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05/31/2007 > patent applications in patent subcategories. archived listing by USPTO class

20070123746 - Devices for minimally invasive pelvic surgery: Systems and methods employing a sling delivery assembly having a sling delivery device couplable to a sling assembly to deliver an implant through a transobturator incision point are disclosed. Successful coupling between the sling delivery device and the sling assembly can be verified through changes in an optical or electrical... Agent: Fish & NeaveIPGroup Ropes & Gray LLP

20070123747 - Method and apparatus for temporarily immobilizing a local area of tissue: The invention is a method and apparatus for performing beating heart surgery, in which a single articulating arm supports multiple suction pods. Once the suction pods are applied to the heart surface, tightening a cable fixes the arm in place. Then, the suction pods may be spread apart from each... Agent: James R. Keogh Medtronic, Inc.

20070123748 - Robot for minimally invasive interventions: The present invention relates to a miniature robotic device to be introduced, in the case of the heart, into the pericardium through a port, attach itself to the epicardial surface, and then, under the direct control of the user or physician, travel to the desired location for diagnosis or treatment.... Agent: Weingarten, Schurgin, Gagnebin & Lebovici LLP

20070123749 - Endoscope device: An endoscope device is proposed for dealing with an erroneous operation of a surgeon. An endoscope device has an endoscope and a processor, wherein the endoscope has a switch unit and the processor has a CPU and an operating panel. In the event that the CPU of the processor detects... Agent: Thomas Spinelli Scully, Scott, Murphy & Presser

20070123750 - Catheter apparatus and methods of using same: A catheter apparatus includes a catheter having an electroactive polymer inside. The electroactive polymer is configured to control either or both shape and/or direction of the catheter in a vessel as the electroactive polymer is electrically activated. The apparatus further includes a computer which may be denoted as a “control... Agent: General Electric Company Global Research

20070123751 - Endoscope with brightness adjustment function: An electronic endoscope has a video-scope with an image sensor, a light source that radiates illuminating-light on an object, and a brightness adjuster that maintains a brightness of an object image at a proper brightness on the basis of an amount of illuminating-light. The electronic endoscope has a brightness state... Agent: Greenblum & Bernstein, P.L.C

20070123752 - Ceramic fiber optic taper housing for medical devices: A system for transmitting the light required for a medical device is disclosed generally comprising an endoscope body, a light guide for transmitting light from a light source to the instrument body, where the light guide includes a bundle of optical fibers having a tapered portion, and a ceramic housing... Agent: St. Onge Steward Johnston & Reens, LLC

20070123753 - Surgical retractor with removable scissor arms: A retractor having interchangeable or replaceable blades facilitates the expansion of a surgical site below an incision in the skin, and establishes a work-through surgical space. The retractor includes a frame connected to two collar arms, a pair of blades connected to the collar arms, a sheath for encompassing the... Agent: Lerner, David, Littenberg, Krumholz & Mentlik

20070123757 - Neuropsychological assessment platform (npap) and method: A computerized system designed as a professional tool to administer psychological and neuropsychological tests to human subjects using multimedia technology to present and collect audiovisual and graphomotor response data, and continuously accumulate normative and clinical data in a centralized database that is remotely accessible via the internet. A set of... Agent: David Aker

20070123754 - Non-encumbering, substantially continuous patient daily activity data measurement for indication of patient condition change for access by remote caregiver: An apparatus in one example comprises a user wearable, non-encumbering, movement sensor and an analyzer. The user wearable, non-encumbering, movement sensor substantially continuously measures daily-activity data of a patient. The analyzer makes a determination from the daily-activity data of the patient that a change in condition of the patient has... Agent: General Electric Company Global Research

20070123755 - System and method for repetitive interval clinical evaluations: A healthcare tool allows a patient to record daily parameters associated with the patient's clinical status, for example, body weight for congestive heart failure patients. A graph may be created showing the parameters on a control chart. The parameters are statistically analyzed against a control range, and when a parameter... Agent: HulseyIPIntellectual Property Lawyers, P.C.

20070123756 - Vital information measuring device: A vital information measuring device includes: a flexible substrate including a functioning part which is mounted thereon; and an outer member for covering the flexible substrate. The functioning part has: a sensor section for sequentially measuring a parameter relating to certain vital information on a subject; a circuit section for... Agent: Sidley Austin LLP

20070123758 - Determination of sleep quality for neurological disorders: A device determines values for one or more metrics that indicate the quality of a patient's sleep based on sensed physiological parameter values. Sleep efficiency, sleep latency, and time spent in deeper sleep states are example sleep quality metrics for which values may be determined. The sleep quality metric values... Agent: Shumaker & Sieffert, P. A.

20070123759 - Method and apparatus for the non-invasive sensing of glucose in a human subject: An apparatus for a non-invasive sensing of biological analytes in a sample includes an optics system having at least one radiation source and at least one radiation detector; a measurement system operatively coupled to the optics system; a control/processing system operatively coupled to the measurement system and having an embedded... Agent: The Webb Law Firm, P.C.

20070123760 - Signal transmitter and control circuit for a physiological variable: For detecting and processing a physiological variable, a signal transmitter has devices for processing, using, and/or providing signals, which are generated from measurement values of the physiological variable. In accordance with a sequence control approach, the measurement values are acquired from the detection of electromagnetic waves of different wavelengths. Before... Agent: Friedrich Kueffner

20070123761 - Extended focal region measuring apparatus and method: A method and apparatus for measuring an apparent depth of a section of an animal body are disclosed. Light is focused concurrently to an extended focal region comprising a plurality or continuum of measurement locations. Light reflected by a refractive index interface coincident with one of the plurality of measurement... Agent: Barry W Chapin Chapin Intellectual Property Law

20070123762 - Non-invasive spectroscopy of mammalian tissues: In the spectrometric device of this invention the objective lens and diffraction grating are replaced with a spectral imaging apparatus on electrically switchable color filter technology. The spectrometric device includes wavelength filter means as the spectral imaging apparatus for transmitting or reflecting wavelengths of light, light intensity sensor means arranged... Agent: Harrington & Smith, PC

20070123763 - Optical sensor including disposable and reusable elements: An embodiment of the present disclosure provides a noninvasive optical sensor or probe including disposable and reusable components. The assembly of the disposable and reusable components is straightforward, along with the disassembly thereof. During application to a measurement site, the assembled sensor is advantageously secured together while the componentry is... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

20070123764 - Systems and methods for assessing tissue contact: Systems and methods are disclosed for assessing tissue contact, e.g., for mapping tissue ablation or other procedures. An exemplary tissue contact sensing system comprises a flexible tip device. At least one piezoelectric sensor is housed within the flexible tip device. The at least one piezoelectric sensor is responsive to contact... Agent: Sjm/afd - Trenner

20070123765 - Modular multichannel microelectrode array and methods of making same: Some embodiments of the invention comprise a customizable multichannel microelectrode array with a modular planar microfabricated electrode array attached to a carrier and a high density of recording and/or stimulation electrode sites disposed thereon. Novel methods of making and using same are also disclosed.... Agent: Rader, Fishman & Grauer PLLC

20070123766 - Microelectrode systems for neuro-stimulation and neuro-sensing and microchip packaging and related methods: Microelectrode assemblies and related methods are disclosed for bio-stimulating and/or bio-sensing a target tissue. The assemblies can include a two-side substrate, an array of microelectrodes, each of the microelectrodes including a nano-wire embedded within the substrate and extending from a proximal end to a distal end and through the substrate,... Agent: Mcdermott Will & Emery LLP

20070123767 - Intraocular pressure sensor and method of use: A method for measuring an intraocular pressure within an eye has several steps. An intraocular pressure sensor that is adapted to be implanted intrasclerally is provided. An incision is cut through a scleral layer of the eye. The scleral layer is lifted with a grasping tool. The intraocular pressure sensor... Agent: Law Offices Of Eric Karich

20070123768 - Ophthalmic instruments, systems and methods especially adapted for conducting simultaneous tonometry and pachymetry measurements: Ophthalmic instruments, systems and methods enable tonometry and pachymetry measurements to be conducted simultaneously. As such, a patient's intraocular pressure (IOP) corrected for corneal thickness may be determined accurately by a single corneal applanation. Preferably, the ophthalmic instruments have a reference surface at a distal end of the instrument, an... Agent: Nixon & Vanderhye, PC

20070123769 - Tonometer-pachymeter apparatus for measurement of intraocular pressure: An apparatus for determining intraocular pressure includes a transducer assembly containing an applanation tonometer for the determination of a cornea applanation pressure and an ultrasonic pachymeter to determine the thickness of the cornea at the site of applanation. The assembly has a tip end which includes an applanation surface and... Agent: Drinker Biddle & Reath Attn: Intellectual Property Group

20070123772 - Medication compliance system and associated methods: A system for monitoring medication compliance in a patient includes an electronic pill that includes a drug-transporting device and an antenna positioned on a surface of the drug-transporting device. A detector is positionable external a gastrointestinal tract of a patient for detecting a presence of the antenna in the patient... Agent: Jacqueline E. Hartt, Ph.d Allen, Dyer, Doppelt, Milbrath & Gilchrist, P.A.

20070123770 - System for detecting fluid changes and sensoring devices therefor: A sensor device for detecting a change in the level of fluid within tissue of a body includes: a housing having a plurality of bridge segments, the bridge segments connecting at intersections and being arranged to circumscribe an opening defined by the housing; and a plurality of antenna elements at... Agent: Gregory L Bradley Medrad Inc

20070123771 - Three-dimensional co-registration between intravascular and angiographic data: A method and appertaining system permit a co-registration between points in a three-dimensional model of a vessel and vascular images obtained by an imaging catheter within the vessel at the respective points. The three-dimensional model is created by utilizing information from at least two external two-dimensional images produced by, e.g.,... Agent: Schiff Hardin, LLP Patent Department

20070123773 - Method and apparatus for classifying tissue using image data: Disclosed is a technique for classifying tissue based on image data. A plurality of tissue parameters are extracted from image data (e.g., magnetic resonance image data) to be classified. The parameters are preprocessed, and the tissue is classified using a classification algorithm and the preprocessed parameters. In one embodiment, the... Agent: Siemens Corporation Intellectual Property Department

20070123774 - Suction fixing device: A suction fixing device to be fixed to an organic base includes at least one low-pressure casing, at least one attachment device operative to apply a low pressure to the surface of said organic base; and a holding device operative to secure the fixing device to the organic base. The... Agent: Don W. Bulson (brainlab)

20070123775 - Method and device for monitoring infusions: A method and a device for monitoring infusions at a patient is provided with a dispensing unit (2) for the infusion solution, a labeling substance (3) supplied additionally into the infusion solution by means of a dispensing unit or a drug and with a sensor (5) responding specifically to a... Agent: Mcglew & Tuttle, PC

20070123778 - Bladder measurement: A measuring device, comprising, (a) an ultrasonic acoustic transceiver unit capable of sending and receiving acoustic signals into the body of a patient; (b) frequency modulating circuitry which drives said transceiver unit with a signal whose frequency varies with time; and (c) processing circuitry which extracts an indication of a... Agent: Wolf, Block, Schorr & Solis-cohen LLP

20070123777 - Ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus: An ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus includes a transmission unit that transmits at least one ultrasonic pulse from a surface of a skin of a subject toward a blood vessel (21) thereof, a reception unit (3) that receives an ultrasonic echo reflected by the blood vessel and converts the same into an... Agent: Hamre, Schumann, Mueller & Larson P.C.

20070123776 - Ultrasonic probing device with distributed sensing elements: A probing device for insertion into a duct to determine local parameters associated with the physical structure the duct at a selected region of the duct, and in particular variations in the physical structure along a predetermined length of interest. The probing device comprises: at least one of a plurality... Agent: Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer, LLP

20070123779 - System and method for measuring blood viscosity: A technique is provided for computing or monitoring blood viscosity. The technique includes measuring a cross sectional area of a arterial segment and a volumetric flow rate of blood flowing through the arterial segment at two or more locations, estimating a compliance transfer function from blood measurements to scale the... Agent: General Electric Company Global Research

20070123780 - Low-frequency focus ultrasound-generating device for tumor treatment using ultrasound irradiation microbubble agent: The invention relates to a low-frequency focus ultrasound-generating device and its application in clinical physical therapy to cause embolism of new blood vessels of tumor. The device comprises a hand grip, an ultrasound output, a half-ellipsoid reflector, and a water sack. The half-ellipsoid reflector is disposed on the forward end... Agent: Trask Britt

20070123782 - On-site healthcare diagnostic device: A on-site healthcare diagnostic device containing a blood pressure monitor and one or more test strip readers, such as a blood sugar or cholesterol test strip reader. The on-site device may be deployed as a special purpose unit or through accessories used in connection with a general purpose computer. In... Agent: Mehrman Law Office, P.C.

