Anatomic Image Produced By Reflective Scanning Patents (Class 600/443)
  • Patent number: 10667708
    Abstract: A velocity vector calculating unit 40 obtains velocity vectors at various coordinates in a blood flow, on the basis of signals obtained by transmitting and receiving ultrasonic waves, thereby generating a plurality of vector frames, each formed from velocity vectors at a plurality of coordinates. An interpolation processing unit 50 generates interpolated frames by employing an interpolation process between two adjacent vector frames, and adds one or a plurality of such interpolated frames between said vector frames. The interpolation processing unit 50 generates each interpolated frame, formed from interpolated vectors at a plurality of coordinates, by means of an interpolation process based on velocity vectors between the two adjacent vector frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: HITACHI, LTD.
    Inventor: Hajime Sakashita
  • Patent number: 10660613
    Abstract: For measurement point determination in imaging with a medical scanner, the user selects a location on the image. Rather than using that location, an “intended” location corresponding to a local boundary or landmark represented in the image is identified. The medical scanner uses the simple user interface to more exactly determine points for measurement. One or more rays are cast from the user selected location. The actual location is found by examining data along the ray or rays. For 2D imaging, the rays are cast in the plane. For 3D imaging, the ray is cast along a view direction to find the depth. The intensities along the ray or around the ray are used to find the actual location, such as by application of a machine-learnt classifier to the limited region around the ray or by finding intensities along the ray relative to a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Ingmar Voigt, Tommaso Mansi, Helene C. Houle
  • Patent number: 10664977
    Abstract: An apparatus includes one or more processors configured to monitor motion of an imaging probe in an imaging system operating according to one or more parameters. The imaging probe is configured to output image data representative of an imaged body. The one or more processors are configured to change the one or more parameters of the imaging system based on the motion of the imaging probe that is monitored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Christian Fritz Perrey
  • Patent number: 10660608
    Abstract: A medical imaging system according to embodiment includes an ultrasonic probe, positioning circuitry, first mapping relationship estimation circuitry, repositioning circuitry and a display. The first mapping relationship estimation circuitry estimates a first mapping relationship between a position of the ultrasonic probe when a subject is in a first position state and a position of the ultrasonic probe when the subject is in a second position state. The repositioning circuitry determines a target position of a volume image corresponding to the position of the ultrasonic probe in the second position state according to the first mapping relationship and a second mapping relationship between the position of the ultrasonic probe in the first position state and the target position of the volume image of the subject. The display displays the image of the target position obtained from the volume image according to the target position of the volume image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Yuhua Liao, Guang Li
  • Patent number: 10660561
    Abstract: A personal skin lesion scanner system that can facilitate early detection of changes in the appearance of a user's skin is described. The system includes a handheld device for home use, to record images of a user's skin, and software for analyzing the images. The system can automatically detect changes in the user's skin, such as changes in the size, shape, or color of a skin lesion, and alert the user if any changes are detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Jie Bao, Moungi G. Bawendi
  • Patent number: 10664975
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes an external scenery sensor that images at least one target, and an image generation unit that generates a virtual image corresponding to at least one of the targets which are moving among the imaged targets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masashi Aonuma, Kaoru Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 10657633
    Abstract: There are provided a subject information processing apparatus suitable for acquiring a moving image by consecutively receiving acoustic waves from an observation target subject region and an image display method. First combined image data is generated by combining at least two of i-th image data to (i+m)-th image data (i+m<N, where i and m are natural numbers) out of N pieces of image data based on electrical signals acquired when a probe detects the acoustic waves respectively at N positions (N is 3 or a larger integer) at different relative positions to the subject. Second combined image data is generated by combining at least two of an (i+n)-th to an (i+n+m)-th image data (n is a natural number). An image based on the first combined image data is updated to an image based on the second combined image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kenichi Nagae
