Patents by Inventor Kevin P. Cowan

Kevin P. Cowan 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: 11129934
    Abstract: A pressure jacket for use with a fluid injector includes a barrel having a distal end, a proximal end, and a sidewall extending between the distal end and the proximal end along a longitudinal axis. The pressure jacket includes at least one engagement member protruding from a terminal portion of the proximal end of the barrel in a proximal direction along the longitudinal axis. The at least one engagement member tapers axially in a direction from the distal end toward the proximal end of the barrel. The at least one engagement member engages with a locking mechanism on the fluid injector to releasably lock the pressure jacket with the fluid injector. A taper of the at least one engagement member rotationally guides the barrel into self-alignment with the locking mechanism and axially ejects the barrel upon rotation of the barrel about the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: BAYER HEALTHCARE LLC
    Inventors: Kevin P. Cowan, Barry L. Tucker, Arthur E. Uber, III, Edward J. Rhinehart, Michael A. Spohn, James R. Neill, Glen P. Williams
  • Patent number: 10835680
    Abstract: A bladder syringe for a fluid delivery system includes a cylindrical body, a cap-bladder assembly, a plunger element disposed in the cylindrical body, and a mounting assembly to secure the cap-bladder assembly to the cylindrical body. The cylindrical body has a distal end and a proximal end and defines a throughbore. The cap-bladder assembly is adapted for connection to the distal end of the cylindrical body, and includes a cap body and a bladder. The cap body defines an interior cavity and a distal discharge conduit and is adapted to engage the distal end of the cylindrical body. A disc-shaped bladder is disposed within the interior cavity and typically includes a central membrane portion. The plunger element is disposed in the throughbore of the cylindrical body and is vented to enable evacuation of the space between the plunger element and the cap-bladder assembly in the cylindrical body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: BAYER HEALTHCARE LLC
    Inventors: Kevin P. Cowan, Raymond C. Hoffman, Barry L. Tucker, Jaroslaw Wlodarczyk
  • Patent number: 10792418
    Abstract: A pressure jacket includes a barrel having a proximal end, a distal end, and a sidewall extending substantially circumferentially between the proximal end and the distal end along a longitudinal axis. The pressure jacket also includes at least one retaining member having at least one first lug protruding radially outward relative to an outer surface of the sidewall. The at least one first lug has at least one third surface tapered axially relative to the longitudinal axis of the barrel in a proximal direction. The at least one first lug is configured for engagement with a locking mechanism associated with a port on a fluid injector to releasably lock the pressure jacket with the fluid injector. At least a portion of the at least one third surface axially ejects the pressure jacket upon rotation of the pressure jacket about the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: BAYER HEALTHCARE LLC
    Inventors: Barry L. Tucker, Kevin P. Cowan, Arthur E. Uber, III, Edward J. Rhinehart, Michael A. Spohn
  • Publication number: 20200222634
    Abstract: A syringe for a fluid delivery system includes a pressure jacket having a distal end, a proximal end, and a throughbore therebetween. The syringe further includes a rolling diaphragm having a proximal end with an end wall for engaging a plunger, a distal end received within the throughbore of the pressure jacket. The distal end of the rolling diaphragm has a nozzle and a sidewall extending between the proximal end and the distal end of the rolling diaphragm along a longitudinal axis. At least a portion of one of the sidewall and the end wall has non-uniform thickness. At least a portion of the sidewall is flexible and rolls upon itself when acted upon by the plunger such that an outer surface of the sidewall at a folding region is folded in a radially inward direction as the plunger is advanced from the proximal end to the distal end of the rolling diaphragm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2020
    Publication date: July 16, 2020
    Inventors: DAVID BERRY, BARRY L. TUCKER, EDWARD J. RHINEHART, GERALD CALLAN, ARTHUR E. UBER, III, KEVIN P. COWAN, RAYMOND C. HOFFMAN, BENJAMIN T. KRUPP, MARTIN J. GIBLER, MICHAEL A. SPOHN
  • Patent number: 10688294
