Object Positioning Or Aligning Patents (Class 378/20)
  • Patent number: 10410381
    Abstract: Provided are tomographic image processing apparatus and method. The tomographic image processing apparatus includes: a processor configured to generate a plurality of preview images by applying a plurality of filters to second raw data corresponding to a selected cross-section of an object and reconstruct a tomographic image by applying one of the plurality of filters, which is used to generate a preview image selected from among the plurality of preview images, to first raw data corresponding to a region of the object including the selected cross-section; and a display configured to display the reconstructed tomographic image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jun-young Park, Yeon-mo Jeong
  • Patent number: 10390778
    Abstract: A gantry according to an embodiment includes a rotating frame, a fixing mechanism, and an air sending mechanism. The rotating frame includes an X-ray tube and an X-ray detector configured to detect X-rays emitted from the X-ray tube. The fixing mechanism is configured to support the rotating frame so as to be rotatable on a rotation axis. The air sending mechanism is installed on a lateral face on the outer circumferential side of the rotating frame with respect to the rotation axis and is configured to send air sucked in from the exterior of the rotating frame to the rotation axis side of the rotating frame. The air sending mechanism is installed so as to be offset from the rotating frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Tadashi Sawanobori
  • Patent number: 10368822
    Abstract: A method of optimizing images of a patient utilizing a medical imaging device includes the steps of providing a medical imaging device having an x-ray source, an x-ray detector, a controller for adjusting the positions of the x-ray source and detector, an image reconstructor/generator connected to the x-ray detector to receive x-ray data and reconstruct an x-ray image, and a processor connected to the image reconstructor/generator and the controller to perform analyses on the x-ray image, acquiring a first data set S1 of images, processing the first data set S1 to reconstruct a first computerized data set D1, analyzing the first computerized data set D1, acquiring at least one additional data set Sn in response to the analysis of the first computerized data set D1 and processing the at least one additional data set Sn in combination with the first data set S1 to reconstruct an optimized computerized data set Dn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Giovanni John Jacques Palma, Razvan Gabriel Iordache, Serge Louis Wilfrid Muller, Laurence Vancamberg
  • Patent number: 10359377
    Abstract: Methods and systems for reducing the effect of finite source size on illumination beam spot size for Transmission, Small-Angle X-ray Scatterometry (T-SAXS) measurements are described herein. A beam shaping slit having a slender profile is located in close proximity to the specimen under measurement and does not interfere with wafer stage components over the full range of angles of beam incidence. In one embodiment, four independently actuated beam shaping slits are employed to effectively block a portion of an incoming x-ray beam and generate an output beam having a box shaped illumination cross-section. In one aspect, each of the beam shaping slits is located at a different distance from the specimen in a direction aligned with the beam axis. In another aspect, the beam shaping slits are configured to rotate about the beam axis in coordination with the orientation of the specimen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: KLA-Tencor Corporation
    Inventors: Alexander Bykanov, Nikolay Artemiev, Joseph A. Di Regolo, John Wade Viatella
  • Patent number: 10357212
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for capturing a three-dimensional x-ray image (1) of an object (2) by means of an x-ray system (3) comprising an x-ray source (4), an x-ray detector (5) and a shutter matrix (7), the shutter matrix (7) having a plurality of shutter elements (18), the x-ray absorption properties of which are controllable. In the first method step, at least one region (21) to be captured of the object (2) is defined, wherein settings are planned for the individual shutter elements (18) of the shutter matrix (7) for different rotary positions (14, 15, 16, 17), taking into account the defined area (21) to be captured. Then, a plurality of two-dimensional x-ray images is captured from the planned rotary positions (14, 15, 16, 17) during at least one partial rotation (9) using the planned settings of the shutter elements (18), wherein the overall three-dimensional x-ray image (1) of the area (21) to be captured is generated from the individual two-dimensional x-ray images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Sirona Dental Systems GMBH
    Inventors: Kai Lindenberg, Stefan Wundrak
  • Patent number: 10352881
    Abstract: Apparatus for computed tomography is described that is also suitable for X-ray diffraction. The computed tomography measurement uses a line focus 8 and passes the X-rays from the line focus through a perpendicular slit 22 and then through a sample onto a two dimensional detector. A plurality of images are taken, each with the sample rotated about a rotation axis 14 by a different amount, and combined to create a computed tomography image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: MALVERN PANALYTICAL B.V.
