Ultrasonic Patents (Class 600/437)
  • Patent number: 10278670
    Abstract: In general, according to one embodiment, an ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus is used to observe a position and puncture direction of a puncture needle in an object in a paracentesis, and comprises data acquisition unit, image generation unit and a display. The data acquisition unit acquires a plurality of first ultrasound data concerning an inside of the object, acquire a plurality of second ultrasound data concerning the inside of the object, and acquire a plurality of third ultrasound data concerning the inside of the object. The image generation unit generates a tissue image displaying a living body tissue by using the first ultrasound data, generate a puncture image displaying the puncture needle based on image processing using the second ultrasound data and the third ultrasound data, and generate a composite image visualizing the living body tissue and the puncture needle by using the tissue image and the puncture image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Ohuchi, Tetsuya Yoshida, Tetsuya Kawagishi, Yoko Okamura
  • Patent number: 10281154
    Abstract: A knob assembly includes a light guide and a control knob that is independently rotatable relative to the light guide. The light guide is positioned at an aperture formed on a surface such that the light guide receives light emitted by a light source positioned below the surface along a vertical direction. The light guide also defines a guide opening, and further includes an opaque and translucent region. The control knob defines a light opening and is rotatably coupled to a stem extending through the guide opening. The control knob is rotatable between a first and second position. In the first position, the light opening is positioned entirely over the opaque region of the light guide along the vertical direction. In the second position, the light opening is positioned entirely over the translucent region of the light guide along the vertical direction. A related cooktop appliance is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: John Adam Yantis
  • Patent number: 10271819
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for determining and particularly imaging sound speed in an object by means of pulse-echo ultrasound, comprising the steps of: transmitting by means of an ultrasound probe (1) at least a first ultrasound pulse (10) in a first direction (?0) and a second ultrasound pulse (20) in a different second direction (?) into an object (O) to be imaged, so that said first ultrasound pulse (10) is backscattered in said object towards said ultrasound probe in the form of first ultrasound pulse echoes (11), and so that said second ultrasound pulse (20) is backscattered in said object towards said ultrasound probe in the form of second ultrasound pulse echoes (21), detecting said backscattered first ultrasound pulse echoes (11) and said backscattered second ultrasound pulse echoes (21) with said ultrasound probe (1), reconstructing from said detected backscattered first ultrasound pulse echoes (11) a first image of first local echoes (5) and from said detected backscattered second ultrasound
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: UNIVERSITAT BERN
    Inventors: Martin Frenz, Michael Jaeger
  • Patent number: 10267914
    Abstract: An incident wave is emitted into a medium comprising diffusers that can reflect the wave. Signals representing a reflected wave reverberated by the medium from the incident wave are captured, said captured signals being the sum of a simple diffusion component and a multiple diffusion component. The captured signals are treated by separating the multiple diffusion component from the simple diffusion component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignees: ELECTRICITE DE FRANCE, CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE—CNRS-
    Inventors: Camille Trottier, Arnaud Derode, Alexandre Aubry
  • Patent number: 10265051
    Abstract: A probe of an ultrasonic imaging apparatus and a method for manufacturing the same are disclosed. The probe for an ultrasonic imaging apparatus includes a piezoelectric unit including a piezoelectric substance and an electrode; a printed circuit board (PCB) unit having a printed circuit board (PCB), configured to be formed at a lateral surface of the piezoelectric unit; a matching layer formed at front surfaces of the piezoelectric unit and the PCB unit; and a backing layer formed at a back surface of the piezoelectric unit and the PCB unit. The probe and a method for manufacturing the probe can reduce a variation of ultrasonic acoustic characteristics caused by a printed circuit board (PCB) because the PCB is not arranged among a piezoelectric substance, a matching layer, and a backing layer. A PCB is provided at a lateral surface of the piezoelectric substance, so that strength against impact can be increased either during channel division based on dicing or during the usage time of a probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG MEDISON CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Gil-Ju Jin, Jung-Lim Park
  • Patent number: 10265017
    Abstract: A physical area network described herein enables significantly improved health monitoring and treatment by utilizing internal (in-body) mechanisms and information and external mechanisms and information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventor: Lucas J. Myslinski
  • Patent number: 10268916
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to a species (analyte) separation and analysis system, for instance a spectrometry system, comprising a processor for receiving and processing signals from said its detector to remove undesirable variation or noise before further processing into a spectrum, whereby the processor is programmed by a novel program for a normalization preprocessing of the signals of said separation and analysis system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
    Inventors: Bart De Moor, Raf Van De Plas, Etienne Waelkens
  • Patent number: 10251627
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an ultrasound elastography system (10) for providing an elastography measurement result of an anatomical site (32) a corresponding method. The system (10) is configured to visualize a suitability for shear wave elastography of the region of interest (33) to the user within the ultrasound image (52) and/or to recommend an elastography acquisition plane (48, 50) for conducting shear wave elastography to the user. By this, proper selection of a location for an elastography measurement may be supported.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N. V.
