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SPECTRAL IMAGE DATA PROCESSING

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method includes obtaining contrast enhanced spectral image data that includes voxels representing a tubular structure. The method further includes generating at least a contrast map based on the obtained contrast enhanced spectral image data. The method further includes generating an updated contrast map based on a spectral model. The method further includes segmenting the tubular structure based on updated contrast map. A computing system (120) includes a spectral analyzer (202) that receives contrast enhanced spectral image data and generates a spectral analysis data based thereon, wherein the spectral analysis data includes a contrast map, The computing system further includes a spectral analysis data processor (204) that refines the spectral analysis data, generating refined spectral analysis data.



ARRAY NEAR-FIELD HIGH OPTICAL SCATTERING MATERIAL DETECTION METHOD

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An array near-field high optical scattering material detection method is disclosed, which comprises steps of irradiating an input light onto a high scattering material to generate a diffuse reflection, a diffusion, and a transmission within the high scattering material; reading out an optical energy over different positions on the high scattering material, respectively; forming a two dimensional light intensity distribution data image according to the optical energy over different positions on the high scattering material, respectively; and analyzing an internal composition variation of the high scattering material according to the two dimensional light intensity distribution data image to obtain the internal composition data of the high scattering material. By using the above technical means, the internal composition of the high optical scattering material may be known by detecting the same, and may be successfully applied onto a detection use on the green technology involving the biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, and environmental engineering.



VIBRATION DRIVE DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, POSITIONING STAGE, AND MEDICAL SYSTEM

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A vibration drive device that suppresses an increase in the number of component parts and can be easily downsized. Vibration is excited in a vibration element in pressure contact with a driven element to thereby rotationally move the driven element relative to the vibration element. A bearing rotatably supports the driven element. A first and a second bearing portions are joined to the driven element. The second and a third bearing portions are pressed against each other via rolling elements in a direction along the axis of the bearing. The rolling elements are brought into pressure contact with the first raceway surface of the first bearing portion, the second raceway surface of the second bearing portion, and the third raceway surface of the third bearing portion. One of the second and third bearing portions is integrally formed with the driven element from the same material.



PUMP ARRANGEMENT

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The subject matter of the present invention is a pump arrangement (1, 10, 20, 30, 40, 50), in particular for use in the body's own vessels, having a pump (11, 41, 51) and a sheath (12, 42, 52) receiving the pump, bounding a flow passage (S) and having a distal intake opening (13, 43, 53) and a proximal outflow opening (14, 29, 39, 44, 54) for producing a driving flow by means of the pump, wherein the pump is arranged in a first fluid-tight section (12a, 42a, 52a) having the distal intake opening and a second fluid-tight section (12b, 42b, 52b) includes the proximal outflow opening. In accordance with the invention, a further inlet opening (15) is present between the first section and the second section and is arranged between the intake opening and the outflow opening, with the first section and the second section being arranged with respect to one another such that the inlet opening opens into the flow proximal to the pump.



EXTERNAL BEAM RADIOTHERAPY AND IMAGING WITH RADIOACTIVE ISOTOPE

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method of delivering external radiation beams to a target volume in a body portion includes positioning a radioactive isotope source at a plurality of locations spaced apart around the body portion, and collimating radiation beams of the radioactive isotope source from the plurality of locations, whereby the target volume in the body portion is deposited with a predetermined dose distribution. A radiation device employs a member having a configuration adapted to surround a body portion to be irradiated. The member has a channel and a plurality of collimators spaced apart along and coupled to the channel. The plurality of collimators define a plurality of dwelling locations for a radioactive isotope source in the channel and are configured to collimate radiation beams of the radioactive isotope source.



PATIENT SPECIFIC BEAM CONTROL ASSEMBLY OF A CANCER THERAPY APPARATUS AND METHOD OF USE THEREOF

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The invention comprises a patient specific tray insert removably inserted into a tray frame to form a beam control tray assembly, which is removably inserted into a slot of a tray receiver assembly proximate a gantry nozzle of a charged particle cancer treatment system. Optionally, multiple tray inserts, each used to control a different beam state parameter, are inserted into corresponding slots of the tray receiver assembly where the multiple inserts are used to control beam intensity, shape, focus, and/or energy. The beam control tray assembling includes an identifier, such as an electromechanical identifier, of the particular insert type, which is communicated to a main controller, such as via the tray receiver assembly along with slot position and/or patient information.



INTRA-OPERATORY CARBON ION RADIATION THERAPY SYSTEM

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An ion therapy system for irradiating a patient with laser-accelerated ions may include a laser radiation source to emit laser radiation and a housing coupled to the laser radiation source. The system may have a laser target having a surface from which an ion beam can be generated. The housing may have a window portion to let an incident ion beam pass and to seal the housing. The system may have a vacuum system to generate lower pressure in the inner space of the housing. A focusing system may focus the laser radiation on the laser target. A control device may control the focusing system and adjust a propagation direction of the ion beam such that the ion beam impinges on an external target. The laser radiation source may generate laser pulses with a duration between 10−18 seconds and 10−12 seconds and an energy of at least 100 mJ.



CHARGED PARTICLE CANCER THERAPY BEAM STATE DETERMINATION APPARATUS AND METHOD OF USE THEREOF

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The invention comprises an apparatus and method of use thereof for determining a charged particle beam state after passage through a final beam modification insert and prior to entering a patient, such as in cancer treatment or tomographic imaging. The insert comprises a range shifter, a known energy absorber, a ridge filter, a focal length altering insert, an aperture defining element, a compensator, and/or a patient specific beam modifier. The monitoring element comprises one or more sheets, configured to emit photons upon passage therethrough of the charged particle beam, where the emitted photons are detected, tested, such as against a predetermined cancer treatment plan, and/or used to aid in three dimensional tomographic image generation.



MAGNETIC FLUX IRRADIATION DEVICES AND COMPONENTS

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Magnetic flux irradiation devices having an adjustable or a replaceable magnetic core are provided. Magnetic cores are also provided. Methods and systems for using such devices are also provided. The devices and magnetic cores are configured to permit easily changing an irradiation pattern of the magnetic flux, depending on a positional relation between the magnetic flux irradiation device and the irradiation object.



MAGNETIC FLUX IRRADIATION DEVICES AND COMPONENTS

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Magnetic flux irradiation devices having a cylindrical coil and a magnetic core including an optical transmission path are provided. Magnetic cores are also provided. Methods and systems for using such devices are also provided. The optical transmission path is configured to transmit light incident on an irradiation target, or thermal radiation emitted from the irradiation target.



COMBINATION OF RADIOFREQUENCY AND MAGNETIC TREATMENT METHODS

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Methods and an apparatus for treatment of target biological structure by combination of magnet treatment and electromagnetic treatment. The method and apparatus may be used for aesthetic applications, e.g. cellulite treatment, body shaping, skin rejuvenation or enhancing skin appearance.



ELECTRONIC MODULE FOR A SYSTEM FOR NEURAL APPLICATIONS

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An electronic module (500) for a system for neural applications (100) comprising a housing (530) and a filtering element (567) that form a closed, miniaturized Faraday cage a corresponding lead, active lead can, a controller and systems.



IMPLANTABLE MEDICAL DEVICE

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method of manufacturing an implantable medical device having reduced MRI image distortion, includes producing an implantable medical device. The implantable medical device has a configuration that comprises a housing and one or more internal components disposed within the housing. The configuration is based upon a design process that includes creating a first prototype, determining the aggregate relative magnetic permeability of the first prototype, and modifying the design of the first prototype by at least one of (a) selecting and adding a diamagnetic shimming material to the first prototype or (b) repositioning one or more internal components of the first prototype. Modifying the design results in a modified design that is the configuration for the implantable medical device.



