Adapted For Imaging (e.g., X-ray, Mri) Patents (Class 5/601)
  • Publication number: 20140088403
    Abstract: A patient couch is disclosed, for a combination of positron emission tomography and magnetic resonance tomography device (PET/MRT device), for presenting images of an examination object in an examination room. A system, including the patient couch and a combination of positron emission tomography and magnetic resonance tomography device, is also disclosed. In an embodiment, the patient couch includes a reclining surface for a patient, which is designed to only insignificantly attenuate radiation intensity originating from a positron decay when it passes therethrough.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventor: Patrick GROSS
  • Patent number: 8678334
    Abstract: A patient flatwall system comprises a generally horizontal track extending generally parallel and adjacent to a wall of a hospital room, and at least one patient flatwall coupled to the track for movement therealong and for rotational movement relative thereto about a generally vertical axis. The at least one flatwall has a plurality of service connectors. In another embodiment, a patient flatwall system comprises a short telescopic arm having a proximal end coupled to the track for movement therealong, and a patient flatwall coupled to a distal end of the telescopic arm for rotational movement about a generally vertical axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard W. Chance
  • Publication number: 20140075673
    Abstract: A patient support device for use in conjunction with a pallet of an imaging machine, including an inflatable mattress having a plurality of adjacent interconnected transverse air chambers and a mechanism for controlled venting of the air chambers, a sheet member disposed across a top of the mattress and extending laterally outward with respect to the transverse air chambers, the sheet member defining a patient support surface, and at least one longitudinal strip of friction enhancing material attached to a bottom surface of the inflatable mattress to inhibit sliding of the inflatable mattress on a support surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: Airpal Inc.
    Inventors: James E. Weedling, Robert E. Weedling
  • Patent number: 8674326
    Abstract: A patient platform for making the position and posture of a diseased site coincide with those established by a treatment plan. Translation units translate a top board in the X, Y and Z directions respectively, in a fixed coordinate system. Rotation units rotate the top board in the ?, ?, and ? directions respectively. A controller controls the translation units and rotation units, based on desired rotation center point and desired rotation angle. The controller has a rotation drive signal generation unit that generates a signal for moving the top board in a rotating manner from the reference state “a” of the translation units and the rotation units to a desired rotation angle; and a translation drive signal generation unit that generates a signal for translating the translation units so the amount of translation movement, of the desired rotation center point, caused by the rotation movement is a predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Takaaki Iwata
  • Publication number: 20140068861
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus for supporting a patient in a prone position during a surgical procedure is provided, including an open fixed frame suspended above a floor and a pair of spaced opposed radially sliding joints cooperating with the frame, each joint including a virtual pivot point and an arc of motion spaced from the virtual pivot point, the joints being movable along the arc providing a pivot ship mechanism for a pair of pelvic pads attached to the joints. A base for supporting and suspending a patient support structure above the floor, for supporting a patient during a surgical procedure, the base including a pair of spaced opposed vertical translation subassemblies reversibly attachable to a patient support structure, a cross-bar, and a rotation subassembly having two degrees of rotational freedom; wherein a location of each vertical translation subassembly is substantially constant during operation of the patient support structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Inventors: Roger P Jackson, Lawrence E Guerra, Trevor A Waggoner, Steven A Walton, Michael A Herron
  • Publication number: 20140059767
    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: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chang-jin YANG, Jung-min Kim
  • Patent number: 8661584
    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: July 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chang-jin Yang, Jung-min Kim
  • Publication number: 20140053333
    Abstract: A patient couch for a medical diagnosis and/or treatment device includes a metal-free fluoroscopy section and at least two couch sections that are connected to each other in an articulated manner and may be pivoted relative to each other using a motor-driven adjustment mechanism. The adjustment mechanism is arranged outside of the metal-free fluoroscopy section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Inventors: Tobias Krieg, Michael Meyer
  • Patent number: 8660633
