Patents by Inventor Mark Vermilyea

Mark Vermilyea 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: 7428292
    Abstract: A CT imaging system includes a rotatable gantry having an opening to receive an object to be scanned. A plurality of x-ray emission sources are attached to the rotatable gantry, each x-ray emission source configured to emit x-rays in a conebeam toward the object. The CT imaging system also includes a plurality of x-ray detector arrays attached to the gantry and positioned to receive x-rays passing through the object. At least one x-ray detector array of the plurality of x-ray detector arrays is configured to receive x-rays from more than one x-ray emission source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2008
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Bruno K. B. De Man, Colin R. Wilson, Bernhard Claus, Maria Iatrou, James W. LeBlanc, Dirk Bequé, Samit Kumar Basu, Mark Vermilyea, Zhye Yin
  • Publication number: 20080123803
    Abstract: A CT imaging system includes a rotatable gantry having an opening to receive an object to be scanned. A plurality of x-ray emission sources are attached to the rotatable gantry, each x-ray emission source configured to emit x-rays in a conebeam toward the object. The CT imaging system also includes a plurality of x-ray detector arrays attached to the gantry and positioned to receive x-rays passing through the object. At least one x-ray detector array of the plurality of x-ray detector arrays is configured to receive x-rays from more than one x-ray emission source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2006
    Publication date: May 29, 2008
    Inventors: Bruno K.B. De Man, Colin R. Wilson, Bernhard Claus, Maria Iatrou, James W. LeBlanc, Dirk Beque, Samit Kumar Basu, Mark Vermilyea, Zhye Yin
  • Publication number: 20070009088
    Abstract: An X-ray imaging system is provided. The X-ray imaging system includes a distributed X-ray source and a detector. The distributed X-ray source is configured to emit X-rays from a plurality of emission points arranged as a substantially linear segment, a substantially arcuate segment, a curvilinear segment, or a substantially non-planar surface and the detector is configured to generate a plurality of signals in response to X-rays incident upon the detector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2005
    Publication date: January 11, 2007
    Inventors: Peter Edic, Bernhard Claus, Jeffrey Eberhard, James Miller, David Langan, Mark Vermilyea, Joseph Manak, Christopher Unger
  • Publication number: 20060023832
    Abstract: Various configurations for scatter reduction and control are provided for CT imaging. These configurations include an imaging system having a stationary detector extending generally around a portion of an imaging volume and a distributed X-ray source placed proximal to the stationary detector for radiating an X-ray beam toward the stationary detector. A scatter control system is further provided that is configured to adaptively operate in cooperation with the stationary detector and the distributed X-ray source to focally align collimator septa contained therein to the X-ray beam at a given focal point and to provide X-ray beam scatter control.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2004
    Publication date: February 2, 2006
    Inventors: Peter Edic, Bruno Bernard De Man, Mark Vermilyea, Christopher Unger, John Tkaczyk, James LeBlanc, Samit Basu, William Ross, Jonathan Short, Scott Zelakiewicz
  • Publication number: 20060008056
    Abstract: A system and method for providing a sealing arrangement in an X-ray tube are provided. The X-ray tube includes a rotating portion having a plurality of ball bearings and a liquid metal within a housing having the ball bearings therein. The rotating portion is configured to rotate an anode. The X-ray tube further includes a sealing portion formed by a liquid metal vacuum interface configured in a radial direction to resist flow of liquid metal from the housing to a vacuum portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2004
    Publication date: January 12, 2006
    Inventors: Harith Vadari, Ram Turaga, Mayank Tiwari, Hombe Gowda, Mark Vermilyea, Frederic Dahan, Thomas Martin
  • Publication number: 20060002515
    Abstract: A system and method for forming x-rays. One exemplary system includes a target and electron emission subsystem with a plurality of electron sources. Each of the plurality of electron sources is configured to generate a plurality of discrete spots on the target from which x-rays are emitted. Another exemplary system includes a target, an electron emission subsystem with a plurality of electron sources, each of which generates at least one of the plurality of spots on the target, and a transient beam protection subsystem for protecting the electron emission subsystem from transient beam currents and material emissions from the target.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2005
    Publication date: January 5, 2006
    Inventors: William Huber, Colin Wilson, John Price, Peter Edic, Mark Vermilyea, Forrest Hopkins
  • Patent number: 6983035
