US Pat. No. 10,595,991

HEART VALVE ASSEMBLIES

MEDTRONIC, INC., Minneap...

1. A prosthetic valve assembly comprising:a first annular prosthesis having a frame configured to have a first diameter in a collapsed state for introduction into a body lumen and a second diameter in an expanded state for implantation within an annulus of a heart, the first annular prosthesis having a first alignment element, wherein the first alignment element is a groove that extends in parallel with a longitudinal axis of the first annular prosthesis; and
a second annular prosthesis including a prosthetic valve, the second annular prosthesis having a second alignment element that is configured to align with the first alignment element when the second annular prosthesis is positioned within the first annular prosthesis in the expanded state.

US Pat. No. 10,595,990

OSSEOINTEGRATIVE ADJUSTABLE OSSICULAR PROSTHESIS

Gyrus ACMI, Inc., Southb...

15. An otologic prosthesis, comprising:a set of crimping prongs positioned at a distal end of the otologic prosthesis, the set of crimping prongs being joined at a proximal end thereof and open at a distal end thereof;
a lattice structure provided on a surface of each crimping prong in the set of crimping prongs; and
a stem connecting the set of crimping prongs to a TM plate at a proximal end, the stem comprising an annular snap-fit mechanism and a slit formed along a proximal portion of the stem, the TM plate comprising a plug,
wherein the plug is configured to be inserted into the annular snap-fit mechanism to secure the stem to the TM plate,
wherein the stem is configured to be cut for sizing.

US Pat. No. 10,595,988

COSMETIC CORNEAL INLAY AND IMPLANTATION METHOD THEREOF

OPHTA INNOVATIONS INC., ...

1. An intrastromal corneal insert constituted by a film of solid, transparent, impermeable, biocompatible, physiologically inert and chemically resistant material, having thickness between 4.5 and 50 ?m, wherein the intrastromal corneal insert has a shape of an annulus of variable dimensions as a function of dimensions of a cornea in a subject who has to receive the insert and of pupillometry detected in mesopic conditions in the subject, wherein a central hole of the annulus has an inner perimeter in a form of a multilobed line, wherein each lobe has a shape of an arc of circumference and the lobes are two by two symmetric and opposing, and the annulus having four holes respectively positioned at 2, 4, 8, and 10 o'clock, wherein the insert has a plurality of chromatic patterns printed thereon, and wherein the patterns reproduce a chromatic pattern of an iris in the subject who has to receive the insert or of another chromatic pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,595,987

PROSTHETIC IRIS PREPARATION METHOD

8. A method of producing an iris that matches an iris of a natural eye and gives the produced iris a lifelike appearance of a pupil that dilates in dimmed light, comprising:comparing an array of sample irises with the iris of the natural eye, wherein each sample iris in the array comprises at least one unique characteristic and a unique indicia associated with the at least one unique characteristic;
selecting one sample iris from the array of the sample irises as a matching iris;
identifying the unique indicia of the matching iris;
retrieving a digital image of the matching iris from a database in a computer based on the identified unique indicia;
using a 2-dimensional digital printer and the retrieved digital image to print the matching iris;
printing an overlay screen of closely spaced marks of a selected color with the 2-dimensional digital printer in at least a portion of a pupil region of the matching iris during the printing of the matching iris; and
encapsulating the printed matching iris in a final iris such that the final iris comprises:
i. a final cornea,
ii. the printed matching iris, and
iii. a final backing.

US Pat. No. 10,595,985

MINIMALLY INVASIVE BREAST LIFT METHOD WITH A SUPERIOR TISSUE SUPPORT AND AN INFERIOR ANCHOR

Sinclair Pharmaceuticals ...

1. A system for performing a breast tissue lift, comprising:an elongate, flexible mesh sling having a first end and a second end and configured to be subcutaneously introduced along a generally medial-lateral axis of a patient's body, wherein medial generally refers to a direction closer to the midline of the patient's body with respect to a lateral location;
a first suspension line carrying a first inferior soft tissue anchor and having a first superior free end, wherein superior generally refers to a direction that is relatively cephalad or towards the patient's head while inferior refers to a direction that is relatively caudal or towards the patient's feet;
a second suspension line carrying a second inferior soft tissue anchor and having a second superior free end, wherein each of the first and second inferior soft tissue anchors comprises a rod comprising a rounded end, an oblique end cut at an angle, and a central aperture; and
a needle for introducing the elongate, flexible mesh sling subcutaneously, the needle comprising an arc of greater than 180 degrees,
wherein the first superior free end is configured to be connected to the first end of the elongate, flexible mesh sling,
wherein the second superior free end is configured to be connected to the second end of the elongate, flexible mesh sling, and
wherein the elongate, flexible mesh sling is configured to be positioned superiorly to tissue to be lifted.

US Pat. No. 10,595,984

IMPLANTED PASSIVE ENGINEERED MECHANISMS AND METHODS FOR THEIR USE AND MANUFACTURE

Oregon State University, ...

1. An implantable passive engineered mechanism comprising a biocompatible material, the mechanism comprising a strut having a first end and a second end, the strut having an aperture on the first end to receive a suture for coupling the first end to a first output tendon and an aperture on the second end to receive a suture for coupling the second end to a second output tendon.

US Pat. No. 10,595,983

CONSTRUCTS AND METHODS FOR REPAIRING A TENDON WITH A REDUCED RISK OF REINJURY

Riverpoint Medical, LLC, ...

1. A method of effecting a tendon repair in a patient, comprising,(a) providing a suture, having:
(i) a braid of high strength fibers and fibers of absorbable polymer selected from a group consisting of poly butylene succinate homopolmers and copolymers;
(ii) including at least 2 fibers of said absorbable polymer and 4 high strength fibers;
(iii) capable of being stretched at least 10% from its shortest length to the length at which said suture breaks; and
(iv) capable of withstanding a load of at least 100 Newtons, before breaking;
(b) using said suture tape to connect tendon tissue of said patient to other tissue of said patient; and
(c) permitting ingrowth of tendon tissue into said suture tape, as said fibers of absorbable polymer are absorbed into said patient's tissue over a period of at least 11 months.

US Pat. No. 10,595,982

ENDOLUMINAL PROSTHESIS

Cook Medical Technologies...

1. An endoluminal prosthesis comprising:a tubular main body comprising a proximal end opening, a distal end opening, a main lumen extending between the proximal end opening and the distal end opening, a sidewall, a first fenestration in the sidewall, and a second fenestration in the sidewall positioned distal of the first fenestration; and
a tubular auxiliary body disposed about the main body and comprising a sidewall, an outlet opening in the sidewall, a first end attached to the main body proximal of the first fenestration, a second end attached to the main body distal of the second fenestration, and a first dividing wall attached to the sidewall of the main body and the sidewall of the auxiliary body and extending longitudinally at least partially between the first end of the auxiliary body and the second end of the auxiliary body;
wherein a cavity is disposed between the sidewall of the main body and the sidewall of the auxiliary body and comprises a first chamber and a second chamber disposed on opposite sides of the first dividing wall and in fluid communication with one another through an opening in the first dividing wall, the main lumen is in fluid communication with the first chamber through the first fenestration, the main lumen is in fluid communication with the second chamber through the second fenestration, and the first chamber is in fluid communication with a point external of the prosthesis through the outlet opening of the auxiliary body.

US Pat. No. 10,595,980

TEMPORARY VALVE AND VALVE-FILTER

Valve Medical Ltd., Tel ...

1. A percutaneous temporary valve system for use in percutaneous cardiovascular procedures, comprising a temporary valve having a central core, and a sheath for containing and delivering said temporary valve and said central core; said temporary valve comprising a valve body and a plurality of lines, each line of said plurality of lines connected at a first end to a rim of said valve body and at a second end to said central core; said central core having an inverted delivery configuration and connected to said sheath.

US Pat. No. 10,595,979

TEXTURED SURFACES FOR BREAST IMPLANTS

Establishment Labs S.A., ...

1. An implant comprising a textured surface having:at an area scale of 1 mm×1 mm:
a mean surface roughness Sa value of from 2 ?m to 12 ?m; and
a maximum peak height to trough depth Sz value of 20 ?m to 60 ?m; and
at an area scale of 90 ?m×90 ?m:
a mean surface roughness Sa value of from 0.1 ?m to 5 ?m;
wherein the surface comprises a biocompatible polymer.

US Pat. No. 10,595,978

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF LAPAROSCOPIC USE OF HEMOSTATIC PATCH

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. An apparatus for delivering a surgical patch into a body cavity during laparoscopic surgery, the apparatus comprising:a surgical patch including a first hydrogel precursor and a second hydrogel precursor on the first hydrogel precursor, the first hydrogel precursor including one of nucleophilic functional groups or electrophilic functional groups, and the second hydrogel precursor including the other of the nucleophilic functional groups or the electrophilic functional groups, the first and second hydrogel precursors configured to react with one another to form a biocompatible cross-linked material; and
a polymeric bag,
the surgical patch disposed in the polymeric bag, the surgical patch and polymeric bag configured to be received within a deployment device for delivering the surgical patch and the polymeric bag into a body cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,595,974

FLASHLIGHT DEVICE FOR CURING LIGHT-CURABLE MATERIALS, METHOD AND SET

1. A set for at least one of gluing, bonding, modeling and repairing of an object, the set comprising:a pen-type housing comprising a first end, a second end, and a reservoir;
a light-curable material arranged in the reservoir; and
an LED lamp configured to emit a light having a wavelength or a spectrum of wavelengths at which the light-curable material is selectively cured and to be coupled to the pen-type housing at the second end so that the light emitted by the LED lamp is only emitted in a direction which faces away from the first end,
wherein,
the reservoir comprises an exit opening which is configured to selectively discharge the light-curable material at the first end.

US Pat. No. 10,595,973

METHOD FOR DETERMINING RELATIVE ARRANGEMENT OF PATIENT'S JAWS

1. A method for determining a relative arrangement of a patient's first and second jaws in a bite position at least partly defined by a first denture so that a relative spacing can be maintained between the patient's first and second jaws when using a new denture for the first jaw, the method comprising:obtaining a first digital 3D representation of the first denture for the first jaw, where the first digital 3D representation comprises geometrical data for artificial teeth of the first denture and for a first surface of a base of the first denture, which surface is configured to face a gum of the first jaw, where a first layer of impression material shaped according to a surface of the gum of the first jaw is arranged at the first surface of the base of the first denture, the first layer of impression material having a shape of the surface of the gum of the first jaw by having previously placed the first denture with the first layer of impression material at the surface of the gum of the first jaw;
obtaining a second digital 3D representation comprising geometrical data for the artificial teeth of the first denture and geometrical data for antagonist teeth in the second jaw, where the artificial teeth of the first denture and the antagonist teeth are arranged according to occlusion of the patient;
mapping the first digital 3D representation into a coordinate system of the second digital 3D representation;
deriving from the first digital 3D representation and the second 3D representation a third digital 3D representation comprising geometrical data for the surface of the gum of the first jaw in the coordinate system of the second digital representation;
obtaining a fourth digital 3D representation comprising geometrical data for the second jaw; and
mapping the fourth digital 3D representation into the coordinate system of the second digital 3D representation, and
using the geometrical data of the mapped first, second, and fourth digital 3D representations and the third digital 3D representation to determine the relative spacing of the surface of the gum of the first jaw and the antagonist teeth when using a new denture for the first jaw.

US Pat. No. 10,595,970

BONDING OF SOFT GINGIVAL TISSUES WITH ANATOMICAL AND OTHER DENTAL PROSTHESES

Esthetic Implant Solution...

1. A method for providing increased soft tissue adhesion to a prosthesis anchored in a dental implant, the method comprising:providing a prosthesis that is an anatomical healing abutment for promoting healing of gingival tissue around a subgingival void of a given tooth position and shaping of a gingival margin of a patient at the given tooth position, and which exhibits soft tissue adhesion during healing, the anatomical healing abutment comprising:
a cuff body having an anatomical subgingival portion extending from an implant end to the gingival margin of the patient, and an emergent crown portion extending from the subgingival portion and occlusally beyond the gingival margin of the patient; and
wherein the anatomical subgingival portion has an asymmetric cross section and an outer surface that is shaped to provide substantially custom filling of at least an emergence portion of the subgingival void where a natural tooth once emerged from the void, or where a tooth would have emerged from the void, the subgingival portion thus being shaped to anatomically fill and fully support gingival tissue around the subgingival void to prevent or minimize slump of gingival tissue into the subgingival void,
wherein at least the outer surface of the anatomical subgingival portion of the anatomical healing abutment is (i) formed from a material which accepts adhesion of the soft tissue surrounding the prosthesis; (ii) is mechanically or chemically treated at the outer surface thereof so as to accept adhesion of the soft tissue surrounding the anatomical healing abutment; or (iii) both (i) and (ii);
placing the subgingival portion of the anatomical healing abutment into the subgingival void of a given tooth position, and coupling the anatomical healing abutment into an implant disposed below the anatomical healing abutment; and
allowing the soft tissue to heal around the placed anatomical healing abutment such that the soft tissue adheres to the anatomical healing abutment, providing a seal around the anatomical healing abutment which:
reduces or prevents ingress of pathogenic microbes between the anatomical healing abutment and the soft tissue, and/or
reduces or prevents recession of the soft tissue around the anatomical healing abutment.

US Pat. No. 10,595,966

METHODS AND APPARATUSES FOR DENTAL IMAGES

Align Technology, Inc., ...

1. A method for remotely and automatically pre-screening a patient for an orthodontic treatment prior to treatment by a dental professional, the method comprising:guiding a user, with a mobile telecommunications device having a camera and a screen, to take a series of images of the patient's teeth in a plurality of predetermined viewing angles by sequentially, for each predetermined viewing angle:
displaying, on the screen, an overlay comprising an outline of teeth in one of the plurality of predetermined viewing angles, wherein the overlay is displayed atop an image of the series of images of the patient's teeth; and
capturing the image of the patient's teeth when the overlay approximately matches the image of the patient's teeth in the one of the predetermined viewing angles's teeth;
transmitting the captured images to a remote location to automatically determine if the patient is a candidate for the orthodontic treatment based on the captured images; and
displaying, on the screen of the mobile telecommunications device, an indicator that the patient is, or is not, a candidate for the orthodontic treatment.

US Pat. No. 10,595,964

INTRA-ORAL APPLIANCE FOR FIELD ISOLATION AND MOISTURE CONTROL

1. An intra-oral simultaneous bilateral inter arch isolation appliance comprising:a body having, in superior plan view, a generally W-shaped configuration bisected by a medial plane, said body having a singular, unitary seamlessly integral construction defining:
a tongue crib of generally U-shaped configuration in superior plan view and bisected by said medial plane, said U-shaped configuration being closed at an anterior end thereof and open at a posterior end thereof to receive a patient's tongue through the open posterior end and shield said tongue behind the closed anterior end thereof;
a first cheek retractor wing spaced laterally of the medial plane to a first side thereof and reaching anteriorly-posteriorly therealong;
a second cheek retractor wing spaced laterally of the medial plane to an opposing second side thereof and reaching anteriorly-posteriorly therealong;
first and second transitions respectively joining the first and second cheek retractor wings to respective halves of the tongue-crib on the opposing sides of the medial plane at the open posterior end of the tongue crib such that the tongue crib projects anteriorly from the transitions within a space bound between the cheek retractor wings;
a first commissure cradle located at a first terminal end of the W-shaped configuration and attached to an anterior end of the first cheek retractor wing for hooked engagement of the first commissure cradle about a patient's first oral commissure;
a second commissure cradle located at a second terminal end of the W-shaped configuration and attached to an anterior end of the second cheek retractor wing for hooked engagement of the second commissure cradle about a patient's second oral commissure; and
a respective gripping handle protruding laterally outward from at least one of the commissure cradles at a distal end thereof furthest from the associated cheek retractor wing;
whereby in a patient worn position of said appliance, each cheek retractor wing runs buccally along a respective left or right half of a patient's mandibular and maxillary dental arches to retract and isolate buccal mucosa from said dental arches, the transitions curve posteriorly around molars of the dental arches between the patient's maxillary tuberosity and retromolar pad, and the tongue crib accommodates and shields the patient's tongue between said halves of the dental arches, thereby isolating the tongue from said dental arches.

US Pat. No. 10,595,963

DISPENSER, AND DISPENSER AND CARTRIDGE

GC Corporation, Shizuoka...

1. A dispenser comprising:a guide shaft;
a housing, accommodating the guide shaft, and supporting the guide shaft movably in mutually opposite first and second directions along an axial direction of the guide shaft;
a slide block slidably mounted on the guide shaft;
a piston shaft having a first end mounted on the slide block, and a second end, opposite to the first end, projecting from the housing as the slide block moves in the first direction;
a handle projecting from the housing in a direction non-parallel to the axial direction of the guide shaft;
a slide bar having a third end rotatably supported on the housing, and a fourth end, opposite to the third end, approaching the handle when the slide bar is rotated in a rotating direction around the third end;
a lever, rotatably supported on the fourth end of the slide bar, and squeezable with respect to the handle; and
an engaging piece provided on the third end of the slide bar and engaging a guide groove formed in the guide shaft, wherein the engaging piece moves the guide shaft in the first direction when the slide bar is rotated in the rotating direction around the third end to approach the handle.

US Pat. No. 10,595,962

ULTRASONIC ENDODONTIC SURGICAL INSTRUMENT

HAN INSTRUMENTS, LLC, Va...

1. An endodontic instrument for ultrasonic root end retro-preparation, comprising:a plurality of segments extending from a proximal base to a bent distal tip, the proximal base having an opening at a proximal end thereof adapted to receive an actuator of an ultrasonic energy generator, the segments being attached together to enable propagation of ultrasonic energy from the proximal base to the distal tip, the segments including a first elbow segment attached to the proximal base and a swivel segment located distal to the first elbow segment, the swivel segment enabling rotation of the bent distal tip relative to the first elbow segment, wherein the segments are made of the same metal, and wherein the plurality of segments define a double-angled shape having a length of between about 1-2 in.

US Pat. No. 10,595,961

ENDODONTIC INSTRUMENTS DISPLAYING COMPRESSIBILITY

1. A method of preparing an endodontic cavity space, the method comprising:inserting an endodontic instrument into the endodontic cavity space, wherein the endodontic instrument comprises:
a shank configured for attachment to a motor to drive the endodontic instrument about a first axis, and
a body extending from the shank by a length, the body having a working surface between: (i) a shank end portion where the working surface and the shank meet and (ii) a tip end portion where the working surface meets a tip of the endodontic instrument, the working surface including multiple edges, at least a portion of the working surface being tapered such that the tip end portion has a diameter that is less than a diameter of the shank end portion, the working surface comprising a plurality of transverse cross-sections, each transverse cross-section having a center of mass and multiple sides, the working surface having a center of mass path defined by the centers of mass of the plurality of transverse cross-sections of the body,
wherein the endodontic instrument is configured to be radially compressible between: (i) an unconstrained configuration in which at least a portion of the center of mass path between the tip end portion and the shank end portion is offset from the first axis and spirals around the first axis along a length of the first axis, and (ii) a radially constrained configuration in which the portion of the center of mass path is more aligned with the first axis than in the unconstrained configuration, and
preparing of the endodontic cavity space by rotating the endodontic instrument about the first axis while the endodontic instrument is in the endodontic cavity space,
wherein, during the rotating, a cutting perimeter of the endodontic instrument enlarges such that the endodontic cavity space is prepared by rotating the endodontic instrument singularly, thereby eliminating a need for rotating two or more endodontic instruments of increasing sizes for the preparing of the endodontic space, and
wherein, after the preparing of the endodontic cavity space by rotating the endodontic instrument singularly and without rotating two or more endodontic instruments of increasing sizes, the endodontic cavity space is sized for filling.

US Pat. No. 10,595,960

ULTRASONIC METHODS AND DEVICES FOR DENTAL TREATMENT

SMILESONICA INC., Edmont...

1. A system for use in emitting ultrasound to a dental area, the system comprising:an intra-oral dental attachment for providing ultrasound emissions to the dental area; the dental attachment comprising at least one flexible array of cooperative ultrasound transducers; and
controlling means for controlling the ultrasound emissions, the controlling means being in communication with the dental attachment;
wherein the at least one flexible array of cooperative ultrasound transducers comprises:
at least one buccal side transducer and at least one lingual side transducer, which are each independently and selectively controllable by the controlling means to: emit ultrasound in an ultrasound emitting mode;
and to sense at least one stimulus and provide feedback in an ultrasound sensing mode; and
wherein the controlling means independently and selectively controls the at least one buccal side transducer and at least one lingual side transducer based, at least in part, on the feedback, and
wherein the controlling means comprises switching circuitry coupled to the at least one buccal side transducer and at least one lingual side transducer, the switching circuitry comprising one or more multiplexer/demultiplexer circuits selectively switching each of the at least one buccal side transducer and the at least one lingual side transducer between the ultrasound emitting mode and the ultrasound sensing mode.

US Pat. No. 10,595,958

WIRELESSLY DETECTABLE OBJECTS FOR USE IN MEDICAL PROCEDURES AND METHODS OF MAKING SAME

COVIDIEN LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A method of manufacturing wirelessly detectable objects for use in medical procedures, the method comprising:supplying a plurality of pouches, wherein each of the pouches contains a respective encapsulated wireless transponder, the encapsulated wireless transponder retained in the respective pouch via a respective plurality of stitches about a perimeter of each of the pouches;
attaching a respective one of the pouches to a piece of absorbent material via at least one or more stitches of the respective plurality of stitches, the pouch containing the respective encapsulated wireless transponder;
for each of a plurality of pieces of the absorbent material, folding the respective piece of absorbent material to form a folded piece of absorbent material; and
packaging the folded piece of absorbent material.

US Pat. No. 10,595,957

MARKER MATERIALS AND FORMS FOR MAGNETIC MARKER LOCALIZATION (MML)

ENDOMAGNETICS LTD, (GB)

1. A magnetic marker for marking a site in tissue in the body, the marker comprising at least one magnetically soft material having a magnetic coercivity of less than 100 Oe with a magnetic mass susceptibility of greater than 0.05 m3 kg?1 and being deformable between a packed non-spherical configuration prior to deployment having a higher ratio of maximum magnetic response to minimum magnetic response (ratio of magnetic anisotropy of susceptibility) compared to a deployed/unpacked configuration after deployment wherein the marker has a ratio of magnetic anisotropy of susceptibility of less than 5.

US Pat. No. 10,595,956

MARKER LOADING ASSEMBLY

Camtomsam AB, Huddinge (...

