Patents Examined by Mark D Remaly
  • Patent number: 10492766
    Abstract: Various embodiments include a system and method that provide support for acquiring secondary ultrasound image snapshots with primary real-time ultrasound image data. The method can include acquiring first image data at an ultrasound system in a primary acquisition mode based on primary acquisition mode imaging parameters. The method may include receiving a trigger to switch from the primary acquisition mode to a secondary acquisition mode. The method can include acquiring second image data at the ultrasound system in a secondary acquisition mode based on secondary acquisition mode imaging parameters in response to the trigger. The method may include displaying a replay cine sequence that includes the first image data and the second image data. The replay cine sequence can include a tag identifying the second image data in the replay cine sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Daniel John Buckton, Manfred Aichhorn, Peter Falkensammer, Thomas Huepf, Erwin Fosodeder
  • Patent number: 10485957
    Abstract: Described are guidewires having at least one echolucent segment, and associated apparatuses and methods. The guidewires can be combined with devices equipped with intravascular ultrasound probes and used to effectively image regions during procedures underway in the vascular environment. The echolucent segment can have one or more echogenic markers to enable detection of the segment and/or relative movement of the segment using intravascular ultrasound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Muffin Incorporated
    Inventors: Neal E. Fearnot, Peter S. McKinnis, Kem Hawkins
  • Patent number: 10485445
    Abstract: There is provided a device arranged to couple electromagnetic-imaging radiation from a source medium into an electromagnetic-imaging target, the device comprising a first supporting component having a thickness no greater than a wavelength of the electromagnetic-imaging radiation. The first supporting component supports a planar array of first conducting elements, wherein each first conducting element has a first dimension no greater than a first wavelength of the electromagnetic-imaging radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Medical Wireless Sensing Ltd
    Inventors: George Palikaras, Efthymios Kallos
  • Patent number: 10485510
    Abstract: A processor acquires image data from a medical imaging system. The processor generates a first model from the image data. The processor generates a computational model which includes cardiac electrophysiology and cardiac mechanics estimated from the first model. The processor performs tests on the computational model to determine outcomes for therapies. The processor overlays the outcome on an interventional image. Using interventional imaging, the first heart model may be updated/overlaid during the therapy to visualize its effect on a patient's heart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare GmbH
    Inventors: Tommaso Mansi, Tiziano Passerini, Bogdan Georgescu, Ali Kamen, Helene C. Houle, Alexander Brost, Dorin Comaniciu
  • Patent number: 10478137
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes a first imaging modality (1021), a second imaging modality (1022), wherein the first and second imaging modalities are in alignment with scanning zones for scanning an object or subject, and a third imaging modality (102N) which is selectively moveable between a first location (114) in which the third imaging modality is in alignment with the scanning zones for scanning the object or subject and a second location (122) in which the third imaging modality is outside of alignment with the scanning zones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Jinling Liu, Steven John Plummer, Dawn Barile, Krassimir Todorov Krastev, Johannes Balthasar Maria Soetens
  • Patent number: 10478154
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for ultrasound imaging using ultrasound sensor elements comprising thin film transistors. Specifically, ultrasound elements for use in a two dimensional array of ultrasound elements, two dimensional arrays of ultrasound elements, ultrasound sensor element array assemblies, ultrasound imaging devices and methods of performing an ultrasound scan using a two dimensional array of ultrasound elements. A sensor element comprises: an ultrasound transducer, a transmit circuit configured to provide an electrical signal to the transducer for output of an ultrasound signal; and a receive circuit configured to receive an electrical signal from the transducer, based on a received reflected ultrasound signal, wherein the transmit and receive circuits each comprise one or more thin film transistors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Christopher James Brown, Michael Robert Prior-Jones, Benjamin James Hadwen
  • Patent number: 10463324
    Abstract: A photon-counting system includes photon-counting detectors that output photon-counting signals to indicate a number of photons impinging on the photon-counting detectors. The system also includes analog-to-digital conversion circuits, which convert one of the photon-counting signals into a digital photon-counting signals, and a processor that processes the digital photon-counting signals to extract information from the photon-counting signals. The information extracted can include a photon-counting rate. An intelligent multiplexer that, based on the photon-counting rate, modifies interconnection of the photon-counting detectors and analog-to-digital conversion circuits and provides digital photon-counting signals for a selected set of the analog-to-digital converters to the processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel Gagnon, Gin Chung Wang
