For Safety Or Protection Patents (Class 378/117)
  • Patent number: 10368816
    Abstract: A mobile medical imaging robot is disclosed. The robot comprises a medical imaging device, and a vehicle configured to carry the medical imaging device. The vehicle is motorized so as to move on a surface, such the floor of an examination room. The robot further comprises a cable designed to link said vehicle to a wall of a room, such as a medical examination room. In at least one non-limiting embodiment, motorized robot movements along the surface are controlled manually by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventor: Bernard Bouvier
  • Patent number: 10357219
    Abstract: A boom has an x-ray head attached to one end thereof and the x-ray head has an x-ray source disposed therein. In a docked position of the boom, the x-ray source is disabled. In a deployed position, the x-ray source is enabled. A handle attached to the x-ray head is movable into at least two different positions. A first one of the positions disables the x-ray source while a second one of the positions enables the x-ray source. The handle extends a preselected distance from the x-ray source such that the handle maintains at least the preselected distance between the x-ray source and a subject to be exposed thereby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Carestream Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis J. O'Dea, Craig F. Hofmann
  • Patent number: 10212800
    Abstract: A linear accelerator head for use in a medical radiation therapy system can include a housing, an electron generator configured to emit electrons along a beam path, and a microwave generation assembly. The linear accelerator head may include a waveguide that is configured to contain a standing or travelling microwave. The waveguide can include a plurality of cells that are disposed adjacent one another, wherein each of the plurality of cells may define an aperture configured to receive electrons therethrough. The linear accelerator head can further include a converter and a primary collimator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: RadiaBeam Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ronald Agustsson, Robert Berry, Salime Boucher, Josiah Hartzell, Sergey Kutsaev, Jacob McNevin, Avinash Verma
  • Patent number: 10201323
    Abstract: A radiation imaging system comprising a radiation imaging apparatus and a control apparatus configured to control the radiation imaging apparatus, the control apparatus comprising: a control unit configured to control display of an imaging enable screen that enables the radiation imaging apparatus to perform imaging; an operation detection unit configured to detect operation by an operator; and an inhibition unit configured to inhibit a transition to another screen other than the imaging enable screen when the operation detected by the operation detection unit while the imaging enable screen is displayed by the control unit is operation other than operation for finishing a radiation imaging examination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hikaru Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10195463
    Abstract: A radiation-treatment planning apparatus accesses imaging information regarding at least a patient's treatment volume and surface information regarding dynamic surfaces within the radiation-treatment environment as pertains to the radiation treatment. The apparatus acquires the imaging information using a first imaging technology and the surface information using a second technology that is different than the first imaging technology. The apparatus uses the imaging and surface information to influence a radiation treatment plan for treating the treatment volume with radiation to accommodate dynamic physical changes within the radiation-treatment environment during the radiation treatment of the treatment volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Varian Medial Systems International AG
    Inventors: Janne Nord, Juha Kauppinen, Lauri Halko
  • Patent number: 10136866
    Abstract: A radiation irradiation device includes a radiation generation unit; an arm part; a support member having one end to which the arm part is connected; a body part to which the support member is connected; and a leg part on which the body part is placed. The leg part includes first casters that are provided on a front side of the leg part and second casters that are provided on a rear side of the leg part. The diameter of wheels of the second casters and is greater than the diameter of wheels of the first casters, and the gravity center position of the entire device is closer to the second casters side than a center between the first casters and the second casters in a state where the arm part is rotationally moved until the radiation generation unit is located at a vertically lowermost position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Noriyuki Onobori, Ryosuke Ogura, Takeyasu Kobayashi, Yusuke Kitagawa
  • Patent number: 9993223
    Abstract: The present invention relates to mammography. In particular, the present invention relates to a method and a corresponding system for individually monitoring a compression force in an apparatus for mammographic examination for personalized compression guidance. In order to provide a personalized guidance for the compression of the breast in a first step (S1a, S1b, S1c) a breast contact area (A) between a breast under examination and a compression plate (3) or a support plate (15) is determined. In a next step (S5) a compression force limit is determined based on the breast contact area (A). Then, in a further step (S9a, S9b, S9c) an output signal (5) representative of the relation between the breast contact area (A) and the compression force limit is provided to a user such that the user may decide whether to complete or to continue the application of compression force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Klaus Erhard, Hanns-Ingo Maack, Andreas Loeprich, Nataly Wieberneit
