US Pat. No. 10,792,131

DENTURE REFERENCE AND REGISTRATION SYSTEM

Global Dental Science, LL...

1. An improved denture system comprising:a support bar comprising:
at least one reference post;
at least one implant interface;
a one piece integrally-formed denture base comprising:
an oversize cutout comprising a unitary channel extending an entire length of said support bar and wherein said support bar may be placed;
simulated dental structures or a voids for placing them;
at least one corresponding cavity wherein said at least one reference post may be inserted, wherein said corresponding cavity extends farther into said denture base than said oversize cutout;
wherein the at least one reference post is not vertically aligned with the at least one implant interface; and
wherein said support bar is maintained in substantially fixed communication with said denture base to secure said denture base.

US Pat. No. 10,792,130

SECONDARY PART, SET, DENTAL IMPLANT, GINGIVA FORMER, IMPRESSION PART, DENTAL IMPLANT SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING AN IMPLANT

Camlog Biotechnologies AG...

1. A dental implant for insertion into a jawbone, for use with a secondary part for attachment to a dental implant and suitable for receiving an auxiliary part or a tertiary part, wherein the secondary part comprises:a secondary-part body with a recess on an inside,
a secondary-part screw being able to be accommodated within the recess,
wherein the secondary part has a screwing-in mechanism in the form of a contour for receiving a screwing-in tool, for screwing in the dental implant into a jawbone, if said dental implant is connected to the secondary part,
wherein at least the secondary-part screw has a self-retaining structure for engaging with the screwing-in tool, and the self-retaining structure is formed by a resilient head, and
wherein an outside of the secondary-part body is formed in such way that during intended use of the secondary part, the outside of the secondary part conically tapers inwardly, at least in part, at a coronal end region on which the auxiliary part or the tertiary part can be received, such that the secondary-part body has a coronal cone extending partially in the circumferential direction, wherein the angle between the longitudinal axis of the secondary-part body and the conical portion is between 5° and 15°,
for use with a set comprising the dental implant and the secondary part,
the dental implant comprising an external thread with a thread root for anchoring the dental implant in the jawbone,
wherein the thread root has at least one elevation extending from the thread root and being located between two adjacent thread flanks, and wherein at least two cutting grooves are arranged in the area of the external thread, wherein the cutting grooves are formed as twisted cutting grooves, and in that at least one short cutting groove and at least one long cutting groove is provided, wherein the short cutting groove is shorter than the long cutting groove, and
wherein the short cutting groove extends from the apical end and runs across the apical area, starting from the apical end.

US Pat. No. 10,792,129

SOFT TISSUE IN-GROWTH OF POROUS, THREE-DIMENSIONALLY PRINTED, TRANSCUTANEOUS IMPLANTS OF VARYING MATERIAL AND PORE GEOMETRY

University of Maine Syste...

1. An implant comprisinga biocompatible substrate including a first layer and a second layer, wherein said first layer comprises a plurality of pores, and said second layer comprises a plurality of pores, wherein the pores of said first layer have geometries that are different than the pores of said second layer, and wherein said implant is configured as a transcutaneous implant to remain in the skin and to facilitate skin tissue and/or subcutaneous tissue ingrowth.

US Pat. No. 10,792,128

ORTHODONTIC SETTLING RETAINER

Richter Orthodontics, P.C...

1. A dental settling retainer, comprising:a retainer body having a plurality of dental impressions including a labial surface opposite a lingual surface to receive teeth in a dental arch, said retainer body impressions formed of one material; and
a pair of passthrough openings on opposite sides in said retainer body, wherein each of said pair of passthrough openings being adapted to correspondingly allow passage of a plurality of molars, premolars or canines of said teeth in said dental arch through said retainer body, each of said pair of passthrough openings defined by a lingual passthrough periphery configured to provide a gap between said lingual passthrough periphery and a gum line of a lingual surface of said plurality of molars, premolars or canines of said teeth in said dental arch and said gap configured to prohibit contact of said lingual passthrough periphery from contacting a lingual surface of said plurality of molars, premolars or canines.

US Pat. No. 10,792,127

ADAPTIVE ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT

Align Technology, Inc., ...

1. A method comprising:receiving image data of an actual condition of a patient's dental arch at an intermediate stage of a multi-stage orthodontic treatment plan;
comparing, by a processing device, the image data of the actual condition of the patient's dental arch to a planned condition of the patient's dental arch for the intermediate stage of the multi-stage orthodontic treatment plan;
identifying, by the processing device, one or more clinical signs that the actual condition of the patient's dental arch has a deviation from the planned condition of the patient's dental arch for the intermediate stage of the multi-stage orthodontic treatment plan based on a result of the comparing;
determining, by the processing device, one or more probable root causes for the deviation based on the one or more clinical signs; and
determining, by the processing device, one or more corrective actions for the multi-stage orthodontic treatment plan based on the one or more probable root causes.

US Pat. No. 10,792,126

GUIDE FOR ZYGOMATIC DENTAL IMPLANT DRILLS

1. A method of operating a dental handpiece equipped with a zygomatic implant dental drill, the method comprising the steps of:providing a guide having a collar, an offset post extending perpendicularly from the collar, and a guide extension extending perpendicularly from the offset post;
configuring the collar such that the collar at least partially surrounds the dental handpiece, with the offset post extending away from the collar, a first extension oriented perpendicular to the offset post, and the guide extension oriented perpendicular to the first extension, such that the guide extension is parallel to the zygomatic implant dental drill;
configuring the guide extension such that the guide extension extends as far as the zygomatic implant dental drill, while being parallel and offset from the zygomatic implant dental drill;
locating a maxillary entry point for a zygomatic implant on a patient;
activating the dental handpiece, and inserting the zygomatic implant dental drill into the maxillary entry point;
urging the zygomatic implant dental drill from the maxillary implant entry point toward a zygomatic bone of the patient;
observing the position of the guide extension on the outside of the patient as it travels parallel to the zygomatic implant dental drill, and using the position of the guide extension to confirm the course of the zygomatic implant drill avoids damage to the patient; and
withdrawing the zygomatic implant dental drill from the patient once the zygomatic implant dental drill enters the zygomatic bone.

US Pat. No. 10,792,125

SURGICAL RETAINING ARM THAT CAN BE AUTOMATICALLY RETIGHTENED

AESCULAP AG, Tuttlingen ...

1. A surgical device for stabilizing tissue or for positioning organs or for positioning and holding surgical instruments and devices during a surgical intervention, comprising a main body and a flexible arm, which can be brought into different positions or locations and which can be locked in a desired positioning by a tightening mechanism, the tightening mechanism being tightened self-actingly by spring force and being released by an energy source, wherein, in a locked state of the flexible arm, the tightening mechanism has a retightening reserve, and the flexible arm can be automatically retightened in order to maintain a locked state using the retightening reserve, the retightening reserve being formed by a spring travel reserve available in the locked state of the flexible arm such that, in the locked state of the flexible arm, a travel reserve and a tightening reserve are available, and there is no limitation of spring travel by a stop.

US Pat. No. 10,792,124

END EFFECTOR COUPLER FOR SURGICAL ARM

Zimmer Biomet CMF and Tho...

1. A system for a surgical arm, the system comprising:a body comprising a proximal portion and an opposite distal portion, the distal portion including a distal end;
a control device couplable to an external surface of the body and operable to transmit a signal to allow movement of the surgical arm;
a coupler connected to the proximal portion and releasably couplable to the surgical arm, the coupler including a circumferential groove on an outer face of the coupler;
a tool lock for releasably retaining a tool stem to the body, the tool lock comprising:
a keyed opening extending through the distal end into the distal portion, the keyed opening configured to receive the tool stem therein;
a pin bore extending through the distal end proximate to the keyed opening;
a pin disposed in the pin bore and extendable from the pin bore to engage and retain the tool stem when the tool stem is inserted into the keyed opening; and
a biasing element located in the pin bore and engaging the pin to bias the pin to extend from the distal end; and
a pin release comprising an actuator extending beyond an external surface of the body and engaging the pin, the pin release operable to retract the pin into to the body to disengage the pin from the tool stem allowing release of the tool stem from the keyed opening.

US Pat. No. 10,792,123

MASSAGE GUIDING DEVICE AND MASSAGE GUIDING METHOD

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A massage guiding method, comprising:obtaining an image of a person being massaged;
determining massage information based on the image of the person being massaged as obtained, massage information comprising at least one of massage location, massage sequence, massage direction, massage strength, massage duration and massage manipulation; and
emitting visible light according to the massage information as determined so as to display the massage information on a body of the person being massaged by at least one of:
displaying the massage sequence by moving a light spot in saltatory motion;
displaying the massage direction by moving a light spot in continuous motion;
displaying the massage strength by allowing a number of light circle around a light spot being in direct proportion to the massage strength;
displaying the massage duration by means of numbers or displaying the massage duration by moving a light spot to a next massage location upon a current massage duration is ended; and
displaying the massage manipulation by displaying signs on the body of the person being massaged.

US Pat. No. 10,792,122

OBJECT DEVELOPING AND CALIBRATING METHOD IN A SURGICAL ENVIRONMENT

TAIWAN MAIN ORTHOPAEDIC B...

1. An object developing and calibrating method in a surgical environment, comprising the steps of:Step 1: disposing at least one infrared LED (IR-LED) and at least one infrared sensor (IR-Sensor) on a surgical eyeglass, the IR-LED emitting an infrared signal to illuminate a plurality of objects in the surgical environment, and the IR-Sensor receiving the infrared signal reflected by the plurality of objects to form an object image of the surgical environment;
Step 2: transmitting the object image of the surgical environment to an image processing module of a processing device;
Step 3: forming a spatial variation image for a displacement of a surgical instrument by the at least one IR-LED and the at least one IR-Sensor on the surgical eyeglass;
Step 4: transmitting the spatial variation image to the image processing module of the processing device to overlap with the object image of the surgical environment to form a surgical environment image; and
Step 5: with the image processing module of the processing device, retaining image signals within a first wavelength range in the surgical environment image and removing image signals not in the first wavelength range;
wherein the Step 3 comprises the steps of:
Step 3.1: emitting an infrared signal from the IR-LED on the surgical eyeglass to illuminate a calibration device and the surgical instrument, wherein the calibration device has thereon a plurality of geometric patterns and a reflective IR coating outside the geometric patterns, and a specific point on the surgical instrument has a reflective IR coating, to reflect the infrared signal; and
Step 3.2: receiving the infrared signal reflected by the reflective IR coating on the calibration device and the surgical instrument by the IR-Sensor on the surgical eyeglass and then transmitting the reflected infrared signal to the image processing module of the processing device to form a spatial variation image.

US Pat. No. 10,792,121

TISSUE EXPANDERS AND METHODS OF USE

AirX Bioscience, LLC, Sa...

1. A tissue expansion system, comprising:an implantable device comprising
an expandable chamber, the expandable chamber defined by a posterior backing and a flexible anterior region secured to the posterior backing, and
a rigid gas canister with a compressed gas disposed therein, the rigid gas canister disposed inside the expandable chamber that is defined by the posterior backing and the flexible anterior region,
the rigid gas canister secured relative to the posterior backing with a retention member that is directly attached to the posterior backing, the retention member extending around the rigid gas canister and at least partially surrounding the rigid gas canister, the retention member being flexible and having a hammock configuration within which the rigid gas canister is secured yet freely movable such that the rigid gas canister is not rigidly fixed to the retention member or the expandable chamber,
an antenna secured to the flexible anterior region, the antenna sandwiched between two layers; and
an external controller adapted to wirelessly communicate with the implantable device to cause the release of compressed gas from the rigid gas canister and into the expandable chamber, to thereby expand the expandable chamber, the external controller further comprising a computer executable method adapted to prevent at least one of the release of gas from the rigid gas canister more than three times within about a 24 hour period, or the release of more than 30 mL of gas within about 24 hours.

US Pat. No. 10,792,120

MEDICAL QUIVER

NOBLE HOUSE GROUP PTY. LT...

1. A collapsible medical quiver comprisingat least two elongate tubular members, comprising a first elongate tubular member and a second elongate tubular member;
the first member having a first member inner surface and a free end portion with a first open end;
the second member having a second member inner surface and a second member outer surface;
at least a part of the second member received within the first member for reciprocal motion in the elongate direction relative to the first member from a retracted position to an extended position in which at least a first end portion of the second member extends out of the first open end;
the second member having a second end portion at a second end thereof, the second end portion comprising a first inner surface portion and an outer surface portion and, in the extended position, the outer surface portion engages the first member inner surface, and
the first inner surface portion and the outer surface portion converge toward the second end so that, in the extended position, at the junction of the second end with the first member, the internal cross sectional area normal to the longitudinal axis of the first inner surface portion at the second end and the internal cross sectional area of the first member normal to the longitudinal axis are the same.

US Pat. No. 10,792,119

ROBOTIC ARM CART AND USES THEREFOR

ETHICON LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A cart for a surgical robotic arm having a coupler releasably couplable to a coupling site on a surgical table, the cart comprising:a base freely movable on a support surface between a first location remote from the surgical table and a second location adjacent to the surgical table; and
an arm support coupled to the base, wherein the arm support is couplable to the arm to support the arm above the base and permit movement of the arm between a first position in which the coupler is not engageable with the coupling site when the base is at the second location and a second position in which the coupler is engageable with the coupling site when the base is at the second location, and wherein the arm support is releasably couplable to a support location on the arm to allow the arm support to disengage from the arm when the coupler is engaged with the coupling site such that the surgical table supports a weight of the arm while the arm cart moves away from the arm.

US Pat. No. 10,792,118

STERILE IMPLANT TRACKING DEVICE, SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USE

MATRIX IT MEDICAL TRACKIN...

1. A method of tracking a medical device comprising, in order, the steps of:providing a tracking assembly comprising a reader, the reader comprising a scanner, a housing enclosing the scanner, and a medical drape;
covering the reader with the medical drape;
placing the reader covered with the medical drape in a sterile field;
providing a computer;
creating a patient profile using the computer, wherein the patient profile includes a value for a medical procedure start time;
initiating a medical procedure on a patient;
creating an operating profile comprising at least one surgical site using the computer;
placing a medical device having an identifier over the reader;
scanning the identifier of the medical device to electronically record medical device data associated with the medical device in memory in the computer, wherein the scanner communicates with the computer using Bluetooth;
obtaining additional medical device data from at least one additional database selected from the group consisting of hospital and clinic databases, medical device manufacturer and distributor databases, payer databases and government databases, wherein the computer wirelessly communicates with the at least one additional database;
electronically recording the additional medical device data in memory in the computer;
associating the scanned medical device data and additional medical device data with the at least one surgical site using the computer, whereby the scanned medical device is assigned a first status of assigned
using the medical device on the patient on the at least one surgical site;
changing the status of the medical device to a second status, wherein (a) when the medical device is an implant, the second status is selected from the group consisting of implanted, broken and discarded, and (b) when the medical device is a medical tool, the second status is selected from the group consisting of unassigned, broken and discarded, the second status indicates the medical device is either implanted or no longer in use;
completing the medical procedure; and
entering a value for a medical procedure end time into the patient profile,
wherein the step of changing the status of the medical device to the second status occurs after initiating the medical procedure and during the medical procedure in real time, and
wherein the step of entering value for a medical procedure end time occurs after, and only after, changing the status of the medical device to the second status.

US Pat. No. 10,792,117

SURGICAL INSTRUMENT

1. A surgical instrument, comprising:a shaft extending between a distal end and a proximal end, wherein a deflectable articulation section is formed at the shaft,
a proximal handling portion at the proximal end of the shaft,
a distal effector at the distal end of the shaft, and
a deflection mechanism for controlling a bending state of the articulation section, the deflection mechanism comprising a first pull element and a second pull element,
wherein the first pull element and the second pull element are at least sectionally jointly pretensioned during the movement of the articulation section;
wherein the first pull element is formed as a first pull wire and the second pull element is formed as a second pull wire that are arranged on opposite sides of a central axis of the shaft;
wherein the pull elements each extend between a proximal coupling point and a distal coupling point in the shaft, and wherein the pull elements are each coupled at their proximal end with a control unit that comprises a pivotable control lever; and
wherein the control unit comprises at the control lever a first guideway for the first pull element and a second guideway for the second pull element, wherein at the handling portion a first stationary guideway for the first pull element and a second stationary guideway for the second pull element is provided, wherein the first stationary guideway and the second stationary guideway at the handling portion are each inclined with respect to a longitudinal axis of the shaft, wherein the first pull element is coupled with the first stationary guideway at the handling portion and the first guideway of the control lever, and wherein the second pull element is coupled with the second stationary guideway at the handling portion and the second guideway of the control lever.

US Pat. No. 10,792,116

MEDICAL MANIPULATOR

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A medical manipulator comprising:an insertion portion comprising:
a bending portion; and
an end effector disposed on a distal end side of the insertion portion;
a motor configured to generate a first drive force for moving the bending portion;
a lever configured to generate a second drive force for moving the bending portion, the lever being used to move the bending portion instead of the motor;
a wire configured to transmit the first drive force or the second drive force to the bending portion; and
a transmission blocking device configured to switch from the first drive force to the second drive force, the transmission blocking device comprises a cutting surface, the cutting surface being configured to cut a portion of the wire to disengage the motor from the bending portion.

US Pat. No. 10,792,115

SURGICAL INSTRUMENT STEERING INPUT DEVICE

Intuitive Surgical Operat...

1. A surgical instrument comprising:a distal movable component;
a proximal drive assembly comprising a drive shaft, a capstan, and a plurality of splines, the drive shaft comprising a rod, a tapered projection, and a support stem, the rod comprising a drive input end and a second end opposite the drive input end, the tapered projection and the support stem extending from the second end of the rod, the capstan comprising an opening, the tapered projection and the support stem of the drive shaft being received in the opening of the capstan, the opening of the capstan comprising a tapered bore, and the plurality of splines engaging the tapered projection of the drive shaft with the tapered bore of the capstan;
a first cable portion extending between the distal movable component and the drive shaft; and
a second cable portion extending between the distal movable component and the capstan.

US Pat. No. 10,792,114

REMOTE CONTROL ROBOT SYSTEM AND METHOD OF OPERATING THE SAME

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A method of operating a remote control robot system provided with a master device and a plurality of slave arms, each of the plurality of slave arms having a plurality of control modes, the plurality of control modes includingan automatic mode in which the slave arm is operated based on a prestored task program,
a manual mode in which the slave arm is operated based on an operator's operation received by the master device, and
a correctable automatic mode in which the slave arm is operated based on the task program while the operation of the slave arm based on the task program is continuously corrected by an operator's operation received by the master device,
the method comprising:
a step of creating operation sequence information for each of the plurality of slave arms, each of the operation sequence information including
an automatic part in which the slave arm performs a work in the automatic mode, and
a selected part in which the slave arm performs a work in a selected one of the plurality of control modes,
with the proviso that the selected part in each of the operation sequence information for the plurality of slave arms does not overlap with each other in time; and
a step of the plurality of slave arms performing the work based on their respective operation sequence information.

US Pat. No. 10,792,113

INTERFACING A SURGICAL ROBOT AND INSTRUMENT

CMR SURGICAL LIMITED, Ca...

1. A robotic surgical instrument having a proximal end configured to engage with a surgical robot arm, the robotic surgical instrument comprising:a shaft;
an articulation at a distal end of the shaft configured to articulate an end effector, the articulation driveable by a pair of driving elements; and
an instrument interface at a proximal end of the shaft, the instrument interface comprising an instrument interface element configured to drive the pair of driving elements, the instrument interface element displaceable in a displaceable direction over a first displacement range, the instrument interface element comprising a body receivable in a drive assembly interface element of the surgical robot arm when the proximal end of the robotic surgical instrument engages with the surgical robot arm, the drive assembly interface element displaceable in the displaceable direction over a second displacement range, a length of the body in the displaceable direction being greater than one of a maximum travel of the body over the first displacement range and a maximum travel of the drive assembly interface element over the second displacement range.

US Pat. No. 10,792,112

ACTIVE DRIVE MECHANISM WITH FINITE RANGE OF MOTION

Auris Health, Inc., Redw...

1. A drive apparatus, comprising:a static gripping device fixed rotationally and axially with respect to a support surface, the static gripping device comprising a first clamp configured to selectively grip and regrip an elongate member; and
a dynamic gripping device mounted to the support surface and comprising a second clamp configured to selectively grip and regrip the elongate member and move axially and rotationally with respect to the support surface to effect axial movement and rotational movement, respectively, of the elongate member with respect to the support surface, wherein the dynamic gripping device is confined to a range of motion comprising a limited axial distance and a limited rotational angle;
wherein the static gripping device is configured to cooperate with the dynamic gripping device such that the selective gripping of the static gripping device, the selective gripping of the dynamic gripping device, and the axial and rotational movement of the dynamic gripping device are coordinated to move the elongate member an axial distance greater than the limited axial distance and rotate the elongate member an angle greater than the limited rotational angle,
wherein the dynamic gripping device is configured to effect movement of the elongate member with respect to the static gripping device while the first clamp is open and the second clamp is closed.

US Pat. No. 10,792,111

ROBOT ARM ARTICULATION

CMR SURGICAL LIMITED, Ca...

1. A robot comprising an arm extending between a base and an attachment for an end effector, the arm comprising:a first arm part;
a second arm part distal of the first arm part; and
an articulation whereby the first and second arm parts are coupled together, the articulation comprising:
an intermediate coupling having a housing, the housing having a longitudinal axis, and an articulation mechanism borne by the housing, the housing being attached to the first arm part by a joint permitting the housing and the first arm part to rotate relative to each other about at least two mutually offset axes, and the articulation mechanism comprising:
a first coupler having rotational freedom relative to the housing, a second coupler having rotational freedom relative to the housing and a connector extending between the first and second couplers so that rotation of the first coupler relative to the housing about an axis other than the longitudinal axis of the housing causes rotation of the second coupler relative to the housing; and
a control rod connected to the first coupler and extending proximally of the first coupler along the first arm part;
the second arm part being connected to the second coupler, wherein the intermediate coupling of the articulation further includes an arrangement configured to resist rotation of the connector about axes transverse to an axis between a first location where the connector is connected to the first coupler and a second location where the connector is connected to the second coupler and wherein the arrangement includes a guide piece extending transverse to the connector and a guideway fast with the housing in which the guidepiece is configured to run.

