Patents by Inventor Bjorn A. J. Angelsen

Bjorn A. J. Angelsen 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: 11280906
    Abstract: Estimation and imaging of linear and nonlinear propagation and scattering parameters in a material object where the material parameters for wave propagation and scattering has a nonlinear dependence on the wave field amplitude. The methods comprise transmitting at least two pulse complexes composed of co-propagating high frequency (HF) and low frequency (LF) pulses along at least one LF and HF transmit beam axis, where said HF pulse propagates close to the crest or trough of the LF pulse along at least one HF transmit beam, and where one of the amplitude and polarity of the LF pulse varies between at least two transmitted pulse complexes. At least one HF receive beam crosses the HF transmit beam at an angle >20 deg to provide at least two HF cross-beam receive signals from at least two transmitted pulse complexes with different LF pulses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: SURF Technology AS
    Inventors: Bjorn A. J. Angelsen, Johannes Kvam
  • Patent number: 11275006
    Abstract: Methods and instrumentation for estimation of nonlinear bulk elasticity parameters (NEP) of a material through measuring nonlinear propagation delays (NPDs) at a set of multiple range cells along at least one transmit beam axis, and adapting said NEPs to minimize a functional of the NEPs. The method calculates a distance between a model of the NPDs with the NEPs as input and the measured NPDs, and estimated NEPs are obtained at the minimum of the functional. The NPDs are measured by transmitting at least two pulse complexes comprising a low frequency (LF) and a high frequency (HF) pulse with differences in the LF pulse, along at least one common LF and HF transmit beam axes, and gating out HF receive signals from a multitude of depth ranges along said at least one HF transmit beam axis, and comparing the HF receive signals from two pulse complexes with difference in the LF pulse for each depth range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: SURF Technology AS
    Inventors: Bjorn A. J. Angelsen, Johannes Kvam, Stian Solberg
  • Publication number: 20210286059
    Abstract: Estimation and imaging of linear and nonlinear propagation and scattering parameters in a material object where the material parameters for wave propagation and scattering has a nonlinear dependence on the wave field amplitude. The methods transmit at least two pulse complexes composed of co-propagating high frequency (HF) and low frequency (LF) pulses along at least one LF and HF transmit beam axis, where said HF pulse propagates close to the crest or trough of the LF pulse along at least one HF transmit beam, and where one of the amplitude and polarity of the LF pulse varies between at least two transmitted pulse complexes. At least one HF receive beam crosses the HF transmit beam at an angle, to provide at least two HF cross-beam receive signals from at least two transmitted pulse complexes with different LF pulses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2020
    Publication date: September 16, 2021
    Inventors: Bjorn A. J. ANGELSEN, Johannes Kvam, Stian Solberg
  • Patent number: 11007686
    Abstract: An acoustic matching layer where the thickness is defined by a single layer of defined mono-disperse particles. The layer comprises a polymer base in which mono-disperse particles are embedded. The mono-disperse particles can be coated with a solid material that participates in the definition of the acoustic impedance of the layer. The polymer base can include smaller solid particles that participates in the definition of the acoustic impedance of the layer. The invention also provides a method of manufacturing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: SURF TECHNOLOGY AS
    Inventor: Bjorn A. J. Angelsen
  • Publication number: 20210072194
    Abstract: An ultrasound transducer array probe arranged as a layered structure having at least one layer of transducer array elements, and at least one further layer mounted in at least one of i) acoustic, and ii) thermal contact with said layer of transducer elements. The further layer has particles of a polymer core coated with at least one surface layer of a material that at least one of i) determines an acoustic impedance, and ii) a thermal conductivity of the further layer. The density of particles provides for a large number of particles to be in contact with neighboring particles, and the further layer is, at least across a part of its surface, coated with an electrically isolating layer that is so thin that the effect of the isolating layer on acoustic and thermal performance of the further layer is negligible.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2020
    Publication date: March 11, 2021
    Inventor: Bjørn A. J. Angelsen
  • Publication number: 20200405268
    Abstract: Methods and instrumentation for pulse scattering estimation and imaging of scattering parameters in a material object by transmitting a pulse along a transmit beam and directing a receive beam that crosses at least one transmit beam at an angle <45 deg. The receive beam is at least in an azimuth direction at the transmit beam, and records scattered receive signal from the overlap region. A receive interval of the receive signal is gated for further processing to form measurement and/or image signals from cross-beam observation cells.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2020
    Publication date: December 31, 2020
    Inventors: Bjørn A. J. ANGELSEN, Stian SOLBERG
  • Publication number: 20200191690
