Patents Examined by Michael C Bryant
  • Patent number: 11313983
    Abstract: A method for calibrating a nuclear gauge of the having a source includes providing a nuclear gauge comprising a radiation source, the radiation source being coupled with a computing system with a machine readable program stored thereon containing a calibration routine. An operator places the gauge on one or more specified blocks to adjust the source within each block to one or more specified positions to initiate a count. The method includes determining that the source is at each position before each count begins, adjusting the counting times before each count begins by the program on the nuclear gauge based on each position of the source to obtain calibration information, obtaining counts at each position, storing the counts within the computing system of the nuclear gauge, and calculating for each position calibration coefficients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Troxler Electronic Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Ernest Troxler, Dirk M. Steckmann, Donald E. Weger
  • Patent number: 11313724
    Abstract: A divided-aperture infrared spectral imaging (DAISI) system that is structured to provide identification of target chemical content in a single imaging shot based on spectrally-multiplexed operation. The system is devoid of spectral scanning acquisition of infrared (IR) spectral signatures of target content with an IR detector and does not require content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Inventors: Robert T. Kester, Nathan A. Hagen
  • Patent number: 11291419
    Abstract: Interstitial brachytherapy is a cancer treatment in which radioactive material is placed closely to the target tissue of the affected site using an afterloader (HDR-brachytherapy) or manually (LDR- and PDR-brachytherapy). For HDR-brachytherapy, the accuracy of this placement is calibrated using an external reference system that locates the radioactive material according to the radiation levels measured at locations around the source. At each of these locations, a scintillator produces light when irradiated by the radioactive material. This light is proportional to the level of radiation at each location. The light produced by each scintillator is converted to an electrical signal that is proportional to the light and the radiation level at each location. The radioactive material is located according to the plurality of electrical signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Inventors: Luis Miguel da Conceição Moutinho, Joana Isabel Ferreira dos Santos Melo
  • Patent number: 11294094
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure include arrays of motion sensors that may be used to monitor a space to determine occupancy characteristics of the space, such as whether or not the space is occupied and the number of people located within the space. The array of motion sensors may be operatively connected to one or more building system components, such as lighting and HVAC equipment and can be used for adjusting an operating condition of the building system component based on whether a space is occupied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: OSRAM SYLVANIA Inc.
    Inventors: Marijan Kostrun, Richard Garner, Anant Aggarwal
  • Patent number: 11287535
    Abstract: A PET detecting module may include a scintillator array configured to receive a radiation ray and generate optical signals in response to the received radiation ray. The scintillator array may have a plurality of rows of scintillators arranged in a first direction and a plurality of columns of scintillators arranged in a second direction. A first group of light guides may be arranged on a top surface of the scintillator array along the first direction. The light guide count of the first group of light guides may be less than the row count of the plurality of rows of scintillators. A second group of light guides may be arranged on a bottom surface of the scintillator array. The light guide count of the second group of light guides may be less than the column count of the plurality of columns of scintillators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Inventor: Ze Chen
  • Patent number: 11266362
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an X-ray detection unit for a wheelchair includes a container and an attachment portion coupled with the container. The container is configured to contain a flat X-ray detector. The attachment portion is configured to be detachably mounted to a part of the wheelchair in which a subject is seated, so that a detection plane of the X-ray detector in the container faces the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Takehiro Fukuzaki, Masaharu Soya
  • Patent number: 11262302
    Abstract: An example system for inspecting a surface includes a laser, an optical system, a gated camera, and a control system. The laser is configured to emit pulses of light, with respective wavelengths of the pulses of light varying over time. The optical system includes at least one optical element, and is configured to direct light emitted by the laser to points along a scan line one point at a time. The gated camera is configured to record a fluorescent response of the surface from light having each wavelength of a plurality of wavelengths at each point along the scan line. The control system is configured to control the gated camera such that an aperture of the gated camera is open during fluorescence of the surface but closed during exposure of the surface to light emitted by the laser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Inventors: Keith D. Humfeld, Morteza Safai
