Patents by Inventor Clifford R. Cooley

Clifford R. Cooley 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: 6623432
    Abstract: An ultrasonic imaging method and apparatus are described for imaging the coronary arteries of the heart. The vascular system is infused with an ultrasonic contrast agent. A volumetric region of the heart wall including a coronary artery is three dimensionally scanned. A projection image of the volumetric region is produced from the scanning, providing a two dimensional contrast image of the coronary artery with the appearance of an angiogram. Preferably the coronary artery signals are segmented from contrast signals emanating from the myocardium and the heart blood pool so that the coronary arteries are clearly highlighted and distinct in the ultrasonic angiogram.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2003
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Jeffry E. Powers, Michalakis Averkiou, Matthew Bruce, Danny M. Skyba, Robert R. Entrekin, John D. Fraser, Clifford R. Cooley, Brent Stephen Robinson, David N. Roundhill, Gary Allen Schwartz, Patrick Rene' Pesque
  • Patent number: 6494838
    Abstract: An ultrasonic imaging method and apparatus are described for imaging the coronary arteries of the heart. The vascular system is infused with an ultrasonic contrast agent. A volumetric region of the heart wall including a coronary artery is three dimensionally scanned. A projection image of the volumetric region is produced from the scanning, providing a two dimensional contrast image of the coronary artery with the appearance of an angiogram. Preferably the coronary artery signals are segmented from contrast signals emanating from the myocardium and the heart blood pool so that the coronary arteries are clearly highlighted and distinct in the ultrasonic angiogram.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2002
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Clifford R. Cooley, Brent Stephen Robinson
  • Patent number: 6471652
    Abstract: An ultrasonic imaging method and apparatus are described for imaging the coronary arteries of the heart. The vascular system is infused with an ultrasonic contrast agent. A volumetric region of the heart wall including a coronary artery is three dimensionally scanned. A projection image of the volumetric region is produced from the scanning, providing a two dimensional contrast image of the coronary artery with the appearance of an angiogram. Preferably the coronary artery signals are segmented from contrast signals emanating from the myocardium and the heart blood pool so that the coronary arteries are clearly highlighted and distinct in the ultrasonic angiogram.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2002
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: John D. Fraser, Clifford R. Cooley, Brent Stephen Robinson
  • Patent number: 6471650
    Abstract: An ultrasonic imaging method and apparatus are described for imaging the coronary arteries of the heart. The vascular system is infused with an ultrasonic contrast agent. A volumetric region of the heart wall including a coronary artery is three dimensionally scanned. A projection image of the volumetric region is produced from the scanning, providing a two dimensional contrast image of the coronary artery with the appearance of an angiogram. Preferably the coronary artery signals are segmented from contrast signals emanating from the myocardium and the heart blood pool so that the coronary arteries are clearly highlighted and distinct in the ultrasonic angiogram.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2002
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Jeffry E. Powers, Michalakis Averkiou, Matthew Bruce, Danny M. Skyba, Robert R. Entrekin, John D. Fraser, Clifford R. Cooley, Brent Stephen Robinson, David N. Roundhill, Gary Allen Schwartz, Patrick René Pesque
  • Patent number: 6468216
    Abstract: An ultrasonic imaging method and apparatus are described for imaging the coronary arteries of the heart. The vascular system is infused with an ultrasonic contrast agent. A volumetric region of the heart wall including a coronary artery is three dimensionally scanned. A projection image of the volumetric region is produced from the scanning, providing a two dimensional contrast image of the coronary artery with the appearance of an angiogram. Preferably the coronary artery signals are segmented from contrast signals emanating from the myocardium and the heart blood pool so that the coronary arteries are clearly highlighted and distinct in the ultrasonic angiogram.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2002
    Assignee: Kininklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Jeffry E. Powers, Michalakis Averkiou, Matthew Bruce, Danny M. Skyba, Robert R. Entrekin, John D. Fraser, Clifford R. Cooley, Brent Stephen Robinson, David N. Roundhill, Gary Allen Schwartz, Patrick René Pesque
  • Patent number: 6432056
