Electromagnetic Radiation (e.g., Infrared) Patents (Class 607/100)
  • Publication number: 20140074197
    Abstract: A method of nonsurgical orbital fat reduction includes providing an electromagnetic energy system that includes an electromagnetic energy source and a patient interface coupled to the electromagnetic energy source. The patient interface includes an elongate member configured to deliver electromagnetic energy generated by the electromagnetic energy source to tissue of a medical patient. The method also includes inserting at least a distal portion of the elongate member into an orbital fat pad of the medical patient and delivering a sufficient amount of electromagnetic energy from the electromagnetic energy source to the orbital fat pad to cause the orbital fat pad to shrink in volume.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Inventor: Ronald L. Moy
  • Publication number: 20140039583
    Abstract: Flexible, form fitting, uniquely shaped, body part bandages incorporate flexible carbon fiber blood flow stimulation planar emitters to provide therapeutic blood flow stimulation. Emitters are electrically powered and radiate pulsed electro magnetic energy at an ideal wavelength--typically in the 0.8 micron to 15 micron range--and frequency--typically in the 0.5 Mhz to 5 MHz range or 20 Hz to 200 Hz range--to stimulate circulation in sub dermal tissue. The carbon fiber emitters provide the means to maximize and control surface coverage and through their planar design also provide very uniform energy emissions over the entire applied surface area. Blood flow stimulation therapy body bandages are uniquely fashioned and shaped to form fit each body part and constructed such that they can then be incorporated in flexible and elastic materials such as neoprene and may include VELCRO hook and loop fasteners, buttons, straps, laces and the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Inventor: Scott Andrew WEST
  • Patent number: 8603086
    Abstract: The present invention provides devices and methods for preventing or significantly reducing the risk of thrombus formation. More specifically, the devices and methods of the present invention provide energy to blood flowing within a chamber or vessel to prevent or reduce blood stasis and thereby prevent or significantly reduce the risk of thrombus formation. The present invention is ideally suited for prevention or reduction of risk of blood clot formation in the atria in patients with atrial fibrillation, in blood vessels of patients at risk of clot formation, in areas adjacent to, or on, artificial heart valves or other artificial cardiovascular devices, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Gold-T Tech, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey J. Goldberger
  • Publication number: 20130317282
    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: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: VENUS CONCEPT LTD
    Inventors: Oded RON EDOUTE, Orit RON EDOUTE, Itzhak KREMIN, Vadim POLYAKOV
  • Publication number: 20130289677
    Abstract: An infant warming assembly includes a heater assembly having a heater surface temperature sensor, a skin temperature sensor, and a user interface to input a commanded skin temperature value. The skin temperature sensor and the commanded skin temperature value are used in controlling a temperature component of a control loop. The heater surface temperature sensor is used in controlling a power component of the control loop that powers the heater based at least in part upon the heater surface temperature sensor and a control signal from the temperature component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 2, 2012
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Applicant: Koninklijke Philips N. V.
    Inventors: Sanjay Bharadwaj, Uttama Kumar Sahu, Sudip Saha
  • Publication number: 20130282083
    Abstract: Devices and techniques for thermotherapy based on optical imaging.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Inventors: Andrei Vertikov, Peter E. Norris
  • Publication number: 20130274840
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes improvements to personal heating that can raise the temperature of a target (e.g., a human) to maintain comfort, but at much less operating costs of conventional heating devices, e.g., space heaters. The embodiments describe devices (and system and methods) that utilize an energy beam (e.g., having a wavelength in the infrared spectrum) that changes the temperature of the outer layers of skin on a human. These embodiments offer an individualize solution to personal heating at relatively low energy consumption.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventor: Kenneth James McLeod
  • Publication number: 20130261710
    Abstract: This invention provides block copolymer (BCP) encapsulated nanoparticles. The BCP-encapsulated nanoparticles are used in methods for targeting a tumor, in methods of imaging a tumor and in methods of treating cancer including hyperthermia of tumors. This invention further provides processes for preparation of BCP-encapsulated nanoparticles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Applicant: Purdue Research Foundation
    Inventors: You-Yeon WON, Ronald P. Andres, Dae Hwan Kim
  • Patent number: 8548562
    Abstract: An imaging and diagnostic system and method to differentiate between malignant and non-malignant tissue of a prostate and surrounding region. The system acquires imaging data from the prostate and surrounding proximal region, and processes the data to differentiate areas of tissue malignancy from non-malignant tissue. A sectioning device or ablative device is provided. The ablative device is operable by automation for receiving the imaging output coordinates and defining the trajectory and quantity of energy or power to be delivered into the malignant tissue. A control system determines calculated energy or power to be deposited into the malignant tissue during ablation, to minimize destruction of the non-malignant tissue within the prostate and surrounding tissue. The system operates on generated ablative device output data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Inventors: John Trachtenberg, Masoom A. Haider, Brian Campbell Wilson
