Producing Difference Image (e.g., Angiography) Patents (Class 382/130)
  • Patent number: 10258301
    Abstract: Digital subtraction angiography is used to improve the contrast of images of patient vasculature. A non-contrast image is recorded with no contrast medium injected into the patient, and then a succession of contrast images is captured after the injection of a contrast medium. The non-contrast image is successively registered to the contrast images, and then subtracted. This removes background structures, but leaves the vasculature untouched, making blood vessels easier to see. Artifacts can remain when different motion layers are present in the X-ray image (for example, the spine and the lungs). This application discusses a technique to prevent artifacts occurring when different motion layers are present in an X-ray frame or sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Laurence Rouet, Raoul Florent, Patrick Laurent
  • Patent number: 10255695
    Abstract: A method calculates a four-dimensional DSA dataset from x-ray datasets. Each of the x-ray datasets contains a two-dimensional x-ray projection of an examination volume in relation to a direction of projection and a recording time. A first three-dimensional DSA dataset of a first reconstruction volume is determined based on the x-ray datasets. The first reconstruction volume is a part of the examination volume. A second three-dimensional DSA dataset of a second reconstruction volume is determined based on the x-ray datasets. The second reconstruction volume is a part of the first reconstruction volume. The second three-dimensional DSA dataset is segmented. The x-ray datasets are normalized based on the first three-dimensional DSA dataset. A four-dimensional DSA dataset is calculated by back projection of the normalized x-ray datasets onto the segmented second three-dimensional DSA dataset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare GmbH
    Inventors: Markus Kowarschik, Sonja Gehrisch, Kevin Royalty, Sebastian Schafer, Christopher Rohkohl
  • Patent number: 10242446
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a structure reducing unit which reduces spatial signal change by a predetermined structure in an X-ray image group in which a plurality of images obtained by capturing a same site of a same subject a plurality of times using an X-ray are aligned in a time series. The structure reducing unit reduces the spatial signal change by the predetermined structure in each image of the X-ray image group using information of an image different from the image of the X-ray image group being processed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Shintaro Muraoka, Tsuyoshi Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10198800
    Abstract: A method is provided for representing a first structure of a body region by digital subtraction angiography. The method includes: receiving a filler image of the body region created by an angiography apparatus, which represents a second structure of the body region and the first structure with a first contrast medium concentration in the first structure; determining a mask image of the body region representing the second structure; determining a subtraction image by editing out of the second structure from the filler image by the mask image; determining a guidance image representing the first structure based on the subtraction image; reducing image noise of the subtraction image by the guidance image; and representing the first structure based on the noise-reduced subtraction image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare GmbH
    Inventor: Michael Manhart
  • Patent number: 10188419
    Abstract: A device and method for visualization of the intravascular creation of autologous valves, and particularly venous valve, is disclosed herein. One aspect of the present technology, for example, is directed toward a delivery catheter that can include a lumen configured to receive a dissection assembly and a trough having a plurality of transducers electrically coupled to a proximal portion of the delivery catheter. At least one of the transducers can be configured to emit a signal towards a portion of a blood vessel adjacent the trough, and at least one of the transducers can be configured to receive a reflection of the emitted signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: InterVene, Inc.
    Inventors: Fletcher T. Wilson, David Batten, Zachary J. Malchano
  • Patent number: 10186062
    Abstract: An apparatus includes an interface unit configured to provide, to a terminal, an interface supporting one or more modes, and display, on the interface, an image including a contour of a region of interest. The apparatus further includes a contour modification unit configured to modify the contour based on a mode selected by a user from the one or more modes, and an operation performed by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ye-Hoon Kim, Kyoung-Gu Woo
  • Patent number: 10172582
    Abstract: The disclosure relates generally to the field of vascular system and peripheral vascular system data collection, imaging, image processing and feature detection relating thereto. In part, the disclosure more specifically relates to methods for detecting position and size of contrast cloud in an x-ray image including with respect to a sequence of x-ray images during intravascular imaging. Methods of detecting and extracting metallic wires from x-ray images are also described herein such as guidewires used in coronary procedures. Further, methods for of registering vascular trees for one or more images, such as in sequences of x-ray images, are disclosed. In part, the disclosure relates to processing, tracking and registering angiography images and elements in such images. The registration can be performed relative to images from an intravascular imaging modality such as, for example, optical coherence tomography (OCT) or intravascular ultrasound (IVUS).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: LIGHTLAB IMAGING, INC.
