Table Or Couch Patents (Class 378/209)
  • Patent number: 10987268
    Abstract: An emergency cot includes a litter frame, a base, and a lift assembly supporting the litter frame relative to the base. The lift assembly includes load bearing members pivotally coupled to the litter frame by head-end upper pivot connections and foot-end upper pivot connections and to the base by head-end lower pivot connections and foot-end lower pivot connections for raising or lowering the base or the litter frame with respect to the other. The foot-end upper pivot connections or head-end upper pivot connections are movable toward or away from the longitudinal axis of the litter frame to allow one end of the litter frame to be tilted upwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Chad Conway Souke, Christopher Gentile, Ross Timothy Lucas, Michael T. Brubaker
  • Patent number: 10987070
    Abstract: A device and system for supporting a patient or an object in an examination is provided. The supporting system may include a portion for supporting the body of a patient and/or a head supporting device. The portion for supporting the body may move in one or more directions. The head supporting device may be adjust to meet requirements of imaging when the patient or the object is supine or prone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: SHANGHAI UNITED IMAGING HEALTHCARE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yun Wang, Huang Yan, Wei Qi, Jian Liu, Jiamin Li
  • Patent number: 10835438
    Abstract: A surgical table for supporting a patient during a surgical procedure and including a patient support structure, a first support structure, and a second support structure. The patient support structure is configured to support the patient during the surgical procedure and may be operably coupled at a first end to the first support structure and at a second end to the second support structure. The first support structure includes a first column and a first displacement apparatus operably coupling the first column to the first end of the patient support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventor: Roger P. Jackson
  • Patent number: 10813603
    Abstract: A couch panel for a patient couch for a medical imaging method is disclosed. The couch panel is of single-shell design, beads are formed in the longitudinal direction of the couch panel, wherein the number and the shape of the beads are chosen such that the couch panel has a predefinable geometric moment of inertia. The two longitudinally extending edges of the couch panel are bent upward. This is advantageous because of the cost-effective production of a couch panel and, in the case of X-ray imaging, in the low radiation absorption. A patient couch having a couch panel of this kind is likewise disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Franz Dirauf, Michael Grasruck, Alexander Krämer, Riccardo Kunze, Otto Sembritzki
  • Patent number: 10792516
    Abstract: A beam irradiation target verification apparatus includes an X-ray switching emission process unit that causes a vertical X-ray emitting unit to emit at least two types of X-rays using an energy-level switching unit, a vertical X-ray detection unit that detects an X-ray emitted from the vertical X-ray emitting unit, a pre-therapy verification image generation process unit, a reference image acquisition unit that acquires a reference image obtained at a therapy planning stage, a comparison process unit. The pre-therapy verification image generation process unit to generate pre-therapy verification images based on detection information of at least two types of X-rays obtained by the vertical X-ray detection unit. The comparison process unit makes comparisons between the pre-therapy verification images and the reference image, and the result output unit outputs a comparison result obtained by the comparison process unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: NATIONAL INSTITUTES FOR QUANTUM AND RADIOLOGICAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Taku Inaniwa, Takuji Furukawa, Koji Noda
  • Patent number: 10762634
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an image processing device includes processing circuitry. The processing circuitry sequentially acquires image data of time-sequential DSA images of an object, and acquires a parameter value for each pixel based on temporal change of a pixel value of the each pixel corresponding to the same region of the object in the sequentially acquired image data of time-sequential DSA images. Further, the processing circuitry sequentially generates image data of parameter images in such a manner that identification information according to the parameter value is assigned to the each pixel corresponding to the same region of the object, each time image data of a DSA image of the latest time phase being acquired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Ryoichi Nagae, Yasuto Hayatsu, Yoshiaki Iijima, Naoki Uchida, Yoshinori Shimizu, Yuichiro Watanabe, Takuya Sakaguchi
  • Patent number: 10595801
    Abstract: Provided is a radiological imaging device configured to be used for the analysis of a limb and including a first module including a source configured to emit radiation; a second module including a detector configured to receive the radiation; a drive unit of the modules; a platform configured to define an outer support surface for the modules and an attachment configured to constrain the modules to the drive unit allowing the drive unit, housed in the inner volume, to command the movement of the modules resting on the outer surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: IMAGINALIS S.R.L.
