Thermal Applicators Patents (Class 607/96)
  • Patent number: 10806053
    Abstract: Techniques disclosed herein relate to using thermally conductive textiles for heat dissipation from wearable electronic devices. An exemplary thermally conductive textile may be constructed from an elasticated band for encircling a body part of a user (e.g., a user's head) and one or more thermally conductive wires that are affixed to the elasticated band in a wave pattern. The thermally conductive wires being arranged in the wave pattern allows for the thermally conductive wires to freely stretch and contract as forces are exerted on the elasticated band. Thus, the thermally conductive textile described herein exhibit elastic properties that are predominantly governed by the elasticated band while also exhibiting thermal properties that are predominantly governed by the thermally conductive wires. The thermally conductive textiles may also include locking fibers to restrict deformation of the wave pattern of the thermally conductive wires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Brian J. Toleno, Gavin D. Stanley, Douglas L. Heirich, Tzu-Yuan Lin, Sridhar Canumalla
  • Patent number: 10758404
    Abstract: The cooling system (100, 300, 400, 500, 700, 750) includes an applicator (101, 501, 701) configured to hold a predetermined amount of solid coolant and fluid coolant (117) to cool a targeted area of the body (162, 570) to crystalize the lipid-rich cells underneath the targeted area to reduce the fat cells. The applicator may include a thermoelectric cooler (TEC, 136, 704, 706) where the hot side is cooled by coolant held within the applicator. The cold side of the TEC may be thermally coupled to a cooling plate (138, 560) configured to cool a targeted area of the skin at a predetermined temperature range for a predetermined period of time. The cooling system may also be used to relieve localized pain at certain area of the body and/or utilized for cryotherapy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: DIVERGENT MED LLC
    Inventor: Sung Oh
  • Patent number: 10758738
    Abstract: One aspect of the present disclosure relates a system that can quickly and reversibly block conduction in a nerve. The system can include a first nerve block modality that provides heat to the nerve to block conduction in the nerve. For example, the heat can provide the quick nerve block. The system can also include a second nerve block modality that provides an electrical signal to the nerve to block the conduction in the nerve. For example, the electrical signal can provide the reversibility. In some instances, the heat can be provided by an infrared light signal and the electrical signal can be provided by a kilohertz frequency alternating current (KHFAC) signal or a direct current (DC) signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignees: CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY, VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Hillel Chiel, Niloy Bhadra, Mike Jenkins, Emilie Lothet, Tina Vrabec, Kevin Kilgore, Narendra Bhadra, Eric Duco Jansen
  • Patent number: 10695121
    Abstract: Controlling conductive fluid flow during an electrosurgical procedure. At least some of the example embodiments are methods including: flowing conductive fluid from a source lumen to a suction lumen of an electrosurgical wand, the flowing with the electrosurgical wand in a first orientation; sensing a change in orientation of the electrosurgical wand to a second orientation different than the first orientation; and changing a control parameter associated with the conductive fluid flow, the changing responsive to the change in orientation of the electrosurgical wand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: ArthroCare Corporation
    Inventor: David A. Cox
  • Patent number: 10682297
    Abstract: A method and system in accordance with a particular embodiments of the technology includes applying a substance onto skin of a human subject. The applied substance can include a freezing point depressant and a liposome, an oil-in-water emulsion, a water-in-oil emulsion, or an oil-in-oil emulsion and can be configured to protect or target tissue. The substance and a surface of the skin can be cooled using the applicator to treat acne and other skin conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Zeltiq Aesthetics, Inc.
