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Surgery January USPTO class patent listing 01/07

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01/25/2007 > 50 patent applications in 39 patent subcategories. USPTO class patent listing

20070021640 - Method and apparatus for application of light to gums: Light having one or more therapeutic wavelengths is applied to a patient's gums. A mouthguard directing the UV-A, UV-C or both UV-A and UV-C light to the patient's gums is placed in the patient's mouth. The mouth guard is placed over the teeth and gums or between the gums and... Agent: Orum & Roth LLC Ste 1616

20070021642 - Devices to resist migration and rotation of implants used in brachytherapy and other radiation therapy: An anchor mechanism includes a sleeve to fit around a structure such as a radioactive source, a thermal ablation implant, a spacer, a strand or a radiopaque marker. The sleeve has a bore that extends an entire longitudinal length of the sleeve, and through which the structure fits, such that... Agent: Fliesler Meyer, LLP

20070021641 - Methods and compositions for treating luminal inflammatory disease: Compositions, articles, and methods for treating and imaging vulnerable plaque and other inflamed regions in a patient rely on delivery of a conversion electron emitting source (CEES) to a body location. The CEES may be delivered by coupling to a substance which preferentially binds to vulnerable plaque or other inflammatory... Agent: Townsend And Townsend And Crew, LLP

20070021643 - Implants for use in brachytherapy and other radiation therapy that resist migration and rotation: In one embodiment a therapeutic member includes a radioactive source and a material (e.g., a bio-absorbable polymeric material) that encapsulates the radioactive source. An outer surface of the encapsulating material includes a plurality of protrusions to reduce a tendency of the member to migrate and rotate within a patient's body... Agent: Fliesler Meyer, LLP

20070021644 - Noninvasive methods, apparatus, kits, and systems for intraoperative position and length determination: Methods, apparatus, kits and systems are presented for determining the intraoperative position of at least a first anatomic location of a surgical patient and optionally for measuring the distance between at least first and second anatomic locations of a surgical patient.... Agent: Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

20070021645 - Medical device: In the case of a medical apparatus, for the treatment of living beings, having a magnetic field, more especially having a pulsating magnetic field, an element which radiates a magnetic field is to be inserted into a bodily orifice of the living being.... Agent: Lambert & Associates, P.l.l.c.

20070021646 - Device for cardiocirculatory assistance: There is described a device for cardiocirculatory assistance, also named ventricular assist device, comprising a haematic pump (50) with pump body (7) having an inner space (21) defined by a rigid structure (51) and a pair of mobile membranes (16, 17) alternatively driven in opposite directions by alternatively positive pressure... Agent: Wenderoth, Lind & Ponack, L.L.P.

20070021647 - Soft tissue placement of implantable microphone: Provided herein are systems and methods where an implantable microphone of an implantable hearing system is positioned at a location spaced from the surface of the patient's skull. More specifically, the microphone is mounted to soft tissue of the patient to at least partially isolate the microphone from skull-borne vibrations.... Agent: Marsh, Fischmann & Breyfogle LLP

20070021648 - Transluminal sheath hub: Disclosed is a hub for a transluminal sheath. The hub provides a handle for grasping the sheath, provides connections for fluid inlet and outlet lines, and provides for attaching mechanisms between the sheath and a dilator. The hub can be used on a non-radially expandable sheath, or it can be... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

20070021649 - Elastic sling system and related methods: The invention provides, in various embodiments, systems, devices and methods relating to adjustable length implantable sling assemblies for providing support to anatomical locations. In certain embodiments, the sling includes at least one elastic member to aid in the placement and tensioning of the sling.... Agent: Fish & NeaveIPGroup Ropes & Gray LLP

20070021650 - Sling assembly with secure and convenient attachment: Surgical articles that are conveniently securely coupled are disclosed. Improved surgical procedures are also disclosed.... Agent: Ams Research Corporation

20070021651 - Closing system for a natural or an artificial anus: The invention relates to a closing system for a natural or an artificial anus, comprising an inflatable balloon having an approximately toroidal structure, composed of a plane tubular section folded in on itself, the ends of which (13, 14) extend coaxially within each other and are linked to a sleeve.... Agent: Scott R Foster Pandiscio & Pandiscio

20070021652 - Cardiac harness: A cardiac harness for treating or preventing congestive heart failure is configured to be placed about at least a portion of a patient's heart so as to apply a mild compressive force on the heart. In one embodiment, the cardiac harness is configured so that the variation of load as... Agent: Fulwider Patton

20070021653 - Device for the injection of drugs into microvessels: A catheter and a catheter system for the injection of drugs in a microvessel, in particular in a retinal microvessel is provided, wherein the catheter comprises a single piece tubing (1) made of quartz glass, the tubing having an end portion (2) having a sharp tip (3), the end portion... Agent: Michael H. Baniak Baniak Pine & Gannon

20070021654 - Magnetically navigable endoscopy capsule with a sensor for acquiring a physiological variable: A permanent magnetic element is included in an endoscopy capsule that is magnetically navigable in a hollow organ. At least one physiological sensor, such as a conductivity sensor, is provided in a subregion of the surface. The physiological sensor may be have a lateral cylindrical surface and transmit a signal... Agent: Staas & Halsey LLP

20070021655 - Method and instruments for breast augmentation mammaplasty: A method and instruments for performing breast augmentation mammaplasty in a patient are provided. The method includes making an incision to gain access to an area underneath the breast of the patient, and providing a retractor including a shaft and a tubular member connected to the shaft. The tubular member... Agent: Brooks Kushman P.C.

20070021656 - Three-prong retractor with elastomeric sheath: A three-prong retractor is disclosed which is inserted into an incision in a patient in order to create an area for surgery. The retractor opens such that two blades move away from a first blade to create an elongated opening. The two blades may then move away from each other... Agent: Lerner, David, Littenberg, Krumholz & Mentlik

20070021658 - Selective resonance of chemical structures: Chemical compositions may be selectively or preferentially excited by the application of scores comprising a series of energy inputs.... Agent: Searete LLC

20070021657 - System and method for enhanced medicament-based treatment of disease: The present invention relates to a method where one acquires and uses data concerning a disease or health dysfunction, providing by way of its processing into useful information an optimized treatment for such a disease or health dysfunction. In another aspect of the invention, the use of such a method... Agent: Synnestvedt & Lechner, LLP

20070021659 - Shunt barrier in pulse oximeter sensor: A pulse oximeter sensor comprising a light emitter and a detector disposed on a substrate layer with a plurality of perforations or variations in thickness between the light emitter and the detector. The plurality of perforations or variations in thickness blocks or scatters light shunted via the substrate layer from... Agent: Fletcher Yoder (tyco International, Ltd.)

20070021660 - Shunt barrier in pulse oximeter sensor: A pulse oximeter sensor comprising an emitter and a detector disposed on a substrate layer with a thinned portion between the emitter and the detector. A partially transparent covering layer covers the substrate layer and comprises a corresponding thinned portion. The thinned portions attenuate light shunted via the substrate layer... Agent: Fletcher Yoder (tyco International, Ltd.)

20070021661 - Shunt barrier in pulse oximeter sensor: A pulse oximeter sensor comprising an emitter and a detector coupled to a substrate layer and a partially opaque layer located on a patient contact side of the sensor and covering the emitter. The partially opaque layer is configured to attenuate light shunted via the partially opaque layer from the... Agent: Fletcher Yoder (tyco International, Ltd.)

20070021662 - Shunt barrier in pulse oximeter sensor: A pulse oximeter sensor comprising an emitter and a detector disposed on a substrate layer with a thinned portion between the emitter and the detector. A partially transparent covering layer covers the substrate layer and comprises a corresponding thinned portion. The thinned portions attenuate light shunted via the substrate layer... Agent: Fletcher Yoder (tyco International, Ltd.)

20070021663 - Shunt barrier in pulse oximeter sensor: A pulse oximeter sensor comprising an emitter and a detector disposed on a substrate layer with a thinned portion between the emitter and the detector. A partially transparent covering layer covers the substrate layer and comprises a corresponding thinned portion. The thinned portions attenuate light shunted via the substrate layer... Agent: Fletcher Yoder (tyco International, Ltd.)

20070021664 - System and method of determining cardiac pressure: A pressure sensor is deployed in the right atrium and is in contact with the tissue of the fossa ovalis. The fossa ovalis acts as a membrane and the pressure sensor determines the relative and/or absolute pressure within the left atrium while remaining within the right atrium. A variety of... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20070021665 - System and method of determining cardiac pressure: A pressure sensor is deployed in the right atrium and is in contact with the tissue of the fossa ovalis. The fossa ovalis acts as a membrane and the pressure sensor determines the relative and/or absolute pressure within the left atrium while remaining within the right atrium. A variety of... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20070021666 - System and method of determining cardiac pressure: A pressure sensor is deployed in the right atrium and is in contact with the tissue of the fossa ovalis. The fossa ovalis acts as a membrane and the pressure sensor determines the relative and/or absolute pressure within the left atrium while remaining within the right atrium. A variety of... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20070021667 - Electromagnetic resonant circuit sleeve for implantable medical device: A medical device enables effective magnetic resonance imaging inside a lumen of a medical device. The medical device includes a plurality of conductive traces formed on a substrate. The conductive traces form an inductive-capacitance circuit or a resistive-inductive-capacitance circuit. The inductive-capacitance circuit or resistive-inductive-capacitance circuit is tuned to a frequency... Agent: Basch & Nickerson LLP

20070021668 - Method for pre-interventional planning of a 2d fluoroscopy projection: Method for pre-interventional planning of a 2D fluoroscopy projection for an interventional entry using a fixed instrument, comprising the following steps: a) Recording a 3D data set, b) Planning the intervention, c) Planning the optimum projection direction, d) Registering the 3D data set with a navigation system and a 2D... Agent: Siemens Corporation Intellectual Property Department

20070021669 - Apparatus and methods of cortical surface registration and deformation tracking for patient-to-image alignment in relation to image-guided surgery: A cortical surface registration procedure related to a diagnostic or surgical procedure. In one embodiment, the procedure includes the steps of pre-operatively obtaining a first textured point cloud of the cortical surface of a targeted region of a brain of a living subject, intra-operatively obtaining optically a second textured point... Agent: Morris Manning Martin LLP

20070021670 - Method and apparatus using infrared photothermal radiometry (ptr) and modulated laser luminescence (lum) for diagnostics of defects in teeth: There is provided a high-spatial-resolution dynamic diagnostic instrument which can provide simultaneous measurements of laser-induced frequency-domain infrared photothermal radiometric and alternating-current (ac) modulated luminescence signals from defects, demineralization, remineralization and caries in teeth intraorally. The emphasis is on the abilities of this instrument to approach important problems such as the... Agent: Ralph A. Dowell Of Dowell & Dowell P.C.

