Anatomy, Physiology, Therapeutic Treatment, Or Surgery Relating To Human Being Patents (Class 434/262)
  • Patent number: 9764096
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for automatic injection of a product into an injection site, the device comprising: a container having a displaceable piston; a tubular housing having at least a flexible part which, in a rest state, defines a first opening; a piston rod; and, an intermediate part fixed to the piston rod which defines a diameter larger than the first opening. With sufficient distal displacement of the piston rod, the intermediate part causes the at least a flexible part to deflect outwardly with further distal displacement of the piston rod causing the intermediate part to wholly pass through the first opening with the at least a flexible part returning towards the at rest state, engagement of the at least a flexible part with a surrounding element under force of movement towards the at rest state generating a sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Becton Dickinson France
    Inventor: Lionel Maritan
  • Patent number: 9761155
    Abstract: A method for simulating an effect of surface temperature of an electronic device on skin of a human being when the electronic device is touched by the human being. The method comprises applying heat to a material within a cavity of a body, the body comprising a first end, a second end, an outer surface, and an inner surface that defines the cavity extending between the first end and the second end. The outer surface and the material have heat and thermal conductivity properties similar to human skin. The method comprises sensing a temperature of the material, and sensing a temperature of at least a portion of the outer surface when the portion of the outer surface contacts the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Futurewei Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Qian Han
  • Patent number: 9757238
    Abstract: A pre-operative planning and manufacturing method for orthopedic surgery includes obtaining pre-operative medical image data representing a joint portion of a patient. The method also includes constructing a three-dimensional digital model of the joint portion and manufacturing a patient-specific alignment guide for the joint portion from the three-dimensional digital model of the joint portion when the image data is sufficient to construct the three-dimensional digital model of the joint portion. The patient-specific alignment guide has a three-dimensional patient-specific surface pre-operatively configured to nest and closely conform to a corresponding surface of the joint portion of the patient in only one position relative to the joint portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Biomet Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventor: Robert Metzger
  • Patent number: 9754512
    Abstract: A method of providing real-time feedback of task performance includes receiving sensor data from sensors coupled to an object. The sensor data is received in response to tasks performed on the object and references positional data with respect to a location on the object at which tasks are performed. The method also includes applying the sensor data to a model of performance measurements, which reflect a standard of performance. The method further includes identifying any deviations of the sensor data from data in the model, and outputting feedback in real-time. The feedback includes indicators signaling tasks performed are correctly implemented and indicators signaling tasks performed are incorrectly implemented. Corrective indicators include measures for modifying task performance to achieve an outcome that approaches or meets the standard of performance. The indicators correspond to one or more locations on the object as determined by the positional data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignees: University of Florida Research Foundation, Inc., Augusta University Research Institute, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron Andrew Kotranza, Benjamin Chak Lum Lok, David Scott Lind
  • Patent number: 9741264
    Abstract: A system for medical training includes an anatomical simulator modeled after at least a portion of a body, the simulator including at least one external surface, and at least one cavity in fluidic communication with the external surface via a cavity. The system further includes at least one internal sensor positioned at an internal location of the anatomical simulator, the internal sensor positioned to receive an internal input based on forces applied from within the cavity, at least one external sensor positioned at an external location of the anatomical simulator and to receive an external input based on forces applied to the external surface, and a feedback display system in communication with the sensors to simultaneously record external sensor readings from the at least one external sensor and internal sensor readings from the at least one internal sensor and at least one time measurement device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Medical Teaching Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Carla Marie Pugh
