Patents by Inventor Frank Wacker

Frank Wacker 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: 20230000382
    Abstract: An accessory kit is provided for interventional procedures using a magnetic resonance imaging scanner. The accessory kit includes a patient support and an electrical connection adapter. The patient support has a first end proximal and a second end distal to the scanner. The distal end is configured to create a space to accommodate a clinician, such as narrowing of the distal end or at least one cutout on a side of the distal end. The electrical connection adapter interfaces with the scanner and a scanner table. The accessory kit is configured so that when the proximal end is extended into the scanner bore, the distal end extends outside the bore. The narrowed width and/or cutout(s) of the exposed distal end and the extended gap between the scanner and scanner table create space on at least one side of the patient support that a clinician may use to access a patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2020
    Publication date: January 5, 2023
    Applicants: Qfix Systems, LLC, Otto-von Guericke Universit├Ąt Magdeburg, Medizinische Hochschule Hannover
    Inventors: Daniel D. Coppens, Enrico Pannicke, Oliver Speck, Frank Wacker, Bennet Hensen
  • Patent number: 7606611
    Abstract: A medical apparatus, includes a medical instrument with an acquisition unit for a magnetic resonance signal, the acquisition unit exhibiting a non-constant sensitivity profile in the azimuthal direction relative to an axis of the medical instrument. An azimuthal orientation of the medical apparatus is determined by an evaluation unit from magnetic resonance signals received by the acquisition unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2009
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Peter Speier, Frank Wacker
  • Patent number: 7558615
    Abstract: In a method and apparatus for interventional imaging in magnetic resonance tomography, a contrast agent liquid is prepared by saturation or excitation of the nuclear spins therein, such that it shows with a poor signal in the vessel system of a patient to be examined after injection, or the stationary tissue is prepared by saturation or excitation of the nuclear spins therein such that the contrast agent liquid shows with strong signal (compared to the tissue) in the vessel system of a patient to be examined after injection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2009
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Peter Speier, Frank Wacker
  • Publication number: 20060184003
    Abstract: Systems, methodologies, media, and other embodiments associated with facilitating intra-procedurally determining the position of an internal anatomical target location using an externally measurable parameter are described. One exemplary method embodiment includes pre-procedurally correlating internal anatomy motion with external marker motion. The example method may also include providing computer graphics to an augmented reality system during a percutaneous procedure to facilitate image guiding an interventional device with respect to the internal anatomy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2005
    Publication date: August 17, 2006
    Inventors: Jonathan Lewin, Daniel Elgort, Frank Wacker, Frank Sauer, Ali Khamene, Jeffrey Duerk
  • Publication number: 20060025678
    Abstract: A medical apparatus, includes a medical instrument with an acquisition unit for a magnetic resonance signal, the acquisition unit exhibiting a non-constant sensitivity profile in the azimuthal direction relative to an axis of the medical instrument. An azimuthal orientation of the medical apparatus is determined by an evaluation unit from magnetic resonance signals received by the acquisition unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2005
    Publication date: February 2, 2006
    Inventors: Peter Speier, Frank Wacker
  • Publication number: 20050261576
    Abstract: In a method and apparatus for interventional imaging in magnetic resonance tomography, a contrast agent liquid is prepared by saturation or excitation of the nuclear spins therein, such that it shows with a poor signal in the vessel system of a patient to be examined after injection, or the stationary tissue is prepared by saturation or excitation of the nuclear spins therein such that the contrast agent liquid shows with strong signal (compared to the tissue) in the vessel system of a patient to be examined after injection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2005
    Publication date: November 24, 2005
    Inventors: Peter Speier, Frank Wacker
  • Publication number: 20050054913
    Abstract: A method of automatically adjusting at least one MR image parameter for an interventional procedure includes adaptively tracking an MR micro-coil catheter and automatically updating an imaging scan plane's position and orientation, as well as other features including, but not limited to, field-of-view, resolution, temporal resolution, slice thickness, tip angle, and TE. The disclosed system provides a more natural interface for a physician operating the MR scanner during an interventional procedure. The scanner can react to changes in the clinical environment and automatically adjust a number of image parameters. For example, during catheter insertion, images are acquired at lower resolutions, and possibly larger fields of view, to help facilitate faster updates and tracking. Once the catheter reaches a target area in the tissue and its motion slows, an MR image of higher resolution, and possibly lower field of view, is acquired.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2004
    Publication date: March 10, 2005
    Inventors: Jeffrey Duerk, Daniel Elgort, Chris Flask, Claudia Hillenbrand, Jonathan Lewin, Frank Wacker, Eddy Wong