Catheter Or Endocardial (inside Heart) Type Patents (Class 607/122)
  • Patent number: 12036063
    Abstract: A tubing assembly for electronic catheter guidance systems is provided and can include a catheter, an internal acoustic transducer and an external acoustic transducer. The catheter extends in a longitudinal direction and has proximal and distal ends that define a lumen therebetween. Further, the catheter is configured for placement within a patient's digestive or respiratory tract. The internal acoustic transducer can be located within the catheter's lumen, and the external acoustic transducer can be located on or outside the patient's body. The transducers can transmit and/or receive acoustic signals as directed by a processor and communicate with the processor to deliver sound data to a display device. The frequency response and/or attenuation of the signals can indicate placement of the catheter in the digestive tract compared to the respiratory tract. A catheter guidance system and method for accurately placing a catheter in the digestive or respiratory tract are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2024
    Assignee: Avent, Inc.
    Inventors: Karl Thomas Bjurbo, James F. Tassitano, Hilton M. Kaplan, Don J. McMichael
  • Patent number: 12023131
    Abstract: A Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) guidewire and method of use includes at least two pairs of small surface area, closely spaced electrodes spaced axially along the length of the guidewire to allow one electrode pair to be positioned on each side of a coronary stenosis. The electrodes can sense electrical signals from the myocardium immediately adjacent to the electrodes, enabling the guidewire to record and analyze an Intra-Coronary Electrogram (ICEG) and heart pacing, and, therefore, facilitate more accurately diagnosis of an individual patient's stenosis and provide a more patient specific diagnosis of clinical need.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2024
    Assignee: CARDIOWIRE LIMITED
    Inventor: David Keane
  • Patent number: 12016660
    Abstract: A Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) guidewire and method of use includes at least two pairs of small surface area, closely spaced electrodes spaced axially along the length of the guidewire to allow one electrode pair to be positioned on each side of a coronary stenosis. The electrodes can sense electrical signals from the myocardium immediately adjacent to the electrodes, enabling the guidewire to record and analyze an Intra-Coronary Electrogram (ICEG) and heart pacing, and, therefore, facilitate more accurately diagnosis of an individual patient's stenosis and provide a more patient specific diagnosis of clinical need.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2023
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2024
    Assignee: CARDIOWIRE LIMITED
    Inventor: David Keane
  • Patent number: 12004760
    Abstract: A catheter that fits within a blood vessel wall includes electrodes aligned along a longitudinal axis of the catheter that produce unfocused shock waves that propagate radially toward the blood vessel wall for treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: SanuWave, Inc.
    Inventor: Iulian Cioanta
  • Patent number: 11998264
    Abstract: A method of navigating a catheter to a target location in an anatomical structure of a patient includes inserting a portion of a catheter into the patient. The catheter includes an elongate shaft having a proximal and a distal end, and a loop subassembly coupled to the distal end. The loop subassembly includes a loop coupled to the distal end and positioned parallel to the elongate shaft, and electrodes disposed on the loop. The method includes positioning one of a portion of the loop subassembly and a portion of the distal end of the elongate shaft in contact with a surface of the anatomical structure a distance from the target location, and translating the loop subassembly toward the target location with the one of the portion of the loop subassembly and the portion of the distal end of the elongate shaft in contact with the surface of the anatomical structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Israel Byrd, Greg Olson
  • Patent number: 11986351
    Abstract: A flexible electronic circuit includes a plurality of leaves having a proximal section, a distal section, and an intermediate section. The plurality of leaves are bonded to each other within the distal section and loose within the intermediate section. The intermediate section also includes conductive connector pads for a wiring harness. A plurality of test connector pads are disposed on the plurality of leaves within the proximal section. The leaves within the proximal section may also be bonded to each other, for example in a ribbon or stepped configuration, in order to facilitate connection to testing apparatus. Once the circuit is tested, the proximal section can be severed from the intermediate section prior to installation of the circuit into a medical device, such as an intracardiac echocardiography catheter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur G. Blanck, Fermin Armando Lupotti
  • Patent number: 11986665
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an implantable lead comprising at least one conductive wire and one electrical connector, the electrical connector configured to be connected to an implantable medical device such as a cardiac stimulation, defibrillation and/or neuromodulation device, wherein the electrical connection between the conductive wire and the connector is effected by a first hypotube welded to the conductive wire and welded to a second hypotube of the electrical connector. The present invention also relates to a method for electrically connecting the at least one conductive wire of the implantable lead to the electrical connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: SORIN CRM SAS
    Inventors: Etienne Julien, Nicolas Shan, Maxime Rault
  • Patent number: 11961639
    Abstract: Various embodiments relate to a microserpentine including a plurality of u-bends, each having a degree of completeness (?), in which an ? value of 0° corresponds to a semi-circular shape, and in which an ? value of +90° corresponds to a complete circle and ?90° corresponds to a straight shape. Each of the plurality of u-bends may have an ? value of from about ?35° to about 45°. The microserpentine may include a core coated with a conductive coating. The core may include a polymeric material. Various embodiments relate to microelectronic devices and methods of producing the same. The microelectronic devices may include but are not limited to a microelectrode array, a microelectronics packaging, an interconnect, a stretchable sensor, a wearable sensor, a wearable actuator, an in vitro sensor, an in vivo sensor, and combinations thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA RESEARCH FOUNDATION, INC.
