Including Object Support Or Positioning Patents (Class 378/195)
  • Patent number: 10283088
    Abstract: The medical information providing method includes: capturing a room image of an inside of an examination room in which an object is positioned for medical examination; obtaining diagnostic information of the object; and displaying the diagnostic information which is overlaid on the room image according to a first mode, on a display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Dae-hyun Ban, Woong Lee, Jeong-ho Han, Keum-yong Oh, Chang-lae Lee
  • Patent number: 10169851
    Abstract: Embodiments describe an accurate and rapid method for assessing spinal bone density on chest or abdominal CT images using post-processed colored images. Post-processing of CT images for the purposes of displaying the spine is followed by color enhancement of routine unenhanced or contrast enhanced CT images to improve diagnostic accuracy, inter-observer agreement, reader confidence and/or time of interpretation as it relates to assessing bone density of the spine. CT images are post-processed (without changes to the standard-of-care CT imaging protocol and without additional cost or radiation for the patient) to straighten the spine for improved visualization of multiple segments. The color-enhanced images can be displayable simultaneously with the grayscale images. Methods and systems are provided for performing opportunistic bone density screening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: COLOR ENHANCED DETECTION, LLC
    Inventor: Andrew Dennis Smith
  • Patent number: 10145806
    Abstract: An X-ray apparatus includes: an X-ray source that radiates X-rays upon an object to be measured; a frame upon which the X-ray source is mounted; an anti-vibration mechanism that attenuates vibration applied to the frame; and a shift mechanism that shifts the frame and the anti-vibration mechanism integrally together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Toshihisa Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10136867
    Abstract: A radiological imaging system including a bed and a load-bearing structure supporting the bed. The system also includes a gantry defining a main axis of expansion, and the gantry has a source suitable to emit radiation and a detector with a sensitive surface suitable to detect the radiation. The gantry also has an internal inner guide suitable to rotate the detector around the main axis of expansion defining an inner sliding trajectory, and an internal outer guide suitable to rotate the source around the main axis of expansion defining an outer sliding trajectory. In one embodiment, the distance from the source to the main axis of expansion is greater than the distance from the detector to the main axis of expansion. The gantry also includes a casing housing the source, the detector, the internal inner guide, and the internal outer guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: IMAGINALIS SRL
    Inventors: Damiano Fortuna, Leonardo Manetti
  • Patent number: 10076296
    Abstract: The present invention relates to positioning of an X-ray source. In order to provide an improved user interface for facilitating the X-ray imaging positioning, a transportable handheld planning device (10) for visualizing projected X-ray radiation for medical X-ray imaging is provided, that comprises a first structure (12) for representing a central axis (14) of a projected X-ray radiation (16), and a second structure (18) for representing a cross-sectional area (20) of the projected X-ray radiation. The first structure is manually positionable by a user in relation to an object to be examined. The second structure is adjustable by a user such that the size and proportions of the cross-sectional area are adjustable in relation to the object to be examined. Further, a current spatial position of the first structure and a current size and proportions of the cross-sectional area are detectable by a measurement arrangement (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Jörg Sabczynski, Sabastian Peter Michael Dries
  • Patent number: 10028788
    Abstract: A robotic surgery system having a mobile base and a first moveable support structure coupled between the mobile base and a first element of a fluoroscopic imaging system. The first element is a source element or a detector element, and a second element of the imaging system is a source element or a detector element. The second element is configured to be repositionable relative to patient tissue disposed between the first and second elements. The system further includes a coupling member configured to fixedly couple the first element to the second element, and a surgical instrument for conducting a procedure on the patient tissue. The system further includes a second moveable support structure coupled between the coupling member and the surgical instrument. The second moveable support structure includes one or more actuators which may be controlled to electromechanically characterize movement of the surgical instrument relative to the coupling member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: MAKO Surgical Corp.
