X-ray image of a breast of a subject. The setting-condition determining circuitry acquires a setting condition in ultrasonographic diagnosis for the breast based on the information about at least one of the position of the region of interest, the size of the region of interest, and the size of the breast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: CANON MEDICAL SYSTEMS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kei Mori, Atsuko Sugiyama, Mariko Shibata, Yoshimasa Kobayashi, Toshie Maruyama, Koichi Terai, Natsuki Sato
  • Patent number: 10849650
    Abstract: A combined imaging probe holder and interventional needle guide assembly is provided. The imaging probe holder supports an imaging device (e.g., ultrasound probe) in a known relationship with a biopsy/treatment device holder such that a delivery element or interventional needle is constrained within an imaging field of the imaging device. Constraining the biopsy treatment device within the imaging field allows for real-time monitoring of the biopsy/treatment device during insertion of the interventional needle into patient tissue. In addition, the biopsy/treatment device holder is angularly positionable relative to the image field to allow advancement of the delivery element to any desired location within the imaging field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Inventors: Guangyao Xu, Rajesh Venkataraman, Saradwata Sarkar, Michael Ahmadi
  • Patent number: 10842465
    Abstract: A medical device having an imaging function includes a shaft main body portion having an image acquiring lumen and a guide wire lumen extending from a distal side to a proximal side of the shaft main body portion. A proximal portion of the shaft main body includes a first shaft proximal portion in which the image acquiring lumen is disposed, and a second shaft proximal portion in which the guide wire lumen is disposed, and which are bifurcated. A shaft distal portion has a common lumen in which the image acquiring lumen and the guide wire lumen converge, a first hub portion is interlocked with the first shaft proximal portion, a second hub portion is interlocked with the second shaft proximal portion, and a hub casing collectively covers the first shaft proximal portion, the second shaft proximal portion, the first hub portion and the second hub portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yasunori Yamashita
  • Patent number: 10835153
    Abstract: Certain aspects relate to systems and techniques for medical instrument navigation and targeting. In one aspect, a system includes a medical instrument having an elongate body and at least one sensor, a display, a processor, and a memory storing a model of a mapped portion of a luminal network and a position of a target with respect to the model. The processor may be configured to: determine, based on data from the at least one sensor, a position and orientation of a distal end of the medical instrument with respect to the model, and cause, on at least a portion of the display, a rendering of the model, the position of the target, and the position and orientation of the distal end of the medical instrument. The rendering may be based on a viewpoint directed at the target and different from a viewpoint of the medical instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Auris Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Hedyeh Rafii-Tari, Prasanth Jeevan, Douglas T. Boyd, Melissa A. Teran, Alexander James Sheehy, Nicolas E. Robert, Miroslav Drahos, Jeffery D. Howard, Andrew Esbenshade Zeldis, René Ango Mambembe
  • Patent number: 10824695
    Abstract: In a method and a medical imaging apparatus for determining a similarity parameter for an original protocol with a reference protocol, wherein the original protocol has control parameters for controlling a medical imaging apparatus and is compatible with an original configuration of the medical imaging apparatus, and the reference protocol has control parameters for controlling a medical imaging apparatus and is compatible with a new configuration, the similarity parameter is determined by a comparative analysis for the original protocol with the reference protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare GmbH
    Inventor: Miriam Keil
  • Patent number: 10820804
    Abstract: A magnetic resonance system that is designed to carry out an examination of an examination object, and has an RF controller, a gradient controller and an image sequence controller, which are designed to acquire MR data of a volume portion of the examination object. An arithmetic unit of the magnetic resonance system is designed to reconstruct MR images from the acquired MR data. A standardized REST-based HTTP radio interface of the magnetic resonance system is designed to establish a standardized wireless connection to at least one external device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare GmbH
    Inventors: Arne Hengerer, Lars Lauer, Eva Rothgang, Rainer Schneider, Dirk Franger
  • Patent number: 10820886
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an ultrasonic probe including an indicator for detecting whether a disinfectant or a cleaner is allowed to be used and thus can prevent from being chemically deformed or damaged by an unallowable disinfectant or an unallowable cleaner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG MEDISON CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Won Kyu Son
  • Patent number: 10813555
    Abstract: Method and apparatus can be provided according to an exemplary embodiment of the present disclosure. For example, with at least one first section of an optical enclosure, it is possible to provide at least one first electro-magnetic radiation. In addition, with at least one second section provided within the enclosure, it is possible to cause, upon impact by the first radiation, a redirection of the first radiation to become at least one second radiation. Further, with at least one third section of the optical enclosure, it is possible to cause at least one second radiation to be provided to a tissue. For example, the redirection of the first radiation causes, at least approximately, a uniform optical illumination on of a surface of the tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: The General Hospital Corporation
    Inventors: Li Li, Guillermo J. Tearney
  • Patent number: 10806432
    Abstract: An ultrasound imaging system includes a transducer array. The array is configured for row-column addressing. The array of transducer elements includes a plurality of first 1-D arrays and a plurality of second 1-D arrays, which is orthogonal to the plurality of first 1-D arrays. The array of transducer elements further includes a plurality of front-end circuits. A single front-end circuit of the front-end circuits is in electrical communication with a single pair of 1-D arrays, which consists of a first 1-D array of the plurality of first 1-D arrays and a second 1-D array of the plurality of second 1-D arrays. The first and second 1-D arrays are either separate sets of 1-D arrays or part of a same 2-D array. In one instance, for N rows and N columns, a number of electrical connections between the elements and front-end electronics are less than 2N.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: B-K Medical ApS
