X-ray Film Analysis (e.g., Radiography) Patents (Class 382/132)
  • Patent number: 11120565
    Abstract: An image registration method, an image registration device, and a storage medium. The image registration method includes: causing a display device to display at least one spot array; obtaining a feature image, and performing a feature-based image registration operation on the feature image to obtain at least one transformed image; and obtaining a mapping model based on the at least one transformed image. The feature image is an image which is shown on the display device and displays the at least one spot array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignees: BEIJING BOE OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD., BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yunqi Wang, Huidong He, Minglei Chu, Lili Chen, Hao Zhang
  • Patent number: 11109827
    Abstract: An X-ray imaging apparatus includes a table, an imager configured to capture a plurality of X-ray images, a rotating mechanism, a moving mechanism, and an image processor. The image processor is configured to generate a long image by performing processing of varying magnifications of the plurality of X-ray images based on an amount of relative movement of the table and the imager and splicing the plurality of X-ray images when imaging is performed at a plurality of imaging positions in a state in which an optical axis of X-rays radiated from an X-ray irradiator is inclined with respect to the table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Shimadzu Corporation
    Inventors: Koki Yoshida, Hidetaka Takezawa, Shohei Okubo
  • Patent number: 11096602
    Abstract: Methods and systems for characterizing tissue of a subject include acquiring and receiving data for a plurality of time series of fluorescence images, identifying one or more attributes of the data relevant to a clinical characterization of the tissue, and categorizing the data into clusters based on the attributes such that the data in the same cluster are more similar to each other than the data in different clusters, wherein the clusters characterize the tissue. The methods and systems further include receiving data for a subject time series of fluorescence images, associating a respective cluster with each of a plurality of subregions in the subject time series of fluorescence images, and generating a subject spatial map based on the clusters for the plurality of subregions in the subject time series of fluorescence images. The generated spatial maps may then be used as input for tissue diagnostics using supervised machine learning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Stryker European Operations Limited
    Inventors: Lina Gurevich, Lori Ann Swalm
  • Patent number: 11096649
    Abstract: With regard to a setting reference for X-ray irradiation range and image generation range, which differs by hospital or technician, a structure to automatically set a desired X-ray irradiation range and an image generation range infallibly, is provided. In an X-ray CT apparatus, a scan range automatic setting unit extracts an inspection target as an arbitrary body part designated by an operator before inspection from a positioning image, and generates an extraction region range including it. The operator sets an arbitrary margin value by line operation or numerical input using a GUI with respect to the extraction region range (S104). The scan range automatic setting unit generates and stores a range setting pattern in which the inspection target and the margin value are made to correspond to each other (S105), and links the range setting pattern to an inspection protocol (S106).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: HITACHI, LTD.
    Inventor: Kazuma Takemoto
  • Patent number: 11090017
    Abstract: Methods and systems for medical imaging including synthesizing virtual projections from acquired real projections and generating reconstruction models and images based on the synthesized virtual projections and acquired real projections. For example, first x-ray imaging data is generated from a detected first x-ray emission at a first angular location and second x-ray imaging data is generated from a detected second x-ray emission at a second angular location. Based on at least the first x-ray imaging data and the second x-ray imaging data, third x-ray imaging data for a third angular location relative to the breast may be synthesized. An image of the breast may be displayed or generated from the third x-ray imaging data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Hologic, Inc.