  • Patent number: 9907981
    Abstract: The invention comprises a system for patient specific control of charged particles in a charged particle beam path using one or more trays inserted into the charged particle beam path, such as at the exit port of a gantry nozzle in close proximity to a tumor of a patient. Each tray holds an insert, such as a patient specific insert for controlling the energy, focus depth, and/or shape of the charged particle beam. Examples of inserts include a range shifter, a compensator, an aperture, a ridge filter, and a blank. Trays in a tray assembly are optionally retracted into an output nozzle of a charged particle cancer treatment system. Optionally and preferably, each tray communicates a held and positioned insert to a main controller of the charged particle cancer therapy system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Inventors: Susan L. Michaud, Stephen L. Spotts, Daniel J. Raymond
  • Patent number: 9851320
    Abstract: A housing cladding module for a medical device is provided for collision identification. The module includes resistor elements, which are arranged in and/or on the surface and which are designed such that the resistor elements change their electrical resistance on expansion. The resistor elements are arranged in such a way that the resistor elements are expanded in the event of a collision with an object. The collision is identified easily, and the effective collision force may be ascertained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Wolfgang Neuber
  • Patent number: 9737734
    Abstract: The invention comprises a system for patient specific control of charged particles in a charged particle beam path using one or more trays inserted into the charged particle beam path, such as at the exit port of a gantry nozzle in close proximity to a tumor of a patient. Each tray holds an insert, such as a patient specific insert for controlling the energy, focus depth, and/or shape of the charged particle beam. Examples of inserts include a range shifter, a compensator, an aperture, a ridge filter, and a blank. Trays in a tray assembly are optionally retracted into an output nozzle of a charged particle cancer treatment system. Optionally and preferably, each tray communicates a held and positioned insert to a main controller of the charged particle cancer therapy system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Inventors: Susan L. Michaud, Stephen L. Spotts
  • Patent number: 9693747
    Abstract: Devices and methods for embedding a standard dose checker feature within existing CT systems by obtaining and analyzing information from the existing CT system, detecting a radiation parameter value therefrom, comparing the detected radiation parameter with a predetermined threshold, and generating an operation-signal to affect the operation of the CT system based on the comparison between the detected radiation parameter and the predetermined threshold and the state of the CT system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: MEDIC VISION IMAGING SOLUTIONS LTD.
    Inventors: Dan Laor, Eliran Dahan, Eyal Aharon, Shai Attai
  • Patent number: 9398674
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an X-ray image apparatus having an improved rotating unit for preventing a blind spot in which an X-ray-generating unit is not rotated from being generated. The X-ray image apparatus includes an X-ray-generating unit configured to generate X-rays and radiate the X-rays, an X-ray-detecting unit configured to detect the X-rays radiated from the X-ray-generating unit, and a rotating unit configured to rotate the X-ray-generating unit. Here, the rotating unit includes a rotating frame coupled to one side of the X-ray-generating unit; a protrusion configured to protrude from one side of the rotating unit; and a stopper being in contact with the protrusion to halt a rotation of the rotating frame and being provided such that the stopper can be moved in a preset zone. Since the stopper securing the rotating frame of the rotating unit can be moved in the preset zone, it is possible to prevent a blind spot caused by a restriction of the rotation of the rotating frame from being generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Min Ho Heo, Seok Mo Ko
  • Patent number: 9386959
    Abstract: An X-ray generation system and an X-ray detection system can be used in a method for taking X-ray images. The X-ray generation system includes an X-ray generator that generates X-rays and emits the generated X-rays to an external device. A three-dimensional (3D) posture information detector generates 3D posture information for the X-ray generator, and a communicator transmits the 3D posture information to the external device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tae Ho Lee
  • Patent number: 9375201
    Abstract: A medical imaging device that uses electromagnetic or acoustic information to generate a patient image is remotely maintained. A set of operational characteristics for the device is maintained by a maintenance system disposed remotely from the device. Data from sensors disposed local to the device are received over a network at the maintenance system. A set of parameter measures is derived from the received data and analyzed in comparison with the set of operational characteristics to identify a predicted malfunction of a component of the device. The maintenance system is thus able to initiate a repair of the medical imaging device by generating an alert in response to identification of the predicted malfunction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: CONSENSYS IMAGING SERVICE, INC.
