US Pat. No. 10,390,851

RETRIEVAL DEVICES AND RELATED METHODS OF USE

Boston Scientific Scimed,...

1. A retrieval device having a contracted state and an expanded state, comprising:a sheath;
at least three support members each having a first portion with a first cross-sectional shape being distal to a second portion with a second cross-sectional shape different from the first cross-sectional shape, a proximal end fixed to the sheath, and a distal end movable relative to the sheath; and
at least three movable members each having a pair of ends movable relative to the support members, each movable member extending through a lumen of one support member of the at least three support members and through a lumen of a different support member of the at least three support members, wherein the first portion is sized to permit a plurality of degrees of freedom to each movable member; and
wherein the second portion is sized to permit a reduced number of degrees of freedom to each movable member so as to prevent a first movable member from twisting about another moveable member of the at least three moveable members.

US Pat. No. 10,390,850

CLOT RETRIEVAL DEVICE FOR REMOVING CLOT FROM A BLOOD VESSEL

Neuravi Limited, Galway ...

1. A clot retrieval device comprising:a shaft having a length extending between a shaft proximal end and a shaft distal end, and
an expandable clot engaging element expandable between a collapsed state and an expanded state, wherein the shaft is separate from the expandable clot engaging element, the expandable clot engaging element comprising:
a first portion having a distal end, a closed proximal end fixedly coupled longitudinally and rotationally to the shaft distal end, and a tubular section between the distal end and the closed proximal end, the tubular section configured to form a flow channel through a clot and tapering out from the closed proximal end;
a second portion coupled to the distal end of the first portion, the second portion comprising an open distal end larger than an open proximal end and extending distally of the distal end of the first portion in the expanded state, and
a distal net portion comprising a closed distal end and an open proximal end larger than distal end of the second portion, the open proximal end of the distal net portion coupled to the distal end of the second portion and distally extended therefrom, wherein the second portion includes a plurality of struts forming second portion cells and the distal net portion includes a plurality of struts forming a plurality of distal net cells smaller than the second portion cells;
the expandable clot engaging element having a length extending between the closed proximal end and the closed distal end, wherein the length of the shaft is longer than the length of the clot engaging element,
wherein in the expanded state, the second portion has a radial size larger than a radial size of the tubular section of the first portion.

US Pat. No. 10,390,849

CAPTURE ASSEMBLY AND METHOD

1. An assembly for removing obstructive material from a body vessel or cavity, comprising:an elongate outer member and an elongate inner member, each extending from a proximal end to a distal end and including a first lumen therethrough, wherein a maximum annular gap between an inner surface of the elongate outer member and an outer surface of the elongate inner member is 0.1 mm,
the first lumen of the elongate inner member having an aspiration entrance at the distal end of the elongate inner member and defined by a wall, the wall including a plurality of orifices adjacent and proximal to the entrance,
the elongate inner member movable along a common longitudinal axis relative to the elongate outer member such that the plurality of orifices is extendable beyond, and retractable within, the distal end of the elongate outer member to break down the obstructive material, wherein the elongate outer member does not include a wall orifice;
the elongate outer member including a second lumen positioned about its outer surface, the second lumen providing a longitudinal slot or channel adapted for a guidewire;
an aspirator in flow communication with the elongate inner member for drawing the obstructive material through the aspiration entrance of the first lumen of the elongate inner member; and
a valve manifold comprising a first port, the first port including a one-way valve in communication with the first lumen of the elongate inner member and allowing flow in a distal-to-proximal direction toward the aspirator.

US Pat. No. 10,390,848

SNARE

Medical Device Technologi...

1. A snare for snaring an article, comprising: first, second and third loops, each of the first, second and third loops having a proximal end portion and a distal end portion, and a mid-portion therebetween, and being formed by spaced apart first and second sides connected together at the distal end portion of the loop, the distal end portions being positioned forward of the proximal end portions, the first side of the first loop arranged to cross over and be positioned inside of the second side of the second loop at a first crossover point, the first side of the second loop arranged to cross over and be positioned inside of the second side of the third loop at a second crossover point, and the first side of the third loop and arranged to cross over and be positioned inside of the second side of the first loop at a third crossover point, each of the loops being disconnected from the adjacent loops at the location of crossing, the distal end portions of the first, second and third loops being disconnected from each other, the first, second and third loops being movable between an open position whereat the first, second and third loops extend laterally outwardly with their distal end portions in an open position and define a space therebetween for receiving at least a portion of the article therein, and a collapsed position whereat the first, second and third loops are positioned laterally inwardly from their open position with their distal end portions in a closed position closer together than when in the open position, and the mid-portions of the first, second and third loops being disconnected from each other to permit independent movement of each as the first, second and third loops are moved between the open and closed positions.

US Pat. No. 10,390,847

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ASPIRATING FROM A BODY LUMEN

Silk Road Medical, Inc., ...

1. A device for aspirating fluid from a body lumen, comprising:an internal syringe barrel member defining a chamber configured to contain fluid, the chamber having an opening through which fluid can pass;
a plunger movably positioned at least partially within the chamber, the plunger including a plunger seal;
an external syringe barrel connected to the plunger, wherein the internal syringe barrel is slidably positioned inside the external syringe barrel, wherein the plunger and the external syringe barrel collectively form a body that can slide relative to the internal syringe barrel;
first and second finger elements extending outward from a proximal end of the internal syringe barrel;
third and fourth finger elements extending outward from a distal end of the external syringe barrel;
wherein movement of the first and second finger elements toward the third and fourth finger elements causes relative movement between the plunger seal and the chamber so as to aspirate fluid into the chamber;
a locking mechanism movable between a first state and a second state, wherein the locking mechanism locks a position of the plunger seal relative to chamber when the locking mechanism is in the first state, and the locking mechanism permits relative movement of the plunger seal relative to chamber when the locking mechanism is in the second state.

US Pat. No. 10,390,846

APPARATUS FOR AND METHOD OF PROVIDING A HIP REPLACEMENT

MicroPort Orthopedics Hol...

1. A surgical method, comprising:inserting a positioning member of a first tool into a first incision, the first tool including an extension portion that extends from the positioning member at a first end to a holder at a second end;
using the holder to mark a location for a second incision while the positioning member is disposed within an acetabulum;
making the second incision based on the location identified by the holder; and
inserting a cannula through the holder and into the second incision.

US Pat. No. 10,390,845

PATIENT-SPECIFIC SHOULDER GUIDE

Biomet Manufacturing, LLC...

1. An orthopedic device for a shoulder joint comprising:a patient-specific alignment guide including:
a cap having a three-dimensional engagement surface customized in a pre-operative plan by computer imaging to closely mate and conform to a corresponding humeral head of a proximal humerus of a patient, a periphery of the cap being configured to surround an anatomic neck of the humeral head;
an element defining a longitudinal guiding bore configured for guiding an alignment pin at a patient-specific position and an orientation determined in the pre-operative plan;
an orientation feature on the cap, the orientation feature configured to orient the cap relative to the humeral head when the orientation feature is aligned with a landmark of the proximal humerus; and
a resection formation comprising a slot provided at the periphery of the cap, the slot being configured for guiding a resection of the anatomic neck of the humeral head.

US Pat. No. 10,390,844

TARGETING ADJUSTMENT

Stryker European Holdings...

1. A targeting system for a bore in a distal end portion of an intramedullary nail, comprising: a distal targeting arm with a first end being configured to be coupled to a trailing end of an intramedullary nail; an adjusting device, the adjusting device being configured to be coupled to the distal targeting arm, wherein the adjusting device comprises an adjusting element and a nail follower including two targeting holes each being configured to receive a sleeve assembly; and wherein the adjusting element engages the nail follower and is configured to adjust the position of the nail follower so that the targeting holes correspond to respective locking holes at a leading end of the intramedullary nail, when the nail is bent, wherein the adjusting element comprises two screws wherein a first screw includes a first thread with a first pitch and a second screw includes a second thread with a second pitch, wherein the first pitch differs from the second pitch, and wherein the first and second screws are coupled by a gear with a gear ratio of 1:1.

US Pat. No. 10,390,843

TRAJECTORY AND AIMING GUIDE FOR USE WITH FLUOROSCOPY

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clini...

1. A system for a trajectory and aiming guide for use with fluoroscopy comprising:a ring holder comprising:
a plurality of connecting arms;
a radiolucent base; and
a central axle extending from the radiolucent base;
a first rotatable disk rotatable relative to the ring holder, the first rotatable disk comprising:
a first radiolucent disk ring with a central cutout, wherein the central axle extends through the central cutout, the first radiolucent disk ring comprising an embedded array of a plurality of radiopaque wires; and
a second rotatable disk comprising:
a second radiolucent disk ring with a central cutout, wherein the central axle extends through the central cutout, the second radiolucent disk ring comprising an embedded array of a plurality of radiopaque wires.

US Pat. No. 10,390,842

GEARED INSTRUMENT FOR TIBIAL STEM REAMING OR REMOVAL

WRIGHT MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY...

1. A method, comprising:forming an anterior incision to access an ankle joint;
locating a housing of an instrument in the ankle joint, the instrument comprising a translation gear disposed within the housing and a stem coupled to the translation gear;
coupling a modular head to the stem;
inserting a handle into the housing and coupling the handle to the translation gear such that the translation gear translates rotation of the handle about a first axis to rotation of the stem about a second axis; and
rotating the handle about the first axis to rotate the modular head about the second axis to perform a first surgical procedure.

US Pat. No. 10,390,840

ACCESSORY FOR OSTEOTOMY

Biomet Manufacturing, LLC...

1. A set suitable for use in a bone-shortening osteotomy of a predetermined distance, the set comprising:an implant including a distal segment and a proximal segment, wherein the distal segment comprises at least two distal threaded holes and wherein the proximal segment comprises at least two proximal threaded holes; and
a plurality of accessories, wherein each accessory is adapted for use in a bone-shortening osteotomy of one of a plurality of predetermined distances, each accessory comprising successively a first segment, a second segment and a third segment, wherein the first segment comprises first threaded holes and wherein the third segment comprises second threaded holes, and wherein the second segment comprises two guides which are each adapted to guide a saw blade such that the bone-shortening osteotomy of the predetermined distance can be performed via the two guides, wherein the first threaded holes and the second threaded holes respectively correspond to the at least two distal threaded holes and the at least two proximal threaded holes, with an intermediate spacing between first and second threaded holes which is equal to the sum of said predetermined distance and a corresponding intermediate spacing between distal and proximal threaded holes, and wherein the first segment and the third segment have the same shape, at least at the position of the threaded holes, as respectively the distal segment and proximal segment.

US Pat. No. 10,390,839

APPARATUS AND MANUFACTURING MEANS FOR AN ADJUSTABLE COMPRESSION WRISTBAND

Semler Technologies, Inc....

1. A method of constructing a strap of a vascular compression wristband that includes at least one inflatable balloon, the balloon and strap each having a top side and a bottom side, wherein:a) said method includes the steps of i) forming at least one attachment weld at or near perimeter edges to join the top side and bottom side of the balloon, the top side composed of at least two layers of an elastic, flexible plastic material, and the bottom side composed of one layer of an elastic, flexible plastic material, said at least one attachment weld being generally continuous except where necessary to insert a hollow tube, the at least two layers of the top side further having at least one attachment weld formed between their perimeter edges on a portion of the top side, and ii) forming an attachment weld to connect the hollow tube into the balloon between its top side and bottom side; and,
b) the at least one attachment weld formed between the perimeter edges on a portion of the top side of the balloon more particularly forms lines for the purpose of facilitating placement of the wristband and providing reinforcement against stretching during deployment wherein the lines include a first line running proximally-distally and another non-parallel line crossing the first line, the intersection of said lines having an enlarged area.

US Pat. No. 10,390,838

TUNED STRENGTH CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE TREATMENT

PneumRx, Inc., Santa Cla...

1. A method for treating a lung of a patient with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, the method comprising:determining a regional tissue characteristic of at least a portion of lung tissue of the patient; and
selecting between a first coil having a first austenite final tuning and a second coil having a second austenite final tuning different than the first austenite final tuning based on the determined regional tissue characteristic of the portion of lung tissue, wherein the first austenite final tuning is characterized by a first transition temperature that is higher than a second transition temperature of the second austenite final tuning.

US Pat. No. 10,390,836

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR TREATING ANEURYSMS

Endologix, Inc., Irvine,...

1. A system for treating an aneurysm comprising:a first catheter and a second catheter each catheter having an endobag comprising a double-walled filling structure with an aneurysm conforming outer wall and a blood transit lumen creating an inner wall surrounding an endoframe releasably coupled to the respective catheter,
each of the first and second catheters includes an endobag pressurization piping having one end releasably coupled to the respective endobag and an inner lumen in communication with the respective endobag with the other end of the respective endobag pressurization piping in communication with an endobag pressurization tubing outside the respective catheter,
each of the first and second catheters includes a balloon on which the respective endoframe is mounted so as to expand the endoframe when inflated, each balloon being in communication with an endoframe pressurization tubing outside of the respective catheter, and
each of the first and second catheters comprises a guidewire lumen in communication with a guidewire lumen pressurization tubing extending outside the respective catheter; and
a manifold console having two endobag pressurization tubing outlet ports, two endoframe pressurization tubing outlet ports, and two guidewire lumen pressurization outlet ports, the two endobag pressurization tubing outlet ports being connectable to the corresponding ends of the endobag pressurization tubing of the endobags of the first and second catheters, the two endoframe pressurization tubing outlet ports being connectable to the corresponding ends of the endoframe pressurization tubing of the first and second catheters, and the two guidewire lumen pressurization outlet ports being connectable to the corresponding ends of the guidewire lumen pressurization tubing of the first and second catheters;
the manifold console further having a series of inlet ports including a first inlet port in communication with the two endobag pressurization tubing outlet ports, a second inlet port in communication with the two endoframe pressurization tubing outlet ports, and a third inlet port in communication with the two guidewire lumen pressurization outlet ports,
the manifold console being configured so that when the endobag pressurization and endoframe pressurization tubing ends from the first and the second catheters are connected to the corresponding manifold console outlet ports pressurization of the first inlet port equally pressurizes corresponding endobag pressurization tubing to both the first and second catheters simultaneously and pressurization of the second inlet port equally pressurizes corresponding endoframe pressurization tubing to both the first catheter and the second catheter simultaneously.

US Pat. No. 10,390,835

SURGICAL FASTENER APPARATUS WITH LINEAR POSITION SENSOR

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A fastener apparatus, which comprises:a handle;
an elongate body connected to the handle, the elongate body defining a longitudinal axis and having proximal and distal ends;
a fastener cartridge disposed adjacent the distal end of the elongate body, the fastener cartridge having at least one fastener;
a pusher at least partially disposed within the elongate body, the pusher adapted for longitudinal movement through a firing stroke to eject the at least one fastener from the fastener cartridge;
a linear position sensor mounted within the elongate body and dimensioned and positioned to engage the pusher during movement through the firing stroke, the linear position sensor including a sensor mount, and a spring supported in cantilevered fashion in relation to the sensor mount and positioned to be engaged by the pusher, the linear position sensor adapted to send at least one output signal representative of strain imparted thereupon by the pusher during the firing stroke; and
a controller configured and adapted to determine a position of the pusher within the firing stroke based upon the at least one output signal.

US Pat. No. 10,390,834

CIRCULAR SURGICAL STAPLERS WITH ISOLATING SLEEVES STORED INSIDE ANVIL

Ethicon LLC, San Lorenzo...

1. A circular stapling instrument comprising:a) an anvil having a tissue facing end and an opposite distal end;
the anvil having a peripheral staple bending zone and a coaxial circular knife recess on said tissue facing end;
the anvil having a circumferential recess formed inside said anvil, with a circumferential entrance into said circumferential recess positioned on said tissue facing end coaxially between the staple bending zone and the circular knife recess;
b) a cylindrical stapling head mounted on a support shaft, said stapling head containing a concentric knife and a plurality of deployable staples in concentric arrays on a tissue facing side of said stapling head;
c) a moveable shaft connecting the anvil and stapling head; and
d) an elongated hollow anvil sleeve having a flange at a proximal end thereof,
said anvil sleeve open at a distal end thereof and at the proximal end thereof;
said flange positioned on the tissue facing end of the anvil against said staple bending zone;
wherein said distal end of said anvil sleeve is releasably disposed in said circumferential recess,
wherein a circular separation wall is formed on said tissue facing end of said anvil coaxially between the circumferential entrance and the circular knife recess.

US Pat. No. 10,390,833

TISSUE ANCHOR FOR SECURING TISSUE LAYERS

BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED,...

1. A medical device for placement across aligned penetrations in adjacent tissue of a first luminal region of a body and a second region of the body to form a flow path therebetween, comprising:an anchor comprising a woven filament braid with a central lumen having a first length in a radially constrained configuration, the anchor transitionable between the radially constrained configuration and a preformed configuration,
the preformed configuration comprising a middle segment of the central lumen having a second length and a proximal end and a distal end of the central lumen flaring radially outward to form only one proximal flange structure along the proximal end and only one distal flange structure along the distal end,
wherein the middle segment includes a substantially constant diameter which extends substantially an entire length between the proximal and distal flange structures,
wherein the proximal flange structure includes a single tissue apposing surface adjacent to the middle segment and the distal flange structure includes a single tissue apposing surface adjacent to the middle segment to appose the adjacent tissue of the first luminal region and the second region along the middle segment,
wherein, in the preformed configuration, the second length of the middle segment is at least 40% shorter than the first length of the central lumen in the radially constrained configuration, and
wherein each of the proximal and distal flange structures has a diameter greater than twice a diameter of the middle segment and greater than the second length of the middle segment.

US Pat. No. 10,390,832

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR EFFECTUATING PERCUTANEOUS GLENN AND FONTAN PROCEDURES

The United States of Amer...

1. A reinforced endograft shunt prosthesis, comprising:a distal flange configured to help seat the prosthesis when it is pulled proximally;
a distal segment extending proximally from the distal flange that has sufficient stiffness to maintain a puncture in an open condition that is formed through a first vessel wall through which the distal segment passes;
a compliant middle segment extending proximally from the distal segment, the compliant middle segment being more compliant than the distal segment, and including a plurality of undulating strut rings attached to at least one of an inner tubular fabric and an outer tubular fabric, the combined structure providing flexibility and compliance to allow for full patency while flexed, the segment being further configured to accommodate up to a 90 degree bend;
a proximal segment having a plurality of adjacent undulating strut rings that are connected to each other, the proximal segment being sufficiently stiff to seat within and urge against a second vessel wall; and
an undulating proximal end including a tether that is threaded through the openings to cause the proximal end of the prosthesis to collapse radially inwardly when tension is applied to the tether.

US Pat. No. 10,390,831

ENDOSCOPIC REPOSABLE SURGICAL CLIP APPLIER

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A reposable surgical clip applier, comprising:a handle assembly including:
a housing defining a bore therein and which extends through a distal end thereof;
a fixed handle extending from the housing;
a trigger pivotally connected to the fixed handle, the trigger including an actuating end disposed within the bore of the housing;
a drive plunger slidably supported within the bore of the housing and axially aligned with the bore of the housing, the drive plunger having a proximal end operatively engaged by the actuating end of the trigger, and a free distal end; and
a release lever supported on the housing, wherein the release lever includes a catch for engaging and securing an endoscopic assembly that is selectively connected to the handle assembly; and
a first endoscopic assembly selectively connectable to the housing of the handle assembly, via the catch of the release lever, the first endoscopic assembly including:
a shaft assembly having:
an outer tube defining a lumen therethrough, the outer tube including a proximal end and a distal end;
a pair of jaws pivotably and fixedly supported in, and extending from the distal end of the outer tube; and
an inner shaft slidably supported within the lumen of the outer tube, the inner shaft including a proximal end and a distal end, the distal end of the inner shaft being operatively engaged with the pair of jaws to effectuate an opening and a closing of the pair of jaws upon an axial translation of the inner shaft relative to the outer tube; and
a hub assembly configured for selective insertion in the bore of the housing of the handle assembly, the hub assembly including:
an outer housing supported on the proximal end of the outer tube, the outer housing defining an open proximal end; and
a drive assembly supported within the outer housing of the hub assembly, the drive assembly including:
a cartridge cylinder slidably supported in the outer housing of the hub assembly, the cartridge cylinder including a proximal end wall, an open distal end, and a bore therein;
a cartridge plunger supported on the proximal end of the inner shaft of the shaft assembly, the cartridge plunger being slidably supported in the bore of the cartridge cylinder;
a first biasing member disposed within the bore of the cartridge cylinder, and being interposed between the proximal end wall of the cartridge cylinder and the cartridge plunger; and
a second biasing member interposed between a proximal end of the outer tube of the shaft assembly and the cartridge plunger.

US Pat. No. 10,390,829

STAPLES COMPRISING A COVER

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A staple cartridge assembly, comprising:a cartridge body, comprising:
a deck; and
a plurality of staple cavities defined in said deck; and
a plurality of staples stored in said staple cavities, wherein each said staple comprises:
a metal frame comprised of a magnesium alloy, wherein said metal frame comprises a base and a leg extending from said base, and wherein said leg comprises a tissue penetrating tip; and
a magnesium nitride coating on said tissue penetrating tip.

US Pat. No. 10,390,827

MULTI-LAYER POROUS FILM MATERIAL

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A surgical stapling apparatus comprising:a handle assembly;
a tubular body portion extending from the handle assembly;
a staple cartridge assembly extending from the tubular body portion;
an anvil assembly coupled to the staple cartridge assembly and movable relative thereto between open and closed positions; and
a surgical buttress releasably attached to the staple cartridge assembly or the anvil assembly, the surgical buttress including first, second, and third porous film layers successively stacked on each other and interconnected at a plurality of attachment points that define a plurality of pockets between the first and second porous film layers and the second and third porous film layers, wherein the plurality of attachment points between the first and second porous film layers of the surgical buttress are different from the plurality of attachment points between the second and third porous film layers of the surgical buttress such that the plurality of attachment points form at least one of the plurality of pockets between the first and second porous film layers that is different in size from at least one of the plurality of pockets between the second and third porous film layers.

US Pat. No. 10,390,826

SURGICAL STAPLING DEVICE WITH ELONGATED TOOL ASSEMBLY AND METHODS OF USE

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A surgical stapling device comprising:an actuator including a housing defining a handle assembly;
an adaptor assembly having a proximal portion releasably secured to the actuator and a distal portion; and
a tool assembly supported on the distal portion of the adaptor assembly, the tool assembly including a first jaw and a second jaw, the first jaw being movable in relation to the second jaw from an unclamped position to a clamped position, the first jaw being secured to the second jaw by distal and proximal approximation shafts, wherein in the unclamped position, the distal approximation shaft is secured to a distal portion of the first jaw and a distal portion of the second jaw to secure the distal portion of the first jaw of the tool assembly to the distal portion of second jaw of the tool assembly, and the proximal approximation shaft is secured to a proximal portion of the first jaw and a proximal portion of the second jaw to secure the proximal portion of the first jaw to the proximal portion of the second jaw.

US Pat. No. 10,390,825

SURGICAL INSTRUMENT WITH PROGRESSIVE ROTARY DRIVE SYSTEMS

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A surgical instrument, comprising:a rotary input shaft;
means for selectively applying rotary input motions to said rotary input shaft;
a surgical end effector, comprising:
a first jaw;
a second jaw selectively movable relative to said first jaw between an open and closed position;
a firing shaft operably interfacing with said rotary input shaft such that said firing shaft rotates in response to rotation of said rotary input shaft;
a firing member movably supported in one of said first and second jaws between an engaged and disengaged position with said firing shaft such that when said firing member is in said engaged position, said firing member is selectively axially movable between start and end positions in response to rotation of said firing shaft; and
a closure member in driving engagement with said rotary input shaft such that rotation of said rotary input shaft in a first direction causes said closure member to move said second jaw to said closed position, said closure member remaining in driving engagement with said rotary input shaft to retain said second jaw in said closed position while continued rotation of said rotary input shaft in said first direction causes said closure member to continue to move distally to cause said firing member to move from said disengaged position to said engaged position such that further rotation of said firing shaft drives said firing member from said start position to said end position.

