Head Patents (Class 602/17)
  • Patent number: 10952818
    Abstract: Systems for dental/orthodontic treatment can include a cervical collar, a brace, a mount, and an upper support. The brace can extend from an anterior section of the cervical collar to the upper support, which can be positioned to engage a forehead of a dental/orthodontic treatment patient. The mount can be engaged to and positioned on the brace, and can be configured to receive one or more elastics extending from fixation points within the mouth of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Inventor: William B. Brady
  • Patent number: 10846925
    Abstract: A method for fabricating a custom cranial remodeling device for correction of cranial deformities in a subject is described. The method comprises generating a three-dimensional head data file for the subject; identifying predetermined reference points on the head; automatically selective utilizing the predetermined reference points to calculate contour lines on the head; automatically generating a modified head shape data file; juxtaposing the modified head shape with the head represented by the three-dimensional head data file having the contour lines thereon; utilizing the modified head shape data file to generate a shape for a desired custom cranial remodeling device, the shape having an interior surface to contact the head and an outer surface; projecting lines outward from the contour lines to the outer surface; and utilizing the projected lines to establish cranial remodeling device contour lines for the custom cranial remodeling device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: CRANIAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Timothy R Littlefield, Jerold N Luisi, George E Kechter
  • Patent number: 10744024
    Abstract: A brace and traction device and associated methods of operation. In one embodiment, the device incorporates a forwardly open head and jaw brace which is adjustably supported vertically above a forwardly collar member. The brace and the collar member are adapted such that the brace is able to mate with the collar member while still being able to rotate to the subject's left and right while remaining planar to the collar member. Adjustment may be accomplished for example manually or via an electronic motor controlled by a control mechanism and microprocessor. The microprocessor may be adapted to store information regarding a user's sessions, and facilitate communication with patient and physician personal devices, thus sending these data from recorded sessions. The processor element may also be adapted to implement therapy sessions based on physician-entered program specifications, or based on pre-programmed specifications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: OHANA ALANA, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Senyei, M. Lou Marsh, Stuart L. Gallant, Stuart Karten, Michael Jacob Rocha, Steven K. Piorek, Eric Olson, Paul Cash
  • Patent number: 10710356
    Abstract: Apparatus provides point of service to manufacture a custom cranial remodeling device for correction of cranial deformity of a subject. The apparatus comprises capture apparatus disposed at a physical location for capturing three dimensional digital data of the head of the subject and generating a three-dimensional digital data file representative of the head and an additive manufacture device located at the physical location. The apparatus further comprises a processor that operates to process the three-dimensional digital data file to produce a device file comprising the shape for the custom cranial remodeling device. The processor provides the device file to the additive manufacture device. The said additive manufacture device operates to utilize the device file to manufacture the custom cranial remodeling device at the physical location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: CRANIAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Timothy R Littlefield, Jerold N Luisi, George E Kechter, Mark Charles Thomas
  • Patent number: 10703084
    Abstract: Apparatus is provided for point of service manufacture of custom headwear for a subject. The apparatus comprises capture apparatus disposed at a physical location for capturing three dimensional digital data of the head of the subject and generating a three-dimensional digital data file representative of said head; an additive manufacture device located at the physical location; and a processor. The processor operates to process the three-dimensional digital data file to produce a device file comprising the shape for the custom headwear and to provide the device file to the additive manufacture device. The additive manufacture device operates to utilize the device file to manufacture the custom headwear at the physical location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: CRANIAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Timothy R Littlefield, Jerold N Luisi, George E Kechter, Mark Charles Thomas
  • Patent number: 10682846
    Abstract: A method for fabricating a custom cranial remodeling device comprises generating a three-dimensional digital data file for the subject at a clinic by capturing a three-dimensional data file representative of the head of the infant by utilizing apparatus operating to capture three-dimensional data representative of the head. The apparatus is located at the clinic. The method further comprises utilizing a processor to process the three-dimensional digital data file to produce a device file comprising the shape for the custom cranial remodeling device and manufacturing the custom cranial remodeling device at the clinic by utilizing an additive manufacture device located at the clinic to operate with the three-dimensional digital data file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: CRANIAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Timothy R Littlefield, Jerold N Luisi, George E Kechter, Mark Charles Thomas
  • Patent number: 10595744
    Abstract: The disclosure describes assemblies for use during image-guided procedures and can include turret arms and/or longitudinally extending and laterally extending cooperating devices for holding surgical tools such as trajectory guides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: MRI Interventions, Inc.
