Detecting Nuclear, Electromagnetic, Or Ultrasonic Radiation Patents (Class 600/407)
  • Patent number: 9974485
    Abstract: An approach is provided for healthcare information management and providing remote healthcare examination. A platform receives position data corresponding to a mark to be projected onto a human subject by a user equipment. The mark specifies placement of a medical sensor onto the subject. The platform collects measurement data from the medical sensor coupled to the subject at the mark.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventor: James A. Robertson
  • Patent number: 9968278
    Abstract: A medical image measuring apparatus includes a tissue information label assigning unit that assigns each point of a medical image with a tissue information label representing tissue information each point belongs, a measuring unit that performs measurement in the medical image, and a measurement subject label assigning unit that determines, based on a tissue information label assigned to a measurement point or a point within a region of interest used for the measurement, a measurement subject label representing a measurement subject and assigns the label to a result of the measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshinori Itai
  • Patent number: 9962105
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method for improving imaging resolution of electrical impedance tomography (EIT). More specifically, the present disclosure forms virtual electrode(s) using an electric current steering technique, which is used to improve imaging resolution of an EIT system without physically increasing a number of conducting electrodes. The EIT system of the present disclosure may includes a plurality of conducting electrodes, at least one signal generator, at least one signal receiver and at least one electric current steering device. In other words, the present disclosure applies both the electric current steering technique and the virtual electrode technique to EIT. Consequently, imaging resolution of EIT can be improved without physically increasing the number of conducting electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: National Chiao Tung University
    Inventors: Charles Tak Ming Choi, Shu-Hai Sun
  • Patent number: 9958324
    Abstract: An enclosed benchtop Raman spectrometry device, systems, methods, and techniques related thereto are disclosed. A benchtop Raman spectrometer can comprise an enclosure enclosing a probe and sample. In an embodiment, a compliance component can determine concurrent satisfaction of a group of compliance rules. The compliance rules can relate to contact between the probe and sample, environmental conditions within the enclosure, illumination conditions within the enclosure, an operation state of a viewport allowing direct viewing of a sample-probe interface, etc. While concurrent satisfaction is determined, the release of optical energy for interrogation of the sample via the probe can be enabled. In an embodiment, the probe can comprise a spherical optical element, e.g., a BallProbe®, which can be brought into contact with the sample to perform Raman spectroscopy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: MarqMetrix Inc.
    Inventors: Brian James Marquardt, John Scott Van Vuren, Giora Proskurowski
  • Patent number: 9956419
    Abstract: A system for identifying potential portions of a body in which electrical stimulation to treat a condition or disorder affects at least one symptom of the condition or disorder, stimulation effect, or side effect performs the following acts: obtaining, for each of multiple stimulation instances, an estimation of a region of the body stimulated during the stimulation instance and a score for each of at least one symptom, stimulation effect, or stimulation side effect; and determining, for each of multiple portions of the body using the scores and the estimates in a permutation test, a likelihood that stimulation of that portion of the body affects at least one symptom, stimulation effect, or stimulation side effect. In other embodiments, the system sets up a relationship between the outcomes of stimulation and influence of a particular part of the body on the outcome, and derives this influence using a pseudoinverse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventor: Hemant Bokil
  • Patent number: 9955929
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a bite tray having fiducial markers for head scan registration and method of use. The bite tray is held by a patient in his teeth while the scan of his head and the fiducial markers is made by x-ray, CT, or MRI and the scan is entered into a computer to register the scan to the fiducial markers. Instrument optical markers are placed on a dental instrument and it is observed by a camera and the observation is entered into the computer to register the instrument optical markers to the dental instrument. Patient optical markers are placed on the patient and it is observed by the camera and the observation is entered into the computer to register the patient optical markers to the patient. The tip of the dental instrument is then touched to one of the fiducial markers making the location of the tip and the fiducial marker the same. The computer then registers the scan to the instrument and the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Inventors: Jerry T. Huang, Ta-Ko Huang
  • Patent number: 9953136
    Abstract: A system for displaying and editing data for a medical device is provided. The system includes at least one viewing application for execution on a user appliance, which application is set up to display medical image data records that are kept in cloud storage in a public cloud. In respect of its component architecture, the viewing application includes a View layer, a ViewModel layer, a Model layer, and a driver layer. In this case, the ViewModel layer defines a common set of functions for the display and editing of 2D image data and 3D image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare GmbH
    Inventor: Karlheinz Dorn
  • Patent number: 9952233
    Abstract: A system including a light source, sampling tray, and a plurality of fiber optics positioned to achieve high contrast to improve accuracy and eliminate the need to rotate the sample. A composite light image from the fiber optics is fed to a spectrometer which converts the reflected light into a fingerprint corresponding to the concentration of at least one substance in the sample. The fingerprint is processed by a statistical model to determine concentration level of the at least one substance in the sample and the concentration level is then displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Lightwave Science, Inc.
