Associated With Puncturing Instrument Patents (Class 600/461)
  • Patent number: 11033297
    Abstract: A needle guide holder, which is used for a fixing medical puncture needle and a ultrasonic probe, comprises a holder body (1a, 1b) and a fixing device (2a, 2b) used in cooperation with the holder body (1a, 1b). The fixing device (2a, 2b) is mounted onto the holder body (1a, 1b) and provided with a weakening portion (23a, 23b). The needle guide holder is designed to be disposable, thereby avoiding the possibility of cross-infection caused by using the same needle guide holder on different patients. The needle guide holder can be used on one and same patient to perform a number of treatments just through the replacement of a sliding frame and without replacing the fixing device and a fixing frame. In a treatment process, the puncture needle is left in the body for a subsequent treatment, while the needle guide holder and the ultrasonic probe can be removed from the human body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Inventor: Qin Wang
  • Patent number: 11020004
    Abstract: Disclosed is a computer-implemented medical data processing method for planning a position of an electric stimulation device for neurostimulation of at least two target regions (TV1, . . . , TVN) disposed in an anatomical body part of a patient's body, the electric stimulation device (7) comprising at least two electric contacts, the method comprising executing, on at least one processor of at least one computer (3), steps of: a) acquiring (S1.1), at the at least one processor, medical image data describing a digital image of the anatomical body part, wherein the anatomical body part contains at least two target regions (TV1, . . . , TVN); b) determining (S1.2), by the at least one processor and based on the medical image data, target position data describing a position of each target region (TV1, . . . , TVN) in the anatomical body part; c) acquiring (S1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: BRAINLAB AG
    Inventor: Bálint Varkuti
  • Patent number: 11006923
    Abstract: An ultrasound system includes a 3D imaging probe and a needle guide which attaches to the probe for guidance of needle insertion into a volumetric region which can be scanned by the 3D imaging probe. The needle guide responds to the insertion of a needle through the guide by identifying a plane for scanning by the probe which is the insertion plane through which the needle will pass during insertion. The orientation of the insertion plane is communicated to the probe to cause the probe to scan the identified plane and produce images of the needle as it travels through the insertion plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Inventors: Gary Lee Andrews, Vijay Parthasarathy, Gary Cheng-How Ng, Douglas Allen Stanton, Andrew Lee Robinson, Jochen Kruecker, Christopher Stephen Hall, James Robertson Jago, Vijay Shamdasani
  • Patent number: 10993696
    Abstract: A plunger head for a medication injection device includes a first ultrasonic transducer coupled to emit ultrasonic signals, where the first ultrasonic transducer is oriented within the plunger head to send the ultrasonic signals along a length of a barrel of the medication injection device when the plunger head is disposed in the barrel. A second ultrasonic transducer is disposed within the plunger head and oriented to receive reflections of the ultrasonic signals. A controller is disposed in the plunger head and coupled to the first ultrasonic transducer and the second ultrasonic transducer. The controller includes logic that when executed by the controller causes the controller to perform operations including instructing the first ultrasonic transducer to emit the ultrasonic signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Verily Life Sciences LLC
    Inventors: Brett Schleicher, Benjamin Krasnow, Russell Mirov
  • Patent number: 10952704
    Abstract: A sensor device includes a flexible planar strip (40) including a plurality of layers. The strip is configured to at least partially encapsulate a medical device. The strip includes a first dielectric layer (10), a conductive shield layer (12) disposed on the first dielectric layer, a second dielectric layer (14) formed on the conductive shield layer; and a patterned conductive layer including a sensor electrode (26), a hub electrode (28) and a trace (18) connecting the sensor electrode and the hub electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Inventors: Ramon Quido Erkamp, Ameet Kumar Jain, Francois Guy Gerard Marie Vignon
  • Patent number: 10912537
    Abstract: A system for image alignment includes an alignment mechanism (132) configured to permit user alignment of images. A first imaging modality (110) is configured to concurrently provide images in two imaging planes using an imaging mechanism (134) associated with the alignment mechanism (132). An image processing module (126) is configured to display first images collected with the first imaging modality and second images collected with a second imaging modality (130) to permit user alignment using the alignment mechanism between the first images and the second images in multiple planes. A registration module (115) is stored in memory and configured to register the first images with corresponding second images in the multiple planes when alignment in the multiple planes has been achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Inventors: Gary Cheng-How Ng, Thomas Shu Yin Tang, Gladys Tsz Ling Chan
  • Patent number: 10869967
