Signal Display Or Recording Patents (Class 600/523)
  • Patent number: 10440576
    Abstract: A system for performing an operation in a vehicle is disclosed. The system includes a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) module, a microcontroller coupled to the BLE module and a transmitter/receiver coupled to the microcontroller. The microcontroller is configured to transmit a wakeup signal at preselected intervals to wake up an electronic key and measure received low frequency (LF) signal strength and Bluetooth signal strength transmitted from the electronic key and based on measured signal strengths determine if the electronic key is approaching the vehicle and to perform a preselected vehicle operation on the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: NXP B.V.
    Inventors: Filippo Casamassima, Wolfgang Eber
  • Patent number: 10426368
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods and systems providing improvements enhancing speed and accuracy in interpreting the electrocardiogram (ECG) for ischemia identification using a graphical presentation. An ischemia criteria and ST segment measurements to be tested are graphically presented simultaneously. The graphical presentation allows the violation of the ischemia criteria to be visualized without any ambiguity. To further ensure that such a condition will not be overlooked, additional graphical highlighting is provided. This graphical approach can be used to improve the detection of conditions that fulfill the specified ischemia criteria and reduce the variation of individual interpretation for patients with border-line ST segment changes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventor: Jyh-Yun John Wang
  • Patent number: 10299689
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a system and method of determining a risk score for triage. In particular, a system is provided for providing an assessment of risk of a cardiac event for a patient, for example an incoming patient to a hospital emergency department complaining of chest pain. In the disclosure, the system includes an input device for measuring physiological data based vital signs parameter of the patient, a twelve-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) device for establishing an ECG obtained from results of the electrocardiography procedure, and determining an ECG parameter and a heart rate variability (HRV) parameter therefrom. An ensemble-based scoring system is further provided, establishing weighted classifier based on past patient data and where the vital signs parameter, the ECG parameter and the HRV parameter are compared to corresponding weighted classifiers to determine a risk score. A corresponding method to determine a risk score for triage is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: SINGAPORE HEALTH SERVICES PTE LTD
    Inventors: Marcus Eng Hock Ong, Nan Liu
  • Patent number: 10265052
    Abstract: A method of displaying an ultrasound image includes: displaying an ultrasound image representing an object; generating a first text and a plurality of icons representing information about a region of interest included in the object; displaying the first text and the plurality of icons on the ultrasound image; generating at least one second text when a first icon is selected from among the plurality of icons; and displaying the at least one second text on a region relating to information represented by the at least one second text.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG MEDISON CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Min-jung Song
  • Patent number: 10238350
    Abstract: A method of generating a real-time electrophysiology map, such as a cardiac electrophysiology map, includes displaying a cardiac surface model and receiving a plurality of electrophysiology data points (e.g., using a plurality of intracardiac electrodes). The electrophysiology data from the received electrophysiology data points can be displayed and updated on the cardiac surface model in real-time when it satisfies a preset inclusion criteria, such as a projection distance criterion (e.g., the electrophysiology data point is within a preset distance of the cardiac surface model), a contact force criterion (e.g., the intracardiac catheter is exerting at least a preset contact force on the tissue surface), and/or an electrical coupling criterion (e.g., the electrode-tissue electrical coupling exceeds a preset threshold). New electrophysiology data points can be received when a triggering event, such as a point in the cardiac cycle, occurs, or according to a preset timer interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Erhan Erdemir, Wenwen Li, Carlo Pappone
  • Patent number: 10188305
    Abstract: The current subject matter determines the location of the J-point in an ECG signal by examining ECG samples within a window of samples between the S-peak and the T-peak. The sample in this range with the smallest distance, ?d, to the R-peak is selected as the J-point. Thus, the J-point location can be determined based on an ECG sample's distance to the R-peak. The J-point location can then be used to determine whether there is elevation or depression of the ST segment. Related apparatus, systems, techniques, and articles are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: DRÄGERWERK AG & CO. KGAA
    Inventors: Zhe Zhang, Scott Roset, Yu Chen
  • Patent number: 10165962
