Ultrasonic Patents (Class 600/437)
  • Patent number: 11373745
    Abstract: An automatic medication dispenser is disclosed herein. The automated prescription medication dispensing machine includes a container for housing multiple medication pills. The container has a programmable dispensing system, an audible reminder alert, a biometric sensor and a proximity alarm. Additionally, the dispenser can be programmed to dispense a prescribed dosage at a prescribed time or interval and can only be activated using a biometric fingerprint scanner. Furthermore, the system has an audible reminder alarm for a patient. If the machine is moved from a set location an audible alert is activated to prevent the dispenser from being stolen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Inventor: Richard Heaps
  • Patent number: 11364011
    Abstract: An apparatus can be used to generate acoustic imaging pulse sequences and receive corresponding echoes elicited by the acoustic imaging pulse sequences. An acoustic radiation force (ARF) pulse sequence can be generated to agitate a contrast medium in a tissue region between the acoustic imaging pulse sequences. A decorrelation between images corresponding to the received echoes can be determined. A weighting map can be applied to an image to weight a region of the image corresponding to a spatial location of the contrast medium using the determined decorrelation. In an example, the receiving of corresponding echoes elicited by the acoustic imaging pulse sequences can include receiving acoustic energy having a range of frequencies offset from a fundamental frequency associated with the acoustic imaging pulse sequences. An acoustic imaging pulse sequence can include a pulse having an inverted amplitude envelope with respect to another pulse included in the sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: University of Virginia Patent Foundation
    Inventors: Elizabeth Bronwyn Herbst, John A. Hossack, Shiying Wang, F. William Mauldin, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11366223
    Abstract: An image with the sound speed in reception beamforming being changed is generated with a small amount of calculation. A conversion unit 41 converts first real space image data into first wave number space data in a wave number space. A remapping processing unit 42 processes the first wave number space data to generate data equivalent to second wave number space data. A reconversion unit 43 generates a second real space image by inversely converting data equivalent to the second wave number space data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Inventors: Misaki Hiroshima, Hiroshi Kuribara
  • Patent number: 11364015
    Abstract: An ultrasonic diagnostic imaging for analyzing shear wave characteristics utilizes a background motion compensation subsystem which acts as a spatial filter of pulse-to-pulse autocorrelation phases over the ROI of tracking pulse vectors to compensate for background motion. The subsystem is configured to compute the sum of all lag-1 autocorrelations of tracking line ensemble data over the tracking ROI, for each PRI. The inventive technique does not significantly reduce sensitivity to shear waves, because the shear wave is spatially smaller than the ROI.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Inventor: David Wesley Clark
  • Patent number: 11357477
    Abstract: By identifying locations of contrast agent response, an intensity-based metric of contrast agent signal is used to control a duration of microbubble destruction with a medical ultrasound scanner. Feedback from motion of the transducer may be used to indicate when a user perceives enough destruction. A combination of both an intensity-based metric and transducer motion may be used to control the duration of bursting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.
