Patents by Inventor James P. Bennett

James P. Bennett 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: 11026647
    Abstract: The invention comprises a method and apparatus for imaging a tumor with X-rays while, simultaneously or alternatingly, treating or imaging the tumor with positively charged particles. An X-ray imaging system, such as one or two sets of a cone beam X-ray source coupled to an X-ray detector, is rotatable about a first axis and a patient. The X-ray imaging system is positioned off axis a path of charged particles delivered through an exit port of a nozzle system from a synchrotron and does not block a path of the positively charged particles from the exit nozzle to the patient or an imaging path from the patient to a scintillation detector. Fiducial indicators are used to confirm an unobstructed path of the positively charged particles in a treatment room comprising many movable elements, such as the X-ray imaging system and a patient positioning system/couch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Inventors: James P. Bennett, W. Davis Lee
  • Publication number: 20210162239
    Abstract: The invention comprises a method and apparatus for treating a tumor of a patient with charged particles, comprising the step of developing a multi-modality treatment plan, the multi-modality treatment plan directing: (1) use of a first beam type to treat a first volume of the tumor, the first beam type a first mass per particle and (2) use of a second beam type to treat a second volume of the tumor, the second beam type comprising a second mass per particle, where the second mass per particle is at least ten percent different than the first mass per particle and the second volume differs from the first volume. The multi-modality treatment plan is optionally formed by selectively merging treatment plans using the respective particle types or is developed using properties of the multiple particle types.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2021
    Publication date: June 3, 2021
    Inventors: James P. Bennett, W. Davis Lee, Mark R. Amato
  • Patent number: 10993680
    Abstract: The invention comprises a method and apparatus for treating a tumor, comprising the steps of: (1) a main controller sequentially delivering charged particles from a synchrotron along a first beam transport line, through a nozzle system, and to the tumor according to a current version of the radiation treatment plan; (2) concurrent with the step of delivering, generating an image of the tumor using an imaging system; (3) the main controller automatically generating an updated version of the radiation treatment plan using the image, the updated version of the radiation treatment plan becoming the current version of the radiation treatment plan; and (4) repeating the steps of: delivering grouped bunches of the charged particles, generating an image of the tumor, and automatically generating the updated or current version of the radiation treatment plan with optional intervening doctor approval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Inventors: Nick Ruebel, Mark R. Amato, Susan L. Michaud, James P. Bennett, Jillian Reno, W. Davis Lee
  • Publication number: 20210120712
    Abstract: Provided is a system for removing an electronic component from a printed circuit board (PCB). The system may comprise a heating well configured to hold a rework liquid. The system may further comprise a head system configured to create a liquid-tight seal around an electronic component. The system may further comprise a nozzle and a mechanical capture device disposed within the head system. The mechanical capture device may be configured to attach to the electronic component. The system may further comprise a controller. The controller may be configured to release the rework liquid through the nozzle and onto the electronic component and lift the electronic component off the PCB.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2019
    Publication date: April 22, 2021
    Inventors: Theron Lee Lewis, Jennifer I. Bennett, James D. Bielick, David J. Braun, John R. Dangler, Stephen Michael Hugo, Timothy Jennings, Timothy P. Younger
  • Publication number: 20210077830
    Abstract: The invention comprises a method and apparatus for using a single robotic positioning arm to simultaneously move, relative to a proton beam path entering a treatment room containing the patient, both: (1) a patient support and (2) an imaging system. The robotic arm moving the imaging system and patient independently from movement of a nozzle system directing protons into the treatment rooms allows: simultaneously translating past the patient and rotating around the patient an X-ray source of the imaging system; translating a rotatable unit, of the imaging system, longitudinally past the patient on a translation guide rail; moving the patient support and the imaging system through at least four degrees of freedom relative to a movable proton beam; and/or simultaneous or alternating movement of the proton treatment beam and the imaging system relative to the patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2020
    Publication date: March 18, 2021
    Inventors: James P. Bennett, W. Davis Lee, Mark R. Amato, Jillian Reno, Nick Ruebel, Susan L. Michaud
  • Publication number: 20210047196