US Pat. No. 10,390,823

END EFFECTOR COMPRISING AN ADJUNCT

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. An end effector, comprising:a staple cartridge, comprising:
a cartridge body, comprising:
a deck;
a cartridge longitudinal slot configured to receive a cutting member;
a first set of staple cavities defined in said deck; and
a second set of staple cavities defined in said deck, wherein said first set is different than said second set, and wherein said first set of staple cavities is positioned adjacent to said cartridge longitudinal slot;
a plurality of staples removably stored within said cartridge body, wherein said staples are ejectable from said cartridge body during a staple firing stroke;
longitudinal rows of staple drivers, wherein each said longitudinal row of staple drivers comprises a proximal end and a distal end, wherein said staple drivers are positioned at different heights relative to said deck prior to said staple firing stroke, and wherein said staple drivers are liftable toward said deck to sequentially deform said staples to different formed heights; and
an implantable layer assembly releasably attached to said cartridge body, comprising:
a first layer positioned over said first set of staple cavities; and
a second layer positioned over said second set of staple cavities,
wherein said first layer partially overlaps said second layer, and wherein said first layer covers more of said deck than said second layer; and
an anvil, comprising:
a plurality of staple-forming pockets comprising a first set of staple-forming pockets and a second set of staple-forming pockets; and
an anvil longitudinal slot comprising a T-shaped opening configured to receive said cutting member, wherein said T-shaped opening extends behind said first set of staple-forming pockets.

US Pat. No. 10,390,822

SURGICAL FASTENERS AND METHODS AND DEVICES FOR DEPLOYING A SURGICAL FASTENER

DEPUY SYNTHES PRODUCTS, I...

1. A surgical system, comprising:a surgical fastener having a first leg, a second leg, and an intermediate portion extending therebetween, at least a portion of the surgical fastener being formed from a shape memory material, the surgical fastener being movable between a substantially linear configuration and a bent configuration, and the first and second legs being configured to be advanced through tissue and into bone with the intermediate portion being positioned outside the bone, the surgical fastener being biased to the bent configuration when no external force is applied thereto; and
a cannula having an inner lumen extending therethrough and having an opening formed through a sidewall thereof at a distal end of the elongate cannula, the opening extending proximally from a distal-most end of the cannula and terminating distal to a proximal end of the cannula;
wherein the surgical fastener is configured to be disposed within the inner lumen of the cannula in the substantially linear configuration and to move from the substantially linear configuration within the inner lumen to the bent configuration with the first leg advanced out of the inner lumen through the distal-most end of the cannula, the intermediate portion extending through the opening, and the second leg being disposed within the inner lumen.

US Pat. No. 10,390,821

SOFT TISSUE FIXATION USING A LOOPED SUTURE CONSTRUCT

1. A method of suturing soft tissue comprising:passing a loop of suture through soft tissue, the loop of suture exiting the tissue through a first location on a tissue surface;
passing a first free end of the suture through the soft tissue adjacent the loop of suture, the first free end of the suture exiting the tissue through a second location on the tissue surface, wherein the suture is slidably connected to a suture attaching mechanism of an anchoring structure such that the attaching mechanism is between the loop of suture and the first free end of the suture;
passing a second free end of the suture through the soft tissue adjacent the loop of suture, the second free end of suture exiting the tissue through a third location on the tissue surface, wherein the suture attaching mechanism is between the loop of suture and the second free end of the suture;
passing the first free end of the suture through the loop of suture;
applying tension to the first free end of the suture such that the soft tissue is pulled into contact with a desired structure and the loop of suture remains open and positioned on the first tissue surface, wherein the desired structure is bone, the anchoring structure or a second anchoring structure; and
securing the first free end of the suture to maintain the applied tension.

US Pat. No. 10,390,820

MEDICAL INSTRUMENT FOR MICROINVASIVE SURGICAL INTERVENTIONS

1. A system for a minimally invasive medical procedure in a body cavity bounded by a body cavity wall with an access opening, the system comprising:two medical instruments, each including a rigid shaft having:
a proximal end that is mechanically connectable or connected with an operational device of the respective medical instrument;
a distal end that is connectable or connected with a tool of the respective medical instrument; and
a longitudinal axis extending between the proximal end and the distal end, at least a portion of the rigid shaft being curved along the longitudinal axis;
wherein no plane exists from which respective center points of all cross-sections of the rigid shaft defined in respective planes perpendicular to the longitudinal axis are at a respective distance less than one-third of a diameter of the rigid shaft;
wherein no plane exists in which all respective center points of all cross-sections of the rigid shaft defined in respective planes perpendicular to the longitudinal axis are located;
wherein the proximal end and the distal end are oriented parallel to one another or form an angle of at most 20 degrees to one another; and
wherein the rigid shaft comprises a proximal portion, a center portion, and a distal portion and wherein the distal portion and the proximal portion lie in a plane from which the center portion deviates;
wherein respective helical portions of the rigid shafts are configured to be wound around one another in a double helix manner to permit simultaneous use of the rigid shafts through the access opening of the body cavity wall.

US Pat. No. 10,390,819

AUTOMATIC SUTURING HOOK APPARATUS HAVING INCISION FUNCTION

INJE UNIVERSITY INDUSTRY-...

1. An automatic suturing hook apparatus having an incision function, comprising:a main body having a movement hole formed on one side surface thereof and having a first protrusion hole formed on a front end thereof;
a needle part which is provided inside the main body and protrudes from the first protrusion hole;
a slide body which slidably moves through the movement hole from one side surface of the main body to the front end or rear end of the main body and comes into close contact with the front end of the main body;
a slide part which is provided inside the main body and slidably moves the needle part provided inside the main body to the outside of the main body; and
a first trigger which is provided at the bottom of the rear end of the main body and operates the slide part which is provided inside the main body,
wherein a second protrusion hole is formed in the main body to be spaced apart from the first protrusion hole, and
the automatic suturing hook apparatus further comprises:
a cutter which is provided at a lower portion of the needle part inside the main body and protrudes toward the second protrusion hole; and
a second trigger which is disposed adjacent to the first trigger and slidably moves the cutter protruding toward the second protrusion hole.

US Pat. No. 10,390,818

FERRULE FOR USE WITH A MINIMALLY INVASIVE SURGICAL SUTURING DEVICE

LSI Solutions, Inc., Vic...

1. A ferrule for use with a surgical suturing device, comprising:a suture interface;
a needle tip receptacle;
three indentations protruding into the needle tip receptacle; and
three slits, each of the slits substantially centered between a different pair of indentations from the three indentations, wherein the slits do not contact the three indentations, and wherein each of the slits is longer and thinner than any one of the three indentations.

US Pat. No. 10,390,817

TISSUE FIXATION SYSTEM AND METHOD

P Tech, LLC, Effingham, ...

1. A system for securing body tissue, comprising:an elongate member, wherein the elongate member is configured to secure at least one of a tissue, bone, and implant; and
a medical device configured to tension the elongate member, the medical device comprised of:
a handle;
an outer tube, fixed in position relative to the handle, including first and second ends and defining a longitudinal passage along a central longitudinal axis, wherein the second end of the outer tube is disposed in the handle, and wherein the elongate member is configured to enter the first end of the longitudinal passage of the outer tube, and pass at least partially through the longitudinal passage in the outer tube; and
a tensioning mechanism disposed on the handle of the medical device, the tensioning mechanism comprising:
a rotation assembly;
at least one biasing member configured to apply a tension force to the elongate member; and
a rotatable shaft positioned along an axis perpendicular to and intersecting the axis defined by the longitudinal passage of the outer tube, the rotatable shaft having an open end slotted aperture through which the elongate member is configured to be captured and secured,
wherein rotational actuation of the rotation assembly of the tensioning mechanism applies tension to the elongate member as the rotation assembly wraps the elongate member around the rotatable shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,390,816

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

ARTHREX, INC., Naples, F...

1. An apparatus for performing ankle syndesmosis repairs, comprising:a first button including an oblong shape that is adapted for insertion through a bone hole in a first configuration and for engaging a tibial cortex in a second configuration;
a second button that includes a shape that is different from the oblong shape of the first button, wherein the first button and the second button are metallic buttons;
a first suture connecting the first button and the second button and including at least four strands extending between the first button and the second button, wherein a first free end and a second free end of the first suture are tensionable to shorten a length of the first suture between the first button and the second button and thereby move the first button and the second button closer together, wherein the first suture is double looped through each of a first aperture and a second aperture of the first button;
a pull-through device configured for pulling the first button through the bone hole; and
a second suture connecting the pull-through device to the first button.

US Pat. No. 10,390,815

TISSUE REPAIR DEVICE

1. A tissue repair device comprising:a handle;
a cannula coupled to the handle, the cannula having a central axis;
a first anchor disposed entirely within the cannula for deployment along a first deployment path and a second anchor offset with respect to the first anchor and configured to deploy along a second deployment path distinct from the first deployment path, the first anchor coupled to the second anchor via a knotted flexible member; and
a pusher assembly including an actuator configured to reciprocate between a proximal end of the cannula wherein the first anchor and the second anchor are successively engaged, and a more distal position within the cannula, wherein the first anchor and the second anchor are successively expelled from the cannula after traversing their respective deployment paths for delivery of the knotted flexible member to secure the tissue.

US Pat. No. 10,390,814

MENISCAL REPAIR DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS

MEDOS INTERNATIONAL SARL,...

1. A surgical system, comprising:a cannula configured to have a surgical device advanced therethrough, the cannula including concentric inner and outer tubes that have distal ends fixed together, the outer tube being configured to longitudinally translate, along a longitudinal axis of the outer tube, relative to the inner tube and thereby cause a distal portion of the cannula to articulate; and
an actuator threadably engaged with the outer tube and configured to be rotated to cause the longitudinal translation of the outer tube relative to the inner tube;
wherein the inner tube has a first plurality of slits formed in a distal portion thereof that are configured to facilitate the articulation, and the outer tube has a second plurality of slits formed in a distal portion thereof that are configured to facilitate the articulation; and
wherein the first plurality of slits are formed on a first side of the cannula, and the second plurality of slits are formed on a second, opposite side of the cannula.

US Pat. No. 10,390,813

SYSTEMS, IMPLANTS, TOOLS, AND METHODS FOR TREATMENTS OF PELVIC CONDITIONS

Boston Scientific Scimed,...

1. A retractor assembly for retracting pelvic tissue, the assembly comprising:an introducer including:
an open proximal end having a first cross-sectional dimension;
a closed distal end having a second cross-sectional dimension and including a distal tip;
an inner opening extending along a length of the introducer through the open proximal end to the closed distal end of the introducer; and
an outer shell defining the inner opening, the outer shell including a first section and a second section, the first section being removably attached to the second section along one seam that continuously extends longitudinally from the open proximal end on one lateral side of the introducer, transversely across the distal tip, to the open proximal end of the other lateral side of the introducer; and
a retractor including:
an open proximal end having a first cross-sectional dimension;
a distal end having a second cross-sectional dimension; and
a body defining an inner opening and having a first outer periphery that is smaller than the inner opening of the introducer along at least a portion of a length of the retractor, such that at least a portion of the length of the retractor is insertable into the inner opening of the introducer at the open proximal end of the introducer,
wherein the first cross-sectional dimension of the proximal end of the introducer is substantially larger than the second cross-sectional dimension of the distal end of the introducer and the first cross-sectional dimension of the proximal end of the retractor is substantially larger than the second cross-sectional dimension of the distal end of the retractor,
wherein the retractor is expandable such that the body attains a second outer periphery that is larger than the inner opening of the introducer, the retractor is expandable such that the proximal end of the retractor has a third cross-sectional dimension and the distal end of the retractor has a fourth cross-sectional dimension, the third cross-sectional dimension of the proximal end of the retractor being substantially larger than the fourth cross-sectional dimension of the distal end of the retractor.

US Pat. No. 10,390,812

TWO-STAGE SPINAL ACCESS ASSEMBLY

MH BROOK, INC., Hopkinto...

1. A surgical retractor system, comprising:a first retractor having a proximal end and a distal end, wherein the first retractor comprises a tube that can be passed through a tissue site to provide access through a first working channel forming a passage through an interior of the first retractor; and
a second retractor having a proximal end and a distal end and comprising a pair of blades proximate the distal end of the second retractor, each blade in the pair of blades being concave inward with respect to a second working channel proximal end axis of the blade;
wherein the second retractor has a first configuration in which the second retractor is dimensioned to be insertable through the first working channel of the first retractor, and wherein the proximal end of the second retractor is positionable in the vicinity of the first retractor distal end, and wherein a distance between the pair of blades can be expanded to form a second working channel through the second retractor while the second retractor proximal end is positioned through the first working channel such that the blades of the second retractor extend beyond the first retractor distal end and both the first retractor and second retractor simultaneously retract tissues and allow surgical access through the first and second working channels.

US Pat. No. 10,390,811

DEVICE FOR PROVIDING AN ACCESS OPENING IN A BODY, IN PARTICULAR FOR A SPINAL OPERATION

1. A device for providing an access opening in a human body, comprising:a tubular device body that extends along a longitudinal axis, said tubular device body, having a distal end configured to be positioned inside a human body and a proximal end configured to be positioned outside of the human body;
a guideway element configured to be positioned in an operating position in the region of the proximal end of the tubular device body, said guideway element can be brought into said operating position by pivoting around a swivel axis with respect to the tubular device body, said guideway element having a guideway region providing a ring shaped path of motion around the longitudinal axis of the tubular device body when said guideway element is in the operating position;
a movable optics-carrier movably carried on the guideway element so as to be movable along the ring shaped path of motion provided by the guideway region for adjusting a position of the optics carrier with respect to the guideway region when the guideway element is in the operating position; and
wherein the guideway element has a swivel/lock region for pivotable mounting and locking of the guideway element in the operating position on a swivel bracket element that extends away from the tubular device body.

US Pat. No. 10,390,810

MULTI-LUMEN TAMPER TUBE

Essential Medical, Inc., ...

1. A closure device for sealing a percutaneous puncture in a wall of a body passageway, the closure device comprising:a plug configured to engage a surface of the puncture;
a toggle configured to engage an internal surface of the body passageway;
an elongate filament coupled to the toggle and the plug configured to associate the plug with the toggle;
a locking member disposed along the elongate filament and configured to slide along the elongated filament to engage the plug; and
a tamper disposed on the elongate filament at a location that is proximal to the locking member, the tamper having a proximal end, a distal end spaced from the proximal end, a first lumen that extends from the proximal end to the distal end, and a second lumen that extends from the proximal end to the distal end, wherein the first lumen and the second lumens are sized such that the locking member is prevented from being pushed inside the first and second lumens when the tamper slides along the elongated filament to tamper the locking member against the plug.

US Pat. No. 10,390,809

INSERTION TOOL FOR A MEDICAL CLOSURE DEVICE

TERUMO EUROPE N.V., Leuv...

1. An insertion tool for a medical device for closure of an opening in a wall of a bodily organ, the medical device comprising a first member and a second member connected by a filament, the insertion tool comprising:a first housing;
a tamping tube having a proximal end that is located in the first housing, and a distal end that is located outside the first housing, the tamping tube being configured to allow the filament to be threaded therethrough;
a tamping trigger that is attached to the first housing, the tamping trigger being configured to releasably hold the tamping tube, and being configured to be actuated by a user;
a spring located in the first housing;
wherein the insertion tool is configured such that, (i) prior to actuation of the tamping trigger by the user, the tamping tube is held by the tamping trigger, and the spring is energized and applies an application force to the tamping tube, and (ii) upon actuation of the tamping trigger by the user, the tamping trigger releases the tamping tube and the spring advances the tamping tube in a distal direction relative to the first housing, such that the distal end of the tamping tube can bring together the first and second members of the medical device.

US Pat. No. 10,390,808

VASCULAR HOLE CLOSURE DEVICE

Rex Medical, L.P, Consho...

1. A device for closing an aperture in a vessel wall, the aperture having an external opening in an external region of the vessel wall and an internal opening in an internal region of the vessel wall, the device comprising:a distal covering member positionable inside the vessel against the internal opening of the aperture, the covering member having a first opening, a second opening, a third opening and a fourth opening;
a proximal first retainer positionable external of the vessel;
a proximal second retainer positionable external of the vessel; and
a first flexible connecting member operatively connecting the first retainer to the covering member and a second flexible connecting member operatively connecting the second retainer to the covering member, the first flexible connecting member advancing the first retainer toward the covering member, the first opening of the covering member restricting movement of the first flexible connecting member and the second opening of the covering member providing for freer movement of the first flexible connecting member, the second flexible connecting member advancing the second retainer toward the covering member, the third opening of the covering member restricting movement of the second flexible connecting member and the fourth opening of the covering member providing for freer movement of the second flexible connecting member.

US Pat. No. 10,390,807

VASCULAR HOLE CLOSURE DEVICE

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

1. A vascular device for closing an aperture in a wall of a vessel, the vascular device comprising:an intravascular distal covering member positionable inside the vessel, the covering member having a length and a width, the covering member pivoting from a first position to a second placement position when outside a delivery device;
an extravascular first retainer positionable external of the vessel, the first retainer positioned proximal of the covering member during delivery and placement outside of the aperture; and
a first flexible member extending between the distal covering member and the first retainer, wherein applying a proximally directed force on a portion of the first flexible member advances the first retainer distally toward the covering member as the position of the first retainer remains fixed with respect to a first end and a second end of the first flexible member.

US Pat. No. 10,390,806

DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR OBTAINING A TISSUE SAMPLE USING A BIOPSY TOOL

COVIDIEN LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A biopsy assembly comprising:a biopsy catheter having a proximal portion and a distal portion;
a navigation catheter configured to receive the biopsy catheter for positioning the biopsy catheter adjacent target tissue;
a coring component including:
a distal portion formed of two or more distally extending spiral blades disposed radially around a longitudinal center of the coring component;
a spiral slit defined between two spiral edges of two adjacent blades of the two or more distally extending blades; and
a proximal portion being coupled to the distal portion of the biopsy catheter,
wherein the two or more blades are configured to penetrate the target tissue and sever a tissue sample from the target tissue, and
wherein the spiral slit is configured to enable movement of the two or more distally extending blades towards the longitudinal center of the coring component to reduce a diameter of the distal portion of the coring component when the coring component is retracted from the target tissue; and
an anchor to anchor the biopsy catheter to the target tissue.

US Pat. No. 10,390,805

BIOPSY NEEDLE WITH LARGE FIBER DISTANCE AT THE TIP

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

14. A biopsy device comprising:a tubular member; and
a shaft movably accommodated within the tubular member, the shaft comprising:
a centered longitudinal axis;
a bevel at a distal end of the shaft, the a surface of the bevel facing upwardly;
a recess in the shaft adjacent the distal end of the shaft, the recess having a bottom surface and facing sidewardly, wherein upwardly and sidewardly are directions that are mutually offset in a circumferential direction about the centered longitudinal axis of the shaft; and
two channels formed in a longitudinal direction within the shaft, the two channels having corresponding openings in the bevel surface, and accommodating optical fibers, respectively,
wherein the two channels are in a plane laterally offset from the centered longitudinal axis in a direction away from the bottom surface of the recess.

US Pat. No. 10,390,804

SAMPLE COLLECTION

NEPESMO LIMITED, London ...

1. A sample collection apparatus comprising a filter assembly to filter samples of saliva collected therein, the filter assembly comprising:a first filter element arranged to separate relatively large particulate matter from a sample, by action of gravity drawing the relatively smaller particulate matter and liquid components through the first filter element,
the first filter element comprises an upwardly angled conical or frustoconical first filter surface, arranged with a wall, to pool the sample in a corner region between the first filter surface and the wall;
wherein the filter assembly comprises a second filter element; and
wherein the first and second filter elements are arranged in the filter assembly such that the output side of the first filter element is in fluid communication with the input side of the second filter element, and wherein the second filter element is arranged to separate relatively small particulate matter from a sample, by action of gravity drawing the liquid component through the second filter element such that only particulate matter below a predetermined threshold remains with the filtered liquid component.

US Pat. No. 10,390,803

FECES SAMPLING AND DETECTING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DETECTING FECES BASED ON THE DEVICE

W.H.P.M. BIORESEARCH AND ...

1. A feces sampling and detecting device comprising:a detector, wherein a plurality of detecting strips are provided in the detector;
a collector accommodated in the detector detachably;
a feces sampler for sealing the collector detachably; and
at least one puncturing part arranged at a bottom of the detector and facing the collector,
wherein the feces sampling and detecting device further comprises a notch provided at a top of a sidewall of the detector, the sidewall having a top and an opposite bottom, the notch extending downwardly from the top of the sidewall;
wherein the notch has a length extending downwardly from the top of the sidewall and the puncturing part has a height extending upwardly from the bottom of the detector, the length being substantially equal to the height;
wherein the notch has a width substantially perpendicular to the length, the width being adapted to allow a user to place a finger for pressing the collector or allow an automatic machine to press the collector to puncture the collector by the puncturing part; and
wherein the sum of the combined height of the feces sampler and the collector and the height of the puncturing part is less than or equal to the height of the detector, such that the top surface of the collector is below or in flush with the top surface of the detector prior to the puncturing of the collector by the puncturing part,
wherein:
the puncturing part comprises a plurality of identical right triangles attached to one another;
relatively long right-angle sides of the plurality of identical right triangles are attached to one another to form a central post, such that the plurality of identical right triangles are attached to one another through the central post, wherein the plurality of identical right triangles are disposed radially equal-distantly with respect to the central post;
a relatively short right-angle side of each of the right triangles is attached to the bottom of the detector; and
a diameter of the puncturing part decreases gradually towards the collector from the bottom of the detector.

US Pat. No. 10,390,802

EYESCAN APP FOR DETECTING IMPAIRMENT

1. A computer program product for testing impairment in an individual, the computer program product comprising a non-transitory computer readable storage medium having computer readable program code embodied therewith, the computer readable program code being configured to, when executed by a processor:initiate a test for impairment of a person in response to a button press of a user interface on a mobile computing device;
capture in response to the button press of the user interface, via a camera of the mobile computing device, an image of the person's eye;
record ocular features in the captured image;
measure a pupil size of the person's eye from the recorded ocular features in the captured image;
compare the measured pupil size to a stored threshold pupil size value;
determine whether the measured pupil size exceeds the threshold pupil size value; and
provide an electronic report indicating whether the person is impaired based on the determination of determine whether the measured pupil size exceeds the threshold pupil size value.

US Pat. No. 10,390,801

ULTRASONIC DIAGNOSTIC APPARATUS

Canon Medical Systems Cor...

1. An ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus, comprising:an ultrasonic probe including a plurality of piezoelectric transducers, and configured to generate ultrasonic waves in response to supplied driving pulse signals;
at least one pulser configured to output a driving pulse signal to at least one of the plurality of piezoelectric transducers;
a plurality of power supplies implemented by circuitry and associated with the at least one pulser to apply voltages to the at least one pulser for generation of the driving pulse signal; and
a controller implemented by circuitry, configured to alternately select, at predetermined timing, application of the voltages from the plurality of power supplies in a push pulse transmission period in shear wave elastography during which push pulses are transmitted by the ultrasonic probe so as to prevent voltage droop in the voltages applied to the at least one pulser, wherein
one of more power supplies of the plurality of power supplies that are not selected for the application of the voltages apply no voltage to the at least one pulser.

