Including Cable Handling Patents (Class 378/194)
  • Patent number: 9339333
    Abstract: An apparatus, including an insertion tube having a proximal tube end and a distal tube end that includes an electrode, a first irrigation line including proximal and distal irrigation line ends and configured to supply fluid from the distal irrigation line end through apertures in the tube, and an electrical line including a proximal electrical line end and a distal electric line end coupled to the electrode. The apparatus includes a slip ring unit having a stator, a rotor connected to the proximal electrical line end, and a hollow channel extending through respective centers of the stator and the rotor along a longitudinal axis of the slip ring unit. The apparatus includes a rotary joint in fluid communication with the proximal irrigation line end, an angle sensor configured to detect torsion of the proximal irrigation line end, and a drive mechanism coupled to rotate the rotor responsively to the torsion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Biosense Webster (Israel) Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoav Lichtenstein, Ronen Krupnik, Roy Urman, Natan Sharon Katz, Goren Cohn
  • Patent number: 9307946
    Abstract: A medical imaging device mountable on a support structure having a horizontal surface and at least one substantially vertical surface. The imaging device includes a frame and a gantry having a radiation source and a radiation detector. The gantry is rotatable with respect to the frame. The imaging device includes a first vertical adjustment element and a second vertical adjustment element. The first vertical adjustment element has a first end couplable to the horizontal surface and a second end coupled to the frame, the first end is located a first distance from the second end, and adjustable over a first range. The second vertical adjustment element has a third end coupled to the frame and a fourth end coupled to the gantry. The third end is located a second distance from the fourth end, and is adjustable over a second range, and the fourth end is rotatable with respect to the third end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: DENTAL IMAGING TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Frederick W. Cowdery, Frank Speranza, Carl Anthony Yacono, Tyler Betteridge
  • Patent number: 9131907
    Abstract: Systems and a computer-readable medium is provided. In one embodiment, an integrated pull-up system is provided which includes an electric hoist adapted for mounting in one of an upper portion of a medical imaging device, at a base of said medical imaging device, integrated in said medical imaging device, and on a patient handling system (“PHS”). One end of a cable/strap is attached to the hoist. The other end of the cable/strap includes a grab-bar attached thereto. When actuated, the cable/strap retracts and extends to move a patient, holding the grab-bar, towards/from a supine position towards/from a seated position on the PHS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Way I. Moy, Jeffrey A. Giannini
  • Patent number: 8979365
    Abstract: A device for supporting elements connecting a mobile X-ray machine is provided. The device comprises a chain that can be deformed in a single plane configured to contain connection elements of a mobile X-ray machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Bernard Bouvier, Bruno Galloni
  • Patent number: 8944389
    Abstract: A flexible hose tensioning device includes a shaper roller for receiving a flexible hose. The shaper roller includes guide grooves, into which raised sections of the flexible hose engage. The shaper roller and the guide grooves are configured so that there is a form fit between the shaper roller and the flexible hose. An element that holds the flexible hose in the shaper roller and a spring coupled to the shaper roller are also provided. The spring is tensioned when the flexible hose is pulled in a corresponding direction and generates an opposing force to a flexible hose tensile force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Wolfgang Neuber
  • Patent number: 8787528
    Abstract: A diagnostic device system has a weight-reduced rechargeable battery. When a portable radiographic apparatus and a portable X-ray source are carried to and used for imaging at a private home or a care home, the portable radiographic apparatus and the portable X-ray source are loaded on an automobile. When the charge amount of rechargeable batteries for operation housed in the portable radiographic apparatus or the portable X-ray source loaded on the automobile is low, or when there are plural destinations and the charge amount of the rechargeable batteries becomes low, a rechargeable battery for charging mounted on the automobile is used to charge the rechargeable batteries for operation while traveling. Because the rechargeable batteries for operation are charged while traveling, a large number of rechargeable batteries for operation does not need to be charged in advance, whereby the weight of the rechargeable batteries for operation can be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Takeshi Kamiya, Yusuke Kitagawa, Yasunori Ohta, Haruyasu Nakatsugawa
