Electric Current Patents (Class 607/98)
  • Patent number: 10722118
    Abstract: A system comprises a storage device, a piece of medical equipment, a portable computing device, and a hub portal. The piece of medical equipment has at least one electrically powered feature and comprises either a medical examination table or a storage cabinet. The storage device is operable to store data and is remotely located relative to the first piece of medical equipment and relative to the portable computing device. The hub portal is operable to provide communication of one or both of data or commands between the storage device, the piece of medical equipment, and the portable computing device. A method includes enablement or activation of an electrically powered feature of medical equipment upon entry of a portable computing device into a medical examination room. The method also includes disablement or further activation of the electrically powered feature upon exit of the portable computing device from the medical examination room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Midmark Corporation
    Inventors: Asad Abu-Tarif, Thomas L. Treon, Steven K. Cordonnier, Carlos J. Castillo, Robert Menke, Ruomei Zhang, Jon E. Wells
  • Patent number: 10646518
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to apoptotic bodies. The disclosure particularly relates to a composition comprising the apoptotic bodies. The disclosure further relates to preparation of apoptotic bodies from stem cells. The disclosure also relates to medical treatments comprising the use of the composition comprising the apoptotic bodies. The apoptotic bodies may comprise apoptotic stem cells. The apoptosis of a cell may be induced by a starvation method, an ultra-violet irradiation method, a thermal stress method, a staurosporine method, or a combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignees: ALFRED E. MANN INSTITUTE FOR BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
    Inventors: Songtao Shi, Dawei Liu, Cunye Qu
  • Patent number: 10279164
    Abstract: A medical therapy arrangement, for applying electrical stimulation to a subject, includes a garment having electrodes at an inner surface. A control unit controls each electrode to work as one or more of anode, cathode or disconnected state, per a predetermined therapy stimulation program. Furthermore, the arrangement includes: at least one connection unit having a predetermined number of connection elements respectively electrically connected to the electrodes via separate connection lines being flexible and elastic and integrated into the garment; at least one connection board having a predetermined number of connection pads electrically connected to the control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Inerventions AB
    Inventors: Jonas Wistrand, Fredrik Lundqvist, Emma Sjoberg, Johan Gawell, Andreas Hallden
  • Patent number: 9737672
    Abstract: An IV pole mountable, therapeutic infusate processing device is incorporated into a hypothermia system to receive therapeutic fluid(s), such as normal saline, peritioneal dialysis solution, or other crystalloid solution, to heat such therapeutic fluid(s) a few degrees centigrade above normal body temperature and to direct the resulting heated infusate to and through a selected anatomical portion of a patients body to raise the temperature of that body portion so as to affect any cancerous or other tumors that may be located therein. The processing device is provided with touch screen controls and visual indicators to facilitate its proper use; while the system further includes temperature and pressure sensors to monitor the hyperthermia processing to insure patient safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Belmont Instrument Corporation
    Inventors: John Landy, Michael Gildersleeve, Yeu Wen Peter Tseng
  • Patent number: 9662163
    Abstract: Systems and methods for endometrial ablation. The systems include a handle and elongated introducer sleeve extending to an expandable working end having a fluid-tight interior chamber. A thin dielectric wall surrounds at least a portion of the interior chamber and has an external surface for contacting endometrial tissue. The thin dielectric wall surrounds a collapsible-expandable frame and receives an electrically non-conductive gas. First and second polarity electrodes are exposed to the interior and exterior of the chamber, respectively. A radiofrequency power source operatively connects to the electrode arrangement to apply a radiofrequency voltage across the first and second electrodes, wherein the voltage is sufficient to initiate ionization of the neutral gas into a conductive plasma within the interior chamber, and to capacitively couple the current in the plasma across the thin dielectric wall to ablate endometrial tissue engaged by the external surface of the dielectric structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Hermes Innovations LLC
    Inventors: Akos Toth, Dominique J. Filloux, Csaba Truckai
  • Patent number: 9610396
    Abstract: Systems and methods for visualizing fluid enhanced ablation therapy are described herein. In one embodiment, a method for ablating tissue is provided that includes inserting an elongate body into a tissue volume, heating an imageable fluid within the elongate body to transform the imageable fluid into an imageable therapeutic fluid, delivering the imageable therapeutic fluid into the tissue volume to deliver a therapeutic dose of thermal energy to the tissue volume, and imaging the tissue volume to determine the extent of the tissue volume containing the imageable therapeutic fluid. The imageable therapeutic fluid can indicate the extent of the tissue volume that has received the therapeutic dose of thermal energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignees: Thermedical, Inc., Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research
    Inventors: Michael G. Curley, Gregory R. Eberl, Douglas L. Packer, Malini Madhavan
  • Patent number: 9072882
    Abstract: An apparatus for cosmetic RF skin treatment where the RF energy supply is isolated from the patient treated, such that in course of treatment no undesired current flows through the subject body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: SYNERON MEDICAL LTD.