    Inventors: William Bryan Pierce, III, Jason D. Pierce
  • Patent number: 9949665
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for measuring or verifying the position of a medical implant located in an anatomical body part(s) and/or structure(s) relative to the body part(s) and/or structure(s) or specific points, landmarks or planes of the same, wherein a device is provided which has an at least partially known or previously determined geometry or at least partially known dimensions and is connected to the medical implant; positional or landmark information regarding the anatomical body part(s) and/or structure(s) is acquired; the position of the medical implant is calculated using a navigation system and a reference structure which is or can be connected to the device; and the calculated position of the medical implant is related to or compared with the acquired positional or landmark information regarding the anatomical body part(s) and/or structure(s) in order to measure or verify the position of the medical implant within or relative to the anatomical body part(s) and/or structure(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Brainlab AG
    Inventors: Heiko Müller, Mario Schubert, Martin Haimerl
  • Patent number: 9943223
    Abstract: Methods and systems of analyzing retinal nerve fiber layer for detecting glaucoma and/or other retinal nerve fiber indicated eye conditions include collecting retinal nerve fiber layer image data, segmenting the retinal nerve fiber layer image data by removing retinal nerve fiber layer image data below a threshold thickness value, determining an area or a volume of the thickness of the retinal nerve fiber layer in the retinal region of interest; and determining a severity of the glaucoma and/or at least one other retinal nerve fiber indicated eye condition for the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI
    Inventor: Luis E. Vazquez
  • Patent number: 9947110
    Abstract: A medical data processing method for assisting the positioning of a first medical structure (1) relative to a second medical structure (2), the method being constituted to be executed by a computer and comprising the following steps: —acquiring two-dimensional projection image data comprising two-dimensional projection image information describing a two-dimensional projection image of at least the first medical structure (1); —acquiring registration data comprising registration information describing the registration of the two-dimensional projection image with respect to the first medical structure (1); —acquiring, on the basis of said two-dimensional projection image data, two-dimensional position data comprising position information describing the position of at least one base point (3) and at least one reference point (4) in the two-dimensional projection image; —acquiring, on the basis of the two-dimensional position data, positional relationship data comprising positional relationship information descri
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Brainlab AG
    Inventor: Martin Haimerl
  • Patent number: 9939414
    Abstract: An object information acquiring apparatus includes: a plurality of detecting elements each receiving an acoustic waves having propagated from an object irradiated with light and outputting an electrical signal; a probe that supports the plurality of detecting elements so that a high-resolution region in which directivity axes of at least part of the plurality of detecting elements converge is formed; a processor acquiring specific information on the object using the electrical signal; and a memory storing correction data for correcting the electrical signals output by the plurality of detecting elements, and used when the processor acquires the specific information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Jiro Tateyama
  • Patent number: 9936927
    Abstract: A control apparatus for an X-ray imaging system obtains examination information including a plurality of imaging techniques and a plurality of imaging conditions corresponding to the plurality of imaging techniques. When the content of a condition item of the imaging condition selected from the plurality of imaging conditions is changed in accordance with an operation input from the operator, the control apparatus applies the change to an imaging condition other than the selected imaging condition of the plurality of imaging conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Manami Hikosaka
  • Patent number: 9931089
    Abstract: A radiation irradiation apparatus includes a radiation source that irradiates, with radiation, a subject to be examined, a camera that obtains a photographic image of the subject to be examined by performing photography on the subject to be examined, a monitor that displays the photographic image, a housing that houses the radiation source, the camera and the monitor with a display direction of the photographic image directed in a second direction opposite to a first direction that is an irradiation direction of the radiation and a photography direction of the photographic image, and plural grasp units that project in directions different from the first and second directions and are attached to positions of the housing facing each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Fumito Nariyuki, Ryosuke Ogura, Yuzo Aoshima
