US Pat. No. 10,765,534

SHOULDER ARTHROPLASTY SYSTEM METHOD WITH COMBINATION HUMERAL SIZER, TRIAL, AND GUIDE

DePuy Synthes Products, I...

1. A method of implanting a humeral component comprising:accessing a humerus;
resecting a head portion of the humerus to form a resected surface;
selecting a first combination sizer and guide device having an outer surface sized complementary to a desired implant head size;
positioning the selected first combination sizer and guide device on the resected surface;
guiding placement of a guide pin in the humerus with the first combination sizer and guide device positioned on the resected bone;
guiding a reamer with the placed guide pin to form a reamed cavity in the humerus;
positioning an anchoring portion of a humeral implant base portion in the reamed cavity;
positioning the first combination sizer and guide device on the positioned base portion;
removing the first combination sizer and guide device from the positioned base portion; and
positioning an implant head on the positioned base portion.

US Pat. No. 10,765,532

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DEPLOYMENT OF AN ANCHORING DEVICE FOR INTERVERTEBRAL SPINAL FUSION

Globus Medical, Inc., Au...

1. An implantable system comprising:a spacer comprising a superior surface, an inferior surface, a first side surface, a second side surface, a distal portion and a proximal portion, the spacer having first and second tongues each defined by a cut-out, the first and second tongues each having an integral end and a free end, wherein the spacer comprises a through hole that extends through the superior surface to the inferior surface and a slot adjacent the first and second tongues;
a first anchor;
a second anchor; and
a carrier positioned within the slot and between the first and second anchors, wherein the free ends of the first and second tongues are moveable to engage the carrier and lock the first and second anchors in a deployed position,
wherein the first and second tongues each comprise a protruding locking surface at the free end.

US Pat. No. 10,765,529

ARTICULATING INTERVERTEBRAL DEVICES, RELATED TOOLS, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS

CTL Medical Corporation, ...

1. A system for performing interbody fusion, the system comprising:an intervertebral implant including a body, the body comprising:
a superior exterior surface;
an inferior exterior surface;
a first exterior lateral surface;
a second exterior lateral surface, wherein the first exterior lateral surface and the second exterior lateral surface are substantially transverse to the superior and inferior exterior surfaces;
a first curved end wall at a first longitudinal extremity of the body, the first curved end wall including an internally threaded bore;
a second curved end wall at a second longitudinal extremity of the body;
an elongated articulation groove spaced apart from the bore, the elongated articulation groove extending from a portion of the first curved end wall to a portion of the first exterior lateral surface; and
a delivery tool including a first locking shaft configured for selective coupling and uncoupling from the bore of the intervertebral implant, and a second locking shaft configured for selective coupling and uncoupling from the elongated articulation groove of the intervertebral implant independent of the selective coupling and uncoupling of the first locking shaft from the bore of the intervertebral implant, wherein a distal end of the first locking shaft is externally threaded and a distal end of the second locking shaft comprises an enlarged extension, wherein the first and second locking shafts are not coaxial and are each rotatable relative to the intervertebral implant when the intervertebral implant is engaged to the delivery tool.

US Pat. No. 10,765,528

ARTICULATING EXPANDABLE INTERVERTEBRAL IMPLANT

Globus Medical Inc., Aud...

1. An expandable intervertebral spacer, the spacer comprising:a frame having a first angled surface and a second angled surface;
a connector having an upper surface and a lower surface;
a first endplate having an upper surface and at least one angled surface engageable with the first angled surface of the frame;
a second endplate having a lower surface and at least one angled surface engageable with the second angled surface of the frame;
an actuating screw contacting the connector and the frame, rotation of the actuating screw results in the first endplate and the second endplate moving away from each other from a first position to a second position,
wherein the first endplate and the second endplate each include a recess, at least a portion of the connector is received in the recess of the first endplate and at least another portion of the connector is received in the recess of the second endplate,
wherein in the first position the upper surface of the connector is substantially aligned with the upper surface of the first endplate along a horizontal plane and the lower surface of the connector is substantially aligned with the lower surface of the second endplate along a second horizontal plane, and
wherein the spacer has a curved longitudinal axis when viewed from a position normal to the upper surface of the first endplate.

US Pat. No. 10,765,526

DISK FUSION IMPLANT

JMEA Corporation, Rockvi...

1. A method for implanting a spinal prosthesis comprising:making an incision in a patient;
inserting the spinal prosthesis in an uncoiled state through the incision and into a space between adjacent vertebrae,
wherein the spinal prosthesis comprises an implant strip and a separating strip,
wherein the implant strip extends in a longitudinal direction,
wherein the implant strip has a first lateral edge and a second lateral edge opposite to the first lateral edge,
wherein the implant strip is made of a shape-memory material that coils the implant strip into a coiled state in the space between the adjacent vertebrae,
wherein the implant strip includes a first surface between the first lateral edge and the second lateral edge, and a second surface opposite to the first surface and between the first lateral edge and the second lateral edge, and
wherein the separating strip is disposed against the first surface of the implant strip;
coiling the implant strip in the space between the adjacent vertebrae, wherein the separating strip covers less than an area of the first surface of the implant strip so as to provide gaps between coils of the first lateral edge of the implant strip when the implant strip is in the coiled state; and
positioning the coils of the first lateral edge of the implant strip against a first vertebra of the adjacent vertebrae to facilitate bone growth into the gaps between the coils of the first lateral edge of the implant strip.

US Pat. No. 10,765,525

INTERBODY CAGE WITH SPILL-FREE BIOLOGICAL MATERIAL COMPARTMENT

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND, B...

1. An interbody cage for spinal stabilization comprisinga) a frame that surrounds a central compartment, the frame comprising a top face and a bottom face, the top face comprising one or more top openings, and the bottom face comprising one or more bottom openings, wherein the frame has ridges on the top face and ridges on the bottom face,
b) a cover that covers the one or more bottom openings, the cover comprising mesh suitable for retaining biological material and ridges corresponding to the ridges on the bottom face of the frame, wherein the cover is fixed to the frame, and
c) an openable cover configured to be secured to the top face of the frame in a closed position and capable of being opened, the openable cover covering the one or more top openings when secured to the top face of the frame in the closed position, the openable cover comprising mesh suitable for retaining biological material, wherein the mesh is convex,
wherein the frame comprises a plurality of grooves extending along inner walls of the central compartment such that the plurality of grooves are configured to slidably engage and support the openable cover,
wherein the frame comprises a plurality of slots on an end portion of the frame, the plurality of slots configured to engage a plurality of corresponding extensions on an end portion of the openable cover that corresponds to the end portion of the frame having the plurality of slots, the plurality of slots and the plurality of corresponding extensions securing the openable cover to the frame in the closed position, and
wherein the openable cover comprises ridges corresponding to the ridges on the top face of the frame when in the closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,765,523

PROSTHESIS COMPONENT AND METHOD FOR THE PRODUCTION THEREOF

Zanini Auto Grup, S.A., ...

1. A prosthesis component comprising a substrate made of a polymeric material and a coating, wherein said coating comprises an anchoring layer in contact with the substrate, an outer surface layer comprising titanium, and a transition layer arranged between the anchoring layer and the outer surface layer, said transition layer being made of chromium and titanium mixture.

US Pat. No. 10,765,522

JOINT SURFACE REPLACEMENT SYSTEM

ACCUFIX SURGICAL, INC., ...

1. A metatarsal-phalangeal articular surface replacement system comprising:a metatarsal component sized and configured to be implanted into a metatarsal bone;
said metatarsal component having an exterior articular surface defined by a partially spherical convex head piece dimensioned to cover an end of said metatarsal bone;
said metatarsal component having an integral, centrally located screw for joining said metatarsal component to said metatarsal bone, said screw being affixed to an interior bone-engaging surface of said head piece and having a tapered threaded portion for allowing said metatarsal component to be anchored to the metatarsal bone;
said metatarsal component further having scalloped anti-rotation bone grips on said convex head piece for gripping said end of said metatarsal bone and for allowing solid fixation, said scalloped anti-rotation bone grips being integrally formed with and reside around a peripheral edge of said convex head piece;
a phalangeal component sized and configured to be implanted into a phalangeal bone;
said phalangeal component having an exterior articular surface defined by a concave head piece dimensioned to cover an end of said phalangeal bone;
said phalangeal component having an integral, centrally located screw for joining said phalangeal component to said phalangeal bone, said screw of the phalangeal component being affixed to an interior bone-engaging surface of said concave head piece and having a tapered threaded portion for allowing said phalangeal component to be anchored to the phalangeal bone;
said phalangeal component having channel-shaped anti-rotation bone grips on said concave head piece comprising radially-extending channels residing in the interior bone-engaging surface of said concave head piece, said channels allowing for ingrowth of said phalangeal bone within said channels to solidify fixation to the phalangeal bone;
one or more one-piece reamer tools each configured to countersink and surface grind said metatarsal and phalangeal bones within a single process step for prepping said metatarsal and phalangeal bones for insertion of said metatarsal and phalangeal components therein;
whereby said partially spherical convex head piece of the metatarsal component mates with said concave head piece of the phalangeal component to provide articular surface replacement,
wherein said scalloped anti-rotation bone grips comprise scalloped underside protrusions having angled edges,
wherein each of said convex head piece and said concave head piece further comprises a centrally located driver hole on the exterior articular surface thereof used for inserting said metatarsal and phalangeal components into said metatarsal and phalangeal bones.

US Pat. No. 10,765,520

PENILE IMPLANT WITH A LENGTH-ADJUSTABLE TUBE

1. A penile prosthesis, comprisinga pump;
a reservoir fluidically connected to the pump;
at least one inflatable cylinder configured to inflate in response to actuation of the pump by a user to transfer fluid from the reservoir into the at least one inflatable cylinder;
at least one length-adjustable tube fluidically connecting the pump to the at least one inflatable cylinder and configured to be adjustable in length according to a patient's unique anatomy, and
a nut coupling the at least one length-adjustable tube to the pump, where the nut is configured to be loosened to allow the at least one length-adjustable tube to be passed through the nut and away the pump to extend a length of the at least one length-adjustable tube and to be passed through the nut and toward the pump to reduce the length of the at least one length-adjustable tube.

US Pat. No. 10,765,518

HEART VALVE SUPPORT DEVICE AND METHODS FOR MAKING AND USING THE SAME

TriFlo Cardiovascular Inc...

1. A device for assisting with functioning of a tricuspid valve of a heart, comprising:a shaft defining a central axis of the device and including distal and proximal end regions;
a flow optimizer fixedly connected the distal end region of said shaft and configured to be located in the tricuspid valve, including:
a frame including a plurality of radially and distally extending frame arms; and
a covering attached to the plurality of frame arms and spreading between adjacent frame arms of the plurality of frame arms, the covering configured to collapse toward the central axis during diastole and to inflate at least partially toward native tricuspid valve leaflets of the tricuspid valve during systole, the covering defining a cross sectional area configured to reduce a regurgitation orifice of the tricuspid valve during systole; and
an anchoring mechanism connected to the proximal end region of said shaft, the anchoring mechanism including one or more anchoring arms extending radially away from the shaft, wherein a first of the one or more anchoring arms is configured to rotate relative to a second of the one or more anchoring arms about the central axis of the device.

US Pat. No. 10,765,517

RINGLESS WEB FOR REPAIR OF HEART VALVES

Neochord, Inc., St. Loui...

1. A ringless web configured to be implanted into a beating heart of a patient to repair heart valve function, comprising:a web configured to be chronically implanted in the beating heart of the patient without being attached to a ring and shaped and sized to correspond to at least one valve in the heart;
one or more ventricular anchors operably connected to the web and configured to be anchored in ventricular tissue in the heart, the web being a flexible material formed of a combination of a solid material and at least one open space therein and capable of conforming to aspects of native valve tissue of the beating heart the web further comprising a solid biocompatible material;
one or more atrial anchors operably connected to the web and configured to be anchored in atrial tissue in the heart; and
a tensioning mechanism operably connected to at least one of the one or more ventricular anchors and the one or more atrial anchors, the tensioning mechanism configured to enable selective adjustment of a tension of the web with respect to the corresponding anchor such that the web is positioned across a plane of the at least one valve to repair valve function.

US Pat. No. 10,765,511

TRANSCATHETER HEART VALVE WITH PLICATION TISSUE ANCHORS

VDYNE, INC., Maple Grove...

1. A transcatheter heart valve replacement comprising:an asymmetric wire frame with an upper angled collar of scalloped diamond-shape cells forming an atrial flange;
a middle ring defining a lumen connected to the atrial flange, the middle ring comprised of a plurality of diamond-shape cells;
a reciprocating flow control member mounted on the middle ring and disposed within the lumen; and
a plurality of tissue anchors, each tissue anchor mounted on the wire frame for engaging annular tissue;
wherein the atrial flange has a steep angle of inclination at a septal region of the wire frame, and a shallower angle of inclination around anterior and posterior annular regions of the wire frame;
wherein the wire frame has an inner covering of pericardial tissue, and an outer covering of a polyester material.

US Pat. No. 10,765,510

HIGH DEFINITION AND EXTENDED DEPTH OF FIELD INTRAOCULAR LENS

Z Optics, Inc., Cookevil...

1. An intraocular lens for providing improved vision on an individual's retina, said intraocular lens comprising:a virtual aperture positioned in a first periphery region of said intraocular lens and connected to an optical zone by a first transition region;
a haptic positioned in a second periphery region and connected to said virtual aperture by a second transition region, said second periphery region radially further peripherally from said optical zone than said first periphery region;
wherein said first transition region comprises a zero-order and first-order continuity; and
wherein either said virtual aperture comprises high-power positive and high-power negative lens profiles wherein light rays intersecting said virtual aperture are widely distributed across the retina to reduce monochromatic and chromatic aberrations and defocus due to a change in focal length thereby enhancing the individual's depth of field;
or said virtual aperture comprises one or more prism profiles in conjunction with alternating high-power positive and high-power negative lens profiles selected from the group consisting of sequential conics, polynomials, rational splines, and diffractive profiles wherein light rays intersecting said virtual aperture are widely distributed across the retina to reduce monochromatic and chromatic aberrations and defocus due to a change in focal length thereby enhancing the individual's depth of field.

US Pat. No. 10,765,507

METHODS FOR MASTOPEXY

Tepha, Inc., Lexington, ...

1. A method for elevating a lower pole of a breast from a first position to an elevated target position, the breast comprising a superficial, inferior half, and a NAC, the method comprising the steps of:creating at least one access incision in the vicinity of the NAC;
dissecting in the superficial, inferior half of the breast through the at least one incision to create a space;
positioning a lower pole support into the space;
adjusting the position of the breast from the first position to the elevated target position; and
affixing the lower pole support after the breast is positioned in the elevated target position and wherein the affixing is performed by securing a plurality of straps radially extending from a body of the lower pole support to supportive tissue.

US Pat. No. 10,765,506

INFLATABLE PROSTHESES AND METHODS OF MAKING SAME

Allergan, Inc., Irvine, ...

1. A laminate suitable for use as a shell for flexible, Tillable prosthesis, said laminate comprising:a base layer;
a top layer; and
an intermediate layer disposed between the base layer and the top layer, the intermediate layer being a silicone elastomer of sufficient thickness for self-sealing of a needle hole therethrough and comprising a material with a loss modulus at 0.1, 1 and 10 Hz at 1840, 4820 and 12400 Pa, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,765,505

AORTIC GRAFT DEVICE

Cook Medical Technologies...

1. A prosthesis comprising:a unitary tube of graft material, the unitary tube of graft material comprising:
an end portion,
a stented graft portion having an outer perimeter, an inner lumen, a first end, a second end,
a completely unstented crimped portion integrally formed with and extending from the first end of the stented graft portion to form a junction between the unstented crimped portion and the first end of stented graft portion, the unstented crimped portion having an outer perimeter, and the junction having a circumference,
a plurality of independent ring stents extending from the junction to the second end of the stented graft portion including a first stent ring and a series of undulating ring stents extending distally from the first ring stent to the distal end of the stented graft portion,
a collar substantially at the junction between the first end of the stented graft portion and the unstented crimped portion and extending about the circumference of the junction,
at least one fenestration in the tube of graft material, and
a branch extending from the at least one fenestration in the tube of graft material,
wherein the first ring stent of the plurality of ring stents is disposed directly adjacent to the collar,
wherein the collar extends radially away from and beyond the entire outer perimeters of both the stented graft portion and the unstented crimped portion, such that the collar is configured to provide an extended stable surface structure away from the outer perimeters of the stented graft portion and the unstented crimped portion for the passage of sutures without the passage of sutures into the lumens of either the stented graft portion or the unstented crimped portion, and
wherein the end portion includes a valve.

US Pat. No. 10,765,504

ADJUSTABLE VASCULAR GRAFT FOR CUSTOM INNER DIAMETER REDUCTION AND RELATED METHODS

C. R. Bard, Inc., Frankl...

1. A prosthetic medical device having an adjustable configuration from a first diameter to a second diameter smaller than the first diameter along an adjustable length, wherein the second diameter is maintained in vivo following implantation in a body to create a flow restricted passage in the prosthetic medical device, the prosthetic medical device comprising:a tubular graft having open ends and a continuous outer wall circumscribing a lumen along a longitudinal axis, the outer wall having the first diameter at each of a proximal portion, a distal portion, and a middle portion, the middle portion having the adjustable length, the outer wall including at least two rows of receivers spaced apart in a circumferential direction along the adjustable length; and
a suture passing through the rows of receivers to form a crossing pattern or a zig-zag pattern, the suture having a first free end and a second free end, wherein movement of the first free end and the second free end away from the rows of receivers transitions the adjustable length from a first configuration with the first diameter to a second configuration with the second diameter.

US Pat. No. 10,765,501

DUAL PLANE BREAST IMPLANT

ALLERGAN, INC., Irvine, ...

1. A breast implant prosthesis comprising an exterior having a posterior surface, an anterior surface, an upper portion, and a lower portion, the prosthesis having (i) a lower pole region with a textured outer surface that forms a fixation region configured for subglandular placement and (ii) an upper pole region with a smooth outer surface configured for submuscular placement, a boundary between the fixation region and the upper pole region extending transverse relative to a vertical axis of the implant prosthesis when seen in side view, the textured outer surface of the lower pole region extending along only the lower portion of the exterior, the smooth outer surface of the upper pole region extending along the upper portion of the exterior along at least one of the posterior surface or the anterior surface of the exterior, the smooth outer surface of the upper pole region having a texture different from the textured outer surface of the lower pole region.

US Pat. No. 10,765,497

DENTAL SUCTION DEVICE

MAYCHER HEALTH CARE INNOV...

1. A dental suction device comprising:a pliable semi-rigid tube having a first end for connection to a vacuum source and a second end adjustably bendable around a terminal end of a row of teeth in a patient's mouth to form a loop accommodating a shape of the patient's mouth, the second end having a plurality of apertures through which fluid is suctioned from the patient's mouth;
one or more spaced-apart pairs of resilient retaining collars, wherein each of the one or more pairs of resilient retaining collars is spaced apart at a certain distance along the second end of the tube and engaged therewith; and a pliable tie;
wherein each of the one or more pairs of resilient retaining collars is provided with a hole therethrough to threadably receive therethrough the pliable tie for interconnecting a pair of the resilient retaining collars whereby the pliable tie may be secured in an interproximal space between two teeth at the terminal end of the row of teeth to thereby secure the looped second end of the device in the patient's mouth.

US Pat. No. 10,765,495

DENTAL IMPLANT

Azenium IP Limited, Kati...

1. A dental device comprising: a dental implant for fitting into a tooth socket after extraction of a native tooth, the dental implant having a coronal end, an apical end, and a central axis extending through the coronal end and the apical end, the dental implant further comprising:a. a dental prosthesis receptacle at the dental implant coronal end;
b. a core comprising a coronal portion and an apical portion, and a first leg having at its apical end a first core locking ledge;
c. an expandable anchor comprising a coronal end, an apical end, a first expandable anchor locking ledge corresponding to the first core locking ledge, and a plurality of joined segments, each including a coronal end and an apical end, the expandable anchor transformable from a first, unexpanded position to a second expanded position in response to an expansion force wherein the coronal end and apical end of each of the plurality of joined segments of the expandable anchor are displaced in parallel paths normal to the central axis in response to the expansion force, and
d. an inner form in the expandable anchor configured to receive the core and lock the plurality of joined segments in position when the expandable anchor is in the second, expanded position, wherein as the core is partially received into the expandable anchor, the first leg is compressed such that the first core locking ledge is slidable over the first expandable anchor locking ledge, and wherein when the core is fully received into the expandable anchor, the first leg uncompresses such that the first core locking ledge engages the first expandable anchor locking ledge.

US Pat. No. 10,765,494

TITANIUM NANO-SCALE ETCHING ON AN IMPLANT SURFACE

Biomet 3I, LLC, Palm Bea...

1. A method of forming an implant to be implanted into living bone, the method comprising:acid etching at least a portion of the implant surface to produce a microscale roughened surface; and
treating the microscale roughened surface to provide a nanoscale topography superimposed on the microscale roughened surface, wherein treating the microscale roughened surface to include the nanoscale topography includes immersing the implant in a solution including hydrogen peroxide and a basic solution.

US Pat. No. 10,765,490

THERAPEUTIC TOOTH BUD ABLATION

TRIAGENICS, INC., Eugene...

1. An ablation probe tip, said ablation probe tip for use in a tooth bud ablation procedure that results in tooth agenesis, said ablation probe tip for use with a stent, said ablation probe tip for use with an ablation probe unit, said ablation probe tip comprising:(a) said ablation probe tip having a shaft, said shaft having an insertion end for inserting into a tooth bud and a connection end for connecting said ablation probe tip to said ablation probe unit;
(b) said ablation probe tip having a center of ablation;
(c) said ablation probe tip being guidable at a pre-defined angle when used in conjunction with said stent;
(d) said ablation probe tip being depth limited to a pre-defined depth;
(e) said ablation probe tip having a shaft inner conductor, shaft insulation surrounding said shaft inner conductor, a shaft outer shield surrounding said shaft insulation, a window defined in said shaft outer shield, a shaft outer cover surrounding said shaft outer shield and said window, and a reflector positioned between said window and said insertion end, said center of ablation positioned in said shaft inner conductor surrounded by said window; and
(f) said center of ablation being a focal area from which ablation means radiates through said window;
wherein said center of ablation is within said tooth bud when said ablation probe tip is guided at said pre-defined angle to said pre-defined depth.

US Pat. No. 10,765,488

ROD CONTOURING APPARATUS FOR PERCUTANEOUS PEDICLE SCREW EXTENSION

Stryker European Holdings...

1. A method for configuring or selecting one or more implants and for implanting the implants proximate the spine in the body of a patient, the method comprising:positioning a distal end of a first blade and a distal end of a second blade within the body of the patient in a first implanted position, such that a proximal portion of each of the first and second blades protrudes above the skin of the patient, and such that the first and second blades are positioned adjacent to one another to provide a first longitudinal passageway therealong between the first and second blades;
positioning a distal end of a third blade and a distal end of a fourth blade within the body of the patient in a second implanted position, such that a proximal portion of each of the third and fourth blades protrudes above the skin of the patient, and such that the third and fourth blades are positioned adjacent to one another to provide a second longitudinal passageway therealong between the third and fourth blades;
positioning a first extender in the first longitudinal passageway, including engaging the first extender with the first and second blades via a mechanical interface to constrain the orientation of the first extender, such that a distal portion of the first extender is positioned proximate a first anatomic point within the body and a proximal portion of the first extender is positioned outside the body to provide a first projected point, the first anatomic point being located proximate a first pedicle of a first vertebra of the spine;
positioning a second extender in the second longitudinal passageway such that a distal portion of the second extender is positioned proximate a second anatomic point within the body and a proximal portion of the second extender is positioned outside the body to provide a second projected point, the second anatomic point being located proximate a second pedicle of a second vertebra of the spine;
configuring or selecting the one or more implants based on locations defined by the positions of the first and second projected points outside the body; and
implanting the one or more configured or selected implants in the body.

US Pat. No. 10,765,483

NAVIGATION SYSTEM AND METHOD

Medtronic Navigation, Inc...

1. A method of shaping a field with a system, comprising:forming a field shaping assembly, comprising:
providing a conductive member having a first surface with a first area; and
positioning a first magnetic permeable member having a second surface with a second surface area spaced a selected distance from the provided conductive member;
positioning a transmitting coil array including at least one coil of conductive material operable to generate a transmitted magnetic field a distance from the positioned first magnetic permeable member; and
transmitting a magnetic field with the transmitting coil array to cooperate with the field shaping assembly to generate a selectively diverse field;
wherein the selectively diverse field includes a first vector of a first component of the transmitted magnetic field that is at an angle of about 50 degrees to about 90 degrees apart relative to a second vector of a second component of an induced magnetic field.