  • Patent number: 11253214
    Abstract: An apparatus for determining material property, includes: an interface configured to obtain a first HU value associated with a first image of an object, and to obtain a second HU value associated with a second image of the object, wherein the first image is created using a first energy having a first energy level, and wherein the second image is created using a second energy having a second energy level that is different from the first energy level; and a processing unit configured to determine a weighted property value for the object based at least in part on the first HU value and the second HU value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Inventors: Roni Hytonen, Timo K. Koponen, Perttu Niemela
  • Patent number: 11246266
    Abstract: An approach for controlling light exposure of a light sensitive object is described. Aspects of this approach involve using a first set of radiation sources to irradiate the object with visible radiation and infrared radiation. A second set of radiation sources spot irradiate the object in a set of locations with a target ultraviolet radiation having a range of wavelengths. Radiation sensors detect radiation reflected from the object and environment condition sensors detect conditions of the environment in which the object is located during irradiation. A controller controls irradiation of the light sensitive object by the first and second set of radiation sources according to predetermined optimal irradiation settings specified for various environmental conditions. In addition, the controller adjusts irradiation settings of the first and second set of radiation sources as a function of measurements obtained by the various sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: Sensor Electronic Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Shur, Alexander Dobrinsky, Maxim S. Shatalov, Arthur Peter Barber, III
  • Patent number: 11245860
    Abstract: A radiation therapy system is configured with fast readout of X-ray images with significantly reduced image lag. A reset phase is included in the process of acquiring an X-ray image to reduce image lag in a subsequently acquired X-ray image. During the reset phase, residual charge is concurrently transferred from multiple arrays of pixel detector elements in an X-ray detector panel. As a result, image lag present in a subsequent X-ray image is minimized or otherwise reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Inventors: Simon Keller, Daniel Morf
  • Patent number: 11235172
    Abstract: A control circuit carries out various actions to facilitate speedy user interaction involving adjustments to radiation dosing that corresponds to a particular mixed radiation treatment plan. These actions can include remixing particular multi-criteria optimization radiation treatment plans.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: Varian Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth B. Thornton
  • Patent number: 11237107
    Abstract: Disclosed is a fluorescence image analyzing apparatus including a light source that emits light to a sample including a plurality of cells labeled with a fluorescent dye at a target site, an imaging unit that captures a fluorescence image of each of the cells that emit fluorescence by being irradiated with the light, a processing unit that processes the fluorescence image captured by the imaging unit, and a display unit that displays the fluorescence image processed by the processing unit. The processing unit performs an extraction process of extracting, for each cell, a plurality of bright spots in the fluorescence image including the target site, a changing process of changing a pixel value of each of the plurality of extracted bright spots based on the pixel value of each bright spot, and a display process of displaying the fluorescence image whose pixel value is changed on the display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Inventors: Shohei Matsumoto, Shruti Sharma
  • Patent number: 11219701
    Abstract: An air sanitizer generates active airflow utilizing ultraviolet spectrum of light in the UV-C band (200-280 nm). The source of the UV-C is an array of light emitting diodes (LED) that shine the UV-C down a housing of the air sanitizer. A fan draws the contaminated air into the housing. The contaminated air is sanitized by the UV-C light inside the housing and is expelled through apertures at the other end of the housing. Leaking of the potential harmful UV-C light outside of the housing is eliminated by an optical baffle covering the apertures. The electronics design for the air sanitizer contains an LED driver with temperature compensation to optimize the service life of the LEDs. A UV light flux detector facing the UV-C LEDs measures the relative reduction of UV light flux over time and reports the efficacy of the UV-C LEDs during the operation of the air sanitizer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Science Cadets, Inc.
