Patents by Inventor Michael Burcher

Michael Burcher 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: 10631830
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides for a system that is adapted to simultaneously display photoacoustic and ultrasound images of the same object. An image combiner can perform spatial and temporal interpolation of the two images before generating a combined image. The combined image is then displayed on a display such as an LCD or CRT. The system is able to use motion estimates obtained from the ultrasound data to enhance the photoacoustic image thereby increasing its apparent frame rate, registering consecutive frames in order to reduce artifacts. The system is capable of generating combined ultrasound and photoacoustic images which are registered spatially and temporally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventor: Michael Burcher
  • Patent number: 9889394
    Abstract: A filter device having a sonotrode connected to a filtration assembly. The filtration assembly has a filter body having a fluid passage. The filter body has a filter across the fluid passage. The filter assembly has a resonant frequency and the sonotrode is adapted to vibrate the filter assembly at or near the resonant frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Day, Michael Burcher, Nathan Wrench, Marek Myszko, Matthew Hayes
  • Publication number: 20170112474
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides for a system that is adapted to simultaneously display photoacoustic and ultrasound images of the same object. An image combiner can perform spatial and temporal interpolation of the two images before generating a combined image. The combined image is then displayed on a display such as an LCD or CRT. The system is able to use motion estimates obtained from the ultrasound data to enhance the photoacoustic image thereby increasing its apparent frame rate, registering consecutive frames in order to reduce artifacts. The system is capable of generating combined ultrasound and photoacoustic images which are registered spatially and temporally.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Publication date: April 27, 2017
    Inventor: Michael Burcher
  • Patent number: 9561017
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides for a system that is adapted to simultaneously display photoacoustic and ultrasound images of the same object. An image combiner can perform spatial and temporal interpolation of the two images before generating a combined image. The combined image is then displayed on a display such as an LCD or CRT. The system is able to use motion estimates obtained from the ultrasound data to enhance the photoacoustic image thereby increasing its apparent frame rate, registering consecutive frames in order to reduce artifacts. The system is capable of generating combined ultrasound and photoacoustic images which are registered spatially and temporally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventor: Michael Burcher
  • Patent number: 9345455
    Abstract: An ultrasonic diagnostic imaging system produces an image with an extended focal range by transmitting a plurality of beams spaced along an array for multiline reception. The receive multilines of a plurality of transmit beams are spatially aligned and are combined with phase adjustment between the respective receive multilines to prevent undesired phase cancellation. The combined multilines produce the effect of an extended transmit focus so that an image produced using the combined multilines exhibits an extended focal range. To prevent motion artifacts the multiline order is adjustable as a function of image motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Michael Burcher, Jean-Luc Robert
  • Publication number: 20150305720
    Abstract: An ultrasonic diagnostic imaging system produces an image with an extended focal range by transmitting a plurality of beams spaced along an array for multiline reception. The receive multilines of a plurality of transmit beams are spatially aligned and are combined with phase adjustment between the respective receive multilines to prevent undesired phase cancellation. The combined multilines produce the effect of an extended transmit focus so that an image produced using the combined multilines exhibits an extended focal range. To prevent motion artifacts the multiline order is adjustable as a function of image motion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Publication date: October 29, 2015
    Applicant: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Michael BURCHER, Jean-Luc ROBERT
  • Patent number: 9107564
    Abstract: An ultrasonic diagnostic imaging system produces an image with an extended focal range by transmitting a plurality of beams spaced along an array for multiline reception. The receive multilines of a plurality of transmit beams are spatially aligned and are combined with phase adjustment between the respective receive multilines to prevent undesired phase cancellation. The combined multilines produce the effect of an extended transmit focus so that an image produced using the combined multilines exhibits an extended focal range. To prevent motion artifacts the multiline order is adjustable as a function of image motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Michael Burcher, Jean-Luc Robert
  • Publication number: 20140326080