US Pat. No. 10,792,110

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETERMINING INTRAOPERATIVE SPINAL ORIENTATION

7D SURGICAL INC., Toront...

1. A method of determining an intraoperative orientation of a spine, the method comprising:obtaining volumetric image data pertaining to a spine;
processing the volumetric image data to generate multi-level surface data characterizing a bone surface of the spine;
processing the multi-level surface data to generate segmented surface data on a per-level basis for each level of a plurality of spinal levels;
intraoperatively detecting, with a surface detection subsystem, intraoperative surface data characterizing surface regions associated with each spinal level of the plurality of spinal levels;
for each spinal level of the plurality of spinal levels:
employing volumetric fiducial points associated with said each spinal level and corresponding intraoperative fiducial points associated with said each spinal level to perform an initial registration between the segmented surface data associated with said each spinal level and the intraoperative surface data, and subsequently performing a surface-to-surface registration between the segmented surface data associated with said each spinal level and the intraoperative surface data, thereby obtaining a registration transform associated with said each spinal level; and
employing the registration transforms associated with the plurality of spinal levels to generate measures associated with an intraoperative spinal orientation, and providing feedback based on the measures.

US Pat. No. 10,792,109

METHODS FOR LOCATING AND TRACKING A TOOL AXIS

Think Surgical, Inc., Fr...

1. A calibration device comprising:a body with an exterior surface, said body comprising two or more attachment points or clips joined with a rigid member, where said body is configured for placement on a tool having a tool axis such that said body can rotate about the tool axis;
one or two fiducial markers positioned on said rigid member affixed to the exterior surface of said body, where said one or two fiducial markers are tracked by a tracking system; and
wherein rotation of said calibration device allows for a determination of said tool axis.

US Pat. No. 10,792,108

ATTACHMENTS FOR TRACKING HANDHELD IMPLEMENTS

7D SURGICAL INC., Toront...

1. A trackable tool system comprising:a plurality of exchangeable tool extensions, each exchangeable tool extension having a proximal portion, a distal functional end, and a longitudinal axis;
a handheld body adapted to detachably secure each exchangeable tool extension at said proximal portion thereof, such that one exchangeable tool extension may be secured to said handheld body at any given time;
a support member connected to said handheld body; and
one or more tracking markers affixed to said support member, said tracking markers defining a marker plane;
wherein said distal functional end of each exchangeable tool extension is located such that when a first exchangeable tool extension, secured to said handheld body as an operative tool extension, is replaced with a second exchangeable tool extension, with said second exchangeable tool extension becoming the operative tool extension secured to said handheld body, a location of a distal functional end of the operative tool extension remains invariant relative to said one or more tracking markers before and after replacement of said first exchangeable tool extension with said first exchangeable tool extension, said one or more tracking markers thereby being suitable for locating a three-dimensional position of said distal functional end of said second exchangeable tool extension and an orientation said second exchangeable tool extension by a tracking system without recalibration.

US Pat. No. 10,792,107

METHODS AND SYSTEM FOR PERFORMING 3-D TOOL TRACKING BY FUSION OF SENSOR AND/OR CAMERA DERIVED DATA DURING MINIMALLY INVASIVE ROBOTIC SURGERY

Intuitive Surgical Operat...

1. A tool tracking method comprising:a processor updating a previously determined tool state of a tool by:
the processor determining whether sensor data indicative of a tool state of the tool is available for a point in time from a sensor adapted to generate the sensor data, wherein the tool state includes a position of the tool;
the processor determining whether image data indicative of the tool state is available for the point in time from an image capture device disposed relative to the tool so as to capture the image data, wherein the image data includes an image of a working end of the tool so as to indicate the tool state relative to the image capture device as the working end moves relative to the image capture device; and
the processor determining an updated tool state, wherein the updated tool state includes an updated position of the tool, by:
using both the sensor data and the image data by determining a first updated tool position from the sensor data, determining a second updated tool position from the image data, and fusion of the first updated tool position and the second updated tool position, if both the sensor data and the image data are available for the point in time,
using only the sensor data if only the sensor data is available for the point in time, and
using only the image data if only the image data is available for the point in time.

US Pat. No. 10,792,106

SYSTEM FOR CALIBRATING AN ELECTROMAGNETIC NAVIGATION SYSTEM

COVIDIEN LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A system for calibrating an electromagnetic navigation system, comprising:an antenna assembly, including:
a substrate including a plurality of layers;
a plurality of pairs of transmit coils, each of the transmit coils being deposited on a respective one of the plurality of layers;
a plurality of receive coils configured to receive signals transmitted from the plurality of pairs of transmit coils, each of the receive coils being deposited on a respective one of the plurality of layers, and each of the plurality of pairs of transmit coils corresponding to a respective one of the plurality of receive coils;
a plurality of input terminals coupled to the plurality of pairs of transmit coils, respectively; and
a plurality of output terminals coupled to the plurality of receive coils, respectively; and
a memory including instructions that, when executed by a processor, cause the processor to:
measure a non-calibrated in-phase component of the received signals and a non-calibrated quadrature component of the received signals based on a first magnitude value and a first phase value of the received signals;
compute a calibrated phase value based on the non-calibrated in-phase component and the non-calibrated quadrature component; and
compute a calibrated magnitude value based on the calibrated phase value, the non-calibrated in-phase component, and the non-calibrated quadrature component.

US Pat. No. 10,792,105

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING IMPLANT POSITIONS OF TWO MEDICAL IMPLANT COMPONENTS FORMING A JOINT

1. A data processing system, comprising a computer having a processor configured to execute a computer-implemented method for determining implant positions of two implant components relative to two bones, wherein each of the implant components is to be attached to one of the bones such that the implant components form a joint between the bones, and wherein an implant position is a relative position between the implant component and the corresponding bone, said method comprising the steps of:a) acquiring, by the processor, a set of target poses, wherein a target pose represents a relative position to be achieved between the two bones, and the target poses are determined by recording poses of the two bones before joint replacement, mirroring a corresponding joint, or providing predefined poses that represent a desired kinematics of the joint;
b) calculating, by the processor, a set of virtual poses for a pair of virtual test implant positions, wherein the set of virtual poses comprises one virtual pose for each of the target poses and wherein a virtual pose represents a relative position between the two bones if the virtual test implant positions were applied as the implant positions, wherein calculating the virtual pose takes into account the mechanical interaction of at least a portion of surrounding soft tissue structures;
c) calculating, by the processor, a pose deviation value for each of the target poses, wherein a pose deviation value represents the difference between a target pose and the corresponding virtual pose;
d) calculating, by the processor, an overall pose deviation value from all the individual pose deviation values;
e) repeating steps b) to d) for different pairs of virtual test implant positions until the overall pose deviation value fulfils a minimisation criterion; and
f) using, by the processor, the pair of virtual test implant positions for which the minimisation criterion is fulfilled as the implant positions for a surgical therapy plan.

US Pat. No. 10,792,104

SELECTING A MEDICAL DEVICE FOR USE IN A MEDICAL PROCEDURE

Henry Ford Health System,...

1. A method for selecting a medical device for use in the performance of a medical procedure involving a left atrial appendage (“LAA”) of a patient's heart, comprising:acquiring image data relating to an anatomical region of interest of a patient's body;
generating a multi-dimensional depiction of the anatomical region of interest using the acquired image data;
defining a plurality of points relative to the multi-dimensional depiction, wherein at least one of the plurality of points corresponds to a centroid of an anatomical structure of the patient's body, the plurality of points comprising two or more of the following individual points:
a point within a plane that contains a true ostium of the LAA, wherein the point corresponds to the centroid of the true ostium of the LAA;
a point within a plane that is a duplicate of and offset from the true ostium plane, wherein the point is offset from the point in the true ostium plane and corresponds to the centroid of the true ostium of the LAA;
a point within a plane that contains the fossa ovalis of the patient's heart, wherein the point corresponds to the centroid of the fossa ovalis; or
a point within a plane that contains the inferior vena cava (“IVC”) ostium of the patient's heart, wherein the point corresponds to the centroid of the ostium of the IVC;
determining one or more measurements based on the defined plurality of points; and
selecting a medical device to be used based on the determined measurements, wherein the medical device comprises a catheter to be used to delivery an LAA occlusion device to the LAA of the patient's heart.

US Pat. No. 10,792,103

SYSTEM FOR TISSUE ABLATION USING PULSED LASER

EXIMO MEDICAL LTD., Reho...

11. A method to generate a laser beam for tissue ablation, comprising:emitting, via a laser source, a pulsed laser beam, the pulsed laser beam comprising a beam propagation ratio (M2) greater than or equal to 10 and a pulse width less than or equal to 10 nanosecond (ns);
transmitting, via a thin-film-polarizer (TFP), a first polarized component of the pulsed laser beam;
deflecting, via the TFP, a second polarized component of the pulsed laser beam;
introducing, via at least one mirror, a temporal delay into the second polarized component of the pulsed laser beam, wherein the temporal delay is less than or equal to 15 ns;
combining, via the TFP, the first polarized component of the pulsed laser beam with the temporally delayed second polarized component of the pulsed laser beam to form a modified pulsed laser beam, the modified pulsed laser beam comprising a pulse width less than or equal to 20 ns;
coupling the modified laser beam to a fiber bundle of a catheter; and
increasing a damage threshold of the fiber bundle of the catheter from a lower level associated with transmitting the laser beam having a fluence of greater than or equal to 50 millijoules (mJ) per millimeter (mm) squared (mJ/mm2) and less than or equal to 80 mJ/mm2 to a higher level associated with transmitting the modified laser having a fluence of greater than or equal to 50 mJ/mm2 and less than or equal to 80 mJ/mm2, due at least in part to the temporal delay less than or equal to 15 ns between the second polarized component of the pulsed laser beam and the first polarized component of the pulsed laser beam.

US Pat. No. 10,792,102

LASER TIP, LASER TREATMENT TOOL, LASER TREATMENT DEVICE, AND LASER TREATMENT SYSTEM

J. Morita Mfg. Corp., Ky...

1. A laser tip attachable to a laser radiation opening provided at a tip end of a laser transmission tube, laser light being directed from the laser radiation opening, the laser tip comprising:a mounting portion detachable from the laser radiation opening;
a contact portion contactable with a biological tissue, the contact portion being provided to the front of the mounting portion in a direction in which the laser light is directed from the laser radiation opening, with an open space being provided between the contact portion and the mounting portion;
a coupler coupling the contact portion and the mounting portion to each other;
the contact portion having a reflective portion provided at a rear end thereof, the reflective portion reflecting the laser light, directed forward from the laser radiation opening, toward the coupler,
wherein the reflective portion has a reflective surface that makes an acute angle with respect to the coupler.

US Pat. No. 10,792,101

MELANIN ABLATION GUIDED BY STEPWISE MULTI-PHOTON ACTIVATED FLUORESCENCE

Zhenhua Lai, Fremont, CA...

1. A system for ablating melanin comprising:an objective lens assembly disposed on an optical path to focus light on an image plane within a region of tissue including melanin;
a first light source disposed to transmit a first light beam on the optical path to the image plane within the region of tissue, the first light beam comprising a wavelength sufficient to induce step-wise multi-photon fluorescence of melanin in the image plane;
a detector disposed to receive a step-wise multi-photon fluorescence signal from the melanin in the image plane returning along at least a portion of the optical path; and
a second light source disposed to direct a second light beam on the optical path to the image plane within the region of tissue, the second light beam comprising a wavelength and intensity sufficient to ablate melanin in the image plane within the region of tissue.

US Pat. No. 10,792,100

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SPHERICAL ABLATIONS

COVIDIEN LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A system comprising:a catheter navigable to a desired location within a patient, the catheter defining a lumen and ending at a distal end of the catheter in an orifice;
a fluid controller in fluid communication with the lumen of the catheter and configured to control a supply or removal of a fluid to or from an area proximate the desired location via the orifice of the catheter, wherein control of the fluid in the area proximate the desired location affects a dielectric constant of the area proximate the desired location;
a microwave energy source; and
a microwave ablation probe operably connected to the microwave energy source, the microwave ablation probe being navigable to the desired location within the patient and movable through the lumen relative to the catheter for placement at the desired location within the patient, the microwave ablation probe including a return lumen configured to return the fluid supplied via the catheter from the area proximate the desired location, wherein application of energy from the microwave energy source to the microwave ablation probe in an area proximate the desired location having the affected dielectric constant results in a substantially spherical tissue effect in the area proximate the desired location.

US Pat. No. 10,792,099

ENERGY APPLICATION APPARATUS FOR APPLYING ENERGY TO AN OBJECT

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. An energy application apparatus for applying energy to an object, the energy application apparatus comprising:a plurality of energy application elements for applying ablation energy to the object at different energy application element locations;
each of the plurality of energy application elements having an integral ultrasound element, the integral ultrasound element generating ultrasound signals being indicative of a property of the object at an energy application element location of the energy application element with which the ultrasound element is integral;
an energy application influence determining unit for determining an ablation depth at each energy application location based on the generated ultrasound signals; and
a control unit adapted for individually controlling each respective energy application element based on the ablation depth determined from ultrasound signals of the ultrasound element integral to the respective energy application element.

US Pat. No. 10,792,098

HELICAL PUSH WIRE ELECTRODE

Medtronic Ardian Luxembou...

1. A catheter, comprising:an elongate shaft having a proximal end portion and a distal end portion, the elongate shaft being configured to locate the distal end portion at a treatment site within an anatomical lumen of a human patient;
a support structure positioned at the distal end portion of the elongate shaft and having an outer surface and a plurality of grooves recessed inwardly relative to the outer surface; and
a plurality of elongate electrodes at the distal end portion of the elongate shaft, wherein the plurality of elongate electrodes form a set of intertwined helixes and are moveable between a low-profile delivery state in which the plurality of elongate electrodes are at least partially received within the plurality of grooves, and an expanded treatment state in which the plurality of elongate electrodes extend helically around the support structure and are radially expanded relative to its position in the low-profile delivery state.

US Pat. No. 10,792,097

ABLATION LINE CONTIGUITY INDEX

Biosense Webster (Israel)...

1. A method for treatment evaluation, comprising:applying energy through a probe to ablate tissue at a plurality of sites in an organ in a body of a patient, thereby creating lesions in the tissue including at least first and second lesions at respective first and second, mutually-adjacent sites;
recording location coordinates and respective treatment parameters at each of the sites with respect to the applied energy;
based on the recorded treatment parameters, computing respective measures of size of the lesions, including at least respective first and second measures of the first and second lesions; and
generating an indication of contiguity between at least the first and second lesions responsively to the first and second measures and to a distance between the location coordinates of the first and second sites, the generated indication of contiguity comprising at least one computed value, the at least one computed value based at least on the respective size measurements of the lesions and the distance between the location coordinates of the first and second sites.

US Pat. No. 10,792,096

MEDICAL DEVICE HAVING A SUPPORT STRUCTURE

Baylis Medical Company In...

1. A medical device comprising: a flexible elongate member configured for traversing body lumens, the flexible elongate member having a tubular configuration and a sidewall which defines a lumen that is in fluid communication with at least one distal aperture, the sidewall including a layer of an electrically conductive material such that the flexible elongate member comprises an electrically conductive tube; an energy delivery device at a distal end of the flexible elongate member, the energy delivery device being operable to be electrically coupled to an energy source; a support spine which is flexible and electrically conductive extending proximally from the energy delivery device within a distal portion of the lumen; wherein a proximal end of the support spine is not coupled to the elongate member whereby the proximal end of the support spine is able to move laterally relative to the sidewall of the elongate member such that the proximal end of the support spine can contact the layer of the electrically conducting material and whereby the energy delivery device is electrically coupled to the energy source via the support spine; and a proximal end of the support spine being located within the distal portion of the lumen.

US Pat. No. 10,792,095

MONOPOLAR ELECTROSURGERY PENCIL WITH ARGON BEAM CAPABILITY

I.C. Medical, Inc., Phoe...

1. A monopolar telescopic electrosurgery pencil with argon beam capability comprising:a handpiece member with a channel having first and second ends;
a first non-conductive hollow tube contained within the channel;
a hollow telescopic member having first and second ends wherein the second end of the hollow telescopic member is contained within the handpiece member;
a second non-conductive hollow tube telescopically engaged with the first non-conductive hollow tube wherein the second non-conductive hollow tube is contained within the hollow telescopic member; and
an electrosurgery blade assembly positioned within the first end of the hollow telescopic member wherein the electrosurgery blade assembly includes a non-conductive planar member having opposing planar sides with opposing elongated edges and a sharp cutting end, a conductive layer located on at least one side of the opposing planar sides wherein the conductive layer lies adjacent to at least one of the opposing elongated edges of the non-conductive planar member, and a non-conductive tube member having a hollow tubular shaped opening contained therein and a slot contained therein wherein the slot is positioned over at least a portion of the conductive layer and the second non-conductive hollow tube of the monopolar telescopic electrosurgery pencil is connected to the non-conductive tube member of the electrosurgery blade assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,792,094

CONTINUOUS COMPOUND CURVED TIP FOR CANNULATION

Cook Medical Technologies...

1. An endoscopic device comprising:a tubular member comprising a shaft, a distal end portion, and a wire guide lumen extending through at least a portion of the distal end portion;
the distal end portion comprising a continuous compound curve portion and a distal tip;
the continuous compound curve portion comprising a non-permanent first curved portion and a permanent second curved portion, each having a radius of curvature and a length, the first curved portion located proximal to the second curved portion, the second curved portion formed by heat setting to permanently retain the radius of curvature of the second curved portion upon cooling in a fixed position, and the first curved portion temporarily formed by using a forming/shaping wire, the first curved portion being movable upon the application of an external force, the first curved portion connected to the second curved portion to form a continuous compound curve wherein the radius of curvature of the first curved portion is greater than the radius of curvature of the second curved portion and the radii of curvature and the lengths of the first and second curved portions, together, are adapted to position the distal end portion in a patient's duodenum through the papilla of Vater with the tip of the distal end portion oriented toward the patient's bile duct and away from the pancreatic duct,
wherein the endoscopic device further comprises an electrically conductive cutting element located along the distal end portion and proximal to the second curved portion, the cutting element connected to an electrical conductor extending within a second lumen extending through at least a portion of the tubular member, the cutting element extending exteriorly of the tubular member along an inner radius of curvature of the first curved portion, the cutting element being movable within a cutting plane and configured to apply the external force to the first curved portion so as to alter the radius of curvature of the first curved portion temporarily formed by the forming/shaping wire without altering the permanent radius of curvature of the second curved portion.

US Pat. No. 10,792,093

SWITCH ASSEMBLIES FOR MULTI-FUNCTION SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS AND SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATING THE SAME

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A surgical instrument, comprising:a bipolar assembly configured to conduct energy through tissue;
a monopolar assembly configured to apply energy to tissue;
a housing;
a switch assembly disposed within the housing and configured for switching between a first condition, wherein the bipolar assembly is coupled to a source of energy, and a second condition, wherein the monopolar assembly is coupled to the source of energy, the switch assembly including:
a pair of first bipolar contact plates fixed relative to the housing;
a first bipolar contact arm having a fixed portion fixed in contact with a first contact plate of the pair of first bipolar contact plates and a free portion configured to flex relative to the fixed portion;
a pair of monopolar contact plates fixed relative to the housing; and
a monopolar contact arm having a fixed portion fixed in contact with a first contact plate of the pair of monopolar contact plates and a free portion configured to flex relative to the fixed portion; and
a movable member coupled to the switch assembly, the movable member movable between:
a first position wherein the movable member urges the first bipolar contact arm to flex such that the free portion of the first bipolar contact arm contacts a second bipolar contact plate of the pair of first bipolar contact plates to electrically couple the first and second bipolar contact plates of the pair of first bipolar contact plates with one another to thereby couple the bipolar assembly to the source of energy; and
a second position wherein the movable member urges the monopolar contact arm to flex such that the free portion of the monopolar contact arm contacts a second monopolar contact plate of the pair of monopolar contact plates to electrically couple the first and second monopolar contact plates of the pair of monopolar contact plates with one another to thereby couple the monopolar assembly to the source of energy.

US Pat. No. 10,792,092

ELECTROSURGICAL SEAL AND DISSECTION SYSTEMS

Applied Medical Resources...

1. An electrosurgical system comprising:an electrosurgical generator arranged to supply radio frequency (RF) energy through an electrosurgical instrument removably connectable thereto, the electrosurgical generator comprising a controller arranged to periodically monitor a phase angle of the supplied RF energy and configured to signal an RF amplifier to increase voltage of the supplied RF energy when the monitored phase angle is greater than zero and increasing; and
the electrosurgical instrument comprising:
a first jaw;
a second jaw opposing the first jaw, the first and second jaws pivotably arranged to grasp tissue between the first and second jaws;
a first electrode disposed on the first jaw; and
a second electrode disposed on the second jaw, the first and second electrodes of the first and second jaws being arranged to transmit radio frequency energy between the first and second electrodes to fuse and cut the tissue between the first and second jaws with a center portion of the first jaw comprising a compressible insulated landing pad extending from the first jaw and towards a center portion of the second jaw.

US Pat. No. 10,792,091

ABLATION SYSTEM, CLAMP AND METHOD OF USE

AtriCure, Inc., Mason, O...

1. A method for ablating tissue comprising:positioning at least two ablation energy sources in spaced-apart relation in sufficient proximity to tissue to be ablated so that, upon activation, each of the at least two ablation energy sources creates an energy field in the tissue to be ablated;
the at least two ablation energy sources being spaced so that a portion of the tissue, within the energy fields created by activating a first of the at least two ablation energy sources, is also within the energy field created by a second of the at least two ablation energy sources; and
alternately activating and deactivating the at least two ablation energy sources so that a substantially constant energy field results in the portion of the tissue.

US Pat. No. 10,792,090

SURGICAL FORCEPS

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A surgical forceps, comprising:first and second shaft members, each shaft member including a jaw member disposed at a distal end thereof and a handle disposed at a proximal end thereof, the first and second shaft members pivotably coupled to one another towards the distal ends thereof and pivotable relative to one another between a spaced-apart position and an approximated position for moving the jaw members relative to one another between an open position and a closed position to grasp tissue therebetween, the handles of the first and second shaft members extending inwardly towards one another and longitudinally offset relative to one another,
wherein one of the shaft members defines an inward-facing recess complimentarily-shaped to at least partially receive the longitudinally offset handle of the other shaft member upon movement of the shaft members to the approximated position,
wherein the first shaft member includes a first outer surface defining a first portion and a second portion, the second portion forming a first obtuse angle with the first portion,
wherein the second shaft member includes a second outer surface defining a third portion and a fourth portion, the fourth portion forming a second obtuse angle with the third portion, and
wherein the first obtuse angle is longitudinally offset from the second obtuse angle.