    Abstract: An ultrasonic diagnostic imaging system is provided which produces scanlines with synthesized transmit foci at a high frame rate of display. Beams are transmitted and received which have different beam steering and focal characteristics. At least one of the received beams is weighted and the steering and focal characteristics of the weighted received beams are interpolated to form scanlines for display which exhibit the focal properties of both beams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2002
    Assignee: ATL Ultrasound
    Inventors: Clifford R. Cooley, Thomas J Sabourin, Brent Stephen Robinson
  • Publication number: 20020045824
    Abstract: An ultrasonic imaging method and apparatus are described for imaging the coronary arteries of the heart. The vascular system is infused with an ultrasonic contrast agent. A volumetric region of the heart wall including a coronary artery is three dimensionally scanned. A projection image of the volumetric region is produced from the scanning, providing a two dimensional contrast image of the coronary artery with the appearance of an angiogram. Preferably the coronary artery signals are segmented from contrast signals emanating from the myocardium and the heart blood pool so that the coronary arteries are clearly highlighted and distinct in the ultrasonic angiogram.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2001
    Publication date: April 18, 2002
    Inventors: Clifford R. Cooley, Brent Stephen Robinson
  • Publication number: 20020045830
    Abstract: An ultrasonic imaging method and apparatus are described for imaging the coronary arteries of the heart. The vascular system is infused with an ultrasonic contrast agent. A volumetric region of the heart wall including a coronary artery is three dimensionally scanned. A projection image of the volumetric region is produced from the scanning, providing a two dimensional contrast image of the coronary artery with the appearance of an angiogram. Preferably the coronary artery signals are segmented from contrast signals emanating from the myocardium and the heart blood pool so that the coronary arteries are clearly highlighted and distinct in the ultrasonic angiogram.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2001
    Publication date: April 18, 2002
    Inventors: Jeffry E. Powers, Michalakis Averkiou, Matthew Bruce, Danny M. Skyba, Robert R. Entrekin, John D. Fraser, Clifford R. Cooley, Brent Stephen Robinson, David N. Roundhill, Gary Allen Schwartz, Patrick Rene?apos; Pesque
  • Publication number: 20020045822
    Abstract: An ultrasonic imaging method and apparatus are described for imaging the coronary arteries of the heart. The vascular system is infused with an ultrasonic contrast agent. A volumetric region of the heart wall including a coronary artery is three dimensionally scanned. A projection image of the volumetric region is produced from the scanning, providing a two dimensional contrast image of the coronary artery with the appearance of an angiogram. Preferably the coronary artery signals are segmented from contrast signals emanating from the myocardium and the heart blood pool so that the coronary arteries are clearly highlighted and distinct in the ultrasonic angiogram.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2001
    Publication date: April 18, 2002
    Inventors: Jeffry E. Powers, Michalakis Averkiou, Matthew Bruce, Danny M. Skyba, Robert R. Entrekin, John D. Fraser, Clifford R. Cooley, Brent Stephen Robinson, David N. Roundhill, Gary Allen Schwartz, Patrick Rene?apos; Pesque
  • Publication number: 20020045827
    Abstract: An ultrasonic imaging method and apparatus are described for imaging the coronary arteries of the heart. The vascular system is infused with an ultrasonic contrast agent. A volumetric region of the heart wall including a coronary artery is three dimensionally scanned. A projection image of the volumetric region is produced from the scanning, providing a two dimensional contrast image of the coronary artery with the appearance of an angiogram. Preferably the coronary artery signals are segmented from contrast signals emanating from the myocardium and the heart blood pool so that the coronary arteries are clearly highlighted and distinct in the ultrasonic angiogram.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2001
    Publication date: April 18, 2002
    Inventors: Jeffry E. Powers, Michalakis Averkiou, Matthew Bruce, Danny M. Skyba, Robert R. Entrekin, John D. Fraser, Clifford R. Cooley, Brent Stephen Robinson, David N. Roundhill, Gary Allen Schwartz, Patrick Rene Pesque
  • Publication number: 20020045826
    Abstract: An ultrasonic imaging method and apparatus are described for imaging the coronary arteries of the heart. The vascular system is infused with an ultrasonic contrast agent. A volumetric region of the heart wall including a coronary artery is three dimensionally scanned. A projection image of the volumetric region is produced from the scanning, providing a two dimensional contrast image of the coronary artery with the appearance of an angiogram. Preferably the coronary artery signals are segmented from contrast signals emanating from the myocardium and the heart blood pool so that the coronary arteries are clearly highlighted and distinct in the ultrasonic angiogram.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2001
