US Pat. No. 10,987,273

METHOD FOR TREATING ORGANIC ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION

BMR MEDICAL LLC, Mariett...

1. A method for treating erectile dysfunction in a patient, comprising:applying a predetermined course of carboxy therapy to a corpus cavernosum within the patient's penis.

US Pat. No. 10,987,269

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLING LIGHT IN AN INCUBATOR

Kilo Medical Solutions, L...

1. An incubator system for containing a premature baby, comprising:an incubator comprising a film, the film being opaque to the transmission of light through the film in a first configuration, and transparent to the transmission of light in a second configuration;
at least one physiological sensor within the incubator, said at least one physiological sensor configured to receive data from the premature baby within the incubator;
wherein the at least one physiological sensor is one selected from the group consisting of a heart rate monitor, a blood flow sensor, a sweat sensor, a respiratory rate sensor, a blood pressure monitor, a blood glucose level sensor, an electrocardiogram sensor, a skin conductance sensor, and combinations thereof;
wherein the film alternates between the first configuration and the second configuration based on the data received from the at least one physiological sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,987,268

EMERGENCY COT WITH A LITTER HEIGHT ADJUSTMENT MECHANISM

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. An emergency cot comprising:a litter frame having a head-end, a foot-end, and a longitudinal axis;
a base; and
a lift assembly supporting said litter frame relative to said base, said lift assembly including load bearing members pivotally coupled to said litter frame by head-end upper pivot connections and foot-end upper pivot connections and pivotally coupled to said base by head-end lower pivot connections and foot-end lower pivot connections for raising or lowering said base or said litter frame with respect to the other, said foot-end upper pivot connections being mounted relative to said litter frame by guides and being movable along a non-linear path in a direction oblique to said longitudinal axis of said litter frame over at least one range of motion of said foot-end upper pivot connections, wherein each of said guides has an elongate guide surface, wherein each of said elongate guide surfaces has a first section corresponding to a lowered and substantially un-tilted position of said litter frame and a second section corresponding to a raised and tilted position of said litter frame, said second sections of said elongate guide surfaces being adjacent said first sections of said elongate guide surfaces and being tilted relative to said first sections to allow said foot-end upper pivot connections to move along said longitudinal axis and to move toward or away from said longitudinal axis of said litter frame to thereby allow said litter frame to be tilted without decoupling said litter frame from said load bearing members.

US Pat. No. 10,987,267

PATIENT TRANSPORT APPARATUS

Sage Products, LLC, Cary...

1. An inflatable device comprising:a top sheet of material;
a bottom sheet of material, wherein the top sheet of material is connected to the bottom sheet of material thereby defining a cavity therebetween to be inflated;
a plurality of passages in the bottom sheet extending from the cavity to an exterior of the device, wherein the passages are configured to permit air to pass from the cavity to the exterior of the device and to flow between a bottom surface of the device and a supporting surface upon which the device is configured to rest;
a first plurality and a second plurality of inflation-limiting members connecting the top sheet to the bottom, wherein each inflation-limiting member comprises connection areas between the top sheet and bottom sheet arranged in a plurality of concentric shapes;
wherein a first distance between a first inflation-limiting member and a second inflation-limiting member of the first plurality of inflation-limiting members is greater than a second distance between a third inflation-limiting member and a fourth inflation-limiting member within the second plurality of inflation-limiting members;
wherein the first plurality of inflation-limiting members is disposed within a head support portion, such that the head support portion has a top surface that is raised higher than an adjacent area of the device containing the second plurality of inflation-limiting members; and
an input configured for receiving air to inflate the device.

US Pat. No. 10,987,265

PATIENT/INVALID HANDLING SUPPORT

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A method of forming a patient mattress comprising the steps of:injection molding or thermoforming at least a first sheet of gelatinous elastomeric material to form a sac in the first sheet of gelatinous elastomeric material;
providing a second sheet; and
joining the first sheet of gelatinous elastomeric material to the second sheet to thereby form a bladder,wherein said providing a second sheet includes a providing a second sheet having less stretch than the first sheet of gelatinous elastomeric material.

US Pat. No. 10,987,262

MEDICAL SUPPORT APPARATUS

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A medical chair comprising:a base configured to rest on a floor;
a seat; and
an exit detection system having a sensor being positioned and used to detect the presence and the absence of pressure of sufficient magnitude to indicate a person is supported on the seat, the sensor generating an output indicating a pressure, and the exit detection system determining (1) a first condition when the sensor detects a value below a first threshold value, (2) a second condition when the sensor detects a value above the first threshold value and below a second threshold value, (3) a third condition when the sensor detects a value above the second threshold value and below a third threshold value, and (4) a fourth condition when the sensor detects a value above the third threshold value wherein the second condition indicates that a person is supported on the seat and the third condition indicates a person is not supported on the seat.

US Pat. No. 10,987,261

MOBILE OBJECT

SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION,...

1. A mobile object comprising:a moving base including a front base having a front wheel, and a rear base disposed rearward with respect to the front base and having a rear wheel;
a seat including a seating part having a seating surface, and a leg part configured so as to support the seating part, the seat configured so as to be disposed above the moving base; and
a frame disposed on the rear base, wherein
the leg part includes a seating part attaching region to be attached to the seating part, a base attaching region to be attached to the front base so as to make the leg part pivotable with respect to the front base, and a frame attaching region to be attached to the frame so as to make the leg part pivotable with respect to the frame,
the front and rear bases are configured so as to be movable relative to each other such that the moving base can change between an expanded state in which the wheel base between the front wheel and the rear wheel is expanded, and a contracted state in which the wheel base is contracted from the expanded state,
the leg part pivots in conjunction with the relative movement between the front and rear bases, and
the frame is configured so as to cover the seating part attaching region and the frame attaching region of the leg part from an outside of the mobile object in the width direction when the moving base is in the expanded state, and cover the base attaching region and the frame attaching region of the leg part from an outside of the mobile object in the width direction when the moving base is in the contracted state.

US Pat. No. 10,987,260

PATIENT HANDLING APPARATUS WITH HYDRAULIC CONTROL SYSTEM

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. A patient handling apparatus comprising:a frame;
a base;
a lift assembly supporting said frame relative to said base, said lift assembly configured to extend or contract to raise or lower said base or said frame with respect to the other of said base and said frame; and
a control system comprising:
at least one hydraulic cylinder to extend or contract said lift assembly, said hydraulic cylinder having a rod, a cap end chamber, and a rod end chamber, and said rod having an extension speed;
a hydraulic circuit to direct the flow of hydraulic fluid to and from said hydraulic cylinder, said hydraulic circuit including a cap side hydraulic conduit, a rod side hydraulic conduit, and a pump, said cap side hydraulic conduit in fluid communication with said pump, and said rod side hydraulic conduit in fluid communication with said pump, and said pump configured to pump fluid to and from said cap end chamber of said cylinder through said cap side hydraulic conduit and to pump fluid to and from said rod end chamber of said cylinder through said rod side hydraulic conduit, and said hydraulic circuit further including a third conduit in fluid communication with said rod side hydraulic conduit and said cap side hydraulic conduit allowing fluid communication between said rod end chamber and said cap end chamber without the fluid passing through said pump; and
a controller operable to control said pump and said hydraulic circuit, and based on an input signal indicative of a status or condition of the patient handling apparatus, when said rod is extending said controller configured to open fluid communication between said rod end chamber and said cap end chamber through said third conduit to redirect a portion of the fluid output from said rod end chamber to said cap end chamber by by-passing the pump to thereby increase said extension speed of said rod.

US Pat. No. 10,987,259

STEP SYSTEM FOR PATIENT STRETCHER

1. A step system comprising:a patient support member having an upper frame for supporting a patient thereon and a lower frame, wherein the lower frame comprises a pair of cross members each extending between a pair of wheels;
a deployable step assembly secured to the lower frame, wherein the deployable step assembly comprises an interior support frame, a deployable step connected to the interior support frame via an arm affixed to the interior support frame;
the interior support frame forming a closed tubular loop that extends along each edge of the upper frame, wherein the interior support frame is oriented on a horizontal plane relative to a ground surface;
wherein a perimeter of the interior support frame is entirely positioned within the boundary of the pair of cross members;
wherein the arm comprises a first section connected to a second section;
wherein the interior support frame is centrally positioned beneath the patient support member and raised above the lower frame;
wherein the deployable step assembly is movable between a deployed configuration and a stored configuration;
wherein the deployed configuration, the deployable step and the first section are horizontal and the second section is positioned at a decline away from the interior support frame such that the deployable step is lower than the interior support frame;
wherein the stored configuration, the deployable step is substantially vertical and parallel to the first and second section of the arm;
wherein transitioning to the stored configured, the second section moves about the interior support frame.

US Pat. No. 10,987,258

PAD TYPE DISPOSABLE DIAPER

DAIO PAPER CORPORATION, ...

1. A pad type disposable diaper comprising:a crotch portion;
a front portion that extends toward a front side of the crotch portion;
a rear portion that extends toward a rear side of the crotch portion;
an absorbent provided in a front-rear direction range including the crotch portion; and
a top sheet covering a surface side of the absorbent,
wherein the absorbent is formed of a lower layer absorbent and an upper layer absorbent formed on a surface side of the lower layer absorbent,
wherein a pair of left and right slits that pass through only the upper layer absorbent or the upper layer absorbent and the lower layer absorbent in a thickness direction is extended in a front-rear direction region including the crotch portion,
wherein each of the pair of left and right slits has a predetermined width, and the left slit and the right slit are spaced apart in a width direction,
wherein the top sheet includes a depressed portion that falls into the slits,
wherein, in at least a region located between the slits in the top sheet, a large number of convex portions protruding toward the surface side is arranged in a zigzag manner while being spaced apart by an interval, and the interval between the adjacent convex portions in the width direction is shorter than each of sizes in the width direction of the convex portions located at the front side and at a rear side of a part of the interval, and
wherein a weight ratio of superabsorbent polymer particles with respect to pulp fibers in the upper layer absorbent is greater than a weight ratio of the superabsorbent polymer particles with respect to the pulp fibers in the lower layer absorbent.

US Pat. No. 10,987,256

ABSORBENT ARTICLE IN THE FORM OF PANTS, SUCH AS NAPPY PANTS, SANITARY PANTS OR INCONTINENCE PANTS

ESSITY HYGIENE AND HEALTH...

1. An absorbent article in the form of pants comprising:a pant part, wherein said pant part comprises a covering layer, a front section, a back section and an intermediate crotch section, wherein the front and back sections are connected to one another along two opposing longitudinal lateral edges to form a waist opening and a pair of leg openings, wherein said pant part comprises at least one low-opacity area, which has an opacity that is lower than or equal to 30%;
an absorbent core having two longitudinal edges and two transverse edges, said absorbent core being arranged in at least the crotch section and connected to the covering layer on the side of the covering layer that is intended to face the wearer such that the low-opacity area of said pant part covers at least a portion of the absorbent core; and
a liquid-tight coloured barrier layer placed between said absorbent core and covering layer, extension of the barrier layer coinciding on the whole with extension of the absorbent core and at least a portion of the barrier layer is covered by the low-opacity area of said pant part,
wherein said barrier layer has a skin-like colour with an L* value of 30.1-67.9, a* value of 5.5-7.0 and b* value of 7.5-20.3 in accordance with the CIE L*a*b* standard method, and
wherein the difference between two colours in the colour space CIE L*a*b*, which is characterised by a Delta E-value (?E*ab) in a comparison between the low-opacity area/areas of the pant part covering the barrier layer and the low-opacity area/areas of the pant part outside the area of the barrier layer's extension is less than:
4 when said low-opacity area for the pant part has an opacity of 30%
3 when said low-opacity area for the pant part has an opacity of 20-30%
2 when said low-opacity area for the pant part has an opacity of 0-20%,
when the absorbent article is placed with the side that is intended to face the wearer against a reference surface having a predetermined colour, in accordance with the CIEL*a*b* standard method, wherein the reference surface is formed of a surface that has the following L*, a*, b* value: L*=67.9 a*=5.5 and b*=16.4 or L*=52.6 a*=7.0 and b*=20.3 or L*=30.1 a*=5.8 and b*=4.5*, and
wherein said pant part has a base colour that is different from the skin-like colour of said barrier layer.

US Pat. No. 10,987,255

STRETCHABLE AND CONTRACTIBLE SHEET AND ABSORBENT ARTICLE

UNICHARM Corporation, Eh...

1. An absorbent article having an up-down direction and a left-right direction intersecting each other, comprising:an absorbent main body that absorbs excrement;
a front band member disposed along the left-right direction and joined to a front-upper-end portion of the absorbent main body; and
a back band member disposed along the left-right direction separately from the front band member, and joined to a back-upper-end portion of the absorbent main body, wherein
the front band member and the back band member each comprise:
a first sheet;
a second sheet;
a plurality of welded portions that joins the first sheet and the second sheet; and
a plurality of elastic members that is stretchable and contractible in the left-right direction,
the plurality of elastic members is arranged with a space in the up-down direction and between the first sheet and the second sheet,
the plurality of welded portions comprises, above a certain elastic member of the plurality of the elastic members:
a first welded portion; and
a third welded portion adjacent to the first welded portion on a one side in the left-right direction,
the plurality of welded portions further comprises, below the certain elastic member:
a second welded portion; and
a fourth welded portion adjacent to the second welded portion on the one side,
the certain elastic member is attached to the first sheet and the second sheet,
the certain elastic member is sandwiched in the up-down direction between the first welded portion and the second welded portion while the certain elastic member is contracting in the left-right direction,
the certain elastic member is sandwiched in the up-down direction between the third welded portion and the fourth welded portion while the certain elastic member is contracting in the left-right direction,
the first welded portion and the third welded portion have portions that overlap in the up-down direction,
a position of a lower end of the first welded portion is different in the up-down direction from a position of a lower end of the third welded portion, and
a length of a portion where the first welded portion and the third welded portion overlap in the up-down direction is larger than a length in the up-down direction between a lowermost end of the first welded portion and a lowermost end of the third welded portion,
an end portion of the front band member in the left-right direction is joined to an end portion of the back band member in the left-right direction by a first side seal portion,
another end portion of the front band member in the left-right direction is joined to another end portion of the back band member in the left-right direction by a second side seal portion,
the first welded portion is located between the first side seal portion and the second side seal portion in the left-right direction,
the second welded portion is located between the first side seal portion and the second side seal portion in the left-right direction, and
the third welded portion is located between the first side seal portion and the second side seal portion in the left-right direction.

US Pat. No. 10,987,253

BEAMED ELASTIC LAMINATE PROPERTIES

1. An absorbent article, comprising:a chassis comprising a topsheet, a backsheet and an absorbent core disposed between the topsheet and the backsheet;
an elastomeric laminate forming at least a portion of an article component selected from the group consisting of a belt, a side panel, an ear panel, a chassis, a topsheet, a backsheet, and combinations thereof;
wherein the elastomeric laminate comprising a first substrate layer and a second substrate layer and a plurality of elastics disposed between the first substrate layer and the second substrate layer;
wherein the plurality of elastics comprises a) from about 40 to about 1000 elastic strands, b) an Average-Strand-Spacing from about 0.25 mm to about 4 mm, c) an Average-Dtex from about 10 to about 500, and d) an Average-Pre-Strain from about 50% to about 400%;
wherein the first substrate layer and second substrate layer each have a Basis Weight from about 6 grams per square meter to about 30 grams per square meter;
wherein the elastomeric laminate has a Percent Contact Area of at least one of: a) greater than about 11% at 100 um, b) greater than about 28% at 200 um, and c) greater than about 51% at 300 um; and
wherein the elastomeric laminate has a 2%-98% Height Value of <1.6 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,987,251

ELECTRONIC HEARING PROTECTOR WITH SWITCHABLE ELECTRICAL CONTACTS

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. An electronic device comprising:a battery;
an electronics assembly, powered by the battery, wherein the battery and the electronics assembly are enclosed by a housing;
a plurality of electronic contacts, wherein one of the plurality of electronic contacts is a switchable electronic contact, wherein the switchable electronic contact is configured to switch between a charging state and a programming state, wherein the switchable electronic contact is a first switchable contact, and wherein the electronic device also comprises a second switchable contact, and wherein the first switchable contact switches between a charging voltage line and a data programming line, and wherein the second switchable contact switches between a charge enable line and a clock line; and
wherein one of the plurality of electronic contacts is a ground line.

US Pat. No. 10,987,249

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR GENERATION OF CUSTOMISED SENSORY STIMULUS

Neuromod Devices Limited,...

19. A method of processing an audio signal comprising:preprocessing the audio signal by combining a first audio signal component with a second audio signal component into a preprocessed audio signal, and
spectrally modifying said audio signal in accordance with a predetermined modification profile to generate a modified audio signal,
wherein the predetermined modification profile is based on an inversion of an audiogram of a patient suffering from tinnitus, wherein the inversion of the audiogram normalizes a spectral intensity of the audio signal, and said first audio signal occupies a spectral bandwidth that spans a spectral range over which the patient's hearing is impaired.

US Pat. No. 10,987,246

VIBRATING SURGICAL DEVICE FOR REMOVAL OF VITREOUS AND OTHER TISSUE

1. An ophthalmic surgical device comprising:a housing having a distal end and a proximal end;
a cannula attached to the housing distal end and having a distal tip with at least one port in communication with a lumen extending through the cannula and in communication with an aspiration path in the housing;
a vibration source held within the housing for vibrating the distal tip of the cannula for assisting in vitreous and other tissue removal from a patient's eye;
wherein the vibration source is configured to create a peak velocity of the distal tip that is equal to or less than a potential maximum flow velocity of water through the at least one port caused by a pressure differential between an intraocular pressure of the eye and a pressure within the cannula lumen that is less than the intraocular pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,987,245

TEMPERATURE PROVIDING DEVICE

NUNAPS INC., Seoul (KR)

1. A temperature providing device, the device comprising:a housing body;
a plurality of temperature transmitters configured to transmit different temperatures to an outside of the housing body;
a temperature adjusting unit configured to adjust a temperature of each of the plurality of temperature transmitters;
a controller, wherein the controller is configured to:
determine a specific temperature to be transmitted to the outside of the housing body; and
expose a temperature transmitter having the determined specific temperature among the plurality of temperature transmitters to the outside of the housing body; and
a driving unit configured to move each of the plurality of temperature transmitters,
wherein the controller is configured to expose the temperature transmitter having the determined specific temperature among the plurality of temperature transmitters to the outside of the housing body, using the driving unit, and
wherein the temperature providing device is configured to be mounted on a body, and the controller is configured to expose at least part of the plurality of temperature transmitters to the outside of the housing body by using the driving unit to contact the at least part of the plurality of temperature transmitters to the body and to space a rest of the plurality of temperature transmitters, which are not exposed, from the body.

US Pat. No. 10,987,244

INSERTER

Bayer Oy, Turku (FI)

1. An inserter for an intrauterine system, comprising:a handle having an opening;
a slider arranged in the opening, the slider comprising at least two parallel elements that are attached with a transversal member, wherein the transversal member forms a knob that is operable to move the slider;
a plunger attached to the handle;
an insertion tube attached to the slider and arranged around the plunger; and
a lock adapted to reversibly lock at least one removal string of the intrauterine system,
wherein the lock comprises:
a main part comprising an opening;
an extension of the main part; and
a counterpart;
wherein the main part is rotatably mounted on a shaft or axle;
wherein the at least one removal string passes through the opening of the main part and is immobilized between the main part and the counterpart when the lock is in a locking position; and
wherein the slider is configured to press against the extension of the main part and turn the main part around the shaft or axle to release the at least one removal string as the slider is moved backwards.

US Pat. No. 10,987,243

METHOD OF DETECTING DETACHMENT OF AN OSTOMY DEVICE FROM A PATIENT

1. A method of operating an ostomy device, comprising:providing, in the ostomy device, a first electrode separated from a patient by a first adhesive layer having a first surface and a second surface, wherein the second surface opposes the first surface, wherein the first surface is configured to attach the ostomy device to the patient, the first electrode having a ring shape that encircles a stoma opening and separated from the patient by the first adhesive layer, wherein a second electrode has a ring shape that encircles the first electrode and is separated from the patient by the first adhesive layer, wherein the ring-shaped portion of the first electrode and the ring-shaped portion of the second electrode are distal the first adhesive layer and in contact with the second surface of the first adhesive layer such that fluid emanating in any direction from the stoma opening and absorbed by the first adhesive layer can be sensed via a change in resistance in the first adhesive layer, wherein a second adhesive layer has a third surface and a fourth surface, wherein the fourth surface opposes the third surface, wherein a portion of the third surface adheres to a portion of the second surface, and wherein the first electrode and the second electrode are proximal the third surface of the second adhesive layer;
detecting changes in resistance between the first electrode and the second electrode; and
activating an alarm based upon detecting the changes in the resistance.

US Pat. No. 10,987,241

SUPRAPUBIC REGION COMPRESSION PLATE AND RELATED METHODS

1. A compression plate for compressing a suprapubic region of a user, the compression plate comprising:a base portion;
an upper portion positioned above the base portion, the upper portion comprising a left-side upper arm, a right-side upper arm, and a notch positioned between the left- and right-side upper arms, and the notch being configured to receive a penis of the user;
an inner surface; and
an outer surface opposite the inner surface,wherein:the upper portion is contoured to apply pressure to and compress at least a portion of the suprapubic region of the user such that a measurable, visible, or usable length of the penis is increased; and
at least a portion of each of the left- and right-side upper arms are curved or angled inward toward the inner surface relative to the base portion.

US Pat. No. 10,987,240

HAND POSITIONING SYSTEMS

1. An apparatus for positioning a human hand comprising:a first resilient bar member adapted to extend across a palm region of the human hand;
a second resilient bar member adapted to extend across the palm region of the human hand, the second resilient bar member generally parallel to the first resilient bar member;
at least one binder adapted to bind the first resilient bar member to the second resilient bar member; and
an adjustable retaining member adapted to adjustably retain the first resilient bar member and the second resilient bar member adjacent the palm region, the adjustable retaining member including
a first retaining end,
a second retaining end, and
a hand-encircling portion extending between the first retaining end and the second retaining end;
the first retaining end and the second retaining end configured to extend between and be retained by the first resilient bar member and the second resilient bar member; and
the hand-encircling portion configured to form a retaining loop extending from between the first resilient bar member and the second resilient bar member and configured to extend across the back portion of the human hand.

US Pat. No. 10,987,239

ROTARY HANDLE STENT DELIVERY SYSTEM AND METHOD

Vesper Medical, Inc., Wa...

