Electromagnetic Radiation (e.g., Infrared) Patents (Class 607/100)
  • Publication number: 20120089209
    Abstract: A method of treating a patient is described herein. The method can include the steps of identifying a target that contains biological tissue and directing one or more pulses of electromagnetic radiation at the target. The pulses of electromagnetic radiation can cause a temperature increase per unit of time in the biological tissue. Additionally, the temperature increase per unit of time can cause the change in the cell function in the biological tissue and can be within a range of approximately one degree Celsius per second to approximately one degree Celsius per microsecond.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2010
    Publication date: April 12, 2012
    Applicant: OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY RESEARCH FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Karl H. Schoenbach, Shu Xiao
  • Patent number: 8150532
    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: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Alma Lasers Ltd.
    Inventors: Ziv Karni, Alexander Britva
  • Publication number: 20120078141
    Abstract: A new non-invasive approach is proposed that contemplates a method and apparatus to utilize two- or three-dimensional treatment patterns with a reverse thermal gradient to non-invasively heat a subjacent soft tissue structure through an intact tissue surface or an intact surface epithelium for clinical applications. For most clinical applications, an electromagnetic energy source with surface cooling is employed to heat the treatment patterns. Without limitation, the clinical applications include but are not limited to the treatment of post partum vaginal laxity, female incontinence, cervical incompetence with preterm labor, gastro-esophageal reflux, reduction of gastric reservoir capacity (for weight management), sleep apnea, snoring, pain management and the treatment of orthopedic injuries such as joint laxity and tennis elbow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Inventor: Edward W. Knowlton
  • Publication number: 20120035511
    Abstract: A method of inducing local cell death in patient tissue is provided. The method includes generating first and second radiation, conveying the radiation to a focusing element, and focusing the radiation on a target with the focusing element. A system for inducing local cell death in patient tissue is also provided. The system includes a power source for generating narrow-band and/or ultra-wideband radiation, and a focusing element for focusing the radiation on a target.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2010
    Publication date: February 9, 2012
    Applicant: OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY RESEARCH FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Karl H. Schoenbach, Shu Xiao
  • Publication number: 20120035689
    Abstract: An application for a heat and light emitting pad has an array of light and heat emitting devices such as LEDS mounted on a circuit board and held within a sponge material. A controller provides a controlled amount of power to the LEDS such that the LEDS emit a therapeutic amount of heat and light for the treatment of pain. The heat and light emitting pad is a thin sheet for insertion between a person and a surface on which that person rests.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2010
    Publication date: February 9, 2012
    Applicant: ANODYNE THERAPY, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Craig Turtzo
  • Patent number: 8103355
    Abstract: A RF electrode for use in a device for thermal fat destruction and skin tightening is provided. The RF electrode comprises a handle, a cannula shaft that extends from the handle and in turn comprises a dielectric material. The shaft is insertable inside a body at a treatment area. The shaft also comprises an electrode tip that is positioned on the cannula at a location distal to the handle. The electrode tip comprises a RF conductive material. A device for thermal fat destruction and skin tightening and method therefore are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Invasix Ltd
    Inventor: R. Stephen Mulholland
  • Publication number: 20110319971
    Abstract: To automatically control a treatment during which subcutaneous or intracutaneous irradiation by means of electromagnetic treatment radiation and possibly targeted electromagnetic radiation is carried out, the following steps are implemented: acquisition of several successive images l(t) of the treated zone by means of an external sensor (1), which is sensitive to the wavelength or the range of wavelengths of the electromagnetic treatment radiation or of the targeted electromagnetic radiation, the time interval (?) between two successive images [l(t?1); l(t)] being known, detection and localisation in each image l(t) of a light spot p(t) corresponding to the irradiation spot (S) of the electromagnetic treatment radiation or the targeted electromagnetic radiation, calculation for each light spot p(t) of at least one of the following parameters: the energy [eij(t) or Eij(t)] supplied from the power P(t) of the electromagnetic treatment radiation and the time interval (?) between two successive images [l(t?1); l(
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2008
    Publication date: December 29, 2011
    Applicant: OSYRIS MEDICAL
    Inventors: Jaouad Zemmouri, Jean Ringot, Benjamin Wassmer
  • Publication number: 20110245900
    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: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2010
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Inventors: Paul F. Turner, Mark Hagmann, Thomas L. Youd
  • Patent number: 8002462