US Pat. No. 10,792,089

DETECTING IMPROPER ENERGY TRANSMISSION CONFIGURATION IN MEDICAL DEVICE SYSTEM

KARDIUM, INC., Burnaby (...

1. A method executed by a data processing device system according to a program stored by a memory device system communicatively connected to the data processing device system, the method comprising:receiving first information from an electrode-based device system;
storing the first information or a derivative thereof in the memory device system;
acquiring information stored in the memory device system, the information including the first information or the derivative thereof;
detecting a shunt condition created in an electric circuit based at least upon an analysis of a result of an interaction between (a) one or more electrical signals insufficient for tissue ablation provided by at least one electrode of one or more electrodes of the electrode-based device system, and (b) a tissue wall that defines at least part of a bodily cavity, the electric circuit comprising at least a first electrode of the one or more electrodes of the electrode-based device system, the electrode-based device system comprising a structure and the one or more electrodes located on the structure, the one or more electrodes positionable in the bodily cavity, and the shunt condition associated with a diversion of a portion, but not all, of energy transmittable by the first electrode of the one or more electrodes away from adjacent tissue of the tissue wall, the adjacent tissue adjacent the first electrode of the one or more electrodes, and the energy transmittable by the first electrode of the one or more electrodes sufficient for tissue ablation; and
storing, in the memory device system, detection information indicating the detection of the shunt condition,
wherein the first information or the derivative thereof indicates the result of the interaction between the one or more electrical signals and the tissue wall.

US Pat. No. 10,792,088

METHODS AND DEVICES FOR USING SUB-MICROSECOND ELECTRIC PULSES TO TRIGGER APOPTOSIS

Old Dominion University R...

1. A method of tissue ablation comprising:applying an electrode to an abnormal growth of a subject, wherein the electrode is electrically coupled to a generator, and wherein the electrode is configured to conduct sub-microsecond electric pulses produced by the generator;
pulsing an electric field through the abnormal growth for a first duration using the sub-microsecond electric pulses conducted by the electrode, wherein the electric field has an intensity of more than 1 kV/cm, and wherein a width of each of the sub-microsecond electric pulses is between 1 ns and 1000 ns; and
after initiating the pulsing, begin cooling the abnormal growth for a second duration such that pores opened by the electric field pulses seal up slower than if no cooling had occurred,
wherein the steps of pulsing and cooling synergistically stimulate apoptosis of cells in the abnormal growth.

US Pat. No. 10,792,087

HIGHLIGHTING REGION FOR RE-ABLATION

Biosense Webster (Israel)...

1. A method for assessment of a lesion formed between first and second regions of tissue in a body cavity, the method comprising:using a first probe in contact with the tissue at a stimulus location in the first region, applying to the tissue or sensing in the tissue a first activation signal having a first activation peak at a first time;
receiving, from a second probe having multiple electrodes in contact with the tissue at respective sensing locations in the second region, respective second activation signals having respective second activation peaks sensed by the electrodes following the first activation signal;
identifying, based on a temporal relation between the first and second activation peaks and a spatial relation between the stimulus location and the sensing locations, one of the multiple electrodes proximal to a gap in the lesion; and
displaying a map of the body cavity with the identified electrode marked on the map.

US Pat. No. 10,792,086

CAUTERY APPARATUS

COVIDIEN LP, Mansfield, ...

20. A cautery system, comprising:an elongated handpiece;
a cautery tip extending distally from the handpiece;
an electrical unit configured to control delivery of energy to the cautery tip for treating tissue;
a spring disposed in direct contact with the electrical unit at least one button coupled to the handpiece and configured to actuate the electrical unit for delivering electrical energy to the cautery tip; and
a valve configured to control delivery of a gas from a gas source to the cautery tip, the valve coupled to the at least one button such that when the at least one button is actuated, the valve moves within the handpiece from a closed configuration toward an open configuration to actuate the electrical unit to control delivery of energy to the cautery tip and to permit delivery of the gas to the cautery tip, the at least one button configured to maintain the delivery of energy to the cautery tip while adjusting the delivery of the non-flammable gas to the cautery tip by causing the valve, while in the open configuration, to compress the spring against the electrical unit while the valve is moving within the handpiece.

US Pat. No. 10,792,085

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PERFORMING CRYOTHERAPY OF DISTAL LUNG LESIONS

CSA Medical, Inc., Lexin...

1. A system for treating a target tissue or lesion in a distal region of a lung of a patient comprising:an external imager and display configured to obtain multiple scans of a lung of a patient and generate and display from the multiple scans a computerized three-dimensional model of a network of lumens within the lung including the distal region;
a flexible endoscope insertable through the network of lumens to a position proximate the target tissue, of the endoscope configured to generate a first output signal that is detectable by the imager, the first output signal indicative of a current three-dimensional disposition of the distal end of the endoscope relative to the three-dimensional model of the network of lumens, the disposition of the distal end of the endoscope relative to the three-dimensional model viewable on the display; and
a catheter having a distal end insertable through the flexible endoscope and extendable from the endoscope distal end to the site of the target tissue or lesion, the catheter comprising:
a closed-end tip at the catheter distal end configured for delivery of cryoenergy in direct contact with the target tissue or lesion;
a gas intake lumen configured to allow a flow of cryogen therethrough under an initial pressure; and
a structure at the catheter distal end in fluid communication with the gas intake lumen that creates an area of pressure for the cryogen gas lower than the initial pressure, the cryogen gas expandable in the structure to create an active freeze zone at the distal tip of the catheter;
an inner jacket forming comprising the gas intake lumen and the area of pressure;
an outer jacket about the inner jacket; and
a channel between the inner jacket and the outer jacket, the channel in fluid communication with the area of pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,792,017

ULTRASOUND DIAGNOSTIC APPARATUS, ULTRASOUND DIAGNOSTIC IMAGE GENERATING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., To...

1. An ultrasound diagnostic apparatus that can combine image data and has a first image mode and a second image mode, the ultrasound diagnostic apparatus comprising:a hardware processor that sets a scan parameter for scanning in a first image mode according to restriction information of the scan parameter for scanning in the first image mode, which affects a frame rate, when the second image mode is turned on and generates control information corresponding to the set scan parameter;
an operator that receives an input, wherein the restriction information is input to the operator when the second image mode is turned on;
a transmitter that generates a drive signal according to the generated control information and inputs the drive signal to an ultrasound probe that transmits transmission ultrasound to a test object according to the drive signal;
a receiver that generates a reception signal of the images in the first and second image modes from an electric signal generated in the ultrasound probe in response to reflected ultrasound, according to the generated control information;
a first-image-mode image generator that generates first-image-mode image data based on the generated reception signal of the image of the first image mode;
a second-image-mode image generator that generates second-image-mode image data based on the generated reception signal of the image in the second image mode; and
a combiner that generates combined image data by combining the generated first-image-mode image data and the generated second-image-mode image data,
wherein the hardware processor stores the setting information of the scan parameter for scanning in the first image mode to a first storage when the second image mode is turned on, and resets the scan parameter for scanning in the first image mode to the stored setting information of the scan parameter for scanning in the first image mode when the second image mode is turned off.

US Pat. No. 10,792,016

ENHANCED ULTRASOUND IMAGING APPARATUS AND ASSOCIATED METHODS OF WORK FLOW

FUJIFILM Sonosite, Inc., ...

1. An ultrasound system, comprising:an ultrasound scanner;
a communication link attached to the ultrasound scanner; and
a processing station operatively coupled to the ultrasound scanner via the communication link, the processing station having
a display,
a memory, and
a processor coupled to the memory and the display,
wherein the processor is configured to
receive a first dataset from the ultrasound scanner, the first dataset representing ultrasonic scanning of a target anatomy of a patient in a two-dimensional mode in one of a sagittal, transverse, or coronal anatomical planes;
wherein the processor is configured to generate a two-dimensional ultrasound image of the scanned target anatomy based on the received first dataset;
wherein the processor is configured to display the generated two-dimensional ultrasound image on the display;
wherein the processor is configured to accept a definition of at least one of the sagittal plane, the transverse plane, and the coronal plane on the displayed two-dimensional ultrasound image by drawing, using a user interface of the processing station, a cut line on the display of the two-dimensional ultrasound image for each of the at least one of the sagittal, transverse, and coronal anatomical planes, the cut line being orthogonal to the plane of the two-dimensional ultrasound image; and
wherein the processor is configured to thereafter receive a second dataset representing ultrasonic scanning of the target anatomy in a three-dimensional mode from the ultrasound scanner and generating an ultrasound image at the coronal plane of the target anatomy based on (1) the three-dimensional scanning and (2) each cut line drawn as part of the accepted definition of at least one of the sagittal, transverse, and coronal anatomical planes.

US Pat. No. 10,792,015

ESTIMATION AND DISPLAY FOR VECTOR DOPPLER IMAGING USING PLANE WAVE TRANSMISSIONS

Verasonics, Inc., Redmon...

1. A method of producing blood flow velocity vector imagery, comprising:emitting unfocused acoustic signals at least one angle to a transducer into a medium over a field of view;
receiving scattered and reflected ultrasonic signals on a transducer array in response to the emitting unfocused acoustic signals;
processing the received scattered and reflected ultrasonic signals to extract information to construct a blood flow vector velocity signal corresponding to at least one point in the medium, the construct a blood flow vector velocity signal including:
wall filtering the information extracted from the received scattered and reflected ultrasonic signals to generate wall-filtered information;
using the wall-filtered information to form conjugate-lag products that correspond to summands of a sample autocorrelation function at a given lag, wherein the conjugate lag products are those of a vector of time samples of signal data from pixel image point p, and are computed in a compressed amplitude format;
forming a vector velocity measurement model by using space-time gradient operation on the conjugate-lag products, and solving the vector velocity measurement model by a weighted estimation procedure that employs a least squares or frequency vector residual fitting error function to produce blood flow vector velocity flow component signals;
detecting a presence of blood flow at a pixel by qualifying the vector velocity flow component signals through a series of tests on values of metrics produced as byproducts of the weighted estimation procedure; and
generating on a display device blood flow vector velocity imagery from the blood flow vector velocity flow component signals.

US Pat. No. 10,792,014

ULTRASOUND INSPECTION APPARATUS, SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD FOR ULTRASOUND INSPECTION APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. An ultrasound inspection apparatus for inspecting an inspection object using an ultrasonic beam, the apparatus comprising a processor,to set a plurality of regions within the inspection object,
to calculate a sound velocity of each of the plurality of regions as a first sound velocity,
to take one of the plurality of regions as a first region of interest and further obtain a preliminary sound velocity of the first region of interest, the preliminary sound velocity being different from the first sound velocity of the first region of interest and being obtained based on the first sound velocity of at least one of the plurality of regions temporally and/or spatially within a predetermined distance from the first region of interest,
to determine an image quality of the first region of interest based on the preliminary sound velocity,
to obtain a second sound velocity of the first region of interest based on a determination result, and
to generate an ultrasound image based on the second sound velocity,
wherein the processor obtains the preliminary sound velocity as the second velocity when the determination result is positive, and obtains the first velocity as the second velocity when the determination result is negative.

US Pat. No. 10,792,013

THREE DIMENSIONAL (3D) VECTOR FLOW IMAGING WITH BIPLANE PHASED ARRAY TRANSDUCER

B-K Medical ApS, Herlev ...

18. A method, comprising:generating, with a controller, a first signal that concurrently excites both first and second sets of transducer elements of a transducer array, wherein the first and second sets of transducer elements are first and second electrodes disposed on opposing major surfaces of a single-layer piezoelectric transducing material, wherein the first and the second electrodes sandwich the piezoelectric transducing material, include long axes and are angularly offset from each other by a non-zero angle with respect to the long axes, and the first and the second sets of transducer elements are excited with an opposite polarity; and
processing, with a velocity processor, echoes received by the first and the second sets of transducer elements to determine an axial and two transverse flow velocity components based on the received echoes.

US Pat. No. 10,792,012

INTERFACE DEVICES, SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MULTIMODAL PROBES

LightLab Imaging, Inc., ...

1. An imaging system comprising:a disposable imaging probe; and
an interface unit comprising
a probe connector comprising an electrical connector and a counterbalance,
the probe connector configured to receive the disposable imaging probe,
the disposable imaging probe comprising an ultrasound transducer and a rotatable optical fiber segment configured to transmit light from a light source and receive scattered light and a probe body, wherein the probe connector is rotationally balanced,
wherein the electrical connector is in electrical communication with the ultrasound transducer;
a first section of a sample arm of an interferometer, the first section comprising a stationary optical fiber segment configured to transmit and receive light from the light source;
an optical rotary joint comprising an optical coupler configured to couple the stationary optical fiber segment to the rotatable optical fiber segment, wherein the rotatable optical fiber segment is a second section of the sample arm an interferometer; and
an electrical rotary joint comprising
a first annular ring defining a first annular opening and comprising a first conductive winding and
a second annular ring defining a second annular opening and comprising a second conductive winding, wherein a first gap is defined between the first conductive winding and the second conductive winding and an elongate cavity is defined by the first and second annular openings,
wherein the optical rotary joint and the electrical rotary joint are coaxial and the light passes through the elongate cavity to the rotatable optical fiber segment of the disposable imaging probe.

US Pat. No. 10,792,011

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR HAND-FREE CONTINUOUS ULTRASONIC MONITORING

Hemonitor Medical Ltd., ...

1. An assembly for hands-free ultrasonic monitoring and imaging of at least one target anatomical structure via a suprasternal notch of a target individual, comprising:(A) a cradle comprising:
(i) a lower portion having a surface shaped according to a surface of an anatomical region including a suprasternal notch of at least one sample individual; and
(ii) a holding portion connected to the lower portion, the holding portion shaped to fit a housing component, the holding portion including at least one elongated slot elongated at a predefined angle relative to the surface of the lower portion; and
(B) a housing component comprising:
(i) an ultrasound transducer;
(ii) a multi-directional mechanism for adjusting the position of the ultrasound transducer within the housing component along at least two degrees of freedom; and
(iii) a securing mechanism set at a location within housing component for engaging the at least one elongated slot of the cradle when housing component is fitted within the holding portion of the cradle.

US Pat. No. 10,792,010

MICROMANIPULATOR-CONTROLLED LOCAL VIEW WITH STATIONARY OVERALL VIEW

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A tracking and imaging system comprising:an elongated instrument configured for insertion into a target site, the elongated instrument comprising a distal tip and an echoic structure located on the distal tip;
a probe positioned external to the target site configured to acquire volumetric data from the target site and detect the echoic structure; and
a processor configured to:
generate a global view of the target site using the volumetric data acquired in real time by the probe;
determine a position and an orientation of the distal tip based at least in part on the position and the orientation of the echoic structure;
reconstruct a local view from a point of view of the distal tip by transforming a subset of the volumetric data acquired in real time by the probe into local volumetric data at the position of the distal tip and in a local viewing direction that is based on the orientation of the distal tip;
reconstruct an updated local view when a change in the position or the orientation of the distal tip within the target site is detected; and
pause the reconstruction of the local view when no change in the position or orientation of the distal tip is detected.

US Pat. No. 10,792,007

AUTOMATIC POSITIONING OF A RECORDING SYSTEM

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

1. A method for the automatic positioning of a recording system with an x-ray detector and an x-ray source with respect to a subarea of an examination object, the method comprising:acquiring a first image of the examination object;
accepting a user input with respect to a subarea of interest of the examination object on the first image and storage of the position of the subarea;
adjusting, automatically, of the recording system such that a lift-free displacement between the recording system and examination object results in a plane parallel to the x-ray detector;
storing a displacement distance;
acquiring a second image of the examination object;
determining the position of the subarea of interest on the second image;
determining a relative pixel distance between the position of the subarea of interest on the first and on the second image;
calculating an x-ray source to examination object distance from the displacement distance, the relative pixel distance and the known x-ray source to x-ray detector distance; and
using the x-ray source to examination object distance for an automatic positioning of the recording system.

US Pat. No. 10,792,006

RADIATION DOSE REDUCTION AND IMPROVED CONSISTENCY BETWEEN SESSIONS IN HYBRID IMAGING STUDIES

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. An imaging controller comprising an electronic processor programmed to perform a reduced radiation dose imaging method including:acquiring current emission imaging data from a subject using an emission imaging system;
reconstructing the current emission imaging data without attenuation correction to generate a non-attenuation corrected current emission image of the subject;
generating a spatial transform to spatially align a previous non attenuation corrected emission image to the current non attenuation corrected emission image of the subject;
warping a previous computed tomography (CT) image that is spatially aligned with the previous non-attenuation corrected emission image using the spatial transform to generate a warped CT image; and
reconstructing the current emission imaging data with attenuation correction performed using the warped CT image to generate an attenuation-corrected current emission image of the subject by:
acquiring low dose CT imaging data of the subject using a CT imaging system with an x-ray dose that is lower than the x-ray dose that was used to acquire the previous CT image;
reconstructing the low dose CT imaging data using the warped CT image as prior information to generate a low dose CT image of the subject; and
reconstructing the current emission imaging data with attenuation correction performed using the low dose CT image as an attenuation map.

US Pat. No. 10,792,005

ANATOMIC RANGE PLANNING IN POSITRON EMISSION TOMOGRAPHY

Siemens Medical Solutions...

1. In a non-transitory computer readable storage medium having stored therein data representing instructions executable by a programmed processor for anatomic range planning in positron emission tomography (PET), the storage medium comprising instructions for:generating an instance of a user interface for a PET scanner, the instance simultaneously indicating two or more ranges of patient anatomy, the ranges free of overlap with each other and at least two of the ranges being of different lengths, each of the lengths being other than a measure of a detector of the PET scanner; and
receiving different PET parameters of the PET scanner for at least one of the ranges as compared to another of the ranges.

US Pat. No. 10,792,004

DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS OF PERIAPICAL DISEASES BASED ON RESULTS OF IMAGE ANALYSIS

RUTGERS, THE STATE UNIVER...

1. A method for generating a medical and/or dental diagnosis, comprising:obtaining, by a computing device, a true color image of a select part of a subject's body;
converting, by the computing device, the true color image to a grayscale intensity image;
generating, by the computing device, a histogram equalized image by adjusting the grayscale intensity image's contrast;
processing, by the computing device, the histogram equalized image to generate first information useful for generating the medical and/or dental diagnosis, the first information comprising
(a) a ratio of a disease region's pixel mean intensity value and a normal region's mean pixel intensity value and (b) an indicator indicating whether a periodontal ligament space has widened or broken, or
only (b) an indicator indicating whether a periodontal ligament space has widened or broken; and
generating, by the computing device, the medical and/or dental diagnosis based at least on the first information.

US Pat. No. 10,792,003

X-RAY BREAST TOMOSYNTHESIS ENHANCING SPATIAL RESOLUTION INCLUDING IN THE THICKNESS DIRECTION OF A FLATTENED BREAST

Hologic, Inc., Marlborou...

1. A multi-mode x-ray system for imaging a patient's breast, comprising:a breast immobilizer configured to flatten a patient's breast for imaging, an x-ray source configured to produce an imaging x-ray beam passing though the immobilizer, and an x-ray imaging receptor configured to receive the beam after it has passed through the immobilizer;
wherein said source and receptor are configured to selectively operate in a first imaging mode and a second imaging mode, and
in each of said first and second imaging modes, at least the source moves in an arcuate motion around the breast immobilizer over an angle less than 360 degrees;
in each of the first and second imaging modes, said imaging receptor responds to said imaging x-ray beam by producing x-ray images for respective angular positions of said source relative to the breast immobilizer; and
said first and second imaging modes differ from each other in selected operating parameters.

US Pat. No. 10,792,002

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING THE POSITION OF A C-ARM OF AN X-RAY SYSTEM

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

1. A method for determining a position of a C-arm of an X-ray system, the method comprising:obtaining a primary X-ray image of a desired location on a patient's body;
obtaining a secondary X-ray image of the desired location on the patient's body;
overlaying the secondary X-ray image over the primary X-ray image;
displaying the primary X-ray image and the overlaid secondary X-ray image on a touch-sensitive display;
adjusting a position of the secondary X-ray image with respect to the primary X-ray image based on at least one touch-based gesture on the touch-sensitive display to provide an adjusted secondary X-ray image;
determining a subsequent location for X-ray imaging on the patient's body using the adjusted secondary X-ray image; and
positioning the C-arm of the X-ray system to the subsequent location for X-ray imaging on the patient's body.

US Pat. No. 10,792,001

ARRANGEMENT WITH A GANTRY OF A MEDICAL IMAGING DEVICE AND AN OMNIDIRECTIONAL SUSPENSION, AS WELL AS A METHOD OF EXECUTING A TRAVEL MOVEMENT OF SUCH AN ARRANGEMENT

SIEMENS HEALTHCARE GMBH, ...

1. An arrangement, comprising:a gantry of a medical imaging device;
an omnidirectional suspension configured to move the arrangement relative to a support;
a positioner arranged on the omnidirectional suspension and having a linear drive for forward movement of the gantry relative to the omnidirectional suspension; and
a memory storing computer instructions and one or more processors configured to execute computer readable instructions, the one or more processors being configured to perform operations including:
executing a first part of a scanning movement by displacing the gantry, disposed around a patient couch, relative to the omnidirectional suspension via the positioner;
executing a travel movement of the omnidirectional suspension relative to the patient couch along a direction of the scanning movement; and
executing a second part of the scanning movement by displacing the gantry, disposed around a patient couch, relative to the omnidirectional suspension via the positioner, wherein
the medical imaging device is selected from a group of imaging modalities consisting of an X-ray device, a C-arm X-ray device, a computed tomography device, a single photon emission computed tomography device, a positron emission tomography device, and combinations thereof,
the scanning movement can be executed along a system axis of the medical imaging device or along a longitudinal direction of the patient couch; and
the first part and the second part of the scanning movement are executed in each case by the gantry being displaced relative to the omnidirectional suspension via the linear drive.

US Pat. No. 10,792,000

SYSTEM FOR ASSESSING TISSUE SUBSTANCE EXTRACTION

AARHUS UNIVERSITET, Aarh...

