Means For Attaching Electrode To Body Patents (Class 600/386)
  • Patent number: 10300268
    Abstract: Devices and methods provide accurate targeting, placement, and/or stabilization of an electrode or other instrument(s) into the brain or other body organ, such as to treat severe tremor or other neurological disorders. Targeting is performed using any form of image-guidance, including real-time MRI, CT, or frameless surgical navigation systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignees: Medtronic, Inc., Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research
    Inventors: James Skakoon, Robert Wharen, Matthew Solar, Kari Parmer, Rudy A. Mazzocchi, John David, Frank Murdock, David Hatcher, Thomas I. Miller, Timothy Parmer, Charles Truwit
  • Patent number: 10213124
    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: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: ZOLL Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Gary A. Freeman, Guy R. Johnson
  • Patent number: 10179246
    Abstract: A wearable cardioverter defibrillator (WCD) system includes a processor, a memory, a wireless communication module (DWCM), and an NFC tag that stores information for how an accessing device may access the DWCM wirelessly. An accessing device such as a defibrillator configurator with an NFC reader may read the NFC tag of the WCD system, if it has adequate permission to do so. Upon so reading, the accessing device will know how to address the DWCM wirelessly, and thus install or update configuration data, software updates, or request memory downloads from operations. The use of the NFC tag requires close proximity, which hampers both inadvertently programming the wrong WCD system, plus a WCD system being attacked maliciously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: WEST AFFUM HOLDINGS CORP.
    Inventors: Erik L. Schneider, Erick Michael Roane, Dusan Beblavy
  • Patent number: 10086193
    Abstract: Apparatus for securing a therapy delivery device relative to a burr hole and method for making same. In one embodiment, the apparatus includes a base for seating in or near the burr hole. The apparatus may further include a stabilizer that may be engaged with the therapy delivery device. The stabilizer may include a surface coating or treatment operable to enhance frictional engagement with the therapy delivery device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory T. Schulte, Matthew H. Adams, Shahn S. Sage, Lynn M. Otten
  • Patent number: 10004896
    Abstract: Apparatus including an implant is provided, the implant including: a rod-shaped housing, having a distal half and a proximal half, and configured to be injected distally into tissue of a subject; a cathode on the distal half of the housing; an anchor configured to protrude from the proximal half of the housing, no anchor being configured to protrude from the distal half of the housing; an anode; and circuitry disposed within the housing, configured to drive a current between the cathode and the anode. Other embodiments are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: BLUEWIND MEDICAL LTD.
    Inventors: Guri Oron, Yossi Gross, Bar Eytan, Eran Benjamin, Anton Plotkin
  • Patent number: 9826917
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an electrode harness and more particularly to an electrode harness with various features, which enhance the use and performance of the electrode harness. The present invention further relates to a method of taking biopotential measurements. The electrode harness and methods of the present invention allow for use with most applications where biopotential measurements are taken. The electrode harness can be used in ECG (or EKG), EEG, EMG, and other such biopotential measurement applications. Because of the versatility of various embodiments of the present invention, preferably the electrode harness can be adjusted for different applications or for application to various sized and shaped subjects. The electrode harness is further preferably part of a system, which includes either wireless or tethered bridges between the electrode harness and a monitor, and preferably includes various forms of processors for analyzing the biopotential signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Orbital Research Inc.
