Patents Examined by Serkan Akar
  • Patent number: 10533790
    Abstract: A single serve beverage dispenser having a beverage dispensing assembly for an appliance is provided. The beverage dispensing assembly may include a brewing body, a lid, an actuating lever, and a lift frame. The brewing body may define a brew chamber and define an outlet. The lid may be pivotally attached to the brewing body to rotate between a first position and a second position. The lid may include a cam and defining an inlet to receive a flow of water in the first position. The actuating lever may extend between a first end and a second end. The first end may be slidably engaged with the cam to move between the first position and the second position. The lift frame may be pivotally attached to the lever at the second end to selectively motivate the brew pod away from the brew chamber in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Dhinesh Babu Sakthivel, Aditya Kampalli
  • Patent number: 10531798
    Abstract: Provided is an object information acquiring apparatus having: a receiving unit receiving an acoustic wave generated from an object, which has been irradiated with light, at a plurality of receiving positions and outputting time-series receiving signals; and a processing unit acquiring characteristic information by back-projecting the receiving signals, and the processing unit includes: a unit acquiring, for each receiving position, a dispersion index of light intensity distribution on a back projection spherical surface; a unit acquiring, for each receiving position, an angle range in the back projection based on the dispersion index; and a unit acquiring the characteristic information by back-projecting the receiving signals in the angle range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Inventors: Ryuichi Nanaumi, Takuro Miyasato
  • Patent number: 10448815
    Abstract: A method and system are described for generating a signal indicative of an intravascular image received at least partly via a light transducer and invoking circuitry for passing the generated signal out of a subject's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: GEARBOX, LLC
    Inventors: Edward K. Y. Jung, Eric C. Leuthardt, Royce A. Levien, Robert W. Lord, Mark A. Malamud, John D. Rinaldo, Jr., Clarence T. Tegreene, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10433763
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is navigation and simulation systems and methods for minimally invasive therapy in which the navigation system imports a planning method using patient specific pre-operative images. The navigation system uses intraoperative imaging during the medical procedure to update the preoperative images and provides images of tracked surgical tools along the surgical path prepared from the preoperative images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Inventors: Cameron Piron, Michael Wood, Gal Sela, Joshua Richmond, Murugathas Yuwaraj, Monroe M. Thomas, Wes Hodges, Simon Alexander, David Gallop, Alex Panther, Nishanthan Shanmugaratnam, William Lau
  • Patent number: 10420531
    Abstract: A field programmable gate array (FPGA) circuit including a quadrature internal conditioning circuit is provided. The circuit having a buffer circuit; and a reconstruction engine circuit, wherein the reconstruction engine circuit includes: a circuit to measure a phase of a signal; and a flavor interpolation circuit; wherein: the circuit to measure the phase of a signal includes digitization points forming two complex numbers for each cycle of the center frequency of the signal. A system for collecting tissue images including a patient interface module (PIM); a pulse transmitter circuit; an analog to digital converter circuit; and an FPGA circuit as above; and a catheter having a sensing head is also provided. A method for using the above system to provide an image reconstruction is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Inventor: Paul Douglas Corl
  • Patent number: 10376280
    Abstract: An ultrasound probe structure dedicated for guiding the puncture needle. It has a passage in the center of the structure and the diameter of the passage is equal to the outer diameter of puncture needle. The bony and non-bony tissues can be distinguished according to the strength of the echoes so that the puncture needle can be guided to avoid hitting the bony tissue before or during insertion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignees: National Health Research Institutes, National Yang-Ming University
    Inventors: Yin Chang, Ching-Hsin Chen
  • Patent number: 10353069
    Abstract: An ultrasonic diagnostic imaging system is described by which a first sequence of ultrasound images of an organ such as the heart is acquired at a first image acquisition rate. The first sequence preferably images a larger volume or area in which a region of interest is located. Then a second sequence of three-dimensional ultrasound images of a sub-volume covering a part of anatomy of interest in the first sequence is acquired at a second image acquisition rate which is greater than the first acquisition rate. A third sequence of three-dimensional ultrasound images of a reference sub-volume is acquired at the second image rate. The second and third sequences of three-dimensional images are compared, enabling a clinician to focus on synchronism defects in the anatomy of interest with more precision and with a faster acquisition time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Pascal Allain, Olivier Gerard, Karl Thiele
  • Patent number: 10335054