1. An imaging marker loading assembly for transferring an elongated positioning marker from a loader needle of said assembly into an insertion needle of a medical insertion device, the marker loading assembly comprising:an elongated hollow housing having a manoeuvring end and a marker transfer end,
a loader needle mounted within said loading assembly along a longitudinal axis of said assembly, said loader needle supporting therein said elongated positioning marker until the elongated positioning marker is transferred to said insertion needle, said elongated positioning marker having one or more indentations distributed along a longitudinal axis of said elongated positioning marker for enabling the elongated positioning marker to fold when inserted into tissue, wherein the elongated positioning marker is configured to form an entangled ball when inserted into tissue, and
a transfer opening provided at the marker transfer end and being adapted to receive a distal end of the insertion needle, said transfer opening being provided with a shape gradually opening up in a direction away from said manoeuvring end, and said transfer opening at its narrow end leading to a transfer channel arranged along said longitudinal axis,
a removable transport protecting member being an elongated rod structured to be inserted into a loading end of the loader needle, frictionally held within the loader needle, and easily removed from the loader needle when the assembly is to be used,
wherein the transfer channel has a circular cross-sectional shape having a diameter larger than an outer diameter of the insertion needle or of an outer protective sleeve provided on the outside of the insertion needle, and wherein a loading end of the loader needle is concentrically arranged in the transfer channel such that an annular space having a predetermined length along the longitudinal axis is provided around the loading end,
wherein the outer diameter of the loader needle is smaller than an inner diameter of the insertion needle, which enables the distal end of the insertion needle to be inserted into said annular space in the transfer channel and simultaneously the loading end of the loader needle to be inserted into the distal end of the insertion needle to set said assembly in a marker loading ready state, and
wherein the loading assembly further comprises a transfer mandrel, said transfer mandrel being adapted to be arranged within said loading needle and being arranged to receive a force in the direction towards the insertion needle and thereby achieve transfer of the elongated positioning marker from the loader needle into the distal end of the insertion needle.

US Pat. No. 10,595,954

NEEDLE BREAST BIOPSY SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR USE

Hologic, Inc., Marlborou...

1. An upright x-ray mammography imaging system comprising:a gantry;
an x-ray tube configured to rotate relative to the gantry over an angular range, wherein the x-ray tube emits x-rays within a field;
an x-ray receptor configured to rotate relative to the gantry and disposed in a plane normal to the x-ray tube so as to receive the emitted x-rays;
a compression platform connected to the gantry and encasing the x-ray receptor;
a compression paddle spaced apart from each of the x-ray tube and the compression platform, wherein the compression paddle and the compression platform are configured to compress a breast of a patient, and wherein the compression paddle is releasably fittable onto the gantry; and
a needle biopsy assembly releasably couplable to the gantry between the x-ray tube and the compression platform, wherein the needle biopsy assembly is removable from the gantry separate from the compression paddle, the needle biopsy assembly comprising:
a first handle and a second handle, wherein at least one of the first handle and the second handle comprises a coupling mechanism to releasably couple the needle biopsy assembly to the gantry;
a support structure extending between the first handle and the second handle;
a fixed support arm coupled to the support structure;
an angular support arm coupled to the fixed support arm, wherein the angular support arm extends at an angle offset from the plane of the x-ray receptor;
a holster mount moveably coupled to the angular support arm;
a biopsy device coupled to the holster mount wherein the holster mount is adapted to position the biopsy device proximate a target location, the biopsy device comprising a needle, wherein a portion of the needle is positionable so as to be disposed at the angle offset between the compression platform and the compression paddle to biopsy the compressed breast, and wherein when the needle biopsy assembly is coupled to the gantry, the holster mount and the biopsy device are positioned outside of the field of x-rays emitted by the x-ray tube so that image artifacts by the holster mount and the biopsy device are not formed in an x-ray image; and
a needle support coupled to the angular support arm for stabilizing an end of the needle.

US Pat. No. 10,595,953

ON PATIENT SURGICAL PROCEDURAL INSTRUMENT TRAY

Connected Rock, Inc., Ca...

7. An apparatus for placement on a patient to support one or more instruments for a surgical procedure in which the patient is at least partially covered by a surgical drape, the apparatus comprising:a tray configured for placement on the patient for the surgical procedure, the tray having a top surface to support the one or more instruments;
a sloped periphery that defines a rectangle that measures at least 8.5 inches long and 11 inches wide, and that slopes up from the top surface of the tray to form a wall at the sloped periphery of the tray to retain the one or more instruments supported by the top surface of the tray;
a pair of slots formed in the tray proximate the sloped periphery on and between opposing sides of the length of the rectangle;
a tray drape slideably positioned through the pair of slots and on top of the top surface of tray, the tray drape having a length and a width to form a tray base surface on top of the top surface of the tray and opposing end drapes on opposite sides of the tray when the tray drape is slideably positioned through the one or more slots;
a set of clips integrated with each of the opposing end drapes of the tray drape for attaching the tray drape to the surgical drape of the patient during the surgical procedure; and
wherein the tray is configured for placement atop the torso of the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,595,952

PROCESS AND APPARATUS FOR MANAGING MEDICAL DEVICE SELECTION AND IMPLANTATION

Sight Medical, LLC, Alex...

1. A method of assisting an orthopedic implant procedure in an operating room with a display communicating with a computer system, the method comprising the steps of:a. loading on the computer system a sub-set of surgical instruments and implant instruments arranged into a substantially specific order based upon a determination of a sequence of bone cuts to be performed in the procedure;
b. presenting on the display images of the surgical instruments and implant instruments in the substantially specific order;
c. on the display, advancing through the substantially specific order of the surgical instruments and implant instruments;
d. wherein a user interface to the computer system is located in the operating room and the user interface allows a user to control the computer system's advancement though the substantially specific order on the display;
e. providing (i) a surgical table in the operating room, (ii) a camera viewing the surgical table, and (iii) the computer system receiving images from the camera;
f. loading into memory of the computer system a sub-set of surgical instruments and implant instruments arranged into a substantially specific order;
g. placing the sub-set of surgical instruments and implant instruments on the surgical table;
h. capturing an image with the camera of the surgical instruments and implant instruments on the surgical table; and
i. determining which of the surgical instruments and implant instruments loaded into the computer memory are present in the image of surgical instruments and implant instruments.

US Pat. No. 10,595,950

FERROMAGNETIC SHAPED MEMORY ALLOY NANO-ACTUATOR AND METHOD OF USE

University of Washington,...

1. A nano-actuator comprising a first head portion formed from a ferromagnetic material and a helical portion extending from the head portion, the helical portion comprising a compliant ferromagnetic shape memory alloy, wherein the helical portion is configured to be elastically compressible by applying an external magnetic field, and to expand when the external magnetic field is removed.

US Pat. No. 10,595,949

SPLAYED CABLE GUIDE FOR A MEDICAL INSTRUMENT

Intuitive Surgical Operat...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a shaft of a medical instrument, a first cable, a second cable, and a cable guide;
the cable guide comprising a mounting surface, an inner surface, a first guide surface, and a second guide surface;
the inner surface defining a shaft opening into a shaft passageway defined by the shaft;
the first guide surface comprising a first bend portion transitioning to the inner surface, the first bend portion being characterized by a first bend radius about a first bend axis, the first bend axis being offset from the mounting surface by a first offset distance;
the second guide surface comprising a second bend portion transitioning to the inner surface, the second bend portion being characterized by a second bend radius about a second bend axis, the second bend axis being offset from the mounting surface by a second offset distance, the second offset distance being different than the first offset distance;
the first cable being routed along the first guide surface, around the first bend portion, and through the shaft opening; and
the second cable being routed along the second guide surface, around the second bend portion, and through the shaft opening.

US Pat. No. 10,595,947

SURGICAL INSTRUMENT SHAFT WITH EMBEDDED OPTICAL FIBER

Intuitive Surgical Operat...

1. A surgical instrument shaft comprising:a hollow tube including an inner wall surface and an outer wall surface comprising: a base material having a reinforcing glass material embedded therein between the inner surface and outer wall surface; and
an optical fiber embedded within the base material between the inner wall surface and the outer wall surface.

US Pat. No. 10,595,945

ROBOTIC SURGICAL ASSEMBLIES

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A surgical assembly for use with and for selective connection to a robotic arm, the surgical assembly comprising:an electromechanical surgical instrument including:
a housing portion supporting a driven member therein; and
a shaft having a proximal end supported by the housing portion and a distal end having an end effector operably coupled to the driven member; and
an instrument drive unit including:
a first motor configured to be operably coupled to the driven member of the electromechanical surgical instrument;
a second motor configured to be coupled to the housing portion of the electromechanical surgical instrument to effect rotation of the electromechanical surgical instrument; and
a feedback assembly including:
control circuitry in communication with the second motor and configured to sense a change in a condition of the second motor;
a first annular member having a surface feature projecting therefrom; and
a second annular member disposed adjacent the first annular member, the second annular member having a first surface feature projecting therefrom, circumferentially aligned with the surface feature of the first annular member such that upon a threshold amount of rotation of the first annular member, the surface feature of the first annular member abuts the first surface feature of the second annular member to change the condition of the second motor.

US Pat. No. 10,595,942

TECHNIQUES FOR GENERATING A BONE PLATE DESIGN

Stryker European Holdings...

1. A method of generating a data set that geometrically defines a bone plate design for a bone plate with a plurality of fixation openings configured to receive a fixation member for fixing the bone plate to bone, the method comprising:accessing data indicative of a maxillofacial anatomy of a patient and generating a three-dimensional preoperative model of said anatomy using said data;
simulating an osteotomy on the preoperative model to generate a three-dimensional modified model, the simulated osteotomy defining first and second bone cuts that results in a second bone portion separated from a first bone portion, the osteotomy resulting in an absence of the maxillofacial anatomy coupling the first and second bone portions together;
defining, on the modified model, a first plurality of fixation openings on the first bone portion and a second plurality of fixation openings on the second bone portion, wherein the first and second plurality of fixation openings are defined on the modified model based on shape data of the maxillofacial anatomy such that at least a spacing distance between the first plurality of fixation openings is different from a spacing distance between the second plurality of fixation openings; and
determining a monolithic three-dimensional structure for the bone plate that couples the first and second plurality of fixation openings in the modified model, wherein the monolithic three-dimensional structure for the bone plate has a shape that varies in each of three dimensions to arrange the second bone portion relative to the first bone portion in accordance with a desired post-operative orientation, each of the plurality of first and second fixation openings corresponding to an aperture in the bone plate for receipt of a fixation member.

US Pat. No. 10,595,939

SKIN TREATMENT APPARATUS UTILISING INTENSE PULSED LIGHT (IPL)

iPulse Limited, Swansea ...

1. A skin treatment apparatus comprising:a light source comprising a light emitting element for transmitting light energy to a skin and a capacitor for discharging an energy dose to the light emitting element;
at least one sensor for measuring a parameter of the skin, the capacitor configured to be charged from a power input independently of the measurement from the at least one sensor; and
a control system configured to determine a treatment energy dose to be delivered, the treatment energy dose being optimized using a measurement from the sensor,
the control system further configured to start delivery of the treatment energy dose based upon a user input and then to terminate discharge of the capacitor upon delivery of the treatment energy dose before discharge of the capacitor is complete.

US Pat. No. 10,595,937

SYSTEM FOR OPTIMIZED COUPLING OF ABLATION CATHETERS TO BODY TISSUES AND EVALUATION OF LESIONS FORMED BY THE CATHETERS

St. Jude Medical, Atrial ...

1. A system for diagnosis or treatment of tissue in a body, comprising:an ablation catheter, comprising:
a deformable, elongate shaft having proximal and distal ends;
a first ablation delivery member disposed proximate said distal end of said deformable, elongate shaft, said first ablation delivery member configured to deliver ablation energy to ablate said tissue, said first ablation delivery member disposed about a longitudinal axis of said deformable, elongate shaft and having proximal and distal ends, said first ablation delivery member including at least one elongate slit configured to permit movement of the ablation delivery member laterally and axially from a first position to a second position relative to said longitudinal axis between said proximal and distal ends of said first ablation delivery member;
a lumen located within the ablation delivery member, the lumen adapted to deliver fluid configured to control the temperature of the first ablation delivery member;
a return lumen configured to draw the fluid away from the first ablation delivery member;
a membrane positioned over at least a portion of the at least one elongate slit and an exterior surface of the ablation delivery member, the membrane configured to prevent the fluid from flowing out of the ablation delivery member to provide a closed-loop pathway between the lumen and the return lumen;
a first sensing electrode disposed proximate said first ablation delivery member, said first sensing electrode configured to generate a first signal indicative of electrical activity in said tissue;
a force sensor disposed proximate the first ablation delivery member, said force sensor configured to generate a second signal; and
an electronic control unit configured to control delivery of said ablation energy from said first ablation delivery member responsive to said first signal and to determine a degree of coupling between said first ablation delivery member and said tissue from the first signal and determine a contact force responsive to said second signal, wherein the degree of coupling comprises determining a value for at least one component of a complex impedance between said first ablation delivery member and said tissue, and wherein the electronic control unit is further configured to use the first signal and the second signal to adjust the application of energy to the first ablation delivery member.

US Pat. No. 10,595,934

ELECTROSURGICAL UNIT PENCIL APPARATUS AND SHROUD HAVING DIRECTED ILLUMINATION

I.C. Medical, Inc., Phoe...

1. An electrosurgery pencil comprising:a handpiece having an open first end;
an electrode contained within at least a portion of the handpiece wherein at least a portion of the electrode extends beyond the open first end of the handpiece;
at least one electrical contact in communication with said electrode for enabling at least one of cutting and coagulation during a medical procedure; and
at least one lighting element located near the open first end of the handpiece wherein said at least one lighting element is connected to said at least one electrical contact so that said at least one lighting element turns on when the electrode is being used for at least one of cutting and coagulation and turns off when said electrode is not in use.

US Pat. No. 10,595,933

MULTIFUNCTIONAL VESSEL SEALING AND DIVIDER DEVICE

COVIDIEN LP, Mansfield, ...

1. An electrosurgical forceps, comprising:an end effector including first and second jaw members, the first jaw member having a proximal portion including an inner surface having a first jaw guide member disposed thereon and a distal portion including a first tissue contacting surface having stepped surfaces, the second jaw member having a proximal portion including an inner surface having a second jaw guide member disposed thereon and a distal portion including a second tissue contacting surface having stepped surfaces, the inner surfaces of the proximal portions of the first and second jaw members facing each other, each of the first and second tissue contacting surfaces having a shear edge disposed between the stepped surfaces,
the first and second jaw members vertically movable between an open position and a first approximated position in which the first and second tissue contacting surfaces vertically oppose and laterally align with each other, and laterally movable between the first approximated position and a second approximated position to laterally displace the first and second tissue contacting surfaces with respect to each other, the first and second jaw guide members controlling an open angle between the first and second jaw members during movement between the first approximated position and the second approximated position; and
first and second elongated shaft members that cooperate to define the end effector, the first jaw member disposed on a distal end portion of the first elongated shaft member and the second jaw member disposed on a distal end portion of the second elongated shaft member, the first and second elongated shaft members coupled together by a pivot pin extending through openings defined in respective first and second intersection portions of the first and second elongated shaft members, at least one of the first and second elongated shaft members pivotable with respect to the other of the first and second shaft members about at least two axes.

US Pat. No. 10,595,932

ELECTROSURGICAL INSTRUMENT WITH A KNIFE BLADE LOCKOUT MECHANISM

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. An electrosurgical forceps, comprising:a shaft;
a drive tube selectively translatable within the shaft between proximal and distal positions;
first and second jaw members operably coupled to the drive tube and movable between open and clamping positions as the drive tube translates between the proximal and distal positions;
a knife blade movable relative to the first and second jaw members and configured to cut tissue disposed therebetween; and
a knife blade lockout mechanism supported within the drive tube by a pivot pin, the knife blade lockout mechanism configured to pivot about the pivot pin as the drive tube translates between the proximal and distal positions to selectively prevent the knife blade from moving relative to the first and second jaw members, wherein the shaft includes a first slot defined therein and the drive tube includes a second slot defined therein, the knife blade lockout mechanism configured to pivot through the first and second slots as the knife blade lockout mechanism pivots about the pivot pin.

US Pat. No. 10,595,931

LIQUID FEEDER AND TREATMENT APPARATUS

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A liquid feeder mounted on a treatment instrument including an elongate member with a longitudinal axis, a handle arranged at a proximal end of the elongate member, and a rotation knob arranged at a distal end of the handle and configured to rotate the elongate member about the longitudinal axis, the liquid feeder comprising:a main tube disposed along the elongate member and configured to flow a liquid to an outer circumference of the elongate member;
a connection section disposed on a proximal end side of the main tube, the connection section including a connector connected to a fist end of a liquid feed tube, a second end of the liquid feed tube being connected to a liquid source, and the connection section is configured to connect an interior of the main tube with an interior of the liquid feed tube via the connector;
a seal member disposed inside the connection section and configured to form a watertight seal between the connection section and the elongate member; and
a fixing section rotatably attached to a proximal end of the connection section, the fixing section, the fixing section being configured to: pivot with respect to the connection section into a fixed position relative to the handle, the connection section being disposed at a distal end of the rotation knob, and
maintain an orientation of the connection section with respect to the handle when the fixing section is in the fixed position and while the elongate member of the treatment instrument is rotated about the longitudinal axis with respect to the handle.

US Pat. No. 10,595,930

ELECTRODE WIPING SURGICAL DEVICE

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A surgical instrument comprising:a handle assembly;
a shaft coupled to a distal end of the handle assembly; and
an end effector coupled to a distal end of the shaft, the end effector comprising:
a first jaw;
a second jaw, wherein the first jaw and the second jaw cooperate to capture tissue therebetween;
the first jaw comprising a first lateral side, a second lateral side, and a third side connecting the first and second lateral sides and facing the second jaw such that the third side is positioned closest to the second jaw as the second jaw closes with the first jaw;
a stapling member configured to fire one or more staples between the first and second jaws; and
an elongated electrode secured to the first jaw, the elongated electrode comprising:
a first long portion that runs longitudinally along the first lateral side of the first jaw from a first proximal point on said first lateral side beginning near a joint connecting the first jaw to the second jaw and extending to a distal end of said first lateral side;
a second portion electrically coupled to the first long portion that runs along a distal end of the third side of the first jaw such that the second jaw closes onto the second portion when the second jaw closes onto the first jaw;
a third long portion electrically coupled to the second portion that runs longitudinally along the second lateral side of the first jaw from a distal end of said second lateral side and extending to a second proximal point on said second lateral side beginning near the joint connecting the first jaw to the second jaw;
a fourth portion running substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the first long portion and connecting a distal end of the first long portion to the second portion; and
a fifth portion running substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the third long portion and connecting a distal end of the third long portion to the second portion;
wherein the first long portion and the third long portion are positioned on a first plane distal to the second jaw, and the second portion is positioned on a second plane parallel to the first plane and proximal to the second jaw; and
wherein the elongated electrode is configured to transmit electrosurgical energy throughout the entirety of the first long portion, the second portion, the third long portion, the fourth portion and the fifth portion, to coagulate tissue upon wiping the end effector against the tissue.

US Pat. No. 10,595,929

SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS WITH FIRING SYSTEM OVERLOAD PROTECTION MECHANISMS

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A surgical instrument, comprising: an end effector; a trigger actuatable between a first position and a second position; a firing beam comprising a tissue cutting surface movable from a proximal position to a distal position through the end effector; an actuation drive operably coupled to the firing beam, the actuation drive movable between an unactuated position and an actuated position in response to actuation of the trigger to move the firing beam from the proximal position to the distal position; a housing comprising a toggle assembly transitionable between a folded configuration and an expanded configuration, wherein the expanded configuration of the toggle assembly corresponds to the distal position of the firing beam; wherein in the folded configuration the toggle assembly operably couples the trigger to the actuation drive such that actuation of the trigger causes the actuation drive to move the firing beam; wherein in the expanded configuration the toggle assembly decouples the trigger from the actuation drive such that actuation of the trigger does not cause the actuation drive to move the firing beam; and a resetting member operable to return the toggle assembly to the folded configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,595,928

COMBINATION UNILATERAL/BILATERAL JAWS ON A SURGICAL INSTRUMENT

COVIDIEN LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A surgical instrument, comprising:a housing supporting first and second actuators thereon;
a first jaw member and a second jaw member;
a first drive member defining a longitudinal axis and operatively coupled between the first actuator and the first jaw member such that manipulation of the first actuator induces pivotal movement of the first jaw member about a pivot axis, the pivot axis disposed at a non-parallel angle relative to the longitudinal axis;
a second drive member operatively coupled between the second actuator and the second jaw member such that manipulation of the second actuator induces pivotal movement of the second jaw member about the pivot axis; and
a coupling member operatively associated with the first drive member and the second drive member, the coupling member selectively movable between a locked configuration and an unlocked configuration, wherein in the locked configuration the first drive member and the second drive member are coupled to one another and move concurrently to pivot the first jaw member and the second jaw member about the pivot axis in a bilateral manner, wherein the coupling member includes a peg coupled to the first drive member, and wherein the second drive member includes a plurality of holes defined therein for receiving the peg when the coupling member is moved to the locked configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,595,927

COMBINATION MEDICAL DEVICE

GYRUS ACMI, INC., Southb...

1. A device comprising:a first arm having a first distal end and a first proximate end;
a second arm having a second distal end and a second proximate end, the second arm interconnected to the first arm, wherein the first arm and the second arm are biased towards each other by a closing force;
a shuttle;
a biasing member disposed between the first arm and the second arm, the biasing member having a first position that provides an opening force that biases the first arm and the second arm away from each other against the closing force, and having a second position that does not oppose the closing force, the biasing member having a first connector pivotally connected to the first arm and a second connector pivotally connected to the second arm, and the first connector and the second connector are pivotally connected to the shuttle at a pivot point, the first connector having a first surface and the second connector having a second surface, and the first surface contacts the second surface when the biasing member is in the first position.

US Pat. No. 10,595,926

ENERGY-BASED MEDICAL DEVICES

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A medical device, comprising:first and second electrically and thermally conductive tissue treating surfaces;
an electrical conductor disposed in electrical communication with the first tissue treating surface and configured to conduct RF energy to the first tissue treating surface for conducting RF energy through tissue disposed between the first and second tissue treating surfaces for heating tissue via Joule heating to treat tissue; and
an electrically insulative thermal conductor disposed in thermal communication with the first tissue treating surface and configured to conduct heat to the first tissue treating surface for heating tissue adjacent the first tissue treating surface via conductive heating to facilitate treating tissue,
wherein the electrically insulative thermal conductor is coupled to heat-generating electronics for conducting the heat from the heat-generating electronics to the first tissue treating surface, and wherein the heat-generating electronics include at least one of a control unit or a power source.

US Pat. No. 10,595,925

MEDICAL SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USE

Tsunami MedTech, LLC, Me...

1. A method for thermally treating tissue comprising:providing a probe body having a flow channel extending therein to an outlet in a working end;
introducing a flow of a liquid media through the flow channel; and
applying energy to the tissue by inductively heating a portion of the probe body sufficient to produce a flowing media by vaporizing the liquid media within the flow channel causing pressurized ejection of the flowing media from the outlet to the tissue;
determining a vapor quality of the flowing media by measuring at least one parameter of the flowing media; and
modulating an operating parameter used to produce the flowing media based on the vapor quality of the flowing media.

US Pat. No. 10,595,924

ELECTROSURGICAL SNARE DEVICE

Apyx Medical Corporation,...

