Acoustic Image Conversion Patents (Class 367/7)
  • Patent number: 11402499
    Abstract: This disclosure describes presence-detection devices that detect movement of a person by emitting ultrasonic signals into an environment, and characterizing the change in the frequency, or the Doppler shift, of the reflections of the ultrasonic signals off the person caused by the movement of the person. The techniques include downsampling the audio signals from the carrier frequency range down to a frequency range with a center frequency around 0 Hz. A filter is applied to attenuate signals around 0 Hz and below (or above), such as the emitted signals. In addition to removing the emitted signals, the negative side (or positive side) of the audio signals are removed, but the Doppler shift is still represented in the remaining portion of the audio signals. By removing a portion of the audio signals, the amount of processing required to detect the Doppler shift in the reflections of the ultrasonic signals is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Krishna Kamath Koteshwara, Tarun Pruthi, Ke Li
  • Patent number: 11402503
    Abstract: An ultrasound imaging system (102) includes a transducer array (108) with a two-dimensional array of rows (110) of transducer elements (114). The transducer elements of each row extend along a long axis (116). The rows are parallel to each other. The transducer array includes a non-rectangular set of active transducer elements. The ultrasound imaging system further includes transmit circuitry (118) that actuates the transducer elements to transmit an ultrasound signal. The ultrasound imaging system further includes receive circuitry (120) that receives echoes produced in response to an interaction between the ultrasound signal and a structure and received by the transducer elements. The ultrasound imaging system further includes a beamformer that processes the echoes and generates one or more scan lines indicative of the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Sound Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher J Beers, Joseph S. Conklin, Dean A. McHenry, Russell W. Woods, Henrik Jensen
  • Patent number: 11378669
    Abstract: An analog store-digital read (ASDR) ultrasound beamformer architecture performs the task of signal beamforming using a matrix of sample/hold cells to capture, store and process instantaneous samples of analog signals from ultrasound array elements and this architecture provides significant reduction in power consumption and the size of the diagnostic ultrasound imaging system such that the hardware build upon ASDR ultrasound beamformer architecture can be placed in one or few application specific integrated chips (ASIC) positioned next to the ultrasound array and the whole diagnostic ultrasound imaging system could fit in the handle of the ultrasonic probe while preserving most of the functionality of a cart-based system. The ASDR architecture provides improved signal-to-noise ratio and is scalable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Inventor: Sergei V. Koptenko
  • Patent number: 11353608
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a method of determining at least a property of a material situated behind a casing of a borehole, wherein an image of a imaging parameter of the material, such as acoustic impedance, has been obtained. The method comprising identifying zones of the image corresponding to disturbance zones, based in particular on values of the imaging parameters or other measured parameters, deleting the data of the imaging parameter in each of the disturbance zones, reconstructing for each zone, data of the imaging parameter from the data of imaging parameter at the neighboring zones, and determining at least a property of the material based on the reconstructed image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Laronga, Ram Sunder Kalyanraman
  • Patent number: 11333783
    Abstract: A method for estimating the depth-domain seismic wavelets from depth-domain seismic data and synthesizing depth-domain seismic records. The method includes: obtaining depth coordinates and P-wave velocity v and density from well log, calculating a corresponding reflectivity series r; performing constant-velocity depth conversion for a seismic trace S and a reflectivity series r by using a velocity vc as a reference velocity to obtain the converted seismic trace S1 and the converted reflectivity series r1; and estimating a depth-domain seismic wavelet w based on the Gibbs sampling method; synthesizing depth-domain seismic record by using the P-wave v, the reflectivity series r and the estimated depth-domain seismic wavelet w.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Chengdu University of Technology
    Inventors: Xuehua Chen, Shuaishuai Jiang, Jie Zhang, Wei Jiang, Bingnan Lv
  • Patent number: 11272156
    Abstract: Time of Flight (ToF) image processing methods include collecting correlation samples to calculate a phase estimate. Systems and methods are provided for collecting correlation samples from multiple pixels. An image processing system for continuous waves includes a light source configured to emit light, an image sensor having a plurality of pixels, and a processor configured to collect correlation samples from a subset of the plurality of pixels in the image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Inventors: Nicolas Le Dortz, Jonathan Ephraim David Hurwitz, Erik D. Barnes
  • Patent number: 11255990
    Abstract: An internal structure detection system includes: two kinds of sensors with different operating principles for receiving reflected waves of vibration applied to an inspection target in an investigation area; and a processing apparatus that detects an internal structure of the inspection target by using the sensor data received by the two kinds of sensors. The two kinds of sensors are deployed in the investigation area with different densities, in a distributed manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: HITACHI, LTD.
