Anatomy, Physiology, Therapeutic Treatment, Or Surgery Relating To Human Being Patents (Class 434/262)
  • Patent number: 10297341
    Abstract: A method for modeling a blood vessel includes: (a) modeling a first segment of the blood vessel based on medical imaging data acquired from a subject; (b) computing a first modeling parameter at an interior point of the first segment; and (c) computing a second modeling parameter at a boundary point of the first segment using a viscoelastic wall model. Systems for modeling a blood vessel are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare GmbH
    Inventors: Lucian Mihai Itu, Puneet Sharma, Ali Kamen, Dorin Comaniciu
  • Patent number: 10297169
    Abstract: An intubation simulator and method are disclosed. The simulator includes a human mannequin with a mouth and a sensorized conduit. A glide scope disposed in the sensorized conduit. A first manipulator and a second manipulator are connected to the glide scope by way of a linkage. A method for simulating intubation is disclosed, where an intubation simulator is provided, computer-based instructions are provided to cause a first and second manipulator of the simulator to simulate the haptic environment of a human through the glide scope. A sensorized conduit of the simulator is used to sense a position of a tracheal tube being placed during the simulated intubation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Health Research, Inc.
    Inventors: Khurshid Guru, Ashirwad Chowriappa
  • Patent number: 10290231
    Abstract: Various systems and methods are provided for injection training by collecting, processing, analyzing and displaying measured information associated with the delivery of an injection. Sensor-based measurements of a syringe's position and orientation in three-dimensional space are obtained and processed to provide metrics of a trainee's injection performance. The measurements can be combined with a digital model of a training apparatus to deliver a computer-generated, graphical depiction of the training injection, enabling visualization of the injection from perspectives unavailable in the physical world. The training injection execution, as reflected in the measured sensor-based data, can be reviewed and analyzed at times after, and in locations different than, the time and location of the training injection. Additionally, injection training data associated with multiple training injections can be aggregated and analyzed for, among other things, trends in performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: TruInject Corp.
    Inventors: Gabrielle A. Rios, David J. Mishelevich, Clark B. Foster
  • Patent number: 10283002
    Abstract: Ultrasound-guided needle procedures require skills that are challenging to master, especially considering the need to manipulate 3-D structures while observing 2-D images (or even 3-D images). A pre-clinical assessment and training apparatus, methods, and systems are described herein. Targeting tasks require participants to contact target models designed to test various skills. Performance is compared between those with experience in ultrasound-guided medical procedures and those without experience, using at least one targeting task likely to be beneficial for assessment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Wake Forest University Health Sciences
    Inventors: Joshua F. Nitsche, Brian C. Brost
  • Patent number: 10272187
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure include a method and system for estimating flow rates of a fluid or medium though a dialyzer during a dialysis treatment (e.g., a hemodialysis treatment). Pressure sensors are incorporated in dialyzers used for hemodialysis to achieve continuous monitoring of fluid balance of the body. During dialysis, obtaining fluid input and output pressures experienced at various inlets and outlets of dialyzers is easier than obtaining flow rates at these inlets and outlets, but using flow rates is better in determining the effectiveness of a dialyzer during hemodialysis. Embodiments of the disclosure thus use pressure measurements at inlets and outlets of a dialyzer along with a dialyzer model to determine fluid flow rates through the dialyzer. The fluid flow rates are used to determine whether there are leakages or occlusions in tubing during the dialysis treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Mohammad M. Khair
  • Patent number: 10264958
    Abstract: A sensor-equipped laryngoscope may be used in a system and method for quantifying intubation performance. The level of experience of health care professionals (HCPs) plays a role in the application of force and torque applied to the laryngoscope during endotracheal intubation on an airway simulator, such as a manikin or animal model (e.g., a ferret). A sensor-equipped laryngoscope may provide data that differentiates the mechanics applied by subject matter experts (SMEs) (e.g., neonatologists) from those by novices or trainees during intubation, particularly on infant or neonatal airway simulators. A laryngoscope may be equipped with one or more sensors (e.g., force/torque sensors, accelerometers, and gyroscopes) to record force, torque, and/or three-dimensional motion during endotracheal intubation. The sensor-equipped laryngoscope may then be used to record intubation mechanics (e.g., during an infant airway simulated intubation) for both SMEs and trainees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignees: University of New Hampshire, The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University
    Inventors: Paula L. McWilliam, Brian J. King, Mark Scott Granoff, Louis Patrick Halamek
  • Patent number: 10262548
