Source Support Patents (Class 378/193)
  • Patent number: 10271802
    Abstract: A mobile x-ray apparatus having wheels for manual transport and an x-ray tube support attached to a base. The apparatus may be rolled by pushing and/or pulling the base, the support, or the x-ray tube. A brake is associated with at least one of the wheels to prevent rolling the apparatus when manually positioning the x-ray tube. The brake may be engaged from an actuator on the tube head, on the support, or on the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Carestream Health, Inc.
    Inventors: William C. Wendlandt, James H. Ogle
  • Patent number: 10070833
    Abstract: A mobile X-ray imaging apparatus has an angle sensor and a movement calculation circuit that controls the driving of drive wheels based on the turning angle of auxiliary wheels relative to a straight moving direction of the base unit when a fine movement switch instructs movement of the base unit in the fine movement mode. The turning angle of auxiliary wheels is detected by a turning angle sensor and the rotation of the pair of drive wheels is controlled by the movement calculation circuit as the auxiliary wheels turns to the straight moving direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: SHIMADZU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ken Shirota, Hiroshi Okumura
  • Patent number: 9730653
    Abstract: An X-ray CT apparatus including an X-ray generator, an X-ray detector, a support part, and a base that rotatably supports the support part. The support part includes an exterior part made of carbon fiber reinforced plastic, and the X-ray generator and the X-ray detector are supported by the exterior part while being opposed to each other. The base rotatably supports the support part such that the X-ray generator and the X-ray detector turn about a turning axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: J. MORITA MANUFACTRING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryuichiro Niizeki, Hideki Yoshikawa, Susumu Kirimura
  • Patent number: 9655568
    Abstract: A method for recording a scan from a series of 2D X-ray projections using a C-arm X-ray apparatus allows an analytical volume reconstruction of a disk-shaped region of interest. The C-arm X-ray apparatus has a coherent, flat focus trajectory comprising three sections on which the focus of the X-ray source is moved with recording of X-ray projection views. The X-ray source emits a cone beam in the direction of an imaging X-ray detector, such as in particular a flat panel detector FPD. In some implementations, the cone beam is configured as a fan beam with a fan angle in the plane of the focus trajectory, which contains the ROI with the virtual scan center in its center, wherein the central ray of the fan beam is located on the bisector of the fan angle, and stands vertically on the ray inlet window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Ziehm Imaging GmbH
    Inventor: Ludwig Ritschl
  • Patent number: 9400255
    Abstract: An X-ray fluorescence spectrometer includes: a sample stage configured to place a sample thereon; an X-ray source configured to irradiate the sample with primary X-rays; a detector, which is configured to detect fluorescent X-rays produced from the sample irradiated with the primary X-rays, and which includes an X-ray incident window formed by a window material through which fluorescent X-rays is transmittable; and a gas blowing mechanism configured to blow a gas to at least one of an outer surface of the X-ray incident window and the sample stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: Hitachi High-Tech Science Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroaki Nohara, Yoshiki Matoba, Noriaki Sakai, Toshitada Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 9398675
    Abstract: In an exemplary embodiment, an imaging apparatus comprises an arm assembly coupled to an imaging arm. The arm assembly includes a shoulder joint, an elbow joint, and an articulation assembly. The shoulder joint is configured to travel a vertical distance in a substantially linear fashion and provide rotational movement. The imaging arm comprises a first end and a second end. As such, the imaging apparatus is configured to provide radial motion along a path equal to the length of the arm assembly and the imaging arm along the vertical distance and the horizontal distance of the shoulder joint. The imaging apparatus may also comprise a movable cabinet, a monitor, and a control, with the arm assembly coupled to the movable cabinet. Furthermore, the imaging arm may comprise an x-ray source and a sensor, with the monitor displaying data detected by the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Orthoscan, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher B. Eaves
  • Patent number: 9326747
    Abstract: A mobile radiation imaging apparatus includes a radiation generation unit configured to generate radiation, a cart, a supporting member formed on the cart and configured to hold the radiation generation unit in a movable manner with respect to the cart, a detection unit configured to detect arrangement of the radiation generation unit in a particular non-imaging position, and a control unit configured to limit a motion of the supporting member according to a detection result by the detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Satoru Omura
  • Publication number: 20150124941
    Abstract: A C-arm sleeve for preserving the sterility of a C-arm. The C-arm sleeve includes a C-frame drape configured to cover the C-frame of the C-arm. The C-arm sleeve also includes an image intensifier drape configured to be placed over an image intensifier of the C-arm. The C-arm sleeve further includes a tube-head drape configured to be placed over a tube-head of the C-arm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Charles Arterson
