With Beam Shaping Or Redirecting (e.g., Lens) Patents (Class 606/17)
  • Patent number: 11883095
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention include a compact, lightweight, hand-held laser treatment device that combines the emissions of two separate laser energy sources into a common optical pathway for improved therapeutic effect. In some embodiments, the device includes a housing having separate first and second laser sources disposed within the interior thereof. In some embodiments, the laser energy emissions from the two internal laser sources can be individually or concurrently transmitted to a delivery tip of the device via a laser transmission path also defined within the interior of the housing. In some embodiments, the structural and functional features of the first and second laser sources, in concert with the unique architecture of the laser transmission path, can be configured to provide efficacy and efficiency in the operation of the device within the spatial constraints of the lightweight, hand-held housing thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: Biolase, Inc.
    Inventors: Dmitri Boutoussov, Vladimir Netchitailo
  • Patent number: 11865046
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for performing ophthalmic laser surgery using a pulsed laser beam is provided. The method includes establishing an initial cutting pattern comprising a plurality of original photodisruption points, establishing an enhanced cutting pattern comprising a plurality of enhanced photodisruption points selected to decrease potential adverse effects due to patient movement and having increased density over a fixed area as compared with the plurality of original photodisruption points, and performing an ocular surgical procedure according to the enhanced cutting pattern Enhanced cutting patterns may include circular cuts around the periphery of a capsule, vertical side cuts for lens fragmentation, raster lamellar cuts, and grid lamellar cuts. Each photodisruption point in the initial cutting pattern and the enhanced cutting pattern comprises a laser target point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: AMO Development, LLC
    Inventors: Hong Fu, John M. Tamkin
  • Patent number: 11849990
    Abstract: A vapor delivery system and method is provided that includes a number of features. In one embodiment, a method comprises inserting a vapor delivery needle into tissue of a patient, activating a flow of vapor from a vapor generator through vapor delivery ports of the vapor delivery needle to cause condensed liquid to exit vapor delivery ports of the vapor delivery needle, generating vapor in the vapor generator, delivering a dose of vapor through the vapor delivery ports of the vapor delivery needle into the tissue, and after the dose of vapor is delivered, re-activating the flow of vapor from the vapor generator through the vapor delivery ports of the vapor delivery needle to prevent a vacuum from forming in the vapor delivery needle. Vapor therapy systems are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger Noel Hastings, Michael Hoey, Steven Carlson, Matthew Byrne
  • Patent number: 11826096
    Abstract: An exemplary treatment system can be provided which can include a laser system configured to emit at least one laser beam, and an optical system configured to focus the laser beam(s) to a focal region at a selected distance from a surface of a tissue. The focal region can be configured to illuminate at least a portion of a target. The optical system can cause an irradiation energy transferred to the focal region of the laser beam(s) to (i) generate a plasma in a first region of the tissue adjacent to the target, and (ii) avoid a generation of a plasma in a second region of the tissue. The optical system has a numerical aperture that is in the range of about 0.5 to about 0.9. An exemplary method can also be provided to control such treatment system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignees: The General Hospital Corporation, Blossom Innovations, LLC
    Inventors: Richard Rox Anderson, Dieter Manstein, Henry Hin Lee Chan, Vincent Zuo
  • Patent number: 11737652
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a medical device assembly. The medical device assembly described herein may include a medical device and a control unit. The medical device may include an imaging apparatus, an electrical wire coupled to the imaging apparatus, an illumination device, an illumination connector coupled to the illumination device, and a connector coupled to the electrical wire and the illumination connector. The control unit may include an electrical interface, a light source, and a port, wherein the port is configured to receive the connector to operatively couple the electrical wire to the electrical interface, and to operatively couple the illumination connector to the light source, the connector being removably attachable to the port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2023
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Kirsten Viering, Russell Dresher, Paul Aquilino, Ryan Foss
  • Patent number: 11712245
    Abstract: A system is configured to bring about anastomosis between two lumens in a patient or between two sections of a single lumen in a patient. The anastomosis system includes a first tissue-compressing element, a second tissue-compressing element, and an energy source. The energy source can be a thermal energy source or laser energy source. Tissue is interposed between the elements. Magnetic material incorporated into the tissue-compressing elements facilitates the alignment of the elements as well as compression of the interposed tissue. The energy source can deliver energy to tissue. This delivery of energy can cause local changes to the tissue that can help maintain positional stability of the implants, can bring about immediate patency of the anastomosis and can otherwise facilitate achieving desired outcomes for the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2023
    Assignee: MYKA LABS, INC.
