Patents by Inventor Kevin H. Hazen

Kevin H. Hazen 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: 6534012
    Abstract: An apparatus for varying localized absorption and scattering coefficients at a tissue measurement site in a controlled and reproducible manner during optical sampling of a tissue volume by controlling the pressure applied to a tissue measurement site by a spectroscopic analyzer allows applied pressure to be maintained at a constant level, or the applied pressure may be varied in a controlled, reproducible manner as a function of time. A rest for receiving a body part holds the body part in a fixed position and at a fixed elevation. A mechanical system advances a fiber optic probe until it makes contact with the body part with a constant amount of pressure. The applied force is supplied by a counterweight on a single arm balance. A temperature control allows the temperature of the fiber optic probe to be equilibrated with the temperature in the immediate vicinity of the tissue measurement site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2003
    Assignee: Sensys Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin H. Hazen, George Acosta, N. Alan Abul-Haj, Roxanne E. Abul-Haj
  • Patent number: 6475800
    Abstract: The invention provides a class of samples that model the human body. This family of samples is based upon emulsions of oil in water with lecithin acting as the emulsifier. These solutions that have varying particle sizes may be spiked with basis set components (albumin, urea and glucose) to simulate skin tissues further. The family of samples is such that other organic compounds such as collagen, elastin, globulin and bilirubin may be added, as can salts such as Na+, K+ and Cl−. Layers of varying thickness with known index of refraction and particle size distributions may be generated using simple crosslinking reagents, such as collagen (gelatin). The resulting samples are flexible in each analyte's concentration and match the skin layers of the body in terms of the samples reduced scattering and absorption coefficients, &mgr;ms and &mgr;ma. This family of samples is provided for use in the medical field where lasers and spectroscopy based analyzers are used in treatment of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2002
    Assignee: Instrumentation Metrics, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin H. Hazen, James Matthew Welch, Stephen F. Malin, Timothy L. Ruchti, Alexander D. Lorenz, Tamara L. Troy, Suresh Thennadil, Thomas B. Blank
  • Patent number: 6115673
    Abstract: One or more basis sets are applied to a spectroscopic signal during analysis to produce an accurate spectral representation from which analyte concentration may be accurately determined. A basis set includes all interfering components found in a sample, such as serum. With regard to an analyte, such as glucose, it is necessary to define those components of a sample that have a larger interference than that of glucose. A basis set may be generated, for example, that produces a transform for the red blood cells that interfere or scatter the light; and also for skin effects. Once the spectra of all these components is known, it is then necessary to determine how each of these components interact, e.g. taking serum data, extracting each of the components, and then comparing the spectra for the individual components with that of the components in solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2000
    Assignee: Instrumentation Metrics, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen F. Malin, Kevin H. Hazen