1. An electrosurgical device comprising:a housing having a longitudinal axis; a support shaft attached to a distal end of the housing, the support shaft having a longitudinal axis substantially aligned with the longitudinal axis of the housing;
a tube at least partially disposed in the support shaft, the tube including a plurality of apertures disposed along a length of the tube; and
an electrically conducting spring disposed around the tube, the electrically conducting spring including a plurality of coils spaced apart from each other, where a spacing of the coils coincides with a spacing of the plurality of apertures, the electrically conducting spring adapted to move along the tube such that at different points in time the plurality of coils are disposed over the plurality of apertures or between the plurality of apertures or between the plurality of apertures,
wherein a gas assisted electrosurgical effect is formed at each of the plurality of apertures when an inert gas flows through the tube and the electrically conducting spring is energized, the gas assisted effect being enhanced when the plurality of coils are disposed over the plurality of apertures and the gas assisted effect being reduced when the plurality of coils are disposed between the plurality of apertures.

US Pat. No. 10,595,923

METHOD AND SYSTEM RELATED TO ELECTROSURGICAL PROCEDURES

ArthroCare Corporation, ...

1. An electrosurgical system comprising:a processor;
a memory coupled to the processor;
wherein the memory stores a program that, when executed by the processor, causes the processor to:
monitor an electrical parameter associated with a voltage generator during periods of time when energy is being delivered to an active electrode of an electrosurgical wand; and
determine, based on the electrical parameter, a presence of a wand condition of the electrosurgical wand, the wand condition being at least one selected from the group consisting of: a surface area of the active electrode is less than a predetermined threshold surface area; and that the surface area of the active electrode is approaching the predetermined threshold surface area.

US Pat. No. 10,595,921

SLIDING CROSS-FLUOROSCOPY AUXILIARY APPARATUS FOR INSERTING ORTHOPEDIC PEDICLE SCREW

1. A sliding cross-fluoroscopy auxiliary apparatus for inserting an orthopedic pedicle screw, comprising: a holder and a lifting pillar on the holder, wherein a supporting arm is provided on a top end of the lifting pillar, and a telescopic shaft is arranged inside the supporting arm; a first end of the telescopic shaft is connected to a first driver, and a second end of the telescopic shaft is connected to an A arc; the first driver drives the telescopic shaft to extend out, draw back or rotate; a second driver is arranged at a joint between the A arc and the telescopic shaft, and a B arc is placed between the second device and the A arc; the second driver drives the B arc to rotate along the A arc; a third driver is arranged at a bottom end of the lifting pillar, which drives the lifting pillar to move up, move down or rotate;wherein a first integrated tube and a first collimator are provided on a left end of the A arc, and a first image intensifier is provided on a right end of the A arc; axes of the first integrated tube, the first collimator and the first image intensifier coincide with each other; a second integrated tube and a second collimator are provided on an upper end of the B arc, and a second image intensifier is provided on a lower end of the B arc; axes of the second integrated tube, the second collimator and the second image intensifier coincide with each other;
wherein guiding devices are respectively provided at exterior sides of the first collimator and the second collimator, each of which comprises a guiding rod, a sliding cylinder, a connecting rod, and a sleeve cylinder; wherein a pedicle driller is arranged on the sleeve cylinder; bottom portions of the guiding rods are respectively connected to exterior sides of the first integrated tube of the A arc and the second integrated tube of the B arc, and axes of the guiding rods respectively coincide with the axes of the first collimator of the A arc and the second collimator of the B arc; the guiding rod passes through the sliding cylinder, which enables the sliding cylinder to move along the guiding rod or to lock the guiding rod; a first end of the connecting rod is connected to the sliding cylinder, and a second end of the connecting rod is connected to the sleeve cylinder; the guiding rod, the sliding cylinder, the sleeve cylinder and the pedicle driller share a same axis which coincides with axes of the first collimator, the second collimator, a ray source and a receiver; the B arc guides an inserting direction of the orthopedic pedicle screw while the A arc prevents the orthopedic pedicle screw from excessive inserting; the A arc comprises a first fluoroscopy formed by the first integrated tube, the first collimator and the first image intensifier on both sides, and the B arc comprises a second fluoroscopy formed by the second integrated tube, the second collimator and the second image intensifier on both sides.

US Pat. No. 10,595,919

SURGICAL TOOLS WITH POSITIONAL COMPONENTS

Medovex Corp., Tampa, FL...

1. A surgical tool comprising:an upwardly extending tubular support member having a longitudinally extending open channel, the tubular support member comprising a wall surrounding the open channel; and
a base pivotably and directly attached to the tubular support member with a pivot axis that extends above a bottom surface of the base and across a bottom portion of the tubular support member to allow the tubular support member to pivot back and forth over the bottom surface of the base,
wherein the base comprises first and second base members adapted to concurrently press against skin of a patient, one attached to each side of the tubular support member, each configured to move independent of the other.

US Pat. No. 10,595,918

HIGH-PRESSURE BALLOON CATHETER WITH PRESSURE REGULATING VALVE

1. An inflatable bone tamp comprising:an outer shaft defining a passageway;
an inner shaft positioned within the passageway, the inner shaft defining a lumen;
a balloon having a first end coupled to the outer shaft and a second end coupled to the inner shaft such that material can flow through the lumen and into the balloon and exit the balloon through a channel between the inner and outer shafts; and
a valve positioned within the channel, the valve being configured to move from a closed orientation in which the valve blocks the channel and an open orientation in which the valve does not block the channel.

US Pat. No. 10,595,917

BONE SCREW AND TOOL FOR USE THEREWITH

1. A bone screw, comprising:a shank portion having a proximal end and a distal end, wherein the shank portion includes at least one thread on an exterior surface thereof extending from adjacent the proximal end of the shank portion to adjacent the distal end of the shank portion; and
a head portion attached to the shank portion at the proximate end thereof, wherein the head portion includes a tool interface structure therein and wherein the tool interface structure includes a plurality of sidewalls, a floor and a tool lock recess located within at least one of the sidewalls; and wherein
the shank portion includes a cannulation passage extending longitudinally therethrough;
the cannulation passage defines an interior surface of the shank portion;
the shank portion includes at least one bone material aperture therein extending between the exterior surface of the shank portion and the interior surface of the shank portion;
the at least one bone material aperture extends through the at least one thread over a first partial length of the shank portion;
the at least one thread extends over a second partial length of the shank portion;
the first partial length is shorter than the second partial length;
the second partial length encompasses the first partial length;
the first partial length begins at a first distance from the proximate end of the shank portion;
the second partial length begins at a second distance from the proximate end of the shank portion; and
the first distance is greater than the second distance.

US Pat. No. 10,595,916

POLY-AXIAL FIXATION POSTS

Zimmer, Inc., Warsaw, IN...

1. A method of attaching an orthopedic device to a bone, the method comprising:locating a baseplate on a glenoid of a patient, the baseplate including at least a first fastener bore extending through the baseplate;
creating, by passing a bone removal tool through the first fastener bore, a first post hole in the glenoid for locating a first fixation post within the glenoid, wherein the first fixation post includes a quasi-spherical head with a shaft extending therefrom to a distal end of the first fixation post, the quasi-spherical head including a textured outer surface for contacting at least a first wall of the first fastener bore, the first fixation post also including a porous metal sleeve received on the shaft; and
driving the distal end of the first fixation post through the first fastener bore and into the first post hole such that the textured outer surface of the quasi-spherical head contacts at least the first wall of the first fastener bore so as to removeably lock the quasi-spherical head to the baseplate, wherein said driving creates an initial compression between the baseplate and the glenoid, and wherein the porous metal sleeve is configured to receive bone ingrowth into the porous metal sleeve for maintaining said initial compression between the baseplate and the glenoid.

US Pat. No. 10,595,915

BONE IMPLANT DEVICES, INSTRUMENTS AND METHODS OF USE

Paragon 28, Inc., Englew...

1. An implant insertion system, comprising:an insertion instrument with a first end and a second end, the insertion instrument comprising:
an opening extending into the insertion instrument from the second end;
a handle portion at the first end; and
a coupling member at the second end, wherein the opening is positioned in the coupling member; and
an implant comprising:
a first portion at a first end;
a second portion at a second end; and
an intermediate portion coupling the first portion to the second portion;
wherein the first portion is received within the opening of the insertion instrument and wherein the implant is a non-threaded implant.

US Pat. No. 10,595,912

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR FENESTRATED SCREW AUGMENTATION

Stryker European Holdings...

1. A surgical instrument comprising:a body extending along an axis and having a first working end spaced from a second working end along the axis,
wherein the first working end includes a hex drive socket configured to transmit a force to a surgical device in a direction about the axis and the second working end includes an open ended wrench configured to transmit a force to a surgical device in a direction generally transverse to the axis.

US Pat. No. 10,595,908

POLAXIAL BONE ANCHORS WITH INCREASED ANGULATION

DePuy Sythes Products, In...

1. A polyaxial bone anchor configured to attach a rod to a bone, comprising:an anchor head defining a central axis and a longitudinal bore extending along the central axis, the longitudinal bore having a top opening and a bottom opening, the anchor head further defining a generally U-shaped channel transverse to the longitudinal bore and configured to receive the rod;
a bushing configured to be retained within the anchor head, the bushing defining a first centerpoint and a second centerpoint offset from the first centerpoint; and
an anchor member having a first portion that is configured to be retained by the bushing, and a second portion that extends through the bottom opening of the anchor head when the first portion is retained by the bushing, where the bushing alone retains the first portion of the anchor member securely in place with respect to the bushing, and the bushing is made of a resilient material and is compressed around the first portion of the anchor member,
wherein the anchor member is configured to angulate with respect to the bushing about the first centerpoint until the second portion of the anchor member abuts the bushing so as to define a first range of angulation with respect to the central axis, and the bushing and the anchor member are configured to angulate together about the second centerpoint until the second portion of the anchor member abuts the anchor head so as to define a second range of angulation with respect to the central axis, wherein the second range of angulation is up to 30 degrees, and a sum of the first and second ranges of angulation is up to 50 degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,595,907

POLYAXIAL PEDICLE SCREW

Rubicon Spine LLC, Saras...

1. A polyaxial bone anchor comprising:a receiver member that includes:
an open bottom for receiving a shank having a substantially spherical head,
a first locking wedge,
a first sidewall having a first through hole configured to press-fittingly receive the first locking wedge, and
a second sidewall.

US Pat. No. 10,595,905

SPINAL SCREW ASSEMBLY WITH SNAP-IN-PLACE BUSHING ABOVE A SHANK HEAD HEMISPHERE

Alphatec Spine, Inc., Ca...

1. A spinal screw assembly for securing a fixation rod to a bone via a closure, the spinal screw assembly comprising:a pedicle screw comprising a screw head and an elongated shank extending from the head and having a threaded bone engaging portion;
a body member comprising opposed upright arms defining a first slot therebetween sized for receiving the fixation rod therein, a base portion defining a bottom opening in communication with the slot and sized to receive the elongated shank therethrough, and an internal surface adjacent the bottom opening for supporting the screw head, the body member defining an aperture passing through each of the upright arms transverse to the first slot; and
a bushing having a base configured for slidable insertion between the upright arms of the body member, the base defining a rod support surface for supporting the fixation rod thereon when the bushing is received within the body member and a central opening for providing access to the screw head therethrough, the bushing further including a pair of bushing arms extending upward from the base to define a second slot configured to receive the fixation rod therebetween, each of the bushing arms including a tab projecting outwardly toward the apertures and configured to be received within one of the apertures in a corresponding one of the body member upright arms when the bushing is disposed within the body member, each tab defining a beveled face with respect to a longitudinal axis extending through the bushing and configured to bear against interior surfaces on the body member upright arms as the bushing is advanced into the first slot of the body member,
wherein the beveled faces of the bushing tabs are configured to deflect the bushing arms inward toward each other until the bushing is advanced far enough into the body member for the bushing tabs to align with and snap into the apertures in the body member upright arms.

US Pat. No. 10,595,904

TENSIONING INSTRUMENT AND BAND CLAMP TENSIONING SYSTEM

BAND-LOK, LLC, Matthews,...

1. A band tensioning instrument comprising:a hollow body having a proximal end and a distal end that defines a longitudinal axis, and having an interior surface and an exterior surface,
a hollow tension tightening rod having a proximal end and a distal end, the hollow tension tightening rod disposed co-axially within the hollow body; and,
a carriage assembly for receiving and tensioning a band, the carriage assembly comprising a bearing ring disposed co-axially within the hollow body and having a center aperture through which the hollow tension tightening rod is disposed, and a carriage that comprises at least one channel for insertion of the band, and a band securing mechanism;
wherein the band tensioning instrument defines at least one travel slot which permits the carriage to be moved axially between the proximal and distal ends along the exterior surface of the hollow body when the hollow tension tightening rod is manipulated.

US Pat. No. 10,595,903

OSTEOSYNTHESIS DEVICE

SILONY MEDICAL INTERNATIO...

1. An osteosynthesis device comprising, a bone anchor with a shank and a head, and a fork head which is U-shaped in a side view and which has two arms at a proximal end area and is formed in one piece, wherein the head of the bone anchor is mounted pivotably on a distal end area of the fork head remote from the arms, wherein the fork head has, at the distal end area, a receiving opening for the head of the bone anchor, which receiving opening is delimited in the radial direction by spring portions, wherein the spring portions are delimited radially inwards by the receiving opening, wherein the head of the bone anchor is inserted into the receiving opening from the direction of the distal end of the fork head, wherein the spring portions are delimited radially outwards by an annular groove arranged concentrically with respect to the receiving opening, said annular groove forming a seat for a securing element, wherein the annular groove is cylindrical, wherein a securing element is provided that is arranged in the annular groove such that it cannot be lost, and wherein the securing element is designed as a circular-ring-like blocking sleeve and is fastened in the annular groove.

US Pat. No. 10,595,902

SELF-ACTUATING GROWING ROD SYSTEMS

INDIUS MEDICAL TECHNOLOGI...

1. A self-actuating growing rod system comprising:a. at least one static rod being in the form of a cylinder with an internal bore and comprising a first static end and a second static end, wherein said first static end is tapering and is adapted to be affixed to a bony anatomy;
b. at least one growth rod, coaxially coupled with said at least one static rod and comprising a first growth end and a second growth end; wherein said first growth end is tapering and protrudes out of said at least one static rod and is adapted to be affixed to the bony anatomy and said second growth end is disposed within the cylinder bore of said at least one static rod and is adapted to function as a piston with respect to said cylinder bore and said at least one growth rod is adapted to distract longitudinally out of the cylinder bore of said at least one static rod, said distraction being self-actuating, growth driven and individual dependent;
c. at least one locking cap adapted to prevent leakage of at least one sterile biocompatible fluid from the self-actuating growing rod system; said at least one locking cap being engageable with the second static end of said at least one static rod whilst allowing said at least one growth rod to pass there-through, thereby maintaining the position of said at least one growth rod with respect to said at least one static rod and defining an area enclosed within an inner bore of said at least one static rod as a fluid reservoir and said at least one sterile biocompatible fluid being at least one selected from the group consisting of water, deionized water and saline solution;
d. at least one fluid reservoir in the inner bore of said at least one static rod, comprising said at least one sterile biocompatible fluid; said reservoir further comprising at least one trailing chamber;
e. at least one pressure compensating mechanism comprising at least one hydraulic accumulator, the at least one pressure compensating mechanism being adapted to cause net elongation of said at least one growth rod; and
f. at least one injection port adapted to facilitate injection of said at least one sterile biocompatible fluid into said fluid reservoir at a pre-determined pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,595,901

RATCHETING STRUT

Biomet Manufacturing, LLC...

1. A ratcheting strut comprising:a ratchet box defining a through passage, the through passage including a planar wall, a cylindrical interior wall, and a distal flange located in between the planar wall and the cylindrical interior wall;
a first tube sized to extend at least partially through the passage, the first tube including teeth configured to engage corresponding teeth associated with the ratchet box and at least one planar surface sized to rest against the planar wall of the ratchet box to limit rotation of the first tube;
a threaded rod operatively coupled to a first spherical element, the threaded rod repositionably mounted to the first tube; and
a second tube having a first end and a second end, the first end resting against the distal flange when the second tube is mounted to the ratchet box, the second tube operatively coupled to a second spherical element.

US Pat. No. 10,595,897

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MEASURING PRESSURE IN A BODY CAVITY USING A TROCAR

Lexion Medical, LLC, St....

1. A method comprising:positioning a portion of a trocar into a patient cavity, the trocar comprising an inner tubular member and an outer tubular member disposed about the inner tubular member;
inserting a surgical instrument into the inner tubular member of the trocar;
measuring, by a pressure sensor disposed within the inner tubular member of the trocar and being in direct pressure contact with the patient cavity, a pressure within the inner tubular member of the trocar, the measured pressure being indicative of a pressure in the patient cavity; and
supplying, based at least in part on the measured pressure, an insufflation gas to the patient cavity by providing the insufflation gas through the outer tubular member of the trocar.

US Pat. No. 10,595,894

BALLOON CATHETERS AND METHODS THEREOF

C.R. BARD, INC., Tempe, ...

1. A catheter, comprising:an elongate body including a polymeric portion and a metallic portion;
a balloon over at least some of the polymeric portion;
a coupler formed between the polymeric and metallic portions; and
one or more scoring wires extending from a tip at a distal end of the elongate body, over the balloon, through the polymeric portion, through the coupler, and to the metallic portion, wherein the one or more scoring wires are fixed to the tip and an internal surface of the metallic portion proximate to the coupler.

US Pat. No. 10,595,889

ARTHROSCOPIC DEVICES AND METHODS

RELIGN Corporation, Camp...

1. An arthroscopic cutter, comprising:a handpiece having a motor drive;
a shaft assembly having a working end and a hub end;
an openable-closeable jaw structure at the working end of the shaft assembly; and
a hub at the hub end of the shaft assembly;
wherein the hub is configured for detachable coupling to the handpiece;
wherein the motor drive is configured to couple to the jaw structure to open and close the jaw structure to cut tissue when the hub is coupled to the handpiece; and wherein the openable-closeable jaw structure comprises a cup-shaped upper jaw having a U-shaped perimeter and a lower jaw having a U-shaped perimeter, said upper jaw being pivotally attached to the lower jaw, and said lower jaw being fixed to the working end of the shaft assembly, wherein the upper jaw can be reciprocated relative to the fixed lower jaw by the motor drive to cut tissue therebetween.

US Pat. No. 10,595,888

SELF-CLOSING DEVICES AND APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR MAKING AND DELIVERING THEM

SOLINAS MEDICAL INC., Sa...

1. A method for making an access device, comprising:creating a plurality of zigzag bands disposed adjacent one another and one or more flexible connectors extending between adjacent zigzag bands, the flexible connectors biased to an original curvilinear shape aligned along a longitudinal axis;
elastically lengthening and at least partially straightening the curvilinear shape the flexible connectors along the longitudinal axis to a stressed state, thereby increasing spacing between the adjacent zigzag bands;
embedding the zigzag bands within a base material with the flexible connectors in the stressed state; and
releasing the zigzag bands whereupon the flexible connectors are biased to return towards original the curvilinear shape, thereby pre-stressing the base material in a longitudinal direction along the longitudinal axis.

US Pat. No. 10,595,887

SYSTEMS FOR ADJUSTING END EFFECTOR PARAMETERS BASED ON PERIOPERATIVE INFORMATION

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A surgical system comprising:a surgical instrument, wherein the surgical instrument comprises:
an end effector comprising:
a first jaw; and
a second jaw, wherein the first jaw is configured to move relative to the second jaw;
a motor configured to move the first jaw relative to the second jaw according to a closure rate of change parameter and a closure threshold parameter; and
a sensor configured to transmit a sensor signal indicative of a closure parameter of the end effector; and
a control circuit communicatively coupled to the sensor, wherein the control circuit is configured to:
receive perioperative information, wherein the perioperative information comprises one or more of a perioperative disease, a perioperative treatment, and a type of a surgical procedure;
receive the sensor signal from the sensor; and
determine an adjustment to the closure rate of change parameter and the closure threshold parameter based on the perioperative information and the sensor signal.

US Pat. No. 10,595,886

ARTHROSCOPIC SHOULDER ARTHROPLASTY AND METHOD THEREOF

Joint Innovation Technolo...

1. A set of components configured for arthroscopically resecting a humeral head and glenoid fossa of a shoulder joint and replacing it with an implant, the set of components comprising:a stemless humeral head component affixable to a cylindrical metallic portion having a metallic tapered peg having a threaded recess, and a transverse hole;
a glenoid component comprising a base plate and an articular insert;
one or more cannulated shafts;
a first outrigger having ends, and a hole for receiving a guide wire;
a second outrigger having a hole for alignment with the transverse hole in the cylindrical metallic portion;
a central recess boring reamer;
a mechanical center locating device configured to be positioned against a flat surface of the humerus, the device comprising two claws attached to a spring which urges the claws together, and an attachment channel configured to be removably affixed to an end of the first outrigger;
a cannulated sliding sleeve containing a threaded compression rod which has an end engageable with the threaded recess of the metallic tapered peg, the cannulated sliding sleeve removably affixable to the second outrigger.

US Pat. No. 10,595,884

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR TREATING VERTEBRAL FRACTURES

Globus Medical, Inc., Au...

1. A surgical method comprising:creating a cavity in bone by inserting a cutting device into the bone; and
introducing filler material into the cavity,
wherein the cutting device comprises an outer tube having a slot formed in a side of the outer tube, a connecting rod extending through the outer tube, a cutting mechanism connected to a distal end of the connecting rod, and a handle assembly,
wherein the cutting mechanism includes a first blade coupled to the connecting rod via a first hinge, a second blade coupled to a distal end of the outer tube via a second hinge and to the first blade via a third hinge, wherein the cutting mechanism is moveable between a first position in which the cutting mechanism is entirely disposed within the outer tube and a second position in which the cutting mechanism extends through the slot of the outer tube, and wherein in the second position, the first blade overlaps with the second blade.

US Pat. No. 10,595,883

SURGICAL MOTOR

Aesculap AG, (DE)

1. An electric motor comprising a rotor which is surrounded concentrically by a substantially hollow-cylindrical coil former which carries at least one stator winding, the coil former being provided with spoke members, ribs and rib extensions for fixing the at least one stator winding in an exactly structured form, the coil former being in the form of a composite body in which at least one frame element for stabilizing the dimension of the coil former is embedded with plastic in a plastic body by injection molding, wherein the plastic body is produced by injection molding.

US Pat. No. 10,595,880

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR HAPTIC CONTROL OF A SURGICAL TOOL

MAKO Surgical Corp., Ft....

1. A surgical system, comprising:a haptic device;
a surgical tool coupled to the haptic device and associated with a virtual haptic interaction point, wherein movement of the virtual haptic interaction point corresponds to movement of the surgical tool; and
a processing circuit comprising a computer-readable storage medium having instructions stored thereon, that when executed by the processing circuit cause the processing circuit to:
establish a virtual entry boundary, wherein the virtual entry boundary is configured such that an interaction between the virtual haptic interaction point and the virtual entry boundary triggers the haptic device to switch from a free mode to an automatic alignment mode, wherein in the free mode the haptic device freely allows manual movement of the surgical tool by a user, and in the automatic alignment mode the haptic device automatically moves the surgical tool toward alignment with a virtual working boundary;
determine an occurrence of the interaction between the virtual haptic interaction point and the virtual entry boundary;
receive a signal indicative of an action being performed by a user, the action different from the manual movement of the surgical tool by the user;
initiate automatic alignment of the surgical tool with the virtual working boundary in the automatic alignment mode in response to a combination of the occurrence of the interaction and the signal; and
provide a haptic control mode of the haptic device after the surgical tool is aligned with the virtual working boundary, wherein, in the haptic control mode, the haptic device constrains movement of the surgical tool based on a relationship between the virtual haptic interaction point and the virtual working boundary.