    Inventors: David P. Duncan, Gilles D. Guenette, Ismayil M. Guracar
  • Patent number: 11354802
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods are described for providing patient anatomy models with indications of model accuracy included with the model. Accuracy is determined, for example, by analyzing gradients at tissue boundaries or by analyzing tissue surface curvature in a three-dimensional anatomy model. The determined accuracy is graphically provided to an operator along with the patient model. The overlaid accuracy indications facilitate the operator's understanding of the model, for example by showing areas of the model that may deviate from the modeled patient's actual anatomy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventor: Yangqiu Hu
  • Patent number: 11344278
    Abstract: Disclosed is a computer-implemented method for determining an ovarian follicle count and size (diameter) from a pair of 2-D transvaginal ultrasound scans.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Inventors: Ganesan Ramachandran, Sindhu Priyadarshini Nellur Prakash, Celine Firtion, Cecile Dufour, Stéphane Allaire
  • Patent number: 11337661
    Abstract: A medical system comprises an instrument, a position acquisition apparatus, a data processing and image generating apparatus and an image display and control unit. The position acquisition apparatus is configured to acquire a position and orientation of the instrument in relation to a reference coordinate system. The data processing and image generating apparatus is configured to generate an image of a body part from currently recorded or stored data representing a body part, which image reproduces a view of the body part together with a representation of the position, and preferably also the orientation of the instrument so that an observer can gather the position and orientation of the instrument in the body part from the image of the body part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Intersect ENT GmbH
    Inventors: Timo Krüger, Dirk Mucha, Andreas Rose, Hannes Braun
  • Patent number: 11337768
    Abstract: A method comprises displaying an image of a field of view of a surgical environment. A first medical instrument in the field of view may be coupled to a first manipulator in a teleoperational assembly. The method may comprise displaying a menu proximate to an image of the first medical instrument in the image of the field of view. The menu may include a plurality of icons wherein each icon is associated with a function for the first medical instrument. The method may also comprise identifying a selected icon from the plurality of icons based upon a movement of an operator control device of a teleoperational operator control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Inventors: Tabish Mustufa, Heath Feather, Daniel H. Gomez, Brian D. Hoffman, Paul W. Mohr, Huan L. Phan
  • Patent number: 11337674
    Abstract: An ultrasonography apparatus includes transmitting circuitry, and processing circuitry. The transmitting circuitry configured to cause an ultrasound probe to transmit a displacement-generation ultrasonic wave to cause a displacement in a tissue of a living body, and cause the probe to transmit an observation ultrasonic wave to observe a displacement of a tissue of a living body in a predetermined scan region, the displacement caused based on the displacement-generation ultrasonic wave. The processing circuitry configured to accept a setting instruction that corresponds to the region, and that is related to an acquisition frequency of an image based on a reflected wave signal that is acquired by the probe by transmission and reception of the observation ultrasonic wave, determine a transmission condition for at least one of the displacement-generation ultrasonic wave and the observation ultrasonic wave, according to the setting instruction, and control the transmission circuitry based on the condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Inventors: Yuko Kanayama, Akihiro Kakee, Masaki Watanabe
  • Patent number: 11341633
    Abstract: An ultrasound system (100) includes an ultrasound transducer, a processing circuit (210, 300), and a display. The ultrasound transducer is configured to detect ultrasound information regarding a patient and output the ultrasound information as an ultrasound data sample. The processing circuit (210, 300) is configured to segment the ultrasound data sample into a binary image including at least one first region and at least one second region, obtain a first location of a first vascular feature of the binary image based on a boundary between the at least one first region and the at least one second region, and modify the binary image based on the first location of the first vascular feature. The first vascular feature is associated with an intima media thickness. The display is configured to display the modified image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Inventors: Jinghui Ma, Seshadri Srinivasan, Feng Ling
  • Patent number: 11341640
    Abstract: A probability map of prostate tumor location is generated and displayed in response to receiving anatomic diagnostic medical imaging, such as from magnetic resonance (MR) scanning. A registration process is performed on the images in relation to a model built of prostate anatomy across different subjects in an enhanced prostate template. A probability map is created of tumor locations followed by transforming the imaging to incorporate the probability map and output a resultant image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Inventors: Dieter Enzmann, Matthew S. Brown, Corey W. Arnold, Mahesh B. Nagarajan, Hyun J. Kim
  • Patent number: 11331520
    Abstract: One embodiment is directed to a non-contact, medical ultrasound therapy system for generating and controlling low frequency ultrasound. The ultrasound therapy system includes a treatment wand including an ultrasonic transducer, a generator unit, and a cable coupling the treatment wand to the generator unit. The generator unit generates electric power output to drive the ultrasonic transducer and includes a digital frequency generator, wherein the generator unit digitally controls energy output at resonance frequency of the ultrasonic transducer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Inventors: Ross Loven, Jeff Sampson, Li Qin, Ryan Glen Tetzloff, Douglas Duchon
  • Patent number: 11330975
    Abstract: The present technology relates generally to devices and methods for intravascular evaluation of blood vessels. Many embodiments of the technology relate to the intravascular evaluation of blood vessels before, during and after creation of autologous valves. In one embodiment, for example, the present technology is directed to a method comprising intravascularly delivering a delivery catheter to a target location adjacent a vessel wall and engaging the vessel wall along a portion of the delivery catheter. The method can further include determining the location of a first circumferential periphery of a dissection pouch formed within the vessel wall, determining the location of a second circumferential periphery of the dissection pouch, and determining an angular width of the dissection pouch based on the location of the first circumferential periphery and the second circumferential periphery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: InterVene, Inc.