US Pat. No. 10,390,800

ULTRASOUND DIAGNOSIS METHOD AND ULTRASOUND DIAGNOSIS APPARATUS

SAMSUNG MEDISON CO., LTD....

1. An ultrasound diagnosis apparatus comprising:a probe;
an ultrasound transmitter configured to transmit ultrasound waves to an object by using the probe;
an ultrasound receiver configured to generate ultrasound data based on reflection waves corresponding to the transmitted ultrasound waves;
a bio-signal obtaining unit configured to obtain bio-signals that are periodically generated;
a data processor configured to obtain first loop image data and second loop image data based on the ultrasound data; and
an image generator configured to:
determine a first characteristic point in the first loop image data, based on the bio-signals;
determine a second characteristic point corresponding to the first characteristic point, in the second loop image data, based on the bio-signals; and
generate combined data by combining the first loop image data and the second loop data, image based on a location of the first characteristic point and a location of the second characteristic point.

US Pat. No. 10,390,799

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR INTERPOLATING LESION DETECTION

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A detection apparatus comprising:a memory configured to store instructions; and
at least one processor, when executing the stored instructions, is configured to:
receive a sequence of first images inputted in real time,
match a current image of the sequence of first images with a second image of reference images, the reference images previously stored prior to the receiving of the sequence of first images,
determine whether to interpolate a lesion area in the current image based on a matching result,
in response to determining that the current image is matched with the second image, acquire the lesion area of the current image by interpolating, based on the second image, the lesion area, and
in response to determining that the current image is not matched with the second image, detect the lesion area of the current image by using a lesion area detection algorithm.

US Pat. No. 10,390,798

COMPUTER-AIDED TRACKING AND MOTION ANALYSIS WITH ULTRASOUND FOR MEASURING JOINT KINEMATICS

Oxford University Innovat...

1. A motion analysis system, comprising:at least one ultrasonic imaging device;
at least one motion sensing device;
at least one computing device in data communication with the at least one ultrasonic imaging device and the at least one motion sensing device; and
a tracking application executable in the at least one computing device, the tracking application comprising logic that:
accesses video generated from the at least one ultrasonic imaging device and the at least one motion sensing camera;
tracks a target patch embodied in a plurality of frames of the ultrasound video by:
compressing a plurality of patches of individual ones of the frames of the ultrasound video into a plurality of vectors;
generating a space partitioning data structure for each of the frames of the ultrasound video;
identifying an image intensity feature for each frame utilizing a corresponding one of the space partitioning data structures generated for each frame of the ultrasound video; and
determines a plurality of optimized tracking locations for a sequence of the ultrasound video using the image intensity feature identified for each frame.

US Pat. No. 10,390,797

SHEAR WAVE VELOCITY ESTIMATION USING CENTER OF MASS

Koninklijke Philips N.V.,...

1. A device comprising:an ultrasound transducer configured to fire pushing beams into a medium, the medium comprising a material, wherein each pushing beam of the pushing beams comprises a pushing beam focus and is configured to produce a respective shear wave along a propagation path through the medium, the ultrasound transducer further being configured to issue tracking beams;
a multiline beamformer configured to form a plurality of spatially overlapping receive lines from respective echoes from the tracking beams, each respective tracking beam of the tracking beams comprising one transmit beam;
a beamforming circuitry configured to measure shear-wave induced displacements in the medium at different spatial locations along the propagation path of the respective shear wave in response to the plurality of spatially overlapping receive lines; and
a processor operatively connected with all the tracking beams,
wherein the processor is configured to use the shear-wave-induced displacements, measured at the different spatial locations along the propagation path by the beamforming circuitry, to determine a time value of a center of mass of a waveform of the respective shear wave for each of the different spatial locations by computing a time-of-arrival weighted average of a displacement curve of the respective shear wave based on the plurality of spatially overlapping receive lines,
wherein the time-of-arrival weighted average of the displacement curve is determined using time values of the displacement curve weighted by the respective shear-wave induced displacements of the displacement curve associated with the time values and measured by the beamforming circuitry at different sampling times associated with sampling that detects the shearwave induced displacements in the medium at each of the different spatial locations, and
wherein the time value of the center of mass of the waveform of the respective shear wave for each of the different spatial locations, determined by computing the time-of-arrival weighted average of the displacement curve for each of the different spatial locations, is representative of an arrival time of the respective shear wave at a respective location of the different spatial locations, each respective location of the different spatial locations having a respective time-of-arrival weighted average.

US Pat. No. 10,390,796

MOTION CORRECTION IN THREE-DIMENSIONAL ELASTICITY ULTRASOUND IMAGING

Siemens Medical Solutions...

1. A method for elasticity ultrasound imaging, the method comprising:acquiring, with an ultrasound system, first ultrasound data for a three-dimensional region, the first ultrasound data comprising voxels representing different locations distributed along three axes in the three-dimensional region at a first time;
acquiring, with the ultrasound system, second ultrasound data for the three-dimensional region, the second ultrasound data comprising voxels representing the different locations distributed along the three axes in the three-dimensional region at a second time different than the first time and while a region of interest for elasticity estimation is subject to application of stress, the region of interest being within the three-dimensional region;
identifying an anatomical landmark of the three-dimensional region and spaced from the region of interest for elasticity estimation and from a region of application of the stress, the anatomical landmark represented in the first and second ultrasound data, the identifying being by detection of a structure as the anatomical landmark by a processor processing each of the first ultrasound data for the structure and the second ultrasound data for the structure; then
determining motion of the anatomical landmark based on a difference in position as identified from the first time to the second time;
estimating elasticity in the three-dimensional region from the first and second ultrasound data, the elasticity estimated in the region of interest in the three-dimensional region;
motion correcting in the estimating of elasticity in the three-dimensional region from the first and second ultrasound data, the motion correcting being a function of the motion of the anatomical landmark; and
displaying a three-dimensional representation of the elasticity in the three-dimensional region.

US Pat. No. 10,390,795

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD

SAMSUNG MEDISON CO., LTD....

1. An ultrasound image processing apparatus comprising:a display configured to display a first rendered image corresponding to a volume data;
an input device configured to receive an edit request including a selection of an editing area in an image plane of the first rendered image, and a recover request, and to transmit the received information to an image processor; and
the image processor configured:
to determine, from the first rendered image, a first surface of a target object;
in response to the receipt of the edit request including the selection of the editing area, to determine a depth value which indicates a depth of a portion of the first surface of the target object, from the image plane, in the editing area,
to obtain a second rendered image which indicates at least a second surface of the target object in the editing area based on the depth value, wherein the portion of the first surface of the target object, the second surface, and the editing area are aligned with each other in a depth direction,
to control the display to display the second rendered image indicating an entire portion of the volume data that is below the second surface and is within the editing area, and
to control the display to display a third rendered image based on receiving the recover request,
wherein in the editing area, the third rendered image indicates a third surface at a depth deeper than the portion of the first surface indicated in the first rendered image and shallower than the second surface indicated in the second rendered image.

US Pat. No. 10,390,794

ULTRASOUND DIAGNOSTIC APPARATUS AND ULTRASOUND PROBE

Canon Medical Systems Cor...

1. An ultrasound diagnostic apparatus, comprising:an ultrasound probe including a plurality of transducers, a first memory, and binary state generation circuitry;
an apparatus main body to which the ultrasound probe is connected;
a second memory included in the apparatus main body and storing list information concerning a plurality of probe identifiers respectively corresponding to a plurality of ultrasound probes; and
processing circuitry included in the apparatus main body,
wherein the first memory stores probe use history information and encrypted probe identification information, the encrypted probe identification information being encrypted based on the probe use history information by the processing circuitry; and
the binary state generation circuitry is configured to generate a binary electrical state; and
the processing circuitry is further configured to
convert the binary electrical state into a probe identifier;
read the encrypted probe identification information and the probe use history information from the first memory;
decrypt the encrypted probe identification information based on the probe use history information;
determine whether there is first consistency between the probe identifier and the stored list information;
determine whether there is second consistency between the decrypted probe identification information and the stored list information; and
output a predetermined warning when there is not at least one of the first consistency and the second consistency.

US Pat. No. 10,390,793

BACKING ELEMENT OF ULTRASONIC PROBE, BACKING LAYER OF ULTRASONIC PROBE, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

Samsung Medison Co., Ltd....

1. A backing element of an ultrasonic probe, the backing element comprising:a member which is a component of a backing layer having a shape of a polygonal column that is configured to acoustically connect to an ultrasonic transducer element;
a conductive trace disposed at a first surface of the member and electrically connected to the ultrasonic transducer element; and
an electrode layer disposed on a second surface of the member, different from the first surface on which the conductive trace is disposed,
wherein the second surface of the member is acoustically connected to the ultrasonic transducer element,
the member has a recessed portion on the second surface, the electrode layer being divided by the recessed portion, and
portions of the electrode layer divided by the recessed portion are electrically connected through the ultrasonic transducer element.

US Pat. No. 10,390,792

ULTRASONIC DIAGNOSIS DEVICE AND METHOD OF DIAGNOSING BY USING THE SAME

SAMSUNG MEDISON CO., LTD....

1. An ultrasonic diagnosis system comprising:an auxiliary diagnosis device having an auxiliary probe, and
an ultrasonic diagnosis device including:
a first probe;
a memory storing instructions;
at least one processor configured to execute the instructions stored in the memory to perform functions to:
generate image data of a target object diagnosed by a first user based on ultrasonic signals transmitted to the target object from the first probe; and
confirm a first physical location of the first probe with respect to the target object;
a wired or wireless network communication transceiver performing functions to:
transmit the image data and information on the first physical location to the auxiliary diagnosis device distinct from the ultrasound diagnosis device across a wired or wireless network; and
receive, across the wired or wireless network from the auxiliary ultrasonic diagnosis device, information on a second physical location of the auxiliary probe of the auxiliary diagnosis device with respect to an auxiliary target object; and
an image processor controlling a display and executing instructions to cause the display to perform functions to display a location correction of the first probe wherein the location correction is a correlation between the first physical location of the first probe of the first ultrasonic diagnosis device and the second physical location of the auxiliary probe of the auxiliary ultrasonic diagnosis device, and the display of the location correction of the first probe includes the display of a location of the first probe that needs to be corrected as at least one selected from the group consisting of a moving direction, a moving distance, a scan direction, a scan range, a rotation direction, and a rotation angle.

US Pat. No. 10,390,790

RADIOGRAPHIC IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD, AND CONSOLE DEVICE

FUJIFILM Corporation, Mi...

1. A radiographic imaging apparatus, including an electronic cassette and a console device for radio communication with said electronic cassette, comprising:said electronic cassette including:
a transmitter for transmitting a beacon for said radio communication;
a regulation unit for regulating beaconing of said beacon in a predetermined specific state among plural operational states;
said console device including:
a receiver for receiving said beacon;
a processor configured for:
checking whether a communication failure has occurred in said radio communication according to a receiving state of said beacon in said receiver;
checking whether said electronic cassette is in said specific state or in a non-specific state different from said specific state;
validating generation of alert notification to notify said communication failure while said communication failure has occurred and said electronic cassette is in said non-specific state;
an alert indicator for generating said alert notification in case that said processor validates generation of said alert notification.

US Pat. No. 10,390,789

TWO-DIMENSIONAL X-RAY DETECTOR, CONE-BEAM CT APPARATUS AND METHOD USING REGION-OF-INTEREST

UNIVERSITY-INDUSTRY COOPE...

1. A two-dimensional X-ray detector comprising:an ROI table having a position and size of a region-of-interest (ROI) settable for each frame; and
an ROI controller configured to control the ROI based on the ROI table.

US Pat. No. 10,390,788

MULTIPLE-DIMENSION IMAGING SENSOR WITH OPERATION BASED ON DETECTION OF PLACEMENT IN MOUTH

DENTAL IMAGING TECHNOLOGI...

1. A method for determining that an intra-oral imaging sensor is positioned in a mouth of a patient, the intra-oral imaging sensor including a temperature sensor, the method comprising:receiving, by an electronic processor, an output from the temperature sensor indicative of a sensed temperature; and
determining that the intra-oral imaging sensor is positioned in the mouth of the patient based at least in part on the output from the temperature sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,390,787

OPTIMIZATION OF IMAGE ACQUISITION PARAMETERS FOR REGISTRATION WITH REFERENCE IMAGE

Varian Medical Systems, I...

1. An apparatus, comprising:one or more input for electronically obtaining a first image and for obtaining a plurality of image parameters that includes at least a first image parameter and a second image parameter;
a simulated image generator, and an image registration module coupled downstream with respect to the simulated image generator, wherein the simulated image generator and the image registration module are implemented using a processor;
wherein the simulated image generator is configured for electronically generating a plurality of simulated images based on the first image and the plurality of image parameters, the plurality of simulated images having at least a first simulated image computed based on the first image parameter, and a second simulated image computed based on the second image parameter, wherein the first simulated image has a first image quality, the second simulated image has a second image quality, and the first image quality is different from the second image quality;
wherein the image registration module is configured for signal processing to electronically perform a plurality of image registrations using the simulated images, and for generating registration data representing results from the act of performing the plurality of image registrations;
wherein the apparatus is configured to provide image acquisition parameter via a communication interface based at least on one or more of the registration data, and wherein in an imaging system that is configured to perform image acquisition, the image acquisition parameter controls or affects a manner in which the image acquisition is performed by the imaging system.

US Pat. No. 10,390,786

X-RAY DIAGNOSTIC APPARATUS

Canon Medical Systems Cor...

1. An X-ray diagnostic apparatus which generates an object image by detecting X-rays having passed through an object, the X-ray diagnostic apparatus comprising:a display configured to display the object image;
memory circuitry to store feature information items for distinguishing the object image from other images:
processing circuitry configured to perform display-order change processing, which is processing of changing a display order of the feature information items, and to cause the display to display the feature information items subjected to the display-order change processing as alternates; and
an input circuit configured to receive input of selecting a feature information item from the feature information items displayed on the display,
wherein the processing circuitry is further configured to
perform extraction processing which is processing of narrowing number of the feature information items down to predetermined number based on medical information related to at least one of examination and treatment,
cause the display to display the predetermined number of the feature information items extracted by the extraction processing as the alternates, and
acquire information on a treatment plan with respect to the object as the medical information and to select a treatment stage identified based on the information on a treatment plan as one of the alternates.

US Pat. No. 10,390,784

BONE DENSITOMETER

Hologic, Inc., Marlborou...

1. A method comprising:emitting a beam of radiation along a first scan path, wherein the first scan path is substantially transverse to a longitudinal axis of a patient, and wherein the first scan path encompasses a length of a femur of the patient;
detecting the beam of radiation along the first scan path;
processing the detected beam so as to form a plurality of first scan path images of the patient;
determining a degree of image alignment between adjacent portions of adjacent images of the plurality of first scan path images;
merging the adjacent images of the first scan path images at the adjacent portions to form a first scan path composite image;
measuring a bone mass density of a hip of the patient based at least in part on the detected beam; and
identifying a region in the first scan path composite image, wherein the region is associated with at least one of an atypical femoral fracture and a developing atypical femoral fracture.

US Pat. No. 10,390,782

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR ASCERTAINING AT LEAST ONE INDIVIDUAL FLUID-DYNAMIC CHARACTERISTIC PARAMETER OF A STENOSIS IN A VASCULAR SEGMENT HAVING SERIAL STENOSES

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

1. A method for ascertaining at least one individual fluid-dynamic characteristic parameter of a stenosis in a vascular segment of a body vessel having a plurality of serial stenoses, the method comprising:receiving, from an angiography recording device, angiography image data of the vascular segment;
ascertaining, by an analysis device, geometry data of the vascular segment based on the angiography image data;
combining the geometry data and the angiography image data to form a segment model of the vascular segment;
ascertaining, by a dividing device, at least one division point located between two serial stenosis of the plurality of serial stenosis, respectively, in the segment model by a predetermined division criterion, wherein the division criterion comprises a first stenosis with a local cross section smaller than a predetermined percentage of a virtual, stenosis-free interpolated vessel path upstream of the respective division point and a second stenosis with a local cross section smaller than a predetermined percentage of the virtual, stenosis-free interpolated vessel path downstream of the respective division point;
subdividing the segment model into subsegment models at the at least one division point, and
ascertaining, by a simulation device, the respective fluid-dynamic characteristic parameter for at least one of the subsegment models based on respective geometry data of the subsegment model, wherein the respective geometry data of each remaining subsegment model is ignored.

US Pat. No. 10,390,781

X-RAY APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING X-RAY APPARATUS

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. An X-ray apparatus comprising:an X-ray photographing unit configured to acquire first image information by irradiating an X-ray of a first dose to an object;
a control unit configured to determine existence/nonexistence of a density abnormality of the object on the basis of the first image information;
an output unit configured to display information about the existence/nonexistence of the density abnormality; and
an input unit configured to receive an input about rephotographing of the first image information from a user,
wherein when the rephotographing is not requested in the input, the X-ray photographing unit further acquires second image information by irradiating an X-ray of a second dose greater than the first dose, and
the second dose is determined on the basis of at least one of a measured object thickness and object density.

US Pat. No. 10,390,780

METHOD AND X-RAY DEVICE FOR TEMPORAL UP-TO-DATE REPRESENTATION OF A MOVING SECTION OF A BODY, COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT AND DATA CARRIER

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

1. A method for temporally up-to-date displaying a moving section of a body, comprising:providing an x-ray image data record comprising image data of the moving section in a movement phase, the image data record comprising a 2D x-ray image superimposed and registered with a 3D x-ray image, wherein the x-ray image data record is a patient-specific model of the moving section;
segmenting the patient-specific model of the moving section in the 3D x-ray image;
repeatedly recording 2D x-ray images comprising image data of the moving object in real time during a medical intervention using an x-ray device, wherein the x-ray device comprises an x-ray emitter, an assigned x-ray detector, and an x-ray image generation unit, or equivalents thereof, wherein the x-ray image generation unit comprises a computer, microprocessor, or equivalents thereof;
repeatedly recording 3D ultrasound images comprising image data of the moving object in real time during the medical intervention using an ultrasound sensor, the 3D ultrasound images recorded simultaneously when recording the 2D x-ray images;
determining and updating a position of the patient-specific model in real time using the recorded 3D ultrasound images and without assignment to a 3D x-ray image,
registering the 3D ultrasound images with the simultaneously recorded 2D x-ray images in real time;
creating real time 2D x-ray images from the recorded 2D x-ray images registered with the recorded 3D ultrasound images, the real time 2D x-ray images comprising the updated position of the moving section using the 3D ultrasound images, wherein the position of the moving section is projected onto the recorded 2D x-ray images in real time using the recorded 3D ultrasound images;
superimposing the segmented patient-specific model of the moving section in the 3D x-ray image with the real time 2D x-ray images to show the updated position of the moving section in real time; and
displaying the superimposed model of the moving section with a display device.

US Pat. No. 10,390,779

X-RAY IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. An X-ray imaging apparatus comprising:an X-ray source configured to generate and radiate X-rays;
an imaging device configured to photograph an image of an object;
a controller configured to acquire object direction information from the photographed image of the object, and determine whether the object direction information corresponds to an imaging information included in an imaging protocol, the imaging information including at least one of a position of the object and a posture of the object; and
a user interface configured to output a warning in response to a determination by the controller that the object direction information does not correspond to the at least one of the position of the object and the posture of the object from the imaging protocol.

US Pat. No. 10,390,778

GANTRY

Canon Medical Systems Cor...

1. A gantry comprising:a rotating frame including an X-ray tube and an X-ray detector configured to detect X-rays emitted from the X-ray tube;
a fixing mechanism configured to support the rotating frame so as to be rotatable on a rotation axis;
a cover configured to cover the rotating frame; and
an air sending mechanism that is installed on a lateral face on an outer circumferential side of the cover with respect to the rotation axis and is configured to send air sucked in from an exterior of the rotating frame to the rotation axis side of the rotating frame, wherein
the air sending mechanism is installed so as to be offset from the rotating frame, to be tilted at a predetermined angle with respect to the rotation axis direction, and to be tilted with respect to a plane vertical to the rotation axis direction.

US Pat. No. 10,390,777

TRANSFORMABLE IMAGING SYSTEM

Medtronic Navigation, Inc...

1. An imaging system configured to acquire images of a subject, comprising:a source configured to emit an energy;
a detector configured to detect the emitted energy and generate image data based on the detected emitted energy;
a base; and
a track attached to the base and extending along an arc around a center;
wherein both the source and the detector are individually and independently moveable on the track along the arc around the center from a first position to a second position, wherein the second position has a greater distance between the source and the detector than the first position;
wherein both the source and the detector are configured to move along the arc around the center independently on the track.

US Pat. No. 10,390,776

THREE-DIMENTIONAL SERIAL FOCUSED INTRAORAL DIGITAL TOMOSYNTHESIS SCANNER AND CONTROLLING METHOD THEREOF

China Medical University,...

1. A three-dimensional serial focused intraoral digital tomosynthesis scanner for scanning a patient's mouth, the three-dimensional serial focused intraoral digital tomosynthesis scanner comprising:a frame body comprising a central axis and a light source seat, wherein the light source seat is moved along a scanning path and rotated around the central axis;
an image capturing module disposed on the light source seat and reciprocated along the scanning path, wherein the image capturing module is configured to generate a light beam emitted from an outside to the patient's mouth;
a photosensitive member connected to the frame body and positioned in the patient's mouth, wherein the light beam is emitted to the photosensitive member, the light beam is moved along the scanning path corresponding to the photosensitive member so as to generate a plurality of two-dimensional optical images by the image capturing module, and the photosensitive member has a flaky shape; and
an image processing module electrically connected to the image capturing module, wherein the image processing module receives the two-dimensional optical images and calculates the two-dimensional optical images to generate a three-dimensional image.

US Pat. No. 10,390,775

INTER-DETECTOR SCATTER ENHANCED EMISSION TOMOGRAPHY

Massachusetts Institute o...

1. An emission tomography system for acquiring a series of medical images of a subject, the system comprising:a bore configured to receive the subject having been administered a dose of a radiotracer;
a detector system having a field of view and arranged about the bore configured to receive gamma rays emitted from the subject as a result of the dose of the radiotracer and communicate signals corresponding to the gamma rays;
a data processing system configured to:
receive the signals from the detector system;
determine, from the signals, photon coincidence events involving two photons;
apply a set of predetermined factors to determine, from the signals, photon coincidence events involving more than two photons;
sort the photon coincidence events involving two photons along projected lines of response in the field of view;
sort and weight the photon coincidence events involving more than two photons along projected lines of response based at least on the sorted photon coincidence events involving two photons; and
a reconstruction system configured to receive the sorted photon coincidence events involving two photons and the sorted photon coincidence events involving more than two photons from the data processing system and reconstruct therefrom a series of medical images of the subject.

US Pat. No. 10,390,774

ANNULAR RING TARGET MULTI-SOURCE CT SYSTEM

1. A multiple-source computed tomography system comprising:an annular vacuum chamber disposed around a passage;
a supporting system configured to support within the passage an item selected from the group consisting of an object and a living organism to be imaged;
a target ring disposed within the chamber, the passage passing through an axial opening of the target ring;
a plurality of electron beam emitters mounted to a mechanically rotatable emitter gantry within the vacuum chamber, each electron beam emitter configured to emit an electron beam towards the target ring and to cause emissions of x-rays at an impact location of the electron beam on the target ring;
an x-ray radiation detector array disposed within the passage and mounted upon a rotatable detector gantry, the rotatable detector gantry configured to rotate during imaging at a different angular velocity than rotation of the rotatable emitter gantry;
an image processing system configured to receive projection data from the radiation detector array, and to generate tomographic images from the projection data received from the radiation detector array.

