Patents Examined by Michael C Stout
  • Patent number: 10126219
    Abstract: Method and system for real time characterization of soft materials and biological tissues based on nonlinear properties with application in biological tissues diagnostics, robotic assisted surgery, tele-surgery, robotics and minimally invasive surgery is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Inventor: Ali Shabram
  • Patent number: 10092276
    Abstract: Among other things, there is disclosed a biopsy needle system in which the needle is capable of obtaining more than one length of sample. Generally, the needle includes an inner stylet, an outer cannula, and a handle connected to the stylet and cannula. The stylet has a notch that is extendable from the cannula to accommodate a tissue sample. An insert member is provided for attachment to the handle to make the amount of exposed notch smaller. Consequently, when the insert member is not attached to the handle, the needle can obtain a larger sample of tissue, and when the insert member is attached to the handle, the needle can obtain a smaller sample of tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Thomas W. McGhie
  • Patent number: 10070809
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for non-invasively measuring blood glucose levels in a biological sample based on spectral data. This includes utilizing at least one light source configured to strike a target area of a sample, utilizing at least one light filter positioned to receive light transmitted through the target area of the sample from the at least one light source, utilizing at least one light detector positioned to receive light from the at least one light source and filtered by the at least one light filter, and to generate an output signal, having a time dependent current, which is indicative of the power of light detected, receiving the output signal from the at least one light detector with a processor, calculating the attenuance attributable to blood with a ratio factor based on the received output signal, and determining a blood glucose level based on the calculated attenuance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: St. Louis Medical Devices, Inc.
    Inventor: Zhi Xu
  • Patent number: 10070682
    Abstract: A method for measurements of parameters characterizing human motor activity provides registration of signals generated by load sensors mounted in shoe insoles, with each insole having at least two load sensors, one mounted near the heel, and the other near the toe of the foot. The specific type of motor activity is determined based on temporal correlation of load sensor signals from both insoles and values thereof. Person's weight, including additionally carried weight, is determined by summing up signal values from said load sensors, with the specific type of motor activity considered; thereafter, person's motor stress is determined based on specified type of motor activity and person's weight, including additionally carried weight. The method enables a real-time monitoring of motor stress of a person at different types of motor activity, e.g. running, walking at different pace, standing, with person's weight, including additionally carried weight, taken into consideration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Healbe Corporation
    Inventors: Mikhail S. Rubin, Igor L. Misjuchenko, Oleg M. Gerasimov, Evgeniy L. Sokolov
  • Patent number: 10064608
    Abstract: A biopsy needle for collecting a tissue specimen includes an outer cannula that is at least partially received within a handle housing and an inner tube received within the outer cannula and configured to receive a stylet. A snare coil is attached between the inner tube and the outer cannula and a movable base is disposed within the handle housing. The outer cannula is fixedly coupled to the base and the movable base is axially movable within the handle housing. An inner driven structure that is coupled to the inner tube is configured to travel axially across an upper surface of the movable base. The coupling between the inner driven structure and the inner tube is such that the axial driving of the inner driven structure imparts rotation to the inner tube relative to the outer cannula.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Inventors: Alec Goldenberg, Paul Hendrixson, Paul Gianneschi
  • Patent number: 10064606
    Abstract: A collection apparatus having an open central retaining member retaining a frustum-shaped cap at one end with a collection vial removably affixed to the frustum-shaped cap. The open central retaining member also retains within it a capsule retaining member into which a frangible capsule retaining a sample preservative if retained. The seal is broken and specimen preservative flows over a collection swab, with the frustum-shaped cap serving as a closing member and an interior wall of the collection vial serving as a closing member at an opposite end of the open central retaining member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Inventors: Kevin Gregg Williams, Bryan Tapocik, Gregory W. Fitch, William Michael Phillips
  • Patent number: 10052064
    Abstract: An edema monitor uses patient-specific measurements of tissue conductivity and tissue perfusion and an empirically developed perfusion coefficient of thermal conductivity to obtain tissue intravascular water and tissue extravacular water components of tissue total water. Edema is an excess of tissue extravacular water. A value for edema is obtained by deducting from the obtained value for tissue extravacular water a normal value for tissue extravacular water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Thermal Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: H. Frederick Bowman