    Inventors: Daniel J. Laser, John H. Jerman, Lee Swanstrom
  • Patent number: 11684515
    Abstract: Multi-fiber laser probes utilize relative motion of fibers and other laser probe elements to preserve small-gauge compatibility while providing for multi-spot beam deliver, or to provide for the selectively delivery of single-spot or multi-spot beam patterns. An example probe includes fibers having distal ends that are movable as a group onto a distal ramp element affixed to a distal end of a cannula, so that the distal ends of the fibers can be moved between a retracted position, in which the distal ends of the fibers are within the cannula or ramp element, and an extended position, in which distal ends of the fibers are guided by grooves or channels of the ramp so as to extend at least partially through external openings in the distal end of the laser probe and so as to be pointed angularly away from a longitudinal axis of the cannula.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2023
    Assignee: Alcon Inc.
    Inventors: Chenguang Diao, Mark Harrison Farley, Alireza Mirsepassi, Ronald T. Smith
  • Patent number: 11682550
    Abstract: Systems and methods for etching complex patterns on an interior surface of a hollow object are disclosed. A method generally includes positioning a laser system within the hollow object with a focal point of the laser focused on the interior surface, and operating the laser system to form the complex pattern on the interior surface. Motion of the laser system and the hollow object is controlled by a motion control system configured to provide rotation and/or translation about a longitudinal axis of one or both of the hollow object and the laser system based on the complex pattern, and change a positional relationship between a reflector and a focusing lens of the laser system to accommodate a change in distance between the reflector and the interior surface of the hollow object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2023
    Assignee: Tech Met, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Vidra, Robert Vaccaro, Edward Palanko, Mark Megela
  • Patent number: 11612434
    Abstract: A side-firing laser system with a standoff catheter includes an optical fiber configured to emit therapeutic laser radiation in a direction generally transverse to an axis of the fiber; and a catheter through which the optical fiber is inserted during a surgical procedure. The catheter includes a transparent end section through which the therapeutic laser radiation passes to vaporize tissue outside the catheter, an open distal end to permit exit of irrigation fluid from the catheter, and an opening in a side of the end section, the opening having dimensions that are approximately equal to or less than cross-sectional dimensions of the therapeutic laser radiation. When the fiber is moved to a position at which the therapeutic laser radiation passes through the opening, the laser radiation causes coagulation or vaporization of tissues.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2023
    Assignee: Optical Integrity, Inc
    Inventors: Joe D. Brown, Howard S. Klymas, Daniel Malphurs
  • Patent number: 11596476
    Abstract: An end effector assembly for an optical surgical instrument includes a jaw member and a plurality of optical elements positioned within a cavity of the jaw member. The jaw member has a tissue contacting surface. The jaw member has a proximal portion that is configured to secure a fiber optic cable thereto such that a distal end of the fiber optical cable extends into the cavity. The plurality of optical elements are arranged in a staircase-like manner that rises towards the tissue contacting surface as the plurality of optical elements extends distally within the cavity. The plurality of optical elements is configured to direct a beam of light exiting the fiber optic cable towards the tissue contacting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2023
    Assignees: Covidien LP, THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CARLOINA AT CHARLOTTE
    Inventors: William H. Nau, Jr., Eric R. Larson, Duane E. Kerr, Nathaniel M. Fried, Thomas C. Hutchens, Thomas W. Meiser, Luke A. Hardy
  • Patent number: 11586576
    Abstract: A method for controlling screen rotation of an electronic reading device that includes processing circuitry, an accelerometer, and a display screen. The method including: receiving, by the processing circuitry, a request to access a menu for initiation of a screen-rotation lock function for the electronic reading device; displaying, on the display screen, the menu for the initiation of the screen-rotation lock function; receiving, by the processing circuitry, a selection of one particular screen orientation for the display screen from among a plurality of screen orientations; rotating, the electronic reading device, 90 degrees; detecting, by the accelerometer, the 90 degree rotation; and maintaining a screen that is displayed on the display screen in the selected one particular screen orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2023
    Assignee: RAKUTEN KOBO, INC.