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method includes selecting, by a virtual problem-based learning (PBL) system, information indicative of a medical profile of a patient; accessing, by the virtual PBL system, information indicative of a team of students using the virtual PBL system; generating, by the virtual PBL system and based on the medical profile, an medical PBL schema comprising a medical problem to be solved by the team of students; generating a plurality of sections in the medical PBL schema, with each section promoting solving of the medical problem, and with each section associated with (i) a private work environment for a student to privately analyze the medical problem, and (ii) a shared, anonymous work environment for the students to view analysis performed by other students in solving the medical problem; and transmitting, to one or more client systems used by the students participating in the virtual problem-based learning system, the medical PBL schema.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Universal Research Solutions, LLC
    Inventor: Ali Adel Hussam
  • Patent number: 10258754
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are disclosed for controlling pressure delivery to a user such as a patient. A flow generator generates an outlet flow at an outlet port for delivery to a patient. At least one sensor measures properties of the flow of gas at the outlet port or being delivered to the patient. A controller is operatively connected to the flow generator and the at least one sensor, and is adapted to operate according to a pressure control mode in which the controller controls the flow generator to output a substantially steady pressure or a flow control mode in which the controller controls the flow generator to output a substantially steady flow. The controller operates in the flow control mode when a patient may be awake and in the pressure control mode when the patient may be asleep.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Limited
    Inventors: Christopher Earl Nightingale, Donald Roy Kuriger
  • Patent number: 10255827
    Abstract: An auto-injection training device is presented that allows a user to simulate an injection procedure that occurs with a real-life commercial auto-injector containing a prefilled container of medicament. The training device is resettable, thus allowing the user to perform multiple simulations. Each simulation provides both audible and visual signals to the user that the injection procedure is in progress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: SHL MEDICAL AG
    Inventors: Antonio Bendek, Lucio Giambattista, Kuo-Chiang Tang
  • Patent number: 10247363
    Abstract: A fluid supply package is described, which includes a fluid storage and dispensing vessel, and a fluid dispensing assembly coupled to the vessel and configured to enable discharge of fluid from the vessel under dispensing conditions, wherein the fluid supply package includes an informational augmentation device thereon, e.g., at least one of a quick read (QR) code and an RFID tag, for informational augmentation of the package. Process systems are described including process tools and one or more fluid supply packages of the foregoing type, wherein the process tool is configured for communicative interaction with the fluid supply package(s). Various communicative arrangements are described, which are usefully employed to enhance the efficiency and operation of process systems in which fluid supply packages of the foregoing type are employed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Entegris, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph D. Sweeney, Edward E. Jones, Joseph R. Despres, Richard S. Ray, Peter C. Van Buskirk, Edward A. Sturm, Chris Scannell
  • Patent number: 10242500
    Abstract: A system and a method for virtual reality based interactive learning are provided. The method includes simulation of a 3D interactive scene in a VR environment, and rendering the 3D interactive scene including queries on a VR display platform. Responses to the queries are received in the VR environment. A first cumulative assessment score is computed based on the response and attributes of participants. Also, subsequent 3D interactive scenes are dynamically simulated in the VR environment based on the first cumulative assessment score. Subsequent queries associated with context of the subsequent scenes are rendered, and a second cumulative assessment score is computed based on the subsequent responses to the subsequent queries. Furthermore, an overall assessment score is computed based on the cumulative assessment scores. A 3D interactive scene is rendered till the overall assessment score is equal to or greater than a threshold assessment score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Tata Consultancy Services Limited
    Inventors: Robin Tommy, Hima Jose, Tejas Kawalkar
  • Patent number: 10235905
    Abstract: An automatic injection training device is presented having an elongated housing assembly and a demo container. The device further has a reloadable plunger assembly comprising a hollow plunger, a piston rod, a first energy accumulating member arranged between the hollow plunger and the piston rod and an actuation assembly configured to hold the hollow plunger in a first position and thereby the piston rod in the start position and to release the hollow plunger from the first position and thereby the piston rod from the start position. The hollow plunger can have a chamber sealed by the piston rod, and a passage; such that movement of the hollow plunger from the first to the second position by a force exerted from the first energy accumulating member causes an airflow into the chamber through the passage whereby the movement of the hollow plunger is dampened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: SHL MEDICAL AG
    Inventor: Chia-Hsin Su
  • Patent number: 10235904
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and apparatuses for providing substantially omnidirectional light emission from a tip of a needle for use with injection training systems are provided. The substantially omnidirectional light emission improves the angular range of detection of the emitted light. The approach uses principles of fluorescence and/or light diffusion to emit light in a substantially omnidirectional pattern from the needle tip in order to improve the detectability of the emitted light by a light detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Truinject Corp.