US Pat. No. 10,390,773

X-RAY COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY APPARATUS, A TOP-PLATE CONTROL APPARATUS, AND A TOP-PLATE CONTROL METHOD

Canon Medical Systems Cor...

1. An X ray computed tomography apparatus, comprising:a gantry including an X ray tube configured to generate X rays and an X ray detector configured to detect the X rays transmitted through a subject;
a bed arranged at a front surface side of the gantry and including a top plate configured to move toward an opening of the gantry;
input interface circuitry configured to receive input of an imaging plan concerning imaging of the subject; and
control circuitry configured to control the bed so that the top plate does not move to a back surface side of the gantry when the input interface circuitry receives the input of the imaging plan indicative of imaging a part of the subject inserted from the back surface side into the opening.

US Pat. No. 10,390,772

SCALE-BASED ON-DEMAND CARE SYSTEM

Physiowave, Inc., Menlo ...

11. An apparatus for use with a plurality of user devices, each the plurality of user devices including circuitry to collect and to communicate user data, the apparatus comprising:a weighing scale including:
a platform in which a plurality of sensors are integrated and configured and arranged for engaging a user; and
processing circuitry including a CPU and a memory circuit configured and arranged under the platform upon which the user stands, wherein at least some of the processing circuitry is electrically integrated with the plurality of sensors under the platform and configured to collect physiological data from the user by:
authorizing communication by the weighing scale platform with the plurality of user devices and/or medical devices and, in response to the authorization, receives the user data from the plurality of user devices and/or medical devices;
aggregating scale-obtained data collected from the user while the user is standing on the platform with the user data from the plurality of user devices and/or medical devices;
filtering a database or a system of computer networks with the aggregated data in response to the aggregated data matching trigger data indicating the user is at risk for a health condition; and
providing the aggregated data and filtered data to external circuitry accessible by a healthcare professional for review and for providing on-demand care.

US Pat. No. 10,390,771

SAFETY MONITORING WITH WEARABLE DEVICES

1. A computer implemented method comprising, by at least one processor:receiving a user input for the creation of a user heart-beat profile associated with a user wearing a wearable computing device, wherein the user input further specifies a particular activity or time of day associated with the heart-beat profile;
in response to the user input, monitoring real-time heart rate information over a period of time from a sensor component coupled to the wearable computing device;
generating heart rate calibration information based on the monitoring;
storing the heart rate calibration information in association with the particular activity or time of day;
receiving, from the sensor component coupled to the wearable computing device, real-time heart rate information associated with the user;
accessing the heart rate calibration information associated with the heart-beat profile;
detecting an irregularity based on a comparison between the real-time heart rate information and the heart rate calibration information;
based on the detected irregularity, accessing a contact information associated with a user profile; and
transmitting a message based on the contact information.

US Pat. No. 10,390,770

MEDICAL OVERLAY MIRROR

Invention Science Fund I,...

1. A system, comprising:at least one processor; and
one or more instructions which, when executed on the at least one processor, configure the at least one processor for performing one or more operations including at least:
providing a display of at least one field of view of a light reflecting structure;
facilitating a zoomed-in display of the at least one field of view of the light reflecting structure responsive to a selection by a user of a region of the at least one field of view for the zoomed-in display;
identifying one or more landmarks present within one or more images and present within the zoomed-in display;
registering at least some of the one or more images with the at least one field of view of the light reflecting structure at least partially based on the identifying the one or more landmarks present within the one or more images and present within the zoomed-in display;
comparing at least one specified feature visible in at least one of the one or more images or the at least one field of view of the light reflecting structure against at least one reference value associated with the at least one specified feature;
overlaying at least one portion of at least one of the one or more images or the at least one field of view of the light reflecting structure; and
outputting one or more presentations of the at least one of the one or more images or the at least one field of view of the light reflecting structure, including at least outputting at least one alert if the at least one specified feature exceeds the at least one reference value by at least one defined amount.

US Pat. No. 10,390,769

PERSONALIZED AVATAR RESPONSIVE TO USER PHYSICAL STATE AND CONTEXT

KC Holding I, Mayfield V...

1. A system, comprising:a memory having stored thereon computer executable components;
a processor that executes at least the following computer executable components:
an avatar rendering component configured to generate an instructor avatar and present the instructor avatar to two or more users during concurrent performance of a group fitness routine, wherein the instructor avatar is configured to facilitate performance of the group fitness routine by the two or more users;
a reception component configured to receive first biofeedback from a first user of the two or more users and second biofeedback from a second user of the two or more users during the concurrent performance of the group fitness routine;
an analysis component configured to evaluate first user performance of the group fitness routine by the first user based on comparison of the first biofeedback and the second biofeedback; and
a reaction component configured to determine an avatar reaction based on an aspect of the first user performance determined based on the comparison, and cause the instructor avatar to perform the avatar reaction.

US Pat. No. 10,390,768

DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR VISUALLY DEPICTING A VESSEL AND EVALUATING TREATMENT OPTIONS

Volcano Corporation, San...

21. A method of evaluating a vessel of a patient, comprising:introducing an instrument into the vessel of the patient;
moving the instrument longitudinally through the vessel of the patient from a first position to a second position;
obtaining pressure measurements from the instrument at a plurality of positions along the vessel as the instrument is moved longitudinally through the vessel;
calculating pressure ratios of the pressure measurements obtained by the instrument;
visually depicting the pressure ratios on a display, wherein the visual depiction of the pressure ratios comprises a graph including a graphical representation of the pressure ratios; and
modifying the graph to simulate one or more treatment options, wherein modifying the graph comprises changing a shape of the graphical representation in the graph to simulate an increase in the pressure ratios resulting from the one or more treatment options.

US Pat. No. 10,390,767

HEMODYNAMIC RISK SEVERITY BASED UPON DETECTION AND QUANTIFICATION OF CARDIAC DYSRHYTHMIA BEHAVIOR USING A PULSE VOLUME WAVEFORM

Intelomed Inc., Wexford,...

1. A method for identifying a cardiac dysrhythmia condition, the method comprising:receiving, by a computing device, a biological signal emulating an arterial pulse wave from a sensor in data communication with a human body;
identifying, by the computing device, a plurality of signal peaks within the biological signal;
identifying, by the computing device, a peak amplitude for each of the plurality of signal peaks;
identifying, by the computing device, a time occurrence for each of the plurality of signal peaks;
calculating, by the computing device, a plurality of amplitude differences, wherein each amplitude difference of the plurality of amplitude differences is calculated from a first peak amplitude of a first peak and a second peak amplitude of a second peak;
calculating, by the computing device, a plurality of time differences, wherein each time difference of the plurality of time differences is calculated from a first time occurrence of the first peak and a second time occurrence of the second peak;
composing, with the computing device, a histogram reflective of at least the plurality of time differences, the histogram including at least one peak around a primary time difference of the plurality of time differences;
comparing, with the computing device, a plurality of amplitude differences with an amplitude threshold and a plurality of time differences with a time threshold to find at least one an anomalous amplitude difference that exceeds an amplitude threshold and at least one anomalous time difference that exceeds a time threshold;
determining at least one time difference dispersion metric associated with the time difference histogram, the time difference dispersion metric including at least one of a peak width of the primary time difference peak, a secondary time difference peak in addition to the primary time difference peak, or an asymmetric primary time difference peak; and
identifying a cardiac dysrhythmia condition based upon at least one of the time difference dispersion metrics associated with the time difference histogram during the occurrence of the at least one anomalous amplitude difference and the at least one anomalous time difference.

US Pat. No. 10,390,766

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PREDICTING AN EXCITATION PATTERN OF A DEEP BRAIN STIMULATION

General Electric Company,...

1. An apparatus for predicting an excitation pattern of a deep brain stimulation (DBS) from monitored bioelectrical signals, the apparatus comprising:a housing having a signal input and a signal output; and
an electrical circuit disposed within the housing and electrically coupled between the signal input and the signal output, the electrical circuit configured to:
receive bioelectrical signals corresponding to an excitation signal transmitted by a pulse generator during a DBS;
convert the bioelectrical signals into digital logic pulses;
predict a future timing pattern of the excitation signal from the digital logic pulses; and
generate an output from the future timing pattern, the output comprising a log of time stamps predictive of future active transmission periods of neurological excitation.

US Pat. No. 10,390,765

DECISION SUPPORT SYSTEM FOR ANTICIPATING A MYOCARDIAL ISCHEMIC EVENT

Cerner Innovation, Inc., ...

1. Computer-readable media having computer-executable instructions embodied thereon that when executed by one or more processors, provide a method for anticipating myocardial ischemia, the method comprising:acquiring, using one or more patient monitors, a plurality of measurements of vital signs for the a patient, the vital sign measurements acquired over a timespan;
constructing, via the one or more computer processors, a vital signs time series from the acquired measurements;
determining, via a the one or more computer processors, a linear model and cusp catastrophe model based on the vital signs time series;
calculating, via the one or more computer processors, a goodness-of-fit measure for the linear model and cusp model;
determining, via the one or more computer processors, a likelihood of the patient experiencing a myocardial ischemia occurrence over a future timeframe by determining that the cusp model transgresses a first threshold or exceeds a second threshold for a ratio of linear-to-cusp model; and
based on the determined likelihood, initiating a response action to avoid patient mortality.

US Pat. No. 10,390,764

CONTINUOUS STRESS MEASUREMENT WITH BUILT-IN ALARM FATIGUE REDUCTION FEATURES

Samsung Electronics Compa...

1. A method for monitoring a stress level of a user comprising:determining, based on biological measurements of one or more physiological markers received in a first sampling mode of an electronic device, the stress level of the user;
determining that the stress level of the user is above a threshold level; and
dynamically switching the first sampling mode of the electronic device to a second sampling mode in response to the determination that the stress level of the user is above a threshold level, the second sampling mode being different from the first sampling mode.

US Pat. No. 10,390,763

METHOD, SYSTEM, NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR CALIBRATING TIME OF PHYSIOLOGICAL DATA

TAIDOC TECHNOLOGY CORPORA...

1. A method for calibrating time of a physiological data, which is adapted to a physiological monitoring device for measuring at least one physiological parameter, comprising:providing the physiological monitoring device comprising a memory for storing a physiological data with a first measurement time, and the physiological monitoring device having a first counting time;
establishing a wireless communication channel between the physiological monitoring device and a time calibration device having a second counting time;
comparing the first counting time and the second counting time to obtain a counting time deviation value;
comparing the counting time deviation value with a predetermined time deviation value;
calibrating the first measurement time of the physiological data, wherein when the counting time deviation value exceeds the predetermined time deviation value, the first measurement time and the counting time deviation value are computed to obtain a calibrated measurement time of the physiological data; and
comparing the counting time deviation value and a second predetermined time deviation value, wherein the first counting time is calibrated to the second counting time when the counting time deviation value exceeds the second predetermined time deviation value.

US Pat. No. 10,390,762

PHYSIOLOGICAL METRIC ESTIMATION RISE AND FALL LIMITING

VALENCELL, INC., Raleigh...

3. A method of processing data provided by a physiological sensor, the method comprising:receiving a time domain physiological waveform from the physiological sensor;
converting the received physiological waveform from the time domain to a frequency domain to generate a physiological spectrum;
determining, using the physiological spectrum, an instantaneous estimate of a physiological metric;
comparing the instantaneous estimate to a current filtered estimate of the physiological metric;
computing a revised filtered estimate of the physiological metric based on the current filtered estimate and a rate limit and responsive to the comparison between the instantaneous estimate and the current filtered estimate, said revised filtered estimate comprising a sum of the current filtered estimate and an extremum value, said extremum value comprising the extremum of the rate limit and a difference between the instantaneous estimate and the current filtered estimate; and
outputting the revised filtered estimate to an output interface;
wherein the rate limit comprises one of a first rate limit for an increasing physiological metric and a second rate limit for a decreasing physiological metric, where a magnitude of the second rate limit relative to the current filtered estimate is different from a magnitude of the first rate limit relative to the current filtered estimate; and
wherein the revised filtered estimate comprises:
the sum of the current filtered estimate and the extremum value wherein the extremum value comprises the minimum of the first rate limit and the difference between the instantaneous estimate and the current filtered estimate when the instantaneous estimate is greater than the current filtered estimate; and
the sum of the current filtered estimate and the extremum value wherein the extremum value comprises the maximum of the second rate limit and the difference between the instantaneous estimate and the current filtered estimate when the instantaneous estimate is less than the current filtered estimate.

US Pat. No. 10,390,761

DEVICE, DEVICE CONTROL METHOD AND CONTROL PROGRAM, AND SYSTEM

KYOCERA Corporation, Kyo...

1. A method of controlling a device having a sensor and a housing on which the sensor is mounted, the method comprising:detecting an angular movement of the housing as a detection value or a continuous detection value while the housing is in a leaning state; and
calculating a vital sign of the user based on the detection value or the continuous detection value, wherein
the detection value is at least one of acceleration and angular velocity of the device,
the continuous detection value is at least one of continuous acceleration and continuous angular velocity,
the leaning state is a state where a contact portion of the housing is in contact with a detected part of a user and a predetermined portion of the device is in contact with a stage, which is independent from the movement of the housing, and
the vital sign is at least one of a blood pressure, a pulse pressure, a pulse, and a pulsating force.

US Pat. No. 10,390,760

CARRIER SYSTEM FOR A MEDICAL DEVICE WORN ON THE BODY

Roche Diabetes Care, Inc....

1. A carrier system for use with a medical device worn on the body, the carrier system comprising:a substantially flat carrier layer;
a pressure sensitive adhesive coating on an underside of the carrier layer, the pressure sensitive adhesive coating configured to adhere to the skin of a body part;
a dimensionally stable platform positioned on an upper side of the carrier layer, the platform having adherend tracks arranged in a predefined pattern on a bottom side thereof; and
a structural adhesive disposed along the adherend tracks and forming paths corresponding to the predefined pattern;
wherein the adherend tracks and structural adhesive form a joining area of the platform which is joined to the upper side of the carrier layer.

US Pat. No. 10,390,759

PHYSICAL ASSESSMENT PARAMETER MEASURING DEVICE

Welch Allyn, Inc., Skane...

1. A physical assessment parameter sensing patch comprising:a first layer including an adhesive configured to be removably applied to a surface of a subject;
a circuit fixed relative to the first layer and including a sensor unit and a communication unit, the sensor unit operable to detect one or more physical assessment parameters of the subject, and the communication unit configured to wirelessly communicate with a reading device;
an antenna electrically connected to the communication unit and configured to receive and transmit a radio frequency signal, the antenna movably disposed within the sensing patch relative to the first layer; and
an antenna enclosure fixed relative to the first layer and configured to movably receive the antenna therein such that the antenna is movable within the antenna enclosure as the first layer deforms;
wherein the antenna is connected at an anchor point within the antenna enclosure, and the antenna is adapted to float freely within the antenna enclosure relative to the anchor point; and
wherein the antenna is made from etched metal foil.

US Pat. No. 10,390,758

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR TRIAGE AND SUBSEQUENT ESCALATION BASED ON BIOSIGNALS OR BIOMETRICS

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A non-transitory machine-readable medium storing machine executable instructions that when executed causes a computing system to control operations comprising:acquiring first signals in a first mode from a user via a first sensor of a user-wearable device;
processing the first signals to determine whether to enter a second mode to provide further information to the user; and
upon determining to enter the second mode:
providing, on a display, at least one instruction to the user appropriate for the second mode;
determining whether to acquire second signals with a second sensor based on determining that the user has complied with the at least one instruction; and
upon determining to acquire the second signals:
acquiring the second signals; and
providing, on the display, at least one follow-up instruction to the user based on processing the acquired second signals.

US Pat. No. 10,390,757

SYSTEM AND METHOD TO MONITOR A PHYSIOLOGICAL PARAMETER OF AN INDIVIDUAL

WITHINGS, Issy les Mouli...

1. A method to monitor movements and at least body temperature or heart rate of an individual and give a notice to said individual about said individual's sleep quality conditions, said method comprising a first set of steps:a—collect over a first time period, said movements and at least body temperature or heart rate of the individual with a bed mat sensor, and a plurality of life parameters,
b—calculate, by means of a computation device, a data of interest from collected samples of the movements and at least body temperature or heart rate, and monitor the evolution over time of said data of interest, the data of interest being a quality sleep index,
c—detect, by the computation device, an unexpected or inadvertent deviation in the evolution over time of said data of interest, said unexpected or inadvertent deviation forming a break event, occurred at a first instant (T1),
d—store, in remnant memory of the computation device, the previously collected values of the plurality of life parameters over a first time window DT1 (T0-T1) preceding said break event, to form a reference values collection of life parameters, attached to said individual and to the break event,said method comprising a later, second set of steps:e—collect over a second time period, the same values of said plurality of life parameters,
f—compare said values of the life parameters collected over the second time period to the reference values collection of life parameters stored in remnant memory by the computation device, and if the difference is less than a predefined threshold, give a notice to the individual by a portable communication device, wherein the bed mat sensor is configured to exchange data with the portable communication device, and the computation device is connected to the portable communication device.

US Pat. No. 10,390,756

BIO-STIMULATING AND BIO-SIGNAL MEASURING CIRCUIT

ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMU...

1. A circuit for measuring a bio-stimulating signal and a bio-signal, the circuit comprising:a bio-stimulating signal generating circuit configured to generate the bio-stimulating signal and deliver the bio-stimulating signal to a first node when the circuit is in a bio-stimulating mode;
a bio-signal electrode coupled to the first node to:
receive the bio-stimulating signal from the first node when the circuit is in the bio-stimulating mode, and
provide the bio-signal to the first node when the circuit is in a bio-signal measuring mode;
a first resistor coupled between the first node and a second node;
a second resistor coupled between the second node and a switch block;
the switch block coupled between a ground and the second resistor and configured to turn on when a voltage of the bio-stimulating signal is greater than a first reference voltage or lower than a second reference voltage and to turn off when the voltage of the bio-stimulating signal is less than the first reference voltage and greater than the second reference voltage,
wherein the first and second resistors operate to divide a voltage of the first node to produce a voltage of the second node when the switch block is turned on; and
a bio-signal measuring circuit configured to measure the voltage of the second node,
wherein the first reference voltage is greater than the second reference voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,390,755

MONITORING BODY MOVEMENT OR CONDITION ACCORDING TO MOTION REGIMEN WITH CONFORMAL ELECTRONICS

Elwha LLC, Bellevue, WA ...

1. A system, comprising:a deformable substrate configured to conform to a body portion of an individual subject;
a sensor assembly coupled to the deformable substrate, the sensor assembly configured to generate one or more sense signals based on detection of at least one of a movement of the body portion or at least one physiological parameter of the body portion;
a processor operably coupled to the sensor assembly and configured to receive the one or more sense signals, the processor including circuitry configured to identify a physiological state of the individual subject based on at least one of the movement of the body portion or the at least one physiological parameter of the body portion;
a memory device accessible by the processor and storing a motion regimen having a plurality of choreographed movements of at least the body portion; and
an effector configured to conform to the body portion and operably coupled to the processor and configured to effect at least one predetermined motion of the body portion corresponding to the motion regimen responsive to control by the processor, wherein the processor is configured to control the effector to effect a second choreographed movement of the body portion of the motion regimen upon determination that the body portion executed a first choreographed movement of the motion regimen based at least on the one or more sense signals from the sensor assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,390,754

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MOTION ESTIMATION MODEL FOR CARDIAC AND RESPIRATORY MOTION COMPENSATION

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

1. A method comprising:training a motion estimation model based on tracked electrodes of a first catheter and a tracked second catheter in a sequence of training images, wherein training the motion estimation model comprises:
detecting the electrodes of the first catheter and the second catheter in each training image sequence of training images;
calculating features in each training image based on locations of the electrodes of the first catheter;
determining a cardiac cycle value for each training image based on the calculated features; and
determining a correspondence between the cardiac cycle values and positions of the second catheter in the training images;
tracking the first catheter in a plurality of frames of a fluoroscopic image sequence; and
estimating cardiac and respiratory motion of a portion of a heart in each of the plurality of frames based on a position of the second catheter determined from the tracking of the first catheter using the trained motion estimation model, the trained motion estimation model trained based on tracking the first catheter and the second catheter in the sequence of training images.

US Pat. No. 10,390,753

BLISTER STRIP

ALLTEST GmbH, Linz (AT)

1. A blister strip which can be stuck onto skin and is formed from at least two films and comprises at least one applicator for applying a medium contained in a blister and the substances contained in the medium onto or into the skin, wherein the blister strip comprises an upper film which has at least one protuberance, wherein the lower side of the upper film, which lower side surrounds each protuberance, is designed so as to be adhesive, and the blister strip comprises a lower film which covers the lower surface of the blister strip and can be pulled off from the adhesive lower side of the upper film,wherein:
in at least one protuberance of the upper film one applicator is located, said applicator is located between first and second partial volumes of the protuberance,
the first partial volume of the protuberance is located between the applicator and the lower film,
the second partial volume of the protuberance is located between the top surface of the protuberance and the applicator and contains the medium,
each applicator has at least one opening which connects the first and the second partial volumes, and
said opening is sealed in the unopened state of the blister strip to separate said first partial volume and said second partial volume of the protuberance from each other in a sealed manner.

US Pat. No. 10,390,752

COGNITIVE CHAIR FOR MONITORING PARKINSON'S DISEASE PROGRESSION

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A computer-implemented method for assessing Parkinson's symptoms, the method comprising:receiving, by a processor, pressure data from a plurality of pressure sensors, at least some of the plurality of pressure sensors are positioned on a seat of a chair and comprise a first conductive fabric layer, a layer of pressure sensitive electrically conductive material, and a second conductive fabric layer,
analyzing, by the processor, the pressure data to determine the severity of a unified Parkinson's disease rating scale factor for a patient, wherein analyzing the pressure data comprises classifying a degree to which the patient is experiencing a symptom with a machine learning model,
receiving, by the processor, a prior patient analysis, the prior patient analysis comprising a prior unified Parkinson's disease rating scale factor for the patient,
comparing, by the processor, the prior patient analysis to the severity of the unified Parkinson's disease rating scale factor,
calculating, based upon the comparison, an estimated progression of disease for the patient, and
outputting, to a user interface of a display, the pressure data, a sound status indicator comprising an ambient noise level, and a light status indicator comprising a light level.

US Pat. No. 10,390,751

FEEDBACK DEVICE FOR REDUCTION OF FOOT SKIN DAMAGE IN PATIENTS WITH SENSORY LOSS

RxFunction, Inc., Eden P...

1. A system for reducing foot skin damage caused by sustained elevated pressures, the system comprising:a) at least one sensor positionable under a foot of a user, wherein the at least one sensor is positioned to sense an amount of force applied to the at least one sensor, wherein the at least one sensor is configured to generate, during user stance and dynamic activities, user foot pressure information signals and transmit the pressure information signals;
b) a signal processing subsystem, the subsystem configured to receive the user foot pressure information signals, compare the user foot pressure information signals to a predetermined temporal force threshold, and generate user foot pressure control signals comprising temporal information reflecting an amount of force applied to the at least one sensor; and
c) at least one stimulator configured to be responsive to the user foot pressure control signals to provide stimulation based on the user foot pressure control signals, thereby providing feedback to the user to allow corrective action to reduce or eliminate skin damage.