    Inventors: Yossef Ori Adanny, Genady Nahshon, Baruch Levine, Avner Rosenberg
  • Patent number: 8979727
    Abstract: Systems and methods for increasing skin rejuvenation of a region of a patient's skin. The system includes: a pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) frequency generator that emits electromagnetic pulses to the region of the patient's skin; and a deep tissue diathermy device that applies heat to the region of the patient's skin up to temperature T. The system simultaneously applies the heat and the PEMF to the region of a patient's skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Venus Concept Ltd.
    Inventors: Oded Ron Edoute, Orit Ron Edoute, Itzhak Kremin, Vadim Polyakov
  • Patent number: 8956345
    Abstract: The invention relates to the field of cosmetology. The invention relates to cosmetic or aesthetic skin treatment using an appliance, in particular for dermatological care, which combines applying pulsed electrical currents to the skin for treating the skin by electroporation in a first step, constant currents for electrophoretically treating the skin in a second step, with the simultaneous exposure of the skin under treatment to chromotherapeutic light emissions in which the color changes from one step to the next. The color red is preferred for electroporation; orange is preferred during the electrophoretic treatment. The appliance is programmed for automatic is programmed for automatic operation. The method advantageously comprises a third chromotheraphy step under blue light combined with the application of an electrophoretic current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Inventor: Simone Nadia Leonardi Kader
  • Publication number: 20150025299
    Abstract: Systems and methods for increasing skin rejuvenation of a region of a patient's skin. The system includes: a pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) frequency generator that emits electromagnetic pulses to the region of the patient's skin; and a deep tissue diathermy device that applies heat to the region of the patient's skin up to temperature T. The system simultaneously applies the heat and the PEMF to the region of a patient's skin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Oded RON EDOUTE, Orit RON EDOUTE, Itzhak KREMIN, Vadim POLYAKOV
  • Patent number: 8892215
    Abstract: Disclosed methods and devices treat lower back pain from degenerated or injured intervertebral discs. Electrodes connected to a pulse generator deliver electrical impulses to nerves located within the posterior longitudinal ligament and posterior annulus fibrosus of lumbar intervertebral discs. Percutaneous and paddle leads containing the electrodes are disclosed. The percutaneous lead, designed to prevent inappropriate stimulation of the thecal sac, is inserted in the anterior epidural space using a special cannula and lead blank. Paddle leads are configured individually for implantation in each patient. The electrical stimulation may reduce back pain reversibly, with or without the simultaneous use of non-thermal irreversible electroporation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventor: John D. Lipani
  • Patent number: 8882764
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for treating an intraosseous nerve. The method includes positioning a hollow shaft through the cortical shell of a vertebral body and into a cancellous bone region of the vertebral body. The hollow shaft includes an annular wall having a longitudinal bore therein, a proximal portion and a distal portion, and a first window extending transversely through the annular wall. An electrosurgical probe is advanced within the longitudinal bore from the proximal portion toward the distal portion. The electrosurgical probe includes a first treatment element at a distal end of the probe, wherein the first treatment element being in electrical connection with a power supply. The first treatment element is slidably disposed within the longitudinal bore so that the first treatment element is advanced radially outward from the window and shaft to affect treatment of the intraosseous nerve within the cancellous bone region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Relievant Medsystems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey K. Sutton, Thomas Ryan, Samit Patel, Richard Pellegrino