    Inventors: Like Zeng, Joel N. Jimenez Lozano, Leonard C. DeBenedictis
  • Patent number: 10672520
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for determining, among other things, the temperature profile of a medical implant in a patient when subjected to an MRI scan or machine, thus enabling a determination of the risk of temperature induced tissue necrosis or damage to the implant. The specific position of the implant in the patient changes the temperature dispersion in the body and is accounted for in the creation of the temperature profile. The method includes mapping with an imaging unit location, size and orientation of the medical implant in a patient, and storing the location, size and orientation in a mapped data. Then, translating the data to a model patient of gender, age, weight, height, and body structure of the patient with a model medical implant. Further, determining the parameters of an MRI unit to be used and computing the temperature profile of the implant to ascertain temperature impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Inventors: Jeffrey Crompton, Kyle Koppenhoefer, Orlando Simonetti, David Gross
  • Patent number: 10660820
    Abstract: A unit has been designed to be applied within the area of physiotherapy and is applicable to both medical and athletic therapeutic programs to provide correction of functional states of the spine and the nervous system to eliminate nervous overloads, fatigue, and stress. Moreover, the unit corrects spinal disorders, paravertebral muscular disorders and can be used as a part of mobilizing procedures to act on biologically active body points, and as a part of therapeutic procedures to relieve the spine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Yara LLC
    Inventors: Valeriy Denisenko, Yuriy Koryukalov
  • Patent number: 10588778
    Abstract: A thermal control unit for controlling the temperature of a patient includes a fluid circulation channel with an inlet and outlet, a first heat exchanger, a controller, and a cartridge receptacle. The controller controls the first heat exchanger to adjust the temperature of the circulating fluid toward a desired temperature. The cartridge receptacle is adapted to receive a cartridge having a second heat exchanger and to allow fluid to flow from the cartridge into the fluid circulation channel of the thermal control unit. The cartridge may include a vacuum chamber and a coolant whereby the expansion of the coolant into the vacuum chamber cools the fluid in the cartridge. Flow of the coolant in the vacuum chamber may be automatically initiated upon insertion of the cartridge into the cartridge receptacle, or by other means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Gregory S. Taylor, Christopher John Hopper, Roy E. Holmberg, III
  • Patent number: 10582960
    Abstract: In one aspect, the present invention provides a method of cooling to produce selective disruption of visceral fat tissue in a non-infant human subject comprising infusing a cooled fluid into the abdominal or peritoneal cavity, or into other parts of the body containing visceral fat, to cool the proximal tissue sufficiently to selectively disrupt lipid-rich cells therein, for example, to promote subsequent damage and absorption of lipid-rich cells by the body without producing unwanted effects in non-lipid-rich cells; e.g., without injury to internal organ tissues that could otherwise produce life-threating risks. The cooled fluid can be infused using a catheter arrangement. The cooled fluid can be retained within the abdominal category for a particular duration, and then drained using the catheter arrangement. In certain embodiments, the cooled fluid can be simultaneously introduced into the abdominal cavity and drained therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: The General Hospital Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew M. Avram, Richard Rox Anderson, Joshua Tam
  • Patent number: 10555831
    Abstract: A method and system in accordance with particular embodiments includes applying a substance onto skin of a human subject. A method for treating a subject's skin includes applying a hydrogel to the skin which contains the substance. The hydrogel and the skin are cooled using a cooling applicator to treat tissue via the cooling treatment by either freezing or not freezing tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Zeltiq Aesthetics, Inc.
    Inventors: Joel N. Jimenez Lozano, Leonard C. DeBenedictis
  • Patent number: 10524956
    Abstract: A method and apparatus in accordance with a particular embodiment of the present invention includes applying adhesive onto skin of a human subject. An applicator is then brought into contact with the adhesive such the adhesive is disposed between the applicator and the subject's skin. The applicator is activated to cool a tissue region via the subject's skin, via the heat-transfer surface of the applicator, and via the adhesive. While the tissue region cools, the adhesive also cools, thereby reversibly strengthening adhesion between the subject's skin and the heat-transfer surface and forming a strong bond therebetween. The strengthened adhesion inhibits any movement of the applicator relative to the skin. After cooling the tissue region, the adhesive is warmed, thereby weakening the adhesion which allows the heat-transfer surface of the applicator to be easily separated from the skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Zeltiq Aesthetics, Inc.