    Inventors: Michael J. Mercer, G. Wayne Moore, James Gessert
  • Patent number: 9275770
    Abstract: A radiation generation apparatus includes a radiation generator which generates radiation, an arm which supports the radiation generator, and a column which supports the arm. The arm can open and close with respect to the column. The radiation generation apparatus includes a restriction unit which restricts the opening and closing angle of the arm with respect to the column in accordance with the length of the arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Satoru Omura
  • Patent number: 9265476
    Abstract: A radiation imaging system that can continuously use sections of a radiation imaging device that has not been damaged and a radiation imaging device are provided. The radiation imaging system comprises: a radiation device that applies radiation; and the radiation imaging device with an imaging panel that captures images of the applied radiation. The radiation imaging device comprises: a failure cause detection unit that detects environmental noise or falls that cause failures in the radiation imaging device; a malfunction diagnostic unit that, in a case where a detected environmental noise value reaches a threshold value or in a case where a fall has been detected, diagnoses a malfunction in the radiation imaging device; and a function limiting unit that applies limits to the radiation imaging device functions that are used continuously, in accordance with the diagnosis results of the malfunction diagnostic unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: FUJIFILM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Naoto Iwakiri, Naoyuki Nishino, Yasunori Ohta, Haruyasu Nakatsugawa
  • Patent number: 9131905
    Abstract: A radiographic imaging apparatus that is connectable to a plurality of radiation sensors includes an information acquisition unit configured to acquire information about a radiographing site and a radiographing posture of a subject based on an instruction from an operator, a sensor drive status management unit configured to manage drive statuses of the plurality of radiation sensors, and a sensor selection unit configured to select a radiation sensor to be used in performing radiographing from the plurality of radiation sensors based on the acquired information and drive statuses of the plurality of radiation sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masahiro Abe
  • Publication number: 20150117615
    Abstract: A collision sensor device for a medical apparatus includes a sensor structure having a first sensor and a second sensor that are separated by a spacer layer, at least one crumple layer that adjoins one of the first sensor and the second sensor and is configured to provide a run-on path, and an outer surface layer provided on a side facing away from the medical apparatus in an installed state of the collision sensor device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Franz Dirauf, Verena Schmidt
  • Patent number: 8995622
    Abstract: An x-ray source is described. During operation of the x-ray source, an electron source emits a beam of electrons. This beam of electrons is focused to a spot on a target by a magnetic focusing lens. In response to receiving the beam of focused electrons, the target provides a transmission source of x-rays. Moreover, a repositioning mechanism selectively repositions the beam of focused electrons to different locations on a surface of the target based on a feedback parameter associated with operation of the x-ray source. This feedback parameter may be based on: an intensity of the x-rays output by the x-ray source; a position of the x-rays output by the x-ray source; an elapsed time during operation of the x-ray source; a cross-sectional shape of the x-rays output by the x-ray source; and/or a spot size of the x-rays output by the x-ray source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss X-ray Microscopy, Inc.