  • Patent number: 9734732
    Abstract: A laparoscopic surgery training kit and method is disclosed. The laparoscopic surgery training kit has improved portability and storability because it is collapsible and foldable. The laparoscopic surgery training kit is assembled by unfolding it into a taut condition and inserting a plurality of rods into a plurality of sleeves on a side panel arrangement to place the laparoscopic surgery training kit into its expanded condition. Holes or slits are provided, which are configured to allow insertion of surgical instruments, such as graspers, and/or configured to allow a camera to view the interior of the laparoscopic surgery training kit. In a preferred embodiment, the camera of a smartphone or tablet device is used, which is placed on the laparoscopic surgery training kit using a stand. The image viewed by the camera is shown to the trainee or examinee as a real-time display, preferably at eye-level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Inventors: Ibrahim Ihsan Jabbour, Dada Najjar Jabbour
  • Patent number: 9711067
    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: May 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Inventors: Richard H. Feins, W. Andrew Grubbs, Alexander McLain Grubbs, Matthew M. Dedmon
  • Patent number: 9691290
    Abstract: Systems for 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: October 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: The Johns Hopkins University
    Inventors: Carol E. Reiley, Gregory D. Hager, Balakrishnan Varadarajann, Sanjeev Pralhad Khudanpur, Rajesh Kumar, Henry C. Lin
  • Patent number: 9679501
    Abstract: An artificial anatomical model used in an embodiment as a simulation and training device for performing a cricothyroidotomy procedure on a patient having an upper airway obstruction is provided. Furthermore, the simulation device includes a mandible and neck base structure that geometrically mimics a human mandible and neck region with corresponding anatomical landmarks such that a cricothyroidotomy procedure can be performed on the device for training purposes in some embodiments. Moreover, various components of the device are easily removable and replaceable independent of one another, further simplifying the training process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: SYNDAVER LABS, INC.
    Inventor: Christopher Sakezles
  • Patent number: 9679113
    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 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: AIC Innovations Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Hanina, Gordon Kessler, Lei Guan
  • Patent number: 9666090
    Abstract: A method for positioning a handheld tool is disclosed. In one embodiment, information is received at a handheld tool for positioning a working end of the handheld tool at a desired position. Information is also received at the handheld tool for aligning the handheld tools at the desired position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Trimble Inc.
    Inventors: Kent Kahle, Pat Bohle, Markus Messmer, Oliver Glockner, Angela Beckenbauer, Till Cramer, Andreas Winter, Reinhard Waibel
  • Patent number: 9652885
    Abstract: A method for generating a virtual radiograph for display on a display device, including providing an image generation system having a processing circuit including a processor and a memory device, the image generation system coupled to the display device. The method further including retrieving three-dimensional image data of an anatomy stored in the memory and retrieving a three-dimensional bone model corresponding to a portion of the anatomy stored in the memory. The method further including associating the three-dimensional bone model with the three-dimensional image data such that the three-dimensional bone model defines first boundary containing a first bounded volume within the three-dimensional image data corresponding to the portion of the anatomy, and performing a volume ray casting process on the three-dimensional image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: MAKO Surgical Corp.
    Inventor: Milan Ikits
  • Patent number: 9649072
    Abstract: A device and method for measurement of spinal mobility are provided for measuring spinal mobility. The apparatus is a hand-held device that includes a gripping portion connected to a force transmitter, a reference member, displacement sensor, and load cell. A force applied downwardly on the gripping portion is transmitted to the force transmitter which is placed on a vertebra of the spine of a subject. The reference member rests on an adjacent vertebra. The displacement sensor determines displacement of the force transmitter relative to the reference member, as a function of the applied force measure by the load cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignees: MTT EHF
    Inventors: Maria Ragnarsdottir, Geir Gudmundsson, Jon Matthiasson, Halldor Kristinsson, Gisli Sverrisson