    Inventors: Swaminathan Rajaraman, Charles Didier, Avra Kundu
  • Patent number: 11911004
    Abstract: A bending and extending device 1 comprises an elastic hollow guide unit 2 and a movable part 3 to be movably inserted into the guide unit 2. The movable part 3 is constituted, either partially or entirely, of a plurality of belt-like flexible parts 30a and 30b, which extend in the axial direction of the guide unit 2 and the flexible parts 30a and 30b are connected at distal ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: NATIONAL UNIVERSITY CORPORATION SHIGA UNIVERSITY OF MEDICAL SCIENCE
    Inventors: Atsushi Yamada, Tohru Tani, Shigeyuki Naka, Shigehiro Morikawa
  • Patent number: 11864843
    Abstract: An image diagnosis support apparatus includes a shape information acquiring unit that acquires shape information including a size of a diameter and a route of a coronary vein for at least one coronary vein from a three-dimensional image including a heart, a distal position acquiring unit that acquires a most distal position into which an electrode lead wire having a plurality of electrodes arranged at predetermined electrode intervals is able to be inserted based on the shape information, and information indicating a size of a diameter of the electrode lead wire, and a candidate position acquiring unit that acquires at least one piece of information indicating candidate positions of the plurality of electrodes which are candidates for positioning the plurality of electrodes in the coronary vein based on the distal position and positional information indicating arrangement positions of the plurality of electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Yu Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 11850051
    Abstract: A catheter is described with an end effector having densely arrayed electrodes on three loops which are arrayed in various planar configurations when the end effector is unconstrained. The end effector has first, second and third loop members, each loop member includes two spines and a connector that connects the two spines to define a loop extending away from a tubular member of the catheter such that the first, second and third loop members are configured so that each connector of each of the first, second and third loop members is in contact with only one connector of the adjacent loop member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: Biosense Webster (Israel) Ltd.