  • Publication number: 20140161231
    Abstract: A gantry scanner system comprises a radiation source, a plurality of detectors and a support frame supporting the detectors. The support frame includes an elongate support member arranged to support the detectors, cable support means arranged to support power cables or signal cables connected to the detectors, and cover means arranged to cover the support member, the cable support means and the detectors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: Rapiscan Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Edward James Morton
  • 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: 8579506
    Abstract: A gantry scanner system includes a radiation source, a plurality of detectors and a support frame supporting the detectors. The support frame includes an elongate support member arranged to support the detectors, cable support means arranged to support power cables or signal cables connected to the detectors, and cover means arranged to cover the support member, the cable support means and the detectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Rapiscan Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Edward James Morton
  • Patent number: 8562211
    Abstract: A system and a method for acquiring image data of a subject with an imaging system is provided. The system can include a gantry that completely annularly encompasses at least a portion of the subject, which can be positioned along at an isocenter of the imaging system. The system can include a source and a detector positioned within and movable relative to the gantry on a rotor. The system can include a move control module that sets move data for each of the source, detector and rotor that causes the source, detector and rotor to move in a desired motion profile to acquire image data of a portion of the subject off the isocenter of the imaging system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Medtronic Navigation, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick A. Helm, Michael Connor, Russell Stanton, Norbert Johnson, Gene Gregerson
  • Publication number: 20120321050
    Abstract: A device for supporting elements connecting a mobile X-ray machine is provided. The device comprises a chain that can be deformed in a single plane configured to contain connection elements of a mobile X-ray machine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2012
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Inventors: Bernard BOUVIER, Bruno GALLONI
  • Publication number: 20120300909
    Abstract: Systems and methods for rotating or pivoting an X-ray device are disclosed. The systems and methods use X-ray device in which an X-ray imaging arm (such as a C-arm) can pivotally rotate in an orbital manner about a pivot joint that is physically attached to the X-ray imaging arm and the pivot joint coincides with the center of gravity for the X-ray imaging arm. The X-ray device can have an X-ray imaging arm that has an X-ray source and an X-ray detector which are respectively disposed at nearly opposing locations of the imaging arm. The pivot joint can serve as an axis of orbital rotation around which the imaging arm pivots in an orbital fashion. The pivot joint can be pivotally attached to a first end of an X-ray imaging arm fork, which, in turn, can have its second end attached to an X-ray imaging arm support structure (such as a mobile cart). The imaging arm fork can further include a lateral pivot joint that provides a lateral axis of rotation for the imaging arm. The fork can consist of one or two arms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2011
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Inventors: John Matthew Simmons, David E. Barker, Jan D. Bruening, Samuel L. Alder
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20120207281
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a post frame for X-ray apparatus and a ceiling type X-ray apparatus. The post frame according to the present invention comprises: a main frame comprising a fixed frame fixed to the X-ray apparatus and a plurality of movable frames received by and arranged in the fixed frame; and a bearing part provided on the main frame, wherein the main frame comprises: a guide integrated with the main frame, that protrudes inward from the main frame and has an insertion groove at both sides; and a connecting bar that is inserted into the insertion grooves and is in contact with a bearing of the bearing part. Since the welding of the guide is not required, time and cost for manufacturing the post frame are reduced. The connecting bar can be assembled easily by simply inserting it into the guide groove.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2012
