With Therapeutic Device Patents (Class 600/439)
  • Patent number: 10342565
    Abstract: A tissue removal system includes a morcellator having a cannula comprising a proximal end portion, a distal end portion, a sidewall, and at least one lumen extending between the proximal end portion and the distal end portion. A cutting blade is disposed within a lumen of the cannula. Also included is a tissue shield that has an expandable frame element and a shield element attached to the expandable frame element, wherein the tissue shield serves to isolate non-target tissues from at least the cutting blade of the system so that such tissues remain unaffected by a surgical procedure conducted with the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: HOLOGIC, INC.
    Inventors: Roy H. Sullivan, Ronald D. Adams, Paul DiCesare, Jeffrey Radziunas, Danial Ferreira
  • Patent number: 10332250
    Abstract: A three-dimensional cavitation quantitative imaging method for a microsecond-resolution cavitation spatial-temporal distribution includes steps of: after each wide beam detection, moving an array transducer by one unit; waiting until the cavitation nuclei distribution backs to an initial state, then detecting the cavitation by the wide beam detection with same cavitation energy incitation, so as to obtain a spatial series of two-dimensional cavitation raw radio frequency data corresponding to different placing positions of the array transducer; then changing the cavitation energy source duration, time delays between energy source incitation and the wide beam transmitted by the array transducer, and time delays between the pulsating pump and energy source incitation, so as to obtain a temporal series of two-dimensional cavitation raw radio frequency data; and then obtaining a microsecond-resolution three-dimensional cavitation spatial-temporal distribution image and a cavitation micro bubble concentration quan
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: XI'AN JIAOTONG UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Mingxi Wan, Ting Ding, Hong Hu, Miao Yang, Shifang Guo
  • Patent number: 10328289
    Abstract: Systems and methods for treating skin and subcutaneous tissue with energy such as ultrasound energy are disclosed. In various embodiments, ultrasound energy is applied at a region of interest to affect tissue by cutting, ablating, micro-ablating, coagulating, or otherwise affecting the subcutaneous tissue to conduct numerous procedures that are traditionally done invasively in a non-invasive manner. Lifting sagging tissue on a face, neck, and/or body are described. Treatment with heat is provided in several embodiments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Guided Therapy Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Peter G. Barthe, Michael H. Slayton, Inder Raj S. Makin
  • Patent number: 10328258
    Abstract: Electrotherapeutic systems, devices, and methods are described. In one embodiment, a portion of a hepatic branch of a vagus nerve in a liver is stimulated with a lead implanted in the liver. In another embodiment, a stimulation member is delivered to a location in the gastrointestinal tract and implanted in a target area endoscopically and under ultrasound visualization. In another embodiment, a stimulation device is magnetically coupled to a stimulation member in order to electrically couple stimulation generation circuitry with a lead implanted in a target area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Shaun Davis Gittard, John Crowder Sigmon, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10307620
    Abstract: Systems and methods for transvaginal high intensity concentrated ultrasound. Urinary incontinence is treated through application of high intensity ultrasound to tissue structures to affect a change in the tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: ACOUSTIC MEDSYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Everette C. Burdette
  • Patent number: 10292685
    Abstract: An ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus according to an embodiment acquires a tomogram of a subject and displays the tomogram, based on a reception signal which is obtained by transmitting/receiving ultrasonic waves to/from the subject. The apparatus comprises maximum value memory circuitry, select circuitry, and an ultrasonic output controller. The maximum value memory circuitry stores a maximum value of an index value relating to an ultrasonic output, with respect to each of scan regions of the subject. The ultrasonic output controller acquires, from the maximum value memory circuitry, the maximum value of the index value corresponding to the scan region selected by the select circuitry, and controls the ultrasonic output such that the ultrasonic output does not exceed the maximum value of the index value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Mio Azegami, Chihiro Shibata, Takuya Sasaki, Shigemitsu Nakaya, Masao Takimoto
  • Patent number: 10293188