  • Patent number: 10458903
    Abstract: A gas measurement detector includes first and second sources emitting mid- and near-infrared electromagnetic radiation respectively; source optics combining mid- and near-infrared electromagnetic radiation emitted by the first and second sources into a coaxial beam directed across a flow path of a flow of breathable gas; sensor optics dividing electromagnetic radiation in the coaxial beam that has traversed the flow path into first radiation that includes mid-infrared electromagnetic radiation and second radiation that includes near-infrared electromagnetic radiation; first and second radiation sensors generating output signals conveying information related to a parameter of the mid-infrared electromagnetic radiation in the first radiation and a parameter of the near-infrared electromagnetic radiation in the second radiation, respectively; and a processor determining a level of a gaseous molecular species based on the output signals with the output signals generated by the second radiation sensor compensating
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Zhi-Xing Jiang, Anthony Pierry
  • Patent number: 10426403
    Abstract: A method of testing for specificity and strength of an allergic reaction is performed by penetrating the skin of an individual with the microneedle array comprising a plurality of epitopes and determining the response of the skin to the allergens. The response can be measured with a thermal imaging device. Analysis, and optionally treatment, can be provided to the individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: The Board of Trustees of The Leland Stanford Junior University
    Inventors: Manish J. Butte, Jayakumar Rajadas
  • Patent number: 10426975
    Abstract: A therapy planning system (10) includes at least one processor (74, 72) programmed to receive an initial elasticity image of the target generated prior to execution of a fraction of a treatment plan for the target. The target is delinated in the initial elasticity image to segment the initial elasticity image. One or more elasticity images of the target generated during and/or after execution of the fraction are received and delineated to segment the elasticity images. The segmentation of the initial elasticity image is compared against the segmentations of the additional elasticity images to identify motion of the target and/or changes of the target. Based on the comparison, the treatment plan is updated and/or execution of the fraction is controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventor: Shyam Bharat
  • Patent number: 10426439
    Abstract: A probe irradiates an ultrasound wave to an object to induce a shear wave and first elasticity information is obtained according to a first calculating scheme. An internal region of interest of the object is set based on shear modulus values included in the first elasticity information. Second elasticity information is obtained based on the shear wave induced to the internal region of interest, according to a second calculating scheme. Accurate elasticity information is acquired by using the first and second elasticity information to obtain third elasticity information from which an elastography image is generated for display to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Dong-geon Kong, Jun-ho Park, Ji-young Park, Hyoung-ki Lee, Ki-wan Choi
  • Patent number: 10405835
    Abstract: The present invention relates to ultrasound imaging systems and methods, more particularly, to ultrasound imaging systems and methods for a multi-plane acquisition for single- or bi-plane real-time imaging modes suitable for ultrasound imaging applications, such as quantification of tumor blood flow and tumor fractional blood volume. An ultrasound imaging apparatus can determine a plurality of image planes to scan through a region of interest, acquire echo information corresponding to each of the image planes, generate image information for each of the image planes, store the image information corresponding to each of the image planes; and display an ultrasound image comprising the region of interest, wherein the ultrasound image is rendered from generated image information for a selected image plane of the plurality of image planes or a bi-plane that is at angle to the plurality of image planes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Thomas Patrice Jean Arsene Gauthier, Lars Jonas Olsson
  • Patent number: 10383687
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system (100) for combined ablation and ultrasound imaging of associated tissue (40), which is particularly useful for use in an ablation process. The system comprises an interventional device (20) with an ultrasound transducer and an ablation unit. During an ablation process, the interventional device (20) can be applied for both ablation and imaging of the tissue (40) subject to the ablation. A controlling unit (CTRL) is further comprised within the system, and arranged to calculate a predictor value based on one or more signals from the ultrasound transducer, where the predictor value relates to a risk of impending tissue damage due to a rapid release of bubble energy. According to a specific embodiment, a primary signal is sent if the predictor value exceeds a threshold value, so that proper measures can be taken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Godefridus Antonius Harks, Szabolcs Deladi, Jan Frederik Suijver, Maya Ella Barley, Edwin Gerardus Johannus Maria Bongers
