Patents by Inventor John W. Allison

John W. Allison 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: 20130158440
    Abstract: Methods and system for treatment planning for non- and minimally-invasive alteration of body adipose tissue for reduction and contouring of body fat are described herein. Treatment plans can be generated by capturing current body part data (e.g., positioning, contour/shape, thickness of adipose tissue, etc.), determining desired outcome of treatment (e.g., percent reduction of adipose tissue thickness, degree of contour change, etc.), and determining treatment parameters to achieve desired results. Algorithms can be used to determine best-fit treatment parameters to use in treatment sessions. In some embodiments, the system can provide a predictive end-result image for communication to patient and/or for determining alteration of desired outcome. In various embodiments, real-time monitoring of feedback data can be used to determine treatment plan efficacy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2012
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: Zeltiq Aesthetics, Inc.
    Inventor: John W. Allison
  • Patent number: 8435230
    Abstract: Systems for removing heat from a subject's subcutaneous lipid-rich regions, such as tissue, organs, cells, and so forth, are described herein. In various embodiments, the system includes a treatment device and a controller for controlling a treatment process. The controller is configured to detect and compensate for an interruption in the treatment process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Zeltiq Aesthetics, Inc.
    Inventor: John W. Allison
  • Patent number: 8402581
    Abstract: A method and apparatus of a positioning system are described to position an upper-half of a body relative to a head-end of a couch. The positioning system may be a patient positioning system and may include a treatment couch, a leg rest coupled to the treatment couch, and a drive mechanism coupled to the leg rest. The patient positioning system may also include a treatment couch, having a base portion of a treatment couch and plurality of detachable portions of the treatment couch. The plurality of detachable portions to adjust a height of the treatment couch to accommodate differing heights of patients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Accuray Incorporated
    Inventors: Michael J. Saracen, Aaron W. Carrano, John W. Allison, Gopinath R. Kuduvalli
  • Patent number: 8275442
    Abstract: Methods and system for treatment planning for non- and minimally-invasive alteration of body adipose tissue for reduction and contouring of body fat are described herein. Treatment plans can be generated by capturing current body part data (e.g., positioning, contour/shape, thickness of adipose tissue, etc.), determining desired outcome of treatment (e.g., percent reduction of adipose tissue thickness, degree of contour change, etc.), and determining treatment parameters to achieve desired results. Algorithms can be used to determine best-fit treatment parameters to use in treatment sessions. In some embodiments, the system can provide a predictive end-result image for communication to patient and/or for determining alteration of desired outcome. In various embodiments, real-time monitoring of feedback data can be used to determine treatment plan efficacy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Zeltiq Aesthetics, Inc.
    Inventor: John W. Allison
  • Publication number: 20120213333
    Abstract: Controlling the timing of acquiring x-ray images based on target movement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Inventor: John W. Allison
  • Publication number: 20110238050
    Abstract: Home-use applicators for non-invasively removing heat from subcutaneous, lipid-rich cells via phase change coolants, and associated devices, systems and methods. A device in accordance with a particular embodiment includes an applicator releasably positionable in thermal communication with human skin, and a coolant vessel having a coolant. The device further includes a heat transfer conduit operatively coupled to the applicator and housing a heat transfer fluid that is isolated from fluid contact with the coolant. A heat exchanger is operatively coupled between the coolant vessel and the heat transfer conduit to transfer heat between the heat transfer fluid and the coolant, and a fluid driver is operatively coupled to the heat transfer conduit to direct the heat transfer fluid between the applicator and the heat exchanger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Applicant: Zeltiq Aesthetics, Inc.
    Inventors: John W. Allison, Mitchell E. Levinson, Jesse N. Rosen
  • Publication number: 20110238051
    Abstract: Home-use applicators for non-invasively removing heat from subcutaneous, lipid-rich cells via phase change coolants, and associated devices, systems and methods. A device in accordance with a particular embodiment includes an applicator releasably positionable in thermal communication with human skin, and a coolant vessel having a coolant. The device further includes a heat transfer conduit operatively coupled to the applicator and housing a heat transfer fluid that is isolated from fluid contact with the coolant. A heat exchanger is operatively coupled between the coolant vessel and the heat transfer conduit to transfer heat between the heat transfer fluid and the coolant, and a fluid driver is operatively coupled to the heat transfer conduit to direct the heat transfer fluid between the applicator and the heat exchanger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Applicant: Zeltiq Aesthetics, Inc.
