Temperature Detection Patents (Class 600/474)
  • Patent number: 10299686
    Abstract: A method of identifying a thermally distinguishable region in a living body is disclosed. The method comprises determining transient thermal history of a surface of the living body, and estimating a location or presence of the thermally distinguishable region in the living body based on the transient thermal history.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Real Imaging Ltd.
    Inventors: Israel Boaz Arnon, Yoel Arieli
  • Patent number: 10281334
    Abstract: A temperature measurement appliance for contactless temperature measurement, in particular a handheld temperature measurement appliance, includes a housing and at least one sensor that is disposed on the housing. The at least one sensor is configured to measure one or more of a relative air humidity and an ambient temperature. The temperature measurement appliance further includes at least one protective cap that is configured to be reversibly arranged on the temperature measurement appliance so as to mechanically protect the at least one sensor. The temperature measurement appliance further includes one or more features arranged on the temperature measurement appliance that are configured to detect an arranged state of the at least one protective cap. A method for operating the temperature measurement appliance includes detecting the arranged state of the protective cap on the temperature measurement appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Frank, Rene Schrottenholzer, Mike Uhlig
  • Patent number: 10184844
    Abstract: A thermometer device for temporal artery area measurement, configured to be used in a skin-touching stationary position, comprising an elongated body and a front portion having an end border arranged on a sensing plane (P), an array of N infrared sensors, with N greater than 8, a sensing region (SR) extending in the sensing plane over an area denoted SRA, at a distance denoted LF from a plane P2 containing the infrared sensors, the sensing region being encompassed within the border of the front end, an optical lens, interposed between the infrared sensors and the sensing region, to deviate light rays, wherein LF2<K×SRA, with K=3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: WITHINGS
    Inventors: Thomas Bedetti, Roger Yu, Edouard Wautier, Nadine Buard, Cédric Hutchings, Capucine Bodin
  • Patent number: 10145755
    Abstract: An objective of this invention is to provide an apparatus and method to more accurately determine the parameters of a storage cavern before and during use, including fluid filled storage caverns. Another object of this invention is to provide a granular inspection of the storage cavern. Another object of this invention is to provide precision positioning information of sample points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Sonasearch, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Edward Walker, Sheldon Rubin
  • Patent number: 10123732
    Abstract: Support structures for positioning sensors on a physiologic tunnel for measuring physical, chemical and biological parameters of the body and to produce an action according to the measured value of the parameters. The support structure includes a sensor fitted on the support structures using a special geometry for acquiring continuous and undisturbed data on the physiology of the body. Signals are transmitted to a remote station by wireless transmission such as by electromagnetic waves, radio waves, infrared, sound and the like or by being reported locally by audio or visual transmission. The physical and chemical parameters include brain function, metabolic function, hydrodynamic function, hydration status, levels of chemical compounds in the blood, and the like. The support structure includes patches, clips, eyeglasses, head mounted gear and the like, containing passive or active sensors positioned at the end of the tunnel with sensing systems positioned on and accessing a physiologic tunnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Geelux Holdings, Ltd.
