Patents by Inventor Stephen Metz

Stephen Metz 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: 8324586
    Abstract: A configurable flat panel multi resolution X-ray detector is disclosed herewith. The detector comprises: a detector array having a plurality of rows and columns of detector elements; scan electronics designed to activate the detector array for reading data from the detector array and readout electronics associated with the scan electronics to read the data from the detector elements. At least one of the detector array, scan electronics and readout electronics is configured to achieve multi resolution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Kay Schmidt, Paul Granfors, Stephen Metz
  • Patent number: 8219181
    Abstract: An ultrasound medical imaging system and non-ultrasound medical imaging system are combined and communicate via a suitable docking port, which is supported by the non-ultrasound medical imaging system and configured to receive the ultrasound medical imaging system. The systems can communicate directly, indirectly, and/or wirelessly. Each can also be configured for cross-imaging in the other modality, displaying medical imagery from the other modality on respective and/or combined displays, and/or control by a user interface of the other and/or a common user interface. Registry between patient imagery is possible, and improved workflow is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Anne Lindsay Hall, Vincent Stanley Polkus, Lucas Delaney, Stephen Metz
  • Patent number: 8214021
    Abstract: An ultrasound medical imaging system and non-ultrasound medical imaging system are combined and communicate via a suitable docking port, which is supported by the non-ultrasound medical imaging system and configured to receive the ultrasound medical imaging system. The systems can communicate directly, indirectly, and/or wirelessly. Each can also be configured for cross-imaging in the other modality, displaying medical imagery from the other modality on respective and/or combined displays, and/or control by a user interface of the other and/or a common user interface. Registry between patient imagery is possible, and improved workflow is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Anne Lindsay Hall, Vincent Stanley Polkus, Lucas Delaney, Stephen Metz
  • Publication number: 20100288948
    Abstract: A configurable flat panel multi resolution X-ray detector is disclosed herewith. The detector comprises: a detector array having a plurality of rows and columns of detector elements; scan electronics designed to activate the detector array for reading data from the detector array and readout electronics associated with the scan electronics to read the data from the detector elements. At least one of the detector array, scan electronics and readout electronics is configured to achieve multi resolution.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2009
    Publication date: November 18, 2010
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Kay Schmidt, Paul Granfors, Stephen Metz
  • Publication number: 20100152578
    Abstract: An ultrasound medical imaging system and non-ultrasound medical imaging system are combined and communicate via a suitable docking port, which is supported by the non-ultrasound medical imaging system and configured to receive the ultrasound medical imaging system. The systems can communicate directly, indirectly, and/or wirelessly. Each can also be configured for cross-imaging in the other modality, displaying medical imagery from the other modality on respective and/or combined displays, and/or control by a user interface of the other and/or a common user interface. Registry between patient imagery is possible, and improved workflow is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2008
    Publication date: June 17, 2010
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Anne Lindsay Hall, Vincent Stanley Polkus, Lucas Delaney, Stephen Metz
  • Publication number: 20100152583
    Abstract: An ultrasound medical imaging system and non-ultrasound medical imaging system are combined and communicate via a suitable docking port, which is supported by the non-ultrasound medical imaging system and configured to receive the ultrasound medical imaging system. The systems can communicate directly, indirectly, and/or wirelessly. Each can also be configured for cross-imaging in the other modality, displaying medical imagery from the other modality on respective and/or combined displays, and/or control by a user interface of the other and/or a common user interface. Registry between patient imagery is possible, and improved workflow is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2008
    Publication date: June 17, 2010
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Anne Lindsay Hall, Vincent Stanley Polkus, Lucas Delaney, Stephen Metz
  • Publication number: 20080107324
    Abstract: Systems, methods and apparatus are provided through which in one aspect, a three-dimensional (3D) image of an object is constructed from a plurality of two-dimensional (2D) images of the object using a specialized filter. In some embodiments, the specialized filter implements a linear ramp function, a windowing function, and/or a polynomial function. In some embodiments, the 3D image is back-projected from the filtered two-dimensional images, yielding a 3D image that has improved visual distinction of overlapping anatomic structures and reduced blurring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2007
    Publication date: May 8, 2008
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Jiang Hsieh, Stephen Metz, Gopal Avinash, Baojun Li, John Sabol