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to methods for generating selected materials from a natural brine. A natural brine comprising at least a portion of a selected material is heated. CO2 is added and mixes with the natural brine forming a mixture such that the CO2/P is a first predetermined value. The mixture is held so that impurities in the natural brine precipitate as solids leaving a second brine substantially comprising the selected material. The second brine is heated. CO2 gas is injected into the second brine, mixing so that the CO2/P is a second predetermined value. The mixture is held so that the selected material precipitates out and are removed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2019
    Publication date: February 18, 2021
    Inventors: Jinichiro N. Nakano, Anna Nakano, James P. Bennett
  • Publication number: 20200375559
    Abstract: The invention comprises a method and apparatus for imaging a tumor with X-rays while, simultaneously or alternatingly, treating or imaging the tumor with positively charged particles. An X-ray imaging system, such as one or two sets of a cone beam X-ray source coupled to an X-ray detector, is rotatable about a first axis and a patient. The X-ray imaging system is positioned off axis a path of charged particles delivered through an exit port of a nozzle system from a synchrotron and does not block a path of the positively charged particles from the exit nozzle to the patient or an imaging path from the patient to a scintillation detector. Fiducial indicators are used to confirm an unobstructed path of the positively charged particles in a treatment room comprising many movable elements, such as the X-ray imaging system and a patient positioning system/couch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2020
    Publication date: December 3, 2020
    Inventors: James P. Bennett, W. Davis Lee
  • Publication number: 20200306560
    Abstract: The invention comprises a method and apparatus for treating a tumor of a patient, in a beam treatment center comprising a floor, with positively charged particles, comprising: (1) a synchrotron mounted to an elevated floor section above the floor of the beam treatment center; (2) a beam transport system, comprising: at least three fixed-position beam transport lines, where none of the synchrotron and the beam transport system penetrate through the floor of the beam treatment center; (3) the positively charged particles transported from the synchrotron, through the beam transport system, to a position above a patient positioning system during use; and (4) an optional repositionable nozzle system connected to a first, second, and third fixed-position beam transport line at a first, second, and third time, respectively, where the nozzle track forms an arc of a circle and the repositionable nozzle system moves along the nozzle track.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2020
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Inventors: Daniel J. Raymond, W. Davis Lee, James P. Bennett
  • Patent number: 10751555
    Abstract: The invention comprises a method and apparatus for treating a tumor of a patient, in a beam treatment center comprising a floor, with positively charged particles, comprising: (1) a synchrotron mounted to an elevated floor section above the floor of the beam treatment center; (2) a beam transport system, comprising: at least three fixed-position beam transport lines, where none of the synchrotron and the beam transport system penetrate through the floor of the beam treatment center; (3) the positively charged particles transported from the synchrotron, through the beam transport system, to a position above a patient positioning system during use; and (4) an optional repositionable nozzle system connected to a first, second, and third fixed-position beam transport line at a first, second, and third time, respectively, where the nozzle track forms an arc of a circle and the repositionable nozzle system moves along the nozzle track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Inventors: Daniel J. Raymond, W. Davis Lee, James P. Bennett
  • Patent number: 10751551
    Abstract: The invention comprises a method and apparatus for directing protons to a tumor, comprising the steps of: (1) holding a patient with a patient support; (2) providing an imaging system comprising: a rotatable unit at least partially surrounding an axial perimeter of the patient support, a translation guide rail, an imaging source attached to the rotatable unit, and an imaging detector attached to the rotatable unit; (3) translating and rotating the imaging source and the imaging detector relative to the patient support using the translation guide rail and the rotatable unit; and (4) providing an attachment section connected: on a first end to a robotic arm positioning system and on a second end to the patient support and the imaging system, the robotic arm positioning system repositioning, relative to a nozzle system linked to the synchrotron, the attachment system supporting the patient support system and the imaging system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Inventors: James P. Bennett, W. Davis Lee, Mark R. Amato, Jillian Reno, Nick Ruebel, Susan L. Michaud
  • Patent number: 10638988