    Inventors: David John Sayler, Peter Piferi
  • Patent number: 10561521
    Abstract: A method for fabricating an article of headwear for a subject is provided. The method comprises: generating a three-dimensional digital data file for the subject at a clinic by capturing a three-dimensional data file representative of the head by utilizing apparatus located at the clinic operating to capture three-dimensional data representative of the head; utilizing a processor to process the three-dimensional digital data file to produce a device file comprising the shape for the article of headwear; and manufacturing the article of headwear at the clinic by utilizing an additive manufacture device located at the clinic to operate with the three-dimensional digital data file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: CRANIAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Timothy R Littlefield, Jerold N Luisi, George E Kechter, Mark Charles Thomas
  • Patent number: 10463525
    Abstract: Custom manufactured headwear for a subject's head includes an inner layer shaped to contact the head of the subject at predetermined areas. The inner layer is deposited by an additive manufacturing device. The headwear further includes an outer layer deposited by the additive manufacturing device. The inner layer and the outer layer are each formed by the additive manufacture device utilizing a device data file derived from a subject data file. The subject data file is representative of the shape of the head and the device data file determines the shape of the headwear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Cranial Technologies, Inc
    Inventors: Timothy R Littlefield, Jerold N Luisi, George E Kechter
  • Patent number: 10449080
    Abstract: A facial alignment system that includes a first mask portion and a rear portion. The rear portion includes a tightening mechanism mounted thereon that includes first and second tightening members that extend from the rear portion to the mask portion. The first and second tightening members are configured to exert a tightening force on the first mask portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Inventor: Scott Kurzban
  • Patent number: 10322023
    Abstract: A cervical collar device for applying a constant upward push force includes a flexible neck brace and a constant upward push force device. The flexible neck brace includes a top and a bottom with a height therebetween, and a first side and a second side with a length therebetween. The height and the length of the flexible neck brace is configured for placement around a neck of a user. The constant upward push force device is positioned inside said flexible neck brace. The constant upward push force is configured to provide a constant upward push force between said top and said bottom of said flexible neck brace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventor: Hossein Ramadan
  • Patent number: 9980848
    Abstract: A force distribution apparatus and method are presented. Various embodiments of the disclosed apparatus include a plurality of layers configured and oriented to be deployed on a subject in a manner that disperses forces and lowers peak pressures experienced by the subject when resting on a surface, which tends to minimize risks of deformation and local ischemia. An innovative combination of novel construction methods and material selections produce an apparatus that possesses an inherent three-dimensional shape despite being built from essentially flat components, while also retaining an ability to effectively distribute forces and reduce pressures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Inventors: Christopher Loring Gilmer, Thomas Craig Roberts, Samuel Alexander, George Martin Hutchinson, Daniel V. Mendez
  • Patent number: 9333053
    Abstract: An orthodontic/orthognathic device for correcting and changing tooth placements and bone structure, and a method of using orthodontic/orthognathic device for tooth movement, correcting syndromic conditions of the mouth and osteogenetic correction. The device may be used for maxillary distraction and expansion as well as mandibular separation and expansion. The device can be controlled by computer to direct tooth and bone placement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Inventor: Bandar Alyami
  • Patent number: 9173763
    Abstract: A force distribution apparatus and method are presented. Various embodiments of the disclosed apparatus include a plurality of layers configured and oriented to be deployed on a subject in a manner that disperses forces and lowers peak pressures experienced by the subject when resting on a surface, which tends to minimize risks of deformation and local ischemia. An innovative combination of novel construction methods and material selections produce an apparatus that possesses an inherent three-dimensional shape despite being built from essentially flat components, while also retaining an ability to effectively distribute forces and reduce pressures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Invictus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Loring Gilmer, Thomas Craig Roberts, Samuel Alexander, George Martin Hutchinson, Daniel V. Mendez
  • Patent number: 9005149
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to a home therapy system for aiding spinal cord decompression and for treating related health issues. More specifically, the present invention teaches a garment system combining an upper portion and lower portion. According to a preferred embodiment, the upper portion includes a head band and yoke for cervical vertebra disc decompression and for aiding in treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea by repositioning and opening up breathing airways. Further in accordance with a preferred embodiment, the lower portion includes vertical decompression straps attached to leg bands and extending over the shoulders for thoracic and lumbar disc decompression by arching the spinal column back and opening the vertebra.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: STUD Medical Ltd.
