With Mobile Support Patents (Class 378/198)
  • Patent number: 11344268
    Abstract: An imaging system is disclosed. The imaging system is operable to acquire and/or generate image data at positions relative to a subject. The imaging system includes a drive system configured to move the imaging system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Medtronic Navigation, Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Garlow, Robert P. Cloutier, John T. Hickey
  • Patent number: 11266365
    Abstract: A mobile radiography system includes a wheeled transport frame and a vertical column mounted on the transport frame. A telescoping arm is attached to the vertical column and to an x-ray tube head. The telescoping arm includes a first section, a second section movable within the first section, and a third section movable within the second section. The first section and the second section each include a drag assembly configured to provide a drag force on the linearly movable section therewithin. The drag assemblies each include a friction material pressed against the linearly movable section to provide a constant drag force on the linearly movable section while it moves. A permanent pressure source presses the friction material against the linearly movable section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Carestream Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony Dirisio, Adam D. Pruyne
  • Patent number: 11259772
    Abstract: A mobile radiographic imaging system includes a mobile radiographic imaging apparatus and a radiographic imaging cassette. The radiographic imaging apparatus includes a displacement mechanism that electrically displaces a radiation emission unit and a displacement mechanism controller that controls the operation of the displacement mechanism. The radiographic imaging cassette includes a remote operation unit that is provided in a housing to remotely operate the displacement mechanism and an operation instruction transmission unit that transmits an operation instruction for operating the displacement mechanism to the displacement mechanism controller in a case where the remote operation unit is operated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Makino
  • Patent number: 11158436
    Abstract: A filter system is for the local attenuation of X-radiation. In an embodiment, the filter system includes a filter device, arranged in a beam path of an X-ray apparatus and including a channel arrangement, the channel arrangement including a multiplicity of channel sections extending in parallel on a plane; a supply device to provide a 2-phase fluid flow containing drops of an absorber liquid, to absorb X-radiation and a carrier liquid transparent to X-radiation; and a sorting section, including an input connected to the supply device, a first output connected to the channel arrangement, a second output, and a deflection device to direct individual drops of the absorber liquid to the first output or the second output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: SIEMENS HEALTHCARE GMBH
    Inventors: Manfred Ruehrig, Oliver Schmidt, Rainer Gransee, Michael Bassler, Vishnu Vatheriparambil Mohandas
  • Patent number: 11083530
    Abstract: A robotic surgery system including an imaging system having a source element and a detector element, and a coupling member coupling the source element to the detector element. The system further includes an instrument support structure extending from the coupling member, and a surgical instrument coupled to the moveable support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: MAKO Surgical Corp.
    Inventor: Hyosig Kang
  • Patent number: 11083427
    Abstract: A mobile radiography system includes a wheeled transport frame and a telescoping vertical column mounted on the transport frame. The vertical column includes a stationary base section and a vertically movable upper section coupled to the base section. A cap is positioned in a nest at the top of the movable upper section whereby a counterweight in the movable upper section displaces the cap when the counterweight is extended through the nest and replaces the cap in the nest when the counterweight is retracted into the movable upper section. A padded section of the nest and the counterweight prevents impact noise when the cap contacts the nest or the counterweight. Magnets are used to hold the cap and the nest together in alignment when they are adjacent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Carestream Health, Inc.