    Inventors: Leonardo Manetti, Damiano Fortuna, Massimiliano Leonori
  • Patent number: 10548532
    Abstract: A transport apparatus may include a patient bed unit for supporting the patient; a transferring unit for moving the patient bed unit along a first direction of the MRI device; and an elevating module for moving the patient bed unit along a second direction of the MRI device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: SHANGHAI UNITED IMAGING HEALTHCARE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jing Wu, Yining Wang, Bo Li, Xiangming Hou, Yunlei Yao, Jian Liu, Xiwei Dai, Hongtao Ren
  • Patent number: 10548541
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a medical image diagnosis apparatus includes a gantry, a first frame, a second frame, a support base, and control circuitry. The first frame supports a table top. The table top is movable in a longitudinal direction of the table top. The second frame supports the first frame. The first frame is movable in the longitudinal direction. The support base is equipped with an X link that supports the second frame. The second frame is movable in a direction vertical to a floor surface. The control circuitry moves the first frame in the longitudinal direction based on operation information of a drive shaft of the support base to correct a change in position of the first frame in the longitudinal direction in accordance with movement of the second frame in the vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Keisuke Oishi
  • Patent number: 10531843
    Abstract: A couch device according to an embodiment includes a couchtop, shape control members, and driving circuitry. The couchtop includes a movable base couchtop and a transformable couchtop mounted above the movable base couchtop and capable of bending a part thereof from a flat shape. The shape control members control the shape of the transformable couchtop. The driving circuitry moves the couchtop to an opening of a gantry device that collects data for taking medical images. The transformable couchtop includes divided couchtops, and transformation support members for fixing the transformable couchtop to the movable base couchtop are fitted to divided sections. Each of the shape control members adjusts a position of a specific transformation support member so that an installation location thereof is a fixed point of the movable base couchtop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: CANON MEDICAL SYSTEMS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuki Gatayama, Masao Yamahana, Hiroyuki Onuki, Shinya Kawanabe, Tatsuya Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10500114
    Abstract: An apparatus for transferring a supine patient to a prone position on a patient support structure, and for rotating such a prone patient between prone and supine positions without removing the patient from the patient support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger P. Jackson, Lawrence E. Guerra, Michael A. Herron
  • Patent number: 10448916
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, an X-ray CT system includes a gantry, a first couch, a second couch, a carrier unit, and control circuitry. The gantry includes an X-ray tube, an X-ray detector, and an operation unit. The first couch is arranged in a first room. The second couch is arranged in a second room. When carrying the gantry to the first room, the carrier unit arranges the gantry in an orientation in which the front side of the gantry faces the first couch. When carrying the gantry to the second room, the carrier unit arranges the gantry in an orientation in which the back side of the gantry faces the second couch. The control circuitry controls the direction of the tilt movement of the gantry in accordance with the room where the gantry is arranged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroto Tahara, Masayuki Wakahara
  • Patent number: 10398401
    Abstract: In a radiation tomography imaging device, the imaging range calculation element 35 calculates a possible imaging range of the FPD 5 based on the imaging distance G, the irradiation swing angle ? and the movable range SP of the X-ray tube 3. The operator can preliminarily calculate the possible imaging range of the radiation detection means prior to the X-ray tomography imaging because the imaging distance, the irradiation swing angle, and the movable range SP are all predetermined parameters. The possible imaging range FP of the FPD 5 is the positional range of the FPD 5 in which the X-ray tube 3 can acquire the X-ray tomography image without moving the X-ray tube 3 to the outside of movable range. Therefore, the radiation tomography imaging can start the X-ray tomography by assuredly moving the FPD 5 within the possible imaging range by referring to the preliminarily calculated possible imaging range of the FPD 5.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: SHIMADZU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomoharu Okuno, Ken Shirota
  • Patent number: 10314552