  • Patent number: 9639661
    Abstract: A system simulating the reviewing process of breast imaging examination (i.e. mammographic) information provides a data file of breast imaging information including mammographic (and other breast imaging examinations) images that may be scored by a trainee on computerized worksheet and expert assessments of those images. Quantitative data in the expert assessment may be compared to trainee-entered data recovered from the worksheet to provide an assessment of trainee proficiency in interpreting breast imaging studies. The data file of breast imaging information may be derived from actual clinical data anonymized and selected to provide for realistic yet demanding simulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
    Inventor: Lonie Salkowski
  • Patent number: 9603540
    Abstract: A method of placing ECG electrodes in an environment where persons of limited training are available includes making a trial placement of the electrodes. Then, the method includes testing the electrodes and evaluating signals from the electrodes as a result of the testing. Verbal or visual feedback can be provided to the person placing the electrodes so that placed electrodes could be adjusted as needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Gregory A. Lillegard, Cameron Brackett
  • Patent number: 9601032
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods appropriate for use in medical training that include materials that better mimic natural human tissue are disclosed. In one aspect a polysiloxane mixture for simulating human biological tissue, especially human breast tissue, is disclosed. In another aspect, a method of manufacturing a biological tissue ultrasound phantom is disclosed. In another aspect, a human breast tissue models are disclosed. In some instances, the human breast tissue model includes at least one simulated pathological structure that simulates such pathologies as a cyst, a medullary carcinoma, a ductal carcinoma, an infiltrating scirrhus carcinoma, a lobular carcinoma, and a fibroadenoma.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Gaumard Scientific Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Neil Trotta, Jennifer Anne Trotta, Siobhain Lowe
  • Patent number: 9595208
    Abstract: Surgical trauma training simulator system including replaceable trauma module structured to mimic a portion of human anatomy and, in particular, a prosthetic anatomical structure containing a periorbital structure that includes an eye-lid and an eye globe in cooperation with a drive mechanism. The system is structured to provide, in operation, an event-driven surgical gesture recognition-based tracking of the simulation of the surgical procedure by the trainee and, in absence of expert trainer, provide visual feedback comparing the tracked simulation with correct sequence of steps of such procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: The General Hospital Corporation
    Inventors: Mark P. Ottensmeyer, Gianluca De Novi, Gregory J. Loan, Ryan Scott Bardsley, John Cho Moore
  • Patent number: 9572495
    Abstract: A method and apparatus of automatically locating in an image of a blood vessel the lumen boundary at a position in the vessel and from that measuring the diameter of the vessel. From the diameter of the vessel and estimated blood flow rate, a number of clinically significant physiological parameters are then determined and various user displays of interest generated. One use of these images and parameters is to aid the clinician in the placement of a stent. The system, in one embodiment, uses these measurements to allow the clinician to simulate the placement of a stent and to determine the effect of the placement. In addition, from these patient parameters various patient treatments are then performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: LIGHTLAB IMAGING, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph M. Schmitt, Joel M. Friedman, Christopher Petroff, Amr Elbasiony
  • Patent number: 9572938
    Abstract: An automatic injection device for providing a subcutaneous injection is disclosed. The device includes a syringe movably disposed in a housing and including a barrel portion, a needle and a bung for sealing the barrel portion. The device includes a plunger for moving the syringe towards a first open end of the housing such that the needle projects from the first end, and for subsequently applying pressure to the bung. The plunger includes a rod connected at a first end to the bung, a compressible expanded central portion, and a flange between a second end of the rod and the central portion. The device also includes a biasing mechanism for biasing the plunger towards the first open end of the housing, the biasing mechanism disposed about the second end of the rod between the flange and a second end of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: AbbVie Biotechnology Ltd
    Inventors: Joseph F. Julian, Steven Rolfe, Stephen Bicknell, Jeremy Marshall