    Inventors: Akira Maeki, Shiro Mazawa, Tatsuyuki Saito, Takao Sakurai, Tomonori Sekiguchi
  • Patent number: 11227375
    Abstract: An electronic system is disclosed comprising of a drill tool which is mounted on a mechanical system with either a position and angular sensor assisted guidance of the camera itself around the drill tool in a guided trajectory as in a robotic arm or mobile device on the field with the drill tool pulled out from the wellbore or when the tool can be imaged while in operation; multiple fixed cameras on a test or working rig coupled with rotary control of the drill tool, and a controller capable of controlling the drill string motor and imaging. The system automatically profiles the degraded/worn out drill tool, when the drill string-drill tool is visually available or pulled out, by executing a host of machine vision engineering based and machine intelligence/data analytics engineering algorithms, where the algorithms can calculate and provide detailed current/predictive and prescriptive analysis of the drilling tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Inventor: Tushar Chowhan
  • Patent number: 11175174
    Abstract: A sensor (1) including at least one array (10), including a plurality of acoustic transducers (12); a controller (42) for controlling each transducer (12) to be selectively in a generation mode for generating an analysis signal, or a reception mode for receiving an analysis signal, and, for controlling the sensor (1) to perform scans of the at least one array (10), each scan having a plurality of scan steps, such that, during each scan step, at least one transducer (12) is in the generation mode and at least one other transducer (12) is in the reception mode; and, a processor (44) for processing one or more signals receivable from one or more of the controller (42), a transducer (12) in generation mode and a transducer (12) in reception mode to determine at least one characteristic from the one or more signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Binmartine Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Robert Sidney Stirling, Ravi Vivakanantham
  • Patent number: 11169265
    Abstract: A dual frequency ultrasound transducer includes a high frequency (HF) transducer and a low frequency (LF) transducer that is positioned behind the high frequency transducer. An intermediate layer is positioned between the low frequency transducer and the high frequency transducer to absorb high frequency ultrasound signals. An alignment feature on the low frequency transducer is positioned with respect to a fiducial that is marked at a known position with respect to high frequency transducer elements of the HF transducer to align low frequency transducer elements of the LF transducer with the HF transducer elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: FUJIFILM SonoSite, Inc.
    Inventors: Guofeng Pang, Oleg Ivanytskyy, Hossein Amini, Robert Kolaja
  • Patent number: 11160456
    Abstract: Provided herein are the systems, methods, components for a three-dimensional tomography system. The system is a dual-modality imaging system that incorporates a laser ultrasonic system and a laser optoacoustic system. The dual-modality imaging system generates tomographic images of a volume of interest in a subject body based on speed of sound, ultrasound attenuation and/or ultrasound backscattering and for generating optoacoustic tomographic images of distribution of the optical absorption coefficient in the subject body based on absorbed optical energy density or various quantitative parameters derivable therefrom. Also provided is a method for increasing contrast, resolution and accuracy of quantitative information obtained within a subject utilizing the dual-modality imaging system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Tomowave Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander A. Oraevsky, Sergey A. Ermilov, Andre Conjusteau, Mark Anastasio
  • Patent number: 11147538
    Abstract: A method for computing a tissue reflectivity function (TRF) is provided. This method comprises accessing radio-frequency (RF) data and computing a point spread function (PSF), to obtain the TRF. The RF data accessed are data obtained by beamforming time signals from an array of transducers of an ultrasound device. Next, for each pair (r, s) of given pairs of points in the imaging plane, the PSF is computed as a sum of contributions from at least some of the transducers. Each contribution is computed by evaluating a transducer's transfer function, based on two outputs of a respective time-of-flight function. Such outputs are obtained by evaluating the time-of-flight function at a first point r and at a second point s of each pair, respectively. Finally, the RF function can be deconvoluted, based on the computed PSF, so as to obtain the TRF.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Paul T. Hurley, Sepand Kashani, Lucien Roquette, Matthieu Simeoni
  • Patent number: 11112499
    Abstract: A synthetic aperture sonar moving along a first axis comprises an emitting device configured to emit, in each ping, at least one acoustic pulse toward an observed zone in a set of sectors comprising at least one sector. The sonar comprises a first physical receiving antenna extending along the first axis allowing measurements of backscattered signals to be acquired and a processing device configured to form, over R pings, for each sector, synthetic aperture beams from measurements of signals backscattered by the observed zone and generated by acoustic pulses emitted in the sector. The sonar comprises at least one gyrometer. The processing device is configured to correct for variations in the movement of the first receiving antenna during the formation of the synthetic aperture beams of the set of sectors by carrying out an autocalibration by intercorrelation of the successive pings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: THALES