  • Patent number: 9022650
    Abstract: An X-ray imaging apparatus comprises an X-ray generation unit; a plurality of supporting members configured to support the X-ray generation unit; and an accommodation unit configured to accommodate the X-ray generation unit and the plurality of supporting members, wherein the accommodation unit is formed by bringing a first member and a second member into contact with each other, each of the plurality of supporting members is connected to the first member by a first connecting portion that is rotatable and to the X-ray generation unit by a second connecting portion that is rotatable, and a support height of the X-ray generation unit supported by the supporting members can be adjusted in accordance with a distance between the first member and the second member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Wataru Kaku, Yoshihiro Miyazawa, Hideki Hayashi, Takashi Ogura, Jun Murata
  • Patent number: 8998487
    Abstract: An X-ray imaging apparatus comprises an X-ray source; a housing configured to accommodate the X-ray source; and a plurality of supporting legs each connected to the housing via a movable connecting portion and configured to support the housing, wherein each of the supporting legs can change, by the movable connecting portion, a support angle made by a ground plane and the supporting leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Watanabe, Hiroyuki Tokuda, Hitomi Ogasawara, Takashi Ogura, Jun Murata
  • Publication number: 20150085991
    Abstract: An X-ray stand includes a device that compensates for distortions caused by weight. The stand includes a horizontal bracket. The device for distortion compensation includes an inclination-angle transmitter that generates an inclination signal as a function of an inclination angle of the bracket. The device also includes a control device that receives the inclination signal from the inclination-angle transmitter, a motor drive that is activated by the control device, and an adjustment device that is driven by the motor drive and is configured to adjust the inclination angle of the bracket. The control device activates the motor drive such that any deviation of the inclination angle of the bracket from a predefined inclination angle is reduced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Franz Fütterer, Harald Graf, Stefan Hesl, Michael Kleber, Jürgen Plannerer, Stefan Popp
  • Patent number: 8923481
    Abstract: Embodiments of backscatter inspection systems include features to enable inspection of irregular surfaces, tight spacer, and other hard-to-reach places. Some embodiments include arms that maneuver a scan head with at least three degrees of freedom, and some embodiments include arms that maneuver a scan head with at least seven degrees of freedom. Some embodiments include proximity detectors on a scan head or base, detect contact with an object being inspected, and to slow or stop the motion of the system accordingly. Some compact embodiments scan the interior of an object from within, and include a rotating, low-energy source of penetrating radiation, and at least one backscatter detector, which may be stationary, or may rotate with the source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: American Science and Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey R. Schubert, John P. Handy, Richard L. Schueller, Terry Lee McElroy, David C. Walazek, William J. Baukus
  • Publication number: 20140369477
    Abstract: With an X-ray apparatus for round visit of this invention, when a brake operation is carried out, a CPU performs deceleration control (braking current control at c and short brake control at e) of a movable carriage instead of immediately driving electromagnetic brakes, and drives the electromagnetic brakes at time f. Therefore, a great shock does not occur to the apparatus, and there is no possibility of the operator colliding with the apparatus. Since the deceleration control of the movable carriage is carried out in advance, the apparatus does not stop suddenly and does not impair the floor. As a result, the X-ray apparatus for round visit is realized, in which no great shock occurs to the apparatus at times of deceleration, and which is also safe for the operator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Applicant: SHIMADZU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tomoharu Okuno
  • Patent number: 8899834
    Abstract: Systems and methods for braking and releasing one or more pivot joints used in an X-ray positioning device are described. The systems and methods use a support arm that extends between a main assembly of the x-ray positioning device and an X-ray imaging assembly with an X-ray source and an X-ray detector that are disposed nearly opposite to each other. The support arm includes one or more pivot joints (such as horizontal, lateral, and/or orbital pivot joints) that allow the imaging assembly to move with respect to the main assembly. The pivot joints can each be connected to an automated braking system that is capable of selectively locking and unlocking a corresponding pivot joint, as indicated by a user-controlled switching mechanism. The braking systems containing multiple pivot joints can be individually controlled by separate switching mechanisms or simultaneously controlled by a single switching mechanism. Other embodiments are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: David Ellis Barker, John Matthew Simmons
  • Patent number: 8876379
