Object Holder Or Support Patents (Class 378/208)
  • 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
    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
    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
    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: 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: 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: 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
    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
    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
    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
    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: 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: 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: 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
  • Publication number: 20150092926
    Abstract: A medical imaging device includes a gripping module having at least a first holding grip and a second holding grip. The first holding grip and the second holding grip are configured for holding by a patient during an image recording. A control unit is arranged on the medical imaging device. The control unit is configured to control an automatic movement of the holding grips. As a result, manual operation of the holding grips by medical operators may be avoided, thereby simplifying and accelerating the process of recording images.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Stefan Hesl, Jürgen Plannerer
  • Patent number: 8995611
    Abstract: A subject support (118) for an imaging system (100) includes a moveable portion (122) that includes a surface (204) on which the subject is loaded and that is configured to move into an examination region of the imaging system where the subject is to be scanned. The support further includes a scan position identifier (126) that generates a signal indicative of at least one of a start scan position or an end scan position for a predetermined region of interest of the subject based on a location of the region of interest on the moveable portion of the subject support for an arbitrary relative position of the moveable portion with respect to the examination region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Jacob Durgan, Nabi Abraham Cohn, John Cressman, James Thomas Richards, Shlomo Gotman
  • Publication number: 20150023476
    Abstract: A mammography or tomosynthesis apparatus, comprising a mechanism configured to move a paddle, relative to a detector platform fixed to a main body of the apparatus, to compress a patient's breast against the detector platform to form a surface. The mechanism comprises a post that is mobile relative to the detector platform and/or to the body and configured so that maximum extension of the post relative to the surface follows the movements of the paddle relative to the detector platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Serge Muller, Aurelie Boudier, Francois Lenfant, Regis Gerard Elle Personnelli
  • Publication number: 20150023467
    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: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Eva R. Birnbaum, Benjamin P. Warner, Sharon M. Baldwin, Jennifer A. Berger, Rebecca L.E. Miller
  • Publication number: 20150003580
    Abstract: Sample cell assemblies containing and holding powdered, granular, paste, or liquid samples are assembled and manufactured in a way that allows them to be inexpensive enough to be disposable and configured to be attached to a fork member for providing shaking or vibrating movement to the samples for X-ray Diffraction and X-ray Fluorescence testing. The sample cell assemblies include the usage of double-sided adhesive films and spacer for sealing the component of the sample cell assemblies, and latches as locking means for locking and unlocking the cell assemblies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: Olympus Scientific Solutions of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Philippe Christian Sarrazin, Will M. Brunner, Sunil Ranganath Belligundu
  • Patent number: 8920029
    Abstract: Apparatus and systems may operate to enable positron emission imaging with a unitary chamber body having an open end that defines a hollow interior portion shaped to completely contain a flexible sleeve that is used to cover a core sample when the sleeve is seated within the hollow interior portion. An end cap may be formed to engage the open end of the chamber body, which is configured to attenuate gamma rays approximately eight times less than stainless steel, while supporting a pressure differential of at least 3 MPa between the chamber inlet and the outlet when fluid carrying a radioactive tag to generate the gamma rays flows through the hollow interior portion and the core sample via the inlet and the outlet. Additional apparatus, systems, and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Landmark Graphics Corporation
    Inventors: Marko Maucec, Ronald G. Dusterhoft, Ronald A. Gibson, Richard D. Rickman
  • Publication number: 20140376692
    Abstract: Among other things, an object scanner, such as an x-ray system, is provided, where the object scanner is configured to translate an object undergoing an examination along a non-linear path. For example, in some embodiments, an examination region of the object scanner is spatially offset, relative to an entry port and/or an exit port of the object scanner, such that there is little to no line of sight through the object scanner, from the entry port to the exit port. The non-linearity of the path is configured to reduce the possibility of radiation scatted by an object and/or by portions of the object scanner from escaping the examination region and exiting the object scanner via the entry port and/or the exit port.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: David Schafer, Eric Finck
  • Patent number: 8899832
    Abstract: A mobile patient positioning stand having vertical rails allowing a shield to be manually moved up and down to different heights based on the height of anatomy of the patient desired to be imaged. The shield may be positioned at a shield height for a certain height of anatomy of a patient so that markers on the shield identify multiple image areas within the total image area. After the shield is positioned, an image detector and a source of radiation may be vertically positioned to provide images at the multiple image areas. Vertical positioning of the detector may be determined by the markers or by equal height detector alignment markers on the shield. The multiple image areas may be connected by aligning stitching markers in the images, that may be on the shield. This aligning may be done by an automated computer software process that recognizes the stitching markers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A., Inc.
