Patents by Inventor Frank Ingle

Frank Ingle 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: 20180168710
    Abstract: A cryotherapy system includes a cryotherapy catheter having an inflatable balloon portion and a pressure regulator. The inflatable balloon portion includes an outer balloon and an inner balloon within the outer balloon. The inner balloon is configured to receive during a cryotherapy procedure a cryogenic agent for extracting heat from body tissue at a desired location. The inflatable balloon portion is at a distal end of the cryotherapy catheter. The pressure regulator is adapted to maintain a positive pressure between the inner balloon and the outer balloon during a cryotherapy procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Inventors: Frank Ingle, Robert F. Bencini, James Mazzone, Rebecca W. Tin
  • Patent number: 9888953
    Abstract: A cryotherapy system includes a cryotherapy catheter having an inflatable balloon portion and a pressure regulator. The inflatable balloon portion includes an outer balloon and an inner balloon within the outer balloon. The inner balloon is configured to receive during a cryotherapy procedure a cryogenic agent for extracting heat from body tissue at a desired location. The inflatable balloon portion is at a distal end of the cryotherapy catheter. The pressure regulator is adapted to maintain a positive pressure between the inner balloon and the outer balloon during a cryotherapy procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Ingle, Rebecca Tin, Robert F. Bencini, James Mazzone
  • Patent number: 9872717
    Abstract: In some implementations, a method of ablating body tissue includes (a) locating an inflatable balloon portion of a cryotherapy balloon catheter at a treatment site internal to a patient's body, and inflating the inflatable balloon portion; (b) employing electrodes that are disposed on an expandable surface of the inflatable balloon portion to electrically characterize body tissue at the treatment site; (c) ablating the body tissue by supplying a cryotherapy agent to the inflatable balloon portion to cool the body tissue to a therapeutic temperature; (d) employing the electrodes to determine whether the ablating caused desired electrical changes in the body tissue; and (e) repeating (c) and (d) when it is determined that the ablating did not cause the desired electrical changes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert F. Bencini, Frank Ingle, Josef V. Koblish, Rebecca Tin, James Mazzone, Byron Chun, David Lawrence
  • Publication number: 20170143419
    Abstract: An embodiment of a system for ablating tissue comprises an electrode configured for use to deliver RF power to ablate the tissue, and a heat flow sensor configured to provide a measurement of heat flow from the electrode to blood or irrigation fluid. According to some embodiments, the system further comprises an RF source configured to generate RF power connected to the electrode (PE) to ablate tissue, and a controller configured to control a level of RF power and a duration for an ablation procedure. The controller is programmed to implement a process to estimate RF power dissipated in tissue (PT), including calculating power loss due to convective heat flow (PCONV) from the tissue through the electrode to the blood or the irrigation fluid to cool the electrode, and calculating the RF power dissipated in tissue (PT) by subtracting PCONV from PE.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Publication date: May 25, 2017
    Inventors: Frank Ingle, Paul A. Roche
  • Patent number: 9192790
    Abstract: Acoustic energy is delivered to innervated vascular that contributes to renal sympathetic nerve activity, such as innervated tissue of the renal artery and abdominal aorta. Focused acoustic energy is delivered via an intravascular device of sufficient power to ablate innervated renal or aortal tissue. Focused acoustic energy may be delivered via an intravascular or extracorporeal device to image and locate target innervated renal or aortal tissue. Intravascular, extravascular, or transvascular focused ultrasound devices provide for high precision denervation of innervated vascular to terminate renal sympathetic nerve activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger Hastings, Allan C. Shuros, Frank Ingle, Mark A. Hollingsworth
  • Patent number: 9179827
    Abstract: A medical device system includes an elongated body with a distal end that is configured and arranged for insertion into a patient. A housing is disposed in the distal end of the body. A rotatable magnet is disposed in the housing. At least one magnetic field winding is configured and arranged to generate a magnetic field at the location of the magnet. The magnetic field causes rotation of the magnet at a target frequency. An array of magnetic field sensors is disposed external to the patient. The magnetic field sensors are configured and arranged to sense the location and orientation of the magnet in relation to the array of magnetic field sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger N. Hastings, Michael J. Pikus, Kevin D. Edmunds, Leonard B. Richardson, Frank Ingle, Josef Koblish, Tat-Jin Teo
  • Publication number: 20150282859
    Abstract: In some implementations, a method of ablating body tissue includes (a) locating an inflatable balloon portion of a cryotherapy balloon catheter at a treatment site internal to a patient's body, and inflating the inflatable balloon portion; (b) employing electrodes that are disposed on an expandable surface of the inflatable balloon portion to electrically characterize body tissue at the treatment site; (c) ablating the body tissue by supplying a cryotherapy agent to the inflatable balloon portion to cool the body tissue to a therapeutic temperature; (d) employing the electrodes to determine whether the ablating caused desired electrical changes in the body tissue; and (e) repeating (c) and (d) when it is determined that the ablating did not cause the desired electrical changes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Publication date: October 8, 2015
