Patents by Inventor Blake Hannaford

Blake Hannaford 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).

  • Publication number: 20210282870
    Abstract: Robotic surgery systems and methods of surgical robot operation are provided. A method of surgical robot operation includes moving a surgical instrument through a tissue using the surgical robot, where the surgical robot attempts to move the surgical instrument to a desired position. The method further includes measuring an actual position of the surgical instrument, and calculating a difference between the actual position and the desired position. The actual position of the surgical instrument is adjusted to the desired position using the surgical robot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2021
    Publication date: September 16, 2021
    Applicant: Verily Life Sciences LLC
    Inventors: Joëlle K. Barral, Blake Hannaford
  • Patent number: 11026754
    Abstract: A method of surgical robot operation includes moving a surgical instrument through a medium using the surgical robot, where the surgical robot attempts to move the surgical instrument to a desired position. The method further includes measuring an actual position of the surgical instrument, and calculating a difference between the actual position and the desired position. The actual position of the surgical instrument is adjusted to the desired position using the surgical robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Verily Life Sciences LLC
    Inventors: Joëlle K. Barral, Blake Hannaford
  • Patent number: 10842566
    Abstract: A surgical probe is configured to be inserted into a body cavity and to emit beams of light to ablate tissue within the body cavity. The probe further includes sensors to detect properties of tissue in the body cavity and a source of suction to remove material produced by ablation of tissue within the body cavity. The sensors could be configured to operate in combination with beams of light emitted by the surgical probe to detect the location, geometry, fluorophore content, or other information about tissue in the body cavity. The surgical probe can additionally include suction port(s) to secure portions of tissue relative to the surgical probe to allow ablation of portions of the secured tissue and to allow detection of properties of portions of the secured tissue that are maintained in contact with the surgical probe by the suction port(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Verily Life Sciences LLC
    Inventors: Blake Hannaford, Eden Rephaeli, Joëlle Karine Barral, Christine Denise Ching
  • Publication number: 20200275978
    Abstract: A method of surgical robot operation includes moving a surgical instrument through a medium using the surgical robot, where the surgical robot attempts to move the surgical instrument to a desired position. The method further includes measuring an actual position of the surgical instrument, and calculating a difference between the actual position and the desired position. The actual position of the surgical instrument is adjusted to the desired position using the surgical robot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2020
    Publication date: September 3, 2020
    Applicant: Verily Life Sciences LLC
    Inventors: Joëlle K. Barral, Blake Hannaford
  • Patent number: 10695134
    Abstract: A method of surgical robot operation includes moving a surgical instrument through a medium using the surgical robot, where the surgical robot attempts to move the surgical instrument to a desired position. The method further includes measuring an actual position of the surgical instrument, and calculating a difference between the actual position and the desired position. The actual position of the surgical instrument is adjusted to the desired position using the surgical robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: VERILY LIFE SCIENCES LLC
    Inventors: Joëlle K. Barral, Blake Hannaford
  • Patent number: 10639104
    Abstract: Image guided surgery includes capturing a primary modality image of a surgical field of a patient with a camera system, obtaining a secondary modality image of the surgical field registered to the primary image, generating a surgical guidance image based at least in part upon the secondary modality image, and projecting the surgical guidance image onto the patient. The surgical guidance image presents visual augmentations on or over the patient to inform a medical practitioner during a surgical procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Verily Life Sciences LLC
    Inventors: Joëlle K. Barral, Blake Hannaford, Eden Rephaeli, Christine Denise Ching
  • Patent number: 10624663
    Abstract: A robotic surgical system includes a surgical instrument configured to cut biological tissues and an imaging system configured to image the biological tissues. Based on one or more images of the biological tissue generated by the imager, the robotic surgical system operates the surgical instrument to cut the biological tissue according to a desired dissection of the tissue. The robotic surgical system operates the surgical instrument to partially or wholly automatically perform one or more cuts into the biological tissue to achieve the desired dissection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Verily Life Sciences LLC
    Inventors: Joëlle Karine Barral, Benjamin Kreil Yaffe, Eden Rephaeli, Chia-Jean Wang, Blake Hannaford
  • Patent number: 10470647
    Abstract: A surgical sheath for use in endoscopic trans-nasal or intra-ocular surgery has an angle section joined to a conical section, with the conical section having a central axis not parallel to a central axis of the angle section. A body section is joined to the angle section, with the body section having a length at least twice the length of the angle section. The conical section, the angle section and the body section may be a flexible or compliant material. The sheath reduces collateral trauma to the tissues in the surgical pathway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: SPIWay LLC