1. A system for measuring a micro-vascular flow distribution of a tissue portion of a mammal, the system comprises:a measuring unit for measuring a first indicator of blood flow through a capillary bed;
a measuring unit for measuring a second indicator of heterogeneity of the blood flow in said capillary bed;
a first processor operatively connected to the measuring unit for measuring the first indicator, wherein the first processor is arranged for using the measured first and the measured second indicators to estimate an extraction capacity (EC) of a substance from blood in said capillary bed, wherein the estimate includes uptake and diffusion of the substance that is relevant for metabolism;
wherein the first processor applies a model connecting the measured first and the measured second indicators to the extraction capacity (EC) of the substance from the blood in said capillary bed, the model comprising a transfer rate of total substance concentration (CT) across the capillaries being linearly dependent on a plasma concentration of the substance (CP), the model further comprising a non-vanishing back flow of the substance from tissue into capillaries, wherein the first processor is configured to detect a previously undiagnosed disease based on the heterogeneity of the blood;
a display operatively connected to the first processor, wherein the display is configured to display images related to the blood flow;
wherein the measured first indicator is a mean transit time (MTT) of the blood flow, and the measured second indicator is a standard deviation (?) of the mean transit time of the blood flow;
wherein the substance is oxygen and an extraction capacity is the oxygen extraction capacity (OEC);
wherein the first processor is further arranged for assessing one, or more, of the first indicator, the second indicator, or the extraction capacity with a database comprising reference values thereof; and
wherein the reference values in the database include threshold values for the first indicator and the second indicator that classify whether the mammal likely has the previously undiagnosed disease.

US Pat. No. 10,791,999

INTERFACE FOR GANTRY AND COMPONENT

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. An x-ray tube apparatus, comprising:an x-ray tube for emitting x-rays comprising a fastener extending from the x-ray tube;
a primary attachment mechanism;
a secondary attachment mechanism; and
a port extension, wherein the port extension:
protrudes outwards from a side of the x-ray tube, wherein the x-ray tube attaches to a support structure of a gantry at the side via the primary attachment mechanism and the secondary attachment mechanism, wherein the secondary attachment mechanism is located in the support structure of the gantry and engages with the fastener extending from the x-ray tube;
frames an opening from the x-ray tube to allow x-rays to emit from the x-ray tube; and
provides shielding around inside edges of the opening to attenuate x-ray transmission through the inside edges of the opening.

US Pat. No. 10,791,998

X-RAY IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR RECONSTRUCTING PROJECTION IMAGE OBTAINED USING SMALL X-RAY DETECTOR

VATECH Co., Ltd., Gyeong...

1. An X-ray image processing method comprising:(a) obtaining a plurality of multi directional divided projection images of a subject by rotating an X-ray source and an X-ray detector about a rotating axis with the subject interposed therebetween and moving the X-ray detector in a width direction across the rotating axis;
(b) classifying the multi directional divided projection images according to predetermined imaging angles about a rotating axis;
(c) generating a synthetic projection image at each of the imaging angles using the divided projection images classified into same imaging angle; and
(d) generating a reconstructed image by reconstructing the synthetic projection image.

US Pat. No. 10,791,997

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR AN OMNIDIRECTIONAL PULL-CORD SENSOR ASSEMBLY

CAREHAWK INC., Kitchener...

1. A pull-cord sensor assembly comprising:an activation portion including a magnet configured to generate a magnetic field;
a sensor configured to sense a level of the magnetic field of the magnet;
a comparator connected to the sensor and configured to compare the sensed level of the magnetic field with a threshold value to determine if the sensed level meets the threshold value; and
a pull cord operatively connected with the activation portion;
wherein the pull cord can be pulled in any three-dimensional direction from where the pull cord is integrated with the activation portion
wherein the activation portion further includes:
a pull-cord coupler including:
a tip portion;
a rib portion;
a ramp portion connecting the tip portion to the rib portion whereby a diameter of the trip portion is less than a diameter of the rib portion; and
a ring portion connected to the rib portion; and
a plate portion having a central portion, the central portion integrated with the pull-cord coupler.

US Pat. No. 10,791,996

INTRAOPERATIVE NERVE EVALUATION DEVICE AND SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR PERFORMING INTRAOPERATIVE NERVE EVALUATION

Chang Gung University, T...

8. A method for performing intraoperative nerve evaluation, the method to be implemented by a system that includes an intraoperative nerve evaluation device, a controller, a signal input module, a signal amplifier module and a display, the nerve evaluation device including a plurality of detection units that are disposed on a substrate and that are spaced apart from one another, each of the detection units including an electrode and a conductive wire coupled to the electrode, the electrodes of the detection units being attached to respective parts of a nerve of a subject, the signal input module being electrically connected to the conductive wire of a selected one of the detection units, the signal amplifier module being electrically connected to the conductive wire of each of the detection units other than the selected one, the method comprising:a) controlling, by the controller, the signal input module to transmit an input signal to the electrode of the selected one of the detection units via the conductive wire of the selected one of the detection units;
b) receiving, by the signal amplifier module, a number of response signals from the conductive wires of the detection units other than the selected one;
c) amplifying, by the signal amplifier module, the number of response signals so as to generate a number of amplified response signals;
d) receiving, by the controller, the number of amplified response signals from the signal amplifier module; and
e) controlling, by the controller, the display to display the number of amplified response signals;
the method further comprising, after d):
f) analyzing, by the controller, the number of amplified response signals,
wherein the input signal transmitted by the signal input module is in the form of a bipolar stimulation signal, the response signals are generated from the nerve responding to the bipolar stimulation signal, each of the number of amplified response signals has at least one crest and at least one trough, and step f) includes, for each of the number of amplified response signals:
performing a pre-processing operation to so as to move a baseline of the amplified response signal to a zero-point;
setting a calculation window so as to obtain a waveform corresponding with the amplified response signal;
detecting a simulate artifact in the waveform, and defining a base negative peak which is a first negative peak that comes after the occurrence of the artifact
determining a difference of between a height of the base negative peak of the waveform and a height of the base trough of an adjacent one of the waveforms; and
based on the difference of the heights, controlling the display to display the amplified response signal using an indicator to indicate a state of the part of the nerve corresponding with the amplified response signal.

US Pat. No. 10,791,995

MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING APPARATUS

TOSHIBA MEDICAL SYSTEMS C...

1. A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system comprising:at least one MRI gantry configured to execute a patient examination including consecutive execution of plural MRI sequences, which MRI sequences each include application of radio frequency (RF) energy to the examined patient and which consecutive executions of MRI sequences can be interrupted after one of the MRI sequences and later resumed with the next remaining of the plural MRI sequences to complete an examination;
at least one processor coupled to a memory circuit and a display device, the at least one processor being coupled to acquire a measure related to RF power applied to the patient and store in the memory circuit an actual measured value of specific absorption energy (SAE) during an examination, the actual measured value of SAE being calculated based on the acquired measure related to RF power;
the at least one processor being configured to:
calculate an SAE value for the next remaining of the plural MRI sequences, which is related to a resumed examination, based on a stored actual measured SAE value which existed when the examination was interrupted and stored in the memory circuit, and
cause the display device to display a relationship between an upper limit of SAE value and the calculated SAE value related to the resumed examination.

US Pat. No. 10,791,994

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MITIGATING BEHAVIOR ADVERSE TO A BIOLOGICAL CONDITION

WELCH ALLYN, INC., Skane...

1. A non-transitory machine-readable storage medium, comprising executable instructions that, when executed by a processor, facilitate performance of operations, comprising:obtaining a behavioral profile of a monitored individual summarizing traits of the monitored individual indicating how likely the monitored individual is to comply with a target activity profile, the behavioral profile being determined by psychographic and demographic profiling of the monitored individual;
identifying in a database a pool of advisors who coach individuals, each having a behavioral profile similar to the behavioral profile of the monitored individual;
selecting an advisor from the pool of advisors based on the advisor's success rate of coaching other individuals, each having a behavioral profile similar to the behavioral profile of the monitored individual;
receiving, from a plurality of sensors, first sensor data associated with the monitored individual, the first sensor data including at least one physiological measurement associated with the monitored individual;
generating from the first sensor data an activity profile of the monitored individual, the activity profile including data associated with a plurality of activities performed by the monitored individual;
generating comparison data by comparing the activity profile of the monitored individual to the target activity profile;
detecting, from the comparison data, a first activity of the plurality of activities performed by the monitored individual that can adversely affect a biological condition of the monitored individual; and
responsive to the detecting:
submitting a notification to first equipment utilized by the advisor, the notification being presented at the first equipment with a selectable option to initiate a communication session with second equipment utilized by the monitored individual; and
sending a communication from the first equipment utilized by the advisor instructing one of the plurality of sensors to deliver a dosage of medication to the monitored individual.

US Pat. No. 10,791,993

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR ANALYZING CONTINUOUSLY MONITORED PHYSIOLOGICAL MEASUREMENT VALUES OF A USER

Roche Diabetes Care, Inc....

1. A method for analyzing continuously monitored glucose measurement values of a user, the method being performed in a data processing system and comprising:providing, by a data interface, a set of present glucose measurement values collected in a continuously performed present measurement;
determining whether a common pattern is contained in both the set of present glucose measurement values and a set of historical glucose measurement values collected in a continuously performed historical measurement; and
when the common pattern is found to be contained in both the set of present glucose measurement values and the set of historical glucose measurement values:
a) requesting the user to provide context data for at least the present glucose measurement values of the common pattern via a user input/output device (“TO-device”) of the data processing system;
b) receiving the context data for at least the present glucose measurement values of the common pattern via the IO-device;
c) storing the context data for at least the present glucose measurement values of the common pattern in a storing device of the data processing system;
d) comparing the context data for the present glucose measurement values to context data of the historical glucose measurement values;
e) when it is determined in step d) that the present context data resembles the historical context data, predicting a future glucose measurement value based on the historical glucose measurement values that follow the common patter;
f) using the comparison between the context data for the present glucose measurement values and the context data of the historical glucose measurement values to determine a confidence level for the predicted future glucose measurement value; and
g) administering insulin when the predicted future glucose measurement value exceeds a recommended level.

US Pat. No. 10,791,991

INTRAVASCULAR DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS

PHILIPS IMAGE GUIDED THER...

1. A sensing guidewire, the guidewire comprising:a body comprising a proximal portion and a distal portion, the body further comprising a metallic inner core and an outer insulating layer surrounding and directly contacting the metallic inner core, wherein a first thickness of the metallic inner core is greater than a second thickness of the outer insulating layer, and wherein the metallic inner core is configured to facilitate handling for the sensing guidewire inside a vessel;
a plurality of conductors embedded in the outer insulating layer and extending longitudinally and straight along a length of the body, wherein each of the plurality of conductors is a single component comprising a proximal portion and a distal portion;
a connector region disposed at the proximal portion of the body, the connector region comprising:
a plurality of conductive sections, wherein the proximal portion of each of the plurality of conductors is electrically coupled to a corresponding conductive section, wherein each conductive section is only a conductive material encircling the proximal portion of the body, wherein a surface of the corresponding conductor comprises an exposed portion exposed through an opening in the outer insulating layer, wherein the conductive material is positioned over the exposed portion of the surface of the corresponding conductor; and
a sensor coupled to the distal portion of the body and electrically coupled to the distal portion of each of the plurality of conductors,
wherein the outer insulating layer comprises a single layer insulating:
the plurality of conductors and the plurality of conductive sections from the metallic inner core;
the plurality of conductors from one another; and
the plurality of conductive sections from one another, and
wherein the outer insulating layer directly contacts each of the plurality of conductors and each of the plurality of conductive sections.

US Pat. No. 10,791,990

TISSUE DETECTION SYSTEM WITH A POLYMER NEEDLE

Regents of the University...

1. A device for use in a tissue detection system, the device comprising:a polymer needle including a distal end and a proximal end, wherein a needle lumen is extended along a longitudinal axis of the polymer needle, and wherein the distal end includes an insertion tip;
an elongate sleeve including a first end and a second end, wherein the polymer needle is fixedly attached to the elongate sleeve and located within an inner bore of the elongate sleeve, and the insertion tip of the polymer needle is disposed at a distance from the first end; and
a stylet located within the needle lumen, the stylet configured as a first electrode for creating an electrical circuit with a second electrode electrically isolated from the stylet,
wherein the electrical circuit provides a signal based on an electrical characteristic between the first and second electrodes.

US Pat. No. 10,791,989

MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING OF POLY-L-GLUTAMATE

The Trustees of the Unive...

1. A device comprising:a processor adapted to execute computer-readable instructions; and
a memory communicatively coupled to said processor, said memory having stored therein computer-readable instructions that when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform operations comprising:
generating a chemical exchange saturation transfer pulse sequence for application to tissue,
said pulse sequence being frequency selective for poly(L-glutamic acid) without a fluorescence conjugated compound in the tissue,
wherein the PLG creates a chemical exchange saturation transfer (CEST) effect when cleaved by enzymes in the tissue; and
controlling a magnetic imaging scanner to obtain a magnetic resonance image (MRI) of the tissue to monitor protease activity, in vivo, in the tissue using CEST, wherein the protease activity is the CEST effect when cleaved by enzymes in the tissue.

US Pat. No. 10,791,988

MEAL DETECTION DEVICES AND METHODS

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A meal detection method, comprising:measuring impedance across one or more portions of a user using an impedance sensor;
sensing movement of one or more portions of a user using an accelerometer;
using a processor in communication with the impedance sensor and the accelerometer, analyzing outputs of the impedance sensor and the accelerometer to detect meal intake by the user; and
automatically triggering a controlled device to deliver a therapy to the user in response to meal intake detected by the processor.

US Pat. No. 10,791,986

SLEEP SOUND DETECTION SYSTEM AND USE

DP Technologies, Inc., S...

1. A method of improving sleep quality comprising:receiving data signifying when a user falls asleep;
sending a signal to a sleep monitoring system to automatically monitor the user's sleep, the sleep monitoring system including one or more sensors and a processor configured to identify sleep phases of the user based on sensor data from the one or more sensors;
detecting the user's sleep sounds;
sending a signal to create an audio recording of at least a subset of the user's sleep sounds periodically during the user's sleep such that the recording is not continuous, the recording using a microphone;
storing the audio recording of the subset of the user's sleep sounds in a memory;
identifying a first portion of the audio recording in the memory that is not informative of sleep quality, wherein the first portion of the audio recording is identified as not informative when no change is occurring in the user's sleep sounds and no change is occurring in the sleep phase from sleep sounds recorded prior to the first portion of the audio recording;
discarding the first portion of the audio recording that is not informative of sleep quality from the memory, to create relevant sleep sound data of the user from a remainder of the audio recording, wherein the remainder of the audio recording is limited to an allocated length of time in the memory;
generating sleep analysis data, based on correlating a timeline of the relevant sleep sound data from the remainder of the audio recording with a timeline of sleep phase data and sleep time data;
receiving and storing in the memory the sleep analysis data, for later review.

US Pat. No. 10,791,985

CARDIO-KINETIC CROSS-SPECTRAL DENSITY FOR ASSESSMENT OF SLEEP PHYSIOLOGY

LifeQ Global Limited, Du...

1. A method to assess sleep physiological states of a subject, comprising:a) selecting from a plurality of inputs, at least two measured signals containing degrees of cardiac activity and motion data of the subject;
b) performing a cross-spectral density calculation on said at least two measured signals to determine the degree of shared activity over a range of frequencies in said at least two measured signals;
c) calculating a quality metric based on the quality of each of the at least two measured signals, wherein the quality metric is based on each signal itself;
d) using the shared activity features to classify different underlying physiological states of the subject, wherein the quality metric allows for conditional prediction of the different underlying physiological states to limit predictions to periods when signals of sufficient quality are measured; and
e) displaying or transmitting the classified underlying physiological states of the subject.

US Pat. No. 10,791,984

ACTIVE HERMETICITY MONITORING

Viaderm, LLC., Ann Arbor...

1. A system for measuring and monitoring wound hermaticity of a patient comprising:an impedance sensor for measuring impedance in terms of resistance (R), reactance (Xc), and phase angle (PA) parameters that correlate to a degree of wound hermaticity;
a vacuum source for drawing a vacuum on the wound around or under a percutaneous skin access device (PAD), a bone anchor, a wound dressing, or a bandage;
wherein said impedance sensor is incorporated into the design of said percutaneous skin access device (PAD), said bone anchor, said wound dressing, or said bandage;
wherein said degree of wound hermaticity is related to changes in impedance measurements between said PAD, said bone anchor, said wound dressing, or said bandage; and the patient's skin; andwherein said impedance sensor further comprises two electrodes a first electrode positioned on one of said PAD, said bone anchor, said wound dressing, or said bandage and a second electrode at the patient's skin.

US Pat. No. 10,791,983

OPTICAL IMAGING FOR PRETERM BIRTH ASSESSMENT

The Florida International...

1. A method for assessing structure, organization, and composition of cervical tissue, the method comprising:imaging cervical tissue to acquire in vivo images of the cervical tissue;
analyzing the in vivo images of the cervical tissue using Mueller matrix (MM) polarimetry to generate data about the in vivo images of the cervical tissue; and
calculating pyridinoline cross-link concentration of the imaged cervical tissue and proteoglycan concentration of the imaged cervical tissue based on the data generated from the MM polarimetry.

US Pat. No. 10,791,982

METHODS OF MEASURING HEAD, NECK, AND BRAIN FUNCTION AND PREDICTING AND DIAGNOSING MEMORY IMPAIRMENT

1. A method for predicting a likelihood for memory impairment in an individual, the method comprising:a) using a near infrared spectroscopic device on an individual at an anatomical region to be studied;
b) determining, with the device at the anatomical region, a first measurement of at least one of an oxygen concentration (PaO2), an oxygen saturation (O2 sat), a hemoglobin (Hb) concentration, a carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration, a carbonic acid (H2CO3) concentration, and a hydrogen ion (H+) concentration at a first time;
c) determining, with the device at the anatomical region, a second measurement of the at least one of the oxygen concentration (PaO2), the oxygen saturation (O2 sat), the hemoglobin (Hb) concentration, the carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration, the carbonic acid (H2CO3) concentration, and the hydrogen ion (H+) concentration at a second time;
d) comparing the first measurement to the second measurement; and
e) determining, based on step (d), a probability for one or more neurons to generate an action potential, wherein the generation of an action potential increases the probability of forming a new memory;
thereby predicting the likelihood for memory impairment in the individual.

US Pat. No. 10,791,981

NEURO ATTACK PREVENTION SYSTEM, METHOD, AND APPARATUS

S SQUARE DETECT MEDICAL D...

1. A neuro attack monitoring device comprising:a hub configured for positioning on a subject's head, said hub housing at least one of data acquisition electronics, communication hardware, and software protocols;
a plurality of spokes radially extending from the hub; each of said spokes comprising at least one light source and at least one detector, at least one of said spokes comprising a hinge supporting at least two extensions, wherein at least one of the extensions is swivable relative to the other, and wherein on one of the extensions at least one light source is disposed and on the other extension at least one detector is disposed, wherein each of said spokes is configured for positioning on the subject's head such that radiation emitted by at least one light source associated with that spoke targets a region of the subject's brain; and
software control for activating the light sources associated with the plurality of spokes to emit light that is modulated between two different wavelengths over time, wherein the data acquisition electronics are configured to: for each of the plurality of light detectors, capture and collect signal data generated by that detector, and wherein said software control, processes said collected signal data to determine occurrence of an ischemic event.

US Pat. No. 10,791,980

METHOD, DEVICE AND SYSTEM FOR ASSESING THE QUALITY OF BALANCE

UNIVERSITE DE TECHNOLOGIE...

1. A method for detecting an impairment of balance of a subject, with at least one device including a plate mounted on a plurality of pressure sensors, the method comprising:measuring, with the pressure sensors, vertical forces applied on the plate at least when the subject mounts the device,
assessing the balance, by calculating a rise rate of a sum of the vertical forces measured by the pressure sensors when the subject mounts the device,
detecting the impairment of balance, by calculating one or more parameters, comprising at least one parameter in relation to at least one slowdown in the rise rate of the sum of the vertical forces measured by the pressure sensors when the subject mounts the device, the at least one slowdown being defined by at least one of a peak, a sigmoid, or a reduction in the rise rate, and
alerting the subject of the detected impairment of balance.

US Pat. No. 10,791,979

APPARATUS AND METHOD TO TRAIN AUTONOMOUS DRIVING MODEL, AND AUTONOMOUS DRIVING APPARATUS

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. An autonomous driving apparatus comprising:a driving information collection processor configured to collect driving information of a vehicle; and
a model training processor configured to train an autonomous driving model based on the driving information.

US Pat. No. 10,791,978

CLASSIFYING INDIVIDUALS USING FINITE MIXTURE MARKOV MODELLING AND TEST TRIALS WITH ACCOUNTING FOR ITEM POSITION

Medical Care Corporation,...

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:receiving data comprising responses, and lack thereof, for items of a cognitive test, wherein the cognitive test comprises test trials;
processing the data using a Finite Mixture Markov (FMM) model of a cognitive process, wherein the FMM model of the cognitive process
(i) represents recall, identification or recognition of an item in at least one of the test trials using distinct cognitive states, and
(ii) adjusts separate memory storage and retrieval parameters for each of the distinct cognitive states to account for position of the items in each respective trial of the test trials; and
classifying individuals into one of two groups that differ by a given biomarker using results of the processing the data using the FMM model of the cognitive process.

US Pat. No. 10,791,977

LASER LANCING DEVICE

1. A laser lancing device, comprising:a main body;
a laser resonator located within the main body and configured to generate a laser and output the laser forwards;
a beam barrel located in front of the laser resonator and including at least one lens unit fixed therein;
a window barrel located in front of the beam barrel and connected to the main body;
a cap part connected to the front of the window barrel and brought into contact with an irradiation target area;
a fan unit communicating with the cap part and induce flow of air; and
a communication pipe of which one end is connected to the fan unit and the other end is connected to the cap part,
wherein the cap part includes:
a cap main body including an opening and a supporting surface to be supported on a contact point along the periphery of the opening;
a through hole formed and extended from the back side of the opening of the cap main body, inserted into the window barrel, and having a predetermined space therein;
a first communication hole formed to enable communication between the communication pipe and the inside of the through hole; and
a second communication hole formed to enable communication between the inside and the outside of the through hole.

US Pat. No. 10,791,976

NEEDLE-FREE BLOOD DRAW

Verily Life Sciences LLC,...

