Adapted For Imaging (e.g., X-ray, Mri) Patents (Class 5/601)
  • Patent number: 9713508
    Abstract: A method for correlating a 2D ultrasonagraphic image of a patient's spine with a relative location along the spine may include storing a generic 3D model of a spine in a database of an ultrasonagraphic system, recording a patient-specific spine contour line via an ultrasound probe, resizing the length of the generic 3D model according to the patient-specific contour line, distorting the shape of the generic 3D model according to the patient-specific spine contour line to create a patient-specific 3D model of the patient's spine, capturing a first ultrasound image of the patient's spine via the ultrasound probe and concurrently determining a 3D location of the ultrasound probe. The method may include correlating the 3D location of the ultrasound probe with a corresponding location on the patient-specific 3D model. A rendering of the patient-specific 3D model may be displayed, including an indication of the relative location of the ultrasound probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Inventor: Christopher Schlenger
  • Patent number: 9693921
    Abstract: A patient transfer sled has a support structure including at least one air cushion adjacent a major surface thereof. The air cushion includes a flexible material at least partially surrounding a rigid material, and a portion of the flexible material has a plurality of holes extending therethrough. Systems for patient transfer may include a support surface, such as a table, a patient transfer sled having at least one air cushion, and a source of pressurized air. Methods for moving a patient relative to a support surface include positioning a patient on a patient transfer sled having at least one air cushion, and inflating the air cushion with air to form a sheet of flowing air between the patient transfer sled and the support surface. The methods may be used, for example, to move a patient on an air film over a surface within a system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: DIACOR, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael R. Koger, Kevin R. Anderson, Frederic A. Gibbs, Jr., Christopher F. Johnson
  • Patent number: 9675321
    Abstract: Methods for assessing spinal health and treatment effectiveness for spinal conditions in a patient via use of an ultrasonagraphic system are shown and described. The ultrasonagraphic system includes optical targets, a transducer probe, an optical tracker unit, an image processing system, a 3D ultrasound processor, and a display. The methods include attaching optical targets to the patient's body; detecting locations of the optical targets on the patient; detecting a location of the transducer probe; moving the transducer probe over at least a portion of the patient's body to collect spinal image data; generating 3D image data; sending 3D image data to the image processing system; processing 3D image data; displaying a real-time 3D image of the one or more vertebrae on the display to allow a healthcare provider to assess spinal health and treatment effectiveness based on the displayed real-time 3D image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Inventor: Christopher Schlenger
  • Patent number: 9629766
    Abstract: A surgical table comprising a base and a patient support supported between opposed ends of the base, each opposed end including a pitch/roll assembly. The base is configured such that the patient support can be rolled and pitched relative to the opposed ends via the pitch/roll assemblies such that the roll axis of each pitch/roll assembly remains coaxial regardless of how the patient support is pitched or rolled relative to the base. The patient support includes an outer frame and an inner frame supported on, and displaceable relative to, the outer frame. The inner frame is further articulating about, and relative to, itself. The outer frame is rigid in that it does not change configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Inventor: Roger P. Jackson
  • Patent number: 9615770
    Abstract: A patient support assembly for use in a magnetic resonance image (MRI) scanner includes a first and a second patient support structure and a first and a second imaging coil. The patient support assembly provides support for multiple anatomical regions being imaged, improving patient comfort during the procedure. Access to the patient is improved by: providing a flexible coil that wraps around at least one of the anatomical regions being imaged, providing a support structure open to the anterior region of the anatomical region being imaged, and providing a support structure that may be opened and closed about the anatomical region being imaged. The patient support assembly also aligns the two imaging coils to minimize interference between coils during imaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: NeoCoil, LLC
    Inventors: Robert D. Rohr, Christopher Salimes, Leslie Wagner, Venkat Goruganti, Brian Brown
  • Patent number: 9572516
    Abstract: A joint of a patient is scanned using MRI apparatus, and images of the joint area are produced as a body part of the patient is moved into a particular position known to cause a problem in the joint. The patient may walk or run on a treadmill during the process, or the body part may be supported on a surface causing or allowing such movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Inventor: Babak Sheikh
  • Patent number: 9557279
