Patents by Inventor Edwin L. Adair

Edwin L. Adair 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: 7110808
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for subsequent optimization of radiosurgery and radiotherapy is provided. The invention includes administering a metalloporphyrin to the patient, and then creating a 3-dimensional mapping of tissue through use of PET or SPECT. Malignant and pre-malignant tissue has an affinity for the metalloporphyrin. During treatment, real-time images are also provided which are compared to the previous 3-dimensional mapping. Creation of the real-time images is also achieved through PET or SPECT wherein a metalloporphyrin is administered to the patient. Total administration of radiation is calculated by summing radiation from the metalloporphyrins and from the radiosurgery/radiotherapy. The amount of radiation delivered by the metalloporphyrins and by the radiosurgery/radiotherapy are adjustable based on a patient's response to the dual delivery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Inventor: Edwin L. Adair
  • Patent number: 7067276
    Abstract: A method for treating arteriosclerotic lesions is provided wherein the method is characterized by administering a chemical compound to the patient, the compound being a porphyrin complexed with a radioactive metal. Cells which exhibit an affinity for the porphyrin element indicate sites of plaque buildup. The radioactive metal within the compound is cytotoxic to cells in and surrounding the plaque and may allow tomographic scanning of the plaque as well. The complexed compound can be introduced to the patient a desired number of times to provide the necessary radiation treatment and ongoing monitoring of plaque removal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Inventor: Edwin L. Adair
  • Patent number: 7030904
    Abstract: A reduced area imaging device is provided for use in medical or dental instruments such as an endoscope. In a first embodiment of the endoscope, connections between imaging device elements and between a video display is achieved by hard-wired connections. In a second embodiment of the endoscope, wireless transmission is used for communications between imaging device components, and/or for transferring video ready signals to a video display. In one configuration of the imaging device, the image sensor is placed remote from the remaining circuitry. In another configuration, all of the circuitry to include the image sensor is placed in a stacked fashion at the same location. The entire imaging device can be placed at the distal tip of an endoscope. Alternatively, the image sensor can be placed remote from the remaining circuitry according to the first configuration, and control box is used which communicates with the image sensor and is placed remotely from the endoscope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Assignee: Micro-Medical Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Edwin L. Adair, Jeffrey L. Adair, Randall S. Adair
  • Patent number: 7002621
    Abstract: A reduced area imaging device is provided for use with a communication device, such as a wireless/cellular phone. Various configurations of the imaging device are provided which locate the elements of the imaging device at desired locations. The communication device includes a miniature LCD-type monitor which displays not only images taken by the camera module, but also incoming video messages. The camera module may communicate with the housing of the communication device by wired connection, or wirelessly. The camera module is of such small size that it can be stored within the housing of the communication device. The camera module may be pointed at any object within sight of the user, without having to move the phone housing in order to take video images. Any acceptable wireless standard may be used for wireless communication between the camera module and the video telephone. One particularly advantageous wireless standard includes Bluetooth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Inventors: Edwin L. Adair, Jeffrey L. Adair, Randall S. Adair
  • Patent number: 6984498
    Abstract: A cancer screening method is provided, wherein the method is characterized by administering a compound to a patient, the compound being a complex of a fluorescent marker and a radioactive marker, in a dose emitting between 5 Gy and 20 Gy radiation. Cells are then collected preferably through non-invasive or minimally invasive means. If fluorescence is observed in the exfoliated cells, tomographic scanning is conducted to further locate and/or confirm suspected malignant areas or metastatic areas. Further observation or treatment may be conducted either through fluorescence guided endoscopy, photo-dynamic therapy, and/or radiation treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2006
    Inventor: Edwin L. Adair
  • Patent number: 6982742
    Abstract: A reduced area-imaging device is provided for use with a miniature hand-held computer referred to in the industry as a PDA. Various configurations of the imaging device are provided which position elements of the imaging device in desired locations. The PDA includes a miniature LCD-type video screen which can display not only images taken by the camera module, but also incoming video images. The camera module may communicate with the housing of the PDA either by a wired connection, or wirelessly. The camera module is small enough that it can be stored within the housing of the PDA. The camera module may be pointed at an object within sight of the user without having to move the PDA housing in order to take an image. Any acceptable wireless standard may be used for wireless communication between the camera module and the PDA. One particularly advantageous standard includes Bluetooth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2006
    Inventors: Edwin L. Adair, Jeffrey L. Adair, Randall S. Adair
  • Patent number: 6982740
    Abstract: A reduced area imaging device is provided which utilizes selected charge integration periods. Various configurations of the imaging device are provided which locate the elements of the imagine device at desired locations. Regardless of the particular arrangement or configuration of the imaging device, selected charge integration periods are incorporated. The imaging device can be defined as a CMOS-CID device wherein a user may select an appropriate integration period in order to enhance the viewed image to a desired level of brightness. Particularly in fluorescence guided endoscopy and fluorescence assisted surgery, the ability to vary and select particular charge integration periods improves these processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2006
