Patents Examined by Kiho Kim
  • Patent number: 10779774
    Abstract: A method for positioning a body region of a patient for a radiography acquisition by a radiography system includes providing an examination requirement for the body region, pre-positioning the body region in the radiography system for the radiography acquisition, pre-positioning an acquisition unit of the radiography system for the radiography acquisition, producing a three-dimensional positioning acquisition of the body region using a 3D camera system, and producing a preview image from the three-dimensional positioning acquisition. A patient model is generated from the three-dimensional positioning acquisition and the preview image is produced from the patient model, and the preview image depicts a representation as if made using the acquisition unit of the radiography system. The method further includes outputting at least one of the preview image and positioning information based on the preview image. Another embodiment may use an apparatus and computer readable medium to execute the method above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare GMBH
    Inventors: Clemens Joerger, Ralf Nanke, Susanne Oepping
  • Patent number: 10779794
    Abstract: Provided are a mammography apparatus, a control device, a mammography apparatus control method, and a mammography apparatus control program that can effectively reduce the subject's pain caused by the compression of the breast by a compression plate. A mammography apparatus includes a compression plate that compresses a breast, a moving unit that moves the compression plate in a compression direction in which the breast is compressed and a decompression direction in which the breast is decompressed, a radiation source that emits radiation, and a control unit that controls the moving unit such that the compression plate is moved to a first position in the compression direction and is moved to a second position in the decompression direction and performs control such that the radiation is emitted from the radiation source to the breast in a state in which the compression plate is located at the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takahisa Arai, Takeyasu Kobayashi, Tomoki Inoue
  • Patent number: 10782270
    Abstract: A photoacoustic sensor device may include a housing and first and second ceramic cavity packages disposed in the housing. The first ceramic cavity package may include a first sidewall having a first set of electrical contact elements, a first cavity structure, and a light source electrically coupled to the first set of electrical contact elements. The second ceramic cavity package may include a second sidewall having a second set of electrical contact elements, a second cavity structure, and a photoacoustic detector electrically coupled to the second set of electrical contact elements. The first and second ceramic cavity packages may be arranged such that the light source and the photoacoustic detector face one another, and oriented such that the first and second sets of electrical contact elements align with electrical contact points of a PCB when the photoacoustic sensor device is positioned over the PCB for coupling to the PCB.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Horst Theuss, Rainer Markus Schaller, Thomas Mueller
  • Patent number: 10784069
    Abstract: A system and method for generating X-ray radiation. The system includes an electron source operable to generate an electron beam and an X-ray target for generating X-ray radiation upon interaction with the electron beam. The method includes moving the electron beam over an edge separating a first region and a second region of the X-ray target, wherein the first region and the second region have different capability to generate X-ray radiation upon interaction with the electron beam. The system allows for a lateral extension of the electron beam to be determined based on a change in a quantity indicative of the interaction between the electron beam and the first region and between the electron beam and the second region, and the movement of the electron beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: EXCILLUM AB
    Inventors: Tomi Tuohimaa, Per Takman, Andrii Sofiienko
  • Patent number: 10775304
    Abstract: Fluorescent nanosensors for extracellular ion concentration measurements are disclosed herein. More specifically, a fluorescent nanosensor for extracellular ion measurements comprising a photoluminescent nanostructure disposed on a substrate surface is disclosed. The photoluminescent nanostructure comprises a fluorescent metallic core-silica shell containing nanoparticle, wherein the fluorescent silica shell comprises a fluorophore dispersed therein. The nanosensor emits a fluorescence emission in function of the extracellular ion concentration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: UNIVERSITÉ LAVAL
    Inventors: Denis Boudreau, Jérémie Asselin, Marie-Christine Dorais
  • Patent number: 10772598
    Abstract: A radiation control device includes a notifier that notifies an irradiation state of a radiation in a radiation generator, and a notification controller that controls notification operation of the notifier. The notification controller controls a start timing of notification of a state during irradiation indicating that the radiation is being emitted on the basis of a signal from the radiation generator or a radiation imager received by the radiation control device prior to a radiation irradiation signal from a radiation generation controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Takahisa Uehara