    Abstract: A bed apparatus according to one embodiment, includes a top plate, a first slide actuator, an elevating actuator, and a second slide actuator. The first slide actuator supports the top plate to be slidable in the longitudinal direction. The elevating actuator supports the first slide actuator to be movable in the vertical direction, and is installed on the floor. The second slide actuator is provided between the first slide actuator and the elevating actuator and supports the first slide actuator such that the first slide actuator is slidable interlockingly with the vertical movement of the elevating actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Masayuki Wakahara
  • Patent number: 10292666
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a supporting table and an imaging system including the supporting table. Said supporting table comprises: a supporting table body; a bracket provided on the supporting table body to be supported by the supporting table body and configured to bear a target object, wherein the bracket can move to protrude out of the supporting table body; a supporting roller, which can be detachably mounted between the supporting table body and the bracket to support the bracket relative to the supporting table body when the bracket moves. Accordingly, overhanging deformation of the bracket may be a voided or minimized by the support of the supporting roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: GE Medical Systems Global Technology Company, LLC
    Inventor: ChangHong Liu
  • Patent number: 10213171
    Abstract: An X-ray photography device capable of visualizing the operating state or position of a support unit in an image system during examinations with memory switches and enhancing the operability of the memory switches is provided. When a plurality of memory switches 30a-30i is operated, target rotation information corresponding to the memory switches are read from a target rotation information memory unit 40, and a C-arm is controlled to rotate, so as to make actual rotation information consistent with the target rotation information. The memory switches 30a-30i are respectively arranged in association with rotation directions and rotation angles to designate specific storage areas in the target rotation information memory unit 40 corresponding to the directions and angles. During the rotation control or when the actual rotation information is consistent with the target rotation information, the corresponding display lamp (one of display lamps 31a-31i) of the operated memory switch is turned on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: SHIMADZU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Katsuhiro Masuo, Mitsuru Umeda, Daisuke Murakami
  • Patent number: 10188356
    Abstract: A radiation system includes a first ring, a radiation source capable of providing radiation suitable for treating a patient, the radiation source secured to the first ring, a second ring located behind the first ring, and an imager secured to the second ring. A radiation system includes a first device having a radiation source capable of generating a radiation beam suitable for treating a patient, and a second device having imaging capability, wherein the first device is oriented at an angle that is less than 180° relative to the second device. A radiation system includes a structure having a first opening, a radiation source rotatably coupled to the structure, an imaging device rotatable relative to the structure, and a processor for controlling a rotation of the radiation source and a rotation of the imaging device, wherein the radiation source is rotatable relative to the imaging device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: VARIAN MEDICAL SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Timothy E. Guertin, Richard H. Stark, Raymond D. McIntyre, Steven W. Prince, Stanley Mansfield, George A. Zdasiuk
  • Patent number: 10159449
    Abstract: A bed board for a diagnostic bed of a medical examination apparatus is formed in a material that includes basalt fibers. The bed board may have a bed board body composed of basalt fibers and a filler in a predetermined ratio, or may be formed by a hollow shell, composed of basalt fibers and a binder in a predetermined ratio, with the hollow shell being filled by a filler material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare GmbH
    Inventor: Hong Shang
  • Patent number: 10149793
    Abstract: An adjustable support apparatus for a surgery table utilizing a platform having first and second end portions. First and second end supports are used to mount the platform which is adjusted by a carriage having a pawl operator. The carriage includes studs having support surfaces for the platform. A tower utilizing a gear rack interacts with the carriage pawl operator to position the platform relative to the first and second end support of the surgery table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Inventors: Stephen Hoel, Stephan Schmid
  • Patent number: 10123923
