With Horizontally Movable Top Surface Patents (Class 5/943)
  • Patent number: 8918933
    Abstract: The invention relates to a mobile feeding table providing varied inclination angles to facilitate the secured feeding of one or more infants and providing ease of use for a parent or caregiver. The invention provides a moveable base frame, a body support frame supporting an infant and providing a variably inclined surface, and a sliding drawer supporting the support frame that promotes ease of use for a parent or caregiver when, for example, in a seated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Baby Squared, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Andrew Holden, Sarah Holden Greene
  • Patent number: 8819877
    Abstract: A method and device for accurately positioning patients for imaging and radiotherapy is disclosed. The device includes a support platform (such as a bed, a table, a couch, a chair, etc.) connected to a fixed base by at least two and preferably four offset supporting arms. The support arms are journaled into the support platform at passive-rotatable pivot joints and are journaled into the base at active-rotatable pivot points. The base contains actuators (manual or powered by motors, pneumatics or hydraulics) for articulating the support arms. The relative lengths of the support arms may be varied to create a pre-defined trajectory of the support platform, between a starting spatial position and orientation to an ending spatial position and orientation, and through a continuous range there between. This makes it possible to position a patient within a range from a low, standing up position to a high, forwarding, prone or supine position, or vice versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Xcision Medical Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Mike Q. Zheng, Xinsheng Cedric Yu, Xiumin Diao, Bo Zhou
  • Patent number: 8726434
    Abstract: The invention relates to a support apparatus on which a patient can be supported in a comfortable and secure manner for the preparation for an examination and for the examination, in particular an endorectal biopsy. The support apparatus comprises a sliding apparatus connected to a bearing substructure and is supported in a displaceable manner on the sliding apparatus so that it can be moved partially beyond the substructure connected to the sliding apparatus. The support apparatus also comprises a cutout. The invention also relates to a patient support table comprising a connecting apparatus to connect the patient support table to the support apparatus and serving as a bearing substructure for the support apparatus. A medical device, in particular an MR device, is also disclosed comprising a patient tunnel and the patient support table that can be introduced into the patient tunnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Joachim Gunkel, Hans-Peter Hollenbach, Ludwig Kreischer, Markus Petsch
  • Patent number: 8692213
    Abstract: One or more techniques and/or systems are described herein for handling an examination surface for radiology or other operations. That is, an examination surface support structure can be integrally coupled with a support component of a radiology apparatus so that an examination surface and an object optionally placed thereon are supported during an operation. An examination surface transport component can be docked with an examination surface docking component that is operably coupled with the examination surface support structure so that the examination surface can be exchanged between the transport component and the radiology apparatus. An examination surface transit component that is operably coupled with the examination surface support structure can engage the examination surface in order to move the examination surface into and out of an operation region of the apparatus, such as during a scanning or dosage operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Analogic Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel Abenaim, Gilbert McKenna
  • Patent number: 8683626
    Abstract: A hospital bed with conveyor mattress that includes a loop mattress disposed overlying and attached to a conveyor belt disposed in operational communication with a plurality of transverse rollers horizontally disposed within a mattress frame, wherein the loop mattress is moveable in each of a first direction and a second direction and a plurality of hydraulic jacks enable inclinations of specific sections of the mattress relative each other to comfortably position a patient disposed upon the bed, as desired, and extant electronics and medical accoutrements are supportable, powerable, and securable proximal a patient disposed in the bed, whereby a patient is moveable upon the mattress at the press of a button and able to control peripheral electronics while in bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Inventor: Karen S. Kaczmarek
  • 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
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8621690
    Abstract: A patient support including a frame, plurality of wheels coupled to the frame, a deck, and a scissor mechanism coupled to the frame and the deck to move the deck from a raised position to a lowered position. The support includes brake mechanism including a brake pad to contact the floor to prevent the patient support from rolling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: David W. Hornbach, Kenneth Q. Rudolf, Raymond C. Gould, John David Vogel, Francis C. Ganance
  • Patent number: 8402581