20070123781 - Surgical anastomosis leak detection system: A system for evaluating the integrity of an anastomosis includes a pressure source having a fluid conduit for insertion in the body and a sensor for measuring the rate of pressure decay of a predetermined amount of pressure supplied adjacent the anastomosis site.... Agent: Carter, Deluca, Farrell & Schmidt, LLP

20070123783 - Simplified physiological measurement device: A simplified physiological measurement device utilizes a general port to receive power from an external electronic device and to transmit the signals obtained from physiological measurements to the external electronic device for calculation and display. Thereby, the mechanisms and electronic elements of the physiological measurement device can be obviously simplified,... Agent: Rosenberg, Klein & Lee

20070123784 - Method of controlling blood pressure cuff deflation: A method of operating a non-invasive blood pressure (NIBP) monitor that includes a blood pressure cuff and a pressure transducer. The method initially inflates the blood pressure cuff to a level above systolic pressure and begins to deflate the pressure cuff using a continuous or linear deflation technique. During the... Agent: Andrus, Sceales, Starke & Sawall, LLP

20070123785 - Method and system of measuring blood circulation velocity: A system and method of measuring blood circulation velocity includes the steps of keeping a person measured by a blood oxygen saturation analytical instrument and served by a ventilator; setting an initial time point, providing a first gas to the person via the ventilator, and starting to record a blood... Agent: Hdsl

20070123786 - Portable programmer for providing patient status information: A method and apparatus concerning the retrieval and storage of status information obtained from patients having implantable medical devices (IMDs). When patients are having episodes during which symptoms are experienced relating to their medical condition, the collection of the patient's status information can be helpful to the patient's physician for... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20070123787 - Pulse wave data analyzing method, system, and program product: There is provided a pulse wave data analyzing method for extracting vital information out of pulse wave data concerning a living body. The method comprises a noise removal step of: detecting bottom values and peak values along a time axis in a time-series manner out of pulse wave data obtained... Agent: Sidley Austin LLP

20070123788 - Method and apparatus for post-processing of episodes detected by a medical device: A method and system for post-processing of sensing data associated with identification of a cardiac event by a medical device that includes transmitting a plurality of stored sensing data generated by the medical device to an access device, the stored sensing data including sensed atrial events and sensed ventricular events.... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20070123789 - Method and apparatus for post-processing of episodes detected by a medical device: A method and system for determining undersensing during post-processing of sensing data generated by a medical device that includes transmitting a plurality of stored sensing data generated by the medical device to an access device, the stored sensing data including sensed atrial events and sensed ventricular events. The access device... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20070123790 - Method and apparatus for post-processing of episodes detected by a medical device: A method and system of post-processing of sensing data generated by a medical device that includes transmitting a plurality of stored sensing data generated by the medical device to an access device, the stored sensing data including sensed atrial events and sensed ventricular events. The access device determines, in response... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20070123791 - Identification of disease characteristics using isotope ratios in breath: Methods are disclosed for distinguishing whether an animal is experiencing a bacterial infection or a viral infection. One monitors breath taken from the animal over time to measure the relative amount of a first breath stable isotope to a second breath stable isotope therein over time. A quick change in... Agent: Quarles & Brady LLP

20070123792 - System and method for determining airway obstruction: A method and system for detecting the presence of restriction to expired airflow in humans or animals by analyzing the expired capnogram and oxygram, as well as the geometric analysis of the real-time plot of the waveform that depicts the instantaneous ratio of CO2 to O2 (the carboxygram ratio). Airway... Agent: Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC

20070123793 - Apparatus for evaluating a patient's laryngeal cough reflex and associated methods: An apparatus and method for evaluating a patient's laryngeal cough reflex function includes a nebulizer capable of being actuated to atomize a cough-inducing substance, a switch associated with the nebulizer, the switch responsive to actuation of the nebulizer, and a connection between the switch and an EMG machine to thereby... Agent: Allen, Dyer, Doppelt, Milbrath & Gilchrist P.A.

20070123794 - Biological information acquisition and presentation kit, and pupillary diameter measurement kit: The invention relates to a biological information acquisition and presentation kit that enables a general able-bodied person or subject to measure the subject's own biological or emotional index in a ready way. The kit 1 is characterized by comprising a positioning means capable of being positioned on an axial focus... Agent: Kenyon & Kenyon Suite 700

20070123795 - Device for determining acoustically evoked brain potentials: The invention relates to a device for determining acoustically evoked brain potentials in brainstem audiometry from electrodes applied to the head of a subject, where the device comprises a plurality of electrodes, i.e. at least one pickup electrode and a reference electrode, to be applied at different points of the... Agent: Dykema Gossett PLLC

20070123796 - Method and apparatus for monitoring intra ocular and intra cranial pressure: A method and apparatus for measuring acoustic energy applied to the head to detect increases in intracranial pressure. Acoustic eye patches are applied to a patient's eye or eyelid, and an ultrasonic sweep generator applies an acoustic signal across the patient's skull, the signal being swept across a predetermined range.... Agent: Whitham, Curtis & Christofferson & Cook, P.C.

20070123797 - Automated biopsy and delivery device: An automated device and method for obtaining a tissue biopsy and the delivery of a material to provide hemostatis, therapeutic agents or marker material is described that can be used in conjunction with a cutting needle biopsy device. The device has an outer casing, a power source, a drive mechanism,... Agent: Parker Intellectual Property Law Office

20070123798 - Contamination protection device and method for use: A multi-purpose contamination protection device includes a first generally tubular member defining a lumen therethrough having a distal opening, and a second generally tubular member capable of selectively assuming a first disposition in generally overlaying and proximal relationship with respect to at least a part of said first tubular member... Agent: Browdy And Neimark, P.l.l.c. 624 Ninth Street, Nw

20070123799 - Method and kit for biopsying of pancreatic tumor masses: A method and kit for biopsying of the pancreas is disclosed. The biopsy is laparoscopic with a gastroscope. The method is more economic and safer than standard procedures.... Agent: Ian C. Mcleod Ian C. Mcleod, P.C.

20070123800 - Endoscopic submucosal core biopsy device: An instrument for collecting body tissue includes a tubular cutting member having an exterior surface, a proximal end, and a distal end capable of penetrating body tissue; and a flexible cutting extension coaxially and slidably disposed around the exterior surface of the cutting member, the flexible cutting extensions having a... Agent: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP

20070123803 - Blood sensor, blood testing apparatus, and method for controlling blood testing apparatus: A blood sensor comprises a base (12), a detection part (16) disposed on the base (12), a blood collection needle (13) disposed at a front end (12a) of the base (12), a negative pressure generation part (17) for applying negative pressure to a portion of the blood collection needle (13),... Agent: Wenderoth, Lind & Ponack L.L.P.

20070123802 - Methods and apparatus for an analyte detecting device: In one embodiment according to the present invention, a device is provided comprising a cartridge having a plurality of cavities. The device may include a plurality of penetrating members at least partially contained in the cavities of the single cartridge wherein the penetrating members are slidably movable to extend outward... Agent: Heller Ehrman LLP

20070123801 - Wearable, programmable automated blood testing system: The present invention is a programmable, automated device for the measurement and analysis of blood analytes and blood parameters. The device components are combined in a single apparatus and either programmed to initiate automatic, periodic blood sampling or initiate automatic blood sampling via operator input. The device operates automatically to... Agent: Patentmetrix

20070123804 - Articulating steerable wire guide: A steerable wire guide comprises first and second members interconnected to form a unitary composite structure. The members slide relative to each other such that the leading portion of the composite structure bends in a first or second direction. The composite structure comprises a soft body portion at its distal... Agent: Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione/chicago/cook

20070123805 - Elongated intracorporal medical device: Alternative designs, materials and manufacturing methods for guidewires. Some embodiments pertain to a composite guidewire having proximal and distal section, and a connector adapted and configured for permanently joining the proximal section to the distal section. In some embodiments, at least one of the sections is made of a linear-elastic... Agent: Crompton, Seager & Tufte, LLC

20070123806 - Stride-monitoring device: A stride monitoring device that can be used particularly for sports applications and that includes a pair of shoes, one of which includes at least one magnetic mass, and the other includes at least a measurement device to make at least one measurement, and a processor for processing of the... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland, Maier & Neustadt, P.C.

05/24/2007 > patent applications in patent subcategories. archived listing by USPTO class

20070118009 - Method for controlling the application of ionizing radiation to a body: To implement a method for controlling the application of ionizing radiation to a body, provision is made for an instrument, which can apply therapeutic radiation sources to a body, with a part of a locating system being provided to locate the position of the therapeutic radiation sources on an instrument... Agent: Siemens Corporation Intellectual Property Department

20070118010 - Methods and apparatus for intraocular brachytherapy: Methods and apparatus for intraocular brachytherapy are disclosed in which a cannula is introduced into the eye for delivery of radiation to a target tissue. Techniques for properly locating the cannula with respect to the target tissue, for protecting non-target tissue, for regulating heat generated by x-ray emitters, and for... Agent: Cook, Alex, Mcfarron, Manzo, Cummings & Mehler Ltd

20070118011 - In the ear auxiliary microphone system for behind the ear hearing prosthetic: An In The Ear (ITE) microphone improves the acoustic response of a Behind The Ear (BTE) Implantable Cochlear Stimulation (ICS) system during telephone use. An acoustic seal provided by holding a telephone earpiece against the ear provides improved coupling of low frequency (up to about 1 KHz) sound waves, sufficient... Agent: Advanced Bionics Corporation

20070118012 - Method of assembling an in-vivo imaging device: An in-vivo imaging device having a closed housing containing internal components including two optical heads located on rigid portions of a circuit board connected by a flexible portion. The housing consists of a connecting sleeve located between two domes. The in-vivo imaging device is assembled by positioning at least part... Agent: Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer, LLP

20070118013 - Endoscope and method for repairing the same: Distal ends of the LG fiber bundles are held in a state of being inclined outwardly with respect to an insertion direction of the distal end rigid portion, an observation hole for holding the image-pickup unit is formed at the distal end rigid portion, illumination holes for holding the distal... Agent: Thomas Spinelli Scully, Scott, Murphy & Presser

20070118014 - Endoscope: An endoscope comprises a shaft with an outer tube and with an inner tube extending inside the latter, the outer and inner tubes being radially spaced apart from one another such that they form between them an axially extending channel, which provides space for receiving a light guide. An intermediate... Agent: St. Onge Steward Johnston & Reens, LLC

20070118015 - Catheter introducer system for exploration of body cavities: A self propelling catheter introducer system for exploring a body cavity is disclosed which includes a flexible tubular catheter, an everting tube and a steering section located near the distal end of the catheter that is introduced in a body cavity. The steering section is adapted for pointing the distal... Agent: Kenyon & Kenyon LLP

20070118016 - Endoskop, insbesondere duodenoskop fur die mutter-baby-cholangioskopie: An endoscope, in particular a duodenoscope, for mother-baby cholangioscopy, having a working canal that runs in or on a shaft of the endoscope and includes an outlet opening distally on the endoscope head, so that the working canal includes at least a first insertion opening, which lies in an area... Agent: St. Onge Steward Johnston & Reens, LLC

20070118017 - In-vivo image acquiring apparatus, receiving apparatus, and in-vivo information acquiring system: An object of the present invention is to enable a receiving side to easily recognize which of imaging devices has picked up received image data. A capsule endoscope (one example of the in-vivo image acquiring apparatus) of the present invention is swallowed by a subject, and picks up images of... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20070118018 - In-vivo imaging device and optical system thereof: The present invention provides an in-vivo imaging device comprising at least one imager and an associated optical system, at least the optical system located in an optical dome of the imaging device, the optical dome having a tip, the optical system comprising an optical lens, the optical system having a... Agent: Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer, LLP

20070118019 - Electronic endoscope: A tip portion main body provided on the tip of the insertion portion has an erecting device disposed in the vicinity of the channel tip opening, capable of changing the protruding direction of the treatment tool, a solid-state image-capturing device, an objective optical system, having a predetermined field of view... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20070118020 - Endoscope and methods of producing and repairing thereof: An endoscope includes an illumination lens which is fitted in a frame while a distal end face of the illumination lens is exposed, the frame being arranged in an insertion portion distal end, a bonded portion in an outer periphery of the illumination lens being fixed to an inner periphery... Agent: Ostrolenk Faber Gerb & Soffen