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a rigid sensor stopper adapted for use in a drug delivery device. In one implementation, a rigid sensor stopper may include a transducer, a power source, a rigid molding or casing, and at least one elastomeric seal. The molding may be formed from overmolding or insert molding, and the casing may be formed from injection molding, machining, or forged casing. The at least one elastomeric seal may include at least two o-rings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Verily Life Sciences LLC
    Inventors: Brett Schleicher, Chuangang Lin, James Etzkorn
  • Patent number: 10864332
    Abstract: Provided is a guide device for injection needle puncture. The guide device for needle puncture according to one embodiment of the present invention comprises: a body; a guide part which has a guide hole provided therein so as to be tilted at a certain angle along the height direction, the guide hole allowing an injection needle to pass therethrough so that during injection needle puncture, the insertion angle of the injection needle can be constantly maintained; and a sliding member which is coupled to the body so as to be slidingly movable, wherein the spaced distance between the guide hole and a medical ultrasound apparatus is adjusted through relative movement of the body or the sliding member so that a target location into which the distal end of the injection needle is inserted can be located on entrance path of the injection needle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Inventor: Ji Hoon Kim
  • Patent number: 10856902
    Abstract: Devices and methods are provided for performing a medical procedure using a trans-septal approach. The device includes a dilator including a proximal end, a distal end terminating in a distal tip, and a lumen extending between the dilator proximal and distal ends, and a needle device including a proximal end, a distal end sized for introduction into the dilator lumen and terminating in a sharpened distal tip. The needle is movable relative to the dilator to selectively expose the needle device distal tip distally from the dilator lumen and advance the dilator relative to the needle device. The dilator may have a complex tapered shape on its distal tip, e.g., including first and second tapered regions. The needle device may include an inner needle including the sharpened distal tip and an outer tube including a substantially blunt distal end that slidably receives the inner needle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: CLPH, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen A. Leeflang, Christian S. Eversull
  • Patent number: 10856838
    Abstract: A system for deploying needles in tissue includes a controller and a visual display. A treatment probe has both a needle and tines deployable from the needle which may be advanced into the tissue. The treatment probe also has adjustable stops which control the deployed positions of both the needle and the tines. The adjustable stops are coupled to the controller so that the virtual treatment and safety boundaries resulting from the treatment can be presented on the visual display prior to actual deployment of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Gynesonics, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael A. Munrow, Darrin Uecker, Brian Placek, Harry Kwan, David Toub, Cameron D. Hinman, David J. Danitz
  • Patent number: 10849694
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for displaying the position and orientation of a linear instrument (1) navigated with respect to a 3D medical image (V), wherein: said linear instrument (1) is coupled to a guide (2); the guide (2) is tracked by a navigation system with respect to the 3D image (V); a plane (4) containing the axis of the linear instrument (1) is virtually attached to the guide (2); a slice reformatted in the 3D image and containing said plane (4) is displayed. Another object of the invention is a system for carrying out said method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: IMACTIS
    Inventors: Stephane Lavallee, Lionel Carrat
  • Patent number: 10786224
    Abstract: A biopsy device includes an ultrasonic probe, a display, an actuator, and a needle assembly. The display is associated with the ultrasonic probe, and the ultrasonic probe is configured to send a signal to the display to generate an image on the display. The needle assembly is coupled to the actuator and is at least partially disposed within a channel defined in the ultrasonic probe. The actuator is configured to move the needle assembly in a distal direction relative to the ultrasonic probe and through the channel of the ultrasonic probe from a retracted position to a deployed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Kasey A. Grim, Joe D. Sartor, Graham J. Carson, Jason S. F. McGrath, Joan Ortega Alcaide, Suchit A. Madan
  • Patent number: 10751509
    Abstract: An integrated catheter placement system for accurately placing a catheter within a patient's vasculature is disclosed. In one embodiment, the integrated system comprises a system console, a tip location sensor for temporary placement on the patient's chest, and an ultrasound probe. The tip location sensor senses a magnetic field of a stylet disposed in a lumen of the catheter when the catheter is disposed in the vasculature. The ultrasound probe ultrasonically images a portion of the vasculature prior to introduction of the catheter. ECG signal-based catheter tip guidance is included in the integrated system to enable guidance of the catheter tip to a desired position with respect to a node of the patient's heart. Iconic representations for depiction on the display of the system and relating to positional and other characteristics of the catheter or medical device are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: C. R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventor: Anthony K. Misener
