Patents by Inventor Thomas J. Yorkey

Thomas J. Yorkey 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: 20210038055
    Abstract: A method may comprise storing a first waypoint corresponding to a first position of a tip of a steerable medical device including an articulatable segment. The controller may perform a motion pause check operation to determine that an insertion motion of the articulatable segment into a patient anatomy has been paused, while the tip is at a second position. The controller may determine that the articulatable segment has resumed the insertion motion into the patient anatomy. After determining that the articulatable segment has resumed the insertion motion, a second waypoint corresponding to the second position of the tip of the steerable medical device, may be stored. A boundary region may be defined to form a three-dimensional volume enclosing the positions of the stored waypoints. The articulatable segment may be constrained to remain within the boundary region as the articulatable segment is inserted in the patient anatomy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2020
    Publication date: February 11, 2021
    Inventors: Caitlin Q. Donhowe, Amir Belson, Kristoffer J. Donhowe, Kenneth R. Krieg, Eric Storne, Thomas J. Yorkey, Jun Zhang
  • Publication number: 20180333039
    Abstract: Waypoints for a steerable medical device are stored as the steerable medical device is moved within a patient. The stored waypoints are an ordered sequence of locations. The ordered sequence of locations defines a safe path within the patient for moving an articulatable portion of the steerable medical device. The articulatable portion of the steerable medical device is constrained to follow the safe path as the articulatable portion moves within the patient. For example, the articulatable portion of the steerable medical device is constrained to remain within a boundary region enclosing the safe path as the articulatable portion of the steerable medical device follows the safe path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Publication date: November 22, 2018
    Inventors: Caitlin Q. Donhowe, Amir Belson, Kristoffer J. Donhowe, Kenneth R. Krieg, Eric M. Storne, Thomas J. Yorkey, Jun Zhang
  • Patent number: 9913572
    Abstract: Waypoints for a steerable medical device are stored as the steerable medical device is moved within a patient. The stored waypoints are an ordered sequence of locations. The ordered sequence of locations defines a safe path within the patient for moving an articulatable portion of the steerable medical device. The articulatable portion of the steerable medical device is constrained to follow the safe path as the articulatable portion moves within the patient. For example, the articulatable portion of the steerable medical device is constrained to remain within a boundary region enclosing the safe path as the articulatable portion of the steerable medical device follows the safe path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Caitlin Q. Donhowe, Amir Belson, Kristoffer J. Donhowe, Kenneth R. Krieg, Eric M. Storne, Thomas J. Yorkey, Jun Zhang
  • Publication number: 20170079507
    Abstract: Waypoints for a steerable medical device are stored as the steerable medical device is moved within a patient. The stored waypoints are an ordered sequence of locations. The ordered sequence of locations defines a safe path within the patient for moving an articulatable portion of the steerable medical device. The articulatable portion of the steerable medical device is constrained to follow the safe path as the articulatable portion moves within the patient. For example, the articulatable portion of the steerable medical device is constrained to remain within a boundary region enclosing the safe path as the articulatable portion of the steerable medical device follows the safe path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Applicant: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Caitlin Q. Donhowe, Amir Belson, Kristoffer J. Donhowe, Kenneth R. Krieg, Eric M. Storne, Thomas J. Yorkey, Jun Zhang
  • Patent number: 9517000
    Abstract: Waypoints for a steerable medical device are stored as the steerable medical device is moved within a patient. The stored waypoints are an ordered sequence of locations. The ordered sequence of locations defines a safe path within the patient for moving an articulatable portion of the steerable medical device. The articulatable portion of the steerable medical device is constrained to follow the safe path as the articulatable portion moves within the patient. For example, the articulatable portion of the steerable medical device is constrained to remain within a boundary region enclosing the safe path as the articulatable portion of the steerable medical device follows the safe path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Caitlin Q. Donhowe, Amir Belson, Kristoffer J. Donhowe, Kenneth R. Krieg, Eric M. Storne, Thomas J. Yorkey, Jun Zhang
  • Publication number: 20140031625
