Patents by Inventor Jiro Higuchi

Jiro Higuchi 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: 20190328358
    Abstract: The ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus according to a present embodiment includes processing circuitry. The processing circuitry is configured to: acquire at least one of optical image data and sound data as data related to a confirmation item corresponding to a disorder name of a subject or an examination type for an ultrasonic scan; associate the ultrasonic image data acquired by the ultrasonic scan with the data related to the confirmation item; and store the association in a memory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2019
    Publication date: October 31, 2019
    Applicant: CANON MEDICAL SYSTEMS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shigemitsu NAKAYA, Jiro HIGUCHI, Yutaka KOBAYASHI, Atsushi NAKAI, Kazuo TEZUKA, Yoshitaka MINE, Shunsuke SATOH
  • Publication number: 20190239861
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus includes processing circuitry. The processing circuitry configured to select at least one heartbeat from among a plurality of heartbeats based on a heartbeat selection condition, generate a highlight image in which a range corresponding to the selected heartbeat is emphasized, and display an electrocardiographic waveform corresponding to the heartbeats, an ultrasonic image corresponding to the electrocardiographic waveform, and the highlight image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2019
    Publication date: August 8, 2019
    Applicant: Canon Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Yutaka KOBAYASHI, Atsushi Nakai, Shigemitsu Nakaya, Jiro Higuchi, Kazuo Tezuka, Yoshitaka Mine
  • Publication number: 20180214133
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus includes processing circuitry. The processing circuitry is configured to set a plurality of small regions in at least one of a plurality of medical image data. The processing circuitry is configured to calculate a feature value of pixel value distribution of each small region. The processing circuitry is configured to generate a feature value image of the at least one of the plurality of medical image by using the calculated feature value. The processing circuitry is configured to execute an image registration between the plurality of medical image data by utilizing the feature value image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Applicant: Canon Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshitaka MINE, Satoshi MATSUNAGA, Yukifumi KOBAYASHI, Kazuo TEZUKA, Jiro HIGUCHI, Atsushi NAKAI, Shigemitsu NAKAYA, Yutaka KOBAYASHI
  • Publication number: 20180192996
    Abstract: An ultrasonic diagnostic device includes an ultrasonic probe and processing circuitry. The probe conducts ultrasonic scanning on a three-dimensional area of a subject and receives a reflected wave from the subject. The circuitry acquires the correspondence relation between a position in ultrasonic image data on the three-dimensional area based on the reflected wave and a position in volume data on the subject captured by a different medical-image diagnostic device. The circuitry receives, from an operator, an operation to set a position marker, which indicates the position at which blood-flow information is extracted, on a scan area of the ultrasonic image data. The circuitry causes the image generated during a rendering process on the ultrasonic image data to be displayed and causes the position marker to be displayed at a corresponding position on a display image based on at least the volume data in accordance with the correspondence relation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Applicant: Canon Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Yutaka KOBAYASHI, Yukifumi Kobayashi, Satoshi Matsunaga, Yoshitaka Mine, Atsushi Nakai, Jiro Higuchi, Kazuo Tezuka, Shigemitsu Nakaya
  • Publication number: 20180092628
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus includes processing circuitry. The processing circuitry acquires position information relating to an ultrasonic probe and an ultrasonic image. The processing circuitry acquires ultrasonic image data which is obtained by transmission and reception of ultrasonic from the ultrasonic probe at a position where the position information is acquired, the ultrasonic image data being associated with the position information. The processing circuitry executes associating between a first coordinate system relating to the position information and a second coordinate system relating to medical image data. The processing circuitry executes image alignment between an ultrasonic image based on the associated ultrasonic image data and a medical image based on the medical image data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Publication date: April 5, 2018
    Applicant: Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshitaka MINE, Satoshi Matsunaga, Yukifumi Kobayashi, Kazuo Tezuka, Jiro Higuchi, Atsushi Nakai, Shigemitsu Nakaya, Yutaka Kobayashi
