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Surgery January USPTO class listing 01/08

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20080027265 - Shielded high dose radiation catheters: An apparatus and method for tailoring the radiation intensity about a radiation source, enabling affected zones of a cancerous tissue mass to receive full radiation dosage while limiting the exposure of unaffected regions where radiation exposure is not desired. The assembly includes a radiation attenuator partially covering the outer periphery... Agent: Ams Research Corporation

20080027268 - Method and apparaus for the surgical treatment of congestive heart failure: An apparatus implantable in a heart ventricle includes a frame configured to engage an inner circumferential periphery of the ventricle and to expand and contract between an expanded state corresponding to a desired end diastolic diameter of the ventricle and a contracted state corresponding to a desired end systolic diameter... Agent: Swanson & Bratschun, L.L.C.

20080027272 - Device for processing blood vessel harvested for bypass graft surgery: A vessel holder supports a blood vessel during processing for use in bypass graft surgery. The holder comprises a base and a first fixture mounted on the base for holding a first end of the blood vessel. The first fixture has a fluid supply needle for inserting into the first... Agent: Terumo Cardiovascular Systems Corporation Attn: Gael Diane Tisack

20080027266 - Brachytherapy apparatus and methods for using same: Apparatus, systems and methods are provided for delivering brachytherapy to a target tissue region of a human or other mammalian body. In some embodiments, a flexible brachytherapy device is implanted that includes a therapy delivery portion having one or more radioactive sources securely retained thereto, and a tail portion extending... Agent: VistaIPLaw Group LLP

20080027267 - Capsule endoscope storage case: In a storage case 40 for accommodating a capsule endoscope 2 in which a power supply can be operated by a predetermined magnetic force, when the capsule endoscope 2 is retained by both a retaining portion 41e3 provided in a blister pack 41 and a hole portion 42e1 provided in... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20080027270 - Fluid pressure generating means: A fluid pressure generating means (10) for a heart assist device having blood pumping means. The pressure generating means (10) includes a housing (11), defining an interior volume (18), and having a substantially rigid first housing portion (12), a substantially rigid second housing portion (14), a flexible third housing portion... Agent: Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLPIPProsecution Department

20080027269 - Methods of using pericardial inserts: Devices, systems and methods are provided which are capable of applying pressure and constraint to the heart and use the pericardium to assist in the application of the pressure and force to the heart.... Agent: Shayglenn LLP

20080027271 - Methods for pelvic reconstruction and related implants: The present invention provides methods for vaginal reconstruction and implants used for such reconstruction. Generally, a first exemplary implant is preferably trapezoidal and anchored at six locations at the arcus tendineus in accordance with the present invention. A second exemplary implant preferably comprises a half circle shape and is anchored... Agent: Kagan Binder, PLLC

20080027274 - Cardiac harness having interconnected strands: A cardiac harness for treating a patient's heart includes elastic rows connected by a connector assembly. The connector assembly can have a specific pattern, or can be formed of elongated elastic material connecting all of the apices of adjacent rows. The connectors maintain proper spacing between rows or rings on... Agent: Fulwider Patton LLP

20080027273 - Nonaugmentive mastopexy: Disclosed are methods and devices for minimally invasive mastopexy, or other soft tissue suspension, which may be accomplished with our without augmentation.... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

20080027275 - Clitoris friction stimulator and method for stimulating erogenic zones of a woman during a coition: The invention relates to medical engineering, in particular to exiting and attaining a woman orgasm. The invention consists of a stimulating element in the form of a strip having a relief surface, a connecting ring wearable on a coronal sulcus of a glans penis, a tension device and a method... Agent: Houston Eliseeva

20080027277 - Endoscope apparatus: An image converter receives image data of an object and performs a kind of image conversion on the image data to generate converted image data for display. A measurement section measures at least one spatial characteristic of the object based on: the converted image data, and optical data, which relates... Agent: Frishauf, Holtz, Goodman & Chick, PC

20080027276 - Endoscopic probe integrating a compact objective: An endoscopic probe is provided including a distal end (11, 31) having an image sensor (1) with a substantially rectangular light-sensitive surface (2) associated with an objective arranged for transmitting a light beam having a proximal section substantially identical to the light-sensitive surface of the image sensor. The objective includes... Agent: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld L.L.P.

20080027278 - Endoscopic apparatus and image pickup method for the same: An endoscopic apparatus having an image pickup system operating as follows. Before picking up a still image in a body cavity that almost no light can reach, the system extinguishes LED and resets charges accumulated in respective pixels in a CMOS image sensor. In this reset state, the system illuminates... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20080027279 - Endoscopic system and method for therapeutic applications and obtaining 3-dimensional human vision simulated imaging with real dynamic convergence: An endoscopic system and method that is adaptable for therapeutic applications as well as sensor operation and is capable of producing 3-dimensional human vision simulated imaging with real dynamic convergence, not virtual convergence. Applications may include use in any space, including but not limited to, intra-abdominal cavities, intra-thoracic cavities, and... Agent: Dorothy S. Morse

20080027280 - System and method for deposition and removal of an optical element on an endoscope objective: An applicator suitable for converting a white-light endoscope into an endoscope for combined white-light/fluorescence imaging is disclosed. The applicator facilitates attachment of an optical element, for example an optical filter, to a distal optical port of an endoscope. The applicator engages with alignment feature on the endoscope's distal end and... Agent: Rissman Jobse Hendricks & Oliverio, LLP

20080027281 - Colonoscope guide and method of use for improved colonoscopy: A guide and method for tilting a colonoscope in the rectum during a colonoscopy to attain a favorable direction for advancement of the scope through the colon. The guide comprises an at least partially rigid, elongated body member that, preferably, is attached to a handle at its proximal end. The... Agent: Richard A. Ryan Attorney At Law

20080027282 - Fluid-supplying/discharging system for use in medical apparatuses and endoscope apparatus: A fluid-supplying/discharging system for use in medical devices includes a supplying/discharging device and a tubular-path-resistance changing mechanism. The supplying/discharging device includes a pump capable of supplying and discharging fluid, a tubular path having two ends, connected at one end to the pump and at the other end to a medical... Agent: Ostrolenk Faber Gerb & Soffen

20080027283 - Endoscope system and method of retrieving a capule endoscope from a body cavity: An endoscope system for retrieving a capsule endoscope includes an endoscope and a receptacle. The endoscope includes an insertion section having a distal end and a proximal end and configured to be inserted into a body cavity of a patient, and an operation section arranged at the proximal end of... Agent: Ostrolenk Faber Gerb & Soffen

20080027284 - Endoscope having power shutdown unit: An endoscope to obtain an image inside a body cavity is provided. The endoscope includes an image capturing element, a power source, which supplies electric power to the image capturing element, a power shutdown unit, which shuts down the electric power to the image capturing element so that the image... Agent: Greenblum & Bernstein, P.L.C

20080027285 - Bending mechanism: A first bending portion, a second bending portion, a third bending portion, and a fourth bending portion are formed by a coiled spring. A front link member is disposed toward a front tube of the first bending portion, and a rear link member is disposed toward a rear tube of... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20080027286 - Removable filter apparatus and endoscope apparatus: A removable filter apparatus and an endoscope using the same which can easily select and transmit fluorescences of different wavelengths are provided. There is provided a removable filter apparatus 1 which is attached, in an attachable and removable manner, to a tip 32 of an inserting portion 30 of an... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20080027290 - Base station for retrieving data from and programming a medical device: A base station is disclosed for serving as a translator between a medical device and a computer in order to retrieve data from and to program the medical device. The medical device is preferably already set up and programmed such that it is capable of receiving instructions through said base... Agent: Daniel S. Polley, P.A.

20080027287 - Methods and materials for stabilizing analyte sensors: The disclosure provides a sensor including a sensor having an external surface and a cannula. The cannula comprises a substantially cylindrical wall encircling a lumen, at least one aperture and a distal end. The sensor is positioned within the lumen and the distal end of the cannula extends beyond the... Agent: Gates & Cooper LLP Howard Hughes Center

20080027288 - Rfid enabled apparatus for monitoring a medical status and a method thereof: The invention provides a system and method for monitoring a medical status of a user. The system and method includes a radio frequency identification transmitter for transmitting the medical status of the user, a radio frequency identification receiver for receiving the medical status of the user and comparing the medical... Agent: Siemens Corporation Intellectual Property Department

20080027292 - Computer-implemented method and apparatus for diabetes management: A computer-implemented method and apparatus assists a user with diabetes management. The apparatus and method enables the user to record a plurality of their life events; record a plurality of their emotions, each corresponding to one of the plurality of life events; record a plurality of their blood glucose levels,... Agent: Howard M Cohn Patent Attorney LLC

20080027291 - Electronic patient compliance device: An apparatus for monitoring patient compliance in the administration of medication includes a recording device for recording data related to administration of said medication by a patient, a collecting device and an electronic transmitting device for transmitting, via an electronic link, data to the collecting device. The data is related... Agent: Ward & Olivo

20080027289 - Implantable satellite effectors: Techniques for controlling one or more modular circuits (“satellites”) that are intended for placement in a subject's body. The one or more satellites are controlled by sending signals over a bus that includes first and second conduction paths. Also coupled to the bus in system embodiments is a device such... Agent: Bozicevic, Field & Francis LLP (proteus Biomedical, Inc)

20080027293 - Transfer assembly: A transfer assembly comprising an intracorporeal transfer coil of an implant, and an extracorporeal transfer coil of an extracorporeal supply unit. The transfer coil of the implant has permanently associated therewith a transmitting element. The transfer coil of the supply unit has permanently associated therewith at least one receiving element.... Agent: Paul D. Greeley Ohlandt, Greeley, Ruggiero & Perle, L.L.P.

20080027295 - Vital information measuring device, managing device, and vital information communication system: A vital information measuring device measures vital information of a measurement target person. The vital information measuring device includes (i) a data frame creating section for generating, by using a symbolic code assigned to an item regarding measurement processing of the vital information, a request data frame for use in... Agent: Birch Stewart Kolasch & Birch

20080027294 - Physiological parameter tracking system: A physiological parameter tracking system has a reference parameter calculator configured to provide a reference parameter responsive to a physiological signal input. A physiological measurement output is a physiological parameter derived from the physiological signal input during a favorable condition and an estimate of the physiological parameter according to the... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

20080027296 - Dermally affixed sensor device: An improved diagnostic analyte monitoring device has immovable, rigid sensors connected stationarily to control and measuring means and a flexible surface adhering to the skin and serving for the subcutaneous implantation of the sensors, actuated by means designed for easy handling. Concentrationtime profiles of endogenous and exogenous analytes measured with... Agent: Hogan & Hartson LLPIPGroup, Columbia Square

20080027297 - Non-invasive blood constituent measuring instrument and measuring method: A non-invasive blood constituents measuring instrument measures blood constituent values including blood glucose concentration in a living body non-invasively. The instrument is composed of a light source 11 to irradiate a light containing plural wavelengths to a living body 13, a light receiver 14 to detect the light transmitted through... Agent: Banner & Witcoff, Ltd.

20080027298 - System for repetitive measurements of cardiac output in freely moving individuals: A system for evaluating the cardiovascular system parameters using indicator dilution and non-invasive or minimally invasive detection and calibration methods are disclosed. Intravascular indicators are stimulated, and emissions patterns detected for computation of cardiac output, cardiac index, blood volume and other indicators of cardiovascular health.... Agent: Mcdermott Will & Emery LLP

20080027299 - Spectral analysis for a more reliable determination of physiological parameters: An apparatus for determining a spectral ratio between a first signal having a first spectrum which depends on a biological quantity, and a second signal having a second spectrum which depends on a biological quantity, the first signal and the second signal having a plurality of harmonics of a periodic... Agent: Glenn Patent Group

20080027300 - Oximetry probe assembly having a fluid seal: An oximetry probe assembly includes fluid seal assembly taking the form of a manually actuated plunger which moves relative to a barrel having a seal placed therein. Depression of the plunger causes the seal to be deformed so as to permit insertion of an oximetry probe through the seal and... Agent: Brian R. Woodworth

20080027301 - Analyte sensing and response system: Electrochemical systems for measuring an analyte concentration, and correcting any surplus or deficiency in the measured concentration. More specifically, systems for measuring an analyte level in a fluid with an implantable sensor, processing the measurements with an algorithm, and determining an appropriate fluid infusion rate in response to the measurements.... Agent: Kolisch Hartwell, P.C.

20080027302 - Integrated sample acquisition and analyte measurement device: A region of skin, other than the fingertips, is stimulated. After stimulation, an opening is created in the skin (e.g., by lancing the skin) to cause a flow of body fluid from the region. At least a portion of this body fluid is transported to a testing device where the... Agent: Jackson & Co., LLP

20080027303 - Catheter and method for maping a pulmonary vein: An improved catheter is provided that is particularly useful for mapping the pulmonary vein and other tubular regions of or near the heart. The catheter comprises an elongated catheter body having a proximal end, a distal end and at least one lumen extending longitudinally therethrough. A mapping assembly is mounted... Agent: Christie, Parker & Hale, LLP

20080027304 - Intraocular pressure attenuation device: Described herein are devices and methods that dampen transient intraocular pressure including pressure spikes experienced by the eye. The illustrative embodiments attenuate pressure waves and, thus, reduce wall stresses in a non-compliant eye such that the optic nerve is protected from damage in an ocular hypertensive or glaucoma patient, or... Agent: Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLPIPProsecution Department

20080027305 - Automatic determination of tumor load: Embodiments generally relate to the automatic diagnosis of tumors. At least one embodiment of the invention relates to a medical appliance, to a method and/or to a computer program for automatically determining the tumor load from data records from imaging methods. According to at least one embodiment of the present... Agent: Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C

20080027306 - System and method for initiating a diagnostic imaging scan: A method for initiating a diagnostic imaging scan for a diagnostic imaging system includes detecting an event. The event may be an event that indicates that the operator of the diagnostic imaging system is at a predetermined location. In response to the event, the diagnostic imaging scan is automatically started.... Agent: Peter Vogel Ge Healthcare

20080027307 - Drug application during a ct scan: Controlled local application of drugs to a certain part of a body of a patient may be of major importance during a cardiac CT scan. By transporting the drugs in containers which prevent an application of the drugs and by rupturing only those containers which are located in the vicinity... Agent: Philips Intellectual Property & Standards

20080027308 - Sensor device for operation in a time-varying magnetic field and method: A sensor device, in particular a PET detector, for operation in the time-varying magnetic field of a magnetic resonance tomograph. In at least one embodiment, a sensor circuit is for generating a sensor signal, as well as an induction circuit in which a compensation signal is induced. These signals are... Agent: Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C

20080027309 - Method and computer unit for setting an injection pump for image recording: A method is proposed for simple and quick setting of an injection pump for image recording. In at least one embodiment of the method, patient-specific and appliance-specific input parameters are entered and a contrast agent protocol is created from the patient-specific and appliance-specific input parameters, by computer, by way of... Agent: Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C

20080027310 - Method and system of tracking an intracorporeal device with mr imaging: A system and method for tracking or otherwise determining positioning of an intracorporeal device is provided. The invention includes a device that may be inserted into a subject and tracked based on an imageable tag included with the device. The imageable tag is at least partially formed of a substance... Agent: Ziolkowski Patent Solutions Group, Sc (gems)