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is disclosed for determining the success of a proposed HIFU Treatment, of an ongoing HIFU Treatment, and/or of a completed HIFU Treatment. An energy density of a given HIFU Treatment may be used as a comparison factor between the given HIFU Treatment and other HIFU Treatments and as a predictor of the success of the given HIFU Treatment. One exemplary energy density is the amount of energy deposited in the treatment region divided by the volume of the treatment region. Another exemplary energy density is the amount of energy deposited in the treatment region divided by the pre-treatment mass of the treatment region. A method and apparatus is disclosed to detect the presence of focal hyperechoic features and non-focal hyperechoic features. A method and apparatus is disclosed to detect the presence of an acoustic obstruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventors: Russell J. Fedewa, Toyoaki Uchida, Narendra T. Sanghvi, Roy F. Carlson
  • Patent number: 10296722
    Abstract: A system and method providing virtual physical rehabilitation services to a patient in the context of automated patient healthcare delivery is disclosed. The system/method are controlled by a patient healthcare plan (PHP) deployed from a host computer system (HCS) that triggers execution of a video script dataset (VSD) to coordinate presentation to a patient of rehabilitation audio/video information (AVI) derived from a video database (VDB). A mobile user device (MUD) executes the PHP autonomously to coordinate AVI display on a video display unit (VDU) for patient presentation. Patient reactions to the AVI are observed by a video imaging unit (VIU). An operator interface computer (OIC) communicates with the HCS and MUD permitting visualization of the VIU and AVI information by a healthcare provider and allowing observed patient behavior to be synchronously scored/logged/stored in a patient history database (PHD) by the HCS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: VIVIFY HEALTH, INC.
    Inventor: Eric Rock
  • Patent number: 10272272
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a high-intensity focused ultrasound operation device including a handle part for manipulation by an operator, an insertion part provided at the front end of the handle part and inserted into a vagina during operation, an ultrasound treatment transducer provided to the insertion part to generate high-intensity focused ultrasound, a driver for driving the ultrasound treatment transducer, and a controller for controlling the driver. The high-intensity focused ultrasound operation device may be utilized for a variety of operations such as beauty treatment, adipolysis, gynecological disease treatment, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Hironic Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jin U Lee, Sung Won Lee
  • Patent number: 10265550
    Abstract: A probe for ultrasound treatment of skin laxity are provided. Systems and methods can include ultrasound imaging of the region of interest for localization of the treatment area, delivering ultrasound energy at a depth and pattern to achieve the desired therapeutic effects, and/or monitoring the treatment area to assess the results and/or provide feedback. In an embodiment, a treatment system and method can be configured for producing arrays of sub-millimeter and larger zones of thermal ablation to treat the epidermal, superficial dermal, mid-dermal or deep dermal components of tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Guided Therapy Systems, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Peter G. Barthe, Michael H. Slayton, Inder Raj S. Makin
  • Patent number: 10265048
    Abstract: A portable ultrasound scanning system for performing a diagnostic ultrasound scanning process of a patient. The system comprises a portable housing containing ultrasound electronics of a complete ultrasound scanning system including a beamformer that regulate and control operation of the scanning system. A user interface is accessible at the housing. A cable is attached at one end to the housing and at a second end has a connector. An interchangeable probe having a plurality of piezoelectric transducer elements is interchangeably coupled to the connector for transmitting electrical signals between the ultrasound electronics in the housing and the transducer elements of the interchangeable probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: SONOSCANNER SARL
    Inventors: Bruno Richard, Etienne Richard, Pierre-Adrien Nadal
  • Patent number: 10265119
    Abstract: An electrosurgical forceps is provided. The electrosurgical forceps includes an end effector including first and second jaw members. One of the first and second jaw members is movable from an open configuration for positioning tissue between the first and second jaw members to a closed configuration for grasping tissue for subsequent electrosurgical treatment thereof. One or more cutting electrodes are positioned on the first and/or second jaw members. The cutting electrode(s) includes one or more piezo-elements that are configured to oscillate at a predetermined frequency when the cutting electrode(s) is energized to sever tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Nikolay A. Kharin, Ronald J. Podhajsky, William Scott Darrow, Arlen J. Reschke