    Abstract: A method and apparatus of a positioning system are described to position an upper-half of a body relative to a head-end of a couch. The positioning system may be a patient positioning system and may include a treatment couch, a leg rest coupled to the treatment couch, and a drive mechanism coupled to the leg rest. The patient positioning system may also include a treatment couch, having a base portion of a treatment couch and plurality of detachable portions of the treatment couch. The plurality of detachable portions to adjust a height of the treatment couch to accommodate differing heights of patients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Accuray Incorporated
    Inventors: Michael J. Saracen, Aaron W. Carrano, John W. Allison, Gopinath R. Kuduvalli
  • Patent number: 8146186
    Abstract: A method and device for accurately easily and accurately positioning patients with breast cancer in the prone position for imaging and radiotherapy is disclosed. The device is a couch or support structure with a double-layer structure that allows relative planar motion between the two layers. To easily slide the top layer, an array of ball transfer units is embedded on the upper side of the bottom layer while the under side of the top layer has a corresponding array of bearing plates to prevent the ball transfer units from grinding into the top layer. A locking mechanism is specially designed to interlock the two layers safely when a knob handle is tightened. A frame of bars is attached to the bottom layer to constrain translation of the top layer. Each layer has two openings for the through insertion of breasts. When a patient lies in the prone position, the breast to be treated is pendent through the couch, and the untreated breast may be blocked from radiation exposure by a removable opening cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Xcision Medical Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Xiumin Diao
  • Patent number: 8117694
    Abstract: A table drive system comprising a first drive assembly configured for moving a support table in a first direction, a second drive assembly configured for moving the support table in a second direction, a third drive assembly configured for moving the support table in a third direction and a first drive motor coupled to the first drive assembly, the second drive assembly and the third drive assembly is provided. The first drive motor is configured to drive the first drive assembly, the second drive assembly and the third drive assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Asghar Ali Farooqui
  • Patent number: 7886380
    Abstract: A patient support including a frame, plurality of wheels coupled to the frame, a deck, and a scissor mechanism coupled to the frame and the deck to move the deck from a raised position to a lowered position. The support includes brake mechanism including a brake pad to contact the floor to prevent the patient support from rolling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: David W. Hornbach, Kenneth Rudolf, Raymond C. Gould, John D. Vogel, Francis C. Ganance
  • Patent number: 7874030
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention may provide a cradle transferring device, which moves and withdraws a cradle to and from an examination table of an MRI apparatus in a PET-MRI hybrid system. The cradle transferring device includes: a cradle, on which a subject lies; a shuttle table supporting the cradle and moving and withdrawing the cradle to and from the examination table of the MRI apparatus; and a cradle receiving member provided on the examination table of the MRI apparatus. The shuttle table is provided with a transfer member for holding and transferring the cradle and a transfer member driving means for reciprocating the transfer member along the shuttle table. The cradle transferring device is further provided with a cradle locking means, which locks the cradle to the examination table after the cradle is moved to the examination table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: Gachon University of Medicine & Science Industry—Academic Cooperation Foundation
    Inventors: Zang Hee Cho, Cheol Ok Lee, Young Bo Kim, Ja Weon Yun, Hyung Jin Ahn, Dong Sung Kim, Hong Shim
  • Patent number: 7874031
    Abstract: A patient positioning apparatus for a magnetic resonance device is provided. The patient positioning apparatus includes a positioning unit with a fixing side for fixing to the magnetic resonance device, a supporting frame extending horizontally starting from the fixing side and being arranged in a vertically adjustable fashion on the positioning unit, a patient plate mounted in a moveable fashion on the supporting frame, and a vertical adjusting mechanism operable to vertically adjust the supporting frame, the vertical adjusting mechanism has a first drive motor disposed on a side within the supporting frame that is remote from the fixing side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Carsten Groβhauser, Herbert Weiler
  • Patent number: 7827635
    Abstract: A subject loading system is provided for moving a subject disposed in an isolation zone into and out of a diagnostic system disposed outside the isolation zone. A tube extends away from the isolation zone. The tube has an inner volume open to the isolation zone and operatively coupled with the diagnostic system. An elongated subject support pallet is disposed in the isolation zone and dimensioned to fit into the tube. A base including a mechanical drive is disposed in the isolation zone and is configured to align the elongated subject support pallet with the tube and to move the elongated subject support pallet into and out of the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Zhengyan Wang, Steven J. Plummer, Jacin C. Barnes, Matthew D. Fleischhauer, Michael G. Ambrosia, Dennis K. Everett, Robert G. Henderson