    Inventors: Harry Hutton, William Chaban, Ramesh Mantha
  • Patent number: 11564838
    Abstract: Embodiments of this invention generally relate to ophthalmic laser procedures and, more particularly, to systems and methods for lenticular laser incision. In an embodiment, an ophthalmic surgical laser system comprises a laser delivery system for delivering a pulsed laser beam to a target in a subject's eye, an XY-scan device to deflect the pulsed laser beam, a Z-scan device to modify a depth of a focus of the pulsed laser beam, and a controller configured to form a top lenticular incision and a bottom lenticular incision of a lens in the subject's eye, where each of the top and bottom lenticular incision includes a center concave portion and an edge transition portion that has a smooth convex shape and is smoothly joined to the center concave portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: AMO Development, LLC
    Inventors: Hong Fu, Alireza Malek Tabrizi
  • Patent number: 11517765
    Abstract: A system is provided for treating a skin surface of a user, comprising: at least one light emitting source configured to focus light on a specified skin region of the user, the light being configured to treat a skin condition of the user; and a controller configured to control emission of the light onto the specified skin region of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: L'OREAL
    Inventor: Ozgur Emek Yildirim
  • Patent number: 11510694
    Abstract: A medical apparatus can include an instrument comprising a shaft and a jaw assembly coupled to an end of the shaft; an image capture device; and a controller operably coupled to the image capture device to receive image data from the image capture device. The image data is from images of material gripped between jaw members of the jaw assembly and captured by the image capture device, with the controller programmed to process the received image data using at least one of optical flow and digital image correlation. A medical apparatus can include an instrument comprising a shaft, and a jaw assembly coupled to an end of the shaft, the jaw assembly comprising a pair of jaw members having opposing surfaces configured to grasp material between the opposing surfaces, wherein at least a portion of the opposing surface of a first jaw member of the pair of jaw members is transparent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Natalie Burkhard, John Ryan Steger
  • Patent number: 11463020
    Abstract: A movement amplifying actuation device may include two piezoelectric beams, one beam being attached at a fixed point, and a hinge connecting a first beam and a second beam between them. Each hinge may include a first flexible portion connected to the first beam, a second flexible portion connected to the second beam, a first rigid portion connecting the first and second flexible portions, a second rigid portion capable of being positioned against a fixed point, and a third flexible portion connecting the second beam to the second rigid portion at a pivot point of the second beam such that the assembly formed by the second rigid portion and the second beam forms a lever around the pivot point. The flexible and rigid portions may form a single piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignees: CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE (CNRS), UNIVERSITE DE FRANCHE-COMTE, ECOLE NATIONALE SUPERIEURE DE MECANIQUE ET DES MICROTECHNIQUES
    Inventors: Sergio Lescano, Nicolas Andreff, Micky Rakotondrabe, Kanty Rabenorosoa, Brahim Tamadazte, Clément Bouderlique
  • Patent number: 11454756
    Abstract: A plastic optical fiber for a medical device lighting decreases the cost of a lens and simplify the design of a lighting apparatus, wherein the plastic optical fiber for a medical device includes a core composed of a (co)polymer containing methyl methacrylate as a main component and is characterized by including a cladding material composed of a copolymer having a fluorine weight composition ratio of 60 to 74%, and by having a theoretical numerical aperture, NA, of 0.48 to 0.65 and, thus, the plastic optical fiber has a high numerical aperture and also has excellent translucency and flexibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: Toray Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Hideki Kojima, Hironobu Maeda, Shinji Sato, Hidekazu Kunieda, Satoshi Matsuba
  • Patent number: 11433254
    Abstract: A system for treatment of wounds consists of a treatment housing, a fluid delivery mechanism for supplying debridement fluids to the wound treatment area, an evacuation mechanism for evacuation of debris from the treatment chamber. A handheld device is connected to the treatment housing, wherein its interior accommodates a laser source, a scanning device, an image recording device and at least one sensor/detector, a control unit having a microprocessor for controlling operation of the system. The sensor detects concentration of various substances in the wound, and the microprocessor analyzes data obtained by the sensor and generates signals to adjust parameters of the laser, the liquid dispensing nozzles and the suction outlet to optimize removal of necrotic tissue so as to ultimately to promote wound healing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Inventor: Pavel V. Efremkin
