Patents by Inventor Steven L. Hartmann

Steven L. Hartmann 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: 10617374
    Abstract: A system and method for a procedure that can be performed on any appropriate subject. Procedures can include assembling any appropriate work piece or installing members into a work piece, such as an airframe, autoframe, etc. Regardless of the subject, tracking a substantially small tracking device in a plurality of degrees of freedom is provided. The tracking device can be positioned on or be formed in an instrument to be tracked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Medtronic Navigation, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven L. Hartmann, Bruce M. Burg, Andrew Bzostek, Brad Jacobsen, Matthew W. Koenig
  • Patent number: 10568699
    Abstract: An instrument tracking device for cooperating with an instrument during a surgical procedure where the instrument has an elongated body extending along a first longitudinal axis and including a working member at a distal tip includes a body having a distal end and a proximal end. An opening can be formed through the body along a second longitudinal axis. The opening can define a passthrough in the body from the distal end to the proximal end. A first tracking coil can be disposed in the body and can define a first tracking coil axis that is substantially coaxial with the second longitudinal axis of the body. A connection mechanism cooperates between the elongated housing and the body that secures the body to the elongated housing of the instrument upon passing at least a portion of the elongated housing through the passthrough of the body in an assembled position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Medtronic Xomed, Inc.
    Inventors: Brad Jacobsen, Ali Mowlai-Ashtiani, Bruce M. Burg, Ross Smetzer, Steven L. Hartmann, Andrew Bzostek, Matthew J. Nadeau, Matthew W. Koenig
  • Patent number: 10492868
    Abstract: A system and method for a procedure that can be performed on any appropriate subject. Procedures can include assembling any appropriate work piece or installing members into a work piece, such as an airframe, autoframe, etc. Regardless of the subject, tracking a substantially small tracking device in a plurality of degrees of freedom is provided. The tracking device can be positioned on or be formed in an instrument to be tracked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Medtronic Navigation, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven L. Hartmann, Bruce M. Burg, Andrew Bzostek, Brad Jacobsen, Matthew W. Koenig
  • Publication number: 20190155486
    Abstract: A system and method for a procedure that can be performed on an appropriate subject. Procedures can include assembling any appropriate work piece or installing members into a work piece, such as an airframe, autoframe, etc. Regardless of the subject, generally the procedure can have a selected result that is efficacious. The efficacious result may be the desired placement of a device. The system and method can be used in confirming an efficacious result.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Inventors: Patrick A. Helm, Andrew Bzostek, James Dustin Duckett, Steven L. Hartmann, Robert Teichman, David E. Macht
  • Patent number: 10191615
    Abstract: A system and method for a procedure that can be performed on an appropriate subject. Procedures can include assembling any appropriate work piece or installing members into a work piece, such as an airframe, autoframe, etc. Regardless of the subject, generally the procedure can have a selected result that is efficacious. The efficacious result may be the desired placement of a device. The system and method can be used in confirming an efficacious result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Medtronic Navigation, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick A. Helm, Andrew Bzostek, James Dustin Duckett, Steven L. Hartmann, Robert Teichman, David E. Macht
  • Patent number: 10070802
    Abstract: A system and method is disclosed that can be used to track and navigate an instrument relative to a patient. The system can include an electromagnetic tracking system to track an electromagnetic stimulation probe, such as a transcranial magnetic stimulation probe. The system can, according to various embodiments, provide a tracking device on the probe, track the coil of the probe, provide a field relative to the probe, and determine the position of the patient based upon the field produced by the probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Medtronic Navigation, Inc.
    Inventors: Yvan Paitel, Steven L. Hartmann, Lilac Muller
  • Patent number: 10039613
    Abstract: The position of an imaging device can be determined at least in part with a movement portion of the imaging device. The imaging device can be moved relative to the patient to obtain image data of the patient at different perspectives or angles. The image data obtained of the patient can be displayed with a display device at various perspectives and a tracked position of the instrument can be displayed at the appropriate perspective or a selected perspective relative to the image data with the display device based upon a known position of the imaging device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Surgical Navigation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven L. Hartmann, Robert Teichman, Laurent Verard
  • Patent number: 9974501
    Abstract: A system and method for a procedure that can be performed on any appropriate subject. Procedures can include assembling any appropriate work piece or installing members into a work piece, such as an airframe, autoframe, etc. Regardless of the subject, tracking a substantially small tracking device in a plurality of degrees of freedom is provided. The tracking device can be positioned on or be formed in an instrument to be tracked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Medtronic Navigation, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven L. Hartmann, Bruce M. Burg, Andrew Bzostek, Brad Jacobsen, Matthew W. Koenig
  • Publication number: 20180125604
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for identifying a member used in a navigation system. The navigation system can determine the identification of an instrument via an input. The input can be substantially automatic when an instrument is introduced into the navigation system field or assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Publication date: May 10, 2018
    Inventors: Steven L. Hartmann, Jason Tipton
  • Publication number: 20180055580
    Abstract: A system and method for a procedure that can be performed on any appropriate subject. Procedures can include assembling any appropriate work piece or installing members into a work piece, such as an airframe, autoframe, etc. Regardless of the subject, tracking a substantially small tracking device in a plurality of degrees of freedom is provided. The tracking device can be positioned on or be formed in an instrument to be tracked.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Publication date: March 1, 2018
    Inventors: Bruce M. Burg, Andrew Bzostek, Brad Jacobsen, Steven L. Hartmann, Matthew W. Koenig