20070118021 - Anatomical cavity implant transport device and method: This invention describes a device and method for inserting a large diameter object into a blood filled, pressurized cavity in the body without applying undue trauma to the object as it passes through the device and without loosing significant amounts of blood. The invention comprises the following elements: three rigid... Agent: James L. Pokorney

20070118023 - Devices and methods for percutaneous tissue retraction and surgery: Methods and devices for performing percutaneous surgery in a patient are provided. A retractor includes a working channel formed by a first portion coupled to a second portion. The first and second portions are movable relative to one another from an unexpanded configuration to an expanded configuration to increase the... Agent: Krieg Devault LLP

20070118022 - Retractor and methods of use: Embodiments of the present invention are directed toward a retractor which may include a housing, at least one blade holder configured to be slidably coupled to the housing, and an actuator handle configured to control sliding movement of the at least one blade holder. The at least one blade holder... Agent: Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky & Popeo

20070118026 - Apparatus, system, and method for lighting control, and computer program product: A detecting unit detects a sleep state of a user. If the user is awakened halfway through his/her sleep, a control unit controls a lighting device to irradiate a light in a waveband with relatively small melatonin-production suppression effect.... Agent: Amin, Turocy & Calvin, LLP

20070118024 - Iterative vascular identification: Certain embodiments of the present invention provide a method for identifying vascular structure in an image including: receiving at least one image including a vascular network; identifying at least one seed point corresponding to the vascular network; identifying automatically at least a portion of the vascular network to form an... Agent: Mcandrews Held & Malloy, Ltd

20070118025 - Patient monitor: A patient monitor comprising a display means and a parameter connection unit, the parameter connection unit comprising parameter connectors for connecting cables from a patient to the patient monitor. The parameter connection unit is turnably pivoted to the display means.... Agent: General Electric Co. Global Patent Operation

20070118027 - Method for evaluating extracellular water concentration in tissue: The present disclosure provides systems, devices, and/or methods for assessing body fluid-related metrics and/or changes therein. The disclosure further provides systems, devices, and/or methods for correlating body fluid-related metrics in a particular tissue with the corresponding whole-body metric. The disclosure also provides, systems, devices, and/or methods for assessment of such... Agent: Nellcor Puritan Bennett LLC C/o Fletcher Yoder PC

20070118028 - Pulse wave analyzing device: A pulse wave analyzing device is provided with a performance part for performing analyzing of a pulse wave of a living body; and a mounting member for substantially integrally mounting constituent elements of the performance part. The performance part includes: a sensor section for measuring parameters relating to the pulse... Agent: Sidley Austin LLP

20070118029 - Soc-ox: This invention consists of a sock, a sending unit, a receiving unit, a sensor light, and a line that can be connected to a pulse-oximeter cord. A medical professional places the sock over a patient's foot and adjusts its position until the equipment is properly aligned. The cord from the... Agent: Galasso & Associates, Lp

20070118030 - Method and apparatus for analyte data telemetry: Embodiments of the present invention provide methods and apparatuses for telemetry, more specifically, methods and apparatuses for providing telemetry in association with medical devices. Exemplary embodiments of the present invention provide continuous telemetry between a transmitter and a monitoring unit, for example in a medical monitoring environment.... Agent: Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, P.C. Pacwest Center, Suite 1900

20070118031 - Dual electrode with three studs for impedance cardiography: A quick-connecting dual electrode assembly for use in procedures such as impedance cardiography includes a body having a cable side and a patient side, and three eyelets arranged therein. A distal snap assembly having a distal stud (108) is secured in a first eyelet (101a) of said three eyelets (101a,... Agent: Philips Medical Systems Philips Intellectual Property & Standards

20070118032 - Emg electrode apparatus and positioning system: A system for detecting and analyzing electrical activity in the anatomy of an organism underlying an electrode array provides signals corresponding to electrical activity adjacent each electrode. Such signals are correlated to the underlying anatomy of the organism and representative outputs presented through various types of output devices. Such outputs... Agent: Walker & Jocke, L.p.a.

20070118033 - Soft tissue orientation and imaging guide systems and methods: Systems and methods for the orientation of soft tissue such as breast tissue for enhanced accuracy of imaging and/or procedures such as a biopsy or excision are disclosed. The system for orientating and maintaining the orientation of soft tissue generally includes a frame defining an opening, the frame being configured... Agent: Jung-hua Kuo Attorney At Law

20070118034 - Surgical site marker delivery system: A site marker delivery system is provided. The site mark delivery system includes an outer cannula having an open distal end. The outer cannula defines an inner lumen in which an inner cannula may be received. A marker is also positioned within the inner lumen of the outer cannula. The... Agent: Rader, Fishman & Grauer PLLC

20070118035 - Catheter tip: A catheter tip of a catheter including at least a power conductor and a data conductor for obtaining data of a subject of interest. The catheter tip may comprise a support member defining an actuator sleeve, a sensor compartment, and a seal pocket. An actuator may be disposed in the... Agent: Ge Medical System C/o Foley & Lardner LLP

20070118036 - Computation of blood pressure using different signal processing channels: A blood pressure measurement system that utilizes a non-invasive blood pressure (NIBP) monitor having a blood pressure cuff and pressure transducer. The measurement system provides a plurality of separate processing techniques that each receive a plurality of oscillometric data values from the pressure transducer. Each of the processing techniques separately... Agent: Andrus, Sceales, Starke & Sawall, LLP

20070118037 - Electronic blood pressure monitor capable of storing measurement data: In an electronic blood pressure monitor, an input of measurement condition specifying information for specifying a measurement condition at blood pressure measurement among a plurality of measurement conditions, such as an input of time information, is received. Based on the received measurement condition specifying information, at least one measurement condition... Agent: Morrison & Foerster LLP

20070118038 - Implantable device for telemetric measurement of blood pressure/temperature within the heart: A system and method for the intra corporal, measuring of blood pressure includes a substantially rigid sensor structure and an antenna structure, which are separate components. The anchor structure is used to mount the within an appropriate location in the cardiovascular system, such as in the cardiac septum. The substantially... Agent: Mcguirewoods, LLP

20070118039 - Implantable device for telemetric measurement of blood pressure/temperature within the heart: A system and method for the intra corporal, telemetric measuring of blood pressure, particularly within the heart or a great vessel, includes a substantially rigid sensor chip mounted in a holder and an antenna. The holder is anchored within an appropriate location in the cardiovascular system, such as in the... Agent: Mcguirewoods, LLP

20070118040 - Pulsimeter sensor using magnetic thin films: The present invention relates to a noninvasive medical pulsimeter sensor using magnetic thin films. By forming a pulse-sensing part array with magnetic sensors such as GMR devices, MTJ devices and the likes, over the skin-contacting part which consists of a magnetic material, the present invention increases the integrity of sensors,... Agent: Casella & Hespos

20070118041 - Apparatus and method of heart function analysis: A heart function analysis apparatus adapted to analyze a motion of a heart by using time-series image data representing an image of the heart. The heart function analysis apparatus includes a strain-value acquisition unit configured to acquire time-series strain values in thickness of a heart muscle from the time-series image... Agent: Amin, Turocy & Calvin, LLP

20070118042 - Method and apparatus for impedance signal localizations from implanted devices: Method and apparatus for monitoring a plurality of physiological factors contributing to physiological conditions of a heart, that determines a first impedance, corresponding to the plurality of physiological factors, across a plurality of vectors, and a second impedance, corresponding to the plurality of physiological factors, across the plurality of vectors... Agent: Li Wang

20070118043 - Algorithms for computing heart rate and movement speed of a user from sensor data: Aspects of the invention use music to influence a person's performance in a physical workout. A computing device receives and analyzes data indicating current physiology and movement of the user in order to provide a music piece that will influence the user to speed up, slow down, or maintain current... Agent: Christensen, O'connor, Johnson, Kindness, PLLC

20070118044 - Method and device for identifying; measuring and analyzing abnormal neurological responses: The objective of the invention is a method and a device for identifying, measuring and analyzing abnormal neurological responses. In the method in accordance with the invention neurological diseases, pain, fatigue, power producing ability and/or activeness and/or symptoms connected with those are estimated by measuring signals produced by muscles and... Agent: Harrington & Smith, PC

20070118045 - Iontophoresis challenge for monitoring cardiovascular status: Methods and apparatus are provided for determining individual vascular responses by employing iontophoresis to deliver vasoactive compounds to local area and determining resultant changes in blood flow by measuring changes in skin temperature as a correlate of local blood flow. The invention further provides methods and apparatus for assessing vascular... Agent: Wong, Cabello, Lutsch, Rutherford & Brucculeri, L.L.P.

20070118046 - Reflexometry and hormone function: A method including measuring time periods in which a reflex point of a subject is struck and a reflex response is observed. A method including determining a resting metabolic rate of a subject by applying the Kail-Waters equation. An apparatus including a striking instrument capable of delivering a kinetic energy... Agent: Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zafman

20070118047 - Automated stimulus artifact removal for nerve conduction studies: A method for the automated removal of a stimulus artifact from an electrophysiological signal waveform, wherein the novel method comprises: providing a model of the stimulus artifact that is physically derived and is based on known properties of the electrophysiological signal waveform acquisition hardware and stimulator; and filtering the stimulus... Agent: Mark J. Pandiscio Pandiscio & Pandiscio, P.C.

20070118049 - Biopsy system: A biopsy system for retrieving biopsy tissue samples from different regions of the body is disclosed. The biopsy system includes a single use loading unit having a trocar assembly and a knife assembly. A trocar driver is operably connected to the trocar assembly and is actuable to move a trocar... Agent: United States Surgical, A Division Of Tyco Healthcare Group Lp

20070118048 - Remote thumbwheel for a surgical biopsy device: The present application is directed to an image-guided, vacuum assisted, percutaneous, coring, cable driven breast biopsy instrument which may be conveniently mounted to an x-ray machine wherein the biopsy instrument incorporates a rotation knob at the proximal end of the instrument to manually rotate the distal end of the probe,... Agent: Philip S. Johnson Johnson & Johnson

20070118050 - Bone graft harvest device: A bone harvesting tool includes an elongate hollow collection cannula with a lumen for receiving harvested bone tissue. Holes are formed through the collection cannula to permit visual observation of the volume of bone tissue that has been collected. Cutting blades are mounted to the distal end of the collection... Agent: Casella & Hespos

20070118051 - Method and system for withdrawing body fluid: A system and method for carrying out the withdrawal of body fluid with as little body fluid as possible visible to the user at the end of the process. The present invention provides a pressure piece for exerting pressure on a body part. The pressure piece is moved relative to... Agent: Bose Mckinney & Evans LLP

20070118053 - Identifiable wire guide: A wire guide includes identification features for distinguishing between other introduced wire guides. The wire guide includes a main body having a proximal portion. An identification section is formed at the proximal portion and includes a marker for identifying the wire guide. Preferably, the marker is a surface that can... Agent: Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione/chicago/cook

20070118052 - Wire guide having distal coupling tip: A coupling wire guide generally includes a main body defined by a first wire wound around a safety wire. A first loop is defined by an enlarged revolution of the first wire within a distal portion of the main body. The first loop is sized to receive a previously introduced... Agent: Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione/chicago/cook

20070118054 - Methods and systems for monitoring patients for clinical episodes: Methods and systems for monitoring vital signs for the prediction and treatment of physiological ailments are provided. The methods and systems may be applied to the monitoring of a broad range of physiological ailments or “episodes,” including, but not limited to, asthma, hypoglycemia, coughing, edema, sleep apnea, labor, and REM... Agent: Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti PC

20070118055 - Systems and methods for facilitating surgical procedures involving custom medical implants: Systems and methods for planning surgical procedures involving custom medical implants that can involve the selection, design and/or creation of custom medical implants and/or the selection, modification, and/or design of custom surgical procedures related to those implants. Certain embodiments allow implants to be selected, designed, created, or otherwise customized and... Agent: Chief Patent Counsel Smith & Nephew, Inc.

