US Pat. No. 10,918,414

DEVICE, INSTRUMENT AND BELT FOR TYING CERVIX

INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RES...

1. A device for tying a cervix, comprising: a belt for tying the cervix; and an instrument, applied to tie the belt onto the cervix, including: a first outer pipe and a second outer pipe being rotatable to each other; and two fork structures, connected individually to corresponding axial ends of the first outer pipe and the second outer pipe, respectively, each of the two fork structures detachably inserted into the belt, further including: a claw mechanism; and a first inner pipe and a second inner pipe, one of the first inner pipe and the second inner pipe being connected with the claw mechanism, the first inner pipe and the second inner pipe being movable to each other, the two fork structures being located exteriorly to the claw mechanism and able to move back and forth axially about the claw mechanism, wherein the second outer pipe is furnished with a second-outer-pipe sliding slot penetrating and extending axially along the second outer pipe by a predetermined length, the first inner pipe is furnished with a first-inner-pipe sliding slot penetrating and extending axially along the first inner pipe by another predetermined length, the second-outer-pipe sliding slot corresponds to the first-inner-pipe sliding slot, and a sliding node is movable inside the second-outer-pipe sliding slot and the first-inner-pipe sliding.

US Pat. No. 10,918,413

BEDSIDE STEREOTACTIC ULTRASOUND GUIDANCE DEVICE, SYSTEM AND METHOD

The Penn State Research F...

1. A patient interface system comprising:an anchor bolt comprising a circumferential bone attachment portion, a circumferential raised attachment portion, and a pillar member forming an opening therebetween;
an ultrasound probe assembly comprising an ultrasound probe and a distal attachment portion; and
a guide comprising an opening, a first portion configured to attach to the circumferential raised attachment portion of the anchor bolt, a second portion configured to attach to the distal attachment portion of the ultrasound probe assembly, a first encoder configured to generate a first position signal based on a measured position along a first path, and a second encoder configured to generate a second position signal based on a measured position along a second path, wherein each of the plurality of images captured by the ultrasound probe is associated with a set of positions comprising a first position signal and a second position signal, where the ultrasound probe is configured to capture a plurality of images while the second portion is attached to the distal attachment portion; and
a display configured to generate an updated target image while the ultrasound probe assembly is separated from the guide based on the plurality of images captured by the ultrasound probe and the associated set of positions.

US Pat. No. 10,918,412

SURGICAL GUIDANCE DEVICES, METHODS, AND SYSTEMS

Boston Scientific Scimed,...

1. A guidance device for a percutaneous nephrolithotomy procedure, the device comprising:a shaft extending along a shaft axis, the shaft including:
a plurality of markers spaced along the shaft axis; and
a blade extending along the shaft axis; and
a needle guide extending away from the shaft along a needle guide axis transverse with the shaft axis, the needle guide including a plurality of guide structures offset from the shaft axis along the needle guide axis, each of said guide structures being adapted to receive a needle in a direction parallel to the shaft axis,
wherein the guide structures are arranged such that the guide structures each have a guiding axis that is transverse to the needle guide axis, and
wherein lengths of the guide structures decrease along the needle guide in a direction away from the shaft such that the needle guide includes a curved body facing surface configured to be placed against a body to position the guidance device relative to the body for the percutaneous nephrolithotomy procedure.

US Pat. No. 10,918,411

VITRECTOMY PROBE WITH INTEGRAL VALVE

Alcon Inc., Fribourg (CH...

1. A vitrectomy apparatus for performing an ocular surgery, comprising:a vitrectomy probe body graspable by a user;
a cutter extending from the vitrectomy probe body and comprising an inner tube and an outer tube, the inner tube being moveable relative to the outer tube;
a single high pressure supply line extending to the vitrectomy probe body from a pressurized fluid source remote from the vitrectomy probe body;
an actuator within the vitrectomy probe body and configured to actuate the inner tube relative to the outer tube; and
an electrical valve inside the vitrectomy probe body and configured to selectively direct a pressurized fluid, from the single high pressure supply line, to the actuator to actuate the inner tube relative to the outer tube;
wherein the actuator comprises a first chamber and a second chamber separated by a diaphragm, and wherein the electrical valve actuates between a first position that directs the pressurized fluid to the first chamber while venting the second chamber and a second position that vents the first chamber while directing the pressurized fluid to the second chamber to reciprocate the inner tube back and forth within the outer tube.

US Pat. No. 10,918,410

ENDOSCOPIC SURGICAL BLADE AND USE THEREOF

A.M. SURGICAL, INC., Smi...

1. An endoscopic knife assembly, comprising a blade, a knife tube and an alignment ring, wherein the assembly is insertable into a slotted cannula,wherein the blade comprises:
a planar main blade body comprising a distal portion and a proximal portion, and a notch formed within the planar main blade body,
wherein the distal portion of the planar main blade body comprises a radiused top edge facing away from the planar main blade body, an upper cutting surface and a lower cutting surface on a forward edge of the distal portion of the planar main blade body, said cutting surfaces meeting at an angle at a crotch,
wherein at least a portion of a lower edge of the planar main blade body is in contact with a surface of the knife tube, wherein the lower edge of the blade is on an opposite side of the blade from the radiused top edge of the distal blade portion,
wherein the planar main blade body extends along an axis parallel to a longitudinal centerline of the knife tube,
wherein the notch is formed on the lower edge of the blade so that the notch is on the opposite side of the blade from the radiused top edge of the distal blade portion, and is adjacent to the surface of the knife tube,
wherein the distal end of the blade is a portion of the blade distal from the notch.

US Pat. No. 10,918,409

MORCELLATOR WITH AUGER TISSUE FEEDER

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A morcellator comprising:a housing defining a longitudinal axis and having an inner wall defining a passage along the longitudinal axis;
a knife disposed about the inner wall of the housing and secured to a distal portion of the housing, the knife extending distally from the distal portion of the housing;
a first auger disposed within the housing having a first auger shaft and a first auger blade, the first auger shaft extending in a direction parallel to the longitudinal axis of the housing, the first auger configured to rotate relative to the housing such that the first auger blade moves tissue proximally through the passage; and
a second auger disposed within the housing and having a second auger shaft and a second auger blade, the second auger shaft parallel to the first auger shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,918,408

CUTTING DEVICES AND METHODS

Cook Medical Technologies...

1. A method of making a cutting device, the method comprising:bending a distal end of a wire having a main body, a proximal end and the distal end such that a distal tip defining an angle is formed;
forming the distal end such that the angle of the distal tip changes to form a hook defined by a bend and having first and second opposing arms;
flattening a portion of the main body that includes the hook;
sharpening a surface on an inside of the hook; and
forming a curve in the wire at a point proximal of the distal end of the wire;
wherein the curve is contained in a first plane and the hook is contained in a second, different plane;
wherein the first opposing arm extends from the bend toward the curve along the first plane; and
wherein the second opposing arm extends from the bend away from the first opposing arm along the second plane.

US Pat. No. 10,918,407

SURGICAL INSTRUMENT FOR GRASPING, TREATING, AND/OR DIVIDING TISSUE

COVIDIEN LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A surgical instrument, comprising:a housing;
a shaft extending distally from the housing;
an end effector assembly disposed at a distal end of the shaft, the end effector assembly adapted to connect to a source of energy to supply energy to tissue to treat tissue;
a knife slidably disposed within the shaft and movable relative to the end effector assembly between a retracted position and an extended position; and
a trigger operably coupled to the housing, the trigger selectively activatable from a neutral position to a laterally pivoted position to supply energy to the end effector assembly, and selectively actuatable from a distal position to a proximally pivoted position to deploy the knife from the retracted position to the extended position,
wherein, in the laterally pivoted position, proximal actuation of the trigger from the laterally pivoted position is mechanically inhibited, and wherein, in the proximally pivoted position, activation of the trigger is mechanically inhibited.

US Pat. No. 10,918,406

SURGICAL APPARATUS WITH JAW FORCE LIMITER

Gyrus Acmi, Inc., Southb...

1. A forceps comprising:a first jaw member;
a second jaw member, the first jaw member and the second jaw member being in opposing relation relative to one another, the first jaw member and the second jaw member being relatively movable from a first open position when the first jaw member and the second jaw member are disposed in spaced relation relative to one another to a second clamping position when the first jaw member and the second jaw member cooperate to grasp tissue therebetween;
a drive rod assembly; and
a moveable handle attached to a fixed handle, the moveable handle configured to move relative to the fixed handle to move the drive rod assembly for imparting movement of the first jaw member and the second jaw member between the first position and the second position, the moveable handle having an actuator with a lost motion connection between the first and second jaw members and the actuator,
wherein the lost motion connection is configured so that if a force imparted on the drive rod assembly exceeds a predetermined amount of force, the lost motion connection allows the movable handle to return away from the fixed handle to maintain the first jaw member and the second jaw member in the second clamped position, and
wherein the lost motion connection allows the moveable handle to move towards the fixed handle without the first jaw member moving relative to the second jaw member so that the first jaw member and the second jaw member do not move towards the second clamping position when the moveable handle moves towards the fixed handle.

US Pat. No. 10,918,405

SURGICAL INSTRUMENT

1. A surgical instrument with at least one tool unit comprising at least one first tool element, at least one second tool element and at least one coupling element that is connected to the second tool element, the at least one coupling element and the second tool element being supported in such a way that they are together displaceable relative to the first tool element along at least one displacement axis, and with an actuation unit, which comprises at least one actuation element that is coupled with the coupling element in at least one first position of the coupling element relative to the second tool element, wherein the coupling element releases the actuation element in at least one second position relative to the second tool element, and wherein the coupling element is in the at least one second position pivoted laterally outwards about at least one pivot axis that is perpendicular to the second tool element while the second tool element remains in place.

US Pat. No. 10,918,404

SURGICAL DEVICES WITH INTRACORPOREAL ELBOW JOINT

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A surgical device, comprising:a handle;
an elongate tubular body having an inner lumen extending therethrough;
an end effector located distal to the elongate tubular body and configured to engage tissue;
a first plurality of cables extending from the handle, extending through the inner lumen of the elongate tubular body, and being operatively coupled to the end effector; and
a second, different plurality of cables extending from the handle, extending through the inner lumen of the elongate tubular body, and being operatively coupled to the end effector;
wherein:
pitch movement of the handle relative to the elongate tubular body is configured to cause movement of the first plurality of cables and thereby move the end effector in pitch movement corresponding to the pitch movement of the handle;
yaw movement of the handle relative to the elongate tubular body is configured to cause movement of the first plurality of cables and thereby move the end effector in yaw movement corresponding to the yaw movement of the handle;
heave movement of the handle relative to the elongate tubular body is configured to cause movement of the second plurality of cables and thereby move the end effector in heave movement corresponding to the heave movement of the handle; and
sway movement of the handle relative to the elongate tubular body is configured to cause movement of the second plurality of cables and thereby move the end effector in sway movement corresponding to the sway movement of the handle.

US Pat. No. 10,918,403

RETRIEVAL DEVICES AND RELATED METHODS OF USE

Boston Scientific Scimed,...

15. A retrieval device, comprising,a grasper movable between a fully contracted state and an expanded state, the grasper including a plurality of movable members and a plurality of support members, wherein, the grasper moves from the fully contracted state to the expanded state only after:
entireties of each of the plurality of movable members move distally by a distance relative to each of the plurality of support members while the support members remain in the same position, and
the retrieval device further including a sheath fixedly coupled to a proximal end of each of the support members, the sheath extending proximally to encompass at least a portion of the movable members.

US Pat. No. 10,918,402

MEDICAL DEVICE HANDLES AND RELATED METHODS

Boston Scientific Scimed,...

1. An insertion device, comprising:a body and a delivery shaft,
wherein the body includes a longitudinal axis aligned with a central long axis of a proximal end of the delivery shaft; and
a holder coupled to the body of the insertion device,
wherein the holder includes a medical device receiving chamber having a longitudinal axis that is non-parallel to the longitudinal axis of the body,
wherein the medical device receiving chamber has a semi-circular shape and is located at a top portion of the holder,
wherein the holder further includes a stop surface forming an extension of the medical device receiving chamber, wherein the stop surface has a semi-circular shape that is aligned with the semi-circular shape of the receiving chamber, and
wherein the stop surface is narrower and/or shallower than the medical device receiving chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,918,401

MEDICAL DEVICE, MEDICAL SYSTEM, AND TREATMENT METHOD

TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A treatment method for capturing an object in a body lumen and removing the object to an outside of a body by using a removal device including a dilation portion configured to be dilated in a radial direction in a distal portion, a capturing device including a capturing portion and a sheath configured to remove the captured object in a tip portion configured to capture the object in the body lumen, and a cutting device including a cutting unit configured to crush the object captured by the capturing device, the cutting device including a bent portion, and before crushing the object captured by the capturing device, positioning a distal continuous portion of the cutting device with respect to an inner surface of the capturing device to prevent the cutting device from damaging the dilation portion, the treatment method comprising:inserting the capturing device into the body lumen;
dilating the capturing portion in the body lumen;
inserting the distal portion of the removal device into the capturing device and allowing the dilation portion to reach a side closer to a distal side than the object in the body lumen;
moving the dilation portion to a proximal side by dilating the dilation portion and causing the object to be drawn into the capturing portion by the dilation portion and then abutting the dilation portion against a distal side end portion of the capturing portion to occlude the distal side end portion of the capturing portion;
crushing the object by rotating the cutting unit inside the occluded capturing portion; and
removing the crushed object to the outside of the body via the sheath for capturing.

US Pat. No. 10,918,400

PROCEDURE FOR REPAIRING FOOT INJURY

WRIGHT MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY...

1. A method for repairing a Lisfranc injury between a second metatarsal and medial cuneiform comprising the steps of:providing a drill guide assembly comprising:
a body having first and second ends;
a first member extending from said first end of the body;
a second member extending from said body and configured to be longitudinally movable along said body;
one of the two members provided with a guide housing and the other of the two members having a generally curved tip portion;
a sleeve having a longitudinal bore, wherein said guide housing is configured to removably receive said sleeve, wherein said guide housing is provided with a sharp point extending towards the first arm member;
securing said bone pieces positioned between the first and second members and between said sharp point and said first member's outer end by moving the second arm member towards the first member;
making an incision to access said Lisfranc injury site;
placing said curved tip portion of one member between the second metatarsal and third metatarsal base;
placing said sharp point provided on said other member on the medial side of the medial cuneiform in desired alignment with the curved tip portion by closing the two members;
reducing the second metatarsal and the medial cuneiform by compressing the two members;
inserting a first sleeve into the guide housing, said first sleeve configured for receiving a guide wire;
placing a guide wire through the medial cuneiform and the second metatarsal guidingly aligned by the first sleeve at a desired depth defined by said guide wire engaging the curved tip portion;
removing the first sleeve and measuring said depth of the guide wire for determining a proper length for a bone screw for securing the second metatarsal and the medial cuneiform;
inserting a second sleeve into the guide housing, said second sleeve configured for receiving a cannulated drill bit;
drilling a hole through the medial cuneiform and the second metatarsal using the guide wire as a guide;
securing the medial cuneiform to the second metatarsal with a bone screw placed in said drilled hole; and
removing the drill guide assembly device.

US Pat. No. 10,918,399

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR FEMORAL CONDYLAR RESECTION ARTHROPLASTY OF THE KNEE

1. A system for femoral condylar resection arthroplasty of the knee, comprising:a box retractor having a metal lattice support;
a flexible intercondylar insert comprising a pliable plastic;
a distal femoral condyle culling block, wherein the distal femoral condyle cutting block eludes at least one guidewire slot; and
a distal femoral condyle trial.

US Pat. No. 10,918,398

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR TREATING A JOINT, INCLUDING THE TREATMENT OF CAM-TYPE FEMOROACETABULAR IMPINGEMENT IN A HIP JOINT AND PINCER-TYPE FEMOROACETABULAR IMPINGEMENT IN A HIP JOINT

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

25. A method for guiding a surgeon through an arthroscopic debridement of a bone, the method performed at a computer visual guidance system comprising an electronic communication interface, a display, and at least one processor, the method comprising:receiving, by the electronic communication interface, a 2D image of the bone from an intra-operative imaging device;
(ii) automatically analyzing, by the processor, the 2D image so as to determine at least one measurement with respect to the bone;
(iii) automatically annotating, by the processor, the 2D image with at least one annotation relating to the at least one measurement determined with respect to the bone so as to create an annotated 2D image;
(iv) displaying, by the display, the annotated 2D image to the surgeon so as to guide the surgeon through the arthroscopic removal of the bone;
(v) receive a new intra-operative 2D image, from the intra-operative imaging device, showing partial removal of the bone;
(vi) automatically analyze, by the processor, the new intra-operative 2D image so as to determine at least one measurement with respect to the bone;
(vii) automatically annotate, by the processor, the new intra-operative 2D image with at least one annotation relating to the at least one measurement determined with respect to the bone so as to create a new annotated 2D image; and
(viii) display, by the display, in real time the annotated new 2D image to the surgeon so as to guide the surgeon through the arthroscopic removal of the bone.

US Pat. No. 10,918,397

DEVICE FOR MAINTAINING ALIGNMENT OF A CANNULATED SHAFT OVER A GUIDE PIN

Tornier, Inc., Bloomingt...

1. A method comprising;placing a distal portion of a guide pin in a bone;
positioning an elongate tubular driver over a proximal portion of the guide pin, the elongate tubular driver comprising a body having a mechanical alignment indicator disposed therein, the mechanical alignment indicator activated upon misalignment of the elongate tubular driver and guide pin; and
repositioning the elongate tubular driver in response to an extension of the mechanical alignment indicator from a side surface of the elongate tubular driver.

US Pat. No. 10,918,396

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR FEMORAL CONDYLAR RESECTION ARTHROPLASTY OF THE KNEE

1. A method for femoral condylar resection arthroplasty of the knee, comprising the steps of:preserving undamaged meniscus in the knee via arthroscopy or arthrotomy;
making an incision over a joint line of the knee;
providing a flexible intercondylar insert and a distal femoral condyle cutting block;
placing the intercondylar insert comprising a pliable plastic between articular surfaces of a distal femoral condyle and a tibial plateau with the knee in extension;
aligning the distal femoral condyle cutting block with a tide mark;
pinning the distal femoral condyle cutting block at the tide mark;
resecting the distal femoral condyle;
sizing a distal femoral condyle trial component; and
replacing the distal femoral condyle with a correspondingly sized distal femoral condyle trial component.

US Pat. No. 10,918,395

SURGICAL MILLING CUTTER

SKAJSTER FAMILIENSTIFTUNG...

1. A surgical milling cutter designed for removal of bone or cartilage tissue comprising a shaft which defines a longitudinal axis and which is rotatable about an axis of rotation and which has a nominal diameter and a proximal end which can be non-rotatably connected to a drive unit and a distal end opposite the proximal end, wherein provided at the distal end is a milling head having a milling surface which circumferentially surrounds the shaft and extends along the longitudinal axis of the shaft, wherein the milling surface is delimited by a proximally disposed milling surface proximal end and a distally disposed milling surface distal end and a milling surface maximum radius (R1), wherein the milling cutter is of an atraumatic configuration, the milling surface is also proximally operative, the milling surface is enlarged in a distal direction radially beyond the nominal diameter of the shaft, that a protective arrangement is provided at the distal end, the protective arrangement is provided distally from the milling surface distal end, the protective arrangement has a distal contact surface and a protective arrangement maximum radius (R2) for forming a protective ring which surrounds the milling surface maximum radius (R1) in an annular configuration so that the protective arrangement upon rotation of the milling cutter defines around the milling surface a circumferentially surrounding protective zone extending from the protective arrangement maximum radius (R2) to the milling surface distal end, wherein the protective arrangement maximum radius (R2) is markedly larger than the milling surface maximum radius (R1).

US Pat. No. 10,918,394

RADIAL ARTERY COMPRESSION BAND HAVING FINE ADJUSTMENT MECHANISM

Oscor Inc., Palm Harbor,...

1. A radial artery compression band for circumferential placement around the wrist of a patient to apply hemostasis pressure to a vascular intervention site, comprising:a) a first arcuate band portion including a radially outwardly extending support frame;
b) a second elongated band portion including a plurality of longitudinally spaced apart radially outwardly extending ramped engagement teeth;
c) a third elongated band portion extending between the first and second band portions and including a radially inwardly facing compression structure for applying hemostasis pressure to a vascular intervention site on a patient's wrist; and
d) a band adjustment mechanism mounted within the support frame of the first arcuate band portion and including an axially rotatable shaft having a worm gear section with a continuous helical thread for selectively intermeshing with the ramped engagement teeth on the second elongated band portion to adjust band tension through axial rotation of the shaft, wherein the band adjustment mechanism is mounted for selective movement between a locked position in which the continuous helical thread of the worm gear section of the rotatable shaft is intermeshed with the engagement teeth on the second elongated band portion and an unlocked position in which the continuous helical thread of the worm gear section of the rotatable shaft is disengaged from the engagement teeth on the second elongated band portion, and wherein the band adjustment mechanism includes an over-centered latch member that is pivotably mounted to the support frame about a transverse pivot axis.

US Pat. No. 10,918,393

SURGICAL APPLIANCE

GRENA USA LLC, Wilmingto...

1. A surgical appliance comprising an elongate barrel, a carrier secured in a distal end of the barrel, effector jaws mounted to the carrier, a rod or cable positioned within the barrel, a distal end of the rod or cable operatively connected to the effector jaws for opening and closing the effector jaws, a handle at the proximal end of the barrel, the handle including a linear actuator, a proximal end of the rod or cable being operatively connected to the linear actuator, the linear actuator having a slot, the handle further including a pivotally mounted grip, the grip including a primary leg, the primary leg being received in the slot, whereby pivotal movement of the grip results in linear movement of the rod or cable and movement of the effector jaws relative to one another, the handle further including a barrel rotation knob and a sleeve, the barrel rotation knob, the barrel and the sleeve being coupled to rotate in unison, a ring gear received in the sleeve, the ring gear being fixed against rotation, the handle further including a detent latch extending radially through the sleeve, the detent latch engaging the ring gear, whereby rotation of the barrel rotation knob is incremented with yieldable and audible limit stops.

US Pat. No. 10,918,392

LEFT ATRIAL APPENDAGE CLIPPING DEVICE AND METHODS FOR CLIPPING THE LAA

Syntheon 2.0, LLC, Miami...

1. An external left atrial appendage (LAA) exclusion clip, comprising:first and second clip struts separate from one another and each comprising:
a heart-proximate side configured to face an atrium of a heart when the clip struts are implanted on an LAA;
a heart-distal side opposite the heart-proximate side and configured to face away from the atrium when the clip struts are implanted on the LAA;
an LAA tissue-contacting surface;
a bias end;
an open end opposite the bias end;
the first and second clip struts disposed to face the LAA tissue-contacting surfaces towards one another such that:
the bias end of the clip struts together define a bias clip end; and
the open end of the clip struts together define an open clip end opposite the bias clip end;
a bias device comprising:
a first biasing portion:
connecting the first clip strut to the second clip strut;
disposed on an exterior surface of the heart-proximate side of the first and second clip struts; and
crossing over from the first clip strut to the second clip strut at along the exterior surface of the heart-proximate side of the first and second clip struts adjacent the bias clip end; and
a second biasing portion:
connecting the first clip strut to the second clip strut;
disposed on an exterior surface of the heart-distal side of the first and second clip struts; and
crossing over from the first clip strut to the second clip strut at along the exterior surface of the heart-distal side of the first and second clip struts adjacent the bias clip end.

