Anatomy, Physiology, Therapeutic Treatment, Or Surgery Relating To Human Being Patents (Class 434/262)
  • Publication number: 20140302472
    Abstract: A system for coaching breathing techniques includes a processor and storage device. An input receiver connected to the processor receives selection of a selected breathing technique. When executed, the processor causes a presentation in a first portion of the display device representing a desired breathing pattern based on the selected breathing technique. The processor monitors breathing sounds from a microphone and causes a presentation in a second portion of the display device representing an actual breathing pattern of a user. The processor correlates the actual breathing pattern with the desired breathing pattern based on the selected breathing technique and provides directions to the user to inhale and exhale according to the selected breathing technique. An image acquisition device acquires image data of the user. The processor correlates the image data of the user with predetermined relaxation images and provides directions to the user to establish a relaxing posture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2013
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: XEROX BUSINESS SERVICES, LLC
    Inventor: Denise L. Fletcher
  • Publication number: 20140302473
    Abstract: Provided is a stethoscopy training system which is inexpensive and has a simple configuration, without using a device which measures a respiratory operation of a simulated patient. The stethoscopy training system for this objective is formed from: a simulated stethoscope (1) having a sound acquisition unit further comprising a location display means (1d), a tube, and ear pipes; a location sensing means (2) for sensing the location of the sound acquisition unit; biological sound database (3); a biological sound reproducing means (4); and a timing display means (5) for displaying a timing of a repetition of a reproduced respiratory sound. The database retains as information biological sounds which are prerecorded from actual patients in correspondence with chest locations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicants: Kenzmedico Co., Ltd., National University Corporation Chiba University
    Inventors: Toshiya Nakaguchi, Masahiro Tanabe
  • Patent number: 8851898
    Abstract: Manikin for the training of medical personnel and the like, comprising electrical circuitry for sensing of input parameters and controlling of output parameters. The manikin comprises a plate comprising metal, for the conduction of heat generated by said electrical circuitry, away from said circuitry. The said plate serves as a structural part, as it is connected, directly or indirectly, to at least one of the group consisting of thighs, pelvis, neck (head), and arms. Furthermore, the plate constitutes at least a part of a Faraday cage surrounding a manikin main board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Laerdal Medical AS
    Inventor: Tor Elden
  • Patent number: 8845334
    Abstract: An apparatus for teaching and practicing an ophthalmologic surgical technique of creating the continuous curvilinear capsulorhexis comprises a housing with a first base end and a second suction cup end for holding a malleable body; a flexible film or cellophane-type membrane covers the operating area of the malleable body; this flexible film can be held into place on the first base end with a first cap with an aperture or opening; in between the first base end and the second suction cup end, there can be a flexible stock with a threaded connection. There can also be a second cap addition, which simulates a cornea and anterior chamber, which can be filled with viscoelastic material, which can increase the pressure in the eye and flattens the anterior capsule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Inventor: Stuart Stoll
  • Publication number: 20140287393
    Abstract: A system to assist in at least one of the evaluation of or the improvement of skills to perform minimally invasive surgery includes a minimally invasive surgical system, a video system arranged to record at least one of a user's interaction with the minimally invasive surgical system or tasks performed with the minimally invasive surgical system, and a data storage and processing system in communication with the minimally invasive surgical system and in communication with the video system. The minimally invasive surgical system provides at least one of motion data, ergonomics adjustment data, electrical interface interaction data or mechanical interface interaction data of at least a component of the minimally invasive surgical system in conjunction with time registered video signals from the video system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2011
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: THE JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Rajesh Kumar, Gregory D. Hager, Amod S. Jog, David D. Yuh
  • Publication number: 20140287395
    Abstract: A method for medical skills training is provided that includes simulating a current condition of at least one simulated patient wherein the current condition comprises dynamic physiology, appearance, and behavior of the patient using one or more physiology models; outputting the simulated patient in the current condition on a visual display; receiving input from one or more users, wherein the input represents one or more medical interactions to be virtually applied to the simulated patient; processing the inputs using the physiology model in conjunction with one or more physiological variables that change over time based on the physiology model, in response to corresponding deterioration clocks and the inputs; and outputting one or more changes to the current condition of the simulated patient by applying different animations to the simulated patient based on the processed inputs. As system and computer readable media for medical skills training are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: VCOM3D, INC.
