Patents by Inventor Todd K. Whitehurst

Todd K. Whitehurst 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: 20110019858
    Abstract: A communication system is provided for a patient featuring a cushion with an opening for receiving the face of the patient. The cushion includes a microphone for receiving audible signals from the patient and one or more speakers for delivering audible signals to the patient. The microphone and speaker(s) are integrated with the cushion to avoid interfering with the comfort of the patient. In one embodiment, the audible signals are delivered to and from the patient via a communication port. In another embodiment, the system includes a display device, so the patient may view parts of the patient's body on the device and then communicate with system operators through the microphone and speaker(s).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2009
    Publication date: January 27, 2011
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC NEUROMODULATION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Todd K. Whitehurst, Rafael Carbunaru, Kristen Jaax, James Makous, Courtney Lane, Mark Pierre, Cliff Brainard, Charles Tilden Hagan, IV
  • Patent number: 7877137
    Abstract: Method and systems of treating a patient with at least one of a myocardial infarction, a stroke, and a pulmonary embolism include providing a stimulator coupled to at least one electrode and a catheter, configuring one or more stimulation parameters to treat at least one of a myocardial infarction, a stroke, and a pulmonary embolism, programming the stimulator with the one or more stimulation parameters, delivering with the stimulator via the catheter at least one drug to at least one tissue in accordance with the one or more stimulation parameters, and limiting perfusion of the at least one tissue by delivering electrical stimulation with the stimulator via the at least one electrode to the at least one tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Todd K Whitehurst, Kelly H McClure, James R Thacker
  • Publication number: 20110009920
    Abstract: A system and method for applying electrical stimulation or drug infusion to nervous tissue of a patient to treat epilepsy, movement disorders, and other indications uses at least one implantable system control unit (SCU) (110), including an implantable signal/pulse generator (IPG) and one or more electrodes (152, 152). The IPG is implanted in the mastoid area (143) of the skull (140) and communicates with at least one external appliance (230), such as a Behind-the-Ear (BTE) unit (100). In a preferred embodiment, the system is capable of open- and closed-loop operation. In closed-loop operation, at least one SCU includes a sensor, and the sensed condition is used to adjust stimulation parameters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2010
    Publication date: January 13, 2011
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC NEUROMODULATION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Todd K. Whitehurst, Rafael Carbunaru
  • Patent number: 7865243
    Abstract: An implantable stimulator(s) with at least one infusion outlet and/or at least one electrode, is implanted with the outlet(s) and/or electrode(s) located adjacent to a pudendal nerve(s) and potentially other nerve(s) innervating the reproductive organs, such as the cavernous nerve(s). Stimulation of such nerve(s) is provided via stimulating drugs and/or electrical stimulation as a therapy for erectile dysfunction. The stimulator uses a power source/storage device, such as a rechargeable battery. Periodic recharging of such a battery is accomplished, for example, by inductive coupling with an external appliance. The stimulator provides means of stimulating a nerve(s) when desired, without the need for external appliances during the stimulation session. When necessary, external appliances are used for the transmission of data to and/or from the stimulator(s) and for the transmission of power. The system is capable of open- and closed-loop operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Todd K Whitehurst, James P McGivern
  • Publication number: 20100331807
    Abstract: Systems for treating a movement disorder include a system control unit configured to be implanted at least partially within a patient and to generate at least one stimulus in accordance with one or more stimulation parameters adjusted to treat the movement disorder. The systems further include a programmable memory unit in communication with the system control unit and programmed to store the one or more stimulation parameters to at least partially define the stimulus such that the stimulus is configured to treat the movement disorder. A means for applying the stimulus to one or more stimulation sites within the patient is operably connected to the system control unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC NEUROMODULATION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Todd K. Whitehurst, James P. McGivern, Kelly H. McClure
  • Patent number: 7860570
    Abstract: Miniature implantable stimulators (i.e., microstimulators) are capable of producing unidirectionally propagating action potentials (UPAPs). The methods and configurations described may, for instance, arrest action potentials traveling in one direction, arrest action potentials of small diameters nerve fibers, arrest action potentials of large diameter nerve fibers. These methods and systems may limit side effects of bidirectional and/or less targeted stimulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Todd K Whitehurst, Rafael Carbunaru, James P McGivern, Matthew I Haller, Tom Xiaohai He, Kerry Bradley, Janusz A Kuzma
  • Patent number: 7857819