  • Patent number: 9576106
    Abstract: Remote instruction and monitoring of health care may be facilitated by providing feedback to a local doctor performing the medical procedure while the local doctor is performing the medical procedure. Instructions for performing the medical procedure may be received from a remote doctor and transmitted to a local doctor. The local doctor may commence performing the medical procedure, and while the local doctor is performing the medical procedure, image or video of the medical procedure may be processed and compared to the instructions. For example, a first value of a parameter may be obtained from the image or video of the procedure and a second value of the parameter may be obtained from the instructions. Comparison data may be generated from the first value and the second value and presented to the local doctor and/or the remote doctor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: PROXIMIE LLC
    Inventor: Talal Ali Ahmad
  • Patent number: 9569978
    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: May 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Universal Research Solutions, LLC
    Inventor: Ali Adel Hussam
  • Patent number: 9563266
    Abstract: The present technology relates to systems, methods and devices for haptically-enabled virtual reality simulation of cerebral aneurysm clipping, wherein a user uses two physical stations during the simulation. The first station is a haptic and augmented reality station, and the second station is a haptic and virtual reality station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignees: IMMERSIVETOUCH, INC., THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
    Inventors: P. Pat Banerjee, Cristian J. Luciano
  • Patent number: 9564066
    Abstract: The denture construction teaching tool is an educational tool for instructing students on the molding process used to construct removable dental prosthodontics. The denture construction teaching tool includes a base having opposed upper and lower surfaces, and a spacer block releasably secured to the upper surface of the base. A set of tooth molds are releasably secured to the upper surface of the base about the spacer block. Each of the tooth molds has an injection port and a venting port formed therethrough. Each tooth mold further has a lower molding portion and an open upper portion. A removable lid releasably covers the open upper portions of the set of tooth molds, such that a molding material may be injected through the injection ports of the set of tooth molds with excess molding material exiting through the respective venting ports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: KING SAUD UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Waled Mohammed Alshhrani, Hanan Nejer Sahil Alotaibi
  • Patent number: 9564067
    Abstract: An inflatable exhibit of a heart includes an inflatable infrastructure inflatable to a three-dimensional partial representation of the heart at a scale greater than at least, 10:1, but more preferably greater than 20:1, and most preferably, greater than 25:1. The infrastructure includes a cross-sectional plane thereacross. The exhibit further includes a walk-through passageway defined, at least, in part by the inflated infrastructure, and extending through the inflated infrastructure. The cross-sectional plane defines a plane of the passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Medical Inflatable Exhibits, Inc.
    Inventor: Lauren Hill
  • Patent number: 9548003
    Abstract: The present invention is a medical training simulation apparatus for training of medical professionals in medical examinations involving body parts with concealed geometry. The apparatus may comprise a physical model of a body part having an opening and structure that simulates the concealed geometry of a body part and may receive an inserted medical tool. A video display may be disposed within the structure of the apparatus to display at least one image of a physical defect or medical condition for the body part. The at least one image may e be alterable such that its appearance simulates the appearance of the defect or medical condition within the concealed geometry when viewed using the medical tool in relation to an applicable human or animal subject patient. The training apparatus is operable for one or more simulations for training a trainee in a medical examination or procedure for a body part in accordance with a training method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Inventors: Vito Forte, Paolo Campisi
  • Patent number: 9530332
