Patents Examined by Marcus H Taningco
  • Patent number: 11073485
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure include an extended length core sample scanning apparatus that enables the imaging of extended length core samples using medical-type CT scanners. The extended length core sample scanning apparatus has a frame that defines a U-shaped receptacle that receives core housing containing the core sample when the core sample is placed in a CT scanner. The extended length core sample scanning apparatus may have two or more rollers located in the U-shaped receptacle to enable translation of the extended length core sample through a CT scanner during scanning. The rollers may also provide for a minimum clearance between the core housing and the walls of the U-shaped receptacle. Methods of imaging an extended length core sample are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Sinan Caliskan, Abdullah Shebatalhamd
  • Patent number: 11065475
    Abstract: A system and method include acquisition of a set of tomographic images of a patient volume associated with each of a plurality of timepoints of a first radiopharmaceutical therapy cycle, determination, for each of the plurality of timepoints, of a systematic uncertainty for each of a plurality of regions within the patient volume based on the set of tomographic images associated with the timepoint, determination, for each of the plurality of timepoints, of a quantitative statistical uncertainty based on the set of tomographic images associated with the timepoint, determination of a dose and a dose uncertainty for each of the plurality of regions based on the set of tomographic images, the systematic uncertainty and the quantitative statistical uncertainty for each of the plurality of timepoints, and display of a cumulative dose and cumulative dose uncertainty for each of the plurality of regions based on the dose and the dose uncertainty determined for each of the plurality of regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Michal Cachovan, Alexander Hans Vija
  • Patent number: 11045666
    Abstract: A particle therapy system includes a particle accelerator for generating a charged particle beam, a beam delivery device, a beam transport system for transporting the beam from the particle accelerator to the beam delivery device, and a supporting device for supporting a subject. The beam delivery device is rotatable around the target and with respect to the supporting device, so as to be able to deliver the beam to the target according to a plurality of irradiation angles. The system also includes a controller configured to make the beam delivery device rotate at a beam-on speed and meanwhile to irradiate the target with the beam. The controller is configured to make the beam delivery device rotate at at least two different beam-on speeds with respect to the supporting device, a first speed corresponding to a first irradiation angle and a second speed corresponding to a second irradiation angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Ion Beam Applications S.A.
    Inventors: Vincent Bossier, Yves Claereboudt, Guillaume Janssens, Olivier De Wilde, David Vangeenberghe
  • Patent number: 11047732
    Abstract: An electromagnetic wave detection device comprising a support body having one surface to be irradiated with an electromagnetic wave, at least one electromagnetic wave detection element provided on the support body, and at least one waveguide structure each of which is supported on the support body, has a first aperture opened to a side of the one surface of the support body, and forms a waveguide that narrows in a direction away from the one surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Inventor: Hideki Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 11047995
    Abstract: A radiation imaging apparatus includes a pixel array arranged with a plurality of pixels including conversion units configured to convert radiation into charges and accumulate the charges, a bias line connected to the conversion units of the plurality of pixels, a bias circuit configured to supply a bias potential to the bias line and detect a current flowing in the bias line, a noise reduction circuit configured to reduce, separately from the bias circuit, noise included in the bias potential from the bias circuit, and a switch configured to connect the noise reduction circuit to the bias line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Yagi, Yutaka Ishinari, Kai Suzuki, Yuki Iwabuchi, Yoshiaki Ishii
  • Patent number: 11044423
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an infrared (IR) imaging system for determining a concentration of a target species in an object is disclosed. The imaging system can include an optical system including an optical focal plane array (FPA) unit. The optical system can have components defining at least two optical channels thereof, said at least two optical channels being spatially and spectrally different from one another. Each of the at least two optical channels can be positioned to transfer IR radiation incident on the optical system towards the optical FPA. The system can include a processing unit containing a processor that can be configured to acquire multispectral optical data representing said target species from the IR radiation received at the optical FPA. Said optical system and said processing unit can be contained together in a data acquisition and processing module configured to be worn or carried by a person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Inventor: Robert Timothy Kester
  • Patent number: 11033759