  • Patent number: 10252027
    Abstract: Transvascular access devices and methods for transvascular access are provided. The transvascular access devices can include a guidewire lumen and a guide tube and stylet disposed in a second lumen. The guide tube can be used to control the orientation of the stylet and provide additional support for the stylet. The methods include providing a second entry point in a vessel of a patient remote from a first entry point. A vascular catheter can enter the vascular system of a patient at a first entry point and be advanced to a second entry point. A guide tube can be advanced out the second lumen of the vascular catheter with a stylet advanced out of the guide tube to pierce the vessel wall and skin of the patient at the second entry point. A catheter can be introduced to the vascular system at the second entry point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Vascular Access Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Lakshmikumar Pillai, Patrick Burt, John Lunsford, John Stiggelbout
  • Patent number: 10252086
    Abstract: Methods and systems for treating skin, such as stretch marks through deep tissue tightening with ultrasound are provided. An exemplary method and system comprise a therapeutic ultrasound system configured for providing ultrasound treatment to a shallow tissue region, such as a region comprising an epidermis, a dermis or a deep dermis. In accordance with various exemplary embodiments, a therapeutic ultrasound system can be configured to achieve depth with a conformal selective deposition of ultrasound energy without damaging an intervening tissue. In addition, a therapeutic ultrasound can also be configured in combination with ultrasound imaging or imaging/monitoring capabilities, either separately configured with imaging, therapy and monitoring systems or any level of integration thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Guided Therapy Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Peter G. Barthe, Michael H. Slayton, Inder Raj S. Makin
  • Patent number: 10245450
    Abstract: A method and system for providing ultrasound treatment to a tissue that contains a lower part of dermis and proximal protrusions of fat lobuli into the dermis. An embodiment delivers ultrasound energy to the region creating a thermal injury and coagulating the proximal protrusions of fat lobuli, thereby eliminating the fat protrusions into the dermis. An embodiment can also include ultrasound imaging configurations using the same or a separate probe before, after or during the treatment. In addition various therapeutic levels of ultrasound can be used to increase the speed at which fat metabolizes. Additionally the mechanical action of ultrasound physically breaks fat cell clusters and stretches the fibrous bonds. Mechanical action will also enhance lymphatic drainage, stimulating the evacuation of fat decay products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Guided Therapy Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Michael H. Slayton, Peter G. Barthe, Inder Raj S. Makin
  • Patent number: 10238894
    Abstract: Methods for non-invasive fat reduction can include targeting a region of interest below a surface of skin, which contains fat and delivering ultrasound energy to the region of interest. The ultrasound energy generates a thermal lesion with said ultrasound energy on a fat cell. The lesion can create an opening in the surface of the fat cell, which allows the draining of a fluid out of the fat cell and through the opening. In addition, by applying ultrasound energy to fat cells to increase the temperature to between 43 degrees and 49 degrees, cell apoptosis can be realized, thereby resulting in reduction of fat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Guided Therapy Systems, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Michael H. Slayton, Peter G. Barthe
  • Patent number: 10231712
    Abstract: A dual-mode ultrasound system provides real-time imaging and therapy delivery using the same transducer elements of a transducer array. The system may use a multichannel driver to drive the elements of the array. The system uses a real-time monitoring and feedback image control of the therapy based on imaging data acquired using the dual-mode ultrasound array (DMUA) of transducer elements. Further, for example, multimodal coded excitation may be used in both imaging and therapy modes. Still further, for example, adaptive, real-time refocusing for improved imaging and therapy can be achieved using, for example, array directivity vectors obtained from DMUA pulse-echo data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
    Inventors: Emad S. Ebbini, Andrew J. Casper, Dalong Liu, John R. Ballard
  • Patent number: 10226232
    Abstract: The invention relates to a brachytherapy instrument comprising a body, wherein the body is provided with at least one marker comprising a material suitable to be visualized using an ultrasonic and/or magnetic resonance imaging technique. The invention further relates to an image acquisition system and a method of image acquisition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Nucletron Operations B.V.