    Inventors: Fletcher T. Wilson, Zachary J. Malchano
  • Patent number: 11327049
    Abstract: [Problem] To provide an ultrasonic apparatus that enables one to find a factor that lowers reliability of a measurement value relating to elasticity of biological tissue. [Means for Solution] An ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus comprises a control circuit executing: a measurement-value calculating function 535 of calculating a measurement value relating to elasticity of the biological tissue based on echo signals from ultrasonic detecting pulses; an index-value calculating function 536 of calculating an index value indicating a degree of reliability for the measurement value for each of a plurality of factors that deteriorate the reliability of the measurement value based on the echo signals from the ultrasonic detecting pulses; and a notifying function of notifying a factor corresponding to at least one index value for which the degree of reliability does not meet a required standard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Yuko Shibata
  • Patent number: 11324483
    Abstract: An ultrasound probe acquires a 3D image dataset of a volumetric region of the body. The 3D image data is reformatted into a sequence of successive parallel image planes extending in one of three orthogonal directions through the volume. The sequence of images is preferably formatted in accordance with the DICOM standard so that a clinician can review the 3D image data as a sequence of DICOM images on an image workstation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Inventors: Jimmy Ray Brown, Kevin Bradley
  • Patent number: 11327052
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an ultrasonic inspection probe for inspecting parts. The ultrasonic inspection probe comprises a probe body that comprises an ultrasonic array and a plate attachment surface. The ultrasonic array comprises a plurality of ultrasound elements, each selectively operable to generate an ultrasonic beam and each fixed relative to the plate attachment surface. The ultrasonic inspection probe also comprises an interface plate, comprising a body attachment surface, removably attachable to the plate attachment surface of the probe body, and a part inspection surface, shaped to complement a shape of one of the parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Roy M. Gagnon, Jeffry J. Garvey, James C. Kennedy
  • Patent number: 11320783
    Abstract: A system or device includes a member structure, a plurality of flexible members, and a plurality of tips disposed at ends of the flexible members. The member structure includes an ultrasonic emitter configured to emit an ultrasonic imaging signal. The plurality of flexible members are coupled to the member structure. The plurality of tips are disposed at ends of the flexible members. At least one tip of the plurality of tips includes an image sensor configured to receive an infrared exit signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Open Water Internet Inc.
