Silver Salt Of Organic Acid Patents (Class 430/620)
  • Patent number: 7175978
    Abstract: A photothermographic imaging material packed in a packaging material, the imaging material including a support having thereon light-insensitive organic silver salt grains, photosensitive silver halide grains, a reducing agent for silver ions and a binder, wherein the packaging material has a water permeability of not less than 5.0 g/m2 measured at a temperature of 40° C. with a relative humidity of 90% for 24 hours; and the imaging material has a first photographic speed and a second photographic speed and the second photographic speed is not more than 1/10 of the first photographic speed, the measuring methods of the first and the second photographic speeds being defined in the specification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2007
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Medical & Graphic, Inc.
    Inventor: Keiko Maeda
  • Patent number: 7172857
    Abstract: A photothermographic material having, on at least one side of a support, an image forming layer including at least a photosensitive silver halide, a non-photosensitive organic silver salt, a reducing agent, and a binder, wherein an outermost layer on at least one side of the support includes a polymer latex having a core/shell structure, in which a shell part contains a polymer having a monomer component represented by the following (M2): (M2) a monomer containing a fluorine atom and having an unsaturated bond which performs radical polymerization. A photothermographic material excellent in adhesion resistance during storage until use of the photothermographic material after production thereof and excellent in photographic properties is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2007
    Assignee: Fujifilm Corporation
    Inventors: Minoru Sakai, Yoshihisa Tsukada
  • Patent number: 7172852
    Abstract: A black and white thermographic recording material comprising a thermosensitive element and a support, the thermosensitive element containing at least one substantially light-insensitive organic silver salt, a binder and optionally photosensitive silver halide, characterized in that the thermosensitive element further contains deliberately added metal nano-particles in a molar ratio with respect to the total molar concentration of the at least one substantially light-insensitive organic silver salt in the range of 0.05:1 to 10?6:1; and the use for the purpose of increasing the ratio of Dmax to the quantity of said substantially light-insensitive organic silver salts per unit area of the above-mentioned thermographic recording material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2007
    Assignee: AGFA Gevaert
    Inventors: Ingrid Geuens, Luc Verberckt, Ivan Hoogmartens, Frank De Voeght, Iris Vanwelkenhuysen
  • Patent number: 7163786
    Abstract: Ionic liquids are added to black-and-white direct thermographic materials to provide increased image density or to allow for reduced silver coverage (that is, improved silver efficiency). Useful ionic liquids include imidazolium, pyrazolium, pyridinium, pyrimidinium, pyrazinium, tetra-alkylammonium, or tetra-alkylphosphonium cations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2007
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Kumars Sakizadeh, Leif P. Olson, Peter J. Cowdery-Corvan, Takuzo Ishida, David R. Whitcomb
  • Patent number: 7157217
    Abstract: A photothermographic material comprising, on a support, an image forming layer containing at least a photosensitive silver halide, a non-photosensitive organic silver salt, a reducing agent and a binder, and a non-photosensitive outermost layer at a surface side of the support at which the image forming layer is provided, wherein: 1) the non-photosensitive organic silver salt contains 90% by mole or more of silver behenate; and a binder in the outermost layer contains 50% by weight or more of a hydrophobic polymer latex, 2) the outermost layer contains a polymer latex; and a layer adjacent to the outermost layer contains a binder which can lose fluidity upon a decrease in temperature, or 3) the outermost layer contains a polymer latex; and a coating solution for forming the outermost layer can lose fluidity upon a decrease in temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2007
    Assignee: Fujifilm Corporation
    Inventors: Hajime Nakagawa, Yoshihisa Tsukada, Keiichi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 7157220
    Abstract: The present invention provides a silver halide photosensitive material and a photothermographic material having, on at least one side of a support, at least a photosensitive silver halide, a non-photosensitive organic silver salt, and a reducing agent for the organic silver salt, wherein the silver halide photosensitive material and the photothermographic material contain a phthalocyanine compound represented by the following formula (PC-1): wherein, M represents a hydrogen atom or a metal atom; R1, R4, R5, R8, R9, R12, R13, and R16 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or a substituent; at least one of R1, R4, R5, R8, R9, R12, R13, and R16 represents an electron-attracting group; and R2, R3, R6, R7, R10, R11, R14, and R15 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or a substituent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2007
