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MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR GENERATING MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGE

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

Provided is a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) apparatus including an acquisition unit configured to acquire an undersampled spectrum in a k-space and a reconstruction unit configured to generate a target image based on the undersampled spectrum, wherein the reconstruction unit includes: a first sub-reconstruction unit configured to perform initial reconstruction on data corresponding to unsampled positions in the k-space by using a Split Bregman algorithm or approximate sparse coding; a second sub-reconstruction unit configured to decompose the initially reconstructed spectrum in the k-space into multiple frequency bands to thereby generate a plurality of individual spectra and perform dictionary learning reconstruction on images respectively corresponding to the decomposed multiple frequency bands by alternating sparse approximation and reconstructing of measured frequencies; and an image generator configured to generate a target image by merging together the reconstructed images respectively corresponding to the multiple frequency bands.



TREATMENT PLANNING AND EVALUATION FOR RECTAL CANCER VIA IMAGE ANALYTICS

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

Methods and apparatus associated with predicting colorectal cancer tumor invasiveness are described. One example apparatus includes a set of circuits, and a data store that stores radiological images of tissue demonstrating colorectal cancer. The set of circuits includes a circumferential resection margin (CRM) prediction circuit that generates a CRM probability score for a diagnostic radiological image, an image acquisition circuit that acquires a diagnostic radiological image of a region of tissue demonstrating colorectal cancer pathology and that provides the diagnostic radiological image to the CRM prediction circuit, and a training circuit that trains the CRM prediction circuit to quantify chemoradiation response in the region of tissue represented in the diagnostic radiological image. The training circuit trains the CRM prediction circuit using a set of composite images.



SHOCK PROBABILITY DETERMINATION SYSTEM AND METHOD

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A shock probability determination system and method provides an output of probabilities for different types of shock based on input of selected patient demographic parameters and current clinical parameter values as well as normal ranges for each clinical parameter based on patient demographic data. The probability of different types of shock is determined based on comparison of current clinical parameter values of selected patient hemodynamic parameters to a normal range for each hemodynamic parameter. In one aspect, probabilities of cardiogenic shock, hypovolemic shock, septic shock, and anaphylactic shock are determined. In another aspect, a fluid status indicator is determined based on real-time probability of hypovolemic shock.



POLYSILOXANE ELASTOMER CONTAINING LIQUID CRYSTAL LATERAL CHAIN, AND SMART WATCH MADE FROM THE SAME

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A polysiloxane elastomer containing liquid crystal lateral chain, and a smart watch made therefrom are disclosed. The polysiloxane elastomer containing liquid crystal lateral chain includes a polysiloxane backbone chain and a lateral chain formed by a liquid crystalline monomer and connected with the polysiloxane backbone chain, wherein the polysiloxane backbone chain is crosslinked by a crosslinking agent.



ENDOSCOPE

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

This endoscope has an observation optical system that switches its observation mode between magnified observation and normal observation by moving some lenses in an optical-axis direction; and a plurality of illumination optical systems, wherein lens surfaces at the most distal ends of the plurality of illumination optical systems are disposed closer to a proximal end than a lens surface at the most distal end of the observation optical system, and all of the lens surfaces at the most distal ends of the plurality of illumination optical systems are disposed substantially parallel to the lens surface at the most distal end of the observation optical system, wherein the following conditional expressions (1) to (3) are satisfied. 1.0≦D_Back(far)/D_Back(near)



APPARATUS FOR REDUCING SIDE LOBES IN ULTRASONIC IMAGES USING NONLINEAR FILTER

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

According to the present invention, ultrasonic image quality can be improved by removing side lobe signals using a nonlinear filter that subtracts the side lobe signals calculated from a summed signal resulting from the received channel signals obtained by focusing signals received via an array transducer having a plurality of receiving elements and uses the calculated magnitude of the side lobe signals as a filter coefficient. The present invention includes an array transducer to receive an ultrasonic signal reflected from an imaging point and to output the reflected ultrasonic signal as a channel signal of a corresponding receiving element, a focusing delay module to temporally align the channel signals of the receiving elements, a summation unit to sum the temporally aligned channel signals and output the summed signal in order to form an ultrasonic image, a side lobe computation module to calculate a waveform of a side lobe signal generated due to a leakage of the ultrasonic signal, and a filter unit to filter the summed signal of the summation unit based on the magnitude of the side lobe signal computed by the side lobe computation module in order to improve ultrasonic image quality.



SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATIC START TIME ADJUSTMENT IN MULTI-PHASE SCANNING

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

An MR apparatus creating a timeline suitable for data acquisition in several temporal phases. The MR apparatus including a method for creating a timeline TL2 having a scan time of TS1 based on a reference timeline TL0 having a scan time of TS. The method setting start points in time of scans SC1, SC3 and SC4 in the timeline TL2 to the same points in time as those in the reference timeline TL0, respectively. The method also setting the start point in time of the scan SC2 in the timeline TL2 to a sum of the scan time TS1 and a delay time TD1 with respect to the scan SC1 in the timeline TL2.



SIZE-ADJUSTABLE PROTECTING AND IMMOBILIZING SLEEVES FOR MRI DEVICES

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A method of radiofrequency (RF) protecting a body organ to be scanned by an open bore magnetic resonance imaging device (MRD) having a volume of interest for imaging a body portion and an inlet aperture for inserting the body portion within the bore. The method includes adjusting a size of a sleeve such as the sleeve is set tightly at least a portion of the organ to be scanned. The sleeve is an electrically earthed and size adjustable.



MANIPULATION OF OVARIAN PRIMORDIAL FOLLICLES

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

Methods are provided for activating dormant ovarian primordial follicles in a mammal to promote development to preovulatory follicles.



MARINOPYRROLE DERIVATIVES AND METHODS OF MAKING AND USING SAME

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

Marinopyrrole derivatives and methods for their synthesis and use are described herein. Novel cyclic and symmetric marinopyrroles with triazole substituents having antibacterial activity against resistant bacterial strains, such as MRSA are introduced. Also provided are methods of using the compounds for treating or preventing cancer and/or microbial infections.



REFLECTIVE ULTRASOUND TECHNOLOGY FOR DERMATOLOGICAL TREATMENTS

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

Embodiments of a dermatological cosmetic treatment and imaging system and method can include use of transducer and a reflective surface to simultaneously produce multiple cosmetic treatment zones in tissue. The system can include a hand wand, a removable transducer module, a control module, a graphical user interface and/or a parabolic reflector. In some embodiments, the cosmetic treatment system may be used in cosmetic procedures, including brow lifts, fat reduction, sweat reduction, and treatment of the décolletage. Skin tightening, lifting and amelioration of wrinkles and stretch marks are provided.



PATIENT-SPECIFIC, MULTI-MATERIAL, MULTI-DIMENSIONAL ANTHROPOMORPHIC HUMAN EQUIVALENT PHANTOM AND HARDWARE FABRICATION METHOD

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

The present invention relates generally to a system and method for improving the quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) of advanced radiation treatment techniques using a patient-specific, multi-material, multi-dimensional anthropomorphic human equivalent phantom technology.



REAL-TIME MARGIN ADAPTATION

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

Systems and methods directed to real-time treatment margin adaptation based on in-treatment imaging are provided. The system and method may utilize the potential of motion mitigation techniques such as couch tracking, DMLC, beam tracking, and the like to freeze tumor motion within the treatment aperture. A standard internal target volume (ITV) based margin plan and a minimum margin plan is created for the patient. The minimum margin plan assumes frozen intrafractional tumor motion. Depending on tumor location confidence in the motion mitigation technique, MLC leaf positions can be interpolated between the two plans to adjust margins during treatment delivery. If motion mitigation fails, the plan can be disabled resulting in the delivery of the current clinical standard of care. Dynamic aperture tracking may be employed with an electronic portal imaging device as the in-treatment imaging modality.



SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR TREATING CANCER USING BRACHYTHERAPY

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

Systems and methods are provided for treating cervical and/or uterine cancers in brachytherapy with an intracavitary brachytherapy applicator. The system comprises a tandem adapted for insertion into a cervix of a patient. An ovoid assembly comprises first and second inflatable ovoids and an ovoid support mechanism. The first and second inflatable ovoids are adapted for insertion within fornices of a patient. First and second retractors are adapted to be coupled to the ovoid assembly. The first retractor is adapted to be positioned to retract the bladder of a patient during treatment. The second retractor is adapted to be positioned to retract the rectum of a patient during treatment. The tandem and the first and second inflatable ovoids are adapted to be coupled to a radioactive source to deliver an implant radiation dose suitable for cancer treatment at a cancerous cervical treatment site in a patient.