    Inventor: John A. Kight
  • Publication number: 20150100007
    Abstract: A force distribution apparatus and method are presented. Various embodiments of the disclosed apparatus include a plurality of layers configured and oriented to be deployed on a subject in a manner that disperses forces and lowers peak pressures experienced by the subject when resting on a surface, which tends to minimize risks of deformation and local ischemia. An innovative combination of novel construction methods and material selections produce an apparatus that possesses an inherent three-dimensional shape despite being built from essentially flat components, while also retaining an ability to effectively distribute forces and reduce pressures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: INVICTUS MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Christopher Loring Gilmer, Thomas Craig Roberts, Samuel Alexander, George Martin Hutchinson, Daniel V. Mendez
  • Patent number: 8961440
    Abstract: A device for reducing traumatic brain injury comprises a first sensor, a first linkage element, and a processing element. The first sensor is coupled to a head component and configured to measure an acceleration of a user's head as a result of an impact on the head component and to generate corresponding first sensor measurements. The first linkage element is configured to connect the head component to a body component and is able to switch between a first state in which it is relatively flexible and a second state in which it is relatively rigid. The first linkage element is switched from its first state to its second state by a locking signal. The processing element is configured to receive the first sensor measurements and to generate the locking signal when a value of the first sensor measurements is greater than or equal to an injury level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventor: Chiming Huang
  • Patent number: 8900170
    Abstract: A headliner is provided for controlling a temperature of a head of a patient. A cap is provided which fits securely over the head of the patient. A fluid pathway is routed through the cap with a fluid space adapted to receive heat transfer fluid therein and route the heat transfer fluid between an inlet and an outlet on the cap. The inlet and outlet are each coupled to a cooler for the heat transfer fluid and the heat transfer fluid is circulated through the cap and the cooler such that heat is drawn from the head of the patient. An air bladder is optionally provided outboard of the fluid space which is filled with pressurized gas to increase contact between the fluid space and the head of the patient. A neck brace is integrated with the cap portion of the headliner, particularly for treatment of head trauma.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: William Elkins
  • Patent number: 8861907
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an apparatus may include an optical fiber that may have a surface non-normal to a longitudinal axis of a distal end portion of the optical fiber. The surface may define a portion of an interface configured to redirect electromagnetic radiation propagated from within the optical fiber and incident on the interface to a direction offset from the longitudinal axis. The apparatus may also include a doped silica cap that may be fused to the optical fiber such that the surface of the optical fiber may be disposed within a cavity defined by the doped silica cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey W. Zerfas, Richard P. Tumminelli
  • Patent number: 8858477
    Abstract: Provided is a septal splint to promote healing and alignment of a user's septum, and a method thereof. The septal splint includes an alignment member including a plurality of bilateral support pads to contact left and right sides of the user's septum, and a plurality of medializing support floor pads to rest on a bottom portion of each of the user's nasal passages. The septal splint also includes a pressing member, including a plurality of pressure applicators to transfer a predetermined amount of pressure to the bilateral support pads such that an alignment of the user's septum, maxillary crest, and fibrous tissue therebetween, is maintained, and a fulcrum end to supply the predetermined pressure to the plurality of pressure applicators. The septal splint promotes healing and alignment of a user's septum by providing moderate pressure at a junction point of the patient's maxillary crest, septum base, and fibrous tissue therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Arion Devices, LLC
    Inventor: George Steven Pylyp
  • Patent number: 8861825
