US Pat. No. 10,166,106

METHODS AND DEVICES FOR A SURGICAL HIP REPLACEMENT PROCEDURE

1. A method of positioning a dummy implant relative to a greater trochanter of a femur to size the femur to receive a femoral component implant during a hip replacement surgical procedure, the method comprising:providing a dummy implant comprising a footplate at a proximal end with a cross-sectional size that replicates a proximal portion of the femoral component implant, a distal section with a cross-sectional size that replicates a distal portion of the femoral component implant, and an intermediate shaft that extends between the footplate and the distal section with a smaller cross-sectional size than an intermediate portion of the femoral component implant, the footplate extending radially outwardly beyond the shaft and the distal section having a distal end;
inserting the dummy implant into a femoral canal of the femur and contacting the distal section of the dummy implant against a wall of the femoral canal with the shaft extending along the femoral canal and being spaced away from the wall of the femoral canal and with the footplate of the dummy implant below a superior end of the greater trochanter and contacting against a proximal end of the femur;
determining an expected position of the femoral component implant relative to the femur based on visually observing a position of the footplate relative to the proximal end of the femur;
using the footplate as a cutting guide and moving a blade along a top edge of the footplate and cutting a portion of the femur that extends beyond the top edge of the footplate;
removing the dummy implant from the femoral canal; and
inserting the femoral component implant into the femoral canal.

US Pat. No. 10,166,105

SELF-DETACHING LAYER FOR EASY IMPLANT REMOVAL

DePuy Synthes Products, I...

1. A bone implant, comprising:a first layer provided over a first outer surface of the bone implant and including a first material which is one of water-soluble and degradable in body fluids, the first layer having a first thickness;
a second layer provided over an outer surface of the first layer and formed of a second, biocompatible material, the second layer having a second thickness smaller than the first thickness;
a third layer provided over an outer surface of the second layer, the third layer being formed of a material which is one of water-soluble and degradable in body fluids; and
a fourth layer provided over an outer surface of the third layer, the fourth layer being formed of a biocompatible material.

US Pat. No. 10,166,103

VALVE CUSP SIZER

Japanese Organization For...

1. A valve cusp sizer for determining a size of a valve cusp conforming to a size of a cardiac valve, comprising:a front surface (10) formed in an arcuate surface form to be abutted against an organism;
a back surface (20) positioned on an opposite surface side of the front surface (10); and
a pinching portion (30) protruding from the back surface (20) to be pinched by a surgical instrument,
wherein the front surface (10) is formed in the arcuate surface form in which a central part between left and right ends thereof projects toward a side of the organism.

US Pat. No. 10,166,100

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DELIVERY OF ANNULOPLASTY RINGS

VALCARE, INC., Newport B...

1. A system for percutaneous, transcatheter heart valve repair, the system comprising:a catheter configured to provide percutaneous access into a heart of a patient;
an adjustable annuloplasty ring comprising:
a body member that is transitionable from an elongate insertion geometry to an annular operable geometry, the elongate insertion geometry configured to allow percutaneous passage of the annuloplasty ring, via the catheter, into the heart of a patient, and the annular operable geometry having an expanded state to conform to an annulus of a target valve of the heart and a contracted state to reduce a diameter of the annulus of the target valve,
a plurality of anchors deployable in the annular operable geometry to engage the annulus of the target valve; and
a stabilizer comprising a plurality of prongs configured to engage the annuloplasty ring after the body member has transitioned into the annular operable geometry within the heart to enable percutaneous manipulation of the ring to orient and position the ring in intimate contact with the annulus of the target valve.

US Pat. No. 10,166,098

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR TRANSCATHETER TREATMENT OF VALVE REGURGITATION

Middle Peak Medical, Inc....

1. A coaptation assist device for treating mal-coaptation of a heart valve, the heart valve having an annulus and posterior and anterior leaflets with an open configuration and a closed configuration, the coaptation assist device comprising:a frame;
a body coupled to the frame, the body having a first coaptation surface configured to be disposed toward the posterior leaflet, and an opposed second surface configured to be disposed toward the anterior leaflet;
two or more ribbons configured to extend from the frame, each ribbon comprising a single longitudinal strip having a first end and a second end, wherein each ribbon has only one end coupled to the frame and the other end spaced from the frame and a fixed length therebetween, each ribbon forming a generally U-shaped configuration comprising a first portion extending from the first end, a curve, and a second portion extending from the curve to the second end, the two or more ribbons comprising a shape memory material having a preformed shape, each ribbon movable from a first compressed configuration to a second expanded configuration, wherein the second expanded configuration is a deployed configuration of the coaptation assist device, wherein the second portion extends radially outward from the first portion in the second expanded configuration, wherein the two or more ribbons are configured to provide a compressive force, the compressive force sufficient to secure the coaptation assist device,
wherein the coaptation assist device defines a height extending from an outflow end of the heart valve to an inflow end of the heart valve, wherein at least one ribbon of the two or more ribbons is a ventricular ribbon and substantially extends along the height of the coaptation assist device, the ventricular ribbon configured to extend along the posterior leaflet, wherein the body is coupled to the ventricular ribbon and substantially extends along the height of the coaptation assist device, wherein the height is the entire longitudinal length of the device,
wherein the body of the coaptation assist device is configured to be positioned to allow the anterior leaflet to coapt against the body of the coaptation assist device when the coaptation assist device is in the second expanded configuration and positioned over the posterior leaflet.

US Pat. No. 10,166,097

REPLACEMENT HEART VALVE AND METHOD

Edwards Lifesciences Card...

1. A replacement heart valve for deployment at a diseased native valve, the replacement heart valve comprising:an expandable frame configured to collapse radially to a first size for delivery and to expand radially to a second size upon deployment, the frame having an upstream end and a downstream end;
a valve body positioned within the expandable frame, the valve body comprising a plurality of valve leaflets configured to permit blood flow in a downstream direction and to prevent blood flow in an upstream direction; and
a material layer comprising one or more flaps positioned between the upstream and downstream ends of the frame along an exterior surface of the frame, each flap covering a corresponding opening in the replacement heart valve, wherein each flap is configured to allow blood to flow through the corresponding opening in a downstream direction when the frame is being expanded at the diseased native valve;
wherein each flap is attached at an upstream end of the corresponding opening.

US Pat. No. 10,166,096

FOLDABLE ACCOMMODATING INTRAOCULAR LENS

ForSight Vision6, Inc., ...

1. An accommodating intraocular lens (AIOL) system for implantation in a human eye, comprising:an accommodating intraocular lens comprising:
a housing defining, at least in part, a cavity, the housing formed of a first material;
an optical element contained within the cavity of the housing, the optical element capable of being deformed from a non-bulging state to a bulging state suitable for near vision, wherein the optical element is formed of a second material that is different from the first material, is flowable, and has a refractive index greater than a refractive index of aqueous humor; and
a piston reciprocally movable relative to the housing between an extended position and a compressed position, wherein the piston is adapted to be responsive to ciliary muscle contraction,
wherein application of a compression force on the optical element by the piston at a first location causes the optical element to bulge at a second location away from the first location to create the bulging state of the optical element; and
a self-anchoring haptics system extending in a plane perpendicular to a visual axis of the accommodating intraocular lens, the self-anchoring haptics system adapted to engage with ocular tissue to form at least two spaced-apart, stationary anchor points for retaining the accommodating intraocular lens in the eye.

US Pat. No. 10,166,095

INTRODUCER FOR A SIDE BRANCH DEVICE

Cook Medical Technologies...

1. A stent graft introduction arrangement in combination with a fenestrated stent graft,the fenestrated stent graft comprising a main tubular body, a distal end, a proximal end, a main lumen therethrough, at least one fenestration in the main body between the distal and the proximal end of the main body, and an internal side arm extending from the at least one fenestration and into the main lumen;
the introduction arrangement including an introducer, the introducer comprising a distal end intended to remain outside a patient in use and a proximal end, the proximal end of the introducer comprising a nose cone dilator and retention arrangement to retain the fenestrated stent graft thereon distally of the nose cone dilator, the fenestrated stent graft being retained on the introducer and a sheath on the introducer extending over the fenestrated stent graft to the nose cone dilator,
an indwelling catheter for each of said at least one fenestration, each indwelling catheter extending from the distal end of the introducer through an introducer lumen in the introducer to the fenestrated stent graft, the each indwelling catheter then exiting from the introducer lumen at a distal end of the fenestrated stent graft, the each indwelling catheter then extending outside and along the main tubular body, then entering the at least one the respective fenestration, extending through the internal side arm, and extending into the main lumen and toward the proximal end of the fenestrated stent graft, each the indwelling catheter configured to receive a guide wire extending therethrough,
whereby the indwelling catheter and the guide wire can be extended beyond the proximal end of the fenestrated stent graft in use after the sheath has been at least partially withdrawn from the fenestrated stent graft.

US Pat. No. 10,166,094

INTEGRATED EMBOLIC PROTECTION DEVICES

Emboline, Inc., Santa Cr...

1. An introducer sheath having integrated embolic protection, said introducer sheath comprising:an access sheath having a lumen with an open distal end; and
an embolic filter comprising a porous mesh material having a cylindrical outer portion and a inner portion defining a collection chamber for captured emboli, the filter having a collapsed configuration and a deployed configuration wherein the collection chamber is defined between an inner surface of the cylindrical outer portion and an outer surface of the inner portion and an outer periphery of the cylindrical outer portion of the filter is configured to contact a blood vessel wall to direct blood flow and potential emboli into the collection chamber; wherein a distal end of the inner portion of the mesh is attached to the open distal end of the access sheath and a distal end of the cylindrical outer portion of the mesh is open and free of attachment to the access sheath, wherein the lumen of the access sheath is available to introduce different devices.

US Pat. No. 10,166,093

SOFT TISSUE REPAIR PROSTHESIS AND EXPANDABLE DEVICE

C.R. Bard, Inc., Murray ...

1. A hernia repair device, comprising: an inflatable device configured to be removably connected with a soft tissue repair prosthesis, the inflatable device having a first inflatable segment and a second inflatable segment, the first inflatable segment having a first closed end such that there is no fluid communication through the first closed end, and the second inflatable segment extending past the first closed end and overlapping with a portion of the first inflatable segment over a region of overlap;wherein fluid communication between the first and second inflatable segments is closed along the entire region of overlap.

US Pat. No. 10,166,092

TOOTHBRUSH WITH A CONTROLLED TRANSMISSION DIRECTION OF VIBRATION

1. An electronic device comprising:a toothbrush head comprising a plurality of bristle touch-points arranged along rows, each of the plurality of the bristle touch-points being a single solid elongate structure extending from the toothbrush head and comprising a polymer material;
a carrying case comprising a body and a shaft, a first portion of the shaft being positioned within the toothbrush head;
electronic circuitry;
a handle comprising a handle shell surrounding the electronic circuitry, the body, and a second portion of the shaft of the carrying case, the body of the carrying case suspended within and not contacting the handle and only physically coupled at a first region to a dampener positioned between the second portion of the shaft and the handle shell, the shaft of the carrying case extending from the handle and into the toothbrush head; and
an electric motor connected to and positioned within the body of the carrying case such that the electric motor within the carrying case is suspended within the handle, the electric motor electrically coupled to the electronic circuitry and configured to generate vibration energy that is transmitted to the toothbrush head through the shaft of the carrying case to vibrate the toothbrush head.

US Pat. No. 10,166,091

AUGMENTED REALITY DENTAL DESIGN METHOD AND SYSTEM

Trispera Dental Inc., Ca...

1. A method of designing a dental appliance for a subject individual comprising:displaying a 3D model of the subject individual on a 3D display, the 3D model comprising:
a scanned feature comprising a dental arch of the subject individual, and a portion of a face of the subject individual and an arch for relating the arch to the face; and
an augmented reality feature comprising a dental appliance for the subject individual;
detecting an involuntary input with a sensor, wherein either (i) the involuntary input comprises a neural activity input and the sensor comprises a brain-computer interface, or (ii) the involuntary input comprises a change in a facial expression and the sensor comprises an optical sensor;
modifying the dental appliance in response to the involuntary input to provide a modified dental appliance;
repositioning the scanned feature in response to the modified dental appliance to provide a repositioned scanned feature;
updating the 3D model in response to the modified dental appliance and the repositioned scanned feature to provide an updated 3D model; and
displaying the updated 3D model on the 3D display.

US Pat. No. 10,166,090

DEVICE FOR DETECTING THE THREE-DIMENSIONAL GEOMETRY OF OBJECTS AND METHOD FOR THE OPERATION THEREOF

A.TRON3D GMBH, Klagenfur...

1. Method for operating a device for detecting the three-dimensional geometry of objects, especially teeth, the device comprising a handpiece that has at least one position sensor for detecting the change in the spatial position of the handpiece and an optical apparatus comprising at least one camera for taking images and at least one light source for at least one projector, comprising determining by the position sensor in the handpiece how large a change in the spatial position of the device is, and then determining how many images are taken by the camera within a defined period of time.

US Pat. No. 10,166,089

MAXILLARY PROTRACTION DEVICE

Sandra Vivian Kahn, La p...

1. A maxillary protraction device, comprising:a cranial support configured to be attached over the frontal bone of the cranium of a user;
a guide attached on a central position of the cranial support;
a vertical rod attached to said guide, wherein said vertical rod comprises an upper end configured to be attached to the guide, a central part and a lower end, wherein the central part of the vertical rod is connected to the upper end by a ratchet mechanism configured to adjust the distance of the vertical rod regarding to the user; and,
a horizontal rod attached to the lower end of the vertical rod, wherein the horizontal rod comprises gripping points configured to fix rubber bands between said horizontal rod and an orthodontic appliance of the user, being said rubber bands configured to provide a tractive force on the jaw of the user.

US Pat. No. 10,166,087

DRILL LIMIT SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USING SAME

Implant Direct Sybron Int...

1. A drill stop for indicating a position of a drill bit, the drill stop comprising:a nut portion; and
a grip portion coupled to the nut portion, wherein rotation of the nut portion relative to the grip portion transitions the drill stop between a first state in which the drill bit is configured to be movable relative to the drill stop and a second state in which the drill stop is configured to be secured to the drill bit,
wherein the grip portion includes a clip feature configured to cooperate with at least one spring clip on a holder for selectively engaging to and releasing from the holder.

US Pat. No. 10,166,086

DENTAL THERAPY APPARATUS

OSAKA UNIVERSITY, Suita-...

1. A dental therapy apparatus comprising:a laser light source emitting laser light having a wavelength within a wavelength region of 5.7 to 6.6 ?m, the laser light source being a quantum cascade laser;
a controller pulse-driving the laser light source and controlling at least one of pulse width and repetition frequency of pulsed laser light emitted from the laser light source, wherein the controller switches the control of the laser light source between a first mode of driving the laser light source at a pulse width shorter than a thermal relaxation time of an area irradiated with the pulsed laser light and a repetition frequency lower than that corresponding to the thermal relaxation time and a second mode of driving the laser light source at a pulse width longer than the thermal relaxation time and a repetition frequency higher than that corresponding to the thermal relaxation time, wherein the repetition frequency for the first mode is 1 Hz to 1 kHz and the repetition frequency for the second mode is at least 1 kHz, and wherein the pulse width for cutting in the first mode is 5 ns to 1 ?s and the pulse width for the second mode is at least 1 ?s; and
an irradiation optical system for irradiating a tooth including a carious part with the light emitted from the laser light source;
wherein the controller controls at least one of the pulse width and repetition frequency of the pulsed laser light, so as to selectively cut the carious part included in the tooth.

US Pat. No. 10,166,085

METHOD OF DISINFECTING PORTS IN CENTRAL VENOUS CATHETER SYSTEMS

Hub Hygiene, Atlanta, GA...

1. A method for disinfecting a Central Venous Catheter (CVC) system port, the method comprising:scrubbing the CVC system port in a twisting motion with a formaldehyde-melamine-sodium-bisulfite foam material, wherein the foam material contains a disinfecting solution;
listening for an audible feedback resulting from a friction force between the foam material and the CVC system port; and
adjusting the friction force between the foam material and the CVC system port to produce the audible feedback.

US Pat. No. 10,166,081

SURGICAL ROBOTIC DEVICES AND SYSTEMS FOR USE IN PERFORMING MINIMALLY INVASIVE AND NATURAL ORIFICE TRANSLUMINAL ENDOSCOPIC SURGICAL ACTIONS

BIO-MEDICAL ENGINEERING (...

1. A surgical arm assembly insertable into a cavity of a patient, the surgical arm assembly for use in performing an in vivo surgical action and comprising:an end-effector assembly, the end-effector assembly having:
a first instrument assembly having:
a first instrument, the first instrument having a first elongated distal end for performing a surgical action, a second proximal end, and a disconnectable electric cable connected to the first instrument, the second proximal end of the first instrument having a first instrument contact portion, the first elongated distal end of the first instrument configurable to receive an electric current from an energy source via the disconnectable electric cable to perform an electrosurgical action when the disconnectable electric cable is configured to be connected to the energy source, the first elongated distal end of the first instrument configurable to not receive an electric current from the energy source via the disconnectable electric cable when the disconnectable electric cable is configured to be disconnected from the energy source;
a first instrument driven portion configurable to be driven in such a way as to move the first instrument relative to a first axis; and
a first instrument insulative portion providable between the first instrument and the first instrument driven portion, the first instrument insulative portion configurable to prevent at least the first instrument driven portion from receiving an electric current applied to the first instrument when the first instrument insulative portion is provided between the first instrument and the first instrument driven portion, the first instrument insulative portion including:
a first contact portion, the first contact portion of the first instrument insulative portion configured to contact with the first instrument contact portion; and
a second contact portion, the second contact portion of the first instrument insulative portion configured to contact with the first instrument driven portion, the first instrument driven portion configured to move, via the first and second contact portions, the first elongated distal end of the first instrument relative to the first axis, wherein the first instrument insulative portion is provided between the first instrument and the first instrument driven portion in such a way that the first axis corresponds to a center axis of the first instrument insulative portion; and
an arm assembly securable to and unsecurable from the end-effector assembly, wherein the unsecuring of the end-effector assembly from the arm assembly includes configuring the disconnectable electric cable to be disconnected from the energy source.

US Pat. No. 10,166,080

COOPERATIVELY-CONTROLLED SURGICAL ROBOTIC SYSTEM WITH REDUNDANT FORCE SENSING

The Johns Hopkins Univers...

1. A cooperatively controlled robotic system, comprising:a main robot assembly comprising mechanical links connected by actuated joints;
an arm assembly comprising a proximal end and a distal end, wherein said arm assembly is connected to said main robot assembly at said proximal end;
a tool assembly connected to said arm assembly at said distal end;
a first force sensor between said distal end of said arm assembly and said tool assembly,
a second force sensor between said proximal end of said arm assembly and said main robot assembly; and
a control system in communication with said main robot assembly, said arm assembly, said tool assembly, said first force sensor, and said second force sensor,
wherein said control system is configured to determine a force applied at said first force sensor based on a force detected by said second force sensor,
wherein said control system is further configured to compare said determined force to a force detected by said first force sensor, and
wherein said control system is further configured to detect a failure of at least one of said first and second force sensors based on said comparison.

US Pat. No. 10,166,077

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR IMAGE PROCESSING TO DETERMINE PATIENT-SPECIFIC BLOOD FLOW CHARACTERISTICS

HeartFlow, Inc., Redwood...

1. A method of image processing for non-invasive hemodynamic assessment and electronically displaying treatment planning of a stenosis in an aorta and/or a plurality of adjacent vessels, the method comprising:receiving non-invasively generated estimates of (1) patient-specific lumen anatomy of a patient's aorta and a plurality of adjacent vessels, and (2) patient-specific blood flow rates through the patient's aorta and the plurality of adjacent vessels, from non-invasively produced medical image data of the patient, wherein the aorta and/or the plurality of adjacent vessels exhibit one or more stenoses;
calculating patient-specific inlet and outlet boundary conditions for a computational model of blood flow based on the non-invasively generated estimates;
computing blood flow and pressure over the patient-specific lumen anatomy of the aorta and/or the plurality of adjacent vessels, using the computational model of blood flow and the patient-specific inlet and outlet boundary conditions, wherein computing blood flow and pressure over the patient-specific lumen anatomy of the aorta and/or the plurality of adjacent vessels includes simulating blood flow using a 3D computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation;
generating a reduced order patient-specific model of the computed blood flow and pressure over the patient-specific lumen anatomy of the aorta and/or the plurality of adjacent vessels;
enabling a modification of the reduced order patient-specific model to simulate treatment of the stenosis, based on the computed blood flow and pressure over the patient-specific lumen anatomy of the patient's aorta and/or the plurality of adjacent vessels; and
outputting, to an electronic storage medium or display, one or more of the reduced order patient-specific model of the computed blood flow and pressure and the modified reduced order patient-specific model simulating the treatment.

US Pat. No. 10,166,076

REGISTRATION OBJECT, CORRECTION METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR COMPUTED RADIOGRAPHIC TOMOGRAPHY

NIKON METROLOGY NV, Leuv...

1. A method of correcting computed radiographic tomography data, comprising the process of:acquiring data representing a set of radiographic projections of a target object and a registration object including at least part of the target object within the void of the registration object at a series of angles about the predetermined axis;
determining in each projection the positions of registration points defined by the registration object;
comparing stored information about the registration object with the determined positions of the registration points to obtain projection correction information for each projection;
applying the projection correction information to each projection to provide a set of corrected radiographic projections.

US Pat. No. 10,166,075

MINIMALLY INVASIVE SURGICAL INSTRUMENT IMPLEMENTING A MOTOR

MOVASU, INC., Seoul (KR)...

1. A minimally invasive surgical instrument comprising:a shaft;
an end effector being connected to one end of the shaft; and
a handling unit being connected to the other end of the shaft,
wherein the handling unit comprises:
a pair of linear motion members to operate the end effector in one of a pitch direction and a yaw direction;
another pair of linear motion members to operate the end effector in the other of the pitch direction and the yaw direction;
a pair of rotating members to allow the pair of linear motion members to move in opposite directions;
a first spiral part being coupled to one of the pair of rotating members and configured to move one of the pair of linear motion members;
a second spiral part being coupled to the other of the pair of rotating members, configured to move the other of the pair of linear motion members, and having a spiral orientation opposite to that of the first spiral part;
another pair of rotating members to allow the another pair of linear motion members to move in opposite directions;
a driving element to drive the pair of rotating members; and
another driving element to drive the another pair of rotating members,
wherein one of the pair of rotating members and the corresponding one of the pair of linear motion members are connected to each other via the first spiral part, and the other of the pair of rotating members and the other corresponding one of the pair of linear motion members are connected to each other via the second spiral part,
wherein each of the pair of rotating members is connected with a common outer circumference rotating member disposed along an outer circumference of the handling unit,
wherein each of the another pair of rotating members is connected with another common outer circumference rotating member disposed along the outer circumference of the handling unit, and
wherein the common outer circumference rotating member and the another common outer circumference rotating member are capable of rotating independently of each other.

US Pat. No. 10,166,074

PATTY MANAGER AND METHOD

Clear Solutions LLC, Cas...

1. A surgical patty manager for retaining a plurality of surgical patties, comprising:a first tray defining a plurality of dispensing regions, wherein each dispensing region includes a mechanical patty retention element, and wherein each dispensing region includes a dispensing indicia located therein; and
a second tray movably coupled to the first tray, wherein the second tray defines a plurality of recovery regions, wherein each recovery region includes a mechanical patty retention element, and wherein each recovery region includes a recovery indicia located therein, and wherein each recovery region further includes two or more elongated protrusions positioned along intersecting axes around a periphery of each recovery region and extending along a substantial portion of a length of the recovery region and a substantial portion of a width of the recovery region, such that the two or more elongated protrusions define each recovery region;
a string guide disposed about at least a portion of the first tray; and
a protrusion extending partially over a portion of the string guide.

US Pat. No. 10,166,073

CONTROL DATA GENERATION FOR THE EYE-SURGICAL TREATMENT OF DEFECTIVE VISION

Carl Zeiss Meditec AG, J...