    Abstract: A filter device having a sonotrode connected to a filtration assembly. The filtration assembly has a filter body having a fluid passage. The filter body has a filter across the fluid passage. The filter assembly has a resonant frequency and the sonotrode is adapted to vibrate the filter assembly at or near the resonant frequency.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Day, Michael Burcher, Nathan Wrench, Marek Myszko, Matthew Hayes
  • Patent number: 8317704
    Abstract: An ultrasonic diagnostic imaging system produces an image with an extended focal range and reduced speckle by transmitting a plurality of beams spaced along an array for multiline reception. The receive multilines of a plurality of transmit beams are spatially aligned with phase adjustment between the respective receive multilines to effect signal alignment, detected and combined. The combined multilines produce the effect of an extended transmit focus so that an image produced using the combined multilines exhibits an extended focal range. Speckle is reduced by nonlinearly combining received multilines produced by different transmit apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Jean-Luc Robert, Michael Burcher
  • Patent number: 8317712
    Abstract: An ultrasonic diagnostic imaging system transmits a plurality of focused beams normal to the plane of a transducer aperture and receives multiple receive lines in response to each transmitted beam. Sub-apertures of the transducer aperture are defined by apodization and signals of the sub-apertures are aligned and combined to produce signals exhibiting the effect of transmit steering at different angles with respect to the sub-apertures. The steered signals are detected and the detected signals relating to common points in an image field are combined. The combined detected signals are used to produce an ultrasound image with reduced speckle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V. Eindhoven
    Inventors: Michael Burcher, Jean-Luc Robert
  • Patent number: 8298144
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a combined photoacoustic (PA) and ultrasound imaging system capable of generating PA and ultrasound images simultaneously. These images can be combined and displayed in real-time. The PA images are acquired by firing a illumination system into a sample being imaged and beamforming the received photoacoustic signals. Ultrasound images are formed by transmitting ultrasound energy into the object and beamforming the reflected signals. The present disclosure describes a timing controller to allow the illumination system and ultrasound transmissions to be timed relative to one another. This allows both modalities to operate at close to their maximum frame rates while preventing signal interference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventor: Michael Burcher
  • Patent number: 8137272
    Abstract: An ultrasonic diagnostic imaging system produces an image with an extended focal range by transmitting a plurality of beams spaced along an array for multiline reception. The receive multilines of a plurality of transmit beams are spatially aligned and are combined with phase adjustment between the respective receive multilines to prevent undesired phase cancellation. The combined multilines produce the effect of an extended transmit focus so that an image produced using the combined multilines exhibits an extended focal range. To prevent motion artifacts the multiline order is adjustable as a function of image motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Clifford Cooley, Karl Thiele, Jean-Luc Robert, Michael Burcher, Brent Robinson
  • Publication number: 20100210947
    Abstract: A vascular flow sensor assembly includes an ultrasound transducer (1-5) which is attached to the body by an adhesive or mechanical substrate to create acoustic coupling between the ultrasound transducer and the body. The assembly includes a force sensor (150) responsive to the attachment force which produces a signal representative of the force of attachment. The signal is detected by a monitoring instrument and used to alert a user to improper attachment of the vascular sensor. In an illustrated embodiment the signal actuates an indicator located on the sensor assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2006
    Publication date: August 19, 2010
    Applicant: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Michael Burcher, Balasundar Raju
  • Publication number: 20100049044
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides for a system that is adapted to simultaneously display photoacoustic and ultrasound images of the same object. An image combiner can perform spatial and temporal interpolation of the two images before generating a combined image. The combined image is then displayed on a display such as an LCD or CRT. The system is able to use motion estimates obtained from the ultrasound data to enhance the photoacoustic image thereby increasing its apparent frame rate, registering consecutive frames in order to reduce artifacts. The system is capable of generating combined ultrasound and photoacoustic images which are registered spatially and temporally.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2007
    Publication date: February 25, 2010
    Applicant: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS ELECTRONICS N.V.
