Patents by Inventor Andrew DiGiore

Andrew DiGiore 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: 10350420
    Abstract: Improved external chargers for charging an implantable medical device, and particularly useful in charging a plurality of such devices, are disclosed. Each of the various embodiments include a plurality of field customization coils for customizing the magnetic charging field generated by the external charger such that the magnetic charging field is not radially symmetric. For example, one embodiment includes a primary coil with a plurality of field customization coils distributed radially with respect to the coil. The generated magnetic charging field can be rendered radially asymmetric by selectively activating or disabling the field customization coils in response to data quantifying the coupling between the various implants and the field customization coils in the charger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Rafael Carbunaru, Andrew DiGiore, Todd Whitehurst
  • Publication number: 20180361165
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for charging an implanted medical device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Publication date: December 20, 2018
    Inventors: Kristen Jaax, Rafael Carbunaru, Mun Pook Lui, Todd K. Whitehurst, Andrew DiGiore, Brett Daniel Schleicher, Gregory Baldwin, Michael A. Moffitt, Jeffery Van Funderburk, James C. Makous
  • Publication number: 20180161573
    Abstract: A neurostimulation system and method of providing therapy to a patient implanted with a plurality of electrodes using a plurality of electrical sources is provided. A source-electrode coupling configuration is determined from the electrical sources and electrodes. Electrical current is respectively conveyed between active ones of the plurality of electrical sources and active subsets of the plurality of electrodes in accordance with the determined source-electrode coupling configuration. The total number of the electrodes in the active electrode subsets is greater than the total number of the active electrical sources.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Inventors: Rafael Carbunaru, Kristen Jaax, Andrew DiGiore
  • Patent number: 9937341
    Abstract: A lead is configured and arranged for brain stimulation. The lead includes a proximal end and a distal end. The proximal end includes a plurality of terminals disposed at the proximal end. The distal end has a non-circular transverse cross-sectional shape and includes a plurality of electrodes disposed at the distal end. A plurality of conductive wires electrically couple at least one of the plurality of electrodes to at least one of the plurality of terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Anne M. Pianca, Courtney C. Lane, James C. Makous, Andrew DiGiore, Ellis Garai
  • Patent number: 9913975
    Abstract: A neurostimulation system and method of providing therapy to a patient implanted with a plurality of electrodes using a plurality of electrical sources is provided. A source-electrode coupling configuration is determined from the electrical sources and electrodes. Electrical current is respectively conveyed between active ones of the plurality of electrical sources and active subsets of the plurality of electrodes in accordance with the determined source-electrode coupling configuration. The total number of the electrodes in the active electrode subsets is greater than the total number of the active electrical sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Rafael Carbunaru, Kristen Jaax, Andrew DiGiore
  • Publication number: 20170326365
    Abstract: A method and neurostimulation system for treating a patient are provided. A plurality of pulsed electrical waveforms are respectively delivered within a plurality of timing channels of the neurostimulation system, thereby treating the patient. Sets of stimulation pulses within the pulsed electrical waveforms that will potentially overlap temporally are predicted. Stimulation pulses in the respective pulsed electrical waveforms are temporally shifted in a manner that prevents overlap of the potentially overlapping pulse sets while preventing frequency locking between the timing channels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Publication date: November 16, 2017
    Inventors: Courtney C. Lane, Rafael Carbunaru, Kerry Bradley, David K.L. Peterson, Andrew DiGiore, Michael A. Moffitt
  • Publication number: 20170296833
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for charging an implanted medical device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Publication date: October 19, 2017
    Inventors: Kristen Jaax, Rafael Carbunaru, Mun Pook Lui, Todd K. Whitehurst, Andrew DiGiore, Brett Daniel Schleicher, Gregory Baldwin, Michael A. Moffitt, Jeffery Van Funderburk, James C. Makous
  • Publication number: 20170281956
    Abstract: Improved external chargers for charging an implantable medical device, and particularly useful in charging a plurality of such devices, are disclosed. Each of the various embodiments include a plurality of field customization coils for customizing the magnetic charging field generated by the external charger such that the magnetic charging field is not radially symmetric. For example, one embodiment includes a primary coil with a plurality of field customization coils distributed radially with respect to the coil. The generated magnetic charging field can be rendered radially asymmetric by selectively activating or disabling the field customization coils in response to data quantifying the coupling between the various implants and the field customization coils in the charger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Publication date: October 5, 2017