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus (20) including a patient support surface (22) and a repositioning mechanism (24) for vertically and angularly repositioning the surface (22). The apparatus (20) including sensors (84) for automatically detecting and inhibiting attempts to vertically reposition the surface (22) when it is at a particular angular position, and attempts to angularly reposition the surface (22) when it is at a particular vertical position. The apparatus (20) also includes a tilt control system (88) for limiting the extent to which head or foot ends (36,38) of the surface (22) can be angularly repositioned, a scale (92) and a warning system (120) for communicating a warning when a change in the weight on the surface (22) is indicative of a patient moving or attempting to move off of the surface (22), a sensor (122) for detecting an increase in amperage during an operation and stopping the operation, and an ability to update microcontroller programming via a controller area network bus (102).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Sizewise Rentals, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Troy Parsons, Jeff Sprier, Eric Boss, Craig McGuire, Michael D. Halleck, Jeffrey Tad Samson, Doug Zaugg, John Tomasik
  • Patent number: 10076289
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to an examination table of a medical imaging system comprising a tabletop, a table column supporting the tabletop, and a translation system. The translation system, which is configured to at least make the tabletop longitudinally translate with respect to the table column, comprises a guiding part and a driving part, where both the guiding and driving parts may be fully integrated in said table column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Romain Moulin, Bruno Galloni
  • Patent number: 10028709
    Abstract: An arrangement with a movable apparatus part is provided. The arrangement includes a mat-like, removable collision detection device arranged on the apparatus part and a plurality of first fasteners of the collision detection device. The plurality of first fasteners are configured to form a releasable connection with corresponding second fasteners of the apparatus part. The arrangement also includes an electrical monitoring unit configured to monitor an electrical resistance of the connection of the plurality of first fasteners to the second fasteners. A medical imaging apparatus with such an arrangement, and an associated method are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Verena Schmidt
  • Patent number: 9907714
    Abstract: A bed for hospital stays, of the type that can be articulated and comprising a plurality of sections which correspond to the regions of the back, buttocks, thighs and legs of the in-patient; one of the sections, the one that corresponds to the buttocks region, has at least one portion thereof which is movable and articulated to the section of the backrest and, when the backrest is lifted, is translated, exposing a curved element, which extends from the lying surface downwardly, and being inclined on the curved element contributes together with it to form a cradle for the buttocks region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: MALVESTIO S.P.A.
    Inventor: Marino Malvestio
  • Patent number: 9808212
    Abstract: Medical couch apparatus is provided capable of reducing the overrun amount even if the overrun occurs while shortening the stop distance when the top is urgently stopped to make it difficult for the overrun to occur. The frame is arranged between the couch body and the top to be guided in the rostrocaudal direction of the subject by the couch body. The driving unit transfers the top in the rostrocaudal direction via the frame. The guide unit is arranged between the frame and the top to guide the top in the rostrocaudal direction. The biasing mechanism biases the top in the opposite direction of the transfer direction of the top. The bias control unit applies the force to the top to be transferred in the opposite direction for the frame through the biasing force by the biasing mechanism when the transfer of the top by the driving unit is stopped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Yasuo Kodaira
  • Patent number: 9801586
    Abstract: Apparatus for the, in particular, transperineal examination of patients, consisting of two leg holders (1) arranged symmetrically in relation to the longitudinal axis of the patient, wherein the leg holders (1) have arranged between them a carriage (2) which runs parallel to the center plane of the patient and can be displaced, and arrested, in the direction of the longitudinal axis and, at its patient end, has a frame (3) which is oriented perpendicularly to the displacement direction and is suitable for accommodating a grid (4) and/or a targeting device or an NMR coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Inventor: Hubert Noras
  • Patent number: 9789328
    Abstract: In the treatment of a tumor with radiation therapy is enhanced by a weak magnetic field, the field strength time sequence of exposure and shape and contour of the magnetic field are varied to achieve desired results. In one separate aspect, exposure to a magnetic field is continued after exposure to a free radical-creating therapy is ceased or diminished, thereby increasing the lifetimes of free radicals which have already been created. In another preferred embodiment a magnetic field is strategically placed to avoid extending the lives of free radicals in tissue through which a free radical-creating beam must pass, to reach a tumor. This application discloses quantitative parameters for field strength and exposure time to create concentrations and reactivity of free radicals, including long-lived free radicals and discloses the use of shaped, contoured, and designed electromagnetic fields. A treatment planning station is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Inventor: Robert E. Sandstrom