    Inventors: Leonard C. DeBenedictis, Like Zeng, George Frangineas, Jr., Joel N. Jimenez Lozano
  • Patent number: 10524978
    Abstract: A system applies compression, vibration and heat to a body part of a person. The system includes a portable vibration and heat generation apparatus having a flexible support platform and a bag-like enclosure extending from the support platform. A cylindrical control unit is mounted to the support platform and extends perpendicularly from the support platform. The control unit has a diameter of between 50 millimeters and 100 millimeters. The control unit houses electronic circuitry and at least one battery. Four vibration pods extend from the support platform into the bag-like structure. The bag-like structure also houses a heat generation unit. The control unit extends through a circular bore in a compression wrap. The compression wrap is securable to a body part with a distal wall of the bag-like enclosure against the body part. The system selectively applies vibration, heat or a combination of vibration and heat to the body part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Hyper Ice, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Marton, Anthony Katz
  • Patent number: 10512319
    Abstract: A warm-cool beauty treatment device, comprising: a Peltier element of a plate shape having a first surface configured to generate heat, and a second surface configured to absorb heat; a heat sink including—a first section touching the first surface, and a second section connecting the first section thermally; a first plate connected to the first surface thermally via the heat sink; a second plate connected to the second surface thermally; a blower configured to produce air flow to release the heat of the second section; and a power supply configured to supply electric power to the Peltier element and the blower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Ya-Man Ltd.
    Inventor: Iwao Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 10342958
    Abstract: A method for improving function of a cardiac valve in a patient, the cardiac valve having at least one leaflet that is attached to a papillary muscle: Inserting a balloon, that is in a first uninflated condition and having a first diameter, within tissue that is part of to the papillary muscle, and thereby separating tissue that was previously connected together, by a maximum amount equal to the first diameter; inflating the balloon to a second inflated condition having a second diameter greater than the first diameter, thereby permanently stretching tissue in the papillary muscle and separating the tissue from the first diameter to a maximum amount equal to the second diameter; deflating the balloon to the first uninflated condition, and thereby returning the tissue to a separation of a maximum amount substantially equal to the first diameter; and then removing the balloon from the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: ABBOTT CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEMS INC.
    Inventors: Michael F. Wei, Anna M. Snell, Tamer M. Mahmoud, Scott C. Mosher
  • Patent number: 10322293
    Abstract: One aspect of the present disclosure relates a system that can quickly and reversibly block conduction in a nerve. The system can include a first nerve block modality that provides heat to the nerve to block conduction in the nerve. For example, the heat can provide the quick nerve block. The system can also include a second nerve block modality that provides an electrical signal to the nerve to block the conduction in the nerve. For example, the electrical signal can provide the reversibility. In some instances, the heat can be provided by an infrared light signal and the electrical signal can be provided by a kilohertz frequency alternating current (KHFAC) signal or a direct current (DC) signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignees: CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY, VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Hillel Chiel, Niloy Bhadra, Mike Jenkins, Emilie Lothet, Tina Vrabec, Kevin Kilgore, Narendra Bhadra, Eric Duco Jansen
  • Patent number: 10299860
    Abstract: The present invention relates to treatment method using multiple energy sources. The treatment method using multiple energy sources, includes: applying a first energy into an inside of an annulus fibrosus; and applying a second energy different from the first energy to an outside of the annulus fibrosus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: LUTRONIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kwang Chon Ko
  • Patent number: 10201380
    Abstract: Treatment systems, methods, and apparatuses for improving the appearance of skin or other target regions are described as well as for providing for other treatments. Aspects of the technology are directed to improving the appearance of skin by tightening the skin, improving skin tone or texture, eliminating or reducing wrinkles, increasing skin smoothness, or improving the appearance of cellulite. Treatments can include cooling a surface of a patient's skin and detecting at least one freeze event in the cooled skin. The treatment system can continue cooling the patient's skin after the freeze event(s) are detected so to maintain at least a partially frozen state of the tissue for a period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Zeltiq Aesthetics, Inc.