    Abstract: Methods and instrumentation for estimation of nonlinear bulk elasticity parameters (NEP) of a material through measuring nonlinear propagation delays (NPDs) at a set of multiple range cells along at least one transmit beam axis, and adapting said NEPs to minimize a functional of the NEPs. The method calculates a distance between a model of the NPDs with the NEPs as input and the measured NPDs, and estimated NEPs are obtained at the minimum of the functional. The NPDs are measured by transmitting at least two pulse complexes comprising a low frequency (LF) and a high frequency (HF) pulse with differences in the LF pulse, along at least one common LF and HF transmit beam axes, and gating out HF receive signals from a multitude of depth ranges along said at least one HF transmit beam axis, and comparing the HF receive signals from two pulse complexes with difference in the LF pulse for each depth range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2019
    Publication date: June 18, 2020
    Inventors: Bjorn A.J. ANGELSEN, Johannes Kvam, Stian Solberg
  • Patent number: 10578725
    Abstract: The invention presents methods and instrumentation for measurement or imaging of a region of an object with waves of a general nature, for example electromagnetic (EM) and elastic (EL) waves, where the material parameters for wave propagation and scattering in the object depend on the wave field strength. The invention specially addresses suppression of 3rd order multiple scattering noise, referred to as pulse reverberation noise, and also suppression of linear scattering components to enhanced signal components from nonlinear scattering. The pulse reverberation noise is divided into three classes where the invention specially addresses Class I and Class II 3rd order multiple scattering that are generated from the same three scatterers, but in opposite sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: SURF Technology AS
    Inventors: Bjorn A. J. Angelsen, Thor Andreas Tangen
  • Publication number: 20190235076
    Abstract: Estimation and imaging of linear and nonlinear propagation and scattering parameters in a material object where the material parameters for wave propagation and scattering has a nonlinear dependence on the wave field amplitude. The methods comprise transmitting at least two pulse complexes composed of co-propagating high frequency (HF) and low frequency (LF) pulses along at least one LF and HF transmit beam axis, where said HF pulse propagates close to the crest or trough of the LF pulse along at least one HF transmit beam, and where one of the amplitude and polarity of the LF pulse varies between at least two transmitted pulse complexes. At least one HF receive beam crosses the HF transmit beam at an angle >20 deg to provide at least two HF cross-beam receive signals from at least two transmitted pulse complexes with different LF pulses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Inventors: Bjorn A.J. ANGELSEN, Johannes KVAM
  • Patent number: 10310061
    Abstract: An ultrasound transducer array with at least one composite material layer. The layer having a polymer base in which polymer particles are embedded. The polymer particles are coated with a material that has a thermal conductivity that is higher than the thermal conductivity of the polymer base and the polymer particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: SURF Technology AS
    Inventor: Bjorn A. J. Angelsen
  • Publication number: 20190009111
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system and method for the removal of wrinkles and/or provide the rejuvenation of the human skin by use of ultrasound. The method comprises determining a 3D image of a region of the skin using ultrasound, determining a focal depth of the ultrasonic beam for different locations of the skin based on the 3D image, performing the treatment by heating the skin at different locations using an ultrasonic beam, and adjusting the focal depth of the ultrasonic beam according to the determined focal depths during the process of heating the skin at different locations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Publication date: January 10, 2019
    Inventors: Gunnar MYHR, Bjørn A. J. Angelsen
  • Patent number: 9939413
    Abstract: Measurement or imaging of elastic wave nonlinear scatterers with a memory of scattering parameters comprises selecting LF pulses having characteristics to change the scattering parameters of nonlinear scatterers. A transmit time relation is selected so that the incident HF pulse propagates sufficiently close to the LF pulse that the effect of the incident LF pulse on its scatterer parameters is observed by the HF pulse. At least two elastic wave pulse complexes comprising a high frequency (HF) pulse and a selected low frequency (LF) pulse are transmitted towards the region. Received HF signals are combined to form nonlinear HF signals representing the scatterers with memory, with suppression of received HF signals from other scatterers. At least one of the received HF signals may be corrected by time delay correction and/or speckle correction with a speckle correction filter, determined by movement of the scattering object. Systems are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: SURF Technology AS
    Inventors: Bjørn A. J. Angelsen, Rune Hansen, Tonni F. Johansen, Svein-Erik Måsøy, Sven Peter Nasholm, Thor Andreas Tangen
  • Publication number: 20170023667
    Abstract: The invention presents methods and instrumentation for measurement or imaging of a region of an object with waves of a general nature, for example electromagnetic (EM) and elastic (EL) waves, where the material parameters for wave propagation and scattering in the object depend on the wave field strength. The invention specially addresses suppression of 3rd order multiple scattering noise, referred to as pulse reverberation noise, and also suppression of linear scattering components to enhanced signal components from nonlinear scattering. The pulse reverberation noise is divided into three classes where the invention specially addresses Class I and Class II 3rd order multiple scattering that are generated from the same three scatterers, but in opposite sequence.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Publication date: January 26, 2017
    Inventors: Bjorn A.J. Angelsen, Thor Andreas Tangen
  • Publication number: 20160363656