  • Patent number: 8521301
    Abstract: Methods and systems enable thermal treating a portion of a subject using microwave or other electromagnetic radiation without harming other portions of the subject. In an embodiment, a plurality of electromagnetic radiation transmitters are positioned within a thermal treatment system and coupled to a control processor. The electromagnetic radiation may be transmitted as a pseudorandom waveform and maybe microwave radiation. The control processor coordinates the transmitters so that emitted electromagnetic radiation constructively interferes within a treatment volume while radiation passing through the rest of the subject randomly interferes or appears as noise. As a result, in a volume in which the electromagnetic radiation waveforms arrive in phase the power of all the transmitters add constructively resulting in a significant temperature rise, while the rest of the subject is exposed to a much lower average power level and thus a lower temperature rise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventor: Gregory G. Rose
  • Patent number: 8515553
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for predictively controlling the temperature of a coolant delivered to a treatment apparatus configured to non-invasively treat a patient's tissue with doses of electromagnetic energy. The treatment apparatus includes a closed-loop cooling system connected with an energy delivery device used to deliver the electromagnetic energy to the patient's tissue. Coolant is pumped from a reservoir to the energy delivery device in the closed-loop cooling system. The control temperature of the coolant in the reservoir is adjusted based upon the specific room air temperature. This predictive adjustment promotes better control over the coolant temperature at the energy delivery device by lessening the effects of heat gain in transit from the reservoir to the energy delivery device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Thermage, Inc.
    Inventor: Alan Schenck
  • Publication number: 20130211482
    Abstract: A therapeutic apparatus (300, 400, 500, 600) comprising: a therapeutic system (302, 402) for treating a target zone (304) of a subject (306), wherein the therapeutic system has an adjustable focus for directing radiation (410) into the target zone; a respiration sensor (308, 310, 416, 424) for measuring a respiratory phase of the subject; a processor (322) for controlling the therapeutic apparatus; and a memory (326, 328) containing machine executable instructions (340, 342, 344, 346, 348, 350, 352) for execution by the processor, wherein execution of the instructions causes the processor to: send (100, 206) control signals to the therapeutic system that cause treatment of the target zone, receive (102, 208) time-dependant-respiratory-phase-data (330) from the respiration sensor, generate (104, 210) focus-adjustment-control-signals in accordance with the time-dependant-respiratory-phase-data, and send (106, 212) the focus-adjustment-control-signals to the therapeutic system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Applicant: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS ELECTRONICS N.V.
    Inventor: Kari Vaino, Tapio Piipponen
  • Patent number: 8506506
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for delivering electromagnetic energy to a patient's tissue with a reduction in the pain experienced by the patient. The tissue treatment apparatus includes a delivery device configured to transfer electromagnetic energy through the skin surface to a region of tissue and a vibration device mechanically coupled with the delivery device. The vibration device is configured to transfer mechanical vibrations through the skin surface to the region of tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Solta Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Dragan D. Nebrigic, Herb Lara, Richard Hatch, Igor Leonidovich Tchertkov, Kai Nakamura, Laura England, Marlo Cinco
  • Publication number: 20130204330
    Abstract: Described herein are methods for modulating the susceptibility of one or more target or tissue regions, and particularly one or more brain regions, to a therapeutic agent such as a drug, immune agent, compound, radiation, etc. In particular, the methods and systems described herein may include magnetic stimulation (including transcranial magnetic stimulation) of target or non-target regions to modulate the susceptibility of the one or more target or tissue regions to a therapeutic agent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Inventors: M. Bret Schneider, Michael J. Partsch
  • Publication number: 20130197612
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods for the prevention, reduction, or elimination of tissue injury by the application of electromagnetic energy. The apparatuses and methods have application for use in various tissues within diverse regions of the body, including for the prevention, reduction, or elimination of acute kidney injury, kidney failure, and contrast-induced nephropathy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2011
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Inventors: Jack W. Lasersohn, Michael J. Horzewski
  • Patent number: 8498708
    Abstract: An integrated system and method for treatment of various diseases, including psychiatric, mental and brain disorders, which preferably combines personalized non-invasive neuronal brain stimulation together with appropriate personalized cognitive training, and which iteratively fine-tunes this treatment by monitoring specific cognitive and brain functions in response to the treatment. A novel brain stimulator device and method, Computerized Magnetic Photo-Electric Stimulator (CCMPES), is described, which integrates electromagnetic stimulation with laser stimulation to generate a magnetic photo-electric stimulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Neuronix Ltd.