US Pat. No. 10,765,481

ANATOMICAL MODEL GENERATION

Affera, Inc., Watertown,...

1. A method, comprising:receiving a plurality of location signals indicative of locations of a medical device in an anatomic structure of a patient;
forming a three-dimensional data structure representing locations visited by the medical device within the anatomic structure;
receiving one or more anchor portions representing locations relative to the anatomic structure;
generating a three-dimensional surface representation of the anatomic structure of the patient,
wherein—
generating the three-dimensional surface representation of the anatomic structure of the patient includes a volumetric smoothing,
the three-dimensional surface representation of the anatomic structure of the patient is constrained to contain at least a portion of the three-dimensional data structure, and
the three-dimensional surface representation of the anatomic structure of the patient is constrained to exclude at least one of the anchor portions; and
displaying, on a graphical user interface, at least one of a two-dimensional projection of the three-dimensional data structure, the one or more anchor portions, and a two-dimensional projection of the three-dimensional surface representation.

US Pat. No. 10,765,480

WIRELESS ACTIVE TRACKING FIDUCIALS

Synaptive Medical (Barbad...

1. A system for active tracking of objects for use in a medical procedure, the system comprising:a fiducial frame to be attached to a trackable object, the fiducial frame having a plurality of support posts positioned in a geometric pattern;
a power source attached to the fiducial frame;
a master control and sync unit attached to the fiducial frame and coupled to the power source;
a plurality of fiducial markers, each fiducial marker including a light emitter and a casing for attachment to a respective one of the support posts, the casing defining a cavity that is shaped for mounting to a respective one of the support posts and including a mechanical switch positioned within the cavity for connecting the fiducial marker to the power source, wherein mounting the fiducial marker to a respective support post causes closure of the mechanical switch; and
signal lines, each signal line connecting one of the fiducial markers to the master control and sync unit.

US Pat. No. 10,765,479

METHOD FOR TREATMENT OF VARICOCELE

Biolitec Unternehmensbete...

1. A device for the treatment of varices, in the genital/pelvic area or in the oesophageal area, comprising:a) a catheter defining an elongated axis with a distal end receivable within a blood vessel;
b) wherein at least one first localizer is placed at the distal end of said catheter, said first localizer being detectable by angiographic imaging;
c) a flexible optical fiber defining an elongated axis, a proximal end optically connectable to a source of radiation, a distal end receivable within said catheter, and at least one second localizer placed at/near the distal end of said flexible optical fiber, said second localizer being detectable by angiographic imaging;
d) wherein the distal end of said flexible optical fiber includes at least one radiation emitting surface configured to emit radiation reflected laterally with respect to the elongated axis of the flexible optical fiber and around the entire circumference of the flexible optical fiber onto a portion of a surrounding wall of said blood vessel in at least one axially extending annular beam; and
e) whereby said first localizer allows determination of the position of the distal end of said catheter within said blood vessel by angiographic imaging and said second localizer allows independent determination of the position of the optical fiber distal end within said blood vessel and catheter by angiographic imaging.

US Pat. No. 10,765,478

PICOSECOND OPTICAL RADIATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF USE

CYNOSURCE, LLC, Westford...

1. An apparatus for delivery of pulsed treatment radiation comprising:a pump radiation source generating pumping pulses at a first wavelength, and
a wavelength-shifting resonator having a lasing medium and resonant cavity configured to receive the pumping pulses from the pump radiation source at the first wavelength and to emit pulsed treatment radiation at a second wavelength with a pulse duration shorter than the pulse duration of the pump radiation source in response thereto,
wherein the resonant cavity of the wavelength-shifting resonator has a round trip time shorter than the duration of the pumping pulses.

US Pat. No. 10,765,476

SEMI-CIRCULAR PULMONARY VEIN ABLATION CATHETER

Medtronic Ablation Fronti...

10. A medical system, comprising:a medical device including:
a catheter body having a proximal portion, a distal portion, and a longitudinal axis, and a guide wire lumen;
a substantially rigid shaft extending from the distal portion of the catheter body;
a flexible coil extending from the substantially rigid shaft;
a carrier arm fixedly coupled to the catheter body and movably coupled to the shaft; and
an electrode array disposed on the carrier arm, the electrode array having a plurality of electrodes, the carrier arm being transitionable between a substantially linear configuration and an expanded configuration, the carrier arm being would in a substantially semi-circular configuration around the longitudinal axis of the catheter body when the carrier arm is in the expanded configuration, all of the plurality of electrodes in the expanded configuration being coplanar in a plane that is substantially orthogonal to the longitudinal axis of the catheter body.

US Pat. No. 10,765,475

ALL-IN-ONE SPIRAL CATHETER

Biosense Webster (Israel)...

1. A method of medical catheterization, comprising the steps of:introducing a multi-electrode catheter into a heart, sliding the catheter into a chamber of the heart through a sheath;
retracting the sheath to expose the catheter; while retracting the sheath expanding the exposed catheter into a spiral configuration;
contacting the expanded catheter to an endocardial surface of the chamber at multiple contact points,
disposing a ring about a distal portion of a guide wire, the ring being freely slidable and rotatable on the guide wire;
connecting the ring to a distal end of the catheter for insertion therewith into the chamber; and
while retracting the sheath, rotating the catheter about the guide wire.

US Pat. No. 10,765,471

ELECTROSURGICAL SEALER AND DIVIDER

BOLDER SURGICAL, LLC, Lo...

1. An electrosurgical instrument comprising:a movable tissue cutting mechanism;
a shaft housing at least a proximal portion of the movable tissue cutting mechanism;
a pair of opposing jaws having a first jaw and a second jaw, the pair of opposing jaws shaped and configured to move between a closed position for clamping and sealing tissue therebetween and an open position, each one of the pair of opposing jaws comprising an electrically conductive core member, an elongated slot for receiving the movable tissue cutting mechanism, and a sealing surface having a sealing surface area, wherein the first jaw has a first pair of non-conductive bushings, and the second jaw has a second pair of non-conductive bushings, and wherein the conductive core member of each one of the jaws further shaped to receive the non-conductive bushings;
a pin coupled to the shaft and a distal pair of non-conductive bushings in the jaws, wherein the pin passes through the distal pair of non-conductive bushings and the cutting mechanism, and wherein each one of the pair of opposing jaws is rotatable relative to the shaft, and wherein the movable tissue cutting mechanism is slidable relative to the shaft;
a conductive medium operatively coupled to the conductive core member; and
a first link having a distal end rotatably coupled to a proximal one of the pair of non-conductive bushings in the first jaw and a proximal end rotatably coupled to a rod, the rod interior of and translatable relative to the shaft; and
wherein the first jaw further has a coating made of a substantially non-conductive material covering a substantial portion of the conductive core member but exposing the seal surface, whereby the first pair of non-conductive bushings and the coating are configured to substantially isolate the conductive core member and limit an energy path from the conductive medium to the seal surface of the first jaw; and
wherein the second jaw further has a coating made of a substantially non-conductive material covering a substantial portion of the conductive core member but exposing the seal surface, whereby the second pair of non-conductive bushings and the coating are configured to substantially isolate the conductive core member and limit an energy path from the conductive medium to the seal surface of the second jaw.

US Pat. No. 10,765,470

SURGICAL SYSTEM WITH USER ADAPTABLE TECHNIQUES EMPLOYING SIMULTANEOUS ENERGY MODALITIES BASED ON TISSUE PARAMETERS

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A surgical instrument for coagulating and dissecting tissue, the surgical instrument comprising:a processor;
an end effector at a distal end of the surgical instrument, the end effector configured to interact with tissue, the end effector comprising:
a clamp arm comprising an electrode;
an ultrasonic blade;
one or more sensors configured to obtain impedance measurements when the end effector is engaged with tissue;
an ultrasonic transducer acoustically coupled to the ultrasonic blade and configured to receive a drive signal from a generator to cause ultrasonic motion of the ultrasonic blade and deliver ultrasonic energy to the ultrasonic blade;
wherein the processor is configured to:
process the impedance measurements from the one or more sensors;
control delivery of RF energy to the electrode and delivery of the ultrasonic energy to the ultrasonic blade based on the processed impedance measurements;
cause the end effector to deliver the RF energy at a first time, when the one or more sensors measures an initial level of impedance;
cause the end effector to continue to deliver the RF energy at a second time after the first time, when the one or more sensors measures a second level of impedance that is lower than the initial level of impedance; and
cause the end effector to switch from delivery of the RF energy to delivery of the ultrasonic energy to the ultrasonic blade at a third time after the second time, when the one or more sensors measures a termination level of impedance that is higher than the initial level of impedance.

US Pat. No. 10,765,465

TENSIONING INSTRUMENT

1. An instrument for tensioning a surgical cable, the instrument comprising:a rotary tensioner operable to have surgical cable wound up thereon;
a ratchet assembly including a pawl and a ratchet gear, the ratchet assembly configured to permit turning of the rotary tensioner in a wind up direction and resist turning of the rotary tensioner in a pay out direction;
a drive operably connected to the rotary tensioner;
at least one detent member of the drive, the at least one detent member having a drive position wherein the at least one detent member operatively engages the drive and the ratchet gear so that the ratchet gear turns with the drive, the at least one detent member having a release position wherein the at least one detent member permits the drive and the ratchet gear to turn relative to one another;
the drive having a handle configured to be turned in a first rotary direction to cause the drive to turn the rotary tensioner in the wind up direction and wind surgical cable onto the rotary tensioner and turn the ratchet gear with the drive; and
the handle configured to be turned in a reverse, second rotary direction to shift the at least one detent member from the drive position to the release position which operatively disengages the drive from the ratchet assembly and permits the rotary tensioner to turn in the pay out direction.

US Pat. No. 10,765,463

BONE CEMENT APPLICATOR WITH PIPE LINE ELEMENT AND CLOSURE RECEPTACLE

Heraeus Medical GmbH, We...

1. A device for producing a bone cement paste from a monomer liquid and a cement powder as parent components of the bone cement paste and for delivering the bone cement paste, the device comprsing:a cartridge with a cylindrical interior, in which the parent components are mixable, the interior of the cartridge being closed at a front side apart from a delivery opening for discharging the bone cement paste from the interior;
a delivery plunger arranged in the interior of the cartridge and mounted so as to be pushable in a direction of the delivery opening;
wherein the interior of the cartridge between the delivery opening and the delivery plunger contains the cement powder;
a closure that closes the delivery opening and that is mounted so as to be movable relative to the delivery opening; and
a pipe line element arranged at a front side of the delivery opening, wherein the pipe line element comprises a closure receptacle for receiving at least a part of the closure;
wherein the closure is pushable into the closure receptacle by pressure on the bone cement paste, in such a way that the delivery opening is opened; and
wherein, when the closure has been pushed into the closure receptacle, the pipe line element provides a free line cross-section through which the bone cement paste is pushable out through the delivery opening and out of the device.

US Pat. No. 10,765,460

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ALIGNING VERTEBRAE IN THE AMELIORATION OF ABERRANT SPINAL COLUMN DEVIATION CONDITIONS

Mark A. Barry, Las Vegas...

1. A system for applying a manipulative force to a target region of a spinal column during a surgical procedure, the system comprising:a first plurality of elongated levers each having a proximal portion and a distal portion, each distal portion being configured to temporarily engage with a proximal portion of a pedicle screw implanted in a vertebra, the first plurality of elongated levers being interconnected to form a first linked handle array; and
a second plurality of elongated levers each having a proximal portion and a distal portion, each distal portion being configured to temporarily engage with a proximal portion of a pedicle screw implanted in a vertebra, the second plurality of elongated levers being interconnected to form a second linked handle array,
wherein the system permits an operator to apply a derotation force in a first direction through the first linked handle array to a first set of vertebrae during a surgical procedure, and permits the operator to simultaneously apply a balancing force in a second direction opposite to the first direction through the second linked handle array to a second set of vertebrae, and
wherein the first plurality of elongated levers and the second plurality of elongated levers are surgical instruments and are not part of a construct configured to be implanted in, on or remain attached to a patient, but rather are configured to be temporarily engaged with the pedicle screws during the surgical procedure, used to apply forces to the pedicle screws during the same surgical procedure, and removed from the pedicle screws and the patient during the same surgical procedure.

US Pat. No. 10,765,458

COUPLING DEVICES AND METHODS OF USING THE SAME

Globus Medical Inc., Aud...

9. A surgical method comprising:providing a stabilization system, wherein the stabilization system comprises:
a bottom member having a top surface and a bottom surface, the bottom member including a first opening extending from the top surface to the bottom surface and a second opening extending from the top surface to the bottom surface;
a top member engaged with the bottom member;
a set screw received by the top member and the bottom member;
one or more protruding members extending from the bottom surface of the bottom member;
a rod member received in the bottom member; and
a first bone screw extending through the first opening and a second bone screw extending through the second opening, the first and second bone screws configured to secure the system to a vertebral body,.
wherein the top member is rotatably attached to the bottom member such that when the top member is in a first position, the rod member can be received in the bottom member and when the top member is in a second position, the rod member is secured to the bottom member.

US Pat. No. 10,765,456

PIVOTAL BONE ANCHOR ASSEMBLY WITH FRICTION FIT POP-ON SHANK

Roger P. Jackson, Prairi...

1. A pivotal bone anchor assembly for securing an elongate rod to a patient bone via a closure, the pivotal bone anchor assembly comprising:a shank having a longitudinal axis, a proximal capture portion, and a unitary anchor portion extending distally from the capture portion and configured for fixation to the patient bone, the capture portion including a first partial spherical outer surface configured for direct frictional engagement with the elongate rod, and a second partial spherical outer surface defining a hemisphere plane at a maximum width perpendicular to the shank longitudinal axis, the second partial spherical outer surface terminating at an annular rim located above the hemisphere plane and below the first partial spherical outer surface;
a receiver having a base defining a chamber in communication with a bottom of the receiver through a lower opening, and pair of upright arms extending upwardly from the base to define an upwardly-open channel communicating with the chamber and configured to receive a portion of the elongate rod, the chamber defined in part by a lower seat and in part by an expansion recess located between the lower seat and the channel; and
a retainer positionable in the receiver chamber prior to the shank proximal capture portion and configured to expand about the capture portion in the expansion recess of the receiver chamber when the capture portion is uploaded into the receiver chamber through the lower opening, so as to receive, capture and hold the capture portion in the receiver chamber,
wherein the retainer is further configured to engage the lower seat of the receiver chamber when the shank is in a frictionally fixed orientation with respect to the receiver.

US Pat. No. 10,765,455

PIVOTAL BONE ANCHOR TWIST-IN-PLACE FRICTION FIT INSERT WITH SIDE NOTCHES

Roger P. Jackson, Prairi...

1. A bone anchor assembly for securing a rod to a bone of a patient, the bone anchor assembly comprising:a receiver including an upper opening, a bottom opening opposite the upper opening, a base cavity extending upward from the bottom opening, a rod-receiving channel extending downward from the upper opening and in communication with the base cavity to form a through space extending between the upper opening and bottom opening, a discontinuous helically wound guide and advancement structure extending along an upper portion of the rod-receiving channel, downward-facing engagement features formed in the through space and beneath the discontinuous helically wound guide and advancement structure, and a protrusion projecting radially inward from a surface of the through space; and
an insert configured for downloading into the through space through the upper opening, the insert having a saddle surface, top surfaces adjacent the saddle surface, outwardly-extending engagement features with upward-facing surfaces spaced below and radially offset relative to the top surfaces, and a recess or notch defined in an outer side of the insert having an outwardly facing surface spaced apart from the saddle surface,
wherein upon the insert being downloaded into the receiver through space, the insert is non-threadably rotatable within the through space to align the saddle surface with the rod-receiving channel, with the upward-facing surfaces rotating under and upwardly abutting the downward-facing engagement features to inhibit the insert from moving back upwardly within the receiver, and with the protrusion being received in the recess when the saddle surface is aligned with the rod-receiving channel, and
wherein the outwardly-extending engagement features of the insert are further configured to engage inner surfaces of the receiver through space to provide a releasable frictional engagement between the insert and the receiver.

US Pat. No. 10,765,454

SAMPLING NEEDLE

VITROLIFE SWEDEN AB, Got...

1. An oocyte retrieval needle comprising a first tubular region in fluid communication with a second tubular region, the first tubular region comprising a sharp point leading end configured for insertion into a subject and the second tubular region comprising an open trailing end, the leading end and the trailing end forming respective opposite ends of the needle, wherein:internal passages of the first and second tubular regions form a continuous open passage extending from the leading end to the trailing end;
the first tubular region has an outer diameter which is less than an outer diameter of the second tubular region and the internal passage of the first tubular region has an inner, luminal diameter which is less than an inner diameter of the internal passage of the second tubular region;
the first tubular region and the second tubular region have a combined length of from 150 mm to 500 mm, and the first tubular region has a length of from 30 mm to 100 mm;
the first tubular region and the second tubular region are formed from one or more materials selected from stainless steel, carbon fibre, hard plastics, ceramic, or glass; and
the oocyte retrieval needle is a double lumen needle.

US Pat. No. 10,765,453

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR TREATING OSTEONECROSIS

Texas Scottish Rite Hospi...

1. A surgical instrument for washing a bone marrow comprising:a handle;
a central stationary assembly coupled to the handle, comprising a first guide cannula, a clamping mechanism, a first depth adjustment, and a first protractor arm component;
a first needle assembly disposed to be inserted into, and end in the bone marrow at a first location, and wherein the first needle assembly is inserted into the first guide cannula and comprising a first needle assembly cannula, a first drilling assembly disposed to be inserted in the first needle assembly cannula, and a first locking mechanism disposed to engage the first drill assembly;
an adjustable subassembly disposed to be rotatably coupled to the central stationary assembly and comprising a second guide cannula disposed to engage the clamping mechanism, a second depth adjustment, and a second protractor arm component disposed to slidably engage the first protractor arm component; and
a second needle assembly disposed to be inserted into, and end in the bone marrow at a second location, wherein the first and second locations are separated by the bone marrow to be washed, and the second needle assembly is inserted into the second guide cannula and comprising a second needle assembly cannula, a second drilling assembly disposed to be inserted in the second needle assembly cannula, and a second locking mechanism disposed to engage the second drilling assembly, wherein the first needle assembly and the second needle assembly do not intersect and wherein the first needle assembly cannula is adapted to injected a fluid into the bone marrow that washes the bone marrow to remove dead cell debris, necrotic marrow fat, necrotic extracellular matrix and inflammatory factors from the bone marrow through the second needle assembly cannula.

US Pat. No. 10,765,452

IMPLANTATION DEVICE COMPRISING A SET OF IMPLANTS

SEDATELEC, Irigny (FR)

1. An implantation device, for implanting implants, in the body of a living being, the implantation device comprising at least:an implant set comprising at least two implants disposed successively along a line of implants, the implants being linked so that each implant is configured to separate from the implant set,
a guide member defining a passage which extends along the line of implants and up to an outlet port configured to be placed against the epidermis of the living being, the passage being configured to guide the implant set in translation towards the outlet port and along the line of implants,
a transmission member arranged to transmit a pushing force to the set of implants so as to move the implant set in translation towards the outlet port and along the line of implants, the transmission member including a plurality of projections disposed successively along the line of implants,
a pushing member configured to allow a practitioner to generate the pushing force, the pushing member being displaceable between a rest position and a pushing position, the pushing member including a bearing part configured to press successively against several of the projections during several successive displacements of the pushing member between the rest position and the pushing position, the bearing part being configured to present successively:
a bearing position, in which the bearing part presses against a respective projection during each displacement of the pushing member between the rest position and the pushing position, and
a crossing position, in which the bearing part is elastically deformed by the respective projection so that the bearing part can cross the projection when the pushing member undergoes a return force towards its rest position,
the implantation device further comprising a one-way stop element which is linked to the guide member and which is configured to present successively:
a crossing configuration, in which the one-way stop element is elastically deformed by one of the projections so that the projection can cross the one-way stop element, and
a stop configuration, in which the one-way stop element abuts against one of the projections so as to immobilize the transmission member in the opposite direction to the translation towards the outlet port and along the line of implants; and
wherein the guide member is translucent or transparent and in which the implant set and/or the transmission member is/are totally or partially colored.

US Pat. No. 10,765,450

SELECTIVELY LOCKABLE HOLDING ARRANGEMENT FOR A SURGICAL ACCESS SYSTEM

Nico Corporation, Indian...

1. A selectively lockable holding assembly for a surgical access assembly, comprising:a body portion;
an engagement barrel;
a retaining member at a distal end of the body portion;
wherein the engagement barrel is positioned on a proximal end of the body portion and configured to be selectively rotated about the body portion; and
a rotation brake mounted on the body portion, wherein the rotation brake is selectively operable to lock the engagement barrel against rotation with respect to the body portion.

US Pat. No. 10,765,448

MEDICAL INSTRUMENT INTRODUCTION DEVICE AND TREATMENT METHOD OF USING THE SAME

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A medical instrument introduction device, comprising:an outer tube portion that is configured to be indwelled within a body wall; and
an inner needle portion that is configured to be inserted through the outer tube portion,
wherein the outer tube portion includes:
a base portion disposed at a proximal side of the outer tube portion;
a tubular conduit portion, the conduit portion being formed of a stretchable material, a proximal end portion of the conduit portion being connected to the base portion; and
an anchor portion connected to a distal end portion of the conduit portion,
wherein:
the conduit portion has a bellows folded shape in a natural state,
a dimension of the conduit portion in an axial direction is capable of being increased as the folded shape is stretched by the inserted inner needle portion, and a force needed for stretching and increasing the dimension of the folded shape in the axial direction is gradually decreased in a direction from the proximal end portion toward the distal end portion of the conduit portion, such that the distal end portion of the folded shape stretches first when the inner needle portion is inserted into the conduit portion and exerts force on the folded shape, and
the anchor portion and the inner needle portion are couplable with each other such that the anchor portion moves following an advancement or a retraction of the inner needle portion.

US Pat. No. 10,765,446

SYSTEMS, METHODS AND DEVICES FOR REMOVAL OF THROMBUS AND/OR SOFT PLAQUE

Cardiovascular Systems, I...

1. A thrombus disruption and removal system comprising:a catheter comprising a body defining a proximal end, a distal end and a lumen therebetween;
a tubular shaft defining a proximal end, a distal end, an impeller attached near the distal end of the tubular shaft and configured to draw soft plaque and/or thrombus proximally toward the lumen of the catheter after disruption, and a guidewire lumen defined through the tubular shaft and the impeller;
a prime mover coupled to the proximal end of the tubular shaft and adapted to rotate the impeller and to translate the impeller relative to the distal end of the catheter body;
a controller in operational communication with the prime mover and adapted to determine the translational position of the impeller, whereby the controller prevents rotation of the prime mover and the impeller if the impeller is not at least partially outside the lumen of the catheter and extending distally away from the distal end of the catheter body.

US Pat. No. 10,765,445

THROMBECTOMY CATHETER

BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED,...

1. A thrombectomy catheter, comprising:a catheter tube including a proximal portion, a distal portion, and a lumen extending therein;
a high pressure tube extending through the catheter lumen from the catheter proximal portion toward the catheter distal portion, the high pressure tube having at least one jet orifice for directing at least one fluid jet through the catheter lumen;
an outflow orifice;
an inflow orifice; and
a fluid pulse generator coupled to the proximal portion of the catheter tube;
wherein the fluid pulse generator is configured to receive a fluid flow and modify the received fluid flow into a pulsed fluid flowing through the thrombectomy catheter at a first frequency;
wherein the first frequency is 20-30 MHz.

US Pat. No. 10,765,444

MEDICAL INSTRUMENT FOR ABLATION OF TISSUE

1. Medical instrument for tissue ablation by a minimally invasive surgical procedure, comprisinga hollow outer shaft,
an inner shaft configured as a hollow tube, and
a control portion at a proximal end of the medical instrument, in order to position the hollow outer shaft,
characterized in that
an attachment for mechanical ablation of tissue is arranged directly at a distal end of the inner shaft,
wherein the attachment does not protrude beyond an inner profile formed by inner faces of the outer shaft, and wherein the distal end of the attachment protrudes axially beyond the distal end of the hollow outer shaft in order to ablate tissue, and
further comprising an elongate receiving element with a cutout or seat for temporarily receiving the attachment for mechanical ablation of tissue, wherein the elongate receiving element is axially adjustable relative to the inner shaft between a deployed position, in which the attachment for mechanical ablation of tissue is temporarily received in the cutout or seat, and a retracted position, in which the attachment for mechanical ablation of tissue protrudes axially beyond the distal end of the hollow outer shaft and is accessible for tissue ablation.