  • Patent number: 8876819
    Abstract: A magnetically-guided catheter 100 includes a tip positioning magnet in the distal electrode assembly configured to interact with externally applied magnetic fields for magnetically-guided movement. A magnetically-guided mapping catheter 100 includes an electrically-conductive capsule in the form of a casing 146 that includes a distal ablation surface and isolates the positioning magnet from bio-fluids to prevent corrosion. An open irrigation ablation catheter includes an isolated manifold that isolates the positioning magnet from contact with irrigation fluid to prevent corrosion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Atrial Fibrillation Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Troy T. Tegg, James V. Kauphusman
  • Publication number: 20140249608
    Abstract: A nerve tissue stimulator configured for contacting to or insertion in the body of a subject to stimulate a tissue therein, said probe comprising: (a) a support configured for contacting to or positioning adjacent a tissue of said subject; (b) at least one thermoelectric device (TED) on said support and positioned for thermally stimulating said nerve tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: Scion NeuroStim, LLC
    Inventor: Lesco L. Rogers
  • Patent number: 8728139
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and related methods for electric fields delivery for preferential destruction of cancerous cells and tissue ablation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignees: LaZure Technologies, LLC, LaZure Scientific, Inc.
    Inventors: Larry Azure, Charles E. Hill, Andrew L. Azure
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140018783
    Abstract: The system for treating a region of the epidermis, comprising: —at least one laser energy source; —a time control device to generate a laser beam; —a laser energy focusing system arranged and produced to direct a laser beam on said region of the epidermis. The control device generates a laser beam comprising a plurality of composite pulses, emitted at a base frequency, each composite pulse comprising a sequence of sub-pulses at a higher frequency than said base frequency.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2012
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Applicant: EL.EN. S.P.A.
    Inventors: Stefano Modi, Maurizio Scortecci, Damiano Fortuna, Tiziano Zingoni, Leonardo Masotti, Gabriele Clementi, Nicola Zerbinati
  • Publication number: 20130338656
    Abstract: A treatment system includes a high-frequency power source, a heat generation power source, a grasping member having an electric conductor which applies high-frequency power energy to a living tissue and a heating element which applies thermal energy, a memory where a predetermined impedance value or a predetermined rate of increase in impedance that is a threshold value, at which application of the high-frequency power energy is ended, is stored in advance, a first control section which controls the high-frequency power source based on the threshold value to end application of the high-frequency power energy, and a second control section which performs constant temperature control on the heat generation power source such that the heating element reaches a setting temperature that is set to be higher than a temperature of the heating element calculated from a resistance value of the heating element when application of the high-frequency power energy ends.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Inventors: Takashi IRISAWA, Kazue TANAKA, Yoshitaka HONDA, Sadayoshi TAKAMI
  • Patent number: 8606366
    Abstract: An apparatus for personal skin treatment includes an RF generator and an applicator with at least a pair of electrodes mounted on the distal end of the applicator. The electrodes are configured for applying an RF voltage to a subject skin. The RF voltage generator supplies the electrodes with the RF voltage. The applicator includes a source of illumination illuminating the treated skin segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Syneron Medical Ltd.