    Inventors: Leonard C. DeBenedictis, George Frangineas, Jr., Kristine Tatsutani, Linda Pham
  • Patent number: 10064697
    Abstract: Ablation catheters and systems include multiple inline chambers for containing and heating an ablative agent. The heating chamber includes one or more channels to increase the contact surface area of the ablative agent with the walls of the heating chamber to provide more efficient heating. Induction heating is used to heat a chamber and vaporize a fluid within by wrapping a coil about a ferromagnetic chamber and providing an alternating current to the coil. A magnetic field is created in the area surrounding the chamber which induces electric current flow in the chamber, heating the chamber and vaporizing the fluid inside. Positioning elements help maintain the device in the proper position with respect to the target tissue and also prevent the passage of ablative agent to normal tissues.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Santa Anna Tech LLC
    Inventors: Virender K. Sharma, Harry Jabs
  • Patent number: 10064887
    Abstract: The present invention describes and claims pharmaceutical compositions in gel form for use in the treatment of intervertebral disc degeneration, in particular the forms of dehydration and emptying of the nucleus pulposus known as “black disc disease”. These compositions comprise a hyaluronic acid derivative which forms hydrogels with precise rheological characteristics that make it ideal for filling the nucleus pulposus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: FIDIA FARMACEUTICI S.P.A.
    Inventors: Nicola Giordan, Pierangelo Bellato
  • Patent number: 9987302
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods and compositions of treating patients suffering from, or at risk for, DNA damage and to increase life span, i.e., prevent or slow the aging process in all species. The treatment includes administering to the patient a pharmaceutical composition that includes carbon monoxide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Inc.
    Inventor: Leo E. Otterbein
  • Patent number: 9868838
    Abstract: An exercise mat is manufactured by a method including the steps of: mixing 15 wt % to 60 wt % of a plant fiber composite and 40 wt % to 85 wt % of a foamable material to form a mixture; adding an appropriate foaming agent; and foaming the mixture at a predetermined temperature to form a mat. The plant fiber composite includes a plant fiber raw material, a starch assistant and a biopolymer additive containing a plant hormone, an enzyme, a biological vinegar, and lactic acid ester. The foamable material is one selected from polyvinylchloride (PVC) and natural rubber (NR).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Sing Pong International Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Johnny Tsai
  • Patent number: 9855166
    Abstract: Cosmetic method and apparatus are provided that can provide cooling and/or freezing of skin tissue proximal to the skin surface to generate an appearance of lightening or reduced pigmentation in the skin. The skin can be cooled to a temperature of less than about ?5 degrees Celsius for a duration of about one minute or less, using a cooled surface that is at least 3 cm in width. A cooling arrangement can be provided to provide controlled heat removal from the skin tissue being treated. A sensor can optionally be provided to detect freezing of tissue proximal to the cooled surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: THE GENERAL HOSPITAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Richard Rox Anderson, Dieter Manstein, Henry HL Chan, Joseph Ting
  • Patent number: 9844460
    Abstract: A treatment system for cooling subcutaneous lipid-rich cells in a human subject includes an applicator and a control unit. The treatment system has a cooling mode for cooling tissue and a heating mode for warming tissue. The control unit includes a circulation circuit in fluid communication with the applicator, a chiller apparatus configured to chill fluid from the applicator circulation circuit, and a heater apparatus to warmed fluid from the applicator circulation circuit. The control unit mixes the chilled fluid and/or the warmed with fluid in the applicator circulation circuit control the temperature of the fluid circulated in the applicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Zeltiq Aesthetics, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan J. Weber, Joseph Coakley, Mark William Baker, Thomas Burnell Reeve, III
  • Patent number: 9821172
    Abstract: A thermotherapy device for treatment of neonates has a bordered lying surface (5) for receiving a neonate, a vertical support column (8) arranged adjacent to the head end of the lying surface (5) and radiant heaters (3, 4), supported by the column, directed at the lying surface (5). A control unit controls the heating output of each of the radiant heaters (3, 4). At least one first radiant heater (4) is directed at a head end half of the lying surface (5). At least one second radiant heater (3) is directed at the other half of the lying surface. The control unit (9) adjusts the heating output of the first radiant heater and the second radiant heater in such that, with the lying surface (5) arranged horizontally, the heating output of the second radiant heater (3) is greater by a predefined factor than that of the first radiant heater (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: DRÄGERWERK AG & CO. KGAA