US Pat. No. 10,595,879

BLADE FOR OSTEOTOME

Palix Medical LLC, Keypo...

1. A blade for use in cutting, said blade comprising:a cutting portion;
a transition portion that is continuous with said cutting portion; and
a gripping portion that is continuous with said transition portion,
wherein said blade has a longitudinal axis,
wherein said cutting portion is planar having a cutting portion planar surface facing in an upward direction and has at least one cutting edge that is adapted for cutting,
wherein said gripping portion has an upward-facing surface facing generally in said upward direction and said upward-facing surface does not entirely lie in a single plane, and
wherein said transition portion has a three-dimensional surface transitioning between said cutting portion and said gripping portion.

US Pat. No. 10,595,878

IFAK PACKAGE ASSEMBLIES

1. An individual first aid kit package assembly, comprising:an outer shell having a first outer shell end, a second outer shell end, an outer shell interior extending between the first outer shell end and the second outer shell end, a first shell opening at the first outer shell end and a second shell opening at the second outer shell end;
an interior sleeve removably deployed in the outer shell interior of the outer shell, the interior sleeve selectively removable from a selected one of the first shell opening and the second shell opening;
a plurality of first aid items carried by the interior sleeve;
a left tourniquet sleeve carried by a first side of the outer shell, the left tourniquet sleeve having a left sleeve interior and a left tourniquet retrieval opening corresponding in position to the first outer shell end of the outer shell;
a left tourniquet deployed in place in the left sleeve interior of the left tourniquet sleeve, the left tourniquet selectively retrievable from the left tourniquet sleeve through the left tourniquet retrieval opening;
a right tourniquet sleeve carried by a second side of the outer shell opposite the first side, the right tourniquet sleeve having a right sleeve interior and a right tourniquet retrieval opening corresponding in position to the second outer shell end of the outer shell;
a right tourniquet deployed in place in the right sleeve interior of the right tourniquet sleeve, the right tourniquet selectively retrievable from the right tourniquet sleeve through the right tourniquet retrieval opening; and
a right tourniquet strap disposed in the right sleeve interior of the right tourniquet sleeve, the right tourniquet strap selectively deployable in a retracted and secured position to surround and secure the right tourniquet in the right tourniquet sleeve and an unsecured position to expose and protrude the right tourniquet from the right tourniquet retrieval opening; and a left tourniquet strap disposed in the left sleeve interior of the left tourniquet sleeve, the left tourniquet strap selectively deployable in a retracted and secured position to surround and secure the left tourniquet in the left tourniquet sleeve and an unsecured position to expose and protrude the left tourniquet from the left tourniquet retrieval opening.

US Pat. No. 10,595,877

HEMOSTATIC CLIPPING DEVICES AND METHODS

Boston Scientific Scimed,...

1. A tissue clipping device, comprising:a flexible insertion member extending from a proximal end which, during use remains outside a body accessible to a user to a distal end which is inserted into the body through a naturally occurring body lumen;
a clip including first and second clip arms;
a capsule housing a portion of the clip therein;
a control wire extending through the flexible insertion member from a proximal end to a distal end removably coupled to the clip by a joint at a proximal end of the clip, the control wire being reversibly operable to move the first and second clip arms between an open configuration in which distal ends of the first and second clip arms are separated from one another and a closed configuration in which the distal ends of the first and second clip arms are drawn together to grip tissue located therebetween; and
an actuator coupled to the control wire and configured to move the first and second clip arms between the open and closed configurations, application of a predetermined force to the actuator applying a force to the control wire freeing the proximal end of the clip to move radially outward to engage an increased diameter portion of the capsule and disengage the control wire from the clip.

US Pat. No. 10,595,873

SURGICAL STAPLERS AND RELATED METHODS

Franklin Institute of Inn...

1. A surgical stapler comprising:a tubular shaft having a proximal end and a distal end;
a handle extending from the proximal end of the tubular shaft;
a head assembly extending from the distal end of the tubular shaft; and
an insertion guide configured to removably extend through the head assembly, the insertion guide comprising an inflatable member configured to move between a deflated configuration and an inflated configuration, in which the inflatable member is configured to facilitate introduction of the head assembly into a patient's colon,
wherein the head assembly is configured to receive an anvil,
wherein the head assembly comprises staples to be pressed against the anvil during stapling with the surgical stapler,
wherein the head assembly comprises a distal end face, and
wherein the insertion guide is configured to extend distally beyond the distal end face of the head assembly; wherein the head assembly comprises an outer shell comprising a central bore defined therein, and wherein the insertion guide is configured to extend at least partially through the central bore; wherein the outer shell further comprises a lateral opening defined in an outer surface of the outer shell and in communication with the central bore, and wherein the insertion guide is configured to extend through the lateral opening and into the central bore.

US Pat. No. 10,595,872

CIRCULAR STAPLING DEVICE INCLUDING BUTTRESS MATERIAL

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A circular stapling end effector for mounting on a distal end of an elongate body and including a cartridge assembly and an anvil assembly, the anvil assembly including:a circular anvil head that supports a crush ring;
an anvil cap movable relative to the anvil head between an approximated position and an unapproximated position, the crush ring being spaced from the anvil cap when the anvil cap is disposed in the approximated position and movable into engagement with the anvil cap to move the anvil cap to the unapproximated position, the anvil cap supporting an o-ring; and
a circular anvil buttress member having an extension portion that is secured between the o-ring and the anvil head when the anvil cap is disposed in the approximated position, the extension portion being releasable from between the o-ring and the anvil head when the anvil cap is disposed in the unapproximated position.

US Pat. No. 10,595,870

ANVIL ASSEMBLY WITH FRANGIBLE RETAINING MEMBER

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. An anvil assembly comprising:a center rod assembly configured for releasable connection to a surgical stapler; and
a head assembly including a housing, a backup member, and a retaining member, the head assembly being supported on the center rod assembly from a non-tilted position to a tilted position, wherein the backup member is supported by the housing and movable from a first position in which a portion of the backup member is positioned to prevent pivotal movement of the head assembly relative to the center rod assembly, to a second position in which the backup member is positioned to permit pivotal movement of the head assembly relative to the center rod assembly, the retaining member including a body portion disposed radially inward of the backup member and fixed relative to the housing during movement of the backup member, and a frangible portion separable from the body portion, the frangible portion being engaged with the backup member, wherein separation of the frangible portion from the body portion permits movement of the backup member from the first position to the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,595,868

GRAFT APPARATUS

VASCULAR GRAFT COLUTIONS ...

1. A method of producing a venous graft for use in replacing a section of an artery, comprising:providing a segment of a vein;
sheathing the segment in a generally tubular support that is in a first configuration; and
transforming the tubular support from the first configuration into a second configuration that is different from the first configuration, wherein the tubular support in the second configuration is in supportive contact with ablumenal surface of the vein segment, wherein the tubular support has a narrower diameter in the second configuration as compared to the first configuration; and wherein the tubular support in the second configuration is configured to be sufficiently radially resilient as to provide the venous graft with a compliance ranging from 3 to 30%/100 mm Hg.

US Pat. No. 10,595,864

ADAPTER ASSEMBLY FOR INTERCONNECTING ELECTROMECHANICAL SURGICAL DEVICES AND SURGICAL LOADING UNITS, AND SURGICAL SYSTEMS THEREOF

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. An adapter assembly for selectively interconnecting a surgical loading unit and a surgical device, the adapter assembly comprising:an adapter housing configured to connect to a surgical device;
an outer tube having a proximal end supported by the adapter housing and a distal end configured to connect to a surgical loading unit;
a gear connectable to a drive shaft of the surgical device;
an axially translatable screw connectable to the gear;
an articulation bar connectable to the axially translatable screw;
a center shaft securedly disposed within the adapter housing, the axially translatable screw positioned around the center shaft; and
an articulation bearing coupled to the axially translatable screw and the articulation bar, the articulation bearing being axially movable along the center shaft in response to rotational motion of the gear thereby axially moving the articulation bar.

US Pat. No. 10,595,862

STAPLE CARTRIDGE INCLUDING A COMPRESSIBLE MEMBER

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A staple cartridge, comprising:a cartridge body;
a surgical staple, wherein said surgical staple is movable from an unfired position to a fired position, wherein said surgical staple is deformable from a first shape in said unfired position to a second shape in said fired position during a firing stroke, wherein said surgical staple is ejected from said cartridge body during said firing stroke, and wherein said surgical staple comprises:
a crown;
a first deformable member extending from said crown; and
a second deformable member extending from said crown; and
a compressible member positioned intermediate said first deformable member, said second deformable member, and said crown after said surgical staple has been deformed into said second shape, wherein said compressible member is at least partially positioned between said first deformable member and said second deformable member of said surgical staple when said surgical staple is in said unfired position.

US Pat. No. 10,595,861

SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF TISSUE CLOSURE

DATASCOPE CORP., Mahwah,...

1. A system for closing a tissue structure, wherein the system includes a closure device in combination with a closure device applicator, wherein the closure device comprisesa compression body provided with at least two compliant opposing tissue-engaging surfaces capable of engaging opposite sides of a tissue structure; and
multiple fasteners arranged to deploy from at least one of the tissue-engaging surfaces, through tissue, and into the other tissue-engaging surface to close the tissue structure; and
wherein the closure device applicator comprises a jaw mechanism that includes two probes, wherein each probe is adapted to detachably engage the compression body so as to arrange the two compliant opposing tissue-engaging surfaces to engage opposite sides of the tissue structure.

US Pat. No. 10,595,860

METHODS AND DEVICES FOR MANIPULATING AND FASTENING TISSUE

EndoGastric Solutions, In...

1. A medical device for forming an intersection between the esophagus and the stomach, comprising:a shaft and a plurality of vacuum orifices on the shaft for grasping esophageal tissue and a tissue displacing element coupled to the shaft, the shaft defining a longitudinal axis;
a tissue shaper coupled to the shaft and a tissue shifting element also coupled to the shaft, the tissue shaper having an open end leading to a cavity that receives and forms a fold of stomach tissue displaced by the tissue displacing element, the tissue shifting element being configured to displace the fold of stomach tissue held by the tissue shaper;
a flexible elongate element having a tissue engaging element at a distal end of the tissue displacing element;
a plurality of fasteners for insertion into the fold of stomach tissue; and
a clamping element attached to and positioned within the cavity to hold the fold of stomach tissue during insertion of the plurality of fasteners into the fold of stomach tissue.

US Pat. No. 10,595,859

SUTURE MEMBER

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A suture member that sutures a tissue, the suture member comprising;a suture needle of which a distal end is sharp;
a suture thread which includes a first end portion and a second end portion, of which the first end portion is connected to the suture needle, and which sutures the tissue;
a first loop portion which has a ring shape, through which the suture needle is capable of passing, and which is connected to the second end portion;
a second loop portion which has a ring shape, through which the suture needle is capable of passing, which is connected to the second end portion, and which is separated from the first loop portion;
a first straight portion which is provided between the second end portion and the first loop portion; and
a second straight portion which is provided between the second end portion and the second loop portion.

US Pat. No. 10,595,858

KNOTLESS SUTURE ANCHOR WITH UNTHREADED NOSE

DEPUY SYNTHES PRODUCTS, I...

1. A method for affixing tissue to bone comprising the steps of:passing a length of suture through the tissue;
passing the length of suture through a suture anchor, which comprises a tubular body having an axial bore therethrough, one or more purchase enhancements on an exterior surface of the body adapted to enhance purchase of the body within a bone hole, a lateral port through the body from the exterior surface into the axial bore, and a distal nose, the suture passing in order: distally down along the exterior surface over the one or more purchase enhancements, over the distal nose, up into the bore, proximally up through the axial bore, out through the lateral port, and proximally along the exterior surface over the one or more purchase enhancements;
embedding the remainder of the suture anchor into the bone adjacent to the tissue and trapping the suture between the suture anchor body and the bone; and
wherein upon application of an excessive force to the suture, the suture slips with respect to the anchor without anchor evulsion from the bone hole.

US Pat. No. 10,595,857

NEEDLE AND GUIDE APPARATUS FOR PASSING SUTURE

SUTURE EASE, INC., San J...

1. A method for retrieving suture, comprising:inserting a guide in a slender configuration into a body cavity;
positioning the guide in the body cavity by: deploying within the body cavity a first self-supporting suture catcher extending from a distal portion of the guide and an opposing second self-supporting suture catcher extending from the distal portion of the guide;
directing a first section of suture configured to be attached to a distal end of a suture engaging device into the body cavity subcutaneously with a first channel in the guide;
releasing the first section of suture, independent of the first self-supporting suture catcher, to be loosely disposed within the first self-supporting suture catcher;
directing a second section of suture configured to be attached to a distal end of a suture engaging device into the body cavity subcutaneously with a second channel in the guide;
releasing the second section of suture, independent of the second self-supporting suture catcher, to be loosely disposed within the second self-supporting suture catcher;
actuating the first self-supporting suture catcher to capture the first section of suture; and
actuating the second self-supporting suture catcher to capture the second section of suture.

US Pat. No. 10,595,856

STITCHING DEVICE WITH LONG NEEDLE DELIVERY

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. An end effector assembly for a surgical stitching device, comprising:an end effector including a first jaw member and a second jaw member;
a housing secured to the end effector and axially movable relative to the end effector between an extended state and a retracted state;
a needle releasably coupled to the housing and disposed distally of the end effector when the housing is disposed in the extended state, the needle positioned to move proximally toward the first and second jaw members as the housing moves from the extended state to the retracted state; and
a mount supported by the housing, the mount configured to support the needle on the housing, the mount including a pair of protuberances that define a channel, the channel extending between the pair of protuberances and positioned to receive the needle.

US Pat. No. 10,595,855

SURGICAL SUTURING INSTRUMENTS

COVIDIEN LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A surgical suturing instrument, comprising:a handle assembly;
a shaft extending distally from the handle assembly; and
an end effector including:
a body portion coupled to the shaft and defining a longitudinal axis, the body portion defining a first slot and a second slot;
a first jaw member pivotably coupled to the body portion and rotatable about the longitudinal axis of the body portion, the first jaw member defining a hole configured for detachable receipt of a curved needle; and
a second jaw member pivotably coupled to the body portion and defining a hole configured for detachable receipt of a curved needle such that the first and second jaw members transfer a curved needle therebetween upon rotation of the first jaw member about the longitudinal axis of the body portion toward the second jaw member, wherein the first and second jaw members are pivotable relative to one another between a first configuration, and a second configuration, in which the first and second jaw members are closer together than when in the first configuration, and wherein when the first and second jaw members are in the second configuration the first jaw member extends through the first slot and the second jaw member extends through the second slot.

US Pat. No. 10,595,854

SURGICAL CUTTING DEVICE

1. A device for suture thread cutting, comprising:a handle;
a stationary external element having a groove at the distal end, and a proximal end connected to said handle, said groove being fitted and shaped for holding a suture thread;
a movable cutter having a cutting edge, and wherein said cutter is operatively connected to said handle to move between a first position and a second position with respect to said external element as a result of manipulation of said handle;
an aligning element, connected to a distal end of said stationary external element and comprising a U-shaped opening fitted to the distal end of said groove;
a distal flange on said cutter, said flange having a gap bounded by said cutting edge, and wherein in said first position, the channel is configured to retain the suture thread, and in said second position, the cutting edge and the groove are positioned to cut the suture.

US Pat. No. 10,595,851

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR COUPLING SOFT TISSUE TO A BONE

Biomet Sports Medicine, L...

1. A method for securing soft tissue to bone, comprising:locating an elongate bone engaging member in a longitudinal bore formed in a bone with an adjustable suture construct extending down into the elongate bone engaging member through an opening in a trailing end of the elongate bone engaging member to couple the adjustable suture construct to the elongate bone engaging member, the adjustable suture construct including a suture with a free end that extends through a longitudinal passage in the suture to form an adjustable loop, wherein at least a portion of the adjustable loop protrudes from the opening in the trailing end of the elongate bone engaging member and extends around a portion of soft tissue positioned over the bone; and
pulling on the free end of the suture from outside the bone so as to decrease a size of the adjustable loop for pulling the portion of soft tissue toward the bone.

US Pat. No. 10,595,850

SUTURE ASSEMBLY WITH SUTURE LOAD DISTRIBUTION

Biomet C.V., Warsaw, IN ...

1. A method for securing a flexible member, comprising:forming a bore in a bone;
inserting a flexible anchor into the bore, the flexible anchor including a passage and being coupled to a flexible member;
slideably positioning a first load distributing member along the flexible member;
inserting the first load distributing member into the bore such that the flexible member engages the first load distributing member; and
applying tension to a portion of the flexible member to secure the flexible anchor and load distributing member within the bone,
wherein the first load distributing member is configured to distribute a load from the flexible member so as to protect bone, soft tissue, or the flexible member.

US Pat. No. 10,595,849

SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS

1. A tissue anchor comprising: an anchor body comprising:a body outer surface, a body inner surface, a top surface, and a bottom inner surface and a bottom outer surface distal to the top surface;
the body inner surface and the bottom inner surface defining a well;
the body inner surface having a distal portion and a proximal portion, the distal portion having a threaded region and the proximal portion having a non-threaded surface, the proximal portion having a cross-sectional dimension larger than a largest cross-sectional dimension of the threaded region of the distal portion; and
a transverse bore extending through the anchor body proximal of the bottom inner surface; and
an anchor plug configured to be received by the well, the anchor plug comprising:
a distal bottom surface;
a proximal top surface;
a distal portion; and
a proximal portion;
wherein the transverse bore is capable of receiving one or more sutures to be secured between the bottom inner surface of the well and the distal bottom surface of the anchor plug.

US Pat. No. 10,595,847

FULLY-THREADED BIOABSORBABLE SUTURE ANCHOR

Arthrex, Inc., Naples, F...

1. A suture anchor comprising:an anchor body having a longitudinal axis, a proximal end, and a distal end, wherein the anchor body includes a coaxial central bore located at the proximal end and a coaxial central passage extending between the central bore and the distal end, wherein the central bore has a first dimension substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal axis, and the central passage has a second dimension substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal axis, that is less than the first dimension; and
a flexible strand that extends through the central passage of the anchor body, wherein a first knot formed in the flexible strand at the distal end of the anchor body has a third dimension greater than the second dimension to prevent the first knot from passing through the central passage;
wherein a closed loop positionable at least partially within the central bore of the anchor body is configured to be formed entirely by the flexible strand; and
wherein the first knot is located within a second central bore of the anchor body that has a fourth dimension substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal axis that is substantially the same as the first dimension.

US Pat. No. 10,595,845

SOFT SUTURE-BASED ANCHORS

Arthrex, Inc., Naples, F...

1. An anchor construct comprising:a first suture and a second suture, wherein the first suture is threaded from a first end of the second suture through the second suture to a second end of the second suture,
wherein a first section of the first suture extends away from the first end of the second suture, and wherein a second section of the first suture has a length, two apertures at different locations along the length, and a passage extending through the length to connect the two apertures, and
wherein the first section of the first suture is threadable through the passage of the second section of the first suture to form a splice at or near a free end of the second section of the first suture and a self-locking loop adjacent the splice.

US Pat. No. 10,595,843

RETRACTION SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. A retraction system comprising:a first instrument including a shaft having one or more locking holes, a first instrument position locking mechanism configured to engage one or more of the locking holes, an articulation control knob to control articulation of an articulated end of the first instrument, a net control knob to control the deployment and retrieval of a net that is configured to be stored within the first instrument and deployed and retrieved in response to control input from the net control knob; and
a second instrument including one or more locking holes in a shaft of the second instrument, a second instrument position locking mechanism configured to engage one or more of the locking holes, an articulation control knob to control articulation of an articulated end of the second instrument, wherein the articulated end of the second instrument is configured to engage an end of the net and to removably attach to the end of the net.

US Pat. No. 10,595,840

WOUND CLOSURE APPARATUS AND METHOD

Surgical Innovations LLC,...

1. An apparatus for deploying a wound plug, the apparatus comprising:a post having a top end, a bottom end, and an interior channel located between the top end and the bottom end, wherein the bottom end of the post includes a plurality of perforations extending from the interior channel to an outer surface of the post; and
a wound plug including a body and a bladder, the bladder disposed around the body of the wound plug,
wherein in an assembled configuration of the apparatus, the bottom end of the post is positioned through an opening of the bladder such that the bladder can receive a fluid through the interior channel and the plurality of perforations.

US Pat. No. 10,595,838

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR SEALING A VASCULAR PUNCTURE

AccessClosure, Inc., San...

1. A system for sealing a puncture extending through tissue, comprising:an elongate positioning member comprising a proximal end, a distal end sized for insertion into a puncture extending through tissue, and a positioning element on the distal end;
a single housing on the positioning member proximal end, the single housing comprising a first portion substantially fixed to the proximal end of the elongate positioning member, a second portion movable relative to the first portion from a first position to a second position upon contact to a blood vessel by the positioning element and biased towards the first position, and a visual indicator that indicates that a force being applied to a blood vessel by the positioning element is within a predetermined range when the second portion is in the second position; and
a sealant disposed near the distal end of the elongate positioning member and proximal to the positioning element.

US Pat. No. 10,595,834

SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLING STIFFNESS OF A NEEDLE OR CATHETER

Spiration, Inc., Redmond...

1. A device comprising:a first handle portion comprising a cavity with a distal port and a proximal port;
a second handle portion configured to be at least partially received within the cavity of the first handle portion via the proximal port;
a stylet at least partially received within the cavity via the distal port, the stylet comprising:
a distal end component; and
a shaft component coupled to the distal end component;
a fixing device configured to restrict longitudinal motion of the stylet relative to the first handle portion, the fixing device is in contact with the first handle portion;
a hollow component configured to slidably receive at least a portion of the shaft component of the stylet; and
a compression device comprising:
a proximal end that makes contact with a distal end of the hollow component within the cavity;
a distal end that makes contact with the distal end component of the stylet; and
a lumen configured to slidably receive the shaft component of the stylet,
wherein a distal end of the second handle portion makes contact with a proximal end of the hollow component within the cavity of the first handle portion;
wherein the hollow component is located between the second handle portion and the compression device.

US Pat. No. 10,595,833

SURGICAL DEVICE

STARMED CO., LTD., Gyeon...

