Electromagnetic Radiation (e.g., Infrared) Patents (Class 607/100)
  • Publication number: 20090012585
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for damaging hair follicles using a series of rapidly-delivered low-fluence pulses of coherent or incoherent light are disclosed herein. In some embodiments, the pulses of coherent or incoherent light have a wavelength or wavelengths primarily in the range between 750 nm and 1500 nm. In some embodiments, applied electromagnetic radiation comprising the rapidly-delivered low-fluence pulses is effective for concomitantly heating both the sub-dermal layer (i.e. the dermis) of the tissue and the hair follicles. In some embodiments, the thermal damaging of the hair follicles is useful for facilitating hair-removal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2008
    Publication date: January 8, 2009
    Applicant: Alma Lasers Ltd.
    Inventors: Ziv KARNI, Joseph Lepselter
  • Publication number: 20080319518
    Abstract: Provided are a charged particle generator that continually generates large quantities of charged particles as a result of temperature dependent excitation, functional fibers comprising composite carbon particles, having SP3 and SP2 structures, and a healthcare device that can increase the effect of penetration of the human body by charged particles without limit in time, and which can produce a synergistic effect with infrared radiation. The charged particle generator comprises semiconductor particles and a coupling agent, blended at a ratio that results in a percolation effect, and is disposed at a human body contact face of the healthcare device, so as to achieve a body temperature elevating effect and blood circulation improving effect. The functional fibers can be used in processed or formed products for improved effects in the heating range produced by the human body, as well as in combination with a magnet, for a further synergistic effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2007
    Publication date: December 25, 2008
    Applicant: NAC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masakazu Komuro
  • Publication number: 20080288035
    Abstract: A device for providing therapeutic treatment to a body part such as a joint to promote healing of the body part comprises a signal generator for generating a pulsed electromagnetic field based upon a selected treatment mode, a controller for storing the treatment mode and communicating the treatment mode to the signal generator, a heat source configured to provide thermal therapy to the body part, and monitoring means for monitoring the electromagnetic field generated by the electromagnetic stimulating means. The device may also include telemetry means in communication with the monitoring means for remotely accessing the controller to modify the treatment mode. The device can also be disposable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2008
    Publication date: November 20, 2008
    Applicant: Nesos Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Jagjit Gill, Kin-Joe Sham, Bryan Armitage
  • Publication number: 20080262576
    Abstract: Embodiments of somatic cell treatment are described generally herein. Other embodiments may be described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2008
    Publication date: October 23, 2008
    Inventors: Alan Austin Creamer, Gerald McLaughlin
  • Publication number: 20080255643
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for protecting a human patient or a mammalian animal to be subjected to chemotherapy treatment of a tumor not residing in the scalp of the patient or the skin of the animal against chemotherapy-induced alopecia, comprising administering to the scalp of the patient or the skin of the animal an effective amount of a composition comprising a chemical inducer of the stress protein response sufficiently prior to the administration of a chemotherapeutic drug. It also relates to pharmaceutical compositions for the prevention of chemotherapy-induced alopecia. It further relates to a method for protecting a human patient or a mammalian animal to be subjected to chemotherapy treatment of a tumor not residing in the scalp of the patient or the skin of the animal against chemotherapy-induced alopecia, comprising administering to the scalp of the patient or the skin of the animal an effective heat dose sufficiently prior to the administration of a chemotherapeutic drug.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2008
    Publication date: October 16, 2008
    Inventor: Richard W. Voellmy
  • Publication number: 20080249592
    Abstract: A fluid filled applicator conformed to position a source of electromagnetic radiation adjacent a portion of human anatomy to interpose a fluid of known characteristics between the source and the adjacent tissue includes in its first form a generally resilient envelope rendered conformable to the body surface to which it is applied by adjusting the internal pressure therein. In an alternative form the fluid is confined to a selected depth of a vertical container and the limb or body part is then immersed therein while contained in a flexible sheath. The source may then be applied to any selected exterior portion of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2007
    Publication date: October 9, 2008
    Inventor: Robert G. James
  • Publication number: 20080228063