    Inventors: Lorina Dascal, Itai Winkler
  • Patent number: 10169863
    Abstract: Methods and systems for automatically determining a clinical image or portion thereof for display to a diagnosing physician. One system includes an electronic processor and an interface for communicating with at least one data source. The electronic processor is configured to receive training information from the at least one data source and determine a subset of images included in each of the plurality of image studies displayed to one or more diagnosing physicians. The electronic processor is also configured to perform machine learning to develop a model based on the training information and the subset of images included in each of the plurality of image studies and receive the image study. The electronic processor is also configured to process the image study using the model to determine a subset of the plurality of images and flag the subset of the plurality of images for manual review by the diagnosing physician.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Murray A. Reicher, Jon T. DeVries, Michael W. Ferro, Jr., Marwan Sati
  • Patent number: 10162932
    Abstract: A method and system for multi-scale anatomical and functional modeling of coronary circulation is disclosed. A patient-specific anatomical model of coronary arteries and the heart is generated from medical image data of a patient. A multi-scale functional model of coronary circulation is generated based on the patient-specific anatomical model. Blood flow is simulated in at least one stenosis region of at least one coronary artery using the multi-scale function model of coronary circulation. Hemodynamic quantities, such as fractional flow reserve (FFR), are computed to determine a functional assessment of the stenosis, and virtual intervention simulations are performed using the multi-scale function model of coronary circulation for decision support and intervention planning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare GmbH
    Inventors: Puneet Sharma, Lucian Mihai Itu, Bogdan Georgescu, Viorel Mihalef, Ali Kamen, Dorin Comaniciu
  • Patent number: 10121244
    Abstract: A method is for determining a transformation for image registration of a first image relative to a second image. The method includes ascertaining a test series of test elements including a test transformation and a test value, the ascertaining including ascertaining the test transformation based on a sequence of test transformations and/or based on previously ascertained test elements, transforming the first image via the ascertained test transformation, ascertaining a difference image, and ascertaining the test value of the test element based on the difference image such that the test value is a measure for an extension of a frequency distribution of values of pixels of the difference image in a direction of pixel value increase. It further includes determining a minimum test value based on test values encompassed by the test elements and determining the transformation which is the test transformation of a test element including the minimum test value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare GmbH
    Inventors: Oxana Gruenwald, Bernd Schreiber
  • Patent number: 10089720
    Abstract: An apparatus for and a method of correcting an image for an image artifact. An initial image is corrected by an image artifact corrector (190). The so corrected sample correction image is compared with the initial image to obtain information on the corrective action. The corrective action is then adaptively reapplied by a controller (140) to obtain an improved corrected image thereby ensuring previously present artifacts are removed and creation of new artifacts are avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Thomas Koehler, Bernhard Johannes Brendel
  • Patent number: 10074207
    Abstract: A method includes obtaining contrast-enhanced image data having a plurality of voxels, each voxel having an intensity value. The method further includes determining a vesselness value for each voxel. The method further includes determining a hypo-density value for each voxel. The method further includes weighting each of the intensity values by a corresponding vesselness value. The method further includes weighting each of the hypo-density values by the corresponding vesselness value. The method further includes combining the weighted intensity values and the weighted hypo-density values, thereby generating composite image data. The method further includes visually displaying the composite image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Rafael Wiemker, Tobias Klinder, Thomas Buelow
  • Patent number: 10068150