1. A delivery device comprising:a catheter having three concentric shafts including an inner core, an outer sheath over the inner core and an outer support shaft;
a flexible timing belt having a plurality of belt teeth on a surface of the flexible timing belt;
a timing belt link coupled to the flexible timing belt and coupled to the outer sheath such that movement of the timing belt link causes movement of the outer sheath;
a barrel having barrel teeth corresponding to belt teeth for directly engaging the belt teeth;
a thumbwheel assembly having two thumbwheels, wherein at least a portion of at least one of the thumbwheels is integral with the barrel such that rotation of the thumbwheel assembly causes movement of the barrel such that the barrel teeth directly engage the belt teeth to cause movement of the flexible timing belt and the timing belt link, causing movement of the outer sheath, wherein the barrel and the two thumbwheels are rotatable about a common axis; and
a belt tensioner comprising a torsion spring, a tensioner arm, and a tensioner pulley, the belt tensioner contacting a portion of the timing belt.

US Pat. No. 10,987,236

TRANSCATHETER AORTIC VALVE REPAIR HAVING IMPROVED PARAVALVULAR SEAL

Aortic Innovations, LLC, ...

1. A transcatheter aortic valve assembly comprising:an outer frame formed from a metallic material;
an inner frame that engages a prosthetic heart valve having prosthetic leaflets, wherein the inner frame includes a cylindrically extending polymeric inner graft covering extending at least partially radially outwardly of the prosthetic heart valve and radially inwardly of the outer frame for providing sealing to the prosthetic heart valve,
wherein the outer frame is secured to the inner graft covering by stitching;
a first portion of fibers positioned radially outwardly of the outer frame that is configured to form a first sealing interface against the annulus and native valve leaflets of the patient when the first portion of fibers is compressed thereagainst, wherein the first portion of fibers extend radially outwardly of the outer frame,
wherein the first portion of fibers is non-metallic; and
a second portion of fibers carried by the outer frame that is configured to form a second sealing interface against the outer frame when the second portion of fibers is compressed thereagainst,
wherein the second portion of fibers is non-metallic,
wherein the first portion of fibers and the second portion of fibers are in overlapping radial alignment,
wherein the transcatheter aortic valve is configured to be positioned in a patient so that the first sealing interface is in overlapping radial alignment with native valve leaflets of the aorta to seal thereagainst,
wherein the valve assembly is free of an outer graft covering between the first portion of fibers and the outer frame,
wherein the valve assembly has a radially compressed orientation and a radially expanded orientation,
wherein the valve assembly is balloon expandable to the radially expanded orientation and,
wherein expansion of the valve assembly is configured to compress the first portion of fibers and the second portion of fibers to form the respective first sealing interface and second sealing interface.

US Pat. No. 10,987,234

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR APPROXIMATING THE CROSS-SECTIONAL PROFILE OF VASCULATURE HAVING BRANCHES

1. A device having a support structure and a covering material, the device comprising:a first elongated segment having two opposing ends and defining a first primary lumen extending therebetween;
a second elongated segment having two opposing ends and defining a second primary lumen extending therebetween;
a connector configured to maintain at least a portion of an outer surface of one of the first elongated segment and the second elongated segment in proximity to an adjacent peripheral surface so as to reduce fluid flow into an area between the outer surface and the adjacent peripheral surface, the connector comprising a flap at an end of the first elongated segment configured to occlude fluid entry into an area between the outer surface and the adjacent peripheral surface, the flap comprising a covering material to extend from the first elongated segment into the lumen of the second elongated segment; and
a first branch segment engaged to a first side opening in the support structure or the covering material of one of the first elongated segment and the second elongated segment, the first branch segment having a first branch lumen in fluid communication with one of the first primary lumen and the second primary lumen;
wherein a combined cross section of the first elongated segment and second elongated segment is substantially conformable to an intraluminal cross section of a body lumen.

US Pat. No. 10,987,233

DEVICE AND KIT FOR POSITIONING AN IMPLANT FOR INTERVERTEBRAL FUSION

MEDACTA INTERNATIONAL S.A...

1. A device for positioning an implant for intervertebral fusion, comprising:a handle;
a rod protruding from the handle along a main direction of extension of the device up to a free end comprising a pair of prongs parallel and adjacent to each other, elastically movable towards and away from each other;
a coupler which couples with an implant for intervertebral fusion operatively active at the free end;
wherein said coupler comprises:
an axial retention assembly provided with a gripper arranged at said free end of the rod and selectively operable between a clamping and a releasing configuration, and
an anti-rotational constraint assembly selectively movable between a locking position, in which the anti-rotational constraint assembly is arranged around said axial retention assembly and abuts said implant to prevent rotation of the implant, and a disengagement position, in which the anti-rotational constraint assembly leaves the implant free to rotate in the gripper; and
wherein the axial retention assembly and the anti-rotational constraint assembly are structurally different and complementary,
wherein the axial retention assembly comprises a maneuvering element associated with the gripper and is configured to toggle the gripper between the clamping configuration and the releasing configuration when operated by a user, wherein the maneuvering element comprises a tubular sleeve partially containing and slidably associated with said prongs to move between a first position, next to the handle, and a second position, distal to the handle,
and wherein the anti-rotational constraint assembly comprises at least an abutment element slidably associated with said rod and selectively movable between a position next to the handle and a position distal to the handle, corresponding respectively to the position of disengagement and the locking position of the anti-rotational constraint assembly, and said abutment element comprises a tubular body fitted on said tubular sleeve of the axial retention assembly that is slidable with respect thereto between said distal and proximal positions.

US Pat. No. 10,987,232

ARTIFICIAL KNEE JOINT REPLACEMENT OPERATION INSTRUMENT

KYOCERA CORPORATION, Kyo...

1. An artificial knee joint replacement operation instrument comprising:a tibial trial attachment instrument assembly to be used in an operation for replacing a patient's knee joint with an artificial knee joint,
the tibial trial attachment instrument assembly including:
a template to be attached to the patient's tibia;
a keel punch guide to be joined to the tibia via the template;
a keel punch to be inserted into the tibia through the keel punch guide;
a keel punch handle for operating the keel punch; and
a tibial insert trial to be placed on the template, the tibial insert trial being separate from the template,
wherein the tibial trial attachment instrument assembly further comprising:
a first connection mechanism configured to enable the keel punch handle and the keel punch to be attached to and detached from each other, and prevent the keel punch handle from coming out from the keel punch,
wherein the first connection mechanism is further configured to connect and disconnect the keel punch handle to and from the keel punch by moving the keel punch handle relative to the keel punch in a predetermined first direction that differs from an axial direction of the keel punch handle, and
wherein the first direction is a rotational direction around an axis parallel to the axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,987,230

SPINAL FUSION IMPLANT

Stryker European Operatio...

1. A method of determining the orientation of an implant between two vertebral bodies, comprising the steps of:viewing the implant from a first aspect;
determining the orientation of the implant based on the orientation of a first hole located on a first side of the implant and a second hole located on a second side of the implant, the second hole opposing the first hole,
wherein in an aligned orientation, both of the first and second holes are completely visible from the first aspect.

US Pat. No. 10,987,227

EXPANDABLE INTERBODY SPACER

Globus Medical Inc., Aud...

1. A system for treating a vertebral condition, the system comprising:an interbody implant configured to laterally transition between a first configuration and a second configuration, the first configuration defining a collapsed state and the second configuration defining a laterally expanded state wherein the interbody implant comprises:
a first arm including a first end and a second end, wherein the first arm is defined by a plurality of links coupled to one another;
a second arm including a first end and a second end, wherein the second arm is defined by a plurality of links coupled to one another;
a proximal component coupled to the first ends of the first and second arms; and
a distal component coupled to the second ends of the first and second arms,
a locking feature configured and dimensioned to be received within a lumen of the proximal component,
wherein each one of the plurality of links includes an extension that interacts with an extension of an adjacent one of the plurality of links,
wherein the locking feature in an unlocked state allows the first and second arms to expand laterally from the collapsed state and in a locked state prevents the first ends of the first and second arms from collapsing in order to lock the arms in the laterally expanded state, and
wherein the locking feature includes a locking screw threadably engaged with the lumen of the proximal component and the thread of the proximal component lumen terminates short of the distal end of the proximal component to prevent the locking screw from backing out of the proximal component.

US Pat. No. 10,987,226

PRE-OPERATIVELY PLANNED HUMERAL IMPLANT AND PLANNING METHOD

IMASCAP SAS, Plouzane (F...

1. A humeral prosthetic implant, comprising:a cup portion comprising:
a first end and a second end;
an interior recess extending from the first end toward the second end and an exterior backside extending from the second end toward the first end;
an additional recess extending into the cup portion for receiving a snap ring that is inserted into a groove in an articulating liner,
wherein the interior recess is configured to receive and securely hold an articulating liner, and
wherein the exterior backside is configured to be received within the head of the humerus and has at least one fin, rib, or projection which extends away therefrom and which is configured or sized and shaped to provide rotational control under a torsional load.

US Pat. No. 10,987,225

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ATTACHING SLEEVE OR CONE IN PROSTHETIC IMPLANT HAVING A STEM

Zimmer, Inc., Warsaw, IN...

1. A method of intraoperatively evaluating a tibia for implanting a tibial component of a prosthetic knee device; the method comprising:planning a procedure to use a stem sleeve coupled to a tibial stem to engage a broached channel;
reaming an intramedullary canal into a proximal end of a tibia to form a channel;
resecting a proximal portion of the tibia to form a planar resected surface;
broaching the channel to form a broached channel such that a top of the broached channel is located a distance below the planar resected surface;
evaluating if the distance is sufficiently small to support using a stem sleeve in a coupled state;
determining that the distance is too large to support using the stem sleeve in a coupled state; and
inserting the stem sleeve into the broached channel to engage the broached channel; and
positioning the tibial stem through the stem sleeve such that there is a gap between the tibial stem and the stem sleeve;
wherein evaluating if the distance is sufficiently small comprises evaluating if the stem sleeve can simultaneously engage the broached channel and the stem of the tibial component when engaged with a bottom of the broached channel.

US Pat. No. 10,987,224

DEMINERALIZED BONE FIBER COMPOSITION FOR USE IN MINIMALLY INVASIVE SURGERY

THERACELL, INC., Sherman...

1. A bone implant comprising a sheet of demineralized bone fibers (DBF), the sheet of DBF comprising a plurality of elongated bone fibers cut from demineralized bone in a direction parallel to the orientation of collagen fibers, the bone implant comprising:a hollow tube or a cylinder shaped implant formed from rolling the sheet of DBF, wherein the hollow tube or cylinder shaped implant has a length of from about 1 cm to about 30 cm and a diameter of from about 3 mm to about 15 mm; or
a bone implant bag formed from bonding a first sheet of DBF with a second sheet of DBF.

US Pat. No. 10,987,223

PENILE IMPLANT

1. A penile implant for treating impotence, said implant being adapted to:be implanted in the corpus cavernosum of a penis, and
be postoperatively adjustable to selectively assume an inactivated state in which the penis is flaccid, and an activated state in which the penis is erected,
wherein the implant comprises:
a relatively short proximal portion configured to be placed in the root of the penis,
a relatively long distal portion configured to be placed to extend along the protruding part of the penis, and
a bending portion arranged between the proximal portion and the distal portion, the bending portion being adapted to in the activated state allow the proximal portion to assume a position that is more upwardly oriented than a position of the proximal portion,
wherein the bending portion comprises an expandable structure configured to, when implanted, assume the activated state by expanding its underside to a length extension that exceeds a length extension of its upper side.

US Pat. No. 10,987,222

HEART VALVE SIZING RING AND METHOD

1. A device for measuring heart valve for sizing a heart valve reinforcement ring, comprising:a first handle having a first shaft;
an outer ring coupled to the first shaft, the outer ring having an inner surface; and
an inner ring having an outer surface, the inner ring removably couplable to the outer ring;
the inner surface of the outer ring and the outer surface of the inner ring further having reciprocal mating surfaces configured and arranged to grip sutures therebetween when coupled together.

US Pat. No. 10,987,220

HEART VALVE TREATMENT DEVICE AND METHOD

The Provost, Fellows Foun...

1. A heart valve therapeutic device configured to be implanted in a patient having a heart and a native heart valve, the heart valve therapeutic device comprising:a prosthetic valve comprising a plurality of prosthetic leaflets, the prosthetic valve configured to, in a first cardiac state, form a gap between the prosthetic valve and the native heart valve and, in a second cardiac state, the prosthetic valve is configured to co-apt with the native heart valve, wherein the plurality of prosthetic leaflets are configured to open in the first cardiac state to allow blood to flow through the prosthetic valve and to close in the second cardiac state to reduce regurgitation between native leaflets of the native heart valve and the prosthetic valve; and
an anchor configured to anchor the prosthetic valve within the native heart valve, wherein the anchor comprises an outer support sheath and an inner support tube configured to rotate within the outer support sheath.

US Pat. No. 10,987,219

BIOLOGICAL CHORD REPAIR SYSTEM AND METHODS

ON-X LIFE TECHNOLOGIES, I...

1. A chordal replacement system comprising:first needles attached to opposing ends of a monolithic first suture, second needles attached to opposing ends of a monolithic second suture, and third needles attached to opposing ends of a monolithic third suture, wherein the first suture is not monolithic with either of the second and third sutures;
a pledget having opposing first and second sidewalls;
wherein (a) the first suture is configurable to form a first suture loop, (b) the second suture is knotted to form a second suture loop that directly connects to the second sidewall and the first suture, and (c) the third suture is knotted to form a third suture loop that directly connects to the second sidewall and the first suture;
wherein neither of the second or third suture loops passes through the pledget;
wherein the first sidewall directly contacts the first suture;
wherein: (a) the second suture loop and a knot of the second suture are monolithic with one another and constitute a single suture, and (b) the knot of the second suture couples the second suture loop to the second needles.

US Pat. No. 10,987,218

TRANSCATHETER DEPLOYMENT SYSTEMS AND ASSOCIATED METHODS

1. A transcatheter delivery system comprising a delivery catheter, the delivery catheter including,a body portion;
a support portion extending from the body portion, the support portion having a longitudinal axis, the support portion including,
a proximal guide having a constraint passage and a transverse outer profile,
a distal guide having a constraint passage and a transverse outer profile, and a first reduced profile section located intermediate the proximal guide and the distal guide, the first reduced profile section having a smaller transverse outer profile than the transverse outer profile of the proximal guide and the transverse outer profile of the distal guide;
a proximal constraint extending longitudinally from the body portion through the constraint passage of the proximal guide and radially from the constraint passage of the proximal guide, the proximal constraint secured in a releasable, looped configuration to define a proximal constraining loop; and
a distal constraint extending longitudinally from the body portion through the constraint passage of the distal guide and radially from the constraint passage of the distal guide, the distal constraint secured in a releasable, looped configuration to define a distal constraining loop.

US Pat. No. 10,987,217

VALVED CONDUIT

1. A valved conduit comprising:a conduit having an interior surface and an exterior surface; and
at least one leaflet having an external portion non-mechanically and suturelessly attached to the exterior surface of the conduit and an internal portion arranged within the interior surface of the conduit to mitigate against thrombus formation within the conduit and an external portion of the at least one leaflet is adhered to the exterior surface of the conduit by a layer of adhesive film; and
a flexible film arranged about the circumference of the conduit and the adhesive film.

US Pat. No. 10,987,215

HYDRAULICALLY ASSISTED LENS DELIVERY SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. An intraocular lens insertion system comprising:an insertion rod comprising a tube having a first end and a second end;
a piston head affixed to the insertion rod and positioned between the first end and the second end;
a hydraulic chamber;
an aspiration line communicatively connected to the hydraulic chamber; and
at least one valve in fluid communication with the aspiration line;
wherein at least a partial vacuum is applied to the aspiration line,
wherein the insertion rod moves in response to the at least a partial vacuum to displace hydraulic fluid within the hydraulic chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,987,214

SURFACE TREATMENTS FOR ACCOMMODATING INTRAOCULAR LENSES AND ASSOCIATED METHODS AND DEVICES

Shifamed Holdings, LLC, ...

1. An accommodating intraocular lens system, comprising:an accommodating structure including a first component, a second component posterior of the first component, an inner fluid chamber between the first and second components, and an outer fluid chamber fluidically coupled to the inner fluid chamber,
wherein the first component and the second component are hydrophilic structures, and wherein one or more surfaces of the accommodating structure include a surface treatment to decrease a surface roughness of a region treated with the surface treatment; and
wherein the one or more surfaces of the accommodating structure including the surface treatment comprise a proportion of approximately 25% 2-Hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA) elements to approximately 75% hydrophobic elements.

US Pat. No. 10,987,212

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR IMPLANTING CORNEAL TISSUE

CORNEAGEN, INC., Seattle...

1. A device for manipulating an implant, comprising:a handle including an interior chamber;
a guide coupled to the handle and extending distally from the handle;
forceps disposed at an end of the guide and configured to engage an implant, the forceps including a first jaw and a second jaw;
a first actuator disposed on the handle and coupled to the, the first actuator operable to cause the first jaw to move relative to the second jaw to engage the implant between the first jaw and the second jaw;
an air chamber disposed in the interior chamber of the handle and configured to hold air;
a dual-purpose structure extending distally from the end of the guide to define a distal end of the device, the second jaw of the forceps being formed on a portion of the dual-purpose structure such that the forceps are spaced from the distal end of the device, and the dual purpose structure defining an air channel configured to deliver air from the air chamber to the distal end of the device;
a second actuator disposed on the handle, the second actuator operable to cause the air chamber to deliver the air, via the air channel of defined by the dual-purpose structure, to the distal end of the device;
wherein the air chamber is compressible and the second actuator causes the air chamber to deliver the air by applying pressure to the air chamber;
wherein the air chamber expands to draw additional air from outside the air chamber after the second actuator applies the pressure to the air chamber to deliver the air from the air chamber; and
wherein the compressible air chamber includes a first one-way valve and a second one-way valve, the first one-way valve allowing the air to be delivered from the air chamber into the air channel, the second one-way valve allowing the additional air to be drawn into the air chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,987,211

TISSUE REMOVING

1. A method of removing breast tissue from a patient, the method comprising:selecting a cup, the cup having one or more surfaces, the one or more surfaces defining a volume and a first opening;
securing the cup to a cutting head with a coupling, the cutting head including an actuator and a cutting tip, and the actuator controllable to move the cutting tip;
making an incision in a breast of the patient; and
positioning the cup about the breast of the patient with the one or more surfaces of the cup facing a skin surface of the breast and the first opening circumscribing the breast of the patient, wherein, with the cup positioned about the breast of the patient, the cutting tip extends through the incision and into the breast.

US Pat. No. 10,987,210

MEDICAL IMPLANT DELIVERY SYSTEM AND RELATED METHODS

ROTATION MEDICAL, INC., ...

1. An implant delivery system, the implant delivery system comprising:a delivery shaft including a proximal portion, a distal portion and a lumen extending there between;
a frame detachably coupled to the distal portion of the delivery shaft;
a tack member coupled to the frame; and
a sheath having a lumen, wherein the delivery shaft and the frame are slidably disposed within the lumen of the sheath;
wherein the sheath constrains the frame in a contracted configuration within the lumen of the sheath.

US Pat. No. 10,987,209

TISSUE USE FOR REPAIR OF INJURY

ARTHREX, INC., Naples, F...

1. A tissue hybrid comprising at least one placental tissue streamer located through a midsubstance of a tissue, wherein the placental tissue streamer is surrounded by the tissue.

US Pat. No. 10,987,208

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR TREATING AN ANEURYSM

MERLIN MD PTE LTD., Sing...

1. A system for treating a diseased vessel comprising:an expandable device constructed and arranged to radially expand from a first position to a second position, the expandable device comprising at least two portions wherein the first portion is plastically deformable during the radial expansion from the first position to the second position and the second portion is resiliently biased in the second position;
a membrane expandable in response to the expansion of the expandable device and comprising a plurality of polymeric strips wrapped circumferentially around and secured to the expandable device, the membrane comprising at least one porous portion comprising one or more pores;
a delivery device constructed and arranged to position the expandable device such that the exterior surface of the expandable device engages with the inner surface of the vessel and maintains a fluid pathway through said vessel, wherein the delivery device comprises a catheter assembly having a proximal portion and a distal segment, more flexible than the proximal portion, wherein the catheter assembly includes,
a first shaft including an inflation lumen,
a second shaft including a guidewire lumen exiting through a sidewall of the first shaft, and
a third shaft surrounding the guidewire lumen, wherein
the second shaft further comprises a first coil surrounding the guidewire lumen and disposed within a wall of the second shaft,
a second coil is disposed within a body of the third shaft, and
a first marker positioned on the second shaft at a proximal end of the expandable device, and a second marker positioned on the second shaft at a distal end of the expandable device;
and
at least one proximal ring located at the proximal end of the expandable device and at least one distal ring located at the distal end of the expandable device, each of the at least one proximal ring and the at least one distal ring configured to anchor the expandable device to a vessel wall,
wherein the membrane is not included on one or both of the at least one proximal ring and the at least one distal ring, thereby permitting the proximal end or the distal end that does not include the membrane to be radially displaced more than portions of the expandable device that include the membrane, and the at least one proximal ring and the at least one distal ring include teeth configured to secure the first marker and the second marker included in the delivery device.

US Pat. No. 10,987,206

STRAW FOR THE PRESERVATION OF A PREDETERMINED DOSE OF LIQUID-BASED SUBSTANCE, AS WELL AS A METHOD AND INJECTION DEVICE THAT EMPLOY IT

IMV TECHNOLOGIES, Saint ...

1. A straw for the preservation of a predetermined dose of liquid-based substance, comprising a tube extending between a first end and a second end and comprising a fluid-tight stopper disposed in the tube in the neighborhood of its first end and extending between a first end facing towards the first end of the tube and a second end facing towards the second end of the tube, characterized in that said stopper:is fixed relative to the tube in a manner that prevents or resists sliding of the stopper in relation to the tube towards the first end of the tube;
comprises a male connector tip extending between a first end facing towards the first end of the tube and a second end facing towards the second end of the tube, having a frusto-conical external surface in accordance with a standard increasing in diameter from the first end of the tip towards the second end of the tip, the tip being configured in order that a syringe needle having a female connector tip with a frusto-conical internal surface in accordance with a standard can be connected to said stopper by engagement of the female connector tip of the needle on the male connector tip of the stopper with the internal frusto-conical surface of the female tip in contact with the external frusto-conical surface of the male tip; and
comprises an internal duct extending between the first end of the tip and the second end of the stopper, the duct extending up to the second end of the stopper such that the duct opens into an internal space of the tube situated between the second end of the stopper and the second end of the tube.

US Pat. No. 10,987,205

SURGICAL SYSTEMS AND TRAYS

Biomet 3I, LLC, Palm Bea...