  • Publication number: 20180008232
    Abstract: An ultrasonic diagnosis apparatus includes a position detector, and control circuitry. The position detector detects a position in a three-dimensional space of one of an ultrasonic image and an ultrasonic probe. The control circuitry uses a vivisection view defined in a three-dimensional space. The control circuitry associates a structure related to a subject included in the ultrasonic image with a structure included in the vivisection view using a position and orientation in a first three-dimensional coordinate system of the structure related to the subject included in the ultrasonic image and a position and orientation in a second three-dimensional coordinate system of the structure included in the vivisection view.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Applicant: Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshitaka MINE, Yutaka KOBAYASHI, Jiro HIGUCHI, Atsushi NAKAI, Satoru TEZUKA, Kazuo TEZUKA, Cong YAO
  • Publication number: 20170252002
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus includes an ultrasonic probe; a robot arm configured to support the ultrasonic probe and move the ultrasonic probe along a body surface of an object; memory circuitry configured to store trace instruction information used by the robot arm for moving the ultrasonic probe; and control circuitry configured to drive the robot arm in such a manner that the robot arm moves the ultrasonic probe according to the trace instruction information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Publication date: September 7, 2017
    Applicant: TOSHIBA MEDICAL SYSTEMS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshitaka MINE, Kazutoshi SADAMITSU, Masami TAKAHASHI, Masatoshi NISHINO, Norihisa KIKUCHI, Naoyuki NAKAZAWA, Atsushi NAKAI, Jiro HIGUCHI, Yutaka KOBAYASHI, Cong YAO, Kazuo TEZUKA, Naoki YONEYAMA, Atsushi SUMI
  • Publication number: 20170252007
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus includes a probe configured to be equipped with plural transducers arranged in a first direction and a second direction perpendicular to the first direction and be able to perform a two-dimensional scan in the first and second directions; a moving device configured to support the probe and mechanically move the probe in the second direction; a receiving circuit configured to generate first reception signals for respective moving positions of the probe in the second direction by performing receiving phase-compensation and summation processing on respective reflected signals received by the plurality of transducers at each of the moving positions; and processing circuitry configured to generate a second reception signal by performing moving aperture synthesis on the first reception signals generated for the respective moving positions of the probe based on positional information of the probe and generate image data from the second reception signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Publication date: September 7, 2017
    Applicant: TOSHIBA MEDICAL SYSTEMS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshitaka MINE, Kazutoshi SADAMITSU, Masami TAKAHASHI, Masatoshi NISHINO, Norihisa KIKUCHI, Naoyuki NAKAZAWA, Atsushi NAKAI, Jiro HIGUCHI, Yutaka KOBAYASHI, Cong YAO, Kazuo TEZUKA, Naoki YONEYAMA, Atsushi SUMI
  • Publication number: 20170007201
    Abstract: An ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus according to a present embodiment includes processing circuitry. The processing circuitry is configured to extract a cardiac valve from three-dimensional images of frames generated by controlling an ultrasonic probe to perform transmission and reception of ultrasonic waves. The processing circuitry is configured to calculate, as a prolapse gap, a gap between valve leaflets of the cardiac valve in a three-dimensional image of a specific frame among the frames. The processing circuitry is configured to display the prolapse gap on a display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Publication date: January 12, 2017
    Applicant: TOSHIBA MEDICAL SYSTEMS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yutaka KOBAYASHI, Kazutoshi SADAMITSU, Jiro HIGUCHI, Masatoshi NISHINO, Norihisa KIKUCHI, Atsushi SUMI, Naoyuki NAKAZAWA, Atsushi NAKAI, Cong YAO, Naoki YONEYAMA, Kazuo TEZUKA, Yoshitaka MINE, Masami TAKAHASHI
  • Patent number: 9468418
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an internal storage unit stores auxiliary diagnostic indication concerning each of examination items in association with a display position of the auxiliary diagnostic indication in a display area where an ultrasonic image is displayed. An image generation unit generates an ultrasonic image concerning an examination item of a scan target based on an echo signal from an ultrasonic probe. A monitor has a display area. A display control unit controls the monitor so as to display specific auxiliary diagnostic indication, of auxiliary diagnostic indication stored in the storage unit, which is associated with an examination item of the scan target, at a specific display position associated with the specific auxiliary diagnostic indication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: TOSHIBA MEDICAL SYSTEMS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jiro Higuchi, Masato Oonuki, Masatoshi Nishino, Osamu Nakajima, Shinichi Hoshino, Tomokazu Fujii