    Inventors: Vijay Parthasarathy, Hua Xie, Jean-luc Robert, Shiwei Zhou, Vijay Thakur Shamdasani
  • Patent number: 10238332
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a wrinkle measurement apparatus and a wrinkle measurement method. The wrinkle measurement apparatus according to one embodiment of the present invention comprises: a surface direction compression part including first and second contact parts arranged at a preset gap while coming into close contact with the skin, so as to compress the skin in the direction of the surface thereof; and a wrinkle measuring part for measuring skin wrinkles in at least two states among pre-compression, mid-compression and post-compression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: AMOREPACIFIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sue Im Jang, Eun Joo Kim, Hae Kwang Lee, Yeong Min Yeon
  • Patent number: 10238365
    Abstract: Disclosed is an ultrasound probe wherein a backing having built-in lead arrays is disposed on the rear surface side of a transducer array, and backing terminal arrays connected to the lead arrays are provided on the lower surface of the backing. A relay substrate is provided between the backing and an electronic substrate. The relay substrate is provided with electrode section arrays corresponding to the backing terminal arrays. An electrode section includes: a substrate terminal connected to a backing terminal; a via for substrate internal wiring, said via being formed at a position shifted from the substrate terminal; and a conducting path that connects the substrate terminal and the via to each other. The electrode section arrays include a transmission electrode section array, and a reception electrode section array. The shift direction of the transmission electrode section array and that of the reception electrode section array are different from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventor: Tomohiro Shiraishi
  • Patent number: 10241083
    Abstract: An ultrasonic inspection probe assembly includes a flexible ultrasonic transducer array located between a backing block and a face layer. The flexible ultrasonic transducer array can be located in the opening of a flexible ultrasonic transducer array frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Matthias Christoph Schulz
  • Patent number: 10231707
    Abstract: Synthetic-aperture ultrasound tomography systems and methods using scanning arrays and algorithms configured to simultaneously acquire ultrasound transmission and reflection data, and process the data using ultrasound waveform tomography with a wave-energy-based preconditioning method for improved ultrasound tomography imaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Triad National Security, LLC
    Inventors: Lianjie Huang, Zhigang Zhang
  • Patent number: 10231753
    Abstract: A guidance system for assisting with the insertion of a needle or other medical component into the body of a patient is disclosed. The guidance system utilizes ultrasound imaging or other suitable imaging technology. In one embodiment, the guidance system comprises an imaging device including a probe for producing an image of an internal body portion target, such as a vessel. One or more sensors are included with the probe. The sensors sense a detectable characteristic related to the needle, such as a magnetic field of a magnet included with the needle. The system includes a processor that uses data relating to the detectable characteristic sensed by the sensors to determine a position and/or orientation of the needle in three spatial dimensions. The system includes a display for depicting the position and/or orientation of the needle together with the image of the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: C. R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Eddie K. Burnside, Kelly B. Powers, Shayne Messerly, Jiaye Z. Jho, Bret Hamatake
  • Patent number: 10231704
    Abstract: Methods for acquiring ultrasonic data are disclosed. An image-acquiring system is provided. A three-dimensional target region is selected. A plurality of fiducial positions corresponding to anatomical features in the target region are calculated. A model of the target region comprising a plurality of target locations representing a plurality of planned locations in the target region at which ultrasonic data is to be acquired is created, and a visual representation of the model comprising a plurality of graphical elements is displayed. Ultrasonic data at each of the planned locations is acquired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventors: Raghu Raghavan, Timothy Poston
