Patents Examined by Max Hindenburg
  • Patent number: 10058265
    Abstract: A muscle assessment protocol can include: attaching one or more surface electromyometry (sEMG) sensors to the skin of a subject to be operably coupled with one or more muscles; operably coupling the one or more sEMG sensors to a computing system; performing the predetermined muscle activity of a muscle assessment protocol that includes a controlled activity training protocol; monitoring/recording sEMG data of the one or more muscles during the predetermined muscle activity; and providing the sEMG data to the subject such that the subject can improve muscle performance for the predetermined muscle activity by using the sEMG data. The muscle activity includes static or dynamic muscle use. The predetermined muscle activity can be provided to the subject by the computing system. System means for performing the muscle assessment protocol is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Somaxis Incorporated
    Inventors: Alexander B Grey, Violetta Georgiou, Abhishek Belani
  • Patent number: 10052087
    Abstract: A biopsy system includes a biopsy device, a control module, a control module interface, at least one wireless data communication link, and an encoder. The biopsy device is operable to capture a tissue sample and includes a reusable portion and a disposable portion. The reusable portion includes an MR compatible motor. The disposable portion is adapted to be releasably joined with the reusable portion. The control module interface is configured to provide an interface between the control module and the reusable portion of the biopsy device. The at least one wireless data communication link includes a first data link configured to permit communication of data between the reusable portion of the biopsy device and the control module interface. The encoder is operationally coupled with the MR compatible motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Devicor Medical Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Shailendra K. Parihar, Todd M. Dahling, Patrick A. Mescher, John A. Hibner, Trevor W. V. Speeg, Jessica P. Leimbach, Raj G. Raghavendran, Gavin M. Monson
  • Patent number: 10052046
    Abstract: The disclosure provides apparatus and methods of use pertaining to a measurement template for use in allograft preparation and processing. Specifically, the template may be used to measure the trochlea angle of the trochlea groove of the distal human femur. The measurement template may be formed of a flat metal plate having first and second ends, each forming a different angle designed to fit against the trochlea groove and provide an indication of the angle of the groove in relation to the angles formed by the template. The trochlea angle of the allograft may then be documented, allowing for proper matching between allograft tissue and transplant recipient physiology. The measurement template may be adapted for a variety of configurations depending on desired and/or common allograft requirements. Other embodiments are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Allosource
    Inventors: Brittany Nickolas, Christopher Mast, Todd Huft, Meghan Gabriel
  • Patent number: 10045725
    Abstract: A capillary chamber for performing chemical and physical analysis using a plurality of whole blood samples is presented. Following a loading of the whole blood samples into a plastic tube, the whole blood samples are distributed into a collection chamber and the capillary chamber has means of adding respective vaccines or similar biological products into each capillary tubes. The whole blood is then analyzed using standard microscopic techniques with sufficient resolution and contrast to record the chemical and physical properties of the blood immediately after withdrawal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Inventor: Hugh Califf
  • Patent number: 10045730
    Abstract: The disclosure provides for easy, reliable, and rapid screening of a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) based on a modeling of a subject's tracking of a dynamic target during the course of a simple motor tracking task. The gathered tracking data can be used to calculate tracking errors between the subject's actual input (e.g., grip force) and the intended target input. The tracking errors may be used to generate numerical values for model parameters that correlate the subject's responses to the tracking errors during the course of the dynamic motor tracking task. A classification model may be used to compare the model values to multi-subject model values of known diagnoses for mTBI. The entire screening process can be effectively administered in a matter of minutes or less, and with a high degree of accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: The MITRE Corporation
    Inventors: Michael S. Fine, Matthew Shields Caywood
  • Patent number: 10039461
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods are described for neuromonitoring. A minimum stimulus signal required to elicit a threshold neuromuscular response is determined by delivery of stimulus signals to tissue and detection of neuromuscular responses in muscle tissue. The strength of the delivered stimulus signals is varied, for example by adjusting the current amplitude or pulse width of the signals, and muscle responses are measure, for example by detecting EMG signals. The delivered stimuli and corresponding responses are then used to determine a stimulation threshold. The stimulation threshold may be used to indicate at least one of nerve proximity and pedicle integrity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Cadwell Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: John Cadwell
  • Patent number: 10035002