    Inventor: Hyosig Kang
  • Patent number: 10014623
    Abstract: A high voltage connector is provided. The high voltage connector includes multiple electrical conductors, and at least one autotransformer. The high voltage connector is configured to couple a high voltage cable to an X-ray tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Philippe Ernest, Stephane Gautrais, Yannick Louvrier, Nicolas Levilly
  • Patent number: 9880111
    Abstract: An X-ray imaging system includes a plurality of electronic cassettes having FPDs. One of the plural electronic cassettes for use in imaging is selected by input operation. Control is performed in a first mode operation being normal for the electronic cassette selected in the selecting step. Control is performed in a second mode operation being auxiliary of which driving power is lower than in the first mode operation for one of the electronic cassettes in an unselected state in the selecting step. Assuming that irradiation of the radiation is detected in the second mode operation, error information is displayed in relation to selecting the electronic cassette in the selecting step. For example, the first and second mode operations are pixel reset in which charge stored in pixels are swept in an FPD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Yasufumi Oda
  • Patent number: 9743897
    Abstract: According to an embodiment of the present disclosure, a first actuator in which an X-ray source unit is provided in a main body may be rotatable independently from a second actuator in which an X-ray detecting unit is provided. A mammography apparatus according to an embodiment of the present disclosure includes a first actuator in which an X-ray generating unit is provided; a second actuator in which an X-ray detecting unit is provided; a rotary arm to which the first actuator and the second actuator are rotatably connected; a first drive source connected to the rotary arm and configured to deliver a driving force to the first actuator; and a second drive source connected to the rotary arm and configured to deliver a driving force to the second actuator, wherein the first actuator is rotatable due to the driving force delivered from the first drive source and the second actuator is rotatable due to the driving force delivered from the second drive source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Dae Soo Kim, Hyung-Won Yoon, Young Jun Lee
  • Patent number: 9683952
    Abstract: Disclosed is a test stand that supports and stabilizes a handheld XRF analyzer, and holds a body of sample to be tested. The test stand allows both horizontal and vertical analysis positions of the analyzer. The preferred embodiment of the test stand comprises a shielded X-ray chamber in which samples are tested and which affixes to the XRF analyzer's window via a spring loaded handle, a stabilizing base to which the analyzer's handle is situated, and a stanchion for horizontal mounting of the XRF analyzer. In the horizontal orientation, the chamber contains an adjustable platform and soil sample retainer to facilitate the positioning of the sample to be tested. The stanchion can be stored under the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Olympus Scientific Solutions Americas Inc.
    Inventors: Ted Michael Shields, Michael Drummy, David Joyce, Matthew Thomas Susa
  • Patent number: 9633753
    Abstract: A mobile transport and shielding apparatus, which holds an x-ray analyzer for transport between operating sites, and also serves as a shielded, operational station for holding the x-ray analyzer during operation thereof. The x-ray analyzer is removably insertable into the apparatus and is operable either within the mobile transport and shielding apparatus, or outside of the apparatus. The apparatus may provide means to control, power, cool, and/or charge the x-ray analyzer during operation of the analyzer; and also means to transport the analyzer (e.g., a handle).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: X-RAY OPTICAL SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Steven M. Pomerantz, John H. Burdett, Rory D. Delaney
  • Patent number: 9585596
    Abstract: A wireless device communicates with a medical image capturing apparatus to adjust a position of a table supporting an object to be imaged. An operator adjusts a position of the wireless device, the apparatus measures the wireless device's position, and adjusts the table based on the measured position. A method may include measuring distances between the wireless device and each of a plurality of respective detection units arranged along an axis. An axial distance may be measured between a reference point and the wireless device using measured distances and locations of the detection units relative to the reference point. The table is moved with respect to a gantry aperture of the apparatus based on the calculated axial distance. Controlled table movement may be movement into the gantry aperture and/or table height adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jin-hyun Bae, Ji-hun Ahn
  • Patent number: 9443302
    Abstract: Modeling an object in 3-D space may be accomplished various embodiments disclosed herein. An exemplary method of creating a 3-D model includes receiving roentgenograms of an object and at least one reference marker. In some embodiments, the roentgenograms may each include an image of at least one object marker. The exemplary method may further include determining 3-D positions of the x-ray source using the images of the at least one reference marker. The location of the 3-D positions of the x-ray source may allow a 3-D model of the imaged object to be created.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignees: AMEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC., TEXAS SCOTTISH RITE HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN