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for OCR detection of valuable documents in a cash dispenser in the case of which an image of the valuable document is detected by means of a digital video or matrix camera. A Hough transformation is used to calculate edge lines of the valuable document and a rotation angle is calculated therefrom such that the edges of the valuable document are aligned with the image edges. The detected image is homogenized to compensate an inhomogeneous image background. This is followed by OCR detection of alphanumeric information on the valuable document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Inventors: Alexander Drichel, Steffen Priesterjahn
  • Patent number: 10043088
    Abstract: For image quality scoring of an image from a medical scanner, a generative model of an expected good quality image may be created using deep machine-learning. The deviation of an input image from the generative model is used as an input feature vector for a discriminative model. The discriminative model may also operate on another input feature vector derived from the input image. Based on these input feature vectors, the discriminative model outputs an image quality score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare GmbH
    Inventors: Benjamin L. Odry, Boris Mailhe, Hasan Ertan Cetingul, Xiao Chen, Mariappan S. Nadar
  • Patent number: 10026184
    Abstract: The disclosure describes a grading method and device for digital image quality. The method comprises: obtaining a digital image and extracting n main body region blocks from the image; calculating a first ratio value of the area of a plurality of main body region blocks to the total area of the image, a second ratio value of the area of background region blocks to the total area of the image, and a normalized distance value from a plurality of the pixel points in the plurality of main body region blocks to a center pixel point of the image; calculating to obtain a quality score value of the image through a preset digital image quality score conversion relation based on the first ratio value, the second ratio value, and the normalized distance value; and grading a quality of image according to a quality score value of the image and a preset digital image quality score threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: ALIBABA GROUP HOLDING LIMITED
    Inventors: Qi Zheng, Yongpan Wang
  • Patent number: 10013779
    Abstract: A computed tomography (CT) imaging apparatus that reduces metal artifacts for digital subtraction angiography by, in circuitry, obtaining mask frames and contrast frames generated during scans of an object; performing a first reconstruction of the mask frames to generate metal volume data; identifying metal voxels in the metal volume data; re-projecting the metal voxels into the mask frames to generate metal-mask frames; defining a region of interest in each of the mask frames, each region of interest including metal regions; re-projecting the contrast frames; blending the mask frames with the re-projected contrast frames; registering the contrast frames with respect to the blended mask frames performing a cross-correlation analysis of the mask frames and the contrast frames, frame-pair-by-frame-pair; subtracting the registered contrast image from the corresponding mask image, frame-pair-by-frame-pair, to generate subtracted frames; and performing a second reconstruction on the subtracted frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Michael D. Silver, Satoru Ohishi, Yu-Bing Chang
  • Patent number: 10007984
    Abstract: A method of quantifying a medical image is disclosed herein. The method of quantifying a medical image includes acquiring regions of interest based on a medical image; filtering the sizes of the acquired regions of interest using length scale analysis; classifying the regions of interest whose sizes have been filtered, according to the sizes of the regions of interest; and visualizing the regions of interest whose sizes have been filtered, so that the regions of interest whose sizes have been filtered are distinguished from each other in the medical image according to the sizes of the regions of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: The Asan Foundation
    Inventors: Min Ho Lee, Nam Kug Kim, Joon Beom Seo
  • Patent number: 9983287
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system and method for estimating a quantity of interest from perfusion data resulting from the acquisition of a plurality of a patient volumes or stations. Such a method may include a step for triggering the output of said quantity of interest in the form of a consolidated map by means of an adapted man-machine interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: OLEA MEDICAL
    Inventors: Fayçal Djeridane, Timothé Boutelier
  • Patent number: 9974442