    Abstract: An ultrasound transducer array with at least one composite material layer. The layer having a polymer base in which polymer particles are embedded. The polymer particles are coated with a material that has a thermal conductivity that is higher than the thermal conductivity of the polymer base and the polymer particles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Publication date: December 15, 2016
    Inventor: Bjorn A.J. ANGELSEN
  • Publication number: 20160096294
    Abstract: An acoustic matching layer where the thickness is defined by a single layer of defined mono-disperse particles. The layer comprises a polymer base in which mono-disperse particles are embedded. The mono-disperse particles can be coated with a solid material that participates in the definition of the acoustic impedance of the layer. The polymer base can include smaller solid particles that participates in the definition of the acoustic impedance of the layer. The invention also provides a method of manufacturing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Publication date: April 7, 2016
    Inventor: Bjorn A.J. Angelsen
  • Patent number: 9291493
    Abstract: The invention presents methods and instrumentation for measurement or imaging of a region of an object with waves of a general nature, for example electromagnetic (EM) and elastic (EL) waves, where the material parameters for wave propagation and scattering in the object depend on the wave field strength. The invention specially addresses suppression of 3rd order multiple scattering noise, referred to as pulse reverberation noise, and also suppression of linear scattering components to enhanced signal components from nonlinear scattering. The pulse reverberation noise is divided into three classes where the invention specially addresses Class I and Class II 3rd order multiple scattering that are generated from the same three scatterers, but in opposite sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: SURF Technology AS
    Inventors: Bjørn A. J. Angelsen, Thor Andreas Tangen
  • Patent number: 8793079
    Abstract: 1st and 2nd pulsed waves are transmitted along 1st and 2nd transmit beams where at least one of the beams is broad in at least one direction, and the transmit timing between said 1st and 2nd pulsed waves are selected so that the pulsed wave fronts overlap in an overlap region R(r,t) that propagates along at least one measurement or image curve ?(r) in the material object. At least the scattered signal produced by nonlinear interaction between said 1st and 2nd waves in the overlap region is received and processed to form a nonlinear interaction scattering image signal along ?(r). The measurement or image curve ?(r) can be scanned laterally by either changing of the relative transmit timing between the 1st and 2nd pulsed waves or the direction of at least one of the 1st and 2nd transmit beams, or both. The methods are applicable to image nonlinear scattering sources for both electromagnetic and elastic waves, and combinations of these.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Surf Technology AS
    Inventors: Bjørn A. J. Angelsen, Rune Hansen, Thor Andreas Tangen
  • Publication number: 20140150556
    Abstract: Measurement or imaging of elastic wave nonlinear scatterers with a memory of scattering parameters comprises selecting LF pulses having characteristics to change the scattering parameters of nonlinear scatterers. A transmit time relation is selected so that the incident HF pulse propagates sufficiently close to the LF pulse that the effect of the incident LF pulse on its scatterer parameters is observed by the HF pulse. At least two elastic wave pulse complexes comprising a high frequency (HF) pulse and a selected low frequency (LF) pulse are transmitted towards the region. Received HF signals are combined to form nonlinear HF signals representing the scatterers with memory, with suppression of received HF signals from other scatterers. At least one of the received HF signals may be corrected by time delay correction and/or speckle correction with a speckle correction filter, determined by movement of the scattering object. Systems are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Inventors: Bjørn A.J. ANGELSEN, Rune Hansen, Tonni F. Johansen, Svein-Erik Måsøy, Sven Peter Nasholm, Thor Andreas Tangen
  • Publication number: 20140135681
    Abstract: A method and instrumentation for ultrasound mediated delivery of drugs to diseased tissue use ultrasound beams with frequency and focusing that provides an ultrasound radiation force acting on the drug and surrounding fluid, which produces a convection of drugs and compensates for the lack of a pressure gradient. To manipulate drug encapsulations and also stimulate transport of drugs across biological membranes, like the cell membrane or the blood brain barrier, the method and instrumentation use low frequency beams with high mechanical index. The method and instrumentation additionally uses ultrasound heating of the tissue to increase blood flow and manipulate thermally sensitive particles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: Surf Technology AS
    Inventor: Bjorn A. J. ANGELSEN
  • Patent number: 8550998
    Abstract: Elastic wave pulse complexes are transmitted towards said region where said pulse complexes are composed of a high frequency (HF) and a low frequency (LF) pulse with the same or overlapping beam directions and where the HF pulse is so close to the LF pulse that it observes the modification of the object by the LF pulse at least for a part of the image depth. Received HF signals are picked up by transducers from scattered and/or transmitted components of the transmitted HF pulses. The received HF signals are processed to form measurement or image signals for display, and combined in slow time to form noise suppressed HF signals or nonlinear scattering HF signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Inventors: Bjørn A. J. Angelsen, Rune Hansen, Tonni F. Johansen, Svein-Erik Måsøy, Sven Peter Nasholm, Thor Andreas Tangen