    Inventors: Thomas Selkee, Keshava Datta, Thanh Nguyen, Anand Rao, Rajesh Pendekanti, Meir Bar-Tal, Ricardo Padilla
  • Patent number: 11813449
    Abstract: A system and method of implanting pacing lead in a patient's heart. The system may include a catheter configured to by inserted through the coronary sinus ostium such that the distal end region of the catheter is positioned past the anterolateral vein and proximate at least one septal perforating vein. The catheter is configured to inject contrast proximate the septal perforating vein to identify an implant region for a pacing lead. Further, a controller is configured to deliver pacing therapy to the implant region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Teresa A Whitman, Kenneth C. Gardeski, Melissa G. T. Christie, Narendra K. Simha, Neranjan Persaud, Jennifer M. Bredemeier, Alexander R. Mattson, Mary M. Morris, Mikayle A. Holm
  • Patent number: 11806126
    Abstract: Methods and systems for position determination of an intrabody probe, targets of an intrabody probe, and or actions to be performed using an intrabody probe are described. In some embodiments, an anatomy being navigated and/or mapped is described by a rule-based schema relating different anatomically identified structures to one another according to their ability to help identify and/or locate one another. Additionally, in some embodiments, data recorded from the intrabody probe is processed according to schema rules in order to provide anatomical identification of the anatomical region which the intrabody probe is sampling, optionally without performing detailed mapping, and/or prior to the availability of detailed mapping of anatomical geometry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: Navix International Limited
    Inventors: Shlomo Ben-Haim, Yitzhack Schwartz, Zalman Ibragimov
  • Patent number: 11779235
    Abstract: Devices and techniques for continuously monitoring pressure and simultaneously monitoring changes in blood flow, vascular resistance, and/or vascular behavior are provided. The techniques are employed in measuring intracranial pressure (ICP), while simultaneously measuring cerebral blood flow and/or cerebrovascular resistance or behavior. A sensor device includes an optical and piezoelectric sensing assembly integrated into a deployable ICP monitoring device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Assignee: REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
    Inventors: Kevin R. Ward, Kenn Oldham, Lu Wang, Sardar Ansari
  • Patent number: 11771889
    Abstract: Leads for use with implantable medical devices may be implanted in the venous, arterial, or lymphatic networks. The diameter of a microlead may be at most equal to 1.5 French (0.5 mm), and it may include a plurality of micro-cables each including: an electrically conductive core cable for connection to one pole of a multipolar generator of an active implantable medical device, and a polymer insulation layer surrounding the core cable. At least one exposed area may be formed in the insulation layer to form a detection/stimulation electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Assignee: SORIN CRM S.A.S.
    Inventors: Willy Régnier, Jean-François Ollivier, Philippe D'Hiver, Nicolas Shan
  • Patent number: 11717334
    Abstract: A radiofrequency guidewire includes a core wire configured to be coupled to a radiofrequency generator. The core wire includes a proximal end and a distal end with respect to the radiofrequency generator. A tip structure is coupled to the core wire proximate the distal end. The tip structure includes one or more edge surfaces. The one or more edge surfaces provide an area of reduced curvature radius on the tip structure. The area of reduced curvature radius generates a higher electric field than other areas of the tip structure during a delivery of radiofrequency energy on the tip structure. A method of ablating an occlusion utilizing the radiofrequency guidewire is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2023
    Assignee: ASAHI MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Wayne Ogata, Xiang Ian Gu, Steven Meyer, Osamu Katoh
  • Patent number: 11717672
    Abstract: A device and method consisting of conductive, non-conductive, and support materials. These materials when dispensed or extruded onto a multitude of temporary structures will create an implantable conductive and non-conductive structure suitable for neurological electrical stimulation and neurological electrical recording. This structure may also be suitable for delivering fluid and/or contain optical structures suitable for physiological sensing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2023
    Assignee: LSDM LABS, LLC
    Inventors: Terry Daglow, Joseph Johnnie, John Procter
  • Patent number: 11690623
    Abstract: Methods for forming an implantable layer onto a staple cartridge are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2023
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Michael J. Vendely, Emily A. Schellin, Taylor W. Aronhalt, Trevor J. Barton, Lauren S. Weaner, Mark H. Ransick
  • Patent number: 11679265
    Abstract: A lead-in-lead system may include a first implantable lead having a first electrode and a second implantable lead having a second electrode guided by the first implantable lead to an implantation site. The second electrode may be implanted in a patient's heart distal to the first electrode at the same implantation site or at a second implantation site. Various methods may be used to deliver the lead-in-lead system to one or more implantation sites including at the triangle of Koch for ventricle-from-atrium (VfA) therapy, at the right ventricular septal wall for dual bundle-branch pacing, or in the coronary vasculature for left side sensing and pacing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2023