    Inventors: Gabrielle A. Rios, Clark B. Foster
  • Patent number: 10229607
    Abstract: Systems and methods for competency training and use authorization for dispensing an agent are described, which include: an agent-dispensing device configured to dispense one or more agents to a user, and including a controllable agent-dispensing mechanism and a receiver configured to receive a signal and to activate or deactivate a locking mechanism coupled to the controllable agent-dispensing mechanism; a computing device having a display and a user interface; and a web-based interactive tool accessible on the computing device, the web-based interactive tool including a training module to provide training to the user in proper use of the agent-dispensing device, a verification module to verify a competency of the user in the proper use of the agent-dispensing device, and an activation module responsive to the verification module and operable to provide an activation signal to deactivate the locking mechanism to allow dispensing of the one or more agents after verifying the competency of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Michael H. Baym, Jesse R. Cheatham, III, Philip A. Eckhoff, Roderick A. Hyde, Jordin T. Kare, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10178157
    Abstract: A system and method for converting static/still medical images of a particular patient into dynamic and interactive images interacting with medical tools including medical devices by coupling a model of tissue dynamics and tool characteristics to the patient specific imagery for simulating a medical procedure in an accurate and dynamic manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Surgical Theater LLC
    Inventor: Mordechai Avisar
  • Patent number: 10176728
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods appropriate for use in medical training are disclosed. In some instances, a patient simulator system is provided that includes a maternal patient simulator and a fetal patient simulator. The maternal patient simulator includes an internal chamber sized to receive the fetal patient simulator and a birthing mechanism disposed within the internal chamber configured to translate and rotate the fetal patient simulator with respect to the maternal patient simulator to simulate a birth. In some instances, the fetal patient simulator an internal support structure that includes spinal components, left arm components, right arm components, left leg components, and right leg components with a skin layer covering the internal support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventors: Miguel Carvajal, Victor Fernandez, Jeffrey Karpf, Yojans Lurbe, Lazaro Morales, Alberto Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 10172676
    Abstract: A first interface for reading image data of an anatomical region obtained by means of a medical imaging method is provided. A modeling module serves for establishing a volumetric biomechanical structure model of the anatomical region on the basis of the image data. Moreover, provision is made of a tracking module, couplable with a camera, for video-based registration of spatial gestures of a user. Furthermore, a simulation module, based on the biomechanical structure model, serves to assign a registered gesture to a simulated mechanical effect on the anatomical region, simulate a mechanical reaction of the anatomical region to the simulated mechanical effect, and modify the biomechanical structure model in accordance with the simulated mechanical reaction. Moreover, provision is made for a visualization module for the volumetric visualization of the biomechanical structure model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventors: Olivier Ecabert, Klaus Engel, Tommaso Mansi, Ingmar Voigt
  • Patent number: 10147052
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to assessing performances of physical activities. Assessment engines may collect performance content that includes information associated with performances of activities. The assessment engines may employ classifiers to classify the performance content to determine occurrences of features of the performance content and classify assessment content to determine scores that are associated with features included in the performances. The assessment engines may provide correlation values associated with the performances based on historical performance content, assessment content, or scores. The assessment engine may provide a report that includes a localized evaluation of the performances based on the correlation values, performance content, assessment content, and scores. In some cases, the performance content may include videos of the performances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: C-SATS, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Sean Lendvay, Adam Muir Monsen, Derek Alan Streat, Navdeep S. Dhillon
  • Patent number: 10134307