    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 intravascular introduction of the catheter. The ultrasound probe includes user input controls for controlling use of the ultrasound probe in an ultrasound mode and use of the tip location sensor in a tip location mode. In another embodiment, 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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: C. R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventors: Shayne Messerly, Matthew W. Bown, Eddie K. Burnside, Kelly J. Christian
  • Patent number: 10154790
    Abstract: A method of monitoring sleep comprises simultaneously recording a person's electrocardiogram (ECG) and photoplethysmogram (PPG), deriving a plurality of parameters from the recorded data, and providing an output indicative of a sleep characteristic based upon an analysis of the parameters. The ECG and PPG may be recorded using an apparatus which is a combination of a Holter monitor and a pulse oximeter, which is wearable in ambulatory manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: University College Dublin, National University of Ireland
    Inventors: Conor Heneghan, Eric C.-P. Chua, Gareth McDarby
  • Patent number: 10136815
    Abstract: A remote patient monitoring system having a main patient monitor and a remote patient monitor. The main patient monitor is configured to receive and collect one or more patient physiological parameters and to provide an alarm in response to an alarm trigger. The alarm trigger includes a determination that at least one of the collected patient physiological parameters has reached a predetermined value. The remote patient monitor has an alarm reset and is configured to be carried by a caregiver. It is also configured to receive a signal from the main patient monitor in response to the alarm and to transmit an indication about the alarm trigger. The indication includes one or more of a notification that the patient is being attended to, a request by the caregiver for additional help, or a message about resolution of the alarm trigger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: PHYSIO-CONTROL, INC.
    Inventors: Richard Mark Lyon, Robert G. Walker, Jeffery S. Edwards, Niklas Andersson, Bethany Joyce Johnson
  • Patent number: 10134384
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are described for detecting voice related vibration in the upper region of the chest and synthesizing human speech. The innovation finds its use in speech rehabilitation applications among others, specifically in speech impairments and speech disability arising due to accident, congenital defects or other reasons. A set of piezoelectric based sensors are placed on an upper region of the chest atop or near sound tendons. The sensors pick up the vibrations in the sound tendons and convert the vibrations into electrical output signals. These signals are filtered, amplified and processed using the signal recognition unit. Subsequently, a set of parameters are extracted and used to generate speech or a written text. The sensors incorporate piezoelectric or other transducing materials. These sensors are externally affixed to a human body surface corresponding to the position of the sounds tendons in the upper chest/neck region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: United Arab Emirates University
    Inventor: Mahmoud F. Y. Al Ahmad
  • Patent number: 10105516
    Abstract: A catheter has a deflection beam and a single continuous puller wire to effectuate bi-directional deflection. A joint between a catheter body and a deflectable distal section effectively transmits torque from a control handle. The joint includes two open-shaped brackets, each affixed to a respective side of the flat deflection beam to form a closed-shaped hollow body that bridges and circumferentially encircles the beam. Each bracket has through-holes into which thermoplastic material of the catheter body and the deflectable distal section can melt and migrate to form interlocking nodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: BIOSENSE WEBSTER (ISRAEL) LTD.
    Inventor: Thomas V. Selkee
  • Patent number: 10098559
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a wearable monitor device and methods and systems for using such a device. In certain embodiments, the wearable monitor records cardiac data from a mammal and extracts particular features of interest. These features are then transmitted and used to provide health-related information about the mammal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: iRhythm Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Hughes, Mark Day, Yuriko Tamura
  • Patent number: 10099063
    Abstract: A defibrillator is provided with two processors for enhancing the defibrillation process. A first processor is dedicated to controlling when an electrical charge is applied to a patient. A second processor is dedicated to data operations for enhancing the coaching of the defibrillation process. The second data processor is in communication with one or more external devices for transmission and receipt of network data for further enhancing the coaching process. The second data processor allows both the defibrillator to be maintained with updated network data and software and the one or more external devices to be maintained with updated defibrillator data. Independent controllers provide multiple processing paths on critical charge and coaching functions; with the second data processor further providing redundancy control in the event of any malfunction of the first charge processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: PHYSIO-CONTROL, INC.
