Object Holder Or Support Patents (Class 378/208)
  • Patent number: 10959677
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a body, an upright member, a frame, and a plurality of field generating elements. The body is configured to be positioned between a patient's back and a backrest of a chair. The upright member extends upwardly from the body. The frame has a curved configuration configured to partially surround a patient's head. The field generating elements are configured to generate an electromagnetic field around a patient's head partially surrounded by the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignees: Acclarent, Inc., Biosense Webster (Israel) Ltd.
    Inventors: Henry F. Salazar, Jetmir Palushi, William J. Kane, Fatemeh Akbarian, Ika Dekel, Noam Racheli, Helen Wolfson, Nawid Mehrzai, Jephrey S. Rodriguez, Ketan P. Muni, Andrew Drake, David A. Smith, Jr., Scott A. Kirchner, Todd A. Veloni, Itamar Bustan
  • Patent number: 10952692
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for estimating a geometric thickness of a breast in mammography/tomosynthesis or in other x-ray procedures, by imaging markers that are in the path of x-rays passing through the imaged object. The markings can be selected to be visible or to be invisible when the composite markings/breast image is viewed in clinical settings. If desired, the contribution of the markers to the image can be removed through further processing. The resulting information can be used determining the geometric thickness of the body being x-rayed and thus setting imaging parameters that are thickness-related, and for other purposes. The method and apparatus also have application in other types of x-ray imaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Hologic, Inc.
    Inventors: Baorui Ren, Andrew P. Smith, Zhenxue Jing, Jay Stein, Kenneth F. Defreitas
  • Patent number: 10942095
    Abstract: Microfluidic devices and methods for investigating crystallization and/or for controlling a reaction or a phase transition are disclosed. In one embodiment, the microfluidic device includes a reservoir layer; a membrane disposed on the reservoir layer; a wetting control layer disposed on the membrane; and a storage layer disposed on the wetting control layer, wherein the wetting control layer and the storage layer define a microfluidic channel comprising an upstream portion, a downstream portion, a first fluid path in communication with the upstream and the downstream portions, and a storage well positioned within the first fluid path, wherein the wetting control layer includes a fluid passageway in communication with the storage well and the membrane, and wherein the wetting control layer wets a first fluid introduced into the microfluidic channel, the first fluid comprising a hydrophilic, lipophilic, fluorophilic or gas phase as the continuous phase in the microfluidic channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Brandeis University
    Inventors: Seth Fraden, Michael Heymann, Markus Ludwig
  • Patent number: 10927444
    Abstract: A mask carrier and an evaporation system are provided. The mask carrier includes a base and at least two correction fixtures. The at least two correction fixtures are configured to clamp, on the base, a framework of a metal mask which is used for evaporation on the base, the base has a first opening through which organic material passes, and the at least two correction fixtures are around the first opening in a spaced manner. During organic evaporation coating, the at least two correction fixtures on the mask carrier press the framework of the metal mask to prevent the framework from deformation. Thus, a clearance between a substrate and the metal mask is reduced or even eliminated after the substrate is in press-fit with surface of the metal mask. Patterns obtained through evaporation are clear in shape and outline and normal in size. Hence, the product yield is increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignees: BOE Technology Group Co., Ltd., Ordos Yuansheng Optoelectronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shouhua Lv
  • Patent number: 10881374
    Abstract: The invention relates to a tomosynthesis process in the context of mammography, in which several individual images of a breast are taken at different projection angles and in which of information thus acquired, tomographic images are synthesized with the help of an applicable image processing software. The mutual geometry of the imaging means of the imaging apparatus when taking these individual images is determined according to the invention by arranging in the imaging apparatus a calibration structure (20), which includes balls (21) or other small objects absorbing X-radiation which are such placed that their projections will become imaged on said individual images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Planmeca OY
    Inventors: Leo Aspelund, Tapio Laukkanen, Kustaa Nyholm, Jaakko Lahelma
  • Patent number: 10876980
    Abstract: Provided is an in-situ X-ray analysis apparatus including a potentiostat connected to an in-situ electrochemical cell and configured to adjust voltage, current, and time of the in-situ electrochemical cell or to record information regarding voltage, current, resistance, capacity, and time information of the in-situ electrochemical cell; an X-ray analysis apparatus configured to obtain X-ray diffraction information regarding the in-situ electrochemical cell; and a controller connected to the X-ray analysis apparatus and the potentiostat and configured to provide or receive signals to or from the X-ray analysis apparatus and the potentiostat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: THE INDUSTRY & ACADEMIC COOPERATION IN CHUNGNAM NATIONAL UNIVERSITY (IAC)
    Inventors: Yung-Eun Sung, Jungjin Park, Chunjoong Kim, Jong Sig Lee, Jae-Hyuk Park
  • Patent number: 10856831