    Inventors: Rafael Carbunaru, Andrew DiGiore, Todd Whitehurst
  • Patent number: 9775983
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a lead includes pre-forming at least one relief section along a length of an elongated conductor having a first end and an opposing second end. The conductor with the pre-formed relief section is inserted into a conductor lumen defined along a length of an elongated lead body. The lead body has a first end and an opposing second end. An electrode is disposed at the first end of the lead body. The first end of the conductor is electrically coupled to the electrode. A terminal is disposed at the second end of the lead body. The second end of the conductor is electrically coupled to the terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew DiGiore, John Michael Barker, Anne Margaret Pianca, Michael Adam Moffitt, Matthew Lee McDonald, Joshua Dale Howard
  • Patent number: 9737703
    Abstract: Methods of providing therapy to a patient are provided. In one method, the patient has a neuron to which a sub-threshold biological electrical stimulus is applied. The method comprises applying electrical noise energy to the neuron, wherein resonance between the biological electrical stimulus and the electrical noise energy is created, such that an action potential is propagated along the axon of the neuron. In another method, the patient has a neuron to which a supra-threshold biological electrical stimulus is applied. This method comprises applying supra-threshold electrical noise energy to the neuron, thereby preventing an action potential from being propagated along the axon of the neuron. Still another method comprises applying an electrical stimulus to a neuron, and applying supra-threshold electrical noise energy to the neuron, thereby preventing or reversing any neurological accommodation of the neuron that may occur in response to the electrical stimulus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC NEUROMODULATION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Rafael Carbunaru, Michael Moffitt, Kristen Jaax, Andrew DiGiore, Courtney Lane
  • Patent number: 9724513
    Abstract: A method and neurostimulation system for treating a patient are provided. A plurality of pulsed electrical waveforms are respectively delivered within a plurality of timing channels of the neurostimulation system, thereby treating the patient. Sets of stimulation pulses within the pulsed electrical waveforms that will potentially overlap temporally are predicted. Stimulation pulses in the respective pulsed electrical waveforms are temporally shifted in a manner that prevents overlap of the potentially overlapping pulse sets while preventing frequency locking between the timing channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Courtney Lane, Rafael Carbunaru, Kerry Bradley, David K. L. Peterson, Andrew DiGiore, Michael Moffitt
  • Patent number: 9700730
    Abstract: Improved external chargers for charging an implantable medical device, and particularly useful in charging a plurality of such devices, are disclosed. Each of the various embodiments include a plurality of field customization coils for customizing the magnetic charging field generated by the external charger such that the magnetic charging field is not radially symmetric. For example, one embodiment includes a primary coil with a plurality of field customization coils distributed radially with respect to the coil. The generated magnetic charging field can be rendered radially asymmetric by selectively activating or disabling the field customization coils in response to data quantifying the coupling between the various implants and the field customization coils in the charger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Rafael Carbunaru, Andrew DiGiore, Todd Whitehurst
  • Publication number: 20170136246
    Abstract: A system for performing a neurostimulation trial comprises an external trial stimulator capable of delivering stimulation energy to a plurality of electrodes carried by one or more stimulation leads. The external trial stimulator is configurable to operate in a plurality of stimulation energy delivery modes to respectively emulate one of different neurostimulator types. The system may further comprise a programmer capable of configuring the external trial stimulator to operate in one of the stimulation energy delivery modes. The programmer may be capable of generating a first programming screen capable of allowing a first set of stimulation parameters to be defined for the first neurostimulator type, and a second programming screen capable of allowing a second set of stimulation parameters to be defined for a second neurostimulator type.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Inventors: Todd K. Whitehurst, Rafael Carbunaru, Kristen Jaax, Andrew DiGiore, Brett D. Schleicher
  • Publication number: 20170072198