    Abstract: A mobile radiography apparatus has a portable transport frame and a sectioned vertical column mounted on the frame and defining a vertical axis and having a base section having a fixed vertical position relative to the vertical axis and at least one movable section that is translatable to a variable vertical position along the vertical axis. A counterbalance apparatus is coupled to the at least one movable section of the vertical column with an actuator that is energizable to translate the at least one movable section along the vertical axis. A boom apparatus supports an x-ray source and is coupled to the at least one movable section for vertical displacement of the boom apparatus to a height position. A height sensing element provides a signal that is indicative of the height position of the boom apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Carestream Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony DiRisio, Joseph E. Stagnitto
  • Patent number: 8870456
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes: a rotator having a shape of a perforated circular plate and rotating around a rotating axis of a center of the perforated circular plate; and a supporter having a perforated circular plate and one side of which is connected to one side of the rotator such that the rotator is restricted only to rotation movement. The supporter includes a supporter opening/closing part a part of which is separated along the rotating axis and then rotates by a predetermined angle around the rotating axis, and the rotator includes a rotator opening/closing part a part of which integrally moves with the supporter opening/closing part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Korea Institute of Industrial Technology
    Inventors: Duck-june Kim, Sang-hoon Ji, Woong-hee Shon, Sang-moo Lee, Kyung-tae Nam, Kwang-hee Lee
  • Publication number: 20140301526
    Abstract: An X-ray tube mount for mounting an X-ray tube assembly to the rotating disk assembly of a CT imaging system, said X-ray tube mount comprising: a housing having an inner end and an outer end, wherein said inner end of said housing is located closer to the center of rotation of the rotating disk assembly than said outer end of said housing; and at least one mounting construct for mounting said housing to the rotating disk assembly, wherein said at least one mounting construct is disposed intermediate said inner end of said housing and said outer end of said housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventors: Andrew P. Tybinkowski, Daehyung Park, Pilyong Oh, Eric Bailey
  • Patent number: 8794832
    Abstract: An X-ray generation unit and an X-ray detection unit are held by an arm. Image data is generated based on X-ray projection data which is generated by the X-ray detection unit. A first support member supports the arm and rotates the arm in a first rotation direction. A second support member supports the first support member. The second support member rotates the first support member around a rotation center in a second rotation direction perpendicular to the first rotation direction. A movement unit can move the second support member in an up and down direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Koji Noda
  • Patent number: 8781061
    Abstract: In order to provide an X-ray CT apparatus including a rotating portion capable of enduring a high speed rotation and tilting, the rotating portion includes a cylinder portion 42, a ring portion 41 that is disposed at a position which is offset from the center in the direction of a rotation axis 32 of the cylinder portion 42, and the cylinder portion 42 and the ring portion 41 are supported by spoke portions 43 to 46. An X-ray tube and one or more circuit units are fixed on the inner wall of the cylinder portion 42. Thereby, the centers of gravity of an X-ray detection unit and the circuit units can be positioned at the center position in the direction of the rotation axis 32 of the cylinder portion 42.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Hitachi Medical Corporation
    Inventor: Mikio Mochitate
  • Patent number: 8770839
    Abstract: A diagnostic imaging system, which can be a mobile or stationary surgical CT imaging system or an MRI system, comprises an internal airflow cooling system that includes an air intake opening and an air outtake opening that are positioned near the ground and direct air flow away from the sterile surgical field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Mobius Imaging, LLC
    Inventors: Eugene A. Gregerson, Russell Stanton, Michael Allen, Michael Connor, Scott Coppen
  • Patent number: 8767909
    Abstract: The c-arm x-ray system according to the present invention presents a system that provides at least one x-ray beam projection and an auxiliary projection without the need to rearranging or move elements of the c-arm to avoid inaccuracies through mechanical deflection of the supporting c-arm. This is achieved by comprising a main x-ray source, and at least one auxiliary x-ray source with a lower continuously radiated power than the main x-ray source and mechanically coupled to the main x-ray source, which is formed as a cold carbon nanotube based field emitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventor: Gereon Vogtmeier
  • Patent number: 8767912
    Abstract: The system for the inspection and imaging of insulated pipes and vessels using backscattered gamma radiation and X-ray fluorescence includes a frame having a pair of coaxial rings adapted for coaxial mounting about the insulated pipe, vessel or the like. A pair of rotating supports are rotatably mounted within the pair rings for driven rotation thereof. A plurality of horizontal supports are secured to, and extend between, the pair of rotating supports such that each of the horizontal supports extends along a direction parallel to an axis of the insulated pipe. A plurality of inspection modules are slidably mounted to the horizontal supports. Each inspection module includes at least one radiation source, an X-ray fluorescence detector and a backscattered gamma radiation detector. The plurality of inspection modules are linearly translated along the axial direction of the pipe, and also circumferentially rotated therearound for simultaneous, three-dimensional inspection of the pipe body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: King Abdulaziz University
