Patents by Inventor Alexander Gemmel

Alexander Gemmel has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 11481936
    Abstract: A method for establishing a three-dimensional tomosynthesis data record of a target volume from two-dimensional projection images recorded with a recording arrangement including an X-ray source and an X-ray detector in different recording geometries is provided. During or after a reconstruction step, a deconvolution technique is used for reducing image artifacts of the tomosynthesis data record occurring due to lacking information. The projection images are recorded along a linear recording trajectory of the X-ray source. The reconstruction and the use of the deconvolution technique take place in a plurality of different two-dimensional reconstruction planes that are spanned by the recording trajectory and, in each case, a definition point in the target volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare GmbH
    Inventors: Alexander Gemmel, Gerhard Kleinszig, Björn Kreher, Holger Kunze, Jessica Magaraggia, Markus Weiten
  • Patent number: 11430126
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a method and to an image processing facility configured to carry out the method for the segmentation of image data of a target object. In the method, a first segmentation is generated by a trained algorithm. Furthermore, a statistical shape and appearance model is provided, which is trained on corresponding target objects. An interference region is further determined, in which the image data is impaired by an image artifact. A final segmentation of the image data is then generated by adjusting the shape and appearance model to the respective target object outside the interference region and using the first segmentation in the interference region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare GmbH
    Inventors: Holger Kunze, Alexander Gemmel, Sarina Thomas, Klaus Maier-Hein
  • Publication number: 20220240878
    Abstract: The invention relates to a mobile medical device, in particular a mobile C-arm X-ray device, comprising a device trolley which can be driven in at least two movement modes in a motor-supported manner, having at least one gripping element, which is provided for gripping by means of at least one human hand of an operator in order to move the device, and additionally having at least one sensor, which is arranged on the gripping element or in the direct vicinity thereof and is designed to detect measurement data that characterizes the type and/or location of the grip by means of the at least one human hand, an evaluating unit, which is designed to evaluate the measurement data with respect to the type and/or location of the grip and assign a movement mode of the device trolley, and a control unit for automatically setting the evaluated movement mode of the device trolley.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Publication date: August 4, 2022
    Inventors: Malte Reinhard, Alexander Gemmel, Josef Zeidler, Franz Dirauf
  • Patent number: 11382592
    Abstract: A method for increasing accuracy of positioning an X-ray device relative to an examination subject using a camera system includes recording a first data set, acquiring original positioning information pertaining to the X-ray device and specifying a target position of the X-ray device relative to the original position. The X-ray device is positioned out of the original position into a first approach position using the original positioning information, and a second data set is recorded. A deviation between the target position and the first approach position is determined by a reconciliation between the first data set and the second data set. The X-ray device is positioned out of the first approach position into a second approach position using the determined deviation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare GmbH
    Inventors: Alexander Gemmel, Gerhard Kleinszig, Bjoern Kreher, Holger Kunze, Jessica Magaraggia, Markus Weiten
  • Patent number: 11357465
    Abstract: Evaluating the reliability of a computed tomography (CT) volume image includes acquiring a first CT volume image and a modified CT volume image that are reconstructed from scanned projection images. From the first CT volume image and the modified CT volume image, digitally reconstructed X-ray images are then calculated. A respective similarity with a corresponding one of the scanned projection images is then determined. Based on a comparison of these similarities with one another, the reliability of the CT volume images is then evaluated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare GmbH
    Inventors: Peter Fischer, Alexander Gemmel, Gerhard Kleinszig, Björn Kreher, Holger Kunze, Jessica Magaraggia, Stefan Schneider, Markus Weiten
  • Patent number: 11172902
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a method for recording a panorama dataset of an examination object by a movable medical x-ray device, to a medical x-ray device, and to a computer program product for carrying out the method. The medical x-ray device has an x-ray source, which emits a bundle of x-rays, wherein a first image segment, which maps at least one part of the examination object, is recorded at a first point in time. Position data is acquired, which maps the spatial position of the x-ray device at this first point in time. At least one further image segment along an imaging path is recorded after there has been a movement of the x-ray device, wherein the imaging path lies in one plane, wherein a central ray of the bundle of x-rays emitted by the x-ray source does not run in parallel to the plane in which the imaging path lies. Additionally, position data is acquired, which maps the spatial position of the x-ray device at the time of the recording of the at least one further image segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare GmbH
