Detecting Nuclear, Electromagnetic, Or Ultrasonic Radiation Patents (Class 600/407)
  • Patent number: 10231739
    Abstract: Systems and methods for performing surgery on a bone using a navigation subsystem having a locating device and a robotic subsystem having a cutting tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Bonutti Skeletal Innovations LLC
    Inventor: Peter M. Bonutti
  • Patent number: 10234431
    Abstract: A transducer unit includes a substrate, a capacitive transducer provided on the substrate and configured to receive an acoustic wave generated when a subject is irradiated with light from a light source and output an electric signal, a circuit substrate including a current/voltage conversion circuit configured to convert a current output from the capacitive transducer into a voltage, and a flexible printed wiring that electrically connects the capacitive transducer to the current/voltage conversion circuit, in which the circuit substrate is provided on a surface side opposite to a surface where the capacitive transducer is provided among surfaces of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Atsushi Kandori
  • Patent number: 10231637
    Abstract: In a system and method for non-contact mapping of an anatomic structure, the spatial position of an electrode is determined independent of a previously generated three-dimensional model of the anatomic structure. A position of the electrode relative to a boundary surface of the model is determined, along with a corresponding point on the boundary surface of the three-dimensional model that is closest to the relative electrode position. A signed distance (d) of the relative electrode position from the corresponding closest point on the boundary surface is determined, wherein a positive signed distance indicates the relative electrode position is exterior to the model. In such an instance, the boundary surface is perturbed (e.g., expanded outward) at least in part as a function of the signed distance (d) until the relative electrode position lies interior to the model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Atrial Fibrillation Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric J. Voth, Jiang Qian
  • Patent number: 10235756
    Abstract: According to some aspects, a method of identifying a boundary of a portion of a vasculature is provided, the vasculature comprising a geometric representation of a plurality of vessels. The method comprises logically dividing the geometric representation into a plurality of regions, determining at least one feature within each of the plurality of regions, and defining the boundary of the portion of the vasculature based, at least in part, on the at least one feature determined within each of the plurality of regions, wherein the boundary forms a volume defining a separation between inside and outside of the portion of the vasculature. According to some aspects, a method of performing vascular analysis using a geometric representation of a plurality of vessels of the vasculature is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Bio-Tree Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Raul A. Brauner, Kongbin Kang, Yanchun Wu, Joao Cruz
  • Patent number: 10226302
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for generating and presenting an electronic display of guidance for performing a robotic medical procedure may include receiving a plurality of prior procedure data sets; receiving or identifying objective data defining one or more of a duration or a patient outcome of the robotic medical procedure; executing an algorithm to identify a pattern across the plurality of prior procedure data sets; receiving information about an instance of the robotic medical procedure to be performed in the future for a patient outside the population; automatically generating guidance for performing the robotic medical procedure; and generating and presenting an electronic display of the guidance for performing the robotic medical procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Mako Surgical Corporation
    Inventors: Jose C. Lacal, David B. Berman, Abdullah Z. Abbasi
  • Patent number: 10219685
    Abstract: A dental apparatus includes a light irradiation unit for emitting a light to irradiate an oral cavity, an image capturing unit for image-capturing the oral cavity light irradiated by the light irradiation unit, and an output unit for outputting data for highlighting and displaying at least one of a plaque site and a calculus site on an image of the oral cavity based on an image captured result by the image capturing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Shiho Hakomori, Koshi Tamamura
  • Patent number: 10217209
    Abstract: A mobile device identifies a user task provided by an augmented reality application at a mobile device. The mobile device identifies a first physical tool valid for performing the user task from a tool compliance library based on the user task. The mobile device detects and identifies a second physical tool present at the mobile device. The mobile device determines whether the second physical tool matches the first physical tool. The mobile device display augmented reality content that identifies at least one of a missing physical tool, an unmatched physical tool, or a matched physical tool based on whether the second physical tool matches the first physical tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: DAQRI, LLC