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Zhongping Yang, Derek Young
  • Patent number: 11666380
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems, and methods for achieving thermally-induced renal neuromodulation by intravascular access are disclosed herein. One aspect of the present application, for example, is directed to apparatuses, systems, and methods that incorporate a treatment device comprising an elongated shaft. The elongated shaft is sized and configured to deliver a thermal element to a renal artery via an intravascular path. Thermally-induced renal neuromodulation may be achieved via direct and/or via indirect application of thermal energy to heat or cool neural fibers that contribute to renal function, or of vascular structures that feed or perfuse the neural fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2023
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC IRELAND MANUFACTURING UNLIMITED COMPANY
    Inventors: Andrew Wu, Benjamin J. Clark, Denise Zarins, Erik Thai
  • Patent number: 11647935
    Abstract: A partially-masked electrode includes a conductive material and an insulated coating having an outer surface. The insulated coating defines a contoured opening that exposes or reveals an area of the conductive material, wherein the contoured opening has an upper perimeter at the outer surface of the insulated coating. When the upper perimeter of the insulated surface coating is placed in contact with a tissue of interest, wherein the tissue of interest is proximate a blood pool, the insulated coating creates a seal between the blood pool and the contoured opening so that no blood in the blood pool can contact the conductive material. This seal reduces or eliminates the reception of far field effects in the blood pool by the electrode, making it easier to locate and diagnose unhealthy tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory K. Olson, Travis Dahlen, Brian M. Monahan, Loell B. Moon
  • Patent number: 11648043
    Abstract: A device, system and method for temperature-based lesion formation assessment and mapping functionality using an accessory usable with an over-the-wire balloon catheter. The device may include a first annular element, a plurality of wires coupled to the first annular element, and a second annular element, the plurality of wires passing from the first annular element through the second annular element and into an elongate wire conduit coupled to the second annular element. At least one of the plurality of wires may include at least one temperature sensor and/or at least one mapping electrode. The first annular element coupled to an outer surface of a sheath. As a balloon catheter is advanced out of the sheath lumen, the distal tip of the catheter engages the second annular element and pushes the wires out of the sheath lumen, everting them over the balloon of the catheter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Assignee: Medtronic CryoCath LP
    Inventor: Teresa Mihalik
  • Patent number: 11617883
    Abstract: One aspect relates to a method for a ring electrode, including: providing an outer element with an outer tube and providing a first inner element with a first inner tube having a first core made of a sacrificial material. A material of the outer element and a material of the first inner element have a similar microstructure. A second inner element is provided with a second core made of a sacrificial material; A connection tube is formed by arranging the first inner element and the second inner element within the outer element. The first inner element and the second inner element are arranged concentrically. The composite tube is drawn in a longitudinal direction of the composite tube. The material of the outer element and the material of the first inner element maintain a simialar microstructure. A connection tube disc is seperated from the connection tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2023
    Assignee: Heraeus Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Markus Jung, Bernd Spaniol
  • Patent number: 11553854
    Abstract: In various examples, a medical device is configured to be at least partially insertable within a patient. The medical device includes a first elongate member including a sidewall surrounding and defining a lumen extending through the first elongate member between a first proximal end and a first distal end. A second elongate member is sized and shaped to fit within the lumen of the first elongate member. A coil is disposed within the sidewall of the first elongate member, wherein the coil is configured to sense a position of the second elongate member with respect to the coil. In some examples, the first elongate member includes a catheter, and the second elongate member includes a guidewire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: Lake Region Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Kelly, John Michael Hayes
  • Patent number: 11529522