    Abstract: A differential phase contrast X-ray imaging system includes an X-ray illumination system, a beam splitter arranged in an optical path of the X-ray illumination system, and a detection system arranged in an optical path to detect X-rays after passing through the beam splitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: THE JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Daniel Stutman, Michael Finkenthal
  • Patent number: 9541486
    Abstract: A panel includes a plurality of integrated strain gauges for measuring deformation information relating to the panel. The strain gauges are arranged parallel to one another in the longitudinal direction of the panel and have at least two different lengths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Franz Dirauf, Kerstin Farmbauer
  • Patent number: 9519038
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an MRI apparatus (20) obtains a nuclear magnetic resonance signal from an RF coil device (100) which detects the nuclear magnetic resonance signal emitted from an object (P), and this MRI apparatus (20) includes a first radio communication unit (200), a second radio communication unit (300) and an image reconstruction unit (56). The first radio communication unit (200) obtains the nuclear magnetic resonance signal detected by the RF coil device (100), and wirelessly transmits the nuclear magnetic resonance signal in a digitized state via an induced electric field. The second radio communication unit (300) receives the nuclear magnetic resonance signal wirelessly transmitted from the first radio communication unit (200) via the induced electric field. The image reconstruction unit (56) reconstructs image data of the object (P) based on the nuclear magnetic resonance signal received by the second radio communication unit (300).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: TOSHIBA MEDICAL SYSTEMS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuya Okamoto, Hiromitsu Takamori, Yoshinori Hamamura
  • Patent number: 9510987
    Abstract: A patient support structure includes a pair of independently height-adjustable supports, each connected to a patient support. The supports may be independently raised, lowered, rolled or tilted about a longitudinal axis, laterally shifted and angled upwardly or downwardly. Position sensors are provided to sense all of the foregoing movements. The sensors communicate data to a computer for coordinated adjustment and maintenance of the inboard ends of the patient supports in an approximated position during such movements. A longitudinal translator provides for compensation in the length of the structure when the supports are angled upwardly or downwardly. A patient trunk translator provides coordinated translational movement of the patient's upper body along the respective patient support in a caudad or cephalad direction as the patient supports are angled upwardly or downwardly for maintaining proper spinal biomechanics and avoiding undue spinal traction or compression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Inventor: Roger P. Jackson
  • Patent number: 9504622
    Abstract: A patient support structure includes a pair of independently height-adjustable supports, each connected to a patient support. The supports may be independently raised, lowered, rolled or tilted about a longitudinal axis, laterally shifted and angled upwardly or downwardly. Position sensors are provided to sense all of the foregoing movements. The sensors communicate data to a computer for coordinated adjustment and maintenance of the inboard ends of the patient supports in an approximated position during such movements. A longitudinal translator provides for compensation in the length of the structure when the supports are angled upwardly or downwardly. A patient trunk translator provides coordinated translational movement of the patient's upper body along the respective patient support in a caudad or cephalad direction as the patient supports are angled upwardly or downwardly for maintaining proper spinal biomechanics and avoiding undue spinal traction or compression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Inventor: Roger P. Jackson
  • Patent number: 9474671
    Abstract: Surgical table and system for positioning, or lifting, a patient for purposes of generally performing a medical procedure on a posterior-portion of the patent (such as spinal surgery). The surgical table and system comprise a patient support system, a patient-positioning system and a base. In one embodiment, the patient-positioning system is configured to lift the head or foot end of the patient independently from each other, such as in Trendelenburg or reverse-Trendelenburg positions, and is also configured to angle the patient laterally. In another embodiment, the patient support is configured with an electrically-powered track and/or rail system that extends the patient support assembly away from the base, whereby the extension of the patient support forms a cantilevered support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Operating Room Safety Enterprises, LLC
    Inventors: Lewis Sharps, Tony Sanchez, Peter Edwards
  • Patent number: 9456791
    Abstract: A constraint having a main body and at least one coupler. The main body can be substantially arcuate in shape and can be configured to constrain a patient. The at least one coupler can couple the main body to a bed or treatment pallet. The constraint can be sized to restrict a patient within a computerized tomography (CT) scan field of view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.
