Anatomical Representation Patents (Class 434/267)
  • Patent number: 9697749
    Abstract: Patient simulator systems for teaching patient care are provided. In some instances, the patient simulator systems include a patient body comprising one or more simulated body portions. Generally, the patient simulator systems of the present disclosure provide physiological modeling. In one embodiment, the patient simulator includes a maternal simulator comprising a maternal circulatory model, a maternal cardiac ischemia model, and a maternal respiratory model and a fetal simulator comprising a fetal circulatory model, a fetal cardiac ischemia model, and a fetal central nervous system model. A controller in communication with the maternal and fetal simulators coordinates parameters of the maternal circulatory model, the maternal cardiac ischemia model, the maternal respiratory model, the fetal circulatory model, the fetal cardiac ischemia model, and the fetal central nervous system model to simulate physiological characteristics of a natural mother and fetus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: GAUMARD SCIENTIFIC COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: John S. Eggert, Ning Jiang, Maria Christina Ramirez
  • Patent number: 9659365
    Abstract: A flow pattern in a tube system is calculated from acquired image data. From the flow pattern virtual image data are generated and compared with the acquired data in order to determine a quality measure for the usability of the generated flow pattern at characteristic locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Alexandra Groth, Qi Sun, Matthias Bertram
  • Patent number: 9588042
    Abstract: A method for producing a multilayer tissue phantom involves successively forming at least two layers, each layer formed by depositing a viscous flowable material over a supporting element or over a previously formed layer of the phantom supported by the supporting element, selectively redistributing the material while material is solidifying to control a thickness distribution of the layer, and allowing the material to solidify sufficiently to apply a next layer. The supporting element supports the material in 2 or 3 directions and effectively molds a lumen of the tissue. The neighboring layers are of different composition and of chosen thickness to provide desired optical properties and mechanical properties of the phantom. The phantom may have selected attenuation and backscattering properties to mimic tissues for optical coherence tomography imaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: National Research Council of Canada
    Inventors: Charles-Etienne Bisaillon, Guy Lamouche, Marc L. Dufour
  • Patent number: 9589483
    Abstract: A system is configured to selectively and reversibly simulate diagnostic features of tension pneumothorax and cardiac tamponade. the system is configured to simulate deviation of the trachea. the system is configured to simulate jugular vein distension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: OPERATIVE EXPERIENCE, INC.
    Inventor: Robert F. Buckman
  • Patent number: 9576503
    Abstract: A cart for transporting a simulation system configured to control a simulation manikin, a recording system configured to record information about a simulation session, and a playback display device configured to display a playback of the recorded information. The cart includes a cart body supported by a plurality of wheels, and a power supply coupled to the cart body. The cart body has an upper work surface, and an interior storage space configured to store the manikin. The work surface is configured to support user input devices configured to provide user input to the simulation system, and the recording system. The playback display device is mountable to first and second spaced apart upright support assemblies mounted on the cart body. The power supply is connectable to an external power source, and configured to provide power to the simulation manikin, the playback display device, and the simulation and recording systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: SEATTLE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL
    Inventor: Donald A. Stephanian
  • Patent number: 9564068
    Abstract: A device for surgical training comprising: an external first layer (11, 45) which simulates the subcutaneous fat; a second layer (12, 44) internal to said first layer (11, 45), which simulates the muscle; a fourth layer (16, 17, 42), internal to said second layer (12, 44), which simulates the perirenal fat; a kidney (14, 15, 41), internal to said fourth layer (16, 17, 42); said first, second and fourth layer having a sound propagation velocity between 1500 and 1550 m/s, an acoustic impedance between 1.5 and 1.7 106 Kg/sm2, an elastic modulus between 0.4 and 4.2 kPa, and being able to be perforated manually by surgical instruments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: POLITECNICO DI MILANO
    Inventors: Alberto Cesare Luigi Redaelli, Gianfranco Beniamino Fiore, Chiara Cipollini, Simone Ghilardi, Riccardo Vismara, Danilo De Lorenzo, Giorgio Bozzini
  • Patent number: 9552746
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a defibrillating simulator comprising an apparatus for adapting a defibrillator for training. The apparatus for adapting a defibrillator for training comprises a pair of electrode covers to be mounted on electrodes of the defibrillator for receiving an electrical discharge generated by the defibrillator. The apparatus further comprises an impedance connected to the pair of electrode covers, the impedance absorbing some of the received electrical discharge and generates an electrically reduced electrical discharge. The apparatus comprises an analyzer for analyzing the electrically reduced electrical discharge and providing analysis data representative of the electrical discharge. The defibrillating simulator further comprises a scenario unit providing a training scenario comprising physiological data. The defibrillating simulator further comprises a processing unit for correlating the analysis data with the training scenario to generate training results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: CAE Healthcare Canada Inc.
