US Pat. No. 10,245,198

LIFTING AND TRANSPORT ASSEMBLY

James Lucas, Charleroi, ...

1. A lifting and transport apparatus for a person comprising:a frame comprising:
at least two leg members fixedly attached to each other at a first end via a first transverse beam,
a second transverse beam is fixedly attached between the leg members at a predetermined distance from the first end,
a plurality of wheels removably attached to a bottom section of the leg members via a fastening member,
a pair of vertical bars extending from the leg members and separated at a predetermined distance, wherein the vertical bars are fixedly attached to the frame via connector bars and the transverse beams, and
a front vertical central beam and a rear vertical central beam each fixedly attached to the frame at a predetermined position via the connector bars and the transverse beams; and
a vertical carriage assembly comprising:
a seating assembly comprising:
a horizontal seating plate removably attached to a support member via a hinged coupling, and
a vertical resting plate fixedly attached to the support member; and
a movable subassembly mounted on the front vertical central beam is fixedly attached to the seating assembly, wherein the front vertical central beam comprises a plurality of T-slots to allow the elevation of the vertical carriage assembly via an actuator mechanism to lift the person.

US Pat. No. 10,245,197

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TREATING AND PREVENTING PRESSURE SORES IN BEDRIDDEN PATIENTS

1. A system for preventing and treating pressure sores of a patient, comprising:an array of expandable and collapsible supports to support and provide pressure relief to a patient in pressure locations where the expandable and collapsible supports support the patient;
pressure sensors associated with the expandable and collapsible supports to monitor pressure locations where the expandable and collapsible supports support the patient;
a patient lift movable between the expandable and collapsible supports to elevate one or more areas of the patient, the patient lift including at least one of one or more oxygen emitters to oxygenate one or more areas of the patient and one or more water emitters to rinse one or more areas of the patient,
wherein the expandable and collapsible supports touch adjacent expandable and collapsible supports on all sides upon expansion so that the array of expandable and collapsible supports make a contiguous mattress except that the expandable and collapsible supports are unstitched.

US Pat. No. 10,245,196

ADJUSTING DEVICE FOR A HEIGHT-ADJUSTABLE PLATFORM AND METHOD FOR ADJUSTING THE HEIGHT OF THE PLATFORM

1. An apparatus for changing a height of a height-adjustable platform relative to a support surface, the apparatus comprising:a rotatable drive shaft configured to actuate a first height-adjusting device and a second height-adjusting device to change a height of an end of the first height-adjusting device relative to the support surface and a height of an end of the second height-adjusting device relative to the support surface;
at least one drive motor operably connected to the rotatable drive shaft for rotating the rotatable drive shaft; and
at least one manual drive for driving the rotatable drive shaft, the at least one manual drive comprising a first gear configured to engage a second gear of the rotatable drive shaft such that torque is transmissible from the manual drive to the rotatable drive shaft,
wherein the at least one manual drive is shiftable between a first configuration and a second configuration, the first configuration comprises when the at least one manual drive operably engages via the first gear to the second gear the rotatable drive shaft, the second configuration comprises when the at least one manual drive is disengaged from the rotatable drive shaft,
wherein the at least one manual drive comprises a retaining means for holding the at least one manual drive in the second configuration,
wherein the second gear of the rotatable drive shaft is fixed to a platform against a force of a preload by a fixing device to separate a friction-fit.

US Pat. No. 10,245,195

RECLINING ARMCHAIR WITH LIFTING SEAT AND EXTENDING FOOTREST

1. An armchair comprising:a seat chassis supported on a support chassis by a pair of support columns;
a chair back structure pivotally attached to a rear end of the seat chassis and to the support chassis;
a leg support structure pivotally attached to a front end of the seat chassis and connected to a beam, wherein the beam is attached to the chair back structure;
a first actuating device mounted to the chair back, a protracting end of the first actuating device is connected to the seat chassis;
a second actuating device mounted to the support chassis;
a footrest connected to a protracting end of the second actuating device;
a third actuating device attached to the seat chassis; and
a seating structure connected to a protracting end of the third actuating device and mounted above the seat chassis, wherein the seating structure includes an operative position projecting upwards and forwards by the third actuating device at a tilting angle from the seat chassis.

US Pat. No. 10,245,194

DRIFTING KART

1. A ridable vehicle comprising:a chassis having a forward portion and a rearward portion;
a steering mount coupled to the forward portion of the chassis,
wherein the steering mount comprises a first portion, a second portion, and an intermediate portion, wherein the first portion is positioned forward of the second portion and the intermediate portion connects the first portion with the second portion, wherein the steering mount is substantially aligned with a longitudinal axis of the vehicle,
wherein the steering mount comprises a steering assembly configured to support a fork, the fork configured to support a motor;
a seat coupled to the chassis, wherein the seat is positioned adjacent the second portion of the steering mount,
at least two caster wheels coupled to the rearward portion of the chassis, wherein the caster wheels are configured to rotate about a rotational axis and swivel about a swivel axis, wherein the swivel axis is substantially stationary relative to chassis;
wherein the motor is configured to drive the front wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,245,193

BRAKE SYSTEM FOR WHEELCHAIR

1. A brake system for a wheelchair comprising:a lever assembly adapted to be movably connected to a wheelchair frame, the lever assembly having a handle portion for hand manipulation;
a brake unit adapted to be pivotally connected to relative to the wheelchair frame, the brake unit having a brake end adapted to contact the wheel;
an actuator portion and a follower portion in the brake system, the actuator portion having a projecting interface, the follower portion having a groove receiving the projecting interface of the actuator portion for the brake unit to be selectively displaceable between at least two configurations, as a response to movements of the lever assembly, each of the at least two configurations caused by a cooperation between the projecting interface and the groove, of the at least two configurations including
a floating configuration in which the brake end contacts the wheel so as to automatically pivot into blocking contact with the wheel when the wheel rotates rearwardly, while allowing a forward rotation of the wheel, and
a locking configuration in which the brake end is manually locked into blocking contact with the wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,245,191

ABSORBENT ARTICLE HAVING A GRAPHIC VISIBLE THROUGH BODY CONTACTING SURFACE

1. An absorbent article, comprising:a. a body contacting layer comprising an apertured formed film having opposing longitudinal side edges;
b. a garment contacting layer;
c. an absorbent core disposed between the body contacting layer and the garment contacting layer;
d. a pair of flaps extending laterally outwardly from the article, the pair of flaps being formed from a portion of the garment contacting layer and a nonwoven material that overlays the longitudinal side edges of the body contacting layer and that extends to an edge of the flaps;
e. a plurality of graphic elements disposed on the garment contacting layer;
f. wherein some of the plurality of graphic elements are truncated at a periphery of the garment contacting layer and wherein some of the plurality of graphic elements are visible through the nonwoven material forming part of the flaps.

US Pat. No. 10,245,188

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MAKING ABSORBENT STRUCTURES WITH ABSORBENT MATERIAL

1. An apparatus for making an absorbent structure for an absorbent article, the absorbent structure comprising a supporting sheet and an absorbent layer on the supporting sheet, the absorbent layer comprising absorbent material and a channel that is substantially free of absorbent material, the apparatus comprising:a first moving endless surface having an absorbent layer-forming reservoir defining a void volume for receiving absorbent material therein, the reservoir comprising a raised strip;
a feeder for feeding absorbent material to the first moving endless surface;
a second moving endless surface having an outer shell including an air permeable receptacle for receiving a supporting sheet, the receptacle having a mating strip;
a vacuum system connected with the outer shell, the vacuum system adapted to facilitate retention of the supporting sheet and the absorbent material on the outer shell; and
wherein, in a meeting point, the first moving endless surface and the second moving endless surface are adjacent and in close proximity of one another during transfer of absorbent material from the first moving endless surface to the second moving endless surface;
wherein the mating strip is arranged to mate with the raised strip during transfer of the absorbent material; and
a downstream pressure roll with a raised pressure pattern substantially corresponding to the mating strip, for contacting the supporting sheet in an area thereof corresponding to a channel.

US Pat. No. 10,245,187

WAISTBAND FOR AN ABSORBENT ARTICLE

1. A method of making the waistband, comprising:elongating a central portion of an elastic material;
elongating an outboard portion of the elastic material;
affixing the elastic material to another material with the central portion elongated and the outboard portion elongated to form a waistband component;
allowing the central portion of the elastic material to relax, thereby creating a waistband component laminate with a contracted central portion; and
applying the waistband component laminate to an absorbent article comprising:
a rear waist portion comprising a rear waistband comprising a topsheet layer and a backsheet layer;
a front waist portion opposite the rear waist portion; and
a crotch portion longitudinally connecting the rear waist portion and the front waist portion;
wherein the waistband component laminate is applied to the rear waist portion so that gathers are formed in the topsheet layer and/or the backsheet layer within the rear waist portion;
wherein an applied percent elongation of the central portion is greater than that of the outboard portion.

US Pat. No. 10,245,185

WOUND CONTACTING MEMBERS AND METHODS

1. A wound contacting member for negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) selected to reduce pain upon removal from a wound, comprising:a foam, the foam comprising:
a network of foam strut elements separated by pores, at least 95% of the strut elements comprising a thickness of between 0.007 and 0.5 mm;
wherein one or more foam strut elements comprise a thickness of 0.23 mm or more; and
wherein at least 90% of the pores comprise a diameter of between 2.3 and 5.5 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,245,184

REDUCED PRESSURE, COMPRESSION SYSTEMS AND APPARATUSES FOR USE ON JOINTS

KCI Licensing, Inc., San...

1. A closing dressing bolster, the closing dressing bolster comprising:a bolster body having a first side, a second side, and a center wound area, the bolster body formed with a plurality of flexion joints on the first side of the bolster body;
a first closing member extending from the second side of the bolster body on a first longitudinal side of the center wound area;
a second closing member extending from the second side of the bolster body on a second longitudinal side of the center wound area; and
wherein the first closing member and the second closing member are operable to develop an inward closing force when the closing dressing bolster is placed under reduced pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,245,182

LASER PROBE WITH REPLACEABLE OPTIC FIBERS

KATALYST SURGICAL, LLC, ...

1. An instrument system comprising:a handle assembly having a handle, a hypodermic tube, a wire, a slider, a piston with a slot, and expansion ring disposed in a portion of the piston;
a first transitory connector having a first transitory connector distal end and a first transitory connector proximal end wherein the first transitory connector is manufactured from a material configured to deform if the first transitory connector is sterilized in a medical autoclave;
a proximal base of the first transitory connector having a proximal base distal end and a proximal base proximal end wherein the proximal base proximal end is the first transitory connector proximal end;
a distal base of the first transitory connector wherein the distal base is disposed between the first transitory connector distal end and the proximal base distal end;
a tapered inner lumen of the first transitory connector;
a first superior arm of the first transitory connector having a first superior arm distal end and a first superior arm proximal end wherein the first superior arm is disposed between the first transitory connector distal end and the first transitory connector proximal end;
a first superior arm barb of the first superior arm wherein the first superior arm barb is disposed between the first superior arm distal end and the first superior arm proximal end;
a first inferior arm of the first transitory connector having a first inferior arm distal end and a first inferior arm proximal end;
a first inferior arm barb of the first inferior arm wherein the first inferior arm barb is disposed between the first inferior arm distal end and the first inferior arm proximal end;
a second transitory connector having a second transitory connector distal end and a second transitory connector proximal end;
a tapered inner lumen of the second transitory connector;
a second superior arm of the second transitory connector having a second superior arm distal end and a second superior arm proximal end;
a second superior arm barb of the second superior arm wherein the second superior arm barb is disposed between the second superior arm distal end and the second superior arm proximal end;
a second inferior arm of the second transitory connector having a second inferior arm distal end and a second inferior arm proximal end;
a second inferior arm barb of the second inferior arm wherein the second inferior arm barb is disposed between the second inferior arm distal end and the second inferior arm proximal end; and
an optic fiber having an optic fiber distal end and an optic fiber proximal end, the optic fiber disposed in the tapered inner lumen of the first transitory connector wherein the optic fiber distal end extends a distance from the first transitory connector distal end.

US Pat. No. 10,245,181

GRIN FIBER MULTI-SPOT LASER PROBE

Alcon Research, Ltd., Fo...

1. A surgical probe, comprising:a cannula assembly, having
a graded index (GRIN) fiber that is configured to receive a multi-spot light beam at a proximal end and to emit the multi-spot light beam at a distal end, and a cannula encasing the GRIN fiber;
a handpiece coupled to the cannula assembly with a proximal portion of the GRIN fiber extending into a proximal end of the handpiece, the handpiece configured to be manipulated by a surgeon or a surgical machine to control positioning of the distal end of the GRIN fiber; and
an adapter, having
a distal end configured to receive the proximal portion of the handpiece containing the proximal portion of the GRIN fiber,
a proximal end, configured to couple to a light guide via a connector and to receive a light delivered by the light guide from a laser source to the adapter, and
an interface configured between the distal end of the adapter and the proximal end of the adapter;
wherein the interface is outside a patient's eye when the cannula is inserted into the patient's eye during a photocoagulation procedure;
wherein the proximal end of the GRIN fiber is spaced from a distal end of the light guide by a pre-selected distance inside the adapter thereby coupling the light delivered by the light guide to the proximal end of the GRIN fiber in the adapter;
wherein the cannula is removably docked to the adapter.

US Pat. No. 10,245,179

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PULSED ULTRASONIC POWER DELIVERY EMPLOYING CAVITATION EFFECTS

1. An apparatus comprising:a handpiece having a needle, the handpiece configured to ultrasonically vibrate;
a power source configured to provide pulsed electrical power to the handpiece;
a footswitch in communication with the handpiece, wherein the footswitch is configured to enable an operator to select an amplitude of an ultrasonic vibration and select between multiple separate and unrelated pulse timing operation sets when positioned in different footswitch zones while performing an ocular surgical procedure;
a sensor; and
a controller configured to control ultrasonic power supplied from the power source to the handpiece during the ocular surgical procedure according to a pulse timing operation set determined based on pulse timing settings selected by the operator, footswitch position within the different footswitch zones, and occlusion status by applying ultrasonic energy to an ocular region during at least one pulsed energy on period followed by a long off period, wherein the controller is configured to apply ultrasonic energy to the ocular region during the at least one pulsed energy on period in a series of short burst periods, said short burst periods interspersed by short rest periods, and short rest periods having minimal power application;
wherein the controller is further configured to dynamically alter, without operator intervention, at least two selected from the group consisting of pulse amplitude, the long off period, the at least one pulsed energy on period, the short burst periods, and the short rest periods during the ocular surgical procedure in response to a change in flow or vacuum sensed by the sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,245,178

ANTERIOR CHAMBER DRUG-ELUTING OCULAR IMPLANT

Glaukos Corporation, San...

1. A drug delivery ocular implant comprising:an elongate outer shell having a proximal end, and a distal end, and being shaped to define an interior space;
at least one drug positioned within said interior space;
wherein said outer shell has at least a first thickness and an outer diameter;
wherein said outer shell comprises one or more regions of drug release;
wherein said implant is shaped and sized so as to be suitable for implantation within an anterior chamber of an eye;
wherein said implant is shaped and sized to be positioned fully in an irido-corneal angle of the anterior chamber of the eye;
wherein said implant is configured without one or more anchoring protrusions, wherein the outer shell provides sufficient friction against tissue of the irido-corneal angle to hold the implant in position in the irido-corneal angle; and
wherein said implant is configured to be deformed from a straightened to an arcuate shape for retention within the irido-corneal angle.

US Pat. No. 10,245,175

SALIVA MANAGEMENT SYSTEM WITH CONTINUOUS FLOW THROUGH ORAL DEVICE

SOMNICS, INC., Zhubei, H...

1. An oral device comprising:a base adapted to be held between a patient's upper teeth and lower teeth, said base having an anterior end, a posterior end, and a cross-member extending across said posterior end; wherein said base includes a first bite structure and a second bite structure and said cross-member is disposed between said first and second bite structures;
wherein a plenum extends within said base from an air inlet on said anterior end to said cross-member and returns to an air outlet on said anterior end; wherein said plenum in one of said first and second bite structures is divided into inlet and outlet lumens connected to said air inlet and air outlet, respectively,
wherein said air inlet and air outlet are fluidly connected by said plenum so that air entering said air inlet flows through said cross-member before exiting said air outlet; and wherein at least one vacuum port is formed in a wall of said cross-member.

US Pat. No. 10,245,174

VACUUM SPLINT APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR USING THE SAME

1. An apparatus for immobilizing the neck of a patient comprising:a splint body, the splint body comprising a front surface and a back surface, a first and second end, and defining a deflatable interior;
a coupling portion coupled to the splint body wherein the first end may be selectively joined to the second end of the splint body when the splint body is applied about the neck of the patient;
a plurality of loosely compressible particles disposed in the deflatable interior of the splint body; and
a vacuum hand pump coupled to the splint body and having an input communicated with the deflatable interior of the splint body, the hand pump comprising bellows, wherein the bellows are configured to be operable with a single hand,
wherein the vacuum hand pump is configured to remove air from the deflatable interior and bring the splint body against the neck of the patient without moving the neck of the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,245,172

WEARABLE NOXIPOINTS STIMULATING DEVICES

1. A method of Noxipoint stimulation comprising:a) forming multiple electrodes on a hosting member; and
b) coupling an electrical power source to the multiple electrodes.

US Pat. No. 10,245,171

HAND SUPPORT AND METHOD FOR USING THE SAME

OSSUR ICELAND EHF, Reykj...

1. A hand support, comprising:a base component arranged for securing to at least a portion of a hand, and forming a base opening adapted for insertion of a thumb;
an anchor element adjustably connected to the base component and arranged for grasping the thumb;
a counterforce device defined by a helical spring having a first end connecting to the base component and surrounding the base opening and extending distally therefrom, and a second end holding the anchor element and distally located relative to the base component, the helical spring arranged to generate a counterforce in combination with or against the base component and the anchor element, the helical spring spanning a distance between the base component and the anchor element, and arranged for encircling the thumb, the anchor element being biased by and rotatable relative to the helical spring, the helical spring being compressible in height relative to and from the base component.

US Pat. No. 10,245,169

ASSEMBLY FOR SECURING GASTROINTESTINAL TISSUE FOLDS

ENDO TOOLS THERAPEUTICS S...

1. An assembly for endoscopically securing gastrointestinal tissue folds, comprising:a first tissue anchor;
a second tissue anchor;
a first suture thread part and a second suture thread part, each of the first suture thread part and the second suture thread part having a secured end and a free end opposite the secured end;
wherein the first suture thread part and the second suture thread part are connected to each other via a sliding knot, such that the first suture thread part forms a post of the sliding knot along which the sliding knot is arranged to slide during tightening of the assembly and such that the second suture thread part wraps around the post to create the sliding knot;
wherein the assembly is configured to be tightened by sliding the sliding knot along the post;
wherein the first suture thread part extends from the first tissue anchor past the sliding knot where the free end of the first suture thread part forms a post free end, and the second suture thread part extends from the second tissue anchor past the sliding knot where the free end of the second suture thread part is free, such that the sliding knot is interposed between the first tissue anchor and the second tissue anchor,
the second tissue anchor further comprising a first through hole; and
the post free end being configured to slide through the first through hole, the first through hole having a size preventing the sliding knot from passing through the first through hole, such that the second tissue anchor is configured to act as a knot retainer during tightening.

US Pat. No. 10,245,168

ARRANGEMENT FOR IMPLANTING STENT ELEMENTS IN OR AROUND A HOLLOW ORGAN

MEDIGROUP GMBH, Pforzhei...

1. An arrangement for installing at least one stent element in a hollow organ, comprising:at least one shaft with a proximal end and a distal end having an atraumatic tip, a plurality of independent, single piece stent elements, said stent elements are arranged on an axial wire (L) inside the shaft and the shaft prevents an expanding of the stent elements, wherein the plurality of independent stent elements are not connected to each other and are spaced apart by one or more spacers that are arranged lengthwise of each other along the axial wire wherein the spacers have a shape complementary to adjacent stent elements, wherein the spacers are not detachably connected to said axial wire and do not expand so that they can be pulled back into the shaft through expanded stent elements wherein the stent elements have an anchor at a proximal end and at a distal end of the stent element, wherein the spacers have an opening therein that provide a form-fitting connection with at least one anchor whereby the stent elements are detachably connected to the spacers, wherein the form-fitting connection is detached by relative radial movement of the stent and the spacer as by expanding the stent element, wherein lateral surfaces of said stents enclose said axial wire at a radial spacing therefrom and wherein a height of said lateral surface of at least one stent element varies across a circumference of said lateral surface and the anchors are arranged along a maximum height of said lateral surface.

US Pat. No. 10,245,166

APPARATUS AND METHOD OF PLACEMENT OF A GRAFT OR GRAFT SYSTEM

Endologix, Inc., Irvine,...

1. A method of delivering an endoluminal prosthesis system, the method comprising:deploying a first endoluminal prosthesis in a main vessel, the first endoluminal prosthesis comprising a main body graft, a first end, a second end, a single lumen extending from the first end to the second end, a first lateral opening in a wall portion of the main body graft, and a second lateral opening in the wall portion of the main body graft;
positioning a first hollow tubular member that passes over a first guidewire and supports a balloon on a distal end of the first hollow tubular member through the first lateral opening into a first branch vessel prior to deploying a distal end of the first endoluminal prosthesis;
positioning a second hollow tubular member that passes over a second guidewire and supports a balloon on a distal end of the first hollow tubular member through the second lateral opening into a second branch vessel prior to deploying a distal end of the first endoluminal prosthesis;
inflating the balloon on the distal end of the first hollow tubular member; and inflating the balloon on the distal end of the second hollow tubular member.

US Pat. No. 10,245,165

STENT

Q3 MEDICAL DEVICES LIMITE...

1. A stent comprising:an elongated body composed of a biodegradable material having a proximal end, a distal end, and two open spiral channels formed on the exterior surface of said body to provide fluid communication between said proximal end and said distal end, and
a central lumen open at the proximal and distal ends of the stent for the passage of a guide wire,
wherein the central lumen has a circular, oval or elliptical cross-section and is not in fluid communication with the open spiral channels.

US Pat. No. 10,245,164

GLENOID TRIAL AND IMPLANT ASSEMBLY FOR REVERSE TOTAL SHOULDER ARTHROPLASTY AND METHOD OF USE

Biomet Manufacturing, LLC...

1. A glenoid trial and implant assembly for reverse total shoulder arthroplasty comprising:a glenoid baseplate component including a baseplate bore;
an adapter assembly including an adapter and an adapter plate, the adapter including a body portion, the body portion configured to be received in the baseplate bore of the glenoid baseplate component, the adapter plate including a plate magnet;
a glenoid trial that defines a lateral glenoid trial face, wherein the glenoid trial includes a glenoid trial magnet configured to couple the adapter assembly to the glenoid trial via the plate magnet when the glenoid trial and implant assembly is in a trialing configuration;
a glenoid implant that defines a lateral glenoid implant face, the glenoid implant being configured to be coupled to the adapter assembly when the glenoid trial and implant assembly is in an installed configuration; a positioning guide including a hub and a positioning guide flange that extends outwardly from the hub, the hub defining a hub cavity that receives the adapter plate and the positioning guide flange comprising a plurality of annular rings each representing different glenoid trial sizes; and
a humeral cup including a concave surface, the concave surface of the humeral cup configured to abut the lateral glenoid trial face when the glenoid trial and implant assembly is in the trialing configuration, and the concave surface of the humeral cup configured to abut the lateral glenoid implant face when the glenoid trial and implant assembly is in the installed configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,245,163

TRIAL PROSTHESIS SYSTEM

Biomet Manufacturing, LLC...

