With Mobile Support Patents (Class 378/198)
  • Patent number: 10306747
    Abstract: A method and device for controlling a linear accelerator as well as a linear accelerating system are provided according to examples of the present disclosure. In an example, a first component of the linear accelerator is controlled to move according to a motion instruction; when it is detected that the first component reaches a first position, the first component is controlled to pause moving, and a second component of the linear accelerator is controlled to move in a preset direction; when it is detected that the second component reaches a second position, the second component is controlled to stop moving, and the first component is controlled to continue to move according to the motion instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Shenyang Neusoft Medical Systems Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Feng Jin, Peng Zhou
  • Patent number: 10206637
    Abstract: An x-ray imaging device can include an x-ray detector and an optical-blocking filter. The x-ray detector has an entrance-window surface for receiving x-rays, at least one side surface, and a back surface facing in an opposite direction from the entrance-window surface. The optical-blocking filter is deposited on and fully covers at least the entrance-window surface and the side surface of the x-ray detector, wherein the optical-blocking filter blocks visible, ultraviolet, and near-infrared light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Kevin K. Ryu, Peter W. O'Brien, Marshall W. Bautz, Vyshnavi Suntharalingam
  • Patent number: 10088595
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a system and method for inspecting an aircraft. An X-ray/Gamma ray radiation source and a detector are located at above and below a fuselage of an aircraft, respectively. The X-ray/Gamma ray radiation source emits a beam of radiation[ ], wherein the X-ray/Gamma ray radiation[ ] passes through the aircraft to be inspected. The detector receives and converts the beam of X-ray/Gamma ray radiation[ ] that has passed through the aircraft to an output signal, and the system generates a vertical transmission image in real time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignees: Tsinghua University, Nuctech Company Limited
    Inventors: Kejun Kang, Jianmin Li, Jingyu Gu, Yuanjing Li, Yulan Li, Yaohong Liu, Zhen Tan, Yucheng Wu, Weizhen Wang
  • Patent number: 10007993
    Abstract: An inspection device 1 includes an inspection table 2 on which an inspection target T which is a set of a plurality of solid drugs O is placed, a vibration unit 3 that vibrates the inspection table 2, an imaging unit 4 that acquires an image of the inspection target T, which is placed on the inspection table 2, in a first direction along the inspection table 2, and a control unit 5 that determines whether the solid drugs O in the inspection target T overlap each other, based on inspection target information including appearance information of each of the drugs forming the inspection target T and the image of the inspection target T in the first direction, and operates the vibration unit 3 in a case in which it is determined that the solid drugs O overlap each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Ippei Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9897716
    Abstract: A vehicle-mounted inspection system comprises: a chassis; a rotation mechanism disposed on the chassis; a first ray emission device connected to the rotation mechanism and configured to emit a ray; a first detection device connected to the rotation mechanism and configured to receive the ray emitted by the first ray emission device; and a second ray emission device connected to the rotation mechanism and configured to emit a ray. The rotation mechanism is configured to rotate the first ray emission device, the first detection device and the second ray emission device substantially around an upright axis between a retracted position and an operating position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignees: TSINGHUA UNIVERSITY, NUCTECH COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Kejun Kang, Jingyu Gu, Zhiqiang Chen, Jianmin Li, Yuanjing Li, Yulan Li, Dongyu Wang
  • Patent number: 9833206
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a mobile fluoroscopic imaging system, and methods of use. A table top imaging system can include a support, an x-ray source carried by the support, an x-ray detector carried by the support and positionable at a distance from the source; a primary x-ray propagation axis extending between the source and the detector. The distance between the source and the detector can be adjustable along the axis, and the axis can be angularly adjustable throughout an angular range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: OrthoScan, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher B. Eaves
  • Patent number: 9820704
    Abstract: An imaging system including a scanner and a transport mechanism mounted to the base of the scanner, wherein the transport mechanism includes a gross movement mechanism for transporting the scanner relatively quickly across room distances and a fine movement mechanism for moving the scanner precisely, relative to the object being scanned, during scanning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: NeuroLogica Corp.
