Including Movable Source Patents (Class 378/197)
  • Patent number: 10265038
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an X-ray photographing device and, more specifically, to an X-ray photographing device comprising a variable type arm which can irradiate, without limitation of location or direction, X-rays to a subject using the variable type arm of which the length and rotation angle of joints, etc. are variable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignees: VATECH Co., Ltd., VATECH EWOO Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tae Woo Kim, Seung Hun Shin, Keong Tae Yeom, Byung Jik Lim, Jin Pyo Chun, Sung Il Choi
  • Patent number: 10244997
    Abstract: A C-arm for a medical examination device or therapeutic device, is designed as a cast metal component. In at least one embodiment, one or more reinforcement profile, extending at least in certain sections along the C-arm, are cast in.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: SIEMENS HEALTHCARE GMBH
    Inventors: Franz Dirauf, Alexander Kraemer, Wolfgang Neuber, Patrick Plannerer, Martin Seifert, Josef Zeidler
  • Patent number: 10248882
    Abstract: A method and a system for using tomosynthesis projection images of a patient's breast to reconstruct slice tomosynthesis images such that anatomical structures that appear superimposed in a mammogram are at conforming locations in the reconstructed images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Hologic, Inc.
    Inventors: Baorui Ren, Christopher Ruth, Andrew P. Smith, Kevin Wilson, Jay A. Stein
  • Patent number: 10247835
    Abstract: A detector ring has a first unit and a second unit that are rotatably movable and an auxiliary unit movable in a central axis direction. The auxiliary unit is moved in the central axis direction relative to the units. The detector ring forms into a C shape to form a clearance. Subsequently, the first unit and the second unit are rotatably moved to move the clearance of the detector ring to a position distant from a support member. A patient can be introduced from the clearance. The detector ring is returned to an annular shape in the reverse sequence of the above one with the patient introduced. A annihilation radiation pairs can be detected from all directions to take a tomographic image, and a functional image with higher image quality than that of a conventional configuration can be obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Shimadzu Corporation
    Inventor: Junichi Ohi
  • Patent number: 10206635
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an X-ray computed tomography apparatus includes a gantry for imaging a subject by X-ray CT and a console communicably connected to the gantry. The gantry includes a gantry body and a column unit. The gantry body has a bore into which the subject is inserted when the subject is imaged by X-ray CT. The column unit includes a first column which supports the gantry body slidably in a direction perpendicular to a floor surface and a second column which supports the first column slidably in a vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Yasutaka Shindo, Hiroki Osaki
  • Patent number: 10188360
    Abstract: A videofluoroscopy accessory device adapted to securely and removably attach to an X-ray head of a fluoroscopy system or device. The videofluoroscopy accessory device on the current invention provides a platform for enhancing and supplementing the surgical environment with additional accessories. The accessories that could be used with the present invention include but are not limited to lights, cameras, microphones, and other medical equipment/tools for optimizing the surgical environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventors: Eric K. Groteke, Glen C. Pettersen
  • Patent number: 10183177
    Abstract: Images obtained by a camera system (10) arranged to obtain stereoscopic images of a patient (20) undergoing radio-therapy are processed by a modeling unit (56,58) which generates a model of the surface of a patient (20) being monitored. Additionally the patient monitoring system processes image data not utilized to generate a model of the surface of a patient being monitored to determine further information concerning the treatment of the patient (20). Such additional data can comprise data identifying the relative location of the patient and a treatment apparatus (16). This can be facilitated by providing a number or retro-reflective markers (30-40) on a treatment apparatus (16) and a mechanical couch (18) used to position the patient (20) relative to the treatment apparatus (16) and monitoring the presence and location of the markers in the portions of the images obtained by the stereoscopic camera (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: VISION RT LIMITED
    Inventors: Ivan Meir, Kathryn Cooper, Norman Smith, Gideon Hale, Martin Allen
  • Patent number: 10111630