    Inventors: François Caron, Jean-Sébastien Flamand
  • Patent number: 9548002
    Abstract: A simulated abdominal wall model that is ideal for practicing laparoscopic first entry surgical techniques is provided. The model includes a simulated abdominal wall portion captured between two frame elements of a support. The support is connectable to a surgical trainer. When connected to the trainer, the model provides a penetrable abdominal tissue portion for accessing an internal cavity of the trainer. The simulated abdominal wall includes a plurality of layers including a skin layer, a fabric posterior rectus sheath layer, a simulated fat layer of low-resilience polyurethane foam and at least two layers that provide distinctive haptic feedback upon penetration of the simulated transversalis fascia and muscle layers. The simulated abdominal wall includes a simulated umbilicus across several layers of simulated tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Applied Medical Resources Corporation
    Inventors: Katie Black, Nikolai Poulsen, Heidi Holmes, Natasha Felsinger, Tracy Breslin, Kennii Pravongviengkham, Boun Pravong, Eduardo Bolanos, Zoran Falkenstein, Charles C. Hart, Tina Talwar
  • Patent number: 9539094
    Abstract: An apparatus for applying liquid pressure to resected tissue may include a fixture, a papillary assembly coupled to the fixture and having first and second spaced apart papillary attachment elements, and a resected mitral valve attached to the fixture. The fixture may have a first chamber, a second chamber, and an internal panel extending between the first and second chambers. The resected mitral valve may be attached to the internal panel and may have a posterior leaflet, an anterior leaflet, and tendinae chordae. The tendinae chordae may each be attached at a first end to the posterior leaflet or the anterior leaflet and at a second end to one of the papillary attachment elements. A first group of the tendinae chordae may be attached to the first papillary attachment element, and a second group of the tendinae chordae may be attached to the second papillary attachment element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Theodore Paul Dale, Aaron J. Chalekian, James Leo Kurk
  • Patent number: 9539035
    Abstract: A rod insertion system and at least two bone anchors including: a rod guide configured to accommodate a spinal stabilization rod therein; a holding device including a clamping portion configured to hold a portion of the rod guide; and an adapter configured to moveably support the holding device. The holding device is configured to move and pivot along an adapter such that the rod guide is positioned proximal to a rod channel of one of the at least two bone anchors. In a first state, the rod guide is fixed to the holding device by the clamping portion, and, in a second state in which the holding device supports the portion of the rod guide, the clamping portion is released from the portion of the rod guide to permit the orientation of the rod guide relative to the holding device to be polyaxially adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Biedermann Technologies GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Timo Biedermann, Berthold Dannecker
  • Patent number: 9488547
    Abstract: A modular system is designed to interface cell cultures to a shock tube (simulated blast) and/or drop tower (simulated blunt impact) for testing of helmet and helmet pad materials for mitigating cell injury. It includes a set of layers including helmet material, optionally helmet pad, simulated skin, simulated skull, and simulated bulk brain tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Thomas O'Shaughnessy, Ryan McCulloch, Amit Bagchi, Kirth Simmonds, Clark Mitchell
  • Patent number: 9482658
    Abstract: A test system and method for determining thermal effects of tissue ablation on an ex vivo tissue includes a power generator, a grounding patch, and a material block configured to emulate an electrical property of a patient. The power generator electrically connects to an electrode to generate an electrical current in the electrode. The grounding patch electrically connects to the power generator, and the material block electrically connects to the grounding patch. Furthermore, the material block includes an ex vivo tissue patch configured to emulate an in vivo tissue of the patient. As such, selectively engaging the electrode to the ex vivo tissue patch electrically connects the electrode to the grounding patch through the material block for electrocauterizing the ex vivo tissue patch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Ohio University
    Inventors: Junghun Choi, Liang Chen
