Ultrasonic Patents (Class 600/437)
  • Patent number: 10687780
    Abstract: Disclosed is a technology that prevents a part of a touch panel-equipped display displaying an ultrasonic tomographic image from getting dirty with a fingerprint or scratch when using a drag operation to change the content of the ultrasonic tomographic image displayed on the touch panel-equipped display. According to this technology, the display screen is divided into an ultrasonic image area A1 which displays an ultrasonic image P and an operating part display area A2 which displays buttons (Fov, Pos, ROI, and Dop) for selecting a change to be made in the ultrasonic image P. The operating part display area A2 has a touch panel, and when a finger F selectively touches one of the displayed buttons and is dragged, the displayed image P of the ultrasonic image area A1 is changed on the apparatus side according to the selected changes and drag direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Seiichi Fukai, Masahiro Saito, Takashi Sakai, Yukiko Okamoto
  • Patent number: 10693053
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for producing an intravascular ultrasonic transducer and a structure for same, the method for producing a ultrasonic transducer producing a single element by: forming a piezoelectric element lapped according to a previously set thickness; depositing conductive material on the lapped surface of the piezoelectric element; forming a matched layer and a rear surface layer by casting the front and rear surfaces of the piezoelectric element to which conductive material has been deposited; lapping according to a previously set thickness; and dicing the bulk material, which is a stack of a matched layer, a piezoelectric element and a rear surface layer, along the stack direction so that the size of the element is less than the critical size for intravascular ultrasound (IVUS).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: SOGANG UNIVERSITY RESEARCH FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Jin Ho Chang, Tai-Kyong Song, Yang Mo Yoo, Junsu Lee
  • Patent number: 10674998
    Abstract: The present invention provides an ultrasonic endoscope in which the position of an ultrasonic oscillator can be easily adjusted with respect to a surgical-tool guide opening provided to a leading end part body of an insertion unit, and a method of manufacturing the ultrasonic endoscope. According to the present invention, an ultrasonic oscillator can be positioned with respect to and temporarily fixed to an ultrasonic-oscillator housing part by using spacers and or protrusions. With this configuration, in an ultrasonic endoscope according to the present invention, the position of the ultrasonic oscillator can be adjusted with respect to the ultrasonic-oscillator housing part by using the spacers or the protrusions. Accordingly, the position of the ultrasonic oscillator can be adjusted with respect to a surgical-tool guide opening provided to a distal end part body of an insertion unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Yasuhiko Morimoto
  • Patent number: 10675004
    Abstract: An ultrasound imaging system includes a cine buffer in which image frames produced during an examination are stored. A processor is programmed to select one or more image frames from the cine buffer for presentation to an operator for approval and inclusion in a patient record or other report. The operator can accept the proposed image frames or can select one or more other image frames from the cine buffer. The processor may select image frames at spaced intervals in the cine buffer for presentation. Alternatively, the processor compares image frames in the cine buffer with one or more target image frames. Image frames that are similar to the target image frames are presented to the operator to confirm. Alternatively, image frames can be selected by the processor that contain a specific feature or that are similar to image frames that were previously selected by the operator when performing a particular type of examination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM SONOSITE, INC.