1. A hand-portable device comprising:a negative-pressure barrel having an aperture opening at a distal end and a housing affixed to a proximal end;
an accelerator barrel positioned lengthwise within the negative-pressure barrel with an open proximal end fixed to the housing and opening into a chamber within the housing, and having an open distal end proximate to, and aligned with, the aperture;
a high-pressure gas source configured for filling the chamber with pressurized gas; and
a trigger valve situated between the chamber and the open proximal end of the accelerator barrel, the trigger valve having a closed operational state in which the trigger valve is closed so as to form a hydrostatic boundary between the chamber and the open proximal end of the accelerator barrel, and an open operational state in which the trigger valve is opened so as to remove the hydrostatic boundary,
wherein the hand-portable device has an armed operational state in which (i) the trigger valve is set in the closed operational state, (ii) the chamber is filled with pressurized gas, (iii) a micro-particle is positioned within the accelerator barrel at a launch point proximate to the trigger valve, (iv) a negative-pressure vacuum is created within the negative-pressure barrel and within the accelerator barrel between the open distal end and the closed trigger valve, and (v) an aperture membrane is configured to seal the aperture and maintain the negative-pressure vacuum,
wherein the hand-portable device further comprises:
a trigger-valve release actuator configured for causing the trigger valve to abruptly transition from the closed operational state to the open operational state, thereby abruptly releasing the pressurized gas from the chamber into the open proximal end of the accelerator barrel,
wherein, the pressure of the pressurized gas is configured to be sufficient for abrupt release into the open proximal end of the accelerator barrel to accelerate the micro-particle from the launch point to the open distal end of the accelerator barrel and through the aperture with sufficient momentum to pierce through the aperture membrane and, when the distal end of the negative-pressure barrel is positioned proximate to dermal tissue, to penetrate a sufficient depth of the dermal tissue to cause a micro-emergence of blood at the dermal tissue surface,
and wherein, when the distal end of the negative-pressure barrel is positioned proximate to the dermal tissue, the negative-pressure vacuum within the negative-pressure barrel is sufficient to cause at least a portion of blood from the micro-emergence to be drawn into the negative-pressure barrel through the pierced aperture membrane,
and the hand-portable device further comprises a reservoir at the distal end of the negative-pressure barrel configured for collecting and holding the at least a portion of blood drawn.

US Pat. No. 10,791,975

BIOLOGICAL FLUID TRANSFER DEVICE AND BIOLOGICAL FLUID SAMPLING SYSTEM

Becton, Dickinson and Com...

1. A biological fluid transfer device adapted to receive a multi-component blood sample, the biological fluid transfer device comprising:a housing having an inlet port and a transfer port comprising a valve or septum, the inlet port and the transfer port in fluid communication;
a mixing channel in fluid communication with the inlet port and the transfer port, wherein the mixing channel comprises a structural shape configured to promote mixing of the multi-component blood sample;
a porous blood separation element disposed in the mixing channel between the inlet port and the transfer port, wherein the porous blood separation element comprises a filter configured to restrain a first component of the multi-component blood sample and allow a second component of the multi-component blood sample to pass therethrough; and
a blood sample stabilizer layer disposed between the inlet port and the porous blood separation element.

US Pat. No. 10,791,974

DIAMOND-CONTAINING ELECTRODES FOR NEUROCHEMICAL DETECTION

Mayo Foundation for Medic...

1. An electrode configured to sense neurochemicals present in brain tissue of a mammal using a fast-scan cyclic voltammetry technique, the electrode comprising a sensing portion having an outer surface, wherein the outer surface of the sensing portion comprises a diamond-containing material that includes a composition of both sp3-hybridized carbon and sp2-hybridized carbon, wherein a fraction of the sp3-hybridized carbon in the diamond-containing material is greater than a fraction of the sp2-hybridized carbon in the diamond-containing material.

US Pat. No. 10,791,973

ANALYSIS DEVICE AND METHOD OF ANALYSIS

HOYA CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

14. A method of analysis comprising:alternatively extracting first special light and second special light from light emitted from a light source device, the first special light and the second special light having mutually different spectrums;
receiving, by an image sensor that includes an RGB color filter, light from a biological tissue that is a subject;
outputting a pixel signal that corresponds to the received light; and
performing predetermined signal processing on the outputted pixel signal,
wherein the first special light includes light in a first wavelength region that passes through a G filter of the RGB color filter,
the second special light includes light in a second wavelength region that passes through the G filter, the second wavelength region being different from the first wavelength region,
at least one of the first special light and the second special light includes light that passes through an R filter of the RGB color filter,
at least one of the first special light and the second special light includes light that passes through a B filter of the RGB color filter,
wherein the performing predetermined signal processing includes calculating a first indicator that indicates a feature amount of the biological tissue, based on the pixel signal output according to the light in the first wavelength region and the pixel signal output according to the light in the second wavelength region, and
wherein the method includes generating a color captured image of the biological tissue based on the pixel signal output according to light that passes through the RGB color filter.

US Pat. No. 10,791,972

FLUID MEASUREMENT FOR AUTOMATED MEDICAL SAMPLE COLLECTION AND TESTING

2Pi-Sigma Corporation, N...

1. An optical fluid measurement element comprising:an emitter that generates an optical output;
an absorber that measures an optical input;
an optical pathway between the emitter and the absorber, the optical pathway comprising:
a first cylindrical light guide adjacent to the emitter, the first cylindrical light guide comprising a first opaque surround;
a second cylindrical light guide adjacent to the absorber, the second cylindrical light guide comprising a second opaque surround; and
a cylindrical light pipe between the first light guide and second light guide, the cylindrical light pipe comprising an interior wall coated with a light absorbing material; and
a fluid flow pathway, wherein the optical output of the emitter passes through a portion of the fluid flow pathway that intersects the optical pathway and the optical output of the emitter is received at the optical input of the absorber after passing through the portion of the fluid flow pathway that intersects the optical pathway.

US Pat. No. 10,791,971

METHOD FOR DATA REDUCTION AND CALIBRATION OF AN OCT-BASED PHYSIOLOGICAL MONITOR

Masimo Corporation, Irvi...

1. A method of estimating a blood analyte level using an optical coherence tomography (OCT) device, the method comprising:receiving, from an OCT device, at least two OCT scans of an area of biological tissue along a depth dimension, the at least two OCT scans obtained at different times;
computing intensity differences between the at least two OCT scans to generate an intensity difference plot;
determining a portion of the intensity difference plot associated with at least a zero crossing and corresponding localized extrema;
selecting, based on the determined portion of the intensity difference plot, one or more portions of the at least two OCT scans; and
estimating a blood analyte level based on a comparison of the one or more portions of the at least two OCT scans with OCT calibration data.

US Pat. No. 10,791,970

DEVICE, METHOD, AND SYSTEM TO MEASURE BLOOD GLUCOSE

PHILOSYS CO., LTD., Jeol...

10. A blood glucose measuring method comprising:in response to a connection of a blood glucose measuring module to a socket of a computing device being detected, receiving, at the computing device, a data signal from the blood glucose measuring module; and
with a processor of the computing device:
determining a target interval based on a change in slope of the data signal;
determining a period of the data signal based on an amount of sampling points detected in the target interval; and
determining a value of zero or one for the data signal based on the period of the data signal.

US Pat. No. 10,791,969

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR METHOD FOR DETERMINING A BLOOD GLUCOSE LEVEL FOR A PATIENT

ROCHE DIABETES CARE, INC,...

1. A method for determining a blood glucose level for a patient, the method comprising, in a system for determining the blood glucose level for the patient,detecting a present sensor signal at a measuring time tm in a present continuous interstitial blood glucose measurement for the patient;
providing measurement data representing the present sensor signal;
providing patient-specific sensor signal correction data representing, for the patient, a patient-specific signal correction, the patient-specific sensor signal correction data being determined from a former interstitial blood glucose measurement for the patient and comprising patient-specific time delay data representing, for the patient, a patient-specific time delay ?t between a blood glucose value measured in a continuous interstitial blood glucose measurement and a blood glucose reference value measured in a capillary blood glucose measurement, the blood glucose value and the blood glucose reference value referring to the same blood glucose level;
providing pre-set sensor signal correction data in a memory device of the system for determining the blood glucose level, the pre-set sensor signal correction data representing, for a sensor, a pre-set sensor-specific signal correction, the pre-set sensor signal correction data being selected from the group consisting of pre-set sensor offset data and pre-set sensor sensitivity data;
determining whether the patient-specific sensor signal correction data are different from the pre-set sensor signal correction data; and
determining corrected measurement data representing a corrected present sensor signal by applying:
the patient specific sensor signal correction data to the present sensor signal if the patient specific sensor signal correction data are determined to be different from the pre-set sensor signal correction data; or
the pre-set sensor signal correction data to the present sensor signal if the patient specific sensor signal correction data are determined not to be different from the pre-set sensor signal correction data;
wherein the applying is further comprising:
determining blood glucose level data representing a previous blood glucose level of the patient at a previous time tpr=tm??t by determining a blood glucose value from the measurement data and assigning the blood glucose value to the previous time tpr;
providing rate of change data representing a rate of change of the blood glucose level of the patient; and
providing present blood glucose level data, representing a present blood glucose level of the patient at the measuring time tm by determining a present blood glucose value from the blood glucose value at the previous time tpr and the rate of change of the blood glucose level: and
determining the blood glucose level for the patient from the corrected measurement data.

US Pat. No. 10,791,968

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, SENSOR DEVICE, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A non-transitory computer readable storage device including instructions that when executed by a processor configure the processor to implement an information processing method, the method comprising:receiving time-series data from a motion sensor that senses motion of an object;
identifying a motion pattern of the object as one of plural predetermined motion patterns based on the time-series data from the motion sensor and a stored dictionary defining each of the plural predetermined motion patterns; and
controlling display of an impact position distribution for each motion pattern identified in the identifying patterns of the object,
wherein the impact position distribution displays a color corresponding to a frequency of impact occurrence.

US Pat. No. 10,791,967

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR SIGNALIZING A WALKING OR RUNNING SPEED TO A RUNNER OR WALKER

PUMA SE, Herzogenaurach ...

1. A method for signalizing a walking or running speed to a runner or walker during walking or running, wherein the runner or walker wears a garment, wherein the method comprises:a) Determining the actual speed by a speedometer which is worn or carried by the runner or walker;
b) Calculating the difference speed between the actual speed (v) and a predetermined reference speed;
c) Transferring of the difference speed into a light signal, wherein the light signal corresponds to the difference speed;
d) Displaying the light signal by means of a light emitting element,
wherein in step c) the transfer takes place by defining at least one predetermined color of the light signal in dependency on the difference speed,
wherein a first color is displayed if the actual speed is below a first predetermined percentage of the reference speed and
wherein a second color, which is different from the first color, is displayed if the actual speed is above a second predetermined percentage of the reference speed,
wherein no light signal or a third color, which is different from the first color and from the second color, is displayed if the actual speed is above the first predetermined percentage of the reference speed and below the second predetermined percentage of the reference speed,
wherein the first predetermined percentage and the second predetermined percentage are between 1% and 10%,
wherein the speedometer comprises or is an electronic device with a GPS module, wherein the actual speed is determined by means of a change in the position detected by the GPS module and the time elapsed during the position change, wherein a GPS module is used which is part of a mobile phone, wherein
displaying the light signal according to step d) takes place by a light emitting element in the form of a glass fiber or an optical fiber, which is attached to the or integrated into the garment.

US Pat. No. 10,791,966

PATIENT HANDLING DEVICE INCLUDING LOCAL STATUS INDICATION, ONE-TOUCH FOWLER ANGLE ADJUSTMENT, AND POWER-ON ALARM CONFIGURATION

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A patient handling device comprising:a frame for supporting a mattress, the frame having a deck with at least one articulateable portion;
a siderail mounted relative to the frame;
an actuator for adjusting the at least one articulateable portion between a plurality of angular positions;
a controller in communication with the actuator;
a patient control in communication with the controller and configured to allow a patient to control the actuator to move the articulateable portion between the plurality of angular positions; and
a caregiver control configured to allow a caregiver to control the actuator to move the articulateable portion between the plurality of angular positions, said caregiver control including a user operated position lock control, said caregiver control in communication with the controller, when actuated the lock control generating a position lock signal, when the lock control is actuated by a caregiver to generate the position lock signal the controller is configured to prevent the movement of the articulateable portion into restricted range of angular positions while permitting the patient control and the caregiver control to move the articulateable portion to a permitted subset of the plurality of angular positions thereby reducing the range of angular positions a patient and a caregiver can move the articulateable portion using the patient control or the caregiver control from the plurality of angular positions, wherein when the articulateable portion is in the restricted range of angular positions and the position lock control is actuated, the controller actuates the actuator to move the articulateable portion to the range of the permitted subset of the plurality of angular positions in response to the position lock signal.

US Pat. No. 10,791,965

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR WIRELESSLY MONITORING REPETITIVE BODILY MOVEMENTS

1. A method for determining a rate of repetitive bodily motion of an individual without requiring contact with the individual, wherein the method is executable by one or more computing devices and comprises:transmitting a signal for reflection off of the individual;
receiving a reflected signal;
applying a frequency estimation algorithm to the reflected signal to produce an estimated spectral density, wherein the estimated spectral density is in frequency domain and includes at least one frequency component corresponding to the repetitive bodily motion, and wherein the applying the frequency estimation algorithm includes:
estimating a covariance matrix of the reflected signal;
estimating a clutter covariance matrix of the reflected signal;
generating a resultant matrix from the clutter covariance matrix and the covariance matrix; and
applying the frequency estimation algorithm to the resultant matrix to produce the estimated spectral density; and
applying a repetitive bodily motion pattern search function to the estimated spectral density to estimate the rate of the repetitive bodily motion of the individual based on the at least one frequency component.

US Pat. No. 10,791,964

HEART RATE MONITOR

INNOVAURA CORPORATION, E...

1. A heart rate monitor, comprising:a flexible membrane configured to be held adjacent to a user's skin at a location corresponding to an artery subject to pulse movement;
at least one magnet disposed on the flexible membrane and configured to move responsive to the pulse movement;
a magnetometer configured to measure variations in a magnetic field from the at least one magnet responsive to the pulse movement;
a motion sensor configured to detect movement of the human; and
a microcontroller operatively coupled to the magnetometer and the motion sensor, the microcontroller including a non-transitory computer-readable medium carrying microcontroller instructions configured to cause the microcontroller to:
receive data from the magnetometer;
receive detected movement information from the motion sensor;
transform the data from the magnetometer to produce frequency data;
receive, with the microcontroller, motion data corresponding to the movement of the human; and
use the motion data to filter the frequency data to select a frequency most likely to correspond to a pulse rate of the person;
wherein using the motion data to filter the frequency data further comprises:
writing the frequency data to memory;
writing the motion data to memory;
comparing the motion data to previous motion data;
determining the likelihood of a change in pulse rate responsive to the compared motion data;
comparing the frequency data to previous frequency data; and
identifying a high magnitude frequency domain point most likely to correspond to the pulse rate.

US Pat. No. 10,791,963

METHOD FOR MEASURING FINGER MOVEMENTS

UNIST (ULSAN NATIONAL INS...

1. A method of measuring motions of a thumb and fingers of a user who wears a glove, the method comprising:attaching a first end of a first flexible wire to a position on the glove corresponding to a position between a first joint and a second joint of a first finger;
attaching a first end of a second flexible wire to a position on the glove corresponding to a position between the second joint and a third joint of the first finger;
connecting second ends of the first and second flexible wires to a sensing module so that the first and second flexible wires are movable forward and backward while maintaining tension thereof in accordance with a motion of the first finger;
measuring, by the sensing module, moved distances of the first and second flexible wires; and
calculating rotary angles of the first joint and the second joint based on the measured moved distances by the following equations:

where ?1 is an angle at the first joint, ?2 is an angle at the second joint, r1 is a diameter of the first joint in the first finger, r2 is a diameter of the second joint in the first finger, ?P1 is a length change measured by the sensing module based on a moved distance of the first flexible wire, and ?P2 is a length change measured by the sensing module based on a moved distance of the second flexible wire,
wherein each finger of the glove has only two flexible wires attached thereto.

US Pat. No. 10,791,962

INSULATING A PROTECTIVE COVER FOR A SEAL TO SENSOR ASSOCIATED WITH A SPACESUIT

Hamilton Sundstrand Corpo...

1. A carbon dioxide sensor comprising:a conduit connecting to a source of breathing air and delivering a sample of breathing air into a test chamber;
a radiation source for applying radiation across said chamber and a sensor for detecting modification in the radiation as it passes through the air sample in the test chamber and communicating with electronics to identify a percentage of carbon dioxide in the sample; and
a rigid cover surrounding said radiation source, said test chamber, and said sensor; and
wherein said cover has a first portion surrounding said radiation source, said test chamber and said sensor, and a second portion that encloses a connection point for said conduit to be connected to the source of breathing air.

US Pat. No. 10,791,961

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MEASURING THE MECHANICAL IMPEDANCE OF THE RESPIRATORY SYSTEM

RESTECH S.R.L., Milan (M...

9. A method for measuring the mechanical impedance of a patient's respiratory system during a spontaneous breath, comprising the step of recording air pressure and air flow measurements of the patient; said recording step comprising stages of varying the rotational speed of a fan positioned within a cavity for controlling a pressure within the cavity such as to force an air flow into said cavity to generate, in proximity to an airway opening of said cavity, pressure oscillations of maximum amplitude less than or equal to 3 cmH2O and frequencies greater than 2 Hz; enabling said patient to breathe spontaneously through said cavity, containing said fan; said cavity having a maximum impedance equal to 1 cm H2O/L/s, measured at normal breathing frequencies within the range of 0-1 Hz; and measuring the air pressure and air flow within said cavity in proximity to the patient's airways.

US Pat. No. 10,791,959

MAGNETIC RESONANCE APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR POSITIONING AN OBJECT ON A PATIENT POSITIONING DEVICE WITHIN AN ISOCENTER OF A MAGNETIC RESONANCE SCANNER

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

1. A magnetic resonance (MR) apparatus comprising:an MR data acquisition scanner having a patient receiving area therein, said patient receiving area having an isocenter;
a patient positioning device having a patient examination table that is movable within said patient receiving area;
a position data acquisition detector that is separate from the MR data acquisition scanner, the position data acquisition detector having a detection field of view, which includes said isocenter, in which said position data acquisition detector detects position data associated with an object that is positioned on a patient positioned on the patient examination table, the object being a physical ancillary unit associated with the MR apparatus that is separate from the patient, the object including a predetermined characteristic pattern formed thereon that is detectable by the position data acquisition detector; and
a speed regulating processor, provided with detected position data from the position data acquisition detector, configured to regulate a speed of movement of said patient examination table in said patient receiving area dependent on said detected position data,
wherein the predetermined characteristic pattern formed on the object indicates a center and an edge region of the physical ancillary unit associated with the MR apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,791,958

MAGNETIC RESONANCE PROJECTION IMAGING

Elekta, Inc., Atlanta, G...

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:generating, using one or more processors, a plurality of two-dimensional (2D) magnetic resonance (MR) projection image data representing different projection angles;
binning, using the one or more processors, the plurality of 2D MR projection image data using information indicative of temporal position within a physiologic cycle; and
constructing, using the one or more processors, a three-dimensional (3D) image representation using the binned plurality of 2D MR projection image data.

US Pat. No. 10,791,957

MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING

FONAR Corporation, Melvi...

1. A magnetic resonance imaging room comprising:a plurality of walls, a floor and a ceiling, defining an MRI room space therein;
a ferromagnetic shield, said ferromagnetic shield being within said plurality of walls, floor and ceiling to shield said MRI room space from outside interference and prevent outward interference;
a magnet, the poles of said magnet positioned substantially along said floor and ceiling within said MRI room space, said poles having a gap therebetween where lines of flux flow therethrough;
a patient positioner, said patient positioner positioning a treatment portion of a patient within said gap, said flux flowing therethrough, the room space surrounding said gap and said patient positioner extending to the walls comprising an operating space thereabout, said operating space providing operative access to said treatment portion during treatment for a plurality of medical personnel;
an MRI rf transceiver receiving magnetic resonance imaging data generated from said flux flowing through said treatment portion;
a computer having a processing unit, said processing unit processing said magnetic resonance imaging data and generating therefrom a plurality of magnetic resonance images on a display device in said magnetic resonance imaging room, said data plurality of magnetic resonance images being dynamically available on said display device and being employed intra-operatively during said treatment of said treatment portion within said room; and
at least one other medical device within said MRI room space, wherein said at least one other medical device is comprised of an MRI-safe material,
wherein said MRI room space has an internal height of about 8 feet and an internal width of about 14 feet,
wherein said processing unit is within said magnetic resonance imaging room,
wherein at least one covering of said walls, floor and ceiling are formed of non-magnetic material, said material selected from the group consisting of polymeric materials, wood fibers, paper, concrete, plaster, plasterboard, other cementitious materials and combinations thereof, and
wherein said MRI room space is substantially surrounded by a Faraday shield,
whereby full access for the treatment of said treatment portion by said plurality of medical personnel from said operating space is provided from substantially all operative angles surrounding said treatment portion, said treatment being aided by dynamic intraoperative magnetic resonance imaging data.

US Pat. No. 10,791,956

DEVICE FOR AN IMPEDANCE TOMOGRAPH

1. A device for an electrical impedance tomograph, the device comprising:an electrode carrier configured to be arranged around a body of a patient;
a first skin electrode and a second skin electrode arranged on the electrode carrier at mutually spaced locations from one another in a longitudinal direction of the electrode carrier, the first and second electrodes being arranged on a radial inside of said electrode carrier when the electrode carrier is arranged around the body of the patient;
a first protective circuit at least partly enclosed in the electrode carrier, the first protective circuit comprising a first capacitor;
a second protective circuit at least partly enclosed in the electrode carrier, the second protective circuit comprising a second capacitor, wherein:
the first protective circuit is electrically connected to the first skin electrode and arranged adjacent to the first skin electrode;
the second protective circuit is electrically connected to the second skin electrode and arranged adjacent to the second skin electrode; and
at least a respective inner part of the electrode carrier is formed by the first and second capacitor;
wherein one of the protective circuits is arranged between the first and second skin electrodes in the longitudinal direction of the electrode carrier;
at least one of the first and second capacitors are configured as a flexible capacitor.