    Inventor: Marcio Marc Abreu
  • Patent number: 10070117
    Abstract: To perform a high-accuracy three-dimensional measurement by performing an appropriate calibration in accordance with various temperature changes, an information processing apparatus that decides a temperature-dependent parameter of a projection apparatus configured to project a pattern onto a measurement target object to perform a three-dimensional measurement includes a holding unit configured to hold a relationship in which the temperature-dependent parameter of the projection apparatus is set as a temperature function, a temperature input unit configured to input a temperature of the projection apparatus, and a temperature-dependent parameter decision unit configured to decide the temperature-dependent parameter of the projection apparatus based on the temperature of the projection apparatus which is input by the temperature input unit and the relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Daisuke Kotake, Masakazu Tohara, Hiroshi Yoshikawa
  • Patent number: 9961883
    Abstract: Apparatus and methodologies for inducing a non-steady state in an animal to determine the metabolic efficiency of the animal. According to at least some embodiments herein, apparatus and methodologies for non-invasive, rapid infrared thermography of animals induced into non-steady biological states can be used to determine the animals' metabolic efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Inventors: Allan Schaefer, Kim Ominski, Sean Thompson
  • Patent number: 9883833
    Abstract: Under one aspect, a method of displaying medical information about a subject having a plurality of regions includes: resolving light obtained from each region of the plurality of regions into a corresponding spectrum; selecting a portion of each spectrum, the selected portion including medical information about the corresponding region; constructing an image based on the selected portion of each spectrum; and projecting the image onto the subject. Under another aspect, a method of displaying medical information about a subject that has a plurality of regions includes: resolving light obtained from each region of the plurality of regions into a corresponding spectrum; selecting a portion of each spectrum, the selected portion including medical information about the corresponding region; constructing a spectral image based on the selected portion of each spectrum; displaying an image of the plurality of regions; and displaying the spectral image overlying the image of the plurality of regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Spectral Image, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Barnes, Zhihong Pan, Sizhong Zhang
  • Patent number: 9852324
    Abstract: Apparatuses, systems and methods associated with infrared image based facial analysis are disclosed herein. In embodiments, an apparatus may include one or more processors and facial analysis circuitry to be operated by the one or more processors. The facial analysis circuitry may receive an infrared image of a subject from an infrared capture device and may identify a plurality of analysis regions of the infrared image, wherein the plurality of analysis regions correspond to portions of a face of the subject. The facial analysis circuitry may further determine respective mean temperatures of the plurality of analysis regions and determine a skin tone of the subject based, at least in part, on the respective mean temperatures of the plurality of analysis regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Paul F. Hough
  • Patent number: 9835496
    Abstract: An apparatus, a system and a method for monitoring and alerting a user caring for a patient when a change in body temperature requires immediate attention. The apparatus is a bracelet worn by the user. The system includes the bracelet in wireless communication with a temperature sensing device placed on the patient. The bracelet has a display operative for displaying the body temperature, an audible alarm that sounds and a vibration that occurs when the temperature exceeds a setpoint, and a plurality of lights, each with a unique setpoint, a light activated when the temperature exceeds the setpoint. The user attaches the temperature sensing device to the patient and dons the bracelet. The user can then sleep, selectively observing the display and lights upon waking with confidence that the system is monitoring the patient's temperature and selectively alerting the user when a change in body temperature requires immediate attention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Inventor: Ann Balboni
  • Patent number: 9826920
    Abstract: A disposable dual ended ear curette incorporates specialized tip configurations and a depth measurement system. The ear curette may comprise a central handle portion; a first tip extending from one end of the handle portion and including an annular array of projections; and a second tip extending from an opposed end of the handle portion and including a blade member having a first lateral scraping edge on one edge of the blade member positioned adjacent a concave surface of the blade member, and a second lateral scraping edge on an opposed edge of the blade member. The ear curette may further include a sequence of spaced, visible measurement indicia on each tip, configured to provide an operator with a visual indication of the depth of operation of the associated tip in a patient's ear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Inventors: Deepak Pahuja, Ryan Scott Bookhamer
  • Patent number: 9817946