US Pat. No. 10,765,441

DEVICES FOR MEDICAL PROCEDURES AND RELATED METHODS OF USE

Boston Scientific Scimed,...

1. A medical device, comprising:a handle having a thumbwheel that extends through an outer surface of the handle and a gear that extends from a body of the handle and through the outer surface of the handle;
a shaft coupled to the handle, the shaft including a working channel;
a sheath disposed through the working channel;
a tool disposed through the sheath and movable relative to the sheath;
a tool handle assembly mounted to the handle, the tool handle assembly having an actuator configured to move the tool relative to the sheath; and
a pair of friction rollers positioned entirely outside the body of the handle and operatively coupled to the gear, wherein the pair of friction rollers is configured to be actuated by the thumbwheel, wherein the pair of friction rollers receive the sheath between one another, and wherein rotation of the thumbwheel causes the gear to rotate, thereby causing the pair of friction rollers to rotate and urge the sheath and the tool to move through the working channel.

US Pat. No. 10,765,436

TOURNIQUET

1. A tourniquet for a limb, comprising:an elongated band having a first end, a second end, and a central portion between the first end and the second end, the elongated band having a first edge and a second edge opposite the first edge extending between the first end and the second end, the elongated band defining an opening therethrough between the first edge and the second edge spaced from the first end but substantially nearer the first end than the second end, the opening configured for receiving the second end and the central portion therethrough so as to form a loop along the elongated band beginning at the opening and ending at a point on the elongated band passing through the opening;
a gripping element at the second end of the elongated band, the gripping element extending at least substantially between the first edge and the second edge, the gripping element being more rigid than the elongated band so as to reinforce the elongated band during tightening of the band around the limb, the gripping element including a rigid member having a length sufficient to extend across the elongated band and past the first edge and the second edge;
first co-operating fastener elements disposed along an upper surface and a lower surface of the elongated band located proximate the second end and substantially nearer the second end than the opening so as to assist in holding the elongated band in place around the limb; and
second co-operating fastener elements disposed along the upper surface and the lower surface located proximate the first end so as to assist in holding the elongated band in a spiral-wound configuration with the second end in the middle and the first end on the outside;
wherein at the first co-operating fastener elements and the second co-operating fastener elements each include respective matching fabric hook and loop fasteners.

US Pat. No. 10,765,435

REPOSABLE CLIP APPLIER

COVIDIEN LP, Mansfield, ...

13. A kit, comprising:a surgical fastener; and
a surgical instrument for applying surgical fasteners, the surgical instrument comprising:
a jaw assembly including a shank, a first jaw and a second jaw, a proximal portion of the first jaw is connected to the shank, a proximal portion of the second jaw is connected to the shank, the first jaw and a second jaw are configured for relative movement between a spaced apart position and an approximated position to at least partially compress the surgical fastener therebetween; and
a cartridge disposed in mechanical cooperation with the jaw assembly, the cartridge including a proximal nub and a distal nub, wherein the proximal nub of the cartridge abuts a proximal end of the shank of the jaw assembly, and the distal nub of the cartridge abuts a distal end of the shank of the jaw assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,765,432

SURGICAL DEVICE INCLUDING A CONTROL SYSTEM

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

13. A surgical device, comprising:a jaw assembly configurable in an open configuration and a closed configuration, wherein said jaw assembly defines a predetermined tissue gap when said jaw assembly is in said closed configuration;
an electric motor configured to drive said jaw assembly between said open configuration and said closed configuration; and
a control system configured to monitor a parameter of said electric motor, wherein said parameter is indicative of a clamping force exerted to the tissue by said jaw assembly, and wherein said control system is further configured to control said electric motor based on said parameter to limit said clamping force to a predetermined maximum value.

US Pat. No. 10,765,430

KNIFE WITH MECHANICAL FUSE

Intuitive Surgical Operat...

1. A surgical knife member comprising:a blade portion for operation within a surgical stapling device;
a first frame portion extending from the blade portion to a first connection portion that is movably connectable to the surgical stapling device; and
a second frame portion extending from the first frame portion to a second connection portion that is movably connectable to the surgical stapling device,
wherein a fused frame portion selected from the group consisting of the first frame portion and second frame portion comprises a fused portion that fails when a predetermined amount of force is applied to the fused portion.

US Pat. No. 10,765,428

HERMETIC FORCE SENSORS FOR SURGICAL DEVICES

COVIDIEN LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A force sensor comprising:a substrate including a central aperture extending along a longitudinal axis of the substrate, the substrate having a proximal surface, a distal surface, a first side surface, a second side surface, a top surface, and a bottom surface, at least one of the distal surface, the first side surface, the second side surface, the top surface, or the bottom surface including a recess defined therein;
a plurality of sensing elements disposed within the recess; and
a plate disposed over the recess and mounted to the substrate to hermetically seal the plurality of sensing elements within the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,765,420

SUTURE PASSER

1. A surgical instrument comprising:a shaft, comprising a tubular member having a proximal end and a distal end, a lumen extending between the proximal and distal ends, and a tip distal to the tubular member, the tip including a recess defining a trough cutout into a sidewall of the shaft, the trough having a first width defined by two diagonal sidewalls cut into the sidewall of the shaft to define a bottom of the trough and an area where a portion of the shaft sidewall is missing, the diagonal sidewalls running parallel to a length of the shaft; and
a handle connected to the proximal end of the shaft;
wherein the shaft includes a distal portion having an opening in the sidewall thereof, proximal to the tip, the opening in communication with the lumen through a slot in the sidewall adjacent to the opening, the slot having sidewalls forming a second width in a circumference of the sidewall of the shaft;
wherein the instrument further comprises a suture snare, the snare being slidably receivable within the lumen and the slot, and movable through the slot between extended and retracted positions for capturing the suture, the snare including a pre-bend; and
wherein the first width and the second width each have a narrow tolerance relative to the snare and the bottom of the trough is on a distal side of the shaft and the slot is on a proximal side of the shaft, the proximal side being opposite the distal side with respect to the circumference of the shaft to bias the pre-bend of the snare to remain in a plane with the sidewalls of the slot and the sidewalls of the recess to prevent the snare from rotating.

US Pat. No. 10,765,419

ACTIVE DEPLOYING SOFT ANCHOR

Arthrex, Inc., Naples, F...

1. A soft anchor, comprising:a single one-piece sheath including opposite distal and proximal ends, a lumen having a length that forms a longitudinal portion of the sheath, and at least one bifurcation bifurcating the sheath into first and second bifurcated portions at or near the distal end of the sheath, such that the bifurcation is located between the lumen and the first and second bifurcated portions; and
at least one flexible strand received in the sheath, the at least one flexible strand including a first segment, a second segment, and a loop segment located therebetween, wherein the first segment passes through the length of the lumen, the loop segment continuously passes through respective passageways of the first and second bifurcated portions of the sheath, and the second segment passes through the length of the lumen with the first segment,
wherein at least a portion of each of the first and second segments of the at least one flexible strand extends from the lumen at the proximal end of the sheath outside of the sheath and
wherein the first and second bifurcated portions are connected to form a sheath loop at the distal end of the sheath, the sheath loop having a first dimension when the at least one flexible strand is not tensioned, the sheath loop having a second dimension greater than the first dimension when the at least one flexible strand is pulled to gather the sheath loop around the loop segment of the at least one flexible strand to form a sheath bundle.

US Pat. No. 10,765,417

MEDICAL RETRACTOR

Yusuke Shimizu, Okinawa ...

1. A medical retractor comprising:a grip portion; and
a resin functional portion made of a transparent resin and extending from the grip portion, wherein
the resin functional portion has: a trunk portion which has a proximal end thereof connected to the grip portion; and a hook-shaped portion extending in a hook shape from a distal end of the trunk portion,
the resin functional portion is configured to allow a viewing of an affected part which opposedly faces a back surface of the resin functional portion from a front surface side in a see-through manner,
the grip portion has an accommodating space in which a light source is accommodated,
the grip portion has a hole at a distal end of the grip portion, the hole communicates with the accommodating space, and the hole is covered with a transparent flat part of a cap, the cap removably disposable within the resin functional portion and the grip portion,
the proximal end of the trunk portion is configured to cover a distal end surface of the grip portion and a side surface of the grip portion, and light from the light source in the accommodating space can be incident on the proximal end of the trunk portion.

US Pat. No. 10,765,415

HEMOSTATIC DEVICE AND ITS METHODS OF USE

Phillips Medical, LLC, J...

7. A hemostatic device for sealing a puncture of a vessel, said hemostatic device comprising:a first tube defining a first lumen, the first lumen configured to receive a guidewire;
a malecot coupled to the first tube, the malecot selectively actuatable from a neutral configuration to a stopper configuration;
a transfer member coupled to the malecot, the transfer member longitudinally positionable with respect to the first tube to transition the malecot from the neutral configuration to the stopper configuration, wherein the transfer member comprises a tube disposed coaxially with, and radially outwardly from, the first tube;
a second tube circumscribing at least a portion of the first tube and at least partially defining a second lumen; and
a third tube at least partially defining a third lumen, wherein the second tube comprises a first opening and a second opening each defined in a side wall of the second tube, the first opening in flow communication with the third lumen and the second opening in flow communication with the second lumen, wherein the first opening is positioned proximally relative to the malecot, and wherein the second lumen is configured to dispense a flowable hemostatic agent from the second opening.

US Pat. No. 10,765,414

SEALING MECHANISM FOR CLOSURE DEVICES

TERUMO PUERTO RICO, L.L.C...

1. An anchor assembly for sealing a tissue puncture, the anchor assembly comprising a flexible anchor, an anchor shaft configured to receive a sealing plug made of a bioresorbable material so that the anchor shaft passes through the sealing plug, and a boss, the anchor shaft possessing a distal-most end and a proximal-most end, the flexible anchor being fixedly disposed at the distal-most end of the anchor shaft so that the flexible anchor is positionally fixed with respect to the distal-most end of the anchor shaft, the boss being fixedly disposed at the proximal-most end of the anchor shaft so that the boss is positionally fixed with respect to the proximal-most end of the anchor shaft, the anchor comprising a bioresorbable material that resorbs more rapidly than a bioresorbable material composing the anchor shaft and a bioresorbable material composing the boss, the flexible anchor being a flexible low profile body that is bendable or foldable to be positioned inside a deployment device for delivery to a location of the tissue puncture.

US Pat. No. 10,765,413

HANDLE FOR MICROSURGICAL INSTRUMENTS

1. A handle for a surgical instrument, comprising, a pair of flexibly resilient sheet metal beams, each formed into a convex shape, having a plurality of arcuate protrusions projecting outward from the convex surface of said beams, said convex shape extending the full length of the longitudinal axis of each handle with said protrusions placed orthogonally with respect to a central longitudinal axis of the surgical instrument, said arcuate protrusions located on the apex of the convex shapes extending across about 45% of the convex surface width of each of said beams, said protrusions emerging from but not fully penetrating the material thickness of the convex beams.

US Pat. No. 10,765,412

ENDOSCOPIC INSTRUMENT WITH SUPPORT FOOT

UNIVERSITE PIERRE ET MARI...

1. An endoscopic instrument (1) comprising an elongate body with a distal end (4) designed to be introduced into the body of the patient so as to come into proximity with an internal organ, the distal end carrying a tool (7) for intervention on the internal organ, the endoscopic instrument comprising a foot (10, 110) rigidly connected to the distal end and extending from the distal end, the foot having a terminal end opposite to an end of the foot that connects the foot to the distal end of the elongate body, the foot designed to bear on the internal organ, and also controllable means of movement (13, 13?, 113) for conferring movements on the tool, at least in directions transverse to a longitudinal axis (X) of the distal end of the endoscopic instrument, when the foot is bearing against the internal organ, wherein the means of movement have at least one actuator (13, 13?, 113, 213), which is coupled to the tool and which is arranged entirely within the foot so as not to extend beyond the terminal end of the foot;wherein the actuator is contained within the foot at a location no more proximal than the distal most end of the elongated body of the endoscopic instrument; and
wherein the tool is configured so as not to extend beyond the terminal end of the foot.

US Pat. No. 10,765,410

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR REAL-TIME BIOPSY NEEDLE AND TARGET TISSUE VISUALIZATION

BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED,...

14. An apparatus, comprising:a contiguous lumen comprising a lumen of a first component and a lumen of a second component, wherein a proximal end of the first component is removably attached to a distal end of the second component;
an ultrasound catheter extending through the contiguous lumen; and
an exterior tube slidably disposed about the contiguous lumen and the ultrasound catheter.

US Pat. No. 10,765,409

MENSTRUAL CYCLE TRACKING

FITBIT, INC., San Franci...

1. A computer-implemented method, comprising:obtaining, using a non-invasive measurement sub-system of a monitoring device worn by a user, heart rate-derived data for the user over a period of time;
obtaining, using the non-invasive measurement sub-system, hemoglobin data for the user over the period of time, the hemoglobin data including at least one of a hemoglobin to water ratio or a change in hemoglobin concentration;
analyzing the heart rate-derived data and the hemoglobin data to determine a health pattern for the user;
correlating events for a menstrual cycle of the user with features in the health pattern to generate a model for the menstrual cycle;
generating, using the model, one or more determinations for events for the menstrual cycle of the user; and
providing, for display, information about the one or more determinations.

US Pat. No. 10,765,407

ULTRASOUND DIAGNOSIS APPARATUS

Canon Medical Systems Cor...

1. An ultrasound diagnosis apparatus, comprising:an ultrasound transducer configured to transmit and receive ultrasound waves while being placed in an esophagus of a subject, to sequentially acquire cardiac function information of a heart of the subject; and
processing circuitry configured to
generate an image group over time based on the cardiac function information sequentially acquired;
obtain an evaluation value for evaluating a function of tissue including the predetermined site based on the generated image group;
determine whether the function of the tissue is abnormal, based on the evaluation value; and
output information based on a result of the determination, wherein the processing circuitry is further configured to
obtain, for the subject, a first image of a normal condition,
obtain, for the subject, a reference evaluation value based on the first image of a normal condition,
obtain, for the subject, a second image acquired after the first image,
obtain, for the subject, a new evaluation value as a second evaluation value based on the second image,
compare, for the subject, the second evaluation value with the reference evaluation value to determine whether the function of the tissue corresponding to the second evaluation value of the second image is abnormal, and
repeat the obtaining of the second image, the obtaining of the second evaluation value, and the comparing of the second evaluation value to the reference evaluation value, for a sequence of second images.

US Pat. No. 10,765,406

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR OBTAINING INFORMATION ABOUT ONE OR MORE LIVING BEINGS

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft z...

1. A device for acquiring information about a pest or several pests within a bulk material, comprising:an actuator for outputting an excitation signal not exceeding 500 kHz that is suitable to excite the pest or the pests;
a sensor for detecting a signal generated in response to the excitation, so as to acquire a detected signal; and
an evaluator for evaluating the detected signal so as to acquire the information about the pest(s) within the bulk material;
wherein at least one out of the actuator and the sensor is implemented by means of an electronic device,
wherein the evaluator is implemented by means of a processor or electronic device
wherein the actuator is configured to tune a frequency of the excitation signal to a resonant frequency of the bulk material.

US Pat. No. 10,765,405

ULTRASOUND IMAGING PICKUP APPARATUS

HITACHI, LTD., Tokyo (JP...

1. An ultrasound image pickup apparatus comprising:an ultrasound element array in which a plurality of ultrasound elements are arranged in a predefined direction;
a transmission beamformer that makes at least some of the plurality of ultrasound elements transmit a focusing-type transmission beam to the imaged area of a test object; and
a reception beamformer that delays reception signals output by the plurality of ultrasound elements, which receive ultrasound waves from the test object, by delay times to phase the reception signals, and outputs phased signals after adding the delayed and phased reception signals,
wherein the reception beamformer includes at least one non-transitory computer readable medium and at least one processor, the at least one non-transitory computer readable medium comprising instructions that when executed by the at least one processor enable the reception beamformer to perform the steps of:
setting reception scanning lines not only inside of the irradiation area of the focusing-type transmission beam but also outside of the irradiation area of the focusing-type transmission beam; and
calculating the delay times at predefined points on the reception scanning lines,
calculating the delay times on the reception scanning lines outside of the irradiation area in a shallow area on the shallow side of the transmit focus of the transmission beam on the basis of the waveform of a diffracted wave from one end of the plurality of ultrasound elements that irradiate the transmission beam, and calculating the delay times on the reception scanning lines outside of the irradiation area in a deep area on the deep side of the transmit focus of the transmission beam on the basis of the waveform of a diffracted wave from the other end, and
generating, for discontinuity elimination, the delay times that connect the delay times in the shallow area and the delay times in the deep area in a vicinity of a depth of the transmit focus,
wherein the delay times are generated using the following expression:
TOFapprox=Wsingle(X)×TOFedge_near+(1?Wsingle)×TOFedge_far   (4)
where, x is a range corresponding to the shallow area and the deep area of the transmit focus, wsingle(x) is a weighting factor, TOFedge_near is a delay time caused by a forward diffracted wave, and TOFedge_far, which is a delay time caused by the backward diffracted wave using the weighting function wsingle(x), and TOFapprox is a delay time that asymptotically approach curves caused by the forward reflected wave (TOFedge_near) and the backward deflected wave (TOFedge_far).

US Pat. No. 10,765,404

MEDICAL PROBE FOR ULTRASOUND IMAGING

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A probe device comprising:an elongate body;
a plurality of electro-active polymer actuators mounted at the surface of the elongate body; and
a controller circuit, wherein the controller circuit is arranged to control a vibration of the plurality of electro-active polymer actuators,
wherein the vibration frequency is less than or equal to 5 kHz.

US Pat. No. 10,765,403

ULTRASONIC MEASURING DEVICE, EXAMINATION APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR OPERATING SAME

Franhofer-Gesellschaft zu...

1. An ultrasonic measuring device, comprising:an ultrasonic array configured to detect ultrasonic signals, wherein the ultrasonic array is arranged both as an emitter of ultrasonic waves and as a detector of ultrasonic waves in order to generate images of an area to be examined from the ultrasonic signals detected,
a housing comprising an acoustic window portion and a housing wall, the ultrasonic array being arranged in the housing in acoustic contact with the acoustic window portion,
an electrically actuated actuator device which comprises a piezoelectric ring motor being enclosed by the housing and which is configured for an adjustment and movement of the ultrasonic array relative to the acoustic window portion and the area to be examined, wherein the piezoelectric ring motor comprises at least two piezoelectric actuators and a rotor which is coupled with the ultrasonic array via a drive shaft, and
a position sensor using which a spatial position of the ultrasonic measuring device can be detected, and
a directional sensor using which the alignment of the ultrasonic array in the housing can be detected, wherein
the acoustic window portion is a plastic film which allows a transmission of ultrasonic waves, and comprises an external surface provided with an adhesive material such that the acoustic window portion is configured for an adherence to a surface of the object to be examined,
the housing forms an electromagnetic shielding comprising a screening of the ultrasonic array and the piezoelectric ring motor and a balun at a line connection coupled with the housing, wherein the electromagnetic shielding is effective against fields in an MRI tomography device, and
the ultrasonic array, the piezoelectric ring motor and the housing are made of magnetic-resonance-compatible materials that do not emit or emit negligible magnetic-resonance signals in reaction to high-frequency fields occurring in an MRI scanner.

US Pat. No. 10,765,402

AUTOMATIC LATERALITY IDENTIFICATION FOR ULTRASOUND TOMOGRAPHY SYSTEMS

QT ULTRASOUND LLC, Novat...

1. A system comprising:a scanner bed on which a patient is to be horizontally positioned for ultrasound imaging, the scanner bed comprising:
a surface parallel to the ground, the surface having a fore end, an aft end, a left side, and a right side;
an opening in the surface through which a patient's breast can be disposed, the opening positioned closer to the fore end than to the aft end and centered between the left side and the right side of the surface;
a position sensor system comprising:
a first set of force-sensitive resistors arranged to a left side of the opening and extending towards the aft end of the surface, wherein the first set of force-sensitive resistors includes a first network of multiple resistors;
a second set of force-sensitive resistors arranged to a right side of the opening and extending towards the aft end of the surface, wherein the second set of force-sensitive resistors includes a second network of multiple resistors;
a first op-amp circuit coupled to the first set of force-sensitive resistors; and
a second op-amp circuit coupled to the second set of force-sensitive resistors,
whereby an increase in force applied to the first set of force-sensitive resistors results in a decrease in resistance with a consequent increase in voltage at an output of the first op-amp circuit and an increase in force applied to the second set of force-sensitive resistors results in a decrease in resistance with a consequent increase in voltage at an output of the second op-amp circuit; and
a computing system coupled to the position sensor system and having software stored thereon that, when executed by a processor of the computing system, directs the computing system to:
identify, using the voltage at the output of the first op-amp circuit and the voltage at the output of the second op-amp circuit, whether the patient has more of their body to the left side or the right side of the opening; and
assign a breast laterality of a right breast or a left breast to data generated by the ultrasound imaging based on whether the patient has more of their body to the left side or the right side of the opening.

US Pat. No. 10,765,401

ULTRASONIC DIAGNOSTIC DEVICE

Canon Medical Systems Cor...

1. An ultrasonic diagnostic device, comprising:an ultrasonic probe configured to transmit ultrasonic waves to a subject and convert reflection waves reflected by the subject to a reflection wave signal;
transformer circuitry including an auto transformer configured to transform the reflection wave signal into a transformed reflection wave signal at a transformation ratio, which is determined in accordance with a control signal determined based on information related to the ultrasonic probe among a plurality of transformation ratios;
control signal transmission circuitry configured to transmit, to the transformer circuitry, the control signal, which is determined in accordance with a frequency which the ultrasonic probe is capable of handling; and
a switch provided at an input of the transformer circuitry, the switch being configured to switch whether the reflection wave signal is boosted by the transformer circuitry.

US Pat. No. 10,765,400

VASCULAR TARGETING SYSTEM

The Government of the Uni...

1. A method comprising:obtaining ultrasonic images of a vessel to be catheterized with an ultrasonic imaging device;
identifying a center of the vessel using the ultrasonic images from the ultrasonic imaging device, the center of the vessel being identified automatically by a processor;
emitting a laser onto a skin surface of an appendage to designate a puncture point for a needle, wherein a position of the puncture point is based on said identifying of the center of the vessel;
puncturing the vessel with the needle based on said identifying of the center of the vessel;
inserting a guide wire into the vessel and maneuvering the guide wire with guide wire ultrasonic feedback control, said guide wire ultrasonic feedback control including:
obtaining ultrasonic images of the vessel and the guide wire in the vessel, and
displaying the ultrasonic images of the vessel and the guide wire in the vessel to a user;
inserting a catheter sheath over the guide wire and maneuvering the catheter sheath with sheath ultrasonic feedback control, said sheath ultrasonic feedback control including:
obtaining ultrasonic images of the vessel and the catheter sheath in the vessel, and
displaying the ultrasonic images of the vessel and the catheter sheath in the vessel to the user;
removing the guide wire; and
inserting a catheter into the catheter sheath and maneuvering the catheter with catheter ultrasonic feedback control, said catheter ultrasonic feedback control including:
obtaining ultrasonic images of the vessel and the catheter in the vessel,
displaying the ultrasonic images of the vessel and the catheter in the vessel to a user,
identifying, via analyzing the ultrasonic images by the processor, when the catheter reaches a predetermined distance from the puncture point, and
automatically inflating by the processor a balloon of the catheter in response to the catheter reaching the predetermined distance from the puncture point.

US Pat. No. 10,765,399

PROGRAMMABLE ELECTRONIC STETHOSCOPE DEVICES, ALGORITHMS, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS

The Johns Hopkins Univers...

1. A digital electronic stethoscope, comprising:an acoustic sensor assembly comprising a body sensor portion and an ambient sensor portion, said body sensor portion being configured to make acoustically coupled contact with a subject while said ambient sensor portion is configured to face away from said body sensor portion so as to capture environmental noise proximate said body sensor portion;
a signal processor and data storage system configured to communicate with said acoustic sensor assembly so as to receive detection signals therefrom, said detection signals comprising an auscultation signal comprising body target sound and a noise signal; and
an output device configured to communicate with said signal processor and data storage system to provide at least one of an output signal or information derived from said output signal,
wherein said signal processor and data storage system comprises a noise reduction system that removes both stationary noise and non-stationary noise from said detection signal to provide a clean auscultation signal substantially free of distortions,
wherein said signal processor and said data storage system further comprises an auscultation sound classification system configured to receive said clean auscultation signal and provide a classification thereof as at least one of a normal breath sound or an abnormal breath sound, and
wherein said noise reduction system suppresses ambient noise by multiband spectral subtraction of said noise signal from said detection signal to provide said clean auscultation signal substantially free of distortions.