    Abstract: A diagnostic method for monitoring changes in a fluid medium in a patient's head. The method includes positioning a transmitter at a first location on or near the patient's head, the transmitter generates and transmits a time-varying magnetic field into a fluid medium in the patient's head responsive to a first signal; positioning a receiver at a second location on or near the patient's head offset from the transmitter, the receiver generates a second signal responsive to a received magnetic field at the receiver; transmitting a time-varying magnetic field into the fluid medium in the patient's head in response to the first signal; receiving the transmitted magnetic field; generating the second signal responsive to the received magnetic field; and determining, a phase shift between the transmitted magnetic field and the received magnetic field for a plurality of frequencies of the transmitted time-varying magnetic field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventors: Richard Warren Wyeth, Mitchell Elliott Levinson
  • Patent number: 10278611
    Abstract: A medical image diagnostic apparatus has an imaging unit that images volume data of a region-of-interest of an object, an extracting unit that extracts a characteristic point from the volume data; and, a generating unit that generates an observation sectional image from the volume data using the characteristic point and correlation parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: Satoshi Sugiura
  • Patent number: 10258226
    Abstract: Systems, devices and methods for producing registered images of a body lumen are provided. The system includes a first imaging device having an imager positioned at a distal end thereof, said first imaging device configured to produce a first image of a body cavity; and an imaging system, including a second imaging device having an imager positioned at a distal end thereof and configured to be positioned approximate to said imager of said first imaging device within said body cavity and configured to produce a second image; an elongated member configured to contain said second imaging device; and at least one marker configured to produce registration information in the first image and the second image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: NinePoint Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Eman Namati, James W. Moriarty, Jr., Michael Madden
  • Patent number: 10258350
    Abstract: A low coherence interferometry probe system for evaluating proximity to a tissue layer, comprising a low coherence light source for generating low coherence excitation light, an excitation optical fiber to bring the low coherence excitation light near the tissue layer and a collection optical fiber for capturing back-scattered light from the tissue layer. The probe system comprises a low coherence interferometry sub-system and a digital signal processor for evaluating a distance to the tissue layer. There is also provided a spectral absorption probe system for evaluating proximity to an artery, comprising a light source excitation light having a wavelength adapted for absorption by blood chromophores, an excitation optical fiber and a collection optical fiber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventors: Hassan Ghaderi Moghaddam, Pascal Gallant, Ozzy Mermut, Israël Veilleux
  • Patent number: 10258254
    Abstract: An MRI prep scan acquires plural sets of echo signals at a plurality of cardiac time phases which are mutually different from each other for each slice and used to generate a plurality of respectively corresponding prep images. Reference information is acquired and displayed for determining a first cardiac time phase and a second cardiac time phase on the basis of the prep images. The first and second cardiac time phases are set in response to an operator's specification. An imaging scan section for acquiring imaging echo signals by performing an imaging scan is performed upon each of the first and second cardiac time phases to acquire imaging echo signals. A first image is generated based on an echo signal of the first cardiac time phase and a second image is generated based on an echo signal of the second cardiac time phase. A differential image is acquired by calculating a difference between the first image and the second image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventor: Naoyuki Furudate
  • Patent number: 10251579
    Abstract: A medical apparatus (1100) comprising a magnetic resonance imaging system and an interventional device (300) comprising a shaft (302, 1014, 1120). The medical apparatus further comprises a toroidal magnetic resonance fiducial marker (306, 600, 800, 900, 1000, 1122) attached to the shaft. The shaft passes through a center point (610, 810, 908, 1006) of the fiducial marker. The medical apparatus further comprises machine executable instructions (1150, 1152, 1154, 1156, 1158) for execution by a processor. The instructions cause the processor to acquire (100, 200) magnetic resonance data, to reconstruct (102, 202) a magnetic resonance image (1142), and to receive (104, 204) the selection of a target volume (1118, 1144, 1168). The instructions further cause the processor to repeatedly: acquire (106, 206) magnetic resonance location data (1146) from the fiducial marker and render (108, 212) a view (1148, 1162) indicating the position of the shaft relative to the target zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventors: Steffen Weiss, Ronaldus Frederik Johannes Holthuizen, Sascha Krueger, Peter Koken, Daniel Wirtz, Thomas Erik Amthor, Falk Uhlemann
  • Patent number: 10245447