20070021671 - System and method of determining cardiac pressure: A pressure sensor is deployed in the right atrium and is in contact with the tissue of the fossa ovalis. The fossa ovalis acts as a membrane and the pressure sensor determines the relative and/or absolute pressure within the left atrium while remaining within the right atrium. A variety of... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20070021672 - Cuff for blood pressure monitor: A cuff of a blood pressure monitor includes: a pressing part surrounding a first finger and pressing against the first finger by using air pressure; a cuff housing covering an outer circumference of the pressing part; and a cuff guide formed on a side surface of the cuff housing and... Agent: Staas & Halsey LLP

20070021673 - Method and system for cardiovascular system diagnosis: The present invention is directed to a method and system for monitoring function and/or diagnosing dysfunction of the cardiovascular system of a human subject. The method comprise measuring pulse wave signals of the subject during rapid excitation of the cardiovascular system, analyzing the measured signals and computing indicators reflecting a... Agent: Nixon & Vanderhye, PC

20070021674 - Disposable non-invasive blood pressure sensor: A sensor interface assembly is used with a blood pressure measurement device to determine blood pressure of an underlying artery. The sensor interface assembly includes a base unit, a sensing unit and means for detachably connecting the sensing unit to the base unit. The base unit is pivotally attached to... Agent: Altera Law Group, LLC

20070021675 - Method and apparatus for facilitating physiological coherence and autonomic balance: Method and apparatus for determining the state of entrainment between biological systems which exhibit oscillatory behavior such as heart rhythms, respiration, blood pressure waves and low frequency brain waves based on a determination of heart rate variability (HRV) and an evaluation of the power spectrum thereof. Entrainment reflects a harmonious... Agent: Crowell & Moring LLP Intellectual Property Group

20070021677 - Mobile communication device and other devices with cardiovascular monitoring capability: A general-purpose mobile communication device, general-purpose computer user-interface device, and other non-health-related electronic devices with cardiovascular monitoring capability. Various aspects of the present invention may comprise a general-purpose mobile communication device (e.g., a cellular telephone, portable email device, personal digital assistant, etc.) comprising a communication interface module adapted to communicate... Agent: Mcandrews Held & Malloy, Ltd

20070021676 - Portable device having biosignal-measuring instrument: A portable device having a biosignal measuring instrument includes: at least one first electrocardiogram signal sensor portion on a first surface of the portable device that contacts a first hand of a user, to measure a first electrocardiogram signal of the user; at least one second electrocardiogram signal sensor portion... Agent: Staas & Halsey LLP

20070021678 - Methods and apparatus for monitoring physiological responses to steady state activity: This document discusses, among other things, methods of monitoring physiological responses to steady state activity. In an example, a physical activity signal is detected from a human or animal subject using an implantable medical device. A different, other physiological signal is also detected from the subject using the implantable medical... Agent: Schwegman, Lundberg, Woessner & Kluth, P.A.

20070021679 - Method and apparatus for classifying and localizing heart arrhythmias: Analyzes surface electrocardiographic and intracardiac signals to identify and separate electrical activity corresponding to distinct but superimposed events in the heart. Assesses the spatial phase, temporal phase, rate, spectrum and reproducibility of each event to determine uniformity of activation in all spatial dimensions. Uses numerical indices derived from these analyses... Agent: Stout, Uxa, Buyan & Mullins LLP

20070021680 - Methods to reduce power to measure pressure: Methods and systems for reducing power in pressure monitoring devices are provided. The method includes monitoring a physiological function, detecting a need for an adjustment in therapy, and qualifying the need for an adjustment in therapy. Qualifying the need for an adjustment in therapy includes transmitting a signal requesting a... Agent: Fogg And Associates, LLC

20070021681 - Method and system for non-invasively measuring pulmonary function: A method and system for measuring pulmonary function. The method comprises the following steps of: (1) providing or obtaining a measurement of a subject breathing an inert gas composition; (2) providing or obtaining a measurement of the subject breathing a replacement gas composition; and (3) extracting parameters from these two... Agent: Jagtiani + Guttag

20070021682 - System and methods for performing neurophysiologic assessments with pressure monitoring: Systems and methods for performing neurophysiologic assessments of neural tissue including nerve pathology monitoring which may or may not be augmented by adding the ability to assess or monitor the pressure being exerted upon a nerve or nerve root before, during and/or after retraction.... Agent: Jonathan Spangler Nu Vasive, Inc.

20070021683 - Portable device for monitoring electrocardiographic signals and indices of blood flow: Embodiments of the present invention are directed to a physiological monitoring device which is configured to record signals that reflect blood flow and/or blood pressure, and which may also record ECG signals. In one embodiment, a portable monitoring device comprises a plurality of impedance electrodes configured to be coupled to... Agent: Townsend And Townsend And Crew, LLP

20070021684 - Tissue punching device: The device for punching out a tissue sample comprises a receiving container for receiving the tissue sample, with a container closure element which can be inserted into the receiving container in order to close said receiving container, the container closure element having a punch aperture, and with a clip which... Agent: Jenkins, Wilson, Taylor & Hunt, P. A.

20070021685 - Guidewire apparatus with an expandable portion and methods of use: A guidewire apparatus for a medical device that includes an expandable guidewire section that can be locked in an expanded state. In one use, the expandable section can be temporarily locked to a working element of a medical device to facilitate the transmission of torque from the guidewire to the... Agent: Beyer Weaver & Thomas LLP

20070021686 - Systems, devices, and methods for minimally invasive pelvic surgery: The invention, in various embodiments, provides systems, devices, and methods for treating urinary incontinence. The invention also provides a driver and methods for advancing needles, cannulas, and other medical devices through the pubic bone. The driver may be used in connection with a driver frame assembly for proper positioning and... Agent: Fish & NeaveIPGroup Ropes & Gray LLP

20070021687 - Stroke symptom recognition devices and methods: Devices and methods for detecting one or more symptoms of stroke, such as motor function deficits and cognitive function deficits. By way of example, not limitation, the present invention provides devices and methods for detecting various forms of hemiparesis, ataxia, aphasia, and/or dysarthria, which may be measured alone or in... Agent: Robert E. Atkinson, PC

20070021688 - Method and system for treating irritable bowel syndrome: A method and system for treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome (“IBS”) using biofeedback is disclosed. In one aspect the invention is a method comprising: inserting a probe (13) into a bowel (15) of a patient having IBS, the probe (13) being adapted to measure pressure at one more locations within the... Agent: Cozen O'connor, P.C.

20070021689 - Method and system for assessing locomotive bio-rhythms: A method, system, and article of manufacture for detecting, recording, quantifying, and classifying gait data. In one embodiment, the method of the invention includes a step of detecting foot contact events using a portable sensor device. Stride data is collected by processing the detected foot contact events to obtain and... Agent: Dillon & Yudell LLP

  
01/18/2007 > 161 patent applications in 66 patent subcategories. USPTO class patent listing

20070015949 - Selective destruction of cancerous cellular tissue: A method and apparatus for applying decompressive energy to tissue for the selective destruction of cancerous cells is disclose and claimed. The tissue to be treated is enclosed within a vessel subjected to decompressive energy supplied by said decompressive energy source to said vessel. The decompressive energy is applied in... Agent: Law Office Of Jay R. Hamilton, PLC.

20070015950 - Detection and influencing of physiological and/or pathological states: The invention relates to a device for detecting and influencing the physiological and/or pathological state of the human or animal body, comprising a housing (1), which has a first housing wall (1a) that, in turn, has an outer surface provided for placing against the body to be treated. A rotor... Agent: Dykema Gossett PLLC

20070015951 - Bone growth stimulator: A bone growth stimulator is provided. In one embodiment, the device has an elliptically shaped transducer coil. The coil provides increased therapeutic benefit to a wearer. An elliptically shaped housing supports and contains the coil. The housing includes a curvature when viewed in profile, such that a first surface of... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

20070015952 - Urinary frequency and urgency treatment device: A medical device is used to treat bladder urgency, frequency, and discomfort. The vibrational unit and power source can be contained together or separately. This device has external and intra-cavitary usage. For intra-cavitary usage, a means to retrieve the unit is provided.... Agent: John P. Wooldridge

20070015953 - Snap fit sling anchor system and related methods: The invention provides, in various embodiments, systems, devices and methods relating to employing soft tissue anchors in combination with an implantable sling to treat urinary incontinence.... Agent: Fish & NeaveIPGroup Ropes & Gray LLP

20070015955 - Accordion-like gastric band: A gastric band includes a belt and a balloon secured to the belt. The balloon and belt being shaped and dimensioned to circumscribe the stomach at a predetermined location. The balloon includes a longitudinally extending body with at least one crease formed therein, the crease extending along a longitudinal axis... Agent: Welsh & Flaxman LLC

20070015958 - Cardiac harness delivery device and method of use: A delivery system for delivering and mounting a cardiac harness on a heart including an elongate body having a proximal portion and a distal portion. The body includes a cavity sized to contain the cardiac harness in a compacted configuration and also includes a plurality of elongate push rods movable... Agent: Fulwider Patton

20070015954 - Gastric band with mating end profiles: A gastric band includes a belt and a balloon secured to the belt. The balloon and belt are shaped and dimensioned to circumscribe the stomach at a predetermined location. The balloon includes a longitudinally extending body having a first end and a second end, the first end and the second... Agent: Welsh & Flaxman LLC

20070015956 - Latching device for gastric band: A gastric band includes a band body having a first end and a second end. The band body includes a latching mechanism. The latching mechanism is composed of a shell member at the first end of the band body and a collar member at the second end of the band... Agent: Welsh & Flaxman LLC

20070015957 - Tension-adjustable surgical sling assembly: The invention provides, in one embodiment, a sling assembly including two separate slings or sling sections connected via a removable or biodegradable connection mechanism such that the tension in the sling assembly can be readily adjusted after the sling assembly is surgically implanted.... Agent: Fish & NeaveIPGroup Ropes & Gray LLP

20070015959 - Male impotence prosthesis apparatus with wireless energy supply: A male impotence prosthesis apparatus comprises an operable penile prosthesis (4) implanted in an impotent patient's corpus cavernosum to provide flaccid or erect states of the patient's penis. An energy transmission device (10) for wireless transmission of energy from outside the patient's body to inside the patient's body is provided... Agent: Nixon & Vanderhye, PC

20070015960 - Device for localizing, influencing and guiding of tracking bodies, and method for operating a marking device: Optionally, physical/chemical properties and/or a trajectory of the tracking body may be altered in a specific manner by an externally acting magnetic field (H) and/or physiological processes in the environment of the at least one tracking body. In addition, it is possible to detect the location of a variable, in... Agent: Merchant & Gould PC

20070015961 - Method for collecting/transporting a medical capsule and endoscopic apparatus for the method: The present invention provides a method for collecting/transporting a medical capsule by holding the medical capsule using an endoscopic apparatus comprising: an endoscope having an inserting section to be inserted in a body cavity with a distal end including an observation section to observe a subject and an suction opening;... Agent: Birch Stewart Kolasch & Birch

20070015962 - Cooling means for electronic components preferably of an endoscope: A cooling means of a heat-generating electronic component comprising a cooling circuit consisting of a cooling fluid delivery unit, a first heat exchanger for absorbing and discharging thermal energy at the heat-generating electronic component as well as a control means. The control means adjusts the cooling fluid flow and thus... Agent: Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP

20070015963 - Filter for use with imaging endoscopes: A fluorescence endoscopy video system includes a multi-mode light source that produces light for white light and fluorescence imaging modes. A filter is positioned at the distal end of an imaging endoscope so that the endoscope can produce fluorescence and white light images of a tissue sample.... Agent: Christensen, O'connor, Johnson, Kindness, PLLC

20070015964 - Apparatus and methods for coronary sinus access: An apparatus for imaging a body structure within a body cavity includes a catheter including proximal and distal ends, an imaging element on the distal end, and an extension extending distally from the distal end for contacting a surface of a body cavity into which the catheter is introduced. The... Agent: VistaIPLaw Group LLP

20070015965 - Methods and apparatus for colonic cleaning: Apparatus and methods are provided for cleaning a patient's colon in preparation for colonoscopy. A rigidizable overtube is described, as well as several variations of a colon-cleaning element configured for use with the overtube to clean the patient's colon. In one variation, the colon-cleaning element comprises a fluid jet. In... Agent: Townsend And Townsend And Crew, LLP

20070015966 - Endoscope insertion assistant probe and applicable endoscope apparatus therefor: An endoscope insertion assistant probe is inserted into a body cavity prior to insertion of an insertion portion of an endoscope into the body cavity, to assist the insertion of the endoscope, and includes a flexible, elongated probe; and a distal end guiding element that is arranged at a distal... Agent: Thomas Spinelli Scully, Scott, Murphy & Presser

20070015967 - Autosteering vision endoscope: A control mechanism for automatically steering the distal end of an endoscope into a body cavity. During advancement of the endoscope, the control mechanism directs the distal tip to be moved in a sweep pattern. Images obtained during the sweep pattern are combined and analyzed in order to determine the... Agent: Christensen, O'connor, Johnson, Kindness, PLLC

20070015968 - Apparatus and method for fluid propulsion of an elongate device: An elongate, fluid propelled tube functional as an endoscope for performing numerous medical procedures. The elongate tube is sufficiently thin to penetrate difficult-to-reach areas. The elongate tube can be controlled by a remote control that drives one or more fluid pumps.... Agent: Shumaker Loop & Kendrick

20070015969 - Oct using spectrally resolved bandwidth: The present invention is related to a system for optical coherence tomographic imaging of turbid (i.e., scattering) materials utilizing multiple channels of information. The multiple channels of information may be comprised and encompass spatial, angle, spectral and polarization domains. More specifically, the present invention is related to methods and apparatus... Agent: Ansel M. Schwartz Attorney At Law

20070015970 - Vein harvesting system including dilator shaft and removable retractor housing: The invention provides a system and method for harvesting a vessel section. The system comprises an endoscope, at least one harvesting tool, and an elongated instrument comprising a shaft and a housing. The shaft includes a viewable region along a length of the shaft and a lumen to slidably receive... Agent: James R. Keogh Medtronic, Inc.