    Abstract: A fluid delivery system includes a first container configured for storing a first fluid therein and a second container configured for storing a second fluid therein, wherein the second fluid is different from the first fluid. The fluid delivery system further includes at least one pump configured for delivering under pressure one or both of the first and second fluids. At least one valve is provided for selectively delivering one or both of the first and second fluids to the pump. The first and second containers, the pump, and the valve are contained within a cartridge that is removably insertable into a cartridge carrier of the fluid delivery system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: BAYER HEALTHCARE LLC
    Inventors: Kevin P. Cowan, Mark Trocki, Arthur E. Uber, III
  • Publication number: 20200147296
    Abstract: A fluid delivery device includes: a fluid-filled cartridge comprising an outlet; a syringe comprising a substantially cylindrical syringe barrel having an open end and a fluid dispensing end; and a plunger rod configured to be received within the open end of the syringe barrel. The plunger rod comprises: a first end having a sealing member provided in sealing engagement with an inner wall of the syringe barrel such that a first syringe chamber is provided between the first end of the plunger rod and the fluid dispensing end of the syringe barrel; a second end extending out of the open end of the syringe barrel and having a cartridge-receiving chamber having a connection mechanism positioned therein for connecting the outlet of the cartridge thereto. The plunger rod also includes a fluid channel extending from the connection mechanism to the first end of the plunger rod.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2020
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Inventor: KEVIN P. COWAN
  • Patent number: 10583256
    Abstract: A syringe for a fluid delivery system includes a pressure jacket having a distal end, a proximal end, and a throughbore therebetween. The syringe further includes a rolling diaphragm having a proximal end with an end wall for engaging a plunger, a distal end received within the throughbore of the pressure jacket. A sidewall extends between the proximal end and the distal end of the rolling diaphragm along a longitudinal axis. At least a portion of one of the sidewall and the end wall has non-uniform thickness. At least a portion of the sidewall is flexible and rolls upon itself when acted upon by the plunger such that an outer surface of the sidewall at a folding region is folded in a radially inward direction as the plunger is advanced from the proximal end to the distal end of the rolling diaphragm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: BAYER HEALTHCARE LLC
    Inventors: Dave Berry, Barry L. Tucker, Edward J. Rhinehart, Gerald W. Callan, Arthur E. Uber, III, Kevin P. Cowan, Raymond C. Hoffman, Benjamin T. Krupp, Martin J. Gibler, Michael A. Spohn
  • Patent number: 10543312
    Abstract: A fluid delivery system includes a pressurizing mechanism. The pressurizing mechanism includes: a substantially cylindrical body having a movable member positioned therein that divides the body into a first chamber and a second chamber; a plunger rod connected to a first side of the movable member and extending through a substantially closed first end of the body; and an elongated member connected to a second side of the movable member and extending through a substantially closed second end of the body. The plunger rod configured to operatively engage a fluid container. Fluid is dispensed from the fluid container by forming a vacuum within at least the first chamber by moving the movable member toward the second end of the body, allowing atmospheric pressure to enter the second chamber, and actuating the pressurizing mechanism to cause the moving member to move towards the first end of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: BAYER HEALTHCARE LLC
    Inventor: Kevin P. Cowan
  • Patent number: 10537675
    Abstract: A fluid delivery device includes: a fluid-filled cartridge comprising an outlet; a syringe comprising a substantially cylindrical syringe barrel having an open end and a fluid dispensing end; and a plunger rod configured to be received within the open end of the syringe barrel. The plunger rod comprises: a first end having a sealing member provided in sealing engagement with an inner wall of the syringe barrel such that a first syringe chamber is provided between the first end of the plunger rod and the fluid dispensing end of the syringe barrel; a second end extending out of the open end of the syringe barrel and having a cartridge-receiving chamber having a connection mechanism positioned therein for connecting the outlet of the cartridge thereto. The plunger rod also includes a fluid channel extending from the connection mechanism to the first end of the plunger rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: BAYER HEALTHCARE LLC