  • Patent number: 11273330
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for deactivating pulmonary nerves extending along the main bronchi of a mammalian subject to reduce ARDS effects by advancing an ultrasound transducer into the right and subsequently left main bronchus. The ultrasound transducer emits circumferential ultrasound so as to heat a circumferential tissue volume encompassing the right and left main bronchus. The energy of <10 W acoustic for <5 sec will not be sufficient to cause tissue necrosis but sufficient to inactivate nerve conduction. This treatment can be performed without locating or focusing on individual pulmonary nerves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: AerWave Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Reinhard J. Warnking
  • Patent number: 11129519
    Abstract: This present invention proposes new methods of designing single-use endoscopes with built-in optical fibers and operating fixtures. As compared to conventional endoscopes, a separate lumen is reserved for integrating a laser fiber along the insertion tube of the proposed endoscope, and an optical fiber placement device (OFPD) is correspondingly added in the endoscope handle for controlling the movement of the laser fiber. By sliding the slider or dialing the wheel of OFPD, a surgeon can conveniently control movement of the laser fiber. By pressing a retractable control stick in the OFPD, the surgeon can either push the laser fiber out from the endoscope's distal-end or pull back the laser fiber, further unlocking or locking the power switch of the laser fiber to avoid mis-operations. All these above operations can be performed by the surgeon's one-hand, including the routine deflections and rotations of the endoscope. Four implementations of the OFPD are introduced in this invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Inventors: XiBo Wei, GePing Liu, XiYi Wei
  • Patent number: 11026839
    Abstract: A method is described of improving adhesion of an ocular implant to corneal tissue by forming an implant adhesive layer on the ocular implant, the implant adhesive layer having greater adhesive strength than a rest of the implant or by forming a corneal adhesive layer on a posterior surface of a posterior portion of the corneal tissue, the corneal adhesive layer having greater adhesive strength than a rest of the corneal tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: EyeYon Medical Ltd.
    Inventors: Ofer Daphna, Nahum Ferera, Dmitry Dubson
  • Patent number: 11020618
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for deactivating pulmonary nerves extending along the main bronchi of a mammalian subject to reduce ARDS effects by advancing an ultrasound transducer into the right and subsequently left main bronchus. The ultrasound transducer emits circumferential ultrasound so as to heat a circumferential tissue volume encompassing the right and left main bronchus. The energy of <10 W acoustic for <5 sec will not be sufficient to cause tissue necrosis but sufficient to inactivate nerve conduction. This treatment can be performed without locating or focusing on individual pulmonary nerves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: AerWave Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Reinhard J. Warnking
  • Patent number: 10973687
    Abstract: A method for a minimally invasive, cell-selective laser therapy on the eye. The method, based on a short-pulse laser system, allows for different selective types of therapy on the eye. The method is based on a frequency-doubled, continuously working solid-state laser including a pump source and a control unit. The control unit regulates the pump source such that the solid-state laser emits individual pulses with pulse lengths ranging from 50 ns to continuous, wherein pulse lengths ranging from 50 ns to 50 ?s are provided for selective therapies and pulse lengths ranging from 50 ?s to continuous are provided for coagulative or stimulating therapies, in particular in the range from 1 ms to 500 ms. The proposed method enables a selective treatment of melanin-containing cells in the different areas of the eye via the targeted control of the pump source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss Meditec AG
    Inventors: Manfred Dick, Gerald Kunath-Fandrei, René Denner, Thomas Wurlitzer
  • Patent number: 10966863
    Abstract: A method is described of improving adhesion of an ocular implant to corneal tissue by forming an implant adhesive layer on the ocular implant, the implant adhesive layer having greater adhesive strength than a rest of the implant or by forming a corneal adhesive layer on a posterior surface of a posterior portion of the corneal tissue, the corneal adhesive layer having greater adhesive strength than a rest of the corneal tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Eyeyon Medical Ltd.