  • Patent number: 10226235
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method and a system for medical imaging and information display. According to an aspect of the present invention, there is proposed a method (10) of medical imaging and information display, comprising: acquiring (11) imaging data of each point of a plurality of points in an imaging plane or imaging volume of a subject in each mode of a plurality of different imaging modes of a medical imaging apparatus; deriving (12), for said each point, a value by applying the imaging data of the point in said each mode and the imaging data of at least one other point of said plurality of points adjacent to the point in said each mode to a predetermined model, wherein the predetermined model is selected in accordance with a clinical medical application related to the subject; constructing (13) an image based on all the derived values; and displaying (14) the constructed image to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Yinhui Deng, Xiaomin Li, Xiaolin Gu, Vijay Thakur Shamdasani, Ying Wu
  • Patent number: 10226189
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for visually depicting a vessel and evaluating treatment options are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: VOLCANO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Justin Davies, Joseph Burnett, Howard David Alpert
  • Patent number: 10228354
    Abstract: A single channel scanning acoustic microscope that increases the throughput of the acoustic imaging system by connecting a multi-transducer assembly in parallel to a single channel electronic circuit. The single channel scanning acoustic microscope includes multiple transducers configured to generate a time delay for individual ultrasonic waves generated by each transducer, wherein a pulse generator simultaneously sends a pulse signal to the multi-transducer assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Nordson Corporation
    Inventors: Igor N. Komsky, Lawrence W. Kessler
  • Patent number: 10219784
    Abstract: An ultrasound system and a method of editing a label displayed with an ultrasound image are provided. The ultrasound system displays a plurality of labels generated based on a predetermined threshold value on the ultrasound image, receives a selection signal for selecting at least one label from the plurality of labels and an adjustment signal for adjusting the predetermined threshold value, generates at least one new label based on a threshold value adjusted according to the adjustment signal, and replaces and displays some of the at least one new label on a region corresponding to the at least one selected label.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG MEDISON CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kwang-hee Lee, Jun-sang Yoo
  • Patent number: 10219785
    Abstract: A method of generating therapeutic ultrasound that forms multi-foci by a therapeutic ultrasound probe, the method including: obtaining a medical image including anatomical information of a region of interest in a subject; calculating, by using the medical image, characteristics which influence traveling of therapeutic ultrasound with respect to tissues included in the region of interest; calculating, by using the calculated characteristics, a parameter of the therapeutic ultrasound for forming multi-foci in the region of interest; and generating the therapeutic ultrasound according to the calculated parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ho-taik Lee, Won-chul Bang
  • Patent number: 10217213
    Abstract: An embodiment of the invention provides a method for identifying internal trauma in a patient for pneumothorax, hemothorax and abdominal hemorrhage using ultrasound in B-modes with radial, longitudinal, phased array probes, and with M-mode for verification of lung sliding and lung point. Identifications are based on statistical classifications of image features, including A-line, B-line, lung sliding, barcode, sky, seashore, and beach patterns. For blood pools, a polygon is fitted to the boundary, and a cellular automaton extracts local interference patterns due to cavity shape. Logic is then applied to extractions to identify the trauma. With B-mode, feature extraction involves specialized algorithms operating at frame rate for tracking of features such as ribs and rib shadows, pleural line and fast changes in peak intensities along the pleural line. Results are presented on screen by means of highlighting and textual cues.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by The Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Lorne Blackbourne, Eric Chin, Ronald Grisell, Jose Salinas, Shane Summers
