Patents Examined by Kaylee Wilson
  • Patent number: 10183142
    Abstract: The present disclosure pertains to a system and method for managing a sleep session of a subject. Managing the sleep session is based on cardiac activity in the subject during the sleep session. Cardiac activity, as monitored via one or more sensors worn on an extremity of the subject and/or placed at a distance from the subject, is used to determine periods of slow wave sleep. Sensory stimulation is delivered to the subject during the periods of slow wave sleep to enhance slow wave activity. Wearing a sensor on an extremity, and/or placing a sensor at a distance from the subject during sleep, as opposed to the subject wearing an EEG cap, is more comfortable for the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Gary Nelson Garcia Molina, Cristian Nicolae Presura, Stefan Pfundtner, Sander Theodoor Pastoor
  • Patent number: 10182897
    Abstract: A device is provided for applying pressure on a vaginal wall of a female subject, said device being configured for insertion into a vaginal cavity of said female subject. The device includes a first deformable element, a second deformable element and a transmission element. The first deformable element has a resting-state and at least one deformed state and is configured for undergoing deformation in response to an inner body pressure. When in the resting state, the first deformable element is configured to anchor the device inside the vaginal cavity. The second deformable element has a resting-state and at least one deformed state, and is configured for undergoing deformation to apply a second pressure on the vaginal wall, such second pressure being operable to narrow a urethral portion the female subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventors: Eyal Bercovich, Ronen Raveh
  • Patent number: 10173075
    Abstract: An ophthalmic radiation device having a substantially light-transparent wand configured to emit light propagating through the wand light from a series of illumination ports at least partially circumscribing a radioactive source disposed in the holder, thereby providing a visual reference for identifying a position of the radioactive source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventors: Paul T. Finger, Toby Welles
  • Patent number: 10143860
    Abstract: A radiation therapy apparatus includes: an annular gantry; an irradiation unit which is provided on the gantry and configured to radiate radiation; a support which supports the gantry; a rotation-driving mechanism which is provided between the gantry and the support and rotates the gantry around a horizontal central axis of the gantry. The rotation-driving mechanism includes: annular rails that are provided on the gantry; and sliding members which are provided on regions of the support that correspond to a lower half of the gantry, slidably guide the rails, and receive at least a load of the gantry in a vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Tsumoto, Akihiro Miyamoto
  • Patent number: 10143468
    Abstract: A medical tube is disclosed, which can include a main body in which a distal portion of a tubular proximal separable piece is detachably connected to a proximal portion of a tubular distal separable piece; and a state maintaining mechanism for maintaining a connected state of the distal separable piece and the proximal separable piece. In addition, the main body is inserted into a body starting from the distal separable piece side, and is disposed inside the body in a state in which a distal end and a proximal end thereof are exposed outside of the body. In addition, the state maintaining mechanism can include a string which is disposed inside the main body and interlocks the distal separable piece and the proximal separable piece, and the connected state can be released by cutting the string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Inventors: Masakatsu Kawaura, Nao Yokoi, Shigeki Ariura
  • Patent number: 10137309
    Abstract: A method and a system are provided for subjecting organic cells in a region of a subject to an extremely low frequency magnetic field. At least one resonance medium is operably connected to a generator. The generator produces a sinusoidal non-harmonic current signal, having a predetermined frequency of substantially between 7.5 Hz and 7.9 Hz. The resonance medium is energized by the signal and the magnetic field yielded is substantially between 0.7 mT and 3 mT to be located adjacent organic cellular tissue in the region for a predetermined period. Organic cells in the laboratory, repository or in the region are subjected to a constant magnetic field of less than 1 mT and having a frequency of substantially between 7.5 Hz and 7.9 Hz for the predetermined period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventor: Bogdan Constantin Vladila
  • Patent number: 10137308
    Abstract: Systems that integrate electrocardiography (ECG) functions and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) functions, as well as methods of manufacturing such systems and methods of performing ECG and TMS using such systems, are provided. A system can include a hardware component and a software component in operable communication with the hardware component. The hardware component can include or be in operable communication with a TMS machine, and the software component can be configured to receive waveforms from ECG hardware.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: The Florida International University Board of Trustees
    Inventors: Malek Adjouadi, Mercedes Cabrerizo, Niovi Rojas, Juan Omar Perez, Jesus de la Rua, Anastasio A. Cabrera
  • Patent number: 10137315
    Abstract: The invention relates to a data processing method of determining a radiotherapy treatment plan for radiotherapy treatment of a treatment body part (P) of a patient's body, the method being executed by a computer and comprising the following steps: a) acquiring treatment target position data comprising treatment target position information describing the position of a treatment target (TT1, . . .