    Inventors: Andrew P. Tybinkowski, Eric M. Bailey, Daniel Allis
  • Patent number: 9782143
    Abstract: A medical device, such as a mobile C-arm, is positioned and/or aligned via a touch-sensitive control panel of a tablet. The touch-sensitive control panel provides access to one or more function units, for example, for initiating control signals for a positioning and/or an alignment of the medical device, or a second function unit for specifying a direction of movement for a mobile medical unit, or a third function unit for specifying a motion speed for the mobile medical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Rainer Graumann, Sorin-Alexandru Neagu
  • Patent number: 9743894
    Abstract: An improved configuration of a mobile-type radiographic image pickup device reliably stops on a flat path without play. More specifically, the prevent invention stops reliably on an inclined path. Where a carriage accelerates regardless of that fact that a deceleration control unit has begun to restrict the movement of the carriage, a brake control unit causes a brake device to operate. According to the present invention, if the carriage accelerates regardless of the fact that a deceleration control unit has begun to restrict the movement of the carriage, the brake device is promptly operated, and prevents concern regardless of the application of an instruction to stop the carriage which is travelling on an incline, and prevents the carriage from running for a long period to time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: SHIMADZU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tomoharu Okuno
  • Patent number: 9681848
    Abstract: An X-ray diagnostic system is provided that is capable of fitting the vertical position of the X-ray tube to each mode of photography without being affected by the height of the ceiling. The X-rays irradiated from the X-ray tube and transmitted through the subject are detected, and photographed images are captured based on the detected X-rays; the system comprises a supporting member, an arm member, and a height adjuster; the supporting member is provided on the ceiling of a room, formed in a pillar shape, and configured in such a way that the entire length is vertically extended and shortened. The arm member has a base end section connected to the lower end portion of the supporting member and a tip section on which the X-ray tube is mounted. The height adjuster adjusts the vertical position of the X-ray tube by moving the tip section of the arm member relative to the supporting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Yasunori Goto, Hiroaki Sato
  • Patent number: 9572544
    Abstract: A boom has an x-ray head attached to one end thereof and the x-ray head has an x-ray source disposed therein. In a docked position of the boom, the x-ray source is disabled. In a deployed position, the x-ray source is enabled. A handle attached to the x-ray head is movable into at least two different positions. A first one of the positions disables the x-ray source while a second one of the positions enables the x-ray source. The handle extends a preselected distance from the x-ray source such that the handle maintains at least the preselected distance between the x-ray source and a subject to be exposed thereby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Carestream Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis J. O'Dea, Craig F. Hofmann
  • Patent number: 9538964
    Abstract: An inclined PET device is provided in which the cut plane of a detector ring upon which a plurality of PET detectors are disposed is inclined so that it does not intersect perpendicularly with the long axis of a bed that carries a subject to be examined and in which an open space that passes through the bed in a direction perpendicular to the long axis thereof is formed, in order to enable access to the subject to be examined. The PET detectors are disposed and stacked in a direction parallel to the long axis of the bed. Thereby, the number of PET detectors is reduced and device cost is reduced, while the detector ring as well as the device can be miniaturized. At the same time, the open space that passes through the bed in a direction perpendicular to the long axis can be preserved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignees: NATIONAL INSTITUTES FOR QUANTUM AND RADIOLOGICAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, HAMAMATSU PHOTONICS K.K.
    Inventors: Taiga Yamaya, Hideaki Tashima, Mitsuo Watanabe, Eiichi Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9521984
    Abstract: Device comprising: a chassis (1) which supports the entire assembly, a telescopic column (2) which comprises a lower fixed portion (5) rotating with respect to a vertical axis, and at least one upper mobile portion (6), a telescopic arm (3) that moves along the vertical column and that supports an x-ray emitter (4) at its end, wherein the telescopic arm-head assembly can be moved from the lower position of the mobile column in its retracted position to the upper position of the mobile column in its extended position, and also in that all the movements of the column are manual and have a mechanical balancing mechanism which comprises a first mechanism consisting of a spring, a block and tackle, and a variable radius pulley all housed in the fixed portion of the column, and a second balancing mechanism consisting of a recovery pulley and a two-radii pulley which balances the weight between the input of the cable and that of the telescopic arm and head assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Sociedad Española De Electromedicina Y Calidad, S.A.
