Light Pipe Applicator Patents (Class 607/93)
  • Patent number: 11260240
    Abstract: An attachment apparatus for use in combination with a known low-level laser therapy device. The apparatus is attachable to the front portion of, and operable with, a low-level laser therapy device for passing coherent light past the fur of an animal patient. The apparatus has a body with a plurality of pins that can be pushed through the fur, and which transmit a low-level laser therapy light to skin of the animal. The pins are composed of material that transmits the required light wavelength to the animal's skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Inventor: Yonatan Gerlitz
  • Patent number: 11007373
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for directing light radiation onto an intended treatment area to create an optimum power density in order to promote photobiostimulation to aid in the healing of damaged tissue in the intended treatment area. The apparatus includes a light emitting element capable of simultaneously emitting multiple beams of light radiation have multiple wavelengths onto a target surface area. A hand guide protects the hand of a user from being irradiated and a distance control element ensures a optimum distance between the light emitting element and the target surface area. The apparatus includes multiple layers of safety features to prevent thermal damage of the target surface area and to prevent leakage of the non-focussed light radiation into the atmosphere. The method includes steps for using the apparatus of the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Inventor: James Andrew Ohneck
  • Patent number: 10660525
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a device for monitoring and visualising electrical activity of biological tissue. The device uses a sensor arrangement comprising a matrix of conductive sensors and a transducing element for transducing electric fields in a variation of an optical property. In use, electric fields generated by the biological tissue are sensed by the sensor arrangement and transduced by the transducing element for optical imaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Newsouth Innovations PTY Ltd.
    Inventors: Francois Ladouceur, Nigel Hamilton Lovell
  • Patent number: 9962545
    Abstract: A hand-held device for combined light therapy and electrotherapy of a skin surface with acne, includes: a hand-held housing having an output port; at least one light source configured to emit light of different colors through the output port of the housing for light therapy of an acne lesion; and electrodes configured to apply a current across a center part of the output port for electrotherapy of the acne lesion, wherein the center part of the output port is located between the electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Unimed ApS
    Inventor: Bjarne Asah
  • Patent number: 9649507
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for delivering visible or infrared biostimulatory energy to bone marrow to subjects having or developing Alzheimer's disease. The radiation is delivered to sites remote from the brain at a dose sufficient to cause stimulated mesenchymal stem cells to appear in the brain and degrade ?-amyloid. The energy may be coherent light and can be administered transcutaneously, subcutaneously, or via an intramedullary probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: RAMOT AT TEL AVIV UNIVERSITY LTD.
    Inventors: Uri Oron, Hana Tuby, Dan Frenkel, Dorit Farfara
  • Patent number: 9507096
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein include fiber optic connectors employing a movable optical interface connected by optical fibers to a fiber optic cable, components and methods. In one embodiment, the movable optical interface moves between an extended position for cleaning by the user of the movable optical interface and a retracted position to optically connect the fiber optic connector to an optical device in a mechanically-secure manner. Because the fiber optic cable employs the movable optical interfaces, embodiments described herein involve one or more fiber protection features to prevent optical fiber attenuation and/or damage to the end portions of the optical fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: CORNING OPTICAL COMMUNICATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Micah Colen Isenhour, Dennis Michael Knecht, James Phillip Luther
  • Publication number: 20150119630
    Abstract: An electrical system including one or more bodies having an underlying structure resembling a double helix may be used, together with one or more flexible and transparent fibers that transmit electromagnetic radiation, to produce useful electromagnetic effects for various applications, including therapy. A flexible and transparent fiber may be a fiberoptic cable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: David G. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 9005261
