Structure Of Body-contacting Electrode Or Electrode Inserted In Body Patents (Class 600/372)
  • Patent number: 9002476
    Abstract: A biomedical conductor assembly adapted for at least partial insertion in a living body. The conductor assembly includes a plurality of the first electrical conductors each covered with an insulator and helically wound in a first direction to form an inner coil with a lumen. A plurality of second electrical conductors each including a plurality of un-insulated wires twisted in a ropelike configuration around a central axis to form a plurality of cables. Each cable is covered with an insulator and helically wound in a second opposite direction forming an outer coil in direct physical contact with the inner coil. The inner and outer coils are covered by an insulator. A method of making the conductor assembly and implanting a neurostimulation system is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Greatbatch Ltd.
    Inventors: Jesse Geroy, John M. Swoyer
  • Publication number: 20150087947
    Abstract: A device includes a housing; a core contained within the housing and disposed along at least a portion of the length of the housing, the core configured to rotate relative to the housing; a tab configured to connect to a port of a mobile device; and multiple electrocardiogram (ECG) cables wound around the core. A distal end of each ECG cable is connected to the tab and a proximal end of each ECG cable is connected to at least one of a corresponding ECG electrode and a corresponding pad.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: Zoll Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Gary A. Freeman, Guy R. Johnson
  • Patent number: 8986295
    Abstract: Herein is disclosed a planar electrode which includes two equally sized electrode surfaces. The equally sized electrode surfaces are electrically separated along a linear insulation zone and adjoin directly along an inner edge portion. The two equally sized electrode surfaces include, respectively, a band-shaped extension section, which encloses the other electrode surface along its outer edge portion and thereby is separated by the extended insulation zone from the respectively enclosed electrode surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Nessler Medizintechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Norbert Nessler, Stephan Erbse
  • Patent number: 8981948
    Abstract: A connector clip for medical sensors, including a first main body having two main tip contacts in electrical contact with electrical wires connectable to an instrument and a second main body mounted on the first main body and movable with respect to the first main body between an open position and a closed position. Two auxiliary tip contacts and an electric/electronic circuit provided with two connecting leads each electrically connected to one of the two auxiliary tip contacts are positioned in first or second main body. When a disposable sensor tab is correctly located and clamped each of two contacts is in contact with one of the main tip contacts and one of the auxiliary tip contacts and the electric circuit is connected in parallel with an electrical circuit defined by the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Gambro Lundia AB
    Inventors: Bo Olde, Eddie Nilsson, Derek White, Thierry Court, Eric Roussi
  • Patent number: 8961415
    Abstract: Monitoring apparatus and methods are provided for assessing a physiological condition of a subject. At least two types of physiological information are detected from a subject via a portable monitoring device associated with the subject, and an assessment of a physiological condition of the subject is made using the at least two types of physiological information, wherein each type of physiological information is individually insufficient to make the physiological condition assessment. Environmental information from a vicinity of a subject also may be detected, and an assessment of a physiological condition of the subject may be made using the environmental information in combination with the physiological information. Exemplary physiological information may include subject heart rate, subject activity level, subject tympanic membrane temperature, and subject breathing rate. Exemplary environmental information may include humidity level information in the vicinity of the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Valencell, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Francis LeBoeuf, Jesse Berkley Tucker, Michael Edward Aumer
  • Patent number: 8965492
    Abstract: A body-worn patient monitoring device includes providing a substrate that supports one or more electrical connections to a patient's body. The method further includes determining a print pattern and thickness of a first material having a first resistivity to be printed on the substrate, determining a print pattern and thickness of a second material having a second resistivity to be printed on the substrate, printing the first material onto the substrate, and printing the second material onto the substrate wherein at least part of the second the material overlays the first material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Welch Allyn, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven D. Baker, Eric T. McAdams, James P. Welch
  • Patent number: 8965518