    Abstract: A method for guiding a user in performing a Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) procedure on a patient involving a user portable device comprising a camera, and a display. The method includes receiving a video of the patient captured by the camera, and processing the video to segment a chest region of the patient. A target position on the chest where to position hands for performing CPR is then determined, and this position is then shown on the display, hereby guiding the user in obtaining a suitable hand position for performing CPR. The method can be implemented as a software application in a personal portable device such as a smart phone, a tablet application software, a wearable computer with head-mounted display etc. Further, the video of the scene captured by the camera can be processed to provide information regarding functional quality of CPR, e.g. compression frequency and depth, during the CPR procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventor: Ihor Olehovych Kirenko
  • Patent number: 10105549
    Abstract: Stimulation of the facial nerve system (e.g., electrically, electromagnetically, etc.) in ischemic stroke patients will cause dilation of occluded arteries and dilation of surrounding arteries, allowing for blood flow to circumvent the obstruction and reach previously-deprived tissue. The device approaches the facial nerve and its branches in the vicinity of the ear. In use, the device can be inserted into the ear canal and/or placed in proximity to the ear in order to stimulate the facial nerve system non-invasively (e.g., using an electromagnetic field). The device can be used in the emergency treatment of acute stroke or chronically variations for long-term maintenance of blood flow to the brain and stroke prevention. Additional embodiments of the device may be adapted for use on different regions of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Nervive, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Klingler Borsody
  • Patent number: 10098583
    Abstract: In a sleep quality estimation device, a respiration sensor detects the respiratory waveform of a subject. A sleep stage estimation unit estimates the sleep stage of the subject during sleep based on the respiratory waveform detected by the respiration sensor. In a sleep rhythm model database, models associated with the appearance probability of ?-wave for the sleep stage during sleep are recorded. A sleep quality estimation unit estimates the appearance time of ?-wave of the subject during sleep based on the sleep stage of the subject estimated by the sleep stage estimation unit and the models associated with the appearance probability of ?-wave for the sleep stage recorded in the sleep rhythm model database, and estimates the sleep quality of the subject based on the appearance time of ?-wave.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventors: Kazuhide Shigeto, Hiroki Okamura, Hirokazu Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 10089902
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a resettable injection training device is provided herein. The injection training device includes an outer shell comprising a proximal end and a distal end, the outer shell defining a chamber there within, and a plunger slidable within the chamber, the plunger comprising a plunger feature and one or more rail portions. The injection training device further includes a locking safety shield disposed and slidable within the chamber, the safety shield comprising a proximal end and a distal end, the distal end for interfacing with a target surface to actuate the injection training device, the safety shield comprising an extended locked position, an extended unlocked position, and a retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Inventors: Jeff Baker, Wai Yin Christopher Chung, Hou Shi Shuang, Francis Michael Siemer, Tingting Liu
  • Patent number: 10083261
    Abstract: An electronic device having a display is provided. Interactive user engagements with the electronic device are made through the display. A simulation mode is entered. The simulation mode simulates a real pulse generator configured to generate electrical stimulation pulses. The simulation mode is entered without establishing a wireless connection with the real pulse generator. Via the display, one or more features of a virtual pulse generator are demoed after entering the simulation mode. The one or more features of the virtual pulse generator simulate corresponding features of the real pulse generator. The virtual pulse generator is a software program that resides on the electronic device. The demoing comprises mimicking a plurality of user interface screens that allow a user to interact with the real pulse generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Nuvectra Corporation
    Inventors: Norbert Kaula, Yohannes Iyassu
  • Patent number: 10070826
    Abstract: There is provided herein methods, apparatus and systems for evaluating carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration in a subject's breath, for example in subjects ventilated with High Frequency Ventilation (HFV), the method includes inserting to a trachea of a subject an endotrachial tube (ETT), sampling breath from an area in the trachea located in proximity to a distal end of the endotrachial tube (ETT) and evaluating one or more CO2 related parameters of the sampled breath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: ORIDION MEDICAL 1987 LTD.