    Inventors: Lion Flyash, Boris Vaynberg
  • Patent number: 8603086
    Abstract: The present invention provides devices and methods for preventing or significantly reducing the risk of thrombus formation. More specifically, the devices and methods of the present invention provide energy to blood flowing within a chamber or vessel to prevent or reduce blood stasis and thereby prevent or significantly reduce the risk of thrombus formation. The present invention is ideally suited for prevention or reduction of risk of blood clot formation in the atria in patients with atrial fibrillation, in blood vessels of patients at risk of clot formation, in areas adjacent to, or on, artificial heart valves or other artificial cardiovascular devices, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Gold-T Tech, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey J. Goldberger
  • Publication number: 20130317282
    Abstract: Systems and methods for increasing skin rejuvenation of a region of a patient's skin. The system includes: a pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) frequency generator that emits electromagnetic pulses to the region of the patient's skin; and a deep tissue diathermy device that applies heat to the region of the patient's skin up to temperature T. The system simultaneously applies the heat and the PEMF to the region of a patient's skin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: VENUS CONCEPT LTD
    Inventors: Oded RON EDOUTE, Orit RON EDOUTE, Itzhak KREMIN, Vadim POLYAKOV
  • Publication number: 20130218241
    Abstract: Thermoelectric devices and methods for making and using the devices and their intermediates are provided. Membrane-supported thermoelectric modules are fabricated by dispensing thermoelectric powder into select locations of a membrane to form electrically-isolated columns of thermoelectric material. The powder is then sintered or fused to form thermoelectric elements, which are then electrically connected and combined with thermal interface films to form the modules. The modules are the building blocks of electrical current generating, thermoelectric cooling and heat scavenging thermoelectric devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2012
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Applicant: NANOHMICS, INC.
    Inventors: Steve M. Savoy, Byron G. Zollars, Qizhen Xue, Jeremy J. John, Paul A. Parks
  • Patent number: 8401667
    Abstract: Methods and systems for heating a body tissue region adjacent a body lumen using selective accumulation of energy without knowledge of tissue topography. Methods include positioning an energy delivery portion of a catheter within the lumen adjacent the body tissue region, determining a pulse characteristic in response to a thermal property of a first tissue type and applying pulsed energy with the characteristic to treat a second tissue type within the region by drawing heat from the first tissue at a rate that inhibits thermal damage to the first tissue while building-up heat in the second tissue. Systems include a catheter body having an energy delivery portion processor configured to control a pulse characteristic of pulsed energy to therapeutically treat the second tissue by drawing heat from the first tissue at a rate that inhibits thermal damage to the first tissue while building-up heat in the second tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Vessix Vascular, Inc.
    Inventors: Rolfe Tyson Gustus, Linas Kunstmanas, Arthur G. Blanck
  • Publication number: 20130023968
    Abstract: Methods and devices for treating reversible chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are disclosed, which include a device for delivering energy to a wall of an airway in a human lung. The device includes a flexible elongate body with a proximal portion, a distal portion, a distal end, and a lumen extending therebetween. The device also includes a deployment member having an electrically conducting wire extending from the proximal portion of the elongate body and extending through the lumen and terminating at a distal tip distal to the distal end of the elongate body. The device further includes an expandable basket having a plurality of curved electrode legs and a temperature sensing element coupled to the expandable basket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Applicant: Asthmatx, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher James DANAEK, Michael Biggs, Keith M. Burger, Bryan Loomas, Thomas Keast, Dave Haugaard
  • Publication number: 20120290048
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for heating a treatment region of a subject via the application of an alternating electric field is disclosed. The method includes positioning a treatment region of a subject between a first electrode and a second electrode sized to extend across the treatment region. The first and second electrodes are connected to a generator operable to apply an alternating electric field between the electrodes at a frequency in the range of 1 MHz to 100 MHz. The method also includes activating the generator to apply the alternating electric field between the first and second electrodes and across the treatment region. The alternating electric field causes movement of polar molecules in the treatment region whereby friction resulting from this molecular movement translates into heat throughout the treatment region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Inventor: Michel Marc
  • Publication number: 20120290050