    Inventors: Mitchell E. Levinson, John W. Allison, Joseph Coakley, Bryan Weber
  • Publication number: 20100280582
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods for removing heat from subcutaneously disposed lipid-rich cells are disclosed. In selected embodiments, suction and/or heat removal sources are coupled to an applicator. The applicator includes a flexible portion and a rigid portion. The rigid portion includes a thermally conductive plate and a frame coupling the thermally conductive plate and the flexible portion. An interior cavity of the applicator is in fluid communication with the suction source, and the frame maintains contiguous engagement between the heat removal source and the thermally conductive plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2010
    Publication date: November 4, 2010
    Applicant: Zeltiq Aesthetics, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Baker, Joseph Coakley, Paul William Martens, Albert L. Ollerdessen, William P. Pennybacker, Jesse N. Rosen, Peter Yee, John W. Allison, Bryan Weber
  • Publication number: 20100152824
    Abstract: Systems for removing heat from a subject's subcutaneous lipid-rich regions, such as tissue, organs, cells, and so forth, are described herein. In various embodiments, the system includes a treatment device and a controller for controlling a treatment process. The controller is configured to detect and compensate for an interruption in the treatment process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2008
    Publication date: June 17, 2010
    Inventor: John W. Allison
  • Patent number: 7693257
    Abstract: A method and apparatus to optimize delivery of radiation treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignee: Accuray Incorporated
    Inventor: John W. Allison
  • Publication number: 20100081971
    Abstract: Methods and system for treatment planning for non- and minimally-invasive alteration of body adipose tissue for reduction and contouring of body fat are described herein. Treatment plans can be generated by capturing current body part data (e.g., positioning, contour/shape, thickness of adipose tissue, etc.), determining desired outcome of treatment (e.g., percent reduction of adipose tissue thickness, degree of contour change, etc.), and determining treatment parameters to achieve desired results. Algorithms can be used to determine best-fit treatment parameters to use in treatment sessions. In some embodiments, the system can provide a predictive end-result image for communication to patient and/or for determining alteration of desired outcome. In various embodiments, real-time monitoring of feedback data can be used to determine treatment plan efficacy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2009
    Publication date: April 1, 2010
    Inventor: John W. Allison
  • Patent number: 7611452
    Abstract: An interface is provided to a user to perform a plurality of treatment planning operations associated with the treatment plan before the treatment plan is optimized. The treatment planning operations include at least one of selecting a treatment planning parameter or inputting data corresponding to the treatment planning parameter. One or more templates containing one or more pre-defined treatment planning parameters are provided to the user to enable the user to skip performing one or more of the plurality of operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Assignee: Accuray Incorporated
    Inventors: John W. Allison, John R. Dooley, Jay B. West, Gopinath Kuduvalli, Hongwu Wang, Jin-Wu J. Wang, Warren Kilby, Derek Olender, Michael Saracen
  • Publication number: 20090252301
    Abstract: A method and apparatus of a positioning system are described to position an upper-half of a body relative to a head-end of a couch. The positioning system may be a patient positioning system and may include a treatment couch, a leg rest coupled to the treatment couch, and a drive mechanism coupled to the leg rest. The patient positioning system may also include a treatment couch, having a base portion of a treatment couch and plurality of detachable portions of the treatment couch. The plurality of detachable portions to adjust a height of the treatment couch to accommodate differing heights of patients.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2009
    Publication date: October 8, 2009
    Applicant: ACCURAY INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Michael J. Saracen, Aaron W. Carrano, John W. Allison, Gopinath R. Kuduvalli
  • Patent number: 7590219
    Abstract: Systems and methods for automatically determining a beam parameter at each of a plurality of treatment nodes are disclosed. The beam parameter may include a beam shape, beam size and/or beam orientation. Systems and methods for automatically selecting multiple collimators in a radiation treatment system are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Assignee: Accuray Incorporated
    Inventors: Calvin R. Maurer, Jr., Jay B. West, John W. Allison
  • Patent number: 7552490
    Abstract: A method and apparatus of a positioning system are described to position an upper-half of a body relative to a head-end of a couch. The positioning system may be a patient positioning system and may include a treatment couch, a leg rest coupled to the treatment couch, and a drive mechanism coupled to the leg rest. The patient positioning system may also include a treatment couch, having a base portion of a treatment couch and plurality of detachable portions of the treatment couch. The plurality of detachable portions to adjust a height of the treatment couch to accommodate differing heights of patients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Assignee: Accuray Incorporated
    Inventors: Michael J. Saracen, Aaron W. Carrano, John W. Allison, Gopinath R. Kuduvalli
  • Publication number: 20090118722
    Abstract: A system for reducing subcutaneous lipid-rich cells or tissue of a subject is disclosed. The system may include a fluid supply, a probe in fluid communication with the fluid supply, and a coolant circulated between the fluid supply and the probe. The probe may be configured to be inserted into the subject to be at least proximate to the subcutaneous lipid rich cells. The coolant may be at a temperature such that the subcutaneous lipid-rich cells or tissue proximate to the inserted probe are cooled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Publication date: May 7, 2009
    Inventors: Edward A. Ebbers, Mitchell E. Levinson, Jessica Preciado, Nathan R. Every, John W. Allison
  • Publication number: 20090041189
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and system for measuring the signal-to-noise ratio of x-ray images and to adaptively control x-ray exposure in response to image quality and patient movement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2008
    Publication date: February 12, 2009
    Inventor: John W. Allison
  • Publication number: 20080123813
    Abstract: Systems and methods for automatically determining a beam parameter at each of a plurality of treatment nodes are disclosed. The beam parameter may include a beam shape, beam size and/or beam orientation. Systems and methods for automatically selecting multiple collimators in a radiation treatment system are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2007
    Publication date: May 29, 2008
    Inventors: Calvin R. Maurer, Jay B. West, John W. Allison
  • Publication number: 20080021300
    Abstract: A method and apparatus to generate a four-dimensional correlation model for a target region and to develop a radiation treatment plan which includes a relative movement between a target region and a radiation beam path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2006
    Publication date: January 24, 2008
    Inventor: John W. Allison
  • Publication number: 20080002811
    Abstract: A method and apparatus to optimize delivery of radiation treatment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2006
    Publication date: January 3, 2008
    Inventor: John W. Allison