    Inventors: Yiheng Zhang, Zhenxue Jing, Christopher Ruth
  • Patent number: 11087124
    Abstract: Systems and methods for identifying fields in an electronic document using classification and scale invariant template matching. The method includes receiving an electronic document having fields and processing the electronic document into digital pages. The method also includes determining, for each of the digital pages, a corresponding document type. The method further includes identifying at least one of the digital pages containing a structured field based on the document type. The method also includes extracting a structured template from a database corresponding to the document type and identifying an optimal match between the structured field and the structured template using scale invariant template matching. The method further includes determining, in response to identifying the optimal match, coordinates corresponding to the structured field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: FMR LLC
    Inventors: Tarang Mehrotra, Abhishek Vasant Asole, Geetha Janardhanan, Ranganath P. Kashyap
  • Patent number: 11087463
    Abstract: A computer-implemented image analysis method and system. The method comprises: quantifying one or more features segmented and identified from a medical image of a subject; extracting clinically relevant features from non-image data pertaining to the subject; assessing the features segmented from the medical image and the features extracted from the non-image data with a trained machine learning model; and outputting one or more results of the assessing of the features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: STRAXCORP PTY. LTD.
    Inventor: Yu Peng
  • Patent number: 11087119
    Abstract: A method for facial analytics includes capturing a series of images of individuals from a camera into a circular buffer and selecting a plurality of images from the buffer for analysis in response to a trigger event, wherein the plurality of images are chronologically proximate before and/or after the trigger event in time. The method includes analyzing the plurality of images to determine image quality and selecting one of the plurality of images based on image quality to form a cropped facial image most likely to result in positive facial recognition matching. Methods of signaling to control the pedestrian traffic flow can maximize the individuals' facial alignment to the capturing camera's field of view. Non-relevant facial images associated with individuals outside a given region of interest can be discarded. Facial recognition is run on the resultant cropped facial image. Output can be displayed with information from the facial recognition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Gatekeeper Security, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Nazemi, Christopher A. Millar, Robert Rozploch
  • Patent number: 11083423
    Abstract: A detection unit of a CPU of a console detects the position of an electronic cassette and the position of an irradiation field on the basis of a camera image output from a camera that is attached to an X-ray source and captures an image of at least the electronic cassette. The image processing unit performs image processing for an X-ray image detected by the electronic cassette on the basis of information of the position of the electronic cassette and information of the position of the irradiation field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Masato Hattori, Ryo Imamura
  • Patent number: 11087464
    Abstract: A system and method is provided for creating motion-adjusted or motion-compensated images of a patient to guide an interventional medical procedure. The method includes displaying a static roadmap and a plurality of dynamic images to show the interventional medical device aligned on the static roadmap using a motion transformation. Alignment of the interventional medical device on the static roadmap is based on a user selection of one of motion compensation of the interventional medical device relative to the static roadmap to produce a plurality of images that do not show patient motion or motion adjustment of the static roadmap relative to the interventional medical device to produce a plurality of images that show patient motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: WISCONSIN ALUMNI RESEARCH FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Martin Gerd Wagner, Paul Francis Laeseke
  • Patent number: 11080852
    Abstract: The present invention seeks to provide a method of analyzing medical image, the method comprises receiving a medical image; applying a model stored in a memory; analyzing the medical image based on the model; determining the medical image including a presence of fracture; and, transmitting an indication indicative of the determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Inventors: Chien-Hung Liao, Chi-Tung Cheng, Tsung-Ying Ho, Tao-Yi Lee, Ching-Cheng Chou
  • Patent number: 11058387
    Abstract: A radiographic apparatus, comprises a generating unit that generates a composite image using a plurality of radiographic images that have been obtained by a plurality of radiation detecting apparatuses through single radiation irradiation by a radiation generating unit, a determining unit that determines a region to be analyzed so as to eliminate an overlap in an overlapping portion arising from a spatial placement of the plurality of radiation detecting apparatuses, and an obtaining unit that obtains an area dose for the composite image by obtaining an area dose for the region to be analyzed determined by the determining unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yusuke Niibe