    Inventors: Milen Gateshki, Detlef Beckers
  • Patent number: 10338175
    Abstract: A magnetic resonance imaging apparatus according to an embodiment includes processing circuitry. The processing circuitry generates a plurality of cross-sectional images for setting a sectional position to be collected in main imaging based on a characteristic portion of a target detected in three-dimensional data. The processing circuitry lists the cross-sectional images on a display and superimposes a mark corresponding to the characteristic portion on at least one of the cross-sectional images. The processing circuitry receives a setting operation to determine the sectional position. The processing circuitry causes, when the mark is selected in the setting operation, a cross-sectional image to be emphasized a sectional position of which is defined using the characteristic portion corresponding to the mark among the listed cross-sectional images. The processing circuitry performs main imaging based on the sectional position after the setting operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Shuhei Nitta, Tomoyuki Takeguchi, Yurika Ogawa, Kensuke Shinoda, Takuya Fujimaki, Syuhei Takemoto, Shigehide Kuhara
  • Patent number: 10335096
    Abstract: A method is provided. The method includes partially supporting a subject to be imaged on a board extending from a mobile patient transport into a gantry bore of a stationary computed tomography (CT) imaging system while partially supporting both the subject and the board with a cradle extending from a table. The method also includes acquiring a single imaging volume, during an imaging scan with the stationary CT imaging system, without moving the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Brian Edward Nett, Brandon Allan Smith
  • Patent number: 10315054
    Abstract: Some embodiments are directed to an image director of a patient monitoring system to obtain calibration images of a calibration sheet or other calibration object at various orientations and locations. The images are then stored and processed to calculate camera parameters defining the location and orientation of the image detector and identifying internal characteristics of the image detector, and the information are stored. The patient monitoring system can be re-calibrated by using the image detector to obtain an additional image of a calibration sheet or calibration object. The additional image and the stored camera parameters are then used to detect any apparent change in the internal characteristics of the image detector (10) (S6-4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: VISION RT LIMITED
    Inventors: Edward William Mead, Ivan Daniel Meir
  • Patent number: 10304182
    Abstract: A plurality of projection images are obtained, on a basis of plural pieces of three-dimensional image data obtained by imaging an object at a plurality of different time points, by projection from a plurality of different projection directions corresponding to projection images in accordance with a three-dimensional partial region where a pixel value is increased and a three-dimensional partial region where the pixel value is decreased at a second time point with respect to a first time point among the plurality of time points, and the plurality of projection images are displayed on a display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hideaki Mizobe
  • Patent number: 10299773
    Abstract: The present invention provides a surgical controlling system, comprising: a. a surgical tool; b. a location estimating means configured to real-time locate the 3D spatial position of said at least one surgical tool at any given time t; c. a movement detection means communicable with a movement's database and with said location estimating means; said movement's database is configured to store said 3D spatial position of said at least one surgical tool at time tf and at time t0, where tf>t0; said movement detection means is configured to detect movement of said at least one surgical tool if the 3D spatial position of said at least one surgical tool at time tf is different than said 3D spatial position of said at least one surgical tool at time t0; and, d. a controller configured to control the spatial position of said at least one surgical tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: TransEnterix Europe S.a.r.l.