US Pat. No. 10,918,391

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CLAMPING TISSUE AND OCCLUDING TUBULAR BODY LUMENS

AMSEL MEDICAL CORPORATION...

1. An apparatus for securing a tissue layer to another tissue or non-tissue layer comprising:a distal implant comprising a distal body and a plurality of legs extending from the distal body and which may assume (i) a diametrically-reduced delivery configuration in which it can be passed through the layers and (ii) a diametrically-expanded deployed configuration in which the legs are extended radially of the distal body; and
a proximal implant, separate from the distal implant, the proximal implant comprising a proximal body and a plurality of legs extending from the body, the legs being configured to assume (i) a diametrically-reduced delivery configuration and (ii) a diametrically-expanded deployed configuration in which the legs are extended radially of the proximal body;
the implants being connectible to each other, wherein the radially extended configuration of the legs are constructed and arranged so that when the implants are connected together, legs of the proximal and distal implants are interdigitated in the absence of tissue between the implants.

US Pat. No. 10,918,390

HELICAL BALLOON ASSIST DEVICE AND METHOD FOR USING THE SAME

DePuy Synthes Products, I...

15. A helical balloon assisted catheter system comprising:a catheter; and
a helical balloon assist device, slidably contacting an outside of the catheter, comprising:
a tubular balloon formed at least partially into an independent helical shape in an uninflated state, a distalmost end of the tubular balloon slidably contacting the outside of the catheter, and
an inflation tube in sealed communication with the balloon and extending from the balloon in a proximal direction along the outside of the catheter.

US Pat. No. 10,918,389

FLEXIBLE VASCULAR OCCLUDING DEVICE

COVIDIEN LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A device for positioning within a blood vessel for treatment of an aneurysm, the device comprising:a plurality of braided members, wherein the braided members form a lattice structure along the length of the device, each of the braided members comprising an inner surface and an outer surface, the outer surface being configured for positioning adjacent an inner wall of a vessel, and the outer surface forming a portion of an outer circumference of the device between first and second ends of the device, the plurality of braided members forming a plurality of openings extending between adjacent members of the device, the outer surfaces of the plurality of braided members comprising between about 30 percent to about 50 percent of a total circumferential area of the device,
wherein the device k configured to freely bend without permanent deformation 90 degrees about a fulcrum upon application of a bending moment of 0,005 lb-in to the device, and to be compressed to 50% of an original diameter of the device upon application of a force of less than 10 grams, when the device is fully deployed from a delivery catheter, and
wherein at least two of the braided members comprise different metallic materials.

US Pat. No. 10,918,388

ANASTOMOTIC STAPLING REINFORCING BUTTRESS AND METHODS OF DEPLOYMENT

Ethicon, Inc., Somervill...

1. A method of establishing an anastomotic joint between tubular tissue lumens with a circular anastomotic stapler kit, said kit comprising:1) a reinforcing buttress material comprising a substantially flat disk of a flexible, bioabsorbable material having a centrally located aperture and a plurality of radiating slits directed from said centrally located aperture towards a periphery of said disk that forms a plurality of leaflets, said slits terminating in end apertures at a distance from said periphery;
2) an anastomotic stapler comprising a stapling head and an anvil moveable longitudinally relative to the stapling head and mounted on an axially extending moveable shaft, with the stapling head containing a plurality of deployable staples,
3) a deployment tool comprising a hollow cylindrical body with a slidable plunger partially disposed in said body;
4) a cylindrical radially expandable spring sized to fit within said hollow cylindrical body and within a knife cavity of said stapling head, said spring positioned inside the hollow cylindrical body in a compressed state,said method comprising the steps of:a) Axially positioning the spring in a compressed state inside the hollow cylindrical body;
b) Axially positioning the buttress material between the spring inside the hollow cylindrical body and the stapling head;
c) Optionally inserting the hollow cylindrical body into a knife cavity of the stapling head thus bending the leaflets of the buttress material into the knife cavity;
d) Moving the spring using the slidable plunger from the hollow cylindrical body into a knife cavity of the stapling head thus bending the leaflets of the buttress material into the knife cavity;
e) Allowing the spring to radially expand in the knife cavity thus immobilizing the leaflets inside the knife cavity with said spring;
f) Removing the hollow cylindrical body;
g) Positioning the stapling head inside a first tubular tissue and positioning the anvil inside a second tubular tissue;
h) Connecting the anvil to the stapling head via the shaft;
i) Approximating the anvil and the stapling head and compressing said first and second tubular tissues and said buttress material between the stapling head and the anvil;
j) Firing the anastomotic stapler and establishing the anastomotic joint between said first and second tubular tissues;
k) Severing the leaflets from the buttress material.

US Pat. No. 10,918,387

SURGICAL STAPLE CARTRIDGE WITH ENHANCED KNIFE CLEARANCE

Intuitive Surgical Operat...

1. A surgical instrument comprising:an instrument shaft;
an end effector coupled to the instrument shaft and including opposed jaws;
a knife member having a cutting blade; and
a housing included in one of the jaws; the housing including:
a planar upper surface having staple openings extending through the planar upper surface;
a longitudinal slot accommodating movement of the knife member in a distal direction opposite to a proximal direction; and
a distal garage configured to accommodate the knife member in a parked position, the distal garage including a pair lateral surfaces between which an exposed portion of the cutting blade that protrudes beyond the planar upper surface when the knife member is in the parked position is disposed; the pair of lateral surfaces diverging in the proximal direction so as to provide a proximal-most gap sized to enable the knife member to apply significant bending forces to a staple that bridges the proximal-most gap as the staple is brought into contact with the proximal-most gap by the knife member.

US Pat. No. 10,918,386

INTERLOCK AND SURGICAL INSTRUMENT INCLUDING SAME

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A handheld surgical instrument, comprising:a handle;
an elongate shaft extending from said handle;
an end effector extending from said elongate shaft, wherein said end effector comprises:
an anvil;
a channel; and
a cartridge configured to be replaceably positioned in said channel;
a firing assembly, comprising:
a firing member movable from an unfired position to a fired position during a firing stroke; and
a sled movable from a proximal position to a distal position as said firing member is moved through said firing stroke;
a lockout mechanism configured to prevent said firing stroke when said sled is not in said proximal position;
a motor comprising a rotatable output, wherein said rotatable output is operably coupled with said firing member, and wherein said motor is couplable with a supply of current; and
a current sensor configured to detect the current through said motor, wherein when said current through said motor exceeds a threshold value said firing member is prevented from completing said firing stroke, wherein said threshold value corresponds to said current through said motor when said lockout mechanism is activated, and wherein said motor is de-energized when said current through said motor exceeds said threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,918,385

SURGICAL SYSTEM COMPRISING A FIRING MEMBER ROTATABLE INTO AN ARTICULATION STATE TO ARTICULATE AN END EFFECTOR OF THE SURGICAL SYSTEM

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A shaft assembly for use with a surgical system, said shaft assembly comprising:a frame attachable to the surgical system;
an end effector, comprising:
a first jaw;
a second jaw, wherein said first jaw is rotatable relative to said second jaw; and
a staple cartridge comprising staples removably stored therein;
an articulation joint, wherein said end effector is rotatably connected to said frame about said articulation joint;
a firing member extending proximally to terminate at a proximal end, wherein said proximal end of said firing member is translatable between an unfired position and a fired position during a firing stroke to eject said staples from said staple cartridge, and wherein said proximal end of said firing member is rotatable between a first orientation and a second orientation; and
an articulation driver configured to rotate said end effector about said articulation joint, wherein said firing member is operably coupled with said articulation driver when said firing member is in said first orientation, wherein translational movement of said firing member is transmitted to said articulation driver when said firing member is in said first orientation, and wherein said firing member is operably decoupled from said articulation driver when said firing member is in said second orientation.

US Pat. No. 10,918,384

SURGICAL INSTRUMENT, LOADING UNIT FOR USE THEREWITH AND RELATED METHODS

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

6. A method of performing a surgical procedure, comprising:emplacing a first set of fasteners from a first row of slots on a first side of a longitudinal channel of a cartridge assembly through tissue, wherein each slot in a second row of slots on the first side of the longitudinal channel is empty prior to emplacing the first set of fasteners; and
emplacing a second set of fasteners from a third row of slots on a second side of the longitudinal channel of the surgical instrument through tissue.

US Pat. No. 10,918,383

SURGICAL APPARATUS WITH CONDUCTOR STRAIN RELIEF

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A surgical apparatus comprising:an elongate body having proximal and distal portions;
a first connector disposed within the proximal portion of the elongate body;
a tool assembly supported on the distal portion of the elongate body, the tool assembly being articulable relative to the elongate body between a first articulated position and a non-articulated position;
a second connector disposed within the tool assembly; and
a conductor electrically coupling the first connector and the second connector, the conductor having a first effective length when the tool assembly is in a first articulated position, and a second effective length when the tool assembly is in the non-articulated position, the first effective length being longer than the second effective length.

US Pat. No. 10,918,382

INTRAORAL STAPLER

1. An intraoral surgical stapling apparatus, comprising:a handle assembly having a trigger configured for selective actuation of a surgical staple of the intraoral surgical stapling apparatus;
a barrel section extending outward from the handle assembly, the barrel section including a staple firing mechanism configured to load and advance the surgical staple in a loading position towards a forward end of the intraoral surgical stapling apparatus;
the staple firing mechanism comprising a fixed body forming a channel, the channel adapted to receive an advancing unit therein, the advancing unit operably connected to the trigger;
the advancing unit comprising:
a sliding plate disposed within the channel;
a pair of splay arms positioned forward the sliding plate, wherein each of the splay arms comprise:
a forward end opposite a rearward end, the rearward end comprising a vertical pivot pin extending from an upper side thereof and extending into a track disposed along an upper end of the barrel section, the track configured to slidably receive the pivot pin therein;
the forward end comprising a recessed portion configured to engage the surgical staple;
wherein a forwardmost portion of the track prevents further advancement of the pivot pin;
wherein actuation of the trigger is configured to cause cooperate movement of the sliding plate and the pair of splay arms;
wherein the advancing unit is selectively movable between the loading position, a forward advancing position, and a staple open biasing position;
wherein the loading position, the advancing unit is configured to engage the staple;
wherein the forward advancing position, the pair of splay arms are advance the engaged staple forward;
wherein the staple open biasing position, the engaged staple is biased and configured to be applied to the tissue site.

US Pat. No. 10,918,381

APPLICATOR INSTRUMENTS HAVING DRIVE SYSTEMS WITH FLEXIBLE MEMBERS FOR DISPENSING SURGICAL FASTENERS

Ethicon, Inc., Somervill...

1. An applicator instrument for dispensing surgical fasteners comprising:an elongated shaft having a proximal end and a distal end;
a housing connected with said proximal end of said elongated shaft;
a trigger;
a gear train coupled with said trigger, wherein said trigger is squeezable for moving said gear train for commencing a firing cycle;
a firing system disposed in said housing, wherein said firing system is coupled with said gear train during an energy storing stage of said firing cycle and decoupled from at least one gear of said gear train during an energy releasing stage of said firing cycle, said firing system comprising
a storage reel,
a spool,
a drive wheel located adjacent to said storage reel and said spool,
a constant torque spring having a proximal end connected to said spool and a distal end connected to said drive wheel,
a flexible member in contact with said drive wheel, said flexible member having a proximal end connected to said storage reel, a distal end, and a length that is configured to be driven by said drive wheel toward said distal end of said elongated shaft,
wherein during the energy storing stage of said firing cycle said gear train is coupled with said storage reel for rotating said storage reel, which, in turn, winds said flexible member onto said storage reel for retracting said flexible member, which, in turn, rotates said drive wheel, which, in turn, winds said constant torque spring from said spool onto said drive wheel for storing energy in said constant torque spring, and wherein during said firing cycle said distal end of said flexible member is advanced distally outside said housing to the distal end of said elongated shaft, wherein the distal end of said elongated shaft defines a distal-most end of said applicator instrument.

US Pat. No. 10,918,380

SURGICAL INSTRUMENT SYSTEM INCLUDING A CONTROL SYSTEM

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A surgical instrument system, comprising:a shaft;
an end effector extending from said shaft, comprising:
a proximal end;
a distal end;
a first jaw; and
a second jaw rotatable relative to said first jaw;
an actuation member movable toward said distal end during an actuation stroke, wherein said actuation member comprises a first portion configured to engage said first jaw and a second portion configured to engage said second jaw and control a position of said second jaw relative to said first jaw during said actuation stroke;
a sensor system configured to detect positions of said actuation member during said actuation stroke;
an electric motor configured to move said actuation member through said actuation stroke;
a trigger coupled to said electric motor, wherein a rotational speed of said electric motor is related to an amount of movement of said trigger; and
a control system in communication with said sensor system, said electric motor and said trigger, wherein said control system is configured to limit a maximum movement of said trigger based on a signal generated by the sensor system.

US Pat. No. 10,918,379

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR SUTURE PLACEMENT

DURASTAT LLC, Wayne, PA ...

1. A suturing device comprising:a needle having a first end, which is pointed, and a second end;
a suture connected with the needle;
an elongate body including a proximal end portion and a distal end portion;
an actuator interacting with the elongate body and operable between a first operating position and a second operating position; and
a needle holder extending away from the distal end portion or provided as part of the distal end portion of the elongate body, the needle holder including a distal end section having a distal-most tip, the needle holder defining a needle passage for holding the needle and a distal opening,
wherein movement of the actuator from the first operating position toward the second operating position moves the needle in an advance direction with respect to the needle holder toward a released condition in which the needle has passed through the distal opening and is released from the elongate body,
wherein at least a portion of the suture extends through the distal opening when the needle is received in the needle passage and the actuator is in the first operating position, and
wherein at least a portion of the suture extends along the needle passage toward the distal opening between the needle and an inner surface of the needle holder when the needle is received in the needle passage and the actuator is in the first operating position.

US Pat. No. 10,918,378

SUTURE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME

JWORLD CO., LTD., Chungc...

1. A method of producing a suture, comprising:a first step of heating a suture raw material under a predetermined temperature condition;
a second step of pressurizing the suture raw material heated in the first step to perform a compression-molding;
a third step of forming cutting lines in a first edge and a second edge of a compression-molded suture product formed in the second step; and
forming a barb portion by applying a tensile force after the third step to the compression-molded suture product having the cutting lines formed therein,
wherein the cutting lines are continuously formed to be spaced apart from each other at a predetermined interval, the cutting lines being inclined at a constant angle toward one direction or both directions of the first edge and the second edge.

US Pat. No. 10,918,377

OPHTHALMIC WOUND CLOSURE DEVICES AND METHODS

Edwin Ryan, St. Paul, MN...

1. A method, comprising:pressing a transparent portion of a visualization device in direct contact with an ophthalmic wound;
moving fluids away from the ophthalmic wound as a result of pressure from the transparent portion to enhance visualization of the ophthalmic wound; and
suturing the ophthalmic wound while maintaining pressure of the transparent portion against the ophthalmic wound, wherein the transparent portion of the visualization device is thinner in a middle suture clearance cutaway region that facilitates insertion of a suture through the suture clearance cutaway region while the substantially transparent portion is in contact with the eye.

US Pat. No. 10,918,376

THERAPY PROTOCOL ACTIVATION TRIGGERED BASED ON INITIAL COUPLING

Nyxoah SA, Mont-St-Guibe...

1. A device for treating sleep apnea, and for cooperating with a patch configured for adhesion to convey power from a location external to a subject to an implant beneath the subject's skin, the device comprising:a housing configured for selective mounting on a side of the patch, the housing including one or more electrical connectors configured to maintain electrical contact with an electrical portion of an antenna, the electrical portion of the antenna being exposed on the side of the patch for mounting the housing; and
at least one processor within the housing, wherein the at least one processor is configured to:
be activated by the selective mounting of the housing on the patch, wherein activation enables the implant to modulate a hypoglossal nerve and thereby cause contraction of a genioglossus muscle;
after the activation of the at least one processor, cause generation of sub-modulation signals to facilitate placement of the patch on the subject's skin at a position relative to an implant beneath the subject's skin, the sub-modulation signals having a power level below a stimulation threshold for a nerve or nerve tissue;
discontinue the sub-modulation signals after the placement of the patch at the position relative to the implant beneath the subject's skin;
delay, for a predetermined amount of time after the activation of the at least one processor and the placement of the patch, generation of modulation signals to thereby delay at least one contraction of a genioglossus muscle until after the subject has had an opportunity to fall asleep; and
increase one or more parameters of the modulation signals periodically until receiving a feedback signal indicating nerve modulation has occurred.

US Pat. No. 10,918,375

APPARATUSES AND METHODS FOR FIXATION OF ANKLE SYNDESMOSIS OR ACROMIOCLAVICULAR JOINT DISLOCATIONS OF THE SHOULDER

ARTHREX, INC., Naples, F...

1. An apparatus for performing surgical repairs, comprising:a first suture fixation device including an elongated shape that is adapted for insertion through a bone hole in a first configuration and for positioning relative to a bone cortex in a second configuration;
a second suture fixation device that includes a shape that is different from the elongated shape;
a flexible suture coupling connected to the first suture fixation device and the second suture fixation device,
wherein a free end of the flexible suture coupling is received through an aperture of a round portion of the second suture fixation device, and wherein the free end is tensionable to shorten a length of the flexible suture coupling between the first suture fixation device and the second suture fixation device and thereby move the first suture fixation device and the second suture fixation device closer together;
a passing device; and
a suture connecting the passing device to the first suture fixation device.

US Pat. No. 10,918,374

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR PERCUTANEOUS TRICUSPID VALVE REPAIR

Edwards Lifesciences Corp...

1. A method for repairing a tricuspid valve of a patient's heart comprising the steps of:positioning a locating catheter through the tricuspid valve into a right ventricle with a distal end of the locating catheter contacting the tricuspid annulus inside the right ventricle at a first location;
advancing a wire delivery catheter into the right atrium with a distal end of the wire delivery catheter being disposed opposite the distal end of the locating catheter, and contacting the tricuspid annulus inside the right atrium at the first location;
advancing a distal end of a wire from the right atrium across the tricuspid annulus to the right ventricle at the first location, wherein the wire tracks through an axial lumen of the wire delivery catheter;
tracking a first tissue anchor delivery catheter over the wire, crossing the tricuspid annulus with a distal end of the first tissue anchor delivery catheter being disposed inside the right ventricle; and
deploying a first tissue anchor through the first tissue anchor delivery catheter with a distal portion of the first tissue anchor positioned against the tricuspid annulus from inside the right ventricle, and a proximal portion of the tissue anchor being positioned against the tricuspid annulus from inside the right atrium.

US Pat. No. 10,918,373

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR LOCATING AND IMPLANTING TISSUE ANCHORS AT MITRAL VALVE COMMISSURE

Edwards Lifesciences Corp...

1. A method for percutaneously locating a mitral valve commissure, comprising the steps of:providing a mitral valve commissure locating system, wherein the mitral valve commissure locating system comprises
a bow catheter comprising an elongated tubular body having a proximal end and a distal end, wherein the bow catheter has a window formed therein;
a central catheter comprising an elongated tubular body having a proximal end and a distal end, wherein the central catheter is slidably disposed within a lumen of the bow catheter;
first and second bow wires each comprising a proximal end and a distal end, wherein each of the proximal ends of the bow wire are attached to the distal end of the bow catheter, and the distal ends of the first and second bow wire are attached to the distal end of the central catheter, and wherein when the distal end of the elongated tubular body of the central catheter moves towards the distal end of the elongated tubular body of the bow catheter, the first and second bow wires bend radially outwardly to form and define a general plane;
third and fourth bow wires that are disposed within the window and are configured to move between a rest position and a radial extended position in which the third and fourth bow wires extend radially outward through the window, wherein proximal ends of the third and fourth bow wires attach to an edge of the window and distal ends of the third and fourth bow wires attach to the central catheter along the elongated tubular body thereof;
delivering the mitral valve commissure locating system percutaneously across the mitral valve, with the distal ends of the third and fourth bow wires positioned distally to the mitral annulus and the proximal ends of the third and fourth bow wires positioned proximally to the mitral annulus, wherein the first and second bow wires are disposed in the left pulmonary vein;
moving the distal end of the central catheter towards the distal end of the bow catheter so that the first, second, third and fourth bow wires bend radially outwardly;
visualizing the curvature of the third and fourth bow wires as they bend radially outwardly, and discontinuing the outward radial bending of the third and fourth bow wires when narrower waists form along the curvatures of the third and fourth bow wires which is indicative of locating the mitral valve commissure.

US Pat. No. 10,918,372

SUTURE ANCHOR

Parcus Medical LLC, Sara...

1. An anchor comprising:a stopper portion and a fixing portion, said fixing portion having a surface disposed adjacent to a surface of said stopper portion so as to constrain a motion of said stopper portion within a tissue matrix, said fixing portion including a wadding feature, said wadding feature including a flexible portion, said flexible portion including a contiguous deployment suture with a first deployment suture portion and a second deployment suture portion, said flexible portion including a third sliding suture portion, said second deployment suture portion and said third sliding suture portion being disposed longitudinally within an axial cavity of said first deployment suture portion, said first deployment suture portion having a surface region adapted to be urged outwardly from a longitudinal axis of said stopper portion when tension is applied to said second deployment suture portion such that said wadding feature assumes a constricted configuration, whereby said wadding feature does not require contact with said surrounding tissue matrix to transition from an un-constricted configuration to said constricted configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,918,371

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR RETRACTING BRAIN TISSUE DURING BRAIN SURGERY

BRAIN INNOVATIONS LLC, B...

1. An assembly for facilitating brain surgery performed through an opening having a rim, created in the skull of a patient, comprising:(a) a curved frame, defining an inward dimension and an outward dimension;
(b) at least one clamp arm sub-assembly, attached to said frame, including:
(i) a clamp arm frame clamp, releasably attached to said frame;
(ii) a clamp arm having a longitudinal dimension, releasably held and supported by said clamp arm frame clamp, and adjustable in position relative to said frame clamp along said longitudinal dimension;
(iii) a skull clamp, supported by said arm, and having a head and a tongue, which have mutually opposed parallel planar surfaces, and a tightening mechanism permitting said tongue to be brought closer to said head from an initial position, to clamp said rim between said mutually opposed parallel planar surfaces of said head and said tongue;
(c) at least one spatula arm sub-assembly, including:
(i) a spatula arm frame clamp, releasably attached to said frame;
(ii) a spatula arm held and supported by said spatula arm frame clamp, and extending in said inward dimension to an inward end; and
(iii) a spatula extending from said inward end of said spatula arm of said spatula arm sub-assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,918,370

SUPPORT DEVICE MOUNTABLE TO THE PELVIC BONE

Rainer Baumgart, Munich ...

1. An apparatus for stretching soft tissue parts in the hip region, comprising:a distraction marrow nail that has a proximal anchoring part, and a distal telescoping part that can be moved in the longitudinal direction with reference to the anchoring part, wherein the anchoring part at its proximal end located opposite the telescoping part comprises a support end having a ball; and
a support apparatus mountable on the pelvic bone for supporting the support end of the distraction marrow nail, wherein the support apparatus comprises a base plate attachable to the pelvic bone and a mounting device provided on the base plate for movably mounting the support end of the distraction marrow nail,
wherein the mounting device comprises a ball seat having a cavity that forms a ball seat surface for mounting the ball, wherein the inside radius of the ball seat surface corresponds to the outside radius of the ball, and wherein the ball seat is configured and disposed in such a manner that the distraction marrow nail can perform a movement sufficient for an extensively normal movement pattern of the femur and cannot luxate out of the ball seat when implanted in the femur.