  • Patent number: 9782315
    Abstract: A shroud guard is provided for protecting a height adjustment mechanism used to raise and lower the height of an operating room table. The shroud guard includes a support frame secured to a table base of the operating room table. The support frame includes a bracket with an attachment member and an upstanding shield support secured to the attachment member. The attachment member is secured to the table base via a fastener to inhibit movement along the table base. A shield is removably secured to the upstanding shield support and extends transversely over the table base of the operating room table and across the height adjustment mechanism to inhibit foreign objects from contacting the height adjustment mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Inventor: Wylie McCoy Langford
  • Patent number: 9778395
    Abstract: A method for scanning an individual with a security device includes providing a scanner, engaging the scanner in a first scanning mode to produce an initial scan of the individual with a controller, producing an initial representation based on the initial scan, determining a property of a second scanning mode based on information from the initial representation, and engaging the scanner in the second scanning mode to produce a second scan of the individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Inventors: W. Daniel Hillis, Roderick A. Hyde, Jordin T. Kare, Eric C. Leuthardt, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9623263
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for therapy delivery are disclosed. In one embodiment, a therapy delivery system includes a plurality of movable components including a radiation therapy nozzle and a patient pod for holding a patient, a patient registration module for determining a desired position of at least one of the plurality of movable components, and a motion control module for coordinating the movement of the least one of the plurality of movable components from a current position to the desired position. The motion control module includes a path planning module for simulating at least one projected trajectory of movement of the least one of the plurality of moveable components from the current position to the desired position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: VISION RT LIMITED
    Inventors: Chieh C. Cheng, David A. Lesyna, Michael F. Moyers
  • Patent number: 9622827
    Abstract: A surgical robotics system with robotic arms is configurable to perform a variety of surgical procedures. The surgical robotics system includes a table, column, base, and robotic arms that are either column-mounted, rail-mounted, or mounted on a separate unit. In a column-mounted configuration, the column includes column rings that translate vertically and rotate about the column. The robotic arms are attached to the column rings. In a rail-mounted configuration, the base includes base rails that translate along the base. The robotic arms are attached to the base rails. In both configurations, the robotic arms move independently from each other and include a multiple arm segments. Each arm segment provides an additional degree of freedom to the robotic arm. Thus, the surgical robotics system may position the robotic arms into numerous configurations to access different parts of a patient's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Auris Surgical Robotics, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan Yu, Frederic H. Moll, Benjamin Richter, Mark H. Olson, Jason Gonzalez, Kyle Andrew Tucker, Paxton Maeder-York, Gregory T. Schulte
  • Patent number: 9610205
    Abstract: A patient support system includes a floor cavity in the floor of a treatment room; a patient support device comprising a treatment table; a base; a first movement mechanism on which the treatment table is mounted; a second movement mechanism mounted on the base and attached to the first movement mechanism, wherein the first and second movement mechanisms are moveable independently of each other; the first movement mechanism is configured to raise and lower the treatment table and the second movement mechanism is configured to raise and lower the first movement mechanism such that in a lowered position the second movement mechanism is contained within the floor cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Elekta AB
    Inventor: Per Harald Bergfjord
  • Patent number: 9563952
    Abstract: For swift and secure determination of a measurement error a first digital image is obtained using an image sensor, wherein a line of sight of an optical arrangement is oriented in a first face direction. A characteristic image area in the first digital image on an image sensor is determined. A second digital image is then taken with a line of sight of the image sensor oriented in a second face and the characteristic image area defined in the first image is searched in the second digital image, the first or the second digital image is rotated in the image plane by 180° . Then in the second digital image the position of the characteristic image area is determined. And offset between the characteristic image area in the first digital image and the characteristic image area in the second digital image is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Trimble Jena GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Glimm, Michael Vogel