1. A system for confirming a selected configuration of a first portion and a second portion of a prosthesis system, comprising:a trial femoral head member having an external surface configured to be at least partially received within an acetabular component;
a patient-specific indicator viewable by a user on an exterior surface of the trial femoral head member; and
a connection region configured to provisionally connect to a portion of a femoral member;
wherein the patient-specific indicator comprises:
a circular line indicating when a preferred single selected configuration of the femoral stem relative to the acetabular system is achieved; and
a mark region disposed on either side of the circular line indicating when configurations of the femoral stem relative to the acetabular system are within a safe zone;
wherein widths of the circular line and the mark region are selected based on pre-procedure planning for a specific patient.

US Pat. No. 10,245,160

PROSTHESIS INSTALLATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS

6. A construction device for a prosthetic assembly to be installed in a live bone, the prosthetic assembly including a first component and a second component to be joined to the first component using a mechanical interface, comprising:a controller including a trigger;
a support having a proximal end and a distal end opposite of said proximal end, said support further having a longitudinal axis extending from said proximal end to said distal end with said proximal end coupled to said controller, said support further having a first adapter coupled to said distal end with said first adapter configured to secure the first component;
a second adaptor coupled to said support with said second adaptor configured to secure the second component; and
a first oscillator coupled to said controller and to said first adaptor, said first oscillator configured to control a first series of vibratory pulses having a first oscillation frequency and a first oscillation magnitude of said first adaptor with said first oscillation frequency and said first oscillation magnitude configured to construct the second component together with the first component responsive to said first series of vibratory pulses.

US Pat. No. 10,245,159

BONE GRAFT DELIVERY SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR USING SAME

1. A bone graft material delivery system, comprising:an elongate hollow tube constructed to receive bone graft material, said elongate hollow tube being generally linear and having an extended axis, a generally rectangular cross-section, a proximal end, a distal end with at least one opening, a hollow interior extending from said proximal end to said distal end, and indicia formed on an exterior surface of said elongate hollow tube, wherein said distal end of said elongate hollow tube is at least partially closed; and
a plunger adapted to extend in said elongate hollow tube, said plunger having a shaft and a distal portion with an exterior surface contoured to form a substantially congruent fit with said hollow interior of said elongate hollow tube such that said plunger is precluded from rotating within said elongate hollow tube, wherein teeth are formed along a longitudinal axis of said plunger shaft, and wherein said plunger is adapted to urge bone graft material through said elongate hollow tube to deliver bone graft material through said at least one opening of said distal end.

US Pat. No. 10,245,158

CAGE FOR SPINAL INTERBODY FUSION

1. A cage for spinal interbody fusion comprising:a cage body; and
a tip part formed by extending from the cage body with a predetermined curvature,
wherein the cage body comprises:
a cavity part formed by penetrating from a top surface to a bottom surface of the cage body;
projection parts having a plurality of projections formed on the top surface and the bottom surface; and
at least one perforation part which is perforated from a side surface adjacent to the top surface or the bottom surface toward the cavity part, and is located in an anterior direction of the cavity part;
wherein the tip part includes a concavely curved groove formed in an upper portion thereof being recessed in a concave curved shape with a predetermined depth, and has a form continued to the cavity part and the perforation part, thus to increase an exposed surface area of a bone chip or bone substitute such as an artificial bone or autogenous bone; and
the perforation part is formed so as to have a larger inclination in an anterior direction continued to the tip part than an inclination in a posterior direction continued to the cage body, and has an inner surface which is formed by sloping so as to be decreased a cross section of the perforation part toward an inside from an outside thereof, thus to satisfy durability and increase an exposed surface area of the bone chip or bone substitute such as an artificial bone or autogenous bone.

US Pat. No. 10,245,157

ANCHORING DEVICE FOR A SPINAL IMPLANT, SPINAL IMPLANT AND IMPLANTATION INSTRUMENTATION

LDR Medical, Rosieres Pr...

1. A surgical instrument for implanting a spinal implant and attaching the implant to a vertebra with an anchoring device, the instrument comprising an implant holder elongated along a longitudinal axis extending between a grasping end and a pushing end and comprising a head having an implant connector, an implant facing surface, and a passage extending through the head and opening on the implant facing surface; an impactor elongated along a longitudinal axis extending between a posterior end and an anterior end of the impactor; the anterior end comprising a branch disposable into the implant holder passage; and an anchor guiding surface configured to guide an anchor through the head and into an implant.

US Pat. No. 10,245,156

ANCHORING DEVICE AND SYSTEM FOR AN INTERVERTEBRAL IMPLANT, INTERVERTEBRAL IMPLANT AND IMPLANTATION INSTRUMENT

LDR Medical, Rosieres Pr...

1. A system for treatment of a spine comprising:an intervertebral implant comprising
a first contact surface adapted and configured to contact a first vertebral endplate,
a second contact surface adapted and configured to contact a second vertebral endplate,
a peripheral surface extending between at least a part of the first contact surface and at least a part of the second contact surface,
a first passage having an opening on the peripheral surface, the first passage extending from the opening toward the first contact surface and being adapted and configured for transit of a front end of an elongated, curved anchor from the peripheral surface to project from the first contact surface,
a first insertion stop surface proximate to the first passage configured to abut a corresponding second insertion stop surface of an anchor, and
a first withdrawal stop surface proximate to the first passage configured to abut a corresponding second withdrawal stop surface of an anchor; and
an anchor having a front end, a rear edge, and a longitudinal axis extending between the front end and the rear edge, the anchor comprising
at least one plate that is elongated and curved along the longitudinal axis of the anchor and that has a width transverse to the longitudinal axis of the anchor,
at least one slot oriented generally along the longitudinal axis of the anchor and separating the rear edge and at least a rearward portion of the plate into a first branch and a second branch, with the first branch being resiliently movable with respect to the second branch,
a second insertion stop surface oriented angularly to the longitudinal axis of the anchor that is adapted and configured to abut the first insertion stop surface and hold the implant against the first vertebral endplate, and
a second withdrawal stop surface disposed on one of the branches and oriented angularly to the longitudinal axis of the anchor, the second withdrawal stop surface being adapted and configured to abut the first withdrawal stop surface and inhibit withdrawal of the anchor from the implant.

US Pat. No. 10,245,155

LOW PROFILE PLATE

GLOBUS MEDICAL, INC., Au...

1. A spinal system comprising:a plate member comprising a body having an anterior face, a posterior face, a first lateral side comprising a first side arm and a second lateral side comprising a second side arm, the first and second side arms each including a window that extends along a length of the first and second side arms, respectively, an upper rim extending from the body and a lower rim extending from the body, wherein the upper rim includes an upper screw hole extending through the upper rim and the lower rim includes a lower screw hole extending through the lower rim, wherein the upper screw hole includes a first central axis that passes therethrough and the lower screw hole includes a second central axis that passes therethrough, wherein the upper screw hole is angled in an upward direction through the upper rim and the lower screw hole is angled in a lower direction through the lower rim, wherein a height of each window is greater than a length of each window;
a first screw insertable through the upper screw hole, wherein the first screw is oriented in an upward direction, wherein the upper screw hole has an opening at the anterior face of the plate member;
a second screw insertable through the lower screw hole, wherein the second screw is oriented in a downward direction, wherein the lower screw hole has an opening at the anterior face of the plate member; and
a spacer attachable to the plate member adjacent the posterior face, wherein the spacer comprises an upper surface, a lower surface, a first lateral surface, and a second lateral surface, wherein each of the upper surface and the lower surface includes one or more surface features thereon for engaging bone, wherein the spacer further comprises a first vertical notch that extends from the upper surface to the lower surface of the spacer and a second vertical notch that extends from the upper surface to the lower surface of the spacer, wherein the first vertical notch receives a portion of the first side arm of the plate member and the second vertical notch receives a portion of the second side arm of the plate member, the first and second lateral surfaces each having a portion extending laterally outward and into the respective windows of the first and second side arms,
wherein the spacer includes a longitudinal axis that extends vertically from the upper surface of the spacer to the lower surface of the spacer, wherein the first central axis of the upper screw hole at the point of the opening at the anterior face of the plate member is positioned above the upper surface of the spacer, and the second central axis of the lower screw hole at the point of the opening at the anterior face of the plate member is positioned below the lower surface of the spacer.

US Pat. No. 10,245,151

STEPPED TIBIAL BASEPLATE

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. An orthopaedic implant configured to replace an articular surface of a tibia comprising:medial, intermediate and lateral portions each having an articular surface and a bone contacting surface, the intermediate portion joining the medial and lateral portions,
wherein the articular surfaces of the medial and lateral portions are concave and the articular surface of one of the lateral and medial portions is located superiorly to the articular surface of the other of the lateral and medial portions about a longitudinal axis of the orthopaedic implant and about a mechanical axis of the tibia when the orthopaedic implant is operatively engaged to the tibia, and
wherein the articular surface of the intermediate portion is sloped with respect to the respective articular surfaces of the medial and lateral portions and from an inferior surface located adjacent to one of the lateral and medial portions to a superior surface located adjacent the other of the lateral and medical portion such that there is a smooth transition from the articular surface of the medial portion to the articular surface of the lateral portion,
wherein the bone contacting surface of the medial and lateral portions each lie along a respective plane, the respective planes being parallel and offset to one another about the longitudinal axis of the orthopaedic implant.

US Pat. No. 10,245,150

METHOD OF IMPLANTING ASPHERIC HIP BEARING COUPLE

DePuy Synthes Products, I...

1. A method of implanting a prosthetic ball and cup joint system, comprising:implanting a first member including a concave articulation surface portion defined by a first radius of curvature in a first bone in a joint;
implanting in a second bone in the joint a second member including a first convex articulation surface portion defined by a second radius of curvature and a second convex articulation surface defined by a third radius of curvature, wherein the second convex articulation surface is defined by the lemon portion of a spindle torus and each of the second radius of curvature and the third radius of curvature has a length that is different from the length of the first radius of curvature by less than 0.05 millimeters and wherein the origin of the second radius of curvature is not coincident with the origin of the third radius of curvature; and
bringing the first member into slidable contact with the second member.

US Pat. No. 10,245,149

REVERSE TOTAL HIP REPLACEMENT

1. A reverse hip replacement prosthesis device comprising:a femoral component having a femoral stem portion that is configured for fitting into a human femur and supports a femoral cup portion attached to a saucer-shaped spacer; and
an acetabular component having:
(i) an acetabular base formed as a spherical segment having a spherical interface surface that extends between a first flat surface and a second flat surface parallel to the first flat surface, wherein a central barrel having a keyed depression extends from the second flat surface,
and wherein the acetabular base includes one or more tunnels formed through the spherical interface surface that define an anterior-to-posterior orientation for fastening the acetabular base to a patient's acetabulum;
(ii) a hemispheric acetabular ball that is sized for articulating contact with the saucer-shaped spacer and featured for engagement with the central barrel.

US Pat. No. 10,245,148

FLEXIBLE SNAP-FIT PROSTHETIC COMPONENT

Howmedica Osteonics Corp....

1. A flexible prosthetic component comprising:an articular surface; and
a bone contacting surface opposing the articular surface, the bone contacting surface having an anterior surface and an opposing posterior surface each having one or more protrusions extending outwardly therefrom, wherein the anterior and posterior surfaces are parallel to one another prior to implantation,
wherein the anterior and posterior surfaces flex toward and away from one another during implantation, such that the one or more protrusions are configured to snap-fit into corresponding recesses made in resected bone, and
wherein the anterior and posterior surfaces are parallel to one another after implantation.

US Pat. No. 10,245,145

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR COMPRESSING/LOADING STENT-VALVES

SYMETIS SA, Ecublens (CH...

1. An apparatus configured to compress a cardiac stent-valve for loading into a delivery catheter, the apparatus comprising:a first compressor stage for compressing the stent-valve,
wherein the first compressor stage comprises a hollow channel, and the first compressor stage is configured for progressively compressing the stent-valve in response to, or in association with, longitudinal advancement of an advancing member against the stent-valve within the hollow channel; and
a second compressor stage coupled or couplable to the first compressor stage and configured to further compress a portion of the stent-valve after passing through the first compressor stage,
wherein the second compressor stage comprises a crimper having jaws defining a chuck.

US Pat. No. 10,245,143

TECHNIQUES FOR PERCUTANEOUS MITRAL VALVE REPLACEMENT AND SEALING

CARDIOVALVE LTD., Or Yeh...

1. Apparatus for use with a native valve of a heart of a subject, the apparatus comprising:an overtube, transluminally advanceable to the heart;
a prosthetic valve support, having a compressed state for delivery through the overtube to the heart, and an expanded state in which the valve support comprises:
a flat annular upstream support portion:
comprising a nitinol frame and a fabric disposed over the nitinol frame,
having an inner perimeter defined by a free inner edge that defines an opening through the upstream support portion, and
having an outer perimeter that is at least 10 percent greater than the inner perimeter; and
a plurality of anchors comprising at least a first anchor and a second anchor, each anchor of the plurality of anchors being configured to anchor to a respective commissure of the native valve; and
a prosthetic valve:
having a compressed state for transluminal delivery, and
being intracorporeally couplable to the valve support by being expanded toward an expanded state of the prosthetic valve while disposed within the opening,wherein:(i) the valve support is configured such that upon deployment of the valve support from a distal end of the overtube, the first anchor and the second anchor anchor the valve support to the commissures by moving away from each other and into the commissures,
(ii) the first anchor and the second anchor are configured to anchor the valve support to the commissures by extending, from the upstream support portion, through the commissures to a ventricular side of the commissures, and
(iii) the valve support is configured such that, when anchored by the anchors to the commissures, and before the prosthetic valve is coupled to the valve support, the valve support allows the native valve to continue to function.

US Pat. No. 10,245,142

MULTIPLE ORIFICE IMPLANTABLE HEART VALVE AND METHODS OF IMPLANTATION

Medtronic, Inc., Minneap...

1. A heart valve assembly for implantation in a body lumen, the heart valve assembly comprising:a percutaneously implantable valve frame comprising an outer periphery having both a first side and an opposite second side, wherein the first side is an upper side of the valve frame and the second side is a lower surface of the valve frame; further wherein the valve frame has an outer shape that is compatible with a shape of a mitral valve;
at least one opening extending through the valve frame from the first side to the second side, the at least one opening including a first opening;
wherein the first opening is defined by an inner frame surrounded by the valve frame, and further wherein a perimeter shape of the first opening differs from a perimeter shape of the valve frame, and further wherein the first opening is offset with respect to a central axis of the valve frame; and
a tissue valve disposed within the first opening, the tissue valve has a curvilinear surface and a generally flat surface collectively forming a substantially D-shape matching at least a portion of the annulus of the mitral valve.

US Pat. No. 10,245,141

IMPLANT DEVICE AND IMPLANTATION KIT

Sorin Group Italia S.r.l....

1. An implant device for implantation in an animal body, the device including an annular structure extending axially between opposed ends and at least one elongated anchoring member deployable to a deployed condition for insertion into an animal body and retractable from said deployed condition to a rolled up condition wherein the anchoring member protrudes radially outwardly of the annular structure of the device to provide anchoring of the implant device to a body structure of an animal, wherein in said rolled up condition the anchoring member at least partly protrudes axially outwardly of the annular structure of the device, and wherein winding of the at least one elongated anchoring member from the deployed condition to the rolled up condition is with a winding trajectory having an angular extent between 180° and 900°.

US Pat. No. 10,245,140

INTRAOCULAR DEVICE WITH ARTICULATED HOUSING STRUCTURES

Verily Life Sciences LLC,...

1. An intraocular device for implantation in an eye, the intraocular device comprising:discrete housing structures including a first housing, a second housing, and a third housing, wherein the discrete housing structures are each rigid encasements physically separated and spaced apart from each other, and wherein the first housing is positioned between the second housing and the third housing;
a first and a second flexible interconnect to respectively couple the second and the third housings to the first housing, wherein the first flexible interconnect is coupled between the first housing and the second housing, wherein the second flexible interconnect is coupled between the first housing and the third housing, wherein the first flexible interconnect provides articulation of the second housing relative to the first housing, and wherein the second flexible interconnect provides articulation of the third housing relative to the first housing;
a first and a second haptic structure extending from the second housing and the third housing respectively, each to resist movement of the intraocular device when implanted in the eye, wherein a first proximal end of the first haptic structure and the first flexible interconnect are positioned on opposite sides of the second housing, and wherein a second proximal end of the second haptic structure and the second flexible interconnect are positioned on opposite sides of the third housing;
a dynamic optic at least partially disposed within the first housing, wherein the dynamic optic provides a level of accommodation for the eye;
a first component disposed within the second housing, wherein the first component is electrically coupled to the first housing via the first flexible interconnect; and
a second component disposed within the third housing, wherein the second component is electrically coupled to the first housing via the second flexible interconnect.

US Pat. No. 10,245,137

GRAFT WITH EXPANDABLE REGION AND METHODS OF MAKING AND USING THE SAME

ATRIUM MEDICAL CORPORATIO...

1. A graft, comprising:a conduit having a wall, the conduit comprising:
a body region;
an outflow region located adjacent to the body region;
at least one inflow aperture at an inflow end of the body region; and
an outflow aperture at an outflow end of the outflow region opposite from the at least one inflow aperture;
wherein the wall comprises a support structure and a biocompatible layer; and wherein the support structure along the outflow region configurable from a first shape to a second shape, the second shape being a flared shape having an expanded diameter along at least a portion of its length, and the first shape having a constrained diameter, smaller than the expanded diameter, along the outflow region due to the support structure along the outflow region being under continuous compressive stress resulting from a continuous applied load caused by the biocompatible layer against the support structure, wherein the compressive stress resulting from the continuous applied load in the outflow region is greater than a compressive stress resulting from a continuous applied load in the body region; and
wherein the support structure assumes the flared shape prior to combination with the biocompatible layer to form the wall, and the flared shape has multiple effective outer diameter measurements, and the support structure assumes the first shape after combination with the biocompatible layer to form the wall, and the first shape has a generally uniform effective outer diameter measurement.

US Pat. No. 10,245,136

CONTAINMENT VESSEL WITH IMPLANT SHEATHING GUIDE

BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED ...

20. An accessory sheathing guide, comprising:a first portion and a second portion configured to matingly engage with the first portion to define a tapered inner surface tapering from a maximum inner diameter adjacent a distal end of the accessory sheathing guide to a minimum inner diameter adjacent a proximal end of the sheathing guide,
wherein
the first portion is reversibly coupled to the second portion;
wherein the first portion is separable from and independent of the second portion.

US Pat. No. 10,245,134

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR THE TREATMENT OF URINARY INCONTINENCE

1. A device for treating urinary incontinence, comprising:a plurality of non-biodegradable sutures configured generally in parallel and forming an implantable sling free from biologic material, the plurality of non-biodegradable sutures integrated with a non-biologic support material, and the non-biodegradable sutures free from intersections with one another, free from barbs and free from tines, and free from junctures with any fiber and free from junctures with any woven material along a length of the implantable sling; and
first and second non-biodegradable anchor portions coupled to opposing ends of the implantable sling.

US Pat. No. 10,245,130

POLYMERIZATION APPARATUS FOR DENTAL TECHNIQUE

GC CORPORATION, Bunkyo-k...

11. A polymerization apparatus for dental technique for curing a photo-curable material used for dental prostheses, comprising:a plurality of light sources being able to light up with a high energy and a low energy;
a cover that covers the light sources, forms a polymerization space inside thereof and switches a formation and closure of an opening that communicates inside and outside the polymerization space;
a sensor that detects the formation and closure of the opening by the cover;
a light transmissive plate that attenuates light with which the polymerization space can be visually observed with the opening formed by the cover; and
a controller that makes a decision to turn on the light sources with the low energy for a preliminary polymerization with the opening formed by the cover, and makes a decision to turn on the light sources with the high energy for a final polymerization with the opening closed by the cover.

US Pat. No. 10,245,129

TOOTH BLEACHING DEVICE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A teeth whitening device comprising:a generator that generates a teeth whitening fluid which is a gas that contains electrically charged microparticle water;
a mouthpiece having a shape configured to be held by one or more of teeth, gums, and lips of a user to keep the mouthpiece in the mouth of the user so that the user can use the teeth whitening device hands free; and
a coupling portion that couples the generator and the mouthpiece to each other,
wherein the mouthpiece includes a supply port that supplies the teeth whitening fluid generated by the generator into an oral cavity, an inlet-side passage, to which the coupling portion is connected, and an outlet-side passage, which does not include the supply port and guides gas flowing through the inlet-side passage to the supply port,
wherein the generator is configured to generate condensed water by cooling and to atomize the condensed water by generating electric discharging so as to generate the electrically charged microparticle water, which includes radical species serving as teeth-whitening active ingredients, and
wherein the teeth whitening device is configured to cause the gas that contains the electrically charged microparticle water flowing from the generator to the mouthpiece through the coupling portion.

US Pat. No. 10,245,128

DAMPING DENTAL ROOT POST KEY

3. A method for implanting a dental root post, the method comprising:matching a post carrier to a shape of the dental root post;
assembling a dental post key using the post carrier; and
rotating a body of the dental post key,
wherein a spring and a second spring are located between the post carrier and the body of the dental post key,
wherein, during the rotating, the post carrier is in direct contact with the dental root post, and the dental root post is in direct contact with a tooth root,
wherein the spring is configured to have a first spring constant, and the second spring is configured to have a second spring constant that is different than the first spring constant, and
wherein, during the rotating, each spring is configured to create a dynamic reaction force between the dental root post and the tooth root.

US Pat. No. 10,245,126

METHOD OF MAKING A DENTAL RESTORATION BY MATCHING TOOTH COLOR STRUCTURE FROM AN IMAGE OF A TOOTH WITH BLOCK COLOR STRUCTURE OF A RESTORATIVE MATERIAL

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A method of making a dental restoration, comprising the steps of:capturing an image of a tooth at a color depth that is based on a multiplicity of color values;
posterizing the image by:
detecting in the tooth image a contiguous first tooth color area having color values within a predetermined first range of different color values and assigning the first tooth color area one common first false color value; and
detecting in the tooth image a contiguous second tooth color area having color values within a predetermined second range of different color values and assigning the second tooth color area one common second false color value;
determining a tooth color structure based on the first and second false color value of the first and second color area, respectively, within the tooth image;
providing information about a multicolored block that has a predetermined color shading formed by at least a first block color zone and a second block color zone, wherein the information comprises data about a block color structure with respect to dimensions and/or positions of the first and second block color zone;
matching the tooth color structure and the block color structure; and based on the matching;
determining a position within the multicolored block in which the tooth color structure and the block color structure match within predetermined limits; and
machining the dental restoration from the multicolored block at the determined position.

US Pat. No. 10,245,123

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A DENTAL PROSTHESIS

Dental Knowledge S.R.L., ...