  • Patent number: 10213117
    Abstract: One aspect of the subject matter described in this disclosure can be implemented in a device capable of estimating blood pressure. The device includes two or more sensors capable of performing measurements along an artery. The device also includes at least one processing unit coupled with the two or more sensors. The processing unit is capable of accessing one or more parameters including a stress-strain parameter based on a hydrostatic pressure calibration. The processing unit also is capable of determining a pulse transit time (PTT) based on the measurements, and determining a pulse wave velocity (PWV) based on the PTT. The processing unit is further capable of determining a blood pressure based on the PWV and the stress-strain parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Lars Lading, David Boettcher Baek
  • Patent number: 10218826
    Abstract: A method includes separating, using a separation component, a plurality of input streams into a plurality of audio streams having different bitrates and a plurality of video streams having different bitrates; transcoding, using an audio transcoder, the plurality of audio streams into a plurality of transcoded audio streams having different transcode qualities; transcoding, using a video transcoder, the plurality of video streams into a plurality of transcoded video streams having different transcode qualities; segmenting, using a segmentation component, the plurality of audio streams into a plurality of equivalent audio segments based on identified segment boundaries associated with the plurality transcoded audio streams and the plurality of video streams into a plurality of equivalent video segments based on identified segment boundaries associated with the plurality of transcoded video streams; and joining, using a conjoining component, the plurality of equivalent audio segments and the plurality of video s
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Krishnan Eswaran, Thierry Foucu, Jie Sun, Krishna Kumar Gadepalli, Vijnan Shastri
  • Patent number: 10203243
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a system, method, and apparatus for compressing and extracting features. The method involves transmitting at least one ultrasound signal into an object at a plurality of different locations on the object. Each of the locations is denoted by an x location and a y location. The method further involves receiving at least one waveform response signal. Also, the method involves generating a three-dimensional (3D) data cube with an X dimension, a Y dimension, and a time dimension. At least one waveform response signal is stored within the 3D data cube at the x location and the y location that is associated with the waveform response signal(s). Further, the method involves transforming at least one waveform response signal of the 3D data cube to produce at least one transformed signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Yuan-Jye Wu, Hong H. Tat
  • Patent number: 10198593
    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: October 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Seiji Miyama
  • Patent number: 10200580
    Abstract: An imaging module includes an electrical cable; a solid-state imaging element having an imaging unit orthogonal to an axis direction of a tip of the electrical cable; and a flexible wiring substrate in which the solid-state imaging element and the electrical cables are electrically connected together. The flexible wiring substrate includes an element mounting portion mounting the solid-state imaging element and two rear pieces that are bent at both end portions of the element mounting portion and extend in a direction moving away from the element mounting portion. An internal space of the flexible wiring substrate surrounded by the element mounting portion and the two rear pieces is filled with an adhesive resin in which the rate of volumetric shrinkage in curing is 3% or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: FUJIKURA LTD.