    Inventors: Ildefonso Moreno Vallejo, Diego Sanz Parreño, Angel García Alonso, Javier Fernándex Juárez, Andrés Causapé Rodríguez
  • Patent number: 9510232
    Abstract: Methods and computing systems for determining a committed information rate for a plurality of cell sites are described. Data associated with throughput of combined voice and data traffic communicated between a core network and the plurality of cellular sites is received. An oversubscription ratio for the committed information rate is determined based on a predetermined service outage threshold and a plurality of peak throughput values of the combined voice and data traffic over a plurality of time periods. An oversubscribed committed information rate for the plurality of cellular sites is determined based on the oversubscription ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: T-Mobile USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Chunming Liu, Bryan Fleming
  • Patent number: 9439614
    Abstract: Disclosed is an X-ray imaging apparatus, which includes a plurality of X-ray generation modules configured to emit X-rays to a subject, the X-ray generation modules being configured to move independently of one another, an X-ray detector configured to detect a plurality of X-rays emitted from the plurality of X-ray generation modules and which have passed through the subject, and an image processor configured to acquire a plurality of X-ray images from the plurality of detected X-rays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kwang Eun Jang, Young Hun Sung, Jae Hak Lee, Jong Ha Lee
  • Patent number: 9414794
    Abstract: A mobile X-ray imaging apparatus includes: a mobile cart having a casing as an exterior member; an X-ray generation unit that can be stored in the casing; a handle portion arranged on an upper portion of the casing; and a movable portion having the handle portion and configured to be alternately stored in and pulled out from the casing, wherein an upper portion of the movable portion is pulled out in an inclined state from the mobile cart through a drawing-out operation performed on the handle portion by the operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Wataru Kaku, Naofumi Sekine, Nobuo Komiya, Yoshiki Kuno
  • Patent number: 9408554
    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: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: MOBIUS IMAGING, LLC
    Inventor: Eugene A. Gregerson
  • Patent number: 9295438
    Abstract: A movable X-ray generation apparatus includes an X-ray tube configured to perform irradiation with X-rays, an arm configured to support the X-ray tube, a cart unit configured to support and move the arm, and a monitor mounted on the upper portion of the cart unit. The movable X-ray generation apparatus includes a first member configured to support the monitor to be pivotable about a first rotation axis, and a second member configured to support the first member to be pivotable about a second rotation axis different from the first rotation axis with respect to the cart unit. At least one of the first rotation axis and the second rotation axis provides a rotation axis parallel to the display surface of the monitor and perpendicular to a moving surface on which the cart unit moves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Satoru Omura, Tetsuo Shimada
  • Patent number: 9282940
    Abstract: A mobile X-ray imaging apparatus includes an X-ray generation unit, a boom member configured to hold and arrange the X-ray generation unit at an arbitrary position, a supporting column unit connected to the boom member and configured to elevate and pivot the X-ray generation unit, a display unit, including a display screen, coupled to the X-ray generation unit through a movable mechanism configured to enable the orientation of the display screen, with respect to the X-ray generating unit, to be altered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shinji Nishimura
  • Patent number: 9084582
    Abstract: A radiation imaging apparatus includes an irradiation unit configured to irradiate radiation, a positioning unit configured to position the irradiation unit, and a cart unit configured to move while the irradiation unit and the positioning unit are mounted on the cart unit. The radiation imaging apparatus includes a moving unit configured to hold a display unit below the irradiation unit and to slide the display unit along a display screen of the display unit outwardly from the cart unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Satoru Omura
  • Patent number: 9078597
    Abstract: A mobile x-ray imaging unit with an integrated x-ray shield is disclosed. The mobile x-ray imaging unit includes a base, a column structure extending upwardly from the base, a horizontal arm mounted on the column structure, and an x-ray source positioned on the horizontal arm, with the x-ray source configured to generate x-ray radiation for acquisition of an x-ray image. The mobile x-ray imaging unit also includes an x-ray shield extending upwardly from the base on a side of the column structure opposite the x-ray source that is configured to attenuate x-ray radiation generated by the x-ray source, wherein at least a portion of the x-ray shield is formed of an optically transparent material and wherein the x-ray shield is sized so as to provide x-ray shielding to an operator when the operator is in a standing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Mahendra Madhukar Patil, Arun A. Balan, Jijo Varghese
  • Patent number: 9022650