TUMOR IMAGING WITH X-RAYS AND OTHER HIGH ENERGY SOURCES USING AS CONTRAST AGENTS PHOTON-EMITTING PHOSPHORS HAVING THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A system and method for imaging or treating a disease in a human or animal body. The system provides to the human or animal body a pharmaceutical carrier including one or more phosphors which are capable of emitting ultraviolet or visible light into the body and which provide x-ray contrast. The system includes one or more devices which infuse a diseased site with a photo-activatable drug and the pharmaceutical carrier, an initiation energy source comprising an x-ray or high energy source which irradiates the diseased site with at least one of x-rays, gamma rays, or electrons to thereby initiate emission of said ultraviolet or visible light into the body, and a processor programmed to at least one of 1) produce images of the diseased site or 2) control a dose of said x-rays, gamma rays, or electrons to the diseased site for production of said ultraviolet or visible light at the diseased site to activate the photoactivatable drug.



METHOD AND MAGNETIC CATHETER FOR MAGNETIC NANOPARTICLE TREATMENT OF THE PROSTATE

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A magnetic catheter has a flexible tube having a lumen communicating with a balloon, the balloon located near a distal end of the tube; and a nonuniform magnetic portion located near, but proximal to, the balloon. The tube is adapted to insertion into bodily orifices like a male urethra, the lumen extending from balloon to proximal end and configured such that injection of fluid into the first lumen can inflate the balloon. The nonuniform magnetic portion has a sequence of magnetically permeable objects, or a sequence of permanent magnets, to provide magnetic field gradients to the prostate, or in alternative embodiment the pancreas. The catheter is used to treat the organ by applying a nonuniform magnetic field to the organ while magnetic nanoparticles are injected into the patient where they concentrate in the nonuniform magnetic field. An AC magnetic field is applied to the magnetic nanoparticles to heat the organ.



HEADER CORE FIXATION DESIGN FOR AN IMD

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

Aspects of the present disclosure are directed toward apparatuses, systems, and methods that may comprise a medical device having a header, a core assembly, and a scaffold assembly. The scaffold assembly may be configured to interface with the core assembly and position and support one or more circuit component relative to one or more other circuit components.



REDUCED LARSEN EFFECT ELECTRODE

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

The disclosure relates to a reduced Larsen Effect electrode. Specifically, the disclosure relates to an electrode with an insulation-coated electrode wire coaxially surrounded over a substantial portion thereof, by predetermined assembly of alternating rigid and isolating layers.



DEVICE FOR BODY RELAXATION AND RENEWAL

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A device for the body relaxation and renewal is described. It includes a perpendicular housing, which is a body with two side walls, a rear wall, and a front wall. The walls include vents situated in a lower and an upper part of said walls. A light panel is located inside at least one of said walls with alternately mounted fluorescent lamps and halogen lights. The fluorescent lamps are mounted in three rows of three pieces, in a vertical plane, one above another. The halogen lamps are set in slots mounted to vertical brackets and placed symmetrically in two vertical rows in three sections of two pieces.



CARBON DIOXIDE AIRWAY ADAPTOR

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A carbon dioxide airway adaptor can be attached to an oropharyngeal airway device or an oxygen facemask. The adaptor includes a dome-shaped body, an attachment mechanism at the edge of the body to attach the carbon dioxide airway adaptor to the oropharyngeal airway device or oxygen facemask, a port in the body to provide an airway and access for suctioning, a first docking sleeve in the body to provide oxygen supplementation, and a second docking sleeve in the body to provide end-tidal CO2 monitoring.



NEEDLE FREE INJECTION DEVICE

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

Devices, systems and methods for needle free injection include a multi-use needle-free injection device comprising reversibly connected proximate and distal sections, wherein the proximate section comprises a power supply, actuator, circuitry and a housing, and the distal section comprises a disposable nozzle tip prefilled with an injectate, a chemical energetic device, and a dual seal piston barrier between the energetic device and the injectate, wherein the proximate and distal sections and their components are operably linked and configured for single-hand injecting of the injectate.