  • Patent number: 10653395
    Abstract: Transmit power is adaptively set in medical diagnostic ultrasound imaging. The relative strength, such as a ratio, of harmonic and fundamental responses is calculated. This relative strength is used to set the transmit power. The transmit power may be set following ALARA while providing enough information for harmonic imaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Bimba Rao, Sharleen Marshall
  • Patent number: 10646203
    Abstract: Provided are an ultrasound diagnosis apparatus and method for analyzing a contrast enhanced ultrasound image. The ultrasound diagnosis apparatus and method determine, by analysis, causes of defects in a frame of an ultrasound image based on a time intensity curve and allow visual display of the defective frame based on the determined causes. Furthermore, the ultrasound diagnosis method and apparatus may provide a user interface for quick access to causes of defects in a frame of the ultrasound image and to a position of the defective frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG MEDISON CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ho-jin Ryoo, Jong-sik Kim, Jin-yong Lee
  • Patent number: 10639003
    Abstract: An ultrasound diagnosis apparatus generating an ultrasound image of inside of a test object based on ultrasound signals reflected and received from the inside of the test object includes: a candidate region extracting unit which extracts a plurality of candidate detection regions in a needle position range corresponding to a position of a puncture needle inserted into the test object; a needle identification range setting unit which determines a needle identification range including the needle position range from the ultrasound image based on the extracted candidate detection regions; a needle position range estimating unit which determines an estimated range of the needle position range in the needle identification range based on a value indicating an aggregation state related to a distribution of the candidate detection regions in the needle identification range; and a needle emphasizing unit which performs a process for emphasizing the estimated range in the ultrasound image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Takeda, Kazuya Takagi, Jo Shikama, Makoto Horiuchi
  • Patent number: 10634780
    Abstract: An electromagnetic wave imaging system and a method of correcting an antenna array signal are disclosed. In an example, the electromagnetic wave imaging system may include an antenna array, configured to receive electromagnetic wave from a target object and convert the electromagnetic wave into an electrical signal; a signal processing unit, configured to process the electrical signal to obtain an image of the target object; and a distance measuring device, configured to measure a distance of the target object from the antenna array, wherein the signal processing unit corrects the electrical signal based at least in part on the measured distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignees: Nuctech Company Limited, Tsinghua University
    Inventors: Zhiqiang Chen, Yuanjing Li, Ziran Zhao, Wanlong Wu, Zongjun Shen, Yinong Liu, Jieqing Yang
  • Patent number: 10625029
    Abstract: A needle system for penetrating to or passing thought an object or an organ comprising a semiconductor die, one or more needles, wherein the needles move relative to the die using one or more actuators. The actuators are controlled by a controller wherein the controller instruct the needle to penetrate into or to pass through and/or retract from the object or organ. The needle system is used among other treatments for drug delivery, blood extraction, blood analysis, glucose measurements, blood measurements, nerve system stimulus treatment, hair removal, skin lesions coloring or removal or tattoo painting or removal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Inventor: David Hirshberg
  • Patent number: 10610203
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and media for determining carotid intima-media thickness are provided. In some embodiments, a method for determining carotid intima-media thickness of a carotid artery is provided, the method comprising: receiving a frame from a plurality of images, wherein each of the plurality of images includes a portion of the carotid artery; receiving a user selection of a location with the frame; setting a region of interest, based on the received user selection; detecting a first border and a second border within the region of interest; applying one or more active contour models to the first border and the second border to generate a smoothed first border and a smoothed second border; and calculating the intima-media thickness based at least in part on the smoothed first border and the second smoothed border.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignees: The Arizona Board of Regents on Behalf of Arizona State University, The Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research
    Inventors: Jianming Liang, Xiangjun Zhu, Christopher B. Kendall, Robert T. Hurst
  • Patent number: 10602952