  • Publication number: 20070183564
    Abstract: A method for creating a variable slice thickness for displaying an imaged object is disclosed. The method includes acquiring a plurality of projection images from a plurality of different projection angles within a defined sweep angle, reconstructing a plurality of object images from the plurality of projection images, each object image having a first slice thickness, and applying a function rule to combine images, whole images or portions thereof or attributes thereof, of the plurality of projection images, of the plurality of object images, or of both, thereby providing for the display of the object utilizing a second slice thickness that varies from the first slice thickness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2006
    Publication date: August 9, 2007
    Inventors: Baojun Li, Stephen Metz, Jiang Hsieh, Yogesh Srinivas, Xianfeng Ni, Tabb Patz
  • Publication number: 20060291711
    Abstract: A method of creating and displaying images resulting from digital tomosynthesis performed on a subject using a flat panel detector is disclosed. The method includes the step of acquiring a series of x-ray images of the subject, where each x-ray image is acquired at different angles relative to the subject. The method also includes the steps of applying a first set of corrective measures to the series of images, reconstructing the series of images into a series of slices through the subject, and applying a second set of corrective measures to the slices. The method further includes the step of displaying the images or slices according to at least one of a plurality of display options.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2006
    Publication date: December 28, 2006
    Inventors: Kadri Jabri, Gopal Avinash, Stephen Metz, John Sabol, Jeffrey Eberhard, Bernhard Claus, John Kaufhold
  • Publication number: 20060269114
    Abstract: Certain embodiments of the present invention provide a method for performing tomosynthesis including: receiving an image representative of an anatomy of a patient; allowing an interaction with the image to arrange at least one element with respect to the image to form an arrangement; and prescribing at least one parameter for obtaining a tomosynthesis image based at least in part on the arrangement. In an embodiment, the method further includes performing tomosynthesis in accordance with the at least one parameter. In an embodiment, the at least one element includes a detector representation. In an embodiment, the at least one element includes at least one thickness guide. In an embodiment, the at least one element includes at least one slice location guide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2006
    Publication date: November 30, 2006
    Inventor: Stephen Metz
  • Publication number: 20060106854
    Abstract: A system for adding supplemental information to a reminder message to assist an actor comprises a database comprising supplemental information items related to reminders and a reminder module. The reminder module is adapted to determine that a reminder situation exists for which a reminder prompt is appropriate, determine whether to provide a supplemental information item with the reminder prompt, select a supplemental information item from the database relating to the reminder prompt situation upon determining to provide a supplemental information item with the reminder prompt, and generate a reminder message including the reminder prompt and the selected supplemental information item.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2004
    Publication date: May 18, 2006
    Inventors: Karen Haigh, Wende Dewing, Stephen Metz
  • Publication number: 20050265590
    Abstract: Systems, methods and apparatus are provided through which in one aspect, a three-dimensional (3D) image of an object is constructed from a plurality of two-dimensional (2D) images of the object using a specialized filter. The specialized filter implements a linear ramp function, a windowing function, and/or a polynomial function. The 3D image is back-projected from the filtered two-dimensional images, yielding a 3D image that has improved visual distinction of overlapping anatomic structures and reduced blurring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2004
    Publication date: December 1, 2005
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Baojun Li, Stephen Metz, John Sabol, Gopal Avinash, Jiang Hsieh
  • Publication number: 20050163278
    Abstract: A method for detecting an anomaly includes performing a computed tomography (CT) scout scan to obtain data, and supplying the obtained data to a radiographic computer aided detection (CAD) algorithm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2004
    Publication date: July 28, 2005
    Inventors: Stephen Metz, Carson Thomas, Gopal Avinash, Jiang Hsieh
  • Publication number: 20050149233
    Abstract: A controller includes a programmable schedule and a user interface, adapted and configured to illustratively display at least a portion of the programmable schedule along a time axis and a current time indicator positioned to indicate the current time along the time axis. A method is also described including the steps of: operating a programmable controller having a scheduled current set point and a scheduled future set point; and providing a message indicating a time of the scheduled future set point change.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2004
    Publication date: July 7, 2005
    Inventor: Stephen Metz
  • Publication number: 20050129298