20080027311 - Resonant transponder using self-resonance of coil: Described herein are one or more implementations for an electromagnetic (EM) position and orientation tracking system employing a self-resonant transponder.... Agent: Peter Vogel Ge Healthcare

20080027312 - Displaying object orientations on ball joints: A method for displaying, in the field of medical technology, an orientation of an object on a ball joint, includes: defining a zero angle projecting out of a joint cavity on the ball joint, wherein directions are defined as anatomical directions; defining a preferred direction of the object, wherein the... Agent: Renner, Otto, Boisselle & Sklar, LLP

20080027313 - System and method for radar-assisted catheter guidance and control: A Catheter Guidance Control and Imaging (CGCI) system whereby a magnetic tip attached to a surgical tool is detected, displayed and influenced positionally so as to allow diagnostic and therapeutic procedures to be performed is described. The tools that can be so equipped include catheters, guidewires, and secondary tools such... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

20080027314 - Image processor for medical treatment support: C

20080027316 - Live fluoroscopic roadmapping including targeted automatic pixel shift for misregistration correction: An X-ray diagnostic imaging system for conducting live fluoroscopic subtraction imaging is described as including an X-ray source for directing X-ray radiation to a patient being examined, an x-ray imaging device positioned for receiving the X-ray radiation and acquiring images in response thereto and a processor arranged in communication with... Agent: Siemens Corporation Intellectual Property Department

20080027315 - Processing and presentation of electronic subtraction for tagged colonic fluid and rectal tube in computed colonography: A method and system for the use of a CAD algorithm that can be used to automatically detect retained colonic fluid and the rectal tube in computed tomographic (CT) imagery of a patient's colon is disclosed. The CAD algorithm can then electronically subtract the fluid and rectal tube from the... Agent: Foley Hoag, LLP Patent Group, World Trade Center West

20080027317 - Scanned laser vein contrast enhancer: The present invention is a Miniature Vein Enhancer that includes a Miniature Projection Head. The Miniature Projection Head may be operated in one of three modes, AFM, DBM, and RTM. The Miniature Projection Head of the present invention projects an image of the veins of a patient, which aids the... Agent: Thomas A. O'rourke Bodner & O'rourke

20080027319 - Phase selection for cardiac contrast assessment: In one embodiment, at least one visual characteristic from a selected image is used to automatically select an ultrasound image from a set of images from a plurality of heart cycles. In another embodiment, motion correction is performed on ultrasound images that are automatically selected from a plurality of ultrasound... Agent: Siemens Corporation Intellectual Property Department

20080027318 - Ultrasonographic device: An ultrasonographic technique capable of forming a transmission beam enabling multi-beam transmission/reception of identical transmission sensitivity. An ultrasonographic device for imaging inside of an examinee includes a transmitter for transmitting an ultrasonic pulse signal from an ultrasonic element array to the examinee, and a receiver for receiving the ultrasonic pulse... Agent: Antonelli, Terry, Stout & Kraus, LLP

20080027320 - Multidimensional transducer systems and methods for intra patient probes: Endocavity and invasive catheter transducers for four-dimensional or other imaging are provided. A two-dimensional or other multi-dimensional array of elements is connected with a minimum number of conductors to an imaging system. One or more conductors are used to select an aperture, such as selecting one or more rows of... Agent: Siemens Corporation Intellectual Property Department

20080027321 - Multi stage beamforming: Beamforming for N elements in performed in log(N) steps of complexity O(N). The signals measured at each element are treated as a receive beam formed by that element with a beam width equal to the element pattern or the width of the transmit illumination. In each of multiple stages, the... Agent: Siemens Corporation Intellectual Property Department

20080027322 - Steered continuous wave doppler methods and systems for two-dimensional ultrasound transducer arrays: Methods and systems for acquiring spectral and velocity information with a multi-dimensional array are provided. For example, a dedicated receive aperture is formed at a multi-dimensional array for steered continuous wave imaging. Other elements not within the dedicated receive aperture are used for transmitting continuous waves or transmitting and receiving... Agent: Siemens Corporation Intellectual Property Department

20080027323 - Steered continuous wave doppler methods and systems for two-dimensional ultrasound transducer arrays: Methods and systems for acquiring spectral and velocity information with a multi-dimensional array are provided. For example, a dedicated receive aperture is formed at a multi-dimensional array for steered continuous wave imaging. Other elements not within the dedicated receive aperture are used for transmitting continuous waves or transmitting and receiving... Agent: Siemens Corporation Intellectual Property Department

20080027324 - Device for generation of a triggering signal: A device for generation of a triggering signal (8) for synchronized acquisition of heart images in nuclear medicine, cardiology and radiology, comprising a detector connected to a circuit (6) of signal correction and an evaluation circuit (3). The detector includes a detector of physiological signals of arteries.... Agent: Hovey Williams LLP

20080027325 - Ultrasound apparatus: There is disclosed an ultrasound apparatus comprising an ultrasound transducer that operates in a target plane, and a light source that emits a broad, planar light beam that is co-planar with said target plane and directed relative to said ultrasound transducer to illuminate at least a region where an instrument... Agent: Fitch Even Tabin And Flannery

20080027327 - Array rotation for ultrasound catheters: A transducer array is connected with a catheter housing. As the transducer array is rotated, the catheter housing also rotates. As a result, at least a portion of the catheter housing twists about a longitudinal axis. By applying rotation in a controlled way, such as with a motor, a plurality... Agent: Siemens Corporation Intellectual Property Department

20080027326 - Ultrasonic probe: The present invention relates to an ultrasonic probe comprising a group of piezoelectric elements consisting of a plurality of piezoelectric elements of a narrow card shape arrayed in a long-axis direction thereof and a rotational mechanism that rotates and oscillates said group of piezoelectric elements to the left and right... Agent: Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP

20080027328 - Multi-focal treatment of skin with acoustic energy: Methods and apparatus are disclosed for applying acoustic energy to the skin. Acoustic waveguides with elements of varying thickness or shape are disclosed which deliver energy to more than one depth below a surface of the skin substantially simultaneously. The invention is especially useful with devices that focus ultrasound energy... Agent: Nutter Mcclennen & Fish LLP

20080027329 - System, apparatus and method for measurement of motion parameters of an in-vivo device: A system, apparatus and method may measure motion parameters of an in-vivo device, utilizing for example surface or flow irregularities for calculation of movement, distance, velocity etc. There may be provided with an in-vivo imaging device a motion parameter measurement unit that may include one or more of illumination sources... Agent: Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer, LLP

20080027330 - Risk assessment method for acute cardiovascular events: Methods and apparatus are provided for assessing the risk of an acute cardiovascular event that includes providing an endothelial or vascular function test to identify higher risk from lower risk individuals in a population of symptomatic individuals presenting with chest pain that have inconclusive results in ECG and cardiovascular marker... Agent: Wong, Cabello, Lutsch, Rutherford & Brucculeri, L.L.P.

20080027331 - Apparatus for and method of biotic sleep state determining: A biotic sleep state determining apparatus that determines a sleep state of a subject based on a series of pulse interval data that indicate a time interval of one cycle of a pulse wave of the subject, and on body movement data that indicates a body movement of the subject,... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland Maier & Neustadt, P.C.

20080027332 - Miniature pressure sensor assembly for catheter: A catheter with a lumen containing a MLCC sensor assembly provides many advantages. The MLCC package can have a reference hole linking to a channel that is buried or on bottom layer of the package to provide venting or a reference input to a pressure sensor. A channel passing completely... Agent: Kris Fredrick Honeywell International, Inc.

20080027333 - Noninvasive apparatus and method for estimating blood pressure: Methods and apparatus for noninvasively estimating a blood pressure are provided. A target interval is determined from a diastolic signal such that the target interval includes an S2 component. The S2 component is extracted from the diastolic signal using the target interval and is analyzed in the target interval to... Agent: Ratnerprestia

20080027334 - Coaxial dual lumen pigtail catheter: A method of measuring differential pressure between a left ventricle and an aorta across an aortic valve for diagnosis of aortic stenosis using a coaxial dual lumen pigtail catheter that utilizes coaxial construction incorporating a thin wall guiding catheter technology for the outer lumen and using a strong braided diagnostic... Agent: Patterson, Thuente, Skaar & Christensen, P.A. 4800 Ids Center

20080027335 - Automatic decompression valve for sphygmomanometer with extension spring: Disclosed is an automatic decompression valve for sphygmomanometer with an extension spring, which can decompress pressure at a constant without control of the decompression vale of the sphygmomanometer, and be used uprightly regardless of a peripheral circumstance. The automatic decompression valve includes: a valve body having an inlet through which... Agent: Greenblum & Bernstein, P.L.C

20080027336 - Cuff cover and cuff for using the same: There is provided a throwaway cuff cover capable of being used for all types of cuffs and performing triage at the same time. The cuff cover has a long main cover 20 which is wound around the upper arm of the human body and a sub-cover 30 shorter than the... Agent: Kanesaka Berner And Partners LLP

20080027337 - Systems and methods for heart rate monitoring, data transmission, and use: In a first aspect, a heart rate monitoring system is provided that includes (1) a heart rate monitor adapted to wirelessly transmit a signal indicative of a heart rate of a user; and (2) a user device adapted to receive the signal from the heart rate monitor, process the signal,... Agent: Dugan & Dugan, P.C.

20080027340 - Earphone sensor system for measuring electrocardiogram signals: An earphone sensor system for measuring electrocardiogram signals provides convenient and comfortable noninvasive electrocardiogram signal measuring for a subject. The electrocardiogram signal measuring system includes an electrocardiogram signal analyzing apparatus and an earphone sensing apparatus. The electrocardiogram signal analyzing apparatus includes an amplifier module, a microcontroller, a display, a radio... Agent: Egbert Law Offices

20080027338 - Electrocardiogram monitoring: Techniques for determining whether one or more leads are not adequately connected to a patient, e.g., for ECG monitoring, are described. The techniques involve injection of an integrated signal (which includes a test signal) into one lead, and monitoring the driven lead and the response at the other leads, including... Agent: Mary Y. Redman Medtronic, Inc.

20080027339 - Electrocardiogram waveform correction display and electrocardiogram waveform correction display method: The present invention provides a cardiogram waveform correcting and displaying device capable of facilitating visibility of cardiogram waveforms. A first filtering means 58-1 through n th filtering means 58-n are low-cut filters, each having a first cutoff frequency fc1 through an n th cutoff frequency fcn respectively. Recognition means 56... Agent: Sheridan Ross P C

20080027341 - Method and system for extracting cardiac parameters from plethysmographic signals: This invention provides methods and systems for extracting cardiac parameters, including ventricular wall motion, from a plethysmographic signal is provided. Additionally, the invention provides a wide range of uses and system configurations for cardiac monitoring, including ambulatory uses, uses for stress testing, uses for monitoring first responder personnel, and the... Agent: Winston & Strawn LLP Patent Department

20080027342 - Prioritized multicomplexor sensing circuit: An implantable medical device having a prioritized multiplexor sensing circuit used for monitoring the condition or status of a patient. The device includes patient parameter sensors, such as electrodes, that are monitored for indications of significant events. Sensors indicating the presence of significant events may then be monitored more often... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20080027343 - Methods and devices for lung treatment: A method of diagnosing collateral ventilation between regions of a lung includes the step of measuring at least one parameter associated with a target lung region while a catheter is positioned in the target lung region. A level of collateral fluid flow into the target lung region is detected based... Agent: Fish & Richardson, PC

20080027344 - Modular sidestream gas sampling assembly: Apparatus and method of sampling gas from a patient using a gas sampling assembly that include a patient interface assembly having a patient interface portion and a first gas sampling tube. The patient interface portion communicates with an airway of a patient and is attached to a first end of... Agent: Michael W. Haas Respironics, Inc.

20080027345 - Electrode apparatus for detecting brain waves and package: The labor involved in cleaning for each examination is reduced, the examination can be carried out hygienically, and the convenience of use is improved. An electrode apparatus for detecting brain waves which is arranged in contact with the scalp and which detects brain wave signals is provided. The electrode apparatus... Agent: Scully, Scott, Murphy & Presser, P.C.

20080027346 - Method and device for the recording, localization and stimulation-based mapping of epileptic seizures and brain function utilizing the intracranial and extracranial cerebral vasculature and/or central and/or peripheral nervous system: Principles from the analogous field of cardiac electrophysiology are translated to neuro electrophysiology whereby electrically competent catheters and introducing devices are threaded intravascularly through large vessel access (e.g., leg or arm) into the arterial or more typically the venous system to or within the brain tissue, possibly targeting a specific... Agent: Woodcock Washburn LLP

20080027347 - Minimally invasive monitoring methods: The present invention provides methods for minimally invasive, long term monitoring of a physiological signal (e.g., neural signals) from a patient. In preferred embodiments, neural signals are sampled from the patient with an externally powered, leadless implanted device and are transmitted to an external device for further processing.... Agent: Shayglenn LLP

20080027348 - Minimally invasive monitoring systems for monitoring a patient's propensity for a neurological event: The present invention provides systems and methods for ambulatory, long term monitoring of a physiological signal from a patient. At least a portion of the systems of the present invention may be implanted within the patient in a minimally invasive manner. In preferred embodiments, brain activity signals are sampled from... Agent: Shayglenn LLP

20080027349 - Adaptations to intra-thoracic fluid monitoring algorithm: Adaptations to an intra-thoracic fluid-status-trend indication and/or alert algorithm are disclosed. Some embodiments monitor fluid levels in heart failure patients and others suffering from pulmonary edema and the like. Some embodiments reset a cumulative fluid index when a short-term intra-thoracic impedance value exceeds a baseline impedance value minus a predetermined... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20080027350 - Methods and apparatus for localization, diagnosis, contact or activity detection of bio-electric tissue: Methods and apparatus for localization, diagnosis, contact or activity detection of bio-electric tissue providing improved sensitivity to the distance between a sensing electrode and bio-electric tissue and providing the means to measure the impedance of the tissue between a sensing electrode and bio-electric tissue. In accordance with the method, a... Agent: Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zafman

20080027351 - Die swell fertility assessment for humans and other mammals: apparatus and method: A method and apparatus for assessing fertility in mammalian females comprising sampling cervical-vaginal fluid, measuring one or more of the sample's viscoelastic properties, and evaluating the measurement to determine fertility. Preferable embodiments of the current invention may utilize measurement of the viscoelastic property of die swell ratio, or other viscoelastic... Agent: John K. Buche

20080027352 - Cognitive function training unit: This cognitive function training unit comprises an eye-target showing means for showing a movable eye-target on a display disposed in front of the subject's eye, an eye movement measuring means for measuring a position and/or movement of the subject's eye, and a judgment means for judging whether the subject can... Agent: Kratz, Quintos & Hanson, LLP

20080027353 - Method of making and using a library of biological information: Biologic information is obtained concerning a member of a population by obtaining a tissue sample from the member, storing the sample without embedding it in an embedding medium, retrieving from storage the sample associated with the member and thereafter analyzing it for biologic information. The tissue sample may be all... Agent: Renner Otto Boisselle & Sklar, LLP

20080027354 - Method for improving the accuracy of a bronchial biopsy, and device for carrying out a method for improving the accuracy of a bronchial biopsy: A method is disclosed for improving the accuracy of a bronchial biopsy. In at least one embodiment, the method includes detecting the position and extent of a lesion to be biopsied by way of imaging methods, calculating the maximum biopsy depth with a known biopsy inaccuracy as a function of... Agent: Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C

20080027355 - Biopsy device: Biopsy devices, as well as related methods and systems, are disclosed.... Agent: Fish & Richardson PC

20080027356 - Anatomical visualization and measurement system: A method for deploying a device in a tortuous vessel, comprising: placing a virtual generalized-cylinder within a virtual representation of the tortuous vessel; measuring length along the perimeter of the virtual generalized-cylinder at a set numbers of longitudes; determining the maximum measured length; selecting a device based upon the maximum... Agent: Mark J. Pandiscio Pandiscio & Pandiscio, P.C.