    Inventor: Kevin P. Cowan
  • Patent number: 10512720
    Abstract: A syringe includes a barrel having a distal end, a proximal end, and a sidewall extending therebetween along a longitudinal axis. At least one engagement member protrudes from a terminal portion of the sidewall in a proximal direction along the longitudinal axis. The at least one engagement member tapers axially in a direction from the distal end toward the proximal end. The at least one engagement member is configured for engagement with a locking mechanism of a fluid injector to releasably lock the syringe with the fluid injector. A taper of the at least one engagement member is configured to rotationally guide the syringe into alignment with the locking mechanism and axially eject the syringe upon rotation of the syringe. The locking mechanism operatively engages the at least one engagement member regardless of an orientation of the syringe about the longitudinal axis relative to the injector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: BAYER HEALTHCARE LLC
    Inventors: Kevin P. Cowan, Barry L. Tucker, Arthur E. Uber, III, Edward J. Rhinehart, James R. Neill, Glen P. Williams, Michael A. Spohn
  • Patent number: 10512721
    Abstract: A plunger for use with a syringe has a plunger body with a proximal end, a distal end, and a circumferential sidewall extending between the proximal end and the distal end along a plunger longitudinal axis. The plunger further has at least one resiliently deflectable retaining member having a first segment attached to the plunger body and a second segment protruding toward the distal end of the plunger body and deflectable relative to the first segment. The plunger further has at least one actuation member associated with the at least one resiliently deflectable retaining member. The at least one actuation member interacts with a piston to deflect the at least one resiliently deflectable retaining member upon rotation of the plunger relative to the piston. The plunger is engagable with the piston regardless of a rotational orientation of the piston relative to the plunger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: BAYER HEALTHCARE LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. Swantner, Richard A. Seman, Barry L. Tucker, Arthur E. Uber, III, Kevin P. Cowan, James A. Dedig, Christopher D. Capone, Jaroslaw Wlodarczyk
  • Patent number: 10507003
    Abstract: Described is an in-scan phantom for use during an imaging procedure. The phantom can include at least one measuring insert and/or at least one measured insert. The measuring insert may have radiation detecting capabilities while the measured insert may include a radioactive material. Also described is an imaging modality system that includes an imaging modality and an in-scan phantom as well as methods of using the in-scan phantom for imaging a patient or performing a scout scan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: BAYER HEALTHCARE LLC
    Inventors: Arthur E. Uber, III, Kevin P. Cowan, David M. Griffiths, Ivana Kingston, Dzmitry Liushtyk, Matthew Hoiko, Roey Flor, Robert Redmond, Henry Hernaez, Sridhar Balasubramanian
  • Patent number: 10478558
    Abstract: Systems and methods for intelligently delivering fluid to a targeted tissue are described. The systems and methods may include directing a pump to distribute fluid to a targeted tissue and receiving one or more signals from an intracorporeal sensing system, where the one or more signals correspond to one or more sensed feedback parameters at the targeted tissue. The systems and methods may also include determining whether the one or more sensed feedback parameters are within an acceptable range. If the one or more sensed feedback parameters are not within the acceptable range, the systems and methods may include determining an adjusted velocity for the plunger necessary to adjust the pressure of the fluid in the pump so that the one or more sensed feedback parameters move within the acceptable range and directing the pump to distribute the fluid at the adjusted velocity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: BAYER HEALTHCARE LLC
    Inventors: Martin J. Uram, Michael J. Yanniello, Barry L. Tucker, David A. Mishler, Edward J. Rhinehart, Mark Trocki, Arthur E. Uber, III, Kevin P. Cowan, John A. Brosovich
  • Patent number: 10434249
    Abstract: A syringe includes a body and a plunger movably disposed within the body. The syringe may be used with an injector including a drive member. The drive member preferably includes at least one pin adapted to form a retractable abutting connection with an interior of a plunger to enable the drive member to retract the plunger with the body of the syringe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Bayer HealthCare LLC