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for heating a treatment region of a subject by providing a substantially constant current across the treatment region is disclosed. The method includes positioning the treatment region between first and second electrodes connected to a generator operable to apply an alternating electric field between the electrodes. The method also includes displacing any air located between the treatment region and the first and second electrodes with one or more flowable materials that allow a substantially constant current to pass between the first and second electrodes and through the treatment region. The method further includes activating the generator to apply the alternating electric field between the first and second electrodes and across the treatment region to thereby heat the treatment region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Inventor: Michel Marc
  • Publication number: 20120290049
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for heating a treatment region of a subject by providing a substantially constant voltage between electrodes extending across the treatment region is disclosed. The method includes positioning a treatment region of a subject between first and second electrodes connected to a generator operable to generate a signal that is substantially a sinusoid having a wavelength ? to thereby create an alternating electric field. The treatment region is positioned adjacent at least one point on the first electrode that is located a distance of ¼? or ¼? plus a multiple of ½? from the generator such that a substantially constant voltage is provided between the first and second electrodes. The method also includes activating the generator to apply the alternating electric field between the first and second electrodes and across the treatment region to thereby heat the treatment region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Inventor: Michel Marc
  • Publication number: 20120265276
    Abstract: Devices and methods for shaping an ablation treatment volume formed in fluid enhanced ablation therapy are provided. The devices and methods disclosed herein utilize the interaction of fluids to create ablation treatment volumes having a variety of shapes. In one embodiment, a method for forming an ablation treatment volume having a desired shape includes delivering therapeutic energy to tissue to form an ablation treatment volume and simultaneously delivering a first fluid and a second fluid to the tissue. The first and second fluids can convect the therapeutic energy in a desired direction such that the ablation treatment volume has a desired shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2012
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Applicant: THERMEDICAL, INC.
    Inventor: Michael G. Curley
  • Patent number: 8282630
    Abstract: Skin tissue is subjected to thermal energy that creates heating of the area being treated causing pores and follicle ducts to open so that excess oil, sebum, fatty deposits, or other unwanted deposits can be removed. A vacuum device is used to direct suction to the treated skin area helping to remove the unwanted deposits. Patterned thermal modification of tissue is used to expedite healing and minimize pain. The heating is controlled so that no skin tissue is damaged while still providing enough heat to the skin to alter the flow of sebum and destroy bacteria in the treated area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Inventor: Joseph Neev
  • Patent number: 8285391
    Abstract: This invention relates to novel hygienic-therapeutic or personal care devices that are based upon intense far-infrared sources in which radiation is generated by novel conductive materials. The conductive materials are specially designed and made to radiate ten to thousands times more intense far-infrared radiation than typical conductive materials, and such strong far-infrared radiation is achieved with high, typically greater than 90%, conversion efficiency of energy to radiation. The radiation properties of the proposed conductive materials do not follow the Wien's law (“black body” law). The devices are intended to be used in therapy, medicine, cosmetic technology, hygiene technology, or household use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: American Environmental Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Henryk Malak
  • Patent number: 8262649
    Abstract: A method for ablation in which a portion of atrial tissue around the pulmonary veins of the heart is ablated by a first elongated ablation component and a second elongated ablation component movable relative to the first ablation component and having means for magnetically attracting the first and second components toward one another. The magnetic means draw the first and second components toward one another to compress the atrial tissue therebetween, along the length of the first and second components and thereby position the device for ablation of the tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventor: David E. Francischelli
  • Publication number: 20120226336
    Abstract: The invention provides a system and method for achieving the cosmetically beneficial effects of shrinking collagen tissue in the dermis or other areas of tissue in an effective, non-invasive manner using an array of electrodes. Systems described herein allow for improved treatment of tissue. Additional variations of the system include array of electrodes configured to minimize the energy required to produce the desired effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2012
    Publication date: September 6, 2012
    Applicant: SYNERON MEDICAL LTD.