20080027357 - Method for managing labor and childbirth: A method for managing labor and childbirth allows a laboring woman to push prior to full dilation and helps to prevent extreme pain, prolonged labor, and unnecessary cesarean sections and epidural anesthesia. The method involves the initial step of encouraging a laboring woman to wait, without pushing, through first and... Agent: Weiss & Moy PC

20080027358 - Morphometry of a bodily hollow system: The present invention relates to the determining of morphometric properties of bodily hollow systems at the natural state or during distension of the organ using a balloon or bag. A method of obtaining morphometric measures of a hollow internal organ is disclosed. The method comprising the steps of introducing from... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

  
01/24/2008 > patent applications in patent subcategories. USPTO class listing

20080021256 - Method, apparatus, and system for detecting disease states in a living body using a gamma ray counter: A method and system of detecting a disease state in a targeted organ is described using nuclear medicine techniques. In preferred embodiments, a radiotracer with specific uptake for diseased portions of the targeted organ is administered to a patient. A gamma ray counter with at least one gamma ray detector... Agent: Richard Yoon

20080021263 - Implantable mechanical device that have the ability to apply traction to organs or anatomical tissues for its reposition during and after a surgical intervention: Implantable mechanical device to apply traction to organs or anatomical tissues for its repositioning during and after a surgical intervention that comprises an implantable box in whose inside housing a drum with a toothed wheel that gears in a worm are housed to wind in a traction threads and a... Agent: Ralph A. Dowell Of Dowell & Dowell P.C.

20080021257 - X-ray brachytherapy system and device: An improved x-ray brachytherapy system and related methods for delivering low dose radiation to a treatment location while minimizing damage to surrounding healthy tissue. Generally, the x-ray brachytherapy system can include a device controller, a device positioner, system imagery, and an x-ray brachytherapy probe having two or more delivery needles.... Agent: Ams Research Corporation

20080021258 - Medical devices for occlusion of blood flow: A medical, surgical, or operating kit for occluding or controlling blood flow or fluid flow is disclosed. The kit is comprised of (a) a dispersion of magnetic microparticles which can be administered into a blood vessel or fluid vessel, and (b) an external magnetic field source which is adapted to... Agent: Woodard, Emhardt, Moriarty, Mcnett & Henry LLP

20080021259 - Device for the epicardial support and/or resumption of cardiac activity: A device for epicardial support and/or the assuming of cardiac activity having a double membrane (1) having an elastic inner membrane (2) and a non-expandable outer membrane (3) as well as a closed cavity (4) formed therebetween which can be inflated and deflated by means of a fluid. With the... Agent: Roberts, Mlotkowski & Hobbes

20080021260 - Device for the modulation of cardiac end diastolic volume: The present invention provides methods, systems, kits and devices that reduce dyskinesis and hypokinesis. For example, the direct compression cardiac device may be positioned about at least a portion of a heart, and includes a resilient inner panel in contact with at least a portion of the heart periphery, one... Agent: Chalker Flores, LLP

20080021261 - Incubator device: A device for an incubator (1) comprising a platform (6), a ventilation aggregate (12) and a cover (8), wherein the cover (8) comprises a chamber (30) communicating with the ventilation aggregate (12) via at least a first duct (14), and with a patient bed rest (10) of the incubator (1)... Agent: Patterson & Sheridan, L.L.P.

20080021262 - Process for effecting the relaxation of muscles of a human by means of fragrance: Described is a process for effecting the relaxation of a tensive back, shoulder or neck muscle of a human mammal for a substantial period of time. The process of our invention consists essentially of the step of continuously or periodically administering to said human mammal through inhalation over a stress... Agent: Joseph F. Leightner, Esq. International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.

20080021264 - Implant inserted without bone anchors: The present invention discloses an implant, a method and a kit for treatment of fecal and urinary incontinence in a patient. Novel methods and assemblies for use in conjunction with the implant are also described.... Agent: Ams Research Corporation

20080021265 - Prosthesis to be implanted in a human body for repairing or treating pelvic organ prolapses in a female patient and surgical method using such a prosthesis: A procedure for treating pelvic organ prolapses in a female patient using a synthetic, biological or mixed implantable prosthesis includes steps of: a) preparing the patient as for a conventional laparoscopy; b) performing rectovaginal dissection down to the levator-ani; c) dissecting the vesico-vaginal space, preferably up to the bladder trigone;... Agent: Young & Thompson

20080021266 - Pericardial reinforcement device: The following relates to catheter-based devices, systems, and methods for minimally-invasively delivering an inflatable pericardial support into the pericardial space of a mammalian myocardium. The devices and systems include extending and positioning plural support members through a catheter into the pericardial space and then positioning the inflatable member on the... Agent: Weingarten, Schurgin, Gagnebin & Lebovici LLP

20080021267 - Glans-stripper apparatus to hold the tucked up foreskin at the root of the erect penis: The Glans-stripper provides a naked glans during sex by holding the tucked up foreskin at the root of the erection leaving the hands free for other use. The more sensitive inside layer of the foreskin will be stretched outwardly all over the erection and the completely naked glans will be... Agent: Brooks Kushman P.C.

20080021268 - Endoscope: An endoscope according to the present invention comprises an insertion portion, an operation portion, an image pickup device provided in the operation portion, an image display device connected to the operation portion and provided with a monitor portion, an image processing portion such as an image pickup device control circuit... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20080021269 - Positioning system for manipulating a treatment instrument at the end of a medical device: Embodiments of the invention include a medical device for accessing a patient's body portion and used for diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions. Embodiments of the invention may include a particular endoscopic positioning mechanism for placing an endoscope and an additional treatment device within desired body portions in order to... Agent: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP

20080021270 - Body insertable apparatus and body insertable apparatus system: In a capsule endoscope that functions as one example of a body insertable apparatus, a first imaging mechanism, a second imaging mechanism, a data generator, and a timing controller are provided on a same imaging board. The first imaging mechanism and the second imaging mechanism are arranged inside an outer... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20080021273 - Detachable endotracheal camera: A low cost camera and radio frequency transmitter are detachably coupled to an endotracheal tube to obtain an image in real time of tissue at the distal end of the endotracheal tube. The image recorded by the camera is transmitted to a low cost radio frequency receiver nearby and conveyed... Agent: C. Robert Von Hellens Cahill, Von Hellens & Glazer P.L.C

20080021272 - Endoscope system: An endoscope 2 has a CCD 9 incorporated in the distal part of an insertion unit 6 thereof. The sensitivity of the CCD 9 can be varied by applying a plurality of pulsating driving signals so as to change an electron multiplication rate. The endoscope 2 is connected to a... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20080021271 - Endoscope with a digital view system such as a digital camera: An endoscope with a digital viewing system, such as a digital camera, with a housing having a longitudinal axis, with a lens attached to the housing and with an electronic image sensor positioned in the interior of the housing for converting a picture delivered through the lens into a digital... Agent: Paul A. Fattibene Fattibene & Fattibene

20080021274 - Endoscopic medical device with locking mechanism and method: An endoscopic system having an endoscope carrying an endoscopic medical device that can be an auxiliary rear-ward facing camera or medical tool for cutting, ablation, cutting, suturing, retracting, manipulating, suction, or irrigation. A locking assembly allows the user of the system to lock the rotational orientation of a distal portion... Agent: Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P.

20080021275 - Methods and systems for optical imaging or epithelial luminal organs by beam scanning thereof: Arrangements, apparatus, systems and systems are provided for obtaining data for at least one portion within at least one luminal or hollow sample. The arrangement, system or apparatus can be (insertable via at least one of a mouth or a nose of a patient. For example, a first optical arrangement... Agent: Dorsey & Whitney LLP Intellectual Property Department

20080021276 - Protective probe tip, particularly for use on a fiber-optic probe used in an endoscopic application: A fiber probe tip, particularly for use on a fiber-optic probe in endoscopic applications. The probe tip prevents contamination of the probe imaging elements and maintains proper distal relationships between imaging components and tissue under examination. In one embodiment, the fiber probe tip is comprised of a sheath placed over... Agent: Withrow & Terranova, P.l.l.c.

20080021277 - Methods for stabilizing and positioning an endoscope and surgical procedures: Methods for stabilizing and positioning an endoscope using various braided devices and suture techniques. Related endoscopic surgical procedures are also disclosed.... Agent: Philip S. Johnson Johnson & Johnson

20080021278 - Surgical device with removable end effector: A surgical device and end effector connection system therefor include an easy-to-engage mechanism for connecting a handle/shaft/actuation rod unit to an end effector. This mechanism may utilize an axially engageable inner ball/socket inner connection with a threaded outer connection, or an inner bayonet connection with either an outer bayonet connection... Agent: Allegiance Corporation

20080021279 - Endoscope: In a drive mechanism which displaces a movable lens to be displaced, a shape memory element which is displaced due to heating. A displaceable range of a movable lens is restricted between a first position and a second position. With the shape memory element in a heated state upon applying... Agent: Thomas Spinelli Scully, Scott, Murphy & Presser

20080021280 - Fluid supply apparatus for endoscope and endoscope: A fluid supply apparatus for an endoscope that is connected to an endoscope main body that has a forceps channel that has a forceps aperture in a base end and into which a treatment tool is inserted, and a suction channel that branches from a branching portion provided partway along... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20080021281 - Body insertable apparatus: A plurality of LEDs 72, which includes a power unit including two electrodes 72a connected to an illuminating board 71 and includes an irradiation unit 72b formed on a top portion of the power unit, with a stair-shaped structure in which an end surface 72b1 in a longitudinal side of... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20080021282 - Endoscope with variable direction of view module: A flexible variable direction of view endoscope with a pivotable view vector and a rotatable distal section.... Agent: St. Onge Steward Johnston & Reens, LLC

20080021283 - Apparatus and method for retracting tissue of a patient during an orthopaedic surgical procedure: A apparatus and method for retracting tissue of a patient during the performance of an orthopaedic surgical procedure includes creating an incision in a tissue of the patient in the presence of a magnetic field. The magnetic field is generated by a computer assisted orthopaedic surgery system. The tissue surrounding... Agent: Barnes & Thornburg LLP

20080021284 - Surgical access system and method of using the same: A surgical access system includes retractor for creating an access path between an incision site and a surgical site. The retractor includes a frame having a base member and a pair of generally curved rails extending therefrom. A tubular member is coupled to the frame and includes first and second... Agent: Wood, Herron & Evans (zimmer Spine)

20080021285 - Surgical retractor for use with minimally invasive spinal stabilization systems and methods of minimally invasive surgery: A surgical retractor for use with a spinal stabilization system including a plurality of bone anchors and a plurality of anchor extensions. The surgical retractor includes a frame positionable between a first anchor extension connected to a first bone anchor implanted in a first vertebra and a second anchor extension... Agent: Philip S. Johnson Johnson & Johnson

20080021286 - Retractor: A retractor (1) that is meant to be placed in a wound (7) to hold this open during a surgical operation, comprising a shackle of a plastic material pervious for X-ray radiation. The shackle has to resilient legs (2a, 2b), that in a resilient way can be brought towards each... Agent: Hayes Soloway P.C.

20080021288 - Method and system for generating personalized health information with accommodation for consumer health terminology: The invention features methods, systems, and computer programs for generating a customized set of possible medical conditions, thereby providing access to medical information relevant to the user's state of health. The methods and systems involve at least some of the following steps: receiving a list of symptoms specified in terms... Agent: Wilmerhale/boston

20080021289 - Acoustic communication transducer in implantable medical device header: An implantable medical device is adapted for implantation into body tissue. The implantable medical device comprises a housing and a header coupled to the housing. A cavity is located in the header. An ultrasonic transducer adapted to transmit acoustic waves at a communication frequency is located in the cavity, and... Agent: Faegre & Benson, LLP Boston Scientific Patent Dock

20080021291 - Integrated lancet and blood glucose meter system: A sensor array designed to be continuously indexed through a compatible blood glucose test monitor for the purpose of conducting multiple consecutive blood glucose measurements. The sensor array can be configured to substantially conform to a non-planar surface. In one embodiment, the sensor array includes first and second test sensors... Agent: Jackson & Co., LLP

20080021290 - Measuring method and measuring device: The present invention is to present a measuring device which can conduct stable extraction and measurement of interstitial fluid. The measuring device comprises: a device body which comprises an extraction part for extracting body fluid from a living body and a measuring part for measuring a biological component contained in... Agent: Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione

20080021292 - Multiplexed electrode array extension: A method for selectively interacting with electrically excitable tissue of a patient is provided. In one configuration, an implantable pulse generator with a number of outputs and an array of electrodes with a number of electrodes being greater than the umber of outputs may be implanted in a patient. An... Agent: Medtronic, Inc.

20080021287 - System and method for adaptively adjusting patient data collection in an automated patient management environment: A system and method for adaptively adjusting patient data collection in an automated patient management environment is presented. A patient is monitored through continual remote patient management. Physiological measures are collected from the patient on a substantially regular basis. The collected physiological measures are analyzed to evaluate patient status based... Agent: Cascadia Intellectual Property

20080021293 - Method and apparatus for monitoring glucose levels in a biological tissue: In accordance with the invention, a low coherence interferometer is used to non-invasively monitor the concentration of glucose in blood by shining a light over a surface area of human or animal tissue, continuously scanning the light over a two dimensional area of the surface, collecting the reflected light from... Agent: Nutter Mcclennen & Fish LLP

20080021294 - Disposable blood glucose sensor with internal pump: An apparatus and method are disclosed for automatically and periodically measuring the level of a patient's blood glucose when a patient has a catheter in a blood vessel. A wearable, disposable test unit is attached by air, fluid and electric lines to a bedside monitor. The test unit has a... Agent: Bruce H. Johnsonbaugh Eckhoff & Hoppe

20080021295 - Sample acquisition and analyte measurement device: A sensor, and methods of making, for determining the concentration of an analyte, such as glucose or lactate, in a biological fluid such as blood or serum, using techniques such as coulometry, amperometry, and potentiometry. The sensor includes a working electrode and a counter electrode, and can include an insertion... Agent: Jackson & Co., LLP

20080021296 - Sensor-dispensing device and mechanism for extracting sensor: A cartridge assembly is adapted to be used in a sensor-dispensing device. The cartridge assembly comprises an end cap, a disposable cartridge and a sealing mechanism. The end cap includes one opening. The disposable cartridge comprises an outer and inner cartridge. The inner cartridge contains sensors arranged in a stack... Agent: Nixon Peabody LLP

20080021297 - Method,a system for generating a spatial roadmap for an interventional device and quality control system for guarding the spatial accuracy thereof: The invention relates to a method, a system for generating a spatial roadmap for an interventional device and a quality control system for guarding the spatial accuracy thereof. In an embodiment of the system 100 for practicing the invention an X-ray imager 100a is used for acquiring suitable images Di-1,... Agent: Philips Intellectual Property & Standards

20080021298 - Apparatus and method for self-measurement of intraocular pressure: An apparatus and method for the self-measurement of intraocular pressure utilize a tonometer disposed within a housing and having a tonometer tip. The apparatus further includes an adjustment mechanism in communication with the tonometer for positioning the tonometer tip in contact with a test eye of the user, and an... Agent: Brooks Kushman P.C.