    Inventors: Motti Frimer, Mordehai Sholev, Yehuda Pfeffer
  • Patent number: 10278879
    Abstract: An arm support system is configured to hold a patient's arm straight during administration of IV fluids in a radiological procedure. The arm support system further includes a base attached to a plurality of straps for securing the base to a table or a bed with the plurality of straps. The base is further attached to an upright unit that, in turn, is attached to an IV upright member and to a right triangular support. Furthermore, a telescoping arm member and a telescoping IV member is attached to the upright member and the IV upright member, respectively. Then, the telescoping IV member is attached to a plurality of IV loops while the telescoping arm member is attached to a handle with a handle grip on both sides. A patient holds onto the handle grips that keeps the patient's arms straight while administrating IV during the radiological procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: Steven Jason Day
  • Patent number: 10282873
    Abstract: A CT alignment system includes a central processing unit (CPU) that processes a plurality of CT images. The CPU determines a location of a main carina from the plurality of CT images and sets the main carina as a point of origin. An x-coordinate, a y-coordinate, and a z-coordinate is calculated for each pixel in each CT image among the plurality of CT images based on the point of origin. A 3D model is rendered from the plurality of CT images and the x-coordinate, the y-coordinate, and the z-coordinate for each pixel in each CT image is associated with a corresponding voxel in the 3D model. The x-coordinate, the y-coordinate, and the z-coordinate for each corresponding voxel in the 3D model is stored as voxel position data. A graphics processing unit (GPU) renders a three dimensional (3D) model based on the plurality of CT images and the voxel position data which is displayed on a display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventor: Benjamin Greenburg
  • Patent number: 10261204
    Abstract: System for analyzing scan data of a core sample includes an imaging system for obtaining images of a first segment and a second segment of the core sample, and one or more processors for receiving the images of the first segment and the second segment, and setting the images of the first segment adjacent to the images of the second segment coaxially in series to form a stacked image. The method includes receiving image data of segments of the core sample, determining values representative of one or more physical characteristics of the core sample, comparing the values to known reference information of a material similar to the material of the core sample, and determining the one or more physical characteristics of the core sample based at least in part on the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: GE Energy Oilfield Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: John Christopher Boot, Ali Can
  • Patent number: 10258813
    Abstract: A medical image processing apparatus of an embodiment has acquisitor, a first landmark detector, and an estimator. The acquisitor acquires a perspective image of an object to be treated imaged by an imaging apparatus. The first landmark detector detects a position of a landmark that appears in the perspective image acquired by the acquisitor. The estimator, based on relationship information indicating a relationship between the position of landmark and the position of a target, estimates the position of the search-for location of the object to be treated from the position of the landmark detected by the first landmark detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Yasunori Taguchi, Ryusuke Hirai, Yukinobu Sakata, Kyoka Sugiura
  • Patent number: 10262415
    Abstract: A plurality of projection images are obtained, on a basis of plural pieces of three-dimensional image data obtained by imaging an object at a plurality of different time points, by projection from a plurality of different projection directions corresponding to projection images in accordance with a three-dimensional partial region where a pixel value is increased and a three-dimensional partial region where the pixel value is decreased at a second time point with respect to a first time point among the plurality of time points, and the plurality of projection images are displayed on a display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hideaki Mizobe
  • Patent number: 10245109
    Abstract: A stereotactic surgical instrument for use in stereotactical therapy and surgery and a coupling mechanism for such an instrument is disclosed. The stereotactic surgical instrument includes a semi-circular arc part and a head frame. The head frame is arranged for fixation to a head of a patient by pins or screws. The arc part includes coupling members shaped as rings arranged at a fixed distance from each other for attaching and locking the arc part to the head frame. The head frame includes support members formed as rings for receiving corresponding coupling members. Each coupling member includes a pivotable clamp element arranged to partly surround a respective support member circumferentially when the arc part is coupled to the head frame. The coupling members include locking elements arranged to receive a tip portion of the respective clamp element and adjustable locking knobs for tightening and locking respective coupling member to respective support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: ELEKTA AB (PUBL)
    Inventors: Markus Nyman, Erik Rurling
  • Patent number: 10206633
    Abstract: An embodiment of the invention relates to a method for planning support for a computer tomography recording of an examination object by means of a computer tomography device, including the following steps: recording a 2-D overview image (topogram) of the examination object by means of the computer tomography device, determining position-dependent information by means of the overview image, forwarding the information to a projection device, and correct positioned displaying the information on the surface of the examination object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Bastian Rackow, Stefan Reichelt, Carsten Thierfelder
  • Patent number: 10206750
    Abstract: A surgical system for positioning a prosthetic component includes a robotic arm and a surgical tool having an end effector configured to be coupled to the robotic arm. The system further includes a controller programmed to generate control signals, based on a planned pose of the prosthetic component, that cause the robotic arm to allow movement of the surgical tool in at least one degree of freedom and to constrain movement of the surgical tool in other degrees of freedom, wherein the controller is programmed to generate control signals that cause the robotic arm to maintain the constraint as the prosthetic component is implanted on the anatomy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: MAKO Surgical Corp.