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Applicant: SHINYOUNG FOR M CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ik-Han Kim
  • Publication number: 20120121071
    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: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2011
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Inventors: Norbert Herrmann, Andreas Limmer, Manfred Sechser
  • Publication number: 20120069960
    Abstract: In an X-ray imaging system, an X-ray source has a lightweight and small-sized X-ray tube. The X-ray tube is a fixed anode X-ray tube without having a target rotating mechanism. The X-ray tube uses a cold cathode electron source, which does not need a filament and a heater. An image acquisition control device moves the X-ray source to each of plural positions predetermined on a cross bar of a holder by control of a drive source of a shift mechanism. Whenever the X-ray source reaches each position, the X-ray source emits X-rays to an object, and a cassette detects the X-rays transmitted through the object to take an image. Based on data of taken plural images, tomographic image, which puts emphasis on a region of interest inside the object, is produced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2011
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Applicant: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Yusuke Kitagawa, Naoyuki Nishino
  • Patent number: 8047715
    Abstract: Current C-arm examination devices are not capable of performing 360 degrees rotations. The reason for this is that the cabling which connects the external cabinets to the detector, collimator and x-ray tube does not allow for such a rotation. According to an exemplary embodiment of the present invention, an examination apparatus is provided which has a connection device connecting the external cabinets to the C-arm which is adapted for enabling a rotation of the C-arm of more than 360 degrees. Such a connection device may comprise a storing device for winding up the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventor: Nicolaas Jan Noordhoek
  • Patent number: 8033724
    Abstract: Methods and systems for X-ray imaging are disclosed. An X-ray imaging system includes an X-ray tube to generate X-rays and a detector array to capture scattered X-rays. A rotational collimator directs the X-rays at an object under inspection. Rotational mechanisms rotate the X-ray tube and the detector array about a roll axis and a yaw axis to inspect various portions of the object. A track unit mechanism moves the X-ray imaging system linearly along a track unit to further inspect portions of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: William Talion Edwards, Morteza Safai, Gary E. Georgeson, Daniel Shedlock
  • Patent number: 8025440
    Abstract: A carriage that can be attached to and move on a rail is provided. The carriage has a contact area that supports a cable connection, for example, for a power supply. An end section of the contact area is designed so as to fold down on removal of a pressure exerted by a section of the cable connection lying thereon, so that as a result the carriage is contracted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Stefan Hesl, Thomas Will
  • Patent number: 8002464
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for guiding at least one cable between a first system component connected to the cable and a second system component which is relatively rotatable and/or displaceable with respect to the first and is connected to the cable, whereby the cable exhibits a cable modality which can be changed by displacement and/or rotation of the second system component, whereby at least one device for adapting the cable modality is present. By making available a guide medium which allows the device for adapting the cable modality to be guided according to the displacement and/or rotation of the second system component, it is possible to provide a device which supports a mobile device without the function of the device being restricted by the cable guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Frank Grasser, Franz Schmeisser, Rudolf Heimberger, Herbert Kemeth, Winfried Lurz, Manfred Schönborn
  • Patent number: 7985023
    Abstract: A medical examination device is provided. At least some of the supply lines used to operate the examination device are routed from above to the examination device, with the supply lines being arranged on a gallows which is mounted rotatably on a rail-guided carriage and being attached to a longitudinal section by at least one Bowden cable arranged on the gallows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Stefan Groβ, Franz Schmeisser
  • Publication number: 20110142203