    Abstract: A guide wire (400, 500, 600, 700, 800, 900, 1000, 1200, 1300) is adapted for use in magnetic resonance imaging systems. The guide wire has a shaft region (402) and a distal tip region (404). The shaft region comprises a composite shaft (406) comprising reinforcing fibers aligned with a length extension (403) of the shaft region. The fibers extend at least partially into the distal tip region. The fibers form a taper (410) within the distal tip region. The distal tip region comprises a sensor (504, 604, 702, 704, 804, 904, 1006, 1008). The shaft comprises a cable (502, 602, 702, 704, 802, 902, 1002, 1004). The cable is connected to the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventor: Steffen Weiss
  • Patent number: 10034999
    Abstract: A variety of steerable needles, lancets, trocars, stylets, cannulas and systems are provided for examining, diagnosing, treating, or removing tissue from a patient. The steerable needles, trocars, stylets, cannulas and systems also provide a platform for delivery of target materials, such as therapeutics, biologics, polymes, glues, etc., to a target site. An embodiment of the invention includes a steerable device for use in accessing target site in a patient comprising: a steerable member adapted to penetrate tissue; and a steering mechanism adapted to be operated by a user to apply a bending force to bend the steerable member to access the target site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: PneumRx, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Mathis, David Thompson, Bruce Addis, David F. Yankelevitz
  • Patent number: 10034618
    Abstract: Single injection methods for obtaining conductance measurements within luminal organs using impedance devices. In at least one method embodiment, the method is performed by introducing at least part of an impedance device into a mammalian luminal organ, the impedance device comprising an elongated body and a detector positioned along the elongated body, obtaining conductance measurements indicative of a fluid native to the mammalian luminal organ and indicative of a fluid injection while the detector is present within and outside of the lumen of the outer sheath, and calculating a size parameter of the mammalian luminal organ based in part upon some of the obtained conductance measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: 3DT Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Ghassan S. Kassab, Mark Svendsen, John Browder
  • Patent number: 10028690
    Abstract: A biological fluid collection device that is adapted to receive a blood sample having a cellular portion and a plasma portion is disclosed. After collecting the blood sample, the biological fluid collection device is able to transfer the blood sample to a point-of-care testing device or a biological fluid separation and testing device. After transferring the blood sample, the biological fluid separation and testing device is able to separate the plasma portion from the cellular portion and analyze the blood sample and obtain test results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Craig A. Gelfand, Ashley Rachel Rothenberg, Bradley M. Wilkinson, Daniel J. Marchiarullo
  • Patent number: 10028695
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a system and method to evaluate movement disorders. A movement data aggregator can combine data from a plurality of sensors into an aggregate movement data describing multi-dimensional movement of a handheld device. A calculator to compute an indication of a movement disorder based on the movement vector data and user input data, the user input data being generated in response to physical interaction between the handheld device and a human machine interface of a computing device/machine that is separate from the handheld device. In some examples, the handheld device can communicate with computing device via a wireless interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: The Cleveland Clinic Foundation
    Inventors: Andre G. Machado, Jay L. Alberts, Cameron McIntyre, David D. Schindler
  • Patent number: 10028696
    Abstract: Methods, systems and devices for evaluating the integrity of a uterine cavity. A method comprises introducing transcervically a probe into a patient's uterine cavity, providing a flow of a fluid (e.g., CO2) through the probe into the uterine cavity and monitoring the rate of the flow to characterize the uterine cavity as perforated or non-perforated based on a change in the flow rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Minerva Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: Akos Toth, Robin Bek, Dominique Filloux
  • Patent number: 10016184
    Abstract: A biopsy system includes an elongate cannula coupled to and extending from a support structure, the cannula having a distal portion with a tissue receiving aperture in a side wall thereof, and an elongate hollow introducer sized and configured to be mounted to the support structure over the cannula. The support structure and a proximal portion of the introducer are respectively configured for providing releasable attachment of the introducer to the support structure over the cannula in a first attachment configuration, in which the distal portion of the cannula extends out an open distal end of the introducer with the tissue receiving aperture unobscured by the introducer, and in a second attachment configuration, in which the distal portion of the cannula extends out the open distal end of the introducer with the tissue receiving aperture partially obscured by the introducer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Hologic, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph Kapushion
  • Patent number: 10010251
