Patents Examined by Peter Luong
  • Patent number: 11935648
    Abstract: A method for diagnosing a joint condition includes in one embodiment: creating a 3d model of the patient specific bone; registering the patient's bone with the bone model; tracking the motion of the patient specific bone through a range of motion; selecting a database including empirical mathematical descriptions of the motion of a plurality actual bones through ranges of motion; and comparing the motion of the patient specific bone to the database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2023
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: JointVue, LLC
    Inventors: Mohamed R. Mahfouz, Ray C. Wasielewski, Richard D. Komistek
  • Patent number: 11925505
    Abstract: An ultrasound imaging system includes an ultrasound probe designed to produce an ultrasound image including one or more blood vessels below a skin surface of a patient, and a console with a display. The console is operably coupled to the ultrasound probe. The console includes a memory including instructions capable of causing a processor to determine a depth of the user selected blood vessel and a selection of medical devices based on a user selection including one or both of a minimum dwell length and an angle of insertion. The processor can be configured to determine these parameters prior to insertion of a user selected medical device into a user selected blood vessel from the one or more blood vessels below the skin surface of the patient. The display depicts the ultrasound image, the user selected blood vessel, and the user selected medical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: Bard Access Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew J. Prince
  • Patent number: 11925436
    Abstract: An acoustic wave device includes: an insertion object having a photoacoustic wave generator; an insertion object image signal generator that generates an insertion object image signal from a reception signal of an acoustic wave from the photoacoustic wave generator; a first signal width detector that detects a first signal width of a portion of a predetermined signal strength in the insertion object image signal; and an insertion object display image signal generator that generates, in a case where the first signal width is larger than a second signal width, an insertion object display image signal of a width having a center at a peak position of the insertion object image signal and corresponding to the second signal width, and generates, in a case where the first signal width is smaller than the second signal width, an insertion object display image signal having a width smaller than the second signal width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Katsuya Yamamoto, Tomoki Inoue, Keiji Tsubota
  • Patent number: 11911142
    Abstract: Techniques for input control visualization include a control console. The control console includes a first input control operable by an operator and outside of a field of view of the operator, a display within the field of view of the operator, and one or more sensors. The one or more sensors acquire information about the first input control and a physical environment surrounding the first input control. A representation of the first input control and the physical environment is generated from the information. The representation is displayed on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Yiming Mei, Michael Ikeda
  • Patent number: 11911011
    Abstract: An object sizing system sizes an object positioned within a patient. The object sizing system identifies a presence of the object. The object sizing system navigates an elongate body of an instrument to a position proximal to the object within the patient. An imaging sensor coupled to the elongate body captures one or more sequential images of the object. The instrument may be further moved around within the patient to capture additional images at different positions/orientations relative to the object. The object sizing system also acquires robot data and/or EM data associated with the positions and orientations of the elongate body. The object sizing system analyzes the captured images based on the acquired robot data to estimate a size of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: Auris Health, Inc.
    Inventors: David S. Mintz, David M. Schummers, Prasanth Jeevan, Hedyeh Rafii-Tari, Ritwik Ummalaneni
  • Patent number: 11903745
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus according to an embodiment includes processing circuitry. The processing circuitry is configured to obtain three-dimensional image data of a brain acquired by performing a magnetic resonance imaging process. The processing circuitry is configured to generate a projection image rendering a micro bleed or calcification occurring in the brain by performing a projecting process on the three-dimensional image data in a range limited on the basis of a shape of the brain. The processing circuitry is configured to output the projection image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: CANON MEDICAL SYSTEMS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tokunori Kimura
  • Patent number: 11903775
    Abstract: A C-arm, or a mobile intensifier device, is one example of a medical imaging device that is based on X-ray technology. Because a C-arm device can display high-resolution X-ray images in real time, a physician can monitor progress at any time during an operation, and thus can take appropriate actions based on the displayed images. Monitoring the images, however, is often challenging during certain procedures, for instance during procedures in which attention must be paid to the patient's anatomy as well as a medical imaging device display. In an example, a surgical instrument assembly includes a processor, a surgical instrument configured to operate on an anatomical structure, and a display coupled to the processor and attached to the surgical instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: DePuy Synthes Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Mario Mata
  • Patent number: 11889982
    Abstract: A system may comprise a first catheter having a first steerable segment and a second catheter disposed within the first catheter. The second catheter may have a second steerable segment. The system may also comprise an imaging element supported at a distal end of the second catheter, a coil reference sensor supported at a distal portion of the second catheter, and a processor in electrical communication with the coil reference sensor. The processor may be configured to determine a position of a distal portion of the first catheter with reference to the coil reference sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Vahid Saadat, Ruey-Feng Peh, Edmund A. Tam
  • Patent number: 11883128
    Abstract: A method for performing remote tissue assessment of a tissue region includes selecting imaging parameters, obtaining M image datasets of the tissue region when the tissue region is illuminated by a light signal having a unique discrete wavelength, obtaining a reference image dataset of the tissue region without illumination, processing the M+1 image datasets to obtain M marker maps where each marker map corresponds to a different physiological marker, and analyzing at least one of the marker maps to determine whether a physiological condition exists at the tissue region or to monitor the status of an existing physiological condition at the tissue region. In one or more embodiments, the method may be performed by a portable light source unit including a housing configured for use with a mobile device having a camera, or by a system including a light source unit, an optical sensor module, and a mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: MIMOSA DIAGNOSTICS INC.