    Abstract: The invention comprises an apparatus and method of use thereof for using a single patient position during, optionally simultaneous, X-ray imaging and positively charged particle imaging, where imaging a tumor of a patient using X-rays and positively charged particles comprises the steps of: (1) generating an X-ray image using the X-rays directed from an X-ray source, through the patient, and to an X-ray detector, (2) generating a positively charged particle image: (a) using the positively charged particles directed from an exit nozzle, through the patient, through the X-ray detector, and to a scintillator, the scintillator emitting photons when struck by the positively charged particles and (b) generating the positively charged particle image of the tumor using a photon detector configured to detect the emitted photons, where the X-ray detector maintains a position between said the nozzle and the scintillator during the step of generating a positively charged particle image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Inventors: Scott Penfold, Mark R. Amato, Edward Ivanov, Jillian Reno, Nick Ruebel, Stephen Sledge, Lauri Reichert, Kyle Schmanke, W. Davis Lee, James P. Bennett
  • Patent number: 10625097
    Abstract: The invention comprises a method for treating a tumor of a patient with positively charged particles in a treatment room, comprising the steps of: (1) controlling a cancer therapy treatment system with a main controller, the main controller comprising hardware and software; (2) generating at least one image of the tumor using at least one imaging system controlled by the main controller; (3) using the at least one image and a software coded set of radiation treatment directives, the main controller auto-generating a radiation treatment plan; and (4) the main controller auto-delivering the positively charged particles, via a beam transport system and a nozzle system, from a synchrotron to the tumor according to the radiation treatment plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Inventors: Jillian Reno, Mark R. Amato, Susan L. Michaud, James P. Bennett, Nick Ruebel, W. Davis Lee
  • Patent number: 10589128
    Abstract: The invention comprises a method and apparatus for treating a tumor of a patient using positively charged particles, comprising the steps of: (1) providing an approved current version of a radiation treatment plan for treatment of the tumor using the positively charged particles; (2) implementing the current version of the radiation treatment plan using a cancer therapy system comprising a controller linked to a synchrotron; (3) upon identifying an object, using a set of fiducial indicators, in a treatment vector of the radiation treatment plan: generating a modified version of radiation treatment plan and receiving medical doctor approval of the modified version of the radiation treatment plan, the modified version of the radiation plan becoming the current version of the radiation treatment plan; and (4) repeating the steps of implementing and identifying until completion of treatment of the tumor using the positively charged particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Inventors: Susan L. Michaud, Jillian Reno, Nick Ruebel, Mark R. Amato, W. Davis Lee, James P. Bennett
  • Patent number: 10555710
    Abstract: The invention comprises a method and apparatus for imaging a tumor with X-rays while, simultaneously or alternatingly, treating or imaging the tumor with positively charged particles. An X-ray imaging system, such as one or two sets of a cone beam X-ray source coupled to an X-ray detector, is rotatable about a first axis and a patient. The X-ray imaging system is positioned off axis a path of charged particles delivered through an exit port of a nozzle system from a synchrotron and does not block a path of the positively charged particles from the exit nozzle to the patient or an imaging path from the patient to a scintillation detector. Fiducial indicators are used to confirm an unobstructed path of the positively charged particles in a treatment room comprising many movable elements, such as the X-ray imaging system and a patient positioning system/couch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Inventors: James P. Bennett, W. Davis Lee
  • Patent number: 10556126
    Abstract: The invention comprises a method for generating a procedure for treating a tumor of a patient using positively charged particles, comprising the steps of: (1) providing a set of treatment goal specifications; (2) generating tomographic images of the tumor using a first set of groups of the positively charge particles delivered from a synchrotron; and (3) a computer implemented algorithm automatically generating a tumor radiation treatment plan, of the tumor using the positively charged particles, using the set of treatment goal specifications and the tomographic images. Optionally, the method automatically updates the radiation treatment plan upon: a detected movement of the tumor relative to surrounding patient constituents and/or upon detection of a previously unforeseen intervening object in a treatment beam path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Inventors: Mark R. Amato, Susan L. Michaud, James P. Bennett, Jillian Reno, W. Davis Lee, Nick Ruebel
  • Patent number: 10549124