    Inventors: James J. Hamill, Carl Eric Arnsdorff
  • Patent number: 9358170
    Abstract: A surgery table utilizing first and second sections which are hingedly attached to one another. First and second sections are also connected to supports apart from the hinged portion. An elevator moves one of the sections upwardly and downwardly at the support. The resultant position of the frame formed by the first and second sections may take the configuration of a flat surface or an upwardly or downwardly oriented “vee”.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Inventor: Roger P Jackson
  • Patent number: 9326907
    Abstract: A patient positioning system employs an arm having a first portion and a second portion which is telescopic relative to the first portion. A first positioning device may be coupled to the first portion of the arm providing support for the arm. The first positioning device is rotatable on a first axis, allowing the arm to rotate with the first positioning device. The second positioning device is coupled to the second portion of the arm and movable with the second portion of the arm relative to the first portion of the arm. The second positioning device is operable to rotate a patient support at least on a second axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Varian Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Jason Marle
  • Patent number: 9308145
    Abstract: A patient support system includes independently adjustable end columns supporting a centrally hinged, jointed or breaking patient support structure. At least one column includes a powered rotation assembly. The patient support includes at least two sections. A coordinated drive system provides for both upwardly and downwardly breaking or jointed orientations of the two sections in various inclined and tilted positions. Cable, cantilevered and pull-rod systems are included. Primary and secondary elevators and a failsafe locking system are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Inventor: Roger P. Jackson
  • Patent number: 9301897
    Abstract: A patient support structure includes a pair of independently height-adjustable supports, each connected to a patient support. The supports may be independently raised, lowered, rolled or tilted about a longitudinal axis, laterally shifted and angled upwardly or downwardly. Position sensors are provided to sense all of the foregoing movements. The sensors communicate data to a computer for coordinated adjustment and maintenance of the inboard ends of the patient supports in an approximated position during such movements. A longitudinal translator provides for compensation in the length of the structure when the supports are angled upwardly or downwardly. A patient trunk translator provides coordinated translational movement of the patient's upper body along the respective patient support in a caudad or cephalad direction as the patient supports are angled upwardly or downwardly for maintaining proper spinal biomechanics and avoiding undue spinal traction or compression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Inventor: Roger P. Jackson
  • Patent number: 9301707
    Abstract: In MR imaging in a suite of rooms including a diagnostic room and a second surgical room, the magnet includes a diagnostic table separable from a docking station of the magnet and the second room includes a second surgical table. An imaging control computer controls operation of the imaging system and a movement control computer controls operation of the magnet moving system and the patient support table. During imaging in the surgical room, the diagnostic table is separated and docked at a secondary docking station while an emulating computer system cooperate with the imaging control computer system by emulating outputs from the disconnected diagnostic table for controlling operation of the imaging system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Imris Inc
    Inventors: Meir Dahan, Mark Alexiuk, Wayne Schellekens, Vlajko Srzic
  • Patent number: 9282938
    Abstract: A radiolucent patient table top including a first face sheet, a second face sheet, and a honeycomb core is provided. The first face sheet includes carbon fibers in a first radiolucent plastic matrix. The second face sheet includes carbon fibers in a second radiolucent plastic matrix. The honeycomb core is disposed between the first face sheet and the second face sheet, where the first face sheet and the second face sheet sandwich the honeycomb core. The honeycomb core includes carbon fibers embedded in a third radiolucent plastic matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Inventor: Gosakan Aravamudan
  • Patent number: 9265680
    Abstract: A surgical table including a central bottom portion is provided. The surgical table includes at least one first wheel adjacent a first end of the table, at least one second wheel adjacent a second end of the table, and a first stabilizing bar connected to the first wheel and the second wheel. The stabilizing bar is movably connected to the central bottom portion. The stabilizing bar is configured for coordinated movement of the wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Operating Room Safety Enterprises, LLC
    Inventors: Lewis Sharps, Tony Sanchez, Peter Edwards
  • Patent number: 9211098
    Abstract: An anatomical support is provided for facilitating the medical imaging of a patient's hip, leg or knee. The anatomical support has an operatively horizontal pelvis support panel to one edge of which is attached an edge of a thigh locating panel by a hinged attachment and that has attached to an opposite edge thereof by another hinged attachment, a calf or foot support panel. The pelvis support panel has anchorage attachments for a pelvis restraint, and the thigh locating panel has anchorage attachments for a thigh restraint. Locking means are provided for locking the calf or foot support panel in adjustable positions in which it is generally parallel to the pelvis support panel but horizontally displaced therefrom. At least appropriate areas of the calf or foot support panel, the thigh locating panel and the pelvis support panel are made of radiolucent material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: University of Cape Town