    Abstract: Systems and methods for managing the toilet training process of a child are provided. In one aspect, a computer system for managing toilet training a person is provided. The computer system includes a memory device, a display device, and a processor in communication with the memory device and the display device. The processor is programmed to provide a first set of functionality accessible using the display device. The processor is also programmed to provide a set of enhanced functionality configured in a disabled status. The processor is further programmed to utilize the first set of functionality to identify completion of a toilet training milestone, and reconfigure the second set of enhanced functionality to an enabled status based on identifying completion of the toilet training milestone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Kelly Wade Jackson, Anita Marie-Nanette Gilgenbach, Carolyn Marie Eisele, Adam Howard Dreyer
  • Patent number: 9520073
    Abstract: A novel system and apparatus for testing surgical fastening devices in an ex-vivo body wall wound closure simulation device is disclosed. The system is particularly useful with simulating abdominal wall wound closure. The system has a body wall curvature approximator device, a tissue fixation system, and a tissue support and tensioner device. The system provides for anatomically correct presentation and tensioning on body wall tissue specimens for ex-vivo wound closure simulation. The system may also be used for other anatomic tissue specimens in addition to body walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: John Matonick, Matthew Pfefferkorn
  • Patent number: 9514437
    Abstract: In one aspect, a mobile device comprises a local content store, one or more media playback components, one or more content capture components, and an instructional module agent comprising an authoring application and a playback application. The authoring application is configured to allow an author to create and edit instructional modules each comprising one or more media playback steps, each step comprising media that can be displayed or played, and to use the content capture components to capture content, store the captured content in the local content store, and configure at least one of the steps to display or play the captured content using the media playback components. The playback application is configured to play the instructional modules using the media playback components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Cubic Corporation
    Inventors: Michael J. Becker, Aaron Cammarata, Peter A. Bonanni, III, David S. Maynard, John Alan Main, John R. Lowell, Lawton Campbell
  • Patent number: 9504492
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for the manufacture of a three-dimensional life-size model of a human child's skull, as well as to methods using the model. The invention provides method for the manufacture of a child's skull within its first year of life. The method comprises the steps of establishing shape characteristics of a child's skull from the group of features including the horizontal curvature of the forehead, the vertical curvature of the forehead, the width of the forehead, the fronto-nasal angle, the fronto-occipital diameter, the biparietal diameter and the horizontal radius of curvature of the occipital module, selecting one or more of the established features and preparing a three-dimensional model of a child's skull or parts from the skull from the selected features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Inventor: Hannes Haberl
  • Patent number: 9507912
    Abstract: The present disclosure involves a method of simulating a pulse generator on a portable electronic device. A graphical user interface is provided via a touch-sensitive screen of the portable electronic device. The graphical user interface is configured to facilitate interactive user engagements with the portable electronic device. A pulse generator simulator is launched on the portable electronic device in response to a request from the user. The pulse generator simulator provides a virtual pulse generator that duplicates a plurality of functionalities and features of an actual pulse generator. The virtual pulse generator is programmed based on user input received via the graphical user interface. One or more statuses of the virtual pulse generator are then displayed via the graphical user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Nuvectra Corporation
    Inventors: Norbert Kaula, Yohannes Iyassu
  • Patent number: 9486584
    Abstract: A method for treating a disorder using an automatic injection device is disclosed. The device includes a syringe movably disposed in a housing and including a barrel portion, a needle and a bung for sealing the barrel portion. The device includes a syringe actuation component for moving the syringe towards a first open end of the housing such that the needle projects from the first end, and for subsequently applying pressure to the bung. The syringe actuation component includes a pressurizer, a rod comprising a compressible portion projecting therefrom, and a flange between a second end of the rod and the compressible portion. The device also includes a biasing mechanism for biasing the syringe actuation component towards the first open end of the housing, the biasing mechanism disposed about the second end of the rod between the flange and a second end of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: AbbVie Biotechnology Ltd.