    Abstract: An intravascular sensor delivery device for measuring a physiological parameter of a patient, such as blood pressure, within a vascular structure or passage. In some embodiments, the device can be used to measure the pressure gradient across a stenotic lesion or heart valve. For example, such a device may be used to measure fractional flow reserve (FFR) across a stenotic lesion in order to assess the severity of the lesion. The sensor delivery device has a distal sleeve configured to pass or slide over a standard medical guidewire. Some distance back from the sensor and distal sleeve, the device separates from the guidewire to permit independent control of the sensor delivery device and the guidewire. The sensor delivery device can be sized to pass over different sizes of guidewires to enable usage in coronary and peripheral arteries, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: ACIST Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Dale R. Manstrom, Amy R. Raatikka, Robert F. Wilson, Edward R. Miller, Jung Kwon Pak
  • Patent number: 10010260
    Abstract: A muscle assessment protocol can include: attaching one or more surface electromyometry (sEMG) sensors to the skin of a subject to be operably coupled with one or more muscles; operably coupling the one or more sEMG sensors to a computing system; performing the predetermined muscle activity of a muscle assessment protocol that includes a stride rate tuning protocol; monitoring/recording sEMG data of the one or more muscles during the predetermined muscle activity; and providing the sEMG data to the subject such that the subject can improve muscle performance for the predetermined muscle activity by using the sEMG data. The muscle activity includes static or dynamic muscle use. The predetermined muscle activity can be provided to the subject by the computing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: SOMAXIS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Alexander B Grey, Violetta Georgiou, Abhishek Belani
  • Patent number: 10004484
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a catheter, in particular to a balloon bearing three lumen catheter for dispensing diagnostic fluids into a body cavity and retrieving sample of the diagnostic fluid and a catheter apparatus employing same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Inventor: Paul Speiser
  • Patent number: 10004482
    Abstract: Device for sampling tear fluid that comprises: an extraction element (202) adapted to be applied on the eye to draw tear fluid therefrom, comprising at least one tube (209) and a distal portion (201) with at least one opening (207), a collection vessel (203), connected to said tube (209), suction means (210) adapted to continuously draw tear fluid from the eye to the collection vessel (203), through the extraction element (202) for a period higher than 10 minutes once the extraction element (202) is in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: OPIA TECHNOLOGIES
    Inventors: Pierre Roy, Francoise Brignole-Baudouin
  • Patent number: 9999378
    Abstract: Apparatus is disclosed for monitoring, measuring and/or estimating deviation of a body part of a vertebral mammal. The apparatus includes at least one sensor for measuring rotation of the body part relative to a first frame of reference and for providing data indicative of the rotation. The apparatus also includes a memory device adapted for storing the data and a processor adapted for processing the data to evaluate a deviation of the body part that correlates to the data. The processor may be configured to execute an algorithm for evaluating deviation of the body part. A method of monitoring, measuring and/or estimating deviation of a body part of a vertebral mammal is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: DORSAVI LTD
    Inventors: Daniel M. Ronchi, Andrew J. Ronchi, Edgar Charry, Wenzheng Hu
  • Patent number: 9999377
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatuses are provided for detecting fall events of a person. Fall events are falls that are likely to occur, are occurring, or have occurred. Fall detectors and fall detector systems detect fall events of the person. Data relating to the person are received from sensors and analyzed to perform fall detection. Data relating to the person includes accelerations and forces experience by the person, changes in body position of the person, movements of the person, and body signals and sounds of the person. Neurological tests are administered to determine levels of responsiveness and awareness of the person in response to detections. Warnings are issued, and safety measures are deployed, in response to detections. Data relating to fall events are recorded and logged. Fall event histories based upon the logged data and fall detection algorithm performance are used to improve future fall detection and prediction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Inventor: Ivan Osorio
  • Patent number: 9999744
    Abstract: A user monitoring device system includes a user monitoring device with a microphone and sensors to determine air quality, sound level/quality, light quality and ambient temperature near the user. A movement detection device detects a user's movement information. The movement detection device and the monitoring system assist to determine user sleep information and sleep behavior information. The microphone records user movement sounds detected by the movement detection device. The movement detection device is configured to cause the microphone to stop recording user movement sounds when the movement sounds are not directed to a sleep related parameter. In response to determining user sleep information or sleep behavior information the system is used for treatment of sleep or psychiatric disorders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: FITBIT, INC.
    Inventor: James Proud