  • Patent number: 10739316
    Abstract: Various approaches for calibrating the geometry of an ultrasound transducer having multiple transducer elements include providing an acoustic reflector spanning an area traversing by multiple beam paths of ultrasound waves transmitted from all (or at least some) transducer elements to a focal zone; causing the transducer elements to transmit the ultrasound waves to the focal zone; measuring reflections of the ultrasound waves off the acoustic reflector; and based at least in part on the measured reflections, determining optimal geometric parameters associated with the transducer elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: INSIGHTEC, LTD.
    Inventors: Oleg Prus, Yoav Levy
  • Patent number: 10702303
    Abstract: Retreating stop ultrasound needle guide systems are disclosed. In one example approach, a needle guide system includes a guiding component which can be positioned at different locations and angles on a mounting component, where the mounting component can be coupled to a distal end of an ultrasound probe. When positioned at the different locations and angles on the mounting component, the guiding component can guide a needle through the skin of a patient at a constant point and when the needle is advanced so that a hub of the needle reaches a stop of the guiding component, a tip of the needle is positioned directly underneath the ultrasound at a pre-selected depth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Oregon Health & Science University
    Inventor: Andrew Neice
  • Patent number: 10687833
    Abstract: A system and a method for disrupting an occlusion within a blood vessel is provided The system includes an elongated catheter body having a proximal portion, a distal portion, and a first lumen. The system further includes an ultrasound transmitter extending longitudinally through the first lumen of the catheter body and having a proximal end and a distal end. The system further includes a positioning mechanism located at a distal end of the catheter body. The positioning mechanism has a first retracted position and a second deployed position, and the positioning mechanism is radially expandable from the first retracted position to the second deployed position to position the catheter in the blood vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventor: A. George Akingba
  • Patent number: 10687783
    Abstract: A puncture adapter according to the embodiment includes a first pressing part that has a first surface and a second surface serving as a surface opposite to the first surface; a second pressing part that has a third surface; a fixing part that fixes, when a probe body is covered with a cover, the first pressing part and the second pressing part to the probe body with the cover interposed between a cutout surface of a cutout portion of the probe body and the first surface of the first pressing part and with the third surface of the second pressing part brought into contact with the second surface of the first pressing part; and a guide groove that guides a puncture needle, and is formed on at least one of the second surface of the first pressing part and the third surface of the second pressing part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Shikata
  • Patent number: 10660710
    Abstract: A system and method for tracking an interventional tool based on a spatial alignment of two or more acoustic sensors relative to the interventional tool include operating an acoustic imaging device to generate an acoustic image plane, and operating each acoustic sensor to output a composite acoustic sensing waveform derived from an acoustic sensing of the acoustic beam array. Each composite acoustic sensing waveform can include a plurality of acoustic beam sensing waveforms. The system and method can further include operating a tracking workstation to track a position of the interventional tool relative to the acoustic image plane derived from a waveform profile analysis of the composite acoustic sensing waveforms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventors: Ameet Kumar Jain, Francois Guy Gerard Marie Vignon
  • Patent number: 10660667
    Abstract: Provided is an apparatus, a system and method for use in image guided medical instrument manipulation. Embodiments describe various apparatuses having a mount operable to receive an imaging probe, a body guide and a medical instrument guide. There are also described methods and a systems for using the various apparatuses to position the apparatus and collect data relating to the position of the medical instrument relative to a target within a patient's body. Further methods include using the apparatus and system in epidural anaesthetic procedure or lumbar puncture. The apparatus may include a hand-held ultrasound probe, configured to acquire a volumetric dataset representing a 3-D depiction of a volume, which may include information about a medical instrument's position relative to the target in three dimensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: The University of British Columbia
    Inventor: Robert Rohling
  • Patent number: 10660616