    Inventor: Jonathan Bentwich
  • Publication number: 20130178847
    Abstract: An apparatus having an excitation source that includes at least one laser diode and also having a handpiece with a disposable, bendable tip cannula is disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Applicant: BIOLASE, INC.
    Inventor: Biolase, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130172965
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides various systems and methods for inducing cutaneous sensations by delivering electromagnetic radiation to directly or indirectly excite neural tissue. An electromagnetic radiation source, such as one or more infrared lasers, may be used to transcutaneously excite neural tissue. The excited neural tissue may be interpreted by the user's nervous system as cutaneous sensations. Accordingly, a system as described herein may be used to induce sensations to allow actual cutaneous sensations to be simulated. A system for inducing a cutaneous sensation via transcutaneously focused electromagnetic radiation may be incorporated in a display to provide cutaneous sensation feedback or used as a separate accessory component associated with a display. Numerous additional applications and variations are provided herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: Pine Development Corporation
    Inventor: Pine Development Corporation
  • Patent number: 8478410
    Abstract: A procedure electrically stimulates a nerve or group of nerves. Unlike conventional systems this procedure is tuned to target a large or small group of neurons using noninvasive electromagnetic induction. This system is capable of doing this by using the principles of the alternating current in a capacitance inductance series resonance circuit. In this system the nerve resonator treats the neuron like a thin conductor placed between the plates of a capacitor in series with an inductor and then tuned to resonate with the appropriate frequency of alternating current. The system could also be inductance tuned for a given frequency. Once the system is tuned, the current amplitude in the entire circuit including the thin conductor or nerve fiber can be externally controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Inventor: Michael F. Kivlighan
  • Publication number: 20130166002
    Abstract: Illustrative embodiments of systems and methods for wireless magnetic tracking are disclosed. In one illustrative embodiment, a wireless magnetic tracking system may include a plurality of transmitting coils each configured to generate a magnetic field when energized, an active transponder configured to simultaneously (i) obtain measurements of the magnetic field when one of the plurality of transmitting coils is energized and (ii) transmit a wireless signal containing data concerning the measurements, and a computing device configured to (i) cause each of the plurality of transmitting coils to be sequentially energized, (ii) receive the data concerning the measurements, and (iii) determine a position and an orientation of the active transponder relative to the plurality of transmitting coils in response to the data concerning the measurements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Applicant: PURDUE RESEARCH FOUNDATION
    Inventor: PURDUE RESEARCH FOUNDATION
  • Publication number: 20130158633
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a mobile device for domestic use by a patient for therapeutic action on himself/herself, comprising: a millimeter wave generator that generates millimeter wave radiation, a millimeter wave antenna that emits millimeter waves generated by said millimeter wave generator in a predetermined direction, a coupling element that couples the millimeter wave antenna to the millimeter wave generator and that transmits the millimeter wave radiation generated by said millimeter wave generator to said millimeter wave antenna, a control unit that controls the millimeter wave generator, and a user interface that allows a patient to change settings of the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: SONY CORPORATION
  • Publication number: 20130138184
    Abstract: Provided are a carbon ion generation target and a treatment apparatus including the same. The treatment apparatus includes a support member, a carbon ion generation target fixed to the support member, and a laser for irradiating laser beam into the carbon ion generation target to generate carbon ions from the carbon ion generation target, thereby projecting the carbon ions onto a tumor portion of a patient. Here, the carbon ion generation target includes a substrate and carbon thin films disposed on the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
    Applicant: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Moon Youn JUNG, Nam Soo MYUNG, Hyung Ju PARK, Seunghwan KIM
  • Patent number: 8447415
    Abstract: A capsular device for esthetic and therapeutic treatment of a patient with emission of infrared together with negative ions, allowing easy elimination of toxins, heavy metals, preventive control of diseases and postsurgical therapeutic treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Inventor: Mario Hirata
  • Publication number: 20130123885