    Abstract: An X-ray diagnosis apparatus includes a holding device, a drive unit, a route specify unit, an operation direction detector, and a drive controller. The holding device holds an X-ray tube and is configured to be movable. The drive unit is capable of moving the holding device. The route specify unit specifies a movement route from a current position of the holding device to a target position. The operation direction detector detects operation direction, which is the direction of moving operation that the holding device has received. The drive controller controls the drive unit to stop a driving force when the operation direction differs from the direction of the movement route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Rulin Du, Seiichirou Nagai, Seiichi Nishizuka, Shoji Yashiro
  • Patent number: 10052074
    Abstract: An X-ray diagnostic apparatus according to an embodiment includes a first imaging system, a second imaging system, and processing circuitry. The first imaging system holds a first X-ray tube and a first X-ray detector in a rotatable manner. The second imaging system holds a second X-ray tube and a second X-ray detector in a rotatable manner, and rotating centers, which are capable to set independently, between the first imaging system and the second imaging system. The processing circuitry makes a rotating center of the first imaging system and the rotating center of the second imaging system substantially equivalent to each other when a rotation imaging program using the first imaging system and the second imaging system is selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Satoru Ohishi
  • Patent number: 9989668
    Abstract: The present invention provides an inspection system for a container. It comprises: a radiation source, configured to provide X-rays for scanning the container; a detector, configured to receive the X-rays emitted from the radiation source; a body of the inspection system, on which the radiation source and the detector are provided; wherein a size of the body of the inspection system is set to facilitate the inspection of the container. The inspection system of the present invention can inspect in batches the container in the wharf or goods yard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Nuctech Company Limited
    Inventors: Shangmin Sun, Weifeng Yu, Liwei Song
  • Patent number: 9968308
    Abstract: A mammographic CT apparatus includes: a gantry, including a front face plate in which an insertion opening is formed for inserting a breast into an accommodation portion a radiation tube and sensing device disposed within the gantry; a driving unit configured to rotate the radiation tube and the sensing device around a rotation axis set in the normal direction of the accommodation portion, at the same angular speed and in the same direction; a collimator disposed between the accommodation portion and the radiation tube, and configured to rotate around the rotation axis integrally with the radiation tube and sensing device; and an annular shield disposed between the rotational path of the collimator and the rotational path of the radiation tube, having an annular gap corresponding to the rotational path of the collimator, wherein an edge of the collimator or sensing device is fit into the gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Junya Kawase, Takeo Tsukamoto, Nobuhiro Ito
  • Patent number: 9968326
    Abstract: An X-ray diagnostic apparatus according to an embodiment includes an X-ray tube holding device, an X-ray detector, a rotator, an arm, and a tubular body. The X-ray tube holding device generates X-rays. The X-ray detector detects the X-rays. The rotator holds the X-ray tube holding device so as to be rotatable about a first rotation axis obtained by setting an irradiation direction of the X-rays as an axis. The arm holds the rotator and the X-ray detector and is rotatable about a second rotation axis different from the first rotation axis. The tubular body connects the X-ray tube holding device and a device away from the arm. The arm holds the rotator so as to be rotatable about the first rotation axis in a direction in which torsion of the tubular body is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshimasa Kobayashi, Shumpei Ohashi
  • Patent number: 9939310
    Abstract: A payload monitoring system is disclosed for use with a haul vehicle. The payload monitoring system may have at least one emitter configured to direct an energy beam into the haul vehicle during relative movement between the at least one emitter and the haul vehicle, and at least one receiver configured to detect the energy beam and to generate a corresponding signal. The payload monitoring system may also have a controller in communication with the at least one receiver and configured to determine a loading condition of the haul vehicle based on the corresponding signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Zeít Comercío e Montagem de Equipamentos Electronicos Ltda
    Inventor: Sidarta Fornari Beltramin
  • Patent number: 9888891