    Abstract: In a small animal imaging system (10) at least one modality (12) and a docking station (36) are provided. The docking station (36) provides a workspace (47) and docking ports (48) for preparation and holding of anesthetized animals that are awaiting imaging. For the duplication of positions, a subject mold (26) is provided that holds the subject in a reproducible position on a subject bed (16). Vital signs monitoring is also provided for subjects awaiting scans. The bed (16) includes fiducials (28) to aid in registration of like modality images and different modality images. A capsule (14) can encapsulate a single bed (16), or for tandem imaging, the capsule can encapsulate multiple-bed configurations, such as two, three, or four beds (16). For better positioning and ease of user access, a positioner (34) positions the capsule (14) from the rear of the modality (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Lyubomir Zagorchev, Andrew Buckler, Eric Jean, Antonio T. Latto
  • Patent number: 8656528
    Abstract: A patient transfer board including an elongated board body that extends lengthwise along a longitudinal axis between leading and trailing ends of the board body. The transfer board has a top side and an underside of the board body. The underside includes first and second side edges that extend along the longitudinal axis. The underside includes alignment slots having respective openings at the first side edge. The alignment slots are defined by interior sidewalls. The alignment slots are configured to receive reference elements of the patient table through the respective openings when the transfer board is moved in a lateral direction that is generally transverse to the longitudinal axis. The sidewalls are configured to engage the corresponding reference elements and direct the transfer board toward a designated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Benjamin Perelman, Liyong Wu, Roman I. Dachniwskyj, Peter S. Crandall, Almos A. Elekes, Kevin R. Anderson, Christopher F. Johnson, Andrew C. Johnson, Michael R. Koger
  • Patent number: 8656536
    Abstract: A device for supporting a breast during treatment. The device includes a support arm having one or more indexed joints for repeatably positioning the device relative a patient's breast. The device includes a scoop for wedging against the patient's breast for forming the breast to a preferred shape during treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Inventor: Amanda Gail Sorg
  • Publication number: 20140033433
    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: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2012
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicants: Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation, Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Sakae Kimishima
  • Publication number: 20140033432
    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: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: Varian Medical Systems UK Limited
    Inventor: Jason Marle
  • Publication number: 20140020180
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus is provided. The patient support apparatus may be used as an operating table apparatus for a neurosurgical intervention. The patient support apparatus includes a support couch and a transfer plate which may be moved relative to the support couch, wherein the transfer plate is designed to support a patient for the neurosurgical intervention, wherein the patient support apparatus includes a holding unit with a support shell, which is designed to support a head of the patient and/or a surgical head restraint unit, and a fastening unit for fastening the holding unit to the patient support apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Inventors: Hanns Eder, Patrick Gross, Martin Ringholz
  • Publication number: 20140020179
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus, such as a stretcher, cot, bed, or the like, includes a patient support surface and a cartridge support surface positioned therebelow. The cartridge support surface supports a diagnostic imaging cartridge, such as an X-ray cartridge. The cartridge support surface includes a generally flat and smooth interior region surrounded by a peripheral region that is beveled to facilitate insertion of a cartridge between the patient and cartridge support surfaces. Handles for controlling the pivoting a portion of the patient support surface are positioned in a corner of the patient support surface where they, and their connected structures, are out of the way of the X-ray path. A joint between sections of the patient support surface is constructed to include, when the sections are flat, overlapping regions that reduce, if not eliminate, visual artifacts caused by differing amounts of X-ray absorption of the patient support apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Applicant: STRYKER CORPORATION
    Inventor: STRYKER CORPORATION
  • Publication number: 20140013511
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus for a medical imaging apparatus includes a base unit and a table, wherein the table is designed so as to be movable relative to the base unit. A position detection apparatus detects a position of the table relative to the base unit, wherein the position detection apparatus has an optical sensor unit which includes a fiber optic element and a punched tape mask. The punched tape mask is movable relative to the optical sensor unit. Optical signals are transmitted via the fiber optic element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Inventor: Patrick Gross
  • Patent number: 8621689
    Abstract: An apparatus for driving and supporting cradle includes a table base and a cradle movable on the table base. The cradle includes an intermediate cradle moveable relative to the table base and an upper cradle moveable relative to the intermediate cradle. The table base is coupled to the intermediate cradle using a first rack and gear structure, and the intermediate cradle is coupled to the upper cradle using a second rack and gear structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: GE Medical Systems Global Technology Company, LLC
