Patents Examined by Mark D Remaly
  • Patent number: 10863970
    Abstract: Needle guide systems for a sonography device are disclosed. The needle guide systems include both fixed and adjustable needle guides. In one embodiment, the needle guide includes a needle guide body that is rotatably mounted to a probe of a sonography device. A plurality of needle channels is disposed on a surface of the needle guide body. Each needle channel can be selectively rotated into position to guide a needle into a body of a patient at a predetermined needle insertion angle. If another needle insertion angle is desired, the needle guide is rotated to place a new needle channel defining the desired needle insertion angle into position. In another embodiment, a needle guide is disclosed and includes an extended guide feature, such as a guide cone, to assist in inserting a needle into the needle channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: C. R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin M. Oberg, Jason R. Stats, Amir Orome, Jon B. Newman, Jonathan C. Gorzitze
  • Patent number: 10864130
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention thus define a system and methods for moving a patient into a medical treatment/imaging apparatus. By appropriate use of relatively narrow guides, a bed can be held securely both prior to movement onto the apparatus and while on the apparatus. By use of relatively wide guides, the bed is allowed a degree of lateral play to ensure a smooth transition on to the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: ELEKTA LIMITED
    Inventors: Michael Lewald, Thomas Pfitzmaier
  • Patent number: 10856747
    Abstract: A method and a system for processing a heart rate (HR) in an electronic device are provided. The method includes detecting a photoplethysmography (PPG) signal, producing a first HR from the detected PPG signal, producing a second HR from the detected PPG signal, determining a resultant HR by analyzing the first HR and the second HR, and displaying the resultant HR.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jooman Han, Jongmin Choi
  • Patent number: 10842575
    Abstract: A medical robotic system comprises a memory for receiving intraoperative external image data for at least a portion of a patient anatomy. The portion of the patient anatomy includes a target anatomy, and the intraoperative external image data includes image data for the target anatomy and for an effect of a substance on the target anatomy. The system further includes a processor configured for at least semi-automatically controlling a medical instrument of the medical robotic system based on the intraoperative external image data to deliver the substance to the target anatomy through the medical instrument. The processor is further configured for determining the effect of the substance on the target anatomy. The processor is further configured for, using the determined effect, adjusting a control parameter for delivering the substance to the target anatomy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Dorin Panescu, Jonathan Michael Sorger, Prashant Chopra, Tao Zhao
  • Patent number: 10835211
    Abstract: A flow sensor arrangement (S35, S36. S37, S39, . . . ) is located on an elongated body (C1, C2, C3, . . . ) for measuring the flow of a fluid, with one or more flow sensors (S1, S2, S3, . . . ) being arranged on the elongated body (C1, C2, C3, . . . ) to measure the flow along different spatial directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: MEDYRIA AG
    Inventor: Massimo Sette
  • Patent number: 10827946
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a method for determining whether brain regions of interest having reversible or irreversible pathology. The method includes acquiring over a predetermined period of time a plurality of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) images for each brain region of interest; analyzing the MRI images to obtain quantitative measurements of the fractional anisotropy (FA) for each brain region of interest and determining that brain regions of interest have reversible pathology when the measured FA increases and then decreases over the predetermined period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: UNM Rainforest Innovations
    Inventors: Shihoko Kimura-Ohba, Laurel Sillerud
  • Patent number: 10821301
    Abstract: A system that assists in treatment includes circuitry configured to generate three-dimensional body data of a patient using data obtained from a three-dimensional measurement unit, obtain a tomographic image of the patient from a body tomographic measurement apparatus, execute an examination assist process, which aligns the three-dimensional body data with the tomographic image, execute a treatment plan assist process, which make a treatment plan that specifies a posture of the patient when treatment is performed using the tomographic image and the three-dimensional body data that are aligned with each other, and execute a treatment assist process, which outputs a treatment instruction based on the posture specified in the treatment plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignees: MIZUHO INFORMATION & RESEARCH INSTITUTE, INC., NATIONAL UNIVERSITY CORP HIROSHIMA UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Teiji Nishio, Akito Saito, Yasushi Nagata, Makiko Suitani, Daiki Hashimoto, Takeshi Nagata, Hidemasa Maekawa
  • Patent number: 10792519
    Abstract: A focused ultrasonic transducer navigation system attaches to a patient and includes a housing that contains an ultrasonic device. An alignment system moves the housing, and moves the ultrasonic device within the housing, so a focal point of ultrasonic energy from the ultrasonic device is aligned in x, y, and z planes with a target location in the patient. The alignment system realigns the focal point of the ultrasonic device with the same patient target location over multiple therapy sessions eliminating repeated use of an MRI system for repeatedly realigning the ultrasonic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: BRAINSONIX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Walter William Wurster, Michael Allen Gustafson, Elaine Patrice Pelletier, Richard Alan Waltz
  • Patent number: 10792108
    Abstract: Devices and systems are provided for tracking a position and orientation of a handheld implement, such that the handheld implement may be trackable with an overhead tracking system. A support member secures one or more markers relative to a longitudinal portion of the handheld implement, and a marker plane containing the markers is orientated an angle relative to a longitudinal axis of the longitudinal portion. A marker assembly may include a support member for supporting the markers, and a connector for removably attaching the marker assembly to one or more handheld implements. The marker assembly may be configured to be removably attachable to a plurality of connection adapters, where each connection adapter is further connectable to a handheld implement, optionally at a calibrated position, such that a single connection adapter can be optionally employed to track a plurality of handheld implements. The handheld implement may be a medical instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: 7D SURGICAL INC.