    Inventor: Samir Abdul-Majid Alzaidi
  • Patent number: 8746973
    Abstract: Systems and methods for obtaining two-dimensional images of an object, such as a patient, in multiple projection planes. In one aspect, the invention advantageously permits quasi-simultaneous image acquisition from multiple projection planes using a single radiation source. An imaging apparatus comprises a gantry having a central opening for positioning an object to be imaged, a source of radiation that is rotatable around the interior of the gantry ring and which is adapted to project radiation onto said object from a plurality of different projection angles; and a detector system adapted to detect the radiation at each projection angle to acquire object images from multiple projection planes in a quasi-simultaneous manner. The gantry can be a substantially “O-shaped” ring, with the source rotatable 360 degrees around the interior of the ring. The source can be an x-ray source, and the imaging apparatus can be used for medical x-ray imaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Medtronic Navigation, Inc.
    Inventors: Eugene A. Gregerson, Richard K. Grant, Norbert Johnson
  • Patent number: 8746974
    Abstract: The invention relates to a medical x-ray imaging apparatus which includes a support construction (1) supporting a substantially ring-shaped structure (2), an O-arm (2), which in turn supports imaging means (21, 22) and which O-arm (2) is arranged with an examination opening (4). The imaging means (21, 22) are arranged movable within the O-arm (2). The examination opening (4) is arranged for its predominant portion substantially of the shape of an arch of a circle but to comprise an extension, within the sector covered by which extension the distance from the centre of said arch of the circle to the edge of the examination opening (4) is longer than within the prevailing portion of the examination opening (4) being substantially of the shape of an arch of a circle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Inventors: Lauri Seppälä, Tapio Laukkanen, Pentti Hyvärinen
  • Publication number: 20140139215
    Abstract: An imaging system and methods including a gantry defining a bore and an imaging axis extending through the bore, and at least one support member that supports the gantry such that the imaging axis has a generally vertical orientation, where the gantry is displaceable with respect to the at least one support member in a generally vertical direction. The imaging system may be configured to obtain a vertical imaging scan (e.g., a helical x-ray CT scan), of a patient in a weight-bearing position. The gantry may be rotatable between a first position, in which the gantry is supported such that the imaging axis has a generally vertical orientation, and a second position, such that the imaging axis has a generally horizontal orientation. The gantry may be displaceable in a horizontal direction and the system may perform a horizontal scan of a patient or object positioned within the bore.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: MOBIUS IMAGING, LLC
    Inventors: Eugene A. GREGERSON, Russell STANTON, Michael CONNOR, Michael ALLEN, Paul SEBRING, Robert POWELL
  • Publication number: 20140133634
    Abstract: An x-ray emitter housing includes a first housing part and a second housing part that are connected to one another in a form-fit manner using an axially acting threaded ring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Inventors: Sebastian Kaufmann, Andreas Körner, Petra Maurer, Lothar Werner
  • Patent number: 8693619
    Abstract: The invention relates to a medical computed tomography imaging apparatus which includes a support construction (1) which is arranged to support a substantially ring-shaped structure (2) supporting x-ray imaging means (21, 22), which x-ray imaging means (21, 22) are arranged within said substantially ring-shaped structure supporting the imaging means (2) and movable within said substantially ring-shaped structure supporting the imaging means (2), which ring-shaped structure (2) supporting the imaging means (21, 22) includes an examination opening (4), whereto the object to be imaged can be positioned for imaging. According to the invention, at least one display (11) is arranged to the apparatus. The display is arranged in functional connection with at least one video camera (12), which at least one video camera (12) is arranged in connection with said ring-shaped structure (2) and as aimed, or so that it can be aimed inside said examination opening (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Planmed Oy
    Inventors: Tapio Laukkanen, Sami Tohka
  • Patent number: 8681931
    Abstract: The invention relates to a medical computed tomography apparatus which includes a support construction (1) supporting a substantially ring-shaped O-arm (2), which in turn supports imaging means (21, 22). The cross-section of the outer cover (3) of the O-arm in a direction perpendicular with respect to the central axis of said ring-shaped structure (2) is for its prevailing portion arranged substantially of the shape of an arch of a circle but to comprise a cut, and within the sector covered by the cut the distance from the center of said arch of a circle to the edge of the outer cover (3) is shorter than within said portion of the outer cover (3) substantially of the shape of an arch of a circle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Planmed Oy