    Inventors: Petr Stanislavovich Vvedenskiy, Konstantin Evgenevich Mikheev, Dmitry Alexandrovich Sivachev, Alexander Alexandrovich Morenko, Alexander Cherkashin, Mikhail Samchukov
  • Patent number: 9335280
    Abstract: A mobile transport and shielding apparatus, which holds an x-ray analyzer for transport between operating sites, and also serves as a shielded, operational station for holding the x-ray analyzer during operation thereof. The x-ray analyzer is removably insertable into the apparatus and is operable either within the mobile transport and shielding apparatus, or outside of the apparatus. The apparatus may provide means to control, power, cool, and/or charge the x-ray analyzer during operation of the analyzer; and also means to transport the analyzer (e.g., a handle).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: X-RAY OPTICAL SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Steven M. Pomerantz, John H. Burdett, Rory D. Delaney
  • Patent number: 9289180
    Abstract: A medical imaging system includes a first x-ray image detector, a first x-ray generator, and a motorized turntable. The first x-ray image detector and the first x-ray generator are each mounted on a base and positioned opposite each other such that x-rays are projected from the first x-ray generator to the first x-ray image detector through a first imaging volume. The motorized turntable is positioned below the first imaging volume and between the first x-ray image detector and the first x-ray generator and is configured to rotate an imaging subject within the imaging volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Inventor: George Papaioannou
  • 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: 20150023475
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for obtaining repeatable images of a patient are disclosed herein. Mechanical fixtures may be attached to a mobile imaging device and a patient support platform to allow them to be placed at a fixed relationship to one another. Additionally, devices for measuring movement of the mobile imaging device with respect to the patient support platform are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Charles R. Gordon, James E. Deaton, Blake Brookshire
  • Patent number: 8899832
    Abstract: A mobile patient positioning stand having vertical rails allowing a shield to be manually moved up and down to different heights based on the height of anatomy of the patient desired to be imaged. The shield may be positioned at a shield height for a certain height of anatomy of a patient so that markers on the shield identify multiple image areas within the total image area. After the shield is positioned, an image detector and a source of radiation may be vertically positioned to provide images at the multiple image areas. Vertical positioning of the detector may be determined by the markers or by equal height detector alignment markers on the shield. The multiple image areas may be connected by aligning stitching markers in the images, that may be on the shield. This aligning may be done by an automated computer software process that recognizes the stitching markers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A., Inc.
    Inventor: Robert A. Fabrizio
  • Publication number: 20140328468
    Abstract: A mobile transport and shielding apparatus, which holds an x-ray analyzer for transport between operating sites, and also serves as a shielded, operational station for holding the x-ray analyzer during operation thereof. The x-ray analyzer is removably insertable into the apparatus and is operable either within the mobile transport and shielding apparatus, or outside of the apparatus. The apparatus may provide means to control, power, cool, and/or charge the x-ray analyzer during operation of the analyzer; and also means to transport the analyzer (e.g., a handle).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2012
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventors: Steven M. Pomerantz, John H. Burdett, Rory D. Delaney
  • Patent number: 8876378
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an X-ray diagnostic apparatus includes at least a tabletop support, an arm, a position storing unit, and a mechanism controlling unit. The tabletop support supports a tabletop movably in a longitudinal direction, a raising/reclining direction, and an upper/lower direction of the tabletop. The arm holds an X-ray tube and an X-ray detector movably in an approaching/separating direction with respect to the tabletop support. The position storing unit stores a photographing position of the arm and a photographing position of the tabletop in association with each other. When the arm is at a retraction position, the mechanism controlling unit moves the tabletop in the raising/reclining direction and the upper/lower direction to maintain a position in at least the upper/lower direction of a region of the object corresponding to a photographing position of the arm stored by the position storing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Ryuji Zaiki
  • Patent number: 8842806
    Abstract: An apparatus for imaging a breast of a patient has a gantry with a radiation source and a sensor, the source and sensor rotatable in an arcuate orbit about a central axis and within a plane of revolution, wherein the arcuate orbit spans more than 180 degrees and less than 360 degrees, and wherein the gantry has a gantry cover that is disposed to be in contact with at least the chest wall of the patient. The gantry cover has a central opening about the central axis for insertion of the breast that is to be imaged and a peripheral cutout portion that defines the end-points of the arcuate orbit and that provides a space for positioning a portion of the patient's anatomy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Carestream Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan J. Packard, Samuel Richard, Dong Yang