    Inventors: Peter G. KNOPP, Scott A. McGILL, Bankim H. MEHTA
  • Patent number: 8241343
    Abstract: A lighting device for use as a visual indicator in a medical probe is provided. The lighting device includes one or more light emitting elements that are used as a visual status indicator for the medical probe, and a driver circuit that receives current from a power source and drives the light emitting elements. The driver circuit includes a current sensor to sense a current flowing through the light emitting elements, and a shut off switch. The shut off switch shuts off the power source current from the light emitting elements based on the sensed current from the current sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: AngioDynamics, Inc.
    Inventors: Valerie L. Douglass, Robert M. Pearson, James G. Lovewell, David A. Blau
  • Publication number: 20120191035
    Abstract: A treatment pad for applying heat, cooling or an antiseptic fluid to a subject's body surface incorporates a heat transfer member or a wound treatment member that is adapted to be held in place by application of a vacuum pressure. The heat transfer member may comprise an electrical resistance wire arranged in a serpentine pattern within a housing or, alternatively, may comprise interconnected heat transmissive tubing through which either a heated or a cooled fluid may be made to pass. Alternatively, the pad may contain a gel that can be cooled in a refrigerator or heated in a microwave oven and held in place on the subject's body by application of a vacuum to the assembly. The wound treatment member may comprise a gaseous antiseptic delivery pad held in place on the patient's body by use of a vacuum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2011
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Inventor: Scott Stephan
  • Patent number: 8221413
    Abstract: A method and apparatus of treating tissue adjacent to a bodily conduit using thermotherapy, while preventing obstructions of the bodily conduit due to edema employs the circulation of warmed fluid to maintain the temperature of the bodily conduit walls and compresses the tissue to be treated to increase the effectiveness of the irradiated heat. An energy-emitting source containing catheter is inserted in a bodily conduit and is positioned in a region of the tissue to be treated so that the energy-emitting source radiates energy to the tissue to be treated. Fluid warmed to over 30° C. is circulated into and through the catheter to warm walls of the bodily conduit adjacent the catheter. The circulated fluid inflates a balloon to a pressure to compress the tissue to be treated. The combination of warmed fluid over 30° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Corporation
    Inventors: John Mon, Dennis Smith
  • Patent number: 8221414
    Abstract: An apparatus for treatment of tissue within a body requiring thermotherapy includes a catheter to be inserted into a bodily conduit, an energy-emitting source disposed within the catheter, a compression balloon surrounding the energy-emitting source where the compression balloon has an inflated diameter that is greater than that of the bodily conduit in a relaxed state and an outside surface of the balloon is coated with one of gene modifiers and drug or medication, and means for activating the energy-emitting source to radiate energy to heat the drug-coated compression balloon and tissue to be treated whereby the heated drug-coated compression balloon effectively delivers the one of the gene modifiers and drug or medication to a target area of the diseased tissue. In addition, methods for using the above apparatus to treat diseased tissue are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Corporation
    Inventor: John Mon
  • Publication number: 20120172953
    Abstract: A thermal therapy device includes a substrate and at least one heating unit arranged on the substrate. The at least one heating unit includes a heating element, a first electrode, and a second electrode. The heating element includes a carbon nanotube film structure and a polymer matrix. The carbon nanotube film structure is substantially parallel to and offset from a central plane of the polymer matrix. The first electrode and the second electrode are electrically connected to the carbon nanotube film structure, and control the amount of heat and deformation produced by the carbon nanotube film structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., TSINGHUA UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: LU-ZHUO CHEN, CHANG-HONG LIU, SHOU-SHAN FAN
  • Patent number: 8201327