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for applying a transcutaneous electrical stimulation stimulus to the surface of a section of the human ear, which comprises a retaining element which is mountable on or in the ear and a number of electrodes which are arranged on or in an electrode carrier, wherein the device comprises a control apparatus which controls or regulates the generation of a potential difference between the electrodes. In order to permit an improved and safer transcutaneous stimulation the invention proposes that at least three electrodes are arranged on or in the electrode carrier, wherein the at least three electrodes are located in one plane, wherein the position of at least one of the at least three electrodes is adjustable on the electrode carrier and wherein the at least one electrode of which the position is adjustable is mounted such as to be displaceable in a translational manner in the plane. Furthermore, the invention relates a method for the operation of such a device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: cerbomed GmbH
    Inventors: Jens Ellrich, Christoph Beck, Wolf Gerhard Frenkel, Andreas Hartlep
  • Patent number: 8961412
    Abstract: Virtual dipole signal amplification for in-body devices, such as implantable and ingestible devices, is provided. Aspects of the in-body deployable antennas of the invention include antennas configured to go from a first configuration to a second configuration following placement in a living body, e.g., via ingestion or implantation. Embodiments of the in-body devices are configured to emit a detectable signal upon contact with a target physiological site. Also provided are methods of making and using the devices of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Proteus Digital Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Hooman Hafezi, Benedict James Costello, Timothy L. Robertson, Maria Casillas Holen
  • Publication number: 20150051468
    Abstract: A capacitive sensing system is adapted for noninvasive measurement of blood pulse (hear rate). A capacitive sensor is located near a skin pulse point exhibiting pulse displacement of skin tissue from vascular pulsation (for example, the temple area of the head), and includes a sensor electrode disposed over and spaced from the skin pulse point, such that the distance between sensor electrode and the skin pulse point cycles between a proximal and a distal displacement distance based on vascular pulsation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: Murali Srinivasa, Scott Douglas Kulchycki, David Zakharian, Preeti Rajendran
  • Patent number: 8956287
    Abstract: Methods, systems and compositions that allow for treating a patient according to a patient customized therapeutic regimen are provided. Embodiments of the invention include obtaining dosage administration information from a patient and using the same to tailor a therapeutic regimen for the patient. Embodiments of the invention further include preparing and forwarding to the patient physical pharmaceutical dosages based on the customized therapeutic regimen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Proteus Digital Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark J. Zdeblick, Andrew Thompson, George M. Savage
  • Patent number: 8945110
    Abstract: An electrophysiology catheter includes an elongate catheter body having an elastically-deformable distal region predisposed to assume a spiral shape and a first plurality of electrodes disposed thereon. Each of the first plurality of electrodes includes an electrically active region limited to the inner surface of the spiral shape for use in non-contact electrophysiology studies. A second plurality of electrodes may also be disposed on the distal region interspersed (e.g., alternating) with the first plurality of electrodes, with each of the second plurality of electrodes having an electrically active region extending into the outer surface of the spiral shape for use in contact electrophysiology studies. The distal region may be deformed into a straight configuration for insertion into and navigation through the patient's vasculature, for example via use of a tubular introducer. As the distal region deploys beyond the distal end of the introducer, it resumes the spiral shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Atrial Fibrillation Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Fish, Sacha C. Hall, Theodore A. Johnson
  • Patent number: 8948839
    Abstract: Garments having one or more stretchable conductive ink patterns thereon. Described herein are garments (including compression garments) having one or more highly stretchable conductive ink pattern formed of a composite of an insulative adhesive, a conductive ink, and an intermediate gradient zone between the adhesive and conductive ink. The conductive ink typically includes between about 40-60% conductive particles, between about 30-50% binder; between about 3-7% solvent; and between about 3-7% thickener. The stretchable conductive ink patterns may be stretched more than twice their length without breaking or rupturing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: L.I.F.E. Corporation S.A.
    Inventors: Gianluigi Longinotti-Buitoni, Andrea Aliverti
  • Patent number: 8945090
    Abstract: Specified information can be provided to a user, to a machine, or to an automated process using a specified configuration of a plurality of radiopaque rings about at least a portion of an implantable lead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Bradley B. Rassatt, Joel T. Eggert, Cory P. Wright
  • Patent number: 8939970
    Abstract: A catheter and catheter system can use energy tailored for remodeling and/or removal of target material along a body lumen, often of atherosclerotic material of a blood vessel of a patient. An elongate flexible catheter body with a radially expandable structure may have a plurality of electrodes or other electrosurgical energy delivery surfaces to radially engage atherosclerotic material when the structure expands. An atherosclerotic material detector system may measure and/or characterize the atherosclerotic material and its location, optionally using impedance monitoring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Vessix Vascular, Inc.