    Abstract: Waypoints for a steerable medical device are stored as the steerable medical device is moved within a patient. The stored waypoints are an ordered sequence of locations. The ordered sequence of locations defines a safe path within the patient for moving an articulatable portion of the steerable medical device. The articulatable portion of the steerable medical device is constrained to follow the safe path as the articulatable portion moves within the patient. For example, the articulatable portion of the steerable medical device is constrained to remain within a boundary region enclosing the safe path as the articulatable portion of the steerable medical device follows the safe path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Caitlin Q. Donhowe, Amir Belson, Kristoffer J. Donhowe, Kenneth R. Krieg, Eric M. Storne, Thomas J. Yorkey, Jun Zhang
  • Patent number: 8568302
    Abstract: Waypoints for a steerable medical device are stored as the steerable medical device is moved within a patient. The stored waypoints are an ordered sequence of locations. The ordered sequence of locations defines a safe path within the patient for moving an articulatable portion of the steerable medical device. The articulatable portion of the steerable medical device is constrained to follow the safe path as the articulatable portion moves within the patient. For example, the articulatable portion of the steerable medical device is constrained to remain within a boundary region enclosing the safe path as the articulatable portion of the steerable medical device follows the safe path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Caitlin Quance Donhowe, Amir Belson, Kristoffer John Donhowe, Kenneth Robert Krieg, Eric Michael Storne, Thomas J. Yorkey, Jun Zhang
  • Publication number: 20130253331
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for reducing the effects of noise on a system for measuring physiological parameters, such as, for example, a pulse oximeter. The method and apparatus of the invention take into account the physical limitations on various physiological parameters being monitored when weighting and averaging a series of measurements. Varying weights are assigned different measurements, measurements are rejected, and the averaging period is adjusted according to the reliability of the measurements. Similarly, calculated values derived from analyzing the measurements are also assigned varying weights and averaged over adjustable periods. More specifically, a general class of filters such as, for example, Kalman filters, is employed in processing the measurements and calculated values. The filters use mathematical models which describe how the physiological parameters change in time, and how these parameters relate to measurement in a noisy environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Clark R. Baker, JR., Thomas J. Yorkey
  • Publication number: 20120143025
    Abstract: Sensors and monitors for a physiological monitoring system having capability to indicate an accuracy of an estimated physiological condition. The sensor senses at least one physiological characteristic of a patient and is connectable to a monitor that estimates the physiological condition from signals detected by the sensor. The sensor includes a detector for detecting the signals from the patient which are indicative of the physiological characteristic. The sensor is associated with a memory configured to store data that defines at least one sensor signal specification boundary for the detected signals. The boundary is indicative of a quality of the signals and an accuracy of the physiological characteristic estimated from the signals by the monitor. The sensor further includes means for providing access to the memory to allow transmission of the data that defines the at least one sensor boundary to the monitor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Applicant: TYCO HEALTHCARE GROUP LP
    Inventors: Charles Porges, Clark Baker, Thomas J. Yorkey, Michael Bernstein, Paul Mannheimer
  • Patent number: 8133176
    Abstract: Sensors and monitors for a physiological monitoring system having capability to indicate an accuracy of an estimated physiological condition. The sensor senses at least one physiological characteristic of a patient and is connectable to a monitor that estimates the physiological condition from signals detected by the sensor. The sensor includes a detector for detecting the signals from the patient which are indicative of the physiological characteristic. The sensor is associated with a memory configured to store data that defines at least one sensor signal specification boundary for the detected signals. The boundary is indicative of a quality of the signals and an accuracy of the physiological characteristic estimated from the signals by the monitor. The sensor further includes means for providing access to the memory to allow transmission of the data that defines the at least one sensor boundary to the monitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Tyco Healthcare Group LP
    Inventors: Charles Porges, Clark Baker, Thomas J. Yorkey, Michael Bernstein, Paul Mannheimer
  • Patent number: 8103325