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to thermal profiling systems for hypothermic and/or ablative energy systems and methods of their use. According to an aspect of the present disclosure, a system for profiling a thermal or electromagnetic treatment system, including an energy delivery probe, is provided. The profiling system includes a bath including a fitting supported on a side wall thereof configured for selective insertion of a distal tip of probe therethrough; a test gel disposed within the bath; and at least one piece of a reactive medium submerged in the test gel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Covidien AG
    Inventors: Ronald J. Podhajsky, Arlan J. Reschke, Anna Belous
  • Publication number: 20110202048
    Abstract: Methods and systems for delivering electromagnetic energy to a patient's tissue with an attendant reduction in the pain experienced by the patient due to tissue heating. Electromagnetic energy is delivered from an electrode through a skin surface to heat a first region of tissue beneath the skin surface and a second region of the tissue between the first region and the skin surface. During the delivery of the electromagnetic energy, a temperature of the second region of the tissue is caused to oscillate between at least one maximum temperature and at least one minimum temperature. The temperature oscillation may be induced by a timed sequence of cryogen pulses delivered to the electrode, which in turn extracts thermal energy out of the second region of tissue through the contacting skin surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2010
    Publication date: August 18, 2011
    Applicant: Solta Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Dragan Nebrigic
  • Publication number: 20110190726
    Abstract: Systems and methods for revitalizing aging skin using electromagnetic energy that is delivered using a plurality of needles that are capable of penetrating the skin to desired depths. A particular aspect is the capability to spare zones of tissue from thermal exposure. This sparing of tissue allows new tissue to be regenerated while the heat treatment can shrink the collagen and tighten the underlying structures. Additionally, the system is capable of delivering therapeutically beneficial substances either through the penetrating needles or through channels that have been created by the penetration of the needles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2011
    Publication date: August 4, 2011
    Applicant: RELIANT TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Basil M. Hantash, Joseph L. Dallarosa, D. Bommi Bommannan
  • Patent number: 7988715
    Abstract: A system and method for interactive interstitial photo-dynamic tumour therapy and/or photothermal tumour therapy of a human or animal, said system comprising at least one radiation distributor, which is arranged for distribution of optical radiation from at least one radiation source to a reaction site, or from the reaction site to at least one radiation sensor. The radiation distributor comprises at least one translatory displacement element being translatory movable relatively to another element. First ends of first radiation conductors are fixed to the first translatory displacement element and first ends of second radiation conductors are fixed to the other element, wherein the first and the second radiation conductors are connectable to each other in different constellations through translatory movement of the translatory displacement element and the other element relative each other in order to obtain different operation modes of said system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: SpectraCure AB
    Inventors: Thomas Johansson, Charlotta Eker, Jörgen Malmborg, Lasse Wesseltoft Mogensen, Sune Svanberg, Marcelo Soto Thompson, Stefan Andersson Engels
  • Publication number: 20110172586
    Abstract: A method of treating microbial infections, which consists of the steps of sequentially and repeatedly irradiating the microbe with continuous or pulsed infrared radiation and continuous or pulsed cooling such that heat and cold alternatively penetrates to the site of the infection in order to inactivate the pathogen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2010
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Applicant: CoolTouch Incorporated
    Inventors: David R. Hennings, Guillermo Aguilar
  • Patent number: 7979139
    Abstract: A radio frequency diathermy application device, including a flexible pad and a flexible coil structure coupled to and supported by the pad The flexible coil structure has a flexible spiral-like primary winding and a flexible spiral-like secondary winding coupled to the primary winding, the primary and secondary windings each substantially lying in separate substantially parallel planes when the pad is in an unflexed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: ReGear Life Sciences, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason A. Beens, Scott R. Hinson, Daniel E. Nesthus
  • Publication number: 20110130618
    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 said region of a patient's skin and a deep tissue diathermy device for constantly applying heat to said 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: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2009
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Applicant: VENUS TECHNOLOGIES LTD
    Inventors: Oded Ron Edoute, Orit Ron Edoute, Itzhak Kremin, Vadim Polyakov
  • Patent number: 7935108
    Abstract: The present invention provides devices and methods for the treatment of atrial fibrillation. In one embodiment a deflectable sheath catheter includes an elongate catheter body having proximal and distal ends, the distal end having a distal tip region that includes a plurality of flexible segments with varying degrees of stiffness. A handle portion can be located at the proximal end of the catheter body to provide a steering mechanism that causes the distal tip region to deflect according to a compound curve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Assignee: CardioFocus, Inc.
