Patents by Inventor Gary S. Wagner

Gary S. Wagner 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: 9662038
    Abstract: Some injectors of the invention may include a fluid drive responsive to pressure of a working fluid (e.g., liquid, pneumatic, or both) to impart a sequence of forces to drive a delivery device (e.g., a syringe) to deliver a medical fluid (e.g., a contrast agent, a radiopharmaceutical, a drug, or a combination thereof). Some injectors may include a multimedia tube configured to pass a working fluid (e.g., air) and a light signal (e.g., infrared). Some injectors may include a peristaltic drive responsive to pressure of a working fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: LIEBEL-FLARSHEIM COMPANY LLC
    Inventors: Gary S. Wagner, Frank M. Fago, Peter Staats, Dane Battiato
  • Patent number: 9308316
    Abstract: Various structures are used in a front-loading injector, for mounting the syringe to the injector and/or preventing leakage of spilled fluid from an external surface of a syringe into the vicinity of the drive ram. A conically-shaped structure on the rearward end of the syringe is specifically disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: LIEBEL-FLARSHEIM COMPANY LLC
    Inventors: Frank M. Fago, Robert Ziemba, Gary S. Wagner
  • Patent number: 9168335
    Abstract: A contrast media injection system includes detects the absolute position of the syringe ram using a non-contact sensor. A series of magnets and Hall-Effect sensors may be used or an opto-reflective system. Illuminated knobs that are connected to the drive mechanism for the syringe ram rotate with the drive and provide visual feedback on operation through the illumination. Analog Hall-Effect sensors are used to determine the presence or absence of magnets that identify the type of faceplate being used. The faceplates include control electronics, connected to the powerhead through connectors, which may be interchangeably used by the two faceplates. The faceplate electronics include detectors for automatically detecting the capacity of pre-filled syringes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: MALLINCKRODT LLC
    Inventors: Charles S. Neer, Robert J. Ziemba, David M. Brooks, James R. Small, Jonathan D. Gibbs, John Kevin Bruce, Gary S. Wagner
  • Patent number: 9078961
    Abstract: Various embodiments of syringe plunger driver or ram retraction protocols for a power injector are disclosed. In a first ram retraction protocol (184a), a first ram may be partially retracted (232), followed by a full retraction of a second ram (234), followed by a completion of the retraction of the first ram (238). In a second ram retraction protocol (184b), a first ram may be partially retracted (252), followed by a partial retraction of a second ram (254), and sometime thereafter each of the first and second rams may be completely retracted (260, 262). In a third ram retraction protocol (184c), the first and second rams are simultaneously and partially retracted (272), and sometime thereafter each of the first and second rams are completely retracted (276). In a fourth ram retraction protocol (184d), the first and second rams are simultaneously and fully retracted (292) based upon a programmed input or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: LIEBEL-FLARSHEIM COMPANY LLC
    Inventor: Gary S. Wagner
  • Publication number: 20150025374
    Abstract: A contrast media injection system includes detects the absolute position of the syringe ram using a non-contact sensor. A series of magnets and Hall-Effect sensors may be used or an opto-reflective system. Illuminated knobs that are connected to the drive mechanism for the syringe ram rotate with the drive and provide visual feedback on operation through the illumination. Analog Hall-Effect sensors are used to determine the presence or absence of magnets that identify the type of faceplate being used. The faceplates include control electronics, connected to the powerhead through connectors, which may be interchangeably used by the two faceplates. The faceplate electronics include detectors for automatically detecting the capacity of pre-filled syringes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: MALLINCKRODT LLC
    Inventors: Charles S. Neer, Robert J. Ziemba, David M. Brooks, James R. Small, Jonathan D. Gibbs, John Kevin Bruce, Gary S. Wagner
  • Patent number: 8932255
    Abstract: Various sealing structures are used in a front-loading injector, for preventing leakage of spilled fluid from an external surface of a syringe into the vicinity of the drive ram. For example, a sealing gasket may be incorporated into the front face of the injector housing, for mating to the rearward circular edge of the cylindrical body of a syringe. Alternatively, sealing and locking functions may be performed by a single structure on the rearward end of the syringe. Further, leakage may be prevented by including a non-planar sealing flange on the syringe, positioned on the syringe forward of the locking structure, or by a two-piece structure, including a syringe and a separate leakage stopping washer for surrounding the syringe to halt the flow of fluid along the exterior of the syringe. (As part of this aspect, or as an independent feature, the syringe may include an annularly discontinuous flange forward of the locking structure, for providing mechanical support for the syringe against the injector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Mallinckrodt LLC
    Inventors: Frank M. Fago, Robert Ziemba, Gary S. Wagner
  • Patent number: 8926555
    Abstract: A flow rate assessment protocol (140) that may be utilized by a power injector (10) is disclosed. This flow rate assessment protocol (140) monitors a flow rate (156) during execution of a medical fluid delivery protocol (154). This monitored flow rate is compared with a target flow rate (158). A comparative output of this monitored flow rate and target flow rate is displayed (160), for instance on a graphical user interface (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Mallinckrodt LLC