    Inventors: Cor Van de Wardt, Wilhelmus Petra Martinus Maria Van Erp, Luite Visscher
  • Patent number: 10215849
    Abstract: A Continuous Transmission Frequency Modulated (CTFM) detection apparatus includes a projector, a sensor, and a hardware processor. The projector is configured to transmit underwater a frequency modulated transmission wave based on a transmission signal. The sensor is configured to form a reception beam directed downward and laterally outward to a side of the boat or the ship and receive a reflected wave, the reflected wave comprising a reflection of the transmission wave on a target object. The hardware processor is programmed to at least generate a beat signal based at least in part on the transmission signal and the reflected wave, extract a processing signal from the beat signal, and generate an image information related to the target object based on the extracted processing signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Furuno Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kohei Kozuki
  • Patent number: 10213187
    Abstract: An ultrasound imaging system provides coronal and transverse images for guiding a superior temporal artery guidewire (STA guidewire) through a tortuous region of the STA to an aortic arch region for snaring by a femoral artery catheter snare and pulling through for “through and through” guidewire access. The STA guidewire includes a knob at a distal end which is advanced into a superficial temporal artery (STA) using multi-plane ultrasound guidance, and the STA guidewire is guided through the tortuous region using transverse and coronal images provided by the multi-plane ultrasound imager. The transverse and coronal images indicate the rotational direction for the wire tip to advance the knob end of the STA guidewire within the STA to the external carotid artery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventors: Mubin Syed, Al Stancampiano, Ashfaq Ahmed
  • Patent number: 10217177
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods are described for tracking, registering, etc. of medical staff, patients, instrumentation, events, or the like according to a treatment staging plan. For example a medical apparatus includes a right-patient verification device having an interrogation interface device that elicits at least one of identification data, authorization data, or treatment plan data from a medical procedure authorization device associated with a patient; and a right-site verification device that generates patient-specific treatment staging data consistent with the at least one of the identification data, the authorization data, or the treatment plan data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: ELWHA LLC
    Inventors: Michael H. Baym, Ralph G. Dacey, Jr., Roy P. Diaz, Roderick A. Hyde, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Jordin T. Kare, Eric C. Leuthardt, Nathan P. Myhrvold, Dennis J. Rivet, Michael A. Smith, Clarence T. Tegreene, Lowell L. Wood, Jr., Victoria Y. H. Wood
  • Patent number: 10206652
    Abstract: A three dimensional physiological mapping system utilizing an intracardiac echo catheter capable of being located in six degrees of freedom by a visualization, navigation, or mapping system. An echocardiography image of the intracardiac echo catheter may be projected within a geometric model of the visualization, navigation, or mapping system where the location of the projected image is adjusted in response to user input identifying a structure present in the echocardiography image and the geometric model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Atrial Fibrillation Division, Inc.
    Inventors: D. Curtis Deno, Anthony D. Hill, Hua Zhong
  • Patent number: 10201291
    Abstract: A method for measuring skin thickness. The method includes at a first 3D point on an outer surface of a patient, exposing the first point to near infrared (NIR) energy from an NIR source. The method includes measuring reflected energy emanating near the first 3D point, or beam incident point. The method includes determining a pattern of the reflected energy based on a distance from a center of the reflected energy, wherein the center is approximated by the first 3D point. The method includes determining a skin thickness measurement based on the pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignees: Varian Medical Systems, Inc., Varian Medical Systems Particle Therapy GMBH
    Inventors: John R. Adler, Jr., Ralf Bruder, Floris Ernst, Achim Schweikard
  • Patent number: 10182862
    Abstract: Methods and devices for both imaging and treating uterine fibroid tumors in one real-time system are provided. One minimally invasive method comprises introducing a sheath into a uterus and determining a location of a fibroid using a visualization element within or on the sheath. Upon identification, a portion of the sheath is steered to position at least one treatment needle at the determined location. The needle is then anchored in uterine tissue and the fibroid treated with the needle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Gynesonics, Inc.