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are mammography device for X-ray photographing a breast and a method of photographing an object to be inspected using the same. The mammography device includes: a generator irradiating an X-ray; a detector facing the generator; a pressing pad moving between the generator and the detector to press an object to be inspected; a biological index deciding unit deciding a biological index of a subject; and a controller controlling a movement distance and a velocity of the pressing pad on the basis of the biological index decided in the biological index deciding unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventor: Jin Young Moon
  • Patent number: 10827997
    Abstract: The mammography apparatus includes an imaging stand that includes a recess that cuts out at least a part of a contact face that comes in contact with a chest wall of a subject, in which the recess has a shape in which among a first ridge portion where the contact face and an upper face are connected to each other, a second ridge portion where the contact face and a lower face are connected to each other, a third ridge portion where the contact face and a first side face are connected to each other, and a fourth ridge portion where the contact face and a second side face are connected to each other, at least a part of the second ridge portion is cut out, and the first ridge portion, the third ridge portion, and the fourth ridge portion are not cut out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Hisatsugu Horiuchi, Yoshie Fujimoto
  • Patent number: 10782253
    Abstract: The present invention includes an apparatus for preparing samples for measurement by x-ray fluorescence spectrometry. The apparatus comprises a plate having one or more holes passing through the plate. The holes are covered by a film on one side of the plate. The holes are less than 500 micrometers across in one dimension where the film covers the holes. The film is translucent to x-rays. The present invention also includes an apparatus for preparing samples for measurement by x-ray fluorescence spectrometry. The apparatus comprises a plate having one or more holes passing through the plate. The holes are covered on one side of the plate by a detachable cover forming a water-tight seal against the plate. The cover is substantially free of the elements osmium, yttrium, iridium, phosphorus, zirconium, platinum, gold, niobium, mercury, thallium, molybdenum, sulfur, lead, bismuth, technetium, ruthenium, chlorine, rhodium, palladium, argon, silver, and thorium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Icagen, LLC
    Inventors: Eva R. Birnbaum, Benjamin P. Warner, Sharon M. Baldwin, Jennifer A. Berger, Rebecca L. E. Miller
  • Patent number: 10775325
    Abstract: A structure for grounding an extreme ultraviolet mask (EUV mask) is provided to discharge the EUV mask during the inspection by an electron beam inspection tool. The structure for grounding an EUV mask includes at least one grounding pin to contact conductive areas on the EUV mask, wherein the EUV mask may have further conductive layer on sidewalls or/and back side. The inspection quality of the EUV mask is enhanced by using the electron beam inspection system because the accumulated charging on the EUV mask is grounded. The reflective surface of the EUV mask on a continuously moving stage is scanned by using the electron beam simultaneously. The moving direction of the stage is perpendicular to the scanning direction of the electron beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: ASML Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Guochong Weng, Youjin Wang, Chiyan Kuan, Chung-Shih Pan
  • Patent number: 10741765
    Abstract: A vapor deposition apparatus is configured to attract a vapor deposition mask by an electromagnet. The electromagnet includes a first electromagnet for generating a magnetic field in a first orientation, and a second electromagnet for generating a magnetic field in a second orientation, which is a reverse orientation to the first orientation. As a result, a generated magnetic field is weakened by operating the first and second electromagnets at the same time when a current is turned on, and an intended magnetic field can be obtained by thereafter turning off the second electromagnet. As a result, an influence of electromagnetic induction is reduced, reducing failure of elements and the like formed on a substrate for vapor deposition and degradation in properties of the elements. Meanwhile, by turning off the operation of the second electromagnet after the current is turned on, a normal attraction force can be obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Sakai Display Products Corporation
    Inventor: Katsuhiko Kishimoto
  • Patent number: 10705421
    Abstract: The present invention provides an imprint apparatus which forms a pattern in an imprint material on a substrate using a mold, the apparatus comprising a deformation unit configured to deform at least one of the mold and the substrate, and a control unit configured to control a process of starting contact between the mold and the imprint material in a state in which the at least one is deformed, and then gradually increasing a contact area between the mold and the imprint material by gradually decreasing a deformation amount of the at least one, wherein the control unit controls relative positions of the mold and the substrate based on the deformation amount, so as to maintain a relative positional relationship between the mold and the substrate at a region where the mold and the imprint material are contact with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kohei Wakabayashi
  • Patent number: 10694976
    Abstract: A structural element for use in a radiotherapy system or a magnetic resonance imaging system or a combination of a radiotherapy system and a magnetic resonance imaging system includes a plurality of fibers and a matrix, whereby the plurality of fibers are embedded in the matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: ELEKTA LTD.