    Abstract: A process is provided for manufacturing a multielectrode that may be used to record a bioelectrical potential difference at a detection site. The manufacturing process may comprise manufacturing a carrier from multiple thin layers of an insulating material. The manufacturing process may further comprise providing at least one recording electrode of a set of electrode pairs on at least one of the layers of the carrier. Each recording pair may include one active electrode surface and a different reference electrode surface. Also, the manufacturing process may further comprise folding, fastening, and gluing the layers of the insulating material to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Uppsala Lakarkonsult AB
    Inventor: Rolf G. Hallin
  • Patent number: 8182475
    Abstract: Methods and devices for the treatment of skin lesions resulting from bacterial, fungal or viral infections or from exposure to irritants are disclosed. The invention relates methods and devices for delivering a controlled dose of thermal energy to the infected or irritated tissue and thereby speed the recovery process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: LumaTherm, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Conrad, Charles Conrad
  • Patent number: 8180458
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for calculating current lost through a patient during a treatment of a patient using an electromagnetic energy delivery system is disclosed. The system generates electromagnetic energy, contacts a skin surface of the patient, transfers the electromagnetic energy to tissue beneath the surface of the skin, detects a value of at least one characteristic of the electromagnetic energy utilizing synchronous undersampling, and calculates the current lost through the patient. The characteristic measured may be a value of current of the electromagnet energy. An adjustable matching network may be utilized to maximize power to the tissue of the patient. Values of the impedance of the matching network may be utilized to determine the electromagnetic energy delivered to the tissue of the patient. A current correction factor is determined from the impedance of the matching network and utilized to calculate the current lost through the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Thermage, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark L. Kane, Richard Wyeth
  • Patent number: 8162932
    Abstract: A method for controlling an electrosurgical generator configured to apply energy to tissue as a function of a detected tissue property is contemplated by the present disclosure. The method includes the step of applying energy to the tissue in a first state, wherein the first state is configured to adjust the power output of the generator to continuously achieve peak tissue conductance as a function of the detected tissue property. The method also includes the step of monitoring a trend of the at least one detected tissue property indicative of a bubble field formation during a second state, which is running concurrently with the first state. The second state is configured to interrupt the bubble field to collapse the bubble field based on the trend of the at least one detected tissue property.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: TYCO Healthcare Group LP
    Inventors: Ronald J. Podhajsky, Donald W. Heckel
  • Patent number: 8133191
    Abstract: The invention provides methods and apparatuses for the treatment of adipose tissue. The methods comprise application of ultrasound energy to a region of adipose tissue, and the apparatuses comprise at least one source of ultrasound energy configured to direct ultrasound energy through a skin surface into the subcutaneous adipose tissue. In one embodiment, a pressure gradient is created in the region generating relative movement between fat cell constituents having different densities. In another embodiment, a protrusion of skin and underlying adipose tissue containing is formed and ultrasound energy is radiated into the adipose tissue in the protrusion. In another embodiment, an RF electric field is generated inside a region of adipose tissue together with the ultrasound energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Syneron Medical Ltd.
    Inventors: Avner Rosenberg, Shimon Eckhouse, Michael Kreindel
  • Patent number: 8135475
    Abstract: The invention provides an applicator for skin treatment having one or more RF electrodes. An article is located between the electrodes, such as a roller or flexible belt containing one or more protruding pins electrically isolated from the RF electrodes. The invention also provides a system for skin treatment comprising the applicator of the invention and a control unit. The invention further provides a method of treating skin disorders in which a section of the skin is heated while, essentially simultaneously, piercing one or more holes in the heated section of the skin. The method of the invention may be used, for example, in collagen remodeling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Syneron Medical Ltd.