20070015973 - Communication terminal, medical telemetry system and method for monitoring physiological data: A medical telemetry system for remote monitoring of data collected from mobile persons including a sensor capable of monitoring physiological data, a mobile communication telemeter operably connected to said sensor for communicating physiological data to terminals, a plurality of terminals for receiving physiological data and for communication said physiological data... Agent: Peter Paul Mitrano

20070015971 - Disease predictions: A support vector machine (110) is used to predict who, among a population of patients with diabetes mellitus, will develop proteinuria which is in indicator of diabetic nephropathy. The support vector machine (110) is trained using test results of the patients from blood biochemistry and haemotology tests. The training and... Agent: Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP

20070015975 - Medical item thermal treatment systems and method of monitoring medical items for compliance with prescribed requirements: Various present invention devices enable adherence to requirements for medical items. A medical item of the present invention includes a monitoring or data recording device to monitor and/or record medical solution conditions. The device may further include indicators to indicate compliance of the medical solution with prescribed requirements (e.g., manufacturer,... Agent: Edell, Shapiro & Finnan, LLC

20070015974 - Methods and systems for monitoring and enhancing patient compliance with a health treatment program: Methods and systems for enabling and supporting patient compliance with a health treatment program or with health-related instructions from a caregiver are described. An interactive feedback loop is implemented that enhances and improves on present methods of monitoring and supporting patient compliance with treatment programs, particularly for patients with chronic... Agent: Beyer Weaver & Thomas, LLP

20070015972 - System for identifying patient response to anesthesia infusion: A generic model structure captures basic characteristics in BIS-based patients' responses to anesthesia and surgical stimulation, the model being used in combination with the insight of an anesthesiologist. The model structure represents the patient response with a time delay, a time constant for response speed, and a nonlinear function for... Agent: Rohm & Monsanto

20070015976 - Correlating a non-polysomnographic physiological parameter set with sleep states: Values of a non-polysomnographic (non-PSG) physiological parameter set may be correlated to polysomnographically (PSG) determined sleep states. The correlated values of the non-PSG parameter set and sleep states may be analyzed, and a relationship between the values and sleep states may be determined. The relationship may allow determination of sleep... Agent: Shumaker & Sieffert, P. A.

20070015977 - Photoformed silicone sensor membrane: A sensing device includes a sensing surface, and a matrix overlaying the sensing surface. The sensing device includes a photoformed membrane overlaying at least a portion of the matrix. The photoformed membrane includes a directly photoformed organosiloxane polymer that is substantially permeable to gaseous molecules and substantially impermeable to non-gaseous... Agent: Patent Administrator Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

20070015978 - Method and apparatus for non-invasive measurement of living body characteristics by photoacoustics: A method and apparatus for non-invasive measurement of living body information comprises a light source configured to generate light containing a specific wavelength component, an irradiation unit configured to irradiate a subject with the light, and at least one acoustic signal detection unit including piezoelectric devices formed of a piezoelectric... Agent: Robert Deberardine Abbott Laboratories

20070015979 - Method and device for generating an image using optical coherence tomography: The invention relates to a method for generating an image using optical coherence tomography, with a control device controlling the operation of an image generation device and a rinsing device automatically according to a predetermined program.... Agent: Siemens Corporation Intellectual Property Department

20070015980 - Non-invasive living body measuring device: A non-invasive living body measuring device is described, a representative one of which includes: a non-invasive living body measuring device for measuring the components contained in blood, comprising: an imaging part for imaging a living body; a display part; and a display control part for generating a blood vessel image... Agent: Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione

20070015981 - Device and methods for the detection of locally-weighted tissue ischemia: An implantable ischemia detection device in which a broadband light source produces a continuous, visible, broadband light illuminating capillary sites within a well localized target tissue is provided. Light backscattered by the target tissue is collected by a sensor, allowing for an index of ischemia to be determined, and subsequently... Agent: Dorsey & Whitney LLP

20070015982 - Shunt barrier in pulse oximeter sensor: A pulse oximeter sensor having an emitter(s) and a detector, with a layer having a first portion of the emitter and a second portion of layer over the detector is provided. A barrier is included between the first and second portions of the overlying layer to substantially block radiation of... Agent: Fletcher Yoder (tyco International, Ltd.)

20070015983 - Method for controlling the range of functions of diagnostic devices: In particular for the measurement of blood glucose concentrations, portable diagnostic devices are disclosed that are user-friendly and safe to handle. A method is proposed which controls the range of functions of diagnostic devices and avoids incorrect operation of diagnostic devices of this kind, by substantially preventing unintentional and unnoticed... Agent: Roche Diagnostics Operations Inc.

20070015984 - Electrode for measuring biosignal: An electrode for measuring a biosignal. The electrode includes: a sheet member formed. of an insulating material; a conductive member formed of a conductive material on a first surface of the sheet member; and an electrolyte member formed on the sheet member, comprising a gel-type electrolyte having tackiness, and having... Agent: Staas & Halsey LLP

20070015985 - Method of positioning electrodes for central nervous system monitoring and sensing pain reactions of a patient: A method concerning measurements by using an electrode array comprising three electrodes for central nervous system (CNS) monitoring from the forehead of a patient's head. A first electrode of said three electrodes is positioned between the eyebrows or immediately above the eyebrows of the patient. A third electrode of said... Agent: Andrus, Sceales, Starke & Sawall, LLP

20070015988 - Docking device: A facility for coupling different types of catheters to an imaging system is provided. The facility comprises a docking module and a plurality of couplers for coupling the different types of catheters to the imaging system. The docking module provides a mechanical and electrical interface between a catheter and the... Agent: Cooley Godward Kronish LLP Attn: Patent Group

20070015991 - Dynamic tracking of soft tissue targets with ultrasound images, without using fiducial markers: An apparatus and method of dynamically tracking a soft tissue target with ultrasound images, without the use of fiducial markers.... Agent: Accuray/blakely

20070015989 - Endoscope image recognition system and method: An endoscope is communicatively coupled to electronics that receive images of tissue from the endoscope and determine a correlation between the received images and images of normal and abnormal tissues in a database. Based on the determined correlation, an operator of the endoscope is notified of the correlation and the... Agent: Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P.

20070015987 - Functional navigator: The invention relates to a device which is used intra-operatively to localise carcinogenic tumours and ganglia precisely and in a three-dimensional manner and to correlate the surgical instruments with the images in real time. The structural elements of the functional navigator include: a surgical navigator, a camera which is used... Agent: Klauber & Jackson

20070015997 - Guidance method based on 3d-2d pose estimation and 3d-ct registration with application to live bronchoscopy: A method provides guidance to the physician during a live bronchoscopy or other endoscopic procedures. The 3D motion of the bronchoscope is estimated using a fast coarse tracking step followed by a fine registration step. The tracking is based on finding a set of corresponding feature points across a plurality... Agent: John G. Posa Gifford, Krass, Groh, Sprinkle,

20070015994 - In-vivo measurement of biomechanical properties of internal tissues: A device and method for determining location dependent biomechanical properties of internal tissues is disclosed. The device comprises an expandable probe which is insertable into an orifice of a body and into a body; a flexible conduit to conduct fluid between a fluid supply and said expandable probe; means for... Agent: The Procter & Gamble Company Intellectual Property Division

20070015995 - Joint and cartilage diagnosis, assessment and modeling: Methods are disclosed for assessing the condition of a cartilage in a joint and assessing cartilage loss, particularly in a human knee. The methods include converting an image such as an MRI to a three dimensional map of the cartilage. The cartilage map can be correlated to a movement pattern... Agent: Bromberg & Sunstein LLP

20070015990 - Method and apparatus for detecting and analyzing pathogenic zones: Method and Apparatus for Detecting and Analyzing Pathogenic Zones relate to geophysics and environmental medicine, specifically to searching inauspicious (pathogenic) places. The Method is based on two major concepts. First of them considers influence of extremely low frequency (ELF) electromagnetic (EM) fields, generated by such zones, on human brain and... Agent: Mark Krinker

20070015998 - Method and apparatus for intravascular two-dimensional ultrasonography: A catheter is provided for insertion in the he blood vessel of a patient for ultrasonically imaging the vessel wall. The catheter includes a tubular element and an internally housed drive cable for effective circumferential scan about the catheter of an ultrasonic generating means. Both the tubular element and the... Agent: Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLPIPProsecution Department

20070015986 - Method and apparatus for triggering image acquisition in a c-arm system by a rotary encoder: Method of generating an image of an object by means of an imaging system which has a radiation source that rotates relative to the object about an axis of rotation within a defined rotation angle range, said radiation source projecting radiation onto a radiation detector in order to record projection... Agent: Philips Intellectual Property & Standards

20070015996 - Method for generating and displaying examination images and associated ultrasound catheter: The invention relates to a method for generating and displaying examination images of a vessel of a patient, comprising the following steps: a) acquiring examination data of the vessel using a first imaging method such as computer tomography, magnetic resonance, or angiography, in particular 3D rotational angiography, b) creating a... Agent: Siemens Corporation Intellectual Property Department

20070015993 - Microwave imaging assisted ultrasonically: Disclosed is an apparatus and methodology for imaging objects, more particularly radiologically dense objects. The currently disclosed technology has particular applicability in the medical field as a tool and methodology for investigation of radiologically dense breast tissue of young patients by using microwave energy in concert with an ultrasonic initial... Agent: Dority & Manning, P.A.