US Pat. No. 10,765,398

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MEASURING THE SOUND TRANSMISSION CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM VOLUME OF HUMANS

1. A method for analyzing the sound transmission characteristics of the volume occupied by the central nervous system of a human, comprising the following steps:(a) obtaining a digital computer and a speaker and a microphone which interface with that computer,
(b) programming the digital computer with a computer program which is capable of (i) generating a spectrum of sounds for output through the speaker which ranges between pre-selected low frequency and a pre-selected high frequency and transmitting that sound to the speaker, (ii) receiving data from the microphone during the sound output of step (b) (i) and analyzing that data to determine the frequency of the sound detected by the microphone and its intensity in decibels such that sounds ranging between the low frequency and the high frequency are detected and measured for both frequency and intensity and (iii) generating an output showing the sound received by the microphone in terms of sound intensity in decibels as a function of sound frequency,
(c) running the program of the digital computer of step (b) while placing the speaker and the microphone in a spaced apart relationship on the surface of the back of a human test subject proximate to the spinal column,
(d) analyzing the output of the computer program of step (b) to determine if the sound propagation characteristics of the volume occupied by the central nervous system of the test subject are normal in a way that substantially rules out an abnormal condition or disease state or abnormal in a way that may indicate an abnormal condition or disease state.

US Pat. No. 10,765,397

RADIOGRAPHIC IMAGING SYSTEM, RADIOGRAPHIC IMAGING APPARATUS, BATTERY CHARGER, AND METHOD OF INSPECTING WATERPROOF PERFORMANCE

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., To...

1. A radiographic imaging system, comprising:a radiographic imaging apparatus including a casing that houses a radiation detecting element that detects radiation with which a subject is irradiated and a battery, the casing being provided with a vent hole that circulates internal and external air; and
a battery charger to which the radiographic imaging apparatus is to be attached and which charges the battery, wherein
the radiographic imaging apparatus includes:
an air pressure measurer that measures an internal air pressure of the casing, and
a hardware processor that inspects, after the internal air pressure of the casing changes due to operation of pressure, waterproof performance of the radiographic imaging apparatus based on a changing aspect of the internal air pressure due to termination of the operation of the pressure, and
wherein at least one of the radiographic imaging apparatus and the battery charger includes a flow rate regulator that reduces a flow rate of the air through the vent hole in a case where the radiographic imaging apparatus is attached to the battery charger.

US Pat. No. 10,765,396

X-RAY IMAGING APPARATUS AND X-RAY IMAGING SYSTEM

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. An X-ray imaging apparatus comprising:a rail assembly;
a strut assembly mounted to the rail assembly and configured to be extendable and movable along the rail assembly;
an X-ray imaging assembly mounted on the strut assembly, wherein the X-ray imaging assembly comprises an X-ray tube for generating X-rays;
a power supply apparatus mounted on the strut assembly to supply power to the X-ray imaging assembly to generate X-rays via the X-ray tube, the power supply apparatus being rechargeable, wherein the power supply apparatus is configured to move with the strut assembly along the rail assembly and to supply power to the X-ray assembly to enable the X-ray tube to generate X-rays at any position along the rail assembly; and
a charging apparatus provided on the rail assembly to charge the power supply apparatus, the charging apparatus comprising at least one charging station provided at a predetermined position on the rail assembly and electrically connected to the power supply apparatus to charge the power supply apparatus when the strut assembly moves to the predetermined position along the rail assembly, wherein the charging apparatus is configured to stop charging the power supply apparatus when the strut assembly moves away from the predetermined position.

US Pat. No. 10,765,395

MEDICAL IMAGING DIAGNOSIS APPARATUS AND SCAN PLANNING DEVICE

Canon Medical Systems Cor...

1. A medical imaging diagnosis apparatus comprising:a gantry configured to acquire data;
a bed configured to support a table top such that the table top is horizontally and vertically movable relative to a floor surface; and
processing circuitry configured to select, as a lift route of the table top from an initial height to a target height, either a first route or a second route, the first route being in which the table top is vertically lifted relative to the floor surface from the initial height to the target height, the second route being in which the table top is vertically lifted, while being horizontally moved, relative to the floor surface from the initial height to the target height,
wherein the first route is selected when a scan is a head scan, an external light projector is used, a direction of a subject is head-first, or a stretcher is used.

US Pat. No. 10,765,393

METHOD AND IMAGE DATA SYSTEM FOR GENERATING A COMBINED CONTRAST MEDIUM AND BLOOD VESSEL REPRESENTATION OF BREAST TISSUE TO BE EXAMINED, COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

1. A method for generating a combined contrast medium and blood vessel representation of breast tissue to be examined, the method comprising the following steps:capturing first contrast-medium-influenced x-ray projection measurement data with a first x-ray energy and second contrast-medium-influenced x-ray projection measurement data with a second x-ray energy differing from the first x-ray energy;
reconstructing a first image data set based on the captured first x-ray projection measurement data and a second image data set based on the captured second x-ray projection measurement data;
ascertaining a dual-energy image data set based on the first and second image data sets;
ascertaining a blood vessel image based on at least one of the first or second image data sets;
representing the blood vessel image together with the dual-energy image data set in a combined contrast medium and blood vessel representation; and
carrying out the representation step by at least one of:
representing the blood vessel image together with the dual-energy image data set sequentially or simultaneously, or
merging the ascertained blood vessel image with the dual-energy image data set to form a superposition image in which structures being highlighted due to contrast medium accumulation and blood vessel structures are visible.

US Pat. No. 10,765,392

X-RAY IMAGING APPARATUS AND X-RAY IMAGE DISPLAY METHOD

Shimadzu Corporation, Ni...

1. An X-ray imaging apparatus comprising:an imaging device that captures an X-ray image by irradiating X-rays to a subject and detecting the X-rays that have passed through the subject;
a reference position setter that sets a marker reference position with respect to a first X-ray image;
a marker generator that generates a first image in which a virtual marker image is superimposed at the marker reference position in the first X-ray image;
a display that displays the first image; and
a relative position calculator that resets the marker reference position to a position reflecting a change of a relative position between the subject and the imaging device with respect to a second X-ray image captured in which the relative position is changed,
wherein the relative position calculator resets the marker reference position after displaying the first image,
wherein the marker generator generates a second image in which the virtual marker image is superimposed again at the reset marker reference position, and
wherein the second image is displayed on the display.

US Pat. No. 10,765,391

DYNAMIC ANALYSIS SYSTEM

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., To...

1. A dynamic analysis system comprising a hardware processor that:based on a first plurality of frame images showing a dynamic state of a chest of an intubated first examinee obtained by radiation imaging of the chest of the first examinee, calculates a signal value change amount and/or a shape change amount of a predetermined structure of the chest in the first plurality of frame images;
based on the calculated signal value change amount and/or shape change amount, generates assessment information to assess a respiratory status of the first examinee at time of intubation or extubation;
obtains attribute information and/or vital information at the time of intubation about the first examinee; and
into a machine learning classifier constructed based on the signal value change amount and/or the shape change amount and the attribute information and/or the vital information at the time of intubation and a success/failure result of ventilator breathing about a second examinee, inputs the signal value change amount and/or the shape change amount and the attribute information and/or the vital information at the time of intubation about the first examinee, and calculates a success rate of the ventilator breathing for the first examinee, thereby generating the assessment information to assess the respiratory status of the first examinee at the time of intubation.

US Pat. No. 10,765,390

RADIOGRAPHY SYSTEM, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, RADIOGRAPHY APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM

FUJIFILM CORPORATION, To...

1. A radiography system comprising:a radiography apparatus comprising a first radiation detector that includes a plurality of pixels accumulating charge corresponding to emitted radiation and a second radiation detector that is provided so as to be stacked on a side of the first radiation detector from which the radiation is transmitted and emitted and includes a plurality of pixels accumulating charge corresponding to the emitted radiation;
a generation unit that performs a first correction process for generating a diagnosis image for a second radiographic image captured by the second radiation detector and generates the diagnosis image, using the second radiographic image subjected to the first correction process and a first radiographic image captured by the first radiation detector; and
a derivation unit that performs a second correction process for deriving a quantitative value for the second radiographic image captured by the second radiation detector and derives at least one of bone mineral content or bone density, using the second radiographic image subjected to the second correction process and the first radiographic image captured by the first radiation detector.

US Pat. No. 10,765,388

RADIATION-IRRADIATION DEVICE COMPRISING A FIRST ARM, A SECOND ARM, AND MAIN BODY SURFACE REGULATING A ROTATIONAL MOVEMENT OF THE SECOND ARM

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. A radiation-irradiation device comprising:a leg unit, including a base and wheels, that is capable of traveling on a device-placement surface;
a radiation source that irradiates a subject with radiation;
an arm unit, including a first arm and a second arm, that supports the radiation source;
a main body that stands on the leg unit and supports the arm unit; and
a raising/lowering mechanism, including a cylinder and a shaft, that raises and lowers the arm unit relative to the main body,
wherein the first arm of the arm unit is connected to the radiation source, and the arm unit further includes a first rotational moving portion that connects the first arm to the second arm so as to allow the first arm and second arm to be rotationally movable relative to each other, and a second rotational moving portion that connects the second arm to the raising/lowering mechanism so as to allow the second arm to be rotationally movable relative to the raising/lowering mechanism; and
wherein a support surface of the main body on which the arm unit is supported regulates a rotational movement of the second arm from an initial rotational movement position, which is performed using the second rotational moving portion, in a case in which the arm unit is positioned at a position other than a first position, where the arm unit is raised or lowered by the raising/lowering mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,765,387

POSITION ADJUSTMENT DEVICE FOR FLAT PANEL DETECTOR, POSITION ADJUSTMENT METHOD FOR FLAT PANEL DETECTOR, AND RADIOTHERAPY APPARATUS

1. A position adjustment device for a flat panel detector comprising:a guide that is provided on a surface side of the flat panel detector and can be measured by an optical device; and
a fixing member configured to fix the guide to one of a side of the flat panel detector of a position adjustment unit and a side of a support portion for supporting the flat panel detector, the position adjustment unit being provided between the flat panel detector and the support portion,
wherein the position adjustment unit is configured to include a first member fixed to the flat panel detector, a second member fixed to the support portion, and an operation unit for adjusting a distance between the first member and the second member,
the fixing member is configured to fix the guide to one of the first member and the second member, and
the operation unit is configured to match a position corresponding to the isocenter with a position that is an image center of the flat panel detector, by adjusting the distance between the first member and the second member.

US Pat. No. 10,765,386

RADIOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

SHIMADZU CORPORATION, Ky...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus, comprising:a radiation detector;
an arm that supports said radiation detector;
a rotation mechanism that rotates said radiation detector around an axis facing a vertical direction to a radiation detection surface relative to said arm;
wherein a frame member that has a circular form, which has a center aligned with said axis, and further includes an outer shape surrounding said radiation detector and is installed relative to a circumference of a radiation detection surface of said radiation detector; and
wherein said frame member is a handle forming an outer appearance that is a circle.

US Pat. No. 10,765,382

METHOD FOR MIXED TRACERS DYNAMIC PET CONCENTRATION IMAGE RECONSTRUCTION BASED ON STACKED AUTOENCODER

ZHEJIANG UNIVERSITY, Han...

1. A method for reconstructing mixed tracers dynamic position emission tomography (PET) concentration distribution images based on stacked autoencoder comprising the following steps:(1) injecting a first tracer and a second tracer into a biological tissue, detecting the biological tissue by using a pair of detectors, and collecting coincidence counting vectors corresponding to different collection time to construct a coincidence counting matrix Y for the first tracer and the second tracer, a coincidence counting matrix Y1 for the first tracer and a coincidence counting matrix Y2 for the second tracer;
(2) according to the coincidence counting matrices Y, Y1 and Y2, obtaining dynamic PET concentration distribution images X for the first tracer and the second tracer, dynamic PET concentration distribution images X1 for the first tracer and dynamic PET concentration distribution images X2 for the second tracer by maximum likelihood-expectation maximization (ML-EM) algorithm using a principle of PET imaging;
then arranging the PET concentration distribution images of different frames in pixel order to obtain a dynamic concentration truth vector set x for the first tracer and the second tracer PET images X, and a dynamic concentration truth vector set o for PET images X1 and X2 after the first tracer and the second tracer are combined, x and o being taken as a training set;

wherein each vector in x is used as an input of a neural network and each vector in o is used as a truth label;
(3) training multiple autoencoders with the training set, cascading trained autoencoders to the stacked autoencoder, and then fine-tuning the stacked autoencoder with the training set to obtain PET concentration distribution image reconstruction model, wherein the stacked autoencoder consists of an input layer, a hidden layer and an output layer, the input layer to the hidden layer is called an encoder, and the hidden layer to the output layer is called a decoder, the hidden layer of a previous autoencoder is the input layer of a latter autoencoder; for any self-encoder, the number of neurons in the hidden layer is less than the number of neurons in the input layer;
(4) repeating the method of the step (1) and using new mixed tracers to acquire a new coincidence counting matrix, then obtaining the dynamic mixed PET concentration distribution images of the new mixed tracers according to the step (2) and arranging the obtained PET concentration distribution images in different frames in pixel order as a test set, inputting the test set into the PET concentration distribution image reconstruction model to reconstruct the dynamic PET concentration distribution images of the first tracer and the second tracer, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,765,380

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MEASURING PHYSIOLOGICAL PARAMETERS

1. A system for measuring physiological parameters, the system comprising:a housing configured to be mounted to an exterior body surface of a user, wherein the housing comprises at least an earcup;
at least a physiological sensor attached to the housing and configured to contact the exterior body surface at a locus on a head of the user, the at least a sensor configured to detect at least a first physiological parameter identifying a first neural activity of the user and at least a second physiological parameter identifying a second neural activity of the user and transmit an electrical signal as a result of the detection;
at least an environmental sensor;
a first physiological condition baseline value associated with a first predetermined environmental parameter detectable by the environmental sensor;
a second physiological condition baseline value associated with a second predetermined environmental parameter detectable by the environmental sensor; and
an alert circuit communicatively coupled to the at least sensor the alert circuit configured to:
receive at least a signal from the at least a physiological sensor;
detect an environmental parameter using the at least an environmental sensor;
detect a physiological alarm condition, wherein detecting the physiological alarm condition further comprises:
comparing the first neural activity of the user and the second neural activity of the user to at least one of the first or second physiological condition baseline values according to a detected environmental parameter to determine a function of the user; and
determining based on the comparison a diminishment in the function of the user;
generate an alarm based on the physiological alarm condition; and
transmit the alarm to a user-signaling device communicatively coupled to the alert circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,765,377

HEARTBEAT-SIGNAL DETECTING DEVICE

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY CORPO...

1. A heartbeat-signal detecting device for detecting a heartbeat signal of a living body, said heartbeat-signal detecting device comprising:a gas-flow sensor configured to detect a flow rate of exhalation and inhalation passing through a trachea of the living body in a state in which an artificial respirator is not provided;
a gas-flow calculation controlling portion configured to output a cyclic respiration signal that reflects a respiratory motion of the living body, based on a signal outputted from said gas-flow sensor;
a waveform analysis controlling portion configured to extract, from the cyclic respiration signal outputted from said gas-flow calculation controlling portion, a plurality of frequency components which are in synchronization with a pulse of a heart of the living body superimposed on the cyclic respiration signal, and to output a heartbeat signal representing a heartbeat waveform of the living body, from the plurality of frequency components; and
a heartbeat-signal evaluation controlling portion configured to evaluate a functional abnormality or an anatomic abnormality of the heart, based on the heartbeat signal analyzed by said waveform analysis controlling portion, wherein
said gas-flow sensor is further configured to detect a flow speed of a gas passing through a tube, based on a change of an electric resistance of a heater element that is heated by electricity supplied thereto, the electric resistance being changed depending on the flow speed, said heater element being constituted by an electric resistance element whose electric resistance is changed depending on a temperature, said heater element being provided on an inner surface of a circuit substrate film which is disposed in said tube and which is spaced apart from said tube a predetermined space.

US Pat. No. 10,765,376

METHOD AND APPARATUS TO DIAGNOSE THE METASTATIC OR PROGRESSIVE POTENTIAL OF CANCER, FIBROSIS AND OTHER DISEASES

University of Rochester, ...

1. A method for predicting a progressive potential of a diagnosed disease, the method comprising the steps of:imaging body tissue collagen microstructure using a second harmonic generation instrument;
measuring a ratio of a forward to backward propagating second harmonic generation signal derived from the imaging of the body tissue collagen microstructure with the second harmonic generation instrument;
comparing the ratio of the forward to backward propagating second harmonic generation signal to the ratio of the forward to backward propagating second harmonic generation signal of other tissue samples; and
obtaining the relationship between the ratio of the forward to backward propagating second harmonic generation signal of the imaged body tissue collagen microstructure and metastatic outcome of patients using statistical methods to predict the progressive potential of a diagnosed disease in a patient.

US Pat. No. 10,765,375

PHYSIOLOGICAL MONITORING METHODS AND SYSTEMS UTILIZING FILTER SCALING

COVIDIEN LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A system for determining a physiological parameter of a subject, the system comprising:a pulse oximetry sensor that generates a photoplethysmography (PPG) signal responsive to detecting light attenuated by the subject;
a gain controller for setting a light detection gain level;
a filter for filtering the PPG signal, wherein the filter comprises at least one of a filter history and filter coefficients;
a processor for:
determining at least one of a power level of one or more light sources of the pulse oximetry sensor and the light detection gain level;
calculating a scaling factor based on at least one of the determined power level and the determined light detection gain level, wherein calculating the scaling factor comprises calculating the scaling factor by multiplying the determined power level and the determined light detection gain level;
scaling the at least one of a filter history and filter coefficients using the scaling factor, wherein scaling comprises scaling the filter history by a ratio of the calculated scaling factor and a previous scaling factor; and
determining the physiological parameter based on the PPG signal that was filtered by the filter; and
a display configured to display the physiological parameter of the subject.

US Pat. No. 10,765,372

SEALED PACKAGE AND METHOD OF FORMING SAME

Medtronic, Inc., Minneap...

1. A hermetically-sealed package, comprising:a non-conductive substrate comprising a first major surface, a second major surface, and a cavity disposed in the first major surface, wherein the cavity comprises a recessed surface;
a cover layer disposed over the cavity and attached to the first major surface of the non-conductive substrate to form a hermetically-sealed enclosure;
a feedthrough comprising:
a via between the recessed surface of the cavity and the second major surface of the substrate;
a conductive material disposed in the via; and
an external contact disposed over the via on the second major surface of the non-conductive substrate, wherein the external contact is electrically connected to the conductive material disposed in the via, and wherein the external contact is hermetically sealed to the second major surface of the non-conductive substrate by a laser bond surrounding the via, wherein the laser bond comprises a bond line; and
an electronic device disposed within the hermetically-sealed enclosure, wherein the electronic device comprises a device contact that is electrically connected to the conductive material disposed in the via such that the electronic device is electrically connected to the external contact.

US Pat. No. 10,765,367

MODULAR PHYSIOLOGICAL SENSORS

Masimo Corporation, Irvi...

1. A modular physiological sensor comprising:an electroencephalogram (EEG) sensor comprising a stem, a left branch, and a right branch, the left branch and the right branch extending generally perpendicularly from the stem so as to form a branch intersection, wherein the branch intersection includes a left corner defined by an intersection of the left branch and the stem of the EEG sensor and a right corner defined by an intersection of the right branch and the stem of the EEG sensor;
a plurality of EEG electrodes disposed along the left branch and the right branch;
a ground electrode and a reference electrode disposed proximate the branch intersection;
a first regional oximetry (rO2) sensor and a second rO2 sensor;
a first mounting zone extending along an edge of the left corner of the branch intersection and configured to allow a first portion of the first rO2 sensor to be removably attached to the EEG sensor and a second portion of the first rO2 sensor to contact tissue of a user proximate the first mounting zone; and
a second mounting zone extending along an edge of the right corner of the branch intersection and configured to allow a first portion of the second r02 sensor to be removably attached to the EEG sensor and a second portion of the second rO2 sensor to contact tissue of the user proximate the second mounting zone.

US Pat. No. 10,765,364

WEARABLE ATHLETIC ACTIVITY MONITORING SYSTEMS

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A garment for monitoring an individual engaged in an athletic activity, comprising:a textile material;
a sensor module inseparably coupled to the textile material;
wherein the sensor module comprises:
a sensor; and
a transceiver configured to transmit data generated by the sensor;
an external component removably coupled to the textile material and configured to communicate with the sensor module.

US Pat. No. 10,765,363

HEADGEAR FOR DRY ELECTROENCEPHALOGRAM SENSORS

Cognionics, Inc., San Di...

1. A headgear for placing sensors on a subject's head comprising:a centerpiece;
a plurality of arms attached to and radiating outward and downward from the centerpiece; and
sensor tips attached to ends of at least some of the arms;
wherein at least one of the plurality of arms is a lower arm that is elastic and/or spring-like; and
wherein, when the headgear is placed on the subject's head, the at least one lower arm can reach, by bending outwards, to or beyond the maximum circumference of the subject's head, to thereby provide a reactive force for holding the headgear on the subject's head;
wherein the sensor tips are connected to at least some of the arms by a rotating joint that can rotate independently of the respective arm about only an axis that is tangent to an end portion of the respective arm to which the sensor tips are connected by the joint.

US Pat. No. 10,765,362

METHOD, APPARATUS, AND SYSTEM FOR ESTIMATING BODY FAT

KYOCERA Corporation, Kyo...

1. A method of displaying an image of an abdominal cross-section with an apparatus comprising a processor, the method comprising:storing plural abdominal CT sample images which have at least either of different visceral fat areas or different subcutaneous fat areas in a storage by the processor;
obtaining orientation information by a first sensor and motion information of an apparatus itself by a device;
calculating a portion of an abdominal outline by the processor, based on the orientation information and the motion information;
calculating shape characteristics based on the calculated portion of the abdominal outline by the processor;
estimating, based on the shape characteristics, at least one of a visceral fat area and a subcutaneous fat area of an abdominal cross-section by the processor; and
displaying an abdominal CT sample image corresponding to the estimated at least one of the visceral fat area and the subcutaneous fat area from among the plural abdominal CT sample images on a display by the processor.

US Pat. No. 10,765,361

AUTOMATED SEQUENTIAL INJECTION AND BLOOD DRAW

Verily Life Sciences LLC,...

1. A system comprising:a housing;
a seal disposed on a surface of the housing;
a first chamber disposed within the housing, wherein the first chamber contains a sealant layer;
a hollow needle disposed in the first chamber and configured to pierce the sealant layer, wherein the hollow needle comprises a first channel;
a reservoir, wherein the reservoir contains a payload;
an injector, wherein the injector is operable to drive the hollow needle through the seal to form a hole in the seal and thereafter into skin to form a puncture in the skin, such that the payload is delivered from the reservoir into the skin via the first channel;
a second chamber disposed within the housing;
a second channel coupled to the second chamber, wherein the second channel is formed by the seal and the housing;
a suction source configured to provide suction, wherein the suction provided by the suction source is configured to draw blood from the puncture formed in the skin into the second chamber via the hole formed in the seal and the second channel;
a sensor; and
a controller, wherein the controller is configured to perform controller functions including:
operating the sensor to detect information about an environment of the system;
determining that a specified condition has occurred based on the information about the environment of the system detected using the sensor; and
responsive to determining that the specified condition has occurred, operating the injector to drive the hollow needle through the seal and into the skin to deliver the payload into the skin via the first channel.

US Pat. No. 10,765,360

ELECTRONIC MEDICATION COMPLIANCE MONITORING SYSTEM AND ASSOCIATED METHODS

etectRx, Inc., Gainesvil...

1. An electronic system for monitoring a patient's compliance with a medication program, the electronic system comprising:an ingestible medicine delivery device;
a tag fitted with the delivery device;
a tag electronic circuit carried by the tag, wherein the electronic circuit is capable of processing and transmitting one or more out-link radio frequency signals to indicate the delivery device is present within the patient's body;
an electronic reader adapted to be positioned externally adjacent the patient, wherein the reader is capable of processing the one or more out-link radio frequency signals received from the tag; and
a remote device configured to receive information from the electronic reader and generate data indicative of the patient's mediation compliance with the medication program based on the information received from the electronic reader.