US Pat. No. 10,791,955

ASSESSMENT OF NERVE FIBER EXCITABILITY

1. A method for assessment of nerve fiber excitability, said method comprising:arranging an electrode in contact with skin of a person;
determining a first threshold value based on a stimulation current pulse of a first waveform;
determining a second threshold value based on a stimulation current pulse of a second waveform different from the first waveform,
wherein said determining of the first threshold value and said determining of the second threshold value each comprises:
repeatedly providing a stimulation current pulse of the first or second waveform, respectively, through the electrode, wherein a stimulation current strength of the stimulation current pulse is altered between repetitions; and
receiving signals from an interaction element with which the person interacts such that the interaction element may generate a signal indicative of whether the stimulation current pulse is perceived or not by the person, said signals from the interaction element providing an indication of the first threshold value or the second threshold value, respectively, of a stimulation current strength of the stimulation current pulse, the first and second threshold value, respectively, corresponding to a stimulation current strength necessary to trigger a sufficiently large nerve fiber excitation such that it is perceived by the person; and
determining at least one measure of psychophysical perception based on the determined first and second threshold values.

US Pat. No. 10,791,954

PORTABLE APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CHANGING SCREEN OF CONTENT THEREOF

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A method of changing a content screen of a portable apparatus, the method comprising:displaying content;
determining whether a value of a visual fatigue is higher than a threshold value using a model trained by machine learning;
based on the determining that the value of the visual fatigue is higher than the threshold value, displaying a user interface (UI) indicating an increase of the visual fatigue and a guide for changing a layout of the content on the content; and
based on a user request being input while the UI is displayed, changing the layout of the content.

US Pat. No. 10,791,953

HEADWEAR FOR ELECTROENCEPHALOGRAPHY

NIHON KOHDEN CORPORATION,...

1. A headwear for electroencephalography, the headwear comprising:a first arm to be attached to an area extending from a forehead or an occiput of a subject to a top of a head of the subject, the first arm comprising a first electrode holding portion being configured to hold at least a first electroencephalogram electrode;
a second arm to be attached to a lateral side of the head of the subject, the second arm being connected to the first arm and the second arm comprising a second electrode holding portion configured to hold at least a second electroencephalogram electrode;
a third arm to be attached to another lateral side of the head of the subject, the third arm being connected to the first arm and the third arm comprising a third electrode holding portion configured to hold at least a third electroencephalogram electrode; and
a stretchable support member connectable to the second arm and the third arm to cover at least a portion of the head of the subject, the stretchable support member comprising at least one adjusting mechanism configured to adjust tightness of the headwear to the head,
wherein the first arm comprises a rigid portion configured to be fixed at the forehead of the subject.

US Pat. No. 10,791,952

ELECTROCARDIOGRAM DEVICE AND METHODS

1. A system for analysis of electrocardiogram data comprising:a) a data acquisition device that is attached to a patient and acquires electrocardiogram data from the patient,
b) a computing device connected to the data acquisition device, the computing device programmed to:
i) at a first time, acquire and store the electrocardiogram data from the patient,
ii) comparing the electrocardiogram data from the patient with a database of a plurality of stored electrocardiogram data, the database including a plurality of stored electrocardiogram data acquired at a second time prior to the first time, and, the database including a plurality of diagnoses each associated with each of the plurality of stored electrocardiogram data, and, selecting and combining, from the database of stored electrocardiogram data, a portion of the electrocardiogram data in the database that is calculated to most closely match the electrocardiogram data from the patient, thereby producing a clinically equivalent electrocardiogram, and,
iii) present the clinically equivalent electrocardiogram and the diagnoses associated with the selected and combined portion of the database of electrocardiogram data to a clinician for a confirmation of a diagnosis associated with the patient, based upon the diagnoses associated with the selected and combined portions of the database of electrocardiogram data.

US Pat. No. 10,791,951

IMAGE DISPLAY INTERFACES

IMPERIAL COLLEGE INNOVATI...

1. Apparatus for monitoring activation in a heart, the apparatus comprising a probe, a plurality of electrodes arranged in an array and supported on the probe and each configured, for a position of the probe, to detect electrical potential at a respective position in the heart during a series of activations of the heart, and a processor configured to analyse the detected electrical potentials to identify a respective propagation direction of each of the series of activations at each of the positions, and, for each of the positions, to generate a first output indicative of the direction of at least one of the activations, for each of the positions, determine a consistency of the propagation directions over the series of activations, and for each of the positions, generate a second output indicative of the consistency of the propagation directions.

US Pat. No. 10,791,950

IN-VIVO CALIBRATION OF CONTACT FORCE-SENSING CATHETERS USING AUTO ZERO ZONES

Biosense Webster (Israel)...

1. A method for calibrating a probe having a distal tip and force sensor near the distal end of the probe comprising the steps of:inserting the probe into a body cavity of a patient;
receiving location information at a signal processor indicative of the location of the distal tip of the probe in a three-dimensional space;
creating an anatomic image of a body cavity and storing image data representative of the location of the body cavity in the three-dimensional space in the signal processor;
receiving at the signal processor a first signal from the force sensor indicative of the force being applied to the distal end of the probe;
automatically verifying that the distal tip of the probe is not in contact with tissue of the patient independent of the first signal by using the signal processor to compare the location information indicative of the location of the distal tip of the probe to the anatomic image of the body cavity in the three-dimensional space;
after the automatic verification step automatically calibrating the processor to set the first signal from the force sensor to a force reading of zero in response to verification that the force sensor is not in contact with tissue.

US Pat. No. 10,791,949

COMPUTATION APPARATUS, CARDIAC ARRHYTHMIA ASSESSMENT METHOD THEREOF AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM

Kinpo Electronics, Inc., ...

1. A cardiac arrhythmia assessment method, comprising:obtaining an electrocardiography (ECG) signal;
determining whether the ECG signal is conformed to a first abnormal rhythm symptom; and
determining whether the ECG signal is conformed to a second abnormal rhythm symptom based on the determined result of the first abnormal rhythm symptom, wherein the first abnormal rhythm symptom is different from the second abnormal rhythm symptom,
wherein the step of determining whether the ECG signal is conformed to the second abnormal rhythm symptom based on the determined result of the first abnormal rhythm symptom, comprises:
if the determined result of the first abnormal rhythm symptom is conformed, the feature of the ECG signal is modified and used for deten lining the second abnormal rhythm symptom.

US Pat. No. 10,791,948

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TEMPORAL SPARSE PROMOTING IMAGING OF CARDIAC ACTIVATION

Regents of the University...

1. A system for cardiac activation imaging, the system comprising: at least one data acquisition device to acquire data relating to an electrical activation of a heart of a subject; and a processor configured to: receive the data acquired by the at least one data acquisition device, and generate a cardiac electrical activation image by reconstructing an activation image of the heart of the subject based on the acquired data and a weighted sparse constrained reconstruction, the reconstruction being sparse in a temporal domain, reconstructing the activation image of the heart further comprising generating temporal constraints to promote temporal weighted sparse constrained reconstructions that create a reconstructed peak, and cause the activation image of the heart to be displayed to the user.

US Pat. No. 10,791,947

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR UPDATING REFERENCE VERIFICATION INFORMATION USED FOR ELECTROCARDIOGRAM SIGNAL VERIFICATION

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A method to update reference verification information used for electrocardiogram (ECG) signal verification, the method comprising:identifying a first ECG signal measured from a user for ECG signal verification for the user;
verifying the first ECG signal by comparing a second ECG signal included in a reference ECG signal set with the first ECG signal;
in response to the first ECG signal being successfully verified, setting the successfully verified first ECG signal to be a third ECG signal, and adding the third ECG signal to a verified ECG signal set; and
updating the reference ECG signal set, wherein the updating of the reference ECG signal set comprises setting the third ECG signal added to the verified ECG signal set to be an additional second ECG signal, based on the reference ECG signal set and the verified ECG signal set.

US Pat. No. 10,791,946

TRANSPARENT, FLEXIBLE, LOW-NOISE ELECTRODES FOR SIMULTANEOUS ELECTROPHYSIOLOGY AND NEURO-IMAGING

The Trustees of the Unive...

1. A transparent, flexible neural electrode array device comprising:a flexible substrate;
a plurality of graphene electrodes formed on the flexible substrate; and
a plurality of wires,
each wire of the plurality of wires being in electronic communication with a graphene electrode associated with that wire,
at least some of the plurality of wires comprising graphene, and
the flexible substrate, electrodes, and the plurality of wires being optically transparent.

US Pat. No. 10,791,945

BIOCOMPATIBLE IMPLANTABLE ELECTRODE

PULSE IP, LLC, Quakertow...

1. An electrode comprising a solid, monolithic substrate having an outer peripheral surface; the outer peripheral surface having a topography defined by a plurality of voids distributed about the outer peripheral surface and extending a depth through the substrate; said voids having a depth through the substrate of from about 50 nm to about 500 nm; and said voids having a width of from about 50 nm to about 500 nm; said voids being spaced from adjacent voids a distance of from about 50 nm to about 250 nm.

US Pat. No. 10,791,944

IMPLANTABLE DUAL SENSOR BIO-PRESSURE TRANSPONDER AND METHOD OF CALIBRATION

ARKIS BIOSCIENCES INC., ...

1. A method for calibration of a bio-pressure sensor having a housing implanted in a patient, the bio-pressure sensor comprising a first pressure sensor and a second pressure sensor, the first and second pressure sensors being disposed within the housing of the bio-pressure sensor, the first pressure sensor to measure a fluid pressure associated with a reference fluid, the second pressure sensor to measure a fluid pressure associated with a bodily fluid within a human body, the method comprising:receiving a first position pressure measurement signal from a first measurement from the first pressure sensor disposed within the housing with the patient in a first position, the first position pressure measurement signal being based on pressure on the first pressure sensor from the reference fluid and not from the bodily fluid;
receiving a second position pressure measurement signal from a second measurement from the first pressure sensor with the patient in a second position, the second position pressure measurement signal being based on pressure on the first pressure sensor from the reference fluid and not from the bodily fluid;
receiving a first known reference pressure value of the reference fluid associated with the patient in the first position;
receiving a second known reference pressure value of the reference fluid associated with the patient in the second position;
calculating a gain correction value based on the first position pressure measurement signal, second position pressure measurement signal, first known reference pressure value, and second known reference pressure value; and
correcting a pressure measurement signal from a pressure measurement from the second pressure sensor disposed within the housing with the calculated gain correction value.

US Pat. No. 10,791,943

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SYNCHRONIZING EXTERNAL COMPRESSION OF A LIMB FOR INCREASED BLOOD

PRESSION LLC, Landenburg...

1. A device comprising:a wearable garment;
a compression apparatus embedded in the garment for applying an external compression to a limb of a user; and
at least one of a processor or a controller configured to control the compression apparatus to apply the external compression, according to a compression sequence, to a muscle of the limb of the user based on real-time measurements regarding a cardiac cycle having a diastolic phase and systolic phase of the user and real-time measurements of muscle activity wherein the compression sequence is synchronized to commence when both a local blood flow at the limb is in the diastolic phase and the muscle is in a non-contracted state.

US Pat. No. 10,791,942

PULSE WAVE ANALYZING APPARATUS

HIROSHIMA UNIVERSITY, Hi...

1. A pulse wave analyzing apparatus comprising:an acquiring section which acquires a pulse wave that is non-invasively measured during a respiratory cycle of a subject; and
an analyzer which calculates an amplitude of the pulse wave, calculates a variation rate of the amplitude of the pulse wave, frequency-analyzes the variation rate to provide frequency data, and obtains an index value of a respiratory-induced variation of the pulse wave by calculating a power value of the frequency data.

US Pat. No. 10,791,941

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MEASURING VENOUS PRESSURE

NIHON KOHDEN CORPORATION,...

1. A venous pressure measurement apparatus comprising:a pressure controller configured to change a pressure applied from a cuff to a portion of a body where a vein and an artery exist and to which the cuff is adapted to be attached;
a pulse wave detector configured to detect pulse waves from a pressure the cuff receives from the portion of the body; and
a venous pressure calculating section configured to calculate a venous pressure based on the applied pressure and the pulse waves detected by the pulse wave detector during a period in which the applied pressure is changed,
wherein the pressure controller is configured to execute a plurality of measurement steps, the applied pressure being increased or reduced from an initial value in each of the measurement steps, and
wherein a sequential change of the applied pressure in a measurement step of the plurality of measurement steps is shifted from a sequential change of the applied pressure in a subsequent measurement step of the plurality of measurement steps.

US Pat. No. 10,791,940

DIAGNOSIS ASSISTANCE APPARATUS, DIAGNOSIS ASSISTANCE METHOD, AND DIAGNOSIS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

OMRON HEALTHCARE CO., LTD...

1. A diagnosis assistance apparatus comprising:a display screen; and
a processor programmed to:
acquire, from a memory, blood pressure information in a predetermined period for a living body,
divide the acquired blood pressure information into a plurality of segments,
generate fluctuating state information composed of a maximum value, a minimum value, and a representative value of the blood pressure information in each segment,
display, on the display screen, a first graph indicating positions of the maximum value, the minimum value, and the representative value of the blood pressure information in each segment and a vertical bar connecting the positions,
receive an input that selects a piece of the fluctuating state information from the acquired blood pressure information,
set blood pressure information in a display range that includes the selected piece of the fluctuating state information based on the received input, and
display, on the display screen, a second graph indicating the blood pressure information in the display range in a time series.

US Pat. No. 10,791,939

BIOMETRIC SCALE

Anhui Huami Information T...

1. A system, comprising:an electrocardiogram (ECG) component, comprising:
a first electrode;
a second electrode, wherein a first ECG lead configured to generate a first ECG signal is formed upon user contact with the first and second electrodes; and
a third electrode, wherein second and third ECG leads configured to generate second and third ECG signals are formed upon user contact with the first, second, and third electrodes;
a scale component, comprising:
a platform configured to support the user;
a weight sensor in communication with the platform and configured to generate a weight signal based on user presence on the platform; and
a monitoring component, comprising:
a non-transitory memory; and
a processor configured to execute instructions stored in the non-transitory memory to:
receive the first, second, or third ECG signal from the ECG component;
receive the weight signal from the scale component;
combine features extracted from the first, second, or third ECG signal and the weight signal to generate a current biometric signal;
responsive to the current biometric signal matching a historical biometric signal, obtain a user profile; and
determine a health status for association with the user profile by classifying the current biometric signal using disease models and fitness models.

US Pat. No. 10,791,938

SMARTGLASSES FOR DETECTING CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE

Facense Ltd., Kiryat Tiv...

1. A system configured to calculate extent of congestive heart failure (CHF), comprising:smartglasses configured to be worn on a user's head;
an inward-facing camera, physically coupled to the smartglasses, configured to capture images of an area comprising skin on the user's head; wherein the area is larger than 4 cm 2, and the inward-facing camera is mounted more than 5 mm away from the user's head;
a sensor, physically coupled to the smartglasses, configured to measure a signal indicative of a respiration rate of the user; and
a computer configured to calculate the extent of CHF based on: a facial blood flow pattern recognizable in the images, and the respiration rate of the user recognizable in the signal.

US Pat. No. 10,791,937

MEDICAL IMAGING DEVICE AND METHODS OF USE

Lumicell, Inc., Newton, ...

1. A handheld medical imaging device comprising:a photosensitive detector comprising a plurality of pixels;
a rigid imaging tip optically associated with the photosensitive detector, wherein the rigid imaging tip includes a distal end defining a first plane at a fixed distance relative to the photosensitive detector, and wherein the distal end of the rigid imaging tip includes a flat surface extending at least partially across the distal end of the rigid imaging tip, wherein the photosensitive detector is focused on the first plane in at least one mode of operation;
one or more illumination sources, wherein an optical path passes from the distal end of the rigid imaging tip to the photosensitive detector, wherein light passing through the first plane towards the photosensitive detector and light emitted from the one or more illumination sources both travel along the optical path through the rigid imaging tip, wherein the rigid imaging tip is hollow and includes a bend with a proximal portion and a distal portion angled relative to the proximal portion;
a body, wherein the proximal portion of the rigid imaging tip is connected to and distally extends from the body, wherein the rigid imaging tip is selectively removable from the body; and
optics configured to focus the photosensitive detector on the first plane in at least one mode of operation, wherein a distal-most lens of the optics configured to focus the photosensitive detector on the first plane is located within the body.

US Pat. No. 10,791,936

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR CREATING AND INTERACTING WITH THREE DIMENSIONAL VIRTUAL MODELS

Align Technology, Inc., ...

1. A system for scanning a patient's teeth for a dental procedure, the system comprising:a hand-held intraoral scanner; and
a computer readable medium including instructions that when executed by a computer system, cause the computer system to:
receive first scan data of the patient's teeth from the hand-held intraoral scanner;
display, to a display, a model of the patient's teeth, wherein the model of the patient's teeth is based on the received first scan data of the patient's teeth;
receive user input defining a portion of the model to be removed;
remove, from the displayed model, a removed surface portion of the model to be removed according to the user input;
receive second scan data of the patient's teeth from the hand-held intraoral scanner, the second scan data including surface data of a physically changed portion of the patient's intraoral cavity;
replace at least a portion of the removed surface portion of the model using the received second scan data of the patient's teeth including surface data of a physically changed portion of the patient's intraoral cavity; and
output, to the display, the model of the patient's teeth with the portion of the removed surface portion replaced using the received second scan data.

US Pat. No. 10,791,935

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DYNAMICALLY ADJUSTING FLUORESCENT IMAGING

QUANTA COMPUTER INC., Gu...

1. A method for dynamically adjusting fluorescent imaging, used in a device, comprising:emitting, by a light emitting diode, light to illuminate teeth in an oral cavity, wherein the light is used to generate fluorescence from the teeth;
filtering, by an optical filter, the fluorescence;
receiving, by an image sensor, a signal and adjusting a gain value of an analog-to-digital converter according to the signal;
converting, by the analog-to-digital converter, the filtered fluorescence into a digital signal and adjusting the digital signal according to the gain value; and
generating, by a processor, an output image signal that corresponds to the gain value from the digital signal,
wherein the image sensor adjusts the gain value that corresponds to a blue light channel of the analog-to-digital converter according to the signal.

US Pat. No. 10,791,934

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR CREATING AND INTERACTING WITH THREE DIMENSIONAL VIRTUAL MODELS

ALIGN TECHNOLOGY, INC., ...

1. A method for generating a modified virtual model of a patient's teeth, comprising:displaying, on a display operatively connected to a computer system, an image of a first virtual model, wherein the first virtual model is generated from first 3D intraoral scan data of the teeth, and wherein the first virtual model includes a portion that is a deficient representation of a first physical portion of the teeth;
receiving an identification of the portion of the first virtual model that is the deficient representation of the first physical portion of the teeth;
obtaining, by an intraoral scanner, second 3D intraoral scan data of the teeth, the second 3D intraoral scan data including surface data of the portion that is physically changed; and
modifying, by the computer system, the first 3D intraoral scan data by replacing at least the first 3D intraoral scan data of the identified portion of the first virtual model that is the deficient representation of the first physical portion of the teeth with a corresponding portion of the second 3D intraoral scan data that provides an adequate representation of the first physical portion and including the surface data of the portion that is physically changed, thereby generating the modified virtual model; and
wherein the at least first 3D intraoral scan data of the identified portion of the first virtual model is of the first physical portion of the teeth, and the corresponding portion of the second 3D intraoral scan data is also of the first physical portion of the teeth.

US Pat. No. 10,791,933

SPECTROMETRY SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND APPLICATIONS

VERIFOOD, LTD., Herzliya...

1. A system for early detection of developing urinary tract bacterial infection, the system comprising:one or more spectrometers attached to a catheter drain tube;
at least two blockers, wherein said at least two blockers comprise actuators to compress the tube to prevent urine flow in said tube, wherein the at least two blockers further comprise an illumination unit.

US Pat. No. 10,791,932

OPTICAL DETECTION METHOD AND DEVICE FOR OPTICAL DETECTION OF THE CONDITION OF JOINTS

Demcon Hemics B.V., Ensc...

1. Optical detection method of a condition of a joint, the method comprising:irradiating a body part comprising at least one joint with light using a light source unit comprising at least one light source; simultaneously detecting local attenuation of the light by the body part as attenuation measurement at the position of the at least one joint and local attenuation of light by the body part as an attenuation measurement at the position of at least one other portion of the body part, using a light detection element, wherein the at least one other portion of the body part is a reference position which is not a joint; and reducing blood flow to and/or from the body part by a pressure cuff and thereafter restoring blood flow to and/or from the body part; wherein distinct local attenuation measurements for the at least one joint and for the at least one other portion of the body part are simultaneously performed at least two of: before the reducing of blood flow (I), during the reducing of blood flow (II), and after the reducing of blood flow (Ill); wherein the method further comprises comparing results of the distinct local attenuation measurements for the at least one joint and for the at least one other portion of the body part to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,791,931

IMAGING REDUCTIONS IN CEREBROVASCULAR REACTIVITY

THORNHILL SCIENTIFIC INC....

1. A system for detecting an abnormality in a subject's cerebrovascular response to a vasoactive stimulus in at least one region of interest (ROI) of the subject's brain, comprising:(A) a system for generating the vasoactive stimulus (SVS), the vasoactive stimulus comprising at least one of a series of targeted increments in the subject's end tidal concentration of carbon dioxide (PetCO2) and a series of targeted decrements in the subject's PetCO2, the SVS including:
(a) a gas delivery device; and
(b) a control system for controlling the gas delivery device, wherein the control system is operable to deliver controlled amounts of carbon dioxide effective to attain said at least one of a series of targeted increments or decrements in the subject's PetCO2, for a series of respective intervals;
(B) an imaging system (IS) comprising an MRI scanner for generating response signals corresponding to the subject's vasoactive response to the vasoactive stimulus, the response signals constituting a surrogate measure of blood flow in the at least one ROI;
(C) a computer for analyzing the response signals, the computer including program code for computing at least one value representing a quantitative measure of the subject's cerebrovascular reactivity (CVR) for the ROI, wherein the at least one value is obtained for a specific portion of the subject's vasoactive response in the ROI, the specific portion of the subject's vasoactive response corresponding to a sub-series of the at least one of a series of targeted increments in the subject's PetCO2 and a series of targeted decrements in the subject's PetCO2, the sub-series characterized in that the specific portion of the subject's vasoactive response is the portion sensitive to quantifying a reduction in cerebrovascular reactivity.