    Inventors: Takahiro Shimono, Hideo Shiratani, Kenichi Ishibashi
  • Patent number: 10183176
    Abstract: A therapeutic apparatus comprising: a magnetic resonance imaging system adapted for acquiring a set of magnetic resonance imaging data in an imaging zone, the magnetic resonance imaging system comprising a means for generating a magnetic field, —a guiding means adapted for guiding a beam of charged particles to a target zone within a subject, wherein the imaging zone comprises the target zone, a zone determination means adapted for determining the location of the target zone within the subject using the set of magnetic resonance imaging data, a trajectory calculation means adapted for calculating a trajectory of the beam using magnetic field data being descriptive of the magnetic field such that the calculated trajectory reaches the target zone, a control means adapted for controlling the guiding means using the calculated trajectory such that the beam follows the calculated trajectory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Michael Harald Kuhn, Johannes Adrianus Overweg
  • Patent number: 10168200
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling the energy of sound waves generated for fluid sensing. The system includes a transducer configured to generate a first sound wave and a second sound wave and to detect a first echo of the first and second sound waves. The system also includes a driver configured to drive the transducer to produce the first and second sound waves. The system also includes a controller configured to compare a signal characteristic of the first echo of the first and second sound waves. The controller is configured to control the driver based on comparing the signal characteristic of the first echo of the first and second sound waves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: SSI Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence B. Reimer, Gregory P. Murphy
  • Patent number: 10169641
    Abstract: There is provided an apparatus for visualizing a region of interest (ROI) in a Computer Aided Diagnosis (CAD) system. The apparatus includes: an image receiver configured to receive images; an ROI acquirer configured to acquire the ROI from a current image; and an ROI visualizer configured to, in response to acquisition of the ROI from the current image, output visualization information for visualizing the ROI acquired from the current image based on a change between the ROI acquired from the current image and an ROI acquired from a previous image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ki Yong Lee, Won Sik Kim, Yeong Kyeong Seong
  • Patent number: 10159468
    Abstract: A method of more easily determining a measurement object that may be provided from a standard view for a user who is a doctor to read an ultrasound image in an ultrasound diagnosis. A data acquisition unit acquires ultrasound data of a target object. An image processor generates an ultrasound image by using the ultrasound data, acquires a standard view based on the ultrasound image, acquires measurement information that is information regarding measurement objects measurable within the standard view based on the standard view, and acquires at least one of the measurement objects based on the acquired measurement information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG MEDISON CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jun-sang Yoo, Sung-yoon Kim, Kwang-hee Lee, Jae-moon Jo
  • Patent number: 10159418
    Abstract: An information obtaining apparatus capable of obtaining information about a blood vessel with high accuracy includes a first unit configured to obtain three or more image data pieces different in imaging conditions, a second unit configured to obtain a first index value of a first region and a second index value of a second region, a third unit configured to select a pair of the image data pieces from the three or more image data pieces using the first index value and the second index value of the image data, and a fourth unit configured to obtain information about a blood vessel using the selected pair of the image data pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tomohiro Yamada
  • Patent number: 10157263
    Abstract: Contrast administration data that relates to operation of a contrast media injector system (602) may be converted from at least one format (e.g., a CAN-compliant format) to at least one other format (e.g., an HL-7-compliant format) by an injection data management module (660) for use by a medical system (600). Data on contrast media prescribed for an imaging operation using an imaging system (690), contrast media data for use in this imaging operation, and data on contrast media actually administered/injected by a contrast media injector system (602) for this imaging operation may be stored in a data structure (780) on the injection data management module (660). Patient renal function data may be used to control the dispensing of contrast media from a contrast media/storage/dispensing unit (500), to control the operation of the contrast media injector system (602), or both, and may be stored in the data structure (780) as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: LIEBEL-FLARSHEIM COMPANY LLC
    Inventors: Vernon D. Ortenzi, John Edward Powers, Robert J. Ziemba, Rhonda J. Soest, Pamela L. Pollard
  • Patent number: 10158416
    Abstract: An unattended apparatus and method for isolating and relaying secure communications under adverse circumstances without awareness of encryption keys uses known and/or inferred characteristics of received transmissions to identify, isolate, and retransmit only friendly communications without decryption or re-encryption, and in embodiments also without awareness of applicable TRANSEC algorithms and keys. A channelizer digitizes energy received within a bandwidth of interest, which is then analyzed to detect chip timing, identify and demodulate pulses, and assemble secure messages for retransmission. In embodiments, the retransmissions use the original frequencies and TRANSEC parameters, and/or otherwise adhere to applicable TRANSEC and MSEC constraints so that the relayed messages are accepted by intended recipients. Embodiments provide interoperability with existing secure communications such as Link 16 and CDL.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc.