    Inventor: Jessica Grossman
  • Patent number: 10178999
    Abstract: A liquid feed conduit and a suction conduit extends in a hollow portion from a probe proximal portion direction to a probe distal portion direction in an inside of a probe, and an ejection port of the liquid feed conduit and a suction port of the suction conduit are located in the hollow portion. A collision surface is provided in the probe to be opposed to at least a part of the ejection port, and the collision surface is located on the probe distal portion direction side with respect to the suction port and the ejection port. At least part of a liquid ejected from the ejection port collides with the collision surface in the hollow portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mizuki Komiya, Kazunori Taniguchi
  • Patent number: 10166378
    Abstract: Disclosed are a patch, system, and method for delivery of a permeant composition into a subject via at least one formed pathway through a biological membrane of the subject. The patch comprises a matrix, at least one hydrophilic permeant disposed within the matrix, wherein at least a portion of the permeant can dissolve in biological moisture received from the subject, and at least one permeability enhancer disposed within the matrix. Also disclosed are systems and methods for delivery of a permeant composition into a subject via at least one formed pathway through a skin layer of the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: NITTO DENKO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Frank Tagliaferri, Alan Smith, David Enscore, Gaurav Tolia, Mirek Baudys
  • Patent number: 10159466
    Abstract: Sparse tracking is used in acoustic radiation force impulse imaging. The tracking is performed sparsely. The displacements are measured only one or a few times for each receive line. While this may result in insufficient information to determine the displacement phase shift and/or maximum displacement over time, the resulting displacement samples for different receive lines as a function of time may be used together to estimate the velocity, such as with a Radon transform. The estimation may be less susceptible to noise from the scarcity of displacement samples by using compressive sensing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Yassin Labyed, David P. Duncan, Stephen J. Hsu, Seungsoo Kim, Liexiang Fan
  • Patent number: 10159469
    Abstract: An embodiment in accordance with the present invention provides a device and method for a transrectal ultrasound (TRUS) guided prostate biopsy. The device includes an ultrasound wand equipped with a lateral fire ultrasound sensor. The ultrasound wand also defines a channel having an oblique path though the wand. The channel accommodates a biopsy needle, which can be pivoted as well inserted through the channel to different depths in order to perform a biopsy of the prostate. The device therefore uses only three degrees-of-freedom of movement in order to obtain the biopsy samples. Additionally, the ultrasound wand can be used to generate a three-dimensional image of the prostate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: The Johns Hopkins University
    Inventors: Dan Stoianovici, Misop Han, Doru Petrisor, Chunwoo Kim
  • Patent number: 10143440
    Abstract: An ultrasonic imaging device selectively obtains an accurate image of a target part inside an object or an image of a wide part inside the object through an ultrasonic probe by operating a focus adjustment unit. The ultrasonic imaging device includes an ultrasonic probe the front of which is equipped with a probe lens, and a focus adjustment unit mounted to the ultrasonic probe so as to selectively defocus the probe lens. The focus adjustment unit includes a focus adjustment portion arranged in the front of the probe lens, and a pressing portion connected to the focus adjustment portion so as to vary a curvature of the focus adjustment portion by external force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jung Taek Oh
  • Patent number: 10130828
    Abstract: A system (10) for treating tissue within a body is configured to deliver a first level of ultrasound energy to a target tissue region (42) for a first duration resulting in the generation of micro-bubbles (56) in the target tissue region, determine one or more characteristics of the target tissue region in the presence of the micro-bubbles, and deliver a second level of ultrasound energy to the target tissue region for a second duration, wherein one or both of the second energy level and the second duration are based, at least in part, on the determined one or more characteristics of the target tissue region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: INSIGHTEC LTD.
    Inventors: Kobi Vortman, Shuki Vitek, David Freundlich
  • Patent number: 10130792
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for treatment of heart arrhythmia via renal neuromodulation. Such neuromodulation may effectuate irreversible electroporation or electrofusion, ablation, necrosis and/or inducement of apoptosis, alteration of gene expression, action potential attenuation or blockade, changes in cytokine up-regulation and other conditions in target neural fibers. In some embodiments, such neuromodulation is achieved through application of an electric field. In some embodiments, such neuromodulation is achieved through application of neuromodulatory agents, of thermal energy and/or of high intensity focused ultrasound. In some embodiments, such neuromodulation is performed in a bilateral fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Medtronic Ardian Luxembourg S.a.r.l.