  • Patent number: 8840303
    Abstract: A crane including support means arranged to support a load and to move the load along a path, and a scanner including a radiation source and radiation detection means arranged to scan a scanning volume. The path is arranged to pass through the scanning volume so that the scanner can scan the load as it moves along the path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Rapiscan Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Edward James Morton
  • Patent number: 8770838
    Abstract: A medical imaging system includes a first x-ray image detector, a first x-ray generator, and a motorized turntable. The first x-ray image detector and the first x-ray generator are each mounted on a base and positioned opposite each other such that x-rays are projected from the first x-ray generator to the first x-ray image detector through a first imaging volume. The motorized turntable is positioned below the first imaging volume and between the first x-ray image detector and the first x-ray generator and is configured to rotate an imaging subject within the imaging volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventor: George Papaioannou
  • Patent number: 8764291
    Abstract: A patient table usable in an X-ray image acquisition arrangement including a table plate connected to a table base via at least one movable joint. The table plate is movable using at least one actuator. To set or re-establish an accurate position/orientation of the movable table plate, the patient table includes a positioning system including a first sensor arrangement for providing position data of the at least one movable joint and a second sensor arrangement for providing position data of the table plate. The accurate position data provided by the second sensor arrangement may be used in a method for improved three-dimensional roadmapping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventor: Daniel Simon Anna Ruijters
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8731634
    Abstract: A medical imaging system for imaging a region of interest (ROI) in a patient. The imaging system includes an imaging modality unit having a field of view (FOV) and an examination platform. The examination platform has a pair of opposite ends and a platform surface extending therebetween along an examination axis. The platform surface extends into the FOV. The imaging system also includes a patient transport belt that is supported by the examination platform and extends along the platform surface between the ends of the examination platform. The imaging system also includes a motor that is operatively coupled to and configured to move the transport belt along the platform surface in a direction along the examination axis. The motor moves the transport belt so that a predetermined portion of the transport belt is within the FOV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Yossi Birman
  • Patent number: 8690424
    Abstract: The invention relates to a medical x-ray imaging apparatus including a support structure (1) which supports a substantially ring-shaped structure, an O-arm (2) supporting imaging means (21, 22), to which O-arm (2) is arranged an examination opening (4). The ring-shaped structure (2) supporting the imaging means is arranged movable with respect to said support construction (1) at least in vertical direction. A patient stool (30) is arranged to be positioned in connection with the apparatus, as well as positioning means (32, 33, 34) in connection with said examination opening (4) for positioning the patient stool (30) in the examination opening (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Planmed Oy
    Inventor: Jouni Kinnunen
  • Patent number: 8684599
    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 cross-section of an outer cover (3) of the O-arm (2) in a direction perpendicular with respect to the central axis of the O-arm is arranged for its predominant portion substantially of the shape of an arch of a circle but to comprise a cut, within the sector covered by which cut the distance from the center of said arch of the circle to the edge of the outer cover (3) is shorter than within the portion of the outer cover (3) being substantially of the shape of an arch of a circle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Planmed Oy
    Inventors: Lauri Seppälä, Tapio Laukkanen, Pentti Hyvärinen
  • Patent number: 8681932
    Abstract: The invention relates to a medical computed tomography imaging apparatus for imaging extremities, which apparatus includes a support construction (1) which is arranged to support a substantially ring-shaped structure supporting imaging means (2), which imaging means include a source of radiation (21) and a receiver of image information (22), which imaging means are arranged within said substantially ring-shaped structure supporting the imaging means (2) substantially to the opposite sides of each other and to be moved inside said ring-shaped structure supporting the imaging means (2). The apparatus according to the invention is arranged with at least one padding element (15) to at least one such point whereto the patient can when positioning oneself to be imaged, in connection with the actual patient positioning and/or during the actual imaging, depending on the imaging mode in question touch, lean on, kneel, sit on or step on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Planmed Oy
    Inventor: Tapio Laukkanen
  • Patent number: 8667655
