Associated With Puncturing Instrument Patents (Class 600/461)
  • Patent number: 11382656
    Abstract: The method provides for the following steps: —acquiring data indicative of an ultrasound machine comprising: a base unit, a probe associated with the base unit, and a needle guide associated with the probe for guiding needles in a volume subjected to ultrasound imaging by means of said probe and said base unit; —from a database, retrieving information associated with said ultrasound machine; —displaying, on a monitor, an ultrasound image acquired by means of the base unit; —superimposing, to the ultrasound image on the monitor, a set of guide traces for guiding the insertion of needles in the volume subjected to ultrasound imaging, said guide traces being coordinated with the acquired ultrasound images by means of the information retrieved from the database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: ELESTA S.P.A.
    Inventors: Leonardo Masotti, Luca Breschi
  • Patent number: 11344364
    Abstract: A screening method for identifying a target nerve to ablate in the treatment of inflammatory lung disease including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma. The method includes advancing a tool along the airway and into the vicinity of the candidate nerve. The candidate nerve is temporarily blocked or paralyzed. The patient is monitored for an adverse reaction during the step of temporarily blocking. If an adverse reaction is not observed, the candidate nerve is identified as the target nerve. In embodiments, the method further includes the step of ablating the target nerve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Uptake Medical Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Felix J. F. Herth, Robert Barry, Erik Henne
  • Patent number: 11331070
    Abstract: A system includes an acoustic probe and an acoustic imaging machine. The acoustic probe includes a substrate with first and second principal surfaces, a device insertion port with an opening passing through the substrate from the first principal surface to the second principal surface, and an array of acoustic transducer elements supported by the substrate and disposed around the device insertion port. The acoustic imaging machine may systematically vary the size and/or position of the active acoustic aperture of the probe by providing transmit signals to selected acoustic transducer elements to cause the array to transmit an acoustic probe signal to an area of interest and may record a feedback signal of the transmit signals from an acoustic receiver provided at a distal end of an interventional device passed through the device insertion port into the area of interest to find an active acoustic aperture having optimal acoustic performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Ramon Quido Erkamp, Man Nguyen, Jean-Luc Robert, Sheng-Wen Huang, Shyam Bharat, Jochen Kruecker
  • Patent number: 11324477
    Abstract: An instrument guide (104) for a probe head (702) of an ultrasound imaging probe (106) that includes a transducer array (114) with a plurality of transducer elements (116) and an image plane. The instrument guide includes a probe support region (122) having a long axis (202) and configured to receive the probe head. The instrument guide further includes a first guide bracket (212) extending from a first side of the support region in a direction of the long axis. The instrument guide further includes a second guide bracket (230) extending from a second side of the support region in a direction transverse to the long axis. The instrument guide further includes a first guide (128) disposed in the first guide bracket. The instrument guide further includes a second guide (126) disposed in the second guide bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: BK Medical APS
    Inventors: Niels-Christian Sasady, Per Ehrenreich Nygaard, John Antol
  • Patent number: 11298192
    Abstract: A system for tracking an instrument includes two or more sensors (22) disposed along a length of an instrument and being spaced apart from adjacent sensors. An interpretation module (45) is configured to select and update an image slice from a three-dimensional image volume in accordance with positions of the two or more sensors. The three-dimensional image volume includes the positions two or more sensors with respect to a target in the volume. An image processing module (48) is configured to generate an overlay (80) indicating reference positions in the image slice. The reference positions include the positions of the two or more sensors and relative offsets from the image slice in a display to provide feedback for positioning and orienting the instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Shyam Bharat, Ameet Kumar Jain, Antonio Bonillas Vaca
  • Patent number: 11266374
    Abstract: An acoustic probe connectable to an imaging system. The acoustic probe has a substrate with first and second principal surfaces, at least one device insertion port comprising an opening passing through the substrate from the first principal surface to the second principal surface, and an array of acoustic transducer elements supported by the substrate and disposed around the at least one device insertion port. The acoustic probe comprising an instrument guide disposed within the device insertion port, the instrument guide being configured to selectively allow the interventional device to move freely within the device insertion port and to selectively lock the interventional device within the device insertion port in response to a user input via a user interface connected to the acoustic probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Shyam Bharat, Ramon Quido Erkamp, Man Nguyen, Jean-Luc Robert, Sheng-Wen Huang, Jochen Kruecker
  • Patent number: 11246677
    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: May 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: CORBIN CLINICAL RESOURCES, LLC
    Inventor: Matthew J. Allaway
  • Patent number: 11229453
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlling a needle guide includes a first lever, a second lever, a first cam and a second cam. The first cam is attached to and extends from the first lever to a housing under the needle guide. The second cam is attached to and extends from the second lever to the housing under the needle guide. At least one of the first cam and the second cam is configured to translate rotational movement from the first lever and the second lever to both linear and rotational movement of the needle guide via the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventor: Mika Tapani Ihatsu
  • Patent number: 11207050
    Abstract: Disclosed are ultrasound devices and methods for use in guiding a subdermal probe during a medical procedure. A device can be utilized to guide a probe through the probe guide to a subdermal site. In addition, a device can include a detector in communication with a processor. The detector can recognize the location of a target associated with the probe. The processor can utilize the data from the detector and create an image of a virtual probe that can accurately portray the location of the actual probe on a sonogram of a subdermal area. In addition, disclosed systems can include a set of correlation factors in the processor instructions. As such, the virtual probe image can be correlated with the location of the actual probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Soma Research, LLC