    Abstract: An apparatus for guiding a biomedical electrode is provided, which guides a biomedical electrode to be brought into close contact with a living body surface of a voluntary muscle into optimum close contact positions on the basis of positions of the voluntary muscle and a neuromuscular junction of the voluntary muscle inside the living body surface. The relative positions of the voluntary muscle and the neuromuscular junction of the voluntary muscle to the living body surface are detected from muscle action potentials detected by myoelectric detection electrodes put into close contact with a large number of positions on the living body surface. On the basis of the relative position information, a close contact position of the biomedical electrode to be brought into close contact with the living body surface of the voluntary muscle is guided to an optimum position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: SMK Corporation
    Inventors: Koichiro Ejiri, Haruhiko Kondo
  • Patent number: 10595827
    Abstract: An information providing method which is implementable by using an ultrasound apparatus includes obtaining ultrasound image data which relates to an object; displaying, on a first area of a screen, a gain setup window for setting a gain of the obtained ultrasound image data; receiving a gain which is set by a user on the gain setup window; and displaying, on a second area of the screen, an ultrasound image of the object to which the set gain is applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Eun-ho Yang, Hyoung-jin Kim, Jin-young Choi
  • Patent number: 10588596
    Abstract: The present embodiments relate generally to ultrasound imaging methods, systems, and apparatus that detect and enhance viewing of a needle during ultrasound imaging. The methods involve acquiring an ultrasound image feed having primary ultrasound image frames. During acquisition of the ultrasound image feed, secondary frames are interspersed amongst the primary ultrasound image frames, where each secondary frame is steered at a different angle. At least one secondary frame is analyzed to detect an imaged needle. Upon detection of an imaged needle in at least one secondary frame, an optimal steering angle is determined for imaging the needle, the optimal steering angle being based on the steered angle of the at least one secondary frame having the detected imaged needle. The method continues to acquire the ultrasound image feed by acquiring additional primary ultrasound image frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Clarius Mobile Health Corp.
    Inventors: Kris Dickie, Nishant Uniyal
  • Patent number: 10588606
    Abstract: A method of determining a status of ultrasound coupling medium for performing an ultrasound scan for providing an ultrasound image including plural scanlines (Nl) is disclosed. In an embodiment, the method includes operating an ultrasound device to capture an image frame including plural scanlines (Nl), each scanline having an associated sample set (s) of intensity values; processing a subset of the associated sample set (s) of values for each scanline to determine a first summation for each scanline; processing plural sets of corresponding intensity values from each of plural scanlines located within a range of a respective scanline to determine a set of difference values for each respective scanline; processing each set of difference values to determine a second summation for each scanline; and generating a status for the ultrasound coupling medium according to a relationship between each of the first summations and each of the associated second summations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: ECHONOUS, INC.
    Inventor: Andrew John Niemiec
  • Patent number: 10588605
    Abstract: Methods and systems for segmenting structures in medical images are provided. The methods and systems drive a plurality of transducer element, and collect receive signals from the transducer array at a receive beamformer to form beam summed signals. The methods and systems generate a first ultrasound image of a region of interest (ROI) having tissue elements and blood elements, and generate a second ultrasound image of the ROI having tissue elements and blood elements. The tissue elements of the first ultrasound image having a higher intensity than the blood elements. The blood elements of the second ultrasound image having a higher intensity than the tissue elements. The methods and systems further perform segmentation by simultaneously applying edge detection on the first and second ultrasound images for the ROI.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Eigil Samset
  • Patent number: 10582910
    Abstract: An information acquisition apparatus according to the present invention includes a container configured to store a deformable acoustic matching member, a receiving unit configured to receive an acoustic wave generated from an object and output a signal, and a processing unit configured to acquire object information based on the signal. The processing unit acquires sound speed information about the object, acquires sound speed information about the acoustic matching member, acquires positional information about the acoustic matching member, acquires propagation time information about the acoustic wave between an interesting position of the object and the receiving unit using the positional information, the sound speed information about the object, and the sound speed information about the acoustic matching member, and acquires the object information about the interesting position using the signal and the propagation time information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Fukutani, Ryuichi Nanaumi, Takuro Miyasato
