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).

  • 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
  • Publication number: 20170042409
    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: November 1, 2016
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Inventors: Eugene Chen, Aylin Kim, Cang Lam, Blake Hannaford, Randall A. Bly, Jeremy Ciporen, Kristen Moe, Louis Kim, Laligam Sekhar
  • Patent number: 9538962
    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 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Verily Life Sciences LLC
    Inventors: Blake Hannaford, Joëlle Karine Barral, Eden Rephaeli, Christine Denise Ching, Vikram Singh Bajaj
  • Publication number: 20160349844
    Abstract: A device is provided including (a) a base, (b) a first interface component coupled to the base, wherein the first interface component is cylindrical, (c) a rotatable component including a second interface component positioned on a first side of the rotatable component, wherein the first interface component and the second interface component are removeably coupled to one another based on a magnetic field, and wherein the second interface component includes a concave surface approximately corresponding to the cylindrical shape of the first interface component such that the first interface component fits at least partially within the second interface component when the first interface component is coupled to the second interface component, and (d) an attachment component coupled to a second side of the rotatable component, wherein the attachment component is configured to be removeably coupled to a hand and/or finger of a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Publication date: December 1, 2016
    Inventors: David Caballero Esquivel, Blake Hannaford, Mohammad Haghighipanah, Danying Hu, Muneaki Miyasaka, Astrini Sie
  • Patent number: 9498194
    Abstract: Organization systems for surgical instruments input devices and associated methods and systems are disclosed herein. In one aspect, a surgical instrument input device organization system can include a first interface configured to receive input from a user and a second interface communicatively coupled to the first interface via a link. The second interface can include a module sized to receive a surgical input instrument device and an actuator configured to engage a movable surface of the surgical instrument input device in response to input received from the user at the first interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: University of Washington
    Inventors: Kristen S. Moe, Randall Bly, Blake Hannaford
  • Patent number: 9486128
    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: October 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Verily Life Sciences LLC
    Inventors: Blake Hannaford, Eden Rephaeli, Chia-Jean Wang
  • Patent number: 9474580
    Abstract: Local surgical cockpits comprising local surgical consoles that can communicate with any desired remote surgical module (surgical robot), for example via a shared Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) or other unified open source communication protocol or other suitable communication system. The systems and methods, etc., herein can also comprise a modular approach wherein multiple surgical consoles can network supporting collaborative surgery regardless of the physical location of the surgeons relative to each other and/or relative to the surgical site. Thus, for example, an operator operating a local surgical cockpit can teleoperate using a remote surgical module on a patient in the same room as the surgeon, or surgeons located in multiple safe locations can telemanipulate remote multiple surgical robots on a patient in or close to a war zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: SPI SURGICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Blake Hannaford, Louis Kim, Thomas S. Lendvay, Kristen S. Moe, James S. Pridgeon, Jacob Rosen, Laligam Sekhar
  • Patent number: 9471142
    Abstract: Methods, articles of manufacture, and devices related to generating haptic feedback for point clouds are provided. A computing device receives depth data about an In-Contact environment. The computing device generates a point cloud from the depth data. The computing device determines a haptic interface point (HIP). The computing device determines a haptic interface point (HIP). The computing device determines a force vector between the HIP and point cloud. The computing device sends an indication of haptic feedback based on the force vector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: The University of Washington
    Inventors: Howard Jay Chizeck, Fredrik Rydén, Sina Nia Kosari, Blake Hannaford, Nicklas Gustafsson, Hawkeye I. King