    Inventors: Kevin P. Cowan, John H. Haury, Jared E. Neff
  • Patent number: 10420902
    Abstract: A fluid injection system and a fluid verification system for confirming that a syringe, containing a fluid for injection, is fully filled with fluid and neither has free space (i.e., air) near the distal end thereof when the syringe is provided in an upright position nor contains air bubbles. Imaging processing techniques and systems are also provided to determine various injection parameters and to verify the type and certain properties of fluid that is present within a syringe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: BAYER HEALTHCARE LLC
    Inventors: Kevin P. Cowan, Michael A. Spohn, Michael McDermott, Herbert M. Grubic, Henry Phalen
  • Patent number: 10378949
    Abstract: A syringe assembly may include a syringe having a distal end, a proximal end, and a sidewall extending between the distal end and the proximal end and defining an interior volume; and an indicator float provided in the interior volume of the syringe. The indicator float may be buoyant such that the indicator float is movable between the distal end and the proximal end of the syringe based on a fluid fill level within the interior volume of the syringe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Bayer HealthCare LLC
    Inventors: Arthur E. Uber, III, Kevin P. Cowan, Stephen Sams
  • Publication number: 20190224407
    Abstract: A syringe manifold (300) for a fluid injector assembly includes a middle body member (304) defining an upper cavity (308) and a lower cavity (309), the middle body member defining at least one fluid path in an upper surface of the middle body member and at least one fluid path in a lower surface of the middle body member, the middle body member defining at least two ports extending through the middle body member, the middle body member comprising an outlet (302) for connection of the syringe manifold to at least one fluid delivery device; a lower body member (303) received within the lower cavity of the middle body member, the lower body member comprising at least one connector for connection of the lower body member to a syringe assembly (700); and an upper body member (305) received within the upper cavity of the middle body member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Publication date: July 25, 2019
    Inventors: DAMIAN PETER FRANCIS SAVIO, PETER SPRADA, ERIC SIU, BARRY IDDON, BIPIN SALUNKHE, MICHAEL A. SPOHN, RICHARD SOKOLOV, MATTHEW J. LEROCH, MICHAEL MCDERMOTT, KEVIN P. COWAN
  • Patent number: 10328208
    Abstract: A syringe for use in pressurized injection of a fluid is provided herein. The syringe includes a syringe barrel comprising a polymeric material having undergone expansion by stretch blow molding and by compression molding of an inner diameter of the barrel with a core member. In certain configurations of the syringe barrel, the stretch blow molding is provided through a nozzle of the syringe. Similarly, according to a further embodiment, a syringe for use in pressurized injection of a fluid is provided. The syringe includes a syringe barrel comprising a polymeric material having undergone expansion by stretch blow molding and by shrinking an inner diameter of the syringe barrel about a core member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: BAYER HEALTHCARE LLC
    Inventors: Edward J. Rhinehart, Kevin P. Cowan, Mark Trocki, Barry L. Tucker
  • Patent number: 10286152
    Abstract: A syringe system and components thereof are disclosed. The system may include a syringe body having a hollow lumen, a proximal open end, and a distal end. The syringe body may be configured to house a fluid therein. The syringe system may further include a plunger positioned in the hollow lumen of the syringe body, forming a seal with an inner wall of the syringe body. The plunger may include a removable piston having a shaft extending from the distal end towards the proximal open end, a stopper removably connected to a distal portion of the shaft, and at least one coupler attached to the distal portion of the shaft. The stopper may be configured to slidably move within the hollow lumen to facilitate movement of the fluid within the syringe body. The coupler may be configured to facilitate removal and attachment of the stopper from the piston.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: BAYER HEALTHCARE LLC
    Inventors: Kevin P. Cowan, Edward J. Rhinehart, Mark Trocki, Barry L. Tucker
  • Patent number: D847985
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Bayer HealthCare LLC
    Inventors: Jared E. Neff, Michael J. Swantner, Michael McDermott, Kevin P. Cowan, Michael A. Spohn, Herb M. Grubic