US Pat. No. 10,918,369

INSTRUMENTS AND METHODS FOR COMPLETE PLANTAR PLATE REPAIRS

ARTHREX, INC., Naples, F...

1. A method of plantar plate repair, comprising:exposing a metatarsophalangeal joint affected by a plantar plate tear;
distracting the metatarsophalangeal joint to expose a plantar plate, wherein distracting the metatarsophalangeal joint includes placing a first k-wire in a metatarsal bone of the metatarsophalangeal joint, placing a second k-wire in a phalangeal bone of the metatarsophalangeal joint, placing a distractor over the first k-wire and the second k-wire, and then spreading the distractor to expose the plantar plate,
wherein placing the distractor over the first k-wire and the second k-wire includes sliding a first housing of the distractor down over the first k-wire and sliding a second housing of the distractor down over the second k-wire,
wherein the distractor includes a first handle, a first arm that extends from the first handle, a second handle, a second arm that extends from the second handle, and a pivot pin extending through the first arm and the second arm, wherein each of the first handle and the second handle includes an oblong shaped finger opening disposed at a proximal most end of the distractor;
passing a first suture portion and a second suture portion through the plantar plate;
removing the distractor, the first k-wire, and the second k-wire;
drilling a first hole and a second hole through the phalangeal bone, wherein the first hole and the second hole are crossing drill holes;
passing the first suture portion through the first hole;
passing the second suture portion through the second hole; and
tying the first suture portion and the second suture portion together with a knot, thereby advancing the plantar plate onto the phalangeal bone.

US Pat. No. 10,918,368

FORCE MEASURING JOINT DISTRACTION LEVER

MAKO Surgical Corp., For...

1. A joint distraction lever, comprising:a lever body having a handle portion and a working portion;
a cantilever beam positioned within a slot extending through the working portion and configured to deform, when a torque is applied to the handle portion of the joint distraction lever, from a first orientation aligned with the working portion to a second orientation misaligned from the working portion;
a fulcrum coupled to and extending from the cantilever beam, wherein the working portion is straight at a location from which the fulcrum extends, the fulcrum configured to move partially into the slot through the working portion when the cantilever beam is deformed to the second orientation;
a distal tip spaced apart from the fulcrum;
a measurement device coupled to the lever body and configured to measure a deformation of the cantilever beam relative to the working portion, wherein the deformation is indicative of a distraction force applied at the distal tip.

US Pat. No. 10,918,367

HEART ROTATOR

Terumo Cardiovascular Sys...

1. A heart rotator tool comprising:a malleable guide rail with a distal end, wherein the distal end is configured to conform to a desired shape along a surface of a heart tissue;
a suction cup adapted for grasping the heart tissue;
a slider slidably mounted on the guide rail which flexibly conforms to a shape of the guide rail while sliding, the slider having a distal end connected to the suction cup and having a proximal end for providing a handgrip; and
a vacuum tube joined to the suction cup and carried by the slider, wherein the vacuum tube is configured to selectively couple a vacuum source to the suction cup.

US Pat. No. 10,918,366

STEERABLE LOCKING CATHETER

DePuy Synthes Products, I...

1. A steerable catheter comprising:a flexible distal shaft comprising:
a first primary direction of flexibility;
a second primary direction of flexibility;
a first secondary direction of flexibility;
a second secondary direction of flexibility;
an inner layer;
a segmented mid-layer with different oriented notches comprising:
a primary plurality of notches comprising a primary depth, a primary outer width, and a primary inner width; and
wherein the primary depth, the primary outer width, and the primary inner width are related to the primary angle of flexibility;
wherein the primary outer width is greater than the primary inner width;
wherein the primary plurality of notches are configured to bend in the first primary direction of flexibility;
a secondary plurality of notches comprising a secondary depth, a secondary outer width, and a secondary inner width;
wherein the secondary depth, the secondary outer width, and the secondary inner width are related to the secondary angle of flexibility;
the secondary outer width is greater than the secondary inner width; and
wherein the secondary plurality of notches are configured to bend in the first secondary direction of flexibility; and
an outer layer.

US Pat. No. 10,918,365

MEDICAL RETRIEVAL SYSTEMS AND RELATED METHODS

Boston Scientific Scimed,...

1. A medical device, comprising:a C-shaped stabilizer defining a longitudinally extending passage and configured to be coupled to a port of an insertion device;
a shaft configured for telescopic translation within the stabilizer, wherein the shaft includes at least one extension movably received within the passage;
a grip coupled to the shaft; and
an actuator coupled to the grip, wherein the actuator is axially moveable relative to the grip so as to selectively actuate a distal assembly of the medical device,
wherein the stabilizer further includes a first longitudinally extending slot on a first side of the passage, and a second longitudinally extending slot on a second side of the passage opposite the first side, and wherein a length of the first longitudinally extending slot or the second longitudinally extending slot is less than a length of the longitudinally extending passage.

US Pat. No. 10,918,364

INTELLIGENT ADAPTER ASSEMBLY FOR USE WITH AN ELECTROMECHANICAL SURGICAL SYSTEM

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. An adapter assembly for selectively interconnecting a surgical end effector that is configured to perform a surgical function and an electromechanical surgical device that is configured to actuate the end effector, the end effector including a plurality of force receiving drive members, and the surgical device including a plurality of rotatable drive shafts, the adapter assembly comprising:a housing configured and adapted for selective connection with the surgical device and to be in selective operative communication with each of the plurality of rotatable drive shafts of the surgical device;
an outer tube having a proximal end supported by the housing and a distal end configured and adapted for selective connection with the end effector, wherein the distal end of the outer tube is in selective operative communication with each of the plurality of force receiving drive members of the end effector;
a plurality of drive assemblies for interconnecting the plurality of rotatable drive shafts of the surgical device and the plurality of force receiving drive members of the end effector, wherein at least one drive assembly of the plurality of drive assemblies is configured to at least transmit or convert a rotational force to a linear force; and
a circuit board supported in the housing and storing a specific designated function for each drive assembly of the plurality of drive assemblies.

US Pat. No. 10,918,363

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR TRACK COAGULATION

1. A method for thermal coagulation necrosis of cells, the method comprising:providing a probe having a proximal and, an opposite distal end, an exterior first conductor, an interior second conductor, and exterior first insulator, and an interior second insulator;
a first portion of the interior second conductor extending through the interior second insulator,
a first portion of the interior second insulator extending through the exterior first conductor,
a first portion of the exterior first conductor extending through the exterior first insulator,
a second portion of the interior second conductor forming an enclosed end portion of the probe, a second portion of the exterior first conductor being spaced from the enclosed end portion of the interior second conductor by a second portion of the interior second insulator;
withdrawing the probe in increments through tissue via a path that traverses at least some bone tissue;
for each of the increments, at least partially concurrently delivering energy in a bipolar manner between the enclosed end portion of the second portion of the interior second conductor and the second portion of the exterior first to heat a layer of tissue surrounding the probe to a temperature sufficient for the thermal coagulation necrosis of cells thereby, the energy being supplied to the probe by an electrosurgical generator that is electrically coupled to at least one of the exterior first conductor and the interior second conductor; and
deactivating a cooling system that extends through the probe and terminates within the enclosed end portion of the interior second conductor when the energy is being delivered to the probe, the probe being not actively cooled by the cooling system during the withdrawal of the probe.

US Pat. No. 10,918,362

TOILET VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUND ANALYSIS SYSTEM FOR URINE

Hall Labs LLC, Provo, UT...

1. An in-toilet urinalysis system comprising:a toilet bowl comprising a receptacle, wherein the receptacle is configured to receive a urine sample;
a urine volatilizer system, wherein the urine volatilizer system is attached to the toilet bowl and comprises a heater configured to generate heat, wherein the heat generated by the heater volatilizes at least a portion of the urine sample;
one or more measurement devices comprising a processor, wherein the one or more measurement devices include a light source or a processor that generates heat, measurement devices generate heat, wherein the one or more measurement devices is attached to the toilet bowl; and
a trigger sensor, wherein when the trigger sensor senses urination by a user, the trigger sensor actuates the one or more measurement devices causing the one or more measurement devices to conduct measurements of volatile organic compounds released from the urine sample followed by analysis of the measurements by the processor;
wherein the system is configured to remove heat from the light source or the processor to assist the urine volatilizer system in volatizing the urine sample.

US Pat. No. 10,918,361

SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF DISSIPATING HEAT FROM A HANDHELD MEDICAL IMAGING DEVICE

FUJIFILM SONOSITE, INC., ...

1. A handheld ultrasound system, comprising:an enclosure comprising a base portion and a rear cover, wherein the enclosure has a first end opposite a second end, wherein the first end of the enclosure includes a groove configured to receive a portion of an operator's hand, wherein the second end includes a slot located at an edge of the rear cover and configured to allow air to pass therethrough;
a frame in the enclosure attached to the base portion;
a heat sink positioned at the second end of the enclosure adjacent the slot and attached to the frame via a thermally insulating pad to form a portion of the frame, wherein the shape of the heat sink conforms to a shape of the edge of the rear cover at the second end of the enclosure and at least a portion of the heat sink passively dissipates heat via the slot, and wherein the heat sink forms an outer edge of the frame;
electronics carried by the enclosure, wherein the electronics are configured to be communicatively coupled to one or more ultrasound transducer elements in a probe; anda heat transfer member in the enclosure in thermal communication with at least a portion of the electronics, wherein the heat transfer member extends from the electronics toward the heat sink, and wherein the heat transfer member is configured to conduct heat from the electronics toward the slot via the heat sink and away from the groove in the enclosure and the rear cover.

US Pat. No. 10,918,360

ULTRASOUND DIAGNOSTIC APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING ULTRASOUND DIAGNOSTIC APPARATUS

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

9. A method for controlling an ultrasound diagnostic apparatus including an ultrasound probe, the method comprising:a step of transmitting and receiving an ultrasound beam to and from a subject using the ultrasound probe and converting a received signal output from the ultrasound probe into an image to generate an ultrasound image of the subject, according to set imaging conditions;
a step of determining an imaging part of the subject using the generated ultrasound image, thereby obtaining a determination result indicative of the imaging part that has been captured in a frame;
a step of storing a plurality of determination results corresponding to a plurality of frames for the imaging part; and
a step of integrating the stored determination results corresponding to the plurality of frames and outputting the imaging part indicated by the largest number of determination results among the plurality of determination results as an integrated determination result.

US Pat. No. 10,918,359

ULTRASOUND IMAGING ASSEMBLY AND METHOD FOR DISPLAYING ULTRASOUND IMAGES

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. An ultrasound imaging assembly, comprising:an image processing unit adapted to receive and evaluate at least one set of ultrasound data resulting from an ultrasound scan of a volume of interest and to provide corresponding image data on the basis of the at least one set of ultrasound data,
a display unit adapted to display an ultrasound image on the basis of the image data,
an evaluation unit adapted to:
detect, based on the ultrasound data, a shadowed portion of the volume of interest, wherein the shadowed portion is associated with a boundary between two tissues of different impedance; and
determine a three-dimensional boundary of the shadowed portion within the volume of interest based on lengths of the shadowed portion along respective directions of propagation of ultrasound waves of the ultrasound scan,
wherein the image processing unit is further adapted to determine ultrasound image data of a plurality of different two-dimensional slices of the shadowed portion, wherein the plurality of different two-dimensional slices are disposed in a transverse direction to each other, and
wherein the display unit is adapted to display a graphical representation of a cross-section of the three-dimensional boundary of the shadowed portion superimposed on at least one two-dimensional image slice of the plurality of different two-dimensional slices.

US Pat. No. 10,918,358

MONITORING SYSTEM METHOD AND DEVICE

Shenzhen Mindray Bio-Medi...

1. A monitoring system, comprising:an ultrasound imaging unit comprising:
a probe which transmits ultrasound waves to a tissue and receives ultrasound echoes which are reflected from the tissue and carry information about the tissue, wherein the tissue comprises a heart; and
an image processing unit input connected with the probe which receives ultrasound echo signals outputted by the probe and processes the ultrasound echo signals to generate ultrasound images, wherein the ultrasound images comprises echocardiography images representing heart information;
an electrocardiogram (ECG) monitoring unit which monitors ECG to generate ECG information varying over time; and
a data processing unit having an input connected with an output of the image processing unit and an output of the ECG monitoring unit, wherein the data processing unit receives the echocardiography images and generates mechanical movement markers of an atrium and a ventricle and outputs the mechanical movement markers of the atrium and the ventricle and the ECG information to an output unit,
wherein the mechanical movement markers are systole markers of heart chambers which comprise atrial systole markers and ventricular systole markers;
wherein the atrial systole markers and ventricular systole markers are graphically represented as bars that are displayed in a time relationship with the ECG information; and
wherein a length of each atrial systole marker and ventricular systole marker indicates an atrial systolic duration and a ventricular systolic duration, respectively;
wherein each bar is parallel to a time axis, each bar corresponding to an atrial systole is displayed in a first line parallel to the time axis, each bar corresponding to a ventricular systole is displayed in a second line parallel to the time axis, and two ends of each bar respectively correspond to an end-diastolic time point and an end-systolic time point;
wherein a distance is formed between the bars representing the atrial systole and the ventricular systole of a heartbeat, and wherein a connection line is displayed connecting the end-diastolic time points of two bars.

US Pat. No. 10,918,357

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR AUTOMATICALLY DETERMINING AN ANATOMICAL MEASUREMENT OF ULTRASOUND IMAGES

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A computer implemented method, comprising:identifying a view characteristic of an ultrasound image, wherein the ultrasound image includes one or more anatomical features;
receiving a first selection at a first position within the ultrasound image;
automatically identifying a select contextual indicator based on the view characteristic and the first position;
selecting a diagnostic measurement (DM) tool based on the select contextual indicator which is generated on a display;
automatically determining an anatomical measurement, to be performed upon the ultrasound image utilizing the DM tool, based on the select contextual indicator and wherein the contextual indicator corresponds to one or more characteristics of an ultrasound image relative to the first selection.

US Pat. No. 10,918,356

ULTRASOUND TRANSDUCERS HAVING ELECTRICAL TRACES ON ACOUSTIC BACKING STRUCTURES AND METHODS OF MAKING THE SAME

General Electric Company,...

1. An ultrasound transducer, comprising:a transducer array having a first side and a second side and comprising a plurality of transducer elements;
a plurality of ground electrodes disposed on the first side of the transducer array;
a plurality of signal electrodes disposed on the second side of the transducer array;
an acoustic backing structure operatively coupled to the plurality of transducer elements of the transducer array, wherein the acoustic backing structure includes a complex curved surface comprising a curved surface and a plurality of planar surfaces, wherein the plurality of transducer elements of the transducer array are disposed on the curved surface;
a plurality of electrical traces routed on the complex curved surface of the acoustic backing structure, wherein the plurality of electrical traces comprises a plurality of signal traces and a plurality of ground traces, wherein one or more signal traces of the plurality of signal traces have a varying thickness, wherein each of the plurality of electrical traces is routed on the curved surface and at least one of the plurality of planar surface, wherein a first of the plurality of electrical traces is operatively connected to a first of the plurality of signal electrodes and a second of the plurality of electrical traces is operatively connected to a second of the plurality of the signal electrodes, wherein a third of the plurality of electrical traces is operatively connected to a first of the plurality of ground electrodes and a fourth of the plurality of electrical traces is operatively connected to a second of the plurality of ground electrodes, wherein the plurality of electrical traces are conformally disposed on the complex curved surface of the acoustic backing structure using additive fabrication; and
a plurality of ports connected to the acoustic backing structure, wherein each of the plurality of ports is connected to one of the plurality of electrical traces, wherein the acoustic backing structure is tapered so that it is wider at the curved surface than at the plurality of ports in a direction perpendicular to the plurality of planar surfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,918,355

ULTRASOUND DIAGNOSTIC DEVICE AND ULTRASOUND DIAGNOSTIC METHOD

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. An ultrasound diagnostic device comprising:an ultrasound probe including a plurality of ultrasound transducers configured to transmit ultrasound waves to an object and to receive ultrasound waves reflected from the object to output an ultrasound detection signal; and
a computer configured to set a region of interest within the object and set points along each line along which each of said ultrasound waves is transmitted in the region of interest;
wherein the computer is configured to perform a predetermined number of transmission focuses of the ultrasound waves from the ultrasound probe along each line along which each of said ultrasound waves is transmitted in the region of interest to form a pseudo point reflection which includes transmitting said ultrasound waves and receiving reflected ultrasound waves from each of pseudo reflection sources that are focusing points of each of said transmission focuses; and
wherein the computer is configured to calculate a sound velocity or an attenuation with respect to each point of interest in the region of interest based on the received signal at each of the ultrasound transducers regarding the reflected ultrasound waves of the pseudo point reflection at the points in the region of interest; and
wherein the computer is configured to obtain a variation index indicating non-uniformity of a sound velocity or an attenuation in the region of interest based on a magnitude of a variation of said sound velocity or attenuation at each point of interest calculated according to said reflected ultrasound waves of the pseudo point reflection.

US Pat. No. 10,918,354

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR GUIDING CARDIOPULMONARY RESUSCITATION DURING CARDIAC ARREST

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON,...

1. A cardiac arrest resuscitation guidance medical device, comprising:a measuring probe capable of measuring at least one hemodynamic property of blood flowing through at least one blood vessel of a subject, wherein the at least one hemodynamic property includes blood flow in a first direction and blood flow in a second direction;
an interface element coupled to the measuring probe, wherein a first side of the interface element comprises reference indicia guiding application of the interface element along a sternocleidomastoid of the subject and reference indicia guiding application of the interface element along a jawline of the subject, wherein a second side of the interface element comprises an adhesive material for adhering the interface element to the subject, and wherein the interface element includes a mechanical fixture to angle a face of the measuring probe with respect to the at least one blood vessel; and
a blood flow monitoring device operably coupled to the measuring probe, the blood flow monitoring device comprising: at least one processor effective to execute instructions that cause the at least one processor to:
collect data representing at least one measured hemodynamic property of the blood, the at least one measured hemodynamic property of the blood including blood flow in a first direction and blood flow in a second direction;
determine a net hemodynamic property of the blood based on the blood flow in the first direction and the blood flow in the second direction; and
display resuscitation guidance information describing at least one action capable of correctively adjusting the net hemodynamic property of the blood.

US Pat. No. 10,918,353

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus configured to perform wired communication with an external apparatus, the radiation imaging apparatus comprising:a radiation detection unit configured to detect incident radiation and obtain a moving image related to the radiation; and
an imaging control unit configured to perform control to, in a first case where the wired communication is disconnected in a moving image capturing state in which the moving image is captured, set the moving image capturing state, and in a second case where the wired communication is disconnected not in the moving image capturing state and moving image capturing is set as next imaging, set a moving image standby state, the moving image standby state being a standby state for the moving image capturing.

US Pat. No. 10,918,352

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR SCATTER CORRECTION IN AN X-RAY IMAGE

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A device for scatter correction in an X-ray image, the device comprising:a memory that stores a plurality of instructions; and
processor circuitry that couples to the memory and is configured to execute the instructions to:
receive the X-ray image, the received X-ray image comprising a superimposed structured pattern and an object;
remove the superimposed structured pattern from the X-ray image resulting in a pattern corrected X-ray image;
subtract the pattern corrected X-ray image from the X-ray image resulting in a structured pattern image; and
apply a local structure contrast measurement function to the structured pattern image resulting in a structure contrast image that includes contrast data of the object and that includes the superimposed structured pattern,
wherein the scatter correction in the X ray image is partly based on the applying of the local contrast measurement function.

US Pat. No. 10,918,351

RADIOGRAPHIC-IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., To...

1. A radiographic-image processing apparatus comprising:an acquiring section configured to acquire an information item on a moving image by designating a plurality of the moving images, the moving image being each one of the plurality of the moving images captured at different times from one another, the information item being obtained in a predetermined time before and after capturing the corresponding moving image, the information item comprising a setting parameter of a medical device attached to the patient;
an allocating section configured to perform a process of saving the information item, being acquired by the acquiring section, in a storage section in association with data corresponding to the moving image, the process of saving being performed for each one of the plurality of the moving images;
a display unit configured to display the plurality of moving images captured at the different times; and
a display control section configured to perform control such that, when the plurality of moving images is displayed on the display unit, the acquired information item is displayed on same screen in association with the moving images to which the acquired information item has been allocated,
wherein:
when the information item is displayed in association with the plurality of moving images captured at the different times, if some setting parameters of a medical device attached to the patient information items corresponding to each other are different from each other, the display control section performs control such that the corresponding setting parameters of a medical device attached to the patient information items are highlighted on the display unit.

US Pat. No. 10,918,350

PROCESSING PIPELINE FOR PROMPT PARTICLE IMAGE RECONSTRUCTION

BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF NORT...

1. A computer-implemented method for generating a medical image, the method comprising:determining a location and an alignment for a first tracking detector with respect to a particle beam system, wherein determining the location and the alignment includes converting local coordinates at which a calibrated steering beam is delivered to the first tracking detector to coordinates relative to isocenter of the particle beam system;
determining a first position and a first initial kinetic energy of a first particle generated from the beam system, from a detected particle hit on the first tracking detector;
determining a first direction of the first particle at the first tracking detector;
determining a first residual range of the first particle from a detected particle hit on a residual range detector;
reconstructing a path for the first particle directly in coordinates relative to isocenter of the particle beam system based on the location, the alignment, the first position, the first direction, and the first initial kinetic energy; and
generating the medical image based on the reconstructed path for the first particle and the first residual range and the first initial kinetic energy of the first particle.

US Pat. No. 10,918,349

MOBILE X-RAY IMAGING DEVICE

SHIMADZU CORPORATION, Ky...

1. A mobile X-ray imaging device comprising:a device main body including a trolley and an X-ray tube that is supported on the trolley through a support member;
a battery that is mounted in the device main body;
a main body controller that includes a processor and controls the device main body;
a DR unit that includes an X-ray detection unit that includes an X-ray detector configured to detect X-rays that are emitted from the X-ray tube and have passed through a subject and an X-ray detector controller that includes a processor and controls the X-ray detector, a display unit configured to display an image detected by the X-ray detector, and a DR unit controller that includes a processor and controls the X-ray detection unit and the display unit;
a main body DC-DC converter that changes a voltage of the battery to a voltage supplied to the main body controller;
a DR unit DC-DC converter that changes a voltage of the battery to a voltage supplied to the X-ray detection unit, the display unit, and the DR unit controller in the DR unit;
a first switch that opens or closes a power supply path from the battery to the main body controller through the main body DC-DC converter;
a second switch that opens or closes a power supply path from the battery to the DR unit through the DR unit DC-DC converter; and
a third switch that opens or closes a power supply path to the X-ray detection unit.

US Pat. No. 10,918,348

ARTICULATED ARM FOR SUSPENDING AN X-RAY HEAD

MICRO-X LIMITED, Tonsley...