    Inventors: Jochim Koch, Arne Tröllsch
  • Patent number: 9808312
    Abstract: Methods for treating a network of organs including generating a map of at least a portion of the network of organs using a rendering system; selecting at least one treatment location within the luminal passageway of the network of organs; and applying an energy therapy to the treatment location to treat the smooth muscle tissue, where the energy therapy applied to the respective treatment location is defined by a plurality of parameters that are associated with a map. Such a system allows for historical or ideal treatment parameters to be identified, visually or otherwise to actual treatment locations. Also, control systems and methods for delivery of energy that may include control algorithms that prevent energy delivery if a fault is detected and may provide energy delivery to produce a substantially constant temperature at a delivery site. In some embodiments, the control systems and methods may be used to control the delivery of energy, such as radiofrequency energy, to body tissue, such as lung tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Danek, William Wizeman, Timothy R. Dalbec, Glendon E. French, Michael D. Laufer
  • Patent number: 9780583
    Abstract: A method for recharging a battery pack includes attaching a portable charger to a user, which portable charger includes or is attached to a self-contained power supply and wherein a first charging port of the portable charger is disposed, e.g., on a belt worn by the user, hanging the battery pack on the belt while the battery pack is physically engaged and in electrical communication with a power tool, and initiating a transfer of power from the charger to the battery pack when the first charging port is at least proximal to a second charging port that is in electrical communication with at least one battery cell of the battery pack. A portable charging system capable of performing this method, as well as an adapter for use in performing this method, are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: MAKITA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nobuyasu Furui, Hitoshi Suzuki, Masaaki Fukumoto, Takuya Umemura, Kosuke Ito, Hitoshi Sengiku, Shuji Yoshikawa, Tatsuya Nagahama
  • Patent number: 9763827
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices used to treat eyelids, meibomian glands, ducts, and surrounding tissue are described herein. In some embodiments, an eye treatment device is disclosed, which includes a scleral shield positionable proximate an inner surface of an eyelid, the scleral shield being made of, or coated with, an energy-absorbing material activated by a light energy, and an energy transducer positionable outside of the eyelid, the energy transducer configured to provide light energy at one or more wavelengths, including a first wavelength selected to heat the energy-absorbing material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Tear Film Innovations, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian S. Kelleher, Kabir Gambhir
  • Patent number: 9737362
    Abstract: A probe for resecting and coagulating tissue comprises an outer sleeve having a tissue cutting window and an inner sleeve having a tissue cutting distal end. And RF cutting region is formed at the distal end of the inner member and an RF coagulation region is formed on an exterior surface of the inner member immediately proximal to the cutting surface. A single power supply providing a single RF energy mode can be connected to both RF applicator regions to simultaneously cut and coagulate tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Aaron Germain, John H. Shadduck, Michael D. Walker, Kyle Klein, Csaba Truckai
  • Patent number: 9700365
    Abstract: The present invention is directed toward a device that performs ablation of tissue. The device has a catheter with a shaft through which an ablative agent can travel, a first positioning element attached to the catheter shaft at a first position and a second positioning element attached to the catheter shaft at a second position. The shaft also has ports through which the ablative agent can be released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Santa Anna Tech LLC
    Inventor: Virender K. Sharma
  • Patent number: 9623267
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus (100) are described for modifying unwanted tissue for cosmetic reasons. The methods provide a non-invasive manner to perform body contouring by destroying adipose tissue while simultaneously causing collagen contraction in a single procedure. Adipose tissue destroyed during the medical procedure may be removed from a treatment volume during the wound healing process, allowing the treatment volume to gradually shrink (22). The gradual shrinkage may promote better skin tone in the treatment area. The procedure may involve multiple treatments to the same treatment area or location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: LIPOSONIX, INC.