    Inventors: Daniel Stephen Silverglate, Tu Thanh Lam, Edward Mitford Sims
  • Publication number: 20140288944
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods for dispensing or distributing a drug, particularly a potentially teratogenic drug, to a patient while minimizing the occurrence of an adverse side effect. In particular, the present invention provides methods for dispensing or distributing a drug containing topiramate to a patient in need of weight loss to minimize the occurrence of potential birth defects associated with the drug. Methods for providing training to prescribers on the potential risks associated with particular drugs are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventors: Michael MILLER, Barbara TROUPIN
  • Publication number: 20140288529
    Abstract: A system and method for resetting a locking mechanism of a medicament delivery or training device is provided herein. The system and method include a central shaft comprising a slotted ring, a pronged ring, a spring, a spring clamp, an actuator button, and a lock ring. Following the firing of the medicament device, wherein the actuation member has been activated and the lock ring in the unlocked position, the system and method can be initiated to reset the locking mechanism such that the components of the system and the lock ring are reset to the locked position before the actuation member can be actuated for a subsequent injection or training.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventors: Jeff Baker, Paul van der Pol, Hou Shi Shuang
  • Publication number: 20140276568
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods are described for using an autoinjector device. In one aspect, an autoinjector device comprises a housing and a plunger slidably mounted to the housing, the plunger including a tapered region. An actuator urges the plunger with respect to the housing from a storage position to a launch position, and a friction element about a portion of the tapered region resists a movement of the plunger from the storage position to the launch position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Morris Elijah Worden, Anthony Torris, Alistair Bramley, Eric Freitag, Daniel Formosa
  • Publication number: 20140276414
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention include a medicament device configured to provide stepwise instructions for using the device to a user in a particular sequence is provided. The device includes a reusable housing configured to receive a container, the reusable housing including a control interface, the control interface including at least one responsive member reactive to a user input, an actuation member configured to interact with the container, a signal output component associated with the reusable housing; and circuitry associated with the reusable housing configured to control a provision of the stepwise instructions to the user in the particular sequence.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Jeff Baker, Mark Bunker, Paul Van der pol, Hou Shi Shuang
  • Publication number: 20140272865
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments of a virtual reality surgical training simulator may be described. A virtual reality surgical training simulator may have a rendering engine, a physics engine, a metrics engine, a graphical user interface, and a human machine interface. The rendering engine can display a three-dimensional representation of a surgical site containing visual models of organs and surgical tools located at the surgical site. The physics engine can perform a variety of calculations in real time to represent realistic motions of the tools, organs, and anatomical environment. A graphical user interface can be present to allow a user to control a simulation. Finally, a metrics engine may be present to evaluate user performance and skill based on a variety of parameters that can be tracked during a simulation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Peter KIM
  • Publication number: 20140272862
    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: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Ali Adel Hussam
  • Publication number: 20140272861
    Abstract: Described are methods and systems to train a user in the proper operation of a manual patch pump to ensure that the user can attach the patch pump to a suitable location on the skin of the user and actuate the pump correctly in accordance with a prescribed dosing schedule or a self-calculated dosing schedule.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: LifeScan Scotland Limited
    Inventors: Eric David BERGMAN, David Elder
  • Publication number: 20140272866
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments of a virtual reality surgical training simulator may be described. A virtual reality surgical training simulator may have a rendering engine, a physics engine, a metrics engine, a graphical user interface, and a human machine interface. The rendering engine can display a three-dimensional representation of a surgical site containing visual models of organs and surgical tools located at the surgical site. The physics engine can perform a variety of calculations in real time to represent realistic motions of the tools, organs, and anatomical environment. A graphical user interface can be present to allow a user to control a simulation. Finally, a metrics engine may be present to evaluate user performance and skill based on a variety of parameters that can be tracked during a simulation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Peter KIM
  • Publication number: 20140272867