1. A method for manufacturing a dental prosthesis or a part thereof, comprising a milling step of a block realized in a material suitable for dental uses, wherein the block is secured to a connection element with a dental implant, comprising the following steps:a) providing a milling machine having a supporting element;
b) supplying the block made of a material suitable for manufacturing the dental prosthesis, the block provided with a hole;
c) providing the connection element for the dental implant, the connection element having a first connection portion operable to connect to the dental implant, and a second connection portion operable to connect to the dental prosthesis;
d) inserting the second connection portion of the connection element into the hole of the block and securing the second connection portion to the block, so as to form an assembly block-connection element;
e) providing a coupling member between the first connection portion and the supporting element of the milling machine;
f) connecting the assembly block-connection element to the coupling member;
g) assembling the coupling member with the assembly block-connection element on the supporting element of the milling machine, wherein the second connection portion of the connection element has a substantially conical shape and comprises a longitudinal relief;
h) milling the block, so as to obtain a stump or the dental prosthesis.

US Pat. No. 10,245,121

TOOTHBRUSH

1. A toothbrush for cleaning gums and teeth in the mouth of a human or animal, comprising:a handle having a proximal end and a distal end;
a first arm disposed on the proximal end of the handle and a second arm disposed on the distal end of the handle, each arm being coplanar with a longitudinal plane of the handle, each arm extending outward from the handle in an initial direction collinear with a longitudinal axis of the handle;
wherein the second arm comprises at least one bent portion, the at least one bent portion of the second arm extending laterally in a first lateral direction from the longitudinal axis of the handle at a second arm first angle;
a first brush head and a second brush head, each brush head being coplanar with the longitudinal plane of the handle, the first brush head extending laterally from the longitudinal axis of the handle at a first arm angle and the second brush head extending laterally from the at least one bent portion of the second arm at a second angle different from the first arm angle, wherein the second brush head extends in a second lateral direction opposite the first lateral direction; and
at least one bristle tuft extending laterally from each of the first brush head and the second brush head, each bristle tuft being oriented perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the brush head.

US Pat. No. 10,245,120

METHOD OF MANUFACTURE OF A DENTAL PROPHY ANGLE

Young Innovations, Inc., ...

1. A method of manufacturing a dental prophy angle having a wiper assembly, the method comprising the steps of:manufacturing the dental prophy angle, the dental prophy angle comprising a neck section, the neck section having an outer surface;
manufacturing a wiper assembly by:
molding a base, the base having an undersurface, the undersurface configured to match the outer surface of the neck section;
over-molding a shield assembly onto the base, the shield assembly comprising a carriage and a wiper;
attaching the undersurface to the outer surface.

US Pat. No. 10,245,117

TISSUE EXPANDERS, IMPLANTS, AND METHODS OF USE

AirXpanders, Inc., San J...

1. A tissue expander comprising:an implantable portion comprising a fluid source in communication with an expandable chamber, wherein the expandable chamber includes an anterior portion, wherein the anterior portion includes a first deformable member and a second deformable member, wherein the first deformable member is disposed within the second deformable member, and the first deformable member has a thickness that is about 1.5 to about 8 times the thickness of the second deformable member.

US Pat. No. 10,245,116

SURGICAL SLEEVES FOR SPECULUMS OR RETRACTORS AND A METHOD OF USING THE SAME

ASPIP Inc., Dix Hills, N...

1. An article for housing a speculum or retractor, wherein the speculum or retractor comprises first means and second means for engaging with and exerting force to hold apart respective opposite edges of an eyelid of a patient when the speculum or retractor is disposed in an operating position with the first and second means at the respective outer edges of the eyelid when the speculum or retractor is released and wherein the speculum or retractor comprises third means for connecting the first and second means and enabling relative movement there between, the article comprising:(a) a first elongate sleeve portion;
(b) a second elongate sleeve portion; and
(c) a connecting portion connecting respective base portions of the first and second sleeve portions;wherein the first sleeve portion, the second sleeve portion and the connecting portion are integrally formed of a flexible, sterile material; wherein the first sleeve portion and the second sleeve portion project from the connecting portion at an angle with respect to one another with the respective base portions of the respective first and second sleeve portions converging at the connecting portion; wherein the first sleeve portion and the second sleeve portion are of tubular or teardrop shape in cross section and are dimensioned such that, with the speculum or retractor housed in the article, the first sleeve portion and the second sleeve portion envelop the first means and the second means of the speculum or retractor respectively and, with the speculum or retractor housed in the article in the operating position, the first sleeve portion and the second sleeve portion are maintained in a disposition between the respective first and second means and the eyelid solely by compressive force, wherein each of the first and second sleeve portions has a surface that is adapted to conform to a U-shape of retaining portions of the speculum or retractor with the speculum or retractor maintaining the respective first and second sleeve portions in the disposition, and wherein the article comprises an opening through which the speculum or retractor is insertable into the article so that the respective first and second means can be enveloped by the first and second sleeve portions respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,245,114

MEDICAL MANIPULATOR

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A medical manipulator comprising:an end effector;
a joint part that is provided at an end of the end effector and configured to be operated through turning of a rotating body;
an elongated part that has a longitudinal axis and is connected to an end of the joint part opposite to a side where the end effector is provided;
actuator that is provided on a proximal side of the elongated part and configured to supply a driving force for operating the rotating body;
a driving wire member that is connected at least to the rotating body of the joint part and is stretched between the rotating body and the elongated part; and
a wire relaxation mechanism that is configured to relax the driving wire member by changing the path length of the driving wire member,
wherein the joint part includes a unit joint that is coupled to one end of the elongated part in a direction along the longitudinal axis,
wherein the unit joint includes:
a proximal-side support having a first turning shaft that is provided on the elongated part side and extends in a direction intersecting the longitudinal axis at the one end, and a first guide part that has the first turning shaft as a turning shaft;
a distal-side turning body having a second turning shaft that is provided on the end effector side to face the proximal-side support and extends parallel to the first turning shaft, and a second guide part that has the second turning shaft as a turning shaft; and
a coupling member that is the rotating body that holds the first turning shaft and the second turning shaft, respectively, and is configured to be turnable around the first turning shaft, and
wherein the joint part further includes a guide wire that is connected to or engaged with the proximal-side support of the joint part and the distal-side turning body that is the rotating body, the guide wire having an end fixed to the elongated part, and guiding the turning of the distal-side turning body when the joint part operates.

US Pat. No. 10,245,113

SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR POSITIONING AN INSTRUMENT IN A BODY CAVITY FOR PERFORMING A SURGICAL PROCEDURE

Titan Medical Inc., (CA)...

1. A method for controlling positioning of an instrument in a body cavity of a patient for performing a surgical procedure using a robotic surgery system, the robotic surgery system being controlled by a processor, the method comprising, by the processor:receiving body cavity image data representing an interior view of the body cavity, the body cavity image data being captured by a camera inserted into the body cavity;
determining at least one instrument parameter associated with physical extents of the instrument;
determining an instrument envelope based on the at least one instrument parameter, the instrument envelope identifying a region in which the instrument is capable of being positioned;
generating display signals configured to display a composite view of the interior of the body cavity on a display associated with the robotic surgery system, the composite view being based on the body cavity image data; and
causing display of the composite view.

US Pat. No. 10,245,111

OPERATION SUPPORT DEVICE

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An operation support device comprising:a surgical instrument comprising:
an insertion section;
a manipulation section provided at a proximal end side of the insertion section; and
a treatment section provided at a distal end side of the insertion section;
a slave arm configured to support at least the distal end side of the surgical instrument and to allow the treatment section to approach a treatment target;
a camera system configured to detect information related with position or orientation of the manipulation section; and
a controller comprising one or more processors, the one or more processors configured to:
calculate a manipulation instruction based on the information from the camera system; and
control a position or an orientation of the surgical instrument by controlling a movement of the slave arm based on the manipulation instruction.

US Pat. No. 10,245,106

LAPAROSCOPIC INSTRUMENTS

ASALUS MEDICAL INSTRUMENT...

1. A DC driven ionisation apparatus for ionising a local atmosphere in which a corporeal surgical or cosmetic procedure is to be performed on a patient, comprising:a power supply providing a DC voltage to a converter via an isolation switch, said converter converting the DC voltage to a high voltage DC current;
an output electrode connected to the converter and a return electrode connected to the power supply to provide an ionization path in use;
a high voltage resistor network couples the converter to the output electrode and the return electrode to the power supply, the high voltage resistor network includes a current sense resistor connected between the return electrode and the power supply for sensing a current used in detecting a hazard condition when a potential difference between the output electrode and return electrode is less than 3 kV; and
a comparator to signal a monostable connected to the isolation switch to open the isolation switch for a predefined interruption duration between 2 and 3 seconds when the sensed current indicates the hazard condition;
wherein the monostable cyclically reconnects and disconnects the power supply until the hazard condition has been rectified each reconnect and disconnect cycle taking place over a period of approximately 200 ms.

US Pat. No. 10,245,104

JAW CLOSURE DETECTION SYSTEM

COVIDIEN LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A surgical system, comprising:an end effector including a first jaw member movably coupled to a second jaw member;
an actuator operably coupled to the end effector and configured to move the end effector between an open position and a closed position;
a first sensor disposed on the first jaw member;
a second sensor disposed on the actuator, wherein the first and second sensors move relative to one another upon movement of the end effector between the open and closed positions; and
a controller in communication with at least one of the first or second sensors, the controller configured to determine an angle between the first and second jaw members based on a position of the first sensor relative to the second sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,245,103

END EFFECTOR ASSEMBLIES AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURING END EFFECTOR ASSEMBLIES FOR TREATING AND/OR CUTTING TISSUE

COVIDIEN LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A jaw member, comprising:an insulative member; and
a substrate formed as a single, integral component having first and second portions interconnected by a connector portion, the connector portion including first and second side portions interconnected by an arc-shaped portion, the connector portion configured to be removed before use of the jaw member such that the first and second portions are electrically insulated from one another.

US Pat. No. 10,245,102

ELECTROSURGICAL INSTRUMENT INCLUDING AN ADHESIVE APPLICATOR ASSEMBLY

COVIDIEN LP, Mansfield, ...

1. An electrosurgical instrument for sealing and/or cutting tissue, comprising:an end effector assembly including:
a first jaw member including a first electrically conductive surface having a plurality of bores defined therein;
a second jaw member including a second electrically conductive surface, at least one of the first or second jaw members movable relative to the other to grasp tissue therebetween; and
an adhesive applicator assembly including a plurality of first needles operatively mounted in the first jaw member, a plurality of second needles operatively mounted in the second jaw member, and a platform defining an adhesive reservoir in fluid communication with the plurality of first needles and an adhesive fluid source, at least one of the plurality of first or second needles is movable relative to the first or second electrically conductive surfaces, the plurality of first needles dimensioned to be received in the corresponding plurality of second needles when the first and second jaw members are aligned.

US Pat. No. 10,245,101

APPARATUS FOR PERFORMING AN ELECTROSURGICAL PROCEDURE

COVIDIEN LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A forceps, comprising:a housing;
an elongated shaft extending from the housing and defining a longitudinal axis;
an end effector assembly operatively connected to a distal end of the elongated shaft having first and second jaw members, at least one of the first and second jaw members pivotable relative to the other between an open position in which the first and second jaw members are disposed in spaced relation relative to one another to a clamping position in which the first and second jaw members cooperate to grasp tissue therebetween under a sealing pressure;
a jaw insert operably disposed within at least one of the first and second jaw members, the jaw insert defining an opening;
a pivot pin disposed within the opening and providing an axis of pivot for the at least one pivotable jaw member; and
a resilient member disposed about the pivot pin and configured to bias the first and second jaw members towards the clamping position and provide at least a portion of the sealing pressure between the first and second jaw members in the clamping position.

US Pat. No. 10,245,100

SIMPLIFIED SPRING-LOADED MECHANISM FOR DELIVERING SHAFT FORCE OF A SURGICAL INSTRUMENT

COVIDIEN LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A method of assembling a surgical instrument, comprising:inserting a knife into a knife guide;
positioning a pair of flags extending from a tissue engaging portion of a first jaw member with a pair of flags extending from a tissue engaging portion of a second jaw member in an offset configuration such that one flag of the first jaw member is disposed on a laterally exterior side of a corresponding flag of the second jaw member and the other flag of the first jaw member is disposed on a laterally interior side of the other flag of the second jaw member;
operably coupling the first and second jaw members to the knife guide;
positioning the knife and the knife guide into an inner shaft;
moving a drive collar stop along the inner shaft;
engaging the drive collar stop within at least one aperture defined in the inner shaft to limit movement of the drive collar stop along the inner shaft; and
moving a drive collar having a cylindrical portion extending distally from a proximal rim along the inner shaft to abut a distal end of the cylindrical portion with the drive collar stop and limit distal movement of the drive collar along the inner shaft, the cylindrical portion having a reduced diameter relative to the proximal rim.

US Pat. No. 10,245,098

ACUTE BLOOD-BRAIN BARRIER DISRUPTION USING ELECTRICAL ENERGY BASED THERAPY

1. An ablation system comprising:a first and second electrode;
a voltage generator programmed to generate a plurality of electrical pulses between the first and second electrodes placed at a selected separation distance therebetween according to one or more pulse parameters which comprise a voltage-to-distance ratio which is predetermined to:
cause irreversible electroporation (IRE) of tissue of the mammal within a target ablation zone but insufficient to cause irreversible electroporation in a non-target zone adjacent the target ablation zone; and
increase susceptibility of the non-target zone to exogenous agents;
wherein the voltage-to-distance ratio is predetermined to cause temporary disruption of a blood brain barrier (BBB) within the non-target zone;
wherein the system is adapted to provide for a display of an anticipated ablation zone and an anticipated zone of BBB disruption based on an electric field distribution expected by the plurality of electrical pulses.

US Pat. No. 10,245,096

PRESSURE RELIEF SYSTEM FOR USE WITH GAS-ASSISTED MINIMALLY INVASIVE SURGICAL DEVICES

COVIDIEN LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A method of performing a minimally invasive procedure on a human body, comprising:a) inserting an insufflation tube through a first surgical incision through tissue and into a body cavity;
b) insufflating the body cavity with gas under pressure through the insufflation tube;
c) inserting a working end of an electrosurgical instrument through a second surgical incision through the tissue and into the body cavity,
d) delivering gas from a gas supply to a distal tip of the electrosurgical instrument
e) delivering electrosurgical energy from an electrosurgical energy source to the distal tip while delivering the gas to the distal tip to treat tissue in the body cavity;
f) inserting a pressure relief device through a third surgical incision through the tissue and into the body cavity; and
g) automatically releasing gas from within the body cavity via the pressure relief device when gas pressure within the body cavity exceeds a predetermined pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,245,095

ELECTROSURGICAL INSTRUMENT WITH ROTATION AND ARTICULATION MECHANISMS

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. An electrosurgical instrument, comprising:an end effector comprising a first jaw member and a second jaw member, the first and second jaw members being movable relative to one another from a first, open position to a second, closed position for grasping tissue therebetween, wherein at least one of the first and second jaw members is adapted to connect to an electrosurgical energy source such that electrosurgical energy may be selectively communicated through tissue held between the first and second jaw members to effect a tissue seal;
at least one of the first or second jaw members including a knife channel defined therein configured to reciprocate a knife therealong for severing tissue held between the first and second jaw members; and
a two-stage articulation joint coupled to the end effector, the two-stage articulation joint operatively coupled to first and second articulation bands configured to articulate the end effector, the two-stage articulation joint comprising:
an outer cut metal tube comprising a plurality of articulation sections with hinge and locking features that closes and opens the first and second jaw members; and
a solid but flexible inner core positioned within the outer cut metal tube;
a non-rotatable closure ring coupled to a distal end portion of the outer cut metal tube;
a rotatable closure ring, wherein a proximal end portion of the rotatable closure ring is coupled to the non-rotatable closure ring; and
a closure link having a distal end portion and a proximal end portion,
wherein the proximal end portion of the closure link is coupled to the rotatable closure ring and the distal end portion of the closure link is coupled to one of the first and second jaw members,
wherein the rotatable closure ring and the closure link are configured to close and open the end effector,
wherein the rotatable closure ring is rotatable relative to the non-rotatable closure ring and the outer cut metal tube, which allows the rotatable closure ring to rotate independently of the non-rotatable closure ring and the outer cut metal tube while a longitudinal movement of the rotatable closure ring and the non-rotatable closure ring is synchronized,
wherein the rotation of the rotatable closure ring relative to the non-rotatable closure ring and the outer cut metal tube results in a rotation of the first and second jaw members, which allows the first and second jaw members to rotate independently of the non-rotatable closure ring and the outer cut metal tube.

US Pat. No. 10,245,094

ULTRA HIGH TORQUE DEVICE

ECA Medical Instruments, ...

1. A torque-limiting driver comprising:a body having a handle and a hollow cylindrical portion, the body further comprising a circumferential flange extending radially inward within the hollow cylindrical portion;
an upper cylindrical shank comprising a plastic material or a composite including plastic;
a lower cylindrical shank comprising a plastic material or a composite including plastic and having a socket;
a nut;
a spring between the upper cylindrical shank and the nut, wherein the spring is configured to apply a force across the upper cylindrical shank and the lower cylindrical shank;
a shaft having a workpiece-engaging tip and a square drive connection engaged within the square drive socket of the lower cylindrical shank, the shaft extending axially through the lower cylindrical shank, the upper cylindrical shank, and the spring and connected to the nut, and the square drive connection placed at a medial segment of the shaft; and,
wherein the upper cylindrical shank and the lower cylindrical shank engage for relative rotation, and wherein the upper cylindrical shank and the lower cylindrical shank disengage when a predetermined torque limit is exceeded; and,
wherein the lower cylindrical shank and the upper cylindrical shank each comprise a circumferential rim extending radially outward at the ends where the lower cylindrical shank and the upper cylindrical shank engage with each other, with the circumferential flange of the body disposed between the circumferential rims.

US Pat. No. 10,245,093

ZYGOMATIC ELEVATOR DEVICE AND METHODS

University of Massachuset...

1. A surgical zygomatic elevator device, comprising:an elevator element having a distal end, a proximal end, an upper surface between the distal end and the proximal end having a length between about 40 mm and 60 mm and a first axis extending longitudinally through the elevator element, the elevator element having a size for insertion through a surgical incision;
a handle sized to manually grasp the elevator device, the handle being positioned at the proximal end of the elevator element, the handle having a second axis that extends longitudinally through the handle, the handle being positioned at an oblique angle extending above the first axis of the elevator element;
a groove configured to receive a zygomatic bone structure of a patient, the groove being located on the upper surface of the elevator element and having at least one ridge spaced from the distal end of the elevator element; and
a projection extending between about 8 mm and 15 mm from a bottom surface of the elevator element, the projection being positioned at a proximal portion of the elevator element that is spaced apart from the groove, the projection being configured to contact an anatomical structure to provide a pivot point such that the elevator element can impart a controlled force in a first direction on the zygomatic bone structure that is positionable within the groove and the projection imparts a second force to the anatomical structure.

US Pat. No. 10,245,092

SYSTEM FOR USE IN TREATMENT OF VERTEBRAL FRACTURES

DFine, Inc., South Jorda...

1. A medical device for treating a hard tissue, comprising:a handle comprising an actuating portion mechanically coupled to a working end of a shaft;
the shaft comprising a first sleeve located concentrically within a second sleeve;
the shaft comprising a distal portion comprising the working end capable of moving reversibly between a linear configuration and an articulated configuration in response to movement of the actuating portion;
a spring element extending through the first sleeve, wherein the spring element is affixed to the shaft; and
a sharp tip located at a distal tip of the working end, the sharp tip adapted to penetrate hard tissue.

US Pat. No. 10,245,089

FIXING TOOL FOR OPEN-WEDGE HIGH TIBIAL OSTEOTOMY

1. A fixing tool for an open-wedge high tibial osteotomy, which is adapted to be installed on a tibia cut open due to an open-wedge tibial osteotomy, the fixing tool comprising:a fixing plate which includes a head portion that has a plurality of nut holes, and an elongated plate portion that has a plurality of nut holes and a long hole and is formed to protrude from one side of the head portion;
screws which are coupled to the nut holes; and
a block which is detachably installed by the long hole by using a fixing screw, the block having two tapered protrusions protruding from a body of the block,
wherein the tapered protrusions are tapered along a distal facing surface of the protrusions so that a first side of the distal facing surface is thicker than a second side of the distal facing surface.

US Pat. No. 10,245,083

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR MINIMIZING THE RISK OF FUTURE HIP FRACTURES

1. A femoral reinforcement prophylactic device adapted to be placed into a surgically excavated upper portion of a human femur rotatably connected to one side of the human pelvis, an upper portion of the femur including an integrally formed inwardly extending neck terminating in an integrally formed generally ball shaped head constrained within a corresponding outwardly extending socket on the pelvis, the femoral reinforcement device comprising at least two separate and distinctly shaped implant components: a downwardly curved implant component adapted to be inserted downwardly and inwardly into a first correspondingly shaped excavation extending downwardly from the intertrochanteric region and into an intramedullary portion of the femur, said downwardly curved implant component having a first non-circular cross section for restricting rotation relative to the correspondingly shaped excavated portions of the femur into which the downward curved implant component is being inserted; and an upwardly curved implant component adapted to be inserted upwardly and inwardly into a correspondingly shaped excavation extending upwardly from the intertrochanteric region through the neck and into the ball-shaped head of the femur, said upwardly curved implant component having a second non-circular profile for restricting rotation of the second implant component relative to the correspondingly shaped excavated portions of the intertrochanteric, neck and head portions of the femur into which the upwardly curved implant component is being inserted,wherein the upper end of the downwardly curved implant component and the lower end of the upwardly curved implant component comprise respective integrally formed mating portions for securing the two implant components from rotation relative each other once both implant components have been inserted into the intertrochanteric region, and
wherein the downwardly curved implant component further comprises means for coupling the downwardly curved implant component to an upper end of a femoral retrograde intramedullary fixation nail that is subsequently inserted upwardly into the intertrochanteric region from the lower end of the human femur.

US Pat. No. 10,245,082

MINIMALLY INVASIVE SPLITABLE PEDICLE SCREW EXTENDER

Zimmer Biomet Spine, Inc....

1. A tool, comprising:first and second outer blades each having a distal end and a proximal end, wherein the first and second outer blades each comprise an attachment mechanism disposed at the distal end for coupling the first and second outer blades to an implant, wherein the first and second outer blades each comprise an alignment bore in the proximal end;
first and second inner blades each having a distal end and a proximal end, wherein the first and second inner blades each comprise an alignment window in the proximal end, wherein the alignment window of each of the first and second inner blades overlaps with the alignment bore of the corresponding one of the first and second outer blades, and wherein the first inner and outer blades and the second inner and outer blades cooperate to form a channel extending along an entire length of the first and second inner and outer blades; and
first and second turrets, wherein each turret has a lever pivotally coupled thereto, wherein each turret is rotatably positioned in the alignment bore of the corresponding one of the first and second outer blades, wherein each turret comprises a protrusion that is movably positioned in the alignment window of the corresponding one of the first and second inner blades such that rotation of the turret causes movement of the protrusion, and wherein actuation of the lever rotates the turret and causes the first and second inner blades to move relative to the first and second outer blades about and between an unlocked position and a locked position.