    Inventors: Henrik Alexis, Kjell Eldered, Erik Carlander
  • Patent number: 10677707
    Abstract: Systems and methods for evaluating permeability at unsteady-state pressure conditions and areal distribution of microproppants are provided. In some embodiments, the methods comprise: obtaining a first dataset relating to a positive permeability through a split core plug sample of a subterranean formation at a plurality of different differential pressures; obtaining a second dataset relating to a positive permeability through the split core plug sample at each different differential pressure after a plurality of microproppant particles have been placed between two halves of the sample; extrapolating a baseline positive permeability of the sample at a differential pressure equal to zero based on the first dataset; extrapolating a treated positive permeability of the sample at a differential pressure equal to zero based on the second dataset; calculating a closure resistance of the fracture and the fracture closure pressure using the second dataset; and estimating a proppant areal placement factor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald Glen Dusterhoft, Vladimir Nikolayevich Martysevich, Brice Kim, Ibrahim Yucel Akkutlu
  • Patent number: 10653377
    Abstract: The present invention provides a breast computed tomography system in which the body motion and the pain of an examinee during capturing of images of the breast are reduced. The breast computed tomography system includes a gantry accommodating a light emitting unit that radiates light onto the breast. The gantry includes a gripper having a right gripping portion and a left gripping portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Nobuhiro Ito
  • Patent number: 10603002
    Abstract: A system has an imaging system housing and an x-ray source, thereto, a compression arm assembly housing, a support, and a detector. A paddle is disposed between the support and the x-ray source. A bottom surface of the paddle at least partially defines a plane. When in a rest position, the plane is substantially parallel to the support. A pivot mechanism connects the paddle to the compression arm assembly housing. The pivot mechanism defines an axis of rotation substantially parallel to a sagittal plane of the patient. The pivot mechanism has at least one biasing element for biasing the paddle into the rest position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Hologic, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Stango, Loren Niklason
  • Patent number: 10548542
    Abstract: Provided herein is a radiotherapy breast board and couch for use in radiotherapy treatment of breast cancer patients, which are particularly suitable for treating the patient to the breast/thoracic wall and regional lymph nodes in prone position. The radiotherapy breast board and couch comprises a caudal part for supporting the lower body of the patient and a cranial part with supports for the head and non-treated parts of the upper body. The board or couch further provides an opening allowing for the affected breast of the patient to pass through and an opening allowing for the regional lymph nodes to pass trough as said patient lies in a prone position on said board or couch. This opening allows the use of a variety of beam directions to reach the affected region via short radiological path lengths without passing elements of the breast board or couch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Universiteit Gent
    Inventors: Wilfried De Neve, Bruno Speleers, Bert Boute, Liv Veldeman
  • Patent number: 10505234
    Abstract: Battery cells are provided that can include: a housing defining a chamber having a fluid inlet and outlet; an anode at one side of the housing; a cathode at another side of the housing opposing and spaced apart from the anode a sufficient amount to allow for electrolyte between the anode and cathode; and the other side of the chamber defined by an ion permeable member. Methods for in situ battery electrode analysis are provided and these methods can include: providing a battery cell having an anode and a cathode; exposing the battery cell to an ion beam while the battery cell is operational to form secondary ions; and detecting the secondary ions to analyze the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Battelle Memorial Institute
    Inventors: Zihua Zhu, Chongmin Wang
  • Patent number: 10472094
    Abstract: A passenger security control installation (10) includes a set of transfer trays and a conveying and control path (14) having a receiving end (16) and a security end (18). The installation includes a return conveying path extending beneath the tray conveying and control path (14). The installation includes a plurality of juxtaposed and mechanically independent modules (22), and each one of the modules (22) includes a U-shaped cradle part (24) that defines a cradle median plane and further includes an upper gang of motorized rollers (36) installed above a lower gang of motorized rollers (40) inside the U-shaped cradle (24), along a direction substantially perpendicular to the cradle median plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: SELFCAIR UK LTD
    Inventor: André Safir
  • Patent number: 10184904