  • Patent number: 9931051
    Abstract: A magnetic resonance imaging apparatus according to the present embodiments comprises a gantry device, a front light source and an exterior casing of the gantry device. The gantry device has a bore serving as a space where a magnetic resonance image is captured, with the gantry device being configured to acquire, when a subject placed on a couchtop has been moved into the bore by a couch device configured to move the couchtop, a magnetic resonance signal from the subject. The front light source is provided in surroundings of a front opening, with the front opening being an opening of the bore positioned at front of the couch device. The exterior casing of the gantry device, with a portion of the exterior casing being illuminated by light emitted from the front light source, is made of a transparent or translucent material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: TOSHIBA MEDICAL SYSTEMS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kota Watanabe, Hiromitsu Takamori
  • Patent number: 9931101
    Abstract: A catheter includes a sheath that is inserted into a lumen; a drive shaft that transmits mechanical drive force; a hub that moves the drive shaft; an outer tube that is provided in the sheath on a proximal side and comprises a first connector at a proximal portion; an inner tube that can move inside the outer tube; a second connector that can be connected to and disconnected from the first connector and can receive the inner tube; a sheath connection portion that connects the sheath and the outer tube; and a protective tube that protrudes toward a distal side further than the inner tube, accommodates the drive shaft, can be inserted into the outer tube and the sheath, and can be pulled out of the outer tube together with the hub and the inner tube as the second connector is disconnected from the first connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Itaru Okubo, Kenta Mitsuhashi, Yuuki Sakaguchi
  • Patent number: 9924876
    Abstract: Provided is an object information acquiring apparatus including a probe having a plurality of receiving elements that are arrayed along a first direction and receive an acoustic wave generated from an object irradiated with light from a light source and converting the acoustic wave into an electrical signal, a scanner that moves the probe in the first direction, a controller, and a generator that generates image data of inside of the object based on the electrical signal. The controller controls the apparatus such that light is emitted each time the probe is moved by a distance that is either (n+1/k) times or (n?1/k) times an array pitch between the receiving elements, where n is an integer of 1 or more and k is an integer of 2 or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Haruo Yoda
  • Patent number: 9924922
    Abstract: Disclosed is a process for displaying ultrasound data representative of a rotationally symmetrical contractible chamber or vessel within a patient which involves obtaining ultrasound data from the ultrasound imaging of the vessel or chamber through at least a phase of one cardiac cycle and virtually sectioning the vessel or chamber into multiple circumferential segments, each extending its own longitudinal distance from a common reference point. The data is used to obtain rotational parameters representative of an entire circumferential segment of the chamber or vessel. The process is repeated until a rotational parameter for each entire circumferential segment along a desired distance of the longitudinal axis of the chamber or vessel has been obtained. The rotational parameters are displayed in a two dimensional format having annular rings with each annular ring being representative of a given circumferential segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Stian Langeland, Sten Roar Snare
  • Patent number: 9918672
    Abstract: Various methods may apply iodine on a test area of a subject and allow the applied iodine to dry. Sweating may be triggered in the test area. Triggering sweating may include introducing acetylcholine (ACh) using iontophoresis into dermis within an iontophoresis area. An indirect response to introduction of the ACh may be monitored. Monitoring the indirect response may include applying starch tape over the iodine-painted test area to monitor sweat production from individual sweat glands (SGs) outside of the iontophoresis area, wherein sweat production for each functional SG results in a sweat spot on the starch tape, and taking a series of digital images, using a digital camera, of the starch tape when the individual SGs are producing sweat and causing sweat spots on the starch tape. The digital images of sweat spots may be analyzed to analyze sweat production from the individual SGs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Daniel L.M. Kennedy
    Inventor: Daniel L. M. Kennedy
  • Patent number: 9913752