    Abstract: A computer for assisting in determining the strength of fixing a craniofacial surgery patch comprises a storage device for storing a medical image and a central processing unit, the central processing unit carry out a method for assisting in determining the strength of fixing a craniofacial surgery patch. The method includes obtaining a medical image; establishing a skull model according to the medical image; receiving a patch setting command, and disposing a patch model on the skull model according to the patch setting command; generating an internal grid mesh data of the skull model disposed with the patch model; executing a biomechanical simulation of a patch structural strength according to the skull model disposed with the patch model, the internal grid mesh data and a boundary condition; and providing a stress distribution, a strain distribution or a displacement distribution of the patch model to assist in determining.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: National Applied Research Laboratories
    Inventors: Shou-I Chen, Sheng-Chuan Wang, Hung-Ta Hsiao, Lung-Cheng Lee, Ming-Hsiao Lee, Chih-Min Yao
  • Patent number: 8852277
    Abstract: A system and method for correcting misshaped ears using a molding device having one or more braces supporting a scaphal mold. The one or more braces and the scaphal mold are adapted to retain the helix and the helical rim of a misshaped ear within a space defined between the one or more braces and the scaphal mold, and to maintain a substantially correct anatomical shape of the helix and the helical rim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Inventors: Henry Stephenson Byrd, C. Kenneth French, Garrett Barker
  • Patent number: 8844536
    Abstract: A locking apparatus for use with a head fixation device allows for a stabilizing fixture, such as a rocker arm having a pair of skull pins, to be selectively secured so that the stabilizing fixture can be adjustably rotated to a desired position. In some version the locking apparatus includes a connector that is retained within an opening in a portion of the head fixation device. The connector can translate within the opening and is restricted from rotation. The translating of the connector permits the connector to engage an arch member that retains the stabilizing fixture. The engagement of the connector and arch member is accomplished, in some versions, by way of matching axial oriented toothed portions or starburst features. In some versions the teeth on the starburst features include a chamfer surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: pro med instruments GmbH
    Inventor: Matthias E. Schuele
  • Patent number: 8834394
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a device for reducing brain and cervical spine injury includes a headpiece sufficiently designed to secure to a user's head, the headpiece having a first attachment member; a support harness sufficiently designed to secure to the user's torso, the support harness having a second attachment member; and a telescoping member having a main tube and a series of progressively smaller diameter tubes nested within each other, wherein the smaller diameter tubes are adapted to extend and compress in a linear plane by the intake and outflow of fluid, wherein the telescoping member has a first engaging member for engaging the first attachment member, and wherein the telescoping member has a second engaging member for engaging the second attachment member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Inventor: Jamshid Ghajar
  • Patent number: 8827939
    Abstract: An article of headwear to treat an infant's persistently maintained head position with respect to rotation about the cranial-caudal (head to toe) axis, seen in conditions such as plagiocephaly (baby flat head) and torticollis (wry neck). The headwear both permits and encourages an infant with a preferred head position to volitionally turn his or her head in several positions thereby promoting head and neck rotation and development of a naturally shaped cranium, thus treating or preventing torticollis and plagiocephaly respectfully. The infant headwear generally includes a head receiving member and positioning guide member. The head receiving member is placed on the infant's head and allows strategic placement of the positioning guide member. The positioning guide member increases the ability of the infant with a flat region to turn his or her head by re-establishing a round contour, and selectively increases cutaneous pressure in order to balance the variables influencing the infant's preferred head position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Inventor: Jeff Brian Slatten
  • Patent number: 8758283
    Abstract: The present invention is a simple, adaptable orthotic device that can correct and/or prevent deformational posterior plagiocephaly, especially if used before the infant is 4 months of age. The manufactured article provides an anatomically correcting, adjustable, concave-shaped resting surface for an infant's head in a manner that effectively eliminates uneven pressure on the infant's occiput. The orthotic device has a modular design which permits easy adjustments of the devices' head cavity to accommodate differences in individual infant head size and shape, thereby providing the infant's head with a custom fit. Also, as the infant continues to grow in size, the adjustable head cavity and torso recess features of the orthotic device allow the contoured spatial volume and dimensions of the molded supporting surfaces to expand as the infant's calvaria grow; and thereby facilitate a progressive, normalization and rounding of the infant's occiput.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignees: Boston Brace, Children's Hospital Boston