    Abstract: A system and corresponding method for irradiating a target with electromagnetic radiation to produce a heated region. The system comprises a coupling device operable to couple electromagnetic radiation from a magnetic resonance imaging system. A plurality of energy radiator applicators are connected to the coupling device to receive electromagnetic radiation energy from the coupling device. Each of the radiator applicators is operable to emit a radio frequency heating signal using the electromagnetic radiation energy from the coupling device. A bolus filled with a dielectric fluid is positioned within the inner area of the MRI system. The bolus is operable to receive the radio frequency heating signals from the plurality of energy radiator applicators and direct the radio frequency heating signals into a section of the body to produce a heated region within the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2008
    Publication date: September 18, 2008
    Applicant: BSD Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Paul F. Turner, Mark Hagmann
  • Publication number: 20080221649
    Abstract: A treatment for deep tissue using long effective pulse durations is described. Fatty tissue can be treated by delivering a beam of radiation to a subcutaneous fat region disposed relative to a dermal interface in a target region of skin. Radiation is delivered to a first region of tissue as by exposure to pulses of the beam of radiation in a stacked fashion. Between successive exposures of the first region of tissue, other regions of tissue are exposed to the beam of radiation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2007
    Publication date: September 11, 2008
    Inventors: Agustina Echague, Jayant D. Bhawalkar, James C. Hsia
  • Publication number: 20080161888
    Abstract: A method for treating skin includes a first beam of radiation and a second beam of radiation. The first beam of radiation is delivered to a first region of skin to cause a plurality of sub-surface volumes of a first thermal injury, which can elicit a healing response from substantially undamaged skin adjacent to the sub-surface volumes of thermal injury. The second beam of radiation is delivered to a second region of skin to cause a second thermal injury, which can cause the skin to rejuvenate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2008
    Publication date: July 3, 2008
    Applicant: Candela Corporation
    Inventor: James C. Hsia
  • Publication number: 20080116891
    Abstract: A system and method for medical imaging includes an improvement to the MP-RAGE pulse sequence that enables the readout bandwidth thereof to be matched to that of other pulse sequences used in the same examination without a significant loss in SNR. More specifically, the present invention includes using a multi-echo MP-RAGE pulse sequence in which multiple gradient-recalled NMR signals are acquired at the desired “matching” bandwidth and combining selected ones of the NMR signals to reconstruct an image. By selecting and combining NMR signals acquired at each phase encoding, the SNR of the resulting reconstructed image can be maintained.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2006
    Publication date: May 22, 2008
    Inventors: Andre van der Kouwe, Bruce Fischl
  • Publication number: 20080114428
    Abstract: A thermal treatment system with acoustic monitoring applies substantially constant electromagnetic energy superposed with pulsed electromagnetic energy to targeted tissue. The pulsed electromagnetic energy reacts with tissue to create an acoustic pressure wave within the tissue. The acoustic pressure wave is sensed by an acoustic sensor, and a sensor signal indicative of the acoustic pressure wave is generated and processed to determine changes in tissue composition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Publication date: May 15, 2008
    Applicant: The Trustees of Dartmouth
    Inventors: B. Stuart Trembly, Jason M. Dahlstrom
  • Patent number: 7361917
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a far-infrared ray generator, which is suitable for warming a human body partially or as a whole, and an object of the present invention is to effectively warm a deep part of a human body even at relatively low temperature by the far-infrared ray generator having high efficiency of generating far-infrared rays. In the present invention, far-infrared ray means, which generates far-infrared rays upon being heated by a heating element and which is used in a thermotherapy apparatus, includes a far-infrared ray generating member comprising only a radon generating rare element mineral or at least two of a tourmaline mineral, carbon and a radon generating rare element mineral so as to attain effective reaching of far-infrared rays to the deep part of the human body and warming said part. The far-infrared ray generating member may be applied to, for example, trowel-shaped, vibration-type and dome-shaped thermotherapy apparatuses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Inventor: Katsuko Yabiku
  • Publication number: 20080086050
    Abstract: Hyperthermia has been applied by, for example, separate ultrasound transducers, RF or microwave transmitters and heated fluids. Imaging by separate MRI imaging coils is usually used to view the anatomical region under treatment. Separate temperature probes (needles, catheters) are often used to monitor tissue temperature. Control of the temperature profile required for effective hyperthermia treatment is usually done by trial and error, involving a human operator. The present invention combines all of these capabilities into a single device, which is MRI compatible and safe. It also allows for automatic control of the RF energy to achieve a prescribed tissue hyperthermia.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2007
    Publication date: April 10, 2008
    Applicant: MEDRAD, INC.