    Inventors: Anwesh Patnaik Sahu, Saroj Kumar Sahu
  • Patent number: 11215569
    Abstract: The present invention provides a CT triaxial test apparatus for hydrate-bearing sediment, and belongs to the technical field of fundamental physical property measurement of geotechnical engineering. In the apparatus, aiming at the defects of the invention “a visual test apparatus for mechanical characteristics of natural gas hydrate-bearing sediment”, the CT triaxial test apparatus for hydrate-bearing sediment is redesigned and optimized, on the premise of obtaining static and dynamic mechanical characteristics and creep characteristics of a hydrate reservoir, the stability of the triaxial apparatus during rotation due to scanning, the temperature control accuracy of a hydrate-bearing sample, and the X-ray penetration performance of the pressure chamber of the triaxial apparatus are improved, an optimal CT imaging effect is obtained, and powerful hardware support is provided to ascertain the reservoir deformation mechanism during hydrate decomposition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Inventors: Yongchen Song, Yanghui Li, Peng Wu, Weiguo Liu, Jiafei Zhao, Mingjun Yang, Yu Liu, Lei Yang
  • Patent number: 11215731
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a method for detecting a tampered metal item (FC), in which a non-metallic substance is concealed and which has been tampered with in such a way that the tampered metal item (FC) produces a two-dimensional X-ray image comparable to a corresponding non-tampered metal item, in two-dimensional X-ray data of an inspection object (O1, O2, O3) containing the metal item (FC), the method including (S10) determining a region containing a metal item (FC), (S20) providing an attenuation curve (D(r)) for or intensity curve (I(r)) of detected X-ray radiation along a line (L) through said metal item (FC), (S30) evaluating whether the attenuation curve (D(r)) or the intensity curve (I(r)) shows a characteristic anomaly (P1, P2) in a predetermined area, and when the attenuation curve (D(r)) or the intensity curve (I(r)) in the predetermined range shows the characteristic anomaly (P1, P2), (S40) triggering an alarm function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Inventor: Karsten Burger
  • Patent number: 11191515
    Abstract: For SPECT-based internal dose estimation, a portable detector is used to sample activity. The portable detector may selectively use far-field or near-field imaging for a SPECT scan. A camera and/or gyroscope assist in determining emission location and/or aligning activities from the different times. The time-activity curve or another dose is estimated using activities from different times where the activity for at least one time is from the portable detector, which may allow for more frequent sampling of activity and more accurate dose estimation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc
    Inventors: Alexander Hans Vija, Francesc dAssis Massanes Basi, Miesher Rodrigues
  • Patent number: 11185297
    Abstract: A detector module system for positron emission tomography including a plurality of gamma ray detector modules. Each pair of one detector module and one interconnection element includes mutually engaging locking means for releasably connecting the detector module to the interconnection element. Further each interconnection element includes locking means for releasably connecting at least two detector modules to said interconnection element. Further each of said gamma ray detector modules includes a sensor adapted to detect gamma radiation occurring from short-lived radionuclides radiating from a body and to generate a radiation output corresponding to the detected gamma radiation, and the detector module system comprises a processing circuitry adapted to receive said radiation output from each of the gamma ray detector modules and to generate a resulting radiation representation for the positron emission tomography event, based on the received radiation output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: TERAPET LTD.
    Inventors: Christina Vallgren, Marcus Palm
  • Patent number: 11181474
    Abstract: A terahertz wave signal analysis device includes a fitting processing unit 13 that fits synthetic waveforms of a plurality of normal distribution functions which differ in at least one of a center frequency, an amplitude, and a width to a frequency spectrum obtained from a terahertz wave signal and a graph generating unit 14 that generates a graph using at least one of a center frequency, an amplitude, and a width of a plurality of normal distribution functions used in the fitting as parameters, and it is possible to visualize a feature corresponding to a characteristic of a sample in the form of a graph in an easy-to-understand manner by approximating a frequency spectrum which does not clearly appear because a difference in the characteristic of the sample becomes a feature of a waveform by synthetic waveforms of a plurality of normal distribution functions in a form in which the characteristic of the sample is taken over and generating a graph on the basis of parameters of a plurality of normal distributio
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: FEMTO Deployments Inc.
    Inventors: Akira Watanabe, Tadashi Okuno, Takeji Ueda
  • Patent number: 11181471
    Abstract: Components resolved in time by a thermal desorption separator accumulate in a sample cell and are analyzed by electromagnetic radiation-based spectroscopic techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: MLS ACQ, INC.
    Inventors: Martin L. Spartz, Charles M. Phillips, Peter P. Behnke, Anthony S. Bonanno
  • Patent number: 11172906
    Abstract: A method for normalization of a positron emission tomography (PET) scanner. The PET scanner includes a plurality of blocks. Each of the plurality of blocks includes a plurality of rows. Each of the plurality of rows includes a plurality of actual detectors and an unused area. The method includes acquiring a plurality of lines of response (LORs) by scanning a normalization phantom, obtaining a plurality of actual counts by extracting a plurality of LORs subsets from the plurality of LORs and counting a number of elements in each LORs subset, generating a plurality of virtual detectors in each of the plurality of rows by assigning the unused area to the plurality of virtual detectors, generating a count profile for the plurality of actual detectors, estimating a plurality of virtual counts based on the count profile, and applying a normalization process on the plurality of blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Inventors: Mahsa Amirrashedi, Mohammad reza Ay, Saeed Sarkar, Mohammad Hossein Farahani