    Inventors: David Kryzpow, James Elliott, Aaron Rood, Frederick J. Lisy
  • Patent number: 9821159
    Abstract: Described here are stimulation systems and methods for stimulating one or more anatomical targets in a patient for treatment conditions such as dry eye. The stimulation system may include a controller and a microstimulator. The components of the controller and microstimulator may be implemented in a single unit or in separate devices. When implemented separately, the controller and microstimulator may communicate wirelessly or via a wired connection. The microstimulator may generate pulses from a signal received from the controller and apply the signal via one or more electrodes to an anatomical target. In some variations, the microstimulator may include a passive generation circuit configured to generate a pulse based on a signal received from the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignees: The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University, Oculeve, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas Michael Ackermann, James Donald Loudin, Janusz Kuzma, Daniel Palanker, Scott Franklin Wetenkamp
  • Patent number: 9788952
    Abstract: A burr hole cover includes a cap or cap assembly and a retainer and is configured to be partially positioned within a burr hole formed in a patient. The retainer has a cap-receiving aperture; a plurality of grooves provided in the retainer and a plurality of cut-outs wherein each cut-out is provided at an end of each groove towards the outer perimeter of the retainer. A channel may be provided at an opposite end of each groove vertically-extending from the top to the bottom of the retainer to encourage a medical device segment to remain in a groove during installation of the burr hole cover. The burr hole cover may be used to secure segments of medical devices relative to a burr hole and to allow a range of lateral motion for the portion(s) of the medical device(s) extending proximally out of the corresponding groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: NeuroPace, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Paspa, Greg Sandoval, Alfonso Chavez, Dennis Potts, John Dunagan Pearson
  • Patent number: 9662027
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method for determining onset of ventricular arrhythmias using bounded-input bounded-output stability of QT interval (QTI) dynamics. The method of the present invention includes two parts. A first part of the method determines the dependence of each QTI on several prior QTIs and RR intervals (RRI). This determination is represented as an autoregressive model with exogenous input (ARX). A second part of the method determines the BIBO stability of the ARX model in the z-domain. The metrics associated with the first and second parts of the method are then used to predict onset of arrhythmia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: The Johns Hopkins University
    Inventors: Natalia Trayanova, Xiaozhong Chen
  • Patent number: 9636017
    Abstract: A modular sensor system is disclosed. The system can include one or more sensors, a mounting unit, and a control unit. The mounting unit can enable the control unit and/or one or more sensors to be securely, but detachably, mounted to a patient's body. The control unit can include electronics and other components configured to interface with, monitor, and record data from the one or more sensors. The control unit can further include a wired bus, transceiver, antenna, or other suitable components to enable wireless communication between the system and a central control or monitor. Some or all of the components included in the control unit can be removable from the system to enable some or all of the electronics of the system to be removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: DEPUY SYNTHES PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Alan Dextradeur, Douglas Fifolt, Eugene Szczecina, Kenneth Creasy
  • Patent number: 9610437
    Abstract: Various examples are provided for securing deep brain stimulation (DBS) leads. In one example, among others, a DBS cap for securing a DBS lead includes a base ring adapted to be mounted within a counterbore opening formed in the skull, a lead securing element that mounts to the base ring, and, a top cover that mounts to the base ring. In another example, a method for securing a DBS lead includes forming a counterbore opening in the skull, securing a DBS cap within the counterbore opening, passing a DBS lead through the DBS cap and the counterbore opening and positioning a tip of the lead in brain tissue, and securing the DBS lead to the DBS cap using an adhesive. The skull opening includes a lower bore, a concentric upper bore, and a step positioned at the interface of the upper and lower bores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA RESEARCH FOUNDATION, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Scott Okun, Kelly D. Foote, Mark Roger Davidson
  • Patent number: 9550045
    Abstract: This disclosure includes an anchor configured to maintain a portion of a therapy delivery element within a desired location of a patient. The anchor comprises a body forming a lumen configured to compressibly engage the outer surface of the therapy delivery element to hold the anchor in place about the therapy delivery element. The anchor may be stretched such that the lumen becomes larger than the cross-section of the therapy delivery element to facilitate positioning the anchor about the therapy delivery element. The body forms two or more channels that facilitate radial stretching of the anchor using a pronged tool. Radially stretching the body via the channels using the pronged tool reduces a holding force of the anchor on the therapy delivery element to facilitate adjusting a position of the anchor relative to the therapy delivery element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Baudino, Brian T. Stolz
  • Patent number: 9402988
    Abstract: A Wearable Medical System includes a support structure that is configured to be worn by a person. The WMS also includes an electronics module, a cable assembly, and at least one electrode that can be configured to be coupled to the support structure. The cable assembly includes a base member and a cable coupled to the base member. The support structure can be dimensioned relative to the person's body to be worn with tension, and be resiliently stretched under the tension. The stretching of the support structure can stretch the base member of the cable assembly, thus increasing the effective length of the cable, while reducing or even eliminating slack in the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Inventors: Robert Reuben Buchanan, David Peter Finch, Dallas Eugene Meeker, Laura Marie Gustavson, Daniel James Finney, Phillip Dewey Foshee, Jr., Douglas Keith Medema, Kenneth F. Cowan, Karen Elizabeth McEwen, Gregory T. Kavounas
  • Patent number: 9215998
    Abstract: A device for obtaining a standard 12-lead ECG and a rhythm strip, comprising: a personal ECG device to which nine skin monitoring electrodes are electrically connected, either directly or via an electrodes belt and which presents an array of at least 6 precordial electrodes that are anatomically positioned for the user, two belt mounted limb electrodes and one flying electrode, such that the skin monitoring electrodes deployed on the belt in combination with those directly connected to the personal ECG device permit the acquisition of ECG data for the rhythm strip and the standard 12 lead ECG, and wherein the ECG device includes a communication module for transferring the ECG data to a remote data center via a mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: SHL Telemedicine International Ltd.