    Inventors: Joseph F. Julian, Steven Rolfe, Stephen Bicknell, Jeremy Marshall
  • Patent number: 9486292
    Abstract: Embodiments of systems, methods, and computer-readable media for real-time winding analysis for knot detection are disclosed. For example, one embodiment of the present invention includes a method having the steps of receiving a first wrapping signal indicating a first wrapping of the simulated thread around a second tool to create a first loop. The method further includes determining a first wrapping direction based at least in part on the first wrapping signal; receiving a first tightening signal indicating a pulling of a first end of the simulated thread through the first loop; determining a first half-hitch based at least in part on the first winding direction and the first tightening signal; and outputting the first half-hitch. In another embodiment, a computer-readable media includes code for a carrying out such a method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Donald Douglas Nelson, Milan Ikits, Chih-Hao Ho, Kevin Kunkler
  • Patent number: 9489868
    Abstract: A simulation device for simulating the operation of a medication delivery device comprises a housing (1) and a moveable element (4) partly disposed in the housing (1). The moveable element is moveable from a first position to a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Christopher James Smith, Alastair Clarke, David Sanders
  • Patent number: 9483119
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a stereo interactive method adapted for an interactive scene of a stereo display device and a stereo interactive operating stick. The method includes: obtaining motion trajectory information of the operating stick; calculating invasion degree information of an invasion that the operating stick applies to a virtual object displayed by the display device according to motion trajectory information and preset property information of the virtual object; calculating interaction feedback information according to motion trajectory information, invasion degree information and the preset property information; and controlling the operating stick and the virtual object to make responses matched with the preset property of the virtual object according to the interaction feedback information. The present further provides stereo interactive display device, operating stick and system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: SUPERD CO. LTD
    Inventor: Lingfeng Jiang
  • Patent number: 9472122
    Abstract: An anatomical simulation training device is disclosed in an embodiment herein. The anatomical device includes an anatomical model comprising a quadrant of a torso. The model includes a first opening and a second opening, wherein a first passageway connects between the first and the second opening. The model further includes a third opening, wherein a second passageway connects between the third opening and the second opening. The first passageway is configured to receive a first conduit, and the second passageway is configured to receive a second conduit. The first and second conduits are removable and replaceable. The model is comprised of, in part or in whole, a hydrogel, and said model quadrant torso mimics at least a portion of a human or non-human animal quadrant torso, and simulates at least one predetermined physical characteristic of a human or non-human animal torso with at least fifty percent or more similarity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: SYNDAVER LABS, INC.
    Inventor: Christopher Sakezles
  • Patent number: 9460639
    Abstract: A diaphragm respiratory signal simulator is activated by skin voltage that is coupled to the simulator by many ways such as but not limited to a user sliding a finger over a conductive surface, the user sliding a finger over surfaces close to the conductive element, touch or sliding the finger over the ventilator screen. The conductive surface is electrically connected to a ring electrode at a distal part of a manikin's esophagus. The diaphragm respiratory signal simulator produces a synthetic diaphragm electrical signal that triggers a ventilator to deliver a supported breath, which is proportional to the strength of the generated signal. This process allows safe and successful training on the operations of NAVA mode of ventilation and catheter positioning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: University of Dammam
    Inventor: Ahmed Abdelkarim Mansi
  • Patent number: 9453788
    Abstract: An acute medical particulate testing device for determining particle shed from a medical device during implantation. The device includes a closed loop system through which a solution is forcibly passed. An inlet port allows a catheter-mounted medical device to be incorporated into the flow loop. At least one tortuous passage is provided to replicate the vascular pathway and tortuosity which simulates the turns and bends and rubbing that affect particulate release from an implantable medical device as it is passed through the vasculature. A debubbler is provided to remove air bubbles from the solution before it is passed into a particle counting device that counts particle shed from the medical device during the simulated implantation. A filter having desired porosity removes particles from the solution. A final filter system removes all particles and air bubbles from the solution before it is re-circulated through the loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: DYNATEK LABS, INC.
    Inventors: James C. Conti, Elaine R. Strope
  • Patent number: 9449415
    Abstract: Method and system for presenting a lesson plan having a plurality of keyframes is provided. The method includes initializing a fixed variable for a first keyframe; detecting an input from a user at an interactive display device; correlating the input with a gesture from a gesture set and one or more of database domains from among a plurality of database domains; displaying an image at the interactive display device when all mutable variables for the first keyframe content are determined based on the input; manipulating the image using a gesture associated with the displayed image and any associated database domains; and transitioning to a next keyframe using animation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: MIND Research Institute
    Inventors: Matthew R. Peterson, Nigel Nisbet, Theodore Alteneder
  • Patent number: 9420992
    Abstract: A method for accessing the lumen of a vessel may utilize a reusable handheld device. The reusable handheld device includes an imaging device attachment utilized to secure an image capturing instrument, an arm coupled to the imaging device attachment, and a depth scale coupled to the arm, wherein the depth scale provides a scale indicating an insertion depth. A disposable cartridge attaches to the reusable handheld device. The disposable cartridge includes a sheath, needle or guidewire coupled to the disposable cartridge. The sheath or needle extends to the insertion depth when fully advanced, thereby allowing the sheath, needle, or guidewire to access the lumen of a vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: HOUSTON MEDICAL ROBOTICS, INC.