    Inventors: Sean B. Lafferty, Gary S. Wagner
  • Patent number: 8900187
    Abstract: A dual head contrast media injection system performs a patency check or test injection, determining flow rate and/or flow volume from the programmed protocol. The tubing that connects syringes to a patient shares only a short common section near to the patient. Appropriate injection steps are taken to compensate for tubing elasticity. A wireless remote control and a touch screen control are provided, improving functionality and information delivery. The display brightness is controlled based on the ambient light, and the display panel includes a double swivel permitting re-orientation. The orientation of the display may also be controlled based on, e.g., the current step, the tilt angle of the powerhead, or a manual control. Furthermore, the display is customizable to identify the type of fluid (contrast, saline, etc.) on either side of the injector, to provide matched color coding, and to provide a folder/tab analogy for retrieving injection protocol parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Mallinckrodt LLC
    Inventors: James R. Small, David M. Brooks, Charles S. Neer, Frank M. Fago, Gary S. Wagner, Elaine Borgemenke, Sean Lafferty
  • Patent number: 8864712
    Abstract: Various sealing structures are used in a front-loading injector, for preventing leakage of spilled fluid from an external surface of a syringe into the vicinity of the drive ram. For example, a sealing gasket may be incorporated into the front face of the injector housing, for mating to the rearward circular edge of the cylindrical body of a syringe. Alternatively, sealing and locking functions may be performed by a single structure on the rearward end of the syringe. Further, leakage may be prevented by including a non-planar sealing flange on the syringe, positioned on the syringe forward of the locking structure, or by a two-piece structure, including a syringe and a separate leakage stopping washer for surrounding the syringe to halt the flow of fluid along the exterior of the syringe. (As part of this aspect, or as an independent feature, the syringe may include an annularly discontinuous flange forward of the locking structure, for providing mechanical support for the syringe against the injector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Mallinckrodt LLC
    Inventors: Frank M. Fago, Robert Ziemba, Gary S. Wagner
  • Patent number: 8633461
    Abstract: In one characterization, the present invention relates to a radiation-shielding assembly for holding a container having a radioactive material disposed therein. The assembly may, at least in one regard, be referred to as an elution shield and/or a dispensing shield. The assembly includes a body at least partially defining a cavity. There is at least one opening through the body into the cavity. The assembly may include a cap that at least generally hinders escape of radiation from the assembly through the opening. The cap may be releasably attached to the body in one orientation and may establish non-attached engagement with the body in another orientation. The assembly may include an adjustable spacer system for adapting the assembly for use with containers having different heights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Mallinckrodt LLC
    Inventors: Frank M. Fago, David W. Wilson, Gary S. Wagner, Ralph E. Pollard, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8630694
    Abstract: Some injectors of the invention may include a fluid drive responsive to pressure of a working fluid (e.g., liquid, pneumatic, or both) to impart a sequence of forces to drive a delivery device (e.g., a syringe) to deliver a medical fluid (e.g., a contrast agent, a radiopharmaceutical, a drug, or a combination thereof). Some injectors may include a multimedia tube configured to pass a working fluid (e.g., air) and a light signal (e.g., infrared). Some injectors may include a peristaltic drive responsive to pressure of a working fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Mallinckrodt LLC
    Inventors: Gary S. Wagner, Frank M. Fago, Peter Staats, Dane Battiato
  • Patent number: 8597246
    Abstract: Various sealing structures are used in a front-loading injector, for preventing leakage of spilled fluid from an external surface of a syringe into the vicinity of the drive ram. For example, a sealing gasket may be incorporated into the front face of the injector housing, for mating to the rearward circular edge of the cylindrical body of a syringe. Alternatively, sealing and locking functions may be performed by a single structure on the rearward end of the syringe. Further, leakage may be prevented by including a non-planar sealing flange on the syringe, positioned on the syringe forward of the locking structure, or by a two-piece structure, including a syringe and a separate leakage stopping washer for surrounding the syringe to halt the flow of fluid along the exterior of the syringe. (As part of this aspect, or as an independent feature, the syringe may include an annularly discontinuous flange forward of the locking structure, for providing mechanical support for the syringe against the injector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Mallinckrodt LLC
    Inventors: Frank M. Fago, Robert Ziemba, Gary S. Wagner
  • Publication number: 20130237917
    Abstract: A flow rate assessment protocol (140) that may be utilized by a power injector (10) is disclosed. This flow rate assessment protocol (140) monitors a flow rate (156) during execution of a medical fluid delivery protocol (154). This monitored flow rate is compared with a target flow rate (158). A comparative output of this monitored flow rate and target flow rate is displayed (160), for instance on a graphical user interface (11).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicant: Mallinckrodt LLC
    Inventors: Sean B. Lafferty, Gary S. Wagner