    Abstract: An X-ray imaging apparatus comprises an X-ray generation unit; a plurality of supporting members configured to support the X-ray generation unit; and an accommodation unit configured to accommodate the X-ray generation unit and the plurality of supporting members, wherein the accommodation unit is formed by bringing a first member and a second member into contact with each other, each of the plurality of supporting members is connected to the first member by a first connecting portion that is rotatable and to the X-ray generation unit by a second connecting portion that is rotatable, and a support height of the X-ray generation unit supported by the supporting members can be adjusted in accordance with a distance between the first member and the second member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Wataru Kaku, Yoshihiro Miyazawa, Hideki Hayashi, Takashi Ogura, Jun Murata
  • Patent number: 9025730
    Abstract: Systems and methods for braking and releasing one or more pivot joints used in an X-ray positioning device are described. The systems and methods use a support arm that extends between a main assembly of the x-ray positioning device and an X-ray imaging assembly with an X-ray source and an X-ray detector that are disposed nearly opposite to each other. The support arm includes one or more pivot joints (such as horizontal, lateral, and/or orbital pivot joints) that allow the imaging assembly to move with respect to the main assembly. The pivot joints can each be connected to an automated braking system that is capable of selectively locking and unlocking a corresponding pivot joint, as indicated by a user-controlled switching mechanism. The braking systems containing multiple pivot joints can be individually controlled by separate switching mechanisms or simultaneously controlled by a single switching mechanism. Other embodiments are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: David Ellis Barker, John Matthew Simmons
  • Patent number: 9016941
    Abstract: An imaging system for imaging an object, comprising a scanner; and a transport mechanism mounted to the base of the scanner, wherein the transport mechanism comprises a crawl drive for crawling along the floor supporting the imaging system so as to index the scanner relative to an object during scanning of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: NeuroLogica Corp.
    Inventors: Andrew P. Tybinkowski, Eric M. Bailey, Daniel Allis
  • 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: 20150085992
    Abstract: A mobile C-arm fluoroscopy unit comprising a self-contained radial coordinate or vector movement mechanism utilizing at least one motor-driven wheel, wherein the at least one motor-driven wheel is individually continuously steerable around a generally vertical steering axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: John K. Grady
  • Patent number: 8989846
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and related computer program products for image-guided radiation treatment (IGRT) are described. For one preferred embodiment, an IGRT apparatus is provided comprising a gantry frame including a ring member, the ring member being rotatable around a substantially horizontal, longitudinally extending central axis, the ring member having first and second horizontally opposing ends. The IGRT apparatus further comprises a radiation treatment head coupled to the ring member by an arm member, the arm member being connected to the ring member at an arm member base. Preferably, the IGRT apparatus is further characterized in that the arm member extends outwardly from the first end of the ring member in a direction away from the second end and is supported only by the arm member base, and the radiation treatment head is dynamically movable in at least a longitudinal direction toward and away from the first end of the ring member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Accuray Incorporated
    Inventors: Gopinath Kuduvalli, Paul D. Treas, Adam J. Weber
  • Publication number: 20150071412
    Abstract: C-arm retention locks allowing users to secure and unsecure C-arm positioning devices of an X-ray machine, systems containing such locks, and methods of using such locks are described. The C-arm retention lock comprises a latch bail and a latching assembly. The latching assembly comprises a latch base having an ear and a generally flat engagement surface at an end of the latch base proximate the ear, a latch having an arm, the latch being pivotally connected to the latch base so the latch is rotatable between closed and open positions, and a tensioning device engaging the latch and latch base such that the tensioning device pulls the latch toward either of the closed or open positions. The latching assembly or latch bail is configured to be connected to a C-arm and the latching assembly retains the latch bail between the ear and the arm when the latch is closed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: John Matthew Simmons, David Ellis Barker, Krishnanand Prabhu Bailur, Allen Michael Collins
  • Patent number: 8961011
    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 and can be coupled to a second display (also adjustably mounted). The second display and a first display can each be configured to control the mobile radiography apparatus and display items such as but not limited to (a) obtained images and/or related data or (b) a control panel to allow functions such as generating, storing, transmitting, modifying, and printing of the obtained images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Carestream Health, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael C. Lalena
  • Patent number: 8944681
    Abstract: An X-ray machine is provided. The X-ray machine comprises an X-ray tube; an X-ray detector placed opposite the X-ray tube in a direction of emission of X-rays; and a mobile device on which the X-ray tube and the X-ray detector are mounted, the mobile device comprising a motor capable of causing the automatic movement of the X-ray machine, and an impact-sensing system coupled to the motor in order to control the movement of the mobile device in the event of an impact applied to the X-ray apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jose Emilio Soto, Francis Guerit, Guy Bertrand, Bruno Galloni, Bernard Bouvier
