Patents by Inventor Luc Struye

Luc Struye 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: 10067243
    Abstract: A scintillator includes CsBrxI(1-x) doped with Europium (CsBrxI(1-x):Eu) wherein x<0.5, and is obtained by annealing CsBrxI(1-x):Eu material at a temperature from 50° C. to 280° C. The EPR spectrum of the obtained scintillator measured at room temperature at a frequency of 34 GHz shows a maximum signal height at a magnetic field of 1200 mT, and the signal height at 1090 mT and 1140 mT does not exceed 40%, wherein the normalized signal height percentage at 1200 mT is calculated to be 100%. The scintillator is useful in a high energy radiation detection and radiography imaging apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: AGFA HEALTHCARE NV
    Inventors: Ilse Mans, Sabina Elen, Paul Leblans, Luc Struye, Freddy Callens, Henk Vrielinck
  • Patent number: 9831007
    Abstract: A radiographic flat panel detector includes a layer configuration in the order given: a) a radiation transparent substrate; and b) a scintillator layer applied by vapor deposition on the radiation transparent substrate; and c) an imaging array between the scintillator layer and a second substrate, characterized in that the radiation transparent substrate has on a side a layer including magnetisable particles and a method for producing the radiographic flat panel detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: AGFA HEALTHCARE NV
    Inventors: Paul Leblans, Luc Struye, Ilse Mans, Sabina Elen
  • Publication number: 20170168167
    Abstract: A scintillator includes CsBrxI(1-x) doped with Europium (CsBrxI(1-x):Eu) wherein x<0.5, and is obtained by annealing CsBrxI(1-x):Eu material at a temperature from 50° C. to 280° C. The EPR spectrum of the obtained scintillator measured at room temperature at a frequency of 34 GHz shows a maximum signal height at a magnetic field of 1200 mT, and the signal height at 1090 mT and 1140 mT does not exceed 40%, wherein the normalized signal height percentage at 1200 mT is calculated to be 100%. The scintillator is useful in a high energy radiation detection and radiography imaging apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Publication date: June 15, 2017
    Inventors: Ilse MANS, Sabina ELEN, Paul LEBLANS, Luc STRUYE, Freddy CALLENS, Henk VRIELINCK
  • Publication number: 20170040078
    Abstract: A radiographic flat panel detector includes a layer configuration in the order given: a) a radiation transparent substrate; and b) a scintillator layer applied by means of vapour deposition on the radiation transparent substrate; and c) an imaging array between the scintillator layer and a second substrate, characterised in that the radiation transparent substrate has on a side a layer including magnetizable particles and a method for producing the radiographic flat panel detector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Publication date: February 9, 2017
    Inventors: Paul LEBLANS, Luc STRUYE, Ilse MANS, Sabina ELEN
  • Publication number: 20160322411
    Abstract: A radiography flat panel detector and a method of producing the flat panel detector including, in a scintillating or photoconductive layer, an imaging array, -a substrate, and an X-ray absorbing layer including a chemical compound having a metal element with an atomic number of 20 or more and one or more non-metal elements. The X-ray absorbing layer has a dimensionless absorption exponent of greater than 0.5 for gamma ray emission of Am241 at about 60 keV, wherein AE(Am241 60 keV)=t*(k1e1+k2e2+k3e3+ . . . ) and AE(Am241 60 keV) represents the absorption exponent of the X-ray absorbing layer relative to the about 60 keV gamma ray emission of Am241; t represents the a thickness of the X-ray absorbing layer; e1, e2, e3, . . . represent concentrations of the elements in the X-ray absorbing layer; and k1,k2,k3 . . . represent mass attenuation coefficients of the elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Publication date: November 3, 2016
    Inventors: Sabina ELEN, Luc STRUYE, Dirk VANDENBROUCKE, Jean-Pierre TAHON
  • Patent number: 8452069
    Abstract: Method of eliminating the effect of afterglow on a radiation image read out of a photostimulable phosphor screen. For each pixel the amount of afterglow generated by previously scanned pixels in the same line of pixels is determined and subtracted from the digital signal representation of that pixel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Agfa HealthCare NV
    Inventors: Luc Struye, Paul Leblans, Dirk Vandenbroucke
  • Publication number: 20110001052
    Abstract: A computed radiography system comprises a radiation detecting system wherein an image is formed by the steps of (1) exposing an object to radiation; (2) forming a first digitized image directly captured from said radiation by a detector; (3) storing said digitized image from said radiation on an intermediate medium; (4) forming a latent image originating from the same radiation, as an image stored in a photostimulable phosphor layer, and (5) retrieving said directly captured digitized image and superposing it onto a digitized image originating from said latent image in said photostimulable phosphor layer after photostimulation of said phosphor layer with radiation having a lower energy than the said exposure radiation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2007