US Pat. No. 10,791,930

SYSTEMS, DEVICES, AND METHODS FOR ANALYZING AND ENHANCING PATIENT HEALTH

SELF CARE CATALYSTS INC.,...

1. A computer-implemented method for generating insights relating to patient health using a social networking platform interconnecting a patient with a plurality of care givers, the method comprising:receiving at least one characteristic of the patient, the at least one characteristic comprising a health condition of the patient;
providing, on a user interface at a first computing device, options to one or more of the plurality of care givers to customize at least one customized computer application for use by the patient to solicit and collect patient data from the patient, wherein a visual appearance of the at least one customized computer application is customized to the patient;
providing the at least one customized computer application to a portal accessible by the patient;
displaying, on a user interface at a second computing device, the at least one customized computer application by way of the social networking platform and the portal;
receiving, at the at least one customized computer application, first patient data reflective of the health condition of the patient;
transmitting, by way of at the social networking platform, a communication from at least one of the care givers to the patient, wherein the transmitting comprising translating, by at least one of a dictionary and/or a look-up table, technical language in the communication to plain language, wherein the technical language includes at least one medical term;
receiving, by way of the social networking platform, second patient data reflective of the health condition of the patient, the second patient data responsive to the transmitted communication;
analyzing, using at least one processor, the first and second patient data to determine at least one insight relating to health of the patient, wherein the at least one insight comprises an insight reflecting the patient's adherence to a medication regimen; and
generating, using the at least one processor, a report for presenting the at least one insight.

US Pat. No. 10,791,929

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MONITORING COMPRESSION WITH COMPRESSION BANDAGES HAVING STRETCHABLE ELECTRONICS

Elwha LLC, Bellevue, WA ...

18. A garment system, comprising:a deformable substrate integrated with a textile of a garment configured to conform to a body portion;
a sensor assembly coupled to the deformable substrate, the sensor assembly including
one or more strain gauges configured to generate one or more sense signals associated with a strain of the textile, and
a proximity sensor coupled to the deformable substrate, the proximity sensor configured to generate one or more sense signals associated with detection of an external object in contact with the textile;
circuitry operably coupled to the sensor assembly and configured to receive the one or more sense signals associated with the strain of the textile and the one or more sense signals associated with detection of the external object in contact with the textile, the circuitry including a tension-monitoring module configured to compare the one or more sense signals associated with the strain of the textile generated by the sensor assembly at a first time at a first location to the one or more sense signals associated with the strain of the textile generated by the sensor assembly a second time at the first location and to compare the one or more sense signals associated with the strain of the textile generated by the sensor assembly at the first time at a second location to the one or more sense signals associated with the strain of the textile generated by the sensor assembly at the second time at the second location, and to determine how any changes in strain at the first location compare to any changes in strain at the second location; and
a reporter operably coupled to the circuitry and configured to generate one or more communication signals responsive to a first instruction by the circuitry, the one or more communication signals associated with the strain of the textile, the reporter further configured to generate an additional communication signal responsive to a second instruction by the circuitry, the additional communication signal associated with the one or more sense signals associated with detection of the external object in contact with the textile generated by the proximity sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,791,928

ANALYTE SENSORS HAVING A SIGNAL-TO-NOISE RATIO SUBSTANTIALLY UNAFFECTED BY NON-CONSTANT NOISE

DexCom, Inc., San Diego,...

1. A transcutaneous electrochemical glucose sensor configured for implantation in a host, the transcutaneous electrochemical glucose sensor comprising:a first portion configured to remain outside a body of the host during sensor use, wherein the first portion is configured to operably connect with sensor electronics; and
a second portion configured to be inserted inside the body of the host during sensor use, wherein the second portion comprises:
a working electrode configured for use in measuring a signal indicative of a glucose concentration of the host, wherein the working electrode comprises a first sensing area, a second sensing area, a third sensing area, and a fourth sensing area;
wherein each of the sensing areas comprises a surface that is shaped like a circle, a dot, or an oval;
wherein the sensing areas are spaced along a length of the second portion of the transcutaneous electrochemical glucose sensor;
wherein the second portion of the transcutaneous electrochemical glucose sensor comprises a distal end;
wherein the first sensing area is located closer to the distal end of the second portion of the transcutaneous electrochemical glucose sensor than the second sensing area, the third sensing area, and the fourth sensing area; wherein the second sensing area is located closer to the distal end of the second portion of the transcutaneous electrochemical glucose sensor than the third sensing area and the fourth sensing area; wherein the third sensing area is located closer to the distal end of the second portion of the transcutaneous electrochemical glucose sensor than the fourth sensing area;
a membrane covering at least a portion of the working electrode; and
a reference electrode disposed at least in part on the second portion of the transcutaneous electrochemical glucose sensor;
wherein the first sensing area, the second sensing area, the third sensing area, and the fourth sensing area are disposed along a common axis of insertion of the second portion of the transcutaneous electrochemical glucose sensor into the host;
wherein the first sensing area, the second sensing area, the third sensing area, and the fourth sensing area are located closer to the distal end of the second portion of the electrochemical transcutaneous sensor than the reference electrode; and
wherein the transcutaneous electrochemical glucose sensor has a planar shape.

US Pat. No. 10,791,927

PASSIVE SENSING MEANS FOR A PHYSIOLOGICAL PARAMETER MONITORING SYSTEM

Ophtimalia, Colombelles ...

1. A physiological parameter monitoring system for detecting variations of intraocular pressure, comprising:a first contact lens element, having an inner surface and an outer surface opposite the inner surface, with a peripheral area adapted for contacting the sclera such that an intermediate space is provided between the inner surface and an eye surface when the peripheral area contacts the sclera;
a passive sensing means forming a resonant circuit having a resonance frequency that varies as a function of intraocular pressure and comprising:
an inductor and at least one capacitor,
wherein the inductor and the at least one capacitor are coplanar in only one layer;
characterized in that said inductor and at least one capacitor are arranged such that they form first electrodes of at least one sensing capacitor,
wherein the passive sensing means is configured such that at least one of an underlying surface and a tear film of an eye wearing the contact lens act as at least one corresponding second electrode of the at least one sensing capacitor when the contact lens is positioned in contact with the eye.

US Pat. No. 10,791,926

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR USING EYE MOVEMENTS TO DETERMINE TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY

Dignity Health, San Fran...

1. A system for determining a traumatic brain injury of a user, the system comprising:a sensing arrangement configured to capture eye movement data of a user;
a control unit in communication with the sensing arrangement, the control unit being configured to:
extract a first set of eye movement dynamics from captured eye movement data of the user, the first set of eye movement dynamics including saccades;
calculate a relationship between the first set of eye movement dynamics and a second set of eye movement dynamics that includes saccades, the second set of eye movement dynamics being derived from an individual having eye movements indicative of a known traumatic brain injury; and
determine whether the user has a traumatic brain injury, based on the calculated relationship.

US Pat. No. 10,791,925

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TRACKING MOTION

StereoVision Imaging, Inc...

1. A system for determining motion of a target, the system comprising:a video imaging system configured to capture a plurality of images of the target;
a lidar system configured to generate a range measurement or a Doppler velocity measurement for each of a plurality of points on the target; and
a processor configured to:
determine, from the plurality of images of the target, at least one first aspect of motion of the target based on the plurality of images of the target,
determine, from the range measurement or the Doppler velocity measurement for each of the plurality of points on the target, at least one second aspect of motion of the target, wherein the at least one first aspect of motion of the target is orthogonal to the at least one second aspect of motion of the target, and
combine the at least one first aspect of motion of the target determined from the plurality of images of the target and the at least one second aspect of motion of the target determined from the range measurement or the Doppler velocity measurement for each of the plurality of points on the target to determine the motion of the target.

US Pat. No. 10,791,924

ANS ASSESSMENT SYSTEMS, KITS, AND METHODS

Autonomix Medical, INC., ...

1. A method for assessing at least one of sympathetic and parasympathetic neural activity in an eye of a subject, the method being performed by at least one processing device coupled to one or more back-facing image sensors of a head-mounted display the method comprising:taking a plurality of images of the eye over a period of time utilizing the one or more back-facing image sensors of the head-mounted display;
identifying and tracking a position of a plurality features of an iris of the eye across the plurality of images to generate a plurality of trajectories, each of the plurality of trajectories characterizing the position of at least one of the plurality of features of the iris of the eye over the period of time;
analyzing the plurality of trajectories to determine a relative movement between two or more features of the iris of the eye;
generating at least one corrected movement of at least one of the two or more features of the iris of the eye based at least in part on the determined relative movement between the two or more features of the iris of the eye to correct for a series mechanical interconnection of sphincter and dilator muscles of the eye; and
utilizing the at least one corrected movement to generate one or more metrics relating to at least one of sympathetic and parasympathetic neural activity in the eye.

US Pat. No. 10,791,923

BALL LENS FOR OPTICAL PROBE AND METHODS THEREFOR

Canon U.S.A., Inc., Melv...

1. An optical probe, comprising:a first light guiding component; a second light guiding component; and a ball lens arranged in this order from a proximal end to a distal end and along an optical axis of the probe,
wherein the probe is configured to transmit at least two light beams including a first beam having a first wavelength and a second beam having a second wavelength different from the first wavelength,
wherein the ball lens has a curved surface and an angled surface arranged such that light traveling from the proximal end to the distal end is reflected off from the angled surface towards the curved surface, and the curved surface focuses the light at a working distance with a beam waist profile having lateral and longitudinal directions,
wherein, when measured perpendicularly from the optical axis, a beam waist location of the first beam is different than a beam waist of the second beam, and
wherein the beam waist profile of the first and second beams in the lateral direction differs less than the beam waist profile in the longitudinal direction.

US Pat. No. 10,791,922

OPHTHALMOLOGICAL DEVICE AND OPHTHALMOLOGICAL INSPECTION SYSTEM

TOPCON CORPORATION, Itab...

1. An ophthalmological device comprising:an objective lens;
a subjective inspection optical system that includes an optical element capable of correcting aberration of a subject's eye and projects a visual target onto the subject's eye via the objective lens and the optical element; and
an interference optical system that splits light from a light source into reference light and measurement light, projects the measurement light onto the subject's eye via the objective lens and the optical element, generates interference light between returning light of the measurement light and the reference light, and detects the generated interference light, wherein
the interference optical system includes a first optical path coupling member that is disposed on upstream side of the optical element in an optical path of the subjective inspection optical system and couples an optical path of the interference optical system with the optical path of the subjective inspection optical system.

US Pat. No. 10,791,921

OPHTHALMOLOGIC EXAMINATION APPARATUS

Shinko Seiki Co., Ltd, K...

1. An ophthalmologic examination apparatus for presenting an image for examination including a flickering visual target to an eye to be examined and examining said eye on the basis of how said eye recognizes said target, comprising:light-emitting means including a plurality of light-emitting devices of the same specifications two-dimensionally disposed to form said image, said plurality of light-emitting devices being controllable in brightness independently from and in parallel with each other; and
light-emission control means controlling the brightness of said plurality of light-emitting devices in parallel with and independently from each other;
said light-emission control means performing control in such a manner that a part of said plurality of light-emitting devices flicker to thereby form said visual target of said image and that the remaining part of said light-emitting devices have a constant brightness to thereby form said background, which is a region of said image other than said part.

US Pat. No. 10,791,920

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a processor and a memory configured to together function as units comprising
(1) a determination unit configured to determine whether each frame of a plurality of frames constituting a frame sequence of a moving image of an eye of an examinee is an exceptional frame based on an image feature of each frame of the plurality of frames, wherein each frame of the moving image is associated with a phase of a pulse wave from a biological signal of the examinee obtained in capturing the moving image;
(2) an extracting unit configured to extract a first sub moving image and a second sub moving image from a plurality of sub frame sequences which are included in the moving image and which include continuous frames without any exceptional frame determined by the determination unit, wherein the second sub moving image is extracted such that a phase of the pulse wave of a start frame of the second sub moving image and a phase of the pulse wave of a last frame of the first sub moving image coincide; and
(3) a generation unit configured to generate a new moving image by connecting the start frame of the second sub moving image to the last frame of the first sub moving image.

US Pat. No. 10,791,919

ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM AND ENDOSCOPE

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An endoscope system comprising:an endoscope having an insertion section configured to be inserted into a subject;
an optical member positioned at a distal end of the insertion section;
a heater configured to heat the optical member;
a first temperature sensor configured to detect first temperature information of the distal end portion;
a second temperature sensor connected in parallel with the heater and configured to detect second temperature information of the distal end portion;
a processor comprising hardware, the processor being configured to:
control the heater based on the first temperature information; and
determine presence or absence of abnormality in the first temperature sensor and the second temperature sensor based on the first temperature information and the second temperature information.

US Pat. No. 10,791,918

IMAGING ELEMENT CLEANING APPARATUS

ClearCam Inc., Austin, T...

1. An in vivo endoscope cleaning apparatus, comprising:a chassis adapted for having an endoscope mounted thereon;
a cleaning member coupled to the chassis and positioned at a location adjacent to an imaging element of the endoscope when the endoscope is mounted on the chassis; and
a cleaning member controller attached to the chassis and the cleaning member for enabling selective movement of the cleaning member relative to the chassis, wherein the cleaning member controller includes a plurality of cleaning member control mechanisms, wherein the plurality of cleaning member control mechanisms includes a first cleaning member control mechanism and a second cleaning member control mechanism, wherein the first cleaning member control mechanism is attached to the chassis to enable movement of the cleaning member between a stowed position and a use position relative to the location adjacent to the imaging element of the endoscope when the endoscope is mounted on the chassis, wherein the first cleaning member control mechanism is attached to the chassis to enable movement of the cleaning member into and away from contact with the imaging element, wherein the second cleaning member control mechanism is attached to the first cleaning member control mechanism to enable adjustment of a level of contact force exerted by the cleaning member on the imaging element when brought into contact therewith;
wherein the first cleaning member control mechanism includes a location indicating feature integral therewith;
wherein the chassis includes a mating location indicating feature integral therewith that engages the location indicating feature of the first cleaning member control mechanism to tactically indicate when the cleaning member is axially displaced from a terminal position of the use position by a distance jointly defined by said location indicating features;
wherein the location indicating feature of the first cleaning member control mechanism includes a circumferential groove within a cylindrical extension portion thereof;
wherein the cylindrical extension portion is seated in a mating passage of the chassis to permit the first cleaning member control mechanism to be axially translated relative to the chassis for moving the cleaning member between the stowed position and the use position and to be rotationally translated relative to the chassis for moving the cleaning member into and away from contact with the imaging element; and
wherein the mating location indication feature of the chassis is forcibly-biased against the cylindrical extension portion.

US Pat. No. 10,791,917

MICRO-OPTICAL SURGICAL PROBES AND MICRO-OPTICAL PROBE TIPS AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURE THEREFOR

Synaptive Medical (Barbad...

1. A medical probe for internally probing tissue or fluid within a body, the probe comprising:a multichannel fiber bundle comprising a plurality of optical fibers associated with a plurality of distinct optical probe channels; and
a common monolithic optical probe tip structure micro-fabricated via a 3D laser printing process, the common monolithic optical probe tip structure configured to concurrently engage and respectively optically couple the common monolithic optical probe tip structure with a common distal end of each optical fiber of the plurality of optical fibers, whereby respective preconfigured optical channel paths within the common monolithic optical probe tip structure are defined, the common monolithic optical probe tip structure comprising at least one of a micro-fabricated respective probe tip port and a respective waveguide to controllably engage and respectively optically couple the common monolithic optical probe tip structure with each optical fiber of the plurality of optical fibers, the common monolithic optical probe tip structure comprising at least one of a beam shaping element an a beam steering element, and the beam shaping element comprising at least one of a lens grating and a set of sequential lenses.

US Pat. No. 10,791,916

SIDE-SCAN INFRARED IMAGING DEVICES

Digital Direct IR, Inc., ...

1. A device, comprising:a thermal infrared imaging device which comprises:
a planar substrate comprising circuitry;
a ring-shaped detector element disposed on a surface of the planar substrate, the ring-shaped detector element comprising a circular array of infrared detectors configured to detect thermal infrared radiation emitted from objects in an incident scene, wherein the infrared detectors are disposed normal to the surface of the planar substrate and face in a radially outward direction from a center of the ring-shaped detector element, and wherein the ring-shaped detector element comprises interconnect structures to electrically connect the infrared detectors to the circuitry of the planar substrate; and
a lens element disposed around the ring-shaped detector element and configured to focus infrared radiation towards the circular array of infrared detectors of the ring-shaped detector element;
wherein the circuitry is configured to receive and process data generated by the infrared detectors to generate a thermal infrared image of the objects in the incident scene.

US Pat. No. 10,791,915

ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM, PROCESSOR DEVICE, AND METHOD FOR OPERATING ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. An endoscope system comprising:a processor configured to:
image a surface of mucous membrane of an observation object and produce color image signals composed of image signals of different colors;
apply color enhancement processing to the color image signals to obtain color-enhanced image signals;
apply frequency filtering processing to at least the image signal with a short wavelength of the color-enhanced color image signals to obtain a blood vessel extraction signal in which blood vessels at different depths are extracted, wherein in the blood vessel extraction signal, the blood vessels are represented by falling edges having negative output values with respect to an output value at a portion corresponding to the mucous membrane, and the falling edge varies depending on blood vessel depth; and
apply display control processing to the color-enhanced color image signals based on the falling edge of the each blood vessel obtained in the blood vessel extraction signal and produce a special image in which a display of the each blood vessel of at least three layers of the blood vessels at different depths is controlled.

US Pat. No. 10,791,914

INSERTION/REMOVAL SUPPORTING APPARATUS AND INSERTION/REMOVAL SUPPORTING METHOD

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A supporting apparatus for supporting insertion of a flexible insertion member into a subject and removal thereof, the supporting apparatus comprising:a controller comprising hardware, the controller being configured to:
determine a first attention point on the insertion member while within the subject at a first time based on a first calculated shape of the insertion member at the first time, the first attention point being a characteristic point determined based on the shape of the insertion member at the first time,
after a displacement of the insertion member within the subject, at a second time after the first time, determine a new first attention point based on a second calculated shape of the insertion member at the second time, the new first attention point being the characteristic point determined based on the shape of the insertion member at the second time;
determine a first displacement between the first attention point and the new first attention point;
determine a second displacement of at least one rear-side attention point fixed to the insertion member, the second displacement being from the first time to the second time, the second displacement being along a predetermined portion in a longitudinal direction of the insertion member;
calculate a relationship between the first displacement and the second displacement;
determine a state of the insertion member or the subject based on the calculated relationship; and
determines that a level of abnormality of the state of the insertion member or the subject increases as a ratio of the first displacement to the second displacement increases.

US Pat. No. 10,791,913

PRESSURE RELIEF VENT FOR SEALED INSTRUMENTS

KARL STORZ Endovision, In...

1. A pressure control and leak test system for a medical instrument, comprising:an upper housing having a proximal end forming a cavity for fluid communication with an interior of the medical instrument and an aperture in fluid communication with the cavity through a distal end of the upper housing;
a valve member having a proximal end including a stem within the aperture and a distal end including a cap section, the cap section having a proximal-facing end with a bottom surface and a distal-facing end with at least one receiver formed therein;
a leak test fitting including at least one projection that engages the at least one receiver to rotate the cap section relative to the housing; and
a vent opening arrangement including a first feature on the bottom surface of the cap section and a second feature on the distal end of the upper housing, the first feature in rotatable engagement with the second feature,
wherein the valve member rotates relative to the housing causing the first feature and the second feature to seal the cap section with the housing in a first position and separate the cap section from the housing in a second position.

US Pat. No. 10,791,912

LARYNGOSCOPE AND ADAPTIVE BLADE FOR A LARYNGOSCOPE

1. An adaptive blade for a laryngoscope, comprising:a proximal end, which is mechanically connectable or connected to a handle in order to form an adaptive laryngoscope;
a first flexible bar, which extends from the proximal end of the adaptive blade to a distal end thereof;
a second flexible bar, which extends from the proximal end of the adaptive blade to the distal end thereof; and
a connecting structure with a first end, which is connected to the first flexible bar in an articulated manner, and with a second end, which is connected to the second flexible bar in an articulated manner,
wherein the first flexible bar is formed by a first member made of a first material and a second member made of a second material, and
wherein an interface between the first member and the second member extends over at least half a distance between the proximal end and the distal end of the adaptive blade.

US Pat. No. 10,791,911

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR DELIVERY OF MEDICAL TOOLS

Boston Scientific Scimed,...

1. An endoscopic system, including:an endoscope;
a cap assembly coupled to the endoscope, the cap assembly including:
an elastomeric sleeve; and
a cap having a medical tool engagement feature; and
a medical tool including a sheath and a snare loop, wherein, in a first arrangement, the snare loop is positioned around the engagement feature, and wherein, in the first arrangement, an entirety of the snare loop is positioned to one side of a central longitudinal axis of the cap,
wherein the medical engagement feature comprises a protrusion having a post and a head,
wherein the medical engagement feature is disposed on and protrudes outwardly from an outer circumferential surface of the cap, proximal to a distalmost end of the cap.

US Pat. No. 10,791,910

MULTIPLE VIEWING ELEMENTS ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM WITH MODULAR IMAGING UNITS

EndoChoice, Inc., Alphar...

1. An imaging unit for use in a distal tip of an endoscope, the imaging unit comprising:an optical element comprising one or more lenses and having a central longitudinal axis;
a sensor configured to receive light from the optical element;
a connector coupled to the sensor, wherein the connector comprises:
a first section coupled to the sensor, and
a second section extending from the first section, wherein the second section is transverse to the first section, wherein the second section includes a distal portion and a proximal portion, wherein a width of the distal portion is less than a width of the proximal portion, and a thickness of the distal portion is the same as a thickness of the proximal portion, wherein each of the widths and the thicknesses are measured transverse to the central longitudinal axis; and
a circuit board coupled to the second section, wherein the sensor communicates electronically with the circuit board through the connector, wherein the circuit board is transverse to the second section and the first section.

US Pat. No. 10,791,909

IMAGE CAPTURE ASSEMBLY FOR USE IN A MULTI-VIEWING ELEMENTS ENDOSCOPE

Endochoice, Inc., Alphar...