    Inventors: Tanar Ulric, Charles S. Desilets, Blake Little
  • Patent number: 9615967
    Abstract: A therapy wrap for treatment of at least a portion of an animate body having improved kink resistance. The therapy wrap may be selectively reinforced for improved kink resistance in only a portion of the wrap. The reinforcement may decrease the kink radius. The wrap may include a kink reducer in all or only a selected kink-prone region. The kink reducer may be selectively configured attachment points or spot welds. The therapy wrap may include a reinforcement layer of one or more discrete reinforcement members. The wrap may be formed by pre-tensioning the material layers while forming the fluid bladder and/or gas pressure bladder. The therapy wrap may be adapted to compensate for conditions that normally cause kinking of the wrap or buckling of the fluidic channels. Also disclosed are methods of manufacturing the wrap and methods of administering a temperature-controlled treatment to an anatomical body part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: CoolSystems, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark H. Lowe, Krister Bowman
  • Patent number: 9408745
    Abstract: A system and method of monitoring, controlling and/or detecting events during the removal of heat from subcutaneous lipid-rich tissue is described. In some examples, the system detects an increase in temperature at a treatment device in contact with the skin of a subject, determines that the increase in temperature is related to a treatment event, and performs an action based on the determination. In some examples, the system shuts off the treatment device, alerts an operator, or reduces the cooling in response to a determined treatment event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Zeltiq Aesthetics, Inc.
    Inventors: Mitchell E. Levinson, Jesse Nicasio Rosen, Corydon A. Hinton, Kevin S. Springer
  • Patent number: 9326889
    Abstract: An inflatable convective pad for warming a person during surgery has two ends, two sides, and at least two openings, each located in an area of the pad between the two ends and between a respective side and the center of the pad. The openings, which may be in the form of slits, allow the threading of a sheet or the person's arms through the pad to restrain the arms during surgery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Thomas P. Anderson, Mark J. Scott
  • Patent number: 9301803
    Abstract: A method of performing an ablation procedure includes the steps of inserting an antenna assembly into tissue and supplying energy thereto for application to tissue. The method also includes the step of causing contact between a first material and at least one other material disposed within the antenna assembly to thermally regulate the antenna assembly. According to another embodiment, an ablation system includes an energy delivery assembly. A first chamber is defined within the energy delivery assembly and is configured to hold a first chemical. Another chamber is defined within the energy delivery assembly and is configured to hold at least one other chemical. The first chamber and the other chamber are configured to selectively and fluidly communicate with each other to cause contact between the first chemical and the at least one other chemical to cause an endothermic reaction and/or an exothermic reaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Mani N. Prakash, Kyle R. Rick, Francesca Rossetto
  • Patent number: 9283033
    Abstract: Methods and devices for assessing, and treating patients having sympathetically mediated disease, involving augmented peripheral chemoreflex and heightened sympathetic tone by reducing chemosensor input to the nervous system via carotid body ablation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: CIBIEM, INC.