  • Patent number: 9526461
    Abstract: Imaging systems having multiple radiation sources, such as x-ray sources, and multiple radiation detectors, such as flat-panel x-ray detectors and/or diagnostic-quality CT detectors, housed within an imaging gantry, for obtaining simultaneous images of an object positioned within a bore of the gantry in multiple imaging planes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: MOBIUS IMAGING, LLC
    Inventors: Eugene A Gregerson, Russell Stanton, Michael Connor, Michael Allen, Paul Sebring, Robert Powell, Scott Coppen
  • Patent number: 9451166
    Abstract: Generally discussed herein are systems, apparatuses, and methods for. In one or more embodiments, a method can include recording imaging device external orientation parameters of a rigidly mounted imaging device, capturing a reference frame using the imaging device in an orientation corresponding to the recorded parameters, capturing a later frame after the reference frame, correlating the later frame to the reference frame to determine pixel orientation in the reference frame relative to pixel orientation in the later frame, determining an imaging device movement required to return the imaging device back to the orientation associated with the recorded imaging device external orientation parameters based on the determined pixel orientation in the reference frame relative to the pixel orientation in the later frame, and updating the imaging device external orientation parameters to account for the determined imaging device movement in accord with the imaging device external orientation parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Thomas G. Ribardo, Jr., Richard W. Ely
  • Patent number: 9402775
    Abstract: A surgical table for supporting a patient over a floor and including a base assembly, a support column assembly and a patient support structure. The base assembly supported on the floor and including a first end, a second end opposite the first end, and a member extending along a base longitudinal axis between the first and second ends. The support column assembly moveably coupled with the base assembly and configured to translate between the first and second ends of the base assembly along the member extending therebetween, the support column assembly being the only support column assembly coupled with the base assembly. The patient support structure including a first end, a second end opposite the first end, and a longitudinal axis extending between the first and second ends, the second end of the patient support structure supported off of the support column assembly in a cantilevered fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Inventor: Roger P. Jackson
  • Patent number: 9333140
    Abstract: An improved bed apparatus (4) includes a bed (12) and a movable heater assembly (16). The bed (72) is movably disposed on a support (8), and the heater assembly (76) is movable to enable alignment between the bed (72) and the heater assembly (76) to promote uniformity of irradiance on a patient situated on the bed (72). In an embodiment, the bed (72) and heater assembly (76) are movable together to maintain alignment between the bed (72) and the heater assembly (76). In another embodiment, the bed (72) and the heater assembly (76) are independent, but one or more indicators (244, 254) are provided to enable manual alignment between the bed (72) and the heater assembly (76).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Sanjay Bharadwaj, Roopesh Edavana, Samik Das
  • Patent number: 9259203
    Abstract: A method of and system to perform image acquisition of a subject supported from a floor is provided. The system includes an imaging system and a table system having a tabletop in support of the subject from the floor. The table system also includes a mobile device having a drive to automatically transport the table system across the floor, identify a current position and to calculate a path relative to a reference to a pre-programmed target position for image acquisition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventor: Bernard Bouvier
  • Patent number: 9248067
    Abstract: Provided is a narrow docking mechanism that enables a bed and an apparatus main body to be coupled together with sufficient holding force during docking and that does not hinder access by an examiner to an object. A coupling mechanism on a bed 3 side includes a coupling plate 7 having one end fixed to the bed 3, and a coupling mechanism 50 on the main apparatus side includes a plurality of rollers 12 arranged side by side along the shape of both sides of the coupling plate 7. As the plurality of rollers 12 sandwiches and holds the coupling plate 7 from both sides, the coupling plate 7 can attach to and detach from the bed 3 by coupling the bed to the apparatus main body so as to be inserted between the arranged rollers 12.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: HITACHI MEDICAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Izumi Sunazuka, Satoshi Iizuka