20080021300 - Four-dimensional target modeling and radiation treatment: A method and apparatus to generate a four-dimensional correlation model for a target region and to develop a radiation treatment plan which includes a relative movement between a target region and a radiation beam path.... Agent: Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zafman

20080021299 - Method for selecting modular implant components: A method for selecting modular neck components for hip implants based on independent variables associated with physical characteristics of the implant, including leg length, offset, and anteversion. During surgery, the surgeon may be confronted with a need to change a preoperatively-chosen modular neck. For example, the surgeon may desire a... Agent: Zimmer Technology - Baker & Daniels

20080021301 - Methods and apparatus for volume computer assisted reading management and review: A method includes providing an auto visualization display based on at least one quantitative analysis of at least one object of interest's progress over time regarding therapy response parameters over time.... Agent: Thomas M. Fisher Fisher Patent Group LLC

20080021302 - Method and device for evaluation of an image and/or of a time sequence of images of tissue or tissue samples: A method for quantitative evaluation of an image and/or of an image sequence of tissue or tissue samples for the presence of pathological changes using a database in which there are stored pattern image data and/or pattern image data sequences of tissue patterns that have been identified as predominantly or... Agent: Patterson, Thuente, Skaar & Christensen, P.A.

20080021303 - Method and apparatus for accelerated spiral-coded imaging in magnetic resonance tomography: In a method and apparatus for accelerated spiral-coded imaging in magnetic resonance tomography using spiral-shaped k-space sampling, the underlying k-matrix is under-sampled such that an additional spiral is obtained by point mirroring of the measured values at the center of the k-matrix. This additional spiral forms a complete data set... Agent: Schiff Hardin, LLP Patent Department

20080021304 - Method and magnetic resonance apparatus for dynamic magnetic resonance imaging: The invention concerns a method and magnetic resonance apparatus for acquisition and generation of a time-resolved image series of an anatomical organ with a quasi-periodical movement in a subject, k-space is sampled in segments with a number of partial data sets, with the sampling points of each partial data set... Agent: Schiff Hardin, LLP Patent Department

20080021305 - Mri-monitored equipment with built-in mr signal reception coil and signal emitter: In a system having a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) apparatus and MRI-monitored medical equipment, the MRI-monitored medical equipment has an inductive coil built into the equipment that receives magnetic resonance signals from a subject and generates inductive electromagnetic signals according to the received magnetic resonance signals. The magnetic resonance imaging... Agent: Schiff Hardin, LLP Patent Department

20080021306 - Quantifying blood volume using magnetization transfer magnetic resonance imaging: A magnetic resonance method for imaging blood volume in parenchyma via magnetic transfer (MT) includes: determining a MT effect of parenchyma; determining a MT effect of tissue; and quantifying the parenchymal blood volume using the difference between the MT effect of parenchyma and the MT effect of tissue. In one... Agent: Thomas E. Kocovsky Fay, Sharpe, Fagan, Minnich & Mckee

20080021307 - Radio frequency identification monitoring of stents: A method and system of monitoring environmental exposure of stents using radiofrequency identification is disclosed.... Agent: Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP

20080021308 - Implantable marker with a leadless signal transmitter compatible for use in magnetic resonance devices: A leadless marker for localizing the position of a target within a patient. In one embodiment, the marker includes a casing, a resonating circuit, and a ferromagnetic element. The casing is configured to be positioned at a selected location relative to a target site in the patient; the casing, for... Agent: Calypso Medical / Perkins Coie, LLP

20080021309 - Non-invasive tracking of bones for surgery: There is described a device for use with a position sensing system to register position and orientation in a reference-coordinate system, the device comprising a set of at least three base units removably and non-invasively attachable to a skin surface covering a bone, each of the base units having a... Agent: Ogilvy Renault LLP

20080021310 - Non-invasive tracking of bones for surgery: There is described a device for use with a position sensing system for tracking a bone in a reference coordinate system, the device comprising a fabric removably and non-invasively attachable to a bone and having a plurality of reference markers distributed thereon, the reference markers being one of passive and... Agent: Ogilvy Renault LLP

20080021311 - Method for automatically identifying instruments during medical navigation: A method for using a medical navigation system to identify an instrument to be navigated is provided, wherein the instrument includes a reference array having a plurality of markers that form a rigid body, and a location of the markers with respect to each other is not previously known in... Agent: Renner, Otto, Boisselle & Sklar, LLP

20080021312 - Needle targeting device: The present invention is directed to a handheld needle targeting device which medical personnel can use to position a needle or K-wire under x-ray guidance, as part of a medical or surgical procedure. The device of this invention can also be used to both hold and advance a needle. The... Agent: John F. Klos Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.

20080021313 - Electroactive polymer radiopaque marker: The invention relates to an expandable marker device having a pre-delivery state, a delivery state and at least one active region. The at least one active region incorporates electroactive polymer material. In addition, the expandable marker includes at least one radiopaque material to enhance observation through a medical imaging device.... Agent: Vidas, Arrett & Steinkraus, P.A.

20080021314 - Method and apparatus to remove substances from vessels of the heart and other parts of the body to minimize or avoid renal or other harm or dysfunction: To accomplish isolation and removal of a substance from a vasculature, a catheter is employed to occlude a vessel of the vasculature. The substance is thus isolated in the vasculature and can be removed. In this way, the substance is removed before entering other parts of the circulatory system. This... Agent: Bozicevic, Field & Francis LLP

20080021315 - Apparatus and construction for intravascular device: An intravascular device includes alternating conductive and dielectric layers and an electrically conductive coil in a configuration that effects an impedance-matching circuit. Another embodiment of an intravascular device has cylindrical inner and outer walls formed of an expandable, electrically conductive material, the inner and outer walls being separated by a... Agent: Fish & Richardson P.C.

20080021316 - Systems and methods for proactive detection of imaging chain problems during normal system operation: Certain embodiments of the present invention provide a method for performing diagnostics in a medical imaging system during the normal operating mode of the imaging system including firing a diagnostic vector with a probe, collecting signal data based at least in part on the diagnostic vector, and processing the signal... Agent: Mcandrews Held & Malloy, Ltd

20080021317 - Ultrasound medical imaging with robotic assistance for volume imaging: A robotic mechanism positions a volume scanning transducer at multiple acoustic windows on a patient. Ultrasound data is acquired from the windows and combined into a wide field-of-view. The robotic mechanism operates without user contact, such as for an automated full or partial torso scan of a patient. Alternatively, the... Agent: Siemens Corporation Intellectual Property Department

20080021320 - Inspection device for ultrasonic endoscope apparatus: An inspection device automatically performs inspections including: inspection by a power source inspecting section of a power source that supplies power from a main ultrasonic observation unit to an ultrasonic endoscope; inspection by a transmission signal inspecting section of a transmission signal Tx and a 3D drive clock from the... Agent: Thomas Spinelli Scully, Scott, Murphy & Presser

20080021319 - Method of modifying data acquisition parameters of an ultrasound device: In one embodiment, the invention is a method of modifying data acquisition parameters of an ultrasound device and includes the steps of collecting at least two acoustic beams, calculating optimizations for at least one data acquisition parameter using the acoustic beams, modifying data acquisition parameters according to the optimization. In... Agent: Schox PLC

20080021318 - Ultrasonograph and ultrasonograph control method: An ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus according to the present invention includes: a transmitting section 14 for driving an ultrasonic probe 13 sending out an ultrasonic transmitted wave toward a tissue of an organism; a receiving section 15 for receiving an ultrasonic reflected wave, produced by getting the ultrasonic transmitted wave reflected... Agent: Mark D. Saralino (mei) Renner, Otto, Boisselle & Sklar, LLP

20080021321 - Contrast agent destruction or therapy event indication in ultrasound medical imaging: Destructive or therapy events are indicated in medical ultrasound imaging. Audible, visual, vibratory or other feedback is provided to the user. The feedback indicates the use of the destructive or therapy events. A characteristic of the indicator may provide further information, such as the power level or other operating condition.... Agent: Siemens Corporation Intellectual Property Department

20080021322 - Ultrasonic imaging apparatus and method: A hand-held ultrasonic imaging apparatus having an integrated display and transducer. The transducer and display are relatively configured so that an operator may look directly down at the patient and, at the same time visualize images of the patient's internal body structures on the display. The apparatus may be used... Agent: Patent Law Professionals

20080021323 - Ultrasound diagnosis apparatus: An ultrasound diagnosis apparatus having a transmission circuit which generates a transmission signal is provided. The transmission signal corresponds to a combined waveform of a trapezoidal waveform and an impulse-shaped waveform (impulse portion). In an example transmission signal, a front slope portion, a flat portion, and a rear slope portion... Agent: Westerman, Hattori, Daniels & Adrian, LLP

20080021324 - Ultrasonic examination apparatus: An ultrasonic examination apparatus in which a number of wirings for connecting a probe to an ultrasonic examination apparatus main body can be reduced, and sidelobes can be suppressed even when an ultrasonic beam is deflected. The ultrasonic examination apparatus includes: a probe having a multirow array formed by arranging... Agent: Sughrue Mion, PLLC

20080021326 - Automatic optimization for ultrasound medical imaging: Methods and systems are provided for automatic optimization for ultrasound medical imaging. In one approach, velocity values are unwrapped to avoid aliasing artifacts. Multi-dimensional phase unwrapping is applied to the velocity data. The unwrapped velocity information is used to optimize one or both of the velocity scale (e.g., pulse repetition... Agent: Siemens Corporation Intellectual Property Department

20080021325 - System and method of perivascular pressure and flow measurement: A system and method for measuring fluid flow in a conduit and pressure in a conduit is disclosed. A preferred embodiment of the system and method uses an ultrasound sensor for determining volume of flow and a tonometric system for determining pressure.... Agent: Randall Reed

20080021328 - Ultrasound probe and method of manufacturing ultrasound probe: An objective is to provide a multichannel array type ultrasound probe possessing a transmission-reception separation type composite piezoelectric element, in which the operation during transmission and reception of ultrasound wave is separated, wherein a piezoelectric element for transmission possesses a ceramic material, a piezoelectric element for reception possesses a high... Agent: Frishauf, Holtz, Goodman & Chick, PC

20080021327 - Ultrasound stimulation devices and techniques: Ultrasound stimulation devices and related techniques are disclosed. An ultrasound transducer for generating ultrasound energy is carried by a transducer housing that seals the transducer and may also include a positioning element for positioning the transducer proximate an application area to which generated ultrasound energy is to be applied. The... Agent: Smart & Biggar P.o. Box 2999, Station D

20080021330 - Apparatus, method and optical sensor module using a tilter for body fat measurement: An apparatus, method and optical sensor module for body fat measurement includes at least one light source, a tilter to control an irradiation angle of the light source to radiate light from the light source into biological tissue at a predetermined angle, and an optical detector to detect an optical... Agent: Staas & Halsey LLP

20080021331 - Characterization of moving objects in a stationary background: A method and system for determination and mapping the quantity of chromophores having a distinct spectrum attached to moving objects in an spectrally rich environment that may include multiple chromophores attached to stationary objects. An area of inters is imaged at different times and different wavelengths, and the spectral properties... Agent: Darby & Darby P.C.

20080021329 - Scanned laser vein contrast enhancer: The present invention is a Miniature Vein Enhancer that includes a Miniature Projection Head. The Miniature Projection Head may be operated in one of three modes, AFM, DBM, and RTM. The Miniature Projection Head of the present invention projects an image of the veins of a patient, which aids the... Agent: Thomas A. O'rourke Bodner & O'rourke, LLP

20080021332 - Bilateral differential pulse method for measuring brain activity: A method of measuring human brain activity includes the steps of simultaneously measuring pulses at two locations on a human subject that each receives blood from a different carotid artery that feeds a respective one of left and right hemispheres of the brain of the human subject, determining pulse characteristics... Agent: Young & Thompson

20080021333 - Multiple sensor deployment: A method of measuring pressure within the human body including implanting a pressure sensing assembly having a flexible structure and first and second sensor elements having self-contained power supplies coupled to the flexible structure. Periodic data collection events are performed to collect data from the sensor elements. A data collection... Agent: Faegre & Benson, LLP Boston Scientific Patent Dock

20080021334 - Apparatus and methods for non-invasively measuring hemodynamic parameters: Improved apparatus and methods for non-invasively assessing one or more hemodynamic parameters associated with the circulatory system of a living organism. In one aspect, the invention comprises apparatus adapted to accurately place and maintain a sensor (e.g., tonometric pressure sensor) with respect to the anatomy of the subject, including an... Agent: Gazdzinski & Associates

20080021335 - Intracerebral blood flow measuring device: It is intended to standardize MCAO model and to further improve the reproducibility and reliability thereof. There is provided a probe holding device (10) which includes a probe holding member (14) for holding a blood flowmeter probe (12), and such device is used together with the blood flowmeter probe when... Agent: Wenderoth, Lind & Ponack, L.L.P.

20080021336 - Devices and methods for accelerometer-based characterization of cardiac synchrony and dyssynchrony: Systems and methods according to the invention employ an acceleration sensor to characterize the synchrony or dyssynchrony of the left ventricle. Patterns of acceleration related to myocardial contraction can be used to assess synchrony or dyssynchrony. Time-frequency transforms and coherence are derived from the acceleration. Information and numerical indices determined... Agent: Mayer & Williams PC

20080021337 - Cardiac signal display and event detection using multiresolution z-score transform: A system comprising a medical device including a processor and a Z-score transformation (ZST) module. The system also includes a display in communication with the processor. The processor is adapted to receive sensor data obtained from at least first and second sensors adapted to produce a time-varying physiologic electrical sensor... Agent: Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner, P.A.

20080021338 - Electrocardiogram chart device and method thereof: An electrocardiogram (ECG) chart device and method capable of easily assisting with the diagnosis of heart disease. Hexagonal radar charts displayed on a screen act as indicators of feature values corresponding to data obtained from each of 12 electrode leads and correlated with the related portions of the heart. For... Agent: Sheridan Ross P C

20080021339 - Anesthesia monitor, capacitance nanosensors and dynamic sensor sampling method: Embodiments of nanoelectronic sensors are described, including sensors for detecting analytes such as anesthesia gases, CO2 and the like in human breath. An integrated monitor system and disposable sensor unit is described which permits a number of different anesthetic agents to be identified and monitored, as well as concurrent monitoring... Agent: O''melveny & Myers LLP Ip&t Calendar Department La-1118

20080021340 - Detection of focal epileptiform activity: The invention relates to detection of focal epileptiform activity. In order to accomplish an EEG-based mechanism that enables the detection and localization of focal epileptiform activity, a first plurality of brain wave signals is obtained from a subject and a signal-specific measure indicative of the degree of epileptiform activity is... Agent: Andrus, Sceales, Starke & Sawall, LLP

20080021341 - Methods and systems for facilitating clinical trials: The present invention provides methods and systems for improving clinical trials of experimental therapies. The present invention uses minimally invasive, leadless implantable devices that facilitate long term monitoring of a physiological signal (e.g., neural signals) from a patient population which may provide an indication of the effect of the experimental... Agent: Shayglenn LLP

20080021342 - Unified probabilistic framework for predicting and detecting seizure onsets in the brain and multitherapeutic device: A method and an apparatus for predicting and detecting epileptic seizure onsets within a unified multiresolution probabilistic framework, enabling a portion of the device to automatically deliver a progression of multiple therapies, ranging from benign to aggressive as the probabilities of seizure warrant. Based on novel computational intelligence algorithms, a... Agent: Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC

20080021343 - Probes, systems, and methods for examining tissue according to the dielectric properties thereof: The present invention relates to probes, systems, and methods for tissue characterization by its dielectric properties, wherein a physical feature of the probe is designed to define and delimit a tissue volume, at a tissue edge, where characterization takes place. Thus, the probe for tissue-edge characterization comprises: a first inner... Agent: Martin D. Moynihan Prtsi, Inc.

