Electrical Energy Applied Through Plural Paths Patents (Class 607/148)
  • Patent number: 10849520
    Abstract: An electrode configured to provide electrical contact with the skin of a user and configured to be positioned on or near a mastoid region of the user is provided. The electrode comprises an electrically conductive contact configured to receive electrical signals from the skin of the user, and a skin coupler that couples the contact with the skin of the user. The skin coupler comprises an adhesive layer that adhesively engages the skin. The skin coupler also comprises a base region that surrounds the contact, and at least two extension regions that extend away from the base region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventor: Charles Thomas
  • Patent number: 10751535
    Abstract: Systems and methods provide stimulation of peripheral targets such as targets in the lower limbs. Electrode arrays realized in circumferential or longitudinal embodiments have pads with horizontal and/or vertical offsets. Electrode array geometries are customizable and adaptable to individual users and treatment of different disorders. Novel systems of customization include software and hardware implemented solutions. A single device can provide treatment of two or more disorders or unwanted states using selected electrode geometries and stimulation protocols. Systems and methods for assessment of candidate stimulation sites and protocols use subjective or objective measures or both to determine which meet stimulation success criteria. Simulation is provided using transcutaneous, percutaneous, or implantable stimulators. A main advantage is the improved treatment of pelvic floor disorders, and especially overactive bladder (OAB).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: EBT Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Sasha John, Paul B. Yoo
  • Patent number: 10537736
    Abstract: There is disclosed a skin care device comprising a main body configured to define an exterior; a tip head projected from the main body; a front cap configured to define a front surface of the tip head; a first electrode unit comprising a plurality of pin-electrodes aligned in a front surface of the front cap in an exposed array shape; a second electrode unit comprising positive electrodes and negative electrodes which are dividedly aligned in both sides of the first electrode unit; and a controller configured to control a high frequency voltage to be applied to the first electrode unit and the second electrode unit independently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Seokjung Hyun, Gueisam Lim, Nayoung Kim, Dongwon Kim
  • Patent number: 10342971
    Abstract: An electrode array with a flexible array substrate on which plural spaced apart electrodes are disposed. Integrated circuits are disposed in the array substrate. The integrated circuits are mounted to package substrates. The package substrates are more rigid than the array substrate. Internal to each package substrate is at least one electrical conductor. The electrical conductor extends from a bond pad integral with integrated circuit at least partially through the package substrate. The electrical conductor functions as the conductive member that extends between the integrated circuit an electrode with which the integrated circuit is associated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: STRYKER CORPORATION
    Inventors: John J. Janik, Robert A. Brindley, Edward Chia-Ning Tang, James Bernard Dunlop, Leland Joseph Spangler
  • Patent number: 10130805
    Abstract: The set for the electrical stimulation of a patient, comprises a backing, at least one electrically active zone and a wire connected to said electrically active zone for connection to a stimulator. Said backing has the shape of a bandage or of a plaster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Empi, Inc.
    Inventors: Klaus Schonenberger, Valere Vriz
  • Patent number: 9962549
    Abstract: A system and method for programming a neurostimulation device coupled to a plurality of electrodes implanted adjacent tissue of a patient are provided. A first electrode configuration corresponding to a first mode of programming the neurostimulation device is defined. A second programming mode of programming the neurostimulation device different from the first programming mode is selected. A second electrode configuration is defined based on the first electrode configuration in response to the selection of the second programming mode. The neurostimulation device is programmed using the second programming mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Sridhar Kothandaraman, Dongchul Lee, Mun Pook Lui
  • Patent number: 9954309
    Abstract: Discussed generally herein are methods and devices including or providing a magnetic, detachable, conductive connector to provide an electrical and mechanical connection between parts. A device can include a first substrate, at least one electric component on or at least partially in a first surface of the first substrate, an adhesive on the first surface of the first substrate to temporarily attached the device to skin of a user, a contact pad electrically coupled to an electric component of the at least one electric component, the contact pad on or at least partially in a second surface of the substrate, the first surface opposite the second surface, and a conductive magnetic connector electrically and mechanically connected to the contact pad through a first conductive adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Feras Eid, Sasha N. Oster, Adel A. Elsherbini, Aleksandar Aleksov, Johanna M. Swan, Amit Sudhir Baxi, Vincent S. Mageshkumar
  • Patent number: 9533154
    Abstract: A system and method for programming a neurostimulation device coupled to a plurality of electrodes implanted adjacent tissue of a patient are provided. A first electrode configuration corresponding to a first mode of programming the neurostimulation device is defined. A second programming mode of programming the neurostimulation device different from the first programming mode is selected. A second electrode configuration is defined based on the first electrode configuration in response to the selection of the second programming mode. The neurostimulation device is programmed using the second programming mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Sridhar Kothandaraman, Dongchul Lee, Mun Pook Lui
  • Patent number: 9486618
    Abstract: A system for electrically stimulating a user comprising: a first housing portion defining an array of openings; an array of permeable bodies with portions exposed through the array of openings and wetted with a solution that facilitates electrical coupling between the system and a body region of the user, wherein each permeable body has a cavity at a proximal portion and a distal portion and is configured to transmit the solution to the body region of the user; a substrate region defining an array of protrusions configured to support the array of permeable bodies and composed of a conductive polymer; and a set of conductors in communication with the substrate region and including a first conductor that provides a first subset of the array of permeable bodies with a first polarity and a second conductor that provides a second subset of the array of permeable bodies with a second polarity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Halo Neuro, Inc.
