Patents by Inventor Brian Patrick Wilfley

Brian Patrick Wilfley 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: 10194805
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to a method and an apparatus for Raman spectroscopy of human tissue. Human tissue is illuminated with a laser emitting a first wavelength of light. A Raman signal is measured and optical properties are determined at this wavelength such that the measured Raman signal can be corrected based on determined optical properties. Determined optical properties may be the scattering coefficient and absorption coefficient of the tissue. A system for Raman spectroscopy of human tissue includes a frequency sweeping laser light source for illumination, and a filtered detector for collecting the Raman signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Triple Ring Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kate Leeann Bechtel, Brian Patrick Wilfley
  • Patent number: 9953798
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to an apparatus for generating a charged particle beam comprising a magnetic element for controlling the profile of the beam in a predetermined plane. A cathode can be provided for emitting charged particles and an anode for accelerating the charged particles along an axis of travel. The present invention also pertains to a method for generating a particle beam that has a uniform profile in a predetermined plane comprising inducing emission of charged particles from an emitter, accelerating those particles along and toward an axis of beam travel, generating a magnetic field with a component aligned with the axis of beam travel but different in the predetermined plane than at the emitter, and modifying the beam profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: NOVARAY MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas A Case, Josh Star-Lack, Brian Patrick Wilfley
  • Publication number: 20170135666
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to an apparatus and method for adaptive exposure in imaging systems. An x-ray source for producing x-ray radiation and an x-ray detector for measuring amount of x-ray radiation passing through the human patient and striking the detector can be used. A tomographic image of the human patient or a tomosynthetic image of the human patient can be generated. Region of interest filtering and equalization filtering can be utilized. Filtering can be accomplished with a mechanical shield or shutter or with electronic control of the x-ray source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Applicant: Triple Ring Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Tobias Funk, Steve Denis Burion, Kate LeeAnn Bechtel, Joseph Anthony Heanue, Brian Patrick Wilfley, Augustus Percival Lowell
  • Publication number: 20170092458
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to an apparatus for generating a charged particle beam comprising a magnetic element for controlling the profile of the beam in a predetermined plane. A cathode can be provided for emitting charged particles and an anode for accelerating the charged particles along an axis of travel. The present invention also pertains to a method for generating a particle beam that has a uniform profile in a predetermined plane comprising inducing emission of charged particles from an emitter, accelerating those particles along and toward an axis of beam travel, generating a magnetic field with a component aligned with the axis of beam travel but different in the predetermined plane than at the emitter, and modifying the beam profile.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Publication date: March 30, 2017
    Inventors: Thomas A CASE, Josh STAR-LACK, Brian Patrick WILFLEY
  • Patent number: 9554767
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to an apparatus and method for adaptive exposure in imaging systems. An x-ray source for producing x-ray radiation and an x-ray detector for measuring amount of x-ray radiation passing through the human patient and striking the detector can be used. A tomographic image of the human patient or a tomosynthetic image of the human patient can be generated. Region of interest filtering and equalization filtering can be utilized. Filtering can be accomplished with a mechanical shield or shutter or with electronic control of the x-ray source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Triple Ring Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Tobias Funk, Steve Denis Burion, Kate LeeAnn Bechtel, Joseph Anthony Heanue, Brian Patrick Wilfley, Augustus Percival Lowell
  • Patent number: 9520263
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to an apparatus for generating a charged particle beam comprising a magnetic element for controlling the profile of the beam in a predetermined plane. A cathode can be provided for emitting charged particles and an anode for accelerating the charged particles along an axis of travel. The present invention also pertains to a method for generating a particle beam that has a uniform profile in a predetermined plane comprising inducing emission of charged particles from an emitter, accelerating those particles along and toward an axis of beam travel, generating a magnetic field with a component aligned with the axis of beam travel but different in the predetermined plane than at the emitter, and modifying the beam profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Novaray Medical Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas A. Case, Josh Star-Lack, Brian Patrick Wilfley
  • Patent number: 9408538
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to a method and apparatus for pressure sore detection. A modulated optical signal based on a digital code sequence is transmitted to human tissue. A temporal transfer characteristic is derived from the modulated optical signal. Tissue characteristics is determined based on the temporal transfer characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignees: Triple Ring Technologies, Inc., Ocela Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Lester John Lloyd, Kate Leeann Bechtel, Joseph Anthony Heanue, Brian Patrick Wilfley
  • Publication number: 20160166225
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to an apparatus and method for adaptive exposure in imaging systems. An x-ray source for producing x-ray radiation and an x-ray detector for measuring amount of x-ray radiation passing through the human patient and striking the detector can be used. A tomographic image of the human patient or a tomosynthetic image of the human patient can be generated. Region of interest filtering and equalization filtering can be utilized. Filtering can be accomplished with a mechanical shield or shutter or with electronic control of the x-ray source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Publication date: June 16, 2016
    Applicant: Triple Ring Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Tobias Funk, Steve Denis Burion, Kate LeeAnn Bechtel, Joseph Anthony Heanue, Brian Patrick Wilfley, Augustus Percival Lowell
  • Patent number: 9254114
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to an apparatus and method for adaptive exposure in imaging systems. An x-ray source for producing x-ray radiation and an x-ray detector for measuring amount of x-ray radiation passing through the human patient and striking the detector can be used. A tomographic image of the human patient or a tomosynthetic image of the human patient can be generated. Region of interest filtering and equalization filtering can be utilized. Filtering can be accomplished with a mechanical shield or shutter or with electronic control of the x-ray source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: Triple Ring Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Tobias Funk, Steve Denis Burion, Augustus Percival Lowell, Kate LeeAnn Bechtel, Joseph Anthony Heanue, Brian Patrick Wilfley
  • Patent number: 9214311