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a core holder for a micron CT observation and an experimental method thereof. The core holder for a micron CT observation comprises: a carbon fiber pipe and a base; the base comprises a fluid injection channel therein; the carbon fiber pipe is provided with a core mounting cavity and a carbon fiber plunger therein; the carbon fiber pipe is a tubular structure with one end closed and the other end open; the carbon fiber plunger can fix the core between the closed end of the carbon fiber pipe and the carbon fiber plunger; the other end of the carbon fiber pipe is in a detachable sealed connection with an outlet of the fluid injection channel of the base. The core holder for a micron CT observation reduces the distance between the core and the micron CT radiation source, and improves the resolution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: PETROCHINA COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Yanjie Gong, Mengjun Zhao, Qingong Zhuo, Xuesong Lu, Lin Jiang
  • Patent number: 10036633
    Abstract: The device according to the invention consists of associating a laser inspection head including a source emitting a laser beam swept along a defined axis and a handling robot seeing to the movement and spatial orientation of parts whose structure requires inspection. The inspection head and the handling robot are configured and arranged across from one another such that the inspection head occupying a stationary position, the handling robot can move the part to be inspected across from the inspection head, such that the sweep of the laser beam combined with the movement of the part in a direction perpendicular to the sweeping direction makes it possible to inspect the entire surface of the part. In one particular configuration, the handling robot makes it possible to vary the orientation of the part relative to the direction of the laser beam so as to have optimal lighting of the part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: AIRBUS SAS
    Inventors: Benjamin Campagne, Hubert Voillaume
  • Patent number: 9883846
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a mammography device for X-ray photographing an object to be inspected. The mammography device includes: a generator irradiating an X-ray; a support part for an object to be inspected including a detector positioned to face the generator; and a pressing pad moving between the generator and the support part for an object to be inspected to press the object to be inspected, wherein at least one of the support part for an object to be inspected and the pressing pad is rotatably installed at one side of the mammography device, and in a pressing initial state of the object to be inspected, at least one of the support part for an object to be inspected and the pressing pad that is rotatably installed is configured so that a front end portion thereof toward a subject is elastically deflected to a position inclined toward the object to be inspected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventor: Min Ho Son
  • Patent number: 9855014
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to the manufacture and use of a non-rigid breast compression paddle, such as a compression paddle having a mesh material forming the primary interface with patient tissue. In certain implementations, an automatic feedback driven approach may be used in conjunction with such a compression paddle for compressing breast tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Cynthia Elizabeth Landberg Davis, Zhipeng Zhang, Weston Blaine Griffin, Ying Mao
  • Patent number: 9829446
    Abstract: A sample analysis cup, sample cup assembly, and method is provided including a cell body with an open top end including an outer top wall and an inner top wall, each extending axially and positioned in concentric relationship; a bottom wall extending from the outer top wall to the inner top wall, the bottom wall and the inner and outer top walls defining an internal reservoir therebetween; a transverse wall extending a selected distance from the inner top wall, the transverse wall partially closing the open top end; an open bottom end including an outer bottom wall and an inner bottom wall, each extending axially and positioned in concentric relationship, the outer and inner bottom walls defining an internal channel therebetween; and a hollow chamber defined between the open top end and the open bottom end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: CHEMPLEX INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Michael C. Solazzi, Monte J. Solazzi
  • Patent number: 9782135
    Abstract: An x-ray breast imaging system comprising a compression paddle in which the compression paddle comprises a front wall and a bottom wall. The front wall is configured to be adjacent and face a chest wall of a patient during imaging and the bottom wall configured to be adjacent a length of a top of a compressed breast. The bottom wall extends away from the patient's chest wall, wherein the bottom wall comprises a first portion and a second portion such that the second portion is between the front wall and the first portion. The first portion is generally non- coplanar to the second portion, wherein the compression paddle is movable along a craniocaudal axis. The x-ray breast imaging system also comprises a non-rigid jacket releasably secured to the compression paddle, the non-rigid jacket positioned between the compression paddle and the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Hologic, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy R. Stango, Kenneth F. Defreitas, Ian Shaw, Jay Stein, Lynne Jameson-Meehan, Loren Niklason