    Inventors: Jorgen Arendt Jensen, Hamed Bouzari, Mathias Engholm, Erik Vilain Thomsen, Matthias Bo Stuart
  • Patent number: 10791983
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses, and systems for measuring collagen organization in the cervix, assessing the health of a woman's cervix (including a pregnant woman's cervix), characterizing the composition and structure of cervical tissue, and measuring preterm labor risk are provided. Polarization sensitive techniques and properties of cervical tissue, including birefringence, can be used. A method can include acquiring in vivo images of cervical tissue, applying Mueller matrix (MM) polarimetry (including 4×4 Mueller matrix polarimetry), and determining one or more parameters of the cervical tissue using the Mueller matrix (MM) polarimetry. The in vivo images can be analyzed and various parameters that characterize the cervical tissue can be determined. Graphs and maps of the cervical tissue can be generated for use as care provider tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: The Florida International University Board of Trustees
    Inventor: Jessica Ramella-Roman
  • Patent number: 10792106
    Abstract: A system for calibrating an electromagnetic navigation system is provided. The system includes an antenna assembly having a substrate, multiple pairs of transmit coils, multiple receive coils, multiple input terminals, and multiple output terminals. The substrate includes multiple layers, and each of the transmit coils is deposited on a respective one of the layers and each of the receive coils is deposited on another respective one of the layers. Each of the pairs of transmit coils corresponds to a respective one of the receive coils. Each of the transmit coils is coupled to a respective one of the input terminals, and each of the receive coils is coupled to a respective one of the output terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Sean M. Morgan, Lev A. Koyrakh
  • Patent number: 10792005
    Abstract: Anatomic range planning is provided in positron emission tomography (PET). The user indicates one or more ranges on an image of a patient based on anatomy. Rather than planning by bed position, the planning is based on the anatomy of the patient without reference to the length of the PET detector. The user interface for PET examination avoids overlapping boxes and other confusion based on bed position. Different anatomical ranges may be assigned different PET parameters, such as reconstruction parameters. A processor may automatically alter the examination (e.g., by extending the detection range beyond the region of interest or by increasing duration at an end position) to account for the sensitivity profile since the anatomical region of interest is known. Anatomical region specific directions may be included as part of planning, aiding in performing different protocols for different anatomical ranges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Mitchell, Shiv Shanker Verma, Collin Schaeffer
  • Patent number: 10779712
    Abstract: A capsule medical device guidance system includes: a capsule medical device including a permanent magnet and configured to be introduced into a subject; a magnetic field generator configured to generate a magnetic field to be applied to the capsule medical device; an operation input device configured to input operation information; and a processor including hardware. The processor is configured to: control the magnetic field generator, based on the operation information input from the operation input device, to change the magnetic field to change at least one of the position and the posture of the capsule medical device; obtain control information for the magnetic field generator in a state where forces acting on the capsule medical device are balanced before starting or when starting operation on the operation input device; and control the magnetic field generator by using the control information after the operation is finished.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hironao Kawano
  • Patent number: 10773277
    Abstract: An ultrasound system (1) is disclosed that comprises a probe (10) including an array (110) of CMUT (capacitive micromachined ultrasound transducer) cells (100), each cell comprising a substrate (112) carrying a first electrode (122) of an electrode arrangement, the substrate being spatially separated from a flexible membrane (114) including a second electrode (120) of said electrode arrangement by a gap (118); a voltage supply (45) coupled to said probe and adapted to provide a first set of said CMUT cells with a sequence of drive voltages each including a bias voltage component and a stimulus component of different frequency for generating a series of temporally distinct pulses each having a different frequency, wherein each pulse is generated in a separate transmit mode and provide a second set of said CMUT cells with a sequence of temporally distinct bias voltages, wherein each temporally distinct bias voltage is provided in a receive mode following one of said transmit modes and is for setting the second
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventor: Antonia Cornelia Van Rens
  • Patent number: 10765394
    Abstract: Anatomic range planning is provided in positron emission tomography (PET). The user indicates one or more ranges on an image of a patient based on anatomy. Rather than planning by bed position, the planning is based on the anatomy of the patient without reference to the length of the PET detector. The user interface for PET examination avoids overlapping boxes and other confusion based on bed position. Different anatomical ranges may be assigned different PET parameters, such as reconstruction parameters. A processor may automatically alter the examination (e.g., by extending the detection range beyond the region of interest or by increasing duration at an end position) to account for the sensitivity profile since the anatomical region of interest is known. Anatomical region specific directions may be included as part of planning, aiding in performing different protocols for different anatomical ranges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Mitchell, Shiv Shanker Verma, Collin Schaeffer
  • Patent number: 10765365
    Abstract: A smart bracelet (100) is provided. The smart bracelet (100) has a length direction, and includes: a first pulse detector (12) and a blood flow sensor (11) sequentially arranged along the length direction, wherein, the blood flow sensor (11) is configured for identifying a blood flow direction and sending a blood flow direction signal; the first pulse detector (12) is configured for detecting a pulse signal. The smart bracelet (100) can intelligently detect whether it is worn on a left hand or a right hand and avoid manually input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Deming Liu