    Inventors: Lincoln S. Baxter, Jeffrey M. Arnold, Gerald Melsky
  • Patent number: 7933660
    Abstract: Apparatus for detecting vulnerable plaques embedded in the wall of a patient's blood vessel includes an intravascular catheter containing a microwave antenna, an extracorporeal radiometer having a signal input, a reference input and an output, a cable for electrically connecting the antenna to the signal input, and a device for applying an indication of the patient's normal tissue temperature to the reference input so that when the catheter is moved along the vessel, the locations of the vulnerable plaques are reflected in a signal from the output as thermal anomalies due to the higher emissivity of the vulnerable plaques as compared to the normal tissue. A second embodiment of the apparatus has two coaxial antennas in the catheter serving two radiometers. One measures the temperature at locations in the vessel wall, the other measures the temperature at the surface. By subtracting the two signals, the locations of vulnerable plaque may be visualized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: Meridian Medical Systems
    Inventor: Kenneth L. Carr
  • Patent number: 7930033
    Abstract: A method of using a stimulation device to emit a medium to an appendicular region and/or rectal region of a user for treatment of a gastrointestinal disorder is described. The method includes placing the stimulation device into the appendicular region and/or rectal region, and delivering the medium, wherein the medium stimulates at least a portion of the enteric nervous system. Additionally, apparatus and delivery devices are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Inventors: Jianfeng Chen, Yong Lei
  • Patent number: 7918779
    Abstract: This invention provides methods for treating a variety of disorders using localized electromagnetic radiation directed at excitable tissues, including nerves, muscles and blood vessels. By controlling the wavelength, the wavelength bandpass, pulse duration, intensity, pulse frequency, and/or variations of those characteristics over time, and by selecting sites of exposure to electromagnetic radiation, improvements in the function of different tissues and organs can be provided. By monitoring physiological variables such as muscle tone and activity, temperature gradients, surface electromyography, blood flow and others, the practitioner can optimize a therapeutic regimen suited for the individual patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignee: Photomed Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Constance Haber, Allan Gardiner
  • Patent number: 7878965
    Abstract: This invention provides methods for treating a variety of disorders using localized electromagnetic radiation directed at excitable tissues, including nerves, muscles and blood vessels. By controlling the wavelength, the wavelength bandpass, pulse duration, intensity, pulse frequency, and/or variations of those characteristics over time, and by selecting sites of exposure to electromagnetic radiation, improvements in the function of different tissues and organs can be provided. By monitoring physiological variables such as muscle tone and activity, temperature gradients, surface electromyography, blood flow and others, the practitioner can optimize a therapeutic regimen suited for the individual patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Inventors: Constance Haber, Allan Gardiner
  • Publication number: 20100312314
    Abstract: An apparatus for increasing the blood perfusion in skin by elevating the temperature, and for providing superior heat sinking to the skin of thermally dissipative devices is disclosed. The increased perfusion gives rise to improved thermal transport properties near the site of elevated temperature which is advantageously used by thermally connecting the dissipative devices to the skin. The heat generated by the thermally dissipative devices can supplement or replace separate heating elements to elevate the skin temperature. Alternatively, thermal isolation of the heated area of the skin from the heat sinks of the dissipative devices can minimize the temperature of the skin in contact with the heat sinks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2010
    Publication date: December 9, 2010
    Applicant: C8 MEDISENSORS INC.