    Inventors: Craig Newswanger, Mary Lou Jepsen, Ian David O'Donnell
  • Patent number: 11317036
    Abstract: A mobile calibration room may be used for calibrating one or more sensors used on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). A system can include folding or collapsible walls to enable the system to be moved between a stowed position and a deployed position. In the deployed position, the system can comprise a calibration room including one or more 2D or 3D targets used to calibrate one or more sensors (e.g., cameras) on a UAV. The system can include a turntable to rotate the UAV about a first axis during calibration. The system can also include a cradle to rotate the UAV around, or translate the UAV along, a second axis. The turntable can include a frame to rotate the UAV around a third axis during calibration. The mobile calibration room can be coupled to a vehicle to enable the mobile calibration room to be moved between locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Sarah Graber, Martin Koestinger, Barry James O'Brien, Gerald Schweighofer, Mario Sormann, Joshua John Watson, Scott Michael Wilcox
  • Patent number: 11311259
    Abstract: The image processing apparatus acquires a first three-dimensional image, generates a second three-dimensional image by applying image processing to the first three-dimensional image having been acquired, and generates a two-dimensional projected image by applying projection processing to the second three-dimensional image having been generated. The image processing apparatus determines a parameter to be used for the image processing of the three-dimensional image on the basis of a parameter for the projection processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Itaru Otomaru, Takaaki Endo
  • Patent number: 11311269
    Abstract: An ultrasound imaging system comprising an ultrasound scanner for acquiring a live ultrasound image of a portion of the anatomy of a patient being examined with the ultrasound imaging system, an assistance means for providing at least one primary demonstration video clip, and at least one video display. The video display is functionally connected with the ultrasound scanner and the assistance means in order to present the primary demonstration video clip simultaneously with a live ultrasound image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: EZONO AG
    Inventors: Allan Dunbar, Sicco Schets, Fateh Mohammed, Hiba Arbash
  • Patent number: 11311275
    Abstract: Asymmetry is provided for the pushing pulse in acoustic radiation force impulse (ARFI) imaging. MI is based on the negative pressure. By increasing the positive pressure more than the negative pressure, the magnitude of displacement may be increased without exceeding the MI limit. Similarly, negative voltages depole while positive do not, so using an ARFI or pushing pulse with asymmetric positive-to-negative peak pressures or voltages allows for generation of greater magnitude of displacement without harm to the transducer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen J. Rosenzweig, Paul Reynolds
  • Patent number: 11304679
    Abstract: Ultrasound image devices, systems, and methods are provided. In one embodiment, an ultrasound imaging system includes an interface coupled to an ultrasound imaging component and configured to receive a plurality of image data frames representative of a target tissue; and a processing component in communication with the interface and configured to determine a delay profile for the ultrasound imaging component in relation to the target tissue based on the plurality of image data frames; and determine a phase aberration correction configuration for a sequence of one or more shear wave pulses based on the delay profile, the sequence of one or more shear wave pulses associated with the ultrasound imaging component and a stiffness measure of the target tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Inventors: Hua Xie, Sheng-Wen Huang, Jean-Luc Francois-Marie Robert, Man Nguyen, Vijay Thakur Shamdasani
  • Patent number: 11304681
    Abstract: An ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus according to an embodiment includes a processing circuitry. With respect to pieces of image data of a plurality of cross sections passing through the heart of a subject that have been collected by ultrasonically scanning each of the cross sections for a period of at least one heart beat, the processing circuitry performs tracking processing including two-dimensional pattern matching to generate pieces of analysis information in each of which a cardiac wall motion of the heart in each section is analyzed. The processing circuitry matches time phases of the pieces of analysis information of the cross sections and maps the pieces of analysis information of the cross sections with the matched time phases on a predetermined polar coordinate system to generate a polar coordinate display image. The processing circuitry causes display of the polar coordinate display image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Inventor: Yasuhiko Abe
  • Patent number: 11298030
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for visually depicting a vessel and evaluating treatment options are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Inventors: Justin Davies, Joseph Burnett, Howard David Alpert