    Inventors: George J. Misic, Alan D. Hirschman
  • Publication number: 20080077202
    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: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2006
    Publication date: March 27, 2008
    Applicant: Juniper Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Mitchell E. Levinson
  • Patent number: 7333859
    Abstract: A radio-electric conveyer includes one or more radiofrequency generators supplied by a power group; one or more irradiating antennas coupled with the generator and which are able to create a radiofrequency field; a variable modulator; and one or more electrodes connected to generator and able to be applied to one or more predetermined parts of a body object of the therapy treatment, placed inside the field, in order to convey radiofrequency currents to the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Inventors: Salvatore Rinaldi, Vania Fontani
  • Publication number: 20080039910
    Abstract: A far infrared therapy unit with universal angle adjustment function includes a unit base, a universal flexible arm, which is height adjustable, and far infrared emitters. The far infrared emitters are pivotally connected to one another. One of the emitter is connected to an arched arm, which is connected to a rotation shaft. The rotational shaft is attached to the arm. The rotation shaft can rotate 360 degrees relative to the arm. The emitters can rotate 360 degrees relative to the pivotally connected emitters. Therefore, the emitters can be adjusted to any place and angle to adapt the human body. A fixing device is installed to fasten the emitters together when they are placed side by side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2006
    Publication date: February 14, 2008
    Inventor: James H.C. Chen
  • Patent number: 7311702
    Abstract: A catheter based delivery system may be used for both therapeutic and diagnostic applications. The catheter based delivery system includes a catheter having a distal end. The distal end of the catheter includes several electrodes that can emit a radio frequency waveform, and may receive a signal representative of an impedance of material in the exposed to the radio frequency waveform. The radio frequency waveform may also be applied to ablate specifically targeted material exposed to the radio frequency waveform. The several electrodes may be configured as an antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2007
    Assignee: STD Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven J. Tallarida, Scott M. Epstein, Kenneth Eliasen, Steven Ek
  • Patent number: 7280874
    Abstract: Methods are provided for readily and efficiently determining resonant frequencies that can be used therapeutically or beneficially, for debilitation of specific types of genomic materials, including DNA and/or RNA, genes, and gene sections. The methods can be used in a variety of circumstances related to various human and animal diseases and conditions. Methods allow determination of therapeutic resonant frequencies for use in various media having different refractivities. Therapeutic or beneficial resonance frequencies thus determined are adapted for use with currently available frequency-emitting devices by shifting resonant frequencies to electromagnetic ranges capable of generation by such devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2007
    Inventor: Charlene A. Boehm
  • Publication number: 20070219604
    Abstract: Devices and methods for utilizing electromagnetic radiation and other forms of energy to treat a volume of tissue at depth are described. In one aspect, a device modulates the flux incident on surface tissue to control and vary the depth in the tissue at which an effective dose of radiant energy is delivered and, thereby, treat a specific volume of tissue. The methods and devices disclosed are used to perform various treatments, including treatments to relieve pain and promote healing of tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2006
    Publication date: September 20, 2007
    Applicant: PALOMAR MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Ilya Yaroslavsky, Michael Smotrich, Gregory B. Altshuler, Michail M. Pankratov
  • Publication number: 20070219605
    Abstract: Devices and methods for utilizing electromagnetic radiation and other forms of energy to treat a volume of tissue at depth are described. In one aspect, a device modulates the flux incident on surface tissue to control and vary the depth in the tissue at which an effective dose of radiant energy is delivered and, thereby, treat a specific volume of tissue. The methods and devices disclosed are used to perform various treatments, including treatments to relieve pain and promote healing of tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2006
    Publication date: September 20, 2007
    Applicant: PALOMAR MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Ilya Yaroslavsky, Michael Smotrich, Gregory B. Altshuler
  • Publication number: 20070208400