    Abstract: The present disclosure can provide exemplary apparatus, system, methods, and computer-accessible medium for generating a prediction model for at least one of an electromagnetic radiation absorption or a specific absorption rate (SAR). For example, according to certain exemplary embodiments, an exemplary method can include directing electromagnetic radiation at a subject using a plurality of transmit elements, obtaining electromagnetic radiation deposition information associated with a deposition of the at least one electromagnetic radiation within the subject using a sensing apparatus, and with a processor arrangement, generating the prediction model as a function of the electromagnetic radiation deposition information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Applicant: NEW YORK UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Yudong Zhu, Leeor Alon
  • Patent number: 8430104
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for treatment of skin or other tissue, using a source of thermal, electromagnetic radiation, electrical current, ultrasonic, mechanical or other type of energy, to cause minimally-invasive thermally-mediated effects in skin or other tissue which stimulates a wound-healing response, in conjunction with topical agents or other wound healing compositions, for application on the skin or other tissue which accelerate collagenesis, such as in response to wound healing. The dosage and time period of application of the compositions are adjusted to prevent external or surface tissue damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: CoolTouch Incorporated
    Inventors: David R. Hennings, Guillermo-Mendoza Aguilar
  • Publication number: 20130102894
    Abstract: A device for examining or treating living tissue by means of local heating of the tissue by absorbing electromagnetic radiation, with at least one radiation source emitting electromagnetic radiation, a control unit for controlling the irradiation parameters of the radiation source, and at least one FD-OCT apparatus with a light source emitting a measurement light for illuminating that tissue region in which the electromagnetic radiation is absorbed by the tissue, characterized by a computational unit for carrying out the following steps: determining the depth-resolved tissue velocity in the radiation direction of the measurement light at a predetermined measurement point of the tissue from the phase information from the FD-OCT interference light, integrating the established tissue velocity over time, differentiating the calculated time integral with respect to space, and displaying the spatial derivative as a function of space and time and/or feeding the spatial derivative as a function of space and time to a
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2011
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Applicant: MEDIZINISCHES LASERZENTRUM LUEBECK GMBH
    Inventors: Reginald Birngruber, Ralf Brinkmann, Gereon Huettmann, Heike Mueller
  • Publication number: 20130085553
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a functional health band, including a health band unit configured to have a first pocket formed at a center of a body, wherein the first pocket has an opening having a rear side thereof opened, and to have first and second fastening units provided at both ends of the body and a main body inserted into the first pocket in attachable and detachable manners and configured to comprise a low frequency generation unit for generating a low frequency and a heat generation unit for generating hot heat. If sweat is soaked in or alien substances are adhered to the health band unit after the functional health band is used for a specific duration of time, the main body can be separated from the health band unit and washed sanitarily.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2011
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Inventor: Sungwon Kang
  • Publication number: 20130079852
    Abstract: An apparatus for determining a thermal property of tissue includes a base unit with one or more energy source and at least two, preferably detachable, leads. The distal end of each lead, which is introduced into the tissue to be treated, has at least two longitudinally spaced temperature measuring elements to measure surrounding tissue temperature and at least two longitudinally spaced electrode surfaces for applying current to the tissue. Each distal end is also provided with an element which uses energy emitted by the sources of energy to heat up the surrounding tissue. The base unit has computing elements, current generating elements for generating an alternating current, and conductance determining elements for determining the tissue conductance between pairs of electrode surfaces based on the alternating current applied by the current generating elements to the tissue. Methods for using the device and leads for use in the device are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Inventors: Pär H. Henriksson, Karl-Göran Tranberg
  • Patent number: 8396564
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for the treatment of keratinized tissue infected with a pathogen are provided. In certain examples, electromagnetic energy, such as microwave energy, may be used in the treatment process to reduce the amount of or eliminate the pathogen from the keratinized tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Waverx, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter A Hoenig, B Stuart Trembly
  • Publication number: 20130060309