    Inventors: Ken Peterson, Mitchell A Smith, Denny Craig Edwards, Jeffery Scott Edwards, Pablo Gonzalez-Gandolfi, Rockland W Nordness, Matthew Lawrence Bielstein, Clayton Ming Young, David B Stewart, Paul R Juhasz, David Okey, Steven Witters, Ira M Turner
  • Patent number: 10085665
    Abstract: A system and method for non-invasively monitoring the hemodynamic state of a patient by determining on a beat-by-beat basis the ratio of lusitropic function to inotropic function as an index of myocardial well-being or pathology for use by clinicians in the hospital or by the patient at home. In one embodiment of the system a smartphone running an application program that is connected through the internet to the cloud processes electronic signals, first, from an electrocardiogram device monitoring electrical cardiac activity, and second, from a seismocardiogram device monitoring mechanical cardiac activity in order to determine such ratio as an instantaneous measurement of the hemodynamic state of the patient, including such states as sepsis, myocardial ischemia, and heart failure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: THE COOPER HEALTH SYSTEM
    Inventor: Robert Alan Hirsh
  • Patent number: 10085667
    Abstract: An ECG clock electrocardiogram based diagnostic device and method is disclosed. The ECG clock provides a clear visual indicator of heart related anomalies such as Long QT syndrome over a longer span of time than can otherwise be assimilated by a medical practitioner. A variable such as QT interval is represented by a variable length radial hand similar to a watch or clock hand. The circular face of the ECG clock represents the diagnostic time interval, typically 24 hours. The resulting output or plot of the ECG clock portrays a circular or polar mapping of the heart related variable such as QT interval over the diagnostic time interval, facilitating rapid diagnosis of volumes of electrocardiogram data by a medical practitioner that has heretofore not been possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: University of Rochester
    Inventors: Jean-Philippe Yves Couderc, Mehmet Kemal Aktas, Tolga Soyata, Alex Tyndall Page
  • Patent number: 10028671
    Abstract: An electrocardiograph device and methods of navigating displays of such a device are disclosed. In one example, an electrocardiograph device includes a display, a plurality of electrocardiograph signal leads, and a programmable circuit. The programmable circuit is configured to receive electrical signals via the electrocardiograph signal leads representative of a heartbeat of a patient. The programmable circuit is configured to generate a user interface to be presented on the display, the user interface comprising a lead display including a screen layout including a plurality of waveform regions. The waveform regions display a waveform corresponding to an electrical signal from one of the leads over a time interval including at least one heartbeat period. Selection of a region causes display of an extended waveform region displaying a waveform over a second time interval that is longer than the first time interval, and which includes a plurality of heartbeat periods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: WELCH ALLYN, INC.
    Inventors: Elaine Carole Montambeau, Kathryn Coles
  • Patent number: 9986932
    Abstract: Described herein is a system and method of automatically monitoring QT intervals in a patient based on one or more EKG signals received from attached monitoring devices. Each EKG signal is analyzed to detect attributes of the first and second EKG signals, including QRS onset information, QRS peak information, and T-wave offset information. A QT interval is calculated based on QRS onset information derived from the first EKG signal and T-wave offset information derived from the second EKG signal. The calculated QT interval is compared to thresholds to detect elongation of the QT interval and an alert is generated in response to a detected elongated QT interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Medtronic Monitoring, Inc.
    Inventors: Niranjan Chakravarthy, Abhi Chavan, Scott Williams, Rao Gudivada
  • Patent number: 9974927
    Abstract: A catheter has a deflection beam with rectangular cross-section and a single continuous puller wire for predictable on-plane bi-directional deflection. The puller wire extends through spacers on opposite sides of the beam so the puller wire is maintained a predetermined separation distance from the beam surface. Tubular structures of the catheter body and the deflectable section are fused at a joint by C-shaped brackets mounted opposite surface of the beam to form a hollow body with holes into which thermoplastic materials covering the catheter body and the deflectable section can melt to form interlocking nodes. Elongated beam stiffeners can be mounted on the beam to provide different curve and deflection geometries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: BIOSENSE WEBSTER (ISRAEL) LTD.