    Abstract: A surgical instrument system for ophthalmic surgery in an eye is provided, comprising: an OCT apparatus including an interferometer; an optical fiber coupled to the OCT apparatus and extending a probe arm of the interferometer; a hand tool comprising: a hand piece, a tube extending away from the hand piece and comprising a distal end portion having a longitudinal axis, wherein a distal portion of the optical fiber is received within the tube; a beam emitter coupled to a tip end of the optical fiber and configured to emit an OCT measuring beam into an emission direction; and an actuator configured to change the emission direction of the OCT measuring beam relative to a tip end of the distal end portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: CARL ZEISS MEDITEC AG
    Inventor: Christoph Hauger
  • Patent number: 9907513
    Abstract: A medical device system includes a needle having a tip including a permanent magnet, and a magnet sensing device including a plurality of sensors configured to detect the magnetic field of the permanent magnet. The magnet sensing device is operable to localize a position of the permanent magnet relative to the magnet sensing device and to indicate a path of the needle on a display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Bard Access Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Fred E. Silverstein
  • Patent number: 9901309
    Abstract: Methods, devices, apparatuses and systems are disclosed for performing mammography, such as utilizing tomosynthesis in combination with breast biopsy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Hologic Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Defreitas, John Laviola, Loren Thomas Niklason, Tao Wu, Joseph L. Mark, Michael E. Miller, Jay A. Stein, Andrew P. Smith
  • Patent number: 9895129
    Abstract: Provided are a CT-image processing apparatus and a method which can remove noise caused by one of a heartbeat and a breathing beat and extract only an accurate periodic motion by the other one. A CT-image processing apparatus 5 that processes projection data in which an animal is captured as a subject at each time by an X-ray CT apparatus includes a breathing beat threshold specification unit 36a to specify a lower limit of a breathing beat frequency from a feature amount waveform within a ROI for breathing beat synchronization in a series of projection data, a heartbeat threshold specification unit 37a to specify a lower limit of a heartbeat frequency from a feature amount waveform within a ROI for heartbeat synchronization in the series of projection data, a breathing beat extraction unit 36b to extract a breathing beat waveform using a band-pass filter defined by the lower limit of the breathing beat frequency and the lower limit of the heartbeat frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Rigaku Corporation
    Inventors: Takafumi Koike, Minoru Maesawa, Yukihiro Hara
  • Patent number: 9895098
    Abstract: An optical biometric system (1) is characterized by being provided with: a first received light amount information acquisition unit (25) which acquires skin blood flow data relating to a skin blood flow in a wide range of the scalp of a subject by controlling the transmission/reception of light to/from a light transmission/reception unit (30) using a wide-range control table; and a selection control table creation unit (24) which causes a storage unit (23) to store a selection control table for acquiring X pieces of first received light amount information (?A1) selected from among N pieces of first received light amount information (?A1), and in that when acquiring multiple pieces of measurement data relating to the brain activity in a predetermined range of the brain of the subject by controlling the transmission/reception of light to/from the light transmission/reception unit (30) using a control table, a light transmission/reception control unit (21) acquires skin blood flow data relating to a skin blood f
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: SHIMADZU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akihiro Ishikawa, Yoshihiro Inoue, Takashi Amita, Satoru Kohno, Haruhide Udagawa, Yoshinori Masuda
  • Patent number: 9888970
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for navigating a surgical device toward a target organ in the body of a patient. An example method includes providing a surgical needle and a guide wire, the surgical needle configured for insertion into a vein or a beating heart. The method also includes holding the guide wire within the surgical needle while the surgical needle is inserted into the vein or the beating heart. The method also includes generating output in two modes, the output based on at least one medical positioning system (MPS) sensor on the guide wire, the output corresponding to a position of the surgical needle and the guide wire for navigating the surgical needle and the guide wire toward a target in the vein or the heart. The methods can be carried out directly by a physician or via a computer processor-based surgical system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical Internaiional Holding S.àr.l.