    Inventors: Andrew Lundberg, Gina Kelly, Kerem Karadayi
  • Patent number: 10667792
    Abstract: An ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus according to an embodiment performs ultrasonic scans having a plurality of times of ultrasonic transmission and reception as a basic unit, and acquires reception signals respectively for reception rasters allocated with respect to a predetermined region of a subject. The apparatus generates first signals corresponding to the reception rasters respectively by performing adding processing or low-pass filtering having a time of the ultrasonic scan as a unit with respect to the reception signals respectively acquired for the reception rasters, and acquires power information of a moving body in the predetermined region based on a second signal to be obtained by performing an MTI filtering with respect to the first signals. The apparatus acquires velocity information of the moving body based on a third signal obtained by performing the MTI filtering with respect to the reception signals respectively acquired for the reception rasters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Takeshi Sato
  • Patent number: 10671885
    Abstract: A method and system for classifying tissue suspected of being abnormal as being malignant or benign. The method includes generating a set of selection features, performing statistical applications to generate additional selection features, generating a feature vector for the abnormal tissue, feeding the feature vector into a neural network, and obtaining a result from the neural network as to whether the abnormal tissue is malignant or benign. The method and system may be used for determining the presence of cancers such as breast cancer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Inventor: Ping Zhang
  • Patent number: 10667790
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments provide systems and methods for portable medical ultrasound imaging. Certain embodiments provide a multi-chip module for an ultrasound engine of a portable medical ultrasound imaging system, in which a transmit/receive chip, an amplifier chip and a beamformer chip are assembled in a vertically stacked configuration. 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 fabricating and assembling multi-chip modules as taught herein. A single circuit board of an ultrasound engine with one or more multi-chip modules may include 16 to 128 channels in some embodiments. Due to the vertical stacking arrangement of the multi-chip modules, a 128-channel ultrasound engine circuit board can be assembled within exemplary planar dimensions of about 10 cm×about 10 cm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Teratech Corporation
    Inventors: Alice M. Chiang, William M. Wong, Noah Berger
  • Patent number: 10660614
    Abstract: An ultrasonic processing apparatus includes a viscoelastic coefficient calculation unit that calculates a viscoelastic coefficient of an object from an ultrasonic signal acquired through an oscillator of a probe; and a spatial change amount calculation unit that calculates spatial change amount of the viscoelastic coefficient calculated by the viscoelastic coefficient calculation unit and outputs the calculated spatial change amount as brightness information when displaying an image relating to the viscoelastic coefficient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Tatsumi Sakaguchi
  • Patent number: 10660605
    Abstract: An image processing module includes a beamforming unit configured to provide a beamformed signal based on an input signal; a point spread function (PSF) database comprising at least one two-dimensional point spread function obtained based on at least one situational variable of the beamformed signal; and an image generation unit configured to select at least one two-dimensional point spread function from the point spread function database and perform deconvolution using the beamformed signal and the selected at least one two-dimensional point spread function to generate an image of a target portion of an object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Joo Young Kang, Sung Chan Park, Kyu Hong Kim, Jung Ho Kim
  • Patent number: 10653387
    Abstract: Method for functional imaging of the brain, comprising the following steps: (a) a brain is imaged by ultrasound imaging in order to obtain a vascular image to be studied (IVO), (b) the vascular image to be studied (IVO) is compared automatically, by shape recognition, with a cerebral vascular atlas (AV), and the vascular image to be studied (IVO) is thus located in the cerebral vascular atlas (AV), (c) a cerebral functional atlas (AF) corresponding to said cerebral vascular atlas (AV) and comprising cerebral functional zones (1c) located in this cerebral vascular atlas (AV) is used in such a way as to identify cerebral functional zones (1e) on the vascular image to be studied (IVO).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignees: INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA SANTÉ ET DE LA RECHERCHE MÉDICALE (INSERM), CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE (CNRS), ÉCOLE SUPERIEURE DE PHYSIQUE ET DE CHIMIE INDUSTRIELLES DE LA VILLE DE PARIS, UNIVERSITÉ PIERRE ET MARIE CURIE (PARIS 6), UNIVERSITÉ PARIS DIDEROT—PARIS 7
    Inventors: Mickaél Tanter, Jean-luc Gennisson, Thomas Deffieux, Mathieu Pernot
  • Patent number: 10653389
    Abstract: An ultrasonic diagnosing device is provided for diagnosing a state of a to-be-examined part based on echo signals caused by ultrasonic signals. The device includes a container body containing liquid and capable of coming in close contact with a to-be-examined body, an ultrasonic wave penetrating part having ultrasonic penetrability and covering an opening formed in the container body, a probe having an ultrasonic wave transmitting part configured to transmit the ultrasonic signals, and a drive mechanism configured to move the probe inside the container body and change a position of the ultrasonic wave transmitting part. The probe being soaked in the liquid inside the container body in a state where the ultrasonic wave transmitting part is separated from the ultrasonic wave penetrating part, and the ultrasonic signals being transmitted to the to-be-examined body through the liquid and the ultrasonic wave penetrating part by the ultrasonic wave transmitting part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Furuno Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wataru Kiyan, Takeshi Kawajiri, Mitsuhiko Hataya
