Electromagnetic Radiation (e.g., Infrared) Patents (Class 607/100)
  • Patent number: 10252076
    Abstract: Provided herein are compositions comprising lanthanide-doped nanoparticles which upconvert electromagnetic radiation from infrared or near infrared wavelengths into the visible light spectrum. Also provided herein are methods activating light-responsive opsin proteins expressed on plasma membranes of neurons and selectively altering the membrane polarization state of the neurons using the light delivered by the lanthanide-doped nanoparticles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University
    Inventors: Karl Deisseroth, Polina Anikeeva
  • Patent number: 10124186
    Abstract: The Energy Field and Target Correlation System automatically correlates the characteristics of target particles and a living organism to compute the characteristics of an energy field that is applied to a living organism to activate the target particles which are bound to or consumed or taken up by invasive agents in the living organism to produce detectable effects which can be used to treat the invasive agents. The energy field must be crafted to properly control the response and localize the extent of the illumination. The System automatically selects a set of energy field characteristics, including: field type, frequency, field strength, duration, field modulation, repetition frequency, beam size, and focal point. The determined energy field characteristics then are used to activate field generators to generate the desired energy field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Endomagnetics Limited
    Inventors: Daniel B. McKenna, Karl M. Frantz
  • Patent number: 10117708
    Abstract: A surgical device is disclosed, and includes a probe having a handle assembly and an electrode assembly extending distally therefrom. An optical member is disposed on the probe and has a first set of light transmitting properties corresponding to a first set of physical parameters of the probe. The probe is configured to transition to a second set of physical parameters, the second set of physical parameters being different from the first set of physical parameters. The optical member is configured to transition from the first set of light transmitting properties to a second set of light transmitting properties, the second set of light transmitting properties corresponding to the second set of physical parameters, the second set of light transmitting properties being different from the first set of light transmitting properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventor: Duane E. Kerr
  • Patent number: 10076668
    Abstract: A method and system are provided to deliver nested stimulation to brain tissue of interest. The method and system set first parameters that define a carrier waveform. The method and system set second parameters that define a high frequency waveform, wherein at least one of the carrier waveform and high frequency waveform are defined to correspond to physiologic neural oscillations associated with the brain tissue of interest. The method and system operates a pulse generator to generate a nested stimulation waveform that combines the carrier waveform and high frequency waveform. The nested stimulation waveform has a plurality of pulse bursts. The method and system deliver the nested stimulation waveform through one or more electrodes to the brain tissue of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Inventor: Dirk De Ridder
  • Patent number: 9861421
    Abstract: Compositions and formulations for use with devices and systems that enable tissue cooling, such as cryotherapy applications, for alteration and reduction of adipose tissue are described. Aspects of the technology are further directed to methods, compositions and devices that provide protection of non-targeted cells (e.g., non-lipid-rich cells) from freeze damage during dermatological and related aesthetic procedures that require sustained exposure to cold temperatures. Further aspects of the technology include systems for enhancing sustained and/or replenishing release of cryoprotectant to a treatment site prior to and during cooling applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Zeltiq Aesthetics, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael P. O'Neil, Leonard C. DeBenedictis, George Frangineas, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9730754
    Abstract: A surgical device is disclosed, and includes a probe having a handle assembly and an electrode assembly extending distally therefrom. An optical member is disposed on the probe and has a first set of light transmitting properties corresponding to a first set of physical parameters of the probe. The probe is configured to transition to a second set of physical parameters, the second set of physical parameters being different from the first set of physical parameters. The optical member is configured to transition from the first set of light transmitting properties to a second set of light transmitting properties, the second set of light transmitting properties corresponding to the second set of physical parameters, the second set of light transmitting properties being different from the first set of light transmitting properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventor: Duane E. Kerr
  • Patent number: 9669215