    Abstract: A gantry scanner system includes a radiation source, a plurality of detectors and a support frame supporting the detectors. The support frame includes an elongate support member arranged to support the detectors, cable support means arranged to support power cables or signal cables connected to the detectors, and cover means arranged to cover the support member, the cable support means and the detectors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2009
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Inventor: Edward James Morton
  • Patent number: 7910832
    Abstract: A line routing device is provided in order to allow simple, reliable electrical linking, in particular of a motor-vehicle sliding door to a vehicle power supply system. The line routing device includes a housing having a movement opening which extends in longitudinal direction and an outlet opening. A movement element is movably mounted in the movement opening and the cable as well as a spring strip, which is bent in a U-shape, are attached to the movement element. The cable is routed along the spring strip to the outlet opening and an end of the spring strip, which is remote from the movement element, is fixed to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: LEONI Bordnetz-Systeme GmbH
    Inventors: Mario Pieh, Norbert Friedrich, Alexander Meyer, Matthias Heitmeier
  • Patent number: 7878709
    Abstract: A retaining apparatus having a fastening element for fastening to a device, a first retaining element which is arranged on the fastening element in such a manner that it can be pivoted about a first axis, and a second retaining element which is arranged in such a manner that it can be pivoted about a second axis that is oriented perpendicular to the first axis and is designed to retain a flexible connecting element such that it can be moved forwards and backwards ensures a definable profile of the connecting element with little mechanical loading. A medical device, in particular in the form of a C-arc X-ray device, is provided with this retaining apparatus in a particularly advantageous manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Norbert Herrmann, Jochen Miguel Löseken
  • Patent number: 7832927
    Abstract: A manipulating system, for manipulating two telescopic columns into desired positions in particular for use in an X-ray apparatus is disclosed, wherein the system comprises: one or more rails arranged in parallel in a first direction X and fastened to a ceiling; a carriage comprising an upper and a lower section, where said upper section comprises means for travelling along the rails in the X direction and the lower section is rotatable about an axis perpendicular to a horizontal X-Y plane by means of a rotation device arranged between the upper and lower section; —two sliding rails arranged in parallel with a mutual distance between the rails, provided in a lower face of the lower section, where the sliding rails overlap each other in the direction of the longitudinal extent of the sliding rails; —two telescopic columns extendable in a Z direction perpendicular to the X-Y plane, where each column is slidably fastened to separate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: NRT—Nordisk Røntgen Teknik A/S
    Inventors: Dick Daniel Dyreby, Mogens Soele Eriksen
  • Patent number: 7815371
    Abstract: The invention relates to an X-ray emitter 1 comprising an X-ray tube 2 disposed in an oil-tight housing 3 containing a high-tension transformer 2.1, wherein an electrical supply line 4 for the heater voltage for X-ray tube 2 is provided, which is led through the housing 3. Read-out and storage electronics 5 including a microcontroller 5.4 and a data storage device 5.2 are provided on or in the housing 3, and at least one period of operation of the X-ray tube 2 can be acquired and stored in the data storage device 5.2 by means of the read-out and storage electronics 5.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Sirona Dental Systems GmbH
    Inventor: Ulrich Schulze-Ganzlin
  • Publication number: 20100246776
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an X-ray image acquiring apparatus having a structure for improving the quality of an image signal representing an X-ray image captured. The X-ray image section (8), and a signal cable (L1). The imaging section (7) outputs an image signal representing an X-ray image captured. The connecting section (8) has a structure attachable/detachable to a control circuit (6) for controlling the imaging section (7). The signal cable (L1) has one end connected to the imaging section (7) and the other end connected to the connecting section (8), and is flexible. The signal cable (L1) includes a detection signal line (L11), a control signal line (L12), an image signal line (L13), and a GND line (L14), which are used for transmitting signals exchanged between the imaging section (7) and the control circuit (6), and a shield member (5a) covering these lines (L11 to L14).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2008
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Applicant: HAMAMATSU PHOTONICS K.K.