    Inventors: Gera M. Strommer, Uzi Eichler, Amit Cohen
  • Patent number: 9883919
    Abstract: A brachytherapy treatment apparatus is provided that includes a center catheter including proximal and distal ends defining a central longitudinal axis therebetween, the center catheter including a bend between the proximal and distal ends. The apparatus includes a pair of expandable catheters including pathways extending between the proximal and distal ends thereof, the expandable catheter distal ends coupled to the distal end of the core member. An actuator is coupled to the expandable catheters adjacent expandable portions that is movable relative to the center catheter for moving the expandable portions between a collapsed configuration wherein the expandable portions extend substantially parallel to the center catheter and an expanded configuration wherein the expandable portions bow away from one another substantially within a curved plane aligned generally with a bend of to the center catheter. A balloon is provided adjacent the expandable portions and surrounding a portion of the catheters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: CIANNA MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Eduardo Chi Sing, Tommy G. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 9884424
    Abstract: A display control apparatus operable to display an operation of a robot comprising: an obtaining unit configured to obtain measurement information of a processing target that includes at least one of the robot and a target that the robot operates; an emphasizing unit configured to generate emphasized display information that emphasizes a feature of a portion of the processing target, based on the measurement information; a composition unit configured to generate composite display information in which the emphasized display information and non-emphasized display information other than the emphasized display information are composed; and an output unit configured to output the composite display information to a display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tetsuri Sonoda
  • Patent number: 9886534
    Abstract: A method of detecting a possible collision in a medical procedure that involves a medical system, includes: obtaining an image of a patient that is supported on a patient support; determining a first model using a processing unit based at least in part on the image, at least a part of the first model representing a surface of the patient; determining a second model using the processing unit, the second model representing a first component of the medical system; virtually moving the first model, the second model, or both, using a collision prediction mechanism to simulate a movement of the first component of the medical system to determine whether there is a possible collision between the first component and the patient; and generating an output to indicate the possible collision or an absence of the possible collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Varian Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Hong Wan, Raymond Kraft, Sun-Kai Lin, Stephen C. Phillips, Anthony Harrington, Hassan Mostafavi, Alexander Sloutsky, Andrew G. Jeung
  • Patent number: 9880250
    Abstract: An MR image is produced from data acquired by radiating an RF pulse and switching multiple bipolar magnetic field gradients to generate multiple gradient echoes that are acquired in a raw data set with multiple raw data lines by a reception coil, the multiple gradient echoes being acquired with bipolar magnetic field gradients of different polarity. Due to the bipolar magnetic field gradients of different polarity, in the raw data set first raw data lines are filled with MR signals in one direction in raw data space, and second raw data lines are filled with MR signals in the opposite direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Patrick Gross, Rene Gumbrecht
  • Patent number: 9881024
    Abstract: A method for assisting a health care practitioner in color evaluation includes maintaining, in a database, a plurality of images each corresponding to a particular result or condition; capturing, by a healthcare practitioner using a camera of a mobile electronic device, a subject image of a patient or an object associated with the patient; automatically comparing, utilizing one or more electronic processors, the captured subject image to images maintained in the database, such comparison including comparing one or more colors in the subject image to one or more colors in the images maintained in the database; automatically determining, based on the automatic comparison, that the captured subject image is positively matched to one or more of the plurality of images maintained in the database; and displaying an indication of the particular result or condition corresponding to each of the positively matched plurality of images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: ALLSCRIPTS SOFTWARE, LLC
    Inventor: Mary Sumner Johnson
  • Patent number: 9877699
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments provide systems and methods for portable medical ultrasound imaging. Preferred embodiments utilize a tablet touchscreen display operative to control imaging and display operations without the need for using traditional keyboards or controls. Certain embodiments provide ultrasound imaging system in which the scan head includes a beamformer circuit that performs far field sub array beamforming or includes a sparse array selecting circuit that actuates selected elements. Exemplary embodiments also provide an ultrasound engine circuit board including one or more multi-chip modules, and a portable medical ultrasound imaging system including an ultrasound engine circuit board with one or more multi-chip modules. Exemplary embodiments also provide methods for using a hierarchical two-stage or three-stage beamforming system, three dimensional ultrasound images which can be generated in real-time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Teratech Corporation