THREE-DIMENSIONAL MULTI-ELECTRODE ARRAY

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A multi-electrode array with individually isolated electrodes each configurable for a target-containing carrier and a method for fabricating the array are disclosed. In an exemplary embodiment, the array includes a substrate; and a plurality of electrodes disposed on the substrate. Each electrode of the plurality of electrodes has a conductive tip-end and an insulated remainder. A first electrode of the plurality of electrodes has a first configuration selected to bring a conductive tip end of the first electrode in proximity to a first target structure, and a second electrode of the plurality of electrodes has a second configuration selected to bring a conductive tip end of the second electrode in proximity to a second target structure. The first configuration and the second configuration are different. A first contact of the plurality of contacts may be electrically coupled to the first electrode through the substrate.



SINUS TREATMENT

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Apparatus and methods are described, including apparatus for treating a maxillary sinus of a subject. The apparatus includes a tube shaped to define a lumen thereof, a lateral wall of the tube at a distal portion of the tube being shaped to define an aperture. A first radially-deployable seal is coupled to the tube proximally to the aperture, and a second radially-deployable seal is coupled to the tube distally to the aperture. Each of the first and second seals is configured to, when radially deployed inside a nasal cavity of the subject, generally prevent flow from one side of the seal to another side of the seal of fluid passing out of the aperture. Other applications are also described.



MONITORING DEVICE AND COGNITIVE BEHAVIOR THERAPY

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A user monitoring device system includes a user monitoring device with a microphone and sensors to determine air quality, sound level/quality, light quality and ambient temperature near the user. A movement detection device detects a user's movement information. The movement detection device and the monitoring system assist to determine user sleep information and sleep behavior information. The microphone records user movement sounds detected by the movement detection device. The movement detection device is configured to cause the microphone to stop recording user movement sounds when the movement sounds are not directed to a sleep related parameter. In response to determining user sleep information or sleep behavior information the system is used for treatment of sleep or psychiatric disorders.



MEDICAL DEVICE, AND THE METHODS OF USING SAME

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A medical device is provided for insertion into a cavity of a patient to visual the internal membranes of the patient. The medical device can be an endotracheal tube, a suction tube, a bronchoscope, a tube changer, an esophageal tube, an intubating tube, an esophageal tube in combination with a separate intubating tube, a device for manipulating the position of the epiglottis of the patient, a stylet, or a tube insertable into the vagina of the patient. The medical device has a camera lumen having a sealed window at one end thereof attached thereto, and a separate camera which is insertable into the camera lumen and is removable from the camera lumen. The camera is used to monitor the internal membranes of the patient during the medical procedure.



CONTROLLING USAGE OF REPLACEABLE TOOL ENDS

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A device vibrates body tissue to reduce pain experience by the body tissue in a therapeutic procedure. The device includes a frame and a tip connectable to the frame which can be activated to produce vibration. An electromagnetic reader is connected to the frame and includes an antenna for sending and receiving electromagnetic radiation. An electromagnetic tag is connected to the removable tip, and also has an antenna for sending and receiving electromagnetic radiation in communication with the electromagnetic reader antenna. The antennas are disposed proximate to each other when the removable tip is connected to the frame, whereby the electromagnetic tag can transmit information to the electromagnetic reader.



DEVICE FOR TRANSFERRING A FLUID

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A device for transferring a fluid has a main channel, at least one secondary channel leading at an opening into the main channel, and a flexible closing element for closing the secondary channel. The opening of the secondary channel can be closed in a fluid-tight manner by the flexible closing element, by pressing the closing element with an external force onto or into the opening. In order to prevent that, in the case of a negative pressure in the main channel, the flexible closing element closes the secondary channel even without application of an external force, at least one projection is associated with the or each secondary channel and arranged in the main channel in the area of the opening of the respective secondary channel, and protrudes over the opening or over a lowest level of the opening.



LOADING GUIDE LUMEN

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An apparatus is disclosed including: an intracardiac pump device having a path for a guidewire extending through the pump device from a first opening to a second opening; and a lumen which extends from a first end located outside of the pump device, into the pump device through the first opening in the pump device, along the path for the guidewire, out of the pump device through the second opening, and to a second end located outside of the pump device. The lumen is configured to receive the guidewire such that when the guidewire passes through the lumen from the first end to the second end, the guidewire is positioned along the path.



FULLY IMPLANTABLE DIRECT CARDIAC AND AORTIC COMPRESSION DEVICE

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The present invention provides a combined direct cardiac compression and aortic counterpulsation device comprising: an inflatable direct cardiac compression jacket configured when inflated to directly compress a heart and assist in displacing blood therefrom, an aortic counterpulsation chamber configured when inflated to displace aortic volume for the purposes of causing a counterpulsation effect, and a driver operably connected to said inflatable direct cardiac compression jacket and to said aortic counterpulsation chamber, said driver is configured to inflate said direct cardiac compression jacket and to deflate said aortic counterpulsation chamber during systole of the heart; said driver is further configured to deflate said direct cardiac compression jacket and to inflate said aortic counterpulsation chamber during diastole of the heart.



SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR INCONTINENCE CONTROL

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A system for managing female incontinence includes a body of biocompatible material configured to fit between the labia minora and the vestibule floor, the body having a surface configured to occlude the urethral meatus, an adhesive carried on at least a first portion of the surface and configured to provide a sealing engagement between the body and the urethral meatus, and a substance carried by at least one of the body and the adhesive and configured for controlling the odor of the general vaginal-urethral area of a female.



METHOD OF IMPLANTING A PENILE PROSTHETIC BY CAPTURING A SUTURE IN A SLOT FORMED THROUGH AN EXTERIOR SURFACE OF A NEEDLE

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

One aspect provides advancing a distal end of a needle out of a bore of a tool, and capturing a suture in a slot formed through an exterior surface of the needle, with the suture engaged with a penile implant. The method includes retracting the distal end of the needle and a portion of the suture into the bore of the tool, and inserting a shaft of the tool into a corpora cavernosum of a penis and forcing the distal end of the needle and the portion of the suture out of the bore of the tool and through a glans of the penis. The method includes retracting the needle into the bore and retaining the portion of the suture exterior to the glans of the penis. Pulling on the suture pulls the penile implant into the corpora cavernosum of the penis.



ADJUSTABLE IMPLANTS AND METHODS OF IMPLANTING THE SAME

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

In one embodiment, an implant includes a support member configured to be placed within a body of a patient and provide support to a portion of the body of the patient, a tether coupled to an end portion of the support member; and an anchor configured to be disposed within a tissue of the body of the patient to help retain the implant in place within the body of the patient. The tether is coupled to the anchor such that the tether may move with respect to the anchor in a first direction but is retrained from moving in a second direction. In one embodiment, a method of placing an implant within a body of a patient includes making an incision in the body of the patient, inserting the implant into the body of the patient through the incision, placing the implant within the body of the patient such that a support member provides support to a portion of the body and an anchor helps retain the implant in place within the body of the patient, closing the incision, and adjusting the tension of the implant after closing the incision.



METHOD OF TREATING PELVIC PROLAPSE USING A SACROCOLPOPEXY/SACROCERVICOPEXY VAGINAL POSITIONING AND MESH RETENTION SYSTEM

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method of treating pelvic prolapse is presented herein. Vaginal support device contains flat superior and inferior surfaces to facilitate affixing of mesh to vagina. Vaginal support device may be used as part of a system in conjunction with a manipulation device to support the vaginal walls. Mesh retention system may also include a holding device and retention mechanism such as a catheter or shaft and corresponding catheter balloon to hold mesh in place.



INTRAVAGINAL INSERT FOR INCONTINENCE MANAGEMENT

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An intravaginal insert device for the management of stress urinary incontinence is disclosed. The insert device can provide an insert body shaped for comfortable and secure placement in the vagina at a depth for support of the urethra. The insert body can be formed by a mold overlay on a plastic core that is provides with interstitial gaps to enhance the integration of the overlay with the core. The core can further provide a hitch for attachment of a tether, such as string, to facilitate removal of the insert after use.