  • Patent number: 9730667
    Abstract: A tomography apparatus for readily imaging an object while reducing radiation exposure doses includes a filter that adjusts distribution of a radiation dose transmitted therethrough from a radiation source, a radiation detection unit that detects a radiation dose transmitted through the filter and through an object, a holder that holds the object, an acquisition unit that acquires information about the holder, and a control unit that controls the distribution of the transmitted radiation does according to the information about the holder acquired by the acquisition unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshihito Machida
  • Patent number: 9733167
    Abstract: An object, such as a tumor from a breast lumpectomy, is placed into an object positioning device that can hold the object without deforming it. Such a device can include a container with a deformable foam, gel, or other material. The object positioning device is moved into an imaging device. Images of the object within the object positioning device are acquired by the imaging device. The acquired images are stored, processed, or output on a display device. Information about the spatial orientation of the object with respect to a reference object is preserved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignees: University of Rochester, The Research Foundation for the State University of New York
    Inventors: Axel Wismueller, Andrzej Krol, Avice O'Connell
  • Patent number: 9724065
    Abstract: Provided is a mammography apparatus that prevents a main body from falling due to damage to a coupling connecting a ball screw, to which the main body is connected, and a motor. The mammography apparatus includes: a main body having an X-ray generator and an X-ray detector; a ball screw to which the main body is connected so as to be movable up and down; a motor rotating the ball screw so as to allow the main body to move up and down; a coupling connecting a drive shaft of the motor and the ball screw; and a brake provided at one side of the coupling. When the coupling is ruptured, the brake prevents ruptured coupling portions from being separately rotated in order to prevent a fall of the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yong Ho So, Dae Soo Kim, Young Jun Lee
  • Patent number: 9700265
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus is provided. The patient support apparatus may be used as an operating table apparatus for a neurosurgical intervention. The patient support apparatus includes a support couch and a transfer plate which may be moved relative to the support couch, wherein the transfer plate is designed to support a patient for the neurosurgical intervention, wherein the patient support apparatus includes a holding unit with a support shell, which is designed to support a head of the patient and/or a surgical head restraint unit, and a fastening unit for fastening the holding unit to the patient support apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Hanns Eder, Patrick Gross, Martin Ringholz
  • Patent number: 9683951
    Abstract: A sample holder for X-ray analysis is provided with: a first annular member; a second annular member configured to be inserted and fitted into the first annular member in a state where a first film is sandwiched between the first annular member and the second annular member while the first film is being stretched to cover a lower opening portion of the second annular member; and a third annular member configured to be inserted and fitted into the second annular member in a state where a second film is sandwiched between the second annular member and the third annular member while the second film is being stretched to cover a lower opening portion of the third annular member. The first film and the second film are configured to hold a sample for X-ray analysis by sandwiching the sample between the first film and the second film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Hitachi High-Tech Science Corporation
    Inventor: Toshitada Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 9557283
    Abstract: A nano-confinement platform that may allow improved quantification of the structural order of nanometer-scale systems. Sample-holder ‘chips’ are designed for the GTSAXS experimental geometry. The platform involves fabricated nanostructured sample holders on and in one or more corners of a substrate support where the sample material of interest is positioned at the corner of the substrate support. In an embodiment, the substrate material making up the substrate support beneath the sample-holding area is removed. A scattering x-ray sample platform includes a substrate support arranged in a parallelepiped form, having a substantially flat base and a substantially flat top surface, the top surface being substantially parallel with the base, the parallelepiped having a plurality of corners. At least one corner of the substrate support has a sample holding area formed in the top surface of the substrate support and within a predetermined distance from the corner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Brookhaven Science Associates, LLC
    Inventors: Charles T. Black, Kevin G. Yager
  • Patent number: 9554572