    Inventors: Corbett W. Stone, Michael F. Hoey, Tom A. Steinke, Raphael M. Michel, Arthur G. Blanck, Marlene Kay Truesdale, Bret Herscher
  • Publication number: 20150018656
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for signal detection are described. In one example, a detection assembly includes a signal detector. The signal detector is configured to receive a sensor signal having a peak magnitude and a first frequency and generate an output signal having a magnitude proportional to the peak magnitude of the sensor signal and having a second frequency less than the first frequency of the sensor signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Xiaoyi Min, Stuart Rosenberg, Gabriel Mouchawar
  • Publication number: 20150005608
    Abstract: Systems and apparatus for monitoring physiological electrical activity of an individual include a first electrode unit for receiving a first signal indicative of electrical activity at a first location on a body of the individual and a second electrode unit for receiving a second signal indicative of electrical activity at a second location on the body of the individual. Each of the first and second electrode units may be operated in a field-sensing mode wherein the electrode unit is placed on or in proximity to the individual's skin. The first and second electrode units comprise a capacitive sensor element, and the capacitive sensor element of each of the electrode units comprising an electrodynamic sensor which is sensitive to electromagnetic waves; and an antenna comprising an electrically conductive radiating element for receiving electromagnetic waves.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Thomas Crannell EVANS, Efraim GAVRILOVICH, Rasvan Catalin MIHAI, Ion ISBASESCU
  • Publication number: 20150005607
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are neural probes comprising an L1 polypeptide functional fragment thereof on the exterior surface of the probe, devices including such electrodes, and methods of their use. The disclosed embodiments are useful, for example, for in methods of recording and/or stimulating neural signals in a subject.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: University of Pittsburgh - Of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education
    Inventors: Xinyan T. Cui, Carl F. Lagenaur, Erdrin Azemi, Noah R. Snyder
  • Publication number: 20150005609
    Abstract: Systems and apparatus for monitoring heart muscle activity of an individual include a first electrode unit, for receiving a first signal indicative of electrical, activity at a first location on a body of the individual and a second electrode unit for receiving a second, signal indicative of electrical activity at a second location on the body of the individual. Each of the first and second electrode units is configurable to operate in a field-sensing mode wherein the electrode unit is placed on or it! proximity to the individual's skin, and a current-sensing mode wherein the electrode unit is coupled to a resistive sensor sensing element placed directly on the individual's skin. The field-sensing mode can be either non-contact field-sensing mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: EasyG LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Crannell Evans, Efraim Gavrilovich, Rasvan Catalin Mihai, Ion Isbasescu
  • Patent number: 8920414
    Abstract: A catheter and catheter system can use energy tailored for remodeling and/or removal of target material along a body lumen, often of atherosclerotic material of a blood vessel of a patient. An elongate flexible catheter body with a radially expandable structure may have a plurality of electrodes or other electrosurgical energy delivery surfaces to radially engage atherosclerotic material when the structure expands. An atherosclerotic material detector system may measure and/or characterize the atherosclerotic material and its location, optionally using impedance monitoring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Vessix Vascular, Inc.
    Inventors: Corbett W. Stone, Michael F. Hoey, Tom A. Steinke, Raphael M. Michel, Arthur G. Blanck, Marlene Kay Truesdale, Bret Herscher
  • Publication number: 20140378802
    Abstract: A biomedical electrode structure is presented. The electrode structure comprises a contact member having a tissue interfacing face for contacting a tissue surface, and an opposite electrical coupling face; at least a first electrically conductive surface disposed within said tissue interfacing face, and being configured to electrically couple to a portion of the contacted tissue; and at least two electrical connectors mounted in a spaced apart relationship on said electrical coupling face and electrically coupled to different regions of said electrically conductive surface for allowing measurement of at least one electrical property of at least a portion of said at least first electrically conductive surface residing therebetween.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Applicant: NEW N.I. MEDICAL (2011) LTD.