  • Patent number: 11301991
    Abstract: Methods and systems for performing image analytics using graphical reporting associated with clinical images. One system includes at least one data source and a server. The server includes an electronic processor and an interface for communicating with the data source. The electronic processor is configured to receive training information from the at least one data source over the interface. The training information includes a plurality of images and graphical reporting associated with each of the plurality of images. Each graphical reporting includes a graphical marker designating a portion of one of the plurality of images and diagnostic information associated with the portion of the one of the plurality of images. The electronic processor is also configured to perform machine learning to develop a model using the training information. The model is used to automatically analyze an image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Inventors: Murray A. Reicher, Jon T. DeVries, Michael W. Ferro, Jr., Marwan Sati
  • Patent number: 11295441
    Abstract: The invention relates to an ultrasound image generating system for generating an image of an object. The ultrasound image generating system comprises an ultrasound data provisioning unit for providing raw ultrasound data of the object, which data have been acquired using an ultrasound imaging modality. A trained unit provisioning unit provides a unit trained by machine learning, such as a trained neural network, which is configured to generate an ultrasound image of an object based on of raw ultrasound data of the object that does not correspond to the ultrasound imaging modality. An image generating unit generates the image of the object using the provided trained unit, based on of the provided raw ultrasound data of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventor: Matthias Guenther
  • Patent number: 11282606
    Abstract: A medical information server is provided. The medical information server includes a medical information unit configured to determine a diagnose authority to an information terminal thereby allowing a diagnosis by the information terminal to be identified by the diagnose authority. An information terminal and a diagnostic information processing system are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Seiji Miyama
  • Patent number: 11280906
    Abstract: Estimation and imaging of linear and nonlinear propagation and scattering parameters in a material object where the material parameters for wave propagation and scattering has a nonlinear dependence on the wave field amplitude. The methods comprise transmitting at least two pulse complexes composed of co-propagating high frequency (HF) and low frequency (LF) pulses along at least one LF and HF transmit beam axis, where said HF pulse propagates close to the crest or trough of the LF pulse along at least one HF transmit beam, and where one of the amplitude and polarity of the LF pulse varies between at least two transmitted pulse complexes. At least one HF receive beam crosses the HF transmit beam at an angle >20 deg to provide at least two HF cross-beam receive signals from at least two transmitted pulse complexes with different LF pulses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: SURF Technology AS
    Inventors: Bjorn A. J. Angelsen, Johannes Kvam
  • Patent number: 11272902
    Abstract: An ultrasound probe arrangement comprises a holder for application to a surface, a housing mounted over the holder and a probe carrier. The housing has an inner guide surface which comprises a portion of a sphere and the probe carrier comprises a disc having an outer guide surface around the outer rim of the disc which comprises a portion of sphere. The probe carrier is slidable within the housing with the inner and outer guide surfaces in contact. An ultrasound probe is carried by the probe carrier and makes contact with the surface, e.g. skin. This arrangement enables the probe to be held in a desired orientation so that a clinician can work hands-free. The disc design enables different probe designs to be used with the same basic holder and housing design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Inventors: Paul Jean Geelen, Mart Kornelis-Jan Te Velde, Franciscus Hendrikus van Heesch
  • Patent number: 11276167
    Abstract: An image data processing method is for registering two four-dimensional image data sets, each representative of a time-series of three-dimensional image frames. The method comprises an initial pre-registration step in which 3D image frames of the two image data sets are rotated and translated (16) relative to one another so as to bring into alignment respective dominant motion vectors identified (14) for each, the dominant motion vector being a 3D motion vector representative of motion of an identified three-dimensional sub-region exhibiting maximal spatial displacement over course of the time series.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Inventors: Hong Liu, Gerardus Henricus Maria Gijsbers, Jean-Luc Francois-Marie Robert
  • Patent number: 11259704