US Pat. No. 10,765,359

DEVICE-BASED DETECTION AND MONITORING OF SLEEP APNEA CONDITIONS

Medtronic, Inc., Minneap...

1. An implantable medical device (IMD) system comprising:communication circuitry configured to communicate with an external computing device;
sensing circuitry configured to sense a cardiac signal that varies as a function of a cardiac cycle of a patient; and
processing circuitry configured to:
determine a series of consecutive cardiac cycle length metric values based on the sensed cardiac signal;
identify a plurality of pairs of the cardiac cycle length metrics, each of the pairs of cardiac cycle length metrics separated by an integer ‘n’ of the cardiac cycle length metrics;
construct a distribution of the pairs of cardiac cycle length metrics based on values of the cardiac cycle length metrics for each of the pairs;
detect a sleep apnea episode of the patient based on dispersion information of the constructed distribution; and
transmit, via the communication circuitry, an indication of the detected sleep apnea episode to the external computing device.

US Pat. No. 10,765,358

DENTAL INSTRUMENT FOR MEASURING A DEGREE OF TAPERING OF A SIDE WALL OF A TOOTH

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA RES...

1. A dental instrument for measuring a degree of tapering of a tooth, comprising:a handle; and
a taper measuring component coupled to a distal end of the handle, the taper measuring component comprising:
a first bend defining a first elongated member and a second elongated member, wherein the first elongated member extends from and is parallel to a body of the handle;
a second bend defining the second elongated member and a third elongated member;
a bottom surface defined by the second bend;
wherein the second elongated member is configured to be substantially vertical when the bottom surface of the taper measuring component is placed adjacent to the tooth such that the second elongated member is substantially parallel to a vertical axis of a tooth; and
wherein the third elongated member projects radially from the second elongated member at a predefined angle, the third elongated member being shaped and positioned to rest substantially flush along a side wall of the tooth in response to a degree of tapering of the tooth being substantially similar to the predefined angle.

US Pat. No. 10,765,357

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETECTING MUSCLE ACTIVITIES

INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RES...

1. A muscle activity detection system, comprising:a wearable ring, having a central point, a first extension line and a second extension line, wherein the first extension line and the second extension pass through the central point and are substantially perpendicular with each other;
a first vibration sensor, located at a first antagonistic muscle group corresponding to a first agonist muscle system to detect a first vibration signal of the first agonist muscle system for analyzing a body movement, wherein the first antagonistic muscle group and the first agonist muscle system locate two opposite sides of a body region, the first vibration sensor is fixed on the wearable ring, and only the first vibration sensor is located at the first extension line;
a second vibration sensor, located at a second antagonistic muscle group corresponding to a second agonist muscle system to detect a second vibration signal of the second agonist muscle system for analyzing the body movement, wherein the second antagonistic muscle group and the second agonist muscle system are located on two opposite sides of the body region, the second vibration sensor is fixed on the wearable ring, and only the second vibration is located at the second extension line; and
an analysis circuit, analyzing the body movement at least according to the first vibration signal and the second vibration signal;
wherein passes through the first antagonistic muscle group and the first agonist muscle system, the second extension line passes through the second antagonistic muscle group and the second agonist muscle system and crosses the first extension line, only one vibration sensor is located on the first extension line being the first vibration sensor, and only one vibration sensor located on the second extension line being the second vibration sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,765,355

MONITORING BLADDER DYSFUNCTION USING A PROBABILITY FUNCTION

Medtronic, Inc., Minneap...

1. A method comprising:identifying a timing of a plurality of bladder related events of a patient, wherein the plurality of bladder related events comprises at least one of a voiding event or bladder related events that occurred prior to the voiding event;
determining, based on the timing of the plurality of bladder related events of the patient, a probability to experience a bladder related event function for the patient, the probability to experience a bladder related event function indicating a probability that the patient will experience a subsequent bladder related event at an elapsed time after a previous bladder related event;
predicting, based on the probability to experience a bladder related event function, a timing of a future bladder related event, wherein the future bladder related event occurs after the voiding event; and
controlling delivery of a therapy to the patient based on the predicted timing of the future bladder related event.

US Pat. No. 10,765,354

TRANSCUTANEOUS ORGAN FUNCTION MEASUREMENT

MediBeacon Inc., St. Lou...

1. A kit for transcutaneously measuring organ function in a subject, the kit comprising:at least one sensor plaster, the sensor plaster comprising:
(a) at least one flexible carrier element having at least one adhesive surface which can be stuck onto a body surface,
(b) at least one radiation source, wherein the radiation source is designed to irradiate the body surface with at least one interrogation light,
(c) at least one interrogation light filter,
(d) at least one detector, wherein the detector is designed to detect at least one response light incident from the direction of the body surface, and
(e) at least one response light filter; and
(ii) at least one indicator substance,
wherein the indicator substance is to be introduced into the blood of the subject such that a temporal concentration profile of the indicator substance in body tissue, body fluid, or a combination thereof can be used as an indicator of the organ function, and
wherein the indicator substance is designed to emit the at least one response light upon incidence of the at least one interrogation light.

US Pat. No. 10,765,352

MULTI-SENSOR NON-INVASIVE BLOOD GLUCOSE MONITORING INSTRUMENT BASED ON IMPEDANCE SPECTROSCOPY-OPTICAL METHOD

Global Health Ark Medical...

1. A multi-sensor non-invasive blood glucose monitoring instrument based on impedance spectroscopy optics, the monitoring instrument comprising:a detection probe;
a microprocessor;
a display unit; and
a storage unit,
wherein the detection probe comprises a pair of high-frequency electrodes, a pair of low-frequency electrodes, a temperature and humidity sensor, an LED array, a photoelectric sensor, and a contact plate,
wherein the microprocessor controls an excitation signal generation circuit to generate high frequency and low frequency excitation signals,
wherein feedback signals from the high-frequency electrodes and the low-frequency electrodes are inputted to the microprocessor via an amplitude and phase detection circuit, and then high-frequency impedance and low-frequency impedance are obtained through calculation,
wherein temperature signals and humidity signals of a tested part are measured with the temperature and humidity sensor, and then are conditioned and inputted to the microprocessor,
wherein the LED array is controlled by a transmitter control circuit,
wherein light intensity signals measured by the photoelectric sensor are amplified and filtered, and then inputted to the microprocessor to obtain optical characteristics of tissue of the tested part,
wherein the microprocessor is configured to use a model to calculate a blood glucose concentration of the test part based on the optical characteristics, the high-frequency impedance and low-frequency impedance, and the conditioned temperature signals and humidity signals,
wherein the microprocessor outputs the calculated blood glucose concentration to the display unit for display, and the optical characteristics, the high-frequency impedance and low-frequency impedance, and the conditioned temperature signals and humidity signals are saved in the storage unit at the same time,
wherein the high-frequency electrodes comprise a pair of parallel electrodes, and a matching inductor L is directly soldered to one of the electrodes,
wherein a distance between a positive electrode and a negative electrode of the low-frequency electrodes is 1 cm-2 m,
wherein a vertical distance from a bottom of the temperature and humidity sensor to a bottom of the contact plate is 0.1 mm-20 mm, and
wherein the temperature and humidity sensor and the tested part form an enclosed space, and slits or pores are arranged in a wall of the enclosed space to form a balanced heat and moisture storage structure.

US Pat. No. 10,765,350

NONINVASIVE METHOD FOR ESTIMATING GLUCOSE BLOOD CONSTITUENTS

ANALYTICS FOR LIFE INC., ...

1. A method of performing blood constituent analysis, comprising:receiving a series of captured images that contain a digital signature of absorbed, transmitted and scattered light from a soft tissue appendage;
determining a power spectral density (PSD) time series data from the digital signature;
performing a model-based analysis to transform the PSD time series data to a noiseless model,
applying a genetic algorithm to the noiseless model to estimate a level of blood constituent as a function of features that are extracted from a database of perfusion videos having associated blood panels; and
communicating the level of blood constituent in a format suitable for display.

US Pat. No. 10,765,349

MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CALCULATING OXYGEN EXTRACTION FRACTIONS

HITACHI, LTD., Tokyo (JP...

1. A magnetic resonance imaging apparatus comprising,a measuring unit having a transmitter configured to transmit an RF magnetic field pulse to a subject placed in a static magnetic field, a receiver configured to receive a nuclear magnetic resonance signal generated from the subject, and a gradient magnetic field generator configured to provide the static magnetic field with a gradient magnetic field,
a measurement controller configured to control an operation of the measuring unit, according to an imaging sequence being preset, and
a computer configured to perform computation on the nuclear magnetic resonance signal being received, wherein,
the computer comprises,
an image reconstructor configured to generate a complex image from the nuclear magnetic resonance signal acquired at least one echo time,
a physical property distribution calculator configured to calculate a physical property image, having as a pixel value, a physical property reflecting oxygen content characteristics,
a tissue separator configured to separate the physical property image of a target area into tissue-specific physical property images of at least two types of tissue, and to calculate separated tissue images,
an oxygen content characteristics converter configured to convert the physical property of each pixel into the oxygen content characteristics, as to at least one of the separated tissue images, and
an oxygen content characteristics distribution estimator configured to estimate a distribution of the oxygen content characteristics in the target area, based on a condition that a value of any pixel is equal to a mean value of surrounding pixels, in the separated tissue image after converting the pixel value into the oxygen content characteristics.

US Pat. No. 10,765,348

SENSOR AND TRANSMITTER PRODUCT

MEDTRONIC MINIMED, INC., ...

1. A medical sensor device comprising:a sensor assembly including an underside surface for attachment against a skin of a patient, a sensor portion to detect a characteristic of the patient, and sensor assembly contacts which in operation carry signals representing the detected characteristic;
a transmitter assembly removably engageable with the sensor assembly via rotation of the transmitter assembly relative to the sensor assembly, the transmitter assembly configured to be positioned on top of and covering the sensor assembly when engaged with the sensor assembly, and the transmitter assembly including circuitry to take the signals from the sensor assembly contacts and to transmit readings of the detected characteristic to external equipment; and
mechanical interface components on the sensor assembly and the transmitter assembly which cooperate to allow the transmitter assembly to be brought into abutment with the sensor assembly at a first angular position via relative axial movement between the transmitter assembly and the sensor assembly, and further cooperate to allow a relative rotation of the transmitter or sensor assemblies with respect to one another towards a second angular position, and further cooperate to prevent axial separation of the transmitter and sensor assemblies in the second angular position;
wherein relative rotation of the transmitter or sensor assemblies from the first angular position to the second angular position establishes electrical connections between the sensor assembly contacts and the circuitry of the transmitter assembly;
wherein the mechanical interface components comprise a plurality of radially extending tabs on the sensor assembly and a plurality of circumferential slots on the transmitter assembly, the plurality of radially extending tabs and the plurality of circumferential slots being compatibly configured to allow the plurality of radially extending tabs to enter the plurality of circumferential slots during the relative axial movement, to allow the plurality of radially extending tabs to travel in the plurality of circumferential slots as the transmitter and sensor assemblies are rotated from the first angular position to the second angular position, and to axially lock the transmitter and sensor assemblies together;
wherein the plurality of radially extending tabs and the plurality of circumferential slots are distributed at irregular angular intervals to ensure that the transmitter assembly can only locate at one angular orientation relative to the sensor assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,765,346

METHOD OF CAPTURING A NON-DISTORTED IMAGE OF THE FOOT

1. A system of capturing a three-dimensional measurement of an undistorted foot and ankle, the system comprising: a bench or chair on which a patient sits, wherein a point cloud capture device is rotated around the patient's foot in the shape of a semicircle from the lateral ankle to the plantar foot region to the medial ankle of the same foot, wherein the point cloud capture device is attached to a wheel, with a diameter between two and three feet, that is attached to and stabilized by a support frame, wherein the wheel is rotated by a stepper motor which rotates a rubber band that is wrapped around the wheel, wherein the stepper motor's motion is controlled by a computer.

US Pat. No. 10,765,344

MEASURING RESPIRATORY PARAMETERS FROM AN ECG DEVICE

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A method of patient monitoring, comprising:receiving an electrocardiogram (ECG) signal associated with a patient;
detecting a change in an amplitude modulation of the ECG signal between a first portion of the ECG signal and a second portion of the ECG signal, wherein the first portion corresponds to the patient breathing without resistance and the second portion corresponds to the patient breathing with resistance; and
determining a change in respiratory effort of the patient based at least in part on the change in the amplitude modulation between the first portion and the second portion.

US Pat. No. 10,765,343

IMAGING PROBE AND METHOD OF OBTAINING POSITION AND/OR ORIENTATION INFORMATION

eZono AG, Jena (DE)

1. A system comprising:a handheld imaging probe for imaging at least part of a tissue of a patient,
an elongate medical device which is insertable into the tissue of a patient and which is magnetized, and
a magnetometric detector for detecting at least one of a position and an orientation of the magnetized elongate medical device relative to the magnetometric detector,
the system further comprising a processing unit to generate an image of the tissue of the patient imaged by the imaging probe, and display on the image the position of at least part of the magnetized elongate medical device based on the at least one of the position and orientation information obtained from the magnetometric detector,
wherein the magnetometric detector is integral with or removably attached to the imaging probe and comprises at least two magnetometers,
wherein the system stores normalization information representing a calibration of each magnetometer with a homogeneous magnetic field,
wherein the system is configured to use the stored normalization information to normalize a measurement of each magnetometer to obtain normalized measurements, the normalized measurements being such that the magnetometers measure equal values with regard to gain, offset and orientation, and
wherein the stored normalization information comprises a gain normalization matrix M and a normalization offset vector ? for each magnetometer and the system is configured to use the stored normalization information to normalize measurements of the magnetometers based on the following relationship:
b=a*M+?
where a is a vector representing measurements from the magnetometers before the normalization and b is a vector representing the normalized measurements.

US Pat. No. 10,765,342

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DELIVERING ABLATIVE LASER ENERGY AND DETERMINING THE VOLUME OF TUMOR MASS DESTROYED

Novian Health, Inc., Chi...

1. An apparatus for monitoring destruction of an amount of a tissue mass, said apparatus comprising:a laser probe including a first temperature sensor, the first temperature sensor configured to enable determinations of first tissue temperatures of the tissue mass;
a thermal probe comprising:
a second temperature sensor;
a third temperature sensor;
a fourth temperature sensor;
a fifth temperature sensor; and
a sixth temperature sensor, wherein each of the second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth temperature sensors is separate and is spaced apart from each of the other temperature sensors, wherein the second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth temperature sensors are configured to separately enable determinations of each of second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth tissue temperatures at:
(a) different proximities relative to the first temperature sensor; and
(b) an area of peripheral tissue mass adjacent to the tissue mass;
a computer controller communicatively connectable to the laser probe and the thermal probe; and
a display device configured to operate with the computer controller to display a bar graph in real-time, wherein the bar graph includes:
(a) a first axis;
(b) separate indications of the second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth temperature sensors along the first axis;
(c) an indication of the first temperature sensor separate from the indications of the second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth temperature sensors and along the first axis, wherein the indications of the first, second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth temperature sensors are sequentially displayed along the first axis;
(d) a second different axis;
(e) an indication of a range of temperatures with the second axis;
(f) different graphical indications corresponding to changes to the first tissue temperatures and aligned with the indication of the first tissue temperature sensor;
(g) different graphical indications corresponding to changes to the second tissue temperatures and aligned with the indication of the second tissue temperature sensor;
(h) different graphical indications corresponding to changes to the third tissue temperatures and aligned with the indication of the third tissue temperature sensor;
(i) different graphical indications corresponding to changes to the fourth tissue temperatures and aligned with the indication of the fourth tissue temperature sensor;
(j) different graphical indications corresponding to changes to the fifth tissue temperatures and aligned with the indication of the fifth tissue temperature sensor; and
(k) different graphical indications corresponding to changes to the sixth tissue temperatures and aligned with the indication of the sixth tissue temperature sensor, wherein the graphical indications corresponding to changes to the first, second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth tissue temperatures are graphically displayed in a form in addition to changes to bar height.

US Pat. No. 10,765,340

MEDICAL IMAGING DEVICE FOR COMBINED MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING AND IRRADIATION AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING THE CONFIGURATION OF SHIM UNITS

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

1. A medical imaging system for combined magnetic resonance imaging and irradiation of an examination subject, the medical imaging system comprising:a magnetic resonance imaging device and a radiation generator that are mechanically linked to each other such that the radiation generator is structurally integrated with the magnetic resonance imaging device and the magnetic resonance imaging device and the radiation generator surround a patient bore for receiving and positioning the examination subject, wherein the magnetic resonance imaging device includes at least one main magnet operable to generate a magnetic field, and the radiation generator includes a radiation source operable to generate radiation, wherein one of the magnetic resonance imaging device and the radiation generator includes a static part and the other of the magnetic resonance imaging device and the radiation generator includes a rotatable part that is rotatable through an angle of rotation, wherein the rotatable part includes one or more main magnets of the at least one main magnet that are rotatable and are arranged so as to be rotatable around the static part, which includes the radiation generator, or the rotatable part includes the radiation generator and is arranged so as to be rotatable around the static part, which includes one or more main magnets of the at least one main magnet that are static; and
at least two passive shim units, wherein at least one passive shim unit of the at least two passive shim units is a static shim unit that is stationary, and at least one passive shim unit of the at least two passive shim units is a rotatable shim unit that is fixedly connected to the rotatable part.

US Pat. No. 10,765,339

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING A CIRCUMFERENTIAL SHAPE OF AN ELECTRODE ARRAY FOR ELECTRICAL IMPEDANCE TOMOGRAPHY

1. A method for the operation of an electrical impedance tomography device for a determination of an elliptical circumferential shape of an electrode array comprising a plurality of electrodes arranged on a thorax of a patient, the method comprising:feeding an electrical feed signal to two feeding electrodes of the electrodes in each measuring run with the two feeding electrodes varying cyclically in a measuring cycle comprised of a plurality of measuring runs;
selecting measured signals at selected electrodes located opposite each of the feeding electrodes and acquiring the selected measured signals in each measuring run of a measuring cycle;
determining a mean value (?56) of each selected measured signal (U56X) of each electrode pair of the respectively selected electrodes in each measuring run;
determining a logarithmic ratio comprising

 from each of the selected measured signals (U56X) and the mean values (?56) for the selected electrodes, as a current signal trace;
comparing the determined current signal trace with at least one pattern signal trace from a quantity of pattern signal traces, wherein the pattern signal traces represent different signal traces for different typical elliptical circumferential shapes of the electrode array on a thorax and a current elliptical circumferential shape is determined on the basis of the comparison; and
generating a control signal which indicates the determined current elliptical circumferential shape of the electrode array on the thorax and providing the generated control signal as an output.

US Pat. No. 10,765,338

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING AN AXIAL TWIST POSITION OF AN ELECTRODE ARRAY FOR ELECTRICAL IMPEDANCE TOMOGRAPHY

1. A method for the operation of an electrical impedance tomography device for a determination of an axial twist angle and/or of a torsion angle of an electrode array comprising a plurality of electrodes arranged on a thorax of a patient, the method comprising:feeding an electrical feed signal to two feeding electrodes of the electrodes in each measuring run with the two feeding electrodes varying cyclically in a measuring cycle comprised of a plurality of measuring runs;
selecting measured signals at selected electrodes located opposite each of the feeding electrodes and acquiring the selected measured signals in each measuring run of a measuring cycle;
determining a mean value (U56) of each selected measured signal (U56X) of each electrode pair of the respectively selected electrodes in each measuring run;
determining a logarithmic ratio comprising

from the selected measured signals (U56) and the mean value (U56) for the selected electrodes, as a current signal trace;
comparing the determined current signal trace with a comparison signal trace, wherein the comparison signal trace represents a signal trace of correctly positioned electrodes without axial twist angle or a torsion angle of the electrode array on the thorax, and an axial twist angle and/or a torsion angle of the electrode array on the thorax is determined on the basis of the comparison;
generating a control signal which indicates at least one of the axial twist angle and the torsion angle of the electrode array on the thorax and providing the generated control signal as an output.

US Pat. No. 10,765,337

EAR CANAL PLUG FOR DETECTING BIO-ELECTRICAL SIGNALS

1. An ear plug for arrangement in an ear canal, the ear plug comprisingat least two electrodes prepared for detecting an EEG signal from a skin surface when the ear plug is arranged in the ear canal,
a flexible connection element combining the signals from the at least two electrodes,
a housing having an outer wall made from a resilient material, and
at least one amplifying circuit in said housing and connected to said flexible connection element for processing said EEG signal detected by said electrodes,
the electrodes being provided with a skin contact part arranged on an outside surface of the housing and connected through the outer wall of the housing to a supporting member on an inner part of the housing, the skin contact part and the supporting member being arranged for clamping the outer wall.

US Pat. No. 10,765,335

BIOMEDICAL ELECTRODE

PROKIDAI CO., LTD., Kyot...

1. A biomedical electrode to be attached to a target, the biomedical electrode comprising:a conductive member;
a retaining member larger than the conductive member, the retaining member having a retaining space in which the conductive member is retained; and
an adhesive member having one surface, an entirety of which is an adhesive surface, the one surface adhering to the retaining member to cover at least an edge of the retaining member such that a periphery of the one surface, that is beyond the retaining member and surrounds the retaining member, is to be adhered to the target,
wherein the conductive member, the retaining member and the adhesive member in order forms a mutually overlapping region from a side closer to a target to be attached,
wherein an internal space is formed between an area of the conductive member adapted to contact the target and the retaining member,
wherein the adhesive member has a first through hole to discharge a liquid which is accumulated in the internal space.

US Pat. No. 10,765,334

VITAL INFORMATION MEASUREMENT DEVICE AND VEHICLE SEAT

TS Tech Co., Ltd., Saita...

1. A vital information measurement device comprising:a sheet-shaped sensor is attached to a cushion pad and is configured to detect a vital signal of a subject that is a human or an animal, and a skin that covers the cushion pad,wherein:the vital information measurement device is configured to measure vital information of the subject based on the vital signal detected by the sheet-shaped sensor,
a distribution cable is electrically connected to the sheet-shaped sensor and is configured to transmit the vital signal detected by the sheet-shaped sensor,
a skin insertion groove, into which an end of the skin is inserted, is formed in the cushion pad, and
the distribution cable extends across the skin insertion groove.

US Pat. No. 10,765,333

SYSTEM THAT ASSESSES HEALTH CONDITION BY MEASURING PULSE AND METHOD OF ASSESSING THE SAME

1. A system that assesses a health condition of a user, comprising:a pulse measuring device that measures pulse and blood pressure at an artery of the user;
a terminal including a display unit that displays measured-value data corresponding to at least one of the pulse and blood pressure measured by the pulse measuring device, a controlling unit controlled by operating an input unit, and a transmitting and receiving unit; and
an administrative server including a transmitting and receiving unit that receives the measured-value data transmitted from the transmitting and receiving unit of the terminal, a measured-value-information database that stores data on previously-measured pulse of the user, a health-condition-information database that stores data on relation between unhealthy viscera and positions where pulse is measured, and a determining unit that analyzes the health condition of the user, wherein
the terminal is configured to allow the user to transmit the measured-value data from the terminal to the health assessing administrator,
the administrative server is configured to transmit assessment information on the health condition of the user analyzed by the administrative server to the terminal,
the pulse measuring device includes:
a band adapted to be worn around a portion that corresponds to a radial-artery portion on a wrist;
three airbags inflated by air supplied by a pump attached to the band, each of the three airbags extending laterally over the radial-artery portion on the wrist;
guide sheets attached to the respective airbags, each of the guide sheets having a curved shape;
pressure sensors measuring the pulse of the user, each of the pressure sensors being disposed via each of the respective guide sheets on each of the respective airbags, each of the pressure sensors being disposed below the respective one of the airbags to contact the radial-artery portion of the wrist; and
measurement-surface strength sensors measuring a strength of a pressing force that presses the respective pressure sensors against a surface of the wrist, each of the measurement-surface strength sensors being disposed separate from and adjacent to the respective one of the pressure sensors, laterally from the radial-artery portion on the wrist, and below the respective one of the three airbags, and
three positions in the radial-artery portion of the wrist, including a “sun” position near fingertips, a “kan” position next to the “sun” position, and a “shaku” position next to the “kan” position, are individually measured.