  • Patent number: 11058383
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus for the detection of opacities in X-ray images. It is described to provide (210) an analysis X-ray image of a region of interest of an analyzed body part. A model of a normal region of interest is provided (220), wherein the model is based on a plurality of X-ray images of the region of interest. At least one abnormality is detected (230) in the region of interest of the analyzed body part, the detection comprising comparing the analysis X-ray image of the region of interest and the model of the normal region of interest. Information is output (240) on the at least one abnormality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Jens Von Berg, Stewart Young, Daniel Bystrov, Nataly Wieberneit
  • Patent number: 11058381
    Abstract: A method is for operating an x-ray device for recording a series of images, in particular for fluoroscopic monitoring of a recording region of a patient. The method includes acquiring fluoroscopy images of a patient with a recording rate and a recording dose; and displaying the fluoroscopy images acquired to a user on a display device at a frame rate. The recording dose is selected automatically as a function of a change in image contents between consecutive fluoroscopy images acquired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: SIEMENS HEALTHCARE GMBH
    Inventor: Sven-Martin Sutter
  • Patent number: 11051778
    Abstract: This X-ray fluoroscopic imaging apparatus is provided with an image processing unit that corrects magnification of a plurality of X-ray images based on first height information and generates a first long image by stitching the images together. The image processing unit is configured to generate a second long image in which the magnification of the plurality of X-ray images is corrected based on second height information upon acceptance of an input of second height information after generating the first long image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Shimadzu
    Inventor: Fumiaki Tanaka
  • Patent number: 11051776
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for displaying image information, the device comprising: a detection unit (10), which is configured to identify a plurality of admissible display orientations of multiple data sets; a restriction unit (20), which is configured to restrict the plurality of admissible display orientations of at least one of the multiple data sets to a set of admissible display orientations in common for all the multiple data sets; and/or to restrict a plurality of admissible scrolling directions of at least one of the multiple data sets to a set of admissible scrolling directions that are normal to the restricted admissible display orientations; and a display unit (30), which is configured to display the multiple data sets using the set of the restricted display orientations and/or the set of restricted scrolling directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Stéphane Allaire, Alexandra Groth, Juergen Weese
  • Patent number: 11049244
    Abstract: Computed tomography (CT) screening, diagnosis, or another image analysis tasks are performed using one or more networks and/or algorithms to either integrate complementary tomographic image reconstructions and radiomics or map tomographic raw data directly to diagnostic findings in the machine learning framework. One or more reconstruction networks are trained to reconstruct tomographic images from a training set of CT projection data. One or more radiomics networks are trained to extract features from the tomographic images and associated training diagnostic data. The networks/algorithms are integrated into an end-to-end network and trained. A set of tomographic data, e.g., CT projection data, and other relevant information from an individual is input to the end-to-end network, and a potential diagnosis for the individual based on the features extracted by the end-to-end network is produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    Inventors: Ge Wang, Mannudeep Kalra, Juergen Hahn, Uwe Kruger, Wenxiang Cong, Hongming Shan
  • Patent number: 11045162
    Abstract: An imaging system includes an x-ray assembly having one or more x-ray sources configured to be energized at multiple positions. A control program energizes the one or more x-ray sources in a programmed sequence and controls the timing of the sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Carestream Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Xiaohui Wang, David H. Foos, Michael D. Heath, Richard A. Simon, Eliot L. Siegel
  • Patent number: 11049606
    Abstract: A system and a method for training and utilizing deep convolutional neural networks to perform diagnostic and image enhancement operations on images of dentition uses digital images and other auxiliary parameters as inputs for a convolutional neural network. The neural network can output a tooth segmentation map, tooth identifiers, a probability map indicating the presence of caries, cavities or other dental anomalies/conditions, and recommended parameters for use in image enhancement algorithms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: SOTA PRECISION OPTICS, INC.