  • Patent number: 10575825
    Abstract: To reduce speckle is spectral Doppler imaging, any oversampling relative to the velocity scale is used to create different data sets for the location at a given time. The different data sets have at least partially independent noise. Spectra are estimated from the different data sets and the resulting spectra combined into a spectrum with less speckle. To improve signal-to-noise ratio, the samples acquired for a given velocity scale are band-limited into different narrower bands. The portion of the spectrum estimated for each narrow band has a higher signal-to-noise ratio than a spectrum estimated for the entire band. The parts of the spectrum estimated for the different narrow bands are stitched together to provide a spectrum for the entire band with greater signal-to-noise ratio. In another approach, the user may input a narrow band relative to the velocity scale so that the corresponding part of the spectrum is provided with greater signal-to-noise ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul D. Freiburger, Mikyoung Park
  • Patent number: 10575827
    Abstract: An ultrasonic image diagnostic device includes: an ultrasonic transmitting/receiving unit which repeatedly transmits an ultrasonic wave to a subject and receives an ultrasonic echo from the subject; an image processor which generates a plurality of ultrasonic images illustrating an in-vivo state of the subject based on ultrasonic echoes sequentially received from the subject; and a motion evaluating unit which performs motion evaluation of a moving body in the plurality of generated ultrasonic images, wherein the motion evaluating unit includes an interval setting unit which sets an interval between the ultrasonic images which should be compared with each other for the motion evaluation so as to be variable in increments of the number of frames based on a frame rate of the plurality of generated ultrasonic images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Jo Shikama, Kazuya Takagi, Yoshihiro Takeda
  • Patent number: 10575826
    Abstract: An ultrasound diagnostic apparatus according to an embodiment includes a transmitter/receiver, an adder/subtractor and an image generating unit. The transmitter/receiver performs a first set of ultrasound transmission/reception and a second set of ultrasound transmission/reception, on a same scanning line of an imaging region of a subject administered with a contrast agent, for a plurality of sets, to output reflected wave data for the plurality of the sets, the first set of the ultrasound transmission/reception performing amplitude-modulated or amplitude- and phase-modulated ultrasound transmission transmitted a plurality of times and receiving reflected waves, and the second set of the ultrasound transmission/reception being transmission/reception whose phase modulation being different from phase modulation of the first set of the ultrasound transmission/reception. The adder/subtractor adds or subtracts the reflected wave data for the plurality of the sets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroki Yoshiara, Kuramitsu Nishihara, Akihiro Kakee, Tetsuya Kawagishi, Makoto Hirama
  • Patent number: 10571554
    Abstract: Coherent combination of ultrasound data for collinear receive beams adapts to the ultrasound data. Beam-to-beam coherence metrics, such as correlation coefficient and/or phase change or functions of these parameters, are used to adapt weighting of the ultrasound data for the receive beams prior to combination or to adapt the results of the combination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Liang Zhai, Rickard C. Loftman
  • Patent number: 10564272
    Abstract: A system (800) includes an acquisition engine (837) that acquires ultrasound data for two or more modes with a first acquisition algorithm, including an image mode and a special mode. A rendering engine (834) employs a first rendering algorithm and displays the image in a main display window (902) and the special mode ultrasound data in a viewport (906) superimposed over the main display window. The acquisition engine acquires ultrasound data for the special mode using a second acquisition algorithm and the rendering engine displays a first portion of the generated special mode ultrasound data over the main display window and a second portion of the generated special mode ultrasound data over the viewport using a second rendering algorithm in response to the system receiving an input signal indicative of a movement of the viewport from a first location of the main display window to a second different position of the main display window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: BK Medical Aps
    Inventors: Truis Mosegaard, Jakob Jensen, Jens Mose Pedersen, Christian J Duun-Christensen, Gert Seerup
  • Patent number: 10561443
    Abstract: A method for performing image-guided embryo transfer for in vitro fertilization includes performing a pre-operative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan of a subjects pelvic region to yield a first MRI image dataset. A computer applies a segmentation routine to the first MRI image dataset to yield segment data which is then used by the computer to create an anatomical model of the subjects pelvic region. The computer determines an optimal implant location based on the anatomical model and creates a three-dimensional rendering of the optimal implant location based on the first MRI image dataset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignees: Siemens Healthcare GmbH, The Johns Hopkins University