1. A radiographic imaging apparatus comprising an articulated arm to suspend an X-ray head from a support section of the radiographic imaging apparatus, wherein the support section is configured to be supported on a planar floor surface, and the articulated arm comprises:a proximal arm section comprising a first proximal linkage and a second proximal linkage, a proximal end of each of which is connected or connectable to the support section such that the first and second proximal linkages are pivotable, relative to the support section, about respective axes which are parallel to the planar floor surface when the support section is supported on the planar floor surface;
an intermediate linkage to which a distal end of each of the first and second proximal linkages is connected such that the intermediate linkage is pivotable, relative to the first and second proximal linkages about respective axes which are parallel to the axes about which the proximal linkages are pivotable; and
a distal arm section comprising a first distal linkage and a second distal linkage, a proximal end of each of which is connected to the intermediate linkage such that the first and second distal linkages are pivotable, relative to the intermediate linkage, about respective axes which are parallel to the axes about which the proximal linkages are pivotable, a distal end of each of the distal linkages being connected or connectable to the X-ray head, via a mounting, such that the mounting is pivotable, relative to the first and second distal linkages, about respective axes which are parallel to the axes about which the proximal linkages are pivotable,
whereby a rotational orientation of the mounting about an axis which is parallel to the axes about which the proximal linkages are pivotable remains constant when the proximal arm section is pivoted relative to the support section and/or the distal arm section is pivoted relative to the intermediate linkage in the apparatus, and
wherein the mounting is configured to permit rotation of the head relative to the distal ends of the distal linkages about an axis which is perpendicular to the axes about which the proximal linkages are pivotable and parallel to the floor surface when the support section is supported on the floor surface.

US Pat. No. 10,918,347

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR X-RAY IMAGING ALIGNMENT

1. A pixel detection system for fluoroscopic procedures, comprising:a pixel detection computer operable to communicate to a portable detector and a radiation source, the pixel detection computer further operable to control radiation emission from the radiation source;
the portable detector comprising a plurality of detector pixels, the plurality of detector pixels operable to detect radiation from the radiation source and to be activated by a quantity or an intensity of radiation beams;
wherein the pixel detection computer designates at least a portion of the detector pixels as border pixels, the border pixels corresponding to an area along a predefined border of the portable detector;
wherein if the pixel detection computer detects that the border pixels have been activated, the pixel detection computer prevents emission of radiation from the radiation source.

US Pat. No. 10,918,346

VIRTUAL POSITIONING IMAGE FOR USE IN IMAGING

General Electric Company,...

1. A method for generating a positioning signal, comprising:determining a source/patient (S/P) relative position for a current X-ray system geometry;
determining a detector/patient (D/P) relative position for the current X-ray system geometry;
based on the S/P relative position and D/P relative position, determining a projected area on a detector plane of a detector;
obtaining a prior image of a patient under examination from a library of prior images;
registering the prior image to the patient based on the projected area on the detector plane;
generating the positioning signal corresponding to the prior image on a representation of the patient; and
wherein determining the D/P relative position comprises:
acquiring one or both of camera or sensor data generated at the detector; and
determining the D/P relative position from one or both of the camera or sensor data.

US Pat. No. 10,918,345

ASSEMBLY FOR A COMPUTER TOMOGRAPHY (CT) SYSTEM AND RELATED METHOD

Analogic Corporation, Pe...

26. A method for examining an object by a CT scanner, comprising:rotating a rotatable drum about the object during examination of the object; and
while the rotatable drum is rotating:
maintaining a first gap between a rotor portion and a stator portion of an inductive motor by a first axial air bearing disposed between the rotatable drum and a support structure, the first axial air bearing oriented toward a first at least substantially planar surface of a first annular flange at a first distal end of the rotatable drum; and
maintaining a second gap between information transmission rotor and an information transmission stator by a second axial air bearing disposed between the rotatable drum and the support structure, the second axial air bearing oriented toward a second at least substantially planar surface of a second annular flange at a second, opposite distal end of the rotatable drum.

US Pat. No. 10,918,344

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR DETERMINING VASCULAR VELOCITY USING CT IMAGING

Wisconsin Alumni Research...

1. A method of generating arterial flow signals based on computed tomography projections, the method comprising:obtaining a three-dimensional (3D) image of an anatomical region including a coronary artery structure;
constructing a 3D centerline of the coronary artery structure by removing voxels of the coronary artery structure in the 3D image to reduce a thickness of the coronary artery structure, constructing the 3D centerline including determining, at voxels along the 3D centerline, one or more corresponding diameters of the coronary artery structure;
projecting the 3D centerline on each CT projection image of a set of CT projection images to identify one or more two-dimensional (2D) centerlines of the coronary artery structure on the CT projection image;
determining, for each pixel of the one or more 2D centerlines of the coronary artery structure, a corresponding background intensity value using a diameter of the coronary artery structure associated with the pixel of the one or more 2D centerlines of the coronary artery structure; and
subtracting, from each pixel of the one or more 2D centerlines of the coronary artery structure, the corresponding background intensity value to generate arterial pixel intensity values along the one or more 2D centerlines of the coronary artery structure with mitigated background interference.

US Pat. No. 10,918,343

METHOD FOR MOTION CORRECTION OF SPECTRAL COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY DATA AND AN ENERGY-SENSITIVE COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY DEVICE

SIEMENS HEALTHCARE GMBH, ...

16. An energy-sensitive CT device, comprising:at least one processor, configured to
provision spectral CT data of an examination region with a moving object, the spectral CT data being recorded with an energy-sensitive CT device and including CT data at at least one energy level, and the at least one energy level of the CT data being adapted to a structure in the moving object,
identify the structure in the CT data at the at least one energy level adapted to the structure,
calculate a motion vector field of the structure identified, and
motion correct the spectral CT data by the motion vector field calculated to produce a motion-corrected CT image, wherein the structure is a part of a skeleton including a skull and the at least one energy level adapted to the structure lies in a region in which water and calcium have very different mass attenuation coefficients.

US Pat. No. 10,918,342

DISPLAYS FOR A MEDICAL DEVICE

ABBOTT DIABETES CARE INC....

1. A glucose monitoring device, comprising:a display;
one or more processors; and
at least one memory storing instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the glucose monitoring device to:
receive sensor data corresponding to a monitored glucose level from a glucose sensor, wherein a portion of the glucose sensor is configured to be positioned in contact with a fluid under a skin layer;
maintain a plurality of alarms including at least a low glucose alarm;
operate in a mode to suppress the plurality of alarms;
provide, using the display, a graphical user interface comprising status information of a plurality of components of the glucose monitoring device;
determine the low glucose alarm should be provided; and
override the mode to suppress the plurality of alarms to provide the low glucose alarm.

US Pat. No. 10,918,341

PHYSIOLOGICAL PARAMETER SYSTEM

Masimo Corporation, Irvi...

1. A system for indicating a wellness state of a patient comprising:a first sensor configured to measure a first physiological parameter and output an indication of the first physiological parameter;
a second sensor configured to measure a second physiological parameter different from said first physiological parameter and output an indication of the second physiological parameter; and
a processor which receives the outputs of the first and second sensor, determines an indication of wellness from the outputs, and outputs the indication of wellness to a display device, said processor further configured to change a first alarm threshold corresponding to the first physiological parameter based on a first trend in the second physiological parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,918,340

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETECTING A BIOLOGICAL CONDITION

Welch Allyn, Inc., Skane...

1. A non-transitory machine-readable storage medium, comprising executable instructions that, when executed by a processor, cause the processor to perform operations, comprising:receiving, from a sensor removably coupled to a person, secure information;
determining a sensor type according to the secure information;
determining, from the sensor type, target positioning information of a body part of the person to perform a biological measurement, the target positioning information indicating a target angle of the body part relative to a horizontal axis, wherein the target angle corresponds to the sensor type;
receiving, from a gyroscope, current positioning information associated with the body part of the person, the current positioning information indicating a current angle of the body part relative to the horizontal axis;
responsive to determining from the current angle indicated by the current positioning information that the body part is within a range of the target angle indicated by the target positioning information, directing the sensor to generate sensor data associated with the biological measurement; and
responsive to determining from the current angle indicated by the positioning information that the body part is not within the range of the target angle indicated by the target positioning information, postponing use of the sensor to generate the sensor data associated with the biological measurement.

US Pat. No. 10,918,339

WEANING FROM VENTILATION USING CAPNOGRAPHY

ORIDION MEDICAL 1987 LTD....

1. A system configured to wean a patient from a respiratory ventilator, the system comprising:a patient monitor configured to receive a series of CO2 waveforms from a capnograph and comprising a processor configured to:
identify a distinct pattern in the series of CO2 waveforms;
determine a frequency of the distinct pattern and/or an extent of the distinct pattern in the series of CO2 waveforms;
determine an effectiveness of a weaning process based on the determined frequency of the distinct pattern and/or the extent of the distinct pattern; and
provide a signal to a respiratory ventilator based on the effectiveness of the weaning process, wherein the signal is configured to adjust one or more ventilation parameters of the respiratory ventilator.

US Pat. No. 10,918,338

ANATOMICAL-IMAGING COMMUNICATION DEVICE

The Aga Khan University, ...

1. A method comprising:calibrating, by a controller, a mobile device configured to execute a patient-application that provides an image of an anatomical part of a body, the calibrating of the mobile device comprising:
receiving a prior image of the anatomical part from the mobile device; and
executing a plurality of functions on the prior image to return a plurality of parameters for the mobile device;
displaying, by the controller, a plurality of filters on a graphical user interface of the patient-application;
receiving, by the controller and from the graphical user interface, an input on the graphical user interface comprising a filter selected from the plurality of filters;
identifying, by the controller, at least one parameter of the plurality of parameters that is associated with and specific to the selected filter;
executing, by the controller, the selected filter on the image by using the at least one parameter to generate a filtered image; and
transmitting, by the controller, the filtered image to the a clinician application via a communication network.

US Pat. No. 10,918,337

VEHICLE SEAT WITH INTEGRATED SENSORS

Faurecia Automotive Seati...

1. A controller for biometric measurement, the controller comprisinga sensor module to receive sensor data indicative of vibrations generated by a biological process of an occupant of a vehicle seat from one or more vibration sensors of a vehicle,
a filter module to (i) determine a filter function in a biometric frequency range, wherein the filter function identifies one or more frequencies of noise in the sensor data, wherein to determine the filter function comprises to determine a notch filter at a transmission frequency of the vehicle seat while occupied, wherein the notch filter is a narrow band-reject filter and (ii) apply the filter function to the sensor data to generate filtered sensor data, and
a biometrics module to determine biometric data associated with the biological process of the occupant based on the filtered sensor data.

US Pat. No. 10,918,336

PASSIVE CATHETER IDENTIFICATION AND SELF-CONFIGURATION SYSTEM

General Electric Company,...

1. A method of identifying one or more attributes of a catheter connected to an electrophysiological (EP) system, the method comprising the steps of:a) providing a passive catheter identification system operably connected between at least one catheter and a catheter interface forming a part of the EP system, the identification system including an identification resistor measurement circuit engaged with the catheter interface and operable to output an identification signal and an identification resistor network engaged with the at least one catheter and operably engageble with the identification resistor measurement circuit, the resistor network including at least one identification resistor capable of receiving the identification signal and outputting an altered identification signal indicative of an attribute of the catheter;
b) connecting the at least one catheter to the catheter interface;
c) outputting an identification signal from the identification resistor measurement circuit to the resistor network;
d) receiving an altered identification signal from the resistor network; and
e) determining a catheter attribute corresponding to the altered identification signal.

US Pat. No. 10,918,335

SENSING MODULE CAPABLE OF REDUCING NOISE

1. A sensing module capable of reducing noise and suitable for use on a human assistive device, the human assistive device comprising a torso portion, a first exoskeleton member, and a second exoskeleton member, one end of the first exoskeleton member being pivoted to the torso portion, the second exoskeleton member being pivoted to another end of the first exoskeleton member, the sensing module being configured on at least one of the first exoskeleton member and the second exoskeleton member, the sensing module comprising:a body attaching member configured to be attached to a human limb;
a base module fixed onto at least one of the first exoskeleton member and the second exoskeleton member, the body attaching member being disposed on the base module;
a transmission member coupled and linked to the body attaching member;
a first sensor disposed on a side of the body attaching member and separate from the body attaching member; and
a second sensor corresponding to the first sensor and separate from the body attaching member;
wherein the transmission member has a pivoting end and a connecting end, the pivoting end is pivoted to the first exoskeleton member or the second exoskeleton member, the connecting end is connected to the body attaching member, the base module is disposed between the pivoting end and the connecting end, the base module comprises a pedestal, a carrying platform, a first sensor mounting strip, and a second sensor mounting strip, the pedestal is fixed to the second exoskeleton member, the carrying platform is disposed on the pedestal, the first sensor mounting strip is disposed on a side of the carrying platform, the first sensor is positioned between the first sensor mounting strip and the transmission member, the second sensor mounting strip is disposed on another side of the carrying platform and corresponding to the first sensor mounting strip, the second sensor is positioned between the second sensor mounting strip and the transmission member;
wherein the body attaching member drives the transmission member to activate the first sensor to generate a first signal when the body attaching member is driven along a first direction by the human limb;
wherein the body attaching member drives the transmission member to activate the second sensor to generate a second signal when the body attaching member is driven by the human limb along a second direction opposite to the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,918,334

WEARABLE ELECTRODE

NIPPON TELEGRAPH AND TELE...

1. A wearable electrode comprising:a garment including:
an outer member comprising an outer member neckline section and a pair of outer member armhole sections forming a Y-shape and adapted to be positioned on a user to avoid regions in which movements influenced thereto is relatively larger than other regions when a user clothed in the garment moves his or her neck or arms,
a backing member comprising a backing member neckline section and a pair of backing member armhole sections forming a Y-shape and adapted to be positioned on the user to avoid the regions in which movements influenced thereto is relatively larger than the other regions when the user clothed in the garment moves his or her neck or arms; and a back center surrounded by the backing member neckline section and the pair of backing member armhole sections and adapted to be positioned in front of the user; and
a wiring section disposed between the outer member and the backing member, the wiring section comprising:
an electrode unit attached to the back center on an opposite side of the inner surface of the outer member and adapted to acquire a biological signal from the user, wherein the outer member and the backing member are connected to each other by stitches and provided above a part of the backing member to which the electrode unit is attached;
a flexible connection wiring electrically connected to the electrode unit;
a locking section having a convex section and is electrically connected to the electrode unit;
a locked section having a concave section and is electrically connected to the flexible connection wiring, the locked section is detachably locked to the convex section and when the locking section and the locked section are locked to each other, the locking section and the locked section are electrically connected to each other;
a slit formed in the backing member and the convex section of the locking section being configured to be inserted into the slit;
a wire holding section having a loop, wherein the loop is attached above the slit to either the outer member or the backing member and is spatially separated from the electrode unit; and
wherein the flexible connection wiring is electrically connected to the locked section and the wiring section at a first end of the flexible connection wiring, the flexible connection wiring being drawn upward from the locked section, passing through the loop of the wire holding section, and then being routed downward from the loop of the wire holding section so that a second end of the flexible connection wiring is connected to a measuring device.

US Pat. No. 10,918,333

IMPLANT EVALUATION USING ACOUSTIC EMISSIONS

Bruin Biometrics, LLC, L...

1. A method of identifying a loosened implant in a joint, the method comprising the steps of:positioning a plurality of acoustic sensors at a respective plurality of locations around the joint,
causing the joint to be moved,
receiving signals from the acoustic sensors during the movement of the joint,
identifying signals from two or more of the plurality of acoustic sensors that correspond to a common acoustic event,
identifying a position of the acoustic event within the joint, and providing a health indication related to the joint,
wherein the step of identifying a position comprises:
calculating a first time delay between a first time of receipt of a first signal from a first acoustic sensor of the plurality of acoustic sensors and a second time of receipt of a second signal from a second acoustic sensor of the plurality of acoustic sensors, and
calculating a first geometric surface of possible locations of the acoustic event from the first time delay.

US Pat. No. 10,918,332

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MONITORING PHYSICAL THERAPY OF THE KNEE AND OTHER JOINTS

ZipLine Medical, Inc., C...

1. A method for monitoring a joint of a subject over a course of therapy, the method comprising:providing a plurality of adherent sensors adhered to skin adjacent the joint, each adherent sensor comprising an adherent surface, a mechanical sensing element for sensing one or more mechanical parameters of the joint, and a transmitter;
measuring measurement data with at least one adherent sensor of the plurality of adherent sensors;
transmitting the measurement data from the at least one adherent sensor to a local computing device, the local computing device being in communication with a remote computing device and being configured to transmit the measurement data thereto;
receiving the measurement data with the remote computing device;
providing analysis of the measurement data to the local computing device from the remote computing device; and
providing the analysis to the subject with the local computing device,
wherein at least one adherent sensor of the plurality of adherent sensors comprises a replaceable enclosure and a sensor assembly removable from the enclosure, the replaceable enclosure comprising the adherent surface and the sensor assembly comprising the mechanical sensing element and the transmitter,
wherein the replaceable enclosure is replaced while the sensor assembly is continually used over the course of therapy,
wherein the replaceable enclosure comprises a pouch in which the sensor assembly is inserted,
wherein the adherent surface comprises an adhesive, and
wherein the sensor assembly of each adherent sensor comprises at least one power source selected from a group consisting of: a power supply, a battery, and an energy harvesting element.

US Pat. No. 10,918,331

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING HEALTH STATUS

AIC Innovations Group, In...

1. A system comprising one or more computers in one or more locations and one or more storage devices storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more computers, cause the one or more computers to perform operations comprising: providing, to a user interface displayed on a display of a user device, a sequence of questions for a user to respond to in an interactive manner, wherein each of the questions following a first question of the sequence of questions is adaptive based on the user's response to one or more previous questions in the sequence; capturing, by an audio sensor of the user device, one or more verbal answers to the sequence of questions; capturing, by a camera of the user device, motion and appearance of the user in a video sequence while the user provides the one or more verbal answers to the sequence of questions, the motion and appearance of the user being depicted in the video sequence; and analyzing the motion of the user in the video sequence and the one or more verbal answers to determine one or more indications of a disease or of a change in a disease progression.

US Pat. No. 10,918,330

DIABETES MANAGEMENT METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR SAME

HEALTHCONNECT CO., LTD., ...

1. A diabetes management method based on a diabetes management server connected to a user terminal through a wired/wireless communication network, the diabetes management server including a database defining a monitoring procedure for patient groups, the diabetes management method comprising:receiving a blood sugar measurement value from the user terminal;
detecting, from the database, a monitoring procedure for a patient group including the user;
generating feedback information about the blood sugar measurement value by using the detected monitoring procedure; and
transmitting the generated feedback information to at least one of the user terminal, a carer terminal of the user, a call center, and a medical staff terminal,
wherein the patient groups comprise a first patient group capable of being managed without antidiabetic drugs, a second patient group capable of being managed by oral antidiabetic drugs that do not cause hypoglycemia, a third patient group capable of being managed by oral antidiabetic drugs capable of causing hypoglycemia, and a fourth patient group capable of being managed by insulin, and
the generating of the feedback information comprises, in response to determining that a blood sugar measurement value of the user belonging to the third or fourth patient group belongs to hypoglycemia, transmitting, to the user terminal, feedback information for requesting a response within a certain time, and in response to determining that there is no response within the certain time, transmitting a message to the carer terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,918,329

DISTINGUISHING CLOSED AND OPEN RESPIRATORY AIRWAY APNEAS BY COMPLEX ADMITTANCE VALUES

ResMed Pty Ltd

1. A method for distinguishing between closed and open respiratory apneas in a patient using a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) apparatus having a mask and a flow generator comprising:applying, by the flow generator, a pressure having an oscillatory component to the patient's airway,
computing an oscillatory component of pressure at the mask,
computing an oscillatory component of the respiratory air flow of the patient using the oscillatory component of pressure at the mask,
computing a complex patient admittance from the oscillatory component of pressure and the oscillatory component of the respiratory air flow, and
to distinguish between closed and open apneas, comparing the complex patient admittance to at least one of:
values representative of closed apneas, and
values representative of open apneas.

US Pat. No. 10,918,328

METHOD FOR DETERMINING A DEGREE OF DAMAGE TO HAIR

1. A method for determining a degree of damage to hair utilizing a portable electronic device including an interference microscope and a data processing device, the method comprising the steps of:utilizing the interference microscope of the portable electronic device, registering light radiated by the hair sample while the hair sample is illuminated with light;
evaluating the registered light utilizing the data processing device of the portable electronic device to determine first regions of the hair sample which reflect the light with higher interference and second regions of the hair sample which reflect the light with lower interference;
determining a degree of damage to the hair sample based on a size of the first regions of the hair sample in relation to the whole hair sample; and
outputting a product recommendation based on the determined degree of damage to the hair sample.

US Pat. No. 10,918,326

AUTOMATED ASSESSMENT OF BOWEL DAMAGE IN INTESTINAL DISEASES

THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVER...

1. A computer-automated method for segmenting image data for an organ of a subject, where the organ is a tube, comprising:receiving, by an image processor, image data representing a volume of the subject, such that the image data includes the organ;
generating, by the image processor, a centerline through of the organ;
determining, by the image processor, location of an outer wall of the tube within the image data, where the location of the outer wall is determined using the centerline;
determining, by the image processor, location of an inner wall of the tube within the image data, where the location of the inner wall is determined using the outer wall; and
computing, by the image processor, a measure of the organ from the image data;
wherein the location of an outer wall or the location of an inner wall is determined by a) identifying a first seed point within the image data, where the first seed point is located on the centerline;
b) generating a plurality of inner wall line segments that extend radially outward from the first seed point and that are orthogonal to the centerline, where each line segment in the plurality of inner wall line segments terminates at an intersection with a wall;
c) identifying a magnitude of brightness of a pixel of the first seed point;
d) identifying a magnitude of brightness of an additional pixel located along a length of each line segment in the plurality of inner wall line segments, where the additional pixel is moving radially outward from the first seed point; and
e) repeating step d) until the magnitude of brightness of the additional pixel located along each line segment in the plurality of inner wall line segments is greater than a predetermined amount.

US Pat. No. 10,918,325

BRAIN WAVE MEASURING DEVICE AND BRAIN WAVE MEASURING SYSTEM

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An information processing system, comprising:a terminal device, and
a brain wave measuring device, comprising:
a first brain wave measuring unit that is configured to contact an ear of a user, the first brain wave measuring unit comprising a plurality of electrodes that either (i) each have a linear, elongate shape and are parallel to one another or (ii) are arranged into a plurality of rows that are each linear in shape and parallel to one another;
a second brain wave measuring unit that comprises an electrode, is joined to the first brain wave measuring unit, and is configured to contact the ear;
a transmitter that transmits a brain wave measurement result obtained by the first brain wave measuring unit and the second brain wave measuring unit to the terminal device; and
a speaker unit configured to be inserted into the ear of the user, wherein
the terminal device associates with one another each of (i) the brain wave measurement result, (ii) sounds played through the speaker unit, and (iii) a location of the user, and
the terminal device generates a playlist for the user of sounds to be played through the speaker unit based on a location of the user input by the user and a desired brain wave state input by the user.

US Pat. No. 10,918,324

MULTIMODAL HEALTH ASSESSMENT WITH NEURO-OPTHALMOLOGICAL SACCADE TESTS

Cerora, Inc., Bethlehem,...

1. A system for capturing biological sensor data for assessing brain health of a subject, comprising:a plurality of biological stimulation devices that simultaneously record biological sensor data from the subject in response to biological stimulation, said biological stimulation devices including an eye saccade test that measures saccadic performance and ocular motility of the subject, the eye saccade test including at least one saccade card that includes first and second sets of differentiated elements for readout by the subject during a saccade task, the first and second sets of differentiated elements being spaced on the at least one saccade card such that the subject must shift between the first and second sets of differentiated elements during readout of the first and second sets of differentiated elements during the saccade task;
a recording device that records as an objective biomarker of the brain health of the subject at least one of the subject's eye positions and the subject's voice and auditory responses at different points in time in response to the eye saccade test; and
a processing device that processes the biological sensor data from the subject in response to biological stimulation to assess the brain health of the subject, the biological sensor data including recordings of at least one of the subject's eye positions and the subject's voice and auditory responses at different points in time.

