US Pat. No. 11,065,018

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR ADVANCING A CATHETER TO A TARGET SITE

IMPERATIVE CARE, INC., C...


1. A method of advancing a catheter to a target vascular site, comprising the steps of:providing a catheter having a lumen with a rail extending therethrough, the catheter having a catheter distal end and the rail having a rail distal end;
with the rail distal end at least about 10 cm distal to the catheter distal end, advancing the rail distal end to the target vascular site; and thereafter
advancing the catheter along the rail to the target vascular site.

US Pat. No. 11,065,017

DEVICES, SYSTEMS AND METHODS TO REMOVE BLOOD CLOTS

Ischemicure Ltd., Louisv...


1. A system for removing a blood clot from a blood vessel of a patient, comprising:a catheter defining a lumen therethrough and having a radially expandable proximal member extending from a distal end portion of the catheter, the proximal member being open at its distal end and configured to receive at least a portion of the blood clot when the blood clot is urged in a proximal direction within the vessel;
a guidewire defining a lumen therethrough and having a radially expandable distal seal attached thereto, the guidewire being slidably disposable within the lumen of the catheter, the guidewire defining perforations configured to convey a gas therethrough, the distal seal being open at its proximal end and configured to radially expand to engage with an interior wall surface of the blood vessel in response to gas conveyed via the guidewire as the gas exits the perforations; and
a fluid pressure delivery apparatus operative to convey the gas through the guidewire lumen and the perforations when the perforations are disposed within the blood vessel and distal to the blood clot, such that the gas as it exits the perforations causes the distal seal to expand and engage with the interior wall to prevent blood flow across the distal seal.

US Pat. No. 11,065,016

PATIENT SPECIFIC INSTRUMENTS AND METHODS FOR JOINT PROSTHESIS

HOWMEDICA OSTEONICS CORP....


1. A joint prosthesis bone preparation system, comprising:a first reference bushing having a distal portion configured to be advanced into a first portion of an anatomical joint;
a second reference bushing having a distal portion configured to be advanced into a second portion of the anatomical joint; and
a patient specific guide, comprising:a first surface, a second surface opposite the first surface, and at least one cutting or guiding feature extending from the first surface to the second surface, the second surface having a first bone interface portion and a second bone interface portion, at least one of the first bone interface portion and the second bone interface portion comprising a mating reference feature to provide isolated contact with a bone reference,

wherein the first surface is an anterior surface and the second surface is a posterior surface, the at least one cutting or guiding feature extends from the anterior surface to the posterior surface, the posterior surface has a first reference feature configured to contact the first reference bushing, and the posterior surface has a second reference feature configured to contact the second reference bushing;
wherein when the patient specific guide is coupled with the first and second reference bushings a clearance gap is provided between the posterior surface and at least one of the first portion of the anatomical joint and the second portion of the anatomical joint.

US Pat. No. 11,065,015

NAVIGATED PATELLA CLAMP

Howmedica Osteonics Corp....


1. A patella clamp comprising:first and second jaw members defining first and second jaw positions of the patella clamp on the patella bone, the first and second jaw positions being located superiorily to a patellar resection plane;
an actuation member coupled to the first and second jaw members for moving the first and second jaw members along a plane toward and away from one another;
a tracker capable of receiving and transmitting digital information including a three-dimensional model of an unresected patella bone, wherein the tracker is configured to define the position of the patella clamp on the unresected patella bone based on the three-dimensional model; and
an adjustable stylus for contacting an articular high point of the patella bone,
wherein the tracker and adjustable stylus are coupled to the patella clamp, the adjustable stylus being both linearly and rotatably adjustable.

US Pat. No. 11,065,014

PUNCTURE TOOL GUIDING DEVICE

KABUSHIKIKAISHA KKYSS, H...


1. A puncture tool guiding device for guiding a puncture tool to form a pilot hole through which a pedicle screw is buried in a pedicle, the puncture tool guiding device comprising:a linear reference pin that is positionable forward from a rear side of a spine toward a target point of a pedicle base and serves as a reference,
a tubular sleeve having a sleeve central axis disposed at a predetermined insertion angle to the reference pin, and having a distal end that is open toward the target point and through which the puncture tool is passable and guidable, and
a rod member that couples a proximal side of the reference pin to the sleeve and maintains the sleeve central axis at the predetermined insertion angle to the reference pin, wherein a slit for confirming, by an X-ray fluoroscopic image, whether or not the puncture tool guiding device is installed accurately on the pedicle is formed in a side surface of the sleeve, and the slit is formed such that a length direction of the slit is orthogonal to the reference pin.

US Pat. No. 11,065,013

POSITIONING DEVICE FOR FIXING A POL Y AXIAL PLATE IN A TUBULAR BONE

OT MEDIZINTECHNIK GMBH, ...


1. A positioning device for positioning and/or fixing a plate to a bone, comprising:a push-in sleeves arrangement; and
a guiding bow, wherein the guiding bow is designed at least in one section thereof as a push-in section to be inserted into a sleeve of the push-in sleeves arrangement or comprises or is connected to such push-in section;
wherein the guiding bow one of comprises and is connected to:an adjusting device, wherein the adjusting device comprises at least one targeting device, and wherein the at least one targeting device is designed to at least partially receive an interlocking device or an instrument for acting on the interlocking device, wherein the adjusting device comprises an opening for guiding the targeting device and the instrument,

the push-in sleeves arrangement having a plurality of sleeves for the insertion of the push-in section of the guiding bow wherein the sleeves comprise each a longitudinal axis, and wherein not all of the longitudinal axes of the sleeves are parallel to each other, the push-in sleeves arrangement being configured to receive the push-in section of the guiding bow.

US Pat. No. 11,065,012

DEBRIDER WITH DECLOGGING FEATURE

Gyrus Acmi, Inc., Westbo...


1. A debrider comprising:an outer member, and
an inner member located inside of the outer member, the inner member comprising an aspiration channel, a distal opening, and a cutting opening through which matter enters the aspiration channel during a medical procedure;
wherein the outer member comprises a declogging feature that is configured to be at least partially received into the aspiration channel; and
wherein the distal opening extends along a first plane relative to a center longitudinal axis of the aspiration channel and the cutting opening extends along a second, different plane relative to the center longitudinal axis of the aspiration channel.

US Pat. No. 11,065,011

TOOLS FOR ASSISTING IN OSTEOTOMY PROCEDURES, AND METHODS FOR DESIGNING AND MANUFACTURING OSTEOTOMY TOOLS

EPISURF IP-MANAGEMENT AB,...


1. A surgical saw guide suitable for use in osteotomy and the temporary osteotomic removal of a distal portion of a tibia for exposing the talus dome for treatment, comprising:an inner engagement surface adapted to conform to at least a portion of the lower portion of the tibia;
a slit configured to receive a saw cutting tool and to guide the saw cutting tool to form a single cut in a straight direction at an angle to at least a portion of the inner engagement surface of said saw guide for removal of the distal portion of a tibia, wherein said slit is further configured to guide the saw cutting tool to form a single osteotomy saw cut at an angle within the angle range of 15-50 degrees to the longitudinal tibial axis of a patient; and
a drill guide having at least one hole configured to guide the drilling of a hole in a straight direction at an angle relative to the saw cutting direction provided by the guidance of said slit, wherein the at least one hole is configured to guide the drilling past a plane formed by the single saw cut and into inner portions of the tibia, wherein the inner portions of the tibia are portions remaining when the osteotomy is performed and the distal portion of the tibia is removed.

US Pat. No. 11,065,010

HEMOSTATIC DEVICE

TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...


1. A hemostatic device comprising:a band adapted to be wrapped around a limb of a patient at a site on the limb where bleeding is to be stopped;
securing means for securing the band to the limb in a wrapped state;
an inflatable portion connected to the band and adapted to be inflated by injecting gas;
an injection part which is adapted to inject gas into the inflatable portion; and
a tube body adapted to connect a lumen of the inflatable portion and a lumen of the injection part,
wherein the tube body has a hole portion opening into the inflatable portion and a cover portion disposed on the tube body and configured to cover the hole portion,
wherein the cover portion has a communication portion that allows communication between the lumen of the inflatable portion and the lumen of the injection part by gas discharged from the hole portion when gas is injected into the inflatable portion from the injection part, and
wherein an outer surface of the tube body and a portion of an inner surface of the cover portion are in contact with each other in a state in which gas is not injected into the inflatable portion from the injection part, and are not in contact with each other in a state in which gas is injected into the inflatable portion from the injection part.

US Pat. No. 11,065,009

VASCULAR EXPANDABLE DEVICES

COVIDIEN LP, Mansfield, ...


1. A system comprising:a delivery catheter; and
an expandable device implantable across an aneurysm in a cerebral blood vessel of a patient, the expandable device comprising:a generally tubular sidewall formed of a plurality of braided strands, at least some of the strands having a cross-sectional diameter of less than 0.001 inches, wherein the sidewall has a number of pores between the strands, and the pores are sized to have a flow-diversion effect with respect to an aneurysm when the sidewall extends across the aneurysm;
a compressed state in which the expandable device is positioned within the delivery catheter, the expandable device having a compressed state diameter of 0.027 inches or less, corresponding to an inside diameter of the delivery catheter; and
an expanded state in which the expandable device has an expanded state diameter and is at a full expansion distance of 14 mm or less, the full expansion distance corresponding to a longitudinal distance beyond a distal opening of the catheter at which the distal end of the expandable device attains the expanded state diameter,
wherein at least a portion of the expandable device remains within the delivery catheter at the full expansion distance.


US Pat. No. 11,065,008

EMBOLIC COIL

SHINSHU UNIVERSITY, Mats...


1. An embolic coil formed by being spirally wound by an element wire to be filled into an aneurysm, comprising:a first coil portion that contains at least three large-diameter coil portions wound to have a large diameter and at least three small-diameter coil portions wound to have a diameter smaller than that of the large-diameter coil portions, said the large-diameter coil portions and the small-diameter coil portions being alternately present in a longitudinal direction of the embolic coil; and
a second coil portion, which is continuous with the first coil portion and wound to have a flatter surface than the first coil portion, wherein
the second coil portion is at least three times longer than the large-diameter coil portions of the first coil portion in the longitudinal direction,
each of the large-diameter coil portions has a maximum outer diameter in a center and an outer diameter of each of the large-diameter coil portions decreases gradually and symmetrically in the longitudinal direction, and
the first coil portion contains the small-diameter coil portions between the adjacent large-diameter portions that are directly connected thereto.

US Pat. No. 11,065,007

ENDOVASCULAR OCCLUSIVE DEVICE AND ASSOCIATED SURGICAL METHODOLOGY


1. A medical method comprising:providing a flow occlusive medical device having a superstructure;
inserting, into a target blood vessel of a patient in a direction of blood flow, said medical device with said superstructure in a collapsed configuration;
thereafter expanding said superstructure of said flow occlusive medical device from the collapsed configuration to an at least partially expanded deployment or use configuration inside the target blood vessel of the patient so that the at least partially expanded superstructure extends across the target blood vessel and engages an endothelial surface of such blood vessel upstream of a vascular pathology to cause flow cessation or arrest through said target blood vessel;
via a catheter extending through a channel or passageway in said superstructure, conducting an occlusive surgical intervention to insert or deploy a first flow-occlusion implant on a distal side of the at least partially expanded deployment or use configuration of said superstructure and on a downstream side of said vascular pathology;
after completion of said occlusive surgical intervention, removing said catheter from said superstructure;
permanently closing said channel or passageway after withdrawal or removal of said catheter from said superstructure; and
after the permanent closing of said channel or passageway, leaving said flow occlusive medical device implanted in said target blood vessel to form a second flow-occlusion implant therein spaced from said first flow-occlusion implant and to create therewith a segmental vessel occlusion of said vascular pathology.

US Pat. No. 11,065,006

DUAL INFLATABLE ARTERIAL PROSTHESIS

Endologix LLC, Irvine, C...


1. A system, comprising:an inner filling structure configured to be inflated with a hardenable material to produce a first seal with a first portion of an artery at a first end of the inner filling structure; and
an outer filling structure having an inner surface that surrounds at least a portion of the inner filling structure, the outer filling structure inflatable to occupy a space within an aneurysm
wherein the inner filling structure is configured such that a diameter of the inner filling structure varies along a length of the inner filling structure when the inner filling structure is in an inflated state.

US Pat. No. 11,065,005

RELOAD ASSEMBLY FOR A CIRCULAR STAPLING DEVICE

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...


1. A reload assembly comprising:a shell housing including an inner housing portion and an outer housing portion, the inner housing portion spaced from the outer housing portion to define an annular cavity between the inner and outer housing portions;
a staple cartridge supported on a distal portion of the shell housing, the staple cartridge having a plurality of staple pockets, each of the staple pockets receiving a staple;
a pusher supported within the annular cavity, the pusher movable between a retracted position and an advanced position to eject the staples from the staple cartridge;
a knife carrier including a body defining a longitudinal axis and supporting a knife, the body of the knife carrier defining a central bore and a longitudinal slot communicating with the central bore, the inner housing portion of the shell housing being positioned within the central bore of the knife carrier such that the knife carrier is movable about the inner housing portion of the shell housing between advanced and retracted positions;
a catch fixedly secured to the shell housing and positioned within the annular cavity of the shell housing; and
a locking member supported on the knife carrier, the locking member movable from a biased state to an unbiased state, wherein in the unbiased state, the locking member is positioned to engage the catch to retain the knife carrier in the retracted position.

US Pat. No. 11,065,004

ANVIL ASSEMBLY WITH SLIDING SLEEVE

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...


1. An anvil assembly comprising:an anvil center rod assembly defining a longitudinal axis;
a head assembly pivotally secured to the anvil center rod assembly and movable relative to the anvil center rod assembly from a first tilted position, through an operative position, to a second tilted position; and
a sleeve member disposed about the anvil center rod assembly, the sleeve member being movable from a distal position to a proximal position as the head assembly moves from the first tilted position, through the operative position, to the second tilted position.

US Pat. No. 11,065,003

TREATMENT METHOD FOR JOINING BIOLOGICAL ORGANS

TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...


1. A treatment method comprising:providing a sheet-like main body portion of a medical device for promoting adhesion between biological tissues between a first joint target site and a second joint target site of a biological organ to be joined, the main body portion comprising a first split piece and a second split piece separated from the first split piece by at least one slit running from a periphery of the main body portion to a hole portion disposed in the main body portion;
placing the first split piece into contact with a first area of one of the first joint target site and the second joint target site;
joining the first joint target site and the second joint target site to each other in a state where at least a portion of the first split piece of the main body portion of the medical device is interposed between the first joint target site and the second joint target site at the first area;
placing the second split piece into contact with a second area of one of the first joint target site and the second joint target site such that the second split piece is arranged adjacent to the first split piece; and
joining the first joint target site and the second joint target site to each other in a state where at least a portion of the second split piece of the main body portion of the medical device is interposed between the first joint target site and the second joint target site at the second area.

US Pat. No. 11,065,002

CROSSING OCCLUSIONS IN BLOOD VESSELS

BRIDGEPOINT MEDICAL, INC....


14. A method of crossing an occlusion in a true lumen of a blood vessel via a vascular wall, comprising:advancing an orienting device into a subintimal space of the vascular wall until a distal end of the orienting device is positioned distal of the occlusion, the orienting device including a shaft having a wall defining a first aperture opening in a first direction away from a longitudinal axis of the orienting device, the first aperture being longitudinally spaced apart from a second aperture opening in a second direction away from the longitudinal axis of the orienting device different from the first direction;
advancing a distal end of a re-entry device having a pre-bent configuration through the orienting device and into contact with a layer of the vascular wall immediately adjacent the orienting device;
observing the distal end of the re-entry device exit the orienting device through the first aperture or the second aperture to determine which aperture faces the true lumen; and
advancing the distal end of the re-entry device out the aperture that faces the true lumen until the distal end of the re-entry device is positioned within the true lumen.

US Pat. No. 11,065,001

ANCHOR MAGAZINE

Valtech Cardio, Ltd., Or...


1. An apparatus for use with an anchor driver, the apparatus comprising:an anchor-storage device, comprising:a housing, shaped to define a channel having an anchor-storage zone and a proximal opening configured to provide access for the anchor driver to the anchor-storage zone; and
a retaining member; and

a tissue anchor, stored in the anchor-storage zone and slidable through the channel, wherein the retaining member:has a retaining state in which the retaining member is configured to retain the tissue anchor in the anchor-storage zone while engaging a proximal surface of the tissue anchor, and
is configured to move away from the retaining state in response to a proximally-directed force applied to the tissue anchor, to allow the tissue anchor to leave the anchor-storage zone in response to the proximally-directed force, the proximally-directed force being greater than a pre-determined threshold force.


US Pat. No. 11,065,000

SURGICAL BUTTRESSES FOR SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS

COVIDIEN LP, Mansfield, ...


1. A surgical stapling apparatus comprising:an end effector having an anvil assembly and a staple cartridge assembly; and
an anvil buttress retention system releasably disposed on the anvil assembly, the anvil buttress retention system including an anvil buttress and a retention member, the anvil buttress including a central portion positioned adjacent to a tissue facing surface of the anvil assembly and a pair of wings extending from the central portion and positioned adjacent to side surfaces of the anvil assembly to define a u-shaped channel configured to receive the anvil assembly therein, the retention member including an elongated body having a free end and a looped end, the elongated body looped around at least a portion of the anvil buttress, through side edges of the central portion, and extending adjacent inner surfaces of the pair of wings such that the free and looped ends are disposed above the u-shaped channel of the anvil buttress, the free end of the elongated body extendable through the looped end of the elongated body in an untightened configuration such that the anvil buttress retention system is slidable relative to the anvil assembly, the free end of the retention member movable relative to and through the looped end to a tightened configuration to secure the anvil buttress retention system to the anvil assembly.

US Pat. No. 11,064,999

SURGICAL STAPLER HAVING A POWERED HANDLE

Applied Medical Resources...


1. A handle assembly for a surgical stapler, the handle assembly comprising:a handle body, the handle body comprising a stationary handle and a trigger movably coupled to the handle body;
a power system within the handle body, the power system comprising a motor and a power source positionable within the handle body;
an actuation shaft operatively coupled to the power system, the actuation shaft longitudinally slidable within the handle body;
a position sensor configured to determine the longitudinal position of the actuation shaft; and
a control system electrically coupled to the power system, the trigger, and the position sensor, the control system configured to define a motor drive logic profile to define at least one operational parameter for the motor at a position of the actuation shaft corresponding to a grasper zone, a lockout zone, and a firing zone, wherein the control system comprises a haptic feedback module, wherein the haptic feedback module driving the motor in a substantially square wave profile rapidly alternating directions to produce vibration of the handle assembly without movement of the actuation shaft, and wherein the substantially square wave profile comprises delay segments.

US Pat. No. 11,064,998

SURGICAL INSTRUMENT WITH WIRELESS COMMUNICATION BETWEEN A CONTROL UNIT OF A ROBOTIC SYSTEM AND REMOTE SENSOR

Cilag GmbH International,...


1. A surgical system, comprising:a robotic system, comprising:a control unit; and
a drive assembly operably coupled to said control unit, wherein said drive assembly comprises a first rotatable drive member and a second rotatable drive member, and wherein said drive assembly is operable by inputs from an operator and configured to provide a first rotary output motion to said first rotatable drive member and a second rotary output motion to said second rotatable drive member, wherein said first rotary output motion is independent from said second rotary output motion; and

a surgical instrument, comprising:an end effector, comprising:a distal end;
a first component selectively movable between a first position and a second position relative to a second component in response to a first control motion applied to said first component; and
a tissue cutting system, comprising:a rotatable drive screw; and
a tissue cutting element, wherein said rotatable drive screw is configured to push said tissue cutting element toward said distal end in response to a second rotary input motion;


an elongate shaft assembly, comprising:a first spine portion operably coupled to said end effector;
a second spine portion, wherein said first spine portion is pivotally coupled to said second spine portion at an articulation joint to facilitate the articulation of said end effector about an articulation axis; and
a control portion in operable communication with said movable first component of said end effector; and

an instrument mounting portion configured to be removably attached to and operably interface with said drive assembly, wherein said second spine portion extends from said instrument mounting portion, and wherein said instrument mounting portion comprises:a first rotatable driven element configured to be engaged with said first rotatable drive member of said drive assembly to receive said first rotary output motion from said first rotatable drive member;
a second rotatable driven element configured to be engaged with said second rotatable drive member of said drive assembly to receive said second rotary output motion from said second rotatable drive member to transmit a second control motion; and
a movement assembly in operable engagement with said first rotatable driven element and said control portion, wherein said movement assembly is configured to transmit said first control motion to said movable first component of said end effector through said control portion, and wherein said first control motion corresponds to said first rotary output motion.



US Pat. No. 11,064,997

SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENT

Cilag GmbH International,...


1. A surgical stapling instrument, comprising:a shaft;
an articulation joint; and
an end effector assembly articulatable relative to said shaft by way of said articulation joint, said end effector assembly comprising:a first jaw;
a second jaw, wherein at least one of said first jaw and said second jaw is movable relative to the other of said first jaw and said second jaw;
a staple cartridge comprising a plurality of staples, wherein each said staple of the plurality of staples comprises an unfired configuration and a fired configuration;
an anvil configured to deform said staples into said fired configuration when said staples are deployed from said staple cartridge; and
a firing system, comprising:a sled movable within said staple cartridge and configured to deploy said staples from said staple cartridge as said sled moves from a proximal position of said staple cartridge to a distal position of said staple cartridge, wherein deployment of said staples occurs during a staple firing stroke, wherein said staple firing stroke is complete when each said staple of the plurality of staples is in said fired configuration; and
a cutting member configured to deploy to cut tissue clamped with said instrument during a cutting firing stroke, wherein said cutting firing stroke occurs only after said staple firing stroke is complete.



US Pat. No. 11,064,996

INDIRECT ATTACHMENT OF A NEEDLE TO A MESH SUTURE

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY, ...


1. A medical device comprising:a surgical needle;
an elongate suture having a first end attached to the surgical needle and a second end located away from the surgical needle, the elongate suture including a plurality of fibers defining a mesh wall extending between the first end and the second end, and a plurality of pores extending through the mesh wall, wherein each of the pores has a pore size in a macroporous size range of 200 microns to 4 millimeters, and wherein the pores are adapted to facilitate tissue integration through the mesh wall when the elongate suture is introduced into a body; and
multiple intervening segments disposed between attaching the first end of the elongate suture and the surgical needle, wherein the multiple intervening segments are connected together to attach the surgical needle to the first end of the elongate suture.

US Pat. No. 11,064,995

SURGICAL DEVICE WITH TRIGGER OPERATED NEEDLE

ARTHREX, INC., Naples, F...


16. A method, comprising:pressing on a trigger of a surgical device such that the trigger rotates into contact with a needle and such that the trigger slides in a distal direction to advance the needle within a bore of a handle of the surgical device.

US Pat. No. 11,064,994

LAPAROSCOPIC SUTURING DEVICES, NEEDLES, SUTURES, AND DRIVE SYSTEMS

ReViable Surgical, Inc., ...


1. A suture magazine comprising:a set of sutures, each suture of the set of sutures comprising a fastener, an anchor, and a suture thread extending between the fastener and the anchor;
a suture mover supporting the set of sutures between a first end and a second end of the suture magazine; and
a biasing element coupled to the suture mover and biasing the set of sutures toward the first end of the suture magazine, the biasing element contributing to an advancing mode of the suture magazine wherein, in the advancing mode, a leading suture of the set of sutures is displaced from the first end of the suture magazine by a compressive force applied by at least one of the biasing element and the suture mover, wherein the leading suture of the set of sutures is exposed at the first end and aligned with a suture needle,
wherein the suture magazine comprises:a first operation mode in which a piercing end of the suture needle is rotated in a first direction and engages the fastener of the leading suture to displace the fastener through a tissue and through the anchor, and
a second operation mode in which the suture needle is rotated in a second direction opposite the first direction and engages the anchor of the leading suture to displace the anchor from the first end of the suture magazine.


US Pat. No. 11,064,993

SURGICAL BUTTON INSERTER SYSTEM AND METHOD

PARCUS MEDICAL, LLC, Sar...


