Patents by Inventor Mark Vincent Profio

Mark Vincent Profio 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: 11141079
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for profile-based selection of imaging parameters for a clinical context. In one embodiment, a method comprises selecting a profile based on an indication of clinical context for a scan of a patient, selecting one or more sub-profiles based on the profile, selecting imaging settings for the scan based on the profile and the one or more sub-profiles, and performing the scan according to the selected imaging settings. In this way, a scan prescription may be defined more efficiently and personally for a patient while improving quality assurance and managing an x-ray radiation dose of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Franco Rupcich, Chelsey Amanda Lewis, Christine Carol Hammond, Dominic Joseph Crotty, Mark Vincent Profio
  • Patent number: 11000254
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for automatically adjusting a position of a table configured to be positioned in a bore of a medical imaging device. The table may be adjusted according to one or more of a table elevation, an anatomical reference, and a start scan location. The table elevation, anatomical reference, and start scan location may be obtained from a selected imaging protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Mark Vincent Profio, Adam Pautsch, Darin Robert Okerlund, Scott McOlash, Vijay Subramanian
  • Patent number: 10426424
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for generating and simulating a computed tomography (CT) protocol is provided. The method includes receiving, via a graphical user interface, at a processor user input including patient population size settings and scan technique settings for modeling the effects of the scan technique settings across a patient population as a function of patient size. The method also includes generating, via the processor, a patient population profile based on at least the patient population size settings and the scan technique settings, wherein the patient population profile includes specific CT scan technique settings to be applied across different size ranges of the patient population as a function of patient size. The method further includes displaying, on the graphical user interface, one or more visualization elements illustrating the effect of these specific CT scan technique settings on specific imaging metrics across the patient population.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Dominic Joseph Crotty, Franco Rupcich, John Howard Londt, Mark Vincent Profio, Darin Robert Okerlund, Roy-Arnulf Helge Nilsen
  • Publication number: 20190231296
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for adjusting medical imaging parameters based on imaging parameters used during a previous imaging session. In one embodiment, a method for a computed tomography (CT) system includes reducing a radiation level of at least one CT scan of one or more successive CT scans performed on a patient based on CT scan information obtained from a previous CT scan performed on the patient, the radiation level reduced relative to a radiation level of the previous CT scan.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Inventors: John Irvin Jackson, Dominic Joseph Crotty, Franco Rupcich, John Londt, Mark Vincent Profio, Darin Robert Okerlund
  • Publication number: 20190231224
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for profile-based selection of imaging parameters for a clinical context. In one embodiment, a method comprises selecting a profile based on an indication of clinical context for a scan of a patient, selecting one or more sub-profiles based on the profile, selecting imaging settings for the scan based on the profile and the one or more sub-profiles, and performing the scan according to the selected imaging settings. In this way, a scan prescription may be defined more efficiently and personally for a patient while improving quality assurance and managing an x-ray radiation dose of the patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Inventors: Franco Rupcich, Chelsey Amanda Lewis, Christine Carol Hammond, Dominic Joseph Crotty, Mark Vincent Profio
  • Publication number: 20190231288
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for contrast-enhanced diagnostic imaging. In one embodiment, a method comprises estimating a time to perform a diagnostic scan of a patient based on demographics of the patient, and performing the diagnostic scan of the patient at the estimated time responsive to a confidence level of the estimated time above a threshold. In this way, a contrast-enhanced diagnostic scan may be performed without directly monitoring the contrast flow, thereby reducing radiation dose and contrast load while maintaining or improving image quality.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Inventors: Mark Vincent Profio, Eric Gros, Christine Carol Hammond, Darin Robert Okerlund
  • Patent number: 10349909
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided that acquire image data of a first location of a region of interest (ROI) when located in a field of view of a medical imaging system as a contrast material injected into the ROI passes through the first location. The systems and methods further determine from the image data of the first location when a first contrast metric is reached, and after determining the image data of the first location, position the second location of the ROI in the field of view of the medical imaging system. The systems and methods further acquire image data of the second location as the contrast material passes through the second location, and determine from the image data of the second location when the contrast material reaches a second contrast metric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Darin Robert Okerlund, Mark Vincent Profio, Christine Carol Hammond, John Irvin Jackson, Judy Marie Graney, Chelsey Amanda Lewis
  • Publication number: 20190150872
