Patents by Inventor Robert David Darrow

Robert David Darrow 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: 20180280054
    Abstract: The present approach relates to the manufacture and use of guides inserts for use in the insertion of certain tools into a patient. Guide inserts as discussed herein allow tools to be inserted at arbitrary, including non-perpendicular, orientations relative to a grid in which the guide insert is positioned. Both customizable and configurable guide inserts are contemplated and described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Inventors: Robert David Darrow, Ileana Hancu, Eric William Fiveland
  • Patent number: 9974521
    Abstract: The system and method of the invention pertains to an MR-guided breast biopsy procedure, specifically as to quickly identifying the biopsy location. More particularly, the system utilizes a diagnostic imaging modality such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to locate one or more lesions in a human breast. Non-rigid registration between uncompressed screening images (where the lesion has been previously identified) and the compressed biopsy images enables easier identification of the biopsy site, hence shortening the biopsy procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Ileana Hancu, Robert David Darrow, Eric William Fiveland, Xiaofeng Liu
  • Patent number: 9739860
    Abstract: An imaging system includes an imager adapted to obtain an image of a desired region of interest of a subject and a coil positioned on the desired region of interest of the subject. The coil includes a plurality of markings disposed at a plurality of locations on the coil. The imaging system also includes a position indication device having a user interface adapted to receive input from a user indicating which of the plurality of markings corresponds to a desired scan plane of the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Floribertus Philippus Martinus Heukensfeldt Jansen, Robert David Darrow
  • Publication number: 20160278746
    Abstract: The system and method of the invention pertains to an MR-guided breast biopsy procedure, specifically as to real-time tracking and navigation of a biopsy device. More particularly, the system utilizes a diagnostic imaging modality such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to locate lesions in a human breast while utilizing an inertial measurement unit (IMU) to track advancement of a biopsy device in real-time. The invention simplifies the workflow of MRI-guided breast biopsies, shortens the time needed to perform the biopsy, decreases cost, and increases accuracy. This is achieved by enabling real-time visualization of the biopsy device as it advances towards the targeted lesion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Publication date: September 29, 2016
    Inventors: Ileana Hancu, Robert David Darrow, Eric William Fiveland, Mauricio Castillo-Effen, Seung-Kyun Lee
  • Publication number: 20160228147
    Abstract: The present approach relates to the manufacture and use of guides inserts for use in the insertion of certain tools into a patient. Guide inserts as discussed herein allow tools to be inserted at arbitrary, including non-perpendicular, orientations relative to a grid in which the guide insert is positioned. Both customizable and configurable guide inserts are contemplated and described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Publication date: August 11, 2016
    Inventors: Robert David Darrow, Ileana Hancu, Eric William Fiveland
  • Publication number: 20160228104
    Abstract: The system and method of the invention pertains to an MR-guided breast biopsy procedure, specifically as to quickly identifying the biopsy location. More particularly, the system utilizes a diagnostic imaging modality such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to locate one or more lesions in a human breast. Non-rigid registration between uncompressed screening images (where the lesion has been previously identified) and the compressed biopsy images enables easier identification of the biopsy site, hence shortening the biopsy procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2015
    Publication date: August 11, 2016
    Inventors: Ileana Hancu, Robert David Darrow, Eric William Fiveland, Xiaofeng Liu
  • Publication number: 20160228068
    Abstract: The system and method of the invention pertains to an MR-guided breast biopsy procedure, specifically as to quality control and assurance following a breast biopsy procedure. Following automated lesion segmentation in a first post-contrast biopsy image, with the biopsy location segmented out of last biopsy series, a quantitative assessment is performed at the end of the procedure to highlight the volume of tissue taken out and the percentage (%) lesion fraction in the extracted tissue. This provides confirmation to the clinician that the appropriate target tissue was identified and sampled during the procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2015
    Publication date: August 11, 2016
    Inventors: Ileana Hancu, Robert David Darrow, Eric William Fiveland, Xiaofeng Liu
  • Publication number: 20160089103
    Abstract: A system for optimized image acquisition includes an user interface for receiving a first input indicating a selection of an anatomical region of a subject and receiving a second input indicating a selection of at least one feature of interest and at least one appropriate property of the at least one feature of interest. Further, the system includes a scanning unit for moving the subject to isocenter of a magnet and acquiring at least one image of the anatomical region of the subject. Also, the system includes a processor for processing the at least one image for identifying the at least one feature of interest in the at least one image, wherein the scanning unit is configured to re-scan the at least one feature of interest using the at least one selected appropriate property for acquiring an optimized image of the at least one feature of interest.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Publication date: March 31, 2016