1. A method of inserting a surgical button, comprising the steps of:providing a surgical button inserter device comprising:an inserter handle;
an elongated inserter shaft connected at one end to the inserter handle;
an inserter head connected to the inserter shaft at an end opposite to the inserter handle, the inserter head comprising opposing engagement projections for engaging and retaining a surgical button there between and in an axial orientation relative to the elongated shaft, one of the engagement projections being longitudinally movable relative to the other of the engagement projections, one of the engagement projections comprising an engagement protrusion; and,
a button engage and release assembly extending from the inserter handle to the inserter head, the engagement and release assembly preventing relative longitudinal movement between the engagement projections, and selectively permitting relative longitudinal movement of the engagement projections and thereby release of the surgical button, the engage and release assembly being operable from the inserter handle to cause relative longitudinal movement of the engagement projections and release of the surgical button; a surgical button comprising an engagement depression, wherein the engagement protrusion can engage the engagement depression in the surgical button to retain the surgical button;

securing the surgical button between the engagement projections in an axial orientation relative to the inserter shaft, and with the engagement protrusion engaged to the engagement depression of the surgical button;

manipulating the button inserter to position the surgical button in a target location;manipulating the button engage and release assembly to move one of the engagement projections longitudinally and to thereby release the surgical button.

US Pat. No. 11,064,992

TISSUE REPAIR ASSEMBLY

ArthroCare Corporation, ...


1. A soft material anchoring system comprising:an anchoring implant comprising braided fibers, having an elongate state for inserting into a bone tunnel, and a radially expanded state wherein the anchoring implant is configured to expand into walls of the bone tunnel;
a suture extending along and through a sidewall of the anchoring implant, wherein the suture is configured to adjust the anchoring implant from the elongate state to the radially expanded state; and
a binding element at least partially extending within the anchoring implant, the binding element comprising a binding portion and a non-binding portion, the binding portion larger in diameter than the non-binding portion and configured to lock the anchoring implant in the radially expanded state.

US Pat. No. 11,064,991

TETHER LINE SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR TONGUE OR OTHER TISSUE SUSPENSION OR COMPRESSION

Siesta Medical, Inc., Lo...


1. A method for performing glossopexy, comprising:providing a variable-thickness suspension line comprising: a suture having a first thickness dimension, the suture extending axially along the suspension line, and an elastomer coating a portion of the suture and defining a central segment of the suspension line having a second thickness dimension greater than the first thickness dimension, wherein the portion of the suture coated by the elastomer comprises a coiled section of the suture configured to provide limited compliance to the suspension line, and wherein areas of the suture not coated by the elastomer define lateral ends of the suspension line, wherein the suture consists of a monolithic strand which continually runs the length of the suspension line such that the strand extends through the entire central segment of the suspension line defined by the elastomer, and wherein the elastomer does not coat all of the suture;
passing the suspension line through the base of the tongue to form a loop in the suspension line; and
tensioning the suspension line to suspend the tongue.

US Pat. No. 11,064,990

CARDIAC RETRACTOR

LSI Solutions, Inc., Vic...


1. A cardiac retractor, comprising:an outer tube;
a fixed collar fixedly coupled to a proximal end of the outer tube;
a fixed link fixedly coupled to a distal end of the outer tube;
an inner tube rotatable within the outer tube;
a fixed key coupled to a proximal end of the inner tube and configured to rotate the inner tube relative to the outer tube;
a keyed link coupled to a distal end of the outer tube; and
a first set of side links pivotably coupled to each other;
a second set of side links pivotably coupled to each other;
a set of opposing links pivotably coupled to each other; and
wherein:the first set of side links is pivotably coupled between the fixed link and the opposing links; and
the second set of side links is pivotably coupled between the keyed link and the opposing links.


US Pat. No. 11,064,989

MULTI-PLY RETRACTOR/STABILIZER AND WOUND EXPOSURE DEVICE AND METHOD OF USE

GSQUARED MEDICAL LLC, Br...


1. A multi-ply adhesive device comprising:a top layer, a backing layer and a middle layer between the top and backing layers; the middle layer being comprised of at least one middle ply and having a middle layer top surface and a middle layer bottom surface, said at least one middle ply being stretchable;
a middle-ply adhesive applied to substantially the entirety of the middle layer bottom surface to removably adhere the backing layer to the middle layer bottom surface;
at least one bottom ply tab integral with the device; the bottom ply tab comprising an inner edge defined by a cut extending through the top and middle layers such that when the at least one bottom ply tab is pulled away from the top and middle layers, at least a portion of the backing layer will be removed from the middle layer to expose the adhesive of the middle layer; and
at least one top ply tab integral with the device; the at least one top ply tab comprising an inner edge defined by a cut extending through the bottom and middle layers such that when the top ply tab is pulled away from the bottom and middle layers, at least a portion of the top layer will be removed from the middle layer.

US Pat. No. 11,064,988

IMPLANTABLE SCAFFOLD AND METHOD

LAP IQ INC, Los Altos, C...


1. A process for inserting a biodegradable implantable device into a trocar defect produced by a trocar placed in a fascia wall of a patient, the fascia wall comprising tissue having a thickness, the tissue have an inner surface and an outer surface, the biodegradable device having an inner scaffold, connector, and outer scaffold, the inner scaffold and outer scaffold detachably connected to an applicator and to each other, the applicator having an inner section, outer section and a handle, where the inner section is detachably connected to the inner scaffold, the outer section is detachably connected to the outer scaffold, the inner section is attached to the handle, and the inner section is slidable inside the outer section, the process comprising:attaching the applicator to the inner and outer scaffold creating an assembly, so that the outer scaffold is on an end of the outer section and the inner scaffold is a distance away from the outer scaffold, the distance being greater than the thickness of the tissue,
placing the assembly inside the trocar,
pushing the assembly through the trocar defect so that the outer scaffold is above the trocar defect and the inner scaffold is below the trocar defect,
removing the trocar while keeping the outer scaffold above the trocar defect and the inner scaffold below the trocar defect,
pulling back on the handle so that the inner scaffold is against the inner surface of the tissue,
pushing on the outer section of the applicator until the outer scaffold is against the outer surface of the tissue,
detaching the outer section from the inner section,
pushing down on the outer section while holding the inner section in place, until the inner scaffold is engaged with the outer scaffold by an engagement mechanism,
retracting the inner section, and
detaching the applicator from the scaffold assembly.

US Pat. No. 11,064,987

VOLUMETRIC GRAFTS FOR TREATMENT OF FISTULAE AND RELATED METHODS AND SYSTEMS

Cook Biotech Incorporated...


1. A method of forming a medical graft useful for treating a fistula, the fistula having a fistula passage extending from a primary opening to a secondary opening, the method comprising:placing a rolled biocompatible sheet material into a mold; and
drying the rolled biocompatible sheet material within the mold so as to stabilize the rolled biocompatible sheet material in a form comprising a plug body extending from a leading end to a trailing end, said plug body comprising a tapered head and an elongate portion such that a plug diameter at said leading end is smaller than a second plug diameter at said trailing end, wherein the medical graft is configured for receipt in the fistula such that the tapered head is wedged within the primary opening when the elongate portion is pulled through the primary opening towards the secondary opening, wherein the medical graft has an interior filled with contacting layer portions of the rolled biocompatible sheet material, said drying bonds the contacting layer portions of the rolled biocompatible sheet material together, and wherein the tapered head has a maximum diameter larger than a maximum diameter of the elongate portion.

US Pat. No. 11,064,986

VASCULAR HOLE CLOSURE DEVICE

Rex Medical, L.P., Consh...


1. A hole closure device for closing an aperture in a vessel wall, the aperture having an external opening in an external region of the vessel wall and an internal opening in an internal region of the vessel wall, the hole closure device comprising:a first member;
a second member having an opening, an upper surface facing the first member and a lower surface opposite the upper surface, the opening extending from the upper surface to the lower surface, the opening being accessible from the upper surface and spaced inwardly from each side of the second member; and
a flexible connecting member operatively connecting the first member and the second member, the first member fixedly secured to the flexible connecting member at a fixed attachment, wherein the flexible connecting member extends through the opening extending through the second member, the flexible connecting member extending through the opening from the upper surface and exiting the lower surface and extending so it is spaced inwardly from each side of the second member, the flexible connecting member advances the first member toward the second member, wherein movement of the flexible connecting member in a proximal direction advances the first member toward the second member in a distal direction, the flexible connecting member being restricted from movement and retained in a fixed position by engagement of the flexible connecting member within the opening in the second member until a sufficient predetermined proximal force is applied to the flexible connecting member to override a restriction force and free it from being restricted, the opening encircling the flexible connecting member and configured to engage and retain the flexible connecting member.

US Pat. No. 11,064,985

TISSUE PLUG


1. A device for treatment of hollow anatomical structures comprising:a. a first portion;
b. a second portion;
c. an axial member configured to be oriented through a hollow anatomical structure and is connected to the first portion and the second portion;
d. at least one occluding member which adjusts upon said axial member to fill the hollow anatomical structure,
e. a first portion reinforcing element that is oriented substantially perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the axial member;
f. a second portion reinforcing element;
g. a collar attached to at least one of the first and second portion reinforcing elements, and
h. a second axial member comprising an end portion advanceable to move the first portion away from the second portion and stretch the occluding member,
wherein the at least one of the first and second portion reinforcing elements is located between the collar and the at least one occluding member,
wherein the at least one occluding member is configured to adjust within the hollow anatomical structure upon longitudinal translation along the axial member,
wherein the first portion is either fixedly or slidably connected to the axial member and wherein the second portion is either fixedly or slidably connected to the axial member provided that the first portion and the second portion are not both fixedly attached to the axial member,
wherein said at least one occluding member is collapsible by tensioning the axial member from an initial state with an initial length to a deployed state with a length shorter than said initial length and wherein said deployed occluding member is configured to conform to the geometry of a tract formed by the hollow anatomical structure and comprises a material that is bunched and has loft to aid in filling the tract formed by the hollow anatomical structure,
wherein said first portion is an anchoring member which is expandable from an initial state with an initial diameter to a deployed state with a diameter greater than said initial diameter,
wherein the device is adapted for catheter delivery, and
wherein the device is adapted to be removed and redeployed.

US Pat. No. 11,064,984

SPECIMEN CONTAINMENT DEVICE

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...


1. A specimen containment device, comprising:an actuation assembly including:a handle assembly;an elongated member extending distally from the handle assembly and defining a longitudinal axis;
a release rod extending distally from a portion of the handle assembly; and
a holding assembly disposed distally of the elongated member, at least a portion of the holding assembly movable from a first position where the at least a portion of the holding assembly is disposed along the longitudinal axis, to a second position where the at least a portion of the holding assembly is disposed at a non-parallel angle with respect to the longitudinal axis;


a bag assembly;
a bag locking mechanism disposed in mechanical cooperation with the handle assembly of the actuation assembly and configured to enable the actuation assembly to selectively retain the bag assembly, wherein the bag locking mechanism includes:a proximal portion coupled to a proximal portion of the release rod and extends through a proximal handle of the handle assembly; and
a distal portion coupled to a distal end of the release rod and is configured to selectively extend through an opening of a securing structure of the bag assembly, and wherein the distal portion is disposed at a non-parallel angle relative to the longitudinal axis; and

an articulation locking assembly disposed in mechanical cooperation with the handle assembly of the actuation assembly and configured to selectively lock the holding assembly in the first position.

US Pat. No. 11,064,983

EXTERNAL HAND CONTROL FOR SURGICAL POWER TOOL

DePuy Synthes Products, I...


1. A control device for a surgical power tool comprising:a housing sized and configured to removably couple to a surgical power tool, the housing comprising a top housing coupled to a bottom housing;
a control unit including a PCB (printed circuit board), the control unit located within the housing, wherein the control unit is configured to wirelessly transmits user input information received at an input surface to a surgical power tool;
the input surface provided at the housing for receiving a user input, wherein the user input information varies in response to at least one of a pressure, a location, and a direction of the
user input at the input surface, and further wherein the input surface including an anchor coupled to a bottom surface of the input surface and coupling the input surface to the housing, where the anchor extends from the bottom surface of the input surface and through openings provided in the control unit and PCB such that the input surface is coupled to the bottom housing; and
a cover slidably coupled to the housing such that the cover is movable between a first position over at least a portion of the input surface, and a second position away from the input surface, the cover including a downwardly extending arm slidably engaged to at least one of a side surface and a bottom surface of the housing.

US Pat. No. 11,064,982

SYSTEMS, DEVICES AND METHODS FOR TISSUE REMOVAL AND ANALYSIS

SYNAPTIVE MEDICAL INC., ...


1. A tissue removal and optical detection probe, the probe comprising:an elongate tissue removal device having a distal portion comprising a sampling region with an external region configured to contact a tissue sample of a patient;
an optical fiber configured to optically interrogate the tissue sample, said optical fiber having a distal end in optical communication with the external region; and
a fluid-fillable conduit having a distal aperture in fluid communication with the external region for collecting a fluid sample from the tissue sample, said optical fiber being externally spatially located from and parallel to the fluid-fillable conduit;
the fluid-fillable conduit coupled with a flow mechanism for drawing the fluid sample therein by one of passively collecting the fluid sample using a capillary action and actively collecting the fluid sample using a pumping action, the flow mechanism comprising a fluid processing device, the fluid processing device comprising a microfluidic device, the microfluidic device comprising a plurality of channels performing a plurality of distinct preprocessing functions prior to analytical interrogation, each channel of the plurality of channels having a dimension in a range of up to approximately 1 mm, the plurality of distinct preprocessing functions comprising at least two of separation, extraction, assay, and lysis, and
the fluid-fillable conduit coupled with an optical detection subsystem configured to optically interrogate the fluid sample collected in said fluid-fillable conduit,
whereby said fluid-fillable conduit forms an optical waveguide.

US Pat. No. 11,064,981

TISSUE REMOVAL DEVICE AND METHOD OF USE

Merit Medical Systems, In...


1. A tool for acquiring a tissue comprising:an inner tube;
an outer tube located concentrically outside the inner tube, wherein the outer tube comprises an open distal end;
a partoff tab comprising a rectangular shaped projection that projects from a distal end of the inner tube, wherein a first end of the partoff tab is coupled to the distal end of the inner tube and the second end of the partoff tab is coupled to the outer tube; and
a handle interoperative with the inner tube and the outer tube,
wherein the inner tube and the outer tube are configured to rotate with respect to the handle while rotationally fixed with respect to each other.

US Pat. No. 11,064,980

FLEXIBLE TISSUE COLLECTION DEVICE

Lenkbar, LLC, Naples, FL...


3. An assembly for collecting tissue from a body cavity, the assembly comprising:a piercing instrument comprising a first proximal end, a first distal end, and a shaft extending between the first proximal end and the first distal end; and
a collection instrument comprising a hollow tubular body, the tubular body comprising a proximal end portion that terminates at a second proximal end, a distal end portion that terminates at a second distal end, and a middle section extending between the proximal end portion and the distal end portion, the middle section having a first end contiguous with and next to the proximal end portion, and a second end contiguous with and next to the distal end portion, the tubular body comprising a tubular wall extending between the second proximal end and the second distal end, the tubular wall defining an outer wall surface and an inner wall surface, the tubular wall surrounding a passage that extends from the proximal end portion of the tubular body to the distal end portion of the tubular body, the passage adapted to receive at least one portion of the piercing instrument in a telescoping arrangement, the middle section of the tubular body comprising an articulating section that allows a portion of the tubular body to articulate relative to the proximal end portion, the distal end portion comprising at least one suction port extending from the outer wall surface to the inner wall surface, the at least one suction port providing a path of fluid communication between the outer wall surface and the passage for drawing in said tissue from a body cavity when the tubular body is connected to a source of negative pressure, and when the distal end portion is placed in proximity to said tissue from a body cavity,
the passage terminating at the second distal end to define a distal opening,
the distal end portion of the tubular body defining a core drill for smoothly shaving bone and collecting a core of bone marrow in a preserved state as the tubular body is advanced into a bone cavity, the core drill comprising at least a first cutting section and a second cutting section, with the passage extending between the first and second cutting sections and adapted to receive said core of bone marrow in said preserved state through said distal opening,
the core drill having an outer wall adjacent to the outer wall surface of the tubular body,
the outer wall of the core drill being cylindrical and having a uniform outer diameter size along its entire length, and
wherein:
the first cutting section comprises a first cutting edge at the second distal end and a first flute extending parallel to the longitudinal axis of the tubular body from the first cutting edge towards the second end of the of the middle section and terminating at a first flute end,
the second cutting section comprises a second cutting edge at the second distal end and a second flute extending parallel to the longitudinal axis of the tubular body from the second cutting edge towards the second end of the of the middle section and terminating a second flute end, and
the at least one suction port comprises at least one first suction port that is separate from the distal opening and located adjacent to the first flute and between the first cutting edge and the first flute end.

US Pat. No. 11,064,979

REAL-TIME ANATOMICALLY BASED DEFORMATION MAPPING AND CORRECTION

Analogic Corporation, Pe...


1. A method, comprising:generating a real-time ultrasound image of an anatomy of interest of a subject being scanned, wherein the real-time ultrasound image is currently generated from ultrasound echoes currently acquired during the scan, and at least a sub-portion of the anatomy of interest is deformed from an initial location to a different location by pressure applied by an external force;
obtaining, during the scan, a 2-D slice, which corresponds to a same plane as the real-time ultrasound image, from previously acquired 3-D reference image data, wherein a corresponding sub-portion is at the initial location;
determining, during the scan, displacement fields for the sub-portion from the different location of the sub-portion, the initial location of the corresponding sub-portion, a location of other anatomy in the real-time ultrasound image, and a location of the other anatomy the 3-D reference image data, wherein the location of other anatomy in the real-time ultrasound image and the location of the other anatomy the 3-D reference image data have overlapping image coordinates, the other anatomy is not-deformed in the real-time ultrasound image by the pressure applied by the external force, and the other anatomy is not-deformed in the 3-D reference image data by the pressure applied by the external force,
wherein the real-time ultrasound image and the 3-D reference image data include common segmented structures, and further comprising:determining a displacement of the sub-portion from the contours of the sub-portion, the corresponding sub-portion and the other anatomy not deformed in the real-time ultrasound image and the 2-D slice;
measuring a first distance between a contour of the sub-portion and a contour of the other anatomy in the real-time ultrasound image;
measuring a second distance between a corresponding contour of the corresponding sub-portion and a corresponding contour of the other anatomy in the 2-D slice; and

determining a differential displacement of the sub-portion from the first and second distance; and
deforming, during the scan, the 3-D reference image data using the displacement fields, which creates deformed 3-D reference image data based on the different location, wherein the displacement field is determined with the differential displacement.

US Pat. No. 11,064,978

ULTRASOUND DIAGNOSTIC APPARATUS AND OPERATION METHOD OF ULTRASOUND DIAGNOSTIC APPARATUS

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...


1. An ultrasound diagnostic apparatus comprising:an ultrasound transducer comprising two-dimensionally arranged ultrasound vibration elements; and
a processor comprising hardware, wherein the processor is configured to:set scan conditions comprising an amount of delay related to drive timing of the ultrasound vibration elements;
drive the ultrasound transducer based on the scan conditions, to generate an ultrasound beam;
scan a plane by transmitting and receiving the ultrasound beam multiple times while changing the direction of the ultrasound beam; and
acquire an ultrasound slice image of the plane along a sound axis of the ultrasound beam, based on ultrasound data acquired by the scanning,

wherein the processor is configured to:acquire a plurality of ultrasound slice images by scanning a plane multiple times in a three-dimensional space while changing the direction of the plane;
form three-dimensional volume data based on the plurality of the ultrasound slice images;
receive an instruction for setting a position of a cut surface, and set, based on the received set position of the cut surface, the cut surface at the position comprising a position of a surface intersecting with the sound axis;
generate a first ultrasound slice image of the cut surface from the three-dimensional volume data; and
determine a focal length of the ultrasound beam or a focal depth of the ultrasound beam, according to a distance from the ultrasound transducer to an arbitrary point on the cut surface, and

wherein the processor is configured to:change the scan conditions comprising the amount of delay based on the determined focal length or focal depth;
drive the ultrasound transducer based on the changed scan conditions, to generate the ultrasound beam such that the arbitrary point enters a focal area;
rescan the cut surface by successively transmitting and receiving the ultrasound beam such that the arbitrary point enters the focal area, while moving a position of the arbitrary point from a position of a certain one point of a plurality of points evenly arranged on the cut surface to a position of another one point of the plurality of points; and
generate a second ultrasound slice image of the cut surface based on ultrasound data acquired by the rescanning, the second ultrasound slice image being different from the first ultrasound slice image.


US Pat. No. 11,064,977

PRESET FREE IMAGING FOR ULTRASOUND DEVICE

SHENZHEN MINDRAY BIO-MEDI...


1. An ultrasound imaging system, comprising:one or more processors;
a plurality of transducers coupled to the one or more processors, wherein each transducer of the plurality of transducers has a particular geometry configured for generating sonogram images for a different respective application; and
a computer-readable medium coupled to the one or more processors, wherein the computer-readable medium comprises instructions stored therein, which when executed by the one or more processors, cause the one or more processors to perform operations comprising:receiving a selection of a first transducer from the plurality of transducers, wherein the first transducer is positioned on a surface of a patient's body above an anatomical region;
automatically identifying the anatomical region based on a signal received in response to an activation of the first transducer;
retrieving, from a database, a first set of image parameters corresponding with the identified anatomical region; and
configuring the first transducer based on the first set of image parameters;

and collecting a first image from the identified anatomical region via the first transducer, using the first set of image parameters.

US Pat. No. 11,064,976

ULTRASONIC DIAGNOSTIC APPARATUS AND CONTROL PROGRAM THEREOF

General Electric Company,...


1. An ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus comprising:a displayer; and
a processor, wherein the processor is configured to:receive B-mode image data;
receive physical quantity data;
convert the physical quantity data to color elastic image data based on a color conversion table, where the color conversion table includes a predetermined physical strain quantity range including a first value of strain of a normal tissue to a second value of strain of a diseased tissue, where the physical strain quantity range does not vary based on a distribution of the physical quantity data;
combine the B-mode image data and the color elastic image data to generate a composite ultrasound image; and
cause the displayer to display the composite ultrasound image.


US Pat. No. 11,064,975

ULTRASONIC PROBE

SAMSUNG MEDISON CO., LTD....


1. An ultrasonic probe, comprising:a rotatable transducer;
a shaft having the transducer mounted thereto; and
a supporting member rotatably supporting the shaft and having an insertion hole into which the shaft is inserted,
wherein the supporting member includes a buffering hole penetrating the supporting member,
wherein the buffering hole is disposed below the insertion hole and the transducer is disposed above the insertion hole in a first direction that is perpendicular to an axis of the shaft,
wherein the supporting member includes material having elasticity, and
wherein the supporting member and the buffering hole are configured such that a shape of the buffering hole is deformed by an outside impact and returned to an original state when the outside impact is removed, thereby preventing the shaft from being deformed by the outside impact.

US Pat. No. 11,064,974

PATIENT INTERFACE SYSTEM

Delphinus Medical Technol...


1. A method of positioning a volume of tissue using a patient support system, the method comprising:receiving the volume of tissue within a frustoconical portion of a base and through a base aperture, wherein the frustoconical portion extends from a plane defined by a planar portion of the base, wherein the planar portion of the base defines the base aperture;
supporting the volume of tissue using a membrane, wherein the membrane defines a membrane aperture and wherein the membrane abuts a top of the frustoconical portion of the base; and
deflecting the membrane into an inner sloped surface of the frustoconical portion of the base while the membrane is retained in tension in response to a weight of the volume of tissue, thereby increasing access to the volume of tissue.

US Pat. No. 11,064,973

ULTRASOUND PROBE AND ULTRASOUND DIAGNOSIS APPARATUS

CANON MEDICAL SYSTEMS COR...


9. An ultrasound diagnosis apparatus comprising:an ultrasound probe including:a plurality of transducer elements configured to:generate a plurality of first echo signals respectively by receiving, at a first time at each respective transducer element of the plurality of transducer elements, a reflected wave of a first ultrasound wave and,
generate a plurality of second echo signals respectively by receiving, at a second time at each respective transducer element of the plurality of transducer elements, a reflected wave of a second ultrasound wave corresponding to an ultrasound wave obtained by reversing a phase of the first ultrasound wave, wherein the second time is different than the first time;

phase reversal processing circuitry configured to reverse phases of only the plurality of second echo signals,
delay processing circuitry configured to delay the plurality of first echo signals and the plurality of phase-reversed second echo signals, and
adding circuitry configured to:generate a first addition signal by adding together two or more delayed first echo signals, of the delayed plurality of first echo signals, corresponding to two or more transducer elements of the plurality of transducer elements, and
generate a second addition signal by adding together two or more phase-reversed and delayed second echo signals, of the delayed plurality of phase-reversed second echo signals, corresponding to said two or more transducer elements; and


subtracting circuitry configured to generate an image signal by performing a subtracting process using the first addition signal and the second addition signal.