    Inventors: Herbert E. Reinhold, Jr., Shay Leibovitz, Roni Kazaz
  • Patent number: 9060703
    Abstract: Preferably, an embodiment of a sensor assembly includes at least a sensor probe assembly providing a plurality of conductive pins, a compressible electrically conductive member in electrical communication with the sensor probe assembly, and a signal processing circuit in electrical communication with the compressible electrically conductive member. Preferably, the sensor assembly of the preferred embodiment further includes at least a housing confining said sensor probe assembly, compressible electrically conductive member, and signal processing circuit to form said sensor assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: NEUROTOPIA, INC.
    Inventor: Dale Dalke
  • Publication number: 20150126846
    Abstract: Electrodes providing excellent recording and physical stability. Electrodes are disclosed that may include a plurality of small teeth that possess a novel design shape and orientation. The shallow and relatively long teeth run parallel to the rim of the electrode that presses against the patient's skin. When the electrode is twisted onto skin, the tiny teeth penetrate the stratum corneum and move nearly horizontally under the stratum corneum, thus anchoring the electrode securely to the skin. The electrodes cause minimal discomfort to the patient since the small teeth do not extend to the pain fibers which are located in deeper layers of the skin. The electrodes may be fabricated in a variety of geometries including cylindrical, disk, and blunt bullet or top shapes. In some instances, the electrodes may be connected to detachable leads having magnetic properties.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: University of Pittsburgh - of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education
    Inventors: Wenyan Jia, Mingui Sun, Robert Joseph Sclabassi
  • Publication number: 20150094559
    Abstract: A modular holder or patch is described that may be used with or as part of a wireless physiological sensing device. The wireless physiological sensing device may include a holder or patch, first and second electrodes, and an electronics package that may be removably coupled with the holder or patch and which may be in electrical contact with the first and second electrodes. The electronics package may include a housing, a wireless transceiver and electronic circuitry configured to process signals received via the first and second electrodes and the wireless transceiver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: BRIAN KEITH RUSSELL
  • Publication number: 20150094558
    Abstract: A modular holder or patch is described that may be used with or as part of a wireless physiological sensing device. The wireless physiological sensing device may include a holder or patch, first and second electrodes, and an electronics package that may be removably coupled with the holder or patch and which may be in electrical contact with the first and second electrodes. The electronics package may include a housing, a wireless transceiver and electronic circuitry configured to process signals received via the first and second electrodes and the wireless transceiver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: BRIAN KEITH RUSSELL
  • Patent number: 8965479
    Abstract: A biosensor is described which can obtain physiological data from an individual. The biosensor may collect electrodermal activity, skin temperature, and other information. The biosensor may be attached to the body through the use of a garment which may be fastened in multiple locations on the human body. The biosensor has replaceable electrodes which may be interchanged. The electrodes contact the body without having any wires or leads external to the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Affectiva, Inc.