    Inventors: Donald A. Ice, Rudolf J. Hofmeister, Ueyn L. Block, Jan Lipson
  • Patent number: 7834331
    Abstract: A novel femtosecond laser nano-ablation technique called Plasmonic Laser Nano-Ablation (PLN). The technique takes advantage of surface-enhanced plasmonic scattering of ultrashort laser pulses by nanoparticles to vaporize sub-cellular structures in attoliter volumes. The use of nanoparticles may overcome problems associated with current FLMS techniques and does not rely on heating for nanodisruption. In PLN, the particle acts as a “nano-lens,” restricting laser light to the near-field of the particle, and only photodisrupting structures that are nanometers away. This eliminates the need for a tightly focused beam, while still achieving nanoscale ablation resolution. Moreover, the enhanced scattering around the particles reduces the amount of required laser fluence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Board of Regents, The University of Texas System
    Inventors: Adela Ben-Yakar, Daniel Eversole, Xun Guo
  • Patent number: 7833220
    Abstract: A method and apparatus (100) of treating tissue adjacent a bodily conduit using thermotherapy, while preventing obstructions of the bodily conduit due to edema, includes injection of a drug-encapsulated within a heat-sensitive carrier, such as a liposome, within a region of tissue to be treated. The heat produced by the energy-emitting source (110) heats a portion of the tissue surrounding the bodily conduit to a temperature of approximately 43° C. for a time sufficient to destroy the heated portion of the tissue. In addition, the heat produced by the energy-emitting source (110) activates the heat-sensitive carrier to activate the release of the encapsulated drug and the drug targets the tissue to be heated. The focused energy of the energy-emitting source together with the compression acting on the target area can assist in delivering drugs to the target area so that a natural stent has a long term efficacy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Corporation
    Inventors: John Mon, Alan J. Fenn
  • Publication number: 20100286752
    Abstract: A capsular device for esthetic and therapeutic treatment, but particular involves a device for body treatment that allows emission of infrared together with negative ions, allowing easy elimination of toxins, heavy metals, preventive control of some diseases and postsurgical therapeutic treatment; said capsular device has a fixed structure equipped with a rail on which a perpendicular mobile chamber is mounted, which is made up of an individual base configured by seat and back, said base having protective side arms and articulated cover with control panel with computer screen and screen with images of the patient, which enable constant follow-up of measurement variations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2010
    Publication date: November 11, 2010
    Inventor: Mario Hirata
  • Patent number: 7813790
    Abstract: Described are dental implements useful for inspecting tooth surfaces for abnormalities such as caries or plaque. Preferred implements of the invention include light-emitting diodes mounted on an implement body having a mirror for insertion into a user's mouth. Such implements also have on-board batteries mounted in chambers in the implement handle, and a switch for energizing and de-energizing the LED with the battery. Also described are methods for examining tooth surfaces for abnormal conditions indicative of plaque involving illuminating surfaces with radiation at a wavelength in the range of 390-450 nm wherein the radiation is effective to cause detectable fluorescence emissions from bacterial metabolites known to be associated with plaque-containing surfaces, and detecting the emissions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: Inspektor Research Systems BV
    Inventors: Elbert de Josselin de Jong, Elbert Waller, Monique van der Veen
  • Publication number: 20100256552
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for treating gland dysfunction caused by gland obstruction in order to restore the natural flow of secretion from the gland comprises the application of a combination of energy, suction, vibration, heat, aspiration, chemical agents and pharmacological agents to loosen and thereafter remove the obstructive material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2010
    Publication date: October 7, 2010
    Applicant: TEARSCIENCE, INC.
    Inventors: Donald R. Korb, Timothy R. Willis, Benjamin T. Gravely
  • Patent number: 7783361
    Abstract: A therapeutic heating pad which is not hot to the touch provides substantial infrared radiation to a user. Accordingly it can be used for extended periods without feeling uncomfortable to the skin, while imparting deep therapeutic heat to the user. The heating pad is comprised of a radiant heat generating layer having a plane surface comprising means for radiating 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 entire heater. Preferably the flexible heat generating layer is comprised of a fiberglass material impregnated with a resistive material, which material provides a surface temperature, when current is conducted therethrough, which is no greater than about 54 degrees Celsius.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: CT Investments Ltd.
    Inventors: Francis G. Docherty, Wendy Docherty, John W. Crerar
  • Patent number: 7778712
    Abstract: A novel bulb and bulb assembly. In an embodiment, the present invention comprises a shell enclosing a hollow interior, and a tube intersecting with the shell such that the ends of the tube reside outside the shell and a portion of the tube resides within the shell. Each intersection of the tube and the shell in this embodiment is accomplished so that any contents of the hollow interior of the shell are sealed within the shell and any contents of the hollow interior of the shell are segregated from any contents of the portion of the tube residing within the shell. This embodiment may further comprise at least one electrode having at least one end terminating inside the shell. This embodiment may further comprise a source of electromagnetic waves positioned such that electromagnetic waves emanating from the source of electromagnetic waves pass through the shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: Success by Association, Inc.
