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  • Publication number: 20170000450
    Abstract: Systems and methods for performing remote diagnostic imaging. One system includes a stand-alone imaging station including a housing that includes a first housing module and a second housing module, a diagnostic imaging device, and a door. The first housing module and the second housing module are separate and configured to be assembled together. The diagnostic imaging device is contained within the housing and includes a radiation source and a radiation detector. The door is coupled to the housing and is configured to allow a patient to enter the housing. The door includes a lock configured to maintain the door in a locked state at least while the diagnostic imaging device captures the diagnostic image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Publication date: January 5, 2017
    Inventor: Michael W. Ferro, JR.
  • Patent number: 9730670
    Abstract: Systems and methods for performing remote diagnostic imaging. One system includes a stand-alone imaging station including a housing that includes a first housing module and a second housing module, a diagnostic imaging device, and a door. The first housing module and the second housing module are separate and configured to be assembled together. The diagnostic imaging device is contained within the housing and includes a radiation source and a radiation detector. The door is coupled to the housing and is configured to allow a patient to enter the housing. The door includes a lock configured to maintain the door in a locked state at least while the diagnostic imaging device captures the diagnostic image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Merge Healthcare Incorporated
    Inventor: Michael W. Ferro, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20170303886
    Abstract: Systems and methods for performing remote diagnostic imaging. One system includes a stand-alone imaging station including a first housing module and a diagnostic imaging device. The diagnostic imaging device is contained within the first housing module and includes a radiation source and a radiation detector. The imaging station also includes a door and a device. The door is coupled to the first housing module and configured to allow a patient to enter the first housing module. The device is configured to receive payment information for a diagnostic imaging procedure performed using the diagnostic imaging device. The device may be magnetic stripe reader, a bill pay unit, a user identification card dispenser, or a scanner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Publication date: October 26, 2017
    Inventor: Michael W. Ferro, JR.
  • Patent number: 10368828
    Abstract: Systems and methods for performing remote diagnostic imaging. One system includes a stand-alone imaging station including a first housing module and a diagnostic imaging device. The diagnostic imaging device is contained within the first housing module and includes a radiation source and a radiation detector. The imaging station also includes a door and a device. The door is coupled to the first housing module and configured to allow a patient to enter the first housing module. The device is configured to receive payment information for a diagnostic imaging procedure performed using the diagnostic imaging device. The device may be magnetic stripe reader, a bill pay unit, a user identification card dispenser, or a scanner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: MERGE HEALTHCARE INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Michael W. Ferro, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20160361025
    Abstract: Methods and systems for automatically scoring diagnoses associated with clinical images. One system includes a server including an electronic processor and an interface for communicating with at least one data source. The electronic processor is configured to receive a diagnosis associated with an image of a patient from the at least one data source over the interface. The diagnosis is for an anatomical structure represented in the image. The electronic processor is also configured to receive a pathology result for the patient for the anatomical structure generated after the diagnosis from the at least one pathology result source over the interface. The electronic processor is also configured to automatically generate a score based on a comparison of the diagnosis and the pathology result. The electronic processor is also configured to display the score within a graphical user interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Publication date: December 15, 2016
    Inventors: Murray A. Reicher, Jon T. DeVries, Michael W. Ferro, JR., Marwan Sati
  • Patent number: 10275877
    Abstract: Methods and systems for automatically determining diagnosis discrepancies for clinical images. One system includes a server including an electronic processor and an interface for communicating with at least one data source. The electronic processor is configured to receive a first diagnosis from the at least one data source over the interface. The first diagnosis is specified by a diagnosing physician for an anatomical structure represented in an image. The electronic processor is also configured to determine a second diagnosis for the anatomical structure. The second diagnosis is generated after the first diagnosis. The electronic processor is also configured to store the first diagnosis and the second diagnosis in a data structure. The electronic processor is also configured to automatically determine a discrepancy between the first diagnosis and the second diagnosis based on the data structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Murray A. Reicher, Jon T. DeVries, Michael W. Ferro, Jr., Marwan Sati
  • Patent number: 8526573
    Abstract: Systems and methods for remote diagnostic imaging. The systems include a diagnostic imaging kiosk. The kiosk includes, for example, a first housing module and a second housing module. The first housing module is configured to house, among other things, a diagnostic imaging system (e.g., an X-ray system). The second housing module is configured to house electronics associated with the operation, control, and networking of the kiosk. The electronics include, for example, a primary controller, an X-ray controller, an X-ray generator, an internal display controller, an external display controller, one or more routers, and a digital radiology module. The kiosk is configured to communicatively connect to a remote technician's workstation, and a remote technician at the workstation is able to remotely control the kiosk through a packet-switched network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Merge Healthcare Incorporated
    Inventor: Michael W. Ferro, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10229490
    Abstract: Methods and systems for automatically scoring diagnoses associated with clinical images. One system includes a server including an electronic processor and an interface for communicating with at least one data source. The electronic processor is configured to receive a diagnosis associated with an image of a patient from the at least one data source over the interface. The diagnosis is for an anatomical structure represented in the image. The electronic processor is also configured to receive a pathology result for the patient for the anatomical structure generated after the diagnosis from the at least one pathology result source over the interface. The electronic processor is also configured to automatically generate a score based on a comparison of the diagnosis and the pathology result. The electronic processor is also configured to display the score within a graphical user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Murray A. Reicher, Jon T. DeVries, Michael W. Ferro, Jr., Marwan Sati
  • Publication number: 20110122995
    Abstract: Systems and methods for remote diagnostic imaging. The systems include a diagnostic imaging kiosk. The kiosk includes, for example, a first housing module and a second housing module. The first housing module is configured to house, among other things, a diagnostic imaging system (e.g., an X-ray system). The second housing module is configured to house electronics associated with the operation, control, and networking of the kiosk. The electronics include, for example, a primary controller, an X-ray controller, an X-ray generator, an internal display controller, an external display controller, one or more routers, and a digital radiology module. The kiosk is configured to communicatively connect to a remote technician's workstation, and a remote technician at the workstation is able to remotely control the kiosk through a packet-switched network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Inventor: Michael W. Ferro, JR.