1. A surgical apparatus, comprising: a needle device having an injection needle, and a sheath surrounding the injection needle; andan electrode device detachably attached to the needle device for thermal treatment,
an operating device configured to move the injection needle so that a needlepoint of the injection needle protrudes from the sheath or is contained within the sheath,
wherein the injection needle includes a first tube having a hollow shape and having an injection hole disposed in a distal end of a needlepoint portion, and a second tube partially surrounding the first tube along a length of the injection needle, the first tube being made of a conductive material and the second tube being made of an insulating material,
wherein the needlepoint portion of the first tube is not surrounded by the second tube,
wherein the electrode device includes a temperature sensor disposed in a hollow space within the first tube of the injection needle, and
wherein the temperature sensor is located at a position in the hollow space within the first tube in the needlepoint portion and configured to measure a temperature of the needlepoint portion at the position in the hollow space,
wherein the operating device includes:
a guide tube in which at least a portion of the needle device is movably accommodated, and having a plurality of fixing grooves along a length thereof;
a front grip handle directly coupled to the sheath and movable with respect to the guide tube;
a rear grip handle movable with respect to the guide tube, wherein the rear grip handle is coupled to the injection needle and configured to approach and retreat from the front grip handle along the guide tube so as to reciprocally move the injection needle with respect to the sheath; and
a stopper movably disposed at an intermediate portion of the guide tube between the front grip handle and the rear grip handle, wherein the stopper is configured to restrict a movement of the rear grip handle along the guide tube to prevent a distance between the front grip handle and the rear grip handle from being smaller than a predetermined value,
wherein the stopper includes;
a ring having an annular shape through which the guide tube movably penetrates, the ring having a pinhole disposed in a radial direction thereof;
a pin movably coupled to the ring in the radial direction, wherein the pin has a head portion that has a larger diameter than the pinhole and a protrusion that protrudes from the head portion, wherein the protrusion of the pin is disposed in the pinhole to be moved toward a center of the ring or toward a radial outside of the ring so as to be engaged with or released from one of the plurality of fixing groves; and
an elastic body disposed in the pinhole and configured to apply an elastic force to the pin in an engaging direction thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,595,832

DEVICE FOR VISUALIZING REAL-TIME SAMPLING

Spiration, Inc., Redmond...

1. A system comprising:a bronchoscope comprising an insertion tube having a working channel;
a catheter configured to be received within the working channel, the catheter comprising:
a first lumen extending from a proximal end of the catheter to a distal end of the catheter; and
a second lumen extending from the proximal end of the catheter to the distal end of the catheter;an ultrasound probe slidably received within the first lumen; anda tissue sampling device slidably received within the second lumen,wherein the tissue sampling device comprises a lumen extending from the proximal end of the catheter to a distal end of the tissue sampling device, further comprising a guidewire received within the lumen of the tissue sampling device,
wherein the guidewire comprises a shape memory material; and
wherein the guidewire comprises a portion being set in a curved configuration,wherein the tissue sampling device comprises a flexible section, wherein when the portion of the guidewire is received within the flexible section, the flexible section of the tissue sampling device bends away from a longitudinal axis of the catheter.

US Pat. No. 10,595,831

CONTROL FOR BIOPSY DEVICE

Devicor Medical Products,...

1. A biopsy system comprising a biopsy device, wherein the biopsy device comprises a probe, wherein the biopsy system comprises:(a) a needle, wherein the needle extends distally from the probe,
(b) a cutter, wherein the cutter is movable relative to the needle,
(c) a tissue sample holder, wherein the tissue sample holder is detachably coupled to a proximal end of the probe;
(d) a vacuum source, wherein the vacuum source is configured to apply vacuum to the cutter at predetermined vacuum levels between a maximum vacuum level and a minimum vacuum level; and
(e) a processing module including an interface configured to permit an operator to selectively increase or decrease the vacuum provided to the cutter to a user selected vacuum level;
wherein the processing module is operable in a cycle to provide the vacuum to the cutter at the user selected vacuum level using the vacuum source, retract the cutter to a proximal position, advance the cutter to a distal position, and oscillate the cutter between the distal position and an intermediate position, wherein the intermediate position is disposed proximally of the distal position; and
wherein the processing module is further configured to apply an override vacuum level corresponding to the maximum vacuum level to the cutter using the vacuum source when the cutter is in the distal position, wherein the biopsy system is operable to override the user selected vacuum level when the vacuum provided to the cutter is adjusted to the override vacuum level.

US Pat. No. 10,595,829

SAMPLE RECOVERY AND COLLECTION DEVICE

Mawi DNA Technologies LLC...

1. A sample recovery and collection device for use with a swab, the sample recovery and collection device comprising:a tube with a body defining a chamber therein;
a cap removably secured to the tube for sealing the chamber of the tube; and
an insert defining a longitudinal axis, the insert has a first end and a a second end opposite the first end, and defines a channel therethrough, the insert also includes a ring configured to engage the body of the tube and a plurality of legs, each leg extending axially from the ring toward the second end and at least partially defining the channel, wherein each leg of the plurality of legs is separated by an opening, and wherein the channel reduces in diameter as the channel extends axially from the first end to the second end, wherein the legs are configured to apply a squeezing pressure to the swab that increases as the swab moves within the channel from the first end towards the second end, and
wherein each of the plurality of legs includes a plurality of concentric protrusions that project radially inwardly from an inside surface thereof and into the channel, and wherein each concentric protrusion includes a progressively smaller inner diameter the closer the concentric protrusion is positioned to the second end of the insert, and wherein each protrusion is configured to apply an extra sectional squeezing pressure to the swab when the swab moves within the channel between the first end and the second end.

US Pat. No. 10,595,828

PROBE, ULTRASOUND IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROLLING METHOD OF THE ULTRASOUND IMAGING APPARATUS

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. An ultrasound imaging apparatus comprising:a controller configured to generate a control signal to control an operation of a probe;
a transceiver configured to transmit the control signal to the probe and to receive a signal transmitted from the probe; and
an image processor configured to generate at least one ultrasound image;
wherein the controller is further configured to control the operation of the probe so that the probe irradiates focused ultrasound energy when contrast agents composed of a silica nanostructure are injected into an object, and the controller is further configured to control the operation of the probe so that the probe irradiates diagnostic ultrasound energy when the focused ultrasound energy is irradiated,
wherein the controller is further configured to control the operation of the probe so that echo ultrasound energy reflected from the object is received when the diagnostic ultrasound energy is irradiated,
wherein the image processor is configured to generate the at least one ultrasound image based on an electrical signal when the transceiver receives the electrical signal corresponding to the echo ultrasound energy,
wherein the image processor is configured to generate a Cadence Pulse Sequencing mode (CPS-mode) image as a contrast agent image and a Brightness mode (B-mode) image as an internal diagnostic image, based on an electrical signal when the transceiver receives the electrical signal corresponding to the echo ultrasound energy,
wherein the image processor is configured to extract pixels having a brightness more than a predetermined threshold from the CPS-mode image and combine the extracted pixels with the B-mode image to form a combined image.

US Pat. No. 10,595,825

METHOD OF PROVIDING COPY IMAGE AND ULTRASOUND APPARATUS THEREFOR

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A method of medical diagnostic ultrasound imaging, the method comprising:outputting an ultrasound signal and receiving an ultrasound echo signal, by a probe;
generating an ultrasound image based on the ultrasound echo signal;
displaying the ultrasound image in a first area of a touch screen of a tablet device;
receiving, from a user on a second area of the touch screen, an input for selecting a measurement mode, on one of first selectable elements displayed on the second area;
displaying, on the second area, second selectable elements indicating at least a distance button and an ellipse button, based on the input on a measure button included in the first selectable elements;
receiving an input for selecting a measurement type instruction indicating a measurement shape, from the user, on one of the second selectable elements, the measurement shape including a measurement line;
providing, on the ultrasound image, a first measurement mark and a second measurement mark, and visual indicators which define a first expanded touch recognition range and a second expanded touch recognition range for the first measurement mark and the second measurement mark, respectively, wherein the visual indicators enclose the first measurement mark and the second measurement mark, respectively;
receiving a first touch and drag input on at least a portion of at least one from among the first expanded touch recognition range and the second expanded touch recognition range;
moving at least one from among the first measurement mark and the second measurement mark, based on the first touch and drag input, to change a distance between the first measurement mark and the second measurement mark;
displaying the at least one from among the first measurement mark and the second measurement mark that have been moved, at a new position, wherein the first measurement mark and the second measurement mark are positioned at opposite ends of the measurement line, respectively;
providing a measurement result of the distance between the first measurement mark and the second measurement mark, thereby providing a length of the measurement line; and
controlling a communicator of the tablet device, to transmit the ultrasound image to an external device,
wherein the probe is connected to a side of the tablet device,
the providing the first measurement mark and the second measurement mark comprises providing each of the first measurement mark and the second measurement mark in a center of the first expanded touch recognition range and the second expanded touch recognition range, respectively, wherein the center of each of the first expanded touch recognition range and the second expanded touch recognition range corresponds to a center point within each of the visual indicators, respectively, and
the displaying the at least one from among the first measurement mark and the second measurement mark comprises, when the distance between the first measurement mark and the second measurement mark is changed, displaying the first measurement mark and the second measurement mark at the center point of each of the visual indicators, respectively,
wherein each of the first measurement mark and the second measurement mark remains centered within each of the visual indicators, respectively, when the length of the measurement line becomes smaller such that the first expanded touch recognition range overlaps the second expended touch recognition range based on the moving the at least one from among the first measurement mark and the second measurement mark and when the length of the measurement line becomes greater based on the moving the at least one from among the first measurement mark and the second measurement mark.

US Pat. No. 10,595,822

ULTRASONIC-WAVE PROBE, ULTRASONIC-WAVE DIAGNOSIS APPARATUS, AND TEST METHOD OF ULTRASONIC-WAVE PROBE

Hitachi, Ltd., Tokyo (JP...

8. An ultrasonic-wave diagnosis apparatus comprising: a sub array(s); an adder circuit configured to add an output from the sub array; and a main-body device configured to process the output from the adder circuit, whereinthe sub array includes a plurality of oscillator channels,
each of the oscillator channels includes an oscillator, a transmission circuit connected to the oscillator, a reception circuit connected to the oscillator, and a transmission/reception separation switch,
the transmission/reception separation switch includes a transistor element as a switching element,
the transmission/reception separation switch includes a potential control circuit for controlling a gate-source voltage Vgs of the transistor, and
the ultrasonic-wave diagnosis apparatus includes:
a transmission mode to cause the transmission/reception separation switch to be in an off-state in a case of transmission in which a signal from the transmission circuit is input to the oscillator;
a reception mode to cause the transmission/reception separation switch to be in an on-state in a case of reception in which a signal is input from the oscillator to the reception circuit; and
a test mode to set the gate-source voltage Vgs of the transistor to a potential different from the potential in the transmission mode and the potential in the reception mode by the potential control circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,595,821

ULTRASONIC TRANSDUCER DEVICE FOR RESPIRATION MONITORING

Respinor AS, Oslo (NO)

1. A probe configured to be placed on a body of a patient to direct an ultrasonic beam towards an internal structure inside the body of the patient and receive ultrasonic echo signals from the internal structure, the probe comprising:a housing with a cavity; and
an ultrasonic transducer located in the cavity, a transceiving face of the ultrasonic transducer being at an acute angle relative to a front plane of the housing at or adjacent a cavity mouth of the cavity of the housing,
wherein the ultrasonic transducer is fixedly located in the cavity of the housing,
wherein an open-ended socket-like member of ultrasound non-sonolucent material defines a recess which extends from the transceiving face towards the front plane,
wherein a first body part of an ultrasound sonolucent material is located in the recess at and in front of the transceiving face of the ultrasonic transducer towards the front plane,
wherein a front surface of the probe exhibits at least one of an inherent tacky property, an attachment face for an adhesive member or a double-sided tacky tape, or an engagement face for a tacky body layer, and
wherein the ultrasonic transducer is configured to connect to a transceiver section of a signal processor.

US Pat. No. 10,595,819

ABLATION DEVICE WITH ARTICULATED IMAGING TRANSDUCER

Gynesonics, Inc., Redwoo...

15. A method for treating tissue, said method comprising:introducing a straight shaft into a bodily cavity;
locating a target site using an ultrasonic imaging transducer carried by a pivotable tip attached to a distal end of the shaft;
pivoting the ultrasonic transducer near a distal end of the shaft to reposition a field of view of the ultrasonic transducer;
advancing a straight needle axially from the distal end of the shaft into tissue near the located target site by operating a first actuation mechanism coupled to the needle, wherein the advanced needle is aligned in the field of view and the first actuation mechanism is disposed on a handle;
advancing a plurality of tines from the needle after the needle has been advanced into or near the target site by operating a second actuation mechanism coupled to the plurality of tines, wherein the second actuation mechanism is disposed on the handle, and wherein the second actuation mechanism is configured to be actuated after actuation of the first actuation mechanism; and
imaging the needle and the target site using the ultrasound transducer;
wherein locating comprises translating and rotating the ultrasound transducer relative to an axial path of the needle independently of movement of said needle to scan the wall of the bodily cavity with the ultrasonic transducer.

US Pat. No. 10,595,818

MEDICAL SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DENSITY ASSESSMENT USING ULTRASOUND

Makaha Medical, LLC., Po...

1. A method for determining a state of blood clot removal from a vessel of a patient multiple times during a surgical procedure based on density assessment, the method comprising the steps of:a) providing an elongated guidewire including a sensor;
b) inserting the guidewire through vasculature of the patient and adjacent a blood clot;
c) inserting a device to remove the blood clot, into a region along a length of the blood clot;
d) either before or after step (c), measuring density of the blood clot with the sensor to obtain a first density value utilizing ultrasound signals and determining a first length of the blood clot with the sensor utilizing ultrasound signals, wherein the ultrasound signals are sent from within the vessel;
e) after steps c) and d), using the device to remove at least a portion of the blood clot;
f) after step e measuring the density of the blood clot with the sensor utilizing ultrasound to obtain a second density value for comparison to the first density value to determine the extent of removal of the blood clot from the vessel;
g) using the sensor to ultrasonically determine a second length of the blood clot after step e) to determine a decrease in a length of the blood clot; and
h) simultaneously displaying the first density value, the second density value, the first length, and the second length.

US Pat. No. 10,595,816

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TRACKING A PENETRATING INSTRUMENT

KONONKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A system for tracking a penetrating instrument, comprising:an ultrasound transducer array configured to generate ultrasound signals from a plurality of array positions and to provide one or more real-time images of an area of interest;
a penetrating instrument having a body with at least one ultrasound transducer mounted at a position of interest on the body, the at least one ultrasound transducer being responsive to the ultrasound signals generated by the plurality of array positions;
a signal processing module configured to determine a position and orientation of the penetrating instrument in accordance with the ultrasound signals generated by the plurality of array positions based upon a response of the at least one ultrasound transducer to the ultrasound signals generated by the plurality of array positions, the signal processing module being further configured to classify media in which the position of interest is positioned based on pulse-echo mode signals transduced by the at least one ultrasound transducer, wherein the pulse-echo mode signals are configured to measure acoustic characteristics of surrounding tissue;
an overlay module configured to generate an overlay image registered to the one or more real-time images to identify a position of the position of interest and provide visual feedback on the classification of the media in which the position of interest is positioned; and
a display configured to provide the visual feedback of the overlay image on the one or more real-time images.

US Pat. No. 10,595,815

MEDICAL ATTACHMENT DEVICE TRACKING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USE THEREOF

Christian Raul Gutierrez ...

1. A medical attachment device synchronization system comprising:a processor including a sound database storing a plurality of biological sounds;
a medical attachment device communicatively coupled to the processor, the medical attachment device including a speaker; and
at least one sensor communicatively coupled the processor and operably configured to:
detect a plurality of signals emitted by a subject;
synchronize the plurality of signals emitted by the subject to at least one of the plurality of biological sounds stored within the sound database; and
communicate the at least one of the plurality of biological sounds to the speaker.

US Pat. No. 10,595,813

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MONITORING CARDIAC AND RESPIRATORY CONDITIONS USING ACOUSTIC SOUNDS

Medtronic, Inc., Minneap...

1. A medical device system, comprising:a first acoustic transducer;
a sensing module coupled to the first acoustic transducer and configured to acquire a first signal and a second signal, at least the second signal being an acoustical signal received from the first acoustic transducer and comprising a respiratory sound of air flow through at least a portion of a tracheobronchial tree or lungs of a patient; and
a processor configured to receive the first signal, control the sensing module to acquire the second acoustical signal in response to a change in the first signal, determine a metric of the respiratory sound from the second signal, discriminate between a cardiac condition and a respiratory condition as a cause of the change in the first signal in response to the metric, and control a therapy delivery module to adjust a therapy in response to discriminating the condition.

US Pat. No. 10,595,812

RADIATION IMAGING CONTROL APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging control apparatus, comprising:an obtainment unit configured to obtain a radiation image captured by an image capturing unit;
an extraction unit configured, in a case where the radiation image captured by the image capturing obtainment unit is a rejected image related to a failed imaging, to extract the rejected image, a diagnostic image and an image for comparison corresponding to the rejected image from a plurality of radiation images; and
an output unit configured to output the diagnostic image to a first external device and to output the rejected image and the image for comparison to a second external apparatus, wherein
the diagnostic image is an image not identified as the rejected image, and
the rejected image and the image for comparison are images processed with a common parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,595,809

MEDICAL IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A medical imaging apparatus comprising:an image processor configured to generate an image based on data acquired by an X-ray detector; and
a display configured to display the image,
wherein the image processor is further configured to determine a magnitude of a noise signal of a scout image of an object, determine a physical quantity of the object corresponding to the determined magnitude of the noise signal, determine an energy value of a monochromatic image by comparing the determined physical quantity of the object and a preset reference physical quantity, and generate the monochromatic image corresponding to the determined energy value, and
wherein the image processor is further configured to increase the energy value in response to the selected physical quantity of the object being equal to or greater than the preset reference physical quantity and decrease the energy value in response to the selected physical quantity of the object being less than the preset reference physical quantity.

US Pat. No. 10,595,803

SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD AND IMAGING SYSTEM FOR SCATTER CORRECTION IN COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A signal processing method, comprising:detecting a total intensity of X-rays passing through an object comprising multiple materials via a detector of a computed tomography imaging system;
detecting an additional total intensity of X-rays passing through air;
obtaining, via a computer, at least one set of basis information of basis material information of the multiple materials and basis component information of photon-electric absorption basis component and Compton scattering basis component of the object, wherein obtaining the basis material information of the multiple materials comprises obtaining projection data of the basis material information used to characterize the multiple materials along each projection beam of the X-rays;
estimating, via the computer, a scatter intensity component of the detected X-rays based on the at least one set of basis information and the detected total intensity;
obtaining, via the computer, an intensity estimate of primary X-rays incident on a detector based on the detected total intensity and the estimated scatter intensity component; and
reconstructing, via the computer, an X-ray image based on the intensity estimate;
wherein estimating the scatter intensity component comprises: using a scatter model according to the obtained at least one set of basis information and the detected total intensity to estimate the scatter intensity component, wherein the scatter model utilizes the detected additional total intensity in estimating the scatter intensity component, wherein the scatter model is in association with the at least one set of basis information, and wherein the scatter model is established based on the detected total intensity and the obtained projection data of the basis material information of each material along each projection beam.

US Pat. No. 10,595,802

APPARATUS FOR THE FLEXIBLE POSITIONING OF A RADIATION SOURCE AND A RADIATION DETECTOR

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

1. An apparatus for medical examinations, the apparatus comprising:a first arm rotatably attached to a stand, the first arm including a cylindrical body at a first end of the first arm, the cylindrical body having a center and a side wall, the first arm being rotatably attached to the stand so that the first arm, with the cylindrical body, is rotatable about an axis that extends through the center of the body and an area for examining a patient, such that the first arm is not rotatable relative to the body, the first arm being configured to carry one of a radiation source and a radiation detector; and
a second arm that is rotatable about the axis, the second arm being movably disposed on an outer surface of the side wall of the body and being translatable along the side wall, such that when the second arm translates along the side wall, the second arm rotates about the axis relative to the body, the second arm extending away from the outer surface of the side wall to an arm section configured to carry the other of the radiation source and the radiation detector, the area for examining the patient being disposed between the radiation source and the radiation detector.

US Pat. No. 10,595,801

RADIOLOGICAL IMAGING DEVICE FOR LOWER LIMBS

IMAGINALIS S.R.L., Sesto...

1. A radiological imaging device configured to analyze a limb comprising:a first module comprising a source configured to emit radiation;
a second module comprising a detector configured to receive said radiation;
a drive unit for said modules, the drive unit having an inner housing;
a platform configured to define an outer support surface for said modules and an inner volume for the inner housing of said drive unit;
at least one attachment configured to constrain said modules to said drive unit allowing said drive unit, housed in said inner volume, to control the movement of said modules placed on said outer support surface;
wherein said at least one attachment defines an engagement position of said drive unit to said modules, wherein said at least one attachment constrains said modules to said drive unit allowing said drive unit to drag said modules and a disengagement position of said drive unit from said modules and wherein said at least one attachment does not constrain said modules to said drive unit preventing said drive unit from dragging said modules; and
wherein said platform comprises at least one pressure sensor configured to control the transition into said disengagement position of said at least one attachment when said at least one sensor detects changes in weight in at least one analysis area.

US Pat. No. 10,595,800

SUPPORT APPARATUS FOR XRAY DETECTOR AND XRAY DETECTING APPARATUS

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A support device for an X-ray detector comprising:a bottom plate; and
a limiting device mounted on the bottom plate, the limiting device comprising:
a limiting frame;
two mounting members connected to the limiting frame, at least one of the two mounting members being configured to be able to move in a particular direction and to be limited at one of a plurality of fixed positions on the limiting frame; and
two stoppers respectively arranged on the two mounting members for limiting the movement of the X-ray detector in the particular direction;
wherein the limiting device is mounted on a side of the bottom plate that interfaces with the X-ray detector when the X-ray detector is coupled to the support device, and wherein the limiting frame, the two mounting members, and the two stoppers are mounted on a same side of the bottom plate;
wherein the limiting device includes a first limiting device, and in the first limiting device, the particular direction includes a first direction, and the two mounting members are configured to be able to synchronously move towards each other or away from each other in the first direction; and
wherein the first limiting device further comprises a gear mounted on the bottom plate, and in the first limiting device, each of the two mounting members is provided with a spur gear, and the spur gears on the two mounting members are parallel to each other and are engaged with the gear.

US Pat. No. 10,595,797

DENTAL INTRAORAL RADIOLOGICAL IMAGE SENSOR

1. An intra oral dental radiological image sensor comprising,an electronic imaging module, comprising,
on a photosensitive front face, an electronic imaging chip covered with a scintillator, and,
on a rear face, components including a connector for linking the electronic imaging module to a link cable,
the electronic imaging module being contained in a protective casing formed by
a front shell having a flat bottom, and
a rear shell having a bottom that has a partly flat portion and a protruding dome which covers at least the connector, and
the sensor further comprising
a front mechanical reinforcing plate, which is a solid plate, between the flat bottom of the front shell and the photosensitive front face of the electronic imaging module, the front reinforcing plate having a hardness greater than that of the front shell and being transparent to X rays or gamma rays; and
a rear mechanical reinforcing plate, less thick than the front mechanical reinforcing plate, between the partially flat portion of the bottom of the rear shell and the rear face of the electronic imaging module, wherein the rear mechanical reinforcing plate is in the form of a frame having an opening into which the components including the connector protrude, the rear reinforcing plate having a hardness greater than that of the rear shell.