    Abstract: An apparatus and method according to the present invention can be provided, e.g., for a cell specific laser therapy of atherosclerotic plaques, particularly to systems and methods for targeting endogenous light absorbers present within plaque macrophages and exogenous nanoparticle targeting. In one exemplary embodiment, an electro-magnetic radiation can be forwarded to an anatomical structure. The electromagnetic radiation may have at least one property configured to (a) modify at least one characteristic of at least one first cell, and (b) minimize any modification of and/or modify at least one characteristic of at least second cell. The first and second cells may be different from one another, the characteristics of the first and second cells can be different from one another, and the first cell and/or the second cell may have at least one macrophage feature, and the characteristic of the at least one first cell and/or the at least one second cell can be temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2007
    Publication date: September 6, 2007
    Applicant: The General Hospital Corporation
    Inventors: Seemantini K. Nadkarni, Guillermo J. Tearney, Brett Eugene Bouma, Benjamin J. Vakoc, Richard Rox Anderson
  • Patent number: 7150710
    Abstract: This invention provides methods for treating a variety of disorders using 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: June 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2006
    Assignee: Photomed Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Constance Haber, Allan Gardiner
  • Patent number: 7133725
    Abstract: A composition of microscopic devices utilizable in a medical diagnostic or therapeutic procedure. Each microscopic device includes a nanostructure provided with a ligand for effectively coupling the nanostructure to a predetermined chemical or molecular site. A medical method in part comprises inserting the medical devices into a patient, attaching the nanostructures via the respective ligands to instances of a predetermined type of target structure inside the patient, and thereafter activating the nanostructures to perform a preselected medical diagnostic or therapeutic function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2006
    Assignee: Wilk Patent Development Corporation
    Inventors: Robert C. Stirbl, Malcolm L. Snead, Jimmy Xu, Ellen S. Vitetta, Peter J. Wilk
  • Patent number: 7105011
    Abstract: A method of achieving tissue changes in bone or bone-derived organic tissue, in which method bone or bone-derived organic tissue is provided, an interfacing agent is applied to the bone or bone-derived organic tissue, and electromagnetic energy is applied to the interfacing agent. The interfacing agent can include collagen, preferably bone-derived collagen, and a therapeutic agent. In a related embodiment, a method of treating bone tissue is provided wherein a bioactive interfacing agent is placed between the bone segments of the bone tissue to be treated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Inventor: Wayne K. Auge, II
  • Patent number: 7094234
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus and method for preventing secondary ischemic injury in the brain. The apparatus includes an interstitial brain probe and an introducer sheath, which are placed into an ischemic region of the brain by stereotaxic surgical technique. The interstitial brain probe and introducer sheath provide for thermal coagulation to provide hemostasis, aspiration of blood clots, infusion of therapeutic agents, and localized hypothermia within an ischemic region of the brain. The interstitial brain probe cools an ischemic region of the brain from within the ischemic region, and cooling is substantially limited to the ischemic region. Cooling is provided for a period of time greater than one hour.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2006
    Assignee: MedCool, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles D. Lennox
  • Patent number: 7090649
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a skin management system, and in particular to a total skin management system and a total skin management method using the same which are capable of checking a state of skin and comprehensively managing a skin based on a type of skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Assignee: Hwajin Cosmetics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hyun Song Kang
  • Patent number: 7081127
    Abstract: A far infrared physiatric unit has a frame, an emitter and two adjustment knobs. The frame has two side boards and a supporting unit. The supporting unit is mounted between the side boards. The emitter is pivotally mounted between the side boards in the frame. A patient places his/her arm or foot on the supporting unit, and the emitter is adjusted to any position and angle to correspond to any position on the patient. The patient can be in a comfortable position during the far infrared treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2006
    Assignee: Far IR Medical Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chyi-Ran Lee
  • Patent number: 7020516
    Abstract: The present invention provides a catheter device/method for enhancing local administration of pharmaceutical compounds. Such device/method is used for various situations which require high concentrations of drugs that are delivered locally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2006
    Inventors: Stephen T. Flock, Kevin S. Marchitto
  • Patent number: 7020528