    Abstract: A stimulation system is described that includes an implantable microstimulator. A tail may be coupled to a distal end of the implantable microstimulator. In one embodiment, the stimulation system includes an implantation tool that includes an insertion cannula, a handle, a bushing, and a detachable blunt dissector tip. The bushing is situated within the insertion cannula and may position the implantable microstimulator longitudinally within the insertion cannula when the implantable microstimulator is placed within the insertion cannula. The detachable blunt dissector tip may be attached to the tail of the implantable microstimulator. The stimulation system may further comprise an end cap that includes an upper portion and a base portion conformable over at least a portion of curved tissue. An open trough extends through the base upper portions and may be configured to guide the implantation tool through the tissue at various angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Kristen N. Jaax, Rafael Carbunaru, James C. Makous, Todd K. Whitehurst, Meredith L. Anderson, Anne M. Pianca
  • Patent number: 7853321
    Abstract: Methods of applying a stimulus to a stimulation site within the neck or head of a patient include implanting a distal portion of one or more leads adjacent to the stimulation site, forming a loop with a proximal portion of the one or more leads, and securing the distal and proximal portions of the one or more leads to one or more securing sites with one or more securing devices. The distal portion of the one or more leads includes a number of electrodes disposed thereon that are configured to deliver the stimulus to the stimulation site. Systems for applying a stimulus to a stimulation site within the neck or head of a patient include one or more leads having a number of electrodes disposed on a distal portion thereof and one or more securing devices configured to secure the one or more leads to one or more securing sites. The distal portion of the one or more leads is implanted adjacent to the stimulation site and the electrodes are configured to deliver the stimulus to the stimulation site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Kristen N. Jaax, Todd K. Whitehurst
  • Patent number: 7799037
    Abstract: A tool is provided for facilitating determining a proper location for an implantable device or medication, and for then delivering the implant to the precise location determined with the tool. To determine the target location, the tool may include a component for testing target locations, such as a stimulating probe for simulating a miniature implantable stimulator. In one embodiment, the tool is used to test a miniature implantable stimulator prior to depositing the implant precisely at the target location. The components of the tool are configured to maintain the implant at the target location while the tool is withdrawn. In one embodiment, a push rod assembly of the tool keeps the implant in position while it retracts the implant holder from around the implant. The ergonomic and light-weight tool leads to reduced surgical time, number and size of incisions, risk of infection, and likelihood of error.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Tom X He, James P McGivern, Todd K Whitehurst
  • Patent number: 7783362
    Abstract: Methods of using unidirectionally propagating action potentials (UPAPs) for vagus nerve stimulation and for certain disorders are provided. Stimulators capable of creating such UPAPs include, but are not limited to, miniature implantable stimulators (i.e., microstimulators), possibly with programmably configurable electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Todd K. Whitehurst, James P. McGivern, Rafael Carbunaru, Matthew I. Haller, Tom Xiaohai He, Kerry Bradley
  • Patent number: 7776029
    Abstract: An implantable microminiature infusion device includes a reservoir for holding a therapeutic fluid or other substance and a driver, e.g., a pump, that delivers the therapeutic fluid or substance to a patient within whom the device is implanted. The device further includes at least two electrodes coupled to pulse generation circuitry, thereby allowing therapeutic electrical stimulation to also be delivered to the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: The Alfred E. Mann Foundation For Scientific Research
    Inventors: Todd K Whitehurst, Kelly H McClure, James P McGivern
  • Patent number: 7769461
    Abstract: A system and method for applying electrical stimulation or drug infusion to nervous tissue of a patient to treat epilepsy, movement disorders, and other indications uses at least one implantable system control unit (SCU) (110), including an implantable signal/pulse generator (IPG) and one or more electrodes (152, 152?). The IPG is implanted in the mastoid area (143) of the skull (140) and communicates with at least one external appliance (230), such as a Behind-the-Ear (BTE) unit (100). In a preferred embodiment, the system is capable of open- and closed-loop operation. In closed-loop operation, at least one SCU includes a sensor, and the sensed condition is used to adjust stimulation parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Todd K. Whitehurst, Rafael Carbunaru
  • Publication number: 20100114192
    Abstract: Methods of treating a medical condition include applying at least one stimulus to a motor cortex within a brain of a patient with an implanted system control unit in accordance with one or more stimulation parameters. Systems for treating a medical condition include a system control unit implanted within the patient that is configured to apply at least one stimulus to a motor cortex within a brain of a patient in accordance with one or more stimulation parameters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2010