20070118056 - Posture detector calibration and use: Calibrating a posture detector for a patient's body involves measuring outputs of one or more sensors disposed in relation to the patient's body while the patient assumes a plurality of positions. A transfer matrix is formed having coefficients corresponding to the measured outputs. The transfer matrix defines a relationship between... Agent: Hollingsworth & Funk, LLC

05/17/2007 > patent applications in patent subcategories. archived listing by USPTO class

20070112244 - Methods and devices for improving cardiac function in hearts: Various methods and devices are disclosed for improving cardiac function in hearts having zones of infarcted (akinetic) and aneurysmal (dyskinetic) tissue regions. The methods and devices reduce the radius of curvature in walls of the heart proximal infarcted and aneurysmal regions to reduce wall stress and improve pumping efficiency. The... Agent: Mh2 Technology Law Group

20070112245 - Method and apparatus to relax a patient to minimize the administration of anesthesia, facilitate successful surgery, and shorten recovery time: A musical method and apparatus for minimizing the amount of anesthetic required during surgery and for shortening the recovery time after surgery.... Agent: Tod R Nissle

20070112247 - Endoscope: An endoscope that has an insertion portion that is inserted into an interior of an object and an image pickup device that is provided in the insertion portion, and that observes the interior of the object via the image pickup device, includes: a first LED unit that is provided in... Agent: Ostrolenk Faber Gerb & Soffen

20070112246 - Tubular member and endoscopic instrument: This tubular member of the present invention is formed like a tube, and is connected to an end of a sheath. The tubular member comprises: a main body portion; a sheath receiving portion which is disposed at at least one end of the main body portion, and which is engaged... Agent: Ostrolenk Faber Gerb & Soffen

20070112248 - Drill unit with camera: A drill unit equipped with a camera, a body of which has a camera hole at the center, and two holes formed to the left and right side of the camera hole 4 including a discharge hole 2 for discharging air and water to the drilled portion, and a suction... Agent: Venable LLP

20070112249 - Endoscope: An endoscope of the present invention includes, a swing table operating portion configured to operate an instrument swing table on a user's side, and a control mechanism configured to control swinging of the instrument swing table so that, when operating the swing table operating portion at a constant speed, a... Agent: Thomas Spinelli Scully, Scott, Murphy & Presser

20070112251 - Apparatuses and methods for delivering one or more deliverables into a body: Apparatuses and methods for delivering one or more deliverables into a body are provided. In some embodiments, apparatuses for delivering one or more deliverables into a body are provided, the apparatuses comprising: a sheath; an endoscope having a distal portion and a proximal portion and including a microfiberoptic disposed at... Agent: Rodman Rodman

20070112250 - Insertion support tool for medical instrument and insertion method for medical instrument: An insertion support tool which is detachably attached to a large-intestine endoscope including an elongated inserting portion which is inserted into a lumen is provided, and an external sheath which is extendable and contractible in an inserting direction of the inserting portion and a cover member which is arranged outside... Agent: Ostrolenk Faber Gerb & Soffen

20070112252 - Anatomical visualization system: An improved anatomical visualization system which is adapted to augment a standard video endoscopic system with a coordinated computer model visualization system so as to enhance a physician's understanding of the patient's interior anatomical structure.... Agent: Mark J. Pandiscio Pandiscio & Pandiscio, P.C.

20070112253 - Endoscope light source unit: An endoscope light source unit including a light source, for making illumination light incident on a light guide of an endoscope which is disconnectably connected to the endoscope light source unit, the endoscope light source unit includes an aperture device including aperture openings of different opening ratios which are selectively... Agent: Greenblum & Bernstein, P.L.C

20070112254 - Optical instrument: An optical instrument has an outer shank (15) with a viewing window (31) arranged near the free shank end and a handle part (1) at the other end of the outer shank. An opto-electrical a transducer (26) is rotatably arranged within the outer shank, and is attached on an inner... Agent: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld L.L.P.

20070112255 - Electric bending endoscope: An electric bending endoscope includes a temperature sensor that detects the temperature of a motor as a state value indicating the driving state of a bending drive unit. A bending control device comprises: a temperature detection unit that receives the data of the temperature detected by the temperature sensor; a... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20070112256 - Switch-type imaging fiber apparatus and branch-type imaging fiber apparatus: A switch-type imaging fiber apparatus and a branch-type imaging fiber apparatus are provided. Light emitted from a laser light source is made incident on an opening of an IF (image fiber) guided by a GM (galvanometer), output from an optical system provided at a leading end portion of the IF,... Agent: Venable LLP

20070112257 - Laryngoscope: A laryngoscope has a laryngoscope spatula, a handle, and an illumination device for illuminating the oral and pharyngeal cavity, the illumination device having at least a first light-radiating element, which is arranged on the laryngoscope spatula and, when operating, radiates a cone of light with an angle of beam spread.... Agent: St. Onge Steward Johnston & Reens, LLC

20070112258 - Standardization methods for correcting spectral differences across multiple spectroscopic instruments: The invention relates to systems and methods for measuring properties of samples with standardized spectroscopic systems. The methods can include (i) measuring, with a first spectroscopic system, spectra of at least three different reference targets; (ii) calibrating the first spectroscopic system; (iii) measuring, with the first spectroscopic system, a spectrum... Agent: Fish & Richardson PC

20070112259 - Vital information measuring device: A vital information measuring device includes: a first light emitter for outputting light having a first wavelength; a second light emitter for outputting light having a second wavelength different from the first wavelength; a light detector for detecting the light outputted from the first light emitter and the light outputted... Agent: Sidley Austin LLP

20070112260 - Manual and automatic probe calibration: Embodiments of the present disclosure include an optical probe capable of communicating identification information to a patient monitor in addition to signals indicative of intensities of light after attenuation by body tissue. The identification information may indicate operating wavelengths of light sources, indicate a type of probe, such as, for... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

20070112261 - Automobile glucose sensor monitoring system and method for using the same: An automobile monitoring system is for monitoring patient body characteristics. The automobile monitoring system includes at least one sensor to monitor at least one patient body characteristic, at least one transmitter operatively coupled to the at least one sensor to communicate sensor data, at least one monitor operatively coupled to... Agent: Medtronic Minimed Inc.

20070112262 - Electrode holder, headwear, and wire jacket adapted for use in sleep apnea testing: An electrode holder is adapted for cooperating with a strap applied to a body part of a patient to hold a surface electrode to the skin. The electrode holder includes a base and a post projecting from the base. The post is adapted for extending through the strap and into... Agent: Schwartz Law Firm, P.C. Southpark Towers

20070112263 - Optically powered and optically data-transmitting wireless intraocular pressure sensor device: An optically powered and optically data-transmitting wireless intraocular pressure sensor device for detecting excessive intraocular pressure above a predetermined threshold pressure, comprising a pressure switch that is sized and configured to be placed in an eye, wherein said pressure switch is activated when the intraocular pressure is higher than the... Agent: Fish & NeaveIPGroup Ropes & Gray LLP

20070112264 - Delay-compensated calculation of tissue blood flow: Methods for computing perfusion parameters are described. The methods are typically used to analyze magnetic resonance (MR) and other image data and to calculate tissue perfusion parameters such as blood flow in the brain or in tissues in other organs such as the heart. The methods employ a block-circulant matrix... Agent: Fish & Richardson PC

20070112265 - Fluid injection system providing visual stimuli: A fluid injection system includes an injector comprising a drive mechanism and an illumination device, a fluid container operably associated with the drive mechanism, and a control device operably associated with the drive mechanism. The control device comprises a computer screen having at least one element affiliated with the illumination... Agent: Gregory L Bradley Medrad Inc

20070112268 - Sheath for use with an ultrasound element: A system for delivering ultrasound energy to a treatment section in a vessel is disclosed. The system includes a sheath with a utility lumen and an energy delivery section at least partially constructed from a material which transmits ultrasound energy. The system also includes a drug delivery member having a... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

20070112266 - Ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus: An ultrasonograph comprising a probe (10) for transmitting/receiving an ultrasonic wave to/from a subject, a transmitting section (12) for supplying a drive signal to the probe (10), a receiving section (12) for receiving a reflection echo signal outputted from the probe (10), image constructing sections (17, 19, 21) for reconstructing... Agent: Antonelli, Terry, Stout & Kraus, LLP

20070112267 - Ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus: An ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus comprises a displacement measuring section (109) for measuring the displacement of an organism tissue of a subject (100) according to a reflection echo signal received correspondingly when an ultrasonic wave is transmitted from a probe (101) to the subject (100), an elastic image creating section for... Agent: Cooper & Dunham, LLP

20070112269 - Clutter filtering with small ensemble lengths in ultrasound imaging: An ultrasound imaging system comprising: a probe (10) with an array of transducer elements (12) for acquiring ultrasound data of a body, including moving tissue and fluid flow; a beamforming system (10, 12, 14, 16) for emitting and receiving ultrasound beams in said body, which uses, for each transmission beam,... Agent: Philips Medical Systems Philips Intellectual Property & Standards

20070112270 - Ultrasonic imaging apparatus: An ultrasonic imaging apparatus according to the present invention includes an ultrasonic probe (2) for receiving and transmitting ultrasonic waves from/to an object (1), ultrasound image structuring means (6) for generating an ultrasound image from a reflected echo signal received by the ultrasonic probe, elastic image structuring means (7) for... Agent: Antonelli, Terry, Stout & Kraus, LLP

20070112271 - Ultrasonic probe: There is provided an ultrasonic probe that can transmit and receive ultrasonic waves with high sensitivity and can drive an ultrasonic transducing part smoothly at high speed. The ultrasonic probe according to the present invention includes: an ultrasonic transducing part 101 for transmitting and receiving an ultrasonic wave; an outer... Agent: Hamre, Schumann, Mueller & Larson P.C.

20070112272 - Ultrasonic probe with a needle clip and method of using same: A compact ultrasound needle guidance system and method of use is described. The needle guidance system has components to adjustably target a needle's destination in the plane of a two-dimensional ultrasound image before insertion of a needle into a patient. Needle movement is tracked using a position detector that provides... Agent: Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney PC

20070112273 - Measurement system and method for use in determining the patient's condition: A measurement system and method are presented for use in detecting a predetermined condition of a patient's ear indicative of a certain disease such as SOM and SOM. The system comprises an optical measuring unit and a control unit connectable to the output of the measuring unit. The optical measuring... Agent: Browdy And Neimark, P.l.l.c. 624 Ninth Street, Nw

20070112274 - Wireless communication system for pressure monitoring: In one embodiment, the present invention provides a wireless communication system for use with a blood pressure monitor system. The wireless communication system includes a portable unit that connects to a typical pressure transducer and a monitor interface unit that connects to a typical vital signs monitor. The portable unit... Agent: Inskeep Intellectual Property Group, Inc

20070112275 - Medical intervention indicator methods and systems: An approach for improving the chances of survival of an individual who has received a trauma including, for example, hemorrhage or blunt injury, by providing more relevant information regarding the individual to first responders including at least one of heart rate variability index value, a baroreflex sensitivity value, and a... Agent: Office Of The Staff Judge Advocate U.s. Army Medical Research And Materiel Command

20070112276 - Differentiating arrhythmic events having different origins: Methods, systems, and computer program products differentiate between arrhythmic events having different origins. An implantable medical device detects the arrhythmic events. At least one method involves receiving electrograms representing arrhythmic events and sorting the arrhythmic events into groups based on similarities between the electrograms and/or differences between the electrograms. The... Agent: Schwegman, Lundberg, Woessner & Kluth, P.A.

20070112277 - Apparatus and method for the measurement and monitoring of bioelectric signal patterns: A wireless apparatus and method for the measurement and monitoring of bioelectric signal patterns associated with EEG, EOG and EMG readings is provided. The apparatus is comprised of at least one measurement device employing the use of three bioelectric sensing electrodes, wherein at least one of the electrodes is configured... Agent: Patent Docket Administrator Lowenstein Sandler P.C.

20070112278 - Measurement of eeg reactivity: The invention relates to a method and apparatus for assessing the reactivity observable in a certain physiological signal, especially the EEG signal, of a comatose subject. In order to obtain an objective and a reliable measure of the reactivity automatically and without the presence of a trained EEG specialist, a... Agent: Andrus, Sceales, Starke & Sawall, LLP

20070112279 - System and method for performing a hearing screening: A hearing screening system for testing hearing abilities of a patient includes an otoacoustic emission (OAE) module operable to perform OAE tests, a tympanometry (tymp) module operable to perform tymp tests, and at least one probe in communication with at least one of the OAE and tymp modules. The probe... Agent: Mcandrews Held & Malloy, Ltd

20070112280 - Placental-blood extraction device: A placental-blood extraction device comprising at least one extraction needle (10, 11) for piercing the vein of the umbilical cord and/or of the placenta, and a collection vessel (20) connected to said at least one needle (10, 11) via at least one tube (40), the device further comprising suction means... Agent: Sughrue Mion, PLLC

20070112281 - Cap with revolving body for a dermal tissue lancing device: A cap for a dermal tissue lancing device includes a retainer and a ring-shaped cap body. The retainer has a proximal end configured for engagement with the dermal tissue lancing device, a distal end with a cap body engagement feature and an opening. The ring-shaped cap body has a distal... Agent: Philip S. Johnson Johnson & Johnson

20070112282 - Composite medical device with markers: Medical devices and methods of manufacturing medical devices. The medical devices include an elongate member having a proximal portion and a distal portion and a connector assembly disposed adjacent the elongated member to connect the proximal and distal portions, the connector assembly including a radiopaque marker.... Agent: Crompton, Seager & Tufte, LLC

20070112283 - Biological information pressure sensor and biological information pressure detector: A biological information pressure sensor having a planer shape disposed on an elastic support element for supporting a human body, for detecting an external force due to one or both of a load variation caused by the human body and vibration generated by the human body. The sensor includes a... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland, Maier & Neustadt, P.C.