    Abstract: An apparatus for processing volumetric image data to identify vessel regions having a predetermined condition, comprises a measurement unit for measuring at least one vessel parameter, a reference identification unit for obtaining data representing a branch-free vessel and identifying at least one reference section of the branch-free vessel, a calculation unit for calculating an expected value of the parameter in a further section of the branch-free vessel based on at least one measured value of the parameter in the at least one reference section, and a region identification unit for identifying a region of the vessel having the predetermined condition in dependence on both the expected value of the parameter in the further section and a measured value of the parameter in the further section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Costas Plakas, Brian Mohr, Saad Masood
  • Patent number: 9977109
    Abstract: Provided is a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignees: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD., INDUSTRY-ACADEMIC COOPERATION FOUNDATION, YONSEI UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Young-woon Lee, Jin-seong Jang, Do-sik Hwang, Tae-joon Eo, Hae-kyung Jung, Dong-hyun Kim, Min-oh Kim, Na-rae Choi, Dong-yeob Han
  • Patent number: 9972310
    Abstract: A system and method are presented for neural network based feature extraction for acoustic model development. A neural network may be used to extract acoustic features from raw MFCCs or the spectrum, which are then used for training acoustic models for speech recognition systems. Feature extraction may be performed by optimizing a cost function used in linear discriminant analysis. General non-linear functions generated by the neural network are used for feature extraction. The transformation may be performed using a cost function from linear discriminant analysis methods which perform linear operations on the MFCCs and generate lower dimensional features for speech recognition. The extracted acoustic features may then be used for training acoustic models for speech recognition systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Interactive Intelligence Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Srinath Cheluvaraja, Ananth Nagaraja Iyer
  • Patent number: 9934602
    Abstract: Systems and methods for implementing a voxel 3D modeling technique in client server systems, e.g., using a web browser as the main user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Happy L-Lord AB
    Inventor: Robert O'Leary
  • Patent number: 9888969
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are described including designating within an image of blood vessels of a subject, a target portion of the blood vessels. In response to a first input from a user that designates a single point on the image, a first location within the blood vessels in a vicinity of the designated point is designated. In response to second and third inputs from the user, proximal and distal locations within the target portion are designated. The target portion is designated such that the target portion passes from the proximal location of the target portion to the distal location of the target portion, and such that the target portion includes the first location. Quantitative vessel analysis is performed on the target portion of the blood vessels, and an output is generated based upon the quantitative vessel analysis. Other applications are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: SYNC-RX LTD.
    Inventors: Ran Cohen, Eldad Klaiman, Alexander Steinberg, Yoav Stein, Sagiv Philipp, David Tolkowsky
  • Patent number: 9886755
    Abstract: An image processing device includes an acquiring unit configured to acquire a medical video image obtained by imaging of lungs, a holding unit configured to hold a lung field motion model, the lung field motion model simulating lung field motion, and a processing unit configured to process the medical video image by using the lung field motion model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Koichi Fujiwara, Osamu Toyama, Hiroshi Yamato, Kenta Shimamura
  • Patent number: 9858681
    Abstract: A method for obtaining object surface topology in which image frames of a scene (e.g., video frames from a user passing a smartphone camera over an object) are transformed into dense feature vectors, and feature vectors are correlated to obtain high precision depth maps. Six dimensional pose is determined from the video sequence, and then used to register patches of pixels from the frames. Registered patches are aligned and then correlated to local shifts. These local shifts are converted to precision depth maps, which are used to characterize surface detail of an object. Feature vector transforms are leveraged in a signal processing method comprising several levels of interacting loops. At a first loop level, a structure from motion loop process extracts anchor features from image frames. At another level, an interacting loop process extracts surface texture, as noted. At additional levels, object forms are segmented from the images, and objects are counted and/or measured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventor: Geoffrey B. Rhoads
  • Patent number: 9846214