    Abstract: Embodiments of a cryopreservation device and method of use are described that allow cryopreserved samples to be transferred from one location to another. In one embodiment, a cryopreservation device comprises two, telescoping tubes; one for plunging biological material into a reservoir of cryogenic liquid refrigerant, and the other for capturing the biological material along with some of the liquid refrigerant, for transferring the biological material to another location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Celltronix
    Inventors: Igor Katkov, Vladimir Fedorovich Bolyukh, Pamela Itkin-Ansari
  • Patent number: 9502203
    Abstract: An electron beam gun for a high power RF vacuum device has components joined by a fixed kinematic coupling to provide both precise alignment and high voltage electrical insulation of the components. The kinematic coupling has high strength ceramic elements directly bonded to one or more non-ductile rigid metal components using a high temperature active metal brazing alloy. The ceramic elements have a convex surface that mates with concave grooves in another one of the components. The kinematic coupling, for example, may join a cathode assembly and/or a beam shaping focus electrode to a gun stem, which is preferably composed of ceramic. The electron beam gun may be part of a high power RF vacuum device such as, for example, a gyrotron, klystron, or magnetron.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Dymenso LLC
    Inventor: Philipp Borchard
  • Patent number: 9480616
    Abstract: A femoral support system includes a plate configured to support the pelvis of a patient on a table. In addition, the system includes a femoral support pivotally coupled to the plate and configured to support the thigh of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: INNOVATIVE ORTHOPEDIC TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Stefan Kreuzer, Joseph W. Pieczynski, II, Adam Freedhand
  • Patent number: 9439609
    Abstract: A craniostat for an extraoral dental radiographic apparatus includes a chin rest and a bite, which are optionally removable. The bite has centering surfaces of pre-defined orientation with respect to a centering position of the bite and is blocked in a blocking position by tightening the centering surfaces against tightening surfaces also having a pre-defined orientation with respect to the bite centering position, so that in tightened condition the bite is also automatically brought in correct centering position on the sagittal plane. A method of use of a craniostat is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: CEFLA SOCIETÁ COOPERATIVA
    Inventors: Davide Bianconi, Andrea Geminiani, Gianluca Manuzzato, Massimo Cavina, Thierry Stotz
  • Patent number: 9173622
    Abstract: An elevating and rotating patient ultrasound stand facilitates accurate ultrasound evaluation. A base provides both elevation changes and rotation. An electric motor lifts and lowers the stand, and rotates on a “lazy susan” style base. One embodiment of a lifting mechanism is a scissors style mechanism and another embodiment is a hydraulic or pneumatic cylinder mechanism. The stand resides above the elevating and rotating mechanism and includes arm rests on each side. In one embodiment a seat is attachable to the stand to provide a patient with a rest from standing for a long period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Creative Ultrasound Imaging, Inc.
    Inventor: Philomina Duesdieker
  • Patent number: 9131871
    Abstract: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine with an integrated medical table top on which a patient can lie is provided. The table top has a central polypropylene cellular honeycomb structure thermally fused in a sandwich configuration between two fiber-reinforced polypropylene face sheets. A strip of fiber-reinforced polypropylene is thermally fused along the entire length of the edge of the sandwich layers and along the end sections of the strip so that the resultant package of layers and end strip is sealingly enclosed to form the tabletop. Table top has a cover which may have a paint or acrylic finish, or may be foamed or “soft-touch” or suitably coated, in order to enhance the patient's comfort and to ensure that tabletop is hard-wearing and readily cleanable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: OMNIA (CS) LIMITED
    Inventors: Walter Boersma, Jonathan Richards
  • Patent number: 9127529
    Abstract: A method is provided to allow characterization of rock or other types of samples using a sliver that is prepared to have a sample and optionally a plurality of thin discrete reference objects encapsulated by hardened encapsulant that surrounds the peripheral edges of the sample and any reference objects. Systems for performing the methods are also provided. An x-ray scannable sliver also is provided as a single unit that has a thin discrete sample and a plurality of thin discrete reference objects encapsulated by hardened encapsulant that encases the peripheral edges of the sample and reference objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Ingrain, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan Guzman, Naum Derzhi
  • Patent number: 9044186
    Abstract: Devices, tools, systems and methods for X-ray bone density measurement and imaging for radiography, fluoroscopy and related procedures. Portable, efficient peripheral bone density measurement and/or high resolution imaging and/or small field digital radiography of bone and other tissue, including tissue in the peripheral skeletal system, such as the arm, forearm, leg, hand and/or foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Inventor: George W. Ma