    Abstract: There are provided an acoustic wave image generating apparatus and a control method thereof for making an insertion needle clear. A first ultrasound image is generated using ultrasound echo signals obtained from a first plurality of ultrasound transducers. From the first ultrasound image, an evaluation value indicating the discontinuity of a needle is calculated for an image of an insertion needle. In a case where the calculated evaluation value is less than a threshold value, a second ultrasound image is generated using ultrasound echo signals obtained from a second plurality of ultrasound transducers whose number is larger than the first plurality. The first ultrasound image is displayed if the evaluation value is equal to or greater than the threshold value, and the second ultrasound image is displayed if the evaluation value is less than the threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroaki Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10631829
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an ultrasound imaging system (10) for inspecting an object (33) in a volume (32). The ultrasound imaging system comprises an ultrasound image acquisition probe (14) for acquiring three-dimensional ultrasound images and providing three-dimensional ultrasound image data, comprising a tracking device (25, 27) for tracking a position of the ultrasound image acquisition probe (14) and providing a viewpoint position (128, 130) of the three-dimensional ultrasound images. By this, an improved initialization and improved co-registration and co-segmentation is enabled by providing a plurality of three-dimensional ultrasound images and their respective viewpoint positions (128, 130), and to conduct a segmentation (80) of the object (33) simultaneously out of the plurality of three-dimensional ultrasound images and taking into account the viewpoint positions (128, 130).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Cecile Dufour, Raphael Manua Michel Prevost, Benoit Jean-Dominique Bertrand Maurice Mory, Roberto Jose Ardon
  • Patent number: 10595936
    Abstract: Described here are methods and systems for the manipulation of ovarian tissues. The methods and systems may be used in the treatment of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). The systems and methods may be useful in the treatment of infertility associated with PCOS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Ziva Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Denise Zarins, Neil Barman, Garrett Schwab, Roger Osborne, Douglas Sutton
  • Patent number: 10555719
    Abstract: A tissue puncture assembly includes an ultrasound probe, a tissue puncture device, and an adjustment device. The ultrasound probe includes a probe end arranged to contact a tissue surface, the ultrasound probe being operable to determine a depth of a body cavity positioned below the tissue surface. The tissue puncture device is configured to penetrate the tissue surface to gain access to the body cavity. The adjustment device is mounted to the ultrasound probe and operable to adjust an orientation of the tissue puncture device relative to the ultrasound probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Inventor: Zachary J. Tegels
  • Patent number: 10507038
    Abstract: A needle guide device for releasable mounting on an imaging transducer or on an adaptor bracket on an imaging transducer is disclosed. The needle guide device includes a universal lockable mounting member which is configured for slidable releasable engagement with a coupling member on a specially constructed imaging transducer or on a conventional imaging transducer onto which a specially constructed adaptor is mounted. The needle guide device makes use of a slidable mounting member to cooperate with the coupling member. The needle guide device is adjustable to establish various selectable angular trajectories for a needle and has a low profile form factor to result in the creation of a minimal blind zone when mounted on the transducer and even if establishing a large angle for shallow needle penetration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Inventor: Craig Joseph Cermak
  • Patent number: 10485513
    Abstract: An apparatus includes an ultrasound portion configured to acquire an image of a region of interest of a subject. The apparatus further includes an instrument carrying portion configured to carry and employ an instrument to perform a procedure at the region of interest based on the image. The ultrasound and instrument carrying portions are enclosed in the same enclosure. The apparatus, including both the ultrasound portion and instrument carrying portion, is configured to be transported and operated via at least a single hand of a user of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Analogic Corporation
    Inventors: John P. O'Connor, James W. Green
  • Patent number: 10470706
    Abstract: The present invention is a Miniature Vein Enhancer that includes a Miniature Projection Head. The Miniature Projection Head may be operated in one of three modes, AFM, DBM, and RTM. The Miniature Projection Head of the present invention projects an image of the veins of a patient, which aids the practitioner in pinpointing a vein for an intravenous drip, blood test, and the like. The Miniature projection head may have a cavity for a power source or it may have a power source located in a body portion of the Miniature Vein Enhancer. The Miniature Vein Enhancer may be attached to one of several improved needle protectors, or the Miniature Vein Enhancer may be attached to a body similar to a flashlight for hand held use. The Miniature Vein Enhancer of the present invention may also be attached to a magnifying glass, a flat panel display, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: AccuVein, Inc.