  • Patent number: 10648951
    Abstract: A pattern recognizing ultrasonic testing system and methods for using the same are provided. The system can include an ultrasonic probe and an analyzer. The ultrasonic probe can be configured to acquire ultrasonic measurements from target, where the ultrasonic measurements can contain one or more ultrasonic patterns representing a target characteristic. The analyzer can be in communication with the ultrasonic probe. The analyzer can also be configured to receive the ultrasonic measurements, receive a first classifier configured to identify a predetermined target characteristic based upon one or more predetermined first ultrasonic patterns, examine the received ultrasonic measurements using the first classifier, and identify ultrasonic patterns of the received ultrasonic measurements that correspond to the predetermined ultrasonic patterns as representing the predetermined target characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies GmbH
    Inventor: Matthias Jobst
  • Patent number: 10646180
    Abstract: An imaging assembly includes a compression system configured to receive and compress an object to be imaged. The compression system includes a first compression paddle and a second compression paddle. The imaging assembly further includes an ultrasound system including a first ultrasound probe coupled to the first compression paddle. The first ultrasound probe is configured to acquire a first portion of the ultrasound image information of the object. The ultrasound system also includes a second ultrasound probe coupled to the second compression paddle. The second ultrasound probe is configured to acquire a second portion of the ultrasound image information of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Cynthia Elizabeth Landberg Davis, Ying Mao, Paul Langford Carson, Oliver Daniel Kripfgans, Jeffrey Brian Fowlkes
  • Patent number: 10639001
    Abstract: Shear Wave Dispersion Vibrometry (SDUV) is performed such that, after a single instance of their push pulse (218), a plurality of tracking pulses (222) are issued to sample, more than once, each of a plurality of locations (120, 148) on an associated monochromatic shear wave (116) in sampling that at least one of scans the plural locations in separate passes and, with a pulse of the plural tracking pulses, samples multiple ones of the plural locations concurrently. In a supplementary aspect, phase difference, for a given moment, is determined by taking into account intersample delay (156), if the determination relies on samples that are taken at different times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Hua Xie, Anna Teresa Fernandez, Michael R. Burcher, Douglas Maxwell
  • Patent number: 10631775
    Abstract: Axial stress or similar properties in a stressed tendon or ligament are measured by mechanical excitation of a shear wave in the tendon or ligament measured using ultrasonic displacement techniques at least two different longitudinal positions to derive a shear wave propagation speed. This shear wave propagation speed may be equated to an axial stress on the tissue using a model. Rapidly repeated measurements allow dynamic axial stress measurements to be obtained for clinical study.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
    Inventors: Darryl Gerard Thelen, Jack Anthony Martin, Matt S. Allen, Daniel Joseph Segalman, Laura Ann Slane
  • Patent number: 10631790
    Abstract: A vital sign measurement apparatus including: an input operation section; a first measurement section capable of measuring first vital signs; first and second operating systems; a first arithmetic processing section that runs on the first operating system and that arithmetically processes the first vital signs on the basis of an input signal from the input operation section, thereby generating a first arithmetically processed signal; a second arithmetic processing section that runs on the second operating system, that is communicable with the first arithmetic processing section, and that generates a second arithmetically processed signal on the basis of the input signal from the input operation section by use of the first arithmetically processed signal transmitted from the first arithmetic processing section; and an output control section that can receive the first and second arithmetically processed signals and that outputs at least one of the received arithmetically processed signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: NIHON KOHDEN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenji Toyomura, Asao Igarashi
  • Patent number: 10627510
    Abstract: An ultrasound beamformer architecture performs the task of signal beamforming using a matrix of analog random access memory cells to capture, store and process instantaneous samples of analog signals from ultrasound array elements and this architecture provides significant reduction in power consumption and the size of the diagnostic ultrasound imaging system such that the hardware build upon this ultrasound beamformer architecture can be placed in one or few application specific integrated chips (ASIC) positioned next to the ultrasound array and the whole diagnostic ultrasound imaging system could fit in the handle of the ultrasonic probe while preserving most of the functionality of a cart-based system. The ultrasound beamformer architecture manipulate analog samples in the memory in the same fashion as digital memory operates that can be described as an analog store—digital read (ASDR) beamformer. The ASDR architecture provides improved signal-to-noise ratio and is scalable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Inventor: Sergei V. Koptenko
  • Patent number: 10624609