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for treating tissue with electromagnetic radiation. A handpiece includes a housing and a baffle that divides an interior space of the housing into first and second channels. The housing further includes a first opening and a second opening coupled in fluid communication with the first opening by the first channel. The apparatus further includes a heat-generating element, such as a source of electromagnetic radiation, disposed at least partially in the first channel and an air-moving device coupled with the first channel. The air-moving device is configured to generate a forced flow of cooling air entering at the first opening and exhausted at the second opening. The cooling air receives heat transferred from the heat-generating element, which cools the heat-generating element, and the heated cooling air is exhausted from the second opening in a direction away from the tissue that is being treated with the electromagnetic radiation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2011
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Applicant: SOLTA MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventor: David M. Bradley
  • Publication number: 20130053931
    Abstract: Methods and devices for treatment of skin are disclosed. These methods and devices use electromagnetic radiation to create networks or patterns of treatment zones. The networks or patterns of treatment zones comprise at least four treatment zones, at least two of the treatment zones in the network or pattern are slanted at angles in the skin, and the treatment zones extend at least as deep as the dermal-epidermal junction of the skin. Producing intersecting treatment zones and/or overlapping treatment patterns can increase the effectiveness of the treatments. The devices comprise a hand piece operably coupled to a delivery element, wherein delivery of electromagnetic radiation through the device to a portion of skin produces a network or pattern of treatment zones. The use of these methods and devices results in tightening of the skin and/or improvement in the cosmetic appearance of wrinkles in the portion of skin treated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Applicant: RELIANT TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: RELIANT TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
  • Patent number: 8323694
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are compositions and methods for increasing the infrared absorptivity of a therapeutic target. Also disclosed are methods for detecting or ablating a therapeutic target that include providing a nanoparticle composition for increasing the infrared absorptivity of the therapeutic target. Subsequently, the therapeutic target having increased infrared absorptivity is exposed to a therapeutically effective dose of infrared irradiation to effect its detection or ablation. In addition, a method is disclosed for treating a subject suffering from a tumor by providing to the tumor a nanoparticle composition for increasing its infrared absorptivity. The tumor having increased infrared absorptivity is then heated by exposing it to a therapeutically effective dose of infrared irradiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Nanoprobes, Inc.
    Inventor: James F. Hainfeld
  • Publication number: 20120301475
    Abstract: The present invention, in at least some aspects, is of splice variants of heparanase, as well as diagnostic kits and methods of use, and therapeutic agents and methods of use based thereon, and antibodies specifically binding thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Inventors: Ronen Shemesh, Michal Ayalon-Soffer, Zurit Levine, Sergey Nemzer, Tomer Zekharya, Gad S. Cojocaru, Uri Barash, Neta Ilan, Israel Vlodavsky, Iris Hecht
  • Patent number: 8321031
    Abstract: A radio-frequency electrode and handpiece that is specially configured to provide a reasonably uniform electric field distribution at the skin surface of a patient being treated to improve the skin appearance. Harmful burning is avoided by sensing and displaying skin and electrode temperature. Continuous electrode contact and electrode motion relative to the skin is achieved by providing a rolling cap over a dome-shaped electrode, and by spring biasing the electrode for up and down motion, and by providing side-to side motion of the electrode manually or by motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Ellman International, Inc
    Inventors: Alan G. Ellman, Jon C. Garito
  • Patent number: 8306628
    Abstract: A hyperthermia treatment system for heating a selected region within a target body that includes a power source and a plurality of electromagnetic applicators that are in electrical communication with the power source and arranged in a surrounding array around a focal region to concentrate their combined radiation output onto the focal region. The treatment system also includes a support mechanism that is adapted to support a target body within the surrounding array of applicators, and a positioning mechanism adapted to move the support mechanism and align the selected region within the target body with the focal region. Furthermore, the positioning mechanism is adapted to compensate for movement of the focal region in response to an interaction between the combined radiation output and the target body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: BDS Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Paul F. Turner, Mark Hagmann, Thomas L. Youd
  • Patent number: 8306629
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed to control the temperature of an RF hyperthermia system with minimum overshoot and to improve safety by, among other things, detecting a defective temperature sensor. Temperature overshoot may be minimized by compensating for the short-term temperature difference between the area being treated and the applicator delivering the RF energy. The RF energy may heat the tissue and then the tissue may transfer heat to the applicator sensor. The system may also adapt to various applicator sizes and shapes by modifying control loop coefficients based on initial probe response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Thermosurgery Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul C. Mioduski, Roger W. Cover, Jerry F. Rosato