    Inventors: Aviad Livneh, Evgeny Granov, Igor Granov
  • Patent number: 8918156
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an implantable medical lead is disclosed herein. The method may include: providing a lead body including a proximal end, a distal end, and an electrode near the distal end; provide a conductor extending between the proximal and distal ends; providing a crimp including a ribbon-like member and extending the ribbon-like member around the conductor; and mechanically and electrically connecting the ribbon-like member to the electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Victorine, Steven R. Conger, Greg Kampa, Dorab N. Sethna, Daniel Ephraim, Sean Matthew Desmond
  • Patent number: 8918155
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an implantable medical lead is disclosed herein. The method may include: providing a lead body including a proximal end, a distal end, and an electrode near the distal end; provide a conductor extending between the proximal and distal ends; providing a crimp including a ribbon-like member and extending the ribbon-like member around the conductor; and mechanically and electrically connecting the ribbon-like member to the electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Victorine, Steven R. Conger, Greg Kampa, Dorab N. Sethna, Daniel Ephraim, Sean Matthew Desmond
  • Patent number: 8918157
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an implantable medical lead is disclosed herein. The method may include: providing a lead body including a proximal end, a distal end, and an electrode near the distal end; provide a conductor extending between the proximal and distal ends; providing a crimp including a ribbon-like member and extending the ribbon-like member around the conductor; and mechanically and electrically connecting the ribbon-like member to the electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Victorine, Steven R. Conger, Greg Kampa, Dorab N. Sethna, Daniel Ephraim, Sean Matthew Desmond
  • Publication number: 20140371562
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a flexible electrode and a method for manufacturing the same, more particularly to a flexible electrode which has good flexibility and biocompatibility as well as good solderability for attachment of electronic parts and, hence, is widely applicable in such fields as ubiquitous healthcare monitoring and a method for manufacturing the same.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Applicant: Korea University Research and Business Foundation
    Inventors: Sang Hoon Lee, Gi-Seok Jeong, Dong Hyun Baek, Hachul Jung
  • Patent number: 8914093
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an implantable medical lead is disclosed herein. The method may include: providing a lead body including a proximal end, a distal end, and an electrode near the distal end; provide a conductor extending between the proximal and distal ends; providing a crimp including a ribbon-like member and extending the ribbon-like member around the conductor; and mechanically and electrically connecting the ribbon-like member to the electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Victorine, Steven R. Conger, Greg Kampa, Dorab N. Sethna, Daniel Ephraim, Sean Matthew Desmond
  • Patent number: 8914094
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an implantable medical lead is disclosed herein. The method may include: providing a lead body including a proximal end, a distal end, and an electrode near the distal end; provide a conductor extending between the proximal and distal ends; providing a crimp including a ribbon-like member and extending the ribbon-like member around the conductor; and mechanically and electrically connecting the ribbon-like member to the electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Victorine, Steven R. Conger, Greg Kampa, Dorab N. Sethna, Daniel Ephraim, Sean Matthew Desmond
  • Publication number: 20140364713
    Abstract: A medical electrical lead includes a threaded conductor, a coil conductor, and a sleeve. The threaded conductor has an outer surface with a threaded section that includes threads defining grooves between the threads. The coil conductor has coils seated in the grooves of the threaded conductor. The coil conductor has a coil major diameter greater than a thread major diameter. The sleeve is positioned radially outward of the coil conductor and has an inner surface in contact with the coil conductor so as to produce a radially inward force compressing the coil conductor against the threaded section of the threaded conductor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: Arthur J. Foster, Paul E. Zarembo
  • Patent number: 8905925
