Patents Examined by Renee Danega
  • Patent number: 9655772
    Abstract: An in-ear stimulation device for administering caloric stimulation to the ear canal of a subject includes (a) first and second earpieces configured to be insertable into the ear canals of the subject; (b) at least first and second thermoelectric devices thermally coupled to respective ones of the first and second earpieces; (c) a first heat sink thermally coupled to the first thermoelectric device opposite the first earpiece and a second heat sink thermally coupled to the second thermoelectric device opposite the second earpiece; and (d) a controller comprising a waveform generator in communication with the first and second thermoelectric devices, the waveform generator configured to generate a first control signal to control a first caloric output to the first thermoelectric device and a second control signal to control a second caloric output to the second caloric device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Scion Neurostim, LLC
    Inventors: Lanty L. Smith, Lesco L. Rogers, Robert D. Black
  • Patent number: 9314371
    Abstract: An in-ear stimulation device for administering caloric stimulation to the ear canal of a subject includes (a) first and second earpieces configured to be insertable into the ear canals of the subject; (b) at least first and second thermoelectric devices thermally coupled to respective ones of the first and second earpieces; (c) a first heat sink thermally coupled to the first thermoelectric device opposite the first earpiece and a second heat sink thermally coupled to the second thermoelectric device opposite the second earpiece; and (d) a controller comprising a waveform generator in communication with the first and second thermoelectric devices, the waveform generator configured to generate a first control signal to control a first caloric output to the first thermoelectric device and a second control signal to control a second caloric output to the second caloric device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Scion Neurostim, LLC
    Inventors: Lanty L. Smith, Lesco L. Rogers, Robert D. Black
  • Patent number: 9078637
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for harvesting bone and bone marrow are provided. The apparatus may include a driver operable to be releasably engaged with an intraosseous device. The intraosseous device may include a cannula having a first end operable to penetrate bone and bone marrow and to allow retrieval of portions of bone and/or bone marrow. The cannula may have a second end operable to be releasably engaged with bone marrow sampling equipment. The apparatus may include a removable trocar. The removable trocar may have an inner channel operable to convey portions of bone and/or bone marrow. The removable trocar may have an inner channel and a side port communicating with the inner channel. The removable trocar may have a first end operable to penetrate bone and bone marrow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: VIDACARE LLC
    Inventor: Larry J. Miller
  • Patent number: 9037228
    Abstract: Methods and systems for determining a condition of a selected region of epithelial tissue and/or an organ in a body as well as to diagnose disease, susceptibility, premalignancy or cancer and measure response to therapy, introduction of a drug and to assess the margins of a tumor or resection. The methods utilize through the tissue or organ electrical measurements with alternating current using one or more surface or internal electrodes and measuring the electrical response using one or more surface electrodes, preferably in combination with one or more electrodes in direct or indirect contact with epithelium comprising the organ or tissue under test. The methods are also useful in combination with DC measurements on the surface of the organ or tissue under test. Measurement of impedance, admittance, electropotential and dielectric properties is particularly useful, particularly as a function of frequency and position on and in the tissue or organ.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Epi-Sci, LLC
    Inventor: Richard J. Davies
  • Patent number: 9022952
    Abstract: Body fluid sampling device comprising a skin-piercing element having a fluid pathway for receiving body fluid, at least a portion of said fluid pathway is open to the environment and further comprising a fluid receiving means being spaced from said fluid pathway so that fluid in said pathway will not contact the fluid receiving means initially. Said fluid receiving means may have a test zone for performing an analytical reaction. Fluid from said channel is contacted with said fluid receiving means either by bringing the fluid receiving means and the fluid into mechanical contact or by electrically transporting fluid from the channel onto the fluid receiving means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Irio Guiseppe Calasso, Patrick Griss, Rainer Jaeggi, Emad Sarofim
  • Patent number: 9008764
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for detecting contact between an injection needle of a medication delivery device and a body of a patient. The method comprises the step of generating a contact signal in response to closure of an electrical signal path comprising an exterior surface part of the injection needle, an exterior surface part of a handle of the medication delivery device and at least part of the body of the patient. The present invention further relates to a method for determining the position of insertion of the injection needle, and to the insertion depth of the injection needle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Novo Nordisk A/S
    Inventor: André Larsen
  • Patent number: 8998826
    Abstract: A system and method is provided that allows for determining the local impedance of one or more electrodes of an electrode catheter. Such local impedance may be utilized to identify the relative position of an electrode catheter to a sheath of a guiding introducer. In another arrangement, local impedance of a catheter electrode can be utilized to calibrate a catheter electrode to provide improved contact sensing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Atrial Fibrillation Division, Inc.