Multi-Dose Disposable System

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A multi-dose disposable fluid delivery system includes at least one fluid container, a multi-use fluid path set, and a plurality of single-use fluid path sets. The at least one fluid container has a connection port configured for fluidly connecting with a first end of the multi-use fluid path set. The second end of the multi-fluid path set is configured for fluidly connecting to a fluid injection apparatus. The plurality of single-use fluid path sets is connected in sequence to define a fluid path extending from a first single-use fluid path set to a last single- use fluid path set. Each of the plurality single-use fluid path sets has a first end and a second end. The first end of the first single-use fluid path set is configured for connecting to a delivery line. The second end of the last single-use fluid path set is configured for connecting to the injection apparatus.



DUAL LUMEN SHEATH FOR ARTERIAL ACCESS

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A sheath assembly for the insertion of a percutaneous pump includes a tubular sheath body dimensioned for insertion into a blood vessel through a vessel aperture. The tubular sheath body includes a wall having a proximal end portion, a distal end portion, a longitudinal axis, an outer surface, an inner surface defining a first lumen substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis, and a second lumen disposed within the wall between the inner surface and the outer surface and extending from the proximal end portion to the distal end portion. The first lumen is dimensioned to allow passage of a portion of the percutaneous pump, and the second lumen is dimensioned for passage of a guidewire. A stylet is removably positioned to substantially occlude the second lumen. The stylet has a proximal end releasably secured to the sheath assembly.



SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR TREATING ACUTE AND CHRONIC HEART FAILURE

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

Systems and methods and devices are provided for arresting or reversing the effects of myocardial remodeling and degeneration after cardiac injury, without the potential drawbacks associated with previously existing systems and methods, by at least partially occluding flow through the superior vena cava over multiple cardiac cycles, and more preferably, by adjusting the interval or degree of occlusion responsive to a sensed level of patient activity. In some embodiments, a controller is provided that actuates a drive mechanism responsive to a sensed level of patient activity to provide at least partial occlusion of the patient's superior vena cava, while a data transfer circuit of the controller provides bi-directional transfer of physiologic data to the patient's smartphone or tablet to permit display and review of such data.



MONITORING OF A CARDIAC ASSIST DEVICE

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A control system for a cardiac assist device includes a sensor implantable in the body at the heart or at an implanted pump of the cardiac assist device, the sensor being for detecting motion of the pump within the body and hence being for monitoring movement of the pump, where the control system is arranged to, in use: receive signals from the sensor, the signals providing information on the movement of the pump; and to process the signals to monitor the pump speed and/or to identify pump malfunction and/or cardiac assist treatment complications.



SLIDE DEVICE, MECHANICAL SEAL, PUMP AND AUXILIARY ARTIFICIAL HEART SYSTEM

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

Provided is a slide device which includes a fixed-side slide member having an annular-shaped first slide surface, and a rotary-side slide member having an annular-shaped second slide surface, with the slide device being configured such that the first slide surface and the second slide surface are positioned opposite to each other, and an outer peripheral side of the fixed-side slide member and an outer peripheral side of the rotary-side slide member are brought into contact with a liquid containing a blood component, and a region where the first slide surface and the second slide surface face each other along the rotary-side slide member, the first slide surface and the second slide surface are brought into contact with each other on an outermost periphery of the opposite-facing region of the first and second slide surfaces.



UMBILICAL CORD TRANSPLANT PRODUCT

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A transplant product derived from human umbilical cord has a collagenous tissue membrane derived from an umbilical cord, configured as a soft tissue barrier or wound covering or other internal or external wound healing attachment. The structural, chemical and biochemical properties are retained, the collagenous tissue membrane is cleaned removing the veins, arteries and Wharton's jelly without exposure to harsh chemicals. The collagenous tissue membrane is soaked in normal saline solution under mild agitation for a predetermined time to structurally increase tear resistance of the membrane. The collagenous tissue membrane is free of meconium. The collagenous tissue membrane has a general transparent or translucent appearance of a clear or slightly pink color. In one embodiment, the transplant product has one or more suture entry sites to facilitate suturing the product to tissue.



5-AMINOLEVULINIC ACID CONJUGATED QUANTUM DOT NANOPARTICLE

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A 5-aminolevulinic acid conjugated quantum dot nanoparticle is useful for treating cancer by administering the 5-aminolevulinic acid conjugated quantum dot nanoparticle in photodynamic therapy as a precursor of both a fluorescence label and a photosensitizer.