Device for inguinal ligament fixation and surgery method thereof

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A device for inguinal ligament fixation includes a suspension mesh, wherein the suspension includes: a cervix and anterior vaginal wall sling; wherein a first end of the cervix and anterior vaginal wall sling is connected to a cervix or an anterior vaginal wall; two inguinal ligament suspension arms, wherein a second end of each of the two inguinal ligament suspension arms is connected to a second end of the cervix and anterior vaginal wall sling, and the two inguinal ligament suspension arms are placed in a symmetrical form; and two sacral ligament and posterior vaginal wall suspension arms, wherein a second end of each of the two sacral ligament and posterior vaginal wall suspension arms is connected to the second end of the cervix and anterior vaginal wall sling, and the two sacral ligament and posterior vaginal wall suspension arms are placed in a symmetrical form.



METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING A SURGICAL LIGHT

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

In a method for controlling a surgical light, the luminance distribution is determined spatially selectively in a measured field and the illuminated field size is adapted to the size of the surgical field while taking account of the luminance distribution.



APPARATUSES AND METHODS FOR REGISTERING A REAL-TIME IMAGE FEED FROM AN IMAGING DEVICE TO A STEERABLE CATHETER

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method of registering a real-time image feed from an imaging device inserted into a steerable catheter using a navigation system is provided. The method includes inserting the imaging device into a working channel of the steerable catheter and generating a real-time image feed of one or more reference points, wherein the orientation of the reference points is known. The method further includes orienting a handle of the steerable catheter to a neutral position, displaying the real-time image feed on a display of the navigation system, and registering the real-time image feed to the steerable catheter by rotating the displayed image so that the reference points in the real-time image feed are matched to the known orientation of the reference points.



MEDICAL IMAGING PROBE INCLUDING AN IMAGING SENSOR

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

This disclosure relates to a medical imaging probe comprising: a head enclosed by an inner casing and including an imaging sensor, a cable connected to the head, an outer casing attached to and enclosing the inner casing, and wherein the outer casing is physically connected to at least one localization sensor.



VAGINAL SURGICAL APPARATUS

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

This invention relates generally to a medical device, and more specifically, to a vaginal surgical apparatus. In one embodiment, an apparatus includes, but is not limited to, an elongated handle portion; a vaginal manipulator probe that is at least partly insertable into a vagina, the vaginal manipulator probe extending from the elongated handle portion and including an arcuate end portion, the arcuate end portion including an aperture for accommodating a cervix; and a disk that is movable along at least a portion of a length of the vaginal manipulator probe, the disk including a locking mechanism to releasably secure the disk in position to limit vaginal insertion depth of the vaginal manipulator probe.



Access Device

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Various devices and methods are provided with respect to inserting multiple surgical instruments through a single surgical access device. A medical device including a flexible tissue retractor a releasable insert having multiple instrument openings, and a member such as a sleeve is disclosed. The insert can be in the form of an insert assembly including multiple components. The sleeve can support the insert with respect to the retractor such that the insert and sleeve can be removed together with the retractor remaining in the incision. A method of using the insert is also described.



MEDICAL PORT

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A medical port includes: a faceplate having a through-hole; an elastic member formed in a curved shape and configured to clamp and fix a living tissue between the elastic member and the faceplate; and a string-shaped member fixed at a first end to the elastic member and extending from the elastic member through the faceplate. The elastic member is configured such that extension of the string-shaped member through the faceplate in a direction opposite to the elastic member reduces an outer diameter of the curved shape of the elastic member.



RETRACTION SYSTEM

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The invention relates to a retraction system for exposing accesses in human medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine, wherein said retraction system is arranged on the respective body region and has at least one hook-shaped retractor element and retaining means for fixing the latter. The retraction system is characterized in that it is made of a radioparent material and in that it has a self-retaining action and/or is flexible at least in some areas such that, during retraction, a flexible element or a flexible section nestles against a tissue that is to be retracted.



INTRALUMINAL RETRACTOR

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An intraluminal retractor includes a shapable element formed by a series of shaping segments. The shaping segments may be associated with one another in a relaxed configuration that imparts the shapable element with a linear, substantially linear or curvilinear shape to enable its insertion into an interior space within a subject's body. When actuated, the shaping segments may assume a contracted configuration that imparts the shapable element with a desired shape, which may move an organ within which or against which the shapable element is positioned, change a path of the organ and/or alter a shape of the organ. Methods for altering the locations, paths and/or shapes of organs are also disclosed.



RETRACTOR WITH MODULAR HANDLES

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A retractor assembly includes a base; a first side arm assembly coupled to a first side of the base and configured to translate relative to the base along a first direction; a second side arm assembly coupled to a second side of the base and configured to translate relative to the base along the first direction independent from the first side arm assembly; and a central arm assembly coupled to a center portion of the base and configured to translate relative to the base along a second direction different from the first direction.



TISSUE PROTECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A protective tissue cover having a sleeve configuration to slide onto the working portion of a surgical instrument, such as a retractor. At least the contact side of the protective tissue cover is constructed from smooth antimicrobial material that minimizes contact irritation with tissue. Alternative embodiments include various multiple-ply constructions that incorporate an antimicrobial layer, an absorbent layer, and other medical layers to assist in surgical procedures.



BIOPSY DEVICE WITH ROTATABLE TISSUE SAMPLE HOLDER

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A biopsy device comprises a probe body, a cannula extending distally from the probe body, a cutter moveable relative to the cannula to sever tissue, and a tissue sample holder coupled with the probe body. The tissue sample holder comprises a rotatable member having a plurality of recesses to receive tissue samples. The rotatable member can be operable to successively index each recess relative to a lumen defined by the cutter. A cover portion may be associated with the rotatable member and permits one or more recesses to be viewable through the cover. The recesses may be configured to carry one or more tissue samples as the rotatable member is rotated.



BIOPSY DEVICE

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A biopsy device for obtaining tissue samples from human or animal tissue is optimized for the sampling of tissues that are resilient and difficult to cut using conventional approaches. The biopsy device includes a cutting cannula, an inner member including a toothed rack having a sharpened distal tip configured to be introduced into the body and a sample notch for receiving the at least one severed tissue sample, the inner member receivable in the cutting cannula, and a cutting mechanism configured for causing the cutting cannula to be longitudinally displaced in a distal direction from a first position at the proximal end of the sample notch exposing the sample notch, to a second position at the distal end of the sample notch, so as to sever said tissue sample from remaining body tissue at the harvesting site. The toothed rack may be a rotatable and may be rigid.



DEVICE FOR COLLECTING A BIOLOGICAL SAMPLE

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A device for collecting a biological sample in a patient includes a collection portion having a first axial end portion and a second axial end portion. The second axial end portion has a collapsed position and an expanded position. The second axial end portion moves in an axial direction relative to the first axial end portion when the second axial end portion moves between the collapsed position and the expanded position. The second axial end portion extends axially into the first axial end portion and has a concave shape when in the collapsed position. The second axial end portion is convex when in the expanded position.



Medical diagnostic imaging ultrasound probe battery pack radio

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

In an ultrasound imaging system, a wireless radio is included as part of a removable battery pack. The charge, signals used for locating the battery, and other information may be wirelessly communicated from the battery pack even when not connected with an ultrasound transducer probe. Queries, configuration data and other information may be communicated from the ultrasound system or locator device to the probe battery and its circuitry. The same radio may be used by the ultrasound transducer probe when connected. Alternatively, a different radio is used by the probe.