    Inventor: Adam D. Pruyne
  • Patent number: 11071609
    Abstract: A scanning object carrier (1), which is provided for installation on a scanner rocker (2) of a scanning device (3) for scanning at least one, in particular dental, object (20), wherein the scanning object carrier (1) includes a base body (4) and at least one fastening device (5) for fastening the base body (4) to the scanner rocker (2) and at least one object fixing device (6) for fixing the object (20) to the scanning object carrier (1), wherein the object fixing device (6) is mounted in a pivotable manner on the base body (4) relative to the base body (4), and wherein the object fixing device (6) is mounted in a pivotable manner on the base body (4) between two end positions (7, 8) by freely following gravity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Amann Girrbach AG
    Inventors: Johannes Anders, Marcel Humml, Jurgen Amann
  • Patent number: 11064961
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for controlling movement of a mobile imaging system. In one example, a mobile imaging system includes a mobile drive system, an imaging assembly coupled to the mobile drive system, and a driving interface configured to move the imaging assembly relative to the mobile drive system both axially and radially in response to user manipulation, and further configured to generate signals in response to the axial movement of the imaging assembly, the mobile drive system configured to move in response to the signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventor: Manfred David Boehm
  • Patent number: 11051886
    Abstract: A system and method for performing a navigation procedure including a surgical tool, an imaging device, and a computing device. The surgical tool is navigated to a target tissue located in a target area to perform a surgical procedure on the target tissue. The imaging device acquires image data of the target area while the surgical tool is being navigated to the target tissue by automatically traversing back and forth along a path relative to the target area and acquiring image data of the target area while traversing the path. The computing device receives the image data acquired by the imaging device and displays the image data such that the surgical tool can be navigated to the target tissue while simultaneously visualizing a position of the surgical tool relative to the target tissue from multiple perspectives relative to the target area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventor: William J. Dickhans
  • Patent number: 10925563
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an X-ray imaging apparatus. The X-ray imaging apparatus includes a first column connected to a main body, a second column connected to the first column and provided to be movable relative to the first column, an arm connected to the second column and slidably provided along the second column, and a weight compensator provided to compensate for the weight of the second column and the arm, wherein the weight compensator, the second column and the arm are connected by a wire, and the second column is provided with an elastic member connected to the arm and providing an elastic force such that the arm is moved by a uniform force regardless of the position of the second column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Dae Woong Han, Seung Hwan Lee, Jin Woo Lee, N. V. Deepak
  • Patent number: 10918348
    Abstract: An articulated arm to suspend an X-ray head from a support section in a radiographic imaging apparatus comprising two pairs of linkages separated and joined to an intermediate linkage wherein the proximal end of the first pair of linkages is connected to the support section and the distal end of the second pair of linkages is connected to the X-ray head, and further wherein the linkages in the first pair of linkages are parallel and rotatable about the connection to the support section, the linkages in the second pair of linkages are parallel and rotatable about the intermediate linkage, and whereby a rotational orientation of a mounting for the X-ray head about an axis which is parallel to the axes about which the first pair of linkages are rotatable remains constant when the first pair of linkages is rotated relative to the support section and/or the second pair of linkages is rotated relative to the intermediate linkage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: MICRO-X LIMITED
    Inventors: Peter Rowland, Richard Byers, Anthony Skeats, Chin Eng Yeap
  • Patent number: 10849579
    Abstract: Supporting devices for small and portable X-ray devices are described. In particular, this application describes supporting devices for portable X-ray devices containing a movable base unit with multiple legs with different lengths and heights configured so that the legs have a nestable configuration, an adjustable member extending from the mobile base unit so the adjustable member has an adjustable height, an extension arm connected to the adjustable member so the extension arm collapses toward and extends away from the adjustable member, and a connecting member connecting the extension arm with a portable x-ray device so the connecting member can rotate up to 360 degrees in the x, y, or z direction. The connecting member can also connect the extension arm with a portable x-ray device so the portable x-ray device is removable from the connecting member and capable of being operated independently by hand. Other embodiments are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Turner Imaging Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: D. Clark Turner, Thomas L. Youd, Casey Messick