FLEXIBLE CONE-SHAPED INTRA-VAGINAL SUPPORT DEVICE

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

In accordance with embodiments of the present disclosure, a flexible and non-absorbent vaginal insert device shaped to be held securely in place in a vagina when inserted, so as to improve symptoms associated with pelvic organ prolapse or urinary incontinence or both, is provided. The device is designed to be relatively easy to insert and remove. An applicator may be used to aid with insertion. The vaginal insert device comprises an upper portion, having a cone-shaped body, having a circular transverse cross-section throughout its length, having a wall with an interior side and an exterior side, an upper open end, a lower end, and a hollow interior, wherein the upper open end of the upper portion is the innermost portion of the device during insertion, and wherein the wall of the upper portion can be squeezed to make the upper portion more compact for easier insertion of the device, and wherein after insertion the wall expands back to its original shape. The device further comprises an exterior rim surrounding and protruding from the exterior side of the wall and being adjacent to the upper open end, and a plurality of ridges surrounding and protruding from the exterior side of the wall, and a removal portion extending from said lower end of said upper portion to assist in removal of the device. The device can also comprise one or more ventilation openings.



Condom

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A condom in the form of a sheath is described which is closed at one end and open at the opposite end, the opposite end being surrounded by a bead having a minimum inner diameter of at least 32 mm and a wall thickness of greater than 2 mm. A method of manufacture is also described.



SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PELVIC FLOOR REPAIR

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A method of repairing a pelvic floor disorder and a system for carrying out the method are provided. The method is effected by positioning an imaging device in an abdominal, rectal, perianal or vaginal cavity, advancing a surgical instrument through a vaginal wall under guidance of the imaging device to thereby reach a target tissue and using the surgical instrument to attach the tissue repair device to the target tissue.



EXPANDABLE IMPLANT SYSTEM

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

Various embodiments of a sling implant system are provided. Embodiments of the implants can include one or more collapsibility and expandability features or portions adapted to improve introduction and deployment of the implant within the patient. The implants can be folded, collapsed or otherwise reduced in size or construct to fit within a delivery tool or catheter for later expandability upon deployment of the implant.



Heterogeneous Inseminate System

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A first amount of sperm of a first animal and a second amount of sperm of a second animal of the same species, the first amount of sperm and the second amount of sperm sex-selected sperm of the same sex, useful in the in-vivo or in-vitro fertilization of an egg of a female animal of the same species of animal for the production of sex-selected embryos and sex-selected offspring.



METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MONITORING PREGNANCY TOXAEMIA

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A system for automatically determining pregnancy toxaemia in at least one animal in a group of animals comprises a sensor for obtaining at least one value representative of a liquid or water uptake of the at least one animal, said sensor being adapted to be positioned in the vicinity of a liquid or water supply station or on the at least one animal; and a processing unit configured for comparing the obtained at least one value representative of a liquid or water uptake of the at least one animal to a mean value representative of an average of the at least one value for the group of animals or to a value deduced therefrom; and for generating a signal and/or alert when the obtained at least one value representative of a liquid or water uptake exceeds the mean value or the value deduced therefrom by a pre-determined threshold value.



IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DISPLAYING POSITION INFORMATION

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A method is for displaying position information relating to a position of a region of interest of a patient relative to an examination unit of an imaging apparatus. A first examination plane is assignable to the examination unit and a camera is disposed relative to the examination unit such that, via a lens of the camera, three non-collinear reference points lying in a first reference plane parallel to the first examination plane are mapped to three collinear first image points lying on a first line. In an embodiment, the method includes capturing a camera image of the region of interest via the camera; displaying a positioning image, the positioning image including the camera image; and displaying first marking information relating to a position of the first line in the positioning image.



TREATMENT INSTRUMENT ADAPTOR AND SURGICAL MANIPULATOR SYSTEM

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

This treatment instrument adaptor allows a treatment instrument to be rotated about the longitudinal axis while an insertion portion is placed in the body. This treatment instrument adaptor has a cap member attached to a distal end of an insertion portion having a channel and that has a through hole aligned with an opening of the channel; a tubular fitting member attached to the through hole of the cap member so as to be rotatable about an axis of the through hole and so as not to be movable along the axis and that has an inner hole into which a treatment instrument is fitted and with which the treatment instrument is engaged in a circumferential direction; and a rotating mechanism including a driving-force transmitting member that is wound around the fitting member and that rotates the fitting member about the axis using tension.