    Abstract: Methods, computer systems, and computer-readable storage media for generating graphical representations of health-related variables are provided. The graphical representations include a first body-image representation of a user at a current period of time. The graphical representations also include a second body-image representation that represents the user at a future period of time, the user in a simulated clinical “what-if” scenario, or members of the population-at-large that share similar demographic traits with the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Cerner Innovation, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael A Ash, Todd Jeffrey Reynolds, Harlen Hays
  • Patent number: 9629682
    Abstract: A robotic catheter system includes a controller with a master input device. An instrument driver is in communication with the controller and has a guide instrument interface including a plurality of guide instrument drive elements responsive to control signals generated, at least in part, by the master input device. An elongate guide instrument has a base, distal end, and a working lumen, wherein the guide instrument base is operatively coupled to the guide instrument interface. The guide instrument includes a plurality of guide instrument control elements operatively coupled to respective guide drive elements and secured to the distal end of the guide instrument. The guide instrument control elements are axially moveable relative to the guide instrument such that movement of the guide instrument distal end may be controlled by the master input device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Hansen Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel T. Wallace, Frederic H. Moll, Robert G. Younge, Kenneth M. Martin, Gregory J. Stahler, David F. Moore, Daniel T. Adams, Michael R. Zinn, Gunter D. Niemeyer
  • Patent number: 9610006
    Abstract: A tissue electrode assembly includes a membrane configured to form an expandable, conformable body that is deployable in a patient. The assembly further includes a flexible circuit positioned on a surface of the membrane and comprising at least one base substrate layer, at least one insulating layer and at least one planar conducting layer. An electrically-conductive electrode covers at least a portion of the flexible circuit and a portion of the surface of the membrane not covered by the flexible circuit, wherein the electrically-conductive electrode is foldable upon itself with the membrane to a delivery conformation having a diameter suitable for minimally-invasive delivery of the assembly to the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: SHIFAMED HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Amr Salahieh, Jonah Lepak, Emma Leung, Brian D. Brandt, John P. Claude, Tom Saul
  • Patent number: 9506809
    Abstract: Disclosed is a portable device for measuring temperature with infrared array sensor. This portable device includes: an infrared array sensor module for taking temperature values in a unit of pixel and including a plurality of infrared sensors arranged in an array of pixels; a controller for calculating a resultant temperature value of a subject with reference to the temperature values taken each by the sensors; a display for expressing the resultant temperature value calculated by the controller; and a view finder with an indicator defining a target point to be measured for temperature and having a profile corresponding to the whole or a local shape of the subject. The view finder is formed of a transparent plate on which the subject's shape is reflected. The transparent plate is formed of: a notch representing the indicator; and a lens at least provided in the indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: EASYTEM CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jae-Woo Shin
  • Patent number: 9304889
    Abstract: In one aspect, a method includes monitoring a replication process, predicting performance based on the monitoring, receiving a suspend notification and determining whether to suspend the replication process or wait to suspend the replication process based on the performance predicted. In another aspect, an apparatus includes electronic hardware circuitry configured to monitor a replication process, predict performance based on the monitoring, receive a suspend notification and determine whether to suspend the replication process or wait to suspend the replication process based on the performance predicted. In a further aspect, an apparatus includes electronic hardware circuitry configured to: monitor a replication process, predict performance based on the monitoring, receive a suspend notification and determine whether to suspend the replication process or wait to suspend the replication process based on the performance predicted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: EMC Corporation
    Inventors: Xiangping Chen, David Meiri
  • Patent number: 9301693
    Abstract: The invention discloses a method for in-vivo temperature measurement based on AC magnetization of magnetic nanoparticles, and relates to a nano test technology field. The invention positions magnetic nano agent at an area of a measured object, applies an AC excitation magnetic field to the area of the magnetic nano agent, collects an AC magnetization signal of the magnetic nano agent under the AC excitation magnetic field, detects amplitudes of odd harmonics of the AC magnetization signal, and finally calculates in-vivo temperature according to a relationship between the odd harmonics and the in-vivo temperature. The invention predetermines the relationship between the odd harmonics and the in-vivo temperature via the discrete Langevin's function and the Fourier transformation, solves the in-vivo temperature according to the relationship without considering concentration of the magnetic nanoparticles, and effective moment as temperature varies, and thus accurately detecting the in-vivo temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: HUAZHONG UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Wenzhong Liu, Jing Zhong, Le He, Ling Jiang, Pu Zhang