1. A method for generating control data, which are adapted to control a laser device emitting laser radiation for surgically correcting defective vision of an eye by surgically altering a shape of an optical component of the eye, the method comprising:specifying a cutting surface, which is curved, has a vertex and a border and which is to be produced in the eye by application of the laser radiation from the laser device to the optical component of the eye for correcting a defective vision;
defining at least one path curve for the control data, along which a focus of the laser radiation is to be shifted by controlling the laser device according to the control data;
selecting the at least one path curve such that at least one path curve lies in the cutting surface or within a tolerance zone around the cutting surface;
further comprising, for the selection of the at least one path curve:
defining a reference plane which is at a predetermined angle to a direction of incidence of the laser radiation and defining various shifting positions between the vertex and the border of the cutting surface for the reference plane;
defining, for each shifting position several axes or semi-axes, which lie in the reference plane, are not parallel to each other and which, when viewed in a projection along a direction of incidence, in the case of axes, intersect and in the case of semi-axes, have at least one common point;
determining, for each shifting position of the reference plane, intersection points of the axes or semi-axes with the cutting surface; and
wherein the at least one path curve is fixed in that the intersection points are connected.

US Pat. No. 10,166,072

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CREATING AN EFFECT USING MICROWAVE ENERGY TO SPECIFIED TISSUE

MIRADRY, INC., Santa Cla...

2. A method of creating a tissue effect in a target tissue layer, comprising the steps of:irradiating the target tissue layer and a first tissue layer through a skin surface with electromagnetic energy having predetermined frequency and electric field characteristics, wherein the first tissue layer is above the target tissue layer, the first tissue layer being adjacent to a surface of the skin; and
generating a power loss density profile, wherein the power loss density profile has a peak power loss density in a region of the target tissue layer.

US Pat. No. 10,166,070

ELECTROSURGICAL PERICARDIAL PUNCTURE

Baylis Medical Company In...

1. A method of accessing a pericardial cavity of a heart, comprising:(a) advancing a distal end of a puncture device towards the heart from a subxiphoid region of a patient wherein the distal end of the puncture device is atraumatic and comprises an energy delivery device;
(b) positioning the energy delivery device at a target site on a pericardium of the heart using ultrasound for imaging; and
(c) delivering energy from the energy delivery device to a tissue of the target site to create a channel to the pericardial cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,166,068

APPARATUS AND METHODS TO MODULATE BLADDER FUNCTION

Amphora Medical, Inc., M...

1. A method of treating a bladder condition, the method comprising:a) inserting into a bladder a distal portion of an elongate ablation body defining a suction lumen and a pair of needle electrode ports;
b) drawing suction through the suction lumen and a plurality of suction ports defined in a face of the distal portion that is offset from and parallel to a central longitudinal axis at a center of the elongate ablation body, wherein the plurality of suction ports are positioned along a first side of the central longitudinal axis and face toward the central longitudinal axis, and said drawing suction causes the face of the distal portion to engage a mucosa surface of targeted bladder wall tissue within a trigone of the bladder;
c) extending a pair of electrode needles in a distal direction through the pair of needle electrode ports positioned along a second side of the central longitudinal axis that is opposite from the first side of the central longitudinal axis such that the plurality of suction ports face toward the central longitudinal axis and the pair of needle electrodes while the pair of needle electrodes penetrate into the targeted bladder wall tissue and extend generally parallel to the face of the distal portion engaging the mucosa surface of the targeted bladder wall tissue;
d) denervating said targeted bladder wall tissue within the trigone of the bladder using said pair of electrode needles;
e) relocating said pair of electrode needles to a next targeted location within the trigone of the bladder;
f) denervating said next targeted location with said pair of electrode needles; and
g) repeating steps b) through f) until regions of denervated tissue and untreated tissue are created in the bladder.

US Pat. No. 10,166,067

ABLATION CATHETER AND METHOD FOR ELECTICALLY ISOLATING CARDIAC TISSUE

St. Jude Medical, Atrial ...

1. A method for electrically isolating cardiac tissue, comprising the steps of:providing an ablation catheter comprising an elongate member with proximal and distal ends, wherein the distal end comprises a plurality of electrodes and is configured to apply a high energy electrical shock of between 200 and 500 Joule across a plurality of locations along the length of said distal end, the high energy electrical shock distributed across the plurality of locations along the length, and wherein said distal end is curved and each of the plurality of electrodes delivers a shock sufficient for ablation of cardiac tissue;
advancing the ablation catheter to the cardiac tissue;
contacting the distal end with the cardiac tissue;
monitoring a heart rhythm and applying the high energy electrical shock in dependence of said heart rhythm, wherein the high energy electrical shock is applied at a predetermined time in the heart rhythm on or before the QRS-complex of the heart rhythm and outside of vulnerable phases of both atria and ventricles of the cardiac tissue, and;
applying the high energy electrical shock during a predetermined period of time less than 10 ms from each of the plurality of locations along said length of the distal end to the cardiac tissue.

US Pat. No. 10,166,066

EPICARDIAL ABLATION CATHETER AND METHOD OF USE

University of Virginia Pa...

1. An ablation catheter system for ablation of epicardial tissue of a heart of a subject, said ablation catheter system comprising:an ablation catheter, said ablation catheter comprising a distal end, a proximal end, and a longitudinal wall there between;
a plurality of electrodes in communication with said ablation catheter;
a catheter steering mechanism configured to orient said ablation catheter about the heart;
a catheter control device, wherein said catheter control device is configured to manipulate said catheter steering mechanism;
one or more distal irrigation apertures at said distal end of said ablation catheter, said one or more distal irrigation apertures are in communication with one or more irrigation lumens extending longitudinally toward said proximal end of said ablation catheter;
one or more distal suction apertures at said distal end of the ablation catheter, said one or more distal suction apertures are in communication with one or more suction lumens extending longitudinally toward said proximal end of said ablation catheter;
a sheath, said sheath comprising a distal end, a proximal end, and a longitudinal wall there between, and wherein said sheath is adapted for receiving said ablation catheter therein;
a sheath steering mechanism configured to orient said sheath about the heart; and
a sheath control device, wherein said sheath control device is configured to manipulate said sheath steering mechanism;
wherein, said plurality of electrodes comprise at least one of:
an anode and a cathode,
a plurality of electrodes arranged in a circumferential array around said distal end of said ablation catheter, and
a plurality of electrodes longitudinally separated on said distal end of said ablation catheter, and
wherein, at least one of said one or more distal irrigation apertures or said one or more distal suction apertures comprises a plurality of apertures arranged in a circumferential array around the distal end of the ablation catheter.

US Pat. No. 10,166,065

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR CLAMPING AND CUTTING TISSUE

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A surgical device, comprising:a proximal handle portion including a stationary handle, a first movable handle, and a second movable handle, the second movable handle being locked to the first movable handle during a first phase of travel from a first initial position to a second, intermediate position such that the first and second movable handles move together as a unit toward the stationary handle during the first phase of travel, the second movable handle being unlocked from the first movable handle during a second phase of travel from the second position to a third, final position;
an elongate shaft extending distally from the handle portion;
first and second jaws at a distal end of the elongate shaft, the first and second jaws being configured for relative movement between an open position and a closed position, the first and second jaws being configured to move from the open position to the closed position during the first phase of travel; and
a cutting element configured to move through the first and second jaws so as to cut tissue engaged by the first and second jaws in response to the second movable handle moving toward the stationary handle during the second phase of travel.

US Pat. No. 10,166,064

LOW-POWER TISSUE SEALING DEVICE AND METHOD

Just Right Surgical, LLC,...

1. A surgical system for fusing tissue, the surgical system comprising:an electrosurgical generator capable of delivering electrosurgical power;
a surgical instrument electrically connected to the electrosurgical generator and adapted to transfer the electrosurgical power from the electrosurgical generator to a distal end of the surgical instrument, wherein the distal end of the surgical instrument has a pair of end effectors; and
a power control circuit configured to control the delivery of radio frequency energy to the tissue disposed between the pair of end effectors;
wherein the power control circuit is further configured to: deliver the radio frequency energy at a non-pulsing power to the tissue for a period of time of 3 seconds or less, wherein the period of time is measured from the beginning of the application of the non-pulsing power and continues through fusing of the tissue, wherein the output current is held under 2 Amperes RMS, and the output voltage is held under 100 Volts RMS, the non-pulsing power further applying a current density of 0.1 Amperes per square millimeter or less to the tissue, the non-pulsing power further causing the tissue to begin to desiccate and to fuse within the period of time.

US Pat. No. 10,166,062

HIGH-RESOLUTION MAPPING OF TISSUE WITH PACING

EPiX Therapeutics, Inc., ...

1. A system for delivering ablative energy to targeted cardiac tissue of a subject and for confirming successful ablation of said targeted cardiac tissue, comprising:a catheter comprising a high-resolution electrode along a distal end of the catheter;
an energy delivery module comprising a processor, the energy delivery module being configured to operatively couple to the catheter, wherein the energy delivery module is configured to energize the high-resolution electrode to deliver the ablative energy to the targeted cardiac tissue adjacent the high-resolution electrode; and
a pacemaker, wherein the pacemaker is integral to the energy delivery module;
wherein the system is configured to detect a signal relating to a localized heart rate at the high-resolution electrode via the high-resolution electrode;
wherein the energy delivery module is configured to selectively pace cardiac the targeted tissue in order to attain capture of the heart of the subject;
wherein the system is configured, via a predetermined pacing signal provided to the catheter by the pacemaker, to increase the heart rate of the subject from a baseline level to an elevated level, the predetermined pacing signal comprising a pacing level greater than a pre-ablation pacing threshold level;
wherein the processor is configured to terminate the energization of the high-resolution electrode after loss of capture of the heart of the subject; and
wherein the high-resolution electrode comprises a distal portion and a proximal portion, the distal and proximal portions of the high-resolution electrode being operatively coupled to each other using at least one filtering element and wherein the distal and proximal portions function as a single electrode when the ablative energy is delivered by the high-resolution electrode to the targeted cardiac tissue, wherein the filtering element comprises a capacitor configured to energize both the proximal and distal portions when the ablative energy is delivered by the high-resolution electrode to the targeted cardiac tissue, wherein the predetermined pacing signal is configured to be delivered via the distal and proximal portions of the high-resolution electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,166,061

TELEOPERATED SURGICAL SYSTEM EQUIPMENT WITH USER INTERFACE

INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERAT...

1. A flux supply unit for supplying a flux to a plurality of surgical instruments, the flux supply unit comprising:a user control interface comprising:
a plurality of connectors to supply flux to the surgical instruments when the surgical instruments are operationally coupled to respective connectors; and
a display screen comprising a plurality of graphical display screen sections and controls for surgical instruments operationally coupled to the plurality of connectors, wherein:
the plurality of graphical display screen sections and the controls are visible together on the display screen;
the plurality of graphical display screen sections comprise controls for different types of surgical instruments;
the plurality of graphical display screen sections are visually coupled to the plurality of connectors by an arrangement of the plurality of connectors relative to respective graphical display screen sections to indicate respective associations of the graphical display screen sections with the connectors; and
at least one graphical display screen section includes a system installation indicator comprising a first indicator to indicate that an electrosurgical instrument operationally coupled to one connector that is visually coupled to the at least one graphical display screen section is mounted to a teleoperated surgical system, and a second indicator to indicate to which arm of a plurality of arms of the teleoperated surgical system the electrosurgical instrument is mounted.

US Pat. No. 10,166,060

SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS COMPRISING A TRIGGER ASSEMBLY

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A surgical instrument, comprising:an end effector, comprising:
a jaw movable between an open position and a closed position; and
a cutting element movable relative to the jaw;
a shaft; and
a handle, wherein the shaft is positioned intermediate the handle and the end effector, and wherein the handle comprises a trigger assembly, comprising:
a first trigger comprising a first pivot portion and a first arm extending from the first pivot portion, wherein the first trigger is movable from an initial position to a final position; and
a second trigger comprising a second pivot portion and a second arm extending from the second pivot portion, wherein the first trigger and the second trigger form a nested unit when the first trigger is in the initial position and are movable as the nested unit during a first actuation of the trigger assembly in which the first trigger moves from the initial position to the final position to affect a first surgical function, wherein a nestable portion of the first arm is nested within the second arm when the first trigger and the second trigger form the nested unit, wherein the second trigger is movable away from the first trigger to unnest the nestable portion of the first arm from the second arm after the first actuation of the trigger assembly and before a second actuation of the trigger assembly, wherein the second trigger is movable toward the first trigger during the second actuation of the trigger assembly to affect a second surgical function, and wherein the second surgical function is different than the first surgical function.

US Pat. No. 10,166,059

TREATMENT INSTRUMENT

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A treatment instrument comprising:a sheath that defines a longitudinal axis by a distal end and a proximal end;
a first treatment section that includes:
a first body including a first contact surface having conductivity, the first body crossing the longitudinal axis and being configured to contact a living tissue, and the first body having a first electrical insulation section having electrical insulation properties, and
a second body including a second contact surface opposed to the first contact surface on a proximal side with respect to the first contact surface and configured to contact the living tissue,
the first treatment section being configured to apply energy to the living tissue held between the first contact surface and the second contact surface to coagulate the living tissue;
a movement mechanism that is configured to move at least one of the first body and the second body along the longitudinal axis, to switch between:
a closed position in which the first contact surface and the second contact surface are close to each other, and
an opened position in which the first contact surface and the second contact surface are distant from each other; and
a second treatment section that has conductivity, the second treatment section projecting from a back surface of the first contact surface of the first body and extending along the longitudinal axis, and the second treatment section being configured to apply energy to the living tissue to incise or separate the living tissue,
wherein the first electrical insulation section is provided between the first contact surface and the second treatment section.

US Pat. No. 10,166,058

ACTION/COUNTERACTION SUPERIMPOSED DOUBLE CHAMBER BROAD AREA TISSUE ABLATION DEVICE

Corfigo, Inc., Montclair...

1. A cryoablation device for ablating an exterior surface of an internal organ, the device comprising an ablation body comprising:(a) a cryoablation surface defining a portion of a cryoablation compartment;
(b) an insulation surface defining a portion of an insulation compartment disposed adjacent to the cryoablation compartment;
(c) a collapsed configuration wherein the ablation body comprises a collapsed size and shape such that the ablation body can be deployed via a minimally invasive procedure;
(d) an expanded deployment configuration wherein
(i) the cryoablation surface is a substantially flat and quadrilateral shape and is sized and shaped in the expanded deployment configuration to contact a large planar area of the exterior surface of the internal organ of a patient; and
(ii) the insulation compartment comprises an inflated configuration wherein the insulation compartment contains an increased amount of an insulation fluid,
wherein each of the cryoablation surface and the insulation surface has a surface area of at least six cm2 in the expanded deployment configuration;
(e) an ablation fluid delivery line in fluidic communication with the cryoablation compartment and coupled to a first side of the ablation body; and
(f) an ablation fluid removal line in fluidic communication with the cryoablation compartment and coupled to the first side of the ablation body,
wherein the ablation fluid delivery line is constructed and arranged to deliver an ablation fluid and the ablation fluid removal line is constructed and arranged to remove the ablation fluid such that the ablation fluid is continuously shuttled through the cryoablation compartment,
wherein the insulation surface is disposed on an opposite side of the ablation body in relation to the cryoablation surface, and
wherein the insulation compartment is configured to insulate surrounding tissues from the cryoablation compartment.

US Pat. No. 10,166,054

BONE FIXATION SYSTEM

DePuy Synthes Products, I...

1. A bone fixation linkage, comprising:a plurality of interconnected links each defining a first end configured to face a bone to which the bone fixation linkage is configured to be attached, and a second end opposite the first end,
at least a first link of the plurality of interconnected links including a first insertion member, a first receptacle member, and a first neck that extends from the first insertion member to the first receptacle member; and
at least a second link of the plurality of interconnected links including a second insertion member, and a second receptacle member, the second receptacle member defining first and second arms and a channel that separates the first and second arms,
wherein 1) each of the first and second insertion members includes a first interior surface that defines a fixation hole and a first outer surface that is opposite the first interior surface, and each of the first and second receptacle members includes a second interior surface that defines a receptacle, 2) the first insertion member of the first link is configured to be captured by the second interior surface of the second link such that the neck of the first link extends through the channel of the second link and the first and second links are configured to angulate polyaxially with respect to each other about at least two different axes, and 3) the first outer surface of the first link is configured to move with respect to the second interior surface of the second link as the first and second links angulate with respect to each other about the at least two different axes.

US Pat. No. 10,166,053

DISTRACTOR WITH BIDIRECTIONAL ROTATION CONTROL

Stryker European Holdings...

1. An internal mandibular distractor comprising:a housing elongated in a longitudinal direction;
at least one distal attachment plate attached to the housing, wherein the distal attachment plate is configured to be attached to a first bone surface;
a drive rod arranged inside the housing and elongated in the longitudinal direction, the drive rod having a proximal end portion having a receptacle provided therein;
at least one proximal attachment plate that is configured to be driven by the drive rod to move in the longitudinal direction, the at least one proximal attachment plate configured to be attached to a second bone surface, wherein the drive rod comprises a proximal end portion that is configured to be rotated to drive the at least one proximal attachment plate in the longitudinal direction;
at least one housing engaging portion provided to the housing; and
at least one drive rod engaging portion provided to the drive rod;
wherein the at least one housing engaging portion and the at least one drive rod engaging portion are configured to:
be engaged in a first relative position of the housing and the drive rod so as to prevent relative rotation in both a first and a second direction of rotation between the drive rod and the housing caused by a force acting on the drive rod or the housing that is less than a predetermined force, and
be moved out of engagement by driving the drive rod in either a first or a second direction of rotation of the drive rod with a force equal to or greater than the predetermined force to a second relative position;
wherein the housing engaging portion comprises at least one of at least one recess and at least one hole configured to engage the drive rod engaging portion; and
wherein the drive rod engaging portion comprises a protruding member configured to protrude in a direction to engage the at least one of the at least one recess and at least one hole and to be moved out of engagement with the at least one of the at least one recess and the at least one hole when the predetermined force is applied to rotate the drive rod with respect to the housing, the protruding member being provided in the receptacle of the drive rod proximal end portion and extends outwardly from the receptacle into the at least one of the at least one recess and the at least one hole of the housing engaging portion in the engaged position.

US Pat. No. 10,166,051

BONE PLATE SYSTEM

Pioneer Surgical Technolo...

1. A bone plate system comprising:a bone plate;
a throughbore of the bone plate;
a bone anchor having an enlarged head and a shank depending therefrom, the bone anchor having a longitudinal axis extending between the head and the shank, the head including a rotary drive structure and an upwardly facing surface extending around the rotary drive structure;
a wall of the bone plate extending about the throughbore for supporting the bone anchor head in the throughbore, the bone plate wall and the bone anchor head configured to permit the bone anchor to be inserted into and extend obliquely in the throughbore with a raised portion of the upwardly facing surface of the bone anchor head at one side of the throughbore and a lowered portion of the upwardly facing surface of the bone anchor head at or adjacent an opposite side of the throughbore;
a resilient retainer disposed in the throughbore;
bone plate engaging portions of the resilient retainer secured to the bone plate at the opposite sides of the throughbore;
a pair of elongate arm portions of the resilient retainer connecting the bone plate engaging portions and extending in the throughbore spaced apart from each other, the elongate arm portions being configured to allow the raised portion of the upwardly facing surface of the bone anchor head at the one side of the throughbore to be above the bone plate engaging portion at the one side of the throughbore with the bone anchor head seated in the throughbore;
interference portions of the elongate arm portions extending in the throughbore intermediate the bone plate engaging portions and being configured to allow the interference portions to be above the lowered portion of the upwardly facing surface of the bone anchor head so that the interference portions are in interference with the lowered portion of the upwardly facing surface of the bone anchor head to resist back-out of the bone anchor from the throughbore; and
the bone anchor head and the retainer interference portions are configured so that no portion of the bone anchor head extends laterally over the retainer interference portions with the bone anchor inserted into and extending obliquely in the throughbore and the interference portions extending above the lowered portion of the upwardly facing surface of the bone anchor head.

US Pat. No. 10,166,050

INSTRUMENT FOR CONNECTING A CORRECTION ROD TO A BONE SCREW

SILONY MEDICAL INTERNATIO...

1. Instrument for connecting a correction rod to a bone screw, said instrument having an axial longitudinal direction and comprising an external first housing part, which comprises a cylindrical hollow portion having an internal thread and a portion that is approximately the shape of a half-shell and that forms a first clamp leg, said instrument comprising an external second housing part, which is approximately the shape of a half-shell and forms a second clamp leg that is hinged on the first clamp leg so as to be pivotable in a limited manner about a pivot axis that extends orthogonally to the axial longitudinal direction, and said instrument comprising an adjustment part, which axially penetrates the external housing parts and is thus internal, and which comprises an external thread on one portion and can thus be screwed into the internal thread of the external first housing part, a proximal end of the adjustment part being manually graspable from outside the housing parts for this purpose, and said instrument comprising a rod pressure part, which can be axially placed against the correction rod and which is axially coupled to the adjustment part but can rotate about the axial longitudinal direction relative to the adjustment part, such that rotational movements of the adjustment part are not transmitted to the rod pressure part, and the clamp legs surrounding the rod pressure part in a shell-like manner and guiding same in a longitudinally slidable manner, said clamp legs each comprising a distal end and a proximal end, the relevant distal end engaging on the bone screw and the proximal end being actuatable by finger pressure of the operating surgeon, characterized in that the distal ends of the two clamp legs are designed such that they comprise an accommodation opening having a radial transverse direction for accommodating the correction rod in said radial transverse direction, and in that said radial transverse direction extends orthogonally to the pivot axis of the clamp legs, further characterized in that, in a pivot joint for the two clamp legs, at least one joint pin projects radially inwards and the inner end thereof engages in a guide groove that extends in the axial longitudinal direction on a radial outer face of the rod pressure part and thus secures same against rotation but guides same in a longitudinally slidable manner in the longitudinal direction.

US Pat. No. 10,166,048

TRANSLATIONAL INSTRUMENTATION FOR SPONDYLOLISTHESIS AND SCOLIOSIS REDUCTION

Tenzin LLC, Chestnut Hil...

1. A vertebral endplate spreader device comprising:a vertebral endplate spreader including:
a linkage with a drive sprocket operatively connected for rotation relative thereto, and with a secondary sprocket operatively connected for rotation relative to the linkage;
a belt operatively connected to the drive sprocket and the secondary sprocket to be driven about a belt axis, wherein the secondary sprocket includes a constant diameter and is in direct abutment with the belt; and
a driver handle having a distal end and a proximal end, wherein the distal end is operatively connected to the drive sprocket to actuate rotation of the belt.

US Pat. No. 10,166,047

INTERSPINOUS SPACER

VertiFlex, Inc., Carlsba...

1. An insertion instrument configured for delivering a spacer to an interspinous process space of a patient and deploying the spacer from an undeployed configuration to at least one deployed configuration to relieve pain; the spacer including a body, at least one arm connected to and movable with respect to the body and a spacer actuator having a proximal end and a distal end disposed at least partially inside the body that is configured to move the at least one arm from an undeployed configuration to at least one deployed configuration; the insertion instrument comprising:a handle assembly;
a first assembly connected to the handle assembly, the first assembly being configured to connect to the body of the spacer at the distal end of the insertion instrument, the first assembly having a first control at the handle assembly configured to connect and release the body of the spacer and the first assembly;
a second assembly connected to the handle assembly, the second assembly being configured to connect to the proximal end of the actuator of the spacer at the distal end of the insertion instrument, the second assembly having a second control at the handle assembly configured to connect and release the actuator and the second assembly; and
a third assembly connected to the handle assembly; the third assembly being configured to move the second assembly relative to the body of the spacer for arranging the spacer from an undeployed configuration to at least one deployed configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,166,044

APPARATUS FOR REPOSITIONING THE VAGINA, CERVIX, UTERUS AND PELVIC FLOOR AND METHOD TO SECURE SAME

FRESHWATER BAY INDUSTRIES...