  • Patent number: 7794145
    Abstract: A medical table in which a top plate for a patient to lie on is supported by a pedestal base in a manner to be able to move parallel to a plate surface, includes a detecting device for detecting that fingers holding the top plate are about to collide against the pedestal base when moving the top plate, and a stopping device for stopping movement of the top plate according to a detection signal from the detecting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: GE Medical Systems Global Technology Company, LLC
    Inventors: Jiake Xu, Bin Ye
  • Patent number: 7761941
    Abstract: A patient positioning table for a tomography device has a table board movably mounted on a table stand. At one end of the table board, a module is attached that has a receptacle compartment therein, serving as a storage space and/or a receptacle for medical equipment. Attachments can be attached to the module for holding or mounting other items that are used in connection with a tomography procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Michael Loser
  • Patent number: 7712168
    Abstract: Disclosed are an articulating bed and methods of using the bed. The articulating bed includes a top frame and one or two underlying frames. The top frame includes a first side section and a second side section. One of the side sections is configured to slide in a lateral direction of the bed so as to vary a width of the bed. Further, the sections are configured to hingedly rotate. Various methods include sliding and hingedly rotating the side sections. Further, the methods includes sitting up a person lying on the bed and changing liners while the person is staying on the bed, using the sliding and hinged rotation features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Inventor: Willie W. Kim
  • Patent number: 7532922
    Abstract: A system and method for translating a patient table is described. The described patient table includes a linearly translatable portion, a drive screw assembly, a power transmission assembly, and a drive train. The translatable portion is configured to be positioned in a plurality of selectable positions between a fully inserted position and a fully extracted position. The drive screw assembly includes a drive nut and a screw member. The drive nut is fixedly coupled to the translatable portion of the patient table and threadily engaged to the screw member. The screw member is drivingly coupled to the power transmission assembly. The drive train is configured to drive the translatable portion of the patient table at a predetermined insertion force in the insertion direction, and a predetermined extraction force in the extraction direction. The predetermined extraction force is greater than the predetermined insertion force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2009
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Chad Allan Smith, Kyle Marcus Johnson, Timothy Matthew Behlmer, James Loren Dodge
  • Patent number: 7516501
    Abstract: Medical device with a patient tunnel lined by a lining and a patient couch that can be moved into and out of the tunnel and accommodated in a recess in the lining enclosing the sides of the patient couch, with the patient couch having a clearance from the lining when fully withdrawn from the tunnel, with an element that can be moved against a resetting force being provided at both sides in each case in the area of the recess near to the couch, it being possible for said element during a vertical movement from a lowered position into the completely withdrawn position or at the start of the inward movement to be deflected by the patient couch against the resetting force to a position separated from the patient couch by a narrow gap or to a position abutting against the patient couch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2009
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Bernd Maciejewski
  • Patent number: 7454987
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method are provided for determining a position of a patient during medical examinations. The apparatus comprises a tabletop operable to support the patient, at least one elongatable strain gauge which is integrated into the tabletop, and tabletop sensors operable to detect a sagging of the tabletop as a function of a change in length of the at least one elongatable strain gauge due to the sagging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2008
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Johannes Reger
  • Patent number: 7430772
    Abstract: A device for the examination of persons including a medical examination device (11) having an examination volume (12), a support (1) for a person to be examined, and a drive assembly (3) for displacing the support in a displacement direction in such a manner, that a person to be examined present on the support is displaced into and out of the examination volume. The drive assembly includes a gear-wheel (7), which is driven by a driving device (5, 8) and co-operates with a toothed rack (4) mounted to the support for displacing the toothed rack relative to the gear-wheel in the driven state of the gear-wheel. The drive assembly includes an auxiliary moving assembly (6, 9) for displacing the gear-wheel in its driven state in the displacement direction with a speed which is lower than the speed of support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2008
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventor: Arthur Robert Van Es
  • Patent number: 7065813