    Inventors: Brett Wingeier, Tal Bar-Or, Colin Davis, Victoria Hammett, Randall Lin
  • Patent number: 9474891
    Abstract: Neurostimulators for application of transdermal electrical stimulation (TES) and methods of using them for comfortably inducing a cognitive effect. The apparatuses described herein may include hardware, software and/or firmware components that are configured to safely and effectively apply high current intensity (e.g., using a high voltage source). These apparatuses may also include circuitry configured to deliver complex (e.g., ensemble) TES current waveforms that incorporate capacitive discharge current at selected portions of the delivered waveform to enhance user comfort. Methods of operating these devices to reduce capacitance buildup on the user's skin by delivering integrated capacitive discharging currents are also included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Thync Global, Inc.
    Inventors: Remi Demers, Jay Frederick Hamlin, Wing Law, Sumon K. Pal, Jonathan Charlesworth
  • Patent number: 9358180
    Abstract: In a stimulus method, a stimulus applying apparatus is attached to an area selected from a group of specific parts of a body surface by an acupuncture needle(s) or heating etc. thereby releasing the stress, and a stress-free medical treatment method based on the stimulus method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Inventor: Kenji Ryotokuji
  • Patent number: 9332918
    Abstract: In one embodiment, the invention relates to systems, methods, and apparatus relating to the detection of a neuropathy such as a periopertive neuropathy. In one embodiment, a wristband comprising a plurality of anodes and cathodes is used. The wristband can be a component in a electrode array that includes a plurality of reference or recording electrodes. The electrode array can be configured to stimulate and collect responsive signals from an ulnar, a median, radial and posterior tibial nerve. The simulation and signal collection can be performed on a continuous basis for time periods of interest such as a given perioperative time period using a monitoring device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Inventors: Jill Buckley, Jay L. Shils
  • Patent number: 9304588
    Abstract: A tactile communication apparatus that includes a signal receiver configured decode data received via a wireless signal, a tactile communication device containing a plurality of pins on one side, each pin configured to respectively move in both an outward direction and inward direction to form a plurality of pin combinations based on a plurality of activation signals, and a communication processor configured to generate the plurality of pin activation signals based on the received data so as to convey the data to a user through the plurality of pin combinations of the tactile communication device. Data conveyed to the user includes data from external events, such as sporting or theatrical events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Inventor: Thieab Aldossary
  • Patent number: 9248272
    Abstract: A pre-electrode for a stimulation lead includes a generally cylindrical body having an exterior surface, an interior surface, a proximal end, and a distal end. The body includes segmented electrodes disposed along the body in a spaced-apart configuration, connecting material coupling each of the segmented electrodes to one another and forming the exterior surface of the body, and cutouts defined between adjacent segmented electrodes. In some instances, the pre-electrode includes at least one depression in the exterior surface of the pre-electrode over one of the segmented electrode so that the pre-electrode is thinner at the depression than at immediately adjacent portions of the pre-electrode. In some instances, the pre-electrode includes at least one aperture extending into the body from the exterior surface and between two of the segmented electrodes with portions of the connecting material forming borders between the aperture and the proximal and distal ends of the pre-electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventor: Daniel James Romero
  • Patent number: 9205266
    Abstract: A system and method for programming a neurostimulation device coupled to a plurality of electrodes implanted adjacent tissue of a patient are provided. A first electrode configuration corresponding to a first mode of programming the neurostimulation device is defined. A second programming mode of programming the neurostimulation device different from the first programming mode is selected. A second electrode configuration is defined based on the first electrode configuration in response to the selection of the second programming mode. The neurostimulation device is programmed using the second programming mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventors: Sridhar Kothandaraman, Dongchul Lee, Mun Pook Lui
  • Publication number: 20150148878
    Abstract: Methods and systems for improving nerve stimulation are disclosed and are termed enhanced transcutaneous electrical stimulation (eTENS). One embodiment can be used for enhancing the excitation properties of neural tissue. In one embodiment, systems and methods are provided to enable the selective modulation of specific (targeted) neural substrate, while minimizing the activation of adjacent (non-targeted) nervous tissue, or differentially providing different modulation signals to tissue targeted by different implants. In one embodiment, the system consists of an implant that is used to modify the extracellular potential (i.e. activating function) generated by an independent electrical stimulus generator. Certain aspects of this technology can be applied to any part of the central and peripheral nervous systems. Particular embodiments of this technology provide for therapy related to urological disorders.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: PAUL B. YOO, MICHAEL SASHA JOHN