    Inventors: Jose Jimenez, Ricardo Padilla, Thomas V. Selkee
  • Patent number: 9925381
    Abstract: An implantable pulse generator that includes a current source/sink generator is disclosed herein. The current source/sink generator includes a current drive differential amplifier. The current driver differential amplifier is configured to selectively source current to, or sink current from a target tissue. The current drive differential amplifier includes an inverting input and a non-inverting input. One of the inputs of the current drive differential amplifier is connected to a virtual ground, and the other is connected to a current command. A stimulation controller can supply a voltage to the other of the inputs of the current drive differential amplifier to select either current sourcing or current sinking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: AXONICS MODULATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Rabih Nassif
  • Patent number: 9895074
    Abstract: Systems and related methods for analyzing data sensed from a device implanted in a patient, such as a cardiac pacing system. The system detects and evaluates electric signals within the patient that share a common event marker. By using algorithms and graphical presentation of the collected signals having common event markers, deviations in signals over time can be identified and evaluated in consideration of taking further action related to the patient and the implanted device. The system can also be used in conjunction with an advanced patient management system that includes a programmer or repeater capable of gathering information from the implanted device and transmitting the data to a host via a communications network for evaluation at a remote location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthias Woellenstein, Howard D. Simms, Jr., Scott T. Mazar, Robert J. Sweeney
  • Patent number: 9797929
    Abstract: Provided is a waveform processing assistance system for helping users determine the value of a parameter which is necessary in a waveform processing method for determining the rising and falling points of a peak and whose validity cannot be easily and intuitively determined The system includes: a waveform displayer for showing, on a display screen, a waveform including a peak; a marker displayer for showing, on the display screen, a marker which is capable of being moved by a user; and a slope information displayer for showing information related to the slope of the waveform at a point lying on the waveform and meeting the marker, or at a point which lies on the waveform, which meets the marker, and at which a predetermined operation has been performed by the user. Examples of the slope-related information include a numerical value of the slope, a tangent, and a grid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: SHIMADZU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Daisuke Nakayama
  • Patent number: 9789327
    Abstract: A wearable defibrillation system includes an output device and a motion sensor. The output device emits a sound or a vibration for the patient, who responds by deliberately tapping the system. The motion sensor registers the tapping, and interprets it as a reply from the patient. The reply can be that the patient is conscious, or convey data that the patient enters by tapping the right number of times, or that the patient wants attention, and so on. Since the patient does not need direct access to the wearable defibrillation system for tapping it, he or she can wear it under their other garments, which helps preserve their dignity and privacy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: WEST AFFUM HOLDINGS CORP.
    Inventors: David Thomas Brown, Gary Debardi, David Peter Finch, Krystyna Szul
  • Patent number: 9782089
    Abstract: A system determines measured patient values for use in clinical calculations using an electronic form including, a first area including data fields for presenting values of the parameters associated with a first part of a cardiac catheterization study of a patient and a second area including data fields for presenting values of the parameters associated with a different second part of a cardiac catheterization study of the patient. A user interface enables a user to copy at least one of the parameters comprising a measured value from the first area to the second area as a substitute value eliminating a need for a re-measurement of the value. A calculation processor automatically calculates a cardiac flow value for incorporation in the second area in response to the measured value being copied into the second area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare GmbH
    Inventors: Hongxuan Zhang, Harold James Wade, Gene Moy, Anthony Lawrence
  • Patent number: 9763591
    Abstract: A method and system are provided for subdividing a region of interest. The method and system utilize an intravascular mapping tool configured to be inserted into at least one of the endocardial or epicardial space. The mapping tool is maneuvered to select locations proximate to surfaces of the heart, while collecting map points at the select locations to form a point cloud data set during at least one cardiac cycle. The method and system further include selecting a region of interest from the point cloud data set, and forming a triangulation area that include a set of map points from the point cloud data set corresponding to the region of interest. Further, the method and system use a triangulation technique algorithm to generate at least one triangle within the triangulation area formed from at least a portion of the set of map points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventors: Yelena Nabutovsky, Hoda Razavi
  • Patent number: 9757036
    Abstract: Methods and systems for producing an electrophysiological map of a heart of a patient are disclosed. An example method may include determining a target location and an orientation of a catheter tip, confirming that the tip is located at the target location, measuring the heart parameter value at each of the target locations, and superimposing a plurality of representations of the heart parameter value. Confirmation that the tip of the catheter is located at a target location can be accomplished by comparing the current location of the tip with the target location, a corresponding heart parameter value being measured at each of the target locations by a heart parameter sensor, and the representations of the heart parameter value being superimposed on an image of the heart at the target location to produce the electrophysiological map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: MEDIGUIDE LTD.