  • Patent number: 9138194
    Abstract: An apparatus for use with an imaging device for imaging a portion of a patient during exertion by the patient. The apparatus may include a first anchor for opposing a force applied by the patient to the first anchor in response to flexing one or more muscles in the imaged portion of the patient. There may also be provided second anchors that assist in restricting motion of the patient in response to the force applied to the first anchor. A plurality of fiducial markings may be provided that are evident in the obtained image to define a reference in the image for determining a location of a region of interest within the portion of the patient relative to the fiducial markings. The region of interest may correspond to an indication of a condition or disease (e.g., exertional compartment syndrome).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Inventor: Joseph McGinley
  • Patent number: 9070486
    Abstract: A radiation shielded cockpit comprises a radiation blocking material which creates a semi-enclosed work space and which is provided with a structure for receiving and supporting an articulated robot arm and an articulated robot arm that engages the supporting structure in a readily removable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: Corindus Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Guerrera, Robert Elden
  • Patent number: 9056041
    Abstract: The present invention is a device that is configured to secure a patient's head against the force of gravity during surgery (or other medical procedures) while the patient is in an upright, sideways (tilted to the side), or upside down position, or in any other non-horizontal position, for any duration of time. The device is designed to safely secure a patient's head or neck to prevent potential injury to the patient who is unconscious and unable to protect themselves through reflex reactions or otherwise. Without the device, a patient's head would drop forward or sideways by force of gravity, and if it remained in the dropped position, the patient's neck, shoulder, and/or spine regions could suffer temporary or permanent soreness, strain, and/or injury. This device is designed to reduce or eliminate such soreness or injury.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Inventors: David Colin Cho, Allen Gabriel, Wil Kazuo Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9055873
    Abstract: A method of maintaining a constant iso-center point, while dynamically changing an area of interest during an imaging procedure is provided. The method comprises: allowing a user to move from an initial area of interest to new area of interest by allowing permissible axes motions; dynamically calculating the iso-center point while moving from the initial area of interest to the new area of interest as a function of relative distance between the initial area of interest and the new area of interest and as a function of parameters indicating relative motion of permissible axes; identifying the new area of interest by using at least one permissible axis motion; and calculating the iso-center point at the new area of interest after locking all the permissible axes motions except table tilt axis movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Hiteshkumar T. Boda, Gurudatt S. Kamat
  • Patent number: 8997286
    Abstract: An adapter (10) is described for connecting at least one accessory device (12) to an operating table (14), comprising a first fixing device for attaching a base body of the adapter (10) to the operating table (14) and a second fixing device for attaching the accessory device (12) to the adapter (10). The base body is formed from an X-ray transparent plate (16), said X-ray transparent plate (16) including a part lying on a support surface (15) of the operating table (14) and another part extending beyond the support surface (15) and forming a support surface extension for supporting a patient, when said X-ray transparent plate (16) is attached to the operating table (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Maquet GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Ulrich Wyslucha, Marco Reif
  • Patent number: 8983027
    Abstract: A system for the non-destructive inspection of a conveyor belt which includes a cover on the carrying side, a cover on the backing side, each cover being made of elastomeric material, and embedded tension members. While the conveyor belt is moving, a radiation source emits rays to the belt surface which are of such high energy that the rays pass through the belt within a region free of material disposed on the belt. A sensor detects the rays passing through the belt. A processor is operatively connected to the sensor and evaluates the result of the radiographic check. The radiation source and the sensor are accommodated in a housing, wherein, between the radiation source and the sensor, there are two housing openings through which the moving belt runs without contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Phoenix Conveyor Belt Systems GmbH
    Inventor: Bernd Kuesel
  • Patent number: 8931125