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Seiichi Yamamoto, Masahiko Taniguchi, Yasuhiro Yoshioka, Takanori Hioki, Hideo Hanawa
  • Patent number: 7157214
    Abstract: High-speed aqueous-based black-and-white photothermographic materials are imageable in any suitable fashion using ultraviolet, visible, infrared, or X-radiation. They can have one or more thermally developable imaging layers on either or both sides of the support and can be imaged with or without a phosphor intensifying screen in an imaging assembly. The photothermographic emulsions and materials have a net Dmin less than 0.25, and require less than 1 erg/cm2 to achieve a density of 1.00 above net Dmin. The imaging layers include hydrophilic binders or water-dispersible latex polymer binders and chemically and spectrally sensitized photosensitive silver halide grains.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2007
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Chaofeng Zou, Doreen C. Lynch
  • Patent number: 7153646
    Abstract: A photothermographic material having, on at least an image forming layer including at least an organic silver salt and a non-photosensitive layer on the image forming layer, wherein the photothermographic material further has a non-photosensitive intermediate layer between the image forming layer and the non-photosensitive layer, and 50% by weight or more of a binder of the non-photosensitive intermediate layer is formed by a polymer latex, and the photothermographic material contains a metal phthalocyanine dye represented by formula (PC-1): wherein, M represents a metal atom, at least one of R1, R4, R5, R8, R9, R12, R13, and R16 is an electron-attracting group, and R2, R3, R6, R7, R10, R11, R14, and R15 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or a substituent. The invention provides a photothermographic material which exhibits high sharpness, preferable image tone, and excellent image storability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kouta Fukui, Seiichi Yamamoto, Keiichi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 7153636
    Abstract: Thermally developable materials including photothermographic and thermographic materials have an outermost backside layer that includes a combination of a polysiloxane and a smectite clay that has been modified with a quaternary ammonium compound. The resulting outermost backside layers exhibit improved abrasion resistance. The materials can also include conductive layers underneath the outermost backside layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Thomas J. Ludemann, Gary E. LaBelle, Roland J. Koestner, Thomas J. Kub, Karissa L. Eckert
  • Patent number: 7153635
    Abstract: Black-and-white direct thermographic materials and photothermographic materials can be processed or developed at lower temperatures because of the incorporation of a quaternary ammonium salt in an amount of at least 0.5 mol % based on total silver in the material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Joe E. Maskasky, Victor P. Scaccia
  • Patent number: 7153647
    Abstract: A black and white thermographic recording material comprising a thermosensitive element and a support, the thermosensitive element containing at least one substantially light-insensitive organic silver salt, a binder and optionally photosensitive silver halide, characterized in that the thermosensitive element further contains deliberately added metal nano-particles in a molar ratio with respect to the total molar concentration of the at least one substantially light-insensitive organic silver salt in the range of 0.05:1 to 10?6:1; and the use for the purpose of increasing the ratio of Dmax to the quantity of said substantially light-insensitive organic silver salts per unit area of the above-mentioned thermographic recording material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Assignee: Agfa Gevaert
    Inventors: Ingrid Geuens, Luc Verberckt, Ivan Hoogmartens, Frank DeVoeght, Iris Vanwelkenhuysen
  • Patent number: 7153645
    Abstract: A silver salt photo-thermal photographic dry imaging material comprising on a support a light-sensitive layer containing light-insensitive silver salt of aliphatic carboxylic acid particles, a light-sensitive emulsion having light-sensitive silver halide grains, a silver ion reducing agent and a binder. The light-sensitive emulsion contains silver halide particles having diameters of from 0.001 ?m to 0.050 ?m in the ratio of 50% or more by weight in terms of silver of the entire light-sensitive silver halide grains contained, and the number average particle diameter of the light-insensitive silver salt of aliphatic carboxylic acid is from 0.01 ?m to 0.60 ?m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Medical & Graphic, Inc.