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to a method and apparatus for generating a beam of charged particles, accelerating the charged particles toward a first side of a layer of X-ray target material configured to emit Bremsstrahlung radiation through a second side, receiving the Bremsstrahlung radiation on a first face of an additional layer of a different X-ray target material configured to emit characteristic fluorescence X-rays with energy above 20 keV through a second face, wherein the additional layer of X-ray target material is located within 3 mm of the second side of the first layer of material. The first X-ray target material can have an atomic number greater than 21.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Triple Ring Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Tobias Funk, Brian Patrick Wilfley
  • Patent number: 9186524
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to a system for electronic brachytherapy wherein a layer of target material can produce reflection and transmission X-rays when struck by electrons from a cathode. An alternative system can have a fixed-size containment structure around a miniature X-ray source, with X-ray attenuating coolant fluid between the source and containment structure. A balloon can be around the fixed-size containment structure and can be inflated with an X-ray inert gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Triple Ring Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Tobias Funk, Brian Patrick Wilfley, Joseph Anthony Heanue
  • Patent number: 9131844
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to a method and apparatus for pressure sore detection. A modulated optical signal based on a digital code sequence is transmitted to human tissue. A temporal transfer characteristic is derived from the modulated optical signal. Tissue characteristics is determined based on the temporal transfer characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Triple Ring Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Anthony Heanue, Lester John Lloyd, Kate Leeann Bechtel, Brian Patrick Wilfley
  • Patent number: 9125570
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to an apparatus and method for delivering radiation to a human patient or other mammal. A scanning electron beam x-ray source is used and the detector can be a photon counting detector. The area of the detector is less than the area of field of view in the patient. Tomosynthesis can be used to generate images and images can be produced rapidly in real time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignees: The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University, Triple Ring Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Norbert Joseph Pelc, Rebecca Fahrig, Joseph Anthony Heanue, Edward Gerald Solomon, Brian Patrick Wilfley
  • Patent number: 9107642
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to an apparatus and method for inverse geometry volume computed tomography medical imaging of a human patient. A plurality of stationary x-ray sources for producing x-ray radiation are used. A rotating collimator located between the plurality of x-ray sources and the human patient is also used. A rotating detector can also be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Triple Ring Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Tobias Funk, Joseph Anthony Heanue, Waldo Stephen Hinshaw, Edward Gerald Solomon, Brian Patrick Wilfley
  • Publication number: 20150055751
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to an apparatus and method for adaptive exposure in imaging systems. An x-ray source for producing x-ray radiation and an x-ray detector for measuring amount of x-ray radiation passing through the human patient and striking the detector can be used. A tomographic image of the human patient or a tomosynthetic image of the human patient can be generated. Region of interest filtering and equalization filtering can be utilized. Filtering can be accomplished with a mechanical shield or shutter or with electronic control of the x-ray source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: TRIPLE RING TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Tobias Funk, Steve Denis Burion, Augustus Percival Lowell, Kate LeeAnn Bechtel, Joseph Anthony Heanue, Brian Patrick Wilfley
  • Publication number: 20150049855
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to an apparatus and method for inverse geometry volume computed tomography medical imaging of a human patient. A plurality of stationary x-ray sources for producing x-ray radiation are used. A rotating collimator located between the plurality of x-ray sources and the human patient is also used. A rotating detector can also be used.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: TRIPLE RING TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Tobias Funk, Joseph Anthony Heanue, Waldo Stephen Hinshaw, Edward Gerald Solomon, Brian Patrick Wilfley
  • Patent number: 8848867
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to an apparatus and method for adaptive exposure in imaging systems. An x-ray source for producing x-ray radiation and an x-ray detector for measuring amount of x-ray radiation passing through the human patient and striking the detector can be used. A tomographic image of the human patient or a tomosynthetic image of the human patient can be generated. Region of interest filtering and equalization filtering can be utilized. Filtering can be accomplished with a mechanical shield or shutter or with electronic control of the x-ray source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Triple Ring Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Tobias Funk, Steve Denis Burion, Kate Leeann Bechtel, Joseph Anthony Heanue, Brian Patrick Wilfley, Augustus Percival Lowell
  • Patent number: 8848862
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to an apparatus and method for inverse geometry volume computed tomography medical imaging of a human patient. A plurality of stationary x-ray sources for producing x-ray radiation are used. A rotating collimator located between the plurality of x-ray sources and the human patient is also used. A rotating detector can also be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Triple Ring Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Tobias Funk, Joseph Anthony Heanue, Waldo Stephen Hinshaw, Edward Gerald Solomon, Brian Patrick Wilfley
  • Publication number: 20140224996
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to an apparatus for generating a charged particle beam comprising a magnetic element for controlling the profile of the beam in a predetermined plane. A cathode can be provided for emitting charged particles and an anode for accelerating the charged particles along an axis of travel. The present invention also pertains to a method for generating a particle beam that has a uniform profile in a predetermined plane comprising inducing emission of charged particles from an emitter, accelerating those particles along and toward an axis of beam travel, generating a magnetic field with a component aligned with the axis of beam travel but different in the predetermined plane than at the emitter, and modifying the beam profile.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Inventors: THOMAS A. CASE, JOSH STAR-LACK, BRIAN PATRICK WILFLEY
  • Publication number: 20140079181
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to an apparatus and method for inverse geometry volume computed tomography medical imaging of a human patient. A plurality of stationary x-ray sources for producing x-ray radiation are used. A rotating collimator located between the plurality of x-ray sources and the human patient is also used. A rotating detector can also be used.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: Triple Ring Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Tobias Funk, Joseph Anthony Heanue, Waldo Stephen Hinshaw, Edward Gerald Solomon, Brian Patrick Wilfley