    Inventors: Alice M. Chiang, William M. Wong, Noah Berger
  • Patent number: 9872665
    Abstract: A catheter including a sheath configured to be inserted into a lumen; a drive shaft inserted into the sheath; an image information acquiring unit fixed to a distal end of the drive shaft and acquires image information; a hub which moves the drive shaft in an axial direction of the sheath; an outer tube on a proximal end side of the sheath and includes a first connector at a proximal end thereof; a second connector which includes on a proximal end side of the outer tube a male connector able to be connected to and disconnected from the first connector; and an inner tube on a distal end side of the hub, that moves with respect to the outer tube along with the movement of the hub, and includes at a distal end thereof a latch section that is not able to pass through the second connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Itaru Okubo, Haruhiko Kamijo
  • Patent number: 9875664
    Abstract: This disclosure provides an augmented Virtual Trainer (VT) method and system. According to an exemplary system, a video based physiological metric system is integrated with a VT system to provide health and/or safety related data associated with a user of the VT system. According to an exemplary embodiment, the disclosed augmented VT system modifies an exercise routine based on the physiological metrics and/or provides audio signals to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Edul N. Dalal, Wencheng Wu
  • Patent number: 9875339
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention are directed to a method of performing computerized simulations of image-guided procedures. The method may comprise receiving medical image data and metadata of a specific patient. A patient-specific digital image-based model of an anatomical structure may be generated based on the medical image data and the metadata. A computerized simulation of an image-guided procedure may be performed using the digital image-based model and the metadata.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: SIMBIONIX LTD.
    Inventors: Einav Namer Yelin, Ran Bronstein, Boaz Dov Tal
  • Patent number: 9867545
    Abstract: Provided is an acoustic wave measuring apparatus including: an acoustic probe; region-of-interest setting unit for setting two or more regions of interest for an object; priority setting unit for setting priorities on the regions of interest; region calculating unit for determining, for each of the set priorities, an inclusion region including the regions of interest set with the priority; scanning method determining unit for assigning a scanning stripe to each of the inclusion regions so as to include all regions of interest included in the inclusion region; scanning path identifying unit for determining a scanning order of a plurality of scanning stripes having a same priority so as to shorten a movement distance of the acoustic probe; and scanning unit for scanning the scanning stripes according to the determined scanning order, based on the priority order, by moving the acoustic probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Akira Sato
  • Patent number: 9867668
    Abstract: A surgical robot including an imaging system comprising at least one camera, a processor in communication with the imaging system, a manipulation system in communication with the processor, and a visual display in communication with the processor. The processor is operable to calculate a mechanical property estimate for an area of an environment based on an environment model of tool-environment interaction data, create a composite image comprising a mechanical property map of the mechanical property estimate overlaid on an environment image from the at least one camera, and output the composite image on the visual display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: The Johns Hopkins University
    Inventors: Allison M. Okamura, Tomonori Yamamoto, Balazs P. Vagvolgyi
  • Patent number: 9865082
    Abstract: An image processing system according to an embodiment includes an input unit, an output unit, an acquiring unit, and a display unit. The input unit receives setting of a landmark in first medical image data obtained by capturing a certain tissue of a subject. The output unit outputs data including information of the position of the landmark in the first medical image data as output data. The acquiring unit receives the output data and acquires, based on one or a plurality of pieces of second medical image data obtained by capturing the certain tissue of the subject and the position of the landmark, three-dimensional position information of the landmark in a three-dimensional capturing space of the second medical image data. The display unit displays image data obtained by superimposing the first medical image data on the second medical image data, based on the three-dimensional position information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Ohuchi, Shinichi Hashimoto, Takuya Sakaguchi, Ko Fuchigami
  • Patent number: 9866767
    Abstract: Embodiments facilitate in-time registration of temporally separated image acquisition sessions to obtain highly comparable images without physical restraint of the camera and/or subject. For example, while displaying a live view being acquired of a subject in real time in a viewfinder window of an image acquisition system, a live position of the system can be measured, a real-time offset can be computed between the live position and a guide position (corresponding to a position from which a prior image of the subject was acquired at a prior acquisition time), and a guide can be overlaid on the viewfinder window to indicate a real-time positional offset between the live view and the prior image according to the real-time offset. A present image of the subject can be acquired when the guide indicates an in-time registration between the live view and the prior image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Epitomyze Inc.