    Abstract: A photoacoustic flow cytometry (PAFC) device for the in vivo detection of cells circulating in blood or lymphatic vessels is described. Ultrasound transducers attached to the skin of an organism detect the photoacoustic ultrasound waves emitted by target objects in response to their illumination by at least one pulse of laser energy delivered using at least one wavelength. The wavelengths of the laser light pulse may be varied to optimize the absorption of the laser energy by the target object. Target objects detected by the device may be unlabelled biological cells or cell products, contrast agents, or biological cells labeled with one or more contrast agents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: BIOVENTURES, LLC
    Inventor: Vladimir Pavlovich Zharov
  • Patent number: 11263998
    Abstract: Provided are techniques for providing animation in electronic communications. An image is generated by capturing multiple photographs from a camera or video camera. The first photograph is called the “key photo”. Using a graphics program, photos subsequent to the key photo are edited to cut an element common to the subsequent photos. The cut images are pasted into the key photo as layers. The modified key photo, including the layers, is stored as a web-enabled graphics file, which is then transmitted in conjunction with electronic communication. When the electronic communication is received, the key photo is displayed and each of the layers is displayed and removed in the order that each was taken with a short delay between photos. In this manner, a movie is generated with much smaller files than is currently possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Inventor: Douglas G. Richardson
  • Patent number: 11259773
    Abstract: A method and system for ultrasonic fluid spectral Doppler imaging are disclosed. The system comprises: a transmission circuit for transmitting an ultrasonic beam to a detection object; a receiving circuit and a beam synthesis module for receiving an echo of the ultrasonic beam and obtaining an ultrasonic echo signal; an image processing module for obtaining an ultrasonic fluid flow state image of a region of interest in the detection object according to the ultrasonic echo signal, identifying a sampling position in the region of interest, respectively obtaining a Doppler spectrogram corresponding to each sampling position according to the ultrasonic echo signal, and generating position displaying marks for characterizing the sampling positions; and a display for displaying the position displaying marks in the ultrasonic fluid flow state image, and displaying the obtained Doppler spectrogram. The system may simultaneously display spectra of multiple locations on a same time axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Inventors: Yigang Du, Shuangshuang Li
  • Patent number: 11259870
    Abstract: In one embodiment of the invention, a a minimally invasive surgical system is disclosed. The system configured to capture and display camera images of a surgical site on at least one display device at a surgeon console; switch out of a following mode and into a masters-as-mice (MaM) mode; overlay a graphical user interface (GUI) including an interactive graphical object onto the camera images; and render a pointer within the camera images for user interactive control. In the following mode, the input devices of the surgeon console may couple motion into surgical instruments. In the MaM mode, the input devices interact with the GUI and interactive graphical objects. The pointer is manipulated in three dimensions by input devices having at least three degrees of freedom. Interactive graphical objects are related to physical objects in the surgical site or a function thereof and are manipulatable by the input devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Simon P. DiMaio, Christopher J. Hasser, Russell H. Taylor, David Q. Larkin, Peter Kazanzides, Anton Deguet, Balazs Peter Vagvolgyi, Joshua Leven
  • Patent number: 11253230
    Abstract: An ultrasound diagnosis apparatus includes a transmitting and receiving circuitry, an input circuitry, and a processing circuitry. The transmitting and receiving circuitry transmits a first ultrasound wave used for changing the shape of a tissue in the body of a patient and transmits/receives a second ultrasound wave that is transmitted/received with timing different from that of the first ultrasound wave. The input circuitry receives an input of a request indicating that the first ultrasound wave should be transmitted. When the input circuitry has received the input of the request indicating that the first ultrasound wave should be transmitted, the processing circuitry controls the transmission of the first ultrasound wave in accordance with the strength of a reflected-wave signal of the second ultrasound wave or one or more pixel values of an image resulting from an imaging process performed by using the reflected-wave signal of the second ultrasound wave.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Inventors: Nobuyuki Iwama, Hironobu Hongou, Isao Uchiumi, Koichi Morikawa, Yasuo Miyajima, Takatoshi Okumura
  • Patent number: 11253730
