Patents Examined by Ruth S. Smith
  • Patent number: 10314511
    Abstract: A method is provided for identifying a muscle abnormality. The method may include acquiring image data associated with a plurality of muscles in an area of interest of a living subject and generating a data model for the plurality of muscles based on the image data. The method further includes calculating the volume and/or length of one of the plurality of muscles based on the data model, and determining if the volume and/or length for the muscle, as calculated, deviates from volume and/or length associated with a healthy muscle. If it is determined that the volume and/or length for the muscle deviates from the volume and/or length associated with a healthy muscle, a muscle abnormality can be identified based on the deviation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventors: Craig Meyer, Silvia Blemker, Geoffrey Handsfield, Mark F. Abel
  • Patent number: 10307126
    Abstract: A method of computed tomography (CT) perfusion imaging includes: obtaining perfusion data by using a CT device to scan a present perfusion subject; performing calculations of the perfusion data by using two perfusion calculation methods to obtain perfusion parameters of each of said two perfusion calculation methods as initial perfusion parameters of each of said two perfusion calculation methods; performing calculations by using the initial perfusion parameters based on weights of said two perfusion calculation methods to obtain target perfusion parameters; and forming a target perfusion image of the present perfusion subject according to the target perfusion parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Shenyang Neusoft Medical Systems Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yao Liu
  • Patent number: 10299760
    Abstract: An ultrasonic diagnostic imaging system is operated to acquire an ultrasound image of a region of the body containing suspect anatomy such as a suspected lesion. A body marker template of the region of the body is displayed on a touchscreen display of the imaging system. The operator records the location of the suspect anatomy by touching a corresponding point on the body marker template displayed on the touchscreen display. The mark on the template can be finely adjusted by one or more controls on the imaging system control panel. The body marker template can also record a graphic indicating the orientation of the ultrasound probe relative to the body when the suspect anatomy was imaged. A report generator produces a report containing both the ultrasound image of the suspect anatomy and the body marker template with the indicated location of the suspect anatomy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Patty Jackson, Cedric Chenal
  • Patent number: 10267884
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for creating a motion correction for PET data acquired by a PET system from a volume segment of an examination object. The method includes acquisition of MR data within the volume segment by the magnetic resonance system; and determination of a motion model of a motion within the volume segment as a function of the MR data. The motion model, as a function of a respective motion state of the motion, provides a correction specification for PET data which is acquired during this motion state. During acquisition of the MR data, specific MR data is acquired in the center of the k-space or of a straight-line segment which passes through the center of the k-space. The MR data determined is converted by a mathematical function into one value, as a function of which the respective motion state is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventors: Simon Bauer, Isabel Dregely, Sebastian F├╝rst, Robert Grimm, Berthold Kiefer, Marcel Dominik Nickel
  • Patent number: 10238295
    Abstract: A sensing catheter having an outer flexible sheath and a distal section containing a sensing system having a sensing means, a radiant energy providing means and radiation transmitting means, preferably all housed within a fluid channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: PERCUVISION, LLC
    Inventors: Ake A. Hellstrom, Errol O. Singh, Christopher Ryan O'Keefe, Megan Elizabeth Jones, Glenn D. Brunner
  • Patent number: 10231684
    Abstract: An imaging system (100) includes a radiation source (108) that emits radiation that traverses an examination region and imageable drug eluting beads in tissue of interest located therein, a spectral detector array (110) detects radiation traversing the examination region and generates a signal indicative thereof, spectral processing circuitry (117) that spectrally resolves the signal based on a plurality of thresholds (122), and a reconstructor (128) that generates spectral volumetric image data corresponding the imageable drug eluting beads based on the spectrally resolved signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventors: Ming De Lin, Ewald Roessl, Carsten Oliver Schirra
  • Patent number: 10226203
    Abstract: An intravascular measurement system is provided. The system includes a catheter having a plurality of visible markers on a proximal portion that are proportional to a plurality of radiopaque markers on a distal portion. In at least one aspect, the system includes an imaging device adjacent the distal end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Inventors: Jeremy Stigall, Chris LeBlanc, Kazuo Sasamine