    Inventors: Yifei Dong, Xin Yang, Bing Luo, Tiexin Liu
  • Publication number: 20130340165
    Abstract: A method includes receiving a subject support motion disable signal indicative of at least one of power removal of an imaging system, a collision of a horizontally moving tabletop of the imaging system, a decoupling of a horizontal motion drive system configured to horizontally drive the tabletop, or a collision of a vertically moving subject support of the imaging system, wherein a vertical motion drive system drives the subject support vertical motion, and disabling, in response to receiving the subject support motion disable signal, at least one of tabletop horizontal motion or subject support vertical motion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Applicant: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Shufang Dong, Terrance Joseph Nemenz, Patrick Cumpson, Jeremy David Pettinato, Sriram Rajagopal
  • Patent number: 8606344
    Abstract: The present invention includes an integrated system and methods for patient treatment, the system includes a hospital bed; a plurality of patient diagnostic and treatment devices connected to a network, wherein each of the devices can communicate to a network and exchange information with the network about the care of a patient; and a processor accessible adjacent to the bed and connected to the network to integrate information obtained from the devices through the network with one or more additional sources of information databases, wherein the processor can communicate to one or more patient treatment devices either directly or via the network and the processor directs the one or more patient treatment devices to change the treatment of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Board of Regents, The University of Texas System
    Inventors: John Michael DiMaio, James Watson, Jose Melendez, Roma Moza, Harry Tibbals
  • Patent number: 8595871
    Abstract: A therapy mat table has an upper surface and removable mat. A portion of the mat and a separate plate is rotatably mounted within the flat top so as to be capable of being selectively raised and lowered to form a seat back for a patient reclining or sitting on the pad on an elongated side edge of the table. The table may also include transfer bars which help to move a patient on and off the table or when moving to a standing position or while simply standing. The table may further include a stowable foot stop, which prevents backward movement of the patient's feet when the patient is standing between the transfer bars. The table may also include a knee blocker, which helps to limit or prevent buckling of the patient's knees when the patient is standing between the transfer bars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Therapeutic Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward Estrada, Laszlo Bayer
  • Publication number: 20130317342
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus for supporting and/or transporting a patient is provided. The patient support apparatus may be used, for example in an imaging device. The patient support apparatus includes a patient support couch, on which the patient can be positioned for a medical imaging examination. A carrier unit is provided, on which the patient support couch is arranged so as to be moveable. The patient support apparatus also includes at least one drive unit for generating kinetic energy for a movement of the patient support couch in respect of the carrier unit. The at least one drive unit includes a pneumatic drive unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Inventor: Andrew Dewdney
  • Publication number: 20130312181
    Abstract: An apparatus for transferring a supine patient to a prone position on a patient support structure, and for rotating such a prone patient between prone and supine positions without removing the patient from the patient support structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Inventors: Roger P. Jackson, Lawrence E. Guerra, Michael A. Herron
  • Publication number: 20130305452
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a gantry-diagnostic bed system is provided. The gantry-diagnostic bed system comprises a gantry for supporting a medical device, a diagnostic bed designed as being integral with the gantry and for carrying an object to be inspected, and a diagnostic bed adjusting mechanism for adjusting the position of the diagnostic bed relative to the gantry such that the diagnostic bed can be folded with respect to the gantry.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicants: Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation, KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventors: Pei ZHONGQIANG, Zhang Junhui, Pang Xuebo
  • Patent number: 8584281
    Abstract: A surgery table utilizing first and second hinged supports that form a frame supporting a patient. First and second connectors hold the first and second supports to first and second piers. Each pier is formed with a base with a linked positioning mechanism for each connector and support member. Each positioning mechanism utilizes a column and a first arm having a proximal portion and a distal portion. The first arm proximal portion is axially rotatable relative to the first column. The second arm possesses a proximal portion and a distal portion such that the second arm proximal portion is axially rotatable relative to the distal portion of the first arm. The second arm distal portion links to the frame connector. A controller determines the axial rotation of the proximal portions of the first and second arms to determine an overall configuration of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Mizuho Orthopedic Systems, Inc