    Inventors: Gera Strommer, Uzi Eichler, Liat Schwartz, Amit Cohen, Itay Kariv
  • Patent number: 9757074
    Abstract: Methods and systems for sensing properties of an object or entity utilize non-resistive contact sensors alone or in combination with other sensors. The sensor data is utilized for detecting and visualizing properties of one or more biological or non-biological objects or entities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: RESCON LTD
    Inventor: Thomas Andrew Dawson
  • Patent number: 9737269
    Abstract: A patient communicator device provides the ability for non-verbal communication between a patient and medical personnel. The device includes a handgrip module that is held by the patient and a display unit for use by the medical personnel, with a communication link coupling the two components together. The handgrip module is formed of a deformable material and encases a power source (i.e., battery) and a pressure-activated switch. The patient squeezes the handgrip module to close the switch and transmit a signal to the display unit. For example, one squeeze may be used to indicate that everything is fine, two squeezes may be used to indicate that the patient is feeling an uncomfortable amount of pain and needs additional medication. These “squeeze” signals take the form of pulses that are passed to the display unit so that the medical personnel remains apprised of the patient's condition, allowing the patient to communicate regarding issues such as anxiety, pain or discomfort.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Inventor: Manuel V. Moreno
  • Patent number: 9710942
    Abstract: A biological information displaying apparatus includes: a measuring section which is configured to measure a biological information waveform containing a specific measurement value; a calculating section which is configured to calculate the specific measurement value based on the biological information waveform that is measured by the measuring section in a designated unit time; a determining section which is configured to determine a level of a reliability of the specific measurement value that is calculated by the calculating section, based on the biological information waveform that is measured by the measuring section in the unit time; and a displaying section which is configured to display a trend graph of the specific measurement values while the specific measurement values are distinct according to the level of the reliability that is determined by the determining section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: NIHON KOHDEN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takashi Kaiami, Tsuneo Takayanagi, Masami Tanishima
  • Patent number: 9693832
    Abstract: Transducer-based systems can be configured to display a graphical representation of a transducer-based device, the graphical representation including graphical elements corresponding to transducers of the transducer-based device, and also including between graphical elements respectively associated with a set of the transducers and respectively associated with a region of space between the transducers of the transducer-based device. Selection of a between graphical element can cause activation of the set of transducers associated with the selected between graphical element. Selection of a plurality of between graphical elements and graphical elements can cause visual display of a corresponding activation path in the graphical representation. Visual characteristics of graphical elements and between graphical elements can change based on an activation-status of the corresponding transducers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Kardium Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas Wayne Goertzen, Jeffery Charles Brewster, Michael Hermann Weber, Daniel Martin Reinders, Daniel Robert Weinkam
  • Patent number: 9675266
    Abstract: An efficient system for diagnosing arrhythmias and directing catheter therapies may allow for measuring, classifying, analyzing, and mapping spatial electrophysiological (EP) patterns within a body. The efficient system may further guide arrhythmia therapy and update maps as treatment is delivered. The efficient system may use a medical device having a high density of sensors with a known spatial configuration for collecting EP data and positioning data. Further, the efficient system may also use an electronic control system (ECU) for computing and providing the user with a variety of metrics, derivative metrics, high definition (HD) maps, HD composite maps, and general visual aids for association with a geometrical anatomical model shown on a display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Atrial Fibrillation Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Valtino X. Afonso, Jiazheng Shi, Steven J. Kim, D. Curtis Deno, Dennis J. Morgan
  • Patent number: 9675811
    Abstract: A cardiac rhythm management system includes a first implantable device such as a defibrillator and a second implantable device such as a leadless cardiac pacemaker. A programmer is configured to receive and display heart data emanating from the implantable defibrillator and from the leadless cardiac pacemaker. The heart data emanating from the leadless cardiac pacemaker is displayed in temporal alignment with the heart data emanating from the implantable defibrillator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey E. Stahmann, Michael J. Kane, Paul Huelskamp, Keith R. Maile
  • Patent number: 9662033
    Abstract: A method and system for visualization of electrophysiology information sensed by electrodes on a catheter, includes recording times of electrode signal acquisition, designating a reference electrode signal acquisition, assigning a relative time to each recorded time of electrode signal acquisition relative to the reference electrode signal acquisition, identifying the electrodes with signal acquisition, correlating assigned relative times to identified electrodes to generate a sequence of electrode signal acquisitions, and generating a visual representation of the sequence of electrode signal acquisitions generating a visual representation with a graphical image of the electrodes, wherein individual electrodes are visually marked to represent the sequence of electrode signal acquisitions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Biosense Webster (Israel) Ltd.