  • Patent number: 9472121
    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: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Applied Medical Resources Corporation
    Inventors: Boun Pravong, Kennii Pravongviengkham, Lee Cohen, Charles C. Hart, Vivek Sikri, Zoran Falkenstein, Richard W Conklin, Eduardo Bolanos, Adam Hoke, Jacob J. Filek, Michael Palermo
  • Patent number: 9472123
    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, methods of forming multi-layer tissue simulations are provided. In another aspect, methods of forming a male genitalia model are provided. In another aspects, methods of forming an abdominal surgical wall insert are provided. Devices and systems associated with these methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Gaumard Scientific Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Neil Trotta, Jennifer Anne Trotta, Siobhain Lowe
  • Patent number: 9460640
    Abstract: A versatile multi-function modular pulse duplicator system having multiple modules each universally and fluidly connected to each other via universal connectors. Each module being detachable from another module and the plurality of modules can be rearranged in different sequence or quantity as the user desires for specifically designed hemodynamic simulations. Some modules have specific functions by having a pump, a compliance chamber, a resistance mechanism, or a fluid reservoir. Optional peripheral modules that simulate anatomical subsystems can be fluidly coupled within this system of modules, allowing studying/training/product demonstration in the subsystem specifically provided, under desired cardiovascular hemodynamics. The use of universal connectors, peripheral modules, and selectively attachable/detachable modules, make this a versatile system where a user can design a simulation according to the specifics needed for product testing, product demonstration, surgical training, teaching and researching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Medical Implant Testing Lab, Inc.
    Inventor: Shouyan Lee
  • Patent number: 9430512
    Abstract: Embodiments of methods and/or systems of manipulating tree expressions are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Robert T. and Virginia T. Jenkins
    Inventor: Jack J. LeTourneau
  • Patent number: 9406244
    Abstract: Interactive education systems for teaching patient care to a user are disclosed. In some instances a maternal simulator for teaching patient care to a user includes a body sized and shaped to simulate a pregnant woman; a birthing device positioned within a cavity of the body, the birthing device configured to interface with a fetal simulator and configured to translate and rotate the fetal simulator in a manner simulating a birthing sequence; and a distensible cervix coupled to the body, the distensible cervix defining a port that the fetal simulator moves through during the birthing sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Gaumard Scientific Company, Inc.
    Inventors: John S. Eggert, Michael S. Eggert, Alberto Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 9384680
    Abstract: A buttocks intramuscular injection training model is provided. The buttocks intramuscular injection training model includes a hip model having a similar shape to a human hip; injection modules inserted into both sides of the hip model and each being configured to comprise electrode layers to detect a needle and a muscle layer into which injection liquid is injected; a controller connected to the electrode layers to detect a location of the needle; and an input and output device wired or wireless connected to the controller for bidirectional communication with the controller and configured to visibly output the location of the needle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: BT INC.
    Inventors: Seung-Jin Yang, Nam-Hyuk Kim, In-Bae Chang, Seung-Hun Jeung
  • Patent number: 9378659
    Abstract: Simulator systems for teaching patient care are provided. In some instances, the simulator system includes a maternal simulator sized and shaped to simulate a pregnant woman, the maternal simulator including a torso, arms, legs, and a head, wherein the torso includes a chamber sized and shaped to receive a fetal simulator and wherein a birthing mechanism is disposed within the chamber for providing rotational and translational movement to the fetal simulator in a birthing simulation; and a fetal simulator sized and shaped to simulate a fetus, the fetal simulator configured to be selectively engaged with the birthing mechanism of the maternal simulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Gaumard Scientific Company, Inc.