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for generating and simulating a computed tomography (CT) protocol is provided. The method includes receiving, via a graphical user interface, at a processor user input including patient population size settings and scan technique settings for modeling the effects of the scan technique settings across a patient population as a function of patient size. The method also includes generating, via the processor, a patient population profile based on at least the patient population size settings and the scan technique settings, wherein the patient population profile includes specific CT scan technique settings to be applied across different size ranges of the patient population as a function of patient size. The method further includes displaying, on the graphical user interface, one or more visualization elements illustrating the effect of these specific CT scan technique settings on specific imaging metrics across the patient population.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Inventors: Dominic Joseph Crotty, Franco Rupcich, John Howard Londt, Mark Vincent Profio, Darin Robert Okerlund, Roy-Arnulf Helge Nilsen
  • Patent number: 10265044
    Abstract: A system includes an imaging acquisition unit, a reconstruction unit, and a determination system. The imaging acquisition unit is configured to perform a scan to acquire imaging information of a patient. The reconstruction unit is configured to reconstruct an image using the imaging information. The determination system is communicatively coupled to the imaging acquisition unit and the reconstruction unit. The determination system includes at least one processor configured to: acquire performance information corresponding to the scan; determine a scan quality for the scan based on the performance information; determine an update to a protocol used to at least one of acquire the imaging information or reconstruct the image; and provide control information to at least one of the imaging acquisition unit or the reconstruction unit to implement the determined update for at least one of performing a subsequent scan or reconstructing a subsequent image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Mark Vincent Profio, John Londt, Darin Okerlund, John Irvin Jackson
  • Publication number: 20180140270
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for automatically adjusting a position of a table configured to be positioned in a bore of a medical imaging device. The table may be adjusted according to one or more of a table elevation, an anatomical reference, and a start scan location. The table elevation, anatomical reference, and start scan location may be obtained from a selected imaging protocol.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Publication date: May 24, 2018
    Inventors: Mark Vincent Profio, Adam Pautsch, Darin Robert Okerlund, Scott McOlash, Vijay Subramanian
  • Publication number: 20180061045
    Abstract: A system includes an imaging acquisition unit, a reconstruction unit, and a determination system. The imaging acquisition unit is configured to perform a scan to acquire imaging information of a patient. The reconstruction unit is configured to reconstruct an image using the imaging information. The determination system is communicatively coupled to the imaging acquisition unit and the reconstruction unit. The determination system includes at least one processor configured to: acquire performance information corresponding to the scan; determine a scan quality for the scan based on the performance information; determine an update to a protocol used to at least one of acquire the imaging information or reconstruct the image; and provide control information to at least one of the imaging acquisition unit or the reconstruction unit to implement the determined update for at least one of performing a subsequent scan or reconstructing a subsequent image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Publication date: March 1, 2018
    Inventors: Mark Vincent Profio, John Londt, Darin Okerlund, John Irvin Jackson
  • Patent number: 9642589
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided that receive a clinical identifier, an acquisition condition target, and one or more patient characteristics. The systems and methods further generate a scan attribute based on the clinical identifier. The scan attribute corresponding to characteristics of a resultant medical image. The systems and methods determine select scan settings from a plurality of scan settings based on the scan attribute and the one or more patient characteristics, and calculate candidate acquisition conditions associated with the select scan settings. Further, the systems and methods identify one of the select scan settings as a scan prescription based on a relation between the candidate acquisition conditions and the acquisition condition target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Mark Vincent Profio, Darin Robert Okerlund, Scott D. Slavic, Bradley Jay Gabrielse, Priti Madhav
  • Publication number: 20170000440
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided that acquire image data of a first location of a region of interest (ROI) when located in a field of view of a medical imaging system as a contrast material injected into the ROI passes through the first location. The systems and methods further determine from the image data of the first location when a first contrast metric is reached, and after determining the image data of the first location, position the second location of the ROI in the field of view of the medical imaging system. The systems and methods further acquire image data of the second location as the contrast material passes through the second location, and determine from the image data of the second location when the contrast material reaches a second contrast metric.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Publication date: January 5, 2017
    Inventors: Darin Robert Okerlund, Mark Vincent Profio, Christine Carol Hammond, John Irvin Jackson, Judy Marie Graney, Chelsey Amanda Lewis
  • Publication number: 20170000447
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided that receive a clinical identifier, an acquisition condition target, and one or more patient characteristics. The systems and methods further generate a scan attribute based on the clinical identifier. The scan attribute corresponding to characteristics of a resultant medical image. The systems and methods determine select scan settings from a plurality of scan settings based on the scan attribute and the one or more patient characteristics, and calculate candidate acquisition conditions associated with the select scan settings. Further, the systems and methods identify one of the select scan settings as a scan prescription based on a relation between the candidate acquisition conditions and the acquisition condition target.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Publication date: January 5, 2017