    Inventors: Wesley David Gilson, Jan Fritz
  • Patent number: 10561398
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for a single element ultrasound transducer. In one embodiment, the ultrasound transducer comprises a front face, a back face parallel to the front face, a piezoelectric layer having a top surface electrically coupled to the signal pad and a bottom surface electrically coupled to the ground pad. In this way, the transducer can work robustly and may be automatically mounted to an imaging probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Flavien Daloz, Jason Barrett, Edouard Da Cruz, Jean Pierre Malacrida
  • Patent number: 10559251
    Abstract: Circuits, methods, and apparatus that may estimate the power being consumed by an OLED display screen of an electronic device, may provide further information about that power usage, may modify or change functions performed by the electronic device based on that power usage, and may inform an application's developer about the amount of power being used by the electronic device while the electronic device is running the application. One example may estimate the power being used by an OLED display screen of an electronic device by determining the content of images being displayed during a duration. The estimated power may then be presented to a user. The estimated power may be used in decisions to modify or change parameters of the screen or other device components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Abhinav Pathak, Conor J. O'Reilly, Shashi K. Dua, Udaykumar R. Raval, Christopher W. Chaney, Amit K. Vyas, Albert S. Liu, Roberto Alvarez, Rohit Mundra, Vladislav Sahnovich, Patrick Y. Law, Paul M. Thompson, Paolo Sacchetto, Chaohao Wang, Arthur L. Spence, Jean-Pierre Simon Guillou, Mohammad Ali Jangda, Christopher Edward Glazowski, Yifan Zhang
  • Patent number: 10548568
    Abstract: An information providing method which is implementable by using an ultrasound apparatus includes obtaining ultrasound image data which relates to an object; displaying, on a first area of a screen, a gain setup window for setting a gain of the obtained ultrasound image data; receiving a gain which is set by a user on the gain setup window; and displaying, on a second area of the screen, an ultrasound image of the object to which the set gain is applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Eun-ho Yang, Hyoung-jin Kim, Jin-young Choi
  • Patent number: 10547789
    Abstract: An apparatus in related art has a problem in a presentation method of data to a user or a usability. A subject information obtaining apparatus includes a plurality of transducer elements that receive acoustic waves generated in a subject irradiated with light from a light source and transduce the acoustic waves into a plurality of reception signals, a processing unit configured to obtain a characteristic distribution indicating a distribution of characteristic information respectively corresponding to a plurality of positions in the subject by using the plurality of reception signals, in which the processing unit outputs image information for displaying a distribution image created by using the characteristic distribution and data indicating a time fluctuation of the characteristic information in a predetermined region of the distribution image within a same screen of a display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroshi Abe, Ayumi Kabata, Masae Torii
  • Patent number: 10537307
    Abstract: An information providing method which is implementable by using an ultrasound apparatus includes obtaining ultrasound image data which relates to an object; displaying, on a first area of a screen, a gain setup window for setting a gain of the obtained ultrasound image data; receiving a gain which is set by a user on the gain setup window; and displaying, on a second area of the screen, an ultrasound image of the object to which the set gain is applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Eun-ho Yang, Hyoung-jin Kim, Jin-young Choi
  • Patent number: 10542225
    Abstract: Embodiments facilitate in-time registration of temporally separated image acquisition sessions to obtain highly comparable images without physical restraint of the camera and/or subject. For example, while displaying a live view being acquired of a subject in real time in a viewfinder window of an image acquisition system, a live position of the system can be measured, a real-time offset can be computed between the live position and a guide position (corresponding to a position from which a prior image of the subject was acquired at a prior acquisition time), and a guide can be overlaid on the viewfinder window to indicate a real-time positional offset between the live view and the prior image according to the real-time offset. A present image of the subject can be acquired when the guide indicates an in-time registration between the live view and the prior image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Epitomyze Inc.