    Abstract: Systems and methods for obtaining multi-slice images having a total thickness of up to about 160 mm or more in a single gantry rotation in computed tomography or volume computed tomography are described. One embodiment comprises an extended, multi-spot x-ray source for computed tomography or volume computed tomography imaging, comprising: an electron gun capable of producing a plurality of electron beams, each electron beam focused at a predetermined distance and aimed in a predetermined direction; and a plurality of targets positioned to receive the electron beams and generate x-rays in response thereto, each target comprising a predetermined focal spot thereon, wherein each electron beam is synchronized to strike, at an appropriate time, a predetermined target comprising a predetermined focal spot thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2006
    Assignee: GE Medical Systems Global Technology Company, LLC
    Inventors: John Scott Price, Wayne Frederick Block, Mark Vermilyea
  • Publication number: 20050265520
    Abstract: A system and method for forming x-rays. One exemplary system includes a target and electron emission subsystem with a plurality of electron sources. Each of the plurality of electron sources is configured to generate a plurality of discrete spots on the target from which x-rays are emitted. Another exemplary system includes a target, an electron emission subsystem with a plurality of electron sources, each of which generates at least one of the plurality of spots on the target, and a transient beam protection subsystem for protecting the electron emission subsystem from transient beam currents, material emissions from the target, and electric field transients.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2005
    Publication date: December 1, 2005
    Inventors: William Huber, Colin Wilson, John Price, Peter Edic, Mark Vermilyea
  • Publication number: 20050226385
    Abstract: An X-ray tube is provided as a source of X-rays for imaging systems such as computed tomography (CT) system. The X-ray tube includes an anode assembly comprising a target for emitting X-rays upon irradiation with an electron beam, a rotor shaft coupled to the target and a motor rotor system such that the rotor shaft is configured to rotate the target, and at least two duplex bearing assemblies to support the rotor shaft. The X-ray tube further includes a cathode assembly comprising a cathode configured to emit electron beam and a conical insulator isolating the cathode from ground potential.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2004
    Publication date: October 13, 2005
    Inventors: James Simpson, Hector Rodriguez, Mark Vermilyea, Maria Otero, Brian Lounsberry
  • Publication number: 20050226364
    Abstract: Geometries and configurations are provided for CT systems in which rotational loading is reduced, permitting higher speeds and lighter structures to be implemented in the systems. In certain embodiments a distributed and addressable rotating radiation source is provided with a rotating detector. In other embodiments a distributed and addressable stationary radiation source is provided with a rotating detector. In yet other embodiments a distributed and addressable radiation source is provided that rotates with respect to a stationary detector. The sources may be ring-like, arcuate and/or lines extending at least in the Z-direction. Sources may include a large number of distributed emitters arranged in lines, arcs and one- or two-dimensional arrays.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2004
    Publication date: October 13, 2005
    Inventors: Bruno Kristiaan Bernard De Man, Samit Basu, Peter Edic, William Ross, Mark Vermilyea
  • Patent number: 6947522
    Abstract: An x-ray source with an x-ray source target are provided. The x-ray source includes an electron source. The x-ray source also includes an x-ray transmission window. The x-ray source also includes an x-ray source target located between the electron source and the window, wherein the target is arranged to receive electrons from the electron source to generate x-rays in the x-ray source target, and a rotational mechanism adapted to rotate the x-ray source target. A method of producing x-rays and an x-ray target are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Colin Wilson, Mark Vermilyea, James E. Simpson
  • Publication number: 20050111610
    Abstract: Configurations for stationary imaging systems are provided. The configurations may include combinations of various types of distributed sources of X-ray radiation, which generally include addressable emitter elements which may be triggered for emission in desired sequences and combinations. The sources may be ring-like, partial ring-like, or line-like (typically along a Z-axis), and so forth. Combinations of these are envisaged. Corresponding detectors may also be full ring detectors or partial ring detectors associated with the sources to provide sufficient coverage of imaging volumes and to provide the desired mathematical completeness of the collected data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2004
    Publication date: May 26, 2005
    Inventors: Bruno Kristiaan De Man, Samit Basu, Peter Edic, Robert Senzig, William Ross, Xiaoye Wu, Colin Wilson, Mark Vermilyea, Eugene Saragnese