    Inventors: John S. Eggert, Michael S. Eggert, Alberto Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 9117377
    Abstract: A dynamically-changeable abdominal simulator system comprises a patient manikin having an abdominal cavity covered by a sheet of synthetic skin, a grid array of inflatable cells emplaced within the abdominal cavity covering respectively distinct areas of pressurization of the abdominal cavity and supplied with pressurized medium under separate and independent inflation control in order to simulate a wide range of abdominal ailments and/or conditional expressions thereof. In a preferred embodiment, the inflation cells of the grid array are each made of semi-rigid material for maintaining a fixed cell shape and contain an inflation balloon for pressurizing cell turgidity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: SmarTummy, LLC
    Inventors: Walton Shim, Larry Martin, John Salle
  • Patent number: 9104791
    Abstract: Systems and methods for simulating a medical procedure are disclosed. For example, one described system for simulating a medical procedure includes a physics module configured to model at least one physical property of a user-defined organic object associated with a patient; a display module configured to cause a display of the user-defined organic object; a script module configured to execute a user-defined medical procedure script; a simulation module in communication with the physics module, the display module, and the script module, the simulation module configured to execute a simulation of the medical procedure based at least in part on the user-defined model of the organic object and the user-defined medical procedure script.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Cohen, Mark S. Meents, Walter E. Ratzat, Kenneth Heyman
  • Publication number: 20150140538
    Abstract: A system and method for extended spectrum ultrasound training using tags placed on animate and/or inanimate objects. The system combines the use of tags, a reader, and a 3-DOF motion tracker to train a user in finding image windows and optimal image views in an ultrasound simulation environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Eric Savitsky, Gabriele Nataneli, Dan Katz
  • Publication number: 20150132732
    Abstract: A system for training a clinician in energy-based surgical techniques that advantageously does not require the simulated tissue to be electrically conductive is provided. The simulated tissue comprises at least two materials. A heat generator is configured in the shape of a medical instrument typically encountered in energy-based surgical procedures such as electrosurgery or electrocautery. The instrument delivers sufficient heat to melt at least one of the materials in order to simulate energy-based surgical techniques such as excising target material. The at least two materials are configured in the simulated tissue such that their relative thermoplasticity defines a predetermined surgical pathway of a desired clinical outcome.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Charles C. Hart, Tracy Breslin
  • Publication number: 20150093734
    Abstract: A method for assisting with a surgical procedure upon a native patient tissue using a physical model of the native patient tissue includes providing a three-dimensional physical model of a patient tissue. At least one surgical action is performed upon the physical model. The at least one surgical action performed upon the physical model is recorded. A planned surgical itinerary including the at least one recorded action performed upon the physical model is produced. The surgical actions of the planned surgical itinerary are performed upon at least one of the native patient tissue and a three-dimensional physical model of a patient tissue. Adherence of the performed surgical actions to the planned surgical itinerary is monitored.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: Jihad Kaouk
  • Patent number: 8992231
    Abstract: Prostate phantom comprising an artificial prostate (1) and an artificial lesion arranged within the artificial prostate (1), wherein the artificial prostate (1) comprises: a first part (1a) mimicking a peripheral zone of a zonal anatomy of the prostate, the first part (1a) being made of a first artificial tissue and comprising a closed outer surface, at least a second part (1b) separate from the first part (1a) and mimicking at least a second zone of the zonal anatomy of the prostate, the second part (1b) being made of a second artificial tissue and comprising a closed outer surface, the first (1a) and second (1b) parts contacting each other along an interface mimicking a boundary between the peripheral zone and the second zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: INSERM (Institut National de la Sante et de la Recherche Medicale)
    Inventors: Nacim Betrouni, Bertrand Leroux, Pierre Colin, Pierre Nevoux, Serge Mordon
  • Patent number: 8992232
    Abstract: User interfaces facilitate user interaction with virtual representations of anatomical structures that are displayed on computing systems. The user interfaces demonstrably reflect relative impacts on the anatomical structures based on corresponding conditions and treatments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Orca Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew M. Berry, Jacob S. Lybbert, Robert M. Berry, Wesley D. Chapman, Christopher T. Owens
  • Publication number: 20150086955
    Abstract: A system for assessing performance of a procedure comprises a tissue model or a tool comprising assessment indicators applied thereto, one or more image-capturing devices for capturing one or more assessment images of the assessment indicators while or after a user performs the medical procedure, and a processor configured to analyze the assessment indicators in the one or more assessment images and provide feedback to the user. A system can also comprise a tissue model, one or more image-capturing devices each configured to capture one or more images of the tissue model, and a processor configured to analyze the one or more images from the one or more image-capturing devices to determine a deformation of the tissue model and determine a force exerted on the tissue model based on the determined deformation of the tissue model.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Lauren H. PONIATOWSKI, Robert M. SWEET, Troy E. REIHSEN, Vincent ROTTY, David HANANEL, Jack B. STUBBS, Astrini SIE, Michael WINEK, Timothy M. KOWALEWSKI