    Abstract: Provided are a radiotherapy device and system. The device includes: a fixed machine frame, a rotary machine frame, an imaging device and a treatment couch disposed on a side of the fixed machine frame. The treatment couch can move away from or close to the fixed machine frame along a first direction. The rotary machine frame is rotatably connected to the fixed machine frame provided with a treatment source; and the imaging device includes a ray emitter and a detector which are disposed oppositely, the ray emitter and/or the detector are/is disposed on the fixed machine frame, and rays emitted by the ray emitter are received by the detector after passing the affected part of patient, for capturing images of the affected part of the patient. The imaging device and the radiotherapy device are integrally designed, thereby effectively improving the locating accuracy of radiotherapy device, and improving effects of radiotherapy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Inventors: Haifeng Liu, Peng Zan
  • Patent number: 11027911
    Abstract: A handheld aerosol-generating device may include an emitter configured to emit light, a sensor configured to receive light, and an aerosol chamber configured to hold an aerosol. The emitter may emit light into the aerosol chamber. The sensor may receive light from the aerosol chamber and measure at least one wavelength of the spectrum of the received light. Direct measurement of parameters, and/or the presence, of the aerosol in the aerosol chamber may be enabled, where the direct measurement of parameters of the aerosol in the aerosol chamber may enable optimal operation of an aerosol-generating system that may be the handheld aerosol-generating device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventor: Michel Bessant
  • Patent number: 11011341
    Abstract: Some embodiments include a system, comprising: an electron source configured to generate an electron beam along an axis; and a transmission target configured to receive the electron beam, the transmission target, comprising a target material having a surface disposed to receive the electron beam; wherein a majority of the surface is disposed at an angle relative to the axis different from 89 to 91 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Varex Imaging Corporation
    Inventors: Andrey V. Mishin, Levi Madden, Irina Balantceva
  • Patent number: 11009611
    Abstract: A radiation detection system may include a radiation source, and a surface plasmon resonance (SPR) radiation detector. The SPR radiation detector may include a structure, a surface plasmon support material on portions of the structure and configured to receive radiation from the radiation source that initiates a surface plasmon at an interface between the structure and the surface plasmon support material, and a probing device coupled to the structure and configured to detect the surface plasmon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Inventors: Susanne M. Lee, Madison A. Young, Erin K. Sharma
  • Patent number: 11000251
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a CT imaging system as well as a method for CT imaging is provided. For CT imaging, in practice a scout scan and a main scan of a human subject may be performed. It has been found that a detector signal, provided by a detector which detects the X-ray radiation during the scout scan, may be used on the one hand for determining a respective scout image and on the other hand to determine the bone mineral density of the human subject. Although the scout scan is usually primarily performed for determining the scout image, it is of advantage, if the detector used for detecting the X-ray radiation during the scout scan is formed and/or configured to detect X-ray radiation of a first energy spectrum and to detect X-ray radiation of a different, second energy spectrum. In this case, the detector can provide more precise information about the scout region of the human subject and resulting therefrom in a more precise determination of the bone mineral density.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Inventors: Roland Proksa, Frank Josef Pfeiffer, Peter Benjamin Theodor Noel, Thomas Baum
  • Patent number: 11000248
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for dual energy imaging. In one embodiment, a method comprises controlling an x-ray source with a first voltage to generate x-rays at a first energy, controlling the x-ray source with a second voltage to generate x-rays at a second energy lower than the first energy, and controlling a current of the x-ray source to peak above a target current when a voltage of the x-ray source is transitioning from the first voltage to the second voltage. In this way, the duration for transitioning from the first voltage to the second voltage is reduced, thereby enabling faster voltage switching of the x-ray source, improved energy separation in acquired projection data, and improved image quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Inventors: Aurelien Gadenne, Benoit Grigis, Jean-Fran├žois Larroux, Elie Herve
  • Patent number: 10994033
    Abstract: The invention relates to water soluble 18F-prosthetic groups and the synthesis and use 18F-labeled biological molecules containing the 18F-prosthetic groups for imaging various processes within the body, for detecting the location of molecules associated with disease pathology, and for monitoring disease progression are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Inventors: David Donnelly, David K. Leung
  • Patent number: 10983010
    Abstract: The present disclosure is an infrared sensor capable of being integrated into a IR focal plane array. It includes of a CMOS based readout circuit with preamplification, noise filtering, and row/column address control. Using either a microbolometer device structure with either a thermal sensing element of vanadium oxide or amorphous silicon, a nanocomposite is fabricated on top of either of these materials comprising aligned or unaligned carbon nanotube films with IR transmissive layer of silicon nitride followed by one to five monolayers of graphene. These layers are connected in series minimizing the noise sources and enhancing the NEDT of each film. The resulting IR sensor is capable of NEDT of less than 1 mK. The wavelength response is from 2 to 12 microns. The approach is low cost using a process that takes advantage of the economies of scale of wafer level CMOS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Magnolia Optical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ashok K. Sood, Elwood J. Egerton