    Assignee: Micro-Medical Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Edwin L. Adair, Jeffrey L. Adair, Randall S. Adair
  • Patent number: 6862036
    Abstract: A reduced area imaging device is provided for use with a communication device, such as a wireless/cellular phone. In one configuration of the imaging device, the image sensor is placed remote from the remaining image processing circuitry. In a second configuration, all of the image processing circuitry to include the image sensor is placed in a stacked fashion near the same location. In the first configuration, the entire imaging device can be placed at the distal end of a camera module. In a second configuration, the image sensor is remote from the remaining image processing circuitry wherein available space within the phone is used to house the remaining circuitry. In any of the embodiments, the image sensor may be placed alone on a first circuit board, or timing and control circuits may be included on the first circuit board containing the image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2005
    Inventors: Edwin L. Adair, Jeffrey L. Adair, Randall S. Adair
  • Publication number: 20040202609
    Abstract: A method for treating arteriosclerotic lesions is provided wherein the method is characterized by administering a chemical compound to the patient, the compound being a porphyrin complexed with a radioactive metal. Cells which exhibit an affinity for the porphyrin element indicate sites of plaque buildup. The radioactive metal within the compound is cytotoxic to cells in and surrounding the plaque and may allow tomographic scanning of the plaque as well. The complexed compound can be introduced to the patient a desired number of times to provide the necessary radiation treatment and ongoing monitoring of plaque removal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2004
    Publication date: October 14, 2004
    Inventor: Edwin L. Adair
  • Publication number: 20040202610
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for subsequent optimization of radiosurgery and radiotherapy is provided. The invention includes administering a metalloporphyrin to the patient, and then creating a 3-dimensional mapping of tissue through use of PET or SPECT. Malignant and pre-malignant tissue has an affinity for the metalloporphyrin. During treatment, real-time images are also provided which are compared to the previous 3-dimensional mapping. Creation of the real-time images is also achieved through PET or SPECT wherein a metalloporphyrin is administered to the patient. Total administration of radiation is calculated by summing radiation from the metalloporphyrins and from the radiosurgery/radiotherapy. The amount of radiation delivered by the metalloporphyrins and by the radiosurgery/radiotherapy are adjustable based on a patient's response to the dual delivery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2004
    Publication date: October 14, 2004
    Inventor: Edwin L. Adair
  • Publication number: 20040202612
    Abstract: A cancer screening method is provided, wherein the method is characterized by administering a compound to a patient, the compound being a complex of a fluorescent marker and a radioactive marker, in a dose emitting between 5 Gy and 20 Gy radiation. Cells are then collected preferably through non-invasive or minimally invasive means. If fluorescence is observed in the exfoliated cells, tomographic scanning is conducted to further locate and/or confirm suspected malignant areas or metastatic areas. Further observation or treatment may be conducted either through fluorescence guided endoscopy, photo-dynamic therapy, and/or radiation treatment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2004
    Publication date: October 14, 2004
    Inventor: Edwin L. Adair
  • Patent number: 6753160
    Abstract: A method for diagnosis and treatment of arteriosclerotic lesions is provided wherein the method is characterized by introducing a chemical compound to the patient, the compound being a complex of a photosensitive portion, and a radioactive portion. Cells which exhibit an affinity for the porphyrin element indicate sites of plaque buildup. The radioactive portion within the compound allows tomographic scanning as well as simultaneous radiation treatment. The complexed compound can be introduced to the patient a desired number of times to provide the necessary radiation treatment and ongoing monitoring of plaque removal. Further observation or treatment may be conducted through a fluorescence guided endoscopic procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2004
    Inventor: Edwin L. Adair
  • Patent number: 6750037
    Abstract: A cancer screening method is provided, wherein the method is characterized by introducing a chemical compound to a patient, the compound being a complex of a fluorescent marker and a radioactive marker. Cells are then collected preferably through non-invasive or minimally invasive means. If fluorescence is observed in the exfoliated cells, tomographic scanning is conducted to further locate and/or confirm suspected malignant areas or metastatic areas. Further observation or treatment may be conducted either through fluorescence guided endoscopy, photo-dynamic therapy, and/or radiation treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2004
    Inventors: Edwin L. Adair, Jeffrey L. Adair
  • Publication number: 20030235531
    Abstract: A method for diagnosis and treatment of arteriosclerotic lesions is provided wherein the method is characterized by introducing a chemical compound to the patient, the compound being a complex of a photosensitive portion, and a radioactive portion. Cells which exhibit an affinity for the porphyrin element indicate sites of plaque buildup. The radioactive portion within the compound allows tomographic scanning as well as simultaneous radiation treatment. The complexed compound can be introduced to the patient a desired number of times to provide the necessary radiation treatment and ongoing monitoring of plaque removal. Further observation or treatment may be conducted through a fluorescence guided endoscopic procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2002