US Pat. No. 10,765,331

WEARABLE PULSE SENSING DEVICE SIGNAL QUALITY ESTIMATION

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A method for a wearable cardiovascular monitoring device, comprising:operating a pulse sensing device adjacent to an artery of a user wearing the wearable cardiovascular monitoring device;
receiving a pulse waveform signal from the pulse sensing device;
using a first classifier, computer-analyzing a first data window of the pulse waveform signal, comprising a first number of samples;
responsive to computer-analysis of the first data window indicating correct pulse sensing device placement, providing user feedback, via a feedback machine, indicating an initial level of confidence that the pulse sensing device is correctly placed;
using a second classifier, computer-analyzing a second data window of the pulse waveform signal, comprising a second number of samples larger than the first number of samples; and
responsive to computer-analysis of the second data window indicating correct pulse sensing device placement, providing user feedback, via the feedback machine, indicating an increased level of confidence that the pulse sensing device is correctly placed.

US Pat. No. 10,765,329

SYSTEM AND METHOD TO DEFINE AN AGGREGATED STABILITY MAP OF A ROTATIONAL SOURCE OVER A PLURALITY OF TIME INTERVALS ASSOCIATED WITH A BIOLOGICAL RHYTHM DISORDER

Topera, Inc., Santa Clar...

1. A method of generating an aggregated stability map of one or more rotational sources associated with a heart rhythm disorder, the method comprising:accessing, using a processing device, a plurality of rotational area profile maps generated based on sensed signals associated with the heart rhythm disorder, each of the rotational area profile maps being for a respective one of a plurality of analysis intervals, each of the rotational area profile maps including rotation intensity values for a plurality of locations associated with rotation of the one or more rotational sources;
filtering, using the processing device, the plurality of rotational area profile maps based at least on a selected filter number of highest rotation intensity values among a total number of rotation intensity values from corresponding locations of the plurality of rotational area profile maps, the selected filter number being selectable from a plurality of filter numbers;
generating, using the processing device, an aggregated stability map based on the plurality of rotational area profile maps as filtered, the aggregated stability map including a plurality of locations, each location of the plurality of locations in the aggregated stability map including a rotation intensity value that is based on the highest rotation intensity values as filtered from the corresponding locations of the plurality of rotational area profile maps; and
presenting on a display, using the processing device, the aggregated stability map as generated which amalgamates the rotation intensity values associated with the rotation of the one or more rotational sources over the plurality of analysis intervals, helping identification of and guidance to the one or more rotational sources in connection with diagnosis or treatment of the heart rhythm disorder.

US Pat. No. 10,765,328

METHOD AND SYSTEM TO DETERMINE ANAEROBIC THRESHOLD OF A PERSON NON-INVASIVELY FROM FREELY PERFORMED EXERCISE AND TO PROVIDE FEEDBACK ON TRAINING INTENSITY

1. A method for determining anaerobic threshold intensity (AnT) of a user in a freely performed physical exercise, comprising:continuously measuring, by a body-mounted heart rate sensor, a physiological response of a user by heart rate, wherein a plurality of measured heart rate values are recorded with time stamps as heart rate data forming a recorded heart rate of the user;
continuously measuring an external workload in terms of speed and inclination or measured power, wherein a plurality of measured workload values are recorded and each measured workload value is associated with one of the plurality of measured heart rate values to form a plurality of data points;
calculating, by a processor, heart rate variability (HRV) values from intervals between successive heartbeats and storing each calculated HRV value associating to a data point;
filtering, by the processor, one or more data points based on a predetermined criteria to form a plurality of accepted data points;
classifying, by the processor, accepted data points within a plurality of heart rate segments (i) representing a heart rate within an anaerobic threshold (AnT) of the user, wherein at least one segment is below a probable heart rate value of AnT, and at least one segment is above the probable heart rate value of AnT;
calculating, by the processor, a first probability factor (P1) for each of the plurality of accepted data points based on the measured external workload value and a calculated heart rate variability value of each data point;
comparing, by the processor, the calculated first probability factor with at least one stored probability factor in a respective segment, and if the first probability factor is higher than the at least one stored probability factor, the stored probability factor is updated by the first probability factor;
determining if a second probability factor (P2) needs to be created or updated, and calculating, by the processor, the second probability factor of each stored data point for each respective segment based on a deviation between change in recorded external workload and expected change in external workload;
determining if a third probability factor (P3) needs to be created or updated, and calculating, by the processor, the third probability factor of each stored data point for each respective segment based on the recorded heart rate of the user in proportion to the maximum heart rate of the user;
calculating, by the processor, a total probability (P) of each recorded heart rate in each segment using the first probability factor, the second probability factor, and the third probability factor wherein the total probability is derived from a sum of the first probability factor, the second probability factor, and the third probability factor, the sum being raised by the power of a constant;
calculating, by the processor, an estimate of the user's AnT as a weighted value of heart rate values recorded for each segment, wherein each recorded heart rate value in each segment is multiplied by the total probability stored for that segment when all weighted values are added together; and
outputting, to an output device, the estimate of the user's AnT.

US Pat. No. 10,765,327

FINGER CUFF HAVING A SHELL

Edwards Lifesciences Corp...

1. A finger cuff connectable to a patient's finger to aid in measuring the patient's blood pressure by a blood pressure measurement system, the finger cuff comprising:a shell having a finger cavity and a pair of opposed first and second top portions, the finger cavity of the shell placed under a patient's finger to receive the patient's finger, the finger cavity including a light emitting diode (LED)—photodiode (PD) pair, wherein the shell is fixed thereby not including rotatable sections;
a bladder including a pair of openings, the bladder mountable within the finger cavity such that the pair of openings surround the LED-PD pair, respectively; and
a clamping mechanism coupled to the opposed first and second top portions of the shell, the clamping mechanism to suitably clamp the patient's finger received in the finger cavity of the shell against the bladder mounted within the finger cavity of the shell such that the bladder and the LED-PD pair aid in measuring the patient's blood pressure by the blood pressure measurement system.

US Pat. No. 10,765,325

PASSENGER COMFORT SYSTEM

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A passenger vehicle comfort control apparatus comprising:a passenger mobile device; and
a passenger comfort application running on the passenger mobile device, wherein the passenger comfort application receives at least heart rate measurements from a sensor system; detects a current state of a passenger; and communicates one or more stored passenger comfort preferences saved in the passenger mobile device that correspond to the detected current state of the passenger to a vehicle computer system over a wireless communications link, whereby the vehicle computer system implements the communicated stored passenger comfort preferences thereby enabling an increase in passenger comfort for the passenger in a vehicle;
wherein the passenger comfort application receives feedback from the vehicle computer system relating to detected passenger-adjusted passenger comfort preferences made by the passenger and wherein the passenger comfort application compares the passenger-adjusted passenger comfort preferences with the stored passenger comfort preferences for an identified state and updates the stored passenger comfort preferences for the identified state when a difference is present.

US Pat. No. 10,765,324

PHOTOACOUSTIC IMAGE GENERATION APPARATUS AND INSERT

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. An insert that is at least partially inserted into a subject, comprising:a light guide member that guides light with a first wavelength and light with a second wavelength different from the first wavelength which are incident while being switched;
a light emitting portion from which the light guided by the light guide member is emitted; and
a light absorption member that absorbs the light with the first wavelength emitted from the light emitting portion, generates photoacoustic waves, and transmits the light with the second wavelength emitted from the light emitting portion;
wherein:
the insert is a puncture needle having an inner cavity;
the insert further includes a hollow tube in which the light guide member is accommodated;
the puncture needle includes an inner needle and an outer needle;
the inner needle includes the hollow tube; and
the inner needle seals at least a portion of the inner cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,765,323

ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH, BRUSH UNIT, AND METHOD FOR OPERATING AN ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH

Colgate-Palmolive Company...

1. A brush unit detachable from a main body unit of an electric toothbrush, the brush unit comprising:a light transmitting part included on a front surface of the brush unit, a plurality of tooth cleaning elements extending from the front surface of the brush unit in a pressing direction, wherein a peak amplitude of light emitted from the light transmitting part is oriented in a first direction away from the front surface of the brush unit at an acute angle to the pressing direction, the first direction intersecting the pressing direction at a point further from the front surface than the plurality of tooth cleaning elements; and
a light receiving part included on the front surface for receiving light;
wherein the light receiving part has a peak sensitivity oriented in a second direction, the second direction angled at an acute angle to the pressing direction; and
wherein the light transmitting part and the light receiving part are arranged on opposing sides of the plurality of tooth cleaning elements, and wherein the first direction lies within a plane including both the light transmitting part and the light receiving part.

US Pat. No. 10,765,322

FAST PARALLEL OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGE GENERATING APPARATUS AND METHOD

Korea Basic Science Insti...

1. A fast parallel optical coherence tomographic image generating method comprising:dispersing light into N spectral regions ??1 through ??N sequentially from a low frequency wavelength to a high frequency wavelength, the light being emitted from a broadband light source of a fast parallel optical coherence tomographic image generating apparatus, N being an integer greater than or equal to 2;
splitting the light emitted from the broadband light source to be incident on a sample and a reference mirror;
partitioning the sample into N image regions P1 through PN;
discretely controlling a beam scanner such that the light emitted from the broadband light source is incident on the sample at a position changed by a preset distance;
acquiring an interference spectral image through interference light formed in response to interference of measurement light and reference light, the measurement light being light corresponding to at least two of the N spectral regions and being reflected from the sample and the reference light being light corresponding to the at least two spectral regions and being reflected from the reference mirror; and
generating a tomographic image of the sample using the interference spectral image,
wherein the N spectral regions are incident on the sample at the same spectral distance which is a physical width, and a distance between the N image regions of the sample is equal to the spectral distance,
wherein the preset distance is expressed by a product of the spectral distance and a number of image regions to be skipped by an end portion of the light radiated on the sample for each step among the N image regions,
wherein in the discretely controlling, an overall distance the light is to be moved by the beam scanner along a single line is calculated according to:
D=2(N×x)?2(n×w), and
wherein, D is the overall distance, N is a number of the image regions, n is the number of image regions to be skipped by the end portion of the light radiated on the sample for each step, and w is the spectral distance.

US Pat. No. 10,765,321

IMAGE-ASSISTED DIAGNOSTIC EVALUATION

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

1. An imaging system for image-assisted diagnostic evaluation, comprising:an acquisition processor configured to automatically record in a look-up table, relating to an imaging examination, at least one location of at least one treated site in association with imaging parameters used in acquiring a treatment image of a portion of patient anatomy, wherein the treatment image includes the at least one location of the at least one treated site, wherein the look-up table associates the imaging parameters with the treatment image and the location of the at least one treated site;
memory configured to store the look-up table and the treatment image; and
an image processor configured to use, during a follow-up examination, the recorded imaging parameters in the look-up table to set parameters for acquisition of a follow-up image of the portion of the patient anatomy, set the treatment image to a predetermined transparency, overlay the treatment image over the follow-up image and compare the follow-up image with the treatment image to evaluate treatment results.

US Pat. No. 10,765,320

BASELINING USER PROFILES FROM PORTABLE DEVICE INFORMATION

1. A system comprising:a first memory device for computer storage; and
a processing device coupled to the first memory device, wherein the processing device is configured to:
receive profile information for a user;
generate a user profile based on the profile information;
query a set of baseline profiles stored at the first memory device or a second memory device to identify a subset of baseline profiles, wherein:
the set of baseline profiles are at least one of profiles for other individuals or default profiles; and
the subset of baseline profiles comprises a first baseline profile and a second baseline profile;
aggregate baseline profile information from the first baseline profile and baseline profile information from the second baseline profile to obtain an aggregated baseline profile; and
set a baseline for a physiological parameter of the user from which to measure against for the physiological parameter, wherein the baseline is based on the physiological parameter of the aggregated baseline profile.

US Pat. No. 10,765,319

ACTIVITY MONITORING DEVICE WITH ASSESSMENT OF EXERCISE INTENSITY

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a processor;
an interface;
an oxygenation sensor, configured to be positioned proximate an area of skin of a user, the oxygenation sensor further configured to output data indicative of a tissue oxygenation of a body tissue of the user;
a power sensor configured to output data indicative of a power consumption of the user; and
a non-transitory computer-readable medium comprising computer-executable instructions that when executed by the processor are configured to perform at least:
receive tissue oxygenation data from the oxygenation sensor during an exercise session comprising at least a portion of a total exercise time exercising within a severe exercise intensity domain;
calculate a change in tissue oxygenation as a difference between a current tissue oxygenation value and a previous tissue oxygenation value; and
compare the change in tissue oxygenation to a threshold change value and a threshold duration, wherein the comparison is indicative of a critical power value
wherein if the change in tissue oxygenation is less than or equal to the threshold change value, and a change in tissue oxygenation persists for a first duration greater than or equal to the threshold duration, output a signal to the interface indicating a critical power value equal to a current power indicated by the power sensor,
wherein if the change in tissue oxygenation is greater than the threshold change value or the change in tissue oxygenation persists for a second duration less than the threshold duration, output a signal to the interface indicating that the current power indicated by the power sensor is not equal to the critical power of the user,
wherein the apparatus is configured to be worn on an appendage of the user, and
wherein the oxygenation sensor utilizes near infra-red spectroscopy.

US Pat. No. 10,765,314

DISPLAY SYSTEM AND METHOD

NOVASIGHT LTD., Airport ...

1. A system for improving a patient's vision, comprising:a. means for diagnosing and monitoring a deterioration in macular vision or macular vision loss in a patient's eye, comprising means for testing and mapping a retina by scanning the retina, and
b. means for augmenting the use of a preferred retinal location (PRL) and eccentric fixation in case the deterioration in macular vision or macular vision loss was detected;
wherein the diagnosing and monitoring means, and the augmenting means, further including means for applying a focalized stimulus to one location on the retina at a time;
and wherein the applying means further including eye tracker means for measuring a gazing direction of the patient's eye and means for changing the location of the focalized stimulus accordingly, so as to keep the stimulus on the same location on the retina.

US Pat. No. 10,765,313

PRESCRIPTION DETERMINATION

Carl Zeiss Vision Interna...

1. A computer-implemented method for determining an eyeglass prescription for an eye, the method comprising:receiving information about a measurement indicative of refractive properties of the eye;
determining a mathematical representation of wavefront aberrations of the eye from the measurement, wherein the mathematical representation includes a multitude of polynomials, each polynomial having an azimuthal order and a radial order, wherein the multitude of polynomials includes at least a first polynomial group having a common radial order, wherein the common radial order is higher than two;
determining the eyeglass prescription based on a merit function, wherein the merit function includes at least one polynomial of the mathematical representation, and wherein each polynomial of the first polynomial group of the mathematical representation that is used in the merit function has an azimuthal order of ?2, 0, or 2, respectively;
establishing an optimization space corresponding to a plurality of possible eyeglass prescriptions for the eye,
optimizing a value of the merit function to determine the eyeglass prescription, wherein the value of the merit function corresponds to a visual function of the eye when corrected using one of the plurality of possible eyeglass prescriptions within the optimization space; and
determining the mathematical representation with Zernike polynomials, wherein the mathematical representation includes Zernike polynomials up to and including seventh radial order, wherein the merit function is based only on Zernike polynomials of a second radial order and Zernike polynomials having a radial order higher than two, and wherein the merit function includes nine Zernike polynomials having an azimuthal order of ?2, 0, and 2, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,765,312

SHAPE DISCRIMINATION VISION ASSESSMENT AND TRACKING SYSTEM

Genentech, Inc., South S...

1. A method to self-test vision of a user for use with a handheld vision tester, comprising:presenting, with a touchscreen display of said handheld vision tester, a plurality of shapes, either statically or dynamically, generated by said tester to said user for vision self-testing, wherein one of said plurality of shapes is a modulated version of a similar non-modulated shape displayed at a same time, said modulated version and said similar non-modulated shape each having an outer perimeter defining the shapes, wherein a majority of the outer perimeter of said modulated version is identical to a majority of the outer perimeter of said similar non-modulated shape, said modulated version comprising a discrete modulated region having a variation in shape relative to the rest of said modulated version and relative to said similar non-modulated shape;
receiving user input responses to said plurality of shapes via said touchscreen display;
determining results of said vision self-testing from said user input responses;
storing said results in said handheld vision tester; and
transmitting said stored results to a healthcare provider.

US Pat. No. 10,765,310

LARYNGOSCOPE WITH BLADE POSITION ADJUSTMENT

1. A laryngoscope comprising:a handle having a front side, a proximal end, and a distal end;
a blade movably coupled to the handle and projecting from the front side of the handle proximate the distal end of the handle; and
a mechanism for moving the blade relative to the handle, the mechanism further comprising:
a guide linkage constraining the blade to move in at least one predetermined path relative to the handle, wherein the at least one predetermined path is selected from a group consisting of:
a first predetermined path, wherein the first predetermined path comprises a first designated path traveled on a flat plane by the blade, the flat plane simultaneously bisecting a handle length and a blade length, wherein during the travel an angle between the handle length and the blade length remains constant while the blade translates along the handle length,
a second predetermined path wherein the second predetermined path comprises a second designated path traveled on a flat plane by the blade, the flat plane simultaneously bisecting a handle length and a blade length, wherein the blade pivots about a fulcrum positioned on the flat plane where the handle and the blade intersect, the pivoting causing a plurality of inclination angles between the blade length and the handle length on the flat plane,
a third predetermined path wherein the third predetermined path comprises a third designated path traveled on a flat plane by the blade, the flat plane simultaneously bisecting the handle along a substantially widthwise direction thereof and a blade length, wherein during the travel the blade pivots about an axis through the handle length while maintaining a constant angle to the handle, and
a fourth predetermined path extending transversely relative to a length of the handle, wherein the fourth predetermined path further comprises a fourth designated path traveled on a flat plane by the blade, the flat plane simultaneously bisecting a handle length and a blade length, wherein during the travel an angle between the handle length and the blade length remains constant while the blade moves transversely toward or away from an axis through a center of the blade;
at least one motor housed in the handle, the at least one motor having a motion output when the motor is operating; and
at least one transmission for each one of the at least one motors, wherein said at least one transmission moves the blade in the at least one predetermined path responsive to operation of at least one motor.

US Pat. No. 10,765,309

MULTIFUNCTIONAL OTOSCOPE

1. An otoscope speculum, comprising:a speculum instrument comprising forceps projecting from a distal end of the speculum;
an otoscope attachment end at a proximal end of the speculum; and
a view-hole passing from the proximal end of the speculum to the distal end of the speculum; wherein:
the forceps comprises a pair of opposed forceps jaws connected by a flexible hinge.

US Pat. No. 10,765,307

ENDOSCOPIC IMAGING SYSTEM

Boston Scientific Scimed,...

1. An endoscope controller configured to control the movement of a distal portion of an endoscope, wherein the endoscope controller is in data communication with a control unit for the endoscope, wherein the controller comprises:a controller body configured to be held in a user's hand, wherein the controller body includes a first planar surface and a second planar surface recessed from the first planar surface, wherein the first planar surface faces the same direction as the second planar surface;
a joystick configured to move to allow the user to control movement of the distal portion of the endoscope;
a camera button configured to initiate capturing an image of an internal body cavity in which the endoscope is placed;
an irrigation button configured to activate an irrigation source to supply a liquid through an irrigation lumen of the endoscope; and
an insufflation button configured to activate an insufflation source to supply gas through a lumen of the endoscope;
wherein the joystick, the camera button, the irrigation button, and the insufflation button are each positioned on the first planar surface; and
wherein the first planar surface has a first width transverse to a longitudinal axis of the controller body, and the second planar surface has a second width transverse to a longitudinal axis of the controller body; wherein the first width is larger than the second width.

US Pat. No. 10,765,306

ADVANCED 3-DIMENSIONAL ENDOSCOPIC SYSTEM WITH REAL DYNAMIC CONVERGENCE

1. An endoscopic apparatus for producing three dimensional images having dynamic convergence, the apparatus comprising:a main tubular shaft coupled to a gearbox;
a slider configured to slide along the main tubular shaft;
a first probe arm and a second probe arm hingedly coupled to the main tubular shaft and configured for a combined 180-degree range of movement;
at least two imaging probes coupled individually to the first probe arm and the second probe arm, each imaging probe having a longitudinal axis, and being movably secured to the first probe arm and the second probe arm in a manner resulting in a convergence of the imaging probes such that the imaging probes provide a 3-dimensional simulated human vision imaging with dynamic convergence;
the gearbox coupled to the main tubular shaft opposite the first probe arm and the second probe arm, and configured for a reducing movement;
a slider mechanism, the slider mechanism configured to transmit to the gearbox back and forth longitudinal movement of the slider relative to the main tubular shaft;
a convergence adjustment, the convergence adjustment configured to transmit to the imaging probes back and forth longitudinal movement of the slider affecting the convergence after the reducing movement;
a probe arm mechanism configured to open and close the first and second probe arms;
a controller engaging and disengaging the slider mechanism and convergence adjustment, wherein when the slider mechanism and convergence adjustment are engaged, linear movement of the slider, after the reducing movement, is transmitted to the imaging probes for convergence; and
wherein the slider mechanism comprises a first integrated movement element, and the convergence adjustment has a second integrated movement element, wherein the controller is biased to a first position wherein both the first integrated movement element and the second integrated movement element are engaged, and wherein the controller movable to a second position such that the second integrated movement element is engaged while the first integrated movement element is disengaged, whereby the 3-dimensional human vision simulated imaging with dynamic convergence is achieved.

US Pat. No. 10,765,300

ENDOSCOPY DEVICE

1. An endoscope (2) comprising: an endoscope shaft (3), an endoscope head (4) arranged at a proximal end of the endoscope shaft (3), an attachment cable (10) arranged proximally on the endoscope head (4), electronics (8) arranged in the endoscope head (4), an attachment plug (11) at a proximal end of the attachment cable (10), an electronics shield (14) that shields the electronics (8), wherein the electronics shield (14) also extends in the attachment cable (10) and shields at least one line (27) extending through the attachment cable (10) between the attachment plug (11) and the electronics (8), the endoscope shaft (3) is made of a metallic material, a galvanic barrier (15) is disposed between the electronics shield (14) and the endoscope shaft (3) and couples the endoscope shaft (3) capacitively to the electronics shield (14), and the endoscope shaft (3) is mechanically separable from the endoscope head at the galvanic barrier (15).

US Pat. No. 10,765,299

FUTURE SHAPE ESTIMATION APPARATUS, INSERTION/REMOVAL SYSTEM, INSERTION/REMOVAL SUPPORT SYSTEM, FUTURE SHAPE ESTIMATION METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM NON-TRANSITORY STORING FUTURE SHAPE ESTIMATION PROGRAM

OLYPMUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A future shape estimation apparatus comprising:an insertion section with flexibility which is to be inserted into an observation target object;
a shape sensor which detects a bending state of the insertion section and outputs a detection signal; and
a computer processor configured to:
calculate insertion section shape information of the insertion section based on the detection signal output from the shape sensor;
compare the insertion section shape information calculated at different times and derive shape time change information indicating a shape change of the insertion section based on a result of the comparison; and
estimate a future shape of the insertion section a predetermined lapse of time after a present time based on the insertion section shape information calculated and the shape time change information derived, and output the future shape as future estimation shape information.

US Pat. No. 10,765,298

PROCESSOR, MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, AND MEDICAL SYSTEM

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A medical system comprising:a processor of an endoscope; and
a management apparatus, wherein:
the processor of the endoscope includes:
an input unit to which reserved-examination identification information for identifying a preset reserved examination is input from the management apparatus,
a performed-examination identification information generation unit that generates first-performed-examination identification information in correlation with the reserved-examination identification information and generates second-performed-examination identification information in correlation with the reserved-examination identification information, the first-performed-examination identification information identifying a first performed examination performed in response to the reserved-examination identification information input to the input unit, the second-performed-examination identification information identifying a second performed examination performed in response to the same reserved-examination identification information as the reserved-examination identification information input to the input unit,
a non-transitory recording medium that records a first-performed-examination result and a second-performed-examination result, the first-performed-examination result being data obtained by the endoscope in the first performed examination and accompanied by the first performed-examination identification information, the second-performed-examination result being data obtained by the endoscope in the second performed examination and accompanied by the second performed-examination identification information; and
a memory that records first count information and second count information, the first count information being related to a number of pieces of data obtained by the endoscope in the first performed examination and associated with the first-performed-examination identification information, the second count information being related to a number of pieces of data obtained by the endoscope in the second performed examination and associated with the second-performed-examination identification information,
the management apparatus includes:
a recording apparatus that records the first performed-examination result accompanied by the first-performed-examination identification information and the second performed-examination result accompanied by the second-performed-examination identification information, the first and second performed-examination results being transmitted from the recording medium of the processor of the endoscope, and
a calculation unit that calculates a total number of pieces of data of the first and second performed-examination results recorded in the recording apparatus that are accompanied by pieces of performed-examination identification information generated in correlation with same reserved-examination identification information, and
when a sum of the numbers indicated by the first and second count information transmitted from the memory of the processor of the endoscope that have been associated with pieces of performed-examination identification information generated in correlation with same reserved-examination identification information is not equal to the total number of pieces of data calculated by the calculation unit, the management apparatus receives data that has not been recorded in the recording apparatus of the management apparatus among the data recorded in the recording medium of the processor of the endoscope.