    Inventors: Denise Zarins, Hanson Gifford, III
  • Patent number: 10111647
    Abstract: Provided is an ultrasonic image generating apparatus that may generate an ultrasonic image by using an ultrasonic transducer which has a wideband frequency transfer characteristic or an ultra-wideband frequency transfer characteristic, such as a micromachined ultrasonic transducer (MUT). A pulse generator of the ultrasonic image generating apparatus may generate a first ultrasonic pulse having a first center frequency and a first bandwidth and a second ultrasonic pulse having a second center frequency and a second bandwidth. The ultrasonic transducer may simultaneously transmit the first ultrasonic pulse and the second ultrasonic pulse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Bae Hyung Kim, Young-Il Kim, Jong-Keun Song, Seung-Heun Lee, Kyung-Il Cho
  • Patent number: 10092778
    Abstract: A treatment device (100) and a treatment system are provided. The treatment device (100) is suitable for temporarily or permanently placing a therapeutic device (112) in a part of a corpus of a living being. The treatment device (100) comprises an elongated body (102) for being inserted in the part of the corpus. The elongated body (102) comprises a channel (110) and an impedance sensor element (104). The channel (110) is for guiding the therapeutic device (112) to a specific position (PI) within the channel (110) and/or for holding the therapeutic device (112) at a specific position (PI) within the channel (110). The impedance sensor element (1040) is configured to be coupled to a detection device for detecting the presence of the therapeutic device (112) at the specific position (PI) on basis of a change of a signal provided by the impedance sensor element (104).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Dirk Binnekamp, Leonardus Jozef Lucas Maria Koch, Funda Sahin Nomaler, Aditya Mehendale, Maurice Hubertus Elisabeth Van Der Beek
  • Patent number: 10085712
    Abstract: An apparatus capable of connecting a connector of ultrasonic probe includes a connected part, a wall part and a vent hole. The connected part is provided in a housing and is configured to be capable of connecting a connector of ultrasonic probe. The wall part is provided in a location to surround side faces of the connector in a state of being connected to the connected part. The vent hole is provided between the connected part and the wall part so as to pass through from outside to inside of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: TOSHIBA MEDICAL SYSTEMS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takeshi Miyagi, Tomohiro Sato
  • Patent number: 10085717
    Abstract: An ultrasonic probe includes: a housing having an opening provided at a first end portion of the housing; a transducer provided in a position corresponding to the opening and configured to generate ultrasonic waves; a heat spreader provided underneath the transducer; and a printed circuit board (PCB) disposed between the transducer and the heat spreader, wherein the heat spreader includes: a body portion configured to absorb heat from the transducer; and a coupling portion that is formed at a side portion of the body portion and coupled to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kyungil Cho, Jong Keun Song
  • Patent number: 10070883
    Abstract: A non-invasive ultra-high frequency ultrasound treatment method and system are provided. An exemplary method and system comprise a high-frequency ultrasound transducer system configured for providing ultrasound treatment to a patient such that the superficial and/or subcutaneous regions of the patient can be treated. An exemplary high-frequency ultrasound transducer system comprises a control system and a transducer configured to provide treatment to the superficial and/or subcutaneous regions of interest. The high-frequency ultrasound transducer may be configured to operate at higher frequencies and controlled power levels to provide treatment to the superficial and/or subcutaneous regions of interest. For example, higher frequencies within the range from approximately 20 MHz to 500 MHz or more may be utilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: GUIDED THERAPY SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventors: Peter G. Barthe, Michael H. Slayton
  • Patent number: 10070846
    Abstract: A method for ablation treatment using ultrasound data begins by identifying pathology to be treated and one or more blood vessels proximate the treatment site in a medical diagnostic image. The identified ROI and the blood vessels are automatically indicated in an ultrasound image Ultrasonic Doppler velocity data is acquired from the flow within the vessels and the Doppler data is used to calculate the volume blood flow through the vessels. The thermal effect of the heat transported by this blood flow is considered in the planning or conduct of the ablation treatment, as by modifying the size of a burn zone graphic around the tip of the ablation probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: James Robertson Jago, Gary Cheng-How Ng
