Patents by Inventor Bernhard Erich Hermann Claus

Bernhard Erich Hermann Claus 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: 10206645
    Abstract: A method for imaging a target region in a subject is presented. The method includes selecting one or more tomographic angle sequences, acquiring one or more image sequences corresponding to the one or more tomographic angle sequences, where each image sequence has a corresponding tomographic angle sequence, deriving geometric information corresponding to one or more structures of interest in at least one of the image sequences, identifying visualization information, generating one or more displacement maps based on the geometric information, the visualization information, at least a subset of at least one of the one or more tomographic angle sequences, or combinations thereof, transforming at least a subset of images in the one or more image sequences based on corresponding displacement maps to create one or more transformed/stabilized image sequences, and visualizing on a display the one or more transformed/stabilized image sequences to provide a stabilized presentation of the target region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Bernhard Erich Hermann Claus, David Allen Langan
  • Publication number: 20180214106
    Abstract: A method of breast image reconstruction includes positioning a breast on an imaging system support plate, compressing the breast with a flexible paddle, obtaining imaging data, estimating a breast thickness profile by at least one of placing markers on the breast, performing an image-based analysis of the obtained data, using an auxiliary system, and performing a model-based computation. The three-dimensional (3D) reconstruction including using a thickness profile of the breast surface in at least one of an iterative reconstruction, a filtered back-projection reconstruction, and a joint reconstruction performed using information obtained from an ultrasound scan. A non-transitory medium having executable instructions to cause a processor to perform the method is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Inventors: Xin WANG, Bernhard Erich Hermann CLAUS, Cynthia Elizabeth Landberg DAVIS, Razvan Gabriel IORDACHE
  • Patent number: 9943280
    Abstract: A method of breast image reconstruction includes positioning a breast on an imaging system support plate, compressing the breast with a flexible paddle, obtaining imaging data, estimating a breast thickness profile by at least one of placing markers on the breast, performing an image-based analysis of the obtained data, using an auxiliary system, and performing a model-based computation. The three dimensional reconstruction including using a thickness profile of the breast surface in at least one of an iterative reconstruction, a filtered back-projection reconstruction, and a joint reconstruction performed using information obtained from an ultrasound scan. A non-transitory medium having executable instructions to cause a processor to perform the method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Xin Wang, Bernhard Erich Hermann Claus, Cynthia Elizabeth Landberg Davis, Razvan Gabriel Iordache
  • Patent number: 9895119
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates various approaches by which mask and contrast projection data may be acquired using a continuous projection acquisition process, without an interruption in acquisition or resetting of the system between the acquisition of the mask projection data and the contrast projection data. In certain implementations, the approaches described herein may be employed with a single-plane or multi-plane tomosynthesis system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: David Allen Langan, Bernhard Erich Hermann Claus
  • Publication number: 20170251991
    Abstract: A method of breast image reconstruction includes positioning a breast on an imaging system support plate, compressing the breast with a flexible paddle, obtaining imaging data, estimating a breast thickness profile by at least one of placing markers on the breast, performing an image-based analysis of the obtained data, using an auxiliary system, and performing a model-based computation. The three dimensional reconstruction including using a thickness profile of the breast surface in at least one of an iterative reconstruction, a filtered back-projection reconstruction, and a joint reconstruction performed using information obtained from an ultrasound scan. A non-transitory medium having executable instructions to cause a processor to perform the method is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Publication date: September 7, 2017
    Inventors: Xin WANG, Bernhard Erich Hermann CLAUS, Cynthia Elizabeth Landberg DAVIS, Razvan Gabriel IORDACHE
  • Patent number: 9713450
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to the iterative reconstruction of projection data. In certain embodiments, the iterative reconstruction is a multi-stage iterative reconstruction in which different feature are selectively emphasized at different stages. Selective emphasis at different stages may be accomplished by differentially handling two or more decompositions of an input image at certain iterations and/or by differently processing certain features with respect to each stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Bernhard Erich Hermann Claus, David Allen Langan, Omar Al Assad
  • Patent number: 9613440
