Patents by Inventor Lowell Scott

Lowell Scott 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: 20190219647
    Abstract: A system and method for providing virtual real-time MRI-guidance for a biopsy outside of a conventional MRI scanner is described. MR images and ultrasound images of a region of a patient's body are simultaneously acquired during a pre-biopsy procedure. Respiratory states that the patient may experience during the biopsy are then determined from the acquired ultrasound images, and each respiratory state is associated with corresponding MR images. The MR images are indexed with their corresponding respiratory state. Ultrasound images are then acquired of the patient during a biopsy procedure. The respiratory state of the patient is determined from the ultrasound images, and the corresponding indexed MR images are displayed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Publication date: July 18, 2019
    Inventors: Thomas Kwok-Fah Foo, Jhimli Mitra, Bo Wang, Lowell Scott Smith, David Martin Mills, Warren Lee, James Hartman Holmes, Bryan Bednarz, Roberta Marie Strigel
  • Patent number: 10347818
    Abstract: A manufacturing a process is provided for the bulk manufacture of transducer arrays, including arrays having at least one 3D printed (or otherwise additive manufactured) acoustic matching layers. In certain implementations, the manufactured transducers include a composite-piezoelectric transducer on a de-matching layer. In one implementation, by producing multiple arrays at once on a common carrier, and by using direct-deposit additive processes for the matching layers, the described processes greatly reduce the number of parts and the number of manual operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Douglas Glenn Wildes, Lowell Scott Smith, Kwok Pong Chan, Vadim Bromberg
  • Publication number: 20180271372
    Abstract: An ultrasound probe configured for use in a multi-modality imaging system includes a body including one or more electrical components of the ultrasound probe, an outermost housing enclosing the ultrasound probe, and an electromagnetic interference (EMI) shield disposed between the body and the housing, wherein the EMI shield is configured to reduce interference between the ultrasound probe and one or more different imaging systems of the multi-modality imaging system. The ultrasound probe further includes a transducer disposed on a patient-facing surface of the ultrasound probe and a cable coupled to the body and configured to communicatively couple the ultrasound probe to an ultrasound imaging system of the multi-modality imaging system, wherein the ultrasound probe comprises substantially non-ferromagnetic material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Publication date: September 27, 2018
    Inventors: Warren Lee, Eric William Fiveland, David Andrew Shoudy, Timothy Fiorillo, Kwok Pong Chan, Lowell Scott Smith, James Sabatini, David Martin Mills, Thomas Kwok-Fah Foo
  • Publication number: 20180140278
    Abstract: An ultrasound transducer includes a transducer array having a plurality of transducer elements. The transducer array has a first side and a second side. Further, one or more ground electrodes are disposed on the first side of the transducer array, and one or more signal electrodes are disposed on the second side of the transducer array. Moreover, an acoustic backing structure is operatively coupled to the plurality of transducer elements of the transducer array. Also, a plurality of electrical traces is routed on a surface of the acoustic backing structure and operatively coupled to at least one of the one or more signal electrodes and one or more ground electrodes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Publication date: May 24, 2018
    Inventors: Vadim Bromberg, Lowell Scott Smith, Douglas Glenn Wildes, Kwok Pong Chan, Reinhold Bruestle, Matthew Harvey Krohn, Chester Frank Saj
  • Patent number: 9866003
    Abstract: An aircraft comprises a secondary support structure and a nut plate engaging the secondary support structure. The nut plate includes at least one locator protrusion engaging a mounting hole in the secondary support structure to constrain motion of the nut plate along the secondary support structure. The nut plate further includes means for additionally constraining motion of the nut plate away from the secondary support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Lowell Scott James, Jeffry Glen Bickford
  • Publication number: 20170288638
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to the bulk manufacture of transducer arrays, including arrays having at least one 3D printed (or otherwise additive manufactured) acoustic matching layers. In certain implementations, the manufactured transducers include a composite-piezoelectric transducer on a de-matching layer. In one implementation, by producing multiple arrays at once on a common carrier, and by using direct-deposit additive processes for the matching layers, the described processes greatly reduce the number of parts and the number of manual operations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Publication date: October 5, 2017