20070015992 - System and method for optoacoustic imaging: A system and method are described for optoacoustic imaging a structural or compositional characteristic of an biological object using a coherent, broad range frequency tunable, electromagnetic radiation source and a pulse shaper to generate a sequence of electromagnetic radiation excitation signals.... Agent: General Electric Company Global Research

20070015999 - System and method for providing orthopaedic surgical information to a surgeon: A system for providing information related to an orthopaedic surgical procedure to a surgeon includes a user-worn computer coupled with a heads-up display. The user-worn computer and the heads-up display cooperate to display orthopaedic surgical information to the surgeon. The user-worn computer receives data from a first processing circuit and... Agent: Barnes & Thornburg LLP

20070016001 - Method and apparatus for multi-exposure medical examination of a subject with automatic control of the patient table: In a medical examination device and method for the generation of examination images of an object, at least one setting value relevant for the examination can be set with at least one stored or manually entered item of the object specific and/or examination-specific information, and a table for support of... Agent: Schiff Hardin, LLP Patent Department

20070016002 - Method for mapping an examination volume in an mr spectrometer: In a method for mapping a large examination volume with an MR spectrometer, at least one examination segment in the examination volume is defined a positioning device is activated such that the examination segment is situated in an optimal measurement volume of the MR spectrometer. In order to improve the... Agent: Schiff Hardin, LLP Patent Department

20070016000 - Three dimensional magnetic resonance motion estimation on a single image plane: Three-dimensional MR motion estimation on a single image plane based on tagged MRI and HARP processing. Tagged magnetic resonance imaging technique encodes and automatically tracks displacement of spatially modulated object in three dimensions, encoding both in plane and through-plane motion in a single image plane without affecting acquisition speed. Post-processing... Agent: Fernandez & Associates, LLP

20070016003 - Open architecture imaging apparatus and coil system for magnetic resonance imaging: Apparatus and method for using radio frequency coil systems for magnetic resonance imaging within an open architecture apparatus is provided. The MRI coil system includes a support structure with an open architecture in which secondary support structures, compression systems and plates containing RF coil systems may be introduced. These structures... Agent: Mark A. Litman & Associates, P.A. Suite 205

20070016004 - Consumable unit and image forming device using the same: A consumable unit attachable to and detachable from an image forming apparatus, including a consumable used to form an image, and a memory, including a non-reversible area, to store lifespan related information on the consumable at the non-reversible area thereof.... Agent: Stein, Mcewen & Bui, LLP

20070016005 - Apparatus and method for recording the movement of organs of the body: The invention relates to an apparatus and a method for recording the movement, caused in particular by breathing, of organs of the body such as the heart (9) for example. A part (3) of the diaphragm (10) is recorded by means of an X-ray device or an ultrasound device and... Agent: Philips Medical Systems Philips Intellectual Property & Standards

20070016006 - Apparatus and method for shaped magnetic field control for catheter, guidance, control, and imaging: A variable magnet system for manipulating a magnetic catheter is described. In one embodiment, a cluster of electromagnets is configured to generate a desired magnetic field. In one embodiment, one or more poles of the cluster are moveable with respect to other poles in the cluster to allow shaping of... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

20070016013 - Device for controlling a magnetic element in the body of a patient: A device for the magnet-assisted catheter intervention comprises magnets for controlling a magnetic tip of a catheter. An x-ray device serves to generate three dimensional ambient images of a patient. A data processing unit calculates the probability of the magnetic tip colliding with an obstacle in the body of the... Agent: Siemens Corporation Intellectual Property Department

20070016007 - Hybrid magnetic-based and impedance-based position sensing: A position sensing system includes a probe adapted to be introduced into a body cavity of a subject. The probe includes a magnetic field transducer and at least one probe electrodes. A control unit is configured to measure position coordinates of the probe using the magnetic field transducer. The control... Agent: Philip S. Johnson Johnson & Johnson

20070016009 - Image guided tracking array and method: An array for use with a surgical navigation system is provided. The array comprises a frame and first, second and third markers attached to the frame. The first, second and third markers are detectable by a tracking system used in image guided surgery, and the first marker is movable relative... Agent: Intellectual Property Group Bose Mckinney & Evans LLP

20070016011 - Instrument position recording in medical navigation: A medical navigation apparatus and method determines, tracks and represents a position of an instrument in relation to acquired anatomical image data, and includes recording logic configured to record positions of one or more functional sections of the instrument over a period of time.... Agent: Renner, Otto, Boisselle & Sklar, LLP

20070016012 - Inverse catheter planning: A method for determining and representing possible entry and/or target areas for positioning catheters in an area on the basis of functional data and/or structural and/or anatomical data of the area, includes: indicating at least one entry area of the catheter or at least one target area of the catheter;... Agent: Don W. Bulson (brainlab)

20070016010 - Magnetic navigation system: A system for magnetically navigating a medical device in an operating region within the body of a patient. The system includes a magnet having a front field projecting from the front of the magnet sufficient to project a magnetic field into the operating region in the patient. The magnet is... Agent: Bryan K. Wheelock

20070016008 - Selective gesturing input to a surgical navigation system: A surgical navigation system uses selective gesturing within a sterile field to provide inputs to a computer, which can reduce surgery time and costs. The teachings comprise configuring an array with at least a first marker and a second marker; exposing the array to a measurement field of the tracking... Agent: Intellectual Property Group Bose Mckinney & Evans LLP

20070016014 - Radio therapy apparatus and operating method of the same: A radio-therapy apparatus includes a radiation head configured to irradiate a therapeutic radiation, and an image processing section configured to generate an image of a diseased portion of a specimen from a result of detection of the diseased portion while tracking the diseased portion to which the therapeutic radiation is... Agent: Wenderoth, Lind & Ponack, L.L.P.

20070016015 - Method for the visualization of a vscular insert: Method for the visualization of a vascular insert comprises: performing an x-ray with a contrast agent and digital subtraction angiography prior to implantation of the vascular insert, simultaneous performing an electrocardiogram or recording a blood pressure signal while performing the x-ray, performing a further x-ray without contrast agent after implantation... Agent: Siemens Corporation Intellectual Property Department

20070016016 - Interactive user assistant for imaging processes: An interactive user assistant for imaging processes analyzes medical image data pertaining to regions of interest. The user assistant compares displayed medical images and/or the data underlying the medical images with expected medical image data. The user assistant identifies whether or not the displayed medical image meets expectations or is... Agent: Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione

20070016017 - Surgical site marker delivery system: A site marker delivery system is provided that may be used in combination with a tissue cutting device for marking a biopsy site. The system includes a tube attached to a hub. A push-rod is slidably disposed within the lumen of the tube. The push-rod is advanced forward through the... Agent: Rader, Fishman & Grauer PLLC

20070016028 - Integrated physiology and imaging workstation: A physiology workstation is provided that comprises a communications interface conveying physiology signals derived from a subject and ultrasound data representative of a region of interest of the subject. The ultrasound data is obtained by an ultrasound device in real-time during a procedure carried out on the subject. An physiology... Agent: The Small Patent Law Group LLP

20070016034 - Integrated physiology and imaging workstation: A physiology workstation includes a communications interface conveying physiology signals and ultrasound data representative of a region of interest. The ultrasound data is obtained by an ultrasound device in real-time during a procedure. Also includes is a physiology processing unit, an ultrasound processing unit, and a display unit displaying the... Agent: The Small Patent Law Group LLP

20070016025 - Medical diagnostic imaging three dimensional navigation device and methods: A physical 3D volume object is manipulated to navigate through a volume image. The orientation of the volume object, such as a cube or other shaped device, is sensed. As the volume object is rotated, the viewing direction associated with three dimensional rendering rotates. The volume object may represent a... Agent: Siemens Corporation Intellectual Property Department

20070016021 - Method and apparatus for controlling power of an ultrasound system: A medical imaging system with a scanning subsystem configured to acquire imaging data is provided. Also provided is a controller configured to selectively control power to at least one component of the system based on a mode of operation of the scanning subsystem.... Agent: The Small Patent Law Group LLP

20070016027 - Method and apparatus for utilizing a high speed serial data bus interface within an ultrasound system: A medical imaging system is provided. A scan portion is configured to acquire signals. A plurality of interconnected components are configured to receive the signals and communicate information asynchronously.... Agent: The Small Patent Law Group LLP

20070016032 - Microwave devices for treating biological samples and tissue and methods for imaging: The invention comprises the use of a microwave antenna in conjunction with an ultrasound probe and detector to image below the surface of material, and particularly biological tissue such as skin. A device comprising the microwave antenna and ultrasound probe and detector can be used to image skin tissue and... Agent: Wiley, Rein & Fielding, LLP Attn: Patent Administration

20070016030 - Multiplanar ultrasonic vascular sensor assembly and apparatus for movably affixing a sensor assembly to a body: An apparatus is provided for cannulation of blood vessels. The apparatus comprises a sensor assembly including two linear transducer arrays oriented perpendicular to each other to form a “T” shape to provide ultrasound images of at least one blood vessel in a portion of a patient's body in two perpendicular... Agent: Trask Britt

20070016029 - Physiology workstation with real-time fluoroscopy and ultrasound imaging: A physiology workstation is provided that comprises an physiology input configured to receive physiology signals from at least one of an intracardiac (IC) catheter inserted in a subject and surface ECG leads provided on the subject. The physiology signals are obtained during a procedure. A video input is configured to... Agent: The Small Patent Law Group LLP

20070016018 - Review mode graphical user interface for an ultrasound imaging system: An improved review mode graphical user interface (GUI) is described in which an acquired ultrasound image can be displayed full-sized, thereby maintaining high image fidelity, while the appropriate review mode controls can still also be displayed, thereby maintaining ease and simplicity of use.... Agent: Philips Intellectual Property & Standards

20070016023 - Scalable ultrasound system and methods: A plurality of application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) chips with different functions is provided. Each of the ASICs performs one or more functions along an ultrasound data path. The chips include communications protocols or processes for allowing scaling. For example, ASICs for backend processing include data exchange ports for communicating... Agent: Siemens Corporation Intellectual Property Department

20070016031 - Systems and methods for making noninvasive assessments of cardiac tissue and parameters: Systems and methods for noninvasive assessment of cardiac tissue properties and cardiac parameters using ultrasound techniques are disclosed. Determinations of myocardial tissue stiffness, tension, strain, strain rate, and the like, may be used to assess myocardial contractility, myocardial ischemia and infarction, ventricular filling and atrial pressures, and diastolic functions. Non-invasive... Agent: Speckman Law Group PLLC

20070016026 - Transmit and receive interface array for highly integrated ultrasound scanner: An ultrasonic transducer probe having a highly integrated interface circuit array. Low-voltage transmit control signals from the system are transmitted on the system transmit channels via the ultrasound probe cable and into the interface circuit array. These transmit control signals are routed through the interface circuit array using a dense... Agent: Jean K. Testa, Esq. General Electric Global Research Center

20070016019 - Ultrasonic cardiac volume quantification: Quantified measures of a volumetric object in the body can be made ultrasonically by acquiring concurrent biplane images of two different image planes (210, 214) of the object. Corresponding borders of the volumetric object are traced using automatic border detection. The border tracings are used in their planar spatial relationship... Agent: Philips Medical Systems Philips Intellectual Property & Standards

20070016036 - Ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus and image processing method: An ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus can obtain an image having an improved S/N ratio irrespective of the existence of a movement of an object and the existence of periodicity of the movement, and includes a first image generation part to generate images from reflected signals from a moving object to be... Agent: Amin, Turocy & Calvin, LLP

20070016035 - Ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus and ultrasonic image generating method: With the objective of definitely generating a biopsy needle on an ultrasonic image, an ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus according to the present invention brings a probe connected thereto into contact with the surface of a body and applies ultrasound thereto, receives signals reflected from within the body and the biopsy needle... Agent: Patrick W. Rasche Armstrong Teasdale LLP

20070016020 - Ultrasonic probe, ultrasonographic device, and ultrasonographic method: An ultrasonic probe 10 is formed by arranging a plurality of transducers 26a to 26m for converting drive signals into ultrasonic waves to transmit the waves to an object to be inspected, and receiving ultrasonic waves generated from the object to convert the waves into electrical signals. Each of the... Agent: Antonelli, Terry, Stout & Kraus, LLP

20070016033 - Ultrasound diagnostic system with an external mass storage unit: The present invention is directed to an ultrasound diagnostic system, including: an ultrasound transmission/reception unit for transmitting ultrasound signals to a target object and receiving ultrasound echo signals reflected from the target object; a data forming unit for forming ultrasound data based on the ultrasound echo signals, the data forming... Agent: C. Irvin Mcclelland Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland, Maier & Neustadt, P.C.