    Inventor: Thomas Michael Severino
  • Patent number: 9655536
    Abstract: The present disclosure uses physiological data, ECG signals as an example, to evaluate cardiac structure and function in mammals. Two approaches are presented, e.g., a model-based analysis and a space-time analysis. The first method uses a modified Matching Pursuit (MMP) algorithm to find a noiseless model of the ECG data that is sparse and does not assume periodicity of the signal. After the model is derived, various metrics and subspaces are extracted to image and characterize cardiovascular tissues using complex-sub-harmonic-frequencies (CSF) quasi-periodic and other mathematical methods. In the second method, space-time domain is divided into a number of regions, the density of the ECG signal is computed in each region and inputted into a learning algorithm to image and characterize the tissues.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Analytics for Life
    Inventors: Sunny Gupta, Mohsen Najafi Yazdi, Timothy William Fawcett Burton, Shyamlal Ramchandani, Derek Vincent Exner
  • Patent number: 9642986
    Abstract: A system by which resource information relating to an insertable medical device, such as an intravascular catheter, can be identified by its source so as to be accessed by a practitioner, caregiver, or patient, is disclosed. In particular, a resource information key is included at a predetermined key location on or proximate to the medical device, wherein the key indicates the source of the resource information. In one example embodiment, therefore, an insertable medical device for establishing intravascular access to a patient, such as a peripherally inserted central catheter (“PICC”), is disclosed and comprises: an internal portion configured for intravascular insertion into the patient, and a portion external to the patient. The exterior portion of the PICC includes a resource information key that is positioned at a predetermined key location. The resource information key indicates a website where a user can acquire the resource information relating to the medical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: C. R. Bard, Inc.
    Inventor: Jim C. Beasley
  • Patent number: 9629567
    Abstract: Software and apparatus are provided to automatically detect and map areas of complex fractionated electrograms within cardiac chambers. Electrogram signal are analyzed to count the number of complexes whose amplitude and peak-to-peak intervals meet certain criteria. Functional maps indicating average complex interval, shortest complex interval, and confidence levels are produced for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Biosense Webster, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua Porath, Aharon Abbo, Aharon Turgeman, Koonlawee Nademanee
  • Patent number: 9625545
    Abstract: A Faraday cage assembly for use with a Magnetic Resonance (MR) Imaging scanner is deployed inside the MR scanner room. The Faraday cage assembly is configured to accept accessory medical equipment which is desired to be attached to the patient during scanning. Accessory medical equipment can include patient monitoring systems, injector pumps, and intravenous (IV) poles with infusion pumps. Once the accessory medical equipment is placed inside the Faraday cage, radiofrequency (RF) interference emitted by the accessory medical equipment is contained within the cage and cannot significantly degrade MR image quality. The cage may permit non-MR compatible accessory equipment such as infusion pumps to be used without modification or reconfiguration during MR scanning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Childrens Hospital Medical Center
    Inventors: Charles L. Dumoulin, Ronald Pratt
  • Patent number: 9610027
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for determining characteristics of a device electrode disposed on a medical device within a body. A plurality of measurement electrodes are coupled to an external surface of the body and establish transmission paths for current through the body. An electronic control unit (ECU) is configured to cause transmission of current between a pair of active electrodes selected from the measurement electrodes and thereby generate a voltage on the device electrode. The ECU receives impedance signals from a plurality of passive electrodes among the measurement electrodes other than the active electrodes. The ECU establishes a virtual reference electrode at a reference position within the body responsive to the impedance signals and computes a position of the device responsive to the voltage on the device electrode and the reference position of the reference electrode. The ECU may also compute impedances at the device and measurement electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Atrial Fibrillation Division, Inc.