    Abstract: The invention comprises a method and apparatus for treating a tumor with protons using multiple beamline positions not having an isocenter, including the steps of: (1) delivering the protons from a synchrotron along a redirectable beam transport path to yield a plurality of incident vectors, each of the plurality of incident vectors directed toward the treatment room and (2) redirecting the protons traveling along each of the plurality of incident vectors, with an output nozzle, to the tumor, where a first vector, of the plurality of incident vectors, comprises a first direction intersecting the tumor and where a second vector, of the plurality of incident vectors, comprises a second direction passing by the tumor without entering the tumor. The step of redirecting directs the protons traveling along the first and second incident vectors, respectively, to a first and second path intersecting a front and the back of the tumor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Inventors: W. Davis Lee, Jillian Reno, James P. Bennett
  • Patent number: 10518109
    Abstract: The invention comprises a method and apparatus for determining a radiation beam treatment path to a tumor, comprising the steps of: (1) delivering charged particles from an accelerator, along a first beam transport path, through an output nozzle, and along a treatment path to the tumor relative to a calibrated reference beam path from the output nozzle toward a patient position and (2) prior to the step of delivering, a main controller verifying an unobstructed linear path of the treatment path using a set of fiducial indicators positioned at least: on a first element physically affixed and co-movable with the output nozzle and on a moveable object in the treatment room. Optionally, voxels of the treatment beam path and potentially obstructing objects are defined in the treatment room using an axis system relative to the calibrated reference beam path and a reference beam point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Inventors: Jillian Reno, Susan L. Michaud, Nick Ruebel, Mark R. Amato, W. Davis Lee, James P. Bennett
  • Publication number: 20190374178
    Abstract: The invention comprises a method and apparatus for imaging a tumor with X-rays while, simultaneously or alternatingly, treating or imaging the tumor with positively charged particles. An X-ray imaging system, such as one or two sets of a cone beam X-ray source coupled to an X-ray detector, is rotatable about a first axis and a patient. The X-ray imaging system is positioned off axis a path of charged particles delivered through an exit port of a nozzle system from a synchrotron and does not block a path of the positively charged particles from the exit nozzle to the patient or an imaging path from the patient to a scintillation detector. Fiducial indicators are used to confirm an unobstructed path of the positively charged particles in a treatment room comprising many movable elements, such as the X-ray imaging system and a patient positioning system/couch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2019
    Publication date: December 12, 2019
    Inventors: James P. Bennett, W. Davis Lee
  • Publication number: 20190358471
    Abstract: The invention comprises a method and apparatus for treating a tumor of a patient, in a beam treatment center comprising a floor, with positively charged particles, comprising: (1) a synchrotron mounted to an elevated floor section above the floor of the beam treatment center; (2) a beam transport system, comprising: at least three fixed-position beam transport lines, where none of the synchrotron and the beam transport system penetrate through the floor of the beam treatment center; (3) the positively charged particles transported from the synchrotron, through the beam transport system, to a position above a patient positioning system during use; and (4) an optional repositionable nozzle system connected to a first, second, and third fixed-position beam transport line at a first, second, and third time, respectively, where the nozzle track forms an arc of a circle and the repositionable nozzle system moves along the nozzle track.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2019
    Publication date: November 28, 2019
    Inventors: Daniel J. Raymond, W. Davis Lee, James P. Bennett
  • Patent number: 10376717
    Abstract: The invention comprises a method and apparatus for treating a tumor using positively charged particles having passed through an intervening object, comprising the steps of: predetermining an energy reduction of the positively charged particles resultant from the positively charged particles traversing the intervening object along a beam treatment path as a function of relative rotation of the patient and the beam treatment path; generating a radiation treatment plan adjusting energy of the positively charged particles delivered from the synchrotron to the intervening object to yield a desired beam treatment energy of the positively charged particles entering the tumor after compensating for the energy reduction; and optionally detecting a set of the positively charged particles after traversing the intervening object to yield a signal, where the signal is used with knowledge of energy of the positively charged particles exiting the synchrotron to pre-determine the energy reduction along the beam treatment pat
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventors: James P. Bennett, Susan L. Michaud, Mark R. Amato, Jillian Reno, W. Davis Lee, Nick Ruebel