    Abstract: A therapeutic laser with a source of pulsed electromagnetic radiation, a control device for controlling the intensity and/or the duration of the therapeutic laser applied to the tissue, and a detection device for detecting optoacoustic signals triggered by irradiating the living tissue with the pulsed electromagnetic radiation. The therapeutic laser is characterized by an evaluation device that acts on the control device and is used for calculating a degree of quality B(t) from the optoacoustic signals detected by the detection device for individual laser pulses applied to a predetermined laser spot and determining a fit function f(t) at a predetermined point in time ?t1, the fit function f(t) approximating the mean curve of B(t) for 0?t??t1. The intensity and/or the irradiation time of the therapeutic laser is defined by the parameters for the predetermined laser spot, the parameters being determined for the fit function f(t).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Medizinisches Laserzentrum Luebech GmbH
    Inventor: Ralf Brinkmann
  • Patent number: 8961580
    Abstract: There are provided an apparatus and a method for blocking abnormal conduction in the cardiac muscle using a photodynamic therapy or for treating arrhythmia. There is provided a catheter ablation apparatus for the treatment of arrhythmia using a photodynamic therapy, comprising a catheter leading a photoradiation unit to an abnormal electrical conduction site or a hyperexcitability occurring site in the cardiac muscle of a test subject in which a photosensitizer is present by administering the photosensitizer beforehand and which causes arrhythmia, means for generating a light ray with which the abnormal electrical conduction site or the hyperexcitability occurring site is irradiated, and means for transmitting the light ray to the abnormal electrical conduction site or the hyperexcitability occurring site, wherein the photosensitizer used is a water-soluble chlorine-based photosensitizer and the light ray used is a light ray having an excitation wavelength equal to that of the photosensitizer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Keio University
    Inventors: Tsunenori Arai, Shuntaro Hosokawa
  • Patent number: 8938295
    Abstract: An improvement in a light therapy device including multiple light-emitting diodes (LEDs) positioned in a handheld portable device is disclosed. Where the housing and the LEDs are configured to have direct contact with the skin or tissue of the user without any intermediary materials, and light the surface and underlying layers of tissue for photodynamic stimulation of the cells. Two iterations of the device utilize light known to have a bactericidal effect in the case or acne or Rosacea. The devices are fabricated from an injection molded plastic housing. The housing contains an arrangement of 36-72 LEDs on a circuit board in an arrangement to provide even lighting over the skin or tissue surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: LED Intellectual Properties, LLC
    Inventors: Craig Baird, Stan Stanbridge
  • Patent number: 8908740
    Abstract: A light emitting device, comprises: a light source that emits excitation light; a light guide that propagates the excitation light, and in which the refractive index of the center part (core) of a cross section is higher than the refractive index of the peripheral part (cladding); a wavelength conversion member that absorbs the excitation light propagated by the light guide and converts the wavelength thereof, and releases light of a predetermined wavelength band; and a shielding member that blocks the wavelength of at least part of the excitation light and the light emitted from the wavelength conversion member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Nichia Corporation
    Inventors: Shinichi Nagahama, Atsutomo Hama, Takafumi Sugiyama, Tomohisa Kishimoto
  • Patent number: 8852254
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for treating psychiatric disorders, mood disorders and circadian rhythm disorders with a multi-stage light protocol are disclosed. The presently disclosed multi-stage light protocol provides a synergistic treatment including up to 4 types of therapies: bright light therapy, extended sleep deprivation therapy, dawn simulation therapy and short to medium wavelength light therapy. According to some embodiments, the first stage of the protocol includes a first time window of 20 minutes during which, for a majority of the time, the light intensity is between 50 lux and 2000 lux. According to some embodiments, the second stage of the protocol includes a second time window of at least 90 minutes during which, for every 10 minute period within the second time window, for a majority of the time, the light intensity is exceeds 100 lux.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Inventor: Lucian Moscovici
  • Patent number: 8849081
    Abstract: Embodiments include an apparatus including an optical fiber having a proximal end and a distal end. The distal end of the optical fiber has a surface configured to emit energy transverse to a longitudinal axis of the optical fiber. The apparatus also includes a tube including a channel, and the distal end of the optical fiber is disposed in the channel of the tube. The apparatus further includes an element disposed at a distal end of the tube such that a pocket is formed in the channel of the tube between the element and the distal end of the optical fiber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Ty Fairneny, Isaac Ostrovsky, Michael O'Brien, William Asselin
  • Patent number: 8814921