    Abstract: A medical electronic device comprises at least a battery module, a detector for detecting the remaining battery of the battery module to generate a detection signal, a processor generating a first status information according to the detection signal, a transceiver and a function circuit. The processor transmits and receives the first status information and the control signal by the transceiver. The function circuit is electrically connected to the processor and at least an electrode. The electrode extends outward from the medical electronic device. According to the control signal, the processor controls the function circuit to output an electrical stimulation signal with default stimulation frequency, stimulation cycle and stimulation intensity to the electrode. The voltage of the electrical stimulation signal ranges from ?10V to ?1V and from 1V to 10V, and the frequency of the electrical stimulation signal is between 200 KHz and 800 KHz.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Gimer Medical Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jian-Hao Pan, Chi-Heng Chang
  • Patent number: 9662486
    Abstract: Methods and devices are provided for activating brown adipose tissue (BAT). Generally, the methods and devices can activate BAT to increase thermogenesis, e.g., increase heat production in the patient, which over time can lead to weight loss. In one embodiment, a medical device is provided that activates BAT by electrically stimulating nerves that activate the BAT and/or electrically stimulating brown adipocytes directly, thereby increasing thermogenesis in the BAT and inducing weight loss through energy expenditure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignees: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc., The General Hospital
    Inventors: Jason L. Harris, Nicholas Stylopoulos, Lee M. Kaplan, Tamara C. Baynham, Taylor W. Aronhalt
  • Patent number: 9550070
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a portable light pen dispensing device comprising: a housing, an electronics module located in said housing and comprising a light source capable of irradiating skin and stimulating regeneration of the skin to treat skin disorders, a battery for powering the electronics module, wherein the light source comprises one or more LEDs, wherein the electronics module comprises drive means arranged to control the operation of the light source to emit light in a mixed driving mode so as to limit the temperature of the LED while ensuring a sufficient fluency allowing for the skin to be treated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Aptar France S.A.S.
    Inventors: Amir Feriani, Cédric Zaugg, Luciano Cravero, Frédéric Duquet
  • Patent number: 9522288
    Abstract: Provided herein are compositions comprising lanthanide-doped nanoparticles which upconvert electromagnetic radiation from infrared or near infrared wavelengths into the visible light spectrum. Also provided herein are methods activating light-responsive opsin proteins expressed on plasma membranes of neurons and selectively altering the membrane polarization state of the neurons using the light delivered by the lanthanide-doped nanoparticles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University
    Inventors: Karl Deisseroth, Polina Anikeeva
  • Patent number: 9265573
    Abstract: A surgical device is disclosed, and includes a probe having a handle assembly and an electrode assembly extending distally therefrom. An optical member is disposed on the probe and has a first set of light transmitting properties corresponding to a first set of physical parameters of the probe. The probe is configured to transition to a second set of physical parameters, the second set of physical parameters being different from the first set of physical parameters. The optical member is configured to transition from the first set of light transmitting properties to a second set of light transmitting properties, the second set of light transmitting properties corresponding to the second set of physical parameters, the second set of light transmitting properties being different from the first set of light transmitting properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Duane E. Kerr
  • Patent number: 9174053
    Abstract: A neuromodulation system comprises a plurality of electrical terminals configured for being respectively coupled to a plurality of electrodes, a user interface configured for receiving input from a user that selects one of a plurality of different shapes of a modulating signal and/or selects one of a plurality of different electrical pulse parameters of an electrical pulse train, neuromodulation output circuitry configured for outputting an electrical pulse train to the plurality of electrical terminals, and pulse train modulation circuitry configured for modulating the electrical pulse train in accordance with the selected shape of the modulating signal and/or selected electrical pulse parameter of the electrical pulse train.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventor: Changfang Zhu
  • Patent number: 9108040
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for multi-vessel neuromodulation, e.g., via a pulsed electric field. Such multi-vessel neuromodulation may effectuate irreversible electroporation or electrofusion, necrosis and/or inducement of apoptosis, alteration of gene expression, action potential attenuation or blockade, changes in cytokine up-regulation and other conditions in target neural fibers. In some embodiments, the multi-vessel neuromodulation is applied to neural fibers that contribute to renal function. Such multi-vessel neuromodulation optionally may be performed bilaterally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Medtronic Ardian Luxembourg S.a.r.l.