    Inventors: Oliver Orion Wilder-Smith, Rosalind Wright Picard
  • 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: 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
  • Publication number: 20150005610
    Abstract: It is recognized that, because of its unique properties, graphene can serve as an interface with biological cells that communicate by an electrical impulse, or action potential. Responding to a sensed signal can be accomplished by coupling a graphene sensor to a low power digital electronic switch that is activatable by the sensed low power electrical signals. It is further recognized that low power devices such as tunneling diodes and TFETs are suitable for use in such biological applications in conjunction with graphene sensors. While tunneling diodes can be used in diagnostic applications, TFETs, which are three-terminal devices, further permit controlling the voltage on one cell according to signals received by other cells. Thus, by the use of a biological sensor system that includes graphene nanowire sensors coupled to a TFET, charge can be redistributed among different biological cells, potentially with therapeutic effects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: John H. Zhang
  • Publication number: 20140371567
    Abstract: A multipart, non-uniform patient contact interface and method of use are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Douglas M. RAYMOND, Peter D. GRAY
  • Publication number: 20140371566
    Abstract: A conforming patient contact interface and method of using the same are disclosed. The conforming patient contact interface may flex when deployed to better contact a surface of a body of a patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Douglas M. RAYMOND, Peter D. GRAY
  • Patent number: 8914123
    Abstract: The invention concerns a method for performing an electric inhibition of the facial muscles for purely aesthetic purposes, using a device comprising a support at the head of a user (1), two contact electrodes (2), an electronic circuit (3) for generating low-voltage electric pulses at said electrodes (2), a direct current electric power supply (4) and means for fixing and locking (7) said components on the head. The invention is characterized in that it includes the following steps: placing the electrodes (2) on either side of the upper part of the nose, at the glabella; passing the electric pulses via the electrodes (2) through the pyramidal muscle of the nose so as to cause said pyramidal muscle of the nose to relax and hence its antagonist muscle, the forehead muscle and the double eyebrow muscle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Cefaly Technology SPRL
    Inventor: Pierre Rigaux
  • Patent number: 8897868
    Abstract: Methods and devices for monitoring and/or treating patients comprise a switch to automatically start-up the device when the device contacts tissue. By automatically starting up the device, the device may be installed without the clinician and/or user turning on the device, such that the device can be easy to use. In many embodiments, the device comprises startup circuitry with very low current and/or power consumption, for example less than 100 pA. The startup circuitry can detect tissue contact and turn on circuitry that is used to monitor or treat the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott T. Mazar, Mark J. Bly, Arthur Lai
  • 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: 8874186
    Abstract: A system for monitoring a physiological parameter comprises a substrate, a pair of drive electrodes, a pair of detection electrodes, and an RFID apparatus. The substrate is arranged to be removably securable to a biological organism. At least the pair of drive electrodes or the pair of detection electrodes is secured to the substrate. The RFID apparatus is arranged to be in electrical communication with at least the pair of drive electrodes or the pair of detection electrodes. Methods of using the device are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventor: Ian J. Forster
  • 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: 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
  • Publication number: 20140296683
    Abstract: The skin preparation device and sensor of the present invention include an array of rigid tines. The tines serve to “self-prepare” the skin at each electrode site. These tines, when pressed against the skin, penetrate the stratum corneum, thereby reducing skin impedance and improving signal quality. A self-prepping device of the present invention is an optimized array of short non-conductive rigid tines in which the individual tines are created in a geometry that allows for a sharp point at the tip when molding, machining or etching is used as a method of fabrication. This non-conductive array with rigid penetrating structures may, therefore, be used in combination with a conductive medium, preferably an ionic conductive gel. In penetrating the stratum corneum, micro-conduits are created in the layers of the skin enabling the conductive medium to reach the low impedance layers and to transmit bioelectrical signals from the skin to the electrode surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Rafael M. Cordero, Robert Harhen, Melissa Kinney, Graham Houtchens, Marc Davidson, Rebecca Brumer
  • Publication number: 20140296682
    Abstract: There is provided a biological-information acquisition apparatus including a plurality of flexible attachment devices each provided with an electrode that is attached to a body and that is configured to acquire biological information, and a connector configured to connect the plurality of attachment devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Seiji Wada, Takashi Tomita, Hirotaka Muramatsu
  • Patent number: 8845530
    Abstract: A device, system, and method for delivering a device such as a sensor or fluid transport structure or a fluid transport structure sensor combination into, for example, mammalian skin and receiving, analyzing, and displaying signals from the device such as a sensor are disclosed. A system in accordance with embodiments of the present invention includes a reusable sensor assembly including a transmitter, microcontroller, and housing plus a disposable sensor assembly including a housing having an opening for receiving both the distal end of a biosensor, a sensor insertion guidance structure, and a transmission apparatus for transmitting signals received from the sensor to a reusable sensor assembly for transmission to an external electronic monitoring unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: iSense Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Bruce, Richard G. Sass, W. Kenneth Ward
  • Publication number: 20140275932