    Abstract: A method and system are presented for performing virtual surgery simulations. The computer system includes a processor and a memory. The method includes receiving user input from a user via a user interface. The user input includes input representing surgical operations or non-surgical invasive procedures. The method also includes processing the user input and utilizing the input to generate or modify a computational model. The method also includes running simulations using the computational model in accordance with the user input. After running the simulations, the method further includes determining results from the simulations. The results correspond to probable effects or outcomes of performing real life surgical operations or non-surgical invasive procedures corresponding to the user input. Last, the method includes presenting the results to the user via the user interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Mark B. Ratcliffe, Liang Ge, Alan Bao-Chan Dang
  • Publication number: 20140272864
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments of a virtual reality surgical training simulator may be described. A virtual reality surgical training simulator may have a rendering engine, a physics engine, a metrics engine, a graphical user interface, and a human machine interface. The rendering engine can display a three-dimensional representation of a surgical site containing visual models of organs and surgical tools located at the surgical site. The physics engine can perform a variety of calculations in real time to represent realistic motions of the tools, organs, and anatomical environment. A graphical user interface can be present to allow a user to control a simulation. Finally, a metrics engine may be present to evaluate user performance and skill based on a variety of parameters that can be tracked during a simulation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Peter KIM
  • Publication number: 20140276413
    Abstract: In one embodiment of the invention, a container for storing a medicament prior to use is provided. The container includes a first housing for containing a medicament, a second housing, wherein the first housing is movable relative to the second housing, and an injection member associated with a lower portion of the first housing, wherein when the first housing moves relative to the second housing in a first direction to deliver the medicament, the injection member extends from the second housing traversing a first contaminant barrier disposed at a lower portion of the second housing. The first housing moves relative to the second housing in a second direction wherein the injection member is retracted into the second housing to prevent an unintentional contact with the injection member. In a further embodiment, an actuation mechanism for actuation of an injection includes a rotatable member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Jeff Baker, Mark Bunker, Paul van der Pol
  • Publication number: 20140272860
    Abstract: Work flows are modeled as a graph of interdependent tasks to be performed. The tasks to be performed are set by a task file module configured to enable interactions between tasks and including modules for event viewing, protocol assistance, smart messaging, smart indices, reference material lookup. A decision support manager module is configured to construct data and model profiles for storage in a data and model profile bank, events for storage in a decision support events bank, and protocols for storage in a decision support protocol bank. Configuration files are provided to specify a configuration for execution of one of the tasks. Data entered through a user interface or from a network via a wireless or wired communication module may define task files in the task files module, configuration files in the configuration files module, as well as data, events, and protocols to be used for a defibrillation procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Physio-Control, Inc.
    Inventors: Ken Peterson, Mitchell A. Smith, Denny Craig Edwards, Nathaniel Paul Barcelos, James Wootten, Clayton Young, Randy L. Merry, Dana S. Lewis, John C. Daynes, Paul R. Juhasz, David Okey, Steven Witters, Ira M. Turner
  • Publication number: 20140272863
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments of a virtual reality surgical training simulator may be described. A virtual reality surgical training simulator may have a rendering engine, a physics engine, a metrics engine, a graphical user interface, and a human machine interface. The rendering engine can display a three-dimensional representation of a surgical site containing visual models of organs and surgical tools located at the surgical site. The physics engine can perform a variety of calculations in real time to represent realistic motions of the tools, organs, and anatomical environment. A graphical user interface can be present to allow a user to control a simulation. Finally, a metrics engine may be present to evaluate user performance and skill based on a variety of parameters that can be tracked during a simulation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Peter KIM
  • Publication number: 20140278482
    Abstract: The present disclosure in some embodiments relates to a computer-based method for improving the pharmaceutical understanding of a user. The method includes receiving medication data from a source, wherein the medication data is related to a user's prescribed, dispensed, or claimed medicines; associating a unique ID for each user with the medication data for the user; providing a user interface, whereby the data for a user is accessible to the user only after the user has provided an authentication, wherein the medication data accessible to the user via the user interface comprises the one or more medications the user is taking.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: MyMeds, Inc.