    Inventor: Denise Zarins
  • Patent number: 9017321
    Abstract: Transducer-based systems and methods may 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 graphical elements and/or between graphical elements can cause activation of the set of transducers associated with the selected elements. Transducer activation characteristics, such as initiation time, activation duration, activation sequence, and energy delivery characteristics, can vary based on numerous factors. 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: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Kardium, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Martin Reinders, Daniel Robert Weinkam, Roxanne Wai Tak Louie, Danai Bisalputra
  • Patent number: 9017320
    Abstract: Transducer-based systems and methods may 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 graphical elements and/or between graphical elements can cause activation of the set of transducers associated with the selected elements. Transducer activation characteristics, such as initiation time, activation duration, activation sequence, and energy delivery characteristics, can vary based on numerous factors. 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: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Kardium, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Martin Reinders, Daniel Robert Weinkam, Roxanne Wai Tak Louie, Danai Bisalputra
  • Patent number: 9011423
    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 graphical elements and/or between graphical elements can cause activation of the set of transducers associated with the selected elements. Selection of a plurality of graphical elements and/or between 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: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Kardium, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffery Charles Brewster, Daniel Martin Reinders, Daniel Robert Weinkam
  • Publication number: 20150105844
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for the stimulation of thermal receptors in the skin of a patient by means of thermal stimuli. The device comprises a plurality of noninvasive stimulation units for irradiating the skin of the patient with electromagnetic radiation, wherein thermal stimuli are produced by absorption of the electromagnetic radiation in the skin of the patient and the wavelength range of the electromagnetic radiation emitted by the stimulation units can be adjusted. The device also comprises a control unit for controlling the stimulation units.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Peter Alexander Tass, Jean-Christophe Roulet, Thomas Von Bueren, Jean-Noel Fehr, Urban Schnell
  • Patent number: 8998791
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system for increasing skin rejuvenation of a region of a patient's skin comprising a pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) frequency generator for constantly providing electromagnetic pulses to the region of a patient's skin and a deep tissue diathermy device for constantly applying heat to the region of a patient's skin up to temperature T. The system is adapted for simultaneously applying heat and PEMF to the region of a patient's skin; wherein application of the system increases skin rejuvenation such that the skin rejuvenation increase (SRI) is greater than the sum of the SRI provided by electromagnetic pulses increase and the SRI provided by the deep tissue diathermy device increase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Venus Concept Ltd
    Inventors: Oded Ron Edoute, Orit Ron Edoute, Itzhak Kremin, Vadim Polyakov
  • Patent number: 8979727
    Abstract: Systems and methods for increasing skin rejuvenation of a region of a patient's skin. The system includes: a pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) frequency generator that emits electromagnetic pulses to the region of the patient's skin; and a deep tissue diathermy device that applies heat to the region of the patient's skin up to temperature T. The system simultaneously applies the heat and the PEMF to the region of a patient's skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Venus Concept Ltd.
    Inventors: Oded Ron Edoute, Orit Ron Edoute, Itzhak Kremin, Vadim Polyakov
  • Patent number: 8974449
    Abstract: An electrosurgical ablation system includes an energy source adapted to supply energy to an energy delivery device. The energy delivery device includes a handle assembly configured to couple a pair of antennas extending from a distal end thereof to the energy source for application of energy to tissue. A power splitting device is operatively associated with the handle assembly and has an input adapted to connect to the energy source and a pair of output channels operably coupled to the respective pair of antennas. A phase shifter is operatively associated with the handle assembly and is operably coupled to the pair of output channels. The phase shifter is configured to selectively shift a phase relationship between the pair of output channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Joseph D. Brannan
  • Publication number: 20150066117
    Abstract: A thermotherapy device for treatment of neonates has a bordered lying surface (5) for receiving a neonate, a vertical support column (8) arranged adjacent to the head end of the lying surface (5) and radiant heaters (3, 4), supported by the column, directed at the lying surface (5). A control unit controls the heating output of each of the radiant heaters (3, 4). At least one first radiant heater (4) is directed at a head end half of the lying surface (5). At least one second radiant heater (3) is directed at the other half of the lying surface. The control unit (9) adjusts the heating output of the first radiant heater and the second radiant heater in such that, with the lying surface (5) arranged horizontally, the heating output of the second radiant heater (3) is greater by a predefined factor than that of the first radiant heater (4).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Jochim Koch, Arne Tröllsch