  • Publication number: 20150023470
    Abstract: A C-arm mounting apparatus for an x-ray imaging device includes a C-arm, a C-arm holding unit, and at least one cage guide unit. The at least one cage guide unit is moveably arranged between the C-arm and the C-arm holding unit. The C-arm is moveably mounted on the C-arm holding unit. The at least one cage guide unit includes a plurality of rolling bodies and at least one rolling body cage. The small overlap between the C-arm and the C-arm holding unit may facilitate greater rotations about an isocenter. An x-ray imaging device includes a C-arm mounting apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Berthold Baumann, Wolfgang Neuber, Matthias Schirbl
  • Patent number: 8938046
    Abstract: A system for subsea imaging comprises a first plate having an inner surface, an outer surface, and a cavity formed in the inner surface. In addition, the system comprises a phosphor imaging plate disposed in the cavity. Further, the system comprises a second plate having an inner surface facing the inner surface of the first plate and an outer surface facing away from the outer surface of the first plate. Still further, the system comprises a seal member disposed between the inner surface of the first plate and the inner surface of the second plate. The seal member extends around the perimeter of the cavity and is configured to seal the phosphor imaging plate and the cavity from intrusion water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: BP Corporation North America Inc.
    Inventors: James Hunter, Danny Lee Keck, James Rae Sims, Jr., Scott Avery Watson
  • Patent number: 8929512
    Abstract: A mobile type radiographic apparatus is provided, which can inhibit damage to a detecting device as much as possible. This invention provides a storage holder for storing an FPD, and catches for fixing the FPD to the storage holder so that the FPD stored cannot be taken out of the storage holder. Further, this invention provides a carriage movement controller which, when a carriage is about to be moved while the FPD is not in a locked state, notifies the operator to that effect. Consequently, the operator will become aware of having forgotten to lock the FPD when moving the carriage. This construction assures that the FPD is in a fixed state, whereby the FPD is never damaged during traveling of the carriage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Shimadzu Corporation
    Inventor: Takahiro Kamitake
  • Patent number: 8923478
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for x-ray inspection of a pipeline girth weld. This comprises a directional x-ray source 5 which is insertable into a pipeline section and is rotatable within the pipeline. Means are provided to align the directional x-ray source with an external x-ray detector such that both may be rotated through 360 degrees substantially coaxially with the pipeline section. Means for sampling the data detected by the x-ray detector are provided so that it may be further analyzed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: ShawCor Ltd.
    Inventors: Stephen Knight, Stephen G. Drake
  • Patent number: 8899834
    Abstract: Systems and methods for braking and releasing one or more pivot joints used in an X-ray positioning device are described. The systems and methods use a support arm that extends between a main assembly of the x-ray positioning device and an X-ray imaging assembly with an X-ray source and an X-ray detector that are disposed nearly opposite to each other. The support arm includes one or more pivot joints (such as horizontal, lateral, and/or orbital pivot joints) that allow the imaging assembly to move with respect to the main assembly. The pivot joints can each be connected to an automated braking system that is capable of selectively locking and unlocking a corresponding pivot joint, as indicated by a user-controlled switching mechanism. The braking systems containing multiple pivot joints can be individually controlled by separate switching mechanisms or simultaneously controlled by a single switching mechanism. Other embodiments are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: David Ellis Barker, John Matthew Simmons
  • Publication number: 20140348304
    Abstract: An elevating column for an X-ray apparatus, the X-ray apparatus preferably being mobile, wherein the column is rotationally fixed in relation to a base of the X ray apparatus, and the column having a plurality of segments, including: a first segment, having a first end and an opposite second end, arranged at the base with the first end, and a second segment having a first end and an opposite second end; wherein the second segment is arranged at its first end with an overlap of the first segment's second end and is moveable relative the first segment; and a first elevation adjustment unit including: at least a first threaded elongate member fixed at one of the first and second segments, and a first threaded receiving element arranged at the other of the first and second segments, matingly engaged with the threaded elongate member for elevation adjustment of said column.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: Solutions for tomorrow AB
    Inventors: Mattias Guldstrand, Martin Göran Kristoffer Yngvesson, Jan-Olof Lundström
  • Patent number: 8888364
    Abstract: An imaging system including a scanner for scanning an object and creating an image of the same; and a transport mechanism mounted to the scanner for moving the scanner, wherein the transport mechanism includes a gross movement mechanism for transporting the scanner between scanning locations; and a fine movement mechanism for moving the scanner precisely, relative to the object being scanned, during scanning of the object; wherein the gross movement mechanism comprises at least one motorized wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: NeuroLogica Corp.