1. An apparatus comprising:a vaginal manipulator probe that includes a substantially rigid arcuate body portion including a substantially cylindrical or oval proximal portion and a blade-like distal portion that includes a recess configured to receive at least a portion of a cervix and that is curved along its long axis, the substantially rigid body portion being at least partially insertable into a vagina of a patient;
a disk rotatably coupled with the substantially rigid arcuate body portion of the vaginal manipulator probe and adjustable to one or more positions along a length of the substantially rigid arcuate body portion, the disk configured to rest against a perineal body of the patient when the substantially rigid arcuate body portion of the vaginal manipulator probe is inserted into the vagina of the patient to form a substantially fluid-tight seal against the patient, the disk also configured to set vaginal insertion depth of the substantially rigid arcuate body portion of the vaginal manipulator probe and allow rotation of the vaginal manipulator probe while maintaining the vaginal insertion depth; and
a handle portion operably coupled to the substantially rigid arcuate body portion of the vaginal manipulator probe that is configured to be external to the patient when the substantially rigid arcuate body portion of the vaginal manipulator probe is at least partially inserted into the vagina of the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,166,043

SUPPORT APPARATUS FOR SURGICAL TUBE

Surgical Stabilization Te...

1. A support apparatus for use with a tubular device which extends through a body wall of a patient for supporting the tubular device in fixed position, the support apparatus comprising:an annular expandable member for extending around the tubular device, said annular expandable member being movable in an expansion movement from a collapsed condition radially outwardly of the tubular device to an expanded condition;
an annular abutment collar arranged to be mounted on the tubular device;
the annular abutment collar being arranged for adjustable movement longitudinally of the tubular device and relative to the annular expandable member so as to be located at a selected position to hold the body wall between the annular abutment collar and the said annular expandable member;
a clamp for locating the annular abutment collar on the tubular device at the selected position;
said annular expandable member being arranged while in said collapsed condition to be inserted through an incision in the body wall and expanded when inserted to engage an inside surface of the body wall;
and a manually operable device for causing said movement of the annular expandable member between the collapsed condition and the expanded condition;
a connector member extending from the manually operable device to the expandable member for causing the movement;
said manually operable device being permanently mounted on the annular abutment collar as a component thereof for said adjustable movement therewith.

US Pat. No. 10,166,042

SURGICAL SYSTEM

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A surgical system for treating cartilage by melting by friction heat, the system comprising:an output unit configured to generate a driving power;
a transducer connected to the output unit, and configured to convert the driving power into ultrasonic vibration;
a probe connected to the transducer, and configured to transmit the ultrasonic vibration;
an excision unit provided in the probe, the excision unit configured to be in contact with a predetermined portion of the cartilage, to heat the predetermined portion of the cartilage by ultrasonic vibration converted based on the driving power, and to melt and excise the cartilage by receiving pressure by an operator while being in contact with the cartilage; and
a controller configured to control the driving power output from the output unit so that the predetermined portion of the cartilage is heating to a temperature of 120° C. or higher within 2.2 seconds, and a temperature of the predetermined portion of the cartilage is maintained to be at 120° C. or higher.

US Pat. No. 10,166,041

DEVICES, SYSTEMS, METHODS AND KITS FOR PERFORMING SELECTIVE DISSECTION OF LUNG TISSUE

PneumRx, Inc., Santa Cla...

1. A surgical instrument for separating lung tissue away from structures in a lung comprising:an elongated housing having a longitudinal axis, a forward portion and a rearward portion;
a source of work energy in the rearward portion connected to a drive mechanism in the elongated housing;
a dissecting member operatively connected to the drive mechanism;
a pivot pin;
a coupler pin;
a pull rod; and
a dissector housing operatively coupled with the pull rod via the coupler pin, wherein the dissector housing pivots about the pivot pin;
wherein the drive mechanism moves the dissecting member side to side while the dissector housing is configured to hold the lung tissue from moving so as to maximize relative motion between the dissecting member and the lung tissue,
wherein relative motion between the dissecting member and the dissector housing operates to pull apart the lung tissue without cutting into the structures in the lung,
wherein the dissector housing and the dissecting member are coupled such that a pivoting movement in the dissector housing relative to the elongated housing causes a corresponding pivoting movement in the dissecting member relative to the elongated housing, and
wherein a pivot angle between the elongated housing and the dissector housing can be adjustably controlled, thereby projecting the dissecting member in different trajectories relative to the elongated housing.

US Pat. No. 10,166,040

ORGAN RESECTION TOOL

National University Corpo...

1. An organ resection tool, comprising:a first brush-like structure connected to a central conductor;
a second brush-like structure directly physically connected to an external conductor and not connected to the central conductor;
wherein the first brush-like structure is capable of radiating microwaves generated by a microwave oscillator and the second brush-like structure is capable of receiving the microwaves simultaneously, wherein the microwaves radiate within a microwave irradiation range;
wherein the microwaves generated by the microwave oscillator are transmittable to the first brush-like structure via the central conductor, the first brush-like structure is capable of radiating the microwaves within the microwave irradiation range, the second brush-like structure is capable of receiving the microwaves if the microwaves are within the microwave irradiation range and transferring the microwaves to the external conductor;
wherein the second brush-like structure comprises a plurality of brush units which each radiate outward to a tip portion of the organ resection tool;
wherein at least one from the group consisting of the first brush-like structure and the second brush-like structure has a stiffness and elasticity capable of scraping an organ and applying a pressure to living tissue when brought into contact with the living tissue.

US Pat. No. 10,166,037

SURGICAL TOOL, MICRO-SURGICAL INSTRUMENT AND ACTUATION METHOD FOR BOTH

1. A surgical tool, comprising:a proximal coupling portion from which two hydraulically actuatable, pivotally connected members extend, each pivotally connected member having an active portion and a guide portion;
wherein the pivotally connected members form a boundary for at least a part of a fluid-tight, fluid-fillable cavity, such that a pivot position of the pivotally connected members is adjustable via a change in a volume of a fluid in the fluid-fillable cavity;
wherein the coupling portion comprises a tool housing which houses the guide portions of the pivotally connected members in a recess of the tool housing; and
wherein a hydraulic connection is disposed in the tool housing such that the tool housing and the pivotally connected members form the fluid-fillable cavity said fluid-fillable cavity is fluidically connected with the hydraulic connection.

US Pat. No. 10,166,036

VARIABLE SUCTION CONTROL

Gyrus ACMI, Inc., Southb...

1. An apparatus comprising:a housing forming a handle and a shaft, the shaft extends from the handle, and the housing defines a suction channel from a distal end of the shaft and through the handle;
an electrical conductor extending from the handle through the shaft to the distal end of the shaft; and
a suction control valve connected to the suction channel at the handle, the suction control valve comprises:
a valve body having a first channel and a second channel connected to the first channel, the first channel forms a portion of the suction channel, the second channel having a recessed seat at an entrance to the second channel;
a valve barrel rotatably connected to the valve body, the valve barrel comprises a rotatable ring surrounding the valve body and forming a portion of the housing, the ring comprises an orifice configured to be rotated into and out of registration with an end of the second channel as the ring is rotated about the valve body; and
a seal configured to be aligned with the second channel at times the valve barrel is rotated to an open position and to a closed position, the seal comprising a first end and an opposite second end, the first end of the seal is received at the recessed seat, the seal comprising an opening extending from the first end of the seal to the opposite second end of the seal.

US Pat. No. 10,166,033

IMPLANTS FOR BONE FIXATION OR FUSION

SI-Bone Inc., Santa Clar...

1. A method of implanting a curved implant across a joint or fracture between a first bone segment and a second bone segment, the method comprising:forming a curved insertion path from the first bone segment, across the joint or fracture between the first bone segment and the second bone segment, and to the second bone segment, wherein the curved insertion path has a predetermined radius of curvature along its length;
inserting a curved guidewire along the curved insertion path;
disposing a drill bit over the curved guidewire;
drilling a curved bore along the curved guidewire;
disposing a broach over the curved guidewire;
shaping the curved bore with the broach to form the insertion path; and
inserting a curved implant having a matching radius of curvature into the curved insertion path and into the first bone segment, across the joint or fracture, and into the second bone segment.

US Pat. No. 10,166,032

MODULAR HUMERAL HEAD RESURFACING SYSTEM

Biomet Manufacturing, LLC...

1. An implant for use in shoulder arthroplasty comprising:a separate head member having an articulating surface, a lower surface opposite the articulating surface, and a post extending in a first direction from the lower surface; and
a separate base member having a fixation peg extending along a longitudinal axis of the separate base member, the separate base member including three fins substantially evenly spaced about the longitudinal axis of the separate base member, and a recess configured to receive the post of the separate head member to couple the separate head member to the separate base member,
wherein each of the three fins taper from a top portion of the fixation peg towards a point and forms a portion of a top surface of the separate base member,
wherein, when implanted, the separate head member and the separate base member are configured to define a narrow gap formed by a portion of the lower surface of the separate head and a portion of resected bone and the top surface of the separate base member.

US Pat. No. 10,166,031

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PREPARING AN IMPLANTATION SITE

Biomet Manufacturing, LLC...

1. A system to broach an anatomy, the system comprising:a first member including a first length extending between a first end and a second end;
a cutting portion formed along at least a portion of the first length of the first member;
a first connection portion including a second length extending from the second end of the first member to a terminal end, the first connection portion further including a first attachment portion and a second attachment portion, wherein the first attachment portion includes a first threaded portion; and
an extension member that includes a third length extending between a third end of the extension member and a fourth end of the extension member, wherein the extension member includes a third attachment portion and a second threaded portion;
wherein the first threaded portion is configured to engage the second threaded portion in a mating direction;
wherein the first threaded portion is configured to disengage the second threaded portion in the mating direction, such that the first threaded portion is positioned within the extension member beyond the second threaded portion;
wherein the second attachment portion is configured to engage the third attachment portion of the extension member to drive the extension member directly into a bone of the anatomy.

US Pat. No. 10,166,030

SURGICAL TOOL SYSTEM HAVING MULTIPLE TOOL TIP INTERFACES

Modular Surgical, Inc., ...

1. A tool tip carrier system comprising:a tool carrier including a plurality of tool carrier segments at least some of which are connected with articulating joints, wherein each tool carrier segment is configured to cradle a removable surgical tool tip; and
a tool carrier manipulator including (i) a handle and (ii) an attachment shaft, wherein the handle is adjustably connected to be selectively positioned along a length of the attachment shaft;
wherein the attachment shaft has a tissue-penetration tip which is configured to pass through tissue from an external location to a location in a body cavity and wherein a distal end of the attachment shaft is configured to be detachably secured to the tool carrier within the body cavity while the handle is attached to the shaft at the external location.

US Pat. No. 10,166,029

JIG FOR DETERMINING A PATIENT-ADAPTED IMPLANT SIZE OF THE FEMORAL IMPLANT OF A KNEE ENDOPROSTHESIS

1. A jig for determining a patient-adapted implant size of a femoral implant of a knee endoprosthesis, wherein the jig comprises:a main body;
a probe part displaceable relative to the main body along a measuring direction, wherein the probe part includes:
a probe arm with a probe tip adapted to contact on an anterior reference point (RP) of a distal end of a patient's femur;
two contact pieces adapted to contact on and reference on respectively a medial posterior and a lateral posterior condyle of the distal end of the patient's femur; and
at least one scale and an associated indicator adapted to indicate a location of the probe part in the measuring direction relative to at least one of the contact pieces for a specification of a suitable implant size; wherein the contact pieces are movable relative to the main body in such a way that a distance of the probe tip to the contact pieces which is projected on the measuring direction is settable for the contact pieces in such a way that the distance is different with respect to the two contact pieces, and in that each contact piece is provided with its own scale and an associated indicator for indicating the location of the probe part in the measuring direction relative to the respective contact piece and for the resulting specification of the suitable implant size.

US Pat. No. 10,166,028

HEMOSTATIC CLIPPING DEVICES AND METHODS

Boston Scientfic Scimed, ...

11. A method for treating tissue, comprising:inserting a clip to a target area within a living body adjacent a target tissue, the clip including a capsule extending from a proximal end to a distal end and having an opening formed in the proximal end and first and second arms movably received in the capsule for movement between a closed configuration in which the first and second arms are drawn toward one another and an expanded configuration in which the first and second arms extend distally from the capsule and are separated from one another to receive target tissue therebetween;
inserting the clip to a target site within a living body;
moving a control member coupled to the clip distally to move the clip from the closed configuration to the expanded configuration, wherein the control member is coupled to the clip via a separable clevis including two members that engage a cross pin of the clip;
positioning the clip so that target tissue to be clipped is positioned between distal ends of the first and second legs; and
moving the control member proximally to draw the first and second arms to the closed configuration to grip the target tissue;
exerting additional proximally directed force on the control member to separate the members of the clevis from the cross-pin separating the clip from the control member.

US Pat. No. 10,166,027

APPARATUS FOR APPLYING SURGICAL CLIPS

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. An apparatus for applying surgical clips comprising:a clip stack; and
a body portion housing the clip stack, the body portion including:
a clip follower slidably supported therein, wherein the clip follower is positioned proximally of the clip stack and biased to engage the clip stack, the clip follower defining a tab extending from a lateral side of the clip follower;
a separator plate fixedly supported therein, wherein the separator plate defines a first projection; and
a lockout having a lockout engagement member, the lockout being selectively movable:
from a first position, wherein the lockout engagement member contacts the first projection of the separator plate to limit distal movement of the lockout;
to a second position, wherein the tab of the clip follower selectively engages the lockout engagement member of the lockout such that the lockout engagement member clears the first projection of the separator plate to enable distal movement of the lockout.

US Pat. No. 10,166,026

STAPLE CARTRIDGE ASSEMBLY INCLUDING FEATURES FOR CONTROLLING THE ROTATION OF STAPLES WHEN BEING EJECTED THEREFROM

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A staple cartridge assembly for stapling tissue, comprising:a cartridge body comprising a proximal end and a distal end;
a plurality of staple cavities, wherein each said staple cavity comprises:
a top opening;
a proximal wall; and
a distal wall;
a firing member; and
a plurality of staples positioned in said staple cavities, wherein each said staple comprises:
a base;
a proximal leg extending from said base;
a distal leg extending from said base; and
a center of mass defined in said base, wherein said distal wall provides a distal reaction force to said staple above said center of mass and said proximal wall provides a proximal reaction force to said staple below said center of mass wherein said staple is lifted toward said top opening by said firing member,
wherein said firing member is configured to eject said staples from said staple cavities, and wherein said firing member is configured to contact a foot of any staple that is misoriented within its staple cavity prior to ejecting the misoriented staple from its staple cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,166,025

SURGICAL STAPLING DEVICE WITH LOCKOUT SYSTEM FOR PREVENTING ACTUATION IN THE ABSENCE OF AN INSTALLED STAPLE CARTRIDGE

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A surgical stapling instrument, comprising:a staple cartridge assembly configured to be attached to said surgical stapling instrument;
staples removably stored within said staple cartridge assembly;
a first jaw;
a second jaw moveable relative to said first jaw, wherein said second jaw is moveable between a locked position and an unlocked position; and
a lock system configured to permit said second jaw to move to said unlocked position when said staple cartridge assembly is attached to said surgical stapling instrument, and wherein said lock system is further configured to lock said second jaw in said locked position when said staple cartridge assembly is not attached to said surgical stapling instrument.

US Pat. No. 10,166,023

METHOD OF APPLYING A BUTTRESS TO A SURGICAL STAPLER END EFFECTOR

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A method of securing a buttress to an end effector, wherein the end effector comprises an upper jaw member and a lower jaw member, the method comprising:(a) positioning a platform of a buttress applier cartridge between the upper and lower jaw members while the upper and lower jaw members are in an open configuration such that the buttress applier cartridge is removably positioned between the jaw members, wherein the platform has a buttress disposed thereon during the act of positioning the platform between the upper and lower jaw members, wherein the buttress applier cartridge has at least one retainer member retaining the buttress on the platform during the act of positioning the platform between the upper and lower jaw members;
(b) driving one or both of the upper or lower jaw members toward the platform to thereby engage the buttress with the end effector, wherein the buttress applier cartridge further comprises a resilient member that drives the at least one retainer away from the buttress to thereby release the buttress in response to the act of driving one or both of the upper or lower jaw members toward the platform;
(c) driving one or both of the upper or lower jaw members away from the platform to thereby pull the buttress off of the platform; and
(d) removing the platform from between the upper and lower jaw members, wherein the buttress remains secured to the end effector after removing the platform from between the upper and lower jaw members.

US Pat. No. 10,166,020

METHODS AND DEVICES FOR ACCESSING AND RETRACTING A CAPSULE OF A JOINT

Pivot Medical, Inc., Sun...

1. A method of retracting a capsule of a joint, the method comprising:forming a cut in the capsule of the joint so as to create a first flap of the capsule and a second flap of the capsule;
providing a first length of suture having a first end and a second end;
providing a second length of suture having a first end and a second end;
passing the first end of the first length of suture from the outside of the joint, through the first flap of the capsule of the joint and into the inside of the joint, and moving the first end of the first length of suture out of the joint alongside the cut in the capsule;
passing the first end of the second length of suture from the outside of the joint, through the second flap of the capsule of the joint and into the inside of the joint, and moving the first end of the second length of suture out of the joint alongside the cut in the capsule;
pulling the first and second ends of the first and second lengths of suture so as to retract the first and second flaps of the capsule of the joint;
performing an arthroscopic procedure in the joint while the capsule is retracted; and
using at least one of the first length of suture and the second length of suture to close the capsule of the joint.

US Pat. No. 10,166,019

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SURGICAL AND INTERVENTIONAL PLANNING, SUPPORT, POST-OPERATIVE FOLLOW-UP, AND, FUNCTIONAL RECOVERY TRACKING

DePuy Synthes Products, I...

1. A medical method, comprising:receiving data regarding tissue retraction in a performance of a virtual surgical procedure on a model of a patient;
gathering tissue retraction data during performance of a surgical procedure on the patient indicative of an amount of pressure being placed on at least one of tissue and nerves as a result of retraction of a tissue using a retractor, the gathering including gathering data from at least one sensor coupled to the retractor;
in real time with the performance of the surgical procedure, comparing the data received regarding tissue retraction in the performance of the virtual surgical procedure and the tissue retraction data gathered during the performance of the surgical procedure to determine if the tissue retraction data gathered during the performance of the surgical procedure has an intolerable variance from the data received regarding tissue retraction in the performance of the virtual surgical procedure;
in response to determining that the tissue retraction data gathered during the performance of the surgical procedure has an intolerable variance from the data received regarding tissue retraction in the performance of the virtual surgical procedure, generating, using a processor of a computer system, an alert during the performance of the surgical procedure;
using the processor of the computer system, determining during the performance of the surgical procedure whether the amount of pressure reaches a predetermined amount of pressure, the processor being operatively coupled to the at least one sensor; and
in response to determining that the amount of pressure reaches the predetermined amount of pressure, the processor causing automatic engagement of a mechanical mechanism operatively coupled to the retractor and thereby preventing the amount of pressure from exceeding the predetermined amount of pressure;
wherein the predetermined amount of pressure is based on data gathered regarding a plurality of surgical procedures previously performed on other patients.

US Pat. No. 10,166,018

SURGICAL RETRACTOR SYSTEM AND METHODS OF USE

NuVasive, Inc., San Dieg...

1. A surgical retractor comprising:an elongate element comprising an elongate element distal end and an elongate element proximal end with a length therebetween, the elongate element defining an operational axis along the length thereof;
a retractor handle secured to the elongate element proximal end;
a first blade having a first upper portion secured to a first arm extending from the elongate element distal end and a first blade portion comprising a first blade face;
a second blade having a second upper portion secured to a second arm extending from the elongate element and a second blade portion having a second blade face that faces the first blade face and an exterior surface opposite the second blade face, wherein the second arm is positioned along the length of the elongate element at a position between the retractor handle and the first arm, the second arm configured to move along the length of the elongate element, wherein the second blade defines a reference point located thereon, and wherein a movement of the second arm along the length of the elongate element moves the reference point in a linear direction parallel to the operational axis and orthogonal to the second blade face, wherein movement of the second arm along the length of the elongate element moves the second arm relative to the retractor handle and relative to the first arm; and
a guide element having blunt tip for insertion through muscle tissue;
wherein the second blade further comprises an opening through the second upper portion to the second exterior surface, the opening dimensioned to receive the guide element therethrough such that surgical retractor is advanceable to a surgical target site with the first blade portion and second blade portion located on the same side of the guide element.

US Pat. No. 10,166,017

MEDICAL DEVICES HAVING A RELEASABLE TUBULAR MEMBER AND METHODS OF USING THE SAME

COOK MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES...

3. A medical device for the treatment of a bodily passage, said medical device comprising:an elongate member having a proximal portion and a shaft extending distally from the proximal portion, the proximal portion having a first outside diameter, the shaft having a first proximal end attached to the proximal portion, a tapered first distal end, and a length extending from the first proximal end to the first distal end, the shaft having a second outside diameter that is less than the first outside diameter;
an intermediate member releasably disposed on the shaft and having a second proximal end, a second distal end, an intermediate member body, and a third outside diameter that is greater than the first outside diameter of the proximal portion, the intermediate member body defining a first intermediate member opening, a second intermediate member opening, an intermediate member lumen, a first surface, a second surface, a frustoconical protuberance, and a support post, the first intermediate member opening defined on the second proximal end, the second intermediate member opening defined on the second distal end, the intermediate member lumen extending from the first intermediate member opening to the second intermediate member opening, the intermediate member lumen having an inside diameter that is less than the first outside diameter of the proximal portion, the first surface disposed on the second proximal end and opposably facing the second surface, the frustoconical protuberance extending distally from the second surface and tapering from the second surface toward the second distal end, the support post extending distally from the frustoconical protuberance to a support post end; and
a tubular member releasably disposed on the shaft distal to the intermediate member, the tubular member separable from the intermediate member and having a third proximal end, a tapered third distal end, a length extending from the third proximal end to the third distal end, a frustoconical proximal portion that tapers from the third proximal end toward the third distal end, and a tubular member body defining a first tubular member opening on the third proximal end, a second tubular member opening on the third distal end, a tubular member lumen extending from the first tubular member opening to the second tubular member opening, and a passageway extending through the frustoconical proximal portion and providing access to the tubular member lumen, the tubular member lumen having a frustoconical proximal portion that tapers from the third proximal end toward the third distal end, the length of the tubular member being less than the length of the shaft;
wherein the third distal end of the tubular member is disposed proximal to the first distal end of the elongate member;
wherein the frustoconical protuberance is disposed within the frustoconical proximal portion of the tubular member lumen; and
wherein the support post is disposed within the passageway defined by the tubular member body.

US Pat. No. 10,166,016

MEDICAL RETRACTOR

Yusuke Shimizu, Okinawa ...

1. A medical retractor comprising:a grip portion; and
a resin functional portion made of a transparent resin and extending from the grip portion, wherein
the resin functional portion has: a trunk portion which has a proximal end thereof connected to the grip portion; and a hook-shaped portion extending in a hook shape from a distal end of the trunk portion,
the resin functional portion is configured to allow the viewing of an affected part which opposedly faces a back surface of the resin functional portion from a front surface side in a see-through manner,
the resin functional portion is configured such that at least one of the back surface and the front surface has a convex lens shape, and
the resin functional portion has a projection extending to the hook-shaped portion along the front surface of the resin functional portion, and the projection formed on the hook-shaped portion is formed with a larger width and a smaller projecting height compared to the projection formed in the trunk portion.

US Pat. No. 10,166,015

IMPLANTABLE SCAFFOLD AND METHOD

LAPIQ, INC, Los Altos, C...