1. An instrument retaining element for a dental tray for use in a surgical procedure, comprising:a first part having a longitudinal length and defining a plurality of receptacles therein, wherein the plurality of receptacles are spaced from one another along the longitudinal length, the plurality of receptacles configured to receive a first shank section of a plurality of surgical instruments, wherein the first part defines a first part of a channel that extends along at least a portion of the longitudinal length and communicates with two or more of the plurality of receptacles; and
a second part connected to the first part and having a longitudinal length, wherein the second part has a U-shape in cross-section through the longitudinal length of the second part with opposing walls that define a second part of the channel, wherein the second part of the channel communicates with the first part of the channel and the plurality of receptacles, and wherein the second part is configured to elastically expand thereby increasing a size of the second part of the channel to receive and retain a second shank section of the plurality of surgical instruments when the first section of the plurality of surgical instruments are received in the plurality of receptacles.

US Pat. No. 10,987,203

MULTIPLE MODE DENTAL DEVICE

MOUTH WATCHERS, LLC, Bev...

1. A power brush comprising:a body with a first end and a second end distal from the first end;
a motor housed in the body and coupled to a power source for actuating the motor;
a circuit board actuated by one or more buttons housed in the body for controlling different actions of the motor;
the motor is a dual action motor that provides two different vibratory motions via two shafts with a first shaft and a second shaft distal from the first end extending from the motor;
the first shaft extending from one end of the motor;
a first brush head coupled to the first shaft;
the second shaft extending from the opposing end of the motor from the first shaft;
a second brush head coupled to the second shaft;
each side of the motor includes an offset configuration to translate a rotary motion provided by the respective shafts of the motor to an oscillatory or vibrational motion used to drive supports;
supports transfer the oscillatory motion to respective brush heads via respective offset configurations;
offset configurations on each respective side of motor include weighting that provides enhanced or amplified oscillations;
the first brush and the second brush being coupled to the motor by the first and second shafts and being configured to separately vibrate based on selective actuation of the motor.

US Pat. No. 10,987,202

UNITARY DENTAL MODEL

ALIGN TECHNOLOGY, INC., ...

1. A method for creating a unitary dental model of an intraoral cavity of a patient having a dental implant; the method comprising:receiving three-dimensional (3D) topographical data of the intraoral cavity having the dental implant; and
fabricating the unitary dental model with the 3D topographical data, the unitary dental model comprising,
a physical surface representative of gingival tissue of the patient, and
a channel extending through the unitary dental model and shaped and oriented to receive an abutment corresponding to a physical abutment to be connected to the dental implant, wherein the channel extends to an opening in the physical surface, the channel comprising a first portion and a second portion, the first portion shaped to receive and constrain a corresponding structure of the abutment to a position and orientation and having a shape complementary to the shape of the abutment, the second portion shaped to receive a fastener to couple the abutment to the unitary dental model,
wherein the first portion comprises a shoulder shaped to receive the corresponding structure of the abutment in order to position the abutment along the channel, the shoulder extending from a surface of the first portion and to a surface of the second portion, and
wherein the shape of the first portion constrains the corresponding structure of the abutment to the position and orientation while the shoulder is in contact with the corresponding structure of the abutment.

US Pat. No. 10,987,201

DENTAL IMPLANT

PALTOP ADVANCED DENTAL SO...

1. A dental implant having a central longitudinal axis at a bone-entry portion thereof, and comprising:a screw-threaded elongate fixture, at the bone-entry portion of the dental implant, shaped and sized for insertion into a bone of a subject, substantially the entire length of the bone-entry portion being screw-threaded; and
a non-threaded emergence collar emerging from the fixture and coronal to the fixture, the entirety of the emergence collar being smooth, the emergence collar having a non-circular cross-section at least in a plane that is at least 1 millimeter coronal to the fixture and that is perpendicular to the longitudinal axis, and the emergence collar and the fixture being formed of, and adjacently disposed along, a single piece of metal.

US Pat. No. 10,987,198

IMAGE SIMULATION METHOD FOR ORTHODONTICS AND IMAGE SIMULATION DEVICE THEREOF

ASUSTEK COMPUTER INC., T...

1. An image simulation method for orthodontics, comprising:receiving a face video and capturing a face image from the face video;
finding a plurality of face feature points on the face image to determine a mouth area;
acquiring a tooth image in the mouth area;
defining a plurality of tooth image feature points according to the tooth image;
comparing a plurality of preset tooth model feature points of a stereo tooth model and the plurality of tooth image feature points, to adjust the plurality of preset tooth model feature points to conform to the plurality of tooth image feature points and further to form an adjusted stereo tooth model; and
projecting the adjusted stereo tooth model to the face video,
wherein the step of defining the plurality of tooth image feature points comprises:
comparing relative positions of a plurality of candidate feature points and the plurality of face feature points which are located in the mouth area to define the plurality of tooth image feature points from the plurality of candidate feature points,
wherein the step of finding a plurality of face feature points on the face image to determine a mouth area comprising defining a face area by the plurality of face feature points and defining a range of one-third below the face area as the mouth area,
wherein the step of defining the plurality of tooth image feature points comprises:
performing an edge detection to the tooth image to generate a tooth edge image; and
performing a corner detection to the tooth edge image to define the plurality of candidate feature points,
wherein the step of defining the plurality of tooth image feature points further comprises:
defining at least two candidate feature points which are closest to the plurality of face feature points as the plurality of tooth image feature points from the plurality of candidate feature points.

US Pat. No. 10,987,197

INTRARADICULAR ANCHOR PIN

UNIVERSIDAD IBEROAMERICAN...

1. Intraradicular pin for anterior and posterior teeth consisting of:a single piece element having a cylindrical continuous elongated part and an apical anchor part, wherein an anchor top portion of said apical anchor part laterally extends away from a bottom portion of the cylindrical continuous elongated part, said apical anchor part having a top diameter greater than a diameter of said cylindrical continuous elongated part and which is longitudinally reduced from said anchor top portion until reaching an end of said apical anchor part having a curved anchor bottom portion that is an end of said single piece element, effectively improving retention of the intraradicular pin.

US Pat. No. 10,987,196

DRILL GUIDE

PALTOP ADVANCED DENTAL SO...

1. A system comprising:a dental handpiece;
an oral surgical guide;
a bushing configured to be disposed in the oral surgical guide;
a drill bit having a shank; and
a rigid guide-sleeve having a proximal end and a distal end and a lumen extending from the proximal end to the distal end,
(A) comprising one or more protrusions, protruding from the proximal end of the guide-sleeve and configured to lockingly engage a corresponding hole in a distal end of the dental handpiece,
(B) the proximal end of the guide-sleeve being removably couplable to the distal end of the dental handpiece, such that the lumen of the guide- sleeve and the drill bit when coupled to the distal end of the dental handpiece are coaxial along a central longitudinal axis of the drill bit, an inner diameter of the guide-sleeve being 0.03-0.06 mm greater than a diameter of the shank of the drill bit, and
(C) the distal end of the guide-sleeve being sized and shaped to be slidably couplable with the bushing, such that upon the guide-sleeve being advanced into the bushing, the dental handpiece is forced to align the central longitudinal axis of the drill bit to be coaxial with a central longitudinal axis of the bushing.

US Pat. No. 10,987,195

ELECTRO-PNEUMATIC DECLOG APPARATUS FOR SURGICAL INSTRUMENT

Gyrus Acmi, Inc., Southb...

1. A medical device, comprising:a first valve, tethered with a handheld portion of the medical device, the first valve comprising,
a manifold having a first opening, a second opening, and a third opening, and
a plug movable within the manifold and spring-biased to close the first opening, wherein when biased to close the first opening air flows from the second opening to the third opening;
a compressed gas reservoir located remote from the first valve and the handheld portion of the medical device;
a second valve located remote from the first valve configured to provide a flow of pressurized gas from the compressed gas reservoir and through a conduit to the first valve to move the plug to close the third opening;
wherein the first valve and the second valve are configured, upon moving the plug to close the third opening, to interrupt the flow of air from the second opening to the third opening and to allow the flow of the pressurized gas to exit the second opening.

US Pat. No. 10,987,194

ANGIOGRAPHIC WIRE GUIDE DEVICE WITH FLUID SOLVENT DELIVERY

1. A guide device for securing angiographic wires during angiographic procedures, the guide device comprising:a housing and a base, the housing mated to the base to define an aperture, the base comprising a base pad;
a plunger disposed within the housing in a vertically adjustable manner such that the plunger has an open position, a closed position, and one or more intermediate positions relative to the housing, the plunger comprising a compression pad disposed such that the compression pad abuts the base pad when the plunger is disposed in the closed position; and
a locking mechanism configured to releasably lock the plunger in the closed position or the one or more intermediate positions, the locking mechanism comprising:
a flexible locking arm operably connected to the plunger, the locking arm having a locking tab disposed on the locking arm; and
a plurality of slots disposed in the housing, the slots configured for removably receiving the locking tab.

US Pat. No. 10,987,192

HYPERDEXTEROUS SURGICAL SYSTEM

SRI International, Menlo...

1. A surgical system, comprising:at least one electromechanical arm coupleable to a fixture;
at least one electromechanical tool supported by the at least one electromechanical arm to define at least one electromechanical arm and tool assembly;
an electronic control system configured to communicate electronically with and control the operation of the electromechanical arm and tool assembly; and
a visualization system configured to communicate with the control system, the visualization system configured to display at least one image of a surgical workspace on one or more monitors,
wherein the control system is configured to electronically control the electromechanical arm and tool assembly in a plurality of frames of reference and dynamically switch between different frames of reference for the control of the electromechanical arm and tool assembly and for the display of the image of the surgical workspace, wherein the plurality of frames of reference comprise at least one frame of reference associated with an orientation of a first wrist of a surgeon and at least another frame of reference associated with an orientation of a second wrist of the surgeon, thereby allowing the surgeon to move to different orientations relative to a patient during a surgical procedure and to control the electromechanical arm and tool assembly from the different orientations.

US Pat. No. 10,987,191

TEMPLATE DEVICE FOR MARKING A SURGICAL SITE BEFORE BREAST SURGERY AND SURGICAL PROCEDURE GUIDED BY THE MARKING

1. A template, comprising:three identically shaped guide channels that extend from a center of the template toward an outer edge of the template, each guide channel defining an inner part and an outer part extending from the inner part, wherein
closer to the center of the template, each inner part is curved to define a side of a respective flap area, so that a total of three flap areas are defined,
wherein farther from the center of the template, the outer parts further define sides of respective triangle areas, with a base side of each respective triangle area defined by a portion of the respective inner part and with two sides of each respective triangle area opposite the respective base side defining respective triangular tops that are farthest away from the center of the template and pointing away from the center of the template toward the outer edge.

US Pat. No. 10,987,190

GENERATION OF AUGMENTED REALITY IMAGE OF A MEDICAL DEVICE

BRAINLAB AG, Munich (DE)...

1. A method for generating an augmented reality image in which a real image captured using a camera is combined with a virtual image, wherein the real image includes a medical device and the virtual image includes an augmentation of the medical device, comprising:acquiring camera calibration data indicative of a projection of incident light ray onto an image sensor of the camera;
tracking a first position of the camera and a first position of the medical device;
calculating a first tracked position of the medical device relative to the camera from the tracked first positions of the camera and the medical device;
performing video tracking of the medical device in the real image, thereby obtaining a second tracked position of the medical device relative to the camera;
calculating the virtual image comprising the augmentation of the medical device from the camera calibration data, the first tracked position of the medical device and the second tracked position of the medical device;
generating the augmented reality image by combining the real image and the virtual image; and
preparing for output on a display device the augmented reality image.

US Pat. No. 10,987,189

MOVEABLE MRI MOVING APPARATUS

Sino Canada Health Engine...

1. Apparatus for imaging in surgical procedures comprising:an operating room having a floor and walls containing an operating table for receiving a patient for a surgical procedure;
and a magnetic resonance imaging system for obtaining images of a part of the patient at a series of times through the surgical procedure for analysis by the surgical team to allow the surgical team to monitor the progress of the surgery, the magnetic resonance imaging system comprising:
a magnet system comprising a cylindrical magnet of magnet wire defining a cylindrical bore within which a part of the patient is located for placement within high magnetic fields generated by the magnet;
a control system for controlling and varying the magnetic fields;
a radio frequency transmission and detection system for eliciting and detecting from the part of the patient nuclear magnetic resonance signals, in response to the magnetic field, including an RF probe arranged to be located adjacent to the part of the patient;
and a computer and display monitor for decoding and displaying the detected signals;
a support system supported from the floor mounting the magnet for movement relative to the table in a direction longitudinally of the table from a first imaging position at the table to a second non-imaging position;
wherein the support system comprises first and second endless drive tracks each along or adjacent a respective side of the magnet, each wrapped around end guide members and each having a lower track run engaging the floor;
the drive tracks being driven simultaneously for forward and rearward movement and being driven differentially for turning movement.

US Pat. No. 10,987,186

STERILIZATION PACKAGING SYSTEMS

1. A sterilization packaging system, comprising:a container defining a vertical direction and a volume for containing items to be sterilized, the container having a perimeter defining an opening through which the items to be sterilized are placed in the container; and
a sealing assembly, the sealing assembly including
a sheet of sterilization material, and
a clamp for sealing the sheet of sterilization material against the container, the clamp having an open position and a clamped position, the clamp extending about the perimeter of the container when the clamp is in the clamped position, the clamp comprising a horizontal portion that defines a window, the horizontal portion extending inward with respect to the perimeter of the container such that the horizontal portion is positioned over the opening, wherein the vertical portion projects vertically above the horizontal portion, wherein the horizontal portion is planar, and
wherein the clamp curves from the vertical portion vertically above the horizontal portion to the horizontal portion to define a curved transition from the vertical portion to the horizontal portion.

US Pat. No. 10,987,185

STERILITY BREACH DETECTION SYSTEM AND CONTROLLER SYSTEM FOR A STERILIZATION CONTAINER

1. A sterilization container system, comprising:a sterilization container including
a container body,
a container lid, the container body and container lid together defining a container interior,
a container gasket for sealing the container interior against an ingress of contaminants, and
a transmission pathway embedded in the container gasket; and
a controller,
wherein the controller is configured to process a signal transmitted along the transmission pathway to determine whether a breach exists in the container gasket, and
wherein the transmission pathway is a metal wire.

US Pat. No. 10,987,184

MEDICAL OR EMERGENCY PACKAGE AND METHOD OF USE THEREOF

DRONE DELIVERY CANADA COR...

1. A portable emergency or medical package comprising:a body;
a plurality of first compartments for housing medical supplies; a communication device providing real time two-way communication between a user of the package and a communication appliance remote from the package, wherein the communication device is detachable from the remainder of the package; and
a plurality of second, locked compartments that can be unlocked individually by a signal from the communication appliance, to enable a remote person at the remote communication appliance to open a selected second, locked compartment to permit access to the medical equipment contained therein;
wherein the communication device comprises a headset wearable by a user and providing for two way audio communication through the communication appliance to the remote person and the headset including a camera providing visual information to the remote person.

US Pat. No. 10,987,182

MEDICAL MANIPULATOR SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A MEDICAL MANIPULATOR

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

11. A method for controlling a medical manipulator, the method comprising:detecting an interference between an arm of a treatment tool with a distal end of a lumen through which the treatment tool is inserted in response to the treatment tool being retracted relative to the distal end of the lumen; and
controlling a slave device, which drives the treatment tool to be advanced/retracted in the lumen, to limit retraction of the treatment tool relative to the distal end of the lumen in response to the interference being detected.

US Pat. No. 10,987,180

FLEXIBLE MANIPULATOR

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A flexible manipulator, comprising:an elongated portion having two or more paths configured to pass through in the longitudinal direction thereof;
a movable portion located on a distal end of the elongated portion;
a driving portion located on a proximal end of the elongated portion, the driving portion is configured to generate a power for moving the movable portion;
two or more wires configured to transmit a power from the driving portion to the movable portion, the two or more wires are configured to pass through into each of the two or more paths;
a measuring portion configured to measure a curvature length of the elongated portion; and
an adjusting portion configured to cause bending in the vicinity of a base end of the elongated portion so as to adjust the curvature length of the elongated portion as a predetermined length.

US Pat. No. 10,987,176

VIRTUAL GUIDANCE FOR ORTHOPEDIC SURGICAL PROCEDURES

TORNIER, INC., Bloomingt...

1. A method comprising:displaying, via a Mixed Reality (MR) visualization device and overlaid on a portion of an anatomy of a patient viewable via the MR visualization device, a virtual model of the portion of the anatomy obtained from a virtual surgical plan for an orthopedic joint repair surgical procedure, wherein the MR visualization device is worn by an orthopedic surgeon, the virtual surgical plan includes information defining steps of the orthopedic joint repair surgical procedure, and the steps of the orthopedic joint repair surgical procedure include at least one of the preparation of the anatomy of the patient for attachment of a prosthetic to the anatomy of the patient or attachment of the prosthetic to the anatomy of the patient;
displaying, via the MR visualization device and overlaid on the portion of the anatomy of the patient, a virtual guide that guides at least one of preparation of the anatomy of the patient for attachment of the prosthetic to the anatomy of the patient or attachment of the prosthetic to the anatomy of the patient;
displaying, via the MR visualization device, a MR visualization for display, the MR visualization including a first virtual checklist item in a checklist of the steps of the orthopedic joint repair surgical procedure, the first virtual checklist item comprising text describing a first step of the orthopedic joint repair surgical procedure;
detecting a command to mark the first step of the orthopedic joint repair surgical procedure complete; and
based on the command:
storing data indicating that the first step is complete; and
updating, by the MR visualization device, the MR visualization to include a second virtual checklist item in the checklist, the second virtual checklist item comprising text describing a next step of the orthopedic joint repair surgical procedure.

US Pat. No. 10,987,175

ROBOTIC SHOULDER REPAIR AND RECONSTRUCTION

MedTech S.A., Montpellie...

1. A method of inserting a humeral implant into a humerus of a patient, the method comprising:receiving selection of a virtual humeral implant including humeral implant dimensions;
creating a three-dimensional (3D) model of a shoulder joint of a patient based on an image of the shoulder joint and a three-dimensional model of the virtual humeral implant, wherein the image includes a plurality of bone fragments of the patient;
receiving a patient position from one or more position sensors secured to the patient; and
adjusting, using a robotic manipulator, a position of the humeral implant relative to the humerus based on at least one of the patient position, the humeral implant dimensions, and the 3D model.

US Pat. No. 10,987,174

PATIENT INTRODUCER ALIGNMENT

Auris Health, Inc., Redw...

1. A patient introducer, comprising:an introducer tube extending between (i) a distal end configured to be connected to a port and (ii) a proximal end configured to receive a surgical tool, the introducer tube having a curvature that defines a curved path and configured to introduce the surgical tool into a patient via guiding the surgical tool into the port along the curved path;
a body directly connected to each of the distal end and the proximal end of the introducer tube; and
an alignment member directly connected to the body and comprising a first shape and a first alignment marking, the alignment member configured to interface with a manipulator assembly of a robotic system, the manipulator assembly comprising a second shape and a second alignment marking, the first shape being complementary to the second shape,
wherein the first alignment marking of the alignment member, when aligned with the second alignment marking, facilitates rotational alignment of the alignment member and the manipulator assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,987,172

ADAPTIVE IMAGE REGISTRATION FOR OPHTHALMIC SURGERY

Alcon Inc.

1. An ophthalmic imaging system, comprising:a first imaging system configured to generate a first image of an eye;
a second imaging system configured to generate a second image of the eye;
an image registration system comprising a processor and instructions stored on a memory, the instructions executable by the processor to cause the image registration system to:
receive the first image generated by the first imaging system;
receive the second image generated by the second imaging system;
track a location of a distal tip of a surgical instrument in the first image;
define a priority registration region in the first image, the priority registration region comprising a portion of the first image within a predetermined proximity of the distal tip of the surgical instrument;
register the priority registration region in the first image with a corresponding region in the second image; and
update registration of the priority registration region in the first image with the corresponding region in the second image in real time as the distal tip is moved, without registering portions of the first and second images that are outside the priority registration regions, wherein a size of the priority registration region is dynamically increased or decreased as necessary to maintain a desired performance in the priority registration region as a processing load varies.

US Pat. No. 10,987,170

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ROUTING A VESSEL LINE SUCH AS A CATHETER WITHIN A VESSEL

Mentice AB, Gothenburg (...

1. A method of analyzing the effectiveness of specific catheter equipment used in conducting surgical procedures where the surgical procedure includes navigating a catheter system through vasculature of a patient from an entry point to a destination, the method comprising the steps of:using a non-transitory computer readable medium encoded with instructions to perform the following steps:
storing data from a plurality of past surgical procedures conducted using catheter systems within past patients, where the data comprising:
patient data, stored in a patient vasculature database, the patient data including three-dimensional data of a patient's vasculature through which a past surgical procedure was conducted;
modelled catheter system data relating to a specific catheter system used during a past surgical procedure including a plurality of modelled physical properties of catheter systems used during the past surgical procedure; and
performance data relating to the use of a catheter system during past surgical procedures as related to the patient data;
analyzing a combination of the patient data, modelled catheter system data and performance data to identify problem procedures and problem anatomical features in relation to specific catheter systems, procedures and patient data;
a. obtaining a series of 2D images of a volume of a new patient, wherein each 2D image represents a planar slice of information through the new patient at different levels;
b. analyzing a selection of the 2D images to measure a plurality of anatomical features from the 2D images to obtain a series of anatomical measurements;
c. introducing the series of anatomical measurements into the patient vasculature database having a plurality of patient model records, each patient model record having a plurality of fields defining anatomical measurements and a corresponding patient 3D model;
d. identifying a best match patient model record based on a comparison of measured anatomical features from step b and a plurality of patient model records;
e. enabling a user to access the corresponding patient 3D model from step d; and
f. while preparing a patient for a recanalization procedure enabling user manipulation of the patient 3D model to assess the viability of movement of a modelled catheter within the patient 3D model.

US Pat. No. 10,987,169

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SPINAL CORRECTION SURGICAL PLANNING

NuVasive, Inc., San Dieg...

1. A method for surgical planning and assessment of spinal deformity correction in a subject, the method comprising:determining a musculoskeletal model of a subject based on at least one digitized position of two or more vertebral bodies of the subject, wherein the musculoskeletal model includes spinopelvic parameters, ligament parameters, and joint kinematics;
calculating an optimized posture for the subject based on a comparison of the determined model and one or more predetermined models that correspond to one or more anatomical characteristics of the subject;
receiving one or more simulated spinal correction inputs corresponding to a surgical procedure;
predicting a simulated postoperative surgical correction that maintains a center of mass over the ankles of the subject based on the received one or more simulated spinal correction inputs and the calculated optimized posture for the subject; and
determining a surgical plan based on the predicted simulated postoperative surgical correction and communicating the determined surgical plan via a display.

