Patents by Inventor Serge Louis Wilfrid Muller

Serge Louis Wilfrid Muller 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: 10398397
    Abstract: In the present invention, an imaging system and method for providing contrast-enhanced X-ray images of tissue includes an energy source in communication with a detector operable to generate radiological images of the tissue injected with the contrast agent, a display and a computer connected to the display and to receive the acquired images from the detector. The system is operable to acquire a number of first images of the contrast agent in the tissue, wherein the number of first images are single energy images, and a number of second images corresponding to the number of first images, wherein the second images are each a single energy image with an energy level opposite that for the first images. The first and second images are combined to generate a contrast-enhanced image with reduced exposure of the tissue and reduced time for completion of the procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Serge Louis Wilfrid Muller, Razvan Gabriel Iordache, Sylvie Saab-Puong, Ann-Katherine Carton, Clarisse Dromain
  • Patent number: 10368822
    Abstract: A method of optimizing images of a patient utilizing a medical imaging device includes the steps of providing a medical imaging device having an x-ray source, an x-ray detector, a controller for adjusting the positions of the x-ray source and detector, an image reconstructor/generator connected to the x-ray detector to receive x-ray data and reconstruct an x-ray image, and a processor connected to the image reconstructor/generator and the controller to perform analyses on the x-ray image, acquiring a first data set S1 of images, processing the first data set S1 to reconstruct a first computerized data set D1, analyzing the first computerized data set D1, acquiring at least one additional data set Sn in response to the analysis of the first computerized data set D1 and processing the at least one additional data set Sn in combination with the first data set S1 to reconstruct an optimized computerized data set Dn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Giovanni John Jacques Palma, Razvan Gabriel Iordache, Serge Louis Wilfrid Muller, Laurence Vancamberg
  • Publication number: 20180360403
    Abstract: A method of obtaining x-ray images includes controlling operation of an automatic injector to inject a contrast agent into a patient at a predetermined time, synchronizing operations of an x-ray imaging system with the operation of the automatic injector, and obtaining images of a region of interest of the patient during arterial and diffusion phases of the contrast agent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Publication date: December 20, 2018
    Inventors: Serge Louis Wilfrid Muller, Pablo Milioni DeCarvalho, Ann-Katherine Carton, Giovanni Palma, Razvan Iordache
  • Patent number: 10070835
    Abstract: A device and a related mammography method employing the device are described. The device comprises an x-ray source, an x-ray detector placed under a support plate for supporting an object and arranged to detect the x-rays coming from the x-ray source after they have passed through the object, and a positioning assembly with an arm having multiple degrees of freedom which is a collaborative robot for positioning the x-ray source with respect to the support plate. A method for performing an imaging procedure, which includes placing an object of interest on the support plate; moving the x-ray source relative to the object of interest along a non-planar trajectory to avoid collision with the object; and activating the x-ray source and the x-ray detector so as to detect the x-rays coming from the x-ray source after they have passed through the object, thus obtaining a set of x-ray images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Laurence Vancamberg, Serge Louis Wilfrid Muller, Razvan Gabriel Iordache, Aurëlie Boudier
  • Publication number: 20180228457
    Abstract: An imaging system and related method are provided. The imaging system comprises a surface configured to support a portion of a patient's body, compression paddle configured to compress the portion of a patient's body against the surface, the compression paddle movable between an upper position and a lower position; and a compression control in direct or indirect communication with the compression paddle and configured to effectuate displacement of the compression paddle to any position between and including the upper position and the lower position upon receiving a patient input or command. The system may further comprise a feedback device configured to provide, to the patient, information indicative of the quality of the image that would be achieved at a corresponding compression paddle position to assist the patient in selecting a desirable compression paddle position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2018
    Publication date: August 16, 2018
    Inventors: Serge Louis Wilfrid Muller, Virginie Alexandra Corre, Aurelie Boudier, Razvan Gabriel Iordache
  • Patent number: 10032294
    Abstract: Method and system for obtaining tomosynthesis and material decomposition images of an object of interest using a system comprising an x-ray source facing a detector. The method comprises generating a 2D material decomposition image of an object of interest from at least two sets of acquisitions. Each set is performed at a different energy spectrum and comprises at least one projection image or a plurality of projection images acquired at different x-ray source angulation positions, and the 2D material decomposition image can be generated for a predetermined orientation selected from one of said different x-ray source angulation positions or from a virtual orientation. At least one of the plurality of 3D volume portion images and/or the 2D contrast enhanced material decomposition image are displayed for review by a health care professional.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Sylvain Bernard, Razvan Gabriel Iordache, Serge Louis Wilfrid Muller, Giovanni John Jacques Palma, Ann-Katherine Carton, Pablo Milioni de Carvalho
  • Patent number: 10004470