    Abstract: A system and method for health monitoring are disclosed. The system includes a patch device and an electronic module coupled to the patch device. The method includes providing a patch device, coupling an electronic module to the patch device to provide a wearable device, and monitoring health of a user using the wearable device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Vital Connect, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen ZADIG
  • Publication number: 20140275933
    Abstract: A medical electrode which mechanically isolates a conductive interface between the electrode and a patient's skin from forces applied to the lead wires or a lead wire connector is described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Peter Meyer, David Selvitelli
  • Publication number: 20140249397
    Abstract: A differential non-contact sensor system for measuring biopotential signals is described. The sensor is a low-noise, non-contact capacitive sensor system to measure electrical voltage signals generated by the body comprising two capacitive electrodes and outputting a differential signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: Thalmic Labs Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Lake, Alborz Rezazadeh Sereshkeh, Matthew Bailey, Aaron Grant
  • Patent number: 8825174
    Abstract: A process for introducing therapeutic doses of electric antioxidants to the human skin with conductive portions in clothing for electrically contacting the skin, for applying direct current, pulsed direct current, or alternating current electricity of various voltage and current levels, for conductive wiring fiber interwoven in clothing, and for electronically controlling the doses of electric antioxidants in microcurrent doses applied percutaneously or transcutaneously to the human skin. A preferred embodiment includes the process for applying clothing that is skin tight, with or without a control module imbedded in the clothing or optionally, a wireless and remote control module for administering the therapeutic doses of electric antioxidants to the skin of the head, feet, legs, hips, or upper torso.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Integrity Research Institute
    Inventor: Jacqueline Panting
  • Patent number: 8818499
    Abstract: A body fat measurement device includes hand electrodes that contact both hands, back area electrodes that contact the surface of a trunk area of the back, foot electrodes that contact both feet, a trunk area width detection unit for measuring the width and depth of the trunk area, a body impedance measurement unit that measures the body impedance of a body using the multiple electrodes and a body fat mass calculation unit that calculates a body fat mass based on the body impedance and the width and depth of the trunk area. The back area electrodes that make contact with the surface of the back of the trunk area are provided in a fitting unit in an exposed state, as well as the trunk area width detection unit. Accordingly, a body fat measurement device can measure a body fat mass easily and accurately in a household or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Omron Healthcare Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiromichi Karo, Takehiro Hamaguchi, Kazuhisa Tanabe, Yasuaki Murakawa, Tomoya Ijiri
  • Publication number: 20140213875
    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: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: ZOLL MEDICAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gary A. Freeman, Ulrich Herken
  • Publication number: 20140213876
    Abstract: The invention provides an electrode and associated electrode holder that are used for physiological measurements, e.g. measurements of signals that can be processed to generate ECG and TBI waveforms. The electrode and electrode holder connect to each other using a magnetic interface. In embodiments, for example, the magnetic interface includes oppositely polled magnets integrated in both the electrode and electrode holder. The magnets are typically rare earth magnets coated with a thin, electrically conductive metal film. This way, when the magnets come in contact with each other, the metal films touch to form both a mechanical and electrical connection. Thus the magnetic interface can replace conventional mechanisms used to connect rivet-based electrodes to leads, which are typically used to secure electrodes for physiological measurements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: Perminova Inc.
    Inventors: Matt Banet, Susan Pede, Marshal Dhillon, Drew Terry
  • Publication number: 20140206977
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a physiological monitoring device. Some embodiments of the invention allow for long-term monitoring of physiological signals. Further embodiments may also allow for the monitoring of secondary signals such as motion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: iRhythm Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy J. Bahney, Hung H. Ho, Shena H. Park, Genaro S. Sepulveda, Mark J. Day, Yuriko Tamura
  • Patent number: 8774893
    Abstract: A biosensor is described which can obtain physiological data from an individual. The biosensor may collect electrodermal activity, skin temperature, and other information. The biosensor may be attached to the body through the use of a garment which may be fastened in multiple locations on the human body. The biosensor has replaceable electrodes which may be interchanged. The electrodes contact the body without having any wires or leads external to the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Affectiva, Inc.
    Inventors: Oliver Orion Wilder-Smith, Rosalind Wright Picard
  • Patent number: 8768429
    Abstract: An EIT system (1) adapted to detect internal bleeding in a body portion, the EIT system (1) comprising a plurality of electrodes (3) adapted in use to extend in a substantially linear orientation across one side only of the body portion and to be applied in electrical contact with the skin of the body portion, a current source adapted to cyclically apply an electric current between one pair of the electrodes (3), a voltage measuring means to measure the voltage across each of the other pairs of the electrodes resulting from the current, a data collection system (2) and a data analysis system (4) to analyze data resulting from the voltages that are measured by the voltage measuring means, wherein the analysis system (4) is configured to obtain quantitative information related to amounts and rates of conductive tissue changes occurring in the body, based on an EIT analysis equivalent to that obtained from data derived from electrodes spaced around the full perimeter of the body portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: E.I.T. Pty Ltd.