US Pat. No. 10,987,168

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR COORDINATED LASER DELIVERY AND IMAGING

SPECTRANETICS LLC, Color...

1. A laser ablation and imaging system including:a laser source operative to provide a laser signal, wherein an output of the laser signal comprises a plurality of laser pulses having a laser frequency;
an imaging source operative to provide an imaging signal, wherein an output of the imaging signal comprises a plurality of imaging pulses forming a plurality of imaging series, wherein each of the imaging series comprises at least two of the imaging pulses, wherein each of the imaging series comprises an imaging series frequency, wherein the at least two of the imaging pulses within each imaging series comprise an imaging pulse frequency;
at least one delivery device operative to output the laser pulses and the imaging pulses to a target area; and
a controller in communication with the laser source and the imaging source, the controller operative to coordinate the laser signal and the imaging signal such that each of the laser pulses and each of the imaging series are in non-overlapping time windows.

US Pat. No. 10,987,167

BIASING LASER CATHETER: MONORAIL DESIGN

THE SPECTRANETICS CORPORA...

1. A catheter for insertion into a vasculature of a patient, the catheter comprising:an elongated housing having a first proximal end, a first distal end, a central axis, a housing channel disposed between the first proximal end and the first distal end, and a cavity disposed proximate the first distal end of the elongated housing and in communication with the housing channel;
a monorail tip detachably coupled to the first distal end of the elongated housing, the monorail tip comprising:
a first guidewire channel in communication with the housing channel;
a ramp disposed within the first guidewire channel of the monorail tip at an angle to a central axis of the monorail tip; and
a slot exposing at least a portion of the guidewire channel adjacent to the ramp to the vasculature of the patient;
a laser delivery member having a second proximal end, a second distal end, at least one optical fiber, and a second guidewire channel, the laser delivery member being at least partially disposed within the housing channel and movable therein to the first guidewire channel of the monorail tip; and
a trigger mechanism coupled to the elongated housing and the laser delivery member, the trigger mechanism having a body and a plunger disposed at least partially within the body, whereupon pressure applied to the plunger distally and longitudinally advances the laser delivery member by a fixed distance through the housing channel of the elongated housing to the guidewire channel of the monorail tip;
wherein the trigger mechanism further comprises an engagement arm coupled to the body and a catching device coupled to the plunger, wherein the catching device comprises a plurality of stops, whereupon coupling of the engagement arm into one of the stops of the catching device locks the laser delivery member relative to the elongated housing; and
wherein actuating of the trigger mechanism advances the engagement arm to couple with the different stops of the block so that the second distal end of the laser delivery member engages the ramp in the monorail tip and moves outwardly and laterally away from the central axis of the monorail tip to orient the at least one optical fiber at a non-zero angle away from the central axis of the monorail tip and to thereby permit ablation of a target area that is larger than the distal end of the catheter.

US Pat. No. 10,987,166

SYSTEM FOR SURGICAL TREATMENT

IMS GmbH, Tutzing (DE)

1. A system for surgical treatment, comprising:a laser device and an application module, wherein the laser device comprises a laser light source having at least one first laser diode element and the application module is optically connectable or connected to the laser light source, wherein the first laser diode element comprises at least one semiconductor layer from an antimonide compound and is configured such that laser light can be generated at a first wavelength between 1800 nm and 2000 nm,
wherein the application module is designed as a flexurally flexible catheter having an optical waveguide configured to route laser light through the catheter and comprising an RFID chip with a parameter and/or release coding, and
wherein the laser device comprises a controlling means with an RFID transmitter and receiver unit for reading from and writing to the RFID chip,
wherein the controlling means is configured to activate the laser light source in response to the RFID transmitter and receiver unit detecting a predetermined parameter and/or release coding from the RFID chip that corresponds to a parameter and/or release coding associated with the laser device, and
wherein a timestamp recording a number of uses of the catheter is stored on the RFID chip by the controlling means for the invalidating of the catheter by the controlling means after a predetermined number of uses of the catheter is recorded by the timestamp.

US Pat. No. 10,987,165

REFLECTIVE POWER MONITORING FOR MICROWAVE APPLICATIONS

COVIDIEN LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A system for supplying microwave energy to tissue, comprising:a housing;
a microwave antenna having an elongated shaft configured for penetration into tissue, the elongated shaft extending from a distal end of the housing and configured to deliver microwave energy to tissue within a patient body;
a transmission line cable electrically coupled to the microwave antenna and extending from a proximal end of the housing;
a temperature sensor housed within the transmission line cable proximal to the housing; and
an electrosurgical generator operatively coupled to the microwave antenna via the transmission line cable such that the temperature sensor is housed within the transmission line cable between the housing and the electrosurgical generator, the electrosurgical generator including:
a microwave energy source; and
a controller configured to cause the electrosurgical generator to deliver microwave energy to the elongated shaft of the microwave antenna, the controller determining a temperature of a portion of the transmission line cable between the housing and the microwave energy source as measured by the temperature sensor external to the patient body while the elongated shaft of the microwave antenna is positioned within the patient body and delivering the microwave energy to the tissue within the patient body.

US Pat. No. 10,987,164

METHODS AND DEVICES FOR DIASTOLIC ASSIST

10. A method of increasing blood flow in a diseased heart of a patient, the method comprising:positioning a medical device against a heart wall of the diseased heart; and
creating an incision in the heart wall without cutting through the heart wall, where the incision is sufficient to reduce a stiffness of an interior chamber of the diseased heart to permit the interior chamber to increase in volume during diastole.

US Pat. No. 10,987,163

TREATMENT OF ATRIAL FIBRILLATION USING HIGH-FREQUENCY PACING AND ABLATION OF RENAL NERVES

BIOSENSE WEBSTER (ISRAEL)...

1. A method for a treatment of a patient comprising:inserting an ablation catheter having an irrigated tip electrode mounted thereon into a renal artery of a patient wherein the renal artery has a wall defining a lumen, the irrigated tip electrode comprising a shell including a plurality of fluid ports and an internal member including a fluid inlet having an inlet aspect ratio greater than 1.0, wherein the irrigated tip electrode has a diffusion ratio of less than 2.0;
heating a portion of the wall of the lumen of the renal artery with the irrigated tip electrode;
irrigating at least the portion of the wall with a cooling fluid that exits the plurality of fluid ports; and
ablating a renal nerve of the renal artery.

US Pat. No. 10,987,157

COAGULATION AND DISSECTING INSTRUMENT WITH IMPROVED CONTROL

1. An instrument for coagulating and, if needed, for dissecting biological tissue, with a tool comprising:at least one first and at least one second coagulating electrode which can be moved relative with respect to each other for grasping the biological tissue therebetween, and comprising at least one dissecting electrode for dissecting the biological tissue grasped between the at least one first and the at least one second coagulating electrode;
an electrical circuit that is connected to the at least one first and the at least one second coagulating electrode and to the at least one dissecting electrode and configured to be connected to a dissecting voltage source and a coagulating voltage source;
wherein the electrical circuit comprises
an input side including first and second input connections, wherein the first and second input connections are configured for connection with a high frequency (HF) output voltage source for providing electrical energy for operating the instrument;
a transformer electrically connected to the first and second input connections, the transformer configured to simultaneously provide the dissecting voltage source and the coagulating voltage source;
first, second, and third output connections, wherein the first output connection is connected to the at least one second coagulating electrode and to ground;
wherein the second output connection is a coagulating connection that is connected to the at least one first coagulating electrode; and
wherein the third output connection is a dissecting connection that is connected to the dissecting voltage source and to the at least one dissecting electrode;
a power switch disposed in a current path between the dissecting voltage source and the at least one dissecting electrode configured to selectively disconnect the at least one dissecting electrode from the dissecting voltage source or to selectively connect the at least one dissecting electrode to the dissecting voltage source; and
an actuating switch for selectively actuating the high frequency (HF) output voltage source;
wherein the actuating switch and the power switch are controlled in series by a shared actuating element wherein actuation of the shared actuating element initiates one of a dissecting mode, wherein the power switch is closed to connect the at least one dissecting electrode to the dissecting voltage source and the actuating switch is subsequently closed to actuate the high frequency output voltage source, and a coagulation mode, wherein the power switch is opened to disconnect the at least one dissecting electrode from the dissecting voltage source and the actuating switch is subsequently closed to actuate the high frequency output voltage source;
wherein in the dissecting mode, the at least one dissecting electrode is energized by the dissecting voltage source and the at least one first coagulating electrode is energized by the coagulating voltage source simultaneously.

US Pat. No. 10,987,155

BIPOLAR FORCEPS WITH FORCE MEASUREMENT

OrbSurgical Ltd.

1. A bipolar forceps tool comprising:a pair of prongs each prong having a shaft and a prong tip disposed distal to the shaft, the prong tip having a tissue contacting surface disposed thereon, the proximal end of each of the prongs terminating in a fixed connection point to a base;
the prongs being connected for relative movement of the prongs and associated movement of the tips;
an electrical supply system for applying an electric current between the tissue contacting surfaces of the prong tips;
an at least one strain sensor mounted on at least one of the prongs, the at least one strain sensor for measuring forces applied to the tissue contacting surfaces of the prongs;
wherein the at least one strain sensor is disposed between the tissue contacting surface and the fixed connection point; and
wherein the at least one strain sensor is located at a position of maximum deformation of the at least one prong upon application of force to an outer surface of the at least one prong.

US Pat. No. 10,987,154

ELECTROSURGICAL GENERATORS AND SENSORS

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A sensor for sensing current, the sensor comprising:a current sensor coil defining an opening therethrough and having a top surface and a bottom surface; and
an active lead passing through the opening of the current sensor coil, the active lead including:
a top portion extending parallel with and over the top surface of the current sensor coil at a first non-zero acute angle relative to an axis that extends through a first end of the current sensor coil and a center of the opening of the current sensor coil; and
a bottom portion extending parallel with and over the bottom surface of the current sensor coil at a second non-zero acute angle relative to the axis, the first non-zero acute angle and the second non-zero acute angle being symmetrical relative to each other about the axis.

US Pat. No. 10,987,149

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR THE TREATMENT OF TISSUE

Fractyl Laboratories, Inc...

1. A method of treating a mucosal layer of a patient's duodenum, said method comprising:providing a system including a tissue expansion device and a separate treatment element constructed and arranged to expand and treat a full circumferential portion of a mucosal target tissue in the duodenum;
positioning the tissue expansion device at a treatment location distal of the pylorus and proximal of the ligament of Treitz;
expanding a full circumferential portion of a mucosal target tissue in the duodenum using the tissue expansion device;
moving the tissue expansion device from the treatment location;
positioning the treatment element to contact the expanded full circumferential portion of the mucosal target tissue at the treatment location distal of the pylorus and proximal of the ligament of Treitz while avoiding contact with non-target tissue;
treating target tissue at the treatment location with the treatment element, wherein treating comprises delivering energy to said treatment location;
wherein the treatment element comprises a conformable balloon constructed and arranged to receive hot fluid and wherein treating the target tissue comprises expanding the balloon with the hot fluid to conform the balloon to engage luminal wall tissue to modify modifies at least one property selected from the group of properties consisting of secretive properties and absorptive properties of the portion of the gastrointestinal tract and wherein treating comprises positioning a protective cap over the Ampulla of Vater to prevent bile salts from emptying into the duodenum and to avoid adversely affecting non-target tissue including at least the ampulla of Vater and removing the protective cap.

US Pat. No. 10,987,145

METHODS FOR CORRECTION OF SPINAL DEFORMITIES

Medos International Sarl,...

1. A method for treating spinal column shape deformation comprising:implanting a first fixation screw assembly to a first vertebra of a spinal column of a patient, the first fixation screw assembly having a fixation screw and a rod receiving channel with opposed channel arm extensions, the channel being movable relative to the fixation screw through a range of angles, the first fixation screw assembly having a locking device for separately locking the channel against movement relative to the fixation screw and a rod against movement in the channel;
moving the channel relative to the fixation screw to a first position;
with the channel in the first position, locating a spinal support rod between the channel arm extensions such that the rod is located either medially or laterally relative to the spinal column and a curvature of the rod matches a shape of a deformed spinal column of the patient when viewed along an anterior-posterior axis and matches a corrected anatomical shape of the spinal column of the patient, when viewed along the medial-lateral axis;
moving the channel relative to the fixation screw to a second position such that the rod is located posteriorly of the spinal column;
adjusting the locking device to lock the channel relative to the fixation screw,
adjusting the rod relative to the channel; and
adjusting the locking device to lock the rod against movement relative to the channel,
wherein locating the rod between the arm extensions includes sliding the rod along the arm extensions from a relatively lateral position to a relatively medial position.

US Pat. No. 10,987,144

SCREW FOR JOINT FUSION

Asfora IP, LLC, Sioux Fa...

1. A sacroiliac joint fusion system, comprising:a guide pin;
a drill guide assembly, comprising
a drill guide head having an opening and a rounded side; and
a pin sleeve configured to receive the guide pin, wherein the guide pin guides placement of the drill guide assembly relative to a bone of a patient;
a depth gauge comprising a plurality of depth markings configured to indicate a depth to which the guide pin is inserted into the bone;
a striker tube including a distal edge having a first segment that removably encircles a portion of the rounded side of the drill guide head and a second segment that removably abuts a proximal side of the drill guide head, the first segment being disposed on a different plane than the second segment.

US Pat. No. 10,987,142

PELVIC WEDGE

K2M, Inc., Leesburg, VA ...

1. A surgical implant assembly comprising:a surgical implant including:
a top surface;
a bottom surface disposed in opposed relation relative to the top surface;
first and second side surfaces interconnecting the top and bottom surfaces, first ends of the first and second side surfaces defining a back surface extending across a first end of the surgical implant;
a front surface extending across a second end of the surgical implant and interconnecting second ends of the first and second side surfaces;
at least one cavity defined in the surgical implant;
a first channel defined in the surgical implant, the first channel extending from the front surface to the at least one cavity and oriented at an acute angle relative to the front surface; and
a second channel defined in the surgical implant, the second channel extending from the at least one cavity to one of the first and second side surfaces, the second channel being in alignment with the first channel such that a first axis coincides with central axes of the first and second channels,
wherein the first channel and the second channel are in fluid communication with the at least one cavity:
a bone plate including an elongate body extending between first and second end portions, the elongate body positionable adjacent the front surface of the surgical implant; and
fixation devices configured to secure the surgical implant or the bone plate to osseous tissue, the fixation devices insertable through the first and second channels in the surgical implant or openings in the bone plate.

US Pat. No. 10,987,136

SYSTEM COMPRISING A MEDICAL APPARATUS AND A MEDICAL DEVICE, MEDICAL APPARATUS AND SURGICAL METHOD

SPINEWELDING AG, Schlier...

1. A system for establishing an anchorage in hard tissue or hard tissue replacement material or for augmenting hard tissue in an operation site of a human or animal patient with the aid of a material having thermoplastic properties and vibration energy, of in situ liquefaction of the material having thermoplastic properties, and of displacement of the material having thermoplastic properties in a liquefied state, the system comprising:a transmitting piece connected or connectable to an energy source for generating vibration energy,
a housing comprising a distal and a proximal end and a longitudinal axis extending therebetween and an opening at the distal end, wherein the transmitting piece is arranged within the housing being movable in the direction of the longitudinal axis, and wherein the opening is adapted to the transmitting piece for a distal portion of the transmitting piece to be able to protrude from the opening,
a driver suitable for driving the transmitting piece against one of the proximal and the distal ends of the housing, the driver being activatable for exerting a compression force on the transmitting piece,
a thermoplastic element arranged to be compressible between the transmitting piece and a counter element by the compression force,
wherein the system is further equipped for shock-free initial positioning and pre-pressing of the transmitting piece against the thermoplastic element,
wherein the system is equipped for shock-free initial positioning and pre-pressing by comprising a braking element configured to restrict a driver force exerted by the driver to the thermoplastic element, or by comprising an auxiliary drive configured to apply a driver force of the auxiliary drive to the transmitting piece.

US Pat. No. 10,987,130

DEVICES FOR AND METHODS OF PERFORMING MINIMALLY-INVASIVE SURGICAL PROCEDURES THROUGH A SINGLE INCISION

Conmed Corporation, Utic...

1. A kit for performing a laparoscopic surgical procedure through a single incision formed in an abdominal wall of a patient, comprising:three surgical access ports each including a proximal housing and an elongated body with opposed proximal and distal end portions, the proximal housing of at least one of the three surgical access ports having a tubular insufflation port, the proximal housing of each surgical access port having a pair of diametrically opposed engagement flanges, the body of each surgical access port having a central lumen extending therethrough and having a resilient bulb portion formed between the proximal and distal end portions thereof, wherein the bulb portion is adapted to transition between a first condition in which the bulb portion has a first diameter and a first length and a second condition in which the bulb portion has a second diameter that is less than the first diameter and a second length that is greater than the first length, the body of each surgical access port having a telescoping guide tube assembly disposed within the central lumen of the body, wherein the telescoping guide tube assembly is adapted to transition between a first length corresponding to the first condition of the bulb portion and a second length corresponding to the second condition of the bulb portion, the telescoping guide tube assembly including proximal and distal tube sections that cooperate together to define a passage within the central lumen of the body for an insertion device, wherein each of the proximal and distal tube sections has a proximal end and a distal end, and wherein the proximal and distal ends of the proximal and distal tube sections are co-located when the bulb portion is in the first condition, and the proximal end of the distal tube section and the distal end of the proximal tube section are co-located when the bulb portion is in the second condition.

US Pat. No. 10,987,129

MULTI-SHIELD SPINAL ACCESS SYSTEM

Medos International Sarl,...

1. An access device for accessing an intervertebral disc, comprising:a) an outer shield having a substantially tubular portion, a length adapted to extend from an incision to an articular process, a proximal end portion, a distal end portion, an outer surface, and a longitudinal throughbore defining an inner surface,
b) an inner shield having a proximal end portion, a distal end portion, an inner surface, and an outer surface; and
c) a video chip disposed in the distal end portion of the outer shield;
wherein the outer surface of the inner shield substantially nests within the inner surface of the outer shield and the inner shield extends distally past the distal end portion of the outer shield; and
wherein the video chip is disposed in a channel of the outer shield and the channel opens into the inner surface of the outer shield at least at the distal end portion of the outer shield.

US Pat. No. 10,987,124

SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS AND JAW MEMBERS THEREOF

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A jaw member for use with a surgical instrument, the jaw member comprising:a support base having a proximal portion configured to be pivotably coupled to a surgical instrument, and a distal portion, the support base defining a cavity extending longitudinally between the proximal and distal portions, the support base having a stepped portion formed within the cavity, the stepped portion defining a first ledge and a second ledge, wherein the cavity of the support base extends transversely through the support base from a tissue-oriented surface of the support base to an opposing outward-facing surface of the support base;
a jaw liner including:
an elongate body configured for receipt within the cavity of the support base; and
a projection extending radially outward from a periphery of the elongate body and configured to be seated on the first ledge of the support base; and
an elongated plate configured to be seated on the second ledge of the support base adjacent the jaw liner to secure the jaw liner relative to the support base.

US Pat. No. 10,987,120

MULTIFUNCTION SURGICAL INSTRUMENT FOR USE IN LAPAROSCOPIC SURGERY

NEW WAVE ENDO-SURGERY INC...

1. A multifunction surgical instrument comprising:a laparoscopic tissue grasper having jaws having rubberized gripping elements;
a laparoscopic length measuring tool having a measuring string wound about the multifunction surgical instrument at a point adjacent to the jaws; and
a gauge which provides visual indication of a pressure being applied by the tissue grasper upon tissue clamped by the jaws.

US Pat. No. 10,987,119

SURGICAL INSTRUMENT HAVING A SURFACE TEXTURE

Alcon Inc., Fribourg (CH...

1. A surgical forceps comprising:a forceps jaw that is configured to engage a tissue of a body, the forceps jaw comprising a distal-most surface;
a first pattern of traces formed in the distal-most surface in a first direction, a first spacing between adjacent traces of the first pattern of traces being within a range of approximately 5.5 ?m to 15 ?m; and
a second pattern of traces formed in the distal-most surface in a second direction different from the first direction, a second spacing between adjacent traces of the second pattern of traces being within a range of approximately 5.5 ?m to 15 ?m, the first pattern of traces and the second pattern of traces defining an array of microposts, the microposts of the array of microposts have a height within a range of 3 ?m to 10 ?m;
wherein the forceps jaw comprises a tip defining an edge, wherein the first pattern of traces is substantially parallel to the edge, and wherein the second pattern of traces is substantially perpendicular to the edge;
wherein the first pattern of traces and the second pattern of traces are laser cuts, wherein a laser beam used to cut the traces is incident to the distal-most surface at an angle such that one or more of the microposts of the array of microposts are tapered and inclined at an angle within a range of 20° to 55° relative to the distal-most surface of the forceps jaw.

US Pat. No. 10,987,118

CATHETER-BASED APPARATUSES AND METHODS

Transverse Medical Inc., ...

1. An apparatus comprising:a catheter extending from a proximal end to a distal end;
a shaft extending in the catheter from the proximal end to the distal end and being configured and arranged to move within the catheter; and
a filter component connected to the shaft and configured and arranged to retract within the distal end, the filter component including
a filter membrane having opposing surfaces,
an inner frame coupled to the filter membrane and having a perimeter surrounding a surface area of the filter membrane on one of the opposing surfaces,
an outer frame having a perimeter extending around the perimeter of the inner frame, and
a plurality of struts having respective ends coupled to the inner frame and to the outer frame, the struts being configured and arranged to apply a force from the outer frame onto the inner frame.

US Pat. No. 10,987,112

SURGICAL DRILL INSTRUMENT WITH MOTOR AND LOCKING MECHANISM TO RECEIVE AN ATTACHMENT AND A CUTTING BURR

DePuy Synthes Products, I...