    Inventors: Karen Michelle Cross, General Leung
  • Patent number: 11883145
    Abstract: An electromagnetic tomographic scanner, for use in imaging a live human body part, includes an imaging chamber, a plurality of antennas, a controller, a lid, and a quantity of matching media. The imaging chamber is supported on the base, defines an imaging domain in that receives the head, and has an open end. The antennas are supported by the imaging chamber and encircle the imaging domain. The controller controls one or more antenna. The lid is attachable to the open end and includes a hollow boundary model that mimics a part of human anatomy that is outside the imaging domain. The matching media fills the interior of the model while an empty field measurement is carried out. Various tensors may be produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: EMTensor GmbH
    Inventors: Serguei Y. Semenov, Abouzar Hamidipour, Markus Hopfer, Ramon Planas Badenas
  • Patent number: 11883242
    Abstract: Method for scanning for second object on or within first object starts by receiving information on first object and second object. Task lists are generated that include at least one task action based on information on first object and second object. Based on task lists, beamer is then signaled to generate and send first signal to first probe unit to perform first beam firing. Receiver processes first data signal from first probe unit that is then analyzed to determine if first object is identified using processed first data signal. Upon determination that first object is identified, based on task list, beamer is signaled to generate and send second signal to second probe unit to perform second beam firing. Receiver processes second data signal from second probe unit that is then analyzed to determine if second object is identified using processed second data signal. Other embodiments are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: White Eagle Sonic Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Tobias, Bicheng Wu, Ashish Parikh
  • Patent number: 11877889
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for electrically addressing multiple ultrasonic transducers that are connected to a common electrical channel and housed within an imaging probe. An imaging probe may comprise an imaging ultrasonic transducer and a moveable element for controlling the direction of an emitted imaging beam, and an angle sensing ultrasonic transducer, where the angle sensing ultrasonic transducer is configured for determining the direction of an ultrasonic imaging beam. The angle-sensing transducer may be configured to direct an angle sensing ultrasonic beam towards an acoustically reflective substrate and provide a signal by detecting a reflected ultrasonic beam reflected from the acoustically reflective substrate, where the acoustically reflective substrate is positioned relative to the movable element such that motion of the movable element produces a change in the signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: SUNNYBROOK HEALTH SCIENCES CENTRE
    Inventors: Brian Courtney, Amandeep Thind
  • Patent number: 11877881
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a system for active noise cancellation for a subject placed in a scanning bore of a medical imaging apparatus. The system may be directed to perform operations including obtaining a real-time position of each of at least one target portion of a subject; obtaining signals from one or more arrays of noise detection units surrounding the subject; and directing, based on the signals obtained from the one or more arrays of noise detection units, one or more arrays of denoising units to produce a sound to counteract noise at the real-time position of each of the at least one target portion of the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: SHANGHAI UNITED IMAGING HEALTHCARE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Lingzhi Hu
  • Patent number: 11872074
    Abstract: System for non-invasive measuring of an intracranial reserve space (ICRS) parameter of a mammalian subject, comprising a multi-frequency ultrasound probe configured, beginning at a start time, to emit and receive ultrasound waves into and the subject's head and to produce a signal of brain tissue pulsation; an instrument configured to non-invasively partially occlude an internal jugular vein (IJV) starting at the start time and including a second ultrasound probe producing a second signal; and a computer system configured to receive the signal, the second signal and the start time, the computer system also configured, using one or more processors, to derive from the signal an intracranial brain tissue pulsation waveform and from the second signal images of the IJV, and to determine a length of time from the start time to a subsequent time at which the waveform is sufficiently compressed so as to exhibit a predefined decline in variability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Inventors: David Michaeli, Menashe Michaeli