    Inventor: Brian Mullins
  • Patent number: 10213173
    Abstract: A whole body SPECT system (10) includes a patient support (14) and a static gantry (12) which includes a plurality of rings (40a,40b,40c) of radiation detectors (42). The patient support (14) supports a patient and moves the patient in an axial direction (18) through the static gantry (12). One or more processors (20,24,32) connected to the plurality of detectors records strikes of gamma photons in the radiation detectors (42) and reconstruct the recorded strikes of the gamma photons into a whole body image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Herfried Karl Wieczorek, Jinghan Ye, Lingxiong Shao
  • Patent number: 10210628
    Abstract: A storage device stores capturing conditions including a viewpoint position and a shooting direction of the camera, model data including a shape of a segmented mirror, and feature point data representing a positional relationship among a viewpoint position and feature points. A camera captures the segmented mirror having a reflective surface to obtain a captured image including at least a part of the reflective surface. A marker object has feature points, and is fixed at a predetermined position with respect to the camera. A feature-point extracting unit extracts multiple feature points from a captured image in which the feature points are reflected in the reflective surface, and determines positions of the feature points within the captured image. A position measuring unit calculates a position of the segmented mirror, based on the capturing conditions, the model data, the feature point data, and the positions of the feature points within the captured image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Yukiyasu Domae, Makito Seki, Shintaro Watanabe, Satoru Sofuku, Yutaka Ezaki
  • Patent number: 10206643
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a medical image diagnostic apparatus includes an imaging unit, an image generation unit, and a display unit. The imaging unit images a subject injected with blood vessel contrast enhancement particles and diseased tissue contrast enhancement particles. The blood vessel contrast enhancement particles have the first particle size larger than the gap of vascular endothelial cells under the EPR effect. The diseased tissue contrast enhancement particles have the second particle size smaller than the gap. The image generation unit generates a medical image associated with an imaging region of the subject based on output data from the imaging unit. The display unit displays the medical image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Hitoshi Yamagata
  • Patent number: 10210425
    Abstract: A system for generating a predictive virtual personification includes a wearable data capture device, a data store, and a saliency recognition engine, wherein the wearable data acquisition device is configured to transmit one or more physio-emotional or neuro-cognitive data sets and a graphical representation of a donor subject to the saliency recognition engine, and the saliency recognition engine is configured to receive the one or more physio-emotional or neuro-cognitive data sets, the graphical representation, and one or more identified trigger stimulus events, locate a set of saliency regions of interest (SROI) within the graphical representation of the donor subject, generate a set of SROI specific saliency maps and store, in the data store, a set of correlated SROI specific saliency maps generated by correlating each SROI specific saliency map a corresponding trigger event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: ACROVIRT, LLC
    Inventor: James Michael Caldwell
  • Patent number: 10201320
    Abstract: The subject of this invention is a system and method for distortion adaptation for use with an imaging grid alignment apparatus (analog or digital) and method of intra-operative use for joint replacements, spine, trauma fracture reductions and deformity correction and implant placement/alignment. The system provides for real time dynamic position tracked distortion-adaption grid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: OrthoGrid Systems, Inc
    Inventors: Edouard Saget, Richard Boddington
  • Patent number: 10201654
    Abstract: A programming device for an implantable drug pump includes a display device, a communication device, and a controller. The communication device is adapted to facilitate a communication link between the programming device and an implantable drug pump. The controller adapted to receive bolus data stored on the implantable drug pump when the communications link has been established, to process the bolus data, and to control the display device to generate a visual representation of numbers of bolus attempts for multiple periodic time intervals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Medallion Therapeutics, Inc.