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to a sensor for facilitating detection of a physiological characteristic of a patient. Specifically, one embodiment includes a detector configured to obtain signals from the patient, the signals being indicative of the physiological characteristic and to send the signals to a monitor, and a sensor memory coupled with the sensor and separate from the monitor, the sensor memory storing patient physiological data derived by the monitor from the signals, the patient physiological data being indicative of the physiological characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Tyco Healthcare Group LP
    Inventors: David Swedlow, Stephen L. Daleo, Thomas J. Yorkey, Edward M. Richards, Charles Porges, Charles Stuart, Daniel M. Nemits, Russell L. DeLonzor
  • Patent number: 7931599
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for reducing the effects of noise on a system for measuring physiological parameters, such as, for example, a pulse oximeter. The method and apparatus of the invention take into account the physical limitations on various physiological parameters being monitored when weighting and averaging a series of measurements. Varying weights are assigned different measurements, measurements are rejected, and the averaging period is adjusted according to the reliability of the measurements. Similarly, calculated values derived from analyzing the measurements are also assigned varying weights and averaged over adjustable periods. More specifically, a general class of filters such as, for example, Kalman filters, is employed in processing the measurements and calculated values. The filters use mathematical models which describe how the physiological parameters change in time, and how these parameters relate to measurement in a noisy environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: Nellcor Puritan Bennett LLC
    Inventors: Clark R. Baker, Jr., Thomas J. Yorkey
  • Publication number: 20110071375
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for reducing the effects of noise on a system for measuring physiological parameters, such as, for example, a pulse oximeter. The method and apparatus of the invention take into account the physical limitations on various physiological parameters being monitored when weighting and averaging a series of measurements. Varying weights are assigned different measurements, measurements are rejected, and the averaging period is adjusted according to the reliability of the measurements. Similarly, calculated values derived from analyzing the measurements are also assigned varying weights and averaged over adjustable periods. More specifically, a general class of filters such as, for example, Kalman filters, is employed in processing the measurements and calculated values. The filters use mathematical models which describe how the physiological parameters change in time, and how these parameters relate to measurement in a noisy environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Publication date: March 24, 2011
    Applicant: Nellcor Incorporated, a Delaware corporation
    Inventors: Clark R. Baker, JR., Thomas J. Yorkey
  • Patent number: 7865224
    Abstract: In a physiological monitor, a method and an apparatus for determining a patient's pulse rate using data corresponding to a plurality of wavelengths of electromagnetic energy transmitted through the tissue of the patient. The method includes tracking the pulse rate in the data using an adaptive comb filter, the data having signal portions corresponding to the pulse rate and signal portions corresponding to noise, periodically calculating a frequency power spectrum of one of the wavelengths, and using the frequency power spectrum in a pulse rate calculator to determine the pulse rate or to verify the pulse rate calculated by the pulse rate calculator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Nellcor Puritan Bennett LLC
    Inventors: Clark R. Baker, Jr., Thomas J. Yorkey
  • Publication number: 20100121148
    Abstract: Waypoints for a steerable medical device are stored as the steerable medical device is moved within a patient. The stored waypoints are an ordered sequence of locations. The ordered sequence of locations defines a safe path within the patient for moving an articulatable portion of the steerable medical device. The articulatable portion of the steerable medical device is constrained to follow the safe path as the articulatable portion moves within the patient. For example, the articulatable portion of the steerable medical device is constrained to remain within a boundary region enclosing the safe path as the articulatable portion of the steerable medical device follows the safe path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2009
    Publication date: May 13, 2010
    Applicant: Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: Caitlin Quance Donhowe, Amir Belson, Kristoffer John Donowe, Kenneth Robert Krieg, Eric Michael Storne, Thomas J. Yorkey, Jun Zhang
  • Publication number: 20100121151
    Abstract: Waypoints for a steerable medical device are stored as the steerable medical device is moved within a patient. The stored waypoints are an ordered sequence of locations. The ordered sequence of locations defines a safe path within the patient for moving an articulatable portion of the steerable medical device. The articulatable portion of the steerable medical device is constrained to follow the safe path as the articulatable portion moves within the patient. For example, the articulatable portion of the steerable medical device is constrained to remain within a boundary region enclosing the safe path as the articulatable portion of the steerable medical device follows the safe path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2009