    Inventors: Joshua Lewis Colman, Iris Shalev Stein
  • Patent number: 10064405
    Abstract: An apparatus for applying liquid pressure to resected tissue may include a fixture, a papillary assembly coupled to the fixture and having first and second spaced apart papillary attachment elements, and a resected mitral valve attached to the fixture. The fixture may have a first chamber, a second chamber, and an internal panel extending between the first and second chambers. The resected mitral valve may be attached to the internal panel and may have a posterior leaflet, an anterior leaflet, and tendinae chordae. The tendinae chordae may each be attached at a first end to the posterior leaflet or the anterior leaflet and at a second end to one of the papillary attachment elements. A first group of the tendinae chordae may be attached to the first papillary attachment element, and a second group of the tendinae chordae may be attached to the second papillary attachment element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Theodore Paul Dale, Aaron J. Chalekian, James Leo Kurk
  • Patent number: 10049600
    Abstract: A suture technique evaluation apparatus evaluates a suture technique performed on a simulated body simulating a part of the human body, and the suture technique evaluation apparatus includes a camera configured to image at least a suture region where suturing is performed on the simulated body, and a ligation force evaluation part adapted to evaluate the ligation force of the suturing on the basis of image data taken by the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Inventors: Tamotsu Katayama, Noriyuki Matsuoka, Munenori Uemura, Makoto Hashizume, Takahiro Jimbo, Satoshi Obata, Satoshi Ieiri, Tomoaki Taguchi
  • Patent number: 10043415
    Abstract: The present invention is a medical training simulation apparatus and computer-implemented training method for training of medical professionals in medical examinations involving body parts with concealed geometry, such as in pneumatic otoscopy of the ear. A video adaptation tool is provided whereby one or more displayed images are adapted based on movements or sensor readings related to manipulation of a medical tool within a physical model of a body part. A computer system is also provided that includes at least one medical training simulation apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Inventors: Vito Forte, Bradley Hubbard, Brian Carrillo
  • Patent number: 10037715
    Abstract: A medical trainer simulator includes a plurality of simulated vessels filled with a conductive fluid representing, for example, veins or arteries. While performing a procedure using the medical trainer, a person inserts a medical instrument, e.g., a needle or scalpel, into a selected vessel, causing the medical instrument to contact the conductive fluid. A circuit board detects when a circuit is thus created by detecting an electrical current flowing through the medical instrument and the conductive fluid it has contacted. A software program executing on a computer excludes any phantom circuit occurring when the medical instrument contacts conductive fluid from a previous procedure that is not within one of the vessels. A phantom circuit is detected if the resistance of the resulting circuit exceeds a predetermined threshold. The computer visually and/or audibly indicates whether the correct vessel was pierced or excized by the medical instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Simulab Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher C. Toly, Douglas J. Beighle, Aaron M. Erbeck, Tyler L. Hartley, Jay A. Borseth
  • Patent number: 10026337
    Abstract: A simulated abdominal wall model that is ideal for practicing laparoscopic first entry surgical techniques is provided. The model includes a simulated abdominal wall portion captured between two frame elements of a support. The support is connectable to a surgical trainer. When connected to the trainer, the model provides a penetrable abdominal tissue portion for accessing an internal cavity of the trainer. The simulated abdominal wall includes a plurality of layers including a skin layer, a fabric posterior rectus sheath layer, a simulated fat layer of low-resilience polyurethane foam and at least two layers that provide distinctive haptic feedback upon penetration of the simulated transversalis fascia and muscle layers. The simulated abdominal wall includes a simulated umbilicus across several layers of simulated tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Applied Medical Resources Corporation
    Inventors: Katie Black, Nikolai Poulsen, Heidi Holmes, Natasha Felsinger, Tracy Breslin, Kennii Pravongviengkham, Boun Pravong, Eduardo Bolanos, Zoran Falkenstein, Charles C. Hart, Tina Talwar
  • Patent number: 10026338
    Abstract: An ultrasound system including an ultrasound machine and an ultrasound probe. The ultrasound probe includes an ultrasound transducer, ultrasound circuitry, a six degree of freedom (6-DOF) sensor, and a probe housing. The probe housing encases the ultrasound transducer and the 6-DOF sensor. By embedding motion-sensing technology directly within the housing of the ultrasound transducer, the position and orientation of the ultrasound probe can be tracked in an automated manner in relation to an indicator mark on the ultrasound screen. This allows assisting technologies to mitigate human error that arises from misalignment of the transducer indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Inventors: Eric Savitsky, Dan Katz, Gabriele Nataneli
  • Patent number: 10026052