  • Patent number: 10829347
    Abstract: A crane includes a carrier, a superstructure mounted on the carrier and including a boom, a cable extending from the boom, a lifting appliance coupled to the cable, and an optical detection system. The optical detection system includes an image capture device configured to capture an image, and an optical detection computer configured to detect one or more objects in the captured image, the one or more objects selected from: the lifting appliance, the cable, a load coupled to the lifting appliance, an object remote from the crane and a marker. The computer is also configured to analyze the one or more detected objects and determine a condition of a crane component based on the analysis of the one or more detected objects. Methods of determining the condition of the crane component and controlling crane operation are also included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Manitowoc Crane Companies, LLC
    Inventors: John R. Rudy, Matthew Thoresen, Ingo Schiller
  • Patent number: 10772588
    Abstract: A chassis has a structure in which a front structure and a rear structure are linked by an upper floor and a lower floor. The front structure is linked to a front wheel via a coupling member, a front wheel support member and a shaft. The front structure has a cylindrical support member. In addition, the rear structure is linked to a rear wheel via a shaft. A reinforcing member, which links the front structure and the rear structure in the central part of a space for accommodating a battery, is installed inside the space for accommodating the battery. The front end of the reinforcing member is linked to the cylindrical support member in the front structure. The upper surface of the reinforcing member is fixed to the upper floor and the lower surface of the reinforcing member is fixed to the lower floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: SHIMADZU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hajime Takemoto, Toru Hayakawa
  • Patent number: 10765388
    Abstract: A radiation-irradiation device includes a leg unit, a radiation source unit, an arm unit, a body unit, and a raising/lowering mechanism. The arm unit includes a first arm connected to the radiation source unit, a second arm, a first rotational moving portion that connects the first arm to the second arm so as to allow the first arm and second arm to be rotationally movable relative to each other, and a second rotational moving portion that connects the second arm to the raising/lowering mechanism so as to allow the second arm to be rotationally movable relative to the raising/lowering mechanism. The rotation of the second arm from an initial rotational movement position is regulated by the body unit in a case in which the arm unit is positioned at a position other than a first position where the arm unit is raised or lowered by the raising/lowering mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Yasuhisa Nozawa, Noriyuki Onobori
  • Patent number: 10722197
    Abstract: An arrangement includes a stationary part of a gantry of a computed tomography scanner and a first rotating part of the gantry of the computed tomography scanner. The first rotating part and the stationary part are connectable to one another via a bearing assembly such that the first rotating part is arranged in a bearing position relative to the stationary part and is mounted via the bearing assembly such that it is rotatable about a system axis. The first rotating part and the stationary part are connectable to one another via a holding apparatus such that the first rotating part is arranged in a holding position relative to the stationary part independently of the bearing assembly. In both the bearing position and the holding position, a central opening of the first rotating part and a central opening of the stationary part are arranged about the system axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: SIEMENS HEALTHCARE GMBH
    Inventors: Friedrich Distler, Uli Holzermer, Hans-juergen Mueller, Christian Willming
  • Patent number: 10702225
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a mobile x-ray imaging apparatus having an improved structure to reinforce security of an x-ray detector. A mobile x-ray imaging apparatus includes an x-ray source configured to generate and radiate x-rays, one or more x-ray detectors provided to detect the x-rays radiated from the x-ray source, a storage unit having one or more slots in which the one or more x-ray detectors are stored, and one or more locking units installed in the storage unit to limit withdrawal of the one or more x-ray detectors stored in the one or more slots, wherein the one or more locking units may include a pressing member provided to be pressable and one or more rotating members configured to directly receive a pressing force of the pressing member and provided to rotate and protrude toward an inside of the one or more slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jae Won Nam, Ku Il Jang, Chang Jin Yang
  • Patent number: 10674977
    Abstract: A radiographic imaging apparatus comprises: a leg unit that is capable of traveling on an apparatus-placement surface by a wheel unit; a body unit that is held on the leg unit; an arm unit that is connected to the body unit and is capable of protruding upward from the body unit; and a radiation source that is mounted on the arm unit, wherein the arm unit includes a body-side part that is capable of extending and retracting in a direction of the protruding of the arm unit and is connected to the body unit, and a radiation source-side part on which the radiation source is mounted, the radiation source-side part is connected to a distal end side of the body-side part so as to be revolvable in a direction where an angle between the radiation source-side part and the body-side part changes, and revolution regulating unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Toshiyuki Nabeta, Fumito Nariyuki, Masayoshi Matsuura, Ryosuke Ogura, Haruyasu Nakatsugawa