    Abstract: Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) systems and methods to effect improved MR image reconstruction for undersampled data acquisitions are described. The improved MR image reconstruction is performed by iteratively using compressed sensing to reconstruct an MR image based upon at least one sensitivity map by minimizing a predetermined function which is based upon the MR image and coefficients of the at least one sensitivity map, and updating the at least one sensitivity map by minimizing the predetermined function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: TOSHIBA MEDICAL SYSTEMS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yihang Zhou, Aiming Lu, Mitsue Miyazaki
  • Patent number: 9833212
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an image processing device includes processing circuitry. The processing circuitry acquires a plurality of first image data indicating a plurality of time-sequential bloodstream images obtained after administering contrast agent to an object, and sets a target region on second image data. The second image data are generated based on the plurality of the first image data so as to indicate information on temporal change of pixel values of each pixel. Further, the processing circuitry selects a reproduction section by selecting at least reproduction-start image data and reproduction-end image data from the plurality of first image data based on bloodstream information of the target region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Ryoichi Nagae, Satoru Ohishi, Yuichiro Watanabe
  • Patent number: 9824503
    Abstract: A system and method for obtaining a composite image by combining multiple sub-images are provided. In some embodiments, the method may include retrieving overlapping images corresponding to sub-images including 3D volume data, generating two-dimensional (2D) projection images and pixel maps based on the overlapping images, performing one or more registrations based on the 2D projection images and the pixel maps, calibrating the sub-images based on the results of the registration(s), and fusing the sub-images to produce a composite image. In some embodiments, the method may include setting a plurality of parameters relating to an X-radiation source or a radiation detector based on a preliminary number of exposures and a preliminary exposure region, controlling, based on at least one of the plurality of parameters, a motion of the X-radiation source or a motion of the radiation detector to capture a plurality of sub-images, and combining the plurality of sub-images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: SHANGHAI UNITED IMAGING HEALTHCARE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wenjun Yu, Xiangcui Jin, Yang Hu, Haifeng Xiao, Hongwei Chen, Wei Wang
  • Patent number: 9814431
    Abstract: The present invention, in one form, is a method for deriving respiratory gated PET image reconstruction from raw PET data. In reconstructing the respiratory gated images in accordance with the present invention, respiratory motion information derived from individual voxel signal fluctuations, is used in combination to create usable respiratory phase information. Employing this method allows the respiratory gated PET images to be reconstructed from PET data without the use of external hardware, and in a fully automated manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
    Inventor: Adam L. Kesner
  • Patent number: 9779510
    Abstract: A medical image processing apparatus according to an embodiment includes an estimation circuitry and a tracking circuitry. The estimation circuitry is configured to estimate the activity of the myocardium across a plurality of images at different time phases from a group of images where a plurality of images containing a myocardium are chronologically arranged. The tracking circuitry is configured to set a search range for tracking the myocardium in the group according to the activity of the myocardium and perform the tracking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Hong Yang, Yanhua Wang, Minfeng Xu, Bing Han
  • Patent number: 9770303
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for predicting coronary plaque vulnerability, using a computer system. One method includes acquiring anatomical image data of at least part of the patient's vascular system; performing, using a processor, one or more image characteristics analysis, geometrical analysis, computational fluid dynamics analysis, and structural mechanics analysis on the anatomical image data; predicting, using the processor, a coronary plaque vulnerability present in the patient's vascular system, wherein predicting the coronary plaque vulnerability includes calculating an adverse plaque characteristic based on results of the one or more of image characteristics analysis, geometrical analysis, computational fluid dynamics analysis, and structural mechanics analysis of the anatomical image data; and reporting, using the processor, the calculated adverse plaque characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: HeartFlow, Inc.