    Inventors: Eugene Chen, Aylin Kim, Cang Lam, Blake Hannaford, Randall A. Bly, Jeremy Ciporen, Kristen Moe, Louis Kim, Laligam Sekhar
  • Patent number: 10416624
    Abstract: Described herein are methods and systems for selecting surgical approaches. One example method involves (1) receiving data indicating (a) one or more surgical target regions and (b) one or more surgical portals; (2) determining a plurality of surgical pathways; (3) determining a plurality of surgical approaches; (4) for each surgical approach in the plurality of surgical approaches, determining at least one approach characteristic, for each determined surgical pathway in the respective surgical approach, determining at least one pathway characteristic, and determining a surgical-approach ranking based on the determined at least one approach characteristic and the determined at least one pathway characteristic; (5) selecting a subset of the plurality of surgical approaches based on the determined surgical approach rankings; and (6) causing an output device to provide a representation of the selected subset of the plurality of surgical approaches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: University of Washington Through its Center for Commercialization
    Inventors: Randall Bly, Blake Hannaford, Kris S. Moe
  • Patent number: 10353219
    Abstract: Techniques and mechanisms for determining a level of accommodation to be provided by an eye-mountable device (EMD) for a user viewing a 3D stereoscopic display. In one embodiment, the EMD in disposed in or on an eye of the user, and an angle of vergence between the user's eyes is detected. Based on the angle of vergence, the EMD provides a level of accommodation that results in the user having a blurred viewing of an object in the stereoscopic display. The blur induces the user to change the accommodation provided by the eye on which, or in which, the EMD is disposed. Inducing the user to perform such a change in the eye's accommodation more closely approximates what the user would do when viewing real world physical objects. This tends to result in a better viewing experience by the user. In another embodiment, the angle of vergence is detected based on exposure of the EMD to a magnetic field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Verily Life Sciences LLC
    Inventors: Blake Hannaford, Brian Otis
  • Publication number: 20180206709
    Abstract: A surgical sheath for use in endoscopic trans-nasal or intra-ocular surgery has an angle section joined to a conical section, with the conical section having a central axis not parallel to a central axis of the angle section. A body section is joined to the angle section, with the body section having a length at least twice the length of the angle section. The conical section, the angle section and the body section may be a flexible or compliant material. The sheath reduces collateral trauma to the tissues in the surgical pathway.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Publication date: July 26, 2018
    Inventors: Eugene Chen, Aylin Kim, Cang Lam, Blake Hannaford, Randall A. Bly, Jeremy Ciporen, Kristen Moe, Louis Kim, Laligam Sekhar
  • Patent number: 9962230
    Abstract: Organization systems for surgical instruments and associated methods and systems are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a surgical instrument organization system can be configured for use in a medical environment, and can include a flexible, sterile container having a lower portion. The container can include an attachment system configured to elastically couple one or more surgical instruments to the lower portion of the container. In some embodiments, the container can be carried by a portable base coupled to a platform via an adjustable support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: University of Washington
    Inventors: Kristen S. Moe, Randall Bly, Blake Hannaford
  • Patent number: 9949621
    Abstract: A surgical sheath for use in endoscopic trans-nasal or intra-ocular surgery has an angle section joined to a conical section, with the conical section having a central axis not parallel to a central axis of the angle section. A body section is joined to the angle section, with the body section having a length at least twice the length of the angle section. The conical section, the angle section and the body section may be a flexible or compliant material. The sheath reduces collateral trauma to the tissues in the surgical pathway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: SPIWay LLC
    Inventors: Eugene Chen, Aylin Kim, Cang Lam, Blake Hannaford, Randall A. Bly, Jeremy Ciporen, Kristen Moe, Louis Kim, Laligam Sekhar
  • Publication number: 20180055577
    Abstract: A method of surgical robot operation includes moving a surgical instrument through a medium using the surgical robot, where the surgical robot attempts to move the surgical instrument to a desired position. The method further includes measuring an actual position of the surgical instrument, and calculating a difference between the actual position and the desired position. The actual position of the surgical instrument is adjusted to the desired position using the surgical robot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Publication date: March 1, 2018
    Inventors: Joëlle K. Barral, Blake Hannaford
  • Patent number: 9895063