    Inventor: Kiyokazu Morita
  • Patent number: 7150964
    Abstract: Disclosed is an image forming process having the steps of exposing by an exposure device a photothermographic dry imaging material with a support having thereon an image forming layer containing photosensitive silver halide, a reducing agent for silver ions, a binder and a light-insensitive organic silver salt, and developing the photothermographic dry imaging material by a developing device, while the photothermographic dry imaging material is transported, wherein a surface having the image forming layer is brought into contact with sticky rollers during or before each of exposing and developing so as to make an amount of peel-off static electrification between the photothermographic dry imaging material and the sticky roller to be from ?5 to +5 kV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2006
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Medical & Graphic, Inc.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Yanagisawa
  • Patent number: 7147999
    Abstract: The present invention provides a photothermographic material, comprising a photosensitive silver halide, a non-photosensitive organic solvent salt, a reducing agent for a silver ion, and a binder on one face of a support, for being applied by using an organic solvent, the photothermographic material further comprising at least one compound selected from the group of compounds consisting of: a compound represented by the following general formula (1), a compound having a ?-lactam ring, a compound having a group that is adsorptive to a silver halide and a group that reduces a silver halide and a precursor thereof:
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Assignee: Fujifilm Corporation
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Ohzeki, Hiroyuki Mifune, Tadashi Inaba, Kohzaburoh Yamada, Katsuyuki Watanabe
  • Patent number: 7147998
    Abstract: Thermally developable imaging materials have an outermost protective layer that is composed of one or more hydrophilic film-forming components. The predominant film-forming component is a negatively-charged latex polymer that has negatively-charged ionic groups other than carboxy groups. The latex polymer is present as latex particles that have been prepared in the presence of a nonionic stabilizer in an amount of at least 0.5% (by weight) that has an HLB value of 7 to 20. The nonionic stabilizer becomes associated with the latex polymer particles. Both thermographic and photothermographic materials can be prepared with such protective layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Jon A. Hammerschmidt, Jeffrey W. Leon
  • Patent number: 7144692
    Abstract: The invention provides a photothermographic material having, on both sides of a support, an image forming layer including at least a photosensitive silver halide, a non-photosensitive organic silver salt, a reducing agent, and a binder, which is to be exposed with X-rays using a fluorescent intensifying screen, wherein (1) a coating amount of the photosensitive silver halide per one side is from 0.01 g/m2 to 0.45 g/m2 in terms of silver amount; and (2) a crossover (%) is 30% or more, or when parallel light having the same wavelength as a main emission peak wavelength of the fluorescent intensifying screen is incident perpendicular to the surface of the photothermographic material, the parallel light component of transmitted light comprises 5% or more of the incident light. A photothermographic material for medical use having high sensitivity and high image quality is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2006
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takeshi Funakubo
  • Patent number: 7144695
    Abstract: The invention relates to a photothermographic material, comprising a photosensitive silver halide, a non-photosensitive organic silver salt, a reducing agent, and a binder on a same surface of a support, wherein the non-photosensitive organic silver salt is the non-photosensitive organic silver salt in a dispersion that has been subjected to an annealing treatment at 30° C. or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2006
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takayoshi Oyamada
  • Patent number: 7144693
    Abstract: A photothermographic material comprising a support and an image-forming layer, a non-photosensitive intermediate layer A, and an outermost layer provided in this order on at least one side of the support, wherein the image-forming layer comprises a photosensitive silver halide, a non-photosensitive organic silver salt, a reducing agent, and a binder, and at least 50 mass % of a binder in the non-photosensitive intermediate layer A is a polymer latex having a film water absorption of 5 % or lower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2006
    Assignee: FujiFilm Corporation
    Inventor: Takayoshi Oyamada
  • Patent number: 7144694
    Abstract: A photothermographic imaging material including a support; an image forming layer containing an organic silver salt, a photosensitive silver halide, a binder and a silver ion reducing agent, the image forming layer being provided on the support; and a cyan coloring leuco dye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2006
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Kashiwagi, Narito Goto
  • Patent number: 7141361
    Abstract: Buried backside conductive layers with increased conductive efficiency can be provided for thermally developable materials using a specific organic solvent mixture to coat a protective overcoat directly disposed over the conductive layer. This organic solvent mixture comprises an alcohol in which one or more film-forming polymers used in the formulation are soluble at room temperature. The alcohol is used in an amount of more than 10 and up to 90 weight % of the organic solvent mixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2006
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Thomas J. Ludemann, Aparna V. Bhave, Gary E. LaBelle, Darlene F. Philip, Samuel Chen
  • Patent number: 7138224
    Abstract: A photothermographic material containing a support having on one side of the support a photosensitive layer containing: photosensitive silver halide grains; and a compound represented by Formula (1) or Formula (2): wherein the symbols in Formulas (1) and (2) are indicated in the specification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2006
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Medical & Graphic, Inc.
