Patents Examined by Nicholas Evoy
  • Patent number: 9259195
    Abstract: A guide apparatus is provided for use with an associated imaging device to direct movement of an associated interventional implement relative to a patient disposed on the imaging device. A gripping area is adapted to the guide apparatus for manual gripping by an associated operator. A holding area is adapted to hold the associated interventional implement in an orientation suitable for motion relative to said patient along a selected linear path and also operative to translate the associated interventional implement along said selected linear path in response to manual force applied by the associated human operator at said gripping area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Jeffrey H. Yanof, Chris Bauer
  • Patent number: 9261485
    Abstract: There are provided embodiments for providing a color Doppler image based on qualification curve information. In one embodiment, an ultrasound system comprises: an ultrasound data acquisition unit configured to acquire ultrasound data corresponding to a living body including a moving target object; a storage unit for storing qualification curve information for determining blood flow signals of the target object, clutter signals and noise based on velocity and power components of Doppler signals; and a processing unit configured to form first Doppler signals based on the ultrasound data, perform a clutter filtering process upon the first Doppler signals to form second Doppler signals, calculate velocity and power components of the second Doppler signals, form a color Doppler image based on the calculated velocity and power components, and perform a blending process upon the color Doppler image based on the calculated velocity and power components and the qualification curve information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG MEDISON CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hyeong Do Lee, Jae Keun Lee
  • Patent number: 9241646
    Abstract: A PPG system for determining a stroke volume of a patient includes a PPG sensor configured to be secured to an anatomical portion of the patient. The PPG sensor is configured to sense a physiological characteristic of the patient. The PPG system may include a monitor operatively connected to the PPG sensor. The monitor receives a PPG signal from the PPG sensor. The monitor includes a pulse trending module determining a slope transit time of an upslope of a primary peak of the PPG signal. The pulse trending module determines a stroke volume of the patient as a function of the slope transit time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Paul Stanley Addison, James Nicholas Watson
  • Patent number: 9239373
    Abstract: Adaptive image optimization is provided in induced wave ultrasound imaging. The values for various transmit and receive parameters may be set adaptively. Based on feedback from use with a given patient, the values are set to better optimize signal-to-noise ratio, off-time, tracking accuracy or other consideration. Transmit frequency, F-number, line spacing, tracking pulse repetition frequency, line sampling count, and/or push pulse amplitude values may adapt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Donald Freiburger, Liexiang Fan
  • Patent number: 9226798
    Abstract: Described herein are apparatus and associated methods for the generation of at least one user adjustable, accurate, real-time, virtual surgical reference indicium. The apparatus includes one or more real-time, multidimensional visualization modules, one or more processors configured to produce real-time, virtual surgical reference indicia, and at least one user control input for adjusting the at least one real-time virtual surgical reference indicium. The associated methods generally involve the steps of providing one or more real-time multidimensional visualizations of a target surgical field, identifying at least one visual feature in a pre-operative dataset, aligning the visual features with the multidimensional visualization, and incorporating one or more real-time, virtual surgical reference indicium into the real-time visualization. In exemplary embodiments, the apparatus and methods are described in relation to ocular surgery, more specifically capsulorrhexis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: TrueVision Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Ashok Burton Tripathi, Michael Weissman
  • Patent number: 9220411
    Abstract: In-vivo optical molecular imaging methods for producing an image of an animal are described. A time series of image data sets of an optical contrast substance in the animal is acquired using an optical detector Each image data set is obtained at a selected time and has the same plurality of pixels, with each pixel having an associated value. The image data sets are analyzed to identify a plurality of distinctive time courses, and respective pixel sets are determined from the plurality of pixels which correspond to each of the time courses. In one embodiment, each pixel set is associated with an identified anatomical or other structure, and an anatomical image map of the animal can be generated which includes one or more of the anatomical structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: THE GENERAL HOSPITAL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Elizabeth M.C. Hillman
  • Patent number: 9211084