    Inventors: Ron Goldman, David Hunt, Mark Mock, Graham Marshall, Stephen P. Conlon, Robert Roth
  • Patent number: 10390728
    Abstract: A medical image diagnosis apparatus includes a capturing part configured to photograph a target site of a subject to capture a medical image. The medical image diagnosis apparatus further includes a positional information acquisition unit, a guideline generator, and a display processor. The positional information acquisition unit acquires the positional information of a puncture needle inserted into of the subject. The guideline generator generates a guideline that indicates an insertion route for the puncture needle to reach the target site based on the positional information. The guideline includes scales graduated at predetermined intervals. The display processor displays the guideline with the medical image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Masuda, Shouichi Nakauchi, Tomio Nabatame, Takashi Koyakumaru, Tomoko Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10376280
    Abstract: An ultrasound probe structure dedicated for guiding the puncture needle. It has a passage in the center of the structure and the diameter of the passage is equal to the outer diameter of puncture needle. The bony and non-bony tissues can be distinguished according to the strength of the echoes so that the puncture needle can be guided to avoid hitting the bony tissue before or during insertion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignees: National Health Research Institutes, National Yang-Ming University
    Inventors: Yin Chang, Ching-Hsin Chen
  • Patent number: 10327804
    Abstract: An indicator element of a percutaneous needle guide for a medical scanning device includes a pointer for pointing to a percutaneous needle entry site on an epidermis of a body, when the guide is attached to the device and the device is positioned over the epidermis for scanning. A user may orient and insert a needle into the entry site according to the direction of the pointer, by just viewing the pointer, without the needle being constrained by the pointer. The guide may include an adjustment mechanism for moving the indicator element with respect to the device, when the guide is attached to the device; the adjustment mechanism moves the indicator element, without changing an orientation of the pointer, in a direction approximately parallel to a plane that is approximately tangent with an apex of the device transducer surface and approximately perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC, INC.