    Inventor: Freddy Jones
  • Patent number: 9861340
    Abstract: An optical fiber guides light output from a light source to an ultrasound probe. The ultrasound probe includes a light guiding section that guides the light from a light input end, which is optically coupled with the optical fiber to a light output end provided in the vicinity of ultrasonic transducers. The light guiding section has a first light guiding portion that includes the light input end, and a second light guiding portion that includes the light output end. The first light guiding portion is formed by glass, and magnifies input light. The second light guiding portion is formed by resin, and emits the light toward a subject from the light output end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Tsujita, Takeya Abe
  • Patent number: 9861271
    Abstract: A system and method for accounting for motion of a target in a medical procedure includes an endoscope (302) including a tracking mechanism (304) for tracking positions and orientations of the endoscope. Memory storage (310) is configured to record the positions of the endoscope when positioned at or near moving target tissue. A motion sensor (312) is configured to track cyclical motion of an organ such that the cyclical motion of the organ can be correlated to the recorded positions of the endoscope and the target tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Xin Liu, Luis Felipe Gutierrez
  • Patent number: 9865057
    Abstract: A medical data processing method of determining a virtual image (2) of a part of a patient's body (4), the method being constituted to be executed by a computer and comprising the following steps: a) acquiring (S1) patient image data describing at least two two-dimensional patient images (1) of anatomical body parts (3) of the patient's body (4); b) acquiring (S2) atlas data describing a general structure (5) of at least part of the patient's body comprising correspondence parts corresponding to the anatomical body parts (3); c) acquiring correspondence part position data describing the positions of the correspondence parts in the general structure (5); determining (S4.1, S4.2, S4.3), based on the patient image data and the atlas data and the correspondence part position data, virtual image data describing a two-dimensional virtual image (2) of a part (21, 22) of the general structure (5) having a position in the general structure (5) which lies between the positions of the correspondence parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Brainlab AG
    Inventors: Rainer Lachner, Bálint Varkuti, Andreas Blumhofer
  • Patent number: 9865051
    Abstract: Methods, systems, computer programs, circuits and workstations are configured to generate at least one two-dimensional weighted CBF territory map of color-coded source artery locations using an automated vascular segmentation process to identify source locations using mutual connectivity in both image and label space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Wake Forest University Health Sciences
    Inventor: Youngkyoo Jung
  • Patent number: 9848832
    Abstract: A method for emulating prerecorded images may comprise acquiring at least one organ timing signal reading representing an activity state of an organ with at least one organ timing signal detector, acquiring a plurality of images with a medical imaging system, associating each of the plurality of images with an organ timing signal reading, removing any of the organ timing signal readings and associated images that are not representative of a normal organ configuration, and outputting a sequence of the representative images for a display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical International Holding S.à r.l.
    Inventors: Eitan Oren, Kobi Segev, Avinoam Romano, Itay Kariv, Rohan More, Alex Peleg, Alon Izmirli
  • Patent number: 9842270
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for providing additional information for region of interest. The apparatus includes a region of interest extractor configured to extract regions of interest from a first medical image and at least one second medical image, a region of interest merger configured to merge a region of interest of the at least one second medical image into the first medical image, an additional information determiner configured to determine additional information required for each region of interest, and an additional information provider configured to provide the determined additional information for the each region of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chon Hee Lee, Yeong Kyeong Seong
  • Patent number: 9833200
    Abstract: Various examples of methods and systems are provided for vibrational frequency detection (e.g., noncontact vital sign detection) using digitally assisted low intermediate frequency (IF) architectures. In one example, a transceiver system is configured to transmit a modulated signal generated by modulating a local oscillator (LO) signal with an IF carrier; generate an IF signal by down converting a received signal comprising backscatter with the LO signal; and simultaneously sample the IF carrier and the IF signal. A vibration frequency can be determined by demodulating the sampled IF signal with the sampled IF carrier. In another example, a method includes generating and transmitting a modulated signal; receiving backscatter of the modulated signal; generating an IF signal by down converting the received signal with the LO signal; simultaneously sampling the IF carrier and the IF signal; and determining a vibration frequency by demodulating the sampled IF signal with the sampled IF carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA RESEARCH FOUNDATION, INC.