    Inventors: Pedrum Minaie, Daniel Hernandez Villegas, Brian Michael Shelton
  • Patent number: 10194882
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are an X-ray imaging apparatus and a method for controlling the X-ray imaging apparatus. A path on which an X-ray source avoids an obstacle is automatically set on a movement path of the X-ray source, or a user sets the path manually by using simple manipulation so that an efficient X-ray imaging system can be provided. The X-ray imaging apparatus includes: an X-ray source movably disposed; a manipulation unit through which control instructions relating to a movement region of the X-ray source are input; and a processor that controls at least one movement of the X-ray source so that the X-ray source is moved within the movement region based on the inputted control instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ho-seong Kwak, Jin Ho Park, Seung Hoon Kim
  • Patent number: 10195462
    Abstract: A radiation irradiating apparatus includes a processing circuitry. The processing circuitry acquires a past cumulative dose distribution associated with patient identifying information, from a storage that is storable a cumulative dose distribution. The processing circuitry calculates a first cumulative dose distribution and a second cumulative dose distribution during a radiation irradiation to a patient associated with the patient identifying information, the first cumulative dose distribution being a cumulative dose distribution, the second cumulative dose distribution being generated by adding the first cumulative dose distribution to the past cumulative dose distribution. The processing circuitry displays, on a display, at least one of the first and second cumulative dose distributions during the radiation irradiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Shigeyuki Ishii, Takeshi Ezumi
  • Patent number: 10195442
    Abstract: Systems and methods for determining multiple sites for multi-site cardiac stimulation are disclosed. The system can comprise an electrostimulation circuit that can deliver electrostimulation to one or more candidate sites in at least one chamber of the heart, such as a left ventricle of the heart, within the same cardiac cycle. The system can sense a physiologic signal during the electrostimulation of the heart, determine activation timings from first and second sets of physiologic signals respectively sensed at the plurality of candidate sites when the heart undergoes specified intrinsic activities or stimulation, and determine at least first and second selected sites, among a plurality of candidate sites, using the respective activation timings. The system can deliver multi-site stimulation such as to the first and second selected sites during a same cardiac cycle, simultaneously or separated by a specified temporal offset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Yinghong Yu, Qi An, Pramodsingh Hirasingh Thakur
  • Patent number: 10188469
    Abstract: A manipulator system includes a medical instrument which is capable of being inserted into a body; a manipulator which is capable of holding the instrument; a holding detector which detects a holding state where the manipulator holds the instrument; an instruction-receiving part which detects an instruction for operating the instrument; and a controller which operates the instrument only in a case where the instruction-receiving part detects the instruction when the holding detector detects the holding state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masatoshi Iida, Takumi Isoda, Noriaki Yamanaka, Kosuke Kishi
  • Patent number: 10186056
    Abstract: A system and method for estimating vascular flow using CT imaging include a computer readable storage medium having stored thereon a computer program comprising instructions, which, when executed by a computer, cause the computer to acquire a first set of data comprising anatomical information of an imaging subject, the anatomical information comprises information of at least one vessel. The instructions further cause the computer to process the anatomical information to generate an image volume comprising the at least one vessel, generate hemodynamic information based on the image volume, and acquire a second set of data of the imaging subject. The computer is also caused to generate an image comprising the hemodynamic information in combination with a visualization based on the second set of data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Robert F. Senzig, Ravikanth Avancha, Bijan Dorri, Sandeep Dutta, Steven J. Gray, Jiang Hsieh, John Irvin Jackson, Giridhar Jothiprasad, Paul Edgar Licato, Darin Robert Okerlund, Toshihiro Rifu, Saad Ahmed Sirohey, Basel Taha, Peter Michael Edic, Jerome Knoplioch, Rahul Bhotika
  • Patent number: 10185009