    Abstract: An ultrasound deep brain stimulation method and system, the ultrasound deep brain stimulation method comprises: medically imaging a head of an animal or a human being, to generate image data; creating a head 3D digital model according to the image data; creating a 3D digital model of an ultrasound transducer array according to structure, density and acoustic parameters information of the ultrasound transducer array; generating a first ultrasound transmitting sequence according to the head 3D digital model, the 3D digital model of the ultrasound transducer array, structure, density and acoustic parameters of the skull and brain tissues, and structure, density and acoustic parameters of the ultrasound transducer array; and controlling the ultrasound transducer array to transmit ultrasound waves in accordance with the first ultrasound transmitting sequence, to implement ultrasound deep brain stimulation to the brain nucleus to be stimulated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Inventors: Hairong Zheng, Lili Niu, Congzhi Wang, Ming Qian, Yang Xiao, Long Meng
  • Patent number: 11247045
    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: October 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: Epineuron Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Patrick Willand, Sergio David Aguirre
  • Patent number: 11243974
    Abstract: A method of dynamically converting a document from a non-DICOM format to a DICOM format includes receiving a query for use in searching for the document from one or more repositories, searching the one or more repositories for the document that matches the query, receiving from the one or more repositories one or more document results of the searching, receiving from a user a request for retrieval of at least one document from the one or more document results of the searching, determining if the at least one document requested for retrieval is in the non-DICOM format, upon positive determination, converting the at least one document requested for retrieval from the non-DICOM to the DICOM format, and sending the at least one converted document to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: Hyland Switzerland Sarl
    Inventors: Razvan Atanasiu, Otto Hunter Gasser, Larry Robert Sitka
  • Patent number: 11234772
    Abstract: Disclosed biopsy markers are adapted to serve as localization markers during a surgical procedure. Adaptation includes incorporation of materials detectable under ultrasound during surgery, as well as features for co-registration with image guidance or other real-time imaging technologies during surgery. Such biopsy markers, when used as localization markers, improve patient comfort and reduce challenges in surgical coordination and surgery time. Additional disclosed biopsy markers are adapted to serve as monitoring and/or detection apparatuses. Localization of an implanted marker may be done with ultrasound technology. Ultrasound image data is analyzed to identify the implanted marker. A distance to the marker or a lesion may be determined and displayed. The determined distance may be a distance between the ultrasound probe and the marker or lesion, a distance between the marker or lesion and an incision instrument, and/or a distance between the ultrasound probe and the incision instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: Hologic, Inc.
    Inventors: John Laviola, Shawn St. Pierre, Brian Stellmach, Lori Fontaine, Joseph A. Stand, III, Estefania Alvarez, Stephen Grantz, Michelle Dawn Lyman, Shannon Marie Butler, Yuliya Mathis
  • Patent number: 11229442
    Abstract: Vascular compression devices with an inflatable chamber are disclosed. The inflatable chamber of the vascular compression devices can be inflated and then deflated with a liquid with ultrasound properties similar to biological tissues. Ultrasound waves may be applied to the vascular compression device and may propagate through the vascular compression device and into the biological tissue of the patient to produce an ultrasound image to determine the patency of the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: Merit Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Fred Lampropoulos, Tyler David Rees, Aaron Hopkinson, Ahmed A. Hassan
  • Patent number: 11224405
    Abstract: An apparatus and method that uses shape sensing and imaging to record, display and enable return to an imaging probe location or to predetermined imaging parameters. The apparatus includes an ultrasound probe (104, 304, 404, 750); a shape-sensing-device (SSD) (102, 302, 602, 740) associated with the ultrasound probe; and a controller (122, 710). The controller may be configured to: determine at least one of location and orientation of the ultrasound probe based upon position sensor information (PSI) received from the SSD; select a view of a plurality of views of a workflow that are stored in the memory; obtain view setting information (VSI) including parameters and a position and/or orientation of the ultrasound probe for each of the views; determine guidance information; and render the determined guidance information on the rendering device and set ultrasound probe parameters based on the parameters of the VSI for the selected view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Inventors: Paul Thienphrapa, Bharat Ramachandran, Molly Lara Flexman, Neriman Nicoletta Kahya
  • Patent number: 11224404