    Inventors: Kiyoshi Fukusaka, Osamu Ishige, Rie Sakuragi
  • Patent number: 7138221
    Abstract: A photothermographic material comprising: a transparent support; and a photosensitive layer comprising a photosensitive silver halide, a non-photosensitive organic silver salt, a thermal developer and a binder, wherein the photosensitive silver halide comprises silver iodide in a ratio of 5% by mole or more, the non-photosensitive organic silver salt comprises silver behenate in a ratio of 30% by mole or more and less than 80% by mole, and the binder has a glass transition temperature of 45° C. or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2006
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sumito Yamada
  • Patent number: 7138225
    Abstract: A silver salt photothermographic dry imaging material wherein said material has photographic speeds (1) and (2) determined based on the predetermined conditions and the photographic speed (2) is not more than 1/10 of the photographic speed (1), and the coefficient of determination value R2 of the linear regression line is 0.998–1.000, which is obtained from the predetermined density points having a* and b* arranged in two-dimensional coordinates in which a* is used as the abscissa and b* is used as the coordinate of the CIE 1076 (L*a*b*) color space, b* of the intersection point of the linear regression line with the ordinate is ?5–5, and gradient (a*/b*) is 0.7–2.5.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2006
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Medical & Graphic, Inc.
    Inventors: Tetsuya Suzuki, Hideki Takiguchi, Toshiyuki Marui, Kazuhiko Fujikura, Kazuhito Ihara, Yasuo Taima, Kenji Ohnuma, Hiroto Ito
  • Patent number: 7135277
    Abstract: Provided are a photothermographic material which includes, on at least one side of a support, an image forming layer containing at least a photosensitive silver halide, a non-photosensitive organic silver salt, a reducing agent, and a binder, and is X-ray exposed with a fluorescent intensifying screen, wherein (1) the photosensitive silver halide includes tabular grains having a mean aspect ratio of 2 to 100 and a mean equivalent spherical diameter of 0.3 ?m to 10 ?m, (2) an exposure value necessary for obtaining an image density of fog+0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2006
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tomoyuki Ohzeki
  • Patent number: 7135276
    Abstract: The invention provides a photothermographic material containing a tabular photosensitive silver halide having an average silver iodide content of 40 mol % or higher, 50% or more of a total projected area of the photosensitive silver halide being occupied by tabular grains having an aspect ratio of 2 or more, the photosensitive silver halide grains having a mean equivalent spherical diameter of from 0.2 ?m to 5 ?m and a variation coefficient of an equivalent spherical diameter distribution of 30% or less. Further, a method for preparing the photosensitive silver halide used in the photothermographic material is characterized in that grains are formed in the presence of at least one selected from a silver halide solvent and an amino group-modified gelatin. A high-sensitivity photothermographic material exhibiting a low fog and a high optical density is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2006
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Fumito Nariyuki
  • Patent number: 7132227
    Abstract: A silver salt photothermographic dry imaging material including a support provided thereon a light-sensitive layer containing an organic silver salt, light-sensitive silver halide particles and a reducing agent, wherein the dry imaging material contains organic solid lubricant particles having an average particle diameter of 1 to 30 ?m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2006
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Medical & Graphic, Inc.