    Inventor: Rajiv R. Shah
  • Patent number: 8834171
    Abstract: A simulation system for training in endoscopic operations includes an endoscope apparatus, including at least one input for inserting an endoscopic working instrument, a sensor arrangement to detect a movement of the endoscopic working instrument, a control device to generate a virtual image of an endoscopic operation scene depending on a movement of the endoscopic working instrument, transmission means to transmit measured values supplied by the sensor arrangement to the control device for use in generating the virtual image and a display device to display the virtual image, where the sensor arrangement includes at least one optic sensor that interacts with a surface of a shaft of the endoscopic working instrument to detect the movement of the endoscopic working instrument. A flexible endoscope, an endoscopic working instrument and a method for recording a movement of an endoscopic working instrument as well as a method for training in endoscopic operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Karl Storz GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Bernhard Gloeggler, Bjoern Speiser, Thomas Hinding
  • Patent number: 8834172
    Abstract: Apparatus, including a mockup cavity, simulating an actual body cavity of a human subject, wherein walls defining the mockup cavity comprise a tissue equivalent material (TEM). An array of electrodes are embedded in the walls. The apparatus further includes a programmable signal generator, connected to the electrodes, and configured to apply varying potentials to the array of electrodes so as to simulate electrophysiological potentials occurring in the actual body cavity on surfaces of the walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Biosense Webster (Israel) Ltd.
    Inventors: Vladimir Rubinstein, Meir Bar-Tal, Michael Levin
  • Patent number: 8834170
    Abstract: Devices and methods that combine an actual surgical instrument handle, for example the handle of an AutoSuture EndoStitch™ device, with a force feedback generator able to create resistance to motion similar to that encountered in a real operating environment. The devices and methods provide a means for repeatedly performing maneuvers that accurately simulate the actual instrument, but in a virtual environment. The devices have haptic capabilities and collision detection so that the virtual device, such as the needle driver of the EndoStitch™ device, is “aware” of instrument contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: University of Florida Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventors: Sergei N. Kurenov, Juan Carlos Cendan, Jorg Peters
  • Publication number: 20140255893
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method and skills assessment tool for managing a testing session in a clinical skills testing center comprising a plurality of assessment stations. The method according to the preferred embodiment of the present invention includes configuring the plurality of assessment stations by associating each of the stations with a case type prior to the beginning of the testing session, receiving electronic identification of a student at one of a plurality of assessment stations prior to the student commencing an encounter at the one assessment station during the testing session, and, in response to receiving the student's identification, automatically assigning the student to the one assessment station for the encounter, where the encounter corresponds with the case type associated with the one assessment station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: ATELLIS, INC.
    Inventor: Lucas K. HUANG
  • Publication number: 20140255892
    Abstract: A device and method of tapering medication in a post-operative patient is provided. The system includes a stationary base having indicia thereon representative of a defined period of time; a first circular wheel concentrically positioned on the stationary base, the first circular wheel representative of a first medication being taken by a patient; and a pin coupling the substantially circular wheel to said stationary base to permit the wheel to rotate 360 degrees about said base. The method of tapering medication includes gradually increasing the time intervals that medication is administered to a post-operative patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare
    Inventor: Celeste Rene Knoff
  • Patent number: 8827720
    Abstract: Systems, methods and devices for trauma assessment and tourniquet, cricoids cartilage and tension pneumothorax training including use of modular arms, legs and torso parts, that each include self-contained simulators having realistic symptoms of bleeding, pulse rates, smells and the like so that students can be trained to both assess patient trauma and train students to control bleeding through tourniquets. Also the use of digital communication devices for presenting educational content and controlling the operations of the modular system parts for training purposes. Devices and methods of teaching cricothyrotomy techniques through reusable neck collars having segmented fluid filled chambers, adjustable trachea tools with moveable parts, as well as enhanced teaching and recording the teaching results from multiple students.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignees: CHI Systems, Inc., University of Central Florida Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd Lazarus, Glenn A. Martin
  • Patent number: 8827719
    Abstract: Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training manikins and methods of using CPR training manikins are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Emory University
    Inventors: Arthur L. Kellermann, David Sanborn, Daniel Wu
  • Patent number: 8827721
    Abstract: A method and system for determining the adequacy of abdominal thrusts applied to choking victims during performance of the Heimlich maneuver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: ZOLL Medical Corporation
    Inventor: Mark H. Totman
  • Publication number: 20140248596
    Abstract: A surgical simulation system is provided. The system includes at least one simulated body organ placed upon the base of an organ tray and at least one covering layer placed over the simulated body organ. At least one of the simulated body organ and covering layer includes electro-conductive gel that is operably severable under application of electrical current to simulate electrosurgery in a training environment. The training environment comprises a top cover connected to and spaced apart from a base to define an internal cavity that is partially obstructed from direct observation by a practitioner. The tray, simulated body organs and covering layer are placed inside the internal cavity for the practice of laparoscopic surgical procedures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: Applied Medical Resources Corporation
    Inventors: Charles C. Hart, Eduardo Bolanos, Sam Chehayeb
  • Publication number: 20140243749
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a method includes producing, from an adapter, a first wireless signal characterized by a first communication mode with a computing device when a portion of at least one of a medicament delivery device or a simulated medicament delivery is disposed within the adapter. An indication is received when the portion of the medicament delivery device or the simulated medicament delivery device is removed from the adapter. A second wireless signal characterized by a second communication mode with the computing device is produced in response to the indication. The second communication mode is different from the first communication mode. The second communication mode can be, for example, a hold mode, a sniff mode or a park mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: INTELLIJECT, INC.