  • Patent number: 9042515
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device (10; 10a;10b; 10c; 50) for checking pharmaceutical products (1), in particular hard gelatin capsules, by means of at least one radiation source (30; 60) preferably embodied as an X-ray source, and a conveying device which conveys the products (1) in a clocked manner in a radiation area (31) of the radiation source (30; 60). The radiation emitted by the radiation source (30; 60) penetrating the products (1) preferably perpendicular to the longitudinal axes thereof (2), and the radiation is captured on the side of the products (1) opposite the radiation source (30) by means of at least one sensor element (35) which is coupled to an evaluation device (36). The invention is characterized in that the conveyor device is embodied as a conveyor wheel (15; 15a; 51) which can rotate in a stepped manner about an axis (12; 52), and the products (1) are arranged, while being conveyed in the radiation area (31), in receiving areas (28; 37; 56) of the conveyor wheel (15; 5a; 51).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Werner Runft, Iulian Maga, Jens Schlipf, Martin Vogt
  • Patent number: 9036774
    Abstract: A press plate that includes: a plate shaped press portion that is capable of resilient deformation; a first slit that is provided to a first wall portion of a support body with length direction along a first edge portion of the press portion, and that penetrates the first wall portion; second slits that are provided to a second wall portions of the support body with length direction along second edge portions of the press portion, and that penetrate the second wall portions; and a first corner portion slit that is provided straddling a corner portion between the first wall portion and the second wall portion and penetrating the corner portion, that is connected to the first slit, and that is disposed at a separation to the second slit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Shinji Otokuni, Kenji Takata, Tomoki Inoue
  • Patent number: 9028144
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are an X-ray imaging apparatus which recognizes a marker located at a part to be subjected to X-ray imaging from an image of a subject imaged by a camera and which controls a respective movement of each of an X-ray tube and an X-ray detector to a respective position which corresponds to the recognized marker, and a method for controlling the same. An X-ray imaging apparatus includes an X-ray tube which radiates X-rays toward a subject, an X-ray detector which detects X-rays which propagate through the subject, an imaging unit which generates an image of the subject, a recognizer which recognizes a part to be subjected to X-ray imaging from the image of the subject, and a position controller which controls a movement of the X-ray tube and the X-ray detector to a position corresponding to the part to be subjected to X-ray imaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Choong Hwan Choi, Do Kwan Oh, Woo Sup Han
  • Publication number: 20150124942
    Abstract: An anatomical support is provided for facilitating the medical imaging of a patient's hip, leg or knee. The anatomical support has an operatively horizontal pelvis support panel to one edge of which is attached an edge of a thigh locating panel by a hinged attachment and that has attached to an opposite edge thereof by another hinged attachment, a calf or foot support panel. The pelvis support panel has anchorage attachments for a pelvis restraint, and the thigh locating panel has anchorage attachments for a thigh restraint. Locking means are provided for locking the calf or foot support panel in adjustable positions in which it is generally parallel to the pelvis support panel but horizontally displaced therefrom. At least appropriate areas of the calf or foot support panel, the thigh locating panel and the pelvis support panel are made of radiolucent material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Sarthak Patnaik, Sudesh Sivarasu
  • Patent number: 9022652
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a test chamber that can be used to perform a variety of X-ray and neutron spectroscopy experiments including powder diffraction, small-angle scattering, X-ray absorption spectroscopy, and pair distribution functions, such chamber comprising a first electrode with an X-ray transparent window; a second electrode with an X-ray transparent window; a plurality of insulating gaskets providing a hermetic seal around the sample and preventing contact between said first and second electrodes; and an insulating housing into which the first electrode is secured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: UChicago Argonne, LLC
    Inventors: Peter J. Chupas, Karena W. Chapman, Charles A. Kurtz, Olaf J. Borkiewicz, Kamila Magdelena Wiaderek, Badri Shyam
  • Patent number: 9024263
    Abstract: Disclosed is radiation tomography apparatus for smaller animals including a radiation source for emitting radiation; a radiation detecting device for detecting radiation; a rotary device for rotating the radiation source; and a holder provided between the radiation source and the radiation detecting device that has two or more spaces for placing a subject. The holder includes space discriminating members for each of the spaces. Each of the space discriminating members has a unique sectional shape when cut along a plane where an imaginary circle exists. Here, the imaginary circle is a locus of rotation of the radiation source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Shimadzu Corporation