    Inventors: Nicolas Burlet, Nicolas Mandelert, Pierre Guthmann
  • Patent number: 11096666
    Abstract: An ultrasound apparatus includes transducers, switches, a pulser, receiver, and processing unit, each transducer connected to the pulser and receiver via one switch and a single communications channel; the processing unit includes a memory and processor, is connected to the pulser and receiver, and identifies a first number that indicates a first aperture size, generates responses from the transducers, and processes the responses to produce image data; and the processor generates each response by selecting contiguous or non-contiguous transducers, the number being equal to the first number, for each switch connected to a selected transducer, sending a signal instructing the switch to connect the transducer to the communications channel, sending instructions to simultaneously fire selected transducers, with a pulse provided simultaneously to each selected transducer via the communications channel, and receiving a single response via the communications channel and receiver, which is the combination of outputs o
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Knowledge Economy Developments Ltd
    Inventor: William Henry Gomersall
  • Patent number: 11076827
    Abstract: Without using any approximated wave front propagation model, appropriate delay times are set for received signals to obtain phased signals for both the inside and outside of irradiation area of transmission beam. A reception beamformer comprises a wave front propagation calculator 121 that obtains times until ultrasonic waves transmitted from a plurality of ultrasonic transducers arrive at a reception focus by calculation, and a delay time extractor 122 that calculates delay times for the reception focus on the basis of distribution of the arrival times of the ultrasonic waves for each of the plurality of the ultrasonic transducers obtained by the wave front propagation calculator 121. Therefore, even if the wave front that arrives at the reception focus has a complicated shape, it is not necessary to approximate the wave front, and phasing addition can be performed with appropriate delay times obtained from times until the ultrasonic waves arrive at the reception focus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: HITACHI, LTD.
    Inventors: Misaki Hiroshima, Teiichiro Ikeda, Chizue Ishihara
  • Patent number: 11067543
    Abstract: A method for determining a parameter of a material of interest which includes: directing, using a radio frequency (RF) source, RF energy into a region of interest, the region of interest comprising the material, a known reference and a boundary between the material and the known reference; detecting, using an acoustic receiver, at least one thermoacoustic multi-polar signal generated in response to the RF energy; and determining, by the one or more processors, a parameter of the material as a function of the at least one thermoacoustic multi-polar signal and a transmitted power correction factor, wherein the transmitted power correction factor is based on an estimated thickness of the known reference and an attenuation coefficient of the known reference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: ENDRA Life Sciences Inc.
    Inventor: Jang Hwan Cho
  • Patent number: 10989537
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for systems and methods for sensor fusion with respect to mobile structures. A mobile structure may include multiple ranging sensor systems and/or receive navigational data from various sensors. A navigational database may be generated that includes data from the ranging sensor systems and/or other sensors. Aspects of the navigational database may then be used to generate an integrated model, which can be used to generally aid in the navigation of the mobile structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: FLIR Belgium BVBA
    Inventors: Paul Stokes, Mark Johnson, Richard Jales, Gordon Pope, Christopher Gatland, Aaron Ridout
  • Patent number: 10983213
    Abstract: A lidar system includes one or more light sources configured to emit light pulses, a scanner configured to direct the emitted light pulses as beams along one or more scan directions to illuminate, for each orientation of the scanner with each of the plurality of beams, a respective light-source field of view corresponding to a respective pixel, and a receiver configured to detect the light pulses scattered by one or more remote targets. The receiver includes a first, second, and third detectors to detect light pulses associated with respective beams. Each detector has a separate detector field of view within which the detector receives scattered light. A spatial separation between the first detector and the second detector is greater than a spatial separation between the second detector and the third detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Luminar Holdco, LLC
    Inventors: Jason M. Eichenholz, Scott R. Campbell, Joseph G. LaChapelle
  • Patent number: 10962520