    Abstract: A surgical imaging system includes a light source configured to illuminate a portion of a surgical environment and a light sensor configured to receive light from the illuminated portion in response to the illumination. The surgical imaging system determines spectrographic content of the received light and uses the determined spectrographic content to identify the illuminated portion of the surgical environment; for example, to determine that the portion contains a surgical instrument, a foreign body, a suture, a particular type of tissue, a blood vessel, and/or a fluorescent marker. This identification of the illuminated portion of the surgical environment could be used to implement a surgical intervention. For example, a surgical laser could be operated, based on such generated identification information, to ablate cancerous tissue in the surgical environment that is marked with a fluorophore while avoiding ablating any sutures or surgical instruments disposed in the surgical environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Verily Life Sciences LLC
    Inventors: Blake Hannaford, Eden Rephaeli, Chia-Jean Wang
  • Patent number: 9833254
    Abstract: A robotic surgical system includes a surgical instrument configured to cut biological tissues and an imaging system configured to image the biological tissues. Based on one or more images of the biological tissue generated by the imager, the robotic surgical system operates the surgical instrument to cut the biological tissue according to a desired dissection of the tissue. The robotic surgical system operates the surgical instrument to partially or wholly automatically perform one or more cuts into the biological tissue to achieve the desired dissection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Verily Life Sciences LLC
    Inventors: Joëlle Karine Barral, Benjamin Kreil Yaffe, Eden Rephaeli, Chia-Jean Wang, Blake Hannaford
  • Publication number: 20170340390
    Abstract: Example methods and systems to facilitate osteocutaneous free flap reconstructions are provided. One example method involves causing a surgical navigation system to display a representation of a patient undergoing surgery; receiving input data representing one or more osteotomies made during the surgery to form a defect within the patient; determining a donor site for a bone graft having a contour that corresponds to the defect within the patient using a geometric alignment algorithm to identify, as the donor site, a portion of the bone graft that virtually aligns with the defect; generating a virtual template representing the bone graft; displaying the generated virtual template representing the bone graft within the representation of the patient as a navigational guide for harvesting of the bone graft; and displaying the generated virtual template positioned into the defect within the representation as a navigational guide for reconstructing the defect using the harvested bone graft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Publication date: November 30, 2017
    Inventors: Richard A. Harbison, Yangming Li, Randall Bly, Nava Aghdasi, Blake Hannaford, Kristen S. Moe, Jeffrey J. Houlton
  • Patent number: 9775640
    Abstract: A surgical device that has an external sheath having a proximal end and a distal end for insertion through an opening of a body and a plurality of tool components extending from the distal end of the external sheath. The tool components are independently deflectable with respect to each other and with respect to the external sheath and removable from the device without requiring withdrawal of the sheath through the opening of the body. The external sheath is flexible and deflectable intermediate the distal and proximal ends. This permits the device to be steered in a curvilinear manner towards a surgical target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: SPI Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: Jesse A. Dosher, Diana C. W. Friedman, Daniel Glozman, Blake Hannaford, Aylin Z. Kim, Louis Kim, Thomas S Lendvay, Kristen S. Moe, James S. Pridgeon, Jacob Rosen, Laligam Sekhar
  • Patent number: 9645785
    Abstract: A system for providing networked communications includes a plurality of head-mountable devices, each in communication with a control system via a communication network. Each of the plurality of head-mountable devices includes a display, and may also include an image-capture device and/or a microphone. The control system receives, via the communication network, surgical data of a patient obtained from at least one source of surgical data. Wearers of the head-mountable devices may select aspects of the surgical data and the control system causes those selected aspects to be displayed on the respective wearable device. The control system may also generate alerts and cause the alerts to be displayed on the wearable devices. An alert may include a notification that additional surgical data is available for access by the wearer of the head-mountable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Verily Life Sciences, LLC
    Inventors: Blake Hannaford, Joelle Karine Barral, Eden Rephaeli, Christine Denise Ching, Vikram Singh Bajaj
  • Patent number: 9622828
    Abstract: An introducer and method provides a surgical tool with a pathway through tissue to a surgical site, wherein the surgical tool includes at least one surgical instrument. The introducer comprises a flexible sheath having a distal portion including a distal end and is arranged for receiving the surgical tool. A tissue separation tip at the distal portion of the sheath advances the sheath into the tissue towards the surgical site. The tissue separation tip is arranged to form a tissue gap and provide the at least one surgical instrument access to the tissue gap for performing a medical procedure consonant with the formation of the tissue gap or the performance of work at the surgical site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: SPI Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: Diana C. W. Friedman, Blake Hannaford, Devin Karns, Aylin Z. Kim, Louis Kim, Thomas S. Lendvay, Kristen S. Moe, James S. Pridgeon, Jacob Rosen, Laligam Sekhar