    Inventors: Mark Diel, Charles Ladd, Steve Lamb
  • Patent number: 8584274
    Abstract: A patient support and transport system for a multi-modality medical suite includes a track system with one track in one room aligned with another track in another room. A support carriage coupled to the track system and configured to move between the two rooms. A duplex socket interface module attached to the support carriage and flexible raceway including a first conduit management system coupled to the support carriage and configured to automatically couple with and decouple with the duplex socket interface module. A second conduit management system is coupled to electrical and data ports and include a conduit interface module configured to automatically couple with and decouple with the duplex socket interface module. The patient support and transport system also includes a vertical support member coupled to the support carriage and a support assembly coupled to the vertical support member configured to selectively articulate a patient bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: MedTrak Holding Company, LLC
    Inventor: Stephen G. Hushek
  • Publication number: 20130298328
    Abstract: A positioning apparatus for positioning a patient in a medical imaging system, the positioning apparatus comprising at least one base unit, wherein a base unit of the at least one base unit comprises at least one driving unit, a table assembly configured to hold the patient, and at least one supporting unit connecting the table assembly and the base unit. A supporting unit of the at least one supporting unit is positioned below the table assembly to a substantial middle portion of the table assembly, wherein the at least one driving unit is configured to drive the supporting unit in a horizontal direction with respect to the base unit to move a portion of the table assembly into a scanning unit of the medical imaging system for positioning the patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Rajender Singh
  • Publication number: 20130298329
    Abstract: Disclosed is a patient support apparatus having a patient support couch, a moveable support plate for supporting a patient, a surgical head fastening unit for fastening a head of the patient in an examination position and/or in an operation position. The patient support apparatus includes a marker unit for marking a maximum occupancy area for the surgical head fastening unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventors: Hanns Eder, Patrick Gross, Martin Ringholz
  • Patent number: 8578529
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a bed for a medical image scanning apparatus including a lateral movement device which is light and has less deformation while suppressing a bed height in the lowest position of a top board. A bed for a medical image scanning apparatus includes a base 8, an upper portion frame 2 that supports a top board 1, and a lifting and lowering device 40 that is positioned between the base 8 and the upper portion frame 2 and lifts and lowers the upper portion frame 2, and the lifting and lowering device 40 includes a lateral movement device (a motor 10, a pinion gear 12, and rack 23) which relatively moves at least two members (a rail receiving block 17 and a rotation axis 18, and a rail receiving block 15 and a rotation axis 20) constituting the lifting and lowering device 40 along a direction perpendicular to a longitudinal direction of the upper portion frame 2 in the top board surface of the top board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Hitachi Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Iwao Miyano, Kenya Sakanaka
  • Patent number: 8578936
    Abstract: In order to improve a support (2) for supporting a patient, particularly for surgical procedures in the shoulder region, said support comprising a substantially flat body part (4) and a bowl-shaped head part, said body part (4) comprising a back part (6) and a thorax part (8) tapered in relation thereto, the head part (10) being disposed on said thorax part by means of a transitional region, with the thorax part (8) and the transitional region sloping upwards such that the head part (10) is higher than the back part (6), and with said head part being adapted to the human profile and comprising a removable, inflatable support for adapting the position of the patient to the current positional or treatment requirements, the invention proposes that the transitional region be designed as neck part (12) and also be adapted to the human profile, comprising a removable, inflatable support for adapting the position of the patient to the current positional or treatment requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Samarit Medical AG
    Inventor: Willi Albrecht
  • Patent number: 8571632
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for using radio frequency coil systems for magnetic resonance imaging within an open architecture apparatus is provided. The MRI coil system includes a support structure with an open architecture in which secondary support structures, compression systems and plates containing RF coil systems may be introduced. These structures and RF coils can be moved relative to the patient, or removed entirely from the system. In one embodiment the system consists of a tabletop coil system, while another embodiment consists of a dedicated stretcher design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Hologic, Inc.