  • Patent number: 9037270
    Abstract: A textile for providing traditional Chinese medicine therapy to a wearer using electronic stimulation includes at least two conductive paths that are made from conductive textile material, the conductive paths are separated by nonconductive textile material, at least one pair of electrodes attach to the conductive paths corresponding to specific part of body or acupoints according to traditional Chinese medicine theory, and an electronic stimulation signal controller configured to conduct electronic stimulation signals to the electrodes via the conductive paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
    Inventors: Li Li, Wai Man Raymond Au, Kwok Shing Thomas Wong, Wai Yee Joanne Chung, Kam Man Wan, Sai Ho Wan
  • Patent number: 9031665
    Abstract: An external controller/charger system for an implantable medical device is disclosed, in which the external controller/charger system provides automatic switching between telemetry and charging without any manual intervention by the patient. The external controller/charger system includes an external controller which houses a telemetry coil and an external charging coil coupled to the external controller. Normally, a charging session is carried out using the external charging coil, and a telemetry session is carried out using the telemetry coil. However, when a patient requests to carry out telemetry during a charging session, the external charging coil is used instead of the internal telemetry coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
    Inventor: Daniel Aghassian
  • Publication number: 20150127065
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a percutaneous neurostimulator (11) consisting of a printed circuit board, the main elements of which are a microcontroller (14) and two electrodes having opposed polarity, and operating according to an intensity of about 1 ?A and a frequency or a combination of sequential frequencies chosen amongst eight possible frequencies: 8 Hz, 12 Hz, 16 Hz, 20 Hz, 24 Hz, 28 Hz, 32 Hz, 36 Hz.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Mario PASTORELLI
  • Publication number: 20150112417
    Abstract: A device for applying electrical stimulation to a surface of the human body utilizes a calibrated, pre-arranged pattern of conducting, current emitting elements to distribute current throughout an entire surface at once, such as human face, without needing to alter the device to accommodate various are sizes, including varying face sizes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: WAYNE D. GONTERMAN
  • Patent number: 9014821
    Abstract: This invention provides a method of using a catheter for mapping parasympathetic or sympathetic renal nerve for treatment of disease caused by systemic renal nerve hyperactivity, wherein the catheter comprises a shaft having a proximal end configured to be connected to an energy source, and a distal end (catheter tip) which is in the form of a single helix, double helix or multiple prongs having one or more electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Symap Holding Limited
    Inventor: Jie Wang
  • Patent number: 9008794
    Abstract: A portable multi-sensor device includes a substantially sheet-like and at least partially flexible unit support element, a garment to be worn by a user and to be removably associated with the support element, a plurality of sensors, adapted to detect biological and/or vital parameters on the body of a user and transduce them into electric signals, at least one of which is incorporated in the unit support element, a transceiver for remote transmission of the electric signals to a remote monitoring center, a processing and control unit for processing and controlling the electric signals, therapeutic treatment elements associated with the unit support element and designed to contact one part of the wearer's body. The therapeutic treatment elements are electrically connected to the processing and control unit to be controlled thereby and to provide therapeutic and/or thermal therapeutic treatment to an area of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventor: Alberto Alexandre
  • Publication number: 20150065838
    Abstract: A system for electrically stimulating and/or detecting bioelectrical signals of a user comprising: an array of permeable bodies configured to absorb a solution that facilitates electrical coupling with a body region of the user; a housing defining an array of protrusions conforming to the body region and comprising: an array of channels distributed across the array of protrusions, each channel at least partially surrounding a permeable body, configured to deliver the solution to the permeable body, and comprising a barrier that prevents passage of the permeable body past the barrier, and a manifold configured to distribute the solution to the array of channels; and a coupling subsystem comprising a first electrical coupling region in electrical communication with an interior of the manifold, wherein the first electrical coupling region is configured to couple to a second electrical coupling region that couples the first electrical coupling region to the electronics subsystem.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Brett Wingeier, Daniel S. Chao, Andrew Chang, Lee Von Kraus, Amol Sarva
  • Publication number: 20150051685
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention include an apparatus and method for treatment of pain by a device that provides transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation. The device includes an applicator equipped with an electric pulse provider that sends an electric pulse to a set of electrodes disposed in an applicator head. The device is placed onto the skin of a patient's body at the point where the patient experiences pain and such that the electrodes of the device contact the skin of the patient while an insulating land area between the electrodes compresses the nerve during transmittal of the electric pulse through the electrodes and into the patient's body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: N & C HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventor: Norman R. Schroeder