  • Patent number: 10041929
    Abstract: Method for Controlling Electrodes for Bio-impedance Measurements and Apparatus for Bio-impedance Measurements There is provided a control circuit for electrodes in a bio-impedance measurement system, the bio-impedance measurement system comprising screening current injecting electrodes and measuring current injecting electrodes, the control circuit comprising: a current generator for connection to at least one screening current injecting electrode; and an measuring signal output configured to establish a measuring potential between the measuring current injecting electrodes, wherein the control circuit is configured such that the measuring potential is dependent on a measure of a potential difference resulting from the screening current. The control circuit uses the value of the potential resulting from the screening current to determine the potential difference between the measuring current injecting electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: BONE VITAE SA
    Inventors: Marcin Pawel Just, Michal Hugo Tyc, Przemyslaw Los
  • Patent number: 10034659
    Abstract: The present invention provides a device that allows the collection of urine samples in patients who are not self-sufficient, providing a simple method to operate both for the patient and for the health personnel. The device is equipped with a primary collection system and a secondary collection system, which allows to obtain a complete sample of urine that can be transported for further analysis in the laboratory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Inventors: Andrea Siller Gonzalez, Adriana Torres Flores, Alicia De Hoyos Reyes, Ramses Galaz Mendez
  • Patent number: 10036709
    Abstract: A handheld medical device is configured to illuminate a test strip inserted therein and may include a housing having a port configured to receive a test strip. A circuit board may be mounted inside the housing. A measurement module may be mounted to the circuit board and may be cooperatively operable with the test strip inserted into the port to measure a sample of fluid residing on the test strip. The circuit board faces an opposing top surface of the test strip inserted into the port. A light source may be mounted on the circuit board and operable to emit light substantially perpendicular to the opposing top surface of the test strip inserted into the port. The light source may project the light along an optical axis substantially perpendicular to the opposing top surface of the test strip and illuminate an area surrounding a dosing end of the test strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Roche Diabetes Care, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert E. Carter, Matthew C. Sauers
  • Patent number: 10028658
    Abstract: A system for transmitting a temperature of a patient to an electronic medical record associated with the patient includes a thermometer with a digital display that is configured to display a temperature value associated with the temperature signal and at least one error-checking value. The system also includes a handheld imaging device including a camera to capture an image of the digital display of the thermometer, a processor to extract the text in the image using optical character recognition, and perform an error-check on the temperature value using the at least one error-checking value in the image, and to transmit the patient's identification number and temperature to an electronic medical record system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: WELCH ALLYN, INC.
    Inventors: Ynjiun Paul Wang, Chee Keen Lai, Jeffrey H. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 10028679
    Abstract: Mouth guards and related systems and methods for determining linear and angular accelerations of the head of a subject. A plurality of accelerometers are operatively associated with the mouth guard and spaced from one another about the mouth guard. The accelerometers produce outputs indicative of the linear and angular acceleration of the mouth guard. Optionally, the mouth guard can be used in conjunction with a helmet that is provided with a plurality of accelerometers spaced about the helmet. In use, the outputs of the accelerometers of the helmet can be correlated to the outputs of the accelerometers of the mouth guard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: University of Alaska Anchorage
    Inventors: Anthony J. Paris, Jens Munk
  • Patent number: 10022069
    Abstract: An apparatus (20) for automatically measuring an anatomical angle of a body, the apparatus (20) comprising aligning means (23) for aligning an axis (22) of the apparatus (20) with anatomical landmarks of the body, sensing means (30) for sensing an orientation of the axis (22) while the axis is aligned with the landmarks, and processing means (40) for processing the sensed orientation. The sensing means (30) comprises a magnetometer (32) and an accelerometer (31), and the aligning means comprises a pair of lasers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Inventor: Hayley Warren
  • Patent number: 10016132