    Inventors: Mark Gelfand, Charles Lennox, Ary Chernomorsky, Howard Levin, Veijo T. Suorsa, Kenneth M. Martin, Yegor D. Sinelnikov
  • Patent number: 9138558
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for improving psychophysiological function for performance of a subject under stress includes, after a plurality of sensors that monitor stress-indicating physiological parameters have been coupled to the subject, exposing the subject, using computer processes, to at least one training segment during which is determined a degree to which the subject has achieved a targeted level of least one stress-indicating physiological parameter as to be indicative of coherence in the subject. Additionally, the method includes providing, to the subject, feedback indicative of the degree to which the subject has achieved the targeted level of the at least one parameter as to be indicative of coherence in the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Biofeedback Systems Design, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Kusik, Dejan Stankovic, Andrew M. Bourhis
  • Patent number: 9119962
    Abstract: A method for controlling dosage application during irradiation of a moveable target volume in a body with an energy beam by scanning the target volume includes, before irradiating an i-th grid position, determining a dosage during the irradiation process using the movement data, wherein the dosage already contains the i-th grid position during irradiation of the previous grid positions (1<=k<i). Depending on the determined dosage that already contains the i-th grid position during the irradiation of the previous grid positions (1<=k<i), a compensation value for the i-th grid position is calculated, and depending on the compensation value and on the nominal particle fluence for the i-th grid position, a compensated particle fluence (Fikomp) is calculated for the i-th grid position in order to irradiate the i-th grid position with the compensated particle fluence (Fikomp).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: GSI HELMHOLTZZENTRUM FUER SCHWERIONENFORSCHUNG GMBH
    Inventors: Christoph Bert, Robert Luechtenborg
  • Patent number: 9101602
    Abstract: A method of improving the resistance of collagenous tissue to mechanical degradation in accordance with the present invention comprises the step of contacting at least a portion of a collagenous tissue with an effective amount of a crosslinking reagent. The crosslinking reagent includes a crosslinking agent such as genipin and/or proanthrocyanidin. Further, the crosslinking reagent may include a crosslinking agent in a carrier medium. The collagenous tissue to be contacted with the crosslinking reagent is preferably a portion of an intervertebral disc or articular cartilage. The contact between the tissue and the crosslinking reagent is effected by injections directly into the select tissue using a needle. Alternatively, contact between the tissue and the crosslinking reagent is effected by placement of a time-release delivery system such as a gel or ointment, or a treated membrane or patch directly into or onto the target tissue. Contact may also be effected by, for instance, soaking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Orthopeutics L.P.
    Inventor: Thomas P. Hedman
  • Publication number: 20150148872
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the combination of the phytocannabinoid cannabidiol with therapeutic hypothermia for use in the treatment of neuroprotection or astroprotection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Jose Martinez-Orgado, Geoffrey Guy
  • Publication number: 20150148874
    Abstract: A multi-zone electric heating blanket. The blanket may be shaped to cover the outstretched arms or other body parts of a patient. The blanket includes first and second body part portions and a connecting bridge. The interconnection via the bridge leaves an open gap between the first and second body part portions for unblocked access to the patient. A power controller may supply power to heating elements in both body part portions based on a temperature sensor in one of the body part portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2015
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Scott D. Augustine, Ryan S. Augustine, Randall C. Arnold, Keith J. Leland, Joshua P. Waldman, Rudolf A. Deibel, Thomas F. Neils
  • Patent number: 9043018
    Abstract: A medical device used in a medical robotic system has a conduit and an orientable tip. An optical fiber coupled to a laser source and/or a catheter coupled to one or more biomaterial sources extends through the conduit and tip so that the tip of the medical device may be robotically directed towards a target tissue for laser and/or biomaterial application as part of a medical procedure performed at a surgical site within a patient. A protective sheath covers the fiber as it extends through the conduit and tip. A first coupler adjustably secures at least the sheath to the medical device and a second coupler adjustably secures the fiber to at least the sheath. A similar dual coupler mechanism may be used to secure the sheathed catheter to the medical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Catherine J. Mohr
  • Patent number: 9038640
    Abstract: A system and method for treatment of skin including a treatment surface having numerous small energy emitting points for fractional skin treatment as well as negative pressure outlets. During a treatment, negative pressure from the outlets may exert a pulling force on an opposing tissue surface to bring the tissue into contact with the energy points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Viora Ltd.
