Patents by Inventor Kari Parmer

Kari Parmer 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: 10300268
    Abstract: Devices and methods provide accurate targeting, placement, and/or stabilization of an electrode or other instrument(s) into the brain or other body organ, such as to treat severe tremor or other neurological disorders. Targeting is performed using any form of image-guidance, including real-time MRI, CT, or frameless surgical navigation systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignees: Medtronic, Inc., Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research
    Inventors: James Skakoon, Robert Wharen, Matthew Solar, Kari Parmer, Rudy A. Mazzocchi, John David, Frank Murdock, David Hatcher, Thomas I. Miller, Timothy Parmer, Charles Truwit
  • Publication number: 20150100064
    Abstract: Devices and methods provide accurate targeting, placement, and/or stabilization of an electrode or other instrument(s) into the brain or other body organ, such as to treat severe tremor or other neurological disorders. Targeting is performed using any form of image-guidance, including real-time MRI, CT, or frameless surgical navigation systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventors: James G. SKAKOON, Robert WHAREN, Matthew S. SOLAR, Kari PARMER, Rudy A. MAZZOCCHI, John DAVID, Frank MURDOCK, David HATCHER, Thomas I. MILLER, Timothy Alan PARMER, Charles L. TRUWIT
  • Patent number: 8911452
    Abstract: Devices and methods provide accurate targeting, placement, and/or stabilization of an electrode or other instrument(s) into the brain or other body organ, such as to treat severe tremor or other neurological disorders. Targeting is performed using any form of image-guidance, including real-time MRI, CT, or frameless surgical navigation systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignees: Medtronic, Inc., Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research
    Inventors: James G. Skakoon, Robert Wharen, Matthew S. Solar, Kari Parmer, Rudy A. Mazzocchi, John David, Frank Murdock, David Hatcher, Thomas I. Miller, Timothy Alan Parmer, Charles L. Truwit
  • Patent number: 8845656
    Abstract: Devices and methods provide accurate targeting, placement, and/or stabilization of an electrode or other instrument(s) into the brain or other body organ, such as to treat severe tremor or other neurological disorders. Targeting is performed using any form of image-guidance, including real-time MRI, CT, or frameless surgical navigation systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignees: Medtronic, Inc., Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research
    Inventors: James G. Skakoon, Robert Wharen, Matthew S. Solar, Kari Parmer, Rudy A. Mazzocchi, John David, Frank Murdock, David Hatcher, Thomas I. Miller, Timothy Alan Parmer, Charles L. Truwit
  • Patent number: 8591522
    Abstract: An alignment device and method is provided. Higher precision is achieved when fixing an orientation of an insertion axis using alignment devices shown. A symmetric clamping force is provided that reduces or eliminates unwanted displacement after the desired orientation is obtained. Another feature includes increased flexibility to use a variety of primary medical devices. Another feature includes a standoff feature that reduces tissue damage. Another feature includes an orienting fixture for image guided procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew S. Solar, James G. Skakoon, Kari Parmer, Thomas I. Miller, Mark S. Freas
  • Patent number: 8192445
    Abstract: A trajectory guide assembly that guides an instrument relative to a patient includes a mounting seat configured to be supported by the patient. The assembly also includes a trajectory member moveably supported by the mounting seat. The trajectory member defines a trajectory passage. Also, the assembly includes a cap member moveably supported by the trajectory member. The cap member defines a cap opening, and the cap member is selectively moveable to a first position relative to the trajectory member to retain the instrument in both the cap opening and the trajectory passage. Additionally, the cap member is selectively moveable to a second position relative to the trajectory member to release the instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Kari Parmer, Thomas I. Miller, John David
  • Patent number: 7967789
    Abstract: An insertion device with an insertion axis includes an axial actuator with a first portion and a second portion. The first portion is moveable along the insertion axis relative to the second portion. The insertion device further includes a first tube coupled to the first portion of the axial actuator, and the first tube is movable along the insertion axis in response to movement of the first portion relative to the second portion. The device further includes a second tube having a radially biased distal end. The distal end is substantially contained within the first tube in a first state, and the second tube is rotatable with respect to the first tube. Also, the second tube is axially movable to a second state, and a portion of a distal end of the second tube is exposed from a distal end of the first tube in the second state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew S. Solar, Kari Parmer, Philip Smith, Frank Murdock