  • Patent number: 10360675
    Abstract: Methods and systems for automatically analyzing clinical images using rules and image analytics. One system includes a server including an electronic processor and an interface for communicating with at least one data source. The electronic processor is configured to receive training information from the at least one data source over the interface. The training information includes a plurality of images and graphical reporting associated with each of the plurality of images. The electronic processor is also configured to perform machine learning to develop a model using the training information and receive an image for analysis. The electronic processor is also configured to determine a set of rules for the image and automatically process the image using the model and the set of rules to generate a diagnosis for the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Murray A. Reicher, Jon T. DeVries, Michael W. Ferro, Jr., Marwan Sati
  • Patent number: 10269114
    Abstract: Methods and systems for automatically scoring diagnoses associated with clinical images. One system includes a server including an electronic processor and an interface for communicating with at least one data source. The electronic processor is configured to receive a diagnosis associated with an image of a patient from the at least one data source over the interface. The diagnosis is for an anatomical structure represented in the image. The electronic processor is also configured to receive a pathology result for the patient for the anatomical structure generated after the diagnosis from the at least one pathology result source over the interface. The electronic processor is also configured to automatically generate a score based on a comparison of the diagnosis and the pathology result. The electronic processor is also configured to display the score within a graphical user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Murray A. Reicher, Jon T. DeVries, Michael W. Ferro, Jr., Marwan Sati
  • Patent number: 9462991
    Abstract: Systems and methods for remote diagnostic imaging. The systems include a diagnostic imaging kiosk. The kiosk includes, for example, a first housing module and a second housing module. The first housing module is configured to house, among other things, a diagnostic imaging system (e.g., an X-ray system). The second housing module is configured to house electronics associated with the operation, control, and networking of the kiosk. The electronics include, for example, a primary controller, an X-ray controller, an X-ray generator, an internal display controller, an external display controller, one or more routers, and a digital radiology module. The kiosk is configured to communicatively connect to a remote technician's workstation, and a remote technician at the workstation is able to remotely control the kiosk through a packet-switched network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Merge Healthcare Incorporated
    Inventor: Michael W. Ferro, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10169863
    Abstract: Methods and systems for automatically determining a clinical image or portion thereof for display to a diagnosing physician. One system includes an electronic processor and an interface for communicating with at least one data source. The electronic processor is configured to receive training information from the at least one data source and determine a subset of images included in each of the plurality of image studies displayed to one or more diagnosing physicians. The electronic processor is also configured to perform machine learning to develop a model based on the training information and the subset of images included in each of the plurality of image studies and receive the image study. The electronic processor is also configured to process the image study using the model to determine a subset of the plurality of images and flag the subset of the plurality of images for manual review by the diagnosing physician.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Murray A. Reicher, Jon T. DeVries, Michael W. Ferro, Jr., Marwan Sati
  • Patent number: 10332251
    Abstract: Methods and systems for automatically mapping biopsy locations to pathology results. One system includes a server including an electronic processor and an interface for communicating with at least one data source and at least one pathology result source. The electronic processor is configured to receive an image from the at least one data source over the interface. The electronic processor is also configured to receive a biopsy location. The biopsy location includes a three-dimensional position mapped to a position within the image. The electronic processor is also configured to automatically locate an electronic pathology result for the biopsy location within the at least one pathology result source over the interface. The electronic processor is also configured to generate an electronic correlation between the biopsy location and the electronic pathology result. The electronic processor is also configured to display the image with the biopsy location marked within the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: MERGE HEALTHCARE INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Murray A. Reicher, Jon T. DeVries, Michael W. Ferro, Jr., Marwan Sati
  • Patent number: 5627336
    Abstract: A musical instrument providing a base board, an elongated tone board mounted on the base board, the tone board having a first portion made of a material that is not ferro-magnetic and a second portion made of a ferro-magnetic material, a sensor mounted on the base board and providing a flux path and an output terminal, and a damper located between the tone board and the base board for isolating vibrations in the tone board from the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 6, 1997
    Assignee: Nadene Isackson
    Inventor: William L. Stevens
  • Patent number: 6942829
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method of forming a polymer-wood composite structure and additive systems for use therein. The method of the invention includes extruding a heated mixture that includes from about 20% to about 80% by weight of a thermoplastic polymer, from about 20% to about 80% by weight of a cellulosic filler material, and from about 0.1% to about 10% by weight of an additive system. The additive system according the invention includes a blend of from about 10% to about 90% by weight of a nonionic compatibilizer having an HLB value of from about 9 to about 19 and from about 10% to about 90% by weight of a lubricant. Use of the method and additive system according to the invention facilitates the production of highly filled polymer-wood composite structures at a very high output rate while maintaining commercially acceptable surface appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Assignee: Ferro Corporation
    Inventors: Gerald W. Drabeck, Jr., Juan Bravo, Michael DiPierro, Anna C. Andrews, James M. McKinney, Brenda Hollo, Deenadayalu Chundury
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