    Inventors: Ilonka Harezi, Courtland Reeves
  • Patent number: 7769469
    Abstract: Medical catheter apparatus for minimally invasive applications includes a probe for radiating electromagnetic waves of a first frequency capable of heating tissue and detecting thermal emissions from that tissue of a second frequency indicative of tissue temperature. The probe has an inner conductor extending along the probe to a conductive probe tip and a concentric tubular outer conductor having a leading end spaced rearwardly from the probe tip and a closed trailing end shorted to the inner conductor. A dielectric sheath surrounds the outer conductor which sheath has a leading end spaced rearwardly from the leading end of the outer conductor. A diplexer integrated into the probe includes a filter circuit positioned inside the outer conductor and a coupling capacitor connected between a point on the inner conductor and the input of the filter circuit such that the conductors between that point and the shorted trailing end of the outer conductor constitute a quarter wave stub at the second frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Meridian Medical Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth L. Carr, Robert C. Allison
  • Patent number: 7769468
    Abstract: An applicator and method for application of electromagnetic energy to an area of tissue is described. The applicator includes a visually-transparent, high-dielectric interfacing assembly which has a conformable tissue-engaging surface and an opposed antenna-engaging surface. At least one balanced, circularly-polarized antenna is disposed in a plane substantially parallel and adjacent to the antenna-engaging surface. The interfacing assembly and at least one antenna are substantially transparent to enable visual viewing of the area of tissue. This enables monitoring of the tissue for adverse treatment effects while electromagnetic energy is being applied to the at least one antenna and radiated into the tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: BSD Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Paul F. Turner, Mark Hagmann, Thomas L. Youd, Jason Lynn Elsworth
  • Publication number: 20100094385
    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, comprising: infrared radiant heating means which in use is located in an unobtrusive position near the patient to provide radiant heat to the entire body or one or more parts of the body of the patient; and control means in communication with the heating means for controlling the intensity level and distribution of intensity of the radiant heat on the patient's body such that in use 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: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2007
    Publication date: April 15, 2010
    Applicant: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS ELECTRONICS N.V.
    Inventors: Bernardus Hendrikus Wilhelmus Hendriks, Liesbeth van Pieterson, Gerhardus Wilhelmus Lucassen
  • Patent number: 7693580
    Abstract: A radiant therapeutic wrist heating pad, which is not hot to the touch, provides substantial infrared radiation to a user's wrist to alleviate symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. It can be used for extended periods without feeling uncomfortable to the skin, while imparting deep therapeutic heat to the user's wrist. The heating pad is comprised of a radiant heat generating layer having a plane surface comprising means for radiating 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 entire heater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignee: CT Investments Ltd.
    Inventors: Francis G. Docherty, Wendy Docherty, John W Crerar
  • Publication number: 20100049284
    Abstract: A method wherein, following a therapeutic radiation treatment, a heat dose is administered to the treated cells to decrease the damage caused by radiation exposure or a therapeutic agent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2008
    Publication date: February 25, 2010
    Applicant: The Catholic University of America
    Inventors: PATRICK M. MEHL, James K. Keeven
  • Publication number: 20100010596
    Abstract: A method and system for selective heating of an object based on a model of the object, the method comprising the steps of: modeling of a wave front of a source, which wave front is propagated through the model object from a virtual antenna placed in the model of the specific region where heating is desired, simulating a radiated field and measuring the same using computer models of surrounding antenna system, time-reversing, transferring and synthesizing the signal in a real system, transmitting by a real antenna system the field in a time reversed order, and refocusing of time reversed signal at the original s the invariance of a wave equation under time reversal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2007
    Publication date: January 14, 2010
    Applicant: ELECTROMAGNETIC CONSULTING SWEDEN AB
    Inventors: Mikael Persson, Hana Trefna
  • Patent number: 7645276
    Abstract: The invention provides a non-invasive method for treatment of arrhythmia. In a first aspect, a method for treatment of atrial fibrillation in a heart of a patient comprises directing radiation from outside the patient toward one or more target treatment regions of the heart so as to inhibit the atrial fibrillation. The radiation may induce isolation of a pulmonary vein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Assignee: CyberHeart, Inc.