    Publication date: April 18, 2002
    Inventors: Jeffry E. Powers, Michalakis Averkiou, Matthew Bruce, Danny M. Skyba, Robert R. Entrekin, John D. Fraser, Clifford R. Cooley, Brent Stephen Robinson, David N. Roundhill, Gary Allen Schwartz, Patrick Rene' Pesque
  • Patent number: 6315723
    Abstract: An ultrasonic diagnostic imaging system is provided with synthesized transmit focus. Several beams are transmitted, each with a different transmit focus. Echoes received from the differently focused beams are combined to form a scanline with an extended focus. The echoes are preferably weighted and/or phase adjusted prior to being combined. Combining is performed in the r.f. domain before nonlinear processing of the signals such as amplitude detection. The resultant extended focus scanline exhibits the property of dynamic transmit focusing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2001
    Assignee: ATL Ultrasound
    Inventors: Brent Stephen Robinson, Thomas J Sabourin, Clifford R. Cooley
  • Patent number: 5940123
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for interpolating image lines from ultrasonically obtained scanlines of an image region. The interpolated lines are preferably formed one-quarter and three-quarters of the distance between each pair of received scanlines by combining weighted samples of the adjacent scanlines in proportion to their distances from the interpolated lines. The received scanlines are preferably formed by a beamformer which samples the received lines at quadrature phases of the scanhead center frequency and filters the samples by combining successive samples of a related phase. The image lines are scan converted by computing a grid of weighted values between each pair of image lines, and using the closest value for each pixel in the ultrasound image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1999
    Assignee: ATL Ultrasound
    Inventors: Ronald E. Daigle, Brent Stephen Robinson, Clifford R. Cooley
  • Patent number: 5617863
    Abstract: A technique for scanning an image field with adjacent beams of ultrasonic energy is provided in which initially transmitted beams are transmitted along beam directions at the lateral sides of the image field. Subsequent beams are alternately transmitted on either side of the initially transmitted beams and at lateral locations which converge toward the center of the image field until the full image field has been scanned. In an alternate embodiment initially transmitted beams are transmitted on one side of the center of the image field, subsequent beams diverge from the locations of the initially transmitted beams, and concluding beams laterally converge at a location on the other side of the center of the image field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 8, 1997
    Assignee: Advanced Technology Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: David N. Roundhill, Mikhail Starosta, David Rust, Clifford R. Cooley
  • Patent number: 5390674
    Abstract: An ultrasonic diagnostic imaging system is provided which scans an image region to receive a plurality of spatially arranged lines of ultrasonic image information signals. These ultrasonic line information signals are used in an interpolater to interpolate one or more lines which are spatially interlineated between each pair of spatially adjoining received lines. These interpolated lines are produced using either the received RF or demodulated IF ultrasonic image information signals. The interpolated lines are produced prior to scan conversion, and preferably prior to nonlinear processing such as detection or log compression to reduce spatial aliasing artifacts. In one preferred embodiment the interpolater comprises a transversal filter of four taps which is responsive to received line information signals from a common range or depth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 21, 1995
    Assignee: Advanced Technology Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Brent S. Robinson, Clifford R. Cooley, Juin-Jet Hwang, Robert R. Entrekin
  • Patent number: 5099847
    Abstract: A technique for increasing the display frame rate of a medical ultrasound imaging system. The system receives trigger signals, each based upon the occurrence of a predetermined event in a subject's cardiac cycle, such as an R-wave. In one technique, in response to each trigger signal, the ultrasound system acquires a series of frames, each frame comprising data representing an image of a portion of the subject's body at an associated acquisition time. A frame time is determined for each frame, each frame time being the time from the preceding trigger signal to the acquisition time for the frame. Two or more frame series are then played back in order of increasing frame times, thereby producing a display frame rate higher than the acquisition frame rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1992
    Assignee: Advanced Technology Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffry E. Powers, Ronald E. Daigle, Clifford R. Cooley