Patents by Inventor Daniel Nico Splitthoff

Daniel Nico Splitthoff 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: 20190310337
    Abstract: In a pulse sequence that is produced and used for controlling a magnetic resonance imaging system as part of an inversion recovery measurement sequence, a number of partial volumes to be imaged are excited, wherein the pulse sequence includes a start sequence followed by an excitation sequence. The start sequence is series arrangement of a succession of at least two initial inversion pulses for inverting partial volumes. The excitation sequence is series arrangement of excitation blocks and additional inversion pulses, with each excitation block being followed by additional inversion pulses, so that excitation blocks and additional inversion pulses always alternate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2019
    Publication date: October 10, 2019
    Applicant: Siemens Healthcare GmbH
    Inventors: Flavio Carinci, Dominik Paul, Daniel Nico Splitthoff, Mario Zeller
  • Patent number: 10422844
    Abstract: A method for setting a MRI sequence, a magnetic resonance device, and a computer program product are provided. The method includes providing, by a limitation unit, at least one limitation; providing, by a parameter provision unit, a plurality of parameters of the sequence, wherein at least one parameter of the plurality of parameters is assigned to a default parameter value; selecting, by a selection unit, a parameter of the plurality of parameters; determining, by a simulation unit, at least one sequential pattern based on at least one default parameter value of the default parameter values; determining, by an analysis unit, a permissible range of parameter values of the selected parameter based on at least one sequential pattern and the at least one limitation; and establishing, by an establishment unit, a new parameter value of the selected parameter within the permissible range of the parameter values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare GmbH
    Inventors: Thorsten Feiweier, Andreas Greiser, Uvo Hölscher, Thorsten Speckner, David Grodzki, Mathias Nittka, Daniel Nico Splitthoff
  • Patent number: 10401460
    Abstract: In a method and apparatus for recording a magnetic resonance dataset of a volume of interest of an object, at least one gradient moment is calculated as a function of at least one jump in susceptibility that is present in the volume of interest, between two sections of the volume of interest. An excitation pulse is radiated and at least one compensation moment is activated in a part volume of the volume of interest, for the at least partial compensation of a gradient moment caused by the jump in susceptibility. The signal generated by the excitation pulse is read out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare GmbH
    Inventors: Thorsten Feiweier, Josef Pfeuffer, Daniel Nico Splitthoff
  • Patent number: 10379187
    Abstract: In order to enable improved analysis of a magnetic resonance sequence, which provides a number of radio-frequency pulses for the acquisition of magnetic resonance measurement data of an object undergoing investigation by a magnetic resonance apparatus, the magnetic resonance sequence is provided to a computer and a first average radio-frequency output that is present during a first time window of the magnetic resonance sequence is determined. A second average radio-frequency output that is present during a second time window of the magnetic resonance sequence is determined. A value derived from the first average radio-frequency output and the second average radio-frequency output is provided from the computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Greiser, Dominik Paul, Daniel Nico Splitthoff
  • Publication number: 20190178966
    Abstract: In a method and apparatus for generating a magnetic resonance data record, at least two excitation cycles are executed, wherein, in each excitation cycle, at least one magnetic resonance signal is recorded, using different phases with a first radio-frequency pulse in two consecutive excitation cycles, with at least one dephasing gradient being applied in an excitation cycle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Applicant: Siemens Healthcare GmbH
    Inventors: Dominik Paul, Flavio Carinci, Daniel Nico Splitthoff
  • Patent number: 10317488
    Abstract: In a method and a magnetic resonance system for fat saturation when acquiring magnetic resonance data in a predetermined volume segment of an examination object, a SPAIR pulse is emitted and an RF excitation pulse is emitted following a predetermined time period after the SPAIR pulse, and magnetic resonance data are thereafter acquired. The time period of at least one slice is set so as to be different from the time period for the remaining slices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Jan Ole Blumhagen, Dominik Paul, Daniel Nico Splitthoff
  • Patent number: 10281545
    Abstract: In a magnetic resonance apparatus and an operating method therefore, a data acquisition sequence for operating the apparatus is repeatedly reviewed in a number of ascertainment passes executed in a processor, each ascertainment pass involving a calculation step, and in each calculation step a determination is made as to other respective values of data elements used in a previous calculation step have changed. If no change has occurred, a re-calculation in the current calculation step is not implemented, thereby reducing the time and computing capacity that are needed to generate a final data acquisition sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Simon Bauer, Bernd Kuehn, Thomas Loeffler, Dominik Paul, Daniel Nico Splitthoff
  • Patent number: 10275875