  • Publication number: 20170340240
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method and system for navigating an instrument relative to a patient that can be near a field distorting feature. A localizer can generate an electromagnetic field that is sensed by a tracking device to determine a location of the tracking device with the sensed electromagnetic field. The system and related method can assist in determining whether a navigation field is distorted near a tracking device of the instrument.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Publication date: November 30, 2017
    Inventors: Brad Jacobsen, Andrew Bzostek, Steven L. Hartmann
  • Publication number: 20170316561
    Abstract: A system and method for a procedure that can be performed on an appropriate subject. Procedures can include assembling any appropriate work piece or installing members into a work piece, such as an airframe, autoframe, etc. Regardless of the subject, generally the procedure can have a selected result that is efficacious. The efficacious result may be the desired placement of a device. The system and method can be used in confirming an efficacious result.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Publication date: November 2, 2017
    Inventors: Patrick A. HELM, Andrew Bzostek, James Dustin Duckett, Steven L. Hartmann, Robert Teichman, David E. Macht
  • Patent number: 9750486
    Abstract: A trackable biopsy needle assembly including an inner tube of an outer cannula, an inner dielectric layer, a first coil, a second coil, a third coil, an outer dielectric layer, and an outer tube of the outer cannula. The inner tube defines a bore. The inner dielectric layer is secured onto an outer surface of the inner tube. The first, second, and third coils are wound over the inner dielectric layer. The outer dielectric layer is secured onto the first coil, the second coil, and the third coil. The outer tube is fastened to the outer dielectric layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Medtronic Navigation, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce M. Burg, Steven L. Hartmann
  • Patent number: 9737235
    Abstract: Image data can be obtained with an imaging device. A location of the imaging device relative to a subject can be determined. A location of an instrument can be tracked relative to the subject using two or more tracking systems operating with different tracking modalities. Also, the tracked location of the instrument can be illustrated relative to the image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Medtronic Navigation, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven L. Hartmann
  • Patent number: 9717442
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method and system for navigating an instrument relative to a patient that can be near a field distorting feature. A localizer can generate an electromagnetic field that is sensed by a tracking device to determine a location of the tracking device with the sensed electromagnetic field. The system and related method can assist in determining whether a navigation field is distorted near a tracking device of the instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Medtronic Navigation, Inc.
    Inventors: Brad Jacobsen, Andrew Bzostek, Steven L. Hartmann
  • Publication number: 20170151022
    Abstract: Disclosed is a surgical navigation system for tracking an instrument relative to a patient. The system can track a portion of the patient, an instrument, and/or both relative to image data, a coordinate system, an atlas, a morphed atlas, or combinations thereof. The system can include a tracking device on the instrument to provide six degree of freedom information regarding the location of the instrument.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Publication date: June 1, 2017
    Inventors: Bradley A. JASCOB, Laurent Verard, Joel S. Hughes, Steven L. Hartmann, John J. Kappus, Joseph Moctezuma, Matthew F. Dicorleto, John B. Clayton
  • Patent number: 9586012
    Abstract: A support tool for a supply assembly delivers a functional fluid to an implantable medical device. The supply assembly defines a supply axis. The support tool includes a support member defining an opening. The opening has a support axis, and the opening is configured to receive the supply assembly. The support member includes a three dimensionally contoured nesting surface that conforms to a corresponding three dimensionally contoured surface of the supply assembly. The corresponding surface of the supply assembly nests against the nesting surface to support the supply assembly such that the supply axis remains substantially fixed relative to and aligned with the support axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott L. Kalpin, Andrew Bzostek, Steven L. Hartmann, Matthew W. Koenig, Brad Jacobsen, Scott A. Sarkinen, Peter J. Borowitz, Bradley A. Jascob
  • Patent number: 9579161
    Abstract: A system for tracking a patient is provided. The system can include a first reference frame coupled to a first portion of an anatomical structure. The system can include a second reference frame, which can be coupled to a second portion of the anatomical structure. The system can also include a first tracking device coupled to the first reference frame and a second tracking device coupled to the second reference frame. The system can also include a tracking system that can track a position of the first tracking device and the second tracking device to ensure that the position of the first reference frame relative to the anatomical structure is substantially the same throughout a surgical procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Medtronic Navigation, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven L. Hartmann, Laurent Verard, James Kelley, Kenneth Gardeski, Kevin Thomas Wu, Michael Neidert
  • Publication number: 20170042621
    Abstract: An electromagnetic device includes a jig and multiple wires. The jig includes a center member and coil-separating blocks. The coil-separating blocks protrude from the center member and are separated from each other to provide a coil channels. Each of the wires is wrapped on the jig, around the center member, and in one of the coil channels to form one of a multiple coils. Each of the coils is configured to connect to an electromagnetic navigation system and generate respective electromagnetic fields to be emitted relative to a subject.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Inventors: Andrew Wald, Bruce M. Burg, Steven L. Hartmann, Brad Jacobsen, Jeffrey Swetnam
  • Patent number: 9504530
    Abstract: Disclosed is a surgical navigation system for tracking an instrument relative to a patient. The system can track a portion of the patient, an instrument, and/or both relative to image data, a coordinate system, an atlas, a morphed atlas, or combinations thereof. The system can include a tracking device on the instrument to provide six degree of freedom information regarding the location of the instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Medtronic Navigation, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven L. Hartmann, Bruce M. Burg, Andrew Bzostek, Matthew W. Koenig, Brad Jacobsen, Bradley A. Jascob, Paul Kessman