    Abstract: A patient examination support system comprises a support structure and a tabletop. The tabletop supported on the support structure is displaceable toward an examination region. The examination region is spaced apart from the support structure in a longitudinal direction of the tabletop, and a supporting arm, which is extendable from the support structure in a direction of the examination region, braces the tabletop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Tobias Hoth, Jürgen Plannerer
  • Patent number: 7000271
    Abstract: For the purpose of providing a method of keeping an iso-center at a fixed position regardless of the tilt of a table top, and a table system having such a function, an apparatus comprises a table top member; lifting means for moving the table top member up and down; forwarding/backing means for longitudinally moving the table top member forward and backward; tilting means for tilting the table top member from a horizontal state; and control means, and the table top member is tilted around an iso-center lying at a spatial position different from a mechanical center of tilt motion of the table top member by the control means controlling vertical displacement of the mechanical center and longitudinal displacement of the table top member according to a tilt angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Assignee: GE Medical Systems Global Technology Company, LLC
    Inventor: Muthuvelan Varadharajulu
  • Publication number: 20040261177
    Abstract: A patient examination support system comprises a support structure and a tabletop. The tabletop supported on the support structure is displaceable toward an examination region. The examination region is spaced apart from the support structure in a longitudinal direction of the tabletop, and a supporting arm, which is extendable from the support structure in a direction of the examination region, braces the tabletop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2004
    Publication date: December 30, 2004
    Inventors: Tobias Hoth, Jurgen Plannerer
  • Publication number: 20040261178
    Abstract: A patient examination support system includes a positioning display that displays the patient position required for an examination and/or treatment. Characteristic parameters for the examination and/or treatment of a patient via an X-ray or radiological system are made available at a reduced expense and with substantial reliability, via a preferably remote-controllable positioning display to persons operating the system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2004
    Publication date: December 30, 2004
    Inventor: Hartmut Gnoyke
  • Publication number: 20040261176
    Abstract: A patient examination support system comprising an examination tabletop adjustable in vertical and in longitudinal directions, and a lifting structure which supports the examination tabletop. A treatment or diagnosis area is spaced apart in the longitudinal direction of the examination tabletop from a lifting structure, and the lifting structure has a height compensation device for compensating for a sagging of the examination tabletop when loaded by a patient of predetermined stature in a predetermined way, in the treatment or diagnosis area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2004
    Publication date: December 30, 2004
    Inventor: Jurgen Plannerer
  • Publication number: 20040172757
    Abstract: Certain embodiments include a system and method for braking in a patient positioning system. The system includes a patient positioning surface for supporting a patient, a first brake for affecting motion of the patient positioning surface, and a second brake for affecting motion of the patient positioning surface. In an embodiment, the first brake is a power-off brake that is active when power is removed from the brake. The second brake is a power-on brake that is active when power is applied to the brake. Power may be applied and/or removed from the first and second brakes o affect the motion of the patient positioning surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2003
    Publication date: September 9, 2004
    Inventor: Baskar Somasundaram
  • Publication number: 20040172756
    Abstract: Certain embodiments include a system and method for synchronized telescopic guidance along a longitudinal axis in a patient positioning system. The system includes a top channel driven by a motor, a bottom channel synchronized with the top channel, and a rack and pinion for transmitting drive from the top channel to the bottom channel. The bottom channel is driven by the top channel. The system may also include a gear for transmitting drive from the top channel to the bottom channel using the rack and pinion. The system may also include a plurality of racks and pinions for transmitting drive from the top channel to the bottom channel. Additionally, the size of the pinion meshing with the top channel may be half the size of the pinion meshing with the bottom channel. The bottom channel may move along the top channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2003
    Publication date: September 9, 2004
    Inventor: Baskar Somasundaram
  • Patent number: 6768916
    Abstract: A patient-supporting apparatus (1) for a piece of medical equipment (15), in particular for an MRI tomograph, has a panel (5) for supporting a patient (3) or for bearing a separate supporting panel. Also provided is a guide element (7) on which the panel (5) is arranged in a displaceable manner such that it can be introduced into an accommodating region (13) of the piece of medical equipment (15). The patient-supporting apparatus (1) is distinguished in that a handle (21) provided for displacing the panel (5) is of pivotable configuration. Preferably integrated in the handle (21) is an actuating element (31) which can bring about an operation for braking the panel (5) in relation to the guide element (7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2004