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a method for determining and/or monitoring the breakdown voltage of a transformer oil, comprising the steps of a) performing an acoustic impedance measurement of the transformer oil, the impedance of a medium partially or entirely disposed in the transformer oil and capable of naturally vibrating and/or transmitting vibrations to the transformer oil is determined in at least one frequency band of defined frequency width; and b) calculating a resonator quality factor for the frequency band based on the determination performed in step a); and c) calculating an acoustic disbalance of the transformer oil based on the calculation performed in step b); and d) ascertaining the breakdown voltage of the transformer oil based on the calculation performed in step c). Furthermore, the disclosure relates to a device (100, 200) for determining and/or monitoring the breakdown voltage of a transformer oil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: PASSERRO GMBH
    Inventor: Matthias Wrobel
  • Patent number: 10929966
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for correcting distorted images captured of underwater environments. Caustics are used to provide additional illumination to underwater objects, and lenslets from ocean wave fluid lensing are used to magnify a benthic scene for enhancing the effective resolution of the images. The process introduces a fluid distortion characterization methodology, caustic bathymetry concepts, fluid lensing lenslet homography technique, two dimensional image reconstruction process, and three dimensional airborne fluid lensing process for characterizing the aquatic surface wave field, modelling bathymetry using caustic phenomena, and robust high-resolution aquatic remote sensing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: United States of America as Represented by the Administrator of NASA
    Inventor: Ved Chirayath
  • Patent number: 10901088
    Abstract: A laser scanner having a rotor that is rotatably held on a housing which in turn is rotatable about an axis of rotation, wherein a lens system is arranged in the rotor in order to direct a measuring beam emitted by a transmitter onto a measurement object or to direct a beam reflected by the measurement object onto a detector, wherein a camera for acquiring image information of the measurement object is arranged in the rotor. Also, a lighting unit, by which an image field of the camera can be illuminated depending on a camera position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Inventors: Christoph Fröhlich, Markus Mettenleiter
  • Patent number: 10884122
    Abstract: A system for detecting objects using ultrasonic waves and methods for making and using the same are provided. The object detection system uniquely encodes each of a plurality of ultrasonic waves and transmit each of the uniquely-encoded ultrasonic waves in a respective direction. The object detection system then receives any of the emitted uniquely-encoded ultrasonic waves that are reflected from an object. By decoding the reflected ultrasonic waves, the object detection system distinguishes among the uniquely-encoded ultrasonic waves and detect the existence and location of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Inventors: Jiebin Xie, Wei Ren, Guyue Zhou
  • Patent number: 10837903
    Abstract: To provide a technique of obtaining the reflection characteristics of an object, which can reproduce the appearance of the object more correctly, an information processing apparatus obtains a plurality of measurement values by receiving, from each of a plurality of directions, reflected light from an object illuminated by light from a given direction, and derives, based on the plurality of measurement values, a characteristic of specular reflection light as a reflected light component in a specular reflection direction corresponding to the given direction with respect to a surface of the object, a characteristic of internal diffuse reflection light as a reflected light component after scattering and absorption in the object, and a characteristic of surface diffuse reflection light as a reflected light component which has been diffused on the surface of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Toshiyuki Ishii, Takahiro Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10679026
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus, and a storage medium are provided for controlling a fingerprint sensor in the field of fingerprint identification. The method may include: after an instruction for adjusting a sensitivity of the fingerprint sensor is received, displaying a page for adjusting the sensitivity, in which, at least two different optional sensitivities of a target fingerprint detection module in the fingerprint sensor are displayed on the page; receiving an instruction for selecting the sensitivity, in which, the instruction for selecting the sensitivity includes a target value selected by a user from the at least two different optional sensitivities; and setting a sensitivity of the target fingerprint detection module as the target value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Beijing Xiaomi Mobile Software Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Xuebin Huang
  • Patent number: 10660606
    Abstract: An ultrasonic imaging apparatus includes a plurality of transducers aligned in an array, a select circuit configured to cause transducers selected from the plurality of transducers to transmit an ultrasonic pulse and receive received signals, respectively, and a digital signal processing circuit configured to perform a first operation of adding up an odd number of the received signals, arranged in an order corresponding to the aligned array, with delays that are symmetrical between two sides across a center that is a centrally located signal, and to perform a second operation of adding up an even number of the received signals, arranged in an order corresponding to the aligned array, with delays that are symmetrical between two sides across a center that is situated between two centrally located signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: SOCIONEXT INC.