    Inventors: Jenshan Lin, Changyu Wei
  • Patent number: 9835435
    Abstract: Apparatus for detecting a 3D structure of an object, comprising at least three laser emitters and a beam splitter that splits the laser radiation of the laser emitters into a reference radiation and an illumination radiation. The illumination radiation strikes the object to be measured, is reflected by the object as object radiation and interferes with the reference radiation. A detector receives the interference patterns formed from the interference of the reference and object radiation and an analysis unit analyzes the interference patterns. At least two of the laser emitters emit laser radiation in the invisible range and the analysis unit detects the object in three dimensions based on the interference patterns of the invisible laser radiation. At least one of the laser emitters emits colored laser radiation and the analysis unit deduces the object's color based on the intensity of the colored object radiation reflected by the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Voco GmbH
    Inventor: Alexander Knüttel
  • Patent number: 9827053
    Abstract: One example method to determine an actual surgical pathway of a patient based on a planned surgical pathway may include retrieve a first two-dimensional image of the patient associated with information collected at a first point in time. A first coordinate system describes a spatial relationship between the patient and an apparatus in an operating room. The method further includes modifying a three-dimensional model of the patient including the planned surgical pathway with a first set of modification parameter values. A second coordinate system describes the three-dimensional model constructed by information collected at a second point in time earlier than the first point in time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Inventors: Chieh-Hsiao Chen, Kuan-Ju Wang
  • Patent number: 9817108
    Abstract: Techniques describe structures and methods for generating larger output signals and improving image quality of ultrasonic sensors by inclusion of an acoustic cavity in the sensor stack. In some embodiments, an ultrasonic sensor unit may be tuned during manufacturing or during a provisioning phase to work with different thicknesses and materials. In some embodiments, a standing wave signal may be generated using an acoustic cavity in the ultrasonic sensor unit for capturing an ultrasonic image of an object placed on a sensor surface. In some implementations, the ultrasonic sensor may include an ultrasonic transmitter, a piezoelectric receiver, a thin film transistor (TFT) layer and a TFT substrate positioned between the transmitter and the receiver, one or more adhesive layers, and optional cover materials and coatings. The thickness, density and speed of sound of the sensor materials and associated adhesive attachment layers may be used to attain the desired acoustic cavity and improved performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Nai-Kuei Kuo, Kostadin Dimitrov Djordjev, Ranjith Ranganathan, Nao Sugawara Chuei
  • Patent number: 9811907
    Abstract: There is provided a medical image processing apparatus which includes a first extraction unit configured to extract coronary arteries depicted in images of a plurality of time phases relating to the heart, and to extract at least one stenosed part depicted in each coronary artery; a calculation unit configured to calculate a pressure gradient of each of the extracted coronary arteries, based on tissue blood flow volumes of the coronary arteries; a second extraction unit configured to extract an ischemic region depicted in the images; and a specifying unit configured to specify a responsible blood vessel of the ischemic region by referring to a dominance map, in which each of the extracted coronary arteries and a dominance territory are associated, for the extracted ischemic region, and to specify a responsible stenosis, based on the pressure gradient corresponding to a stenosed part in the specified responsible blood vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Takuma Igarashi, Satoshi Wakai, Kazumasa Arakita, Hideaki Ishii, Yasuko Fujisawa, Shigeo Kaminaga, Kenji Hirohata, Junichiro Ooga
  • Patent number: 9811609
    Abstract: A device for the patient-specific, individual anatomic placement of bore channels when attaching artificial ligaments to bones, namely for use in placing boreholes on the thigh and lower leg during anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, is provided with a probe (1) to be introduced into a joint via an arthroscopy portal and with a targeting head (2) disposed on the distal end of the probe. The targeting head (2) comprises a targeting template (3) which is produced individually using a 3-D imaging method, in particular 3-D magnetic resonance tomography (3-D-MRT) or 3-D computer tomography (3-D-CT), and which is a negative imprint of the osseous surface relief in the region where the torn ligament attaches to the bone in question, in particular where the cruciate ligament attaches to the thigh or lower leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Inventor: Rainer Siebold