  • Publication number: 20110022059
    Abstract: Devices and methods provide accurate targeting, placement, and/or stabilization of an electrode or other instrument(s) into the brain or other body organ, such as to treat severe tremor or other neurological disorders. Targeting is performed using any form of image-guidance, including real-time MRI, CT, or frameless surgical navigation systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2010
    Publication date: January 27, 2011
    Applicants: Medtronic, Inc., Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research
    Inventors: James G. Skakoon, Robert Wharen, Matthew S. Solar, Kari Parmer, Rudy A. Mazzocchi, John David, Frank Murdock, David Hatcher, Thomas I. Miller, Timothy Alan Parmer, Charles L. Truwit
  • Publication number: 20110022058
    Abstract: Devices and methods provide accurate targeting, placement, and/or stabilization of an electrode or other instrument(s) into the brain or other body organ, such as to treat severe tremor or other neurological disorders. Targeting is performed using any form of image-guidance, including real-time MRI, CT, or frameless surgical navigation systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2010
    Publication date: January 27, 2011
    Applicants: Medtronic, Inc., Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research
    Inventors: James G. Skakoon, Robert Wharen, Matthew S. Solar, Kari Parmer, Rudy A. Mazzocchi, John David, Frank Murdock, David Hatcher, Thomas I. Miller, Timothy Alan Parmer, Charles L. Truwit
  • Patent number: 7857820
    Abstract: Devices and methods provide accurate targeting, placement, and/or stabilization of an electrode or other instrument(s) into the brain or other body organ, such as to treat severe tremor or other neurological disorders. Targeting is performed using any form of image-guidance, including real-time MRI, CT, or frameless surgical navigation systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignees: Medtronic, Inc., Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research
    Inventors: James G. Skakoon, Robert Wharen, Matthew S. Solar, Kari Parmer, Rudy A. Mazzocchi, John David, Frank Murdock, David Hatcher, Thomas I. Miller, Timothy Alan Parmer, Charles L. Truwit
  • Patent number: 7833231
    Abstract: Devices and methods provide accurate targeting, placement, and/or stabilization of an electrode or other instrument(s) into the brain or other body organ, such as to treat severe tremor or other neurological disorders. Targeting is performed using any form of image-guidance, including real-time MRI, CT, or frameless surgical navigation systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignees: Medtronic, Inc., Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research
    Inventors: James G. Skakoon, Robert Wharen, Matthew S. Solar, Kari Parmer, Rudy A. Mazzocchi, John David, Frank Murdock, David Hatcher, Thomas I. Miller, Timothy Alan Parmer, Charles L. Truwit
  • Patent number: 7828809
    Abstract: Devices and methods provide accurate targeting, placement, and/or stabilization of an electrode or other instrument(s) into the brain or other body organ, such as to treat severe tremor or other neurological disorders. Targeting is performed using any form of image-guidance, including real-time MRI, CT, or frameless surgical navigation systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignees: Medtronic, Inc., Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research
    Inventors: James G. Skakoon, Robert Wharen, Matthew S. Solar, Kari Parmer, Rudy A. Mazzocchi, John David, Frank Murdock, David Hatcher, Thomas I. Miller, Timothy Alan Parmer, Charles L. Truwit
  • Patent number: 7815651
    Abstract: Devices and methods provide accurate targeting, placement, and/or stabilization of an electrode or other instrument(s) into the brain or other body organ, such as to treat severe tremor or other neurological disorders. Targeting is performed using any form of image-guidance, including real-time MRI, CT, or frameless surgical navigation systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignees: Medtronic, Inc., Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research
    Inventors: James G. Skakoon, Robert Wharen, Matthew S. Solar, Kari Parmer, Rudy A. Mazzocchi, John David, Frank Murdock, David Hatcher, Thomas I. Miller, Timothy Alan Parmer, Charles L. Truwit
  • Publication number: 20100162552
    Abstract: An alignment device and method is provided. Higher precision is achieved when fixing an orientation of an insertion axis using alignment devices shown. A symmetric clamping force is provided that reduces or eliminates unwanted displacement after the desired orientation is obtained. Another feature includes increased flexibility to use a variety of primary medical devices. Another feature includes a standoff feature that reduces tissue damage. Another feature includes an orienting fixture for image guided procedures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2010
    Publication date: July 1, 2010
    Applicant: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew S. Solar, James G. Skakoon, Kari Parmer, Thomas L. Miller, Mark Stephen Freas
  • Patent number: 7695480