    Inventor: Freddy Jones
  • Patent number: 10524765
    Abstract: A method of refining an anatomical model includes acquiring a two-dimensional echocardiogram that has a variable intensity, relating the two-dimensional echocardiogram to a plurality of mapping points that exist in three-dimensional space, and determining a confidence value for each of two or more mapping points that corresponds to an intensity at a point on the two-dimensional echocardiogram.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Atrial Fibrillation Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony D. Hill, D. Curtis Deno, Martin M. Grasse, Robert D. Aiken, Daniel A. Feeney
  • Patent number: 10524767
    Abstract: An ultrasound diagnostic apparatus includes an acquisition unit acquiring pieces of ultrasound image data at different deflection angles; a calculation unit calculating coefficients corresponding to respective positions in ultrasound image data corresponding to a certain deflection angle based on signal or pixel values corresponding to the respective positions in at least one piece of ultrasound image data corresponding to a deflection angle other than the certain deflection angle; a multiplication unit multiplying, by the coefficients, signal or pixel values corresponding to the respective positions in the piece of ultrasound image data corresponding to the certain deflection angle, or signal or pixel values corresponding to the respective positions in image data obtained by compounding ultrasound image data corresponding to respective deflection angles including the certain deflection angle; and a control unit causing a display unit to display an image based on the signal or pixel values multiplied by the c
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Yasuhiko Abe
  • Patent number: 10516539
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for reconditioning an intravascular device for reuse are provided. The method includes reading first security data from a memory of the intravascular device; determining if the intravascular device is authentic; generating second security data, when the intravascular device is authentic; and writing the second security data to the memory of the intravascular device. Devices, systems, and methods for authenticating an intravascular device for use are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Joseph Hoffman, Jason Spencer
  • Patent number: 10492762
    Abstract: An ultrasound diagnostic apparatus includes: an ultrasound probe; region-of-interest setting means for setting the depth position of a region of interest in a subject; reflection point setting means for setting a plurality of points in a region, which is deeper than the depth position of the region of interest, as reflection points of ultrasound waves transmitted from the ultrasound probe; and sound speed value deriving means for deriving a sound speed value in a region between each of the plurality of reflection points and the ultrasound probe, for each of the plurality of reflection points, based on a reception signal generated when the ultrasound probe receives an ultrasound wave reflected at each of the plurality of reflection points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: FUJIFILM CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kimito Katsuyama
  • Patent number: 10497119
    Abstract: Systems and methods for post processing cardiac magnetic resonance images are described that utilize a machine-learning algorithm. Embodiments of the systems and methods maximize physician and technologist efficiency by minimizing the necessary manual labor that is required to post-process medical images through smart-automation, thereby improving consistency and reproducibility of post-processing results by minimizing operator bias.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Precision Image Analysis, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Flamm, Daniel McInally, Mary Waiss, Philip Trinh, Sam Alkek
  • Patent number: 10470838
    Abstract: A method for verifying a spatial registration of an anatomical region is provided. The method may track a spatial pose of at least one checkpoint defined within the anatomical region, track a spatial pose of a probe tip in proximity to the anatomical region at the checkpoint, map a spatial proximity between the probe tip and the anatomical region onto a visual representation of the anatomical region based on the tracked spatial poses, quantify a deviation between the mapped spatial proximity and an actual spatial proximity in response to a verification request where the verification request is initiated by a user and indicative of the actual spatial proximity between the probe tip and the anatomical region, and generate a graphical index indicative of a degree of accuracy of the spatial registration of the anatomical region based on the quantified deviation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: MAKO Surgical Corp.