    Inventors: Michael Kreindel, Lion Flyash
  • Patent number: 8075524
    Abstract: A syringe set includes a syringe and a heating device. The heating device includes a heating module in thermal engagement with the syringe and a body supporting the heating module. The heating module includes a first electrode, a second electrode and a heating element. The heating element includes a plurality of carbon nanotubes forming at least one electrically conductive path. The first electrode and the second electrode electrically connect with the carbon nanotubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignees: Tsinghua University, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jia-Ping Wang, Chen Feng, Kai-Li Jiang, Liang Liu, Shou-Shan Fan
  • Patent number: 8055357
    Abstract: Surgical systems, devices and methods including one or more tissue stimulation elements that, in some instances, may also be used for sensing purposes. Some of the surgical devices also include a tissue coagulation element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventor: David K. Swanson
  • Patent number: 7981112
    Abstract: Skin tissue is subjected to thermal energy that creates heating of the area being treated causing pores and follicle ducts to open so that excess oil, sebum, fatty deposits, or other unwanted deposits can be removed. A vacuum device is used to direct suction to the treated skin area helping to remove the unwanted deposits. Patterned thermal modification of tissue is used to expedite healing and minimize pain. The heating is controlled so that no skin tissue is damaged while still providing enough heat to the skin to alter the flow of sebum and destroy bacteria in the treated area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Inventor: Joseph Neev
  • Patent number: 7979139
    Abstract: A radio frequency diathermy application device, including a flexible pad and a flexible coil structure coupled to and supported by the pad The flexible coil structure has a flexible spiral-like primary winding and a flexible spiral-like secondary winding coupled to the primary winding, the primary and secondary windings each substantially lying in separate substantially parallel planes when the pad is in an unflexed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: ReGear Life Sciences, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason A. Beens, Scott R. Hinson, Daniel E. Nesthus
  • Patent number: 7976484
    Abstract: An auxiliary mat for a hyperthermo-therapeutic apparatus, a hyperthermo-therapeutic apparatus including the same, and a method of using the hyperthermo-therapeutic apparatus are provided. In a hyperthermo-therapeutic apparatus including a main mat and an auxiliary mat, a receiving groove is formed at a side of the main mat or the auxiliary mat, and an external hyperthermo-therapeutic unit is detachably mounted in the receiving groove. In a state where a user sits astraddle on the main mat or the auxiliary mat, the external hyperthermo-therapeutic unit is operated so that a hot compress effect or an effect generated by radiating far infrared rays can be simply obtained on a lower part of a user's body. Upon use of the hyperthermo-therapeutic apparatus, there are advantages in that the user does not need to take an uncomfortable posture for receiving a hot compress on the lower part of her/his body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Ceragem Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Byung Won Choi, Hyun Sik Chung, Keun young Paek
  • Publication number: 20110060390
    Abstract: Disclosed are a method for bending a self-regulating cable having a function of maintaining a predetermined temperature by applied electric power, in which the self-regulating cable is arranged in zigzags by easily bending the self-regulating cable, and a heating mat for preventing overheating using the same. A heating mat comprises: a heat generating means for maintaining a predetermined temperature with applied electric power; a control unit electrically connected to the heat generating means, for regulating the electric power supplied to the heat generating means; and an exterior material surrounding the heat generating means. The method comprises: setting a bent portion of the self-regulating cable; exposing the semi-conductive polymer by removing a portion of the insulation film, which corresponds to the bent portion; exposing a pair of wires by removing the exposed semi-conductor polymer; and bending portion of the pair of wires, which correspond to the exposed bent portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2007
    Publication date: March 10, 2011
    Applicant: Solco Biomedical Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seo Gon Kim, Kun Ho Yang
  • Patent number: 7904172
    Abstract: The present invention provides an apparatus and a method for generating and applying an electric field according to a user configured arbitrary waveform pulsing train. A control module allows the user to input operation parameters and configure the arbitrary waveform pulsing train for the electroporation process. A micro-controller unit coupled to the control module controls an arbitrary waveform generator unit and a customized power module. During the electroporation process, the arbitrary waveform generator unit produces the arbitrary waveform pulsing train that is amplified by the customized power module. The customized power module is coupled to at least two electrodes, wherein the at least two electrodes will produce an electric field across a target media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: Nanyang Polytechnic
    Inventors: Oi Lian Kon, Mohamad Pauzi Bin Hussen, Steven Teck Boon Yap