US Pat. No. 10,245,080

SYSTEM FOR MOUNTING OF A CERVICAL PLATE TO A VERTEBRA

1. A system comprising an intervertebral cage and a cervical plate configured to be mounted to said intervertebral cage, said intervertebral cage having a front wall, the cervical plate comprising a body having a top edge, a bottom edge and two side edges, at least one top eyelet located along said top edge, at least one bottom eyelet located along said bottom edge, a mounting section located between said top eyelet and said bottom eyelet, the mounting section being configured to be mounted to a corresponding reference feature at said front wall of said intervertebral cage, said reference feature being located in a position to set a distance between one of said at least top eyelet and said at least bottom eyelet and an edge of said front wall to position at least one of said eyelets over a mounting location on a vertebra when said mounting section is mounted to said reference feature;another mounting section configured to be mounted to said reference feature at said front wall of said intervertebral cage, said reference feature being located in a position to set another distance between one of said at least top eyelet and said at least bottom eyelet and an edge of said front wall to position at least one of said eyelets over a mounting location on a vertebra when said another mounting section is mounted to said reference feature, said another distance being different than said distance;
a fixation component that includes a screw receivable in an opening defined in said mounting section and a hole defined in said front wall to mount said cervical plate to said cage; and
a drill guide having at least one cannula configured to register with at least one of said eyelets, wherein said fixation component is supported by said drill guide at a location spaced from said cannula,
wherein said opening of said mounting section includes a slot and said another mounting section includes a slot.

US Pat. No. 10,245,079

VERTEBRAL OSTEOSYNTHESIS EQUIPMENT

1. A vertebral osteosynthesis equipment, wherein the equipment comprises:at least one connecting bar having a length such that it is capable to span several vertebrae to be treated, having a general longitudinal direction;
at least one flexible ligament adapted to be engaged onto a vertebra to be treated, and
at least one assembly for connecting the ligament to the connecting bar, comprising:
a connecting part having a curved portion defining an engagement conduit for engagement of the connecting bar said curved portion partly surrounds the connecting bar when the latter is placed in the engagement conduit; the connecting part further includes a central conduit and two lateral conduits each located on one side of the central conduit, in locations distant from each other, each said lateral conduit is configured for holding a strand of the ligament and each said lateral conduit is defined between the central conduit and a radially external wall of the connecting part, said external wall having an inner tilted portion which is tilted outwardly with respect to an axis of said central conduit;
a nut having an inner threaded wall;
a tightening part having a threaded pin configured for engaging said threaded wall of said nut through said central conduit, and a base extending in a plane transversely to an axis of the threaded pin, said base being configured for tightening the connecting bar in the engagement conduit; and
a pressing ring mounted on said nut and being configured to engage said tilted portion of each of said lateral conduits;
wherein the central conduit is configured for blocking the tightening part in rotation relatively to the central conduit;
wherein said tightening part and said nut are configured such that when the nut is screwed relative to the threaded pin through the central conduit said base engages the connecting bar when the connecting bar is disposed inside said engagement conduit; and
the pressing ring urges the strand of the ligament towards the tilted wall, securing the strand relatively to the connecting part.

US Pat. No. 10,245,078

BONE ANCHOR RECEIVER WITH SYMMETRICAL HORIZONTALLY EXTENDING UPPER TOOL ENGAGING GROOVES

1. A receiver of a bone anchor, the receiver being configured to accept a rod that is locked in the receiver via a closure top, the receiver comprising:a receiver body having a longitudinal axis, a base, and a pair of upright arms extending upwardly from the base to define an open channel for receiving the rod, the open channel having a transverse axis perpendicular to the longitudinal axis and opening through front and back outer faces of the receiver body, the upright arms having opposed interior surfaces mateable with the closure top to securely lock the rod within the open channel and top surfaces defining a top of the receiver body, the receiver body having side outer faces opposite the interior surfaces of each upright arm and extending downward across the base to a bottom of the receiver body; and
at least one horizontally-elongated upper tool engaging groove formed into the side outer face of each upright arm, each upper tool engaging groove being spaced an equal distance below the top surfaces and having downwardly-facing surfaces extending to at least one of the front outer face and the back outer face of the receiver body, the upper tool engaging grooves being symmetrically configured about the open channel,
wherein the front and back outer faces of the receiver body include first substantially planar outwardly-facing surfaces adjacent and extending below the open channel, the first substantially planar outwardly-facing surfaces being perpendicular to the open channel transverse axis and parallel to the receiver longitudinal axis, and
wherein each of the side outer faces of the receiver body include a second substantially planar outwardly-facing surface below the at least one upper tool engaging groove, the second substantially planar outwardly-facing surfaces being parallel to both the open channel transverse axis and the receiver longitudinal axis.

US Pat. No. 10,245,077

BONE ANCHOR RECEIVER WITH HORIZONTAL RADIUSED TOOL ATTACHMENT GROOVES AND 2-PART CLOSURE

1. A bone anchor assembly configured for attachment to a rod, the bone anchor assembly comprising:a shank having an integral upper end portion with an outer spherical surface on the integral upper end portion;
a receiver having a set of upright arms each having an inner surface, an upper outer surface opposite the inner surface, a front side surface, a back side surface opposite the front side surface, and a top surface, the receiver in pivotal relation with the integral upper end portion of the shank,
at least one horizontally-elongated radiused upper tool engaging groove formed into the upper outer surface of each upright arm, with each upper tool engaging groove being spaced a fixed distance below the top surfaces and extending to at least one of the front side surface and the back side surface;
a channel defined by the set of arms for positioning the rod therebetween;
an outer fastener having a closed body with a top surface, a bottom surface, and an outer surface;
a closure helically wound thread extending continuously along at least a portion of the outer surface and engageable in a splay resisting relationship with a receiver helically wound thread extending discontinuously along the inner surfaces of the set of upright arms;
a central bore extending between the top surface and the bottom surface, the central bore having at least a portion with an internal surface guide and advancement thread form;
an inner set screw having a continuous outer surface thread and a lower portion closed off by a continuously solid bottom surface, the continuous outer surface thread engageable to the internal surface guide and advancement structure when the set screw is threadably inserted into the outer fastener, wherein when the outer fastener and the inner set screw are disposed within the channel defined by the set of arms in a locked position, the top surfaces and the upper outer surfaces of the set of upright arms are completely uncovered by the fastener and the set screw in the locked position; and
an opening having an internal drive structure formed into the inner set screw, the internal drive structure extending within the lower portion and ending at a terminal abutment surface, the opening not intersecting the continuously solid bottom surface.

US Pat. No. 10,245,073

CERVICAL CERCLAGE ASSISTANCE DEVICE

Cook Medical Technologies...

1. A method of performing cervical cerclage, comprising:inserting a catheter with an inflatable balloon and supporting a removable barrier structure at a distal end portion thereof to a position proximate a patient's cervix, wherein the removable barrier structure comprises a first aperture with a flexible band disposed therethrough;
aligning the removable barrier structure such that the flexible band is in registry with the patient's cervix;
inflating the inflatable balloon to compress the cervical tissue;
wrapping the flexible band around the cervical tissue and tying opposite ends of the flexible band to maintain the cervical tissue in a closed configuration;
deflating the inflatable balloon, disconnecting the removable barrier structure from the distal end portion of the catheter, and removing the catheter from the patient;
performing one or more vaginal cerclage stitches upon the cervical tissue;
cutting the flexible band and removing the flexible band and removable barrier structure from the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,245,071

SYSTEM FOR ILLUMINATION DURING A CORRIDOR BASED PROCEDURE

1. An optical port system for a corridor based procedure comprising: one or more light sources; and, an optical probe comprising: a tube having a distal end, a proximal end and one or more sidewalls there between, the optical probe and the one or more light sources arranged so that light from the one or more light sources is received by the one or more sidewalls, the one or more sidewalls configured to convey the light to the distal end, the distal end configured to receive the light and illuminate a sample adjacent thereto, further comprising light collection apparatus configured to collect the light reflected from the sample, and a one or more of optical visualization apparatus and imaging apparatus, configured to communicate with the light collection apparatus to image the sample from the light reflected from the sample, using one or more of visible light, non-visible light, infrared light and ultraviolet light.

US Pat. No. 10,245,070

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ACCESSING THE INTERIOR OF A HIP JOINT, INCLUDING THE PROVISION AND USE OF A NOVEL TELESCOPING ACCESS CANNULA AND A NOVEL TELESCOPING OBTURATOR

Pivot Medical, Inc., Sun...

1. Apparatus comprising a telescoping obturator for use with an access cannula having a distal end, a proximal end and a lumen extending therebetween, the telescoping obturator comprising:a handle having a distal end and a proximal end;
a shaft carried by the handle, the shaft being longitudinally movable relative to the handle;
a locking mechanism for selectively locking the shaft to the handle at a plurality of longitudinal positions along the length of the shaft;
wherein the distal end of the handle comprises at least one first feature for engaging at least one second feature on the proximal end of the access cannula, whereby to enable the handle to transmit both axial force and rotational force to the proximal end of the access cannula when the handle is connected to the proximal end of the access cannula.

US Pat. No. 10,245,069

SURGICAL PORT FEATURE

INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERAT...

1. A surgical port feature for insertion into an incision site, the surgical port feature comprising:a hollow funnel portion at a proximal end portion of the surgical port feature, wherein the hollow funnel portion comprises a wide opening at a first end of the hollow funnel portion and a narrow opening at an end opposite the first end;
a waist portion proximate the narrow opening of the funnel portion, wherein the waist portion has a central longitudinal axis and an outer surface radially spaced from and extending around the central longitudinal axis;
a first tongue member at a distal end portion of the surgical port feature, wherein the first tongue member extends distally from the waist portion in a direction away from the funnel portion, and wherein the first tongue member extends in a radial direction, relative to the central longitudinal axis, beyond the outer surface of the waist portion;
a second tongue member extending distally from the waist portion in a direction away from the funnel portion, wherein the second tongue member extends in a radial direction, relative to the central longitudinal axis, beyond the outer surface of the waist portion;
a rotatable portion positioned within the waist portion, wherein the rotatable portion is coupled to the second tongue member, and wherein the rotatable portion is rotatable about the central longitudinal axis relative to the funnel portion from a first orientation in which the first and second tongue members are positioned diametrically opposite one another across the central longitudinal axis to a second orientation in which the first and second tongue members are aligned at a same angular position about the central longitudinal axis; and
at least two channels extending through the waist portion and opening into the hollow funnel portion, wherein the channels are configured to receive surgical instruments.

US Pat. No. 10,245,068

LUMBAR PUNCTURE ASSIST TOOL

Edward Via College of Ost...

1. A lumbar puncture device comprising:a first arm and a second arm forming a T-shape, said first arm having a surface defined by an upper edge, a lower edge, and opposing side edges;
said first arm longer than said second arm;
a projection having a first face and a second face, said faces separated by an elongated body;
said first face adapted to engage said first arm and said projection extends from said first arm;
a passageway having an entrance and exit, said passageway extends through said projection;
said projection has a downward angle with respect to said first arm, said downward angle formed by locating said exit closer to said upper edge than said entrance; and
said projection is permanently attached to said first arm and extends downwardly from said first arm and said downward angle of said projection is in a vertical plane that is perpendicular to said lower edge.

US Pat. No. 10,245,067

REUSABLE LOCKING SAFETY SCALPEL

Ribbel International Limi...

1. A surgical scalpel comprising:a housing defining a housing axis and having a front, a back and opposite first and second sides enclosing an axial track, the first side defining an axial slot extending from the housing back to a closed front end positioned rear of the housing front;
a reciprocator assembly with a slider connected to an elongate blade carrier, the blade carrier positioned within the housing extending from a front to a rear along the housing axis and the slider positioned outside the housing connected to the blade carrier through the slot, the slider having a front portion and a rear butt portion and the blade carrier including a first lock member proximate the rear of the reciprocator assembly;
a blade secured to the blade carrier and projecting forward of the carrier, the blade having a cutting edge; and
an end cap attachable to the housing proximate the housing back, the end cap defining a second lock member for cooperation with the first lock member, wherein
the housing further defines a third lock member comprising a recess in the first side of the housing positioned forward of the closed front end of the slot and the slider defines a fourth lock member comprising a projection extending from the front portion of the slider toward the first side of the housing for cooperation with the third lock member, whereby the reciprocator assembly is axially reciprocable from an initial position with the blade concealed within the housing to a cutting position with the blade exposed from the front of the housing and the projection of the fourth lock member received by the recess of the third lock member in a releasable engagement to maintain the reciprocator and housing axially relative to one another, applying a force on the rear butt of the slider toward the first side of the housing to cause the slider to pivot and the projection to move away from the first side of the housing and disengage from the recess of the third lock member thereby allows rearward reciprocation of the reciprocator assembly to a locked position with the reciprocator assembly rear of the initial position and the first lock member engaged with the second lock member in a permanent attachment.

US Pat. No. 10,245,066

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DISCONTINUOUS DERMABRASION

The General Hospital Corp...

1. An apparatus for cosmetic resurfacing of a skin tissue, comprising:a housing;
a plurality of shafts, each of which has a corresponding longitudinal axis and a skin abrading element at a distal end thereof, wherein the skin abrading element is configured to contact a surface of the skin tissue to generate holes in the skin tissue by removing portions of the skin tissue while leaving surrounding tissue healthy;
a shaft drive arrangement configured to rotate each shaft of the plurality of shafts around the corresponding longitudinal axis of each of the plurality of shafts; and
a low-pressure source configured to pull the tissue up toward the skin abrading elements or to facilitate removal of the abraded tissue.

US Pat. No. 10,245,065

ULTRASONIC SURGICAL BLADES

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. An apparatus, comprising:an ultrasonic surgical blade for at least one of cutting and coagulating tissue, wherein the ultrasonic surgical blade comprises:
a body having a proximal end, a distal end, and an outer surface comprising a treatment region configured to directly contact the tissue to be treated, wherein the distal end is movable relative to a longitudinal axis in accordance with ultrasonic vibrations applied to the proximal end; and
a lubricious coating for contacting tissue, wherein the lubricious coating comprises a coefficient of friction that is less than the coefficient of friction of the outer surface of the body, wherein the lubricious coating is adhered to at least a portion of the treatment region of the outer surface of the body, wherein the lubricious coating comprises a polymeric material, and wherein the lubricious coating comprises a second layer adhered to at least a portion of a first layer.

US Pat. No. 10,245,064

ULTRASONIC SURGICAL INSTRUMENT WITH PIEZOELECTRIC CENTRAL LUMEN TRANSDUCER

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A surgical instrument for coagulating and dissecting tissue, the surgical instrument comprising:a transducer assembly comprising:
a housing;
an ultrasonic transducer comprising a plurality of piezoelectric elements and a plurality of electrodes arranged in a stack configuration, wherein at least one of the plurality of electrodes is located between at least one pair of the plurality of piezoelectric elements;
an end mass positioned adjacent a first end of the ultrasonic transducer, wherein the end mass is configured to engage with the housing; and
wherein the end mass is configured to compress the ultrasonic transducer against an interior surface of the housing when the end mass is engaged with the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,245,063

SURGICAL DRIVE APPARATUS

1. A surgical drive apparatus, comprising:an external rotating shaft coupled to a resectioning device;
a drive unit having a motor disposed in a motor chamber, the motor rotationally coupled to the external rotating shaft, the external rotating shaft extending through a distal end of the motor chamber, and the distal end of the motor chamber defines an exterior surface of the drive unit;
a cap defining an interior volume, the cap telescoping, over the exterior surface of the drive unit;
a suction chamber defined by the interior volume of the cap and the exterior surface of the drive unit;
the resectioning device coupled to the external rotating shaft and extending through the cap;
the resectioning device configured to rotate relative to the cap and be in fluid communication with the suction chamber, the external rotating shaft configured to provide rotational movement to the resectioning device; and
an outflow tube in fluid communication with the suction chamber by way of the cap, the outflow tube defining a fluid path to the resectioning device via the suction chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,245,060

EDGED MEDICAL CUTTING TOOL

MANI, INC., Utsunomiya-S...

1. A method of producing a medical cutting tool for incising a biological tissue, the medical cutting tool being made of austenitic stainless steel, the method comprising the steps of:forming a medical cutting tool having a cutting edge and plane portions that form the cutting edge press working;
performing an electrolytic polishing to the medical cutting tool formed by press working;
detecting by quantitative analysis using X-ray analysis, after the electrolytic polishing, a first chromium content per unit mass of an area of the plane portions which is adjacent to the edge and a second chromium content per unit mass of the other area on the plane portions which is not adjacent to the edge; and
determining that the cutting edge has sufficient sharpness when the first chromium content per unit mass is larger than the second chromium content per unit mass.

US Pat. No. 10,245,058

MANIPULATOR FOR MEDICAL USE

1. A manipulator for medical use, comprising:a hollow shaft;
a power transmitting member having a first wire, the power transmitting member being disposed in said shaft;
a working unit control mechanism disposed at a first end of the shaft; and
a working unit disposed at a second end of said shaft and being driven by said first wire, said working unit having a tip tool including a rolling mechanism rotating about a rolling axis directed to a distal end thereof;
wherein the tip tool includes an end effector configured to grip a needle,
wherein the first wire is fastened to a first tubular member of the rolling mechanism,
wherein the first tubular member is rotated by the first wire to drive the rolling mechanism,
wherein a proximal end member and a distal end member of the tip tool are relatively rotated by said rolling mechanism, and a rotation identifier is provided on at least one member of the proximal end member and the distal end member, said rotation identifier indicating a degree of rotation of the other member of the proximal end member and the distal end member, thereby indicating a degree of rotation of the tip tool with respect to the shaft,
wherein said other member includes a first alignment indicator to indicate an initial position of said one member,
wherein the tip tool is arranged to rotate along with the end effector in a yawing direction about a yawing axis perpendicular to the rolling axis, the tip tool being rotatable about the rolling axis at a position closer to the distal end than the yawing axis,
wherein the first alignment indicator is provided on a side surface of the proximal end member, the side surface continuously connecting walls that oppose each other in a direction along which the yawing axis extends, and
wherein said rotation identifier is provided on the tip tool such that, during an operation on a patient with the manipulator, the rotation identifier is positioned within a field of operation to be displayed on a monitor showing the tip tool within the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,245,057

SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS INCLUDING KNIFE ASSEMBLIES WITH REDUCIBLE CUTTING HEIGHT

COVIDIEN LP, Mansfield, ...

14. A knife assembly of a surgical end effector assembly, the knife assembly comprising:a knife body defining a longitudinal axis and having first and second arms, the first arm having a first head including a cutting edge at a distal end thereof and the second arm having a second head, the second head including a cutting edge, the cutting edges of the first and second heads positioned to create a scissor-cutting action between the cutting edges thereof as at least the first head pivots relative to the second head,
wherein the cutting edge of the first head includes a first longitudinal cutting edge and a first transverse cutting edge, the cutting edge of the second head includes a second longitudinal cutting edge and a second transverse edge, the first and second longitudinal cutting edges configured to cut in a shear direction transverse to the longitudinal axis of the knife body, the first and second transverse cutting edges configured to cut in an axial direction along the longitudinal axis of the knife body, and
wherein at least the first head is pivotable relative to the second head to reduce a cutting height during translation of the knife assembly through a knife channel defined within the end effector assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,245,056

HAND-HELD ELECTROMECHANICAL SURGICAL SYSTEM

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A hand-held electromechanical surgical device, comprising:an outer shell housing including:
a distal section having a proximal-facing edge defining a mating feature; and
a proximal section having a distal-facing edge defining a mating feature configured to engage the mating feature of the distal section, the mating feature of the proximal section or the mating feature of the distal section including a groove, the distal and proximal sections together defining a cavity configured to selectively encase a power-pack therein; and
a gasket located between the distal and proximal sections of the outer shell housing and including:
a body configured to compress between the distal-facing edge of the proximal section and the proximal-facing edge of the distal section; and
a reinforcing member disposed within the body and configured for receipt in the groove, wherein the gasket is configured to create a seal between the distal and proximal sections of the outer shell housing and to provide a sterile barrier between the power-pack and an environment outside the outer shell housing.

US Pat. No. 10,245,053

SINGLE INCISION LAPAROSCOPIC TISSUE RETRIEVAL SYSTEM

Applied Medical Resources...

1. A tissue retrieval system comprising:an elongate introducer having a hollow lumen formed therein, the elongate introducer defining a longitudinal axis;
a tissue retrieval bag having a proximal end, a distal end, and a rim defining an opening, wherein the tissue retrieval bag comprises a cuff formed about the opening, and wherein the rim defines a rim axis, the tissue retrieval bag having an elongate profile relative to the rim axis such that the opening is positioned adjacent the proximal end and the tissue retrieval bag comprises a distal portion extending distally from the opening with respect to the rim axis beyond the cuff towards the distal end of the tissue retrieval bag;
an actuator rod extending at least partially into the hollow lumen of the introducer, the actuator rod having a proximal end and a distal end; and
a pair of support arms extending from the distal end of the actuator rod;
wherein the tissue retrieval bag is actuatable by the actuator rod from a stowed position in which the tissue retrieval bag is rolled about the rim axis within the hollow lumen of the introducer with the pair of support arms positioned within the cuff of the tissue retrieval bag to an open position in which the tissue retrieval bag is substantially outside the introducer; and
wherein the support arms are biased in a first direction to position the tissue retrieval bag with the rim axis transverse to the longitudinal axis and biased in a second direction to open the opening when the tissue retrieval bag is actuated to the open position.

US Pat. No. 10,245,051

DRUG DELIVERY VIA MECHANICAL VIBRATION BALLOON

Bard Peripheral Vascular,...

1. A drug delivery balloon catheter comprising:an ultrasound transmission member having a proximal end and a distal end;
a generator configured to provide longitudinal vibrations to the ultrasound transmission member through the proximal end of the ultrasound transmission member coupled to the generator;
a balloon coupled to the distal end of the ultrasound transmission member and being movable between an inflated state and a deflated state; and
at least one wire coupled to the ultrasound transmission member and the balloon so as to transmit the longitudinal vibrations parallel to the balloon catheter from the ultrasound transmission member to the balloon such that the balloon is longitudinally vibrated at least when the balloon is in the inflated state.

US Pat. No. 10,245,049

THROMBUS REMOVAL SYSTEMS AND DEVICES AND METHODS OF USING THE SAME

CVDevices, LLC, San Dieg...

1. A thrombus removal system, comprising:a balloon catheter comprising a balloon catheter tube, a first balloon coupled thereto, and defining a first lumen therethrough terminating at a distal tube aperture at a distal end of the balloon catheter and a second lumen therethrough terminating at one or more apertures defined within the balloon catheter tube at a location outside of the first balloon;
the first balloon capable of inflation within a lumen of a mammalian vessel to substantially or completely occlude the lumen of the mammalian vessel proximal to a thrombus positioned within the lumen of the mammalian vessel;
a second occlusion element comprising an umbrella catheter comprising an umbrella coupled to a catheter, the umbrella moveable between a compressed configuration and a first deployed configuration;
wherein the umbrella comprises an inverted second deployed configuration and wherein the umbrella is configured so that proximal movement of the umbrella catheter within the lumen of a mammalian vessel is itself sufficient to invert the umbrella to the second deployed configuration and wherein the umbrella is configured to allow fluid to pass therethrough but prevent at least a portion of the thrombus from passing therethrough when in the first deployed configuration;
wherein the balloon catheter is insertable around at least a portion of the second occlusion element; and
the thrombus removal system is configured to disrupt and/or dissolve at least a portion of the thrombus and remove at least a portion of the thrombus using suction through the distal tube aperture of the balloon catheter in operation when the first balloon is positioned proximal to thrombus and when the second occlusion element is positioned distal to the thrombus.