    Assignee: Siemens AG
    Inventors: Michael Heinold, Wilhelm Strasser, Matthias Seufert
  • Publication number: 20040117910
    Abstract: A patient handling system (10) for use with a medical imaging or radiation therapy device, and an associated pallet mounting apparatus (12) for releasably mounting a pallet (18) on the pallet support assembly (16) of a patient handling system. The patient handling system (10) includes a pallet (18) for supporting a patient, and a pallet support assembly (16) for supporting the pallet (18) and for positioning the pallet (18) to facilitate the scanning of a patient positioned on the pallet (18) using the medical imaging device, or to facilitate the application of radiation therapy to a patient using a radiation therapy device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2002
    Publication date: June 24, 2004
    Applicant: CTI PET Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: George E. Loveday, Franck Picker
  • Publication number: 20040098804
    Abstract: Certain embodiments include a system and method for positioning a patient with a patient positioning system. The system includes a patient positioning surface for supporting a patient. The system also includes a lift subsystem for adjusting elevation of the patient positioning surface, a longitudinal subsystem for moving the patient positioning surface in a longitudinal direction, a lateral subsystem for moving the patient positioning surface in a lateral direction, a tilt subsystem for tilting the patient positioning surface, and a rotation subsystem for rotating the patient positioning surface. The system further includes a control subsystem for controlling operation of the patient positioning system and a base affixed to a floor for securing the patient positioning system. The control subsystem may perform iso-center tracking to maintain a region of interest of the patient in an image area during tilt. The control subsystem may also avoid collision with the ground and/or predetermined objects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2002
    Publication date: May 27, 2004
    Inventors: Muthuvelan Varadharajulu, Rajagopal Narayanasamy, Baskar Somasundaram, Shaji Alakkat
  • Patent number: 6615428
    Abstract: A system and method for positioning a medical imaging table in an imaging apparatus is presented. The imaging table includes a fixed plate, a second stage, a first stage and a gearing system. The first stage includes an imaging tabletop. The gearing system includes a pinion gear and gear racks mounted on the first and second stages. The stages of the system are geared together to move simultaneously. The imaging table is able to extend and or retract smoothly because the stages are geared together. Further, because the imaging table extends through a first stage, a second stage, and a fixed plate, the tabletop of the imaging table is more compact with a larger imaging area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2003
    Assignee: GE Medical Systems Global Technology Company, LLC
    Inventor: Jeffrey Wayne Pattee
  • Patent number: 6499159
    Abstract: In a coupling arrangement for a drive arrangement and an adjustable positioning plate of a medical system, the positioning plate is adjustable at least in the direction of its longitudinal axis via the drive arrangement as well as by hand. A friction connection between the drive arrangement and the positioning plate can be produced and cancelled via the coupling arrangement such that the positioning plate can be adjusted at least in the direction of its longitudinal axis via the drive arrangement given a friction connection, and by hand given a neutralized friction connection. The coupling arrangement acts directly between the drive arrangement and the positioning plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2002
    Inventors: Guenter Schmitt, Rolf Reimann, Karlheinz Barde
  • Patent number: 6493571
    Abstract: A procedure and apparatus are provided which allow rapid positional change in the patient centering in order to facilitate the imaging of blood vessels in a series of different views. This procedure and apparatus can also facilitate the imaging of other tissues of the body at different spatial locations as well. The procedure and apparatus reduce the time required for obtaining the necessary images for a medical imaging examination using a single injection of an MRI or iodinated contrast agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2002
    Assignee: William Beaumont Hospital
    Inventors: Kostaki G. Bis, Anil N. Shetty
  • Patent number: 6470519
    Abstract: A brake for a medical table (20) includes a speed detector (40) for determining when the table speed is greater than a threshold value. If the table is moving at greater than the threshold value, the brake is prevented from engaging to prevent the patient from being jolted. When the brake is engaged, teeth (91-95) of a brake tooth member (90) mesh with a groove set assembly (70). The teeth have central planes (A). Each of the teeth has sidewalls that define planes (P1 and P2) which make acute angles with respect to the respective central planes. A position detector (110) warns an operator when the brake is not engaged. A linear bearing assembly (125) guides the brake into the engaged position. A pawl assembly (100) hold the brake in the engaged position until released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2002
    Assignee: GE Medical Systems Global Technology Company, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey W. Pattee, David M. Robbins, Brett A. Karaus