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing an electronic task assessment platform are disclosed. The system may include a first computing device, a second computing device and a server communicatively coupled by a network. A first computing device may include a web browser configured with an assessment builder that enables the creation of customizable assessments. A second computing device may include an assessment application for completion of the customized assessment related to task performance evaluations. The completed assessment may be provided to the server that performs objective evaluation of the completed assessment and generates a specialized report including statistical metrics relating to the task performance evaluations. The report is provided to the first computing device and/or the second computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Metrics Medius, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric A. Brown, Pamela Andreatta
  • Patent number: 10013896
    Abstract: This invention is directed to a modular staged simulator and a process of simulating medical trauma and maladies for the purpose of training or certifying individuals including medical professionals. More specifically, this disclosure relates to ex vivo training exercises as opposed to traditional forms of training using intact cadavers, in vivo surgery on animal subjects; and supervised apprenticeship performing surgery on human subjects with trauma or maladies under the watch of a skilled medical practitioner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Inventors: Richard H. Feins, W. Andrew Grubbs, Alexander McLain Grubbs, Matthew M. Dedmon
  • Patent number: 10013531
    Abstract: Context based AR may include receiving a first wireless signal from a pair of context based AR glasses worn by a user. The context based AR glasses may include a display viewable by the user and a camera to image an object viewed by the user. The image of the object may be analyzed, and compared to images of objects stored in a database that includes information associated with the images of the objects. Based on a match, the object viewed by the user may be identified. Based on collaboration of the user with personnel disposed remotely from the user, and the identified object, a second wireless signal may be sent to the pair of context based AR glasses to provide information related to the collaboration, and to further superimpose the information associated with the identified object adjacent to and/or on top of the object viewed by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Inventors: Brian Richards, Brent Robert Blum, Timothy Li, Byron John Schmidt, Amjad-Ali Khoja
  • Patent number: 10008129
    Abstract: A system quantifying clinical skill of a user, comprising: collecting data relating to a surgical task done by a user using a surgical device; comparing the data for the surgical task to other data for another similar surgical task; quantifying the clinical skill of the user based on the comparing of the data for the surgical task to the other data for the other similar surgical task; outputting the clinical skill of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: The Johns Hopkins University
    Inventors: Carol E. Reiley, Gregory D. Hager, Balakrishnan Varadarajan, Sanjeev Pralhad Khudanpur, Rajesh Kumar, Henry C. Lin
  • Patent number: 9990862
    Abstract: An active colonoscopy training model (10) and method of using the same with a colonoscope (60) includes an abdominal model (12), a colorectal tube (16) configured to replicate a human colon, and at least one sensor operably coupled to the colorectal tube (16). The abdominal model (12) comprises an outer body (14) having a hollow interior portion (22), and the colorectal tube (16) is operably coupled to the abdominal model (12) within the interior portion (22). The colorectal tube (16) is configured to receive the colonoscope (60), and the at least one sensor measures one or more of a tension, a force, a pressure, a light, and a position of the colonoscope (60) when the colonoscope (60) is positioned and advanced through the colorectal tube (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Ohio University
    Inventor: Junghun Choi
  • Patent number: 9984592
    Abstract: The present application relates to systems, methods, and devices for simulating the delivery of a fetus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Inventors: John J. Schaefer, Carol L. Simmons
  • Patent number: 9977870
    Abstract: A medication management system is described that is operable to determine whether a user is actually following a protocol, provide additional assistance to a user, starting with instructions, video instructions, and the like, and moving up to contact from a medication administrator if it is determined that the user would need such assistance in any medical adherence situation, including clinical trial settings, home care settings, healthcare administration locations, such as nursing homes, clinics, hospitals and the like. Suspicious activity on the part of a patient or other user of the system is identified and can be noted to a healthcare provider or other service provider where appropriate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: AIC Innovations Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Hanina, Gordon Kessler, Lei Guan
  • Patent number: 9972217
    Abstract: A healthcare content authoring software platform incorporates a healthcare education content authoring assistant software with interactive suggestion interface to assist a healthcare education content author in creating computerized healthcare education contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: i-Human Patients, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig Knoche, Anne Knoche
  • Patent number: 9965976
    Abstract: A phantom for simulating motions of both the body surface and the internal organs simultaneously, having a structure comprising of a body cell 12 and an internal organ part cell 2. The body cell 12 simulates a body. The internal organ part cell 2 is installed inside a body cell 12 and contains internal organ cells 11a and 11b which simulate internal organs like lung and others. Each of the body cell 12, the internal organ part cell 2 and the internal organ cells 11a and 11b has elastic surface and is able to expand like a balloon. Each cell is provided with a protrusion 170 for connecting a tube 40 to pass fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: ACCUTHERA INC.