    Publication date: January 6, 2011
    Inventor: Luc Struye
  • Publication number: 20100226557
    Abstract: Method of eliminating the effect of afterglow on a radiation image read out of a photostimulable phosphor screen. For each pixel the amount of afterglow generated by previously scanned pixels in the same line of pixels is determined and subtracted from the digital signal representation of that pixel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2010
    Publication date: September 9, 2010
    Applicant: Agfa HealthCare NV
    Inventors: Luc Struye, Paul Leblans, Dirk Vandenbroucke
  • Patent number: 7378676
    Abstract: Stimulable phosphor screens, sheets or panels having alkali metal halide storage phosphors have been disclosed, said phosphors showing emission of red light, after stimulation with an ultraviolet radiation source having a radiation emission maximum of 365 nm, wherein an intensity of red light is not higher than 10% of the blue light emission intensity, and wherein both emission intensities having been measured after stimulation of the said storage phosphors in the phosphor layer of the panel, having stored energy from radiation in the wavelength range shorter than 350 nm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Assignee: Agfa-Gevaert
    Inventors: Luc Struye, Paul Leblans
  • Publication number: 20080035857
    Abstract: In a method of manufacturing a radiation image storage phosphor plate, comprising in its phosphor layer a storage phosphor of the type having an alkali metal halide salt as a main component and a lanthanide as a dopant, the plate after having been manufactured is uniformly exposed, i.e., exposed with a constant intensity and with a homogeneous energy distribution over its whole surface area, in order to absorb an X-ray dose in the range from 1 to 10 Gy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2007
    Publication date: February 14, 2008
    Inventors: Luc Struye, Paul Leblans, Jean-Pierre Tahon
  • Publication number: 20080035867
    Abstract: In a method of reading a radiation image, stored in a CsBr:Eu type binderless needle-shaped photostimulable or storage phosphor screen after X-ray exposure of said screen, said method comprises the steps of: (1) erasing thermally stimulable energy by exposing said screen to infrared radiation in the wavelength range from 1000 nm to 1550 nm; (2) stimulating said phosphor screen by means of stimulating radiation in the range from 550 to 850 nm; (3) detecting light emitted by the phosphor screen upon stimulation and converting the detected light into a signal representation of said radiation image; (4) erasing said phosphor screen by exposing it to erasing light in the wavelength range of 300 nm to 1500 nm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2007
    Publication date: February 14, 2008
    Inventors: Luc Struye, Paul Leblans, Jean-Pierre Tahon
  • Publication number: 20080035839
    Abstract: In a method of reading out energy stored in a CsBr:Eu stimulable phosphor plate, having been exposed to high energy radiation, said method is performed in two steps: a first read-out step while irradiating said phosphor plate with stimulating energy from an infrared radiation stimulation source, followed by a second read-out step, wherein said second read-out step proceeds while providing stimulation radiation having a higher energy than stimulation radiation energy provided during said first read-out step.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2007
    Publication date: February 14, 2008
    Inventors: Luc Struye, Paul Leblans, Jean-Pierre Tahon
  • Patent number: 7291224
    Abstract: The present invention provides an assembly comprising two plates or covers, one of which being an outermost plate or cover, and both, at least in part having a perforation pattern over a surface area covering an open side of a crucible having a bottom and surrounding side walls containing raw materials, wherein said outermost cover is mounted at a distance farther from the said crucible than said cover covering said open side of a crucible, and wherein both covers are mounted versus each other, so that, when viewed through an axis in a direction perpendicular to the bottom of the crucible from a distance to said outermost cover of at least 10 times the distance between said two plates or covers, its contents cannot be observed as their perforations and the crucible are never forming one line, perpendicular to the plane formed by said bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2007
    Assignee: Agfa-Gevaert
    Inventors: Jan Koninckx, Luc Struye, Johan Lamotte
  • Patent number: 7288679
    Abstract: A device comprises at least one organophosphonium transition metal dye or is provided with a filter, comprising at least one organophosphonium transition metal dye, wherein, in a particular embodiment said device is selected from the group consisting of a scanner, a digitizer, a display and a photographic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2007