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: ROBERT F. BENCINI, FRANK INGLE, JOSEF V. KOBLISH, REBECCA TIN, JAMES MAZZONE, BYRON CHUN, DAVID LAWRENCE
  • Publication number: 20150250525
    Abstract: A cryotherapy system includes a cryotherapy catheter having an inflatable balloon portion and a pressure regulator. The inflatable balloon portion includes an outer balloon and an inner balloon within the outer balloon. The inner balloon is configured to receive during a cryotherapy procedure a cryogenic agent for extracting heat from body tissue at a desired location. The inflatable balloon portion is at a distal end of the cryotherapy catheter. The pressure regulator is adapted to maintain a positive pressure between the inner balloon and the outer balloon during a cryotherapy procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Publication date: September 10, 2015
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: FRANK INGLE, REBECCA TIN, ROBERT F. BENCINI, JAMES MAZZONE
  • Patent number: 9060756
    Abstract: In some implementations, a method of ablating body tissue includes (a) locating an inflatable balloon portion of a cryotherapy balloon catheter at a treatment site internal to a patient's body, and inflating the inflatable balloon portion; (b) employing electrodes that are disposed on an expandable surface of the inflatable balloon portion to electrically characterize body tissue at the treatment site; (c) ablating the body tissue by supplying a cryotherapy agent to the inflatable balloon portion to cool the body tissue to a therapeutic temperature; (d) employing the electrodes to determine whether the ablating caused desired electrical changes in the body tissue; and (e) repeating (c) and (d) when it is determined that the ablating did not cause the desired electrical changes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Bob Bencini, Frank Ingle, Joe Koblish, Rebecca Tin, Jim Mazzone, Byron Chun, David Lawrence
  • Patent number: 9033965
    Abstract: A cryotherapy system includes a cryotherapy catheter having an inflatable balloon portion and a pressure regulator. The inflatable balloon portion includes an outer balloon and an inner balloon within the outer balloon. The inner balloon is configured to receive during a cryotherapy procedure a cryogenic agent for extracting heat from body tissue at a desired location. The inflatable balloon portion is at a distal end of the cryotherapy catheter. The pressure regulator is adapted to maintain a positive pressure between the inner balloon and the outer balloon during a cryotherapy procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Frank Ingle, Rebecca Tin, Robert F. Bencini, James Mazzone
  • Patent number: 8821484
    Abstract: A method, system, and device for detecting whether an expandable member completely occludes an anatomic passageway allows a user, such as a physician, clinician, or surgeon, to perform a medical procedure more efficiently and increases the procedure's chances of success. An incomplete occlusion can be immediately detected by monitoring the pressure difference across the expandable member. Through this method, a user can quickly diagnose the problem and reposition the expandable member in the anatomic passageway. In particular, in a cryoablation procedure, devices incorporating this method can help ensure a uniform and complete lesion in the pulmonary vein to electrically isolate the pulmonary vein from the atrium, thus preventing atrial fibrillation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Ingle, Joann Heberer
  • Patent number: 8738111
    Abstract: Systems and methods for cardiac contraction detection using information indicative of lead motion are described. In an example, an implantable medical device can include a receiver circuit configured to be electrically coupled to conductor comprising a portion of an implantable lead and be configured to obtain information indicative of a movement of the implantable lead due at least in part to a motion of a heart. The device can include a processor circuit configured to determine whether a cardiac mechanical contraction occurred during a specified interval included in the obtained information indicative of the movement of the implantable lead. The processor circuit can be configured to determine information about the cardiac mechanical contraction using the obtained information indicative of the movement of the implantable lead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Sweeney, Allan C. Shuros, Krzysztof Z. Siejko, David C. Olson, Frank Ingle
  • Patent number: 8649853
    Abstract: Systems and methods to monitor cardiac function using information indicative of lead motion are described. In an example, a system including an implantable medical device can include a receiver circuit configured to be electrically coupled to conductor comprising a portion of an implantable lead and be configured to obtain information indicative of a movement of the implantable lead due at least in part to a motion of a heart. The system can include a sensing circuit configured to obtain information indicative of cardiac electrical activity. The system can include a processor circuit configured to construct a template representative of a contraction of the heart, where the template can be constructed using the information indicative of the movement of the implantable lead due at least in part to the motion of the heart during the contraction, and using the information indicative of the cardiac electrical activity sensed during the contraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Sweeney, Allan C. Shuros, Krzysztof Z. Siejko, David C. Olson, Frank Ingle
  • Publication number: 20130281996