    Abstract: A breast imaging system comprising an imaging apparatus with an illumination source, a detector, a breast support, a compression paddle slidable between an upper position and an lower position relatively to the detector, a compression command displacing the compression paddle upon actuation, wherein the compression command is placed at a reachable distance from the patient, wherein the breast imaging system further comprises a feedback device giving feedback information perceivable by the patient, the feedback information varying according to the position of the compression paddle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Serge Louis Wilfrid Muller, Virginie Alexandra Corre, Aurelie Boudier, Razvan Gabriel Iordache
  • Patent number: 9795361
    Abstract: A device for assisting with the handling of an instrument or tool, the device comprising a jointed mechanical structure on a support, wherein an instrument or tool may be attached, motor drives configured to actuate the jointed mechanical structure, according to a number of degrees of freedom of less than that which the structure provides to the instrument or tool, and an automatic control, wherein the automatic control drives the motor drives in order to facilitate the meeting of a constraint on position and/or velocity parameters of the instrument or tool, which constraint the motor drives by themselves, independently of handling by an operator, cannot entirely meet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Anja Marx, Guillaume Morel, Marie-Aude Vitrani, Serge Louis Wilfrid Muller, R{hacek over (a)}zvan Gabriel Iordache
  • Publication number: 20170055927
    Abstract: In the present invention, a method of optimizing images of a patient utilizing a medical imaging device includes the steps of providing a medical imaging device having an x-ray source, an x-ray detector, a controller for adjusting the positions of the x-ray source and detector, an image reconstructor/generator connected to the x-ray detector to receive x-ray data and reconstruct an x-ray image, and a processor connected to the image reconstructor/generator and the controller and configured to perform analyses on the x-ray image, acquiring a first data set S1 of images, processing the first data set S1 to reconstruct a first computerized data set D1, analyzing the first computerized data set D1, acquiring at least one additional data set Sn in response to the analysis of the first computerized data set D1 and processing the at least one additional data set Sn in combination with the first data set S1 to reconstruct an optimized and updated computerized data set Dn.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Publication date: March 2, 2017
    Inventors: Giovanni John Jacques Palma, Razvan Gabriel lordache, Serge Louis Wilfrid Muller, Laurence Vancamberg
  • Patent number: 9451924
    Abstract: Methods and systems provide an integrated display, on a single screen, of images obtained from multiple modalities used in screening a subject. The methods and systems are usable with 2D, 3D, and 4D imaging, by which a single screen displays a screen image from a first modality. A window delineating an area of interest is placed on a first modality image from the first modality, and this area of interest is then displayed on a second modality image from a second modality, thereby providing a combined image representing the area of interest through both modalities. Preferably, the first modality image corresponds and/or is correlated with the second modality image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Sylvain Bernard, Serge Louis Wilfrid Muller, Vincent S. Polkus, Xavier Bouchevreau
  • Publication number: 20160189376
    Abstract: Method and system for obtaining tomosynthesis and material decomposition images of an object of interest using a system comprising an x-ray source facing a detector. The method comprises generating a 2D material decomposition image of an object of interest from at least two sets of acquisitions. Each set is performed at a different energy spectrum and comprises at least one projection image or a plurality of projection images acquired at different x-ray source angulation positions, and the 2D material decomposition image can be generated for a predetermined orientation selected from one of said different x-ray source angulation positions or from a virtual orientation. At least one of the plurality of 3D volume portion images and/or the 2D contrast enhanced material decomposition image are displayed for review by a health care professional.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Publication date: June 30, 2016
    Inventors: Sylvain Bernard, Razvan Gabriel Iordache, Serge Louis Wilfrid Muller, Giovanni John Jacques Palma, Ann-Katherine Carton, Pablo Milioni de Carvalho
  • Publication number: 20160183896
    Abstract: In the present invention, an imaging system and method for providing contrast-enhanced X-ray images of tissue includes an energy source in communication with a detector operable to generate radiological images of the tissue injected with the contrast agent, a display and a computer connected to the display and to receive the acquired images from the detector. The system is operable to acquire a number of first images of the contrast agent in the tissue, wherein the number of first images are single energy images, and a number of second images corresponding to the number of first images, wherein the second images are each a single energy image with an energy level opposite that for the first images. The first and second images are combined to generate a contrast-enhanced image with reduced exposure of the tissue and reduced time for completion of the procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Publication date: June 30, 2016
    Inventors: Serge Louis Wilfrid Muller, Razvan Gabriel Iordache, Sylvie Saab-Puong, Ann-Katherine Carton, Clarisse Dromain
  • Publication number: 20160183899
    Abstract: A device and a related mammography method employing the device are described. The device comprises an x-ray source, an x-ray detector placed under a support plate for supporting an object and arranged to detect the x-rays coming from the x-ray source after they have passed through the object, and a positioning assembly with an arm having multiple degrees of freedom which is a collaborative robot for positioning the x-ray source with respect to the support plate. A method for performing an imaging procedure, which includes placing an object of interest on the support plate; moving the x-ray source relative to the object of interest along a non-planar trajectory to avoid collision with the object; and activating the x-ray source and the x-ray detector so as to detect the x-rays coming from the x-ray source after they have passed through the object, thus obtaining a set of x-ray images.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Publication date: June 30, 2016