    Inventors: Sarthak Patnaik, Sudesh Sivarasu
  • Patent number: 9179880
    Abstract: A radiation therapy patient couch top which provides optimal fields of treatment in a high-energy radiation therapy environment. In addition, the patient couch top provides superior imaging qualities when used in a diagnostic imaging x-ray environment. All metal is eliminated from the treatment/imaging area. This ensures that no metal will be in the way of the radiation treatment beam and that no artifacting will occur when used with diagnostic imaging techniques such as Computed Tomography. By employing moveable fiber reinforced support beams, the main patient support structure can be positioned so that a minimum of electron generation will occur through Compton scattering. By allowing for a removable insert, the top patient surface can be optimized for treatment, diagnostic imaging or the addition of other useful features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: QFIX SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel D. Coppens, David M. Rabeno, Malcolm W. Kroeber
  • Patent number: 9155672
    Abstract: A headrest assembly includes a frame, a first head support configured and dimensioned to support a forehead of a patient, and a second head support configured and dimensioned to support a chin of the patient. An adjustment mechanism is mounted to the frame and is operable to adjust the position of at least one of the first and second head supports relative to the frame. The first and second head supports having at least two degrees of freedom relative to a longitudinal plane and at least one degree of freedom relative to an axial plane that is orthogonal to the longitudinal plane. The longitudinal plane extends parallel to an X axis and also extends parallel to a Y axis that is orthogonal to the X axis. The axial plane extends parallel to one of the X axis and the Y axis. The axial plane also extends parallel to a Z-axis that is orthogonal to both the X axis and the Y axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: THE CLEVELAND CLINIC FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Ehad Farag, Maged Argalious
  • Patent number: 9113804
    Abstract: A couch device including sliders axially supported by lower ends of both of link members, and including nut members. Guide rails substantially horizontally guide each slider. A screw member is arranged along the guide rail and is configured to apply a driving force to each slider when it is relatively rotated for each nut member and, due to the driving force, substantially horizontally transfer each slider. A clutch unit selectively carries out the operations of rotating one nut member integrated with the screw member such that the driving force is prevented from being applied to one slider, or relatively rotating one nut member for the screw member such that the driving force is applied to one slider. A binding unit binds one slider to the guide rail when the driving force is not applied to the one slider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Sakae Kimishima
  • Patent number: 9057427
    Abstract: In a device for controlling an operation of an anti-collision switch, the anti-collision switch is provided in a support close to a guide frame that is provided at at least one of both lateral sides of a table frame, to prevent collision of the table frame that is supported on the table support to be capable of moving in a lengthwise direction. The device includes a first lever coupled to the table support so that at least a portion of the first lever moves in a vertical direction according to deformation of the guide frame, and a second lever pressing the anti-collision switch in a normal state and, when a vertical movement of the first lever deviates from a preset height, being moved up by the first lever to remove pressing of the anti-collision switch and operate the anti-collision switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chang-jin Yang, Jung-min Kim
  • Patent number: 9046281
    Abstract: A solar panel deployment system includes a main support frame and a solar panel array providing at least one solar panel, wherein the solar panel array is coupled to the main support frame, and each of the solar panels are mounted in a solar panel frame. The system also includes a lift mechanism coupled to the main support frame and solar panel array, and an array extender/retractor coupled to the solar panel array, wherein the array extender/retractor is actuated to deploy the solar panel array or to retract the solar panel array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON
    Inventor: Seamus Curran
  • Publication number: 20150143633
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus configured to position and/or support a patient on a patient couch is provided. The patient support apparatus includes a first support unit that has a support surface to support the patient directly. The patient support apparatus also includes a second support unit. The second support unit includes at least one filler and a receiving chamber for receiving the at least one filler. The at least one filler includes a flexibly adjustable filler.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Wolfgang Kraus, Thomas Kundner
  • Publication number: 20150141796
    Abstract: A subject support (114) of an imaging system (100) includes a tabletop (124) that supports a subject or object in an examination region of the imaging system, a base (116), including a mechanical linear actuator (118), and a coupling (128) that mechanically couples the tabletop and the linear mechanical actuator such that the linear mechanical actuator translates the tabletop with respect to the examination region. The coupling rotates in two directions and translates in two directions, thereby providing four degrees of freedom, compensating for at least one of machining inaccuracies or misalignment of the linear mechanical actuator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Jeremy David Pettinato, Allan Joseph Sokalski