20080021344 - Radiant kinetic energy derived temperature(s): One aspect relates to adjusting a positional state of an individual to a physiological aspect of the individual at least partially in response to detecting a radiant kinetic energy from the individual. Another aspect relates to indicating to configure an individual at least partially in response to a determining at... Agent: Searete LLC Clarence T. Tegreene

20080021345 - Distinguishing different drug effects from the electroencephalogram: This disclosure provides a method of indicating a subject's reaction to different agents administered to induce anesthesia. In particular, the subject's reaction can be assessed by receiving electrical signals from first and second electrodes spatially distributed on different regions of a subject's head, and by processing the electrical signals from... Agent: Foley & Lardner LLP

20080021346 - Lancet wheel: A system for analyzing a bodily fluid is described, which contains at least one lancing element, such as a lancet, stored in a first magazine, and at least one test element with a detection area, stored in a second magazine, the detection area containing reagents if necessary for use in... Agent: Baker & Daniels LLP / Roche

20080021347 - Medical device for navigation through anatomy and method of making same: Medical devices for navigation through anatomy, including guidewires, which may have a core wire, a slotted tubular member, or both. Embodiments may have coils, including non-circular cross-section edge-wound marker coils, extended coil tips, and soldered or glued mesial joint coils. Core wires may have a step, ridge, or taper at... Agent: Crompton, Seager & Tufte, LLC

20080021348 - Medical device for navigation through anatomy and method of making same: Medical devices for navigation through anatomy, including guidewires, which may have a core wire, a slotted tubular member, or both. Embodiments may have coils, including non-circular cross-section edge-wound marker coils, extended coil tips, and soldered or glued mesial joint coils. Core wires may have a step, ridge, or taper at... Agent: Crompton, Seager & Tufte, LLC

20080021349 - Wait circumference calculation apparatus and body composition determination apparatus: An abdomen width determiner determines an abdomen width value of a human subject. A memory stores a correlation between abdomen width values and waist circumferences of human beings. A waist circumference calculator calculates a waist circumference of the human subject on the basis of the abdomen width value determined by... Agent: Hogan & Hartson LLPIPGroup, Columbia Square

20080021350 - Cervix measurment device with disposable tip: The present invention provides several devices and methods for determining dimensions of female reproductive organs. In one embodiment, a device for determining a dimension of a female reproductive organ includes a hollow member having a body, a distal end, and a portion extending substantially perpendicular to the body, a measurement... Agent: Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zafman

20080021352 - Lameness evaluation systems and methods: A wireless sensor-based lameness evaluation system detects and analyzes patterns of vertical head and pelvic motion of a four-legged animal in correlation with at least one limb movement. The system includes a plurality of motion sensors attached to the head, pelvis (or along the center of the back), and at... Agent: Polsinelli Shalton Flanigan Suelthaus PC

20080021351 - Method for diagnosing adhd and related behavioral disorders: The invention features methods and systems for the diagnosis of ADHD and related disorders. The methods and systems of the invention can also be used to ascertain how much benefit an individual would derive from a particular therapy.... Agent: Clark & Elbing LLP

  
01/17/2008 > patent applications in patent subcategories. USPTO class listing

20080015403 - Apical torsion device for cardiac assist: An apparatus for assisting a heart of a patient includes an actuator for wringing blood concurrently from both the right and left ventricles of the heart without contacting circulating blood of the patient. The apparatus includes a power source connected to the actuator to power the actuator. A method for... Agent: Ansel M. Schwartz,

20080015404 - Method and device for the intermittent occlusion of the coronary sinus: In a method for intermittently occluding the coronary sinus, in which the coronary sinus is occluded using an occlusion device, the fluid pressure in the occluded coronary sinus is continuously measured and stored, the fluid pressure curve is determined as a function of time, and the occlusion of the coronary... Agent: Nixon & Vanderhye, PC

20080015405 - Stoma plug: An ostomy plug is described comprising first and second chambers having adjacent ends coupled to, and in fluid communication with, each other. The first chamber may be for insertion into a stoma. The second chamber may contain fluid for inflating the first chamber when the second chamber is squeezed or... Agent: Bristol-myers Squibb Company

20080015407 - Device and method for modifying the shape of a body organ: An intravascular support device includes a support or reshaper wire, a proximal anchor and a distal anchor. The support wire engages a vessel wall to change the shape of tissue adjacent the vessel in which the intravascular support is placed. The anchors and support wire are designed such that the... Agent: Shayglenn LLP

20080015406 - External mechanical pressure sensor for gastric band pressure measurements: A merely exemplary external pressure sensing system comprises a connecting member and a pressure sensor. The connecting member is operable to connect to a syringe barrel and a needle. The connecting member comprises a conduit permitting communication of fluid from the syringe barrel to the needle when the connecting member... Agent: Frost Brown Todd, LLC

20080015408 - Surgical apparatus and method for performing transabdominal cardiac surgery: The invention provides a surgical apparatus and method for performing less-invasive, closed chest cardiac surgery through a transabdominal approach, without cardiopulmonary bypass. In a preferred embodiment, the invention provides a heart manipulator and a coronary stabilizer which are deployed through an access cannula and secured relative to a stationary support... Agent: Wood, Herron & Evans, LLP

20080015409 - Treatment device for endoscope: This treatment device for endoscope is used for cutting body tissue while the treatment device is retractably projected from a catheter. The treatment device includes: a control wire inserted into the catheter; and a cutting electrode mounted at the distal end of the control wire with the cutting electrode being... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20080015410 - Endoscope treatment tool insertion-extraction system: This endoscope treatment tool insertion-extraction system is provided with: a first treatment tool and a second treatment tool which are insertable into and retractable from a forceps channel of an endoscope; a first insertion-extraction mechanism which feeds the first treatment tool into the forceps channel or removes the first treatment... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20080015412 - Image measuring apparatus and method: An image measuring apparatus includes: an image acquiring section which images an object to generate input image data; an image processing section which performs image processing on the input image data to generate two output image data; a display which displays display image data corresponding to one of the output... Agent: Ostrolenk Faber Gerb & Soffen

20080015411 - In-vivo image capturing system: Provided is an in-vivo image capturing system including a capsule casing, an analyzing unit, and a warning unit. The capsule casing is insertable into a body of a subject from an oral cavity and it includes an imaging optical system which may obtain images only in one end direction. The... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20080015414 - Combined dispenser and mouthpiece for endoscope: A combined component for use with an endoscopic apparatus for inspecting a body channel of gastrointestinal system of a patient is disclosed. The endoscopic apparatus comprises an insertion tube coverable by a covering sleeve deployable on the insertion tube upon advancing the insertion tube into the body channel. The combined... Agent: Bruce E. Lilling Lilling & Lilling PLLC

20080015413 - Capsule endoscope system and medical procedure: This capsule endoscope system includes: a capsule endoscope having an internal lumen; a catheter tube connected to the capsule endoscope; and a connection portion for connecting the distal end of the catheter tube to the capsule endoscope so that the catheter tube is communicatively connected with the internal lumen of... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20080015415 - Remote controllable endoscope: An endoscope control system comprises a network server device which is provided with an interface for executing an external application software and stores a graphical user interface (GUI) which is a display information which is written in at least a server language and external application software, and a network interface... Agent: Ostrolenk Faber Gerb & Soffen

20080015416 - Papilla spreader: The present invention provides apparatus and methods for facilitating entry through a bodily opening comprising a spreader having a plurality of arms, each of the arms being formed of a resilient material and shaped so that the distal ends tend to be spaced apart from each other when the spreader... Agent: Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione/chicago/cook

20080015417 - Selectively locking minimally traumatic access port: A selectively locking minimally traumatic access port which utilizes a retractor which is configured to create access to a surgical site by displacing surrounding tissues. To minimize the damaged to the displaced tissue, the retractor is further configured to be locked in at least three fixed positions. The medical professional... Agent: Rader, Fishman & Grauer PLLC

20080015421 - Barometric pressure correction based on remote sources of information: The invention includes systems and methods for converting absolute pressure data acquired in anatomical environments to gauge pressure data using an implant configured to monitor pressure. The implant is configured to communicate with an external controller, which is configured to communicate with a remote microprocessor that includes real-time barometric pressure... Agent: VistaIPLaw Group LLP

20080015419 - Computer-aided classification of anomalies in anatomical structures: Candidate anomalies in an anatomical structure are processed for classification. For example, false positives can be reduced by techniques related to the anomaly's neck, wall thickness associated with the anomaly, template matching performed for the anomaly, or some combination thereof. The various techniques can be combined for use in a... Agent: Klarquist Sparkman, LLP

20080015420 - Small animal mount assembly: The small-animal mount assembly of the present invention can include a table member suitable for mounting a small animal. The table member can be selectively positionable into a desired table plane and can comprise at least one ECG pad and/or at least one grid of electronic heating elements disposed onto... Agent: Needle & Rosenberg, P.C.

20080015418 - Techniques for implementing virtual persons in a system to train medical personnel: Techniques for delivering medical care include receiving normal data that indicates normal conditions in a patient. Abnormality data is received and indicates an abnormal condition, if any, in a patient. An instance of a virtual patient is generated based on the normal data and the abnormality data. The instance includes... Agent: Eugene Molinelli Evans & Molinelli PLLC

20080015422 - Combined peripheral and health monitoring devices: A combined peripheral and health monitoring device for use with a computer is disclosed. The device can include a sensor adapted to sense one or more medical parameters such as blood glucose levels, medical circuitry in communication with the sensor for processing the one or more sensed medical parameters, and... Agent: Crompton, Seager & Tufte, LLC

20080015423 - Computer docking station for multiple health-related measurements: A home health care kit in the form of a modularized computer docking station for allowing a user to provide self-monitoring test results that are transferred to a standard desktop or laptop computer for eventual automatic communication over the Internet to the user's physician. In a preferred embodiment, the invention... Agent: Leonard Tachner, A Professional Law Corporation

20080015424 - Tissue oximetry apparatus and method: An apparatus and method for determining tissue oxygenation such as arterial and venous oxygenation and cerebral oxygenation. In one embodiment the optical properties of tissue are determined using measured light attenuations at a set of wavelengths. By choosing distinct wavelengths and using light attenuation information, the influence of variables such... Agent: Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.

20080015425 - Methods and apparatus for sampling and analyzing body fluid: A sampling device for sampling body fluid includes a lancet for making an incision, a capillary tube for drawing-up body fluid from the incision, and a test strip affixed to an upper end of the capillary tube for receiving the fluid. An absorbent pad can be disposed between the test... Agent: Woodard, Emhardt, Moriarty, Mcnett & Henry LLP

20080015426 - Medical electrode and method of use: A medical electrode is made up of an insulating adhesive layer and an electrically conducting contact layer secured in a frictionally abutting relationship on an electrical terminal such that the contact layer is independently rotatable about the terminal. The contact layer provides an electrically conductive surface enabled for establishing common... Agent: Patent Law & Venture Group

20080015427 - System and network for remote medical procedures: Systems and methods are provided for remotely navigating an elongate medical device in an operating region in a subject's body at a local procedure site, under the control of a user at a remote site. A navigation system having a controller responsive to signals from a local computer is provided.... Agent: Kevin M. Pumm

20080015428 - Motion-guided segmentation for cine dense images: Myocardial tissue tracking techniques are used to project or guide a single manually-defined set of myocardial contours through time. Displacement encoding with stimulated echoes (DENSE), harmonic phase (HARP) and speckle tracking is used to encode tissue displacement into the phase of complex MRI images, providing a time series of these... Agent: Siemens Corporation Intellectual Property Department

20080015429 - Mri biopsy device: A localization mechanism, or fixture, is used in conjunction with a breast coil for breast compression and for guiding a core biopsy instrument during prone biopsy procedures in both open and closed Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machines. The localization fixture includes a three-dimensional Cartesian positionable guide for supporting and orienting... Agent: Johnson & Johnson Law Department

20080015430 - Magnetic resonance imaging apparatus: A magnetic resonance imaging apparatus has a static field magnet, gradient coils, a gantry including an opening and storing the static field magnet the gradient coils, a bed structure for advancing and retreating a table-top, on which an object can be placed, with respect to the opening, a lower coil... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland Maier & Neustadt, P.C.

20080015431 - Magnetic resonance apparatus with table movement controlled dependent on magnetic field distribution: A magnetic resonance device has a patient bed able to be automatically moved by means of a drive apparatus into a patient chamber, as well as a magnet arrangement for creating a magnetic field in the interior of the patient chamber. The drive apparatus is operated so as to move... Agent: Schiff Hardin, LLP Patent Department

20080015432 - Method and apparatus for automated optimization of treatment plans: A method of adjusting infusion parameters that provide coverage of a selected target volume for direct infusions of a fluid includes using an algorithm for calculation of optimal packing of spheres or cylinders in a selected volume to determine the coverage of the selected target volume.... Agent: Don W. Bulson (brainlab)

20080015433 - Assessing the condition of a joint and devising treatment: Methods are disclosed for assessing the condition of a cartilage in a joint, particularly in a human knee. The methods include converting an image such as an MRI to a three dimensional map of the cartilage. The cartilage map can be correlated to a movement pattern of the joint to... Agent: Bromberg & Sunstein LLP

20080015434 - Measurement of cardiac output and blood volume by non-invasive detection of indicator dilution for hemodialysis: A system and method of non-invasive or minimally invasive evaluating the cardiovascular system parameters to estimate the cardiac output and circulating blood volume of a patient undergoing hemodialysis. Intravascular indicators are stimulated, and emissions patterns detected for computation of cardiac output, cardiac index, blood volume and other indicators of cardiovascular... Agent: Mcdermott Will & Emery LLP

20080015435 - Ultrasonic treatment and imaging of adipose tissue: A system for the destruction of adipose tissue utilizing high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) within a patient's body. The system comprises a controller for data storage and the operation and control of a plurality of elements. One elements is a means for mapping a human body to establish three dimensional... Agent: Townsend And Townsend And Crew, LLP

20080015436 - High intensity focused ultrasound method and associated apparatus: A medical treatment apparatus includes a high intensity focused ultrasound transducer disposable in juxtaposition to a patient, a servomechanism operatively connected to the transducer for moving the transducer along a path, a signal generator operatively connected to the transducer for energizing same to produce focused ultrasonic pressure waves in the... Agent: Coleman Sudol Sapone, P.C.