    Inventors: John A. Hauck, Jeffery A. Schweitzer, Lev A. Koyrakh
  • Patent number: 9610447
    Abstract: Techniques are provided for use with an implantable cardiac stimulation device equipped with a multi-pole left ventricular (LV) lead and a right ventricular (RV) lead for identifying suitable pacing vectors. In one example, RV-LV delay times are measured while using different electrodes of the LV lead as cathodes for sensing. The LV electrode having the longest RV-LV delay time is identified and LV capture thresholds and diaphragmatic stimulation thresholds are measured for pacing vectors that employ that LV electrode as a cathode. Assuming at least one vector employing the selected LV electrode is found to have acceptable thresholds, the vector is selected for use in delivering pacing therapy with the selected LV electrode. If none of the pacing vectors employing the selected LV electrode has acceptable thresholds, another LV electrode is selected and the procedure is repeated. Examples with a multi-pole RV lead are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventors: Cecilia Qin Xi, Diana Gavales, Andrew Miller, Andrew W. McGarvey, Zachary Briggs, David Bishop, Sharon Standage, Anil Keni, Richard Block, Heidi Hellman, Taryn Smith
  • Patent number: 9591985
    Abstract: A biological information displaying apparatus includes an analyzing unit and a display unit. The analyzing unit analyzes measured continuous biological information waveforms to detect abnormal biological information waveforms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: NIHON KOHDEN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Teruhiro Koike, Yoshinobu Ono, Masahiro Yade, Satoshi Saitoh
  • Patent number: 9549689
    Abstract: A method for determining a location of an object in a three-dimensional localization field created by a localization system includes the following steps: providing a catheter having known spacing between electrodes; providing a lookup table of data correlating locations of an object within the localization field with measurements made by the localization system; placing the catheter into the localization field; using the localization system to determine the location of the electrodes based on the lookup table; calculating an observed distance between electrodes; comparing the observed distance to the known electrode spacing; and adjusting the lookup table to more accurately measure the spacing of the electrodes. A Kernel function, such as the derivative of a Gaussian function, may be used to update the lookup table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Atrial Fibrillation Division, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric S. Olson
  • Patent number: 9547442
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a memory device includes a memory, a first controller, a wireless antenna, a memory unit, and a second controller. The first controller controls the memory. The memory unit is capable of operating by the wireless antenna. The second controller is capable of operating by the wireless antenna, reads data from the memory unit when receiving a read instruction, and outputs the data using the wireless antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventor: Keisuke Sato
  • Patent number: 9538933
    Abstract: An ECG monitoring system continuously monitors a patient's ECG waveform and periodically identifies the patient's QT interval. QT interval values are averaged over time and a corrected interval value QTc and a change in QTc relative to a baseline, dQTc, are periodically produced. An alarm is responsive to updated QT interval values and issues an alarm whenever a selected QT value exceeds an alarm limit. The periodically produced QT interval values are stored and a trend display may be produced showing changes in the QT interval information over different periods of time. The trend display may selectively display the trend information either graphically or in tabular form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Eric Helfenbein, Sophia Huai Zhou, James E. Lindauer, Richard E Gregg, Scott Kresge, Bernd Wilm, Kathryn A Egan, Nancy Mutch, Saeed Babaeizadeh, Francis P Michaud
  • Patent number: 9526434
    Abstract: A non-contact cardiac mapping method is disclosed that includes: (i) inserting a catheter into a heart cavity having an endocardium surface, the catheter including multiple, spatially distributed electrodes; (ii) measuring signals at the catheter electrodes in response to electrical activity in the heart cavity with the catheter spaced from the endocardium surface; and (iii) determining physiological information at multiple locations of the endocardium surface based on the measured signals and positions of the electrodes with respect to the endocardium surface. Related systems and computer programs are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Rhythmia Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Doron Harlev, Pavel Greenfield, Leon Amariglio
  • Patent number: 9504522
    Abstract: Methods and systems of catheterization include a flexible catheter adapted for insertion into a heart of a living subject. The catheter has a lumen for passing an electrically conductive fluid therethrough with the fluid exiting the catheter at the distal portion. The lumen is connectable to an irrigation pump to form a fluid communication therewith. A fluid reservoir connected to the lumen supplies the fluid to the catheter. Electrocardiogram circuitry is connectable to the subject for monitoring electrical activity in the heart. An electrically conductive cable diverts induced charges in the fluid from the catheter electrodes, for example by connection to an isolated ground of the electrocardiogram.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Biosense Webster (Israel) Ltd.