  • Patent number: 11864793
    Abstract: A surgical access assembly and method of use is disclosed. The surgical access assembly comprises an outer sheath and an obturator. The outer sheath and obturator are configured to be delivered to an area of interest within the brain. Either the outer sheath or the obturator may be configured to operate with a navigational system to track the location of either within the brain. Once positioned at a desired location, the obturator is removed, leaving a distal end of the outer sheath adjacent an area of interest, and creating a working corridor. Interrogation of the area of interest may be performed to evaluate a disorder and/or abnormality, as well as evaluate treatment regimes. Interventional devices may also be introduced to the area of interest, as well as a variety of treatments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: NICO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Joseph L. Mark, Amin Kassam
  • Patent number: 11857809
    Abstract: The invention provides compositions featuring TRP-4 polypeptides and polynucleotides, methods for expressing such polypeptides and polynucleotides in a cell type of interest, and methods for inducing the activation of the TRP-4 polypeptide in neurons and other cell types using ultrasound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: Salk Institute for Biological Studies
    Inventors: Sreekanth H. Chalasani, Stuart Ibsen
  • Patent number: 11857375
    Abstract: A medical imaging system acquires a first medical image of a breast as an object using a first imaging apparatus in a state in which the breast is fixed, captures a second medical image of the breast as the object using a second imaging apparatus having a different imaging principle from the first imaging apparatus in a state in which the fixation of the breast is maintained, sets a period for which the second medical image is captured and a period for which the first medical image is analyzed so as to at least partially overlap each other in a case in which the first medical image is analyzed to detect a region of interest, and outputs positional information such that a region-of-interest image having the region of interest as a main object is captured in a case in which the region of interest has been detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Riko Koshino, Shun Hotta
  • Patent number: 11844644
    Abstract: The present embodiments relate generally to systems, methods, and apparatus for determining a heart rate of an imaged heart in an ultrasound image feed. A plurality of ultrasound images can first be acquired. For each ultrasound image of the plurality of ultrasound images, the image can be divided into a plurality of regions; where each region is positioned so that the region corresponds to a substantially similar region location present across the plurality of ultrasound images. For each region location on each of the plurality of ultrasound images, a statistical calculation on image data of the region location can be performed. For each region location, a frequency of change in the statistical calculation over the plurality of ultrasound images can then be determined. The region location having a dominant determined frequency of change in the statistical calculation (over the plurality of ultrasound images) can be identified as a region of interest (ROI).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: Clarius Mobile Health Corp.
    Inventors: Kris Dickie, Nishant Uniyal, Narges Afsham, Laurent Pelissier
  • Patent number: 11839421
    Abstract: A transoral ultrasound probe for imaging a temporomandibular joint and a method of imaging a temporomandibular joint using a transoral probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: Oral Diagnostix, LLC
    Inventor: Richard W. Katzberg
  • Patent number: 11828727
    Abstract: A thermoacoustic probe for a thermoacoustic imaging system, the probe including: a radio-frequency (RF) applicator having an insert, wherein the applicator is configured to transmit at least one radio frequency source; an integral electromagnetic matching and acoustic extinction layer having a substantially flat-planar side and a substantially convex side, wherein the substantially flat-planar side of the integral electromagnetic matching and acoustic extinction layer is coupled to the insert of the RF applicator; and an optical transducer coupled to the substantially convex side of the integral electromagnetic matching and acoustic extinction layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2023
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Inventors: Idan Steinberg, Michael M. Thornton