    Inventors: Benny Hagag, Hyosig Kang, Alon Mozes, Daniel Odermatt, Brian D. Schmitz
  • Patent number: 10206640
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an X ray computed tomography imaging apparatus includes a gantry and a column. The gantry includes a first gantry intake port, and a second gantry intake port. The first gantry intake port draws air in the first state. The second gantry intake port draws air in the second state. The column includes a first column exhaust port and a second column exhaust port. The first column exhaust port communicates with the first gantry intake port in the first state. The second column exhaust port communicates with the second gantry intake port in the second state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroshi Hori
  • Patent number: 10201392
    Abstract: The present invention provides a surgical controlling system, comprising: a. at least one surgical tool configured to be insertable into a surgical environment of a human body for assisting a surgical procedure; b. at least one location estimating means configured to real-time locate the 3D spatial position of said at least one surgical tool at any given time t; c. at least one movement detection means communicable with a movement's database and with said location estimating means; and, d. a controller having a processing means communicable with a controller's database, said controller configured to control the spatial position of said at least one surgical tool; said controller's database is in communication with said movement detection means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: TransEnterix Europe S.à r.l.
    Inventors: Motti Frimer, Mordehai Sholev, Yehuda Pfeffer
  • Patent number: 10178981
    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: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: NeuroLogica Corp.
    Inventors: Eric M. Bailey, Andrew P. Tybinkowski
  • Patent number: 10143809
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described herein for guided injection, which include: one or more controllable light-emitting elements configured to emit non-destructive light and a computing device operably connected to the one or more controllable light-emitting elements configured to emit non-destructive light, the computing device including a processor operable to receive at least one digital representation of a body region of an individual, the body region of the individual including one or more physical registration landmarks, the at least one digital representation including one or more digitally registered injection sites and one or more digital registration landmarks corresponding to the one or more physical registration landmarks on the body region; and control the one or more controllable light-emitting elements to illuminate a location of a surface of the body region of the individual corresponding in location to at least one of the one or more digitally registered injection sites.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Edward S. Boyden, Hon Wah Chin, Gregory J. Della Rocca, Daniel Hawkins, Roderick A. Hyde, Robert Langer, Eric C. Leuthardt, Terence Myckatyn, Parag Jitendra Parikh, Dennis J. Rivet, Joshua S. Shimony, Michael A. Smith, Elizabeth A. Sweeney, Clarence T. Tegreene
  • Patent number: 10119923
    Abstract: Methodologies, systems, apparatus, and non-transitory computer-readable media are described herein to facilitate acquisition of volumetric data and volumetric image reconstruction. An imaging system can be configured to transport an object at a speed relative to the scan path of an X-ray source such that insufficient measurement data is collected for classically complete geometrical coverage. Iterative image reconstruction techniques may be used to generate volumetric images based on measured volumetric data of at least a portion of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: L3 Security & Detection Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Schmitt, Andrew D. Foland, Boris Oreper
  • Patent number: 10115211
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and non-transitory computer readable media are described herein to facilitate generation of high-resolution two-dimensional projection images of an object having minimal artifacts from three-dimensional computed tomography volumes. Direct or iterative image reconstruction techniques can be used in concert with binning to identify and select measurement data subject to a criterion and resampling of the initial volumetric dataset to generate the high-resolution, two-dimensional projection images of at least a portion of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: L3 Security & Detection Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael H. Schmitt
  • Patent number: 10107768
    Abstract: An imaging system operative for providing a volumetric molecular image of an object is disclosed. The imaging system interrogates the object with structured x-ray radiation while continuous relative motion between the object and source is induced during a measurement period. As the radiation passes through the object, the radiation scatters based on the molecular composition within the object, and the scattering changes as a function of time due to the relative motion between the source and object. Coherent scatter radiation is detected and processed to reconstruct an estimate of the three-dimensional molecular structure of the object using a reconstruction algorithm, such as maximum likelihood estimation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Duke University
    Inventors: David Jones Brady, Joel Alter Greenberg, Shuo Pang, Kenneth Patrick MacCabe
  • Patent number: 10098607