    Inventor: Naoto Adachi
  • Patent number: 10605789
    Abstract: A method performed by an ultrasonic inspection system includes delivering to a multilayer structure an ultrasonic pulse that sweeps through a chirp bandwidth, and receiving from the multilayer structure ultrasonic energy including a series of time-overlapping reflections of the pulse delivered to the multilayer structure from layers of the multilayer structure. The method also includes performing frequency domain processing on the ultrasonic energy to produce frequency resonance peaks respectively indicative of distinct layers of the multilayer structure, and performing time domain processing on the ultrasonic energy to compress the time-overlapping reflections into respective time-separated reflection time peaks. The method also includes displaying the frequency resonance peaks on a frequency domain plot, and displaying the reflection time peaks on a time domain plot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Southern Research Institute
    Inventor: Janelle Kay Chambers
  • Patent number: 10595822
    Abstract: A test for screening defects of a transmission/reception circuit in an IC is enabled at low cost, without withstand voltage violation, and without carrying out electrical contacts with many terminals connected to oscillators. In a transmission/reception separation switch circuit using transistors as switch elements, a potential of a gate is lowered in a test more than the potential in a case of reception to avoid gate-source withstand-voltage violation when a large-amplitude signal is input, and an internal-signal loopback test is carried out without destroying a reception circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinya Kajiyama, Yutaka Igarashi, Yusaku Katsube, Takuma Nishimoto
  • Patent number: 10470747
    Abstract: An ultrasonic imaging apparatus and a method for controlling the same are disclosed. The ultrasonic imaging apparatus includes: a user interface to receive an input signal of a user and a power-supply unit. The power-supply unit includes a plurality of power-supply groups to provide power-supply signals for respectively driving a plurality of elements, and a power-supply processor to search for power data corresponding to the received input signal from among predetermined power data and to adjust power-supply signals applied to respective elements corresponding to the plurality of power-supply groups according to the searched power data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Inventors: Chan Mo Kim, Dae Young Kim, Tae-Heon Roh
  • Patent number: 10345469
    Abstract: Computing device, computer instructions and method for correcting an image, of a surveyed surface, due to a free-surface reflection. The method includes calculating a free surface reflection operator for a seismic source displaced in water based on a position of the source, and an air-water interface datum; receiving recorded seismic data d recorded with seismic sensors (r), wherein the recorded seismic data is associated with a pressure and/or a particle motion produced by a seismic wave in earth; correcting the recorded seismic data d based on the free surface reflection operator to obtain transformed seismic data; and generating an image of the surveyed subsurface, based on the transformed seismic data, wherein the image is indicative of various layers of the earth. The free surface reflection operator varies while a source signal is being emitted by the source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: CGG SERVICES SAS
    Inventor: Gordon Poole
  • Patent number: 10342511
    Abstract: An ultrasound transducer element including a cell group constituted by a plurality of ultrasound transducer cells, wherein each of the plurality of ultrasound transducer cells includes a lower electrode arranged on a substrate, a membrane including an upper electrode arranged facing the lower electrode with a cavity positioned therebetween, and a plurality of pillars forming the cavity by supporting the membrane, and each cavity mutually communicates with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventors: Kazuya Matsumoto, Katsuhiro Wakabayashi
  • Patent number: 10324207
    Abstract: Computing device, computer instructions and method for calculating an image of a subsurface based on least square migration and image de-convolution using a matching operator F. The method includes receiving seismic data d; computing a first image m of the subsurface based on the seismic data d; computing a second image h of the subsurface based on the first image m; applying a transform operation to the first and second images m and h to obtain a first transform of the first image and a second transform of the second image; calculating the matching operator F by matching the first transform of the first image to the second transform of the second image; and generating an updated image mupdated of the subsurface based on the matching operator F and the first transform of the first image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: CGG SERVICES SAS
    Inventors: Adel Khalil, Henning Hoeber, Jeshurun Hembd, Adriano Gomes, Gordon Poole, Francesco Perrone, Lorenzo Casasanta, Graham Roberts, Andrew Ratcliffe