    Inventor: Hiromichi Tonami
  • Patent number: 9016942
    Abstract: Disclosed in the present embodiments are a foldable pressing device and an X-ray machine. The foldable pressing device includes a motor, a lifting member, a pressing member, a linear guide member with a stop position, a pulling member and a resilient member. The lifting member, driven by the motor, causes a sliding element in the linear guide member with a stop position and the pressing member to move upwards. When the sliding element arrives at an uprising stop position, the pressing member, under the effect of the lifting member and the pulling member, overcomes the resistance of the resilient member to realize the folding thereof. The lifting member, driven by the motor, drives the pressing member to move downwards, and the pressing member is unfolded under the effect of the resilient member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Can Guo, Guo Jun Han, Wen Ting Rui, Yun Ping Wang, Ning Tao Yang
  • Patent number: 9016943
    Abstract: A cartridge-based cryogenic imaging system includes a sample handling system. This system uses a kinematic base and cold interface system that provides vertical loading to horizontally mounted high-precision rotation stages that are able to facilitate automated high-resolution three-dimensional (3D) imaging with computed tomography (CT). Flexible metal braids are used to provide cooling and also allow a large range of rotation. A robotic sample transfer and loading system provides further automation by allowing a number of samples to be loaded and automatically sequentially placed on the sample stage and imaged. These characteristics provide the capability of high-throughput and highly automated cryogenic x-ray microscopy and computed tomography.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss X-ray Microscopy, Inc.
    Inventors: Chris J. Jacobsen, Wenbing Yun
  • Patent number: 9008266
    Abstract: In a testing device (10) for determining the quality of leather (9) in the production of leather, wherein the testing device (10) is formed for examining a quality category of the leather (9) and for delivering a quality value characterizing the leather (9) in regard to its quality category, the testing device (10) comprises screening means (16) for examining the homogeneity of the leather (9) auf, which may screen at least portions (22, 23, 24, 27, 29) of the leather (9) and which are formed for delivering screening data (D) to analysis means (19), and wherein there are formed analysis means (19) for comparing the screening data (D) with feature data typical for hide injuries or inhomogeneities, respectively, of the leather (9) and for classifying determined hide injuries of examined portions (22, 23, 24, 27, 29) of the leather (9) and wherein there are formed display means (20) for display the categorized hide injuries or quality value, respectively, of the leather (9), preferably per portion (22, 23, 24, 2
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Wollsdorp Leder Schmidt & Co. Ges.m.b.H
    Inventors: Georg Kraus-Guentner, Elisabeth Kraus-Guentner
  • Patent number: 9008270
    Abstract: The sample cooling apparatus is used in an X-ray diffractometer for rotating a sample supported by a sample rod about an ? axis, directing X-rays thereto, and detecting X-rays deflected from the sample using an X-ray detector. The apparatus has a nozzle for blowing a cooling gas on the sample; and a gas-suctioning device for suctioning, via an aperture, gas that has passed over the sample. The sample rod moves when rotated about the ? axis forming a conical surface having the sample as a vertex. The nozzle is provided so that the extension direction of the sample rod and the direction of the blown gas form an acute angle of 90° or less. The gas-suctioning device suctions the gas so the path of gas having contacted the sample rod bends when the extension direction of the sample rod and the blown direction of the gas form an acute angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Rigaku Corporation
    Inventors: Tomokazu Hasegawa, Kazuaki Aburaya
  • Patent number: 9001966
    Abstract: A transmission X-ray analyzer (1) for detecting a transmission X-ray image of a sample (100) that is continuous in a band shape includes: a TDI sensor (14); an X-ray source (12) arranged opposed to a TDI sensor; a pair of support rollers (31, 32) arranged away from the TDI sensor between the TDI sensor and the X-ray source, the pair of support rollers being configured to transport the sample to a detection position of the TDI sensor while keeping a constant interval between the TDI sensor and the sample; and a pair of outside rollers (51, 52) arranged respectively on an outer side of the pair of support rollers in a transportation direction (L). One of the pair of support rollers and one of the pair of outside rollers are arranged at different positions as to apply a tension to the sample between the pair of support rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Hitachi High-Tech Science Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshiki Matoba