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Brainlab AG
    Inventor: Stefan Vilsmeier
  • Patent number: 10137276
    Abstract: The present disclosure pertains to a system and method for managing a sleep session of a subject. Managing the sleep session is based on slow wave activity in the subject during the sleep session. Slow wave activity is related to sleep pressure. Sleep pressure dissipates and/or decreases as the subject sleeps. The dissipation dynamics depend on a given subject. The manner in which dissipation occurs regulates the length of the given sleep session and is linked to the temporal dynamics of slow wave activity. The system is configured to determine a metric indicating sleep pressure dissipation and, responsive to the determined sleep pressure dissipation metric indicating that sleep pressure dissipation has reached a dissipation threshold level during the sleep session, wake the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Gary Nelson Garcia Molina, Giulio Tononi, Sander Theodoor Pastoor, Stefan Pfundtner, Brady Alexander Riedner, Michele Bellesi
  • Patent number: 10136981
    Abstract: A tissue anchor system includes a support, a suture inserted through the support, an anchor having a fin forming an eyelet, where the suture is engaged with the eyelet of the fin. An introducer is provided having a cannula defining a bore sized to receive the anchor and a slot formed in a wall of the cannula, with the slot sized to receive the fin of the anchor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Coloplast A/S
    Inventors: Neal Poucher, Sarah J. Deitch, Allen Gaynor
  • Patent number: 10136980
    Abstract: Implants for the treatment of pelvic support conditions and methods of implementing the same. The implants comprise relatively soft, flexible bodies and relatively strong arms extending in predetermined orientations therefrom. Methods and devices for placing the implants minimize trauma to the pelvic floor and provide well-anchored support to pelvic organs without interfering with sexual or other bodily functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Caldera Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: St├ęphane Gobron, Anand Vemuri
  • Patent number: 10124189
    Abstract: A radiation therapy planning system (10) includes an isodose line unit (36), a region of interest unit (52), and an optimization unit (58). The isodose line unit (36) receives isodose lines planned for a volume of a subject. The region of interest unit (52) defines at least one isodose region of interest based on the received isodose lines. The optimization unit (58) generates an optimized radiation therapy plan based on the at least one defined isodose region of interest and at least one dose objective for the defined region of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Inventors: Karl Antonin Bzdusek, Sean Frigo
  • Patent number: 10086213
    Abstract: Brachytherapy oncology treatment systems and methods are provided. One such system and method employs a catheter or tandem and a mobile balloon device having an enclosed inner volume and an internal surface with an internal perimeter size larger than the external surface perimeter size and adequate to allow sliding longitudinal movement between the catheter or tandem and the mobile balloon device. The mobile balloon device has a radiation dose delivery tube that is at or moves by inflation to a strategic radiation dose delivery location for brachytherapy. An embodiment allows for a multi-part catheter or tandem having a detachable distal section suitable for retaining within a body cavity such as the uterus, both during radiation treatment and during recovery time between radiation treatments. This distal portion can be intended for single-patient use and be disposed of after completion of a radiation treatment session having multiple radiation dose treatment times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Inventor: Mark A. D'Andrea
  • Patent number: 10076631
    Abstract: A medical cabin system comprises a safety protection structure, an identification structure, an environment simulation structure, a radiotherapy isolation structure, and one or more other independent walls. The safety protection structure is disposed on an entrance of the medical cabin system. The identification structure is disposed on a medical equipment of the medical cabin system or in an enclosed space defined by a stereo location region of the medical cabin system. The environment simulation structure is disposed on a top portion and at least one side wall of the medical cabin system. The radiotherapy isolation structure isolates the stereo location region from a radiotherapy region of the medical cabin system. The independent walls define at least one enclosed space with the radiotherapy isolation structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Inventor: Haifeng Liu