    Inventors: David A Cooper, John H Chongoushian, Bruce M Eteson, Jeffrey P Pincus, John A Tranquilli, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10157639
    Abstract: A medical image diagnosis apparatus including an image collection system that collects first dynamic images extending over a first period and a display control circuit that uses the first dynamic images and time information related to an image corresponding to a first predetermined time phase in the first period to simultaneously display the first dynamic images, the first predetermined time phase, and a relationship of the image currently displayed with a time phase in the first period at least in a predetermined period going back from the predetermined time phase in a monitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Takuya Sasaki, Kuramitsu Nishihara, Mio Azegami
  • Patent number: 10152786
    Abstract: Described embodiments include a processor that receives signals from a probe, as the probe is placed at respective locations on a body of a subject, and derives, from the signals, a set of points that correspond to the respective locations. The processor then registers the set of points with a three-dimensional image of the body, by identifying, for each of the points, one or more voxels of the image whose respective surface normals are oriented within a given angle of an orientation at which the probe was held at the location to which the point corresponds, and computing a transformation that aligns each of the points with a selected one of the voxels that were identified for the point. The processor then tracks, based on the registering, a location of an intrabody tool, in a coordinate system of an imaging device that was used to acquire the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Biosense Webster (Israel) Ltd.
    Inventors: Vadim Gliner, Ram Bernard Mayer
  • Patent number: 10146904
    Abstract: Methods and systems related to dynamic visualization of a representation of a first three-dimensional (3D) object are provided. In some embodiments, a computer system receives a request for facilitating identification of the representation of the first 3D object based on a plurality of images. The plurality of images represents datasets associated with a series of slices of a second 3D object. The computer system identifies a current image of the plurality of images based on the request. The current image represents a dataset associated with a current slice of the series of slices. The computer system displays, in absence of additional user input, two or more images of the plurality of images to facilitate visualization of the representation of the first 3D object. The two or more images include the current image and one or more images representing datasets associated with neighboring slices of the current slice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: FOVIA, INC.
    Inventor: Kevin Kreeger
  • Patent number: 10140534
    Abstract: An apparatus may include an ultrasonic sensor array and a control system. The control system may be configured to acquire first image data generated by the ultrasonic sensor array corresponding to at least one first reflected ultrasonic wave received by at least a portion of the ultrasonic sensor array from a target object during a first acquisition time window. The control system may be configured to acquire second image data generated by the ultrasonic sensor array corresponding to at least one second reflected ultrasonic wave received by at least a portion of the ultrasonic sensor array from the target object during a second acquisition time window that is longer than the first acquisition time window. The control system may further be configured to initiate an authentication process based on the first image data and the second image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Jack Conway Kitchens, II, John Keith Schneider, Stephen Michael Gojevic, Philip John Schneider, Evan Michael Breloff, Ashish Hinger, David William Burns, Muhammed Ibrahim Sezan
  • Patent number: 10134125
    Abstract: Techniques for processing ultrasound data. The techniques include using at least one computer hardware processor to perform obtaining ultrasound data generated based, at least in part, on one or more ultrasound signals from an imaged region of a subject; calculating shadow intensity data corresponding to the ultrasound data; generating, based at least in part on the shadow intensity data and at least one bone separation parameter, an indication of bone presence in the imaged region, generating, based at least in part on the shadow intensity data and at least one tissue separation parameter different from the at least one bone separation parameter, an indication of tissue presence in the imaged region; and generating an ultrasound image of the subject at least in part by combining the indication of bone presence and the indication of tissue presence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Rivanna Medical LLC
    Inventors: Frank William Mauldin, Jr., Kevin Owen
  • Patent number: 10135929
