Patents by Inventor Todd H. Turnlund

Todd H. Turnlund 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: 10835316
    Abstract: An emitter assembly can include a proximal shaft, a distal shaft, a shunt that connects the proximal shaft to the distal shaft, and a tip that is connected to a distal end of the distal shaft. An inner conductor can extend through the proximal shaft, the shunt, and the distal shaft and into the tip to provide microwave energy to the tip. An outer conductor can extend into the shunt. The shunt can therefore form an electrical connection between the outer conductor and a proximal ring of electrically conductive material formed on an exterior surface of the distal shaft. Distal shaft can be made of a thermally conductive but electrically insulated material to facilitate transfer of heat from the distal shaft to the proximal shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Endocare, Inc.
    Inventors: Chet M. Crump, Kent Moore, Mark Sedlacek, Todd H. Turnlund
  • Publication number: 20200222672
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to guidewire devices with an outer tube and a core. The distal section of the core extends into and is surrounded by the outer tube. One or more centering mechanisms are also disposed within the outer tube and are arranged to fill a portion of the annular space between the core and the inner surface of the tube. The one or more centering mechanisms thereby assist in keeping the distal section of the core axially aligned within the tube, which enables effective control of the device and minimizes undesirable whip movements of the guidewire.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2020
    Publication date: July 16, 2020
    Inventors: Clark C. Davis, Edward J. Snyder, Todd H. Turnlund
  • Publication number: 20190255290
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to devices and methods for accessing a targeted vessel, such as a coronary artery, near the aortic root. A catheter device includes a proximal section, an intermediate section, and a distal section. The intermediate section includes a more proximal section (a proximal-intermediate section) and a more distal section (a distal-intermediate section). The proximal-intermediate section is microfabricated to enable preferred bending along a single plane. The distal-intermediate section is more rigid than the proximal-intermediate section and the distal section. In use, the proximal-intermediate section abuts against the aortic wall and bends to allow the distal-intermediate section to extend across the aortic root toward a targeted vessel on the opposite side of the aorta.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2019
    Publication date: August 22, 2019
    Inventors: Edward J. Snyder, John A. Lippert, Todd H. Turnlund, Clark C. Davis
  • Publication number: 20190117305
    Abstract: An emitter assembly can include a proximal shaft, a distal shaft, a shunt that connects the proximal shaft to the distal shaft, and a tip that is connected to a distal end of the distal shaft. An inner conductor can extend through the proximal shaft, the shunt, and the distal shaft and into the tip to provide microwave energy to the tip. An outer conductor can extend into the shunt. The shunt can therefore form an electrical connection between the outer conductor and a proximal ring of electrically conductive material formed on an exterior surface of the distal shaft. Distal shaft can be made of a thermally conductive but electrically insulated material to facilitate transfer of heat from the distal shaft to the proximal shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Publication date: April 25, 2019
    Inventors: Chet M. Crump, Kent Moore, Mark Sedlacek, Todd H. Turnlund
  • Patent number: 9968400
    Abstract: An emitter assembly can include a proximal shaft, a distal shaft, a shunt that connects the proximal shaft to the distal shaft, and a tip that is connected to a distal end of the distal shaft. An inner conductor can extend through the proximal shaft, the shunt, and the distal shaft and into the tip to provide microwave energy to the tip. An outer conductor can extend into the shunt. The shunt can therefore form an electrical connection between the outer conductor and a proximal ring of electrically conductive material formed on an exterior surface of the distal shaft. Distal shaft can be made of a thermally conductive but electrically insulated material to facilitate transfer of heat from the distal shaft to the proximal shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: PERSEON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Chet M. Crump, Kent Moore, Mark Sedlacek, Todd H. Turnlund
  • Patent number: 9808595