1. A biodegradable implantable device for maintaining the alignment of the edges of a trocar defect, the device constructed to allow completion of insertion after the trocar has been removed, the trocar defect having a defect diameter, the tissue and associated layers around the trocar defect having a thickness, a posterior wall, and an interior wall, the device comprising:a first biodegradable base having a first base diameter substantially equal to the defect diameter, the first biodegradable base having:
a first surface, the first surface capable of substantially contacting the posterior wall of the trocar defect,
a first threaded hole substantially through the center extending inward from the first surface but not all the way through the first biodegradable base, and
a second threaded hole extending inward from the first threaded hole but not all the way through the first biodegradable base;
a second biodegradable base having a second base diameter, the second biodegradable base further comprising:
a first surface with a protruding ring along its outer edge, where the inner diameter of the protruding ring is greater than the first base diameter, such that the first surface of the first biodegradable base fits inside the inner walls of the protruding ring of the second biodegradable base with sufficient gap to allow reliable engagement of the interior wall of the tissue and associated layers with the device;
a second surface with a plurality of radial strips, which create a set of radial slots of such depth and width to enable an external tool to allow engagement with a configuration of mating protrusions, the radial strips in the second biodegradable base are connected to an inner ring with a diameter of the second threaded hole of the first biodegradable base, and
an unthreaded hole substantially through the center of the first surface and the second surface, the diameter of the hole substantially equal to the diameter of the second threaded hole in the first biodegradable base, configured to allow a device with the diameter and threading to mate with the second threaded hole in the first biodegradable base to pass through unobstructed; and
a biodegradable connector for connecting the first surface of the first biodegradable base with the first surface of the second biodegradable base, the biodegradable connector defined to compress the first biodegradable base against the second biodegradable base using an external force,
wherein the length of the connector is sufficient to connect to the first biodegradable base and second biodegradable base while allowing enough space to maintain a predefined gap substantially equal to the thickness between the first surface of the biodegradable base and the first surface of the second biodegradable base, and
the biodegradable connector having an unthreaded hole substantially through the middle of the same size and alignment as the unthreaded hole in the second biodegradable base, allowing a device with the diameter and threading to mate with the second threaded hole in the first biodegradable base to pass through unobstructed,
wherein the biodegradable connector threads into the first threaded hole of the first biodegradable base, and
the diameter of the first threaded hole of the first biodegradable base is greater than the diameter of the second threaded hole of the first biodegradable base.

US Pat. No. 10,166,014

HEART VALVE PROSTHESIS AND METHOD

Percutaneous Cardiovascul...

1. An atrioventricular heart valve prosthesis for replacing an atrioventricular valve of a heart, said prosthesis comprising a housing component and a valve component;wherein said housing component comprises:
a housing body having an atrial end having a diameter, a ventricular end having a diameter, and a housing passage extending from the atrial end to the ventricular end;
said housing body being configured to be located in, or adjacent to and communicating with, a native atrioventricular valve orifice of the heart;
a ventricular anchoring mechanism secured to said housing body and configured to engage chordae tendineae of the heart downstream of the native atrioventricular valve orifice and within the ventricle of the heart communicating with the native atrioventricular valve orifice, said ventricular anchoring mechanism comprising a super elastic, shape memory, nickel-titanium alloy;
said housing component being configurable between a housing collapsed state for delivery to the native atrioventricular valve orifice via catheterization and a housing expanded state to engage said ventricular anchoring mechanism with the chordae tendineae of the heart to fix said housing body in relation to the native atrioventricular valve orifice;
an atrial anchoring mechanism secured to said housing body and configured to extend over tissue surrounding the native atrioventricular valve orifice within the atrium of the heart communicating with the native atrioventricular valve orifice and to prevent said housing component from migrating into the ventricle when said housing component is in the housing expanded state, said atrial anchoring mechanism comprising a shape memory, nickel-titanium alloy; and
an annular sealing member extending radially outwardly from said housing body at a location between the atrial end and the ventricular end of said housing body and configured to inhibit blood flow from the ventricle to the atrium when said housing component is in the housing expanded state with said housing body disposed within the native atrioventricular valve orifice, the sealing member having an outer diameter greater than the diameters of the atrial end and the ventricular end of said housing body;
further wherein said valve component comprises:
a valve body having a valve passage extending therethrough;
said valve body being separate from said housing component and being configured to be located at least partially within said housing passage with said valve passage extending along said housing passage; and
one or more flexible valve elements secured to said valve body and extending across said valve passage for blocking blood flow in a first direction through said valve passage whilst allowing blood flow in an opposing second direction through said valve passage;
said valve component being configurable between a valve collapsed state for delivery to said housing passage via catheterization following delivery of said housing component to the native atrioventricular valve orifice and with said housing body in said housing expanded state, and a valve expanded state to engage said housing component and/or structure of the heart to fix said valve body at least partially within said housing passage.

US Pat. No. 10,166,012

HOLDING DEVICE FOR A SURGICAL INSTRUMENT

DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUER LU...

1. A holding device for a surgical instrument, comprising:a holding arm,
an instrument support carried by the holding arm, a distal end of the instrument support being mounted with the surgical instrument, and
a drive unit for operating the surgical instrument, the drive unit being connected with the instrument support, wherein the drive unit is connected with the holding arm via a holding element such that the drive unit is movable from a driving position to an exchanging position, wherein the drive unit, in the driving position, is capable of operating the surgical instrument and, in the exchanging position, is incapable of operating the surgical instrument.

US Pat. No. 10,166,011

TRANSPORT SYSTEM FOR BIOPSY DEVICE

Bard Peripheral Vascular,...

1. A method of operating a biopsy device for removing at least one tissue sample from a body of a living being, the biopsy device comprising: providing a hollow needle having a longitudinal axis, a proximal end and a distal end; moving a sample-receiving device received in the hollow needle from a retracted position to an extended position to expose a cavity in the sample-receiving device, the cavity configured to receive a tissue sample; operating a drive mechanism to displace the hollow needle in a distal direction relative to the sample-receiving device to sever tissue received by the cavity of the sample-receiving device; rotating a gear to move a toothed flexible member along the longitudinal axis to move the sample-receiving device in the hollow needle from the extended position to the retracted position, the toothed flexible member having a proximal portion that extends proximal to the proximal end of the hollow needle; and receiving the proximal portion of the toothed flexible member in a helical coiling-up groove of a housing element when the sample-receiving device is moved to the retracted position.

US Pat. No. 10,166,010

SURGICAL DEVICE FOR THE COLLECTION OF SOFT TISSUE

Devicor Medical Products,...

1. A biopsy device, comprising:(a) a body;
(b) a needle extending distally from the body;
(c) a cutter movable relative to the needle configured to sever tissue;
(d) a control unit connected to the body;
(e) a display connected to the control unit, wherein the display includes one or more icons, wherein each icon is representative of at least one operational mode of a plurality of operational modes of the biopsy device, wherein each operational mode of the plurality of operational modes includes a predetermined sequence that is performed by the control unit: and
(f) at least one user input operable to control at least one operational mode of the biopsy device, wherein the at least one user input is operable to perform a secondary function of setting the control unit for particular steps during the operation of the biopsy device.

US Pat. No. 10,166,009

MEDICAL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR COLLECTING BIOLOGICAL SAMPLES

THE TRUSTEES OF COLUMBIA ...

1. A biological filter system, comprising:a filter membrane, the filter membrane having a top surface and a bottom surface; and
a border, the border having:
an upwardly extending sidewall circumscribing the filter membrane, the sidewall including a groove formed in the sidewall; wherein the border is composed of wax or machinable wax; and
a cover having a central portion and a flange circumscribing the central portion, the flange including a downwardly extending sidewall and a lip portion configured to matingly engage the groove;
wherein the filter membrane and border are each formed from material that is sliceable into sections suitable for mounting on a slide for microscopic analysis.

US Pat. No. 10,166,008

RECTAL CLEANING DEVICE

1. A cleaning glove device comprising:an outer glove comprising a glove component and a wipe component,
wherein said glove component of said outer glove has a plurality of finger compartments for separately receiving each finger and a thumb of a user,
wherein at least one of said plurality of finger compartments has a corresponding portion of said wipe component of said outer glove secured or attached to at least a palmar finger surface of said finger compartment, and
wherein said wipe component of said outer glove may be of a wet variety or dry variety; and
at least one inner glove,
wherein each of said at least one inner glove is positioned inside said outer glove,
wherein each of said at least one inner glove comprises a glove component and a wipe component,
wherein said glove component of each of said at least one inner glove has a plurality of finger compartments for separately receiving each finger and a thumb of the user,
wherein at least one of said plurality of finger compartments has a corresponding portion of said wipe component of each of said at least one inner glove secured or attached to at least a palmar finger surface of said finger compartment, and
wherein said wipe component of each of said at least one inner glove is a dry variety.

US Pat. No. 10,166,007

PASSIVE DATA TRANSMISSION

1. A sensing apparatus comprising:a sensor that generates an output signal that depends on a sensed parameter,
a control circuit that generates a driving signal based on the output signal generated by the sensor, such that variations in the value of the output signal generated by the sensor result in corresponding variations in the driving signal, and
a transducer having an ultrasound reflecting surface that moves in response to the driving signal applied by the control circuit, wherein variations in the applied driving signal cause corresponding variations in the velocity of the surface of the transducer,
wherein the transducer's response to the applied driving signal and the control circuit's response to the output signal generated by the sensor are repeatable such that the value of the output signal venerated by the sensor can be determined by measuring the variations in the velocity of the surface of the transducer using externally applied Doppler ultrasound to detect a frequency shift.

US Pat. No. 10,166,006

ULTRASOUND SYSTEM WITH DYNAMICALLY AUTOMATED DOPPLER FLOW SETTINGS AS A SAMPLE VOLUME IS MOVED

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. An ultrasonic diagnostic imaging system for producing a spectral Doppler image of flow for an anatomical location selected from a colorflow Doppler image, the system comprising:an ultrasonic transducer array probe operable to transmit beams and receives echo signals from a region of a subject where flow is present;
a beamformer operable to control directions in which beams are transmitted by the probe;
a Doppler processor responsive to the echo signals and configured to determine Doppler signals to produce the colorflow Doppler image and the spectral Doppler image;
a display operable to concurrently display the colorflow Doppler image and spectral Doppler image;
a user control which is adapted to be manipulated by a user to indicate the anatomical location where spectral Doppler measurements are taken in a blood vessel shown in a color box that represents a boundary of the colorflow Doppler image; and
a color box position and steering angle processor configured to use Doppler signals from the indicated anatomical location to automatically position the color box based on a flow-weighted center of mass for the blood vessel shown in the color box and automatically change a color box steering angle based on a flow vector at the indicated anatomical location,
wherein the color box steering angle is represented by a shape of the color box and an angle of the beams transmitted by the probe with respect to the flow vector at the indicated anatomical location;
wherein the color box position and steering angle processor is configured to automatically:
calculate the flow-weighted center of mass for the blood vessel shown in the color box by analyzing spatial dimensions of the flow in the blood vessel and finding a center of the flow; and
calculate the flow vector at the indicated anatomical location.

US Pat. No. 10,166,004

ULTRASOUND CONTRAST IMAGING METHOD AND APPARATUS

SHENZHEN MINDRAY BIO-MEDI...

1. An ultrasonic contrast imaging method comprising:an initial step for acquiring N frames of contrast image, wherein N is the total number of frames gathered within an imaging period;
projection imaging step for projecting the N frames of contrast image to obtain projection result image of the N frames of contrast image, wherein an nth group of original contrast image less than the N frames of contrast image is projected in a projection template to obtain a projection result image of an nth frame of original contrast image, wherein the projection template is one frame of the nth group of original contrast image, and n is a positive integer greater than or equal to 1 and less than N, wherein the nth group of original contrast images is projected within a projection period of an adjustable projection period for projecting the N frames of contrast image and comprises a plurality of frames of original contrast images including the nth original contrast image, and wherein the projection period is a value less than the imaging period of gathering the N total number of frames that is set from the adjustable projection period for projecting the N frames of contrast image once the value is designated from the adjustable projection period; and
a display and/or storage step for displaying or storing the projection result image of the N frames of original contrast image.

US Pat. No. 10,166,003

ULTRASOUND IMAGING WITH VARIABLE LINE DENSITY

VOLCANO CORPORATION, San...

1. A method for intravascular imaging, the method comprising:introducing an ultrasonic transducer into a vessel, the transducer being disposed at a distal portion of a catheter;
using a module operably coupled to a proximal portion of the catheter to provide a number of trigger signals per rotation of the ultrasonic transducer, the module comprising a rotary encoder comprising hardware steps configured to define the number of trigger signals;
rotating the ultrasonic transducer at least one rotation; and
triggering a first sequencer operation and a second sequencer operation with each trigger signal,
wherein the first sequencer operation and the second sequencer operation each comprise stimulating the ultrasonic transducer to transmit an ultrasonic signal into the vessel;
wherein at least the second sequencer operation comprises receiving a backscattered ultrasound signal from the vessel with the ultrasonic transducer.

US Pat. No. 10,166,000

RADIOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A ceiling mounted X-ray device that generates radiographic images, the device comprising:a capturing device to generate X-rays and to radiate the X-rays toward a subject to capture an image of the subject, the capturing device including an X-ray irradiator to generate and radiate the X-rays towards the subject;
a pair of guide rails arranged at a predetermined angle in which a first guide rail is slidable and a second guide rail is configured to be mounted to a ceiling;
a carriage having the capturing device disposed thereon and being moveable along the second guide rail;
a first drive device arranged to move the first slidable guide rail of the pair of guide rails;
a second drive device arranged to rotate the X-ray irradiator about an axis orthogonal to the ceiling and proceeding through the carriage;
a controller communicatively coupled to the ceiling x-ray device to control an X-ray position and an X-ray irradiation direction of the capturing device;
a manipulation device detachably mounted to the capturing device to allow an input of commands to control the capturing device; and
a wireless interface to control the capturing device when the manipulation device is detached from the capturing device,
wherein the manipulation device includes a first wired connection unit, a first wireless connection unit and a battery unit.

US Pat. No. 10,165,999

RADIOLOGICAL-IMAGE ACQUISITION DEVICE

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiological-image acquisition device that acquires a two-dimensional image according to a dose of radiation that has been radiated to a subject, the radiological-image acquisition device comprising:a plurality of pixels disposed two-dimensionally;
a capacitive element in each of the plurality of pixels, the capacitive element, when the radiation is incident on each of the plurality of pixels, accumulating electric charge corresponding to the dose for each of the pixels in at least two sequential frames; and
a read control unit that, with respect to at least one of the plurality of pixels, does not perform initialization of the at least one pixel but reads, from the pixel, a first output and a second output which correspond to the accumulated electric charge in each of a first frame and a second frame that constitute the at least two sequential frames, wherein
an initialization cycle in which each of the plurality of pixels is subjected to the initialization is defined as a time length of a plurality of frames, and
the read control unit performs the initialization of each of the plurality of pixels within the initialization cycle so that all the plurality of pixels are subjected to the initialization before the initialization cycle ends, the initialization of the each of the plurality of pixels being performed such that a pixel(s) of the plurality of pixels, which is/are subjected to the initialization, is/are different from frame to frame in the plurality of frames.

US Pat. No. 10,165,998

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING AN ANGLE BETWEEN TWO PARTS OF A BONE

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A method of determining an angle between two parts of a bone of a patient that are twisted relative to one another about an axis of a bone shaft of the bone, the method comprising:establishing a position of a first orientation feature assigned to a first part of the bone using an x-ray imaging method;
establishing a position of a second orientation feature assigned to a second part of the bone using the x-ray imaging method;
providing an indication element being an elongate construction element having a defined longitudinal axis;
for establishing the position of at least one of the first and second orientation features, positioning the indication element outside of the patient's body relative to the at least one of the first and second orientation features, wherein the indication element is visible in an x-ray image to be taken, and moving the indication element relative to the bone for positioning the indication element based on a plurality of recordings obtained by the x-ray imaging method; and
determining the angle between the first and second parts of the bone from the positions of the first and second orientation features.

US Pat. No. 10,165,997

SYSTEM FOR ACQUIRING A THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGE OF ARTERIES AND VEINS

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

1. A system comprising:an interface coupled to a processor configured to:
receive a plurality of first two-dimensional projection images of a patient volume, each of the first two-dimensional projection images having been acquired at one of a plurality of first respective projection angles during presence of, and following an injection of, at least a portion of a first contrast medium in arteries within the patient volume; and
receive a plurality of respective second two-dimensional projection images of the patient volume, each of the second two-dimensional projection images having been acquired at one of a plurality of second respective projection angles during presence of, and with no additional injection of, at least a portion of the first contrast medium in veins within the patient volume, each of the plurality of second respective projection angles within system tolerances of being identical to a respective one of the plurality of first projection angles;
the processor configured to:
for each of the plurality of first respective projection angles, generate a composite two-dimensional image based on one of the first two-dimensional projection images acquired at one of the plurality of first respective projection angles and one of the second two-dimensional projection images acquired at one of the plurality of second respective projection angles that is within system tolerances of being identical to the one of the plurality of first respective projection angles;
the processor configured to generate the composite two-dimensional image by generating a weighted sum value for each pixel of the composite two-dimensional image based on corresponding values of the pixel in the identified respective one of the first two-dimensional projection images and the identified respective one of the second two-dimensional projection images;
generate a three-dimensional image based on the generated composite two-dimensional images; and
a display configured to display at least one of the three-dimensional image and a two-dimensional slice of the three-dimensional image.

US Pat. No. 10,165,996

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DUAL-ENERGY COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY IMAGING

General Electric Company,...

1. An imaging system comprising:a computed tomography (CT) acquisition unit comprising an X-ray source and a CT detector configured to collect CT imaging data of an object to be imaged, the X-ray source and the CT detector configured to be rotated about the object to be imaged and to collect a series of projections of the object as the X-ray source and the CT detector rotate about the object to be imaged, the X-ray source configured to be switched between a high voltage and a low voltage during collection of the series of projections; and
a processing unit comprising at least one processor operably coupled to the CT acquisition unit, the processing unit configured to:
determine a voltage delivery configuration for the X-ray source based on at least one of a patient size, a clinical task, or scan parameters, the voltage delivery configuration comprising a voltage threshold, wherein all portions of acquired data from the series of projections acquired above the voltage threshold are grouped as high energy data and all portions of the acquired data from the series of projections acquired below the voltage threshold are grouped as low energy data;
implement the voltage delivery configuration on the CT acquisition unit; and
control the CT acquisition unit to perform an imaging scan using the determined voltage delivery configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,165,995

PHOTON COUNTING COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY USING A COMBINATION OF CONTRAST AGENTS FOR SIMULTANEOUS VISUALIZATION OF ANATOMY AND A PLURALITY OF MATERIALS

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

1. A method for performing Photon Counting Computed Tomography (PCCT) using a combination of contrast agents, the method comprising:configuring a PCCT device with a plurality of threshold values corresponding to a plurality of contrast agents, the plurality of contrast agents comprising:
at least two long-lived contrast agents designed to remain in an anatomical subject for at least 12 hours following injection into the anatomical subject, and
one or more short-lived contrast agents designed to washout of the anatomical subject within 10 minutes following injection into the anatomical subject;
using the PCCT device to perform an imaging scan on the anatomical subject in the presence of the plurality of contrast agents to acquire image data;
processing the imaging data into a plurality of datasets based on the plurality of threshold values, the plurality of datasets comprising at least one dataset for each of the plurality of contrast agents.

US Pat. No. 10,165,994

HANDHELD X-RAY DEVICE BY COLD CATHODE

Energy Resources Internat...

1. A handheld X ray device comprising:a camera-like X ray generator body having a zoom ring-like object at a front side of said X ray generator body as an exit of X rays;
inside said camera-like X ray generator body, having a glass ball-tube and only one voltage boosting circuit encapsulated by an insulating gel and wrapped by a lead shell except for an X ray window, wherein said voltage boosting circuit is provided to output a predetermined high voltage to an anode electrode pin, and a ground terminal connected to a cold cathode pin, said anode electrode pin and said cold cathode pin are extended out from the glass ball-tube, and said glass ball-tube is a cold cathode type X-ray generator with a tungsten filament at a periphery of a cold cathode; and
an oscillator circuit, a battery, and a control circuit, said battery providing electrical power of said handheld X ray device, and said oscillator circuit and said voltage boosting circuit boosting a voltage up to 40 kV˜70 kV from a voltage of said battery under control by said control circuit; and
a user interface connected to said control circuit installed at a rear surface of said X ray generator body so that an operator can set or change a default value according to conditions of a patient, and said user interface having a security button to prevent said handheld X ray device from being actuated unsafely;
wherein said zoom ring-like object has an incline angle of about 15-60° downward based on a top plane of said camera-like X ray generator body and a collimator section atop a surface of said zoom ring-like object provided for performing alignment.

US Pat. No. 10,165,993

X-RAY IMAGIN DEVICE WITH DISTRIBUTED X-RAY SOURCE

VATECH Co., Ltd., Gyeong...

1. An X-ray radiography device, the device comprising:an X-ray source including a plurality of X-ray emitting elements arranged in an at least 2×2 pixel matrix and respectively emitting X-rays to a target; and
an X-ray detector detecting the X-rays transmitted through the target
wherein one of the X-ray source and the X-ray detector has a curved surface surrounding the target,
wherein the X-ray detector includes a plurality of X-ray detecting elements arranged in an at least 2×2 pixel matrix on a planar surface or a curved surface to be mapped one-to-one or one-to-many to the X-ray emitting elements, and respectively to detect each of the X-rays transmitted through the target,
wherein the plurality of X-ray emitting elements and the plurality of X-ray detecting elements are arranged on separate planar surfaces or on separate curved surfaces, and
wherein the X-ray radiography device comprise a flexible bending part connecting the separate planar surfaces or the separate curved surfaces to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,165,992

X-RAY IMAGING SYSTEMS AND DEVICES

Carestream Health, Inc., ...

1. An x-ray tube head comprising:a plurality of cold cathode radiation sources for emitting x-rays when energized by an electric current; and
an enabling circuit configured to selectively enable and disable any of a first subset of the cold cathode radiation sources to be switchably connected to a source of the electric current, and to selectively enable and disable any of a second redundant subset of the radiation sources to be switchably connected to the source of electric current;
a detection circuit configured to detect whether any of the enabled radiation sources in the first subset is inoperable; and
a switch circuit for switchably connecting selected ones of the enabled radiation sources in the second subset to the source of electric current.

US Pat. No. 10,165,990

INTRAORAL X-RAY DETECTOR

Rayence Co., Ltd., Gyeon...

1. An intraoral X-ray detector comprising:a sensor configured to detect X-rays within a mouth;
a sensor unit configured to have the sensor;
a hinge unit including a connecting terminal as a hinge shaft configured to electrically connect to the sensor; and,
a cable connecting unit configured to be connected to an external cable and rotatably attached to the hinge unit,
wherein the hinge unit further includes a pair of hinges protruded facing each other in a direction of a major axis or a minor axis on one side of the sensor unit and a pair of hinge shafts protruded in a direction of facing each other from the pair of hinges, and the cable connecting unit includes a pair of connecting parts in which the pair of hinge shafts is inserted.

US Pat. No. 10,165,989

TOMOGRAPHY APPARATUS AND METHOD OF RECONSTRUCTING CROSS-SECTIONAL IMAGE

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A tomography apparatus comprising:at least one processor configured to:
obtain first image data at a first point and second image data at a second point using tomography, the tomography being performed by irradiating an X-ray to an object;
perform noise reduction based on at least one from among the first image data and the second image data, and to obtain a first reference image corresponding to the first image data and a second reference image corresponding to the second image data using a result of the performed noise reduction; and
reconstruct a target image representing the object based on the first reference image and the second reference image,
wherein the at least one processor is further configured to perform the noise reduction by adjusting a size of a voxel inside a first image obtained from the first image data and a size of a voxel inside a second image obtained from the second image data.

US Pat. No. 10,165,987

METHOD FOR DISPLAYING MEDICAL IMAGES

1. A method for displaying at least two medical images, each medical image highlighting at least one feature, said method comprising the steps of:a) obtaining at least one 2D medical image of whole or part of the liver of a subject;
b) identifying on the medical image of step a) at least two features;
c) generating masks showing the features of step b), each mask highlighting at least one feature identified in step b), wherein said masks are selected from total fibrosis mask, porto-septal fibrosis mask, perisinusoidal fibrosis mask, portal fibrosis mask, stellar fibrosis mask, bridging fibrosis mask, simple septa mask, biopsy edge mask, biopsy specimen surface mask, Arantius furrow perimeter mask, Arantius furrow surface mask, liver perimeter mask, liver surface mask, spleen perimeter mask, spleen surface mask, liver segment I perimeter mask, liver segment IV perimeter mask, liver segment IV surface mask, liver and spleen surfaces mask and liver and spleen perimeters mask;
d) generating a set of at least two medical images, each medical image highlighting at least one feature identified in step b), by superimposing at least one mask of step c) on the medical image of step a); and
displaying the set of at least two medical images of step d), one after the other;
wherein an automated algorithm is used in step b) for identifying the features of step b) and for generating the masks of step c).

US Pat. No. 10,165,985

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF EXTRACTION OF THE HEART VALVE SIGNALS

AVENTUSOFT LLC, Boca Rat...