  • Patent number: 9427212
    Abstract: In an ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus according to an embodiment, a direction determining unit determines a moving direction of an ultrasonic probe. A scanning control unit controls a transmitting and receiving unit so as to repeatedly perform first scanning for acquiring first image data by transmitting and receiving an ultrasonic signal in a first direction and second scanning for acquiring second image data by transmitting and receiving the ultrasonic signal in a second direction inclined toward the moving direction with respect to the first direction. An image superimposing unit generates panoramic image data by superimposing a plurality of pieces of first image data acquired through the first scanning. A display control unit displays the second image data together with the panoramic image data or the first image data on a display unit during scanning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Koichiro Kurita, Jiro Higuchi, Osamu Nakajima, Takayuki Gunji, Itsuki Kuga
  • Publication number: 20160143628
    Abstract: An ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus according to the embodiment includes a memory, a display, an input interface unit and a control unit. The memory stores a plurality of body marks that are classified for each region of a subject. The display displays the plurality of body marks stored in the memory. The input interface unit instructs selection of any one of the plurality of body marks displayed on the display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Publication date: May 26, 2016
    Applicants: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Norihisa KIKUCHI, Kazutoshi SADAMITSU, Naoyuki NAKAZAWA, Fumiyasu SAKAGUCHI, Masatoshi NISHINO, Jiro HIGUCHI, Atsushi SUMI, Yutaka KOBAYASHI, Cong YAO, Masami TAKAHASHI, Atsushi NAKAI
  • Patent number: 9192356
    Abstract: The ultrasound diagnosis apparatus according to the embodiment includes an ultrasound probe that transmits and receives ultrasound waves to and from a subject, and generates and displays images of the inside of the subject based on the reception results from the ultrasound probe. The ultrasound diagnosis apparatus includes a memory, a detector, a selection part, and a processor. The memory stores association information that associates positions in real space with examination conditions including image quality conditions and/or application type. The detector detects the position of the ultrasound probe in real space. The selection part selects examination conditions corresponding to the detected position based on the association information. The processor performs processing based on the selected examination conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Satoshi Matsunaga, Masatoshi Nishino, Jiro Higuchi, Osamu Nakajima, Yoshihiro Oomori, Tomokazu Fujii
  • Publication number: 20140031687
    Abstract: In an ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus according to an embodiment, a direction determining unit determines a moving direction of an ultrasonic probe. A scanning control unit controls a transmitting and receiving unit so as to repeatedly perform first scanning for acquiring first image data by transmitting and receiving an ultrasonic signal in a first direction and second scanning for acquiring second image data by transmitting and receiving the ultrasonic signal in a second direction inclined toward the moving direction with respect to the first direction. An image superimposing unit generates panoramic image data by superimposing a plurality of pieces of first image data acquired through the first scanning. A display control unit displays the second image data together with the panoramic image data or the first image data on a display unit during scanning.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicants: Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation, Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Koichiro KURITA, Jiro HIGUCHI, Osamu NAKAJIMA, Takayuki GUNJI, Itsuki KUGA
  • Publication number: 20130109970