    Inventors: David L. Adler, Wenbing Yun, Thomas Anthony Case
  • Patent number: 8933420
    Abstract: A particle beam therapy system comprising a treatment table, a treatment table control unit and an irradiation control unit configured to output an instruction for controlling the treatment table control unit, an accelerator and a scanning electromagnet, wherein after the treatment table control unit controls the treatment table so as for a patient isocenter which is reference position of an affected area of a patient to move to a position of an irradiation isocenter which is set at a position which is closer to an irradiation nozzle than an equipment isocenter which is reference of positional relation of the irradiation nozzle and the treatment table, the irradiation control unit outputs an instruction for irradiating the patient with a particle beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Masahiro Ikeda, Hisashi Harada, Kazushi Hanakawa, Toshihiro Otani, Tadashi Katayose, Taizo Honda, Yukiko Yamada, Yuehu Pu
  • Patent number: 8848874
    Abstract: A system provides recovery from an X-ray system C-arm and patient table collision. A collision recovery system enables a user to recover from a collision or near collision of movable components of an X-ray imaging system including a movable C-arm hosting an X-ray emitter and detector. The system includes a C-arm position tracking processor for automatically recording C-arm position data indicating a valid stationary position of a C-arm and a path from the valid stationary position to an invalid position of the C-arm enabling retracement of the C-arm along the path to the valid stationary position. A user interface enables a user to initiate retracement of the C-arm along the path to the valid stationary position. A C-arm is movable to retrace the path to the valid stationary position using the recorded C-arm data in response to user command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Soroosh Kargar, Weng Lei
  • Publication number: 20140233705
    Abstract: A mobile X-ray imaging apparatus includes: a mobile cart having a casing as an exterior member; an X-ray generation unit that can be stored in the casing; a handle portion arranged on an upper portion of the casing; and a movable portion having the handle portion and configured to be alternately stored in and pulled out from the casing, wherein an upper portion of the movable portion is pulled out in an inclined state from the mobile cart through a drawing-out operation performed on the handle portion by the operator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Wataru Kaku, Naofumi Sekine, Nobuo Komiya, Yoshiki Kuno
  • Patent number: 8787523
    Abstract: An XRF analysis apparatus includes a housing with a source of penetrating radiation to be directed at a sample and a detector for detecting fluoresced radiation from the sample. A shield is attachable to the housing to protect the user from radiation and a safety interlock is configured to detect whether or not the shield is attached to the housing. A controller is responsive to the safety interlock, and configured to monitor usage of the source of radiation at or above a predetermined power level when the shield is not attached to the housing and provide an output signal when the monitored usage of the source of penetrating radiation at or above the predetermined power level without the shield attached to the housing exceeds one or more predetermined thresholds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Olympus NDT, Inc.
    Inventor: Don Sackett
  • Patent number: 8767920
    Abstract: The invention relates to a medical imaging system as well as an anti-collision method for the like. With this, the movement of a moveable part, e.g. a C-arm is stopped or slowed down if the part approaches the patient, i.e. falls below a predeterminable minimal distance to specific surface areas of the patient or approaches these. These distances are detected by means of at least one sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Martin Spahn
  • Patent number: 8755492
    Abstract: A radiographic apparatus includes an X-ray source unit, a measurement unit configured to measure either one or both of a force and a torque applied to the X-ray source unit, at least one motor configured to move the X-ray source unit, and a system control unit configured to control the at least one motor to move the X-ray source unit according to a direction and a magnitude of the either one or both of the force and the torque measured by the measurement unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dong Jae Lee, Soo Sang Yang, Hyeon Min Lee, Jeong Pil Lee, Woo Sup Han, Hyun Woong Hwang
  • Patent number: 8699660
    Abstract: A liquid cooled thermal control system for a computed tomography (CT) detector includes a plurality of temperature sensors and a control mode selector module coupled to the plurality of temperature sensors. The control mode selector module is programmed to receive an input from the plurality of temperature sensors, identify the inputs as either valid inputs or invalid inputs, and determine an operational mode of the liquid cooled thermal control system based on the identified inputs. A CT imaging system and a method of operating a cooling system are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Ashutosh Joshi, Joseph James Lacey, Medy Satria
  • Patent number: 8576987
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an X-ray diagnostic apparatus includes X-ray generators, X-ray detectors, high voltage generators, a switching device, an abnormality detection unit and a control unit. The high voltage generators are configured to apply voltages to the X-ray generators. The switching device is configured to switch outputs from the high voltage generators to the X-ray generators. The abnormality detection unit is configured to detect an abnormality in the high voltage generators. The control unit is configured to control the switching device to switch from an output from a high voltage generator of which abnormality has been detected by the abnormality detection unit toward a corresponding X-ray generator to an output from another high voltage generator toward the corresponding X-ray generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Manabu Fukuwara, Mitsuru Sakata, Katsuie Ikawa
  • Patent number: 8532250
    Abstract: An X-ray CT apparatus has an X-ray source, an X-ray detector, a temperature sensor, a data acquisition unit and a controller. The X-ray source generates an X-ray. The X-ray detector detects the X-ray. The temperature sensor detects a temperature of the X-ray detector. The data acquisition unit acquires data from the X-ray detector. The controller controls a temperature of the X-ray detector through adjustment of a workload of the data acquisition unit during a non-scanning time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Atsushi Hashimoto, Takayuki Yamazaki, Michito Nakayama, Tomoe Sagoh, Takeshi Miyagi