    Inventors: Gary F. Rogers, James R. Miller
  • Patent number: 8733362
    Abstract: A device for prevention of snoring in the form of a neck collar (1) with a middle section (2) for placement under the chin of a user, side sections (3, 4) connecting to said middle section and end parts (5, 6), optionally connectable to each other, consisting of a core of foam plastic contained in a covering. The foam plastic is a soft foam plastic, an opening (7) is formed in said middle section (2) and resilient means (14; 15; 27; 28) for adjustment of the height of the opening (7) and thereby the height of the middle section (2) are arranged in said opening (7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventors: Ann-Christine Krook, Jonas Norberg
  • Patent number: 8721944
    Abstract: A method for producing a cranial remodeling device to correct for cranial shape abnormalities is described. One method comprises the steps of: providing cranial remodeling device trim line information; forming device material onto a three-dimensional model of a desired head shape; providing a machine responsive to said trim line information to move a spindle in a plurality of axes over the device material; providing a marking tool carried by the spindle; and operating the machine in response to the trim line information such that the machine moves the marking tool into surface engagement with the device material such that trim lines for the cranial remodeling device are marked onto the device material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Cranial Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jerold N. Luisi, Timothy R. Littlefield, Jeanne K. Pomatto-Hertz
  • Patent number: 8701674
    Abstract: An immobilization device including an anterior component including a two-dimensional shaped section contoured to a shape of the human chest and an anterior outwardly bowed area relative to the two-dimensional shaped anterior section generally corresponding to the sternum of the wearer. The device also includes a posterior component including a two-dimensional shaped section contoured to a shape of the human back and a posterior outwardly bowed area relative to the two-dimensional shaped section corresponding to the spinal column of the wearer, with elongate cushion elements connected to and extending within a width of the posterior outwardly bowed area. A strapping system connects both the anterior and posterior components to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Ossur HF
    Inventors: Lisa Tweardy, Jeff Nemeth, Yessenia Lopez, Scott Alan Allread, Joseph Marlin Shook, II
  • Patent number: 8690890
    Abstract: In one aspect, an apparatus for correcting osseous development deficiencies at orbital level in persons includes a halo-like structure for fixing to a cranium, a union plate between the halo-like structure and the distractor, and the orbital distractor itself, which is supported by the halo-like structure and fixed to the orbit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Inventors: Maria Del Carmen Navas, Sergio Hernandez
  • Publication number: 20140081180
    Abstract: The relational motion detection system measures relative motion of a head of a subject relative to a torso of a subject. The system includes a first motion detection sensor on a first apparatus configured to be secured to a head of a subject to detect a first motion. It also includes a second motion detection sensor on a second apparatus configured to be secured to the torso of a subject to detect a second motion. The system further includes a control unit configured to obtain information regarding the first motion from the first motion detection sensor and second motion from the second motion detection sensor, wherein the control unit contains instructions for calculating motion of the head relative to the torso of the subject based on the obtained first motion and second motion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Inventor: Jamshid Ghajar
  • Patent number: 8636258
    Abstract: A stand for supporting an object, for example a human cranium, includes a base, rods, and a pivotal joint. The base contains a plurality of stabilizers, a plurality of mounting blocks, and a means for connecting said stabilizers to said mounting blocks. The rods connect to the base at one end and contact the supported object at the other end. The rods are bound together by a fastener at a point between the base and the supported object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Inventor: Jolen Anya Minetz