  • Patent number: 8945101
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method are provided for treating a targeted area of ocular tissue in a tissue-sparing manner comprising use of two or more therapeutic modalities, including thermal radiation source (such as an CW infrared fiber laser), operative in a wavelength range that has a high absorption in water, and photochemical collagen cross-linking (CXL), together with one or more specific system improvements, such as peri-operative feedback measurements for tailoring of the therapeutic modalities, an ocular tissue surface thermal control/cooling mechanism and a source of deuterated water/riboflavin solution in a delivery system targeting ocular tissue in the presence of the ultraviolet radiation. Additional methods of rapid cross-linking (RXL), are provided that further enables cross-linking (CXL) therapy to be combined with thermal therapy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Seros Medical, LLC
    Inventors: Satish V. Herekar, Edward E. Manche, Donald J. Eaton
  • Publication number: 20150025513
    Abstract: A system and method for providing treatment feedback for a thermal treatment device (100) is provided. In certain embodiments, a thermal transmitter (120) is configured to apply an amount of thermal energy (104) to a target site (106), the thermal energy having a selected frequency and a selected power level for penetration to a depth beneath the surface of the skin. A thermal imager (140) is also provided, the thermal imager (140) being configured to capture thermal data and thermal images of the target site. The device may further provide a thermal display (160) configured to display the thermal images and thermal data, providing feedback to a user (201).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: Farhan Taghizadeh
  • Publication number: 20150005855
    Abstract: Systems, apparatus, and methods for medical and therapeutic applications using liquid titanium fabrics are described. Systems and methods may include a method of reducing symptoms of an ailment. The method may include providing an article including liquid titanium fabric, and applying the fabric to a patient for a period of time effective to reduce symptoms of an ailment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: Wilhelmina McEwan
  • Publication number: 20140336733
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, and systems for delivering electromagnetic energy to a patient's tissue with a reduction in the pain experienced by the patient. Electromagnetic energy is delivered from a treatment electrode through the skin surface to the tissue at a plurality of power levels over a treatment time. During the energy delivery, a portion of the treatment electrode is in a contacting relationship with the skin surface. A tip frame may be disposed between the treatment electrode and the skin surface when the electromagnetic energy is delivered.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventors: Dragan D. Nebrigic, Thomas Markiewicz
  • Patent number: 8882764
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for treating an intraosseous nerve. The method includes positioning a hollow shaft through the cortical shell of a vertebral body and into a cancellous bone region of the vertebral body. The hollow shaft includes an annular wall having a longitudinal bore therein, a proximal portion and a distal portion, and a first window extending transversely through the annular wall. An electrosurgical probe is advanced within the longitudinal bore from the proximal portion toward the distal portion. The electrosurgical probe includes a first treatment element at a distal end of the probe, wherein the first treatment element being in electrical connection with a power supply. The first treatment element is slidably disposed within the longitudinal bore so that the first treatment element is advanced radially outward from the window and shaft to affect treatment of the intraosseous nerve within the cancellous bone region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Relievant Medsystems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey K. Sutton, Thomas Ryan, Samit Patel, Richard Pellegrino
  • Patent number: 8876819
    Abstract: A magnetically-guided catheter 100 includes a tip positioning magnet in the distal electrode assembly configured to interact with externally applied magnetic fields for magnetically-guided movement. A magnetically-guided mapping catheter 100 includes an electrically-conductive capsule in the form of a casing 146 that includes a distal ablation surface and isolates the positioning magnet from bio-fluids to prevent corrosion. An open irrigation ablation catheter includes an isolated manifold that isolates the positioning magnet from contact with irrigation fluid to prevent corrosion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Atrial Fibrillation Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Troy T. Tegg, James V. Kauphusman
  • Patent number: 8874230
    Abstract: Technologies are generally described for detecting diseased tissues through fiber optic based Raman spectroscopy, image acquisition, and/or RF induced hyperthermia treatment of the detected tissues in an integrated manner. A fiber optic bundle for carrying optical and RF signals for the spectroscopy, visual imaging, and RF ablation may also be used to detect a temperature of the treated tissue such that level and duration of the RF signal can be controlled for optimum results. A shielding configuration in the form of a coaxial waveguide of the fiber optic bundle may be used to guide and deliver the RF signal. Sources and detectors for the optical and RF signals may be integrated into an endoscopic probe containing the fiber optic bundle or be externally positioned. An integrated or remote controller may be employed to manage the optical imaging, spectroscopy, RF ablation, and thermal sensing operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: New Jersey Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Edip Niver, Kenneth W. Lieberman