20080015437 - Ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus and ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus and system using an ultrasonic probe: An ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus has an ultrasonic probe for transmitting and receiving an ultrasonic wave at a group of a plurality of ultrasonic vibrators arranged in an array form to and from a subject and incorporating a preamplifier groups for amplifying the resulting weak ultrasonic echo received after obtaining tissue... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland Maier & Neustadt, P.C.

20080015438 - High frequency, high frame-rate ultrasound imaging: A system for producing an ultrasound image comprises a scan head having a transducer capable of generating ultrasound energy at a frequency of at least 20 megahertz (MHz), and a processor for receiving ultrasound energy and for generating an ultrasound image at a frame rate of at least 15 frames... Agent: Needle & Rosenberg, P.C.

20080015439 - Method and apparatus for measuring and/or detecting flow behavior of a body fluid using ultrasound: An ultrasound method and apparatus for detecting and/or measuring the pulse and/or blood flow of a subject calculates a Doppler signal spectrum from an ultrasound signal backscattered from the blood in an artery of the subject. Indicia of flow behavior are calculated for several frequency slices within the Doppler signal... Agent: Philips Intellectual Property & Standards

20080015440 - Echo particle image velocity (epiv) and echo particle tracking velocimetry (eptv) system and method: A system and method for detecting fluid flow. An ultrasound system comprises a signal generator providing ultrasound firing sequences applied to a linear array transducer. The transducer generating ultrasound energy applied to the fluid flow. A pre-processor comprises a digital RF data acquisition component receiving an RF signal from the... Agent: Senniger Powers

20080015444 - Ultrasonic probe with a device for removing bubbles: Embodiments of the present invention may provide an ultrasonic probe, which is configured to drive an ultrasonic element and to remove bubbles remaining in liquid filled for propagation of ultrasonic waves. The ultrasonic probe of the present invention has a housing, a cover and a device for removing bubbles. The... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland Maier & Neustadt, P.C.

20080015443 - Two-dimensional array ultrasonic probe: A two-dimensional array ultrasonic probe includes a plurality of channels arranged apart from each other in a two-dimensional direction, each channel including a laminated piezoelectric element and an acoustic matching layer formed on the laminated piezoelectric element, the laminated piezoelectric element including a plurality of first and second electrodes arranged... Agent: Charles N. J. Ruggiero Ohlandt, Greeley, Ruggiero & Perle, L.L.P.

20080015441 - Ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus: An ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus includes: an ultrasonic probe formed by having transducers whose sensitivity can be controlled in accordance with bias voltage; a preamplifier for amplifying an echo signal outputted from the ultrasonic probe; image processing means for constructing an image according to the echo signal amplified; display means for... Agent: Antonelli, Terry, Stout & Kraus, LLP

20080015442 - Ultrasound waveguide: An ultrasound waveguide that is attachable to an ultrasound probe so as to identify a target area on a target object. The ultrasound waveguide has an ultrasound transducer coupling signal to be transmitted through a guide means. The ultrasound waveguide also has a positioning means for positioning the guide means... Agent: Burns & Levinson LLP

20080015445 - Tissue visualization device and method variations: Tissue visualization device and method variations are described herein where an imaging hood is temporarily sealed against a region of tissue to be treated while under direct visualization. Such a system may include a deployment catheter and an attached imaging hood deployable into an expanded configuration. The imaging hood is... Agent: Levine Bagade Han LLP

20080015446 - Systems and methods for generating fluorescent light images: An imaging system divides image pixels intensities by exposure time to generate image data in units of intensity per time. The imaging system divides a fluorescent light image in intensity per time units by an excitation light image in intensity per time units to provide a quantitative corrected fluorescent light... Agent: Daly, Crowley, Mofford & Durkee, LLP

20080015447 - Diagnostic methods for osteoporosis: Methods of diagnosing bone disease such as osteoporosis are provided. The methods comprise detecting changes in the physical or chemical structure of a keratinized tissue as correlates of disease. The methods include detecting changes in the hardness, modulus, or level of sulfur bonding, particularly the level of disulfide bonding, in... Agent: Alston & Bird LLP

20080015448 - Stromal collagen in the diagnosis and characterization of breast cancer: The present invention provides methods and systems for evaluating biological materials for the diagnosis of disease, such as gland abnormalities, and the cancerous and precancerous conditions. Nonlinear optical microscopy techniques, such as MP microscopy and harmonic generation microscopy, are used to generate high resolution, three dimensional images of a test... Agent: Greenlee Winner And Sullivan P C

20080015449 - Fiberoptic laser doppler probe: A laser Doppler flowmetry probe and method for monitoring blood flow in a locus of a tissue medium proximately located at the distal end, the probe having a proximal and distal end and comprising: an optical conductor, having one end located at the distal end, an opposite end located at... Agent: Miles & Stockbridge PC

20080015450 - Computer assisted cardiogram diagnostic system and the method thereof: A computer assisted cardiogram diagnostic system, comprises a diagnosing unit, for obtaining a plurality of preliminary diagnostic results according to the cardiogram signals; and an amending unit, for judging the plurality of preliminary diagnostic results, and amending the plurality of preliminary diagnostic results using conflict eliminating rules, in order to... Agent: Bingham Mccutchen LLP

20080015451 - Method and apparatus for continuous assessment of a cardiovascular parameter using the arterial pulse pressure propagation time and waveform: A method and apparatus for determining a cardiovascular parameter including receiving an input signal corresponding to an arterial blood pressure measurement over an interval that covers at least one cardiac cycle, determining a propagation time of the input signal, determining at least one statistical moment of the input signal, and... Agent: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation

20080015452 - Method of processing electrocardiogram waveform: A method of analyzing an elecotrocardiogram (ECG) waveform, the method including obtaining a series of digital values representing the ECG waveform having a plurality of cycles, with each cycle having a T-wave feature. The method includes comparing a first prototype wavelet to a portion of the series of digital values... Agent: Dicke, Billig & Czaja

20080015453 - Rms electrocardiography system and method: A system for assessing a cardiac condition of a subject includes a sensor configured to record a plurality N of electrocardiographic signals from the subject to generate an ECG (electrocardiogram). The system further includes a processor configured to compute an RMS (root-mean-square) magnitude function from the recorded signals, and to... Agent: Mcdermott Will & Emery LLP

20080015454 - Band-like garment for physiological monitoring: This invention provides a physiological monitoring garment having a band-like configuration and incorporating respiratory, cardiac and temperature sensors. The garment is designed so that it is easily constructed from a few number of separate elements, and so that one garment design can be adjusted to subjects of a range of... Agent: Winston & Strawn LLP Patent Department

20080015455 - Split-night sleep diagnostic system: A split-night sleep diagnostic system is provided for diagnosing and treating sleep apnea in a single night. The diagnostic system includes a blower, a respiratory interface and a conduit connected between the blower and the respiratory interface. Also included is a valve disposed along the conduit. The valve includes an... Agent: Rothwell, Figg, Ernst & Manbeck, P.C.

20080015456 - Apparatus and method for delivery of an aerosol: An apparatus for measuring lung ventilation, comprising: a pressure device to measure volume of air flow; an aerosol-generating device that provides aerosol particles to be released at a determined point in a breathing cycle; a mouthpiece with a detector that measures the concentration of aerosol particles for a given volume... Agent: Connolly Bove Lodge & Hutz LLP

20080015457 - Device for monitoring respiratory movements: The present invention relates to a monitor respiration movements device to be used on humans and also on animals for controlling the respiration movements and to control the apnea periods on infants, wherein the device reduces the mortality rate caused by the sudden instant death syndrome (SIDS), wherein the device... Agent: Norris Mclaughlin & Marcus, P.A.

20080015458 - Methods of diagnosing and treating neuropsychological disorders: Methods and apparatus are provided for diagnosing and/or treating neuropsychological disorders. The methods comprise: placing electrodes near superficial locations of peripheral nerves of a patient; detecting electro magnetic fields from said peripheral nerves of said patient; transmitting said detected electro magnetic fields to a wave form measuring device; and analyzing... Agent: Amster, Rothstein & Ebenstein LLP

20080015459 - Brain- machine interface systems and methods: A system and method for interfacing a brain with a machine. An exemplary embodiment of the present invention employs a vascular approach in which one or more nano-electrodes are deployed in vasculature having a close geometric relationship with proximal innervation. Each nano-electrode is preferably deployed in a blood vessel so... Agent: Darby & Darby P.C.

20080015460 - Adaptive data analysis: A diagnostic method and device to which the data analysis method of the invention is applied comprises selecting a number of biologically active points (BAPs), measuring the skin resistance at each one of the points relative to two fixed resistance values corresponding to a lower border and to an upper... Agent: Nath & Associates

20080015461 - Presbyopia correction through negative high-order spherical aberration: Devices, systems, and methods for treating and/or determining appropriate prescriptions for one or both eyes of a patient are particularly well-suited for addressing presbyopia, often in combination with concurrent treatments of other vision defects. High-order spherical aberration may be imposed in one or both of a patient's eyes, often as... Agent: Townsend And Townsend And Crew, LLP

20080015462 - Audible range oculocometry for assessment of vestibular function: A method for assessing vestibular system function includes stimulating the inner ear with an audible range signal; collecting data representative of audible range ocular motion; and on the basis of the data, evaluating vestibular system function.... Agent: Fish & Richardson PC

20080015463 - Earguard monitoring system: At least one exemplary embodiment is directed to A SPL monitoring system comprising: an audio transducer, where the audio transducer is configured to receive sound pressure; a logic circuit, where the logic circuit calculates a safe time duration over which a user can receive current sound pressure values; and an... Agent: Greenberg Traurig, LLP

20080015464 - Temporary threshold shift detector: A method of detecting a change in hearing of a user includes providing a sound generating device for providing both a content audio signal and a hearing test audio signal. The sound generating device is used to provide hearing test audio sounds of different loudnesses around a threshold of hearing... Agent: James Marc Leas

20080015465 - Methods for diagnosing and treating pain in the spinal cord: The present invention provides methods, reagents and kits for the diagnosis and treatment of spinal-related pain, e.g., radiculopathic pain, facet pain and discogenic pain. Cytokine biomarkers, e.g., IFNγ can be used to diagnose spine-related injury. It is also a finding of the present invention that spinal-related pain can be alleviated... Agent: Townsend And Townsend And Crew, LLP

20080015466 - Obtaining a tissue sample: Some embodiments of a biopsy system are configured to obtain a sample of tissue from an internal body site, such as a portion of myocardial tissue from a heart chamber wall. The biopsy system may include a catheter device having tissue collection jaws and an inflatable balloon disposed along a... Agent: Fish & Richardson P.C.

20080015467 - Apparatus and method to access the bone marrow for oncology and stem cell applications: An apparatus for removing portions of bone marrow from a bone is provided. The apparatus includes a housing and a hollow drive shaft operable to engage a gear assembly. The hollow drive shaft includes a first end operable to penetrate the bone and a second end operable to allow retrieval... Agent: Baker Botts L.L.P. Patent Department

20080015468 - Apparatus and method to access the bone marrow for oncology and stem cell applications: An apparatus for removing portions of bone marrow from a bone is provided. The apparatus includes a housing and a hollow drive shaft operable to engage a gear assembly. The hollow drive shaft includes a first end operable to penetrate the bone and a second end operable to allow retrieval... Agent: Baker Botts L.L.P. Patent Department

20080015469 - Disposable patient interface for intraductal fluid aspiration system: Disclosed is a disposable patient interface for an intraductal fluid aspiration system. The interface has a flexible tubular distal member for contacting the patient, and a proximal support portion forming a vacuum chamber therein. The support portion has a vacuum aperture for communication with a source of vacuum, and a... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

20080015470 - Sample tube for receiving body fluids, particularly blood: A specimen tube for receiving bodily fluids, particularly blood, has a sealing cap having a tip with a pierceable membrane, stopper or similar device, at its end. A guide sleeve can be placed on the tip and carries a single or double needle. The tube can also be provided with... Agent: K.f. Ross P.C.

20080015471 - Elongated medical device for intracorporal use: Alternative designs, materials and manufacturing methods for medical devices. Some embodiments disclosed deal with attachment of an elongated structure, such as a wire or ribbon, or a tubular member, such as a coil, to an elongated member in an elongated device. For example, an elongated core member having defining an... Agent: Crompton, Seager & Tufte, LLC

20080015472 - Guide catheter and method of use: A system for manipulating a guide catheter within a patient's nasal passages or sinus cavities includes a guide catheter formed from an elongate flexible member having a lumen passing there through. A wire guide is slidably disposed within the lumen of the guide catheter. The system further includes a steering... Agent: VistaIPLaw Group LLP

  
01/10/2008 > patent applications in patent subcategories. USPTO class listing

20080009658 - Radiation therapy apparatus with selective shielding capability: Brachytherapy applicators incorporate various forms of selective shielding devices for controlling the direction and intensity of radiation directed at a patient's tissue. In some forms the applicators include a retractable sheath, in some a series of retractable fingers. In other forms the applicator, having an inflatable balloon, has a shield... Agent: Thomas M. Freiburger

20080009659 - Radiation therapy apparatus with selective shielding capability: Brachytherapy applicators incorporate various forms of selective shielding devices for controlling the direction and intensity of radiation directed at a patient's tissue. In some forms the applicators include a retractable sheath, in some a series of retractable fingers. In other forms the applicator, having an inflatable balloon, has a shield... Agent: Thomas M. Freiburger

20080009663 - Method of treating urinary incontinence: A method for treating urinary incontinence includes the steps of inserting into the woman's vagina a first disposable device, removing the first disposable device, and inserting a second disposable device substantially identical to the first disposable device. The disposable devices have a working portion with opposed faces to provide support... Agent: Philip S. Johnson Johnson & Johnson

20080009664 - Method of treating urinary incontinence: A method for treating urinary incontinence includes the steps of inserting into the woman's vagina a first disposable device, removing the first disposable device, and inserting a second disposable device substantially identical to the first disposable device. The disposable devices have a generally cylindrical working portion with opposed faces to... Agent: Philip S. Johnson Johnson & Johnson

20080009662 - Resilient device: An intravaginal device has a working portion (e.g., intravaginal urinary incontinence device suppository, tampon) and an anchoring portion comprising at least one member extending beyond at least one end of the working portion to maintain the working portion in place during use.... Agent: Philip S. Johnson Johnson & Johnson

20080009666 - Method of treating urinary incontinence: A method for treating urinary incontinence includes the steps of inserting into the woman's vagina a first disposable device, removing the first disposable device, and inserting a second disposable device substantially identical to the first disposable device. The disposable devices have a working portion with opposed faces to provide support... Agent: Philip S. Johnson Johnson & Johnson

20080009668 - Method and apparatus for stabilization and positioning during surgery: Novel surgical devices for off-pump surgery are described herein. The disclosed apparatus employs a novel suction element that releasably couples to a surgical connector. In an embodiment, a surgical device comprises a suction element adapted to be releasably coupled to a surgical connector. The suction element has an opening for... Agent: Conley Rose, P.C. David A. Rose

20080009660 - After-loader devices and kits: After-loader devices, kits, and methods for using the same are provided. Such after-loader devices are useful for loading implants into hollow needles, especially after the needles are inserted into patient tissue. The after-loader devices can be pre-loaded with implants, before the after-loaders are connected to hubs of hollow needles, or... Agent: Fliesler Meyer LLP

20080009661 - Methods for using after-loaders: After-loader devices, kits, and methods for using the same are provided. Such after-loader devices are useful for loading implants into hollow needles, especially after the needles are inserted into patient tissue. The after-loader devices can be pre-loaded with implants, before the after-loaders are connected to hubs of hollow needles, or... Agent: Fliesler Meyer LLP

20080009665 - Implantable sling for the treatment of incontinence and method of using the same: An implantable sling for the treatment of male or female incontinence and method of implementing the same. The sling comprises a urethral support portion and at least one anchoring portion extending therefrom. The anchoring portion is operatively positioned through the obturator foramen and about at least one ramus portion of... Agent: Inskeep Intellectual Property Group, Inc

20080009667 - Methods and apparatus for prolapse repair and hysterectomy: A hybrid prolapse repair material comprising a polypropylene and a graft body attached together. Attachments are provided for detachably attaching a repair material to a needle. A needle and a system for using the needle are contemplated to get repair material closer to the ischial spine. Graft to arm attachment... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland Maier & Neustadt, P.C.