US Pat. No. 11,064,972

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETECTING AND DISPLAYING BODY LUMEN BIFURCATIONS

BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED,...


9. A system for generating ultrasound images, comprising:a catheter;
an ultrasound imaging core insertable into the catheter, the ultrasound imaging core comprising at least one transducer and configured and arranged for rotation of at least a portion of the ultrasound imaging core to provide a plurality of radial scan lines;
a processor, coupleable to the ultrasound imaging core, for executing processor-readable instructions that enable actions, including:receiving a sequence of intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) data from the ultrasound imaging core obtained as the ultrasound imaging core moves through a body lumen;
identifying at least one bifurcation of the body lumen from the sequence of IVUS data;
estimating a bifurcation angle between two branches, extending from a main vessel, of the body lumen, wherein estimating the bifurcation angle comprises obtaining an angiographic projection of the body lumen; and determining the bifurcation angle from the angiographic projection; and applying a geometric transformation to the IVUS data to transform at least portions of the IVUS data representing each of the two branches of the body lumen to produce a geometric alignment of the two branches according to the bifurcation angle; and

displaying the transformed IVUS data as a non-linear IVUS longitudinal view of the body lumen with the two branches displayed in the non-linear IVUS longitudinal view according to an anatomical morphology of the two branches and the main vessel.

US Pat. No. 11,064,971

NON-INVASIVE DETERMINATION OF MUSCLE TISSUE QUALITY AND INTRAMUSCULAR FAT

MuscleSound, Inc., Glend...


19. A non-invasive method of determining a muscle tissue quality, comprising:receiving at least one ultrasound scan image via an input/receiving routine operates to receive an ultrasound scan image of at least a portion of a skin layer as disposed above one or more additional tissue layers, the skin layer defining a horizontal axis and the ultrasound scan image provided by a plurality of black, gray, and white pixels;
blurring the plurality of black, gray, and white pixels of the ultrasound scan image via a blurring routine operates to horizontally blur the pixels of the ultrasound scan image;
thresholding the plurality of blurred black, blurred gray, and blurred white pixels of the ultrasound scan image via a thresholding routine operates to provide a binary image having a plurality of elements, set the elements being black elements or white elements;
morphing the elements of the binary image via a morphing routine operates to produce a morphed binary image, by:removing structural elements having a size below a threshold; and
connecting large structural elements;

distinguishing muscle tissue via a distinguishing routine operates to:distinguish muscle tissue; and
determine percent intramuscular fat;

determining a muscle tissue quality via a routine operates to evaluate a ratio of black to white pixels; and
outputting one or more of a muscle tissue quality or the percent intramuscular fat via an outputting routine operates to output one or more of the muscle tissue quality or the percent intramuscular fat, wherein:
the morphed binary image comprises:
an upper band of contiguous white pixels extending across an entirety of the morphed binary image;
a middle band of contiguous black pixels adjacent the upper band and extending across an entirety of the morphed binary image; and
a bottom band of contiguous white pixels adjacent the middle band and extending across an entirety of the morphed binary image;
the upper, middle, and bottom bands extend continuously from a first side of the morphed binary image to a second side of the morphed binary image; and
muscle tissue corresponds to the middle band in the morphed binary image.

US Pat. No. 11,064,970

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR VISUALIZING A MEDICAL INSTRUMENT UNDER ULTRASOUND GUIDANCE

FUJIFILM SONOSITE, INC., ...


1. A system, comprising:a transducer configured to transmit ultrasound signals including ultrasound beams toward a region of interest in a subject and to receive additional ultrasound signals from the subject;
an external laser light source configured to produce laser light pulses upon receipt of a trigger signal;
one or more optical fibers having a first end and a second end, wherein the first end is configured to be optically coupled to the external laser light source and the second end includes an absorber configured to be attached to a tip of an interventional instrument and to produce photoacoustic signals at the second end in response to the laser light pulses being transmitted through the first end; and
an ultrasound imaging machine including a processor configured to:combine echo data based on the additional ultrasound signals and photoacoustic data based on the photoacoustic signals to produce a combined image that shows both a tissue in the region of interest and the tip of the interventional instrument;
generate the trigger signal when an energy of the ultrasound signals is reduced to a minimal energy;
interleave a plurality of the laser light pulses with a plurality of the ultrasound beams, and
transmit a control signal to the transducer to reduce the energy of the ultrasound signals to the minimal energy when the laser light pulses are generated by the external laser light source in response to the trigger signal to synchronize the laser light pulses with the ultrasound signals having the minimal energy transmitted by the transducer.


US Pat. No. 11,064,969

AUTOMATIC CONFIGURATION DETECTION FOR SENSOR EQUIPPED NEEDLE

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...


17. A method for automatic configuration detection, comprising:applying a pattern coded into a portion of an insertable medical instrument, the insertable medical instrument including an ultrasound sensor for tracking the insertable medical instrument, wherein the pattern is configured to store calibration information for the insertable medical instrument and the ultrasound sensor;
reading the pattern by a reader circuit coupled to a connector that connects to the ultrasound sensor, to determine from the calibration information at least one of a noise of the ultrasound sensor in absence of an ultrasound signal, a capacitance of the ultrasound sensor, or a resistance of the ultrasound sensor; and
triggering at least one of an alert and an action based upon the calibration information.

US Pat. No. 11,064,967

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR LARGE FIELD-OF-VIEW MEASUREMENTS OF GEOMETRIC DISTORTION AND SPATIAL UNIFORMITY OF SIGNALS ACQUIRED IN IMAGING SYSTEMS

THE PHANTOM LABORATORY, I...


1. A method for performing distortion measurements of an imaging system with a phantom over a field of view larger than an imaging volume of the phantom, comprising:acquiring a set of images, with the imaging system, of the phantom positioned at multiple locations within the field of view,
combining the set of images to form an extended image,
determining a distortion field of the extended image, and
distinguishing between actual geometric distortion of the imaging system and rigid-body transformations attributable to repositioning of the phantom, in the distortion field.

US Pat. No. 11,064,966

RADIOGRAPHIC IMAGE DETECTION DEVICE AND METHOD FOR OPERATING THE SAME

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...


1. A radiographic image detection device comprising:a sensor panel in which pixels that are sensitive to radiation which has been emitted from a radiation generation apparatus and transmitted through a subject and accumulate charge are two-dimensionally arranged and a plurality of signal lines for reading the charge are arranged;
a signal processing circuit that reads an analog voltage signal corresponding to the charge from the pixel through the signal line to perform signal processing;
a plurality of charge amplifiers that are included in the signal processing circuit and each of which is provided for each signal line, is connected to one end of the signal line, and converts the charge from the pixel into the analog voltage signal;
a multiplexer that is included in the signal processing circuit, has a plurality of input terminals to which the plurality of charge amplifiers are respectively connected, sequentially selects the analog voltage signals from the plurality of charge amplifiers, and outputs the selected analog voltage signal;
an AD converter that is included in the signal processing circuit, is connected to a stage behind the multiplexer, and performs an AD conversion process of converting the analog voltage signal output from the multiplexer into a digital signal corresponding to a voltage value; and
a processor configured to control the signal processing circuit such that an irradiation start detection operation and an image reading operation are performed,
wherein the irradiation start detection operation reads the charge through a detection channel which is the signal line connected to a preset detection pixel among the pixels from before start of the emission of the radiation and detects the start of the emission of the radiation on the basis of the digital signal corresponding to the read charge,
the image reading operation reads the charge from the pixel through the signal line after a pixel charge accumulation period for which the charge is accumulated in the pixel elapses after the start of the emission of the radiation and outputs a radiographic image which is indicated by the digital signal corresponding to the read charge and is provided for diagnosis, and
in the irradiation start detection operation, the processor selectively outputs the analog voltage signal from a part of the charge amplifiers including a detection charge amplifier that is the charge amplifier connected to the detection channel among the plurality of charge amplifiers connected to the multiplexer, to the AD converter,
the processor causes the AD converter to perform only the AD conversion process for the analog voltage signal selectively output from the multiplexer,
the processor further reduces the number of pulses per unit time in a clock signal defining an operation timing of the AD converter compared to that in the image reading operation, and
in the irradiation start detection operation, in a case where power supplied to the charge amplifier during the image reading operation is normal power, the processor further drives at least one of the part of charge amplifiers in a low power state in which power lower than the normal power and greater than 0 is supplied.

US Pat. No. 11,064,965

NOISE-ROBUST REAL-TIME EXTRACTION OF THE RESPIRATORY MOTION SIGNAL FROM PET LIST-DATA

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...


1. An emission imaging data processing device comprising:an electronic processor; and
a non-transitory storage medium storing instructions readable and executable by the electronic processor to perform a respiratory motion signal generation method including:operating a positron emission tomography (PET) or single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) imaging device to acquire emission data of an imaging subject in an imaging field of view (FOV);
for each region of an array of regions defined in the imaging FOV, computing an activity position versus time curve from the emission data acquired by the PET or SPECT imaging device; and
generating at least one respiratory motion signal by combining the activity position versus time curves of at least a sub-set of the regions of the array of regions after frequency-selective filtering of the activity position versus time curves to select content in a respiratory frequency band;
wherein the computing of the activity position versus time curve from the emission data acquired by the PET or SPECT imaging device includes:
generating an activity map of the region for successive time intervals from the emission data acquired by the PET or SPECT imaging device; and
computing values of a statistical activity position descriptor for the activity maps of the region for the successive time intervals; and
wherein the statistical activity position descriptor includes a position of the centroid of the activity map along a transverse direction parallel with an axial anatomical axis (z) of the imaging subject, and/or a minimum distance of the centroid of the activity map from an axial anatomical axis (z) of the imaging subject.


US Pat. No. 11,064,964

DETERMINING A CHARACTERISTIC OF A LUMEN BY MEASURING VELOCITY OF A CONTRAST AGENT

SYNC-RX, LTD, Netanya (I...


12. A method for use with a plurality of angiographic image frames of a lumen of a subject, the method comprising:acquiring the plurality of angiographic image frames of a lumen of a subject, using an image-acquisition device; and
using at least one processor:controlling, by the at least one processor, the image-acquisition device to acquire the plurality of angiographic image frames of the lumen of the subject;
determining an angiographic image-based fractional flow reserve (FFR) value at a given location within the lumen, based only on image processing of the plurality of angiographic image frames;
comparing the angiographic image-based FFR value to a first threshold value and a second threshold value,
driving a display in communication with the processor to provide a visual indication of a treatment for the lumen of the subject, in response to the angiographic image-based FFR value passing the first threshold value; and
driving the display, in response to the angiographic image-based FFR value passing the second threshold value but not passing the first threshold value, to provide a visual indication that an intraluminal FFR value be determined in a further procedure using a modality different than the image-acquisition device, wherein the further procedure comprises obtaining intraluminal measurements using a sensor that is inserted into the lumen.


US Pat. No. 11,064,963

MEDICAL IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND PROGRAM

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...


1. A medical image processing apparatus comprising:an image acquisition circuit that acquires a brain image of a subject;
a cisternal region extraction unit that extracts a cisternal region from the brain image by performing registration between a standard brain image and the brain image; and
a bleeding region specifying circuit that specifies a bleeding region based on a first signal value distribution, which is a signal value distribution of the cisternal region extracted from the brain image, and a second signal value distribution, which is a signal value distribution of a cisternal region of the standard brain image,
wherein the cisternal region extraction circuit further divides the cisternal region into a plurality of anatomical regions, and
wherein the bleeding region specifying circuit specifies the bleeding region in each of the anatomical regions based on a first signal value distribution of each of the plurality of anatomical regions and a second signal value distribution of a region, which corresponds to each of the plurality of anatomical regions, in the standard brain image.

US Pat. No. 11,064,962

X-RAY IMAGING APPARATUS

Shimadzu Corporation, Ky...


1. An X-ray imaging apparatus comprising:an X-ray tube configured to irradiate a subject with X-rays;
an X-ray detector configured to detect the X-rays transmitted through the subject;
a moving body including at least one of the X-ray tube and the X-ray detector, the moving body being movable in a predetermined direction;
a moving mechanism configured to support the moving body in such a manner that the moving body is movable in the predetermined direction;
a motor provided in the moving mechanism;
an operating force detector configured to detect an operating force applied to move the moving body;
a controller configured or programmed to perform mode switching control to switch, based on whether or not an operation to enable manual movement of the moving body has been detected, a control mode to a torque control mode in which a torque of the motor is controlled so as to change an amount of assist to be provided to the moving body when the moving body is manually moved, or a position control mode in which the motor is controlled to move the moving body based on a current position and a movement target position of the moving body; and
a common switching button commonly used for switching between the torque control mode and the position control mode concurrently and switching a movement state of the moving body between a locked state and an unlocked state.

US Pat. No. 11,064,961

SYSTEMS AND METHOD FOR A MOBILE IMAGING UNIT

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...


1. A mobile imaging system, comprising:a mobile drive system;
an imaging assembly coupled to the mobile drive system; and
a driving interface configured to move the imaging assembly relative to the mobile drive system both axially and radially in response to user manipulation, and further configured to generate signals only in response to the axial movement of the imaging assembly bringing the imaging assembly to an end-of-travel position, the mobile drive system configured to move in response to the signals.

US Pat. No. 11,064,960

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DIGITAL RADIOGRAPHY

SHANGHAI UNITED IMAGING H...


1. A method using in a digital radiography system for X-ray imaging, wherein the digital radiography system comprises an X-ray generation module, an X-ray acquisition module, a support module including a vertical stand and a bed component, a power supply module, and a control module, wherein one or more of said modules comprise at least one moving component, the method comprising:detecting existence of an imaging target in a vertical configuration or a horizontal configuration, wherein one or more of said modules form the vertical configuration or the horizontal configuration, the vertical configuration comprises a vertical X-ray acquisition module coupled to the vertical stand, and the horizontal configuration comprises a horizontal X-ray acquisition module coupled to the bed component;
activating, by the control module, the vertical X-ray acquisition module in response to a detection that the imaging target exists in the vertical configuration; and
activating, by the control module, the horizontal X-ray acquisition module in response to a detection that the imaging target exists in the horizontal configuration.

US Pat. No. 11,064,959

ELECTRONIC CASSETTE, METHOD OF OPERATING ELECTRONIC CASSETTE, OPERATION PROGRAM FOR ELECTRONIC CASSETTE, CASSETTE CONTROL DEVICE, RADIOGRAPHY SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF OPERATING RADIOGRAPHY SYSTEM

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...


1. An electronic cassette comprising:a radiation detection sensor that detects radiation transmitted through a subject and outputs a radiographic image represented by an electrical signal;
a portable housing in which the radiation detection sensor is incorporated;
a pose detection sensor that detects a current pose as a current pose of the housing;
a processor that is configured to:acquire a standard pose as a pose of the housing in a stored state, in which the housing is stored in a cassette accommodating box of a movable radiography apparatus having wheels, from a memory; and

determine whether the housing is in the stored state or a taken-out state, in which the housing is taken out from the cassette accommodating box, based on the standard pose and the current pose; and
a mode controller that controls a drive mode including a radiography mode where the radiographic image is able to be output from the radiation detection sensor and a sleep mode where power consumption is smaller than in the radiography mode, and switches the drive mode from the sleep mode to the radiography mode in a case where the processor determines that the housing is brought from the stored state into the taken-out state.

US Pat. No. 11,064,958

X-RAY IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Samsung Electronics Co., ...


1. An X-ray imaging apparatus comprising:an X-ray source configured to generate and irradiate X-rays according to X-ray irradiation conditions including a tube voltage, a tube current, an exposure time, and a filter;
a display configured to provide a graphic user interface to receive a selection about the X-ray irradiation conditions; and
a controller configured to:calculate a conversion ratio of a dose of x-rays that have not transmitted the filter to a dose of X-rays that have transmitted the filter,
calculate, based on the conversion ratio, a parameter that represents a dose of radiation, to which an influence of the filter is reflected, based on a selected X-ray irradiation conditions and control the display to display the parameter,

wherein the parameter comprises at least one of a converted amount of tube current corresponding to X-rays that have transmitted the filter, an amount of dose of X-rays that have transmitted the filter, or the conversion ratio,
wherein the converted amount of tube current is given by an amount of a selected tube current multiplied by the conversion ratio,
wherein the amount of dose X-rays that have transmitted the filter is given by the amount of the selected tube current multiplied by a dose per amount of tube current when the selected filter is used, and
wherein the controller is configured to obtain the conversion ratio of the dose of X-rays that have not transmitted the filter to the dose of X-rays that have transmitted the filter, based on the dose per amount of tube current corresponding to the selected X-ray irradiation conditions and the dose per amount of tube current corresponding to an occasion when the filter is not used in the selected X-ray irradiation conditions.

US Pat. No. 11,064,957

DENTAL IMAGER AND METHOD FOR RECORDING PHOTOGRAPHIC IMPRESSIONS


1. A dental imager for imaging an intraoral cavity, comprising:a handle coupled to a head having a size and shape for select insertion into the intraoral cavity;
a pair of lateral scanning arms coupled to the head or the handle and positioned opposite each other, each of the pair of lateral scanning arms including a top scanner and a bottom scanner associated therewith for imaging at least a portion of the intraoral cavity; and
a guide having a size and shape for engagement with the intraoral cavity while simultaneously biasing the top scanner and the bottom scanner from the intraoral cavity as the dental imager moves relative to the intraoral cavity during imaging.

US Pat. No. 11,064,956

BREAST COMPRESSION PADDLE HAVING AN INFLATABLE JACKET

HOLOGIC, INC., Marlborou...


1. A breast compression paddle for use in an imaging system, the breast compression paddle comprising:a compression surface; and
a jacket comprising at least one inflatable chamber disposed adjacent to the compression surface and a sheet covering at least a portion of the compression surface, wherein the at least one inflatable chamber is configured to selectively inflate and induce the sheet to slide along the compression surface.

US Pat. No. 11,064,955

SHAPE SENSING ASSISTED MEDICAL PROCEDURE

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...


1. A method, comprising:providing a first three-dimensional image of a distributed pathway system of a biological body and having a plurality of paths in a first state;
determining a planned path of the plurality of paths in the first three-dimensional image;
introducing a shape sensing enabled elongated device into the distributed pathway system;
providing a second three-dimensional image of the distributed pathway system in a deformed state;
determining the planned path of the plurality of paths in the second three-dimensional image;
measuring a first three-dimensional shape of the elongated device in the distributed pathway system in the first state using shape sensing and measuring a second three-dimensional shape of the elongated device in the distributed pathway system in the deformed state;
registering at least one of the measured first three-dimensional shape of the elongated device with the first three-dimensional image or the measured second three-dimensional shape of the elongated device with the second three-dimensional image; and
comparing the measured first three-dimensional shape of the elongated device in the first state with a shape of the planned path in the first three-dimensional image, comparing the measured second three-dimensional shape of the elongated device in the deformed state with the shape of the planned path in the second three-dimensional image, and determining whether the elongated device has followed the planned path based on comparing the measured first three-dimensional shape of the elongated device in the first state with the shape of the planned path in the first three-dimensional image and comparing the measured second three-dimensional shape of the elongated device in the deformed state with the shape of the planned path in the second three-dimensional image, wherein deformation in the deformed state is determined based on sensors attached to the elongated device when in the distributed pathway.

US Pat. No. 11,064,954

FLATTENED ORGAN DISPLAY

BIOSENSE WEBSTER (ISRAEL)...


1. A method for producing an image of a body tissue, the method comprising:transforming a 3-D model of the body tissue comprising a first area, a second area, and a plurality of ablation lesions, into a flattened model by:
expanding the second area in an outer direction to provide an expanded second area;
reducing the distance between the first area and the expanded second area and providing the flattened model such that the expanded second area is more proximate to the first area than the second area;
determining a path, on the 3-D model of the body tissue, between a first ablation lesion and a second ablation lesion of the plurality of ablation lesions;
providing the first ablation lesion and the second ablation lesion on the flattened model such that the path between the first ablation lesion and the second ablation lesion on the flattened model is distorted based on expanding the second area and reducing the distance between the first area and the expanded second area; and
providing an image of the flattened model.

US Pat. No. 11,064,953

FEVER-CAUSING DISEASE OUTBREAK DETECTION SYSTEM

Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd ...


1. A fever-causing disease outbreak detection and warning system, comprising:a central control unit comprising:a wireless connection device,
a measurement processing unit,
a prediction generating unit, and
an alert output device; and

a checkpoint that individually restricts passage of persons of a measured population;
an array of infrared detectors wirelessly connected to the central control unit,
wherein the array of infrared detectors measures temperatures of the persons in the measured population, wherein the array of infrared detectors includes at least one thermal image camera mounted at the checkpoint to capture thermal images of a plurality of persons of the measured population;
the at least one thermal image camera mounted at the checkpoint and wirelessly connected to the central control unit, wherein the at least one thermal image camera is height adjustable to capture a face-on thermal image of a single person of the measured population and configured such that the height of the at least one thermal imaging camera is adjusted to match a height of the single person of the measured population at eye level when capturing a thermal image of the single person of the measured population;
an environmental observation system including a thermal imaging device to measure a temperature of the environment at the checkpoint wirelessly connected to the central control unit; and
the central control unit receives measured data comprising the temperatures of the plurality of persons in the measured population via the wireless connection device, processes the temperatures using the measurement processing unit to form a measured population temperature distribution, generates a predicted population temperature distribution based on the temperature of the environment at the checkpoint with an artificial neural network using the prediction generating unit, compares the measured population temperature distribution to the predicted population temperature distribution to determine an outbreak condition, identifies any single persons having a fever, and issues an alert when the outbreak condition meets an alert criterion using the alert output device.

US Pat. No. 11,064,952

EXTERNAL MEDICAL DEVICE THAT IDENTIFIES A RESPONSE ACTIVITY

ZOLL Medical Corporation,...


40. An external medical device comprising:monitoring circuitry configured to sense physiological information of a patient; and
a controller comprising one or more input components, the controller configured to:select a predetermined response activity and an associated level of difficulty from a plurality of response activities to substantially confirm that a person performing the response activity is the patient;
detect one or more patient events based, at least in part, on the physiological information;
notify the patient of the detection of the patient event; and
receive an indication that the patient performed or attempted to perform the predetermined response activity identifiable by the one or more input components.


US Pat. No. 11,064,951

PATIENT DATA MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS AND QUERYING METHODS

Medtronic MiniMed, Inc., ...


1. A database system comprising:a database to maintain data pertaining to a plurality of entities, graph metadata defining a directed graph data structure for a logical layer maintaining the relationships between the different entities of the plurality of entities and a query log pertaining to the logical layer, wherein:the data includes observational patient data for a plurality of patients;
each entity of the plurality of entities maintains a logical relationship with one or more fields of the observational patient data associated with a respective patient of the plurality of patients;
each entry in the query log maintains an association between the logical layer and a respective query path comprising a sequence of nodes and edges of the directed graph data structure traversed during execution of a respective query statement; and

a computing device coupled to the database to:analyze the query log to identify a subset of query paths traversing more than a threshold number of nodes within the logical layer;
identify a repeated query path within the subset of query paths having unconnected common end nodes;
establish a logical relationship between the common end nodes by generating updated graph metadata for an updated directed graph data structure that defines the directed graph data structure for the logical layer maintaining the relationships between the different entities of the plurality of entities and includes a new directional edge between the common end nodes;
store the updated graph metadata in the database;
receive, from a client device over a network, an input query comprising a conversational input
determine an intent of the input query by applying natural language processing to the conversational input;
generate a query statement for searching the logical layer based at least in part on the intent of the input query, wherein the database utilizes the updated graph metadata to execute the query statement and obtain a result for the query statement that reflects the new directional edge between the common end nodes; and
provide, to the client device over the network, a conversational response to the input query based on the result.


US Pat. No. 11,064,950

HAND-HELD HEART MONITORING DEVICE

Bluue Co., San Francisco...


1. A heart monitoring device comprising:an enclosure sized to fit a subject's right hand with a top surface for coupling to the subject's right hand and a bottom surface for coupling to the subject's chest, the enclosure comprising:a first groove on the top surface and sized to fit a corresponding phalange of the subject's right hand,
wherein the heart monitoring device has a proper orientation for recording heart activity of the subject, the proper orientation comprising a range of orientations of the heart monitoring device relative to the subject when the heart monitoring device is held by the subject with the corresponding phalange keyed into the first groove;

a plurality of electrodes placed on the enclosure and configured to create one or more electrical circuits across a human heart when the heart monitoring device is in the proper orientation, the plurality of electrodes including;a first electrode placed on a surface of the enclosure for coupling to a portion of the subject's right hand, and
a second electrode and a third electrode placed on the bottom surface of the enclosure for coupling to the subject's chest; and

a plurality of pulse oximeters placed in the first groove and configured to measure blood oxygen levels of the corresponding phalange when the corresponding phalange is keyed into the first groove.

