Patents by Inventor Franco Rupcich

Franco Rupcich 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: 11141079
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for profile-based selection of imaging parameters for a clinical context. In one embodiment, a method comprises selecting a profile based on an indication of clinical context for a scan of a patient, selecting one or more sub-profiles based on the profile, selecting imaging settings for the scan based on the profile and the one or more sub-profiles, and performing the scan according to the selected imaging settings. In this way, a scan prescription may be defined more efficiently and personally for a patient while improving quality assurance and managing an x-ray radiation dose of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Franco Rupcich, Chelsey Amanda Lewis, Christine Carol Hammond, Dominic Joseph Crotty, Mark Vincent Profio
  • Patent number: 10973489
    Abstract: Computed tomography (CT) imaging system has at least one processing unit configured to receive operator inputs that include a modified system feature and a clinical task having a task object and also receive operator inputs for determining a task-based image quality (IQ) metric. The task-based IQ metric represents a desired overall image quality of image data for performing the clinical task. The image data acquired using a reference system feature. The at least one processing unit is also configured to determine an exposure-control parameter based on the task object, the modified system feature, and the task-based IQ metric. The at least one processing unit is also configured to direct the x-ray source to generate the x-ray beam during the CT scan, wherein at least one of the tube current or the tube potential during the CT scan is a function of the exposure-control parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Franco Rupcich, Dominic Crotty, Jiahua Fan, Parag Khobragade, Tal Gilat Schmidt
  • Patent number: 10426424
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for generating and simulating a computed tomography (CT) protocol is provided. The method includes receiving, via a graphical user interface, at a processor user input including patient population size settings and scan technique settings for modeling the effects of the scan technique settings across a patient population as a function of patient size. The method also includes generating, via the processor, a patient population profile based on at least the patient population size settings and the scan technique settings, wherein the patient population profile includes specific CT scan technique settings to be applied across different size ranges of the patient population as a function of patient size. The method further includes displaying, on the graphical user interface, one or more visualization elements illustrating the effect of these specific CT scan technique settings on specific imaging metrics across the patient population.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Dominic Joseph Crotty, Franco Rupcich, John Howard Londt, Mark Vincent Profio, Darin Robert Okerlund, Roy-Arnulf Helge Nilsen
  • Patent number: 10368825
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for automatic exposure control in computed tomography imaging systems. In one embodiment, a method comprises in response to an object-specific dose metric input by a user via a user interface operably coupled to a scanner, predicting an image quality of a diagnostic scan, calculating an output level of a source of the scanner for the image quality, and performing the diagnostic scan at the output level when the image quality is higher than a threshold. In this way, patient-specific image quality settings may be determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Dominic Joseph Crotty, Roy A. Nilsen, Jiahua Fan, Mary Sue Kulpins, Franco Rupcich, Grant Morey Stevens
  • Publication number: 20190231296
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for adjusting medical imaging parameters based on imaging parameters used during a previous imaging session. In one embodiment, a method for a computed tomography (CT) system includes reducing a radiation level of at least one CT scan of one or more successive CT scans performed on a patient based on CT scan information obtained from a previous CT scan performed on the patient, the radiation level reduced relative to a radiation level of the previous CT scan.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Inventors: John Irvin Jackson, Dominic Joseph Crotty, Franco Rupcich, John Londt, Mark Vincent Profio, Darin Robert Okerlund
  • Publication number: 20190231224
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for profile-based selection of imaging parameters for a clinical context. In one embodiment, a method comprises selecting a profile based on an indication of clinical context for a scan of a patient, selecting one or more sub-profiles based on the profile, selecting imaging settings for the scan based on the profile and the one or more sub-profiles, and performing the scan according to the selected imaging settings. In this way, a scan prescription may be defined more efficiently and personally for a patient while improving quality assurance and managing an x-ray radiation dose of the patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Inventors: Franco Rupcich, Chelsey Amanda Lewis, Christine Carol Hammond, Dominic Joseph Crotty, Mark Vincent Profio
  • Publication number: 20190150872
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for generating and simulating a computed tomography (CT) protocol is provided. The method includes receiving, via a graphical user interface, at a processor user input including patient population size settings and scan technique settings for modeling the effects of the scan technique settings across a patient population as a function of patient size. The method also includes generating, via the processor, a patient population profile based on at least the patient population size settings and the scan technique settings, wherein the patient population profile includes specific CT scan technique settings to be applied across different size ranges of the patient population as a function of patient size. The method further includes displaying, on the graphical user interface, one or more visualization elements illustrating the effect of these specific CT scan technique settings on specific imaging metrics across the patient population.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Inventors: Dominic Joseph Crotty, Franco Rupcich, John Howard Londt, Mark Vincent Profio, Darin Robert Okerlund, Roy-Arnulf Helge Nilsen
  • Publication number: 20190099148
    Abstract: Computed tomography (CT) imaging system has at least one processing unit configured to receive operator inputs that include a modified system feature and a clinical task having a task object and also receive operator inputs for determining a task-based image quality (IQ) metric. The task-based IQ metric represents a desired overall image quality of image data for performing the clinical task. The image data acquired using a reference system feature. The at least one processing unit is also configured to determine an exposure-control parameter based on the task object, the modified system feature, and the task-based IQ metric. The at least one processing unit is also configured to direct the x-ray source to generate the x-ray beam during the CT scan, wherein at least one of the tube current or the tube potential during the CT scan is a function of the exposure-control parameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Publication date: April 4, 2019
    Inventors: Franco Rupcich, Dominic Crotty, Jiahua Fan, Parag Khobragade, Tal Gilat Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20170202534
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for automatic exposure control in computed tomography imaging systems. In one embodiment, a method comprises in response to an object-specific dose metric input by a user via a user interface operably coupled to a scanner, predicting an image quality of a diagnostic scan, calculating an output level of a source of the scanner for the image quality, and performing the diagnostic scan at the output level when the image quality is higher than a threshold. In this way, patient-specific image quality settings may be determined.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    Inventors: Dominic Joseph Crotty, Roy A. Nilsen, Jiahua Fan, Mary Sue Kulpins, Franco Rupcich, Grant Morey Stevens