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an internal storage unit stores auxiliary diagnostic indication concerning each of examination items in association with a display position of the auxiliary diagnostic indication in a display area where an ultrasonic image is displayed. An image generation unit generates an ultrasonic image concerning an examination item of a scan target based on an echo signal from an ultrasonic probe. A monitor has a display area. A display control unit controls the monitor so as to display specific auxiliary diagnostic indication, of auxiliary diagnostic indication stored in the storage unit, which is associated with an examination item of the scan target, at a specific display position associated with the specific auxiliary diagnostic indication.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Inventors: Jiro HIGUCHI, Masato OONUKI, Masatoshi NISHINO, Osamu NAKAJIMA, Shinichi HOSHINO, Tomokazu FUJII
  • Patent number: 8409094
    Abstract: An ultrasound diagnostic apparatus including a transmitting and receiving unit configured to transmit and receive ultrasound waves and from a plurality of planes of a subject by an ultrasonic probe, and an image signal generation unit configured to execute image processing on the basis of received signal from the transmitting and receiving unit and to generate image signals for ultrasound images indicating each of the planes, wherein the transmitting and receiving unit or the image signal generation unit as configured to execute transmitting and receiving or image processing with respect to one of the planes in a condition that is different with respect to another of the planes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Osamu Nakajima, Jiro Higuchi, Kazuya Akaki, Takayuki Gunji, Koichiro Kurita
  • Patent number: 8366621
    Abstract: A transmission and reception unit repeatedly scans a three-dimensional scanning area including a specific part of a patient with an ultrasonic beam via an ultrasonic probe. A volume data set generation unit generates a plurality of volume data sets whose scanning times different from one another in accordance with the output from the transmission and reception unit. A section image generation unit respectively generates the data of a plurality of the section images concerning the predetermined section of the specific part based on the plurality of the volume data sets. An image display unit displays the plurality of section images by changing at least one of the position and the size of each of the plurality of section images against the display area in accordance with variation of at least one of the position and the shape of the specific part on the plurality of section images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Takayuki Gunji, Jiro Higuchi, Eiji Goto, Osamu Nakajima
  • Publication number: 20120203106
    Abstract: The ultrasound diagnosis apparatus according to the embodiment includes an ultrasound probe that transmits and receives ultrasound waves to and from a subject, and generates and displays images of the inside of the subject based on the reception results from the ultrasound probe. The ultrasound diagnosis apparatus includes a memory, a detector, a selection part, and a processor. The memory stores association information that associates positions in real space with examination conditions including image quality conditions and/or application type. The detector detects the position of the ultrasound probe in real space. The selection part selects examination conditions corresponding to the detected position based on the association information. The processor performs processing based on the selected examination conditions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2012
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Applicants: TOSHIBA MEDICAL SYSTEMS CORPORATION, KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventors: Satoshi MATSUNAGA, Masatoshi Nishino, Jiro Higuchi, Osamu Nakajima, Yoshihiro Oomori, Tomokazu Fujii
  • Publication number: 20110301463
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an ultrasonic image diagnostic apparatus includes one or a plurality of ultrasonic probes, a scanning unit configured to scan inside an object with ultrasonic waves through the ultrasonic probe, an image generation unit configured to generate an ultrasonic image based on an output from the scanning unit, and a display unit configured to display the ultrasonic image. The ultrasonic image diagnostic apparatus further includes a posture detection unit configured to detect the posture of the display unit and a control unit configured to control the scanning unit to change a scanning condition in response to a change in the detected posture of the display unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2011
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Inventors: Tomokazu FUJII, Masato Oonuki, Masatoshi Nishino, Jiro Higuchi, Osamu Nakajima, Shinichi Hoshino
  • Patent number: 7766832
    Abstract: A means to which at least two ROIs are input, a calculating means that calculates strain values of tissue with respect to the at least two ROIs by applying a pressure onto an object, and a display means that displays the strain values of the at least two ROIs so as to be compared with each other are comprised.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Yoko Okamura, Masatoshi Nishino, Jiro Higuchi, Tetsuya Higashi