    Abstract: A fault-tolerant data processing computer system and method for implementing a distributed two-tier state machine aimed for distributed (replicated) data stores, in which consistency is maintained despite the failure of any number of replicas and communication paths. In the distributed two-tier state machine, one process (device) in a network of processes (devices) is chosen as the leader, and that leader is responsible for executing functions that return state machine commands, and for broadcasting the commands to the other processes. The processes execute the commands in the logical precedence order that corresponds to the order of function executions that return these commands. The system and method ensures that each of the processes issues exactly the same sequence of commands for execution, such that each command in the sequence, except the first one, has a precedent command on which the command logically depends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: POLITECHNIKA POZNANSKA
    Inventors: Pawel Tomasz Wojciechowski, Tadeusz Kobus, Maciej Kokocinski
  • Patent number: 10133353
    Abstract: A three dimensional tactile feedback includes a two dimensional array of ultrasonic transducers and a control device configured to control the ultrasonic transducers. The ultrasonic transducers re configured to project discrete points of tactile feedback in three dimensional space. The tactile feedback system is configured to continuously switch the discrete points of tactile feedback at a frequency at which a human is capable of perceiving tactile stimulation in order to produce tactile stimulation of a three dimensional object in free space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: NEW YORK UNIVERSITY
    Inventor: Mohamad Eid
  • Patent number: 10111971
    Abstract: A magnetic nanoparticle includes a magnetic core and a superparamagnetic outer shell, in which the outer shell enhances magnetic properties of the nanoparticle. The enhanced magnetic properties of the magnetic nanoparticle allow for highly sensitive detection as well as diminished non-specific aggregation of nanoparticles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: The General Hospital Corporation
    Inventors: Ralph Weissleder, Hakho Lee, Tae-Jong Yoon
  • Patent number: 10105186
    Abstract: A virtual rigid body optical tracking system includes a virtual rigid body generator for projecting a virtual rigid body, wherein the virtual rigid body forms a pattern of light on a surface. The virtual rigid body optical tracking system includes an optical detection system for detecting the pattern of light, and a data processing system in communication with the optical detection system. The data processing system is configured to determine a position of the virtual rigid body generator based on the detected pattern of light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: The Johns Hopkins University
    Inventors: Alexis Cheng, Emad M. Boctor, Xiaoyu Guo
  • Patent number: 10105062
    Abstract: A reflection-mode photoacoustic endoscope includes a tube, a light source configured to emit a light pulse suitable for photoacoustic imaging, an ultrasonic transducer configured to detect a response signal, and a light and acoustic reflector rotatable relative to the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Washington University
    Inventors: Lihong Wang, Konstantin Maslov, Joon-Mo Yang
  • Patent number: 10101449
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method for generating a synthetic image. In the method, image data is generated using a receiving dynamic beamforming method, image data is generated using a synthetic aperture beamforming method, and the image data generated using the receiving dynamic beamforming method and the image data generated using the synthetic aperture beamforming method are synthesized with being applied with weighting factors according to advancing distances of ultrasonic waves. By using a zone blending method, in which image data according to a receiving dynamic beamforming method is mainly used for an ultrasonic image having a predetermined depth or less, and image data according to a synthetic aperture beamforming method is mainly used for an ultrasonic image having any other depth, a grating lobe and distortion of image brightness are eliminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: INDUSTRIAL COOPERATION FOUNDATION SOGANG UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Yang Mo Yoo, Tai-Kyong Song, Jin Ho Chang, Jeong Cho, Jong Ho Park
  • Patent number: 10095400
    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: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Dae-hyun Ban, Su-jin Kim, Jeong-ho Han
  • Patent number: 10085714
    Abstract: An ultrasound diagnostic apparatus and a method of producing an ultrasound image capable of accurately determining the boundary of an intima-media complex in an ultrasound image and measuring an intima-media thickness with high precision are provided. A candidate vascular wall boundary point determiner determines one or more candidate vascular wall boundary points based on a sound ray signal extending in a scanning direction in an ultrasound image. A boundary determiner determines a vascular wall boundary point from among the candidate vascular wall boundary points based on a third evaluation value and determines a vascular wall boundary, the third evaluation value being calculated based on a first evaluation value representing accuracy of each of the determined candidate vascular wall boundary points as a vascular wall boundary point and a second evaluation value representing similarity between the sound ray signal and the adjacent sound ray signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Yukiya Miyachi