    Inventors: Eiji Tanabe, Koichiro Sugahara
  • Patent number: 9959785
    Abstract: A laparoscopic trainer platform assembly includes: a training platform; a base, configured to accommodate at least one target array; the target array including a planar surface upon which are disposed a plurality of protruding targets oriented at various angles on the base; a left side support for supporting the training platform on the base; and a right side support for supporting the training platform on the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: VTI MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventor: Angelo Tortola
  • Patent number: 9955008
    Abstract: A system for interacting with a multimedia presentation includes one or more machine-readable codes embedded in a plurality of sequential frames or in individual slides of a multimedia presentation, the frames or slides defining at least one interactive portion of a larger multimedia presentation, a touch-screen driver extension resident on a digital medium and transferable over a network to the digital medium of a touch-screen operated multi-media device, the extension enabling interpretation at the multimedia-enabled interactive response unit of touch-screen taps input during play of the multimedia presentation, and a set of machine instructions resident on a digital medium coupled to or accessible to a multimedia-enabled interactive response system, the machine instructions executable by physical interaction with the one or more of the machine-readable codes in the multimedia presentation to serve one or more additional multimedia presentations to the touch-screen multimedia device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Inventor: Yi Chang
  • Patent number: 9922578
    Abstract: An injection apparatus and training system for prophylactic, curative, therapeutic, acupuncture, or cosmetic injection training and certification. In an embodiment, an injection training system is described that includes a testing tool having a needle and a position sensor, where the position sensor is configured to obtain position information of the testing tool. The system also includes an injection apparatus configured to receive a simulated injection by the testing tool. The system includes a display device configured to receive the position information and to display position data reflective of the position information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: TRUINJECT CORP.
    Inventors: Clark B. Foster, Gabrielle A. Rios, Bruce A. Christie, Khoi Turner
  • Patent number: 9911364
    Abstract: A resettable injection training device having a an outer shell including a proximal end and a distal end, the outer shell defining a chamber there within, an actuation member near a proximal end, and a plunger slidable within the chamber is provided. The device further including a safety shield having an extended locked position, an extended unlocked position and a retracted position, a locking sleeve configured to interact with the safety shield, and a reset shuttle disposed within the safety shield at a distal end of the device, wherein the reset shuttle is slidable relative to the safety shield, such that movement of the reset shuttle toward the proximal end of the device unlocks the safety shield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: JBCB HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Jeff Baker, Hou Shi Shuang, Christopher Chung, Francis Michael Siemer
  • Patent number: 9903792
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a ventilator text fixture comprising a ventilator port that connects to a ventilator through a breathing circuit; where the ventilator delivers air through the ventilator port to a ventilator test fixture at a rate and pressure that can be controlled by a user to simulate inhalation; an input port; where the input port is in fluid communication with the ventilator port; where the input port permits additional simulated secretions or test liquids to be pumped into the ventilator text fixture; one or more bent supports; a liquid reservoir; where the liquid reservoir is operative to hold test fluids; and one or more tubes; where the one or more tubes are in fluid communication with the ventilator port and the input port via the liquid reservoir; and where the one or more bent supports are operative to mimic an anatomy of the trachea.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Inventors: Chelsea Marie Magin, Shravanthi T. Reddy, Rhea Marie May, Michael Ryan Mettetal, MiKayla Maye Henry
  • Patent number: 9898937