1. A system for measuring cardiac time intervals, comprising:a non-invasive sensor unit for capturing electrical signals and composite vibration objects; and
a processor for separating a plurality of individual heart vibration events from the composite vibration objects by using at least one among bin-wise clustering and permutation alignment, or non-negative matrix factorization, or deep belief networks; and
wherein the processor is further configured for identifying the individual valve events from the plurality of individual heart vibration events with respect to an electrocardiogram signal for presenting the individual valve events superimposed with a synchronized electrocardiogram signal.

US Pat. No. 10,165,984

CONFIGURABLE VITAL SIGNS SYSTEM

WELCH ALLYN, INC., Skane...

1. A system, comprising:an inflatable cuff configured to be disposed around a limb of a patient, and to transition a vessel within the limb from unoccluded to at least partially occluded upon inflation; and
a controller configured to determine an estimate of a hemodynamic parameter of the patient based at least in part on one or more measurements performed while transitioning the vessel, with the cuff, from unoccluded to at least partially occluded, wherein
performing the one or more measurements includes determining an initial value comprising one of a cuff pressure, cuff volume, blood pressure, heart rate, SpO2, or temperature value, and wherein determining the estimate of the hemodynamic parameter includes:
determining, with the controller, a difference between the initial value and a baseline associated with the initial value,
replacing the baseline with the initial value, in a memory associated with the controller, if the difference is outside of a predetermined range,
determining the estimate of the hemodynamic parameter based on values determined during the one or more measurements, and
outputting the estimate of the hemodynamic parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,165,983

SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIA FOR DETERMINING A LIKELY PRESENCE OF A GENETIC DISORDER

FDNA INC., Tortola (VG)

1. An electronic system for determining from a series of pixels in an image of external cranio-facial soft tissue whether a subject is likely to be affected by a medical condition, the system comprising:at least one memory for storing computer-executable instructions; and
at least one processor configured to execute the stored instructions to:
receive first electronic information reflective of first values corresponding to pixels of the cranio-facial external soft tissue image of the subject, wherein the first values correspond to relationships between at least one group of pixels in the cranio-facial soft tissue image of the subject;
analyze the first sets of values in the first electronic information for one or more dysmorphologies present in the cranio-facial external soft tissue image of the subject;
identify a first dysmorphology and a medical feature;
determine whether a first association exists between the first dysmorphology and the medical condition, and whether a second association exists between the medical feature and the medical condition;
determine a first strength of the first dysmorphology as a predictor of the medical condition based on a commonality of the first dysmorphology with a general population of individuals who do not have the medical condition, and a second strength of the medical feature as a predictor of the medical condition based on a commonality of the medical feature amongst the general population of individuals who do not have the medical condition; and
calculate a likelihood that the subject is affected by the medical condition by weighting the first dysmorphology as a function of the first strength of the first dysmorphology, and by weighting the first dysmorphology and the medical feature as a function of the second strength of the first dysmorphology and the medical feature.

US Pat. No. 10,165,982

PHONE FOR USE IN HEALTH MONITORING

SANANDCO LIMITED, Bingha...

1. A phone comprising:a phone body defining a handle and an earpiece;
a pulse oximeter oxygen saturation sensor positioned in a concave recess at least partially on a left side of the handle;
a first electrocardiogram electrode positioned on the handle;
a second electrocardiogram electrode positioned on the earpiece; and
means for transmitting electrocardiography measurements obtained using the first and second electrocardiogram electrodes and photo plethysmography measurements obtained using the pulse oximeter oxygen saturation sensor for use in determining one or more of the pulse transmit time and blood pressure of a user based on the electrocardiography and photo plethysmography measurements.

US Pat. No. 10,165,981

SURGICAL NAVIGATION METHOD

STRYKER EUROPEAN HOLDINGS...

1. A method of tracking a surgical tool with respect to a patient, the method comprising the steps:attaching a camera to a face of the patient in a fixed position such that a field of view of the camera points away from the patient; and
tracking a position of the surgical tool in relation to the patient using pictures taken by the camera and a computerized navigation system.

US Pat. No. 10,165,980

TOILET WITH A HEALTH MONITORING TORSO BELT

1. A toilet, comprisinga user toilet seat, the user toilet seat comprising one or more sensors;
a torso belt;
a torso belt tensioner;
one or more sensors attached to the torso belt, the torso belt configured to extend across a torso of a user while the user is sitting on the toilet;
wherein the one or more sensors comprise a motion sensor or strain sensor configured to detect and transmit signals indicative of a user bearing down;
wherein the one or more sensors comprise removable electrodes configured to obtain electrocardiogram measurements indicative of the user bearing down;
wherein the torso belt tensioner is configured to compress the torso belt against the torso of the user while the user is on the toilet seat with sufficient force to allow the one or more sensors to measure the user of the toilet.

US Pat. No. 10,165,979

HELMET HAVING A CUMULATIVE CONCUSSION INDICATOR

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A method for monitoring a user of a helmet for cumulative concussions, the method comprising:monitoring one or more sensors in the helmet;
receiving, by a processor in the helmet, an output from the one or more sensors corresponding to an impact experienced by the helmet;
determining, by the processor in the helmet, whether the impact is a severe impact by comparing the output of the one or more sensors with one or more thresholds that are based on a medical history of the user;
based on a determination that the impact experienced by the helmet is a severe impact, transmitting, by the helmet to a separate processing system, an alert that the user of the helmet may have suffered a traumatic brain injury;
calculating, by the processor in the helmet, a cumulative concussion score by summing the output of the one or more sensors corresponding to impacts that are determined to be non-severe;
periodically transmitting the cumulative concussion by the helmet to the separate processing system;
displaying an indication of the cumulative concussion score via an indicator on the helmet;
displaying, on the separate processing system, a virtual world display of a game including an avatar representing the user of the helmet in which a movement of the avatar becomes slower as the cumulative concussion score of the user increases.

US Pat. No. 10,165,978

METHOD FOR MEASURING HUMAN BODY INFORMATION, AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE THEREOF

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A method of operating an electronic device, the method comprising:displaying a guide image which is updated based on a previously acquired human body image;
acquiring, by a camera, a human body image corresponding to the guide image;
in response to acquiring the human body image corresponding to the guide image, measuring information regarding the human body by supplying a current to a plurality of electrodes of the electronic device; and
outputting the information regarding the human body,
wherein outputting the information regarding the human body comprises:
mapping and storing the human body image and the information regarding the human body, and
in response to identifying a request for outputting the information regarding the human body, outputting the stored human body image and the stored information regarding the human body.

US Pat. No. 10,165,977

SLEEP STAGE DETECTION

Medtronic, Inc., Minneap...

1. A method comprising:detecting, by a processor, a REM sleep stage of a patient; and
controlling, by the processor, a therapy module of a medical device to deliver a therapy to the patient in response to detecting the REM sleep stage of the patient, wherein the therapy is configured to treat a movement disorder of the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,165,976

SYSTEM FOR IMAGING LESIONS ALIGNING TISSUE SURFACES

Orlucent, Inc., Los Gato...

1. A method of imaging a cavity/tissue surface on a live patient comprising:applying topically a biotag to an area of interest, wherein the area of interest comprises a lesion suspected to be cancerous and its macroenvironment on the cavity/tissue surface;
placing one or more fluorescent fiducials on the live patient's surface proximal to the area of interest;
placing a handheld integrated imaging device comprising: an internal image sensor, internal autofocus control logic, internal embedded processor with memory for stored instructions and one or more of: (i) a lens that is optionally a macro-lens, or (ii) a lens mount adapted to accept a lens; such that a field of view of the integrated imaging device includes the area of interest and fiducials;
activating a user control on the integrated imaging device to initiate an imaging sequence, where the imaging sequence comprises:
illuminating the area of interest by an excitation light source that overlaps the excitation optical band of the biotag;
autofocusing by the autofocus control logic within the integrated imaging device on the field of view; and
taking an exposure by the integrated imaging device to create a first image of the field of view;
wherein the biotag comprises a first fluorescing dye conjugated with one or more cancer sensitive biological entities selected from protein, RNA, DNA.

US Pat. No. 10,165,974

PREGNANCY MONITORING DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND RELATED METHODS

ELWHA LLC, Bellevue, WA ...

1. A system for monitoring a pregnant subject, the system comprising:multiple sensors positionable on or near one or more of an abdominal portion of the pregnant subject or a non-abdominal portion of the pregnant subject and configured to generate one or more signals related to at least an external source load received by the pregnant subject, the multiple sensors collectively defining an array of sensors; and
a controller including control electrical circuitry operably coupled to the multiple sensors and configured to receive the one or more signals therefrom, the control electrical circuitry configured to:
at least partially based on a comparison of at least one of a timing or a strength of the one or more signals received from the multiple sensors, determine one or more of:
a direction or a location of the external source load; or
a direction or a location of an internal source load received by the pregnant subject; and
generate an output related to the one or more of the direction or the location of the external source load, or the direction or the location of the internal source load.

US Pat. No. 10,165,973

PREGNANCY MONITORING DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND RELATED METHODS

ELWHA LLC, Bellevue, WA ...

1. A system for monitoring a pregnant subject, the system comprising:one or more sensors configured to generate one or more signals related to:
at least an external source load received by the pregnant subject;
an internal source load received by the pregnant subject; and
motion of the pregnant subject; and
a controller including memory and control electrical circuitry operably coupled to the one or more sensors and configured to receive the one or more signals therefrom, the control electrical circuitry configured to:
distinguish motion of the pregnant subject from the external source load based at least partially on the one or more signals received from the one or more sensors and to generate an output related to one or more of the external source load or the motion of the pregnant subject;
determine an impact event when the external source load exceeds a threshold load;
based at least partially on the one or more signals related to the internal source load received by the pregnant subject, generate information related to one or more of a position of a fetus in the pregnant subject, a motion of the fetus, or an orientation of the fetus;
correlate the motion of the pregnant subject with the motion of the fetus in the pregnant subject; and
compare data that is related to one or more of the motion of the fetus or the motion of the pregnant subject, and which is stored before the impact event, to data that is related to one or more of the motion of the fetus or the motion of the pregnant subject, and which is stored after the impact event.

US Pat. No. 10,165,972

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DETECTING NIR FLUORESCENCE AT SENTINEL LYMPH NODE

INTHESMART CO., LTD., Se...

9. A method for detecting near-infrared (NIR) fluorescence at a sentinel lymph node (SLN), the method comprising:irradiating white light and NIR near-infrared (NIR) excitation light onto an object;
collecting white reflection light reflected off the object when the white light is irradiated onto the object and near-infrared (NIR) fluorescence reflected off the object when the near-infrared (NIR) excitation light is irradiated onto the object;
performing image processing so that the white reflection light is expressed by a first color which is composed of red (R), green (G), blue (B) and the near-infrared (NIR) fluorescence is expressed by a second color; and
generating a composite image by combining the white reflection light having the first color and the near-infrared (NIR) fluorescence having the second color,
wherein if the second color is same with the first color, an image processing is performed so that a grayscale of at least one of the first color and the second color is adjusted or a timing pulse of a near-infrared (NIR) fluorescence image signal is adjusted so that the second color is discontinuously implemented.

US Pat. No. 10,165,971

DRIVER STATE DETERMINATION APPARATUS

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A driver state determination apparatus comprising:a far-infrared camera that takes facial images of a driver of a vehicle, the facial images being far-infrared images indicating a temperature distribution on a facial surface of the driver;
a state determination section that determines an abnormal state of the driver based on the far-infrared images sequentially taken by the far-infrared camera during a predetermined period;
a blink detection section that detects a blink state of the driver from temperature variation information on an eye portion of the driver in the far-infrared images;
a glasses detection section that detects glasses of the driver from the far-infrared images; and
a near-infrared camera that takes near-infrared images of the face of the driver,
wherein:
the blink detection section detects a blink cycle as the blink state;
when the glasses detection section detects the glasses, the blink detection section detects an eye opening degree of the driver from the near-infrared images and detects the blink cycle from a variation in the detected eye opening degree;
the blink detection section detects an eye opening degree of the driver by using positional information on the glasses detected by the glasses detection section; and
the state determination section determines an abnormal state of the driver based on a variation in the blink cycle detected by the blink detection section.

US Pat. No. 10,165,970

TISSUE OXIMETER INTRAOPERATIVE SENSOR

ViOptix, Inc., Newark, C...

1. A method comprising:forming an oximeter probe comprising a sensor head and a handle;
on the probe face of the sensor head, forming first, second, and third sensor structures;
positioning the second sensor structure at a first distance from the first sensor structure;
positioning the third sensor structure at a second distance from the first sensor structure, wherein the first distance is different from the second distance;
coupling a light emitting diode to the first sensor structure;
coupling a first photodiode the second sensor structure;
coupling a second photodiode the third sensor structure;
coupling a processing circuit to the light emitting diode, first photodetector, and second photodetector;
coupling a battery to the light emitting diode, first photodetector, second photodetector, and processing circuit; and
coupling a flexible member, comprising a spring constant, coupled between the sensor head and the handle, whereby the flexible member adjusts a pressure that is applied to a tissue being measured by the sensor head to be less than a pressure applied by a user at the handle.

US Pat. No. 10,165,969

POSITIONING A MEDICAL DEVICE BASED ON OXYGEN SATURATION MEASUREMENTS

BRAEMAR MANUFACTURING, LL...

1. A method for measuring oxygen saturation of a user, the method comprises:receiving, by a computerized device, first and second detection signals and electrocardiograph signals;
wherein the first detection signals result from an illumination by infrared pulses of a sternal angle of a user, and being detected by an oxygen saturation sensor included in a device that is removably attached to a user;
wherein the second detection signals result from an illumination by visible light pulses detected by the oxygen saturation sensor, of the sternal angle of a user;
wherein the electrocardiograph signals are detected by an electrocardiography sensor that is included in the device;
generating a first waveform template by analyzing the second detection signals to normalize the second detection signals and identify cardiac cycle duration characteristics of the second detection signals that are substantially consistent within the second detection signals;
calculating an indication of the oxygen saturation characteristic of the user in response to the first and second detection signals;
detecting cardiac cycle durations that are based upon the first and second detection signals;
detecting electrocardiography based cardiac cycle durations; and
evaluating a quality of the indication of the oxygen saturation characteristic of the user by comparing the first waveform template to the electrocardiography based cardiac cycle durations.

US Pat. No. 10,165,968

BLOOD GLUCOSE MEASUREMENT APPARATUS AND BLOOD GLUCOSE MEASUREMENT METHOD THEREOF

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A blood glucose measurement apparatus comprising:a glucose detection unit configured to detect a glucose concentration in a body fluid of a user based on a glucose concentration measurement interval; and
a wearable device configured to be worn by the user and wirelessly connected to the glucose detection unit, wherein the wearable device comprises:
a control unit configured to:
determine a first blood glucose level of the user based on a first glucose concentration detected by the glucose detection unit at a first measurement interval and transmitted to the wearable device by the glucose detection unit,
change the glucose concentration measurement interval from the first measurement interval to a second measurement interval according to an occurrence of an event and information about the event, wherein the event comprises a determination of an action of the user and the information comprises predetermined information according to a performance and duration of the action,
transmit the second measurement interval to the external glucose detection unit, and
determine a second blood glucose level of the user based on a second glucose concentration detected by the glucose detection unit at the second measurement interval transmitted to the wearable device by the glucose detection unit.

US Pat. No. 10,165,966

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR MONITORING RESISTANCE AND WORK OF BREATHING FOR VENTILATOR-DEPENDENT PATIENTS

University of Florida Res...

1. A method comprising:(a) non-invasively measuring pressure and flow data from a breathing circuit of an intubated patient;
(b) using the pressure and flow data from step (a), determining endotracheal pressure without an end-inspiratory pause and an end-expiratory pause; and
(c) using the endotracheal pressure determined from step (b), calculating estimated real-time airway resistance (RAW), endotracheal tube resistance (RETT), and total resistance (RTOT) values, wherein the estimated RAW value is calculated based on the estimated RETT and RTOT values, and wherein the pressure and flow data include pressure measured at a wye-piece of the breathing circuit, pressure measured at a distal end of an endotracheal tube, and airway flow within the breathing circuit, wherein the RETT value is calculated based on a difference in tracheal airway pressure and pressure measured at the wye-piece, and dividing the difference by flow rate;
determining whether the estimated RAW value or the estimated RETT value is outside a predetermined RAW range or RETT range, respectively; and
determining based upon the determination of whether the estimated RAW value or the estimated RETT value is outside the predetermined RAW range or the predetermined RETT range, respectively i) whether to administer bronchodilator therapy, ii) whether the endotracheal tube is obstructed, iii) whether to titrate bronchodilator treatment, (iv) how to titrate bronchodilator treatment, v) whether to titrate ventilatory support, or vi) how to titrate ventilator support.

US Pat. No. 10,165,965

NONINVASIVE METHOD FOR MEASURING LACTIC ACID AND DETECTION OF ANAEROBIC EXERCISE FOR EVALUATING FITNESS

Roy Pinchot, Silver Spri...

1. A method for determining when a subject is experiencing anaerobic exercise during an exercise session and for modifying a subsequent exercise session, the method comprising:a. administering to the subject a bicarbonate salt comprising a carbon-13 isotope prior to the exercise session;
b. monitoring expired air from the subject during the exercise session;
c. measuring a ratio of carbon dioxide comprising the carbon-13 isotope (13CO2) to carbon dioxide comprising a carbon-12 isotope (12CO2) in the monitored expired air at a plurality of time instants, to obtain a plurality of ratio measurements over a period of the exercise session;
d. recording the plurality of ratio measurements; and
e. determining an inflection point in the 13CO2 to 12CO2 ratio measurements, wherein an increase in the 13CO2 to 12CO2 ratio after the inflection point indicates that the subject is experiencing anaerobic exercise during the exercise session; and
f. modifying a subsequent exercise session, relative to the exercise session, based on the indication of anaerobic exercise.

US Pat. No. 10,165,964

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR QUANTIFYING REGIONAL FISSURE FEATURES

Vida Diagnostics, Inc., ...

1. A method for analyzing a patient based on a volumetric pulmonary scan comprising:receiving a first volumetric pulmonary scan representative of the patient's pulmonary structure;
mapping the first volumetric pulmonary scan to a reference domain;
determining one or more fissure features associated with a plurality of regions in the reference domain and within the first volumetric pulmonary scan;
comparing, in each of the plurality of regions, the determined one or more fissure features to a plurality of fissure atlases, each atlas comprising statistical data associated with the one or more fissure features for a population based on regional analysis of volumetric pulmonary scans of that population;
classifying the patient into one or more of the populations based on the comparison of the determined one or more fissure features.

US Pat. No. 10,165,963

HYBRID ELECTROMAGNETIC-ACOUSTIC DISTAL TARGETING SYSTEM

Stryker European Holdings...

1. A surgical targeting system of an intramedullary nail, comprising:an extracorporeally arranged external transmitting unit;
a plurality of first transponder units coupled with and arrayed along a longitudinal axis of the intramedullary nail, each of the plurality of first transponder units being adapted to be actuated by the external transmitting unit and each having an outer periphery;
a hole extends into the intramedullary nail in a direction transverse to a longitudinal axis of the intramedullary nail, the hole being situated fully between the outer periphery of each of the plurality of first transponder units such that the hole is offset relative to each of the plurality of first transponder units along the longitudinal axis;
a first transmission section between the external transmitting unit and each of the plurality of first transponder units via which the plurality of first transponder units are actuated; and
a second transmission section through the intramedullary nail between the plurality of first transponder units and a second transponder unit.

US Pat. No. 10,165,962

INTEGRATED SYSTEMS FOR INTRAVASCULAR PLACEMENT OF A CATHETER

C. R. Bard, Inc., Murray...

1. A catheter placement system for placing a catheter in a vasculature of a patient, comprising:an ultrasound probe that ultrasonically images an internal portion of the patient in an ultrasound mode prior to introduction of the catheter into the vasculature;
a magnetic assembly included with the catheter and designed to produce a magnetic field;
an electrocardiogram (ECG) tip confirmation component configured to obtain an intravascular ECG signal indicative of proximity of a distal tip of the catheter to a sino-atrial node of a heart of the patient, the ECG tip confirmation component including an ECG sensor assembly operably coupled to the catheter to measure an intravascular ECG signal;
a tip location sensor positionable on the patient, the tip location sensor configured to detect the magnetic field of the magnetic assembly when the catheter is disposed within the vasculature of the patient, the magnetic field providing magnetic field information for locating the magnetic assembly relative to the tip location sensor;
at least one console configured to receive the magnetic field information and the intravascular ECG signal; and
a display configured to simultaneously display
a graphical representation of the magnetic assembly based on the magnetic field information; and
in an ECG tip confirmation mode, successive ECG waveforms based on the data obtained using the ECG tip confirmation component, wherein the successive ECG waveforms change in relation to the proximity of the distal tip of the catheter to the sino-atrial node.

US Pat. No. 10,165,961

ADJUSTABLE HEAD COIL SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING

General Electric Company,...

1. A system for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of anatomy including a head, the system comprising:a base member removably mountable to an MRI table, the base member configured to support at least one of an upper body and a head;
a plurality of support members movably fixed to the base member and configured to translate laterally across a width of the MRI table across a surface of the base member, the support members releasably securable to the base member in a plurality of positions along the surface of the base member;
a posterior reception unit fixed in position to the base member, the posterior reception unit configured for abutment with a posterior portion of a human head and comprising at least one radio frequency (RF) receive coil disposed within the posterior reception unit; and
a plurality of articulable reception units movable with respect to the posterior reception unit from an open position to a plurality of closed positions, the articulable reception units mounted physically separately and independently from each other to corresponding support members of the plurality of support members movably fixed to the base member, wherein the open position corresponds to a position wherein a head may be inserted or removed between the articulable reception units, and the plurality of closed positions correspond to a respective plurality of positions wherein the articulable reception units are proximate to a corresponding respective plurality of differently sized heads, each articulable reception unit comprising at least one radio frequency (RF) receive coil disposed within a body, the body configured for abutment with a portion of a head, wherein the plurality of articulable reception units are releasably secured in the plurality of closed positions by at least one of the plurality of support members.

US Pat. No. 10,165,960

MAGNETIC RESONANCE 2D NAVIGATOR TECHNIQUE

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

1. A method for producing respiration-corrected magnetic resonance (MR) images of an examination volume, containing the heart, of a patient exhibiting respiratory movement, said method comprising:with a computer, operating an MR apparatus so as to execute a computer-controlled continuous recording of MR signals from the examination volume during a plurality of cardiac cycles of the heart, wherein each cardiac cycle comprises a plurality of time segments;
with said computer, operating said MR apparatus so as to execute said computer-controlled continuous recording of MR signals by recording one 2D navigator data record in each cardiac cycle during a time segment of each respective cardiac cycle, by exciting nuclear spins in the examination volume so as to produce raw MR data and entering the raw MR data into k-space along a Cartesian trajectory in order to form each 2D navigator data record with a spatial resolution in two of three spatial directions of the examination volume, and by also recording a plurality of 3D image data records in each cardiac cycle during respective time segments of a respective cardiac cycle other than the time segment in which said 2D navigator data record was recorded, by acquiring further raw MR data and entering said further raw MR data into k-space along a Cartesian trajectory in order to form each of said plurality of 3D image data records with a spatial resolution in all three spatial directions of the examination volume;
in said computer, determining said respiratory movement from said 2D navigator data records respectively recorded in said plurality of cardiac cycles;
in said computer, reconstructing MR images of the examination volume from the respective 3D image data records respectively recorded in said plurality of cardiac cycles; and
in said computer, using said determined respiratory movement, either before or after reconstruction of said MR images, in order to compensate effects of said respiratory movement in said MR images, thereby producing respiration-corrected MR images, and making the respiration-corrected MR images available from the computer in electronic form, as at least one data file.

US Pat. No. 10,165,959

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DIAGNOSING OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA WITH AN AWAKE PATIENT

Koninklijke Philips N.V.,...