    Inventors: Akira Taoka, Kazuhisa Miyaguchi
  • Publication number: 20100150317
    Abstract: A retaining apparatus having a fastening element for fastening to a device, a first retaining element which is arranged on the fastening element in such a manner that it can be pivoted about a first axis, and a second retaining element which is arranged in such a manner that it can be pivoted about a second axis that is oriented perpendicular to the first axis and is designed to retain a flexible connecting element such that it can be moved forwards and backwards ensures a definable profile of the connecting element with little mechanical loading. A medical device, in particular in the form of a C-arc X-ray device, is provided with this retaining apparatus in a particularly advantageous manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2007
    Publication date: June 17, 2010
    Inventors: Norbert Herrmann, Jochen Miguel Löseken
  • Patent number: 7703979
    Abstract: Disclosed is a radiation device for the human body inspection. The device includes a X-ray generator for radiating radiation; a detector for receiving the radiation radiated from the X-ray generator; a first flexible member connected with the X-ray generator for hoisting the X-ray generator; a second flexible member connected with the detector for hosing the detector; and a driving device for synchronically driving the X-ray generator and the detector through the first and second flexible members, and at the same time, the X-ray generator and the detector are spaced from each other a predetermined distance in a horizontal direction. The radiation device for the human body inspection according to the present invention can ensure that the radiation source and the detector can be operated synchronically during the whole inspection process; thereby the quality of radiation imaging is increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignees: Nuctech Company Limited, Tsinghua University
    Inventors: Zhiqiang Chen, Yinong Liu, Ziran Zhao, Lian Wang, Lan Zhang, Yumin Yi, Jinyu Zhang
  • Publication number: 20100027750
    Abstract: The invention relates to an X-ray emitter 1 comprising an X-ray tube 2 disposed in an oil-tight housing 3 containing a high-tension transformer 2.1, wherein an electrical supply line 4 for the heater voltage for X-ray tube 2 is provided, which is led through the housing 3. Read-out and storage electronics 5 including a microcontroller 5.4 and a data storage device 5.2 are provided on or in the housing 3, and at least one period of operation of the X-ray tube 2 can be acquired and stored in the data storage device 5.2 by means of the read-out and storage electronics 5.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2008
    Publication date: February 4, 2010
    Applicant: Sirona Dental Systems GmbH
    Inventor: Ulrich SCHULZE-GANZLIN
  • Patent number: 7654738
    Abstract: The invention relates to a ceiling support system for a movable component (7) of a diagnostic X-ray device (1). The system comprises a horizontally movable carriage (8), a crane (9) attached to the carriage (8), which crane (9) is vertically extensible and contractible by means of telescoping sections (10), and at least one flexible electrical cable (17) for the power supply and/or for the control of the movable component (7). In order to provide such a ceiling support system with improved movability of the X-ray tube and/or the X-ray image detector, the invention suggests that the electrical cable (17) is led from the carriage (8) through the telescoping sections (10) of the crane (9), wherein a cable drum (18) is arranged at the top end of the crane (9) for winding the electrical cable (17) during vertical movement of the component (7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Henning Fink, Uwe Meyer-Douque, Horst-Hartwig Schwieker, Janos Csikos, Gyorgy Medgyesi
  • Patent number: 7635221
    Abstract: An X-ray imaging system includes a joint enabling rotation of an X-ray device rotatable arm unrestricted by cabling. An X-ray imaging system usable in medical interventional procedures includes a rotatable arm. A rotatable arm includes an X-ray radiation emitting device located towards one end of the rotatable arm and an X-ray detector device located towards the opposite end of the rotatable arm. The detector device acquires X-ray radiation emitted by the emitting device that has passed through a patient. A base unit supports the rotatable arm and includes a joint enabling rotation of the rotatable arm unrestricted by cabling, about a patient on a support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2009
    Assignee: Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Martin Spahn
  • Patent number: 7604403
    Abstract: An X-ray irradiating apparatus includes an X-ray tube attached to a front end of a column suspended from a carriage, the carriage being displaceable along a rail parallel to a ceiling. The X-ray irradiating apparatus includes a power supply cable fixed at one end thereof to the carriage, a guide mechanism for guiding the cable along the rail upon displacement of the carriage, and a reaction force mechanism for applying to the carriage a reaction force which withstands a tension induced by slackening of the cable outside the guide mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2009
    Assignee: GE Medical Systems Global Technology Company, LLC
    Inventor: Xiong Yi