  • Publication number: 20140314816
    Abstract: The present invention is based, at least in part, on novel, unimolecular STAT3 oligonucleotide decoys exhibiting increased in vivo stability as compared to previously known decoys which are effective in inhibiting STAT3 when administered systemically. The invention is also based on pharmaceutical compositions comprising these unimolecular decoys, and methods for using these decoys in the treatment of cancer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: University of Pittsburgh - of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education
    Inventors: Jennifer R. Grandis, Daniel Johnson, Danith Ly
  • Publication number: 20140296836
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods and compositions for the nanotechnology-based therapy of one or more mammalian diseases. Disclosed are gold-in-porous silicon nanoassemblies that are effective in the targeted and localized treatment of one or more human hyperproliferative disorders, including, for example, cancer of the breast. Methods of systemic administration of these nanoassembly vectors are disclosed that facilitate direct thermal ablative therapy of selected tissues using a localized application of near-infrared energy to the target site, wherein the gold-in-porous silicon nanoparticles release heat to destroy the surrounding cancerous tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicants: BOARD OF REGENTS, THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM, THE METHODIST HOSPITAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Haifa SHEN, Mauro Ferrari, Chun Li, Jian You
  • Publication number: 20140288623
    Abstract: Methods, kits, apparatus, and compositions for inhibiting a cerebral neurovascular disorder, a muscular headache, or cerebral inflammation in a human patient are provided. The apparatus includes an electronic neural stimulator capable of stimulating a dorsonasal nerve structure associated with pain in a subject, thereby inhibiting the pain, and includes a power supply for providing the neural stimulation; and at least one electrical conduit coupled between the power supply and a dorsonasal nerve structure associated with the cerebral neurovascular disorder in a manner to transmit the neural stimulation to the dorsonasal nerve structure associated with the pain to thereby inhibit the pain. Cerebral neurovascular disorders include migraine and cluster headache. Muscular headaches include tension headaches and muscle contraction headaches.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventor: Bruce H. LEVIN
  • Patent number: 8840536
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods are described for providing a monitor/treatment device configured to, for example, detect hemozoin, as well as to monitor or treat a malarial infection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Inventors: Michael C. Hegg, Matthew P. Horning, Jordin T. Kare, Nathan P. Myhrvold, Clarence T. Tegreene, Benjamin K. Wilson, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20140277220
    Abstract: A patient-treatment system and related method provide relief from, and treatment for, muscle spasticity disorders, Willis-Ekbom disease, contracture, sleep onset insomnia, sleep maintenance insomnia, rheumatoid arthritis, and other similar disorders by applying controlled heat, and optionally muscle monitoring/stimulation, to one or more parts of a patient's body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Birch Tree Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick Brennan, Anthony K. Iacobucci
  • Publication number: 20140243938
    Abstract: A system for the treatment of hypothermia includes an energy source controllably operable to output energy, a controller operably associated with the energy source, an encasing-structure being conformable over a treatment region, and one or more vital sign detectors adapted to generate an electrical signal indicative of a measurement of a vital sign of a patient. The encasing-structure includes an energy-applicator device including a configuration of energy-delivery elements disposed in association with the encasing-structure. The controller is adapted to receive the electrical signal from the one or more vital sign detectors. The controller is configured to adjust one or more treatment parameters based at least in part on the electrical signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: Covidien LP
    Inventor: JAMES W. MCPHERSON
  • Patent number: 8812132
    Abstract: An infrared radiant heating system for raising or maintaining a uniform core temperature of the body of a patient during surgery, substantially without affecting the temperature of the area surrounding the patient's body, includes an infrared radiant heater located near the patient to provide radiant heat to the entire body or one or more parts of the body of the patient. The system further includes a controller in communication with the heater for controlling the intensity level and distribution of intensity of the radiant heat on the patient's body such that the skin temperature of the patient's body is raised or maintained within a predetermined range resulting in the uniform core body temperature, substantially without affecting the temperature of the area surrounding the patient's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Bernardus Hendrikus Wilhelmus Hendriks, Liesbeth van Pieterson, Gerhardus Wilhelmus Lucassen
  • Publication number: 20140228917