20070016022 - Ultrasound imaging beam-former apparatus and method: In some illustrative embodiments, an incoming signal from a transducer in an ultrasound imaging beam-former apparatus is applied to an in-phase sample-and-hold and a quadrature sample-and-hold. The quadrature sample-and-hold may be clocked a quarter period behind the in-phase sample-and-hold. The output of the sample-and-holds are applied to in-phase and quadrature... Agent: Novak Druce & Quigg, LLP

20070016024 - Ultrasound imaging system having motion adaptive gain: Disclosed are an apparatus and method of adjusting gain of an ultrasound system 100. In particular, subject matter is disclosed for receiving an indication 102 of a rate of change in motion of an object 106, and adjusting a gain based 108, at least in part, on said rate of... Agent: Siemens Corporation Intellectual Property Department

20070016037 - Medical ultrasound pressure gradient measurement: Flow information (e.g., velocity and acceleration) and/or pressure gradient information are determined with ultrasound. Both velocity and acceleration are simultaneously estimated using a model and least squares analysis. Anti-aliasing of velocity information may be provided using the model and least squares analysis. Pressure gradient is calculated from velocity information automatically,... Agent: Siemens Corporation Intellectual Property Department

20070016038 - Ultrasonic method to determine bone parameters: A method of measuring bone strength under dynamic loading is provided using an ultrasonic probe wave sensor to sense a low-frequency pump wave and an ultrasonic probe wave implemented to the bone. The bone is cyclically loaded with compressional and rarefactional pump waves, and probed with the probe wave that... Agent: Lumen Intellectual Property Services, Inc.

20070016039 - Controlled, non-linear focused ultrasound treatment: A system for treating tissue within a body is configured to deliver a first level of ultrasound energy to a target tissue region for a first duration resulting in the generation of microbubbles in the target tissue region, determine one or more characteristics of the target tissue region in the... Agent: VistaIPLaw Group LLP

20070016040 - Methods and apparatus for intracranial ultrasound delivery: A method for delivering ultrasound energy to a patient's intracranial space involves forming at least one hole in the patient's skull, advancing at least one ultrasound delivery device at least partway through the hole(s), and transmitting ultrasound energy from the ultrasound delivery device(s). According to various embodiments, ultrasound delivery devices... Agent: Raymond Sun

20070016041 - Methods and apparatus for intracranial ultrasound delivery: A method for delivering ultrasound energy to a patient's intracranial space involves forming at least one hole in the patient's skull, advancing at least one ultrasound delivery device at least partway through the hole(s), and transmitting ultrasound energy from the ultrasound delivery device(s). According to various embodiments, ultrasound delivery devices... Agent: Raymond Sun Law Offices Of Raymond Sun

20070016042 - Ultrasonic apparatus for diagnosis and therapy: The ultrasonic apparatus for a diagnosis and therapy includes: a first ultrasound probe, a second ultrasound probe, and an ultrasound exposure apparatus for exposing ultrasounds for a phase shift, diagnosis, and therapy, respectively; an echo detection device for detecting an ultrasound echo; control parts for the phase shift for causing... Agent: Antonelli, Terry, Stout & Kraus, LLP

20070016047 - Apparatus for and method of processing ultrasonic signal: RF signals in predetermined time regions are extracted respectively from a plurality of RF signals which are produced when an examinee is scanned by an ultrasonic wave, and respective IB values are calculated in the time regions. A variance value of the calculated IB values is calculated, and information based... Agent: Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney PC

20070016043 - Bone densitometry system for public use: An ultrasonic bone densitometer system is provided in a kiosk environment using computer driven patient instructions and simplified sanitizing procedures to allow unsupervised use by members of the public for screening purposes.... Agent: Quarles & Brady LLP

20070016045 - Method and apparatus for extracting an envelope curve of a spectrogram: A method and apparatus for extracting an envelope curve of a spectrogram, for use in measurement of blood flow velocity by using spectral Doppler techniques, the method comprising steps of: processing RF ultrasound echo signals to obtain Doppler signals; performing spectral analysis on the Doppler signals, to obtain a corresponding... Agent: Sughrue Mion, PLLC

20070016046 - Systems and methods for using dynamic vascular assessment to distinguish among vascular states and for investigating intracranial pressure: The invention relates to systems and methods for assessing blood flow in single or multiple vessels and segments, for assessing vascular health, for conducting clinical trials, for screening therapeutic interventions for effect, for assessing risk factors, for evaluating intracranial pressure and for analyzing the results in a defined manner. The... Agent: Howrey LLP

20070016044 - Ultrasonic transducer drive: In some illustrative embodiments, an ultrasonic transducer drive includes a signal generator for producing an outgoing signal and a transducer for converting the outgoing signal to outgoing ultrasound. The transducer may also convert at least a portion of ultrasound reflected by an object to an incoming signal. The transducer may... Agent: Novak Druce & Quigg, LLP

20070016048 - Ultrasonic transmission/reception condition optimization method, ultrasonic transmission/reception condition optimization program, and ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus: A spatial position x′ of each ultrasonic transducer is accurately obtained for each probe in consideration of each edge transducer gap, and a delay time T(x′(n)) and a weighting coefficient W(x′(n)) are calculated on the basis of the position of each ultrasonic transducer. A control unit executes ultrasonic transmission/reception by... Agent: C. Irvin Mcclelland Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland, Maier & Neustadt, P.C.

20070016049 - Ultrasound diagnostic system and method of forming tx and rx beams by using delay data: The present invention relates to an ultrasound diagnostic system including: a memory unit for storing transmit (Tx) delay data and receive (Rx) delay data necessary for forming a Tx beam and a Rx beam; a Tx beam forming unit for adjusting delays of Tx signals by referencing the Tx delay... Agent: C. Irvin Mcclelland Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland, Maier & Neustadt, P.C.

20070016050 - Medical doppler ultrasound system for locating and tracking blood flow: Systems and methods for processing echo signals in a Doppler ultrasound system from a region of interest. An ultrasound beam is electronically steered to deliver ultrasound to and receive echo signals from a plurality of sample locations in the region of interest. The echo signals for each sample location are... Agent: Dorsey & Whitney LLP Intellectual Property Department

20070016051 - Method of ultrasonic detection and localization of contrast agent microbubbles and method for local drug administration by using microbubble carriers: A method of ultrasonic detection and localization of contrast agent microbubbles wherein the decision as to whether or not the received ultrasonic signals indicate the presence of a single microbubble or a small microbubble population is made by analyzing the projections of the spectra of said received ultrasonic signals in... Agent: Woodard, Emhardt, Moriarty, Mcnett & Henry LLP

20070016055 - Concave phased array imaging catheter: The present invention generally relates to medical devices, and more particularly to an improved intravascular device. In one embodiment, an intravascular device includes a catheter having proximal and distal portions, and a phased array of imaging elements, having edge elements each having angles of emission, located in the distal portion... Agent: Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLPIPProsecution Department

20070016064 - Convex ultrasonic probe and ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus: A convex ultrasonic probe includes a backing member including a support which has a convexly curved surface and a thermal conductivity of 70 W/m·K or more, and an acoustic absorbent layer having a uniform overall thickness which is fixed on the convexly curved surface of the support, a plurality of... Agent: C. Irvin Mcclelland Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland, Maier & Neustadt, P.C.

20070016059 - Device and method for shielding an ultrasound probe: A device and method for shielding an ultrasound probe are provided. The ultrasound probe includes a handle having an interior chamber with an open front end and a transducer assembly provided in the chamber. The transducer assembly converts acoustic energy received through the open front end to electrical signals. The... Agent: The Small Patent Law Group LLP

20070016060 - Device for moving a transducer of an ultrasonic probe: The present invention relates to a device for moving a transducer of an ultrasonic probe in an ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus for acquiring a 3-dimensional ultrasound image. A motor for generating power to move the transducer and guide rails for guiding the movement of the transducer are mounted to the frame.... Agent: C. Irvin Mcclelland Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland, Maier & Neustadt, P.C.

20070016057 - Medical device having gripping layer: A medical device having a gripping layer and a method of manufacturing a medical device are provided. A medical device housing of the medical device includes a handle extending along a length of the medical device housing. The handle has a proximal end configured to be held proximate an area... Agent: The Small Patent Law Group LLP

20070016054 - Medical imaging device having a forward looking flow detector: The present invention generally relates to medical devices, and more particularly to an improved medical imaging device. In one embodiment, an imaging device includes a drive shaft having proximal and distal ends received within the lumen; an imaging transducer coupled to the distal end of the drive shaft and positioned... Agent: Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLPIPProsecution Department

20070016056 - Methods and systems for providing control components in an ultrasound system: Methods and systems for providing control components in an ultrasound system are provided. An ultrasound probe and the ultrasound system includes a scanned portion for scanning an object and a connector for connecting the scanned portion to the ultrasound system. The ultrasound probe also includes at least one printed circuit... Agent: The Small Patent Law Group LLP

20070016063 - Miniature actuator mechanism for intravascular imaging: The present invention relates to a new intravascular imaging device based on a Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) actuator mechanism embedded inside an elongate member such as a guide wire or catheter. The present invention utilizes a novel SMA mechanism to provide side-looking imaging by providing movement for an ultrasound transducer... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

20070016062 - Multiple transducers for intravascular ultrasound imaging: The present invention relates to a new intravascular ultrasound imaging device with an increased field of view. By using more than one ultrasound transducer crystal that is capable of producing an ultrasonic signal for imaging, and preferably aligning the individual crystals on a shared backing with at least one edge... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

20070016058 - System and method for controlling ultrasound probe having multiple transducer arrays: A system and method for controlling an ultrasound probe are provided. The ultrasound probe includes a first transducer array and a second transducer array. The ultrasound probe further includes a transducer array selector component within a housing. The transducer array selector component is configured to generate a control signal based... Agent: The Small Patent Law Group LLP

20070016061 - System for measuring and tracking human body fat: A system for evaluating health, wellness and fitness, and in particular, to a system that uses an ultrasound transducer to accurately measure fat thickness at a plurality of sites on the human body, records these measurements for long term monitoring, and based on the plurality of measurements calculates the total... Agent: John P. Wooldridge, Esq.

20070016052 - Ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus: A two-dimensional array including two-dimensionally arranged transducers with M rows (M=4) and N columns (N=12) is separated into eight sub-arrays each including six transducers with m rows (m=2) and n columns (n=3). The sub-arrays with J rows (J=2) and K columns (K=4) are connected to eight intra-group processors IP(JJ, KK)... Agent: Hamre, Schumann, Mueller & Larson P.C.

20070016053 - Ultrasonic monitor with an adhesive member: An ultrasonic monitor implemented on a PCB includes a transmission medium. The transmission medium may be biocompatible and include an adhesive member, an oil-based transmission medium, a gel pad, or a combination thereof. Ultrasonic signals are transmitted between the ultrasonic monitor and a living subject through the transmission medium. An... Agent: Vierra Magen Marcus & Deniro LLP

20070016065 - Ultrasound transducers with improved focus in the elevation direction: A phased array ultrasound transducer is made from a plurality of independently excitable elements that are arranged in a row in the azimuthal direction, configured so that azimuthal aiming of an outgoing ultrasound beam is controlled by timing the excitation of the elements. The geometry of the elements is configured... Agent: Proskauer Rose LLP Patent Department

20070016066 - Ultrasound system for reconstructing an image with the use of additional information: There is provided an ultrasound system for constructing or reconstructing an image with the use of pre-stored data and additional signals. The ultrasound system includes: a probe including a number of transducers for transmitting ultrasound transmission signals to a target object, receiving echo signals reflected from the target object and... Agent: C. Irvin Mcclelland Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland, Maier & Neustadt, P.C.