    Inventors: Ofer Daphna, Nahum Ferera, Dmitry Dubson
  • Patent number: 10849673
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for the treatment of a body cavity or lumen are described where a heated fluid and/or gas may be introduced through a catheter and into treatment area within the body contained between one or more inflatable/expandable members. The catheter may also have optional pressure sensing elements which may allow for control of the pressure within the treatment zone and also prevent the pressure from exceeding a pressure of the inflatable/expandable members to thereby contain the treatment area between these inflatable/expandable members. Optionally, a chilled or room temperature fluid such as water may then be used to rapidly terminate the treatment session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Channel Medsystems, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel R. Burnett
  • Patent number: 10842587
    Abstract: A method for minimally invasive surgery using therapeutic ultrasound in spine and orthopedic orthopedic procedures. The method includes a minimally invasive access port, a therapeutic ultrasound probe to treat a targeted area through the port, and a protective sheath that enables application of the therapeutic ultrasound without causing unintended tissue damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: MISONIX, INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Paul Mikus, Dan Voic, Alexander Darian, Scott Isola, Christine Moley
  • Patent number: 10791977
    Abstract: The laser lancing device in accordance with an exemplary embodiment includes: a main body; a laser resonator located within the main body and configured to generate a laser and output the laser forwards; a beam barrel located in front of the laser resonator and including at least one lens unit fixed therein; a window barrel located in front of the beam barrel and connected to the main body; a cap part connected to the front of the window barrel and brought into contact with an irradiation target area; a fan unit communicating with the cap part and induce flow of air; and a communication pipe of which one end is connected to the fan unit and the other end is connected to the cap part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Inventor: Jong Seok Choi
  • Patent number: 10736780
    Abstract: A method for laser eye surgery that accommodates patient movement includes: generating a first and a second electromagnetic radiation beam, the second beam configured to modify eye tissue; propagating the first beam to a scanner along a an optical path length that changes in response to eye movement; focusing the first beam to a first focal point within the eye; scanning the first focal point at different locations within the eye; propagating a portion of the first beam reflected from the first focal point location back along the variable optical path to a sensor; generating an intensity signal indicative of the intensity of the portion of the reflected first beam; propagating the second beam to the scanner along the variable optical path; focusing the second beam to a second focal point and scanning the second focal point to create an incision in the cornea of the eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: AMO Development, LLC
    Inventors: Georg Schuele, Phillip Gooding
  • Patent number: 10729496
    Abstract: Dermatological systems and methods for providing a picosecond laser treatment a plurality of treatment wavelengths, at least one of which is provide by an optical parametric oscillator (OPO).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Cutera, Inc.
    Inventors: Lukas E. Hunziker, Michael A. Karavitis, Hsiao-Hua Liu
  • Patent number: 10688314
    Abstract: There is provided a light treatment device (1). The device (1) comprises a carrier (11) having an opening (5) for positioning over and viewing a treatment area and a light emitter (6) for providing treatment light to the treatment area. There is also provided an attachment (3) for attaching the carrier to a patient. The device is useful as the opening can be positioned over an area where light therapy is desired, whilst viewing the area, and then held in position with the attachment. Light therapy can then be administered to the area and treatment of areas where light therapy is not desired can be avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Suzanne Daniëlle Van Der Zaan-Landwehr Johan, Simone Irene Elisabeth Vulto, Jacobus Petrus Johannes Van Os
  • Patent number: 10631930
    Abstract: [Object] To provide an ablation system capable of suppressing heat damages to the lumen intima. [Solution] An ablation system 10 has an ablation device 11 in which a balloon 21 is provided on the distal end side of a shaft 22 and an in-side tube 27 causing a fluid to flow into the balloon 21, the internal space of the shaft 22 causing a fluid to flow out of the balloon 21, and an optical fiber 29 guiding laser light into the balloon 21 are individually provided along the shaft 22, a laser light generating unit 12 emitting laser light to the optical fiber 29, and a fluid returning unit 13 returning a fluid into the internal space of the balloon 21. The ablation device 11 has a reflector 33 reflecting laser light emitted from the optical fiber 29 in the balloon 21, in which the reflector 33 is movable along the axial direction 191 in the balloon 21 and is rotatable in the axial direction 101 as the axis line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Nipro Corporation
    Inventors: Katsuya Miyagawa, Yuuki Nishimura, Natsumi Shimazaki
  • Patent number: 10561464
    Abstract: A laser treatment apparatus includes a primary handset and an auxiliary handset; the primary handset is connectable to the auxiliary handset; the primary handset has a laser source with a primary heat exchanger, and a main cooling circuit to provide cooling fluid to the primary heat exchanger to cool the laser source; the cooling circuit has a circuit connection for engagement with the auxiliary handset. The circuit connection comprises one or more fluid connectors for connection to an auxiliary cooling circuit within the auxiliary handset and the cooling circuit within the auxiliary handset includes a secondary heat exchanger. An electro-mechanical mechanism within the primary handset switches from a first position so that cooling fluid flows in the main cooling circuit within the primary handset when no auxiliary handset is attached and in a second position diverts flow of the cooling fluid to the heat exchanger in the auxiliary handset when the auxiliary handset is connected to the primary handset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: LUMENIS LTD.