US Pat. No. 10,245,046

ASSEMBLY FOR A TIBIAL CUT GUIDE

Zimmer, Inc., Warsaw, IN...

1. A system for a knee replacement surgery comprising:an adjustment member;
a carrier assembly configured to couple with a cut guide and configured to be moveable relative to the adjustment member;
a posterior slope housing assembly configured for pivot connection to the adjustment member, the posterior slope housing assembly configured to pivot the adjustment member relative to at least a portion of the posterior slope housing and a tibia to adjust a posterior slope angle defined by the cut guide, wherein the posterior slope housing assembly is pivotally connected to the adjustment member along a proximal end portion thereof, the proximal end portion configured to mate with a moveable connector of the posterior slope housing assembly, and wherein the posterior slope housing assembly includes a knob configured to rotate a screw, and the connector is configured to translate on the screw to rotate the proximal end portion of the adjustment member and facilitate pivoting of the adjustment member relative to the tibia to adjust the posterior slope angle; and
a boom configured to couple with the posterior slope housing assembly and configured to couple with a tool that is insertable into an intramedullary canal of the tibia.

US Pat. No. 10,245,045

RESECTION INSTRUMENT

1. A surgical instrument, comprising:a shaft having a proximal end, a distal end, and a longitudinal axis extending therebetween;
a handle disposed towards the proximal end of the shaft;
a template pivotally connected towards the distal end of the shaft, the template having:
a proximal end, a distal end, and a heel portion disposed at the proximal end of the template;
first and second opposing surfaces positioned between the proximal and distal ends and dimensioned to fit between first and second bones of a joint; and
a burr for removing tissue, the burr being coupled to the proximal end of the template and positioned to face the second bone of the joint when positioned between the first and second bones of the joint, the burr configured to rotate about an axis of rotation that is parallel to the longitudinal axis of the shaft, wherein the burr has a predetermined orientation relative to the template,
wherein the second surface of the template has a concave shape to complement a curvature of the second bone of the joint, and wherein the second surface of the template is operative to engage with a surface of the second bone whereby the burr is operative to only engage and remove material from portions of the second bone having a surface curvature deviating from a curved path defined by the template while the second surface of the template guides movement in at least a distal to proximal manner over the second bone surface.

US Pat. No. 10,245,044

SURGICAL DEVICES AND METHODS FOR IMMOBILIZING A SACROILIAL JOINT

1. A method for immobilizing a sacroiliac joint of a patient comprising the steps of:creating an incision in a patient's skin proximal and posterior to the patient's sacroiliac joint;
inserting a blunt joint finding instrument having a curved cross-section, a length defined by a tapered proximal end and a distal end, and a central bore extending from the proximal end to the distal end;
moving the blunt joint finding instrument until the proximal end abuts the sacroiliac joint of the patient;
inserting a guide pin into the sacroiliac joint from a posterior direction, wherein a longitudinal axis of the pin lies in a plane defined by the sacroiliac joint;
removing the blunt joint finding instrument;
creating a void in the sacroiliac joint, wherein the step of creating the void comprises:
inserting a graft guide over the guide pin and into the incision;
securing the graft guide in the incision;
removing the guide pin;
inserting a drill guide into the guide;
inserting a drill bit into the drill guide; and
attaching a drilling device to the drill bit and drilling the void in the sacroiliac joint;
removing the drill bit and the drill guide from the guide;
inserting a broach into the graft guide, wherein the broach has a proximal end and a distal end;
enlarging the void;
displacing a portion of the patient's ilium and a portion of the patient's sacrum;
and inserting a graft into the void in the sacroiliac joint, wherein the step of inserting the graft comprises attaching the graft to an inserter, wherein the inserter has a proximal end and a distal end, wherein the proximal end is configured to attach to the graft, and wherein the inserter comprise a channel running from its distal end to its proximal end;
inserting the inserter into the graft guide until a stop on the inserter contacts a distal surface of the graft guide; and
inserting an impactor having a proximal and a distal end into the channel in the inserter until the impactor contacts the graft in the void.

US Pat. No. 10,245,043

SURGICAL DRILL HAVING A BRAKE THAT, UPON THE DRILL BIT PENETRATING THROUGH BONE, PREVENTS FURTHER INSERTION OF THE DRILL

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. A surgical drill assembly comprising:a handpiece with a motor, a chuck attached to the motor for releasably holding a drill bit to the motor so the drill bit can be rotated by the motor;
a telescoping member having opposed proximal and distal ends, a proximal section of the telescoping member moveably mounted to the handpiece to allow the telescoping member to move proximally and distally along the handpiece and a stop attached to the distal end of the telescoping member so as to be located at a distal end of the drill assembly;
a brake assembly is attached to said handpiece, said brake assembly including a member having:
a brake that is moveably attached to said handpiece to move between engaged and disengaged positions with the telescoping member, wherein when the brake is in the engaged position with the telescoping member, said brake stops movement of the telescoping member; and
an actuator, that in response to a command signal, selectively moves said brake from the disengaged position to the engaged position;
wherein the telescoping member comprises a plurality of teeth, and the brake comprises a plunger moveable between the engaged and disengaged positions, such that the plunger is configured to engage the teeth of the telescoping member when the plunger is in the engaged position and the plunger is configured to disengage the teeth of the telescoping member when the plunger is in the disengaged position.

US Pat. No. 10,245,039

METHODS AND APPARATUSES FOR APPLYING TENSILE FORCE TO TISSUE

1. An implantable apparatus for applying force to bodily tissue, comprising:an actuator having a first anchor portion and a second anchor portion, the actuator configured to cause relative movement of the first anchor portion and the second anchor portion toward or away from one another;
a first support member constructed to be attached to a first tissue region and adapted to be coupled to the first anchor portion of the actuator; and
a second support member constructed to be attached to a second tissue region and adapted to be coupled to the second anchor portion of the actuator, wherein relative movement of the first anchor portion and the second anchor portion toward or away from one another results in application of a tensile force to at least one of the first tissue region and the second tissue region, the first and second tissue regions are exterior portions of a tissue conduit, the first and second support members are constructed to be attached around at least a portion of a circumference of the tissue conduit, and the actuator is configured to be positioned outside of the tissue conduit during use.

US Pat. No. 10,245,038

SURGICAL STAPLER WITH CIRCUMFERENTIAL FIRING

Applied Medical Resources...

1. A surgical stapler comprising:a handle assembly connected to a stapler cartridge assembly; the stapler cartridge assembly having an end effector at the distal end; the end effector comprising an upper jaw connected to a lower jaw such that the upper jaw is movable via the handle assembly relative to the lower jaw between an open configuration and a closed configuration; the lower jaw has an upper surface and the upper jaw has an anvil surface; wherein in the closed configuration, a gap is defined between the upper surface and anvil surface for receiving tissue to be stapled; the lower jaw further includes a plurality of staple channels arranged longitudinally along the length of the lower jaw and configured to receive staples; wherein actuation of the stapler at the handle assembly moves staples from an undeformed configuration inside the channel against the anvil surface into a deformed configuration in the gap to staple tissue located in the gap; each staple channel having an opening at the upper surface; wherein a center point and midline are defined in a cross-section taken perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the end effector with the jaws in a closed configuration; wherein one or more staple line is defined on either side of the midline by a plurality of channel openings aligned along the longitudinal length of the upper surface; wherein one or more staple channels are curved;the surgical stapler of further including a plurality of staples disposed inside the staple channels; each staple having a base with extending legs; each staple having an undeformed configuration in which the staple legs are curved to conform to the curvature of the staple channels in which they reside and a deformed configuration in which the staple legs are closed to capture tissue.

US Pat. No. 10,245,037

SELF-CINCHING SURGICAL CLIPS AND DELIVERY SYSTEM

Edwards Lifesciences Corp...

1. A surgical clip deploying system, comprising:an outer tube with a lumen and an enlarged stop flange on a distal end thereof, the outer tube also having an axial slot on one side that extends through the stop flange;
an inner needle having a sharpened end sized and aligned to pass through the outer tube lumen and extend beyond the outer tube stop flange, the inner needle having a clip channel that extends to the sharpened end and has a slot open on one side thereof, the outer tube being configured to rotate with respect to the inner needle to align or misalign the axial slot in the outer tube with the clip channel slot in the inner needle;
a self-cinching clip made of a super-elastic material held in a substantially straight constrained configuration within a lumen in the inner needle, the clip having a non-linear relaxed configuration when unconstrained; and
a pusher shaft sized to fit through the inner needle clip channel and displace the clip therethrough;
wherein the outer tube may be advanced with the sharpened end of the inner needle extending beyond the outer tube stop flange to puncture through a tissue and/or synthetic material layer until the stop flange contacts a proximal side of the layer, and the clip may be advanced through the inner needle using the pusher shaft until the clip is located adjacent the clip channel slot in the inner needle and the axial slot in the outer tube, and a portion of the clip beyond the layer passes laterally through the clip channel slot and returns to its relaxed configuration and a portion of the clip on the proximal side of the layer passes laterally through the aligned slots and returns to its relaxed configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,245,036

STAPLING DEVICE CLAMP AND DEPLOYMENT LOCKOUT SAFETY APPARATUS AND METHOD

Aesculap AG, Tuttlingen ...

1. A stapling device, comprising:an end-effector with an upper jaw member and a lower jaw member;
a control member to operate at least one of the upper jaw member and the lower jaw member;
a safety lockout member to selectively prevent the control member from operating at least one of the upper jaw member or the lower jaw member; and
a cutting member that is movable along a transection line to divide tissue,
the control member being selectively movable over the safety lockout member to a forward position to place the at least one of the upper jaw member and the lower jaw member in an open position,
the control member also being selectively movable over the safety lockout member to a retracted position to place the at least one of the upper jaw member and the lower jaw member in a fully closed position,
the safety lockout member being movable to a passive mode, in which the safety lockout member permits the control member to ride over the safety lockout member and into the retracted position to place the at least one of the upper jaw member and the lower jaw member in the fully closed position, and
the safety lockout member being movable to an active mode, in which the safety lockout member engages with the control member to prevent the control member from riding over the safety lockout member and into the retracted position, preventing the at least one of the upper jaw member and the lower jaw member from being placed in the fully closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,245,034

INDUCING TISSUE ADHESIONS USING SURGICAL ADJUNCTS AND MEDICANTS

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A staple cartridge assembly for use with a surgical stapler, comprising:a cartridge body having a plurality of staple cavities, each staple cavity having a surgical staple disposed therein;
a biocompatible adjunct material releasably retained on the cartridge body and configured to be delivered to lung tissue by deployment of the staples in the cartridge body to form at least one line of deployed staples, the adjunct material having a conformable layer, a reinforcing layer, and a barrier layer disposed between the conformable layer and the reinforcing layer, the conformable layer being configured to conform to an irregular surface of lung tissue such that the conformable layer is configured to conform to expansion and extension of lung tissue; and
an effective amount of at least one medicant, the at least one medicant being disposed within and releasable from the conformable layer, the at least one medicant being effective to induce tissue adhesions adjacent the at least one line of deployed staples, the barrier layer preventing release of the medicant from the conformable layer into the reinforcing layer,
wherein the adjunct material includes a carrier configured to undergo a phase change from a solid state to a liquid state, the at least one medicant being configured to be released from the adjunct material with the carrier in the liquid state but not in the solid state, the at least one medicant being encapsulated in microcapsules dispersed in the carrier, the microcapsules being configured to adhere to soft tissue by having a coating thereon of an adhesive tissue adherent agent.

US Pat. No. 10,245,031

SURGICAL APPARATUS INCLUDING SURGICAL BUTTRESS

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A method of attaching a surgical buttress to an anvil assembly or a cartridge assembly of a surgical stapler, comprising:depositing an interlocking material onto a buttress body of the surgical buttress at one or more predetermined locations;
applying heat to the buttress body to melt the interlocking material;
allowing a portion of the interlocking material at each of the predetermined locations to pass into at least one lateral recess defined in the cartridge assembly or anvil assembly, the at least one lateral recess being defined by a plurality of walls, wherein at least two of the plurality of walls taper in opposing directions relative to one another from a buttress receiving end of the least one lateral recess to form a flared configuration; and
solidifying the interlocking material so that the interlocking material mechanically interlocks within the at least one lateral recess.

US Pat. No. 10,245,030

SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS WITH TENSIONING ARRANGEMENTS FOR CABLE DRIVEN ARTICULATION SYSTEMS

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A surgical instrument, comprising:an elongate shaft assembly defining a shaft axis;
a surgical end effector pivotally coupled to said elongate shaft assembly for selective articulation relative to said elongate shaft assembly about an articulation axis that is transverse to said shaft axis; and
an articulation system, comprising:
an articulation cable coupled to said surgical end effector at a point of attachment and journaled on a proximal pulley supported on said elongate shaft assembly, said proximal pulley defining a proximal pulley axis located a tension distance from said point of attachment;
an articulation driver coupled to said articulation cable for selectively causing said articulation cable to rotate about said proximal pulley in first and second articulation directions; and
an adjustable tensioning assembly interfacing with said proximal pulley to selectively adjust said tension distance, wherein said adjustable tensioning assembly comprises:
a pulley mount supporting said proximal pulley thereon; and
a mounting shaft coupled to said pulley mount and supported in a portion of said elongate shaft assembly for selective rotation relative thereto, said mounting shaft being eccentrically attached to said pulley mount such that rotation of said mounting shaft causes said proximal pulley to move axially to adjust said tension distance between said proximal pulley axis and said point of attachment.

US Pat. No. 10,245,029

SURGICAL INSTRUMENT WITH ARTICULATING AND AXIALLY TRANSLATABLE END EFFECTOR

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A surgical instrument, comprising:an elongate shaft assembly defining a shaft axis;
a surgical end effector comprising a distal end and a proximal end, said proximal end being pivotally coupled to said elongate shaft assembly for selective pivotal travel about an articulation axis that extends transversely relative to said shaft axis, said surgical end effector selectively pivotable about said articulation axis from an unarticulated position wherein said distal end of said surgical end effector is located an unarticulated distance from said articulation axis to articulated positions wherein said distal end of said surgical end effector is located a corresponding articulated distance from said articulation axis that is less than said unarticulated distance; and
means for selectively applying articulation motions to said surgical end effector, wherein said means for selectively applying comprises a rotary gear in meshing engagement with said surgical end effector.

US Pat. No. 10,245,028

POWER ADAPTER FOR A SURGICAL INSTRUMENT

ETHICON LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A surgical instrument system, comprising:a handle, comprising:
a pistol grip;
a handle housing;
a handle battery cell positioned in said handle housing;
a handle electrical circuit, wherein said handle battery cell is configured to supply power to said handle electrical circuit; and
a handle electrical connector in communication with said handle electrical circuit; and
a supplemental battery selectively engageable with said handle, wherein said supplemental battery comprises:
a battery housing engageable with said handle housing;
a battery electrical circuit;
a supplemental battery cell positioned in said battery housing, wherein said supplemental battery cell is configured to supply power to said battery electrical circuit;
a battery electrical connector in communication with said battery electrical circuit, wherein said battery electrical connector is engageable with said handle electrical connector when said supplemental battery is engaged with said handle to place said battery electrical circuit in communication with said handle electrical circuit; and
a receptacle defined in said battery housing, wherein said pistol grip of said handle is configured to be received within said receptacle to attach said supplemental battery to said handle,
wherein said handle further comprises a connector cover configured to selectively cover said handle electrical connector, wherein said connector cover is movable by said battery housing when said pistol grip is received within said receptacle between a first position in which said connector cover inhibits accidental contact with said handle electrical connector and a second position in which said connector cover permits said battery electrical connector to engage said handle electrical connector, and wherein said connector cover is biased into said first position by a spring member.

US Pat. No. 10,245,024

STITCHING END EFFECTOR

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. An end effector comprising:a first cradle;
a first carriage moveably supporting the first cradle along a first curved path between an advanced position and a retracted position relative to the first carriage;
a first needle supported by and extending distally from the first cradle;
a first suture supported by the first needle, the first cradle and the first carriage configured to draw the first suture through tissue when the first cradle moves towards the advanced position and configured to form a first stitch loop in the first suture when the first cradle is moved from the advanced position towards the retracted position;
a second needle; and
a second suture supported by the second needle, the second needle configured to draw the second suture through the first stitch loop.

US Pat. No. 10,245,022

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR SUTURING INTRACARDIAC DEFECTS

ABBOTT LABORATORIES, Abb...

1. A method for closing a septal defect, the method comprising:following positioning one of a proximal facing surface or a distal facing surface of a first extendable locating foot to engage but not penetrate septal tissue forming the septal defect in a first atrium communicating with one end of a tunnel of the septal defect, advancing a first needle toward the first extendable locating foot to advance a suture material portion through the septal tissue;
following positioning a facing surface of a second extendable locating foot in a second atrium communicating with another end of the tunnel of the septal defect, the first atrium being different from the second atrium, the second extendable locating foot engaging but not penetrating septal tissue forming the septal defect in the second atrium, and the facing surface facing oppositely to the one of the proximal facing surface or the distal facing surface of the first extendable locating foot engaging with the septal tissue, advancing a second needle towards the second extendable locating foot to advance other suture material portion through the septal tissue; and
securing the suture material portion and the other suture material portion to close a septal defect,
wherein, the first needle is advanced from the second atrium to enter the first atrium to advance the suture material through the septal tissue and the second needle is advanced from the first atrium to the second atrium to advance the other suture material portion through the septal tissue.

US Pat. No. 10,245,021

MAGNETIC U-STITCH DEVICE

APPLIED MEDICAL TECHNOLOG...

1. A suturing device comprising:a first and second hypodermic needle;
one or more sutures comprising a magnetic tip at an end of the one or more sutures and being at least partially disposed in a cavity of the first hypodermic needle;
a magnetic retrieving probe comprising a magnetic tip and being at least partially disposed in a cavity of the second hypodermic needle; and
a suture advancement component having a cannula, the suture advancement component being at least partially disposed in the cavity of the first hypodermic needle, the one or more sutures being at least partially disposed in the cannula,
wherein the diameter of the magnetic tip of the one or more sutures is greater than an inner diameter of the cannula, and
wherein the magnetic tip of the one or more sutures and the magnetic tip of the magnetic retrieving probe have opposite polarities.

US Pat. No. 10,245,019

SELF-CINCHING SUTURE ANCHORS, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS

DEPUY SYNTHES PRODUCTS, I...

1. A surgical method, comprising:threading a suture coupled to a soft tissue through an inner lumen of a suture anchor, around a suture receiving member located in a distal end portion of the suture anchor, and back through the inner lumen, the suture having first and second terminal ends that extend out of a proximal end of the suture anchor;
implanting the suture anchor in a bone hole;
tensioning the first and second terminal ends of the suture to pull the suture around the suture receiving member and thereby pull the soft tissue toward the suture anchor; and
forming a first knot with the first and second terminal ends of the suture such that the first knot is positioned adjacent to the proximal end of the suture anchor and to a proximal end of a plug disposed within the inner lumen, the plug allowing free sliding movement of the suture within the inner lumen of the suture anchor, and the first knot having an outer diameter that prevents the first knot from passing between the suture anchor and the plug such that the first knot retains the plug within the suture anchor as tension is applied to the suture by the soft tissue.

US Pat. No. 10,245,017

KNOTLESS TWIST SUTURE ANCHOR

Biomet Manufacturing, LLC...

1. A suture anchor comprising:a first body portion having a bone-engaging feature to fixedly engage a bony tissue; and
a second body portion rotatable relative to the first body portion and having a flexible member loop coupled to the second body portion and configured for receipt of a suture; wherein rotation of the second body portion relative to the first body portion rotates the flexible member loop and is configured to cause the flexible member loop to fold upon and to frictionally engage a suture passing through the flexible member loop to form a twist to frictionally secure the suture passing through the flexible member loop, wherein the second body portion includes a recessed fixation point including a cavity on a bottom surface of a tool engaging region of the second body portion where the flexible member is coupled to the second body portion by extending through holes located on the bottom of the tool engaging region which extend into the cavity of the recessed fixation point such that the flexible member is exposed within the tool engaging region of the second body member while being recessed below the tool-engaging region.

US Pat. No. 10,245,012

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR SEALING A VASCULAR PUNCTURE

ACCESS CLOSURE, INC., Sa...

1. An apparatus for sealing a puncture through a vessel wall, the apparatus comprising:a positioning assembly including an expandable member disposed at a distal portion of the positioning assembly, the expandable member configured to move between an unexpanded state and an expanded state;
a support member, the positioning assembly configured to move axially within the support member;
a tubular member through which the support member is axially advanceable; and
a handle comprising an outer housing portion and a depressible button, wherein the button is provided in a first position in which the button is operatively coupled to the tubular member and operatively uncoupled from the support member, the button being moveable relative to the outer housing portion from the first position to a second position to retract the tubular member and advance the support member;
wherein the button has a partially depressed position in which the button is operatively coupled to the support member, the tubular member is positioned proximally compared to its position when the button is in the first position, a sealant disposed at the distal portion of the positioning assembly is at least partially exposed, and the support member is in substantially the same position as it is when the button is in the first position.

US Pat. No. 10,245,011

HEMOSTATIC AGENT APPLICATOR

OSAKA UNIVERSITY, Osaka ...

1. A hemostatic agent applicator for use in disposing a fluid hemostatic agent, comprising:a tool body in which a hollow part surrounded by a wall part is formed and which includes an open end part on a downstream side of the wall part, and which includes a top plate on an upstream side of the wall part;
an inlet provided to be inclined at a predetermined angle on the top plate of the tool body to communicate with the hollow part, and
a flexible movable member provided in the wall part, wherein:
the open end part is capable of coming into direct contact with an incision surface formed during surgery such that the tool body covers the incision surface when the open end part comes into direct contact with the incision surface, and
a diameter of the open end part is longer than a height of the wall part.

US Pat. No. 10,245,009

APPARATUS FOR SAFELY AND ACCURATELY EXCISING CORE TISSUE SAMPLES FROM PALPATED NODULES OR SURFACE LESIONS

Stephen Henry Miller, Na...