    Abstract: Systems and methods permit remotely-monitored rehabilitation of a patient. A system can comprise a patient monitor configured to monitor a patient's physiological data. The patient monitor can monitor using a first monitoring mode. A patient communication device can be configured to present, to the patient, an option to perform an exercise regimen, and to receive a response indicating whether the patient will perform the exercise regimen. A configuration module coupled to the patient communication device can be configured to activate a second monitoring mode when the response indicates that the patient will perform the exercise regimen. When the exercise regimen is complete, the first monitoring mode can be re-established. When the response indicates that the patient will not perform the exercise regimen, the response can be recorded as a negative response, and the option to perform the exercise regimen can be presented again.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth C. Beck, Ramesh Wariar, Viktoria A. Averina
  • Publication number: 20140357973
    Abstract: A biocompatible, implantable electrode for electrically active medical devices. The implantable medical electrode has a surface geometry which optimizes the electrical performance of the electrode, while mitigating the undesirable effects associated with prior art porous surfaces. The electrode has an optimized surface topography for improved electrical performance. Such a electrode is suitable for devices which may be permanently implanted in the human body as stimulation electrodes, such as pacemakers, or as sensors of medical conditions. Such is achieved by the application of ultrafast high energy pulses to the surface of a solid, monolithic electrode material for the purpose of increasing the surface area and thereby decreasing its after-potential polarization.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: PULSE TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Andrew E. Fisk
  • Patent number: 8903477
    Abstract: A device, system and method for obtaining a 12 lead electrocardiogram (ECG) from measurements obtained with 3 electrodes in some embodiments (it should be noted that some separate embodiments of the present invention relate to such measurements with 4 electrodes). Optionally and preferably, the device, system and method of the present invention may be easily and accurately operated by a layperson.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: Lior Berkner
  • Patent number: 8897888
    Abstract: An active implantable medical device (AIMD). The AIMD comprises: a knitted electrode assembly comprising: at least one biocompatible, electrically non-conductive filament arranged in substantially parallel rows each stitched to an adjacent row, and at least one biocompatible, electrically conductive filament having a first end intertwined with a first row of the at least one non-conductive filament, and a second end intertwined with a second row of the at least one non-conductive filament, wherein the first and second rows are spaced from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Saluda Medical Pty Limited
    Inventors: John L. Parker, David Robinson
  • Patent number: 8883716
    Abstract: Devices and methods for treating diseases associated with loss of neuronal function are described. The methods are designed to promote proliferation, differentiation, migration, or integration of endogenous progenitor stem cells of the central nervous system (CNS). A therapy, such as an electrical signal or a stem cell enhancing agent, or a combination of therapies, is applied to a CNS region containing endogenous stem cells or a CNS region where the endogenous stem cells are predicted to migrate and eventually reside, or a combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventor: Lisa L. Shafer
  • Patent number: 8886276
    Abstract: A method for making a medical electrical lead electrode assembly includes the steps of: forming an insulative carrier from an insulative material; coupling at least one conductive component to the carrier by inserting a pre-formed tab of the conductive component through the carrier, from a first side thereof to a second side thereof, so that the conductive component is secured to the carrier with the tab extending along a surface of the second side of the carrier and an inward facing surface of an electrode portion of the conductive component being disposed against a surface of the first side of the carrier; coupling an elongate flexible conductor to the tab of the component; and forming an insulative layer over the second side of the carrier, the tab and the conductor electrically coupled to the tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean P. Skubitz, Michael E. Metzler, Mary L. Boatwright, Stephen L. Bolea, Jessica L. Tower
  • Patent number: 8880196
    Abstract: An electrode assembly includes a first surface to be placed adjacent a person's skin and a second surface including a plurality of reservoirs of conductive gel. The plurality of reservoirs of conductive gel are disposed on sections of the electrode assembly that are at least partially physically separated and may move at least partially independently of one another to conform to contours of a body of a patient. The electrode assembly is configured to dispense an amount of the electrically conductive gel onto the first surface in response to an activation signal and to provide for a defibrillating shock to be applied to the patient through the amount of the to electrically conductive gel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Zoll Medical Corporation