1. A surgical drill, comprising:a cutting burr comprising a shank portion defining a first six-sided portion at a proximal end and defining a second six-sided portion at a position that is axially spaced from the first six-sided portion, the first six-sided portion and the second six-sided portion comprising a first six-sided diamond-shaped portion and a second six-sided diamond-shaped portion, respectively, the first six-sided diamond-shaped portion is larger than the second six-sided diamond-shaped portion;
a spindle rotatable about a central axis, the spindle defining a keyed slot comprising a complementary diamond-shaped portion adapted to receive the first six-sided portion of the cutting burr;
a locking mechanism releasably mounted to the spindle and comprising a plurality of concentrically disposed sleeves;
a detent pawl that contacts the second six-sided portion of the cutting burr at a predetermined force such that the cutting burr is movable in an axial direction while retaining the cutting burr within the surgical drill when the locking mechanism is in a loading position;
a locking pawl pivotally attached to the spindle and having an engagement end adapted to engage adjacent surfaces of the second six-sided portion of the cutting burr received within the locking mechanism when the locking mechanism is in a running position; and
a motor for driving the spindle and the locking mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,987,111

SURGICAL DRILL BIT

Universitat Bern, Bern (...

1. A drill bit for creating a tubular hole in a bone, comprising:a longitudinal body extending along an axis and having a proximal end and a distal end, the distal end of the body comprising a conical chisel face formed between a point and a main cutting edge at the distal end of the body, the main cutting edge being offset from the point;
a main cutting face extending from the main cutting edge and defining a rake angle; and
a spiral flute formed around the body and extending from the main cutting face along the axis of the body;
wherein the main cutting edge is the only single main cutting edge of the drill bit,
wherein the spiral flute is the only single spiral flute of the drill bit,
wherein the rake angle is at least 25°,
wherein the distal end of the body has a front profile orthogonal to the axis of the body and the main cutting edge extends across the front profile of the distal end of the body,
wherein the main cutting edge extends across the front profile of the distal end of the body at two different locations of a periphery of the front profile, and
wherein the two different locations are positioned from each other within a range of 90° to 180° offset from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,987,109

METHOD OF TRANSRADIAL CATHETERIZATION, DEVICE FOR ULNAR ARTERY COMPRESSION, AND METHOD OF USE

VASOINNOVATIONS INC., So...

1. A hemostatic device comprising:a trunk having at least one inflatable bladder, the trunk defined by a lower portion and an upper portion, and the at least one bladder defined by an envelopment existing between the lower portion and the upper portion;
a pair of limbs connected to and extending from the upper portion of the trunk;
a first limb of the pair of limbs adapted to lay across a palm of a hand, between a thumb and an index finger and connect to the trunk to secure the first limb to the trunk and to secure the at least one bladder to a compression site of an ulnar artery;
a second limb of the pair of limbs adapted to lay over a wrist/distal forearm and connect to the trunk to secure the second limb to the trunk and to further secure the at least one bladder to a first location over the compression site;
one or more connectors for fixing the pair of limbs to the trunk;
wherein the hemostatic device is configured to position the at least one bladder only on the compression site of the ulnar artery when the pair of limbs are fixed around the palm and the wrist to the trunk with the one or more connectors.

US Pat. No. 10,987,106

IMPLANTABLE FLOW CONNECTOR

TVA Medical, Inc., Austi...

1. A method of implanting and securing an implantable flow connector in a body of a patient for providing communication of a first space within the body of the patient with a second space within the body of the patient, the method comprising:providing a manufactured flow connector having a longitudinally extending wall forming a conduit having a longitudinally extending lumen within the longitudinally extending wall, the lumen having a first orifice at a first end portion of the conduit and a second orifice at a second end portion of the conduit;
providing a first retention device and a second retention device, wherein the first retention device is configured to interlock with the second retention device;
inserting the first retention device into the first space within the body;
positioning the flow connector so the first end portion of the conduit extends into the first space within the body;
placing the second space within the body over the second retention device; and
simultaneously positioning the second space within the body and the second retention device over the first retention device, wherein the second space within the body placed over the second retention device is positioned external of the second end portion of the conduit to provide fluid communication between the first space within the body and the second space within the body.

US Pat. No. 10,987,103

POWERED SURGICAL INSTRUMENT WITH LATCHING FEATURE PREVENTING REMOVAL OF BATTERY PACK

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A surgical instrument, comprising:(a) an end effector operable to treat tissue, wherein the end effector includes:
(i) a first member, and
(ii) a second member selectively actuatable relative to the first member to clamp tissue therebetween;
(b) a shaft assembly extending proximally from the end effector;
(c) a handle assembly coupled with a proximal end of the shaft assembly,
wherein the handle assembly includes:
(i) a motor operable to actuate the end effector, and
(ii) a battery port, wherein the battery port includes a port interior and a restraining feature arranged within the port interior; and
(d) a battery pack configured to be inserted into the battery port and power the motor, wherein the battery pack includes a latching feature,
wherein the restraining feature is configured to securely engage the latching feature within the port interior when the battery port receives the battery pack such that the battery pack becomes fixedly attached to the battery port; and
wherein at least a portion of the battery port is configured to permanently deform or break upon removal of the battery pack from the battery port such that the surgical instrument becomes inoperable.

US Pat. No. 10,987,102

TISSUE THICKNESS COMPENSATOR COMPRISING A PLURALITY OF LAYERS

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A fastener cartridge assembly for a surgical instrument, the fastener cartridge assembly comprising:a tissue thickness compensator comprising:
a first layer;
a second layer;
a pocket positioned between said first layer and said second layer; and
springs positioned in an upward position in said pocket, wherein said springs are not interconnected within a fastener entrapment area; and
a fastener moveable between an initial position and a fired position, wherein said fastener is configured to pass through said pocket and compress at least a portion of said tissue thickness compensator when said fastener is moved to said fired position.

US Pat. No. 10,987,101

SUPERELASTIC BONE COMPRESSION STAPLE

ORTHO SOLUTIONS HOLDINGS ...

1. A staple, comprising:a superelastic material and having a bridge member having a top surface which includes a top surface area and an opposing bottom surface defining a constant thickness between for at least 90% of the top surface area, and the bridge member having an axis along a length between a first end and a second end and a first curve which is a portion of a circle or an ellipse along the axis and
at least one pair of legs where the legs are straight and have a polygonal configuration in cross-section with rounded edges and with a short side having a length n and a longer side having a length of at least 2n, the configuration having five sides, and the legs are spaced apart along the axis and are joined to the bridge member by corner extensions which extend directly from the bridge member such that the bridge member top surface flows into a surface of each of the legs to allow the opposing bottom surface of the bridge member to sit flush in a bone.

US Pat. No. 10,987,100

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR INCREASED OPERATING ROOM EFFICIENCY

SHARP FLUIDICS, LLC, Hay...

1. A needle receptacle comprising:an enclosure comprising a needle slot extending from an opening to a secure zone of the enclosure;
a needle driver slot extending through a portion of the enclosure to the needle slot; and
a needle receiver sized and shaped to receive one or more needles and move along the needle slot with advancement of the one or more needles into the secure zone.

US Pat. No. 10,987,097

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR TISSUE GRAFT FIXATION IN GLENOHUMERAL INSTABILITY REPAIR

1. A surgical fastener comprising:a generally flat, circular body having a first surface and a second surface opposite the first surface, the body defining a first through hole extending from the first surface to the second surface, the first through hole located near a center of the second surface; and
a generally cylindrical post comprising:
a first end, a second end, and a longitudinal axis extending between the first and second ends, the longitudinal axis being perpendicular to the second surface of the body, the first end of the post being fixedly coupled to the center of the second surface, the post further defining a second through hole extending along the longitudinal axis from the first end to the second end, the second through hole in communication with the first through hole, the first and second through holes configured for passage of a suture;
wherein a length of the post is selected to extend through a bone graft and a portion of bone; and
wherein both of the first through hole and an outer surface of the post are non-threaded.

US Pat. No. 10,987,094

SURGICAL BOWEL RETRACTOR DEVICES

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A bowel retractor device, comprising:an elongated flexible endless collar member comprising an inner wall that defines a central open area;
a plurality of discrete first flexible fingers protruding inwardly from a first portion of said inner wall into said central open area, wherein each said discrete first flexible finger comprises a first end, wherein said first ends are spaced from each other to define a first space therebetween, and wherein each said first end comprises a first ball-shaped member formed thereon; and
a plurality of discrete second flexible fingers protruding from a second portion of said inner wall that faces said first portion of said inner wall, wherein each said discrete second flexible finger comprises a second end, wherein said second ends define a second space therebetween, wherein each said second end extends into a corresponding said first space, wherein each said first end extends into a corresponding said second space, and wherein each said second end comprises a second ball-shaped member formed thereon.

US Pat. No. 10,987,093

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR WOUND SEALANT APPLICATION

NeoMend, Inc., Irvine, C...

1. A portable pneumatic aerosol device for delivering a multi-component sealing compound, the device comprising:a housing;
at least two independent component containing reservoirs, wherein each independent component containing reservoir includes a moveable plunger;
a pneumatic device including a pneumatic cylinder and a movable rod that is operatively coupled to each plunger;
a mixing head having a plurality of inlets and an outlet, each of the inlets connected to one of the reservoirs, the mixing head providing a mixing area for the at least two independent components to form the multi-component sealing compound;
an aerosol pressure regulator fluidly connected to the mixing head;
a pneumatic pressure regulator fluidly connected to the pneumatic device and the aerosol pressure regulator; and
a pressurized gas cartridge fluidly connected to the mixing head through the aerosol pressure regulator, the pressurized gas cartridge fluidly connected to the pneumatic device through the aerosol pressure regulator and the pneumatic pressure regulator, wherein the pressurized gas cartridge is selectively actuable to pressurize the pneumatic device to drive the movable rod of the pneumatic cylinder to move each operatively coupled plunger in the at least two independent component containing reservoirs to force the independent components from the at least two independent component containing reservoirs through the plurality of inlets and into the mixing head, and wherein the pressurized gas cartridge is selectively actuable to force gas directly into the mixing head upstream of the mixing area to force the multi-component sealing compound through the mixing head outlet,
wherein each of the reservoirs, the aerosol pressure regulator, the pneumatic pressure regulator, and the pressurized gas cartridge is at least partially located within the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,987,092

SOFT TISSUE FIXATION DEVICES

BIOPROTECT LTD., Tzur Yi...

1. A method of treating vaginal prolapse of a patient, the method comprising:a. providing a prosthesis comprising inflatable bioabsorbable implant and a permanent implant, wherein:
i. the inflatable bioabsorbable implant is a seamless balloon comprising two flattened surfaces facing in opposite directions, configured to regulate tissue adhesion and to separate tissues by inflation; and
ii. the permanent implant comprises a mesh and is attached to only a given one of the two flattened surfaces of the bioabsorbable implant so that only one of the two flattened surfaces faces the permanent implant, the permanent implant being adapted to cause a soft tissue reaction of adhesion to reinforce said adjacent tissue;
b. positioning the permanent implant between the vaginal tissue and other tissue of the patient;
c. inflating the bioabsorbable seamless balloon so that (i) during the inflation, the fluid enters into the seamless balloon via a tube that is parallel to the given one of the flattened surfaces; and (ii) the inflation drives separation of the vaginal tissue from the other tissue;
d. sealing the inflated bioabsorbable and seamless balloon;
e. allowing the inflated and sealed bioabsorbable balloon to biodegrade or bioabsorb after the permanent implant is fixed by fibrosis tissue.

US Pat. No. 10,987,089

ULTRASOUND IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF GENERATING ULTRASOUND IMAGE

SAMSUNG MEDISON CO., LTD....

1. An ultrasound imaging apparatus comprising:a memory configured to store instructions; and
at least one processor configured to execute the stored instructions to:
generate, based on echo signals reflected from an object, a first image of a first imaging characteristic for showing a tissue of the object;
generate, based on fundamental or harmonic components of signals reflected from the object, a series of second images of a second imaging characteristic, which is different from the first imaging characteristic, for showing a contrast medium injected into the object along a period of time;
generate a series of sets of third images corresponding to the series of second images along the period of time by removing, by performing image subtraction of subtracting the first image of the first imaging characteristic from each of the second images of the second imaging characteristic, the tissue from each of the second images of the second imaging characteristic, wherein a sequential order among a set of third images corresponding to a second image corresponds to an extent of removal of the tissue from the second image; and
in response to receiving a user input for increasing or decreasing the extent of removal of the tissue from the second image, display, respectively, the set of third images according to the sequential order, wherein the extent of removal of the tissue varies among the set of third images.

US Pat. No. 10,987,088

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETECTING INTRACRANIAL PRESSURE AND VOLUME

AUGUSTA UNIVERSITY RESEAR...

1. A method for detecting mild traumatic brain injury in a subject through changes in intracranial pressure, comprising:characterizing a baseline state of the subject's optic nerve sheath (ONS) surface features and segmental volume by creating a three-dimensional model of one or more segments of the subject's ONS that defines the surface contour and volume of the one or more segments along a length of the ONS at a first intracranial pressure, and measuring the surface contour and volume of the one or more segments along the length of the ONS at the first intracranial pressure;
characterizing a stressed state of the subject's ONS surface features and segmental volume by creating a three-dimensional model of one or more segments of the subject's ONS that defines the surface contour and volume of the one or more segments along the length of the ONS while performing maneuvers that increase the intracranial pressure to a second intracranial pressure that is greater than the first intracranial pressure, and measuring the surface contour and volume of one or more segments along the length of the ONS at the second intracranial pressure; and
comparing differences in the subject's ONS surface features and segmental volume, from the baseline state to the stressed state, by comparing the stressed state three-dimensional model to the baseline state three-dimensional model to determine differences in the subject's ONS surface features and segmental volume based on one or more surface contours and volumes defined by the three-dimensional models, and diagnosing the subject with mild traumatic brain injury if there is detected an abnormal difference in the subject's ONS surface features and segmental volume between the baseline state and the stressed state.

US Pat. No. 10,987,087

ULTRASOUND ENDOSCOPE

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An ultrasound endoscope provided with an insertion portion to be inserted into a subject along a first direction which is an insertion direction, the ultrasound endoscope comprising:a transducer having a scanning surface that scans with an ultrasound wave along a second direction;
a supply pipeline configured to supply an ultrasound wave transfer medium; and
a rigid member connected to a proximal end side of the transducer, the rigid member formed with a scanning surface supply port configured to supply the ultrasound wave transfer medium supplied from the supply pipeline in a direction intersecting with the first direction and the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,987,085

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR AUTOMATED FLUID RESPONSE MEASUREMENT

1929803 Ontario Corp, Su...

1. A device for detecting vascular flow, comprising:a case configured to be grasped by a user's hand and placed on a patient over first and second vessels which flow is to be detected, wherein the case has a width and a length dimension;
circuitry in the case including transmit and receive circuitry for transmitting ultrasound signals and processing corresponding received ultrasound echo signals, the circuitry further comprising processing circuitry configured to process the received ultrasound echo signals, the processing circuitry creating two channels with directional signal content in response to receiving ultrasound echo signals from the first vessel having flow in a first direction and from the second vessel having flow in a second direction that is different than the first direction;
a battery in the case for powering the circuitry; and
a number of pairs of transmit and receive transducer elements that are fully contained in the case, wherein adjacent pairs of transmit and receive elements are axially aligned within the case in the direction of the length of the case and are electrically connected to each other, each transmit and receive transducer element having a height, a thickness and a width configured to provide ultrasound signals with a selected operating frequency, the ultrasound signals having a shaped, unfocused overlapping signal pattern across a range of depth of approximately 1-4 centimeters, the pairs of transmit and receive transducer elements being oriented to transmit and receive the ultrasound signals at an angle that is acute to a plane of a bottom surface of the device;
wherein the transmit and receive circuitry is configured to cause the transmit and receive element pairs to simultaneously transmit and receive the ultrasound signals to produce echo signals representative of flow in at least one of the first and second vessels.

US Pat. No. 10,987,084

ULTRASOUND SYSTEM AND METHOD

Carestream Health, Inc., ...

1. A method, executed at least in part by a computer, comprising:responding to an instruction requesting an ultrasound exam by:
polling a plurality of ultrasound systems by transmitting a query signal and receiving a response signal from each of the plurality of ultrasound systems, wherein the response signals each identify:
a transducer type of the responding ultrasound system, wherein a radio-frequency identification (“RFID”) signal is used to determine the transducer type of the responding ultrasound system, and
an operator associated with the responding ultrasound system and a capability of the responding ultrasound system;
determining from the received plurality of response signals that one or more of the responding ultrasound systems is sufficiently configured with:
a suitable transducer type for performing the requested ultrasound exam and the capability to perform the requested ultrasound exam;
determining from the received plurality of response signals that one or more of the responding ultrasound systems is insufficiently configured by not having a suitable transducer type for performing the requested ultrasound exam or by not having the capability to perform the requested ultrasound exam;
determining whether or not the operator identified in the response signal is sufficiently trained to administer the requested ultrasound exam using the responding ultrasound system that is sufficiently configured and associated with the operator identified in the response signal;
in response to determining that the operator identified in the response signal is sufficiently trained to administer the requested ultrasound exam using the associated sufficiently configured ultrasound system and in response to determining that the responding ultrasound system is available,
transmitting a schedule signal for the requested ultrasound exam to the associated sufficiently configured ultrasound system; and
displaying a message indicating progress of the requested ultrasound exam.

US Pat. No. 10,987,083

ULTRASOUND TRANSDUCER HOLDER

1. An ultrasound transducer holder comprising:a) a base for holding and/or positioning an ultrasound transducer, the base comprising a center hole configured to surround the transducer;
b) a plurality of actuatable arms attached to the base and configured to contact a subject, each actuatable arm comprising:
i) a flexible molded body having a plurality of interconnected chambers disposed within the molded body, and
ii) a pressurizing inlet that is configured to receive fluid into the plurality of interconnected chambers, wherein the molded body is configured to expand when the plurality of interconnected chambers are pressurized by the fluid, thereby moving the base and/or the transducer upon actuation of the arm; and
c) a plurality of linear actuators disposed substantially horizontally within the base and configured to protrude at least partially within the center hole, wherein each linear actuator is configured to contact the transducer and adjust a tilt angle of the transducer upon actuation.

US Pat. No. 10,987,074

RADIATION IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Shimadzu Corporation, Ky...

1. A radiation image capturing apparatus equipped with a radiation detection unit configured to move along a body axis direction of a subject and a radiation irradiation unit configured to irradiate radiation toward the radiation detection unit, wherein the radiation image capturing apparatus is configured to perform long-length image capturing for creating a radiation image corresponding to a long-length image capturing region of a subject extending in a body axis direction of the subject by continuously performing image capturing a plurality of times to capture a plurality of images in which end portions thereof are overlapped and composing the plurality of images, characterized in thatthe radiation image capturing apparatus is configured to maintain image capturing position data indicating an upper end position or a lower end position of an image capturing region for first long-length image capturing when a setting of a reference position of the long-length image capturing region is not changed and the number of images to be captured are not changed after performing the first long-length image capturing and before performing second long-length image capturing, and
is configured to clear the image capturing position data indicating an upper end position or a lower end position of an image capturing region for the first long-length image capturing and prohibit the second long-length image capturing until image capturing position data indicating an upper end position or a lower end position of an image capturing region for the second long-length image capturing is input when the setting of the reference position of the long-length image capturing region is changed or the number of images to be captured is changed after performing the first long-length image capturing and before performing the second long-length image capturing.

US Pat. No. 10,987,073

MEDICAL IMAGING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATED MEDICAL IMAGING ASSISTANCE

General Electric Company,...

1. A medical imaging system comprising:a gantry defining a bore configured to receive a subject therein, the gantry including at least three detector arms circumferentially spaced apart along a perimeter of the bore and radially movable relative to the gantry towards and away from the subject;
a display device including a display screen; and
a control circuit including one or more processors communicatively connected to the display device, the control circuit configured to generate a subject shape outline of the subject disposed at least partially within the bore based on obtained contour image data of the subject, the control circuit configured to determine designated scan positions of the detector arms based on the subject shape outline, wherein respective distal ends of the detector arms at the designated scan positions are within a designated threshold proximity of the subject shape outline without intersecting the subject shape outline,
wherein the control circuit is configured to display the subject shape outline on the display screen of the display device within a gantry visualization that is a graphical representation of the gantry showing the bore, the subject shape outline displayed within the bore of the gantry visualization, and
wherein the control circuit is configured to display a first set of graphical detector arms on the display screen within the gantry visualization, each of the graphical detector arms in the first set associated with a different one of the detector arms of the gantry, the graphical detector arms displayed at the designated scan positions relative to the gantry of the gantry visualization to show a subject-gantry geometric relationship.

US Pat. No. 10,987,067

WEARABLE EARPIECE OXYGEN MONITOR

OXIWEAR, INC., Arlington...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a processor and a memory operably coupled to the processor;
a first housing portion including at least one light-emitting diode (LED), the at least one LED including a green LED;
a second housing portion, distinct from the first housing portion and spaced from the first housing portion, the second housing portion including a photodetector; and
a connection member mechanically coupled to each of the first housing portion and the second housing portion,
the at least one LED configured, during operation, to emit light in a direction toward the photodetector, a portion of the emitted light passing through a portion of an ear of a wearer of the apparatus prior to arriving at the photodetector and during operation of the at least one light emitting diode LED and when the apparatus is worn about the portion of the ear,
the photodetector configured to detect the portion of the emitted light,
the memory storing instructions to cause the processor to:
calculate a blood oxygen saturation level of the wearer based on the detection of the portion of the emitted light; and
cause a vibration of the first housing portion and the second housing portion in response to detecting that the blood oxygen saturation level is below a defined threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,987,066

SYSTEM FOR DISPLAYING OXYGEN STATE INDICATIONS

Masimo Corporation, Irvi...

1. A noninvasive patient monitoring system for providing an indication of a patient's oxygen state, the system comprising:one or more sensors configured to output signals in response to one or more physiological parameters of the patient, the one or more sensors comprising:
one or more light emitters configured to emit light of at least two wavelengths of light into tissue of the patient;
one or more detectors configured to output the signals responsive to detected light after attenuation by the tissue of the patient;
one or more signal processors configured to receive the signals and calculate:
a first indicator indicating a level of oxygen dissolved in the patient's blood and not bound to any hemoglobin molecule, wherein the first indicator is calculated using a ratio comparison of information of the detected light of at least a first wavelength of the at least two wavelengths of light to information of the detected light of at least a second wavelength of the at least two wavelengths of light, and
a second indicator indicating an instantaneous trend of the oxygen dissolved in the patient's blood and not bound to any hemoglobin molecule; and
a display responsive to output of the signal processors to display the first and second indicators.

US Pat. No. 10,987,062

ELECTROCARDIOGRAM NOISE REDUCTION

BIOSENSE WEBSTER (ISRAEL)...

