Patents by Inventor Nicholas Ryan Konkle

Nicholas Ryan Konkle 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: 20210204889
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to the use of X-ray detector cassettes that may be abutted or overlapped to form a detector assembly suitable for imaging objects that are too large to image using a single X-ray detector cassette. Such a detector assembly may be customized in terms of the size and/or shape of the field-of-view (FOV). In certain embodiments the radiation-sensitive electronics (e.g., readout electronics) are positioned to the side of the X-ray detecting components (e.g., scintillator, TFT array, and so forth), allowing the cassette to be thin relative to other detector devices and allowing the electronics to remain outside the X-ray beam path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2020
    Publication date: July 8, 2021
    Inventors: Biju Jacob, Douglas Albagli, William Robert Ross, William Andrew Hennessy, Eric Patrick Davis, Bruno Kristiaan Bernard De Man, Nicholas Ryan Konkle
  • Patent number: 11020072
    Abstract: A detector assembly positionable to receive X-rays from an X-ray source within an imaging system is provided. The detector assembly includes multiple detector elements. The detector assembly also includes a temperature regulation system including multiple temperature regulation devices, wherein each temperature regulation device of the multiple temperature regulation devices is associated with a respective detector element of the multiple detector elements, and each temperature regulation device is configured to independently maintain a consistent temperature across a portion of a respective detector element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: GE PRECISION HEALTHCARE LLC
    Inventors: Mahesh Raman Narayanaswamy, Habib Vafi, Nicholas Ryan Konkle, Brian Joseph Graves
  • Publication number: 20200390410
    Abstract: A detector assembly positionable to receive X-rays from an X-ray source within an imaging system is provided. The detector assembly includes multiple detector elements. The detector assembly also includes a temperature regulation system including multiple temperature regulation devices, wherein each temperature regulation device of the multiple temperature regulation devices is associated with a respective detector element of the multiple detector elements, and each temperature regulation device is configured to independently maintain a consistent temperature across a portion of a respective detector element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Publication date: December 17, 2020
    Inventors: Mahesh Raman Narayanaswamy, Habib Vafi, Nicholas Ryan Konkle, Brian Joseph Graves
  • Patent number: 10722194
    Abstract: The present invention provides a detector for medical diagnosis. The detector for diagnosis includes a photosensitive element, an X-beam stopping element, a supporting board, and a conductive liner. The photosensitive element is used for sensing an X-beam. The X-beam stopping element is used for stopping the X-beam from penetrating said photosensitive element. The supporting board is provided below the X-beam stopping element to be used for supporting said photosensitive element. The conductive liner is provided between said photosensitive element and said supporting board to fit with said photosensitive element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Hui Li, Nicholas Ryan Konkle, Tao Chen, Gaoling Liu
  • Patent number: 10677935
    Abstract: An x-ray detector, system and related method are described wherein a light redirection layer is provided and used to redirect light, converted from x-rays by a scintillator, to at least one pixel. The light redirection layer comprises at least one light redirecting cell comprising a channel and a light reflecting region, wherein the channel is arranged relative to the at least one pixel to direct the incoming light away from a non-light sensitive part of the at least one pixel and toward the light sensitive part of the at least one pixel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Nicholas Ryan Konkle, Marc Schaepkens, German Guillermo Vera, Biju Jacob
  • Publication number: 20190357865
    Abstract: A digital X-ray detector is provided. The detector includes a detector array configured to generate image data based on incident X-ray radiation. The detector also includes a housing in which the detector array is disposed. The detector further includes an indicator disposed adjacent a corner of the housing, wherein the indicator includes at least one light source and is configured to provide a user perceptible signal indicating a status of the digital X-ray detector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Publication date: November 28, 2019
    Inventors: Nicholas Ryan Konkle, Patrick Jeffrey Harrington, Catherine Noel Bailey, Daniel Robert Lochner, Kevin Edward Kinsey, William Andrew Hennessy, Joseph Kulak, Douglas Albagli
  • Publication number: 20190353805
    Abstract: A digital X-ray detector is provided. The digital X-ray detector includes a polymeric substrate. The digital X-ray detector also include a detector array configured to generate image data based on incident X-ray radiation disposed on the polymeric substrate, wherein the polymeric substrate extends beyond an edge of the detector array. The digital X-ray detector further includes scan electronics and readout electronics configured to acquire image data from the detector array, wherein the scan electronics, the readout electronics, or both the scan electronics and the readout electronics are directly disposed on the polymeric substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Publication date: November 21, 2019