    Inventor: Thomas E. Kaid
  • Patent number: 8869390
    Abstract: Methods and systems for manufacturing a swallowable sensor device are disclosed. Such a method includes mechanically coupling a plurality of internal components, wherein the plurality of internal components includes a printed circuit board having a plurality of projections extending radially outward. A cavity is filled with a potting material, and the mechanically coupled components are inserted into the cavity. The cavity may be pre-filled with the potting material, or may be filled after the mechanically coupled components have been inserted therein. A distal end of each projection abuts against a wall of the cavity thereby preventing the potting material from covering each distal end. The cavity is sealed with a cap causing the potting material to harden within the sealed cavity to form a housing of the swallowable sensor device, wherein the distal end of each projection is exposed to an external environment of the swallowable sensor device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Innurvation, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael R. Arneson, William R. Bandy, Roger A. Davenport, Kevin J. Powell, Michael C. Sloan
  • Patent number: 8874231
    Abstract: A medical electrode includes a conductive member having a top and a bottom side and a plurality of cutouts establishing a pattern of islands interconnected by conductive member bridges. A plurality of island electrodes are provided with each island electrode disposed on a corresponding island. A conductive adhesive is disposed on the conductive member bottom side for adhering the medical electrode to a patient's skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Axelgaard Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Jens Axelgaard
  • Patent number: 8874185
    Abstract: A set of electrodes suitable for being attached to the skin of an animal or human being at locations normally used for attaching single-lead electrodes with a single sensor point. The electrodes of the set of electrodes have at least three sensors arranged to define two linearly independent directions, which allows sensing corresponding electrical potential differences in the two directions. Signals representing sensed potential differences can be transmitted wirelessly or via conductors to a processing apparatus for being transformed into electrical potentials that approximate traditional potentials obtained with wired single-sensor electrodes. A method is also presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Ambu A/S
    Inventor: Finn Albert Sonnenborg
  • Patent number: 8874184
    Abstract: MR conditional needle and surface electrode assemblies. The surface electrode utilizes a disc or cone-shaped structure with a bore with a concave bottom surface for receiving a conductive gel and an insulated wire with a connector for an EEG. The needle electrode assembly utilizes a cylindrical-shaped structure and is constructed of an MR conditional material having a needle and an insulated lead wire structure with a connector for an EEG.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: PMT Corporation
    Inventors: Alfred A. Iversen, Benjamin J. Osa, Wade Fredrickson, Joseph Copley, Eric Caille
  • Patent number: 8865288
    Abstract: A micro-needle array having tips disposed along a non-planar surface is formed by shaping the wafer surface into a non-planar surface to define the tips of the micro-needles. A plurality of trenches are cut into the wafer to form a plurality of columns having tops corresponding to the non-planar surface. The columns are rounded and sharpened by etching to form the micro-needles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: University of Utah Research Foundation
    Inventors: Rajmohan Bhandari, Sandeep Negi, Florian Solzbacher, Richard A. Normann
  • Patent number: 8868217
    Abstract: Devices and methods of treating a targeted body tissue by stimulating the body tissue with an electric current. In one embodiment, an apparatus includes an electrode carrier configured to be removably coupled to an interior surface of an orthosis. The electrode carrier includes a recess configured to matingly receive a portion of an electrode. The electrode carrier is electrically coupled to the electrode when the portion of the electrode is disposed within the recess. A connection member is electrically coupled to the electrode carrier and is configured to be releasably coupled to a surface of the orthosis. The electrode carrier is electrically coupled to the orthosis when the connection member is coupled to the orthosis. In some embodiments, the electrode carrier is configured to be removably coupled to the interior surface of the orthosis. In some embodiments, at least a portion of the electrode is constructed of an absorptive material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Bioness Neuromodulation Ltd.