    Inventor: Dustin Johnson
  • Patent number: 11049227
    Abstract: The disclosure features methods and systems that include: obtaining an input image of an imaging subject, where the input image is a color image featuring, in each of multiple color channels, a first set of pixel intensity values; for each one of the multiple color channels, determining a measured contrast value and a measured brightness value from the first set of pixel intensity values for the color channel, determining a contrast ratio for the color channel based on a target contrast value for the color channel and the measured contrast value for the color channel, and generating a second set of pixel intensity values for the color channel; and generating an output image of the imaging subject based on the second sets of pixel intensity values for each of the multiple color channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary
    Inventors: Edem Tsikata, Teresa C. Chen, Ines Maria de Carvalho Lains, Deeba Husain, John Miller
  • Patent number: 11042732
    Abstract: Identifying a local coordinate system is described for gesture recognition. In one example, a method includes receiving a gesture from a user across a horizontal axis at a depth camera, determining a horizontal vector for the user based on the received user gesture, determining a vertical vector; and determining a rotation matrix to convert positions of user gestures received by the camera to a frame of reference of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Alon Lerner, Maoz Madmony
  • Patent number: 11039096
    Abstract: In an aspect, an image processing device includes: first specification means for specifying an abnormal pixel from a plurality of pixels according to a first method; and second specification means for specifying an abnormal pixel, from the plurality of pixels excluding the abnormal pixel specified by the first specification means, according to a second method different from the first method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Chenhui Huang
  • Patent number: 11029207
    Abstract: An integrated circuit for an imaging system is disclosed. In one aspect, an integrated circuit has an array of optical sensors, an array of optical filters integrated with the sensors and configured to pass a band of wavelengths onto one or more of the sensors, and read out circuitry to read out pixel values from the sensors to represent an image. Different ones of the optical filters are configured to have a different thickness, to pass different bands of wavelengths by means of interference, and to allow detection of a spectrum of wavelengths. The read out circuitry can enable multiple pixels under one optical filter to be read out in parallel. The thicknesses may vary non-monotonically across the array. The read out, or later image processing, may involve selection or interpolation between wavelengths, to carry out spectral sampling or shifting, to compensate for thickness errors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: IMEC
    Inventors: Nicolaas Tack, Andy Lambrechts, Luc Haspeslagh
  • Patent number: 11030726
    Abstract: A method including selecting, in a server, a first image portion from an image is provided. The method also includes identifying one or more known similar images associated with the first image portion, and determining a first score for enhancing the first image portion based on the known similar image(s). The method includes increasing a pixel resolution in the first image portion according to the scale to form an enhanced image portion. The method also includes identifying a synthetic value for the enhanced image portion and storing the enhanced image portion in a database when the synthetic value is below a tolerance value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Shutterstock, Inc.
    Inventor: Bryan Michael Minor
  • Patent number: 11024017
    Abstract: A system and methods is provided for performing, by a processor, an initial tone mapping function on a first image to produce a second image. The first and second images are of different dynamic ranges. The method also includes applying, by the processor, a second tone mapping function to the second image when it contains any saturated portions. The second tone mapping function lowers luminance by a first fraction. The overall luminance of the second image is also determined and a fine tuning filter is applied when at least portions of said second image contain areas darker than an amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: INTERDIGITAL VC HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Francois Cellier, Patrick Lopez, Yannick Olivier, David Touze
  • Patent number: 11023765
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for providing additional information for region of interest. The apparatus includes a region of interest extractor configured to extract regions of interest from a first medical image and at least one second medical image, a region of interest merger configured to merge a region of interest of the at least one second medical image into the first medical image, an additional information determiner configured to determine additional information required for each region of interest, and an additional information provider configured to provide the determined additional information for the each region of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chon Hee Lee, Yeong Kyeong Seong