    Inventors: Robert David Darrow, Thomas Kwoh-Fah Foo
  • Publication number: 20150335316
    Abstract: A breast biopsy system utilizing a needle biopsy device configured for guidance by a robotic guidance device into a treatment position wherein the needle tip is positioned adjacent target tissue in patient. The system including an MRI compatible device localization system adapted to track one or more points on the needle biopsy device and generate real-time device localization data. A Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) system provides a multi-planar reference image data from the patient being treated. The MRI system is connected to the MRI compatible device localization system and operable to display an overlay image, reconstructed from the real-time device localization data, on the multi-planar reference image data which depicts the location of the needle biopsy device relative to the target tissue in the patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Publication date: November 26, 2015
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Robert David Darrow, Ileana Hancu
  • Publication number: 20140364720
    Abstract: Embodiments of a method, a system, and a non-transitory computer readable medium for use in interactive magnetic resonance imaging are presented. An initial region of interest of a subject is scanned to acquire imaging data using an initial imaging protocol. Anatomical labeling information corresponding to a plurality of regions corresponding to the subject may be determined based on the acquired data and/or previously available information. Particularly, determining the anatomical labeling information may include identifying one or more features of interest corresponding to the initial region of interest. Further, input from an operator corresponding to a desired imaging task may be received interactively. The imaging protocol may be updated in real-time by selectively configuring one or more imaging parameters that optimize implementation of the desired imaging task based on the determined anatomical labeling information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: Robert David Darrow, Vivek Prabhakar Vaidya
  • Patent number: 8885904
    Abstract: Systems and methods for landmark correction in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) are provided. One method includes acquiring at least one calibration image or at least one localizer image of an object, identifying in the calibration or localizer images a region of the object as a reference point, wherein the reference point defines a landmark position. The method further includes determining an offset between an initial landmark position and the identified landmark position. The method also includes using the determined offset for MRI.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Robert David Darrow, Thomas Foo, Maggie Fung, Vivek Prabhakar Vaidya, Xiaodong Tao
  • Patent number: 8855742
    Abstract: Embodiments of a method, a tracking system, an MRI system, and a non-transitory computer readable medium that stores instructions for simultaneous imaging and tracking are presented. A designated signal and one or more characteristics corresponding to a plurality of imaging gradient waveforms are received. Further, a tracking pulse sequence is synchronized with an imaging pulse sequence at a determined point based on the designated signal. The tracking pulse sequence is then applied simultaneously with the imaging pulse sequence for acquiring corresponding response signals from an interventional device that includes at least one tracking coil and a tracking source configured to generate response signals at a tracking resonant frequency different from an imaging resonant frequency. A location of the tracking coil within or outside body of a subject is determined based on the response signals received from the tracking source and the characteristics corresponding to the imaging gradient waveforms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Thomas Kwok-Fah Foo, Robert David Darrow, Florian Wiesinger
  • Publication number: 20140184218
    Abstract: An imaging system includes an imager adapted to obtain an image of a desired region of interest of a subject and a coil positioned on the desired region of interest of the subject. The coil includes a plurality of markings disposed at a plurality of locations on the coil. The imaging system also includes a position indication device having a user interface adapted to receive input from a user indicating which of the plurality of markings corresponds to a desired scan plane of the subject.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Floribertus Philippus Martinus Heukensfeldt Jansen, Robert David Darrow
  • Publication number: 20140155736
    Abstract: A method for automated landmarking comprising obtaining one or more localizer images of a patient, comparing the one or more localizer images with a reference image, computing a difference between the one or more localizer images and the reference image, determining a desired position of the patient based on the computed difference, and maneuvering the patient, a support platform, or both the patient and the support platform to the desired position for imaging an anatomical region of interest in the patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Vivek Prabhakar Vaidya, Robert David Darrow, Xiaodong Tao
  • Publication number: 20140039299