  • Patent number: 9256937
    Abstract: What is disclosed is a system and method for assessing peripheral vascular disease from a thermal image captured using a thermal imaging system. In one embodiment the present method involves the following. First, a thermal image is received of a region of exposed skin of a peripheral body part of a subject being monitored for PVD. The thermal image was acquired by a thermal imaging system. Pixels in the thermal image each have a corresponding temperature value. The thermal image is analyzed to stratify the peripheral body part into a plurality of skin surface regions. A skin surface temperature for each respective skin surface region is identified based on pixels in the thermal image associated with those regions. The temperatures are then extracted such that a progression of temperatures can be ascertained. A method for forecasting the progression for future times is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Lalit Keshav Mestha, Beilei Xu
  • Patent number: 9241648
    Abstract: There is disclosed an apparatus for measuring biometric information that can perform precise and comprehensive measurement by measuring biometric information about an examinee taking a more comfortable position. The apparatus for measuring biometric information includes a hand rest comprising a hand rest part formed in a concave curvature shape to have an examinee's hand put thereon, to contact with an examinee's palm and fingers; and a measurement part provided in the hand rest part to measure the examinee's biometric information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: KOREA INSTITUTE OF INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Sung Il Yi, Ki Young Kim, Kang Eun Kim, Chang Heon Kang
  • Patent number: 9207191
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of controlling a temperature of a matching material used in an apparatus for generating a tomographic image is disclosed. The method includes measuring a temperature of a matching material in which an object is immersed in an apparatus for measuring a shape of an object, setting a set temperature at which an amplitude and a phase of an electromagnetic wave that passes through the matching material are maintained, based on the measured temperature of the matching material, and controlling the temperature of the matching material to be higher than the set temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Jang Yeol Kim, Jong Moon Lee, Hyuk Je Kim, Seong Ho Son, Soon Ik Jeon
  • Publication number: 20150148681
    Abstract: Support structures for positioning sensors on a physiologic tunnel for measuring physical, chemical and biological parameters of the body and to produce an action according to the measured value of the parameters. The support structure includes a sensor fitted on the support structures using a special geometry for acquiring continuous and undisturbed data on the physiology of the body. Signals are transmitted to a remote station by wireless transmission such as by electromagnetic waves, radio waves, infrared, sound and the like or by being reported locally by audio or visual transmission. The physical and chemical parameters include brain function, metabolic function, hydrodynamic function, hydration status, levels of chemical compounds in the blood, and the like. The support structure includes patches, clips, eyeglasses, head mounted gear and the like, containing passive or active sensors positioned at the end of the tunnel with sensing systems positioned on and accessing a physiologic tunnel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: GEELUX HOLDING, LTD.
    Inventor: Marcio Marc ABREU
  • Publication number: 20150148682
    Abstract: Systems, methods and apparatus are provided through which in some implementations a non-contact thermometer determines a temperature of a subject from a carotid source point of the subject.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: BROOKLANDS, INC.
    Inventor: Jason Roth
  • Publication number: 20150148628
    Abstract: Support structures for positioning sensors on a physiologic tunnel for measuring physical, chemical and biological parameters of the body and to produce an action according to the measured value of the parameters. The support structure includes a sensor fitted on the support structures using a special geometry for acquiring continuous and undisturbed data on the physiology of the body. Signals are transmitted to a remote station by wireless transmission such as by electromagnetic waves, radio waves, infrared, sound and the like or by being reported locally by audio or visual transmission. The physical and chemical parameters include brain function, metabolic function, hydrodynamic function, hydration status, levels of chemical compounds in the blood, and the like. The support structure includes patches, clips, eyeglasses, head mounted gear and the like, containing passive or active sensors positioned at the end of the tunnel with sensing systems positioned on and accessing a physiologic tunnel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: GEELUX HOLDING, LTD.