  • Patent number: 9980746
    Abstract: A medical assembly and method for the delivery of an implant inside a patient's body. The medical assembly includes an implant, a tubular member, and a delivery device. The tubular member includes a proximal portion defining a first locking feature. The delivery device includes a needle having a proximal portion and a handle having a proximal portion and a distal portion coupled to the proximal portion of the needle. The distal portion of the handle also includes a locking member that defines an opening, the opening being configured to allow at least a portion of the tubular member to pass through the locking member when the locking member is in an unlocked configuration and the locking member configured to engage the first locking feature of the tubular member to prevent the tubular member from being removed from the locking member when the locking member is in a locked configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter J. Pereira, Sharmad S. Joshi
  • Patent number: 9966580
    Abstract: A mount for being releasably received on a medical apparatus and for accommodating a device adapted for insertion inside the mount includes at least two side parts including a first side part and a second side part, at least the second side part or at least a portion thereof being configured so as to pass from a first position into a second position as a result of operational arrangement of the mount on the medical apparatus and/or by operational insertion of the device into the mount. In addition, a medical apparatus includes a like mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Fresenius Medical Care Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Jens Foerger, Stefan Oesterreich
  • Patent number: 9962559
    Abstract: Provided are multi-segmented inflatable brachytherapy devices. Also provided are systems and methods including multi-segmented inflatable brachytherapy devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Inventors: Kenneth M. Forster, Matthew C. Biagioli
  • Patent number: 9907638
    Abstract: Systems are delineated for treating urinary incontinence (UI). More generally, systems are delineated for providing medical treatment, wherein such systems include means for attaching a structure to a patient and removing the structure without damage to the structure or the patient. An exemplary system for providing medical treatment comprises a structure for attachment to a patient utilizing at least one retractable barb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Inventors: Ian L. Goldman, Yani Deros, Craig Ovans
  • Patent number: 9884199
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for treatment of chronic kidney disease (CKD), particular diabetic nephropathy, are disclosed. The method comprises activation of adenosine A2a receptors in parenchymal and immune cells infiltrated into kidneys. The activation is performed by PEMF (pulsed electromagnetic field) stimulation applied locally to kidneys. Adenosine A2a signaling pathway is a potent anti-inflammatory and immuno-suppressive regulator that has been proven to attenuate inflammation and injury in diabetic nephropathy. Efficient activation of A2a receptors is achieved by applying electromagnetic field stimulation consecutively in 3 spatial dimensions. This allows attaining a significant increase in activation of A2a receptors in comparison with one-dimensional stimulation. Assistant thermal stimulation may be applied to increase expression of heat shock proteins (HSPs) in parenchymal cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Minnesota Medical Physics LLC
    Inventors: Victor Ivan Chornenky, Ali Jaafar
  • Patent number: 9877817
    Abstract: A surgical tool adapted for placement of a cuff of an artificial urinary sphincter around a portion of a urethra includes a head attached to a handle. The head has a recess formed in a first end surface of the head and two pads. The recess is sized to receive an inferior portion of the urethra. A first pad is located on a first side of the recess, and a second pad is located on a second side of the recess and spaced a gap distance away from the first pad. A piercing mechanism is located in and movable out of one of the first pad or the second pad. The piercing mechanism is movable across the gap distance between the first pad and the second pad to form a channel in tissue superior to the urethra.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Coloplast A/S
    Inventors: Geoffrey A. Daniel, Neal Poucher