  • Publication number: 20020129446
    Abstract: A patient-supporting apparatus (1) for a piece of medical equipment (15), in particular for an MRI tomograph, has a panel (5) for supporting a patient (3) or for bearing a separate supporting panel. Also provided is a guide element (7) on which the panel (5) is arranged in a displaceable manner such that it can be introduced into an accommodating region (13) of the piece of medical equipment (15). The patient-supporting apparatus (1) is distinguished in that a handle (21) provided for displacing the panel (5) is of pivotable configuration. Preferably integrated in the handle (21) is an actuating element (31) which can bring about an operation for braking the panel (5) in relation to the guide element (7).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2001
    Publication date: September 19, 2002
    Inventors: Michael Heinold, Wilhelm Strasser, Matthias Seufert
  • Publication number: 20020104163
    Abstract: In addition to a supporting unit at which a support plate is movably arranged, a support device for a medical examination imaging apparatus, particularly for a magnetic resonance apparatus or for a computed tomography apparatus, has a support at the opposite side of the medical examination apparatus. The support plate with an examination subject can be movably placed on the support after the support plate proceeds through opening of the medical examination apparatus for the acceptance of the examination subject. The support device also enables very good reproducibility of the examination results even with an extremely long scan length. The support is height-adjustable and may be extended upward after the support plate has been guided through the opening to a point above the support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2002
    Publication date: August 8, 2002
    Applicant: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Rolf Reimann
  • Patent number: 6381780
    Abstract: In order to provide a table and an MR apparatus which allows moving of a cradle and scanning to be simultaneously performed, in a table 55 comprising a table body 57, a cradle 59 provided on the table body 57 and driving means 61 for driving the cradle 59, the driving means 61 has a hydraulic motor (i.e., a driving source utilizing fluid pressure) 69 as a driving source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2002
    Assignee: GE Yokogawa Medical Systems, Limited
    Inventors: Katsumasa Nose, Akira Izuhara
  • Patent number: 6092248
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus has a stationary lower part and a displaceable upper part carrying a patient. The upper part has a guide surface which is curved in sectional plane, and the lower part has a guide surface matched to this curve. Outlet nozzles for air are provided in the guide surface of the lower part so that an air gap and an air cushion are produced between the guide surface of the lower part and the upper part by means of an air flow. The upper part, with a patient thereon, can be displaced in a longitudinal direction, perpendicular to the sectional plane, by riding on the air cushion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2000
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Franz Boemmel, Matthias Gebhardt
  • Patent number: 6044504
    Abstract: A patient support is designed for use with a scintillation camera that includes a vertically oriented annular rotating support having an axis, and an elongate support extending from the rotating support for supporting a detector head, the rotating support including a coaxial inner surface defining an orifice. The patient support includes a patient stretcher for supporting a patient in a horizontal position substantially parallel to the axis of the rotating support. The patient support also includes a detached support for horizontally supporting the patient stretcher on a ground surface. The detached support includes a first stretcher support for supporting the patient stretcher and for positioning the patient stretcher relative to the rotating support. The patient support also includes an engaged support for horizontally supporting the patient stretcher on the inner surface of the cylindrical support such that the patient stretcher remains unaffected by the rotation of the rotating support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2000
    Assignee: IS2 Research, Inc.
    Inventor: Iain Stark
  • Patent number: 5808468
    Abstract: An examination table for use with an imaging device is provided with a rolling track on an upper surface of a platform. A table is supported on the rolling track for movement relative to the platform. The imaging machine includes lower coils which are supported under the table and upper coils which are supported on the platform. The table and the rolling track are made from a non-ferromagnetic material so as not to interfere with the coils. The examination table can also be used with other imaging machines such as computed tomography and x-ray machines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1998
    Inventors: Kostaki G. Bis, Anil N. Shetty
  • Patent number: 5600858
    Abstract: A patient support mechanism for use in a medical examination or therapy apparatus for supporting a patient has a frame on which a patient support plate is carried, the frame having substantially horizontally aligned surfaces laterally disposed at longitudinal sides of the support plate. The support plate has regions along its longitudinal sides which extend over and at least partially cover the horizontally aligned surfaces of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 11, 1997
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Ulrich Baer