    Abstract: The application relates to an X-ray imaging unit for a medical imaging. The unit comprising a rotating part comprising a first X-ray source and an X-ray imaging detector unit configured to provide an image by means of at least a rotational movement (R) around a rotation axis of the rotating part, and an upper shelf for supporting the rotating part. The upper shelf is configured to enable the rotating part to move with respect to the upper shelf by means of a linear movement (L) and to be attached to a column with a pivoting joint for enabling a pivot movement (P) of the upper shelf around the column. The rotating part is configured to be positioned by the linear movement and the pivot movement during the imaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: PaloDEx Group Oy
    Inventors: Esa Suuronen, Sami Vartiainen
  • Patent number: 9872657
    Abstract: A videofluoroscopy accessory device adapted to securely and removably attach to an X-ray head of a fluoroscopy system or device. The videofluoroscopy accessory device on the current invention provides a platform for enhancing and supplementing the surgical environment with additional accessories. The accessories that could be used with the present invention include but are not limited to lights, cameras, microphones, and other medical equipment/tools for optimizing the surgical environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: SPINE INJURY SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Eric K. Groteke, Glen C. Pettersen
  • Patent number: 9820706
    Abstract: A radiological imaging system including a bed extending along a main direction, and a load-bearing structure supporting the bed in a raised position. The system includes a collapsible gantry having a circular trajectory of expansion lying on a positioning plane, and the collapsible gantry includes a source to emit radiation and a detector to receive the radiation. The gantry also includes a casing housing the source and the detector. The casing includes a fixed arched module and a mobile arched module. There is a rotation mechanism suitable to rotate the collapsible gantry in relation to the bed and the load-bearing structure to vary the inclination of the positioning plane in relation to the main direction. There is also a kinematic expansion mechanism connected to the casing to translate the mobile arched module with respect to the fixed arched module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Inventors: Damiano Fortuna, Leonardo Manetti
  • Patent number: 9818220
    Abstract: A method and system for volume-rendering. The method and system include generating a volume-rendered image that is shaded from a light direction, displaying the volume-rendered image, displaying a model of a solid at the same time as the volume-rendered image, and displaying a light direction indicator with respect to the model of the solid, wherein the position of the light direction indicator corresponds to the light direction used for shading the volume-rendered image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Gerald Schroecker
  • Patent number: 9811758
    Abstract: A method and a system for using tomosynthesis projection images of a patient's breast to reconstruct slice tomosynthesis images such that anatomical structures that appear superimposed in a mammogram are at conforming locations in the reconstructed images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: HOLOGIC, INC.
    Inventors: Baorui Ren, Christopher Ruth, Andrew P. Smith, Kevin Wilson, Jay A. Stein
  • Patent number: 9801597
    Abstract: An imaging system is provided that includes a gantry having a bore extending therethrough; a plurality of image detectors attached to the gantry and radially spaced around a circumference of the bore such that gaps exist between image detectors along the circumference of the bore; an x-ray source attached to the gantry, wherein the x-ray source transmits x-rays across the bore towards at least two of the image detectors; wherein at least two image detectors detect both emission radiation and x-ray radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jean-Paul Bouhnik, Jiang Hsieh, Riyad Mahameed, Yaron Hefetz
  • Patent number: 9795021
    Abstract: The present invention provides an X-ray equipment and an alignment method thereof. The X-ray equipment comprises a tube, a detector, an LED array, a camera and a display. The LED array is fixed relative to a detection center of the detector, and has a predefined geometric center; the camera is fixed relative to a center of the tube, for photographing the LED array; the display is connected to the camera, for displaying images photographed by the camera, wherein when the center of the tube is aligned with the detection center of the detector, the geometric center of the LED array is located on a specific pixel unit on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Bin Ye, Yannan Huang, Li Tao
  • Patent number: 9740821
    Abstract: A method includes sending from a first medical device to a second medical device a request for data using a communication protocol that includes messages for conveying medical measurement results. In response to the request, at least one message is produced in the second medical device that includes the requested data and a dummy payload instead of the medical measurement results, and the at least one message is sent from the second medical device to the first medical device using the communication protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Biosense Webster (Israel) Ltd.