    Abstract: Some embodiments are associated with generation of a volumetric image representing an imaged object associated with a patient. According to some embodiments, tomosynthesis projection data may be acquired. A computer processor may then automatically generate the volumetric image based on the acquired tomosynthesis projection data. Moreover, distances between voxels in the volumetric image may be spatially varied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Bernhard Erich Hermann Claus
  • Publication number: 20170079607
    Abstract: A method for imaging a target region in a subject is presented. The method includes selecting one or more tomographic angle sequences, acquiring one or more image sequences corresponding to the one or more tomographic angle sequences, where each image sequence has a corresponding tomographic angle sequence, deriving geometric information corresponding to one or more structures of interest in at least one of the image sequences, identifying visualization information, generating one or more displacement maps based on the geometric information, the visualization information, at least a subset of at least one of the one or more tomographic angle sequences, or combinations thereof, transforming at least a subset of images in the one or more image sequences based on corresponding displacement maps to create one or more transformed/stabilized image sequences, and visualizing on a display the one or more transformed/stabilized image sequences to provide a stabilized presentation of the target region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Inventors: Bernhard Erich Hermann Claus, David Allen Langan
  • Patent number: 9597041
    Abstract: In accordance with embodiments of the present, a method for acquiring an image is provided. The method comprises acquiring initial image data, identifying one or more regions of interest in at least one of the initial image data or in a first image generated from the initial image data. The method further comprises automatically deriving one or more scan parameters based upon the regions of interest, and acquiring second image data using the scan parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Bernhard Erich Hermann Claus, Kai Erik Thomenius, Frederick Wilson Wheeler
  • Publication number: 20170039734
    Abstract: Disclosed aspects relate to the acquisition and processing of projection data using temporal characteristics of the imaged volume, such as the uptake and clearance of a contrast agent within the volume. Such temporal aspects may be used in the acquisition process, such as to differentially acquire images based on the propagation of the contrast agent. In addition, such temporal aspects may be used in the processing of projection data to generate differential projections (e.g., first or second order subtraction projections), compound projections synthesized using the absolute or relative maximum opacity values observed over time for a region of interest, or interpolated projections synthesized using observed opacity values at known or fixed time intervals and a derived peak opacity time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Publication date: February 9, 2017
    Inventors: David Allen Langan, Bernhard Erich Hermann Claus, Gregoire Avignon
  • Patent number: 9532757
    Abstract: C-arm systems and method for making and using continuous C-arm spin acquisition trajectories for dynamic imaging and improved image quality are described. In such systems and methods, a C-arm gantry, coupled to a C-arm support assembly, is adapted to retain an x-ray source and an x-ray detector. The C-arm gantry is selectively rotatable relative to the C-arm support assembly about both a C-arm axis and a pivot-axis to displace the x-ray source and the x-ray detector along a continuous C-arm spin trajectory. The C-arm system is adapted for continuous three-dimensional acquisition of data along the continuous C-arm spin trajectory including a plurality of shorts arcs and a plurality of long arcs. The C-arm system is adapted for continuous three-dimensional acquisition of data along the continuous C-arm spin trajectory to provide continuous three-dimensional imaging of dynamic processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Bernhard Erich Hermann Claus, David Allen Langan, Omar Al Assad
  • Patent number: 9468409
    Abstract: Systems, methods and non-transitory computer readable media for imaging. The system includes one or more radiation sources and detectors configured to transmit x-ray radiation towards a subject for imaging a dynamic process in a ROI of the subject and to acquire projection data corresponding to the ROI, respectively. The system also includes a computing device operatively coupled to one or more of the radiation sources and the detectors. The computing device is configured to provide control signals for performing one or more reference scans for acquiring reference data from a plurality of angular positions around the subject and for performing one or more tomosynthesis scans using one or more tomosynthesis trajectories for acquiring tomosynthesis data following the onset of the dynamic process. Additionally, the computing device is configured to reconstruct one or more images representative of the dynamic process using the reference data and/or the tomosynthesis data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Bernhard Erich Hermann Claus, Jeffrey Wayne Eberhard, David Allen Langan, Kedar Bhalchandra Khare
  • Publication number: 20160206262