    Abstract: Systems and methods for implanting a lead. The system includes an active guidewire having proximal and distal ends. The distal end includes a guidewire anchor that is configured to be attached to a target SOI. The active guidewire is configured to be utilized to electrically map the target SOI by at least one of delivering stimulation energy through the active guide wire to the target SOI or sensing an evoked response at the target SOI from the guidewire. The system also includes a lead having a lead body with proximal and distal ends and with a lumen extending between the proximal and distal ends. The distal end of the lead body is configured to receive the proximal end of the active guidewire. The lumen is configured to permit the lead body to be advanced over the active guidewire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander R. Bornzin, Gene A. Bornzin, Zoltan Somogyi, Wenwen Li, Xiaoyi Min
  • Patent number: 11511108
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for implanting a medical device. An implantable lead comprises a lead body, with electrodes positioned at the distal end and a lead connector positioned at the proximal end. The lead body has a body outer envelope configured to fit within a lumen of an introducer sheath and the lead connector has a connector outer envelope configured to fit within the lumen of the introducer sheath. A lead adaptor is configured to interconnect the implantable lead and the pulse generator. The lead adaptor has an insertable connector that includes mating contacts and an adaptor cavity that includes cavity contacts. The cavity contacts are positioned to engage the lead contacts of the lead connector when the lead connector is inserted into the adaptor cavity. The insertable connector is configured to be inserted into the connector cavity of the pulse generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander R. Bornzin, Gene A. Bornzin, Zoltan Somogyi
  • Patent number: 11484703
    Abstract: A subcutaneous lead for an implantable cardiac device, in particular for a defibrillator or/and a pacemaker comprising a lead body, itself comprising at least one sensing electrode and an insulating sleeve into which the lead body is threaded so that the insulating sleeve and the lead body are movable relative to each other so as to at least partially cover the at least one sensing electrode with the insulating sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Sorin CRM SAS
    Inventor: Jean-Francois Ollivier
  • Patent number: 11478653
    Abstract: A pacemaker has a housing and a therapy delivery circuit enclosed by the housing for generating pacing pulses for delivery to a patient's heart. An electrically insulative distal member is coupled directly to the housing and at least one non-tissue piercing cathode electrode is coupled directly to the insulative distal member. A tissue piercing electrode extends away from the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Zhongping Yang, Becky L. Dolan, Xin Chen, Thomas A. Anderson, Berthold Stegemann, Maurice Verbeek, Michael D. Eggen
  • Patent number: 11478152
    Abstract: Electrophysiology mapping and visualization systems are described herein where such devices may be used to visualize tissue regions as well as map the electrophysiological activity of the tissue. Such a system may include a deployment catheter and an attached hood deployable into an expanded configuration. In use, the imaging hood is placed against or adjacent to a region of tissue to be imaged in a body lumen that is normally filled with an opaque bodily fluid such as blood. A translucent or transparent fluid, such as saline, can be pumped into the imaging hood until the fluid displaces any blood, thereby leaving a clear region of tissue to be imaged via an imaging element in the deployment catheter. A position of the catheter and/or hood may be tracked and the hood may also be used to detect the electrophysiological activity of the visualized tissue for mapping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Vahid Saadat, Ruey-Feng Peh, Edmund A. Tam
  • Patent number: 11467356
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a plasma treatment (under atmospheric conditions or under vacuum conditions) of a jacketed cable comprising a cable jacket and a heat shrink tubing. The plasma treatment improves retention properties of an optical fiber cable assembly by imparting a permanent change on a polymer surface of the cable jacket by cross-linking, leading to eventual graphitization, that can result in a diffusion barrier layer at an interface of the cable jacket and the heat shrink tubing, which prevents or minimizes plasticizer migration and results in an environmental seal (e.g., a long-term water tight seal).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: Corning Research & Development Corporation
    Inventors: Adra Smith Baca, Linda Sue Baker, Ming-Huang Huang, Christine Marie Mahoney Fahey, Wageesha Senaratne
  • Patent number: 11458306
    Abstract: A shield located within an implantable medical lead may be terminated in various ways. The shield may be terminated by butt, scarf, lap, or other joints between insulation layers surrounding the lead and an insulation extension. For lap joints, a portion of an outer insulation layer may be removed and a replacement outer insulation layer is positioned in place of the removed outer insulation layer, where the replacement layer extends beyond an inner insulation layer and the shield. The replacement layer may also lap onto a portion of the insulation extension. The barbs may be located between the replacement layer and the inner insulation layer or the insulation extension. The shield wires have ends at the termination point that may be folded over individually or may be capped with a ring located within one of the insulation layers of the jacket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC, INC.