    Inventors: Eliahu Zino, Matityahu Amit, Gil Zigelman
  • Patent number: 9668330
    Abstract: A gantry of X-ray CT system according to an embodiment includes: a main frame; a disk-shaped base plate rotatably supported by main frame, and having an opening formed at a central portion thereof, the opening allowing a subject to enter and exit therethrough, and multiple mounting holes formed at portions outside the opening in a radial direction; and multiple rotator units inserted into the mounting holes and fixed to the base plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Yohei Matsuzawa
  • Patent number: 9649074
    Abstract: A mobile radiography apparatus has a moveable (e.g., wheeled) transport frame and an adjustable column mounted at the frame. A boom apparatus supported by the adjustable column can support an x-ray source assembly. Certain exemplary methods and/or apparatus embodiments can provide mobile radiography carts a capability to direct x-ray radiation towards a subject from one or a plurality of different source positions, and reconstruct two-dimensional or three-dimensional tomosynthesis images where an imaging geometry of x-ray source positions to a radiographic detection array is not known for a plurality of x-ray tomosynthesis projection images. In one embodiment, an imaging geometry and tomosynthesis reconstruction(s) can be simultaneously determined by iteratively determining a current imaging geometry while iteratively monitoring a metric (e.g., stopping criterion) that approaches a prescribed or desired value associated with the tomosynthesis reconstruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Carstream Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard A. Simon, David H. Foos, John Yorkston, Xiaohui Wang
  • Patent number: 9649077
    Abstract: A medical imaging system comprising a C-arm supporting a radiation source and a radiation detector, an external protection cover of said C-arm, wherein said C-arm and said cover are separable from each other and are respectively supported by two different vehicles when separated from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Bernard Bouvier, Romain Moulin, Jean-Michel Marteau, Vincent Croulard, Omar Al Assad, Bruno Galloni, Stephane Graziani, Gilles Robin
  • Patent number: 9597047
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a first detector mounted on a sliding bar and an electromagnetic source including a collimator to generate an exposure window. The apparatus comprises a control system configured to slide linearly the first detector along the sliding bar and synchronously move the collimator to direct the exposure window to the first detector. The movements of the exposure window are registered to movements of the first detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Inventor: Omid Ebrahimi Kia
  • Patent number: 9579074
    Abstract: Provided is an intraoral X-ray imaging apparatus for detecting X-ray outside an oral cavity, including: a frame; an X-ray irradiator which is installed to be supported by the frame and of which the one end portion is inserted into the oral cavity and which irradiates X-ray through an X-ray irradiation hole formed on the one end portion inserted into the oral cavity; and an X-ray detector which is arranged to be separated from the X-ray irradiator in the frame so as to detect the X-ray irradiated from the X-ray irradiator outside the oral cavity and which is movably installed so as to adjust a distance to the X-ray irradiator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: EWHA UNIVERSITY-INDUSTRY COLLABORATION FOUNDATION
    Inventor: Rena Lee
  • Patent number: 9500755
    Abstract: A radiation imaging apparatus comprising: a signal generation unit configured to generate a signal value corresponding to charges detected by a radiation detector; an acceleration detection unit configured to detect acceleration applied to the radiation imaging apparatus; a noise measurement unit configured to measure a noise value based on the detected acceleration; a reduction unit configured to reduce the noise value from the signal value; and a radiation irradiation determination unit configured to determine radiation irradiation based on the noise-reduced signal value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hideki Nonaka
  • Patent number: 9478047
    Abstract: Provided are a medical imaging apparatus and a method of reconstructing an image capable of selecting an image reconstruction mode. The method of reconstructing an image using a medical imaging apparatus may include displaying a user interface indicating at least one of a first mode for reducing time required for reconstruction of the image and a second mode for acquiring the image with high resolution, receiving an input selecting one of the first mode and the second mode as a selected mode, displaying at least one reconstruction option corresponding to the selected mode, receiving another input selecting at least one reconstruction option among the at least one displayed reconstruction option, and reconstructing the image according to the at least one selected reconstruction option and selected mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yeol-min Seong, Yang-lim Choi