1. A catheterization system, comprising:a flexible catheter adapted for insertion into a heart of a living subject, having a distal portion and a lumen for passing an electrically conductive fluid therethrough to exit the catheter at the distal portion, the lumen connectable to an irrigation pump to form a fluid communication therewith;
a fluid reservoir connected to the lumen for supplying the electrically conductive fluid to the catheter;
electrocardiogram circuitry connectable to the living subject for monitoring electrical activity in the heart, the electrocardiogram circuitry having an input; and
an electrically conductive cable disposed entirely outside of the living subject having a first end connected to the electrically conductive fluid and a second end connected to an electrode disposed on and outside of the living subject such that the electrically conductive fluid is shorted to the electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,987,061

PATIENT TABLE FOR NMR MAMMOGRAPHY

1. A patient table for performing NMR mammography on a patient, comprising: a table for supporting a patient in a face-down position, the table having an upper surface and an underside, the table defining a plane and having at least one opening for inserting a breast of the patient; a band attached to the underside of the table in a region of the at least one opening, the band being configured to be laid around the breast so as to surround and contact the breast on at least three sides including a cranial, a caudal and a medial side of the breast; and a pressure block configured to be disposed in a lateral direction outside of the breast and in contact with a lateral side of the breast, the pressure block being moveable relative to the table and being configured to receive a first end portion and a second end portion of the band, and the pressure block being movable towards and located opposite a bridge through which the band is threaded.

US Pat. No. 10,987,060

CLIP DESIGN FOR A SUBCUTANEOUS DEVICE

Calyan Technologies, Inc....

1. A subcutaneously implantable device comprising:a housing including a receiving portion at a back end of the housing;
a clip attached to the receiving portion that is configured to move within the receiving portion between an open position and a closed position to increase or decrease an opening between the housing and the clip to anchor the device to a muscle, a bone, and/or a first tissue, the clip comprising:
an anchoring portion that extends across a top of the housing;
a mast portion within the receiving portion of the housing; and
an anchoring structure extending from the anchoring portion, the anchoring structure being configured to attach to the muscle, the bone, and/or the first tissue;
an electrode that is configured to contact an organ, a nerve, the first tissue, and/or a second tissue; and
circuitry in the housing in electrical communication with the electrode that is configured to provide monitoring, therapeutic, and/or diagnostic capabilities with respect to the organ, the nerve, the first tissue, and/or the second tissue.

US Pat. No. 10,987,056

MEDICAL INSTRUMENT AND FIXING TOOL

TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A medical instrument comprising:a medical device;
a sheet-shaped attaching member having an attachment surface that is attachable to a subject; and
a fixing tool fixing the medical device to the attaching member;
wherein the fixing tool comprises:
a first engaging member located on the medical device; and
a second engaging member located on a side of the attaching member opposite the attachment surface, the second engaging member being engageable with the first engaging member by rotation of the first engaging member with respect to the second engaging member;
wherein one of the first engaging member or the second engaging member comprises a plurality of engagement protrusion parts, each of which extends in a direction radially outward from a rotation axis of the first and second engaging members, and the other of the first engaging member or the second engaging member comprises a plurality of engagement receiving parts that are engageable with the plurality of engagement protrusion parts;
wherein the plurality of engagement protrusion parts includes a first engagement protrusion part and a second engagement protrusion part;
wherein the plurality of engagement receiving parts includes a first engagement receiving part that is engageable with the first engagement protrusion and a second engagement receiving part that is engageable with the second engagement protrusion part;
wherein a size and/or shape of the first engagement protrusion part is different from a size and/or shape of the second engagement protrusion part; and
wherein a size and/or shape of the first engagement receiving part is different from a size and/or shape of the second engagement receiving part.

US Pat. No. 10,987,055

SUBSTANCE CONCENTRATION NIR MONITORING APPARATUSES AND METHODS

GlucoVista Inc., Fairfie...

1. A substance concentration monitoring method comprising:inserting a temperature probe noninvasively into a volume of a body in which a concentration of a substance is to be measured, the temperature probe contacting an internal surface of the volume;
measuring an internal temperature of the volume as determined by heat transfer from the internal surface to the inserted temperature probe and producing an internal temperature signal indicative of the internal temperature;
while the volume exhibits the internal temperature, directing an incident first near infrared (NIR) beam in a first wavelength band from a light source into a portion of the volume, the first wavelength band including a wavelength at which an absorption peak exists in a NIR absorption spectrum of the substance;
while directing the incident first NIR beam, detecting an initial power of the incident first NIR beam and producing a first initial power signal indicative of the first initial power;
while the volume exhibits the internal temperature, receiving the first NIR beam exiting from the portion of the volume onto a detector;
while receiving the exiting first NIR beam, detecting an exit power of the exiting first NIR beam not absorbed in the volume and producing a first material absorption signal indicative of the first exit power;
while the volume exhibits the internal temperature, directing an incident second NIR beam in a second wavelength band from the light source into the portion of the volume, the substance exhibiting no absorption or negligible absorption in the second wavelength band;
while directing the incident second NIR beam, detecting an initial power of the incident second NIR beam and producing a second initial power signal indicative of the second initial power;
while the volume exhibits the internal temperature, receiving a second NIR beam exiting from the portion of the volume onto the detector;
while receiving the exiting second NIR beam, detecting an exit power of the exiting second NIR beam not absorbed in the volume and producing a second material absorption signal indicative of the second exit power; and
calculating substance concentration in the portion of the volume based on values corresponding to the internal temperature signal, the first and second initial power signal, and the first and second material absorption signal.

US Pat. No. 10,987,053

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MEASURING AND DISPLAYING DATA LINKED TO A PERSON'S PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

Guenat SA Montres Valgine...

1. Method for measuring and displaying data related to a physical activity of a person, comprising:measuring data representative of the physical activity of the person by means of a mechanical sensor in a mechanical wristwatch worn by the person, wherein the working of the mechanical sensor is exclusively mechanical;
displaying these measured data on a dial of the mechanical wristwatch by means of an analog indicator, said analog indicator being a hand or rotating disc;
capturing the image of said dial by means of a camera in a portable electronic equipment;
analyzing said image to determine the position of said analog indicator, with said position constituting one or more analyzed data;
processing, in the portable electronic equipment, said analyzed data, so as to determine data representative of the physical activity processed;
displaying the processed representative physical activity data on a screen of the electronic equipmentthe method further comprisingstoring calibration parameters specific to the mechanical wristwatch in a memory space of the portable electronic equipment;
with said data processing using said calibration parameters specific to the mechanical wristwatch to determine said representative physical activity data calibrated for the mechanical wristwatchwherein the mechanical sensor comprises a test mass and an integratorwherein the integrator is configured to add the oscillations or alternations undergone by the test mass to deduce data representative of the activity of the person.

US Pat. No. 10,987,052

SENSOR FOR ACQUIRING PHYSIOLOGICAL SIGNALS

Smart Solutions Technolog...

1. A device comprising:an at least one sensor for acquiring physiological signals and an electronic instrument for receiving and collecting signals acquired from the at least one sensor; and
the at least one sensor comprising:
a conductive layer comprising:
a conductive fabric of interlaced conductive and non-conductive fibers and a plurality of orifices throughout the conductive fabric, wherein the plurality of orifices are filled with a silicone rubber, and wherein the silicone rubber is attached to the conductive fabric without the use of an adhesive;
an electrode; and
a track; and
an electrical connector connected to the track of the conductive layer, the electrical connector providing a separable interface between the conductive layer and the electronic instrument.

US Pat. No. 10,987,050

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR LAPAROSCOPIC NERVE IDENTIFICATION, NERVE LOCATION MARKING, AND NERVE LOCATION RECOGNITION

ProPep Surgical, LLC, Au...

1. A nerve identification, monitoring, location marking, and location recognition system used during laparoscopic surgery comprising:a) an optical element connected to a camera;
b) at least one recording electrode probe;
c) a surgical instrument for use as an exploratory probe;
d) an analyzer in operable communication with the at least one recording electrode; the analyzer operable to indicate a proximity of the exploratory probe to the nerve based on a strength of an electrical signal sensed by the at least one recording electrode; the strength of the electrical signal being displayed on a monitor and being sensed by a criteria gate;
e) an image capture and digital marker system that is activated by the criteria gate and sets and stores a digitally generated marker at the location of an identified nerve in the surgeon's visual field; and
f) an image control processor that sends a stored image to be displayed on a monitor; and
g) an image recognition processor with image recognition software that recognizes the image on a monitor of the surgeon's visual field when the visual marker of the nerve was generated and redisplays the stored image of the marker of an identified nerve at its location on a monitor when the image appears in the monitor.

US Pat. No. 10,987,046

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR EVALUATING CARDIAC FUNCTION

University of Leicester, ...

1. A method for assessing electrical function of a heart, the method comprising:a. simultaneously, for each of a plurality of cutaneously-placed electrode leads of an ECG at a first coupling interval of a heart beat, determining a value derived from an output of that lead and which corresponds to an action potential duration;
b. simultaneously, for each of the plurality of leads of the ECG at the first coupling interval of the heart beat, determining a value derived from an output of that lead and which corresponds to a diastolic interval;
c. for each of the plurality of leads of the ECG, determining a mathematical relationship between the determined values for action potential duration and for diastolic interval;
d. quantifying an inter-lead variation by comparing the mathematical relationships for each lead of the plurality of leads as determined in step C; and
e. assessing the electrical function of the heart based on the quantification of the inter-lead variation such that a greater inter-lead variation is indicative of a greater risk of cardiac arrhythmia, wherein the steps of a. and b. are repeated a plurality of times for a plurality of different coupling intervals.

US Pat. No. 10,987,045

BASKET CATHETER WITH INDIVIDUAL SPINE CONTROL

Biosense Webster (Israel)...

1. A catheter comprising an elongated catheter body having proximal and distal ends and at least one lumen therethrough and a basket-shaped electrode assembly at the distal end of the catheter body, the basket-shaped electrode assembly comprising a plurality of spines connected at their distal ends, each spine comprising a flexible core wire with a nonconductive coating, the flexible core wire extending from the distal end to the proximal end of the catheter body, a plurality of electrodes, and cabling with embedded coiled lead wires within the nonconductive coating for connecting the electrodes and wherein the spines and the cabling with the embedded coiled lead wires extend through the lumen of the catheter body to the proximal end of the catheter body, each spine further comprising an actuator connected at a proximal end of each spine, the movement of each spine being independent of each other spine, whereby longitudinal movement of each spine is independently controlled by its respective actuator; and wherein each respective actuator comprises a connector at the proximal end of the elongated catheter body, the connector configured to couple wires from each respective actuator and associated plurality of electrodes.

US Pat. No. 10,987,044

UROFLOWMETRY SYSTEMS, DEVICES AND METHODS

MINZE NV, Antwerp (BE)

1. A uroflowmetry device comprising:a core unit comprising one or more accelerometers configured for detecting an acceleration in a lateral direction, detecting shocks and detecting an orientation of the core unit with respect to a horizontal plane, a capacitive urine detector configured for detecting onset of urnination in a receptacle, and a weight sensor configured for measuring flow rate of urine as a function of time in said receptacle;
said receptacle operationally coupled to the core unit; and,
a holder for holding the core unit and the receptacle;
wherein the core unit comprises an outer hull, one or more flexible seals, and a bracket, the one or more flexible seals comprising a flexible rim and a rigid leg, and the weight sensor comprising a proximal side, a distal side, and a strain gauge between the proximal side and the distal side, wherein
the flexible rim elastically connects the one or more flexible seals to the outer hull;
the rigid leg rigidly connects the flexible seals to the bracket;
the bracket is mechanically connected to the proximal side of the weight sensor; and
the outer hull is mechanically connected to the distal side of the weight sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,987,043

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETECTING BLINK INHIBITION AS A MARKER OF ENGAGEMENT AND PERCEIVED STIMULUS SALIENCE

1. A method for determining a measure of engagement by an individual with respect to a stimulus, comprising the steps of:receiving blink data indicative of the individual's blink responses to the stimulus;
synchronizing, via software executing on a processor, the received blink data with the stimulus;
identifying, via software executing on the processor, a pattern of blink inhibition in the synchronized blink data, wherein the pattern of blink inhibition is identified via a comparison between the received blink data and a chance probability of blinking specific to the individual; and
comparing, via software executing on the processor, the pattern of blink inhibition in the synchronized blink data with the stimulus to identify a portion of the stimulus contemporaneous with the pattern of blink inhibition,
whereby the pattern of blink inhibition indicates a marker of engagement by the individual with the contemporaneous portion of the stimulus.

US Pat. No. 10,987,042

DISPLAY SYSTEM AND DISPLAY DEVICE

Nintendo Co., Ltd., Kyot...

1. A display system, comprising:a sensor configured to sense user information for calculating a sleep state of a user; and
control circuitry configured to cause the display system to display an image related to the sleep state calculated on the basis of the user information, wherein
in response to the display system judging, based on at least biological information calculated from the sensed user information, that the user is in a sleep state prior to awakening, the control circuitry causes the display system to automatically display an image for inducing awakening of the user when the display system judges that the user is in the sleep state prior to awakening, and
in response to the display system judging, based on at least the calculated biological information, that the user is in a state of awakening, the control circuitry switches the image displayed so as to automatically display an evaluation result of sleep for the user when the display system judges that the user is in the state of awakening.

US Pat. No. 10,987,039

MICRONEEDLE ARRAY DEVICE AND METHOD OF MAKING

STMICROELECTRONICS S.R.L....

1. A microneedle array device comprising:a substrate;
an array of microneedles on the substrate, wherein each microneedle is made of a hydrogel, the hydrogel comprising a redox enzyme and a redox mediator; and
an electrically conductive layer on the substrate, wherein the electrically conductive layer extends along a sidewall of each microneedle of the array of microneedles to a first height without covering a tip of a corresponding microneedle, the first height being between about 30% to about 90% of a height of the corresponding microneedle, wherein the electrically conductive layer does not extend into the corresponding microneedle, wherein the electrically conductive layer does not extend directly under the corresponding microneedle, and wherein the tip of the corresponding microneedle not covered with the electrically conductive layer is configured to act as a sensing area of the microneedle array device and to shuttle electrons from the redox mediator through the hydrogel to the electrically conductive layer.

US Pat. No. 10,987,038

WEARABLE SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MONITORING INTOXICATION

KHN Solutions, Inc., San...

1. A system for transdermal alcohol sensing, the system comprising:an alcohol sensor;
a housing coupled to the alcohol sensor;
a processing system coupled to an electronic display and operable to receive signals from the alcohol sensor, wherein at least a portion of the processing system is located remotely from the housing, wherein the processing system is operable to:
determine a value of a blood alcohol content (BAC) metric based on the signals; and
control the electronic display based on the value of the BAC metric; and
in an event that the value of the BAC metric is above a predetermined threshold, triggering an increase in a sampling rate associated with the alcohol sensor;
a fastener coupled to the housing and operable to position the alcohol sensor proximal to a skin surface of the user.

US Pat. No. 10,987,036

SYSTEMS, DEVICES, AND METHODS FOR PERFORMING TRANS-ABDOMINAL FETAL OXIMETRY AND/OR TRANS-ABDOMINAL FETAL PULSE OXIMETRY USING DIFFUSE OPTICAL TOMOGRAPHY

RAYDIANT OXIMETRY, INC., ...

1. A method comprising:receiving, by a processor, a plurality of detected electronic signals from a detector communicatively coupled to the processor, the plurality of detected electronic signals corresponding to light emitted from a pregnant mammal's abdomen and a fetus contained therein that has been detected by the detector and converted into the detected electronic signal, the emitted light being a portion of light projected, by a light source, into the pregnant mammal's abdomen and fetus contained therein;
receiving, by the processor, an indication of a depth of the fetus within the pregnant mammal's abdomen;
isolating, by the processor, a portion of the detected electronic signals that correspond to light that was incident upon the fetus responsively to the indication of the depth of the fetus;
determining, by the processor, a fetal tissue oxygen saturation level using the isolated portion of the detected electronic signals that correspond to light that was incident upon the fetus; and
facilitating, by the processor, provision of the fetal tissue oxygen saturation level to a user.

US Pat. No. 10,987,035

EYE COUPLING MECHANISM FOR NONINVASIVE GLUCOSE MEASUREMENTS WITH POLARIZED LIGHT

1. A system comprising:first and second light sources respectively configured to generate a first light beam from the first light source having a first wavelength and a second light beam from the second light source having a second wavelength unequal to the first wavelength;
a polarizer configured to linearly polarize the first and second light beams to generate first and second linearly polarized light beams;
a polarization modulator to modulate a rotation of a plane of polarization of each of the first and second linearly polarized light beams to generate first and second modulated light beams;
a first mirror configured to receive the first and second modulated light beams and transmit the first and second modulated light beams into a first half of an eye;
a second mirror configured to receive first and second phase shifted light beams, which correspond to the first and second modulated light beams, from a second half of the eye;
a signal processor configured to receive the first and second phase shifted light beams and configured to convert the first and second phase shifted light beams into first and second signals;
wherein the first mirror is adjustable for alignment and the second mirror has a concave reflective surface; and
wherein the first and second phase shifted light beams respectively include first and second phase shifts in response to the first and second modulated light beams contacting an analyte in an aqueous humor of the eye.

US Pat. No. 10,987,033

AQUEOUS HUMOR MONITORING DEVICES AND METHODS

MicroOptx Inc., Maple Gr...

1. A system for monitoring a glucose concentration in aqueous humor, the system comprising:an implantable device configured to be surgically implanted in an eye and having a first end and a second end, the implantable device defining a lumen extending through the implantable device configured to transmit the aqueous humor from the first end positioned in an interior portion of the eye to an exterior portion of the second end positioned exterior of the eye;
a light source configured to direct polarized light through the aqueous humor on the exterior portion of the second end; and
a polarimeter configured for:
receiving reflected polarized light that reflects from the exterior portion of the second end after passing through the aqueous humor on the exterior portion of the second end;
detecting a polarity of the reflected polarized light; and
determining the glucose concentration in the aqueous humor as a function of the detected polarity of the reflected polarized light.

US Pat. No. 10,987,028

DISPLAYING USER INTERFACES ASSOCIATED WITH PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. An electronic device, comprising:a display;
one or more processors; and
memory storing one or more programs configured to be executed by the one or more processors, the one or more programs including instructions for:
receiving a first user activity data for a time period that corresponds to a first user, the first user activity data including at least first user activity data for a first time subset of the time period and first user activity data for a second time subset of the time period, wherein receiving the first user activity data for the time period includes detecting, using one or more sensors of the electronic device, the first user activity data;
receiving a second user activity data for the time period that corresponds to a second user, the second user activity data including at least second user activity data for the first time subset and second user activity data for the second time subset;
displaying, on the display, a user interface, the user interface concurrently including:
a representation of the first user activity data for the first time subset;
a representation of the first user activity data for the second time subset;
a first cumulative representation of the first user activity data for the time period, wherein the first cumulative representation of the first user activity data for the time period is based on at least the first user activity data for the first time subset and the first user activity data for the second time subset, wherein the first cumulative representation is distinct from the representation of the first user activity data for the first time subset and the representation of the first user activity data for the second time subset, and wherein the first cumulative representation comprises a first numerical value;
a representation of the second user activity data for the first time subset;
a representation of the second user activity data for the second time subset; and
a second cumulative representation of the second user activity data for the time period, wherein the second cumulative representation of the second user activity data for the time period is based on at least the second user activity data for the first time subset and the second user activity data for the second time subset, wherein the second cumulative representation is distinct from the representation of the second user activity data for the first time subset and the representation of the second user activity data for the second time subset, and wherein the second cumulative representation comprises a second numerical value;
after a completion of a first activity competition that includes at least the time period, displaying a competition completion user interface, the competition completion user interface concurrently including:
a representation of the first user activity data for the completed first activity competition;
a representation of the second user activity data for the completed first activity competition; and
a new competition initiation affordance;
receiving a first user input corresponding to a selection of the new competition initiation affordance; and
in response to receiving the first user input, initiating a process for a second activity competition between the first user and the second user.

US Pat. No. 10,987,027

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DYNAMICALLY IDENTIFYING A PATIENT SUPPORT SURFACE AND PATIENT MONITORING

CareView Communications, ...

11. A method for processing a chronological series of frames containing three dimensional pixel information generated by a camera to monitor a patient in a patient area by performing the following steps, each step performed at least in part by a computing system:receiving the three dimensional pixel information of the chronological series of frames;
identifying a location and dimensions of a patient support surface based on the three dimensional pixel information;
setting a plurality of thresholds that are extended above, below, or vertically beyond given areas within the location and dimensions of the patient support surface, wherein the plurality of thresholds include a variety of fall risk levels;
identifying one or more patient locations based on the three dimensional pixel information;
comparing the one or more patient locations to the plurality of thresholds; and
generating an indication with the user interface based on the one or more patient locations traversing one or more of the plurality of thresholds, the indication including a fall risk status corresponding to the one or more of the plurality of thresholds.

US Pat. No. 10,987,026

CAPNOGRAPHY MODULE WITH AUTOMATIC SWITCHING BETWEEN MAINSTREAM AND SIDESTREAM MONITORING

Spacelabs Healthcare LLC,...

1. A method of switching automatically between mainstream monitoring and sidestream monitoring in a capnography module of a patient monitoring system, said method comprising the steps of:providing a capnography module configured to be used with a patient monitoring system, wherein said capnography module comprises:
a monitor connector configured to connect said capnography module to a monitor of the patient monitoring system, wherein said monitor includes a display screen;
a mainstream connector configured to connect a mainstream capnography sensor to said capnography module;
a sidestream port configured to connect a sidestream sampling line to said capnography module;
a mainstream gas values parser unit configured to analyze data provided by a mainstream capnography sensor attached to said mainstream connector;
a sidestream capnography sensor configured to monitor gases provided by a sidestream sampling line attached to said sidestream port;
a sidestream gas values parser unit configured to analyze data provided by said sidestream capnography sensor;
a hardware switching mechanism, comprising a plurality of circuits and communication interfaces between said circuits, wherein the hardware switching mechanism is configured to generate a flag indicative of the attached mainstream capnography sensor or sidestream sampling line when either one of the mainstream capnography sensor or the sidestream sampling line is physically attached to the mainstream connector or the sidestream port respectively;
a controller circuit in communication with said hardware switching mechanism and said monitor of said patient monitoring system; and
a software switching mechanism, comprising programmatic instructions stored on non-volatile memory, said software switching mechanism responsive to flags generated by said hardware switching mechanism and in communication with said controller circuit, wherein the software switching mechanism is configured to respond to the flag by notifying the controller circuit of the availability of either one of the mainstream gas values parser unit or the sidestream gas values parser unit and wherein the controller circuit is configured to automatically operate the capnography module in a mainstream monitoring mode or a sidestream monitoring mode dependent upon which of the values parser units is available as indicated by said software switching mechanism;
connecting said capnography module to the monitor of said patient monitoring system;
powering on said capnography module;
connecting a sidestream sampling line to said capnography module;
detecting said sidestream sampling line;
delaying operation of said capnography module for a predetermined time period;
switching operation of said capnography module to said sidestream monitoring mode wherein data obtained from said sidestream gas values parser unit is displayed on said display;
connecting a mainstream capnography sensor to said capnography module, wherein said capnography module continues to operate in said sidestream monitoring mode; and,
disconnecting said sidestream sampling line, wherein said capnography module then switches automatically to said mainstream monitoring mode.