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a memory storing a program, and one or more processors that, by executing the program, function as an obtaining unit configured to obtain information relating to a posture of an imaging device that is imaging a region of a subject, and a determination unit configured to perform a determination, based on the information relating to the posture, regarding which region of the subject corresponds to the region imaged by the imaging device. The determination unit performs the determination based on the information relating to the posture obtained at a timing when a posture of the imaging device satisfies a predetermined condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Naganawa, Hiroyuki Yamamoto, Takaaki Endo
  • Patent number: 11224406
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an ultrasound diagnosis apparatus includes a storage, a comparison function, and an evaluation function. The storage is provided in an ultrasound probe, and stores, in advance, an initial value of transmitting/receiving sensitivity measured with respect to each channel, of the ultrasound probe. The comparison function compares transmitting/receiving sensitivity newly measured with the initial value. The evaluation function evaluates the degree of the deterioration of the ultrasound probe based on a comparison result and a predetermined threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Fuminori Fujita
  • Patent number: 11213279
    Abstract: An ultrasonic probe includes: an ultrasonic vibrator that transmits and receives an ultrasonic wave; a wire member that is electrically connected to the ultrasonic vibrator and is provided along a side surface of the ultrasonic vibrator; a shield member that is provided outside the wire member from a viewpoint of the ultrasonic vibrator and electrically protects the ultrasonic vibrator; and a first heat conduction member that is provided in contact with the ultrasonic vibrator, wherein the first heat conduction member and the shield member are thermally connected to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Shuhei Okuda
  • Patent number: 11207054
    Abstract: According to various embodiments, there is provided a headset mountable on a head, the headset including a probe for emitting energy into the head. The headset further includes a support structure coupled to the probe. The support structure includes translation actuators for translating the probe along two axes generally parallel to a surface of the head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: NovaSignal Corp.
    Inventors: Roman Flores, II, Matthew Hutter, Gerard Salinas, Michael Costa, Matthew Sylvester, Robert Hamilton, Corey Thibeault, Leo Petrossian, Aaron Green, Shankar Radhakrishnan
  • Patent number: 11202618
    Abstract: An ultrasound processing system includes an ultrasound interface and processing electronics. The ultrasound interface receives imaging information. The processing electronics are coupled to the ultrasound interface and are configured to utilize the ultrasound imaging information to use time-varying frame selection to estimate strain so that the processing electronics perform the time-varying frame selection by comparing a single frame to a plurality of previous frames and selecting a single comparison set for each frame for strain estimation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Inventor: Seshadri Srinivasan
  • Patent number: 11191523
    Abstract: An ultrasonic-image-construction apparatus can construct an ultrasonic-tomographic image of a thin, layer-structured target object to be measured relatively easily and highly accurately in a manner in which such layered structure is easily understood. An ultrasonic transducer of an ultrasonic-image-constructing apparatus transmits ultrasonic waves to the target object. A reference substance makes contact with a base substrate, with such ultrasonic waves being incident on the target object via the base substrate, then receives an impulse response of an ultrasonic waveform. A computing means performs calculation to estimate acoustic-physical-property distribution in consideration of the multiple-reflections influence based on normalized-impulse information obtained from impulse-response information of such ultrasonic waveform incident on the reference substance and from impulse-response information of such ultrasonic waveform incident on the target object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Inventors: Yuki Ogura, Naohiro Hozumi, Sachiko Yoshida, Kazuto Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 11185719
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling acoustic energy deposition in various media or objects are disclosed. The system and method can generate an acousto-mechanical or acousto-elastic effect in the various media or objects. The acousto-mechanical or acousto-elastic effect can induce a fragmentation of the media or objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Guided Therapy Systems LLC
    Inventors: Michael H. Slayton, Paul Jaeger
  • Patent number: 11185309
    Abstract: Control device 10 of an ultrasound diagnostic apparatus includes a hardware processor that sets, among a plurality of operation modes in which pulse waveforms of ultrasound pulses to be transmitted are different from one another, at least first and second operation modes for which observation results are to be simultaneously displayed on a screen, sets at least one operation type that defines transmission timing of ultrasound pulses, and sets a switching frequency of a switching signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Mutsuhiro Akahane, Yasuhiro Nakamura, Yosuke Kimura, Kazuya Osada