    Inventors: Eric H. Bonde, Kevin M. Cristadoro, Yelena G. Tropsha
  • Patent number: 10321847
    Abstract: To accurately generate the three-dimensional ultrasound data and/or determine the position of the ultrasound scan relative to pre-operative data, a tracking sensor is releasably connected with the ultrasound probe. The connection positions the tracking sensor near a distal end of the probe for insertion into the patient. A needle guide may be similarly releasably connected with the probe and, at least in part, inserted into the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Caroline Maleke, Chi Hyung Seo, Andrzej Milkowski, John Benson
  • Patent number: 10293129
    Abstract: A surgical instrument system for use in a surgical procedure is disclosed. The surgical instrument system may include an instrument configured to puncture the tissue of a patient and detect when the instrument has entered a lumen of the patient's body. Liquid may be present in the lumen or the lumen may be devoid of liquid or tissue. The instrument is configured to determine when the needle tip is engaged with a portion of patient's tissue and determine when the needle tip has exited that portion of the patient's tissue by detecting changes in properties of the tissue, specifically, electrical resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventors: Dart A. Fox, Eric D. Blom, Brian Kamradt
  • Patent number: 10292684
    Abstract: An ultrasound diagnosis apparatus includes processing circuitry. The processing circuitry obtains three-dimensional medical image data, taken by using an ultrasound probe, of a region including a heart valve of a patient and a catheter inserted into a heart chamber of the patient. The processing circuitry determines an advancing direction of a tip end part of the catheter by obtaining information on a position and a posture of the tip end part included in the three-dimensional medical image data, by using at least one selected from shape information indicating the shape of the tip end part and reflection characteristic information indicating ultrasound reflection characteristics of the tip end part. The processing circuitry generates a display image from the three-dimensional medical image data in accordance with the position and the advancing direction of the tip end part. The processing circuitry causes the display image to be displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Tomoya Okazaki, Yasuhiko Abe, Koji Ando, Shogo Fukuda, Yurika Ogawa, Yukinobu Sakata, Yasunori Taguchi
  • Patent number: 10238363
    Abstract: A needle guidance apparatus is an accessory that is configured to be coupled to an ultrasound transducer probe and is configured to align and guide the placement of a needle to a target location beneath the skin of a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventor: Richard D. Striano
  • Patent number: 10231717
    Abstract: A device for collecting a tissue sample includes a needle body extending along a longitudinal axis from a proximal end to a distal end and including a channel extending longitudinally therethrough and a plurality of cut outs extending laterally into the needle body, each of the plurality of cut outs extending at an angle relative to the longitudinal axis from an outer surface of the needle body toward the distal end thereof so that the channel is open to an exterior of the needle body via the plurality of cut outs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: James P. Rohl, Katharine Eckerline, Michael J. Rebrovich, David Lehse, Christopher A. Benning, Oscar R. Carrillo, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10231697
    Abstract: An medical device guide system includes a probe configured for imaging portions of a patient's body, a first guide connector extending from a first surface of the probe, the first guide connector including a first mounting surface, and a guide removably mountable to the first guide connector. The guide may include a first cavity shaped to receive the first mounting surface and a first channel disposed on a top surface of the guide opposite the first cavity, the first channel angled at a first angle with respect to a longitudinal axis of the probe and configured to guide a medical device to a targeted depth in the patient's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: C. R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathan C. Gorzitze
  • Patent number: 10206657
    Abstract: A monitoring device can be configured to facilitate intra-tissue inspection of a probe at a target region, the monitoring device comprising a housing and a transducer coupled to and at least partially located within the housing. The transducer comprises a longitudinal transducer array aligned to scan a longitudinal cross-section of the target region and a transverse transducer array aligned to scan a transverse cross-section of the target region. The longitudinal transducer array is configured to detect a probe point depth of a probe point of the probe along the longitudinal cross-section. The longitudinal transducer array is also configured to send to a processor longitudinal data about the scan of the longitudinal cross-section to track movement of the probe point based upon at least the longitudinal data and determine the probe point depth based upon at least the longitudinal data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Glo-Tip, LLC
    Inventor: Joseph H. Meier
  • Patent number: 10136915
    Abstract: An ultrasound needle guide apparatus to aid guidance of a puncturing needle to locate blood vessel positions of a living body and perform puncturing operation includes an ultrasound detection device, a display element connected to the ultrasound detection device in a rotatable manner and a needle positioning aid element fastened to the ultrasound detection device. The display element obtains ultrasonic signals from the ultrasound detection device and displays the blood vessel positions of the living body in an image fashion. The ultrasound needle guide apparatus is directly in contact with the intended ultrasound probing position so that users can directly and intuitively observe the blood vessel position through the display element, and swivel the display element according to operating position to control adjustment of display angle, and perform blood vessel puncturing operation via the needle positioning aid element to meet use requirement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventor: Ming-Wei Liu