    Inventors: M. Dexter Hagy, Stephen F. Ridley
  • Patent number: 11154274
    Abstract: Disclosed are articles, devices and systems providing a semi-rigid acoustic coupling medium for ultrasound diagnostic and treatment techniques. In some aspects, an acoustic coupling article includes a semi-rigid acoustic coupling medium (SACM) able to conform to a receiving body through deformation of the SACM body in order to propagate an acoustic signal within the SACM to and from the receiving body. In some embodiments, the SACM is configured in a shape having one or more attachment portions located at one end of an acoustic interface portion, such that the acoustic interface portion is operable to contact the receiving body to propagate the acoustic signal and the attachment portions are configured to be secured by an acoustic probe device to transmit and receive the propagated acoustic signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Decision Sciences Medical Company, LLC
    Inventors: Allan Wegner, Dustin E. Kruse, James J. Hayes, Zachary Staebler
  • Patent number: 11129642
    Abstract: A needle groove body, a puncture frame body and a puncture frame, wherein the needle groove body is a hollow cylindrical structure, and comprises a first baffle, a first fixing plate, a limiting plate, and a second fixing plate which are connected in sequence. The needle groove body has multiple specifications and can adapt to puncture needles of different specifications in puncture operations; a u-shaped needle groove can be formed between the first baffle of the needle groove body and a second baffle as well as an inclined mounting plate of the puncture frame body so as to accommodate free movement of a puncture needle in the u-shaped needle groove; and the u-shaped needle groove, which is semi-open, can implement a function of needle-frame separation (separation of the puncture needle from the puncture frame) in puncture operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Inventor: Qin Wang
  • Patent number: 11123100
    Abstract: An ultrasonically actuated medical implement is used in improving medical interventions and in certain instances to the generation of image data, in particular data acquired during a medical intervention or procedure. The medical implement employs a piezoelectric element which causes reciprocation between first and second mass assemblies in order to ultrasonically actuate a probe member and improve the visibility of the probe member to imaging methods. The invention also concerns the visibility of structures in target regions to be imaged and how this may be enhanced using the medical implement of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY COURT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF DUNDEE
    Inventors: Muhammad Sadiq, Sandy Cochran, Zhihong Huang, George Corner, Graeme McLeod, Patrick Carena
  • Patent number: 11109889
    Abstract: A double-sided needle groove, a frame body and a puncture frame, wherein the double-sided needle groove has an axisymmetric outer contour, and is provided at one side with at least one needle slot a (1) and at the other side with at least one needle slot b (2); and the needle slot b (2) is fan-shaped. The double-sided needle groove is provided with one or more needle slots a (1) having a fixed needle insertion angle and a needle slot b (2) having an adjustable needle insertion angle, and the needle slot a (1) and the needle slot b (2) respectively correspond to the diameters of puncture needles and may be designed to meet multiple width specifications. During the performance of a B-ultrasound puncture operation, based on operation requirements of a surgeon for a fixed or adjustable angle, there is only a need to switch front and back sides of the double-sided needle groove, thus avoiding the need for an additional puncture frame, and switch the needle slots according to the diameters of the puncture needles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Inventor: Qin Wang
  • Patent number: 11096762
    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: August 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Corbin Clinical Resources, LLC
    Inventor: Matthew J. Allaway
  • Patent number: 11096745
    Abstract: A transperinealprostate intervention device comprises a prostate intervention instrument (10), a transrectal ultrasound (TRUS) probe (12), and a mechanical or optical coordinate measurement machine (CMM) (20) attached to the TRUS probe and configured to track the prostate intervention instrument. The CMM may include an articulated arm with a plurality of encoding joints (24), an anchor end (30) attached to the TRUS probe, and a movable end (32) attached to the prostate intervention instrument. The prostate intervention instrument may, for example, be a biopsy needle, a brachytherapy seed delivery instrument, a tissue ablation instrument, or a hollow cannula. An electronic processor (40) computes a predicted trajectory (54) of the prostate intervention instrument in a frame of reference of the TRUS probe using the CMM attached to the TRUS probe. A representation (56) of the predicted trajectory is superimposed on a prostate ultrasound image (50) generated from ultrasound data collected by the TRUS probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Shyam Bharat, Aleksandra Popovic, Ameet Kumar Jain
  • 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
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    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
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    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
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    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
    Assignees: AMOLIFESCIENCE CO., LTD.
    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: 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
    Assignee: CANON MEDICAL SYSTEMS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Shikata
  • 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
    Assignee: INDIANA UNIVERSITY RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventor: A. George Akingba
  • 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
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    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
    Assignee: ST. JUDE MEDICAL PUERTO RICO LLC
    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
    Assignee: CIVCO MEDICAL INSTRUMENTS CO., INC.
    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: 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: 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
    Assignee: HANSA MEDICAL PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Dart A. Fox, Eric D. Blom, Brian Kamradt
  • 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