    Inventors: Victor X. D. Yang, Peter Siegler, Adrian Mariampillai, Beau Anthony Standish, Michael Leung
  • Patent number: 10791957
    Abstract: An open MRI methodology and system that allows dynamic viewing and access to a patient. In intraoperative MRI, the MRI apparatus is configured in the shape of a typical operating room, with full 360° access to the patient. The MRI apparatus encompasses the entire operating room with magnets located on or near the ceiling and floor of the operating room. The remainder of the MRI apparatus, including the control computer, and imaging monitor, may be located outside of the MRI operating room, in order to keep the operating room free of unnecessary equipment, or located inside of the MRI operating room, as desired for operability of the MRI. The patient is placed over the magnet in the floor, the only fixed location in the operating room. The operating room may contain typical operating equipment, as needed, such as cardiopulmonary bypass units, surgical navigation systems, endoscopy systems, and anesthesia carts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: FONAR Corporation
    Inventor: Raymond V. Damadian
  • Patent number: 10788558
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a method for magnetic resonance (MR) imaging comprising acquiring at least two MR images with different motion-weighting originating from a RF and gradient pulse sequence causing signal attenuation from diffusion but not flow (flow-compensated data); acquiring at least two MR images with different motion-weighting originating from a RF and gradient pulse sequence causing signal attenuation from diffusion and flow (non-compensated data); performing a model fit to the flow-compensated and non-compensated data in which at least one of the adjustable parameters are constrained to be the same for both sets of data; and obtaining quantitative information on microscopic flow by extracting at least one parameter of the intravoxel incoherent motion (IVIM) effect from the model fit, said method being directed to diffusion-perfusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: CR Development AB
    Inventors: Daniel Topgaard, Samo Lasic
  • Patent number: 10772681
    Abstract: A method to apply a nerve inhibiting cloud surrounding a blood vessel includes creating a treatment plan, wherein the treatment plan prescribes application of the nerve inhibiting cloud towards at least a majority portion of a circumference of a blood vessel wall, and applying the nerve inhibiting cloud towards the majority portion of the circumference of the blood vessel wall for a time sufficient to inhibit a function of a nerve that surrounds the blood vessel wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Utsuka Medical Devices Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Michael Gertner
  • Patent number: 10772574
    Abstract: An infrared imaging signal is generated. An image of an exit signal of the infrared imaging signal is captured. The infrared imaging signal is within a frequency band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Open Water Internet Inc.