    Inventors: Rosalind Sadleir, Andrew Duncan
  • Patent number: 8750959
    Abstract: An article of wearing apparel provided with a sensor for measuring a physiological signal, and a method for manufacturing the wearing apparel provided with a sensor. The wearing apparel includes a flexible substrate and the sensor includes at least one electrode, which has a signalling surface, and which faces in the same direction as the first surface of the flexible substrate. In addition, the sensor includes a signal transmission conductor, which is connected electrically to the electrode. The signal transmission conductor is attached in a watertight manner to the second surface of the substrate. The wearing apparel is comfortable to the user, and sensor in the wearing apparel is reliable, economical to manufacture, and waterproof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Suunto Oy
    Inventors: Phillip Lindberg, Kimmo Pernu, Jukka Manni, Jorma Liljemark, Tapio Savolainen, Hannu Putkinen, Jari Akkila, Satu Rahkonen, Erik Lindman
  • Publication number: 20140142411
    Abstract: A portable electrocardiography (ECG) device includes a first pair of first type snap-in buttons at a first plane of a case. The first type snap-in buttons are configured for coupling to ECG electrodes having a second type snap-in button. The portable ECG device also includes a processor in electrical connection with the first pair of first type snap-in buttons. The processor is configured for monitoring and processing electrocardiography signals obtained by the ECG electrodes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: IMEC Taiwan Co.
    Inventors: Ting Cheng Lin, Svend Larsen, Peter Lemmens
  • Publication number: 20140107457
    Abstract: An electrocardiogram (ECG) sensor system is disclosed that includes one or more interface connectors configured to be coupled to one or more electrodes. The ECG sensor system includes a processor configured to receive an ECG signal via the one or more interface connectors. The processor may be configured to determine one or more noise values associated with the ECG signal. Each of the one or more noise values may be indicative of a measurement of a component of the ECG signal that is potentially related to a non-heart beat source. The processor may be configured to send one or more noise values to an automated troubleshooting system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2012
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: CYBERONICS, INC.
    Inventor: Shriram RAGHUNATHAN
  • Patent number: 8694070
    Abstract: An applicator for applying an electrode to a patient, and a system for recording of the electroencephalographic potential, the evoked potential, and the ground and reference potentials in electroenceophalographic and evoked potential measurements, is disclosed herein. The applicator includes a main body and a plunger unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Persyst Development Corporation
    Inventor: Scott B. Wilson
  • Publication number: 20140094676
    Abstract: Wearable (ambulatory) monitors of the present invention have a segmented design, with at least two and preferably three (or more) mechanically independent, spaced apart sensors (e.g., electrodes or other types of physiological sensors) located in discrete islands, or housing structures that are flexibly connected to one another. Each of the sensors is in operable communication with one or more electronics module(s), also located in one or more of the islands. In some embodiments, an electronics module may be centrally located with respect to two or more peripherally located sensors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: CARDIAC INSIGHT, INC.
    Inventors: Matthew Joseph GANI, Jay Michael MIAZGA
  • Publication number: 20140094675
    Abstract: Embodiments relate generally to electrical and electronic hardware, computer software, wired and wireless network communications, and wearable computing devices in capturing and deriving physiological characteristic data. More specifically, an array of electrodes and methods are configured to determine physiological characteristics using a wearable device (or carried device) that may be subject to motion. In one embodiment, an array of electrodes is disposed substantially in a wearable housing. At least a portion of the array including electrodes configured to either drive a first signal to a target location or receive a second signal from the target location. The second signal includes data representing one or more physiological characteristics. A sensor selector is configured to identify a subset of the electrodes adjacent to the target location and to select the subset of the electrodes from which to receive a sensor signal that includes data representing one or more physiological characteristics.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: AliphCom
    Inventors: Michael Luna, Scott Fullam
  • Patent number: 8688189
    Abstract: The invention provides a disposable programmable ECG sensor patch for the non-invasive detection of risk patterns according to programmed criteria. The patch is programmed by a medical professional to select one or more monitoring parameters for detection and alarm indication. One application is to detect changes in the ECG due to cardioactive drugs. Another application is triggering an alarm for a cardiac patient during a stress condition. The programmable patch operates in conjunction with an external programming unit for selecting the detection monitoring parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Inventor: Adnan Shennib