    Abstract: An apparatus for securing a drive system to a ring in a medical imaging gantry, the ring defining a central longitudinal axis. The apparatus includes a ring having an outer race and an inner race rotatively mounted within the outer race, the inner race defining inner race teeth about a portion of its circumference, The apparatus also includes a drive system having a drive gear, defining drive gear teeth that are engaged with the inner race teeth, and defining tooth clearance there between. A mounting assembly is also included having at least one mounting bar rigidly attached to the outer race outer facing surface, the mounting bar including a transverse face being substantially perpendicular to the ring outer race circumference, at least one mounting plate secured to the drive system and transverse face of the at least one mounting bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Robert Campbell, Jeff Scribner
  • Publication number: 20130279662
    Abstract: An X-ray imaging apparatus includes an imaging unit having an imaging unit power feeding mechanism configured to receive electric power from an external device; a pedestal including a pedestal power feeding mechanism configured to feed the electric power to the imaging unit; and a holder configured to position and hold the imaging unit so that a position of the imaging unit power feeding mechanism coincides with a position of the pedestal power feeding mechanism even if the imaging unit power feeding mechanism is moved with respect to the pedestal power feeding mechanism within a predetermined imaging plane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Inventor: Kensuke Kobayashi
  • 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: 8525833
    Abstract: A method of generating a three-dimensional volumetric representation of a subject. The method includes capturing a first image of the subject with a first capture device from a first perspective, accessing a stored volumetric model of the subject, and approximating a first orientation of the stored volumetric model that corresponds to the first perspective. A digitally simulated radiograph is generated from the stored volumetric model and compared to the captured first image. A second image is also captured at the same time as the first picture, but from a different perspective. A second orientation of the stored volumetric model is approximated that corresponds to the second image. A second digitally simulated radiograph is generated and compared to the second image. Based on the approximated orientations, a three-dimensional volumetric representation of the subject is generated by positioning the stored volumetric model according to the first orientation and the second orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Inventor: George Papaioannou
  • Patent number: 8451973
    Abstract: A compression unit of a mammography apparatus includes an arrangement to tension at least one compression band in a first fixing unit and second fixing unit arranged on both sides of a subject table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Mathias Hoernig
  • Publication number: 20130114797
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an X-ray diagnostic apparatus includes at least a tabletop support, an arm, a position storing unit, and a mechanism controlling unit. The tabletop support supports a tabletop movably in a longitudinal direction, a raising/reclining direction, and an upper/lower direction of the tabletop. The arm holds an X-ray tube and an X-ray detector movably in an approaching/separating direction with respect to the tabletop support. The position storing unit stores a photographing position of the arm and a photographing position of the tabletop in association with each other. When the arm is at a retraction position, the mechanism controlling unit moves the tabletop in the raising/reclining direction and the upper/lower direction to maintain a position in at least the upper/lower direction of a region of the object corresponding to a photographing position of the arm stored by the position storing unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Inventor: Ryuji ZAIKI
  • Patent number: 8421041
    Abstract: The invention comprises intensity control of a charged particle beam acceleration, extraction, and/or targeting method and apparatus used in conjunction with charged particle beam radiation therapy of cancerous tumors. Particularly, intensity of a charged particle stream of a synchrotron is described. Intensity control is described in combination with turning magnets, edge focusing magnets, concentrating magnetic field magnets, winding and control coils, and extraction elements of the synchrotron. The system reduces the overall size of the synchrotron, provides a tightly controlled proton beam, directly reduces the size of required magnetic fields, directly reduces required operating power, and allows continual acceleration of protons in a synchrotron even during a process of extracting protons from the synchrotron.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Inventor: Vladimir Balakin
  • Patent number: 8408789
    Abstract: An X-ray analysis apparatus including: a radiation source configured to irradiate an irradiation point on a sample with radiation; an X-ray detector configured to detect a characteristic X-ray emitted from the sample, and output a signal including energy information about the characteristic X-ray; an analyzer configured to analyze the signal; a sample stage configured to allow placement of the sample thereon; a shifting mechanism being capable of relatively shifting the sample on the sample stage and the radiation source and the X-ray detector with respect to each other; a height measuring mechanism being capable of measuring the height of the irradiation point on the sample; and a controller configured to control the shifting mechanism on the basis of the measured height of the irradiation point on the sample and adjust the distance of the sample with respect to the radiation source and the X-ray detector is used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: SII NanoTechnology Inc.