20080009669 - Electronic endoscope apparatus and image processing device: In the present invention, an abnormality determination circuit outputs an abnormality determination signal when determining an abnormal pixel, captures images of a synchronization memory F, a synchronization memory G, and a synchronization memory R at the time in a temporary memory. Also, an abnormality position display circuit is controlled to... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20080009670 - Semiautomatic apparatus for sealing and cutting of disposable multilumen tubing: A semiautomatic device for cutting and sealing of a proximal, exposed portion of a multilumen tubing connected to an operating handle of an endoscopic apparatus is disclosed. The device is suspended on a hanger connected to a vertical post of a stand. The device comprises a working assembly and a... Agent: Bruce E. Lilling Lilling & Lilling PLLC

20080009671 - In-vivo information acquiring apparatus: An in-vivo information acquiring apparatus includes an information acquiring unit that acquires in-vivo information, a transmitting unit that transmits the in-vivo information to an outside of a living body, a power source that serves to supply power to the information acquiring unit and the transmitting unit, a power supply unit... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20080009672 - Connector unit for endoscopes: A plug-in unit with integral cable connection to the operating part of an endoscope and plug connections for lamps, mechanical, and/or electronic modules is characterized in that a hollow tube extending to the distal end of the endoscope is inserted into the plug-in unit by the integral cable connection and... Agent: St. Onge Steward Johnston & Reens, LLC

20080009673 - Balloon endoscope device: A balloon endoscope device having a shaft with a distal end that allows for blunt dissection is provided. The shaft utilizes a plurality of separately inflatable balloons that alone or together with exterior functional channels (e.g., instrument channels, air channels, water channels, suction channels) circumferentially surround the distal end of... Agent: Holland & Bonzagni, P.C.

20080009674 - Method and system for navigating within a flexible organ of the body of a patient: Method for navigating a flexible medical device within a flexible organ of the body of a patient, toward a target region of interest of an inner wall of the flexible organ, by employing a previously acquired global three-dimensional (3D) model of the flexible organ, the method including the procedures of... Agent: Merchant & Gould PC

20080009675 - Endoscope apparatus: An endoscope apparatus comprises an insertion portion having an observation optical system attached onto the distal end portion thereof and having flexibility, a thrust generating portion for generating a thrust by rotation, formed beyond a predetermined length on an outer-peripheral surface of the insertion portion in a longitudinal-axis direction, a... Agent: Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, PC

20080009676 - Surgical endoscope fitted with a flexible branched tube: A surgical endoscope (1) including a stem (2) and a manually bending branched tube (3, 17) issuing sideways from said stem wherein the branched tube (3, 17) consists of a single layer tube made of a material that can be durably deformed by hand.... Agent: Rankin, Hill, Porter & Clark LLP

20080009677 - Endoscope: An endoscope of the invention includes: an LED for supplying illumination light to illuminate a subject; an image pickup device for picking up an image of a region to be inspected of the subject; a video display device provided with a monitor portion on which an endoscope image of the... Agent: Thomas Spinelli Scully, Scott, Murphy & Presser

20080009678 - Pedicle seeker and retractor, and methods of use: To avoid traditional muscle dissection required in the placement of a surgical implant during arthrodesis, a pedicle seeker and retractor are provided. The pedicle seeker includes a distal end that approximates the size, shape and length of a surgical implant and is of sufficient length to extend beyond the face... Agent: Sheridan Ross PC

20080009679 - System, method and apparatus for regulating vacuum supplied to surgical tools: A system, method and apparatus for regulating vacuum applied to surgical suction devices allowing the use of a single vacuum regulator and associated canister to provide vacuum to two suction devices, such as a suction stabilizer and a suction retractor. Vacuum controllers may be placed in the vacuum lines provided... Agent: James R. Keogh Medtronic, Inc.

20080009682 - Method and system for clinical interpretation and review of patient data: The method and system improves the efficiency of the use of trained medical personnel in treating monitored patients. Specifically, this efficiency is improved in remote chronic disease monitoring. The method and system incorporates a pool of call screeners to contact and screen remote patients that have not submitted their data.... Agent: Andrus, Sceales, Starke & Sawall, LLP

20080009683 - System and method for automatic detection and measurement of malacia in the airways: A method of detecting malacia in airways includes providing a plurality of 3-dimensional (3D) digital lung images acquired over an inhalation/exhalation cycle from a same subject, each said image comprising a set of intensities on a 3-dimensional grid of points, registering a successive pair of images, wherein a registration mapping... Agent: Siemens Corporation Intellectual Property Department

20080009685 - Apparatus and method of sensing sleeping condition of user: A method and apparatus for sensing a sleeping condition of a user, including measuring a physiological signal of a user who is sleeping, determining whether or not a predetermined motion artifact is contained in the measured physiological signal, and determining that the user goes into an awake state when the... Agent: Staas & Halsey LLP

20080009684 - Identifying risk of a medical event: Described is a method of determining the relative risk of an outcome based on an analysis of multiple risk factors. A graphical method is used to take values corresponding to risk parameters and an event outcome to produce a smoothed surface map representing relative risk over an entire space defined... Agent: Mcdermott Will & Emery LLP

20080009681 - Real time arrhythmia detector for mobile applications: Ambulatory patient monitoring apparatus including a portable housing including at least one physiological data input device operative to gather physiological data of the patient, location determination circuitry operative to determine geographic location information of the patient, cellular telephone communications circuitry for communicating the physiological data and the geographic location information... Agent: Arnold & Knobloch, L.L.P.

20080009680 - Remote monitoring and adjustment of a food intake restriction device: A bi-directional communication system for use with a restrictive opening device implanted within a patient. The system includes a sensor for measuring an operational parameter within the restrictive opening device. The system further includes a means for communicating a measured parameter data from the sensor means to a local unit... Agent: Philip S. Johnson Johnson & Johnson

20080009686 - Method and system for assessing fall risk: A method and system for determining the fall risk of a patient is provided. The method includes the evaluation of a patient to determine whether the patient exhibits one or more intrinsic fall risk factors selected from a group consisting of confusion, depression, altered elimination, dizziness, male gender, antiepileptic/anticonvulsant prescriptions... Agent: Bose Mckinney & Evans LLP James Coles

20080009687 - Coiled circuit bio-sensor: A coiled bio-medical device has a base layer coiled to form a plurality of concentric cylinders. The base layer comprises an inner surface. The coiled bio-medical includes a bio-sensor arranged on the inner surface of the base layer. The bio-sensor is adapted to collect bio-medical data from an organism. A... Agent: Andrews Kurth LLP Intellectual Property Department

20080009688 - Methods for non-invasive analyte measurement: A method of non-invasively measuring the presence, absence, or concentration of one or more analytes in a tissue of a subject includes exposing at least a portion of a tissue of the subject to electromagnetic radiation; obtaining electromagnetic radiation measurement data of electromagnetic radiation from the tissue; using a mathematical... Agent: Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP

20080009689 - Difference-weighted somatic spectroscopy: An ischemia detection system in two or more somatic measures, collected simultaneously or near-simultaneously, are provided for direct or computational comparison, in which light from light source A (103A) and source B (103B) is detected by a sensor (155), and a difference-weighted value is determined (167), thereby enhancing the value... Agent: Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP.

20080009690 - Pulse oximetry motion artifact rejection using near infrared absorption by water: A method and an apparatus for measuring a physiological parameter, functioning based on obtaining a first signal derived from electromagnetic energy transmitted through a tissue portion at a first wavelength, the first signal including a signal portion corresponding with motion-related events and a signal portion corresponding with arterial pulsation events,... Agent: Nellcor Puritan Bennett LLC C/o Fletcher Yoder PC

20080009691 - Reusable pulse oximeter probe and disposable bandage apparatii: An optical probe is usable to determine at least one physiological parameter. A disposable portion of the optical probe comprises a bandage including adhesive on at least a portion of at least one face thereof. The bandage comprises a first modular housing component attached to a surface of the bandage... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

20080009692 - Method and apparatus for providing analyte sensor and data processing device: Method and apparatus for integrated sensor and data processing assembly is provided.... Agent: Jackson & Co., LLP

20080009693 - Moisture control in a transdermal blood alcohol monitor: Moisture buildup inside an alcohol monitor that is securely attached to a human subject is due to the inlet air from the subject's skin surface, which constantly emits water vapor in the form of insensible skin perspiration. As the warm moist air flows along the air flow path through decreasing... Agent: Merchant & Gould PC

20080009694 - Wireless electrocardiograph system and method: A method and system for wireless ECG monitoring is provided. An electrode connector, transmitter and receiver operate with existing electrodes and ECG monitors. The electrode connector includes connectors for attaching to disposable or reusable single electrodes. The transmitter transmits the signals from the electrodes to the receiver. The receiver passes... Agent: Lott & Friedland, P.A.

20080009698 - Method and device for visualizing objects: m

20080009695 - Multi-modality automatic exam start notification and patient information auto-query mechanism: A system and method for beginning an exam procedure in multiple modality systems during the performance of a physiology procedure. Upon the initiation of a physiology procedure in a physiology workstation, the physiology workstation automatically generates an exam notification message to each modality system required during the performance of the... Agent: Andrus, Sceales, Starke & Sawall, LLP

20080009699 - Combining first and second image data of an object: s

20080009696 - Medical diagnosis or therapy apparatus with an electrochromic display for the patient: To improve patient comfort and reduce claustrophobia experienced by patients in a medical diagnosis or therapy apparatus, in particular a CT apparatus or an MR apparatus, with an examination region demarcated by said inner wall, in which examination region a patient can be positioned, a display is arranged in a... Agent: Schiff Hardin, LLP Patent Department

20080009697 - Method and apparatus for computer aided surgery: A number of improvements are provided relating to computer aided surgery. The improvement relates to both the methods used during computer aided surgery and the devices used during such procedures. Some of the improvement relate to controlling the selection of which data to display during a procedure and/or how the... Agent: Dann, Dorfman, Herrell & Skillman

20080009702 - Automated in vivo plaque composition evaluation: A method for the automated segmentation of in vivo image data is disclosed. A region of carotid artery in a number of patients was imaged using MRI. Histological data for each imaged region was then obtained, identifying various atherosclerotic plaque components in the imaged region. A portion of the histological... Agent: Christensen, O'connor, Johnson, Kindness, PLLC

20080009701 - Fast spin echo mri method compatible with cpmg violation: In preferred embodiments, a fast spin echo imaging technique is provided that is insensitive to violations of the Carr Purcell Meiboom Gill (CPMG) condition. Diffusion gradients disrupt the CPMG condition, and, hence, the present fast spin echo method is compatible with diffusion measurements and diffusion weighted imaging. The preferred embodiments... Agent: Watchstone P + D

20080009704 - Method for obtaining strain from radially-tagged magnetic resonance imaging (mri): The present invention relates to a system for obtaining strain corresponding to an object's deformation by radially-tagged magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The system acquires at least a ring-shaped crown region of Fourier domain (k-space) data for at least two sequential images of a radially-tagged object at different phases of deformation... Agent: Tope-mckay & Associates

20080009700 - System and method for interventional procedures using mri: An imaging and interventional system and methods are provided. The system comprises an imaging device for acquiring volumetric image data for an anatomical region of interest, a catheter for acquiring electrophysiological (EP) measurements of the anatomical region of interest, the catheter having at least one tracking coil for detecting signals... Agent: General Electric Company Global Research

20080009706 - System for and method of diagnostic review of medical images: In accordance with at least one embodiment, a method is provided to perform a diagnostic review of a plurality of subject MRI images. In one embodiment, a subject image selected from the plurality of subject MRI images is compared with a plurality of reference images where each of the plurality... Agent: Lowrie, Lando & Anastasi

20080009707 - Three-dimensional rendering of mri results using automatic segmentation: In accordance with one aspect, a system for generating a three-dimensional MRI image is provided. In one embodiment, the system includes a composite-image generation module, an auto-segmentation module and a 3D rendering module. The composite-image generation module is configured to register a plurality of gray-scale slices and generate a plurality... Agent: Lowrie, Lando & Anastasi

20080009703 - Magnetic resonance imaging system: A magnetic resonance imaging system capable of conducting spectroscopic imaging with an improved SNR without degrading the spatial resolution includes edge-preserving filter processing means for spectroscopic imaging. The edge-preserving filter processing means executes processing including the steps of calculating spectral similarity in spatial neighborhoods (spatially neighboring voxels) at each voxel... Agent: Stanley P. Fisher Reed Smith Hazel & Thomas LLP

20080009705 - Magnetic resonance imaging system and magnetic resonance imaging method: A magnetic resonance imaging system includes a prep scan section for performing a prep of scan acquiring plural sets of echo signals of a plurality of cardiac time phases which are mutually different from each other for each slice, a prep image generating section for generating a plurality of prep... Agent: Nixon & Vanderhye, PC

20080009708 - Magnetic resonance imaging apparatus and magnetic resonance angiography method: A magnetic resonance imaging apparatus includes data acquiring means that acquires 3D raw data of a subject, 2D data extract means that extracts 2D data for “ky=0” out of the 3D raw data concurrently with the acquiring of 3D raw data by the data acquiring means, 2D-data rearranging means that... Agent: Nixon & Vanderhye, PC

20080009709 - Magnetic resonance system and method for cardiac imaging: In a method for representation of the heart in a magnetic resonance system at least one MR overview image of the heart is acquired. An image plane with a predetermined position relative to the magnetic resonance system is selected for this overview image. The acquired MR overview image is displayed... Agent: Schiff Hardin, LLP Patent Department

20080009710 - Magnetic resonance imaging method and apparatus: A magnetic resonance imaging method includes a step (1) for exciting atomic nuclei in a desired region of an object to be examined so as to cause nuclear magnetic resonance, a step (2) for detecting a nuclear magnetic resonance signal generated in the blood, and a step (3) for extracting... Agent: Cooper & Dunham, LLP

20080009712 - Apparatus and methods for maneuvering a therapeutic tool within a body lumen: An apparatus includes an elongate body having a plurality of discretely controllable portions. The plurality of discretely controllable portions are configured to be maneuvered within a body lumen along a predetermined path associated with an image of the body lumen. At least one portion from the plurality of discretely controllable... Agent: Cooley Godward Kronish LLP Attn: Patent Group

20080009711 - Model-based correction of position measurements: Visualization of a probe when impedance-based measurement technology is being used is improved by stabilizing a displayed image of the probe or catheter. Using a model of reasonable probe shapes and a matching algorithm, an erroneous probe image is adjusted so that it assumes a realistic shape on a display.... Agent: Philip S. Johnson Johnson & Johnson

20080009714 - Endoscope insertion shape detecting device: An endoscope insertion shape detecting device of the present invention comprises an insertion shape detection portion for detecting an insertion shape of an endoscope insertion portion, an insertion shape image generation portion for generating an insertion shape figure of the endoscope insertion portion according to the insertion shape, a marking... Agent: Thomas Spinelli Scully, Scott, Murphy & Presser

20080009713 - Medical pelvic positioning and tracking device: A medical pelvic positioning and tracking device includes at least one pelvic support element arranged on a patient support structure and a magnetic field generator operative to generate a magnetic field for an electromagnetic tracking system. The magnetic field generator is arranged in or on the at least one pelvic... Agent: Don W. Bulson (brainlab)

20080009717 - Method for generating a medical image and a medical imaging system: The invention relates to a method for generating a medical image with at least one emission source and at least one detector of a medical imaging system, with the radiation from the emission source penetrating the object and attenuated by the object being detected by the detector to generate the... Agent: Siemens Corporation Intellectual Property Department

20080009715 - Rotational stereo roadmapping: An improved method is disclosed for imaging in an interventional medical procedure that is more advanced than a conventional 2D image processing application and less restrictive than a 3D reconstruction image processing application. In contrast to the prior art 2D imaging application in which a single 2D image is acquired,... Agent: Siemens Corporation Intellectual Property Department

20080009716 - Three-dimensional image processing apparatus and reconstruction region specification method: A three-dimensional image processing apparatus which obtains a three-dimensional image from a plurality of images from different projection views of a patient which have been obtained by carrying out multiple imaging while rotating around the patient, includes a locating unit to specify a point of one of the plurality of... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland Maier & Neustadt, P.C.