    Abstract: In a magnetic resonance (MR) apparatus and an operating method therefor, the scanner of the MR apparatus has at least one connector for connecting a radio-frequency coil, as well as a control computer with a display screen. Connection of a radio-frequency coil to the connector causes at least one item of coil identification information, and selection of at least one measurement protocol from among a number of measurement protocols for recording magnetic resonance signals with the connected coil to be made by the control computer as a function of the at least one item of coil identification information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Miriam Keil
  • Patent number: 10182872
    Abstract: A positioning mark apparatus of a surgery navigation system and an implementation instrument thereof are disclosed. The positioning mark apparatus includes a positioning base and a frequency modulated radio frequency positioning module. One end of the positioning base is a lock portion having a screw structure, another end is a head having a joint structure, and a free end of the head has a fitting structure. The frequency modulated radio frequency positioning module has a sleeving structure that cooperates with the head structure and buckles with the joint structure. The frequency modulated radio frequency positioning module includes an antenna unit, a printed circuit board unit electrically connected to the antenna unit, and an electronic component battery unit supplying power to the printed circuit board unit. The frequency modulated radio frequency positioning module may transmit, according to a received frequency modulated signal, a feedback signal including a radio frequency signal to the external.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Metal Industries Research and Develoment Centre
    Inventors: Chin-Yu Chang, Bing-Feng Huang, Yen-Ting Liu, Chih-Lung Lin
  • Patent number: 10183096
    Abstract: A method for treating a valve of a heart of a subject is provided. The method includes inserting a needle into the heart, and, using the needle, injecting a soft-tissue-filling material into an annulus of the valve. Other embodiments are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Biosense Webster (Israel) Ltd.
    Inventors: Shmuel Auerbach, Ziyad Zeidan, Michael David King
  • Patent number: 10182942
    Abstract: A polarization beam splitter selectively decouples detection light onto a detector such that it has a polarization direction that differs from the emitted illumination light. This enables the detection of the light scattered back in the eye lens at a high level of accuracy, since stray light from reflections at optical components of the light path is suppressed. In the generating of photo disruptions or other incisions, the ray exposure of the retina may be reduced in that the incisions being furthest away from the laser are induced first such that laminar gas inclusions with an existence duration time of at least 5 seconds result. In this manner the laser radiation propagated in the direction of the retina in further incisions are scattered and partially reflected such that the influence impinging upon the retina is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss Meditec AG
    Inventors: Matthias Reich, Dieter Grebner, Andreas Koch, Juergen Ledermann, Manfred Dick, Marco Hanft
  • Patent number: 10187139
    Abstract: A residential gateway wirelessly receives a message from a terminal device. The residential gateway forms part of a communication system comprising a plurality of residential gateways connected to a server for which said message is intended. The residential gateway determines whether said terminal device has previously been paired with said residential gateway. If such is the case, the residential gateway wirelessly transmits an acknowledgement to the terminal device and propagates the message to the server. Otherwise the residential gateway activates a timer of predetermined duration at the end of which, when no wirelessly-transmitted acknowledgement of said message has been detected, the residential gateway wirelessly transmits an acknowledgement to the terminal device and propagates the message to the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: SAGEMCOM BROADBAND SAS
    Inventor: Nicolas Dangy-Caye
  • Patent number: 10181214