  • Patent number: 10768321
    Abstract: Provided are a cooling system with no refrigeration machine for an X-ray detector, and an X-ray imaging system using the system. The cooling system for an X-ray detector comprises: a cooling pipeline positioned on an X-ray detector; and a coolant transfer pipeline positioned at least partially in a support device of the X-ray detector and connected with the cooling pipeline to form a circulation loop, the circulation loop being provided with a circulating coolant therein. On the basis of the existing X-ray photography system, the configuration of a refrigeration machine can be removed from the cooling system, and the cooling of the detector can be realized with as few changes as possible, while meeting the temperature requirements of the normal operation of the detector and reducing costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Hailiang Liu, Min Zhou, Sen Wang, Yefu Li
  • Patent number: 10758197
    Abstract: A method for fluoroscopy energizes a radiation source to form a scout image on a detector and processes the scout image to determine and report a radiation field position with respect to a predetermined zone of the detector. The radiation source is energized for fluoroscopic imaging of a subject when the reported radiation field position is fully within the predetermined zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Carestream Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel Richard, Xiaohui Wang, Michael C. Lalena
  • Patent number: 10760902
    Abstract: A measurement processing device used for an x-ray inspection apparatus that detects an x-ray passing through a predetermined region of a specimen placed on a placement unit to perform an inspection on the shape of the predetermined region of the specimen includes: a setting unit that sets a three-dimensional region to be detected on the specimen; and a sliced-region selection unit that sets a plurality of sliced regions on the region to be detected, calculates, for each of the plurality of sliced regions, an amount of displacement of the predetermined region that is required to detect the region to be detected when the plurality of sliced regions is regarded as the predetermined region, and selects a sliced region for the inspection from among the plurality of sliced regions on the basis of each of the calculated amounts of displacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Nikon Corporation
    Inventors: Nobukatsu Machii, Fuminori Hayano, Akitoshi Kawai
  • Patent number: 10761016
    Abstract: A quantification device for the level of lipids and/or proteins present within hepatic tissues. The Device includes: a light source, having at least one vacuum tungsten lamp with a total power of between 0.5 and 2 watts, with a total brightness of between 1000 and 2000 lumens and a total color temperature of between 6000 and 10000 degrees Kelvin; a photosensitive sensor having a sensitivity wavelength of between 800 nm and 2450 nm, configured to capture the light emitted from the light source after diffraction within liver tissues; means for extracting a diffraction spectrum of the light according to an image captured by the photosensitive sensor; and means for analyzing the spectrum in order to determine a level of lipids and/or proteins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Institut Georges Lopez
    Inventors: Carlos Castro-Benitez, George Antoine Lopez
  • Patent number: 10751008
    Abstract: A medical imaging system for detecting ionizing radiation. The system includes one or more pixilated imagers positioned to acquire patient image data and one or more position sensors positioned to acquire patient position data. Once the patient image data and patient position data are acquired, one or more processors operably connected to each of the one or more pixilated imagers and one or more position sensors calculate a three-dimensional mass distribution based on patient image data and patient position data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: IMAGE INSIGHT, INC.
    Inventors: Eric P. Rubenstein, Peter R. Solomon, Gordon A. Drukier, Marek A. Wojtowicz, Joseph E. Cosgrove, Michael A. Serio, James R. Markham, Kenneth W. Wang, William M. Pramenko
  • Patent number: 10753847
    Abstract: A system for analyzing a fluid includes an integrated fluid-electric cabinet having a fluid compartment and an electronic compartment. The fluid compartment and an electronic compartment are separated from one another by a partition wall. The partition wall includes opposed first and second surfaces. A flow cell assembly is disposed in the fluid compartment and is configured to be mounted on the first surface side of the partition wall. A probe head assembly is disposed in the electronic compartment and is mounted on the opposed second surface side of the partitioned wall. Both of the flow cell assembly and the probe head assembly are configured to be in electro-magnetic communication with one another for elemental analysis of the fluid such that the probe head assembly utilizes an X-ray source to analyze the fluid in a static mode or in flow mode through the flow cell assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Olympus Scientific Solutions Americas Inc.