  • Publication number: 20150135437
    Abstract: A method for compensating the sagging of a pallet of the patient table includes: detecting a degree of sagging of a position on the pallet where a scanning cross section is located; determining whether the degree of sagging is smaller than a predetermined degree, and ending the procedure if the degree of sagging is smaller than the predetermined degree; otherwise, determining an adjustment amount of the pallet according to the degree of sagging, and lifting the pallet according to the adjustment amount. An apparatus includes a detecting device; a lifting device; and a controller. If a detected value of the degree of sagging is smaller than a predetermined value, the controller ends the procedure; otherwise, the controller is configured to determine an adjustment amount of the pallet according to the degree of sagging, and control the lifting device to lift the pallet according to the adjustment amount.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Shuangxue LI, Hong YAN
  • Patent number: 9027182
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a functional table for patient transportation, including: a patient supporter which supports a patient laid thereon and allows the patient to be horizontally slidably transported, with its both sides being changed in their angle with respect to a vertical axis of the patient; a support frame which is located in the central bottom of the patient supporter and allows the patient supporter to be vertically moved; a base frame which is connected to the bottom of the support frame and supports the whole of functional table; and at least three transporting wheels which are connected to the base frame and allow the functional table to be freely moved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Keimyung University Industry Academic Cooperation Foundation
    Inventors: Moo Seong Cho, Jae Young Bae
  • Patent number: 9021632
    Abstract: The present invention provides a patient positioning device, which enables the latest advances in Stereotactic Radiation Therapy. The geometry, which incorporates at least one window or lateral cut-out, is designed to allow clear treatment access to the patient during non-coplanar treatment regimes through the use of windows or lateral cut-outs. A laterally positionable diaphragm compression device allows the full use of the geometry. The development of a stand-alone device and a couch top insert device allows for a maximum number of protocol methods while minimizing the skin surface radiation dose to the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: QFix Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel D. Coppens, David M. Rabeno, Steven M. Fisher, John Damon Kirk
  • Patent number: 9014784
    Abstract: Apparatus associated with improved magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) guided needle biopsy procedures (e.g., breast needle biopsy) are described. One example apparatus includes a support structure configured to support a patient in a face-down prone position where a breast of the patient is positioned in a first free hanging pre-imaging position. The example apparatus includes an immobilization structure configured to reposition the breast into an immobilized position suitable for MRI and for medical instrument access. The immobilization structure may include a biopsy plate, a pressure plate, and MRI coils. The MRI coils are configured to be repositioned from a first position associated with the free hanging pre-imaging position to a second position associated with the immobilized position to facilitate improving the signal to noise ratio associated with signal received from the breast through the MRI coils. The biopsy plate is removable without removing either of the MRI coils.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventors: Xiaoyu Yang, Tsinghua Zheng, Shinya Handa
  • Patent number: 8997286
    Abstract: An adapter (10) is described for connecting at least one accessory device (12) to an operating table (14), comprising a first fixing device for attaching a base body of the adapter (10) to the operating table (14) and a second fixing device for attaching the accessory device (12) to the adapter (10). The base body is formed from an X-ray transparent plate (16), said X-ray transparent plate (16) including a part lying on a support surface (15) of the operating table (14) and another part extending beyond the support surface (15) and forming a support surface extension for supporting a patient, when said X-ray transparent plate (16) is attached to the operating table (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Maquet GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Ulrich Wyslucha, Marco Reif
  • Patent number: 8984684
    Abstract: The magnetic resonance imaging device of the present invention includes a gantry and a bed part comprising a top panel, the gantry comprises a circumferential panel covering outer circumference of a tunnel-shaped static magnetic field space, and a front panel having an opening serving as entrance of a bore for the static magnetic field space, this front panel comprises an arc-shaped outer panel extending from an upper part of the opening serving as entrance of the bore to the ground plane via both sides of the opening, and an inner panel disposed inside the outer panel, a portion connecting the outer panel and the inner panel constitutes a top surface protruding forwardly, and the inner panel is formed in a recessed shape with a concave curved surface extending from the top surface to the opening serving as entrance of the bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Hitachi Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Atsushi Ninomiya, Masaru Yokoyama, Kazuyuki Yanase, Manabu Yanagimoto, Takeshi Yatsuo, Hiroyuki Ohzeki