    Inventors: Alexander Gemmel, Björn Kreher, Holger Kunze, Markus Weiten, Jessica Magaraggia, Gerhard Kleinszig, Tobias Lenich, Edgar Zaus
  • Publication number: 20210142482
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a method and to an image processing facility configured to carry out the method for the segmentation of image data of a target object. In the method, a first segmentation is generated by a trained algorithm. Furthermore, a statistical shape and appearance model is provided, which is trained on corresponding target objects. An interference region is further determined, in which the image data is impaired by an image artifact. A final segmentation of the image data is then generated by adjusting the shape and appearance model to the respective target object outside the interference region and using the first segmentation in the interference region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2020
    Publication date: May 13, 2021
    Inventors: Holger Kunze, Alexander Gemmel, Sarina Thomas, Klaus Maier-Hein
  • Patent number: 10925569
    Abstract: During the generation of a panoramic x-ray recording, the use of semi-transparent x-ray screens allows the patient's x-ray exposure to be reduced when partial x-ray images are created, in spite of relatively large overlapping areas between the partial x-ray images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare GmbH
    Inventors: Olivier Ecabert, Alexander Gemmel, Gerhard Kleinszig, Birgi Tamersoy
  • Patent number: 10842456
    Abstract: A method for determining an alignment between at least two bone parts of an elongated bone system of a patient includes recording a plurality of partially spatially overlapping projection images by a recording system of an x-ray device during a translational movement of the x-ray device or the recording system in a direction of or parallel to a longitudinal axis of the bone system. Tomosynthesis image data of the bone parts is reconstructed from the recorded projection images, and an alignment angle between the at least two bone parts is determined or estimated at least partially based on the reconstructed tomosynthesis image data and/or the plurality of projection images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare GmbH
    Inventors: Alexander Gemmel, Gerhard Kleinszig, Björn Kreher, Benedict Swartman, Wei Wei, Markus Weiten, Qiao Yang
  • Publication number: 20200320755
    Abstract: A method for establishing a three-dimensional tomosynthesis data record of a target volume from two-dimensional projection images recorded with a recording arrangement including an X-ray source and an X-ray detector in different recording geometries is provided. During or after a reconstruction step, a deconvolution technique is used for reducing image artifacts of the tomosynthesis data record occurring due to lacking information. The projection images are recorded along a linear recording trajectory of the X-ray source. The reconstruction and the use of the deconvolution technique take place in a plurality of different two-dimensional reconstruction planes that are spanned by the recording trajectory and, in each case, a definition point in the target volume.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2020
    Publication date: October 8, 2020
    Inventors: Alexander Gemmel, Gerhard Kleinszig, Björn Kreher, Holger Kunze, Jessica Magaraggia, Markus Weiten
  • Publication number: 20200305832
    Abstract: A method for increasing accuracy of positioning an X-ray device relative to an examination subject using a camera system includes recording a first data set, acquiring original positioning information pertaining to the X-ray device and specifying a target position of the X-ray device relative to the original position. The X-ray device is positioned out of the original position into a first approach position using the original positioning information, and a second data set is recorded. A deviation between the target position and the first approach position is determined by a reconciliation between the first data set and the second data set. The X-ray device is positioned out of the first approach position into a second approach position using the determined deviation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2020
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Inventors: Alexander Gemmel, Gerhard Kleinszig, Bjoern Kreher, Holger Kunze, Jessica Magaraggia, Markus Weiten
  • Publication number: 20200268334
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a method for recording a panorama dataset of an examination object by a movable medical x-ray device, to a medical x-ray device, and to a computer program product for carrying out the method. The medical x-ray device has an x-ray source, which emits a bundle of x-rays, wherein a first image segment, which maps at least one part of the examination object, is recorded at a first point in time. Position data is acquired, which maps the spatial position of the x-ray device at this first point in time. At least one further image segment along an imaging path is recorded after there has been a movement of the x-ray device, wherein the imaging path lies in one plane, wherein a central ray of the bundle of x-rays emitted by the x-ray source does not run in parallel to the plane in which the imaging path lies. Additionally, position data is acquired, which maps the spatial position of the x-ray device at the time of the recording of the at least one further image segment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2020
    Publication date: August 27, 2020
    Inventors: Alexander Gemmel, Bjoern Kreher, Holger Kunze, Markus Weiten, Jessica Magaraggia, Gerhard Kleinszig, Tobias Lenich, Edgar Zaus
  • Patent number: 10751010