    Abstract: Systems and methods for performing shear wave elastography using push and/or detection ultrasound beams that are generated by subsets of the available number of transducer elements in an ultrasound transducer. These techniques provide several advantages over currently available approaches to shear wave elastography, including the ability to use a standard, low frame rate ultrasound imaging system and the ability to measure shear wave speed throughout the entire field-of-view rather than only those regions where the push beams are not generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research
    Inventors: James F. Greenleaf, Shigao Chen, Pengfei Song, Heng Zhao
  • Patent number: 10624695
    Abstract: A method of ablating a tissue region within a blood-filled environment comprises restraining a fluid within a visualization field in a portion of the blood-filled environment and visualizing the tissue region through the fluid within the visualization field. The method also includes transmitting ablating electrical energy from the fluid into the visualized tissue region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: N. Parker Willis, Zachary J. Malchano, Chris A. Rothe, Vahid Saadat, Ruey-Feng Peh, David Miller, Edmund A. Tam
  • Patent number: 10617391
    Abstract: An information providing method which is implementable by using an ultrasound apparatus includes obtaining ultrasound image data which relates to an object; displaying, on a first area of a screen, a gain setup window for setting a gain of the obtained ultrasound image data; receiving a gain which is set by a user on the gain setup window; and displaying, on a second area of the screen, an ultrasound image of the object to which the set gain is applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignees: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD., SAMSUNG MEDISON CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Eun-ho Yang, Hyoung-jin Kim, Jin-young Choi
  • Patent number: 10617393
    Abstract: An ultrasonic diagnostic device includes: a probe including a plurality of elements; a transmission unit that transmits an ultrasonic beam by performing transmission focusing in a first direction from the plurality of elements; a reception unit that generates element data by processing reception signals output from the plurality of elements that has received an ultrasonic echo generated by the transmitted ultrasonic beam; an element data processing unit that generates reflection component removal data by removing a reflection component generated from the first direction from the element data; an image generation unit that generates an ultrasonic image by performing reception focusing for the element data; and a control unit that controls the image generation unit to generate an image signal along a second direction different from the first direction by performing reception focusing in the second direction for the reflection component removal data generated by the element data processing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroaki Yamamoto, Shoji Hara
  • Patent number: 10613206
    Abstract: A compact delay circuit that can dynamically change delay time is configured. A probe includes an analog memory unit that accumulates electric charges corresponding to a reflected wave of an ultrasonic wave produced by a difference between the acoustic impedances on a plurality of capacitors 303 and in turn outputs the electric charges accumulated on the capacitors 303 to an analog memory unit 205. In accumulating electric charges, when a control signal Ctls_l that increases delay time of the reflected wave is inputted, the analog memory unit 205 accumulates the same electric charges on two or more of the capacitors 303 for a preset period, or in outputting electric charges, when a control signal Ctlo_l is inputted, the analog memory unit 205 outputs the electric charges accumulated on one of the capacitors 303 for a preset period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tatsuo Nakagawa, Hiroshi Masuzawa, Shinya Kajiyama
  • Patent number: 10600136
    Abstract: A method includes identifying medical concepts in identified patient cases that are missing from medical concepts in first electronically formatted medical information as missing medical concepts, and selecting an imaging protocol for an imaging procedure based on a combination of the medical concepts from the first electronically formatted medical information and the missing medical concepts, and generating a signal indicative of the selected imaging protocol. A method includes identifying at least one of one or more medical concepts as a relevant additional concept, and selecting an imaging protocol for the imaging procedure based on a combination of one or more clinical indications and the relevant additional concept, and generating a signal indicative of the selected imaging protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Eric Cohen-Solal, Michael Chun-Chieh Lee
  • Patent number: 10600514
    Abstract: To overcome the difficulties inherent in conventional treatment planning approaches, new techniques are described herein for providing an intuitive user interface for automatic structure derivation in patient modeling. In an embodiment, a graphical user interface is provided that provides a list of structures of a specified region. The interface uses medical terminology instead of mathematical one. In one or more embodiments, the list of structures may be a pre-defined list of structures that correspond to that region for the purposes of treatment planning. A user is able to actuate a toggle to include and/or exclude each of the structures separately. In one or more embodiments, the user is also able to actuate a toggle to define a perimeter around each included structure, and further define a margin around the perimeter. The user is also able to specify whether the desired output should include a union or the intersection of all included structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignees: Varian Medical Systems, Inc., Varian Medical Systems International AG.