  • Patent number: 8488741
    Abstract: A method including irradiating a target, which is located in a patient supported by a movable table, with a radiation beam emanating from a radiation source located in a movable gantry, and positioning the gantry and the table so as to maintain adequate clearance, wherein a clearance is defined as a distance between the gantry and the patient or the table, whichever is smaller, and wherein adequate clearance is defined as a clearance that alleviates a risk of a collision between the gantry and the patient or the table during movement of the gantry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Inventor: Moshe Ein-Gal
  • Publication number: 20130170622
    Abstract: A method for regulating the acquisition of an analog input signal from a digital X-ray panel is provided. The method includes opening a switch disposed between an integrator and the digital X-ray panel prior to an integrator event or upon detection of a fault in the digital X-ray panel to decouple the integrator from the digital X-ray panel, wherein the integrator is configured to integrate the analog input signal from the digital X-ray panel. Also, a system for data acquisition is provided. Further, a method for fault protection of the digital X-ray panel is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2011
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Naresh Kesavan Rao, Richard Gordon Cronce, German Guillermo Vera, Jianjun Guo
  • Patent number: 8459869
    Abstract: In a cassette-type X-ray detection device, an X-ray detector and a self diagnostic circuit are contained in a cassette casing. When the cassette-type X-ray detection device gets a shock, the self diagnostic circuit is actuated. The self diagnostic circuit reads out from the X-ray detector an offset image being a dark current image, and analyzes the offset image. The self diagnostic circuit finds out an abnormal portion from the offset image, and diagnoses whether the X-ray detector is available, unavailable, or partly available based on the size and position of the abnormal portion. Shock detection and a diagnostic result are displayed on a touch panel provided in the cassette casing, and sent to a console device via a communication unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Jun Enomoto
  • Patent number: 8422377
    Abstract: A technique is disclosed for servicing complex systems. Upon detection of a serviceable condition, a system snapshot is made and stored. The snapshot may include a range of data then available on the system, particularly hardware configuration data, such as components then installed, peripherals installed, their states, and so forth. The snapshot may include data available prior to the detection of an indicator, at the time of detection and following detection, facilitating evaluation of the condition and potential responses to it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Allison Leigh Weiner, Gopal B. Avinash
  • Patent number: 8364241
    Abstract: A system and method for pairing an X-ray system with a wireless device is provided. In one embodiment, a method includes generating a unique pairing code with control circuitry that controls the operation of the X-ray system, providing the unique pairing code to the wireless device in the form of a pulse sequence and receiving a wireless signal indicative of the unique pairing code from the wireless device. The wireless device is then paired and enabled for use with the X-ray system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jeremy Patrick Hannon, Jonathan Mark Butzine
  • Patent number: 8335557
    Abstract: There is described a system for carrying out and monitoring minimally-invasive interventions with an x-ray device, in which at least one x-ray emitter and a x-ray detector are attached to one or more robot arms of one or more multi-axis articulated-arm robots, with which they are able to be moved for recording images from different projection directions on a predeterminable path around a patient support facility. The system includes a control and evaluation unit with interfaces for catheters and devices for carrying out the minimally-invasive intervention. The control and evaluation unit is embodied for the processing of measurement and/or image data which it receives from the catheters and devices and for control of the catheters and devices for recording the measurement and/or image data. With the proposed system the workflow is covered completely and seamlessly from the examination to the therapy, especially in the treatment of tachycardial arrythmias.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Michael Maschke
  • Patent number: 8330597
    Abstract: A radiation detection apparatus and a radiation image capturing system according to the present invention includes an electronic cassette equipped with a casing, and a radiation detection device accommodated inside the casing, which detects radiation emitted from a radiation source and having passed through a subject, while converting the radiation into radiation image information. The electronic cassette includes a sensor for sensing that the casing has been lifted, a power supply controller for supplying power based on a detection signal from the sensor, a discriminating unit for discriminating whether the radiation detection apparatus has transitioned to an image capturing capable mode, and a warning signal output unit for outputting a warning signal, for issuing a warning when the radiation detection apparatus cannot transition to the image capturing capable mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Naoyuki Nishino, Eiichi Kito, Yasunori Ohta, Hiroshi Tamaoki, Tatsuo Iiyama
  • Publication number: 20120236996
    Abstract: A radiation control system and method are provided in which radiation delivered to a patient and/or the operator of the equipment is minimized. The radiation control system may be used in a large variety of applications including applications in which radiation source is used to inspect an object, such as, for example, medical imaging, diagnosis and therapy, in manufacturing operation using radiation, in airports scanning systems, in different security setups, and in nuclear reactors automation and process control. The radiation control system and method may also be used with 3D imaging.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2011
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Applicant: Intellirad Control, Inc.