    Abstract: Methods and systems for modifying tissue use a pressurized fluid stream carrying coherent light energy. The methods and systems may be used for resecting and debulking soft and hard biological tissues. The coherent light is focused within a stream of fluid to deliver energy to the tissue to be treated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: AquaBeam LLC
    Inventors: Nikolai Aljuri, Rodney C. Perkins
  • Patent number: 8790383
    Abstract: A method of light therapy includes non-invasive, intra-cranial administration of bright light via the ear canal of a subject by using a light intensity of 0.7-12 lumens, and a treatment time of 1-15 minutes. A medical device including radiation elements for directing the light via the ear canal for use in the light therapy is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Valkee Oy
    Inventors: Antti Aunio, Juuso Nissila
  • Patent number: 8731351
    Abstract: Embodiments include an apparatus including an optical fiber having a proximal end and a distal end. The distal end of the optical fiber has a surface configured to emit energy transverse to a longitudinal axis of the optical fiber. The apparatus also includes a tube including a channel, and the distal end of the optical fiber is disposed in the channel of the tube. The apparatus further includes an element disposed at a distal end of the tube such that a pocket is formed in the channel of the tube between the element and the distal end of the optical fiber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Ty Fairneny, Isaac Ostrovsky, Michael O'Brien, William Asselin
  • Patent number: 8701675
    Abstract: Techniques disclosed herein include systems and methods for treating spinal cord injury. Techniques include using a diode laser assembly, a power source, a fiber optic cable, and a fenestrated tip. The power source can be connected to the diode laser assembly, with a fiber optic cable connected to the diode laser assembly. The fenestrated tip is connected to the fiber optic cable to emit a plurality of laser light beams produced by the diode laser assembly at a location remote from the diode laser assembly. The apparatus can be used in a method for treating a spinal cord injury. The method is carried out by providing a source of laser light having a wavelength in the range of 500-1000 nm and a power in the range of 5 to 500 milliwatts. The laser light is transmitted through an optical wire to a position adjacent a spinal cord injury site, with at least a portion of the apparatus positioned within a human body. The spinal cord injury site is then irradiated with laser light from the optical wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Inventors: Samuel D. Schenker, Arthur Dale Ericsson
  • Patent number: 8702773
    Abstract: Various embodiments of an eccentric balloon catheter are disclosed. In some embodiments, an eccentric balloon catheter includes an eccentrically positioned guidewire tube, with an interior lumen, that extends at least a portion of the length of the catheter body. Optical fibers may extend the length of the catheter body and may also be eccentrically positioned within the catheter body. An inflatable balloon may be positioned within a window within the catheter body near the distal end of the catheter. When inflated, the balloon and catheter may slide relative to one another. When used within a vessel, an inflated balloon may press against a vessel wall and bias the catheter toward an opposite vessel wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: The Spectranetics Corporation
    Inventor: Jacob Keeler
  • Patent number: 8702769
    Abstract: A technique for detecting and providing alerts or indications that can be used for controlling or altering the displacement speed of an applicator coupling skin heating energy across a treated skin. A temperature sensor monitors the rate of skin temperature change and provides feedback related to altering the applicator displacement speed according to the rate of skin temperature change. Disclosed is also an applicator for implementing this method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Syneron Medical Ltd
    Inventors: Shimon Eckhouse, Lion Flyash, Boris Vaynberg
  • Patent number: 8696652
    Abstract: A light therapy device for applying an image produced from a therapeutically effective aqueous liquid, is provided. The device includes a slide, prepared by Kirlian and/or corona discharge photography, of a sample of an aqueous liquid removed from a liquid-retaining body and mixed with ethanol, and a projection device with a light device which emits visible light and is designed to project the slide onto an object, in particular a living being, in such a way that a sample of the liquid contained in a container which is permeable to and can be irradiated by the visible light is arranged in a light path between a unit, which holds the slide, of the projection device and the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Inventor: Andreas Korte
  • Patent number: 8685010