    Abstract: Systems and methods for rendering vector data in conjunction with a three-dimensional model are provided. In particular, a smooth transparent draping layer can be generated and rendered overlaying the three-dimensional model. The vector data can be texture mapped to the smooth transparent draping layer such that the vector data appears to be located along a surface in the three-dimensional model. The three-dimensional model can be a model of a geographic area and can include terrain geometry that models the terrain of the geographic area and building geometry that models buildings, bridges, and other objects in the geographic area. The smooth transparent draping layer can conform to the surfaces defined by the terrain geometry. The vector data can be texture mapped to the smooth transparent draping layer such that the vector data appears to be located along the surface of the terrain geometry but can be occluded by the building geometry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Ryan Styles Overbeck, Janne Kontkanen
  • Patent number: 10172542
    Abstract: A motor performance evaluation apparatus 100 for evaluating motor performance of a subject, including: an acquisition unit 131 configured to acquire drawing stroke information including position information and time information on drawing stroke of the subject copying a predetermined single-stroke drawn figure; a detection unit 132 configured to detect a fall count indicating the number of times a drawing acceleration of the subject changes from a positive value to a negative value, based on the drawing stroke information; and an evaluation unit 133 configured to evaluate the motor performance of the subject, based on the fall count.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: TOYO UNIVERSITY
    Inventor: Hideo Kawaguchi
  • Patent number: 10172524
    Abstract: A photoacoustic apparatus includes a light source; a receiving element configured to receive, at a plurality of positions, a photoacoustic wave generated through irradiation of a subject with light generated by the light source, and output a time-series reception signal; a signal data obtaining unit configured to obtain information that is based on a shape of the subject, generate reception signal data by reducing a data amount of the time-series reception signal on the basis of the obtained information that is based on the shape of the subject, and store the reception signal data; and an information obtaining unit configured to obtain information about the subject on the basis of the reception signal data stored in the signal data obtaining unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshitaka Baba
  • Patent number: 10176275
    Abstract: A method of making a breast pad that includes enhancing a bust size of a three dimensional (3D) image of a user that illustrates a current body shape, comparing the enhanced 3D image to the current body shape 3D image and measuring the change in bust size of the enhanced 3D image with the 3D image of the current body shape of the user to produce a 3D image of a breast pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: LUVLYU, INC.
    Inventors: Sharon Amar, Kevin McNeely
  • Patent number: 10169860
    Abstract: Through the measurement and interpretation of the pixels of grayscale digital thermographic images of abnormalities of the skin and its subcutaneous tissue, early intervention and treatment of abnormalities of the skin and its subcutaneous tissue are possible, thereby assisting clinicians in making significant impacts on prevention and treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: WoundVision, LLC
    Inventors: James G. Spahn, Kadambari Nuguru
  • Patent number: 10166007
    Abstract: Data is communicated from an implanted section to an external location. The implanted section includes a transducer such as a piezoelectric element with an ultrasound reflecting surface that moves in response to an applied driving signal. A sensor generates an output signal that depends on a sensed parameter, and a control circuit drives the transducer based on the sensor's output. The transducer's response to the driving signal is repeatable such that the value of the output signal can be determined by measuring the variations in the velocity of the surface using externally applied Doppler ultrasound, and computing the value of the sensor's output from the measured variations in velocity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Inventor: Yoram Palti
  • Patent number: 10159534
    Abstract: The robotic device for positioning a surgical instrument relative to the body of a patient includes a first robotic arm with a device for rigidly connecting to at least one surgical instrument, a device for anatomical realignment of the first arm by realigning an image that is of an area of the anatomy of the patient, and a device for compensating the movements of the first arm on the basis of detected movements. One version of the device includes at least one second robotic arm having sensors for detecting inner movements of the anatomical area, and a device for controlling the positioning of the first arm relative to sensed inner movements and to the outer movements induced in the second arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: MedTech S.A.