  • Publication number: 20150059093
    Abstract: A positioning apparatus configured to actively assist the support, positioning, or support and positioning of a patient on a patient support apparatus is provided. The positioning apparatus includes a sliding bearing unit to allow the positioning apparatus to be supported in a movable manner on the patient support apparatus, and a bearing unit with at least two bearing regions. At least a first of the at least two bearing regions is configured to support and/or provide support on the patient support apparatus, and at least a second of the at least two bearing regions is configured to assist the positioning of the patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Yvonne Candidus, Daniel Driemel, Hubertus Fischer, Wolfgang Kraus, Thomas Kundner, Martin Zigann, Stephan Zink
  • Patent number: 8966687
    Abstract: A joint assembly for forming a two part radiation therapy treatment table is disclosed. The treatment table includes a patient support panel to which one portion of the joint assembly is secured, and a table extension panel to which another portion of the joint assembly is secured. The joint assembly self-aligns, self levels, is immediately stable, and locks automatically by its weight and downward pressure. The joint assembly also includes an automatic failsafe secondary lock that resists joint release if upward forces are applied. Disengaging the secondary lock requires and results in no displacement of the two panels. Upon separation of the two panels the lock resets automatically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: CIVCO Medical Instruments Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Roger F. Wilson, Charles Klasson, Bruce Ribble
  • Patent number: 8966685
    Abstract: Apparatuses for assisting patient movement to/from a gurney to/from a patient handling system are provided. In one embodiment, a bariatric overlay is provided that includes a flexible top pallet and a rigid bottom pallet. A bladder resides between the flexible top pallet and the rigid bottom pallet. When actuated, the bladder expands and props up the flexible top pallet. The flexible top pallet, rigid bottom pallet, and bladder are made of a material translucent to an imaging modality. In various embodiments, the shape of the rigid bottom pallet is similar to the shape of a scanning bed of the patient handling system. For example, when the shape of the scanning bed is concave the rigid bottom pallet is concave in shape also.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Ansgar Graw, Way Moy
  • Publication number: 20150047125
    Abstract: A wireless device communicates with a medical image capturing apparatus to adjust a position of a table supporting an object to be imaged. An operator adjusts a position of the wireless device, the apparatus measures the wireless device's position, and adjusts the table based on the measured position. A method may include measuring distances between the wireless device and each of a plurality of respective detection units arranged along an axis. An axial distance may be measured between a reference point and the wireless device using measured distances and locations of the detection units relative to the reference point. The table is moved with respect to a gantry aperture of the apparatus based on the calculated axial distance. Controlled table movement may be movement into the gantry aperture and/or table height adjustment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: Jin-hyun BAE, Ji-hun AHN
  • Publication number: 20150026889
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a surgical tables and table tops with reduced thickness and improved radiolucency of X-ray radiation. The invention also relates to surgical table arrangement adapted for the improved table tops.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Johannes Roselius, Ralph Tamm
  • Patent number: 8931125
    Abstract: A cradle drive mechanism is provided. The cradle drive mechanism includes a drive motor, an intermediate frame and a screw and nut transmission device driven by the drive motor so as to drive linear reciprocating motion of the intermediate frame. The cradle drive mechanism also includes a rotating, shaft having a first driving wheel and a gear, a transmission belt, and a rack meshed with the gear so that, during linear reciprocating motion of the intermediate frame, the rack forces the gear to rotate and drive rotation of the first driving wheel, wherein rotation of the first driving wheel drives rotation of the transmission belt. The cradle drive mechanism also includes a cradle connector fixed on the transmission belt and configured to connect a cradle and to drive linear reciprocating motion of the cradle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: GE Medical Systems Global Technology Company, LLC
    Inventors: Xianfa Fang, Gaoxian Zhang, Gang Hu, Xin Yang
  • Publication number: 20150005618
    Abstract: A transfer station is provided that is suitable for use in association with an incubator and an MR scanner for neonatal infants. The transfer station may include a transfer station platform attached atop a transfer station base. The transfer station may be placed between and an incubator and an MR scanner and may include mechanisms for engaging the incubator and the MR scanner. The transfer station may include a movable bed for a patient that may be placed in the MR scanner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: Children's Hospital Medical Center
    Inventor: Charles L. Dumoulin
  • Publication number: 20150000038