    Inventors: Kiyokazu Morita, Kenji Ohnuma
  • Patent number: 7132229
    Abstract: A photothermographic material having an image forming layer containing at least a photosensitive silver halide, a non-photosensitive organic silver salt, a reducing agent, and a binder, and a non-photosensitive layer on at least one side of a support, in which the binder is a hydrophilic binder, the non-photosensitive layer contains gelatin or a gelatin derivative, the reducing agent is a compound represented by the following formula (R), and at least one compound represented by the following formula (I) or (II) is contained: (wherein in formula (R), R11 and R11? each independently represent an alkyl group and at least one of R11 and R11? is a secondary or tertiary alkyl group); (wherein in the formula (I), Q represents an atomic group necessary for forming a 5 or 6-membered imide ring); and (wherein in the formula (II), R5 independently represents a hydrogen atom or a substituent, r represents 0, 1, 2, 3 or 4, and X represents O, S, Se or N(R6)).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2006
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Kouta Fukui
  • Patent number: 7132226
    Abstract: A photothermographic material comprising a support, and an image-forming layer and a non-image-forming layer provided on the support, wherein the image-forming layer comprises a photosensitive silver halide, a non-photosensitive organic silver salt, a reducing agent, and a binder; the non-image-forming layer includes a slipping agent having a melting point of 80° C. to 120° C.; the coefficient (K1) of dynamic friction measured at a velocity of 0.1 cm/sec and the coefficient (K2) of dynamic friction measured at a velocity of 10 cm/sec have a relation represented by formula (1): Formula (1) 1.20>K1/K2>0.90. Also provided is an image-forming method using the photothermographic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2006
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Katsutoshi Yamane
  • Patent number: 7132228
    Abstract: Solid particle dispersions of certain ascorbic acid esters are prepared in the presence of at least 0.5 and less than 50 weight % of a particle growth modifier based on the weight of the ascorbic acid ester. The particle growth modifier is an alkyl carboxylic acid having from 8 to 22 carbon atoms, an alkyl ester of glycerol wherein the alkyl moiety has from 8 to 22 carbon atoms, or a stereoisomer of the ascorbic acid ester. The resulting aqueous solid particle dispersion can be used in various thermally developable materials including thermographic and photothermographic materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2006
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Mary C. Brick, William D. Ramsden, Doreen C. Lynch
  • Patent number: 7129033
    Abstract: A photothermographic material having, on at least one side of a support, an image forming layer containing at least a photosensitive silver halide, a non-photosensitive organic silver salt, a reducing agent, and a binder, and an X-ray image forming method using the same, wherein 50% or more of a total projected area of the photosensitive silver halide is occupied by tabular grains having an aspect ratio of 2 or more, and the grains have at least one epitaxial junction portion having a multifold structure. A photothermographic material with high sensitivity and excellent storage stability, and an image forming method using the material are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2006
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takayoshi Mori
  • Patent number: 7125656
    Abstract: Organic silver salt particles are manufacture by mixing an aqueous solution containing silver ions with an aqueous solution containing an organic acid alkali salt to form organic silver salt particles, using a mixing device in which plural supply tubes are connected to a discharge tube so that an axis of the discharge tube and axes of the supply tubes coincide at a single point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2006
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Medical & Graphic, Inc.