    Inventor: Marcio Marc ABREU
  • Publication number: 20150141838
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus includes a monitoring system having a first detector and a controller. The first detector detects electromagnetic radiation from a first field of view of the first detector and providing a signal indicative of characteristics of the electromagnetic radiation. The controller includes a processor coupled to the first detector and a memory device including instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to processes the signal from the first detector, translate the signal into an array of data, and evaluate the data in the array to determine characteristics of a patient positioned in the first field of view.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Irvin J. VANDERPOHL
  • Publication number: 20150133792
    Abstract: A system for determining a clinically relevant temperature differential between a predetermined area of interest, as defined herein, on the body surface of a mammal and a control area on the body surface of said mammal, said system comprising: a visual and thermal image capturing device, said image capturing device comprising: a housing, a means for capturing a digital visual image within said housing; and a means for capturing a digital thermal image within said housing; a display apparatus, said display apparatus comprising means for showing said captured visual image and said captured thermal image; and a computing apparatus, said computing apparatus operatively connected to said image capturing device and to said display apparatus, said computing apparatus comprising: a means for selecting a control area on the surface of the skin; a means for determining an temperature of said control area; a means for selecting an area of clinical interest within said visual image; a means for calculating plane geometri
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: James G. Spahn
  • Patent number: 9026192
    Abstract: Devices and methods for optically scanning an in-vivo lumen, and for determining contact between an in-vivo device and an in-vivo lumen wall. The device may include an elongated housing having a cylindrical portion. At least one illuminating body may provide illumination at the circumference of the cylindrical portion, and at least one light sensor may sense light that penetrated and was scattered from the tissue of the in vivo lumen. The device may include a barrier for preventing direct illumination from the illuminating body from reaching the light sensor and for decreasing the amount of direct light reflection from the outer surface of the in vivo lumen onto the light sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Given Imaging Ltd
    Inventors: Shmuel Blit, Elisha Rabinovitz
  • Patent number: 8996096
    Abstract: A temperature probe includes a shaft having a distal end, a proximal end, and a tip disposed at the distal end. The probe also includes an infrared sensor configured to measure a temperature of a structure disposed proximate the shaft. The probe further includes a temperature sensor disposed distal to the infrared sensor. The temperature sensor is configured to measure a body cavity temperature of a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Welch Allyn, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew J. Kinsley, Michael J. Anson, John A. Lane, David E. Quinn
  • Publication number: 20150087924
    Abstract: A head mounted system includes a physiological signal sensor, a signal processing circuit, a memory, an application processor, and an eyeglass frame. The physiological signal sensor monitors a physiological state to output a physiological signal. The signal processing circuit determines whether the physiological state is abnormal according to the physiological signal. When it is not abnormal, the signal processing circuit controls the physiological signal sensor to monitor the physiological state at a first monitoring frequency. When it is abnormal, the signal processing circuit outputs a warning signal, and controls the physiological signal sensor to monitor the physiological state at a second monitoring frequency greater than the first monitoring frequency. The application processor receives the warning signal and stores physiological data corresponding to the physiological signal in the memory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: QUANTA COMPUTER INC.
    Inventors: Chung-Te LI, Wen-Chu YANG
  • Publication number: 20150087997
    Abstract: A method and device for determining a breathing movement of an object under examination is provided for the method includes determining a breathing movement of an object under examination and includes receiving a mathematical breathing model, the mathematical breathing model including a displacement of a thoracic cage of the object under examination over time, using a projection means to project a structured image pattern onto a sagittal plane and onto a thoracic region of the object under examination, using a camera to record a sequence of at least two images of the thoracic region of the object under examination, and adapting the mathematical breathing model at least in dependence on the recorded sequence of images of the thoracic region of the object under examination. The invention also describes a corresponding device for determining a breathing movement of an object under examination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: SULTAN HAIDER, STEFAN POPESCU
  • Patent number: 8977346
    Abstract: A mechanism of quantitative dual-spectrum IR imaging (QDS-IR) system for examining the breast cancer is reported. The major mechanism of the system is a pair of long-wave Infra-red (LIR) and middle-wave Infra-red (MIR) cameras with the keen temperature sensitivity and the high spatial resolution. The optical axes of cameras are calibrated by the help of two calibration makers set up on the seat for carrying an object to make them parallel to each other and locate on the same level. The design provides an imaging system with the high reproducibility supported by 7 free degrees and the high adjustability. The proposed system could ensure the positions of the object and two cameras are the same at the different time points and find the best relative positions between the seat and two cameras for the objects with different body types. Therefore, it has potential ability to detect breast cancer or monitor the effect of chemotherapy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: National Taiwan University
