Patents by Inventor Yannick Berker

Yannick Berker 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: 10386439
    Abstract: A lung segmentation processor (40) is configured to classify magnetic resonance (MR) images based on noise characteristics. The MR segmenatation processor generates a lung region of interest (ROI) and detailed structure segmentation of the lung from the ROI. The MR segmentation processor performs an iterative normalization and region definition approach that captures the entire lung and the soft tissues within the lung accurately. Accuracy of the segmentation relies on artifact classification coming inherently from MR images. The MR segmentation processor (40) correlates segmented lung internal tissue pixels with the lung density to determine the attenuation coefficients based on the correlation. Lung densities are computed using MR data obtained from imaging sequences that minimize echo and acquisition times. The densities differentiate healthy tissues and lesions, which an attenuation map processor (36) uses to create localized attenuation maps for the lung.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: KONINKLIKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Yannick Berker, Shekhar Dwivedi, Volkmar Schulz, Lingxiong Shao
  • Patent number: 10288702
    Abstract: A combined PET/MR system includes an MR subsystem including a main field magnet (14) which generates a stationary magnetic field through an examination region (16), a gradient magnetic field system (18, 20, 22, 24) which applies magnetic field gradients across the examination region, and an RF system (26, 28, 32, 34, 36, 38) that applies RF excitation pulses to excite resonance in a subject in the examination region and receive magnetic resonance signals from the subject. A PET detector module (70) which is permanently or removably fixed in the examination region (16) to detect radiation from radiopharmaceuticals injected into the subject causes distortions in the magnetic field gradients. A plurality of probes (90) which are mounted in a fixed relationship to the PET detector module (70) measure magnetic field strength. A gradient magnetic field distortion correction system (110) determines distortions caused in the gradient magnetic fields and corrects the magnetic resonance signals accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Volkmar Schulz, Yannick Berker, Jakob Adrian Clemens Wehner
  • Publication number: 20180116621
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system for generating an estimate of a photon attenuation map for an object on the basis of single-scattered coincidences measured in a PET scanner. The system comprises a simulation module configured to calculate single-scattered coincidences by a numerical model calculation based on a preliminary attenuation map, where the estimate of the photon attenuation map is generated by adapting at least some attenuation values. The model calculation is made on the basis of a grid covering the object, the grid comprising grid elements (61) to which attenuation values are assigned, and the simulation module is further configured to determine at least one set of adjacent grid elements (61) in order to form a merged image element (63) including the set of adjacent grid elements (61) and to assign a single attenuation value to the merged image element in the model calculation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Publication date: May 3, 2018
    Inventors: Yannick BERKER, Volkmar SCHULZ
  • Publication number: 20180059266
    Abstract: A method for determining the position of a scintillation event in a radiation particle detector with multiple scintillator element locations which are configured to emit a burst of photons responsive to a radiation particle being absorbed at the scintillator element location and with a plurality of photosensors (5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4) optically coupled to said scintillator element locations, comprising the steps of determining, for each of the photosensors (5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4), a triggering probability indicative of the probability of said photosensor (5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4) measuring a number of photons that exceeds a predetermined triggering threshold; measuring a photon distribution with the photosensors (5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4) indicative of the number of photons incident on the individual photosensors (5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Publication date: March 1, 2018
    Inventors: Yannick BERKER, VOLKMAR SCHULZ
  • Patent number: 9903960
    Abstract: A method for determining the position of a scintillation event in a radiation particle detector with multiple scintillator element locations which are configured to emit a burst of photons responsive to a radiation particle being absorbed at the scintillator element location and with a plurality of photosensors (5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4) optically coupled to said scintillator element locations, comprising the steps of determining, for each of the photosensors (5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4), a triggering probability indicative of the probability of said photosensor (5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4) measuring a number of photons that exceeds a predetermined triggering threshold; measuring a photon distribution with the photosensors (5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4) indicative of the number of photons incident on the individual photosensors (5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Yannick Berker, Volkmar Schulz
  • Patent number: 9734600