20070016067 - Distal bevel-tip needle control device and algorithm: Disclosed is a system for percutaneously steering a surgical needle. Needle steering is accomplished by taking advantage of a deflection force imparted on the bevel tip of the needle by the tissue medium as the needle is pushed through the tissue. By controlling the translation speed and rotation angle of... Agent: Mckenna Long & Aldridge LLP

20070016070 - Endovascular access and guidance system utilizing divergent beam ultrasound: The invention relates to the guidance, positioning and placement confirmation of intravascular devices, such as catheters, stylets, guidewires and other flexible elongate bodies that are typically inserted percutaneously into the venous or arterial vasculature. Currently these goals are achieved using x-ray imaging and in some cases ultrasound imaging. This invention... Agent: Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

20070016072 - Endovenous access and guidance system utilizing non-image based ultrasound: The invention relates to the guidance, positioning and placement confirmation of intravascular devices, such as catheters, stylets, guidewires and other flexible elongate bodies that are typically inserted percutaneously into the venous or arterial vasculature. Currently these goals are achieved using x-ray imaging and in some cases ultrasound imaging. This invention... Agent: Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

20070016068 - Ultrasound methods of positioning guided vascular access devices in the venous system: The invention relates to the guidance, positioning and placement confirmation of intravascular devices, such as catheters, stylets, guidewires and other flexible elongate bodies that are typically inserted percutaneously into the venous or arterial vasculature. Currently these goals are achieved using x-ray imaging and in some cases ultrasound imaging. This invention... Agent: Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

20070016069 - Ultrasound sensor: The invention relates to the guidance, positioning and placement confirmation of intravascular devices, such as catheters, stylets, guidewires and other flexible elongate bodies that are typically inserted percutaneously into the venous or arterial vasculature. Currently these goals are achieved using x-ray imaging and in some cases ultrasound imaging. This invention... Agent: Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

20070016071 - Ultrasound transducer assembly: An ultrasound catheter is disclosed for providing substantially real-time images of small cavities. The ultrasound catheter is characterized by separate and distinct materials for backing the transducers and for carrying the electronics components. The separate materials comprise an electronics carrier meeting the requirements for holding the integrated circuitry of the... Agent: Leydig Voit & Mayer, Ltd

20070016073 - Apparatus and method for processing an ultrasound spectrum image: There is provided a method of processing an ultrasound spectrum image. According to such method, a spectrum image is formed based on ultrasound data and then the noise is removed from the spectrum image. The noise-removed spectrum image is matched with one or more spectrum models representing specific spectrum types.... Agent: C. Irvin Mcclelland Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland, Maier & Neustadt, P.C.

20070016074 - Contact lens for collecting tears and detecting analytes for determining health status, ovulation detection, and diabetes screening: Utilization of a contact device placed on the eye in order to detect physical and chemical parameters of the body as well as the non-invasive delivery of compounds according to these physical and chemical parameters, with signals being transmitted continuously as electromagnetic waves, radio waves, infrared and the like. One... Agent: Jacobson Holman PLLC

20070016075 - Agent for detecting sentinel lymph node and detection method: The present invention is characterized by easy and rapid detection of a sentinel lymph node by performing sentinel lymph node biopsy with fluorescent particles having a predetermined particle diameter.... Agent: Howard & Howard Attorneys, P.C.

20070016081 - Chroma-photon staining: A novel method or technique of digitally enhancing the pre- or post-processed chrominance value(s) is disclosed. According to the present disclosure the invention provides for a method of digitally enhancing or “staining” the pre- and/or post-processed chrominance values of a live high-resolution digital video image through software or firmware, using... Agent: Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, P.L.C

20070016076 - Dermatone skin analyzer: The Dermatone Skin Analyzer measures human skin tone darkness which is dependent on skin reflection properties and the concentrations of melanin, hemoglobin, and other pigments within the skin. The skin tone readings are used to assist in laser and light based treatments of the skin.... Agent: Youabian, Inc. #400

20070016077 - Fluorescent endoscope device: An endoscope device includes a light source unit that creates multiple excitation lights having different peak wavelengths, an illumination unit, and an imaging unit that includes an objective optical system and an image pickup device. The imaging unit is capable of acquiring images of fluorescent lights having different peak wavelengths... Agent: Arnold International

20070016079 - Hyperspectral imaging in diabetes and peripheral vascular disease: The invention is directed to methods and systems of hyperspectral and multispectral imaging of medical tissues. In particular, the invention is directed to new devices, tools and processes for the detection and evaluation of diseases and disorders such as, but not limited to diabetes and peripheral vascular disease, that incorporate... Agent: Novak Druce & Quigg, LLP

20070016080 - Imaging systems and methods to improve backscattering imaging using circular polarization memory: An optical technique to improve the imaging of a target inside suspensions of scattering particles includes the illumination of the scattering particles with circularly polarized light. The backscattered light from the host medium preserves the helicity of incident light, while the backscattered light reflected from the target is predominated with... Agent: Darby & Darby P.C.

20070016082 - Spectral imaging: Apparatus and methods are provided for the imaging of structures in deep tissue within biological specimens, using spectral imaging to provide highly sensitive detection. By acquiring data that provides a plurality of images of the sample with different spectral weightings, and subsequent spectral analysis, light emission from a target compound... Agent: Fish & Richardson PC

20070016078 - Systems and methods for in-vivo optical imaging and measurement: Disclosed are methods and systems for determining information about a position of the entity within the sample using spectral techniques. For example, the sample may be a living animal, such as a mouse, and the embedded object may be a tumor.... Agent: Fish & Richardson PC

20070016083 - Arterial stiffness evaluation apparatus, and arterial stiffness index calculating program: Provided is an arterial stiffness evaluation apparatus using a new arterial stiffness index which serves as an index to evaluate a degree of arterial stiffness, and a program therefor. The arterial stiffness apparatus includes pulse wave detecting means, pulse wave propagation velocity deciding means, blood pressure detecting means, and arterial... Agent: Rader Fishman & Grauer PLLC

20070016085 - Blood pressure measuring apparatus: A pulse wave is detected in a predetermined location of a living body, and the progressive wave component and reflected wave component are extracted from the pulse wave. The pulse wave propagation time is calculated from the progressive wave component and reflected wave component, and blood pressure is calculated on... Agent: Drinker Biddle & Reath (dc)

20070016086 - Blood pressure monitoring apparatus: In blood pressure monitoring apparatus which continuously estimates and monitors blood pressure by using the pulse wave propagation time, blood pressure fluctuation can be accurately estimated. If both blood pressure estimated from the pulse wave propagation time and a waveform parameter obtained from the accelerated pulse wave have abnormal values,... Agent: Drinker Biddle & Reath (dc)

20070016084 - Catherter for measuring an intraventricular pressure and method of using same: A method for diagnosing a right ventricular dysfunction of a subject. The method includes measuring a right intraventricular pressure waveform in the subject over at least one cardiac cycle, extracting a ventricular parameter indicative of a right ventricular function from the measured right intraventricular pressure waveform, and establishing a diagnosis... Agent: Louis Tassier

20070016087 - Method for acquisition and display of non-invasive blood pressure: A motion tolerant blood pressure measuring system including means to record cuff pressure, Korotkoff sounds and heart beat and to display them in relation to each other. A processor digitizes and correlates the three signals to display the relationship between the occurrence of a Korotkoff sound, the pressure at which... Agent: Paul Voith

20070016089 - Implantable device for vital signs monitoring: An implantable medical device is provided for subcutaneous implantation within a human being. The implantable medical device includes a pair of electrodes for sensing electrical signals from the human being's heart. Electronic circuitry having digital memory is provided with the electronic circuitry designed to record the electrical signals from the... Agent: Rosenberg, Klein & Lee

20070016090 - Implantable medical devices and related methods: Implantable medical devices and associated methods are disclosed. In one implementation, the implantable medical device comprises a conductive housing and a remote electrode that is mechanically coupled to the conductive housing by a lead body. An amplifier is electrically connected to the remote electrode and the conductive housing for providing... Agent: Townsend And Townsend And Crew, LLP

20070016088 - Method and apparatus for characterizing and estimating the parameters of histological and physiological biometric markers for authentication: The present invention is directed to a method in a computer system for individualizing a heartbeat signal for use as a biometric marker. The invention is carried out by acquiring a plurality of electronic heartbeat signals from an individual in an electronic signal form. The signals are measured to obtain... Agent: Stoel Rives LLP - Slc

20070016091 - Training device and method: The invention relates to heart rate monitors. The monitor according to the invention comprises a dial, which comprises a current heart rate indicator, which is responsive to a heart rate signal measured from a user of the wristop computer and functionally connected to a heart rate scale, and a reference... Agent: Birch Stewart Kolasch & Birch

20070016092 - Self-purging, air-stabilizing, illuminated collection system for breath analysis: A breath analysis system includes a dual-entry, illuminated breath collection tube that allows purging of ambient air while stabilizing the pressure and/or turbulence of exhaled breath. Circular illumination at either end of the collection tube acts as a visual prompt for proper use and for the reporting of test results.... Agent: William C. Milks, Iii Russo & Hale LLP

20070016093 - Method and apparatus for optimizing the continuous positive airway pressure for treating obstructive sleep apnea: A breathing apparatus is provided for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea that optimizes the positive pressure to the airway of a patient. The apparatus is configured to detect flow limitations in the patient airway from an analysis of inspiratory flow waveforms. The airway pressure setting is raised, lowered or... Agent: Baker Botts L.L.P. Patent Department

20070016095 - Automated detection of sleep and waking states: Determining low power frequency range information from spectral data. Raw signal data can be adjusted to increase dynamic range for power within low power frequency ranges as compared to higher-power frequency ranges to determine adjusted source data valuable for acquiring low power frequency range information. Low power frequency range information... Agent: Fish & Richardson, PC

20070016094 - Seizure sensing and detection using an implantable device: A system and method for detecting and predicting neurological events with an implantable device uses a relatively low-power central processing unit in connection with signal processing circuitry to identify features (including half waves) and calculate window-based characteristics (including line lengths and areas under the curve of the waveform) in an... Agent: Neuropace, Inc.

20070016096 - Method, system and apparatus for accessing, modulating, evoking, and entraining global bio-network influences for optimized self-organizing adaptive capacities: The invention interacts with a subject to query, challenge and identify multiple aspects and multidimensional influences that provide access to, allow modulation of, and entrainment of, state-specific global bio-regulatory self-organizing controllers and evocable triggers. Modulation of state-specific regulatory triggers may evoke optimized newly emergent self-organizing principles within the subject and... Agent: Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP

20070016098 - Health care apparatus and method: A health care apparatus and method are provided. The apparatus includes: a motion sensing unit; a bio-electric potential sensing unit sensing an electric potential signal of the health examinee corresponding to the sensed result; and an analysis unit analyzing the sensed result. By recognizing a current motion of the examinee... Agent: Sughrue Mion, PLLC

20070016097 - System and methods for determining nerve direction to a surgical instrument: System (20) and related methods for performing surgical procedures and assessments, including the use of neurophysiology-based monitoring to determine nerve proximity and nerve direction to surgical instruments (30) employed in accessing a surgical target site.... Agent: Jonathan Spangler Nu Vasive, Inc.

20070016099 - Flexible biopsy collection device and related methods of use: Embodiments of the invention are directed to a medical device and methods for collecting a tissue sample from a patient's body. The device may include a first tube defining a lumen and an aperture at a distal end of the first tube. A second tube extends within the lumen of... Agent: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP

20070016100 - Apparatus and methods to harvest bone and bone marrow: An apparatus and method for harvesting bone and bone marrow are provided. The apparatus may include a driver operable to be releasably engaged with an intraosseous device. The intraosseous device may include a cannula having a first end operable to penetrate bone and bone marrow and to allow retrieval of... Agent: Baker Botts L.L.P. Patent Department

20070016101 - Core biopsy device: A biopsy device used to capture a tissue sample by placing the tissue under tension, thus allowing a greater sized sample with increased quality. The device uses a rotating cannula and stylet with a concave “sample notch.” The rotation of the stylet places the tissue under tension while the rotation... Agent: Smith Hopen, Pa

20070016102 - Method for improved accuracy of blood testing: This disclosed method improves the accuracy of testing blood for the levels of contaminants, such as lead, cadmium and mercury, in individuals. The method comprises cleaning the area where the skin will be penetrated to obtain the blood sample to remove the contaminant to be measured in the blood. The... Agent: Boyle Fredrickson Newholm Stein & Gratz, S.c.