    Inventors: Benjamin M. Haas, Thomas Coradi, Tomasz Morgas
  • Patent number: 10596601
    Abstract: The image sorting system sorts normal chicken breast meat fillets from chicken fillets that exhibit wooden breast myopathy (i.e. WB fillets). In the preferred embodiment, a camera and associated controller gather data and construct a digital image of a chicken breast fillet as it travels on a conveyer belt. The digital image is used to calculate a centroid (i.e. center of mass) of the fillet. As the fillet moves over a nose of the conveyor belt and free-falls to a lower conveyor belt, the controller determines the distance between the fillet centroid and a reference point (preferably the conveyer belt axis of rotation). If the distance exceeds a predetermined minimum distance, the fillet is designated a WB fillet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture
    Inventors: Seung C. Yoon, Brian C. Bowker, Hong Zhuang, Kurt C. Lawrence, Gerald W. Heitschmidt, Tae Sung Shin
  • Patent number: 10588602
    Abstract: A portable ultrasound apparatus includes a sampler configured to obtain an in-phase signal and a quadrature signal from an ultrasound signal; a memory configured to store the in-phase signal and the quadrature signal and output the stored in-phase signal and the stored quadrature signal according to a first time delay; an interpolator configured to interpolate the in-phase signal and the quadrature signal outputted from the memory; and a phase rotator configured to apply a second time delay to the interpolated in-phase signal and the interpolated quadrature signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Bae Hyung Kim, Kyu Hong Kim, Su Hyun Park
  • Patent number: 10588600
    Abstract: An acoustic matching member configured to be disposed between a breast placed on an imaging table and a compression plate disposed opposite to the imaging table is proposed. The acoustic matching member includes a protruding portion that protrudes toward the imaging table and that is provided in an end portion on a deepest side when viewed from a chest wall side of a subject in a case of compressing a breast of the subject in contact with the compression plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takahisa Arai, Takeyasu Kobayashi, Takao Kuwabara
  • Patent number: 10588603
    Abstract: An information providing method which is implementable by using an ultrasound apparatus includes obtaining ultrasound image data which relates to an object; displaying, on a first area of a screen, a gain setup window for setting a gain of the obtained ultrasound image data; receiving a gain which is set by a user on the gain setup window; and displaying, on a second area of the screen, an ultrasound image of the object to which the set gain is applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Eun-ho Yang, Hyoung-jin Kim, Jin-young Choi
  • Patent number: 10589089
    Abstract: Systems, devices and methods are disclosed for the treatment of injured peripheral nerves or other tissue using electrical stimulation. The systems can be used either in intraoperative or peri-operative settings and incorporate the use of either a plurality of monopolar electrodes with a patch used as return or a plurality of bipolar electrodes such as a cuff. The systems can provide hands-free delivery of electrical stimulation therapy over a predetermined set of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Epineuron Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Patrick Willand, Sergio David Aguirre
  • Patent number: 10582857
    Abstract: An ultrasonic apparatus includes an ultrasonic wave generating member having a light absorbing member that generates an ultrasonic wave when irradiated by a light from a light irradiating portion, and a transducer that detects the ultrasonic wave and converts the ultrasonic wave into an electric signal. The ultrasonic wave generating member includes an area that has a different light absorption coefficient in an irradiation area irradiated by the light from the light irradiating portion. Furthermore, in an area in which the light absorbing member is disposed, when an area irradiated by the light from the light irradiating portion is referred to as a transmitted ultrasonic wave generating area, the transmitted ultrasonic wave generating area functions as a surface sound source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Nobuhito Suehira, Fumitaro Masaki, Kazuhiko Fukutani, Takuro Miyasato
  • Patent number: 10586018
    Abstract: A method and a system for generating, with the assistance of a computer system (12), a medical report (18) suitable for automatic billing, where an electronic template (39) suited for a specific patient's condition is selected out of a plurality of given electronic templates stored in storage means (15); personal data of the specific patient's and previously stored in storage means (11) are automatically entered into the selected electronic template; and medical report text passages and instructions are entered into the selected template by dictating and using a speech recognition system (13); additionally, condition data are automatically entered on the basis of condition information as far as stored in storage means (7) into the selected template, and code data associated with these condition information are automatically embedded in the selected template; and when entering medical report text passages, at least one predetermined voice macro stored in the storage means (16) together with code data embedded
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Nuance Communications, Inc.