  • Patent number: 10383654
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for performing navigation-assisted medical procedures such as biopsies, surgeries and pathology procedures by obtaining location information of an item of interest located within at least a portion of a subject; sensing position information of a moveable device; determining a relative position of the moveable device to the item of interest using the location information of the item of interest and the position information of the moveable device; and providing feedback based on the relative position of the moveable device to the item of interest that can be used to change the relative position of the moveable device to the item of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Ohio State Innovation Foundation
    Inventors: Alper Yilmaz, Edward W. Martin, Stephen P. Povoski, Charles L. Hitchcock, Enver Ozer, Ronald Xu
  • Patent number: 10389340
    Abstract: A delay circuit and an ultrasonic imaging apparatus with the higher-accuracy delay time, the longer maximum delay time, and the lower power consumption are provided. An input line to which an analog input signal is input, a plurality of analog signal memory devices, an output line, a plurality of sampling switches that control connection/disconnection between the input line and the plurality of analog signal memory devices, a plurality of output switches that control connection/disconnection between the plurality of analog signal memory devices and the output line, and a clock generation part that generates sampling switch control signals for controlling the sampling switches and output switch control signals for controlling the output switches are provided, and phase of the sampling switch control signals may be shifted with respect to phase of the output switch control signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: HITACHI, LTD.
    Inventor: Tatsuo Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 10376217
    Abstract: A positioning unit includes a projector and a control unit and enables a particularly quick and precise positioning of a patient. In an embodiment, the control unit affects a control of the projector as a function of a protocol for a recording of an image of the patient such that the positioning unit is designed for the planar projection of a figure as a positioning aid on the patient couch. An immediately apparent area on the patient couch is then specified by the figure projected in a planar fashion, relative to which the patient can be positioned. The control unit can be used both to temporally control the projection process and also to control the figurative properties of the positioning aid. Furthermore, the control unit can include a device for calculating a control signal so that the control unit brings about control of the projector with the control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Bernhard Schmidt, Martin Sedlmair
  • Patent number: 10376239
    Abstract: Provided are an ultrasound imaging apparatus and a method of processing an ultrasound image. The ultrasound imaging apparatus includes a display configured to display a moving image consisting of a plurality of ultrasound images that are played back according to a time order together with at least one icon, corresponding to at least one piece of change information for changing a display of at least one of the plurality of ultrasound images, in association with the time order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG MEDISON CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tae-jin Park, Dae-woong Kang, Yea-chan Choi
  • Patent number: 10376234
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and an ultrasonic imaging apparatus (20) for imaging a specular object (such as a biopsy needle) and a target anatomy in a tissue, whereby the specular object remains visible even when its location deviates from a target plane (21) including the target anatomy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Francois Guy Gerard Marie Vignon, Jin Chang, Allison Arden Daniels, Ameet Kumar Jain
  • Patent number: 10368831
    Abstract: The present invention provides improved methods and systems for generating enhanced images of a volume of tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Delphinus Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Nebojsa Duric, Peter J. Littrup, Gursharan Singh Sandhu, Mark Krycia, Mark Sak
  • Patent number: 10354438
    Abstract: Functional and anatomical information are combined in medical imaging. The functional information is treated as a light source illuminating surrounding anatomy, not just along a viewing direction. As a result, rendered images of the anatomy include highlighting or visual lighting queues showing locations of biological activity using global illumination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare GmbH
    Inventors: Klaus Engel, James Williams