    Inventor: Toshiyuki Takahara
  • Patent number: 8406845
    Abstract: Image tracking systems, and corresponding methods, are described. In some embodiments, conventional imaging components are placed on a platform having wheels, thereby providing a mechanism for imaging a moving subject. In other embodiments, conventional imaging components are situated on non-parallel rails, and moved along those rails, thereby providing a mechanism for imaging an anatomical region of a subject as that region moves in two dimensions. For yet other embodiments, image recognition and tracking approaches are provided to track the movement of a non-stationary anatomical region. The tracking of the non-stationary anatomical region permits imaging of a moving anatomy. For some embodiments, the anatomy moves within its normal range of motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: University of Tennessee Research Foundation
    Inventors: Richard D. Komistek, William R. Hamel, Douglas A. Dennis
  • Patent number: 8378325
    Abstract: A medical device includes a moving gantry, on which a radiation source is arranged, and a collision-protection apparatus for preventing a patient from colliding with the moving gantry. The gantry is operable to be moved around a patient-positioning apparatus. The collision-protection apparatus can be configured as a mechanical collision-protection apparatus that is operable to be positioned between the patient and the moving gantry. The collision-protection apparatus can also be configured as a collision-monitoring apparatus that detects the crossing of a predefined volume by an object, the collision-monitoring apparatus having a control apparatus that controls the motion of the gantry as a function of whether a crossing of the volume has or has not been detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Franz Fadler
  • Patent number: 8368038
    Abstract: The invention comprises intensity control of a charged particle beam acceleration, extraction, and/or targeting method and apparatus used in conjunction with charged particle beam radiation therapy of cancerous tumors. Particularly, intensity of a charged particle stream of a synchrotron is described. Intensity control is described in combination with turning magnets, edge focusing magnets, concentrating magnetic field magnets, winding and control coils, and extraction elements of the synchrotron. The system reduces the overall size of the synchrotron, provides a tightly controlled proton beam, directly reduces the size of required magnetic fields, directly reduces required operating power, and allows continual acceleration of protons in a synchrotron even during a process of extracting protons from the synchrotron.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Inventor: Vladimir Balakin
  • Publication number: 20130003938
    Abstract: In an X-ray imaging system a holding device holds an X-ray imaging unit that performs X-ray imaging of a subject, a bed supports a subject, and a driving unit moves the holding device and the bed. A position detector detects positions of the holding device and the bed either when X-ray imaging is performed and/or when the driving unit has not performed driving for a predetermined time or more. A memory stores positions of the holding device and the bed detected by the position detector in a time series. An operation unit selects positions of the holding device and the bed stored in time series in either a time-series sequence or a reverse time-series sequence. Based on instructions from the operation unit, the controller reads out detection results from the memory and drives the driving unit based on the detection results.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2011
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Applicants: TOSHIBA MEDICAL SYSTEMS CORPORATION, KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventors: Koichiro Watanabe, Masaki Kobayashi, Shumpei Oohashi
  • Publication number: 20120330087
    Abstract: A mobile medical imaging device that allows for multiple support structures, such as a tabletop or a seat, to be attached, and in which the imaging gantry is indexed to the patient by translating up and down the patient axis. In one embodiment, the imaging gantry can translate, rotate and/or tilt with respect to a support base, enabling imaging in multiple orientations, and can also rotate in-line with the support base to facilitate easy transport and/or storage of the device. The imaging device can be used in, for example, x-ray computed tomography (CT) and/or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) applications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Applicant: Mobius Imaging, LLC
    Inventor: Eugene A. Gregerson