    Inventor: Satoshi Ito
  • Patent number: 7122300
    Abstract: A photothermographic material comprising a support, and an image-forming layer and a non-photosensitive layer provided on a surface of the support, wherein the image-forming layer and the non-photosensitive layer are adjacent to each other; the image-forming layer includes a photosensitive silver halide, a first non-photosensitive organic silver salt, a first reducing agent, a polyhalogen compound and a binder; and the non-photosensitive layer includes a second non-photosensitive organic silver salt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2006
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Yoshioka
  • Patent number: 7115358
    Abstract: The present invention provides a black and white photothermographic material having, on at least one side of a support, an image forming layer containing at least a photosensitive silver halide, a non-photosensitive organic silver salt, a reducing agent for silver ions, and a binder, as well as an image forming method. The black and white photothermographic material is characterized in that 1) the non-photosensitive organic silver salt includes at least one compound selected from the group consisting of a silver salt of an azole compound and a silver salt of a mercapto compound, and 2) the photosensitive silver halide has a spectral sensitizing dye in the form of a multilayer adsorbed on its surface. According to the invention, an improved black and white photothermographic material and image forming method realizing high sensitivity, favorable gradation, and less dependence on developing process conditions are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2006
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Funakubo, Takeshi Suzumoto
  • Patent number: 7115359
    Abstract: A photothermographic material having a support provided on at least one side of the support light-sensitive silver halide particles, an organic silver salt and a reducing agent, as well as a leuco dye of a specific structure and a compound of a specific structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2006
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Medical & Graphic, Inc.
    Inventors: Yasushi Usagawa, Takeshi Habu
  • Patent number: 7112401
    Abstract: A photothermographic material comprising a support body provided on or above at least one surface thereof with an image forming layer, containing at least a photosensitive silver halide, a non-photosensitive organic silver salt, a reducing agent and binder, and a non-photosensitive layer, wherein: 1) 50% or more of the binder in the image forming layer is hydrophilic binder; 2) a ratio of the non-photosensitive organic silver salt to the hydrophilic binder is from 0.6 to 1.4 by mass; and 3) 70% or more of binder in the non-photosensitive layer is hydrophilic binder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2006
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hajime Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 7112402
    Abstract: A photothermographic material of the present invention contains a slipping agent. One slipping agent is a liquid at a ordinary temperature, and an volatile rate of the slipping agent at 120° C. for one hour is 0.5% by mass or less as measured by a thermo-balance. The other slipping agent is that a permeating rate to the transportation rollers, when the transportation rollers are immersed in the slipping agent at 120° C. for 2 hours, is 6% by mass or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2006
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Yoshioka, Yoshihisa Tsukada, Takayoshi Oyamada, Minoru Sakai
  • Patent number: 7108965
    Abstract: A photothermographic material for blue light exposure that has a good coating surface condition and an image forming method for use with the photothermographic material are provided. The photothermographic material includes a support, and an image forming layer provided on at least one side of the support. The image forming layer contains at least a photosensitive silver halide, a non-photosensitive organic silver salt, a reducing agent and a binder. The photothermographic material is characterized in that: (1) a silver iodide content of the photosensitive silver halide is not less than 40 mole %; (2) the binder is a hydrophilic binder; (3) the image forming layer contains a silver iodide complexing agent; and (4) the image forming layer contains, as a silver carrier, at least one compound represented by the following Formula (I) or (II): (wherein Q represents an atomic group that is necessary to form a 5 or 6-membered imide ring).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takayoshi Mori, Kazutaka Takahashi
  • Patent number: 7105283