    Inventors: Pentti Hyvärinen, Jaakko Lähelmä
  • Patent number: 8662748
    Abstract: An X-ray device including a C-arm movably guided on a mount is provided. A radiation source and a radiation detector are arranged on the C-arm. The radiation source and the radiation detector are connected to the C-arm by cables fed in from outside, the cables being arranged on a cable clamp that may be moved at least in segments along the C-arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Norbert Herrmann, Andreas Limmer, Manfred Sechser
  • Patent number: 8666585
    Abstract: A system and method to perforin image acquisition of a subject is provided. The system includes a mobile device to move an imaging system across a floor, and a brake system that restrains movement of the mobile device. A controller includes a memory having program instructions to instruct a processor to perform the steps of: instructing movement of the mobile device in support of the imaging system to a first position for image acquisition of the subject; receiving feedback that the mobile device is located at the first position; and applying a brake force to restrain movement of the mobile device, wherein the step of applying the brake force includes generating an electromagnetic force from the mobile device in restraint of movement with respect to a plate attached at the floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Bernard Bouvier
  • Patent number: 8657494
    Abstract: A swiveling device for a swiveling C-arm of an X-ray unit includes a motorized drive unit and an adapter removably attachable to the C-arm concentrically with a swiveling axis thereof. The adapter connects the C-arm to the drive unit in driving manner. The swiveling device also includes an angular position encoder for recording the swivel angle of the C-arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Richard Wolf GmbH
    Inventors: Klaus Müller, Willi Weisert
  • Publication number: 20140044241
    Abstract: A C-arm x-ray device includes a C-arm and an x-ray source and an x-ray detector arranged on the C-arm. At least one damping element with an oscillation-damping effect is arranged between the x-ray source and the C-arm. Transmission of oscillations of the x-ray source onto the C-arm may be reduced with the at least one damping element. The C-arm x-ray device also includes at least one holding element arranged on the C-arm. The oscillation-damping effect of the at least one damping element may be influenced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Inventors: Jens Fürst, Norbert Herrmann
  • Publication number: 20140037071
    Abstract: An imaging device has a gantry designed to movie along the floor of a room in which the imaging device is installed. The imaging device has a supply unit that includes a transfer arrangement to transfer power and/or data and/or coolant between a stationary supply source and the movable gantry. The supply unit is arranged in or on the floor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Inventors: Ulrich Foerner, Christof Knoess, Markus Koerber, Michael Loser
  • Patent number: 8596865
    Abstract: The invention relates to a medical x-ray imaging apparatus which includes a support construction (1) supporting a substantially ring-shaped structure (2), an O-arm (2), which in turn supports imaging means (21, 22) and which O-arm (2) is arranged with an examination opening (4). The imaging means (21, 22) are arranged movable within the O-arm (2). The apparatus is arranged with a patient support handlebar (5), which is arranged to be positioned in at least a first and a second position of which in the first position the patient support handlebar (5) functions as a patient support handlebar and in the second position it has some other function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Planmed Oy
    Inventors: Kustaa Nyholm, Tapio Laukkanen, Pentti Hyvärinen
  • Patent number: 8591107
    Abstract: A stand for an X-ray examination apparatus like a C-arm (4) is proposed. The stand comprises a movable ceiling support assembly for a ceiling of a room, a ground support assembly for a floor of the room and a holder (16) extending from the ceiling support assembly to the ground support assembly. The ceiling support assembly is distanced laterally from the ground support assembly and the holder comprises a mount (30) for holding the X-ray examination apparatus above the ground support assembly. Provision of a holder between a ground support assembly and a ceiling support assembly allows to position the ceiling-rail at a distance to a patient's area where the C-arm is employed. Therefore, no dust and debris from a ceiling-rail is released over the patient's area and a sterile air flow from a ceiling is not disturbed. By pivoting the stand through a pivot bearing (14) the C-arm can be easily brought into a parking position where it does not obstruct the patient's area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventor: Joseph Hubertus Peters
  • Patent number: 8568028
    Abstract: A mobile radiography apparatus has a wheeled transport frame and a sectioned vertical column mounted on the frame, defining a vertical axis and having a base section with a first vertical position relative to the vertical axis and at least a first movable section that is translatable to a variable vertical position along the vertical axis. A boom apparatus supports an x-ray source, wherein the boom apparatus is coupled to the first movable section for positioning of the x-ray source along the vertical axis and extends outward with respect to the sectioned vertical column for positioning of the x-ray source in a direction that is orthogonal to the vertical axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Carestream Health, Inc.
