Patents by Inventor Eric A. Savitsky

Eric A. Savitsky 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: 20180330635
    Abstract: An ultrasound system including an ultrasound machine and an ultrasound probe. The ultrasound probe includes an ultrasound transducer, ultrasound circuitry, a six degree of freedom (6-DOF) sensor, and a probe housing. The probe housing encases the ultrasound transducer and the 6-DOF sensor. By embedding motion-sensing technology directly within the housing of the ultrasound transducer, the position and orientation of the ultrasound probe can be tracked in an automated manner in relation to an indicator mark on the ultrasound screen. This allows assisting technologies to mitigate human error that arises from misalignment of the transducer indicator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Publication date: November 15, 2018
    Inventors: Eric Savitsky, Dan Katz, Gabriele Nataneli
  • Publication number: 20180211563
    Abstract: A system and method for delivering psychomotor skill training, providing didactic instruction using an internet portal, tracking performance, and providing user feedback within a multisensory environment, serving as an integration for existing multimodal ultrasound training systems. This multisensory psychomotor skill training environment of the present invention would extend the existing described patented technologies by further adding realism through representation of virtual (digital) characters into a training scenario (e.g., pregnant patient), superimposing virtual (digital) guides or prompts onto actual real physical objects (e.g., anatomical landmarks or guides onto a mannequin or patient) embedding the training instruments within a broader virtual (digital) scenario (e.g., operating room). The ability to create these virtual, augmented, and mixed reality scenarios enables cost-effective, realistic, and improved training capabilities that mirror real-life training scenarios.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Publication date: July 26, 2018
    Inventors: Eric A. Savitsky, Gabriele Nataneli
  • Patent number: 10026338
    Abstract: An ultrasound system including an ultrasound machine and an ultrasound probe. The ultrasound probe includes an ultrasound transducer, ultrasound circuitry, a six degree of freedom (6-DOF) sensor, and a probe housing. The probe housing encases the ultrasound transducer and the 6-DOF sensor. By embedding motion-sensing technology directly within the housing of the ultrasound transducer, the position and orientation of the ultrasound probe can be tracked in an automated manner in relation to an indicator mark on the ultrasound screen. This allows assisting technologies to mitigate human error that arises from misalignment of the transducer indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
    Inventors: Eric Savitsky, Dan Katz, Gabriele Nataneli
  • Publication number: 20180137784
    Abstract: A system and method that improves the speed and efficiency through which ultrasound practitioners acquire and develop essential basic ultrasound skills in a simulated environment without the need of actual patients or subjects. The system utilizes a simulator with an input device that manipulates a virtual transducer probe in a simulated 3D space to cut a slice through a basic shape. A 2D section of the cut plane is also displayed so that the practitioner can learn to relate 2D section with their 3D objects cut in cross-section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2018
    Publication date: May 17, 2018
    Inventors: Eric Savitsky, Gabriele Nataneli, Dan Katz, Kresimir Petrinec
  • Patent number: 9870721
    Abstract: A system and method that improves the speed and efficiency through which ultrasound practitioners acquire and develop essential basic ultrasound skills in a simulated environment without the need of actual patients or subjects. The system utilizes a simulator with an input device that manipulate a virtual transducer probe in a simulated 3D space to cut a slice through a basic shape. A 2D section of the cut plane is also displayed so that the practitioner can learn to relate 2D section with their 3D objects cut in cross-section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Inventors: Eric Savitsky, Gabriele Nataneli, Dan Katz, Kresimir Petrinec
  • Publication number: 20170352294
    Abstract: A method for training an ultrasound user with a hand-held device having one or more first sensors to detect angular orientation of the device in one or more dimensions, and at least one two-dimensional surface device having one or more second sensors to detect translational position of the hand-held device in one or more directions, which communicates the angular orientation data from the hand-held device and the translational position data from the at least one surface device to a computer to display a virtual environment with a virtual hand-held device that moves in correlation with the hand-held device based on the angular orientation data from the hand-held device and the translational position data from the at least one surface device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Publication date: December 7, 2017
    Inventors: Gabriele Nataneli, Eric Savitsky
  • Publication number: 20170018204
    Abstract: A system for creating customized learning content for ultrasound simulators using materials from an existing library of curated content including images, volumetric data sets, and metadata, or otherwise acquired, overcoming numerous challenges to ultrasound education and training, including the ability to seamlessly create real-patient based ultrasound training curriculum, the creation of an expansive library that that represents multiple pathologic conditions, and the dissemination of training content to multiple users in an asynchronous manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Publication date: January 19, 2017
    Inventors: Eric Savitsky, Gabriele Nataneli, Kresimir Petrinec
  • Publication number: 20160314715
    Abstract: A system and method for converting a commercial diagnostic ultrasound transducer into a medical training device that is used for simulated ultrasound training; or a system and method for adding a training option to a standard ultrasound diagnostic system by attaching a motion sensor accessory to the commercial diagnostic ultrasound transducer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Publication date: October 27, 2016
    Applicant: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Eric Savitsky, Gabriele Nataneli
  • Publication number: 20160259424
    Abstract: A method for manipulating a remote device with a hand-held device having one or more first sensors to detect angular orientation of the device in one or more planes, and at least one two-dimensional surface device having one or more second sensors to detect translational position of the hand-held device in one or more directions, which communicates the angular orientation data from the hand-held device and the translational position data from the at least one surface device to the remote device, and positions the remote device based on the angular orientation data from the hand-held device and the translational position data from the at least one surface device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Publication date: September 8, 2016
    Inventors: Gabriele Nataneli, Eric Savitsky
  • Publication number: 20160104393