    Abstract: The present invention provides a black and white photothermographic material having, on at least one surface of a support, an image forming layer containing at least a photosensitive silver halide, a non-photosensitive organic silver salt, a reducing agent for silver ions, and a binder, wherein 70% or more of a total projected area of the photosensitive silver halide is occupied by tabular grains having an aspect ratio of 2.5 or more, a mean projected area equivalent diameter of 0.5 ?m to 8 ?m, and a mean grain thickness of 0.02 ?m to 0.2 ?m, and a ratio of a number of sites capable of forming a development initiation point on a corner portion or a fringe portion of the photosensitive silver halide grain to all development initiation points is 50% or more. Also disclosed is an image forming method of forming a radiation image by using a fluorescent intensifying screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tomoyuki Ohzeki
  • Patent number: 7105288
    Abstract: A photothermographic material is disclosed, comprising on a support a light-sensitive emulsion containing a light-insensitive organic silver salt and a light-sensitive silver halide, a reducing agent for silver ions and a binder, wherein the photothermographic material further comprises a compound represented by the following formula (A-1) or (B) and a compound represented by the following formula (A-2)
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Assignee: Konica Corporation
    Inventors: Kiyokazu Morita, Ayumu Nishijima
  • Patent number: 7097962
    Abstract: A photothermographic imaging material containing a support having thereon light-insensitive organic silver salt grains, photosensitive silver halide grains, a reducing agent for silver ions and a binder, wherein, (i) each of the organic silver salt grains has a structure having different silver ion dissociation constants at a surface portion and at an inner portion of the grain; (ii) each of the silver halide grains produces a larger number of latent images in a surface portion than in an inner portion of the grain by exposure to light; (iii) each of the silver halide grains produces a larger number of latent images in the inner portion than in the surface portion of the grain after being subjected to a thermal development; and (iv) a surface photographic speed of each of the silver halide grains decreases after being subjected to the thermal development.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2006
    Assignee: Konica Minoltn Medical & Graphic, Inc.
    Inventors: Hideki Komatsu, Hideki Takiguchi
  • Patent number: 7097963
    Abstract: Black-and-white, aqueous-based, silver halide-containing photothermographic materials have increased stability after imaging with the incorporation of at least 0.0002 mol/m2 of a halogen-substituted tetraazaindene compound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2006
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Chaofeng Zou, Kumars Sakizadeh, George J. Burgmaier, Roger L. Klaus
  • Patent number: 7097961
    Abstract: A substantially light-insensitive black and white monosheet thermographic recording material comprising a support and a thermosensitive element, said thermosensitive element containing a substantially light-insensitive organic silver salt, an organic reducing agent therefor in thermal working relationship therewith, at least one binder and at least one stabilizer represented by formula (I): wherein R1, R2, R3 and R4 are independently selected from the group consisting of a hydrogen atom, halogen atoms and aliphatic, alkoxy, nitro, acyl, sulfonyl, nitrile, alkaryl, aryl, amino, thioalkyl, aldehyde, urea, —O—(C?O)-alkyl, —O—(C?O)-aryl, —O—(C?O)—O-alkyl, —O—(C?O)—O-aryl, —NH—(C?O)-alkyl, —NH—(C?O)-aryl, —(C?O)—NH-alkyl, —(C?O)—NH-aryl, —NH—(SO2)-alkyl, —NH—(SO2)-aryl, —(SO2)—NH-alkyl, —(SO2)—NH-aryl groups; X is represented by -A(-M)n or is selected from the group consisting of substituted aliphatic groups, unsubstituted aliphatic groups, substituted cycloaliphatic groups, unsubstituted cycloaliphatic groups
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2006
    Assignee: Agfa Gevaert
    Inventors: Frank Louwet, Johan Loccufier
  • Patent number: 7094526
    Abstract: A photothermographic imaging material containing a support having thereon photosensitive silver halide grains, light-insensitive organic silver salt grains, a reducing agent for silver ions and polymer, wherein and average particle size of the photosensitive silver halide grains is 0.005 to 0.1 ?m, and the polymer dissolves both in water and in an organic solvent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2006
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Medical & Graphic, Inc
    Inventors: Hiroaki Ando, Kazuhito Ihara, Shinichi Karakata, Kazuyoshi Shioiri
  • Patent number: 7087367
    Abstract: A photothermographic material is disclosed, comprising on a support a light-sensitive layer comprising a light-insensitive silver salt of an aliphatic carboxylic acid, light-sensitive silver halide grains, a reducing agent for silver ions and a binder, wherein the light-sensitive layer further comprises nonaqueous dispersion particles insoluble in organic solvents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Medical & Graphic, INC