US Pat. No. 10,390,750

DEVICE FOR MEASURING PRESSURE IN A FLUID

1. A device for measuring pressure in a fluid, comprising:a holder having a first clamping portion, a second clamping portion, and at least two pressure transducers arranged between the first and second clamping portions;
each pressure transducer having a measurement surface;
a cassette having at least two measurement chambers which can be filled with a fluid, wherein each measurement chamber is mechanically coupled to the measurement surface of a respective one of the pressure transducer by a membrane and each measurement chamber has at least two connection points for a fluid flow; and
a pressing roller with which the cassette is fixed to the holder;
wherein the cassette has two outer flanges positioned opposite each other, wherein one of the flanges engages in a clamping edge of the first clamping portion of the holder and the other flange engages in the pressing roller, wherein the pressing roller is held in a rotatable manner at the second clamping portion of the holder.

US Pat. No. 10,390,748

MONITORING A DRIVER OF A VEHICLE

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A driver state monitoring (DSM) system configured to interact with a vehicle, the DSM system comprising:a wearable device comprising a main body configured to be worn by a user;
a display unit disposed in the main body;
an information collection unit disposed in the main body and configured to collect information related to a body state of the user; and
a controller disposed in the main body and configured to:
sense a plurality of situations associated with the user's body state based on the collected information;
for each of the sensed plurality of situations, determine body states of the user based on the collected information;
digitize the determined body states of the user into a plurality of numerical values that respectively represent the determined body states of the user corresponding to each sensed situation, based on a plurality of pre-stored information for the sensed plurality of situations associated with different body states of the user;
determine whether the vehicle connected to the wearable device is in a state of being driven;
based on a determination that the vehicle being in the state of being driven, calculate a well-driving score for the user based on a sum of the numerical values that respectively represent the determined body states of the user corresponding to each sensed situation before the user driving the vehicle; and
based on the user driving the vehicle, control at least one of the display unit or an image information output device disposed in the vehicle to display the well-driving score and the numerical values that respectively represent the determined body states of the user corresponding to each sensed situation,
wherein the plurality of pre-stored information for the sensed plurality of situations comprises information including a user's average sleep time corresponding to an average of durations of sleep of the user, information including a user's average meal size, and information including a user's average exercise quantity.

US Pat. No. 10,390,747

DECEPTION DETECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD

NURALOGIX CORPORATION, T...

1. A system for detecting deception for the security screening of a person of interest by an attendant, the system comprising:a camera configured to capture an image sequence of the person of interest;
a processing unit trained to determine a set of bitplanes of a plurality of images in the captured image sequence that represent the hemoglobin concentration (HC) changes of the person, to detect the person's invisible emotional states based on HC changes, and to output the detected invisible emotional states, the processing unit being trained using a training set comprising HC changes of subjects with known emotional states; and,
a notification device for providing a notification of at least one of the person's detected invisible emotional states to the attendant based on the output of the processing unit.

US Pat. No. 10,390,746

CATHETER

PLAQUETEC LIMITED, Londo...

16. A catheter system comprising:(A) a catheter device for insertion into a blood vessel, the catheter device being flexible so as to be channeled through the blood vessel, and having a blunt distal end, comprising:
a sampling part arranged to collect and preserve a plurality of spatially separated discrete blood samples from a plurality of locations along a length of the blood vessel;
wherein the sampling part includes:
an axially elongated sample member having an axial array of a plurality of openings for receiving blood from outside of the catheter device at intervals along the length of the blood vessel; and,
an elongated sleeve coaxial with the sample member, the sleeve defining an axial passage for housing the sample member and including a plurality of through holes corresponding to said openings in the sample member, and
wherein movement between the sleeve and the sample member aligns all the through holes with the openings of the sample member, to simultaneously expose all the openings to blood outside the catheter device so as to collect the plurality of discrete blood samples along the length of the blood vessel; and
(B) an apparatus for analyzing discrete blood samples captured by the catheter device, the apparatus being capable of analyzing blood samples taken from the plurality of locations along said length of the blood vessel by providing a profile of concentration levels for one or more pathological markers in the samples taken along said length of the blood vessel.

US Pat. No. 10,390,745

ELICITING A BLOOD SAMPLE

Sanofi-Aventis Deutschlan...

1. An apparatus for eliciting a blood sample, the apparatus comprising:a test disc member releasably mounted on a rotatable shaft, the test disc member having an outer edge, the outer edge including a first portion having a generally circular outer circumference and a second cutaway portion, wherein the cutaway portion comprises a plurality of ridges configured to collect blood from a user;
an aperture; and
a lancet attached to the test disc member and protruding from the cutaway portion of the outer edge of the test disc member, the lancet and the test disc member being configured such that the lancet pierces skin of the user's body part that is adjacent to the aperture as the test disc member is rotated in a first direction;
wherein the test disc member is configured to collect blood from the user via the plurality of ridges when rotated in a second direction that is opposite the first direction after the skin of the user's body part is pierced; and
wherein the apparatus is configured to rotate the test disc member via rotation of the shaft in the first direction to cause the lancet to pierce the skin of the user's body part that is adjacent to the aperture and configured to rotate the test disc member via rotation of the shaft in the second direction to collect blood from the user via the plurality of ridges.

US Pat. No. 10,390,744

SYRINGE WITH PECVD LUBRICITY LAYER, APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR TRANSPORTING A VESSEL TO AND FROM A PECVD PROCESSING STATION, AND DOUBLE WALL PLASTIC VESSEL

SiO2 Medical Products, In...

1. A syringe comprising:a. a plunger;
b. a barrel made of thermoplastic base material defining a lumen and having an interior surface receiving the plunger for sliding;
c. a lubricity layer less than 1000 nm thick on the barrel interior surface, the plunger, or both, applied by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition and comprising SiwOxCyHz, or SiwNxCyHz, in which w is 1, x is from about 0.5 to 1, y is from about 2 to about 3, and z is from 6 to about 9; and
d. a surface treatment covering the lubricity layer in an amount effective to reduce the leaching of the lubricity layer, the thermoplastic base material, or both into the lumen;wherein the lubricity layer and surface treatment are composed, and present in relative amounts, effective to provide a plunger breakout force, plunger sliding force, or both less than the corresponding force required in the absence of the lubricity layer and surface treatment.

US Pat. No. 10,390,743

ELECTRODE SYSTEM FOR MEASURING AN ANALYTE CONCENTRATION UNDER IN-VIVO CONDITIONS

ROCHE DIABETES CARE, INC....

1. An electrode system for measuring an analyte concentration under in-vivo conditions, the system comprising:a counter electrode having an electrical conductor;
a working electrode having an electrical conductor on which an enzyme layer containing immobilized enzyme molecules for catalytic conversion of the analyte is arranged, wherein the enzyme layer is in the form of multiple, discontinuous, individual fields that are arranged on the conductor of the working electrode at a distance from each other to reduce transient local effects; and
a diffusion barrier that slows the diffusion of the analyte from body fluid surrounding the electrode system to the enzyme molecules.

US Pat. No. 10,390,742

NON-INVASIVE MONITOR FOR MEASURING REGIONAL SATURATION OF OXYGEN

KOHKEN MEDICAL CO., LTD.,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,390,741

METHOD FOR SENSING PHYSIOLOGICAL FEATURE

Wistron Corporation, New...

1. A method for sensing a physiological feature, comprising: providing a sensing apparatus for sensing the physiological feature, wherein the sensing apparatus comprises a lighting unit, a light sensing unit and a controller, the lighting unit comprises a red light source, a green light source and a blue light source, and the lighting unit and the light sensing unit are located on a same side of a portion under test of a testing subject;transmitting a white light to the portion under test by the lighting unit, so as to irradiate the white light to a dermis of the portion under test, wherein the white light is formed by lights respectively emitted by the red light source, the green light source and the blue light source;
sensing a reflected light of the white light by the light sensing unit;
executing a light source verification procedure to adjust a color of the light transmitted by the lighting unit;
transmitting an adjusted light by the lighting unit to the portion under test;
sensing a reflected light of the adjusted light by the light sensing unit; and
executing a measurement operation for the physiological feature based on a color wavelength of the reflected light;
wherein the step of executing the light source verification procedure comprises:
obtaining a first color of the reflected light of the white light sensed by the light sensing unit;
respectively transmitting a first specified light, a second specified light and a third specified light, wherein the first specified light is the first color, and the second specified light and the third specified light are the lights which have black reflected lights obtained by irradiating the first color;
respectively checking whether the reflected light of the first specified light sensed by the light sensing unit is the first color and whether the reflected lights respectively corresponding to the second specified light and the third specified light are black;
if the reflected light of the first specified light is the first color and the reflected lights respectively corresponding to the second specified light and the third specified light are both black, re-transmitting the first specified light to the portion under test to adjust the color of the light; and
if the reflected light of the first specified light is not the first color or one of the reflected light of the second specified light and the third specified light is not black, re-transmitting the white light to the portion under test to execute the light source verification procedure again.

US Pat. No. 10,390,740

GLYCEMIC HEALTH METRIC DETERMINATION AND APPLICATION

Medtronic Minimed, Inc., ...

1. A method using one or more indicators of glycemic health in a patient to balance one or more of hypoglycemic or hyperglycemic tendencies for the patient, the method comprising:at a special purpose computing apparatus, computing a profile of a blood glucose concentration of the patient based, at least in part, on a probability density function of a plurality of blood glucose concentration values collected at a blood glucose monitoring device;
determining a metric based, at least in part, on a convolution of a cost or loss function and the profile, wherein the metric is for balancing short-term and long-term risks associated with a therapy, and wherein the metric is representative of a glycemic health of the patient, the cost or loss function being based, at least in part, on a log-square operation and being further based, at least in part, on a parameter selected to balance one or more Spearman rank coefficients with one or more hypoglycemic-based metrics and one or more hyperglycemic-based metrics, wherein the log-square operation is applied to at least one of a computed mean of the plurality of blood glucose concentration values or a measure of a statistical dispersion of the plurality of blood glucose concentration values; and
affecting an insulin therapy applied to the patient by an infusion device, the affected insulin therapy determined based, at least in part, on the metric, wherein the affected insulin therapy is also based, at least part, on a target blood glucose concentration level or target blood glucose range that has been adjusted upward or downward based, at least in part, on an indication by the metric of whether the patient is tending towards hypoglycemia or tending towards hyperglycemia.

US Pat. No. 10,390,738

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 information comprising grid positions of a plurality of pixels represented by coordinates along X- and Y-axes and depth of each pixel relative to a floor along a Z-axis, the plurality of pixels 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 information of a plurality of frames;
identifying a location of a patient support surface by segmenting the three dimensional information into candidate areas and grouping one or more planar surfaces in the candidate areas based on pixel depth;
setting at least one threshold above the location of the patient support surface on the Z-axis;
identifying one or more patient locations based on pixels that are above a depth of the patient support surface and within the location of the patient support surface;
comparing the one or more patient locations to the at least one threshold; and
generating an output for display on a user interface based on the one or more patient locations traversing the at least one threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,390,737

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING A ROBOTIC SYSTEM FOR MANIPULATING ANATOMY OF A PATIENT DURING A SURGICAL PROCEDURE

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. A method of controlling a robotic system for manipulating anatomy of a patient during a surgical procedure, with the anatomy being secured by a support and having a characteristic, and with the robotic system including an instrument and being configured to autonomously control the instrument, and wherein a navigation system is configured to track the anatomy and the instrument, said method comprising the steps of:applying a force externally to the anatomy to cause the anatomy to move relative to the support and to generate a response by the anatomy relating to an extent to which the anatomy moves relative to the support;
measuring the response of the anatomy by determining with the navigation system data representing the extent to which the anatomy moves relative to the support;
calculating the characteristic of the anatomy based on the response; and
autonomously controlling the instrument to manipulate the anatomy based on the data from the navigation system and the calculated characteristic.

US Pat. No. 10,390,736

FORCE MEASUREMENT SYSTEM THAT INCLUDES A FORCE MEASUREMENT ASSEMBLY, AT LEAST ONE VISUAL DISPLAY DEVICE, AND ONE OR MORE DATA PROCESSING DEVICES

Bertec Corporation, Colu...

1. A force measurement system, comprising:a force measurement assembly configured to receive a subject, the force measurement assembly including:
a top surface for receiving at least one portion of the body of the subject; and
at least one force transducer, the at least one force transducer configured to sense one or more measured quantities and output one or more signals that are representative of forces and/or moments being applied to the top surface of the force measurement assembly by the subject;
at least one visual display device, the at least one visual display device configured to display one or more visual elements so that the visual elements are viewable by the subject, wherein the one or more visual elements are configured to create a simulated environment for the subject; and
one or more data processing devices operatively coupled to the force measurement assembly and the at least one visual display device, the one or more data processing devices configured to receive the one or more signals that are representative of the forces and/or moments being applied to the top surface of the force measurement assembly by the subject, and to convert the one or more signals into output forces and/or moments, the one or more data processing devices further configured to dynamically increase or decrease a speed of one or more displaceable components of the force measurement system in accordance with at least one of the one or more visual elements that are displayed using the at least one visual display device while the subject navigates through one or more scenes of the simulated environment;
wherein the one or more visual elements that are displayed using the at least one visual display device include an obstacle disposed in a virtual walking path of the subject;
wherein the at least one visual display device comprises a first visual display device and a second visual display device, the one or more data processing devices being operatively coupled to the first visual display device and the second visual display device;
wherein the first visual display device has a curved output screen configured to at least partially circumscribe three sides of a torso of the subject, and the first visual display device is configured to display one or more primary scenes on the curved output screen;
wherein the second visual display device is in the form of a head-mounted visual display, the one or more data processing devices configured to generate the obstacle disposed in the virtual walking path, and the second visual display device configured to project the obstacle into the one or more primary scenes displayed on the curved output screen of the first visual display device; and
wherein the one or more data processing devices are configured to control a first optic flow direction of the one or more primary scenes on the curved output screen of the first visual display device, and the one or more data processing devices are further configured to control a second optic flow direction of the one or more visual elements displayed by the second visual display device, the first optic flow direction being different from the second optic flow direction so as to induce postural instability in the subject.

US Pat. No. 10,390,735

BODY STATE DETECTING APPARATUS, BODY STATE DETECTING METHOD AND BED SYSTEM

MINEBEA MITSUMI INC., Na...

1. A body state detecting apparatus for detecting a body state of a subject on a bed, the apparatus comprising:a plurality of load detectors which are placed in the bed or under feet of the bed and which detect a load variation depending on a respiration of the subject; and
a controller including
a body state detecting unit which determines an extending direction of a body axis of the subject and a head placement of the subject based on the detected load variation; and
a center of gravity position calculating unit which acquires a temporal variation of a center of gravity position of the subject based on the detected load variation, wherein the body state detecting unit includes a body axis direction determining unit which determines the extending direction of the body axis of the subject based on a direction in which the center of gravity position of the subject oscillates, and
a head placement determining unit which determines the head placement of the subject, in the determined extending direction of the body axis of the subject, based on the detected load variation.

US Pat. No. 10,390,734

SYSTEMIC BIOMARKER SAMPLING APPARATUS

1. An oral surgery and dental apparatus comprising:a main body including a centrally extending structural rib and having a front side and a back side, the front side being positioned to face out of a mouth when in use, and the back side being positioned to face into the mouth when in use;
a bite block attached to the main body such that a direction of extension of the bite block is transverse to a direction of extension of the main body, the bite block being oriented such that, when in use, the bite block is held between teeth in a lateral side of a mouth and the main body extending across the mouth from the lateral side to an opposing lateral side; and
a gas sampling return line at least partially formed within the centrally extending structural rib of the main body, that passes through the bite block, the centrally extending structural rib including one or more fenestrations spaced along a length thereof, the one or more fenestrations passing through a wall of a back side of the main body, and the sampling return line being configured to connect to a gas sampling device that samples exhaled breath of a patient.

US Pat. No. 10,390,732

BREATH ANALYZER, SYSTEM, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR AUTHENTICATING, PRESERVING, AND PRESENTING BREATH ANALYSIS DATA

Digital Ally, Inc., Lene...

18. A method for administering a breath analysis to a donor, the method comprising the steps of:receiving, by a recording device manager including a transmitter and a receiver, and from a breath analyzer, information indicative of a start of a breath analysis of a donor;
in response to receiving the information indicative of the start of the breath analysis, transmitting a first signal, by the recording device manager and to a communicatively coupled first video recorder including a first video recorder receiver and a first video recorder transmitter, that causes the first video recorder to preserve first video data captured by the first video recorder during the breath analysis of the donor;
in response to receiving the information indicative of the start of the breath analysis, transmitting a second signal, by the recording device manager and to a communicatively coupled second video recorder including a second video recorder receiver and a second video recorder transmitter, that causes the second video recorder to preserve second video data captured by the second video recorder during the breath analysis of the donor;
receiving, by the recording device manager and from the breath analyzer, the breath analysis result; and
storing the breath analysis result with the preserved first video data and the preserved second video data.

US Pat. No. 10,390,731

BODY-WORN MONITOR FOR MEASURING RESPIRATORY RATE

SOTERA WIRELESS, INC., S...

1. A system for monitoring a patient, comprising:a combined impedance pneumography/ECG/motion sensor comprising a housing configured to be worn on the chest of the patient, the housing enclosing (i) at least three electrodes configured to be positioned on the patient's torso in a triangle configuration; (ii) an impedance pneumography circuit in electrical communication with one of the at least three electrodes and configured to inject a low amperage, high frequency current into the patient, and the impedance pneumography circuit in further electrical communication with another of the at least three electrodes and configured to measure changes in capacitance of the patient's thoracic cavity and to generate an analog time-dependent impedance pneumography waveform, (iii) an ECG circuit in electrical communication with the at least three electrodes and configured to generate at least three analog time-dependent ECG waveforms, (iv) an analog-to-digital converter configured to convert the analog time-dependent impedance pneumography waveform into a digital time-dependent impedance pneumography waveform and the at least three analog time-dependent ECG waveforms into at least three digital time-dependent ECG waveforms, (v) an accelerometer measuring motion along at least three axes and generate therefrom at least three time-dependent digital motion waveforms corresponding to the at least three axes, wherein the accelerometer is positioned within the housing such that one of the at least three axes points into the patient's torso, and (vi) a transceiver configured to transmit the time-dependent digital impedance pneumography waveform, the at least three time-dependent digital ECG waveforms, and the at least three time-dependent digital motion waveforms along a common data path via a CAN protocol, wherein each waveform is transmitted with header data indicating the sensor from which the waveform originates;
a processing system comprising a microprocessor, a transceiver operably connected to the microprocessor and the common data path, wherein the transceiver is configured to receive via the CAN protocol and relay to the microprocessor the time-dependent digital impedance pneumography waveform, the at least three time-dependent digital ECG waveforms, and the at least three time-dependent digital motion waveforms.

US Pat. No. 10,390,730

METHODS, SYSTEMS, AND DEVICES FOR DETERMINING A RESPIRATION RATE

Verily Life Sciences LLC,...

1. A wearable device comprising:a sensor configured to capture photoplethysmographic (PPG) signals;
a processor;
a communication interface, wherein the communication interface is configured to connect the wearable device to a remote computing device; and
a controller, configured to:
(i) receive from the sensor over a non-zero time period a PPG signal;
(ii) make a first determination that, during the non-zero time period, the wearable device has moved less than a threshold amount;
(iii) in response to the first determination that, during the non-zero time period, the wearable device has moved less than the threshold amount, determine from the PPG signal at least one variation signal indicative of a variation induced by respiration and determine in each of a plurality of frequency bins a power level of the at least one variation signal;
(iv) send to the remote computing device via the communication interface data related to the at least one variation signal; and
(v) receive from the remote computing device via the communication interface a signal that includes data indicative of whether a respiration rate is determinable.

US Pat. No. 10,390,729

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR NON-INVASIVELY MONITORING BIOLOGICAL OR BIOCHEMICAL PARAMETERS OF INDIVIDUAL

Bar Ilan University, Ram...

1. A system for use in monitoring intra ocular pressure (IOP) of a subject's eye, the system comprising a control unit being a computer system comprising:an input port which is in data communication with an external device and is configured and operable to receive input data from said external device, said input data being indicative of defocused coherent image data in the form of a sequence of speckle patterns collected from the eye with a certain sampling time pattern;
a processor configured and operable to carry out the following:
translate said defocused coherent image data into data comprising the IOP of the subject's eye, said translating comprising:
for each two successive speckle patterns in said sequence of the of speckle patterns, calculating a spatial correlation function having a correlation peak, and obtaining a sequence of spatial correlation functions, and
transforming the sequence of the spatial correlation functions into a time varying spatial correlation function being a time-varying function of at least one spatial feature of a spatial correlation function between the successive speckle patterns in the sequence and being indicative of the change of the speckle pattern over time;
applying to said time varying spatial correlation function at least one predetermined model comprising model data indicative of a relation between one or more measurable parameters and one or more conditions of a subject's eye including the IOP condition, said applying to the function the at least one predetermined model comprising selecting at least one of the spatial features of the time-varying spatial correlation function indicative of an amplitude of oscillation of said function, and using said amplitude of oscillation as the measurable parameter to determine the IOP of the subject's eye; and
generating output data indicative of said determined IOP of the subject's eye; and
an output port configured to transmit said output data to at least one device configured to present the output data to a user, the output data comprising at least one of a graph of the time varying spatial correlation function and a value of the IOP condition being determined.

US Pat. No. 10,390,728

MEDICAL IMAGE DIAGNOSIS APPARATUS

Canon Medical Systems Cor...

1. A medical image diagnosis apparatus, comprising:a capturing device configured to photograph a target site of a subject and a puncture needle inserted into the target site to capture a medical image;
a calculator configured to
perform measurements of a position of a sensor located at an opposite end from a needle tip of the puncture needle inserted into the target site and a tilt angle of the puncture needle, and
obtain a position of the needle tip based on results of the measurements and a needle length, which corresponds to a length of a straight line from the position of the sensor to the position of the needle tip, to acquire positional information of the puncture needle; and
a display processor configured to
arrange scales, which are graduated at predetermined intervals, along a guideline according to the position of the needle tip and the tilt angle of the puncture needle obtained when the puncture needle reaches a cauterization object in the target site, and
display the guideline with the medical image.

US Pat. No. 10,390,727

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR IMAGING CURRENTS USING NANOPARTICLES AND LOW-FIELD MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING (MRI)

THE CHARLES STARK DRAPER ...

1. A method of imaging in connection with electrical currents, comprising:introducing nanoparticles into a region in which the electrical currents are present; and
detecting an effect of a magnetic field generated by interaction of the nanoparticles with the electrical currents in the region, using a low-field magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner, the MRI scanner operating at a magnetic field intensity below a level at which the nanoparticles would be magnetically saturated.

US Pat. No. 10,390,726

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR NEXT-GENERATION MRI SPINE EVALUATION

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

1. A computer-implemented method for generating inputs for clinical decision support engine based on unfolded spinal image data, the method comprising:receiving a 3D image volume depicting a spinal cord, a plurality of vertebra, and a plurality of spinal nerves;unfolding the plurality of spinal nerves depicted in the 3D image volume to yield a plurality of unfolded spinal nerves;generating a plurality of unfolded spinal nerve images depicting the plurality of unfolded spinal nerves;unfolding the plurality of vertebra depicted in the 3D image volume to yield a plurality of unfolded vertebra;generating a plurality of unfolded vertebra images depicting the plurality of unfolded vertebra;determining one or more degenerative spinal elements based on the plurality of unfolded spinal nerve images and the plurality of unfolded vertebra images.