    Inventors: John A. Hauck, Jeffrey A. Schweitzer, Kenneth H. Drew
  • Patent number: 9002444
    Abstract: A method of measuring skin moisture content, the method including: measuring a differential rate of a skin impedance of a predetermined skin area of a user for a predetermined period of time; and determining that the skin area is a moist area when the differential rate of skin impedance is greater than or equal to a predetermined value for a predetermined period of time, and determining that the skin area is a dry area when the differential rate of skin impedance is less than the predetermined value for the predetermined period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Woo Young Jang, Jeong Je Park, Jae Chan Park, Hong Sig Kim
  • Patent number: 8998859
    Abstract: Provided are a medical needle and a puncturing instrument which make it possible to administer a predetermined amount of a substance to be administered into a living body and/or collect a predetermined amount of an object to be collected from within the living body with ease and accuracy. A medical needle (1) is provided with a puncturing part (10) which can penetrate into the living body. The puncturing part (10) has a pair of planar portions (12, 12) which are parallel to each other in an outer surface and a retaining chamber (18) defined within the puncturing part (10), the retaining chamber (18) passing through the puncturing part (10) and opening to the pair of planar portions (12) on each side. A puncturing instrument can be structured by accommodating the medical needle (1) in a casing in such a way that the medical needle (1) can project therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Lightnix, Inc.
    Inventor: Mitsuo Fukuda
  • Patent number: 8992444
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for determining isometric and isotonic activity of luminal organs. In an exemplary method for detecting a luminal organ response to mechanical stimulation of the present disclosure, the method comprises the steps of maintaining a luminal organ at a first internal pressure, increasing the first internal pressure of the luminal organ, and measuring a first organ parameter change in response to the increase in internal pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: DTherapeutics, LLC
    Inventors: Ghassan S. Kassab, Xiao Lu
  • Patent number: 8989834
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems and methods employing a contact lens that generates information indicative of a hydration level of an eye in which the lens is worn, are provided. In some aspects, a contact lens includes a substrate that forms at least part of a body of the contact lens and a hydration component that generates information associated with a hydration level of an eye in which the contact lens is worn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Harvey Ho, Babak Amirparviz
  • Patent number: 8979532
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and apparatus for testing attachment quality of a dental crown attached to a tooth and/or implant. The method comprises the steps of: detecting at least one resonance frequency of a member when it is in contact with said crown or a part attached to the crown; and interpreting the detected resonance frequency in terms of the degree of attachment of the crown to a tooth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Osstell AB
    Inventors: Anders Petersson, Callum Youngson
  • Patent number: 8979772
    Abstract: A method, consisting of inserting a probe having a force sensor into a body cavity of a patient, and receiving from the force sensor a plurality of measurements, each of the measurements indicative of a force applied to the force sensor. The method further includes detecting that the measurements received over a period of time of at least a specified duration have not varied by more than a predefined amount, and setting a baseline of the force sensor, for use in further measurements, to a value based on the measurements received during the period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Biosense Webster (Israel), Ltd.