    Assignee: AGFA-Gevaert
    Inventors: Luc Vanmaele, Paul Leblans, Luc Struye
  • Patent number: 7220979
    Abstract: An optical memory plate particularly suitable for identification purposes or protection against forgery and counterfeiting radiation provides inscription of data and read-out of thus stored inscription data, comprises a europium doped alkali metal halide storage phosphor layer, and, more preferably, a stimulable CsBr:Eu phosphor substantially free of alkaline earth metals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2007
    Assignee: AGFA-Gevaert
    Inventors: Luc Struye, Paul Leblans, Johan Lamotte
  • Patent number: 7186996
    Abstract: A system has been described for reading out stimulable phosphor screens, plates or panels, whether or not differing from each other in phosphor composition or phosphor layer arrangement, after exposing said screens to X-rays. Said system comprises at least one source of stimulating radiation, an array of transducer elements arranged for detecting light emitted upon stimulation and for converting said light into a signal representation of said image. Said system further comprises filtering means for preventing light, emitted by said source of stimulation light, from being detected by said transducer elements, wherein said filtering means transmits light with a high transmission efficiency for emitted blue light upon stimulation and low transmission for radiation from the stimulating laser source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2007
    Assignee: AGFA-Gevaert
    Inventors: Luc Struye, Luc Vanmaele, Paul Leblans
  • Patent number: 7180086
    Abstract: A system has been described for reading out a plurality of stimulable phosphor screens, plates or panels, after exposing said screens to X-rays having an energy in the range from 25 up to 150 kVp, the screens being selected from the group consisting of binder containing powder screens and binderless, crystalline or amorphous phosphor layer screens; wherein said phosphors are divalent europium activated alkali halide type phosphors wherein said halide is at least one of bromide or a combination of bromide with at least one of chloride and iodide, or divalent europium activated alkaline earth metal halide phosphors, wherein said halide is at least one of fluoride, chloride, bromide and iodide or a combination thereof, and wherein said screens are consecutively subjected to following steps of stimulating said phosphor screens by means of stimulation energy; detecting stimulated emission energy, emitted by the phosphor screen upon stimulation; converting detected energy into a signal representation of said radiat
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Assignee: Agfa-Gevaert
    Inventors: Paul Leblans, Luc Struye
  • Patent number: 7161160
    Abstract: Needle-shaped CsBr:Eu2+ storage phosphor crystal particles in form of a cylinder suitable for use in flat storage phosphor panels have been provided, wherein said particles have an average cross-section in the range from 1 ?m up to 30 ?m and an average length, measured along the casing of said cylinder, in the range from 100 ?m up to 1000 ?m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Assignee: Agfa-Gevaert
    Inventors: Paul Leblans, Luc Struye
  • Publication number: 20060257779
    Abstract: Stimulable phosphor screens, sheets or panels having alkali metal halide storage phosphors have been disclosed, said phosphors showing emission of red light, after stimulation with an ultraviolet radiation source having a radiation emission maximum of 365 nm, wherein an intensity of red light is not higher than 10% of the blue light emission intensity, and wherein both emission intensities having been measured after stimulation of the said storage phosphors in the phosphor layer of the panel, having stored energy from radiation in the wavelength range shorter than 350 nm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2006
    Publication date: November 16, 2006
    Inventors: Luc Struye, Paul Leblans
  • Patent number: 7126135
    Abstract: A Eu-doped CsBr-type storage phosphor screen or panel has been disclosed, providing ratios of ultraviolet luminescence intensities of at least 10/9 after having been exposed to radiation having a wavelength in the range from 150 to 400 nm, measured at same sites without and with pretreatment exposure of said storage phosphor screen or panel with short ultraviolet radiation in the range from 150 to 300 nm and having an energy of 10 mJ/mm2, as well as a method of producing a stimulable phosphor screen or panel, characterized in that during or after at least one of the manufacturing steps a radiation exposure treatment is given with radiation sources emitting short ultraviolet radiation in the range from 150 to 300 nm with an energy of at least 10 mJ/mm2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2006
    Assignee: AGFA-Gevaert
    Inventors: Johan Lamotte, Jean Verelst, Luc Struye, Paul Leblans