    Abstract: A model for practicing laparoscopic surgical skills is provided. The model includes a base having a plurality of practice stations at the upper surface. The practice stations include a cover having a first closed position in which a cavity is concealed beneath the cover and a second open position in which the cover is moved to uncover the cavity. The covers are connected to the surface in a number of ways to provide a variety of haptic responses useful in fine-tuning laparoscopic surgical skills. The cover is configured as a door hinged with or without a bias, a flexible flap, a sliding cover, a lid, and a penetrable sheet. An object for removal is hidden inside the cavity underneath the cover for practicing hand-to-hand transfer of instruments, use of both hands, switching instruments and determining and visualizing tissue planes in a laparoscopic environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Applied Medical Resources Corporation
    Inventors: Nikolai Poulsen, Amy Garces
  • Patent number: 9881520
    Abstract: In the field of virtual reality, virtual tool manipulation systems and related methods and software are described in the present disclosure. One implementation of a virtual tool manipulation system, among others, comprises a motion tracking system configured to generate motion information related to the position of a part of a user's body. The virtual tool manipulation system also comprises a haptic feedback system configured to provide a haptic sensation to the user based on the motion information, the position of a virtual tool, and characteristics of the virtual tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Immersion Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Ullrich, Kevin J. Kunkler
  • Patent number: 9881522
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a chest tube trainer model. Specifically exemplified is a an anatomical model for simulating at least a portion of a thorax that includes a rib portion removably secured to and supported by a base, the rib portion comprised in whole or in part of a hydrogel; and a securing member for holding the anatomical model onto a human; wherein the rib portion has a convex shape defining a space between the base and the rib portion, the space is adapted for receiving a bladder disposed between the rib portion and the base; and at least a portion of the base is formed from puncture resistant material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: SYNDAVER LABS, INC.
    Inventors: Christopher Sakezles, Harry Oleson
  • Patent number: 9855103
    Abstract: Provided herein are systems, modules and methods of using the same for in-situ real time imaging guidance of a robot during a surgical procedure. The systems comprise a plurality of modules that intraoperatively link an imaging modality, particularly a magnetic resonance imaging modality, a medical robot and an operator thereof via a plurality of interfaces. The modules are configured to operate in at least one computer having a memory, a processor and a network connection to enable instructions to generally control the imaging modality, track the robot, track a tissue of interest in an area of procedure, process data acquire from imaging modality and the robot and visualize the area and robot. Also provided are non-transitory computer-readable data storage medium storing computer-executable instructions comprising the modules and a computer program produce tangibly embodied in the storage medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Inventors: Nikolaos v. Tsekos, Nikhil V. Navkar
  • Patent number: 9842515
    Abstract: An apparatus for simulating an animal body cavity for training surgical techniques therein comprises a housing defining an internal cavity with an externally-facing opening therein for access by a trainee to the internal cavity. A cover made of a flexible material which is penetrable by a surgical instrument conceals the opening. At least one internal anatomy and at least one camera are positioned within the internal cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Encoris Group Corporation, Inc.
    Inventor: Jim TenBrink
  • Patent number: 9814531
    Abstract: This system is a computer-based system for analyzing a blood flow at a target vascular site of a subject by means of a computer simulation, having a three-dimensional shape extraction unit, by a computer, for reading a captured image at the target vascular site and generating three-dimensional data representing a shape of a lumen of the target vascular site; a fluid dynamics analysis unit, by a computer, for determining state quantities (pressure and flow velocity) of blood flow at each position of the lumen of the target vascular site by means of computation by imposing boundary conditions relating to blood flow to the three-dimensional shape data; a blood flow characteristic determination unit for determining, from the state quantities of the blood flow determined by the fluid dynamics analysis unit, a wall shear stress vector at each position of the lumen wall surface of the target vascular site, determining relative relationship between a direction of the wall shear stress vector at a specific wall surfac
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Inventors: Takanobu Yagi, Young-Kwang Park