    Abstract: A method for automatically and dynamically optimizing image acquisition parameters/commands of an imaging procedure performed by a medical imaging apparatus in order to mitigate or cancel dynamic effects perturbing the image acquisition process of an object to be imaged by the medical imaging apparatus. The method includes connecting a dynamic correction module (DCM) to the medical imaging apparatus, automatically acquiring by the DCM image acquisition parameters/commands and data about dynamic changes or effects, and automatically determining in real time, by the DCM, at least one new image acquisition parameter/command from the image acquisition parameters/commands defined in the imaging control system and the dynamic change data, while the image acquisition parameter/command defined in the imaging control system remains unchanged. The method further includes automatically providing, by the DCM, the new image acquisition parameter/command to the hardware control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare GmbH
    Inventors: Himanshu Bhat, Thorsten Feiweier, Tobias Kober, Carsten Prinz, Daniel Nico Splitthoff, Stephan Stoecker
  • Publication number: 20190090819
    Abstract: A medical imaging apparatus, and a sensor arrangement for acquiring at least one item of patient movement information during a medical imaging examination, have at least one sensor element and a support apparatus, with the at least one sensor element arranged on the support apparatus. The support apparatus has a positioning element for positioning the support apparatus and at least one strut-like support element on which the at least one sensor element is removably arranged.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Publication date: March 28, 2019
    Applicant: Siemens Healthcare GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Beck, Daniel Nico Splitthoff, Steffen Schroeter
  • Patent number: 10241175
    Abstract: In a method for operating a medical imaging examination apparatus having multiple subsystems controlled by a control computer in a scan sequence, a control protocol for the scan is provided to the control computer, which determines sequence control data for the control protocol that define different functional subsequences of the scan, with different effective volumes assigned to each functional subsequence. Current ambient conditions of the apparatus are determined that are decisive for the determined relevant sequence control data and associated effective volumes. Control signals for the scan are determined from the sequence control data, the effective volumes and the current ambient conditions determined that optimize the functional subsequences of the scan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Thomas Benner, Swen Campagna, Thorsten Feiweier, Bernd Kuehn, Thomas Loeffler, Thorsten Speckner, Peter Speier, Daniel Nico Splitthoff, Stephan Stoecker, Johann Sukkau, Michael Wullenweber
  • Patent number: 10114097
    Abstract: In a method for operating a medical imaging examination apparatus having multiple subsystems, current ambient conditions in a scan volume of the apparatus are determined and stored in a global ambient condition parameter set. A control computer starts a scan sequence according to a selected scan protocol, and sequence control data that define different functional sub-sequences for the respective subsystems are provided to the control computer. Different effective volumes are assigned to each functional sub-sequence, and respective current sub-regions in the effective volume associated with the respective sub-sequence are determined, in which a volume optimization is to take place. Control signals for the scan sequence are calculated using the sequence control data, the global ambient condition parameter set, and the determined current sub-regions of the affected volumes, in order to optimize the functional sub-sequences at least with regard to the current sub-region of the assigned effective volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Thomas Benner, Swen Campagna, Thorsten Feiweier, Bernd Kuehn, Thorsten Speckner, Peter Speier, Daniel Nico Splitthoff, Michael Wullenweber
  • Patent number: 10101425
    Abstract: In a method for operating a medical imaging apparatus having subsystems, a control protocol assigned to a scan sequence to be performed is provided to a control computer that determines sequence control data for the control protocol, which define different functional subsequences of the scan sequence. Different effective volumes are assigned to each functional subsequence, and current ambient conditions of the apparatus are determined for the sequence control data and associated effective volumes, for a series of states of physiological processes that occur during the scan sequence. Control signals for the scan sequence are determined from the sequence control data, the effective volumes and the current ambient conditions per observed state, that optimize the functional subsequences of the scan sequence locally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Thomas Benner, Swen Campagna, Thorsten Feiweier, Bernd Kuehn, Thorsten Speckner, Peter Speier, Daniel Nico Splitthoff
  • Patent number: 10061001
    Abstract: In a method for determining time windows in a scan sequence, in which values of setting parameters of a scan can be changed during a current scan without adversely affecting the scan data obtained with the scan, comprising the following a scan sequence is loaded into a control computer, that then determines the time windows in the scan sequence in which values of setting parameters can be changed during a current scan, on the basis of an analysis of useful coherences in the scan sequence. The determined time windows are stored or processed so as to be available to operate an imaging apparatus to execute the scan sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Thomas Benner, Swen Campagna, Thorsten Feiweier, Bernd Kuehn, Thorsten Speckner, Peter Speier, Daniel Nico Splitthoff
  • Publication number: 20180238984