    Inventors: Eric M. Bailey, Andrew P. Tybinkowski
  • Patent number: 8891734
    Abstract: A method for managing a portable x-ray detector for an x-ray imaging apparatus registers at least one portable detector with a processor that is associated with the x-ray imaging apparatus. A generated signal is indicative of the location of the registered portable x-ray detector relative to the x-ray imaging apparatus. An alert indication is provided when the generated signal indicates separation of the registered portable x-ray detector from the x-ray imaging apparatus beyond a predetermined distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Carestream Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael C. Lalena, Peter A. Newman
  • Patent number: 8882348
    Abstract: The present embodiments relate to a wheeled C-arm support device for a mobile C-arm X-ray machine and an associated method for swiveling the C-arm support device. The C-arm support device includes two steerable front wheels, two freely movable rear wheels and a steering unit that may steer the two steerable front wheels simultaneously inward by the same angle. A line of intersection of surfaces formed by outer sides of the two steerable front wheels form an imaginary swivel axis of the C-arm support device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Norbert Herrmann, Andreas Limmer
  • Patent number: 8876379
    Abstract: A mobile radiography apparatus has a portable transport frame and a sectioned vertical column mounted on the frame and defining a vertical axis and having a base section having a fixed vertical position relative to the vertical axis and at least one movable section that is translatable to a variable vertical position along the vertical axis. A counterbalance apparatus is coupled to the at least one movable section of the vertical column with an actuator that is energizable to translate the at least one movable section along the vertical axis. A boom apparatus supports an x-ray source and is coupled to the at least one movable section for vertical displacement of the boom apparatus to a height position. A height sensing element provides a signal that is indicative of the height position of the boom apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Carestream Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony DiRisio, Joseph E. Stagnitto
  • Patent number: 8855268
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for operating an inspection system is provided. A housing with an x-ray system located inside of the housing is moved in an environment with water relative to a location on a surface of an object to be inspected. The location on the surface of the object is submerged in the water in the environment. A number of components for the x-ray system are cooled using the water around the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Morteza Safai, Dallas Steven Scholes
  • Publication number: 20140294159
    Abstract: A drive mechanism for a mobile imaging system comprises a main drive geared into a drive wheel for propelling the imaging system, including a base and one or more imaging components, across a surface. The drive mechanism can also include a scan drive that moves the drive mechanism and the one or more imaging components along an axis relative to the base to provide an imaging scan, and a suspension drive that extends the drive wheel relative to a bottom surface when the imaging system is in a transport mode and retracts the drive wheel relative to the bottom surface of the base when the imaging system is in an imaging mode. The drive wheel supports the weight of the imaging components, but does not directly support the base assembly, which can include pedestal and tabletop support. One or more casters located on the base can support the weight of the base assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventors: Eugene A. GREGERSON, Russell STANTON, Michael ALLEN, Michael CONNOR, Scott COPPEN
  • Patent number: 8840304
    Abstract: A flexible, lightweight, easily maneuverable positioner for an imaging system. The positioning system in one example has a cart section with a base frame coupled to one or more wheels. There is a mast extending from the cart section and a linkage assembly coupled to a second end of the mast, wherein the mast is configured to swing about a vertical plane. There is a positioning arm coupled to the linkage assembly, wherein the positioning arm is configured to swing about at least one of a horizontal plane and the vertical plane. An imaging bracket is used to couple to the positioning arm and configured to receive an imaging unit. In one example, the positioner is coupled together by fasteners, wherein the positioner can be assembled and dis-assembled via the fasteners without tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Victor Manuel Perez Zarate, Michael Anthony Rumsey, Andrea Marie Schmitz, Jeffrey Wayne Eberhard, Scott Dana Tilton, Tobias George Harvey
  • Publication number: 20140241504