    Inventors: Cameron Anthony Piron, Christopher Alexander Luginbuhl, Donald B. Plewes
  • Patent number: 8567271
    Abstract: A vertical movement device for an examining table includes a driving wheel, a nut and screw pair and a direction-converting synchronization belt. The driving wheel is disposed on the examining table. The rotation axis of the nut is perpendicular to the rotation axis of the driving wheel, and the nut moves vertically on the screw when the nut rotates so as to carry the examining table to move vertically. The direction-converting synchronization belt converts the rotation of the driving wheel into the rotation of the nut so as to realize the vertical movement of the examining table. The self-locking vertical movement device reduces the noise and manufacturing costs, simplifies the structure, increases the maximum lifting weight and speeds up the lifting/lowering process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Jian Liu
  • Publication number: 20130276232
    Abstract: An improved medical procedure table has motorized elevation, Trendelenburg tilt, floating tabletop with both longitudinal and lateral travel, multi-caster control, and an iso-roll device for the tabletop. The iso-roll device is connected between a roll plate and a cross plate. The iso-roll device includes a pair of iso-roll guide plates, which are mounted laterally to a bottom of the roll plate. Each iso-roll guide plate has an arcuate guide channel therein having an upwards concave shape. A set of cam followers are positioned in both guide channel and travel therein and also fixedly mounted to a base on the cross plate. A center of radius of the arcuate guide channel is approximately 5 inches above the tabletop. Further, mounted between the iso-roll guide plates and to the roll plate is a support guide plate having an arcuate bottom surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Inventors: Remo J. Rossi, Glenn Capone
  • Patent number: 8561226
    Abstract: An MRI transfer table is provided for transporting a patient and transferring a patient to an MRI table associated with an MRI apparatus. The MRI transfer table includes a mobile frame, a patient support and a series of connectors for detachably connecting the patient support to the mobile frame. In use, the MRI transfer table is aligned with the MRI apparatus and the MRI table is projected underneath the patient support of the MRI transfer table. The patient support is disconnected from the mobile frame and allowed to rest on the MRI table. Thereafter the mobile frame is moved from the MRI apparatus and the MRI table with the patient support thereon retracted into the MRI apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Martin Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Rodney Barr, Michael Bruce Wiggin
  • Patent number: 8560051
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for using radio frequency coil systems for magnetic resonance imaging within an open architecture apparatus is provided. The MRI coil system includes a support structure with an open architecture in which secondary support structures, compression systems and plates containing RF coil systems may be introduced. These structures and RF coils can be moved relative to the patient, or removed entirely from the system. In one embodiment the system consists of a tabletop coil system, while another embodiment consists of a dedicated stretcher design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Hologic, Inc.
    Inventors: Cameron Anthony Piron, Christopher Alexander Luginbuhl, Donald B. Plewes
  • Publication number: 20130254991
    Abstract: A lateral decubitus precision patient support system and method for accurately and reproducibly positioning a patient's breast relative to a patient support surface to receive therapy, such as, but not limited to, radiation treatment, while the patient is in a lateral decubitus position (lying on the patient's side) upon a patient support surface is disclosed. The lateral decubitus precision support assembly may be securely attached to a treatment table during use. The lateral decubitus precision support assembly may include a contralateral breast module having at least one contralateral breast receiving area into which a contralateral breast of the patient may reside during breast therapy. The lateral decubitus precision support assembly may also include a treatment breast support that contacts a treatment breast of the patient to separate the treatment breast from the contralateral breast of patient to limit exposure of the contralateral breast to therapeutic procedures administered to the patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Inventor: Charles Y. Shang
  • Patent number: 8548629
    Abstract: The invention relates to an X-ray device (2) for a medical workplace (1, 21). The X-ray device (2) comprises a robot (R) with a plurality of axes (9), a control device (10) for controlling the axes (9) for movement of the robot (R), and a fastening device (8), and a support device (11) disposed at the fastening device (8), said support device comprising an X-ray radiation source (12) and an X-ray radiation receiver (14). A 3D model (15, 15a) of the robot (R) and the support device (11) provided is stored in the control device (10), said 3D model modeling the spatial extension of the robot (R) and the support device (11) during movement of the robot (R). The 3D model (15,15a) also models the spatial extension of at least one other device (3, 4, R2) of the medical workplace (1, 21) and/or of a living organism (5) located within the medical workplace (1, 21).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: KUKA Laboratories GmbH
    Inventors: Tobias Ortmaier, Peter Heiligensetzer
  • Publication number: 20130239331
    Abstract: A support device has an inflatable element positioned above a top side of a table, above which a patient can be positioned. The table is part of, and movable into and out of a bore of, a medical imaging machine. The inflatable element can have one or more fluid fillable cells selectively inflatable and deflatable to alter a position of a patent relative to the top side of the table. The support device can be employed in a system having a control apparatus coupled to the support device and operable to inflate and deflate the inflatable element to alter the position of a patient supported by the table.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2012
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.