    Abstract: This invention describes a system and method for simulating a needle-based medical procedure for purposes of education and training. The described invention has a variety of medical training and assessment applications and can integrate and enhance a variety of existing medical simulation and assessment processes and technologies. The described device is designed to operate in the form of a needle and syringe, and will measure the orientation and penetration depth of the needle and contains all the necessary hardware to transmit this information to a remote installation that can process and visualize the data within a computer-based training device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Publication date: April 14, 2016
    Inventors: Eric Savitsky, Gabriele Nataneli, Kresimir Petrinec, Dan Katz
  • Publication number: 20150154890
    Abstract: A method and system for ultrasound simulation for training purposes. The system comprises a probe assembly, an electronic tag, and a translation sensor. The probe assembly comprises an orientation sensor to detect movement with three degrees of freedom. The translation sensor offers two additional degrees of freedom of movement detection. The probe assembly also has a transponder reader that when placed adjacent to the electronic tag, can communicate with a transponder within the electronic tag. Electronic tag has adhesive that allows the electronic tag to be a fixed to a subject, whether a live being or an inanimate mannequin. The information collected from the transponder is transmitted to the computing device to provide a simulated environment that mimics the use of an actual ultrasound probe to give the user a realistic experience using an ultrasound machine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Publication date: June 4, 2015
    Inventors: Eric Savitsky, Gabriele Nataneli, Dan Katz
  • Publication number: 20150140538
    Abstract: A system and method for extended spectrum ultrasound training using tags placed on animate and/or inanimate objects. The system combines the use of tags, a reader, and a 3-DOF motion tracker to train a user in finding image windows and optimal image views in an ultrasound simulation environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Eric Savitsky, Gabriele Nataneli, Dan Katz
  • Publication number: 20150086956
    Abstract: A co-registration and navigations system in which 3D and/or 2D ultrasound images are displayed alongside virtual images of a patient and/or CT or MRI scans, or other similar imaging techniques used in the medical field.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Eric Savitsky, Gabriele Nataneli, Kresimir Petrinec
  • Publication number: 20150084897
    Abstract: A method for manipulating a remote device with a hand-held device having one or more first sensors to detect angular orientation of the device in one or more planes, and at least one two-dimensional surface device having one or more second sensors to detect translational position of the hand-held device in one or more directions, which communicates the angular orientation data from the hand-held device and the translational position data from the at least one surface device to the remote device, and positions the remote device based on the angular orientation data from the hand-held device and the translational position data from the at least one surface device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Gabriele Nataneli, Eric Savitsky
  • Publication number: 20140170620
    Abstract: A system and method that improves the speed and efficiency through which ultrasound practitioners acquire and develop essential basic ultrasound skills in a simulated environment without the need of actual patients or subjects. The system utilizes a simulator with an input device that manipulate a virtual transducer probe in a simulated 3D space to cut a slice through a basic shape. A 2D section of the cut plane is also displayed so that the practitioner can learn to relate 2D section with their 3D objects cut in cross-section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Inventors: Eric Savitsky, Gabriele Nataneli, Dan Katz, Kresimir Petrinec
  • Patent number: 8480404
    Abstract: The present invention teaches a medical procedure training system based on a PC platform that provides multimodal education within a virtual environment. The system integrates digital video, three-dimensional modeling, and force-feedback devices for the purpose of training medical professionals medical procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Inventor: Eric A. Savitsky
  • Patent number: 8297983
    Abstract: An ultrasound training system having a data capture module, a digital asset management module, a validation module, didactic content, a media asset production module, an integration layer, an internet-based portal, a software client, and a peripheral probe. The combination of the disclosed elements creates a system that enables the creation and delivery of high-quality ultrasound education and training in a low-cost, widely deployable, and scalable manner, with a facilitated method for processing orders and financial transactions between customers and content providers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Eric Savitsky, Dan Katz, Gabriele Nataneli, Kresimir Petrinec
  • Publication number: 20120251991
    Abstract: An enhanced six degree of freedom spatial inertial measuring device capable of measuring translational movement along three orthogonal axes and rotational movement about the same, and in addition, being capable of measuring compression along at least one orthogonal axis. The device serves to provide adequate control for software applications where inertial tracking and compressive force feedback along at least one axis is desired. A probe, which accurately simulates ultrasound imaging, and therefore functions as a teaching tool is one such application.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Inventors: Eric Savitsky, Dan Katz, Gabriele Nataneli
  • Publication number: 20120238875
    Abstract: An ultrasound system including an ultrasound machine and an ultrasound probe. The ultrasound probe includes an ultrasound transducer, ultrasound circuitry, a six degree of freedom (6-DOF) sensor, and a probe housing. The probe housing encases the ultrasound transducer and the 6-DOF sensor. By embedding motion-sensing technology directly within the housing of the ultrasound transducer, the position and orientation of the ultrasound probe can be tracked in an automated manner in relation to an indicator mark on the ultrasound screen. This allows assisting technologies to mitigate human error that arises from misalignment of the transducer indicator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Inventors: Eric Savitsky, Dan Katz, Gabriele Nataneli
  • Publication number: 20120237102
    Abstract: A system for creating 3D ultrasound case volumes from 2D scans and aligning the ultrasound case volumes with a virtual representation of a body to create an adapted virtual body that is scaled and accurately reflects the morphology of a particular patient. The system improves a radiologist's or treating physician's ability to examine and interact with a patient's complete ultrasound case volume independent of the patient, the type of ultrasound machine used to acquire the original data, and the original scanning session.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Inventors: Eric Savitsky, Dan Katz