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method are provided for the treatment of soft tissue. The apparatus includes a light source and at least two optical assemblies. Each of the optical assemblies includes at least one optical element and a light-transmitting contact surface configured to transmit a substantially uniform distribution of light therethrough. The apparatus further includes at least two optical transmission devices each disposed between the light source and a corresponding one of the at least two optical assemblies. The apparatus also includes a handpiece to which the at least two optical assemblies are attached, and which is adapted to bring the light-transmitting contact surfaces of the at least two optical assemblies in contact with soft tissue disposed therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Gradiant Research, LLC
    Inventors: Kathleen McMillan, Anurag Gupta, James Patrick McGuire, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20140012354
    Abstract: A light-beam therapeutic apparatus ensured patient safety is disclosed, which includes an apparatus body portion having a light source; a light guide rod that guides light from the light source, a connecting socket, a cooling fan, an electronic component that performs control required for a therapy, and a control display panel that displays the contents of therapy; a therapeutic portion including a light guide portion including a plurality of bundled optical fibers, and a pad portion formed of the optical fibers spread out adjacently to one another into a flat-panel shape, wherein the therapeutic portion is formed into a light-receiving plug insertable into a connecting socket of the apparatus body portion, and the light-receiving plug is configured to be kept in a coupled state by an attracting action of a permanent magnet provided on the side of the connecting socket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Applicant: ATOM MEDICAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuo MATSUBARA, Terumi MATSUBARA, Naoki HONMA, Hiroki SUMA, Yoshiyuki TASHIRO
  • Publication number: 20130325087
    Abstract: A light-beam therapeutic apparatus used for a therapy for neonatal hyperbilirubinemia is disclosed, which includes an apparatus body portion having a light source; a light guide rod that guides light from the light source, a connecting socket, a cooling fan, an electronic component that performs control required for a therapy, and a control display panel that displays the contents of therapy; a therapeutic portion including a light guide portion including a plurality of bundled optical fibers, and a pad portion formed of the optical fibers spread out adjacently to one another into a flat-panel shape, and the therapeutic portion is formed into a light-receiving plug insertable into a connecting socket of the apparatus body portion, and the optical fibers positioned on the pad portion are subjected to exposing processing and have a protecting surface layer portion formed of a bag member filled with transparent and highly flexible high-molecular gel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Applicant: ATOM MEDICAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuo MATSUBARA, Terumi MATSUBARA, Naoki HONMA, Hiroki SUMA, Yoshiyuki TASHIRO
  • Patent number: 8568463
    Abstract: A modulating light having a wavelength of 600 nm to 1000 nm excluding a range of 870 nm to 910 nm is irradiated to a portion around hair roots such that a light absorptive component existing in a human body around the hair roots absorbs the light for modulating hair growth. The light having the wavelength in the above range enhances hair growth free from causing inflammation, yet safely and gentle to skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignees: Panasonic Corporation, National University Corporation Shimane University
    Inventors: Chosei Hamada, Masato Kinoshita, Kaori Naganuma, Takashi Matsuzaki
  • Patent number: 8551148
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a light irradiating apparatus including: a light source block configured to radiate a light to eyes of a user; a view line detection block configured to detect a view line direction of the user; and a light source control block configured to control the light radiated from the light source so as to restrict a light quantity in an area corresponding to a view line direction detected by the view line detection block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Takeshi Asakawa, Seija Wada, Yasufumi Shigeyoshi
  • Patent number: 8545543
    Abstract: This invention may be implemented as a microstructure probe for delivering light of variable color and/or power, via a set of integrated lightguides, from an optical source (or set of sources) to regions spatially arranged 3-dimensionally, with a length scale of microns to millimeters. In exemplary embodiments of this invention, a microstructure probe comprises many lightguides and is adapted to be inserted into neural or other tissue. The lightguides run in parallel along at least a portion of the axis of the probe. The probe may deliver light to many points along the axis of insertion of the probe. This invention may be implemented as an array of two or more such probes (each of which comprises multiple lightguides). This array may be used to deliver light to neural tissue in a complex 3D pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Anthony Zorzos, Clifton Fonstad, Edward Boyden, Jacob Bernstein
  • Patent number: 8518027