    Inventors: Gilwoo Choi, Leo Grady, Michiel Schaap, Charles A. Taylor
  • Patent number: 9773187
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for OCR detection of valuable documents in a cash dispenser in the case of which an image of the valuable document is detected by means of a digital video or matrix camera. A Hough transformation is used to calculate edge lines of the valuable document and a rotation angle is calculated therefrom such that the edges of the valuable document are aligned with the image edges. The detected image is homogenized to compensate an inhomogeneous image background. This is followed by OCR detection of alphanumeric information on the valuable document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Wincor Nixdorf Intenational GmbH
    Inventors: Alexander Drichel, Steffen Priesterjahn
  • Patent number: 9754390
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for data reconstruction. In accordance with one aspect, data interpolation is performed on a time-varying three-dimensional (3D) image dataset of one or more vessel-like structures to generate at least one interpolated voxel value. The interpolated voxel value is used to correct at least one value of a vessel voxel representing the one or more vessel-like structures in the time-varying 3D dataset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare GmbH
    Inventors: Benno Heigl, Markus Kowarschik, Christopher Rohkohl, Kevin Royalty, Sebastian Schafer, Jurgen Endres
  • Patent number: 9741124
    Abstract: A method, medical imaging workstation (1000) and hybrid medical imaging scanner (1100) are provided for defining a region of interest (RoI) for display on at least two medical scan images. When displaying a first medical scan image (740), input data defining a RoI on the image is captured, and stored as at least a first region representation (760). The RoI is displayed on a second medical scan image (750), based on the first region representation (760). Changes to the RoI on the second medical scan image (750) are used to update the first region representation (760). There may be separate region representations (760, 770) associated with each of several medical scan images. The invention may improve the definition of a region of interest, by allowing editing on each of multiple image displays (820, 830, 880) to feed through to all medical scan images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Miranda Medical Limited
    Inventors: Mark Gooding, Timor Kadir, David Mccabe
  • Patent number: 9696266
    Abstract: A nondestructive inspection device 1 comprises an X-ray indicator 20, a low-energy detector 32, a high-energy detector 42, a low-energy transmittance calculation unit 72, a high-energy transmittance calculation unit 74, a detection unit 76, and a correction unit 78. The calculation unit 72 calculates a value indicating the transmittance of transmission X-rays in a low energy range. The calculation unit 74 calculates a value indicating the transmittance of transmission X-rays in a high energy range. The detection unit 76 detects a positional deviation detail of the X-ray indicator 20 according to a ratio between the transmittances calculated by both of the calculation units 72, 74. When the positional deviation detail of the X-ray indicator 20 is detected by the detection unit 76, according to the positional deviation detail, the correction unit 78 corrects X-ray luminance data detected by the detectors 32, 42.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: HAMAMATSU PHOTONICS K.K.
    Inventor: Toshiyasu Suyama
  • Patent number: 9679389
    Abstract: A method of analyzing structure of a network of vessels in a medical image, comprising: receiving the medical image depicting the network of vessels; obtaining a mask of the network of vessels in the image; and generating a non-forest graph mapping a plurality of paths of vessels in the network to directed paths in the graph, with each edge in the graph either directed to indicate a known direction of flow in the corresponding vessel, or undirected to indicate a lack of knowledge of direction of flow in the corresponding vessel, and with all directed edges in a path directed in a same direction as the path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Algotec Systems Ltd.
    Inventors: Yaron Ostrovsky-Berman, Hadar Porat, Tiferet A. Gazit, Oranit Dror
  • Patent number: 9672612
    Abstract: An image processing device classifies a region of interest included in an image into multiple classification items. The image processing device has: an initial region detector that detects at least part of the region of interest and sets the part as an initial region; an expansion region detector that detects an expansion region by expanding the initial region; and a region determining unit that calculates feature data of the initial region and the expansion region, and determines, based on the feature data, to which of the multiple classification items the region of interest belongs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masashi Hirota, Yamato Kanda, Makoto Kitamura, Takehiro Matsuda, Takashi Kono
  • Patent number: 9646419
    Abstract: Aspects provide for notifications of image recognition analysis matches to streamed image data on augmented reality device displays. Data identifies one or more visual appearance attributes of a target object that are discernible within image data acquired by a camera. Image data captured by a camera is analyzed to determine an occurrence of the visual appearance attribute(s) within a stream of images of captured image data. In response to the analyzing determining an occurrence of the visual appearance attribute(s) within the stream of captured images, the method drives a display screen of the augmented reality device to distinguish a possible location of the target object within surroundings of a user of the augmented reality display device that are displayed to the user by the display screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: James E. Bostick, John M. Ganci, Jr., Sarbajit K. Rakshit, Craig M. Trim