    Inventors: Eric S. EDWARDS, Evan T. EDWARDS, Mark J. LICATA, Paul F. MEYERS, Vaishali KAMAT, Steven David Gardner, Robert George Milner
  • Publication number: 20140242563
    Abstract: A national standardized protocol developed by interfacing the FDA, medical societies, pharmaceutical companies, surgical companies, and patient focus groups for education patients about medications and surgical procedures which can be modified as new risks are discovered is desirable. Linking patient metadata to received information and then being able to identify patients about new risks and communicate to each patient is also desirable. Patients should receive all currently available information about a medication or surgical procedure and receive any newly discovered information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: Complete Consent, LLC
    Inventor: Sidney P. Smith
  • Publication number: 20140242564
    Abstract: A portable surgical training device is provided. The trainer includes a top cover spaced apart from a base to form a simulated body cavity for locating model organs that are substantially obscured from the field of view of the user. The top cover includes a video display, fixed insertion ports and interchangeable inserts containing simulated tissue layers. The training device has open sides for demonstrating and training lateral surgical techniques including a simulated or live tissue colon attached to a support leg for simulating transanal minimally invasive surgery. A training endoscope with an adjustable focal length for use with the trainer and, in particular, with optical trocars is disclosed. The surgical trainer can be angled and is well suited for training laparoscopic surgery techniques and demonstrating surgical instruments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: Applied Medical Resources Corporation
    Inventors: Boun Pravong, Kennii Pravongviengkham, Lee Cohen, Charles C. Hart, Vivek Sikri, Zoran Falkenstein, Eduardo Bolanos, Adam Hoke, Jacob J. Filek, Michael Palermo
  • Publication number: 20140234821
    Abstract: A simulator for surgical procedures is disclosed. The simulator can include a frame having a first wall and a second wall, where a passage opening is disposed in the first wall. Additionally, a variable wall can be inserted on the second wall in at least two different positions and the variable wall can have an opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: Fehling Medical Corporation
    Inventor: Ingo Kutschka
  • Publication number: 20140220527
    Abstract: An intelligent system that supports real-time and offline feedback based on automated analysis of a trainee's performance using data streams captured in the training process is disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: AZ Board of Regents, a body corporate of the State of AZ, acting for & on behalf of AZ State
    Inventors: Baoxin Li, Peng Zhang, Qiang Zhang, Lin Chen
  • Patent number: 8794977
    Abstract: An implant training system based on a biomechanical modeling system is disclosed. In one embodiment, the implant training system includes a processor configured to load and execute instructions from an implant simulation module and the implant simulation module configured to provide a preloaded case representing a model patient to a user, receive input from the user to adjust the preloaded case to represent a particular patient, and provide outcome information for using an implant in the particular patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: LifeModeler, Inc.
    Inventors: Shawn Patrick McGuan, Jonathan Kirk Nielsen, Ted Schwartz
  • Publication number: 20140212860
    Abstract: A virtual-reality method for surgical training simulates the task of detecting sentinel lymph nodes using a nuclear uptake probe. The simulator can be used with lymphoscintigraphic clinical imaging data to provide patient-specific training scenarios. In yet another embodiment, the apparatus can use a database representing mathematical phantoms to simulate different patient sizes, node distributions, node uptakes, and combinations thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: NOVADAQ TECHNOLOGIES INC.