    Abstract: A phototherapy device includes a light source; a light emanation block; and a heat exchanger for the dissipation of heat from one or more heat loads associated with the device. Heat may be transferred via the heat exchanger from the light source independently of the dissipation of heat from one or more of the other device heat loads. Substantially thermally isolated heat transfer regions may be provided, and such regions may be maintained at different operating temperatures, to control the transfer of heat in conjunction with a phototherapy method and to promote efficient and enhanced device operation and performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Tria Beauty, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark V. Weckwerth, Charles A. Schuetz, Harvey I. Liu, Patrick Reichert, Tobin C. Island, Robert E. Grove
  • Patent number: 8486126
    Abstract: A method and device for light color therapy, which is a method for simultaneously exposing specific surface regions of the human body to light of specific but possibly different frequencies, temporal characteristics and polarization. The device is constructed to match anatomical details of the human body such as to apply the simultaneous local light exposures to the desired body regions and to compensate for possible movement of the head, thereby minimizing the time required for a single treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Inventor: Ed Kribbe
  • Patent number: 8480722
    Abstract: A device delivers light within a patient using an inner cannula, fiber optics, LED along an endotracheal tube, ETT or tracheostomy tube or a strip with embedded LED adhered to an ETT. The inner cannula includes a tubular thin walled device that transmits light by fiber optics or delivers electrical power to an LED. The light passes along one or more fibers placed within the walls of the inner cannula for outward delivery of the light. The light affects the inside of the cannula, the area between the cannula and the ETT, the area outside the ETT, and into the tracheobronchial tree. The light delivers an antimicrobial effect into the upper airway of a patient. Alternatively, the light delivery device involves tubes and cannulas attaching to existing medical tubes and devices. Alternatively, a transparent strip of embedded LED secures to an existing medical tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Inventor: Mark Klepper
  • Publication number: 20130144366
    Abstract: Stationary UV light therapy apparatus for treatment of vitamin D deficiency, comprising: a daylight and/or sunlight collector for collecting daylight and/or sunlight over a collector square area, a light transmission component for transmitting the light collected by the collector to the interior of a room of a building, an optical filter for transmission of UV-light included in the daylight and/or sunlight, and a light distributor for distributing the UV-light over a square area of the room, wherein the square area is a part or all of the room square area and larger than the collector square area, and building comprising the same.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Applicant: KING SAUD UNIVERSITY
    Inventor: KING SAUD UNIVERSITY
  • Publication number: 20130144365
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a flexible substrate including a modular electrode array disposed on the flexible substrate. The modular electrode array includes a plurality of electrode modules, where an electrode module includes a plurality of electrodes. The flexible substrate also includes a spatial separation between the electrode modules of the modular electrode array, and conductive interconnect coupled to the electrodes of the plurality of electrodes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Inventors: Daryl R. Kipke, Rio J. Vetter, Kc Kong, Jamille Hetke, David Anderson
  • Patent number: 8409176
    Abstract: A system/method for destruction/ablation of stones, calculi or other hard substances using laser is disclosed. Lithotripsy is particularly benefitted. The system comprises a diode laser source, one or more optical fibers and a liquid delivery system creating a liquid environment around stones (calculi). At least one emitted wavelength is highly absorbed in surrounding/covering medium, causing evaporation and cavitation effects that lead to stone/calculi destruction. Different radiation configurations may be used. in one embodiment continuous radiation is used to create sparkler-less plasma bubbles to destroy hard substances. In another embodiment high peak power pulsed radiation is used. Wavelengths of 1470 nm, 1940 nm, or 1550 nm are preferred. Additionally device/method is used with another wavelength having absorption in water e.g. 980 nm. Safer/improved methods/system provide enhanced lithotripsy treatments with shorter treatment times to destroy a wider range of stones with less tissue damage risk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Biolitec Pharma Marketing Ltd
    Inventors: Walter Cecchetti, Wolfgang Neuberger, Leonardo Cecchetti
  • Patent number: 8403922
    Abstract: A non-contact laser handpiece contains optical components modified to provide a high-density uniform laser beam at a distance from the handpiece that minimizes effects of back reflection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Biolase, Inc.