US Pat. No. 10,765,297

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a processor configured to:
estimate a first surface shape of a target that appears in an intraluminal image of a living body from a first viewpoint;
change an imaging viewpoint with respect to the first surface shape of the target that appears in the intraluminal image from the first viewpoint to a second viewpoint;
estimate, based on the first surface shape of the target estimated, a second surface shape of the target for a case of imaging the target from the second viewpoint;
generate a virtual image of the target for the case of imaging the target from the second viewpoint based on the second surface shape estimated; and
learn a parameter used for recognition of the target based on the virtual image.

US Pat. No. 10,765,296

SCANNING ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A scanning endoscope system comprising:an optical fiber configured to guide illumination light supplied from a light source, and to emit the illumination light from an end portion;
an actuator configured to shift an irradiation position of the illumination light emitted through the optical fiber, by swinging the end portion of the optical fiber; and
a controller comprising hardware, the controller being configured to:
generate and supply a drive signal for driving the actuator;
measure, as a current measurement value, a current value of the drive signal supplied to the actuator; and
perform a control such that an amplitude value of the drive signal is switched from a first amplitude value to a second amplitude value different from the first amplitude value, and switch a threshold for detecting the current measurement value from a first threshold to a second threshold different from the first threshold, when detecting that the current measurement value changes and reaches the first threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,765,295

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR DETECTING MOTION BETWEEN TWO GENERATED MOTION DETECTION IMAGES BASED ON IMAGES CAPTURED AT DIFFERENT TIMES, METHOD FOR OPERATING SUCH IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM, AND ENDOSCOPE DEVICE

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An image processing apparatus for generating a captured image based on a signal value generated by a plurality of pixels according to one of white illumination light in white light imaging and narrow band illumination light in a narrow band light imaging, the white illumination light including red, green, and blue wavelength bands, the narrow band illumination light being included in one of the red, green, and blue wavelength bands, the image processing apparatus comprising:a processor configured to:
perform averaging processing on pixel values of pixels included in a group of a plurality of pixels having different color filters to obtain a signal value for generating motion detection images, and generate the motion detection images for detecting motion between captured images at different points in time based on the signal value obtained by the averaging processing in such a way that, in the white light imaging, a weight of a pixel value of a pixel having a filter for passing light of a luminance component of a captured image in the white light imaging is set to be larger than or equal to a weight of a pixel value of a pixel having a different type of filter while in the narrow band imaging, a weight of a pixel value of a pixel having a filter for passing light of a luminance component of a captured image in the narrow band imaging is set to be larger than or equal to a weight of a pixel value of a pixel having a different type of filter; and
detect, based on the generated motion detection images, the motion between two of the motion detection images generated based on the captured images at the different points in time.

US Pat. No. 10,765,294

DEBRIS CAPTURING APPARATUS

1. A debris capturing device, comprising:a glove comprising an open end, a plurality of finger extensions including finger slots, and a thumb extension including a thumb slot;
an adhesive pad coupled to the glove;
a removable pad cover disposed on the adhesive pad, wherein the removable pad cover is configured to expose an adhesive surface of the adhesive pad when removed, and wherein the adhesive surface faces away from the glove,
wherein the adhesive pad is dimensioned, shaped and positioned with respect to the glove to fold a distal end of the adhesive pad to contact a proximal end of the adhesive pad,
wherein the glove is dimensioned, shaped and positioned with respect to the adhesive pad to be inverted upon removal of the glove from a user's hand; and
a perforated line formed in the adhesive pad and the removable pad cover along a direction perpendicular to an extending direction to the adhesive pad, wherein the perforated line is dimensioned, shaped and positioned to guide the folding of the adhesive pad substantially in half when the distal end of the adhesive pad is folded to contact the proximal end of the adhesive pad.

US Pat. No. 10,765,293

DISHWASHER WITH VERTICALLY ADJUSTABLE DISH RACK

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A method of adjusting a dish rack supported for selective movement between lowered and raised positions within a dishwasher tub comprising:moving an actuator from an undepressed position to a depressed position wherein movement of the actuator causes downward movement of a lower angled surface of the actuator against an upper angled surface of a locking lever and biases an upper portion of the locking lever radially outwardly to cause the locking lever to pivot relative to the dish rack, releasing a catch end of the locking lever from engagement with an adjuster detent provided on an adjuster plate which is fixed vertically relative to the tub such that the locking lever pivots from an engaging position where the dish rack is held in place to a release position where the dish rack is vertically movable between lowered and raised positions; and
biasing the actuator by a biasing element to the undepressed position when the actuator is not depressed.

US Pat. No. 10,765,291

DISHWASHER WITH CHECK VALVE IN ROTATABLE DOCKING PORT

MIDEA GROUP CO., LTD., B...

1. A dishwasher, comprising:a wash tub;
a rack supported in the wash tub and movable between loading and washing positions;
a rotatable conduit supported by the rack for movement with the rack, the conduit having a connector for receiving wash fluid; and
a docking arrangement coupled to a rear wall of the wash tub and configured to engage with the connector of the conduit when the rack is in the washing position to supply wash fluid to the conduit, the docking arrangement including:
a rotatable docking port positioned to receive the connector of the conduit along an axis of insertion when the rack is moved from the loading position to the washing position, the rotatable docking port being rotatable about an axis of rotation and configured to engage the connector of the conduit such that the conduit rotates with rotation of the rotatable docking port about the axis of rotation; and
a check valve coupled to and rotatable with the rotatable docking port, the check valve movable between opened and closed positions and biased to the closed position when the connector of the conduit is disengaged from the rotatable docking port.

US Pat. No. 10,765,290

FLOOR CLEANING DEVICE

1. A floor cleaning device comprising:a rod, the rod comprising a plurality of segments, the segments being selectively interconnectable such that the rod is length adjustable, the plurality of segments comprising a lower segment, a plurality of medial segments, and an upper segment, the plurality of medial segments comprising three medial segments, the rod being circularly shaped when viewed longitudinally;
a protrusion extending radially from the upper segment, the protrusion extending from an upper endpoint of the upper segment toward a lower endpoint of the upper segment wherein the protrusion is configured for facilitating grasping of the rod in a hand of a user, the protrusion being circumferentially larger proximate to a midpoint of the protrusion such that the protrusion tapers toward the upper endpoint and the lower endpoint of the upper segment;
an orifice positioned in the protrusion proximate to the upper endpoint of the upper segment wherein the orifice is configured for selectively inserting a connector coupled to a substrate for coupling the rod to the substrate;
a plurality of first fasteners, the first fasteners being coupled singly proximate to a lower terminus of each of the medial segments and the lower endpoint of the upper segment;
a plurality of second fasteners, the second fasteners being coupled singly proximate to an upper terminus of each of the medial segments and an upper limit of the lower segment, the second fasteners being complementary to the first fasteners wherein each second fastener is positioned for selectively coupling to a respective first fastener for linearly coupling the plurality of segments, each second fastener comprising a pin, the pin being spring loaded, each first fastener comprising a hole wherein each hole is positioned for selectively inserting a respective pin for linearly coupling the plurality of segments;
a plate pivotally coupled to a lower end of the rod, the plate comprising an upper layer and a lower layer, the upper layer being rigid, the lower layer being resilient, the plate being substantially rectangularly shaped, the lower layer being removably couplable to the upper layer;
a pair of first tabs coupled to and extending from a top face of the plate defining a first slot, the pair of first tabs being centrally positioned on the top face;
a pair of second tabs coupled to and extending from the lower end of the rod defining a second slot;
a block positioned in the first slot and the second slot, the block having opposing first sides and opposing second sides, each opposing first side being rotationally coupled to a respective first tab, each opposing second side being rotationally coupled to a respective second tab such that the rod is pivotally coupled to the plate;
a ridge coupled to and extending from a bottom face of the plate, the ridge extending between opposing side edges of the plate, the ridge being positioned substantially equally distant from opposing longitudinal edges of the plate, the ridge being resilient, the ridge being substantially rectangularly shaped when viewed from a respective opposing side edge of the plate, the ridge being integral to the lower layer of the plate, the ridge extending from 2.50 to 8.00 millimeters from the bottom face, the ridge extending 3.18 millimeters from the bottom face, corner edges of the ridge being separated by from 0.50 to 4.00 centimeters, the corner edges of the ridge being separated by 2.54 centimeters; and
a plurality of couplers coupled to the plate, the couplers being configured for coupling to a cloth wherein each coupler is configured for coupling to the cloth proximate to a perimeter of the cloth such that the cloth is removably coupled to the plate and positioned over the ridge and the bottom face of the plate positioning the user for grasping the rod and urging the cloth across a surface for cleaning the surface wherein the corner edges of the ridge provides increased contact between the cloth and the surface.

US Pat. No. 10,765,286

SURFACE MAINTENANCE MACHINE

Tennant Company, Minneap...

1. A surface maintenance machine comprising:a maintenance head assembly supported by the machine and extending toward a surface, the maintenance head assembly comprising one or more surface maintenance tools for performing a surface maintenance operation;
two front wheels each having a rotational axis, at least one of which is steerable to change an angle between the rotational axis of the at least one steerable front wheel and a longitudinal centerline of the machine, the two front wheels being positioned to the front of a transverse centerline of the machine when the machine is moving in a forward direction;
at least one rear wheel positioned to the rear of the transverse centerline, the rear wheel being interior, relative to a direction perpendicular to the longitudinal centerline of the machine, to the at least one steerable front wheel, wherein the rear wheel is at a point about which the machine pivots when the machine is being turned; and
a motive source for providing motive force to at least one front wheel to drive the machine on a surface, the motive source being coupled to the at least one front wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,765,285

FLOOR MAINTENANCE MACHINE WITH SERVICE CABINET

RPS Corporation, Racine,...

1. A floor maintenance machine, the floor maintenance machine comprising:a chassis;
a floor-cleaning implement adapted for engagement with the floor and supported by the chassis; and
a service cabinet coupled to the chassis and defining a cavity, the cavity receiving a plurality of fluid access points collectively therein;
wherein the plurality of fluid access points include a plurality of fluid drains extending outward from the cavity to direct fluid away from the service cabinet toward an external environment;
wherein at least one of the plurality of drains is placed in fluid communication with a portion of a vacuum pathway to direct liquid away from a vacuum pump, into the cavity, and away from the service cabinet toward the external environment; and
wherein at least one of the plurality of drains is placed in fluid communication with a reservoir to direct fluid outward from the reservoir, into the cavity, and away from the service cabinet toward the external environment.

US Pat. No. 10,765,284

CLEANING ROBOT

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A cleaning robot comprising:a main body;
a plurality of wheels provided at a lower portion of the main body to enable the main body to move along a floor surface;
a dust collection motor provided at the main body to collect foreign materials sucked from the floor surface;
a cover provided on an exterior of the main body, the cover including a first cover and a second cover; and
a recess provided at the cover, the recess extending across at least one side of the cleaning robot,
wherein at least a portion of the first cover is positioned above the recess,
wherein at least a portion of the second cover is positioned below the recess,
wherein the second cover has a width greater than a width of the first cover,
wherein the recess includes a first recess recessed inward at a first position of the cover and a second recess recessed inward at a second position of the cover, and
wherein the cleaning robot further comprises a first sensor provided in the first recess and a second sensor provided in the second recess.

US Pat. No. 10,765,283

BIDIRECTIONAL MOBILE CLEANING DEVICE

HiZero Technologies Co., ...

1. A bidirectional mobile cleaning device, comprising:a garbage collection box;
a first rolling member disposed at a first end of the garbage collection box, wherein the first rolling member rotates to collect garbage and sewage on the ground and feed the garbage into the garbage collection box; and
a second rolling member disposed at a second end of the garbage collection box, wherein:
the second rolling member rotates to collect the garbage and the sewage on the ground and feed the garbage into the garbage collection box,
a direction of rotation of the second rolling member is opposite to a direction of rotation of the first rolling member, and
a speed of rotation of the first rolling member relative to a speed of rotation of the second rolling member is controlled to control movement of the bidirectional mobile cleaning device.

US Pat. No. 10,765,282

VACUUM CLEANER

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A vacuum cleaner comprising:a nozzle (N) for cleaning a surface;
a suction tube (T) for receiving input air from the nozzle (N);
a cyclone device having a cyclone (C) and a dirt container (DC) both oriented substantially perpendicular to the suction tube (T), a cyclone device input coupled to the suction tube (T) from which the input air is transported, following a spiral around a center, in a first direction substantially perpendicular to the suction tube (T) to reach a stage (V) at which dirt is separated from the input air to obtain cyclone output air, from which stage the cyclone output air is conveyed through a conduit in a second direction substantially perpendicular to the suction tube (T) and opposite to the first direction to arrive at a cyclone device output, wherein the cyclone (C) and a handle (H) are titled towards the suction tube (T) by an angle of between 15 and 35 degrees compared to a line perpendicular to the suction tube (T);
a filter (F) for filtering the cyclone output air; and
an airflow generator (A) for generating an airflow through the suction tube (T), the cyclone (C) and the filter (F),
wherein when the nozzle (N) is touching the surface and the suction tube (T) is put in a substantially horizontal position, the first and second directions are substantially perpendicular to the surface.

US Pat. No. 10,765,281

SUCTION HEAD FOR A VACUUM CLEANER AND METHOD OF OPERATION

1. A suction head for a vacuum cleaner, the suction head having a bottom surface and one or more floor-engaging parts adjacent to the bottom surface, an opening in the bottom surface and a rotatable brush located at the opening, the suction head having a front end and a rear end, the front end having a recess in communication with the opening, a movable strip located in the recess, the movable strip being movable between a first position and a second position, the bottom edge of the movable strip being closer to the plane of the floor-engaging parts in its first position than in its second position, at least one first element connected to the movable strip, the first element(s) being able to project to the plane of the floor-engaging parts and being configured to move the movable strip from the first position to the second position in use, at least one second element also connected to the movable strip, the second element(s) being configured differently to the first element(s), the second element(s) being able to project to the plane of the floor-engaging parts and being configured to move the movable strip to a third position in use, the bottom edge of the movable strip being closer to the plane of the floor-engaging parts in its second position than in its third position.

US Pat. No. 10,765,279

ROTATABLE BRUSH FOR SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

1. A surface cleaning apparatus comprising:a) an air flow path extending from a dirty air inlet to a clean air outlet with an air treatment member and a suction motor provided in the air flow path;
b) a rotatably mounted brush associated with the dirty air inlet, the rotatably mounted brush having a brush core, an axis of rotation, a length in the axial direction, and first and second axially spaced apart sides; and,
c) a plurality of bristles extending outwardly from the brush core, the bristles having a bristle length from the brush core to an outer end of the bristles;wherein the rotatably mounted brush has a resistive heating element that is positioned exterior to the brush core.

US Pat. No. 10,765,278

HANDHELD SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

1. A hand vacuum cleaner having a front end, a rear end, an upper end, a lower end spaced apart from the upper end in a vertical direction, and first and second sides that are literally spaced apart in a horizontal direction, the hand vacuum cleaner comprises:(a) a main body having a front face;
(b) an inlet conduit located at the upper end and extending forwardly from the front face, the inlet conduit having a dirty air inlet, the inlet conduit being removably connectable to an accessory tool;
(c) an air flow path extending from the dirty air inlet to a clean air outlet;
(d) an air treatment member and a suction motor positioned in the air flow path, a portion of the air treatment member is positioned at the lower end;
(e) a handle provided rearward of the inlet conduit; and,
(f) an accessory power coupler extending forwardly from the front face and positioned laterally to one side of the inlet conduit, the accessory power coupler having electrical connectors,
wherein the electrical connectors of the accessory power coupler are inter-engageable with compatible electrical connectors provided on the accessory tool.

US Pat. No. 10,765,277

CONFIGURATION OF A SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS

Omachron Intellectual Pro...

1. A surface cleaning apparatus comprising:a) an air flow passage extending from a dirty air inlet to a clean air outlet;
b) a floor cleaning unit comprising a surface cleaning head and a support member drivingly connected thereto wherein the support member is positionable in an upright storage position;
c) a surface cleaning unit removably mounted to a front side of the support member, the surface cleaning unit has a surface cleaning unit air inlet on a rear side thereof and comprises:
(i) a first cyclone unit positioned in the air flow passage, the first cyclone unit having an outlet conduit;
(ii) a pre-motor filter positioned in the air flow passage downstream from the first cyclone unit;
(iii) a suction motor positioned in the air flow passage downstream from the pre-motor filter; and,
d) an attachment member having an attachment member air flow passage extending, when the surface cleaning unit is mounted on the upright support member, from an attachment member air inlet provided on a rear side of the attachment member to an attachment member air outlet provided on a front side of the attachment member, wherein the attachment member removably mounts the surface cleaning unit to the support member; and,
e) the air flow passage comprising a first air flow path portion that extends from the outlet conduit of the first cyclone unit to the suction motor, wherein the air flow path portion is generally linear, and a second air flow path portion comprising a flexible conduit and the attachment member providing air flow communication between the surface cleaning head and the first cyclone unit when the surface cleaning unit is mounted to the floor cleaning unit,
wherein the flexible conduit remains in flow communication with the surface cleaning unit and the floor cleaning unit when the surface cleaning unit is removed from the floor cleaning unit, whereby the surface cleaning unit remains in air flow communication with the floor cleaning unit when the surface cleaning unit is removed from the floor cleaning unit, and
wherein the first cyclone unit has a portion that is openable or removable, and
wherein the attachment member air flow passage has a flow direction from the attachment member air inlet to the attachment member air outlet that is generally horizontal when the support member is in the upright storage position and the surface cleaning unit is mounted to the floor cleaning unit.

US Pat. No. 10,765,275

HAND DRYER

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPO...

1. A hand dryer comprising:an upper portion and a lower portion, the lower portion extending from a lower-most end of the upper portion to a lower-most end of the hand dryer, the upper portion extending to a first front-most end of the hand dryer at the upper portion, and the lower portion extending to a second front-most end of the hand dryer at the lower portion,
a nozzle located at the upper portion of the hand dryer and configured to blow out an airflow toward a drying space, from a start of an airflow blowing operation to an end of the airflow blowing operation; and
a wind direction changing part configured to change a direction of the airflow blown out from the nozzle into the drying space, the wind direction changing part being located at the lower portion of the hand dryer and extending to the second front-most end of the hand dryer at the lower portion,
wherein, in a front view of the hand dryer, the wind direction changing part slopes obliquely toward at least one lateral side of the wind direction changing part, and
wherein while the airflow is being blown out from the nozzle, at least at the start of the airflow blowing operation, the wind direction changing part and the nozzle do not directly face each other.

US Pat. No. 10,765,274

PACKAGING CONTAINER AND METHOD FOR USING SAME

1. A method of using a packaging container which contains a water absorptive content to be impregnated with a liquid,the packaging container comprising:
a container body provided with an opening and closing section which can be opened and closed;
a liquid enclosure member which is disposed in the container body and in which the liquid is enclosed;
a bag body disposed in the container body with the content which is enclosed therein;
a pullout portion which is a part of the bag body and to be pulled out through the opening and closing section; and
a rupture section formed on a part of the bag body to rupture the bag body, wherein
after the liquid enclosed in the liquid enclosure member is diffused over the inside of the container body and outside of the bag body by rupturing the liquid enclosure member disposed in the container body with the opening and closing section of the container body being closed, the opening and closing section is opened, and the bag body is ruptured at the rupture section by pulling the pullout portion through the opening and closing section to impregnate the content with the liquid.

US Pat. No. 10,765,272

SHEET PRODUCT DISPENSERS AND RELATED METHODS FOR REDUCING SHEET PRODUCT USAGE

GPCP IP Holdings LLC, At...

1. A method of dispensing a user-determined length of sheet product from a roll of sheet product via a sheet product dispenser, the method comprising:providing the roll of sheet product rotatably supported by the sheet product dispenser for dispensing sheet product therefrom, wherein the roll of sheet product rotates in response to a pull force applied to a tail portion of the roll of sheet product; and
providing, via the sheet product dispenser, a pull force resistance opposing the rotation of the roll of sheet product, wherein the pull force resistance is between 36 grams-force and 96 grams-force throughout a majority of a life of the roll of sheet product.

US Pat. No. 10,765,271

SANITIZING DEVICE WITH A REMOVABLY ATTACHED BRUSH COMPONENT

1. A device, comprising:a handle component that is configured to permit a user to grasp the handle component during a sanitation process of the user wherein the user sanitizes a distal appendage using the device;
a shaft component that extends in a vertical direction and that is configured to connect the handle component and a connection component;
the connection component that comprises a first portion and a second portion that extend in the vertical direction to form a space that is capable of accommodating the distal appendage of the user, and that is configured to removably adhere to a surface to permit the device to remain substantially stationary during the sanitation process of the user; and
a brush component that is configured to permit the user to perform the sanitation process of the user and that is removably connected to the first portion and the second portion of the connection component via friction fit,
wherein the brush component extends laterally in a horizontal direction beyond the first portion and the second portion, and
wherein the brush component is offset from the space in a direction orthogonal to the horizontal direction.

US Pat. No. 10,765,268

ANTI-SLIP SURFACES

Classic Marble (Showers) ...

22. A tray for a shower or wet room, said tray comprising at least one face having an anti-slip surface, the anti-slip surface comprisinga plurality of spaced apart projections raised with respect to the respective face, said projections having a top surface and a side extending between said top surface and said respective face, wherein each projection:
has a height of 0.5 mm to 1.5 mm,
a top surface with an area of 3 mm2 to 64 mm2, and
is shaped to have an angular edge between said top surface and said side, wherein
adjacent projections are spaced apart by 10 mm to 16 mm such that a gap is formed between the sides of each projection, and
a size of the gap is 2 mm to 14 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,765,267

SHOWER INSTALLATION KIT AND METHOD OF INSTALLING SHOWER

1. A shower installation kit used with a subfloor structure and an inclined shower floor including:an elongated drain having a longitudinal direction and arranged at the inclined shower floor;
the elongated drain is mounted at a distance from the subfloor structure of the inclined shower floor before installation of the inclined shower floor;
a front flange of the elongated drain, the front flange positioned under floor covering of the inclined shower floor;
at least one elongated side member having a member longitudinal direction and is arranged with the member longitudinal direction at right angles to the longitudinal direction of the elongated drain and at a side of the inclined shower floor;
a first longitudinal flange having a defined slope greater than zero, the first longitudinal flange disposed on the at least one elongated side member;
the first longitudinal flange slopes down towards the elongated drain when positioned on the subfloor structure;
the first longitudinal flange of the at least one elongated side member is positioned under floor covering of the inclined shower floor, and the first longitudinal flange of the at least one elongated side member is further connected to and arranged flush with the front flange of the elongated drain;
the at least one elongated side member further includes a raised second longitudinal flange that is positioned under floor covering of horizontal room floors when the installation kit is positioned on the subfloor structure; and
wherein the defined slope of the first longitudinal flange dictates inclination of the shower floor by serving as a guide when a levelling layer is grouted for inclination of the shower floor;
wherein at least one of the at least one elongated side member is provided with a support member adapted to support the at least one elongated side member against the subfloor structure of the inclined shower floor before installation of the inclined shower floor;
the support member is height adjustable; and
the support member is positioned at a distance from the front flange of the elongated drain;
and the support member is further positioned at the opposite end of the at least one elongated side member in relation to the front flange of the elongated drain.

US Pat. No. 10,765,266

HEATED FOG BATHING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A bathing system comprising:a primary reservoir configured to hold a first volume of water;
a secondary reservoir in fluid communication with the primary reservoir by a channel, wherein the secondary reservoir is configured to hold a second volume of water;
an atomizer disposed in the secondary reservoir; and
an air blower fluidly coupled to the channel, wherein the air blower is configured to provide a flow of air to the channel;
wherein the atomizer is configured to introduce water from the second volume of water into the flow of air received in the channel by atomizing at least a portion of the second volume of water to form an air-water mixture upstream of the primary reservoir.

US Pat. No. 10,765,265

CULINARY TOOL HOLDER

1. A culinary tool holder comprising:a planar base;
an upward sloping support member formed along a base edge of the planar base;
a downward sloping support member formed along a peak edge of the upward sloping support member;
a cutout disposed from and along a first portion of the upward sloping support member toward the peak edge and continuing to and along a second portion of the downward sloping support member; and
an insert captured by and entirely covering the cutout, wherein the insert forms a top surface having a contact point toward the planar base such that contact between the insert and a culinary tool is shifted toward the planar base.