    Abstract: Medical devices and methods for making and using the same. An example medical device may include a tubular member and a liner disposed within the tubular member. The tubular member may have a plurality of slots formed therein. A space may be defined between the tubular member and the liner. One or more bonding members may be disposed in the space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC
    Inventors: Todd H. Turnlund, Walter Lynn Kerby
  • Publication number: 20150366613
    Abstract: Ablation probes can include one or more metalized ceramic components. A metalized ceramic component can include one or more traces for conducting electrical energy and/or for functioning as an antenna for emitting radiation during an ablation procedure. A shaft of an ablation probe may be formed of metalized ceramic to give the shaft strength and to provide an electrical insulator between traces formed on the shaft and other components of the probe. A tip of an ablation probe may also be formed of metalized ceramic.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Publication date: December 24, 2015
    Inventors: Chet M. Crump, Kent Moore, Mark Sedlacek, Todd H. Turnlund
  • Publication number: 20150366612
    Abstract: An emitter assembly can include a proximal shaft, a distal shaft, a shunt that connects the proximal shaft to the distal shaft, and a tip that is connected to a distal end of the distal shaft. An inner conductor can extend through the proximal shaft, the shunt, and the distal shaft and into the tip to provide microwave energy to the tip. An outer conductor can extend into the shunt. The shunt can therefore form an electrical connection between the outer conductor and a proximal ring of electrically conductive material formed on an exterior surface of the distal shaft. Distal shaft can be made of a thermally conductive but electrically insulated material to facilitate transfer of heat from the distal shaft to the proximal shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Publication date: December 24, 2015
    Inventors: Chet M. Crump, Kent Moore, Mark Sedlacek, Todd H. Turnlund
  • Patent number: 9078784
    Abstract: A flexible structural apparatus which may be used as a wound covering which extends above the wound such that the wound covering does not contact the wound and also protects the wound from contact. The apparatus provides a high degree of flexibility while retaining structural strength and resisting collapse, for example, so as to adequately protect the wound. Various embodiments include parallel beams and connections between beams that alternate in location along the beams to provide flexibility. Some embodiments may be used as springs and may have attachment features, such as holes, which may be located at the end beams, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: THT CONSULTING, LLC
    Inventors: Todd H. Turnlund, Ted W. Layman, Richard A. Glenn
  • Patent number: 8939916
    Abstract: Medical devices for navigation through anatomy, including guidewires, which may have a core wire, a slotted tubular member, or both. Embodiments may have coils, including non-circular cross-section edge-wound marker coils, extended coil tips, and soldered or glued mesial joint coils. Core wires may have a step, ridge, or taper at the joints to the tubular member, and may be flattened at the distal tip. Radiopaque material may be located inside the tubular member, and the distal tip may be heat treated to make it shapeable. Additional tubular members or coils may be used concentrically or in line and may enhance flexibility, provide radiopacity, reduce friction, or reduce material or manufacturing cost. Tubular members may be chamfered or tapered continuously or incrementally. Slots may be arranged in groups, such as groups of three, and may be equal in depth or unequal in depth to provide a steerable or compressible tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Precision Vascular Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen C. Jacobsen, Clark C. Davis, Clay W. Northrop, Ted W. Layman, Kevin T. Olson, Edward J. Snyder, D. Kent Backman, Todd H. Turnlund
  • Patent number: 8936558
    Abstract: Medical devices for navigation through anatomy, including guidewires, which may have a core wire, a slotted tubular member, or both. Embodiments may have coils, including non-circular cross-section edge-wound marker coils, extended coil tips, and soldered or glued mesial joint coils. Core wires may have a step, ridge, or taper at the joints to the tubular member, and may be flattened at the distal tip. Radiopaque material may be located inside the tubular member, and the distal tip may be heat treated to make it shapeable. Additional tubular members or coils may be used concentrically or in line and may enhance flexibility, provide radiopacity, reduce friction, or reduce material or manufacturing cost. Tubular members may be chamfered or tapered continuously or incrementally. Slots may be arranged in groups, such as groups of three, and may be equal in depth or unequal in depth to provide a steerable or compressible tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Precision Vascular Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen C. Jacobsen, Clark C. Davis, Clay W. Northrop, Ted W. Layman, Kevin T. Olson, Edward J. Snyder, D. Kent Backman, Todd H. Turnlund