  • Publication number: 20150086957
    Abstract: An adjustable friction joint assembly for a crash test dummy includes a first joint member for connection to a first member of the crash test dummy and a second joint member for connection to a second member of the crash test dummy. The adjustable friction joint assembly also includes a shaft operatively connected to the first joint member and the second joint member to allow rotation therebetween. The adjustable friction joint assembly further includes an adjustable friction assembly operatively connected to the shaft and operatively cooperating with the first joint member and the second joint member to adjust a friction tightness of the joint assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Joseph Gibbs, Zhenwen J. Wang
  • Publication number: 20150086956
    Abstract: A co-registration and navigations system in which 3D and/or 2D ultrasound images are displayed alongside virtual images of a patient and/or CT or MRI scans, or other similar imaging techniques used in the medical field.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Eric Savitsky, Gabriele Nataneli, Kresimir Petrinec
  • Publication number: 20150086958
    Abstract: Medical treatment simulation devices are disclosed. One medical treatment simulation device is configured to be secured to a subject and to cover at least a portion of a torso of the subject. The medical treatment simulation device includes a base member, a movable member, and at least one sensor. The movable member is movably coupled to the base member. The movable member is biased to be in a predetermined position relative to the base member. The sensor is configured to detect a movement of the movable member relative to the base member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: University of Delaware
    Inventor: Penny Lewis
  • Publication number: 20150079565
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and non-transitory computer program products are disclosed. Embodiments of the present, invention can include providing a performance model of a procedure, the performance model based at least in part on one or more previous performances of the procedure. Embodiments can further include obtaining performance data while the procedure is performed, the performance data based at least in pari on sensor data received from one or more motion-sensing devices. Embodiments can further include determining a performance metric of the procedure, the performance metric determined by comparing the performance data with the performance model. Embodiments can further include outputting results, the results based on the performance metric.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: Eastern Virginia Medical School
    Inventors: Geoffrey Tobias Miller, Thomas W. Hubbard, Johnny Joe Garcia, IV, Justin Joseph Maestri
  • Publication number: 20150079568
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to systems for interfacing between sensors and sensor simulators and clinical monitors and devices. The present invention is used to incorporate sensors and sensor simulators into training and clinical demonstrations. A system in accordance with the present invention includes a hardware component configured to transmit an output signal associated with a typical clinical sensor such as sensors for end-tidal CO2, pulse oximetry, temperature, blood pressure, near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) sensors, and CPR sensors to a clinical monitor or similar device. The system of the present invention also provides a software component to produce and transmit or to receive and make use of the simulated or actual sensor; the system also provides a hardware component to interface the software component to the clinical monitor, defibrillator, and/or sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Jordan Duval-Arnould, Julie Campbell, Elizabeth Hunt
  • Patent number: 8968003
    Abstract: A surgical simulator is disclosed herein. The surgical simulator includes an artificial organ and an enclosure substantially enclosing the artificial organ. The artificial organ is substantially formed of platinum cured room temperature vulcanization silicone rubber (“PCRTVS”).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Colorado State University Research Foundation
    Inventors: Dean A. Hendrickson, Fausto Bellezzo
  • Patent number: 8961190
    Abstract: A system for training a clinician in energy-based surgical techniques that advantageously does not require the simulated tissue to be electrically conductive is provided. The simulated tissue comprises one or more materials. A heat generator is configured in the shape of a medical instrument typically encountered in energy-based surgical procedures such as electrosurgery or electrocautery. The instrument delivers sufficient heat to melt at least one of the materials in order to simulate energy-based surgical techniques such as excising target material. The one or more materials are configured in the simulated tissue such that their relative thermoplasticity defines a predetermined surgical pathway of a desired clinical outcome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Applied Medical Resources Corporation
    Inventors: Charles C. Hart, Tracy Breslin
  • Patent number: 8961187
    Abstract: A phantom comprises at least one first means for generating at least one dipole and at least one second means for actuating the first means in a non-electrical manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Boers, Juergen Dammers, Heinz Rongen, Michael Schiek
  • Publication number: 20150044656
    Abstract: A sensor and method of sensing dimensional changes, stress changes or pressure changes on a substrate uses a sensor in the following manner. Temporarily and non-destructively attach a piezoresistant sensor to a surface. The piezoresistant sensor has an electrically conductive elastic body having at least one pair of opposed ends, and the elastic body contains conductive nanotubes homogeneously distributed therein. The elastic body has at least one surface with two opposed ends and electrodes at each of the opposed ends. A current is passed through the elastic body between the two electrodes. The current passing through the elastic body is sensed (e.g., a voltmeter). A mechanical step is performed with or on the substrate, and the sensor measures changes in the current between the electrodes, indicating strain or pressure on the sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: 7-SIGMA, INC.