    Inventors: Chen Chung-Ming, Lee Si-Chen, Lee Wan-Jou, Chang Che-Wei, Lee Ching-Yen, Chien Yu-Chun, Lee Chia-Yen, Yeun-Chung Chang, Chiun-Sheng Huang
  • Patent number: 8971997
    Abstract: An infrared fiber-optic device is able to monitor esophageal temperature during an ablation/cryoablation procedure over a volume of interest to sense whether the temperature is too high or too low. The device may include a plurality of optical fibers each with a wide angle lens collectively disposed circumferentially and longitudinally to cover the volume of interest, as the particular region over which undesirable temperature may not be known beforehand. In other examples, the device may include an embedded array of infrared sensors extending sufficiently to encompass a volume of interest. The device may be used as part of a feedback control to regulate and stop operation of the ablation/cryoablation procedure to prevent vessel damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of Michigan
    Inventors: Hakan Oral, Fred Morady
  • Patent number: 8971998
    Abstract: The present invention relates to systems and methods for detecting biomaterial anomalies in a test subject for diagnosing existing and potential medical conditions. The general technique utilized is to expose a portion of the test subject to low doses of RF electromagnetic energy. Different biomaterials in a test subject may be differentiated and identified by characterizing their electromagnetic properties based on observed parameters, e.g., electromagnetic energy absorbed, thermal energy created, and electromagnetic energy emitted, during irradiation of the test subject. This invention allows for the efficient utilization of multiple frequency bands allowed by the FCC, as well as a more precise distribution of electromagnetic energy to the test subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Integral ElectroMagnetronic Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Albert Francis Messano, Jr., Mandeep Singh
  • Publication number: 20150051449
    Abstract: Systems, methods and devices for diagnosing sleep apnea are provided herein. In one example, a device for detecting airway obstructions may be provided where the device may include a wearable hollow nasal tube to be positioned in an upper airway above a constriction point and an end imaging sensor coupled to the nasal tube to collect airway image data. The device further may include a controller and communication interface to communicatively link and relay airway image data to a select remote device to determine airway obstructions. In some examples, a method may be provided including receiving airway image data from a remote end imaging sensor coupled to a nasal tube disposed within an upper airway above a constriction point, and analyzing the airway image data and displaying in a sleep study report the airway image data to identify airway closures related to obstructive sleep apnea.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: Chunyuan Qiu
  • Publication number: 20150051461
    Abstract: What is disclosed is a system and method for performing a medical diagnosis for a subject of interest using a RGB video camera and a spot radiometer in a non-contact, remote sensing environment. In one embodiment, video images are captured using a RGB video camera in real-time of a subject of interest for medical diagnostic purposes. The video images are analyzed to identify a region of exposed skin for which measurements are desired to be obtained. A relative position of a spot radiometer is then adjusted such that the spot radiometer can measure incident radiation at a desired wavelength range from the identified region of exposed skin. The measurements are then used to perform a medical diagnosis for the subject. Various embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: XEROX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Edul N. DALAL, Wencheng WU, Lalit Keshav MESTHA
  • Patent number: 8950935
    Abstract: A non-touch thermometer that senses temperature from a digital infrared sensor is described. A digital signal representing a temperature without conversion from analog is transmitted from the digital infrared sensor received by a microprocessor and converted to body core temperature by the microprocessor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: ARC Devices, Ltd
    Inventors: Mark Khachaturian, Michael G. Smith
  • Patent number: 8948850
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided which in some implementations a non-contact thermometer determines a temperature of a subject from a carotid source point of the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Arc Devices Limited
    Inventor: Jason Roth
  • Publication number: 20150018691
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for imaging, recording and saving a thermographic image of a breast, characterized in that it comprises a video recorder and an infrared mapping liquid crystal matrix working in the temperature range of approximately 1° in a range of 31.8° C. to 34.8? C., wherein the recorder preferably includes a housing, a light source, a camera with an optoelectronic transducer, an analog-digital converter, a power source and a storage medium. The present invention also refers to a method of diagnosing of the breast pathology using that device, a system of the three infrared mapping liquid crystal matrices and its application for the detection of thermal anomalies on the surface of the breast.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: BRASTER SA
    Inventors: Jacek Bernard Stepien, Henryk Jaremek, Grzegorz Franciszek Pielak
  • Patent number: 8932223