    Abstract: A tomographic device includes a recording unit with a central system axis, a patient couch movable along the system axis and also a radiation source and a radiation detector interacting with the radiation source. The inventors have recognized that a rapid, precise and reliable positioning of a first recording area can be achieved by the positioning being based on a trained model, wherein the model has been trained with training positions. The tomographic device therefore includes a computing unit, which is designed for calibration of a first position of the first recording area relative to the recording unit based on the trained model. Furthermore the tomographic device includes a control unit for positioning the first recording area in the first position by moving the patient couch relative to the recording unit. The tomographic device is designed for a first tomographic recording of the first recording area in the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Michael Grasruck, Bernhard Schmidt, Martin Sedlmair
  • Patent number: 10092251
    Abstract: The plan CT is described to generate dual energy (DRR) that stimulates the treatment time radiographs in order to prospectively evaluate the angles in which issues for the template matching algorithm are present, and thus the visibility of the tumor. The present invention uses template matching to quantify the “trackability” of the target from different angles or directions. The peak-to-side lobe ratio is used to measure trackability. The results of this process influence treatment planning. For example, based on the outcome, either less or no dose is planned for the angles in which the location of the templates cannot be verified and thus, the tumor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Varian Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary Fredric Virshup, Hassan Mostafavi
  • Patent number: 10080538
    Abstract: A method is for provisioning quantitative CT image data acquired from a scanning field via a dual-source CT device the dual-source CT device including a first radiation source-detector system with a first capture region and a second radiation source-detector system with a second capture region. The method includes dividing the scanning field into a first subregion, representing at least a part of the intersection of the first region and the second capture region, and a second subregion, disjoint from the second region; acquiring first CT scan data from the first subregion and second CT scan data from the second subregion; reconstructing first quantitative CT image data from the first CT scan data and second quantitative CT image data from the second CT scan data; combining the first quantitative CT image data and the second quantitative CT image data to quantitative CT image data; and provisioning the quantitative CT image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: SIEMENS Healthcare GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Hofmann, Nora Hünemohr, Rainer Raupach, André Ritter
  • Patent number: 10064584
    Abstract: The invention relates to a combined x-ray and optical (light-based) tomographic imaging system that provides functional information at greater resolution than can be achieved by optical tomography alone. The system is configured with one or more x-ray sources, x-ray detectors, light sources, and light detectors arranged on a gantry which rotates about an imaging chamber containing the object to be imaged. The system thereby allows both x-ray radiation and light to be directed into the object at multiple locations. Processing methods of the invention go beyond simple co-registration of images obtained from two or more imaging techniques. Both x-ray data and light data are used together in optical tomographic reconstruction to create the tomographic image, thereby allowing a more accurate and/or higher resolution final image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: VisEn Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Wael I. Yared
  • Patent number: 10064691
    Abstract: A surgical controlling system comprising: at least one location estimating means to real-time locate the 3D spatial position of at least one surgical tool; at least one movement detection means in communication with a movement database and with the location estimating means; and a controller, which controls the position of at least one surgical tool, in communication with a movement database, a control database and the movement detection means. The movement database stores the 3D spatial position of each surgical tool at the present time and at at least one previous time; a tool has moved if its present position is different from its previous position. The control database stores rules to identify a movement of a tool as either an ALLOWED movement or a RESTRICTED movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: M.S.T. MEDICAL SURGERY TECHNOLOGIES LTD
    Inventors: Motti Frimer, Mordehai Sholev, Yehuda Pfeffer
  • Patent number: 10052157
    Abstract: A surgical controlling system comprising: at least one location estimating means to real-time locate the 3D spatial position of at least one surgical tool, at least one movement detection means in communication with a movement database and with the location estimating means and a controller, which controls the position of at least one surgical tool, in communication with a movement database, a control database and the movement detection means. The movement database stores the 3D spatial position of each surgical tool at the present time and at at least one previous time; a tool has moved if its present position is different from its previous position. The control database stores rules to identify a movement of a tool as either an allowed movement or a restricted movement. Examples of rules include a maximum speed rule, a virtual zoom rule, a virtual rotation of scene rule, and position of tool rule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: M.S.T. MEDICAL SURGERY TECHNOLOGIES LTD