US Pat. No. 10,765,263

FOOD SKEWER

1. A bone shaped skewer comprising:a skewing piece;
an end cap;
the skewing piece comprising at least one skewer and an end piece;
each of the at least one skewer comprising a shaft, at least one retention prong and a piercing tip;
the end cap comprising at least one receiving cavity and a plurality of slits;
the piercing tip being terminally connected to the shaft;
the piercing tip being tapered away from the shaft;
the at least one retention prong being laterally connected to the shaft;
the at least one retention prong being positioned adjacent to the piercing tip;
the at least one retention prong being tapered towards the piercing tip;
the end piece being terminally connected to the shaft opposite the piercing tip, for each of the at least one skewer;
each of the at least one receiving cavity delineating a seat;
the plurality of slits being radially distributed about each of the at least one receiving cavity;
the shaft, the at least one retention prong and the piercing tip of each of the at least one skewer being positioned into a corresponding receiving cavity among the at least one receiving cavity; and
the at least one retention prong of each of the at least one skewer being engaged with the seat of the corresponding receiving cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,765,260

CONTAINER AND BLADE ARRANGEMENT FOR FOOD PREPARATION APPLIANCE

Spectrum Brands, Inc., M...

1. A container configured for a food preparation appliance that would utilize a blade member that would be rotatably positioned within the container, the container having a direction of rotation defined by an expected direction of rotation of the blade within the container, the container comprising:a bottom end and an open top end,
a tubular sidewall extending from the bottom end to the top open end and together with the bottom end defining an interior space of the container, the container being configured to accommodate positioning of the blade member within the interior space of the container, the sidewall having a rim at the open end through which contents to be processed by the appliance are loaded into the interior space of the container, the container having a center;
said sidewall having a plurality of ribs, each rib projecting inward of the interior space of the container and extending heightwise along at least a portion of the sidewall intermediate the open top end and bottom end of the container, the ribs each having, in the direction of rotation of the blade member, a peak defined as the shortest transverse dimension measured from the center of the container to the sidewall at a respective height along the portion of the sidewall having the rib,
wherein each rib comprises, in the direction of rotation of the blade member, an inflow segment leading to the peak and including a first slope and an outflow segment leading away from the peak and including a second slope, the outflow segment of one rib transitioning directly into the inflow segment of an adjacent rib in the direction of rotation of the blade member.

US Pat. No. 10,765,258

CHIMNEY GRILL STARTER

1. A chimney starter comprising a chimney starter base and a hollow element, for receiving a solid fuel product to be ignited, wherein the hollow element comprises an upper-end, a lower-end and a grate, the grate being placed across the hollow element in the lower-end, wherein the lower-end of the hollow element rests on the chimney starter base and the chimney starter base comprises a gas burner and a pipe transporting gas from a gas source to the gas burner and a second pipe directing air from an air inlet to an air outlet releasing air through the hollow element of the chimney starter, wherein the air outlet is positioned on a center line through the hollow element.

US Pat. No. 10,765,257

MODULARIZED FOOD PREPARATION DEVICE AND TRAY STRUCTURE FOR USE THEREOF

SERENETE CORPORATION, La...

1. A food preparation system comprising:A) a food preparation device including:
a housing including one or more receiving structures dimensioned to receive any one of a plurality of trays containing food items, the one or more receiving structures being configured to maneuver the one or more trays internally to dispose their food items stored within the one or more trays into a food preparation receptacle;
an extraction mechanism to extract the food items from individual trays into a preparation receptacle;
a heating mechanism to heat the preparation receptacle; and
a processing resource to control (i) the extraction mechanism in extracting the food item from individual contains, and (ii) the heating mechanism in heating the extracted food items in the preparation receptacle; and
B) the plurality of trays containing food items;
wherein each tray of the plurality of trays is pre-packaged and includes:
a tray housing formed from (i) a rigid frame, and (ii) expandable and malleable material that retains the food item of the tray in a vacuum state;
a seal positioned at an opening of the tray housing to maintain the vacuum state of the tray housing; and
a retention structure provided at a perimeter of the tray housing to enable the tray housing to be received and retained by the one or more receiving structures of the food preparation device.

US Pat. No. 10,765,256

FOOD PROCESSING SYSTEM PRESENTING A GUIDING FLOW ARRANGEMENT AND PROCESS FOR USE THEREOF

FLAMA, FABRICA DE LOUCAS ...

1. Food processing system for processing food ingredients comprising a recipient to receive food ingredients and a lid presenting an upwards side and a downwards side to engage with a perimeter edge of said recipient, a food processing tool, a tool support that supports the food processing tool inside of said recipient, and a driving arrangement confined within a casing to drive the tool support,wherein said lid presents a lid opening presenting a generally circular form and centered relative to said lid,
wherein the upwards side of said lid presents a first surface extending on a generally outer region of said lid and further presents a second surface extending around at least part of said lid opening and developing at a lower level in respect of said first surface,
wherein said lid presents a flow-guiding unit arranged next to said lid opening, comprising a wall part and at least one flow part, and an amount of fluid poured upon said second surface can be comprised inwards along most of a perimeter of said lid opening and can flow under an action of a gravity force through said lid opening into said recipient when said lid is arranged on said recipient,
wherein said system further comprises a cup-shaped closing element comprising, a first part presenting a tubular, frusta-conic form, extending upwards from a second part, said second part provided as an annular element projecting outwards and arranged between said first par and a third part, and said third part presenting a tubular, frusto-conic form, extending downwards from said second part, wherein said closing element can be placed on said lid opening to at least partially close said lid opening,
wherein said second part of said closing element comprises a base part and a closing wall part extending upwards and downwards of a perimeter edge of said base part and presenting a height in relation to said base part that generally corresponds at least to a level difference between said second surface and a lower level of said first surface along a respective perimeter, so that said closing element is supported at a closing wall part by said second surface and at a base part by said wall part of a flow guiding unit along part of the perimeter of said second surface but not in a region of said flow part where there remains a distance between said closing wall part and said second surface, so that fluid poured upon said second surface can further flow through said lid opening into said recipient, even when said closing element is placed in said lid opening.

US Pat. No. 10,765,255

JUG FOR BEVERAGES AND BEVERAGE PRODUCING MACHINE COMPRISING SAID JUG

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A jug for beverages comprising a jug body, a jug cover and a beverage frothing device arranged on the jug, said beverage frothing device comprising a steam inlet, a beverage inlet, and a frothed beverage outlet, wherein the frothing device is slidingly arranged in a seat and is movable between a retracted position and an extended position, and wherein in the extended position the frothed beverage outlet projects beyond a side wall of the jug bodywherein the jug cover comprises a steam inlet port and a steam flow path extending from the steam inlet port towards the frothing device; and
wherein the steam flow path comprises
a stationary steam duct, which is stationary with respect to the jug cover, and a movable steam duct which is movable together with the movable beverage frothing device;
wherein between the stationary steam duct and the movable steam duct a connection is provided; and
wherein the stationary steam duct and the movable steam duct can be selectively connected to one another when the frothing device is in the extended position, and disconnected from one another when the frothing device is in the retracted position.

US Pat. No. 10,765,254

DISPENSING SYSTEM FOR DELIVERING CUSTOMIZED QUANTITIES OF DIETARY AND NUTRACEUTICAL SUPPLEMENTS AND FLAVOR IN A SINGLE AND MULTI-SERVE CONFIGURATIONS

MIXFIT INC., Boston, MA ...

1. A dispensing system for delivering a beverage with customized quantities of dietary and nutraceutical supplements and flavor in single and/or multi-serve configurations, the dispensing system comprising:a beverage delivery apparatus having a plurality of storage compartments each configured to store at least one canister, wherein each canister contains dietary and nutraceutical supplements, and wherein each of the storage compartments further comprising:
a dispensing unit having a top portion, a bottom portion and a measuring assembly, wherein the top portion has a first end and the bottom portion has a hinge end and a piercing end, and the first end of the top portion connects the top portion to the bottom portion at the hinge end of the bottom portion, and wherein the top portion is configured to receive the canister and the bottom portion has a funneling part configured to receive and dispense the dietary and nutraceutical supplements contained within the canister when the top portion having the canister connected with the funneling part of the bottom portion and the dispensing unit pivots to dispense the dietary and nutraceutical supplements contained within the canister, and wherein the measuring assembly comprises a motor and an auger screw, wherein motor is configured to rotate the auger screw thereby collecting predetermined quantiles of the dietary and nutraceutical supplements by the means of a known number of turns that are needed in order to collect and dispense an exact amount of the dietary and nutraceutical supplements;
a receiving chamber configured to receive the dietary and nutraceutical supplements from the dispensing unit and to blend the dietary and nutraceutical supplements with a liquid;
a single-serve assembly configured to dispense a single serving of the dietary and nutraceutical supplements into the beverage;
at least one flavoring component configured to deliver a flavored ingredient to the beverage;
a liquid container;
a controller for controlling dispensing of the customized quantities of dietary and nutraceutical supplements;
a cloud-base data center that comprises a nutrient recommendation engine which is configured to collect and analyze a user data, categorize the user data and to communicate with the dispensing unit through the controller a type and a dosage of the dietary and nutraceutical supplement to be dispensed into the receiving chamber based on the user data.

US Pat. No. 10,765,252

SYSTEM, METHOD, AND APPARATUS FOR DISPENSING VARIABLE QUANTITIES OF ADDITIVES AND CONTROLLING CHARACTERISTICS THEREOF IN A BEVERAGE

LifeFuels, Inc., Reston,...

1. A method of controlling a portable, self-contained beverage apparatus, and such beverage apparatus including an internally provided dispensing assembly having one or more apertures, each of such one or more apertures provided to receive a vessel such that one or more vessels are provided, and each of such one or more vessels containing a respective additive, of one or more additives, to be dispensed, the method comprising:storing capacity information indicating a storage capacity of a container within the beverage apparatus, the container for storing a liquid;
determining a plurality of liquid levels, over time, of the liquid stored in the container, the determining performed using a sensor device disposed within the beverage apparatus; and
controlling dispensing, by the dispensing assembly, to dispense variable, non-zero quantities of the one or more additives from a vessel, of the one or more vessels, into the liquid based on (a) a liquid level, of the plurality of liquid levels, that is determined, and (b) the storage capacity of the container.

US Pat. No. 10,765,251

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTINUOUS PRESSURE COOKING

Lyco Manufacturing Inc., ...

1. A continuous pressure cooker for cooking product having a pressure vessel, comprising:a pressure cooking section;
an isolating chamber;
a first product and fluid valve disposed between the pressure cooking section and the isolating chamber to provide a first controllable product and fluid flow path between the pressure cooking section and the isolating chamber;
an output section;
a second product and fluid valve disposed between the isolating chamber and the output section to provide a second controllable product and fluid flow path between the isolating chamber and the output section;
a source of pressurized fluid; and
a first fluid valve disposed between the source of pressurized fluid and the isolating chamber to provide a controllable pressurizing fluid flow path between the source of pressurized fluid and the isolating chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,765,250

STEAM COOKING APPARATUSES WITH INVERTIBLE STEAMING INSERT BASKETS AND CONTROLLED VENTING LIDS

1. A method of steam cooking food comprising:a) providing a steam cooking apparatus comprising:
i) a cooking vessel;
ii) a basket configured for insertion into the cooking vessel having a plurality of venting apertures;
iii) an insert basket lid having a plurality of venting apertures and configured for insertion into the basket and comprising a latching mechanism that is configured to slide radially outward from the insert basket lid to secure the insert basket lid to the basket;
b) placing water in the cooking vessel;
c) placing said food into the basket;
d) inserting the insert basket lid into the basket and over the food;
e) sliding the latching mechanism radially outward to secure the insert basket lid in a vertical position within the basket;
f) placing the basket into the cooking vessel;
g) heating the cooking vessel to produce steam to cook the food for an initial cook time;
h) removing the basket from the cooking vessel after said first cook time;
i) inverting the basket and retaining the food therein with the insert basket lid;
j) inserting the inverted basket back into the cooking vessel to cook the food with the basket in an inverted position within the cooking vessel for a second cook time; and
k) removing the basket, removing the insert basket lid and the food therein.

US Pat. No. 10,765,248

INTELLIGENT COOKING MACHINE

1. An intelligent cooking machine comprising a top cover device, a base and a main control device, wherein the top cover device is located above the base and is provided with a main material feeding device, a complementary material feeding device, a sauce feeding device, a cooking oil feeding device and a dressing feeding device, the main material feeding device is provided with a weighing sensor, and the weighing sensor is connected with the main control device to generate weight information of main materials contained in the main material feeding device and to allow the main control device to comprehensively control the feeding devices, wherein the top cover device is connected with the base through a lifting device, and the main control device allows the top cover device to move upward or downward relative to the base through the lifting device.

US Pat. No. 10,765,247

SUPPORT BRACKET FOR ROD ASSEMBLY

House of Atlas, LLC, Eva...

7. A system for mounting a rod to a surface, the system comprising:a rod having an end portion;
a finial;
an adjustment shaft interconnecting the finial to the end portion of the rod;
a bracket that comprises a mounting portion;
an arm portion extending outwardly from the mounting portion;
a first rod-attachment portion disposed at a terminal end of the arm portion, the first rod attachment portion defining an upward facing opening for receiving the shaft;
wherein the shaft extends through the opening, the finial and the end portion having a first state along the shaft allowing release of the shaft upwardly from the opening and a second state where the finial and the end portion clamp the terminal end to prevent the shaft from being removed from the opening; and
wherein the finial includes a recess for accepting at least a portion of the first rod-attachment portion of the bracket such that the finial is able to conceal at least a portion of the first rod-attachment portion when the finial and the end portion are in the second state along the shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,765,246

ADJUSTMENT AND ALIGNMENT SYSTEM FOR A ROLLER BLIND

ZMC Metal Coating Inc., ...

1. A roller tube end coupling for mounting to a hollow end of a roller tube of a roller blind, the end coupling comprising:a body for securing to the end of the roller tube, said body having a generally right cylindrical configuration with a generally hollow interior and an exterior diameter such that when said body is received within the hollow end of the roller tube rotation of said body cause rotation of the roller tube,
a first gimballed sleeve received at least partially within the hollow interior of said body, said first gimballed sleeve having a generally hollow interior,
a second gimballed sleeve received at least partially within the hollow interior of said first gimballed sleeve, said second gimballed sleeve releasably securable to a driven or drive member of an adjacent roller tube,
said first gimballed sleeve secured to said body by a first pair of pins that form a first pivot axis to permit said first gim balled sleeve to pivot relative to said body, and
said second gimballed sleeve secured to said first gimballed sleeve by a second pair of pins that form a second pivot axis to permit said second gimballed sleeve to pivot relative to said first gimballed sleeve,
wherein said first and second pivot axes are orthogonal.

US Pat. No. 10,765,243

REUSABLE STRAW KIT

1. A reusable straw kit, comprising:an elastic sheet having a first side, a second side, a third side, a fourth side, a fifth side, and a sixth side, wherein the second side is substantially parallel to the first side; the third side extends from a bottom of the first side, at a first predetermined angle to the first side; the fourth side extends from a bottom of the second side to join with and at a second predetermined angle to the third side, the fifth side extends from a top of the first side and substantially parallel to the fourth side; the sixth side extends from a top of the second side to join with and at a third predetermined angle to the fifth side; and
a fastener;
whereby the elastic sheet is capable of being rolled from the third side in a direction perpendicular to the third side to form a tube, and the fastener is capable of being releasably attached to one end portion of the tube for keeping the tube in shape, thereby forming a drinking straw.

US Pat. No. 10,765,240

SLEEPING BAG CLOSURE

ZENBIVY LLC, Spokane, WA...

1. An article comprising:(a) a quilt usable as a sleeping bag and having (i) a quilt inner surface, (ii) a quilt outer surface, (iii) a headward quilt top edge, (iv) a footward quilt bottom edge, (v) a first quilt lateral edge, and (vi) a second quilt lateral edge opposite the first quilt lateral edge;
(b) first and second pairs of discrete, mating bottom fastener elements attached to the quilt along the quilt bottom edge and structurally arranged so that (i) only one discrete bottom fastener element of the first pair is positioned between the discrete bottom fastener elements of the second pair, (ii) only one discrete bottom fastener element of the second pair is positioned between the discrete bottom fastener elements of the first pair, and (iii) the first and second pairs of bottom fastener elements thereby define a first quilt bottom edge lateral segment between the first pair of bottom fastener elements but not between the second pair of bottom fastener elements, a second quilt bottom edge lateral segment between the second pair of bottom fastener elements but not between the first pair of bottom fastener elements, and a quilt bottom edge central segment between both pairs of bottom fastener elements;
(c) an inner set of one or more quilt fastener elements attached to the quilt inner surface along at least a portion of a linear or curved inner quilt attachment path that extends from the first quilt lateral edge to the first quilt bottom edge lateral segment and defines on the quilt inner surface an inner quilt-overlap areal segment bounded by the inner quilt attachment path, the quilt bottom edge, and the first quilt lateral edge;
(d) an outer set of one or more quilt fastener elements attached to the quilt outer surface along at least a portion of a linear or curved outer quilt attachment path that extends from the second quilt lateral edge to the second quilt bottom edge lateral segment and defines on the quilt outer surface an outer quilt-overlap areal segment bounded by the outer quilt attachment path, the quilt bottom edge, and the second quilt lateral edge; and
(e) a draw cord engaged with the quilt bottom edge,
wherein:
(f) the inner and outer sets of quilt fastener elements and the inner and outer quilt attachment paths are structurally arranged so that, with the quilt wrapped in an overlapping footbox-wrapped arrangement, (i) the outer quilt-overlap areal segment faces a portion of the quilt inner surface, (ii) the inner quilt-overlap areal segment faces a portion of the quilt outer surface, (iii) each quilt fastener element of the inner set is substantially aligned with a corresponding, mating quilt fastener element of the outer set, and (iv) engagement of the corresponding mating quilt fastener elements of the inner and outer sets with each other retains at least a footward portion of the quilt in the overlapping footbox-wrapped arrangement;
(g) with the quilt wrapped in the overlapping footbox-wrapped arrangement, (i) the first pair of mating bottom fastener elements is positioned so as to engage each other, (ii) the second pair of mating bottom fastener elements is positioned so as to engage each other, and (iii) engagement of the first pair of bottom fastener elements with each other and engagement of the second pair of bottom fastener elements with each other retain at least the quilt bottom edge in the overlapping footbox-wrapped arrangement with the first and second quilt bottom edge lateral segments overlapping each other; and
(h) the draw cord and the quilt are structurally arranged so that, with the quilt retained in the overlapping footbox-wrapped arrangement by engagement of the first pair of bottom fastener elements with each other, engagement of the second pair of bottom fastener elements with each other, and engagement of the corresponding quilt fastener elements of the inner and outer sets with each other, pulling the draw cord gathers the quilt bottom edge to form a closed footbox of the sleeping bag.

US Pat. No. 10,765,235

SHELF COVER WITH PRICE TAG HOLDER

7. A shelf cover to be used with a shelving unit, said shelving unit having at least one shelf having a depth and oriented substantially horizontally and having a backing element oriented substantially vertically, with the shelf of the shelving unit attached to the backing element of the shelving unit such that there is a gap between a rear edge of the shelf and the backing element, said shelf cover comprisinga product support member, said product support member being substantially planar and rigid and having a width, a thickness, and a depth just slightly greater than the depth of the shelf of the shelving unit; and
a price tag support member, said price tag support member located along a front edge of the product support member and capable of supporting a price tag thereon;
wherein the shelf cover is adapted to be placed onto the shelf of the shelving unit and the product support member of the shelf cover is adapted to rest on a top surface of the shelf of the shelving unit,
the price tag support member of the shelf cover is adapted to extend beyond a front edge of the shelf of the shelving unit,
the price tag support member is removably attached to the front edge of the product support member,
the price tag support member comprises
an elongate body, having a back surface, a front surface, a top portion, a bottom portion, an upper lip, and a lower lip,
wherein the back surface of the body of the price tag support member is oriented towards the product support member,
the upper lip is located along the front surface of the body of the price tag support member proximate to the top portion of the body of the price tag support member and extending forward and downward from the top portion of the body, and
the lower lip is located along the front surface of the body of the price tag support member proximate to the bottom portion of the body of the price tag support member and extending forward and upward from the bottom portion of the body,
such that a channel is formed upon the front surface of the body whereby an elongate, planar price tag can be inserted into said channel and held in place by the upper lip and lower lip,
and the back surface of the body of the price tag support member is removably attached to the front edge of the product support member;
the product support member comprises an attachment flange located along the front edge of the product support member,
the price tag support member comprises a channel formed into the back surface of the body of the price tag support member which accommodates the attachment flange of the product support member,
the price tag support member is attached to the product support member by inserting the attachment flange of the product support member into the channel of the price tag support member,
the attachment flange of the product support member is angled in a downward direction from the product support member, said attachment flange having a uniform thickness and a width substantially the same as the width of the product support member,
the channel of the price tag support member is concave with an upper opening and a closed lower surface thereby forming a U-shaped cross-section, such that the attachment flange of the product support member fits snugly within the channel of the price tag support member in a fixed relative orientation thereto, and
the channel of the price tag support member comprises a plurality of gripping flanges, each such gripping flange extending inward from an inner surface of the channel into a cavity of the channel and being oriented downward towards a bottom of the channel.

US Pat. No. 10,765,234

SHELF COVER WITH PRICE TAG HOLDER

7. A shelf cover to be used with a shelving unit, said shelving unit having at least one shelf having a depth and oriented substantially horizontally and having a backing element oriented substantially vertically, with the shelf of the shelving unit attached to the backing element of the shelving unit such that there is a gap between a rear edge of the shelf and the backing element, said shelf cover comprisinga product support member, said product support member being substantially planar and rigid and having a width, a thickness, and a depth just slightly greater than the depth of the shelf of the shelving unit;
a rear retention flange, said rear retention flange adjacent to a back edge of the product support member and angled substantially ninety degrees from the product support member in a downward direction, said rear retention flange having a uniform thickness slightly less than a width of the gap between the rear edge of the shelf and the backing element, and a width slightly less than the width of the product support member; and
a price tag support member, said price tag support member located along a front edge of the product support member and capable of supporting a price tag thereon;
wherein the shelf cover is adapted to be placed onto the shelf of the shelving unit and the product support member of the shelf cover is adapted to rest on a top surface of the shelf of the shelving unit and the rear retention flange of the shelf cover is adapted to be inserted into the gap between the rear edge of the shelf and the backing element of the shelving unit,
the price tag support member of the shelf cover is adapted to extend beyond a front edge of the shelf of the shelving unit,
the price tag support member is removably attached to the front edge of the product support member,
the price tag support member comprises
an elongate body, having a back surface, a front surface, a top portion, a bottom portion, an upper lip, and a lower lip,
wherein the back surface of the body of the price tag support member is oriented towards the attachment flange of the product support member,
the channel of the price tag support member is located along the back surface of the body of the price tag support member proximate to the bottom portion of the body of the price tag support member,
the upper lip is located along the front surface of the body of the price tag support member proximate to the top portion of the body of the price tag support member and extending forward and downward from the top portion of the body, and
the lower lip is located along the front surface of the body of the price tag support member proximate to the bottom portion of the body of the price tag support member and extending forward and upward from the bottom portion of the body,
such that a channel is formed upon the front surface of the body whereby an elongate, planar price tag can be inserted into said channel and held in place by the upper lip and lower lip,
and the back surface of the body of the price tag support member is removably attached to the front edge of the product support member,
the product support member comprises an attachment flange located along the front edge of the product support member,
the price tag support member comprises a channel formed into the back face of the body of the price tag support member which accommodates the attachment flange of the product support member,
the price tag support member is attached to the product support member by inserting the attachment flange of the product support member into the channel of the price tag support member,
the attachment flange of the product support member is located adjacent to the front edge of the product support member and angled substantially ninety degrees from the product support member in a downward direction, said attachment flange having a uniform thickness and a width substantially the same as the width of the product support member,
the channel of the price tag support member is concave with an upper opening and a closed lower surface thereby forming a U-shaped cross-section,
such that the attachment flange of the product support member fits snugly within the channel of the price tag support member in a fixed relative orientation thereto, and
the channel of the price tag support member comprises a plurality of gripping flanges, each such gripping flange extending inward from an inner surface of the channel into a cavity of the channel and being oriented downward towards a bottom of the channel.