    Inventor: Mehmet M. Oez
  • Patent number: 10582912
    Abstract: An ultrasound diagnosis apparatus and a method thereof are provided. The ultrasound diagnosis apparatus includes: a data obtainer configured to obtain volume data of an object; a display configured to display a reference cross-section of the object extracted from the volume data; a user input unit configured to receive a user input selecting a reference object included in the displayed reference cross-section; and an image processor configured to normalize the volume data by using location information of the reference object, and to extract a coronal plane of the object based on information of at least one anatomical landmark included in the normalized volume data, and the display is further configured to display the extracted coronal plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG MEDISON CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jun-sang Yoo, Kwang-hee Lee, Sung-yoon Kim
  • Patent number: 10583461
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a trim storage and an encoder. The trim storage stores trim values. The encoder determines a magnitude of a supply voltage, determines a magnitude of a handle voltage, determines a source-to-handle voltage of a first transistor, and determines a source-to-handle voltage of a second transistor. Further, the encoder determines a target number of selectable first transistor units comprising the first transistor to select for the first transistor. Based on a trim value from the trim storage, the source-to-handle voltage of the first transistor and the source-to-handle voltage of the second transistor, the encoder determines a target number of selectable second transistor units comprising the second transistor to select for the second transistor. The encoder asserts control signals to select the target number of selectable first transistor units and the target number of selectable second transistor units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Aravind Miriyala, Naveen Kumar Ginige, Vajeed Nimran, Saugata Datta, Shabbir Amjhera Wala
  • Patent number: 10575734
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a subject-information acquisition apparatus that receives elastic waves propagating in a subject and that acquires characteristic information of the subject, the apparatus comprising a receiver including an element that receives the elastic waves and converts the elastic waves to an electrical signal; a region designating unit that designates a region of the subject in which the characteristics information is to be acquired; a scanning unit that scans the subject with the receiver on the basis of the region; a presenting unit; and a control unit that acquires information about the time that the receiver scans the region or information about the sum of the region scanning time and an additional time and that causes the presenting unit to present the acquired time information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Daisuke Nagao
  • Patent number: 10576304
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for delivering increased amounts of energy to localized treatment zones in a target tissue volume are provided. In some instances the non-linear wave propagation and other properties of the treatment apparatus and propagation medium as well as novel beam forming and control of the treatment apparatus are employed to generate extended focal zones for efficient treatment of a condition in a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: SUNNYBROOK RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventor: Kullervo Henrik Hynynen
  • Patent number: 10575823
    Abstract: A medical diagnostic apparatus according to one embodiment comprises processing circuitry. The processing circuitry is configured to acquire a three-dimensional shape of a first part based on a contour of the first part in each of a plurality of sectional images intersecting each other along an extending direction of the first part connecting to a cardiac chamber; acquire a three-dimensional shape of a second part, based on a contour of the second part in a sectional image along an extending direction of the second part connecting to the cardiac chamber; and generate a three-dimensional image representing at least some of the first part, the second part, and the cardiac chamber using a three-dimensional shape representing the cardiac chamber and the three-dimensional shapes of the first part and the second part acquired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Tomoya Okazaki, Yukinobu Sakata, Tomoyuki Takeguchi
  • Patent number: 10561402
    Abstract: Line artifact reduction is provided in multi-beam scanning for Doppler imaging. An analytic solution uses estimated velocities for collocated receive scan lines from different transmit beams to reduce or remove the biases caused by multi-beam receive. For each location, a line or curve is fit to the estimated velocities as a function of distance of the transmit scan lines to the location. The velocity at an intercept of this line with the distance of zero (intercept with the origin) indicates the unbiased velocity. This approach allows a solution even where all of the velocity estimates have a bias with the same sign, such as due to the location being on a same side of the different transmit scan lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Liang Zhai
  • Patent number: 10558350