  • Patent number: 11017555
    Abstract: An image processing device capable of high-accuracy foreign object inspection is provided. The image processing device include a background value setting section configured to (i) obtain a value for use as a background value on a basis of a first pixel value of at least one reference pixel present in the vicinity of a target pixel and having a predetermined positional relationship with the target pixel, and (ii) set the background value of the target pixel to the value obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: SUMITOMO CHEMICAL COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventor: Koji Kashu
  • Patent number: 11017584
    Abstract: A method is for visualizing an image data set, the image data set displaying a three-dimensional arrangement including at least a first object and a second object. The method includes providing a three dimensional image data set including first voxels assigned to the first object and second voxels assigned to the second object; identifying first voxels of the three-dimensional image data set; determining a set of parameters for volume rendering, the set of parameters determined including a subset of parameters and a focusing parameter; identifying primary rays impacting on the first object and identifying secondary rays missing the first object; and performing the volume rendering using the subset of parameters determined, for visualizing the first object and the second object. The focusing parameter used for the primary rays in the volume rendering is different from the focusing parameter used for the secondary rays in the volume rendering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: SIEMENS HEALTHCARE GMBH
    Inventors: Johannes Binder, Klaus Engel
  • Patent number: 11010897
    Abstract: A method is for producing an identification unit for identifying image artifacts automatically. In an embodiment, the method includes providing a learning processing apparatus; providing an initial identification unit; providing a first image data library including artifact reference acquisitions containing image artifacts; and training the identification unit using the image artifacts. An identification method is for identifying image artifacts automatically in an image acquisition. In an embodiment, the identification method includes: providing a trained identification unit; providing an image acquisition produced via a medical imaging system; inspecting the image acquisition for image artifacts by the identification unit; and labeling the ascertained image artifacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: SIEMENS HEALTHCARE GMBH
    Inventors: Thomas Flohr, Bernhard Schmidt
  • Patent number: 11011100
    Abstract: A LED controller for an LED pixel array includes a switch K1 activated in response to a row and column select signal; a switch K2 activated in response to a pulse width modulation duty cycle; and a switch K3 providing a current source from Vbias. Pixel activation is determined at least in part by state of switch K1 and K2. In operation, the LED pixel in the LED pixel array is selected by switch K1 and a fault determination for the LED pixel is made based on determined Vf on a Vf bus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Lumileds LLC
    Inventor: Ronald Bonne
  • Patent number: 10998096
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for enabling a user to annotate a medical image. A collection of key-value pairs is provided, in which a key represents an image-observable quantity and a value represents the value of the image-observable quantity. A collection of structured finding objects is provided, wherein each structured finding object represents a set of key-value pairs, each set of key-value pairs representing a different annotation of the medical image. The user is enabled to select one or more of the collection of key-value pairs, thereby obtaining a user-selected structured finding object which represents a preliminary annotation of the medical image by the user. At least one recommended structured finding object is selected by using the user-selected structured finding object as input to a probabilistic recommendation algorithm. Feedback is provided to the user on the basis of the recommended structured finding object. The annotation is well suited for, e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignees: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V., THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO
    Inventors: Merlijn Sevenster, Gabriel Ryan Mankovich, Paul Joseph Chang
  • Patent number: 10997453
    Abstract: While a user holds a camera positioned relative to an object, a first image of the object and a second image of the object, as captured by the camera, may be obtained. Intensity variations between a first intensity map of the first image and a combination intensity map obtained from the first intensity map and a second intensity map of the second image may be compared. Then, a shadow may be identified within the first image, based on the intensity variations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: ADOBE INC.