  • Patent number: 10258277
    Abstract: A system and method for determining fractional fat content of tissue comprises registering thermoacoustic image coordinates to an acquired ultrasound image, the acquired ultrasound image at least comprising target tissue within a region of interest; defining a thermoacoustic voxel grid coincident with the region of interest; obtaining thermoacoustic image measurement values from tissue within the region of interest corresponding to the voxels within the defined thermoecoustic voxel grid to yield a thermoacoustic measurement matrix; normalizing the thermoacoustic image measurement values within the thermoacoustic measurement matrix; calculating a fractional fat content map for the target tissue within the region of interest based on the normalized thermoacoustic image measurement values within the thermoacoustic measurement matrix and a reference thermoacoustic measurement value; and correcting the fractional fat content map based on tissue speed-of-sound data to yield a final fractional fat content map for th
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: ENDRA Life Sciences Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan M. Rubin, Michael M. Thornton, Aghapi Mordovanakis
  • Patent number: 10241199
    Abstract: Devices are disclosed for obtaining data of a sample, particularly data capable of being processed to produce an image of a region of the sample. An exemplary device includes a light-beam source, an acoustic-wave source, an optical element, and an acoustic detector. The optical element is transmissive to a light beam produced by the light-beam source and reflective to acoustic waves produced by the acoustic-wave source. The optical element is situated to direct the transmitted light beam and reflected acoustic wave simultaneously along an optical axis to be incident at a situs in or on a sample to cause the sample to produce acoustic echoes from the incident acoustic waves while also producing photoacoustic waves from the incident light beam photoacoustically interacting with the situs. The acoustic detector is placed to receive and detect the acoustic echoes and the photoacoustic waves from the situs. The acoustic detector can comprise one or more hydrophones exploiting the acousto-electric effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: The Arizona Board of Regents on Behalf of the University of Arizona
    Inventors: Russell S. Witte, Leonardo Gabriel Montilla, Ragnar Olafsson, Charles M. Ingram, Zhaohui Wang, Robert A. Norwood, Charles Greenlee
  • Patent number: 10201330
    Abstract: A method includes receiving, at a console (132) of an ultrasound imaging system (102), a first signal indicative of actuation of a touch control (128) of a touch screen user interface (122) of the ultrasound imaging system, wherein the touch control is one of a plurality of different touch controls of the ultrasound imaging system. The method further includes identifying, with a processor of the ultrasound imaging system, the touch control from the plurality of different touch controls based on the first signal. The method further includes identifying, with the processor of the ultrasound imaging system, a graphic representation of the touch control based on the identification of the touch control. The method further includes visually displaying, with the processor of the ultrasound imaging system, the graphic representation on a display monitor concurrently with displaying an image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: B-K Medical Aps
    Inventors: Torben Svanberg Nielsen, Kaj Duncan, Jesper Helleso Hansen, John Antol, Michael Leismann
  • Patent number: 10095907
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are techniques for generating an image of a target object using a sensor. The sensor includes a substrate and a single transceiver. The transceiver includes a first electrode, a second electrode, and a layer of electrical material positioned between the two electrodes. The transceiver also includes a control unit configured to switch the transceiver into a transmit mode or a receive mode. The transceiver further includes a receiving circuit configured to receive, store, and output a detection signal caused by an interaction between the sensor and the target object. The second electrode, the control unit, and the receiving circuit can be formed on the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventor: Ashish Hinger
  • Patent number: 10085720
    Abstract: An ultrasonic device includes an element substrate and a wiring substrate. The element substrate includes an ultrasonic element and an element interconnect terminal connected to the ultrasonic element. The wiring substrate includes a wiring terminal and an opening portion that defines an opening extending through the wiring substrate. The element interconnect terminal and the wiring terminal are connected so as to oppose each other. The opening portion encloses the ultrasonic element in plan view as seen from a thickness direction of the wiring substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Kanechika Kiyose, Nobuaki Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 10078069