    Inventors: John W. EATON, Keith A. WONG
  • Patent number: 8533877
    Abstract: A trolley for transporting a patient includes a couch for the patient, an extendable and retractable component, and a coupling device on the extendable and retractable component for coupling the trolley to a medical apparatus. The couch and the extendable and retractable component are arranged such that extending or retracting the extendable and retractable component when the trolley is coupled to the medical apparatus (NMR) causes a relative movement of the couch with respect to the medical apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Herbert Weiler
  • Publication number: 20130219620
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus is provided. The patient support apparatus has a patient table, a movable support plate for supporting a patient, a guide unit, which is designed to guide the support plate along at least one movement direction of the support plate, and a fastening unit for fastening an auxiliary unit to the support plate. The fastening unit has at least one setting unit for setting the position of the auxiliary unit in relation to the support plate in a flexible manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Inventors: Hanns Eder, Patrick Gross, Martin Requardt, Martin Ringholz, Markus Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20130219621
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus, in particular for a medical imaging apparatus, has a table for supporting a patient, and a support unit, wherein the table is arranged at the support unit such that the table may be displaced along a longitudinal extension of the support unit. Further, the patient support apparatus has a protective wall element which closes off a region for receiving fluids on the table and/or on the support unit in a fluid-tight manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Inventors: Hanns Eder, Patrick Gross, Martin Ringholz, Markus Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20130219619
    Abstract: A patient support system to be used in conjunction with a standard linear accelerator, and other sources, is described that allows access of the treatment beam to the breast from up to 360 degrees. This support system places the patient in a prone position with the breast going through an aperture. The prone position increases the separation of the breast from the chest wall and other critical organs and reduces motion of the target tissue due to breathing. This invention offers up to 36-degree radiation beam access to the breast. This helps in skin sparing, better dose conformity, and allows one to use modern treatment techniques such as IMRT and IGRT. It also includes a provision for an imaging system. This invention can also be used with CT and MR imaging modalities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Inventors: Alan P. Sliski, Jason Koshnitsky
  • Patent number: 8516636
    Abstract: A hybrid imaging system and a patient bed for same are disclosed. The hybrid imaging system includes a magnetic resonance scanner and a second modality imaging system spaced apart from the magnetic resonance scanner by a gap. In some embodiments, the gap is less than seven meters. The patient bed is disposed at least partially in the gap between the magnetic resonance scanner and the second modality imaging system, and includes a linearly translatable patient support pallet aligned to be selectively moved into an examination region of the magnetic resonance scanner for magnetic resonance imaging and into an examination region of the second modality imaging system for second modality imaging. In some embodiments, a linear translation range of the linearly translatable pallet is less than five times a length of the patient support pallet along the direction of linear translation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N. V.
    Inventors: Daniel Gagnon, Michael A. Morich, Douglas M. Blakeley
  • Publication number: 20130212806
    Abstract: The present invention provides a low friction device for transferring patients from one surface to another. This system allows a patient to be immobilized on one supporting surface. The immobilized patient can then be transferred laterally onto the target modality using an air bearing that is thin, homogeneously radiolucent and compatible with a variety of diagnostic imaging and treatment modalities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Applicant: QFIX SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel D. COPPENS, David R. RABENO, Richard HERRSCHAFT, John CAPONE
  • Patent number: 8510883
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are disclosed for a method for securing a patient for a medical procedure and specifically for an innovative headrest system for securing a patient for an ocular imaging procedure. The approach avoids the need for linkages and sliding rods and such. Instead, it relies on three independently movable face rests (two for the forehead or temples and one for the chin) each with a deformable cushion that is urged into conformity with the patient's head and chin during an adjustment phase of operation. Once a comfortable position and suitable conforming shape is achieved, the positions of the face rests are rigidly fixed and the shape of the cushions are rendered rigid and non-deformable, by application of a light vacuum, for the procedural or imaging phase of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Arcscan, Inc.