  • Publication number: 20090180593
    Abstract: Disclosed is a radiation device for the human body inspection. The device includes a X-ray generator for radiating radiation; a detector for receiving the radiation radiated from the X-ray generator; a first flexible member connected with the X-ray generator for hoisting the X-ray generator; a second flexible member connected with the detector for hosing the detector; and a driving device for synchronically driving the X-ray generator and the detector through the first and second flexible members, and at the same time, the X-ray generator and the detector are spaced from each other a predetermined distance in a horizontal direction. The radiation device for the human body inspection according to the present invention can ensure that the radiation source and the detector can be operated synchronically during the whole inspection process; thereby the quality of radiation imaging is increased.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2009
    Publication date: July 16, 2009
    Inventors: Zhiqiang Chen, Yinong Liu, Ziran Zhao, Lian Wang, Lan Zhang, Yumin Yi, Jinyu Zhang
  • Patent number: 7553080
    Abstract: An improved rotating anode x-ray tube housing is disclosed. In the preferred embodiment: a single cable, insulated with Ethylene-Propylene Rubber (“EPR”), has an extended Federal Standard terminal or plug mounted within an extended Federal Standard receptacle, attached to an anode end of the housing; the cable is designed to carry up to approximately 150 kV to power the cathode; and insulation of the plug also insulates the 150 kV from a grounded center portion of the x-ray tube and the anode disk area. The longitudinal axes of the anode and high-voltage plug are parallel to one another. This new configuration allows the cathode plug and receptacle to be moved virtually entirely inside the housing. This results in absolute minimal size of the assembly, and a single cable that exits parallel to the rotational axis of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Inventor: John K. Grady
  • Publication number: 20090154652
    Abstract: An X-ray irradiating apparatus includes an X-ray tube attached to a front end of a column suspended from a carriage, the carriage being displaceable along a rail parallel to a ceiling. The X-ray irradiating apparatus includes a power supply cable fixed at one end thereof to the carriage, a guide mechanism for guiding the cable along the rail upon displacement of the carriage, and a reaction force mechanism for applying to the carriage a reaction force which withstands a tension induced by slackening of the cable outside the guide mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2008
    Publication date: June 18, 2009
    Inventor: Xiong Yi
  • Publication number: 20090147924
    Abstract: A medical examination device is provided. At least some of the supply lines used to operate the examination device are routed from above to the examination device, with the supply lines being arranged on a gallows which is mounted rotatably on a rail-guided carriage and being attached to a longitudinal section by at least one Bowden cable arranged on the gallows.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2008
    Publication date: June 11, 2009
    Inventors: Stefan Gross, Franz Schmeisser
  • Patent number: 7448800
    Abstract: The invention relates to a ceiling support for a medico-technical radiation source. The inventive support comprises a telescopic element (2) consisting of several tubes (3) which fit in each other and are connected to a compensation weight device of the radiation source connected to the free end (E) of said telescopic element (2) with the aid of a first cable (12). The inventive weight compensation device comprises a cable drum (11) for winding and unwinding said first cable (12), a helical winch (15) associated thereto and connected to a sliding element (8) by means a second cable, said sliding element being displaceable against a pressure spring (6). The radius of said helical winch (15) gradually reduces according to the increasing force of the pressure spring (6) in such a way that the compensation couple of the weight remains identical aside from the respective length of the telescopic element (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Assignee: Hans Pausch GmbH & Co.
    Inventors: Rainer Steger, Michael Brill
  • Publication number: 20080247516
    Abstract: The invention relates to a ceiling support system for a movable component (7) of a diagnostic X-ray device (1). The system comprises a horizontally movable carriage (8), a crane (9) attached to the carriage (8), which crane (9) is vertically extensible and contractible by means of telescoping sections (10), and at least one flexible electrical cable (17) for the power supply and/or for the control of the movable component (7). In order to provide such a ceiling support system with improved movability of the X-ray tube and/or the X-ray image detector, the invention suggests that the electrical cable (17) is led from the carriage (8) through the telescoping sections (10) of the crane (9), wherein a cable drum (18) is arranged at the top end of the crane (9) for winding the electrical cable (17) during vertical movement of the component (7).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2006
    Publication date: October 9, 2008
    Applicant: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS ELECTRONICS, N.V.