ULTRASOUND IMAGING ASSEMBLY AND METHOD FOR DISPLAYING ULTRASOUND IMAGES

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An ultrasound imaging assembly is disclosed, comprising an image processing unit (26) for receiving and for evaluating at least one set of ultrasound data resulting from an ultrasound scan of a volume of interest (31) and for providing corresponding image data on the basis of the ultrasound data. The assembly comprises a display unit (18) for displaying an ultrasound image (30) on the basis of the image data, and an evaluation unit (28) adapted to detect whether a shadowed area (32) is present within the volume of interest (31) on the basis of the ultrasound data, wherein the image processing unit is adapted to determine ultrasound image data of a two-dimensional slice of the shadowed area and wherein the display unit is adapted to display a graphical representation of a corresponding sectional view of the shadowed area within the ultrasound image.



ULTRASOUND PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The present disclosure relates to an ultrasound processing apparatus and method, and a program that enable easy and stable measurement of tissue characteristics. A vibrator driving unit drives a vibrator incorporated in an ultrasound probe based on a vibration parameter from a vibrator control unit. The vibrator control unit supplies a vibration parameter that is set in accordance with an indication signal input via a user interface, distribution information of viscoelastic coefficients, which is a measurement result of strain computed by a strain computation unit, or the like, and controls the vibrator driving unit. The present disclosure can be applied to, for example, an ultrasound diagnostic imaging apparatus that generates an ultrasound image based on a signal from a probe that captures an ultrasound image, and displays the ultrasound image.



SMART DEVICE FOR ULTRASOUND IMAGING

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An ultrasonic imaging probe includes one or more ultrasonic transducers and one or more processors communicatively coupled with the one or more ultrasonic transducers. The one or more processors are configured to receive data from the one or more ultrasonic transducers and establish settings of the ultrasonic imaging probe based on the received data.



ULTRASOUND OBSERVATION APPARATUS, METHOD FOR OPERATING ULTRASOUND OBSERVATION APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An ultrasound observation apparatus includes: a calculation unit that calculates features of frequency spectra obtained by analyzing a frequency of an ultrasound signal; a setting unit that uses each attenuation factor candidate value per unit length and per unit frequency that give different attenuation characteristics, in each divided region obtained by dividing an ultrasound image, to perform attenuation correction on the features of the frequency spectra for removing an influence of ultrasound, and thereby calculates a preliminarily corrected feature of each frequency spectrum for each attenuation factor candidate value, and sets an optimum attenuation factor among attenuation factor candidate values; and a correction unit that calculates a cumulative attenuation factor per unit frequency at a sampling point, using an optimum attenuation factor of a divided region present between a surface of an ultrasound transducer and the sampling point, and performs attenuation correction on the features using the cumulative attenuation factor.



ULTRASONIC DEVICE UNIT, PROBE, ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, AND ULTRASONIC DIAGNOSTIC APPARATUS

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An ultrasonic device unit includes ultrasonic transducers disposed in an array. A first multiplexer is connected to the ultrasonic transducers through N element side wiring lines, which are aligned in a first direction along the contour of an element array in plan view, and connects M (M



ULTRASOUND SYSTEM AND TRANSDUCER ASSEMBLIES

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An ultrasound system is disclosed. The ultrasound system includes an ultrasound device. The ultrasound device includes a housing, a control panel coupled to the housing, and a receiver assembly coupled to the housing, wherein the receiver assembly includes a first contact surface. The ultrasound system further includes a transducer assembly having an ultrasound probe and a cartridge, wherein the cartridge includes a second contact surface. The cartridge is configured to be removably received in a slot of the receiver assembly such that the cartridge is movable between a removed position, in which the transducer assembly is not connected to the ultrasound device, and an engaged position, in which the cartridge is positioned in the slot and the first contact surface is electrically coupled to the second contact surface.



MANUAL, PORTABLE ULTRASONOGRAPHY DEVICE, WITH CENTRALIZED CONTROL AND PROCESSING IN THE HARDWARE AND WITH DISPLAY OUTPUTS, WHICH OPERATES IN REAL TIME WITH A HIGH IMAGE REFRESH RATE

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The invention is directed to a handheld portable ultrasound device comprising a transducer further comprising piezoelectric elements that emit ultrasonic waves and capture echoes from tissues inside of a patient; a processing unit Field Programmable Gate Array comprising a General Control Device module, a Pulse Emission Control module, a Wave Conformation module, and an Image Processing module; Pulse Generation and Front-End Unit having a pulse generator, a plurality of switches transmission/reception, and a Front-End circuit generating digitized signals; an Imaging and Transmission Unit; and a Visualization Device. The General Control Device module coordinates operations of the Pulse Emission Control modules of Beamforming and Image Processing; the Pulse Emission Control module drives the Pulse Generator; the Beamforming module receives digitized signals or samples stream from the Front-End Circuit delivers a coherent summation of digitized signals by applying selective delays to digitized signals. The Image Processing module generates an ultrasound image.



IN-DEVICE FUSION OF OPTICAL AND INERTIAL POSITIONAL TRACKING OF ULTRASOUND PROBES

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An apparatus for noninvasive medical ultrasonography includes one or more ultrasonic transducers, one or more inertial sensors, one or more optical sensors, and a processor communicatively coupled with the ultrasonic transducers, the inertial sensors and the optical sensors. The processor is configured to estimate a position of the apparatus based on a combination of signals received from the ultrasonic transducers, the inertial sensors and the optical sensors.



COMPUTED ULTRASOUND TOMOGRAPHY IN ECHO MODE (CUTE) FOR IMAGING SPEED OF SOUND USING PULSE-ECHO SONOGRAPHY

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The invention relates to a method for determining and particularly imaging sound speed in an object by means of pulse-echo ultrasound, comprising the steps of: transmitting by means of an ultrasound probe (1) at least a first ultrasound pulse (10) in a first direction (φ0) and a second ultrasound pulse (20) in a different second direction (φ) into an object (O) to be imaged, so that said first ultrasound pulse (10) is backscattered in said object towards said ultrasound probe in the form of first ultrasound pulse echoes (11), and so that said second ultrasound pulse (20) is backscattered in said object towards said ultrasound probe in the form of second ultrasound pulse echoes (21), detecting said backscattered first ultrasound pulse echoes (11) and said backscattered second ultrasound pulse echoes (21) with said ultrasound probe (1), reconstructing from said detected backscattered first ultrasound pulse echoes (11) a first image of first local echoes (5) and from said detected backscattered second ultrasound pulse echoes (21) a second image of second local echoes (7), wherein said images lie in an image plane spanned by said directions (φ0, φ), determining from said reconstructed images the respective resulting local echo phase shift Δτ(x, z, φ, φ0) corresponding to the difference in echo time (t) between the respective first local echo and the corresponding second local echo relative to the case of an assumed constant sound speed, and determining the local sound speed c(x, z) in said object for at least a region of said image plane in said object from said local echo phase shift Δτ(x, z, φ, φ0). Further, the invention relates to a corresponding computer program and a system.



SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MONITORING DEVICE ENGAGEMENT

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An intravenous ultrasound (IVUS) system can include a catheter and a translation mechanism for translating the catheter. Engagement between the catheter and the translation mechanism may be detected, and the translation mechanism can be placed in a connected or disconnected mode, accordingly. When in connected mode, certain IVUS operations may be enabled when compared to disconnected mode, wherein such operations may be disabled. Thus, some embodiments may ensure proper engagement between the catheter and the translation mechanism prior to allowing certain IVUS operations to be carried out.



SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TRACKING A PENETRATING INSTRUMENT

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A system for tracking an instrument including an intraoperative transducer array configured to generate signals from array positions to generate real-time images of an area of interest. The instrument can be a penetrating instrument having a sensor mounted at a position of interest and being responsive to the signals from the array positions. A signal processing module can be provided and configured to determine a position and orientation of the instrument in accordance with the signals and to classify media of the position of interest based upon a response of the sensor to the signals from the array positions. An overlay module can be provided and configured to generate an overlay image registered to the real-time images to identify a position of the position of interest and provide feedback on the media in which the position of interest is positioned. A display can be provided and configured to provide visual feedback of the overlay image on the real-time images.