  • Publication number: 20130289459
    Abstract: A helmet includes a generally rigid outer shell and an inner lining. The inner lining includes one or more layers comprising foam or another compressible material. The outer shell includes a slot to facilitate placement of the helmet onto and removal from a head of an infant. The slot defines first and second portions of the outer shell on either side thereof. The slot includes a convoluted or keyed segment that defines a projection in the first portion of the outer shell. The slot is shaped such that one or more edges of the projection engage one or more edges of a recess in the second portion, preventing separation of the first portion from the second portion along the slot. The helmet may include one or more pressure indicators configured to provide an indication of pressure exerted by a head of an infant wearing the helmet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2012
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Inventor: Gene P. BERNARDONI
  • Patent number: 8494237
    Abstract: A method for processing digital image representations representative of a subject head shape comprises: providing a database library of a first plurality of first digital image representations of subject head shapes captured directly from corresponding subjects, and a second plurality of second digital image representations of corresponding modified head shapes. The method includes proving a support vector machine and utilizing the database library plurality of said first and second digital image representation to train the support vector machine to operate on new digital image representations. The method further includes receiving a new digital image representation of a subject head shape captured directly from a new subject; and operating the support vector machine such that the support vector machine operates on the new first digital image representation to generate a corresponding new second digital image representation that replicates a corresponding modified head shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Cranial Technologies, Inc
    Inventors: Jerold N. Luisi, Timothy R. Littlefield, George E. Kechter, Jeanne K. Pomatto-Hertz
  • Patent number: 8485199
    Abstract: Devices and methods are provided which shield at least one turbinate from trauma or damage during sinus surgery that could be caused by direct contact with diagnostic and therapeutic devices. The devices and methods provided are particularly useful for protecting nasal turbinates during FESS and FTIS procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Acclarent, Inc.
    Inventor: John Morriss
  • Patent number: 8475397
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a plantar fasciitis rehabilitation controlling device. It mainly comprises a securing portion, a rotatable portion, a torque pivoting portion, a pulling portion, and a controller. The securing portion and the rotatable portion are provided for securing a user's shank and foot. This torque pivoting portion can create a torque causing the rotatable portion moving back. The pulling portion has a controller so as to pull the rotatable portion to rotate between a first angle and a second angle so that it can reduce possibility of the plantar fasciitis and ease pain of the plantar fasciitis. Hence, this invention can achieve an active rehabilitation exercise. The belt's pulling interval time can be adjusted. It has a safety switch to ensure its product safety. It is convenient that the user can use a wireless device to operate this system. In addition, the user can be informed about current condition via an audio device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: China Medical University
    Inventors: Ching-Hua Chiu, Li-Wei Chou
  • Patent number: 8469032
    Abstract: An airway positioning device facilitates the maintenance of a patent airway by correctly positioning a patient's head during anesthesia. A flat base supports a supine patient's head. A pair of rails slope downward from a first end of the base to a second end of the base. A track mounts with at least one of the rails. At least one adjustable support arm movably mounts with the track via a locking coupling device at an end of the arm distal to the patient's head. A patient engaging member mounted with an end of the arm proximal to the patient's head supports the patient's head in a desired position during an operation or procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Inventor: Timothy J. Farnum
  • Publication number: 20130138026