    Inventors: Dmitri Boutoussov, Manvel Andriasyan
  • Patent number: 8401610
    Abstract: The invention is a rotating tip catheter-imaging probe where electromagnetic energy is delivered to the distal end of a catheter and converted to mechanical energy using a light drive apparatus. The mechanical energy is then used to rotate a mirror that redirects light in fixed pattern on a sample. The rotating element of the light drive apparatus contains vanes, which rotate about an axis and positioned with bearings to minimize friction. A chamber encompasses the rotating element and is set to a vacuum pressure. The rotational speed of the catheter tip can be controlled by varying the optical power delivered to the vanes, the vacuum pressure in the chamber, or by a braking mechanism applied to the rotating element. The vanes may be shaped in a particular geometry to increase forces on the vanes from thermally driven gas flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Board of Regents, The University of Texas System
    Inventors: Thomas E. Milner, Nathaniel J. Kemp
  • Publication number: 20130013032
    Abstract: Skin disorders such as, for example, atopic dermatitis, dyshidrosis, eczema, lichen planus, psoriasis, and vitiligo, are treated by applying high doses of ultraviolet light to diseased regions of a patients skin. The dosage employed exceeds 1 MED, an MED being determined for the particular patient being treated, and may range from about 1 MED to about 20 MED or higher. The ultraviolet light has a wavelength within the range of between about 295 nanometers to about 320 nanometers and preferably is between about 300 nanometers and about 310 nanometers. High doses of ultraviolet light are restricted to diseased tissue areas so as to avoid risk of detrimental side affects in healthy skin, which is more susceptible to damage from UV light. Cooling the skin prior to and/or while exposing the skin to the UV light can be used to minimize tissue damage resulting from exposure to the UV light. Higher doses of UV light can therefore be employed without injurious affects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Applicant: PHOTOMEDEX
    Inventor: Dean S. Irwin
  • Publication number: 20120310310
    Abstract: An apparatus for carrying out antibacterial photodynamic therapy that includes an illumination means and a means for dispensing the photosensitizer, wherein the means for dispensing the photosensitizer is adapted in such a manner that the photosensitizer is dispensed in spatial proximity to the body region to be treated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Inventor: Peter PATEROK
  • Publication number: 20120303102
    Abstract: A method of mitigating the effect of bodily pathogens including providing a light applicator including a housing, a power supply, and at least one light source wherein the light source is configured to emit light in the ultraviolet range when energized by the power supply, and directing the applicator toward a bodily orifice so as to directly irradiate the orifice for a period of time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2010
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Applicant: UV Technologies ,LLC
    Inventor: Kevin McGuire
  • Publication number: 20120221079
    Abstract: A handpiece can treat biological tissue using electromagnetic radiation, which can be substantially fluorescent light. The handpiece includes a source of electromagnetic radiation and a waveguide. The waveguide is adjacent the source, receives electromagnetic radiation from the source, and delivers the electromagnetic radiation to the biological tissue. The handpiece also includes a system for moving a fluorescent substance through the waveguide. The fluorescent substance includes a fluid base and a fluorescing agent and is capable of modulating at least one property of the electromagnetic radiation. A device is provided to remove a fluorescing agent from the fluorescing substance so that more of the same fluorescing agent can be added to clean fluid base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Inventor: Morgan Lars Ake Gustavsson
  • Publication number: 20120215292
    Abstract: A handpiece can treat biological tissue using electromagnetic radiation, which can be substantially fluorescent light. The handpiece includes a source of electromagnetic radiation and a waveguide. The waveguide is adjacent the source, receives electromagnetic radiation from the source, and delivers the electromagnetic radiation to the biological tissue. The handpiece also includes a system for moving a fluorescent substance through the waveguide. The fluorescent substance includes a fluid base and a fluorescing agent and is capable of modulating at least one property of the electromagnetic radiation. A method is described for removing the fluorescing agent from the fluorescing substance and replacing it with a second, different fluorescing agent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Inventor: Morgan Lars Ake Gustavsson
  • Publication number: 20120215291
    Abstract: The present invention provides for eyeglasses used together with contact lenses to deliver light therapy to the wearer. The eyeglass lenses or frames feature an embedded light source in logical and electrical communication with power, sensors, processors, and other components contained within the eyeglasses. The eyeglass lenses or frames project light into complimentary contact lenses which refract, diffract or reflect light into the wearer's eyes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Inventors: Randall B. Pugh, William Chester Neeley, Robertson Towart, Mario Jozef Joanna Peeters, Wilhelmus Drinkenburg, Aleksandar Miletic
  • Publication number: 20120203310
    Abstract: The present invention provides for eyeglasses to deliver light therapy to the wearer. The eyeglass lenses or frames feature an embedded light source in logical and electrical communication with power, sensors, processors, and other components contained within the eyeglasses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Inventors: Randall B. Pugh, William Chester Neeley, Robertson Towart, Mario Jozef Joanna Peeters, Wilhelmus Drinkenburg, Aleksandar Miletic
  • Patent number: 8092507