    Abstract: A method for setting an operating parameter of a medical device is provided. The method includes determining a current operating mode of the medical device. A time span available for setting the operating parameter is derived from the determined current operating mode. A setting range of the operating parameter necessary for fulfilling a pre-determined criterion is determined. A setting time necessary for setting the operating parameter according to the determined setting range is determined, and the operating parameter is set according to the setting range, provided the time span available for the setting is at least as long as the necessary setting time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Publication date: August 23, 2018
    Inventors: Dominik Paul, Daniel Nico Splitthoff, Thorsten Feiweier
  • Publication number: 20180052212
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a method for determining a sequence information element of a magnetic resonance sequence, a computer program product and an evaluation unit for performing such a method, and also a magnetic resonance device having such an evaluation unit. The method includes a determination of the sequence information element based on at least one pattern of the magnetic resonance sequence.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Publication date: February 22, 2018
    Inventors: Andreas Greiser, David Grodzki, Daniel Nico Splitthoff
  • Publication number: 20170356975
    Abstract: In a magnetic resonance imaging apparatus and a method for the operation thereof, a diagnostic magnetic resonance imaging sequence is selected in a control computer of the apparatus, and an adjustment parameter for the selected sequence is acquired in the control computer, which is specific to the subject under examination. A limit value for a loading parameter of the subject is specified in the computer, and a parameter range for an imaging parameter of the sequence is determined in the computer on the basis of the acquired adjustment parameter and the specified limit value for the loading parameter. A planning environment for the magnetic resonance imaging of the subject is presented, in which only the determined parameter range can be set for the imaging parameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Applicant: Siemens Healthcare GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Greiser, Daniel Nico Splitthoff, David Grodzki
  • Publication number: 20170248672
    Abstract: In a method and apparatus for recording a magnetic resonance dataset of a volume of interest of an object, at least one gradient moment is calculated as a function of at least one jump in susceptibility that is present in the volume of interest, between two sections of the volume of interest. An excitation pulse is radiated and at least one compensation moment is activated in a part volume of the volume of interest, for the at least partial compensation of a gradient moment caused by the jump in susceptibility. The signal generated by the excitation pulse is read out.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Publication date: August 31, 2017
    Applicant: Siemens Healthcare GmbH
    Inventors: Thorsten Feiweier, Josef Pfeuffer, Daniel Nico Splitthoff
  • Publication number: 20170248664
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to simulating an electrical stimulation during an examination of an examination object, in which the examination object is examined in a MR system to create a MR image using an imaging sequence, where a time characteristic of at least one magnetic field gradient used during the imaging sequence is determined, a time derivative of the time characteristic of the at least one magnetic field gradient is determined, and change time points at which the value of the time derivative changes are determined. The simulation of the electrical stimulation for the imaging sequence is performed, wherein the simulation is restricted to the determined change time points.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Publication date: August 31, 2017
    Inventors: Volker Schnetter, Daniel Nico Splitthoff
  • Publication number: 20170205483
    Abstract: A method for setting a MRI sequence, a magnetic resonance device, and a computer program product are provided. The method includes providing, by a limitation unit, at least one limitation; providing, by a parameter provision unit, a plurality of parameters of the sequence, wherein at least one parameter of the plurality of parameters is assigned to a default parameter value; selecting, by a selection unit, a parameter of the plurality of parameters; determining, by a simulation unit, at least one sequential pattern based on at least one default parameter value of the default parameter values; determining, by an analysis unit, a permissible range of parameter values of the selected parameter based on at least one sequential pattern and the at least one limitation; and establishing, by an establishment unit, a new parameter value of the selected parameter within the permissible range of the parameter values.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2017
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    Inventors: Thorsten Feiweier, Andreas Greiser, Uvo Hölscher, Thorsten Speckner, David Grodzki, Mathias Nittka, Daniel Nico Splitthoff
  • Publication number: 20170205485
    Abstract: In order to enable improved analysis of a magnetic resonance sequence, which provides a number of radio-frequency pulses for the acquisition of magnetic resonance measurement data of an object undergoing investigation by a magnetic resonance apparatus, the magnetic resonance sequence is provided to a computer and a first average radio-frequency output that is present during a first time window of the magnetic resonance sequence is determined. A second average radio-frequency output that is present during a second time window of the magnetic resonance sequence is determined. A value derived from the first average radio-frequency output and the second average radio-frequency output is provided from the computer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    Applicant: Siemens Healthcare GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Greiser, Dominik Paul, Daniel Nico Splitthoff