  • Publication number: 20130237808
    Abstract: Some injectors of the invention may include a fluid drive responsive to pressure of a working fluid (e.g., liquid, pneumatic, or both) to impart a sequence of forces to drive a delivery device (e.g., a syringe) to deliver a medical fluid (e.g., a contrast agent, a radiopharmaceutical, a drug, or a combination thereof). Some injectors may include a multimedia tube configured to pass a working fluid (e.g., air) and a light signal (e.g., infrared). Some injectors may include a peristaltic drive responsive to pressure of a working fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicant: MALLINCKRODT LLC
    Inventors: Gary S. Wagner, Frank M. Fago, Peter Staats, Dane Battiato
  • Patent number: 8513632
    Abstract: In one characterization, the present invention relates to a radiation-shielding assembly for holding a container having a radioactive material disposed therein. The assembly may, at least in one regard, be referred to as an elution shield and/or a dispensing shield. The assembly includes a body at least partially defining a cavity. There is at least one opening through the body into the cavity. The assembly may include a cap that at least generally hinders escape of radiation from the assembly through the opening. The cap may be releasably attached to the body in one orientation and may establish non-attached engagement with the body in another orientation. The assembly may include an adjustable spacer system for adapting the assembly for use with containers having different heights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Mallinckrodt LLC
    Inventors: Frank M. Fago, David W. Wilson, Gary S. Wagner, Ralph E. Pollard, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8500677
    Abstract: A flow rate assessment protocol (140) that may be utilized by a power injector (10) is disclosed. This flow rate assessment protocol (140) monitors a flow rate (156) during execution of a medical fluid delivery protocol (154). This monitored flow rate is compared with a target flow rate (158). A comparative output of this monitored flow rate and target flow rate is displayed (160), for instance on a graphical user interface (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Mallinckrodt LLC
    Inventors: Sean B. Lafferty, Gary S. Wagner
  • Patent number: 8377003
    Abstract: Various embodiments of syringe plunger driver or ram retraction protocols for a power injector are disclosed. In a first ram retraction protocol (184a), a first ram may be partially retracted (232), followed by a full retraction of a second ram (234), followed by a completion of the retraction of the first ram (238). In a second ram retraction protocol (184b), a first ram may be partially retracted (252), followed by a partial retraction of a second ram (254), and sometime thereafter each of the first and second rams may be completely retracted (260, 262). In a third ram retraction protocol (184c), the first and second rams are simultaneously and partially retracted (272), and sometime thereafter each of the first and second rams are completely retracted (276). In a fourth ram retraction protocol (184d), the first and second rams are simultaneously and fully retracted (292) based upon a programmed input or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Mallinckrodt LLC
    Inventor: Gary S. Wagner
  • Patent number: 8362452
    Abstract: In one characterization, the present invention relates to a radiation-shielding assembly for holding a container having a radioactive material disposed therein. The assembly may, at least in one regard, be referred to as an elution shield and/or a dispensing shield. The assembly includes a body at least partially defining a cavity. There is at least one opening through the body into the cavity. The assembly may include a cap that at least generally hinders escape of radiation from the assembly through the opening. The cap may be releasably attached to the body in one orientation and may establish non-attached engagement with the body in another orientation. The assembly may include an adjustable spacer system for adapting the assembly for use with containers having different heights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Mallinckrodt Inc.
    Inventors: Frank M. Fago, David W. Wilson, Gary S. Wagner, Ralph E. Pollard, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8348896
    Abstract: A patency check protocol (150) for evaluating a patency check injection (156) is disclosed. The protocol (150) incorporates a pressure standard (152) (e.g., a pressure threshold; a target pressure curve). A pressure associated with the patency check injection is monitored (160) and compared against this pressure standard (164). If a first condition is identified (166) (e.g., if the pressure threshold is reached; if the monitored pressure deviates from the target pressure curve by more than a certain predetermined amount), one or more actions may be undertaken (168) (e.g., one or more notifications or alerts may be issued; the flow rate may be reduced for the patency check injection; the patency check injection may be suspended/terminated).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Mallinckrodt LLC
    Inventor: Gary S. Wagner
  • Patent number: 8343101
    Abstract: Some injectors of the invention may include a fluid drive responsive to pressure of a working fluid (e.g., liquid, pneumatic, or both) to impart a sequence of forces to drive a delivery device (e.g., a syringe) to deliver a medical fluid (e.g., a contrast agent, a radiopharmaceutical, a drug, or a combination thereof). Some injectors may include a multimedia tube configured to pass a working fluid (e.g., air) and a light signal (e.g., infrared). Some injectors may include a peristaltic drive responsive to pressure of a working fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Mallinckrodt LLC
    Inventors: Gary S. Wagner, Frank M. Fago, Peter Staats, Dane Battiato