  • Patent number: 8932235
    Abstract: Medical devices for navigation through anatomy, including guidewires, which may have a core wire, a slotted tubular member, or both. Embodiments may have coils, including non-circular cross-section edge-wound marker coils, extended coil tips, and soldered or glued mesial joint coils. Core wires may have a step, ridge, or taper at the joints to the tubular member, and may be flattened at the distal tip. Radiopaque material may be located inside the tubular member, and the distal tip may be heat treated to make it shapeable. Additional tubular members or coils may be used concentrically or in line and may enhance flexibility, provide radiopacity, reduce friction, or reduce material or manufacturing cost. Tubular members may be chamfered or tapered continuously or incrementally. Slots may be arranged in groups, such as groups of three, and may be equal in depth or unequal in depth to provide a steerable or compressible tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Precision Vascular Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen C. Jacobsen, Clark C. Davis, Clay W. Northrop, Ted W. Layman, Kevin T. Olson, Edward J. Snyder, D. Kent Backman, Todd H. Turnlund
  • Patent number: 8915865
    Abstract: Medical devices for navigation through anatomy, including guidewires, which may have a core wire, a slotted tubular member, or both. Embodiments may have coils, including non-circular cross-section edge-wound marker coils, extended coil tips, and soldered or glued mesial joint coils. Core wires may have a step, ridge, or taper at the joints to the tubular member, and may be flattened at the distal tip. Radiopaque material may be located inside the tubular member, and the distal tip may be heat treated to make it shapeable. Additional tubular members or coils may be used concentrically or in line and may enhance flexibility, provide radiopacity, reduce friction, or reduce material or manufacturing cost. Tubular members may be chamfered or tapered continuously or incrementally. Slots may be arranged in groups, such as groups of tree, and may be equal in depth or unequal in depth to provide a steerable or compressible tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Precision Vascular Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen C. Jacobsen, Clark C. Davis, Clay W. Northrop, Ted W. Layman, Kevin T. Olson, Edward J. Snyder, D. Kent Backman, Todd H. Turnlund
  • Patent number: 8900163
    Abstract: Medical devices for navigation through anatomy, including guidewires, which may have a core wire, a slotted tubular member, or both. Embodiments may have coils, including non-circular cross-section edge-wound marker coils, extended coil tips, and soldered or glued mesial joint coils. Core wires may have a step, ridge, or taper at the joints to the tubular member, and may be flattened at the distal tip. Radiopaque material may be located inside the tubular member, and the distal tip may be heat treated to make it shapeable. Additional tubular members or coils may be used concentrically or in line and may enhance flexibility, provide radiopacity, reduce friction, or reduce material or manufacturing cost. Tubular members may be chamfered or tapered continuously or incrementally. Slots may be arranged in groups, such as groups of three, and may be equal in depth or unequal in depth to provide a steerable or compressible tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Precision Vascular Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen C. Jacobsen, Clark C. Davis, Clay W. Northrop, Ted W. Layman, Kevin T. Olson, Edward J. Snyder, D. Kent Backman, Todd H. Turnlund
  • Patent number: 8870790
    Abstract: Medical devices for navigation through anatomy, including guidewires, which may have a core wire, a slotted tubular member, or both. Embodiments may have coils, including non-circular cross-section edge-wound marker coils, extended coil tips, and soldered or glued mesial joint coils. Core wires may have a step, ridge, or taper at the joints to the tubular member, and may be flattened at the distal tip. Radiopaque material may be located inside the tubular member, and the distal tip may be heat treated to make it shapeable. Additional tubular members or coils may be used concentrically or in line and may enhance flexibility, provide radiopacity, reduce friction, or reduce material or manufacturing cost. Tubular members may be chamfered or tapered continuously or incrementally. Slots may be arranged in groups, such as groups of three, and may be equal in depth or unequal in depth to provide a steerable or compressible tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Clark C. Davis, Stephen C. Jacobsen, Clay W. Northrop, Ted W. Layman, Kevin T. Olson, Edward J. Snyder, D. Kent Backman, Todd H. Turnlund