    Inventors: Prasenjit Mondal, Anuj Shara, Ankit Bal
  • Patent number: 10993103
    Abstract: In positron emission tomography (PET) imaging, PET imaging data (22) having TOF localization is reconstructed. TOF image reconstruction (30) is performed on the PET imaging data to produce a TOF reconstructed image (32). The TOF image reconstruction utilizes the TOF localization of the PET imaging data. Non-TOF image reconstruction (40) is also performed on the PET imaging data to produce a non-TOF reconstructed image (42). The non-TOF image reconstruction does not utilize the TOF localization of the PET imaging data. A comparison image (50) is computed which is indicative of differences between the TOF reconstructed image and the non TOF reconstructed image. An adjustment (54) is determined for the TOF image reconstruction based on the comparison image, such as alignment correction of an attenuation map (18), and the TOF image reconstruction is repeated on the PET imaging data with the determined adjustment to produce an adjusted TOF reconstructed image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Chuanyong Bai, Andriy Andreyev, Bin Zhang, Xiyun Song, Jinghan Ye, Zhiqiang Hu
  • Patent number: 10991093
    Abstract: In accordance with some embodiments, systems, methods and media for generating a bone age assessment. In some embodiments, a method comprises: receiving an x-ray image of a subject's left hand and wrist; converting the image to a predetermined size; identifying, without user intervention, a first portion of the image corresponding to the hand and wrist; processing the first portion of the image to increase contrast between bones and non-bones to generate a processed image; causing a trained convolution neural network to determine a bone age based on the processed image; receiving an indication of the bone age; causing the bone age to be presented to a user as the result of a bone age assessment; and causing the bone age and the image to be stored in an electronic medical record associated with the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: The General Hospital Corporation
    Inventors: Synho Do, Hyunkwang Lee, Michael Gee, Shahein Tajmir, Tarik Alkasab
  • Patent number: 10980503
    Abstract: An X-ray fluoroscopy imaging apparatus that corrects to precisely remove a banding artifact in an X-ray image, includes an image processing unit that corrects an X-ray image by processing the image to remove the banding artifact (AF) from the X-ray image based on the average difference brightness value (DLa) relative to a plurality of pixels included in an array in an artifact extending direction (A-direction).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: SHIMADZU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shunsuke Kajiki
  • Patent number: 10980496
    Abstract: A heart CT image processing method and apparatus and a non-transitory computer readable storage medium are provided in this application. The heart CT image processing method comprises reconstructing a heart CT image of a detected object based on projection data of a heart region of the detected object; processing voxel points having voxel values within a first threshold range in the heart CT image and obtaining a first image, wherein the first threshold range is defined by a CT value of a metal object; performing lung region segmentation on the first image to obtain a second image; performing initial heart region segmentation on the second image to obtain a third image; and performing rib removal on the third image to obtain a heart image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Fang Li, Wei Dong
  • Patent number: 10980957
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods automate selection of patient interface(s) according to their size, such as with processing in a processor(s) or in a server(s). Image data captured by an image sensor may be received. The captured image data may contain facial feature(s) of an intended user of the patient interface. The facial features may be captured in association with a predetermined reference feature of known dimension(s). The user's facial feature(s) and the reference feature may be detected in the captured image data. Image pixel data of the image may be processed to measure an aspect of the detected facial feature(s) based on the reference feature. A patient interface size may be detected from standard patient interface sizes based on a comparison between the measured aspect of the facial feature(s) and a data record relating sizing information of the standard patient interface sizes and the measured aspect of the facial feature(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Inventors: Timothy Tsun-Fai Fu, Denis Butyletskiy, Michiel Kooij, Benjamin Peter Johnston, Robert James Hudson
  • Patent number: 10973469
    Abstract: A method includes receiving an image from a mammogram, removing noise from the image, computing a point of interest on the de-noised image, creating a mesoscale region of interest on the de-noised image, computing a connectivity for the mesoscale region of interest, identifying a connected component using the computed connectivity, where the connected component represents a branch of a global curvilinear structure, selecting a set of branches based on a physical property for each branch of the global curvilinear structure, pruning each branch based on an error-tolerant, adaptive polynomial fit, identifying remaining regions of interest in each pruned branch, and growing a chain formed by remaining points of interest included in the remaining regions of interest, where the chain represents a macroscopic, global curvilinear calcified arterial structure. The quantitation of the calcified arterial structures may be used as a biomarker for risk stratification of heart disease.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Inventors: William Scott Daughton, Hoanh X Vu, Homayoun Karimabadi