    Inventors: Danny Koifman, Shaul Levy, Igal Igor Koifman, Uri Voitsechov
  • Patent number: 10534141
    Abstract: A terminus for a fiber optic cable includes a ferrule. In one embodiment, an optical fiber of the cable passes through a central bore of the ferrule and is attached to a lens seated in a conical or cylindrical seat formed in an end surface of the ferrule by an epoxy. In a second embodiment, an optical fiber of the cable passes through the central bore of the ferrule. Next, a cap sleeve with a lens therein is slid over and attached to the ferrule such that the lens abuts or is attached to the optical fiber. In either embodiment, an inspection slot may optionally be formed in the ferrule and/or the cap sleeve to allow a technician to inspect the state of the attachment and/or abutment and/or spacing of the optical fiber and the lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: CommScope, Inc. of North Carolina
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Nielson, Gary F. Gibbs, Matthew Cruz, Timothy W. Anderson
  • Patent number: 10369055
    Abstract: An apparatus for laser assisted eye treatment comprises: a laser device configured to provide focused laser radiation and having an adapter coupling port; an adapter module including first and second sub-modules, the first sub-module configured to detachably couple to the laser device at the adapter coupling port and having a contact surface for an eye, the second sub-module including an eye suction ring portion having a ring axis, wherein the second sub-module delimits at least one suction space, and the adapter module includes a vacuum inlet port in association with each of the at least one suction chamber, wherein the adapter module includes an evacuation path system configured to establish a vacuum communication connection between each of the at least one suction space and the associated vacuum inlet port, wherein the vacuum inlet port is provided at the first sub-module and the evacuation path system extends from the first sub-module to the second sub-module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Novartis AG
    Inventors: Thomas Deisinger, Daniel Thimm
  • Patent number: 10327801
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for determining the location of procedure sites, for example hair implantation sites, the method and systems enabling a natural looking randomness to be maintained to achieve a desired density while avoiding previously created procedure sites and existing features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Restoration Robotics, Inc.
    Inventors: Gabriele Zingaretti, Ognjen Petrovic
  • Patent number: 10307294
    Abstract: Providing neuroprotective therapy for glaucoma includes generating a micropulsed laser light beam having parameters and characteristics, including pulse length, power, and duty cycle, selected to create a therapeutic effect with no visible laser lesions or tissue damage to the retina. The laser light beam is applied to retinal and/or foveal tissue of an eye having glaucoma or a risk of glaucoma to create a therapeutic effect to the retinal and/or foveal tissue exposed to the laser light beam without destroying or permanently damaging the retinal and/or foveal tissue and improve function or condition of an optic nerve and/or retinal ganglion cells of the eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Ojai Retinal Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey K. Luttrull, Benjamin W. L. Margolis, David B. Chang
  • Patent number: 10299961
    Abstract: Providing neuroprotective therapy for glaucoma includes generating a micropulsed laser light beam having parameters and characteristics, including pulse length, power, and duty cycle, selected to create a therapeutic effect with no visible laser lesions or tissue damage to the retina. The laser light beam is applied to retinal and/or foveal tissue of an eye having glaucoma or a risk of glaucoma to create a therapeutic effect to the retinal and/or foveal tissue exposed to the laser light beam without destroying or permanently damaging the retinal and/or foveal tissue and improve function or condition of an optic nerve and/or retinal ganglion cells of the eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Ojai Retinal Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey K. Luttrull, Benjamin W. L. Margolis, David B. Chang
  • Patent number: 10285568
    Abstract: In accordance with exemplary embodiments of the present disclosure, device and method can be provided which can facilitate imaging of biological tissues, e.g., luminal organs in vivo, using optical techniques. The exemplary device can include different designs an features of one or more catheters, which can illuminate the tissues, and collect signals from the inside of the lumen. In another exemplary embodiment according to the present disclosure, a balloon-catheter can be provided with the flexible neck, which can absorb most of the bending. According to still another exemplary embodiments of the present disclosure, a balloon-catheter tethered capsule can be provided, and according a yet further exemplary embodiment, a structured balloon design can be provided with one or more protuberances, thus enabling imaging of the structures in close contact, e.g., without compressing of the tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: The General Hospital Corporation
    Inventors: Guillermo J. Tearney, Brett Eugene Bouma, Michalina Gora, Melissa Suter, Hongki Yoo, Milen Shishkov
  • Patent number: 10285859
