Patents by Inventor John B. Clayton

John B. Clayton 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: 20170151022
    Abstract: Disclosed is a surgical navigation system for tracking an instrument relative to a patient. The system can track a portion of the patient, an instrument, and/or both relative to image data, a coordinate system, an atlas, a morphed atlas, or combinations thereof. The system can include a tracking device on the instrument to provide six degree of freedom information regarding the location of the instrument.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Publication date: June 1, 2017
    Inventors: Bradley A. JASCOB, Laurent Verard, Joel S. Hughes, Steven L. Hartmann, John J. Kappus, Joseph Moctezuma, Matthew F. Dicorleto, John B. Clayton
  • Patent number: 8845655
    Abstract: A system is provided to align a surgical guide instrument over a burr hole in a patient's body. Adjustments of a surgical instrument can be made in x, y, z, and angular directions using the system. An instrument guide unit can include an instrument guide for guiding a surgical instrument into the body of a patient and a base unit operative to be secured to the body near an area in which surgery is to occur. The base unit is coupled to the instrument guide. An adjustment mechanism, coupled to the base unit and the instrument guide, is operative to adjust the instrument guide in lateral directions with respect the surface of the area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Medtronic Navigation, Inc.
    Inventors: Jaimie Henderson, Richard D. Bucholz, Kurt R. Smith, Kevin J. Frank, John B. Clayton, Catalina J. Carroll, Phillip T. Ulberg
  • Patent number: 8706185
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for percutaneous and/or minimally invasive implantation of a construct. The construct may be implanted using a navigation system for planning and execution of a procedure. A plurality of portions of the construct may be interconnected using locations and paths determined and navigated with the navigation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Medtronic Navigation, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin T. Foley, Stacy Sprouse, David A. Mire, John B. Clayton, Mark W. Hunter
  • Patent number: 8467851
    Abstract: A method and apparatus to perform a procedure that can include a processor assisted surgical procedure. During the procedure patient space and image space can be registered to allow for tracking of various tracking sensors. A dynamic reference frame can be used to maintain localization of the patient space with the image space. The dynamic reference frame can be fixedly interconnected with a bone portion of the anatomy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Medtronic Navigation, Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Mire, John B. Clayton
  • Patent number: 8239001
    Abstract: A surgical navigation system for navigating a region of a patient that may include a non-invasive dynamic reference frame and/or fiducial marker, sensor tipped instruments, and isolator circuits. The dynamic reference frame may be placed on the patient in a precise location for guiding the instruments. The dynamic reference frames may be fixedly placed on the patient. Also the dynamic reference frames may be placed to allow generally natural movements of soft tissue relative to the dynamic reference frames. Also methods are provided to determine positions of the dynamic reference frames. Anatomical landmarks may be determined intra-operatively and without access to the anatomical structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Medtronic Navigation, Inc.
    Inventors: Laurent G. Verard, Joel S. Hughes, Steven L. Hartmann, John J. Kappus, Joseph Moctezuma, Matthew F. DiCorleto, Bradley A. Jascob, John B. Clayton
  • Publication number: 20110301593
    Abstract: The invention relates to a surgical instrument capable of applying an electrostimulation to a neural structure. The surgical instrument also has a tracking system associated therewith to provide navigational tracking during a surgical procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2011
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Applicant: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Teichman, Laurent Verard, Eric Ryterski, W. Keith Adcox, John B. Clayton, David Mire
  • Patent number: 7993378
    Abstract: A method for accessing the spine includes making an incision in the skin of a patient. The skin and tissue can be dilated, and a cannula inserted through the dilated skin and tissue. The cannula includes a distal end positioned adjacent a first working space that includes paraspinous tissue. The cannula can be repositioned through the incision to a second working space adjacent the distal end of the cannula.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, IN.
    Inventors: Kevin Thomas Foley, Maurice Mell Smith, John B. Clayton, Joseph Moctezuma
  • Patent number: 7987001
    Abstract: The invention relates to a surgical instrument capable of applying an electrostimulation to a neural structure. The surgical instrument also has a tracking system associated therewith to provide navigational tracking during a surgical procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Teichman, Laurent Verard, Eric Ryterski, W. Keith Adcox, John B. Clayton, David Mire
  • Patent number: 7953471
    Abstract: A method and system to assist in a planning and navigation of procedure. Generally, the system allows for image acquisition of a selected area of the anatomy. The images may then be used to mark various points to determine true anatomical definitions and planes. The definitions may assist in positioning a prosthesis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Medtronic Navigation, Inc.