    Inventors: Michail Pankratov, Federico Benetti, Judie Vivian
  • Publication number: 20090312822
    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 belt sized to fit around the waist of a human user. The belt includes a pad, a plurality of far infrared heat emitting elements, a charging inlet, a heating device, and a fastener for securing the belt to the human user. The device may be secured around the waist of the human user to provide relief from lower back pain.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2009
    Publication date: December 17, 2009
    Inventor: Robert Besner
  • Patent number: 7630774
    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. Applicator 3 conveys output signal 17 from energy source 10 through surface 6 of biological tissue 4 to predetermined energy dissipation zone 5 after output 17 has been processed by the phase shifter 14, IMN 11 and resonator 13. Stationary water molecules 1, such as those in fat cells, are heated. System 30 is operative to heat a volume of biological tissue beneath the biological tissue surface 6 such that surface 6 of biological tissue 4 is maintained at a lower temperature than predetermined energy dissipation zone 5 without a cooling device. The invention is useful in selective heating of cellulite bodies as a means of treating cellulite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Assignee: Alma Lasers Ltd.
    Inventors: Ziv Karni, Alexander Britva
  • Publication number: 20090276017
    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: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2009
    Publication date: November 5, 2009
    Inventors: Jonathan Achenbach, James E. Burgett, Claude Tihon, Allen Putnam
  • Patent number: 7587245
    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: February 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Inventor: Michael F. Kivlighan
  • Patent number: 7587230
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method and apparatus for delivering an electric field to a body by delivering a first magnetic field from a first coil in a first orientation to a body and directed at a desired target within the body, and delivering a second magnetic field from a second coil in a second orientation directed at the desired target within the body to induce an electric field across the desired target, wherein only one magnetic field is delivered to the body at any one time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Assignee: The Catholic University of America
    Inventor: Theodore A. Litovitz
  • Patent number: 7565207
    Abstract: A system and corresponding method for creating hyperthermia in a selected position in target tissue using the application of electromagnetic radiation (EMR) in the HF, VHF and UHF microwave region and phased array steering includes an array of applicators and a single channel EMR radiation energy source coupled to at least one of the applicators of the array. A variable reflective termination device is coupled to at least one of the applicators so that a user can vary the energy radiated from the coupled applicator to steer the heating region in the target to a desired position in the target. Several different applicator arrays are suitable for use with the system, and comprise generally cylindrical annuli which emit radiation toward a central axis. Parasitic applicators with variable reflective termination devices can be used in the applicator array along with at least one applicator directly coupled to the energy source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2009
    Assignee: BSD Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Paul F. Turner, Mark Hagmann
  • Publication number: 20090149930
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for delivering electromagnetic energy to a patient's tissue. The treatment apparatus includes a closed-loop cooling system that cools the energy delivery device. The fluid forced to flow in the closed-loop cooling system is chilled to a first temperature at a location remote from the energy delivery device and is warmed to a higher second temperature near the energy delivery device. This promotes better control over the fluid temperature at the energy delivery device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2007
    Publication date: June 11, 2009
    Applicant: THERMAGE, INC.