    Inventors: Michael J. Kern, James M. Olsen, Michael R. Klardie, Richard T. Stone, Chad Q. Cai, Spencer Fodness-Bondhus, Mark J. Conroy, Timothy R. Abraham, Brian T. Stolz
  • Patent number: 11446486
    Abstract: A medical lead includes a lead body, a proximal connector, a helix extending from a distal end of the lead body. The helix is configured to anchor to a patient tissue, and the helix forms a helical electrode. The medical lead further includes a distal ring electrode, and a cable within the lead body, the cable including a cable conductor, a cable electrode proximate a distal end of the cable conductor, and a blunt dissection tip at a distal end of the cable. The cable is slidable within the lead body to extend and retract the cable electrode along a trajectory extending from the distal end of the lead body. When the helix is anchored to the patient tissue, the blunt dissection tip is configured to blunt dissect the patient tissue along the trajectory extending from the distal end of the lead body through extension of the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Inventors: Gopi Dandamudi, Terrell M. Williams
  • Patent number: 11406815
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and system for delivering an electrical current. Optical signals are sent through a group of optical fibers in a medium. Response optical signals occurring in response to the optical signals sent through the group of optical fibers are detected when the group of optical fibers is located in the medium. A group of parameters for the medium is determined using the response optical signals. A group of electrical currents is sent through a group of electrodes based on the group of parameters, wherein the group of electrodes emit the group of electrical currents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Brian Dale Laughlin, Dane Brian Laughlin, Madison Lauryn Laughlin
  • Patent number: 11406456
    Abstract: A navigation system or combination of navigation systems can be used to provide one or more navigation modalities to track a position and navigate a single instrument in a volume. For example, both an Electromagnetic (EM) and Electropotential (EP) navigation system can be used to navigate an instrument within the volume. The two navigation systems may be used separately to selectively individually navigate the single instrument in the volume. Disclosed are also systems and processes to determine a shape of the single instrument either alone or in combination with the position of the instrument. The instrument may be navigated with the addition of tracking devices or with native or inherent portions of the instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Medtronic Xomed, Inc.
    Inventors: Ishan Ann Tsay, Brad Jacobsen, Nicholas J. Rawluk, Shai Ronen
  • Patent number: 11364364
    Abstract: A valve bypass tool, and a biostimulator transport system having such a valve bypass tool, is described. The valve bypass tool includes an annular seal to seal against a protective sheath of the biostimulator transport system. The valve bypass tool is slidably mounted on the protective sheath and includes a bypass sheath to insert into an access introducer. The valve bypass tool can lock onto the access introducer by mating a locking tab of the valve bypass tool with a locking groove of the access introducer. The locking tab can have a decent that securely fastens the components to resist decoupling when the biostimulator transport system is advanced through the access introducer into a patient anatomy. Other embodiments are also described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: PACESETTER, INC.
    Inventors: David Rickheim, Scott M. Smith
  • Patent number: 11357989
    Abstract: A pacemaker lead for cerclage pacing includes a lead fixing part including a fixing tip whose diameter becomes gradually smaller toward an end of a distal part thereof, a plurality of bipolar electrodes that come into close contact with heart muscle, in an outer circumference of the lead fixing part, and a guide wire insertion through hole through which a guide wire can be inserted thereinto, a lead body part configured to be extended to the lead fixing part, having a stylet insertion through hole formed therein, and a body fixing part formed in a bent shape so as to be fixed to an inner wall of the coronary sinus, and a stylet inserted into the stylet insertion through hole, enabling the pacemaker lead for cerclage pacing to be easily moved within the body of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Inventors: June-Hong Kim, Gi-Byoung Nam, Kyone Peter Park
  • Patent number: 11338145
    Abstract: Various aspects of the present disclosure are directed toward apparatuses, systems, and methods for pacing a HIS bundle of a patient. The apparatuses, systems, and methods may include applying stimulation energy through one or more of a plurality of electrodes to direct a stimulation locus and pace a HIS bundle of a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Pramodsingh H. Thakur, Allan C. Shuros, Brian Soltis, Juan G. Hincapie, Qi An, Yinghong Yu, Keith R. Maile
  • Patent number: 11337594
    Abstract: A method of cannulating a coronary sinus within a heart chamber includes deploying, from a catheter, an imaging hood to a deployed configuration by extending the imaging hood from a distal end of the catheter and radially expanding the imaging hood to define a constant deployed volume within an open area of the imaging hood. The method further includes positioning a contact edge of the imaging hood and the open area of the imaging hood in the deployed configuration over or upon an ostium of the coronary sinus, displacing an opaque fluid with a transparent fluid from the open area defined by the imaging hood and tissue surrounding the ostium, visualizing the ostium through the transparent fluid by viewing the ostium via an imaging element attached to an inner surface of the imaging hood, and introducing a guidewire through the imaging hood and into the ostium while under visual guidance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Vahid Saadat, Christopher A. Rothe, Ruey-Feng Peh, Edmund A. Tam