  • Patent number: 10065050
    Abstract: A skin care apparatus using ultrasonic vibration is disclosed. The skin care apparatus includes a main body, a vibration unit separably installed on the main body, and an ultrasonic generation portion installed inside the vibration unit to generate vibration, wherein the vibration unit includes a skin contact member provided with a projection that is in a tube shape to transfer the ultrasonic vibration generated from the ultrasonic generation portion to a skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: BOMTECH ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jong-Dae Lee
  • Patent number: 10058718
    Abstract: A probe including a shaft on which an ultrasound element is mounted, an outer sheath and an acoustic membrane surrounding the shaft and the ultrasound element such that the shaft and ultrasound element are rotatable therein. Passages may supply a cooling and acoustic coupling fluid to an inlet and outlet adjacent the acoustic element to cool the acoustic element and fill a volume between the acoustic element and the acoustic sheath with the fluid. A balloon may be mounted on the probe to be selectively inflated to fix a position of the probe. A drain for urine and other bodily fluids may be provided through the probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Shriram Sethuraman, Gosta Ehnholm, Balasundara I. Raju
  • Patent number: 10058717
    Abstract: When planning magnetic resonance (MR) guided high intensity focused ultrasonic (HIFU) therapy, HIFU transducer element parameters are optimized as a function of 3D MR data describing a size, shape, and position of a region of interest (ROI) (146) and any obstructions (144) between the HIFU transducer elements and the ROI (146). Transducer element phases and amplitudes are adjusted to maximize HIFU radiation delivery to the ROI (146) while minimizing delivery to the obstruction (144). Additionally or alternatively, transducer elements are selectively deactivated if the obstruction (144) is positioned between the ROI (146) and a given transducer element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Profound Medical Inc.
    Inventors: Emil G. Radulescu, Gosta Jakob Ehnholm, Ramon Q. Erkamp, I. A. Julius Koskela, Shunmugavelu D. Sokka, Erkki T. Vahala, Max Oskar Kohler
  • Patent number: 10046182
    Abstract: Methods for treating skin and subcutaneous tissue with energy such as ultrasound energy are disclosed. In various embodiments, ultrasound energy is applied at a region of interest to affect tissue by cutting, ablating, micro-ablating, coagulating, or otherwise affecting the subcutaneous tissue to conduct numerous procedures that are traditionally done invasively in a non-invasive manner. Methods of lifting sagging tissue on a face and/or neck are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Guided Therapy Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Peter G. Barthe, Michael H. Slayton, Inder Raj S. Makin
  • Patent number: 10039562
    Abstract: Described herein are methods and apparatus for detecting stones by ultrasound, in which the ultrasound reflections from a stone are preferentially selected and accentuated relative to the ultrasound reflections from blood or tissue. Also described herein are methods and apparatus for applying pushing ultrasound to in vivo stones or other objects, to facilitate the removal of such in vivo objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: University of Washington through its Center for Commercialization
    Inventors: Michael Bailey, Bryan Cunitz, Barbrina Dunmire
  • Patent number: 10039566
    Abstract: An ultrasound transducer assembly includes an acoustic focusing lens and a therapy transducer mounted to a holder member so that the lens is movable relative to the transducer. The lens and the transducer are mounted to the holder member so that the lens is spaced a predetermined distance from the transducer element. A liquid layer having a thickness of the predetermined distance is provided between the lens and the transducer element. A solid backing member is disposed on a side of the transducer element opposite the lens. The backing member is spaced by an additional liquid layer of a predetermined thickness from the transducer element. The focusing depth of the lens-transducer assembly is controllable by transducer operating frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: MISONIX, INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Yegor Sinelnikov
  • Patent number: 10039522