    Abstract: A process for performing retinal phototherapy or photostimulation includes generating a laser light that creates a therapeutic effect to retinal and/or foveal tissues exposed to the laser light without destroying or permanently damaging the retinal or foveal tissue. The laser light is applied to a first treatment area of the retina. After a predetermined interval of time, within a single treatment session, the laser light is reapplied to the first treatment area of the retina. During the interval of time between the laser light applications to the first treatment area, the laser light is applied to one or more additional areas of the retina that is spaced apart from the first treatment area and one another. The laser light is repeatedly applied to each of the areas to be treated until a predetermined number of laser light applications to each area to be treated has been achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Ojai Retinal Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey K. Luttrull, Benjamin W. L. Margolis, David B. Chang
  • Patent number: 10197742
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure are drawn to methods for producing a fused connector termination. An exemplary method may include setting a specification requirement to be met by the fused connector termination and applying an amount of heat to a proximal region of an unfused connector termination. The proximal region of the unfused connector termination may include an inner optical fiber coaxially positioned within an outer ferrule, and applying the amount of heat may at least partially fuse the optical fiber to the outer ferrule to form an at least partially fused connector termination. The method may also include imaging the proximal region of the at least partially fused connector termination and determining, based on the imaging, whether the proximal region of the at least partially fused connector termination meets the specification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Wen-Jui Ray Chia, Thomas Charles Hasenberg
  • Patent number: 10194986
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are optical assemblies having thin, low profile shapes. These optical assemblies may be used with fiber coupled lasers and other light sources, including high power sources, to irradiate tissue at a wavelength suitable for inducing ablation or coagulation to a target depth, denaturation, thermal modification of a tissue, and/or preferential injury to a target tissue structure. Example optical assemblies can produce substantially uniform illumination patterns that are useful for treating superficial tissue, including the internal or luminal (e.g., esophageal) tissue. Some examples may have capability for cooling superficial tissue or skin, such as a detachable, reusable heat sink for active cooling without consumables, fluid pumps, or other cooling equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Gradiant Research, LLC
    Inventors: Kathleen McMillan, Anurag Gupta, James Patrick McGuire, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10139575
    Abstract: The connector of the present invention includes a probing portion, a center portion, and an accepting portion, where each of the probing and accepting portions includes a connector of the same sex. That is to say, that both the probing and accepting portions of the connector terminate in the same sex connector type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventor: Ryan M. Irving
  • Patent number: 10114930
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for determining the location of procedure sites, for example hair implantation sites, the method and systems enabling a natural looking randomness to be maintained to achieve a desired density while avoiding previously created procedure sites and existing features. In reference to hair transplantation, methods and systems are provided that allow to account for any terminal and non-terminal hair to assist in selecting locations for hair harvesting or implantation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: RESTORATION ROBOTICS, INC.
    Inventors: Gabriele Zingaretti, Ognjen Petrovic
  • Patent number: 10045820
    Abstract: A dermatological treatment and analysis system includes a handheld treatment device having a handheld body, a treatment radiation source that delivers a dermatological treatment to the skin, and skin sensor(s) configured to generate signals indicative of one or more skin properties. A wireless transmitter is integrated in the handheld treatment device or in a docking/charging station that receives the handheld treatment device. The wireless transmitter is configured to receive skin-related data comprising the signals from the at least one skin sensor and/or information derived from such signals, and to wirelessly transmit the received skin-related data for analysis of the skin-related data by a remote data analysis system, which may analyze the received skin-related data to generate skin analysis data, and communicate the skin analysis data as feedback to the user of the handheld treatment device, e.g., via a website or application hosted on an internet-connected device of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: CHANNEL INVESTMENTS, LLC
    Inventors: David Youngquist, Tobin C. Island, Harvey I-Heng Liu, John P. Beale
  • Patent number: 10016300
    Abstract: The invention relates to a handpiece for the phacoemulsification of an eye lens, having a needle with an aspiration line arranged therein for transporting an aspiration fluid and at least one drive element for generating a longitudinal wave, wherein the drive element is arranged in such a way that the longitudinal wave can be coupled directly into the aspiration fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss Meditec AG
    Inventors: Christoph Kuebler, Wolfram Wehner, Karlheinz Rein
  • Patent number: 10004530
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for determining the location of procedure sites, for example hair implantation sites, the method and systems enabling a natural looking randomness to be maintained to achieve a desired density while avoiding previously created procedure sites and existing features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: RESTORATION ROBOTICS, INC.