9. An apparatus for biopsying a biological mass that has been palpated by the fingertip of a user, said apparatus comprising;a housing (2) of a cylindrical shape defining a housing passageway (2A) and extending along a central axis (A) between a proximal end (2B) and a distal end (2C),
a cannula (20) of a cylindrical shape extending between ends and defining a cannula passageway and being slidably disposed in said housing passageway (2A),
said cannula (20) including a sharpened end having a crescent shape as viewed in cross section to define a point and curving from said point to define said sharpened end,
said distal end (2C) of said housing (2) being at an acute angle to said central axis (A) for disposing said sharpened end of said cannula (20) generally parallel to said distal end (20) of said housing (2),
a stylet (10) of a cylindrical shape having a pointed end and defining a slot of a rectangular shape spaced from said pointed end for being slidably disposed in said cannula passageway of said cannula (20) and for sliding outwardly from said distal end (2C) of said housing (2) with said pointed end puncturing into the biological mass with a segment of the biological mass expanding into said slot and said slot containing a biopsy of the biological mass when said cannula (20) is slid through said housing passageway (2A) outwardly from said distal end (2C) of said housing (2) to cut the segment of the biological mass, and
a first flange (4A) extending outwardly and upwardly from said distal end (2C) of said housing (2) at a first acute angle for protecting the fingertip when sliding each of said cannula (20) and said stylet (10) through said housing passageway (2A) outwardly from said distal end (2C) of said housing (2) and retracting back into said housing passageway (2A) with the biopsy of the biological mass,
a second flange (4B) extending outwardly and downward from said proximal end (2B) of said housing (2) at a second acute angle for guiding said cannula (20) and said stylet (10) into said housing passageway (2A),
characterized by,
a distal fiducial (6) of a spherical shape protruding upwardly from said first flange (4A) for touching by the fingertip of the human to precisely position the fingertip on the biological mass and indicate to the human it is safe to cut the biopsy of the biological mass,
a proximal fiducial (6) of a spherical shape protruding downwardly from said second flange (4B) for touching by the fingertip of the human to precisely position the fingertip on the biological mass and indicate to the human it is safe to cut the biopsy of the biological mass,
said flanges (4A, 4B) being arcuate in shape and having a width (y) of between one-eighth (??) and three-eighths (??),
said first acute angle being different from said second acute angle, and
each of said angles being between about 10° and about 30°.

US Pat. No. 10,245,005

ULTRASOUND TRANSDUCER PROBE WITH MICROBEAMFORMER FOR MULTILINE IMAGING

Koninklijke Philips N.V.,...

1. An ultrasonic transducer probe and system comprising:an array of transducer elements configured as a plurality of adjacent patches of transducer elements, wherein the array of transducer elements is operable to transmit a beam centered on a given patch;
a microbeamformer coupled to the transducer elements of the array comprising:
a plurality of controllable delays coupled to elements of the array to produce delayed echo signals;
a plurality of controllable switches, wherein each of the plurality of controllable switches is individually coupled to a respective one of the plurality of controllable delays to direct the respective delayed echo signal to a selected one of a summing node of the given patch, a summing node of a second patch adjacent to the given patch, and a summing node of a third patch adjacent to the given patch on an opposite side of the given patch; and
a plurality of microbeamformer outputs, each of the plurality of microbeamformer outputs coupled to at least one of the summing nodes;
a microbeamformer controller coupled to the microbeamformer and configured to:
control a first plurality of the plurality of controllable switches to direct signals from elements on a first side of the beam center to the summing node of the given patch; and
control a second plurality of the plurality of controllable switches to direct signals from elements on a second side of the beam center to the summing node of the second patch or the third patch; and
a system beamformer having a plurality of channels, each of the plurality of channels being coupled to receive a partial beamsum signal from at least one of the plurality of microbeamformer outputs, wherein the system beamformer is configured to process beamsum signals received from the patches to form multiline signals.

US Pat. No. 10,245,004

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR IMBALANCE MEASUREMENT OF ROTATING MACHINERY

General Electric Company,...

1. A balancing system for use with a rotating member disposed in a stationary housing, the balancing system configured for mounting to the stationary housing, the balancing system comprising:a first inclinometer configured to provide inclination information at a first frequency and vibration information at a second frequency, the second frequency higher than the first frequency; and
at least one processor operably coupled to the first inclinometer, the at least one processor coupled to the first inclinometer and configured to acquire the vibration information from the first inclinometer, the at least one processor configured to disregard the inclination information at the first frequency and to determine a state of balance of the rotating member using only the vibration information but not the inclination information.

US Pat. No. 10,245,002

ISOTOPE SPECIFIC CALIBRATION OF A DOSE CALIBRATOR FOR QUANTITATIVE FUNCTIONAL IMAGING

Siemens Medical Solutions...

1. A method for dose calibration for quantitative single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), the method comprising:measuring a first activity of a radioisotope sample with a high-purity Germanium detector, the radioisotope sample having a radioisotope;
normalizing the first activity by an efficiency of the high-purity Germanium detector;
measuring a second activity of the radioisotope sample with a first dose calibrator of a first SPECT system;
normalizing the second activity by an efficiency of the first dose calibrator;
calculating a bias based on the normalized first and second activities;
correcting a dose value of a radiotracer of the radioisotope with a difference in sensitivity based on the bias;
determining the difference in sensitivity by applying the calculated bias to a table of dose values for the radiotracer, the table having values measured by a second dose calibrator remote from the first SPECT system unit.

US Pat. No. 10,245,001

GENERATION OF A THREE-DIMENSIONAL RECONSTRUCTION OF A BODY PART BY AN X-RAY MACHINE

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

1. A method for an operation of an X-ray machine for generation of a three-dimensional reconstruction of a target portion of a body part, the method comprising:supplying a first X-ray capture of the target portion of the body part, captured at a first capture angle, to a computing unit of the X-ray machine, wherein the body part comprises a portion of a blood vessel or an organ;
automatically analyzing the supplied first X-ray capture of the target portion of the body part by the computing unit, wherein a center line of the portion of the blood vessel or the organ is identified;
evaluating a suitability of at least one further capture angle, by the computing unit, based on the identified center line from the automatic analysis as an axis of rotation;
setting a second capture angle on the X-ray machine, with respect to a same target portion of the body part, either automatically by the computing unit, wherein a result from the evaluation is taken into account, or manually by an operator, wherein a result from the evaluation is displayed to the operator by a display unit of the X-ray machine, wherein the second capture angle is a different capture angle than the first capture angle;
controlling an approach to the set second capture angle using a capture unit of the X-ray machine about the axis of rotation;
capturing the second X-ray capture at the set second capture angle by the capture unit; and
generating the three-dimensional reconstruction of the same target portion of the body part using the first X-ray capture and the second X-ray capture.

US Pat. No. 10,244,997

C-ARM FOR A MEDICAL EXAMINATION DEVICE OR THERAPEUTIC DEVICE

SIEMENS HEALTHCARE GMBH, ...

1. A C-arm for a medical examination device or therapeutic device, designed as a cast metal component, the C-arm including one or more reinforcement profiles, extending along the C-arm at least in certain sections, cast in.

US Pat. No. 10,244,994

CT SCAN INFLATABLE MATTRESS

Woodlark Circle, Inc., B...

1. An inflatable mattress, comprising:a top panel;
a bottom panel; and
a side panel coupled between a perimeter of the top panel and a perimeter of the bottom panel, the side panel defining a cutout sized and configured to receive a headrest therein, wherein the side panel comprises an inlet opening sized and configured to couple to an air supply hose.

US Pat. No. 10,244,993

COMPRESSION AND SHIELDING DEVICE

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A compression and shielding device for X-ray mammography, comprising:a compression element, and
a shielding,
wherein the compression element is arranged to compress a part of a breast to be examined, and
wherein the shielding is to be arranged between an X-ray source and the compression element to shield an uncompressed part of the breast from X-ray radiation, and is formed to allow the direction of X-ray radiation to the compressed part of the breast and to keep an uncompressed part of the breast uncovered.

US Pat. No. 10,244,992

INTERFACE FOR POSITRON EMISSION TOMOGRAPHY (PET) SCANNER DETECTOR MODULE

1. A Positron Emission Tomography (PET) device comprising:one or more scan detectors configured to detect radiation emitted from a patient's body placed within said PET device;
at least one coincidence processing unit (CPU) to receive data from said detectors; and
an Ethernet interface to communicate between at least one CPU and said detector,
wherein the detector is configured to transmit data, receive power, recover clock and synchronize information between the detector and the CPU through the Ethernet interface,
wherein the PET device has a clock module having a clock recovery circuitry on the detector to recover the clock from CPU, and on the CPU to recover the clock from the detector, monitor the fine difference with a Time to Digital Converter (TDC); and a synchronization module to count clock cycles to determine the coarse difference, and a direct detection of synchronization package used on master and/or slave sides to eliminate multiple peak effect.

US Pat. No. 10,244,991

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING RECOMMENDATION FOR OPTIMAL EXECUTION OF SURGICAL PROCEDURES

1. A method for providing information for a medical surgical procedure, the method comprising:acquiring, a processor, a plurality of multispectral images representing a portion of an anatomy of a patient;
performing image processing on each of the plurality of multispectral images to form a plurality of value maps, each value map identifying aspects of the portion of the anatomy of the patient by assigned values;
combining the plurality of value maps into a single recommendation map;
determining optimal points for performing the medical surgical procedure based on the single recommendation map;
displaying the optimal points for the medical surgical procedure by overlaying the optimal points on an original image of the portion of the anatomy of the patient or applying the optimal points to a robotic medical surgical procedure;
calculating diffuse reflectance values for the plurality of multispectral images;
selecting a reference diffuse reflectance value from the diffuse reflectance values and determining corresponding ratios between corresponding diffuse reflectance values and the reference diffuse reflectance value; and
determining a thickness map, as one of the plurality of value maps, corresponding to thickness of different portions of the anatomy of the patient based on the determined corresponding ratios,
wherein the optimal points for the medical surgical procedure are determined based on calculation of local maxima in the single recommendation map, which includes the thickness map, and
wherein the medical surgical procedure is at least one of suturing and stapling and the optimal points is at least one of optimal suture and stapling points.

US Pat. No. 10,244,990

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR REHABILITATION OF LIMB MOTION

THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF ...

1. A system for rehabilitation of limb motion, comprising:at least one of a thermal imaging device for imaging a subject or a plurality of sensors for sensing force or pressure exerted by a portion of the subject's body;
a processor; and
a memory operably coupled to the processor, the memory having computer-executable instructions stored thereon that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to:
receive at least one of force or pressure data measured by the sensors or image data captured by the thermal imaging device, and
calculate a quantitative measure of the subject's limb motion based on the force or pressure data or the image data.

US Pat. No. 10,244,988

METHOD, APPARATUS AND COMPUTER PROGRAM OF USING A BIO-SIGNAL PROFILE

NOKIA TECHNOLOGIES OY, E...

1. A method comprising:repeatedly and automatically, obtaining a detection of at least one bio-signal of a user of an apparatus;
determining, by the apparatus, a particular mode of operation of the apparatus in which the apparatus operated when a particular changed bio-signal was detected as changing from a first state to a second state, wherein the apparatus has a plurality of different modes of operation and wherein each different mode of operation is defined by which of at least a first application or a second application is running; and
using a bio-signal profile to determine an output to be provided by comparing each of the first state and the second state of the particular changed bio-signal to a normal range for the particular mode of operation according to the bio-signal profile,
wherein the output is determined dependent upon (1) the particular changed bio-signal having changed (a) from being outside the normal range to inside the normal range, or (b) from being inside the normal range to outside the normal range, and (2) the particular mode of operation of the apparatus in which the apparatus operated when the particular changed bio-signal was detected as changing,
wherein, in an instance in which it is determined that the particular mode of operation is a first mode of operation in which the apparatus runs the first application but not the second application, the output determined changes in response to the particular changed bio-signal changing from the first state to the second state, and
wherein, in an instance in which it is determined that the particular mode of operation is a second mode of operation in which the apparatus runs the second application but not the first application, the output determined does not change in response to the particular changed bio-signal changing from the first state to the second state.

US Pat. No. 10,244,985

WEARABLE DIAGNOSTIC DEVICE

Saleem Sayani, King of P...

1. A system comprising:one or more sensors configured to detect one or more characteristics of a user;
one or more analog-to digital converters coupled to the one or more sensors and configured to digitize one or more analog signals; and
one or more computer devices and one or more storage devices storing instructions which when executed by the one or more computer devices, cause the one or more computer devices to perform operations comprising:
receiving data indicative of a request to perform a non-invasive diagnostic test to detect a medical state of the user;
obtaining information associated with the user to create a user profile;
controlling one or more infrared laser sensors of the one or more sensors to respectively emit one or more infrared signals towards a body part of the user;
receiving, through the one or more infrared laser sensors, one or more infrared signals reflected from the body part of the user;
determining an absorption pattern based on the received one or more infrared signals;
digitizing, using the one or more analog-to digital converters, the absorption pattern;
selecting, from among a plurality of data sets stored on the one or more storage devices, a particular data set corresponding to the digitized absorption pattern;
communicating, over one or more computer networks with one or more databases, to obtain a predictive value for the non-invasive diagnostic test, the predictive value corresponding to a likely result of the requested non-invasive diagnostic test for a demographic group to which the user belongs, an indication of the demographic group being provided by the user profile;
determining a result of the non-invasive diagnostic test for the user based on the (i) predictive value corresponding to the likely result of the non-invasive diagnostic test for the demographic group to which the user belongs, and (ii) the selected particular data set; and
outputting, through a display or a speaker, the result for the non-invasive diagnostic test.

US Pat. No. 10,244,984

WEARABLE ATHLETIC ACTIVITY MONITORING SYSTEMS

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A method of monitoring an individual engaged in an athletic activity, the method comprising:detecting movement of the individual at a first time using a sensor module inseparably coupled to a textile material of a garment configured to be worn by the individual engaged in the athletic activity;
determining that the movement of the individual corresponds to a predetermined activation movement;
the sensor module entering an active state in response to the determination that the movement of the individual corresponds to the predetermined activation movement; and
detecting movement of the individual at a second time while the sensor module is in the active state.

US Pat. No. 10,244,983

MOBILE TERMINAL AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A mobile terminal, comprising:a terminal body;
a wireless communication unit configured to perform wireless communication with an external device that includes a first electrode unit positionable to permit contact with a part of a user's body;
a second electrode unit arranged in the terminal body to permit contact with another part of the user's body to form a closed loop with the first electrode unit; and
a controller configured to:
obtain a body fat measurement using a voltage formed by a current flowing between the first electrode unit and the second electrode unit when the first electrode is in contact with the part of the user's body and the second electrode unit is in contact with the another part of the user's body, and
control the second electrode unit to output the current to form an impedance when a specific function is executed, wherein the specific function is execution of a specific application for outputting a result of the body fat measurement.

US Pat. No. 10,244,977

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR EARLY DETECTION OF MILD TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY

University of Maine Syste...

1. A device for detecting brain injury by measuring sleep movement parameters comprising:a plurality of sensors, each operative at a sampling rate of at least 10 Hz to generate a plurality of temporally-associated data signals relating to sleep movements of a subject, said sensors arranged to provide both integrated and spatially segregated movement estimation for said subject, at least some of said sensors having a sensitivity capable of detecting load variances as small as 1 g;
a signal conditioning module including a conditioning circuit in communication with said plurality of sensors, said signal conditioning module operative to condition said data signals;
a processor in communication with said signal conditioning module, said processor operative to analyze said conditioned data, said processor having a module programmed for parsing the data into a plurality of bins of defined temporal duration, at least some of which bins are 60 seconds or less in duration, and for comparing the average values of each bin to differentiate among (a) bouts of quiescence, (b) bouts of macro-structural movements indicative of sleep or wake cycles, or sleep fragmentation; and (c) bouts of micro-structural movements, the micro-structural movements being useful to detect brain injury; and
a non-inverting resistor-ladder amplifier as an interface between each of the plurality of sensors and the processor.

US Pat. No. 10,244,975

MENTAL HEALTH ASSESSMENT METHOD AND KIOSK-BASED SYSTEM FOR IMPLEMENTATION

MOREHOUSE SCHOOL OF MEDIC...

1. A method for generating a medical alert in response to an assessment of a mental state of a human subject, the method comprising:retrieving a medical history of the subject from a medical histories database and accepting at least one attribute from the medical history for determination of the mental state of the subject, wherein the at least one attribute is obtained by inquiries to the subject and by measurements preformed on the subject,
presenting one or more questions to the subject about the at least one attribute from the medical history of the subject, wherein the subject is prompted with at least one question on a display of a graphic user interface of a system for assessment of the mental state of the subject, the system comprising the display, an input device, a processor, a computer-readable memory, the medical histories database, an alert database comprising a plurality of alert events, and a matrix for calculating an assessment score corresponding to the mental state of the subject;
using at least one sensor to perform one or more measurements on the subject comprising at least one of: brain activity, cardiac activity, vascular activity, peripheral neural signals, hemodynamic activity, or metabolic activity,
receiving a long form answer to the one or more questions presented to the subject and data acquired by measurements on the subject about the at least one attribute from the medical history of the subject for the determination of the mental state of the subject,
recording the long form answer to the one or more questions in the input device of the system, storing at least one response in the memory and determining whether certain pre-specified words or phrases of concern are contained in the long form answer;
programming the processor to:
calculate the assessment score corresponding to the mental state of the subject based on the long form answer and storing the assessment score in the memory, wherein the processor utilizes the matrix to calculate the assessment score based on the long form answer;
compare the one or more measurements on the subject with corresponding one or more predetermined thresholds;
determine by at least one health professional, based on the calculated assessment score and the comparison with the one or more predetermined thresholds, the mental state of the subject; and
incorporating the mental state of the subject into an electronic health record associated with the subject that is present in the medical histories database,
wherein the assessment score and the comparison with the one or more predetermined thresholds trigger the system to present an automatic alert for review by the at least one health professional if the assessment score matches an alert event in the alert database and the one or more measurements on the subject exceed corresponding one or more predetermined thresholds.

US Pat. No. 10,244,974

SINGLE-USE COMPRESSION LANCING DEVICE

FACET TECHNOLOGIES, LLC, ...

1. A single-use compression lancing device comprising:a lower housing extending from a first lower housing end to a second lower housing end, the first lower housing end comprising an opening into a lower housing cavity therein, the lower housing cavity comprising an internal surface and a first locking feature, the internal surface having at least one interengagement feature formed therein,
an upper housing extending from a first upper housing end to a second upper housing end, the first upper housing end comprising a lancet opening and the second upper housing end comprising a second opening into an upper housing cavity therein, the lancet opening and the second opening being in communication with the upper housing cavity, wherein at least a portion of the upper housing cavity defines an internal surface having an angled wall generally near the lancet opening; and
a lancet comprising a main body portion extending from a first lancet end to a second lancet end, the first lancet end comprising a needle extending therefrom and the second lancet end comprising a second locking feature for interengagement with the first lock feature, and wherein at least a portion of the main body portion comprises at least one flexible arm extending therefrom for sliding interengagement with the angled wall of the upper housing
wherein the upper housing further comprises side surfaces generally near the second upper housing end thereof, and wherein at least one of the side surfaces comprises a cantilevered finger including a chamfered surface and an overhang.

US Pat. No. 10,244,972

FLUORESCENCE OBSERVATION DEVICE, ENDOSCOPIC SYSTEM, PROCESSOR DEVICE, AND OPERATION METHOD

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. A fluorescence observation device, comprising:a signal light source that irradiates a subject with signal light having a wavelength band where an absorption coefficient changes with an oxygen saturation of blood hemoglobin;
an excitation light source that irradiates the subject with excitation light for emitting fluorescence by exciting a fluorescent material contained in the subject;
an image sensor that images the subject with the signal light and outputs a first image signal and that images the subject with the fluorescence and outputs a second image signal; and
a processor unit that
calculates an oxygen saturation of the subject for each pixel based on the first image signal,
sets a reference region of the subject based on the oxygen saturation,
sets a region of interest of the subject,
calculates a normalized fluorescence intensity indicating a normalized emission intensity of the fluorescence by dividing a region-of-interest fluorescence intensity, which is calculated using a pixel value of the region of interest of the subject in the second image signal, by a reference fluorescence intensity calculated using a pixel value of the reference region of the subject in the second image signal, and
generates a fluorescent image of the region of interest which is pseudo colored based on the normalized fluorescence intensity.

US Pat. No. 10,244,971

MOUTHGUARD FOR ANALYSIS OF BIOMARKERS FOR TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

7. A system for monitoring a user for traumatic brain injuries comprising:a lab on chip configured to receive a saliva specimen from a mouthguard and to analyze the saliva specimen to identify one or more biomarkers;
a processor configured to communicate with the lab on chip, wherein the processor creates an alert that the user of the mouthguard may have suffered a traumatic brain injury,
wherein the processor instructs the lab on chip to obtain the saliva specimen from the mouthguard in response to a determination that the user has experienced an acceleration above a threshold amount, wherein the saliva specimen is obtained after a delay period from the acceleration above the threshold amount, wherein the delay is determined based on a severity of the acceleration above the threshold amount experienced by the user, and
wherein the alert includes an indication of the one or more biomarkers, a concentration of the one or more biomarkers and an identification of the user.

US Pat. No. 10,244,970

TEST METHOD AND TEST DEVICE FOR ANALYSING A BODY FLUID

Roche Diabetes Care, Inc....

1. A method of detecting reagent layer failure on a test tape having a plurality of test fields, the method comprising the steps of:providing an unused test field of the test tape to initiate a test, wherein the test tape is in a test device having a measuring unit comprising at least one radiation source to generate at least one wavelength of light and a photodiode for reflection-photometric signal detection of the at least one wavelength of light;
photometrically scanning the unused test field with the measuring unit and detecting relative remission measurement signals of the at least one wavelength of light generated by the at least one radiation source over a duration of a waiting time prior to applying a body fluid sample to the unused test field;
calculating a control value based upon a blank measurement signal difference between relative remissions detected at a beginning and at an end of the waiting time; and
detecting a reagent layer failure and discarding the test if the control value is above zero and below a preset threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,244,969

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR FINGERPRINT AUTHENTICATION

SUPREMA INC., Seongnam-s...

1. A fingerprint authentication method performed by a fingerprint authentication device, the fingerprint authentication method comprising:acquiring partial fingerprint measurement data measured for authentication, which corresponds to a part of a fingerprint;
calculating a matching rate by comparing the partial fingerprint measurement data with reference comparison data selected among a plurality of partial fingerprint registration data stored in advance, each of the plurality of partial fingerprint registration data corresponding to a part of a fingerprint;
first determining whether the matching rate is equal to or greater than a predetermined authentication threshold; and
second determining, based on a result in said first determining, a success of the authentication to complete the authentication, or repeating said calculating and said first determining by selecting new reference comparison data among the partial fingerprint registration data that have not been selected as the reference comparison data based on whether or not the matching rate is equal to or greater than a preset threshold, which is smaller than the predetermined authentication threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,244,968

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR TRACKING A PERSON IN A MEDICAL ROOM

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. Method for tracking the position of a person in an environment relative to a medical device, comprising:providing a medical device in the environment;
providing at least one stationary device in the environment, wherein the stationary resides in a fixed position in the environment;
providing a first mobile device associates with a caregiver in the environment, and a second mobile device associated with a patient in the environment, the first and second mobile devices configured to follow any movement of the caregiver and patient in the environment;
identifying the position of the medical device in the environment;
identifying the position of the first and the second mobile devices in the environment using the at least one stationary device; and
using a processor to process data relating to the position of the first and the second mobile devices in the environment to obtain an expected position of the caregiver and the patient in the environment, data relating to the position of the medical device in the environment, and data relating to the expected position of the caregiver and the patient in the environment to obtain an expected relative position of the caregiver and the patient respectively relative to the medical device.

US Pat. No. 10,244,967

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING DIFFERENCES IN GEOMETRY OF SUBJECT ELEMENT USING LANDMARKS

Brainlab AG, Munich (DE)...