  • Publication number: 20150032195
    Abstract: The desensitizing device contains an electrical stimulation member optionally configured on a support member. The electrical stimulation member contains a control circuit, at least two electrodes, and an electricity supply element. The electricity supply element provides electricity to the control circuit, and the control circuit generates a stimulating current to the electrodes. By configuring a male genital with the support member so that the electrodes are in contact with the penis skin, the stimulating current produced by the control circuit is conducted to the electrodes and provides a low-strength subcutaneous nerve stimulation through the penis skin. The subcutaneous nerve is as such temporarily numbed and desensitized.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: GiMer Medical Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wei-Tso Lin, Chen-Tun Wu, Chan-Yi Cheng, Chi-Heng Chang
  • Publication number: 20150012079
    Abstract: Various aspects of this disclosure relate to a patch for treating a patient for chronic pain and for cosmetic treatment. As consistent with one or more embodiments, neurostimulation is carried out via stimulating electrodes and one or more reference electrodes applied externally to a region of pain (e.g., by applying current between 0.2 and 60 mA to skin). The area to be treated is located either by a stimulating device, or by using at least one of the stimulating electrodes on the device itself to locate the pain prior to treatment. The electrodes are applied to the patient's skin as located using firm pressure while a stimulating pulse is applied as treatment. This action produces a remarkable and unexpected level of pain relief over a wide area. Aspects of the disclosure extend to a method for the treatment of chronic pain using the above-mentioned parameters and procedures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventor: Teodor Goroszeniuk
  • Publication number: 20150005690
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a device for treatment of a wound by attachment to the skin, comprising a set of electrodes arranged on a carrier member and connected to an electrical power source having a first and a second terminal which are connected to each of the electrodes, wherein the set of electrodes comprises two non-interconnected electrically conducting wires arranged in a pattern on said carrier member and that the electrically conducting wires are provided with an irregular surface structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: Tommy Busted
  • Patent number: 8909337
    Abstract: Various aspects of the present subject matter provide devices and methods to treat AV-conducted ventricular tachyarrhythmia (AVCVT). According to various embodiments of the method, an AVCVT is sensed, an IVC-LA fat pad is stimulated when the AVCVT is sensed to block AV conduction, and bradycardia support pacing is provided while the IVC-LA fat pad is stimulated. Other aspects and embodiments are provided herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Julia Moffitt, Andrew P. Kramer, Imad Libbus
  • Patent number: 8880178
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a functional electrical stimulation (FES) device and system. In one embodiment, sequential bipolar pulse stimulation may be provided to an area of a living body via one or more electrode leads applied to the area via a FES device comprising a current pulse generating circuit comprising output nodes for operative coupling to the one or more electrode leads, and configured for operative coupling to a voltage supply. The current pulse generating circuit generally comprises positive and negative stimulation paths drawing from the voltage supply to respectively apply positive and negative currents through the area via the one or more electrode leads. In one example, the stimulation paths comprise respective capacitive elements, a capacitance ratio of which dictating, at least in part, an amplitude ratio of the positive and negative currents, wherein periodic alternative activation of the stimulation paths provides the sequential bipolar pulse stimulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: University Health Network
    Inventors: Milos R. Popovic, Massimo Tarulli, Aleksandar Prodic, Peter Lehn
  • Patent number: 8880195
    Abstract: Transurethral systems and methods for delivering electrical energy and controlled, mild heating to a prostate tissue of a patient for destruction of cancerous and/or hyperplastic tissue. A method includes positioning an elongate urethral probe having an expandable member with electrode elements at a target location in the patient's urethra, and inflating or expanding at the target location. Secondary electrodes are positioned within or adjacent to the prostate tissue and spaced from the electrode elements of the expandable member, and an alternating electrical current flow is established between the electrode elements of the expandable member and the one or more secondary electrodes. Current delivery can be selected so as to destroy or ablate cancerous cells of the prostate tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: LaZure Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Larry Azure
  • Patent number: 8874233