    Inventors: Henning Fink, Uwe Meyer-Douque, Horst-Hartwig Schwieker, Janos Csikos, Gyorgy Medgyesi
  • Publication number: 20080069307
    Abstract: An x-ray tool for determining a characteristic of an oilfield fluid. The tool may include a generator portion housing a collimator about a target from which x-rays are emitted. In this manner x-rays may be attenuated right at the target such that a majority of shielding otherwise necessary for safety concerns may be eliminated. Rather, by employing the target within the collimator, shielding of the generator may be limited to a single shielding plate within the generator portion that is positioned parallel to the target at the opposite end of an x-ray tube therebetween. As a result of this configuration, an x-ray tool for analysis of oilfield fluids may be provided that is no more than about 50 lbs. in total weight. Thus, hand-held user friendly embodiments may be safely employed at the oilfield.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2007
    Publication date: March 20, 2008
    Inventors: Rod Shampine, Peter Wraight, Joel L. Groves, Anthony Durkowski, Etienne Vallee
  • Publication number: 20070291903
    Abstract: A shielded high-voltage cable connector assembly configured and arranged to control the unintended emission of x-rays from certain regions of an x-ray tube. The cable connector assembly includes a body comprising a material that is substantially non-transmissive to x-rays. The body is configured accommodate a plurality of conductive elements and position the plurality of conductive elements to interface with corresponding conductive elements of an x-ray device. The cable connector assembly can also include a connector housing filled with a material that is substantially non-transmissive to x-rays.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2006
    Publication date: December 20, 2007
    Applicant: VARIAN MEDICAL SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Bradley D. Canfield
  • Patent number: 7106829
    Abstract: An x-ray emitting window is formed at a front end face, and a taper surface tilted with respect to the x-ray emitting direction is formed near the emitting window, whereby an object to be inspected can be prevented from abutting against the front end face even if the object is pivoted about an axis intersecting the emitting direction while the object is disposed closer to the x-ray emitting window. As a consequence, while the object is disposed closer to the x-ray emitting position, the orientation of the object can be changed. Therefore, when inspecting the internal structure of the object and the like by irradiating the object with x-rays and detecting the x-rays transmitted through the object, not only a magnified penetration image of the object with a high magnification rate is obtained, but also the internal structure of the object and the like can be verified in detail by changing the orientation of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Assignee: Hamamatsu Photonics K.K.
    Inventors: Yutaka Ochiai, Tutomu Inazuru
  • Patent number: 6814488
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide an X-ray generator capable of compensating for the volume expansion of an insulating oil without the necessity of labor-intensive maintenance. A tubular body is included to penetrate through a tank that is sealed while accommodating a high-voltage assembly and an X-ray tube assembly and having an insulating oil poured thereinto. The lumen of the tubular body opens onto the ambient space at both ends of the tubular body. The tubular body expands or contracts depending on a difference between the pressure in the lumen and the internal pressure of the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2004
    Assignee: GE Medical Systems Global Technology Company, LLC
    Inventors: Lijo Joseph Thandiackal, Denis Perrillat
  • Patent number: 6542577
    Abstract: A connection device (70) provides electrical connection between a stator motor (50) of an x-ray tube and a stator cord (56). The connection device is connected with the x-ray tube housing (30) by threading a threaded portion (80) into a corresponding threaded aperture (82) in the housing to create a leak-tight seal. The threaded portion is rigidly connected with a connecting portion (100), such as a bayonet socket, which receives a corresponding fitting (102) of the stator cord. An electrical conduction path (125), hermetically sealed in the connecting device, provides electrical connection between the socket and the interior of the housing. The connection device allows the stator cord to be quickly connected or disconnected from the housing yet provides a seal which resists leakage of cooling oil from the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2003
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics, N.V.