1. A method for analysing images, performed by a computer, through analysis of medical image data, comprising the steps of:obtaining medical image data from a medical imaging device, the medical imaging device generating at least a CT or MR medical image data during a scan of a patient's femur connected to a patient's pelvis;
measuring, by the computer, a first landmark vector between a femoral landmark and a second landmark at a first point in time from the medical image data;
measuring, by the computer, a second landmark vector between the femoral landmark and the second landmark at a second point in time which is later than the first point in time from the medical image data;
calculating, by the computer, an orthogonal projection of the first landmark vector into a sagittal plane and using the direction of the orthogonal projection of the first landmark vector into the sagittal plane as an element length direction;
calculating, by the computer, a direction which is perpendicular to the sagittal plane and using the calculated direction perpendicular to the sagittal plane as an element offset direction;
calculating, by the computer, the element length difference in the element length direction and the element offset difference in the element offset direction from the first landmark vector and the second landmark vector;
preparing, by the computer, for presentation and output on a display unit of a medical navigation system the calculated element length difference and using the calculated element length difference in the medical navigation system.

US Pat. No. 10,244,965

CAPNOGRAPHY DEVICE WITH CONSTANT REMOTE SURVEILLANCE AND NOTIFICATION CAPABILITIES COUPLED WITH AUTOMATED DRUG DELIVERY INSTRUMENTS

1. A capnography monitoring, notification, analysis, and drug delivery system for an individual person comprisinga) a capnography device having an exhalation capture passage; an infrared source providing an infrared beam through said passage; an infrared sensor aligned opposite said infrared source to detect voltage variations associated with carbon dioxide concentrations, inspiration length, and expiration length within said individual's captured respiratory status; a microcomputer (MCU) programmed with a capnograph waveform generating algorithm; at least one radio frequency identification (RFID) tag; an optional data storage component other than said microcomputer; and a communication component including a WIFI antenna, a Bluetooth antenna, and, optionally, a cellular communicator;
b) an external connectivity base comprising an inductive coupling component associated with said capnography device, a receiver component for reception of communicated information from said capnography device, a computer processor, and an information transfer component, wherein said external connectivity base computer processor is programmed with the same waveform generating algorithm as the capnography device;
c) a data center comprising a rules engine, and a data center computer processor, wherein said data center computer processor is programmed with the same waveform generating algorithm as the capnography device; and
d) at least one drug delivery device having an operating system programmed with the same waveform generating algorithm as the capnography device, wherein said at least one drug delivery device is automated, and wherein said drug delivery device operating system is further programmed with capnography waveform parameters associated with a drug for treatment of a subject patient therewith in relation to utilization of said capnography device;
wherein said algorithm programmed within said capnography device, said external connectivity base, said data center, and said drug delivery device operating system compiles infrared sensor measurements from said infrared sensor to generate a capnograph waveform associated therewith,
wherein said capnography device MCU further includes pre-set parameters associated with certain maximum and minimum carbon dioxide measurement concentrations, inspiration length measurement durations, and expiration length measurement durations as captured by said infrared sensor and compiled by said algorithm in a waveform,
wherein, if at any time during utilization by said individual, said parameters are exceeded in terms of said maximum or below said minimum carbon dioxide concentrations for a pre-set continuous amount of time, then said capnography device MCU generates an alarm code associated specifically with said waveform measurements for communication and immediate notification to pre-selected parties as to a condition of said individual in relation to said exhalation carbon dioxide concentration measurements,
wherein, upon such a notification action, said capnography device continues to capture carbon dioxide exhalation concentration measurements as raw data with transfer of said raw data from said capnography device MCU to at least one communication component of said at least one RFID tag, Bluetooth antenna, WIFI antenna, and/or cellular communicator for continuous transfer to at least said drug delivery device operating system and said external connectivity base, and, alternatively, also to said data center, and said capnography device MCU further generates said alarm code within said capnograph waveform generating algorithm therein as an indicator of a situation pertaining to said alarm generation,
wherein said continuous transfer to said drug delivery device operating system and said external connectivity base and/or said data center is undertaken for transfer of the alarm situation whether in terms of patient/individual respiratory status or capnography device status via compilation of said continuously transferred raw data within said capnograph generating algorithm and verification and processing thereof;
wherein said drug delivery device operating system is further programmed to provide delivery operation modification of said drug in response to said alarm code generation at said capnography device upon transfer, receipt, verification, and processing of said raw data from said capnography device MCU and generation of said waveform by said drug delivery device operating system capnography waveform generating algorithm such that any resultant waveform levels outside said parameters associated with said drug for said subject patient causes a drug delivery operation modification in response thereto,
wherein said drug delivery operation modification is selected from the activities of activating said device, deactivating said device, increasing flow of drug delivery by said device, decreasing flow of drug delivery by said device, increasing concentrations of drug within flow delivery by said device, decreasing concentrations of drug within flow delivery by said device, and any combination or combinations thereof;
wherein said capnography waveform generating algorithm located within all of said capnography device, said external connectivity base, said data center, and said drug delivery device operating system are configured to receive the same raw data from said capnography device and thus generate, as needed, the same capnography waveforms at all such locations, allowing for complete comparisons to assure said raw data and said capnography waveforms are proper; wherein said capnography device further receives power from and transfers information directly to said external connectivity base through said inductive coupling component upon placement of said capnography device within a certain proximity thereto of said external connectivity base; and
wherein said inductive coupling is further configured to provide raw data transfer and alarm code notification to said external connectivity base upon discovery of defect within said capnography device for possible remedy thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,244,964

DETECTION OF ACETONE VIA NANOSTRUCTURE SENSORS

1. A method of detecting at least one analyte selected from the group of acetone and ethanol in an environment, comprising:providing a structure comprising nanostructures in contact with titanium dioxide positioned between two conductive electrodes;
applying electromagnetic radiation to the structure for a period of time;
measuring at least one response comprising a change in conductivity or resistivity of the structure via the two conductive electrodes upon exposure to the environment subsequent to applying electromagnetic radiation to the structure for the period of time; and
determining the presence of the at least one analyte selected from the group of acetone and ethanol in the environment from the measured response.

US Pat. No. 10,244,962

MULTI-PHASE FLOW DECOMPOSITION USING ELECTRICAL CAPACITANCE VOLUME TOMOGRAPHY SENSORS

Tech4Imaging LLC, Columb...

1. A system for generating a three-dimensional tomograph of a vessel interior or other object and for multi-phase flow decomposition, the system comprising:a three-dimensional capacitance sensor device comprising a plurality of electrodes for placement around the vessel or the object, wherein the three-dimensional capacitance sensor device is adapted to provide electric field distribution and sensor sensitivity in three geometric dimensions;
data acquisition electronics in communication with the three-dimensional capacitance sensor device for receiving input data from the three-dimensional capacitance sensor device, the data acquisition electronics adapted to output electric phase shift information at different frequencies;
a processing system in communication with the data acquisition electronics, the processing system programmed with instructions for executing on the processing system to: 1) determine a plurality of frequency markers for the multi-phase flow; 2) measure electric phase shift in degrees or radians between an input signal to the sensor device and the current produced at an output of the sensor device at all of the plurality of frequency markers; 3) reconstruct a three-dimensional volume-image from the electric phase shift measured at all of the plurality of frequency markers.

US Pat. No. 10,244,958

DEVICE FOR MEASUREMENT AND EVALUATION OF CARDIAC FUNCTION ON THE BASIS OF THORACIC IMPEDANCE

MEDICAL CORPORATION USHIR...

1. A cardiac function measurement and evaluation that is a device for measuring and evaluating cardiac function in a subject, the device comprising:a thoracic impedance measuring unit;
an electrocardiogram measuring unit;
an arithmetic unit;
a storage unit; and
a display unit,
wherein
the thoracic impedance measuring unit includes drive electrodes for applying an electrical current, and receive electrodes for extracting an impedance signal, and measures a plurality of continuous sets of thoracic impedances,
the electrocardiogram measuring unit includes a signal detection module that detects electrocardiogram signals from electrodes applied to the subject, and measures a plurality of continuous sets of electrocardiogram signals,
the arithmetic unit calculates (dZ/dt)min values of the plurality of continuous sets of thoracic impedances measured by the thoracic impedance measuring unit, and preceding RR intervals (RR1), pre-preceding RR intervals (RR2), and RR1/RR2 values of continuous sets of electrocardiogram data from R waves of the electrocardiogram signal obtained by the electrocardiogram measuring unit,
the storage unit stores, as a data set: a (dZ/dt)min value of each of the sets of thoracic impedance data corresponding to an RR1 value, RR2 value, and RR1/RR2 value of each of the calculated plurality of continuous sets of electrocardiogram data,
the display unit displays each of the (dZ/dt)min values corresponding to at least one of the RR1 value, RR2 value, and RR1/RR2 value,
(dZ/dt)min values where RR1/RR2?1 are extracted as first (dZ/dt)min values which correspond to values reflecting Frank-Starling mechanism and mechanical restitution in which postextrasystolic potentiation is not involved,
(dZ/dt)min values where RR1/RR2>1 are extracted as second (dZ/dt)min values which correspond to values reflecting postextrasystolic potentiation, Frank-Starling mechanism, and mechanical restitution in which postextrasystolic potentiation is involved, and
the respective (dZ/dt)min values of the thoracic impedance data extracted as the first and second (dz/dt)min values are distinguishably plotted as a scatter plot on the display unit, wherein respective (dz/dt)min value is plotted as a Y axis of the scatter plot, and corresponding RR1 value is plotted as an X axis of the scatter plot.

US Pat. No. 10,244,957

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SELECTING A SENSING VECTOR CONFIGURATION IN A MEDICAL DEVICE

Medtronic, Inc., Minneap...

1. A method of determining sensing vectors in a medical device, comprising:sensing cardiac signals on a plurality of sensing vectors formed from a plurality of electrodes;
determining, for each of the plurality of sensing vectors, a sensing vector metric of the sensed cardiac signals;
determining, for each of the plurality of sensing vectors, a morphology metric associated with a morphology of the sensed cardiac signals, wherein determining the morphology metric comprises:
sensing an R-wave in response to the cardiac signal exceeding a sensing threshold;
determining pulses associated with the sensed R-wave;
determining, for each pulse, whether a pulse width of the pulse is less than a pulse width threshold;
determining, for each pulse, whether a pulse amplitude of the pulse is greater than a pulse amplitude threshold;
determining a number of the determined pulses having both a pulse width less than the pulse width threshold and a pulse amplitude greater than the pulse amplitude threshold; and
setting the morphology metric equal to the determined number of pulses;
determining, for each of the plurality of sensing vectors, vector selection metrics based on at least the determined sensing vector metric and the determined morphology metric; and
selecting a sensing vector of the plurality of sensing vectors based on at least the determined selection metrics.

US Pat. No. 10,244,955

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR NONCONTACT ABLATION

1. A method comprising: providing a first catheter which has a lumen and a second catheter which fits within the lumen of the first catheter, wherein one of the first and second catheters is a noncontact ablation catheter, and wherein one of the first and second catheters is a recording and positioning catheter; placing the first catheter in a body, wherein the first catheter is a hybrid catheter-sheath, and placing the second catheter within the lumen of the first catheter; positioning the recording and positioning catheter against non-target tissue in the body, wherein one or more electrodes on the recording and positioning catheter are positioned on a first side of a target tissue and one or more electrodes on the ablation catheter are positioned on an opposite side of the target tissue; making one or more electrical recordings and measurements between the one or more electrodes on the recording and positioning catheter on the first side of the target tissue and the one or more electrodes on the ablation catheter on the opposite side of the target tissue; moving the ablation catheter in a telescoping fashion with respect to the recording and positioning catheter while the recording and positioning catheter is in contact with the non-target tissue in the body and thereby adjusting an ablation making one or more electrical recordings and measurements using one or more electrodes on the recording and positioning catheter; moving the ablation catheter in a telescoping fashion with respect to the recording and positioning catheter while the recording and positioning catheter is in contact with the non-target tissue in the body and thereby adjusting an ablation position of the ablation catheter with respect to the body and a location of target tissue in the body to be ablated; and radiating energy from one or more ablation elements on the ablation catheter substantially perpendicularly to an axis of the noncontact ablation catheter only into a predefined circumferential or semi-circumferential pattern on the target tissue without reflection and without contact between the target tissue and the ablation catheter.

US Pat. No. 10,244,952

MEASURING APPARATUS AND MEASURING SYSTEM

KYOCERA Corporation, Kyo...

1. A measuring apparatus comprising:a wearing portion to be worn by a subject; and
a first sensor unit and a second sensor unit each supported by the wearing portion and each having two or more light emitting units and a light receiving unit, wherein
the first sensor unit and the second sensor unit, in acquiring a biological-information of the subject when the wearing portion is worn by the subject, are arranged having a distance of 35 mm or less from each other along a predetermined blood vessel of the subject, and
the light emitting units are arranged on both sides of the light receiving unit along a direction transverse to the predetermined blood vessel of the subject.

US Pat. No. 10,244,950

BIOLOGICAL INFORMATION DETECTION APPARATUS AND METHOD

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A biological information detection apparatus comprising:a light emitter configured to emit a light onto a subject;
a light receiver configured to detect a biological signal from the light that returns from the subject after being emitted onto the subject;
a height controller coupled with a pair of the light emitter and the light receiver that is connected to the light emitter side-by-side; and
a support member disposed on a side of the height controller and configured to be in contact with a surface skin of the subject;
wherein the height controller is configured to lift up and down the pair of the light emitter and the light receiver together to adjust a height of the light emitter from support member and a height of the light receiver from the support member to be a same height from the support member, and
wherein, when the height controller lifts up the pair of the light emitter and the light receiver, the pair of the light emitter and the light receiver are disposed at a level different from the support member.

US Pat. No. 10,244,947

METHOD FOR DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF BLOOD VESSEL

TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of treating a stenosis comprising:inserting an introducer into a first blood vessel of a patient, the introducer comprising a dilator positioned inside a selected sheath which possesses open distal and proximal ends, the dilator comprising a distal end, the introducer being inserted into the first blood vessel while the distal end of the dilator extends distally beyond the distal end of the selected sheath, the selected sheath comprising an outer diameter substantially equal to an outer diameter of a first sheath and an inner diameter substantially equal to an inner diameter of a second sheath which has a Fr size that is one Fr size larger than a Fr size of the first sheath;
drawing out the dilator from the first blood vessel and from the selected sheath while the selected sheath is kept indwelled in the first blood vessel;
inserting a diagnostic instrument into the selected sheath that is indwelled in the first blood vessel, through the first blood vessel and into a second blood vessel, the diagnostic instrument having an outer diameter inserted into the selected sheath that is smaller than a maximum outer diameter which can be inserted into and moved along the selected sheath;
diagnosing, through use of the diagnostic instrument, whether the stenosis exists in the second blood vessel;
drawing out the diagnostic instrument from the second blood vessel, the first blood vessel and the selected sheath;
inserting a therapeutic instrument or a catheter permitting insertion of the therapeutic instrument, through the selected sheath that is indwelled in the first blood vessel so that the therapeutic instrument or the catheter is inserted through the first blood vessel and then into the second blood vessel, the therapeutic instrument or the catheter having the maximum outer diameter which is permitted to be inserted into the selected sheath and moved along the selected sheath, and when the catheter permitting insertion of the therapeutic instrument is inserted through the selected sheath and the first blood vessel and into the second blood vessel, the therapeutic instrument is inserted through the catheter and the first blood vessel and into the second blood vessel; and
treating the stenosis in the second blood vessel through use of the therapeutic instrument.

US Pat. No. 10,244,946

TEMPERATURE SENSOR, TEMPERATURE MEASURING DEVICE AND MEDICAL ENGINEERING SYSTEMS COMPRISING A TEMPERATURE SENSOR OR A TEMPERATURE MEASURING DEVICE

Aesculap AG, Tuttlingen ...

1. A medical engineering system comprising at least one temperature sensor comprising a sensor element including a medium showing luminescence upon excitation, the medium showing luminescence upon excitation being a crystal, the at least one temperature sensor also comprising a light conductor which is optically connected to the sensor element and is intended for supplying the crystal with light having an excitation wavelength and/or for receiving and discharging light having a luminescence wavelength of the crystal, the medical engineering system being implemented as a surgical system, wherein the surgical system comprises a device for cutting, dissection, coagulation, sealing and/or connecting tissue structures of a patient, the device comprising an applicator tool with two applicator elements in the form of applicator jaws which can be moved relative to each other and can be transferred from an open resting position to a closed working position, the at least one temperature sensor being arranged in at least one of the applicator elements, said at least one of the applicator elements comprising at least one spacer which keeps the applicator elements in the working position at a predefined distance relative to each other, the at least one spacer forming the at least one temperature sensor, wherein the applicator jaws each extend in a longitudinal direction, and wherein the light conductor of the at least one temperature sensor extends inside one of the applicator jaws in the longitudinal direction.

US Pat. No. 10,244,943

WIDE-FIELD RETINAL IMAGING SYSTEM

Phoenix Technology Group,...

1. A hand held retinal imager including image guided optical coherence tomography (OCT), the hand held retinal imager comprising:an illumination source operable to generate illumination light;
a beam splitter operable to receive the illumination light and direct the illumination light along an optical axis;
a field lens disposed along the optical axis;
an objective lens disposed along the optical axis and operable to contact a cornea of an eye, wherein the objective lens is operable to inject the illumination light into the eye as an illumination ring;
an entrance pupil, wherein the entrance pupil and the illumination ring are located at different positions along the optical axis;
an image sensor;
an imaging lens group disposed along the optical axis between the beam splitter and the image sensor, wherein the imaging lens group is operable to form a sensor image at the image sensor;
a second beam splitter positioned within the imaging lens group; and
an OCT beam train optically coupled to the second beam splitter.

US Pat. No. 10,244,942

OPHTHALMOLOGIC PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmologic photographing apparatus comprising:a detection unit configured to detect information on movement of an eye to be examined;
a determination unit configured to determine, using the detected information, whether or not an imaging area for imaging the eye to be examined is beyond an edge of a predetermined range;
a scanning unit configured to scan the eye to be examined with scanning light;
a control unit configured to perform a tracking of the imaging area by controlling the scanning unit, using the detected information; and
a selection unit configured to select one of a plurality of modes including (a) a first mode to perform the tracking in a case where the imaging area is determined not to be beyond the edge of the predetermined range, and not to perform the tracking in a case where the imaging area is determined to be beyond the edge of the predetermined range, and (b) a second mode to perform the tracking without making the determination by the determination unit.

US Pat. No. 10,244,941

SURGICAL GUIDE AND SURGICAL METHOD

1. A surgical guide comprising:a conventional contact lens comprised of material used in a conventional contact lens and comprising a body, an external surface and an internal surface, wherein in position on an eye, the inner surface contacts the eye and the external surface is exposed, a reticule disposed on the body, whereby the reticule is used to guide a surgeon operating within the eye on which the contact lens is located;
whereby there is a reduced or no parallax error; and
wherein the contact lens will move with the eye and orient position relative to the eye to compensate for any voluntary or involuntary motion of the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,244,940

OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY FOR MEASUREMENT ON THE RETINA

Carl Zeiss Meditec AG, J...

1. An optical coherence tomograph for examining a scattering sample to be placed in an object area, the optical coherence tomograph comprising:an illumination source that emits source radiation of sweepable wavelength;
a dividing element that divides the source radiation into a reference beam path and an illumination beam path for illuminating the object area with illuminating radiation;
optics in the illumination beam path that distribute the illumination radiation into several object spots and that project these object spots to the object area, and a scanner that adjusts the lateral position of the object spots in the object area;
a detection beam path collecting radiation scattered at the object spots as measurement radiation and superimposing this measurement radiation with reference radiation guided through the reference beam path and guiding the superimposed radiations to a spatially resolving detector comprising pixels, wherein the measurement radiation from an individual object spot is guided to a detector spot covering several pixels of the detector with the detector generating signals therefrom; and
a control device processing the signals generated by the detector and generating therefrom an image of a sample provided in the object area.

US Pat. No. 10,244,938

VISION TESTING SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. A method of vision testing comprising:providing a display including an operatively associated controller configured to present a first chart of optotypes followed by a second chart of optotypes;
presenting to the patient the first chart of optotypes oriented on a set of lines of the optotypes wherein each line progressively decreases in one of size or in contrast of the optotype relative to a background on the display;
having a patient identify and read the set of lines of optotypes;
noting the last line of optotypes at which the patient can correctly identify all of the optotypes in the line of the first chart,
wherein the controller receives data regarding the last line of optotypes at which the patient can correctly identify all the optotypes in the line of the first chart;
confirming that the patient has correctly identified all of the optotypes in the line of the first chart; and
presenting to the patient the second chart of optotypes oriented on a set of lines of optotypes wherein each line of the second chart progressively decreases in one of size or in contrast of the optotype relative to a background on the display, and the size or contrast of the noted line of optotypes from the first chart for which the patient previously correctly identified all of the optotypes is presented as a first line of optotypes on the second chart on the display, and wherein the first line of optotypes on the second chart randomized with respect to the correctly identified line of optotypes from the first chart.

US Pat. No. 10,244,935

HANDLE WITH FEATURES TO SECURE A CATHETER ASSEMBLY TO AN ENDOSCOPE

Acclarent, Inc., Irvine,...

1. A dilation system, wherein the dilation system comprises:(a) a body, wherein the body comprises a distal end and a proximal end;
(b) a guide member, wherein the guide member is coupled to the distal end of the body and extends distally therefrom;
(c) a dilation member, wherein the dilation member comprises an expandable dilator, wherein the dilation member is configured to translate relative to the guide member;
(d) an endoscope, wherein the endoscope is disposed within the body and extends distally therefrom alongside the guide member and exterior to the guide member;
(e) a locking feature, wherein the locking feature is configured to selectively lock the endoscope in position relative to the body; and
(f) an actuator, wherein the actuator surrounds an exterior surface of the body, wherein a portion of the actuator protrudes radially inwardly into an inner, channel of the body to slidably couple the actuator and the dilation member to the body;
wherein the body, the guide member, the dilation member, the endoscope, and the locking feature are sized, arranged, and configured to be grasped and manipulated together by a single hand.

US Pat. No. 10,244,930

POSITIONING CLIP

1. An endoscope comprising:an inner tube and an outer tube; and
a positioning clip having a clamping frame that is configured to elastically deform to clamp the positioning clip in force-fitted connection on the inner tube or in the outer tube, the clamping frame having:
at least one inner support surface to support the positioning clip on the inner tube;
at least one outer support surface to support the positioning clip in the outer tube; and
three links each extending in a radial direction relative to a longitudinal axis of the clamping frame, said three links being separated apart from each other to provide space configured for placement of lightwave conductors between the inner tube and the outer tube, said three links having either the at least one inner support surface or the at least one outer support surface;
said positioning clip being configured to enclose only partially around an outer periphery of the inner tube from a proximal end to a distal end of the positioning clip;
wherein either one of:
the at least one inner support surface is configured to be contiguous in a connecting area with an outer surface of the inner tube, the connecting area including more than half of an outer periphery of a cross-section of the inner tube, the at least one outer support surface comprising three surfaces connected by said three links with the at least one inner support surface, or
the at least one outer support surface is configured to be contiguous in a connecting area with an inner surface of the outer tube, the connecting area including more than half of an inner periphery of a cross-section of the outer tube, the at least one inner support surface comprising three surfaces connected by said three links with the at least one outer support surface;
wherein the at least one inner support surface and the at least one outer support surface provide positioning of the inner tube in the outer tube with separation between the tubes.