    Inventors: Allon Guez, Maxim Itkin
  • Patent number: 8270570
    Abstract: An X-ray image diagnosis apparatus which can accept operations from a plurality of operation panels can ensure convenience for operators while avoiding the risk of excessively exposing an object to X-rays. This invention is a control method in an X-ray image diagnosis apparatus which irradiates an object with X-rays and processes a captured image obtained by imaging the object. This method includes the steps of receiving information associated with an imaging condition at the time of X-ray irradiation which is input via an operation panel, discriminating, when the information associated with the imaging condition is received, an operation panel from which the information associated with the imaging condition has been input, and restricting, when the information associated with the imaging condition is received, the reception of a specific instruction input via an operation panel other than the discriminated operation panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shinichi Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 8254524
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and other modalities are described for (a) obtaining an indication relating to an emission module (which may be dangerous, e.g.) or its user (who may be untrained, e.g.) and for (b) configuring the module or causing an irradiation (for imaging, e.g.) in response to the indication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: The Invention Science Fund I, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Bowers, Roderick A. Hyde, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Jordin T. Kare, Eric C. Leuthardt, Dennis J. Rivet, Elizabeth A. Sweeney, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8204286
    Abstract: A radiation image detecting system includes an image detecting information storing section storing thereon an image detecting condition under which a radiation image judged by a reader of the radiation image to be inappropriate is detected in association with a site whose radiation image is detected under the image detecting condition judged inappropriate, an image detecting information designating section designating, before a radiation image of an examined subject is detected, an image detecting condition under which the radiation image of the examined subject is detected and a site of the examined subject which is image-detected, and a warning section issuing an warning to a user when the image detecting condition designated by the image detecting information designating section falls within a predetermined range including an image detecting condition stored on the image detecting information storing section in association with the site designated by the image detecting information designating section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Tomonari Sendai, Yasunori Ohta, Hiroaki Yasuda
  • Patent number: 8184773
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for therapy delivery are disclosed. In one embodiment, a therapy delivery system includes a plurality of movable components including a radiation therapy nozzle and a patient pod for holding a patient, a patient registration module for determining a desired position of at least one of the plurality of movable components, and a motion control module for coordinating the movement of the least one of the plurality of movable components from a current position to the desired position. The motion control module includes a path planning module for simulating at least one projected trajectory of movement of the least one of the plurality of moveable components from the current position to the desired position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Loma Linda University Medical Center
    Inventors: Chieh C Cheng, David A Lesyna, Michael F Moyers
  • Publication number: 20120121070
    Abstract: The present invention provides system, devices, and methods for scanning an object while avoiding radiation exposure. For example, the present invention provides systems comprising a scanning device with input and output openings, and a safety sensor adjacent to the input or output opening that sends a signal that turns off or physically blocks electromagnetic radiation if the presence of an invading element (e.g., human hand) is detected by the safety sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Applicant: SMITHS HEIMANN GMBH
    Inventors: Gregor Hess, Sven Wohlgethan, Andreas Streyl, Joerg Bermuth, Urs Viehboeck, Patricia Schall, Georg Geus
  • Patent number: 8041008
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and other modalities are described for (a) obtaining an indication relating to an emission module (which may be dangerous, e.g.) or its user (who may be untrained, e.g.) and for (b) configuring the module or causing an irradiation (for imaging, e.g.) in response to the indication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: The Invention Science Fund I, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Bowers, Roderick A. Hyde, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Jordin T. Kare, Eric C. Leuthardt, Dennis J. Rivet, Elizabeth A. Sweeney, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8031838