    Inventors: Danny Erez, Gerard Tal
  • Patent number: 9027564
    Abstract: An embodiment of the invention includes a method for decreasing resistance to airflow within a bronchial tree of a subject. The method may include the step of moving an intraluminal device along a lumen of an airway of a bronchial tree, where the intraluminal device includes an expandable member and an energy emitter. The method also may include damaging nerves along the airway using the intraluminal device without destroying an inner surface of an airway wall disposed radially between the intraluminal device and the nerves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Asthmatx, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Danek, Bryan E. Loomas, Thomas M. Keast, Michael D. Laufer
  • Publication number: 20150126802
    Abstract: The invention provides methods for treating a neurological disorder or deficit, such as tinnitus and phantom limb pain.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Hubert H. Lim, Craig D. Markovitz, Sarah J. Offutt
  • Publication number: 20150127077
    Abstract: A portable device for thermal stimulation of tissue of a patient comprising a heat control element having a proximal side and a distal side wherein a temperature difference can be generated between the proximal side and the distal side, and wherein the proximal side is capable of contacting the tissue. A fan capable of exchanging heat with surrounding air and a heat sink coupled to the distal side are provided. At least one resilient element connected between the heat sink and the fan is also provided, for supporting the fan so as to prevent direct contact between the heat sink and the fan. Furthermore at least one temperature sensor and circuitry are provided, wherein the circuitry activates the heat control element using the at least one temperature sensor, so as to achieve a desired temperature stimulation of the tissue at a rate of substantially 1 degree Celsius per second.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: MEDOC ADVANCED MEDICAL SYSYTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Hanan Ben Asher, Amir Haiman
  • Publication number: 20150127078
    Abstract: A method of determining hypoxia in fetal scalp blood sampled during labor including the determination of total lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) in plasma obtained from the sample. The method can include the additional determination of K, Mg, Ca, AST, ALT, lactate in the plasma and/or blood. Increased values of one or more of LDH, Mg, Ca, AST, ALT, lactate are indicative of hypoxia in the fetus. Also disclosed is the use of a plasma separation apparatus in the method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2015
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Mathias Karlsson, Sofia Hiort af Ornäs
  • Publication number: 20150119849
    Abstract: Methods and devices are provided for activating brown adipose tissue (BAT) with cooling. Generally, the methods and devices can activate BAT to increase thermogenesis, e.g., increase heat production in the patient, which over time can lead to weight loss and/or improved metabolic function. In one embodiment, a medical device is provided that activates BAT by cooling tissue having a high density of cold sensitive thermoreceptors and/or by cooling BAT depots directly, thereby increasing thermogenesis in the BAT and inducing weight loss and/or improved metabolic function through energy expenditure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicants: The General Hospital Corporation D/B/A Massachusetts Gerneral Hospital, ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, INC.
    Inventors: Taylor W. Aronhalt, Lee M. Kaplan, Nicholas Stylopoulos, Jason L. Harris, Dwight D. Henninger, James W. Voegele, Mark S. Ortiz
  • Publication number: 20150119961
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a heat therapy kit for malignant tumor treatment that comprises a pharmaceutical agent containing anti-regulatory T cell antibody and a pharmaceutical agent containing magnetic fine particles, and a heat therapy method that uses that kit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Takeshi Kobayashi, Tomio Morino
  • Publication number: 20150112412
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods for use in the selective disruption of lipid-rich cells by controlled cooling. The present invention further relates to a device for use in carrying out the methods for selective disruption of lipid-rich cells by controlled cooling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Richard Rox Anderson, Dieter Manstein
  • Publication number: 20150102925
    Abstract: A method detects a biological condition and detects a change in the biological condition of a mammal. The device determines if the change in the biological condition exceeds a predetermined threshold and sends a signal based at least in part on the determination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Ivo Foldyna, Kenneth J. Stethem