  • Patent number: 10086405
    Abstract: A piezoelectric element includes a vibrating film, a piezoelectric body, a first electrode, a second electrode, and a groove. The piezoelectric body is arranged upon the vibrating film. The first electrode is arranged upon the piezoelectric body. The second electrode is arranged upon the piezoelectric body and at a position that is separated from the first electrode. The groove is located between the first electrode and the second electrode and splits a surface of the piezoelectric body in two, as seen in plan view from a thickness direction of the vibrating film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Jiro Tsuruno, Tsukasa Funasaka, Tomoaki Nakamura, Hiromu Miyazawa, Hiroshi Ito, Masayoshi Yamada
  • Patent number: 10085721
    Abstract: A method of imaging a blood vessel includes delivering a bubble-based contrast agent within the vessel and positioning at least one ultrasound device in the vicinity of the bubble-based contrast agent within the vessel. A first burst of low-frequency ultrasound energy can be delivered to excite the bubble-based contrast agent into oscillation within the vessel, and a second burst of high-frequency ultrasound energy can be delivered at the excited bubble-based contrast agent. A return signal from the burst of high-frequency ultrasound energy can be received and processed to obtain one or more images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: University of Pittsburgh - Of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education
    Inventors: Xucai Chen, Francois T. H. Yu, Flordeliza S. Villanueva
  • Patent number: 10076245
    Abstract: A specimen information acquisition apparatus includes a signal processor which can selectively operate in first and second modes. In the first mode, when a first group represents a group of devices among receiving devices and a second group represents at least a fraction of a group of devices other than the first group, a photoacoustic image and an ultrasonic image are obtained based on received signals from the first group and the second group, respectively. In the second mode, when a third group represents a group of devices having at least a fraction of a group of devices other than the first group and a fourth group represents at least a fraction of a group of devices other than the third group, a photoacoustic image and an ultrasonic image are obtained based on received signals from the third group and the fourth group, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Baba, Jiro Tateyama
  • Patent number: 10076304
    Abstract: A system for providing scanning medium for scanning a volume of tissue comprising: an inner chamber that contains the scanning medium; a transducer mounted to the inner chamber and configured to move along a motion path, with the inner chamber, in scanning the volume of tissue; an outer chamber concentrically aligned about the inner chamber to guide the inner chamber along the motion path; a piston module defining a base surface within the inner chamber, the piston module comprising a medium inlet and a medium outlet for adjusting an amount of the scanning medium within the inner chamber; a detection subsystem coupled to the base surface of the piston module; and an actuator comprising a stationary portion mounted to the piston module and a moving portion coupled to the inner chamber and configured to produce motion of the inner chamber along the motion path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: DELPHINUS MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Mike Tesic, Marc Orloff, Kevin Obrigkeit, David Kunz, Roman Janer
  • Patent number: 10076309
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are an ultrasonic imaging apparatus which is capable of accurately and quickly estimating a Point Spread Function (PSF) is usable for restoring ultrasonic images, and a control method which is executable by the ultrasonic imaging apparatus. The ultrasonic imaging apparatus includes: a probe; a receive beamformer configured to beamform an ultrasonic signal and to output the beamformed ultrasonic signal; a Point Spread Function (PSF) database configured to store a PSF which is acquired based on a situational variable, and a phase parameter which is determined based on the situational variable, for the beamformed ultrasonic signal; and an image generator configured to select the PSF and the phase parameter from the PSF database based on the beamformed ultrasonic signal, and to perform deconvolution using an estimated PSF based on the selected PSF and the selected phase parameter in order to generate an image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Joo Young Kang, Sung Chan Park, Jung Ho Kim, Jong Keun Song, Su Hyun Park