20070016104 - Analysis appliance for analysis of blood samples: The invention relates to an analysis appliance for analysis of blood samples, and to a user identification method integrated in the analysis appliance. The analysis appliance comprises a sampling device for taking blood samples, and an analysis device. A delivery device is also provided for transferring the blood samples from... Agent: Bose Mckinney & Evans LLP

20070016103 - Body fluid sampling device: Body fluid sampling device comprising a skin-piercing element having a collection zone for receiving body fluid, and the device further comprising a fluid receiving means remote spaced apart from the collection zone so that body fluid in the collection zone will not contact the fluid receiving means initially. The collection... Agent: Woodard, Emhardt, Moriarty, Mcnett & Henry LLP

20070016106 - Single puncture antegrade-retrograde endovascular sheath: The present invention provides a system for directing a first guidewire in a retrograde direction in a blood vessel and for directing a second guidewire in an antegrade direction in a blood vessel. The system includes a dual-lumen obturator having a first lumen leading to a first obturator opening and... Agent: Squire Sanders & Dempsey LLP

20070016105 - Wire torque apparatus, wire insertion devices, improved aneurysm clips and improved aneurysm clip applicators: Wire torque apparatus and methods for engaging a wire torque apparatus are disclosed. Wire insertion devices and methods for inserting a wire into a catheter are disclosed. An improved aneurysm clip utilizes non-metallic material. An improvement to an aneurysm clip applicator tool includes a power supply to power an electromagnet,... Agent: Lathrop & Gage Lc

20070016108 - Method for 3d visualization of vascular inserts in the human body using the c-arm: The invention relates to a method for 3D visualization of vascular inserts in the human body using C-arm radiography comprising: firstly recording a contrast-agent-free vessel system having a vascular insert of two series x-ray recordings with different angulations, secondly contrast-agent-based recording the same vessel system of two series x-ray recordings,... Agent: Siemens Corporation Intellectual Property Department

20070016107 - Surgical method and auxiliary device to correct penis curvature: The invention refers to a surgical method to correct penis curvature, as well as a method to determine the location of the main incision line, method to determine the geometrical distribution and size of forked ends of the main incision line and a method to determine dimensions of a defect,... Agent: David A. Guerra Internation Patent Group, LLC

20070016109 - Infant movement analysis system and infant movement analysis method: An imaging device 2 photographs an infant to output a motion picture of the infant as digital data, and an analyzing device 1 determines movement of at least one limb out of the four limbs of the infant from the motion picture of the infant photographed by the imaging device... Agent: Reed Smith, LLP Attn: Patent Records Department

  
01/11/2007 > 161 patent applications in 66 patent subcategories. USPTO class patent listing

20070010702 - Medical device with low magnetic susceptibility: An assembly that contains a medical device and biological material within which the medical device is disposed. The assembly has a direct or alternating current magnetic susceptibility within the range of from about plus 1×10−2 centimeter-gram-seconds to about minus 1×10−2 centimeter-gram-seconds.... Agent: Curatolo Sidoti Co., Lpa

20070010703 - Airfoam force-prevention medical transport mattress: A medical transport system and methods for assembling and using the medical transport system to reduce impacts and forces to a patient during transit. One embodiment of the medical transport system includes a support frame, an incubator and a transport mattress. The transport mattress includes memory foam on either or... Agent: Darby & Darby P.C.

20070010704 - Anti-stuttering device: A device for treating and reducing stuttering by utilizing auditory feedback. A bone conducting hearing aid apparatus is arranged to be attached to the skull bone of a user with a stuttering problem so that his ear canal is left free. A tactile component in the form of a vibrator... Agent: Venable LLP

20070010705 - Artificial insemination device for animals: An artificial micro-insemination device for animals is disclosed. The device has an elastic insemination sheath amassed in compressed state between the nozzle passage and the forward portion of center orifice of catheter tube, where the rear end of the elastic insemination sheath is secured to the front part of nozzle,... Agent: Rosenberg, Klein & Lee

20070010706 - Image capturing unit for electronic endoscope: An image capturing unit for an electronic endoscope is provided with a solid-state image capturing element having multiple boding wires arranged at peripheral positions on a front surface of the solid-state image capturing element, the bonding wires extending outward, an image capturing element holding frame in which the solid-state image... Agent: Greenblum & Bernstein, P.L.C

20070010707 - Magnetically actuated endoscope coupler: An endoscopic coupler by which the rotary and/or linear motion of an external ring is transferred via magnetic interaction of specially configured continuous plastic magnets to a lens resident in a hermetically sealed housing to effect focusing and/or zooming action of the lens without mechanically breaching the integrity of the... Agent: Francis J. Caufield

20070010708 - Instruments and methods for accessing an anatomic space: An anatomic space of the body, particularly the pericardial space, is accessed in a minimally invasive manner from a skin incision by an access instrument to facilitate visualization and introduction of devices or drugs or other materials, performance of medical and surgical procedures, and introducing and fixating a cardiac lead... Agent: James R. Keogh Medtronic, Inc.

20070010709 - Endoscopy capsule: An endoscopy capsule includes at least one magnetic element, interacting with an externally produced magnetic field, for the magnetic navigation of the endoscopy capsule. At least one gas reservoir is provided, via which at least one balloon is inflateable.... Agent: Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C

20070010710 - Biological imaging systems: The present invention includes a laparoscopic imaging apparatus including a housing mountable in a known relationship to a patient, an image capture element mounted with the housing, and an image control system connected to the image capture element. The image capture element is mounted with the housing such that when... Agent: V. Gerald Grafe, Esq.

20070010711 - Endoscope image pickup unit for picking up magnified images of an object, a focus adjustment apparatus and method, and a focus range check apparatus and method for the same: An endoscope image pickup unit is disclosed that captures magnified images of an object. An objective optical system of the image pickup unit includes, in order from the object side, a front lens group having positive refractive power and an aperture stop. Various conditions are satisfied so as to provide... Agent: Arnold International

20070010713 - Electronic endoscope apparatus: An electronic endoscope apparatus includes an endoscope light source unit for making illumination light from a light source incident on an incident end face of a light guide of a scope which is detachably connected to a processor, the endoscope light source unit being built in the processor; a main... Agent: Greenblum & Bernstein, P.L.C

20070010712 - Endoscope light source unit: An endoscope light source unit for making illumination light incident on an incident end face of a light guide connected thereto, includes an aperture device having aperture openings of different opening ratios, for selectively positioning one of the aperture openings between the incident end face of the light guide and... Agent: Greenblum & Bernstein, P.L.C

20070010714 - Endoscope light source unit: An endoscope light source unit includes an aperture device having aperture openings of different opening ratios, for selectively positioning one of the aperture openings between the incident end of a light guide and a light source; a driving device for moving the aperture device; an index detection device for detecting... Agent: Greenblum & Bernstein, P.L.C

20070010715 - Tissue retractor and method for using the retractor: A retractor for manipulating an object includes a body having proximal and distal ends, a retraction device, and an actuation device. The retraction device has a head connected to the distal end of the body, substantially rigid needles, and an actuator. The head has a pivot. The needles are pivotally... Agent: Gregory L. Mayback, P.A.

20070010716 - Surgical access device, system, and methods of use: A surgical access device can include a plurality of retractor members that together define a lumen having a first cross-sectional dimension. Each of the plurality of retractor members can be moved radially outward to at least a second cross-sectional dimension to create a surgical access passage. The surgical access device,... Agent: Kilpatrick Stockton LLP - 55461

20070010721 - Apparatus and system of internet-enabled wireless medical sensor scale: An Internet-Enabled Wireless Medical Sensor Scale System comprising of a) a plurality of Wireless Medical Sensor Scale Apparatus 1000 that can be placed any location where a wireless communication network is reachable and consists of a system processing unit 100 including microcontroller 110, system memory 120, flush memory 130 and... Agent: Thomas C. H. Chen

20070010722 - Apparatus, method and computer program product for determining respiratory condition: An apparatus for determining a respiratory condition includes a breath sound measuring unit 111 measuring a breath sound passing through a subject's airway by a breathing; a frequency converting unit 132 converting a frequency on the breath sound to obtain a frequency spectrum; a respiratory synchronous component extracting unit 134... Agent: C. Irvin Mcclelland Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland, Maier & Neustadt, P.C.

20070010718 - Medical alert wear: A method of providing medical alerts that are wearable, including the steps of providing a disposable wearable bracelet and printing on the bracelet an individual wearer's medical condition and the risk factors associated with the wearer's condition.... Agent: Krieg Devault LLP

20070010717 - Methods of performing procedures in the spine: Disclosed are methods of accessing and treating the spine, while minimizing trauma to surrounding tissue. A device is introduced through tissue, to an access point on the spine. The device is thereafter advanced axially within the spine, from the access point across a treatment zone. In one application, the access... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

20070010720 - Non-parametric modeling apparatus and method for classification, especially of activity state: The activity state classification method of the present invention employs a kernel-based modeling technique, and more specifically a set of similarity-based models, which have been created using example data, to process an input observation or set of input observations, each comprising a set of sensor readings or “features” derived there... Agent: Fitch Even Tabin And Flannery

20070010719 - Remote access to healthcare device diagnostic information: A method and system for remote diagnostic monitoring of a healthcare device, for example, a patient support system. The system includes a communication device configured to transmit sensor data received from a sensor system coupled to the patient support system and configured to generate sensor data relating to diagnostic information... Agent: Barnes & Thornburg LLP

20070010724 - Apparatus and system for collection and storage of vital signs medical information and methods related thereto: Featured is an apparatus for the collection and storage of patient vital sign information as well as systems and methods related thereto. Such a collection and storage apparatus of the present invention forms a workstation that is configured and arranged so as to be capable of acquiring one or more... Agent: Edwards & Angell, LLP

20070010723 - Determination of the clinical state of a subject: The invention relates to the determination of the clinical state of a subject. A respective adaptive transform is applied to at least one measurement signal acquired from the subject, each adaptive transform being dependent on previously acquired history data, and a diagnostic index is formed, which is dependent on the... Agent: Andrus, Sceales, Starke & Sawall, LLP

20070010725 - Localizing device for ventriculostomy: A localizing apparatus includes a frame, a linear reference marker, and a target marker. The frame includes a first portion fixable to a first anatomical reference point. The linear reference marker is rotatable about the first anatomical reference point to align a second anatomical reference point with the first anatomical... Agent: Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP Attn:IPDepartment Docket Clerk

20070010726 - Internal biochemical sensing device: A biosensing device for detecting biological analytes, and methods of use and manufacture, are disclosed. The device includes a biosensing element that can remain implanted for extended periods of time. The biosensing element is connected to an optical fiber terminating outside of the body. The optical fiber is also connected... Agent: Mcdermott Will & Emery, LLP 34th Floor

20070010727 - Catheter head: The present invention relates to a catheter head comprising: means (104, 108; 306, 304; 320, 322; 326; 338) for directing of radiation to a blood detection volume (220, 310), means (104, 108; 306, 304; 320; 322; 326; 332, 334, 330; 338) for receiving of return radiation from the blood detection... Agent: Philips Intellectual Property & Standards

20070010728 - System for monitoring and calculating integrated tissue ph: A system for monitoring tissue pH calculates and displays integrated pH values over one or more user-selectable integration time periods. The values can be displayed in a numerical and/or graphical format. In the graphical format, measured values of pH are displayed as curves. A cursor can be positioned along the... Agent: Terumo Cardiovascular Systerms Corporation Attn: Gael Diane Tisack

20070010729 - Electrode for obtaining a biopotential signal: An electrode for obtaining a biopotential signal from the skin of a subject. The electrode comprises an adhesive element, an electrode body, an electrically conductive electrode pad, a sponge element, soaked with conductive gel, and means for skin abrasion. The means for skin abrasion comprises abrasion elements forming an integrated... Agent: Andrus, Sceales, Starke & Sawall, LLP

20070010730 - Method of testing a surgical system: A method for direct indication of the IOP level without requiring an additional pressure transducer being introduced into the irrigation path. The method of the present invention estimates resistance ratio for a particular setup, and thus does not assume a typical value; the estimation is performed in a pre-operational configuration... Agent: Alcon

20070010731 - Highly constrained image reconstruction method: An image reconstruction method includes reconstructing a composite image of a subject using a conventional reconstruction method. The composite image employs the best information available regarding the subject of the scan and this information is used to constrain the reconstruction of highly undersampled image frames. An image frame is reconstructed... Agent: Quarles & Brady LLP

20070010733 - Method and apparatus for digital quadrature lock-in detection in magnetic resonance: A method and apparatus for digital quadrature lock-in detection capable of receiving magnetic resonance signals or electron spin resonance signals at high sensitivity. The method starts with digitizing a signal wave consisting of a magnetic resonance or electron spin resonance signal. The digitized signal wave is multiplied by digitized reference... Agent: The Webb Law Firm, P.C.