    Inventors: Wade R. Eichhorn, Kristian G. Wyrobek
  • Publication number: 20150044655
    Abstract: A system for identifying a drug simulant includes an electronic sensing system structured to measure the value of an inherent property of the drug simulant; a processing unit in electrical communication with the electronic sensing system; and a memory unit in communication with the processing unit, the memory unit having a look-up table including a range of values of the inherent property of a given fluid and corresponding names of simulated drugs associated with each value. The processor is structured to identify a name of the simulated drug corresponding to the drug simulant by receiving signals indicative of the value of the measured inherent property from the sensing system and comparing the value to the look-up table in the memory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH-OF THE COMMONWEALTH SYSTEM OF HIGHER EDUCATION
    Inventors: Joseph T. Samosky, Douglas A. Nelson, JR., Brandon T. Mikulis
  • Publication number: 20150037775
    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: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Mark P. Ottensmeyer, Gianluca De Novi, Gregory J. Loan, Ryan Scott Bardsley, John Cho Moore
  • Patent number: 8944825
    Abstract: The present invention relates to teaching props for use in clinical education. The teaching props are in the form of synthetic body parts adapted to be worn by the instructor to facilitate demonstration of physiological functions and clinical procedures to the students. The synthetic body parts include simulated skin or tissue and one or more internal conduits adapted to contain at least one simulated physiological fluid and is adapted to facilitate simulation of physiological functions or clinical procedures. The props allow the students to practice clinical procedures and techniques in a realistic situation without any risk of harm or discomfort to a real patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventors: Kerry Reid-Searl, Rusty Slusser
  • Patent number: 8939917
    Abstract: A method for measuring cartilage defects within a subject includes surgically exposing a joint or cartilage surface. The exposed joint or cartilage surface having at least one defect, and the method may generating a cast of the at least one defect. The method may also include measuring a parameter of the cast, thereby estimating a characteristic of the defect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: ImaTx, Inc.
    Inventor: Rene Vargas-Voracek
  • Publication number: 20150024363
    Abstract: A wearable device for simulating wounds and injuries received during a trauma event includes a raiment and vest for covering the torso of a person. The raiment has an outer surface with a color and a texture comparable to human skin. Mounted on the outer surface is at least one wound simulator formed with an orifice that is in fluid communication with a fluid reservoir. Thus, the person can selectively expel a blood-like fluid from the reservoir, and through the wound simulator orifice, to simulate a trauma event. The vest includes an artificial rib cage and prosthetic internal organs juxtaposed with at least one wound simulator to simulate internal effects of a trauma event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: Stuart Charles Segall
  • Publication number: 20150024365
    Abstract: The present application relates to systems, methods, and devices for simulating the delivery of a fetus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: John J. Schaefer, Carol L. Simmons
  • Publication number: 20150010892
    Abstract: A medical training system is disclosed comprising a medical simulation management module, a student record database having a plurality of records relating to training of students, wherein the student record database is connectable to the medical simulation management module, at least one medical training module executable on a training device and comprising scenarios for the training of the students; and a data entry device for entry of student training data to the student record database, the student training data being indicative of performance of the students on using the at least one medical training module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventors: Clive William Patrickson, Kenneth George Morallee
  • Patent number: 8926636
    Abstract: In some embodiments, an apparatus includes a handle and an elongate member coupled to the handle. The elongate member has a first portion, a second portion and a third portion. The first portion of the elongate member extends from the handle and defines a first longitudinal axis. The second portion of the elongate member extends from the first portion and defines a second longitudinal axis. The first longitudinal axis and the second longitudinal axis define a first angle and a first plane. The third portion of the elongate member extends from the second portion of the elongate member and defines a third longitudinal axis. The third longitudinal axis and the second longitudinal axis define a second angle and a second plane. The second plane is non-parallel with the first plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: David W. Robertson, Michael F. Weiser, Kevin L. Newell, John Petricca