    Abstract: The inventive concept relates to a device that detects a leak of a liquid leaked from a sinkhole, water pipe or oil pipeline under the ground. In the detection device of the inventive concept, a plurality of reception devices disposed on the surface of the earth simultaneously receive an ultrasonic signal transmitted from a transmission device under the ground and a radio frequency (RF) signal synchronized with the ultrasonic signal. Also, by measuring an arrival time of the ultrasonic signal by using the wireless signal received by each reception device as a triggering signal, a leak range of a liquid leaked from a sinkhole, water pipe or oil pipeline on a signal path between the transmission device and the reception device is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Inventors: Gunn Hwang, Sung Q Lee, WooSub Youm
  • Patent number: 10064602
    Abstract: Acoustic reciprocity between transmit and receive is used for coherence ultrasound imaging. Rather than finding coherence across the receive channels, coherence is found across transmit channels. Broad transmit beams are used for different transmit elements or apertures to create beamformed frames of data. The coherence between these transmit channel frames of beamformed data is calculated and used for imaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Kutay F. Ustuner, Nicholas Bottenus
  • Patent number: 10026182
    Abstract: Mechanisms for generating a true depth profile of a body of water are disclosed. A depth profile tensor that identifies a depth at each of a plurality of locations of the body of water is accessed. The depth profile tensor identifies, for at least some locations of the plurality of locations, multiple depths. The depth profile tensor is converted to a binary potential depth image that depicts multiple potential depths for the at least some locations. The multiple potential depths are reduced, by a morphological filter process, to a single depth for the at least some locations to generate a binary depth image. The binary depth image is converted to the true depth profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventor: Anil P. Chinnan
  • Patent number: 10012747
    Abstract: Computing device, computer instructions and method for jointly deghosting first and second 3-dimensional (3D) seismic vintages of a same subsurface. The method includes receiving the first 3D vintage; receiving the second 3D vintage, wherein the second 3D vintage is taken later in time than the first 3D vintage, over the same subsurface; jointly deghosting the first and second 3D vintages based on a common ghost-free model U0, a first vintage ghost-free model Ub, and a second vintage ghost-free model Um; and generating an image of the subsurface indicative of changes between the first and second 3D vintages based on the common ghost-free model U0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: CGG SERVICES SAS
    Inventors: Ping Wang, Suryadeep Ray
  • Patent number: 10001461
    Abstract: A crystal self-test circuit is used to self-test either an acoustic emission crystal or a vibration crystal installed onto one of a bearing, a bearing housing, and a machine. A crystal self-test circuit includes a multiplexer IC, which toggles between a pulse injection configuration and a signal collection configuration. In the pulse injection configuration, the multiplexer IC provides signal communication between a crystal self-test input and the sensing emission crystal. In the signal collection configuration, the multiplexer IC provides signal communication between the sensing emission crystal and a signal analyzer. In operation, the multiplexer IC applies a waveform (preferably a square wave) to the sensing emission crystal over a predetermined time period. The multiplexer IC then toggles to collect the output waveform from the sensing emission crystal and forwards the output waveform to the signal analyzer. The output signal can be amplified by a signal amplifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Inventor: Joseph Erskine
  • Patent number: 9980677
    Abstract: A system for estimating fractional fat content of an object of interest. An energy emitter is used to direct an energy signal toward the region of interest, wherein the region of interest has an object of interest, a reference with known properties, and a boundary area with one or more boundary locations between the object of interest and the reference. Next, a plurality of thermoacoustic or ultrasonic transducers is used to receive a plurality of thermoacoustic bipolar signals from the one or more boundary locations, wherein the thermoacoustic bipolar signals are induced by the energy signal. A machine configured to accept data from the energy emitter and the plurality of thermoacoustic or ultrasonic transducers and calculate a fat concentration that is a function of a difference between two peaks of the thermoacoustic bipolar signal at each respective boundary location and a distance or distances between each respective boundary location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Endra Life Sciences Inc.