DEVICE AND METHODS OF IMPROVING LAPAROSCOPIC SURGERY

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

Methods and devices for improving the interface between a surgeon and an operating medical assistant or between the surgeon and an endoscope system for laparoscopic surgery. A device is useful for controlling an endoscope system for laparoscopic surgery and includes a wearable interface for enhancing the control of an endoscope system during laparoscopic surgery.



REAL-TIME MOLECULAR IMAGING AND MINIMALLY-INVASIVE DETECTION IN INTERVENTIONAL CARDIOLOGY

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A catheter is disclosed for locating radiation tagged tissue within a mammalian body and treating tagged tissue or untagged tissue adjacent to the tagged tissue in a single procedure. The catheter includes in or on a distal end thereof one or more detectors for locating labeled tissue. A lumen extending from a proximal end of said tube to the distal end of said tube, includes a retractable and extendable needle positioned adjacent the distal end of said tube for delivering a liquid treatment modality. I the alternative the injector for delivering the treatment modality may be placed adjacent to the catheter for delivery of the treatment.



SURGICAL PORT ASSEMBLY

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A trocar or surgical port assembly includes an annular body attachable to a patient at an incision in a patient. The annular body includes a cylindrical insert portion defining a proximal end and a distal end and a flange disposed at the proximal end of the cylindrical insert portion. A skirt is attached to the distal end of the cylindrical insert portion and extends distally from the annular body and includes a flexible web and a wire attached to the flexible web that in a multiple looped configuration of non-intersecting curved portions positioned in the vicinity of the distal portion of the skirt to enable the flexible web to be biased via a biasing force exerted by the wire into a funnel-shaped open configuration having an opening of the skirt at the distal portion of the skirt that is larger than an opening of the skirt at the proximal portion.



SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TREATING HEPATIC AREA VEIN OCCLUSION

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A system and a method are disclosed for treating hepatic area vein occlusion problem. There are five major techniques, used in combined manner or separately, showing effective cure rate. The first technique is to use multiple types of guiding wire through-to-through skills. The second technique is to use one or more accessory hepatic veins (AHV) to drain hepatic blood into inferior vena cava for decreasing pressure inside the liver. The third technique is to puncture through occlusion of veins. The fourth technique is reverse direction membrane puncture. The fifth technique is thrombosis handling.



SURGICAL APPARATUS AND METHOD OF USE THEREOF

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A surgical apparatus for use in assisting the performance of a procedure on an eye, the eye having a front and rear, a cornea, an iris defining a pupil, and a lens capsule behind the iris. The apparatus has a frame with a front and rear, a first portion and a second portion. The frame is reconfigurable between (i) a first collapsed state for being inserted through an incision in a cornea and (ii) a second operative state for being operatively connected to an iris. The frame first portion is configured to be generally residing within a plane in the second operative state. The second frame portion is configured to be operatively connected to an iris in the second operative state exerts a pressure upon the iris at at least a first location that is spaced from the plane to maintain the pupil in an enlarged state.



SURGICAL APPARATUS AND METHOD OF USE THEREOF

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A surgical apparatus for use in assisting the performance of a procedure on an eye, the eye having a front and rear, a cornea, an iris defining a pupil, and a lens capsule behind the iris. The apparatus has a frame with a front and rear, a first portion and a second portion. The first frame portion has at least one iris engagement portion for being operatively connected to the iris to exert a pressure upon the iris that maintains the pupil in an enlarged state. The second frame portion has a curved edge configured to guide movement of an instrument in a curved path with the first frame portion operatively connected to an iris.



DEVICES AND SYSTEMS FOR SURGICAL RETRACTION

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

Retractor blade assemblies, retractors, kits, and methods of using the same. The retractor blade assembly may include a retractor blade, a pedicle screw, and a shim that connects the pedicle screw to the retractor blade. The retractor blade may have a proximal end configured to engage a retractor body and a distal end configured to retract soft tissue. The pedicle screw may have a head portion removably connected to the distal end of the retractor blade and a shaft portion configured to engage the pedicle of a vertebra. The shim couples the pedicle screw to the retractor blade. For example, the shim may include an extension portion configured to engage the retractor blade and a connection portion configured to receive and temporarily lock the pedicle screw to the retractor blade.