  • Patent number: 9435753
    Abstract: A method of non-destructively inspecting a mechanical part includes directing high energy electromagnetic radiation emitted by a source onto the part for inspection and picking up the radiation that has passed through the part. A mask that absorbs the radiation is interposed between the source and the mechanical part and includes at least one opening in alignment with the source and a given zone for inspection of the part, a shape and dimensions of the opening being determined so that only the given zone for inspection of the part is exposed to the electromagnetic radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: SNECMA
    Inventor: Yves Jacotin
  • Patent number: 9420974
    Abstract: A method and apparatus of image reconstruction attenuation correction in PET or SPECT cardiac imaging is provided. A volumetric attenuation imaging scan by an X-ray source may be used to generate a gamma ray attenuation map. The volumetric attenuation imaging scan may be randomized, and may be performed while the imaged subject is breathing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Jinghan Ye, Hongjie Liang, John Vesel, David Sowards-Emmerd, Lingxiong Shao, Jody L. Garrard
  • Patent number: 9408582
    Abstract: Apparatus for wirelessly controlling a guided imaging system based upon the relative motion of the user. The system includes a power supply, a memory, an x-ray source, an image intensifier and a wireless transceiver coupled to the image intensifier. A separate wireless input device comprising a wireless transmitter for communicating with the wireless transceiver of the imaging system may comprise one or more sensors capable of detecting force and directional movement. This detection of movement may then be transmitted to the imaging system and translated into position signals that may direct movement and position of the image intensifier (I-I) as part of the imaging system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Inventor: Amish Sura
  • Patent number: 9380989
    Abstract: An x-ray imaging apparatus comprises a platform connected to a frame, a sliding bar, a detector mounted on the sliding bar, an x-ray source, and a control system. The x-ray source includes a collimator to generate an x-ray exposure window. The control system is configured to slide the detector along the sliding bar and synchronously move the collimator to direct the x-ray exposure window to the first detector. The x-ray exposure window movements are registered to the detector movements. The detector interfaces with a processor that processes x-ray image data received from the detector, and generates at least one x-ray image from the x-ray image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Inventor: Omid Ebrahimi Kia
  • Patent number: 9345440
    Abstract: A mobile C-arm is able to be positioned in a predetermined alignment by a positioning unit and an associated method. The apparatus has a positioning unit containing a controllable section having at least a first hinged bracket and a first hinge and is able to be positioned with a removable connection to the medical device at a determinable location. The medical device is able to be positioned at a predetermined location by means of the positioning unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventor: Rainer Graumann
  • Patent number: 9332954
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides systems and methods for evaluating a brain scan using reference data. Specifically, the systems and methods include a computed tomography (CT) scanner for the purpose of diagnosing concussions or mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBI). The system includes a multi-energy x-ray source (i.e., spectral CT), a photon counting x-ray detector, and a content-aware computer aided diagnostic (CAD) algorithm designed to detect imperceptible changes indicative of structural and physiological damage caused by a concussive event by comparing raw volumetric datasets of baseline (healthy) reference scan data to patient scan data taken after a concussive event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Inventor: Jacqueline K. Vestevich
  • Patent number: 9301425