  • Patent number: 10667773
    Abstract: A mobile medical imaging robot is disclosed. The robot comprises a medical imaging device, and a vehicle configured to carry the medical imaging device. The vehicle is motorized so as to move on a surface, such the floor of an examination room. The robot further comprises a cable designed to link said vehicle to a wall of a room, such as a medical examination room. In at least one non-limiting embodiment, motorized robot movements along the surface are controlled manually by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventor: Bernard Bouvier
  • Patent number: 10623639
    Abstract: A medical imaging apparatus has a data acquisition scanner having a patient receiving zone at least partially enclosed by the scanner, and at least one acquisition unit equipped with a camera to acquire positional data. The at least one acquisition unit has a first imaging optics system and at least one second imaging optics system that differs from the first imaging optics system with regard to at least one optical property or attribute that affects the acquisition of the positional data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare GmbH
    Inventors: Peter Gall, Andreas Greiser, Dominik Paul, Daniel Nico Splitthoff, Jens Thoene, Felix Wolf
  • Patent number: 10433800
    Abstract: A radiography apparatus is provided in which delays in imaging do not occur due to the influence of preliminary preparation of a radiation detector. The FPD 4 receives a signal from an X-ray tube control unit 6 and then completes preliminary preparation for the detection of radiation during accelerated movement of an X-ray tube 3 or the FPD 4. That is, the accelerated movement of the X-ray tube 3 or the FPD 4 and the preliminary preparation for the detection of radiation are carried out simultaneously. This enables imaging to be started immediately after the start of constant speed movement of the X-ray tube 3 or the FPD 4 without having to wait for constant speed movement thereof to start preliminary preparation of the FPD 4 as in conventional apparatuses. As a result, delays in imaging do not affect the radiation image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: SHIMADZU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomoharu Okuno, Hideki Fujii
  • Patent number: 10429001
    Abstract: A mobile scanner includes a base, an articulating boom assembly, a scanning assembly, and a boom-power system. The articulating boom assembly includes a proximal vertical boom section pivotably secured to the base; a distal vertical boom section; and an intermediate horizontal boom section disposed between the proximal vertical boom section and the proximal vertical boom section. The articulating boom assembly forms a general inverted U-shape when in a deployed position, so as to present an opening therethrough for the passing of an object to be scanned. The scanning assembly is disposed at least in part on the distal vertical boom section for scanning the object in the opening. The boom-power system is configured to place the articulating boom assembly into the deployed position. The articulating boom assembly is configured to remain in the deployed position without the boom-power system keeping the articulating boom assembly in the deployed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Altec Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Johnson X. Miles, William Baldwin Dodge, IV
  • Patent number: 10426425
    Abstract: A radiation imaging control device has a display control function to output, to a display unit, information indicating display content to be displayed on the display unit in order to cause the display unit to display imaging conditions for radiation imaging and a radiation image obtained by radiation imaging under at least one of the imaging conditions. The control device determines the presence or absence of abnormality concerning radiation imaging, and causes, in the case where the presence of abnormality is determined, a storage unit to store the information indicating display content that is output to the display unit by the display control function at a timing based on the abnormality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masahiro Abe
  • Patent number: 10365397
    Abstract: The present application relates to a container inspection system, comprising a radiation source (31), a radiation detection apparatus and a quay crane for hoisting a container onto an automated guided vehicle, said radiation source (31) and said radiation detection apparatus being provided on said quay crane, for performing a scanning inspection on said container loaded on said vehicle. The present application, which does not need a special allocation of approach of the radiation source and the radiation detection apparatus, conveniently effectuates scanning inspection of a container, and improving the inspection efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: NUCTECH COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Zhiqiang Chen, Yuanjing Li, Shangmin Sun, Yu Hu, Yuan Ma, Qiangqiang Wang, Long Du, Wei Li
  • 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