US Pat. No. 10,595,796

MIXED-MODE X-RAY DETECTOR

TELEDYNE DALSA B.V., Ein...

1. An X-ray system comprising:an X-ray source provided with an emitter for emitting X-rays and a collimator for collimating the emitted X-rays;
an X-ray detector system comprising an x-ray detector and an image constructor; and
a mounting frame for moving the X-ray source and X-ray detector around an object to irradiate X-rays from different angles towards the object;
wherein the X-ray detector comprises an X-ray sensor that comprises a plurality of segments, addressing circuitry for individually addressing the segments, and readout circuitry for reading out an addressed segment, said plurality of segments comprising a target segment and a plurality of additional segments;
wherein the X-ray system is configured to obtain a plurality of read-outs of the plurality of segments corresponding to different angles of incidence of the X-rays relative to the object;
wherein the image constructor is configured for constructing a first x-ray image based on the read-outs of the target segment and a 3D model based on the read-outs of the additional segments and a read-out of the target segment;
wherein the X-ray detector is configured to be operable in:
a mixed read-out mode in which an output of the X-ray sensor comprises sequentially obtained first blocks, each first block comprising a plurality of sequentially obtained different second blocks, wherein each second block comprises a read-out of the target segment, and wherein more than one of the second blocks comprises a different part of the additional segments such that each first block comprises a read-out for each of the plurality of segments, and in which mode the image constructor outputs the first X-ray image and the 3D model;
a first regular mode in which the output of the x-ray sensor comprises sequentially obtained third blocks, each third block comprising a single read-out for each of the plurality of segments, and in which mode the image constructor outputs the 3D model;
a second regular mode in which the output of the X-ray sensor comprises sequentially obtained fourth blocks, each fourth block only comprising a single read-out for the target segment and in which mode the image constructor outputs the first X-ray image;
wherein the first X-ray image corresponds to a panoramic image and wherein the 3D model comprises a digital volume of the object, wherein the image constructor is configured to generate the 3D model by cone beam computed tomography (CBCT).

US Pat. No. 10,595,795

ANGIOGRAPHIC EXAMINATION METHOD FOR OVERLAYING VIRTUAL VASCULAR PROJECTION IMAGES WITH MEDICAL INSTRUMENT PROJECTION IMAGES BASED ON PROJECTION MATRIX

1. An angiographic examination method for depicting a target region inside a patient with a vascular system as an examination object using an angiography system comprising an X-ray emitter and an X-ray image detector that are attached to ends of a C-arm, a patient positioning couch with a tabletop on which the patient is positioned, a processor, an image system, and a monitor, the angiographic examination method comprising:capturing a volume data set of the target region with the examination object;
registering the volume data set to the C-arm;
extracting information about an assumed course of the examination object in the volume data set inside the target region;
generating at least one two-dimensional (2D) projection image of a medical instrument inserted in the target region;
generating a 2D overlay image, the generating of the 2D overlay image comprising 2D/3D merging of the at least one 2D projection image and of the registered volume data set;
detecting the medical instrument inserted in the target region in the 2D overlay image with a first projection matrix;
generating a virtual 2D projection of the medical instrument using a virtual projection matrix, wherein the virtual projection matrix is based on the first projection matrix;
reconstructing the medical instrument in three dimensions, in which a three-dimensional (3D) position of the medical instrument is determined from the virtual 2D projection and the at least one 2D projection image of the medical instrument; and
overlaying the virtual 2D projection and the at least one 2D projection image of the medical instrument, and distorting a center line of at least a part of the at least one 2D projection image by a displacement such that a current course and the assumed course of the vessels are congruent.

US Pat. No. 10,595,794

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR FACILITATING IMAGING OF ROTATING ANIMALS, SPECIMENS, OR IMAGING PHANTOMS

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Aubur...

18. An imaging device, comprising:an imaging chamber;
a detector within the imaging chamber for capturing an image of an animal, specimen or imaging phantom;
a subject holder having an elongated portion or tube for securely holding the animal, specimen or imaging phantom, wherein at least a portion of the subject holder is optically transparent to enable imaging therethrough by the detector,
an actuator motor for rotationally driving the subject holder; and
a spring-biased adaptor configured to releasably engage the subject holder and retain the subject holder in connection with the actuator motor driver.

US Pat. No. 10,595,793

PATIENT STATUS NOTIFICATION DEVICE, NOTIFICATION METHOD IN PATIENT STATUS NOTIFICATION DEVICE AND PROGRAM

PARAMOUNT BED CO., LTD., ...

1. A system for monitoring patient status, comprising:a plurality of terminal devices including a first terminal device and a second terminal device; and
a controller configured to;
receive biological data of the user;
compare the received biological data with at least one of threshold values;
activate a first alarm to the first terminal device if the received biological data is satisfied with a first alarm condition; and
activate a second alarm to the second terminal device if the received biological data is satisfied with a second alarm condition, the second alarm condition being different from the first alarm condition,
wherein the first or second terminal device is capable of displaying status about the first alarm and the second alarm, the status including a name of the user, a reason why the first alarm or the second alarm is activated, and a name of caregiver who will deal with the first alarm or the second alarm, and
wherein the first terminal device is capable of displaying an icon to determine whether caregiver who holds the first terminal device will deal with the first alarm if the first alarm is activated.

US Pat. No. 10,595,791

ENDOVASCULAR HEAT EXCHANGE SYSTEMS AND METHODS WITH BLOOD FLOW MONITORING AND NOTIFICATION FUNCTIONS

ZOLL Circulation, Inc., ...

1. A system comprising:a heat exchange catheter having a heat exchange surface that is insertable into subject's vasculature;
a programmable controller;
apparatus for circulating heat exchange fluid through the heat exchange catheter while inserted in the subject's vasculature such that heat will be exchanged across the heat exchange surface between heat exchange fluid being circulated through the heat exchange catheter and blood that flows through the subject's vasculature in heat exchange proximity to the heat exchange surface;
one or more sensors for measuring a rate at which heat is being exchanged between heat exchange fluid being circulated through the heat exchange catheter and blood flowing through the subject's vasculature in heat exchange proximity to the heat exchange surface; and
wherein the controller receives signals from said one or more sensors and is programmed to use those received signals to determine a rate, if any, at which heat is being exchanged across the heat exchange surface and to ascertain whether the determined rate, if any, is indicative of an occurrence of at least one event selected from: a) resumption or continuation of effective spontaneous circulation; b) cessation or of absence of effective spontaneous circulation, c) the occurrence of spontaneous or cardiac-compression-generated circulation that is below a minimum effective blood flow rate and d) the occurrence of spontaneous or cardiac-compression-generated circulation that is at or above a minimum effective blood flow rate;
wherein, when the system is being used in a subject who lacks effective spontaneous circulation and is receiving cardiac compressions, the system determines the rate, if any, at which heat is being exchanged across the heat exchange surface while cardiac compressions are ongoing and determines, while the cardiac compressions are ongoing, when the determined rate, if any, is indicative of a resumption or continuation of effective spontaneous circulation.

US Pat. No. 10,595,790

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PERSONALIZED NON-INVASIVE HEMODYNAMIC ASSESSMENT OF RENAL ARTERY STENOSIS FROM MEDICAL IMAGES

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

1. A method, comprising:receiving medical image data of the patient;
extracting patient-specific renal arterial geometry of the patient from the medical image data;
extracting features from the patient-specific renal arterial geometry of the patient, the extracted features from the patient-specific renal arterial geometry comprising renal insufficiency weights and renal insufficiency scores for renal artery segments, wherein a renal insufficiency weight for a particular renal artery segment is based on renal insufficiency weights for downstream renal artery segments; and
computing a hemodynamic index for one or more locations of interest in the patient-specific renal arterial geometry based on the extracted features from the patient-specific renal arterial geometry using a trained machine-learning based surrogate model trained based on features extracted from synthetically generated renal arterial tree geometries.

US Pat. No. 10,595,789

MEAL TIME ESTIMATION METHOD, MEAL TIME ESTIMATION DEVICE, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

FUJITSU LIMITED, Kawasak...

1. A meal time estimation device comprising:a memory; and
a processor coupled to the memory and configured to:
acquire time series data of heart rate,
calculate a feature amount obtained by indexing a degree of similarity with a feature of heart rate change that appears at end of a meal from the time series data of the heart rate by calculating, while shifting a candidate of a meal end time assumed to be the meal end time in the heart rate data, the feature amount by using partial data around the candidate in the heart rate data for every candidate, the indexing including indexing the degree that the partial data around the candidate of the meal end time is similar with the feature, as the feature amount, to evaluate whether the candidate is plausible as the meal end time, the feature of heart rate change being stored in the memory beforehand, and being the heart rate data including a meal period from a meal start to a meal end, and
estimate a meal time from the feature amount, which is hard to change by a factor other than the meal to prevent a decrease in estimation accuracy of the meal time by occurrence of erroneous determination,
wherein the estimate the meal time includes the processor being configured to
estimate the meal time from the feature amount by performing determination of comparing the feature amount calculated and a predetermined threshold, grouping the meal end times, the grouping includes grouping the meal end times having a time difference with each other that is within a predetermined period among the meal end times stored in the memory,
select the meal end time having the lowest feature amount calculated, from among the meal end times grouped in the same group,
estimate the meal end time from the feature amount, estimate a candidate that corresponds to the meal end time among candidates of meal start time extracted from the time series data of the heart rate, as the meal start time, when estimating the meal start time, and estimate a candidate having a period that is within a predetermined range, among candidates of the duration time for a meal determined from a set of the first candidate meal start time and the first candidate meal end time that correspond to each other, when estimating the duration time for a meal, as the duration time for a meal, the candidates of meal start time being the time that is before the estimated meal end time and that is within a predetermined period from the meal end time, and the candidates of the duration time being created by calculating a difference between the estimated meal end time and the candidates of meal start time, and
estimate at least two of the meal end time, the meal start time, and the duration time for a meal.

US Pat. No. 10,595,788

METHOD FOR THE DETECTING ELECTROCARDIOGRAM ANOMALIES AND CORRESPONDING SYSTEM

STMICROELECTRONICS S.R.L....

1. A method, comprising:detecting a beat in a heartbeat signal;
measuring an energy of acceleration;
associating a heart rate and the measured energy of acceleration with the detected beat;
selectively including the detected beat in a set of detected beats based on the heart rate and measured energy of acceleration associated with the detected beat; and
detecting anomalous beats in the set of detected beats using a dictionary of a sparse approximation model, the detecting of the anomalous beats including:
applying, based on the heart rate and energy of acceleration associated with a beat in the set of detected beats, a beat transform to the beat in the set of selected beats, generating an adapted beat;
applying a dictionary transform based on the heart rate and energy of acceleration associated with the beat in the set of detected beats to the dictionary, generating an adapted dictionary;
generating a sparse approximation of the adapted beat with respect to the adapted dictionary; and
classifying the beat in the set of detected beats as anomalous based on the generated sparse approximation.

US Pat. No. 10,595,787

APPARATUS AND SYSTEMS FOR EVENT DETECTION USING PROBABILISTIC MEASURES

Flint Hills Scientific, L...

1. A method, comprising:determining via one or more processors of one or more medical devices, by a first seizure detection algorithm and a second seizure detection algorithm for detecting seizure activity based upon at least one body signal, at least a first output of seizure detection of the first seizure detection algorithm, wherein the first output is zero when the first seizure detection algorithm detects no seizure and the first output is one when the first seizure detection algorithm detects a seizure, and a second output of seizure detection of the second seizure detection algorithm, wherein the second output is zero when the second seizure detection algorithm detects no seizure and the second output is one when the second seizure detection algorithm detects the seizure;
determining via the one or more processors of the one or more medical devices a probabilistic measure of seizure activity (PMSA) value based upon at least the first output and the second output of the first seizure detection algorithm and the second seizure detection algorithm, wherein the determining the PMSA value comprises determining an average indicator function based on the first output and the second output of the first seizure detection algorithm and the second seizure detection algorithm; and
delivering a therapy based on the probabilistic measure of seizure activity value, where the therapy is a delivery of at least one of an electrical signal, a drug, and a thermal energy to one or more target tissues of a patient's body;
wherein the first seizure detection algorithm and the second seizure detection algorithm are one of: an autoregression algorithm; a wavelet transform maximum modulus (WTMM) algorithm; and a short-term-average to long-term-average (STA/LTA) algorithm.

US Pat. No. 10,595,780

WEARABLE BIOLOGICAL INFORMATION SENSING DEVICE

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A wearable biological information sensing device comprising:a base having first and second surfaces and first and second sides;
a wrist band connected to the first and second sides of the base to be worn on a wrist of a user;
a first adhesive disposed at a center area of the second surface of the base;
a second adhesive disposed at a periphery of the second surface of the base, the second adhesive surrounding the first adhesive in a plan view; and
a biological information acquisition sensor configured to acquire biological information of the user from the wrist, the biological information acquisition sensor being disposed on a plane of the first and second adhesives so that the first and second adhesives are directly sandwiched by the base and the biological information acquisition sensor,
wherein the first adhesive has a first elastic modulus, the second adhesive has a second elastic modulus, and the first elastic modulus of the first adhesive is higher than the second elastic modulus of the second adhesive.

US Pat. No. 10,595,779

VENTILATION MEASUREMENT DEVICES, METHODS AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT

SWEETZPOT AS, Fornebu (N...

1. A ventilation measurement device, comprising:a fastening mechanism capable of permanently or detachably fastening the ventilation measurement device to a belt which can be worn around a part of a subject's torso that expands as a function of inhalation;
a substrate coupled to the fastening mechanism and capable of receiving tensional forces transmitted from the belt through the fastening mechanism;
a strain gauge mounted on said substrate and configured to output a signal with a functional relationship with said tensional forces;
a controller unit configured to receive and process said signal and produce processed data therefrom; and
a transmitter configured to be controlled by said controller unit to transmit the processed data to an external receiver;
wherein said fastening mechanism includes a first part attached directly to a first end of said substrate and a second part attached either:
directly to a second end of said substrate in order to transmit tensional forces directly to the substrate, or
directly to a casing in order to transmit the tensional forces to the second end of said substrate, said second end of said substrate being attached directly to the casing; and
an attachment of the first part of said fastening mechanism passes through a flexible ring which connects the fastening mechanism to the casing while allowing the first part of the fastening mechanism to move relative to the casing in order to transmit the tensional forces to the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,595,776

DETERMINING ENERGY EXPENDITURE USING A WEARABLE DEVICE

Vital Connect, Inc., San...

1. A method for determining energy expenditure (EE) of a user/patient, the method comprising:detecting a plurality of physiological signals using a wearable sensor device, wherein the plurality of detected physiological signals are detected by a wearable device and include any of an electrocardiogram (ECG) signal and an acceleration signal;
converting the plurality of physiological signals into a plurality of sensor streams, wherein the plurality of sensor streams include any of body impedance, heart rate (HR), basal heart rate (HRb), heart rate variability (HRV), and signal magnitude area (SMA);
a preprocessing step for eliminating wearable device off instances using body impedance values;
extracting features from each of the plurality of sensor streams, and determining a feature vector using extracted features and demographic information of the user/patient; and
determining the EE by performing machine learning using the determined feature vector and a regression model, wherein the regression model corresponding to a specific activity state is selected based on value of normalized heart rate (HRnu).

US Pat. No. 10,595,775

PRECISION DIALYSIS MONITORING AND SYNCHRONIZATION SYSTEM

Medtronic, Inc., Minneap...

1. A method for determining a total hazard estimate of a life threatening ventricular arrhythmia, comprising the steps of:obtaining one or more physiological parameters of a patient from one or more sensors;
communicating the physiological parameters to a medical device processor;
wherein the medical device processor utilizes an algorithm to determine a total hazard estimate of a ventricular arrhythmia based on the one or more physiological parameters, wherein the algorithm, for each of the one or more physiological parameters of a patient, calculates an individual hazard estimate given by y1(t)=h1(t)?x1(t), wherein h1(t)=k1ek2t, t is time, y1(t) is the individual hazard estimate at time t, k1 and k2 are constants for the given parameter, x1(t) is the physiological parameter at time t, and ? is a convolution operator, wherein the algorithm calculates the total hazard estimate which is either a linear or nonlinear summation of individual hazard estimates, and wherein the algorithm utilizes an adaptive filter to alter each of the constants periodically;
wherein the one or more physiological parameters include at least one of sleep pattern, heart rate change during dialysis, fluid removed during dialysis session, and sodium level;
wherein the medical device processor is configured to provide an adjustment of a future dialysis prescription for the patient based on the total hazard estimate; and
wherein the medical device processor determines whether an arrhythmia is due to any one of fluid management, electrolyte management, or both fluid management and electrolyte management.

US Pat. No. 10,595,774

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR THE PLANNING AND DELIVERY OF RADIATION TREATMENTS

Varian Medical Systems In...

1. A method for delivering radiation dose to a target area within a subject, the method comprising:defining a trajectory comprising relative movement between a treatment radiation source and the subject;
determining a radiation delivery plan;
effecting continuous relative movement between the treatment radiation source and the subject along the trajectory and, during the continuous relative movement between the treatment radiation source and the subject along the trajectory, delivering a treatment radiation beam from the treatment radiation source to the subject according to the radiation delivery plan to impart a dose distribution on the subject;
wherein effecting continuous relative movement between the treatment radiation source and the subject along the trajectory comprises effecting movement of both the radiation source and the subject.

US Pat. No. 10,595,773

DEVICE FOR CARDIAC ABLATION DESIGNED FOR AUTOMATIC ELECTRONIC CONTROL OF THE ESOPHAGEAL CATHETER POSITION

FIAB S.P.A., Vicchio (IT...

1. A device (1) for detecting a temperature of an esophagus (E) during cardiac ablation treatments by means of heat transfer or heat removal,comprising an esophageal catheter (2) which can be inserted in a patient's esophagus, and
comprising three or more temperature sensors (3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 3e) designed to detect a temperature of respective portions of the esophagus,
each of the three or more temperature sensors being configured to generate, at successive time points, respective detection signals (r) indicating a temperature of the respective portion of the esophagus,
wherein the three or more temperature sensors are positioned on the esophageal catheter and distributed along a development direction of the esophageal catheter between a first temperature sensor (3a) and a last temperature sensor (3e),
wherein the device also comprises a control unit (C) configured to be connected to the esophageal catheter when in use and configured to receive the detection signals coming from each of the three or more temperature sensors, characterized in that the control unit is configured to compare, for each of the time points, all the detection signals generated by the three or more temperature sensors (3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 3e) with each other, and wherein the control unit is configured to generate at least one alarm signal (S1), intended for a case of ablation by heat transfer, when a maximum temperature from among the temperatures detected by each of the three or more temperature sensors and associated with a same time point is detected only by at least one of the first temperature sensor and the last temperature sensor, or configured to generate at least one alarm signal (S1), intended for a case of ablation by heat removal, when the minimum temperature from among the temperatures detected by each of the three or more temperature sensors and associated with the same time point is detected only by at least one of the first temperature sensor and the last temperature sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,595,772

ANAESTHESIA AND CONSCIOUSNESS DEPTH MONITORING SYSTEM

1. An apparatus for collecting, transforming and displaying evoked potential (EP) data, comprising:a sensor for collecting EP data evoked in response to a stimulus; and
at least one microprocessor executing a computer program comprising instructions, which when executed by the microprocessor, cause the microprocessor to:
input the EP data, which is not a continuous electroencephalography (EEG) signal;
delineate between non-linear neurological signals of the EP data that are implicated in depth of hypnosis or depth of unconsciousness and signals of the EP data that are reflective of: wake-state, consciousness-state, or states associated with wake-state or consciousness-state; and
based on the delineation between the non-linear neurological signals and the signals reflective of: wake-state, consciousness-state, or states associated with wake-state or consciousness-state, display a marker of a biological, a neurological, a psychological or a cognitive state of a subject,
wherein the marker comprises one or more markers selected from the group consisting of consciousness-state, alertness, attention-state, awake-state, responsiveness, sleep-state, unconsciousness-state, vigilance, awareness, calmness, agitation-state, anxiolysis, fatigue, brain function, physiological status, cognition, psychological-state, and sentience.

US Pat. No. 10,595,771

METHOD OF NORMALIZING IMPLANT STRAIN READINGS TO ASSESS BONE HEALING

DePuy Synthes Products, I...

1. A system for treating a bone, comprising:an implant sized and shaped to be attached to a bone and including a first sensor and a second sensor, the first sensor positioned on a first portion of the implant which extends over a weakened portion of bone in an operative position, the first sensor being configured to measure a first strain on the first portion, the second sensor being positioned on a second portion of the implant which extends over an unweakened portion of bone in the operative position, the second sensor being configured to measure a second strain on the second portion; and
a processing device calculating a ratio of the first strain to the second strain to normalize an effect of loads on the bone and track healing of the bone.

US Pat. No. 10,595,770

IMAGING PLATFORM BASED ON NONLINEAR OPTICAL MICROSCOPY FOR RAPID SCANNING LARGE AREAS OF TISSUE

The Regents of the Univer...

1. An apparatus based on laser-scanning nonlinear optical microscopy that can scan rapidly large areas while maintaining a sub-micron resolution comprising:one or more pulsed lasers to produce a laser excitation beam; and
an imaging head optically coupled to the pulsed laser for scanning tissue with a predetermined size of a field of view with submicron resolution at a predetermined rate;
where the imaging head comprises:
a resonant scanning mirror optically coupled to the pulsed laser;
a relay lens system optically coupled to the resonant scanning mirror;
a galvo mirror optically coupled to the relay lens system;
a beam expander optically coupled to the galvo mirror; and
a microscope objective optically coupled to the beam expander, the microscope objective for scanning the tissue and returning a nonlinear optical signal from the tissue to the detectors and data acquisition system for providing an image.

US Pat. No. 10,595,767

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR RECOGNIZING SYMPTOMS OF DEMENTIA AND PROVIDING DEMENTIA PATIENT MANAGEMENT SERVICE

Electronics and Telecommu...

1. An apparatus for recognizing dementia symptoms, comprising:one or more processors that process computer executable program code embodied in non-transitory computer readable storage media, the computer executable program code comprising:
reception program code that receives physiological signals of a dementia patient collected by sensors corresponding to a dementia detection device, an ambient environmental information signal, a location signal, a motion signal, an audio signal, and a video signal corresponding to the dementia patient;
determination program code that analyzes the signals, and determines features of the dementia patient, wherein the features include information about whether the dementia patient is in an unconscious state during generation of the physiological signals and whether the patient correctly speaks words appropriate for a situation; and
symptom recognition program code that compares features corresponding to respective dementia symptoms with features of the dementia patient, determines variations in cognitive ability, memory, and expressiveness based on a result of the comparison, recognizes each dementia symptom based on the variations, and provides symptom recognition results to an apparatus for providing a dementia patient management service that provides a notification service to an acquaintance of the dementia patient,
wherein the physiological signals include indications of unintentional urination or unintentional defecation and such indications are used in predicting and recognizing dementia, and
wherein the determination program code determines whether a physiological phenomenon has occurred based on the physiological signals, and when the physiological phenomenon has occurred, determines that the dementia patient has a physiological phenomenon in an unconscious state if a management service request signal is not received or if a temperature physiological signal value and a humidity physiological signal value, which are measured after lapse of a preset period of time, fall within a specific range.