    Inventors: Pierre Maillet, Bertin Nahum, Fernand Badano, Patrick Dehour
  • Patent number: 10159448
    Abstract: An X-ray CT apparatus according to an embodiment includes processing circuitry. The processing circuitry collects pieces of image data in a plurality of time phases that contain at least a part of a coronary artery of a heart. The processing circuitry acquires image indexes regarding the pieces of image data. The processing circuitry extracts a set of image data from combinations of pieces of image data having a larger time interval than a predetermined time interval, of the pieces of image data, based on the image indexes in the respective pieces of image data. The processing circuitry performs fluid analysis regarding the coronary artery based on the extracted set of image data to obtain a fluid parameter regarding the coronary artery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Hideaki Ishii, Takuya Sakaguchi, Kazumasa Arakita
  • Patent number: 10157483
    Abstract: Various examples are provided for photoacoustic image reconstruction and processing utilizing a backprojection approach. In one example, among others, a method for producing an image with a photoacoustic imaging system includes scanning an object with a plurality of light beams, detecting a plurality of acoustic signals produced by the light beams, and generating a reconstructed image from the plurality of acoustic signals by filtered backprojection (FBP) that utilizes a weighted ramp filter. In another example, a system includes a plurality of acoustic detector units and a processing unit. The acoustic detector units can receive an acoustic wave and convert it to time dependent electrical signals. The processing unit can reconstruct an image of the subject from the time-dependent electrical signals by FBP that utilizes a weighted ramp filter. In another example, non-transitory computer readable medium stores a program that can cause a processing unit to reconstruct an image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: BOARD OF REGENTS, THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM
    Inventors: He Huang, Jing Yong Ye
  • Patent number: 10149727
    Abstract: Various exemplary surgical tool and robotic surgical system interfaces are provided. In general, a sterile barrier can be positioned between a robotic surgical system and a surgical tool releasably coupled to the robotic surgical system. The surgical tool can be in a sterile environment on one side of the sterile barrier, and the robotic surgical system can be in a non-sterile environment on the other, opposite side of the sterile barrier. The robotic surgical system can be configured to control movement of the surgical tool releasably coupled thereto using a magnetic field that extends across the sterile barrier between the surgical tool and the robotic surgical system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Mark D. Overmyer, Jeffrey S. Swayze, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jason L. Harris, Joshua Young, David C. Yates, Kevin L. Houser
  • Patent number: 10146393
    Abstract: A control circuit stores a plurality of radiation treatment plan states as pertain to optimization of a given radiation treatment plan. The control circuit detects a user's selection of a particular one of the plurality of radiation treatment plan states and responsively displays dose distribution information as corresponds to that selected state. The control circuit can automatically store at least some of those states and/or can provide the user with an opportunity to selectively save a particular state. The control circuit can provide the user with an opportunity to modify optimization objectives such that at least two of the states correspond to different optimization objectives for the radiation treatment plan. The control circuit can also display a radiation treatment plan state selector to facilitate the user selecting the particular state. An individual selector for each state can provide a visual indication of merit as pertains to each such state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Varian Medical Systems International AG
    Inventors: Janne Nord, Jarkko Peltola, Lauri Halko, Tao Sun
  • Patent number: 10146334
    Abstract: Apparatus and systems directed to a wireless hand-held inertial controller with passive optical and inertial tracking in a slim form-factor, for use with a head mounted virtual or augmented reality display device (HMD), that operates with six degrees of freedom by fusing (i) data related to the position of the controller derived from a forward-facing optical sensor located in the HMD with (ii) data relating to the orientation of the controller derived from an inertial measurement unit located in the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Alexandru Octavian Balan, Constantin Dulu, Christopher Douglas Edmonds, Mark James Finocchio
  • Patent number: 10143438
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an X-ray imaging system, comprising: a first X-ray source; an image sensor, spaced apart from the first X-ray source; a table configured to be positioned between the first X-ray source and the image sensor and configured to accommodate a person for imaging in the X-ray imaging system; and a fiducial marker system; wherein the fiducial marker system comprises three markers, centers of the three markers not being collinear; wherein at least one of the three markers is distinct. The X-ray imaging system may be used to model the 3D shape and track the 3D motion of an object (e.g., a surgical instrument) in the person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Inventor: Xiang Zhang
  • Patent number: 10136949