    Abstract: A method and system for imaging, diagnosing, and/or treating an area of interest in a patient's body is provided. More particularly, a manually steered “rapid exchange” type catheter for a system for imaging, diagnosing, and/or treating an area of interest in a patient's body is provided. The catheter comprises a catheter body configured to be introduced to an area of interest in a patient's body, a device for imaging, diagnosing, and/or treating the area of interest contained within the catheter body, and a manual steering device attached to the imaging, diagnosing, and/or treating device to allow an operator to manually steer the imaging, diagnosing, and/or treating device, wherein the catheter is configured to be mounted on a commercially available guidewire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Volcano Corporation
    Inventors: Paul A. Magnin, Russell W. Bowden, John W. Goodnow
  • Patent number: 10035009
    Abstract: A method of treating pancreatic cancer includes: inserting a device into a stomach or a duodenum; securing at least a portion of the device in position relative to the stomach or the duodenum; and delivering ultrasonic energy from the device to treat a target site in a pancreas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University
    Inventors: Frank Graham Sommer, Chris J. Diederich
  • Patent number: 10016234
    Abstract: A catheter tip is disclosed comprising a proximal stem that comprises a lumen. An electrode wall that comprises a center cavity can be coupled to the distal end of the proximal stem. An electrode cap can be coupled to a distal end of the electrode wall. An elongate thermocouple element can extend through the lumen of the proximal stem and the center cavity and can be coupled to the electrode cap. The elongate thermocouple element can be turned around a portion of a longitudinal axis defined by the catheter tip assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Oliverius, Troy T. Tegg, Zachary Helgeson
  • Patent number: 10010721
    Abstract: Methods for non-invasive fat reduction can include targeting a region of interest below a surface of skin, which contains fat and delivering ultrasound energy to the region of interest. The ultrasound energy generates a thermal lesion with said ultrasound energy on a fat cell. The lesion can create an opening in the surface of the fat cell, which allows the draining of a fluid out of the fat cell and through the opening. In addition, by applying ultrasound energy to fat cells to increase the temperature to between 43 degrees and 49 degrees, cell apoptosis can be realized, thereby resulting in reduction of fat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Guided Therapy Systems, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Michael H. Slayton, Peter G. Barthe
  • Patent number: 10010724
    Abstract: A probe for ultrasound treatment of skin laxity are provided. Systems and methods can include ultrasound imaging of the region of interest for localization of the treatment area, delivering ultrasound energy at a depth and pattern to achieve the desired therapeutic effects, and/or monitoring the treatment area to assess the results and/or provide feedback. In an embodiment, a treatment system and method can be configured for producing arrays of sub-millimeter and larger zones of thermal ablation to treat the epidermal, superficial dermal, mid-dermal or deep dermal components of tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Guided Therapy Systems, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Peter G. Barthe, Michael H. Slayton, Inder Raj S. Makin
  • Patent number: 10010723
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system in the field of MR guided thermal treatment and more specifically to the temperature control. In the invention an MR and a thermal treatment system are combined. The thermal treatment system is configured to apply thermal treatment pulses to a subject. The prevent overheating of healthy tissue, the thermal treatment pulses are spaced by a cool-down period. The end of the cool-down period is determined by temperature measurements performed during the cool-down period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Profound Medical Inc.
    Inventor: Max Oskar Koehler
  • Patent number: 10010725
    Abstract: A method and system for providing ultrasound treatment to a tissue that contains a lower part of dermis and proximal protrusions of fat lobuli into the dermis. An embodiment delivers ultrasound energy to the region creating a thermal injury and coagulating the proximal protrusions of fat lobuli, thereby eliminating the fat protrusions into the dermis. An embodiment can also include ultrasound imaging configurations using the same or a separate probe before, after or during the treatment. In addition various therapeutic levels of ultrasound can be used to increase the speed at which fat metabolizes. Additionally the mechanical action of ultrasound physically breaks fat cell clusters and stretches the fibrous bonds. Mechanical action will also enhance lymphatic drainage, stimulating the evacuation of fat decay products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Guided Therapy Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Michael H. Slayton, Peter G. Barthe, Inder Raj S. Makin