US Pat. No. 10,390,725

CONNECTION OF COILS TO AN MR DEVICE

1. A MR device comprisinga patient bed with at least one first device port for connecting an anteriorly positioned MR coil and at least one second device port for connecting a posteriorly positioned MR coil, wherein the at least one first device port is configured as a first type of port, and the at least one second device port is configured as a second type of port that is different than the first type of port;
a memory configured to store at least one set of coil file parameters for the anteriorly positioned MR coil and one set of coil file parameters for the posteriorly positioned MR coil; and
a processor configured to read an identification of the anteriorly positioned MR coil via the first device port and to read an identification of the posteriorly positioned MR coil via the second device port, the processor further configured to process MR signals originating from the anteriorly positioned MR coil by a set of coil file parameters that are selected on the basis of the identification read from the anteriorly positioned MR coil and the connection of the anteriorly positioned MR coil to the first device port, the processor further configured to process MR signals originating from the posteriorly positioned MR coil by a set of coil file parameters that are selected on the basis of the identification read from the posteriorly positioned MR coil and the connection of the posteriorly positioned MR coil to the second device port.

US Pat. No. 10,390,724

THREE-DIMENSIONAL BIO-MEDICAL PROBE SENSING AND CONTACTING STRUCTURES WITH ADDRESSIBILITY AND TUNABILITY

The Penn State Research F...

1. A three dimensional biomedical probe device comprising:a planar substrate;
a probe structure supported on said planar substrate, said probe structure including a plurality of probes in an array, each probe of the plurality of probes being an electrical contact electrode or a transistor gate electrode, said probe structure further having a base from which each probe essentially perpendicularly extends for a length to a tip, a surface of the base at inter-probes regions being generally planar, each probe having a linear dimension at the tip in the range of 5 nanometers (nm) to 5 microns, the tips of the plurality of probes being a distal-most portion of the probe structure such that the probe structure is capable of contacting skin when the probe device is applied to the skin; and
said probe structure having electrical connectivity for detecting and collecting current or voltage produced in a bio-medical medium between said probe structure and a reference electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,390,723

RISE ACTION ASSISTANCE DEVICE AND RISE ACTION ASSISTANCE METHOD

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A rise action assistance device, comprising:a myoelectric potential acquirer that acquires a myoelectric value of a sitting user's tibialis anterior muscle, and at least one of a myoelectric value of the sitting user's vastus lateralis muscle and a myoelectric value of the sitting user's vastus medialis muscle;
an angle acquirer that acquires a bend angle of the sitting user's upper body;
a detector circuit that detects a start of a rise action by the user, based on the myoelectric value of the user's tibialis anterior muscle, at least one of the myoelectric value of the user's vastus lateralis muscle and the myoelectric value of the user's vastus medialis muscle, and the bend angle of the user's upper body; and
an assistor that starts assistance of the rise action after the detector circuit detects the start of the rise action, wherein
the detector circuit detects that the sitting user has started the rise action when
(a) the myoelectric value of the user's tibialis anterior muscle acquired by the myoelectric potential acquirer within a first certain amount of time is equal to or greater than a first threshold value,
(b) at least one of the myoelectric value of the user's vastus lateralis muscle and the myoelectric value of the user's vastus medialis muscle acquired by the myoelectric potential acquirer within the first certain amount of time is equal to or greater than a second threshold value, and
(c) the bend angle of the user's upper body acquired by the angle acquirer within the first certain amount of time is increasing.

US Pat. No. 10,390,722

METHOD FOR QUANTIFYING THE PERCEPTIVE FACULTY OF A PERSON

1. A method for quantifying the perceptive faculty of a person and for communicating with the person, the person being incapacitated and incapable of verbal communication, the method comprising:prescribing a set of at least two possible, differently perceptible types of stimuli to be applied to the person and subjecting the person to vibrations at different parts of the body and/or of differing intensity and/or duration, the vibrations being applied in vibration units each representing a respective one of the stimuli; and
prompting the test subject to perform mental activities in a presence of a given stimulus according to a nature of the given stimulus;
performing a plurality of test steps, and for each of the test steps:
choosing a respective type of stimulus from the set of possible types of stimuli;
applying a stimulus of the respectively chosen type of stimuli by applying a vibration unit to the person;
within a given time range before, during or after the application of the respective stimulus, determining and recording EEG data of the person, and
assigning respectively determined EEG data or data derived therefrom to the respective type of stimulus;
using classification analysis to determine a measure of whether the EEG data assigned to a particular stimulus are distinguishable from the EEG data assigned to a stimulus of a different type; and
using a measure of the distinguishability of the EEG data of different stimuli as a measure of the perceptive faculty that indicates an extent to which the person is still capable of communicating with the world around them;
once the measure of the perceptive faculty has been determined, for purposes of communication, prompting the person to perform the mental activities that were previously used;
wherein the person performs the mental activities in answer to a question asked;
determining and recording EEG data of the person within prescribed time ranges during or after the question;
classifying the respectively recorded EEG data by way of the classification analysis previously carried out; and
using the respectively determined results of the classification as communication contents and keeping the results available.

US Pat. No. 10,390,721

MULTIMODAL BRAIN SENSING LEAD

NeuroPace, Inc., Mountai...

1. A system for measuring physiological information from a patient, the system comprising:a lead configured to be implanted in the patient, the lead comprising:
a body having a distal portion,
a plurality of lead components at the distal portion, wherein the plurality of lead components includes a plurality of macroelectrodes, a plurality of microelectrodes, and at least one optical assembly, and
a lead electronics module comprising a lead signal processor configured to process signals from one or more of the plurality of lead components to obtain at least one of a plurality of first measurements including a neuronal single unit activity measurement, a neuronal multi unit activity measurement, an optical blood volume measurement, or an optical blood oxygenation measurement; and
a host coupled to the lead, the host comprising:
a host control module configured to generate and output host control signals,
a host power supply configured to provide power, and
a host signal processor configured to process signals from one or more of the plurality of lead components to obtain at least one of a plurality of second measurements including neuronal field potential measurement or a rheoencephalography measurement,
wherein the host control module and the host power supply are electrically coupled to the lead electronics module, and the lead electronics module is configured to selectively enable, based on the host control signals:
a) a first sensing modality that provides one of the plurality of first measurements to the host by electrically coupling at least one of the plurality of lead components to at least one of: i) an input to the lead signal processor, and ii) the host power supply, and electrically coupling an output of the lead signal processor to the host, and
b) a second sensing modality that enables the host signal processor to obtain one of the plurality of second measurement by electrically coupling at least one of the plurality of lead components to the host signal processor, bypassing the lead signal processor.

US Pat. No. 10,390,720

LEADLESS PACING SYSTEM INCLUDING SENSING EXTENSION

Medtronic, Inc., Minneap...

1. A system comprising:a leadless pacing device comprising:
a stimulation module configured to generate pacing pulses;
a sensing module;
a processing module;
a housing configured to be implanted within a chamber of a heart of a patient, wherein the housing encloses the stimulation module, the sensing module, and the processing module; and
a first electrode electrically coupled to the sensing module and the stimulation module; and
an extension extending from the housing and comprising:
a body mechanically connected to the housing and comprising a conductor electrically connected to at least one of the sensing module or the stimulation module;
a second electrode carried by the body and electrically connected to the conductor; and
an eyelet at a proximal end of the extension, the eyelet defining an opening configured to receive a tether, wherein the opening defines a center axis that is not aligned with a longitudinal axis of the extension.

US Pat. No. 10,390,719

PATCH-TYPE ADHESIVE SENSOR

SHINKO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIE...

1. A patch-type module comprising:a substrate provided with one surface and another surface that is opposite to the one surface, the other surface being a sticky surface, the substrate having a hole formed therethrough;
an air cell mounted to the substrate;
a seal that blocks air from entering the air cell, the seal having a first surface that is attached to a surface of the air cell;
an electronic component mounted on the substrate and configured to be operated by power supplied from the air cell;
an adhesion layer provided to cover the sticky surface of the substrate and a second surface of the seal that is opposite to the first surface; and
a protection sheet that is attached to the sticky surface of the substrate through the adhesion layer, and attached to the second surface of the seal through the adhesion layer,
wherein the air cell is disposed in the hole of the substrate such that the surface of the air cell is flush with the sticky surface, and the first surface of the seal is attached to both the surface of the air cell and to the sticky surface while the second surface of the seal is attached to the protection sheet through the adhesion layer,
wherein the adhesion strength between the adhesion layer and the protection sheet is greater than the adhesion strength between the adhesion layer and the sticky surface of the substrate, and
wherein when the protection sheet is peeled, the adhesion layer and the seal are peeled together to expose the sticky surface of the substrate and start introduction of air inside the air cell so that electric power is capable of being power supplied to the electronic component from the air cell.

US Pat. No. 10,390,718

MULTI-SPECTRAL PHYSIOLOGIC VISUALIZATION (MSPV) USING LASER IMAGING METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR BLOOD FLOW AND PERFUSION IMAGING AND QUANTIFICATION IN AN ENDOSCOPIC DESIGN

East Carolina University,...

1. A multispectral imaging system, the system comprising:a first light source having a first wavelength configured to image a sample;
a second light source, different from the first light source, having a second wavelength, different from the first wavelength, configured to image the sample;
at least a third light source, different from the first and second light sources, having a third wavelength, different from the first and second wavelengths, configured to image the sample;
a multi-sensor camera having a plurality of sensors, each of the plurality of sensors configured to receive information related to one of the first, second and at least third light sources from the sample, wherein light at the first wavelength is configured to image a surface of the sample into a first of the plurality of sensors of the multi-sensor camera; wherein light at the second wavelength is configured to penetrate the sample to a first depth and provide information related to the sample to a second of the plurality of sensors of the multi-sensor camera; and wherein light at the at least third wavelength is configured to penetrate the sample at a second depth, different from the first depth of the light at the second wavelength, and provide information related to the sample to a third of the plurality of sensors of the multi-sensor camera, the information related to the first, second and third light sources being aligned and synchronized when provided to the first, second and third sensors of the multi-sensor camera; and
a processor configured to combine the information related to the first, second and at least third light sources provided by the multi-sensor camera to image an anatomical structure of the sample, image physiology of blood flow and perfusion of the sample and/or synthesize the anatomical structure and the physiology of blood flow and perfusion of the sample in terms of a blood flow rate distribution,
wherein the imaging system is directed and focused on a field of view (FOV) in a region of interest of the sample using an endoscope.

US Pat. No. 10,390,716

PULSE TRANSMISSION TIME MEASURING APPARATUS AND BIOLOGICAL STATE ESTIMATING APPARATUS

MURATA MANUFACTURING CO.,...

1. A pulse transmission time measuring apparatus comprising:a first photoplethysmographic sensor that includes a first light emitter and a first light receiver, and detects a first photoplethysmographic signal;
a second photoplethysmographic sensor that includes a second light emitter and a second light receiver, and detects a second photoplethysmographic signal;
a peak detector that detects a peak of the first photoplethysmographic signal detected by the first photoplethysmographic sensor, and a peak of the second photoplethysmographic signal detected by the second photoplethysmographic sensor; and
a pulse transmission time calculator that calculates a pulse transmission time from a time difference between the peak of the first photoplethysmographic signal detected by the peak detector and the peak of the second photoplethysmographic signal detected by the peak detector; wherein
the first photoplethysmographic sensor and the second photoplethysmographic sensor are disposed on a contact surface of the pulse transmission time measuring apparatus that, when the pulse transmission time measuring apparatus is attached to a body, comes into contact with the body;
the second photoplethysmographic sensor detects the second photoplethysmographic signal corresponding to flow of blood in capillaries; and
the first photoplethysmographic sensor detects the first photoplethysmographic signal corresponding to flow of blood in an artery thicker than the capillaries.

US Pat. No. 10,390,715

PHOTOPLETHYSMOGRAPHY SENSORS

University of Florida Res...

1. A photoplethysmography (PPG) sensor comprising:(a) a clip body comprising a first end portion facing a second end portion, wherein the clip body comprises a first aperture in the first end portion and a second aperture in the second end portion;
(b) a flex circuit attached or adjacent to the clip body, wherein the flex circuit generally conforms to a curvature of the clip body,
wherein the flex circuit comprises a light emitter within or adjacent to the first aperture, a light detector within or adjacent to the second aperture, and at least one of a nasal air pressure detector and a nasal air flow detector,
wherein the light emitter emits at least one of visible, infrared and ultraviolet light, and wherein the light emitter is facing the light detector, which detects the light from the light emitter; and
(c) a first elastomeric sleeve that envelops a part of the first end portion and a part of the flex circuit attached or adjacent thereto that comprises the light emitter; and a second elastomeric sleeve that envelops at least part of the second end portion and a part of the flex circuit attached or adjacent thereto that comprises the light detector.

US Pat. No. 10,390,713

METHODS FOR THE NON-INVASIVE DETERMINATION OF HEART AND PULMONARY PRESSURES

14. A method for noninvasively determining one or more pressure measurements comprising the steps of:generating a patient-specific medical image of at least one portion of a heart of a patient noninvasively;
determining, from the medical image, a first free vibration measurement from a left ventricle systolic free wall of the heart;
determining, from the medical image, a position of the left ventricle systolic free wall of the heart and a position of a systolic interventricular septum of the heart;
determining a second free vibration measurement related to the position of the systolic interventricular septum from the medical image;
calculating left ventricular systolic pressure by noninvasively measuring aortic pressure of the patient, wherein left ventricular systolic pressure is at aortic pressure;
calculating a blood flow velocity and determining a pressure gradient from the blood flow velocity, the pressure gradient determined from magnetic resonance imaging blood flow velocity measurements through a right ventricle of the heart;
calculating an end-diastolic Young's modulus value of the left ventricular free wall using the second free vibration measurement;
determining a first patient-specific material parameter of the heart in diastolic strain energy function using a first numerical optimization such that a Young's modulus value from strain energy function matches the end-diastolic Young's modulus value of the left ventricular free wall;
determining a second patient-specific material parameter of the heart using a systolic second Piola-Kirchhoff stress value and a second numerical optimization such that a left ventricle systolic free wall position matches the position of the left ventricle systolic free wall of the heart determined from the medical image;
determining a right ventricular systolic pressure by iterative solution such that a predicted systolic interventricular septum position matches the position of the systolic interventricular septum determined from the medical image;
noninvasively determining venous pressure;
using the venous pressure as reference for validating the pressure gradient; and
wherein the preceeding steps are performed using a computer, the computer comprising a processor capable of processing obtained data.

US Pat. No. 10,390,712

BLOOD PRESSURE MEASUREMENT DEVICE, BLOOD PRESSURE MEASUREMENT METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY RECORDING MEDIUM

NEC CORPORATION, Minato-...

1. A blood pressure measurement device comprisinga first pulse wave measurement unit configured to measure a first pulse wave in a certain time period by using pressure in an upstream of an artery and generate a pulse wave signal representing the measured first pulse wave;
a second pulse wave measurement unit configured to measure a second pulse wave in the certain time period using the pressure in a downstream of the artery and generate a pulse wave signal representing the measured second pulse wave;
a pulse wave calculation unit configured to calculate, on the basis of a pressure signal in the certain time period and the pulse wave signals measured in the pressure based on the pressure signal in the certain time period, a plurality of timings when at least one of the pulse wave signals satisfies a predetermined condition, a period representing a difference between the timings, and a pressure value of the pressure signal in the period, and generate pulse wave information associating the period and the pressure value with each other; and
a blood pressure estimation unit configured to estimate a blood pressure related to the pulse wave signals on the basis of the pulse wave information, wherein the blood pressure estimation unit is further configured to calculate a similarity degree between the pulse wave information and other pulse wave information in blood pressure information, reads an other blood pressure associated with the other pulse wave information in accordance with the calculated similarity degree, and estimates the blood pressure related to the pulse wave signals on the basis of the read other blood pressure, and
wherein the blood pressure information comprises an association of the other pulse wave information with the read other blood pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,390,711

AUTOMATIC LUNG PARAMETER ESTIMATOR FOR MEASURING OXYGEN AND CARBON DIOXIDE GAS EXCHANGE

1. A measuring and fitting device for fitting a gas exchange fitting model for an individual to measurement data, thereby providing a more accurate physiological description of pulmonary gas exchange for the individual, comprising:a computer for constructing the gas exchange fitting model comprising a set of at least three respiratory parameters relating to an individual, wherein at least two of the at least three respiratory parameters are a parameter indicative of ventilation of the individual and a parameter indicative of perfusion of the individual;
a gas flow device having means for conducting a flow of inspiratory gas from a gas flow device inlet opening to a respiratory system of the individual and a flow of expiratory gas from the respiratory system of the individual to an outlet opening,
a gas-mixing unit for supplying a homogeneous gas to the gas flow device inlet opening of the gas flow device,
first supply means for supplying a first gas to a first gas mixing unit inlet of the gas mixing unit and having first control means for controlling the flow of the first gas,
second supply means for supplying a second gas having an oxygen fraction different than the gas supplied from the first supply means to a second gas mixing unit inlet of the gas mixing unit and having second control means for controlling the flow of the second gas,
first detection means for detecting a level of oxygen in a blood circulation of the individual and producing a first output to the computer accordingly, and
second detection means for detecting the level of oxygen in the gas flow passing into or out of the respiratory system of the individual and producing a second output to the computer,
first carbon dioxide detection means for detecting a level of carbon dioxide in the blood circulation of the individual and producing a third output to the computer accordingly, and
second carbon dioxide detection means for detecting the level of carbon dioxide in the gas flow passing into or out of the respiratory system of the individual and producing a fourth output to the computer accordingly,
the computer being adapted for retrieving and storing at least two oxygen measurements and one carbon dioxide measurement,
the oxygen measurements being a first concurrent output comprising the first output and the second output concurrently produced by the first detection means and the second detection means within a first data structure, in which the stored first output and the stored second output are mutually related and related to a stored oxygen measurement at a corresponding level of oxygen in the gas flow passing into the respiratory system,
the carbon dioxide measurement being a second concurrent output comprising the third output and the fourth output concurrently produced by the first carbon dioxide detection means and the second carbon dioxide detection means within a second data structure, in which the stored third and fourth outputs are mutually related and related to a stored carbon dioxide measurement at a corresponding level of oxygen in the gas flow passing into the respiratory system,
the computer being further adapted for:
fitting the gas exchange fitting model for the individual by estimating said set of at least three respiratory parameters using the at least two oxygen measurements and one carbon dioxide measurement, taking into account that the pulmonary gas exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide of the individual are dependent on each other, and
determining, based on at least two oxygen measurements and one carbon dioxide measurement and the set of at least three respiratory parameters, a consistency measure indicative of quality of the gas exchange fitting model for the individual, the quality measure being a quality measure of the set of at least three respiratory parameters in relation to the at least two oxygen measurements and one carbon dioxide measurement,
thereby determining the gas exchange fitting model for the individual, wherein the gas exchange fitting model is stored in the computer for use.

US Pat. No. 10,390,710

ELECTRONIC SPHYGMOMANOMETER FOR MEASURING BLOOD PRESSURE AND PULSE

OMRON HEALTHCARE Co., Ltd...

1. An electronic sphygmomanometer for measuring a blood pressure and a pulse rate, comprising:a cuff comprising an air bladder for wrapping around a measurement location of a patient;
a pressure sensor mounted on the cuff that measures an inner pressure of the air bladder;
an artery volume sensor mounted on the cuff that detects a pulse wave signal of the patient based on a change of volume of an artery;
a processor connected to the pressure sensor and the artery volume sensor that is programmed to calculate the blood pressure and the pulse rate based on the signal received from the pressure sensor and the artery volume sensor, the processor being further programmed to:
increase or decrease the inner pressure of the air bladder at a predetermined timing;
receive the pulse wave signal detected by the artery volume sensor;
receive a pressure pulse wave signal, which is superimposed on the inner pressure of the air bladder and detected by the pressure sensor;
choose only one of the detected pulse wave signal and the detected pressure pulse wave signal as a signal for calculating the pulse rate of the patient in accordance with a predetermined method during a period when the inner pressure of the air bladder is increased or decreased,
wherein the predetermined method comprises:
comparing the detected pressure pulse wave signal with a first predetermined reference value,
wherein if the detected pressure pulse wave signal is below the first predetermined reference value, the detected pulse wave signal is the chosen signal, and
wherein if the detected pressure pulse wave signal is above the first predetermined reference value, comparing the detected pulse wave signal with a second predetermined reference value,
wherein if the detected pulse wave signal is below the second predetermined reference value, the detected pressure pulse wave signal is the chosen signal, and
wherein if the detected pulse wave signal is above the second predetermined reference value, comparing a signal to noise ratio of the detected pressure pulse wave signal with a signal to noise ratio of the detected pulse wave signal to determine the chosen signal,
wherein if the signal to noise ratio of the detected pressure pulse wave signal is greater than the signal to noise ratio of the detected pulse wave signal, the detected pressure pulse wave signal is the chosen signal, and
wherein if the signal to noise ratio of the detected pulse wave signal is greater than the signal to noise ratio of the detected pressure pulse wave signal, the detected pulse wave signal is the chosen signal;
calculate the pulse rate of the patient based on the chosen signal; and
calculate the blood pressure based on the received pressure pulse wave signal.

US Pat. No. 10,390,709

NON-CONTACT OPTICAL SYSTEM FOR DETECTING ULTRASOUND WAVES FROM A SURFACE

Lawrence Livermore Nation...

1. A method of obtaining information about a target organ or entity of a patient through the surface of the patient's tissue and through the patient's tissue wherein the patient's tissue has impedance, comprising the steps of:providing a laser that produces a laser beam having light that contains energy;
directing said laser beam directly onto the surface of the patient's tissue and through the patient's tissue to the target organ or entity depositing said energy on the target organ or entity producing pressure waves that propagate from the target organ or entity of the patient through the patient's tissue to the surface of the patient's tissue;
providing an impedance matching signal converting material cream containing optical elements that scatter light,
wherein said impedance matching signal converting material cream provides impedance matching with the impedance of the patient's tissue, and
wherein said impedance matching signal converting material cream enables said optical elements to interact with said pressure waves providing displacement of said optical elements;
applying said impedance matching signal converting material cream containing optical elements that scatter light to the surface of the patient's tissue wherein said optical elements are particles of reflective materials;
providing displacement of said optical elements by said energy deposited on the target organ or entity producing said pressure waves that propagate through the patient's tissue to the surface of the patient's tissue and are transferred to said optical elements thereby providing displacement of said optical elements;
providing an optical detection system laser that produces an interrogating laser light beam; and
using said interrogating laser light beam for detecting said displacement of said optical elements to provide the information about the target organ or entity of the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,390,707

NEEDLE FOR BIOSENSOR AND BIO SENSOR INCLUDING THE SAME

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A biosensor needle comprising:a light-transmissive main body having a width that is less than a length of the main body, and is insertable into a testee; and
a plurality of metal particles provided on at least a portion of only an outer surface of the main body configured to contact a testee and generating a surface enhanced Raman scattering effect of light incident through the main body.

US Pat. No. 10,390,706

PHOTOACOUSTIC IMAGING APPARATUS, PHOTOACOUSTIC IMAGING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for acquiring subject information comprising the steps of:acquiring first image data by using an electrical signal acquired by converting an acoustic wave generated by irradiating a subject with light;
acquiring a surface-illuminance distribution of the light incident on a surface of the subject by using information about a surface shape of the subject and an intensity distribution of light for irradiation to the subject;
setting, on the surface of the subject in a numerical space, an imaginary light source having a light intensity distribution that is the same as the surface-illuminance distribution;
acquiring an internal light intensity distribution inside the subject by calculating light propagation inside the subject in the numerical space, of light emitted from the imaginary light source; and
acquiring second image data based on the first image data and the internal light intensity distribution inside the subject.

US Pat. No. 10,390,705

PORTABLE NONINVASIVE INSPECTION DEVICE

National Chiao Tung Unive...