1. An apparatus for use in determining whether a tremor in a patient's neck, tongue and/or throat muscles has a frequency in at least one predetermined frequency range that is indicative of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in the patient, the apparatus comprising:a first sensing module, the first sensing module configured to measure a first parameter indicative of the tremor in the patient's neck, tongue and/or throat muscles while the patient is awake, the first parameter not being airflow through the patient's airway, the first sensing module generating one or more electrical signals based on the measured first parameter while the patient is awake, wherein the first sensing module comprises a velocity sensor configured to measure velocity of a surface of the tongue, and wherein the first parameter comprises the velocity of the surface of the tongue caused by the tremor;
a processor operatively coupled to the first sensing module, the processor being configured to:
receive the one or more electrical signals for a plurality of breathing cycles of the patient,
select a subset of the plurality of breathing cycles that best fit a mean breathing cycle for the patient, wherein selecting the subset includes filtering the plurality of breaths based on a minimum length of the breathing cycles and selecting the breathing cycles having the minimum length,
perform an analysis of the one or more electrical signals from the subset, and
based on the analysis determine whether the tremor has a frequency in the at least one predetermined frequency range that is indicative of OSA, the at least one predetermined frequency range being associated with and characteristic of an increased compensatory muscular activation of the upper airway of the patient during wakefulness.

US Pat. No. 10,165,958

METHOD FOR DETECTING POSITION OF SIGNAL SOURCE IN LIVING BODY, AND DEVICE FOR DETECTING POSITION OF SIGNAL SOURCE IN LIVING BODY

TORAY ENGINEERING CO., LT...

7. A device for detecting a position of a signal source in a living body, based on voltages generated at a set of electrodes arranged on a surface of the living body, the device comprising:at least three electrodes forming the set of electrodes and being arrangeable on the surface of the living body;
a connector alternately connecting a first external resistance and a second external resistance in parallel between the set of electrodes and a ground potential;
a measurer measuring, in a state where the set of electrodes has been arranged on the surface of the living body, first voltages Vi (i=1, 2, 3) which are generated at the respective electrodes when the connector connects the first external resistance in parallel between the set of electrodes and the ground potential, and second voltages V?i (i=1, 2, 3) which are generated at the respective electrodes when the connector connects the second external resistance in parallel between the set of electrodes and the ground potential; and
a detector calculating three ratios Vi/V?i (i=1, 2, 3) from the first voltages Vi and the second voltages and detecting the position of the signal source in the living body based on the three ratios Vi/V?i (i=1, 2, 3).

US Pat. No. 10,165,956

COMPARTMENT SYNDROME MONITORING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

1. A method for monitoring pressure within a muscle fascia compartment of a patient, comprising:inserting a fluid-filled bulb through the patient's skin into an interior of the muscle fascia compartment of the patient,
wherein the fluid-filled bulb is fluidly coupled by a fluid-filled tube extending through the patient's skin to a pressure sensor, and wherein the pressure sensor is coupled to a skin patch removably attached to the patient's skin by an adhesive;
measuring pressure data within the muscle fascia compartment by the pressure sensor; and
receiving and storing the measured muscle fascia compartment pressure data from the pressure sensor by a radio-frequency identification (RFD device coupled to the pressure sensor and the skin patch.

US Pat. No. 10,165,955

OBTAINING CARDIOVASCULAR PARAMETERS USING ARTERIOLES RELATED TRANSIENT TIME

Reuven Gladshtein, Netan...

1. A method for estimation of inner diameter of arterioles in measured body part, the method comprising:obtaining a first pressure wave signal from a first tissue volume beneath the surface of a part of a subject's body, containing blood vessels; wherein contribution in the first signal from artery-like blood vessels predominates over contribution from arteriole-like blood vessels;
obtaining a second pressure wave signal from a second tissue volume beneath the surface of the part of the subject's body, containing blood vessels; wherein contribution in the second signal from arteriole-like blood vessels predominates over contribution from artery-like blood vessels;
obtaining at least one concurrent heart rate value;
finding time delay values between the first signal and the second signal; and using said at least one value of the time delay values and said at least one heart rate value to calculate an equivalent inner diameter of said arterioles.

US Pat. No. 10,165,953

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR RECALIBRATING A BLOOD PRESSURE MONITOR WITH MEMORY

Nellcor Puritan Bennett I...

1. A method for triggering a cuff-based blood pressure measurement of a subject, the method comprising:receiving a photoplethysmograph (PPG) signal from a sensor;
monitoring, using a processor, a first value of a metric derived at least in part from the PPG signal;
comparing, using the processor, the first value of the metric to each stored value of a plurality of stored values, wherein each stored value of the plurality of stored values is associated with a respective calibration parameter;
determining, using the processor, that the first value of the metric does not correspond to any stored value of the plurality of stored values based at least in part on the comparison;
triggering, using the processor, the cuff-based blood pressure measurement in response to determining that the first value of the metric does not correspond to any stored value of the plurality of stored values;
executing, using an inflatable cuff, the cuff-based blood pressure measurement of the subject in response to the trigger;
determining, using the processor, a second value of the metric;
comparing, using the processor, the second value of the metric to stored values of the plurality of stored values;
determining, using the processor, that the second value of the metric corresponds to a stored value of the plurality of stored values based at least in part on the comparison; and
recalling, from at least one memory device, a set of blood pressure calibration parameters associated with the stored value of the plurality of stored values based on determining that the second value of the metric corresponds to the stored value.

US Pat. No. 10,165,952

BIOLOGICAL INFORMATION MEASURING APPARATUS AND BIOLOGICAL INFORMATION MEASURING METHOD

NIHON KOHDEN CORPORATION,...

1. A biological information measuring apparatus comprising:a pulsation information detecting unit configured to detect heartbeat information relating to a heartbeat of a subject;
a pulse wave detecting unit configured to detect a pulse wave of the subject during a time period in which a cuff is inflated to pressurize a portion of the subject and during a time period in which the cuff is deflated to depressurize the portion of the subject;
an amplitude calculating unit configured to detect a cardiac cycle of a heart from the heartbeat information and a maximal value of the pulse wave in each cardiac cycle, and to calculate, based on the maximal value detected from the pulse wave, at least one of an amplitude value derived from the heartbeat of the subject, an amplitude value assisted by an intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP), and an amplitude value derived from a blood flow volume of the subject; and
a blood pressure calculating unit configured to calculate a blood pressure value from a relationship between the at least one of the amplitude value derived from the heartbeat of the subject, the amplitude value assisted by the IABP, and the amplitude value derived from a blood flow volume of the subject calculated by the amplitude calculating unit and a pressurizing force of the cuff.

US Pat. No. 10,165,951

SENSOR DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MEASURING AND DETERMINING A PULSE ARRIVAL TIME (PAT) VALUE

1. A method for measuring and determining a single pulse arrival time (PAT) value at a given location of a user, wherein the PAT value is the time for a pulse to arrive at said location following a contraction of the heart of the user, using a sensor device comprising a photoplethysmographic (PPG) multichannel sensor formed from a plurality of PPG sensor channels and being adapted to measure a set of PPG signals, each PPG signal being measured by one of the PPG sensor channels when the multichannel PPG sensor is in contact with the user; comprising:measuring noninvasively said set of PPG signals;
extracting a plurality of features from each of the measured PPG signals;
selecting a subset from the set of PPG signals based on the extracted features; and
processing the selected subset of PPG signals to noninvasively determine the PAT value,
wherein said selecting the subset of PPG signals comprises:
projecting the plurality of features extracted from each of the measured PPG signal into a set of points in a N-dimensional feature space where N corresponds to the number of extracted features for each PPG signal;
clustering the set of points according to a distance criterion; and
selecting points being located at a representative cluster, the selected points corresponding to the subset of PPG signals.

US Pat. No. 10,165,949

ESTIMATING POSTURE USING HEAD-MOUNTED CAMERAS

Facense Ltd., Kiryat Tiv...

1. A system comprising:a frame configured to be worn on a user's head;
first and second cameras, physically coupled to the frame at locations that are to the right and to the left of a symmetry axis that divides the user's face to its right and left sides, respectively, and less than 15 cm away from the user's head;
wherein the first and second cameras are oriented downward such that portions of the user's torso are in respective fields of view of the first and second cameras when the user stands upright; and
a computer configured to estimate an angle between the user's head and the user's torso based on data received from the first and second cameras and orientation of the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,165,948

ULTRASONIC PROBE AND INSPECTION APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH THE ULTRASONIC PROBE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ultrasonic probe comprising:a transducer array having a plurality of acoustic transducers each of which has a receiving surface configured to transduce an ultrasonic wave into an electric signal; and
a light diffusion member optically connected to a light source so as to diffuse light emitted from the light source into an inspection subject,
wherein said light diffusion member is laid over said transducer array so as to have a propagating surface acoustically connected to the receiving surface and a light irradiating surface in opposition to said propagating surface, and wherein said light irradiating surface is located closer to the inspection subject than said receiving surface.

US Pat. No. 10,165,947

DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR EPICARDIAL CARDIAC MONITORING

CVDevices, LLC, San Dieg...

1. A sensor assembly for collecting physiologic data from a targeted tissue, the sensor assembly comprising:a scaffold assembly having a body comprising a top portion, a bottom portion, and a first delivery channel, the bottom portion having a plurality of openings therein and the first delivery channel in fluid communication with the plurality of openings in the bottom portion;
a delivery catheter, the delivery catheter comprising a proximal end, a distal end, and first and second lumens extending between the proximal end and the distal end; the first lumen comprising a second delivery channel in fluid communication with the first delivery channel of the scaffold assembly, and the second lumen comprising a wire channel in communication with the bottom portion of the scaffold assembly;
at least one sensor capable of collecting physiologic data from a targeted tissue, the at least one sensor coupled within the body of the scaffold assembly; and
a connecting wire for transferring physiologic data collected by the at least one sensor, the connecting wire comprising a distal end coupled with the at least one sensor and a proximal end encased within the wire channel of the delivery catheter;
wherein the first delivery channel of the scaffold assembly, the second delivery channel of the delivery catheter, and the number of openings in the bottom portion of the scaffold assembly are capable of allowing an adhesive substance to flow therethrough and onto the targeted tissue.

US Pat. No. 10,165,946

COMPUTER-IMPLEMENTED SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING A PERSONAL MOBILE DEVICE-TRIGGERED MEDICAL INTERVENTION

Bardy Diagnostics, Inc., ...

1. A computer-implemented system for providing a personal mobile device-triggered medical intervention, comprising:a wearable ambulatory sensor monitor comprising:
a disposable extended wear electrode patch configured for positioning along a sternal midline of a patient, comprising:
a non-conductive receptacle comprising a first set of electrical contact mating pads and a second set of electrical contact mating pads;
a pair of electrocardiographic electrodes, a first electrocardiographic electrode configured for positioning under the non-conductive receptacle on one end of the disposable extended wear electrode patch below the manubrium of a patient and the other electrocardiographic electrode configured for positioning on the other end of the disposable extended wear electrode patch that extends over the Xiphoid process of the patient, wherein the extension over the Xiphoid process facilitates sensing of ventricular activity and provides improved recordation of QRS intervals;
a battery electrically interfaced to the first set of electrical contact mating pads and located between and in alignment with the electrodes, wherein the battery is configured for positioning in a battery compartment provided in the non-conductive receptacle on the electrode patch; and
a flexible circuit connecting each of the electrocardiographic electrodes to one of the electrical contact mating pads of the second set of electrical contact mating pads;
a reusable sealed housing adapted to be removably secured into the non-conductive receptacle and comprising electronic circuitry operable to sense electrocardiographic signals through the electrocardiographic electrodes and a set of electrical contacts protruding from a surface of the sealed housing and contacting the first set of electrical mating pads that connect the battery on the electrode patch and the second set of electrical contact mating pads that connect each of the electrocardiographic electrodes;
an activity monitor adapted to be used proximal to the patient's body comprising a physiology sensor operable to sense physiological data of the body;
a personal mobile device, comprising:
a wireless transceiver operable to interface the mobile device with a wirelessly-interfaceable server;
a non-transitory readable storage medium comprising program code; and
a processor and memory with the processor coupled to the wireless transceiver and the storage medium, wherein the processor is configured to execute the program code to perform steps to:
detect an event of potential medical significance comprising a cardiac rhythm disorder within the physiological data as sensed by the physiology sensor comprised in the activity monitor; and
trigger dispatch of the wearable ambulatory sensor monitor with the wireless transceiver through a request sent to the server upon the detection of the event of potential medical significance based on the physiological data; and
the server operable to dispatch the wearable ambulatory sensor monitor comprising the extended wear electrode patch and the sealed housing to the patient upon receipt of the request as sent from the mobile device after obtaining the physiological data via the activity monitor, for further monitoring of the patient via the wearable ambulatory sensor monitor.

US Pat. No. 10,165,945

COGNITIVELY INTEGRATED INDICATING SYSTEM

International Business Ma...

1. A method, in a data processing system, for interactively indicating information associated with a patient on a hospital garment, the method comprising:identifying a set of questions utilizing a set of information received from a plurality of sources within a medical facility;
analyzing the set of information for a set of key elements;
utilizing the set of key elements to identify one or more questions from a search question database;
submitting the one or more questions to a request processing pipeline implemented by a healthcare cognitive system;
responsive to receiving a response from the request processing pipeline, identifying one or more communications to be sent to one or more hospital garments associated with the patient and/or medical staff; and
sending the one or more communications to the one or more hospital garments to cause the one or more hospital garments to change a visual cue.

US Pat. No. 10,165,944

CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmic imaging apparatus comprising:a wavelength division member configured to cause wavelength division into an optical path for observation of a subject's eye and an optical path for an OCT optical system;
an illumination optical system provided in the optical path for observation of the subject's eye and configured to illuminate the subject's eye;
a sensor for observation of the subject's eye provided in the optical path for observation of the subject's eye and configured to detect returning light from the subject's eye illuminated by the illumination optical system;
a scanning unit provided in the optical path for the OCT optical system and configured to scan measurement light on the subject's eye;
an OCT sensor provided in the optical path for the OCT optical system and configured to detect interference light generated from reference light and returning light from the subject's eye illuminated by the measurement light;
a display control unit configured to display, on a displaying unit, (a) a first surface image that is a moving image showing a surface of the subject's eye and that is obtained using a signal output from the sensor for observation, (b) a first tomographic image that is a moving image showing a tomography of the subject's eye and that is obtained using a signal output from the OCT sensor, and (c) a first line showing an acquisition position of the first tomographic image on the first surface image;
a control unit configured to control the scanning unit to scan the measurement light on a position in the subject's eye corresponding to a position of the first line changed in the first surface image in accordance with an operation performed by a user;
a display magnification control unit configured to control, according to an operation of an operator for one of the first surface image and the first tomographic image, a display magnification of the one of the first surface image and the first tomographic image in conjunction with controlling a display magnification of the other,
wherein the display control unit displays, on the displaying unit, (a) a second surface image that is a moving image showing a surface of the subject's eye and that is obtained using the signal output from the sensor for observation and the controlled display magnification, (b) a second tomographic image that is a moving image showing a tomography of the subject's eye and that is obtained using the signal output from the OCT sensor and the controlled display magnification, and (c) a second line showing an acquisition position of the second tomographic image on the second surface image,
wherein the control unit controls the scanning unit to scan measurement light on a position in the subject's eye corresponding to a position of the second line changed in the second surface image in accordance with an operation performed by a user, andwherein one of the position of the first line and the position of the second line is changed in conjunction with change of the other.

US Pat. No. 10,165,943

OPHTHALMIC METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR NONINVASIVE DIAGNOSIS AND QUANTITATIVE ASSESSMENT OF CATARACT DEVELOPMENT

1. A method for noninvasive diagnosis and quantitative assessment of cataract development, the method comprising:providing a cataract testing device;
calibrating the cataract testing device, wherein calibrating the cataract testing device comprises:
providing a cataract absorption light (CAL) source at a first preset intensity (CALI);
providing a reference light (RL) source at a second preset intensity RLI greater than the first preset intensity;
observing RLI and CALI simultaneously via a cataract free lens; and
decreasing RLI in predetermined calibration steps (CS) to substantially equal CALI.

US Pat. No. 10,165,942

OPTICAL TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND PROGRAM THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical tomographic imaging apparatus, comprising:a light source;
an optical splitter configured to split a light emitted from the light source into a measuring light and a reference light;
a scanning unit configured to scan a fundus of an eye to be inspected with the measuring light;
an optical system configured to irradiate the fundus with the measuring light through the scanning unit;
a detector configured to receive an interference light between (1) a return light of the measuring light from the fundus and (2) the reference light; and
a calculation processing portion configured to process an output signal from the detector, to thereby acquire a tomographic image of the fundus,
wherein the optical system comprises a focus lens configured to focus the measuring light on the fundus, and
wherein the optical tomographic imaging apparatus further comprises a unit configured to compensate, when an optical member for changing a field angle is inserted between the scanning unit and the fundus in order to change the field angle of an acquiring area of the tomographic image of the fundus, a change in a focus position of the focus lens with respect to the fundus, in association with the inserting.

US Pat. No. 10,165,941

OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY-BASED OPHTHALMIC TESTING METHODS, DEVICES AND SYSTEMS

Doheny Eye Institute, Lo...

1. An optical coherence tomography instrument comprising:an eyepiece for receiving at least one eye of a user;
at least one target display visible through said eyepiece;
a light source that outputs light that is directed through the eyepiece to the user's eye;
an interferometer configured to produce optical interference using light reflected from the user's eye;
an optical detector disposed so as to detect said optical interference; and
electronics coupled to the target display and said detector and configured to provide an output based on optical coherence tomography measurements obtained using said interferometer,
wherein said electronics are further configured to produce features on said target display of varying size and receive user responses to test the user's visual acuity, and
wherein the optical coherence tomography instrument is configured to allow the user to self-administer the visual acuity test.

US Pat. No. 10,165,940

VISION-BASED DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT

11. A method for correcting a user behavior comprising the steps of:determining where, in the view of the user, the user is looking;
obtaining a scoring value based on what the user looks at;
compelling a user change in gaze behavior by automatically limiting in real time the clarity of at least part of what the user sees to a degree that is responsive to a said scoring value associated with unhealthy behavior; wherein
by making it more difficult for the user to see when looking at a location associated with unhealthy behavior, the user is compelled to modify behavior and, responsive to the user looking at a location associated with healthy behavior, lost clarity is automatically restored.

US Pat. No. 10,165,939

OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS AND OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for controlling an ophthalmologic apparatus that acquires a plurality of images by photographing a plurality of different regions of an eye at different times to generate one image by using the acquired plurality of images, the plurality of different regions being set in a region to be photographed of the eye, the method comprising:determining a image group conformity from the plurality of images of the plurality of different regions;
determining, based on the determined image group conformity, at least one image missing region; and
controlling an ophthalmologic apparatus in such a way as to re-photograph the determined at least one image missing region.

US Pat. No. 10,165,936

ENDOSCOPE REPROCESSOR AND FAULT DETECTION METHOD

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An endoscope reprocessor comprising:a fluid supply section configured to supply a fluid;
a fluid supply conduit configured to communicate with the fluid supply section and include an opening open to an atmosphere;
a first valve disposed in the fluid supply conduit;
a second valve disposed closer to the opening side than the first valve of the fluid supply conduit in a direction of fluid flow from the fluid supply section to the opening via the first valve and the second valve;
a processing tank in which an endoscope is disposed;
a first connector provided in the processing tank;
a second connector provided in the processing tank;
a first conduit connected between the first valve and the fluid supply section in the fluid supply conduit and connected to the first connector;
a second conduit connected between the first valve and the second valve in the fluid supply conduit and connected to the second connector; and
a pressure sensor disposed in the fluid supply section, between the first valve and the fluid supply section in the fluid supply conduit, or in the first conduit.

US Pat. No. 10,165,935

MEASURING HEAD OF AN ENDOSCOPIC DEVICE AND PROCESS FOR INSPECTING AND MEASURING AN OBJECT

1. A measuring head of an endoscopic device comprising:an optical projection unit including a light source for illuminating an object to be examined with light, and
an optical measurement unit including a light sensor for recording the light reflected or diffused from the object to be examined,
wherein the optical measurement unit has an aperture diaphragm including a variable aperture;
an aperture setting unit selectively changing the variable aperture between:
a first size of the variable aperture providing a lower resolution for inspecting the object;
a second size of the variable aperture larger than the first size providing a higher resolution for measuring the object;
the optical projection unit including a pattern forming element for projecting a pattern onto the object; the pattern being imagable when the variable aperture changed to the second size providing the higher resolution for measuring the object and non-imagable when the variable aperture changed to the first size providing the lower resolution for inspecting the object.

US Pat. No. 10,165,934

ENDOSCOPE APPARATUS WITH ADDITION OF IMAGE SIGNALS

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An endoscope apparatus, comprising:an image pickup sensor having a first pixel having a sensitivity in a predetermined wavelength band, and a second pixel having a sensitivity in a wavelength band including a part of the predetermined wavelength band;
a light source configured to generate a light for irradiating a subject, the light being narrow band light, return light of the light applied to the subject having an intensity peak in the predetermined wavelength band to which the second pixel has a sensitivity; and
an addition circuit configured to generate an addition signal obtained by adding a first image pickup signal obtained by receiving a return light from the subject at a time of the subject being irradiated in the first pixel, and a second image pickup signal obtained by receiving a return light from the subject in the second pixel,
wherein the light source further generates a first light, the first light being a light having an intensity which reaches a peak in the part of the predetermined wavelength band to which the second pixel has a sensitivity, and the first light source further generates a second light having an intensity which reaches a peak in the predetermined wavelength band at a timing different from the first light,
the endoscope apparatus further comprising an image generation circuit configured to generate an image in which the addition signal and a third image pickup signal are respectively assigned to different colors, the third image pickup signal being obtained by receiving a return light of the subject at a time of the second light being irradiated in the first pixel.

US Pat. No. 10,165,933

ENDOSCOPIC SURGICAL DEVICE AND OVERTUBE

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. An endoscopic surgical device comprising:an endoscope that is configured to observe an inside of a body cavity;
a treatment tool that is configured to inspect or treat an affected part within the body cavity; and
an overtube that is configured to guide the endoscope and the treatment tool into the body cavity,
wherein the overtube includes
an overtube body that is configured to pass through a body wall and is configured to be inserted into the body cavity,
an endoscope insertion passage that is provided inside the overtube body and allows the endoscope to be inserted therethrough so as to be movable forward and backward,
a treatment tool insertion passage that is provided inside the overtube body and allows the treatment tool to be inserted therethrough so as to be movable forward and backward,
an interlocking member which is configured to be movable forward and backward inside the overtube body, has an endoscope-coupled part to be coupled to the endoscope inserted through the endoscope insertion passage and a treatment tool-coupled part to be coupled to the treatment tool inserted through the treatment tool insertion passage, and has a dead zone where the forward and backward movement of either one of the endoscope and the treatment tool does not interlock with the movement of the other, and a sensing zone where the forward and backward movement of either one of the endoscope and the treatment tool interlocks with the movement of the other, and
a side surface opening that is formed to pass through a side wall of the overtube body, allows an inner cavity of the overtube body and the inside of the body cavity to communicate with each other when the overtube body is inserted into the body cavity, and sends a fluid into the body cavity through the inner cavity of the overtube body, and
wherein the side surface opening is configured to be openable and closable by the forward and backward movement of the interlocking member.