    Abstract: A cradle drive mechanism is provided. The cradle drive mechanism includes a drive motor, an intermediate frame and a screw and nut transmission device driven by the drive motor so as to drive linear reciprocating motion of the intermediate frame. The cradle drive mechanism also includes a rotating, shaft having a first driving wheel and a gear, a transmission belt, and a rack meshed with the gear so that, during linear reciprocating motion of the intermediate frame, the rack forces the gear to rotate and drive rotation of the first driving wheel, wherein rotation of the first driving wheel drives rotation of the transmission belt. The cradle drive mechanism also includes a cradle connector fixed on the transmission belt and configured to connect a cradle and to drive linear reciprocating motion of the cradle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: GE Medical Systems Global Technology Company, LLC
    Inventors: Xianfa Fang, Gaoxian Zhang, Gang Hu, Xin Yang
  • Patent number: 8933420
    Abstract: A particle beam therapy system comprising a treatment table, a treatment table control unit and an irradiation control unit configured to output an instruction for controlling the treatment table control unit, an accelerator and a scanning electromagnet, wherein after the treatment table control unit controls the treatment table so as for a patient isocenter which is reference position of an affected area of a patient to move to a position of an irradiation isocenter which is set at a position which is closer to an irradiation nozzle than an equipment isocenter which is reference of positional relation of the irradiation nozzle and the treatment table, the irradiation control unit outputs an instruction for irradiating the patient with a particle beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Masahiro Ikeda, Hisashi Harada, Kazushi Hanakawa, Toshihiro Otani, Tadashi Katayose, Taizo Honda, Yukiko Yamada, Yuehu Pu
  • Patent number: 8918932
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a bed configured to support a subject and having an insertion hole through which a subject portion that is part of the subject is inserted; a pair of compression plates configured to hold and compress the subject portion when the subject portion is inserted through the insertion hole; and a unit including therein the pair of compression plates and having an opening through which an operator inserts a hand when the subject portion is inserted through the insertion hole. The unit includes a receiving plate at a position opposite to the opening in an insertion direction of the hand within a range of the insertion hole when viewed from the insertion hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masakazu Taku
  • Patent number: 8913712
    Abstract: There is provided an X-ray CT apparatus that allows easy and correct confirmation of which position a bed can be moved to and which region can be imaged. The X-ray CT apparatus performs imaging for obtaining a scanogram 301 (S101), displays the scanogram 301 (S102), and calculates a transversely movable region 304 (S103). Further, the X-ray CT apparatus inputs size of a bow tie filter 103 (S201), inputs a transverse movement destination of a bed 106 (S105), calculates an imageable region on the basis of the size of the bow tie filter and the transverse movement destination 302 (S202), and displays the imageable region 305 (S203).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Hitachi Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroaki Ninomiya, Takayuki Kadomura, Hideki Imaizumi
  • Patent number: 8904582
    Abstract: A patient support system includes a floor cavity in the floor of a treatment room; a patient support device comprising a treatment table; a base; a first movement mechanism on which the treatment table is mounted; a second movement mechanism mounted on the base and attached to the first movement mechanism, wherein the first and second movement mechanisms are moveable independently of each other; the first movement mechanism is configured to raise and lower the treatment table and the second movement mechanism is configured to raise and lower the first movement mechanism such that in a lowered position the second movement mechanism is contained within the floor cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Elekta AB
    Inventor: Per Harald Bergfjord
  • Patent number: RE47588
    Abstract: A patient positioning system for radiotherapy, comprising a device for positioning a patient within the framework of treatment planning, using image detection and/or carrying out radiation treatment, comprising a patient bed on which a patient is positioned, wherein means are provided by which the same bed may be arranged both on a planning couch for image detection within the framework of treatment planning as well as on a radiotherapy table, and by providing a reference means on the patient bed by which the position of the immobilized patient or of a marked radiation target is determined with respect to the patient bed. Within this framework, a corresponding method is also provided, as well as an adjusting means for the transport and the bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Brainlab AG
    Inventors: Stephan Erbel, Stephan Frochlich