    Inventors: Takayuki Sasaki, Akihisa Nakajima, Kiyokazu Morita
  • Patent number: 7087366
    Abstract: A photothermographic emulsion is prepared by chemically sensitizing silver halide grains formed by oxidative decomposition of a diphenylphosphine sulfide compound on or around the silver halide grains. This procedure uses a unique sequence of steps and provides increased photographic speed and manufacturing reproducibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Lilia P. Burleva, Kumars Sakizadeh, David R. Whitcomb, Sharon M. Simpson
  • Patent number: 7087368
    Abstract: A silver salt photothermographic dry imaging material including non-photosensitive aliphatic carboxylic acid silver salts; a photosensitive emulsion containing photosensitive silver halide grains; a silver ion reducing agent; a binder; and a cyan coloring leuco dye. A percentage of the photosensitive silver halide grains having a mean particle size of 0.01 or more ?m and 0.04 ?m or less is 5% or more by mass and 50% or less by mass of total photosensitive silver halide grains by conversion into a silver amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Kashiwagi, Narito Goto
  • Patent number: 7067243
    Abstract: A process for preparing a photothermographic material with increased photosensitivity, the photothermographic material comprising a support and a photo-addressable thermally developable element, exclusive of a compound R—S(M)n wherein R is an aliphatic hydrocarbon, aryl or heterocyclic group, M is a hydrogen atom, or cation, and letter n is a number determined so as to render the molecule neutral and also exclusive of a compound capable of releasing a mobile dye corresponding to or inversely corresponding to the reduction of silver halide to silver at elevated temperatures, the photo-addressable thermally developable element containing a photosensitive agent in catalytic association with a light-insensitive organic silver salt, a reducing agent for the light-insensitive organic silver salt in thermal working relationship therewith and a binder, comprising the steps of: (i) increasing the photosensitivity of a photosensitive silver halide by chemical sensitisation with a chemical sensitising merocyanine dye co
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Assignee: Agfa Gevaert
    Inventors: Herman Uytterhoeven, Paul Callant
  • Patent number: 7060426
    Abstract: Novel silver compounds can include a primary core of a photosensitive silver halide and a shell covering the primary core. This shell includes one or more non-photosensitive silver salts, each silver salt including an organic silver coordinating ligand. Other novel silver compounds are homogeneous silver salts of organic silver coordinating ligands throughout (non-core-shell). Still other silver compounds can include a primary core of a non-photosensitive metal salt and a shell covering the primary core. This shell includes one or more non-photosensitive silver salts, each silver salt including an organic silver coordinating ligand. These types of silver compounds can be used as sources of reducible silver ions in thermally developable imaging materials including thermographic and photothermographic materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2006
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Boris B. Bokhonov, Lilia P. Burleva, David R. Whitcomb, Nepal C. Howlader, Louis M. Leichter
  • Patent number: 7056652
    Abstract: A silver salt photothermographic material is disclosed, comprising on a support a light-insensitive silver salt of an aliphatic carboxylic agent, light-sensitive silver halide grains, a reducing agent for silver ions and a binding agent, wherein the silver halide grains are those which are capable being converted from a surface latent image formation type to internal latent image formation type upon thermal development, and the photothermographic material further comprises a dye microcapsule dispersion or a dye compound containing at least two chromophores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Medical & Graphic, Inc.
    Inventor: Hiroshi Kashiwagi
  • Patent number: 7052828
    Abstract: The present invention provides a photothermographic material including at least a photosensitive silver halide, a non-photosensitive silver-supplying compound, a reducing agent and a binder on at least one surface of a support. The photothermographic material further includes at least one kind of halogen releasing compound having a water-solubilizing group and at least one kind of halogen releasing compound having no water-solubilizing group, and a gradation of a characteristic curve is 2.5 to 4.0. The photothermographic material of the invention is excellent in storability, and particularly excellent in storability of high quality images used for image recording for medical diagnosis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2006
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Yoshioka