US Pat. No. 10,165,932

INSERTION DEVICE AND ROTATING TUBULAR MEMBER

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An insertion device comprising:an insertion section which extends along a longitudinal axis with the longitudinal axis being an axial center;
a rotating tubular member which is disposed to cover an outer peripheral of the insertion section;
a driving unit which is configured to be driven to rotate the rotating tubular member relative to the insertion section in one of directions around the longitudinal axis;
a base member which is integrally formed in a part of the insertion section, and which defines a driving unit placement cavity to dispose the driving unit, the driving unit placement cavity being opened to an outside of the insertion section, an opening of the driving unit placement cavity being formed on an outer peripheral surface of the base member;
a support member which is disposed between the base member and the rotating tubular member, the support member being configured to abut on an outer peripheral portion of the base member and an inner peripheral portion of the rotating tubular member, a dimension of the support member in a direction along the longitudinal axis being smaller than a dimension of each of the base member and the rotating tubular member in the direction along the longitudinal axis, a space being formed between the outer peripheral portion of the base member and the inner peripheral portion of the rotating tubular member and in a region adjacent to the support member in the direction along the longitudinal axis, the driving unit being engaged with the inner peripheral portion of the rotating tubular member in the space so that a rotation driving force is transmittable from the driving unit to the rotating tubular member, the support member being fixed to the base member, a cross-sectional shape of the support member perpendicular to the longitudinal axis being a C-shape, the support member extending along the directions around the longitudinal axis, the C-shaped support member extending in an entire region other than the opening of the driving unit placement cavity in the directions around the longitudinal axis, the support member being configured to support the rotating tubular member so that a rotation axis of the rotating tubular member is aligned with the longitudinal axis of the insertion section when the rotating tubular member rotates, and thereby being configured to hold the rotating tubular member at a position where the rotation driving force is transmittable from the driving unit to the inner peripheral portion of the rotating tubular member;
a distal side ring member which is provided in the space between the outer peripheral portion of the base member and the inner peripheral portion of the rotating tubular member and in a region apart from the support member toward a distal direction, and which is a separated body from the support member, the distal side ring member being configured to maintain liquid-tightness between the outer peripheral portion of the base member and the inner peripheral portion of the rotating tubular member in a part to a distal direction side of the driving unit placement cavity in the space, and thereby being configured to prevent liquid inflow from the distal direction side into the driving unit placement cavity; and
a proximal side ring member which is provided in the space between the outer peripheral portion of the base member and the inner peripheral portion of the rotating tubular member and in a region apart from the support member toward a proximal direction, and which is a separated body from the support member, the distal side ring member being configured to maintain liquid-tightness between the outer peripheral portion of the base member and the inner peripheral portion of the rotating tubular member in a part to a proximal direction side of the driving unit placement cavity in the space, and thereby being configured to prevent liquid inflow from the proximal direction side into the driving unit placement cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,165,931

ENDOSCOPE BENDING SECTION CONTROL MECHANISM

1. An endoscope comprising:a housing having a main housing part and a cover part joined to the main housing part along a periphery thereof, the periphery defining a periphery surface, a plane of symmetry bisecting the main housing part and the cover part along a longitudinal axis of the housing perpendicularly to the periphery surface, the cover part including a curved area, a slot provided in the curved area parallel to the plane of symmetry, and spaced apart support elements extending from an internal surface of the cover part, and the main housing part including spaced apart opposite support elements extending from an internal surface thereof, the opposite support elements forming openings with corresponding support elements when the main housing part is coupled to the cover part;
an insertion portion extending from the housing;
a bending portion extending from the insertion portion;
control wires operable to control bending of the bending portion;
a control mechanism connected to the control wires, the control mechanism including an axle traversing the openings and defining a pivot axis perpendicular to the plane of symmetry, a lever member connected to the axle and traversing the slot, and a user control member external of the housing and connected to the lever member, the support elements and the axle located within the housing, and the user control member displaceable about the pivot axis between a forward position and a backward position to rotate the lever member and control movement of the control wires; and
a curved shielding portion formed to fit the curved area and affixed to the control mechanism, the shielding portion displaceable with the user control member and covering the slot when the user control member is in the forward position and also when the user control member is in the backward position.

US Pat. No. 10,165,930

ENDOSCOPE

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. An endoscope comprising:an insertion portion which includes a distal end and a proximal end;
an operation portion which is provided on a proximal end side of the insertion portion and includes an operating member;
a distal end portion body which is provided on a distal end side of the insertion portion;
a rotating shaft which is rotatably supported in the distal end portion body;
an elevator which is coupled with one end of the rotating shaft;
an elevator erecting lever which is coupled with the other end of the rotating shaft;
an operating wire which includes a proximal-end-side coupling portion coupled with the operating member and a distal-end-side coupling portion coupled with the elevator erecting lever, the operating wire configured to rotate the rotating shaft through the elevator erecting lever by operation of the operating member to erect the elevator;
a partition wall which includes a holding hole to support the rotating shaft, is a part of the distal end portion body and is provided between the elevator and the elevator erecting lever; and
a seal member which is disposed between the holding hole and the rotating shaft, wherein:
the rotating shaft includes a first rotating shaft and a second rotating shaft;
the first rotating shaft has one end connected with the elevator erecting lever and another end provided with a first coupling portion;
the second rotating shaft has one end that is integrally formed with the elevator or connected with the elevator by welding of the one end and the elevator, and another end provided with a second coupling portion which is coupled with the first coupling portion in a relativity unrotatable manner; and
a coupling position in which the first coupling portion and the second coupling portion are coupled with each other is disposed on a side of the elevator erecting lever with respect to the seal member.

US Pat. No. 10,165,929

COMPACT MULTI-VIEWING ELEMENT ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM

EndoChoice, Inc., Alphar...

1. A manifold for use in an endoscope, comprising:a manifold housing having a partially cylindrical shape with a curved top surface, a partially curved first side and a partially curved second side wherein the manifold housing comprises a base, wherein the base has a first width, a first length, and a proximal surface, and an elongated portion, which is attached to the base, wherein the elongated portion has a second width, a second length, and a distal surface, wherein the first width is greater than the second width and the first length is less than the second length; and
a Y-shaped fluid conduit comprising a central stem portion, a first prong portion, and a second prong portion, wherein the central stem portion extends from an entrance port on the proximal surface of the base through the base, wherein the first prong portion extends from a distal end of the central portion through the base to an exit port on the partially curved first side, and wherein the second prong portion extends from the distal end of the central portion through the base to an exit port on the partially curved second side.

US Pat. No. 10,165,928

SYSTEMS, INSTRUMENTS, AND METHODS FOR FOUR DIMENSIONAL SOFT TISSUE NAVIGATION

1. An endoscope system comprising:an endoscope having a distal tip, a port, a working channel extending between the distal tip and the port, an electromagnetic sensor positioned within the distal tip;
a guidewire extending from the port to the distal tip and through the working channel;
a first proximal offset device coupled to the guidewire proximate to the port;
a second distal offset device coupled to the guidewire proximate to the first proximal offset device;
both the first proximal offset device and the second distal offset device sized to limit extension of the guidewire in said working channel, the first proximal offset device and the second distal offset device separated by a perforated connection.

US Pat. No. 10,165,926

DISHWASHER HAVING AT LEAST ONE ILLUMINATION ELEMENT

1. A dishwasher, comprising:a washing chamber exposed to liquid during washing operation and enclosed by a plurality of walls of a washing container and by an internal wall of a door, at least one of the walls having at least one aperture; and
at least one illumination element configured to cover or close the at least one aperture, said at least one illumination element comprising at least one planar lighting element and at least one transparent, translucent or reflective planar element associated to the at least one planar lighting element,
wherein the at least one transparent, translucent or reflective planar element comprises a planar front panel, which is made of a transparent or translucent material and covers the at least one aperture, said planar front panel being mounted to the at least one wall and having a first side which faces and is exposed to the washing chamber and a second side which faces away from the washing chamber, said at least one planar lighting element being located on the second side, and
wherein the at least one wall has a recess that is indented inward from an outside of the at least one wall towards the washing chamber and that forms a fixing flange, and the at least one illumination element is mounted on an outer side of the fixing flange which faces away from the washing chamber, such that at least a portion of a thickness of the at least one illumination element is accommodated by the recess and such that the at least one illumination element covers from behind the at least one aperture in the at least one wall.

US Pat. No. 10,165,925

METHOD OF SEPARATING CHEMISTRIES IN A DOOR-TYPE DISHMACHINE

Ecolab USA Inc., St. Pau...

1. A dishmachine comprising:an enclosure defining a wash chamber having wash arms mounted therein;
a first tank for housing a first composition;
a first pump operatively coupled with the first tank and in fluid communication with the wash arms;
a second tank for housing a second composition;
a second pump operatively coupled with the second tank and in fluid communication with the wash arms;
a deflector system comprising:
a deflector selectively movable between a first position and a second position wherein the first position provides a flow path between the wash chamber and the first tank and the second position provides a flow path between the wash chamber and the second tank, wherein the deflector is driven by a float;
a gutter plate positioned above the deflector and having a central opening and at least two walls on opposite sides of the central opening each forming a recess; and
a strainer removeably positioned over the central opening of the gutter plate.

US Pat. No. 10,165,923

FLOOR SQUEEGEE

PRO PAINT GEAR INC., Bri...

1. A squeegee, comprising:an elongate frame section, an elongate handle connected to said elongate frame section such that said elongate frame section is generally perpendicular to said elongate handle, said elongate frame section including a preset number of internally threaded blind locator holes each having a raised boss;
an elongate flexible squeegee blade section including a first elongate section and a preset number of locator holes each extending therethrough to receive a corresponding raised boss of said elongate frame section, said elongate flexible squeegee blade section including a second elongate section protruding from and being integrally formed with said first elongate section and inclined at an angle with respect to said first elongate section in a range from greater than 0° to less than 90°;
an elongate clamp section having a preset number of locator holes each extending therethrough to receive, a corresponding raised boss of said elongate frame section and further comprising a raised lip disposed around each of said preset number of locator holes and a preset number of threaded fasteners, each of said preset number of threaded fasteners being threaded to be threadably received in an associated internally threaded blind locator hole and each threaded fastener including a flange section configured to contact said raised lip;
wherein threaded sections of each of said threaded fasteners are sealed internally in an associated internally threaded blind locator hole and are not exposed when the squeegee is assembled; and
wherein when assembled said second elongate section contacts a floor or other surface when in operation.

US Pat. No. 10,165,922

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DETECTING MATERIALS

1. A nozzle comprising a first light and a second light, wherein the first light is a white light and the second light is other than a white light,the nozzle further comprising a squeeze trigger, and wherein activation of the trigger activates at least one of the first and second lights,
wherein activation further comprises a partial activation by partially depressing the squeeze trigger and a full activation by fully depressing the squeeze trigger, and
wherein one of the first and second lights is activated during partial activation of the squeeze trigger.

US Pat. No. 10,165,921

HANDLE ASSEMBLY FOR A VACUUM CLEANER

Dyson Technology Limited,...

1. A handle assembly for a vacuum cleaner, the handle assembly comprising:a handle attached to a duct assembly, wherein the duct assembly comprises a first duct and a second duct, the first duct pivots relative to the second duct about a pivot axis of a pivot joint that is external to the first and second ducts such that the pivot axis does not extend through the first and second ducts, the first duct and the second duct each comprise an arcuate section that arcs about the pivot axis, and pivoting the first duct relative to the second duct causes the arcuate section of one of the ducts to move in and out of the arcuate section of the other of the ducts.

US Pat. No. 10,165,920

HANDLE ASSEMBLY FOR A VACUUM CLEANER

Dyson Technology Limited,...

1. A handle assembly for a vacuum cleaner comprising a handle, a duct, a valve assembly, and a cover, wherein:the handle is attached to the duct;
the duct has an inlet at one end, an outlet at an opposite end, and a bleed aperture located between the inlet and the outlet;
the valve assembly comprises a valve and an actuator;
the valve is moveable between a closed position and an open position, the valve closes the bleed aperture when in the closed position and opens the bleed aperture when in the open position;
the actuator moves the valve from the closed position to the open position when actuated;
the cover surrounds the duct and encloses the bleed aperture and the valve such that an upper part of the cover overlies the bleed aperture and the valve, and one or more holes are formed in a lower part of the cover;
suction at the outlet causes a primary airflow to be drawn into the duct via the inlet; and
when the valve is in the open position, suction at the outlet causes a secondary airflow to be drawn in through the holes, through a space between the duct and the cover in a circumferential direction around the duct, and into the duct via the bleed aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,165,919

VACUUM BAG

SHOP VAC CORPORATION, Wi...

1. A vacuum cleaner bag assembly adapted to be removably disposed within a vacuum cleaner, the vacuum cleaner bag assembly comprising:a panel assembly comprising a first panel and a second panel forming an enclosure having an interior volume, wherein an aperture extends through the first panel, the aperture adapted to receive debris exiting an outlet end of a hose assembly such that the debris is retained within the interior volume, each of the first panel and the second panel including an outer sheet and a liner sheet, wherein each of the outer sheets comprises a first outer material and each of the liner sheets comprises a first liner material; and
a shield member disposed within the interior volume and secured to one or more portions of the panel assembly, wherein the shield member comprises a second non-porous and non-absorbent flexible material that is different than each of the first outer material and the first liner material, the shield member extends vertically from a first point at or adjacent to a top portion of the panel assembly to a second point vertically disposed between a bottom portion of the aperture and a bottom portion of the panel assembly, wherein the shield member includes a first portion and a second portion, the shield member being folded about a transverse axis that is disposed at or adjacent to the first point at or adjacent to the top portion of the panel assembly such that during normal operation the first portion of the shield member abuts and applies a biasing force to the first panel of the panel assembly, the shield member is disposed opposite the aperture on the second panel and directly exposed to the aperture when the vacuum cleaner bag assembly is disposed within the tank such that the shield member protects a corresponding portion of the panel assembly from being impacted by debris passing through the aperture and into the interior volume and directly into contact with the shield member.

US Pat. No. 10,165,918

VACUUM ATTACHMENT

1. A cleaning implement capable of attachment to a vacuum hose attachment, comprising:an implement body, comprising:
a forward surface;
a pair of side surfaces having proximal ends extending perpendicularly from opposing edges of said forward surface and parallel to each other;
a rear surface, extending perpendicularly from distal ends of said pair of side surfaces and not parallel with said forward surface;
an upper opening;
a lower opening; and,
an interior in fluid communication with said upper opening and said lower opening;
a coupling capable of removable attachment to said vacuum hose attachment to provide fluid communication with said interior;
a first brush disposed between said pair of side surfaces adjacent said upper opening;
a second brush disposed between said pair of side surfaces adjacent said first brush and adjacent said upper opening;
wherein said first brush and said second brush are configured to project from said upper opening; and,
a baffle structure, affixed to said implement body within said interior and subjacent to said first brush and said second brush; wherein said baffle structure comprises a plurality of apertures aligned along a centerline of said baffle structure and directs air flow and entrained debris towards said coupling.

US Pat. No. 10,165,917

CLEANOUT TOOL FOR A SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS

BISSELL Homecare, Inc., ...

1. A cleanout tool for an extraction cleaner having a fluid delivery system for delivering cleaning fluid to a surface to be cleaned, and a recovery system for removing spent cleaning fluid and debris from the surface to be cleaned and comprising a suction nozzle defining a suction pathway, a suction source in fluid communication with the suction nozzle for generating a working air stream and an agitator provided adjacent to the suction nozzle for agitating the surface to be cleaned, the cleanout tool comprising:an elongated body having a first end and a second end opposite the first end and wherein the body is flat and rectilinear in shape, with two opposing sides and joined with two opposing edges which are more narrow than a width defined by the sides;
the first end of the body, defined by one of the opposing edges, comprising at least one hook; and
the second end of the body, defined by another of the opposing edges, comprising a comb disposed at an angle relative to the elongated body, wherein the comb comprises a plurality of tines and the plurality of tines have ends which define an angled edge of the second end;
wherein the first end of the body is configured to be inserted into the suction nozzle to remove material within the suction nozzle using the at least one hook to catch the material;
wherein the second end of the body is configured to remove material from the agitator using the comb; and
wherein the at least one hook and the plurality of tines lie in a common plane.

US Pat. No. 10,165,911

ELECTRIC WINDOW CLEANING DEVICE

1. An electric window cleaning device, comprising:an operating portion including a pedestal, a plurality of magnets and a plurality of balls, wherein the pedestal includes a handle and a bottom surface formed opposite to the handle, the magnets are disposed on the pedestal, the balls partially protrude from the bottom surface of the pedestal and are free to roll along the pedestal, the operating portion further including a connecting member which includes a spherical body and a connecting portion, the pedestal including a spherical cavity and a cover removably fixed to the pedestal, the spherical body being disposed in the spherical cavity and rollably locked in the spherical cavity by the cover, and the connecting portion being formed on an outer surface of the spherical body, inserted through the cover, and provided for connecting a rod; and
a wiping portion including a base, a plurality of magnets, a plurality of balls and a power mechanism, wherein the base includes a bottom surface, the magnets are disposed in the base, the balls partially protrude from the bottom surface of the base and are free to roll along the base, the power mechanism is supported on the base, and includes an output shaft for outputting rotational kinetic energy and a rotary disc rotated by the output shaft, a duster is fixed to an outer surface of the rotary disc;
wherein the operating portion and the wiping portion are magnetically attracted to each other across a glass of a window by magnetic forces of the magnets and are attracted to an inner surface and an outer surface of the glass, respectively, when the power mechanism is turned on, the output shaft rotates the rotary disc and the duster to clean the outer surface of the glass, as a user moves the operating portion which is attracted to the inner surface of the glass, the wiping portion will move simultaneously along the outer surface of the glass to perform a cleaning operation.

US Pat. No. 10,165,910

WATERLESS TOILET SYSTEM

Convergent Market Researc...

1. A toilet system including:(a) a support structure;
(b) a transport conduit mounted on the support structure, the transport conduit including a discharge end, an inner end, and a commode opening located between the discharge end and inner end;
(c) a flush member positioned within the transport conduit and being movable between a retracted position and an extended position, wherein in the retracted position a sealing end of the flush member resides between the commode opening and the inner end of the transport conduit and in the extended position the sealing end of the flush member resides approximately at the discharge end of the transport conduit;
(d) an outer seal element mounted on the support structure and being movable between a sealing position and a displaced position, wherein in the sealing position the outer seal element seals the discharge end of the transport conduit and in the displaced position the outer seal element is separated from the discharge end of the transport conduit; and
(e) an actuator system mounted on the support structure and operatively connected to the flush member, the actuator system including a member providing a mechanical connection to the outer seal element and being operable in response to a drive force applied through a drive mechanism to move the flush member and the outer seal element in a flush cycle in which (i) at least a discharge gap is maintained between the flush member and the outer seal element as the flush member moves from the retracted position to the extended position and the outer seal element moves from the sealing position to the displaced position, and (ii) the flush member then moves back to the retracted position and the outer seal element moves back to the sealing position.

US Pat. No. 10,165,909

MULTI-LINER ASSEMBLY FOR A BODY LIQUID RECEPTACLE AND A BODY LIQUID RECEPTACLE INCLUDING SAME

HY-INDUSTRIE INC., Drumm...

20. A body liquid receptacle assembly comprising a body liquid receptacle having a body with a cavity defined therein, and a multi-liner assembly removably engaged with the body liquid receptacle; the multi-liner assembly comprising a rigid support having a receptacle-facing surface and a top surface and being removably engageable with the body liquid receptacle; and a plurality of lining units superimposed on one another and engaged with the body liquid receptacle to line the cavity, each of the plurality of lining units comprising an impermeable layer having a top side with an absorbent material superimposed thereon, the rigid support being located under a bottommost one of the lining units and supporting the lining units, wherein each one of the lining units comprises a free edge delimiting an open mouth with the free edge extending along the receptacle-facing surface of the rigid support, inbetween the rigid support and the body of the body liquid receptacle, with a section of the at least one lining unit lining the top surface to maintain the lining units in an open configuration, wherein a topmost one of the plurality of lining units is exposed and is individually removable from the multi-liner assembly to leave a subsequent one of the plurality of lining units exposed.

US Pat. No. 10,165,908

HAND DRYER WITH REDUCED AIR-INTAKE NOISE

HOKWANG INDUSTRIES CO., L...

1. A hand dryer with reduced air-intake noise, comprising:a housing, including an accommodating space and a plurality of narrow air inlets connecting the accommodating space and an outside of the housing, and the housing defines an air intake surface that faces the accommodating space and on which the plurality of narrow air inlets are provided;
a flow-guide plate disposed inside the accommodating space and assembled, corresponding to the air intake surface with the housing, the flow-guide plate being not in contact with the air intake surface, and the flow-guide plate including a plurality of narrow air guide holes; and
an air supply module disposed inside the accommodating space, comprising a blower that extracts the air inside the accommodating space to generate a drying air flow after being started and an air-guide piece that is connected to the blower to receive the drying air flow and includes an end exposed from the housing; and
wherein the hand dryer includes an air intake path that enables, after the blower is started, the air sequentially flows from the outside of the housing to enter the blower through the plurality of narrow air inlets and the plurality of narrow air guide holes.

US Pat. No. 10,165,906

APPARATUS FOR DISSOLVING A FRAGRANCE CARRIER

REMARKABLY WELL, INC, At...

1. An apparatus for dissolving a fragrance carrier, the apparatus comprising a mount bracket, a water-holding reservoir and a fragrance carrier holder, the water-holding reservoir being supported by the mount bracket, the fragrance carrier holder being provided in association with the water-holding reservoir such that (a) water in the water-holding reservoir can contact and dissolve a fragrance carrier located on the fragrance carrier holder, the fragrance carrier holder being located inside the water-holding reservoir, or (b) water can flow from the water-holding reservoir to contact and dissolve a fragrance carrier located on the fragrance carrier holder, the apparatus being configured and adapted so that it is attachable to a vertical wall of a shower stall by adhesive.

US Pat. No. 10,165,905

SHOWER BASE

Sander and Sons, Inc., L...

1. A curbless shower base, comprising:a subbase structure having a sloped floor and a zero entry;
at least one side wall to mount flush with drywall during an installation, wherein a tile or other wall covering is installed flush over the at least one side wall to a floor of the subbase structure;
a drainage channel in the subbase structure, the drainage channel extending substantially from a first side of the subbase structure to an opposite second side of the subbase structure, the drainage channel sloped from the first side of the subbase structure to a drain outlet in the drainage channel, and the drainage channel sloped from the second side of the subbase structure to the drain outlet in the drainage channel;
a drain assembly having a drain outlet to connect with plumbing during the installation; and
a protective structure of the drain assembly, the protective structure at least partially surrounding the drain outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,165,904

HIDDEN SHOWER SURROUND STORAGE

DELTA FAUCET COMPANY, In...

1. A shower surround wall comprising:a molded planar wall member for attaching directly to a structure wall and in parallel thereto;
an opposing wall facing opposite said molded planar wall member, said opposing wall for attaching directly to another structure wall and in parallel thereto;
at least one shelf extending away from said molded planar wall member and toward said opposing wall, said shelf having a shelf end most distal from said molded planar wall member, and wherein said at least one shelf is open to a direction facing into the shower surround wall, and wherein said at least one shelf extends only partially across a width of said molded planar wall member;
a forward wall extending away from said molded planar wall member and toward said opposing wall, said forward wall having a top, said top having a first inner end, and a bottom having a second inner end, said first and second inner ends facing into said shower surround wall, and an inner edge extending linearly along a length between said first inner end and said second inner end, said inner edge extending from said molded planar wall member for a distance that is at least as far as said shelf end and positioned on a side of said at least one shelf wherein the forward wall faces toward a location outside of said shower surround wall when said molded planar wall member is mounted to the structure wall, such that said forward wall at least partially blocks a sight line to said at least one shelf; and
a rear wall configured to extend between said molded planar wall member and said opposing wall, said rear wall extending perpendicular to said molded planar wall member and said opposing wall, and wherein said shelf end is parallel to said molded planar wall member and said opposing wall.

US Pat. No. 10,165,903

CAULKLESS SEAL

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A seal for a bathing enclosure, comprising:a first structure having a first flange extending from an upper end thereof;
a second structure having a second flange extending from a lower end thereof and a channel, the channel comprising:
a first side surface extending upward from an end of the second flange;
a second side surface opposing the first side surface, extending upward from the second flange; and
an upper surface opposing the second flange, extending between the first side surface and the second side surface;
wherein the second flange defines a slot between the first side surface and the second side surface; and
wherein the second flange is configured to interface with the first flange.

US Pat. No. 10,165,902

DECORATIVE REFLECTIVE STOPPER COVER

1. A device for displaying an image upon a stopper in a sink, said device comprising:a top surface and an opposite bottom surface, said top surface being spaced apart and mutually parallel to said bottom surface, said top surface having a perimeter;
an outer edge extending along the perimeter of said top surface and being generally perpendicular to said top surface and said bottom surface;
said device having a disc shape, a diameter, and a thickness perpendicular to the diameter, and said outer edge being round;
said top surface being smooth and transparent and displaying a image thereon;
said bottom surface adapted to join a supporting surface in a releasable manner;
said device having a construction of a plurality of layers;
said plurality of layers including said outer edge;
wherein said device is water resistant and said top surface is smooth;
said plurality of layers being capable of immersion in water for a lengthy time; and,
said top surface having an inherent high gloss.