AUTOMATIC ULTRASOUND BEAM STEERING AND NEEDLE ARTIFACT SUPPRESSION

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A classification-based medical image segmentation apparatus includes an ultrasound image acquisition device configured for acquiring, from ultrasound, an image depicting a medical instrument such as needle; and machine-learning-based-classification circuitry configured for using machine-learning-based-classification to, dynamically responsive to the acquiring, segment the instrument by operating on information (212) derived from the image. The segmenting can be accomplished via statistical boosting (220) of parameters of wavelet features. Each pixel (216) of the image is identified as “needle” or “background.” The whole process of acquiring an image, segmenting the needle, and displaying an image with a visually enhanced and artifact-free needle-only overlay may be performed automatically and without the need for user intervention.



HANDS-FREE STETHOSCOPE

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Embodiments are directed to detecting the effect of external auditory sounds on a subject using a hands-free stethoscope, and further playing back those external auditory sounds as they are experienced inside a subject's body. A system is provided which includes a microphone that detects auditory sounds that are external to the system, and a stethoscope diaphragm that detects sound waves emitted within or as experienced in a subject's body. The stethoscope diaphragm also transfers a representation of those sound waves to a processor or to a headphone jack for playback. The processor of the system receives the representation of sound waves and also receives the detected external auditory sounds to determine what effect the detected external auditory sounds are having on the subject or on a second subject. The system also includes a communications module configured to communicate the results of the determination with other electronic devices.



SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ESTIMATING ISCHEMIA AND BLOOD FLOW CHARACTERISTICS FROM VESSEL GEOMETRY AND PHYSIOLOGY

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Systems and methods are disclosed for determining individual-specific blood flow characteristics. One method includes acquiring, for each of a plurality of individuals, individual-specific anatomic data and blood flow characteristics of at least part of the individual's vascular system; executing a machine learning algorithm on the individual-specific anatomic data and blood flow characteristics for each of the plurality of individuals; relating, based on the executed machine learning algorithm, each individual's individual-specific anatomic data to functional estimates of blood flow characteristics; acquiring, for an individual and individual-specific anatomic data of at least part of the individual's vascular system; and for at least one point in the individual's individual-specific anatomic data, determining a blood flow characteristic of the individual, using relations from the step of relating individual-specific anatomic data to functional estimates of blood flow characteristics.



DETERMINING THE VELOCITY OF A FLUID USING AN IMAGING METHOD

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method is described for determining the velocity of a fluid in a region to be investigated using an imaging method, preferably computer tomography, of an investigation object. In the method, a plurality of separately spaced sub regions of a region to be investigated, through which sub regions the fluid is flowing, are defined. Time-dependent image data is produced for the plurality of separately spaced sub regions. Moreover, time/density curves are produced with, in each case, a plurality of time-dependent intensity values on the basis of the time-dependent image data for the separately spaced sub regions. Additionally, the time displacement in the time/density curves is determined. Lastly, the fluid velocity is determined on the basis of the time displacement determined in the time/density curves. A fluid velocity determination device is also described. Moreover, a computer tomography system is described.



DENTAL APPLIANCE WITH A REGISTRATION FIDUCIAL

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An apparatus and system are provided for registering a human jaw with a scanned image of the human jaw. The apparatus is repeatably attachable to the jaw and comprises a fiducial body. The surface of the fiducial body includes a plurality of feature regions and defines a fiducial plane. The fiducial body has a curved profile shaped to follow the curve of the jaw when the appliance is attached to the jaw. When the jaw is scanned with the appliance attached thereto, a representation of at least a portion of the surface of the fiducial body is identifiable as a boundary in the scanned image. A unique coordinate mapping between the fiducial body and the scanned image is determinable from the fiducial plane and the plurality of geometrical characteristics at least one and fewer than three feature regions. The system comprises a scanner and a data processor.



IMAGING METHOD OF A ZONE OF A PATIENT'S BODY SUPERPOSING DISTANCE MARKING

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

This invention relates to an imaging method of a zone of a patient's body, comprising: imaging said zone including an object of interest, superposing at least one graphical marking with regular and known spacing to said object of interest to make a combined image of said zone, displaying said combined image, wherein said marking orientation is similar to the orientation of said object of interest on said combined image.



ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE MONITORING DISPLAY SYSTEM AND METHOD

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An athletic performance monitoring display system is provided. The system includes a flexible display device having a flexible display screen, a first microprocessor, and an RF receiver. The flexible display screen has a first display area. The system further includes a monitoring device wore by a user that has a housing, a first physiological sensor, a second microprocessor, and an RF transmitter. The first physiological sensor generates a first physiological signal indicating a first physiological parameter. The second microprocessor induces the RF transmitter to transmit a first RF signal having a first binary parameter value representing the first physiological parameter. The RF receiver receives the first RF signal. The first microprocessor induces a graphical display object in the first display area to display the first physiological parameter.



TRACKING MECHANISM FOR HEART RATE MEASUREMENTS

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Heart rate monitors are plagued by noisy photoplethysmography (PPG) data, which makes it difficult for the monitors to output a consistently accurate heart rate reading. Noise is often caused by motion. Using known methods for processing accelerometer readings that measure movement to filter out some of this noise may help, but not always. The present disclosure describes an improved front-end technique (time-domain interference removal) based on using adaptive linear prediction on accelerometer data to generate filters for filtering the PPG signal prior to tracking the frequency of the heartbeat (heart rate). The present disclosure also describes an improved back-end technique based on steering the frequency of a resonant filter in order to track the heartbeat. Implementing one or both of these techniques leads to more accurate heart rate measurements.



TIME-DOMAIN INTERFERENCE REMOVAL FOR HEART RATE MEASUREMENTS

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Heart rate monitors are plagued by noisy photoplethysmography (PPG) data, which makes it difficult for the monitors to output a consistently accurate heart rate reading. Noise is often caused by motion. Using known methods for processing accelerometer readings that measure movement to filter out some of this noise may help, but not always. The present disclosure describes an improved front-end technique (time-domain interference removal) based on using adaptive linear prediction on accelerometer data to generate filters for filtering the PPG signal prior to tracking the frequency of the heartbeat (heart rate). The present disclosure also describes an improved back-end technique based on steering the frequency of a resonant filter in order to track the heartbeat. Implementing one or both of these techniques leads to more accurate heart rate measurements.



IMPLANTABLE DEVICE AND IMPLANTABLE SYSTEM COMPRISING THE SAME

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An implantable device includes a body part and a piezoelectric part. The body part is configured to grasp a pulsatile organic or inorganic tissue. The piezoelectric part is mechanically coupled to the body part and is configured to convert a varying shear force transferred from the body part to the piezoelectric part into voltage. An implantable system, comprises the implantable device and a stent like object configured to be inserted and deployed within a pulsatile or static tissue. The implantable device is configured to form a sealed junction with the pulsatile tissue while pressing against an outer circumference area of the stent.



Coaxial electrode catheters for extracting electrophysiologic parameters

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An electrophysiology system for mapping tissue includes a catheter having a plurality of electrodes. The system may be a catheter having a dense collection of small electrodes on its tip. The electrodes may be arranged in a pattern that is constant regardless of rotational orientation. The system may be an electrophysiology apparatus having a catheter, the catheter having a body with a proximal end and a distal end. At the distal end of the catheter body is a distal tip comprising a plurality of electrodes and/or coaxtrodes. A signal processor may be operably connected to the plurality of electrodes and/or coaxtrodes and can measure at least one electrophysiological parameter.



METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MAPPING AND ANALYZING CARDIAC ELECTRICAL ACTIVITY

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A multiple-point basket-type or crown-shaped catheter device provides simultaneously mapping over a three-dimensional (3D) region of a subject, such as, one or more chambers of a subject's heart. The catheter device may include a series of splines each having a wave-like profile formed of a periodic series of peaks and troughs, with electrodes located at the peaks and troughs for mapping purposes.



ADHESIVE WEARABLE DEVICE

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An adhesive wearable device includes a cover assembly, a sensor assembly and an electronic module. The cover assembly includes a top cover. The top cover defines an accommodating chamber and a plurality of exhaust holes. The sensor assembly includes a sensor board, and an adhesive pad mounted under the sensor board. The sensor board defines a plurality of through-holes. A bottom surface of the sensor board is equipped with a plurality of sensor units. The adhesive pad defines an opening corresponding to the sensor units, a plurality of perforations and guiding channels extending radially from the opening to the perforations. The electronic module is disposed on and is electrically connected with the sensor board. The cover assembly covers up the sensor assembly and the electronic module. The exhaust holes are communicated with the opening by virtue of the accommodating chamber, the through-holes, the perforations and the guiding channels.



Prenatal Monitor Assembly

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A prenatal monitor assembly for monitoring an in utero babys' heart rate and uterine contractions. The assembly includes a belt that may be worn around a pregnant woman's abdomen. A first coupler is attached to the belt and a second coupler is attached to the belt. Each of the first coupler and the second coupler are complementary wherein the first coupler and the second coupler may retain the belt around the pregnant woman's abdomen. A monitor is attached to the belt to monitor a heart beat of the in utero baby and uterine contractions. A panel is provided. A primary coupler is coupled to the panel and a secondary coupler is coupled to the panel. The primary coupler is complementary with respect to the first coupler and the secondary coupler is complementary with respect to the second coupler wherein the panel increases a diameter of the belt.



SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR BIOMETRIC SENSING WITH SENSOR FUSION

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A system and method implement biometric sensing with sensor fusion. A first sensor is coupled with a user and is capable of sensing a first characteristic of the user. A second sensor is coupled with the user and is capable of sensing a second characteristic of the user. A memory stores software with machine readable instructions that when executed by a processor implement an algorithm to correct for motion artifacts included within the second characteristic based upon activity of the user determined from the first characteristic.



METHODS, SYSTEMS, AND DEVICES FOR OPTIMAL POSITIONING OF SENSORS

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A biomedical sensor has conducting elements disposed at least partly over a skin-facing surface. A sensing element detects a signal representative of a physiological parameter of a body using the conducting elements. A storage device stores a physiological model. A processor determines sensor placement quality by comparing the signal to the model and operates an indicator to indicate the determined quality. A method of measuring using the sensor includes computing a measurement acceptance criterion using numerous measurements, determining whether a subsequent test measurement corresponds to the measurement acceptance criterion obtained from the computing step, and indicating the results via the indicator. A system for measuring a physiological property of the body includes the sensor, a user interface device to receive measurements from the sensor, and a processor associated with the user interface device and configured to provide feedback if the measurement does not meet a selected acceptance criterion.



WEARABLE PERSONAL INFORMATION SYSTEM

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A personal information system is provided. The system may include a portable information device having a housing including a top surface defined at least partially by a display, a bottom surface configured with a central region in which an optical sensor, electrical connector, and data connector are positioned, the housing enclosing an internal volume in which a processor is provided, the top surface and bottom surface being coupled by a perimeter side edge extending therebetween, and a mounting structure formed at least partially around the perimeter side edge of the housing. The system may further include a frame, which may be connected to a band, the frame surrounding a void and configured to receive the mounting structure, the frame and mounting structure being releasably securable via a tongue and groove connection. The system may further comprise a dock to which the information device may be connected.



NONINVASIVE SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR UTILIZING IMPEDANCE FOR THE DETECTION OF CEREBROSPINAL FLUID VOLUME

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) detection device includes a headband including at least four electrodes integrated into the headband. The electrodes are configured to make electrical contact with a person's head when the headband is placed on the person's head. The CSF detection device also includes an impedance circuit integrated into the headband and coupled to the at least four electrodes. The impedance circuit includes memory and an impedance analyzer coupled to the at least four electrodes and is configured to measure an impedance of the person's head. A first pair of the at least four electrodes is used by the impedance circuit to inject an electrical signal into the person's head and a second pair of the electrodes are used by the impedance analyzer to sense a signal. The first pair of electrodes is interleaved within the headband with respect to the second pair of electrodes.



Xerostomia Markers

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Certain embodiments of the present invention provide methods of determining an efficacy of a xerostomia treatment in a mammalian subject (e.g., a human) that include the steps of comparing a first thickness of a site in the subject that comprised of sub-epithelial oral mucosa to a second thickness of the site; and thereby determining that: the xerostomia treatment is efficacious because the second thickness is greater than the first thickness; or the xerostomia treatment is not efficacious because the first thickness is greater than or equal to the second thickness. In such methods, assaying the first thickness comprises analyzing a first OCT scan of the site that was conducted at a time close to the subject starting the xerostomia treatment, and assaying the second thickness comprises analyzing a second OCT scan of the site that was conducted at a time close to the subject completing the xerostomia treatment.



DISPOSABLE, IN-LINE ENTEROTOMY DETECTION DEVICE

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An in-line enterotomy detection device for use in a surgical procedure wherein access to an internal operating field is provided through a plurality of access ports and further wherein a pressurized insufflating gas is delivered to the internal operating field through one access port and vented from the internal operating field through another access port, the in-line enterotomy detection device comprising: a housing having an inlet, an outlet, and a passageway connecting the inlet to the outlet, the inlet being configured for connection to an access port venting gas from the internal operating field and the outlet being configured to vent gas from the in-line enterotomy detection device; and at least one non-electrical colorimetric enteric gas sensor disposed within the passageway for determining at least one of the presence of a selected enteric gas and the concentration of a selected enteric gas and indicating that presence by a visually-apparent change in appearance.



VEIN IMAGING ILLUMINATOR

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A system for locating a patient's veins includes an illuminator configured to emit a conical beam for illuminating a target area of the patient and contrast between veins and surrounding tissue. The illuminator can be a short-wave infrared (SWIR) laser with a lens optic coupled to the SWIR laser for shaping the beam into a conical profile. The illuminator can be a visible light source with a reflective optic coupled to a filter configured to allow SWIR wavelengths therethrough.



System And Method For Measuring Skin Movement And Strain And Related Techniques

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Described herein are systems and techniques for a motion capture system and a three-dimensional (3D) tracking system used to record body position and/or movements/motions and using the data to measure skin strain (a strain field) all along the body while a joint is in motion (dynamic) as well as in a fixed position (static). The data and technique can be used to quantify strains, calculate 3D contours, and derive patterns believed to reveal skin's properties during natural motions.



VAGINAL BIOMECHANICS ANALYZER

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The present invention includes a device and method for measuring skin elasticity that comprises: a probe with one or more holes, a vacuum source, a pressure sensor, and one or more infrared or optical proximity sensors aligned about the one or more holes, wherein the probe further comprises a raised area surrounding the one or more holes; and a processor for recording the deformation of the skin using a control unit comprising a microcontroller connected to the one or more infrared or optical proximity sensors and the one or more pressure sensors, to measure an amount of skin drawn into and out of the one or more holes to determine the distance between the one or more proximity sensors and the skin both inside and outside the probe.



PATIENT PERMISSION-BASED MOBILE HEALTH-LINKED INFORMATION COLLECTION AND EXCHANGE SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A suite of components comprising an objective measurement medical data collection device and a cohort database may standardize, simplify, and objectify clinical outcomes tracking, culminating in population health measurements within the restorative neurosciences such as Parkinson disease individuals diagnosed with a disease. A data collection device may comprise one or more of a gyroscope, an accelerometer, a locator, a camera and a magnetometer for collecting, for example, data related to tremors experienced by the individuals diagnosed with disease and receive instruction data responsive to evaluation of the collected data in relation to the cohort database. A related method collects objective measurements during phases of treatment such as preoperative symptomatology, probabilistic atlas linked targeting for neuromodulation, accountancy for gravitational effects of brain shift during surgery, measurements of movement and quality of life during supervised treatment and ongoing community and self-directed treatment and provides feedback to implants, intelligent devices and users thereof.