    Abstract: An interstitial laser energy treatment apparatus having co-acting movable probe holders which facilitate positioning of a laser probe and thermal probe in different positions relative to a tissue mass such as the tumor to be treated and relative to each other to facilitate treating tissue masses based on the exact position, size and shape of the tissue mass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Novian Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony J. Tomasello, William Graveman, Kambiz Dowlatshahi, Henry R. Appelbaum
  • Patent number: 8080047
    Abstract: A light therapy device for rhinitis treatment. The light therapy device includes a hollow tube body with a longitudinal axis, being dimensioned and configured to permit insertion into a nostril of a treatment subject. A light emitting diode package disposed within the hollow tube body includes a first LED chip as a red light source and a second LED chip as an infrared light source. The first LED chip and the second LED chip are at different plane substantially orthogonal to the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: Mesure Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chu Yih Yu
  • Patent number: 7977658
    Abstract: A flexible infrared delivery apparatus useful for endoscopic infrared coagulating of human or animal blood and tissue or for other uses employs a source of infrared radiation which is not a laser and an elongated flexible fiber optic member which transmits radiation from the source to a contact portion at a distal end of the member and to a material such as human or animal tissue proximate the contact portion. The elongated member has an outer diameter which enables it to be inserted into and through an accessory channel of an endoscope to view the human or animal tissue or material to be treated with infrared radiation. A connector on the proximal end of the member allows the elongated member to be quickly connected to and disconnected from the apparatus where the member is aligned for receiving infrared radiation from the source. The contact portion defines a size, direction and shape of a radiation delivery area from the member to the human or animal tissue or material proximate the contact portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Precision Endoscopic Technologies
    Inventors: Robert M. Stuba, Michael S. Epstein, Richard M. Wolf
  • Publication number: 20110152979
    Abstract: Present invention discloses methods and devices for treating skin and nail infections such as onychomycosis and dermatophytosis, caused by pathogenic microbes such as fungi. in a preferred embodiment, a method for treating skin and nail infections comprises irradiating the treatment site with a light radiation source operating at one or more near infrared wavelengths which are absorbed by the pathogenic microbes, specifically operating at 980±30 nm, 1470±40 nm and/or 1900±60 nm. In another preferred embodiment, a method for treating skin and nail fungus comprises irradiating the treatment site with a device emitting laser radiation of 980±30 nm wavelength. In another embodiment, a device for treating toenail fungus comprises a laser radiation source which emits a combination of radiation wavelengths at about 980±30 nm and 1470±40 nm; or 980±30 nm and 1900±60 nm; or 1470±40 nm and 1900±60 nm; or 980±30 nm, 1470±40 nm and 1900±60 nm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2009
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Inventors: Tim Driscoll, Wolfgang Neuberger
  • Patent number: 7686839
    Abstract: Phototherapy treatment devices include a light emitter that is adapted to be placed in close proximity to a wound for applying light/heat energy to the wound to aid in the healing process. The light emitter may comprise a light guide that receives light from a light source or a light source that is affixed to a substrate used to position the light source over the wound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: Lumitex, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffery R. Parker
  • Publication number: 20100042188
    Abstract: The portable electronic device comprises radiation means (104A, 104B) for directing optical radiation energy non-invasively at intracranial nerve tissue of a user through an external auditory canal of the user of the portable electronic device to stimulate the user's intracranial nerve tissue. Stimulation may have a metabolic and/or nervous response, which appears as a change in alertness, diurnal rhythm and in concentrations of several hormones and brain transmitters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2007
    Publication date: February 18, 2010
    Inventors: Juuso Nissila, Antti Aunio
  • Publication number: 20090198173
    Abstract: An ambulatory device for use in therapeutic and/or cosmetic treatment has a localised light source such as an LED (e.g. 6; 19; 46; 119; 219). Light from the source is output through an output surface which, in use, covers the area to be treated, and light is distributed over that surface by means of a diffusing member (e.g. 14; 114; 214) of which the output surface may form an integral part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2007
    Publication date: August 6, 2009
    Applicant: Lumicure Limited
    Inventors: Ifor David William Samuel, James Ferguson, Andrew Paul McNeill
  • Publication number: 20090099628
    Abstract: Phototherapy devices for phototherapy treatment of a patient include a light emitter for emitting light received from a light source. Means may be provided for increasing the amount of power to the light source in response to a decrease in light output to maintain a substantially constant light output. The light source may be inside a housing and bonded to a heat sink attached to the back side of the housing to dissipate excess heat generated by the light source. Also the light source may comprise at least one LED that generates blue light output bands and at least one other LED that generates other color light output bands that are selectively mixed with the blue light output bands.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Publication date: April 16, 2009
    Inventor: Jeffrey B. Williams
  • 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