    Inventors: Nicholas Ryan Konkle, Daniel Robert Lochner, Douglas Albagli, Joseph John Kulak, William Andrew Hennessy, Habib Vafi
  • Publication number: 20190350543
    Abstract: A digital X-ray detector is provided. The detector includes a detector array configured to generate image data based on incident X-ray radiation. The detector also includes a housing in which the detector array is disposed. The detector is configured to be inductively charged and the detector lacks any external electrical connector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Publication date: November 21, 2019
    Inventors: Mahesh Raman Narayanaswamy, Sean Michael Bacon, Nicholas Ryan Konkle, Joseph John Kulak, Habib Vafi
  • Patent number: 10032813
    Abstract: Fabrication and use of an X-ray detector scan interface having separate enable and reset lines for each line (e.g., row) of pixels is described. In certain implementations, the respective enable and reset lines are connected such that activation of an enable line for a given line of pixels is concurrent with activation of a reset line for a different (e.g., preceding) row of pixels. In this manner, readout of one row of pixels is performed in conjunction with resetting the row of pixels readout in the preceding operation. In another technical implementation, a non-rectangular detector is divided into quadrants, with alternating quadrants configured for scan module or data module operations such that no quadrant has overlapping scan and data interconnections at the connection finger regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: James Zhengshe Liu, Habib Vafi, Jingyi Liang, Nicholas Ryan Konkle
  • Publication number: 20180188385
    Abstract: An x-ray detector, system and related method are described wherein a light redirection layer is provided and used to redirect light, converted from x-rays by a scintillator, to at least one pixel. The light redirection layer comprises at least one light redirecting cell comprising a channel and a light reflecting region, wherein the channel is arranged relative to the at least one pixel to direct the incoming light away from a non-light sensitive part of the at least one pixel and toward the light sensitive part of the at least one pixel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2016
    Publication date: July 5, 2018
    Inventors: Nicholas Ryan Konkle, Marc Schaepkens, German Guillermo Vera, Biju Jacob
  • Patent number: 9917133
    Abstract: An optoelectronic device is disclosed. The optoelectronic device includes a flexible substrate, a thin film transistor (TFT) array disposed on a first surface of the flexible substrate, a photodiode layer disposed on the TFT array, and a plurality of data lines and scan lines connected to the TFT array and disposed on the first surface of the flexible substrate. The device further includes a electronics signal module assembly disposed on a second surface of the flexible substrate opposite the TFT array, and an interconnect disposed through the flexible substrate, connecting the data lines and scan lines to the electronics signal module assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Aaron Judy Couture, Nicholas Ryan Konkle, Andrea Marie Schmitz
  • Publication number: 20180028134
    Abstract: The present invention provides a detector for medical diagnosis. The detector for diagnosis includes a photosensitive element, an X-beam stopping element, a supporting board, and a conductive liner. The photosensitive element is used for sensing an X-beam. The X-beam stopping element is used for stopping the X-beam from penetrating said photosensitive element. The supporting board is provided below the X-beam stopping element to be used for supporting said photosensitive element. The conductive liner is provided between said photosensitive element and said supporting board to fit with said photosensitive element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Publication date: February 1, 2018
    Inventors: Hui Li, Nicholas Ryan Konkle, Tao Chen, Gaoling Liu
  • Publication number: 20170229502
    Abstract: Fabrication and use of an X-ray detector scan interface having separate enable and reset lines for each line (e.g., row) of pixels is described. In certain implementations, the respective enable and reset lines are connected such that activation of an enable line for a given line of pixels is concurrent with activation of a reset line for a different (e.g., preceding) row of pixels. In this manner, readout of one row of pixels is performed in conjunction with resetting the row of pixels readout in the preceding operation. In another technical implementation, a non-rectangular detector is divided into quadrants, with alternating quadrants configured for scan module or data module operations such that no quadrant has overlapping scan and data interconnections at the connection finger regions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Publication date: August 10, 2017
    Inventors: James Zhengshe Liu, Habib Vafi, Jingyi Liang, Nicholas Ryan Konkle
  • Patent number: 9689997