US Pat. No. 10,244,924

ENDOSCOPE

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An endoscope comprising:an insertion section configured to be inserted into a subject;
a bending section disposed on a distal end side of the insertion section and bendable in at least one bending direction;
a distal end member connected to a distal end side of the bending section and having a treatment tool passage to allow a treatment tool to project outward from the distal end member;
a tube inserted into the bending section to allow the treatment tool to be inserted into the tube, the tube having at least two trench portions on an inner surface of a distal end side of the tube; and
a connection section having a central axis and having one end fixed to the distal end member so as to be communicated with the treatment tool passage, the connection section having at least two projecting portions, each having an elongated shape, at the other end of the connection section, the at least two projecting portions projecting along the central axis so as to be respectively fitted into the at least two trench portions of the tube.

US Pat. No. 10,244,923

JOINING STRUCTURE, JOINING METHOD, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING RESIN MEMBER FOR JOINING STRUCTURE

Olympus Corporation, Tok...

1. A method for manufacturing a resin member, the method comprising:providing a mold with a cylindrical opening defined by a cylindrical inner surface and having a central axis, the mold including a plurality of convex portions extending from the cylindrical inner surface radially inward toward the central axis such that each of the convex portions has a proximal end and a distal end, the convex portions being symmetrical relative to the central axis, at least two of the convex portions extending less than 180 degrees around the central axis and being aligned with one another such that an imaginary plane extending orthogonally to the central axis passes through the at least two convex portions;
providing an insert along the central axis to form a mold cavity between the insert and the cylindrical inner surface of the mold, the distal ends of the convex portions not extending to the insert such that the mold cavity includes an open space between the distal end of the convex portions and the insert;
pouring a liquid resin into the mold cavity; and
solidifying the liquid resin to form a resin member having a central axis corresponding to the central axis of the mold and a cylindrical opening formed by the insert, the resin member having walls whose thickness is defined between an outer surface of the resin member and the cylindrical opening of the resin member, the resin member having a plurality of concave portions formed by the convex portions of the mold and being symmetrical relative to the central axis of the resin member, the concave portions not extending into the cylindrical opening and causing the thickness of the walls of the resin member to be reduced at the locations of the concave portions.

US Pat. No. 10,244,921

ENDOSCOPIC SYSTEM FOR RESECTION OF TISSUE

COOK MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES...

1. Apparatus for facilitating resection of tissue, the apparatus comprising:a proximal barrel adapted to be detachably coupled to a functional endoscope;
a distal barrel coupled to the proximal barrel, the distal and proximal barrels each having a lumen partially overlapping with the lumen of the other, wherein the distal barrel comprises an outer circumferential region forming a substantially circular shape; and
a cutting member disposed within a lumen of the distal barrel and configured to resect a segment of tissue,
wherein a central longitudinal axis of the proximal barrel is radially offset from a central longitudinal axis of the distal barrel, and
wherein the central longitudinal axis of the distal barrel is radially aligned with a working lumen of the endoscope.

US Pat. No. 10,244,920

HINGE FOR DOORS OF ELECTRICAL HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCES

NUOVA STAR S.p.A., Zola ...

1. A hinge for a door of an electrical household applicance provided with a decorative front panel slidably mounted relative to the door along a direction which is orthogonal to an axis of rotation of the door, the hinge comprising,a first element which is fixable, in use, to a frame of the electrical household appliance, the first element including a guide member which is integral with the first element,
a first pin,
a second element pivoted on the first element via the first pin and which is fixable, in use, to the door so that the door can be opened or closed by tilting relative to the frame of the electrical household appliance,
a tie rod pivoted on the second element and including a first cam profile, the first cam profile engaging with the guide member,
an elastic member operatively coupled to the tie rod for applying, in use, a retaining action on the door during movement of the door from a closed position to an open position,
a kinematic unit configured to impart, to the decorative front panel, a movement relative to the door to determine mutual sliding between the door and the decorative front panel,
wherein the kinematic unit comprises a first body which is connected to the first element, a second body pivoted on the first body and having a longitudinal guide, and a connecting linkage between the first body and the second body, the connecting linkage controlling movement of a bracket which is connectable with the decorative front panel, the bracket being slidable along the longitudinal guide;
a second pin defining a fulcrum of the first body and the second body;
wherein the connecting linkage comprises a first lever and a second lever, the first lever having a first longitudinal end and a second longitudinal end opposite the first longitudinal end, the second lever being pivoted on the first lever and on the second pin;
wherein the first body includes a second cam profile and the first lever includes a follower member for engaging the second cam profile;
wherein the follower member is positioned at the first longitudinal end and the first lever is connected to the bracket at the second longitudinal end.

US Pat. No. 10,244,919

DETECTING OPERATIONAL STATE OF A DISHWASHER

Electrolux Home Products ...

1. A method of detecting an operational state of a dishwasher, the dishwasher comprising a dishwasher circulation pump, the dishwasher being configured to operate at least a first washing cycle, wherein (a) during the first washing cycle the circulation pump is caused to be operated at a first rotational speed and (b) the first washing cycle corresponds to a first operational state, the method comprising the steps of:causing operation of a motor driving the dishwasher circulation pump to operate the dishwasher circulation pump at a second rotational speed, the second rotational speed differing from the first rotational speed;
measuring operating current of the motor driving the dishwasher circulation pump in response to causing operation of the motor driving the dishwasher circulation pump at the second rotational speed;
determining whether the dishwasher operates in a second operational state differing from the first operational state based on the measured circulation pump motor operating current at the second rotational speed, wherein the second rotational speed is selected based on a change in operating current of the motor being more easily detected at the second rotational speed than at the first rotational speed.

US Pat. No. 10,244,918

DISH WASHER AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SAME

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A method of controlling a dish washing machine which comprises a nozzle which sprays washing water, a pump which supplies the washing water to the nozzle, a vane which redirects the washing water sprayed from the nozzle to a dish, and a filter which filters garbage in the washing water, the method comprising:identifying whether the vane arrives located at a position adjacent to the nozzle in response to a drainage operation;
rotating the vane approaching the position adjacent to the nozzle;
stopping a movement of the vane based on whether the vane arrives at the position adjacent to the nozzle; and
spraying the washing water from the nozzle by driving of the pump, where the washing water sprayed from the nozzle is redirected to a rear wall by the rotated vane and strikes the rear wall.

US Pat. No. 10,244,916

CLEANING ROBOT AND METHOD OF CLEANING THEREOF

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A cleaning robot comprising:a primary robot comprising a first controller configured to control a plurality of first sensors, a first communication module, a first moving apparatus, and a first cleaning assembly; and
at least one secondary robot comprising a second controller configured to control a plurality of second sensors, a second communication module, a second moving apparatus, and a second cleaning assembly;
wherein the plurality of first sensors are configured to collect a plurality of environmental parameters associated with a target zone inaccessible to the primary robot;
the first controller is configured to drive the first moving apparatus and the first cleaning assembly to perform a first cleaning task outside the target zone, to generate a first command signal based on the plurality of environmental parameters, and to control the first communication module to transmit the first command signal to the second communication module;
the second controller is configured to drive the second moving apparatus to have a secondary robot moving into the target zone and operate the second cleaning assembly of the secondary robot to perform a second cleaning task inside the target zone, upon receiving the first command signal from the second communication module;
the plurality of second sensors comprise a first sensor to detect trash amount collected by the second cleaning assembly and a second sensor to detect cleaning agent amount stored in the second cleaning assembly; and
the second controller is configured to determine that the second cleaning task is finished when the first sensor detects no change in the trash amount over a certain period of time or the second sensor detects the cleaning agent amount to be substantially below a threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,244,913

DEBRIS MONITORING

iRobot Corporation, Bedf...

1. An autonomous cleaning apparatus comprising:a drive system to navigate the cleaning apparatus about a floor surface while the cleaning apparatus cleans the floor surface;
a debris sensor having a field of view beyond a perimeter of the cleaning apparatus, wherein the debris sensor is configured to detect debris or an obstacle on the floor surface; and
a controller configured to
navigate the cleaning apparatus, in response to the debris sensor detecting the debris, toward the detected debris, and
navigate the cleaning apparatus, in response to the debris sensor detecting the obstacle, away from the detected obstacle.

US Pat. No. 10,244,909

DUST AND ALLERGEN CONTROL FOR SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

1. A cyclone bin assembly for a surface cleaning apparatus, the cyclone bin assembly comprising:a) a dirt collection region for a cyclone, the dirt collection region having an openable door; and,
b) a flexible closure member moveable to a deployed position wherein a first portion of the closure member is provided on the cyclone bin assembly and a second portion of the closure member closes the upper end of a refuse container, whereby when the closure member is in the deployed position, a closed volume is provided which includes an interior volume of the refuse container and the openable door is located in the closed volume.

US Pat. No. 10,244,907

CLEANING APPARATUS

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A cleaning apparatus comprising:a cleaning unit including a power consumption unit and a first coupling portion;
a transport device for automatically moving the cleaning unit, and
a stick unit able to be coupled to the cleaning unit and which allows the cleaning unit to move when gripped by a user,
wherein the stick unit comprises:
a second coupling portion able to be coupled with the first coupling portion;
an operation portion operable to separate the second coupling portion from the first coupling portion; and
a power transfer portion for transferring an operation force of the operation portion to the second coupling portion,
wherein the transport device comprises a wheel and a motor for driving the wheel,
wherein the motor operates to allow the cleaning unit to automatically move when the stick unit is separated from the cleaning unit, and
wherein the motor maintains a stationary state when the stick unit is connected to the cleaning unit.

US Pat. No. 10,244,906

HAND CARRYABLE SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

1. A hand vacuum cleaner having an upper end and a lower end, the hand vacuum cleaner comprising:(a) a suction motor and fan assembly having a front end, a rear end and a suction motor axis of rotation;
(b) an air treatment member having a front end and a rear end and a central longitudinal axis extending between the front and rear ends wherein the central longitudinal axis extends generally horizontally when the hand vacuum cleaner is oriented with the upper end above the lower end;
(c) a pre-motor filter housing having a front end, a rear end, an upper end, a lower end, spaced apart opposed lateral sides extending between the front end and the rear end and an openable door, wherein the pre-motor filter comprises a longitudinally extending filter media having a hollow interior and a longitudinal filter axis, and the longitudinal filter axis is generally orthogonal to the central longitudinal axis; and,
(d) a pre-motor filter media provided in the pre-motor housing and removable when the door is opened, the pre-motor filter media having a front side and a rear side
wherein the openable door is openable while the air treatment member is provided on the hand vacuum cleaner.

US Pat. No. 10,244,900

CUTTING AND DISPLAY TRAY FOR CUTTING PROPORTIONAL SIZED PIECES OF PIZZA

Nuova Vita Corporation, ...

1. A pizza cutting guide comprising:a circular base for supporting and cutting pizza,
said base having first and second planar surfaces, at least one circular centering guide, and a plurality of self-centering cutting grooves formed in at least one of the planar surfaces that intersect to subdivide the surface into a plurality of equal sized, equally spaced pie-shaped segments to facilitate, center, and guide the movement of a cutting utensil in cutting the pizza, and
an elongate handle extending from the base,
wherein the base and the elongate handle define a peripheral edge,
wherein said at least one centering guide disposed inwardly from said peripheral edge on the planar surface having said cutting grooves;
wherein said at least one centering guide facilitates the placement of the pizza in the center of the cutting surface; and
wherein each of said cutting grooves has terminal ends and a middle portion,
wherein the middle portion has a uniform width and depth, and has a V-shaped cross section that that opens toward said the planar surface having said cutting grooves;
wherein flared openings end on said peripheral edge and are widest at the peripheral edge and taper to the width of the middle portions; and
wherein said plurality of cutting grooves are equally spaced to facilitate cutting equal size slices of pizza;
wherein one of said cutting grooves extends on and along said elongate handle and one of its flared openings is located at an end of said elongate handle.

US Pat. No. 10,244,898

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATED PREPARATION OF FOOD-BASED MATERIALS

1. An apparatus for preparation of food items, comprising:a first food ingredient dispensing head defining a first drive lock and a first base member;
a second food ingredient dispensing head defining a second drive lock and a second base member;
a robot assembly within reach of the first and second food ingredient dispensing heads, the robot assembly having a dispensing master comprising:
a product head adapter configured to selectively couple to the first drive lock or the second drive lock of either food ingredient dispensing head; and
clamping arms configured to selectively slide over the base member of either food ingredient dispensing head;
the first and second food ingredient dispensing heads are each selected from a group consisting of: a sauce dispensing head configured to dispense sauce, a cheese dispensing head configured to dispense cheese, a sliced food dispensing head configured to slice and dispense food, and a ground food dispensing head configured to dispense ground food, wherein the dispensing master is operably connectible to each of the first and second food ingredient dispensing heads;
a support surface configured to store the first and second food ingredient dispensing heads within reach of the robot assembly;
a food preparation surface within reach of the robot assembly for preparing food items; and
a controller in electronic communication with the robot assembly via a communication link.

US Pat. No. 10,244,893

SANDWICH MAKING APPLIANCE AND METHOD OF MAKING A SANDWICH WITH THE SAME

Hamilton Beach Brands, In...

1. An appliance for cooking a food item, the appliance comprising:a bottom housing having a top surface;
a top housing having a bottom surface, the top housing being movably attached to the bottom housing, the top housing selectively moveable between a closed position and an open position; and
a cooking assembly positionable between the top surface of the bottom housing and the bottom surface of the top housing when the top housing is in the closed position, the cooking assembly comprising a top heated plate, a bottom heated plate, and a center ring therebetween;
the cooking assembly's top heated plate is selectively movable between (i) an open position and (ii) a closed position in which a top cooking cavity is selectively formed by the cooking assembly's top heated plate and the bottom surface of the top housing when the top housing is in its closed position;
the cooking assembly's bottom heated plate is selectively movable between (i) an open position and (ii) a closed position in which a bottom cooking cavity is selectively formed by the top surface of the bottom housing and the bottom heated plate;
the cooking assembly further comprising a center cooking cavity selectively formed by the top heated plate, the center ring, and the bottom heated plate when the top and bottom heated plates are in their respective closed positions.

US Pat. No. 10,244,892

LIQUID CONTAINER AND MODULE FOR ADJUSTING TEMPERATURE OF LIQUID IN CONTAINER

Ember Technologies, Inc.,...

1. A module for adjusting a temperature of a liquid in a container, comprising:an elongate portion sized for insertion into a container configured to hold a liquid, the elongate portion having an outer surface configured to contact the liquid in the container about the circumference of the elongate portion, the elongate portion housing therein one or more heating or cooling elements configured to facilitate heat transfer between at least a portion of the elongate portion and the liquid in the container; and
an adaptor removably coupleable to a proximal end of the elongate portion, the adaptor having an inner circumferential wall that defines a central opening of the adaptor into which the proximal end of the elongate portion at least partially extends when coupled to the adaptor so that the inner circumferential wall is disposed about an outer circumferential wall of the elongate portion, the adaptor further comprising an outer circumferential wall spaced apart from the inner circumferential wall so as to define one or more passages therebetween that extend linearly along an entire length of the adaptor and that allow a fluid to pass therethrough, the adaptor further comprising a rim at a proximal end of the outer circumferential wall, the rim extending radially outward from the outer circumferential wall,
wherein the adaptor is configured to couple to an opening of the container such that the rim of the adaptor contacts a rim of the container that defines the opening of the container and so that the outer circumferential wall of the adaptor is disposed in the opening of the container against an inner wall of the container that defines the opening of the container so that the elongate portion extends into the container so that at least a portion of the elongate portion is submerged in the liquid in the container, the one or more passages configured to allow the liquid to exit the vessel while the module is disposed in the container, thereby allowing a user to consume the liquid in the container while the module is disposed in the container.

US Pat. No. 10,244,890

BEVERAGE PREPARATION DEVICE AND OPERATING METHOD

1. A beverage preparation device, comprising at least one water pump for supplying water to a first continuous-flow heater (17), which is embodied for generating hot water, and to a second continuous-flow heater (18), which is also embodied for generating hot water and/or for generating steam, and comprising a control unit for controlling the at least one pump (15, 16) as well as the continuous-flow heaters (17, 18) for realizing different operating modes,wherein the first continuous-flow heater (17) is connected to a first inlet (3) of a manifold valve (21) via a first connecting line (20) and the second continuous-flow heater (18) is connected to a second inlet (1) of the same manifold valve (21) via a second connecting line (22), and wherein the manifold valve (21) is embodied in such a manner that the first inlet (3) and the second inlet (1) are fluidically connected to separate outlets in a first switch position and that the first inlet (3) as well as the second inlet (1) are fluidically connected to a common outlet in a second switch position, and wherein the manifold valve (21) is a disk valve, comprising disks, which can be rotated relative to one another via an electric motor for setting different switch positions.

US Pat. No. 10,244,889

MULTI-PURPOSE COFFEE MAKER POD HOLDER

1. A multi-purpose beverage pod holder for a beverage brewing apparatus, comprising:a flange having a planar front side including first and second members joined at a central necked element;
a wall extending orthogonally from the flange, the wall including an indicator to signal the brewing apparatus of an orientation of the pod holder;
a first cylindrical wall defining a first packet retaining member, the first cylindrical wall implemented on a first surface of the pod holder, the first cylindrical wall having a first diameter; and
a second cylindrical wall on a second surface of the pod holder, the second surface opposite the first surface of the pod holder, the second cylindrical wall having a second diameter that is larger than the first diameter and defining a second packet retaining member;
wherein a first orientation of the pod holder indicates to the brewing apparatus the first packet retainer member is in use, and a second orientation of the pod holder indicates to the brewing apparatus the second packet retainer member is in use; and
wherein the flange locks the pod holder in the brewing apparatus when a pod securing mechanism of the brewing apparatus closes on the pod holder.

US Pat. No. 10,244,888

SYSTEM FOR MIXING BEVERAGES AND METHOD OF DOING THE SAME

Gudpod Corp., Newburgh, ...

1. A method of making a beverage using a machine, the method comprising:receiving, in the machine, a module having a code thereon, the module having a plurality of compartments therein storing a composition, each of the plurality of compartments being separated from the other of the plurality of compartments to prevent cross contamination between the plurality of compartments, the composition being sealed within the plurality of compartments via a sealing membrane;
responsive to the receiving the module, reading, via a scanner of the machine, the code on the module to obtain information associated with how to mix the composition;
receiving a vessel in the machine such that the vessel is engaged therewith; and
responsive to receiving an input, via the machine, to initiate operation of the machine, operating the machine to make the beverage based at least in part on the obtained information, the operating including:
puncturing the sealing membrane such that the composition falls from the module into the vessel;
introducing a potable liquid into the vessel from a reservoir of the machine; and
mixing, via a mixing paddle, the composition and the potable liquid in the vessel to make the beverage from a bottom orientation of the vessel, the mixing including rotating the mixing paddle.

US Pat. No. 10,244,885

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR A REUSABLE BEVERAGE FUNNEL FILTER

1. A system to brew a predetermined amount of liquid comprising:a funnel with conical sidewalls with a first outlet;
a cartridge holder being configured to be removable coupled with the funnel, the cartridge holder being configured to receive liquid from the first outlet, the cartridge holder including a support structure positioned on a lower end of the cartridge holder, the support structure having a second outlet and an oblong shape, the support structure securing the system in an upright position, wherein a bottom length of the support structure is longer than a diameter of an upper surface of the cartridge holder, the bottom length of the support structure is shorter than a diameter of an upper surface of the funnel, and a bottom width of the support structure is shorter than the diameter of the upper surface of the cartridge holder, and the bottom width is shorter than the bottom length, wherein the support structure is positioned below the cartridge holder;
a tack positioned on the support structure, the tack being configured to extend into a lower surface of a hollow body of the cartridge holder, the tack being configured to puncture a brewing pod positioned within the cartridge holder, the tack including a stem and a conical top, a first circumference of the stem being less than a second circumference of a base of the conical top, wherein the conical top includes a cutout extending around ninety degrees of the conical top from an apex of the conical top to the base, the base being positioned adjacent to the stem, the tack being misaligned with a center of the support structure.

US Pat. No. 10,244,883

BAYONET-FITTING PRESSURE COOKER PROVIDED WITH GUIDE ELEMENTS

SEB S.A., Ecully (FR)

1. A cooking utensil for cooking food under pressure comprising:a vessel;
a lid;
a bayonet-fitting locking system comprising a first series and a second series of locking projections integral respectively with the lid and with the vessel;
a lid subassembly that comprises said lid and a support attached to said lid in such a manner that said lid can pivot relative to said support, said lid subassembly and said vessel being configured to associate with each other in at least a first arrangement in which the lid overlies the vessel so that said first series of projections are significantly higher than said second series of projections, and a second arrangement obtained from said first arrangement by moving said lid subassembly downwards until said first series of projections are significantly lower than said second series of projections, said support and said vessel also being provided respectively with complementary first and second guide elements that are configured to co-operate mutually whenever said lid subassembly and said vessel are associated with each other in said first arrangement in order to guide said lid subassembly as it moves downwards; and
a first positioning element that is carried by said support and that is configured to interact mechanically with a complementary second positioning element carried by the vessel, when said lid subassembly and said vessel are associated with each other in said second arrangement, so as to lock a relative angular positioning of the support and of the vessel in a horizontal plane.

US Pat. No. 10,244,881

DRAPE HAVING STABILIZER

Hunter Douglas Inc., Pea...

1. A drape system comprising:a drapery support;
a panel of material having a length, a width, a top edge, a front, a back, a first side edge, a second side edge opposite the first side edge, the panel having a series of spaced apart pleats and a single pocket, the single pocket positioned adjacent the first side edge of the panel, the panel connected to the drapery support in a manner which enables the panel to move along the drapery support from a closed, drawn position to an open, stacked position; and
a stabilizer within the pocket, the stabilizer connected to the drapery support.

US Pat. No. 10,244,880

BEVERAGE CONTAINERS, HEAT TRANSFER PAD, AND RELATED SYSTEM AND METHODS

1. A beverage container comprising:a base having a base lateral dimension;
a stem extending upwardly from a stem lower end coupled to the base to a stem upper end, the stem having a heat pipe extending between the stem lower end and the stem upper end, and the stem having a stem lateral dimension smaller than the base lateral dimension; and
a bowl coupled to the stem upper end and extending upwardly of the stem, the bowl defining a liquid chamber having an upper opening.

US Pat. No. 10,244,879

BEVERAGE CARAFE WITH IMPROVED LIQUID FLOW

Hamilton Beach Brands, In...

1. A beverage carafe comprising:a beverage reservoir;
a channel for directing a flow of liquid from the reservoir when the carafe is tilted for dispensing the liquid, the channel having a floor and an elongated protrusion projecting upward from the floor, the protrusion being transverse to the flow of the liquid through the channel and having a curved distal face and curved sides;
a throat positioned such that the liquid flows from the reservoir through the throat to the channel;
a flapper that pivots between a down position in which the throat is at least partly closed off and an up position for dispensing, the flapper having a concave bottom surface to direct the flow of the liquid toward the channel; and
wherein the throat has opposing flat side edges such that opposing vent openings are defined between the concave bottom surface of the flapper and the flat side edges of the throat when the flapper is in the down position.