US Pat. No. 11,064,949

METHOD AND APPARATUS TO REMOVE NOISE FROM ELECTROCARDIOGRAPHY (ECG) SENSOR SIGNAL

Samsung Electronics Co., ...


1. A noise removing method comprising:receiving a sensor signal collected by an electrocardiography (ECG) sensor;
extracting an ECG estimation signal from the sensor signal based on a peak value of the sensor signal;
determining a first comparison value by comparing the ECG estimation signal and a first reference signal indicating an average form of reference ECG signals, the first reference signal being generated by combining and averaging the reference ECG signals;
determining a second comparison value by comparing the ECG estimation signal and a second reference signal indicating an average form of contact noise signals, the second reference signal being generated by combining and averaging the contact noise signals;
classifying the ECG estimation signal as one of an ECG signal and a noise signal based on a first comparison result between the first comparison value and a first threshold value and a second comparison result between the second comparison value and a second threshold value;
accumulating ECG signals based on the ECG signal in response to the ECG estimation signal being classified as the ECG signal;
accumulating noise signals based on the noise signal in response to the ECG estimation signal being classified as the noise signal; and
adjusting the first threshold value and the second threshold value based on a distribution of the accumulated ECG signals and the accumulated noise signals, wherein
the adjusting of the first threshold value and the second threshold value includes:
increasing the first threshold value and the second threshold value in response to the distribution of the accumulated ECG signals and the accumulated noise signals being less than a preset reference; and
decreasing the first threshold value and the second threshold value in response to the distribution of the accumulated ECG signals and the accumulated noise signals being greater than the preset reference.

US Pat. No. 11,064,948

MEDICAL DIAGNOSTIC DEVICE, SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF USE


1. A mechanical blood pressure measuring kit, comprising:a mobile device integrated in a body having four radiused outer corners that is small enough to fit in the palm of a user's hand, the mobile device configured to take a plurality of physiological measurements of a patient, including electrocardiographic measurements, blood oxygen saturation level measurements, pulse rate measurements, body temperature measurements, blood pressure measurements when connected with a removable inflatable arm cuff, and blood glucose measurements when connected with an elongated test strip having at a first end an electrical connection point and at a second end an electrochemical cell, and to display and wirelessly communicate data corresponding to said physiological measurements, the mobile device comprising:a display;
a processor;
a wireless modem with mobile broadband and GPS functionality;
a power source;
two or more electrocardiographic electrodes integrated with and positioned on the body of the mobile device and configured to measure electrocardiographic signals of the patient when gripped by fingers or thumbs of the patient;
a fingertip pulse oximeter formed into the body of the mobile device between two of the four radiused outer corners and configured to measure pulse rate and blood oxygen saturation levels of the patient when a tip of a finger of the patient is inserted therein;
a temperature sensor integrated with and positioned on the body of the mobile device and configured to measure body temperature of the patient when the temperature sensor is placed against the patient's skin;
a blood pressure measuring structure within the body of the mobile device, comprising a controller, motor, pressure sensor, and pump in air communication with a tube interface at the body that is adapted to be removably and sealably connected with an inflatable arm cuff; and
a blood glucose measuring structure within the body of the mobile device, comprising an electrical connector at the body, the electrical connector disposed to form an electrical connection with the electrical connection point on the first end of the elongated test strip, when the elongated strip is inserted in the electrical connector; and

an inflatable arm cuff comprising a clip structure attached directly to an outer surface of the inflatable arm cuff, the clip structure sized and shaped to removably connect the mobile device to the inflatable arm cuff and comprising curved resilient projections extending away from the inflatable arm cuff that are sized and shaped to snap on to the four radiused outer corners of the mobile device, the clip structure further comprising a fitting that is configured and positioned to removably and sealably attach to the tube interface on the mobile device so that the pump is in air flow and air pressure communication with the inflatable arm cuff when the mobile device is removably connected to the inflatable arm cuff with the clip structure.

US Pat. No. 11,064,947

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MEASURING BIOMETRIC INFORMATION

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...


1. A wearable device for measuring biometric information, comprising:a main body configured to be worn on a user to be examined, wherein the main body comprises:a display configured to display guidance information instructing the user to increase or decrease a contact pressure exerted on a contact pressure sensor;
the contact pressure sensor configured to measure the contact pressure exerted on the contact pressure sensor while the display is displaying the guidance information;
a pulse wave sensor configured to measure a pulse wave signal of the user while the display is displaying the guidance information and the contact pressure sensor is measuring the contact pressure exerted on the contact pressure sensor; and
a processor configured to obtain blood pressure information of the user based on a change of the pulse wave signal in relation to a change of the contact pressure that occurs while the display is displaying the guidance information,
wherein the guidance information is configured to instruct the user to change a hand shape of the user, and
wherein the processor is further configured to determine a relationship between the pulse wave signal and the contact pressure, identify a value of the contact pressure corresponding to a maximum peak value of the pulse wave signal based on the relationship between the pulse wave signal and the contact pressure, and obtain the blood pressure information based on the maximum peak value of the pulse wave signal and the value of the contact pressure corresponding to the maximum peak value of the pulse wave signal.


US Pat. No. 11,064,946

DEVICES AND RELATED METHODS FOR EPIDERMAL CHARACTERIZATION OF BIOFLUIDS

The Board of Trustees of ...


1. A device for monitoring a biofluid that is sweat comprising:a functional substrate that is mechanically matched to skin for establishing conformal contact with skin; wherein said functional substrate provides for microfluidic transport of sweat released from sweat glands through a sweat inlet positioned at a surface of said functional substrate; and
a plurality of sensors supported by said functional substrate, and a plurality of cavities of said functional substrate, wherein each of said plurality of sensors comprise a colorimetric indicator disposed within a respective cavity of the plurality of cavities;
wherein each of said cavities are connected to said sweat inlet by a microfluidic channel for detection of multiple biomarkers in said sweat, and said sweat released from sweat glands flows along the microfluidic channel to said cavities, wherein each colorimetric indicator detects concentration of: glucose, lactate, chloride, creatinine and/or ethanol; and
a sweat volume channel for gauging sweat volume, said sweat volume channel being transparent and configured to fill with sweat from a first end and display a distance traveled by sweat from said first end along the channel, wherein said distance traveled by sweat corresponds to volume of sweat collected.

US Pat. No. 11,064,945

DETERMINING FOOD IDENTITIES WITH INTRA-ORAL SPECTROMETER DEVICES


1. An intra-oral device comprising:a processor; and
a computer-readable medium storing instructions which, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform operations, the operations comprising:detecting an act of eating via at least one sensor of the intra-oral device, wherein the at least one sensor comprises a current sensor, wherein the act of eating is detected when a current measured by the current sensor exceeds a threshold;
activating a spectrometer of the intra-oral device to measure at least one property of at least one component in a sample of a food, in response to the detecting the act of eating via the at least one sensor, wherein the intra-oral device comprises a dental fixture, and wherein the spectrometer is embedded in the dental fixture and comprises a mass spectrometer or a spectrophotometer;
transmitting the at least one property of the at least one component in the sample of the food to a wireless device via a wireless transmitter of the intra-oral device;
receiving a command from the wireless device to deliver an electrical stimulation to an oral cavity in which the intra-oral device is deployed; and
delivering the electrical stimulation in response to the command.


US Pat. No. 11,064,944

MOBILE HEALTHCARE DEVICE AND METHOD OF OPERATING THE SAME

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...


1. A watch-type mobile device wearable on a wrist of a user, the watch-type mobile device comprising:a display configured to display a user interface;
a sensor comprising a first electrode module and a second electrode module that are external to the display, the sensor being configured to detect bio information of the user, using the first electrode module and the second electrode module, the first electrode module being configured to contact the wrist of the user when the user wears the watch-type mobile device, and the second electrode module being configured to be contacted by a finger of a hand of the user; and
a processor configured to:control the display to display a guidance screen comprising first information to guide the user to contact the second electrode module;
in response to detecting a contact between the user and the first electrode module external to the display while the second electrode module external to the display is in contact with the user and while the guidance screen is displayed:control the display to change the guidance screen to a dynamic screen for guiding the user to maintain the contact with the first electrode module and the second electrode module, the dynamic screen being without the first information;
control the display to start displaying, on the dynamic screen, numbers changing according to time in a descending order; and
control the sensor to detect the bio information of the user while the dynamic screen is displayed; and

control the display to change the dynamic screen to a new screen comprising state information of the user, the state information being obtained based on the bio information detected while the dynamic screen is displayed, and the new screen being without the numbers.


US Pat. No. 11,064,943

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING BODY COMPOSITION


1. A method for determining a body composition of a subject comprising:receiving characteristics of the subject, and water characteristics of a pool of water, the pool of water having a surface;
floating the subject in the pool of water;
exhaling sufficient air by the subject to cause a body of the subject, including a head of the subject, to completely submerge in a suspended position in the pool of water just below the surface and to cause the subject to become neutrally buoyant where a density of the water equals a density of the subject;
exhaling air by the subject into air measuring device only upon the subject becoming neutrally buoyant and submerging below the surface of the water; and
determining a body composition or an underwater weight of the subject based on the received characteristics of the subject, water characteristics, and an amount of the air exhaled by the subject to completion into the air measuring device only upon the subject becoming neutrally buoyant and submerging below the surface of the water.

US Pat. No. 11,064,942

METHODS AND SYSTEMS TO DETECT EATING

OPTUM LABS, LLC, Minneap...


1. A method for using machine learning to detect eating activity of an individual, the method comprising:receiving, by an apparatus comprising one or more processors, a set of glucose readings, wherein (a) the set of glucose readings corresponds to glucose levels of the individual during a first time period, (b) the set of glucose readings is captured during the first time period by a continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) device coupled to the individual, (c) the CGM device comprises a glucose sensor that collects CGM glucose readings, and (d) the set of glucose readings is wirelessly transmitted to the apparatus by the CGM device;
determining, by the apparatus comprising the one or more processors, that the set of glucose readings satisfies one or more glucose criteria indicative of a first eating episode;
responsive to determining that the set of glucose readings satisfies the one or more glucose criteria indicative of the first eating episode, determining, by the apparatus comprising the one or more processors, whether a set of photo-plethysmograph (PPG) readings satisfies one or more PPG criteria indicative of the first eating episode, wherein (a) the set of PPG readings corresponds to blood flow during the first time period, (b) the set of PPG readings is captured during the first time period by a wearable device worn by the individual, (c) the wearable device comprises both a PPG sensor that collects PPG readings and an accelerometer that collects accelerometer readings, and (d) the set of PPG readings is wirelessly transmitted to the apparatus by the wearable device;
responsive to determining that the set of PPG readings satisfies one or more PPG criteria indicative of the first eating episode, identifying, by the apparatus comprising the one or more processors, a first set of acceleration readings as training data for training a machine learning model configured to generate predictions of eating episodes, wherein (a) the first set of acceleration readings corresponds to motion of a hand of the individual, and (b) the first set of acceleration readings is captured during the first time period by the accelerometer of the wearable device;
programmatically training, by the apparatus comprising the one or more processors, the machine learning model, wherein the trained machine learning model (a) generates predictions of eating episodes based at least in part on acceleration readings, and (b) is stored in one or more memory storage areas accessible by the apparatus;
receiving, by the apparatus comprising the one or more processors, a second set of acceleration readings, wherein (a) the second set of acceleration readings corresponds to motion of the hand of the individual, and (b) the second set of acceleration readings is captured during a second time period by the accelerometer of the wearable device;
generating, by the apparatus comprising the one or more processors and using the trained machine learning model and the second set of acceleration readings, a prediction that the second set of acceleration readings indicates a second eating episode; and
providing, by the apparatus comprising the one or more processors, an indication of the prediction that the second set of acceleration readings indicates a second eating episode to the wearable device, wherein the wearable device causes display of at least a portion of the indication.

US Pat. No. 11,064,941

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

FUJIFILM Business Innovat...


1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a hardware processor, configured to:calculate autonomic activity of a participant, using biometric information measured by a measuring device that measures biometric information of the participant belonging to a group event at a group place;
design a progress plan of communication of the group event at the group place in a design aspect corresponding to the calculated activity in which sympathetic activity is reduced; and
present the designed progress plan.


US Pat. No. 11,064,939

FLUID REPLACEMENT DEVICE

Reprieve Cardiovascular, ...


1. A fluid replacement method comprising:determining an amount of urine excreted by a patient;
infusing via a pump fluid from a first fluid source into the patient;
determining an amount of the fluid infused into the patient from the first fluid source;
setting a desired fluid balance for the patient;
setting an amount of at least one additional fluid delivered to the patient, wherein the at least one additional fluid is not pumped into the patient;
calculating an actual fluid balance based on the determined amount of urine excreted, the determined amount of the fluid infused into the patient from the first fluid source, and the set amount of the at least one additional fluid delivered to the patient; and
adjusting operation of the pump to adjust the fluid infused into the patient based on the actual fluid balance and the set desired fluid balance so the actual fluid balance conforms to the desired fluid balance.

US Pat. No. 11,064,938

MEDIATION OF TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY

StimScience Inc., Berkel...


1. A system comprising:an interface comprising one or more electrodes configured to obtain a plurality of measurements from a brain of a user with a traumatic brain injury;
memory configured to store a plurality of brain state parameters characterizing one or more features of at least one brain state of the brain of the user;
a processing device comprising one or more processors configured to train a neural network to generate one or more models of the brain of the user,wherein the neural network is trained using training data generated, at least in part, from one or more mediation data points, the plurality of brain state parameters, and the plurality of measurements,
wherein a procedure for mediation is determined using at least the one or more models, the procedure for mediation configured to reduce one or more symptoms of the traumatic brain injury;

a controller comprising one or more processors configured to generate one or more control signals based on the procedure for mediation; and
an embedded prosthetic device implanted in the user, wherein the one or more control signals are transmitted to the embedded prosthetic device, and wherein the embedded prosthetic device is further configured to perform an operation on the brain of the user to suppress epileptic seizures based on the one or more control signals.

US Pat. No. 11,064,937

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR IN-HOME SLEEP AND SIGNAL ANALYSIS

Cleveland Medical Devices...


1. A system for conducting a remote sleep analysis of a subject comprising:a) a nasal cannula or facemask adapted to be applied to a subject for measuring airflow of the subject;
b) a respiratory effort belt adapted to be applied to a subject for measuring respiratory effort of the subject;
c) a fingertip pulse oximeter adapted to be applied to a subject, for measuring blood oxygenation of the subject;
d) a portable patient interface box adapted for being connected to each of the nasal cannula or facemask, respiratory effort belt, and fingertip pulse oximeter, the portable interface box comprising:i. a battery,
ii. a processor adapted for collecting, measuring, and digitizing data corresponding to the airflow, respiratory effort, and blood oxygenation of the subject,
iii. a non-volatile digital memory adapted to receive and store the collected data from the processor,
iv. a first pressure transducer,
v. a first air port adapted for connecting the nasal cannula or facemask to the first pressure transducer,
vi. a transceiver adapted for transferring the collected data from the non-volatile memory,
vii. a sensor input adapted to electrically connect the fingertip pulse oximeter,
viii. a second pressure transducer, and
ix. a second air port adapted for connecting the respiratory effort belt to the second pressure transducer;

e) a database that is remote from the subject, the database adapted for receiving the collected data transferring from the transceiver;
f) at least one software stored on computer readable storage media and executed by a computing device, the software when executed is adapted for analyzing at least part of the data from the database to identify and draw attention to physiological or technological events indicative of a sleeping disorder; and
g) the at least one software when executed is further adapted for outputting at least:i. the transferred collected data,
ii. the identified physiological and technological events, or
iii. both (i) and (ii)


so as to make a determination of whether the subject suffers from a sleeping disorder.

US Pat. No. 11,064,936

SHOULDER MONITORING AND TREATMENT SYSTEM

Active4D, Inc., Solana B...


1. A shoulder monitoring system for monitoring a patient after tendon repair when shoulder muscle contraction is contraindicated, the system comprising:a patch having a front side and a back side, the patch sized and shaped to be positioned on skin of a shoulder region of the patient;
an electromyogram (EMG) sensor on the patch, the EMG sensor configured to measure activity of a muscle of the shoulder region relative to a predetermined threshold associated with function of the shoulder region;
a communication component on the patch, the communication component configured to communicate a second electrical signal to and from the system, wherein the second electrical signal provides data as to the muscle activity exceeding the predetermined threshold;
a feedback unit configured to provide feedback to the patient when the muscle activity exceeds the predetermined threshold, wherein the predetermined threshold is selected to provide feedback to the patient that the contraindicated shoulder muscle contraction is occurring;
an attachment element configured to secure at least a portion of the back side of the patch to the skin of the patient; and
an opening on the patch that provides a visual line of sight through the patch when the patch is positioned on the patient's shoulder, wherein the attachment element is further configured to secure the opening to align with a surgical landmark of the patient, and wherein the patch further includes one or more alignment markers on the front side of the patch configured to align the opening on the patch to the surgical landmark such that the EMG sensor is positioned in a predetermined position to measure the muscle activity.

US Pat. No. 11,064,935

PHOTOSENSITIVITY TEST DEVICE

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY CORPO...


1. A test device for testing photosensitivity of a skin, the test device comprising:a light source unit that outputs a test light;
an irradiation unit including a plurality of beam splitters arranged in a first direction, wherein
the test light is split into a plurality of irradiation light beams having mutually different intensities by the plurality of beam splitters,
the plurality of irradiation light beams are output in a second direction intersecting the first direction, the plurality of beam splitters include a front beam splitter and at least one middle beam splitter,
the front beam splitter transmits a portion of the test light from the light source unit in the first direction and reflects another portion of the test light in the second direction,
one of the at least one middle beam splitter disposed following to the front beam splitter or another of the at least one middle beam splitter transmits a portion of the test light transmitted through the front beam splitter or the another of the at least one middle beam splitter in the first direction, and reflects another portion of the test light transmitted through the front beam splitter or the another of the at least one middle beam splitter in the second direction, and
the intensities of the plurality of irradiation light beams are progressively smaller in the first direction by the plurality of beam splitters.

US Pat. No. 11,064,934

SURGICAL ACCESS SYSTEM AND RELATED METHODS

NuVasive, Inc., San Dieg...


1. A system for accessing a surgical target site, comprising:a retractor assembly having a plurality of blades releasably coupled to a handle assembly, said plurality of blades capable of being advanced simultaneously to said surgical target site while in a closed position and thereafter selectively opened to create a customized operative corridor to said surgical target site;
a stimulation electrode coupled to the retractor assembly;
a patient module;
a cable electrically coupling the stimulation electrode with the patient module;
a sensor harness coupled to the patient module; and
a control unit in communication with the patient module and having a touch screen display, wherein the system is configured to:send electrical stimulation signals via the stimulation electrode;
sense a response to the electrical stimulation with the sensor harness;
assess the response to the electrical stimulation; and
provide, at the touch screen display, a user interface based on the assessed response.


US Pat. No. 11,064,933

METHOD OF NORMALIZING TACHYCARDIA ECG BASED ON P-WAVE AND T-WAVE DATA INTERPOLATION

Industry-Academic Coopera...


1. A method of normalizing a tachycardia electrocardiogram (ECG) on the basis of P-wave and T-wave data interpolation, the method comprising:(a) receiving a first ECG signal from a subject;
(b) detecting P-wave and T-wave peaks in the received first ECG signal;
(c) segmenting the received first ECG signal into a one-cycle ECG signal on the basis of the detected P-wave and T-wave peaks;
(d) segmenting the one-cycle ECG signal into a P-wave period, a QRS complex period, and a T-wave period; and
(e) normalizing the segmented P-wave and T-wave periods through data interpolation.

US Pat. No. 11,064,932

INTRAVENOUS LINE FLOW SENSOR FOR ADVANCED DIAGNOSTICS AND MONITORING IN EMERGENCY MEDICINE

Physio-Control, Inc., Re...


1. A medical apparatus, comprising:a cable configured to conduct a signal indicating a physiological parameter of a patient;
a circuit connected to the cable and configured to deliver a defibrillation shock to the patient;
a cable yoke attached to the cable; and
a flow sensor attached to the cable yoke and to an intravenous line, the flow sensor being configured to detect a flow of a fluid through the intravenous line.

US Pat. No. 11,064,931

SYSTEM AND METHOD TO ANALYZE WAVEFORMS FOR ELECTROMYOGRAPHY TESTING


1. A device, comprising:a display;
a memory;
an interface configured to receive an output signal of a needle electromyography (EMG) device, wherein a needle electrode is inserted into at least one muscle and records electrical activity of at least one muscle fiber in the at least one muscle and wherein the output signal represents one or more waveforms of the electrical activity of the at least one muscle fiber in the at least one muscle;
at least one processing device; and
an EMG processing application stored in the memory and operable with the processing device to:process the output signal;
compare the processed output signal to a plurality of output patterns;
detect at least one pattern of the plurality of output patterns using the processed output signal;
access a waveform database that includes the plurality of output patterns and associated waveform types of electrical activity of muscle fibers, wherein the associated waveform types of the electrical activity of the muscle fibers include one or more of: insertional activity waveform, spontaneous activity waveform, volitional activity waveform or recruitment waveform;
identify at least one type of waveform of the plurality of types of waveforms associated with the detected at least one pattern; and
display the identified at least one type of waveform on the display.


US Pat. No. 11,064,930

AUTOMATIC TRACKING AND ADJUSTMENT OF THE VIEW ANGLE DURING CATHETER ABLATION TREATMENT

BIOSENSE WEBSTER (ISRAEL)...


1. An imaging system for use with a cardiac mapping and ablation system, the system comprising:a visual display device configured to visually display a three-dimensional (3D) map of a cardiac structure at a viewing angle and a relative location of a catheter within the cardiac structure;
a processing device configured to determine a desired viewing angle of an ablation target or mapping location near a tip of the catheter;
the processing device configured to automatically adjust the viewing angle of the 3D map of the cardiac structure based on the desired viewing angle; and
the visual display device configured to visually display the 3D map of the cardiac structure at the adjusted viewing angle and the relative location of the catheter within the cardiac structure.

US Pat. No. 11,064,929

FLEXIBLE ELECTRODE TIP WITH HALO IRRIGATION

St. Jude Medical, Cardiol...


1. A catheter tip electrode, comprising:a flexible electrode structure configured to flex upon application of an external force,
wherein the flexible electrode structure comprises an electrode wall, an electrode cap, and a distal end portion defining a distal end, wherein the cap comprises a cap transition, wherein the electrode wall comprises a distal end, and wherein the distal end of the electrode wall can be coupled to the electrode cap; and
a plurality of halo irrigation openings comprising a first channel side, a second channel side, an inner wall, and a channel wall, wherein the plurality of halo irrigation openings are configured to allow irrigant to pass therethrough in a circumferential pattern about the flexible electrode structure and proximate the distal end, wherein the channel wall comprises a slope in relation to a longitudinal axis of the catheter tip electrode configured to direct the irrigant in a more distal direction, wherein the inner wall extends along the longitudinal axis, wherein the channel wall intersects with the inner wall to form an angle, wherein at least one of the first channel side, the second channel side, and the channel wall form a plane, wherein the plurality of halo irrigation openings are disposed on the cap transition, and wherein the distal end of the electrode wall defines a proximal edge of at least one of the plurality of halo irrigation openings.

US Pat. No. 11,064,928

WEARABLE PATCH WITH RIGID INSERT

PREVENTICE SOLUTIONS, INC...


1. A wearable patch, comprising:a base layer;
a coversheet disposed above the base layer;
an electrically conductive layer positioned between the base layer and the coversheet, the electrically conductive layer comprising one or more electrically conductive components comprising one or more electrically conductive pads;
a rigid insert positioned between the base layer and the coversheet; and

a plurality of connectors, wherein the connectors are electrically coupled to the electrically conductive layer, wherein the connectors are between the rigid insert and the coversheet, and wherein at least one of the one or more electrically conductive pads is not between the rigid insert and the coversheet.

US Pat. No. 11,064,927

CONTACTLESS ELECTRIC CARDIOGRAM SYSTEM

RR Sequences Inc., Montr...