US Pat. No. 10,918,323

DROWSINESS DETECTING DEVICE, DROWSINESS DETECTING METHOD, AND PROGRAM RECORDING MEDIUM

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A drowsiness detecting device comprising:a feature extractor configured to extract a feature on heartbeats of a user based on intervals between the heartbeats;
a detecting rule storage unit configured to retain a detecting rule for drowsiness detecting;
a normalizer configured to update a normalization coefficient;
a drowsiness detector configured to detect drowsiness of the user based on the feature, the detecting rule, and the normalization coefficient; and
a degree-of-confidence determination unit configured to determine a degree of confidence of the drowsiness of the user detected by the drowsiness detector,
wherein the normalizer updates the normalization coefficient based on the feature when the drowsiness detector does not detect the drowsiness of the user, and
wherein, when the degree of confidence is greater than a predetermined degree-of-confidence threshold, the normalizer is further configured to update the normalization coefficient.

US Pat. No. 10,918,322

LIGHT RESTRICTION DESIGNS IN OPTICAL SENSING APPLICATIONS HAVING SHARED WINDOWS

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. An optical layer comprising:an optical film including a plurality of sections, each section configured to allow light having an angle of incidence within a plurality of viewing angles to pass through, the plurality of viewing angles of each section different from the plurality of viewing angles of other section,
wherein each section is further configured to prevent light having an angle of incidence outside of the plurality of viewing angles from passing through; and
a Fresnel lens, wherein the Fresnel lens and the optical film are positioned side by side in a continuous layer.

US Pat. No. 10,918,321

METHOD FOR SPECTROPHOTOMETRIC BLOOD OXYGENATION MONITORING

Edwards Lifesciences Corp...

2. A method for non-invasively determining a blood oxygen parameter value of a subject's tissue, comprising the steps of:providing a spectrophotometric sensor that includes a processing portion and at least one transducer, which transducer is operable to transmit light at a first plurality of wavelengths in a range of about 600 nm to about 900 nm into the subject's tissue, and to sense the transmitted light;
detecting at least a portion of the transmitted light after passage through the subject's tissue using the transducer, and producing initial signal data from the light sensed;
using the processing portion to execute instructions stored in a memory device, which instructions cause the processing portion to:
determine a first value representative of an intensity attenuation of at least one wavelength of light within the first plurality of wavelengths that is less than about 720 nm using the initial signal data;
determine a second value representative of an intensity attenuation of at least one wavelength of light within the first plurality of wavelengths that is greater than about 720 nm using the initial signal data;
determine if the first value representative of said intensity attenuation of at least one wavelength of light within the first plurality of wavelengths that is less than about 720 nm is disproportionate to the second value representative of said intensity attenuation of at least one wavelength of light within the first plurality of wavelengths that is greater than about 720 nm;
determine the blood oxygen parameter value using a subset of the first plurality of predetermined wavelengths, which subset consists of a second plurality of wavelengths in a range of about 720 nm to about 900 nm, if the first value is disproportionate to the second value, or using the first plurality of wavelengths if the first value is proportionate to the second value.

US Pat. No. 10,918,320

METHOD OF PREDICTING BLOOD GLUCOSE LEVEL USING NEAR-INFRARED (NIR) SPECTROSCOPY DATA

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A method of predicting a blood glucose level using near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy data, the method comprising:obtaining a feature set from an NIR glucose spectra; and
predicting glucose values from the feature set based on a binary classification of the NIR glucose spectra and an in-class prediction of glucose using Machine Learning Regression,
wherein the obtaining the feature set comprises:
obtaining a raw feature set from NIR glucose spectra samples associated with different blood glucose levels;
identifying one or more glucose dependent features present in the NIR glucose spectra samples; and
removing collinearity from the identified one or more glucose dependent features to obtain the feature set.

US Pat. No. 10,918,318

SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR PROCESSING ANALYTE SENSOR DATA FOR SENSOR CALIBRATION

DexCom, Inc., San Diego,...

1. A method for making a transcutaneous analyte sensor system, the method comprising:determining slopes or baselines for a set of transcutaneous analyte sensors;
determining a conversion function for calibrating data acquired from at least one other transcutaneous analyte sensor, wherein the conversion function comprises a slope or a baseline, wherein the slope is representative of a sensor sensitivity, and wherein the slope or the baseline of the conversion function of the at least one other transcutaneous analyte sensor is determined based at least in part on distribution information for the determined slopes or baselines for the set of transcutaneous analyte sensors; and
storing the conversion function in a memory of the transcutaneous analyte sensor system, wherein the conversion function eliminates the dependency of calibration on reference analyte values obtained by the host.

US Pat. No. 10,918,317

SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR PROCESSING ANALYTE SENSOR DATA FOR SENSOR CALIBRATION

DexCom, Inc., San Diego,...

1. A method for calibrating a transcutaneous glucose sensor, comprising:receiving a signal from a transcutaneous glucose sensor, wherein the signal is indicative of a glucose concentration in a host;
determining, using a processor module, a conversion function, wherein the conversion function comprises information associated with a sensitivity of the transcutaneous glucose sensor to glucose, wherein the information associated with the sensitivity of the transcutaneous glucose sensor to glucose is determined based at least in part on a joint probability distribution information associated with the sensitivity, wherein the joint probability distribution information is determined prior to sensor insertion;
converting sensor data using the conversion function, wherein the sensor data is associated with the signal indicative of the glucose concentration in the host;
generating an estimated glucose value based at least in part on the converted sensor data; and
displaying, on a display, the generated estimated glucose value.

US Pat. No. 10,918,316

SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR PROCESSING ANALYTE SENSOR DATA FOR SENSOR CALIBRATION

DexCom, Inc., San Diego,...

1. An analyte monitoring system comprising:processing electronics configured to receive a signal generated by a transcutaneous analyte sensor having one or more sensor electrical contacts on an ex vivo portion of the transcutaneous analyte sensor and to generate sensor data based at least in part on the received signal; and
a display device operably connected to the processing electronics, wherein the display device comprises a processor, and wherein the display device is configured to display estimated analyte concentrations of a host based at least in part on the generated sensor data;
wherein the processor is configured to:
calibrate at least some of the generated sensor data using a conversion function, wherein the conversion function comprises at least a sensor sensitivity value, wherein the sensor sensitivity value is based at least in part on information of a representative distribution of sensor sensitivities, wherein the representative distribution of sensor sensitivities is determined prior to sensor insertion, wherein the processor is configured to convert the generated sensor data using the conversion function, and wherein the processor is configured to generate an estimated analyte value based at least in part on the converted sensor data.

US Pat. No. 10,918,315

ANALYTE SENSOR

DexCom, Inc., San Diego,...

1. A device for measurement of a glucose concentration in a host, the device comprising:a transcutaneous glucose sensor;
sensor electronics configured to operatively connect to the transcutaneous glucose sensor;
an electrical contact configured to electrically connect the transcutaneous glucose sensor to the sensor electronics;
a sealing member at least partially surrounding at least a portion of the transcutaneous glucose sensor and at least partially surrounding at least a portion of the electrical contact;
a contact holder configured for placement over a skin of the host; and
a mounting unit configured to operably connect to the contact holder and to the sensor electronics;
wherein the sealing member and the electrical contact are compressed between the contact holder and the sensor electronics;
wherein a durometer hardness of the electrical contact is higher than a durometer hardness of the sealing member.

US Pat. No. 10,918,314

ANALYTE SENSOR

DexCom, Inc., San Diego,...

1. A system for measuring an analyte concentration in a host, the system comprising:a transcutaneous analyte sensor having an in vivo portion and an ex vivo portion, wherein the transcutaneous analyte sensor is operably connectable to sensor electronics configured for detecting a signal from the transcutaneous analyte sensor, wherein the signal is indicative of an analyte concentration in the host;
an electrical contact configured to operably connect the ex vivo portion of the transcutaneous analyte sensor to the sensor electronics;
a contact holder configured for placement over a skin of the host;
an elastomeric sealing member in contact with the ex vivo portion of the transcutaneous analyte sensor and at least partially surrounding the electrical contact, wherein the elastomeric sealing member is configured to substantially seal at least a portion of the electrical contact from moisture; and
means for maintaining the elastomeric sealing member substantially in place on the contact holder during sensor insertion;
wherein a durometer hardness of the electrical contact is higher than a durometer hardness of the elastomeric sealing member.

US Pat. No. 10,918,313

ANALYTE SENSOR

DexCom, Inc., San Diego,...

1. A system for measuring an analyte concentration in a host, the system comprising:a transcutaneous analyte sensor;
sensor electronics configured to operatively connect to the transcutaneous analyte sensor;
an electrical contact configured to operably connect the transcutaneous analyte sensor to the sensor electronics;
a sealing member, wherein the sealing member at least partially surrounds the electrical contact and at least a portion of the transcutaneous analyte sensor when the transcutaneous analyte sensor is operably connected to the sensor electronics, wherein the sealing member substantially seals at least a portion of the electrical contact from moisture;
a contact holder over which the sealing member and the transcutaneous analyte sensor are at least partially located; and
wherein a durometer hardness of the electrical contact is higher than a durometer hardness of the sealing member.

US Pat. No. 10,918,312

WEARABLE AND CONNECTED GAIT ANALYTICS SYSTEM

CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIV...

1. A non-transitory computer readable medium comprising computer executable instructions that when executed by a processor facilitate the performance of operations, the operations comprising:receiving sensor data from sensors embedded within an insole device for a shoe, wherein the sensors comprise a three-axis accelerometer, a three-axis gyroscope and an array of pressure sensors;
analyzing the sensor data to identify a pattern related to gait, balance or posture within the sensor data;
applying a statistical or machine learning-based classification to the pattern related to gait, balance or posture to assign a clinical parameter to the pattern characterizing a risk of a slip, trip and fall (STF) event; and
providing an alert in response to determining that the risk of the STF event exceeds a threshold value for the STF event.

US Pat. No. 10,918,311

USER MOVEMENT MONITORING METHOD AND SYSTEM PERFORMING THE SAME

Korea Electronics Technol...

1. A system for monitoring a movement of a user, the system comprising:at least one flexible tactile sensor wearable on a body of the user and configured to sense a movement of a muscle or bending of a joint at a corresponding location of the user and configured to transmit a sensed value; and
a monitoring server configured to analyze the movement of the muscle or the bending of the joint of the user based on the sensed value received from the at least one flexible tactile sensor and monitor motility of the user,
wherein the at least one flexible tactile sensor includes a tactile sensor array comprising a plurality of tactile sensor modules, and
wherein each of the plurality of tactile sensor modules includes:
a polymer layer,
a first metal layer formed over the polymer layer,
a first sensor layer formed over the first metal layer, the first sensor layer comprising a first strain gauge configured to change its resistance based on a first strain and a metal wire connected to the first strain gauge,
a first cover layer configured to protect the first sensor layer,
a second metal layer formed under the polymer layer,
a second sensor layer formed under the second metal layer, the second sensor layer comprising a second strain gauge configured to change its resistance based on a second strain and a metal wire connected to the second strain gauge, and
a second cover layer configured to protect the second sensor layer.

US Pat. No. 10,918,310

FAST ANATOMICAL MAPPING (FAM) USING VOLUME FILLING

Biosense Webster (Israel)...

1. A method, comprising:receiving one or more signals indicative of a position of a distal-end assembly of a medical probe within an organ of a patient;based on the received signals, determining an inner volume that is confined within the distal-end assembly; andupdating an anatomical map of the organ to denote the inner volume of the distal-end assembly as belonging to an interior of the organ, wherein updating the anatomical map comprises verifying whether the distal-end assembly is deformed, and denoting the inner volume of the distal-end assembly as belonging to the interior of the organ only when the distal-end assembly is not deformed, and wherein, in response to detecting that the distal-end assembly is deformed, updating the anatomical map to denote only at least part of an external surface of the distal-end assembly as belonging to the interior of the organ.

US Pat. No. 10,918,309

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE-BASED COPD ASSESSMENT

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

1. A method for chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) assessment in a medical imaging system, the method comprising:scanning, by a medical scanner, a lung of a patient, the scanning providing first imaging data representing a multi-dimensional region of the lungs of the patient;
modeling, by an image processor, airways of the lung of the patient from the first imaging data, the modeling providing a value for airflow in the airways;
determining, by the image processor, COPD information from a machine-learned model in response to input of the value for the airflow, a patient questionnaire answer, a spirometry result, and a value of a feature represented in the first imaging data; and
displaying the COPD information for the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,918,308

RESPIRATORY COMPONENT MEASUREMENT SYSTEM INCLUDING A SENSOR FOR DETECTING ORIENTATION OR MOTION

Koninklijke Philips N.V.,...

1. A respiratory component measurement system comprising:an airway adapter adapted to be in fluid communication with an airway of a patient;
a sensor element in physical communication with the airway adapter,
the sensor element being configured to detect:
a rotational angle of the airway adapter relative to an axis to produce an orientation signal indicating the detected rotational angle of the airway adapter relative to the axis; and
at least one of a force, an impact, a blow, a shock, a jerk, an impulse and a vibration imparted on the airway adapter to produce a motion signal indicating the at least one detected fore, impact, blow, shock, jerk, impulse and vibration imparted on the airway adapter;
a respiratory component sensor disposed on the airway adapter and adapted to measure a characteristic associated with a flow of gas through the airway adapter; and
a processor coupled to the sensor element to receive one of the orientation signal or the motion signal and configured to determine:
the orientation signal exceeding an orientation threshold that is set based on the measured characteristic associated with the flow of gas through the airway adapter; and
the motion signal exceeding a motion threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,918,307

CATHETER NAVIGATION USING IMPEDANCE AND MAGNETIC FIELD MEASUREMENTS

St. Jude Medical, Atrial ...

1. A method of operating a computer system for locating a medical device within a body, the computer system comprising an electrical-based positioning system and a magnetic-based positioning system, the method comprising the steps of:determining, by an electronic control unit (ECU) comprising a processor, an interpolation function configured to register a first, non-orthonormal coordinate system of the electrical-based positioning system in a second, orthonormal coordinate system of the magnetic-based positioning system, wherein said first and second coordinate systems are independent, wherein said determining an interpolation function comprises:
receiving a first signal from the electrical-based positioning system for tracking a location of an electrode coupled to the medical device;
receiving a second signal from the magnetic-based positioning system for tracking a location of a magnetic sensor coupled to the medical device;
collecting, by the ECU based on the second signal, a plurality of fiducial pairs in three-dimensional (3D) space distributed throughout a region of interest, each fiducial pair including (1) a first coordinate in said first coordinate system measured by the electrical-based positioning system and (2) a second coordinate in said second coordinate system measured by the magnetic-based positioning system, each fiducial pair corresponding to a physical point in 3D space in the region of interest based on the second signal;
discarding any fiducial pairs that are degenerate; and
applying, by the ECU, an interpolation algorithm to said plurality of fiducial pairs to yield said interpolation function, wherein the interpolation algorithm determines one or more coefficients for modifying coordinates of the plurality of fiducial pairs;
obtaining, by the ECU, a first coordinate in said first coordinate system within said region of interest;
determining, by the ECU, a corresponding second coordinate in said second coordinate system in accordance with said interpolation function and the one or more coefficients; and
displaying a location of the medical device based on the second coordinate, determined in accordance with said interpolation function, for each of the plurality of fiducial pairs.

US Pat. No. 10,918,306

CATHETER SPLINES WITH EMBEDDED CIRCUIT ELEMENTS

Biosense Webster (Israel)...

1. A medical apparatus, comprising:one or more magnetic field generators, which are configured to generate magnetic fields within a body of a patient; and
an invasive probe, which includes:
an insertion tube defining a longitudinal axis and having a distal end, which is configured for insertion into the body,
a plurality of flexible splines configured to be deployed from the distal end of the insertion tube, each of the flexible splines including a flexible, multilayer circuit board defining an inward facing surface and an outward facing surface on an exterior of each of the flexible splines relative to the longitudinal axis, and including a conductive trace that is formed in at least one layer of the flexible, multilayer circuit board, the conductive trace being configured to define one or more coils, which are disposed along a length of the inward facing surface of each of the flexible splines, each of the one or more coils being operable to output electrical signals in response to the magnetic fields, each of the one or more coils being positioned on the inward facing surface of each of the flexible splines such as to not contact a tissue of the body when the outward facing surface of each of the flexible splines is in contact with the tissue, and
a processor, which is coupled to receive and process the electrical signals output by the one or more coils in order to derive respective positions of the flexible splines in the body.

US Pat. No. 10,918,305

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR 4D RADIOLOGICAL INTERVENTION GUIDANCE (4D-CATH)

1. An imaging method, the method comprising:providing a final image of said object by: providing updated images on the fly by real time imaging during an intervention to an operator by repeatedly
measuring an undersampled set of projections of said object, and
reconstructing said updated images to provide the final image using compressed sensing based on changes between an update of a first image and said undersampled set of projections;
wherein the compressed sensing reconstruction includes a first sparsifying function comprising an iterative minimization of a number of significant pixels and at least one further sparsifying function,
wherein the at least one further sparsifying function included in the reconstruction depends on an amount of data that has been acquired, and
wherein a number of projections in the undersampled set of projections and a dose rate per projection are adapted according to an amount of changes between successive measurements of the undersampled set of projections.

US Pat. No. 10,918,304

RHEOLOGY SYSTEM AND MR RHEOLOGY SYSTEM WITH RHEOLOGY SENSOR FEEDBACK CONTROL

Koninklijke Philips N.V.,...

1. A rheology system comprising:a rheology transducer device for introducing mechanical waves into a subject of interest,
a driving device for driving the rheology transducer device,
a sensor device for sensing the mechanical waves that have traversed the subject of interest, the sensor device being disposed at an opposite side of the subject of interest from the rheology transducer device, and
a control device for receiving an input from the sensor device and for controlling the driving device based on the input received from the sensor device to excite the mechanical waves in a region of interest,
wherein
the rheology transducer device is provided as a nail board transducer device comprising a fixture and a plurality of longitudinally elongated transducers,
the plurality of longitudinally elongated transducers are commonly arranged and attached to the fixture to be commonly located at the subject of interest,
the nail board transducer device is configured to switch between an adjustment mode in which the plurality of longitudinally elongated transducers are movable in a longitudinal direction relative to the fixture to adapt to a shape of the subject of interest and an operational mode in which the plurality of longitudinally elongated transducers are not movable in the longitudinal direction relative to the fixture to adapt to the shape of the subject of interest,
the sensor device for sensing the mechanical waves that have traversed the subject of interest comprises multiple sensors configured to be placed in contact with the subject of interest for sensing the mechanical waves at different locations of the subject of interest; and
the control device is configured to control an RF antenna and gradient coils of a magnetic resonance (MR) imaging system to implement an MR pulse sequence to cause MR signals to be emitted from the region of interest concurrent with (a) sensing the mechanical waves that have traversed the subject of interest with the multiple sensors and (b) adjusting the driving of the rheology transducer device to control a frequency, amplitude, and phase of the mechanical waves.

US Pat. No. 10,918,303

SYSTEM AND METHOD TO DETERMINE DRIVING SOURCES OF HEART RHYTHM DISORDERS

THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVER...

1. A method for determining a source of a cardiac rhythm disorder in a patient suspected of having the cardiac rhythm disorder, comprising:collecting, via a computer processor, a plurality of cardiac signals at a plurality of locations during a cardiac arrhythmia;
identifying activation times within the cardiac signals;
computing time-dependent phase of each region of tissue;
computing a level of phase synchrony between a plurality of pairs of locations within the plurality of locations to assign a synchronization number within a range of numbers corresponding to complete asynchrony and complete synchrony for each pair of locations; and
generating a spatial synchrony map using the synchronization numbers to identify one or more asynchronous tissue regions surrounded by regions of synchrony in the patient's heart.

US Pat. No. 10,918,302

BIOLOGICAL SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD AND BIOLOGICAL SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS

NIPPON TELEGRAPH AND TELE...

1. A biological signal processing method causing a central processing unit to perform:a first step of extracting biological signals from an electrocardiographic waveform of a living body;
a second step of calculating averaged data using time-series data of the biological signals extracted in the first step, the second step including
performing averaging processing for values based on reciprocals of values of the time-series data of the biological signals extracted in the first step, and
calculating the averaged data from a reciprocal of a value obtained by the averaging processing;
a third step of determining, for each of the time-series data, whether the time-series data of the biological signals extracted in the first step is appropriate, the third step including
a step of setting a normal value range by adding a first predetermined value to the average data calculated using past time-series data of the biological signals that have been determined as appropriate or by multiplying a second predetermined value and the averaged data calculated using the past time-series data of the biological signals that have been determined as appropriate, and
a step of determining the time-series data to be determined as inappropriate when the time-series data to be determined deviates from the normal value range;
a fourth step of performing one of deletion and interpolation of the time-series data of the biological signals determined as inappropriate in the third step;
a fifth step of calculating a first-order differential value and a second-order differential value of each of said biological signals having undergone the processing in the fourth step; and
a sixth step of warning that variations in the biological signals are low, when a state in which both the first-order differential value and the second-order differential value fall in a predetermined range within ±80 ?V centered on 0 continues for a predetermined period of three seconds or longer.

US Pat. No. 10,918,301

MULTIPLE RHYTHM TEMPLATE MONITORING

Boston Scientific Scimed ...

1. A system for providing information about a patient's heart, comprising: one or more electrodes that receive signals from electrical activity of the heart over one or more heart beat cycles; and an electronic processor coupled to the one or more electrodes to: receive the signals from the one or more electrodes; execute an automated set-up routine that processes the signals to automatically provide one or more set-up result for new mapping configurations; and process the signals with beat detection and beat acceptance criteria for the new mapping configurations or existing mapping configurations to provide information about matching the signals to one or more of the new mapping configurations or the existing mapping configurations, wherein the electronic processor determines which of the new mapping configurations and the existing mapping configurations are redundant.

US Pat. No. 10,918,300

NON-INVASIVE SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MONITORING LUSITROPIC MYOCARDIAL FUNCTION IN RELATION TO INOTROPIC MYOCARDIAL FUNCTION

1. A method for non-invasive monitoring of a patient to determine lusitropic myocardial function in relation to inotropic myocardial function comprised of the steps of:placing on the chest of a patient a non-invasive electronic heart function measurement device that provides an electronic signal related to said patient's electrical cardiac activity including QRS complexes;
connecting the signal of said electronic heart measurement device to one input of a processing system;
digitizing within said processing system said first input signal;
placing on the chest of said patient a non-invasive mechanical heart function measurement device that provides an output related to mechanical cardiac activity;
converting said output of said mechanical heart function measurement device into an electronic signal;
connecting said converted electronic signal to a second input of said processing system;
digitizing within said processing system said second input signal;
applying to said digitized first signal a first algorithm to create a first value therefrom related to lusitropic myocardial function of said patient;
applying to said digitized second signal a second algorithm to create a second value therefrom related to inotropic myocardial function of said patient;
comparing said first value with said second value on a beat by beat basis to determine the ratio of lusitropic myocardial function to inotropic myocardial function for said patient in real time;
providing an output of said processing system related to said ratio; and
providing a humanly readable display related to said output of said processing system whereby real time review of lusitropic myocardial function, inotropic myocardial function, and the ratio of lusitropic myocardial function to inotropic myocardial function on a beat by beat basis is made available in order to assess myocardial well-being or myocardial pathology of said patient.

US Pat. No. 10,918,299

DYNAMIC REPOLARIZATION SUBSTRATE MAPPING

Boston Scientific Scimed ...