    Abstract: Glaucoma is the second most common cause of blindness in the global world. It is a multifactorial disease with several risk factors, of which intraocular pressure (IOP) is the most important. IOP measurements are used for glaucoma diagnosis and patient monitoring. IOP has wide diurnal fluctuation, and is dependent on body posture, so the occasional measurements done by the eye care expert in clinic can be misleading. We provide an implantable sensor, based on microfluidic principles, which in one example has 1 mmHg limit of detection, high sensitivity and excellent reproducibility. This sensor has an optical interface, which enables IOP to be read with, for example, a cell phone camera. The design, fabrication, along with the option of self-monitoring are promising steps toward better patient care and treatment for this devastating disease.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University
    Inventors: Yosef Mandel, Ismail E Araci, Stephen R Quake
  • Patent number: 10010380
    Abstract: Methods for localizing a biopsy site are disclosed. The method includes taking a tissue sample from a biopsy site and positioning a detectable, bioabsorbable element at the biopsy site at the time that the tissue sample was taken. The tissue sample is then tested. The biopsy site is then relocated by finding the bioabsorbable element. The bioabsorbable element may be made of collagen, gelatin, cellulose, polylactic acid, and/or polyglycolic acid. The detectable bioabsorbable element may be relocated using ultrasound or mammography. The bioabsorbable element may also swell upon contact with body fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Devicor Medical Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard E. Fulton, William Richard Dubrul
  • Patent number: 9999533
    Abstract: Systems and methods for effecting bariatric procedures are disclosed. Each system includes an instrument, a control valve and, optionally, a suction controller. The instrument is in the form of an elongated, flexible sizing tube having a distal end portion including a plurality of apertures. The control valve enables suction to be applied to the patient's stomach via the apertures to drain gastric fluids and to bring adjacent portions of the patient's stomach into engagement with the sizing tube to provide a visually perceptible delineation line along which a portion of the stomach may be resected, sealed and tested.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Boehringer Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher L. Radl, Trevor Smith, John Karpowicz, Allison Lloyd
  • Patent number: 9999391
    Abstract: A wearable electromyogram sensor system is provided. The wearable electromyogram sensor system includes: an elastic band having a plurality of electrodes; an electromyogram sensor including an electrode connected to an electrode of the band so as to receive a bio-signal related to contraction of a muscle, and configured to sense a change of motion information through the bio-signal or previously sense the change of the motion information before the motion information is changed; and a fixing unit fixing the electromyogram sensor to the band. The electrode of the electromyogram sensor is connected to an electrode at an arbitrary position of the band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Korea Institute of Science and Technology
    Inventors: Keehoon Kim, Sin-Jung Kim, Min Kyu Kim
  • Patent number: 9987468
    Abstract: A device for penetrating tissue with reduced force and placing a guidewire is provided. The device includes a driving actuator generating reciprocating motion. A penetrating member having a lumen dimensioned to accommodate a guidewire is provided. A coupler mechanically connects the driving actuator and the penetrating member to transfer the reciprocating motion to the penetrating member. The penetrating member may be coaxial or axially offset from the driving actuator. At least one frictional member facilitates the movement of the guidewire through the lumen for placement at the target tissue. The frictional member(s) may be operated manually or by a guidewire actuator. A housing may also be provided including a channel also dimensioned to accommodate the guidewire, and may further include the frictional member(s) for facilitating movement of the guidewire. The channel and lumen are aligned to permit placement of the guidewire at the target site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Actuated Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger B Bagwell, Ryan S Clement, Maureen L Mulvihill, Casey A Scruggs, Kevin A Snook
  • Patent number: 9986978
    Abstract: A stool collection, containment, and specimen disbursement system for facilitating easier stool collection while protecting the samples from bio-contamination and providing easier functionality for patients, diagnostic centers, and labs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Inventor: George Catlin
  • Patent number: 9980706
    Abstract: A cannula arrangement includes an inner tube disposed within an outer tube. A flexible sealing element is connected to a proximal portion of the outer tube. The flexible sealing element has a longitudinal axis coaxial with the outer tube. The flexible sealing element has a cantilevered portion that longitudinally extends a longitudinal distance parallel to the longitudinal axis in a proximal direction from the proximal end of the outer tube. The cantilevered portion has a projecting portion that projects diagonally toward the inner tube to define an interior edge to contact an outer surface of the inner tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: C. R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Norbert Heske, Thomas Heske