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for uniformly distributing coolant within a cryo-ablation device. A nozzle apparatus includes a tubular member having a plurality of angled apertures that induce swirling of coolant streams dispersed through the angled apertures. Coolant swirling round the tubular member and along an inner surface of an inflatable balloon element inflates the balloon element and cryogenically ablate tissue. The swirling action achieved using angled apertures uniformly distributes coolant along the inner surface of the balloon such that the temperatures along an inner surface of the balloon element and ablation of tissue adjacent to the balloon element are substantially uniform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Inventors: FRANK INGLE, RAPHAEL HON
  • Patent number: 8532770
    Abstract: Systems and methods to monitor cardiac mechanical vibrations using information indicative of lead motion are described. In an example, a system including an implantable medical device can include an excitation circuit configured to provide a non-tissue stimulating, non-therapeutic electrical excitation signal to a portion of an implantable lead. A receiver circuit can be configured to obtain information indicative of a mechanical vibration of the implantable lead due at least in part to one or more of an impact of at least a portion of the heart to the implantable lead, or friction contact between the implantable lead and cardiac tissue. The system can include a processor circuit configured to determine one or more of a lead mechanical status, or information indicative of valvular activity using the information indicative of the mechanical vibration of the implantable lead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Sweeney, Allan C. Shuros, Krzysztof Z. Siejko, David C. Olson, Frank Ingle
  • Patent number: 8478392
    Abstract: Systems and methods for rhythm discrimination using the motion of an implantable lead are described. In an example, an implantable medical device can include a receiver circuit configured to be electrically coupled to an implantable lead and be configured to obtain information indicative of a movement of the implantable lead due at least in part to a motion of a heart. The device can include an arrhythmia detection circuit configured to determine an arrhythmia status using the information indicative of the movement of the implantable lead and an arrhythmia classification circuit configured to determine one or more of a location or a type of an arrhythmia, using the information indicative of the movement of the implantable lead, when the arrhythmia status indicates that an arrhythmia is occurring or has occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Sweeney, Allan C. Shuros, Krzysztof Z. Siejko, David C. Olson, Frank Ingle
  • Patent number: 8469919
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for uniformly distributing coolant within a cryo-ablation device. A nozzle apparatus includes a tubular member having a plurality of angled apertures that induce swirling of coolant streams dispersed through the angled apertures. Coolant swirling round the tubular member and along an inner surface of an inflatable balloon element inflates the balloon element and cryogenically ablate tissue. The swirling action achieved using angled apertures uniformly distributes coolant along the inner surface of the balloon such that the temperatures along an inner surface of the balloon element and ablation of tissue adjacent to the balloon element are substantially uniform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Ingle, Raphael Hon
  • Patent number: 8465481
    Abstract: A cryotherapy catheter can include an elongate member and an inflatable balloon portion at a distal end of the elongate member. The inflatable balloon portion can have an external surface and an interior chamber, and the external surface can include a cooling region and a thermally insulated region. The interior chamber can be configured to receive during a cryotherapy procedure a cryogenic agent for extracting heat from body tissue that is in contact with the cooling region. A thermal profiling component can be disposed in the interior chamber and configured to thermally insulate the thermally insulated region from the cryogenic agent to minimize heat extraction by the cryogenic agent from body tissue that is in contact with the thermally insulated region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: James Mazzone, David Lawrence, Robert Bencini, Frank Ingle
  • Publication number: 20120165803
    Abstract: In some implementations, a method of ablating body tissue includes (a) locating an inflatable balloon portion of a cryotherapy balloon catheter at a treatment site internal to a patient's body, and inflating the inflatable balloon portion; (b) employing electrodes that are disposed on an expandable surface of the inflatable balloon portion to electrically characterize body tissue at the treatment site; (c) ablating the body tissue by supplying a cryotherapy agent to the inflatable balloon portion to cool the body tissue to a therapeutic temperature; (d) employing the electrodes to determine whether the ablating caused desired electrical changes in the body tissue; and (e) repeating (c) and (d) when it is determined that the ablating did not cause the desired electrical changes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2012
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: BOB BENCINI, FRANK INGLE, JOE KOBLISH, REBECCA TIN, JIM MAZZONE, BYRON CHUN, DAVID LAWRENCE
  • Publication number: 20120101480
    Abstract: A catheter shaft having a helically wound elongate tubular member is disclosed. The catheter shaft may include a tubular member formed from helically wrapped length of material. The length of material may be wrapped to define a plurality of turns. At least some of the turns may be wrapped in an overlapping fashion such that at least a portion of a first edge of a turn overlaps at least of portion of a second edge of a turn of a previous turn defining an overlap distance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2010
    Publication date: April 26, 2012
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: FRANK INGLE, ROBERT F. BENCINI