20070010732 - Method for measuring neurovascular uncoupling in fmri: Neurovascular uncoupling that causes fMRI data to underestimate viable neuronal activity in the brain is detected and indicated to assist in pre-surgical planning. Tasks associated with the cortical region in question are performed while the fMRI measurement of brain activity is measured and the same tasks are performed while task... Agent: Quarles & Brady LLP

20070010734 - Electromagnetic resonant circuit sleeve for implantable medical device: A medical device enables effective magnetic resonance imaging inside a lumen of a medical device. The medical device includes a plurality of conductive traces formed on a substrate. The conductive traces form an inductive-capacitance circuit or a resistive-inductive-capacitance circuit. The inductive-capacitance circuit or resistive-inductive-capacitance circuit is tuned to a frequency... Agent: Basch & Nickerson LLP

20070010735 - Electromagnetic resonant circuit sleeve for implantable medical device: A medical device enables effective magnetic resonance imaging inside a lumen of a medical device. The medical device includes a plurality of conductive traces formed on a substrate. The conductive traces form an inductive-capacitance circuit or a resistive-inductive-capacitance circuit. The inductive-capacitance circuit or resistive-inductive-capacitance circuit is tuned to a frequency... Agent: Basch & Nickerson LLP

20070010736 - Electromagnetic resonant circuit sleeve for implantable medical device: A medical device enables effective magnetic resonance imaging inside a lumen of a medical device. The medical device includes a plurality of conductive traces formed on a substrate. The conductive traces form an inductive-capacitance circuit or a resistive-inductive-capacitance circuit. The inductive-capacitance circuit or resistive-inductive-capacitance circuit is tuned to a frequency... Agent: Basch & Nickerson LLP

20070010737 - Method for simulation of an electric stimulation in an mr imaging system: A novel method is described for simulation of an electric stimulation of the nerve system subject to the rate of change of gradient fields. A gradient signal is filtered and a stimulation signal is derived, which is compared with a predetermined stimulation threshold value. An indicator signal is generated if... Agent: Philips Intellectual Property & Standards

20070010738 - Surgical site marker delivery system: A site marker delivery system is provided that may be used in combination with a tissue cutting device for marking a biopsy site. The system includes a tube attached to a hub. A push-rod is slidably disposed within the lumen of the tube. The push-rod is advanced forward through the... Agent: Rader, Fishman & Grauer PLLC

20070010739 - Electromagnetic resonant circuit sleeve for implantable medical device: A medical device enables effective magnetic resonance imaging inside a lumen of a medical device. The medical device includes a plurality of conductive traces formed on a substrate. The conductive traces form an inductive-capacitance circuit or a resistive-inductive-capacitance circuit. The inductive-capacitance circuit or resistive-inductive-capacitance circuit is tuned to a frequency... Agent: Basch & Nickerson LLP

20070010740 - Electromagnetic resonant circuit sleeve for implantable medical device: A medical device enables effective magnetic resonance imaging inside a lumen of a medical device. The medical device includes a plurality of conductive traces formed on a substrate. The conductive traces form an inductive-capacitance circuit or a resistive-inductive-capacitance circuit. The inductive-capacitance circuit or resistive-inductive-capacitance circuit is tuned to a frequency... Agent: Basch & Nickerson LLP

20070010741 - Electromagnetic resonant circuit sleeve for implantable medical device: A medical device enables effective magnetic resonance imaging inside a lumen of a medical device. The medical device includes a plurality of conductive traces formed on a substrate. The conductive traces form an inductive-capacitance circuit or a resistive-inductive-capacitance circuit. The inductive-capacitance circuit or resistive-inductive-capacitance circuit is tuned to a frequency... Agent: Basch & Nickerson LLP

20070010742 - Method and system for determining contact along a surface of an ultrasound probe: A method and system for determining contact along a surface of an ultrasound probe are provided. The method includes frequency analyzing ultrasound signals received by the ultrasound probe and displaying indicators of acoustic contact of the ultrasound probe with an object based on the frequency analysis.... Agent: The Small Patent Law Group LLP

20070010745 - Mechanism for ergonomic positioning of a control panel for a diagnostic ultrasound system: A diagnostic ultrasound system having an ergonomic positioning mechanism is provided. The ergonomic positioning mechanism includes a table for supporting a control panel used to provide input to the ultrasound system. The table is adapted to be rotatable and translatable such that a user can position the table and control... Agent: Siemens Corporation Intellectual Property Department

20070010743 - Reference image display method for ultrasonography and ultrasonograph: An ultrasonic image 105, 106 is captured by an ultrasonic probe 104. A reference image 111 is obtained by extracting a tomographic image corresponding to the scan plane of the ultrasonic image from volume image data that is pre-obtained by a diagnostic imaging apparatus 102 and that is stored in... Agent: Antonelli, Terry, Stout & Kraus, LLP

20070010744 - Ultrasonographic device: A small ultrasound diagnostic device is provided at a low cost that enables the appropriate control by a single power supply unit so as to give a predetermined transmission power to a driving waveform different for each mode without excess or deficiency and without affecting properties of the driving waveform.... Agent: Hamre, Schumann, Mueller & Larson P.C.

20070010746 - Treatment of age-related macular degeneration: Age-related macular degeneration is treated by radiation delivered from a miniature x-ray tube inserted via a catheter around the globe of the eye, to a position behind the macula. The process can employ an applicator with several parallel guides, inserted around the eye to receive the catheter with x-ray tube... Agent: Thomas M. Freiburger

20070010747 - Methods and systems for acquiring ultrasound image data: Methods and systems for acquiring ultrasound image information are provided. The method includes receiving compounding image information from an ultrasound system, receiving color flow image information from the ultrasound system, and processing the received compounding image information and color flow image information to generate a compounded ultrasound image in combination... Agent: The Small Patent Law Group LLP

20070010748 - Ambulatory monitors: An apparatus for recording physiological data from an ambulatory subject. The apparatus includes a sensor circuit configured to detect input analog signals including input analog signals resulting from eye movement of the ambulatory subject, and a signal processing circuit, in communication with the sensor circuit, configured to receive the input... Agent: Fish & Richardson PC

20070010749 - Diagnostic device and the method using the same: A diagnostic device for measuring pulse waves from an upper arm is provided. The device includes a cuff, a sensor, and a processing circuit. The cuff provides continuously a pressure to arteries of the upper arm. Then the sensor measures a plurality of pulse waves from an upper arm in... Agent: Birch Stewart Kolasch & Birch

20070010750 - Biometric sensor and biometric method: A living body measuring sensor (1) is made to contact a body surface of a measuring subject through capacitance coupling using a cloth (6) between a metal electrode (2) and the body surface as the capacitance, a living body electric signal is extracted from the metal electrode (2), and an... Agent: Ditthavong & Mori, P.C.

20070010751 - A method for determining a right intensity of fitness level: An aspect of the present invention is related to a method for determining a right intensity for fitness level or exercise stress that includes a first step of inspection a first change of amplitudes of a first heart sound with regard to a second change of intensities of exercise stress,... Agent: Oliff & Berridge, PLC

20070010752 - System and method for analysing the p-wave of an ecg-signal: The invention relates to a method, to a system and to a computer program product for the cardiac analysis. The method comprises steps for acquiring the ECG-signal in the form of vectorcardiography, detecting wave from the EGG-signal by a template method and calculating the parameter values of the P-wave preferably... Agent: Venable LLP

20070010753 - Multi-color overlay system for processing and displaying electrocardiac signals: In one aspect, a method for displaying closely proximate cardiac signals is provided and can include the steps of: (a) identifying one or more overlapping portions of a template signal and a data signal; (b) processing the overlapping portion so as to have a first color when displayed on a... Agent: Darby & Darby P.C.

20070010754 - Method for initiating occupant-assisted measures inside a vehicle: In the method for initiating occupant-assisted measures inside a vehicle, particularly a motor vehicle, cerebral-current signals of at least one vehicle occupant, particularly of the driver, are detected by a measurement technique. On the basis of the cerebral-current signals, the intention of the vehicle occupant is estimated or detected by... Agent: Birch Stewart Kolasch & Birch

20070010755 - Monitoring of the cerebral state of a subject: The invention relates to a method and apparatus for monitoring the cerebral state of a subject. At least one of a first and second parameters is derived from the physiological signal data obtained from the subject, wherein the first parameter is indicative of the sum of spectral values of the... Agent: Andrus, Sceales, Starke & Sawall, LLP

20070010756 - Patient monitoring during drug administration: The invention relates to a method and apparatus for monitoring a patient during drug administration. In the monitoring process, at least one state index indicative of the clinical state of the patient is determined based on physiological signal data obtained from the patient. In order to eliminate inconsistencies caused by... Agent: Andrus, Sceales, Starke & Sawall, LLP

20070010757 - Method and system for adaptive vision modification: Methods and systems for modifying or enhancing vision are described. In exemplary embodiments, neural or neuromuscular activity is analyzed to determine a focus or other quality of a visual input, and the focus or quality information used as a basis for controlling an adjustable lens system or optical system.... Agent: Searete LLC Clarence T. Tegreene

20070010758 - electroimpedance tomograph with common-mode signal suppression: An electroimpedance tomograph with a plurality of electrodes (1) is provided, which can be placed on the body of a patient and are connected via a selector switch (60) with a control and evaluating unit (20). The control and evaluating unit (20) cooperates with the selector switch (60) such that... Agent: Mcglew & Tuttle, PC

20070010759 - Organ rejection monitoring: The invention is directed to techniques for monitoring organ rejection. An implanted device monitors the impedance of the transplanted organ. When the impedance measurements indicate that the organ is being rejected, the device provides early warning of rejection.... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20070010760 - Binding and removal of contaminants and other chemical agents through novel enhanced carbon-based filtration methods, processes and products: With a carbon-based filtration system, binding and removal of contaminants and other chemicals is accomplished whereby breast milk may be substantially improved in terms of noxious chemicals and toxic elements reducing the likelihood of transferring body burdens in infants.... Agent: Greenberg Traurig LLP

20070010761 - Method and apparatus for verifying data measured by several means in real-time: The present invention relates to a method and an apparatus for verifying data measured by several means in real-time. In an urodynamics system according to the present invention, in the course of filling the bladder with a liquid through a liquid injecting lumen of a bladder inserting catheter inserted into... Agent: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP

20070010762 - Steerable guide wire with torsionally stable tip: A steerable guide wire includes a core wire having a proximal end and a distal end. A multi-filament bundle is affixed to the distal end of the core wire. An outer coil surrounds at least a portion of the core wire and the multi-filament bundle. A proximal end of the... Agent: O'melveny & Myers LLP

20070010763 - Wire guide advancement system: The medical device includes a secondary wire guide and an advancement device. The advancement device has a tubular portion with a distal opening and a proximal opening. An edge region of the tubular portion forms the distal opening. A primary wire guide extends through the tubular portion. The secondary wire... Agent: Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione/chicago/cook

  
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