    Abstract: Systems and methods for modulating a physiological process are provided to enable precise delivery of signals to a predetermined treatment site. The systems may comprise an implantable device and an electrical lead body. The electrical lead body may comprise a plurality of transducer contacts in close proximity to an end of the electrical lead body, and a control unit positioned within the lead body in close proximity to the plurality of transducer contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan McLaughlin, John Lachapelle, Tirunelveli S. Sriram, Brian Smith
  • Patent number: 8874220
    Abstract: A device for cranial nerve stimulation of an individual is disclosed, having a signal driver unit for producing a current; an intraoral stimulation board having at least one primary electrode, and at least one secondary electrode positioned on the individual for communicating a current through the individual, wherein current can flow between the intraoral stimulation board and the secondary electrode. The device may be used to treat a number of ailments. In one embodiment, the device provides input representing two planes of movement, or is used as a gaming controller. A method of using an electrical stimulation system is also disclosed, comprising the steps of: a) positioning the intraoral stimulation board within the individual's mouth; b) connecting the secondary electrode to the individual; c) operating the signal driver unit for a predetermined time to provide a current flow between the intraoral stimulation board and the secondary electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Nuraleve Inc.
    Inventors: Ovidiu Ioan Draghici, Izmail Batkin, Miodrag Bolic, Ian Stanley Chapman, Alexey Borisenko, Daniel Shapiro, Stanley Shapiro, Brian Dressler
  • Publication number: 20140316507
    Abstract: A patch for a therapeutic electrical stimulation device includes a shoe connected to the first side of the patch, the shoe including a body extending in a longitudinal direction from a first end to a second end, and having first and second surfaces, the first end of the shoe defining at least two ports, and the first surface of the shoe defining a connection member. The patch also includes at least one conductor positioned in the ports of the first end of the shoe. The shoe is configured for sliding insertion into a receptacle defined by a controller so that the conductor is connected to the controller to deliver electrical current from the controller, through the conductor, and to the electrodes, and the connection member is at least partially captured by a detent defined by the controller in the receptacle to retain the shoe within the receptacle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventors: Thomas Jerome Bachinski, Richard Paul Shindley, Dennis Lutz
  • Patent number: 8862246
    Abstract: Temporarily or permanently implantable medical device, having at least one longitudinally extended first electrical conductor having a functional lead, which is connected to a functional electrode pole for dispensing therapeutic signals or for detecting diagnostic signals, and including at least one second electrical conductor, which is coupled to the functional lead and is guided with it in a shared insulating sheathing, such that a coupling between the functional lead and the second electrical conductor is designed to input electromagnetic radiofrequency waves guided in the functional lead at least partially into the second electrical conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Biotronik SE & Co. KG
    Inventors: Klaus Bartels, Heinrich Buessing, Timo Frenzel, Gernot Kolberg, Michelle Maxfield, Ingo Weiss
  • Patent number: 8862247
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for the electrostimulation therapy of the human body, comprising several electrodes (1) that contact the body surface and apparatuses (3-5) for applying voltage to the electrodes (1). According to the invention, the electrodes are arranged in a line and the apparatuses are provided to apply voltage to the electrodes (1) consecutively along the line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventors: Erhard Schoendorf, Michael Schoendorf, Thomas Schoendorf
  • Publication number: 20140303471
    Abstract: Implementations disclosed herein provide for a microneedle electrode system comprising a microneedle electrode patch connected to external electronics. The microneedle electrode patch comprises a first flexible substrate having a plurality of conductive pads disposed thereon, a plurality of three-dimensional, individually addressable microneedle electrode arrays where each array has a plurality of microneedles extending from an upper surface thereof and a lower surface adapted to contact a corresponding one of the plurality of conductive pads disposed on the first substrate, and a second flexible substrate having a plurality of openings defined therein dimensioned to accommodate at least a portion of the upper surface of the microneedle electrode array from which the microneedles extend.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventors: Swaminathan Rajaraman, Julian A. Bragg, James D. Ross, Amanda Preyer
  • Publication number: 20140277326
    Abstract: A method of treating a wide variety of heretofore considered unrelated ailments comprises delivering electricity through a circuit in the body. The circuit includes at least four nerves leading from at least two of the patient's extremities to various nerve roots adjacent the spinal column. Electrical energy from an electrical interferential therapy device is delivered through electrodes on the extremities adjacent the nerve endings until symptoms of the diagnosed ailment ameliorates. Sending impulses from the periphery to the central nervous system appears to the help the body manufacture various neuropeptides and other chemicals which control the essential basics of the body's health and well being.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Donald A. Rhodes
  • Publication number: 20140277327