    Abstract: A medical guidance system and a control method of a medical device are provided, which may increase the drive force of a medical device and improve controllability thereof. The medical guidance system has a medical device that includes a biologic information acquisition unit that acquires biologic information of the inside of a body cavity and a magnet that generates drive force in response to a magnetic field exerted from the outside of a body, a magnetic field generation unit 101 that generates the magnetic field to be exerted on the magnet from the outside of a body, and a displacement detection unit 105 that detects displacement being an angle formed between the magnetization direction of the magnet and the field direction of the magnetic field generated by the magnetic field generation unit 101 at the position of the medical device; wherein the magnetic field generation unit 101 is controlled based on the displacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akio Uchiyama, Atsushi Chiba, Hironao Kawano
  • Patent number: 9204835
    Abstract: The subject matter disclosed herein relates to methods for diagnosing a neurological disorder in a subject. In certain aspects, the methods described herein involve determining one or more critical areas in the brain from PET data where two groups differ and measuring PET signal within determined critical areas in a new subject in order to assign risk or diagnosis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: THE TRUSTEES OF COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK
    Inventors: Ramin Parsey, Arthur Mikhno
  • Patent number: 9173630
    Abstract: Image data of the interior of a sample (S) are sequentially created on the basis of reception signals at the time when ultrasonic waves are transmitted into the sample (S) so as to scan the interior thereof, movements of respective control points set on the image data are tracked so as to evaluate temporal changes of velocities of motions of the sample (S), and differences of timings of the motions in the sample (S) are color-displayed on the basis of the temporal changes of the velocities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Ryoichi Kanda
  • Patent number: 9173717
    Abstract: Described herein are apparatus and associated methods for the generation of at least one user adjustable, accurate, real-time, virtual surgical reference indicium including natural patient vertical for use in ocular surgery. The apparatus used to generate real-time, virtual surgical reference indicium including natural patient vertical includes one or more real-time, multidimensional visualization modules, one or more data processors configured to produce real-time, virtual surgical reference indicia, and at least one user control input for adjusting the at least one real-time virtual surgical reference indicium including natural patient vertical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: TrueVision Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Ashok Burton Tripathi
  • Patent number: 9168023
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for continuously measuring the absolute intracranial pressure in a non-invasive manner is described by using an ultrasonic Doppler device which detects the pulsatility indexes of the blood flow inside the eye artery for both intracranial and extracranial eye artery portions. The eye in which the blood flow is monitored is subjected to a small pressure, sufficient to equalize the pulsatility index measurements of the internal and external portions of the eye artery. The pressure at which such equalization occurs is used as a reference for autocalibration of the apparatus so that continuous absolute intracranial pressure measurements may be taken over a particular sampling period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: UAB Vittamed
    Inventors: Arminas Ragauskas, Gediminas Daubaris, Vytautas Petkus, Renaldas Raisutis
  • Patent number: 9161724
    Abstract: A method image includes determining an end systolic imaging trigger, acquiring cardiac imaging data including first imaging data corresponding to a first predetermined data acquisition interval surrounding end systole, and post-processing the cardiac imaging data based at least on the end systolic imaging trigger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventor: Guillaume Leopold Theodorus Frederik Hautvast
  • Patent number: 9155520
    Abstract: An intra-operative ultrasound probe for use with a robotic and laparoscopic surgical systems that allows for direct surgeon control over the position and orientation of the ultrasound image is presented. The transducer is designed to interface with the laparoscopic grasper so that it is easy to pick up in a locking, self-aligning and repeatable manner. The transducer is tracked in space using either forward kinematics or electromagnetic sensing, allowing multiple 2D images to be combined in order to create 3D ultrasound volumes. The 3D volumes can be further processed and displayed on the surgeon's console, or used to register and display acquired pre-operative images at the correct spatial location within the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Inventors: Caitlin Marie Schneider, Septimiu E. Salcudean, Robert N. Rohling, Christopher Yee Chaung Nguan
  • Patent number: 9144413
    Abstract: The present invention provides an ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus that is capable of displaying an elastic image, enabling an accurate and easy identification of tissue characteristics of a diagnostic part. Elasticity data regarding a test object is obtained based on a received signal of an ultrasonic probe, and an elastic image representing a distribution of the elasticity data of the test object is generated. A display mode setting means sets a display mode of the elastic image in such a manner that a different tissue can be identified based on a value of the elasticity data. In this case, the display mode is differentiated by the value of the elasticity data within one tissue. With this configuration, the tissue characteristics of the diagnostic part are identified by the elasticity data, and displayed in a different display mode, thereby displaying an elastic image identifiable accurately and easily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Hitachi Medical Corporation