    Inventors: Chuanyong Bai, Joel Kindem, Steve Yarnall, Richard Conwell
  • Publication number: 20140213944
    Abstract: A hand-held massage device and methods for applying pressure therapies to various parts of the anatomy using the device are provided. The device is an elongated, rigid, substantially planar member, configured with a series of alternating concave and convex shapes, and a knob-like projecting member at an end thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Inventor: Yukiko Kojima
  • Patent number: 8790819
    Abstract: A compact implantable medical assembly is comprised of a medical device connected to an electrochemical cell. The medical device is comprised of a housing enclosing at least one electrical circuit and including an end having a perimeter edge and a contact opening therethrough. The electrochemical cell is comprised of a casing having a sidewall extending to a distal end and a proximal end forming a proximal opening. The proximal casing end is joined to the medical device housing. A glass-to-metal seal supports a terminal pin extending from within the casing through the proximal casing opening and through the contact opening in the end of the housing. The terminal pin is connected to the electrical circuit contained within the housing. That way the cell serves as the power source for the medical device with both the cell and medical device being exposed to body fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Greatbatch Ltd.
    Inventors: Gary Freitag, Dominick Frustaci
  • Publication number: 20140205982
    Abstract: A method of treatment for persons with addictions. A first step of the method involves providing every person entering a treatment facility for treatment of an addiction with a tablet computer. A second step of the method involves using the tablet computer as a teaching aid containing course materials during classes and counselling sessions at the treatment facility. A third step involves using the tablet computer for storing support aids, monitoring by counsellors, communicating with counsellors, and communicating with a peer support network when the person is not in classes and counselling sessions at the treatment facility. A fourth step involves continuing to use the tablet computer for storing support aids, monitoring by counsellors, and communicating with the peer support network after the person leaves the treatment facility to resume his or her life outside of the treatment facility.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Inventor: Jim Gray
  • Publication number: 20140205981
    Abstract: A dialysis treatment simulation system and method are provided that comprise a treatment simulator, a computing module, and a user interface. The treatment simulator generates an event notification that simulates a notification of an event related to an interaction between a dialysis treatment machine and a patient. The computing module generates a request for a user action in response to the simulated event notification. The user interface outputs the simulated event notification and the request for the user action to an output device and provides a received user response to the computing module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Patricia A. Ryder
  • Patent number: 8786613
    Abstract: A method and system for drawing, displaying, editing animating, simulating and interacting with one or more virtual polygonal, spline, volumetric models, three-dimensional visual models or robotic models. The method and system provide flexible simulation, the ability to combine rigid and flexible simulation on plural portions of a model, rendering of haptic forces and force-feedback to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventor: Alan Millman
  • Patent number: 8784112
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a tooth which is used in a dental arch model with which dental students can experience dental works in the oral cavity and practice treatments. More specifically, the present invention relates to a tooth composition for formation trainings such as abutment tooth formation and cavity preparation. Since conventionally used dental arch models have a grinding sensation different from a natural tooth, dental students having completed formation trainings such as abutment tooth formation and cavity preparation by using these conventional models are frequently puzzled to have different grinding and handling properties upon dental works in the oral cavity in practice. That is, these conventional dental arch models are largely different from a natural tooth in grinding sensation including slipperiness and easiness in grinding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Shofu
    Inventors: Yusei Kadobayashi, Hirokazu Sato, Ryuichi Yoshimoto
  • Patent number: 8784111
    Abstract: The illustrative embodiment is a simulation system for practicing vascular-access procedures without using human subjects. The simulator includes a data-processing system and a haptics interface device. The haptics device provides the physical interface at which an end effector (e.g., medical instrument, such as a needle, catheter, etc.) is manipulated to simulate needle insertion, etc. In accordance with the illustrative embodiment, the haptics device includes a receiver. The receiver receives the end effector when it's inserted by a user into the haptics device. Sensors that are associated with the receiver monitor the motion and position of the end effector, generate signals indicative thereof, and transmit the signals to the data processing system. The signals are processed to determine the effects of manipulation of the end effector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Laerdal Medical AS
    Inventors: David Feygin, Chih-Hao Ho
  • Publication number: 20140199673