US Pat. No. 10,987,021

MEDICAL IMAGE DIAGNOSTIC APPARATUS, MEDICAL SIGNAL RESTORATION METHOD, AND MODEL TRAINING METHOD

CANON MEDICAL SYSTEMS COR...

1. A medical image diagnostic apparatus comprising:processing circuitry configured to:
generate initial restored signal data by applying a first restoration function to input signal data corresponding to medical signal data concerning an object;
generate first element-wise product signal data by calculating an element-wise product of the initial restored signal data and reliability data representing a degree of degradation included in the input signal data; and
generate restored signal data by applying a second restoration function to at least one of the input signal data and the initial restored signal data and the first element-wise product signal data.

US Pat. No. 10,987,020

METHOD FOR TISSUE CLASSIFICATION, COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT AND MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING SYSTEM

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A method, comprising:acquiring a first magnetic resonance image of a region of interest, wherein the first magnetic resonance image includes a first region and a second region, wherein the first region represents air and the second region represents bone;
after acquiring the first magnetic resonance image, inducing a shape change in a portion of the region of interest which comprises air, or waiting for a shape change to happen in the portion of the region of interest which comprises air;
after inducing the shape change in the portion of the region of interest which comprises air or waiting for the shape change to happen in the portion of the region of interest which comprises air, acquiring a second magnetic resonance image comprising the first region and the second region, wherein the first region has a different shape during the acquisition of the second magnetic resonance image compared to during the acquisition of the first magnetic resonance image;
identifying the first region and the second region in the first magnetic resonance image and the second magnetic resonance image;
comparing the first magnetic resonance image and the second magnetic resonance image with respect to the first region and the second region;
classifying the first region of the first and second magnetic resonance images of the region of interest as representing air based on a presence of a shape difference of the first region between the first magnetic resonance image of the region of interest and the second magnetic resonance image of the region of interest; and
classifying the second region of the first and second magnetic resonance images of the region of interest as representing bone based on an absence of a shape difference of the second region between the first magnetic resonance image of the region of interest and the second magnetic resonance image of the region of interest.

US Pat. No. 10,987,019

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR HIGH FREQUENCY IMPEDANCE SPECTROSCOPY DETECTION OF DAILY CHANGES OF DIELECTRIC PROPERTIES OF THE HUMAN BODY TO MEASURE BODY COMPOSITION AND HYDRATION STATUS

1. A method comprising:at a computing device to determine a set of indirect dynamic human metabolism parameters:
using a sensor on an individual to acquire a set of electrical measurements;
combining a ratio technique with a canonical model form technique;
performing a series of mathematical calculations on the acquired set of electrical measurements to determine the set of indirect dynamic human metabolism parameters for the individual based on the combined ratio technique and the canonical model form technique; and
in response to performing the series of mathematical calculations on the acquired set of electrical measurements to determine the set of indirect dynamic human metabolism parameters for the individual, generating a trend regarding the set of indirect dynamic human metabolism parameters, whereby the generated trend provides improved predictive metabolic health information to the individual for use to manage at least one of an individual's metabolic health, fitness goals, body composition goals, hydration goals, and insulin resistance related fat versus carbohydrate burning preference goals.

US Pat. No. 10,987,016

VISUALIZATION SYSTEM FOR DEEP BRAIN STIMULATION

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A visualization system for deep brain stimulation comprising:a camera system configured to generate images;
a display system comprising at least one of: a projector configured to project onto a physical head of a patient, optical elements through which the head of the patient is visible, or a display device on which a visualization of the head of the patient generated from the images can be displayed; and
an information analyzer configured to communicate with the camera system, a neurostimulator of a deep brain stimulation system, and the display system, wherein:
the neurostimulator is configured to generate electrical signals to be sent to a group of electrodes connected to the neurostimulator;
the information analyzer is configured to receive stimulation information from the neurostimulator, the stimulation information comprising information about an electrical signal generated by the neurostimulator and emitted by an electrode of the group of electrodes in a brain of the patient for the deep brain stimulation, wherein the stimulation information is received concurrent with emission of the electrical signal by the electrode of the group of electrodes;
the information analyzer is configured to receive images from the camera system and identify a position of the head of the patient using the images;
the information analyzer is configured to determine, using the position of the head of the patient, where to display information in association with the patient;
the information analyzer is configured to display the group of electrodes for the deep brain stimulation on a live view of the head of the patient using the display system based on the position determined, such that a visualization of the group of electrodes is displayed overlaid on the live view of the head of the patient in a position corresponding to an actual position of the group of electrodes in a brain in the head of the patient;
the information analyzer is configured to display an operation of the electrode of the group of electrodes of sending the electrical signal into the head of the patient in the visualization concurrent with delivery of the electrical signal; and
the visualization of the operation of the electrode of the group of electrodes is displayed during a physical reaction of the patient to the deep brain stimulation such that the physical reaction of the patient to the deep brain stimulation and the operation of the electrode of the group of electrodes in the visualization overlaid on the live view of the head of the patient are both visible concurrently, wherein the live view of the head of the patient is one of: the physical head of the patient, a view through the optical elements, or the visualization of the head of the patient generated by the information analyzer from the images from the camera system and displayed on the display device.

US Pat. No. 10,987,015

DRY ELECTRODES FOR ELECTROENCEPHALOGRAPHY

NIELSEN CONSUMER LLC, Ne...

1. An apparatus comprising:a comb having a comb base, a first extension, and a second extension, the first extension and the second extension extending from the comb base, the comb base including a sensor to detect eye movement, the sensor disposed on an end of the comb base;
a first electrode carried by the first extension, the first electrode including a first transceiver to receive a first control signal;
a first filter communicatively coupled to the first transceiver to automatically dynamically modify a first frequency range of signals to be detected by the first electrode in response to the first control signal;
a second electrode carried by the second extension, the second electrode including a second transceiver to receive a second control signal;
a second filter communicatively coupled to the second transceiver to automatically dynamically modify a second frequency range of signals to be detected by the second electrode in response to the second control signal;
a third electrode carried by the comb base, the third electrode including a third transceiver to receive a third control signal; and
a third filter communicatively coupled to the third transceiver to automatically dynamically modify a third frequency range of signals to be detected by the third electrode in response to the third control signal;
wherein at least one of the first control signal received by the first transceiver, the second control signal received by the second transceiver, or the third control signal received by the third transceiver is based on at least one of (a) a region of detection of the first electrode, (b) a region of detection of the second electrode, and (c) a region of detection of the third electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,987,014

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM

AGAMA-X CO., LTD., Tokyo...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a sensor configured to acquire biological information of a user, wherein the biological information is information generated by the user's body; and
a user terminal configured to:
associate the acquired biological information with a specific state of the user, and
guide the user to the specific state,
wherein a reference to be used for association with the specific state by the user terminal is calibrated by using the biological information, the biological information being acquired from the user who is guided to the specific state by the user terminal, the biological information being an average amplitude value of brain waves for a certain period of time.

US Pat. No. 10,987,013

AUTOMATED EXTRACTION OF ECHOCARDIOGRAPH MEASUREMENTS FROM MEDICAL IMAGES

International Business Ma...

1. A method, in a data processing system comprising at least one processor and at least one memory, the at least one memory comprising instructions that are executed by the at least one processor to cause the at least one processor to implement an automated echocardiograph measurement extraction system, the method comprising:receiving, by the automated echocardiograph measurement extraction system executing on the data processing system, medical imaging data comprising one or more medical images;
inputting, by the automated echocardiograph measurement extraction system, the one or more medical images into a deep learning network;
automatically processing, by the deep learning network, the one or more medical images to generate an extracted echocardiograph measurement vector output comprising one or more values for echocardiograph measurements extracted from the one or more medical images;
determining, by the automated echocardiograph measurement extraction system, for each type of echocardiograph measurement, whether the one or more medical images comprises at least one medical image having a viewpoint corresponding to an optimum viewpoint for generating the type of echocardiograph measurement; and
outputting, by the deep learning network, the extracted echocardiograph measurement vector output to a medical image viewer, wherein outputting the extracted echocardiograph measurement vector output to a medical image viewer further comprises, for each type of echocardiograph measurement, in response to the one or more medical images not comprising at least one medical image having a viewpoint corresponding to the optimum viewpoint, outputting a notification to a user that at least one additional medical image is to be captured of a patient, and specifying the optimum viewpoint for the corresponding type of echocardiograph measurement.

US Pat. No. 10,987,012

VECTOR-BASED SHOCK INDICATION

ZOLL Medical Corporation,...

1. A defibrillation system for providing electrotherapy to a person in need of emergency cardiac assistance, the defibrillation system comprising:an external defibrillator having one or more capacitors configured to deliver a defibrillating shock to the person in need of emergency cardiac assistance;
a plurality of electrodes configured to be coupled to the person and acquire electrocardiogram (ECG) signals from the person; and
a patient treatment module executable on one or more computer processors using code stored in non-transitory media and configured to execute operations comprising:
receiving the ECG signals acquired by the plurality of electrodes,
determining one or more ECG vector values for the ECG signals comprising information of both magnitude and direction of an ECG electrical vector projected onto an orthogonal or nearly orthogonal representation,
identifying an angle of the projection of the ECG electrical vector based on the one or more ECG vector values that provides a maximum amplitude over a sampling interval, and
delivering the defibrillating shock to the person from the one or more capacitors based on the identified angle of the projection of the ECG electrical vector.

US Pat. No. 10,987,010

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR VASCULAR DIAGNOSIS USING BLOOD FLOW MAGNITUDE AND/OR DIRECTION

HeartFlow, Inc., Redwood...

1. A computer-implemented method of determining blood flow deviation in a patient's vasculature, the method comprising:receiving an electronic representation of a reference vasculature from a population-based healthy blood flow vasculature or a population-based diseased blood flow vasculature;
receiving a patient-specific model of a patient's vasculature representing a patient-specific healthy blood flow vasculature or a patient-specific diseased blood flow vasculature, wherein the patient's vasculature and the reference vasculature are of at least a common anatomical region and physiological state;
determining a reference blood flow direction at a location in the reference vasculature using the electronic representation of the reference vasculature;
simulating a blood flow through the patient-specific model;
computing a simulated patient-related blood flow direction at a location in the patient's vasculature corresponding to the location in the reference vasculature, using the simulated blood flow through the patient-specific model of the patient's vasculature, the reference vasculature being different from the patient vasculature;
determining a simulated patient-specific blood flow deviation, based on a calculated difference in direction between the reference blood flow direction of the reference vasculature at a plurality of locations and the simulated patient-related blood flow direction of the patient's vasculature corresponding to each of the plurality of locations; and
based on whether the simulated patient-specific blood flow deviation includes a statistical outlier based on the calculated difference at at least one of the plurality of locations, generating
a treatment recommendation for treating each of the plurality of locations of the simulated patient-specific blood flow having the deviation.

US Pat. No. 10,987,003

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CLASSIFYING AN INDIVIDUAL AS HAVING OR NOT HAVING DISPOSITION FOR FORMATION OF CEREBRAL ANEURYSM

ANEUSCREEN LTD., Netanya...

1. A method for classifying an individual as having or not having disposition for aneurysm initiation, in a future time point, in a wall of a cerebral artery of the individual, the method comprising:receiving input data comprising morphological data of the cerebral artery, the morphological data comprising data indicative of at least first and second geometrical parameters comprising artery cross-sectional diameter and artery curvature of the cerebral artery at each location of predetermined locations along trajectory of the cerebral artery;
analyzing said input data, and upon identifying at least one flow-diverting location, among said predetermined locations along the trajectory of the cerebral artery, satisfying at least two conditions comprising a first predetermined value of said artery cross-sectional diameter and a second predetermined value of said artery curvature, classifying said individual as having the disposition for aneurysm initiation, in a future time point, at said flow-diverting location of said cerebral artery, and generating classification data; and
generating, based on the classification data, prediction data for said individual with regard to aneurysm formation in the future.

US Pat. No. 10,987,001

HEATING/SENSING CATHETER APPARATUS FOR MINIMALLY INVASIVE APPLICATIONS

1. An internally cooled catheter apparatus comprising:an elongated flexible coaxial cable having proximal and distal ends, said cable including a hollow center conductor, an outer conductor and an electrically insulating layer in an annular space between said conductors substantially along the length of the cable;
an antenna at the distal end of the cable; and
a diplexer including a branched transmission line comprised of a common path with a tubular inner conductor segment one end of which is connected to the center conductor of the cable at the proximal end of the cable, a transmit path configured for connecting the common path to a transmitter which transmits signals of a first frequency range, and a receive path configured for connecting the common path to a receiver which detects signals of a second frequency range, the receive path having the tubular inner conductor segment of the common path extending therethrough and adapted for connection to a coolant source, the center conductor and the tubular inner conductor forming a continuous coolant pathway,
wherein said diplexer is for isolating the signals on the transmit path from the signals on the receive path.

US Pat. No. 10,986,997

SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND APPARATUS FOR MULTICHANNEL IMAGING OF FLUORESCENT SOURCES IN REAL TIME

Memorial Sloan Kettering ...

1. A method for optical imaging of a region within a subject, the method comprising:(a) administering to the subject two or more different probe species each comprising a different fluorescent reporter, wherein at least one of said probe species is surface-modified with a cancer-directed ligand for binding to a cancer, wherein each of the two or more different probe species comprises nanoparticles comprising silica;
(b) directing excitation light into the subject, thereby exciting the different fluorescent reporters;
(c) simultaneously directing, via a prism, fluorescent light of different wavelengths having been emitted by the different fluorescent reporters of the two or more different probe species in the subject as a result of excitation by the excitation light onto a plurality of spatially-separated detectors, wherein the prism directs light received through an optical lens onto the plurality of spatially-separated detectors via at least three discrete optical pathways, said pathways comprising an RGB color channel and two or more dedicated channels for fluorophores;
(d) simultaneously detecting the fluorescent light of different wavelengths so as to discriminate between signals corresponding to the detected fluorescent light received from each of the two or more different probe species, and simultaneously detecting an RGB color signal via a separate detector of the spatially-separated detectors to produce a color image; and
(e) processing, by a processor of a computing device, the signals corresponding to the simultaneously detected fluorescent light and the RGB color signal to provide at least one image of the region within the subject, said image comprising an overlay of the detected fluorescent light signals onto the color image and permitting visualization of the cancer.

US Pat. No. 10,986,993

POSITION-SENSING CONTACT LENSES

1. A position-sensing contact lens comprising:an optical region and a scleral region, the optical region sized to substantially cover a pupil of a wearer of the contact lens, with the scleral region concentric about the optical region;
three angular accelerometers integrated into the scleral region of the contact lens, the location of each angular accelerometer having an approximately equal radial distance and being spaced an approximately equal distance from one another about an inner circumference of the lens, wherein each angular accelerometer comprises a closed substantially toroid fluid-filled channel comprising a microbubble suspended within the fluid, the toroid channel further comprising a sensor for detecting and transmitting acceleration-indicating signal based on movement of the microbubble within the channel, and at least one sensor for detecting and transmitting acceleration-indicating signal based on contact pressure of the microbubble against the inner surface of the channel, and wherein each angular accelerometer is integrated into the lens at an orientation such that each channel lies on a plane unique with respect to the other channels when the lens is adhered to an eyeball, each plane having an orthogonal axes, and the planes oriented such that none of the orthogonal axes intersect.

US Pat. No. 10,986,992

DYNAMIC DISPLAY SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CUSTOMIZING A CONTROLLER IN A DISPLAY SYSTEM

Massachusetts Institute o...

1. A method for customizing a controller in a display system, the method comprising:displaying, at a display device, a visual stimulus to a subject at at least one known location relative to the subject's eye gaze;
measuring brain activity of the subject's left and right brain hemispheres in response to the subject's viewing of the stimulus, the measuring including measuring local field potentials, the brain activity having a frequency component associated therewith;
processing the measured brain activity to determine a frequency-dependent metric of the brain activity, the processing including computing oscillatory power of the measured local field potentials;
assessing independent cognitive capacities of the subject's left and right brain hemispheres based on the frequency-dependent metric of the brain activity, the assessing including comparing the computed oscillatory power to a threshold value; and
adjusting a function of the controller in the display system to change a property of the stimulus displayed or other visual representations displayed at the display device according to the assessment of the independent cognitive capacities, the adjusting including taking a compensatory action based on a result of the comparison, the compensatory action including, for a given brain hemisphere, modulating stimulus load to the contralateral visual hemifield.

US Pat. No. 10,986,991

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR MAKING A DETERMINATION ABOUT AN EYE IN AMBIENT LIGHTING CONDITIONS

Ohio State Innovation Fou...

1. A method comprising:capturing, using an image capture device, an image of an eye of a subject, wherein said image is captured using only ambient lighting conditions and wherein non-relevant reflections from a cornea and a lens of the eye of the subject are managed while capturing the image;
determining, using a computing device, an overall intensity of light from a plurality of pixels located within at least a portion of a pupil captured in the image, wherein the plurality of pixels comprise red, green, and blue pixels;
determining, using the computing device, an average red intensity from the plurality of pixels located within the at least a portion of the pupil captured in the image;
determining, using the computing device, an average blue intensity from the plurality of pixels located within the at least a portion of a pupil captured in the image; and
determining, by the computing device, using the average red intensity, the average blue intensity and the determined overall intensity an optical quality of the eye.

US Pat. No. 10,986,990

MARKER PLACEMENT

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A computerized method for placing at least one marker in a luminal network in a patient's body, the method comprising:receiving image data of the luminal network of the patient and a location of at least one target in the luminal network;
obtaining a rule set defining one or more rules for placing the at least one marker in the luminal network and with respect to the at least one target;
receiving, at a tracking system, tracked locations of a sensor navigated within the luminal network in the vicinity of the at least one target based on the received location of the at least one target;
using the tracked locations of the sensor in the vicinity of the at least one target to generate a survey of sample locations for placing the at least one marker within the patient's body;
and
identifying, from the sample locations, one or more marker locations for placing the at least one marker that comply with the rule set.

US Pat. No. 10,986,989

LARYNGOSCOPE INSERTION SECTION

Aircraft Medical Limited,...

1. A laryngoscope blade configured for insertion into a patient's oral cavity and comprising:an elongate body extending between a proximal terminus and a distal terminus of the laryngoscope blade, wherein the elongate body forms a cavity extending from an opening at the proximal terminus and terminating before the distal terminus of the laryngoscope blade;
a superior tube guide positioned adjacent to and laterally extending from a superior surface of the elongate body, wherein the superior tube guide is curved to retain and to guide an endotracheal tube toward the patient's oral cavity, and wherein the superior tube guide comprises an inferior guiding surface positioned to contact at least a portion of a superior outer wall of a retained endotracheal tube when in use, and wherein the opening of the cavity is positioned between a proximal-most end and a distal-most end of the superior tube guide; and
an inferior tube guide positioned adjacent to and laterally extending from an inferior surface of the elongate body, wherein the inferior tube guide comprises a superior guiding surface positioned to contact at least a portion of an inferior outer wall of the retained endotracheal tube, and
wherein the cavity is disposed between the superior surface and the inferior surface of the elongate body.

US Pat. No. 10,986,988

ELECTRONIC ENDOSCOPE

HOYA CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. An electronic endoscope comprising:a light source configured to emit a first light having a broad band of wavelengths toward an object, and a second light having a specific band of wavelengths of the first light being directed to the object;
a video processor that generates a normal image based on reflected light of the first light and generates a spectral image based on reflected light of the second light; and
a display processor that displays the normal image and the spectral image on a screen simultaneously;
a light reducer configured to reduce an amount of the first light, wherein
said video processor increasing a brightness level of the spectral image by image processing, and
said light reducer comprising a ND (Neutral Density) filter, and reducing an amount of the first light to an amount of light that corresponds to an increased brightness level of the spectral image, and
a transmittance of said ND filter is set to a value so as to match a brightness level of the normal image with the increased brightness level of the spectral image.

US Pat. No. 10,986,987

PROCESSOR DEVICE AND ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. A processor device comprising:a memory; and
a processor, configured to:
acquire an endoscope image obtained by an endoscope image-capturing an observation object;
acquire a diagnosis purpose;
select an index value that is used for the acquired diagnosis purpose according to correspondence between the diagnosis purposes and a plurality of index values relating to a structure of the observation object and stored in the memory, wherein the structure of the observation object comprises at least one of a structure of a blood vessel and a structure of a gland duct of the observation object; and
calculate the selected index value according to the endoscope image.

US Pat. No. 10,986,986

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP ELEMENT, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP ELEMENT

SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTI...

1. A solid-state image pickup element, comprising:a plurality of blocks, wherein
each of the plurality of blocks includes a plurality of normal pixels arranged in a specific direction,
each of the plurality of normal pixels includes a floating diffusion layer and a connection transistor,
floating diffusion layers of the plurality of normal pixels are configured to accumulate electric charge, and
the connection transistor is a reset transistor configured to initialize the floating diffusion layer of each of the plurality of normal pixels;
a light shielding area includes a plurality of light shielding pixels arranged in the specific direction, wherein each of the plurality of light shielding pixels is connected to a corresponding block of the plurality of blocks;
a scanning circuit configured to control each of the plurality of normal pixels in each block of the plurality of blocks, wherein each block of the plurality of blocks is configured to transfer the electric charge to a corresponding light shielding pixel of the plurality of light shielding pixels; and
a signal processing unit comprises a signal processing circuit for each of the plurality of light shielding pixels, wherein the signal processing circuit is configured to process a plurality of signals generated by the plurality of light shielding pixels based on the transferred electric charge.

US Pat. No. 10,986,985

CAPSULE ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A capsule endoscope system, comprising:a capsule endoscope; and
a wireless communication device,
wherein the capsule endoscope comprises:
a first movement sensor configured to detect movement of the capsule endoscope and generate first data indicating the detected movement of the capsule endoscope;
one or more first processors, each comprising hardware, the one or more first processors being configured to:
analyze the first data and generate a first analysis result that is an analysis result of the first data;
determine an imaging timing; and
control imaging at the determined imaging timing; and
a first wireless receiver configured to receive a second analysis result that is an analysis result of second data different in kind from the first data or detected from an object different from an object from which the first data is detected from the wireless communication device and output the second analysis result to the one or more first processors,
the wireless communication device comprises:
one or more second processors, each comprising hardware, the one or more second processors being configured to analyze the second data and generate the second analysis result; and
a first wireless transmitter configured to transmit the second analysis result to the capsule endoscope,
wherein the one or more first processors are further configured to:
output the first analysis result at a first period that is equal to or shorter than a reception period at which the first wireless receiver receives the second analysis result, and
determine the imaging timing at a second period that is equal to or shorter than the reception period on the basis of only one of the first analysis result and the second analysis result.