1. A method for displaying physiological mapping data, the method comprising:acquiring, at a plurality of signal-acquiring times at a first pacing rate of a heart, a first plurality of electrogram signals of a body chamber at a plurality of anatomical locations within the body chamber, each first electrogram signal relating to three-dimensional positional data corresponding to the plurality of anatomical locations;
storing, in memory, the first plurality of electrogram signals of the body chamber corresponding to electrical activities at corresponding anatomical locations at the plurality of signal-acquiring times at the first pacing rate;
calculating, based on each of the first plurality of electrogram signals of the body chamber, a first activation recovery interval associated with each of the corresponding anatomical locations at the first pacing rate;
acquiring, at the plurality of signal-acquiring times at a second pacing rate of the heart that is faster than the first pacing rate, a second plurality of electrogram signals of the body chamber at the plurality of anatomical locations within the body chamber, each second electrogram signal relating to the three-dimensional positional data corresponding to the plurality of anatomical locations;
storing, in memory, the second plurality of electrogram signals of the body chamber corresponding to the electrical activities at the corresponding anatomical locations at the plurality of signal-acquiring times at the second pacing rate;
calculating, based on each of the second plurality of electrogram signals of the body chamber, a second activation recovery interval associated with each of the corresponding anatomical locations at the second pacing rate;
determining, for each corresponding anatomical location, modulation data relating to repolarization rates based on the first and second activation recovery intervals with respect to a cycle length difference between the first and second pacing rates; and
displaying a three-dimensional graphical representation of the modulation data of the first and second activation recovery intervals between the first and second pacing rates on a display device.

US Pat. No. 10,918,298

HIGH-SPEED, HIGH-RESOLUTION ELECTROPHYSIOLOGY IN-VIVO USING CONFORMAL ELECTRONICS

The Board of Trustees of ...

1. A device for interfacing with a tissue in a biological environment, the device comprising:a flexible or stretchable substrate;
a flexible or stretchable electronic circuit comprising one or more sensors or one or more inorganic semiconductor circuit elements supported by the flexible or stretchable substrate, wherein the flexible or stretchable electronic circuit comprises a plurality of electronically interconnected island and bridge structures, the bridge structures comprise one or more flexible or stretchable electrical interconnections and at least a portion of the flexible or stretchable electrical interconnections have a serpentine geometry; and
a barrier layer comprising a multilayer structure encapsulating at least a portion of the flexible or stretchable electronic circuit, wherein the barrier layer has an average Young's modulus less than or equal to 10 GPa, wherein said flexible or stretchable electronic circuit is provided between said flexible or stretchable substrate and said barrier layer;wherein the barrier layer and the flexible or stretchable substrate limit a net leakage current from the device to the tissue to an amount which does not adversely affect the tissue and is less than 0.1 ?A/cm2; and wherein the flexible or stretchable substrate, the flexible or stretchable electronic circuit and the barrier layer provide a net bending stiffness of the device low enough that the device establishes conformal contact with the tissue in the biological environment; andwherein components of the flexible or stretchable substrate, the electronic circuit and the barrier layer are provided in a series of stacked layers, including layers and/or thin films that are provided in direct contact with each other in the series of layers or in a series having one or more intermediate layers provided between device layers of the series.

US Pat. No. 10,918,297

MICROELECTRONIC SENSORS FOR NON-INVASIVE MONITORING OF PHYSIOLOGICAL PARAMETERS

EPITRONIC HOLDINGS PTE LT...

1. A microelectronic sensor for non-invasive monitoring of at least one physiological parameter of a patient, comprising at least one open-gate pseudo-conductive high-electron mobility transistor, printed on a flexible printed circuit board (PCB), and connected to its dedicated electrical contact line printed on said PCB;wherein said transistor comprises:
(a) a multilayer hetero-junction structure made of gallium nitride (GaN) and aluminium gallium nitride (AlGaN) single-crystalline or polycrystalline semiconductor materials, and deposited on a substrate layer or placed on free-standing membranes; said structure comprising at least one buffer layer and at least one barrier layer, said layers being stacked alternately;
(b) a conducting channel comprising a two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG) or a two-dimensional hole gas (2DHG), formed at an interface between said buffer layer and said barrier layer, and upon applying a bias to said transistor, becoming capable of providing electron or hole current, respectively, in said transistor between source and drain contacts;
(c) source and drain contacts connected to said 2DEG or 2DHG conducting channel and to electrical metallizations for connecting said transistor to an electric circuit; and
(d) an open gate area between said source and drain contacts;
said transistor is characterised in that a thickness of the top layer of said heterojunction structure in the open gate area is 5-9 nanometres (nm) and a surface of said top layer has a roughness of 0.2 nm or less, wherein the combination of said thickness and said roughness of the top layer upon applying a bias to said transistor, creates a quantum electronic effect of operating said 2DEG or 2DHG channel simultaneously in both normally-on and normally-off operation modes of the channel, thereby making said transistor to conduct electric current through said channel in a quantum well between normally-on and normally-off operation modes of the transistor.

US Pat. No. 10,918,296

FLEXIBLE ELECTROCARDIOGRAM (ECG) PADS

Vital Connect, Inc., San...

1. A flexible electrocardiogram pad, comprising:a copper layer having a skin facing side and a non-skin facing side, wherein the skin facing side includes a first portion and a second portion;
a cover which covers the second portion of the skin facing side of the copper layer;
an electroless nickel immersion gold (ENIG) cover coupled to the first portion of the copper layer; and
a paste trace layer having a skin facing side and a non-skin facing side,
wherein the paste trace layer comprises a connection portion and a pad portion;
wherein the ENIG cover is coupled on bottom of the connection portion of the non-skin facing side of the paste trace layer;
the connection portion of the non-skin facing side of the paste trace layer is coupled to the skin facing side of the copper layer via the ENIG cover; and
the pad portion of the paste trace layer is in contact with the copper layer.

US Pat. No. 10,918,295

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ECG SIGNAL PROCESSING

BTL MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES ...

1. A method for an ECG analysis for diagnosing a sudden death syndrome, comprising:positioning ECG electrodes on a patient's body; recording an ECG signal to an ECG monitoring device;
filtering the ECG signal by performing at least one filtering step with a processor, the filtering step selected from the group consisting of removing baseline drift, removing motion artifacts, removing muscle artifacts, removing power line interference, and removing EMG from a chest wall;
identifying a global and/or local maxima of the filtered ECG signal;
detecting beats presented in the filtered ECG signal using a combination of at least two selected ECG electrodes and the identified global and/or local maxima of the filtered ECG signal;
selecting a typical beat from the filtered ECG signal wherein the typical beat is the beat having a highest score of selection attributes as determined by at least one of (A) a QRS complex width, (B) a signal/noise ratio, and (C) an amplitude height of QRS complex; wherein
(A) the QRS complex width is the most frequent QRS complex width of all QRS complexes present in the filtered ECG signal and wherein the highest score QRS complex width is maximally in the range of 35 ms to 220 ms;
(B) the signal/noise ratio is the ratio of amplitude of ST interval to amplitude of QRS complex, wherein amplitude of ST interval is the difference between end of S deflection and start of T deflection, and the amplitude of QRS complex is the difference of positive amplitude of R deflections and one of negative amplitudes of Q and/or S deflections, and wherein the highest score signal/noise ratio is maximally in the range of ?1 to 1;
(C) the amplitude height of QRS complexes is the greatest difference of positive amplitude of R deflections and one of negative amplitudes of Q and/or S deflections, and wherein the highest score amplitude height of QRS complex is maximally in the range of ?12 mV to 12 mV;
measuring the filtered ECG signal on the typical beat to determine a plurality of parameters of the typical beat, the plurality of parameters comprising a length of QRS complex duration;
providing a diagnostic suggestion of sudden cardiac death syndrome if the length of QRS complex duration exceeds 140 ms.

US Pat. No. 10,918,294

VCG VECTOR LOOP BIFURCATION

ZOLL Medical Corporation,...

1. A portable apparatus, comprising:a plurality of electrodes configured to be attached to a body surface of a patient; and
a non-transitory computer readable medium storing instructions for causing the portable apparatus to:
generate a vectorcardiogram control loop trajectory based on a plurality of vector loop trajectories;
store the vectorcardiogram control loop trajectory;
receive via the plurality of electrodes, two or more ECG lead signals of the patient;
generate a plurality of ECG vectors based on the two or more ECG lead signals of the patient;
process the plurality of ECG vectors to determine a current vectorcardiogram loop trajectory of at least a portion of the two or more ECG lead signals of the patient;
retrieve the stored vectorcardiogram control loop trajectory;
identify a vectorcardiogram trajectory bifurcation by a comparison of the current vectorcardiogram loop trajectory to the vectorcardiogram control loop trajectory for at least three consecutive cardiac cycles;
determine a trend of the vectorcardiogram trajectory bifurcation in order to identify an episodic trajectory bifurcation;
in response to determining the episodic trajectory bifurcation, generate an indicator of a cardiac event based on the vectorcardiogram trajectory bifurcation; and
output the indicator of the cardiac event to at least one of a display of the portable apparatus and a remote display device.

US Pat. No. 10,918,293

MAGNETIC MEASURING APPARATUS

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. A magnetic measuring apparatus, comprising:an inclination gantry including a mount surface and an inclined surface that is inclined with respect to the mount surface;
a cryostat disposed on the inclined surface;
a cryocooling system connected to the cryostat;
a sensor tube connected to the cryostat and including a curved surface that does not curve in a predetermined direction and curves in a direction orthogonal to the predetermined direction such that a center of the curved surface protrudes with respect to side edges of the curved surface; and
a magnetic sensor that measures biomagnetism, the magnetic sensor being housed in the sensor tube such that a sensor surface of the magnetic sensor faces the curved surface,
wherein the sensor surface is inclined with respect to the mount surface in a direction that is same as a direction in which the inclined surface is inclined.

US Pat. No. 10,918,292

NON-INVASIVE CARDIAC OUTPUT ASSESSMENT

Mayo Foundation for Medic...

1. A method of measuring a cardiac output of a patient, the method comprising:occluding, using an inflatable cuff device for a period of time, a brachial artery of the patient;
detecting, using the inflatable cuff while the brachial artery is occluded, a heart rate and a plurality of blood pressure pulse wave measurement curves;
determining an average blood pressure pulse wave measurement curve of the plurality of blood pressure pulse wave measurement curves;
determining an area under the average blood pressure pulse wave measurement curve;
determining a maximal blood pressure of the average blood pressure pulse wave measurement curve; and
determining the cardiac output of the patient, wherein the cardiac output equals the heart rate multiplied by the area under the average blood pressure pulse wave measurement curve and divided by the maximal blood pressure of the average blood pressure pulse wave measurement curve.

US Pat. No. 10,918,291

PORTABLE ELECTRONIC HEMODYNAMIC SENSOR SYSTEMS

California Institute of T...

15. A method comprising:capturing, with a vibration sensor on a subject's skin at a location peripheral to the subject's heart, a vibrational signal representative of skin vibration sensed by the vibration sensor, wherein the vibrational signal comprises frequency components;
applying a low pass filter to resolve a pulse waveform, wherein applying the low pass filter comprises passing frequency components of the vibrational signal from zero hertz to a low pass cutoff frequency of the low pass filter;
applying a high pass filter to resolve Embedded Frequency signals corresponding to sound of the heart, wherein applying the high pass filter comprises passing frequency components of the vibrational signal above a high pass cutoff frequency of the high pass filter;
calculating with a computer processor, using both the Embedded Frequency signals and the pulse waveform, at least one physiological parameter; and
calculating Intrinsic Frequency (IF) parameters ?1 and ?2 with the computer processor.

US Pat. No. 10,918,290

MULTI-CHANNEL VITALS DEVICE

DNA Medicine Institute, I...

1. An integrated vitals sensor comprising:a reflective pulse oximeter;
a plurality of thermistors, comprising at least one first thermistor and at least one second thermistor, in proximity to the reflective pulse oximeter;
an outer casing configured to:
house the plurality of thermistors; and
form an air-tight seal around the plurality of thermistors and the reflective pulse oximeter; and
a single lead EKG, wherein the integrated vitals sensor is configured to be in proximity to a wearer's skin and the at least one first thermistor is configured to be in closer proximity to the wearer's skin than the at least one second thermistor, such that the plurality of thermistors are configured to measure a heat gradient from the direction of the wearer's skin.

US Pat. No. 10,918,289

RING FOR OPTICALLY MEASURING BIOMETRIC DATA

FITBIT, INC., San Franci...

1. A monitoring device, comprising:a ring-shaped housing having an opening for receiving a digit of a person;
a plurality of light sources positioned on the ring-shaped housing and directed toward the opening, the plurality of light sources configured to emit light over at least two wavelengths;
a plurality of photodetectors positioned on the ring-shaped housing;
wherein two or more light sources selected from the plurality of light sources and two or more photodetectors selected from the plurality of photodetectors comprise a combination and the device comprises a plurality of combinations;
wherein the two or more light sources in the combination are configured to emit light sequentially and each of the two or more photodetectors is configured to detect light sequentially emitted along a plurality of light paths by the two or more light sources, and wherein the combination is configured to detect light that is transmitted through, and reflected from, the digit when received within the opening;
a motion-detecting element positioned in the ring-shaped housing and configured to detect motion data representative of motion of the monitoring device;
biometric circuitry positioned in the ring-shaped housing for determining biometric information using the light detected over a time period where the monitoring device is substantially still according to the detected motion data, wherein the biometric circuitry is configured to activate each combination individually; and
a communications subsystem positioned in the ring-shaped housing for communicating the biometric information using at least one wireless transmission protocol.

US Pat. No. 10,918,288

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR TRACKING NEURO-DEVELOPMENT DISORDERS

RUTGERS, THE STATE UNIVER...

1. A system for tracking neuro-development disorder in a subject, the system comprising:a processor;
one or more wearable sensors configured to be attached to a subject and to capture, at each of a plurality of time periods:
a rhythm produced by a nervous system of the subject, the rhythm comprising one or more waveforms produced by the one or more wearable sensors, each rhythm is associated with the time period, and
one or more physical characteristics values of the subject, the one or more physical characteristics values are each associated with the time period on which measurements of the one or more physical characteristics values were taken; and
a non-transitory computer readable storage medium containing programming instructions configured to cause the processor to:
estimate trajectories of fluctuations of the rhythm over the plurality of time periods,
generate a digital representation that represents the estimated trajectories against a change in one of the physical characteristics values between each two successive time periods over the plurality of time periods,
perform a fitting for the digital representation to determine a fitted curve, and
use the fitted curve to identify whether the subject has a normal neuro-development or has a risk of neuro-development disorder.

US Pat. No. 10,918,287

SYSTEM FOR NON-INVASIVE MEASUREMENT USING CAMERAS AND TIME OF FLIGHT DETECTION

OMNI MEDSCI, INC., Ann A...

1. A measurement system comprising:an array of laser diodes to operate in a pulsed mode and to generate light having one or more optical wavelengths that includes at least one near-infrared wavelength, the array of laser diodes comprising one or more Bragg reflectors, wherein at least a portion of the light generated by the array is configured to penetrate tissue comprising skin;
a detection system comprising an infrared camera and a first receiver comprising a plurality of detectors, wherein the plurality of detectors comprises one or more detector arrays, and wherein the detection system is synchronized to the pulsing of the array of laser diodes, and wherein the detection system further comprises one or more filters in front of at least a part of the detection system to select some of the one or more optical wavelengths;
the first receiver configured to receive at least a first portion of light reflected from the tissue from at least a part of the array of laser diodes, and wherein at least one of the plurality of detectors is coupled to one or more analog-to-digital converters and a processor;
the infrared camera configured to receive at least a second portion of light reflected from the tissue from the at least a part of the array of laser diodes, wherein the infrared camera is configured to generate data based at least in part on the portion of the light received, and the infrared camera is further coupled to the processor;
a first lens system coupled to the plurality of detectors, and one or more lenses coupled to the infrared camera;
wherein the measurement system is configured to generate an image using at least part of the data from the detection system;
the detection system configured to non-invasively measure blood in blood vessels within or below a dermis layer within the skin based at least in part on near-infrared diffuse reflection from the skin;
the detection system configured to measure absorption of hemoglobin in the near-infrared wavelength between 700 nanometers and 1300 nanometers; and
wherein the processor is configured to compare the absorption of hemoglobin between different spatial locations of tissue; and
wherein the first receiver is configured to perform a time-of-flight measurement by measuring a time difference between the generated light from the array of laser diodes and the at least a first portion of light reflected from the tissue from at least a part of the array of laser diodes, and wherein the measurement system is configured to receive and process at least a portion of the time-of-flight measurement.

US Pat. No. 10,918,286

COMPACT CONFOCAL DENTAL SCANNING APPARATUS

Align Technology, Inc., ...

1. An apparatus for dental scanning, comprising:a light source to emit light;
an illuminator, comprising:
a beam splitter having a first surface and a second surface;
a transparency directly bonded to the first surface of the beam splitter, the transparency comprising a spatial pattern disposed thereon, wherein the transparency is configured to be illuminated by the light from the light source and to output patterned light comprising the spatial pattern through the beam splitter, wherein the patterned light is to be output onto an object external to the dental scanning apparatus; and
an image sensor bonded to the second surface of the beam splitter, wherein the image sensor is configured to receive reflected patterned light that has been reflected off of the object and directed back through the beam splitter, wherein as a result of the transparency being directly bonded to the first surface of the beam splitter and the image sensor being bonded to the second surface of the beam splitter, the image sensor maintains a stable relative position to the spatial pattern of the transparency; and
an optical system comprising one or more lenses, the optical system to direct the patterned light onto the object, and to direct the reflected patterned light reflected off of the object back through the beam splitter and to the image sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,918,285

OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHIC DEVICE

TOMEY CORPORATION, Nagoy...

1. An optical coherence tomographic device configured to acquire a tomographic image of a subject by using an optical interferometry, the optical coherence tomographic device comprising:a detector configured to detect interference light acquired by the optical interferometry, and to output an interference signal of the interference light; and
a processor configured to calculate von Neumann entropy of noise components by using the noise components and signal intensities of the interference signals corresponding to at least one interference light detected by the detector, wherein the processor is configured to: calculate von Neumann entropy of the interference signal; and to calculate von Neumann entropy that indicates a polarization property of the subject by removing the von Neumann entropy of noise components from the calculated von Neumann entropy of the interference signal.

US Pat. No. 10,918,284

LIGHT-SOURCE UNIT, MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, NEAR-INFRARED MICROSCOPIC APPARATUS, OPTICAL DETECTION METHOD, IMAGING METHOD, CALCULATION METHOD, FUNCTIONAL BIO-RELATED SUBSTANCE, STATE MANAGEMENT METHOD, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD

HIDEO ANDO, Hino (JP)

1. A light source, comprising:a light-emitting source configured to provide emitted light;
a first optical characteristics changing member configured to divide an original optical path of the emitted light into first and second divided optical paths, wherein a first light beam and a second light beam of the emitted light pass through the first and second divided optical paths respectively, and the first light beam and the second light beam have a same prescribed wavelength; and
a second optical characteristics changing member configured to combine the first light beam and the second light beam to form combined light, the combined light being configured to be applied,wherein an optical length based on the prescribed wavelength of the first divided optical path is controlled to be different from another optical length based on the prescribed wavelength of the second divided optical path.

US Pat. No. 10,918,283

REAL TIME ENERGY DEPOSITING THERAPY SYSTEM CONTROLLED BY MAGNETIC RESONANCE RHEOLOGY

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. An energy depositing therapy system, comprising:an energy depositing unit provided for locally depositing energy into a therapy zone of a subject of interest for therapy purposes;
a transducer unit comprising a honeycomb structure having mechanical transducers disposed in alternating first honeycombs, and open accesses in alternating second honeycombs, the transducer unit being configured to be mechanically coupled to the subject of interest and that is provided for applying mechanical oscillations to at least a portion of the subject of interest, wherein the open accesses are configured to receive an interventional device; and
a magnetic resonance imaging system provided for acquiring magnetic resonance imaging data from at least the portion of the subject of interest, comprising:
a magnetic resonance scanner;
an image processing unit configured to image the mechanical oscillations in at least the portion of the subject of interest by processing the acquired magnetic resonance imaging data of the portion of the subject of interest; and
a control unit that is connectable to the energy depositing unit, the transducer unit and the magnetic resonance scanner, wherein the control unit is configured to control the depositing of energy in dependence of the processed magnetic resonance imaging data of the portion of the subject of interest.

US Pat. No. 10,918,282

EYE-EXAMINING APPARATUS IN WHICH VISIBLE-OPTICAL CHANNEL AND INFRARED-OPTICAL CHANNEL ARE INTEGRATED

HUVITZ CO., LTD., Anyang...

1. An eye-examining apparatus having a visible-infrared integrated optical system, comprising:an infrared light source for irradiating a cornea of an examinee's eye with infrared light of a predetermined shape;
a visible light source for irradiating the examinee's eye with visible light;
an image detector for detecting an image of the infrared light which is irradiated from the infrared light source and reflected from the cornea of the examinee's eye and for detecting an image of the visible light which is irradiated from the visible light source and reflected from the examinee's eye; and
a visible light blocking filter configured to be selectively inserted in an optical path of the visible light and the infrared light between the examinee's eye and the image detector for blocking the visible light,
wherein wavelength of the infrared light irradiated from the infrared light source is 810 nm or more and 1050 nm or less, and
wherein the image detector is a color sensor for selectively detecting a visible light image of the examinee's eye and an infrared light image reflected from the cornea; and the color CMOS sensor comprises R, G and B pixels for detecting red light R, green light G and blue light B, respectively, and
the R, G and B pixels of the color CMOS sensor have substantially same sensitivity to the infrared light of wavelength of 810 nm or more and 1050 nm or less so that the color CMOS sensor is used as sensor for detecting an image of the infrared light.

US Pat. No. 10,918,281

MEDICAL MONITORING DEVICE HAVING MULTIPLE CONFIGURATIONS

Masimo Corporation, Irvi...

1. A patient monitoring device configured to communicate with one or more physiological sensors and determine at least one physiological parameter of a patient, comprising:a sensor input configured to receive communications from a physiological sensor coupled to a patient;
a housing configured to house a display, wherein the housing defines one or more ventilation holes configured to allow air to flow through the housing of the patient monitoring device; and
a vent cover rotatably connected with the housing such that the vent cover is configured to transition between a first configuration and a second configuration, wherein a longitudinal axis of the vent cover extends through two ends of the vent cover,
wherein in the first configuration, the longitudinal axis of the vent cover is aligned with a longitudinal axis of the housing such that the vent cover at least partially covers the one or more ventilation holes, and
wherein in the second configuration the longitudinal axis of the vent cover is perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the housing such that the two ends of the vent cover protrude past edges of the housing and the vent cover does not cover the one or more ventilation holes, and wherein in the second configuration the two ends of the vent cover provide a stabilization feature to and a lateral support of a lower side of the patient monitoring device.

US Pat. No. 10,918,280

NON-INVASIVE BIO-FLUID DETECTOR AND PORTABLE SENSOR-TRANSMITTER-RECEIVER SYSTEM

The Johns Hopkins Univers...

1. A system comprising:a mobile communication device; and
a sensor system comprising:
a plurality of light emitting diodes (LEDs) configured to transmit light through tissue of a subject at four wavelengths;
a photosensor configured to receive and measure the light transmitted through the tissue of the subject by the plurality of LEDs; and
a communications board configured to:
modulate a series of switches that alternate power distribution to each of four transmitting channels,
supply, using a pulse width modulator, self-adjusting current levels to the plurality of LEDs,
trigger the plurality of LEDs in accordance with the alternating power distribution and the self-adjusting current levels to transmit the light through the tissue of the subject,
receive information related to the light transmitted through the tissue of the subject and received by the photosensor, and
communicate with the mobile communication device.