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a mobile X-ray device having an equipment cart that is movable on wheels and has a lifting device on which a support assembly is arranged. A C-arm is mounted to the support assembly so as to be displaceable along the circumference of the support assembly, wherein the C-arm has an X-ray source and an X-ray receiver arranged opposite the X-ray source. In order to simplify the handling of a mechanical zoom on mobile X-ray devices, a motion controller is provided by which, in any given pose of the C-arm, a movement of the C-arm is controlled in such a way that the central axis extending between X-ray source and X-ray receiver is fixed in space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare GmbH
    Inventors: Alexander Gemmel, Gerhard Kleinszig, Wei Wei, Markus Weiten
  • Patent number: 10706546
    Abstract: A method is provided for operating a medical imaging device when performing an imaging examination. In order to allow an improved preparation of images in the context of such an imaging examination, the method includes: providing an original image of a body region; recording an updated image of the body region; and generating a three-dimensional subsequent image from the original image and from the updated image using a previously trained artificial neural network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare GmbH
    Inventors: Alexander Gemmel, Gerhard Kleinszig, Björn Kreher, Holger Kunze, Jessica Magaraggia, Stefan Schneider, Markus Weiten
  • Patent number: 10687900
    Abstract: In a method of image support for a person carrying out a minimally invasive procedure with an instrument in a procedure site of a patient, one two-dimensional X-ray image respectively of the procedure site is recorded by an X-ray apparatus in at least two recording geometries implementing different projection directions and chosen specific to the procedure, in particular by the person. A three-dimensional model data set of the procedure region is reconstructed by iterative reconstruction from the X-ray images. At least one two-dimensional supporting image corresponding to one of the recording geometries is determined by incorporating at least one item of further information by re-projection of the model data set supplemented by the further information and is displayed for the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare GmbH
    Inventors: Alexander Gemmel, Bjoern Kreher, Gerhard Kleinszig, Markus Weiten
  • Patent number: 10674979
    Abstract: The invention relates to a mobile C-arm system (C1), at least comprising at least three wheels, at least two wheels each having an electric motor, wherein the electric motor has a stator (S) and a rotor (R), the stator (S) being connected to a wheel suspension (T) of the wheel and the rotor (R) being surrounded peripherally by a running wheel (L).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare GmbH
    Inventors: Jens Fehre, Alexander Gemmel, Andreas Limmer, Ralf Nanke
  • Patent number: 10653386
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method are provided for positioning an x-ray machine having an x-ray source and a detector. A second X-ray image is recorded once an x-ray apparatus has been positioned by using information of an alignment point in a first x-ray image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare GMBH
    Inventors: Alexander Gemmel, Gerhard Kleinszig, Wei Wei, Markus Weiten
  • Patent number: 10634624
    Abstract: The device relates to a method and a device (10) for determining an irradiation plan for a particle irradiation unit (20). In the method, a target volume (6) within a test object (14; 18) is irradiated with a particle beam (16) using the particle irradiation unit (20) according to the irradiation plan. The radiation plan is determined in order to apply the energy of the particle beam (16) according to a predetermined dose distribution in the target volume (6), the target volume (6) and the predetermined dose distribution being pre-set. When determining the irradiation plan, irradiation duration is also taken into account, the irradiation plan being determined such that the irradiation duration is as short as possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Thilo Elsässer, Alexander Gemmel, Thomas Hansmann, Eike Rietzel
  • Publication number: 20200113534
    Abstract: Evaluating a reliability of a computed tomography (CT) volume image includes acquiring a first CT volume image and a modified CT volume image that are reconstructed from scanned projection images. From the first CT volume image and the modified CT volume image, digitally reconstructed X-ray images are then calculated. A respective similarity with a corresponding one of the scanned projection images is then determined. Based on a comparison of these similarities with one another, a reliability of the CT volume images is then evaluated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2019
    Publication date: April 16, 2020
    Inventors: Peter Fischer, Alexander Gemmel, Gerhard Kleinszig, Björn Kreher, Holger Kunze, Jessica Magaraggia, Stefan Schneider, Markus Weiten
  • Patent number: 10614917
    Abstract: A medical apparatus has a plurality of movable elements that are remotely displaced. A display device receives inputs for positioning the movable elements from a user. A computing device that is coupled to the display device displays a model of the medical apparatus on the display device. The movable elements are displayed in the model in accordance with the received inputs for positioning. In response to a trigger signal of the user for moving the movable elements, the movable elements are driven so as to adopt the displayed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare GmbH
    Inventors: Alexander Gemmel, Hans Schweizer, Wei Wei, Markus Weiten