    Inventor: Robert A. Fabrizio
  • Publication number: 20140348291
    Abstract: Provided is an X-ray imaging apparatus including an X-ray source to emit an X-ray onto a breast, a detector assembly configured to detect the X-ray transmitted through the breast, a compression paddle configured to compress the breast positioned on the detector assembly, a paddle manipulator configured to control the compression paddle according to a command, a degree-of-compression sensor configured to measure a degree of compression to which the breast is compressed by the compression paddle, and a pressure controller configured to supply a pressure corresponding to the measured degree of compression of the breast to the paddle manipulator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: Jong Ha LEE, Young Hun SUNG
  • Patent number: 8893877
    Abstract: In a device (4) for receiving a piece of baggage (2) for transport, for example at an airport, the device comprises a receiving room (18A) with an infeed opening and a discharge opening. The receiving room is provided with a closing assembly, the closing assembly comprising a closing mechanism (22, 24). The device furthermore comprises a conveyor unit (16, 20) for discharging the piece of baggage from the receiving room through the discharge opening. The closing assembly is equipped at any time to keep at least one or other of the infeed opening and the discharge opening closed. In this way a device according to the invention is equipped to protect deposited baggage from third parties and to prevent persons from following the piece of baggage to the areas not accessible to the public. The present invention also provides a method for receiving a piece of baggage, which method is in accordance with the functioning of the above-mentioned device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Scarabee ID B.V.
    Inventor: Michael Kim Tan
  • Publication number: 20140341338
    Abstract: Mammography-apparatus for detecting malignant cells in a breast, comprising an x-ray source and an x-ray detector that cooperates with the x-ray source for providing an x-ray image of said breast, and further comprising a paddle for flattening the breast by pressing it against said x-ray detector, and comprising a contact area measuring device for measuring a contact area between the breast and the paddle, wherein the contact area measuring device is embodied with at least a first laminate of an electrically insulating material and an electrically low resistance material, which first laminate is provided on a side of the paddle facing the breast, and wherein the electrically low resistance material is sandwiched between the paddle and the insulating material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: Cornelis Antonius Grimbergen, Gerard Johan Den Heeten
  • Patent number: 8891728
    Abstract: A specimen supporting member (10) includes: a specimen supporting film (11) such as a silicon nitride film, a carbon film, and a polyimide film; an X-ray radiation film (13) provided on one principal surface of the specimen supporting film, and for radiating a characteristic X-ray in a soft X-ray region upon irradiation with charged particles; and a specimen adsorption film (12) which is a metal film provided on another principal surface of the specimen supporting film (11), and which fixes by adsorption a specimen (1) to be observed. Since a protein which is a constitutive substance of a biological specimen has a characteristic to easily adsorb to a metallic ion, a specimen adsorption film (12) is formed on one principal surface of the specimen supporting film (11) so that an observation specimen adsorbs thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
    Inventor: Toshihiko Ogura
  • Publication number: 20140328470
    Abstract: A composite skull pin comprising: a core comprising a cone terminating in a distal point, the core being formed out of a substantially radiotranslucent material; and a jacket comprising a hollow cone terminating in a sharp distal point, the hollow cone of the jacket being sized and shaped so that it overlies, and closely conforms to, the exterior of the cone of the core, the jacket being formed out of a strong, hard material, and further wherein the jacket has a sufficiently small mass such that the composite skull pin has a low X-ray signature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: NeuroLogica Corp.
    Inventors: Eric Bailey, Andrew Tybinkowski, Matthew Dickman
  • Publication number: 20140307848
    Abstract: According to the present invention, improved methods and apparatus are provided for providing cushioning and other ergonomic surfaces on devices requiring the patient or tissue to be compressed, such as radiography machines, fluoroscopy units, mammography units and the like. In particular a radiolucent pad element is provided for releasable attachment to at least one surface of a compression device to be used under x-ray, for example, during mammography. The pad element of the present invention can be disposable or constructed to be reusable and in some cases may be applied directly to the patient's breast. Furthermore, a cushioned paddle is provided wherein the compression paddle and the cushion can be separately or integrally formed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventors: Gail S. Lebovic, George D. Hermann, David Willis, Thomas A. Howell
  • Patent number: 8861676
    Abstract: A transport bin for an X-ray inspection system, comprising a identifying device rigidly connected to the bin, the identifying device having a bin-specific identifier, wherein the identifying device has a memory, in which an identification code that is unique worldwide, in particular a universally unique identifier (UUID), is stored in such a way that the identification code can be read out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Smiths Heimann GmbH
    Inventors: Harald Bloesl, Uwe Flehmig, Christian Haas, Claus Meder, Dirk Naumann, Daniel Schmitt
  • Patent number: 8840096
    Abstract: Device for holding and releasing a sample holder is provided. The device includes a support member having a pin with a magnet at its free end for holding the sample holder, tubular body mounted on the support member around and along the pin, and a tubular guide movably mounted inside the body and able to occupy a releasing position where its outer end surrounds the magnet, and a holding position where the guide is retracted inwards the body so that the magnet holds the sample holder. A cam on the guide cooperated with a cam follower-movably through the body upon movement of the guide and with elastic biasing the guide towards its releasing position, to reversibly lock the follower in the holding position when the guide is moved inwards toward the body and to retrieve the initial releasing position, after further moving the guide inwards and releasing this movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignees: Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
    Inventors: Jean-Luc Ferrer, Catherine Izier, Hugo Stéphane Léon Jacquamet, Rémy Victor Stephen Jacquamet, Enzo Lilian Théo Jacquamet