    Inventors: William C. Wendlandt, James H. Ogle, James G. Coyne, Anthony DiRisio, Christopher J. Kralles
  • Patent number: 8546773
    Abstract: A radiotherapy technique for providing a radiation source having a radiation path that intersects a treatment area, activating the radiation source, and moving the radiation source in three dimensions about the treatment area, wherein the radiation source is continually directed substantially toward an isocentric point within the treatment area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Inventor: John P. Stokes
  • Patent number: 8487287
    Abstract: A system for attenuating a primary radiation beam applied to a target area on a patient for generating an image of the target area during radiological examination includes a barrier formed of a radiation attenuation material and positionable over the target area to partially attenuate the primary radiation beam before the primary radiation beam reaches the target area. The barrier is configured to substantially extend around an entire periphery of the patient. The system also includes a buffer positionable between the barrier and the patient for offsetting the barrier from the patient. The buffer includes at least one flexible bag configured to retain a fluid. The at least one flexible bag is configured to improve the clarity of the image generated during the radiological examination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Worldwide Innovations & Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John A. Cadwalader, William W. Orrison
  • Patent number: 8480303
    Abstract: A mobile x-ray device that is operable to be moved for a change in position and is operable to be controlled and braked during movement is provided. A handle is arranged on the x-ray device, and the handle is operable to both control and brake the mobile x-ray device. The combination of control and braking in a handle results in improved manageability and allows for a more compact design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Reinhold Hartwich, Norbert Herrmann, Josef Rupprecht, Manfred Sechser
  • Patent number: 8428221
    Abstract: A medical x-ray acquisition system has an x-ray source and an x-ray detector, the x-ray source having at least one field emission radiator with at least one field emission cathode. The field emission cathode can be formed by a nanostructured material with carbon nanotubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Jan Boese, Michael Maschke
  • Patent number: 8351567
    Abstract: A method and system for automated testing and/or measurement of a plurality of substantially identical components by means of X-ray radiation comprises a testing/measuring device with an X-ray device, a protection cabin surrounding the testing/measuring device, a conveying device for continuously conveying components to or away from the testing/measuring device, and a control/evaluation unit, which is set up for automated control of the system and for evaluation of the X-ray signals. The testing/measuring device comprises a support and a rotor mounted on the support so as to be continuously rotatable, the X-ray device being arranged on the rotor and the conveying device being set up for serial conveying of the components through the rotor and the control/evaluation unit for computer tomographic evaluation of the X-ray signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Wuestenbecker, Ingo Stuke
  • Patent number: 8345820
    Abstract: A radiographic image capturing apparatus includes a radiation source device housing therein a radiation source for outputting a radiation, a cassette housing therein a radiation detector for detecting the radiation which is transmitted through a subject when the subject is irradiated with the radiation by the radiation source, and converting the detected radiation into a radiographic image, and a joining mechanism for selectively integrally joining the radiation source device and the cassette to each other and separating the radiation source device and the cassette from each other when the radiation source outputs the radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Fujifilm Corporation
    Inventors: Yutaka Yoshida, Yasunori Ohta, Naoyuki Nishino
  • Patent number: 8342469
    Abstract: A positioning system for a suspended medical device includes a positioning adjustment block fixed on a ceiling rail, a latch assembly, and a positioning assembly fixed on a trolley. The latch assembly is in a snap fit with the positioning adjustment block, and the latch assembly is connected to the positioning assembly through buffer springs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Shenzhen Mindray Bio-Medical Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zhenggang Wang, Shanzhi Huang, Yuan Wang
  • Patent number: 8322674
    Abstract: A suspension system for a ceiling mount of a medical device is suggested, comprising an attachment device provided at a ceiling and a console arranged between the attachment device and the ceiling mount for movement of the ceiling mount parallel to the ceiling. Said console comprises a support plate connected to the attachment device and a carriage that is movable with respect to the support plate and is connected to the ceiling mount. This allows movement of the medical device to the greatest extent possible to all positions in the surgical area without colliding with alternately usable operating lights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Leica Instruments (Singapore) Pte, Ltd.