    Abstract: A method of changing a user interface (UI), which is used for diagnosis of a target object via a medical device, based on user motion information. The method including obtaining motion information regarding a user; changing the UI based on the obtained motion information regarding the user; and displaying the changed UI.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Dae-hyun Ban, Su-jin Kim, Jeong-ho Han
  • Patent number: 10557829
    Abstract: An ultrasonic sensor assembly includes a flexible supporting material that has flexibility configured for allowing bending of the supporting material to conform to a cylindrical shape of a pipe. The assembly includes a plurality of operable sensor elements arranged in a matrix formation upon the flexible supporting material. The matrix formation includes a plurality of rows of the sensor elements and a plurality of columns of the sensor elements. The flexible supporting material is configured for placement of the columns of the matrix formation to extend along the elongation of the pipe and the flexible supporting material is configured for placement of the rows of the matrix formation to extend transverse to the elongation of the pipe. The flexible support material is configured to flex for positioning the sensor elements within each row in a respective arc that follows a curve of the cylinder shape of the pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Wolf-Dietrich Kleinert, Mark Howard Feydo
  • Patent number: 10560192
    Abstract: In certain embodiments, a system for transmitting (electromagnetic or acoustic) wave-based signals towards a target includes a plurality of transceivers and a controller. Each transceiver transmits a probe signal towards the target and receives an associated backscatter signal corresponding to reflection of the probe signals from the target. The controller determines, for each transceiver, a Doppler frequency shift and a time delay, modifies each associated backscatter signal based on the corresponding Doppler frequency shift and time delay to generate an associated motion-compensated backscatter signal, and applies time reversal (TR) processing to each motion-compensated backscatter signal to generate an associated motion-compensated TR signal. Each transceiver transmits towards the target a transmission signal based the associated motion-compensated TR signal. In communications systems, the transmission signals are data-modulated versions of the motion-compensated TR signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: The Government of the United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Jerry T. Kim, Margaret Cheney
  • Patent number: 10548569
    Abstract: An information providing method which is implementable by using an ultrasound apparatus includes obtaining ultrasound image data which relates to an object; displaying, on a first area of a screen, a gain setup window for setting a gain of the obtained ultrasound image data; receiving a gain which is set by a user on the gain setup window; and displaying, on a second area of the screen, an ultrasound image of the object to which the set gain is applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Eun-ho Yang, Hyoung-jin Kim, Jin-young Choi
  • Patent number: 10541050
    Abstract: A chest x-ray differential diagnosis system is operable to generate abnormality pattern data is generated for each of a received plurality of chest x-rays by identifying at least one pattern in each chest x-ray corresponding to an abnormality by utilizing a computer vision model that is trained on a plurality of training chest x-rays. Differential diagnosis data is generated for each chest x-ray based on the abnormality pattern data. Filtering parameters are received from a client device, and a filtered chest x-ray queue that includes a subset of chest x-rays is selected based on the filtering parameters and the differential diagnosis data is generated for transmission to the client device for display. Differential diagnosis data corresponding a chest x-ray indicated in chest x-ray selection data received from the client device is transmitted to the client device for display via the display device in conjunction with the chest x-ray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Enlitic, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Lyman, Devon Bernard, Li Yao, Diogo Almeida, Ben Covington, Anthony Upton
  • Patent number: 10525275
    Abstract: Systems and methods for phototherapeutic modulation of nitric oxide in mammalian tissue include use of a first wavelength and first radiant flux of light to stimulate enzymatic generation of nitric oxide, and use of a second wavelength and second radiant flux of light to stimulate release of nitric oxide from endogenous stores of nitric oxide. Pulsed light and/or partially non-overlapping light impingement windows may be used. Non-coherent light impinged on tissue may include a peak wavelength in a range of from 410 nm to 440 nm in the absence of light emissions having a peak wavelength of from 600 nm to 900 nm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: PhotonMD, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan Stasko, Nicholas William Medendorp, Jr., Gerald H. Negley, Katelyn P. Reighard
  • Patent number: 10517568
    Abstract: An ultrasound cover for use with an ultrasound imaging system, a method of examining a patient with ultrasound, and an ultrasound diagnostic system. The ultrasound cover includes a central layer configured to conform to a shape of a patient's body and a plurality of ultrasound sensors positioned within the central layer. The ultrasound cover is positioned on a patent to be examined and conformed to the shape of the patient's body. RF ultrasound signals are acquired from the plurality of sensors and a 3-D model of the patient created from extracted echoes. The cover may be used with a diagnostic system that includes a computer configured to compare ultrasound data to a orthopedic-specific dataset to locate bony boundaries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: JointVue, LLC