    Inventors: Jeffery J. Sheldon, Kenneth R. Smith, Bruce W. Dannecker, Joseph M. Lacey, Katherine E. Goodwin
  • Patent number: 9414807
    Abstract: An ultrasound diagnosis system, a medical image display apparatus and displaying method that simultaneously acquires virtual endoscopy image data and multi-planar-reconstruction (MPR) image data of a diagnosing target region based on the volume data acquired from an object. Virtual endoscopy image data is generated by setting up a viewing point and a viewing direction on a volume data acquired from the object. A marker is provided on a target region of a lumen organ shown in the virtual endoscopy image data for setting up an observing direction. A reference line started from the volume data is set up along an observing direction. By comparing a voxel value of the volume data that is crossing to the reference line with a prescribed threshold value, a reference point where a surface of the diagnosing target region crosses the reference line is set up to the volume data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Kenji Hamada, Yoshitaka Mine, Itsuki Kuga, Eiichi Shiki
  • Patent number: 9418574
    Abstract: A surgical operation training device 13 comprises a simulation body 83 subjected to a predetermined treatment during surgical operation training, a holder 84 for holding the simulation body 83 from below, a support 85 for supporting the holder 84 workably, a wire 86 for coupling the holder 84 with the support 85, and a control unit 71 for controlling operation of the holder 84. The wire 86 is formed of a shape memory material which can contract from an original shape when a current flows through the wire. The control unit 71 comprises a drive signal generating means 114 for supplying a current to the wire 86 at a predetermined timing and for performing operation control on the holder 84 with a change in the shape of the wire 86 by varying the supply state of current to the wire 86.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: EBM Corporation
    Inventors: Young Kwang Park, Yasuyuki Shiraishi
  • Patent number: 9418573
    Abstract: A system for simulating a surgical procedure, which includes a housing covering an anatomical model. The model is made up of simulated tissue supported on a base assembly that allows pivoting and rotation of the simulated tissue. The simulated tissue includes a portion that represents soft tissue, such as dermal tissue, muscle, connective tissue and the like, and a portion that represents hard tissue, such as osseous tissue. The housing includes apertures through which a surgical instrument may be inserted for simulating a procedure on the simulated tissue. Cannulas may be set within the apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Innovative Surgical Designs, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven M. Hammerman
  • Patent number: 9390457
    Abstract: Devices and methods for competency training and use authorization for dispensing an agent are described, which include: an agent-dispensing device including a reservoir configured to store agents, a controllable agent-dispensing mechanism in communication with the reservoir, a locking mechanism coupled to the controllable agent-dispensing mechanism, a microprocessor including circuitry, use sensors to monitor at least one operational step for use of the agent-dispensing device, training circuitry configured to train the user and to assign a value for each of the monitored at least one operational step for use of the agent-dispensing device, verification circuitry configured to determine if the assigned value for each of the monitored at least one operational step for use of the agent-dispensing device meets or exceeds a pre-defined performance threshold, and activation circuitry responsive to the verification circuitry and configured to deactivate the locking mechanism to allow dispensing of agents if the ass
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    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: 9373166
    Abstract: An endo-robot can be tracked and a reconstructed 3D volume of data can be created for virtual endoscopy. The 3D position and orientation of each image captured by the endo-robot is determined. The longitudinal distance traveled inside the structure of interest is determined. The position, orientation and longitudinal distance are used to register the position of the endo-robot to a corresponding position inside the 3D volume of data. Virtual endoscopy can be used to locate areas of interest and correlate clinical findings with the images of the areas of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: SIEMENS MEDICAL SOLUTIONS USA, INC.