    Abstract: A method for treatment and modification of material including biological material using an electromagnetic energy source directed to apply the energy to a region of the material, so as to modify and treat a portion of the material in the region. Preferably, an interaction-modifying substance is in the treated region prior to the interaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2006
    Inventor: Joseph Neev
  • Patent number: 7001413
    Abstract: In a first aspect, an apparatus for use in light therapy is provided that includes (1) at least one light emitting diode array adapted to emit a wavelength of light; and (2) a targeting mechanism coupled to the at least one light emitting diode array so as to allow light emitted from the at least one light emitting diode array to be repeatably positioned on a target area during non-contact light therapy. Numerous other aspects are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Assignee: Life Support Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Glenn Butler
  • Patent number: 6986764
    Abstract: A method for photoselective vaporization of prostate tissue includes delivering laser radiation to the treatment area on the tissue, via an optical fiber for example, wherein the laser radiation has a wavelength and irradiance in the treatment area on the surface of the tissue sufficient because vaporization of a substantially greater volume of tissue than a volume of residual coagulated tissue caused by the laser radiation. The laser radiation is generated using a neodymium doped solid-state laser, including optics producing a second or higher harmonic output with greater than 60 watts average output power. The delivered laser radiation has a wavelength for example in a range of about 200 nm to about 650 nm, and has an average irradiance in the treatment area greater than about 10 kilowatts/cm2, in a spot size of at least 0.05 mm2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2006
    Assignee: LASERSCOPE
    Inventors: Scott A. Davenport, Steven C. Murray, Tony D. Coleman, Henry Garlich, Ken Arnold, Kester Nahen
  • Patent number: 6952614
    Abstract: The present invention provides a bed type hot compress and acupressure apparatus using a means for controlling a location of a hyperthermo-radiative device wherein a moving location of the hyperthermo-radiative device can be controlled based on an actually moved distance of the hyperthermo-radiative device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2005
    Assignee: Ceragem Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sang Ui Choi
  • Patent number: 6926683
    Abstract: A massaging apparatus that includes at least one massaging element in a housing and extending therefrom for use in manipulating a subject's tissue and further including a radiant heat source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Assignee: Tensor Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Kochman, Amir Waldman
  • Patent number: 6899725
    Abstract: Disclosed is a bed for diagnosis which can block a water vein and an electromagnetic wave and generate an ultra-long wave. The bed prevents the influence of a water vein or an electromagnetic wave on a patient or a sleeper, and alleviates pains on various parts of the body by its function of thermotheraphy. In addition, the bed generates far-infrared and ultra-long waves to expedite the recovery of health.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2005
    Inventor: Kyung-bok Lee
  • Patent number: 6884256
    Abstract: A health device includes: a far-infrared massaging device for a user's leaning, seating or lying thereon and for intimately radiating far-infrared rays towards the user to improve the user's blood circulation and metabolism for enhancing his or her health; and a juxtapositional far-infrared and anion generator movably juxtapositioned to the far-infrared massaging device for radiating far-infrared rays towards the user and for releasing anions into the air for deodorizing the air surrounding the user for synergetically promoting the user's health.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2005
    Inventors: Chuan-Chi Huang, Kuo-Yuan Chan
  • Patent number: 6873872
    Abstract: The present invention relates to devices and methods of modifying the neuronal activity of a neural system comprising neurons, comprising, one or more of the following steps, measuring the neuronal activity of a neural system; and applying an oriented electric field to said neural system effective to modify the neuronal activity of the neural system, wherein the magnitude and polarity of said applied electric field is changed in response to the measured neuronal activity. The present invention also relates to devices and methods for treating brain disorders, such as epilepsy and Parkinson's disease, comprising, one or more of the following steps, applying a sub-threshold and oriented electric field in situ to the brain of a patient having such a disorder in an amount effective to reduce the abnormal activity of the brain, wherein the electric field is applied through field electrodes in contact with the brain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2005
    Assignee: George Mason University
    Inventors: Bruce J. Gluckman, Steven J. Schiff
  • Patent number: 6866624