    Inventors: Amit Dar, Mark Rubin, Shmuel Springer, Amir Cohen
  • Patent number: 8862247
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for the electrostimulation therapy of the human body, comprising several electrodes (1) that contact the body surface and apparatuses (3-5) for applying voltage to the electrodes (1). According to the invention, the electrodes are arranged in a line and the apparatuses are provided to apply voltage to the electrodes (1) consecutively along the line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventors: Erhard Schoendorf, Michael Schoendorf, Thomas Schoendorf
  • Patent number: 8862199
    Abstract: An electrode member for a body is provided. The electrode member includes a first sheet member having at least one hole formed therein, at least one second sheet member respectively disposed in the at least one hole, at least one metal contact point disposed on the first sheet member, and at least one electrode respectively disposed on the at least one second sheet member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Byung-hoon Ko, Hyung-sok Yeo, Jung-bae Kim
  • Publication number: 20140303452
    Abstract: System, devices and methods are presented that integrate stretchable or flexible circuitry, including arrays of active devices for enhanced sensing, diagnostic, and therapeutic capabilities. The invention enables conformal sensing contact with tissues of interest, such as the inner wall of a lumen, a the brain, or the surface of the heart. Such direct, conformal contact increases accuracy of measurement and delivery of therapy. Further, the invention enables the incorporation of both sensing and therapeutic devices on the same substrate allowing for faster treatment of diseased tissue and fewer devices to perform the same procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2013
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventor: Roozbeh Ghaffari
  • Patent number: 8855736
    Abstract: Transcutaneous safety electrode assemblies are described that can include a conducting electrode having a sharp end to penetration of the skin of a patient, and a shielding member that is deployable by a user so as to shield the sharp end of the electrode after the electrode is removed from the skin. The shielding member can be deployed by retracting the sharp end of the electrode a protective housing, assisted by spring force provided by the electrode wire so as to self-retract into the protective housing. The deployment and disengagement can be via push button action, and the electrode assembly can be self-retaining on the patient's skin while deployed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Inventors: Richard A. Jaffe, Jaime R. Lopez, Alan Chris Allison
  • Patent number: 8852095
    Abstract: Headbands configured to provide pressure against a medical sensor secured to a patient's forehead are provided. The headbands may include one or more low friction materials to enable an elastic band of a tensioning mechanism to evenly stretch. Additionally or alternatively, the headbands may include two or more bands adapted to secure the headband to various portions of a patient's head. Still further, the headbands may be configured to independently vary the pressure created between two or more sensors and the patient's head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Friso Schlottau, Sarah Hayman, Charles Haisley, Andy S. Lin
  • Publication number: 20140296684
    Abstract: A biomedical sensor system is disclosed that includes a high impedance conductive electrode having an electrode impedance of at least about 20 k?/sq-mil, and a dielectric material on a first side of the electrode for receiving a discharge of an electrical signal from the dielectric material responsive to the presence of a time varying signal adjacent a second side of the dielectric material that is opposite the first side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventors: Kenneth Burnham, Suraj Gorkhali, Andrew Greene
  • Publication number: 20140296678
    Abstract: An apparatus and method is described to sense sparse signals from a medical device using compressed sensing and then transmitting the data for processing in the cloud.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2013
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: GestInTime, Inc.
    Inventor: Rohit Mittal
  • Patent number: 8849368
    Abstract: Apparatus for capturing EEG signals comprising an implantable signal capture unit (34) connected to a proximal end of at least one implantable electrode (32) is implanted by passing a tubular guide sheath (24,26) along a subcutaneous path from an implantation site, passing the distal end of a said electrode through said guide sheath to bring said signal capture unit to said implantation site, and withdrawing said guide sheath from the electrode while progressively axially splitting the guide sheath to enable its removal. The signal capture unit may have a housing having at least two electrode contacts on its for capturing EEG signals in operative connection with circuitry within said housing for receiving said EEG signals and for wireless transmission thereof for reception at a location exterior to the body of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Hypo-Safe A/S
    Inventors: Rasmus Madsen, Henning Beck-Nielsen
  • Patent number: 8849367
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods are disclosed for the ablation of tissue. A steerable ablation catheter can include one or more ablation elements at its distal end and one or more ablation elements fixedly attached to its shaft. The distal end of the ablation catheter can be deflected to assume a number of different deflection geometries in at least one direction along the shaft. One feature of the ablation catheter is that its shaft can comprise materials of differing durometers or stiffnesses attached together at a joint. Methods associated with use of the ablation catheter are also covered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Medtronic Ablation Frontiers LLC
    Inventors: Randell L. Werneth, Ricardo D. Roman, Christopher G. Kunis, Alexander J. Asconeguy, Sadaf Soleymani, Jeffrey Trinidad, Martin Chambers, Hakan Oral, Fred Morady, Jerald L. Cox, Guillermo W. Moratorio, Samuel Fu, J. Christopher Flaherty
  • Patent number: 8847769
    Abstract: What is described are a signal detecting device for detecting a vital parameter of a living being, having a plurality of electrodes and an electrode selecting device for selecting a pair of electrodes from the plurality of electrodes such that a difference signal suitable for measuring the vital parameter is derivable, an electrode arrangement and a method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der Angewandten Forschung E.V.
    Inventors: Sergey Ershov, Hans-Joachim Moersdorf, Ruslan Rybalko, Robert Couronne