Patents by Inventor Dominic A. Donato

Dominic A. Donato 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: 5119410
    Abstract: An x-ray film positioning device wherein the film holder and x-ray beam alignment rod can rotate together while the biteblock remains stationary. Such rotation is accomplished by means of an axle placed through the body of the biteblock, or through tubes attached to the biteblock, and attaching the film holder to one end of an extension bar and attaching the other end of the extension bar to one end of the axle, and further attaching the beam alignment rod to the other end of the axle. By the configuration of this assembly, a predetermined relationship of the film to the x-ray beam e.g. parallel, can be maintained with all angles of rotation. Simultaneously, the biteblock remains stationary in a flat, occlusally parallel position, held securely between the upper and lower teeth. This rotational concept is particularly helpful, but not limited to, film holder biteblock arrangements which are laterally off-set one to the other when viewed from the x-ray source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1992
    Inventor: Dominic A. Donato
  • Patent number: 4598416
    Abstract: A device which aligns X-ray beam to the film at a predetermined vertical angle and a predetermined horizontal angle simultaneously. The specific angles are created by setting the angle indicating arrows to the appropriate angle on the vertical and horizontal scales. This non-parallel plane alignment of beam to film creates the desired image distortion predicted by the buccal object rule and often necessary in the practice of endodontics. The bite block and film holding arm portions are arranged in an off-set manner to allow for radiographing of teeth with endodontic files protruding from them. In addition, the bite block, by means of attached trays filled with dental impression material, e.g. compound, can register a biting position of the jaws. In any successive film exposure, the radiographic view of the original exposure can be duplicated by keying the teeth to the impressed material and re-setting the original horizontal and vertical angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 1984
    Date of Patent: July 1, 1986
    Inventor: Dominic A. Donato