US Pat. No. 10,595,766

ABNORMAL MOTION DETECTOR AND MONITOR

Smart Monitor Corp., San...

1. A system for detecting a seizure or abnormal motion comprising:an input means for inputting motion parameters, said input means configured for inputting at least one of a template, a modification of a template, and one or more thresholds for one or more parameters indicative of at least one of the seizure or the abnormal motion;
a seizure detection engine, wherein said seizure detection engine is configured for matching a motion pattern to at least one of the template, the modification of a template, and the one or more thresholds for one or more parameters indicative of at least one of the seizure or the abnormal motion; and
a processor configured for activating an alert if said seizure detection engine has determined that the seizure or the abnormal motion has occurred or is occurring,
wherein said processor is configured to be part of said seizure detection engine or separate from said seizure detection engine or both.

US Pat. No. 10,595,765

PRESSURE MEASURING SYSTEM

MEDICAL MEASURMENT SYSTEM...

1. Method for the automatic filling and correction of hydrostatic pressure of a pressure-measuring system, comprising:selecting a pressure-measuring system with at least a first measuring lumen which can be filled with a fluid, and having at least first and second pressure-measuring devices and at least two flow regulation devices, wherein the pressure measuring system includes (A) a tube system that defines the first measuring lumen, (B) the at least first and second pressure-measuring devices and (C) the at least two flow regulation devices, and is connectable to (a) a fluid reservoir serving as a supply of fluid and to (b) at least one catheter lumen of at least one catheter, and
a mechanism for conveying the fluid through the tube system and into the at least one catheter,
wherein each of the at least first and second pressure-measuring devices includes a pressure transducer membrane and a measuring chamber which can be filled with fluid,
wherein the tube system further includes at least one coupling element which mechanically connects each measuring chamber via its respective membrane with a measuring area of a pressure transducer and each measuring chamber has at least two connection points for a fluid flow and, positioned between the first pressure measuring device and the supply of the fluid, the tube system has a first flow regulation device for regulating fluid flow with a perfusion tube section made of a flexible material and having a perfusion tube section lumen through which fluid can flow and has a first tube clamp into which the tube section is inserted, and
the first flow regulation device can be set to regulation positions open, closed and perfused, wherein in the closed position the perfusion tube section lumen is completely squeezed closed and in the perfused position, through a spacer in the inside of the tube section the perfusion tube section lumen is partly open even when squeezed by the first tube clamp;
wherein one of selected the flow regulation devices being the first flow regulation device with the perfusion tube section and corresponding first tube clamp, and the other flow regulation device having a second tube section and a second tube clamp, with the first measuring lumen connecting the first pressure measuring device to one catheter lumen and a second measuring lumen connecting the second pressure measuring-device to another catheter lumen;
measuring a rest pressure on each pressure transducer with the tube system and measuring lumens filled with air and connected to (a) the fluid reservoir serving as a supply of fluid and to (b) at least one catheter lumen of at least one catheter;
setting at least one of the first and second tube clamps into the closed regulation position;
setting another of the first and second tube clamps into the open regulation position and filling the tube system and one of the measuring lumens with liquid from a fluid reservoir;
setting at least one of the first and second tube clamps into the closed regulation position and correcting the hydrostatic pressure exerted by the height difference between at least one of (i) the pressure transducer and the measuring chamber and (ii) the measuring lumen and the measuring location by comparison with the previously determined rest pressure; and
setting at least the first tube clamp into the perfused regulation position.

US Pat. No. 10,595,762

BLOOD SAMPLE MANAGEMENT USING OPEN CELL FOAM

Becton, Dickinson and Com...

1. A blood transfer device adapted to receive a blood sample, comprising:a housing having a blood inlet port, a blood outlet port separate from the blood inlet port, and an actuation member provided adjacent the blood inlet port of the housing and transitionable between a first position and a second position; and
an open cell foam material disposed within the housing and having a dry anticoagulant powder therein, wherein the actuation member is adapted to cover the open cell foam material at the blood inlet port, wherein the housing further comprises a lid movable between a closed position in which the open cell foam material is sealed within the housing and the actuation member covers the open cell foam material at the blood inlet port and an open position in which a portion of the open cell foam material is exposed beyond the blood inlet port.

US Pat. No. 10,595,761

ADAPTER FOR USE WITH A MULTI-PORT CONTROL VALVE USED IN BLOOD SAMPLING, BLOOD PRESSURE MEASUREMENT SYSTEMS

Edwards Lifesciences Corp...

1. An adapter for use with a multi-port control valve that includes multi-lumen paths diverging flow for use in a blood sampling, blood pressure monitoring system that includes a sampling site, a pressure transducer, and reservoir, the multi-port control valve including a partition and a rotatable valve member that rotates around to one of a reservoir port, a sampling site port, or a pressure transducer port to block fluid communication with one of the reservoir port, the sampling site port, or the pressure transducer port, or none of the ports, respectively, for utilizing different modes of operation of the blood sampling, blood pressure monitoring system, the adapter comprising:a partition to define an input fluid path and an output fluid path, wherein the partition of the adapter mates with the partition of the multi-port control valve and a partition of the reservoir, wherein the partition in the adapter mates with the partition in the reservoir such that a fluid circuit is created from the multi-port control valve, through the adapter, and through the reservoir and back to the multi-port control valve.

US Pat. No. 10,595,758

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING ONSET OF HYPOXIA

Southern Aeromedical Inst...

1. A method for determining onset of hypoxia of an aircraft occupant, comprising:measuring at least one physiological parameter of the occupant with a first sensor;
comparing a value of a parameter based on the at least one physiological parameter with at least one threshold value;
measuring a pressure within a cabin of the aircraft with a second sensor;
comparing the pressure with a pressure threshold value;
determining the onset of hypoxia of the occupant based on both of the comparing steps;
communicating an alert to the occupant using a device detectable by one or more senses of the occupant, said communicating based on the determining step;
wherein the first sensor is a pulse oximeter, and wherein the at least one physiological parameter is oxygen saturation level and heart rate;
wherein the measuring of the at least one physiological parameter further comprises;
measuring the oxygen saturation level over a time period with the pulse oximeter;
measuring the heart rate over the time period with the pulse oximeter;
calculating a first slope based on a rate of change of the oxygen saturation level over the time period with a processor;
calculating a second slope based on a rate of change of the heart rate over the time period with the processor;
calculating a slope index with the processor based on a ratio of the first slope to the second slope;
wherein the value of the at least one physiological parameter is a magnitude of the slope index, wherein the at least one threshold value is a range of the slope index indicative of the onset of hypoxia;
and wherein the comparing the value of the at least one physiological parameter comprises determining whether the magnitude of the slope index is within the range.

US Pat. No. 10,595,753

HIGH FREQUENCY QRS IN BIOMETRIC IDENTIFICATION

1. A method for identification/verification of an individual comprising:sampling HF-QRS signals or derived features or values from a group of subjects, with each sampling performed at several different times for each subject;
using deep learning neural networks to determine features or values which are: (i) similar for the same individual for samples taken at different times; and (ii) different enough among all individuals whenever sampled, so as to function as biometric signatures;
sampling said features or values from individuals and storing them in a database as each of their respective biometric signatures; and
sampling, at a later time, said features or values from an unknown individual and determining if they match any of the stored biometric signatures features and values, based on whether a prospective match meets a similarity threshold, and wherein variability correcting stored data is incorporated in the sampling of said features or values from the unknown individual.

US Pat. No. 10,595,751

MULTIPLE TEST KNEE JOINT ANALYSIS

RoboDiagnostics LLC, Atl...

1. A method comprising:capturing test data using a robotic testing apparatus for a joint during a plurality of joint tests, the test data being representative of respective motion of the joint during each test of the plurality of tests, each test of the plurality of test being implemented by the robotic testing apparatus applied to the joint, the robotic testing apparatus being configured to apply, during each test of the plurality of tests, a respective force oriented in a respective plane;
generating, by a processor, based on the test data, respective primary data representative of respective movement of the joint in a respective degree of freedom for the joint disposed within the respective plane for each test of the plurality of tests, wherein at least one test of the plurality of tests is alone not configured to detect a condition of the joint such that the respective primary data for the at least one test is not indicative of the condition;
generating, by the processor, based on the test data, secondary data representative of concomitant movement of the joint during a first test of the plurality of tests, the concomitant movement being in a secondary degree of freedom for the joint other than the respective degree of freedom disposed within the respective plane for the first test, the concomitant movement arising from the respective applied force; and
determining, by the processor, the condition of the joint based on an analysis of the primary data for each test of the plurality of tests and the secondary data,
wherein the secondary degree of freedom is different than the respective degree of freedom for the first test.

US Pat. No. 10,595,748

SYSTEMS, DEVICES, AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING FOOT LOADING FEEDBACK TO PATIENTS AND PHYSICIANS DURING A PERIOD OF PARTIAL WEIGHT BEARING

The University of Utah Re...

1. A system for providing user feedback regarding compliance with a set of partial weight bearing (PWB) criteria including a load compliance range, the system including:a single load profile monitoring device that receives force data from a pressure sensor positioned adjacent to a substantially non-compressible pressure transmitter, wherein the single load profile monitoring device is sized and configured to measure a load profile in both a ball region of a foot and a heel region of the foot;
the substantially non-compressible pressure transmitter being configured to transfer force to the pressure sensor, wherein:
the substantially non-compressible pressure transmitter is positioned within a cavity of a housing,
the pressure sensor is configured to float or otherwise move within the substantially non-compressible pressure transmitter to change location and/or orientation,
the pressure sensor positioned:
at a non-parallel angle with respect to a bottom surface of the housing, and
offset from a line-of-action of a force applied to the housing; and
the housing comprises an aperture that provides a reference atmospheric pressure to the pressure sensor;
a processing module that accesses the force data received from the pressure sensor to determine whether the user is within a predefined load compliance range, the load compliance range specifying a prescribed range of load that is to be applied during a PWB period; and
a communications module that, upon receiving a compliance data request, communicates compliance data representing the user's compliance with the prescribed range of load during the PWB period to at least one of the user and the user's physician, wherein the user's compliance is determined at a rate that is specified by a medical professional.

US Pat. No. 10,595,745

FORCE SENSING CATHETER WITH IMPEDANCE-GUIDED ORIENTATION

Boston Scientific Scimed ...

1. A system for determining a contact force, the system comprising:a catheter including:
a proximal segment;
a distal segment including:
a plurality of tip electrodes including at least three radial electrodes disposed about a circumference of the distal segment, the radial electrodes configured to output electrical signals indicative of a contact vector of the contact force; and
an elastic segment extending from the proximal segment to the distal segment, the elastic segment including a force sensing device configured to output an electrical signal indicative of a magnitude of an axial component of the contact force, the force sensing device consisting of an elastic element and a position sensor; and
control circuitry configured to:
receive electrical signals from each of the plurality of tip electrodes;
determine individual vectors for each of the plurality of tip electrodes based on their respective electrical signals;
determine the contact vector of the contact force by summing the individual vectors for each of the plurality of tip electrodes;
receive electrical signals from the force sensing device;
determine the magnitude of the axial component of the contact force based on the electrical signals received from the force sensing device; and
determine the contact force by scaling the magnitude of the axial component of the contact force by the contact vector.

US Pat. No. 10,595,744

SURGICAL TOOL-POSITIONING DEVICES AND RELATED METHODS

MRI Interventions, Inc., ...

1. A surgical frame assembly comprising:a turret base, wherein, in use, the turret base rests on a support surface adjacent to but longitudinally spaced apart from a patient and the turret base comprises downwardly extending spaced apart inner and outer arcuate perimeters and a planar upper surface with a plurality of circumferentially spaced apart downwardly extending apertures, wherein the turret base comprises an internal arcuate and downwardly extending open channel that is under the upper surface and between the downwardly extending spaced apart inner and outer arcuate perimeters;
at least one turret arm comprising opposing first and second end portions with an arcuate segment therebetween, wherein the first end portion terminates above the second end portion and above the turret base, wherein the second end portion comprises a front lower edge that extends forward of and down a distance over the inner arcuate perimeter of the turret base, wherein the second end portion further comprises a horizontally oriented planar lower end portion that is attachable to the turret base, wherein the second end portion extends a distance below the arcuate segment, wherein the horizontally oriented planar lower end portion comprises a laterally extending slot with a laterally extending length dimension that is greater than a height dimension thereof and that resides over a plurality of the circumferentially spaced apart apertures of the turret base, wherein the at least one turret arm has a unitary body with the arcuate segment merging into the second end portion with the front lower edge and the horizontally oriented planar lower end portion, and wherein the at least one turret arm is configured to place the arcuate segment above the turret base;
a vertically extending lock screw extending through the slot into one of the downwardly extending apertures, wherein the at least one turret arm is lockable into different positions relative to the turret base using different ones of the downwardly extending apertures and the lock screw; and
a surgical tool moveably attached to the arcuate segment of the at least one turret arm so that the surgical tool is positionally adjustable relative to a target anatomical location of a patient under the arcuate segment of the at least one turret arm.

US Pat. No. 10,595,743

WRIST-WEARABLE BODY COMPOSITION MEASURING DEVICE AND BODY COMPOSITION MEASURING METHOD USING THE SAME

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A wrist-wearable body composition measuring device comprising:a main body;
a strap connected to the main body;
a first input electrode and a first output electrode which are provided on an inner surface of the strap and configured to contact a wrist of a first arm of a subject;
a second input electrode and a second output electrode which are provided on an outer surface of the strap and configured to contact a body part of the subject in different types of measuring postures;
a measuring unit configured to measure a body impedance of the subject by applying current to the first input electrode and the second input electrode when the body part contacts the second input electrode and the second output electrode in a particular type of measuring posture among the different types of measuring postures and detecting a voltage generated between the first output electrode and the second output electrode in response to the applied current; and
a processor configured to analyze a body composition of the subject based on the body impedance measured by the measuring unit, and to selectively correct the body impedance based on the particular type of measuring posture.

US Pat. No. 10,595,741

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR BRAIN ACTIVITY DETECTION

Institute of Automation C...

1. A system for detecting brain activity, comprising:a joint collection helmet,
a near-infrared light source emission module,
a near-infrared detection module,
a brain electricity detection module,
a central control unit and a host computer;
said joint collection helmet comprising:
a brain electricity electrode,
a near-infrared light source emission optrode,
a near-infrared light source receiving optrode, and
a flexible material;
said near-infrared light source emission module comprising:
a control terminal,
a modulated wave generating module,
an LED drive module,
an optical feedback module; and
using a frequency division multiplexing technique, the light source is modulated by carriers of different frequencies to differentiate light signals of different channels, and said light signals are accessed from the joint collection helmet through a fiber optic transmission cable to irradiate a scalp, and after being scattered and absorbed by the brain, the light signals are processed by the near-infrared detection module;
said near-infrared detection module comprising:
an avalanche photodiode,
a demodulating module, and
a computer processor;
wherein the near-infrared detection module detects optical signals of the scalp,
wherein said optical signals are detected by the receiving optrode on the joint collection helmet which is connected to the near-infrared detection module through fiber optic transmission cable to one of the set containing: avalanche photodiode, an amplifier, cation and the demodulating module;
wherein the demodulating module comprises:
 an analog switch gating circuit,
 a phase sensitive detection circuit, and
 a low-pass filtering circuit for identification of the light channels and for analog to digital conversion;
wherein the brain electricity detection module comprises:
a buffering and amplifying circuit,
a DC filtering circuit;
a computer processor; and
wherein the brain electricity detection module is used for detecting electrical signals of the scalp,
wherein the electric signals are collected by the brain electricity electrode on the joint collection helmet which is connected to the brain electricity detection module through a transmission cable;
and wherein said central control unit is the core of a photoelectric synchronous brain activity detection system, which is responsible for synchronizing and fusing data flows, sending control commands to each module, and uploading data to the host computer.

US Pat. No. 10,595,739

ESTIMATING THE PREVALENCE OF ACTIVATION PATTERNS IN DATA SEGMENTS DURING ELECTROPHYSIOLOGY MAPPING

Boston Scientific Scimed ...

1. A cardiac mapping system for diagnosing and treating pathologies in a heart, the system comprising:a plurality of mapping electrodes disposed in the heart configured to detect activation signals of physiological activity in the heart, each of the plurality of mapping electrodes having an electrode location;
a processing system associated with the plurality of mapping electrodes, the processing system configured to record the detected activation signals and associate one of the plurality of mapping electrodes with each recorded activation signal, the processing system further configured to determine a dominant frequency at each electrode location, and determine a wavefront vector at each electrode location based on a difference between the dominant frequency at a first electrode location and the dominant frequency at neighboring electrode locations;
wherein the processing system is further configured to:
generate a plurality of pattern maps, and wherein, to generate the plurality of pattern maps, the processing system is further configured to generate a pattern map for each sensed activation signal, each pattern map having the wavefront vector at each electrode location;
classify at least some of the plurality of pattern maps into distinct groups based on a percentage of pattern maps within each group having a particular similarity measure;
identify unclassified pattern maps that are not classified into any groups of similar patterns; and
determine a measure of variability of the detected activation signals based on the unclassified pattern maps; and
a display operatively coupled to the processing system to display one or more of the plurality of pattern maps including the wavefront vector at each electrode location and to display the measure of variability of the detected activation signals for diagnosing and treating pathologies in the heart.

US Pat. No. 10,595,738

HIGH DENSITY ELECTRODE MAPPING CATHETER

St. Jude Medical, Cardiol...

1. An integrated electrode structure comprising:a catheter shaft comprising a proximal end and a distal end, the catheter shaft defining a catheter shaft longitudinal axis;
a flexible tip portion located adjacent to the distal end of the catheter shaft and adapted to conform to a tissue, the flexible tip portion comprising a flexible framework formed from a planar substrate, the planar substrate defining a top surface and a bottom surface, the bottom surface being parallel with the top surface;
a first array of microelectrodes patterned onto the top surface of the planar substrate of the flexible framework, and a second array of microelectrodes patterned onto the bottom surface of the planar substrate of the flexible framework, wherein the first array of microelectrodes is parallel with the second array of microelectrodes;
a plurality of conductive traces disposed on the flexible framework, each of the plurality of conductive traces electrically coupled with a respective one of the first and second array of microelectrodes; and
a dielectric material disposed between each of the plurality of conductive traces and the flexible framework, wherein:
the dielectric material covers an outer facing surface of each of the plurality of conductive traces;
each of the first and second array of microelectrodes comprises a row of longitudinally-aligned microelectrodes aligned parallel to the catheter shaft longitudinal axis; and
each of the plurality of conductive traces is aligned parallel to the catheter shaft longitudinal axis.

US Pat. No. 10,595,736

HEART GRAPHIC DISPLAY SYSTEM

VEKTOR MEDICAL, INC., Ca...

1. A method performed by one or more computing systems for presenting information to assist evaluation of an electromagnetic (“EM”) source of a body, the method comprising:accessing indications of cycles within EM measurements of an EM field of the EM source, each pair of cycles having a similarity score indicating similarity between the cycles of the pair;
generating a graphic indicating the similarity score for each pair of cycles; and
outputting the graphic to an output devicewherein the cycles have an ordering, wherein the graphic includes a map with first axis representing each cycle as ordered and a second axis representing each cycle as ordered, and wherein an intersection of a pair of cycles on the map provides visual indication of the similarity score for the pair of cycles.

US Pat. No. 10,595,734

DIAGNOSTIC AND OPTIMIZATION USING EXERCISE RECOVERY DATA

Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.,...

1. A method comprising:detecting, using a signal processing circuit, a first physical activity level transition from a first elevated activity level to a less elevated activity level using information about a physical activity level of a subject;
identifying, using the signal processing circuit, multiple cardiac function characteristics using physiologic information of the subject from a physical activity recovery period following the first physical activity level transition; and
determining, using the signal processing circuit, a physical activity recovery period physiologic indicator of the subject using the identified multiple cardiac function characteristics from the physical activity recovery period;
wherein the physical activity recovery period includes multiple cardiac cycles immediately following the detected first physical activity level transition.

US Pat. No. 10,595,732

PULSE WAVE DETECTION DEVICE AND PULSE WAVE DETECTION PROGRAM

EQUOS RESEARCH CO., LTD.,...

1. A pulse wave detection device comprising:moving image obtaining means for obtaining a moving image photographing a region including a face of a target;
eye portion specifying means for specifying an eye portion of the target shown on the moving image;
brightness change obtaining means for obtaining a change in brightness caused by a change in a photographing environment of the moving image, by detecting a change in a predetermined color space component of the specified eye portion;
brightness correcting means for correcting the brightness of a skin portion of the target in a frame image of the moving image, or correcting the brightness of the entire frame image, using the change in the brightness obtained by the detecting of the change in the predetermined color space component of the specified eye portion;
pulse wave obtaining means for obtaining a pulse wave of the skin portion from a temporal change in the predetermined color space component in the skin portion after the brightness of the skin portion or of the entire frame image is corrected as above, the pulse wave being a wave travelling through the skin portion; and
output means for outputting the obtained pulse wave.

US Pat. No. 10,595,726

WEARABLE AND DETACHABLE HEALTH PARAMETER SENSOR

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A system, comprising:a wearable base that comprises a first communication system;
a health parameter sensor apparatus detachably coupled to, and in communication with, the wearable base, wherein the health parameter sensor apparatus comprises a second communication system in communication with the first communication system and one or more sensors, the one or more sensors configured to automatically and repeatedly monitor one or more health parameters of a user and provide first sensor data while the health parameter sensor apparatus is docked to the wearable base;
a user interface; and
a processor configured to receive the first sensor data, and responsive to the first sensor data corresponding to an out-of-range health parameter, instructing via the user interface that the user detach the health parameter sensor apparatus from the wearable base and locate the health parameter sensor apparatus elsewhere on the user to obtain a truer reading of second sensor data, wherein responsive to the health parameter sensor apparatus being both (i) detached from the wearable base and (ii) located elsewhere on the user, the processor obtains the truer reading of second sensor data.

US Pat. No. 10,595,725

MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD

Canon Medical Systems Cor...

2. A magnetic resonance imaging apparatus comprising:processing circuitry configured to
collect data of an imaging area of a subject over a plurality of time phases within a certain respiratory cycle of the subject after applying a labeling pulse to a labeling area in which cerebrospinal fluid flows under a task of respiration; and
generate images of a plurality of time phases depicting the cerebrospinal fluid by using collected data, wherein
the processing circuitry collects first data of the entire k-space for one time phase within a first respiratory cycle and collects second data in a low frequency region of the k-space over the time phases within a second respiratory cycle that is different from the first respiratory cycle, wherein the first respiratory cycle and the second respiratory cycle are periods in which respiration of the subject fluctuates in accordance with the task of respiration; and
the processing circuitry generates the images of the time phases by combining data in a high frequency region included in the first data of the entire k-space for one time phase collected within the first respiratory cycle and the second data in the low frequency region in each time phase collected within the second respiratory cycle.