    Inventors: Eitan Moshe Saba, Yevgeny Bonyak, Michael Levin, Roy Urman, Yoav Lichtenstein, Liron Shmuel Mizrahi, Eyal Yechezkel Glottmann
  • Patent number: 9460512
    Abstract: A three-dimensional image processing apparatus which obtains a three-dimensional image from a plurality of images from different projection views of a patient which have been obtained by carrying out multiple imaging while rotating around the patient, includes a locating unit to specify a point of one of the plurality of images from different projection views. A searching unit searches a point corresponding to the specified point in the plurality of images from different projection views, on the basis of the specified point. A reconstruction region identification unit identifies a region of a part of a region which can be reconstructed, as a reconstruction region by using the specified point and the searched point. A reconstruction unit obtains a three-dimensional image by reconstructing an image in the identified reconstruction region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Satoru Ohishi
  • Patent number: 9456758
    Abstract: Methods and systems for sensing properties of an object or entity utilize non-resistive contact sensors alone or in combination with other sensors. The sensor data is utilized for detecting and visualizing properties of one or more biological or non-biological objects or entities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: RESCON LTD
    Inventor: Thomas Andrew Dawson
  • Patent number: 9414787
    Abstract: An electrocardiograph device and methods of navigating displays of such a device are disclosed. In one example, an electrocardiograph device includes a display, a plurality of electrocardiograph signal leads, and a programmable circuit. The programmable circuit is configured to receive electrical signals via the electrocardiograph signal leads representative of a heartbeat of a patient. The programmable circuit is configured to generate a user interface to be presented on the display, the user interface comprising a lead display including a screen layout including a plurality of waveform regions. The waveform regions display a waveform corresponding to an electrical signal from one of the leads over a time interval including at least one heartbeat period. Selection of a region causes display of an extended waveform region displaying a waveform over a second time interval that is longer than the first time interval, and which includes a plurality of heartbeat periods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Welch Allyn, Inc.
    Inventors: Elaine Carole Montambeau, Kathryn Coles
  • Patent number: 9403027
    Abstract: A wearable defibrillation system includes an output device and a motion sensor. The output device emits a sound or a vibration for the patient, who responds by deliberately tapping the system. The motion sensor registers the tapping, and interprets it as a reply from the patient. The reply can be that the patient is conscious, or convey data that the patient enters by tapping the right number of times, or that the patient wants attention, and so on. Since the patient does not need direct access to the wearable defibrillation system for tapping it, he or she can wear it under their other garments, which helps preserve their dignity and privacy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Inventors: David Thomas Brown, Gary Debardi, David Peter Finch, Krystyna Szul
  • Patent number: 9396234
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a method, system and computer program product for an event monitoring tool configured for complex event processing (CEP). In one embodiment, a data processing system can include a CEP event monitoring tool configured for coupling to touch points over a network and a repository of a log of events occurring in the touch points. A dashboard can be displayed by the tool and can include a canvas view of events, associated interaction blocks each including filter criteria for associated events, and at least one activity triggered by an evaluation of at least one of the filter criteria in at least one of the interaction blocks for a corresponding one of the touch points. The canvas view further can include visual links between the events and the associated interaction blocks and between the activity and an interaction block amongst the interaction blocks triggering the activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Edward Michael Lynch, Stephen J. Lyons, Jared Michael Michalec, Victor S. Moore
  • Patent number: 9375566
    Abstract: An embodiment of a device for reporting a heart failure status of a patient comprises: a parameter acquisition module configured to acquire at least one trended heart failure parameter; a predetermined event acquisition module configured to acquire at least one predetermined event corresponding to the at least one trended heart failure parameter, wherein each of the at least one predetermined event represents an event condition where a predetermined event definition is satisfied; an alert acquisition module configured to acquire at least one heart failure status alert associated with the at least one predetermined event, wherein each of the at least one alert represents an alert condition where a predetermined alert definition is satisfied; and an output communication module configured to communicate the at least one heart failure status alert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey E. Stahmann, John Hatlestad, Qingsheng Zhu