US Pat. No. 10,986,984

SURGICAL TISSUE PROTECTION SHEATH

SPIWAY LLC, Carlsbad, CA...

1. A surgical sheath comprising:an elongated hollow body comprising a braided material having interstitial spaces with a dimension of 0.25 mm to 1.50 mm and the interstitial spaces filled with a filling material;
the braided material formed by a first set of fibers interwoven with a second set of fibers, all of the fibers in the first set of fibers parallel to each other and spaced apart from each other, all of the fibers in the second set of fibers parallel to each other and spaced apart from each other;
the elongated hollow body comprising a single layer of the braided material having at least one end formed into an atraumatic rim adapted to prevent fraying;
the fibers having a plurality of distinct contact points providing the elongated hollow body with a non-continuous inner contact surface.

US Pat. No. 10,986,983

STEREO IMAGING ACQUISITION BY LENS TRANSLATION

The Regents of the Univer...

1. A translating lens apparatus for imaging an object comprising:a translating lens having an aperture with a diameter less than a diameter of the translating lens;
a lens holder mechanically coupled to the translating lens, wherein the lens holder is configured to move bilaterally;
an actuating apparatus mechanically coupled to the lens holder, wherein the actuating apparatus is configured to move the lens holder in a first lateral direction to a first maximum extent and to move the lens holder in a second lateral direction opposite to the first lateral direction to a second maximum extent; and
an imaging apparatus receiving light directed through the translating lens, wherein the imaging apparatus is configured to capture a first image when the lens holder is at the first maximum extent and to capture a second image when the lens holder is at the second maximum extent.

US Pat. No. 10,986,982

LENS COVER MODIFICATION

Medeon Biodesign, Inc., ...

1. A device for maintaining a clear optical path comprising:an elongated hollow body comprising a proximal end and a distal end, wherein the elongated hollow body defines a lumen adapted to receive a viewing apparatus having a lens;
a transparent lens cover film movably associated with the elongated hollow body so as to describe a preset travel path passing in front of the lens of the viewing apparatus, wherein the lens cover film comprises first and second opposing surfaces; and
an endcap fitting closely over the distal end of the elongated hollow body and configured to engage opposing edges of the lens cover film in a sealing manner, the end cap including: i) a distal portion having an opening that aligns with the lens of the viewing apparatus and an inner surface adjacent the opening that engages at least a portion of the first surface of the lens cover film, and ii) a proximal portion having an optical path with a window that aligns with the lens of the viewing apparatus and an outer surface adjacent the window that engages at least a portion of the second surface of the lens cover film, such that the lens cover film is positioned between the distal portion and the proximal portion, with the first surface of the lens cover film engaged by the distal portion and the second surface of the lens cover film engaged by the proximal portion, wherein the second surface of the lens cover film is engaged around a perimeter defined by the window of the proximal portion.

US Pat. No. 10,986,981

MEDICAL IMAGING APPARATUS WITH ROTATABLE MANIPULATION RING

SONY OLYMPUS MEDICAL SOLU...

1. A medical imaging apparatus, comprising:a casing that forms an exterior;
an imaging sensor housed in the casing and configured to capture a subject image;
a single manipulation ring rotatably provided on an outer surface of the casing; and
control circuitry configured to
detect rotation of the single manipulation ring;
calculate a rotation direction and a rotation angle of the single manipulation ring based on a detection result;
execute a first function or a second function depending on the rotation direction and the rotation angle of the single manipulation ring calculated, wherein the first function is a different type of adjustment than the second function; and
switch a function executed by the control circuitry to the first function or the second function.

US Pat. No. 10,986,980

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, METHOD FOR OPERATING SAME, ENDOSCOPE PROCESSOR DEVICE, AND METHOD FOR OPERATING SAME

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. An image processing device that measures a blood vessel depth of a blood vessel in an observation target, the image processing device comprising:a memory storing a data set including a plurality of blood vessel index value variation factors and a plurality of blood vessel index values respectively associated with the plurality of blood vessel index value variation factors, wherein the plurality of blood vessel index value variation factors include the blood vessel depth; and
a processor, configured to:
acquire an image obtained by imaging the observation target;
calculate a blood vessel index value from a blood vessel index value image in the acquired image, wherein the blood vessels index value image comprises multiple-wavelength images;
select a specific blood vessel index value variation factor other than the blood vessel depth among the plurality of blood vessel index value variation factors in the acquired image; and
select a sub-data set having the specific blood vessel index value variation factor from the data set and obtain a blood vessel depth corresponding to the blood vessel index value according to the sub-data set.

US Pat. No. 10,986,979

SCRUB SPONGE WITH SELECTIVELY ACCESSIBLE ABRASIVE REGION

1. A scrub sponge for selectively cleaning a working surface by a user, said sponge comprising:a substrate made from a first flexible material and defining a top surface and an opposing bottom surface;
a recess formed within said bottom surface of said substrate, said recess having a first shape and a first depth and defining a recessed surface;
a layer of a second material located within said recess and secured to said recessed surface, said second material having a first level of abrasive texture, said layer having a magnitude of thickness that is less than the magnitude of said first depth of said recess so that said second material resides within said first substrate, with respect to said bottom surface of said substrate; and
wherein said second material extends beyond said bottom surface of said substrate in response to selective deformation of said substrate by said user so that said second material with said first level of abrasive texture can be selectively accessed to clean said working surface by said user.

US Pat. No. 10,986,978

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR HOSPITALITY WATER CLEANSING AND MONITORING

Sink Tech, LLC, Chicago,...

1. A system, for use with a sink or bathtub having at least one fluid-holding basin and a basin drain, comprising:one or more operating assemblies, each operating assembly comprising:
an actuator; and
a housing, the housing comprising:
a plug structure at, or near, a bottom portion of the housing for selectively blocking the basin drain;
a drain valve comprising an inlet adjacent a bottom portion of the housing controlled by the actuator to be in an open position or a closed position, wherein the inlet of the drain valve is provided on a first side of the housing, and wherein the outlet of the drain valve is provided on a second side of the housing opposite the first side and directs fluid into the plug structure:
wherein the plug structure mates with the basin drain to prevent fluid in the basin from escaping into the drain other than through the drain valve; and
wherein, when the drain valve is in the open position, fluid in the basin is able to flow through the drain valve into the basin drain and, when the drain valve is in the closed position, fluid in the basin is unable to flow through the valve into the basin drain;
one or more sensors from among a temperature sensor, a cleanliness sensor, and a liquid level sensor;
one or more water valves operable between open and closed conditions to selectively
one or both of a soap dispenser pump and a sanitizer pump operatively connectable to soap and sanitizer reserves, respectively, and operable between active and inactive conditions for selectively delivering soap and sanitizer from the respective reserves to the basin; and
a processor receiving input from the one or more sensors and sending commands for controlling the actuator, the one or more water valves, and the soap and/or sanitizer dispenser pumps such that in response to the commands from the processor, the actuator opens or closes the drain valve, the one or more water valves open or close, and the soap and/or sanitizer dispenser pumps are active or inactive, such that the system is capable of automatically filling and draining the basin to maintain a desired range of concentrations of a fluid comprising one or more of water, soap, and sanitizer, and to maintain the fluid in the basin at a desired amount or height and within a desired range of temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,986,977

METHOD OF OPERATING A DISHWASHER

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A method of removing moisture from moist air within a treating chamber of a dishwasher, the method comprising:storing cold water for use during a cycle of operation;
recirculating the moist air in the treating chamber through a condenser;
during the recirculating, flowing ambient air over the condenser; and
during the recirculating and after the flowing ambient air, flowing the cold water over the condenser.

US Pat. No. 10,986,976

DISHWASHER WITH DOOR LATCH ASSEMBLY

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A dishwasher comprising:a tub at least partially defining a treating chamber with an access opening and having a top wall;
a door movable between opened and closed positions to selectively close the access opening;
a receiving collar coupled to one of the tub or the door and having an opening and a deflecting surface accessible through the opening; and
a strike plate coupled to the one of the tub or the door and received within the opening in the receiving collar in an insertion direction, the strike plate having at least one biasing element biased in a first plane, the biasing element having a component in a lateral direction perpendicular to the insertion direction such that inserting the biasing element into the opening in the insertion direction results in the biasing element being biased in the lateral inward direction by the deflecting surface.

US Pat. No. 10,986,975

FLOOR CLEANER

Techtronic Floor Care Tec...

1. A floor cleaner comprising:a supply tank configured to store a fluid;
a distribution nozzle in fluid communication with the supply tank, the distribution nozzle configured to spray the fluid onto a surface to be cleaned;
an electrically powered component; and
a power switch operable to control a supply of electrical power to the electrically powered component, the power switch including,
a button including,
an actuator surface pressed by a user to operate the power switch, and
a wall that extends away from the actuator surface,
a frame, the button movable relative to the frame to operate the power switch to control the supply of electrical power, the frame including,
an inner wall that defines an inner button aperture, the button extending into the inner button aperture,
an outer wall,
a fluid outlet, and
a fluid collection surface between the inner wall and the outer wall that directs fluid on the fluid collection surface toward the fluid outlet,
wherein the wall of the button is received in a gap between the inner wall and the outer wall of the frame so that fluid is directed along the wall of the button to the fluid collection surface and inhibited from passing through the inner button aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,986,974

FLOOR CLEANING MACHINE

Techtronic Industries Co....

1. A floor cleaner for cleaning a surface, the floor cleaner comprising:a body including a suction nozzle supported by a front portion of the body, the suction nozzle including a downward-facing inlet adjacent the surface;
the body including wheels to facilitate movement of the body along the surface;
the body including one or more brushes adjacent the suction nozzle;
the body including a distribution nozzle configured to direct cleaning solution onto the surface;
a handle pivotably coupled to the body, the handle pivotable relative to the body about a pivot axis between an upright storage position and a reclined operating position;
the handle including a motor housing portion;
the motor housing portion including a substantially cylindrical portion with a central axis extending in a lateral direction relative to the body;
the central axis of the motor housing portion coinciding with the pivot axis between the handle and the body;
the motor housing portion disposed between the wheels and pivotable with the handle relative to the body about the pivot axis;
the handle including a recovery tank support portion pivotable with the handle relative to the body about the pivot axis;
wherein the motor housing portion is between the recovery tank support portion and the suction nozzle in the reclined operating position;
a supply tank assembly releasably coupled to the handle in fluid communication with the distribution nozzle;
a suction motor assembly positioned in the motor housing portion, the suction motor assembly in fluid communication with the suction nozzle and the suction motor assembly operable to draw fluid and dirt from the surface through the suction nozzle;
a recovery tank coupled to the recovery tank support portion in fluid communication with the suction motor assembly to receive and store fluid and dirt drawn through the suction nozzle;
wherein the recovery tank is coupled to the handle below the supply tank;
an expandable hose fluidly communicating the recovery tank and the suction nozzle;
the expandable hose including an inlet connected to an outlet of the suction nozzle;
the expandable hose including an outlet connected to an opening in the recovery tank support portion of the handle in fluid communication with the recovery tank;
the expandable hose having a middle portion expandable and stretchable around the motor housing portion when the handle is pivoted between the upright storage position and the reclined operating position;
wherein the expandable hose is in one of a retracted configuration and an expanded configuration when the handle is pivoted to a substantially upright position, wherein the expandable hose is in the other of the retracted configuration and the expanded configuration when the handle is pivoted to the reclined position.

US Pat. No. 10,986,973

ROBOT CLEANER

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A robot cleaner comprising:a main body;
a plurality of spin mops coupled to the main body, each of the spin mops rotating in a clockwise or counterclockwise direction when viewed from above the robot cleaner and contacting a cleaning surface when rotating; and
a cleaning head which is positioned in front of the spin mops and collects an object from the cleaning surface,
wherein the cleaning head includes:
a housing which is coupled to the main body and includes a lower surface having an opening;
a dust container which includes an interior space to receive the object and is detachably coupled to the housing; and
an agitator which is positioned inside the housing, and rotates to collect the object through the opening and to send the object toward the dust container, and
wherein the dust container includes:
a case that has a front surface with an opening and is inserted into the housing; and
an upper cover which moves to open and close an upper opening of the case.

US Pat. No. 10,986,972

BATTERY POWERED VACUUM CLEANER

Techtronic Industries Co....

1. A vacuum cleaner comprising:an airflow passage that extends from a suction inlet to an air outlet;
a dirt separator;
a suction source operable to generate a suction airflow that travels through the suction inlet, through the dirt separator, and through the air outlet; and
a battery that supplies power to the suction source to generate the suction airflow;
wherein a portion of the airflow passage is defined by the battery,
wherein the portion of the airflow passage that is defined by the battery is located between the suction inlet and the dirt separator, such that air flows through the air flow passage defined by the battery prior to flowing through the dirt separator, and
wherein the dirt separator includes a cyclonic separator,
wherein the battery includes a duct that extends through the battery and the duct at least partially defines the portion of the airflow passage that is defined by the battery,
further comprising a base and a handle, the base including the suction inlet and the handle pivotally coupled to the base, wherein the duct of the battery and a portion of the base cooperate to define a portion of the airflow passage.

US Pat. No. 10,986,971

CHARGING STATION WITH MAGNETIC CHARGING CONTACTS FOR MOBILE ROBOTIC DEVICE

1. A charging station of a mobile robotic device comprising:a main housing with an opening;
a signal receiver coupled to the main housing for receiving signals from a transmitter of the mobile robotic device;
a reel disposed within the main housing;
a motor coupled to the reel to drive rotation of the reel in two directions;
a charging cable wound around the reel with one or more magnetic charging contacts on a terminal end thereof, the one or more magnetic charging contacts of the charging cable connecting to corresponding one or more magnetic charging contacts of the mobile robotic device for charging of the mobile robotic device;
an electrical plug coupled to the main housing to connect to a power supply; and
one or more electrical elements electrically coupling the electrical plug to the charging cable and the motor,whereby the charging cable extends through the opening of the main housing by rotation of the reel in a first direction upon the signal receiver receiving signals transmitted from the transmitter of the mobile robotic device and retracts through the opening of the main housing by rotation of the reel in a second direction upon the signal receiver detecting the absence of signals transmitted from the transmitter of the mobile robotic device.

US Pat. No. 10,986,970

FLEXIBLE HOSE WITH COMPACT STORAGE CONFIGURATION AND A CLEANING APPARATUS USING THE SAME

SharkNinja Operating LLC,...

1. A hose for use with a surface cleaning apparatus, the hose comprising:a support structure extending along a length of the hose, the support structure defining a first end to couple to a dirty air inlet of the surface cleaning apparatus and a second end for receiving dirty air, and wherein the support structure is at least partially surrounded by a layer of cover material to form a plurality of collapsible sections, each collapsible section defined by a flexible portion having an interior surface proximate a passageway of the hose for receiving dirty air and an exterior surface opposite the interior surface, the passageway having a radius of R1;
wherein the support structure is compressible to transition the hose into a storage configuration to shorten the overall length of the hose, and an in-use configuration to increase the overall length of the hose, and wherein each of the plurality of collapsible sections extend a distance D1 into the passageway in the storage configuration, the distance D1 being greater than half the radius R1 of the passageway; and
wherein the support structure includes a plurality of retainers for releasably locking the hose into the storage configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,986,969

DUST CONTAINER FOR A VACUUM CLEANER

Aktiebolaget Electrolux

1. A dust container for a vacuum cleaner, the dust container comprising:a dust bag, made of an air permeable material having an opening therethrough; and
a connector plate, surrounding the opening, whereby the connector plate is configured to correctly position the opening within a vacuum cleaner by the connector plate being slid into a holder of the vacuum cleaner, the connector plate comprising:
a central portion surrounding the opening, and
an extending portion projecting in a first direction from the central portion in a plane of the central portion, the extending portion having a lower bending stiffness about an axis perpendicular to the first direction than has the central portion, such that the extending portion is bendable out of the plane of the central portion into a step-wise or continuous curvature without bending the central portions;
wherein the extending portion comprises lateral arm portions extending from the central portion and a bridge portion interconnecting the arms at their distal ends.

US Pat. No. 10,986,968

VACUUM CLEANER

BISSELL Inc., Grand Rapi...

1. An upright vacuum cleaner, comprising:an upright handle assembly comprising an elongated structural support having a handle grip at an upper end thereof and a module platform having an upper surface extending forwardly from the elongated structural support, the upper surface having an electrical connector and an air interface;
a foot assembly adapted to be moved along a surface to be cleaned and having a suction nozzle;
a multi-axis joint swivelably mounting a lower portion of the module platform of the upright handle assembly to an upper portion of the foot assembly and defining a first axis about which the upright handle assembly twists relative to the foot assembly and a second axis about which the upright handle assembly pivots relative to the foot assembly, wherein the multi-axis joint comprises:
a pivot neck operably coupled to the upright handle assembly and having an annular bearing channel including upper and lower projections;
a pivot ring defining an outer surface and having an annular bearing protrusion on the outer surface, the pivot ring coupled with the foot assembly and rotatably mounted to the pivot neck such that the annular bearing protrusion is rotatably received by the annular bearing channel and the upper and lower projections restricts axial movement of the pivot ring along the first axis and permit rotation about the first axis;
a biasing mechanism provided within the multi-axis joint and operable to bias the upright handle assembly about the first axis towards a neutral position centered along a vertical plane through the multi-axis joint; and
a detachable vacuum module, comprising:
a module housing having a rear side selectively supported by the elongated structural support and a lowermost portion simultaneously supported by the upper surface of the module platform;
a working air path through the module housing and having an air inlet and an air outlet;
a dirt separator carried by the module housing and defining a portion of the working air path and comprising a separator inlet in fluid communication with the air inlet; and
a motor/fan assembly carried by the module housing, fluidly upstream of the air outlet, and defining a portion of the working air path;
wherein the detachable vacuum module is adapted to be operated independently from the upright handle assembly and the foot assembly, or mounted on the upper surface and operably coupled to the electrical connector such that the detachable vacuum module is operated in conjunction with the upright handle assembly and foot assembly including providing power via the electrical connector to at least one electrical component of the foot assembly and forming a portion of a working air path from the suction nozzle, through the multi-axis joint and the air interface, to the air inlet.

US Pat. No. 10,986,967

SANITARY BATHROOM ORGANIZER

1. A sanitary bathroom organizer comprises:a reservoir;
at least one slot;
a toilet paper roll mount;
the reservoir comprises a base plate, a lateral wall, and a lid;
the toilet paper roll mount comprises a post and a roll-receiving frame;
the base plate being positioned adjacent the lateral wall;
a first reservoir rim of the lateral wall being perimetrically connected with the base plate;
a second reservoir rim of the lateral wall being positioned opposite the first reservoir rim across the lateral wall;
a main opening of the reservoir being delineated by the second reservoir rim;
the lid traversing across the main opening;
the lid being removably coupled with the second reservoir rim;
the at least one slot traversing through the lid;
the post being mounted adjacent to the reservoir; and,
the roll-receiving frame being connected to a terminal of the post;
the post being positioned in between the roll-receiving frame and the reservoir.

US Pat. No. 10,986,966

SLIDE OPEN REFILLABLE DISPENSER

GOJO Industries, Inc., A...

1. A dispenser comprising:a base and a cover;
wherein the base has a first length and the cover has a second length and wherein the first length is longer than the second length;
the cover configured to slide with respect to the base between a first upper position and a second downward position;
a receptacle secured to the base for receiving a refill unit;
wherein when the cover is in the second downward position a refill unit may be inserted into the receptacle or removed from the receptacle;
wherein when the cover is in the first upper position the refill unit cannot be removed from the receptacle;
one or more latches for retaining the cover in the first upper position.

US Pat. No. 10,986,965

ATMOSPHERIC VEGETABLE DISH

Veggidome SPC, Santa Mon...

1. A dish for displaying and preserving vegetables at room temperature comprising:a planar base;
a transparent cover portion having a lower edge opening disposed sealingly on said base and an opening, surrounded by an upper edge, in an upper portion of said cover portion, said opening being smaller than said lower edge opening to allow removal of vegetables placed on said planar base without removing said transparent cover from said planar base; and
a lid closing said opening by overlapping the upper edge without providing an airtight seal so that a small amount of gas exchange occurs between the lid and the upper edge whereby the vegetables are preserved at room temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,986,964

DUAL SPEED MANUAL STAND MIXER

Dart Industries Inc., Or...

1. A dual speed manual stand mixer, comprising:a base;
a cover mounted on said base, said cover including a crank arm extending outward from a central axis, and a ring gear fixed thereto;
a turntable mounted within said cover for rotation about said central axis, said turntable having a turntable drive gear fixed thereto and aligned with said central axis, and at least two pairs of whisks extending downward from said turntable into said base;
at least two pairs of spin gears, each connected to an associated one of said whisks, and a chain gear in meshed engagement with a train gear which are in meshed engagement between each different pair of said two pairs of spin gears, each said chain gear including a planet gear fixed thereto, said planet gear being encompassed by and engaged with said ring gear, and a sun gear interposed between and engaged with said planet gear, said sun gear including a sun drive gear aligned with said central axis, said sun drive gear being spaced vertically above said turntable drive gear;
a shaft extending from said crank to said turntable, said shaft being fixed with respect to said crank arm for rotation therewith; and
a slide gear mounted on said shaft for rotation with said shaft and translation relative to said shaft, said slide gear being manually movable from a first position engaged with said turntable drive gear to a second position engaged with said sun drive gear.

US Pat. No. 10,986,963

BARBECUE COOKING APPARATUS

1. A barbecue cooking apparatus comprising:a barrel;
a lid;
a frame;
a shelved cooking system;
a venting system;
a winch mechanism;
a lip;
a firebox gasket;
the barrel comprising a base, a lateral wall, and a rim;
the frame being externally mounted to the lateral wall;
the winch mechanism being mounted offset from the rim by the frame;
the winch mechanism being tethered to the lid;
the lid being slidably mounted along the frame;
the shelved cooking system being mounted onto the lid, opposite the winch mechanism;
the shelved cooking system being configured to traverse into the barrel;
the venting system being integrated into the lateral wall;
the lip being perimetrically connected to the lid; and
the firebox gasket being attached onto the lip, opposite to the winch mechanism.