  • Publication number: 20150004583
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a system for moving an anatomical model of a fetus inside a mannequin having a birth canal. The system comprises a descent mechanism and a rotation mechanism. The descent mechanism is integrated in the mannequin and can move an anatomical model of a fetus longitudinally towards the birth canal of the mannequin. The rotation mechanism is mounted to the descent mechanism and can rotate the anatomical model of the fetus. The model of the fetus is inserted in the rotation mechanism. Also provided is a childbirth simulator comprising a mannequin with a birth canal, and the aforementioned system integrated in the mannequin for moving an anatomical model of a fetus inside the mannequin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: CAE Healthcare Canada
    Inventors: Maxime Lavigueur, Gary Halbert, Giuseppe Mallaci, Louis Diotte, Daniel Fernandez
  • Publication number: 20150004584
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a patient-simulating mannequin, which comprises at least one main smart board card. The main smart board card stores simulation scenarios. The patient-simulating mannequin also comprises at least one removable body part module having at least one peripheral smart board card in communication with the main smart board card. In another aspect, the present disclosure relates to a method for assembling a patient-simulating mannequin. The method comprises selecting a physiologic model and a simulation scenario. The method then determines removable body parts required to reproduce the physiologic model and run the simulation scenario. Removable body parts required to run the simulation scenario are then selected and connected to at least one main smart board card. Each body part comprises a peripheral smart board card. Then, the content of the main smart board card is updated and the simulation is run.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: CAE Healthcare Canada
    Inventors: Michel Galibois, Yanick Cote, Jeffery Jacoby, Louis Diotte
  • Patent number: 8920176
    Abstract: A training system comprising a phantom heart, the phantom heart comprising an exterior surface upon which a tubing is topologically arranged in a manner which mimics the placement of the distal LCx, the LAD, the PDA, and the RCA. The tubing is configured to receive a contrast agent received from a power injector. The training system further comprises an airway subsystem which is modeled to represent the trachea, the right bronchus, and the left bronchus, and which is arranged relative to the phantom heart such that a portion of the airway subsystem which approximates the position of the tracheal carina is aligned with a portion of the phantom heart that represents the ascending aorta. The training system further comprises an EKG pulse generator in electrical communication with a computed tomography scanner for purposes of conducting computed tomography angiography of the phantom heart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Inventor: Clifford K. Yang
  • Publication number: 20140377730
    Abstract: A method and system for determining the adequacy of abdominal thrusts applied to choking victims during performance of the Heimlich maneuver
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Applicant: ZOLL MEDICAL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Mark H. Totman
  • Patent number: 8915742
    Abstract: An artificial body wall is disclosed herein. The artificial body wall may include a first layer and a second layer. The first layer is substantially formed of a silicone rubber and includes at least one of an artificial epidermis-dermis layer or an artificial subcutaneous layer. The second layer extends along and below the first layer and is substantially formed of a silicone rubber. The second layer includes at least one of an artificial fascia layer or an artificial muscle layer. At least one of the first layer or second layer may be vascularized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Colorado State University Research Foundation
    Inventors: Dean A. Hendrickson, Fausto Bellezzo
  • Patent number: 8917916
    Abstract: There is disclosed a method of simulating the output of a medical imaging device, the medical imaging device being operable to image an anatomical structure, and the method including: accessing model data representing a model of the anatomical structure; accessing selection data representing a selected region of the anatomical structure to be imaged; and processing the selection data and the model data to generate output data representing a simulation of the output of the medical imaging device when imaging the selected region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Inventors: Colin Bruce Martin, Susan Jane Wright, Andrew Smith, Adam William Jon Cubitt