20070112284 - Multi-mode pelvic exercise probe: A perineometer exercise probe for home or clinical use assesses the strength of pelvic floor muscles and provides audible, visual and tactile biofeedback signals as training aids during pelvic exercises. The exercise probe is selectively operable in a passive reaction mode, in which audible, visual and tactile biofeedback signals proportional... Agent: Dennis T. Griggs

20070112285 - Sensor device for gait enhancement: A foot sensor device and method for gait enhancement, the device including: (a) a sensor unit having a casing, the sensor unit for disposing within a shoe of a user, the sensor unit for sensing a parameter associated with a gait event; (b) an electronic communication unit, electrically associated with... Agent: Dr. Mark M. Friedman C/o Bill Polkinghorn - Discovery Dispatch

20070112286 - Device to measure acceleration and deceleration of hip rotation: Hip rotation measuring device with an accelerometer, a micro-controller, a printed circuit board, a memory chip, a power supply such as batteries, an on-off switch, a start-stop recording switch, an acceleration direction switch an audible sound generator, a readout display such as an LCD display, standard support electronics such as... Agent: Robert Prichard

20070112287 - System and method for detecting deviations in nominal gait patterns: A monitoring device having a system and method for detecting deviations in nominal gait patterns is provided. The monitoring device is configured for at least partial insertion within an auditory canal of an individual. The system employed in the monitoring device is comprised of at least an accelerometer configured for... Agent: Patent Docket Administrator Lowenstein Sandler P.C.

05/10/2007 > patent applications in patent subcategories. archived listing by USPTO class

20070106108 - Brachytherapy apparatus and methods for using them: Apparatus for delivering brachytherapy to a target tissue region includes an elongate body including a proximal end, a distal end sized for introduction into a tissue tract and carrying a plurality of elongate members including pathways for receiving a source of radiation. The elongate members are movable between collapsed and... Agent: VistaIPLaw Group LLP

20070106109 - Device for stone therapy and sexual stimulation: A rock, stone, semi-precious crystal, or mineral stone material(s) shaped and formed to be used to provide and improve sexual stimulation to a user. The rock, stone, semi-precious crystal, or mineral stone sexual stimulation tool is of a sufficient weight and size to reproduce the weight and sensation of a... Agent: Rossi, Kimms & Mcdowell LLP.

20070106110 - Sexercise ball: A Sexual Stimulated Apparatus attached to A Rubber handle Exercise Ball that is mounted..... Agent: Ronald A. Clark

20070106111 - Apparatus and method for frame acquisition rate control in an in-vivo imaging device: An in-vivo imaging system and a method for operation. The system may include an in-vivo imaging device having a light source and an imager, and a processor to process a control signal produced based on two or more images captured by the imager and to use the control signal to... Agent: Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer, LLP

20070106112 - Device, system and method for in-vivo imaging of a body lumen: An in vivo device, system and a method for imaging a body lumen, typically liquid filled body lumen. The in vivo device may have a specific gravity of about 1 or a volume to weight ratio that enables it to float. The in vivo device may include a sensor, for... Agent: Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer, LLP

20070106113 - Combination endoscopic operative delivery system: An endoscope for performing minimally invasive surgery includes along a portion of its length a means such as a groove for slidingly engaging with a corresponding means such as a tongue in a second endoscope and guiding the second endoscope into the patient. Multiple endoscope may be connected together and... Agent: 24ip Law Group Usa, PLLC

20070106114 - Endoscope-shape monitoring system: An endoscope-shape monitoring system is provided that is used to grasp a shape of a flexible insertion portion. The endoscope-shape monitoring system includes a position detecting system, a bending determinator, and a bendable-portion-shape reproducing processor. The position detecting system detects positions of both ends of a bendable portion of the... Agent: Greenblum & Bernstein, P.L.C

20070106115 - Endoscope-shape monitoring system: An endoscope shape monitoring system that is used to grasp a shape of a flexible insertion portion is provided that includes a position detector and a determining processor. The position detector detects a plurality of positions of the insertion portion along the central axis of the insertion portion at predetermined... Agent: Greenblum & Bernstein, P.L.C

20070106116 - Endoscope-shape monitoring system: An endoscope shape monitoring system that is used to grasp a shape of a flexible insertion portion is provided. The endoscope shape monitoring system includes a plurality of coils. The coils are used as a magnetic sensor. The coils are disposed on a flexible portion of the insertion portion. The... Agent: Greenblum & Bernstein, P.L.C

20070106117 - Intubation assistance apparatus: An intubation assistance apparatus includes a main body having a proximal end portion; an intubation assistance instrument having an elongated insertion section for insertion into a target site or its vicinity of a patient from a mouth cavity of the patient, the inserting section being formed with a tube guide... Agent: Greenblum & Bernstein, P.L.C

20070106118 - Endoscope insertion unit, endoscope and endoscope system: The present invention is an endoscope system comprising an endoscope provided with a distal end inserted into a subject body and a proximal end having a site capable of being held by a physician and provided with an endoscope insertion unit having a first flexible portion arranged on the distal... Agent: Thomas Spinelli Scully, Scott, Murphy & Presser

20070106119 - Endoscope: An endoscope includes an insertion portion formed in an elongated cylindrical shape; and a cylindrical shaped image pickup adaptor, the pickup adaptor comprising, an electric device arranged on the distal end side thereof, and a proximal end side of the image pickup adaptor being attached to and removed from the... Agent: Ostrolenk Faber Gerb & Soffen

20070106120 - Endoscope: An endoscope includes an insertion portion to be inserted into a subject body; an observation optical member provided in a distal end portion of the insertion portion; at least two first illumination members each of which is arranged around the observation optical member and has an axis defined by a... Agent: Ostrolenk Faber Gerb & Soffen

20070106122 - Intubation assistance apparatus: An intubation assistance apparatus includes a main body; an insertion instrument having an elongated insertion section for insertion into a trachea or its vicinity of a patient from a mouth cavity of the patient; and an imaging device for acquiring an image of an observation site at a distal end... Agent: Greenblum & Bernstein, P.L.C

20070106121 - Intubation assistance apparatus and intubation assistance used in the apparatus: An intubation assistance apparatus includes a main body and an intubation assistance instrument detachably mounted to the main body. The intubation assistance instrument has an elongated insertion section for insertion into the trachea or its vicinity of a patient from the mouth. The insertion section of the intubation assistance instrument... Agent: Greenblum & Bernstein, P.L.C

20070106123 - Minimally invasive retractor and methods of use: A device, system and method for orthopedic spine surgery using a novel screw-based retractor, disclosed herein, that allows for access to the spine through a minimally or less invasive approach. The retractor device is designed to be coupled to a pedicle screw and then to have opposed arms of the... Agent: Carter, Deluca, Farrell & Schmidt, LLP

20070106127 - Automated patient monitoring and counseling system: An automated, computerized system for vicariously and remotely monitoring the conditions of a patient, providing professional counseling, and coaching the patient into sound behavior and health-enhancing activities. A computerized central installation receives, over a public communication network, patient's vital sign measurements such as blood pressure, glucose level and pulse rate.... Agent: Charmasson, Buchaca & Leach, LLP

20070106125 - Biosensor capable of setting standard measuring values: A biosensor capable of setting standard measuring values includes a detecting unit coupled with an analog-to-digital converting unit, and the analog-to-digital converting unit is coupled to a processor, and the processor is coupled separately with a setting unit, a display unit, a data storage unit, a reminding unit, and a... Agent: Bacon & Thomas, PLLC

20070106128 - Computer assisted surgery system: The invention a computer assisted surgery system comprising a base; a telescopic mast, movable between an unextended state and an extended state, having at least first, second and third elongated portions, the third elongated portion being inserted at least partially into the second elongated portion and the second elongated portion... Agent: Plevy & Howard & Darcy P.C.

20070106130 - Detection of congestion from monitoring patient response to a recumbent position: Systems and methods obtain information that allows detection of whether a patient suffers from congestion by monitoring a response of the patient to a recumbent position of the patient's body. The patient may be monitored to determine a respiration pattern for a non-recumbent position such as standing and a respiration... Agent: Schwegman, Lundberg, Woessner & Kluth, P.A.

20070106129 - Dietary monitoring system for comprehensive patient management: A patient management system includes a device, an interactive display, a repeater unit, and a host. The device assesses at least one dietary condition of a patient. The interactive display receives patient input related to the patient's dietary conditions and communicates dietary feedback to the patient. The system may also... Agent: Schwegman, Lundberg, Woessner & Kluth/bsc-crm

20070106126 - Patient monitoring alarm escalation system and method: Embodiments of the present invention relate to a patient monitoring alarm escalation system and method. Specifically, embodiments of the present invention include an alarm detection device configured to measure physiological data received via a patient monitor, the alarm detection device configured to initiate an alarm in response to predefined measurements... Agent: Michael G. Fletcher Fletcher Yoder

20070106124 - Safety check system, method, and program, and memory medium for memorizing program therefor: A safety check system of the invention is equipped with a safety detection device attached to a body of a checked person, a server for accumulating various pieces of information, and a terminal of a checker for executing a safety check of the checked person, wherein the detection device is... Agent: Reed Smith LLP

20070106132 - Monitoring device, method and system: A monitoring device (20) and system (50) for monitoring the vital signs of a user is disclosed herein. The monitoring device (20) is preferably an article (25), an optical sensor (30) and a circuitry assembly (35). The monitoring device (20) preferably provides for the display of the following information about... Agent: Impact Sports Technologies, Inc.

20070106131 - Physiological signal monitoring apparatus for measuring physiological signals of a living subject: A health care system includes a health care provider and a physiological signal monitoring apparatus communicated with the health care provider via a network. The monitoring apparatus includes a physiological signal measuring module for measuring the physiological records of a living subject, and a transmission interface for transmitting the measured... Agent: Bruce H. Troxell Suite 1404

20070106134 - Medical sensor and technique for using the same: A sensor is provided that is appropriate for transcutaneous detection of tissue or blood constituents. A sensor for tissue constituent detection may include a gas collection chamber with a conduit to a sensing component and a conduit from the sensing component to the chamber. A sensor as provided may also... Agent: Michael G. Fletcher Fletcher Yoder

20070106133 - Monitoring of vital signs and performance levels: A monitoring device (10) for monitoring vital signs includes a housing (12). Signal input components (21) are positioned in the housing to receive an electrical signal carrying data representing at least one vital sign of a subject. Wireless communications circuitry (18) is mounted in the housing (12) and is connected... Agent: Alive Technologies Pty Ltd

20070106135 - Method and system for providing basal profile modification in analyte monitoring and management systems: Method and system for providing basal profile modification in insulin therapy for use with infusion devices includes periodically monitoring the analyte levels of a patient for a predetermined period of time in order to determine, based on the monitored analyte levels, an appropriate modification factor to be incorporated into the... Agent: Jackson & Co., LLP

20070106136 - Method and apparatus for processing signals reflecting physiological characteristics: The invention comprises a method and apparatus for processing signals reflecting a physiological characteristic by detecting the intensity of light following tissue absorption at two wavelengths and subtracting the best estimate of the desired signal from the difference between the signals. Corrected first and second intensity signals are determined by... Agent: Ralph C. Francis

20070106137 - Pulse oximetry signal correction using near infrared absorption by water: A method and system for measuring a physiological parameter, comprising collecting a first absorbance at a first wavelength, chosen to be primarily absorbed by water; collecting a second absorbance at a second wavelength, chosen to be primarily absorbed by hemoglobin; and combining the first signal and the second signal to... Agent: Fletcher Yoder (tyco International, Ltd.)

20070106138 - Intraoral apparatus for non-invasive blood and saliva monitoring & sensing: Controlled-specimen-sampling oral devices are described, implanted or inserted into an oral cavity, built onto a prosthetic tooth crown, a denture plate, braces, a dental implant, or the like. The devices are replaced as needed. The controlled specimen sampling may be passive, based on a dosage form, or electro-mechanically controlled, for... Agent: Martin D. Moynihan Prtsi, Inc.