1. A device for providing electrocardiogram (ECG) signals for a human body, the device comprising:a processor adapted to operably connect to a sensor array including a plurality of contactless ECG sensors to receive a plurality of contactless ECG signals for the human body, the processor being adapted to perform the steps of:obtaining a body outline of a portion of the human body detected by the sensor array; detecting one or more body parts located in the body outline using a set of rules;
associating a group of contactless ECG sensors with each detected body part; and
selecting from each group a contactless ECG sensor having a highest signal quality for the body part associated with that group of contactless ECG sensors,

the processor being adapted to produce a standard ECG signal based on the contactless ECG signals received from the selected contactless ECG sensors.

US Pat. No. 11,064,926

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ASSESSING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF A THERAPY INCLUDING A DRUG REGIMEN USING AN IMPLANTABLE MEDICAL DEVICE

NeuroPace, Inc., Mountai...


1. A method comprising:acquiring physiological data from a patient via one or more sensors associated with an implanted medical device;
analyzing with the implanted medical device the acquired physiological data to obtain one or more results;
determining with the implanted medical device that a drug therapy to which the patient is being subjected is either effective or not effective based on a comparison between at least one of the one or more results and a corresponding baseline or target;
in response to determining that the drug therapy is not effective, delivering with the implanted medical device to one or more locations of interest in the patient's central nervous system a form of neuromodulation therapy according to at least one set of programmable neuromodulation parameters, wherein the form of neuromodulation therapy is different from the drug therapy to which the patient is being subjected; and
repeating the acquiring, analyzing, and determining steps with the implanted medical device, and in response to determining that the drug therapy is not effective, adjusting the at least one set of programmable neuromodulation parameters,
wherein the form of neuromodulation therapy is electrical stimulation, the at least one set of programmable neuromodulation parameters comprises a set of electrical stimulation parameters, and adjusting the at least one set of programmable neuromodulation parameters comprises adjusting the set of electrical stimulation parameters based on a mechanism of action associated with the drug therapy.

US Pat. No. 11,064,925

JAW EXERCISE SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USING THE SAME

Kinesio Designs L.L.C., ...


1. A system for evaluating jaw movement characteristics of a user, said user having a jaw, the jaw of the user comprising one or more body parts of a user that are at least substantially functionally attached to said jaw, said system comprising:a frame assembly, the frame assembly comprising:an interchangeable assembly interface; and
a stabilizing interface assembly configured to operably secure the frame assembly in an at least substantially stationary position;

at least one interchangeable assembly configured to attach to the interchangeable assembly interface of the frame assembly, the at least one interchangeable assembly comprising a plurality of user interface attachments configured to interact with the jaw of the user;
wherein the at least one interchangeable assembly further comprises a hexadirectional range of motion such that the respective plurality of user interface attachments of the at least one interchangeable assembly is configured to facilitate the evaluation of a jaw movement characteristic of the user in at least one of six jaw motion directions.

US Pat. No. 11,064,924

WEARABLE ULTRASOUND DEVICE FOR SIGNALLING CHANGES IN A HUMAN OR ANIMAL BODY

NovioScan B.V., Nijmegen...


1. A wireless ultrasound device for semi-continuously signalling a bladder volume of a user, over a prolonged period of time, comprising:(i) at least one first electrical-acoustical element, wherein the first electrical-acoustical element is capable of generating an ultrasound pulse at a frequency of between 20 kHz and 50 MHz, and at least one second electrical-acoustical element, wherein the second electrical-acoustical element is capable of detecting a reflected ultrasound pulse at a frequency of between 20 kHz and 50 MHz,
(ii) at least one processor for controlling the wireless ultrasound device to generate the ultrasound pulse at a predetermined time and for measuring a difference in time lapse between a transmission of the ultrasound pulse and a detection of the reflected ultrasound pulse to calculate a distance between a front wall and a back wall of the bladder,
(iii) an electrical power provider in connection with the first and second electrical-acoustical elements and the processor,
(iv) a voltage controller for applying a voltage to the first electrical-acoustical element to generate the ultrasound pulse, and
(v) at least one posture sensor for determining a posture of the user,
wherein the first electrical-acoustical element or the second electrical-acoustical element comprises a directional phased array of transducers, arranged for selectively directing the ultrasound pulse or the reflected ultrasound pulse,
wherein the wireless ultrasound device is wearable and substantially flat, such that it can be maintained in a fixed position with respect to the body of the user, and
wherein the wireless ultrasound device is arranged to automatically configure itself to an optimal setting by selectively directing a set of transducers from the directional phased array of transducers according to the posture of the user to measure a longest distance between the front wall and the back wall of the bladder to determine the bladder volume, the optimal setting preventing additional measurements of the bladder from being taken and reducing energy consumption of the wireless ultrasound device.

US Pat. No. 11,064,923

LIQUID SAMPLE MEASUREMENT DEVICE WITH REMOVABLE LANCET OR BIOSENSOR

PHC Holdings Corporation,...


1. A liquid sample measurement device to which a biosensor may be removably attached, the biosensor having a blood sample deposited on it created by a puncturing of a skin,the liquid sample measurement device comprising:a sensor port to which the biosensor is removably attached;
a measuring sensor configured to measure an amount of a substance in the blood sample by applying a voltage or a current to electrodes of the biosensor, and to produce a first measurement indicating the measured amount of the substance in the blood sample; and
a display configured to display the first measurement; a sensor detector configured to detect whether or not the biosensor is attached to the liquid sample measurement device;
a memory configured to record the first measurement; and
a controller configured to control the measuring sensor,
wherein the controller receives a result of the detection from the sensor detector after the measuring sensor produces the first measurement, the controller controls the display to continuously display an instruction for removing the biosensor unless a user removes the biosensor from the liquid sample measurement device, and the controller prohibits recording the first measurement in the memory unless the user removes the biosensor from the liquid sample measurement device.


US Pat. No. 11,064,922

MEDICAL DEVICE INSERTERS AND PROCESSES OF INSERTING AND USING MEDICAL DEVICES

ABBOTT DIABETES CARE INC....


1. An insertion assembly for inserting a glucose sensor into a subject, the insertion assembly comprising:the glucose sensor, wherein a distal end of the glucose sensor is configured to be inserted under skin of the subject;
a distal surface comprising an adhesive layer, wherein the distal surface is configured to be positioned on the skin of the subject such that the adhesive layer adheres to the skin of the subject;
an interior of the insertion assembly comprising a first spring in a loaded position, a second spring, a sliding element, an actuator, and a straight track having a length, wherein the sliding element is configured to move within the straight track; and
a button configured to be pressed along a depression axis toward the interior of the insertion assembly,wherein the button is further configured to release the first spring from the loaded position upon being pressed, such that the first spring causes the sliding element to move within the straight track,
wherein movement of the sliding element within the straight track causes advancement of a sharp and the glucose sensor in a distal direction along an insertion axis different from the depression axis such that the distal end of the glucose sensor is inserted under the skin of the subject,
wherein the sliding element is further configured to continue moving within the straight track after the advancement of the sharp and the glucose sensor in the distal direction along the insertion axis,
wherein the sliding element is further configured to apply a force on the actuator in a proximal direction along the insertion axis after the advancement of the sharp and the glucose sensor in the distal direction along the insertion axis,
wherein the second spring is configured to expand and retract the sharp in the proximal direction along the insertion axis while the distal end of the glucose sensor remains under the skin of the subject,
wherein the sharp is configured to be retracted fully within the interior of the insertion assembly,
wherein the insertion assembly comprises a maximum height parallel with the insertion axis and a maximum width parallel with the length of the straight track, and wherein the maximum height is greater than the maximum width,
wherein the second spring is a compression spring, and
wherein the glucose sensor is configured to operate for a period of about seven days or more.


US Pat. No. 11,064,921

DEVICES, SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ON-SKIN OR ON-BODY MOUNTING OF MEDICAL DEVICES

ABBOTT DIABETES CARE INC....


1. An assembly comprising:an analyte sensor, at least a portion of which is positionable within the body of a host;
a medical device configured to communicate analyte data, wherein the medical device comprises a housing including one or more grooves; and
a mounting structure configured to hold the medical device and the analyte sensor, wherein the mounting structure comprises:a support body configured to receive the medical device, and
an adhesive patch adapted to adhere the support body to a skin surface of the host,

wherein the support body comprises one or more rails configured to engage with the one or more grooves of the medical device and to cause the mounting structure to hold the medical device in place,
wherein the support body includes a flexible portion configured to be deformed to allow the medical device to be removed from the support body, and
wherein the flexible portion is configured to be deformed by a flexing motion relative to an axis of the mounting structure, and
wherein the flexing motion causes the one or more rails of the support body to decouple from the one or more grooves of the medical device.

US Pat. No. 11,064,920

BRAIN CLOT CHARACTERIZATION USING OPTICAL SIGNAL ANALYSIS, AND CORRESPONDING STENT SELECTION

Biosense Webster (Israel)...


1. A medical system, comprising:a probe for insertion into a blood vessel of a brain, the probe comprising one or more optical fibers configured to guide an optical signal to interact with a brain clot in the blood vessel, and to output the optical signal that interacted with the brain clot;
an electrooptical measurement unit, configured to collect and measure the outputted optical signal to produce a measured optical signal; and
a processor, configured to identify a composition of the brain clot by analyzing the measured optical signal from the probe;
wherein the processor is configured to identify, based on the measured optical signal, whether the composition of the brain clot is characterized by a preponderance of red blood cells or by white blood cells; and
wherein the processor is configured to output a recommendation, based on whether the composition of the brain clot is characterized by the preponderance of red blood cells or by white blood cells, for selecting a brain-clot removal device that matches the composition of the brain clot.

US Pat. No. 11,064,919

NON-INVASIVE MONITOR FOR MEASURING REGIONAL SATURATION OF OXYGEN

KOHKEN MEDICAL CO., LTD.,...


1. A non-invasive monitor for measuring regional saturation of oxygen for measuring an oxygen saturation of a brain blood stream continuously in a non-invasive manner by mounting the monitor on a person's head, comprising at least:a sensor unit including a printed circuit board on which a light emitting unit for irradiating a surface of the forehead of the head with light of 650 to 1000 nm and a light receiving unit for receiving light which has been emitted by the light emitting unit and has propagated inside the head are mounted;
a main body unit disposed in front of the forehead when being mounted on the head, including a computation processing unit for calculating a mixed oxygen saturation of the brain blood based on a detection signal detected by the sensor unit, a display unit for displaying a computation processing result by the computation processing unit, and a power source unit for supplying power to the sensor unit, the computation processing unit, and the display unit;
a sensor holder for holding the sensor unit while the light emitting unit and the light receiving unit are disposed in an aperture portion, having a board shape abutting on the forehead and including the aperture portion penetrating in a board thickness direction thereof;
a sensor pressing board for holding the sensor unit toward the sensor holder, disposed between the sensor unit and the main body unit;
a connecting unit for electrically connecting the sensor unit and the main body unit; and
a headband for mounting the main body unit on the head detachably,
wherein the sensor holder, the sensor unit, the sensor pressing board, and the main body unit are integrated by being stacked in this order from the forehead-side,
wherein the light emitting unit and the light receiving unit are disposed such that a light emitting surface of the light emitting unit and a light receiving surface of the light receiving unit face the forehead-side, and a part or the whole of the forehead-side surface of the sensor unit is on the same surface as the forehead-side surface of the sensor holder or protrudes from the forehead-side surface of the sensor holder toward the forehead-side, and
wherein the light emitting unit and the light receiving unit are disposed only on the right with respect to the lateral direction of the forehead or the light emitting unit and the light receiving unit are disposed only on the left with respect to the lateral direction of the forehead.

US Pat. No. 11,064,918

PATCH-BASED PHYSIOLOGICAL SENSOR

BAXTER INTERNATIONAL INC....


1. A sensor for measuring a photoplethysmogram (PPG), electrocardiogram (ECG) and impedance plethysmogram (IPG) waveforms from a patient, the sensor comprising:a primary housing adapted to be located on a middle of the patient's chest; and
a secondary housing adapted to be located adjacent to a shoulder of the patient, the secondary housing coupled to the primary housing via a flexible wire, wherein the secondary housing includes:a heating element attached to the bottom surface of the secondary housing so that it contacts and heats an area of the patient's shoulder when the secondary housing is located adjacent to the patient's shoulder;
an optical system located on a bottom surface of the secondary housing and proximal to the heating element, the optical system comprising a light source configured to generate optical radiation that irradiates the area of the patient's shoulder;
a temperature sensor in direct contact with the heating element;
a closed-loop temperature controller comprised within the secondary housing and in electrical contact with the heating element and the temperature sensor, the closed-loop temperature controller configured to receive a signal from the temperature sensor and, in response, control an amount of heat generated by the heating element; and
a photodetector comprised by the optical system and configured to generate a PPG waveform by detecting radiation that reflects off the area of the patient's shoulder after it is heated by the heating element;
the primary housing further comprises an electrocardiogram (ECG) sensor electronics,

wherein the primary housing has two halves separated by a rubber gasket;one half of the primary housing includes a first electrode lead and a second electrode lead, and
the other half of the primary housing includes a third electrode lead; the optical system in the secondary housing includes a fourth and a fifth electrode leads,

wherein the first and fourth electrode leads inject electrical current to patient's chest, and the second and fifth electrode leads sense bioelectrical signals from patient's chest,
the sensed signals are processed by electronics in the primary housing to determine the ECG and IPG waveforms.

US Pat. No. 11,064,917

ANALYTE SENSOR

DexCom, Inc., San Diego,...


1. A glucose monitoring system comprising:a transcutaneous glucose sensor comprising:an in vivo portion configured to be inserted into a body of a host; and
an ex vivo portion configured to remain outside of the body of the host;

sensor electronics configured to operably connect to the transcutaneous glucose sensor, wherein the sensor electronics comprise:a memory configured to store prior calibration information, wherein the prior calibration information comprises prior sensitivity information associated with the transcutaneous glucose sensor; and
a radio frequency transceiver; and

a receiver comprising a processor, wherein the receiver is configured to:initiate, in response to the receiver interrogating the sensor electronics, a sensor duration time period associated with sensor life and a transmission of the prior calibration information from the sensor electronics to the receiver;
calibrate sensor data based at least in part on the prior calibration information generated before insertion of the transcutaneous glucose sensor in the host, wherein the sensor data is derived at least in part from the transcutaneous glucose sensor and is associated with a glucose concentration of the host, wherein the processor is programmed to calibrate the sensor data without a need for a reference analyte concentration measurement obtained after insertion of the in vivo portion of the transcutaneous glucose sensor; and
cease further display of an estimated glucose concentration value, associated with the sensor data, on the receiver upon an end of the sensor duration time period.


US Pat. No. 11,064,916

ANALYTE SENSOR TRANSMITTER UNIT CONFIGURATION FOR A DATA MONITORING AND MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

ABBOTT DIABETES CARE INC....


1. A method of applying a transmitter unit to a user, the method comprising:applying an assembly to a skin surface of the user, the assembly comprising an analyte sensor, an insertion mechanism, and a transmitter mount;
positioning, with the insertion mechanism, a sensor body comprising an analyte sensor into the transmitter mount and causing the sensor body to couple with the transmitter mount by engaging a plurality of hooks with a plurality of open segments;
removing the insertion mechanism from the transmitter mount after the plurality of hooks has engaged with the plurality of open segments; and
wherein the plurality of hooks and the plurality of open segments are configured to securely retain the sensor body in a fixed position for proper alignment and electrical coupling with the transmitter unit.

US Pat. No. 11,064,915

FUNCTIONAL REACH ASSESSMENT DEVICE AND METHOD


1. A mobility assessment device, comprising:an elongated base member comprising a pair of surfaces spaced apart from each other to define a thickness of said elongated base member;
markings disposed on one surface from said pair of surfaces of said elongated base member along a length of said elongated base member;
targets disposed, during use of said mobility assessment device, below a bottom edge of said elongated base member; and
coupling members, each coupling member coupling a respective target from said targets to said elongated base member for a reciprocal linear movement of said respective target along said length of said elongated base member.

US Pat. No. 11,064,914

BRAIN DYSFUNCTION EVALUATION SYSTEM, BRAIN DYSFUNCTION EVALUATION METHOD, AND PROGRAM

MAXELL, LTD., Tokyo (JP)...


1. A sensor system for evaluating brain dysfunction comprising:one or more movement sensors configured to detect a finger movement task of a test subject;
a memory configured to store therein time-series data on the finger movement task of each of both hands of the test subject;
a processor configured to analyze the time-series data stored in the memory; and
a display configured to display an analysis result analyzed by the processor,
wherein the processor is communicatively coupled with the memory, the one or more movement sensors and the display, and the processor is configured to:generate a movement waveform for each of the both hands corresponding to the time-series data stored in the memory,
generate a feature quantity representing stability of a trajectory of the movement waveform of each of the both hands, by plotting Movement waveform X(t) at Time t on a horizontal axis and Movement waveform X(t+k) at Time t+k on a vertical axis, wherein k is a predetermined constant representing a time delay,
calculate either a difference in the generated feature quantities of the both hands or a quotient of the generated feature quantities of the both hands, as a difference-between-hands feature quantity which represents a difference in respective finger movement tasks between the both hands for evaluating a degree of severity of brain dysfunction.


US Pat. No. 11,064,913

IMPACT SENSING WEARABLE DEVICE AND METHOD

Force Impact Technologies...


1. A method for displaying impact experienced by a user, comprising:providing a mouth guard including a front shield portion, a bite-pad portion, two side shield portions, a linear force detector, a rotational force detector, a memory device, a battery, electronics, and a display light electronically coupled to said battery and electronics, said bite-pad portion for being located between upper and lower teeth of the user, said two side shield portions for placement adjacent to molars and facing inner cheeks of the user, said front shield portion being located between and connected to said two side shield portions, said bite-pad portion being connected to said front shield portion and said two side shield portions, said battery being encapsulated by a first one of said two side shield portions, said electronics being encapsulated by a second one of said two side shields portions, said display light being located in a center region of said front shield portion of said mouth guard;
setting a predetermined impact first threshold based on biometric data associated with the user, said biometric data including at least the user's weight, age, and gender;
setting a predetermined impact second threshold, said predetermined impact second threshold being less than said predetermined impact first threshold;
storing said predetermined impact first threshold and said predetermined impact second threshold in said memory device located within said mouth guard;
placing said mouth guard into an oral cavity of the user such that said bite-pad portion is located between the upper and lower teeth of the user and said two side shield portions are adjacent to the molars and face the inner cheeks of the user; and
detecting at least linear and rotational forces experienced by said mouth guard through use of said linear force detector and said rotational force detector; and
determining whether said predetermined impact first threshold and said predetermined impact second threshold have been exceeded based on said detected linear and rotational forces, and wherein(i) in response to said predetermined impact second threshold being exceeded but said predetermined impact first threshold not being exceeded, dynamically lowering a value of said predetermined impact first threshold to be used while the user remains active, and
(ii) in response to said predetermined impact first threshold being exceeded, displaying a light from said display light in said mouth guard.


US Pat. No. 11,064,912

FALL SENSOR

CLIMAX TECHNOLOGY CO., LT...


1. A fall sensor detecting a fall of a user, comprising:a first sensing device coupled to a necklace;
wherein the first sensing device detects a tension force of the necklace;
a second sensing device comprising a G-force sensor;
a wireless module;
a controller coupled to the first sensing device, the second sensing device and the wireless module; and
an emergency button and when the controller determines that the emergency button is pressed for a predetermined duration, the controller outputs an emergency message via the wireless module;
wherein when the first sensing device detects the tension force is changed, the controller activates the second sensing device to confirm whether the user is falling down, and when the user is determined to be fallen down, the controller outputs the emergency message via the wireless module;
wherein the second device confirms whether the user is falling down by a confirmation procedure that comprises:
determining whether a weightlessness state occurs;
determining whether a strike state occurs;
determining whether a static state occurs; and
when the weightlessness state, the strike state and the static state occurs sequentially, the user is determined to be fallen down, the controller outputs the emergency message via the wireless module;
wherein the first sensing device comprises a resistance sensing device and a conductive line is embedded in the necklace, and the first sensing device determines whether the tension force is changed according to a capacitance of the conductive line;
wherein when the first sensing device detects that a tension force has disappeared, a trigger signal or an interrupt signal is generated to inform a controller, and the controller activates the G-sensor to determine whether the user is falling; wherein when the G-sensor determines that the user is falling, the G-sensor informs the controller, and the controller controls a wireless module to transmit an emergency message; and wherein when a detected resistance of the conductive line and a resistance of a reference resistor are different, a detection result triggers the controller to confirm whether the user is falling down.

US Pat. No. 11,064,911

STANDING DESK BIOMETRICS

VitalTech Properties, LLC...


1. A method for tracking utilization of a standing desk, comprising:detecting a user proximate a standing desk, wherein at least a wearable device worn by the user is detected by one or more sensors integrated with the standing desk;
identifying the user utilizing the wearable device worn by the user;
determining a position and an orientation of the user utilizing at least the one or more sensors of the standing desk, the orientation further indicates the posture of the user; and
detecting time periods associated with the position and the orientation of the user utilizing the one or more sensors of the standing desk.

US Pat. No. 11,064,910

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY MONITORING SYSTEM

ACTIVBODY, INC., San Die...


1. An exercise system configured to gather and quantify data related to energy expenditure during a physical activity, the exercise system comprising:a plurality of force sensing nodes configured to gather data related to energy expenditure during the physical activity, the plurality of force sensing nodes being integrated into an item that is provided on at least one body part of a user, an individual force sensing node of the plurality of force sensing nodes comprising:at least one force sensor configured to generate a first output signal responsive to force adapted to be exerted by the at least one body part on the individual force sensing node during the physical activity;
a node identification sensor, the node identification sensor being configured to identify the individual force sensing node and to indicate said at least one body part associated with the individual force sensing node;
a first communications apparatus configured to transmit the first output signal;
a node processor configured to:control the at least one force sensor, the node identification sensor, and the first communications apparatus;
receive and process the first output signal for transmission by the first communications apparatus; and
manage power for the individual force sensing node; and


a portable hub that is physically separate and distinct from the plurality of force sensing nodes that are integrated into the item, the portable hub being configured to quantify the data related to energy expenditure during the physical activity, the portable hub comprising:a second communications apparatus configured to receive the first output signal from the first communications apparatus of each individual force sensing node of the plurality of force sensing nodes;
a hub identification sensor, the hub identification sensor being configured to identify each individual force sensing node from other individual force sensing nodes of said plurality of force sensing nodes, in conjunction with the node identification sensor;
a geo-location sensor configured to generate a second output signal related to a geo-location of the portable hub;
a motion sensor configured to generate a third output signal related to a motion of the portable hub;
a portable hub processor configured to execute one or more computer program modules, the one or more computer program modules comprising:an exercise analysis module configured to determine one or more exercise parameters based on the first output signal generated by the at least one force sensor of each individual force sensing node, the one or more exercise parameters including a magnitude of the force exerted on said individual force sensing node of the plurality of force sensing nodes by said at least one body part during the physical activity, the exercise analysis module being further configured to:determine the energy expenditure during the physical activity based on the magnitude of the force; and
determine the one or more exercise parameters based on the second output signal generated by the geo-location sensor and the third output signal generated by the motion sensor;




wherein the second communications apparatus, the geo-location sensor, the motion sensor and the portable hub processor are physically located within the portable hub.

US Pat. No. 11,064,909

PERIPHERAL SENSORY AND SUPERSENSORY REPLACEMENT SYSTEM

ORPYX MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIE...


1. A sensor-based quantification and analysis system, comprising:an input device includinga plurality of sensors, each sensor for generating an input based on a force; and
a transmission device for transmitting force information based on each of the generated inputs;

a processing device for receiving the force information and indicating, based on the force information, a respective level of sensation for each of the sensors; and
an output device including a plurality of stimulators, the output device for presenting the respective level of sensation for each of the sensors and a respective location of each of the sensors via a stimulus, to provide a neuroplastic effect;

wherein the stimulators are positioned in a pattern corresponding to respective positions of the sensors of the input device, to present the respective location of each of the sensors.

US Pat. No. 11,064,908

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR OBTAINING ANTIOXIDANT INDEX

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...


1. An apparatus for obtaining an antioxidant index, comprising:an image acquirer configured to acquire an image in which a correction reference object and a skin of a user are captured; and
a processor configured to determine a first degree of yellowness of the correction reference object and a second degree of yellowness of the skin based on the image, and configured to determine an antioxidant index of the user based on the first degree of yellowness, the second degree of yellowness, and a predetermined antioxidant index estimation model, the predetermined antioxidant index estimation model defining a relationship between the antioxidant index and at least one of a difference between the first degree of yellowness and the second degree of yellowness or a ratio between the first degree of yellowness and the second degree of yellowness.