DEVICE FOR IN VIVO SAMPLING OF BIOLOGICAL SPECIES

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

The invention relates to a device for in vivo sampling of biological species, comprising: a tubular sheath extending between a proximal end of said sheath and a distal end of said sheath, said distal end of the sheath having a projecting part,a rod extending between a proximal end of said rod and a distal end of said rod, capable of sliding in the sheath between a retracted position in which the distal end of the rod is located inside the sheath and a deployed position in which the distal end of the rod extends beyond the distal end of the sheath, said rod comprising a capturing support for capturing said biological species, made from a porous material, arranged in a distal region of the rod on a portion of the circumference of the rod such that the capturing support is located outside the sheath when the rod is in the deployed position of same.



Cell Collection Devices

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

In some embodiments, a cell collection device includes a sample brush including a proximal end, a distal end, and outwardly extending bristles provided at the distal end, and an outer sleeve adapted to receive the sample brush, the sleeve including a proximal end and a distal end, wherein the sleeve can be linearly slid along the length of the brush to encapsulate the bristles after they have been used to collect cells from a patient.



ULTRASONIC IMAGE DIAGNOSTIC DEVICE, ULTRASONIC IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND ULTRASONIC IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

An ultrasonic image diagnostic device includes: an ultrasonic transmitting/receiving unit which repeatedly transmits an ultrasonic wave to a subject and receives an ultrasonic echo from the subject; an image processor which generates a plurality of ultrasonic images illustrating an in-vivo state of the subject based on ultrasonic echoes sequentially received from the subject; and a motion evaluating unit which performs motion evaluation of a moving body in the plurality of generated ultrasonic images, wherein the motion evaluating unit includes an interval setting unit which sets an interval between the ultrasonic images which should be compared with each other for the motion evaluation so as to be variable in increments of the number of frames based on a frame rate of the plurality of generated ultrasonic images.



ULTRASOUND DIAGNOSIS APPARATUS AND METHOD OF OPERATING THE SAME

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

Provided is an ultrasound diagnosis apparatus including a data acquirer configured to obtain ultrasound data about an object having blood vessels; an image processor configured to extract a blood vessel area from an ultrasound image generated based on the ultrasound data, extract a plaque area included in the blood vessel area, and analyze a risk of plaque based on at least one of a surface shape of the plaque area and brightness information of the plaque area; and a display configured to display the risk of plaque.



ULTRASOUND DIAGNOSTIC APPARATUS AND DOPPLER WAVEFORM IMAGE GENERATING METHOD

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

An ultrasound diagnostic apparatus includes a quadrature detection section configured to perform quadrature detection on reception radio-frequency data generated by a reception circuit to generate complex data, a frequency analyzer configured to perform a first frequency analysis using the complex data of a set number of sample points starting from a first start point and a second frequency analysis using at least one group of the complex data of the set number of sample points starting from a second start point that is different from the first start point, and to acquire a spectral signal corresponding to each pixel of a Doppler waveform image based on results of the first frequency analysis and the second frequency analysis, and a Doppler waveform image generator configured to generate the Doppler waveform image using the spectral signal.



METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR DETECTING SUB-TISSUE ANOMALIES

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A diagnostic imaging device includes a probe that uses both an ultrasound transducer and frequency-domain diffuse optical imaging (FD-DOI) to assist with locating and diagnosing sub-tissue anomalies. According to one aspect, the diagnostic imaging device relates to a clip-on cap that can be utilized with existing ultrasound transducers. The diagnostic imaging device described herein can be utilized for image-guided needle biopsy to regions where prostate tissues are highly suspicious for high-grade cancer, as well as for image guided interventions, such as cryotherapy, photodynamic therapy, and brachytherapy for early-stage or localized prostate cancer.



ELASTOGRAPHY VISUALIZATION

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A method includes receiving a B-mode image, a strain image, and a corresponding correlation image. The method further includes modifying pixel values of the strain image based on a reliability of the strain image, thereby generating a modified strain image. The method further includes displaying the B-mode image. The method further includes superimposing the modified strain image over the B-mode image. A system (100) includes a memory (304) that stores elastography visualization algorithms (306, 308, 310). The system further includes a processor (302) that executes at least one of the elastography visualization algorithms, based on a visualization mode of interest, causing the processor to render at least one of a pixel of a strain image transparent or not at all, wherein the strain image is displayed overlaid over a B-mode image.