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and other modalities are described for (a) obtaining an indication relating to an emission module (which may be dangerous, e.g.) or its user (who may be untrained, e.g.) and for (b) configuring the module or causing an irradiation (for imaging, e.g.) in response to the indication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: The Invention Science Fund I, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Bowers, Roderick A. Hyde, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Jordin T. Kare, Eric C. Leuthardt, Dennis J. Rivet, Elizabeth A. Sweeney, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8009052
    Abstract: In a method and system for monitoring the power state of an x-ray emitter and/or an x-ray detector, the x-ray emitter is operated according to a set of test parameters, so as to emit x-rays that strike at least a portion of the detector region of the x-ray detector. At least one value characterizing the operation of the x-ray emitter and/or the x-ray detector is determined, and this detected parameter is compared with a comparable reference parameter value. The power state of the x-ray emitter and/or the x-ray detector is determined based on deviation of the detected parameter from the reference parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Mathias Hörnig, Thomas Mertelmeier, Phillip Thaler
  • Patent number: 7936544
    Abstract: A power supply for a device which has a load, comprising a first resonant generator and a second resonant generator, coupled in parallel, each generator having a phase output. The power supply further comprises a control circuit coupled to the first and second generators controlling the first and second phase outputs, wherein the first phase output and the second phase output are summed to provide a variable power supply to the load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Assignee: EMD Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Beland
  • Patent number: 7863566
    Abstract: A medical x-ray detection device includes an x-ray detector operable to detect the presence of x-ray radiation in a medical environment, and a signal emitter operatively coupled to said x-ray detector. The signal emitter includes at least one active light-emitting signal device, wherein the signal emitter is operative to emit a signal corresponding to the presence of x-ray radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: BrainLAB AG
    Inventors: Aleksander Bogojevic, Manfred Weiser
  • Publication number: 20100329426
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a mobile X-ray apparatus having a main unit, a moving carriage for installing the main unit, a column standing on the moving carriage, an X-ray generator supported by the column, and an image reader for reading X-ray image information from an imaging plate in which the X-ray image information is stored. The X-ray apparatus is provided with a brake for putting a brake on the moving carriage, a brake control means for applying the brake or releasing the brake, a read control means for prohibiting reading by the image reader, while the brake control means releases the brake, a cassette loading slot for inserting a cassette enclosing the imaging plate into the image reader, a blocking member for closing at least a part of the cassette loading slot to block the cassette to be inserted, and an open and close control means for closing the blocking member to prevent insertion of the cassette while the read control means prohibits reading.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2008
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Inventors: Yuji Oda, Tomokazu Takae, Shinya Kitamura, Tatsuo Iiyama, Kenji Takata
  • Patent number: 7851736
    Abstract: A method and a device for optimizing the image display on imaging apparatuses register whether an operator is looking at the imaging apparatus. The image display of the imaging apparatus is optimized, when it is registered that the operator is looking at the imaging apparatus and namely by dimming the room lighting and/or by increasing the contrast of the imaging apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Martin Spahn
  • Patent number: 7828481
    Abstract: A medical table wherein a top board on which a patient is placed is supported by a base having an internal instrument so as to be movable parallel to the board surface, the medical table includes a detecting device that detects the possibility that a hand or fingers, which grip the top board, come in contact with the internal instrument during the movement of the top board or internal instrument, and a preventing device that prevents the movement of the top board or the internal instrument on the basis of a detection signal of the detecting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: GE Medical Systems Global Technology Company, LLC
    Inventors: Bin Ye, Jiake Xu, Shaobo Gu, Feng Wang
  • Patent number: 7801267
    Abstract: A method and system for auto positioning a compression mechanism in a mammography imaging system is disclosed herewith. The method comprises: automatically elevating the compression mechanism upon detection of a breast biopsy device. The breast biopsy device can be detected upon connecting the same to the mammography system or can be detected upon noticing the same on the vicinity of the mammography system. The compression mechanism includes: breast compressor, breast holding paddles and paddle holders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: General Electric Co.
    Inventors: Gagan Bindra, Guy Hersemeule