    Inventor: Alan Schenck
  • Patent number: 7526344
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a medical device for treating prostate diseases by using near-infrared LEDs (light emitting diodes), and more particularly, to a medical device for treating prostate diseases in which a probe having installed therein near-infrared LEDs and a vibrator is constructed to be inserted into the rectum, to radiate near-infrared rays to the prostate from a position closest to the prostate and render a direct physical massage function to the prostate, thereby effectively treating prostate-related diseases. Also, the present invention relates to a pad mechanism supplementing the probe mechanism, being brought into close contact with the perineal region to radiate red visible rays and transmit vibration to the organs around the prostate, thereby curing the natures of diseases in the organs around the prostate, and a disposable probe condom used in a state in which it is worn over the probe mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2009
    Inventor: Jin-Il Kim
  • Publication number: 20090105790
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for Near Infrared Microbial Elimination Laser Systems (NIMELS) including use with medical devices are disclosed. The medical devices can be situated in vivo. Suitable medical devices include catheters, stents, artificial joints, and the like. NIMELS methods, systems, and apparatus can apply near infrared radiant energy of certain wavelengths and dosimetries capable of impairing biological contaminants without intolerable risks and/or adverse effects to biological moieties other than a targeted biological contaminant associated with traditional approaches described in the art (e.g., loss of viability, or thermolysis). Lasers including diode lasers may be used for one or more light sources. A delivery assembly can be used to deliver the optical radiation produced by the source(s) produced to an application region that can include patient tissue. Exemplary embodiments utilize light in a range of 850 nm-900 nm and/or 905 nm-945 nm at suitable NIMELS dosimetries.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2008
    Publication date: April 23, 2009
    Applicant: NOMIR MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Eric Bornstein
  • Patent number: 7511291
    Abstract: An IR generator comprises a base body, an electro-thermal body and an IR emitting body. The electro-thermal body is located on the base body and generates heat when electric power is supplied. The IR emitting body is located on the electro-thermal body and emits IR when absorbing the heat. The IR emitting body comprises an IR coating. The composition of the IR coating comprises graphite and carbon black. The ratio between the graphite and the carbon black is about 1:1-1:2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Assignee: WS Far IR Medical Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chyi-Ran Lee
  • Publication number: 20090060963
    Abstract: A wearing article includes an article element and a fastening mechanism. The article element includes at least one pack unit that has a fabric housing and a flexible pad body fitted into the fabric housing and including a thin elastic matrix of an elastic material and a plurality of functional particles dispersed in the matrix and capable of providing at least one of the functions consisting of emitting far-infrared rays, emitting negative ions, and destroying bacteria. The fastening mechanism is secured to the pack unit so as to permit wearing of the pack unit by the human body and abutment of the fabric housing against the human body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2008
    Publication date: March 5, 2009
    Applicant: Homeway Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chin-Hsing Hsieh
  • Publication number: 20090048649
    Abstract: A device has four fundamental components: an enclosure, a soft seal, a vacuum system and a thermal energy system having a thermal energy contacting element. The device provides thermal energy therapy and negative pressure therapy device simultaneously and/or in conjunction to a patient. The device has a thermal energy system that is more efficient in thermal energy transfer and the soft seal decreases tissue interface pressure to obtain the desired soft seal effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2007
    Publication date: February 19, 2009
    Inventors: James Peret, Laura C. Grisanti, Gerard E. Kedge, Karl Cazzini, James McGee
  • Publication number: 20090048648
    Abstract: An insertable medical element may be supportive of evanescent energy for sterilization of a biomaterial. A system including an insertable medical element supportive of evanescent energy may include an energy source, where the energy source may be emissive of electromagnetic or plasmon energy, a sensor such as a surface plasmon resonance sensor, and/or it may include an imager.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2007
    Publication date: February 19, 2009
    Inventors: Ralph G. Dacey, JR., Roderick A. Hyde, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Eric C. Leuthardt, Nathan P. Myhrvold, Dennis J. Rivet, II, Michael A. Smith, Clarence T. Tegreene, Lowell L. Wood, JR., Victoria Y.H. Wood
  • Publication number: 20090024193
    Abstract: The present invention provides method and apparatus for treating tissue in a region at depth by applying optical radiation thereto of a wavelength able to reach the depth of the region and of a selected relatively low power for a duration sufficient for the radiation to effect the desired treatment while concurrently cooling tissue above the selected region to protect such tissue. Treatment may be enhanced by applying mechanical, acoustic or electrical stimulation to the region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2008
    Publication date: January 22, 2009
    Applicants: PALOMAR MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC., THE GENERAL HOSPITAL CORPORATION d/b/a MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL
    Inventors: Gregory B. Altshuler, Andrei V. Erofeev, Henry H. Zenzie, R. Rox Anderson, Dierer Manstein, James Burke, III, Andrew Radl, Michael Z. Smirnov
  • Patent number: RE41045
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for altering a function of neural tissue in a patient. An electromagnetic signal is applied to the neural tissue through an electrode. The electromagnetic signal has a frequency component above the physiological stimulation frequency range and an intensity sufficient to product an alteration of the neural tissue, the alteration causing the patient to experience a reduction in pain, and a waveform that prevents lethal temperature elecation of the neural tissue during application of the electromagnetic signal to the neural tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2009
    Assignee: Covidien AG
    Inventors: Menno E. Sluijter, William J. Rittman, III, Eric R. Cosman