    Abstract: An imaging system includes plural modular imaging detectors and a readout electronics unit. Each modular imaging detector includes pixels configured to collect imaging data, a substrate on which the pixels are disposed, and a mechanical interconnection feature. The mechanical interconnection feature is configured to cooperate with a corresponding mechanical interconnection feature of at least one other of the modular imaging detectors to directly join the modular imaging detector to the at least one other of the modular imaging detectors. The readout electronics unit is configured to be operably coupled to the modular imaging detectors and to receive signals corresponding to the imaging data from the modular imaging detectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Nicholas Ryan Konkle, John Michael Sabol, James Michael Gent, Aaron Couture
  • Publication number: 20160070006
    Abstract: An imaging system includes plural modular imaging detectors and a readout electronics unit. Each modular imaging detector includes pixels configured to collect imaging data, a substrate on which the pixels are disposed, and a mechanical interconnection feature. The mechanical interconnection feature is configured to cooperate with a corresponding mechanical interconnection feature of at least one other of the modular imaging detectors to directly join the modular imaging detector to the at least one other of the modular imaging detectors. The readout electronics unit is configured to be operably coupled to the modular imaging detectors and to receive signals corresponding to the imaging data from the modular imaging detectors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Publication date: March 10, 2016
    Inventors: Nicholas Ryan Konkle, John Michael Sabol, James Michael Gent, Aaron Couture
  • Publication number: 20150171134
    Abstract: An optoelectronic device is disclosed. The optoelectronic device includes a flexible substrate, a thin film transistor (TFT) array disposed on a first surface of the flexible substrate, a photodiode layer disposed on the TFT array, and a plurality of data lines and scan lines connected to the TFT array and disposed on the first surface of the flexible substrate. The device further includes a electronics signal module assembly disposed on a second surface of the flexible substrate opposite the TFT array, and an interconnect disposed through the flexible substrate, connecting the data lines and scan lines to the electronics signal module assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Publication date: June 18, 2015
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Aaron Judy Couture, Nicholas Ryan Konkle, Andrea Marie Schmitz
  • Patent number: 8975868
    Abstract: A charging station for a portable X-ray detector is described. In one embodiment, the charging station includes one or more biasing members that act to guide and align a portable detector when inserted into the charging station. In certain embodiments, a physical, pin-type connector for connecting to an inserted portable detector is present, while in other embodiments no pin-type connector is present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Nicholas Ryan Konkle, Habib Vafi
  • Patent number: 8766200
    Abstract: A portable radiation detector is described having an elastomeric enclosure that provides some degree of mechanical shock resistance. In one embodiment, the enclosure encloses some or all of the electronic components of the detector and provides protection against drops and other mechanical shock for the enclosed components. One or more support or stiffening structures may also be provided to protect against impacts, to distribute static loads, and/or to impart a shape to the detector when handled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Nicholas Ryan Konkle, Christopher Jay Morse
  • Publication number: 20140098941
    Abstract: A system is provided. The system includes a portable digital X-ray detector and a portable detector control device configured to communicate with the digital X-ray detector. The system also includes a coupling mechanism configured to couple the portable digital X-ray detector to the portable digital X-ray detector to enable simultaneous transport of the digital X-ray detector and the detector control device. The coupling mechanism does not communicate with any component of an imaging system including the portable digital X-ray detector and portable detector control device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2012
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Nicholas Ryan Konkle, Scott William Petrick, Alan Dean Blomeyer, James Zhengshe Liu
  • Patent number: 8680475
    Abstract: Portable digital X-ray detectors are provided. One X-ray detector includes an outer assembly and a detector assembly disposed within the outer assembly. The detector assembly includes an imager having a scintillator that converts radiographic energy to light and a detector array having one or more detector elements that detect the light from the scintillator. The detector assembly also includes electronic circuitry mounted on at least one printed circuit board and adapted to control operation of the imager during data acquisition and readout. Further, an elastomeric assembly is disposed between the imager and the electronic circuitry, and the elastomeric assembly is configured to absorb backscattered X-rays that pass through the imager or deflect off of a portion of the outer assembly during an X-ray exposure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Nicholas Ryan Konkle