1. An image capturing assembly adapted to be used in an endoscope, the assembly comprising:a manifold having a proximal base with a first length and a first width and a casing extending outward from said proximal base, wherein said casing has a second length and second width and wherein said first length is less than the second length and the first width is greater than the second width;
a partially enclosed housing wherein said partially enclosed housing is adapted to physically attach to the manifold;
a LED carrier substrate, wherein said LED carrier substrate is adapted to be foldable and to carry a plurality of LEDs;
a flexible optical carrier substrate, wherein said flexible optical carrier substrate is adapted to be foldable and to carry a first camera sensor and a second camera sensor, wherein the first camera sensor faces a direction transverse to the second camera sensor when positioned within the partially enclosed housing, and wherein the second camera sensor is aligned with a first opening in the partially enclosed housing and faces a direction transverse to a longitudinal axis of the image capturing assembly; and
a tip cover adapted to cover said manifold, said partially enclosed housing, said LED carrier substrate, and said flexible optical carrier substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,791,908

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MEDICAL INSTRUMENT FORCE SENSING

INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERAT...

1. A method performed by a processing system, the method comprising:receiving at least one input from a medical instrument, the medical instrument including at least one elongated actuation member used to move at least a portion of the medical instrument; and
determining a force on a tip of the medical instrument by applying the at least one input to a lumped model of the medical instrument, wherein the lumped model comprises:
a mass of a motor used to operate the at least one elongated actuation member; and
a mass of at least a portion of a catheter body of the medical instrument.

US Pat. No. 10,791,907

TIP HOLDER

1. A decorating tip holder comprising:a main body including:
a sloped side-wall cooperating with an upper surface to define a cavity;
a first aperture in the sloped side-wall, and
a first flange proximate to and extending into the first aperture from one side, the first flange having a first flange aperture; and
a base configured to engage and to disengage with the main body,
wherein the main body is configured to receive and secure a decorating tip within the first aperture and within the first flange aperture, and
wherein the first aperture is configured to secure a bottom portion of the decorating tip and the first flange aperture is configured to secure a top portion of the decorating tip.

US Pat. No. 10,791,906

DISHWASHER WITH ADJUSTABLE DISH RACK TINES

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A dishwasher comprising:a tub at least partially defining a treating chamber;
at least one dish rack defining an interior and located in the treating chamber;
at least one set of tines located within the interior of the dish rack; and
a tine angle adjustment assembly comprising:
an adjuster plate movably coupled to the at least one dish rack for upward and downward movement relative to the dish rack, the adjuster plate including at least one adjuster pin; and
an adjusting arm operably coupling the set of tines to the at least one adjuster pin, wherein a position of the adjuster pin engaging the adjusting arm rotationally locates the adjusting arm to determine a rotational position of the set of tines.

US Pat. No. 10,791,905

METHODS FOR DETERMINING OPERATION MODE OF DISHWASHER APPLIANCE FLUID CIRCULATION SYSTEM

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

9. A method of determining a position of a diverter of a fluid circulation system in a dishwasher appliance, the method comprising:measuring a fluid pressure in a sump of the dishwasher appliance while pumping fluid from the sump into a wash chamber of the dishwasher appliance via a first component when the diverter is in a first position;
measuring the fluid pressure in the sump of the dishwasher appliance while pumping the fluid from the sump to a filter cleaning manifold when the diverter is in a second position; and
determining whether the diverter is in the second position based on the measured fluid pressure,
wherein the diverter is a passive diverter which moves from the first position to the second position when the pump is deactivated after circulating the fluid and then reactivated.

US Pat. No. 10,791,904

ROTARY DEWATERING MOP DEVICE

1. A rotary dewatering mop device, comprising:an outer casing having a slot thereon and a connecting end, and a button being further disposed on the slot, wherein an outer surface of the connecting end has a plurality of protrusions, and an inside of the connecting end has a flange;
a barrel with a plurality of through holes disposed on an outer surface thereof, one end thereof having a ring portion and an extending portion, the barrel being disposed in the outer casing through the extending portion, and the ring portion being sleevedly disposed with a movable member;
a cleaning assembly located in the barrel, and the cleaning assembly being composed of a multi-directional turn base, two plates and a cleaning cloth; and
a holding assembly comprising a rod, a joint portion and a movable rod, and through the movable rod the holding assembly penetrating through the outer casing and the barrel, as well as connecting with the multi-directional turn base of the cleaning assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,791,903

STEAM CLEANING APPARATUS

BISSELL Inc., Grand Rapi...

1. A steam cleaning apparatus, comprising:a steam unit comprising a steam unit housing, a steam generator provided in the steam unit housing, and a supply tank in fluid communication with the steam generator;
a handle tube, forming an elongated section, coupled with an outlet of the steam unit;
a base coupled with the handle tube and adapted to move over a surface to be cleaned in a direction of travel, the base comprising:
a base housing having a long edge and a short edge that is shorter than the long edge; and
a steam distribution nozzle in fluid communication with the steam generator via the handle tube; and
an indexing mechanism configured to move at least the base housing between a wide orientation where the long edge of the base housing is orthogonal to the direction of travel and a narrow orientation where the short edge of the base housing is orthogonal to the direction of travel.

US Pat. No. 10,791,902

CLEANING PADS FOR AUTONOMOUS FLOOR CLEANING ROBOTS

iRobot Corporation, Bedf...

1. An autonomous floor cleaning robot, including:a robot body;
a drive supporting the robot body to maneuver the robot across a floor surface;
a pad holder mounted on an underside of the robot body and configured to receive a removable cleaning pad; and
a pad sensor configured to sense a pad type identifier on a central region of the cleaning pad, the pad type identifier comprising a marker on the central region of the cleaning pad, the cleaning pad having a mounting card affixed thereto, the pad type identifier comprises an array of apertures that expose selected portions of the marker.

US Pat. No. 10,791,901

CLEANER

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A cleaner comprising:a power input unit for receiving and outputting power;
a controller for selectively receiving power from the power input unit;
a power consumption unit controlled by the controller;
a manipulation unit for inputting a command for adjusting an operation state of the power consumption unit; and
a power supply adjuster connected to the power input unit, the controller and the manipulation unit,
wherein the power supply adjuster:
supplies power received from the power input unit to the controller and transmits a signal for the intensity of the suction force to the controller, in a state in which an intensity of suction force is selected by the manipulation unit, and
interrupts supply of power received from the power input unit to the controller in a state in which an OFF command is input by the manipulation unit.

US Pat. No. 10,791,900

VACUUM CLEANER

BISSELL Inc., Grand Rapi...

1. A vacuum cleaner comprising:an upright body;
a base adapted for movement over a surface to be cleaned and comprising a suction nozzle opening;
a working air path which extends from a dirty air inlet to a clean air outlet;
a collection assembly provided on the upright body and defining a portion of the working air path and;
a rotational coupling between the upright body and the base, wherein the rotational coupling comprises a swivel joint permitting movement of the upright body about a first rotational axis relative to the base;
a power cord;
a suction motor electrically coupled to the power cord and defining a portion of the working air path, wherein the suction motor is located below the swivel joint; and
a cord rewinder located above the swivel joint and the suction motor.

US Pat. No. 10,791,899

VACUUM HOSE ATTACHMENT APPARATUS

1. A crevice cleaning tool adapter apparatus configured to attach to a default nozzle of an industrial/commercial vacuum comprising:a body, said body having a crevice tool end and a vacuum hose connection end;
said crevice tool end comprising an elongated flattened tube and a narrow intake opening,
said vacuum hose connection end fluidically connected to said narrow intake opening and configured to receive said default nozzle, said vacuum hose connection end comprising a channel sized and shaped to extend around an outer perimeter of an intake end of said default nozzle allowing said intake end to fit inside said channel when assembled, said vacuum hose connection end comprising at least one hollow protrusion configured to extend from inside said channel in a direction opposite said crevice tool end and sized and shaped to fit inside said intake end of said default nozzle when assembled.

US Pat. No. 10,791,898

DUST COLLECTOR FOR VACUUM CLEANER

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A dust collector for a vacuum cleaner, comprising:a first cyclone within an upper portion of an outer case to filter out dust from air introduced from an outside of the outer case and to introduce air from which dust has been filtered out to an inside of the first cyclone;
a second cyclone accommodated in the inside of the first cyclone to separate fine dust from air introduced to the inside of the first cyclone;
a plurality of first guide vanes spirally extended from an annular shaped first space between the first cyclone and the second cyclone to induce a rotational flow so as to direct air introduced into the first space to an inlet of the second cyclone; and
a plurality of second guide vanes spirally extended along an inner circumference surface of the inlet to enhance the rotational flow of air introduced to an inside of the second cyclone through the inlet,
wherein each of the plurality of first guide vanes is inclined to extend upwardly in a rotational flow direction toward the inlet of the second cyclone,
wherein each of the plurality of second guide vanes is inclined to extend downwardly in the rotational flow direction toward the inside of the second cyclone, and
wherein intersections between adjacent pairs of the plurality of first guide vanes are offset in a circumferential direction with respect to intersections between adjacent pairs of the plurality of second guide vanes.

US Pat. No. 10,791,897

SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS WITH DIRT ARRESTER HAVING AN AXIAL STEP

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

1. A vacuum cleaner comprising:(a) an air flow path extending from a dirty air inlet to a clean air outlet;
(b) a cyclone assembly comprising a cyclone provided in the air flow path and a dirt collection region, the cyclone comprising a cyclone chamber, a cyclone air inlet, a cyclone air outlet, a dirt outlet, a central longitudinally extending axis, the cyclone chamber having first and second axially opposed ends, the dirt collection region is external to the cyclone chamber;
(c) a suction motor positioned in the air flow path;
and,
(d) a plate positioned at the second end of the cyclone chamber, the plate having a cyclone chamber face facing the cyclone chamber, the cyclone chamber face having first and second portions, wherein the first portion of the cyclone chamber face and the second portion of the cyclone chamber face are different axial distances from a transverse plane that extends through the cyclone chamber and that is perpendicular to the central longitudinally extending axis of the cyclone,wherein the plate has a perimeter and the perimeter of the plate is spaced from a sidewall of the cyclone assembly, andwherein an annular gap between the plate and the cyclone extends around all of the plate and defines the dirt outlet of the cyclone chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,791,896

SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

1. A vacuum cleaner comprising:(a) an air flow path extending from a dirty air inlet to a clean air outlet with a suction motor positioned in the air flow path; and,
(b) a cyclone positioned in the air flow path, the cyclone having a cyclone chamber, a cyclone chamber sidewall, a first airflow passage having an inlet end and a downstream outlet end, which comprises a first tangential air inlet, wherein the first airflow passage has a non-tangential upstream portion that is upstream of the first tangential air inlet, a second airflow passage having an inlet end and a downstream outlet end, which comprises a second tangential air inlet, wherein the second airflow passage has a non-tangential upstream portion that is upstream of the second tangential air inlet, a cyclone air outlet and a longitudinal cyclone axis about which the air rotates in the cyclone chamber in a direction of rotation of air in the cyclone chamber,
wherein the first tangential air inlet has an upstream edge that is upstream from a downstream edge of the first tangential air inlet in the direction of rotation of air in the cyclone chamber and the second tangential air inlet has an upstream edge that is upstream from a downstream edge of the second tangential air inlet in the direction of rotation of air in the cyclone chamber, and
wherein the upstream portions of the first and second airflow passages are isolated from each other and
wherein the second tangential air inlet is positioned around a perimeter of the cyclone chamber sidewall downstream from the first tangential air inlet in the direction of rotation of air in the cyclone chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,791,895

SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS WITH DIRT ARRESTER HAVING AN AXIAL STEP

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

1. A vacuum cleaner comprising:(a) an air flow path extending from a dirty air inlet to a clean air outlet;
(b) a cyclone and a suction motor provided in the air flow path;
(c) the cyclone comprising a cyclone chamber having a central longitudinal axis, the cyclone having a first end having a first end wall, an axially spaced apart second end, a cyclone chamber sidewall located between the first and second ends, a cyclone air inlet provided at the first end, a cyclone air outlet provided at the first end and a dirt outlet provided at the second end, wherein a reference plane that is perpendicular to the central longitudinal axis extends through the cyclone chamber; and,
(d) a plate located at the second end, the plate having a plate perimeter, a first portion,
(i) a second portion and a transition portion provided between the first and second portions, each of the first, second and transition portions of the plate having a cyclone chamber face wherein the cyclone chamber faces of the first and second portions of the plate face towards the first end and border different portions of the plate perimeter,
(ii) the second portion is spaced in a direction parallel to the central longitudinal axis further from the reference plane than the first portion,
(iii) the dirt outlet comprises a spacing between the cyclone chamber sidewall and the second portion of the plate,
(iv) the plate also having a dirt chamber face and a step volume, the step volume positioned axially between the cyclone chamber faces of the first and transition portions and the dirt chamber face whereby the dirt chamber face comprises a closure portion which underlies the step volume; and,
(e) a dirt collection region in communication with the cyclone chamber via the dirt outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,791,894

DUST COLLECTING APPARATUS

LG ELECTRONICS, INC., Se...

1. A vacuum cleaner comprising:a cyclone configured to separate dust from suctioned air;
a filter unit configured to filter the air separated from the dust in the cyclone;
a dust storage unit configured to store the dust separated from the air in the cyclone, an upper portion of the dust storage unit having a diameter that is larger than a diameter of a lower portion of the cyclone;
a connection part configured to connect the dust storage unit with the cyclone;
a dust movement guide protruding from an inner circumferential surface of the dust storage unit and positioned lower than the connection part, the dust movement guide defining an opening;
a pressing member configured to compress the dust stored in the dust storage unit, and having a pressing plate support part, and a pressing plate supported by the pressing plate support part; and
a fixing member disposed between the inner circumferential surface of the dust storage unit and the pressing plate support part,
wherein a vertical center of the cyclone is eccentric with respect to a vertical center of the dust storage unit, a passage to move air or dust from the cyclone to the dust storage unit passes through the opening defined by the dust movement guide, and a vertical axis extending through the vertical center of the cyclone passes through the opening defined by the dust movement guide, and
wherein a protruding length of at least a portion of the dust movement guide from the inner circumferential surface of the dust storage unit is varied in a circumferential direction.

US Pat. No. 10,791,893

VACUUM CLEANER AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A vacuum cleaner comprising:a cleaner body having a moving unit for movement;
a suction unit connected to the cleaner body, configured to suction dust and air and to guide the suctioned dust and air to the cleaner body, and having a handle;
a first detecting unit configured to detect a distance between the cleaner body and the suction unit;
a second detecting unit provided at the cleaner body to detect an obstacle; and
a control part configured to control the moving unit,
wherein the control part is configured to:
determine a plurality of departure routes based on a location of the obstacle detected by the second detecting unit and a distance between the obstacle and the cleaner body,
determine whether a movement of the cleaner body is required to avoid the obstacle based on the distance between the cleaner body and the suction unit detected by the first detecting unit,
set a target location of the cleaner body after determining the plurality of departure routes, and
determine a moving route of the cleaner body from one of the plurality of departure routes to the target location based on determining that the movement of the cleaner body is required to avoid the obstacle.

US Pat. No. 10,791,892

SLIDE OUT VACUUM DRUM INCLUDING DUAL-ACTION LATCHING MECHANISM

Emerson Electric Co., St...

1. A vacuum cleaning system comprising:a housing defining an inlet and an outlet;
a motor connected to the housing and adapted to generate air flow through the housing from the inlet to the outlet; and
a debris container received within the housing in a first direction, the debris container including a knob rotatably connected thereto such that the debris container and the knob are removable from the housing as a unit, wherein the knob is rotatable about an axis and includes a first cam and a second cam;
wherein rotation of the knob about the axis causes the first cam to engage the housing and thereby move the debris container in the first direction, and causes the second cam to engage the housing and thereby move the debris container in a second direction that is perpendicular to the first direction; and
wherein the first cam includes a tooth extending radially outward from the knob, and wherein the housing has a slot defined therein, the slot sized and shaped to receive the tooth therein, the housing including a cammed surface at least partially defining the slot, wherein the cammed surface is oriented to engage the tooth upon rotation of the knob to move the container in the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,791,891

EVACUATION STATION SYSTEM

iRobot Corporation, Bedf...

1. A method performed by a robotic cleaner for evacuating a debris bin of the robotic cleaner, the method comprising:navigating to an evacuation station;
approaching the evacuation station in a first orientation;
backing away from the evacuation station;
rotating to a second orientation;
docking at the evacuation station in the second orientation; and
remaining docked at the evacuation station in the second orientation for an amount of time while debris is vacuumed from the debris bin.

US Pat. No. 10,791,890

SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

1. A surface cleaning apparatus comprising:(a) a first airflow path extending from a dirty air inlet to a clean air outlet;
(b) an air treatment member positioned in the first airflow path and having an air treatment member air inlet and an air treatment member air outlet;
(c) a suction motor positioned in the first airflow path upstream of the clean air outlet;
(d) a second airflow path extending from an ambient air inlet to a second airflow path air outlet wherein air exiting the second airflow path air outlet enters the first airflow path; and,
(e) an energy storage member in thermal communication with the second air flow path;wherein, in operation, the suction motor produces a first air flow in the first airflow path and the first air flow draws ambient air into the second air flow path via the ambient air inlet, andwherein air exiting the second airflow path air outlet enters the first airflow path downstream of the suction motor.

US Pat. No. 10,791,889

HAND CARRYABLE SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

1. A hand vacuum cleaner having a front end, a rear end, an upper end, a lower end and a handle, the hand vacuum cleaner comprising:(a) an air flow passage extending from an air inlet to a clean air outlet, wherein the air inlet is provided at the upper end of the hand vacuum cleaner and comprises an inlet conduit having an inlet end, an outlet end and a central longitudinally extending inlet conduit axis extending from the inlet end of the inlet conduit to the outlet end of the inlet conduit, the inlet conduit axis is oriented substantially horizontally;
(b) an air treatment member downstream of the air inlet;
(c) a pre-motor filter downstream from the air treatment member, the pre-motor filter has an upper end and a lower end;
(d) a suction motor and fan assembly that is positioned downstream of the pre-motor filter, the suction motor and fan assembly having a central axis of rotation wherein the suction motor and fan assembly is positioned below the pre-motor filter and the central axis of rotation is oriented substantially vertically when the inlet conduit axis is oriented substantially horizontally whereby air travels downwardly from the pre-motor filter to and past the suction motor and fan assembly; and,
(e) a post motor filter positioned downstream of the suction motor and fan assembly and in the lower end of the hand vacuum cleaner,
wherein the clean air outlet is positioned below the suction motor and fan assembly whereby air travels downwardly from the suction motor and fan assembly and through the post motor filter to the clean air outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,791,888

AUTOMATIC TOILET SEAT AND LID ASSEMBLY

1. An automatic toilet seat and lid assembly, comprising:a base body;
a seat hingedly coupled to the base body;
a toilet lid hingedly coupled to the base body;
a set of hinges which receive said seat and said toilet lid joined together through a connecting rod;
a lever having a top end and a bottom end, said lever positioned in a vertical configuration within said base body,
said top end of said lever being coupled to said connecting rod and said set of hinges;
a motor operatively coupled to a bottom end of the lever, a proximity sensor coupled to a microcontroller further coupled to said motor; and
an actuator operatively coupled to the motor via a cable,
wherein the actuator is actuated to operate the motor to raise or lower the toilet lid or the seat or both.

US Pat. No. 10,791,887

PACKAGE OF DISPOSABLE WIPES

1. A dispensing fitment for securing to a package of disposable wipes having an opening through which wipes are dispensed, the dispensing fitment being formed of a single material and comprising a frame for securing to a package of disposable wipes, the frame comprising:a. a rim;
b. a top surface and a bottom surface and an average thickness measured between the top surface and the bottom surface;
c. an internal wall defining an opening through which wipes may be dispensed;
d. a first petal having a free end extending into the opening from a first side of the frame;
e. a second petal having a free end extending into the opening from a second opposing side of the frame towards the first petal to define a gap between the free ends of the first and second petals,
wherein the gap comprises a width Wgap measured between the free ends of the first and second petals,
wherein the opening comprises the gap and one or more orifices and occupies between 40% and 95% of the area within the rim: and
wherein one or both of the first or second petals comprises one or more struts.

US Pat. No. 10,791,886

ESTIMATING USERS OF A PRODUCT DISPENSER

GPCP IP HOLDINGS LLC, At...

1. A product dispenser comprising:a roll holder configured to hold a product roll;
a dispensing mechanism configured to perform a dispense of sheet product from the product roll;
a sensor configured to sense the occurrence of a dispense;
a time sensor configured to determine a time or a time period; and
a controller configured to:
cause the dispensing mechanism to perform each of a number of dispenses of product during a dispensing period;
sense, based on sensor data from the sensor, the number of dispenses during the dispensing period;
sense, based on data from the time sensor, time data associated with each of the number of dispenses during the dispensing period, wherein the time data comprises at least one of a time associated with each of the number of dispenses in the dispensing period or a time period between each of the number of dispenses in the dispensing period;
determine a first subset of the number of dispenses in the dispensing period, wherein each dispense in the first subset occurred more than or equal to a threshold time apart from any other dispense in the dispensing period;
determine a second subset of the number of dispenses in the dispensing period, wherein each dispense in the second subset occurred less than or equal to the threshold time apart from at least one other dispense in the dispensing period;
determine a first estimated number of unique users equal to a total number of dispenses in the first subset;
determine a second estimated number of unique users equal to a fraction of a total number of dispenses in the second subset; and
determine an overall estimated number of unique users during the dispensing period by summing the first estimated number of unique users and the second estimated number of unique users.

US Pat. No. 10,791,885

PAPER TOWEL DISPENSER

Wisconsin Plastics, Inc.,...

1. A paper towel dispenser for dispensing paper toweling from a paper toweling roll, the paper towel dispenser comprising:a first mechanical side and an opposite, second mechanical side;
a first roll holder coupled to the first mechanical side and an opposite, second roll holder coupled to the second mechanical side, wherein the first and second roll holders are configured to support the paper toweling roll;
a drum rotatably coupled to the first and second mechanical sides and having an outer surface;
a roller rotatably coupled to the first and second mechanical sides; and
a paper start pivotably coupled to the first and second mechanical sides and configured to assist passing the paper toweling between the roller and the drum;
wherein the paper start is pivotable into an open position such that the paper toweling can be inserted between the paper start and the drum; and
wherein the paper start is pivotable into a closed position such that the paper toweling is moved into contact the outer surface of the drum and as the drum is rotated, the paper toweling is moved along the outer surface of the drum and is passed between the roller and the drum.