    Inventor: Fred S. Azar
  • Patent number: 9373271
    Abstract: A defibrillator training system having a magnetic training pad connectable to a torso dummy is provided. The magnetic connection between the training pad and the torso dummy allows the defibrillator training pads to be re-used by being magnetically attached and detached to and from the torso dummy without requiring replacement pads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Inventor: Cristine Petruzziello
  • Patent number: 9368047
    Abstract: The present invention takes the form of a device for training a user in defibrillation technique. The device includes a non-conductive belt that encircles a chest of a typical training simulator. The device includes conductive studs disposed in the AP or AL position, and therefore allows for training of the AP or AL defibrillation technique, respectively. The device can be used in conjunction with a high-technology simulator. In such a case the conductive studs redirect simulated cardiac rhythm signals and defibrillator electricity, allowing for the simulation of defibrillation in the AP position. The device can also be used in conjunction with a low-technology simulator or a pillow to provide AP and/or AL defibrillation functionality. In such a case, a rhythm simulator is used to simulate heart rhythm and dissipate defibrillation energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: The Johns Hopkins University
    Inventors: Jordan Duval-Arnould, Julie Campbell, Elizabeth Hunt
  • Patent number: 9361809
    Abstract: The present system and method related to simulating medical procedures. The system and method comprise a body cavity simulator and at least one camera. The body cavity simulator comprises a channel having a proximal end, a distal end, and an inner longitudinal passage extending between the proximal end and the distal end. The channel is partially made of a material comprised of one of the following: a transparent material, a translucent material, a semi-transparent material. The channel receives at least one simulated medical instrument through the proximal end. The at least one camera is adapted for capturing through the material of the channel a pattern of a tracking device of the at least one simulated medical instrument inserted in the channel. The camera transmits data corresponding to the captured pattern of the tracking device to a processing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: CAE Inc.
    Inventor: Francois Caron
  • Patent number: 9360670
    Abstract: A display device includes a first display unit, a second display unit, and a first image acquisition unit, a second image acquisition unit, an image processing unit, and an image output unit. A display method includes acquiring a first image and a second image by first image acquisition unit and second image acquisition unit respectively, both of the first image and the second image include the target image; determining a display information in accordance with the target image; determining a first display position in the first image and a second display position in the second image in accordance with the target image; displaying the first display image corresponding to the display information at the first display position and the second display image corresponding to the display information at the second display position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignees: BEIJING LENOVO SOFTWARE LTD., LENOVO (BEIJING) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Liuxin Zhang, Xu Zhao
  • Patent number: 9361808
    Abstract: The present simulated medical instrument is adapted for insertion in a channel of a body cavity simulator. The present simulated medical instrument comprises a tube and at least one tracking device. The tube comprises a proximal end and a distal end. The tube is sized and shaped for insertion in the channel of the body cavity simulator. The at least one tracking device is located in proximity of the distal end of the tube, the tracking device having a pattern detectable via camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: CAE Inc.
    Inventor: Francois Caron
  • Patent number: 9355574
    Abstract: A method is provided for a 3D virtual training system. The 3D virtual training system includes a 3D display screen and an operating device, and the method includes initializing a virtual medical training session to be displayed on the 3D display screen, where 3D display contents include at least a 3D virtual image of a surgery site. The method also includes obtaining user interaction inputs via the operating device and the 3D display screen, and displaying on the 3D display screen a virtual surgery device and a virtual surgery operation on the surgery site by the virtual surgery device. Further, the method includes determining an operation consequence based on the user interaction inputs and the surgery site, rendering the operation consequence based on the surgery site and effects of the virtual surgery operation, and displaying 3D virtual images of the rendered operation consequence on the 3D display screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: SUPERD CO. LTD.
    Inventors: Peiyun Jian, Dongfang Li, Ning Liu, Lei Song, Zhang Ge