    Inventor: Mary Lou Jepsen
  • Patent number: 10765343
    Abstract: A method of obtaining information about the position and/or orientation of a magnetic component relatively to a magnetometric detector, the magnetic component and the magnetometric detector being moveable independently from each other relatively to a static secondary magnetic field, the method comprising the steps of: measuring in the presence of the combination of both the magnetic field of the magnetic component and the static secondary magnetic field essentially simultaneously the strength and/or orientation of a magnetic field at at least a first position and a second position spatially associated with the magnetometric detector, the second position being distanced from the first position; and combining the results of the measurements to computationally eliminate the effect of the secondary magnetic field and derive the information about the position and/or orientation of the magnetic component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: eZono AG
    Inventors: Rolf Henkel, Eliseo Ventura Sobrino Patino, Robert Von Offenberg Sweeney, Allan Dunbar
  • Patent number: 10758155
    Abstract: A method of obtaining information about the position and/or orientation of a magnetic component relatively to a magnetometric detector, the magnetic component and the magnetometric detector being moveable independently from each other relatively to a static secondary magnetic field, the method comprising the steps of: measuring in the presence of the combination of both the magnetic field of the magnetic component and the static secondary magnetic field essentially simultaneously the strength and/or orientation of a magnetic field at at least a first position and a second position spatially associated with the magnetometric detector, the second position being distanced from the first position; and combining the results of the measurements to computationally eliminate the effect of the secondary magnetic field and derive the information about the position and/or orientation of the magnetic component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: eZono AG
    Inventors: Rolf Henkel, Eliseo Ventura Sobrino Patino, Robert Von Offenberg Sweeney, Allan Dunbar
  • Patent number: 10737123
    Abstract: Methods for treating and managing pain in a patient with therapeutic neuromodulation and associated systems and methods are disclosed herein. Chronic or debilitating pain can be associated, for example, with a disease or condition of the abdominal or reproductive viscera. One aspect of the present technology is directed to methods that at least partially inhibit sympathetic neural activity in nerves proximate a target blood vessel of a diseased or damaged organ of a patient experiencing pain. Targeted sympathetic nerve activity can be modulated at least along afferent pathways which can improve a measurable parameter associated with the pain of the patient The modulation can be achieved, for example, using an intravascularly positioned catheter carrying a therapeutic assembly, e.g., a therapeutic assembly configured to use electrically-induced, thermally-induced, and/or chemically-induced approaches to modulate the target sympathetic nerve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC ARDIAN LUXEMBOURG S.A.R.L.
    Inventors: Carol Sullivan, Neil Barman, Dwayne S. Yamasaki
  • Patent number: 10736696
    Abstract: A rotational position determination apparatus is configured to determine an entry rotational position, which defines a rotational position of an insertion device like a stent at an entry site, such that a navigation of the insertion device from the entry site to a target site along an inner path results in a rotational position of the insertion device at the target site being equal to a desired target rotational position based on a representation of the inner path and the desired target rotational position. If the insertion device is arranged in the determined entry rotational position at the entry site and then navigated to the target site, it is therefore not necessary to rotate the insertion device at the target site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Marcia Alves De Inda, Wilhelmus Petrus Maria Van Der Linden, Maya Ella Barley, Alessandro Guido Radaelli
  • Patent number: 10739423
    Abstract: A magnetic resonance imaging system is provided. The system includes a solenoid magnet configured to generate a static magnetic field and an annular coil assembly housed within at least a portion of the solenoid magnet. The coil assembly includes a gradient coil, wherein the annular coil assembly has an aperture formed therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Synaptive Medical (Barbados) Inc.
    Inventors: Cameron Anthony Piron, Alexander Gylers Panther, Sheryl Rae Thingvold, Chad Tyler Harris, Jeff Alan Stainsby
  • Patent number: 10709415
    Abstract: Aspects of the technology described herein relate to ultrasound imaging of lungs. An ultrasound device may be configured with a set of parameter values associated with a shallow lung imaging mode. A selection of a change in imaging depth may be received. If the selected imaging depth is greater than or equal to a threshold imaging depth, the ultrasound device may be configured with a set of parameter values associated with a deep lung imaging mode. The set of parameter values associated with the shallow lung imaging mode may be optimized for imaging lung sliding and the set of parameter values associated with the deep lung imaging mode may be optimized for imaging A lines and B lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Butterfly Network, Inc.
    Inventors: Abraham Neben, Karl Thiele, Brenda Gonyeau
  • Patent number: 10687902
    Abstract: The present invention provides a surgical navigation system including a positioning device, a processing device and a display device. The positioning device includes an auxiliary positioning assembly capable of wearing or fixing around a patient's affected part and an optics positioning assembly. The optics positioning assembly can sense the position of the auxiliary positioning assembly to form a positioning information. The processing device can receive the positioning information and integrate the positioning information with a medical image to form a navigation information, so that the navigation information is displayed on the display device through a stereoscopic image or a sectional image. Therefore, the doctor can accurately perform the relevant surgical operations on the patient's affected part through the displayed information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: EPED, Inc.
    Inventors: Ta-Ko Huang, Jerry T. Huang