20070106139 - Blood glucose measurement device and metabolic rate measurement device: Measurement of blood flow rate in a convenient manner has been enabled by using a simple device constitution and a simple signal processing technique. A measurement mechanism having both the function of measuring temperature of the measurement site and the function of applying a thermal load to the measurement site... Agent: Antonelli, Terry, Stout & Kraus, LLP

20070106140 - Method for use of microdialysis: The data followed the mathematical models. For cases in which the concentration of free drug in the medium outside the probe was constant or changed very slowly, the concentration calibration plots were linear. In simulated first order uptake studies, the PMD and direct donor sampling data were in nearly exact... Agent: Jean B. Mauro

20070106141 - Electrode structure for measuring electrical responses from the human body: The invention relates to an electrode structure (10) for attachment to a more extensive measuring structure (11), in order to measure electrical responses from the human body. The electrode structure (10) includes a conductive electrode (1). According to the invention, the electrode (1) is shaped to be thin in the... Agent: Birch Stewart Kolasch & Birch

20070106143 - Electrode arrays and related methods: Various embodiments of an electrode array system and related methods are disclosed. The system may include a probe assembly having a plurality of probes configured to penetrate tissue of a patient and a guide assembly having a plurality of guiding channels. Each of the guiding channels may be configured to... Agent: Leslie I. Bookoff Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow,

20070106144 - Implantable electrophysiology lead body: The invention is an electrophysiology lead body comprising two or more longitudinal elements, each having an outer surface, the longitudinal elements comprising electrical insulation material, the electrical insulation material consisting essentially of fluoropolymer; at least one conductor disposed within at least one of the longitudinal elements; and a cover consisting... Agent: W.l. Gore & Associates, Inc.

20070106142 - Sensor and guide wire assembly: Sensor and guide wire assembly (1; 21) for intravascular measurement of physical variables inside a living body and comprises a proximal end portion (2; 22) and a sensor element (9; 29), which is located in a distal portion of the sensor and guide wire assembly (1; 21), and is characterized... Agent: Foley And Lardner LLP Suite 500

20070106145 - Accessories for remote monitoring: An accessory for remote monitoring, including: a body capable of being placed on a human body; a measurement unit installed in the body and measuring a change in surroundings; a signal processing unit for processing a signal acquired from the measurement unit; and a wireless communication unit including a monopole... Agent: Staas & Halsey LLP

20070106147 - Controlling direction of ultrasound imaging catheter: The position of an imaging catheter in a body structure such as the heart is automatically controlled by a robotic manipulator such that its field of view at all times includes the distal end of a second catheter that is employed to effect a medical procedure. A processor receives signals... Agent: Philip S. Johnson Johnson & Johnson

20070106146 - Synchronization of ultrasound imaging data with electrical mapping: An image of an electro-anatomical map of a body structure having cyclical motion is overlaid on a 3D ultrasonic image of the structure. The electro-anatomical data and anatomic image data are synchronized by gating both electro-anatomical data acquisition and an anatomic image at a specific point in the motion cycle.... Agent: Philip S. Johnson Johnson & Johnson

20070106148 - Electronic circuits to improve the sensitivity of magnetic resonance tracking catheters and intraluminal rf coils: Devices, methods, and articles of manufacture related to an invasive device for inserting an inductor coil proximate to a specimen for detecting magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) resonant signals from the specimen; a conductor for conducting a signal from the inductor coil wherein the conductor has an effective electrical length set... Agent: General Electric Company Global Research

20070106149 - Image reconstruction method for cardiac gated magnetic resonance imaging: A cardiac gated acquisition of MR data during a breath-hold employs a hybrid PR pulse sequence to acquire projection views from which image frames may be reconstructed at a plurality of cardiac phases during each heartbeat. Composite images are reconstructed at each cardiac phase using interleaved projection views acquired during... Agent: Quarles & Brady LLP

20070106150 - Method and apparatus for magnetic resonance imaging on the basis of a gradient echo sequence: In a method and apparatus for magnetic resonance imaging on the basis of a gradient echo sequence by excitation of nuclear spins and measurement of radio-frequency signals indicating the excited nuclear spins, a) the pulse frequency of the person to be examined is determined, b) the magnetization of the spins... Agent: Schiff Hardin, LLP Patent Department

20070106152 - Fiducial marker system for subject movement compensation during medical treatment: A system is provided for subject movement compensation during a medical procedure. The system uses passive radiofrequency identification tags associated with a subject, and at least one active RFID reader is positioned to interrogate the position of at least three such passive radiofrequency identification tags so as to triangulate the... Agent: Gifford, Krass, Sprinkle,anderson & Citkowski, P.c

20070106151 - Resonator with adjustable capacitance for medical device: Systems and methods for a resonator with an adjustable capacitance for a medical device. In one embodiment, a resonator system includes a resonator device with an LC resonator circuit that has an adjustable capacitance, an inductor coil in series with the adjustable capacitance, and an adjustable capacitance control that can... Agent: Brooks & Cameron, PLLC

20070106153 - Powerhead of a power injection system: A contrast media injection system includes detects the absolute position of the syringe ram using a non-contact sensor. A series of magnets and Hall-Effect sensors may be used or an opto-reflective system. Illuminated knobs that are connected to the drive mechanism for the syringe ram rotate with the drive and... Agent: Wood, Herron & Evans, LLP

20070106154 - Method for reducing an electronic time coincidence window in positron emission tomography: A method for acquiring PET images with reduced time coincidence window limits includes obtaining a preliminary image of a patient within a radiation field of view (FOV), determining the spatial location of the patient within the FOV based on the preliminary image, calculating a different time coincidence window based on... Agent: Siemens Corporation Intellectual Property Department

20070106155 - System and method for reducing angular geometric distortion in an imaging device: A system and method are provided for significantly reducing or substantially eliminating angular geometric distortions in devices designed for imaging and/or inspection of an interior portion or surface of a cavity. A series of processing steps or methods may be employed to eliminate Non-Uniform Rotational Distortion (NURD) in such devices,... Agent: Ked & Associates, LLP

20070106156 - Targets and methods for ultrasound catheter calibration: A method for calibrating an ultrasound probe includes directing the probe to receive ultrasonic waves reflected from a target that includes one or more linear elements, which are arranged to intersect the beam plane of the probe at respective intersection points. Signals are received from the probe responsively to the... Agent: Philip S. Johnson Johnson & Johnson

20070106157 - Non-invasive temperature estimation technique for hifu therapy monitoring using backscattered ultrasound: Ultrasound data are collected from a thermal source and a mass of tissue before initiating therapy to measure two parameters of the bio-heat transfer equation (BHTE). The parameters are the thermal diffusivity (K) of the tissue and the magnitude of the thermal source (Q). Once the parameters have been obtained,... Agent: Law Offices Of Ronald M Anderson

20070106158 - Medical ultrasound system and handpiece and methods for making and tuning: Several embodiments of medical ultrasound handpieces are described each including a medical ultrasound transducer assembly. An embodiment of a medical ultrasound system is described, wherein the medical ultrasound system includes a medical ultrasound handpiece having a medical ultrasound transducer assembly and includes an ultrasonically-vibratable medical-treatment instrument which is attachable to... Agent: Thompson Hine L.L.P.

20070106159 - Ultrasonic probe and ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus: An ultrasonic probe includes ultrasonic oscillators each having first and second electrodes, a first transmitting circuit that is connected to the first electrode to transmit an electrical signal to the ultrasonic oscillator, and a second transmitting circuit that is connected to the second electrode to transmit an electrical signal to... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland, Maier & Neustadt, P.C.

20070106160 - Skin detection sensor: A device for detecting the presence of human skin including an illuminator source for providing a first IR band and a second IR band. The first IR band is capable of being reflected from skin and the second IR band is capable of being absorbed by skin. A detector receives... Agent: Kris T. Fredrick Honeywell International Inc.

20070106161 - Medical diagnostic imaging using visible light: A system for medical diagnostic imaging using visible light comprises an emitting source for emitting light. The light is directed through a body structure and the light is viewed after it has passed through the body structure.... Agent: Eddie E. Scott Assistant Laboratory Counsel

20070106162 - Apparatus and method for measuring hemodynamic parameters: An apparatus for measuring hydrodynamic parameters, especially for Augmentation Index (Aix) and/or Ejection Duration (ED), by non-invasive, cuff based occlusive, blood pressure measurement, which apparatus comprises occlusive, oscillometric automatic blood pressure meter and units. There can also be a method for non-invasive measurement of hemodynamic characteristics, especially AN and/or ED... Agent: William Collard Collard & Roe, P.C.

20070106163 - Non-invasive blood pressure monitor with improved performance: A blood pressure measurement system that utilizes both a non-invasive blood pressure (NIBP) monitor having a blood pressure cuff and a continuous non-invasive blood pressure (CNIBP) monitor. During operation of the NIBP monitor, the blood pressure cuff is inflated to an initial inflation pressure greater than the systolic blood pressure... Agent: Andrus, Sceales, Starke & Sawall, LLP

20070106164 - Sphygmomanometer capable of setting user-defined standard blood pressure values: A sphygmomanometer includes a pressure measuring unit connected to an analog-to-digital conversion unit, and the analog-to-digital conversion unit is connected to a microprocessor, and the microprocessor is connected separately to a setup unit, display unit, data storage unit, reminding unit and a power supply unit. The analog-to-digital conversion unit converts... Agent: Bacon & Thomas, PLLC

20070106165 - Sensor wire assembly: Sensor wire assembly for measuring a physiological variable in a body, said assembly comprises a sensor element for measuring the physiological variable and to generate a sensor signal in response of said variable, and a guide wire having said sensor element at its distal end, and adapted to be inserted... Agent: Foley And Lardner LLP Suite 500

20070106166 - Apparatuses for ensuring positioning of a blood pressure cuff and methods of using the same: Apparatuses and methods ensure positioning of a blood pressure cuff on an arm to affect accurate measurements of blood pressure. An apparatus includes an elongated air bag of predetermined length disposed in the blood pressure cuff and adapted for inflation. The length has opposite ends to be placed around the... Agent: Schwegman, Lundberg, Woessner & Kluth, P.A.

20070106167 - Patient-worn medical monitoring device: A medical monitor includes a lanyard and an electronic package supported in the manner of a pendant. The lanyard includes integral electrodes or other sensors for making physiological measurements, auxiliary components and connectors for electrically connecting the electrodes or sensors to the electronic package. The physiological measurements may be stored... Agent: Lerner, David, Littenberg, Krumholz & Mentlik

20070106168 - Medical sensor and technique for using the same: A sensor is provided that is appropriate for transcutaneous detection of tissue or blood constituents. A sensor for tissue constituent detection may include a gas collection chamber with a conduit to a sensing component and a conduit from the sensing component to the chamber. A sensor as provided may also... Agent: Michael G. Fletcher Fletcher Yoder

20070106170 - Apparatus and method for acquiring a signal: An electrode cap for obtaining EPM signals from a head of a subject, the cap comprising: (i) an insulating layer for positioning adjacent to the head of the subject; (ii) an electrically conductive layer comprising ionic conduction means, situated above the insulating layer so that in use, it is separated... Agent: Unilever Intellectual Property Group

20070106169 - Method and system for an automated e.e.g. system for auditory evoked responses: A dyslexia screening test system suitable for clinical use includes an integrated headset that efficiently and conveniently performs an auditory evoked response (AER) test by positioning electrodes about the ears of the subject. An integral control module automatically performs the test, providing simplified controls and indications to the clinician. A... Agent: Frost Brown Todd, LLC

20070106171 - Detecting device for acupuncture meridian: A detecting device includes a processor device, a sensor coupled to the processor device, and a probe coupled to the sensor for engaging with and for contacting with a skin of a human body. The probe includes a barrel having a compartment formed in the inner portion, and a cotton... Agent: Charles E. Baxley, Esq.