MEASUREMENT OF NEURAL FUNCTIONALITY USING PHASE SENSITIVE OPTICAL COHERENCE REFLECTOMETRY

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Optical methods, devices, and systems for noninvasively detecting transient surface displacements in a neuron are disclosed. Methods, devices, and systems provided may employ a phase-sensitive optical low coherence reflectometer. In addition, surface displacements due to action potential propagation in neural tissues may be detected in some embodiments using back-reflected light. According to some embodiments, exogenous chemicals or reflect ion coatings are not required. Transient neural surface displacement of less than 1 nm in amplitude and 1 ms in duration may be detected and may be generally coincident with action potential arrival to the optical measurement site. The systems and methods may be used for noninvasive detection of various neuropathies such as retinal neuropathies. They may also be useful in detecting the effects of various pharmacological agents.



METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ASSESSING CARDIAC AND/OR MENTAL HEALTH

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Aspects of the disclosure are directed to detecting physiological and/or other characteristics of subjects. As may be implemented in accordance with one or more embodiments, a time series of cardiac intervals is computed from a recording of activity of a beating heart of a subject, and the time series is decomposed into subcomponents. An envelope of at least one of the subcomponents is computed, and the presence and/or degree of a depressive or stressed mental state of the subject is detected based upon characteristics of the envelope.



METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A SKIN PRICKING LANCET

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method of manufacturing a skin pricking lancet includes: thermoforming a plastic component; locating the thermoformed component and, optionally, one or more further plastic components around a lancet mechanism; and joining the located component(s) to form a hermetically sealed enclosure surrounding the lancet mechanism, the component(s) being formed and joined to provide a housing that structurally supports the lancet mechanism during use, and a cap breakable from the housing to facilitate firing of the lancet mechanism.



NON-INVASIVE BLOOD GLUCOSE MONITORING WITH A WEARABLE DEVICE

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method for non-invasive blood glucose monitoring with a wearable device may include illuminating, with an electromagnetic source module of a wearable device, an area of skin of a user. The method may include measuring a scattered electromagnetic energy reflected from the area of skin with an electromagnetic receiver module of the wearable device. The method may include calculating, with a processor coupled to the electromagnetic receiver module, a blood glucose level in response to the measurement of the scattered electromagnetic energy reflected from the area of skin. The method may include communicating the blood glucose level to an information handling system. The electromagnetic source module may include a photodiode or a microwave module. The information handling system may include an application configured for a smart phone, tablet, or computer. The information handling system may include a memory configured for storing a historical record including multiple blood glucose levels.



SPASTICITY QUANTIFICATION DEVICE

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The present invention relates to a portable devise that is able to quantify spasticity. In one aspect, the invention allows clinicians to objectively quantify spasticity in an accurate and repeatable manner. The device is designed to accommodate for different limb sizes and includes an accelerometer and a force sensing resistor to obtain quantitative data. The device further includes a data acquisition module where the data collected can be processed and sent to an output device.



System and method for detecting sheathing and unsheathing of localization elements

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method of detecting whether a localization element is within or outside of an introducer sheath generally includes obtaining a localization signal from the localization element and detecting the state of the localization element relative to the sheath based upon the quadrature component of the localization signal. A baseline quadrature component is typically established with the localization element outside of the sheath. When the quadrature component deviates from this baseline value, it is indicative of the localization element being within the sheath. Conversely, when the quadrature component remains relatively close to the baseline value, it is indicative of the localization element being outside of the sheath. In an electrophysiology study, the state information can be used to take corrective action with respect to the data being collected.



MR-COIL HOUSING WITH SPACER SHAPED TO MAINTAIN AN ANATOMY RECEIVING SPACE FROM THE MRI BORE WALL

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A coil housing for a magnetic resonance (“MR”) imaging apparatus, comprises an anatomy receiving space defined by the coil housing, shaped and sized to receive at least a portion of a patient's anatomy to be imaged and a spacer shaped to maintain the anatomy receiving space a first distance from a bore wall of the MR imaging apparatus, the first distance defining an imaging area of the MR imaging apparatus.



TISSUE MASS INDICATOR DETERMINATION

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method of determining a measure of lean tissue mass for a segment of a subject, the method including, in a processing system, determining at least one impedance value at at least one frequency, the at least one impedance value representing the impedance of the segment, determining a tissue mass impedance parameter value using the at least one impedance value and determining a tissue mass indicator based at least in part on the tissue mass impedance parameter value.



WEARABLE MICROWAVE RADIOMETER

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Provided among other things is a wearable microwave radiometer. For example, a wearable microwave radiometer apparatus for measuring relative temperature differences comprising: (a) a circumambient garment configured to fit snugly; (b) control flat, flexible radiometer antenna(s) fitted to, or configured to fit to, the garment; (c) active flat, flexible radiometer antenna(s) fitted to, or configured to fit to, the garment, which active antenna(s) are configured in the apparatus to be positioned in a spaced-apart manner relative to the control antenna(s); and (d) a radiometer configured to monitor microwave signal from the control and active antennas and fitted to, or configured to fit to, the garment, wherein the antennas are operatively connected to, or configured to connect to, the radiometer.



Finger Ring with Electromagnetic Energy Sensor for Monitoring Food Consumption

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

This invention is finger ring with an electromagnetic energy sensor for monitoring a person's food consumption. In an example, this device can monitor a person's food consumption by measuring changes in the electromagnetic impedance, resistance, conductivity, or permittivity of finger tissue. In an example, this finger-worn device can comprise an electromagnetic resonator between an electromagnetic energy emitter and an electromagnetic energy receiver.



SELECTION OF OPTIMAL CHANNEL FOR RATE DETERMINATION

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

According to at least one example, an ambulatory medical device is provided. The device includes a plurality of electrodes disposed at spaced apart positions about a patient's body and a control unit. The control unit includes a sensor interface, a memory and a processor. The sensor interface is coupled to the plurality of electrodes and configured to receive a first ECG signal from a first pairing of the plurality of electrodes and to receive a second ECG signal from a second pairing of the plurality of electrodes. The memory stores information indicating a preferred pairing, the preferred pairing being either the first pairing or the second pairing. The processor is coupled to the sensor interface and the memory and is configured to resolve conflicts between interpretations of first ECG signal and the second ECG signal in favor of the preferred pairing.



EMG Circuit

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

According to one aspect of the present disclosure, an electromyography (EMG) circuit comprises a difference circuit, rectification circuit, offset removal circuit, and integration circuit. The difference circuit is configured to create an EMG signal based on a difference between two action potential voltages. Creation of the EMG signal introduces a voltage offset, not already present in the action potential voltages, that centers the EMG signal about a non-zero voltage. The rectification circuit is connected to the difference circuit and is configured to rectify the EMG signal about the non-zero voltage to create a rectified EMG signal. The offset removal circuit is configured to remove the voltage offset from the rectified EMG signal to create an adjusted EMG signal. The integration circuit is connected to the offset removal circuit and is configured to integrate the adjusted EMG signal to produce a first EMG output signal for a client device.



COMPLIANT WEARABLE PATCH CAPABLE OF MEASURING ELECTRICAL SIGNALS

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A wearable patch capable of wireless communications includes an elastic layer, an adhesive layer under the elastic layer, and a shearable electrode layer that includes: a support substrate comprising one or more openings so positioned to allow the shearable electrode layer to be sheared and elongated, and breathable, an upper electrode layer on the support substrate, and a lower electrode layer under the support substrate. The support substrate can include a via that is conductively connected to the upper electrode layer and the lower electrode layer. The lower electrode can be in contact with a user's body and to pick up electric signals from the user's body.