  • Patent number: 10064681
    Abstract: A system for planning and performing a guided and free-handed transperineal prostate biopsy includes a transrectal ultrasound probe, an access needle configured to perforate a perineal access site of a patient, a biopsy gun, and a guide. The guide includes a sliding platform, stabilization bars, upper and lower mounts, and fasteners. The system and guide apparatus is used for locating a target area using the ultrasound probe, positioning the ultrasound and the access needle at respective designated points, precisely measuring the distance to a designated point, and obtaining specimens from a precise point in the prostate, wherein the method is performed free-handed, and multiple tissue or cell specimens may be obtained from the prostate through an initial access needle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Corbin Clinical Resources, LLC
    Inventor: Matthew J. Allaway
  • Patent number: 10034280
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a wireless access system which supports a machine-type communication (MTC), and more specifically, provides a method for repeatedly transmitting a physical downlink control channel (PDCCH) for an MTC terminal, and an apparatus for supporting same. The method by which a base station transmits a physical downlink control channel (PDCCH) in a wireless access system which supports a machine-type communication (MTC), according to one embodiment of the present invention, comprises the steps of: generating parity bits by encoding control information included in a PDCCH; generating PDCCH encoded bits by performing rate matching on the parity bits; and repeatedly transmitting the PDCCH encoded bits in at least two subframes. The PDCCH may be transmitted for the MTC terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Bonghoe Kim, Dongyoun Seo, Suckchel Yang
  • Patent number: 10004479
    Abstract: The invention relates to a temperature distribution determining apparatus (21) for determining a temperature distribution within an object, to which energy is applied, by using an energy application element (2). A first temperature distribution is measured in a first region within a first temperature range and a model describing a model temperature distribution in the first region and in a second region depending on modifiable model parameters is provided. A second temperature distribution is estimated in the second region within a second temperature range, while the energy is applied to the object, by modifying the model parameters such that a deviation of the model temperature distribution from the first temperature distribution in the first region is minimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Ajay Anand, Shriram Sethuraman, Balasundar Iyyavu Raju, Junbo Li
  • Patent number: 9891784
    Abstract: A method of displaying a medical image includes displaying a first image that is generated by rendering volume data of an object in a first direction, displaying on the first image a viewer tool for generating a second image, wherein the viewer tool indicates a section of the object, generating the second image by rendering sub-volume data included in the volume data in a second direction which is different from the first direction and indicated by the viewer tool, and displaying at least a part of the second image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Inventors: Jin-yong Lee, Joo-hyun Song
  • Patent number: 9872687
    Abstract: The nucleotomy device makes it possible to produce a nuclear space Es in an intervertebral disc Di using a transosseous approach previously pierced in the body of a vertebra Va. The device includes a tool holder (2) provided with first connection elements (3) ensuring the placement of an electric rotary driving motor (4), second connection elements (5) for the placement of a blade cutting tool (6), driving elements (7) imparting rotational and longitudinal translational movements to the cutting tool (6), and injection and suction elements (8) making it possible to evacuate the debris from the nucleus resulting from cutting when it is formed inside the intervertebral disc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: CLARIANCE
    Inventors: Alain Tornier, Guy Viart, Jean Yves Leroy, Adrien Billon, Brice Krier, Sebastien Shuller, Afshin Gangi, Orlando Ortiz
  • Patent number: 9820723
    Abstract: The present invention presents an apparatus and methods to guide insertion of invasive devices to a tissue target of a living body. The apparatus comprises a positioning guide control assembly and a positioning guide assembly that is operably detachable from the control assembly, and rotationally adjustable and lockable. The positioning guide control assembly releasably houses a ultrasound transducer head and measures an insertion length and an insertion angle of an invasive device placed in the positioning guide assembly to reach the tissue target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Inventor: Choon Kee Lee
  • Patent number: 9753015
    Abstract: System and methods for characterizing and/or detecting structural characteristics of syringes (e.g., bare syringes or syringes included in automatic injection devices) using acoustic vibrations. A transducer is positioned proximate to a syringe so that the transducer vibrates at one or more frequencies and a response of the syringe to the vibrations can be received via the receiver. The response of syringe can be processed to determine a structural characteristic of the syringe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: AbbVie Inc.