    Abstract: A focal tissue stimulator is provided that includes a pair of concentric conductors. The conductors may include an inner conductor, and an outer conductor that has an elliptical annular shape and surrounds the inner conductor. The outer conductor may have a minor axis and a mutually-perpendicular, major axis, with a first portion of the outer conductor proximate the minor axis being closer in proximity to the inner conductor than a second portion of the outer conductor proximate the major axis. In this regard, the inner and outer conductors may be coupled or couplable to respective leads configured to deliver current for passage therebetween, with the elliptical annular shape of the outer conductor creating a pathway of increased current density at the first portion relative to the second portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Brett Lane Netherton
  • Publication number: 20140257436
    Abstract: A stimulation therapy device provides an electrical stimulation therapy to branches of the tibial nerve of a patient. The device comprises a support member configured to be worn around the ankle or foot of the patient, first and second pairs of electrodes attached to the support member, and a stimulation circuit attached to the support member. The stimulation circuit is configured to deliver electrical stimulation pulses through the first and second pairs of electrodes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: AMS Research Corporation
    Inventors: David J. Yonce, John Jason Buysman, Richard A. Lundeen, Jeffrey John Childs
  • Publication number: 20140257449
    Abstract: A conductive garment. Conductive fabric sections are each separated by a nonconductive strip. An electrical contact is connected to each conductive fabric section. An attachment pad connects the conductive garment to a support wrap. The nonconductive strip is a sufficient width so that it is able to cover a section of the human body where the user does not want electricity applied. In a preferred embodiment, the nonconductive strip is of sufficient width to cover the spine of a human being.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventor: Jace Helmer
  • Publication number: 20140228927
    Abstract: An electro-acupuncture device for controlling over active bladder is described. The device includes a housing, circuitry for generating electro-acupuncture stimulus disposed within the housing, and at least one strap for securing the housing to the ankle. The device also includes a pair of D-shaped electrodes received within the bottom outer surface of the housing. The housing of the device is flexible with a low profile and is shaped so that it is conformal to a person's ankle. When the device is strapped to a patient's ankle, the electrodes contact the ankle and provide electric stimulation to the tibial nerve within the ankle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: Neurowave Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Aftab Ahmad, Matthew J. Geary, Farhan Hussain
  • Publication number: 20140228906
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to methods, devices and systems used for the treatment of mood, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder, and cognitive and behavioral disorders (collectively, neuropsychiatric disorders) via stimulation of the superficial elements of the trigeminal nerve (“TNS”). More specifically, cutaneous methods of stimulation of the superficial branches of the trigeminal nerve located extracranially in the face, namely the supraorbital, supratrochlear, infraorbital, auriculotemporal, zygomaticotemporal, zygomaticoorbital, zygomaticofacial, infraorbital, nasal and mentalis nerves (also referred to collectively as the superficial trigeminal nerve) are disclosed herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
    Inventors: Christopher DeGiorgio, Ian A. Cook, Alejandro Covalin, Patrick R. Miller, Lara Schrader
  • Patent number: 8761905
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, and systems are provided to stimulate multiple sites in a heart. A controller senses electrical activity associated with sinus rhythm of the heart. A signal generator is configured to generate an electrical signal for stimulating the heart. Based on the electrical signal, a distributor circuit then distributes the stimulating signals, such as pacing pulses, to a heart. The distributor circuit may vary the delay time between stimulating signals, inhibit a stimulating signal, trigger application of a stimulating signal, or vary the characteristics, such as the pulse width and amplitude, of a stimulating signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Mirowski Family Ventures, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Morton M. Mower
  • Publication number: 20140155977
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for performing non-invasive treatment of the human face and body by electroporation in lieu of cosmetic surgery is provided. The apparatus comprises a high voltage pulse generator and an applicator having two or more electrodes in close mechanical and electrical contact with the patient's skin for applying the pulses to the patient's skin. The applicator may consist of two pieces with one electrode having a sharp tip and another having a flat surface. High voltage pulses delivered to the electrodes create at the tip of the sharp electrode an electric field high enough to cause death of relatively large subcutaneous fat cells by electroporation. Moving the electrode tip along the skin creates a line of necrotic subcutaneous fat cells, which later are metabolized by the body. Multiple applications of the electrode along predetermined lines on the face or neck create shrinkage of the skin and the subcutaneous fat volume underlying the treated area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2014
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: ANGIODYNAMICS, INC.