US Pat. No. 10,918,279

SYSTEM FOR CONNECTING MEDICAL IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUSES VIA A NETWORK

GE Precision Healthcare L...

1. A system comprising a plurality of medical image capture apparatuses each having an input device for accepting an input by an operator, said plurality of medical image capture apparatuses being connected via a network, and including a first medical image capture apparatus and a second medical image capture apparatus sharing between them some of a plurality of preferences set in each of said plurality of medical image capture apparatuses, said system comprising:a storage device in which specification information is stored, said specification information specifying some of the plurality of preferences set in each of said plurality of medical image capture apparatuses that are to be shared between said first and second medical image capture apparatuses;
at least one control device, said control device executing:
a deciding function of deciding, once said input device in said first medical image capture apparatus has accepted an input of a value of at least one of said plurality of preferences set in the first medical image capture apparatus, whether or not a preference corresponding to said input value is to be shared between said first and second medical image capture apparatuses based on said specification information; and
a setting function of setting, in a case that said preference is decided by said deciding function to be shared, the value of said preference into said second medical image capture apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,918,278

IMAGER FOR MEDICAL DEVICE

WELCH ALLYN, INC., Skane...

1. A system for transmitting a temperature of a patient to an electronic medical record associated with the patient, comprising:a thermometer, including:
a thermometer housing;
a temperature sensor capable of capturing a temperature signal; and
a digital display supported by the thermometer housing,
wherein the digital display is configured to display a temperature value associated with the temperature signal and at least one error-checking value; and
a handheld imaging device, including:
a device housing;
a camera supported by the device housing and configured to capture an image of the digital display of the thermometer,
a processor, contained within the device housing, operatively coupled to the camera, and configured to extract text in the image using optical character recognition, wherein the processor is configured to perform an error-check on the temperature value using the at least one error-checking value in the image; and
a network connection unit contained within the device housing and operatively coupled to the processor,
wherein the network connection unit is configured to communicate with an electronic medical record system and to transmit the temperature value to the electronic medical record system.

US Pat. No. 10,918,277

OPHTHALMIC DEVICE

TOPCON CORPORATION, Toky...

1. An ophthalmic device comprising:a photographing unit configured to photograph a region to be observed of a subject eye through an examination optical system;
a first alignment unit configured to perform alignment of the examination optical system respect to the subject eye in an optical axis direction and alignment in a perpendicular direction to the optical axis direction;
an optical system movement unit configured to move the examination optical system from a first position aligned by the first alignment unit to a second position deviated at least in the perpendicular direction; and
a second alignment unit configured to determine an alignment position in the optical axis direction of the examination optical system at the second position with respect to the subject eye based on a positional difference between the first position and the second position, and move the examination optical system to the alignment position along the optical axis direction.

US Pat. No. 10,918,276

DIGITAL FUNDUS CAMERA

CAMEREYES LTD., Jerusale...

1. A digital fundus camera for capturing a digital retinal image of a retinal region of an eye through the eye's pupil, the pupil having an innermost pupillary central area and an outermost pupillary annular surround peripheral to the innermost pupillary central area, the camera comprising:(a) a rigid tubular digital fundus camera housing having a leading housing end, a trailing housing end and an inside housing surface;
(b) an objective lens at said leading housing end,
said objective lens having an optical axis and a working distance from the eye for imaging the pupil as an imaged pupil at a conjugate pupillary plane and the retinal region as an imaged retinal region at a conjugate retinal plane,
said objective lens imaging the innermost pupillary central area as an innermost pupillary central area image and the outermost pupillary annular surround as an outermost pupillary annular surround image peripheral to said innermost pupillary central area image;
(c) an annular LED illumination arrangement at said trailing housing end centered on said optical axis and including:
(i) an annular LED illuminator having a ring of spaced apart individual masked LEDs each emitting a wide solid angle illumination beam co-directional with said optical axis and spaced apart therefrom,
ii) an annular folded illumination optical train including a primary focusing reflector for reflecting illumination from said LED illuminator towards a secondary reflector for reflecting illumination towards said objective lens,
iii) an annular arrangement of refractive mini-lenses in registration with said ring of spaced apart individual masked LEDs and disposed between said annular LED illuminator and said annular folded illumination optical train for collecting illumination from said annular LED illuminator towards said primary focusing reflector whereby said ring of spaced apart individual masked LEDs are imaged as a ring of spaced apart individual masked LED images at said secondary reflector, and
iv) a multiple stage stray illumination trap arrangement for capturing stray illumination from said each masked LED's wide solid angle illumination beam such that said annular LED illumination arrangement emits a ring of narrow solid angle illumination beams towards said objective lens for illuminating the retinal region; and
(d) a digital imager at said trailing housing end for capturing the digital retinal image of the retinal region through said annular LED illumination arrangement,
the digital fundus camera, in use, with said objective lens being disposed at said working distance from the eye, said conjugate pupillary plane being disposed at said secondary reflector and said ring of narrow solid angle illumination beams being disposed at said outermost pupillary annular surround image whereby said ring of narrow solid angle illumination beams illuminates the retinal region through the outermost pupillary annular surround and said digital imager captures the digital retinal image through said innermost imaged pupillary central area image such that the digital fundus camera separates an inbound illumination light path from said annular LED illumination arrangement to the retinal region from an outbound image forming light path from the retinal region to said digital imager.

US Pat. No. 10,918,275

OPTICAL TEXTURE ANALYSIS OF THE INNER RETINA

The Chinese University of...

1. A method for analyzing an inner retinal layer, the method comprising:capturing a plurality of scans of a retina in a wide field using an image capture device;
determining, from the scans, anterior and posterior boundaries of an inner retinal layer;
extracting, from the scans, a set of optical density measurements (Pz,xy) at each of a plurality of retinal locations (x, y) and a plurality of depths z;
computing a set of optical texture signature values (Sxy) from the set of optical density measurements Pz,xy for a given retinal location (x, y) at depths z between the anterior and posterior boundaries of the inner retinal layer, wherein the optical texture signature value Sxy for a given retinal location (x, y) is computed as:

wherein b1,xy and b2,xy correspond to anterior and posterior boundaries, respectively, of the inner retinal layer at the retinal location (x, y); Pref corresponds to a reference optical density value for normalization; ?1 corresponds to a gamma value for a gamma transformation function; ?2 corresponds to a gamma value for a gamma correction function; and ? corresponds to a predefined constant proportional to a peak tissue thickness of the inner retinal layer; and
generating a texture analysis map based on the optical texture signature values Sxy at individual retinal locations (x, y).

US Pat. No. 10,918,274

SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND DEVICES FOR OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY MULTIPLE ENFACE ANGIOGRAPHY AVERAGING

Doheny Eye Institute, Lo...

1. A system for processing images of a biological material, the system comprising:one or more image databases storing one or more volumetric optical coherence tomography (OCT) images;
one or more computer readable storage devices configured to store a plurality of computer executable instructions; and
one or more hardware computer processors in communication with the one or more computer readable storage devices and configured to execute the plurality of computer executable instructions in order to cause the system to:
access, from the one or more image databases, one or more volumetric OCT images;
generate, from the one or more volumetric OCT images, one or more first OCT enface images corresponding to a first tissue layer and one or more second OCT enface images corresponding to a second tissue layer;
perform one or more image registration techniques on the one or more first OCT enface images to obtain image alignment data;
align the one or more second OCT enface images using the obtained image alignment data; and
generate an averaged OCT enface image of the second tissue layer from the one or more aligned second OCT enface images.

US Pat. No. 10,918,273

JIGS FOR USE IN MEDICAL IMAGING AND METHODS FOR USING THEREOF

BODY VISION MEDICAL LTD.,...

1. A method, comprising:providing a jig including a support structure and a plurality of radiopaque markers attached to the support structure, the support structure configured to be positioned in proximity to at least a portion of a body of a patient during a medical imaging process, the plurality of radiopaque markers being positioned in a pattern such that an image capturing a given portion of the pattern is unique from an image capturing any other given portion of the pattern;
obtaining a first image from a first imaging modality;
extracting at least one element from the first image from the first imaging modality, wherein the at least one element comprises an airway, a blood vessel, a body cavity, or any combination thereof;
obtaining, from a second imaging modality, at least (i) a first image of the jig in a first pose of second imaging modality and (ii) a second image of the jig in a second pose of second imaging modality, wherein the jig is positioned in proximity to a body of a patient;
generating at least two augmented bronchograms, wherein a first augmented bronchogram corresponds to the first image of the second imaging modality in the first pose, and wherein a second augmented bronchogram corresponds to the second image of the second imaging modality in the second pose,
determining mutual geometric constraints between:
(i) the first pose of the of second imaging modality, and
(ii) the second pose of the of second imaging modality,
wherein the mutual geometric constraints are determined by either:
a. estimating a difference between (i) the first pose and (ii) the second pose by comparing the first image of the jig and the second image of the jig,
wherein the estimating is performed using a device comprising a protractor, an accelerometer, a gyroscope, or any combination thereof, and wherein the device is attached to the second imaging modality;
b. extracting a plurality of image features to estimate a relative pose change,
wherein the plurality of image features comprise anatomical elements, non-anatomical elements, or any combination thereof,
wherein the image features comprise: patches attached to a patient, radiopaque markers positioned in a field of view of the second imaging modality, or any combination thereof, and
wherein the image features are visible on the first image of the radiopaque instrument and the second image of the radiopaque instrument;
c. estimating a difference between (i) the first pose and (ii) the second pose by using at least one camera,
wherein the camera comprises: a video camera, an infrared camera, a depth camera, or any combination thereof,
wherein the camera is at a fixed location,
wherein the camera is configured to track at least one feature,
wherein the at least one feature comprises: a marker attached the patient, a marker attached to the second imaging modality, or any combination thereof, and
tracking the at least one feature; or
d. or any combination thereof,
estimating the first pose of the of second imaging modality and the second pose of the of second imaging modality,
wherein the estimation is performed using:
(i) the first augmented bronchogram,
(ii) the second augmented bronchogram, and
(iii) the at least one element, and
wherein the estimated first pose of the of second imaging modality and the estimated second pose of the of second imaging modality meets the determined mutual geometric constraints,
generating a third image; wherein the third image is an augmented image derived from the second imaging modality which highlights an area of interest,
wherein the area of interest is determined from projecting data from the estimated first pose and the estimated second pose.

US Pat. No. 10,918,272

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR IMAGING AND 3D SHAPE RECONSTRUCTION

Massachusetts Institute o...

1. A method comprising:(a) projecting a set of illumination patterns onto an eardrum in a temporal sequence in such a way that each illumination pattern in the set of illumination patterns
(i) is a spatially periodic pattern of illumination, and
(ii) is shifted in phase relative to at least one other illumination pattern in the set of illumination patterns;
(b) capturing, with a camera, a first set of images of the eardrum while the eardrum is illuminated by the set of illumination patterns, the capturing being performed in such a way that each image in the first set of images is an image of both a direct component of light and a global component of light, wherein
(i) the direct component is light that reflects from the eardrum without entering a middle ear, and
(ii) the global component is light that passes through the eardrum, reflects from a middle ear, passes through the eardrum again, and is measured by the camera;
(c) computationally separating the direct and global components in respective subsets of images in the first set of images;
(d) calculating an average global component for the first set of images, which average global component is an average of the global components of the respective subsets of images in the first set of images; and
(e) calculating, based on the average global component, an image of (i) the eardrum and (ii) a middle ear that is medial to the eardrum.

US Pat. No. 10,918,271

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR REPROCESSING A MEDICAL DEVICE

ASP GLOBAL MANUFACTURING ...

1. A method of reprocessing a medical device having a first channel and a second channel extending therethrough, comprising:(a) pumping a primary fluid flow with a predetermined supply flow rate from a primary pump into a manifold having a first flush conduit and a second flush conduit in fluid communication therewith;
(b) introducing an additive into the primary fluid flow upstream of the manifold and downstream of the primary pump via an additive pump thereby pumping the primary fluid flow with the additive toward the first and second flush conduits;
(c) directing a first fluid flow from the primary fluid flow and into a first valve along the first flush conduit;
(d) directing a second fluid flow from the primary fluid flow and into a second valve along the second flush conduit;
(e) adjusting the first and second fluid flows with the first and second valves such that the first fluid flow has a first predetermined conduit flow rate and the second fluid flow has a second predetermined conduit flow rate; and
(f) discharging the first and second fluid flows with the first and second predetermined conduit flow rates into the respective first and second channels of the medical device for reprocessing the medical device.

US Pat. No. 10,918,270

ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM AND EVALUATION VALUE CALCULATION DEVICE

HOYA CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. An endoscope system, comprising:a light source device configured to emit illumination light to an object;
an image obtaining part configured to capture light reflected at the object by an image pickup element and thereby obtain a color image including at least three color components; and
an evaluation part configured to obtain, for each of pixels constituting the color image obtained by the image obtaining part, an evaluation result concerning a target disease based on an angle, in a color plane defined by at least two of the at least three color components, formed between a line segment, which connects a predetermined reference point positioned on the color plane with a corresponding pixel point allocated corresponding to the each of the pixels in the color plane, and a reference axis having a correlation with the target disease,
wherein the reference axis is set to pass through the predetermined reference point.

US Pat. No. 10,918,269

MEDICAL LIGHT SOURCE APPARATUS AND MEDICAL OBSERVATION SYSTEM

SONY OLYMPUS MEDICAL SOLU...

1. A medical observation system comprising:a first light source configured to emit light in a first wavelength range;
a second light source configured to emit light in a second wavelength range different from the first wavelength range;
processing circuitry configured to control the first light source and the second light source to perform pulse light emission in a state in which the pulse light emission of the second light source is less frequent than the pulse light emission of the first light source;
an imaging device configured to capture an image of an observation target irradiated with light from the first light source and the second light source; and
a memory configured to store data regarding the captured image, wherein
the processing circuitry is further configured to
control writing and reading of the data to and from the memory,
superimpose a first image of the observation target irradiated with first light from the second light source with a second image of the observation target irradiated with second light from the first light source, and
superimpose the first image with a third image of the observation target irradiated with third light from the first light source, the second light and the third light being irradiated from the first light source at different time.

US Pat. No. 10,918,268

INSERT TUBE AND ENDOSCOPE USING THE SAME

OPCOM INC., New Taipei (...

1. An endoscope, comprising an insert tube and a handle, wherein the insert tube comprises:a catheter comprising a distal section, a bending section and an extend section integrally and seamlessly formed in one piece through a metal material;
a plurality of first line grooves and a plurality of second line grooves formed and arranged in staggered relation on two corresponding sides of the bending section along a central axis direction of the catheter, respectively,
wherein at least one second line groove is arranged between the first line grooves, and the first line groove and the second line groove have a first arc length and a second arc length, respectively, with a length of the first arc length being greater than a length of the second arc length;
wherein the handle has an end connected to an end of the extend section; and
wherein the two second line grooves are arranged between the two first line grooves to form a first shaped structure, and a number of the first shaped structures are arranged on the bending section in decreasing order to increasing order along the central axis of the catheter.

US Pat. No. 10,918,267

ENDOSCOPE

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An endoscope comprising:an insertion portion which includes a bending portion and into which bending wires corresponding to four bending directions of up, down, left, and right are inserted;
an operation portion comprising:
an operation portion main body provided on a proximal end side of the insertion portion, the operation portion main body including a pedestal portion provided to protrude from the operation portion main body; and
a grasping surface provided so as to be continuous with the operation portion main body;
a bending operation lever provided so as to protrude outward from a surface of the pedestal portion, the bending operation lever being configured to be tilted by an operator with a finger of a hand grasping the grasping surface so as to pull at least one of the bending wires in a state where the operator grasps the grasping surface of the operation portion; and
a finger contact surface configured to enable the finger of the operator's hand grasping the grasping surface to be placed on the finger contact surface when the bending operation lever is tilted, the finger contact surface being provided at a distal end of the bending operation lever wherein
a step is formed on a periphery of the pedestal portion, the step being provided so as to be continuous with a side surface extending from the pedestal portion towards the step, the step being formed on an opposite side of the grasping surface grasped by the operator across the bending operation lever,
the step is formed to enable a finger of the operator's hand grasping the grasping portion, which is different from the finger placed on the finger contact portion, to be placed on the step.

US Pat. No. 10,918,266

ENDOSCOPE

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An endoscope comprising:an operation portion;
an exterior cover configured to seal an opening in the operation portion, the operation portion having a sealed space bound by the exterior cover and the operation portion, the exterior cover being configured to deform in response to a change in internal pressure in the sealed space;
an operation lever watertightly fixed to the exterior cover, the operation lever extending along a longitudinal axis from a distal end thereof to a proximal end thereof, the proximal end of the operation lever disposed within the operation portion; and
one or more restricting projections provided on the operation lever so as to extend toward the proximal end of the operation lever, the one or more restricting projections being configured to restrict expansion of the exterior cover resulting from the change in the internal pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,918,265

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR ENDOSCOPE AND ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An image processing apparatus for an endoscope, comprising:a processor comprising hardware, the processor being configured to:
perform first enhancement processing on a front image acquired from a front area in a subject by using an endoscope including an insertion portion which is inserted into the subject, and
perform second enhancement processing on a side image acquired from a side area located lateral to the front area,
wherein
the processor individually sets a first enhancement level of the first enhancement processing and a second enhancement level of the second enhancement processing, and
the processor sets the second enhancement level in the side image such that a degree of an image enhancement becomes higher as distance from the front image increases.

US Pat. No. 10,918,264

SURGERY SYSTEM

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. A surgery system comprising:an overtube that has a distal end, a proximal end, and a longitudinal axis and holds a treatment tool and an endoscope so as to be movable forward and backward in a direction of the longitudinal axis, the overtube having
an endoscope holding part that has an endoscope holding surface for holding the endoscope and allowing circumferential rotation of the endoscope about a central axis of the endoscope, and
a treatment tool holding part that has a treatment tool holding surface for holding the treatment tool; and
the endoscope that is inserted into the overtube and has a held surface held by the endoscope holding surface, the endoscope having a biasing member that maintains the circumferential orientation of the endoscope even in a case where the overtube rotates around the longitudinal axis, wherein the biasing member has an outer surface,
wherein the biasing member generates a rotational moment around the central axis of the endoscope in a case where the overtube has rotated around the longitudinal axis, and maintains the circumferential orientation of the endoscope using the rotational moment generated in the biasing member,
wherein the overtube has a movable body that is movable in a direction of the longitudinal axis, and the endoscope holding part and the treatment tool holding part are provided at the movable body,
wherein the movable body has a distal-end-side restricting part that restricts movement of the endoscope holding part on a distal end side of the movable body, and a proximal-end-side restricting part that restricts movement of the endoscope holding part on a proximal end side of the movable body, and the endoscope holding part is movable between the distal-end-side restricting part and the proximal-end-side restricting part.

US Pat. No. 10,918,263

ADJUSTABLE ENDOSCOPE SHEATH

Gyrus Acmi, Inc., Southb...

1. An endoscope sheath comprising:a sheath tube extending along a longitudinal axis between a proximal end and a distal end, the sheath tube is configured to receive a tubular portion of an endoscope;
a hub connected to the proximal end of the sheath tube; and
a hub adapter configured to engage the endoscope, wherein the hub adapter includes an arm configured to engage a light post extending from the endoscope so that the hub adapter is restricted from rotating when the sheath tube is rotated about the longitudinal axis,
wherein the arm on the hub adapter is moveable relative to the sheath between a first locked position and a second locked position, the first and second locked positions laterally opposed to each other such that the light post is capable of extending upward from the hub adapter in the first locked position and is also capable of extending downward from the hub adapter in the second locked position,
wherein one of the hub adapter and the hub includes a flange, and the other of the hub adapter and the hub includes a channel, the flange comprises a circumferential first series of radial projections, the flange and the first series of radial projections are configured to be received into the channel,
wherein the flange is configured to rotate within the channel so that the sheath tube is rotatable about the longitudinal axis without rotation of the hub adapter and without the sheath tube and the hub adapter moving axially along the longitudinal axis relative to the endoscope, the channel includes a second series of radial projections cooperating with the first series of radial projections.

US Pat. No. 10,918,262

INSERT MOLDED PRODUCT, ELECTRICAL SIGNAL CONNECTOR, ENDOSCOPE, AND INSERT MOLDING METHOD

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An insert molded product in which a metal base member and a resin are bonded together, comprising:the metal base member;
a ground layer;
a noble metal layer formed of a noble metal;
a compound layer comprising a porous silica film; and
a mixture layer where material of the compound layer and the resin are mixed together; and
the resin,
wherein the ground layer, the noble metal layer, the compound layer, and the mixture layer are formed in this order on the metal base member, and
wherein nickel (Ni) is included in both the compound layer and the mixture layer.

US Pat. No. 10,918,261

POWER SUPPLY CONTROL SYSTEM AND POWER SUPPLY CONTROL METHOD

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A power supply control system comprising:a power supply circuit configured to supply power;
a plurality of electronic components configured to be electrically coupled to the power supply circuit, the plurality of electronic components being configured to be operable by the power supplied from the power supply circuit, the plurality of electronic components being configured to start shutdown processing in response to an input of a stop instruction signal, and the plurality of electronic components being configured to operate when an operation instruction signal is input; and
a signal control circuit configured to be electrically coupled to the plurality of electronic components, the signal control circuit being configured to receive a power input state signal or a power cutoff state signal as a power state signal indicating a state of the power supply circuit, the signal control circuit being configured to output the stop instruction signal when the power cutoff state signal is input, the signal control circuit being configured to output the operation instruction signal when the power input state signal is input, and the signal control circuit being configured to continuously output the stop instruction signal at least during the shutdown processing when the power input state signal is input when the shutdown processing of at least one electronic component of the plurality of electronic components is not completed and maintains the output of the stop instruction signal until the shutdown processing of the at least one electronic component of the plurality of electronic components is completed.

US Pat. No. 10,918,260

ENDOSCOPIC IMAGE OBSERVATION SUPPORT SYSTEM

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An endoscopic image observation support system comprising:a processor comprising hardware provided externally of a capsule endoscope, wherein the processor is configured to:
receive, from the capsule endoscope, a plurality of endoscopic images captured by the capsule endoscope; and
perform a compression process on an endoscopic image of the plurality of endoscopic images received from the capsule endoscope,
wherein the processor is configured to, when performing the compression process:
access a finding image recorder that records as a finding image an endoscopic image captured in the past and determined to include a predetermined finding through image diagnosis by a user in the past;
determine whether or not the endoscopic image of the plurality of endoscopic images received from the capsule endoscope is similar to the finding image recorded in the finding image recorder;
in response to determining that the endoscopic image is similar to the finding image, add predetermined information to a compressed image of the endoscopic image generated by the compression process; and
record the compressed image having the predetermined information added thereto in an endoscopic image recorder.