  • Patent number: 10973476
    Abstract: A radiation detection device includes: a radiation detection panel; a housing in which the radiation detection panel is housed; a support member that is disposed between a surface of the radiation detection panel on a side opposite to a radiation incidence side and an inner surface of the housing; a plurality of columnar first protruding portions that are formed on a surface of the support member on an opposite side to a surface of the support member on a side of the radiation detection panel; and a second protruding portion that is formed at other region of the surface of the support member on the opposite side than regions of the surface of the support member on the opposite side at which the first protruding portions are formed as defined herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Hisatsugu Horiuchi, Shinsuke Noguchi, Masateru Tateishi
  • Patent number: 10969501
    Abstract: A radiation imaging apparatus is provided. Each pixel includes a signal generation unit configured to generate a pixel signal, a reset unit configured to cause the signal generation unit to generate an offset signal by resetting the signal generation unit to a state before the accumulation of charges, and a holding unit. The apparatus comprises a control unit configured to control each pixel to generate the pixel signal and the offset signal in every frame period and hold the pixel signal and the offset signal in the holding unit; and a readout unit configured to read out, from the holding unit, the offset signal generated in a frame period and the pixel signal generated in accordance with charges accumulated subsequently to the generation of the offset signal, and calculate a difference between the readout offset signal and pixel signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Inventor: Kazumasa Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 10952690
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are an X-ray input apparatus capable of exactly reflecting an operator's intention to perform calibration control, an X-ray imaging apparatus including the X-ray input apparatus, and a method of controlling the X-ray input apparatus. In accordance with an aspect of the present disclosure, an X-ray input apparatus comprises a body configured to be accommodated in a holder of an X-ray imaging apparatus. The apparatus also includes a touch sensor disposed on an outer circumferential surface of the body and configured to sense a touch. The apparatus also includes a radiation button disposed on a top of the body and configured to receive a control command from an operator. The apparatus also includes an input controller configured to perform calibration control when the body is accommodated in the holder, thereby deciding a capacitance threshold value of the touch sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Myeong Je Kim
  • Patent number: 10948430
    Abstract: A method for determining a CT system parameter: controlling a mould body to move between an X-ray source and a detection surface of a detector, and acquiring X-ray projections of the mould body during movement on the detection surface, wherein the mould body has a first plane and a second plane perpendicular to each other, and the first plane and the second plane are always perpendicular to the detection surface during the movement of the mould body; determining a first straight line and a second straight line according to the acquired X-ray projections; and determining an intersection point of the first straight line and the second straight line as a pedal coordinate of a focus of the X-ray source on the detection surface, a CT coordinate system parameter including the coordinates of the foot of the perpendicular.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Inventors: Hao Yan, Wen Wang, Jinsheng Li
  • Patent number: 10948428
    Abstract: A method of computed tomography includes illuminating an object with a cone of illumination, wherein the object is between a source of the cone of illumination and a two-dimensional photo-detector array. The method includes shielding the photodetector array from the collimator shield that includes a slit defined therethrough and moving the slit of the collimator shield across the photodetector array in a direction perpendicular to the slit to expose the photodetector array to the cone of illumination through the slit as the slit scans across the photodetector array to acquire a two-dimensional image of the object. The method includes rotating the object to a new rotational position and repeating movement of the slit to expose the photodetector and rotating the object along the axis until the object has been imaged from multiple rotational positions to form a three-dimensional model of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Delavan Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Ocken, Joel A. Mohnacky
  • Patent number: 10942160
    Abstract: A system and a method are provided for calculating the cetane number, pour point, cloud point, aniline point, aromaticity, and/or octane number of a gas oil or naphtha fraction of a crude oil from the density and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) of a sample of the crude oil, without first distilling the crude oil into the gas oil or naphtha fraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Inventors: Omer Refa Koseoglu, Adnan Al-Hajji, Amer A. Al-Tuwailib