US Pat. No. 10,165,901

TOOTHBRUSH HOLDER APPARATUS

1. A child toothbrush holder apparatus, comprising:a toothbrush including a handle portion and a head portion at a distal end, wherein the toothbrush includes bristles at the distal end;
a handle including a gripping portion and a cavity configured to hold the toothbrush wherein the handle portion of the toothbrush is disposed within the cavity from a first end of the handle through an opening in a second end of the handle, wherein the handle includes a secured configuration and an unsecured configuration, wherein:
in the secured configuration, the toothbrush is secured within the handle with a support feature; and
in the unsecured configuration, the toothbrush is removable from the handle;
a stopper coupled to the handle, wherein the stopper is located at a distance from the distal end of the toothbrush;
an adapter extending from the stopper and including an opening to the cavity, the adapter having a convex shape extending from the stopper, wherein the toothbrush is located within the opening, wherein the convex shape extends from a first end to a second end of the adapter, wherein the adapter is tapered at a first angle between the second end of the adapter and a center area of the adapter and at a second angle between the center area and the first end of the adapter, and wherein the adapter has a size and shape to inhibit insertion of the toothbrush into a mouth of a person further than the adapter; and
a first support feature extending substantially across a diameter of the cavity of the handle, the first support configured to hold the toothbrush within the handle.

US Pat. No. 10,165,900

MULTI-PURPOSE KITCHEN UTENSIL

1. A utensil for preparing and serving foodstuffs, the utensil consisting entirely of a unitary member of sheet stainless steel, formed with a web portion having a substantially rectangular shape, said web portion having a first edge with two opposite ends, a second edge parallel to and spaced from said first edge and also with two opposite ends, and opposite side edges each extending from one of said opposite ends of said first edge to one of said opposite ends of said second edge, a rectangular portion extending in a first direction from said first edge of the web portion, said rectangular portion being elongated in said first direction and having substantially planar opposite faces, a tapered portion extending from said second edge of the web portion in a second direction opposite said first direction, said tapered portion being elongated in said second direction but having a length in said second direction less than the length of said rectangular portion in said first direction, said tapered portion having opposite faces in planes parallel to the planar opposite faces of said rectangular portion, said rectangular portion and said tapered portion being offset from each other in a direction perpendicular to said planar opposite faces of the elongated rectangular portion and connected to each other by said web portion, wherein:said rectangular portion has two substantially parallel side edges extending in said first direction and meeting respective opposite ends of said first edge of the web portion, and an end edge remote from said web portion and extending from one of said substantially parallel side edges to the other in a direction substantially perpendicular to said side edges of the elongated rectangular portion;
said tapered portion has two opposite side edges extending respectively from said opposite ends of said second edge of the web portion, to an end edge remote from, and shorter than, said second edge of the web portion.

US Pat. No. 10,165,899

IMMERSION BLENDER

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A mixing appliance assembly comprising:a housing including a motor and a shaft operably coupled with the motor and extending outwardly from the housing;
a top handle operably coupled with a top end of the housing and including a pulse button and a continuous run switch;
a side port disposed in the housing, the side port configured to receive a port connecting member and having an interlocking feature comprising:
an interlock switch disposed inside the side port; and
a switch engagement member configured to engage the interlock switch such that the continuous run switch can be depressed;
a bowl clamp engageable with the side port and configured to removably secure the housing to a bowl, the bowl clamp including the switch engagement member; and
a side handle engageable with the side port and configured to be removably coupled with the housing and aid a user in handling said mixing appliance assembly, the side handle being free of the switch engagement member.

US Pat. No. 10,165,898

COFFEE BEAN CONVEYANCE DEVICE

ACAIA CORPORATION, Cuper...

1. A coffee bean conveyance device, comprising:a conveying unit internally defining a conveyance passage having a first central axis, and having a bean inlet and a bean outlet provided at two diagonally opposite ends of the conveyance passage, the conveying unit extending along the first central axis;
a coffee bean holding unit being communicably assembled to the bean inlet and internally defining a storage space for holding an amount of coffee beans therein, so that the coffee beans held in the storage space can move from the storage space into the conveyance passage via the bean inlet; and
a driving mechanism including a coil spring eccentrically disposed in the conveyance passage, the coil spring having a second central axis, which is in parallel with and spaced from the first central axis, the coil spring extending along the second central axis, and being connected at an end closer to the bean inlet to a driving source, which serves to drive the coil spring to rotate about the second central axis in the conveyance passage, the coil spring while being rotated by the driving source being able to move the coffee beans in the conveyance passage toward the bean outlet, the coil spring being made of an elastic material, the second central axis being below the first central axis so that the coil spring is close to a bottom of the conveyance passage.

US Pat. No. 10,165,897

FOOD STUFF DISPENSING MACHINE AND DEHYDRATED FOODSTUFF CONTAINER

Mega Consultants, LLC, B...

1. A foodstuff machine for hydrating, extruding and cooking foodstuff from a container, the container having a continuous sidewall with first and second ends forming a storage area and a piston complementarily positioned within the sidewall proximate the first end and being slidable with respect to the sidewall, the container including dehydrated foodstuff located in the storage area, the foodstuff machine comprising:a machine housing having an access opening for receiving a container having dehydrated foodstuff therein;
a hydrating and positioning system movable from a loading position when the container is in the access opening to a hydrating position with the container second end above the first end and then to a transfer position wherein the first end is positioned above the second end;
a liquid dispenser positioned above the container when the container is in the hydrating position;
a transfer arm having an operative end for receiving the container and being movable from a first position that supports the container in the transfer position to an extrusion position wherein the container is located over a cooking station; and
a piston rod operatively associated with the piston in the container and movable to force the piston toward the second end of the container to force hydrated foodstuff through a die to form uncooked strips which drop into the cooking station.

US Pat. No. 10,165,896

METHOD AND AN APPARATUS FOR PROCESSING FOODSTUFF

SensAbility Pty Ltd, Ade...

1. A method for processing foodstuff, using an apparatus for processing foodstuffs, the apparatus comprising a heating source for processing the foodstuff and a controller, the controller being arranged to control at least two heating elements of the heating source individually the apparatus further comprising a plurality of receiving portions for receiving the foodstuffs, the method comprising:providing the foodstuff having a first surface area and a second surface area;
providing information that is indicative of a chromatic property of the first surface area of the foodstuff;
processing the foodstuff using the heating source so as to effect a change of the chromatic property of the first and second surface areas of the foodstuff; and
using the controller to control the change of the chromatic property of the second surface area of the foodstuff using the provided information and predetermined calibration data, wherein using the controller includes determining whether a condition exists by detecting that foodstuff is provided in a receiving portion and detecting that no foodstuff is provided in an adjacent receiving portion such that:
when the condition exists, the controller controls the heating source to change of the chromatic property of the second surface area of the foodstuff using the provided information and the calibration data, and
when the condition does not exist, the controller controls the heating source to change of the chromatic property of both the first and second surface areas using the provided information.

US Pat. No. 10,165,895

DISPOSABLE INSERT OVEN GRATE SYSTEM

1. A disposable insert oven grate system (10) comprising:a disposable grill (14) having a central region in a horizontal plane, the central region having an upper surface facing upwardly and a lower surface facing downwardly, the central region having a periphery in a rectangular configuration, the periphery having a front edge (16) and a rear edge (18) and a left edge (20) and a right edge (22), the central region having a length of 8 to 9 inches and a width of 10.5 inches to 11.5 inches
a front wall (26) with a front hinge (28) coupled to the front edge, a rear wall (30) with a rear hinge (32) coupled to the rear edge, a left wall (34) with a left hinge (36) coupled to the left edge, a right wall (40) with a right hinge (42) coupled to the right edge, each wall pivotable between an upper position coplanar with the central region for storage and transportation, each wall pivotable to a lower position coplanar with the central region for supporting food to be cooked, each wall extending downwardly for from 1.0 to 1.5 inches;
a plurality of slots (46) formed in the central region, each slot being rectangular and extending between a location adjacent to the left edge and the right edge, each slot being formed of a longitudinal slit and latitudinal end slits to form downwardly extending supports (48) for strengthening purposes, each wall extending downwardly from 1.0 to 1.5 inches, each support extending downwardly for from 0.3 to 0.5 inches, the disposable grill being fabricated of aluminum foil having a thickness of from 0.0030 inches to 0.0065 inches;
a pan (52), the pan being disposable, the pan having an imperforate bottom in a rectangular configuration, the bottom having a front edge and a rear edge separated by a length of 11¾ inches, plus or minus 5 percent, the bottom having side edges, the side edges separated by a width of 8 inches, plus or minus 5 percent, the pan having imperforate sides, each side being in a trapezoidal configuration, each side extending upwardly from the front edge and rear edge and side edges of the bottom thereby forming an angle of between 10 degrees and 20 degrees with respect to the bottom, the sides having lower ends, the lower ends being integrally formed with the bottom, the sides having free upper ends forming an upper opening, the pan forming a chamber between the bottom and the upper opening and within the sides, the chamber having a height of 1.5 to 2.0 inches between the bottom and the upper opening, the pan being fabricated of aluminum foil having a thickness of from 0.0030 inches to 0.0065 inches.

US Pat. No. 10,165,894

AUTOMATED COOKER

1. A cooking system comprising:a wok for receiving food, the wok being placed on top of a base unit housing a heating element for heating up the wok;
a lid substantially covering the wok, at least a portion of the lid being able to rotate relative to the wok;
a shaft secured to the rotating portion of the lid;
a stirrer pivotally mounted to the shaft;
a controller housed in the base unit controlling the heating element and rotations of the shaft and the lid, the rotation of the shaft causing a part of the stirrer to sweep from an edge of the wok to approximately a center of the wok in a low path and return to an edge of the wok in a high path, in the low path the part of the stirrer approximately touching a surface of the wok, in the high path the part of the stirrer being high above and not touching the surface of the wok; and
a first computing device residing outside of the base unit and signally coupled to the controller, the first computing device storing a computer program upon execution instructing the first computing device to send operating commands to the controller, the operating commands controlling the heating element and the rotations of the shaft and the lid.

US Pat. No. 10,165,893

COOKWARE ITEM WITH SPOON RECEIVING RECESS

1. A cookware set, comprising:a plurality of cookware containers each having a given weight and having a base and a surrounding vertically upstanding sidewall which extends vertically upward from an outer periphery of the base to define an initially open interior space and a top opening of the container, the sidewall having an outer wall surface and an inner wall surface;
a clasp handle permanently affixed to and extending outwardly from the outer wall surface of the container adjacent the top opening thereof which is configured to be held by a user while supporting the weight of the container;
a utensil support handle permanently affixed to the container outer wall surface and arranged generally opposite the clasp handle, the utensil support handle having a spoon-shaped support member incorporated therein which is configured to receive and support a cooking utensil while also serving as a companion handle to the clasp handle when being held by the user while supporting the weight of the container while lifting the container;
wherein the spoon-shaved support member has a length, a solid upper support surface which runs the length of the support member, and an opposite lower surface, the length of the spoon-shaped support member being arranged in a lateral direction with respect to the sidewall of the container, rather than at a right angle thereto, the upper surface of the spoon-shaved support member having a utensil receiving recess formed therein, the utensil receiving recess itself defining a flat, planar region with surrounding peripheral sidewalls running generally perpendicular thereto and which enclose the flat planar region in a spoon shaved outline and provide a solid recessed plane at a given depth with respect to the peripheral sidewalls;
wherein the solid recessed plane of the utensil receiving recess is located in a horizontal plane which is below the too opening of the container;
wherein the utensil support handle includes an arcuate-shaved member having oppositely arranged attachment points which loin the utensil support handle to the container sidewall, and wherein the spoon-shaped support member is incorporated at an outer circumferential location on the arcuate shaped member, in a horizontal plane below the top opening of the container, and spaced apart from the container sidewall to define a finger receiving opening with respect to the container sidewalls, approximately mid way between the two handle attachment points;
wherein the cookware container set includes various items in the cookware set all having the utensil support handle permanently affixed thereto; and
wherein the cookware set includes at least a saucepan and a skillet as a part of the cookware set, each of which has a given sidewall depth, and wherein the spoon-shaped support member for the skillet which is provided as a part of the cookware set is spaced apart a greater relative distance from the outer sidewall thereof than the spoon shaped support member for the saucepan which is provided as a part of the cookware set, the spacing being designed to facilitate a user's grasping the cookware container while supporting the weight of the container.

US Pat. No. 10,165,892

POWDER DOSING SYSTEM

5. A portable storage and dispensing apparatus, comprising:a sidewall defining a cannister, said cannister having a first end and having a central portion adjacent a second end of said cannister;
said central portion of said cannister having a first side opposite a second side;
an interior cavity located at said first end of said cannister;
an outlet located at said second end of said cannister;
a dispensing housing rotationally positioned within said central portion of said cannister;
said dispensing housing having a measuring chamber therein;
said measuring chamber having an inlet aperture on one end thereof;
said measuring chamber having an exit opening on a second end, opposite said inlet aperture;
said dispensing housing having a first position wherein said inlet aperture is in a communication with said internal cavity;
said dispensing housing having a second position wherein said inlet aperture is blocked from said communication with said interior cavity;
said dispensing housing in said second position locating said exit opening in a communication with said outlet at said second end of said cannister;
a trigger for moving said dispensing housing from said first position to said second position;
said trigger biased to a projecting position extending from said second side of said central portion of said cannister, said trigger actuable to a depressed position;
a plurality of depressions depending into said trigger; said depressions being adapted for respective individual contacts with respective individual fingers of said hand of said user during a said one-handed grip of said cannister;
said trigger having an axle slot therein extending between a first end and a second end;
an axle extending from said dispensing housing, said axle in a translating engagement within said axle slot;
said trigger having a second slot;
a second member extending from said dispensing housing slidably engaged in said second slot;
actuation of said trigger to said depressed position translating said axle slot along said axle and concurrently imparting a translation to said second member within said second slot whereby said translation of said second member rotates said dispensing housing;
said central portion of said cannister defining a gripping area of said cannister adapted for a one-handed grip of one hand of a user with said first side of said central portion forming a contact area adapted for contact of a palm of said hand and said trigger adapted for actuation by contact of fingers of said hand of said user during said one-handed grip; and
wherein a volume of powder from said interior cavity fills said measuring chamber with said dispensing housing in said first position, and said volume of powder is dispensed from said measuring chamber through said exit opening with said dispensing housing in said second position.

US Pat. No. 10,165,891

BEVERAGE PREPARATION ASSEMBLY

Nestec S.A., Vevey (CH)

1. Process for the preparation of a beverage with a beverage preparation assembly comprising a container for storing a water soluble beverage powder, the container comprising a tank and a powder outlet, a dissolution chamber for preparing a beverage from the water soluble beverage powder and a diluent, the dissolution chamber comprising at last one diluent inlet and a beverage outlet, a chute for guiding the water soluble beverage powder from the powder outlet of the container to the dissolution chamber, an air outlet configured for evacuating air from the dissolution chamber, the powder outlet is connected to the chute by a conduit; wherein, the powder outlet, the conduit, the chute and the dissolution chamber are connected together through airtight connections, and the assembly comprises an air inlet, the air inlet being positioned above the chute only wherein the following steps are implemented:dispensing a dose of beverage powder from the powder outlet of the container and delivered to the dissolution chamber through the chute;
delivering a dose of diluent in the dissolution chamber and mixing with the dose of powder to produce a beverage;
the produced beverage is delivered through the chamber outlet (32); and
during at least the delivering of the dose of diluent and the mixing step air is sucked from the air outlet so that an unidirectional flow of air is created from the air inlet down to the bottom of the chute.

US Pat. No. 10,165,890

FILTRATION UNIT FOR USE IN MACHINE FOR PREPARING READY-TO-DRINK NUTRITIONAL LIQUIDS

Nestec S.A., Vevey (CH)

1. A filtration unit for use in a nutritional liquid preparation machine using a container for preparing a beverage, the filtration unit comprising:a removable, disposable filter; and
a re-usable protective casing encompassing the filter, said protective casing comprising:
an outlet wall with at least one liquid outlet for delivering filtered liquid to the container in the container holder, wherein the at least one liquid outlet comprises a perforating member protruding from the outlet wall, and wherein the perforating member comprises a hollow needle and provides a liquid inlet through a sealing membrane of the container for allowing filtered liquid to be fed in the container; and
an inlet wall with at least one liquid inlet, wherein the inlet wall of the protective casing further comprises a gas inlet for receiving a gas injector of the beverage machine, and wherein the gas inlet is axially offset relative to the liquid inlet and in fluid communication with the liquid outlet;
wherein the protective casing is formed by a first cover forming the inlet wall and a second cover forming the outlet wall, the first cover and the second cover being at least partially detachable from one another to enable different removable filters to be placed in a dedicated compartment of the protective casing;
wherein the filter is arranged in a removable manner in the protective casing; and
wherein the filtration unit is adapted to engage a container holder intended to be inserted in the nutritional liquid preparation machine.

US Pat. No. 10,165,889

FOOD STEAMER AND RACK SYSTEM

Meyer Intellectual Proper...

1. A cookware apparatus, the apparatus comprising:a) a vessel to retain a fluid, the vessel having a bottom and substantially upright sidewalls extending between the bottom and an upper rim of the vessel;
b) a spacer adapted to be selectively disposed on the vessel, the spacer comprising one or more generally upright sidewalls forming a perimeter of the spacer and defining an interior hollow therebetween, the spacer having an open bottom, wherein, when the spacer is disposed on the vessel, a lower rim of the spacer and the upper rim of the vessel are in generally sealed engagement;
c) a perforated rack adapted to be selectively positioned within the hollow between the lower rim and an upper rim of the spacer, wherein the perforated rack stably engages a portion of the sidewall when positioned within the hollow; and
d) a support rack defining an outer perimeter positionable within the hollow of the spacer, wherein the support rack is adapted to support the perforated rack when the spacer within which the perforated rack is positioned is lowered to surround at least an upper portion of the support rack.

US Pat. No. 10,165,888

HEATING AND COOKING SYSTEM

1. A heating and cooking system, comprising:a combustion chamber bounded by top and bottom surfaces, an air intake, and an air exhaust, the combustion chamber configured to contain an amount of natural fuel; and
a vertical chimney in fluid communication with the air exhaust of the combustion chamber, wherein:
the top surface bounding the combustion chamber is configured to transfer heat to a first cooking surface;
the bottom surface bounding the combustion chamber is configured to transfer heat to a second cooking surface; and
the vertical chimney is configured to transfer heat to a third cooking surface, wherein the combustion chamber is physically isolated from the first and the second cooking surfaces via a sealed configuration that prevents a flow of fluids and a flow of solids between the combustion chamber and both of the first and the second cooking surfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,165,887

COOKING DEVICE UTILIZING INGREDIENT CARTRIDGE ASSEMBLY

Foodstar LLC, Jericho, N...

1. A cooking device effective to utilize an ingredient cartridge assembly, the cooking device comprising:a cooking pot;
a heat source;
a cartridge loading track;
a cartridge propulsion system;
an ingredient loading compartment located along the cartridge loading track;
a gear motor;
a mixing blade within the cooking pot, wherein the gear motor powers the mixing blade;
a stirrer;
a mixing fork within the cooking pot, wherein the stirrer powers the mixing fork; and
a controller in communication with the heat source, the cartridge propulsion system, the gear motor, and the stirrer;
wherein the cartridge propulsion system is configured to:
receive an ingredient cartridge assembly including a cartridge, wherein a protective film on the cartridge is contacted with the cartridge propulsion system; and
turn and pull the protective film to peel off the protective film from the cartridge and to slide the cartridge along the cartridge loading track towards the ingredient loading compartment so that an ingredient inside of the cartridge deposits into the ingredient loading compartment as the cartridge passes over the ingredient loading compartment, wherein the ingredient loading compartment is configured to deposit the ingredient into the cooking pot.

US Pat. No. 10,165,886

BUTTON MANIPULATION DEVICE AND METHOD OF USE THEREOF

1. A button manipulation device for directly controlling a button comprising:a rod base portion;
a head portion;
a flexible body portion;
the rod base portion comprising a first end, a latch and a first concave surface;
the latch and the first concave surface each being formed at the first end;
the latch being extended from the first concave surface;
the head portion comprising a second end, a lip protrusion and a second concave surface;
the lip protrusion and the second concave surface each being formed at the second end;
the lip protrusion being extended from the second concave surface;
the latch and the lip protrusion being oppositely located to each other;
the first concave surface and the second concave surface being oppositely located to each other;
the flexible body portion being connected in between the rod base portion and the head portion;
the flexible body portion comprising an interior surface;
the interior surface being connected in between the first concave surface and the second concave surface;
the latch and the lip protrusion each being cantilevered over the interior surface;
the latch comprising a latch edge;
the lip protrusion comprising a lip protrusion edge;
the latch edge and the lip protrusion edge each being tapered towards the interior surface;
the latch, the lip protrusion, the first concave surface, the second concave surface and the interior surface form a docking port;
the docking port being configured to receive a button;
the latch and the lip protrusion being configured to hold the button; and
the button being inserted and countersunk within the docking port and held by the latch edge and the lip protrusion edge in response to the docking port receiving the button.

US Pat. No. 10,165,885

STACKABLE TRAY WITH COMPARTMENT

1. A tray apparatus comprising:a lap tray having a flat portion and a raised perimeter edge, wherein the flat portion defines a top surface and a bottom surface, wherein the flat portion further defines an aperture;
a tray compartment operably engaged with the lap tray, the tray compartment having a sidewall and a bottom wall, the sidewall and the bottom wall defining, in part, an interior space accessible via the aperture; and
a lid operably engaged with the tray compartment, the lid configured to enclose the interior space of the tray compartment,
wherein the tray compartment further includes a plurality of tray compartment fold lines, the tray compartment configured to fold along the tray compartment fold lines to form the sidewall and the bottom wall of the tray compartment, wherein the lap tray further includes a plurality of lap tray fold lines, the lap tray configured to fold along the lap tray fold lines to form the flat portion and the raised perimeter edge of the lap tray, wherein the lap tray and the tray compartment are configured to transform from a stored configuration to an operating configuration, the lap tray and the tray compartment configured as flat planar surfaces when disposed in the stored configuration, wherein the lap tray and tray compartment of a first tray apparatus are configured to operably engage a lap tray and a tray compartment of a second tray apparatus while disposed in the operating configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,165,884

SERVING CONTAINER AND RING ELEMENT SYSTEM

1. A serving container and ring element system, comprising:a serving dish, wherein said serving dish includes one or more upwardly extending walls, wherein at least a portion of a serving dish lip extends outwardly from an upper edge of said one or more upwardly extending walls, and wherein at least two serving dish handles extend outwardly from said continuous serving dish lip on opposing sides of said serving dish; and
a ring element, wherein said ring element includes a ring element lip having a shape that substantially corresponds to said shape of said serving dish lip, wherein portions of said ring element lip are formed to be positionable around at least a portion of said serving dish lip to provide at least partial frictional engagement between portions of said ring element lip and at least a portion of said serving dish lip, wherein at least two ring element handle portions extend outwardly from said ring element lip, wherein each ring element handle portion has a shape that substantially corresponds to said shape of said serving dish handles, wherein each ring element handle portion includes a handle skirt portion extending downwardly from said handle portion, wherein each handle skirt portion is formed so as to be positionable around at least a portion of a serving dish handle and provide at least partial frictional engagement of said handle skirt portion with at least a portion of said serving dish handle, and wherein when said handle skirt portions are in frictional engagement with at least a portion of each of said serving dish handles, at least a portion of said ring element is secured around and over at least a portion of said serving dish lip, but wherein said ring element does not entirely cover said serving dish.

US Pat. No. 10,165,883

CAN HOLDER SYSTEM

1. A can holder system comprising:a stamped sheet including;
a first-section including;
a first-tab;
and
a second-tab;
a second-section including;
a third-tab;
and
a fourth-tab;
an arcuate-member;
and
a plurality of folding joints;wherein said first-section comprises said first-tab and said second-tab at a top-end and said arcuate-member is positioned at a bottom-end of said first-sectionwherein said second-section extends from said arcuate member;wherein said first-tab and said second-tab are configured to fold in relation to each other creating a u-shaped member;wherein said arcuate-member is configured to partially encircle a container during use;wherein said fourth-tab extends from said third-tab at 45 degrees when folded at one of said plurality of folding joints connecting said fourth-tab and said third-tab;andwherein said stamped sheet is configured to fold at said plurality of folding joints for supporting said container in a substantially upright position.