    Inventors: Motti Frimer, Mordehai Sholev, Yehuda Pfeffer
  • Patent number: 10046119
    Abstract: System and methods are described herein for generating an injection guide, which include receiving one or more digital images of a body region of an individual, the body region including one or more physical registration landmarks, generating at least one digital representation of the body region using the one or more digital images, the at least one digital representation including one or more digital registration landmarks corresponding to the one or more physical registration landmarks on the body region, adding one or more digitally registered injection sites to the at least one digital representation of the body region in an injection-treatment pattern, the one or more digitally registered injection sites registered relative to the one or more digital registration landmarks, and generating one or more output signals having information for controlling one or more controllable light-emitting elements to illuminate a location on a surface of the body region of the individual corresponding in location to at
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Edward S. Boyden, Hon Wah Chin, Gregory J. Della Rocca, Daniel Hawkins, Roderick A. Hyde, Robert Langer, Eric C. Leuthardt, Terence Myckatyn, Parag Jitendra Parikh, Dennis J. Rivet, Joshua S. Shimony, Michael A. Smith, Elizabeth A. Sweeney, Clarence T. Tegreene
  • Patent number: 10039609
    Abstract: A surgical controlling system comprising: at least one surgical tool insertable into a surgical environment of a body; a means to real-time locate 3D spatial positions of the surgical tools at any time t, in communication with a movement detection means and a movement database; a controller having a processing means in communication with a controller database and the movement detection means; and an endoscope, either one of the tools or in addition to them, to provide a real-time image of the surgical environment. The movement database stores the 3D spatial positions of the surgical tools at times tf and t0. A surgical tool has moved if its 3D spatial position at time tf differs from its position at time t0. The controller database stores rules used by the controller to control the spatial positions of the surgical tools; the rules determine ALLOWED and RESTRICTED movements of the surgical tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: M.S.T. MEDICAL SURGERY TECHNOLOGIES LTD
    Inventors: Motti Frimer, Mordehai Sholev, Yehuda Pfeffer
  • Patent number: 10039506
    Abstract: A method for moving a motorized table designed to receive a patient in a medical imaging system comprising a radiation detector capable of detecting a beam of radiation emitted by a radiation source, the method comprising generating a signal that indicates a movement of the motorized table in the plane of the motorized table causing or tending to cause said beam to at least partially or completely leave an area predefined by the user of the medical imaging system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Carlos Martinez Ferreira, Omar Al Assad
  • Patent number: 10042078
    Abstract: An image screening apparatus includes an image scanner that scans an object and generates an image of the object; at least one portable image viewing device; and a controller including circuitry configured to transmit the generated image to the at least one portable image viewing device, trigger display of the transmitted image on a screen of at least one of the portable image viewing devices, and match the displayed image with the scanned object. An area of interest of the scanned object can be displayed on one portable image viewing device by hovering the one portable image viewing device over the area of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of Homeland Security
    Inventor: Brett Sarraiocco
  • Patent number: 10039613
    Abstract: The position of an imaging device can be determined at least in part with a movement portion of the imaging device. The imaging device can be moved relative to the patient to obtain image data of the patient at different perspectives or angles. The image data obtained of the patient can be displayed with a display device at various perspectives and a tracked position of the instrument can be displayed at the appropriate perspective or a selected perspective relative to the image data with the display device based upon a known position of the imaging device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Surgical Navigation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven L. Hartmann, Robert Teichman, Laurent Verard
  • Patent number: 10034715
    Abstract: Systems, methods and devices are disclosed for use in electronic guidance systems for surgical navigation. A sensor is provided with an optical sensor and an inclinometer (e.g. accelerometer or other inclination measuring sensor) and communicates measurements of patient inclination to an inter-operative computing unit. The computing unit is configured to determine patient movement (e.g. relative to an initial patient position) and provide inclination measurements graphically via a GUI to represent patient movement during a procedure. The graphic may be selectively displayed. In one example, a bubble level graphic is displayed to indicate patient movement. A direction of the bubble level may utilize a registration coordinate frame of the patient and the current inclination expressed with respect to the anatomical directions of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: INTELLIJOINT SURGlCAL INC.