    Abstract: A device and method for preventing and correcting abnormal shaping of an infant's cranium by applying external forces over time with the growth of an infant to achieve normal shaping of the infant's head. The device is a cranial orthosis having a depression with a contact surface in the shape of at least a portion of a normal infantile cranium. The orthosis further provides lateral support surfaces creating points of contact to restrict rotation of the infant's cranium and provide additional external forces for normal shaping of the infant's cranium. Because the present invention is non-conforming to the shape of an abnormal skull, the exerted forces cause accelerated expansion of the skull in less prominent areas coincident with brain and skull growth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
    Inventor: Micam W. Tullous
  • Patent number: 8382692
    Abstract: A spine and neck support device adapted to support the anatomical structures in the cervical and upper thoracic spine when the user's neck is in flexion. A cushion conforms about the user's anatomical neck structures and rests on the upper chest of the user. The cushion has a chin support area that avoids contacting the user's chin when the user's head is in a neutral position and contacts the user's chin when the user's neck is in flexion. When the user's neck is flexed and the user's chin contacts the chin support area, the cushion unloads and supports the user's neck. At least one and preferably two straps are attached to the cushion and secure it to the user. The top is sloped downwards from back to front to maximize the user's downward field of vision. A groove in the posterior surface of the cushion accommodates the user's trachea/esophagus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Inventor: John Chao
  • Publication number: 20130046219
    Abstract: A neonatal cranial support bonnet is configured to prevent a premature child's head from deforming under the force of its own weight, because of underdeveloped cranial plates. The bonnet includes a thin cotton shell with contoured gel packs inside. The gel packs are configured to distribute weight around the skull and eliminate or reduce high-pressure points so as to maintain proper shape of the cranium. The bonnet is also configured to not interfere with development, and to not obstruct airways for breathing, so as to meet current Sudden Infant Death Syndrome prevention guidelines.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2011
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Applicant: Board of Regents of the University of Texas System
    Inventors: Daniel Mendez, Israel Gonzalez Cruz, Nicholas Flores
  • Patent number: 8376975
    Abstract: A vibration dampening device includes a strap or band wrapped around a human body part. The strap includes one or more wing sections, which may be formed from the distal ends of step members engaged to the strap, that extend beyond the nominal width of the strap and have freedom of movement with respect to the strap. Step member and/or wing section movement counteracts longitudinal and/or radial vibrations traveling through soft tissue and musculature to dampen such vibrations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Inventor: Charles F. Harris, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8356604
    Abstract: An immobilization device including an anterior component including a two-dimensional shaped section contoured to a shape of the human chest and an anterior outwardly bowed area relative to the two-dimensional shaped anterior section generally corresponding to the sternum of the wearer. The device also includes a posterior component including a two-dimensional shaped section contoured to a shape of the human back and a posterior outwardly bowed area relative to the two-dimensional shaped section corresponding to the spinal column of the wearer, with elongate cushion elements connected to and extending within a width of the posterior outwardly bowed area. A strapping system connects both the anterior and posterior components to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Ossur HF
    Inventor: Jeff Nemeth
  • Patent number: 8347889
    Abstract: A positioning device to facilitate the maintenance of a patent airway by correctly positioning a patient's head under anesthesia during an operation or procedure comprising at least one adjustable support including a plurality of segments or sections selectively positionable relative to adjacent segments or sections and selectively lockable relative to each other having a patient engaging member coupled to the proximal end portion thereof to engage a portion of the patient's head to maintain the position of the patient's head during an operation or procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventor: Timothy Joseph Farnum
  • Patent number: 8332978
    Abstract: A pillow is provided for the treatment of deformational plagiocephaly. The pillow may have arms which define a void with varying diameters to facilitate holding an infant's head to cause reshaping of the posterior of the skull. An anchoring mechanism may also be included to hold the pillow in place. A webbing may also be used between the arms to encourage the arms to remain against the infant's head and/or to engage a surface on which the pillow rests and limit sliding or the pillow or the infant's head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Inventor: Steven Warnock