US Pat. No. 10,595,724

ADAPTOR FOR AN IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICE FOR FUNDUS PHOTOGRAPHY

1. An adaptor for attachment to an image acquisition device, the image acquisition device being a smartphone or tablet computer and having one or more camera apertures for enabling capture of one or more images entering the image acquisition device via the one or more camera apertures, the adaptor comprisinga housing defining a passage, the housing configured to permit light waves to enter one or more camera apertures of the image acquisition device from the adaptor exterior via the passage and to permit light waves to exit the passage to the adaptor exterior,
an objective lens arrangement within the passage having an optical axis, a front focal point, and a back focal point,
a secondary lens arrangement within the passage having an optical axis, a front focal point, and a back focal point, the secondary lens arrangement positioned in the passage such that, when the adaptor is attached to an image acquisition device, the secondary lens arrangement is along a possible light pathway between the objective lens arrangement and one or more camera apertures of the image acquisition device,
wherein a diameter of the secondary lens arrangement is greater than or equal to a diameter of the objective lens arrangement,
wherein the objective lens arrangement and the secondary lens arrangement are together configured to magnify an image of a pupil of an eye in proximity to a plane of one or more camera apertures of the image acquisition device when the eye is not in contact with the adaptor and the pupil of the eye is positioned so that a plane of the pupil substantially coincides with the front focal point of the objective lens, the magnified image of the pupil having a diameter which is dependent on the respective focal lengths and relative spacing of the objective and secondary lenses, at least one of the one or more camera apertures positioned within the diameter of the magnified image when the adaptor is attached to an image acquisition device,
and
wherein the objective lens arrangement and the secondary lens arrangement are together configured to focus light waves from a light source directed into the passage toward the secondary lens from a position in proximity to one or more camera apertures, offset from the optical axis of the secondary lens and within the diameter of the magnified image of the pupil, said light waves focused at a point external of the adaptor and offset from the optical axis of the objective lens.

US Pat. No. 10,595,723

MEASURING METHOD

HAAG-STREIT AG, Koeniz (...

1. Method using a device for registering measuring points on an eye, wherein measurement points are registered by an interferometer along a trajectory on a curved surface of the eye for registering an axial length profile, by way of a measurement beam, wherein the interferometer comprises a controller enabling a guidance of a measurement beam, wherein a minimum radius of curvature of the trajectory is at least 1/7 of a radius of a circumference of the surface, wherein over the whole path length of the trajectory, the trajectory has a maximum radius of curvature which is less than 90% of the radius of the circumference of the surface, and wherein the measurement beam follows a curve with the coordinates (x(t);y(t))=(r0*sin(?Bt)*cos(?Tt);r0*sin(?Bt)*sin(?Tt)), where r0 is the radius of the circumference of the surface to be measured and ?B, ?T are angular speeds of the measurement beam's displacement along the projection of the trajectory.

US Pat. No. 10,595,721

SURGICAL APPARATUS FOR LAMELLAR KERATOPLASTY COMPRISING AN OCT DETECTION UNIT

The Catholic University o...

1. A surgical apparatus for dissecting a part of a cornea during lamellar keratoplasty, comprising:an injector unit including a hollow injection needle having a bevel structure at one end;
a laser unit for emitting a laser for OCT imaging;
an OCT detection unit for photographing a tomographic image of the cornea using the laser;
a laser light sensor located on an inner surface of the bevel structure of the injection needle, and connected to the laser unit and the OCT detection unit through an optical fiber; and
a depth adjusting unit for adjusting a depth of the injection needle in the cornea according to an operation of a user.

US Pat. No. 10,595,720

USER INTERFACE FOR ACQUISITION, DISPLAY AND ANALYSIS OF OPHTHALMIC DIAGNOSTIC DATA

CARL ZEISS MEDITEC, INC.,...

1. A graphical user interface (GUI) for use with optical coherence tomography (OCT) 3D volume data, said interface comprising:a window for selectively displaying a 2D image slice of the 3D volume data; and
a user-selectable, control-input GUI element, wherein in response to user selection of the control-input GUI element, the 2D image slice currently displayed in the window is bookmarked for future retrieval.

US Pat. No. 10,595,719

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CLEANING A CANNULA DURING A SURGICAL PROCEDURE USING A HINGED TIP

Ronald Hurst, Los Angele...

1. A cannula and scope cleaning apparatus, comprising:a multi-layered tube,
wherein the tube has an elongate rigid structure that is sized to be inserted in a cannula while simultaneously being able to receive therein a viewing scope;
wherein the tube comprises:
a proximal portion and a distal portion;
an outer surface extending along the tube, wherein the outer surface comprises an absorbent layer; and
an inner surface extending along the tube, wherein the inner surface defines a lumen and comprises a scaffold layer extending along at least a portion of the lumen;
and
a tip connected by a hinge to the distal portion of the tube,
wherein the tip, hinge, and distal portion of the tube comprise a single piece; and
wherein a portion of the tip is coupled to an absorbent pad.

US Pat. No. 10,595,716

PORTABLE SURGICAL METHODS, SYSTEMS, AND APPARATUS

X-Biomedical Inc., Bryn ...

1. A portable surgical visualization kit comprising:a camera configured to captured live feed images;
viewing equipment configured to receive and display the captured live feed images, wherein the viewing equipment includes a visor upon which the captured live feed images are displayed;
a processor in communication with the camera and the viewing equipment;
a stand configured to support the camera and the processor; and
a case configured to house the camera, the viewing equipment, and the processor, and the stand;
wherein the stand is configured for releasable assembly and disassembly;
wherein the viewing equipment is located remote from the stand and camera;
wherein the case dimensions are 22 inches or less×14 inches or less×9 inches or less.

US Pat. No. 10,595,715

ENDOSCOPIC SURGICAL DEVICE AND OUTER SLEEVE

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. An endoscopic surgical device comprising:an endoscope that is configured to observe an inside of a body cavity;
a treatment tool that is configured to inspect or treat an affected part within the body cavity; and
an overtube that is configured to guide the endoscope and the treatment tool into the body cavity,
wherein the overtube includes
an overtube body that is configured to pass through a body wall and is configured to be inserted into the body cavity,
an endoscope insertion passage that is provided inside the overtube body and allows the endoscope to be inserted therethrough so as to be movable forward and backward,
a treatment tool insertion passage that is provided inside the overtube body and allows the treatment tool to be inserted therethrough so as to be movable forward and backward,
a slider which is configured to be movable forward and backward inside the overtube body, has an endoscope-coupled part to be coupled to the endoscope inserted through the endoscope insertion passage and a treatment tool-coupled part to be coupled to the treatment tool inserted through the treatment tool insertion passage, wherein the endoscope-coupled part comprises a through-hole, and the treatment tool-coupled part comprises a sleeve that is coupled to the treatment tool, and
a side surface opening that is formed to pass through a side wall of the overtube body, in communication with a passage in the overtube body, and is configured to send a fluid into the body cavity, and
wherein the side surface opening is configured to be openable and closable by the forward and backward movement of the slider.

US Pat. No. 10,595,711

SYSTEM FOR A MINIMALLY-INVASIVE, OPERATIVE GASTROINTESTINAL TREATMENT

Boston Scientific Scimed,...

1. A minimally invasive surgical system, comprising:a flexible main tube having a first lumen, a first flexible tube positioned within the first lumen, the first flexible tube floating within the first lumen such that at least an intermediate portion of the first flexible tube moves radially within the first lumen, the first lumen further configured and dimensioned to receive an endoscope, the first lumen enabling floating movement of the endoscope within the first lumen;
a first instrument slidably positioned within the first flexible tube, the first instrument configured for axial movement therein, the first instrument having a longitudinal axis and a distal portion movable to an angled position with respect to the longitudinal axis; and
a working space expanding system positioned at a distal portion of the flexible main tube, the working space expanding system movable from a non-expanded insertion position to an expanded position forming an expanded cage, the distal portion of the first instrument movable within the expanded cage.

US Pat. No. 10,595,710

PORTABLE IMAGING SYSTEM EMPLOYING A MINIATURE ENDOSCOPE

VisionScope Technologies ...

1. A disposable fiber optic sheath for illuminating a region within a mammalian body comprising:a tubular sheath having an outer diameter of less than 2 mm and an inner tube defining a tubular cavity for receiving an insertable endoscope body, the tubular sheath being configured to slide within a cannula;
an annular array of optical fibers extending within the tubular sheath, a distal end of the annular array of optical fibers having a concentric illumination surface area at a distal end of the tubular sheath;
a window sealed at the distal end of the tubular sheath to enclose the distal end of the tubular cavity, the tubular sheath having an opening at a proximal end providing access to the tubular cavity; and
a base mounted at the proximal end of the tubular sheath, the base including a connector adapted to be removably connected to an endoscope handle such that the tubular sheath can be removed from the endoscope handle after a single surgical procedure, the base extending around the tubular cavity and further including a light interface at a proximal end of the annular array of optical fibers that is within the base and wherein connection of the base to the endoscope handle connects the annular array of optical fibers with the light interface to a light source within the endoscope handle.

US Pat. No. 10,595,707

ADJUSTABLE RACK ASSEMBLIES AND END CAPS FOR APPLIANCES

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A rack assembly comprising:a frame positioned within a wash chamber of a dishwasher appliance;
a rack selectively mounted to the frame to receive articles for washing, the rack being slidable along the frame in a transverse direction between an extended position and a retracted position;
a first front wheel rotatably attached to the rack above the frame;
a second front wheel rotatably attached to the rack below the first front wheel in vertical alignment with the first front wheel; and
an end cap attached to the frame at a forward end thereof, the end cap defining
a top-end catch profile directed rearward along the transverse direction, the top-end catch profile having a transverse profile segment and a vertical profile segment extending from and above the transverse profile segment to receive the first front wheel in the extended position, and
a bottom-end relief profile directed forward along the transverse direction,
wherein the bottom-end relief profile is a forwardmost surface of the end cap having a concave profile segment curving away from a front end to a bottom vertex, and wherein the bottom vertex is positioned rearward relative to at least a portion of the transverse profile.

US Pat. No. 10,595,706

DISHWASHER WITH AIR SYSTEM

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A dishwasher for treating dishes according to an automatic cycle of operation comprising:a tub at least partially defining a treating chamber receiving the dishes for treatment;
an airflow conduit having an inlet section fluidly coupling ambient air to the tub, an outlet section fluidly coupling the tub to the ambient air, and a bypass section fluidly coupling the inlet section to the outlet section and bypassing the tub;
a dual blower assembly fluidly coupled to the airflow conduit and comprising a first impeller and a second impeller, the first impeller partitioned from the second impeller, the first impeller effecting a flow of ambient air through the inlet section to the treating chamber, where the ambient air delivered to the treating chamber mixes with air in the treating chamber to form mixed air, the second impeller effecting a flow of the mixed air from the treating chamber through the outlet section and exhausting the mixed air through an exhaust outlet, and at least one of the first and second impellers effecting the flow of ambient air from the inlet section, through the bypass section, and to the outlet section; and
a condenser provided in the outlet section to receive the mixed air exhausting from the treating chamber and wherein the inlet section is further fluidly coupled with the condenser at a plurality of locations and configured to fluidly couple ambient air to the condenser;
wherein the bypass section is fluidly coupled with the outlet section at one of upstream of the condenser, downstream of the condenser, or at the condenser to mix ambient air with the mixed air exhausting from the treating chamber; and
wherein the inlet section is coupled with the tub and with the bypass section downstream of the first impeller such that a portion of the ambient air supplied to the inlet section by the first impeller is supplied to the tub and a portion of the ambient air supplied to the inlet section by the first impeller is supplied to the bypass section.

US Pat. No. 10,595,698

CLEANING PAD FOR CLEANING ROBOT

iRobot Corporation, Bedf...

1. A cleaning pad for an autonomous cleaning robot, the cleaning pad comprising:a core of one or more absorbent layers for absorbing liquid and for distributing the liquid within a cleaning pad;
a wrap layer around the core, the wrap layer comprising a fibrous layer that is flexible and absorbent, the fibrous layer configured to absorb liquid and transfer the liquid to the core; and
one or more transition regions spanning a cleaning width of the cleaning pad, the one or more transition regions dividing the cleaning pad into at least two segments,
wherein a forward positioned segment, of the at least two segments, has a lesser thickness compared to a thickness of an aft positioned segment of the at least two segments.

US Pat. No. 10,595,693

DUST COLLECTOR USING FAN HEAT AND DUST COLLECTOR HAVING IRONING FUNCTION

Yejen Appliances (Shenzhe...

1. A dust collector using fan heat, comprising a bottom shell (10) and an upper cover (50), with a rear end (12) of the bottom shell (10) provided with an air outlet (122) and a fan assembly (30), with the upper cover (50) covering and connected to the bottom shell (10), with air flows of the fan assembly (30) exhausted to the air outlet (122), with the fan assembly (30) including a fan (33) and a stator (331); characterized in that the rear end (12) is provided with a lower frame edge (121), both the fan assembly (30) and the air outlet (122) are encircled for development of an enclosed air flow channel (35), and a heat collector (40) is provided on the stator (331) in the air flow channel (35).

US Pat. No. 10,595,692

EVACUATION STATION

iRobot Corporation, Bedf...

1. An evacuation station comprising:an intake opening configured to pneumatically interface with a debris bin of a robotic cleaner, the debris bin containing first debris and second debris;
an air mover configured to draw an airflow containing the first debris and the second debris into the evacuation station through the intake opening;
a debris separation device to separate the second debris from the airflow, the debris separation device comprising a conical separator configured to receive at least a portion of the airflow and separate at least a portion of the second debris from the airflow; and
a receptacle to receive and store the portion of the second debris.

US Pat. No. 10,595,688

TOILET APPARATUS

TOTO LTD., Kitakyushu-Sh...

1. A toilet apparatus comprising:a main part including a function part, and a case cover covering the function part;
a toilet seat attached rotatably to the case cover; and
a toilet lid attached rotatably to the case cover, the toilet lid shifting between a closed state covering the toilet seat and an open state exposing the toilet seat,
the toilet lid including
a lid main body covering the toilet seat in the closed state, and
a hanging portion hanging from an outer edge of the lid main body, and covering a side of the toilet seat in the closed state, and
an inside surface of a lower end portion of the hanging portion being tapered,
wherein the case cover includes an extending portion, the extending portion includes a center portion in a right and left direction and a side end portion in the right and left direction, a height of the side end portion of the extending portion is lower than a height of the center portion of the extending portion, the height of the side end portion of the extending portion is gradually lowered in a direction from the center portion to the side end portion, and the lower end portion of the hanging portion is positioned above the side end portion of the extending portion in the closed state.

US Pat. No. 10,595,686

FOAM PRODUCING APPARATUS AND METHOD

BOBRICK WASHROOM EQUIPMEN...

7. A method for delivering hand soap foam comprising:receiving liquid soap and air in a pre-mixing chamber;
pre-mixing the liquid soap and air in the pre-mixing chamber forming a mixture of liquid soap and air;
delivering said mixture to a mixing chamber;
converting said mixture to foam at the mixing chamber;
delivering said foam to a dispensing outlet;
dispensing said foam from said dispensing outlet to a user's hand; and
determining a time span between a previous dispensing of foam and said dispensing of foam, wherein dispensing said foam comprises dispensing an amount of foam related to said time span, wherein the amount of foam dispensed after a predetermined time span includes foam converted from said mixture at said mixing chamber during said dispensing.

US Pat. No. 10,595,678

COOKING DEVICE AND COMPONENTS THEREOF

SHARKNINJA OPERATING LLC,...

1. A cooking system for cooking food, the system comprising:a housing defining a hollow chamber configured to receive a food container, said housing having an upper portion defining an opening to said hollow chamber;
a food container receivable within said hollow chamber;
a lid movable relative to said housing, wherein said lid abuts said housing about a substantial entirety of an upper surface thereof when said lid is in a closed position;
at least one heating element and at least one fan associated with at least one of said housing and said lid;
an insert positionable within said food container, wherein said insert includes a food support surface with a plurality of apertures that allow fluid to flow therethrough;
wherein an annulus is formed between an inner wall of said food container and an outer wall of said insert,
wherein said insert further comprises a base and an open end, said base being said support surface including said plurality of apertures that allow fluid to flow through said base,
a diffuser disposed beneath said base, said diffuser including at least one vane configured to impart rotation to fluid circulating through said plurality of apertures during said convective cooking mode;
wherein the cooking system is operable in a plurality of cooking modes that are selectable and input by a user via a user interface, said plurality of cooking modes including a conductive cooking mode and a convective cooking mode, wherein in said conductive cooking mode the cooking system is operable as a conductive cooker and in said convective cooking mode the cooking system is operable as a convection cooker, and
wherein said cooking system is operable in said conductive cooking mode, and then is operable in said convective cooking mode, without having to remove said food container from said hollow chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,595,677

PORTABLE BIOMASS STOVE

1. A portable biomass stove comprising:a tubular seat unit including
an inner tubular seat that has a tubular body defining a combustion chamber which is adapted to receive a biomass fuel therein, said tubular body being formed with a plurality of spaced-apart top and bottom holes that fluidly communicate with said combustion chamber, and
an outer tubular seat that surrounds said inner tubular seat, that cooperates with said inner tubular seat to define an internal space therebetween, and that is formed with an air inlet located under said tubular body, a top end portion of said outer tubular seat being connected to a top end portion of said tubular body in a sealing contact manner; and
an insulation unit disposed in one of said internal space and an ambient space outside said outer tubular seat so as to prevent dissipation of heat out of said outer tubular seat,
wherein said insulation unit includes a main insulation member that is disposed in said internal space, and that surrounds said tubular body of said inner tubular seat.

US Pat. No. 10,595,674

AUTOMATED CLEANING SYSTEM FOR FOOD PROCESSOR AND METHOD

Idea Boxx, LLC, Victor, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:(a) a manifold assembly including a first wash barrel sized to be received within a portion of a first food flow path of a soft serve machine, the first flow path having a forward flow direction for processing a first food product from an upstream section to a downstream section, the manifold assembly configured to engage the soft serve machine; and
(b) a pressurized solution input in the manifold assembly to receive a solution to pass from the first wash barrel and flow along a portion of the first food flow path in a reverse flow direction for exiting the first food flow path at an exit location, wherein the exit location is upstream, relative to the forward flow direction, of the first wash barrel.

US Pat. No. 10,595,672

AUTOMATED CLEANING SYSTEM FOR FOOD PROCESSOR AND METHOD

Idea Boxx, LLC, Victor, ...

1. A soft serve machine comprising:(a) a first food flow path having an upstream section and a downstream section for passing a first food product in a forward flow direction from the upstream section to the downstream section;
(b) a first temperature change station in the first food flow path intermediate the upstream section and the downstream section; and
(c) a manifold assembly having an input receiving a solution into the manifold assembly and a first output passing the solution from the manifold assembly, the manifold assembly configured to engage the soft serve machine to introduce the solution into the first food flow path, wherein the solution passes from the manifold assembly to pass along a portion of the first food flow path in a reverse flow direction.

US Pat. No. 10,595,671

COFFEE MACHINE AND RELEVANT COFFEE EXTRACTION METHOD

SIMONELLI GROUP S.P.A., ...

1. A coffee machine comprising:a dispensing unit adapted to dispense hot water;
a feeding and heating system adapted to feed hot water to said dispensing unit;
at least one filter-holder comprising a filter adapted to receive one or more doses of ground coffee and at least one dispensing nozzle, said filter-holder inserted in the dispensing unit and adapted to extract liquid coffee;
a support surface comprising a fixed frame and at least one mobile portion that moves vertically with respect to the fixed frame in accordance to a weight on the mobile portion, the mobile portion being disposed under the dispensing nozzle of the filter-holder to support a cup, the cup adapted to be filled with liquid coffee;
at least one load cell cooperative with the mobile portion of said support surface, the load cell adapted to detect a weight of the cup on the mobile portion;
a control unit connected to the load cell to receive the weight of the cup, said control unit having a memory;
a keyboard and a display connected to the control unit;
a coffee grinder comprising:
a grinding assembly adapted to grind coffee beans;
a container cooperative with said grinding assembly so as to feed the coffee beans to said grinding assembly;
an electric motor connected to said grinding assembly, said electric motor actuating or stopping said grinding assembly;
a dispensing duct connected to the grinder unit to dispense ground coffee in the filter of the filter-holder;
a support platform disposed under said dispensing duct and supporting the filter-holder so that the ground coffee is dispensed in the filter, said support platform being vertically movable relative to the weight on said support platform;
another load cell connected to said support platform, said another load cell weighing a quantity of ground coffee dispensed from said dispensing duct and contained in the filter of the filter-holder;
another control unit electrically connected to said another load cell to receive an indicative value of the weight of the ground coffee contained in the filter, wherein said another control unit of said coffee grinder is operatively connected to the control unit to send information as to the weight of the ground coffee contained in the filter-holder, wherein at least one preset infusion ratio is stored in the memory of said control unit, said infusion ratio being selected by an operator, said control unit being configured to stop dispensing coffee when a weight of liquid coffee in the cup measured by the load cell satisfies the preset infusion ratio selected by the operator.

US Pat. No. 10,595,670

COUPLING OF A DEVICE FOR CONNECTING A BEVERAGE MACHINE TO A DISTRIBUTION NETWORK

Societe des Produits Nest...

1. A connecting device for connecting a beverage machine with an external liquid delivery system to supply liquid to the beverage machine, the connecting device comprising:a device body;
an inlet for a fluid connection to the external liquid delivery system;
an outlet for delivering the liquid from the external liquid delivery system via the inlet to the beverage machine;
a valve arrangement switchable between an open configuration for establishing a fluidic connection between the inlet and the outlet and a closed configuration for interrupting the fluidic connection;
the valve arrangement is connected to the inlet by a fluid connector that is fixed to a frame portion of the device body;
a control unit for switching the valve arrangement between the open configuration and the closed configuration; and
the device body has an assembly arrangement for reversibly or irreversibly assembling the device body to the beverage machine.

US Pat. No. 10,595,667

COFFEE TAMPER

1. A coffee tamper, comprising:a circular punch unit and a top,
wherein either:
said punch unit comprises a blind hole with an internal thread arranged in a center of the punch unit thereby forming a stay and a tamping surface on an opposite side of the blind hole, and
said top comprises a circular recess corresponding to the stay of the punch unit and a post comprising an external thread corresponding to the internal thread of the punch unit, or
said top comprises a blind hole with an internal thread arranged in a center of the top thereby forming a stay, and
said punch unit comprises a circular recess corresponding to the stay of the top and a post comprising an external thread corresponding to the internal thread of the top,
and wherein:
said punch unit and said top are configured to be screwed together by the corresponding threads, wherein an outer diameter of the punch unit corresponds to an inner diameter of a basket or portafilter to receive coffee grounds, and wherein an outer diameter of the top is larger than the outer diameter of the punch unit thereby forming a rim when the top and the punch unit are screwed together, the rim of the coffee tamper being configured to contact a rim of the basket or portafilter during use, and wherein an overall height of the top is less than an overall width of the coffee tamper.