    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: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: SuperD Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: PEIYUN JIAN, DONGFANG LI, NING LIU, LEI SONG, ZHANG GE
  • Publication number: 20140193789
    Abstract: A PC (1) comprises a tomographic image information acquisition section (6), a memory (9), a volume rendering calculator (13), a display unit (2), a mouse (4), and a voxel label setting section (18). The tomographic image information acquisition section (6) acquires tomographic image information. The memory (9) stores voxel information about the tomographic image information. The volume rendering calculator (13) samples voxel information in a direction perpendicular to the line of sight, on the basis of the voxel information. The display unit (2) displays calculation results from the volume rendering calculator (13). The mouse (4) inputs cutting instructions for a liver (22) displayed on the display unit (2). The voxel label setting section (18) displays the status of the liver (22) after cutting using the cutting instructions from the mouse (4), and displays blood vessels (23) inside the liver (22) included in a cut portion (C), in a pre-cut state even after cutting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2012
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Inventors: Ryoichi Imanaka, Tsuyoshi Kohyama, Tomoaki Takemura, Keiho Imanishi
  • Publication number: 20140193788
    Abstract: The invention provides a handheld device for training a user in operating an auto-injector. The device has a screen and a sensor which can quantify a physical activity of the device. A visual representation of the auto-injector and a visual instruction for a desired use of the auto-injector are presented on the screen while the user is requested to manipulate the handheld device as if it was the auto-injector. By use of the sensor date, the device evaluates the performance of the user and determines a level of compliance with the instructions. Accordingly, the invention provides an increased safety in the use of auto-injectors e.g. for epinephrine (adrenaline).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: ALK AG
    Inventors: Bryce Vernon Groves, Henry Samuel Yeates, Gareth Michael Coady, Stephen Lombardelli
  • Patent number: 8770984
    Abstract: A therapeutic device for improving the respiration of a patient, the device comprising a curved or kinked pipe section, into the first end of which a mouthpiece provided with a passage is disposed, a holding peg inserted into a second end of the pipe section and connected thereto, the holding peg having a passage disposed therein and being insertable into the inside of the pipe section, and a flexible hose attached to the holding peg inside the pipe section, a free end of the hose moveable freely in an area of the mouthpiece between an inner wall of the pipe section, such that the therapeutic device can be used during inhalation and exhalation, the device (1) enabling the patient to train his respiratory passageways both during exhalation and inhalation, thereby to improve the effectiveness of respiration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: R. Cegla GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Ulrich Cegla
  • Patent number: 8770985
    Abstract: An apparatus for teaching proper technique for the Heimlich or Abdominal Thrust maneuver. When the Heimlich or Abdominal Thrust maneuver is applied to the apparatus by a user, an indicator is provided to show the user whether proper technique was used. The apparatus can take the form of a wearable garment or a form, either of which may mimic the shape of a person. The apparatus is scalable, and may be made to mimic the shapes of persons of various sizes, including infants and animals, if desired. Indicators can be included to measure the effectiveness of other techniques often used in conjunction with the Heimlich or Abdominal Thrust maneuver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventor: Timothy Adams
  • Publication number: 20140188074
    Abstract: The present invention provides the materials and methods related to marking the injection site on a patient's skin. Specifically, the present invention provides the materials and methods for applying a medical marking tattoo containing at least one injecting targeting site, injecting a medical substance into the area of the injection target site, and marking the injecting targeting site using a tattoo activation element. The present invention also provides the materials and methods for a medical marking apparatus that can be used to perform the methods of the present invention to mark the injection site on a patient's skin. Other embodiments are also included herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Inventors: Rachael Jacques, Paul Howard Wessel, Melanie Roberta Smerillo
  • Publication number: 20140186808
    Abstract: A method and server device that facilitates biomarker education by obtaining, with an interactive web-based platform, educational content corresponding to a plurality of laboratory biomarkers from a plurality of content providers, the educational content comprising at least medical or technical information for each of the biomarkers. The educational content is stored in a database. Web pages of the platform including at least a subset of the educational content are provided to a user in response to an interaction by the user with at least one navigation menu of the platform. Discussion of one or more of the biomarkers or the educational content is facilitated by providing a forum for obtaining comments from content providers or users and storing the comments in the database, wherein the web pages provided to the user include one or more of the comments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: Foundation for Health Improvement and Technology
    Inventors: Russell WARNICK, Bajet NOUR