    Abstract: A chiller-less cooling system for cooling an interventional detector comprising a detector housing. The detector housing comprising a detector tray to which the detector is attached, a lift frame on which a driving mechanism is installed to lift up/down the detector housing, a connecting arm to connect the detector tray and the lift frame, and a cover. The cooling system comprising a heat pipes connecting the detector tray and the lift frame so as to reduce a thermal resistance between the detector tray and the lift frame and transfer more heat from the detector, an external heat sink connected with the heat pipe for reducing a thermal resistance between the lift frame and an ambient environment, and a high heat transfer coefficient device embedded into the detector tray for collecting heat leading to the heat pipe, obtaining a uniform temperature distribution, and reducing a thermal resistance of the detector tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: GE MEDICAL SYSTEMS GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: Weihua Zhu, Qingming Peng
  • Patent number: 9289184
    Abstract: Embodiments of methods and/or apparatus for a radiographic imaging system can include a radiographic detector including an image receptor to receive incident radiation and generate uncorrected electronic image data; a storage device to store calibration data at the detector, and a processor to generate calibration-corrected image data from the uncorrected electronic image data and the calibration data. The calibration-corrected image data can be further processed by the processor to perform image processing before transmitting a corrected image (e.g., DICOM image) to the radiographic imaging system. The detector can further include a display to display imaging system controls or the corrected image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Carestream Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael C. Lalena, Michael S. Means
  • Patent number: 9286146
    Abstract: Techniques are described for managing interactions between workflows being performed by different applications, such as to enable a combination of multiple workflows in multiple applications of different types to aggregate varying capabilities available from the different types of applications. In some situations, an integrated workflow is created by separating portions of its functionality into multiple constituent workflows that is each performed by a different application and that initiate one or more inter-workflow interactions between the constituent workflows as they are performed (e.g., for one of the constituent workflows to, while it is being performed, invoke another constituent workflow in order to begin its performance).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Inventor: Steven L. Buth
  • Patent number: 9271684
    Abstract: An apparatus has a patient support, a rotatable gantry supporting a source of imaging radiation, and a radiation detector that operates in a cyclical pattern of an exposure phase followed by a readout phase. For a first detector cycle in which the gantry has a first angle of rotation, the source of radiation is controlled to emit a first radiation beam pulse during the exposure phase, and respective first imaging data is read out during the readout phase. For a second, subsequent detector cycle, it is determined if the gantry has rotated through at least a threshold angular displacement relative to said first angle of rotation, and if so, the source of radiation is controlled to emit a second radiation beam pulse during the exposure phase, and respective second imaging data is read out during the readout phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Elekta AB (Publ)
    Inventors: Christopher Knox, Colin Winfield, Kevin Brown
  • Patent number: 9265470
    Abstract: Systems and methods for rotating X-ray devices are disclosed. The systems and methods use X-ray devices with an X-ray imaging arm orbitally rotating about pivot joints that are physically attached to the X-ray imaging arm. The pivot joint coincides with the center of gravity for the X-ray imaging arm. The X-ray device has an X-ray imaging arm with an X-ray source and detector 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. The pivot joint can be pivotally attached to a first end of an X-ray imaging arm fork, which has a second end attached to an X-ray imaging arm support structure. The imaging arm fork can include a lateral pivot joint that provides a lateral axis of rotation for the imaging arm. The fork can contain one or two arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: John Matthew Simmons, David E. Barker, Jan D. Bruening, Samuel L. Alder
  • Patent number: 9233260
    Abstract: Various embodiments relate to a method of performing microbeam radiation therapy on a subject, including: producing a high-energy radiation beam in a first direction; producing planar microbeams using the high-energy radiation beam in the first direction, wherein the microbeams have a width, wherein the planar microbeams produce scattered electrons; and applying a magnetic field in a direction lying in a plane substantially parallel to the planar microbeams, wherein the strength of the magnetic field corresponds to the width of the microbeam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: MICROBEAM THERAPY, LLC.