  • 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: 8288742
    Abstract: The invention comprises a patient positioning method and apparatus used in conjunction with multi-axis charged particle or proton beam radiation therapy of cancerous tumors. The patient positioning system is used to translate the patient and/or rotate the patient into a zone where the proton beam can scan the tumor using a targeting system. The patient positioning system is optionally used in conjunction with systems used to constrain movement of the patient, such as semi-vertical, sitting, or laying positioning systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Inventor: Vladimir Balakin
  • Patent number: 8242925
    Abstract: In an arrangement and associated method for positioning of apparatuses (in particular of a C-arm), the position and orientation of a C-arm and of a pointer instrument are determined by a navigation system, and an alignment of the C-arm is conducted based on the orientation of the pointer apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Rainer Graumann, Lars Neuefeind
  • Patent number: 8217937
    Abstract: An isosurfacial three-dimensional imaging system and method uses scanning electron microscopy for surface imaging of an assumed opaque object providing a series of tilt images for generating a sinogram of the object and a voxel data set for generating a three-dimensional image of the object having exterior surfaces some of which may be obscured so as to provide exterior three-dimensional surface imaging of objects including hidden surfaces normally obscured from stereographic view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: The Aerospace Corporation
    Inventors: Terence Sern-Wei Yeoh, Neil A. Ives
  • Patent number: 8191222
    Abstract: A mounting assembly for attaching the drive system and stand to a ring in a medicine gantry is disclosed. The mounting assembly includes at least one mounting bar (e.g., two mounting bars), at least one mounting plate and at least one adjuster (e.g., a screw). The mounting bar is securable to a portion of the ring. The mounting bar includes a base and at least one transverse face. At least a portion of the base is substantially parallel to a surface of a portion of the ring and at least a portion of the transverse face is substantially perpendicular to the surface of the portion of the ring. The mounting plate is secured to the drive system and is securable to the transverse face of the mounting bar. Movement of the adjuster moves the drive assembly relative to the mounting bar when the mounting plate is adjacent the transverse face of the mounting bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Robert Campbell, Jeff Scribner
  • Patent number: 8172460
    Abstract: A CT scanning device includes a scanning gantry, a supporting means for a scanning table, and a supporting base for fixing and supporting the scanning gantry. The scanning gantry is configured to scan a subject and to collect scanning data. The supporting means supports the scanning table, and is mounted on the supporting base and located between the scanning gantry and the supporting base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: GE Medical Systems Global Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Jingyi Ren, Yongli Pu
  • Publication number: 20120106701
    Abstract: A motor assisted movement assembly 2 is provided comprising a motor arrangement 3, which motor arrangement 3 may assist a manually controlled movement of a first structural element 5 relative to a second structural element 6. A motor element 3a of the motor arrangement 3 is adapted to detect a manual indication of a desired movement of the second structural element 6 relative to the first structural element 5 with the motor arrangement 3 being adapted to assist, e.g. support the movement by providing an additional force.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2010
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Applicant: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS ELECTRONICS N.V.
    Inventors: Gerrit Jan Meek, Ravindra Bhat, Antonius Maria Rijken
  • Patent number: 8147139
    Abstract: A medical imaging system comprising an x-ray image detector mounted on a robotic arm and an x-ray generator mounted opposite the x-ray image detector. The robotic arm includes two pivots and a plurality of telescoping segments to adjust the height and angle of the x-ray image detector. In some embodiments, the medical imaging system includes a second x-ray image detector and a second x-ray generator and is capable of capturing biplane stereophotogrammetric images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Inventor: George Papaioannou