    Inventors: Victor Chornenky, Ali Jaafar
  • Publication number: 20140155954
    Abstract: Provided is a device for strengthening a pelvic floor muscle. The device for strengthening a pelvic floor muscle includes a device body provided with a seating means on which a user can sit; and two or more electrode pads for applying a low frequency pulse, the electrode pads being disposed around a portion of the device body corresponding to the user's anus. In addition, a method for controlling the device for strengthening a pelvic floor muscle includes separately applying the generated low frequency pulse in a ramp up (Ru) time, a hold (Ht) time and a ramp down (Rd) time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: ALPHA MEDIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chang-Doo Lee
  • Patent number: 8715203
    Abstract: An electrode for applying electric fields to a patient includes a plurality of ceramic elements (e.g., ceramic discs) that are designed to be positioned against the patient's skin. Electrical connections are made to the ceramic elements (e.g., using a flex circuit). Temperature sensors (e.g., thermistors) are preferably provided at at least some of the ceramic elements to sense the temperature at the skin beneath the ceramic elements, so that appropriate action can be taken if an overtemperature condition is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Novocure Limited
    Inventor: Yoram Palti
  • Patent number: 8718796
    Abstract: The present invention relates to systems and techniques for stimulating a user. For example, materials and methods for manipulating nystagmus and the related vestibular system with coupling of galvanic vestibular stimulation (GVS) and visual cueing are provided herein. Use of GVS within the present invention may be applied to simulation, alleviating motion sickness, and directional cueing of a user to a precise target location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignees: Mayo Foundation for Medical Education, Research Vivonics, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Cevette, Jan Stepanek, Anna Galea
  • Patent number: 8712532
    Abstract: An ECT system capable of focusing the electrical signals on a specific portion of the patient's brain is provided. The ECT system includes a means of applying unidirectional electrical signals and asymmetric electrodes for focusing the signals on the patient. A method of titrating an electro-convulsive therapy (ECT) system and a method of operating an ECT system are also provided. The method includes setting an initial current value, administering an ECT signal to the patient, determining if the seizure threshold has been achieved, and repeating as necessary until the seizure threshold is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Mecta Corporation
    Inventor: Harold A. Sackeim
  • Patent number: 8682426
    Abstract: A medical instrument for delivering electrotherapy to tissue that includes an outer support member having a ground plate at a distal end of the outer support member, and a protrusive element having a tip that extends beyond the ground plate. A portion of the protrusive element proximate the ground plate can act as an electrical insulator and a portion of the protrusive element proximate the distal end of the protrusive element can include a first electrode. The protrusive element can be designed to penetrate into tissue below a tissue surface while a tissue contacting surface of the ground plate rests against the tissue surface. Also disclosed are systems incorporating the medical instrument and methods of electrotherapy to subsurface tissue using the medical instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Old Dominion Research Foundation
    Inventors: Karl H. Schoenbach, Stephen J. Beebe, Tammo Heeren, Juergen F. Kolb, Shu Xiao, Richard Blomgren, Roelof Trip
  • Patent number: 8615311
    Abstract: A microelectrode array having a substrate with a plurality of grooves and a plurality of electrical contact pads, the grooves each with at least one electrode electrically connected to at least one of the electrical contact pads, each of the grooves containing at least one myotube that overlays the at least one electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
    Inventors: Christopher Langhammer, Bonnie L. Firestein-Miller, Jeffrey Zahn