    Inventors: Danielle Epstein, Carinne Granchi
  • Patent number: 10471205
    Abstract: A system for identifying an attribute of an implanted medical device, such as an access port. In one embodiment, the identification system comprises a marker included with the implanted medical device, the marker relating to an attribute of the implanted medical device. An external detection device is also included, comprising a signal source that emits an incident electromagnetic signal for impingement on the marker of the implanted medical device, a detector that detects a return signal from the marker resulting from impingement of the incident electromagnetic signal, and a user interface for conveying information relating to the attribute based on detection of the return signal. In the case of an implantable access port, for instance, the described system enables information, such as the ability of the port to withstand power injection of fluids therethrough, to be ascertained even after the port has been subcutaneously implanted within the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: C. R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Jiaye Z. Jho, Jeremy B. Cox
  • Patent number: 10458952
    Abstract: The ultrasound diagnostic apparatus acquires an ultrasound image for examining an inspection object using an ultrasonic beam, and includes a sound velocity determiner configured to determine a sound velocity in the inspection object, and a sound velocity searching range setting section configured to set a range in which a sound velocity is searched by the sound velocity determiner. The sound velocity searching range setting section sets a sound velocity searching range using a sound velocity calculated in a predetermined range with respect to at least one of space and time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroaki Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10449395
    Abstract: A method for transcostal ultrasound treatment of tissues includes determining rib locations, e.g., based on ultrasound reflections off the ribs or acoustic radiation force signals, and transcostally focusing ultrasound into the tissue while minimizing damage to the ribs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: INSIGHTEC, LTD.
    Inventors: Shuki Vitek, Yoav Medan, Yoav Levy
  • Patent number: 10448921
    Abstract: Ultrasound systems and methods provide a workflow to automatically identify a fetal heartbeat. A region of interest (ROI) is identified in an ultrasound image and an ROI icon is positioned around or over a fetal pole and/or fetal heart. The ultrasound system produces spatially different M-mode lines associated with the ROI icon. The ultrasound system can identify a fetal heartbeat and estimate the fetal heart rate from echo signals received from echo signals associated with at least one of the spatially different M-mode lines. The echo signals for the M-mode lines can also be ranked according to the likely presence of a fetal heartbeat in the echo data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Dorothy Anita Strassner, Ji Cao, Vijay Thakur Shamdasani, Intekhab Alam Mufti Mohammed
  • Patent number: 10453360
    Abstract: An ultrasound simulation method for rendering an ultrasound image of an anatomy model, comprises acquiring, with at least one model sensor, a position and/or orientation of the model; acquiring, with at least one probe replicate sensor, a position and/or orientation of an ultrasound imaging probe replicate, the ultrasound imaging probe replicate interacting with low friction with at least one anatomy model surface, the model surface being deformed by the pressure of the ultrasound imaging probe replicate; aligning a VR/AR model to the tracked position and orientation of the anatomy model and the ultrasound imaging probe replicate; interpolating a 2D ultrasound slice by sampling through a standard reconstructed 3D ultrasound volume, as a function of the tracked position and orientation of the anatomy model and the ultrasound imaging probe replicate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: VIRTAMED AG
    Inventors: Erika Beudeker, Basil Fierz, Sebastian Martin, Carolyn O'Brien, Stefan Tuchschmid, Maxim Makhinya, Orcun Goksel
  • Patent number: 10448924
    Abstract: An ultrasonic diagnostic imaging system for shear wave measurement transmits push pulses in the form of a sheet of energy. The sheet of energy produces a shear wavefront which is a plane wave, which does not suffer from the 1/R radial dissipation of push pulse force as does a conventional push pulse generated along a single push pulse vector. The sheet of energy can be planar, curved, or in some other two or three dimensional shape. A curved sheet of energy can produce a shear wave source which focuses into a thin line, which increases the resolution and sensitivity of the measuring techniques used to detect the shear wave effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: John Douglas Fraser, Roy Peterson, Jean-Luc Robert, Vijay Shamdasani, Hua Xie
  • Patent number: 10444351
    Abstract: The present invention provides an embodiment of an electronic device, including: an ultrasonic transmitting transducer, arranged to transmit a first ultrasonic signal, at a first time point, to an object to be tested at a first time point, wherein the first ultrasonic signal is reflected by the object to be tested to serve as a second ultrasonic signal; first, second and third ultrasonic receiving transducers, arranged to receive the second ultrasonic signal; and a processor, arranged to use Short-Time Fourier Transform to calculate a second time point, a third time point, and a fourth time point at which the first, second and third ultrasonic receiving transducers receive the second ultrasonic signal, and arranged to calculate the relative positions of the object to be tested and the ultrasonic transmitting transducer according to the second time point, the third time point, and the fourth time point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: NATIONAL TSING HUA UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Chih-Kuang Yeh, Hsaing-Ching Lin