    Abstract: A medical treatment and surgical operation table capable of functioning as a medical treatment table and a surgical operation table is provided. The medical treatment and surgical operation table 2 is provided with a table 40 which is formed of a material through which an X-ray transmits and on which a patient lays, an operation unit 10 that supports a lower side of one end portion of the table 40 and operates the table 40 so as to elevate, incline and move in all direction in a horizontal plane, and a base 5 that supports the operation unit 10. The medical treatment and surgical operation table is further provided with fixing/releasing means 65 that fixes movement of the table 40 or moves the fixed table by magnetic force.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: MIZUHO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takuya Obi
  • Patent number: 8918932
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a bed configured to support a subject and having an insertion hole through which a subject portion that is part of the subject is inserted; a pair of compression plates configured to hold and compress the subject portion when the subject portion is inserted through the insertion hole; and a unit including therein the pair of compression plates and having an opening through which an operator inserts a hand when the subject portion is inserted through the insertion hole. The unit includes a receiving plate at a position opposite to the opening in an insertion direction of the hand within a range of the insertion hole when viewed from the insertion hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masakazu Taku
  • Patent number: 8916843
    Abstract: A system includes a patient support and an outer gantry on which an accelerator is mounted to enable the accelerator to move through a range of positions around a patient on the patient support. The accelerator is configured to produce a proton or ion beam having an energy level sufficient to reach a target in the patient. An inner gantry includes an aperture for directing the proton or ion beam towards the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Mevion Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Gall, Stanley Rosenthal, Gordon Row, Michael Ahearn
  • Patent number: 8905637
    Abstract: A support for supporting anatomy of a patient during scanning, comprising: a holder for supporting anatomy of a patient during scanning, wherein at least a portion of the holder is X-ray transparent; and a support for supporting the holder adjacent to a scanner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: NeuroLogica Corp.
    Inventors: Andrew P. Tybinkowski, Lidia Nemirovsky
  • Patent number: 8909320
    Abstract: The disclosure describes cable management systems that provide adjustable lengths of cables that connect to various electronic medical or surgical tools. The systems can reduce the lengths of loose or hanging cables and define routes that preventing cross-over, looping and/or bunching of loose lengths of long cables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: MRI Interventions, Inc.
    Inventors: Kimble Jenkins, Kamal Vij, Peter Piferi
  • Patent number: 8904582
    Abstract: A patient support system includes a floor cavity in the floor of a treatment room; a patient support device comprising a treatment table; a base; a first movement mechanism on which the treatment table is mounted; a second movement mechanism mounted on the base and attached to the first movement mechanism, wherein the first and second movement mechanisms are moveable independently of each other; the first movement mechanism is configured to raise and lower the treatment table and the second movement mechanism is configured to raise and lower the first movement mechanism such that in a lowered position the second movement mechanism is contained within the floor cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Elekta AB
    Inventor: Per Harald Bergfjord
  • Patent number: 8907311
    Abstract: A system includes a patient support and an outer gantry on which an accelerator is mounted to enable the accelerator to move through a range of positions around a patient on the patient support. The accelerator is configured to produce a proton or ion beam having an energy level sufficient to reach a target in the patient. An inner gantry includes a robotic arm capable of directing an aperture for directing the proton or ion beam towards the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Mevion Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Gall, Stanley Rosenthal, Gordon Row, Michael Ahearn
  • Publication number: 20140357981
    Abstract: A patient table adapted for use in association with an MR scanner for neonatal infants is provided. The patient table has an extendable patient bed attached to and extendable from the patient table. The patient bed may be at least partially inserted into an MR scanner without requiring the patient table to enter the MR scanner. A transport mechanism is on the underside of the patient table so that it may be readily moved over the floor on which it rests. The patient table includes a latching mechanism that may operate to releasably attach the patient table to a patient table docking assembly. The docking assembly is operative to selectively move the patient table towards, into and away from the MR scanner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL MEDICAL CENTER
    Inventor: Charles L. Dumoulin
  • Patent number: 8898837
    Abstract: In order to provide a medical image diagnostic apparatus in which a mechanism for drawing a top plate into a gantry can be connected to the top plate without the collision, a pin 17 is provided in an end portion of a top plate 70, and a hook 12 that is connected to the pin 17 is provided in the connecting mechanism 82 that is moved on a top plate receiving portion. According to a position of the connecting mechanism 82 on the top plate receiving portion, the position of the hook 12 varies to connect to the pin 17.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Hitachi Medical Corporation
    Inventor: Satoshi Iizuka