    Inventors: Richard Tyler Fanson, Eric Ryterski, Armen Garo Bakirtzian, Andre Novomir Hladio
  • Patent number: 10028792
    Abstract: A surgical controlling system comprising: means to real-time locate the 3D spatial position of at least one surgical tool insertable into a surgical environment of a body, in communication with a movement detection means and a movement database; and a controller in communication with a controller database and the movement detection means. The movement database stores 3D spatial positions of surgical tools at times tf and t0; it has moved if its 3D spatial position at time tf differs from that at time t0. Rules stored in the controller database determine ALLOWED and RESTRICTED movements of surgical tools and are used to control the surgical tools' spatial positions. Rules include: most used tool, right tool, left tool, field of view, no fly zone, route, environmental, operator input, proximity, collision prevention, history-based, tool-dependent ALLOWED and RESTRICTED movement, preferred volume zone, preferred tool, movement detection, tagged tool, and change of speed rules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: M.S.T. MEDICAL SURGERY TECHNOLOGIES LTD
    Inventors: Motti Frimer, Mordehai Sholev, Yehuda Pfeffer
  • Patent number: 10022092
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an X-ray CT apparatus includes an X-ray source, an X-ray detector, processing circuitry, a showing device, an image processing circuit, and a gantry device. The X-ray source irradiates an object with X-rays. The X-ray detector detects X-rays radiated by the X-ray source and passed through the object. The processing circuitry sets an irradiation section, which is a moving section of the X-ray source or the X-ray detector during X-ray irradiation. The showing device displays the irradiation section. The image processing circuit generates an X-ray CT image based on data obtained by the X-ray detector during the X-ray irradiation through the irradiation section. The gantry device is provided with the X-ray source, the X-ray detector, and the showing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Satoshi Sakai, Takeo Nabatame
  • Patent number: 10016625
    Abstract: A medical image processing apparatus of an embodiment has acquisitor, a first landmark detector, and an estimator. The acquisitor acquires a perspective image of an object to be treated imaged by an imaging apparatus. The first landmark detector detects a position of a landmark that appears in the perspective image acquired by the acquisitor. The estimator, based on relationship information indicating a relationship between the position of landmark and the position of a target, estimates the position of the search-for location of the object to be treated from the position of the landmark detected by the first landmark detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Yasunori Taguchi, Ryusuke Hirai, Yukinobu Sakata, Kyoka Sugiura
  • Patent number: 9989508
    Abstract: A scanning system is for trace detection. The scanning system includes a main body enclosing a scanning chamber, the main body including a chamber inlet; a transport system configured to move an article through the scanning chamber along a scanning path; and a door mechanism provided along the scanning path. The door mechanism includes: a door frame mounted about the scanning path; at least one door panel movable relative to the door frame and being made of a radiation-shielding material; and a trace detector integrated into the at least one door panel. A method for trace involves using trace detectors integrated into the door mechanism for trace detection while the object is moving along a scanning path passing through a scanning chamber of a scanning system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: VOTI INC.
    Inventor: William Awad
  • Patent number: 9962306
    Abstract: Arrangement for preparing and positioning patients to be treated and/or cared for medically, with at least two devices for preparing and positioning a patient in a preparation area and with at least one device for medically treating and/or caring for the patient in a treatment area. The preparation area and the treatment area are different and separated from each other by mobile or solid walls in order to prevent any visual openness to other patients. The preparation and positioning device has a dimensionally-stable base for receiving, preparing and positioning the patient and a linearly guided telescopic device that supports the dimensionally-stable base. The dimensionally-stable base can be relocated or transported together with the patient, who by the linearly guided telescopic device without floor guidance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: gKteso GmbH
    Inventor: Guido Kübler
  • Patent number: 9962132
    Abstract: An imaging system and methods including a gantry defining a bore and an imaging axis extending through the bore, and at least one support member that supports the gantry such that the imaging axis has a generally vertical orientation, where the gantry is displaceable with respect to the at least one support member in a generally vertical direction. The imaging system may be configured to obtain a vertical imaging scan (e.g., a helical x-ray CT scan), of a patient in a weight-bearing position. The gantry may be rotatable between a first position, in which the gantry is supported such that the imaging axis has a generally vertical orientation, and a second position, such that the imaging axis has a generally horizontal orientation. The gantry may be displaceable in a horizontal direction and the system may perform a horizontal scan of a patient or object positioned within the bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: MOBIUS IMAGING, LLC
    Inventors: Eugene A. Gregerson, Russell Stanton, Michael Connor, Michael Allen, Paul Sebring, Robert Powell
  • Patent number: 9958559