    Inventors: Mark Vincent Profio, Darin Robert Okerlund, Scott D. Slavic, Bradley Jay Gabrielse, Priti Madhav
  • Patent number: 9514275
    Abstract: Apparatus includes an imaging system with a user interface, and a hospital radiological information system (RIS) coupled to the imaging system such that the user interface allows for bi-directional data transfer between the imaging system and the RIS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Mark Vincent Profio, Sang Wook Lee, David Alan Littlejohn, Scott Wayne Zimmerman, Holly Ann McDaniel, Susan Martignetti Stuebe, Patrick Michael Virtue, Scott William Robinson, Ann Christine Hole, Christopher James Proctor
  • Patent number: 9078565
    Abstract: A user interface for a CT imaging system is disclosed. The user interface includes a first display configured to enable an operator to perform set-up and scanning tasks associated with performing a CT exam on one or more patients, with the set-up and scanning tasks including acquiring and verifying scan image data. The user interface also includes a second display configured to enable the operator to perform image post-processing tasks associated with the CT exams on the one or more patients, with the image post-processing tasks including performing image reconstructions and reformats. Each of the first display and the second display are operable independent from one another to provide for parallel workflows between the first display and second display and between the patient set-up and scanning tasks and the post-processing tasks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Mark Vincent Profio, Holly Ann McDaniel, Cheryl Ruth Jones, Tabb Alan Patz, Megan Elizabeth Wimmer, Amanda Jean Fox, Jon V. Wettersten, Simon J. King, Stina Maria Jonsson
  • Patent number: 9078566
    Abstract: A CT user interface includes first and second displays that enable an operator to perform set-up and scanning tasks associated with performing CT scans and enable the operator to perform image post-processing tasks associated with the CT scans. A plurality of distinct display zones are selectively displayed on the first and second displays, with the first display displaying a zone enabling the operator to create a record for each of a plurality of patients, a task list zone displaying all steps and sub-steps of a CT scan to be performed for a selected patient based on a selected scan protocol, a settings zone and a scanning zone displaying and enabling operator selection of scan parameters related to the selected scan protocol for the selected patient, and a dose area zone displaying a relationship between the selected scan parameters and a radiation dosage experienced by the patient based thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Mark Vincent Profio, Holly Ann McDaniel, Cheryl Ruth Jones, Tabb Alan Patz, Megan Elizabeth Wimmer, Amanda Jean Fox, Jon V. Wettersten, Simon J. King, Stina Maria Jonsson
  • Patent number: 9025728
    Abstract: A CT user interface includes first and second displays that selectively display distinct display zones thereon. The first display includes a zone enabling the operator to create a record for each of a plurality of patients and an exam set-up and a protocol selection zone enabling the operator to select a scan protocol for performing a CT scan on a selected patient. A task list zone on the first display displays all steps and sub-steps of a CT scan for a selected patient based on the selected scan protocol, and a settings zone and a scanning zone on the first display displays and enables operator selection of a plurality of scan parameters related to the selected scan protocol. Any general user interface elements not needed for the selected scan protocol are not displayed on the first and second displays, so as to simplify the user interface for the operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Mark Vincent Profio, Holly Ann McDaniel, Cheryl Ruth Jones, Tabb Alan Patz, Megan Elizabeth Wimmer, Amanda Jean Fox, Jon V. Wettersten, Simon J. King, Stina Maria Jonsson
  • Publication number: 20140098931
    Abstract: A user interface for a CT imaging system is disclosed. The user interface includes a first display configured to enable an operator to perform set-up and scanning tasks associated with performing a CT exam on one or more patients, with the set-up and scanning tasks including acquiring and verifying scan image data. The user interface also includes a second display configured to enable the operator to perform image post-processing tasks associated with the CT exams on the one or more patients, with the image post-processing tasks including performing image reconstructions and reformats. Each of the first display and the second display are operable independent from one another to provide for parallel workflows between the first display and second display and between the patient set-up and scanning tasks and the post-processing tasks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Mark Vincent Profio, Holly Ann McDaniel, Cheryl Ruth Jones, Tabb Alan Patz, Megan Elizabeth Wimmer, Amanda Jean Fox, Jon V. Wettersten, Simon J. King, Stina Maria Jonsson
  • Publication number: 20140098933
    Abstract: A CT user interface includes first and second displays that enable an operator to perform set-up and scanning tasks associated with performing CT scans and enable the operator to perform image post-processing tasks associated with the CT scans. A plurality of distinct display zones are selectively displayed on the first and second displays, with the first display displaying a zone enabling the operator to create a record for each of a plurality of patients, a task list zone displaying all steps and sub-steps of a CT scan to be performed for a selected patient based on a selected scan protocol, a settings zone and a scanning zone displaying and enabling operator selection of scan parameters related to the selected scan protocol for the selected patient, and a dose area zone displaying a relationship between the selected scan parameters and a radiation dosage experienced by the patient based thereon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Mark Vincent Profio, Holly Ann McDaniel, Cheryl Ruth Jones, Tabb Alan Patz, Megan Elizabeth Wimmer, Amanda Jean Fox, Jon V. Wettersten, Simon J. King, Stina Maria Jonsson