  • Patent number: 10433819
    Abstract: Provided is an ultrasound diagnosis apparatus including: a data acquisition unit configured to acquire volume data for a head of an object; an image processor configured to detect a mid-sagittal plane (MSP) from the volume data, generate an MSP image corresponding to the MSP, detect at least one measurement plane based on the MSP, and generate at least one measurement plane image corresponding to the at least one measurement plane; and a display configured to display the MSP image and the at least one measurement plane image on a single screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG MEDISON CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kwang-hee Lee, Sung-yoon Kim, Jun-sang Yoo
  • Patent number: 10438350
    Abstract: The present approach relates, in some aspects, to a multi-level and a multi-channel frame work for segmentation using model-based or “shallow” classification (i.e. learning processes such as linear regression, clustering, support vector machines, and so forth) followed by deep learning. This framework starts with a very low resolution version of the multi-channel data and constructs an shallow classifier with simple features to generate a coarser level tissue mask that in turn is used to crop patches from the high-resolution volume. The cropped volume is then processed using the trained convolution network to perform a deep learning based segmentation within the slices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Bhushan Dayaram Patil, Peter Lamb, Roshni Rustom Bhagalia, Bipul Das
  • Patent number: 10436706
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus uses signals obtained by a plurality of reception units that receive an acoustic wave propagating from a point of interest to acquire object information at the point of interest. The apparatus includes a speed-of-sound acquisition unit that acquires information representing speed of sound on a propagation path of the acoustic wave, a correction unit that acquires a correction amount for the information representing speed of sound and corrects the information representing speed of sound using the correction amount, and an information acquisition unit that determines a propagation time of the acoustic wave by linearly approximating propagation paths from the point of interest to the reception units based on the corrected information and acquires the object information at the point of interest based on the signals and the propagation time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shoya Sasaki, Kenichi Nagae
  • Patent number: 10430927
    Abstract: In an image analyzing apparatus, a controller in a first analyzing process performs: sequentially identifying line pixel groups from a first side in a first direction; and determining whether a first-type pixel not contiguous to a first subject group constituted by at least one first-type pixel contiguous to each other in a second direction is present in a first region surrounding the first subject group, using first relevant information relating to each line pixel group located on the first side. In a second analyzing process, the controller performs: sequentially identifying the line pixel groups from a second side in the first direction; and determining whether the first-type pixel not contiguous to the first subject group is present in a second region surrounding the first subject group, using second relevant information relating to each line pixel group located on a second side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Ryohei Ozawa, Kosuke Mori
  • Patent number: 10426439
    Abstract: A probe irradiates an ultrasound wave to an object to induce a shear wave and first elasticity information is obtained according to a first calculating scheme. An internal region of interest of the object is set based on shear modulus values included in the first elasticity information. Second elasticity information is obtained based on the shear wave induced to the internal region of interest, according to a second calculating scheme. Accurate elasticity information is acquired by using the first and second elasticity information to obtain third elasticity information from which an elastography image is generated for display to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Dong-geon Kong, Jun-ho Park, Ji-young Park, Hyoung-ki Lee, Ki-wan Choi
  • Patent number: 10430932
    Abstract: A method for pseudo coloring of a digital single-channel image is disclosed. The method comprises acquiring a single-channel image having an intensity distribution, forming a first channel of a multi-channel image by performing a first histogram equalization of the intensity distribution, forming a second channel of the multi-channel image by performing a second, different, histogram equalization of the intensity distribution, wherein the first channel and the second channel of the multi-channel image represent different components of a color model. An arrangement for providing a pseudo coloring of a digital single-channel image is also disclosed, and a monitoring thermal camera system comprising such an arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Axis AB
    Inventors: Thomas Winzell, Emanuel Johansson