  • Patent number: 8301264
    Abstract: A thermal therapy of body tissue with electromagnetic energy is controlled by feedback from one or more temperature sensors placed in the vicinity of the tissue to be treated. The temperature sensors are calibrated by comparing stabilized temperature values of the one or more temperature sensors against a normal range of body temperature and adjusting sensed temperature to a value within a normal body temperature range if the actual temperature value of a stabilized temperature sensor is less than the normal body temperature range. The temperature adjustment to the temperature sensor is maintained throughout the thermal therapy which reduces the risk of thermal damage to healthy tissue located near the tissue to be treated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Urologix, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Achenbach, James E. Burgett, Claude Tihon, Allen Putnam
  • Patent number: 8295942
    Abstract: The adipose areas of the body are simultaneously subjected to lipolysis, through the action of an apparatus that generates low-frequency electromagnetic waves, to extraction, out of the adipose cells, of the fatty acids released by the lipolysis, and to drainage of the fatty acids to the vascular and lymphatic system, through the action of a pressotherapy apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Biopass S.A.
    Inventor: Daniel Greff
  • Patent number: 8285391
    Abstract: This invention relates to novel hygienic-therapeutic or personal care devices that are based upon intense far-infrared sources in which radiation is generated by novel conductive materials. The conductive materials are specially designed and made to radiate ten to thousands times more intense far-infrared radiation than typical conductive materials, and such strong far-infrared radiation is achieved with high, typically greater than 90%, conversion efficiency of energy to radiation. The radiation properties of the proposed conductive materials do not follow the Wien's law (“black body” law). The devices are intended to be used in therapy, medicine, cosmetic technology, hygiene technology, or household use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: American Environmental Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Henryk Malak
  • Publication number: 20120239122
    Abstract: The present invention teaches an apparatus and method for physical therapy using prompt changing temperature from hot to cold. Its application in proper conditions may promote human body's self recovery function, restore balance for soft tissues and relieve inner pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Inventors: Rong Dong, Mary Hui Dong
  • Publication number: 20120239120
    Abstract: A system 30 and method(s) 100 for thermal treatment of a selected target within a subject is disclosed. System 30 includes RF source 10, phase shifter 14, impedance matching network 11 and resonator 13. Stationary water molecules 1, such as those in fat cells, are heated. The invention is useful in selective heating of cellulite bodies as a means of treating cellulite.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Applicant: ALMA LASERS LTD.
    Inventors: Ziv Karni, Alexander Britva
  • Patent number: 8265772
    Abstract: A therapeutic microwave system comprises a support unit having two or more separable segments; a microwave power assembly positioned between two separated segments of the support unit and including two or more microwave power supply devices; position adjustment componentry; and a central processing unit. The system may further include a temperature sensor for monitoring a treated subject's exhaled air temperature in real time and adjusting microwave irradiation accordingly, and a cooling device for controlling the patient's brain temperature during treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Inventor: Joel Fallik
  • Publication number: 20120221080
    Abstract: A therapeutic chamber controls the targeted application of infrared radiation according to programs tailored to conditions or areas of the body in need of treatment. Programs are provided and may also be determined or designed by a treatment administrator or subject. An embodiment utilizes groups of carbon fiber impregnated infrared generating sheets to provide targeted radiation in an energy efficient fashion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2012
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Inventor: Raleigh Duncan
  • Patent number: 8231617
    Abstract: A radio-frequency thermal balloon catheter includes a catheter tube including an outer tube and an inner tube, a balloon connected to an end part of the outer tube and an end part of the inner tube, and capable of coming into contact with a target diseased part when inflated, a radio-frequency electrode placed in the wall of the balloon or inside the balloon to transmit radio-frequency current, a lead wire electrically connected to the radio-frequency electrode, a temperature sensor capable of measuring temperature inside the balloon, and a swirling current producing means for making a fluid contained in the balloon swirl in a vertical plane in the balloon so as to reduce an upper-lower temperature difference between an upper part and a lower part of the interior of the balloon due to convection of the fluid to naught.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Inventor: Shutaro Satake