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC NEUROMODULATION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kristen N. Jaax, Todd K. Whitehurst, Rafael Carbunaru
  • Patent number: 7702385
    Abstract: An exemplary implantable stimulator includes at least one electrode contact array and at least one additional electrode contact. Both the electrode contact array and the additional electrode contact are disposed on an external surface of the stimulator. The electrode contact array includes multiple electrode contacts that are configured to have a first polarity. The additional electrode is configured to have a second polarity. One or more of the electrode contacts disposed on the stimulator are configured to deliver monopolar stimulation and/or multipolar stimulation. Exemplary methods of stimulating a stimulation site within a patient include providing at least one electrode contact array and at least one additional electrode contact. Both the electrode contact array and the additional electrode contact are disposed on an external surface of the stimulator. The electrode contact array includes multiple electrode contacts that are configured to have a first polarity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Michael A. Moffitt, Rafael Carbunaru, Todd K. Whitehurst, Alfred E. Mann
  • Patent number: 7684858
    Abstract: Systems for providing stimulation with an implantable system control unit and for optimally positioning that system control unit include a system control unit configured to provide a stimulus to a patient with a member attached to the system control unit for pulling the system control unit into position within the patient. Methods of optimally positioning the implantable system control unit within a patient such that the system control unit is proximal to target tissue that is to be stimulated by the system control unit include threading a member through a patient's body using a needle, the member passing proximal to the target tissue and being attached to the system control unit, and pulling the system control unit into place with the member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Tom Xiaohai He, Todd K. Whitehurst, Alfred E. Mann, Peter K. Johnson
  • Patent number: 7684867
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for applying electrical stimulation and/or introducing one or more stimulating drugs to the brain to treat or prevent aphasia, including through use of at least one system control unit (SCU) for controlling electrical pulses delivered via electrodes implanted in the brain and/or for producing drug infusion pulses to targeted areas in the brain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Kristen N. Jaax, Rafael Carbunaru, Todd K. Whitehurst
  • Patent number: 7660631
    Abstract: Systems and methods for introducing one or more stimulating drugs and/or applying electrical stimulation to tissue affecting the penis to treat erectile dysfunction (for instance, following prostate surgery) uses at least one implantable system control unit (SCU) producing electrical pulses delivered via electrodes and/or producing drug infusion pulses, wherein the stimulating drug(s) are delivered via one or more pumps and infusion outlets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2010
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Todd K Whitehurst, James P McGivern
  • Publication number: 20100030287
    Abstract: Methods of treating autism include applying at least one stimulus to a stimulation site within the brain of a patient with an implanted stimulator in accordance with one or more stimulation parameters. Systems for treating autism include a stimulator configured to apply at least one stimulus to a stimulation site within the brain of a patient in accordance with one or more stimulation parameters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2009
    Publication date: February 4, 2010
    Applicant: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC NEUROMODULATION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kristen N. Jaax, Todd K. Whitehurst, Rafael Carbunaru, Allison M. Foster
  • Patent number: 7657316
    Abstract: Methods of treating a medical condition include applying at least one stimulus to a motor cortex within a brain of a patient with an implanted system control unit in accordance with one or more stimulation parameters. Systems for treating a medical condition include a system control unit implanted within the patient that is configured to apply at least one stimulus to a motor cortex within a brain of a patient in accordance with one or more stimulation parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Kristen N. Jaax, Todd K. Whitehurst, Rafael Carbunaru
  • Patent number: 7627383
    Abstract: Exemplary implantable stimulators for stimulating a stimulation site within a patient include an electronic module configured to generate stimulation and a housing configured to house the electronic module. The housing has a shape allowing the a stimulator and a surgical device to be accommodated together within an insertion tool used to insert the stimulator into the patient. Exemplary methods of stimulating a stimulation site within a patient include generating stimulation with an electronic module and housing the electronic module in a housing. The housing has a shape allowing the housing and a surgical device to be accommodated together within an insertion tool used to insert the housing into the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew I. Haller, Jay Daulton, Todd K. Whitehurst, Rafael Carbunaru