US Pat. No. 10,918,259

DISHWASHER APPLIANCE WITH A LEAK PAN

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A dishwasher appliance, comprising:a tub;
a leak pan positioned below the tub;
a leveling assembly configured for adjusting a level of the tub, the leveling assembly comprising
a housing mounted to the leak pan;
a leveling leg positioned within the housing, the leveling leg having a threaded outer surface and a foot;
a spur gear positioned within the housing, an inner thread of the spur gear meshed with the threaded outer surface of the leveling leg;
a worm gear positioned within the housing, the worm gear meshed with outer teeth of the spur gear; and
an axle mounted to the leak pan, the axle connected to the worm gear such that the worm gear is rotatable with the axle,
wherein rotation of the axle is transferable to the leveling leg through the worm gear and the spur gear,
wherein the foot of the leveling leg is spaced from the threaded outer surface of the leveling leg,
wherein an unthreaded outer surface of the leveling leg is positioned between the foot of the leveling leg and the threaded outer surface of the leveling leg, and
wherein the inner thread of the spur gear is positioned at the unthreaded outer surface of the leveling leg and is unmeshed from the threaded outer surface of the leveling leg when the leveling leg is fully retracted.

US Pat. No. 10,918,258

HANDHELD DUST-REMOVING DEVICE

1. A handheld dust-removing device, comprising:a main body to remove at least one particle of dust disposed on a surface of an air conditioning filter; and
a handle at least partially disposed within at least a portion of the main body to allow a user to move the main body across the surface of an air conditioning filter to remove the at least one particle of dust, the handle comprising:
a motor disposed within at least a portion of the handle, and
a plurality of rods to connect the motor to the main body to manipulate the main body in response to a movement of the motor, the plurality of rods comprising:
a first rod disposed on a first side of the motor to curvedly extend away from the first side of the motor with respect to a first direction,
a second rod disposed on a second side of the motor to curvedly extend away from the second side of the motor with respect to a second direction opposite to the first direction, and
a third rod disposed on a third side of the motor to curvedly extend away from the third side of the motor with respect to a third direction.

US Pat. No. 10,918,257

SPONGE MOP

Carl Freudenberg KG, Wei...

1. An insert for a mop, comprising:a rail having a body, the body having an elongate shape and forming an internal channel,
a cleaning element at least partially disposed in the internal channel in engaged relation with the body, wherein the cleaning element is made from one or more sponge materials disposed within the internal channel and extending therefrom;
two protrusions disposed on the body, each of the two protrusions forming a leg connected to the body and a cylindrical wall defining an actuation bore connected to the leg;
wherein each actuation bore is adapted to overlap a substantial portion of a tine, the tine being associated with a sponge mop having a hand lever that operates to pull the tine, the tine being disposed in the actuation bore and configured to impart a force onto the body through the actuation bore to pull the rail and the cleaning element through a set of rollers to wring out fluids that may be present in the cleaning element.

US Pat. No. 10,918,256

CLEANING TOWEL SYSTEM

1. A cleaning towel system comprising:a. a towel including:
i. a sleeve disposed along an upper portion of the towel;
ii. a first cleaning surface;
iii. a second cleaning surface, wherein the first cleaning surface and the second cleaning surface extend from a bottom of the sleeve, wherein a rear surface of the first cleaning surface and a rear surface of the second cleaning surface face one another;
iv. a third cleaning surface joined to the rear of the first cleaning surface; and
v. a fourth cleaning surface joined to the rear of the second cleaning surface, wherein at least one of the first cleaning surface, the second cleaning surface, the third cleaning surface, and the fourth cleaning surface is constructed of a different material than the remaining cleaning surfaces; and
b. a bendable member removably disposed within the sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,918,255

CLEANING ROBOT

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A robot comprising:a fixed body;
a traveling part provided at a lower portion of the fixed body to enable the robot to move along a floor surface;
a cover surrounding the fixed body, the cover being configured to receive an external force;
a movement frame supporting the cover, the movement frame being movable horizontally with respect to the fixed body;
at least one elasticity setting part provided between the movement frame and the fixed body to support the movement frame relative to the fixed body, and to permit limited movement of the cover with respect to the fixed body; and
a sensor configured to sense movement of the movement frame,
wherein the at least one elasticity setting part includes a holder fastened to the fixed body for disabling vertical movement of the movement frame,
wherein the sensor includes a Hall effect sensor directly fixed to the holder, and a magnetic material connected to the movement frame and vertically spaced from the Hall effect sensor,
wherein the holder includes a reception space for receiving an inner body, and an opening formed at an upper portion of the reception space,
wherein the inner body is connected to the movement frame through the opening, and
wherein a width of the opening is smaller than a width of the inner body.

US Pat. No. 10,918,254

ROBOTIC DEVICE PERFORMING AUTONOMOUS SELF-SERVICE

QUALCOMM Incorporated, S...

1. A robotic device, comprising:a processor;
a memory in electronic communication with the processor;
a sensor in electronic communication with the processor and the memory;
a chamber configured to collect debris; and
instructions stored in the memory and executable by the processor to cause the robotic device to:
identify a status of the chamber based at least in part on sensor data received from the sensor;
pause an autonomous debris collection process of the robotic device based at least in part on the identified status;
automatically remove a first container from the chamber based at least in part on the identified status;
identify a drop-off zone based at least in part on occupancy data collected by the robotic device;
discard the first container away from the robotic device based at least in part on the identified drop-off zone; and
resume the autonomous debris collection process based at least in part on an introduction of a second container.

US Pat. No. 10,918,253

HANDHELD SWEEPING AND MOPPING STRUCTURE

HUBEI DSTECH CO. LTD, Ez...

1. A handheld sweeping and mopping structure, comprising a handle and a body shell, wherein a lower part of the handle is connected to the body shell via a universal joint, and a sweeping and mopping module, a water tank module, a driving module, a garbage collection module, a control module and a power supply module are provided inside the body shell;the sweeping and mopping module comprises a sponge roller and a water sink rod, wherein the sponge roller is driven to rotate by the driving module fixed inside the body shell, the water sink rod is further provided inside the body shell, the water sink rod is tightly attached to the sponge roller, and a cleaning sink is formed on a contact surface of the water sink rod with the sponge roller;
the water tank module comprises a clean water tank, a waste water tank, a water supply means, a water pumping means and an intermediate connector, wherein the clean water tank and the waste water tank are mounted at two ends of the intermediate connector, the clean water tank is connected to the water supply means arranged outside the intermediate connector, the water supply means is used for pumping clean water in the clean water tank to the cleaning sink, the waste water tank is connected to the water pumping means arranged outside the intermediate connector, and the water pumping means is used for pumping waste water in the cleaning sink to the waste water tank;
the driving module comprises a driving motor, an output end of which is connected to the sponge roller;
the garbage collection module comprises a garbage box and a garbage box cover, wherein an accommodation port for allowing the garbage box to be inserted therein is formed on a side face of the body shell, the garbage box is provided behind the sponge roller and a shovel strip is provided below an opening of the garbage box directly facing the sponge roller, the garbage box cover is further mounted above the garbage box, a row of hairbrushes are further provided on the garbage box cover, the hairbrushes are fitted with the sponge roller and used for cleaning the sponge roller, and a disposable garbage box is further provided in the garbage box;
the control module comprises a PCB control board, wherein the PCB control board is mounted within the body shell and is connected to the driving module and the water tank module, and the PCB control board is used for controlling the turn-on or turn-off of the driving module and the water tank module; and
the power supply module comprises a battery used for supplying power to the driving module and the control module.

US Pat. No. 10,918,252

DIRT DETECTION LAYER AND LASER BACKSCATTER DIRT DETECTION

Neato Robotics, Inc., Ne...

1. A robotic cleaning device, comprising:a housing having walls defining a conduit extending from an air intake to a receptacle for retaining particles drawn through the conduit;
a suction system for drawing air through the air intake, along the conduit and into the receptacle;
a light emitter configured to emit light across the conduit and out of the conduit through an opening defined by the one of the walls of the housing;
a light detector proximate the light emitter and coupled to a portion of one of the walls defining the conduit, the light detector being configured to detect a portion of the light that is scattered by particles being drawn through the conduit; and
a processor configured to receive sensor data from the light detector and to determine how many particles are passing through the conduit based on variations in the sensor data;
wherein the light emitter comprises a first laser and a second laser.

US Pat. No. 10,918,251

DEBRIS COLLECTION DEVICE FOR AUTONOMOUS CLEANING ROBOTS

iRobot Corporation, Bedf...

1. A debris collection device for a cleaning device, the debris collection device comprising:a cleaning pad portion configured to contact a floor surface; and
a vacuum receptacle portion connected directly to the cleaning pad portion, the vacuum receptacle portion being configured to collect at least a portion of debris removed from the floor surface by a vacuum assembly of the cleaning device, wherein a volume of the vacuum receptacle portion is positioned vertically above the cleaning pad portion.

US Pat. No. 10,918,250

ROBOT VACUUM CLEANER

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A robot vacuum cleaner comprising:a main body configured to be driven on a surface towards an obstacle by at least one wheel rotating in a first rotational direction and away from an obstacle by the at least one wheel rotating in a second rotational direction opposite to the first rotational direction, and having an intake configured to suck in debris from the surface;
a shutter installed further from a center of the robot vacuum cleaner than the intake to be positioned between the intake and the obstacle, and configured to move from a retracted position to an extended position by at least one of a rotational motion of the shutter in the first rotational direction and a linear motion of the shutter to avoid sweeping debris away from the intake during the movement of the shutter from the retracted position to an extended position, such that in the extended position, the shutter is configured to contact, by a side of the shutter facing the intake, debris on the surface outside a reachable area of the intake and to sweep the debris away from the obstacle during a driving movement of the main body away from the obstacle to position the debris inside the reachable area of the intake during a subsequent driving movement of the main body towards the obstacle;
a shutter driver configured to move the shutter between the retracted position and the extended position; and
a sensor installed in the main body and configured to detect an obstacle,
wherein the shutter is configured to extend from the main body to a position adjacent to the obstacle when the sensor detects the obstacle.

US Pat. No. 10,918,249

CLEANING APPARATUS

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A cleaning apparatus comprising:a cleaning unit including a power consumption unit;
a transport device for automatically moving the cleaning unit; and
a stick unit able to be coupled to the cleaning unit and which allows the cleaning unit to move when gripped by a user,
wherein the cleaning unit comprises a first coupling portion,
wherein the power consumption unit comprises a suction force generating device for generating a suction force, and
wherein the stick unit comprises:
a second coupling portion being configured to be separably coupled with the first coupling portion.

US Pat. No. 10,918,248

SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS

1. A surface cleaning apparatus comprising:an elongated support member;
a handle coupled to an upper end of the elongated support member;
a vacuum module slidably and detachably coupled to the elongated support member; and
a hose coupled to the vacuum module and expandable to accommodate lower and upper positions of the vacuum module along the elongated support member.

US Pat. No. 10,918,247

TOILET LIFT SEAT

6. A toilet lift seat for a toilet having a toilet bowl with a toilet bowl rim, the toilet lift seat comprising:a toilet seat having a toilet seat opening extending therethrough;
left and right linear actuators supported in left and right actuator supports; said left and right linear actuators are supported by the left and right actuator supports to be oriented vertically and to extend in spaced relation on opposite sides of the toilet bowl of the toilet with which the toilet seat is used;
left and right pivot mounts supported on upper ends of the left and right linear actuators;
left and right stop features are associated with and extend forward of the left and right pivot mounts respectively;
an underside of the toilet seat pivotally connected on opposite sides of the toilet seat opening to the left and right pivot mounts such that a center of gravity of the toilet seat extends forward of a pivot axis of the toilet seat relative to the left and right pivot mounts;
a front portion of the toilet seat, extending forward of the pivot axis, is supported on the toilet bowl rim when and a gap extends between the stop features on the left and right pivot mounts and left and right abutment features respectively on the underside of the toilet seat;
wherein upon vertical extension of the left and right linear actuators from the retracted position, the front portion of the toilet seat pivots downward relative to the left and right pivot mounts supported on the upper ends of the left and right linear actuators and remains supported on the toilet bowl rim until the left and right abutment features on the underside of the toilet seat abut against the left and right stops respectively preventing further forward pivoting of the toilet seat relative to the left and right linear actuators, and further vertical extension of the left and right linear actuators lifts the toilet seat, including the downwardly pivoted front portion of the toilet seat, vertically relative to the toilet bowl rim.

US Pat. No. 10,918,246

TWO-PIECE FOAM PISTON PUMP

OP-Hygiene IP GmbH, Nied...

1. A piston pump for dispensing from a discharge outlet a liquid from a reservoir admixed with air,the pump comprising:
a piston chamber-forming member disposed about an axis,
the piston chamber-forming member having an outer tubular member and a center post member coaxial about the axis with an annular end wall joining an inner end of the outer tubular member and an axially inner end of the center post member,
the outer tubular member extending axially outwardly from the end wall to an open outer end of the outer tubular member,
the center post member extending axially outwardly from the end wall to a closed outer end of the center post member,
the piston chamber-forming member defining a chamber therein within the outer tubular member open axially outwardly at the open outer end of the outer tubular member,
a piston-forming element having a hollow central axially extending stem,
the stem having a central passageway through the stem from an axial inner end of the stem to the discharge outlet at an axial outer end of the stem,
the stem having a plurality of axially spaced annular members which extend radially outwardly from the stem,
the stem of the piston-forming element coaxially slidably received in the chamber of the piston chamber-forming member with the center post member extending axially into the central passageway of the stem through the axial inner end of the stem and the annular members extending radially outwardly from the stem towards the outer tubular member;
a flow space defined within the central passageway between the center post member and the stem providing an axial passage between the center post member and the stem,
the piston-forming element coaxially slidably received in the piston chamber-forming member for reciprocal axial inward and outward movement in a cycle of operation between an extended position and a retracted position, the cycle of operation including a retraction stroke from the extended position to the retracted position and an extension stroke from the retracted position to the extended position,
a pair of the annular members on the stem cooperating with axially spaced portions of the outer tubular member of different diameters to provide a variable volume liquid compartment of a stepped chamber piston liquid pump which in the cycle of operation draws fluid from the reservoir for discharge to the flow space, which variable volume liquid compartment has a volume that varies cyclically with movement of the piston-forming element between the retracted position and the extended position in the cycle of operation,
at least one of the annular members on the stem axially outwardly of the pair of the annular members cooperating with the outer tubular member to provide within the chamber a variable volume air compartment of an air piston pump which variable volume air compartment has a volume that varies cyclically with movement of the piston-forming element between the retracted position and the extended position in the cycle of operation,
a channel extending radially through the stem between the central passageway and the air compartment to provide communication between the air compartment and the flow space,
the air pump in the cycle of operation drawing air from the atmosphere into the air compartment from the discharge outlet via the central passageway, the flow space and the channel and discharging fluid within the air compartment from the air compartment via the channel into the flow space and through the central passageway to out the discharge outlet,
in the cycle of operation the liquid pump and the air pump operative to discharge the liquid and the air simultaneously axially outwardly through the flow space to the discharge outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,918,245

COFFEE GRINDER-DOSER WITH REPOSITIONABLE SYSTEM FOR INDICATING THE POSITION OF THE MEANS FOR ADJUSTING THE DISTANCE BETWEEN THE GRINDERS

MAZZER LUIGI S.p.A., Ven...

1. A coffee grinder-doser comprising:a grinder-doser body, enclosing a grinding chamber housing a first mill and a second mill configured and mutually positioned to grind coffee beans into ground coffee,
an external ring-nut to be gripped and rotated by an operator, integrally connected to the first mill,
a nut screw with a longitudinal axis, inside the grinding chamber, which engages with an external thread of the ring-nut, to translate position of the first mill relative to said longitudinal axis,
the ring-nut being fitted with a ring-nut body and a plurality of indices which identify angular position, the body of the grinder-doser comprising a fixed reference for said indices,
the ring-nut being associated with a graduated ring, provided with said indices, and an at least partially removable cover to lock in place the graduated ring between the at least partially removable cover and the ring-nut, the at least partially removable cover being attached to the ring-nut body by an at least partially removable coupler which adjusts and locks the angular position of the graduated ring.

US Pat. No. 10,918,244

APPARATUS FOR COOKING FOOD PRODUCTS

1. An apparatus for cooking food products, comprising a main body, a containing chamber suitable to contain a cooking liquid, an exit element comprising at least one exit aperture for the cooking liquid in said containing chamber, and a removal device associated with said exit element, said removal device comprising at least an attachment element and a discharge tube, said attachment element being connected in a selectively removable way to said exit element, wherein said exit element comprises an automatic command device and a valve retention element, said valve retention element being associated with at least one return spring, and having an open position correlated to the connected condition of said attachment element to said exit element, and a closed position correlated to the removed position of said attachment element to said exit element,wherein said attachment element comprises teeth which, in the connection condition with the exit element, are configured to thrust said valve retention element toward the inside of the main body, determining the opening thereof, and
wherein said discharge tube is rotatable with respect to said attachment element from a first position, in which said discharge tube's axis is aligned with the axis of said exit element, in which said discharge tube allows the passage of cooking liquid therein, to a second position with said discharge tube's axis angled with respect to the axis of said exit element, in which said discharge tube prevents the passage of liquid therein.

US Pat. No. 10,918,243

GRILL ACCESSORY

Cyclades Ventures LLC, C...

1. A grill accessory that creates a steaming chamber on a grill, the grill having a heat source and a rack of spaced-apart bars over the heat source, the grill accessory comprising:a cover configured to at least partially cover a food item, the cover having a bottom opening and an inner surface, the inner surface defining a steaming region below the cover; and
a vapor generator configured to receive and hold fluid beneath the cover, the vapor generator having at least one vent opening and being suspended from an upper region of the cover,
wherein the grill accessory is configured to be supported by the rack of spaced-apart bars on the grill, and wherein the vapor generator is configured to transmit heat to the fluid in the vapor generator so that the fluid converts to steam, and to release the steam through the at least one vent opening into the steaming region below the cover, and wherein the cover is configured to maintain at least a portion of the steam in the steaming region below the cover.

US Pat. No. 10,918,242

SYSTEM FOR ROASTING AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS

1. A roasting system, comprising:a barrel-basket having a closed end, a beveled, open-ended rim defining an open end, and a unitary side disposed between the closed end and the open end, said unitary side made of a metal mesh to enable flames to pass therethrough onto agricultural product contained therein, wherein the beveled, open-ended rim enables loading and unloading of the agricultural product through the open end, and wherein the beveled, open-ended rim prevents the agricultural product from falling out of the barrel-basket during rotation and when the open end is oriented in height above the closed end during roasting of the agricultural product;
a support yoke integrated with a U-frame and rotatably coupled to a center of the closed end of the barrel-basket, opposite the beveled, open-ended rim, wherein the support yoke facilitates rotation of the barrel-basket by mechanical action from a motor; and
a burner array disposed in association with the U-frame and configured to enable flame emitting therefrom to be directed towards and through the metal mesh of the unitary side of the barrel-basket onto agricultural product contained inside of the barrel-basket.

US Pat. No. 10,918,241

DRINKS PREPARATION MACHINE AND A METHOD FOR OPERATING A DRINKS PREPARATION MACHINE

JURA ELEKTROAPPARATE AG, ...

1. A drinks preparation machine for preparing a drink which can be operated in multiple operating modes (M1, M2, M3, M4) and comprises:a liquid container for a liquid,
a drinks preparation device for preparing the drink using a liquid,
at least one fluid line which is connected to the liquid container and the drinks preparation device in order to permit a supply of a liquid from the liquid container to the drinks preparation device through the at least one fluid line,
a receiving device for receiving a liquid filter which is able to be placed in a predetermined filter position and removed again therefrom,
a sensor for detecting the liquid filter and
a control device for controlling a supply of a liquid from the liquid container into the at least one fluid line, the control device being connected by respective control lines to the sensor and to a pump,
wherein the receiving device is configured such that, independently of whether the liquid filter is placed in the predetermined filter position, a supply of a liquid from the liquid container to the drinks preparation device is possible through the at least one fluid line, and such that, if the liquid filter is placed in the predetermined filter position, with a supply of a liquid from the liquid container into the at least one fluid line, at least one portion of the liquid has to pass through the liquid filter, and
wherein the sensor is configured to produce a signal which contains information about whether the liquid filter is placed in the predetermined filter position,
wherein the control device is designed to prompt the supply of a liquid from the liquid container into the at least one fluid line as a function of the signal of the sensor by activating the pump,
wherein the control device is further configured such that
in at least one of the operating modes (M2), the control device prompts the supply of a liquid by activating the pump independently of whether the liquid filter is placed in the predetermined filter position, and
in at least one other of the operating modes (M3), the control device then prompts the supply of a liquid by activating the pump exclusively when no liquid filter is placed in the predetermined filter position.

US Pat. No. 10,918,240

DRINKS PREPARATION MACHINE AND METHOD FOR OPERATING

QBO COFFEE GMBH, Wallise...

1. A drinks preparation machine for the preparation of a drink from a portion capsule, comprising:a housing that comprises a capsule insert opening, through which the portion capsule is inserted;
a brewing module comprising a first brewing module part and a second brewing module part that is movable relative to the first brewing module part, wherein a brewing chamber is formed by the first and the second brewing module part, wherein said brewing chamber, during a brewing procedure, at least partly surrounds the portion capsule located in a brewing position, and wherein the brewing module is configured to brew a brewed drink by introducing a brewing fluid into the portion capsule and to discharge the brewed drink from the portion capsule; and
an electrical drive for a movement of the second brewing module part relative to the first brewing module part, as well as a control for controlling the electrical drive;
wherein the control is configured to determine an always current position of the second brewing module part relative to the first brewing module part.

US Pat. No. 10,918,239

DRINKS PREPARATION MACHINE

QBO COFFEE GMBH, Wallise...

1. A drinks preparation system, comprisinga preparation module for a brewed drink;
a milk module for delivery of milk;
an outlet for delivery of the brewed drink and the milk into a drinks vessel placed below the outlet; and
a display device;
wherein the drinks preparation system is configured to determine, during operation, a cumulative quantity of the delivered brewed drink and the delivered milk in real time, and the display device is configured to graphically display the cumulative quantity of the delivered brewed drink and the delivered milk in real time via a common, graphic display element.

US Pat. No. 10,918,238

MODULAR MICRO DOSING DISPENSING SYSTEM

PepsiCo, Inc., Purchase,...

1. A modular dispensing system comprising:a cold engine assembly;
a hot engine assembly;
a cold liquid dispensing nozzle;
a hot liquid dispensing nozzle; and
a mixer;
the cold engine assembly comprising:
a cold bath configured to cool a liquid from an initial temperature to a desired lower temperature,
a carbonator configured to dissolve carbon dioxide in non-carbonated water to form carbonated water,
a cold liquid mixer,
a concentrate line configured to convey a concentrate through the cold bath and to the cold liquid mixer, and
a cold water line configured to convey water through the cold bath to the cold liquid mixer,
wherein the cold liquid mixer is configured to mix the concentrate and carbonated water that has been cooled in the cold bath to form a cold carbonated concentrate based ready-to-drink liquid, and
wherein the cold liquid dispensing nozzle is configured to dispense the cold ready-to-drink liquid;
the hot engine assembly comprising:
a hot tank configured to heat water from an initial temperature to a desired elevated temperature,
a hot liquid mixer, and
a powder line configured to convey a powder to the hot liquid mixer,
wherein the hot liquid mixer is configured to mix the powder and the water from the hot tank having the desired elevated temperature to form a hot non-carbonated powder based ready-to-drink liquid, and
wherein the hot liquid dispensing nozzle is configured to dispense the hot ready-to-drink liquid,
wherein the mixer is fluidly connected to a source of cold water from the cold water bath and a source of hot water from the hot tank and is configured to mix hot water and cold water together to form water at a temperature between that of the hot water and the cold water entering the mixer, and
wherein the cold engine assembly and the hot engine assembly form a single dispensing unit having a single dispensing station, the single dispensing station comprising the cold liquid dispensing nozzle and the hot liquid dispensing nozzle.