US Pat. No. 11,064,907

METHOD AND SYSTEM TO AMPLIFY AND MEASURE BREATH ANALYTES


1. A method of avoiding ambient analytes which would skew an analyte result in a breath analysis method and of calibrating subject of the breath analysis comprising, immediately before a breath analysis method or collection of breath for a breath analysis method, administering to the subject a predetermined purified and standardized gas composition, the predetermined purified and standardized gas composition being something other than ambient air from the area in which the breath of the subject will be collected, being free of an ambient analyte which would skew an analyte result in a breath analysis method and having a universality of composition regardless of the area in which the breath of the subject will be collected and being at least 99.99999% pure of known contaminants.

US Pat. No. 11,064,906

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING RESPIRATION STATE BASED ON PLURALITY OF BIOLOGICAL INDICATORS CALCULATED USING BIO-SIGNALS

ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMU...


1. A method of determining a respiration state on the basis of a plurality of biological indicators calculated using bio-signals, the method comprising:collecting a photoplethysmography (PPG) signal measured by a PPG sensor and a cutaneous electric signal measured by an electrodermal activity (EDA) sensor;
analyzing the collected PPG signal and the cutaneous electric signal and calculating a plurality of biological indicators including a respiration rate; and
comprehensively evaluating the plurality of biological indicators to determine a user's respiration state,
wherein the plurality of biological indicators further comprises a blood oxygen saturation and a cutaneous electric conductivity,
wherein the determining of the user's respiration state comprises determining the respiration state as “normal respiration state” when the respiration rate falls within a predetermined threshold range, the blood oxygen saturation is greater than a minimal critical oxygen saturation, and the cutaneous electric conductivity is less than a predetermined neutral critical cutaneous conductivity.

US Pat. No. 11,064,905

INGESTIBLE CAPSULE DEVICE FOR COLLECTING FLUID ASPIRATES

UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI, Mia...


1. An ingestible capsule device comprising:a peristaltic pump including an inlet conduit and an outlet conduit;
a mount connected to the peristaltic pump, the mount including an outlet hole configured to secure the outlet conduit;
a semi-permeable bladder connected to the mount;
a non-dissolvable cap surrounding the peristaltic pump, the non-dissolvable cap including an inlet hole; and
a dissolvable cap surrounding the semi-permeable bladder.

US Pat. No. 11,064,904

SMART DRILL, JIG, AND METHOD OF ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY

EXTREMITY DEVELOPMENT COM...


1. A method of surgery on a bone within an anatomical area using a surgical guidance system comprising the steps of:setting a reference axis which is used to define a reference vector and registering the reference vector in the anatomical area which includes the bone to establish a local three-dimensional reference coordinate system for the bone and for the surgical guidance system,
the surgical guidance system comprising a hand-held surgical drill, a wire driver, or a screw driver having a tool which is aligned and operates along a linear tool work axis and one or more mount which supports a six degree of freedom Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) sensor or sensors comprising an Micro Electro-Mechanical System (MEMS) device which tracks global based location information of the tool axis to define a tool vector in the local three-dimensional reference coordinate system, the globally-based location information comprising the angular position, the rotation and the acceleration of the tool vector relative to the bone in three-dimensions in the local three-dimensional reference coordinate system, and the surgical guidance system further including a microprocessor coupled to a receiver that receives the globally-based location information from the sensor and the surgical guidance system and having a memory loaded with machine readable code to calculate an attitude and position of the tool vector from the globally-based location information, and a display;
using fluoroscopy intra-operatively to establish and define a loci in the local three-dimensional reference coordinate system which represents an entry point or end point for the tool on the bone;
introducing the tool into the local three-dimensional reference coordinate system at the entry point and calibrating the alignment at the entry point of the tool vector relative to local three-dimensional reference coordinate system; and
monitoring the attitude and position of the tool vector relative to the local three-dimensional reference coordinate system, and the location of the tool vector relative to the loci on the display using the surgical guidance system in order to perform a surgical procedure.

US Pat. No. 11,064,903

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR MAPPING A SEQUENCE OF IMAGES TO A ROADMAP IMAGE

SYNC-RX, LTD, Netanya (I...


1. A method for mapping extraluminal images to a roadmap image, comprising:obtaining, by one or more extraluminal imaging devices, a set of angiographic images of a vessel while contrast agent is present in the vessel;
designating, by a processor in communication with the one or more extraluminal imaging devices, at least one image from the set of angiographic images as a roadmap image;
generating, by the processor, a pathway in the roadmap image, the pathway representative of a shape of the vessel;
obtaining, by the one or more extraluminal imaging devices, a set of fluoroscopic images of the vessel;
identifying, by the processor, three or more features in each image of the set of fluoroscopic images, wherein the three or more features represent radiopaque portions of an endoluminal device positioned within the vessel;
determining an arrangement of the three or more features, wherein the arrangement of the three or more features is defined by a first vector corresponding to a first pair of the three or more features and a second vector corresponding to a different, second pair of the three or more features;
transforming the fluoroscopic images based on a comparison of the pathway and the arrangement of the three or more features, wherein transforming includes mapping, by the processor, the three or more features to corresponding locations on the pathway generated by the processor such that the arrangement of the three or more features is fit to the shape of the vessel; and
outputting, to a display in communication with the processor, a mapped set of images based on the mapping.

US Pat. No. 11,064,902

SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND MEDIA FOR AUTOMATICALLY DIAGNOSING INTRADUCTAL PAPILLARY MUCINOUS NEOSPLASMS USING MULTI-MODAL MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING DATA

Mayo Foundation for Medic...


1. A system for automatically detecting the presence of intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms (IPMNs) in a subject's pancreas, the system comprising:at least one hardware processor that is programmed to:receive T1 MRI data generated by an MRI machine, the T1 MRI data comprising a plurality of slices of T1 MRI data [I1, . . . , Iu, . . . , IN1];
receive T2 MRI data generated by the MRI machine, the T2 MRI data comprising a plurality of slices of T2 MRI data [J1, . . . , Jv, . . . , JN2]
provide data representing k slices of the T1 MRI data to a trained image classification convolutional neural network (CNN);
provide data representing k slices of the T2 MRI data to the trained image classification CNN;
receive output from the trained image classification CNN;
determine, based on the output, that IPMNs are likely present in the subject's pancreas;
in response to determining that IPMNs are likely present in the subject's pancreas, cause an indication that IPMNs are likely present in the subject's pancreas to be presented to the user.


US Pat. No. 11,064,901

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR AUTOMATED REGULARIZATION TUNING IN MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING (MRI) USING COMPRESSED SENSING (CS)

CANON MEDICAL SYSTEMS COR...


1. An imaging apparatus, comprising:processing circuitry configured to
obtain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data, the MRI data being acquired by non-uniformly sampling k-space,
perform a multi-scale transformation on a preliminary image generated from the MRI data and generating thereby a plurality of subbands, each of the plurality of subbands comprising respective transformation coefficients of the multi-scale transformation, wherein the multi-scale transformation is one of a curvelet transformation, a Gaussian pyramid, a Laplacian pyramid, a steerable pyramid, a Gabor transformation, a blocked discrete cosine transformation and a blocked discrete Fourier transformation,
determine, based on at least one of the plurality of subbands, a threshold between signal and noise of the transformation coefficients, and
reconstruct an MRI image from the MRI data using a regularized method in which an objective function is minimized, the objective function including a data fidelity term and a regularization term that is scaled based on the determined threshold.

US Pat. No. 11,064,900

ULTRA-LOW FIELD NUCLEAR MAGNETIC RESONANCE DEVICE

Korea Research Institute ...


1. An ultra-low field nuclear magnetic resonance device comprising:an AC power supply configured to supply a current to a measurement target in a manner so that the current flows in the measurement target, the measurement target having a proton magnetic resonance frequency;
a magnetic field measurement part adjacent to the measurement target; and
a measurement bias magnetic field generator configured to apply a measurement bias magnetic field corresponding to the proton magnetic resonance frequency of the measurement target,
wherein:the AC power supply has a first vibration frequency that matches the proton magnetic resonance frequency of the measurement target,
the current in the measurement target produces a modulated magnetic field, and
the magnetic field measurement part is configured to measure a nuclear magnetic resonance signal from the measurement target.


US Pat. No. 11,064,899

MAGNETIC RESONANCE PROJECTION FOR CONSTRUCTING FOUR-DIMENSIONAL IMAGE INFORMATION

Elekta, Inc., Atlanta, G...


19. A computer-implemented method for generating four-dimensional (4D) imaging information representative of a physiologic cycle of a subject, the method comprising:generating two or more two-dimensional (2D ) projection images, the 2D projection images comprising projection images representative of different projection angles, and the 2D images generated using imaging information obtained via nuclear magnetic resonance (MR) projection imaging, wherein generating the two or more 2D projection images comprises at least one of acquiring a 2D MR imaging slice perpendicular to a projection angle without requiring a slice selection gradient or acquiring the 2D MR imaging slice using the slice selection gradient that defines a slice having a depth that encompasses a radiation therapy target extent in a dimension parallel to the projection angle;
assigning particular 2D images from the generated 2D projection images to bins at least in part using information indicative of temporal positions within the physiologic cycle corresponding to the particular 2D images;
constructing three-dimensional (3D) images using the binned 2D images; and
constructing the 4D imaging information, comprising aggregating the 3D images;
wherein the physiologic cycle comprises a respiration cycle;
wherein obtaining the two or more 2D images comprises obtaining 2D images representative of different projection angles over a duration spanning multiple respiration cycles; and
wherein one or more of a phase or amplitude of a portion of the physiologic cycle corresponding to the particular 2D images is determined using a feature extracted from the particular 2D images.

US Pat. No. 11,064,898

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR USING IMPEDANCE TO DETERMINE PROXIMITY AND ORIENTATION OF SEGMENTED ELECTRODES

Boston Scientific Neuromo...


1. A system for use with at least two electrodes positioned within a patient proximate to a target tissue region having distinguishable conductive properties, the system comprising:circuitry configured to determine at least one value for each of the at least two electrodes based on the conductive properties of the tissue; and
a processor configured to, based on the at least one determined value, identify information related to electrode position with respect to the target tissue region for use in providing a therapy to the patient.

US Pat. No. 11,064,897

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CALCULATING BLOOD VESSEL PRESSURE DIFFERENCE AND FRACTIONAL FLOW RESERVE

PULSE MEDICAL IMAGING TEC...


1. A method of detecting pressure deviation in a blood vessel segment, comprising:receiving geometrical parameters of a blood vessel segment comprising a proximal end and a distal end, wherein the geometrical parameters comprises a first geometrical parameter representing a cross-sectional area or diameter of the proximal end of the segment, a second geometrical parameter representing a cross-sectional area or diameter of the distal end of the segment, and a third geometrical parameter representing a cross-sectional area or diameter of the blood vessel segment at a first location between the proximal end and the distal end; wherein the geometrical parameters are obtained by two-dimensional or three-dimensional coronary angiography, coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA), intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) or optical coherence tomography (OCT);
receiving a mean blood flow velocity of the blood vessel segment;
with the proximal end point as a reference point, deriving a reference lumen diameter function based on the first geometrical parameter, the second geometrical parameter and a distance x from a certain position along the blood vessel segment to the reference point;
wherein the reference lumen diameter function is used to represent reference lumen diameter at different positions along the blood vessel as a function of the distance x from the position to the reference point, and
wherein the derivation of the reference lumen diameter function Preferably comprises a linear normalization as a function of location from the proximal end to the distal end of the segment;
with the proximal end point as a reference point, deriving a geometrical parameter difference function based on the third geometrical parameter and the reference lumen diameter function;
wherein the geometrical parameter difference function indicates a relationship of differences between the reference lumen diameter function and the received geometrical parameters with respect to the distances x from the reference point;
calculating derivatives of the geometrical parameter difference function in multiple scales, wherein the scales are resolutions indicative of distances between two adjacent points when calculating derivative numerically, wherein the multiple scales comprise a first greater scale and a second smaller scale, wherein the multiple scales of derivative difference functions comprise a derivative difference function f1(x) in the first scale and a derivative difference function f2(x) in the second scale, wherein use of the multiple scales enables manifestation of impacts of different severity of stenosis (focal and diffuse) on the pressure deviation;
wherein the derivative difference function f1(x) in the first scale is adapted to detect a geometrical parameter difference between an actual lumen diameter and a reference lumen diameter caused by stenosis affecting a wide range, with geometrical parameter differences caused by focal stenosis being ignored,
wherein the derivative difference function f2(x) in the second scale is adapted to detect a geometrical parameter difference between an actual lumen diameter and a reference lumen diameter caused by a focal lesion; and
obtaining a pressure deviation ?P between a first blood flow pressure at the proximal end and a second blood flow pressure at the first location based on the derivatives of the geometrical parameter difference in multiple scales at the first location, the mean blood flow velocity V and a square of the mean blood flow velocity V2.

US Pat. No. 11,064,896

NON-INVASIVE BLOOD PRESSURE MEASURING APPARATUS AND MEASURING METHOD THEREOF

SHENZHEN RAYCOME HEALTH T...


1. A non-invasive blood pressure measuring apparatus, comprising: a host comprising a microprocessor coupled to an air pressure sensor;a pressurized cuff coupled to the air pressure sensor, wherein the pressurized cuff is an inflatable cuff with a gas tube, wherein the pressurized cuff generates changes in a blood flow pulse via, a pressure variation of the pressurized cuff; and
a pulse wave detector connected with the host, wherein the pulse wave detector detects changes of a pulse wave and senses, in real-time, changes in the blood flow pulse generated by the pressure variation of the pressurized cuff,
wherein the microprocessor processes, in real-time, a plurality of pulse wave amplitudes detected by the pulse wave detector and the pressure variation of the pressurized cuff corresponding to the plurality of pulse wave amplitudes,
the microprocessor performs a real-time process on pulse delay periods between the plurality of pulse wave amplitudes and an AC air pressure signal component corresponding to the pressure variation of the pressurized cuff, wherein a pulse wave amplitude of the plurality of pulse wave amplitudes corresponds with the AC pressure signal component measured from the pressure variation of the pressurized cuff for each blood flow pulse,
generating a time characteristic curve wherein a time characteristic curve comprises:
the pulse delay periods between the pulse wave amplitude consisting of at least consecutive five data points near a diastolic pressure and the AC air pressure signal is measured, wherein pressures of the pressurized cuff and the pulse delay periods between the pulse wave and the AC air pressure signal in at least continuous three data points present a linear variation a first relation curve is a slant line, and a first relational expression of(Psz3-Psz0): (T3-T0)=(Psz2-Psz0): (T2-T0)=(Psz1-Psz0): (T1-T0) is established,

Wherein Psz0 is a diastolic pressure point, Psz1 is a cuff pressure associated with a delay time T1, Psz2 is a cuff pressure associated with a delay time T2, Psz3 is a cuff pressure associated with a delay time T3 and T0 is a delay time at the diastolic pressure point Psz0
the pressures of the pressurized cuff and the pulse delay periods between the pulse wave and the AC air pressure signal in at least consecutive two data points, wherein the pulse delay periods are presented as fixed values while the pressures of the pressurized cuff vary, a second relation curve is a horizontal line, and a second relational expression of Psz0>PszA/PszB is established, and a third relational expression of T0=(TA+TB)/2 is established, and
an intersection point between the slant line and the horizontal line in the time characteristic curve, wherein Psz0 is the diastolic pressure and is the intersection point,
PszA and PszB are consecutive pressures of the pressurized cuff near the diastolic pressure;
T0 is the delay time at the diastolic pressure point, and TA and TB are delay times near T0 on the horizontal line, and
wherein the pulse wave detector is a photoelectric sensing pulse wave detector which includes a light emitter, a light receiver, a first power supply connected with the light emitter a light emission signal lead wire, a second power supply connected with the light receiver, and a light receiving signal lead wire; when the photoelectric pulse wave detector is placed on a skin surface where arteries are located, periodic changes of absorption of light emitted by the light emitter in the photoelectric pulse wave detector in a detected position is caused due to periodic fluctuations of an artery blood vessel, and an electric signal pulse corresponding to an arterial blood flow pulse is obtained by using the light receiver in the photoelectric pulse wave detector to detect scattered lights or transmitted lights absorbed by blood flow
wherein the microprocessor determines a diastolic pressure based on the time characteristic curve of the pulse delay periods between the pulse wave and the corresponding AC air pressure signal; and
a monitor connected to the microprocessor to display the diastolic pressure and a systolic pressure.

US Pat. No. 11,064,895

PULSE WAVE DETECTION DEVICE, IMAGE ANALYSIS DEVICE, AND BIOMETRIC INFORMATION GENERATION SYSTEM

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...


1. An image analysis device configured to detect a pulse wave of a living body by analyzing an image obtained by capturing the living body, the image analysis device comprising:an acquisition unit configured to acquire a plurality of images obtained by capturing the living body through a first filter having light transmission characteristics in a near-infrared light wavelength range within a wavelength range where a light absorption rate of oxidized hemoglobin is greater than a light absorption rate of reduced hemoglobin, or having light transmission characteristics in a visible light wavelength range and a near-infrared light wavelength range within a wavelength range where a light absorption coefficient of oxidized hemoglobin is greater than a light absorption coefficient of reduced hemoglobin, and through a second filter having light transmission characteristics in a visible light wavelength range and a near-infrared light wavelength range within a wavelength range where a light absorption coefficient of oxidized hemoglobin is greater than a light absorption coefficient of reduced hemoglobin; and
an image analysis unit configured to analyze the plurality of images of the living body acquired by the acquisition unit and to detect the pulse wave of the living body, wherein
the image analysis unit is configured to detect the pulse wave by using an image captured through the first filter and an image captured through the second filter,
the image analysis device includes a correction unit configured to correct the pulse wave detected by the image analysis unit on the basis of a motion of the living body detected by a motion sensor configured to detect the motion of the living body, and
the correction unit is configured to correct the pulse wave with a correction amount of pulse waves associated with a specific motion of the living body.

US Pat. No. 11,064,894

METHOD AND DEVICE TO MANAGE FLUID VOLUMES IN THE BODY

Medtronic, Inc., Minneap...


1. A method, comprising the steps of:connecting a patient to a medical device to obtain input parameters correlated for fluid removal;
transferring the input parameters to a medical device processor having a shielded circuitry to reduce electric shock to the patient, wherein the medical device processor is implemented with a forward algorithm to generate a recommended fluid level (DFL) based on the input parameters, and wherein the forward algorithm is presented by the equation:DFL=W1*D1(P1,X1)+W2*D2(P2,X2)+W3*D2(P3,X3)+W4*D1(P4,X4)+W5*D1(P5,X5)+W6*D2(P6,X6)+W7*D2(P7,X7)+W8*D2(P8,X8)+W9*D2(P9,X9)+W10*D2(P10,X10)+W12*D1(P12,X12)+W13*D1(P13,X13)+W14*D2(P14,X14)+W15*D1(P15,X15)+W16*D1(P16,X16);

where P1 through P16 are each an input parameter, W1 through W16 are each a weighting coefficient predetermined according to a level of impact on fluid removal by a corresponding input parameter, X1 through X16 are each a cut-off trigger predetermined when a corresponding input parameter indicates no recommended change in fluid level, D1 is a function with an output of either 0 and 1 and increases from 0 to 1 as the value of the input parameter increases to a value greater than its corresponding cut-off trigger, D2 is a function with an output is either 0 or 1 and deceases from 1 to 0 as the value of an input parameter is greater than the value of the cut-off trigger, where input parameters associated with D1 correlate to an excess of fluid in the patient when increased and the input parameters associated with D2 correlate to an excess of fluid in the patient when decreased; and
adjusting fluid removal from the patient based on the recommended fluid level.

US Pat. No. 11,064,893

REAL TIME AUTHENTICATION BASED ON BLOOD FLOW PARAMETERS

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...


1. A method of authenticating a user using a user device comprising:measuring, by the user device, using a first sensor, blood characteristics of the user and generating first sensor data based on the measuring of the blood characteristics;
determining, based on the first sensor data, at least a first physiological biomarker of the blood characteristics measured by the first sensor, wherein the first physiological biomarker indicates a first oxygen saturation;
deriving acceleration plethysmography parameters of the first sensor data;
deriving at least a first morphological characteristic of the blood characteristics measured by the first sensor by processing the acceleration plethysmography parameters of the first sensor data;
receiving second sensor data generated by a second sensor performing remote oximetry sensing, wherein the second sensor is remote to the user device;
determining, based on the second sensor data, at least a second physiological biomarker of a blood flow detected by the second sensor, wherein the second physiological biomarker indicates a second oxygen saturation;
receiving third sensor data generated by a third sensor, wherein the third sensor is remote to the user device;
deriving acceleration plethysmography parameters of the third sensor data and deriving at least a second morphological characteristic of blood characteristics detected by the third sensor by processing the acceleration plethysmography parameters of the third sensor data;
comparing the at least the first oxygen saturation to at least the second oxygen saturation and comparing at least the first morphological characteristic to at least the second morphological characteristic;
determining whether at least the first oxygen saturation matches at least the second oxygen saturation and determining whether at least the first morphological characteristic matches at least the second morphological characteristic; and
responsive to at least the first oxygen saturation matching at least the second oxygen saturation and at least the first morphological characteristic matching at least the second morphological characteristic, outputting an indicator indicating the user is authenticated.

US Pat. No. 11,064,892

DETECTING A TRANSIENT ISCHEMIC ATTACK USING PHOTOPLETHYSMOGRAM SIGNALS

Facense Ltd., Kiryat Tiv...


15. A method for detecting an occurrence of a transient ischemic attack (TIA), comprising:receiving first and second signals indicative of photoplethysmogram signals at first and second regions on the left and right sides of a user's head (PPGSL and PPGSR, respectively); and
detecting the occurrence of the TIA based on PPGSL and PPGSR, which exhibit a pattern comprising: (i) asymmetry between PPGSL and PPGSR, which is below a threshold, during a first period spanning more than a day; (ii) asymmetry between PPGSL and PPGSR, which exceeds the threshold, during a second period following the first period and spanning between 5 and 180 minutes; and (iii) asymmetry between PPGSL and PPGSR, which falls below the threshold, during a third period following the second period.

US Pat. No. 11,064,891

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...


1. An object information acquiring apparatus comprising:a plurality of transducers that respectively generate electric signals upon reception of an acoustic wave from a measurement subject;
a supporter that supports the plurality of transducers such that directional axes of at least a part of the plurality of transducers are gathered together;
a position controller that controls a relative position of the measurement subject and the supporter;
a memory storing a program; and
one or more processors which, by executing the program, causes the object information acquiring apparatus to:determine respective distances from each of the plurality of transducers to a focus position of the measurement subject, on the basis of information indicating respective positions of the plurality of transducers in the relative position,
generate property information relating to the focus position of the measurement subject by performing image reconstruction processing on the electric signals, using the respective distances, and
determine correction data for the information indicating the respective positions of the plurality of transducers in the relative position, using a synthesized image obtained by synthesizing a first image and a second image of the measurement subject acquired respectively in at least two relative positions,wherein the first image includes a first point, the second image includes a second point, the synthesized image includes the first point and the second point, and the correction data is determined using a positional relationship of the first point and the second point in the synthesized image, and
wherein the property information is generated by further performing image reconstruction processing on the electric signals using the correction data.



US Pat. No. 11,064,890

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR THE NON-INVASIVE MEASUREMENT OF TISSUE FUNCTION AND METABOLISM BY DETERMINATION OF STEADY-STATE FLUORESCENCE ANISOTROPY

Cellview Imaging Inc., T...


1. A method of evaluating biological tissue, the method comprising:irradiating biological tissue with light so as to cause a fluorophor of interest and another fluorophor in the biological tissue to fluoresce;
isolating fluorescence emitted by the fluorophor of interest by filtering fluorescence emitted by the fluorophor of interest and the another fluorophor;
determining a steady-state fluorescence anisotropy of the fluorescence emitted by the fluorophor of interest;
comparing a steady-state fluorescence anisotropy of the fluorescence emitted by the fluorophor of interest determined from the biological tissue in a first state with a steady-state fluorescence anisotropy of the fluorescence emitted by the fluorophor of interest determined from the biological tissue in a second state in which the biological tissue has been subjected to a stimulus; and
evaluating the biological tissue based on the comparison.