MICROWAVE MONITORING OF HEART FUNCTION

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Diagnostic apparatus includes a plurality of antennas, which are configured to be disposed at different, respective locations on a thorax of a living body so as to direct radio frequency (RF) electromagnetic waves from different, respective directions toward a heart in the body and to output RF signals responsively to the waves that are scattered from the heart. Processing circuitry is configured to process the RF signals over time so as to provide a multi-dimensional measurement of a movement of the heart.



METHOD FOR DETECTING A HEART RATE

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method for detecting a heart rate is disclosed and includes: providing a photodetector module, a motion detector and a Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) module; acquiring a first heart rate using the photodetector module and the FFT module; sampling at different time intervals and generating a frame using the motion detector and the FFT module, wherein the frame has a first plurality of peaks and a first plurality of indexes corresponding to the first plurality of peaks, and a plurality of sport intervals are defined by the first plurality of indexes; and acquiring a present heart rate by applying an interval tracking algorithm to the first heart rate and the plurality of sport intervals generated from the sampling at different time intervals.



ELECTRONIC BLOOD PRESSURE MONITOR AND CONNECTED CUFF TYPE DETERMINATION METHOD

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A blood pressure monitor includes a cuff and main unit. The cuff includes a fluid bladder, tube, and approximately cylindrical plug attached to a leading end of the tube, and a through-hole is provided in peripheral wall of plug. An inner diameter of a part of plug further on leading end side of plug than through-hole is set variably, in accordance with the type of cuff, to a diameter ≦ inner diameter of a part of plug aside from part further on leading end side. Main unit includes a plug receiving portion that communicates with pump via a pipe, a first pressure sensor that detects pressure in pipe, second pressure sensor that detects an inner pressure of plug inserted into plug receiving portion, and cuff type determining unit that determines type of cuff connected to main unit on basis of difference between pressures detected by first and second pressure sensor.



Hemodynamic parameter (Hdp) monitoring system for diagnosis of a health condition of a patient

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A hemodynamic parameter (Hdp) monitoring system for diagnosing a health condition of a patient and for establishing Hdp marker values or Hdp surrogate marker values for purposes of comparison with Hdp values of a patient is provided. An Hdp monitor senses, measures, and records Hdp values exhibited by the patient during a basal or non-exposure period and furthermore Hdp values exhibited by the patient during or after an exposure period during which the patient is exposed to low-energy electromagnetic output signals. An electrically-powered generator is adapted to be actuated to generate said low-energy electromagnetic carrier output signals for exposing or applying to the patient such output signals during said exposure period.



Apparatus, Systems, and Methods for Measuring Environmental Exposure and Physiological Response Thereto

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Systems and methods for monitoring various physiological and environmental factors, as well as systems and methods for using this information for a plurality of useful purposes, are provided. Real-time, noninvasive health and environmental monitors include a plurality of compact sensors integrated within small, low-profile devices. Physiological and environmental data is collected and wirelessly transmitted into a wireless network, where the data is stored and/or processed. This information is then used to support a variety of useful methods, such as clinical trials, marketing studies, biofeedback, entertainment, and others.



Multi-channel vitals device

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An integrated vitals device capable of acquiring multiple data streams, allowing for comprehensive measurement of whole health status using a single, compact device. This allows for simplification of traditional healthcare delivery where multiple devices are required for acquisition of vital signs. A sensor stack up, occupying the approximate physical footprint and volume allows this approach to be possible. This application describes how these simultaneous vitals data streams can be acquired using an integrated device with small mass and volume.



VEHICLE SEAT

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A vehicle seat includes sheet-shaped sensors configured to detect electric signals associated with the biopotential of a seated passenger, the vehicle seat being configured to remove noise caused due to static electricity to stably measure a bioelectric signal (e.g., heart rate) of the passenger. A seat back includes the sheet-shaped sensors. A cushion pad placed on a seat back frame is covered with a trim cover. Vertically-extending conductive fabric in a belt shape is disposed on an outer surface of the trim cover. The portion where the conductive fabric is disposed has a three-layer structure of the conductive fabric, a skin, and a wadding. A free end of the conductive fabric drawn into the seat back is provided with a J-hook hooked onto a lower frame bridging portion, thus part of the conductive fabric and the lower frame bridging portion contact each other to be electrically conductive with each other.



SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ESTIMATING ISCHEMIA AND BLOOD FLOW CHARACTERISTICS FROM VESSEL GEOMETRY AND PHYSIOLOGY

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Systems and methods are disclosed for determining individual-specific blood flow characteristics. One method includes acquiring, for each of a plurality of individuals, individual-specific anatomic data and blood flow characteristics of at least part of the individual's vascular system; executing a machine learning algorithm on the individual-specific anatomic data and blood flow characteristics for each of the plurality of individuals; relating, based on the executed machine learning algorithm, each individual's individual-specific anatomic data to functional estimates of blood flow characteristics; acquiring, for an individual and individual-specific anatomic data of at least part of the individual's vascular system; and for at least one point in the individual's individual-specific anatomic data, determining a blood flow characteristic of the individual, using relations from the step of relating individual-specific anatomic data to functional estimates of blood flow characteristics.



INSTRUMENT FOR USE IN MEASURING BLOOD FLOW IN THE FEMORAL HEAD

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An instrument (1) for use in measuring blood flow in the femoral head after a femoral neck fracture comprises a sleeve (2) and a rod (3) which is displaceably mounted in the sleeve. The sleeve (2) is configured for insertion into a bore (4) in the femoral neck (5) and femoral head (6) and provided with at least one aperture (8) at a front portion (2a) thereof. The aperture (8) in the front portion (2a) of the sleeve (2) is intended for location in the femoral head (6) distally of the fracture (7) after the sleeve has been inserted into said bore (4). The rod (3) is configured for closing the aperture (8) in the sleeve (2) during insertion of the sleeve into the bore (4) in the femoral neck (5) and femoral head (6) and for exposing said aperture after said insertion. Thereby, blood leaking into the bore (4) at the front portion (2a) of the sleeve (2) can be collected by the sleeve through the aperture (8) therein for subsequent measuring of the volume of the collected blood.



DEVICES, SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR TESTING CARDIAC EXERCISE FUNCTIONS

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The present disclosure discloses a device, system and method for testing cardiac exercise functions. Chronotropic Competence Indices (CCIs) are proposed to quantitatively describe the adaptation capability of cardiopulmonary system in response to exercise intensity variation in terms of heart rate changes, and thereby describes the dynamic process of the heart in the body metabolic process. The present disclosure discloses a device which measures the CCIs in real time by using the wearable technology, and referred to as Cardiac Exercise Test (CET). Compared with the Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing (CPX) and parameters measured by the CPX such as a maximum oxygen uptake, the CCIs have clear clinical meanings and specific normal reference values; and the CET reduces the risk of the test. It is simple to use, and can be used anytime anywhere. It is of great importance in wide clinical applications, and is of great significance in prevention and rehabilitation of cardiopulmonary disease.



WEIGHING SCALE WITH EXTENDED FUNCTIONS

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Methods of determination of the blood pressure, determination of a heart stroke volume, determination of the state of stress or relaxation of a user, with use of a ballistocardiogram signal reflecting the user's heart beats, with a measure of characteristic amplitude of ballistocardiogram signal, and measure for each couple of consecutive heart beats, beat time intervals DeltaHB(i) between successive heart beats, extracted from a ballistocardiogram signal or from an impedance plethysmography signal measured at the user's foot, leading to determination of a heart rate variability index, over at least six successive heart beats, leading to determination of mean arterial pressure, leading to determination of state of relaxation or stress of the user.