    Abstract: A method includes obtaining a first image of a subject at a first position, changing a position between the detector and the subject, obtaining a second image, and pasting the first and images to obtain a composite image. The first image and the second image may have an amount of overlap equal to no more than about 30 percent of a field of view of the detector in a direction of movement between the first image and the second image, and, according to some embodiments, may have an overlap of about 4 percent to about 16 percent. This may, in some embodiments, amount to an amount of overlap of about 1.5 cm to about 6.5 or 12 cm. In some embodiments, the span of overlap of the images is at least about 30 cm. The geometry of the images may be used to help paste the images together appropriately.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2005
    Publication date: June 16, 2005
    Inventors: Richard Warp, Vianney Battle, Kenneth Kump, Stephen Metz, Matthew Halsmer, Renuka Uppaluri
  • Publication number: 20050121505
    Abstract: Patient-centric data acquisition protocol selection systems and methods, and identification tags therefor, are described. Embodiments comprise a patient-centric data acquisition protocol selection system comprising: a programmable identification tag capable of allowing predetermined information about a patient to be stored therein and retrieved therefrom; a medical imaging system capable of communicating with the programmable identification tag; and programming associated with the medical imaging system for selecting an optimal data acquisition protocol; wherein the medical imaging system reads information from the programmable identification tag and then the programming selects an optimal data acquisition protocol based, at least in part, on the predetermined information about the patient that is stored in the programmable identification tag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2003
    Publication date: June 9, 2005
    Inventors: Stephen Metz, Christopher Unger
  • Publication number: 20050111616
    Abstract: A technique is provided for non-uniform weighting in back-projection calculations in tomosythesis. The non-uniform weighting may include weighting based on a count map of the number of times pixels of individual slices are traversed by radiation in different projections. Weighting may also include non-uniform functions for contributions of features at different slice level to the sensed X-ray attenuation system response inconsistencies are accounted for by further weighting based upon projection maps which may be created in separate system calibration or configuration routines.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2003
    Publication date: May 26, 2005
    Inventors: Baojun Li, Bernhard Claus, Gopal Avinash, Stephen Metz, Jiang Hsieh
  • Patent number: 6885764
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for quickly rendering thick CT slice images wherein the data corresponding to an optimal number of slice images to be combined to generate a thick image and the data set required to generate the thick image are determined as a function of an optimal Z-smoothing factor and wherein Z-smoothing is implemented in software that performs quickly and is useable with any helical weighting algorithm and Z-smoothing function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2005
    Assignee: GE Medical Systems Global Technology Company, LLC
    Inventors: Sharon X. Wang, Piero U. Simoni, Thomas Toth, Stephen Metz
  • Publication number: 20050041768
    Abstract: Systems and methods that utilize asymmetric geometry to acquire radiographic tomosynthesis images are described. Embodiments comprise tomosynthesis systems and methods for creating a reconstructed image of an object from a plurality of two-dimensional x-ray projection images. These systems comprise: an x-ray detector; and an x-ray source capable of emitting x-rays directed at the x-ray detector; wherein the tomosynthesis system utilizes asymmetric image acquisition geometry, where ?1??0, during image acquisition, wherein ?1 is a sweep angle on one side of a center line of the x-ray detector, and ?0 is a sweep angle on an opposite side of the center line of the x-ray detector, and wherein the total sweep angle, ?asym, is ?asym=?1+?0. Reconstruction algorithms may be utilized to produce reconstructed images of the object from the plurality of two-dimensional x-ray projection images.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2003
    Publication date: February 24, 2005
    Inventors: Baojun Li, Abdulrahman Al-Khalidy, Jeffrey Eberhard, Stephen Metz, Bernhard Claus, Vianney Battle
  • Publication number: 20050002550
    Abstract: A method of creating and displaying images resulting from digital tomosynthesis performed on a subject using a flat panel detector is disclosed. The method includes the step of acquiring a series of x-ray images of the subject, where each x-ray image is acquired at different angles relative to the subject. The method also includes the steps of applying a first set of corrective measures to the series of images, reconstructing the series of images into a series of slices through the subject, and applying a second set of corrective measures to the slices. The method further includes the step of displaying the images or slices according to at least one of a plurality of display options.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2003
    Publication date: January 6, 2005
    Inventors: Kadri Jabri, Gopal Avinash, Stephen Metz, John Sabol, Jeffrey Eberhard, Bernard Claus, John Kaufhold