    Abstract: The invention relates to a radiation emitting device (1) for application near mammal tissue (2), comprising: a substrate (3) having a front surface (4) and an opposing back surface (5), said substrate accommodating at least one radiation source (6) on said front surface (4). Said at least one radiation source (6) is arranged for applying energy on said mammal tissue (2). A heat spreading section (7) is arranged on said back surface (5) of said substrate (3) in thermal contact with said at least one radiation source (6). Said heat spreading section (7) has an extended area (8) extending beyond said substrate (3) in a direction substantially parallel to said substrate (3). Said extended area (8) of said heat spreading section (7) is arranged in thermal contact with said mammal tissue (2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2012
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Inventors: Bastiann Uitbeijerse, Georges Marie Calon
  • Patent number: 8801701
    Abstract: The invention provides a method and apparatus for monitoring a thermal effect of a conformal thermal treatment to diseased tissue in a target volume. The method includes acquiring a reference image of the volume containing the diseased tissue at a first position of the device, determining a baseline temperature distribution of the reference image, acquiring an image of the volume containing the diseased tissue while delivering a treatment to the volume, performing a phase subtraction between the image and the reference image to determine a change in phase between the image and the reference image and determining a current spatial temperature distribution in the volume containing the diseased tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
    Inventors: Rajiv Chopra, Michael Bronskill, Kee Tang
  • Publication number: 20140209594
    Abstract: A far infrared heat emitting device includes a pad for positioning over or around a body part of a user such as a waist, leg, arm, or back. The user may be a human or an animal such as a pet. The device can include straps to form a strap sized to fit around the waist of a human user. The strap includes a pad, a plurality of far infrared heat conducting elements, a charging inlet, a heating device, and a fastener for securing the strap to the human user. The device may be secured around the waist of the human user to provide relief from lower back pain. Alternatively, the device may be used in or on furniture. The device may produce an aura of negative ions. The device may minimize the presence of at least some electromagnetic frequencies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Inventor: Robert Besner
  • Publication number: 20140207049
    Abstract: The present invention provides an energy chip structure comprising: a base, an energy chip and a protective layer; wherein the base includes an inner space, the energy chip is arranged inside the inner space and for emitting a stabilizing electric wave, and the protective layer is attached to a top of the energy chip and covered the inner space via a packaging and storage method. Accordingly, the energy chip structure of the present invention is able to provide energy beneficial to the health of human bodies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: Overtake Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Huang Tien-Yu
  • Patent number: 8788060
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, and systems for transcutaneously treating tissue located beneath a skin surface with electromagnetic energy delivered from a treatment electrode. A portion of the treatment electrode is contacted with the skin surface. While maintaining the contact between the portion of the treatment electrode and the skin surface, the electromagnetic energy is delivered from the treatment electrode in a plurality of power pulses through the skin surface to the tissue over a treatment time with a time gap between each consecutive pair of the pulses to lower a level of pain perceived by a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Solta Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Dragan Nebrigic, Thomas Markiewicz
  • Publication number: 20140194776
    Abstract: A system for delivering a medical instrument into a bodily cavity is provided, including an outer shaft having an aperture in a side wall thereof, wherein the aperture is provided at a distal portion of the outer shaft, an inner shaft positioned inside the outer shaft and having an inflatable balloon disposed at a distal portion thereof, and a needle member movably disposed in the outer shaft, wherein the needle member extends outwardly from the outer shaft through the aperture when the balloon is inflated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2013
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Inventors: Erhan H. Gunday, Lawrence J. Gerrans
  • Patent number: 8774935
    Abstract: A disassemblable far infrared knee-and-foot warming device includes a bottom plate, a top plate, a front frame, a curved plate, a plurality of screws and an opening. By operating the screws, the bottom plate, the top plate, the front frame and the curved plate can be assembled or disassembled, and the curved plate is provided with a far infrared heating plate. Thereby, the far infrared heating plate generates far infrared thermal energy, and the warming device can be easily disassembled for saving costs related to packaging, storage and transportation, and can be easily reassembled for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Dian Chiang Chia Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ching-Song Chen
  • Publication number: 20140163652
    Abstract: A catheter system for repairing an annular organ structure of a patient, comprising: intimately contacting the annular organ structure by a tissue-contactor member having energy-delivering elements; and delivering tissue-shrinkable energy at the annular organ structure through the elements, wherein the tissue-shrinkable energy is applied at a distance wirelessly from the elements sufficient to shrink and tighten the organ structure. Tissue-shrinkable energy is infrared energy, ultrasound energy, focused ultrasound energy, ultrasound energy, radiofrequency energy, microwave energy, electromagnetic energy, laser energy, or a combination thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Inventors: THOMAS WITZEL, WALLACE N. HAUCK, JOHN A. OSTH, HOSHENG TU