  • Patent number: 10963757
    Abstract: A neural network model fusion method and an electronic device using the same are provided. The neural network model fusion method includes the following steps. An image is received. The image is analyzed through several neural network models. The neural network models include at least two of a degree classification model, a multi-class identification model and an object detection model. Several analysis results are obtained according to the neural network models. These analysis results are converted into a number of conversion factors. The conversion factors are inputted into a fusion model to obtain a fusion result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Jiazheng Zhou, Ming-Shan Deng, Xuan-Yi Lin, Ya-Wen Lee, Shih-Fang Chang
  • Patent number: 10962631
    Abstract: A method for operating a laser distance measuring device, in particular a hand-held laser distance measuring device, includes determining a first distance from a first target point with a laser distance measuring unit of the laser distance measuring device by emitting a laser beam in a first distance measuring direction. The method further includes subsequently determining at least one second distance from a second intended target point. An image at least of the target environment of the second target point, captured by a camera of the laser distance measuring device, is displayed on a display of the laser distance measuring device. At least one part of a connection line is represented overlapping with the image, and the connection line connects the first target point and the second target point in the displayed image. A laser distance measuring device implements the method in one embodiment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Heinz Haeberle, Uwe Skultety-Betz
  • Patent number: 10957079
    Abstract: There is provided a method of computing a likelihood of malignancy in a mammographic image, comprising: receiving a single channel 2D mammographic image including a single pixel intensity value for each pixel thereof, converting the single channel 2D mammographic image into a multi channel 2D mammographic image including multiple pixel intensity value channels for each pixel thereof, computing by a first sub-classifier according to the whole multi channel image, a first score indicative of likelihood of malignancy within the whole multi channel image, computing by a second sub-classifier according to each respective patch extracted from the multi channel image, a respective second score indicative of likelihood of malignancy within each respective patch, and computing by a gating sub-classifier according to the first score and the second scores, an indication of likelihood of malignancy and a location of the malignancy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Zebra Medical Vision Ltd.
    Inventor: Philip Alexander Teare
  • Patent number: 10957045
    Abstract: Optimizations are provided for segmenting tissue objects included in an ultrasound image. Initially, raw pixel data is received. Here, each pixel corresponds to ultrasound information. This raw pixel data is processed through a first fully convolutional network to generate a first segmentation label map. This first map includes a first set of objects that have been segmented into a coarse segmentation class. Then, this first map is processed through a second fully convolutional network to generate a second segmentation label map. This second map is processed using the raw pixel data as a base reference. Further, this second map includes a second set of objects that have been segmented into a fine segmentation class. Then, a contour optimization algorithm is applied to at least one of the second set of objects in order to refine that object's contour boundary. Subsequently, that object is identified as corresponding to a lymph node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignees: University of Notre Dame du Lac, Honk Kong Polytechnic University, Chinese University of Hong Kong
    Inventors: Danny Ziyi Chen, Yizhe Zhang, Lin Yang, Michael Tin-Cheung Ying, Anil Tejbhan Ahuja
  • Patent number: 10956712
    Abstract: A hardware system is configured for, and a method of, generating detail-rich gradient-based disparity maps in real-time using an automated gradient-based disparity map classification process that is scalable, can be used under different environment conditions with little to no restrictions, and whose level of precision can be adjusted in a scalable manner. Highly accurate cross-spectral stereo matching methods may be used for search and rescue operations and work at day time and night time using current and past visual and full infrared imaging to generate, classify, and identify scenes in real-time with minimum constraints. Such system and methods may be used to improve operations of existing search and rescue equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher Bruno Picardo
  • Patent number: 10950015
    Abstract: The present invention provides a medical image processing method and a computer-readable storage medium. The method includes: reconstructing a two-dimensional cross-sectional image of an imaged tissue based on a volumetric image of the imaged tissue; projecting a CT value of the imaged tissue along a normal direction of the centerline of the imaged tissue in the two-dimensional cross-sectional image; and, positioning the imaged tissue based on the projection result of the CT value of the imaged tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Bo Guo, Gang Fang, Xueli Wang