    Inventors: Doron Moshe Ludwin, Galia Givaty, Aharon Turgeman, Natan Katz
  • Patent number: 8965472
    Abstract: A near infrared spectrophotometric (NIRS) sensor assembly for non-invasive monitoring of blood oxygenation levels in a subject's body is provided that includes a pad, at least one light source, a near light detector, a far light detector, and a cover. The light source is operative to emit near infrared light signals of a plurality of different wavelengths. The near light detector is separated from the light source by a first distance that is great enough to position the first light detector outside of an optical shunt field extending out from the light source. The far light detector is substantially linearly aligned with the near light detector and light source, and is separated from the near light detector by a second distance, wherein the second distance is greater than the first distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventor: Paul Benni
  • Patent number: 8961438
    Abstract: A system and method for measuring movements, utilizing one or more wireless accelerometers attached to one or more limbs of a human subject for the purpose of determining certain temporal and spatial gestures of the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Dana Gravem, Donald Patterson, Pai Chou, Daniel Cooper
  • Patent number: 8961433
    Abstract: The present invention describes a system for controlling a thin flexible thermoplastic catheter. The system includes a plurality of shape memory alloy filaments attached to the distal end of the catheter, each filament having a phase and a temperature; a means for receiving a strain value for at least one of the filaments; a means for determining the phase change that will results in the strain value, whereby the phase change is dependent on the temperature and the temperature is dependent on a voltage; and a means for setting the voltage in each filament thereby resulting in movement of the catheter. In addition, a three-degrees of freedom force sensor measures the magnitude and direction of the force exerted on the tip of the catheter. The catheter can be autonomously guided or it can be interfaced to a haptic device. The catheter can also be fitted with microtools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: The University of Western Ontario
    Inventors: Rajnikant V. Patel, Jagadeesan Jayender, Suwas Nikumb
  • Patent number: 8956311
    Abstract: Methods of diagnosing meibomian gland dysfunction are disclosed. The methods may be standardized and provide an accurate diagnosis of whether meibomian gland dysfunction exists. In one embodiment, a method is provided that utilizes an evaluation tool to apply a force for a preselected period of time to at least one of a plurality of meibomian glands in two or more regions of a plurality of regions of an eyelid. A grade is assigned to the at least one meibomian gland of the plurality of meibomian glands in each of the two or more regions based on any secretion that is expressed from each meibomian gland. In this manner, a plurality of meibomian gland secretion grades is obtained. The plurality of meibomian gland secretion grades is indicative of the presence of meibomian gland dysfunction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: TearSciecne, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald R. Korb, Caroline Blackie, Christy Stevens
  • Patent number: 8956306
    Abstract: A biopsy device is provided for obtaining a tissue sample, such as a breast tissue biopsy sample. The biopsy device includes a disposable probe assembly with an outer cannula having a distal piercing tip, a cutter lumen, and a cutter tube that rotates and translates past a side aperture in the outer cannula to sever a tissue sample. The biopsy device also includes a reusable handpiece with an integral motor and power source to make a convenient, untethered control for use with ultrasonic imaging. The reusable handpiece incorporates a probe oscillation mode to assist when inserting the distal piercing tip into tissue. An integral vacuum motor assists prolapsing tissue for effective severing as well as facilitating withdrawal of the tissue samples and bodily fluids from the biopsy site into a detachable, self-contained canister for transporting the separated biopsy samples and fluid for pathology assessment, avoiding biohazards in a clinical setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Devicor Medical Products, Inc.
    Inventor: John A. Hibner
  • Patent number: 8951212
    Abstract: The method is for monitoring a childbirth process of a pregnant woman. A plurality of cervix dilatation data and fetal positioning data are obtained and fed to a device. A plurality of lactate concentrations is measured at time intervals. The measured lactate concentrations are shown on a display of the device at the time intervals to show a trend of the lactate concentrations. The cervix dilation data and the fetal positioning data are also shown on the display. The lactate concentrations are evaluated to determine whether the lactate concentrations are rising to indicate that an individual lactate threshold value of the pregnant woman has been exceeded. The medical practitioner may also evaluate the cervix dilation data and the fetal positioning data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Obstecare AB
    Inventors: Johan Itzel, Eva Itzel
  • Patent number: 8945133
    Abstract: A spine alignment system is provided to assess load forces on the vertebra in conjunction with overall spinal alignment. The system includes a spine instrument having an electronic assembly and a sensorized head. The sensorized head can be inserted between vertebra and report vertebral conditions such as force, pressure, orientation and edge loading. A GUI is therewith provided to show where the spine instrument is positioned relative to vertebral bodies as the instrument is placed in the inter-vetebral space. The system can distract vertebrae to a first height and measure the load applied by the spine region. The GUI can indicate that the load is outside a predetermined range. The spine region can be distracted to a second height where the load is measured within the predetermined load range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Orthosensor Inc
    Inventors: Marc Stein, Martin Roche, Marc Boillot