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for simultaneously treating a tumor or cancerous growth with both hyperthermia and X-ray radiation using brachytherapy. The device includes a needle-like introducer serving as a microwave antenna. Microwaves are emitted from the introducer to increase the temperature of cancerous body tissue. The introducer is an inner conductor of a coaxial cable. The introducer contains a hollow core which houses an X-ray emitter. The X-ray emitter is connected to a high voltage miniature cable which extends from the X-ray emitter to a high voltage power source. The X-ray emitter emits ionizing radiation to irradiate cancerous tissue. A cooling system is included to control the temperature of the introducer. Temperature sensors placed around the periphery of the tumor monitor the temperature of the treated tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2005
    Assignee: Medtronic AVE,Inc.
    Inventors: Victor I. Chornenky, Vance Swanson, Russell G. Hodge, Peter G. Davis
  • Patent number: 6856839
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are described for the treatment of diseases by exposures to electromagnetic fields. Also, apparatus is described for focusing the biological effectiveness of such fields on specific cells, tissues or organs of a human or animal body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2005
    Assignee: Catholic University of America
    Inventor: Theodore A. Litovitz
  • Patent number: 6853864
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are described for the treatment of diseases by exposures to electromagnetic fields. Also, apparatus is described for focusing the biological effectiveness of such fields on specific cells, tissues or organs of a human or animal body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2005
    Assignee: Catholic University of America, The
    Inventor: Theodore A. Litovitz
  • Publication number: 20040255957
    Abstract: A method and system for treating a vulnerable plaque associated with a blood vessel of a patient is disclosed. The method includes rupturing a fibrous cap of the vulnerable plaque. A portion of liquid contents of the vulnerable plaque are released into a blood vessel lumen as a result of the fibrous cap rupture. The method further includes capturing at least one of any emboli present within the blood vessel as a result of the fibrous cap rupture. The system includes a rupture device that ruptures a fibrous cap of the vulnerable plaque and a capture device that captures at lest one embolus within the blood vessel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2003
    Publication date: December 23, 2004
    Inventor: Robert Cafferata
  • Publication number: 20040249426
    Abstract: The invention provides methods for the treatment of keratinized tissue infected with a pathogen. The invention utilizes electromagnetic energy, particularly microwave energy, as a treatment means to reduce the amount of or eliminate the pathogen from the keratinized tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2004
    Publication date: December 9, 2004
    Inventors: Peter A. Hoenig, B. Stuart Trembly
  • Publication number: 20040231056
    Abstract: The invention relates to a piece of seating and/or reclining furniture, especially a bed, which emits rays of light. In particular, a mattress (10) is provided with illuminants (12) in the mattress core (17) and/or in the cover (18), or between the mattress core (17) and the cover (18). The light irradiation, to which a person (11) is exposed promotes the stimulus for sleeping and/or waking up. The mattress also promotes therapeutic effects, for example wound-healing properties.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2004
    Publication date: November 25, 2004
    Inventor: Klaus Jansen
  • Publication number: 20040199227
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for irradiating at least a portion of a subject's oral cavity with radiation having at least one selected wavelength component so as to cause a desired biostimulation effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2004
    Publication date: October 7, 2004
    Inventors: Gregory B. Altshuler, Valery V. Tuchin
  • Patent number: 6799075
    Abstract: A catheter for emitting radiation is disclosed, comprising a catheter shaft and an x-ray unit attached to the distal end of the catheter shaft. The x-ray unit comprises an anode and a cathode coupled to an insulator to define a vacuum chamber. The cathode is preferably a field emission cathode of graphite or graphite coated with titanium carbide, for example. The anode is preferably tungsten and the insulator is preferably pyrolytic boron nitride. The x-ray unit is preferably coupled to a voltage source through a coaxial cable. The anode is preferably a heavy metal such as tungsten. The cathode may also be a ferroelectric material. The x-ray unit can have a diameter less than about 4 mm and a length less than about 15 mm. Methods of use of the catheter are also disclosed. The catheter of the present invention can be used to irradiate the site of an angioplasty procedure to prevent restenosis. It can also be used to treat other conditions in any vessel, lumen or cavity of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2004
    Assignee: Medtronic Ave, Inc.