    Inventors: Andrew R. Kaczmarek, Mark S. Maska
  • Patent number: 6508586
    Abstract: An IVR-CT apparatus of the present invention includes a bed including a table top movable in its longitudinal direction, an X-ray diagnostic apparatus including an arm movably placed in the vicinity of the bed, an X-ray CT apparatus including a CT gantry movably placed in the vicinity of the bed, a position memory for storing a plurality of position data sets containing position data of the arm and position data of the CT gantry, a control panel including a plurality of positioning switches for selecting an arbitrary one of the plurality of position data sets, and a controller for controlling the movements of the arm and the movements of the CT gantry in accordance with the selected position data set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2003
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Satoshi Oota
  • Patent number: 6494618
    Abstract: The present invention provides devices for improved radiation attenuation in devices which generate x-ray radiation. A high voltage receptacle is disclosed, the receptacle being adapted to accommodate a high voltage connector to supply power to an x-ray tube and being formed of a mixture of a dielectric material and an x-ray attenuating material, such as an x-ray attenuating metal compound. X-ray radiation impinging upon the high voltage receptacle that would otherwise pass through the unshielded receptacle is absorbed or scattered by the x-ray attenuating material without the need for additional x-ray shielding. Also disclosed is an x-ray housing assembly including an x-ray housing adapted to contain an x-ray tube, and a high voltage receptacle, wherein the high-voltage receptacle and optionally a portion of the x-ray housing is formed of a mixture of a dielectric material and an x-ray attenuating material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2002
    Assignee: Varian Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul C. Moulton
  • Patent number: 6485176
    Abstract: Inspection systems with rho-theata x-ray source motion for inspection of populated printed circuit boards and the like. The inspection systems include a transport system for transporting articles to be inspected into and out of the inspection system. An x-ray source is mounted on a first radial translation system adjacent one side of the article to be inspected for translation along an axis parallel to the article to be inspected. The first translation system is rotatably mounted about an axis perpendicular to the article to be inspected so that the x-ray source may be positioned and moved anywhere within an area by proper coordination of the angle of rotation of the rotary transport system and the translational position of the first translational system. The exemplary embodiment disclosed also includes a second translational system supported on the first translational system for movement of the x-ray source in a direction parallel to the axis of rotation of the rotary transport system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2002
    Assignee: Photon Dynamics, Inc.
    Inventors: Shih-Liang Chen, Jason T. McGaffey, Clifford S. Schuring
  • Patent number: 6327327
    Abstract: A computerized tomography system includes a stationary section (A) and a rotating section electrically linked by at least one interconnecting slip ring (D). On one side the slip ring (D) is configured as a series of electrically conductive segments (20A-20H) separated by non-conductive interruptions (22A-22H). On the other side a like number of transmitters (26A-26H) is in selective electrical contact with the conductive segments (20) depending on a position of the rotating frame. Also included is a de-multiplexer (40) which takes image data from the plurality of receivers (RxA-RxH) and rearranges the image data in a determined sequence. Also shown is an angular encoder (46) for providing angular displacement signals (44) to the de-multiplexer (40) for assistance in reconstructing the data channels (30) in the determined sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2001
    Assignee: Picker International, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark D. Herold, Theodore A. Resnick
  • Patent number: 5980107
    Abstract: An apparatus has an arrangement for the transmission, via conductors, of electrical energy and/or signals from an apparatus part to electrical devices which are displaceable relative to the apparatus part. The arrangement has a rotatable reel onto which another conductor is wound when one conductor is unwound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Jochen Kusch
  • Patent number: 5483957
    Abstract: Medical apparatus includes a stand with an approximately L-shaped arm having a first portion (1) and a second portion (3) which extends approximately perpendicularly to the first portion and a free end of which supports at least one medical apparatus (7, 9). The first portion (1) has a free end which is connected, to, for example a floor (13) of an examination space via, a bearing (17), in such a manner that it can be rotated from a neutral position in opposite directions through an angle of .DELTA. radians in a plane of rotation parallel to the floor. A bundle of cables (21) extends from a space (19) at the side of the floor (13) which is remote from the examination space to parts of the device. The bundle of cables (21) is shaped approximately as a flat ribbon having a largest thickness t equal to the thickness of the thickest cable and a width w equal to the sum of the thicknesses of the cables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 16, 1996
    Assignee: U.S. Philips Corporation
    Inventors: Jozef T. A. Janssen, Theodorus J. M. Van Genechten