1. A portable noninvasive inspection device comprising:a light source illuminating a target to generate an optical inspection signal;
a probe head providing an optical path for said optical inspection signal;
a probe tube arranged at a front portion of said probe head, said probe tube including:
a base arranged at a front end of said probe head and having a mounting seat at a center thereof, wherein a center of said mounting seat includes a light-extracting hole and an outer side of said mounting seat includes at least one light-entering hole for passing light from said light source therethrough;
an optical module defining a light passage and including at least one lens, said optical module being arranged on said mounting seat;
an inner sleeve arranged on said base and coaxially disposed to extend about said optical module, wherein said inner sleeve includes a first opening at a first end thereof and a first reflective surface at an outer wall thereof, said inner sleeve including a first reflective ramp annularly arranged at a second end thereof and angled from said first reflective surface; and
an outer sleeve arranged on said base and coaxially disposed to extend about said inner sleeve, a light channel being defined between said outer sleeve and said inner sleeve, wherein said outer sleeve includes a second opening located at a first end thereof and corresponds to said first opening, a second reflective surface located at an inner wall of said outer sleeve, said outer sleeve including a second reflective ramp annularly arranged at a second end thereof and angled from said second reflective surface, said light channel being thereby configured to direct light within said light channel toward said second opening and away from said first opening, and light of said light source enters said light channel through said light-entering hole and is projected to said target to generate said optical inspection signal, said optical inspection signal passing through said light passage of said optical module and entering said probe head through said light-extracting hole;
at least one rotary-type switched filter module arranged in said optical path, said optical inspection signal passing through said rotary-type switched filter module to form a corresponding spectral signal; and
an image sensor arranged behind said at least one rotary-type switched filter module receiving said spectral signal and generating a spectral image.

US Pat. No. 10,390,704

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MEASURING PHASE DYNAMICS AND OTHER PROPERTIES

United States of America ...

1. An measurement system comprising:a processor;
a linear phase detector;
a tone-burst module;
a transducer communicatively coupled to the tone-burst module and configured to be attached to a sample;
a digital oscillator module comprising at a first direct digital synthesizer and a second direct digital synthesizer, wherein:
the first direct digital synthesizer is configured to output a reference waveform having a constant frequency when the transducer is attached to a sample; and
the second direct digital synthesizer is configured to output a measurement waveform having the same constant frequency as the reference waveform and an initial phase shift relative to the reference waveform; and
wherein the processor, the digital oscillator module, the linear phase detector, and the tone-burst module are all communicatively coupled to each other; and
a non-transitory computer-readable medium comprising computer-readable instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to at least:
generate via the first direct digital synthesizer, a reference waveform having a constant frequency when the transducer is attached to a sample;
generate via second direct digital synthesizer, a measurement waveform having the same constant frequency as the reference waveform and an initial phase shift relative to the reference waveform;
determine, using the tone-burst module, and based on the reference waveform, a tone-burst wave sequence;
transmit via the transducer, a tone-burst into the sample that is based, at least in part, on the determined tone-burst wave sequence;
receive, using the transducer, a received tone-burst from the sample;
determine, using the linear phase detector, a phase difference between the received tone-burst and the measurement waveform; and
in response, adjust, using the second digital synthesizer, the initial phase shift of the measurement waveform, by the determined phase difference, to an adjusted phase shift relative to the reference waveform, such that there is no longer any phase difference between the received tone-burst and the measurement waveform.

US Pat. No. 10,390,703

INFORMATION NOTIFICATION SYSTEM, INFORMATION NOTIFICATION METHOD, AND DISPLAY APPARATUS

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. An information notification system comprising:at least one sensor attached to each player who is practicing an action in a target area; and
a processor or integrated circuit configured to:
acquire sensor data from the at least one sensor;
generate area situation information on smoothness of movement of the players in the target area based on the sensor data acquired from the at least one sensor; and
notifying the generated area situation information, wherein:
the area situation information includes moving speeds of the players in the target area.

US Pat. No. 10,390,702

IMPLANTABLE DEVICES AND METHODS FOR THE EVALUATION OF ACTIVE AGENTS

Kibur Medical, Inc., Bos...

1. An implantable microdevice comprisinga cylindrical support structure having on its curved surface and along the length of the cylindrical support structure a plurality of microwells formed on or within the support structure, the plurality of microwells containing up to a microdose of one or more active agents,
the implantable microdevice having a diameter of between about 0.5 mm and about 2.0 mm, and a length of less than about 5.0 mm, which permit implantation into a tissue using a catheter, cannula, or biopsy needle and removal of the microdevice with the adjacent tissue in spatial orientation with the implantable microdevice using a catheter, cannula, or a biopsy needle with a larger diameter than that of the microdevice,
optionally comprising a guidewire attached to a proximal end of the microdevice.

US Pat. No. 10,390,701

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ESTIMATING BIOMETRIC INFORMATION

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. An apparatus configured to estimate biometric information, the apparatus comprising:a sensor configured to measure a first light signal reflected from a subject and a first temperature of the subject while the subject is in a fasting state, and measure a second light signal reflected from the subject and a second temperature of the subject while the subject is in a non-fasting state; and
a processor configured to generate a light signal-temperature relationship between the first light reflected from the subject and the first temperature of the subject measured in the fasting state, perform temperature correction on the second light signal reflected from the subject based on the second temperature of the subject and the light signal-temperature relationship to thereby obtain a temperature-corrected light signal, and estimate the biometric information of the subject based on the temperature-corrected light signal.

US Pat. No. 10,390,700

HEALTH MONITORING APPARATUS FOR INITIATING A TREATMENT OF A PATIENT BASED ON PHYSIOLOGICAL DATA WITH THE AID OF A DIGITAL COMPUTER

Bardy Diagnostics, Inc., ...

1. A health monitoring apparatus for initiating a patient treatment based on physiological data with the aid of a digital computer, comprising:a wearable health monitor comprising:
a flexible backing;
a plurality of electrocardiographic electrodes comprised on the flexible backing and provided to sense a patient's physiology over a monitoring period; and
a plurality of flexible circuit traces affixed at each end of the flexible backing with each circuit trace connecting one of the electrocardiographic electrodes and via which the sensed physiology is recorded by the wearable health monitor;
a download station configured to receive the physiology sensed by the wearable health monitor;
at least one computer interfaced to the download station, comprising:
a database configured to store the physiology and medical diagnostic criteria; and
a processor and a memory configured to store code executable by the processor and comprising:
a comparison module configured to generate a diagnostic overread of the physiology using the medical diagnostic criteria; and
an initiation module configured to initiating medical care of the patient with one or more pre-identified care providers via the computer based on the overread.

US Pat. No. 10,390,699

DETECTION AND RESPONSE SYSTEM FOR OPIOID OVERDOSES

1. A wearable system for detecting an opioid overdose and automatically administering to a wearer a dosage injection of an opioid antidote, the system comprising:a wearable monitor unit, comprising one or more biometric monitors, a GPS receiver, a monitor microprocessor, and a wireless telephone transmitter;
a wearable injector unit, comprising a solenoid switch, an electrical power source, a solenoid having an armature and a solenoid core, a syringe containing a prescribed dosage of the opioid antidote, a hypodermic needle, and a syringe assembly, wherein the syringe has a plunger and an outlet of the syringe is connected to the hypodermic needle through a flexible connection tubing, and wherein the syringe assembly comprises at least one plunger spring connected to the plunger and a release latch connected to the plunger, and wherein the solenoid is electrically connected to the electrical power source through the solenoid switch;
wherein the injector unit further comprises a needle carriage, which carries the hypodermic needle along a carriage track, and wherein the armature of the solenoid has a proximal end, which is closer to the solenoid core, and a distal end, which is further from the solenoid core, and wherein the distal end of the armature is connected to the needle carriage by a carriage bracket;
wherein the monitor unit is configured to be attached to the wearer, such that each of the biometric monitors continuously monitors wearer biometric data and continuously transmits the wearer biometric data to the monitor microprocessor;
wherein the monitor microprocessor is programmed to continuously compare the wearer biometric data with one or more pre-set thresholds indicative of an opioid overdose;
wherein the monitor microprocessor is programmed, upon determining that the wearer biometric data is indicative of an opioid overdose, to obtain current wearer location coordinates from the GPS receiver and to send one or more emergency messages, including the current wearer location coordinates, to one or more emergency contacts using the wireless telephone transmitter;
wherein the monitor microprocessor is programmed, upon determining that the wearer biometric data is indicative of an opioid overdose, to transmit an activation signal to the solenoid switch of the injector unit;
wherein, upon receiving the activation signal, the solenoid switch is configured to complete an energizing circuit, such that the electrical power source energizes the solenoid of the injector unit;
wherein the injector unit is configured so that, when the solenoid is energized, the distal end of the armature, acting though the carriage bracket, pulls the needle carriage toward a needle aperture, through which the hypodermic needle protrudes and inserts into the wearer;
wherein the injector unit is configured so that, upon the solenoid being energized, the armature opens the release latch, thereby releasing the plunger and causing the plunger springs to fully depress the plunger, so as to force the prescribed dosage of the opioid antidote out of the syringe, through the connection tubing, into the hypodermic needle, and through the hypodermic needle into the wearer;
wherein the injector unit is configured, at an end of a dosage injection, to open the energizing circuit, such that the electrical power source ceases to energize the solenoid and the solenoid is de-energized; and
wherein the injector unit is configured, upon the solenoid being de-energized, to retract the hypodermic needle, such that the syringe ceases to inject the opioid antidote into the wearer.

US Pat. No. 10,390,698

CONDUCTIVE AND STRETCHABLE POLYMER COMPOSITE

ARIZONA BOARD OF REGENTS ...

1. A composite comprising:a conductive polymer;
a water-soluble polymer;
a plasticizer; and
metal flakes, wherein the metal flakes have a diameter of about 1 ?m to about 45 ?m, and
wherein the plasticizer is phosphoric acid.

US Pat. No. 10,390,697

TRIAL FRAME

OCULUS OPTIKGERAETE GMBH,...

1. A trial frame for determining the subjective refraction of a subject, comprising:first and second lens holder devices for receiving insert lenses,
a bridge which connects the first and second lens holder devices in such a manner that their distance relative to each other is adjustable,
a nose rest device having a pivotable and height-adjustable nose rest; and
first and second temples, which are adjustable in length and height, the nose rest device having an adjustment gear for adjusting the height of the nose rest,the adjustment gear having a toothed rack and a bevel worm wheel which are engaged with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,390,696

DYNAMIC COMPUTER IMAGES FOR IMPROVING VISUAL PERCEPTION

EYEKON E.R.D. LTD., Rama...

1. A method for presenting dynamic-images to a user, the method comprising processor implemented steps of:displaying, at a given time-step (n=k), one or more dynamic-images to the user, wherein a dynamic-image is an image initially displayed at a specific location and moving to another location, during the given time-step (n=k);
receiving, at the given time-step (n=k), the user's response to the displayed dynamic-image/s;
analyzing, one or more of the user's responses, received at the given time-step (n=k) and/or at former time-step/s (n adjusting, for at least one of the following time-steps (n>k), one or more parameters of at least one of the dynamic-images, responsively to a predetermined threshold for—or a state of—the change.

US Pat. No. 10,390,695

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR DIAGNOSIS OF OCULAR DISEASE

Newsouth Innovations Pty ...

1. A method for early detection of ocular disease in a subject, the method comprising:causing, by one or more processors of a visual field analysis system, application of a first test stimuli at a first eccentricity to a retina of the subject;
determining, by the one or more processors, a difference in at least one of a spatial summation or a temporal summation from a first response to the first test stimuli;
causing, by the one or more processors, application of a second test stimuli different than the first test stimuli, the second test stimuli applied at a second eccentricity to the retina, wherein a size of the second test stimuli is adjusted for the determined difference in the at least one of the spatial summation or the temporal summation resulting from application of the first test stimuli to the retina of the subject, wherein a size of the first test stimuli and the size of the second test stimuli are within Ricco's critical area (Ac);
performing a first comparison, by the one or more processors, of the first response to a first threshold;
performing a second comparison, by the one or more processors, of a second response to the second test stimuli to a second threshold;
determining, by the one or more processors, a first visual field capability loss of said subject based on the first comparison;
determining, by the one or more processors, a second visual field capability loss of said subject based on the second comparison; and
diagnosing, by the one or more processors, ocular disease in said subject if said first visual field capability loss and said second visual field capability loss is substantially equal.

US Pat. No. 10,390,694

MICRO LAPAROSCOPY DEVICES AND DEPLOYMENTS THEREOF

EON SURGICAL, LTD., Tel ...

1. A guiding cannula comprising:an inner sleeve having a proximal end and a distal end;
an outer sleeve slidably receiving the inner sleeve;
a lumen extending axially between a distal opening and a proximal opening, wherein the lumen is configured to receive a laparoscopic device from the distal opening and/or the proximal opening;
a sealing member configured to seal the lumen, wherein the sealing member is fixed relative to the outer sleeve, and the inner sleeve is movable relative to the sealing member;
a handle fixed to the proximal end of the inner sleeve; and
a conic body connected to the distal end of the inner sleeve, wherein the conic body defines an edge along a single plane for guiding the laparoscopic device into the lumen, and the edge is continuous in a contracted configuration and an extended configuration,
wherein the outer sleeve defines an outer diameter adapted to fit in a port lumen of a laparoscopic port having a port seal, said guiding cannula is configured to reversely deactivate said port seal when introduced through the laparoscopic port, said guiding cannula is telescopically extendible to receive the laparoscopic device in said laparoscopic port, and said sealing member is configured to receive said laparoscopic device while sealing said lumen from an outside environment.

US Pat. No. 10,390,693

METHOD AND MEASUREMENT SYSTEM FOR OPTICALLY MEASURING AN OBJECT

DENTSPLY SIRONA Inc., Yo...

1. A measurement system for optically measuring an object, comprising a dental camera and an optical attachment, wherein the optical attachment includes at least one lens, which is shaped and arranged in such a way that the optical attachment has a negative focal length, so that a measurement field or a measurement volume of the dental camera is enlarged by the optical attachment and wherein the teeth of a patient are measured by means of the dental camera, and a first image of the teeth is generated, wherein at least one portion of the face of the patient is measured by means of the dental camera with the optical attachment with the enlarged measurement field or measurement volume; and a second image of the face is generated, wherein subsequently the first image of the teeth and the second image of the face are registered to form a composite image.

US Pat. No. 10,390,692

HYBRID DETECTION APPARATUS

HTC Corporation, Taoyuan...

1. A hybrid detection apparatus, comprising:a device body;
an image capturing circuit, adapted to be removably installed on the device body, wherein when the image capturing circuit is installed on the device body, the image capturing circuit is controlled to perform an image capturing function and generate an image signal accordingly; and
a temperature detecting circuit, adapted to be removably installed on the device body, wherein when the temperature detecting circuit is installed on the device body, the temperature detecting circuit is controlled to perform a temperature detecting function and generate a temperature signal accordingly,
wherein a second connection mechanism of the image capturing circuit and a third connection mechanism of the temperature detecting circuit are respectively fixed to a first connection mechanism of the device body by rotating joining, the device body is electrically connected to the second connection mechanism of the image capturing circuit through the first connection mechanism, the device body is electrically connected to the third connection mechanism of the temperature detecting circuit through the first connection mechanism, and the device body outputs a detection image based on the image signal and outputs a detection temperature based on the temperature signal,
wherein the device body comprises:
a holding part, having the first connection mechanism;
wherein the temperature detecting circuit comprises:
a first probe part, having the third connection mechanism corresponding to the holding part; and
an infrared sensor, disposed in the first probe part and adapted to sense infrared rays to generate the temperature signal accordingly.

US Pat. No. 10,390,691

MEDICAL ACCESSORY HOLDER

Cantel (UK) Limited, Sou...

1. A medical accessory holder for use during reprocessing and/or conditioning of medical equipment, said holder comprising: a planar base portion having an upper section and a lower section wherein the upper section is removably mountable on the lower section; by an interconnecting means; at least one recess provided in the planar base portion, each said recess being adapted to receive a medical accessory therein, such that said medical accessory is firmly engaged in said recess retaining means associated with the base portion and adapted to engage therewith such that, once engaged, the retaining means cannot be disengaged, and said medical accessory cannot be removed from said recess, without breaking the retaining means, thereby rendering said holder suitable only for single use; and attachment means adapted to enable said holder to be secured to an article of medical equipment with which said medical accessory is associated, during reprocessing thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,390,690

DENTAL LIGHT USING LEDS

A-dec, Inc., Newberg, OR...

1. A light for use in a dental examination setting for illuminating an oral cavity of a patient, the light comprising:a housing unit for connecting the light to an arm assembly for positioning the light within the dental examination setting;
a plurality of light emitting diode (LED) light sources coupled to the housing unit for producing respective light beams along a plurality of respective paths;
a substrate coupled to the housing unit and defining a substrate plane, wherein the plurality of LED light sources are mounted to the substrate;
a plurality of lens modules coupled to the substrate, wherein each of the plurality of lens modules is tilted relative to the substrate plane and positioned to receive a respective light beam from one of the plurality of LED light sources, further wherein the respective light beams transmitted by the modules combine to form a beam pattern in an illumination plane defined within an oral cavity of a patient;
a plurality of collecting lenses mounted within the plurality of lens modules, wherein each of the plurality of lens modules is situated along one of the paths to receive the respective light beams from the plurality of LED light sources and to perform collection action on the received light beams;
a plurality of diffusers mounted within the plurality of lens modules, wherein each of the plurality of diffusers is situated along one of the paths to impose a divergence on the respective light beams from the plurality of collecting lenses; and
a plurality of two-dimensional apertures mounted within the plurality of lens modules, wherein each of the plurality of apertures is situated along one of the paths, upstream from one of the plurality of collecting lenses, for receiving the respective light beams from the plurality of LED light sources, further wherein the plurality of apertures transmit substantially two-dimensional shaped light beams that form an overlap in the illumination plane.

US Pat. No. 10,390,689

ANGLED ENDOSCOPE TIP IMAGE CAPTURE UNIT

INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERAT...

1. An apparatus comprising:a non-zero degree endoscope comprising a body, a distal portion, and an image capture unit, the distal portion including a distal face, the body being configured for being coupled to a robotic arm of the apparatus; the distal portion being connected to the body, and the distal portion comprising a lengthwise axis, the distal face being at a fixed angle to the lengthwise axis of the distal portion; and
the image capture unit comprising a zero degree lens stack, the zero degree lens stack having a non-folded optical path, the image capture unit having a lengthwise axis, and the image capture unit being mounted in the distal portion, the image capture unit being fixed in position with the lengthwise axis of the image capture unit intersecting the lengthwise axis of the body to define a non-zero degree angle and with the zero degree lens stack positioned to receive light incident on the distal face.

US Pat. No. 10,390,688

IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An image pickup system comprising:a light source configured to irradiate an object with illumination light;
a first image pickup section including a first image pickup device capable of picking up an optical image of the object and outputting the optical image as a first image pickup signal;
a second image pickup section including a second image pickup device capable of picking up the optical image of the object and outputting the optical image as a second image pickup signal having a parallax from the first image pickup signal;
a first photometric measurement section configured to detect a brightness of an object image as a first photometric value for the first image pickup signal;
a second photometric measurement section configured to detect a brightness of the object image as a second photometric value for the second image pickup signal;
a first exposure time control section configured to control an exposure time of the first image pickup signal based on the first photometric value;
a second exposure time control section configured to control an exposure time of the second image pickup signal based on the second photometric value;
an exposure control section configured to control at least one of the first exposure time control section and the second exposure time control section so that the brightness of the object image for the first image pickup signal and the brightness of the object image for the second image pickup signal become equal to each other;
a photometric value selection section configured to select either one of the first photometric value detected in the first photometric measurement section and the second photometric value detected in the second photometric measurement section; and
a light amount control section configured to control a light amount of the illumination light irradiated from the light source based on the first photometric value or the second photometric value selected by the photometric value selection section.

US Pat. No. 10,390,687

ENDOSCOPIC SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. An endoscopic surgical instrument, comprising:two surgical instrument modules, each of which is provided with a surgical instrument portion;
an endoscopic module configured to form a triangular shape with the two surgical instrument modules and configured to image operations of the surgical instrument modules at different angles using a plurality of joints;
a drive portion including a motor to generate drive forces; and
a connection portion to connect the endoscopic module and the drive portion,
wherein wires connecting respective members coupled by the plurality of joints are configured to amplify drive forces of the drive portion applied to the plurality of joints,
wherein the plurality of joints comprise rolling joints at which teeth of gears engage and rotate with each other,
wherein the plurality of joints provide three or more degrees of freedom to the endoscopic module,
wherein the endoscopic module includes a head portion and an arm portion,
wherein the head portion includes a first gear portion, a second gear portion and a camera mounted in the head portion, the first gear portion including first teeth, the second gear portion including second teeth and third teeth, the second teeth being at a first side of the second gear portion for matching with the first teeth to allow the head portion to rotate in left and right directions together with the first gear portion, and the third teeth being at a second side of the second gear portion, and the camera being mounted in the head portion to image the operations of the surgical instrument modules,
wherein the arm portion is connected to the drive portion through the connection portion and connected to the head portion, the arm portion including a third gear portion, the third gear portion including fourth teeth at a first side of the third gear portion to match with the third teeth of the second gear portion to allow the head portion to rotate in upward and downward directions together with the connection portion and the second gear portion, and
wherein a direction in which the second teeth extend on the first side of the second gear portion forms a right angle with a direction in which the third teeth extend on the second side of the second gear portion.

US Pat. No. 10,390,686

BRONCHOSCOPE ADAPTER AND METHOD

COVIDIEN LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A method of axially securing a tool within an access port of a bronchoscope, the method comprising:receiving a tool through a lumen of an elastomeric clamping block affixed to the access port, the elastomeric clamping block including a rigid spacer ring and a beveled collar radiating from an outer wall of the elastomeric clamping block, the beveled collar including a beveled surface and a flat surface, wherein the rigid spacer ring is disposed on the outer wall of the elastomeric clamping block;
receiving a portion of a retaining nut around an outer surface of a single component housing in which the elastomeric clamping block is positioned, so that an inner sleeve of the retaining nut presses upon the rigid spacer ring, which in turn presses upon the flat surface, and the beveled surface of the beveled collar is mated with an inner surface of the single component housing; and
axially compressing the elastomeric clamping block to reduce a diameter of the lumen around the tool while isolating the elastomeric clamping block from radial force.

US Pat. No. 10,390,685

OFF-AXIS VISUALIZATION SYSTEMS

INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERAT...

1. A system for visualizing a tissue region of interest, comprising:a deployment catheter defining at least one lumen therethrough;
a hood projecting distally from the deployment catheter and defining an open area therein, wherein the open area is in direct fluid communication with the at least one lumen;
an elongate channel directly coupled to the hood such that the elongate channel terminates distally into the open area, the elongate channel extending proximally from an outer surface of the hood and bounded proximally at a proximal pocket surface;
an imaging element for visualizing tissue adjacent to the open area, the imaging element sized to pass into the elongated channel at a distal end of the elongate channel, wherein proximal movement within the elongated channel is restricted by the proximal pocket surface; and
a control member extending within the elongate channel and through the proximal pocket surface for moving the imaging element through the elongate channel.

US Pat. No. 10,390,684

DRAIN DEVICE

GUANGDONG YINGAO KITCHEN ...

1. A drain device, comprising a first tank body, a second tank body, a third tank body and a drain rack, wherein a bottom surface of the first tank body is mounted and fixed to a top surface of the second tank body, a bottom surface of the second tank body is mounted and fixed to a top surface of the third tank body, the first tank body, the second tank body and the third tank body are in communication with one another to form a washing cavity, a bottom inner side wall of the first tank body is provided with two steps in a lengthwise direction of the first tank body, an inner side wall of the third tank body is provided with two receiving portions in a lengthwise direction of the third tank body, the cross-sectional area of the second tank body gradually increases from top to bottom, the cross-sectional area of the third tank body gradually decreases from top to bottom, the distance between the two steps is equal to the distance between the two receiving portions, and the two steps and the two receiving portions are all configured for supporting the drain rack, and wherein the drain rack spans a space formed between the two steps or a space formed between the two receiving portions.