  • Publication number: 20050074094
    Abstract: The present invention is an x-ray tube anode with two targets oriented back-to-back. The targets have separate and opposing cathodes. The targets are a fixed distance apart and rotate together on the same bearing shaft. The cathodes are mounted at either end of the vacuum tube. The cathodes may operate simultaneously or independent of each other based on the CT application.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2003
    Publication date: April 7, 2005
    Applicant: GE MEDICAL SYSTEMS GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: Sherman Jen, Mark Vermilyea
  • Publication number: 20050063514
    Abstract: Systems and methods for obtaining multi-slice images having a total thickness of up to about 160 mm or more in a single gantry rotation in computed tomography or volume computed tomography are described. One embodiment comprises an extended, multi-spot x-ray source for computed tomography or volume computed tomography imaging, comprising: an electron gun capable of producing a plurality of electron beams, each electron beam focused at a predetermined distance and aimed in a predetermined direction; and a plurality of targets positioned to receive the electron beams and generate x-rays in response thereto, each target comprising a predetermined focal spot thereon, wherein each electron beam is synchronized to strike, at an appropriate time, a predetermined target comprising a predetermined focal spot thereon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2003
    Publication date: March 24, 2005
    Inventors: John Price, Wayne Block, Mark Vermilyea
  • Publication number: 20050025283
    Abstract: A flat panel x-ray tube assembly is provided comprising a cathode assembly including a plurality of emitter elements. An anode substrate is included having a substrate upper surface facing the plurality of emitter elements and a substrate lower surface. The substrate upper surface is positioned parallel to the plurality of emitter elements. A plurality of target wells are formed in the substrate upper surface. Each of the plurality of target wells comprises a first angled side surface positioned at an acute angle relative to the substrate upper surface. A plurality of first target elements is applied to each to one of the first angled side surfaces. The first target elements generate x-rays in a direction perpendicular to the plurality of emitter elements in response to electrons received from one of the plurality of emitter elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2003
    Publication date: February 3, 2005
    Inventors: Colin Wilson, Mark Vermilyea
  • Publication number: 20040120463
    Abstract: An x-ray source with an x-ray source target are provided. The x-ray source includes an electron source. The x-ray source also includes an x-ray transmission window. The x-ray source also includes an x-ray source target located between the electron source and the window, wherein the target is arranged to receive electrons from the electron source to generate x-rays in the x-ray source target, and a rotational mechanism adapted to rotate the x-ray source target. A method of producing x-rays and an x-ray target are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2002
    Publication date: June 24, 2004
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Colin WILSON, Mark VERMILYEA, James E. SIMPSON
  • Patent number: 6477231
    Abstract: An x-ray generating device or system include an anode assembly including a target; a cathode assembly disposed at a distance from the anode assembly, the cathode assembly configured to emit electrons that strike the target of the anode assembly, producing x-rays and residual energy; a heat receptor, positioned between the anode assembly and a bearing assembly supporting the anode assembly, for absorbing an amount of the residual energy; and a heat exchanger, in thermal communication with the heat receptor, for carrying a cooling medium and conducting an amount of the residual energy absorbed by the heat receptor away from the heat receptor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2002
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Douglas J. Snyder, Craig Higgins, John Warren, Mark Vermilyea, Thomas Ebben
  • Publication number: 20020085675
    Abstract: An x-ray generating device or system includes an anode assembly including a target; a cathode assembly disposed at a distance from the anode assembly, the cathode assembly configured to emit electrons that strike the target of the anode assembly, producing x-rays and residual energy; a heat receptor, positioned between the anode assembly and a bearing assembly supporting the anode assembly, for absorbing an amount of the residual energy; and a heat exchanger, in thermal communication with the heat receptor, for carrying a cooling medium and conducting an amount of the residual energy absorbed by the heat receptor away from the heat receptor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2000
    Publication date: July 4, 2002
    Inventors: Douglas J. Snyder, Craig Higgins, John Warren, Mark Vermilyea, Thomas Ebben