    Abstract: Various exemplary methods, systems, and devices for gathering and analyzing data for robotic surgical systems are provided. In general, the methods, systems, and devices can allow data to be gathered regarding use in a surgical procedure of a robotic surgical system that includes a plurality of movable arms each configured to couple to a surgical instrument. The gathered data can be used to determine a recommended initial position of the arms for future surgical procedures using the robotic surgical system. The recommended initial position can be provided to users of the robotic surgical system in the future surgical procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Kevin D. Felder, Bernard Siu, Sina Nia Kosari, Pablo Eduardo Garcia Kilroy
  • Patent number: 10136955
    Abstract: Provided herein are actuation transmission lines used for robotic systems, for example, MRI guided robots, for image-guided robot-assisted surgical and medical intervention procedures. This actuation transmission lines may include any of the following: one or more sections of a flexible channel; one or more sections of a rigid channel in a connecting relationship with the one or more sections of a flexible channel; solid media disposed inside the channel; one or more mechanical links in contact with the solid media inside the channel electronically or mechanically linked to a power source; a fine-tuning module disposed in the flexible channel; and one or more media motion sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: University of Houston System
    Inventors: Nikolaos V. Tsekos, Michael Heffernan
  • Patent number: 10136950
    Abstract: A method of automatically registering a surgical navigation system to a patient's anatomy is provided. The method comprises programming a surgical navigation system with a first spatial relationship between a surgical component and a reference array connected to the surgical component, programming the surgical navigation system with a second spatial relationship between an anatomical feature of a patient and the surgical component, installing the surgical component on the patient such that the surgical component engages the anatomical feature in the second spatial relationship, and locating the reference array with the surgical navigation system. The navigation system automatically recognizes the position of the reference array relative to the patient's anatomy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Biomet Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventor: Ryan John Schoenefeld
  • Patent number: 10130345
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described herein for tracking an elongate instrument or other medical instrument in an image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Auris Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Serena Wong, Sean Walker, Jason Hsu, June Park, Neal Tanner, Kiran Murthy
  • Patent number: 10134144
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for generating time resolved series of angiographic volume data having flow information. The system and method are configured to receive angiographic volume data acquired from a subject having received a dose of a contrast agent using an imaging system and process the angiographic volume data to generate angiographic volume images. The angiographic volume data is processed to derive flow information by determining a distance between two points along a vessel in the angiographic volume images and determining a phase at each of the two points along the vessel in the angiographic volume images. A flow direction or a velocity of flow within the vessel is determined using the distance between the two points along the vessel and the phase at each of the two points along the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
    Inventors: Charles A. Mistretta, Charles M. Strother, Gabriel Shaughnessy
  • Patent number: 10130263
    Abstract: A photoacoustic measuring apparatus includes a light source, a movable holding unit which holds an object, a light diffusing unit which fixes the distance between the light diffusing unit and the holding unit and diffuses light incident from the light source, and an acoustic wave obtaining unit which obtains an acoustic wave generated from the object by the light emitted via the holding unit and the light diffusing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shigeru Ichihara, Yukio Furukawa, Shuichi Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10123840
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are device and methods for determining an orientation of an instrument for inserting a medical device in a bone. One such method includes simulating an insertion point and an orientation of a simulated surgical hardware installation on a diagnostic representation of the bone, and then using an electronic device to align an instrument for inserting a surgical hardware installation at a desired orientation through an insertion point of the bone by indicating when an orientation of the electronic device is within a threshold of the simulated orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Scapa Flow, LLC
    Inventor: John Dorman
  • Patent number: 10123841
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method for generating an insertion trajectory of a surgical needle from an entry point to a target, including the steps of: preparing a medical image including the target and an anatomical structure; and extracting an insertion trajectory in consideration of at least one of a degree of invasion into the anatomical structure through the insertion trajectory and a distance of the insertion trajectory. Further, the present disclosure relates to a method for generating an insertion trajectory of a medical device, and a robot for interventional procedures including needle insertion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignees: THE ASAN FOUNDATION, UNIVERSITY OF ULSAN FOUNDATION FOR INDUSTRY COOPERATION