    Abstract: An imaging system (36) includes a Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scanner (38) and one or more processors (52). The Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scanner (38) which generates event data including true coincident events and scatter events, the event data includes each end point of a line of response (LOR) and an energy of each end point. The one or more processors (52) are programmed to generate (72) a plurality of activity map and attenuation map pairs based on the true coincident events, and select (76) an activity map and an attenuation map from the plurality of activity and attenuation map pairs based on the scattered events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: KONINKLLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Yannick Berker, Volkmar Schulz
  • Publication number: 20160320466
    Abstract: A lung segmentation processor (40) is configured to classify magnetic resonance (MR) images based on noise characteristics. The MR segmenatation processor generates a lung region of interest (ROI) and detailed structure segmentation of the lung from the ROI. The MR segmentation processor performs an iterative normalization and region definition approach that captures the entire lung and the soft tissues within the lung accurately. Accuracy of the segmentation relies on artifact classification coming inherently from MR images. The MR segmentation processor (40) correlates segmented lung internal tissue pixels with the lung density to determine the attenuation coefficients based on the correlation. Lung densities are computed using MR data obtained from imaging sequences that minimize echo and acquisition times. The densities differentiate healthy tissues and lesions, which an attenuation map processor (36) uses to create localized attenuation maps for the lung.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Publication date: November 3, 2016
    Inventors: Yannick BERKER, Shekhar DWIVEDI, Volkmar SCHULZ, Lingxiong SHAO
  • Publication number: 20160103194
    Abstract: A combined PET/MR system includes an MR subsystem including a main field magnet (14) which generates a stationary magnetic field through an examination region (16), a gradient magnetic field system (18, 20, 22, 24) which applies magnetic field gradients across the examination region, and an RF system (26, 28, 32, 34, 36, 38) that applies RF excitation pulses to excite resonance in a subject in the examination region and receive magnetic resonance signals from the subject. A PET detector module (70) which is permanently or removably fixed in the examination region (16) to detect radiation from radiopharmaceuticals injected into the subject causes distortions in the magnetic field gradients. A plurality of probes (90) which are mounted in a fixed relationship to the PET detector module (70) measure magnetic field strength. A gradient magnetic field distortion correction system (110) determines distortions caused in the gradient magnetic fields and corrects the magnetic resonance signals accordingly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Publication date: April 14, 2016
    Inventors: Volkmar SCHULZ, Yannick BERKER, Jakob Adrian Clemens WEHNER
  • Patent number: 9177376
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for determining the distribution of an imaging agent in a volume. The method comprises the acquisition of at least one three-dimensional functional image of the volume; the segmentation of the volume into one or more compartments; the representation of the three-dimensional imaging agent activity from the functional image by the product of a scaling factor and a non-affine transformation of a template imaging agent activity; the calculation of a projected imaging agent activity from the thus represented imaging agent activity on a planar surface; the acquisition of a planar image of the imaging agent activity in the volume; the registration of the projected imaging agent activity with the planar image; the comparison of the acquired planar image with the calculated projected imaging agent activity; and the modification of the representation of the three-dimensional imaging agent activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventor: Yannick Berker
  • Publication number: 20150221083
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for determining the distribution of an imaging agent in a volume. The method comprises the acquisition of at least one three-dimensional functional image of the volume; the segmentation of the volume into one or more compartments; the representation of the three-dimensional imaging agent activity from the functional image by the product of a scaling factor and a non-affine transformation of a template imaging agent activity; the calculation of a projected imaging agent activity from the thus represented imaging agent activity on a planar surface; the acquisition of a planar image of the imaging agent activity in the volume; the registration of the projected imaging agent activity with the planar image; the comparison of the acquired planar image with the calculated projected imaging agent activity; and the modification of the representation of the three-dimensional imaging agent activity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Publication date: August 6, 2015
    Inventor: Yannick Berker
  • Publication number: 20150098640
    Abstract: An imaging system (36) includes a Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scanner (38) and one or more processors (52). The Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scanner (38) which generates event data including true coincident events and scatter events, the event data includes each end point of a line of response (LOR) and an energy of each end point. The one or more processors (52) are programmed to generate (72) a plurality of activity map and attenuation map pairs based on the true coincident events, and select (76) an activity map and an attenuation map from the plurality of activity and attenuation map pairs based on the scattered events.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventors: Yannick Berker, Volkmar Schulz