    Abstract: A design and a fabrication method for an intravascular imaging and therapeutic catheters for combined ultrasound, photoacoustic, and elasticity imaging and for optical and/or acoustic therapy of hollow organs and diseased blood vessels and tissues are disclosed in the present invention. The invention comprises both a device—optical fiber-based intravascular catheter designs for combined IVUS/IVPA, and elasticity imaging and for acoustic and/or optical therapy—and a method of combined ultrasound, photoacoustic, and elasticity imaging and optical and/or acoustic therapy. The designs of the catheters are based on single-element catheter-based ultrasound transducers or on ultrasound array-based units coupled with optical fiber, fiber bundles or a combination thereof with specially designed light delivery systems. One approach uses the side fire fiber, similar to the one utilized for biomedical optical spectroscopy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Board of Regents, The University of Texas System
    Inventors: Stanislav Emelianov, Andrei Karpiouk, Bo Wang
  • Patent number: 8923954
    Abstract: A thermal imaging system includes a data processing system and a geometrical scanning system constructed to communicate with the data processing system. The geometrical scanning system is adapted to scan at least a section of a surface of a subject under observation. The thermal imaging system also includes an infrared imaging system constructed to communicate with the data processing system. The infrared imaging system is adapted to image at least a portion of the section of the surface of the subject under observation. The data processing system is configured to receive data from the geometrical scanning system and to construct a surface map of the section of the surface of the subject under observation and to identify geometrical markers on the surface map based on the data from the geometrical scanning system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: The Johns Hopkins University
    Inventor: Cila Herman
  • Publication number: 20140343374
    Abstract: A low profile temperature transducer has a working surface for placement against a body surface and a first output. The transducer is a flat laminate composed of alternating conductive and dielectric layers. The laminate defines at least one slotline antenna for exposure to the body surface to pick up thermal emissions from the underlying tissue at depth. A feed network having a characteristic impedance is connected to the first output and a slotline-to-stripline transition is connected between the at least one antenna and the feed network, the transition providing a match between the impedance at the at least one antenna and the characteristic impedance. Also, a temperature sensor may be present at the working surface to detect the body surface temperature under the transducer, that surface temperature being used to calculate actual temperature at depth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2012
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: Kenneth L. Carr, Robert C. Allison
  • Publication number: 20140336515
    Abstract: A system for transition detection, including a thermal imaging device to form a thermal image of a subject positioned in a selected position, an ultra-wideband short range radar to scan the area of the subject identified in the thermal image while the subject is positioned in the selected position, a registration unit to combine information from the thermal image and the radar to form an enhanced image that provides indications of transitions inside the body of the subject.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2012
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: ALBATROSS BREAST CANCER DIAGNOSTIC LTD
    Inventors: Shlomo Tangy, Yosi Tangy
  • Patent number: 8876373
    Abstract: A protective cover for an insertion probe of a medical instrument. The cover contains a flexible tubular body that compliments the probe geometry and a radially disposed flange that surrounds the proximal end of the body. A series of snap-on fasteners removably connect the cover to the instrument. A camming surface is located on the outer face of the flange which coacts with a cam follower that is movably mounted upon the instrument to flex the cover sufficiently to open the fastener and release the cover from the instrument and move the cover axially toward the distal end of the tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Welch Allyn, Inc.
    Inventors: John A. Lane, David E. Quinn, Ray D. Stone, Scott A. Martin, John R. Strom, Matthew David Mullin, Richard Thrush, Richard G. McDuffie
  • Patent number: 8868157
    Abstract: A system and method for assessing a peripheral neuropathy risk wherein the system and method according to one embodiment of the present invention detects abnormality which may be directed to a probability, a stage, a category, or other indicator as to the degree of progression of the disease.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: VisionQuest Biomedical LLC
    Inventor: Peter Soliz
  • Publication number: 20140303502
    Abstract: Provided is a method of measuring heartbeats without contact and wirelessly. The method includes searching for a sport point on which heartbeats are measured; imaging a found spot point through a thermal graphic camera and obtaining temperature related data wirelessly; and analyzing the obtained temperature related data and calculating heartbeats.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Yong Kwi LEE, Sangwook PARK, Hyun Jin YOON, Ji Yeon KIM, Jong Hyun JANG
  • Patent number: 8849379
    Abstract: Support structures for positioning sensors on a physiologic tunnel for measuring physical, chemical and biological parameters of the body and to produce an action according to the measured value of the parameters. The support structure includes a sensor fitted on the support structures using a special geometry for acquiring continuous and undisturbed data on the physiology of the body. Signals are transmitted to a remote station by wireless transmission such as by electromagnetic waves, radio waves, infrared, sound and the like or by being reported locally by audio or visual transmission. The physical and chemical parameters include brain function, metabolic function, hydrodynamic function, hydration status, levels of chemical compounds in the blood, and the like. The support structure includes patches, clips, eyeglasses, head mounted gear and the like, containing passive or active sensors positioned at the end of the tunnel with sensing systems positioned on and accessing a physiologic tunnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Geelux Holdings, Ltd.