    Inventors: Gerard Colclough, Steven W. Chin, Ronald Scott Collicutt, Joel W. Kenyon, Jacob LaRocca, Ernest Moseley, Michael Murray, Alex Thurston
  • Patent number: 10747314
    Abstract: A system includes an infrared light source, an infrared camera, and a controller. The controller includes processing circuitry configured to control a pulse illumination of the infrared light source, capture a sequence of images from the infrared camera including infrared noise combined with a captured reflection of the pulse illumination, filter the infrared noise from the sequence of images based on a comparison of the captured reflection of the pulse illumination to an expected result of the pulse illumination, and track a feature of interest in the sequence of images after filtering of the infrared noise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Kai-Han Chang, Thomas A. Seder
  • Patent number: 10750597
    Abstract: A color temperature sensor assembly comprising a sensor body, a substantially dome shaped diffuser extending through an opening in the sensor body, a substantially flat diffuser disposed within the sensor body below the first diffuser, and a color temperature sensing module disposed below the flat diffuser and adapted to detect a color temperature of light collected by the dome shaped diffuser and the flat diffuser. The shape of the dome diffuser helps capture light from all angles to bring in more light to the sensor and provide more accurate readings. The secondary flat diffuser is adapted to further diffuse the light to reduce light concentration and prevent inaccurate readings. The color temperature readings from the color temperature sensor assembly may be used to control at least one lighting load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Crestron Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis Hromin, Agnieszka Libson, Benjamin Slivka
  • Patent number: 10746657
    Abstract: In a method for high-resolution scanning microscopy of a sample, provision is made of focusing of illumination radiation into an illumination spot in or on the sample and stimulating the emission of detection radiation at a sample spot that coincides with the illumination spot. The sample spot is imaged into an image that is static on a spatially resolving surface detector having pixels of a size that spatially resolve the image, wherein the imaging has a an optical imaging resolution limit. The entire sample is captured by performing a scanning movement of the illumination spot and of the coinciding sample spot over the sample in a scanning operation. An image of the sample having a resolution that is increased beyond the optical imaging resolution limit of the imaging is produced from the data of the pixels for each scanning position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss Microscopy GmbH
    Inventor: Wolfgang Bathe
  • Patent number: 10746886
    Abstract: A radiation imaging apparatus, comprising a sensor array in which a plurality of sensors capable of detecting radiation are arrayed, and a readout unit configured to read out image data from the sensor array, wherein the sensor array has, as an operation mode, a binning mode in which signals of not less than two sensors are collectively output, and the readout unit includes a correcting unit configured to correct image data read out from the sensor array irradiated with radiation, based on image data read out in the binning mode from the sensor array not irradiated with radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yuichi Naito
  • Patent number: 10744344
    Abstract: The invention relates to system and a method for adapting a radiotherapy treatment plan for treating a target structure within a target region of a patient body, where a planning unit (7) adapts the treatment plan on the basis of a set of influence parameters quantifying an influence of the radiation on the target region per unity intensity emission in accordance with an anatomical configuration of the target region. In a storage (8), a plurality of sets of influence parameters is stored, each set being associated with an image of the body region representing a particular anatomical configuration of the target region and the planning unit (7) is configured to select the set of influence parameters from the stored sets on the basis of a comparison between a captured image of the body region and at least one of the images associated with the sets of influence parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Alfonso Agatino Isola, Pedro Jorge Da Silva Rodrigues, Davide Fontanarosa
  • Patent number: 10739192
    Abstract: A controller unit for controlling an ultraviolet (UV) sensor may be excited by an excitation voltage that enables the UV sensor to detect incoming UV light. The UV sensor may provide UV detection events that may be related to the intensity of the incoming UV light. The control unit may include an excitation voltage generator, an event detector, and a controller configured to cause the excitation voltage generator to produce an excitation voltage for a cumulative excitation time that is less than 50% of the time, which may significantly increase the operational lifetime and/or reliability of a UV sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Zabel, Chad Carty, Aaron Daniels
  • Patent number: 10737117
    Abstract: A medical apparatus according to an embodiment includes an acquirer, an identifier, an output controller, a display controller, and an input operation acquirer. The acquirer acquires a fluoroscopic image of a object from an imager which performs imaging by irradiating the object with an electromagnetic wave to generate the fluoroscopic image. The identifier identifies a target position of the object in the fluoroscopic image. The output controller outputs an irradiation permission signal to a therapeutic device which irradiates the object with a therapeutic beam when the target position identified by the identifier is settled within an irradiation permission range. The display controller causes a display to display an interface image for receiving an instruction to start each of a preparation stage of a therapy and an irradiation stage of the therapeutic beam. The input operation acquirer acquires details of an input operation performed by a user in the interface image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: Shinichiro Mori, Keiko Okaya, Ryusuke Hirai, Koki Yanagawa, Fumi Maruyama, Yasushi Iseki
  • Patent number: 10739201
    Abstract: High-resolution thermopile infrared sensor array having a plurality of parallel signal processing channels for the signals of a sensor array and a digital port for serially emitting the signals. Each signal processing channel comprises at least one analog to digital converter and is assigned a memory for storing the results of the analog to digital converters. Power consumption of the infrared sensor array is reduced in the case of a sensor array with at least 16 rows and at least 16 columns, in that no more than 8 or 16 pixels are connected to a signal processing channel. The number of signal processing channels corresponds to at least 4 times the number of rows. Some of the signal processing channels are disposed in the intermediate space between the pixels and others are disposed in an outer edge region of the sensor chip surrounding the sensor array along with other electronics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Heimann Sensor GmbH
    Inventors: Jörg Schieferdecker, Bodo Forg, Michael Schnorr, Karlheinz Storck, Wilhelm Leneke, Marion Simon