    Inventor: Andrzej Metelski
  • Patent number: 8306181
    Abstract: A multi-functional dental extra-oral x-ray imaging system includes a conventional x-ray source and manipulator to control the movement of the x-ray source by translating and rotating, a real time multiple frame producing x-ray imaging device and at least two different exposure profile programs, whereas one of such profiles produces a standard panoramic image and a second of such profiles produces an angled or transverse slice to a the panoramic image. A third exposure profile program produces a substantially linear projection of the human skull by combining two linear projections, one for the right and one for the left part of the head. The sensor is a linear direct conversion operating preferably in the frame mode and producing more than 100 fps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Oy AJAT Ltd
    Inventors: Konstantinos Spartiotis, Tuomas Pantsar, Henrik Viking Lohman
  • Publication number: 20120275566
    Abstract: A system for subsea imaging comprises a first plate having an inner surface, an outer surface, and a cavity formed in the inner surface. In addition, the system comprises a phosphor imaging plate disposed in the cavity. Further, the system comprises a second plate having an inner surface facing the inner surface of the first plate and an outer surface facing away from the outer surface of the first plate. Still further, the system comprises a seal member disposed between the inner surface of the first plate and the inner surface of the second plate. The seal member extends around the perimeter of the cavity and is configured to seal the phosphor imaging plate and the cavity from intrusion water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Applicants: LOS ALAMOS NATIONAL SECURITY, LLC, BP CORPORATION NORTH AMERICA INC.
    Inventors: James Hunter, Danny Lee Keck, James Rae Sims, JR., Scott Avery Watson
  • Publication number: 20120275571
    Abstract: The present embodiments relate to an arrangement with a robot having a robot arm formed from arm members. The robot arm carries a device fed by at least one electrical supply line. The arrangement has at least one guide element fixed to one of the arm members for guidance of the at least one electrical supply line on the robot arm. The at least one guide element is arranged rotatably about a longitudinal axis of the one arm member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Inventor: Wolfgang Neuber
  • Patent number: 8259899
    Abstract: The invention relates to a multi-modality tomography apparatus (11) including a first tomograph (13) and a second tomograph or imaging system (14) using different tomography techniques, such as X-ray CT tomography and PET or SPECT tomography, or a tomographic or planar optical imaging system, which are located on the same face of a support means (12) which can rotate in both directions of rotation around an axial support shaft (12), such that a subject undergoing examination and placed on a subject support does not have to be moved during a tomographic examination with any of the two tomographs (13, 14) installed on the same face of the support (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Fundacion Para la Investigacion Biomedica del Hospital Gregorio Maranon
    Inventors: Juan José Vaquero López, Manuel Menéndez Desco
  • Patent number: 8225495
    Abstract: A localizing unit for an X-ray diagnostic system covered with a sterile drape is provided. In one embodiment, the localizing unit can be sterilized and has an adapter, which includes a mechanism for puncturing the sterile drape and a mechanism for temporarily securing the sterile drape on a housing of the X-ray diagnostic system. The adapter may be detachably held in predetermined holders on the housing of the X-ray diagnostic system and may be positioned on the housing in a reproducible manner. In some embodiments, the mechanism for temporarily securing the sterile drape on the housing includes an elastically deformable, surrounding seal, which upon positioning the adapter, produces a force on the sterile drape in a direction perpendicular to the surface of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Ziehm Imaging GmbH
    Inventor: Juergen Dehler
  • Patent number: 8197136
    Abstract: A tomography apparatus has an annular channel and at least one ventilation element for the purpose of drawing off an air current flowing through the annular channel. The ventilation element contains an intake window that is located in the annular channel for the purpose of drawing off at least a portion of the air current. In order to obtain an even flow profile at an output window of the ventilation element, the intake window has a greater effective intake cross-section at both sides than at the middle. By such evening the flow profile at the output window, turbulence and air current interruptions of the air can be generally avoided, such that when operating the tomography apparatus, disrupting acoustic emissions may be reduced, or a higher air flow and thereby a greater cooling effect may be obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Thorsten Buettner, Rita Krug, Andreas Speck