  • Patent number: 10949698
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus is configured to extract an object region from an image. The image processing apparatus includes: a setting unit configured to set a plurality of reference points in the image; an obtaining unit configured to obtain a contour of the object region corresponding to each of the plurality of reference points as an initial extraction result based on a characteristic of the object region; and an extraction unit configured to extract the object region from the image based on an integration result obtained by integrating values of pixels in a plurality of initial extraction results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Bin Chen, Daisuke Furukawa
  • Patent number: 10945682
    Abstract: A method and system to correct for alignment errors between assumed and actual geometric parameters of an acquisition geometry during image reconstruction in a chest tomosynthesis application includes receiving at least 2 raw projection images acquired on at least 2 different positions in a known acquisition geometry, determining an actual geometric parameter value by determining the minimum of a redundant planes cost function which is calculated for a varying range of the geometric parameter values, and which is determined by: a) at least one plane which intersects an X-ray source trajectory with at least two points, b) an intersection between the planes and a detector surface for which points the source positions are determined, and c) for which the parameters determining the intersection (?, ?, l) are used for the construction of the cost function, applying the calculated actual geometric parameter value of the acquisition geometry for the image reconstruction of the plurality of images, characterized in t
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: AGFA HEALTHCARE NV
    Inventors: Jeroen Cant, Jan Sijbers
  • Patent number: 10939874
    Abstract: An automatic classification method for distinguishing between indolent and clinically significant carcinoma using multiparametric MRI (mp-MRI) imaging is provided. By utilizing a convolutional neural network (CNN), which automatically extracts deep features, the hierarchical classification framework avoids deficiencies in current schemes in the art such as the need to provide handcrafted features predefined by a domain expert and the precise delineation of lesion boundaries by a human or computerized algorithm. This hierarchical classification framework is trained using previously acquired mp-MRI data with known cancer classification characteristics and the framework is applied to mp-MRI images of new patients to provide identification and computerized cancer classification results of a suspicious lesion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
    Inventors: Kyung Hyun Sung, William Hsu, Shiwen Shen, Xinran Zhong
  • Patent number: 10937544
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are a display apparatus which facilitates a simultaneous comparison of a plurality of images which respectively illustrate different features on one divided display screen such that the images are seamlessly displayed on the screen, and an image display method which is performable by using the apparatus. The display apparatus includes a memory configured to store a plurality of different types of images of an object, an input device configured to receive an input of a command relating to simultaneously displaying the different types of images, and a display device configured to display images. Upon receiving the command, the display device divides a screen upon which an image of the object is displayable into a first region within which a first image showing one portion of the object is displayed and a second region within which a second image showing the remaining portion of the object is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hyun Hwa Oh, Young Hun Sung, Jae Hyun Kwon, Kang Eui Lee
  • Patent number: 10925476
    Abstract: A correction image fluctuation amount obtained in a calibration mode and a measurement image fluctuation amount obtained in a measurement mode are compared with each other. On the basis of the comparison result, a temporary correction value, which satisfies a specific condition among temporary correction values stored in the correction value storage unit, is determined as a measurement correction value to be used for correction in a correcting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroaki Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10922899
    Abstract: A method of interactive quantification of digitized 3D objects includes a determination of coordinates of observed screen space using a camera that senses the position of pupils of the operator gazing on the screen. Dimensions of studied sub-volume of VOI block of dimensions of Sx, Sy, Sz or VOI cylinder of dimensions of Sx=Sy=Sxy are defined. An analyzed particle and VOI position is selected. A VOI is visualized. Observed space is corrected by VOI visualization. The last level is selected by gaze of the operator from the sequence of probe levels and the gaze is focused on the last level on which the particle is still visible. The property of the marked particle in 3D space is verified, and marked with a color mark. The mark position is determined by interpolation or by finding a representative point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: ÚSTAV EXPERIMENTÁLNEJ FYZIKY SAV
    Inventor: Zoltan Tomori