    Publication date: December 25, 2003
    Inventor: Edwin L. Adair
  • Publication number: 20020180867
    Abstract: A reduced area imaging device is provided for use with a communication device, such as a wireless/cellular phone. In one configuration of the imaging device, the image sensor is placed remote from the remaining image processing circuitry. In a second configuration, all of the image processing circuitry to include the image sensor is placed in a stacked fashion near the same location. In the first configuration, the entire imaging device can be placed at the distal end of a camera module. In a second configuration, the image sensor is remote from the remaining image processing circuitry wherein available space within the phone is used to house the remaining circuitry. In any of the embodiments, the image sensor may be placed alone on a first circuit board, or timing and control circuits may be included on the first circuit board containing the image sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2002
    Publication date: December 5, 2002
    Inventors: Edwin L. Adair, Jeffrey L. Adair, Randall S. Adair
  • Publication number: 20020163578
    Abstract: A reduced area imaging device is provided for use with a miniature hand-held computer referred to in the industry as a PDA. In one configuration of the imaging device, the image sensor is placed remote from the remaining image processing circuitry. In a second configuration, all of the image processing circuitry to include the image sensor is placed in a stacked fashion near the same location. In the first configuration, the entire imaging device can be placed at the distal end of a camera module. In a second configuration, the image sensor is remote from the remaining image processing circuitry wherein available space within the PDA is used to house the remaining circuitry. In any of the embodiments, the image sensor may be placed alone on a first circuit board, or timing and control circuits may be included on the first circuit board containing the image sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2002
    Publication date: November 7, 2002
    Inventors: Edwin L. Adair, Jeffrey L. Adair, Randall S. Adair
  • Publication number: 20020159948
    Abstract: A cancer screening method is provided, wherein the method is characterized by introducing a chemical compound to a patient, the compound being a complex of a fluorescent marker and a radioactive marker. Cells are then collected preferably through non-invasive or minimally invasive means. If fluorescence is observed in the exfoliated cells, tomographic scanning is conducted to further locate and/or confirm suspected malignant areas or metastatic areas. Further observation or treatment may be conducted either through fluorescence guided endoscopy, photo-dynamic therapy, and/or radiation treatment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2002
    Publication date: October 31, 2002
    Inventors: Edwin L. Adair, Jeffrey L. Adair
  • Patent number: 6452626
    Abstract: A reduced area imaging device is provided for use with a communication device, such as a wireless/cellular phone. In one configuration of the imaging device, the image sensor is placed remote from the remaining image processing circuitry. In a second configuration, all of the image processing circuitry to include the image sensor is placed in a stacked fashion near the same location. In the first configuration, the entire imaging device can be placed at the distal end of a camera module. In a second configuration, the image sensor is remote from the remaining image processing circuitry wherein available space within the phone is used to house the remaining circuitry. In any of the embodiments, the image sensor may be placed alone on a first circuit board, or timing and control circuits may be included on the first circuit board containing the image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2002
    Inventors: Edwin L. Adair, Jeffrey L. Adair, Randall S. Adair
  • Patent number: 6424369
    Abstract: A reduced area imaging device is provided for use with a miniature hand-held computer referred to in the industry as a PDA. In one configuration of the imaging device, the image sensor is placed remote from the remaining image processing circuitry. In a second configuration, all of the image processing circuitry to include the image sensor is placed in a stacked fashion near the same location. In the first configuration, the entire imaging device can be placed at the distal end of a camera module. In a second configuration, the image sensor is remote from the remaining image processing circuitry wherein available space within the PDA is used to house the remaining circuitry. In any of the embodiments, the image sensor may be placed alone on a first circuit board, or timing and control circuits may be included on the first circuit board containing the image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2002
    Inventors: Edwin L. Adair, Jeffrey L. Adair, Randall S. Adair
  • Publication number: 20020089589
    Abstract: A reduced area imaging device is provided for use with a communication device, such as a wireless/cellular phone. In one configuration of the imaging device, the image sensor is placed remote from the remaining image processing circuitry. In a second configuration, all of the image processing circuitry to include the image sensor is placed in a stacked fashion near the same location. In the first configuration, the entire imaging device can be placed at the distal end of a camera module. In a second configuration, the image sensor is remote from the remaining image processing circuitry wherein available space within the phone is used to house the remaining circuitry. In any of the configurations, the image sensor may be placed alone on a first circuit board, or timing and control circuits may be included on the first circuit board containing the image sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2001
    Publication date: July 11, 2002
    Inventors: Edwin L. Adair, Jeffrey L. Adair, Randall S. Adair