    Inventors: Laurence Vancamberg, Serge Louis Wilfrid Muller, Razvan Gabriel Iordache, Aurélie Boudier
  • Patent number: 9364190
    Abstract: A mammograph is provided. The mammograph includes a source of X-rays; a detector of X-rays, the source being configured to emit at least one beam of X-rays to the detector; and an optic control device configured to control the direction of X-rays emitted by the source such that the X-rays emitted by the source are substantially parallel to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Susanne Madeline Lee, Aurelie Boudier, Serge Louis Wilfrid Muller
  • Patent number: 8867700
    Abstract: A method for correcting at least one image of an object obtained with a mammography system is provided. The method comprises: acquiring a pre-exposure image of an object to determine the acquisition conditions for main images, the pre-exposure image comprising regions corresponding to the projection of radio-opaque elements, wherein a mask comprising radio-opaque elements is in an acquisition position; acquiring the main images resulting from the passing through the object of X-rays at higher doses than the dose used for acquisition of the pre-exposure image, wherein the mask comprising radio-opaque elements is in a retracted position; extracting regions from the pre-exposure image which correspond to the projection of radio-opaque elements; and determining the contribution of X-ray scatter at every point of the at least one image of the object, on the basis of the regions extracted from the pre-exposure image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Ann-Katherine Carton, Serge Louis Wilfrid Muller, Remy Andre Klausz, Giovanni John Jacques Palma, Razvan Gabriel Iordache, Sylvie Puong
  • Patent number: 8649479
    Abstract: A system and method for breast imaging using x-ray computed tomography (CT) are provided. One system includes a rotating gantry, an x-ray source coupled to the gantry for generating an x-ray beam and an x-ray detector coupled to the gantry for detecting x-rays of the x-ray beam. The system further includes an adjustable collimator coupled to the x-ray source and configured to adjust a focus of the x-ray beam generated by the x-ray source. The x system also includes a controller configured to control the collimator to adjust the focus on a region of interest (ROI) and to control a beam intensity for the x-ray beam generated by the x-ray source during a scan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Bruno Kristiann Bernard De Man, Serge Louis Wilfrid Muller
  • Publication number: 20130231561
    Abstract: A device for assisting with the handling of an instrument or tool, the device comprising a jointed mechanical structure on a support, wherein an instrument or tool may be attached, motor drives configured to actuate the jointed mechanical structure, according to a number of degrees of freedom of less than that which the structure provides to the instrument or tool, and an automatic control, wherein the automatic control drives the motor drives in order to facilitate the meeting of a constraint on position and/or velocity parameters of the instrument or tool, which constraint the motor drives by themselves, independently of handling by an operator, cannot entirely meet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Inventors: Anja Marx, Guillaume Morel, Marie-Aude Vitrani, Serge Louis Wilfrid Muller, Rãzvan Gabriel Iordache
  • Publication number: 20120134465
    Abstract: A mammograph is provided. The mammograph includes a source of X-rays; a detector of X-rays, the source being configured to emit at least one beam of X-rays to the detector; and an optic control device configured to control the direction of X-rays emitted by the source such that the X-rays emitted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Publication date: May 31, 2012
    Inventors: Susanne Madeline Lee, Aurelle Boulder, Serge Louis Wilfrid Muller
  • Publication number: 20120128120
    Abstract: A system and method for breast imaging using x-ray computed tomography (CT) are provided. One system includes a rotating gantry, an x-ray source coupled to the gantry for generating an x-ray beam and an x-ray detector coupled to the gantry for detecting x-rays of the x-ray beam. The system further includes an adjustable collimator coupled to the x-ray source and configured to adjust a focus of the x-ray beam generated by the x-ray source. The x system also includes a controller configured to control the collimator to adjust the focus on a region of interest (ROI) and to control a beam intensity for the x-ray beam generated by the x-ray source during a scan.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2010
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Inventors: Bruno Kristiann Bernard De Man, Serge Louis Wilfrid Muller
  • Publication number: 20120106697
    Abstract: A method for correcting at least one image of an object obtained with a mammography system is provided. The method comprises: acquiring a pre-exposure image of an object to determine the acquisition conditions for main images, the pre-exposure image comprising regions corresponding to the projection of radio-opaque elements, wherein a mask comprising radio-opaque elements is in an acquisition position; acquiring the main images resulting from the passing through the object of X-rays at higher doses than the dose used for acquisition of the pre-exposure image, wherein the mask comprising radio-opaque elements is in a retracted position; extracting regions from the pre-exposure image which correspond to the projection of radio-opaque elements; and determining the contribution of X-ray scatter at every point of the at least one image of the object, on the basis of the regions extracted from the pre-exposure image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Inventors: Ann-Katherine CARTON, Serge Louis Wilfrid MULLER, Remy Andre KLAUSZ, Giovanni John Jacques PALMA, Razvan Gabriel IORDACHE, Sylvie PUONG