  • Patent number: 9636183
    Abstract: A system and a method are disclosed that allow for generation of a model or reconstruction of a model of a subject based upon acquired image data. The image data can be acquired in a substantially mobile system that can be moved relative to a subject to allow for image acquisition from a plurality of orientations relative to the subject. The plurality of orientations can include a first and final orientation and a predetermined path along which an image data collector or detector can move to acquire an appropriate image data set to allow for the model of construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Medtronic Navigation, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick A. Helm, Shuanghe Shi
  • Patent number: 9633285
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a first correction unit configured to obtain a measurement value of a correction amount based on a detection result by a detection unit, and correct an image forming condition based on the measurement value; a second correction unit configured to obtain a variation value by a prediction calculation at a predetermined timing, obtain a prediction value by accumulating the variation value since the first correction unit performed the correction, and correct the image forming condition based on the prediction value, the variation value being a estimated value of the correction amount; and a determination unit configured to obtain an evaluation value related to a prediction error based on the variation value since the first correction unit performed the correction, and determine, based on the evaluation value, the correction timing by the first correction unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takashi Yano
  • Patent number: 9595088
    Abstract: An apparatus for visualizing medical image data comprises a data processing unit for obtaining first image data representing a first medical image, second image data representing a second medical image, and subtraction image data representing a subtraction image, wherein the subtraction image data is generated by subtracting one of the first medical image data and the second medical image data from the other of the first medical image data and the second medical image data, and the apparatus further comprises a feature identification unit for processing the first image data representing the first medical image to identify a feature, and a rendering unit for rendering a combined image comprising an overlay of the identified feature from the first medical image data and one of the subtraction image and the second medical image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: TOSHIBA MEDICAL SYSTEMS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Brian Mohr, Marco Razeto
  • Patent number: 9582940
    Abstract: A system and method for obtaining a composite image by combining multiple sub-images are provided. In some embodiments, the method may include retrieving overlapping images corresponding to sub-images including 3D volume data, generating two-dimensional (2D) projection images and pixel maps based on the overlapping images, performing one or more registrations based on the 2D projection images and the pixel maps, calibrating the sub-images based on the results of the registration(s), and fusing the sub-images to produce a composite image. In some embodiments, the method may include setting a plurality of parameters relating to an X-radiation source or a radiation detector based on a preliminary number of exposures and a preliminary exposure region, controlling, based on at least one of the plurality of parameters, a motion of the X-radiation source or a motion of the radiation detector to capture a plurality of sub-images, and combining the plurality of sub-images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: SHANGHAI UNITED IMAGING HEALTHCARE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wenjun Yu, Xiangcui Jin, Yang Hu, Haifeng Xiao, Hongwei Chen, Wei Wang
  • Patent number: 9530203
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus according to an embodiment includes a lung field region extracting unit, a lung field bottom region extracting unit, and a detecting unit. The lung field region extracting unit is configured to extract, based on pixel values of pixels constituting a three-dimensional medical image capturing a chest of a subject, a lung field region from the three-dimensional medical image. The lung field bottom region extracting unit is configured to extract a lung field bottom region from the lung field region. The detecting unit is configured to detect a vertex position of the lung field bottom region on the head side of the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Tatsuya Kimoto
  • Patent number: 9521985
    Abstract: A method for automatically detecting the presence of a contrast agent in an x-ray image includes acquiring a preliminary x-ray image. A background image is estimated. The contrast agent is administered. A plurality of image frames is acquired. The background image is subtracted from each image frame. An image having a highest image intensity is selected. A predefined shape model is fitted to the selected image using a semi-global optimization strategy. The fitting of the shape model is used to fit the shape model to each of the subtracted images. A feature value is calculated for each image frame based on pixel intensities of each pixel fitted to the shape model for the corresponding subtracted image. An image frame of peak contrast is determined by selecting the image frame with the greatest feature value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare GmbH