  • Publication number: 20140148878
    Abstract: A non-surgical method for improving both the external pubic appearance and the internal vaginal tightness of a female patient in a single procedure includes providing a cosmetic skin-tightening device having a wand having a tip that applies heating energy to skin collagen, where the wand is shaped such that the tip can be inserted into the patient's vagina. During the procedure, the wand is alternately passed over the external pubic skin and inserted into the patient's vagina, thereby tightening both the pubic and vaginal regions during a single procedure while preventing overheating of any one area. The heat energy can be conductively transmitted heat or a radiated energy such as infra-red, laser, or radio frequency energy. A disposable sleeve can be applied over the wand to facilitate cleaning and sterilization after use. A vaginal lubricant and/or ultrasound gel can be applied.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2013
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Inventor: Khalilullah A. Khatri
  • Publication number: 20140148880
    Abstract: Provided herein are compositions comprising lanthanide-doped nanoparticles which upconvert electromagnetic radiation from infrared or near infrared wavelengths into the visible light spectrum. Also provided herein are methods activating light-responsive opsin proteins expressed on plasma membranes of neurons and selectively altering the membrane polarization state of the neurons using the light delivered by the lanthanide-doped nanoparticles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2011
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University
    Inventors: Karl Deisseroth, Polina Anikeeva
  • Patent number: 8721696
    Abstract: Method for treating chronic rhinosinusitis in a human patient. In the method a photosensitizing agent such as indocyanine green can be applied to color a nasal or sinal treatment site harboring infectious microorganisms. The photosensitizing agent can have an energy absorption peak in a near infrared wavelength region of the electromagnetic spectrum. The method can also include applying light energy from a laser source at a near infrared wavelength or wavelengths to the colored treatment site, for a duration sufficient to control the microorganisms. Apparatus for performing the method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Valam Corporation
    Inventors: Yosef Krespi, Victor Z. Kizhner
  • Patent number: 8715569
    Abstract: Methods are disclosed for chemically stabilizing a polymer stent after sterilization. The stent is exposed to a temperature above ambient for a period of time after radiation sterilization. The exposure reduces the concentration of free radicals generated by the radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Abbott Cardiovascular Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Lothar W. Kleiner, Fuh-Wei Tang
  • Publication number: 20140121733
    Abstract: The purpose of the present invention is to solve issues with conventional hyperthermia treatment for cancer. The present invention provides a cell activation device that is capable of suppressing the progress of cancer and contributing to the irradiation of cancer cells. This cell activation device (100) activates the gene restoration mechanism naturally hound in cells and supports cancer treatment, by cutting infrared rays having a wavelength greater than 7.5 ?m at which said rays works as heat rays and irradiating infrared rays having a wavelength that equals to or is smaller than 7.5 ?m on an affected area containing cancer cells. An infrared irradiation therapy using wave length of no more than 7.5 ?m is a gentle therapy that activates a latent function of human cells, such as activating the gene restoration mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Inventor: Hiroki Shima
  • Patent number: 8702769
    Abstract: A technique for detecting and providing alerts or indications that can be used for controlling or altering the displacement speed of an applicator coupling skin heating energy across a treated skin. A temperature sensor monitors the rate of skin temperature change and provides feedback related to altering the applicator displacement speed according to the rate of skin temperature change. Disclosed is also an applicator for implementing this method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Syneron Medical Ltd
    Inventors: Shimon Eckhouse, Lion Flyash, Boris Vaynberg
  • Patent number: 8692168
    Abstract: Infrared heating panels are provided with an electrically insulative substrate that carries one or more infrared heating elements. Each heating element includes an elongated first segment attached to a first surface of the substrate and an elongated second segment electrically connected in series with the first segment. At least the first segment is a strip of an electrically resistive material adapted to emit infrared radiation in response to a current. The second segment is attached to the second surface of the substrate opposite from and in a parallel arrangement with the first segment such that a first current flowing through the heating element flows through the first segment in a first direction relative to the substrate and flows through the second segment in a second direction opposite the first direction. Saunas, heating systems, and methods for reducing electromagnetic emissions in an infrared sauna are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: TyloHelo Inc.
    Inventors: Steven J. Benda, Tracy Felder