    Inventor: Michael Burcher
  • Publication number: 20090187099
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a combined photoacoustic (PA) and ultrasound imaging system capable of generating PA and ultrasound images simultaneously. These images can be combined and displayed in real-time. The PA images are acquired by firing a illumination system into a sample being imaged and beamforming the received photoacoustic signals. Ultrasound images are formed by transmitting ultrasound energy into the object and beamforming the reflected signals. The present disclosure describes a timing controller to allow the illumination system and ultrasound transmissions to be timed relative to one another. This allows both modalities to operate at close to their maximum frame rates while preventing signal interference.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2007
    Publication date: July 23, 2009
    Applicant: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS ELECTRONICS N.V.
    Inventor: Michael Burcher
  • Publication number: 20090182235
    Abstract: An ultrasonic diagnostic imaging system produces an image with an extended focal range and reduced speckle by transmitting a plurality of beams spaced along an array for multiline reception. The receive multilines of a plurality of transmit beams are spatially aligned with phase adjustment between the respective receive multilines to effect signal alignment, detected and combined. The combined multilines produce the effect of an extended transmit focus so that an image produced using the combined multilines exhibits an extended focal range. Speckle is reduced by nonlinearly combining received multilines produced by different transmit apertures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2007
    Publication date: July 16, 2009
    Applicant: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS ELECTRONICS, N.V.
    Inventors: Jean-luc Robert, Michael Burcher
  • Publication number: 20090099456
    Abstract: An ultrasonic diagnostic imaging system produces an image with an extended focal range by transmitting a plurality of beams spaced along an array for multiline reception. The receive multilines of a plurality of transmit beams are spatially aligned and are combined with phase adjustment between the respective receive multilines to prevent undesired phase cancellation. The combined multilines produce the effect of an extended transmit focus so that an image produced using the combined multilines exhibits an extended focal range. To prevent motion artifacts the multiline order is adjustable as a function of image motion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2007
    Publication date: April 16, 2009
    Applicant: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS ELECTRONICS, N.V.
    Inventors: Michael Burcher, Jean-Luc Robert
  • Publication number: 20090069693
    Abstract: An ultrasonic diagnostic imaging system transmits a plurality of focused beams normal to the plane of a transducer aperture and receives multiple receive lines in response to each transmitted beam. Sub-apertures of the transducer aperture are defined by apodization and signals of the sub-apertures are aligned and combined to produce signals exhibiting the effect of transmit steering at different angles with respect to the sub-apertures. The steered signals are detected and the detected signals relating to common points in an image field are combined. The combined detected signals are used to produce an ultrasound image with reduced speckle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2007
    Publication date: March 12, 2009
    Applicant: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS ELECTRONICS, N.V.
    Inventors: Michael Burcher, Jean-Luc Robert
  • Publication number: 20090069692
    Abstract: An ultrasonic diagnostic imaging system produces an image with an extended focal range by transmitting a plurality of beams spaced along an array for multiline reception. The receive multilines of a plurality of transmit beams are spatially aligned and are combined with phase adjustment between the respective receive multilines to prevent undesired phase cancellation. The combined multilines produce the effect of an extended transmit focus so that an image produced using the combined multilines exhibits an extended focal range. To prevent motion artifacts the multiline order is adjustable as a function of image motion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2007
    Publication date: March 12, 2009
    Applicant: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS ELECTRONICS, N.V.
    Inventors: Clifford Cooley, Karl Thiele, Jean-Luc Robert, Michael Burcher, Brent Robinson
  • Publication number: 20050154306
    Abstract: A method and system for adapting a focused beam of focused ultrasound imaging signals from an ultrasound probe (14) for compensating for the presence of an aberration (X) in a medium (OBJ) transmits a focused ultrasound imaging signal (FOC) into a region of a medium using a plurality of focused beams from a plurality of probe array elements (P). The return focused ultrasound imaging signals are received and a focused decomposition of time-reversal operator process determines the presence of an aberration in the region and correlates the aberration to selected probe array elements. The method and system adapt selected characteristics associated with the transmission of the ultrasound imaging signals and reception of the return focused ultrasound imaging signals from the selected probe array elements for compensating for the presence of the aberration in the region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2005
    Publication date: July 14, 2005
    Inventors: Michael Burcher, Anna Fernandez, Claude Cohen-Bacrie