    Abstract: Embodiments of a method, a tracking system, an MRI system, and a non-transitory computer readable medium that stores instructions for simultaneous imaging and tracking are presented. A designated signal and one or more characteristics corresponding to a plurality of imaging gradient waveforms are received. Further, a tracking pulse sequence is synchronized with an imaging pulse sequence at a determined point based on the designated signal. The tracking pulse sequence is then applied simultaneously with the imaging pulse sequence for acquiring corresponding response signals from an interventional device that includes at least one tracking coil and a tracking source configured to generate response signals at a tracking resonant frequency different from an imaging resonant frequency. A location of the tracking coil within or outside body of a subject is determined based on the response signals received from the tracking source and the characteristics corresponding to the imaging gradient waveforms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Thomas Kwok-Fah Foo, Robert David Darrow, Florian Wiesinger
  • Patent number: 8594400
    Abstract: A system and method for an MRI apparatus includes an MRI system having a computer programmed to initiate a first scan procedure to acquire MR data and locate a feature of interest of the object, initiate a second scan procedure when a feature of interest of the object is located, and determine if an anomaly of the feature of interest exists. The computer is programmed to initiate a third scan procedure to scan the anomaly and reconstruct an image of the located anomaly if the anomaly exists. The first scan procedure includes a scan table motion and scan data acquisition commands. The second scan procedure includes scan table motion and scan data acquisition commands to acquire MR data from the feature of interest. The third scan procedure includes scan table motion and scan data acquisition commands to acquire MR data from the located anomaly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Robert David Darrow, Thomas Kwok-Fah Foo
  • Publication number: 20130279779
    Abstract: Systems and methods for landmark correction in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) are provided. One method includes acquiring at least one calibration image or at least one localizer image of an object, identifying in the calibration or localizer images a region of the object as a reference point, wherein the reference point defines a landmark position. The method further includes determining an offset between an initial landmark position and the identified landmark position. The method also includes using the determined offset for MRI.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2012
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Robert David Darrow, Thomas Foo, Maggie Fung, Vivek Prabhakar Vaidya, Xiaodong Tao
  • Publication number: 20130165767
    Abstract: Embodiments of systems, methods, and non-transitory computer readable media for automatic landmarking are presented. A coil including at least one marker is placed on a desired region on interest (ROI) of a subject. Further, a detector detects a position of the marker while translating the subject from a home position in an imaging system into a bore of a magnet in the imaging system. A positioning unit coupled to at least one of the coil, the marker and the detector is configured to initiate automatic translation of the subject from the home position into the magnet bore. Further, the positioning unit determines a distance between the detected marker position and a homogenous position of the magnet based at least on the detected marker position. The positioning unit then controls movement of the subject over the determined distance to the homogenous magnet position for automatically landmarking the desired ROI.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Robert David Darrow, Ileana Hancu, Eric William Fiveland, William Thomas Dixon
  • Publication number: 20130136329
    Abstract: A method, system and apparatus for automatically setting a landmark for brain scans are described. In one embodiment, a method for medical image processing is described. The method comprises obtaining, by an imaging device, at least one image of a head of a subject. In addition, the method also comprises identifying, by a computer-based system, a reference feature in the at least one image associated with the head. The method also comprises automatically setting, by the computer-based system, a landmark based, at least in part, upon the reference feature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Xiaodong Tao, Thomas Kwok-Fah Foo, Robert David Darrow, Vivek Prabhakar Vaidya
  • Publication number: 20130090946
    Abstract: An imaging workflow system includes a workstation for acquiring patient information and requesting a patient scan. The request for a patient scan includes scan information for performing the scan. A registration module receives the scan information and the patient information. The registration module automatically schedules the patient scan based on the scan information and the patient information. The registration module determines an imaging protocol based on the patient information and the scan information. An imaging module within an imaging system receives the imaging protocol. The imaging module automatically sets scan parameters based on the imaging protocol. The imaging system scans the patient based on the scan parameters to acquire image data. A user interface controls the patient scan. The user interface includes a display to display images generated from the acquired image data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2011
    Publication date: April 11, 2013
    Inventors: Thomas Kwok-Fah Foo, Robert David Darrow, Kenji Suzuki, Sandeep Narendra Gupta, Rakesh Mullick, Vivek Vaidya, Xiaodong Tao, Ting Song