  • Publication number: 20120191165
    Abstract: A thermotherapy device (1) includes a basic housing (2) with walls (14) with a support for a patient and an especially transparent covering hood (3) for the basic housing (2), which covering hood can be moved between a closed position and an open position, so that the basic housing (2) is closed by the covering hood (3) in the closed position. A guide mechanism (4) is provided for mechanically guiding the motion of the covering hood (3) between the closed position and open position. A heater such as a convection heater with a blower heats the air and/or an air humidifier humidifies the air. The covering hood (3) is moved in a simple manner and access to the support for a patient is essentially not hindered by the covering hood (3) in the open position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2011
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Applicant: DRAGER MEDICAL GMBH
    Inventors: Jochim KOCH, Philip MÖHRING, Harald KNEUER
  • Patent number: 8197524
    Abstract: An energy irradiation device for medical use to irradiate a living body with energy includes a data storage for storing data indicative of correlations between information about bloodstream quantities and amounts of tissue necrosed in living bodies for a plurality of living bodies differing in bloodstream quantity that are irradiated with a predetermined quantity of the energy, a calculation unit for calculating a quantity of the energy with which to irradiate a predetermined living body based on the data stored in the data storage, the information about the bloodstream quantity in the predetermined living body, and the amount of tissue to be necrosed in the predetermined living body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Terumo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Ryo Nakamoto, Hiroshi Shiono
  • Patent number: 8192474
    Abstract: Methods are provided herein for affecting a region of a subject's body, comprising exposing the region to a cooling element under conditions effective to cool subcutaneous adipose tissue in said region; and increasing the blood flow rate to the cooled tissue by exposing the tissue to an energy source. Methods are also provided for treating subcutaneous adipose tissue in a region of a subject's body, comprising exposing said region to a cooling element under conditions effective to cool said tissue; and exposing the tissue to an energy source to increase the blood flow rate to the cooled tissue, thereby stimulating reperfusion in, and/or causing an ischemia-reperfusion injury to, the cooled tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Zeltiq Aesthetics, Inc.
    Inventor: Mitchell Levinson
  • Patent number: 8170685
    Abstract: A radiant therapeutic heating apparatus may include a radiant heat generating layer having a plane surface including an infrared radiator adapted to radiate heat evenly from its surface, a pair of flexible electrically insulating and radiation-permeable layers located adjacent and covering opposite sides of the layer, a thermal insulation layer disposed against and covering one of the electrically insulating layers, and a sealed radiation permeable envelope enclosing the heating apparatus. The flexible heat generating layer may include a fiberglass material impregnated with a resistive material, which material may provide a surface temperature, when current is conducted therethrough, of no greater than about 54 degrees Celsius. Current limiting thermostats may be provided to prevent energy and temperature spikes. A stiffening element may help protect the components, and may orient portions of a user's body (such as, e.g., but not limited to, the wrist for repetitive strain injuries) in a therapeutic position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: CT Investments Ltd.
    Inventors: Francis G. Docherty, Wendy Docherty, John Crerar
  • Patent number: 8160718
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for performing warming therapy is described. In one exemplary embodiment, the apparatus includes a warming platform, a heating source, a controller, and a plurality sensors. The heating source comprises a plurality of heating elements forming a matrix, wherein each heating element is operable to heat a corresponding region of the warming platform. The controller is operatively coupled to the heating source for controlling the temperature in each region of the warming platform. The plurality of sensors are operatively coupled to the controller for sensing a physiological parameter of a patient (e.g., body temperature) residing on the warming platform, and providing one or more control signals to the controller for selectively controlling the heating elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Draeger Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrei Khodak, Peter D. Sabota
  • Publication number: 20120089208
    Abstract: A low profile, mobile system for therapeutic application of heat such as far infrared (“FIR”) heat to an affected area of an individual's body including straps and a pad, the pad including a plurality of FIR emitting discs and heaters. The FIR emitting discs are ceramic discs of cordierite made of a mixture of magnesium oxide, aluminum oxide, silicon oxide and/or trace elements. The heat application system is designed for simple operation via a single button.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2010
    Publication date: April 12, 2012
    Inventor: James Robert York