    Inventor: Marcio Marc Abreu
  • Publication number: 20140276091
    Abstract: A diagnostic assembly (30, 320) and method for detecting a presence of cancer in a breast of a patient. The diagnostic assembly (20, 320) comprises a frame (22, 322), at least one cold bar (26, 326, 426) supported by the frame (22, 322) for receiving a hand of the patient, and a temperature controller (72) in communication with the cold bar (26, 326, 426) to maintain a constant temperature of the cold bar (26, 326, 426). The method comprises the steps of cooling at least one hand of the patient and recording a test thermal image of the breast of the patient after the hand of the patient has been cooled. The step of cooling the hand of the patient includes receiving the hand of the patient on the cold bar (26, 326, 426) to transfer heat from the hand of the patient to the cold bar (26, 326, 426), and maintaining the cold bar (26, 326, 426) at a preselected temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: FIRST SENSE MEDICAL, LLC
    Inventors: Paul G. Angott, Richard Farkas, Ajay Mudunuri, Steven Henke
  • Patent number: 8834020
    Abstract: Support structures for positioning sensors on a physiologic tunnel for measuring physical, chemical and biological parameters of the body and to produce an action according to the measured value of the parameters. The support structure includes a sensor fitted on the support structures using a special geometry for acquiring continuous and undisturbed data on the physiology of the body. Signals are transmitted to a remote station by wireless transmission such as by electromagnetic waves, radio waves, infrared, sound and the like or by being reported locally by audio or visual transmission. The physical and chemical parameters include brain function, metabolic function, hydrodynamic function, hydration status, levels of chemical compounds in the blood, and the like. The support structure includes patches, clips, eyeglasses, head mounted gear and the like, containing passive or active sensors positioned at the end of the tunnel with sensing systems positioned on and accessing a physiologic tunnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Geelux Holdings, Ltd.
    Inventor: Marcio Marc Abreu
  • Patent number: 8834019
    Abstract: A non-contact infrared (IR) thermometer for measuring temperature from the surface of an object includes an IR radiation sensor attached to a heating element and a thermal shield having an interior surface positioned within the sensor's field of view that has a high emissivity. An electronic circuit controlling the heating element maintains the temperatures of the sensor and shield substantially close to an anticipated surface temperature of the object. The IR radiation sensor is further thermally coupled to a reference temperature sensor. An optical system positioned in front of the shield focuses thermal radiation from the object on the surface of the sensor, while the shield prevents stray radiation from reaching the sensor. Signals from the IR and reference sensors are used to calculate the object's surface temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Helen of Troy Limited
    Inventor: Jacob Fraden
  • Publication number: 20140243683
    Abstract: A system, an apparatus and a method for human health evaluation utilizing Thermal Micro Texture (TMT) mapping technology is disclosed. The method comprises scanning body areas of a patient utilizing an infrared camera, detecting abnormalities in the body of the patient, analyzing abnormalities of the patient against information stored in a database, and reporting results to the patient in a pre-determined format. The method provides an earlier discovery of disease by mapping and analyzing abnormal temperatures changes in the body, which can help prevent the disease from progressing at an early stage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventors: Song Xiao, Pei S Cai, Jun Yang, Xiu Fang Deng, Ying Jie Wu
  • Patent number: 8818493
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for creating a three dimensional imaging system is disclosed. There is a first source of laser light and a second source of laser light having a wavelength different from the wavelength of the laser light of the first source. The laser light from the first and second sources are combined, and the combined laser light is transmitted to a scanner. The scanner further transmits the combined light to a surface to be imaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: AccuVein, Inc.
    Inventors: Ron Goldman, Fred Wood, Vincent Luciano, Stephen Conlon