    Inventors: Victor I. Chornenky, Michael R. Forman
  • Publication number: 20040186535
    Abstract: A fluid delivery apparatus for introducing a fluid cooling media to a skin surface includes a template with a skin interface surface. An energy delivery device is coupled to the template. A fluid cooling media introduction member is coupled to the template. Resources controllably deliver energy from the energy delivery device to the skin surface. In a related embodiment, the resources are configured to controllably deliver the flowable cooling media to the introduction member. In another embodiment, a sensor is coupled to the resources and to the skin surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2004
    Publication date: September 23, 2004
    Inventor: Edward W. Knowlton
  • Patent number: 6758856
    Abstract: A cancer thermotherapy apparatus of the present invention has an ortho-hexahedral cavity resonator and a loop antenna on a upper inner wall surface of the cavity resonator. The loop antenna is attached so that its loop face can be parallel to two side inner wall surfaces which are opposed each other, and orthogonal and adjacent to the upper inner wall surface. A high frequency electric power introduced into the cavity resonator is resonated in the parallel direction to the side wall surfaces on an excited mode with a constant electric field intensity along the side wall surfaces. A human body is set in the direction parallel to the side inner wall surfaces in the cavity resonator, and the resonated high frequency electric power is applied to the human body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2004
    Assignee: Niigata University
    Inventor: Yoshiaki Saito
  • Publication number: 20040127895
    Abstract: Provided herein are methods, devices and compositions to conductively or to inductively heat substrates using electromagnetic energy. Also provided are methods, devices and compositions to inductively alter or treat a substrate by inducing a conformational change in the compositions and/or the substrates. The compositions provided comprise an energy absorbing species to transduce heat to the substrates to effect such alterations or treatments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2003
    Publication date: July 1, 2004
    Inventors: Stephen T. Flock, Kevin S. Marchitto
  • Patent number: 6745411
    Abstract: A spa system of the invention includes a room of a structure having a plurality of faces defining a room interior space. A plurality of panels each have a front surface and a rear, with the front surface of each of the panels having an emissivity characteristic with respect to infrared radiation of from 0 to approximately 0.3. A securing device is provided for securing each of the panels to one of the faces of the room, with the securing device being positioned on the rear of each of the panels. An infrared radiation emitter generates infrared radiation and disperses the radiation about the room interior space. The infrared radiation emitter is positioned in the interior space such that infrared radiation generated by the infrared radiation emitter strikes the front surfaces of the plurality of panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2004
    Inventor: Roger L. Kjonaas
  • Publication number: 20040093049
    Abstract: A method of treating a food object in an electrostatic field to thaw food rapidly at temperatures between 0° C. and a freezing temperature of an object to be treated. By applying the electrostatic field, the freezing temperature of the food is lowered but the food does not freeze in the electrostatic field. Accordingly, foods are kept fresher longer and the freshness can be maintained over a range of temperatures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2003
    Publication date: May 13, 2004
    Inventor: Akinori Ito
  • Patent number: RE40279
    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 produce an alteration of the neural tissue, the alteration causing the patient to experience a reduction in pain, and a waveform that prevents lethal temperature elevation of the neural tissue during application of the electromagnetic signal to the neural tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Assignee: Sherwood Services AG
    Inventors: Menno E. Sluijter, William J. Rittman, III, Eric R. Cosman