    Inventors: Jang Hwan Cho, Michael M. Thornton
  • Patent number: 9962737
    Abstract: A capacitance type transducer includes one or more cells having a structure in which a vibrating film including one electrode of a pair of electrodes formed spaced apart from each other is supported to be capable of vibrating. The cells are disposed on one surface of a substrate. An acoustic matching layer is provided between a water-resistant sheet and the cells. A water-resistant frame is disposed to surround a side surface of the substrate. The sheet is bonded to an end face of the frame to cover an opening of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Atsushi Kandori, Yoshio Hotta
  • Patent number: 9927521
    Abstract: A method and a device for high frequency acoustic spectrum imaging for an object over a field of view. A camera captures an image of the object. A raster with grids is created as an overlay on the captured image. A directional microphone detects high frequency acoustic waves emanating from the object. An acoustic data signal corresponding to the high frequency acoustic waves is generated by a microphone data processing unit. The coordinates of the focal point of the directional microphone on the grid of the raster is recorded and sent as a real-time feedback position signal to a processor for each measurement of the acoustic signal data. The processor plots a visual representation of the acoustic signal data mapping it to the corresponding coordinates on the raster and creates a high frequency acoustic spectrum image for the object by superimposing the raster on the captured image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Bastiaan Brand
  • Patent number: 9924924
    Abstract: A piezoelectric device includes a base, a vibration film, and a piezoelectric element. The base of the piezoelectric device has at least one opening. The opening is closed by the vibration film. The piezoelectric element is located on the vibration film. The vibration film includes a first layer that is has lower water permeability than silicon oxide and a second layer that is in close contact with the first layer and that has a larger toughness value than the first layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Kenichi Kurokawa
  • Patent number: 9910174
    Abstract: A seismic imaging technology, and more specifically, an imaging technology for modelling a subsurface structure by updating a velocity model of each frequency band in the ascending, descending order or any random order of frequency The purpose of the present disclosure is to directly compute the difference between the velocity of the actual subsurface velocity and an initial guess of the velocity. According to one aspect of the present invention, a seismic imaging apparatus for performing iterative application of the direct waveform inversion to image a subsurface structure of an area to be measured may include a waveform inverter to update a reference velocity model while changing a frequency band in a set order, by using parameter perturbation that is obtained from a virtual scattering source and an updated reference wavefield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Seoul National University R&DB Foundation
    Inventor: Chang-Soo Shin
  • Patent number: 9888880
    Abstract: A method and system for estimating fractional fat content of an object of interest. An energy emitter is used to direct an energy signal toward the region of interest, wherein the region of interest has an object of interest, a reference, and a boundary area with one or more boundary locations between the object of interest and the reference. Next, a plurality of thermoacoustic or ultrasonic transducers is used to receive a plurality of thermoacoustic bipolar signals from the one or more boundary locations, wherein the thermoacoustic bipolar signals are induced by the energy signal. A machine configured to accept data from the energy emitter and the plurality of thermoacoustic or ultrasonic transducers and calculate a fat concentration that is a function of the thermoacoustic bipolar signal at each respective boundary location and the distance or distances between locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Inventors: Jang Hwan Cho, Michael M. Thornton
  • Patent number: 9739883
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides systems and methods associated with determining velocity and/or acceleration information using ultrasound. A system may include one or more ultrasonic transmitters and/or receivers. An ultrasonic transmitter may be configured to transmit ultrasound into a region bounded by one or more surfaces. The ultrasonic receiver may detect a Doppler shift of reflected ultrasound to determine an acceleration and/or velocity associated with an object. The velocity and/or acceleration information may be utilized to modify the state of a gaming system, entertainment system, infotainment system, and/or other device. The velocity and/or acceleration date may be used in combination with a mapping or positioning system that generates positional data associated with the objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: ELWHA LLC
    Inventors: Jesse R. Cheatham, III, Roderick A. Hyde, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Jordin T. Kare, Craig J. Mundie, Nathan P. Myhrvold, Robert C. Petroski, Eric D. Rudder, Desney S. Tan, Clarence T. Tegreene, Charles Whitmer, Andrew Wilson, Jeannette M. Wing, Lowell L. Wood, Jr., Victoria Y. H. Wood
  • Patent number: 9730587
    Abstract: A testing apparatus for an optoacoustic device includes a light pulse sensor operatively connected to a light output port of the optoacoustic device, the light pulse sensor being adapted to sense a pulse of light capable of generating an optoacoustic response in a subject and to distinguish between the light pulse and the at least one other light pulse on the basis of the predominant wavelength. The light pulse sensor outputs a trigger signal associated with the distinguished light pulse when such light pulse is sensed. A transducer signal simulator outputs a first plurality of electrical signals simulating those produced by a transducer array and reflective of an optoacoustic response in a subject to a light pulse at a first wavelength in response to a trigger signal from the light pulse sensor associated with a light pulse having a first wavelength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Seno Medical Instruments, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald G. Herzog, William Ackerman
  • Patent number: 9704289
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for capturing 3D model data including data relating to each of a plurality of voxels and relating to an object. A plurality of images of the object are captured. The plurality of images are correlated with the 3D model data to produce index data, the index data for indicating a correlation between some of the plurality of images and some of the plurality of voxels. The index data is then stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Whitecap Scientific Corporation
    Inventors: Samuel Patrick Bromley, Richard Jacques Charron