    Inventors: George J. Eilers, J. David Stienmier, Wes Weber
  • Publication number: 20130205500
    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.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2013
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Inventor: Roger P. Jackson
  • Patent number: 8505137
    Abstract: An equine CT table for positioning a horse during a CT (“computed tomography”) scan. The table is positioned above the patient couch and communicates with the conventional CT system for examination of a horse without requiring mechanical or electrical attachments between the CT system and table. The table includes a frame carrying a tracking system, a linear movement system and a carousel upon which the horse is positioned. Prior to examination, positioning of the horse on the table may be manually adjusted linearly and/or radially in any direction to properly align the horse. Infinitely positionable cantilever members are provided to support horse's appendages. The tracking system identifies movement of the CT couch and mimics the movement with the linear movement system to enter and retract the horse from the gantry at predetermined positioning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Artec Imaging, LLC
    Inventor: Arthur J. Gaines, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8468625
    Abstract: A patient support system includes a wheeled gurney having an upper support frame with at least one open side. A front support plate and a rear support plate are attached to the upper support frame, with the rear support plate spaced apart from the front support plate to correspond to the at least one open side. There is a first registration element positioned on the front support plate and a second registration element positioned on the rear support plate. The first and the second registration elements are repeatably moveable between a first registration configuration and a second registration configuration. A method of positioning a patient support on a gurney begins by identifying a registration feature on a surface of a patient support and then identifying a mating registration feature on wheeled patient gurney that corresponds to the registration feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Procure Treatment Centers, Inc.
    Inventors: Andries Nicolaas Schreuder, John Leland Smith, Bradley N. Keiser
  • Patent number: 8464378
    Abstract: A medical inspection apparatus includes a main body and an inspection module. The main body has at least two guide rails and at least two sliding blocks which are slidably coupled to the guide rails respectively, and the inspection module further includes at least one pivot, and each of the sliding blocks is pivotally connected to the inspection module with a pivot, so that the inspection module is capable of sliding on the sliding rail to regulate the height and rotating with respect to the pivot to regulate the inclination. Moreover, the main body has a first supporting component and a second supporting component, so that the combination of the first supporting component and the second supporting component can provide three-ended support for an inspected person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Institute of Nuclear Energy Research Atomic Energy Council
    Inventors: Po-Hsiu Kuo, Yu-Ching Ni, Meei-Ling Jan
  • Patent number: 8453281
    Abstract: An apparatus for supporting a patient in radiation therapy and other applications. In one embodiment, the apparatus includes a support structure and a panel carried by the support structure. The support structure can have first and second support members, such as rigid girders or other structures comprising substantially dielectric materials. The panel is also a rigid structure comprising substantially dielectric materials. The panel can further include a pass-through zone or other type of zone that is compatible with an ionizing radiation beam. For example, the panel can have a grid or solid low-density structure that mitigates beam contamination. The support structure and the panel together are configured to position a magnetic marker implanted in the patient in a navigational zone in which a magnetic field transmitted from the marker is not affected by conductive components or loops of conductive material in the pedestals or cantilevered support structures of conventional patient support systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Varian Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven C. Dimmer, Matthew A. Herron, Edward J. Vertatschitsch
  • Patent number: 8449184
    Abstract: A robotized system (1) for positioning a patient with respect to at least one source of a particle beam, includes the at least one source, two robotized arms (3, 4), a treatment couch (5) for the patient and a logic unit which controls and coordinates the movements of the two robotized arms, wherein the at least one source is fixed, each end of the treatment couch (5) for the patient is connected to the end of one of the robotized arms (3, 4), the at least one particle beam emitted by the at least one fixed source is always included within the space between the ends of the two robotized arms (3, 4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Itel Telecomunicazioni S.R.L.
    Inventors: Leonardo Diaferia, Vincenzo Dimiccoli