    Inventors: Rui Liao, Yinxiao Liu, Xudong Lv
  • Patent number: 9524550
    Abstract: A method and system for extracting coronary vessels fluoroscopic image sequences using coronary digital subtraction angiography (DSA) are disclosed. A set of mask images of a coronary region is received, and a sequence of contrast images for the coronary region is received. For each contrast image, a motion estimate is calculated between each of the mask images and a background region of the contrast image and a covariance is calculated for each motion estimate. Multiple background layer predictions are generated by generating a background layer prediction for each mask image based on the calculated motion estimate and covariance. The multiple background layer estimates are combined using statistical fusion to generate a final estimated background layer. The final estimated background layer is subtracted from the contrast image to extract a coronary vessel layer for the contrast image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare GmbH
    Inventors: Ying Zhu, Simone Prummer, Peng Wang, Terrence Chen, Martin Ostermeier, Dorin Comaniciu
  • Patent number: 9491443
    Abstract: An image display method and an image display apparatus to solve the three-dimensional cueing confliction problem of the maximum intensity projection in the stereoscopic display method, while enabling users to select and render with emphasis the maximum intensity projection of the objects of interest, so that to realize the stereoscopic display. A three-dimensional surface which has equal distance to a sight-point is utilized as a reference surface, and the distances from all of the local maximum intensity points to this reference surface are calculated, then a weighting factor of each local maximum intensity point is calculated according to the distances and predetermined weighting function. After, the values of local maximum intensity points are adjusted according to the obtained weighting factors, and finally, the maximum intensity projection value is produced by synthesizing all of the adjusted values of the local maximum intensity points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Michio Oikawa, Hanae Yoshida, Tomohiro Nagao, Jiangtao Gao, Yingjie Han, Xingdong Sheng
  • Patent number: 9463073
    Abstract: A method is described for determining brain shift, such as the brain shift that occurs following a neurosurgical intervention. The method includes taking a first image of the brain of a subject, the first image showing the position of blood vessels in the brain relative to a reference position. A second image of the brain that has been acquired following an intervention on the subject is also taken. This second image has been acquired using computed tomography imaging apparatus. The second image shows the position of blood vessels in the brain relative to the reference position. Brain shift is then determined from the shift in position of the blood vessels in at least one region of interest of the brain, with respect to the reference position, between the first and second images. Corresponding apparatus is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: RENISHAW (IRELAND) LIMITED
    Inventors: Steven Streatfield Gill, Jian-Kun Shen
  • Patent number: 9445777
    Abstract: A structure extraction element obtains three-dimensional structure extraction data by extracting a tubular structure from volume data obtained by imaging a predetermined subject. A relating element relates positions on paths of a two-dimensional template representing a schematic diagram of a three-dimensionally branching tubular structure obtained by imaging a predetermined subject and positions on paths of the three-dimensional structure extraction data to each other. A projection image generation element generates a two-dimensional projection image by projecting voxel values of the tubular structure that is present on the paths of the three-dimensional structure extraction data onto corresponding positions on the paths of the two-dimensional template.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshiro Kitamura
  • Patent number: 9443330
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for data reconstruction. In accordance with one aspect, data interpolation is performed on a time-varying three-dimensional (3D) image dataset of one or more vessel-like structures to generate at least one interpolated voxel value. The interpolated voxel value is used to correct at least one value of a vessel voxel representing the one or more vessel-like structures in the time-varying 3D dataset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignees: Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc., Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Benno Heigl, Markus Kowarschik, Christopher Rohkohl, Kevin Royalty, Sebastian Schafer, Jurgen Endres
  • Patent number: 9430745
    Abstract: In a Workflow Management System with a workflow having a sequence of activities of an underlying business process, logical wait situations occur when a given activity depends upon completion of a prerequisite preparation activity. A method for decreasing the resulting run-time delays includes: identifying a primary activity and an associated preparation activity required to be done before executing the primary activity; navigating through the process template of the underlying workflow and calculating the probability at a node of the process template that the primary activity will be reached for a current process instance; and pre-executing the preparation activity in parallel to the activity sequence if the probability exceeds a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Frank Leymann, Simon Moser, Friedemann Schwenkreis