    Abstract: The invention provides for a medical apparatus (200, 300, 400) comprising: a magnetic resonance imaging system (202), a display (270), a processor (228), and a memory (234) for storing instructions for the processor. The instructions causes the processor to receive a brachytherapy treatment plan (240), acquire (100) planning magnetic resonance data (244), calculate (102) a catheter placement positions (246, 900, 902) and a catheter control commands (248) the brachytherapy catheters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Thomas Erik Amthor, Falk Uhlemann, Sascha Krueger, Steffen Weiss, Ronaldus Frederik Johannes Holthuizen, Daniel Wirtz, Peter Koken
  • Patent number: 10238370
    Abstract: A biopsy needle has a central axis and includes one or more sensing regions, each sensing region formed by a plurality of sensing optical fibers located over a particular extent of said central axis and inside the outer shell of the needle. The sensing optical fibers are coupled to a wavelength interrogator. A steerable catheter has a central axis and outer shell, the outer shell coupled to a plurality of optical fibers in sensing regions and actuation regions, the sensing regions formed over particular extents of the central axis by bonding gratings to the inner surface of the outer shell, and the actuation regions formed by coupling optical energy into shape memory alloys bonded to the outer shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventors: Yong-Lae Park, Richard James Black, Behzad Moslehi, Mark R. Cutkosky, Santhi Elayaperumal, Bruce Daniel, Alan Yeung, Vahid Sotoudeh
  • Patent number: 10231789
    Abstract: Catheterization is carried out by inserting a probe into a cavity in a body of a subject. The probe has a contact force, a transmitter, a receiver, and an ultrasound transducer in its distal segment, After navigating the probe into contact with a target in a wall of the cavity, using the contact force sensor a desired contact force is established and maintained between the probe and the target. Responsively to readings by the receiver of signals from the transmitter, the distal end of the probe is oriented orthogonally to the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Biosense Webster (Israel) Ltd.
    Inventors: Assaf Govari, Andres Claudio Altmann, Dmitry Volkinshtein
  • Patent number: 10206660
    Abstract: An ultrasound diagnostic method utilizing an ultrasound diagnostic apparatus including an ultrasound probe, including controlling operations of the ultrasound diagnostic apparatus on the basis of an instruction signal input from an operator and displaying, in response to an operation by the operator, a plurality of first body marks on a first display screen at a time, each of the first body marks being different from each other in a body pattern which is a patterning of a body part seen in a predetermined direction, and being further superimposed on by a probe mark which indicates a position and a direction on the body pattern which the ultrasound probe is put.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventor: Rika Tashiro
  • Patent number: 10203382
    Abstract: An implantable parametric circuit enables local signal amplification and wireless transmission of RF signals in connection with magnetic resonance imaging systems. The parametric circuit detects RF signal detected during magnetic resonance imaging procedure, amplifies the detected RF signal, and transmits the amplified RF signal in a wireless manner to an external pick-up coil. The parametric amplifier is also configured to use another RF signal generated by an external source as the primary power source. As a result, implanted or catheter coils could be used as a wireless signal transducer without the need for a battery or a power connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: The United States of America, as Represented by the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services
    Inventors: Chunqi Qian, Joe Murphy-Boesch, Alan Koretsky, Stephen John Dodd
  • Patent number: 10201278
    Abstract: Systems and methods for detecting biometrics using a life detecting radar are disclosed. Life detecting radars can include transmit antennas configured to transmit continuous microwave (“CW”) radio signals that reflect back upon making contact with various objects. The signal can be systematically varied in frequency to provide a signal that is essentially continuous with short gaps between transmissions at different frequencies. The reflected return signals are received by one or more receive antennas and processed to detect one or more targets. The received signal can include a static (i.e. constant phase) signal corresponding to reflections from objects that do not move. The received signal can also include a phase varying signal that corresponds to reflections from a living target having measurable biometrics including (but not limited to) breathing patterns and heartbeats. Clutter can be removed and the remaining portions of the received signal are analyzed for target detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: California Institute of Technology
    Inventors: James Paul Lux, Vaughn P. Cable, Salman-ul Mohammed Haque, Michael Ray McKee, Hirad Ghaemi, Richard Kalantar Ohanian
  • Patent number: 10201286
    Abstract: An algorithm for determining heart rate by removing motion artifacts from a PPG signal in the frequency domain utilizes a principal component analysis. Some examples of the present disclosure process PPG signals in combination with accelerometer signals to remove unwanted artifacts in the frequency domain. For example, principal components of the accelerometer signal can be generated and combined with the PPG signal to filter out acceleration contributions represented in the PPG signal to reveal heart rate peaks. Additionally, in some examples, templates may be stored for correlation with candidate heart rate peaks to select those peaks with the highest correlations with the stored templates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen J. Waydo