    Abstract: A mobile X-ray apparatus for medical examination includes an apparatus for producing X-ray images having a digital Radiography detector positioned at a first spatial position, an X-ray tube assembly positionable at a second spatial position relative to the first spatial position, sensor(s) for providing the first spatial position and/or the second spatial position, a control unit for receiving the first and/or the second spatial position(s) from the at least one sensor and for controlling the first or second spatial position for alignment of the X-ray tube assembly with the detector based on the first and second spatial positions, a drive wheel, a base, optionally an elevating column, and a telescopic arm which is rotatable into a direction perpendicular to a driving direction of the base. The apparatus is controllable to drive along a patient table and/or the X-ray tube assembly is height adjustable in front of a wall stand, for alignment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: Solutions for tomorrow AB
    Inventors: Jan-Olof Lundström, Mattias Guldstrand, Martin Göran Yngvesson
  • Publication number: 20140233702
    Abstract: The problem addressed by the invention is to always keep an imaging angle of an X-ray detector to an object constant before and after an imaging unit is moved. In order to solve the problem, a mobile X-ray diagnostic apparatus related to the present invention detects a rotation amount of a main body in a horizontal surface due to movement on a floor surface and controls rotation drive of the X-ray detector based on a detection result.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2012
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: HITACHI MEDICAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Koichiro Suzuki, Takahiro Yurugi, Yasuo Matsuoka
  • Publication number: 20140233705
    Abstract: A mobile X-ray imaging apparatus includes: a mobile cart having a casing as an exterior member; an X-ray generation unit that can be stored in the casing; a handle portion arranged on an upper portion of the casing; and a movable portion having the handle portion and configured to be alternately stored in and pulled out from the casing, wherein an upper portion of the movable portion is pulled out in an inclined state from the mobile cart through a drawing-out operation performed on the handle portion by the operator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Wataru Kaku, Naofumi Sekine, Nobuo Komiya, Yoshiki Kuno
  • Publication number: 20140205074
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus and related method comprising a detector located a distance from a source and positioned to receive a beam of radiation in a trajectory; a detector positioner that translates the detector to an alternate position in a direction that is substantially normal to the trajectory; and a beam positioner that alters the trajectory of the radiation beam to direct the beam onto the detector located at the alternate position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: Medtronic Navigation, Inc.
    Inventors: Eugene A. GREGERSON, Richard K. GRANT, Norbert JOHNSON
  • Publication number: 20140192962
    Abstract: In an exemplary embodiment, an imaging apparatus comprises an arm assembly coupled to an imaging arm. The arm assembly includes a shoulder joint, an elbow joint, and an articulation assembly. The shoulder joint is configured to travel a vertical distance in a substantially linear fashion and provide rotational movement. The imaging arm comprises a first end and a second end. As such, the imaging apparatus is configured to provide radial motion along a path equal to the length of the arm assembly and the imaging aim along the vertical distance and the horizontal distance of the shoulder joint. The imaging apparatus may also comprise a movable cabinet, a monitor, and a control, with the arm assembly coupled to the movable cabinet. Furthermore, the imaging arm may comprise an x-ray source and a sensor, with the monitor displaying data detected by the sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: ORTHOSCAN, INC.
    Inventor: Christopher B. Eaves
  • Patent number: 8770839
    Abstract: A diagnostic imaging system, which can be a mobile or stationary surgical CT imaging system or an MRI system, comprises an internal airflow cooling system that includes an air intake opening and an air outtake opening that are positioned near the ground and direct air flow away from the sterile surgical field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Mobius Imaging, LLC
    Inventors: Eugene A. Gregerson, Russell Stanton, Michael Allen, Michael Connor, Scott Coppen
  • Patent number: 8755492
    Abstract: A radiographic apparatus includes an X-ray source unit, a measurement unit configured to measure either one or both of a force and a torque applied to the X-ray source unit, at least one motor configured to move the X-ray source unit, and a system control unit configured to control the at least one motor to move the X-ray source unit according to a direction and a magnitude of the either one or both of the force and the torque measured by the measurement unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dong Jae Lee, Soo Sang Yang, Hyeon Min Lee, Jeong Pil Lee, Woo Sup Han, Hyun Woong Hwang