  • Patent number: 8449526
    Abstract: A medical device or intravascular device, and methods of use. The devices may be tubular and may have a flexible polymer tip. The body may be nitinol and may have cuts part way through along its length to facilitate bending. The device may have a liner which may extend through the tip or form the tip. The device may have markers readily visible on an X-ray viewer during insertion. The tip may have an anti-collapsing structure and may be shaped before use to perform a medical procedure such as treating an aneurysm. The device may have a strong fiber through it for complete removal. The method may include selecting the device, bending the tip, setting the shape, and inserting the device into the patient's anatomy. The shape of the tip may be set by heating with steam and then removing a mandrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward J. Snyder, Clark C. Davis, Todd H. Turnlund
  • Publication number: 20130072924
    Abstract: A radio frequency ablation antenna is disclosed. The micro-strip ablation antenna has a dielectric member having a substantially tubular shape. A first conductor is disposed within the dielectric member, and a second conductor is disposed on an outer surface of the dielectric member. The first conductor is configured to be electrically connected to a radio frequency source or ground, and the second conductor is configured to be electrically connected to the other of the radio frequency source or the ground.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Applicant: BSD MEDICAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert H. Burgener, Todd H. Turnlund, Chet M. Crump, Kent Moore
  • Patent number: 8292827
    Abstract: Medical devices that include micromachined hypotubes or that have themselves been micromachined can provide advantages in flexibility, strength and other desirable properties. Examples of such medical devices may include catheters such as guide catheters and balloon catheters. Such devices may also include dual shaft medical devices in which an outer shaft is reversibly lockable onto an inner shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank A. Musbach, Tracee E. J. Eidenschink, Richard C. Gunderson, Richard J. Olson, Daniel K. Tomaschko, Richard L. Goodin, Todd H. Turnlund, Jason Todd Lenz
  • Patent number: 8257279
    Abstract: Medical devices for navigation through anatomy, including guidewires, which may have a core wire, a slotted tubular member, or both. Embodiments may have coils, including non-circular cross-section edge-wound marker coils, extended coil tips, and soldered or glued mesial joint coils. Core wires may have a step, ridge, or taper at the joints to the tubular member, and may be flattened at the distal tip. Radiopaque material may be located inside the tubular member, and the distal tip may be heat treated to make it shapeable. Additional tubular members or coils may be used concentrically or in line and may enhance flexibility, provide radiopacity, reduce friction, or reduce material or manufacturing cost. Tubular members may be chamfered or tapered continuously or incrementally. Slots may be arranged in groups, such as groups of three, and may be equal in depth or unequal in depth to provide a steerable or compressible tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Clark C. Davis, Stephen C. Jacobsen, Clay W. Northrop, Ted W. Layman, Kevin T. Olson, Edward J. Snyder, D. Kent Backman, Todd H. Turnlund
  • Patent number: 8048004
    Abstract: Medical devices for navigation through anatomy, including guidewires, which may have a core wire, a slotted tubular member, or both. Embodiments may have coils, including non-circular cross-section edge-wound marker coils, extended coil tips, and soldered or glued mesial joint coils. Core wires may have a step, ridge, or taper at the joints to the tubular member, and may be flattened at the distal tip. Radiopaque material may be located inside the tubular member, and the distal tip may be heat treated to make it shapeable. Additional tubular members or coils may be used concentrically or in line and may enhance flexibility, provide radiopacity, reduce friction, or reduce material or manufacturing cost. Tubular members may be chamfered or tapered continuously or incrementally. Slots may be arranged in groups, such as groups of three, and may be equal in depth or unequal in depth to provide a steerable or compressible tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Precision Vascular Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Clark C. Davis, Stephen C. Jacobsen, Clay W. Northrop, Ted W. Layman, Kevin T. Olson, Edward J. Snyder, D. Kent Backman, Todd H. Turnlund