    Inventors: Gabriele Zingaretti, Ognjen Petrovic
  • Patent number: 9757207
    Abstract: A medical or dental handpiece comprises a lighting device for the emission of radiation, in particular of visible light, onto a treatment site, a temperature sensor preferably located in the interior of the handpiece, and at least one shared electrical signal line provided in the handpiece for the lighting device and the temperature sensor. The lighting device and the temperature sensor are both operatively connected to the at least one shared electrical signal line. A medical or dental treatment device comprises such a handpiece and a control and/or regulation device electrically connected to the at least one shared electrical signal line provided in the handpiece, which is designed to emit a first electrical signal assigned to the lighting device and a second electrical signal assigned to the temperature sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: W&H Dentalwerk Bürmoos GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Pruckner, Michael Mangelberger
  • Patent number: 9757198
    Abstract: An improved optical fiber comprising a waveguide with an input for coupling focused laser energy into the waveguide and communicating electromagnetic radiation in a propagation direction to an internally reflective tip of the waveguide, a tissue contacting surface wherein the light path from the reflecting surface to the transmitting surface in substantially homogenous in refractive index and cooled by fluid flow. In minimizing the variations in refractive index within the lateral light path, while providing active cooling directly below the tissue contact surface, the invention prevents internal reflections and beam distortion and greatly improves the efficiency and durability of the laterally directing probe. Free rotation of the tissue contact surface, about the lateral tip, may be provided and tissue vaporization efficiency may be improved by providing a morcellating tool on the tissue contact surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Edward Griffin, Teresanne Griffin
  • Patent number: 9521949
    Abstract: Systems and methods for analyzing the anatomy of a patient's eye with circular or rotated polarized laser beams, or with laser beams of different wavelengths are disclosed. One system includes a polarization beam-splitter and a quarter-wave plate, wherein the quarter-wave plate is configured to circularly rotate a laser beam received from a laser that is transmitted and passes through the polarization beam-splitter, and to transform a circularly rotated back-reflected beam to a linearly polarized laser beam that is perpendicular to the beam that was transmitted through the polarization beam-splitter. Substantially all of the back-reflected beam is directed to a photo-detector for analysis. A Faraday rotator subsystem may be substituted for a polarization beam-splitter. An optical system including a laser that generates a laser beam of a first wavelength for therapeutic treatment, and another laser that generates a laser beam of a second wavelength for measurement is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: AMO Development, LLC
    Inventors: Zsolt Bor, John Tamkin, Peter-Patrick De Guzman, Mikhail B. Levin, Anthony W. Dennison, Michael A. Campos, Hong Fu
  • Patent number: 9510848
    Abstract: An illuminated surgical instrument has a working area located near an end of the instrument. An array of optical fibers terminates near the end of the instrument. The array of optical fibers is located adjacent to the instrument such that the array of optical fibers provides targeted illumination to the working area only on one side of the instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Novartis AG
    Inventors: Jack Robert Auld, Ronald T. Smith
  • Patent number: 9510844
    Abstract: A method is provided for treating a gland or duct of a patient. In a particular embodiment, an obstruction in a gland or duct and the orifice thereof can be alleviated; in another, a substance can be injected thereinto; in yet another, the gland can be aspirated. The method includes the step of inserting an elongated probe into a gland or duct via an orifice thereinto. In some embodiments the probe can have a longitudinal lumen therethrough, with at least one distal hole through the probe wall in fluid communication with the lumen. The lumen can be used in concert with a source of suction for removing debris from the gland or duct, and/or with a source of a fluid and pumping means, for injecting a substance into the gland or duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: MGD Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: Steven Maskin