  • Patent number: 10219722
    Abstract: An apparatus (300, 400, 500) comprising a magnetic resonance imaging system (302), the magnetic resonance imaging system comprising: a magnet (306) adapted for generating a magnetic field for orientating the magnetic spins of nuclei of a subject (310) located within an imaging volume (308); a radio frequency transceiver (320) adapted for acquiring magnetic resonance data (346) using a radio frequency coil (318); a computer system (336) comprising a processor (338), wherein the computer system is adapted for controlling the apparatus; and a memory (342, 344) containing machine readable instructions (354, 356, 358, 360, 362), wherein execution of the instructions cause the processor to perform the steps of: acquiring (100, 204) magnetic resonance data using the magnetic resonance imaging system, wherein the magnetic resonance data comprises transverse relaxometry data, and calculating (102, 206) the temperature of the subject within a temperature measurement volume (332) in accordance with the transverse relaxo
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventor: Jukka Ilmari Tanttu
  • Patent number: 10219777
    Abstract: This document describes a system for determining positioning of an intubation tube in a patient. The system can include a first acoustic sensor configured to be disposed to listen to one of a lung and a stomach of the patient and to provide a first signal. The system includes a signal processing unit, coupled to the first acoustic sensor, configured to analyze spectral components of the first signal and determine whether a frequency of the spectral components of the first signal are characteristic of sounds induced by ventilation via the intubation tube of airflow to the lung or the stomach of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: ZOLL Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Gary A. Freeman, Ulrich Herken, Annemarie Silver
  • Patent number: 10159424
    Abstract: In a method and medical imaging apparatus, for generating medical image data records, raw data of the examination object are acquired by operation of a medical imaging scanner, a reconstruction algorithm issued for reconstructing a medical image data record on the basis of raw data and of a value of a physiological parameter. At least two medical image data records are created by applying the reconstruction algorithm at least twice to the acquired raw data using a different virtual value of the physiological parameter each time. The at least two medical image data records are provided from the reconstruction computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Andreas Greiser, Peter Speier, Aurelien Stalder
  • Patent number: 10154831
    Abstract: A method for creating a transmural lesion in tissue includes positioning a distal portion of a catheter near the tissue, where an ultrasound transducer is attached to the distal portion and is operatively coupled to a console and processor. The tissue is imaged by energizing the ultrasound transducer at a first power level to produce an ultrasound beam, where the imaging determines a thickness of the tissue, and a gap distance between the ultrasound transducer and the tissue. The tissue is ablated by energizing the ultrasound transducer at a second power level to produce the ultrasound beam. Energy delivered to the tissue during the ablating is controlled, using the processor, where the processor adjusts a speed of the ultrasound beam moving across the tissue based on the thickness and gap distance, to create the transmural lesion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: VytronUS, Inc.
    Inventors: Hira V. Thapliyal, David A. Gallup, James W. Arenson, John Paul Mohr, III, Tim Proulx, Robert A. Brommer
  • Patent number: 10149650
    Abstract: A method differentiates a blood vessel from a nonvascular tissue during a minimally invasive surgery using a device. A device may be any penetration sensor device, such as a dilator sensor device, a hollow needle sensor device, or a trocar sensor device, which penetrates the skin and subcutaneous layers to reach a target location inside the body. The penetration sensor device includes a sensor probe which can make optical measurements to determine various parameters of the tissue at the tip of the sensor probe. These parameters may include an optical signal level returned from tissue contacting the tip of the sensor probe, an oxygen saturation level of the tissue, a total hemoglobin concentration, a blood flow, and a pulse. Based on these parameters, the presence or absence of a blood vessel at the tip of the penetration sensor device can be determined while the device travels towards the target location for surgery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: ViOptix, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert E. Lash, Jimmy Jian-min Mao
  • Patent number: 10149987
    Abstract: A method for generating synthetic electron density information based on an acquired magnetic resonance, MR, image stack is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: SPECTRONIC AB
    Inventor: Carl Siversson
  • Patent number: 10143483