    Abstract: An alignment device and method is provided. Higher precision is achieved when fixing an orientation of an insertion axis using alignment devices shown. A symmetric clamping force is provided that reduces or eliminates unwanted displacement after the desired orientation is obtained. Another feature includes increased flexibility to use a variety of primary medical devices. Another feature includes a standoff feature that reduces tissue damage. Another feature includes an orienting fixture for image guided procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew S. Solar, James G. Skakoon, Kari Parmer, Thomas I. Miller, Mark Stephen Freas
  • Publication number: 20100063516
    Abstract: A trajectory guide assembly that guides an instrument relative to a patient includes a mounting seat configured to be supported by the patient. The assembly also includes a trajectory member moveably supported by the mounting seat. The trajectory member defines a trajectory passage. Also, the assembly includes a cap member moveably supported by the trajectory member. The cap member defines a cap opening, and the cap member is selectively moveable to a first position relative to the trajectory member to retain the instrument in both the cap opening and the trajectory passage. Additionally, the cap member is selectively moveable to a second position relative to the trajectory member to release the instrument.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2009
    Publication date: March 11, 2010
    Applicant: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Kari Parmer, Thomas I. Miller, John David
  • Patent number: 7637915
    Abstract: A method and apparatus accurately maintains alignment of a surgical instrument. The apparatus includes a base with an attached movable member. The movable member includes a passage forming a portion of a trajectory path. A relaxable or rigid material has a similar passage in common with the passage of the movable member. If a relaxable material is used, the passage portion of the relaxable region is held open by an inserted stem removably attached to the movable member. The instrument is then inserted into the center of the stem and thus into the trajectory path. The stem is removed by withdrawing it from the movable member over the proximal portion of the instrument. This releases the relaxable region to tightly hold the instrument in place. Alternatively, using a relaxable or rigid component, the component is slid laterally to at least partially offset a passage through the component from the passage of the movable member to reduce a combined effective area of the passages and to grasp an instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Kari Parmer, Thomas I. Miller, John David
  • Publication number: 20090275921
    Abstract: An insertion device with an insertion axis includes an axial actuator with a first portion and a second portion. The first portion is moveable along the insertion axis relative to the second portion. The insertion device further includes a first tube coupled to the first portion of the axial actuator, and the first tube is movable along the insertion axis in response to movement of the first portion relative to the second portion. The device further includes a second tube having a radially biased distal end. The distal end is substantially contained within the first tube in a first state, and the second tube is rotatable with respect to the first tube. Also, the second tube is axially movable to a second state, and a portion of a distal end of the second tube is exposed from a distal end of the first tube in the second state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2009
    Publication date: November 5, 2009
    Applicant: Image-Guided Neurologics, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew S. Solar, Kari Parmer, Philip Smith, Frank Murdock
  • Patent number: 7588581
    Abstract: A device and method of placement of a chronic micro-catheter is shown that allows effective guiding of micro-catheters through a host catheter that is later removable while leaving the micro-catheter implanted in place within the patient. The novel configuration allows the micro-catheter to be completely radially enclosed during insertion, and still allows the host catheter to be removed, leaving the micro-catheter behind. Additionally, the configuration allows several micro-catheters to be placed at any number of depths and orientations while still using a minimally invasive host catheter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew S. Solar, Kari Parmer, David Lee, Frank Murdock
  • Patent number: 7575571
    Abstract: An insertion device and method of using and manufacturing an insertion device is shown, wherein the insertion device is capable of distributing a media over a large distribution volume inside a patient while reducing the amount of tissue disturbed by the procedure. Also shown is a computer-readable medium with instructions stored thereon, the instructions when executed operable to cause generation of a set of data for use with an insertion device. An insertion device and methods are shown that allows a series of iterations to be performed within a single insertion procedure that distributes media, such as cells for cell therapy, over a large volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2009
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew S. Solar, Kari Parmer, Philip Smith, Frank C. Murdock