    Inventors: Jose L. Bardina, Jovo Dragicevic, Jose M. Rodriguez, Lewis H. Sita
  • Patent number: 9706978
    Abstract: Provided are an ultrasound system and method for providing a guide line corresponding to a pathway through which a needle is introduced or inserted. The ultrasound system includes an ultrasound data acquisition unit that transmits an ultrasound signal to a living body into which the needle is inserted, receives an ultrasound echo signal reflected from the living body, and acquires ultrasound data corresponding to each of a plurality of ultrasound images, and a processor that generates the plurality of ultrasound images by using the ultrasound data, creates a mask image for detecting a position and an angle at which the needle is introduced, detects the position and angle by using the mask image, and sets a guide line of the needle on the ultrasound image by using the position and angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Inventors: Ji-hye Baek, Jong-sik Kim
  • Patent number: 9655595
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices for assisting or performing an image-guided prostate procedure are disclosed. A needle assembly includes a needle guide, a needle device, a position sensor and additional features. The position sensor allows for the tracking of the needle assembly. A method for performing image-guided prostate procedures includes pre-operative procedures and intra-operative procedures. The pre-operative procedures include imaging studies to model the prostate and identify targets. The pre-operative procedures models are used during a prostate procedure to track the target and the devices used for the procedure. A system for performing image-guided procedures includes the needle assembly and other components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignees: Arcitrax Inc., The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary, Dept. of Health and Human Services
    Inventors: Neil Glossop, Bradford Wood
  • Patent number: 9649161
    Abstract: The present invention presents an apparatus and methods to stereotactically guide insertion of invasive tubular devices to a tissue object of a living body. The apparatus comprises a positioning guide control assembly and a positioning guide assembly that is operably detachable from the positioning guide control assembly, and rotationally adjustable and lockable. The positioning guide control assembly releasably houses a ultrasound transducer head to visualize and target the tissue object and adjusts an insertion angle of an invasive tubular device placed in the positioning guide assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Inventor: Choon Kee Lee
  • Patent number: 9629608
    Abstract: An ultrasound diagnosis apparatus of embodiments includes an ultrasound probe, a scanning controller, and a display controller. The ultrasound probe is configured to be capable of ultrasound three dimensional scanning by swinging a plurality of transducer elements in a direction orthogonal to the arrangement direction of the transducer elements. The scanning controller is configured to control the ultrasound probe to scan a plurality of intersecting cross sections while swinging the transducer elements. The display controller is configured to control such that a plurality of ultrasound images based on ultrasound scanning performed on the cross sections are displayed on a given display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Tomohisa Imamura, Atsushi Sumi, Kuramitsu Nishihara, Naohisa Kamiyama
  • Patent number: 9615795
    Abstract: Employed is a probe support apparatus having: a base stand; an arm connected to an upper end of the base stand so that the arm can be tilted and rotated in a horizontal direction; and a probe support section connected to a distal end of the arm at a side opposite that of a portion connected to the base stand. The probe support section is constituted by a deformable section and a non-deformable section, and the non-deformable section is connected to a distal end of the arm so that the non-deformable section can rotate about an axis parallel to a rotation axis about which the arm is tilted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Inventors: Wataru Kaku, Sakiko Yamaguchi, Shihoko Morota, Yoshiki Kuno, Emi Nagamine, Kazuhiro Watanabe, Takeshi Nakata, Takahiro Noguchi
  • Patent number: 9566042
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for ultrasound imaging of a biopsy needle or the like during an ultrasound imaging examination, including the steps of alternately performing one or more imaging scans with ultrasound transmit and receive parameters which are adapted for optimized imaging and visualization of the needle and one or more imaging scans with ultrasound transmit and receive parameters adapted for optimized imaging and visualization of the body, in which the needle is inserted, injecting contrast agents in the region to be examined before imaging, and setting ultrasound transmit and receive parameters adapted for optimized imaging and visualization of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Esaote, S.p.A.
    Inventors: Barbara Greppi, Marino Cerofolini