  • Patent number: 11331476
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a method includes delivering to a native valve annulus (e.g., a native mitral valve annulus) of a heart a prosthetic heart valve (200) having a body (242) expandable from a collapsed, delivery configuration to an expanded, deployed configuration. The method can further include, after the delivering, causing the prosthetic heart valve to move from the delivery configuration to the deployed configuration. With the prosthetic heart valve in its deployed configuration, an anchoring tether (191) extending from the prosthetic heart valve can be secured to a wall (Vw) of the heart (H). An electrode (189) coupled to at least one of the prosthetic heart valve or the anchoring tether can then be used to at least one of pace the heart or sense a signal associated with the heart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Tendyne Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: John M. Capek, Michael J. Urick
  • Patent number: 11298532
    Abstract: An implantable direct-current electrode assembly (20, 120) has two implantable electrodes (30; 40) and a control circuit (50), to which the first and the second electrodes (30; 40) are electrically connected. The control circuit (50) is designed to establish a potential difference between the two electrodes (30; 40), so that a direct current (55) can flow between the two electrodes (30; 40). One of the electrodes (30) is a coil electrode with a maximum length that is pre-determined by the distance between the tricuspid valve and the end of the right ventricle lying opposite the tricuspid valve and the pulmonary valve. The counter-electrode (40) can be a coil electrode for the coronary sinus, or a plate electrode that can be attached to the exterior of the left ventricle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Inventor: Johannes Muller
  • Patent number: 11278313
    Abstract: An apparatus and methods for transeptal punctures provide audible feedback to an operator or clinician with information to identify an intended needle or instrument pathway. Despite improved safety and simplification of the TSP itself, the apparatus enables the operator to optimize a crossing angle for various procedures, including PV isolation, valve repair, and appendage closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: AERWAVE MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventor: Reinhard J. Warnking
  • Patent number: 11278713
    Abstract: Disclosed are a neural electrode and a method of manufacturing the electrode, more particularly, a neural electrode includes a porous nanostructure; and an iridium oxide layer formed on the porous nanostructure and a method of manufacturing the neural electrode, improving an electrode efficiency by increasing a charge injection limit capacity and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Yong Hee Kim, Sang Don Jung
  • Patent number: 11253710
    Abstract: This document discusses, among other things, systems and methods to fabricate and operate an implantable medical device. The implantable medical device can include a housing portion defining an interior chamber. The implantable medical device can include a circuit in the interior chamber. The implantable medical device can include a first electronic component that is not in the interior chamber. The implantable medical device can include a substrate coupled to the housing, the substrate including a first via extending through the substrate, the first via electrically coupling the first electronic component to the circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Ron A. Balczewski, James E. Blood, William J. Linder, Jacob M. Ludwig, Keith R. Maile
  • Patent number: 11247042
    Abstract: An implantable electrical contact arrangement is described which has at least one electrode body arrangement composed otherwise entirely of biocompatible, electrically insulating material, with at least one freely accessible electrode surface enclosed directly or indirectly by the biocompatible electrically insulating material. The invention is characterized in that the electrode body arrangement has a stack-shaped layer composite which provides at least one gold layer connected to an iridium layer via a diffusion barrier layer. The stack-shaped layer composite by being completely encapsulated by an SiC layer, with the exception of at least one surface region of the iridium layer facing to be directed away from the layer composite. The SiC layer has an SiC layer surface which is facing to be directed away from the stack-shaped layer composite and which is adjoined directly or indirectly by the biocompatible, electrically insulating material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: NEUROLOOP GMBH
    Inventors: Tim Boretius, Fabian Kimmig, Christina Sebastian Hassler, Dennis Plachta
  • Patent number: 11224725
    Abstract: A trans-atrial septal catheter system for delivery of a steerable sheath into the left atrium contains three components. The first component is a three-segmented needle-guide wire composed of a distal needle designed to flex sharply in relation to the conjoined looped guide wire segment after fossa ovalis puncture and needle advancement. The distal guide wire loops are advanced into the left atrium maintaining the angled needle in a central location relevant to the loops for preserving an atraumatic position while stabilizing the loops in the left atrium. The elongated proximal extra stiff guide wire segment is conjoined to the looped segment which crosses the fossa ovalis and extends proximally to become externalized to the femoral vein. This segment is extra stiff and significantly elongated to permit catheter and device exchanges. The guide wire serves as a support rail over which the dilator and sheath can be advanced into the left atrium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: Baylis Medical Company Inc.