    Publication date: May 13, 2010
    Applicant: Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: Caitlin Quance Donhowe, Amir Belson, Kristoffer John Donowe, Kenneth Robert Krieg, Eric Michael Storne, Thomas J. Yorkey, Jun Zhang
  • Patent number: 7457652
    Abstract: Sensors and monitors for a physiological monitoring system having capability to indicate an accuracy of an estimated physiological condition. The sensor senses at least one physiological characteristic of a patient and is connectable to a monitor that estimates the physiological condition from signals detected by the sensor. The sensor includes a detector for detecting the signals from the patient which are indicative of the physiological characteristic. The sensor is associated with a memory configured to store data that defines at least one sensor signal specification boundary for the detected signals. The boundary is indicative of a quality of the signals and an accuracy of the physiological characteristic estimated from the signals by the monitor. The sensor further includes means for providing access to the memory to allow transmission of the data that defines the at least one sensor boundary to the monitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2008
    Assignee: Mallinckrodt Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Porges, Clark Baker, Thomas J. Yorkey, Michael Bernstein, Paul Mannheimer
  • Patent number: 7336983
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for reducing the effects of noise on a system for measuring physiological parameters, such as, for example, a pulse oximeter. The method and apparatus of the invention take into account the physical limitations on various physiological parameters being monitored when weighting and averaging a series of measurements. Varying weights are assigned different measurements, measurements are rejected, and the averaging period is adjusted according to the reliability of the measurements. Similarly, calculated values derived from analyzing the measurements are also assigned varying weights and averaged over adjustable periods. More specifically, a general class of filters such as, for example, Kalman filters, is employed in processing the measurements and calculated values. The filters use mathematical models which describe how the physiological parameters change in time, and how these parameters relate to measurement in a noisy environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2008
    Assignee: Nellcor Puritan Bennett LLC
    Inventors: Clark R. Baker, Jr., Thomas J. Yorkey
  • Patent number: 7315753
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for reducing the effects of noise on a system for measuring physiological parameters, such as, for example, a pulse oximeter. The method and apparatus of the invention take into account the physical limitations on various physiological parameters being monitored when weighting and averaging a series of measurements. Varying weights are assigned different measurements, measurements are rejected, and the averaging period is adjusted according to the reliability of the measurements. Similarly, calculated values derived from analyzing the measurements are also assigned varying weights and averaged over adjustable periods. More specifically, a general class of filters such as, for example, Kalman filters, is employed in processing the measurements and calculated values. The filters use mathematical models which describe how the physiological parameters change in time, and how these parameters relate to measurement in a noisy environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2008
    Assignee: Nellcor Puritan Bennett LLC
    Inventors: Clark R. Baker, Jr., Thomas J. Yorkey
  • Patent number: 7302284
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for reducing the effects of noise on a system for measuring physiological parameters, such as, for example, a pulse oximeter. The method and apparatus of the invention take into account the physical limitations on various physiological parameters being monitored when weighting and averaging a series of measurements. Varying weights are assigned different measurements, measurements are rejected, and the averaging period is adjusted according to the reliability of the measurements. Similarly, calculated values derived from analyzing the measurements are also assigned varying weights and averaged over adjustable periods. More specifically, a general class of filters such as, for example, Kalman filters, is employed in processing the measurements and calculated values. The filters use mathematical models which describe how the physiological parameters change in time, and how these parameters relate to measurement in a noisy environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2007
    Assignee: Nellcor Puritan Bennett LLC
    Inventors: Clark R. Baker, Jr., Thomas J. Yorkey