    Abstract: A device for treating the human or animal brain with shockwaves has a shockwave transducer coupled to a position sensor for detecting the position of the shockwave transducer. The device is adapted to evaluate the signals of the position sensor to calculate the position of the focus spot of the shockwave transducer. Furthermore, a mapping device is provided for mapping the movement of the focus spot over a plurality of positions together with the applied shockwave dose at each of the positions. The applied shockwave dose may be indicated on a color display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: STORZ MEDICAL AG
    Inventors: Ernst Marlinghaus, Gerold Heine
  • Patent number: 10136833
    Abstract: A diagnostic apparatus comprising a sealed case, a first antenna and a second antenna and processing circuitry are disclosed herein. In some embodiments, the sealed case includes a biocompatible material and is configured for implantation within a body of a patient. Further, each one of the first antenna and the second antenna are configured to be implanted in the body in proximity to a target tissue, generate and transmit radio frequency (RF) electromagnetic waves through the target tissue to the other antenna, and output a signal in response to RF waves received from the other antenna. In addition, the processing circuitry can be contained within the case and is configured to receive and process the signal from each antenna so as to derive and output an indication of a characteristic of the target tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventors: Uriel Weinstein, Assaf Bernstein, Eyal Cohen, Dov Oppenheim, Moshe Mosesko
  • Patent number: 10133045
    Abstract: High-resolution 3D optical polarization tractography (OPT) images of the internal fiber structure of a target tissue. Manipulation of dual-angle imaging data of the fiber orientation inside a target tissue leads to the determination of 3D imaging properties of the target tissue, allowing transmission of the 3D image properties of the target tissue to an OPT processor to produce high-resolution 3D images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: The Curators of the University of Missouri
    Inventors: Gang Yao, Dongsheng Duan, Yuanbo Wang
  • Patent number: 10130342
    Abstract: An embodiment includes analyzing a body part perfused with a contrast agent, which has been pre-administered as a bolus to circulate through the body-part with at least a first passage during an analysis interval. The analyzing includes providing at least one input signal indicative of a response to an interrogation signal of a corresponding location of the body part during the analysis interval, and fitting each input signal over the analysis interval by an instance of a combined bolus function of time, based on a combination of a first simple bolus function of time modeling the first passage of the contrast agent and at least one second simple bolus function of time each one modeling a corresponding second passage of the contrast agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Bracco Suisse SA
    Inventors: Peter Frinking, Nicolas Rognin, Marcel Arditi
  • Patent number: 10114087
    Abstract: An RF coil includes a puncture needle insertion assembly in which a plurality of holes into which a puncture needle is inserted are formed within a surface of the puncture needle insertion assembly. In the puncture needle insertion assembly, conductors of a plurality of elements of a coil that are being insulated from one another are laid to meander on a frame between the holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Inventors: Miyuki Ota, Sadanori Tomiha
  • Patent number: 10099069
    Abstract: A therapeutic apparatus (900, 1000) comprising a high intensity focused ultrasound system (904) for heating a target zone (940, 1022). The therapeutic apparatus further comprises a magnetic resonance imaging system (902). The therapeutic apparatus further comprises a memory (952) containing machine executable instructions (980, 982, 984, 986, 988, 990) for execution by a processor (944). Execution of the instructions cause the processor to: generate (702, 802) heating commands (964) which cause the high intensity focused ultrasound system to sonicate the subject; repeatedly acquire (704, 804) magnetic resonance data (954) during execution of the heating commands; repeatedly calculate (706, 806) a spatially dependent parameter (970); and repeatedly modify (708, 808) the heating commands in accordance with the spatially dependent parameter such that within the target zone the spatially dependent parameter remains below a first predetermined threshold and above a second predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignees: Profound Medical Inc., National Institutes of Health
    Inventors: Ari Ilkka Mikael Partanen, Matthew Robert Dreher, Pavel Sergeyevich Yarmolenko, Antti Johannes Viitala, Julia Kristina Enholm, Max Oskar Kohler
  • Patent number: 10092358
    Abstract: A station for tomotactic-guided biopsy in prone includes a table with an aperture, and a tomosynthesis imaging system. A biopsy gun can be mounted on a stage arm assembly disposed below the table. The imaging system and stage arm assembly can be independently rotated and linearly repositioned in one or more dimensions, thereby allowing the tomotactic scan axis to be located relative to a breast being imaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Hologic, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth F. Defreitas, Ian Shaw, John Laviola