20070106172 - Apparatus and method for measuring biologic parameters: Support structures for positioning sensors on a physiologic tunnel for measuring physical, chemical and biological parameters of the body and to produce an action according to the measured value of the parameters. The support structure includes a sensor fitted on the support structures using a special geometry for acquiring continuous... Agent: Jacobson Holman PLLC

20070106173 - Blood-flow-occluding, temperature-sensing catheters with elastic covers: A catheter assembly for sensing the temperature of an arterial wall or other body lumen includes a blood-flow-occluding feature to increase the accuracy the temperature measurements. In addition to the flow-occluding feature, the catheter includes a distal end with a temperature sensing structure and a proximal end including a manually... Agent: Gifford, Krass, Sprinkle,anderson & Citkowski, P.c

20070106174 - Intrauterine anesthetic applicator and cell collection device and method of use: Apparatus and methods are provided for applying anesthetic or other medication to a desired location within a patient's uterus and for collecting cells, wherein an inner tube is configured to reciprocate through the lumen of an outer tube. The outer tube includes a foam applicator that facilitates delivery of anesthetic... Agent: Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP

20070106175 - In-vivo information acquisition apparatus and in-vivo information acquisition apparatus system: There is provided an in-vivo information acquisition apparatus capable of detecting high-accuracy in-vivo information substantially at the same time in a plurality of different examination sites in a body cavity and an in-vivo information acquisition apparatus system capable of introducing a plurality of in-vivo information acquisition apparatuses into a patient... Agent: Scully, Scott, Murphy & Presser, P.C.

20070106176 - Vacuum assisted biopsy needle set: A biopsy device having a cutting element is disclosed. The cutting element includes an inner cannula having a tissue receiving aperture disposed proximate a distal end thereof and an inner lumen. The inner cannula is slidably disposed within the inner lumen of an outer cannula. A vacuum chamber is disposed... Agent: Rader, Fishman & Grauer PLLC

20070106177 - Apparatus for collecting and calculating quantity of patient fluid loss and method of using same: A monitoring system including a control unit having a weight scale for carrying a collection bag configured with a bottom wall distended in a rounded concave shape, the central unit being responsive to the amount of fluid collected to produce a read-out which may be recorded or observed by a... Agent: Fulwider Patton Lee & Utecht, LLP

20070106178 - Dual blade lancing test strip: An integrated lancing test strip includes a pair of blade members that each have a lancing tip that are configured to lance skin. A pair of spacer members connect the blade members together such that the blade members define an internal capillary. A test strip is positioned along the internal... Agent: Woodard, Emhardt, Moriarty, Mcnett & Henry LLP

20070106180 - Apparatus and method for a noninvasive estimate of the characteristics of a periodic/cyclic bodily sound in a region close to its source: Methods and apparatus for noninvasively determining a sound pressure of a source that transmits a generally periodic acoustic signal including at least one signal component to a surface of a body are provided. The signal component at the surface of the body is received and an initial phase-inverted signal component... Agent: Ratnerprestia

20070106179 - Medical examination apparatus, system, and/or method: An embodiment of an auscultation device can be constructed using electronic components to provide improved acquisition, processing, and communication of sound signals. An input device can be used for detecting sounds, and electrical signals representing the sounds can be processed and transmitted via Bluetooth and/or another form of wireless communication.... Agent: NorthwestIPLaw Group

20070106181 - Lumen measuring devices and methods: A lumen measuring device generally includes a central member dimensioned to extend into a lumen and an elongate outer member having a flexible region configured to flex outward from the central member in response to retraction of the central member. In measuring a lumen, the flexible region is caused to... Agent: Alston & Bird LLP Bank Of America Plaza

20070106182 - Method for determining and measuring frontal head posture and frontal view thereof: A method for determining and measuring profile and frontal head posture and front views thereof to establish a 3-D model of a patient's head and face. In the method, a patient places his or her head in a natural head position and establishes a postural sagittal plane. Additionally, the practitioner... Agent: Christie, Parker & Hale, LLP

20070106183 - Apparatus, method and system of measuring sleep state: A sleep state measuring apparatus includes an autonomic nerve index obtaining unit that obtains a user's autonomic nerve index; and a sleep periodicity index calculating unit that calculates a sleep periodicity index based on a temporal change of the autonomic nerve index and a change in a user's sleeping cycle,... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland, Maier & Neustadt, P.C.

05/03/2007 > patent applications in patent subcategories. archived listing by USPTO class

20070100195 - Apparatus and method for enhancing tissue repair in mammals: An apparatus for enhancing tissue repair in mammals comprising a sleeve for encircling a portion of a mammalian body part and having an electrically conductive coil, means for supporting the sleeve on the mammalian body part; and means for supplying the electrically conductive coil with a square wave time varying... Agent: Ladas & Parry LLP

20070100196 - Axial flow pump with mult-grooved rotor: An axial-flow blood pump for pumping blood includes a substantially cylindrical outer enclosure. A tubular housing concentric with and located within the outer enclosure has at one end an inlet and at an opposite end an outlet. A motor stator is concentric with and located between the outer enclosure and... Agent: Cooper & Dunham, LLP

20070100197 - Output transducers for hearing systems: Apparatus for directly stimulating a tympanic membrane or other acoustic member comprising a support with a plurality of activatable elements. The support can be mounted on the tympanic membrane and the activatable elements are distributed on the support to provide a distributed vibration to the tympanic membrane.... Agent: Townsend And Townsend And Crew, LLP

20070100198 - Catheter for intrauterine insemination: Catheter for intrauterine insemination, which is useful in artificial insemination in different animal species and, thus, it is preferably useful for intrauterine insemination of pigs. The catheter (1) for intrauterine insemination is defined by a unitary element comprised of an elongated tube-shaped body (2) provided in one of its ends,... Agent: Klauber & Jackson

20070100199 - Apparatus and method of delivering biomaterial to the heart: A biomaterial for treating or preventing congestive heart failure is injected into the intrapericardial space of a patient's heart to apply a mild compressive force on the heart. A volume of biomaterial is placed in the intrapericardial space by an injection needle or catheter, adjacent at least the left ventricle,... Agent: Fulwider Patton LLP

20070100200 - Capsule type medical device: A capsule type medical device to conduct an operation in an internal organic portion of a body, is provided with a capsule body to move in the internal organic portion; and an operating member incorporated in the capsule body and to conduct the operation in the internal organic portion. The... Agent: Cohen, Pontani, Lieberman & Pavane

20070100201 - Endoscope system equipped with manipulating unit for commanding medical therapy to endoscope and medical instrument attached thereto: An endoscope system comprises an endoscope, manipulating unit, and controlling unit. The endoscope is equipped with an elongated and flexible insertion tube being inserted into an object being examined and formed to be used in combination with a therapeutic instrument. The insertion tube has a distal section accommodating therein at... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20070100202 - Endoscope system: An endoscope system includes, in order to automatically detect a type of optical adapter and to generate to display an excellent image according to an intended purpose by performing an image signal processing control corresponding to the type of the optical adapter, a signal processing circuit for performing various image... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20070100204 - Endoscope reprocessor connectivity apparatus and method: Apparatus and method for detecting connectivity in a channel in an endoscope undergoing reprocessing using an automatic reprocessor, the apparatus including a source of pressurized fluid which may be a gas alone or gas and liquid and a back pressure detector connected to the channel or channels of interest in... Agent: Faegre & Benson Attn: Patent Docketing

20070100203 - Method of detecting proper connection of an endoscope to an endoscope processor: A method detects proper connection of an endoscope to an endoscope processor by measuring pressure pulses applied to the connection point. The method can include measuring for the pressure pulses at a second connection point on the endoscope processor and measuring for a beat frequency produced variations in the frequency... Agent: Philip S. Johnson Johnson & Johnson

20070100205 - Image capturing system for electronic endoscope system: An image capturing system is provided with an illuminating unit configured to emit intermittent light that periodically illuminates an object, an image capturing element configured to capture an image of the object illuminated by the illuminating unit, and a control unit that controls the image capturing element to execute an... Agent: Greenblum & Bernstein, P.L.C

20070100206 - Apparatus and method for providing flow to endoscope channels: A method provides flow to multiple channels in an endoscope during an endoscope decontamination procedure. A member is inserted into a chamber in a body of an endoscope through an opening into the chamber, the chamber being intersected by a first lumen and a second lumen. The member separates fluidly... Agent: Philip S. Johnson Johnson & Johnson

20070100207 - Endoscope system using normal light and fluorescence: In the light source unit 3A, a switching filter section 14, which can switch the RGB filter for normal-light observation and a filter for fluorescent observation on the optical path, is installed in front of the lamp 12, where if the fluorescent image mode is selected, the excitation light in... Agent: Ostrolenk Faber Gerb & Soffen

20070100208 - Floatable in vivo sensing device and method for use: The invention relates to an in vivo sensing device having a specific gravity of about 1 or a volume to weight ratio that enables it essentially to float. In one embodiment the in vivo sensing device consists of an image sensor system and a buoyant body. The buoyant body, which... Agent: Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer, LLP

20070100209 - Endoscope apparatus: An endoscope apparatus includes a front end section which is rigid, and a flexible tube which has a bent portion. One end of a tube which can be bent is fixed to a lens barrel which holds an optical mechanism having a movable section. The tube is extended in a... Agent: Thomas Spinelli Scully, Scott, Murphy & Presser

20070100210 - Illuminated surgical access system including a surgical access device and coupled light emitter: A surgical access system for providing access to a surgical site in a patient includes a surgical access device defining a working channel for accessing a surgical site and an integrated annular light emitter for illuminating the working channel. The integrated annular light emitter is coupled to a proximal end... Agent: Lahive & Cockfield, LLP

20070100211 - Illuminated surgical access system including a surgical access device and coupled light emitter: A surgical access system for providing access to a surgical site in a patient includes a surgical access device defining a port and a light emitter coupled to the surgical access device for illuminating the port. The light emitter preferably comprises an elongated shaft having a light transmitting element housed... Agent: Lahive & Cockfield, LLP

20070100212 - Surgical access system and related methods: A surgical access system including a tissue distraction assembly and a tissue retraction assembly, both of which may be equipped with one or more electrodes for use in detecting the existence of (and optionally the distance and/or direction to) neural structures before, during, and after the establishment of an operative... Agent: Jonathan Spangler Nu Vasive, Inc.

20070100213 - Emergency medical diagnosis and communications device: A portable emergency medical device capable of communicating with a remote location preferably as a cellular telephone that can measure one or more human vital parameters such as pulse rate, body temperature, skin moisture, blood pressure, ECG or blood chemistry and can receive symptoms from a user either by voice... Agent: Clifford Kraft

20070100214 - Method and apparatus for stimulating exercise: An apparatus for performing multisensory stimulation, to a participant, includes a support platform for supporting the participant. A horizontal linear actuator moves the support platform on a horizontal axis. A vertical linear actuator moves the support platform on a vertical axis. A sensory vestibular input is provided by moving the... Agent: Nolte Nolte & Hunter Christopher B Garvey

20070100215 - Preventing false locks in a system that communicates with an implanted wireless sensor: The present invention determines the resonant frequency of a wireless sensor by adjusting the phase and frequency of an energizing signal until the frequency of the energizing signal matches the resonant frequency of the sensor. The system energizes the sensor with a low duty cycle, gated burst of RF energy... Agent: John S. Pratt, Esq Kilpatrick Stockton, LLP

20070100216 - Psycho/physiological deception detection system and method for controlled substance surveillance: The psycho/physiological deception detection (PDDS) is a system and method employing PDDS tools to ensure patient truthfulness while conducting a patient interview to assess the severity of pain suffered by the patient and to assess the risk that the patient will divert controlled substances prescribed for the patient to an... Agent: Litman Law Offices, Ltd.

20070100217 - Noninvasive measurement system: The noninvasive measurement system provides a technique for manipulating wave data. In particular, wave data reflected from a biological entity is received, and the reflected wave data is correlated to a substance in the biological entity. The wave data may comprise light waves, and the biological entity may comprise a... Agent: Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Marmaro, LLP

20070100220 - Adjusting parameters used in pulse oximetry analysis: Adjusting a pulse qualification criterion includes receiving a signal representing a plurality of pulses, where the signal is generated in response to detecting light scattered from blood perfused tissue. A characteristic is determined. A pulse qualification criterion used for qualifying a pulse is adjusted in accordance with the characteristic. The... Agent: Fletcher Yoder (tyco International, Ltd.)