    Inventors: Nam Kug Kim, Sang Min Lee, Min Ho Lee, Joon Beom Seo, Se Youn Park
  • Patent number: 10123755
    Abstract: For position sensors, e.g., a fiber-based system, that build a shape of an elongated member, such as a catheter, using a sequence of small orientation measurements, a small error in orientation at the proximal end of the sensor will cause large error in position at distal points on the fiber. Exemplary methods and systems are disclosed, which may provide full or partial registration along the length of the sensor to reduce the influence of the measurement error. Additional examples are directed to applying selective filtering at a proximal end of the elongated member to provide a more stable base for distal measurements and thereby reducing the influence of measurement errors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Auris Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean P. Walker, Serena H. Wong, June Gyu Park, Neal A. Tanner
  • Patent number: 10129448
    Abstract: An imaging system, a method for imaging an object of interest, and an image of the object of interest. In one embodiment, an imaging system includes a channel configured to receive information from an object of interest, a 3DSS sub-system configured to capture information from the object of interest and generate at least one of 3D surface data or 3D position data based on the information captured by the 3DSS sub-system, and an OCT sub-system configured to perform a line scan of light reflected from the object of interest, generate OCT image data from the line scan, receive the at least one of the 3D surface data or the 3D position data, and generate one or more OCT images using the OCT image data and the at least one of the 3D surface data or the 3D position data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignees: DENTAL IMAGING TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION, ORMCO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert F. Dillon, Amr Medhat Elbasiony
  • Patent number: 10117624
    Abstract: An apparatus for performing electrical impedance detection and ultrasound scanning of body tissue, the apparatus including: an electrode array for performing electrical impedance detection by applying a first electrical signal to the body tissue, receiving an electrical response signal characteristic of the body tissue, and providing a first output signal representative of the electrical response signal; and an ultrasound transducer for performing ultrasound scanning by applying a first ultrasound signal to the body tissue, receiving an ultrasound response signal characteristic of the body tissue, and providing a second output signal representative of the ultrasound response signal, wherein the ultrasound transducer is mounted so as to be moveable during performance of the ultrasound scanning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Inventor: Wei Wang
  • Patent number: 10114545
    Abstract: Image location selection is described for use in a depth photography system. In one example, a method includes receiving a selection from a user of a position in a captured image, comparing the selected position to objects in the image, selecting whether the selected position is intended to be within an object or outside an object, refining the position based on the selection, and determining a depth for an object corresponding to the refined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daniel C. Middleton, Roger Jellicoe, Peter W. Winer, James Granger
  • Patent number: 10111713
    Abstract: A medical image obtainment unit that obtains a three-dimensional medical image of a subject to be examined, a target tissue region extraction unit that extracts a region of target tissue from the three-dimensional medical image obtained by the medical image obtainment unit, an abnormal region extraction unit that extracts an abnormal region from the region of target tissue extracted by the target tissue region extraction unit, an excision method obtainment unit that obtains, based on plural excision region determination conditions, plural excision methods in which excision regions satisfying the respective excision region determination conditions are set for the abnormal region, and an excision method presentation unit that presents the plural excision methods obtained by the excision method obtainment unit are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: FUJIFILM CORPORATION
    Inventor: Futoshi Sakuragi
  • Patent number: 10112049
    Abstract: Example systems and methods concern systems and methods for modeling conduction in a volume. In one embodiment, diffusion eigenvalues of a plurality of diffusion tensors are received. The diffusion tensors are associated with an anatomical structure having heterogeneous and anisotropic tissues. In one embodiment, the diffusion eigenvalues of the diffusion tensors are calculated from imaging data. Then one or more conductance ratios of a conductivity tensor are set based, at least in part, on one or more diffusion ratios of a corresponding diffusion tensor. The conductance eigenvalues of a conductivity tensor can then be calculated based, at least in part, on the one or more conductance ratios of the conductivity tensor. A volume-conductor model of the anatomical structure is generated based, at least in part, on the plurality of calculated conductivity tensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Case Western Reserve University
    Inventors: Cameron McIntyre, Bryan Howell