US Pat. No. 11,064,889

METHOD OF EVALUATING AND VISUALIZING FIT OF AN APPLICATOR


1. A method for evaluating a fit of an applicator on a target area, comprising:receiving on a processor a first set of digital data representing the target area, the first set of digital data being received from a digital geometric representation of the target area stored on a memory or streamed in real time;
receiving on the processor a second set of digital data representing at least a portion of an applicator designed to contact the target area;
digitally overlying the second set of digital data over the first set of digital data to determine digitally the contact area of the at least the portion of the applicator when applied to the target area;
calculating in the target area at a plurality of points of the overlay a separation distance between the second set of digital data and the first set of digital data, wherein a separation distance of about 1 mm or less represents contact between the applicator and the target area when the applicator is applied to the target area;
determining a percentage of the plurality of points having a separation distance of about 1 mm or less in the target area, wherein a determination of at least 90% of the plurality of points having a separation distance of 1 mm or less indicates the applicator fits; and
generating a first electronic image that includes a visual depiction of the calculated separation distance between the applicator and the target area when the applicator is applied to the target area, wherein the first electronic image includes a continuum of separation distances at a plurality of points.

US Pat. No. 11,064,888

DETECTION OF BIKING, WALKING, AND RUNNING

Intel Corporation, Santa...


1. A method comprising:receiving motion data collected by a motion sensor worn by a user during an activity;
determining a magnitude of the motion data by taking the magnitude of an acceleration signal, applying a high-pass filter to the acceleration signal, and integrating the standard deviation of the high-passed acceleration signal over a period of time;
determining a frequency of the motion data; and
identifying the activity based on the magnitude and the frequency of the motion data.

US Pat. No. 11,064,887

INTERACTIVE ELECTRONIC TREATMENT ASSISTANCE FOR BENIGN PROSTATIC HYPERPLASIA AND ADVANCED PROSTATE CANCER

Rogue Medical Solutions, ...


1. A computer-implemented method for providing interactive electronic treatment assistance for a benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) condition, the method comprising:automatically sending, by a disease and disorder treatment device, an electronic pathway sign-up link to a smart mobile device;
receiving, by the disease and disorder treatment device, sign-up information from the smart mobile device;
automatically sending, by the disease and disorder treatment device, a series of educational slides about the BPH condition to the smart mobile device;
presenting, by the smart mobile device, the series of educational slides;
automatically sending, by the disease and disorder treatment device, a reminder message regarding aspects that are important for improving the BPH condition, to the smart mobile device;
automatically sending, by the disease and disorder treatment device, one or more educational links about the BPH condition, to the smart mobile device;
automatically sending, by the disease and disorder treatment device, a plurality of inquiries about the BPH condition, to the smart mobile device;
automatically receiving, by the disease and disorder treatment device, a plurality of patient responses to the plurality of inquiries about the BPH condition, from the smart mobile device;
automatically processing, by the disease and disorder treatment device, the plurality of patient responses; and
automatically storing, by the disease and disorder treatment device, the plurality of patient responses.

US Pat. No. 11,064,886

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR THE MOBILE ANALYSIS OF EXCREMENT IN A TOILET

MEDIPEE GMBH, Moers (DE)...


1. A device for determining physiological data through analysis of urine or stool in a toilet, comprising means of at least one indicator and/or sensor, in which for each measurement an indicator or sensor is moved into the inside of the toilet from the outer side of the toilet by means of a rollable arm that is reversibly configurable between a wound-up and an unwound form and is brought into a measurement position by means of an at least partially self-stiffening arm that stiffens when in said rollable arm is in the unwound form, in which sufficient contact with the urine or stool to be examined occurs.

US Pat. No. 11,064,885

MEDICAL TELEMETER, MEDICAL SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING MEDICAL TELEMETER

NIHON KOHDEN CORPORATION,...


1. A medical telemeter comprising:a receiving section which is configured to receive, from an external computer, contents of patient information set through an input interface of the external computer, the patient information being information of a patient who uses the medical telemeter;
a displaying section which is configured to display the contents of the patient information, which is received from the external computer;
a storing section which is configured to store the contents of the patient information, which is received from the external computer; and
a controller which is configured to: determine whether a predetermined event occurs, and when it is determined that the predetermined event occurs, read the patient information stored in the storing section, cause the displaying section to display a confirmation message that is based on the patient information, and change contents of the confirmation message in accordance with a kind of the predetermined event,
wherein the predetermined event includes an event in which setting of the patient information or changing of the setting of the patient information is received from the external computer.

US Pat. No. 11,064,884

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY SCANNING

Alcon Inc., Fribourg (CH...


1. An optical coherence tomography (OCT) system comprising:a light source;
an interferometric system optically coupled with the light source and comprising a first mirror, a second mirror and a third mirror, the first mirror having at least a first reflected surface oriented at an acute angle, the second mirror having a second reflective surface facing and parallel to a third reflective surface of the third mirror; and
a processor and memory coupled with the interferometric system, the processor executing instructions stored in the memory to cause the at least one movable scanning mirror to scan a plurality of points in a sample according to at least one pattern, the at least one pattern based on at least one of a Lissajous curve and a Spirograph curve;
wherein the processor executes instructions stored in memory to:
cause the at least one movable scanning mirror to scan a first portion of the plurality of points in the sample according to a first pattern based on a first Lissajous curve;
cause the at least one movable scanning mirror to scan a second portion of the plurality of points in the sample according to a second pattern based on a second Lissajous curve; and
switch from the first pattern to the second pattern at a location where the first and second patterns overlap.

US Pat. No. 11,064,883

SLIT LAMP WITH CANTILEVERED BASE

Brett Bartelen, Whitehor...


5. A slit lamp, comprising:a table and a frame mounted to the table, the frame having spaced-apart vertical support members, and a forehead rest and a chin rest extending between the vertical support members; and
a base mounted on the table, the base having:a carriage configured to support a biomicroscope,
a first elongate member extending horizontally through the carriage, and
a second elongate member extending horizontally through the carriage, wherein the carriage is slidable axially along the first elongate member and the second elongate member to move the biomicroscope relative to the frame;
wherein the second elongate member provides a stabilizing force on the carriage to counteract an upward force exerted by the carriage and the biomicroscope mounted thereon;

wherein the first elongate member and the second elongate member each includes a rotatable pinion on each end thereof, the pinions engaging parallel racks to guide movement of the carriage and the biomicroscope relative to the frame;
wherein the parallel racks are formed in housings mounted on the table;
wherein a first pair of the parallel racks is mounted on bottoms of the housings and a second pair of the parallel racks is mounted on tops of the housings, and
wherein the pinions of the first elongate member engage the first pair of the parallel racks and the pinions of the second elongate member engage the second pair of the parallel racks.

US Pat. No. 11,064,882

SCREENING APPARATUS AND METHOD

NOVA-SIGHT LTD., Airport...


1. An apparatus for screening, treatment, monitoring and/or assessment of visual impairments, comprising:electronic means for simultaneously applying two separate processing steps to images presented to a patient's eyes, the electronic means comprising image generating means, digital image processing means, eye tracker means for measuring a direction of the patient eyes' line of sight, and display means for presenting images to both of the patient's eyes, the two separate processing steps being:
a first processing step being applied to an non-amblyopic eye, and
a second processing step being applied to an amblyopic eye,
wherein the first processing step creates an area with a controlled measure of image degradation, where the location of the degraded area is moved responsive to the measured direction of the line of sight of the non-amblyopic eye, and
wherein the second processing step is continuously responsive to a measured direction of a line of sight of the amblyopic eye and the response includes, when there is deviation between the measured directions of the lines of sight of both eyes, movement of the image vertically and/or horizontally as real-time image disparity compensation based on live eye tracking data, so that as the line of sight of amblyopic eye moves vertically and/or horizontally, the presented image on the display means is moved as well, thereby ensuring that a stimulation center remains on a fovea region no matter which direction each eye is looking at.

US Pat. No. 11,064,881

METHOD FOR PREDICTING CONVERGENCE DISORDERS CAUSED BY CONCUSSION OR OTHER NEUROPATHOLOGY

HENNEPIN HEALTHCARE SYSTE...


1. A method for predicting abnormal eye convergence in a human or animal subject, the method comprising:using an eye tracker having a camera to track pupil positions of a first eye and a second eye of the subject to generate eye tracking data for the subject as the subject watches a video, the eye tracking data including a plurality of data points for each of the first eye and the second eye;
temporally calibrating the eye tracker by independently predicting the pupil positions of the first eye and the second eye of the subject for each of the plurality of data points based on time elapsed since a start of the video;
calculating one or more metrics based on the eye tracking data, the one or more metrics comprising at least conjugacy metrics of both eyes of the subject;
determining a logistic regression model based on the one or more metrics; and
using at least the logistic regression model to compare movement of the first eye to the second eye and predict whether the subject has abnormal eye convergence.

US Pat. No. 11,064,880

EYE REFRACTIVE POWER MEASURING DEVICE AND METHOD OF MEASURING EYE REFRACTIVE POWER

Tomey Corporation, Nagoy...


1. An eye refractive power measuring device, comprising:a light projector configured to project a measuring light toward a fundus of a subject's eye;
a light receiver configured to receive a reflected light that is reflected from the fundus;
an inputter configured to input a command from an operator; and
a controller,
wherein the controller is configured to start a consecutive measurement process of an eye refractive power of the subject's eye without automatic fogging in response to input of a start command through the inputter, the consecutive measurement process including:consecutively executing a process that measures the eye refractive power of the subject's eye an undetermined number of times based on a light-receiving signal from the light receiver without automatic fogging until an end of the consecutive measurement process;
determining reliability of a measured value of the eye refractive power in every execution of the process; and
displaying, in every execution of the process, the measured value on a display together with information indicating the reliability,

wherein the controller ends the consecutive measurement process in response to input of an end command through the inputter or in response to the measured value having the reliability equal to or greater than standard reliability being obtained a specific number of times.

US Pat. No. 11,064,879

HOLOSCOPIC, OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY

Carl Zeiss Meditec AG, J...


1. A method for holoscopic, optical coherence tomography for an object, in particular for an eye, wherein the method comprises:providing source radiation and splitting the source radiation into illumination radiation and reference radiation;
illuminating an illumination field on the object with illumination radiation, said illumination field having an areal extent transverse to the direction of incidence;
collecting illumination radiation scattered back from the object as measurement radiation;
separating the measurement radiation collected from the object from the illumination radiation guided to the object; and
overlaying the measurement radiation with reference radiation and detecting an interference signal of the overlaid radiations with at least one detector, wherein the object in the illumination field is simultaneously illuminated by more than one spatial radiation mode, wherein the radiation modes of the illumination in the illumination field are spatially and temporally coherent with one another but have a fixed phase difference from one another.

US Pat. No. 11,064,878

OCT APPARATUS

NIDEK CO., LTD., Aichi (...


1. An OCT apparatus comprising:an OCT optical system configured to acquire an OCT signal based on measurement light applied to a subject and reference light; and
a processor,
wherein the processor is configured to:control the OCT optical system based on a predetermined trigger to execute an imaging sequence in which a plurality of temporally different OCT signals are acquired in each of a first region on a subject and a second region adjacent to or partially overlapping with the first region, and imaging conditions are different from each other between the first region and the second region, and
obtain OCT motion contrast data of the subject based on the plurality of OCT signals acquired through the imaging sequence in the first region and the second region; and

wherein the processor executes the image sequence in which times required to acquire the plurality of OCT signals per unit area are different from each other between the first region and the second region.

US Pat. No. 11,064,877

LARYNGOSCOPE

Flexicare (Group) Limited...


1. A laryngoscope comprising;a handle comprising a top portion, a bottom portion, and at least one outlet;
a blade with a distal tip and a proximal portion wherein the proximal portion is connected to the bottom portion of the handle;
at least one fluid channel that is configured to extend through at least a portion of cross-section of the handle and the blade;
at least one sensor that is located between the proximal portion and the distal tip of the blade and further configured to detect raw data once intubated in a patient;
an electronic component module;
a sensor tube cavity within the handle and the blade that is configured to extend from the electronic component module to the at least one sensor; and
a flexible sensor tube that is configured to connect the electronic component module to the at least one sensor in order to transmit data from the at least one sensor to the electronic component module,
wherein the flexible sensor tube passes through the sensor tube cavity within the handle and the blade,
wherein the blade is configured to protrude outwardly at a substantially perpendicular angle from the handle to the distal tip,
wherein the blade further comprises:(a) at least one inlet near the distal tip; and
(b) at least one inlet between the distal tip and the proximal portion,

wherein the electronic component module is sized and shaped to be coupled to the bottom portion of the handle,
wherein the electronic component module comprises integrated circuitry which provides at least one functionality of: pH sensing, CO2 sensing, acoustic sensing, capacitance sensing, inductance sensing, temperature sensing, specific molecule sensing, binocular image sensing, monocular image sensing, arrayed image sensing, ambient color sensing, USB video device class (UVC), generating light and measuring a frequency of light that is reflected by its surroundings, or any combination thereof, and
wherein the at least one outlet, the at least one inlet near the distal tip, the at least one inlet between the distal tip and the proximal portion, and the at least one fluid channel, are configured to be in fluid communication with each other.

US Pat. No. 11,064,876

ENDOSCOPE

FUJIFILM CORPORATION, To...


1. An endoscope, comprising: a first flat surface formed at a distal end portion of an insertion part to be inserted into a subject, and orthogonal to an axial direction of the insertion part; an observation window provided at the distal end portion for allowing image light of the subject to be taken therethrough, with a surface of the observation window as a light incidence plane; an illumination window provided at the distal end portion to irradiate a subject with illumination light; a fluid jetting nozzle arranged at the first flat surface to jet a fluid toward the observation window and fixed at the distal end portion of the insertion part; and an inclined surface formed around the observation window and arranged at a position that faces the fluid jetting nozzle, wherein the distal end portion is formed with a second flat surface arranged on a distal end side of the first flat surface and parallel to the first flat surface, wherein the inclined surface comprises a surface that connects the first flat surface and the second flat surface together, wherein the illumination window is arranged at the second flat surface, wherein a top of the fluid jetting nozzle in the axial direction is disposed at the topmost side of the insertion part in the axial direction, wherein the fluid jetting nozzle includes a jetting port from which the fluid is jetted and a part of the jetting port is disposed on the distal end side with respect to the surface of the observation window in the axial direction, wherein the inclined surface surrounds at least a half circumference of an entire circumference of the observation window, the half circumference facing the jetting port, and wherein the second flat surface extends from the inclined surface to an opposite side of the illumination window with respect to the fluid jetting nozzle in a plan view of the distal end portion.

US Pat. No. 11,064,875

CONDITIONING MEDICAL EQUIPMENT

Cantel (UK) Limited, Ess...


1. An apparatus for conditioning a flexible medical endoscope having internal channels, so as to maintain disinfection of said endoscope following processing to a state of high level disinfection, said apparatus including a conditioning station, comprising:a. a reservoir for disinfectant fluid;
b. a plurality of connectors configured for connection to the internal channels of the endoscope;
c. a valve system comprising a plurality of fluid valves wherein at least some of the plurality of fluid valves are associated with the plurality of connectors;
d. a vacuum pump, adapted for connection to a valve of a pouch; and
e. a processor adapted to control operation of the reservoir pump, the vacuum pump and the valve system.

US Pat. No. 11,064,874

DICHROIC PRISM ASSEMBLY WITH FOUR OR FIVE CHANNELS

Quest Photonic Devices B....


1. A dichroic prism assembly (P1-P7) configured to receive light from an object image through an entrance face of the dichroic prism assembly, comprising:a first prism (P1);
a second prism (P3);
a first compensator prism (P2) located between the first prism (P1) and the second prism (P3);
a further dichroic prism assembly (P5, P6, P7) for splitting light in three light components, and
a second compensator prism (P4) located between the second prism (P3) and the further dichroic prism assembly (P5, P6, P7),
wherein the first prism (P1) and the second prism (P3) each have a cross section with at least five corners, each corner having an inside angle of at least 90 degrees,
wherein the corners of the first prism (P1) and the second prism (P3) each have a respective entrance face (S1, S3) and a respective exit face, and are each designed so that an incoming beam which enters the entrance face of the respective prism in a direction parallel to a normal of said entrance face is reflected twice inside the respective prism and exits the respective prism through the respective exit face parallel to a normal of said exit face,
wherein the normal of the entrance face and the normal of the exit face of the respective prism are perpendicular to each other, and
wherein, when light enters the first prism (P1) through the entrance face, the light is partially reflected towards the exit face of the first prism (P1) thereby travelling a first path length from the entrance face of the first prism (P1) to the exit face of the first prism (P1), and the light partially enters the second prism (P3) via the first compensator prism (P2) and is partially reflected towards the exit face of the second prism (P3), thereby travelling a second path length from the entrance face of the first prism (P1) to the exit face of the second prism (P3), wherein the first prism (P1) is larger than the second prism (P3) so that the first and the second path lengths are the same.

US Pat. No. 11,064,873

IMAGING SYSTEM INCLUDES IMAGING PROBE AND DELIVERY DEVICES

GENTUITY, LLC, Sudbury, ...


1. A method for treating a patient, comprising:providing an imaging system comprising:a first delivery catheter comprising a lumen therethrough and an expandable balloon;
an imaging probe comprising:an elongate shaft comprising a proximal end, a distal portion, and a lumen extending between the proximal end and the distal portion;
a rotatable optical core positioned within the lumen of the elongate shaft and comprising a proximal end and a distal end, the rotatable optical core configured to optically and mechanically connect with an interface unit; and
an optical assembly positioned in the distal portion of the elongate shaft and proximate the rotatable optical core distal end, the optical assembly configured to direct light to tissue and collect reflected light from the tissue;
wherein the imaging probe is constructed and arranged to collect image data from a patient site based on the directed light and the reflected light;
a rotating assembly constructed and arranged to rotate the optical assembly; and
a retraction assembly constructed and arranged to retract the optical assembly; and

an injectate;

wherein the first delivery catheter is inserted into the patient and advanced to a first anatomical location;
wherein the balloon of the first delivery catheter is inflated; and
wherein the injectate is delivered through the first delivery catheter.

US Pat. No. 11,064,872

BENDING OPERATION DEVICE AND ENDOSCOPE WITH THE SAME APPLIED THERETO

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...


1. A bending operation device comprising:a bending operation member disposed in an operation unit and supported tiltably in a preset direction;
a bendable part disposed on a side of a distal end of the operation unit;
an operation wire connected at an end thereof to the bending operation member and configured to be pulled or relaxed according to displacement of the bending operation member;
a pulling wire connected at a distal end thereof to the bendable part and configured to bend the bendable part when pulled or relaxed; and
a connection member including a turnable frame that is pivotable in a first direction around a first axis and is pivotable in a second direction around a second axis different from the first axis, the connection member being connected to an opposite end of the operation wire at a first position and connected to a proximal end of the pulling wire at a second position, the second position being shifted from the first position by a preset angle in a turning direction about a longitudinal axis of the operation unit, whereby the connection member is held displaceable according to pulling or relaxing of the operation wire.

US Pat. No. 11,064,871

FLEXIBLE ENDOSCOPE


1. An endoscope insertion tube comprising:a shaft having an outer surface, an inner surface, a proximal end, a distal end, and a lumen;
a plastic housing fixed to at least a portion of the outer surface of the shaft;
a shaft liner, wherein an inner surface of the shaft liner defines a single inner lumen and wherein at least a portion of an outer surface of the shaft liner is fixed to the inner surface of the shaft;
a working channel and optics positioned in the inner lumen of the shaft liner;
at least one gap between the shaft and the shaft liner; and
a deflection wire, wherein at least a portion of the deflection wire is positioned within the gap such that said portion of the deflection wire is within the lumen of the shaft and exterior to the inner lumen of the shaft liner,
the plastic housing comprising a first section having at least a first durometer, a second section having at least a second durometer, a third section having at least a third durometer, and a fourth section having at least a fourth durometer;wherein at least a portion of the first section is proximate to a proximal end of the shaft and wherein at least a portion of the fourth section is proximate to a distal end of the shaft;
wherein the fourth section is distal to the third section and the third section is distal to the second section;
wherein the fourth durometer is less than the first durometer, the second durometer, and the third durometer; and
wherein the second durometer is less than the first durometer and the third durometer; and

wherein the shaft has a length and comprises a braided material having a variable PIC rate, defined as a number of rotations of braid per centimeter along the length of the shaft, and the shaft has first, second, third, and fourth portions corresponding to the first, second, third, and fourth sections of the plastic housing, and wherein the first portion of the shaft has a PIC rate that is different than PIC rates of the second, third, and fourth portions.

US Pat. No. 11,064,870

BIOPSY CAP FOR USE WITH ENDOSCOPE

BOSTON SCIENTIFIC LIMITED...


1. A biopsy cap for use with a port of a medical device, the biopsy cap comprising:a base having a securing member for securing the biopsy cap to a port on the medical device;
an outer shell securable to the base and defining an interior volume;
a disk shutter section disposed within the interior volume and including a plurality of fins arranged in a helical fashion; and
a brush section disposed within the interior volume adjacent the disk shutter section, the brush section including a plurality of brushes arranged in a helical fashion.

US Pat. No. 11,064,869

IN-VIVO VISUALIZATION SYSTEM

Boston Scientific Scimed,...


1. A catheter system, comprising:a shaft assembly configured for insertion into a body of a subject, the shaft assembly including:a proximal end,
a distal end, and
a plurality of lumens extending through the shaft assembly between the proximal and distal ends, the plurality of lumens including:an imaging lumen containing an image transmitter, and
an illumination lumen containing an illumination light transmitter;


a handle assembly, wherein the handle assembly is enlarged relative to the shaft assembly to remain outside of the body of the subject for gripping by a user, the handle assembly including:a proximal end,
a distal end coupled to the proximal end of the shaft assembly, and
an actuation device configured to deflect a distal tip of the shaft assembly; and

connectors fixed to the proximal end of the handle assembly, wherein the connectors are fixed to the handle assembly distal to a distalmost end of the actuation device, wherein the image and illumination light transmitters are operatively coupled to the connectors such that image transmissions and illumination light transmissions flow between the image and illumination light transmitters and the connectors, and the connectors are configured to couple the handle assembly to external imaging and illumination devices.

US Pat. No. 11,064,868

ENDOSCOPE WITH DISTAL LINEAR CONDUCTOR

PANASONIC I-PRO SENSING S...


1. An endoscope comprising:an insertion portion that has a tip portion to be inserted into an examination target from a tip side of the tip portion;
a lens that is disposed at the tip portion;
a tip flange portion that is disposed on a front outermost surface of the tip portion and has electrical conductivity, wherein an internal diameter hole of the tip flange portion supports a part of the lens at the tip side;
an image sensor that is disposed on an opposite side to the tip side of the tip portion with respect to the lens;
an electrically-insulative circuit; and
a linear conductor electrically connected to the electrically-insulative circuit via an insulated earth line, and that has a tip disposed at the tip side with respect to the image sensor and has a proximal end which is extended from the tip through inside the insertion portion,
wherein the tip of the linear conductor and the tip flange portion are electrically connected to each other.

US Pat. No. 11,064,867

SHANK INSTRUMENT, IN PARTICULAR A MEDICAL-ENDOSCOPIC SHANK INSTRUMENT

RICHARD WOLF GMBH, Knitt...


1. A shank instrument comprising:a hollow shank;
at least one housing integrated in the hollow shank at a distal side thereof; and
at least one electronic picture sensor arranged in the at least one housing for optically capturing a region which is located distally from the hollow shank or a light source located in the at least one housing for illuminating a region which is located distally from the hollow shank or both at least one electronic picture sensor arranged in the at least one housing for optically capturing a region which is located distally from the hollow shank and a light source located in the at least one housing for illuminating the region; and
at least one elongate carrier which is guided in the hollow shank, wherein:
the housing is movable in a straight-lined course from a position, in which the picture sensor or the light source or both the picture sensor and the light source are arranged within the inner lumen of the hollow shank, into a position, in which the picture sensor or the light source or both the picture sensor and the light source are arranged outside the inner lumen of the hollow shank;
the housing is displaceable through an opening which is formed on the peripheral wall of the hollow shank;
the housing is supported, at a housing inner-lying outer side which is opposite and away from the opening on the at least one elongate carrier which is guided in the hollow shank;
the at least one elongate carrier is configured elastically resiliently transverse to longitudinal extensions of the at least one elongate carrier;
the at least one elongate carrier extends essentially over a whole length of the hollow shank and is fixed in a region of a proximal end of the hollow shank or at a proximal side of the hollow shank;
the at least one elongate carrier is formed by a flat tube;
the housing is movably coupled with a push-pull element;
the push-pull element is movable in the hollow shank in the longitudinal direction of the hollow shank;
the push-pull element comprises at least one projection extending transverse to a push-pull element movement direction;
the at least one projection extends into a guide groove formed on an outer side of the housing;
the guide groove is oriented obliquely in the radial direction.