    Inventor: Ray C. Wasielewski
  • Patent number: 10517567
    Abstract: A docking station for electrically charging and managing a thermal condition of an ultrasound probe is presented. The docking station includes a first charging unit magnetically coupled to an induction unit of the ultrasound probe and configured to charge at least one battery in the ultrasound probe. Further, the docking station includes a first cooling unit thermally coupled to a thermal unit of the ultrasound probe and configured to dissipate heat from the ultrasound probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Warren Lee, Naveenan Thiagarajan
  • Patent number: 10517570
    Abstract: A transmit receive switch circuit has a first MOSFET (MN1) and a second MOSFET (MN2), goes into a switch-off state at the time of transmission, and goes into a switch-on state at the time of reception. The first MOSFET (MN1) and the second MOSFET (MN2) are connected between an input terminal (SWIN) and an output terminal (SWOUT). The switch circuit includes a shunt circuit (SHNT) that is connected between a common gate (COMG) and a common source (COMS), the common gate being connected to the gates of the first and second MOSFETs, and the common source being connected to the sources of the first and second MOSFETs. When a signal having a negative voltage relative to a reference voltage is applied to the input terminal, a switch that temporarily turns on causes the shunt circuit to short-circuit the common gate and the common source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinya Kajiyama, Yutaka Igarashi, Toru Yazaki
  • Patent number: 10517573
    Abstract: Provided is a method of adjusting brightness of an ultrasound image including: generating at least one first image representing a region of interest (ROI) by using echo signals corresponding to ultrasound waves irradiated toward the ROI; adjusting brightness of the at least one first image based on an external signal for selecting at least one selected from a plurality of prestored gradation data and a plurality of prestored image data; and generating a second image representing the ROI based on the adjusted brightness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG MEDISON CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sun-Mo Yang, Chul-An Kim, Jae-Moon Jo
  • Patent number: 10512429
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus provide Cheyne-Stokes respiration (“CSR”) detection based on a blood gas measurements such as oximetry. In some embodiments, a duration, such as a mean duration of contiguous periods of changing saturation or re-saturation occurring in an epoch taken from a processed oximetry signal, is determined. An occurrence of CSR may be detected from a comparison of the duration and a threshold derived to differentiate saturation changes due to CSR respiration and saturation changes due to obstructive sleep apnea. The threshold may be a discriminant function derived as a classifier by an automated training method. The discriminant function may be further implemented to characterize the epoch for CSR based on a frequency analysis of the oximetry data. Distance from the discriminant function may be utilized to generate probability values for the CSR detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: ResMed Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Chun Yui Lau, Jeffrey Peter Armitstead
  • Patent number: 10512405
    Abstract: A system for monitoring hemodynamics of a subject is disclosed. The system comprises: a signal generating system configured for providing at least an output electric signal and transmitting the output signal to an organ of the subject. The system also comprises a demodulation system configured for receiving an input electrical signal sensed from the organ responsively to the output electric signal, and for modulating the input signal using the output signal to provide an in-phase component and a quadrature component of the input signal. The system also comprises a processing system configured for monitoring the hemodynamics based on the in-phase and the quadrature components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Cheetah Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Baruch Levy, Eliezer Schusman, Omri Sarfati, Mordechai Dinur
  • Patent number: 10512445
    Abstract: An embodiment of this invention provides an ultrasound device that assesses a bone of a subject in at least two modes comprising a first mode and a second mode. The ultrasound device comprises: a selecting unit configured to select a mode from the at least two modes; a first ultrasound probe configured to transmit an ultrasound signal to the bone; a second ultrasound probe configured to receive the ultrasound signal from the bone; an assessing unit configured to derive a first parameter of the bone based on the selected mode and the ultrasound signal received by the second ultrasound probe; and a coupler being configured to be switched to a first configuration in the first mode and to a second configuration in the second mode. The ultrasound probes are oriented in substantially a same direction in the first configuration, and in substantially an opposite direction in the second configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Jiangang Chen, Jingping Xu