    Inventors: John B. Clayton, Y. Raja Rempersaud
  • Publication number: 20110060216
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for percutaneous and/or minimally invasive implantation of a construct. The construct may be implanted using a navigation system for planning and execution of a procedure. A plurality of portions of the construct may be interconnected using locations and paths determined and navigated with the navigation system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2010
    Publication date: March 10, 2011
    Applicant: Medtronic Navigation, Inc
    Inventors: Kevin T. Foley, Stacy Sprouse, David Mire, John B. Clayton, Mark W. Hunter
  • Publication number: 20110060213
    Abstract: A method and apparatus to perform a procedure that can include a processor assisted surgical procedure. During the procedure patient space and image space can be registered to allow for tracking of various tracking sensors. A dynamic reference frame can be used to maintain localization of the patient space with the image space. The dynamic reference frame can be fixedly interconnected with a bone portion of the anatomy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2010
    Publication date: March 10, 2011
    Applicant: Medtronic Navigation, Inc
    Inventors: David A. Mire, John B. Clayton
  • Publication number: 20100305580
    Abstract: A system is provided to align a surgical guide instrument over a burr hole in a patient's body. Adjustments of a surgical instrument can be made in x, y, z, and angular directions using the system. An instrument guide unit can include an instrument guide for guiding a surgical instrument into the body of a patient and a base unit operative to be secured to the body near an area in which surgery is to occur. The base unit is coupled to the instrument guide. An adjustment mechanism, coupled to the base unit and the instrument guide, is operative to adjust the instrument guide in lateral directions with respect the surface of the area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2010
    Publication date: December 2, 2010
    Applicant: Medtronic Navigation, Inc
    Inventors: Jaimie Henderson, Richard D. Bucholz, Kurt R. Smith, Kevin J. Frank, John B. Clayton, Catalina J. Carroll, Phillip T. Ulberg
  • Patent number: 7835784
    Abstract: A method and apparatus to perform a procedure that can include a processor assisted surgical procedure. During the procedure patient space and image space can be registered to allow for tracking of various tracking sensors. A dynamic reference frame can be used to maintain localization of the patient space with the image space. The dynamic reference frame can be fixedly interconnected with a bone portion of the anatomy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Medtronic Navigation, Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Mire, John B. Clayton
  • Patent number: 7835778
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for percutaneous and/or minimally invasive implantation of a construct. The construct may be implanted using a navigation system for planning and execution of a procedure. A plurality of portions of the construct may be interconnected using locations and paths determined and navigated with the navigation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Medtronic Navigation, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin T. Foley, Stacy Sprouse, David Mire, John B. Clayton, Mark W. Hunter
  • Patent number: 7776056
    Abstract: A system is provided to align a surgical guide instrument over a burr hole in a patient's body. Adjustments of a surgical instrument can be made in x, y, z, and angular directions using the system. An instrument guide unit can include an instrument guide for guiding a surgical instrument into the body of a patient and a base unit operative to be secured to the body near an area in which surgery is to occur. The base unit is coupled to the instrument guide. An adjustment mechanism, coupled to the base unit and the instrument guide, is operative to adjust the instrument guide in lateral directions with respect the surface of the area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: Medtronic Navigation, Inc.
    Inventors: Jaimie Henderson, Richard D. Bucholz, Kurt R. Smith, Kevin J. Frank, John B. Clayton, Catelina J. Carroll, Phillip T. Ulberg
  • Publication number: 20090299477
    Abstract: A method and system to assist in a planning and navigation of procedure. Generally, the system allows for image acquisition of a selected area of the anatomy. The images may then be used to mark various points to determine true anatomical definitions and planes. The definitions may assist in positioning a prosthesis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2009
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Applicant: Surgical Navigation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John B. Clayton, Y. Raja Rampersaud
  • Patent number: RE42194
    Abstract: An apparatus and procedures for percutaneous placement of surgical implants and instruments such as, for example, screws, rods, wires and plates into various body parts using image guided surgery. The invention includes an apparatus for use with a surgical navigation system, an attaching device rigidly connected to a body part, such as the spinous process of a vertebrae, with an identification superstructure rigidly but removably connected to the attaching device. This identification superstructure, for example, is a reference arc and fiducial array which accomplishes the function of identifying the location of the superstructure, and, therefore, the body part to which it is fixed, during imaging by CAT scan or MRI, and later during medical procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: Medtronic Navigation, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin T. Foley, John B. Clayton, Anthony Melkent, Michael Sherman
  • Patent number: RE42226
    Abstract: An apparatus and procedures for percutaneous placement of surgical implants and instruments such as, for example, screws, rods, wires and plates into various body parts using image guided surgery. The invention includes an apparatus for use with a surgical navigation system, an attaching device rigidly connected to a body part, such as the spinous process of a vertebrae, with an identification superstructure rigidly but removably connected to the attaching device. This identification superstructure, for example, is a reference arc and fiducial array which accomplishes the function of identifying the location of the superstructure, and, therefore, the body part to which it is fixed, during imaging by CAT scan or MRI, and later during medical procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Assignee: Medtronic Navigation, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin T Foley, John B Clayton, Anthony Melkent, Michael C Sherman
  • Patent number: RE44305
    Abstract: An apparatus and procedures for percutaneous placement of surgical implants and instruments such as, for example, screws, rods, wires and plates into various body parts using image guided surgery. The invention includes an apparatus for use with a surgical navigation system, an attaching device rigidly connected to a body part, such as the spinous process of a vertebrae, with an identification superstructure rigidly but removably connected to the attaching device. This identification superstructure, for example, is a reference arc and fiducial array which accomplishes the function of identifying the location of the superstructure, and, therefore, the body part to which it is fixed, during imaging by CAT scan or MRI, and later during medical procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Medtronic Navigation, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin T. Foley, John B. Clayton, Anthony Melkent, Michael C. Sherman
  • Patent number: RE45509
    Abstract: An apparatus and procedures for percutaneous placement of surgical implants and instruments such as, for example, screws, rods, wires and plates into various body parts using image guided surgery. The invention includes an apparatus for use with a surgical navigation system, an attaching device rigidly connected to a body part, such as the spinous process of a vertebrae, with an identification superstructure rigidly but removably connected to the attaching device. This identification superstructure, for example, is a reference arc and fiducial array which accomplishes the function of identifying the location of the superstructure, and, therefore, the body part to which it is fixed, during imaging by CAT scan or MRI, and later during medical procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Medtronic Navigation, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin T. Foley, John B. Clayton, Anthony J. Melkent, Michael C. Sherman