    Inventor: Takeshi Matsumura
  • Patent number: 9138148
    Abstract: A method for performing elastographic deformation mapping of tissues and plaques comprises: introducing a distal portion of a catheter to an interior of an interior body of a patient; applying, from a palpator in the distal portion, one of a directed fluid or a mechanical indenter to produce a surface-applied palpation force to a target area of the interior body to mechanically displace the interior body and cause elastographic deformation of the target area of one or more surface and subsurface tissues and plaques; and directing and delivering an OCT (optical coherence tomography) beam, from an OCT imaging sensor in the distal portion, for OCT deformation detection including elastographic deformation measurement to provide elastographic mapping of the target area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: ST. JUDE MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: John Sliwa, Yu Liu
  • Patent number: 9125560
    Abstract: A detecting apparatus includes: a change-over switch for switching on/off display of a scope model on a liquid crystal monitor; a position calculating portion for calculating respective positions of source coils; a scope model generating portion for generating a scope model of an electronic endoscope based on the respective positions of the source coils calculated by the position calculating portion; and a selector for selectively outputting to the liquid crystal monitor a display-pause-time image stored in a display-pause-time image storing portion and a scope model image from the scope model generating portion; and a control portion for controlling each of these portions. The detecting apparatus thus displays an insertion shape of the endoscope at a timing as needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Miyoshi, Fumiyuki Onoda, Hiroshi Niwa, Tomohiko Oda, Minoru Sato, Chieko Aizawa, Kensuke Miyake
  • Patent number: 9125591
    Abstract: An acoustic-wave measuring apparatus includes a holding unit configured to hold a subject and an irradiation unit configured to irradiate the subject with light. An acoustic-wave detecting unit detects acoustic waves generated in the subject due to irradiation with the light; an image pickup unit acquires an image of the subject; and a measurement position on the image acquired by the image pickup unit is designated. A coordinate transforming unit transforms the coordinates of the measurement position on the image to coordinates of a corresponding position on the holding unit; and a position control unit moves at least one of the irradiation unit and the acoustic-wave detecting unit to the corresponding position on the holding unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Ryuichi Nanaumi
  • Patent number: 9119551
    Abstract: An endovascular navigation and positioning system including a transducer on a distal end of an endovascular instrument, a control system connected to the transducer, the control system being configured to generate and receive at least one acoustic signal using the transducer, a pre-processor containing computer-readable instructions for manipulating the acoustic signal input to extract information related to desired parameters, a processor configured to evaluate the parameters to generate an output related to guidance of the instrument, and an output device for displaying an indication of the output generated by the processor. The processor may evaluate the information using artificial intelligence including inference rules related to navigation state, comparisons to information in a database, and probabilities, among others. The system may use an electrical signal as a confirmation input. Further disclosed is a method of navigating and positioning an endovascular device in a vasculature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: VASONOVA, INC.
    Inventors: Wenkang Qi, Bradley Hill
  • Patent number: 9095646
    Abstract: A medical device, and a system and packaged kit containing the medical device for the treatment of a sinus opening is described. The medical device comprises a proximal end, a distal end, and a shaft system having an inflation lumen and an irrigation lumen the proximal and. The shaft system has a proximal shaft section and a distal shaft section. An inflatable balloon is attached to the distal shaft section in a position that is proximal to said distal end. The irrigation tip is distal to the balloon on the distal shaft section and has a tip opening and one or more radially facing openings. A method for treating a sinus opening includes inserting a system that includes the medical device, a sinus guide catheter and a sinus guide element into a patient's anatomy, dilating the sinus opening and irrigating a target in the nasal anatomy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Acclarent, Inc.
    Inventors: Mina W. B. Chow, Hung V. Ha, Ketan P. Muni, Eric A. Goldfarb
  • Patent number: 9095364
    Abstract: A medical device and a system and for dilating a stenotic airway of a patient are described. The medical device comprises a proximal end, a distal end, and a shaft system having an inflation lumen and a ventilation lumen the proximal end. The shaft system has a proximal shaft section and a distal shaft section. An inflatable balloon is attached to the distal shaft section in a position that is proximal to the distal end. The ventilating tip is distal to the balloon on the distal shaft section and has one or more radially facing openings. A method for treating a stenotic airway includes inserting the medical device into a patient's airway, and dilating and ventilating the airway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Acclarent, Inc.
    Inventors: Ketan P. Muni, Randy S. Chan, Sivette Lam, Shrirang V. Ranade