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to the acquisition of image data over an extended field of view using an interventional tomosynthesis system. In one embodiment, the interventional tomosynthesis system has a base offset from the longitudinal axis of a patient table, such that movement of the table relative to the imager may be performed during tomosynthesis projection acquisition. One or both of the imager and the table may move to accomplish such relative motion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Publication date: July 21, 2016
    Inventors: David Allen Langan, Bernhard Erich Hermann Claus, Hao Lai, Gary Michael Idelchik
  • Publication number: 20160171723
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to the iterative reconstruction of projection data. In certain embodiments, the iterative reconstruction is a multi-stage iterative reconstruction in which different feature are selectively emphasized at different stages. Selective emphasis at different stages may be accomplished by differentially handling two or more decompositions of an input image at certain iterations and/or by differently processing certain features with respect to each stage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Publication date: June 16, 2016
    Inventors: Bernhard Erich Hermann Claus, David Allen Langan, Omar Al Assad
  • Publication number: 20160166329
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to the identification and tracking of a navigational instrument (e.g., a needle) in three-dimensions, with substantially real-time image updates of the instrument and updates of the tissue at an equal or lower rate. In certain embodiments, the images are acquired using a C-arm tomosynthesis system configured to move the X-ray source and detector in respective planes above and below the patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Publication date: June 16, 2016
    Inventors: David Allen Langan, Bernhard Erich Hermann Claus, Omar Al Assad, Gregoire Avignon
  • Patent number: 9349198
    Abstract: Approaches are disclosed for removing or reducing metal artifacts in reconstructed images. The approaches include creating a metal mask in the projection domain, interpolating data within the metal mask, and perform a reconstruction using the interpolated data. In certain embodiments the metal structure is separately reconstructed and combined with the reconstructed volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Bernhard Erich Hermann Claus, David Allen Langan, Taylor Robert Braun-Jones
  • Publication number: 20160029987
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates various approaches by which mask and contrast projection data may be acquired using a continuous projection acquisition process, without an interruption in acquisition or resetting of the system between the acquisition of the mask projection data and the contrast projection data. In certain implementations, the approaches described herein may be employed with a single-plane or multi-plane tomosynthesis system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Publication date: February 4, 2016
    Inventors: David Allen Langan, Bernhard Erich Hermann Claus
  • Patent number: 9247920
    Abstract: A method includes, in a bi-plane interventional imaging system, moving a first C-arm supporting a first X-ray source and a first X-ray detector about first and second axes while obtaining a plurality of first X-ray attenuation data sets relating to a subject of interest; moving a second C-arm, positioned crosswise with respect to the first C-arm and supporting a second X-ray source and a second X-ray detector, about the first axis while obtaining a plurality of second X-ray attenuation data sets relating to the subject of interest; and synchronizing the movement of the first and second C-arms to avoid collision therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Omar Al Assad, David Allen Langan, Bernhard Erich Hermann Claus, Jeffrey Wayne Eberhard, Michel Francois Grimaud
  • Publication number: 20150374319
    Abstract: C-arm systems and method for making and using continuous C-arm spin acquisition trajectories for dynamic imaging and improved image quality are described. In such systems and methods, a C-arm gantry, coupled to a C-arm support assembly, is adapted to retain an x-ray source and an x-ray detector. The C-arm gantry is selectively rotatable relative to the C-arm support assembly about both a C-arm axis and a pivot-axis to displace the x-ray source and the x-ray detector along a continuous C-arm spin trajectory. The C-arm system is adapted for continuous three-dimensional acquisition of data along the continuous C-arm spin trajectory including a plurality of shorts arcs and a plurality of long arcs. The C-arm system is adapted for continuous three-dimensional acquisition of data along the continuous C-arm spin trajectory to provide continuous three-dimensional imaging of dynamic processes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Publication date: December 31, 2015
    Inventors: Bernhard Erich Hermann Claus, David Allen Langan, Omar Al Assad
  • Patent number: 9194965
    Abstract: An imaging system is provided. The imaging system includes an X-ray radiation source. The imaging system also includes a source controller coupled to the X-ray radiation source and configured to modulate an exposure pattern from the X-ray radiation source to enable a coded exposure sequence. The imaging system further includes a digital X-ray detector configured to acquire image data that includes at least one coded motion blur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Yi Xu, Frederick Wilson Wheeler, Bernhard Erich Hermann Claus