  • Patent number: 8316855
    Abstract: A meditation pillow using craniosacral therapy is disclosed. The meditation pillow includes a columna vertebralis supporting part formed in a user's neck direction to support a part of a columna vertebralis located thereon, an occipital region supporting part formed at a rear of the columna vertebralis supporting part to support an occipital region of a head located thereon, and an occipital region acupressure part protrudingly formed along a superior nuchal line between an atlas and an occipital bone to stimulate nerve fibers of the occipital region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Jinbiotech Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Young-Jun Lee
  • Publication number: 20120296249
    Abstract: An orthotic helmet and methods for fabrication and use thereof. The orthotic is molded in situ on a growing infant's head for the treatment of plagiocephaly, postsurgical cranial molding, or other desired treatment plans. The helmet makes contact in areas where cranial shape and volume are adequate, and no contact in areas of planned cranial growth. The helmet includes a shell, a bladder system which can be filled with a viscoelastic expandable foam, a fastener and a retaining strap. In the areas of deficient cranial volume, a volume of modeling putty equivalent to the target growth volume is placed against the cranium, manually molded until the planned target volume and form have been attained, and the helmet is molded in place over this spacer material. The spacer is then removed, and the helmet is then worn continuously until resolution of the deformity or attainment of planned form is reached.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2011
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Inventors: Christopher Burnside Gordon, Pilar Reyna Gordon
  • Patent number: 8262596
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a novel cervical collar for maintaining the airways in head and neck immobilized trauma patient open. This collar comprises a rigid motion-restricting frame (220, 230, 240, 270, 280) attached to the head (100); and, a jaw clasp (210, 290) attached to the jaw (110). The collar is simultaneously restricting the motion of the head (100) and neck while allowing motion of the jaw (110) to maintain open airways. A jaw clasp (290) useful for performing the jaw-thrust maneuver motion of the jaw (110) to maintain open airways is also presented. Said device comprising a plurality of movable fitting elements adapted to fit the jaw (110) tightly; and, a plurality of movable mover elements adapted to move the jaw (110).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Inovytec medical solutions Ltd.
    Inventors: Amit Gefen, Michal Peleg Lubovsky, Omri Lubovsky
  • Patent number: 8257292
    Abstract: The present invention teaches a head and neck cast for providing secure immobilization of a patient's upper neck and head extremities and includes a lower ergonomically configured ring supported upon the shoulders of the wearer. An upper ring is vertically displaceable in each of upper and lower directions relative to the lower support ring via an interconnecting network of both scissoring and vertically extending jacks. In this fashion, the neck and head of the patient is immobilized via the positional support provided by the lower ring and without the need for screws mounted to the skull.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Linares Medical Devices, LLC
    Inventor: Miguel A. Linares
  • Patent number: 8221435
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for fixation to a patient during neurological diagnosis, therapy or surgery, in particular during MRI diagnosis. The device comprises at least one fixation pin being made of a non-magnetic, electrically conductive material for fixation to a patient, and at least one pin support member for supporting said fixation pin. An insulation means is arranged so as to restrict the electrical coupling between said pin support member and fixation pin. Said insulation means is sleeve shaped and arranged to at least partly surround said fixation pin. The invention also relates to an insulation means, a pin support member and to a method for assembling a fixation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Elekta AB (Publ)
    Inventors: J├╝rgen Arndt, Bo Nilsson, Jan-Erik Olsson
  • Patent number: RE47332
    Abstract: The training system comprises a base assembly, an upright extension, a chin support member, and a putter. In use, the training system positions the user's overall-body prior to and throughout the execution of a putt, and teaches proper putting technique, thus improving the user's putting accuracy. The chin support engages the chin of the user, preventing movement of the user's head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventor: Monroe Hart