20070100218 - Single use pulse oximeter: A single use, self-contained, self-powered disposable oximeter, in the form of a patch or a bandage strip, has mounted thereto a light emitter and a light sensor that together measure at least the SpO2 of the patient. Mounted to an electronics layer of the patch is an application specific integrated... Agent: Louis Woo Law Office Of Louis Woo

20070100219 - Single use pulse oximeter: A single use, self-contained, self-powered disposable oximeter, in the form of a patch or a bandage strip, has mounted thereto a light emitter and a light sensor that together measure at least the SpO2 of the patient. Mounted to an electronics layer of the patch is an application specific integrated... Agent: Louis Woo Law Office Of Louis Woo

20070100221 - Vital information measuring device: A vital information measuring device includes: a measuring unit for measuring certain vital information concerning a living body; a storage for storing therein a signal outputted from the measuring unit as measurement data; a vital information acquirer for acquiring a sleep apnea index based on the measurement data stored in... Agent: Sidley Austin LLP

20070100222 - Analyte sensing apparatus for hospital use: A system is provided for monitoring blood glucose data of a patient. The system includes a sensing device and hospital monitor. The sensing device includes a sensor and sensor electronics and is adapted to transmit information to the hospital monitor while continuing to sense blood glucose data. The communication between... Agent: Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

20070100229 - Apparatus and method for delivering ablative laser energy and determining the volume of tumor mass destroyed: An apparatus and method for determining a volume of tumor mass destroyed. The present invention includes a temperature probe and a laser probe having a temperature sensor. The laser probe and temperature probe are inserted to measure a temperature of the tumor mass and a temperature of tissue mass surrounding... Agent: Bell, Boyd & Lloyd, LLP

20070100225 - Medical imaging modality: A medical imaging modality with a PET detector ring for Positron Emission Tomography connected on the data side to a PET image processing unit is to be structured in such a way that, on the basis of the images generated in the modality, a reliable detection and precise localization of... Agent: Siemens Corporation Intellectual Property Department

20070100226 - Medical imaging system for accurate measurement evaluation of changes in a target lesion: A body part is scanned to produce a first set of imaging data. A target lesion in the imaging data is identified. The body part is rescanned at a subsequent time so as to produce a second set of imaging data. The target lesion is identified in the second set... Agent: George A Leone, Sr Patent Attorney

20070100227 - Method and device for imaging an organ: The invention relates to a method and device for imaging a cyclically moving organ of a human or animal body, with a device supported such that it can be rotated at an angular velocity around the body recording images of the organ from different angle positions, with the angular velocity... Agent: Siemens Corporation Intellectual Property Department

20070100223 - Method and system for cardiac imaging and catheter guidance for radio frequency (rf) ablation: A method for imaging for cardiac catheter guidance comprises displaying a two-dimensional (2D) image of a heart, including a catheter; registering and blending the 2D image and a three-dimensional (3D) image of the heart to derive a blended image; displaying the blended image and the 3D image; and extracting an... Agent: Siemens Corporation Intellectual Property Department

20070100228 - Method for tracking blood vessels: A method for tracking images of a blood vessel wherein user indication of the source and terminus of an image of the blood vessel is provided and the Dijkstra algorithm is used to find the shortest path along the current established from a steady-state circuit model with the current source... Agent: Siemens Corporation Intellectual Property Department

20070100224 - Preplanning of guided medical procedures: A method of preplaining for guided medical procedures includes obtaining a first 3D diagnostic dataset for a region of interest of a subject. This first dataset can be a non-stereotactic dataset and provide sufficient contrast to identify target tissue in the region of interest. A treatment preplan is developed to... Agent: Akerman Senterfitt

20070100230 - Mr system and operating method therefor allowing selection of points in time of signal readout: In a method for operation of a magnetic resonance system, radio-frequency excitation pulses are radiated into a tissue that contains at least two different tissue types, namely a first tissue type with a first resonance frequency and a second tissue type with a second resonance frequency, a readout gradient is... Agent: Schiff Hardin, LLP Patent Department

20070100231 - 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

20070100232 - Electrode catheter for the electrotherapy of cardiac tissue: The present invention relates to an electrode catheter for defibrillation, mapping or ablation of cardiac tissue. Said catheter comprises a terminal (40) on the proximal end of the electrode catheter and one or more sensing and/or treatment electrodes (14, 16) that are situated on or in the vicinity of the... Agent: Dewitt Ross & Stevens S.c.

20070100233 - Apparatus and method for radiosurgery: A method and system is presented for treating moving target regions in a patient's anatomy by creating radiosurgical lesions. The method includes determining a pulsating motion of a patient separately from a determining of a respiratory motion, and directing a radiosurgical beam, from a radiosurgical beam source, to a target... Agent: Daniel E. Ovanezian Blakely, Sokoloff, Taylor & Zafman LLP

20070100234 - Methods and systems for tracking instruments in fluoroscopy: Methods and systems for displaying an instrument in a region of interest are provided. The imaging system includes a multi-slice detector, a processor coupled to the multi-slice detector, and a display configured to display reconstructed images. The processor is configured to receive a plurality of multi-slice scan data, identify at... Agent: Patrick W. Rasche (12553 - 1000)

20070100235 - Steerable catheter devices and methods of articulating catheter devices: Steerable catheter devices are provided having a proximal first end portion, an elongate intermediate portion, and a distal flexible second end portion defining a longitudinal axis, and at least one channel having a proximal opening and terminating at an occluded distal end radially offset relative to the central longitudinal axis... Agent: Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione/chicago/cook

20070100236 - Apparatus and method for image guided insertion and removal of a cannula or needle: A means for holding a selected cannula such that the cannula is controllably restricted in motion in all but one line, but still able to slide along the line relatively freely. The motion restricting force may be selectively varied, thereby allowing an unrestricted separation of the cannula and holding/guide device.... Agent: Black Lowe & Graham, PLLC

20070100238 - System and method for forming 3-dimensional images using multiple sectional plane images: The present invention relates to a system for forming 3-dimensional images, including: an image data forming unit for forming 3-dimensional volume data based on image signals; an image forming unit for forming multiple sectional plane images sliced along a predetermined direction in a 3-dimensional image, the image forming unit being... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland, Maier & Neustadt, P.C.

20070100237 - Ultrasonic diagnostic device and image processing device: A means to which at least two ROIs are input, a calculating means that calculates strain values of tissue with respect to the at least two ROIs by applying a pressure onto an object, and a display means that displays the strain values of the at least two ROIs so... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland, Maier & Neustadt, P.C.

20070100239 - System and method for characterizing vascular tissue: A system and method is provided for using ultrasound data backscattered from vascular tissue to estimate the transfer function of a catheter and/or substantially synchronizing the acquisition of blood-vessel data to an identifiable portion of heartbeat data. Specifically, in accordance with a first embodiment of the present invention, a computing... Agent: O'melveny & Myers LLP

20070100240 - Flywheel vibrator: The present invention is directed to an imaging tool to introduce a vibrational force into an object. The imaging tool includes a pair of flywheels that are driven by a motor in opposing rotational paths so as to introduce a harmonic mechanical excitation to the object. The imaging tool is... Agent: General Electric Company Global Research

20070100241 - Method for viewing through blood: A method for viewing through blood in situ comprising injecting a controlled amount of fluid into blood in the immediate region in front of an invasive optical assembly, temporarily changing the optical characteristics of the blood in said immediate region, and thereby improving visibility through said blood.... Agent: Ganz Law, P.C.

20070100242 - Electronic blood pressure monitor with which evaluation quantity related to cardiovascular risks can be calculated: A plurality of pieces of measurement result data measured in a prescribed period is retrieved from blood pressure data stored in a memory. A CPU determines whether at least a plurality of prescribed number of pieces of blood pressure data corresponding to each of the plurality of measurement conditions are... Agent: Morrison & Foerster LLP

20070100243 - Blood pressure sphygmomanometer for use with a common apparatus: A sphygmomanometer cuff assembly, air pump, pressure sensor and release valve are contained in an otherwise conventional computer mouse controller or are attached to a cell phone, television remote control or directly to a computer. In one embodiment the sphygmomanometer cuff is nominally positioned within a mouse structure and is... Agent: Leonard Tachner, A Professional Law Corporation

20070100244 - Wrist-worn monitor for heartbeat detection: A wrist-worn monitor for heartbeat detection includes a detecting device provided on a belt. The detecting device comprises a first detecting element on one side and a pair of second detecting elements on another side. When the belt is worn on a wrist of a user, the first detecting element... Agent: Rosenberg, Klein & Lee

20070100245 - Laser blood flow imaging apparatus: Provided is a laser blood flow imaging apparatus whose configuration is simple and which has functions of arithmetically and concurrently processing blood flows of all points of measurement. The laser blood flow imaging apparatus includes: a laser light irradiating unit for irradiating laser light of a predetermined wavelength to a... Agent: Burr & Brown

20070100246 - Heart rate based bioassessment method and apparatus: The physiological or mental functioning of a patient is assessed by subjecting a patient to a protocol expected to activate or suppress the neurhormonal systems that regulate blood flow. A physiological signal indicative of the cardiac cycle, such as the electrocardiograph signal, is then monitored in synchrony with performance of... Agent: Bacon & Thomas, PLLC

20070100247 - Combined wrist blood pressure and ecg monitor: A physiological monitor device (10) has physiological detection means, signal transducer means, control and calculating means as well as a display (15). The detection means has an inflatable cuff (12) with a pressure detection for blood pressure and an ECG electrode secured to the cuff. The cuff fits about the... Agent: Townsend And Townsend And Crew, LLP

20070100248 - Method of and apparatus for classifying arrhythmias using scatter plot analysis: A method of classifying arrhythmias using scatter plot analysis to define a measure of variability of a cardiac rhythm parameter such as for example, without limitation, R-R interval, A-A interval, and the slope of a portion of a cardiac signal, is disclosed. The variability measurement is derived from a scatter... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20070100249 - Apparatus for detecting diastolic heart failure: An implantable medical apparatus for detecting diastolic heart failure, DHF, has a DHF determining device for determining at least one DHF parameter for detecting a DHF state of the heart of a patient. The DHF includes circuitry for determining, as the DHF parameter, the time duration of a predetermined phase... Agent: Schiff Hardin, LLP Patent Department

20070100250 - Device and method for collection of exhaled alveolar breath condensate: A diagnosis method for respiratory disease based on the separation of the expired airway phase in an exhaled breath from the alveolar phase, and a device to accomplish the method. The device includes a cartridge assembly and a disposable condensing chamber carried in a substantially enclosed housing. The cartridge assembly... Agent: Kennedy Covington Lobdell & Hickman, LLP

20070100251 - System and method for prediction of cognitive decline: A system and method for prediction of cognitive decline, comprises an input receiving input data corresponding to brain activity of an individual and a processor coupled to the input for analyzing the input data to obtain a selected set of features, the processor comparing the selected set of features to... Agent: Fay Kaplun & Marcin, LLP

20070100252 - Portable electronic device with measuring fat function and measuring fat method thereof: A portable electronic device with fat measuring function and a fat measuring method thereof are provided. The portable electronic device includes a first button, a second button and a fat-measuring controlling circuit. The first button and the second button are made from a conductive material. The fat-measuring controlling circuit is... Agent: Thomas, Kayden, Horstemeyer & Risley, LLP

20070100253 - Electronic thermometer with sensor location: An electronic thermometer has a probe that is used to receive heat from a subject such as a patient for measuring the temperature of the patient. The probe is particularly constructed for simplified, accurate and repeatable assembly of its various component parts.... Agent: Tyco Healthcare - Edward S. Jarmolowicz

20070100254 - Apparatus for assisting operations of medical instrument attached to endoscope: An apparatus is provided which assists operations required for a medical instrument. A tubular portion and a therapeutic member of the instrument are inserted through a channel of an insertion tube of an endoscope. In the apparatus, a first drive unit enables the therapeutic member to perform the desired therapeutic... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20070100256 - Analyte monitoring system with integrated lancing apparatus: An analyte monitoring system for the determination of an analyte (such as glucose) in a bodily fluid sample (e.g., blood) includes an external system housing, a lancing apparatus and a meter for determination of the analyte. The lancing apparatus is integrated with the external system housing and includes an inner... Agent: Philip S. Johnson Johnson & Johnson

20070100255 - Method and apparatus for body fluid sampling and analyte sensing: A body fluid sampling system is provided for use on a tissue site. In one embodiment, the system comprises a cartridge; a penetrating member driver; a plurality of penetrating members arranged in a radial configuration on the cartridge wherein sharpened distal tips of the penetrating members point radially outward; wherein... Agent: Heller Ehrman LLP

20070100257 - Coupling wire guide: A coupling wire guide structured to be slidably coupled to a previously introduced wire guide. The coupling wire guide includes a main body having a distal section. The distal section includes an outer wire disposed over a safety wire. A loop wire is connected to the safety wire at two... Agent: Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione/chicago/cook

20070100258 - Robotic total/partial knee arthroplastics: A system and method for knee arthroplasty procedures, using a novel leg rotation fixture to enable the leg mechanical axis, the tibia and the femur to be mutually disposed such that the load bearing, mechanical axis of the leg runs through the center of the knee joint. A measurement gauge... Agent: Sughrue Mion, PLLC

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