    Inventors: Wesley Robert Pedersen, Paul Sorajja
  • Patent number: 11219773
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an electrical connector cap, in particular for an implantable lead, the electrical connector cap comprising an elongated body having at least one lumen and at least one through hole extending from an outer surface of the elongated body into the lumen, and at least one electrically conductive member arranged on an outer circumference of the elongated body over said at least one through hole of the elongated body. Furthermore, said at least one electrically conductive member comprises at least one through hole (extending from an outer surface of the electrically conductive member into the lumen through said at least one through hole of the elongated body. The disclosure further relates to implantable lead assemblies comprising said electrical connector cap, and to an implantable lead member usable with said electrical connector cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Sorin CRM SAS
    Inventor: Jean-Francois Ollivier
  • Patent number: 11179198
    Abstract: An ablation catheter adapted for use with a guide wire has a 3-D shaped portion that carries ring electrodes for ablating a vessel or tubular region, including the renal artery. The 3-D shaped portion, for example, a helical portion, enables the ring electrodes to contact an inner surface of the vessel at a plurality of locations at different depths along the vessel to form a conduction block without forming a closed conduction loop which would otherwise increase the risk of stenosis of the vessel. In one embodiment, the catheter has a lumen with entry and exit ports to allow the guide wire to pass through the lumen but bypass the 3-D shaped portion. In another embodiment, the catheter has outer bands providing side tunnels through which the guide wire can pass through.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: BIOSENSE WEBSTER (ISRAEL) LTD.
    Inventors: Kristine B. Fuimaono, Debby Esther Grunewald
  • Patent number: 11154247
    Abstract: Some embodiments of pacing systems employ wireless electrode assemblies to provide pacing therapy. The wireless electrode assemblies may wirelessly receive energy via an inductive coupling so as to provide electrical stimulation to the surrounding heart tissue. In certain embodiments, the wireless electrode assembly may include one or more biased tines that shift from a first position to a second position to secure the wireless electrode assembly into the inner wall of the heart chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: William J. Drasler, Michael J. Pikus, Roger Hastings, Scott R. Smith, Daniel M. Lafontaine, Douglas R. Saholt, Graig L. Kveen, Martin R. Willard
  • Patent number: 11122992
    Abstract: A method, including receiving from a sensor affixed to a probe, signals output by the sensor in response to a calibrated magnetic field, and estimating, using calibration data, location coordinates of the sensor. Using the calibration data and the estimated location, an estimated vector including orientation coordinates is computed, and updated orientation coordinates that best fit the received signals to the estimated vector are computed for the estimated location. Based on the updated orientation, updated location coordinates that best fit the received signals to the estimated vector are computed. The steps of computing the vector, computing the orientation, and computing the location and monitoring changes in the updated location are repeated until the changes are linear. Upon the changes being linear, a final location of the sensor is computed using a linear projection from the updated location, and a position of the probe is presented based on the final location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: BIOSENSE WEBSTER (ISRAEL) LTD.
    Inventors: Assaf Govari, Vadim Gliner
  • Patent number: 11116942
    Abstract: A medical probe, including a flexible insertion tube having a proximal segment and a deflectable distal segment, and containing first and second lumens running longitudinally through the insertion tube, wherein the first and second lumens are twisted around each other in the proximal segment, and run parallel to each other in the deflectable distal segment. The medical probe also includes first and second wires running respectively through the first and second lumens and having respective first and second distal ends, which are anchored within the deflectable distal segment of the insertion tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: BIOSENSE WEBSTER (ISRAEL) LTD.
    Inventors: Christopher Thomas Beeckler, Maribeth Esguerra Wilczynski, Joseph Thomas Keyes