    Inventors: Douglas Glenn Wildes, Lowell Scott Smith, Kwok Pong Chan, Vadim Bromberg
  • Publication number: 20170014645
    Abstract: Methods and systems using magnetic resonance and ultrasound for tracking anatomical targets for radiation therapy guidance are provided. One system includes a patient transport configured to move a patient between and into a magnetic resonance (MR) system and a radiation therapy (RT) system. An ultrasound transducer is also provided that is hands-free and electronically steerable, securely attached to the patient, such that the ultrasound transducer is configured to acquire four-dimensional (4D) ultrasound images concurrently with one of an MR acquisition or an RT radiation therapy session. The system also includes a controller having a processor configured to use the 4D ultrasound images and MR images from the MR system to control at least one of a photon beam spatial distribution or intensity modulation generated by the RT system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Publication date: January 19, 2017
    Inventors: Thomas Kwok-Fah Foo, Lowell Scott Smith, Kai Erik Thomenius, Sandeep Narendra Gupta, Luca Marinelli, Kedar Anil Patwardhan, Dominic Michael Graziani
  • Patent number: 9421118
    Abstract: A digital strapping system comprising an alternatively configurable hallux strap system for positioning and exercising a hallux of a foot, and/or an alternatively configurable osteotomy strap system for positioning and exercising a second and/or third digit of a foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Royal Patents, LLC
    Inventors: Dean F. Cropper, Lowell Scott Weil, Sr., Lowell Scott Weil, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9273716
    Abstract: An aircraft comprises a plurality of spanner bars. Each spanner bar has a pattern of mounting holes separated by lands. A plurality of nut plates engage the spanner bars. Each nut plate includes a body having a mounting surface against one of the spanner bars; and first and second posts extending from the mounting surface and through respective holes in the corresponding spanner bar. Each post has an undercut portion that abuts against one of the lands. Each nut plate further includes a locking member occupying a space between one of the posts and the lands to prevent the nut plate from disengaging the corresponding spanner bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Lowell Scott James
  • Publication number: 20150316091
    Abstract: An aircraft comprises a secondary support structure and a nut plate engaging the secondary support structure. The nut plate includes at least one locator protrusion engaging a mounting hole in the secondary support structure to constrain motion of the nut plate along the secondary support structure. The nut plate further includes means for additionally constraining motion of the nut plate away from the secondary support structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Publication date: November 5, 2015
    Inventors: Lowell Scott James, Jeffry Glen Bickford
  • Patent number: 9083169
    Abstract: An aircraft comprises a secondary support structure, and a nut plate engaging the secondary support structure. The nut plate includes at least one locator protrusion engaging a mounting hole in the secondary support structure to constrain motion of the nut plate along the secondary support structure. The nut plate further includes means for additionally constraining motion of the nut plate away from the secondary support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Lowell Scott James, Jeffry Glen Bickford
  • Publication number: 20150037115
    Abstract: An aircraft comprises a plurality of spanner bars. Each spanner bar has a pattern of mounting holes separated by lands. A plurality of nut plates engage the spanner bars. Each nut plate includes a body having a mounting surface against one of the spanner bars; and first and second posts extending from the mounting surface and through respective holes in the corresponding spanner bar. Each post has an undercut portion that abuts against one of the lands. Each nut plate further includes a locking member occupying a space between one of the posts and the lands to prevent the nut plate from disengaging the corresponding spanner bar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: Lowell Scott James
  • Patent number: 8911191
    Abstract: An aircraft comprises a plurality of spanner bars. Each spanner bar has a pattern of mounting holes separated by lands. A plurality of nut plates engage the spanner bars. Each nut plate includes a body having a mounting surface against one of the spanner bars; and first and second posts extending from the mounting surface and through respective holes in the corresponding spanner bar. Each post has an undercut portion that abuts against one of the lands. Each nut plate further includes a locking member occupying a space between one of the posts and the lands to prevent the nut plate from disengaging the corresponding spanner bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Lowell Scott James
  • Publication number: 20140275962