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a system and method for determining a working bed location. The method may include: acquire a first reference bed location relating to a bed for supporting an object; acquire a first set of reference emission data relating to photons of a first energy level originated from radiation of scintillator crystals of a plurality of detectors, the first set of reference emission data corresponding to the first reference bed location; acquire, at a working bed location relating to the bed, a set of positioning emission data relating to photons of the first energy level, wherein the set of positioning emission data relating to photons of the first energy level originated from radiation of scintillator crystals of the plurality of detectors; and determine the working bed location based on the first reference bed location, the first set of reference emission data, and the set of positioning emission data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: UIH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Tao Feng, Hongdi Li
  • Patent number: 9937013
    Abstract: A surgical controlling system comprising: a location estimating means to real-time locate the 3D spatial position of surgical tools, a movement detection means and movement database in communication with the location estimating means and with a control database and controller to control the position of surgical tools. The movement database stores 3D spatial positions of the surgical tools at the present time and at at least one previous time; movement has occurred if a present position is different from a previous position. In the control database are rules identifying tool movement as allowed or restricted, selected from: most used tool rule, right or left tool rule, field of view rule, no fly zone rule, route rule, environmental rule, operator input rule, proximity rule, collision prevention rule, history-based rule, tool-dependent allowed and restricted movement rule, preferred volume zone, preferred tool, movement detection rule, tagged tool rule, and change of speed rule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: M.S.T. MEDICAL SURGERY TECHNOLOGIES LTD
    Inventors: Motti Frimer, Mordehai Sholev, Yehuda Pfeffer
  • Patent number: 9915623
    Abstract: An optical inspection apparatus includes an inspection target unit on which an inspection target is loaded, an illumination optical unit configured to irradiate incident light to the inspection target, an objective lens unit disposed between the illumination optical unit and the inspection target unit, a detection optical unit configured to receive reflective light reflected from the inspection target to thereby detect a presence or absence of a defect on the inspection target, and a control unit configured to control the illumination optical unit and the detection optical unit. The illumination optical unit includes a light source part configured to irradiate the incident light, and a spatial filter array configured to modify a transmission region of the incident light irradiated from the light source part. The spatial filter array includes a spatial filter part, and a filter movement part configured to move the spatial filter part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kwang Soo Kim, Taejoong Kim, Byeonghwan Jeon, Yongsuk Choi, Youngduk Kim, Taeseok Oh, SangYun Lee, Yong-Ho Choi
  • Patent number: 9903826
    Abstract: Example methods and systems are described for performing core-flood tests for evaluating effectiveness of hydrocarbon recovery techniques. In some aspects, a core-flood test system includes a core holder configured to be coupled to a computed tomography (CT) scanner system to monitor fluid saturations of a core including a rock sample and a core sleeve to be received in the core holder. The core holder and the core sleeve are separated by a confining space. The core sleeve is configured to receive the core. The core sleeve is configured to contact the core in response to a confining pressure applied to the core sleeve in the confining space and to be separate from the core in response to the confining pressure being removed, creating a fracture space between the core and the core sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignees: Saudi Arabian Oil Company, The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University
    Inventors: Amar Jaber M. Alshehri, Anthony R. Kovscek
  • Patent number: 9895197
    Abstract: A device for guiding a medical instrument (2) inserted into a natural duct (101) or an artificial duct of a patient in order to bring at least a distal end (1) of the instrument in proximity to an internal organ (100). The device includes an articulated arm (3) with a plurality of degrees of freedom, for moving a proximal end (4) of the instrument, and a controlled blocking mechanism (7) for blocking the degrees of freedom of the articulated arm. The blocking mechanism is designed in such a way that, for at least one of the degrees of freedom, a blockage imposed on the degree of freedom can be released when an outer stress exerted on the instrument (2) exceeds a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignees: UNIVERSITE PIERRE ET MARIE CURIE (PARIS 6), CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE, KIELIS
    Inventors: Cecile Poquet, Pierre Mozer, Michael Baumann, Marie-Aude Vitrani, Guillaume Morel, Antoine Leroy, Patrick Henri
  • Patent number: 9888973
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a control system for user-guided robotic control of a medical device and includes an electronic control unit, a computer-readable memory coupled to the ECU, and a visualization system configured to provide a view of an anatomical model. The memory contains user interface logic configured to be executed by the ECU, and configured to obtain input from a touch screen display with respect to the view of an anatomical model. Control logic stored in the memory is also configured to be executed by said ECU and is configured to produce an actuation control signal responsive to the input to control actuation of a manipulator assembly so as to move the medical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Atrial Fibrillation Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric S. Olson, John A. Hauck, Nicholas A. Patronik, Cem M. Shaquer