US Pat. No. 11,064,866

ENDOSCOPE COVER, ENDOSCOPE, COVER UNIT, AND ENDOSCOPE UNIT

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...


1. A cover unit comprising:an endoscope cover comprising:a cover main body configured to be attached to a distal framing portion of an insertion section of an endoscope along a longitudinal axis of the insertion section, the cover main body comprising:an annular portion configured to surround a periphery of the distal framing portion; and
an open edge;

a fragile portion at least a part of which is provided in the annular portion of the cover main body, the fragile portion having a mechanical strength lower than a rest of the annular portion; and
a restriction portion configured to regulate movement of the cover main body around the longitudinal axis with respect to the distal framing portion when an intended stress is applied to the cover main body around the longitudinal axis with the cover main body attached to the distal framing portion and the fragile portion is broken;

a lock portion configured to engage the cover main body with the distal framing portion; and
a jig configured to remove the endoscope cover, which is in a state of being attached to the distal framing portion, from the distal framing portion,
wherein in a state that the cover main body is attached to the distal framing portion, the jig is configured to break the fragile portion and is configured to release the engagement of the lock portion with the distal framing portion, by applying the intended stress onto the open edge around the longitudinal axis, while the restriction portion of the endoscope cover maintains a state in which movement of the restriction portion with respect to the distal framing portion is regulated around the longitudinal axis.

US Pat. No. 11,064,865

ENDOSCOPE APPARATUS WITH FORCED DISPOSABILITY

REED CAM, INC., Castro V...


1. An endoscope apparatus with forced disposability, where the endoscope apparatus is restricted to a limited-time use for a cannula that is planned to be in contact with organic tissues or extracted from a sealed container, the endoscope apparatus comprising:a handle device comprising a handle and the cannula; and
a limited usage means for the cannula and the handle, comprising:a detection unit comprising at least one sensor disposed at the cannula or the handle for detecting activation of the cannula; and
a disablement means acting as an electrical means for disabling the cannula when a predetermined condition is met after the detection unit detecting a first activation of the cannula, wherein a signal and power channel of the cannula to the handle is established, an electrical signal is conveyed through the signal and power channel to disable the cannula when the predetermined condition is met after the detection unit detecting the first activation of the cannula, and the electrical signal is an electric current transmitted to the cannula to disable the cannula by electrically destroying the cannula.


US Pat. No. 11,064,864

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

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...


1. A processor device comprising:a processor; and
a memory, configured to store a plurality of processing orders, each processing order relating to a particular range of a first index value among a plurality of ranges of the first index value, a particular type of vascular pattern among a plurality of types of vascular patterns, and a particular second index value to be calculated among a plurality of second index values to be calculated,
wherein the processor is configured to:acquire an image obtained by imaging an observation target including a structure; and
perform an index value calculation process of calculating the first index value and only one of the plurality of second index values by indexing a property of the structure on the basis of the image according to a processing order;
wherein the processor is configured to:
calculate the first index value from the image,
determine which particular range the calculated first index value falls within,
select the processing order from among the plurality of processing orders related to the determined range,
determine the structure as including the particular type of vascular pattern related to the selected processing order, and
only calculate the second index value related to the selected processing order.


US Pat. No. 11,064,863

HANGING BOTTLE DRYING RACK


1. A hanging drying rack for supporting bottles and accessories, comprising:substantially rectangular frame having a width extending in a horizontal direction and a height extending in a vertical direction and defining a vertical plane between front and rear vertical faces, the frame being adapted to be suspended and supported by hooks attached to an external vertical surface, with the frame including a first set of openings disposed horizontally and substantially near a top of the frame for suspension from said hooks, the frame further comprising a second set of openings disposed in columns and rows along the width and height of the frame and extending through the front and rear vertical faces, whereby the second set of openings define a shape that is non-rectilinear;
a basket removably attached to said front vertical face and located below the first set of openings, the basket being adapted to be removed from said frame for cleaning or storage purposes, the basket comprising a bottom surface with a plurality of apertures therein which allows for passage of liquid therethrough and a plurality of U-shaped recesses along at least a portion of the periphery of the basket being sized and arranged to be able to support the accessories;
a plurality of pegs disposed along the frame and within the second set of openings and defining a shape that is different than the shape of the second set of openings, whereby each of the pegs further comprises a hinge disposed approximate a bottom of a respective one of said second set of openings and a free distal end, such that the respective peg can be pivotally moved between a first operative position and a second storage position whereby when placed in the first operative position, the pegs extend outwardly away from said vertical front face at an angle less than 90 degrees, allowing each of said pegs to be able to support a bottle thereon between the free distal end and the hinge and to allow liquid to drip therefrom, and wherein when placed in the second storage position, the pegs are pivotally moved to dispose the peg within a respective one of said second set of openings such that the respective peg is disposed within the vertical plane of the frame and flush with the vertical front surface;
and a drip pan removably attached to said front vertical face approximate a bottom thereof below the second set of openings, and having a solid bottom surface for collecting the liquid from the basket and bottles disposed on the pegs, such that the drip pan is adapted to be removed from the frame for cleaning or storage purposes.

US Pat. No. 11,064,862

DISHWASHING SYSTEM

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...


1. A dishwashing system, comprising:a dishwasher that washes tableware contained in a dishwashing rack, inside a washing chamber;
a starting switch configured to be operated by a user;
a washing switch of the dishwasher;
a carry-in stand on which the dishwashing rack is placed, the dishwashing rack being carried into the washing chamber;
a carry-out stand on which the dishwashing rack is placed, the dishwashing rack being carried out from the washing chamber;
a stock stand for placing a stock rack in which to contain tableware that is washed by the dishwasher on;
a camera that photographs the carry-out stand; and
a robot device having a robot arm, the robot arm including a suction pad and a plurality of joints,
wherein:
the carry-out stand and the stock stand are arranged within a movable range of the robot arm;
the robot device has a controller including a processor;
triggered by a manual operation of the starting switch by the user, the controller is configured to control the robot arm to push the dishwashing rack to be carried from the carry-in stand into the washing chamber, move downward a handle of the dishwasher to shut the washing chamber, and manipulate the washing switch to cause the washing machine to start washing, in sequence;
triggered by input of a washing completion signal from the dishwasher upon completion of the washing, the controller is configured to control the robot arm to move upward the handle of the dishwasher to open the washing chamber, push the dishwashing rack to be carried out from the washing chamber to the carry-out stand, and pick up the tableware in the dishwashing rack with the suction pad and release the tableware inside the stock rack, in sequence,
wherein:
the controller is configured to process an image that is photographed by the camera and determines a position of the tableware, a kind of the tableware, and a posture of the tableware;
select one release position from among a plurality of release positions based on a kind of the tableware and a number of stacked pieces of the tableware, so that the tableware is stacked in the stock rack according to each kind in a manner that takes a predetermined number of pieces of the tableware as an upper limit; and
control a transfer operation by the robot arm based on a position of the tableware, a posture of the tableware, and the selected release position, and
wherein:
the robot device further comprises
a plurality of reflection-type photoelectric sensors that are installed at the plurality of release positions, and
the controller is configured to count a number of releases of the tableware with respect to each of the plurality of release positions as the number of stacked pieces, and resets a count value to zero when the reflection-type photoelectric sensor enters an off state.

US Pat. No. 11,064,861

DISHWASHER HAVING A DOOR ASSEMBLY

Whirlpool Corporation, B...


1. A dishwasher door assembly comprising:an outer door spaced from an inner door to define an interior space between the outer and inner doors;
the outer door having a front panel with a side flange having a first channel overlying and confronting the front panel, and a bottom flange defining a corner with the first channel;
the inner door having a second channel confronting the front panel,
a stiffener having a body with a first surface abutting the front panel; and a rib received within the first channel and a first projection received within the second channel.

US Pat. No. 11,064,860

MELAMINE FOAM SPONGE CLEANING DEVICES

FTI Brands LLC, Upper Ar...


1. A pre-packaged cleaning system comprising, in combination:a re-sealable air-tight package;
at least one cleaning device located within the re-sealable air-tight package;
wherein the at least one cleaning device comprises:a body of melamine foam sponge having a front side and a rear side opposed to the front side; and
a holding layer secured to the rear side of the body of melamine foam sponge to prevent relative movement therebetween; and

wherein the body of melamine foam sponge is pre-moistened with a liquid.

US Pat. No. 11,064,859

CLEANING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF USE


1. A cleaning apparatus, comprising:an elongated handle;
a base having an upper surface provided with at least one extension member and a lower surface provided with a plurality of protrusions extending therefrom;
a swivel connection between an end of the elongated handle and the base, the swivel connection including a first elongated connection member couple to the at least one extension member of the base and a second connection member coupled to the first connection member by a joint providing rotation between the two connection members of the swivel connection and an end portion of the second connection member opposite the rotatable joint including means for attachment to the end of the handle;
a weight removably attached to the elongated handle spaced from the end portion of the second connection member, the weight including a channel through which a portion of the elongated handle extends;
a steel wool attachment configured to secure to the base via the plurality of protrusions; and
wherein the steel wool is configured to scrub a floor surface.

US Pat. No. 11,064,858

ROBOT CLEANER AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...


10. A control method of a robot cleaner having a mutt directional moving wheel provided to move a body of the robot cleaner in various directions independently of a rotational position of the body, a brush including a flat surface and coupled to an outer circumferential surface of the body, and a sensor provided to be rotatable relative to the body, the control method comprising:performing, by at least one processor of the robot cleaner, operations including:sensing at least one obstacle, a target object to which the robot cleaner is to reach, and a surface of the sensed target object using the sensor;
determining an angle of the sensed surface of the sensed target object relative to the flat surface of the brush;
determining a traveling route of the robot cleaner to avoid the sensed at least one obstacle;
controlling the multi-directional moving wheel to rotate the body so that the flat surface of the brush is positioned in a direction parallel to the surface of the sensed target object based on the determined angle of the sensed surface of the sensed target object; and
controlling the multi-directional moving wheel of the robot cleaner to move the robot cleaner along the determined traveling route toward the sensed target object after the body is rotated,
wherein the body of the robot cleaner including the flat surface of the brush is maintained in a fixed rotational position relative to the sensed surface of the sensed target object while the robot cleaner moves along the determined traveling route.


US Pat. No. 11,064,857

CLEANER CAPABLE OF CONTROLLING MOTOR POWER AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...


1. A cleaner capable of controlling motor power, the cleaner comprising:a head suctioning external dirt;
a stick communicating with the head, being adjustable in length, and providing a passage through which dirt that is suctioned moves;
a length sensor mounted on the stick and sensing a length change of the stick;
a motor providing dirt suction power to the head;
a speed measurer measuring a movement speed and a movement direction of the head; and
a controller controlling power of the motor,
wherein the controller selects minimum power for dirt suction of the motor on the basis of at least one of information about the length change of the stick, the movement speed of the head, and the movement direction of the head, and controls the motor to have the selected minimum power.

US Pat. No. 11,064,856

DETACHABLE ROBOTIC VACUUM DUSTBIN

AI Incorporated, Toronto...


1. A robotic vacuum, comprising:a dustbin configured to receive debris vacuumed by the robotic vacuum;
an assembly with a motor, the motor being an electric motor configured to drive suction for the robotic vacuum by which the debris is vacuumed by the robotic vacuum; and
a release assembly comprising:a button; and
a latch configured to couple the dustbin to the assembly with the motor,

wherein the release assembly is configured to respond to the button being pressed by both:transitioning the latch from a first state that holds the dustbin to the assembly with the motor to a second state that releases the dustbin from the assembly with the motor; and
ejecting the dustbin from the assembly with the motor, wherein the dustbin is configured to be freed of attachment to electronic parts unsuitable for immersion in water by the response of the release assembly to the button being pressed.


US Pat. No. 11,064,855

CLEANER

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...


1. A vacuum cleaner comprising:a suction unit configured to guide air and dust;
a main body comprising a first cyclone unit configured to separate the air and the dust, which are suctioned through the suction unit, from each other and a second cyclone unit configured to separate the dust from the air discharged from the first cyclone unit; and
a guide unit disposed in the main body to partition a first dust storage part, in which the dust separated in the first cyclone unit is stored, and a second dust storage part, in which the dust separated in the second cyclone unit is stored, from each other,
wherein the guide unit comprises:a filter part surrounding the second cyclone unit and configured to filter the air that is separated from the dust in the first cyclone unit while flowing to the second cyclone unit, and
a storage unit connected to a lower portion of the filter part and defining the second dust storage part, and

wherein the guide unit is separably coupled to the main body, and based on the guide unit being separated from the main body, a dust discharge part of the second cyclone unit is exposed to an outside, and
wherein the filter part and the storage unit are separated from the second cyclone unit together.

US Pat. No. 11,064,854

CLEANER ATTACHMENT DEVICE

DARIUS DEVELOPMENT LIMITE...


1. A cleaner attachment device, comprising: an elongate body with a plurality of apertures arranged in a first helical pattern along the body, and a plurality of resiliently deformable portions arranged in a second helical pattern that is substantially parallel to the first helical pattern along the body and extending from the body.

US Pat. No. 11,064,853

UPRIGHT VACUUM CLEANER INCLUDING MAIN BODY MOVING INDEPENDENTLY OF WAND TO REDUCE MOVEMENT OF MAIN BODY CENTER OF GRAVITY

SharkNinja Operating LLC,...


1. A vacuum cleaner comprising:a surface cleaning head;
a wand pivotally coupled to the surface cleaning head; and
a rotatable canister mount having a support through which at least a portion of the wand extends such that the rotatable canister mount rotates relative to the wand in response to the wand pivoting.

US Pat. No. 11,064,852

IMPLEMENT HEAD CLEANING SYSTEM

NoCo Tech, LLC, Fort Col...


1. An apparatus, comprising:a base having a base top and a base bottom;
an air flow chamber disposed in said base top;
one or more air flow barrier walls disposed inside of said air flow chamber;
an air flow inlet plate engagable with said base top to cover said air flow chamber; and
a plurality of air flow inlet aperture elements disposed in said air flow inlet plate and fluidicly coupled to said air flow chamber;
wherein said air flow inlet plate engages with said base top to provide (i) a first air flow orientation and (ii) a second air flow orientation which differs from said first air flow orientation;
wherein in said second air flow orientation, an air flow inlet open area is decreased in comparison to said first air flow orientation.

US Pat. No. 11,064,851

CLEANING TOILET SEATS


1. A toilet seat cleaning system, comprising:a toilet seat, comprising:a top surface, a bottom surface, a first side surface, a second side surface, and a rear surface;
a sensor situated on one of the said surfaces of the toilet seat;
an opening configured on the top surface;
a flow way that facilitates the flow of fluid out of the opening and onto the top surface of the toilet seat, wherein the flow way comprises a nozzle operably connected to the opening and an internal tubing member operably connected to the nozzle;
a compartment that houses at least some aspect of the internal tubing member;
a door that provides access to the compartment and to at least some aspect of the internal tubing member;
wherein the toilet seat is designed to be operably connected to a toilet; and

an external fluid dispenser that stores and dispenses fluid to the flow way, wherein the sensor communicates with the external fluid dispenser to influence the dispensing of fluid from the external fluid dispenser.

US Pat. No. 11,064,850

TOILET SEAT ASSEMBLY INSTALLATION STRUCTURE CONVENIENT FOR DISASSEMBLY AND ASSEMBLY


1. A toilet seat assembly installation structure convenient for disassembly and assembly, wherein the toilet seat assembly installation structure convenient for disassembly and assembly comprises:a fixing member fixedly installed on a toilet base;
a hinge base including a hinge portion and an installation portion, the hinge portion being used for rotary connection with a cover plate, and the installation portion being engaged with the fixing member; and
a snap-in connection member configured to detachably and position-limitedly installed on the installation portion along a vertical direction, and the snap-in connection member is fixedly engaged with the fixing member through snap-in connection, or, the snap-in connection member configured to detachably and position-limitedly installed on the fixing member along the vertical direction, and the snap-in connection member is fixedly engaged with the installation portion through snap-in connection.

US Pat. No. 11,064,849

AUTOMATIC RAISING AND CONTROLLED LOWERING OF A TOILET SEAT

Gmat Ventures, LLC, Salt...


1. A flushing system comprising:a flush valve signal generator configured to send an electric signal responsive to an opening of a flush valve of a toilet that releases a flushing fluid into a toilet bowl of the toilet; and
an electric movement source electrically connected to the flush valve signal generator, the electric movement source being triggerable by the electric signal sent to the electric movement source responsive to the opening of the flush valve of the toilet, the electric movement source raising a toilet seat of the toilet from a lowered position to a raised position responsive to receiving the electric signal.

US Pat. No. 11,064,848

FILM-PACKAGED TISSUE, MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR FILM-PACKAGED TISSUE, FILM-PACKAGED TISSUE SET PACKAGE, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR FILM PACKAGED TISSUE SET PACKAGE

DAIO PAPER CORPORATION, ...


1. A film-packaged tissue paper, comprising:a pop-up type tissue paper bundle having a substantially cuboid shape and formed by folding and stacking a plurality of tissue papers so that the tissue paper is folded in half and outer folded sides of the other tissue papers located at upper and lower positions are located at an inner folded side is packaged with a flexible resinous packaging film,wherein a plurality of air vents extend in a first direction communicating the inside and the outside of a package are formed at a position facing a plurality of short side surfaces having no arranged folded edges of the tissue paper bundle of the packaging film; and

an elongated opening extending in a second direction on a top surface in between the short side surfaces, wherein the second direction of the elongated opening is perpendicular to the first direction of the plurality of air vents.

US Pat. No. 11,064,847

TOWEL WARMING APPARATUS


1. A heated towel rack comprising:a first section, wherein the first section comprises a plurality of first section cross bars coupled thereto and wherein each of the plurality of first section cross bars comprise a first section cross bar conduit;
at least one first section vent, wherein the at least one first section vent traverses the first section cross bar conduit of at least one of the plurality of first section cross bars;
a second section, wherein the second section comprises a plurality of second section cross bars coupled thereto and wherein each of the plurality of second section cross bars comprise a second section cross bar conduit;
at least one second section vent, wherein the at least one second section vent traverses the second section cross bar conduit of at least one of the plurality of second section cross bars;
a plurality of lateral supports, wherein the first section and the second section are fluidly connected via the plurality of lateral supports;
at least one forced air heating unit in fluid communication with a channel within the plurality of lateral supports;
wherein the channel within the plurality of lateral supports is in fluid communication with the at least one first section vent, the at least one second section vent, or combinations thereof, and wherein the second section cross bar conduit is larger than the first section cross bar conduit.

US Pat. No. 11,064,846

LIQUID DISPENSING UNITS

simplehuman, LLC, Torran...


1. A fluid dispenser comprising:a housing;
a reservoir configured to store a fluid;
a fluid passage disposed in the housing, the fluid passage having an inlet and an outlet;
a sensor configured to generate a signal indicative of a distance to an object that is located under the sensor and under the outlet;
a pump unit disposed in the housing; and
an electronic processor configured to:calculate a dispensation amount, wherein the dispensation amount increases as the distance to the object increases, wherein the object is the same object; and
energize the pump unit to dispense the dispensation amount.


US Pat. No. 11,064,845

SEMI-OPEN SHOWERING DEVICE


1. A semi-open bathing device, comprising:a chair assembly having a seat with a hole, wherein a backrest and two sidewalls are coupled to the seat respectively thereby forming a front opening for the chair assembly when in use, and the semi-open bathing device unobstructs entry or exit of a bather and helps to contain shower water when in use;
a plurality of first dispensers being positioned onto the sidewalls or the backrest, for dispensing water or air;
a supply assembly, for connecting to a water supply and an electricity supply;
a temperature regulator being coupled to the chair assembly for regulating the temperature of the dispensed water or air;
and a waste water management assembly comprising a water collector arranged below or coupled to the hole of the seat;
wherein the seat, the sidewalls, and the backrest are coupled in such a manner to contain and guide the waste water to the hole and then the waste water management assembly; and
the plurality of the first dispensers are divided into separately controllable zones and the plurality of first dispensers each comprises a movable nozzle configured to spray the water in an angle so as to keep water substantially within the device.

US Pat. No. 11,064,844

WATER MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGING WATER

MAAX BATH INC., Lachine ...


1. An automated liquid management system for a liquid container, the automated liquid management system comprising:an electronic liquid delivery system positioned to deliver a liquid to the container, the electronic liquid delivery system including a mixing valve connected to a source of hot liquid and a source of cold liquid and a flow control valve connected to the mixing valve, the flow control valve controlling a flow of liquid coming from the mixing valve;
a drain closure device;
a level sensor for monitoring a level of liquid in the container, wherein the level sensor comprises a level sensor unit including at least one current source, an electrical circuit, and at least one current sensor for measuring at least one current intensity; and
a controller operatively coupled to the electronic liquid delivery system, the drain closure device, and the level sensor, the controller comprisinga processing unit;
a communication unit for communicating with the electronic liquid delivery system, the drain closure device, and the level sensor; and
a memory, the memory including a database having at least one predefined current intensity or at least one predefined current intensity range and having statements and instructions stored on that upon execution by the processing unit performs the steps of:receiving a desired temperature for the liquid to be delivered to the container and a desired level of liquid within the container;
adjusting the mixing valve connected to the source of hot liquid and the source of cold liquid to obtain the desired temperature;
operating the flow control valve for delivering the liquid having the desired temperature;
closing the drain closure device;
monitoring the level of the liquid within the container by comparing the at least one current intensity to the at least one predefined current intensity or at least one predefined current intensity range and determining the level of liquid based on the comparison; and
closing the flow control valve of the electronic liquid delivery system when the monitored level of liquid substantially corresponds to the desired level of liquid.



US Pat. No. 11,064,843

PROTECTIVE MOBILE HAND WASH STATION

PERSONAL PROTECTED, LLC.,...


1. A mobile hand wash station comprising:a generally square cross-sectional shape having four sides defined as first, second, third and fourth non-coplanar sides;
a structural frame;
a first wash area supported to the structural frame and positioned on the first side;
a second wash area supported to the structural frame and positioned on the second side;
a third wash area supported to the structural frame and positioned on the third side;
a fourth wash area supported to the structural frame and positioned on the fourth side;
a first divider wall supported to the structural frame that separates the first and second wash areas from each other;
a second divider wall supported to the structural frame that separates the second and third wash areas from each other;
a third divider wall supported to the structural frame that separates the third and fourth wash areas from each other;
a fourth divider wall supported to the structural frame that separates the fourth and first wash areas from each other; and
a roof structure supported to the structural frame and defining a ceiling for each wash area;wherein:A) each wash area includes: 1) a sink supported to a countertop and having: (a) a basin: and (b) a water supply implement; 2) a hand cleanser supply implement; and 3) a hand drying implement;
B) each divider wall has a minimum vertical height above the corresponding countertop of at least 40 inches and a minimum width perpendicular to the vertical height of at least 30 inches;
C) a portion of each divider wall contacts the roof structure;
D) each wash area defines a user location point that: 1) lies on a first plane that evenly and laterally bisects the corresponding side; 2) lies on a second plane that: (a) is parallel to the corresponding side; (b) is perpendicular to the first plane; and (c) is positioned 6 inches exterior to a perimeter of the countertop on the corresponding side; and 3) lies on a third plane that: (a) is perpendicular to the first plane; (b) is perpendicular to the second plane; and (c) is positioned vertically at 30 inches above the countertop on the corresponding side;
E) a first line that intersects the user location point on the first side and the user location point on the second side passes through the first divider wall;
F) a second line that intersects the user location point on the second side and the user location point on the third side passes through the second divider wall;
G) a third line that intersects the user location point on the third side and the user location point on the fourth side passes through the third divider wall; and
H) a fourth line that intersects the user location point on the first side and the user location point on the fourth side passes through the fourth divider wall; and
I) the mobile hand wash station is adapted to be easily movable from one location to another using wheels attached to the bottom of the mobile hand wash station.



US Pat. No. 11,064,842

WASHING BUCKET FOR HOUSEHOLD, COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL USE FOR CLEANING MOPS AND FOR CHEMICAL CLEANING


1. A mop washing bucket comprising:a container having an interior defined by a wall and a bottom, said container having an upper edge;
a fluid inlet affixed to said wall of said container so as to communicate with the interior of said container, said fluid inlet adapted to deliver a fluid into the interior of said container, said fluid inlet positioned adjacent to the bottom of said container said fluid inlet having one end in the interior of said container and an opposite end extending outwardly of the wall of said container; and
a connector affixed to the opposite end of said fluid inlet and located outside of the wall of said container, said connector adapted to allow a water hose to be connected to said fluid inlet.