US Pat. No. 10,390,682

DISHWASHER WITH INTEGRATED LIGHTING

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A dishwasher, comprising:a tub at least partially defining a treating chamber for receiving dishes for treatment according to a cycle of operation and having an open face providing access to the treating chamber; and
a dish rack slidable relative to the tub through the open face between a loading position and a treating position, the dish rack having four sides and comprising multiple wire elements, including a set of vertical wire elements and a set of horizontal wire elements, each of the four sides includes a set of stacked horizontal elements with a topmost element; and
a light pipe integrally formed with a remainder of the multiple wire elements such that light pipe is configured to form at least a portion of the topmost element extending along at least two of the four sides of the dish rack.

US Pat. No. 10,390,681

DISHWASHER DOOR WITH MOVABLE DECORATIVE COVER

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A dishwasher comprising:a chassis having a base;
a tub supported on the base and at least partially defining a treating chamber having an access opening;
a door having a door height extending between a door upper end and a door lower end;
a hinge pivotally mounting the door to the chassis for pivotal movement between a closed position, wherein the access opening is closed, and an opened position, wherein the access opening is opened;
a non-racking decorative cover having a cover height extending between a cover upper end and a cover lower end; and
a slide assembly mounting the decorative cover to the door to move the decorative cover upwardly from a retracted position to an extended position as the door is pivoted from the closed position to the open position; the slide assembly comprising a tie having an first end, at least one upper slide assembly comprising a spring and at least one lower slide assembly comprising a first end of the tie; the at least one lower slide assembly also comprising a slider moveable on a slide track;
wherein the decorative cover height is greater than the door height such that the decorative cover lower end lies below the door lower end supporting the dishwasher when the door is in the closed position such that extending the decorative cover prevents the decorative cover lower end from contacting the chassis when the door is moved from the closed to the open position.

US Pat. No. 10,390,680

ONE-WAY CLUTCH

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A fluid circulation assembly, comprising:a motor;
a drive shaft rotatably coupled to the motor, the drive shaft defining an axial direction, a radial direction, and a circumferential direction, the drive shaft extending along the axial direction out of the motor; and
an impeller comprising a central hub and a plurality of impeller blades extending outwardly from the central hub along the radial direction, the impeller coupled to the drive shaft with a one-way clutch, the one-way clutch comprising a housing formed of a unitary and seamless construction with the central hub and a bearing disposed within the housing, the housing including a first wall extending along the radial direction and a second wall oblique to the first wall, a width of the bearing along the radial direction is less than a length of the first wall along the radial direction, the bearing configured to move within the housing between a first position and a second position, the bearing radially spaced from the drive shaft in the first position, the second wall extending from the first wall inwardly along the radial direction and configured to guide the bearing radially inward from the first position to the second position, the bearing operatively engaging the second wall of the housing and the drive shaft to transfer rotational motion from the drive shaft to the impeller in the second position;
wherein the bearing is configured to move to the first position to disengage the drive shaft and the impeller such that the drive shaft rotates freely within the impeller when the drive shaft rotates in a first direction and the bearing is configured to move to the second position to engage the drive shaft and the impeller to transfer rotational movement from the drive shaft to the impeller when the drive shaft rotates in a second direction opposing the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,390,679

DISHWASHER

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A dishwasher comprising:a tub including an interior area that is configured to receive objects and that includes a bottom surface, wherein the bottom surface of the tub has a first hardness and includes a first hole;
a spray arm that is located in the tub and that is configured to spray water;
a sump that is (i) coupled to the tub, (ii) located under the first hole, and (iii) configured to store water;
a pump configured to provide water stored in the sump to the spray arm;
a cover including:
a cover body that has a second hardness and that is coupled to the first hole, wherein the second hardness is less than the first hardness,
a plurality of second holes penetrating the cover body, and
a first cut-away portion that penetrates the cover body, that extends from an edge of the cover body in a direction toward a central area of the cover body, and that connects at least two of the plurality of second holes;
a supporter including:
a support body that is coupled to the second hole, and
a third hole penetrating the support body; and
a filter unit that is coupled to the third hole and that is configured to filter water provided to the sump,
wherein the first cut-away portion is open toward the edge of the cover body to thereby allow the cover body to thermally expand.

US Pat. No. 10,390,678

CONVEYOR DISHWASHER HAVING A SENSOR DEVICE FOR DETECTING THE CONCENTRATION OF DISINFECTANT

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A conveyor dishwasher for washing washware, wherein the conveyor dishwasher has at least one wash zone with at least one wash nozzle for spraying wash liquid onto the washware, and has at least one final rinse zone with at least one final rinse nozzle for spraying final rinse liquid onto the washware, and wherein a metering device is connected for adding a disinfectant to a final rinse line that feeds the at least one final rinse nozzle so that the disinfectant is added to the final rinse liquid in a metered manner prior to spraying of the final rinse liquid from the at least one final rinse nozzle,characterized
in that a sensor device is provided, the sensor device being configured to detect a concentration of disinfectant in the final rinse liquid in the final rinse line prior to spraying of the final rinse liquid from the at least one final rinse nozzle in the final rinse zone, and
in that a control device is provided, the control device being configured to compare the value of the concentration of disinfectant which is detected by the sensor device with a predefined concentration value and, in the event the concentration of disinfectant deviates by at least a defined deviation value from the predefined concentration value, to interrupt the dishwashing process or to output a warning signal to an operator,
wherein the control device is configured in such a way that the defined deviation value can be adjusted.

US Pat. No. 10,390,677

DISH WASHER WITH ECCENTRIC PROTRUSION IN POWER TRANSFER ASSEMBLY

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A dishwasher comprising:a tub with a space configured to accommodate objects to be washed;
a spray arm comprising:
a pair of first and second arms provided in the tub, configured to extend in a first direction, and configured to spray wash water to the objects, and
a pair of auxiliary arms configured to spray the wash water to the objects while rotating about a rotation axis defined by a direction in which the auxiliary arms extend, the pair of auxiliary arms being configured to extend in a second direction while being spaced apart from the first and second arms by a predetermined angle, the second direction being perpendicular of the first direction;
an arm holder detachably inserted into the tub, the arm holder being configured to define a channel through which the wash water flows to the spray arm, wherein the arm holder is configured to support the spray arm to be rotated to spray the wash water from the first and second arms and the auxiliary arms; and
a flow passage switching unit provided inside the arm holder and configured to move vertically to selectively supply the wash water to the first and second arms or the auxiliary arms
a power transfer assembly configured to convert a rotary force of the spray arm into a linear reciprocating movement to reciprocally rotate the auxiliary arms, wherein the power transfer assembly comprises:
a fixed gear unit fixed to a lower part of the tub, the fixed gear unit including gear teeth provided at an outer circumferential surface of the fixed gear unit;
a rotary gear unit rotatably mounted to the spray arm and configured to engage with the gear teeth of the fixed gear unit, the rotary gear unit including an eccentric protrusion that is eccentric from a center of rotation of the rotary gear unit; and
a link member coupled to the eccentric protrusion and configured to reciprocally rotate the auxiliary arms.

US Pat. No. 10,390,676

DISH WASHER INCLUDING A SWITCHING UNIT FOR DIVERTING WATER FLOW

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A dishwasher comprising:a sump configured to store water;
an arm holder rotatably mounted on the sump;
a spray arm connected to the arm holder and configured to spray the stored water from the sump;
a fixed gear unit fixed to the sump and with gear teeth arranged along an outer circumferential surface of the fixed gear unit;
a rotary gear unit rotatably mounted on the spray arm, and configured to rotate based on engagement with the gear teeth of the fixed gear unit; and
a link member connected to the rotary gear unit and the spray arm,
wherein the spray arm comprises:
a main arm provided on the sump, that is configured to extend in a first direction for spraying wash water, and that includes a lower frame connected to the arm holder, an upper frame disposed at an upper side of the lower frame and a transfer flow passage is formed in the main arm,
a pair of auxiliary arms configured to extend in a second direction while being spaced apart from the main arm by a predetermined angle for spraying wash water while rotating about a rotation axis defined by the second direction in which the auxiliary arms extend and including a plurality of auxiliary spray holes, and auxiliary flow passages are formed in the auxiliary arms and are in fluid communication with the transfer flow passage and the auxiliary spray holes,
wherein inlets through which the water is introduced are formed at the lower frame in fluid communication with the transfer flow passage,
wherein a main flow passage is formed in the main arm and is in fluid communication with the inlets,
wherein a plurality of upper spray holes are formed in the upper frame, and wherein the plurality of spray holes are configured to spray the water in the main flow passage, and
wherein the plurality of upper spray holes are radially disposed in the upper frame,
wherein the dishwasher further comprises a flow passage switching unit accommodated in the arm holder, and that is configured to selectively open and close the main flow passage and the transfer flow passage, and that includes a switching unit main body, an upper gear formed at the switching unit main body, and opening holes through which the water flows,
wherein an upper gear engaging unit is disposed at the bottom surface of the main arm, and is configured to engage with the upper gear, and
wherein the flow passage switching unit is configured to be engaged with the upper gear engaging unit when a flow amount of the water introduced into an arm holder chamber is increased.

US Pat. No. 10,390,675

WAREWASH MACHINE CLEANING NOTIFICATION AND IN-SITU DILUTION PROCESS

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A method of operating a warewash machine that includes at least one collection tank for collecting wash liquid that is recirculated and sprayed for cleaning wares within a spray zone of the machine, the method comprising:(a) carrying out an in-situ tank operation by adding fresh water to the collection tank through a tank fill line such that wash liquid level in the collection tank rises above a standard wash liquid operating level of the collection tank, and thereafter carrying out partial draining of the collection tank,
wherein the collection tank includes both a drain path and an overflow path, where the overflow path exits the collection tank at an exit location above an exit location of the drain path, wherein a first controllable valve is located along the overflow path, and the tank fill line includes a second controllable valve located therealong, and step (a) involves a machine controller automatically closing the first controllable valve and thereafter opening the second controllable valve to add fresh water to the collection tank through the collection tank fill line either (i) until the wash liquid level in the collection tank reaches a specified overfill level or (ii) for a specified period of time, and in either case (i) or case (ii), thereafter closing the second controllable valve and opening the first controllable valve to carry out the partial draining at least in part by overflow along the overflow path;
further comprising:
(1) the machine controller monitoring at least one machine condition;
(2) based upon the monitoring in step (1) the machine controller automatically making a determination that machine cleaning is necessary; and
in response to the determination in step (2) the machine controller automatically carrying out the in-situ tank operation of step (a).

US Pat. No. 10,390,674

METHOD FOR CLEANING A FLOOR SURFACE AND FLOOR CLEANING DEVICE

1. A method for cleaning a floor surface with a floor cleaning device, the floor cleaning device comprising a carriage for traveling on the floor surface, in which method, during a cleaning movement of the floor cleaning device over the floor surface, a first recording of a floor surface portion is created with an optical recording unit before the cleaning, the floor cleaning device is moved with at least one cleaning unit over the floor surface portion, which is cleaned, a second recording of the floor surface portion is created with an optical recording unit after the cleaning, and the recordings are compared with one another in order to check a cleaning result,wherein the comparison of the recordings is undertaken by a control unit of the floor cleaning device and at an indicating unit, at least if no sufficiently good cleaning of the floor surface portion has occurred, a corresponding indication is provided and/or is stored with a position information item of the floor surface portion in a memory unit, wherein the position of the floor cleaning device on the floor surface is determined by means of a localization unit.

US Pat. No. 10,390,672

ROBOT CLEANER AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

15. A robot cleaner comprising:a main body;
a traveling assembly configured to move the main body;
a cleaning tool assembly installed in the main body, and including a pad configured to adsorb water, and to contact a surface to clean the surface by applying the adsorbed water from the robot cleaner to the surface using a motion of the pad;
a water-feeder to directly supply the water from the water-feeder to the cleaning tool assembly to first be adsorbed by the pad and then applied from the pad to the surface;
a capacitance measurer installed in the main body, to contact the pad of the cleaning tool assembly, and configured to measure a capacitance of the cleaning tool assembly that changes based on an amount of the adsorbed water in the pad; and
a controller configured to determine the amount of the adsorbed water in the pad based on the measured capacitance and control the robot cleaner based on the determined amount of the adsorbed water in the pad,
wherein the capacitance measurer contacts the pad of the cleaning tool assembly so that the pad overlaps the capacitance measurer by a predetermined overlapping thickness.

US Pat. No. 10,390,671

SURFACE TREATING MACHINE WITH DETACHABLE HEADS

1. A machine for treating a surface lying in an XY plane comprising,a body having a body plate,
a cleaning plate located between the body plate and the XY plane, the cleaning plate including a first fastener member,
a motor assembly connected to the cleaning plate and having one or more motors to drive the cleaning plate with a cleaning vibration in an oscillating pattern parallel to the XY plane where the one or more motors are not connected to the body,
an attachment assembly for flexibly attaching the cleaning plate to the body plate under compression to permit the cleaning plate to vibrate relative to the body plate and to isolate the cleaning vibration from the body, the attachment assembly including,
a plurality of compression devices connected between the cleaning plate and the body plate for urging the cleaning plate and the body plate toward each other,
a plurality of rolling separators under pressure from the compression devices for separating the cleaning plate and the body plate,
one or more cleaning heads having a second fastening member for detachably fastening to the first fastener member.

US Pat. No. 10,390,670

SEPARATING APPARATUS AND VACUUM CLEANER

Dyson Technology Limited,...

1. A separating apparatus comprising:a first cyclonic separating unit comprising a first cyclonic separator having a separator axis;
a second cyclonic separating unit comprising a plurality of second cyclonic separators, the second cyclonic separating unit being movable between a first position and a second position with respect to the first separating unit in a direction that is parallel with the separator axis;
a screen disposed within the first cyclonic separator such that it extends parallel with the separator axis, wherein the screen is connected to the second cyclonic separating unit for movement with the second cyclonic separating unit; and
a wipe for cleaning the screen, wherein the wipe is secured to the first cyclonic separating unit such that movement of the second cyclonic separating unit from the first position to the second position moves the screen relative to the wipe thereby cleaning debris from the screen, wherein the wipe has a lower edge that contacts the screen when the second cyclonic separating unit is in the first position, and wherein the wipe has a frusto-conical shape and is arranged in an inverted configuration such that the lower edge has a diameter that is smaller than the remainder of the wipe.

US Pat. No. 10,390,669

ROBOT CLEANER AND WHEEL ASSEMBLY

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A robot cleaner comprising:a body having a suction port;
a plurality of wheels at the body; and
at least one driving device configured to provide a driving force for driving at least one of the plurality of wheels,
wherein each of the plurality of wheels includes:
a wheel frame to receive the driving force of the at least one driving device;
an outer wheel to couple to the wheel frame;
an inner wheel to couple to the wheel frame; and
a cover to cover a circumference of the outer wheel and a circumference of the inner wheel,
wherein a rotation center of the outer wheel is aligned with a rotation center of the inner wheel,
wherein a thickness of the outer wheel in an extension direction of the rotation center of the outer wheel is greater than a thickness of the inner wheel in an extension direction of the rotation center of the inner wheel,
wherein the outer wheel includes a plurality of first slits such that the outer wheel is to be deformed by external force,
wherein the inner wheel includes a plurality of second slits such that the inner wheel is to be deformed by external force, and
wherein an arrangement the plurality of first slits is different from an arrangement of the plurality of second slits, and a shape of at least one of the plurality of first slits is different from at least one of the plurality of second slits.

US Pat. No. 10,390,668

BODY SUPPORT AND POSITIONING APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR SEATED-POSITION TOILET USE

9. An assembly for body support and positioning for seated-position toilet use, the assembly comprising in combination:a) two equal sized adjustable stanchions sized to be separately positioned on either side of a toilet base, each stanchion comprising an adjustable stanchion arm comprising an inside concave portion comprising a plurality of equally spaced gaps, and further comprising an adjustable stanchion arm fulcrum and an adjustable stanchion arm slot opening, an adjustable stanchion base comprising a first adjustable stanchion base hinged assembly and a second adjustable stanchion base hinged assembly, a locking pin comprising a first locking pin end sized to be received by and move about the first adjustable stanchion base hinged assembly and a second locking pin end sized to fit into and be received by one of the plurality of equally spaced gaps on the inside concave portion of the adjustable stanchion arm, to adjustably raise an adjustable stanchion fulcrum as the adjustable stanchion arm arcs upwards from the second adjustable stanchion base hinged assembly;
b) two equal sized levers, each lever comprising an angled central element sized to be received into and held by the adjustable stanchion arm slot opening, and comprising a bottom portion, a top portion, a lever handle at the top of the lever central element, and an aperture midway on the angled central lever element of equal size as the adjustable stanchion arm fulcrum aperture and aligned to correspond with the adjustable stanchion arm fulcrum aperture, such that when each lever is received into an adjustable stanchion arm slot opening, the levers provide parallel orientation to each other with respect to the toilet base and the adjustable stanchions;
c) a platform affixed to the bottom portion of each of the parallel oriented levers;
d) a crosspiece affixed to the parallel oriented levers above the platform;
e) a fastener assembly through each adjustable stanchion arm fulcrum aperture and corresponding lever aperture allowing for movement of the lever about the stanchion fulcrum and securing the lever within the stanchion fulcrum aperture;
f) assembly to support each lever raised for body support and positioning for seated-position toilet use; and
g) assembly for release of the assembly to support each lever once the toilet use is ended.

US Pat. No. 10,390,667

VERSATILE TOILET AID

1. A toilet aid apparatus, comprising:a positioning aid configured to position a user seated on a toilet seat by adjusting the effective size of the toilet seat; and
a securing mechanism configured to secure the positioning aid to a toilet and thereby fix the effective size of the toilet seat;
wherein the positioning aid comprises a back support configured to be slid back and forth along the toilet bowl rim and/or toilet seat and thereby vary the effective size of the toilet seat, and
wherein the back support is height-adjustable.

US Pat. No. 10,390,666

TOILET SEAT TIGHTENING KIT

Ginsey Industries, Inc., ...

1. A toilet seat tightening kit comprising:a screwdriver comprising a shaft;
one or more washers configured to fit over the shaft of the screwdriver; and
a wrench comprising a wrenching portion and a handle extending longitudinally therefrom, wherein at least a portion of the wrench defines an interior cavity with an opening;
wherein the screwdriver and the wrench are configured to mate with one another, while the one or more washers are positioned on the shaft of the screwdriver, by the shaft of the screwdriver fitting into the interior cavity via the opening of the wrench to form a unitary structure.

US Pat. No. 10,390,665

TOILET SEAT WITH WINGS AND STABILIZING MEMBERS

COMFORT PLUS LLC, Las Ve...

1. A toilet seat comprising:a. a single piece having a top portion and a bottom portion;
b. said top portion including a top surface having a central open area;
c. said bottom portion having a first interior partial circumferential wall with a first interior partial circumferential bottom surface that partially surrounds said central open area and a second interior partial circumferential wall at a spaced apart radial distance from the first interior partial circumferential wall with a second interior circumferential bottom surface,
d. a multiplicity of spaced apart transverse stabilizing ribs extending in a radial horizontal direction from the first interior circumferential wall past the second interior circumferential wall by individual radial distances and then extending at an upward slope until each respective multiplicity of spaced apart transverse stabilizing ribs join an exterior circumferential wall, the horizontal portion of said transverse stabilizing ribs and the upwardly sloped portion of said transverse stabilizing ribs positioned below said top section; and
e. the respective bottom surfaces of the first and second interior circumferential walls and the horizontal section of said transverse stabilizing ribs forming a stabilizing platform for the toilet seat.

US Pat. No. 10,390,664

SEPARATION UNIT AND A DISPENSER COMPRISING A SEPARATION UNIT

1. A separation unit for separating a web material along preformed lines of weakness, said separation unit having a width direction and comprisingat least a first roller having a rotational axis extending in said width direction and a web width extending in said width direction, and
at least a second roller having a rotational axis extending parallel with said rotational axis of said first roller and a web width extending in said width direction, said second roller being positioned at a distance from said first roller, said distance extending in a direction perpendicular to said width direction,
wherein each of said first and said second rollers is provided with at least one protrusion element extending perpendicularly from said axes,
wherein each of said protrusion elements has a maximum width in said width direction, a maximum radial extension from said rotational axes, an inner portion adjacent to said rotational axes, and an outer portion remote from said rotational axes,
wherein said outer portions of said protrusion elements on said first roller are arranged in a staggered relationship with said outer portions of said protrusion elements on said second roller,
wherein said outer portions of said protrusion elements on said first roller are partially overlapping with said outer portions of said protrusion elements on said second roller with a radial overlap length, thus forming an undulating passage for a web material between said rollers,
wherein said radial overlap length is between 2-40 mm,
wherein the separation unit is configured to separate the web material along a preformed line of weakness as the preformed line of weakness passes through the undulating passage by a pinch force, wherein the pinch force is configured to break a preformed line of weakness, but also configured to not damage the web material,
wherein said pinch force is configured to separate a preformed line of weakness having a perforation strength between 20-80 N/m.

US Pat. No. 10,390,663

TOWEL PROTECTOR

1. A towel roll comprising a plurality of towel sheets provided with a protective cover, the protective cover consisting of a planar disc having a disc diameter, a top flat surface and a bottom flat surface and a thickness of less than ¼ of an inch, wherein the protective cover is disposed on an end of the towel roll such that a sidewall of the roll is exposed for dispensing and the top flat surface of the protective cover is positioned, configured and dimensioned for holding the cover by a user with a first hand while tearing at least one towel sheet of the plurality of towel sheets with a second hand, and wherein the protective cover has perforations so as to be adjustable to the size of the towel roll.

US Pat. No. 10,390,662

PAPER TOWEL WITH CUSTOMIZED TEAR FORCE PERFORATIONS

1. A perforated paper towel sheet for use on a roll, comprising:a plurality of full sheet portions each said full sheet portion including a sheet roll end and a sheet distal end, each of said full sheet portions further including two half-sheets, each said half sheet including a main sheet portion and a smaller paper portion and wherein each said half-sheet includes a central longitudinal perforation having a first predetermined tear force and with said central longitudinal perforation separating said main sheet portion and said smaller paper portion, wherein where said smaller paper portion includes a plurality of detachable papers divided by secondary perforations and with said secondary perforations having a second predetermined tear force, wherein said first predetermined tear force is greater than said second predetermined tear force, so that a user is able to unroll a desired number of full sheet portions from a roll and then detach a desired number of said small detachable papers for use.

US Pat. No. 10,390,661

UTENSIL RETAINING DEVICE

F.N. Sharp, LLC

1. A utensil holder comprising:a main body having a void therein, the main body comprising an outer surface, an interior surface, an upper base, a lower base, the outer surface of the main body forming a plurality of elongated wings, each of the plurality of elongated wings having a plurality of outer faces, at least one of the plurality of outer faces adapted to receive at least one utensil thereon;
at least one magnet positioned within the void on an interior surface of at least one of the plurality of elongated wings, each of the at least one magnet imparting a magnetic field radially outward, the magnetic field of sufficient strength to be adapted to removably secure at least one utensil against the at least one of the plurality of the outer faces of at least one of the plurality of elongated wings in a use position; and
support material within the void of the main body, the support material configured to removably secure the at least one utensil within the void in a storage position when not in use.