    Abstract: Methods and systems using magnetic resonance and ultrasound for tracking anatomical targets for radiation therapy guidance are provided. One system includes a patient transport configured to move a patient between and into a magnetic resonance (MR) system and a radiation therapy (RT) system and an ultrasound transducer coupled to the patient transport, wherein the ultrasound transducer is configured to acquire four-dimensional (4D) ultrasound images concurrently with one of an MR acquisition or an RT radiation therapy session. The system also includes a controller having a processor configured to use the 4D ultrasound images and MR images from the MR system to control at least one of a photon beam spatial distribution or intensity modulation generated by the RT system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Thomas Kwok-Fah Foo, Lowell Scott Smith, Kai Erik Thomenius, Sandeep Narendra Gupta, Luca Marinelli, Kedar Anil Patwardhan, Dominic Michael Graziani
  • Patent number: 8659148
    Abstract: A method for forming a tileable detector array is presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: John Eric Tkaczyk, Lowell Scott Smith, Charles Edward Baumgartner, Robert Gideon Wodnicki, Rayette Ann Fisher, Charles Gerard Woychik, Robert Stephen Lewandowski
  • Publication number: 20130195333
    Abstract: A method for forming a graded matching layer structure is presented. The method includes (a) depositing a first material slurry on at least a portion of a substrate, (b) spreading the first material slurry to a form a first material layer having a first determined thickness, (c) exposing the first material layer using light processed through a determined light pattern mask to form a first matching layer, and (d) repeating steps (a)-(c) with different material slurries to form the graded matching layer structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Prabhjot Singh, Lowell Scott Smith
  • Publication number: 20130189050
    Abstract: An aircraft comprises a secondary support structure, and a nut plate engaging the secondary support structure. The nut plate includes at least one locator protrusion engaging a mounting hole in the secondary support structure to constrain motion of the nut plate along the secondary support structure. The nut plate further includes means for additionally constraining motion of the nut plate away from the secondary support structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2012
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Lowell Scott James, Jeffry Glen Bickford
  • Publication number: 20130187014
    Abstract: An aircraft comprises a plurality of spanner bars. Each spanner bar has a pattern of mounting holes separated by lands. A plurality of nut plates engage the spanner bars. Each nut plate includes a body having a mounting surface against one of the spanner bars; and first and second posts extending from the mounting surface and through respective holes in the corresponding spanner bar. Each post has an undercut portion that abuts against one of the lands. Each nut plate further includes a locking member occupying a space between one of the posts and the lands to prevent the nut plate from disengaging the corresponding spanner bar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2012
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: Lowell Scott James
  • Patent number: 8475375
    Abstract: An ultrasound system is provided for imaging an object. The ultrasound system includes an ultrasound probe for acquiring ultrasound data and a cooling subsystem for actively removing heat from the ultrasound probe. The cooling subsystem includes a pump disposed within a reservoir containing a coolant and configured to circulate the coolant through the ultrasound probe via a conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Lowell Scott Smith, Robert Stephen Lewandowski, Bruno Hans Haider, Charles Edward Baumgartner, George Charles Sogoian, Christopher Stephen Yetter, Douglas Glenn Wildes, Stephen Royal Kaiser, Svein Bergstoel, Reinhold Bruestle, Tunc Icoz, Steinar Bjaerum, Chester Frank Saj
  • Patent number: 8389627
    Abstract: The present invention provides novel filled silicone compositions comprising a nano-particulate metal oxide filler selected from nano-particulate monoclinic alpha-phase bismuth oxide, nano-particulate erbium oxide, and mixtures thereof. The new composite compositions exhibit a combination of outstanding performance characteristics in both the cured and uncured states. Thus, the uncured formulations are typically free flowing liquids which are self-leveling, which de-gas readily under vacuum, are readily colorable through the addition of pigments, and which cure at temperatures of about 60° C. The cured compositions possess outstanding acoustic characteristics which make them ideally suited for use in applications such as acoustic lenses for medical imaging and therapy. For example, the acoustic impedance of compositions provided by the present invention is closely matched to the acoustic impedance of human tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Slawomir Rubinsztajn, Lowell Scott Smith, Charles Edward Baumgartner