    Abstract: A method for treating a patient having a dysfunction using a stimulation lead within the brain of a patient is provided. The stimulation lead carries a plurality of electrodes adjacent to a plurality of brain regions. Pulsed electrical waveforms having different sets of stimulation parameters are generated and then concurrently delivered to the plurality of electrodes, thereby concurrently stimulating the plurality of brain regions to treat the dysfunction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Inventors: James C. Makous, Courtney C. Lane, Kristen Jaax, Andrew DiGiore
  • Publication number: 20170001002
    Abstract: A neurostimulation system and method of providing therapy to a patient implanted with a plurality of electrodes using a plurality of electrical sources is provided. A source-electrode coupling configuration is determined from the electrical sources and electrodes. Electrical current is respectively conveyed between active ones of the plurality of electrical sources and active subsets of the plurality of electrodes in accordance with the determined source-electrode coupling configuration. The total number of the electrodes in the active electrode subsets is greater than the total number of the active electrical sources.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Publication date: January 5, 2017
    Inventors: Rafael Carbunaru, Kristen Jaax, Andrew DiGiore
  • Patent number: 9474895
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a lead includes forming an elongated multi-lumen conductor guide defining a central stylet lumen and a plurality of conductor lumens arranged around the stylet lumen. The multi-lumen conductor guide is twisted to form at least one helical section where the plurality of conductor lumens each forms a helical pathway around the stylet lumen. Each of the helical pathways of the at least one helical section has a pitch that is no less than 0.04 turns per centimeter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew DiGiore, Thomas Lopez
  • Patent number: 9452288
    Abstract: A system for performing a neurostimulation trial comprises an external trial stimulator capable of delivering stimulation energy to a plurality of electrodes carried by one or more stimulation leads. The external trial stimulator is configurable to operate in a plurality of stimulation energy delivery modes to respectively emulate one of different neurostimulator types. The system may further comprise a programmer capable of configuring the external trial stimulator to operate in one of the stimulation energy delivery modes. The programmer may be capable of generating a first programming screen capable of allowing a first set of stimulation parameters to be defined for the first neurostimulator type, and a second programming screen capable of allowing a second set of stimulation parameters to be defined for a second neurostimulator type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Todd Whitehurst, Rafael Carbunaru, Kristen Jaax, Andrew DiGiore, Brett D Schleicher
  • Patent number: 9446231
    Abstract: A neurostimulation system and method of providing therapy to a patient implanted with a plurality of electrodes using a plurality of electrical sources is provided. A source-electrode coupling configuration is determined from the electrical sources and electrodes. Electrical current is respectively conveyed between active ones of the plurality of electrical sources and active subsets of the plurality of electrodes in accordance with the determined source-electrode coupling configuration. The total number of the electrodes in the active electrode subsets is greater than the total number of the active electrical sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Rafael Carbunaru, Kristen Jaax, Andrew DiGiore
  • Patent number: 9399131
    Abstract: Electrical energy is transcutaneously transmitted from an external charger to an implanted medical device. The external charger includes a charging head that is selectively shaped to conform to the surface of a patient to enhance charge efficiency and patient comfort. The charging head has a plurality of malleable support members extending through the charging head for affixing the flexible charging head in the selected shape, while the flexible charging head conforms to the surface of the patient. The charging head may also include one or more sensors for determining the shape of a charging coil in the charging head, which cause the charge of the coil to be adjusted based on the coil shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew DiGiore, Brett Schleicher, Greg Baldwin
  • Patent number: 9352156
    Abstract: Neurostimulation systems and methods for providing therapy to a patient suffering from a symptom of a disease that latently responds to electrical stimulation therapy are provided. First electrical stimulation energy is conveyed to or from a tissue region of the patient in accordance with a first set of stimulation parameters, thereby affecting the symptom. A predetermined period of time estimated for the symptom to resolve in response to electrical stimulation therapy is allowed to elapse. Second electrical stimulation energy is conveyed to or from the tissue region in accordance with a second set of stimulation parameters different from the first set of stimulation parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neurmodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Courtney Lane, Rafael Carbunaru, David K. L. Peterson, Andrew DiGiore