    Inventors: Daniel N. Slatkin, Fred Harden Geisler
  • Patent number: 9220471
    Abstract: In order to achieve reductions in the size and weight of an arm while ensuring the strength, an X-ray diagnostic apparatus includes an X-ray generation unit, an X-ray detection unit, an arm having an arch shape which supports the X-ray generation unit and the X-ray detection unit, and at least one reinforcing member which has a higher elastic modulus than the arm and a sheet-like shape and is fixed to the arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Kouji Noda
  • Patent number: 9176077
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a holding apparatus includes an arcuated arm, a first roller, and a second roller. The arcuated arm is provided with a guide groove along the outer surface, has a hollow portion inside, and holds the X-ray generator and X-ray detector while making them squarely face each other. The first roller runs in the hollow portion in contact with the inner wall of the hollow portion on the outer surface side. The second roller runs in the guide groove while being fitted in the guide groove, and holds the arm together with the first roller so as to allow the arm to slide along the arcuated direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Katsuie Ikawa, Masaki Kobayashi, Hajime Yoshida, Satoshi Yamashita
  • Patent number: 9179532
    Abstract: A cross arm for X-ray equipment. The cross arm comprises a guide on the cross arm, a tube on the guide, and a linkage device, wherein the tube is configured to move along the guide when the cross arm rotates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: GE MEDICAL SYSTEMS GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: Zhenggang Ling, Zhengjun Wang, Yicheng Wang, Yong Xu
  • Patent number: 9144145
    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: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Jens Fürst, Norbert Herrmann
  • Patent number: 9125571
    Abstract: An x-ray imaging apparatus comprises a platform connected to a frame, a sliding bar, a detector mounted on the sliding bar, an x-ray source, and a control system. The x-ray source includes a collimator to generate an x-ray exposure window. The control system is configured to slide the detector along the sliding bar and synchronously move the collimator to direct the x-ray exposure window to the first detector. The x-ray exposure window movements are registered to the detector movements. The detector interfaces with a processor that processes x-ray image data received from the detector, and generates at least one x-ray image from the x-ray image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Inventor: Omid Ebrahimi Kia
  • Patent number: 9125570
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to an apparatus and method for delivering radiation to a human patient or other mammal. A scanning electron beam x-ray source is used and the detector can be a photon counting detector. The area of the detector is less than the area of field of view in the patient. Tomosynthesis can be used to generate images and images can be produced rapidly in real time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignees: The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University, Triple Ring Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Norbert Joseph Pelc, Rebecca Fahrig, Joseph Anthony Heanue, Edward Gerald Solomon, Brian Patrick Wilfley
  • Patent number: 9097384
    Abstract: A lift table provides stability and portability for a radiation measurement scanning system. The lift table may be fixed for radiation measurement or configured for storage. Further, the lift table may be easily disassembled and assembled to allow efficient transporting. The lift table supports a multiple axes scanning system for measuring radiation from a radiation source, such as a linear accelerator (LINAC) and includes a leveling platform, all of which are provided by a desirable weight and portability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Sun Nuclear Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas A. Simon, Mark Rose, Jeffrey P. Zack
  • Patent number: 9089309
    Abstract: A multiplane medical imaging system is provided. The multiplane medical imaging system comprises a first X-ray machine and a second X-ray machine, each X-ray machine comprising an X-ray tube and an X-ray detector, wherein the first and second X-ray machines each comprise respective mobile automatic devices on which the respective X-ray tubes and the respective X-ray detectors are mounted in order to control the movement of the first and second X-ray machines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventor: Bernard Bouvier
  • Patent number: 9055913
    Abstract: The subject matter disclosed herein relates to X-ray imaging systems, and more specifically to digital X-ray imaging systems. In one embodiment, an imaging system includes an X-ray source configured to emit X-rays. The imaging system also includes an X-ray detector configured to detect the emitted X-rays and produce a corresponding electrical signal. The imaging system also includes a gantry configured to at least partially revolve the X-ray source and the X-ray detector about a primary rotational axis. The X-ray detector is coupled to the gantry so that a diagonal of the X-ray detector is oriented substantially perpendicular to the primary rotational axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Joseph John Manak, Bernhard Erich Hermann Claus, Jens Rittscher, Hao Lai, Jeffrey Wayne Eberhard, Kedar Bhalchandra Khare, Cyril Riddell, Yves Lucien Trousset
  • Patent number: 9055912
    Abstract: A supporting device is provided for a radiation source and a radiation detector, as well as an imaging device having a supporting device. The supporting device contains a base unit, a guidance device with a first segment and a second segment, and a first support arm. The first segment is rotatably arranged at a first rotation connection at the first support arm. The first support arm is pivotably arranged at the base unit of the supporting device such that, by a pivot movement of the first support arm, the first segment can be moved from a first position in which the segments make contact with one another, into a second position in which the segments are separated from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Rainer Graumann, Gerhard Kleinszig