20080009718 - Implements and methods for applying radiopaque markings: A marking implement for making a radiopaque marking to facilitate a surgical procedure. A main body is formed of a composition adapted to be smeared onto a substrate when dragged along the substrate. The composition including a radiopaque component that is applied to the substrate in the smear. A method... Agent: Law Office Of Alan W. Cannon

20080009719 - Method and apparatus for introducing endolymphatic instrumentation: Described herein are a method and apparatus for introducing instrumentation into the lymphatic system that can be used for physiological monitoring and/or delivery of therapy. Such instrumentation, for example, may include one or more sensors for measuring physiological variables and/or one or more instruments for delivering therapy that is adapted... Agent: Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner, P.A.

20080009721 - Method for estimating strain, strain ratios and displacements in a target body: The invention is directed toward a new method for estimating and imaging the spatial and temporal mechanical behavior of materials in responses to a mechanical stimulus. This method is designed to work in inherently noisy applications, such as the imaging of the time-dependent mechanical behavior of biological tissues in vivo... Agent: Duane Morris LLP

20080009722 - Multi-planar reconstruction for ultrasound volume data: During scanning or in real-time with acquisition of ultrasound data, a plurality of images is generated corresponding to a plurality of different planes in a volume. The volume scan data is searched by a processor to identify desired views. Multiple standard or predetermined views are generated based on plane positioning... Agent: Siemens Corporation Intellectual Property Department

20080009723 - Storage and review of ultrasound images and loops on hemodynamic and electrophysiology workstations: A system and device for obtaining and reviewing patient data and ultrasound images from a patient such that the patient data and ultrasound images can be viewed simultaneously. The ultrasound images are obtained by an ultrasound system in real-time during a procedure carried out on the patient. The physiology workstation... Agent: Andrus, Sceales, Starke & Sawall, LLP

20080009727 - Ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus, ultrasonic diagnostic method, and control processing program for ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus: A multi-thresholding unit performs a multi-thresholding on the volume data of the blood flow speed on the basis of a reference value related to the blood flow speed. A surface extraction unit extracts a surface of the blood flow on the basis of the multi-threshold volume data. A weighting unit... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland Maier & Neustadt, P.C.

20080009726 - Ultrasound diagnostic system and method for forming iq data without quadrature demodulator: An ultrasound diagnostic system and a method for forming IQ data without a quadrature demodulator are disclosed. Ultrasound echoes from a target object are converted into analog signals, which have a center frequency. The analog signals are converted into digital signals and parts of the digital signals are extracted at... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland Maier & Neustadt, P.C.

20080009725 - Ultrasound diagnostic system and method for forming multiple receiving scan lines: Embodiments of the present invention may provide an ultrasound imaging system and method for forming multiple receiving scan lines from one original receiving scan line. Ultrasound signals reflected from one original receiving scan line are converted into analog signals having a center frequency. The analog signals are converted into digital... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland Maier & Neustadt, P.C.

20080009724 - Ultrasound system for fusing an ultrasound image and an external medical image: There is provided an ultrasound system, which includes: an ultrasound diagnostic unit having a probe for transmitting an ultrasound beam to a target object and receiving ultrasound echo signals reflected from the target object to form ultrasound images; a position tracking unit for providing position information of the probe and... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland Maier & Neustadt, P.C.

20080009728 - Biopsy system with integrated imaging: A biopsy system is disclosed that has a tissue removal system, an imaging system, an image display system and a common input console for these systems. The tissue removal system can have a mechanical tissue cutting blade or an electrosurgical cutting element and the tissue removal system is capable of... Agent: Edward J. Lynch Patent Attorney

20080009720 - Catheter connector: A system includes a patient bed configured to support a patient in a patient care facility. The system also includes a medical instrument system configured to obtain medical data of the patient. The system also includes an medical instrument system cable coupled to the medical instrument system at one end.... Agent: Ge Medical System C/o Foley & Lardner LLP

20080009729 - Anatomical feature condition assessment system: An anatomical feature condition assessment system includes an acquisition processor for acquiring data representing the velocity and direction measurements of individual segments of an anatomical feature of a patient. A repository contains mapping data associating averaged velocity and direction measurements within a predetermined particular segment of the anatomical feature with... Agent: Siemens Corporation Intellectual Property Department

20080009730 - Method of attaching soft tissue to bone: A method of attaching or reattaching a ligament, tendon, cartilage or other soft tissue to a bone mass has the steps of: positioning or placing the ligament, tendon, cartilage or other soft tissue adjacent to the bone mass; anchoring or otherwise fastening the ligament, tendon, cartilage or soft tissue to... Agent: David L. King, Sr.

20080009731 - Radiotherapy device: There is described a radiotherapy device having an integrated unit composed of a therapeutic radiation unit for treating an area of a body of a patient and an image recording apparatus for recording images of the area of the body using an element configured as a radiation source and an... Agent: Siemens Corporation Intellectual Property Department

20080009733 - Method for evaluating regional ventricular function and incoordinate ventricular contraction: A method for assessing cardiac function using an ultrasound imaging catheter system includes positioning an ultrasound catheter so the ultrasound transducer can image a ventricle, obtaining images of the ventricle at two or more times within the cardiac cycle, recognizing an edge of the endocardium, measuring dimensions of the ventricle,... Agent: Hansen Huang Technology Law Group, LLP

20080009735 - Ultrasound diagnosis apparatus: An ultrasound diagnosis apparatus which performs ultrasonic diagnosis with respect of a fetal heart. An area change measurement section calculates an area of a specific heart chamber (left ventricle) in the fetal heart in frame units. Further, the area change measurement section generates a graph representing the area which is... Agent: Westerman, Hattori, Daniels & Adrian, LLP

20080009734 - Ultrasound imaging of rotation: Rotations at multiple longitudinal levels (e.g., rotations from different short axis views) are determined. Three-dimensional representations are generated as a function of the rotations, such as distorting the representation to show rotation and/or modulating the display values as a function of the rotations. Twist and/or torsion of the heart may... Agent: Siemens Corporation Intellectual Property Department

20080009732 - Radiotherapy device: Any imaging apparatus like a real-time three dimensional ultrasound imaging catheter apparatus or any small lighted fiber-optic instrument; or the like is: positioned to view the cervical os and the presenting part of the fetus and the placed in any area in or around the female pelvis or in any... Agent: Dr.bolanle Adekore Sogade

20080009736 - Ultrasound in identifying material properties of tissues: This disclosure describes methods for detecting early stages of disease, in particular carpal tunnel syndrome, by using cooperative ultrasound techniques. In a particular embodiment, a grayscale ultrasonogram may be used to detect local anatomical features within the carpal tunnel by physically moving a tendon and identifying the corresponding feature on... Agent: Fish & Richardson P.C.

20080009737 - Ultrasonic doppler diagnostic apparatus, and method of controlling ultrasonic doppler diagnostic apparatus: An ultrasonic Doppler diagnostic apparatus sends ultrasonic waves to a specimen, receives a reflection signal of the ultrasonic waves from the specimen to detect a Doppler signal, obtains blood flow information indicating a peak flow velocity of coronary blood flow, and displays the flow velocity information before and after the... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland Maier & Neustadt, P.C.

20080009738 - Method for utilizing user input for feature detection in diagnostic imaging: A method for utilizing user input for segmentation and feature detection in diagnostic ultrasound imaging is provided. The method provides border detection to be performed rapidly; a feature, which allows the border detection method to be applied to real-time video imaging with little or no delay. The border detection method... Agent: Philips Intellectual Property & Standards

20080009741 - Ultrasonic transducer array, ultrasonic probe, ultrasonic endoscope and ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus: In an ultrasonic transducer array in which plural kinds of vibrators having different shapes from one another are arranged, electric impedances of the plural kinds of element are made equal to one another. An ultrasonic transducer array, in which plural ultrasonic transducers having at least two kinds of shapes are... Agent: Sughrue Mion, PLLC

20080009739 - Ultrasound 3d imaging system: The present invention relates to an ultrasound imaging system in which the scan head either includes a beamformer circuit that performs far field subarray beamforming or includes a sparse array selecting circuit that actuates selected elements. When used with second stage beamforming system, three dimensional ultrasound images can be generated.... Agent: Weingarten, Schurgin, Gagnebin & Lebovici LLP

20080009740 - Ultrasound diagnostic system and method for adjusting output of digital signals: There is provided an ultrasound system, which includes: a probe for providing electrical analog signals in response to ultrasound signals reflected from a target object; an analog-to-digital converter for converting the electrical analog signals to digital signals; and a beam former for extracting a part of digital signals at a... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland Maier & Neustadt, P.C.

20080009742 - Ultrasonic probe: The present invention relates to an ultrasonic probe provided with a piezoelectric element for ultrasonic generation that has drive electrodes formed on two main surfaces thereof; an acoustic matching layer formed on the first main surface side of the piezoelectric element; a backing member attached to the second main surface... Agent: Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP

20080009743 - Ultrasound diagnosis apparatus, ultrasound probe and biopsy needle attachment: To confirm the proper attachment of a biopsy needle attachment and to detect the type of the attached attachment, the body unit determines the proper attachment of the attachment if all bar-code readers of the ultrasound probe reads successfully the bar-code of the attachment at the opposing position, to display... Agent: Patrick W. Rasche Armstrong Teasdale LLP

20080009744 - Ultrasonic observation apparatus: An ultrasonic probe to be inserted into a body cavity internally contains an ultrasonic transducer. An ultrasonic observation apparatus to which the ultrasonic probe is connected outputs transmit signals in a pulse shape. A cabinet of the ultrasonic observation apparatus is connected to a ground of a secondary circuit and... Agent: Thomas Spinelli Scully, Scott, Murphy & Presser

20080009745 - Ultrasound catheter and hand-held device for manipulating a transducer on the catheter's distal end: A hand-operated intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) catheter is described for flexed and rotational steering is described for improved catheter operation, control and less trauma on patients. The disclosed catheter assembly includes ultrasound transducers mounted upon a rotatable tip mounted on a distal end of a flexible elongate shaft. A set of... Agent: Leydig Voit & Mayer, Ltd

20080009746 - Assessment of aortic heart valve to facilitate repair or replacement: Devices and methods for assessing the size, shape, and topography of vessel lumens and hollow portions of organs are described. The devices and methods are particularly adapted for determining the size, shape, topography, and compliance of the native heart valves to facilitate the later implantation of a prosthetic heart valve.... Agent: Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLPIPProsecution Department

20080009747 - Transmural subsurface interrogation and ablation: Transmural subsurface interrogation and ablation apparatus and methods are described where tissue to be ablated is monitored while under direct visualization for tissue parameters (e.g., temperature and impedance) prior to, during, or after ablation. Such a system may include a deployment catheter and an attached imaging hood deployable into an... Agent: Levine Bagade Han LLP

20080009748 - method and apparatus for the determination of intrinsic spectroscopic tumor markers by broadband-frequency domain technology: The illustrated embodiment is an improvement in a method of optically analyzing tissue in vivo in an individual to obtain a unique spectrum for the tissue of the individual, the improvement including the steps of optically measuring the tissue of the individual to obtain a spectrum of an optical parameter,... Agent: Myers Dawes Andras & Sherman, LLP

20080009749 - Curved needle assembly for subcutaneous light delivery: In this invention, a substantially straight needle containing one or more optical fibers is bent into a curved shape, typically including a helical portion, after the insertion of optical fibers into the needle. This curved needle, with its integral optical fibers, allows the subcutaneous delivery of light to a tissue-under-test.... Agent: Theodore Philip Delianides

20080009750 - Catheter having tri-axial force sensor: A catheter for diagnosis or treatment of a vessel or organ is provided in which a flexible elongated body includes a tri-axial force sensor formed of a housing and a plurality of optical fibers associated with the housing that measure changes in the intensity of light reflected from the lateral... Agent: Patterson, Thuente, Skaar & Christensen, P.A.

20080009751 - Optical spectroscopic injection needle: An optical spectroscopic injection needle assembly. According to one embodiment, the assembly may include an injection needle, a light source, a spectrometer, a computer and an indicator. The injection needle, in turn, may include a hollow outer needle, a hollow inner needle, a pair of optical fibers, an inner catheter,... Agent: Kriegsman & Kriegsman

20080009752 - System for cardiovascular data display and diagnosis: To provide a tool for the efficient and collaborative treatment of cardiovascular disease, a comprehensive report is created which includes clinical data, ECG data and ECHO data, all presented in a comprehensive format for the easy review an analysis by care givers. The systems are configured to deal with the... Agent: Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly LLP

20080009754 - Device and method for screening congenital heart disease: An apparatus including a main processing unit. The apparatus further including a precordial patch coupled to the main processing unit, the precordial patch having a plurality of sensors for detecting heart sounds and cardiac electrical signals (ECG). The apparatus further including a probe coupled to the main processing unit, the... Agent: Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zafman

20080009753 - Separation of natural and drug-induced sleep of a subject: The invention relates to a mechanism for detecting whether a sleep state of a subject is due to natural sleep or induced by drugs. An indicator indicative of the activation of the autonomic nervous system of the subject is derived based on cardiovascular signal data measured from the subject and... Agent: Andrus, Sceales, Starke & Sawall, LLP

20080009755 - Apnea type determining apparatus and method: An apnea classification system provides for apnea monitoring and differentiation based on several sleep apnea related parameters for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. Monitoring of such sleep apnea related parameters allows the apnea classification system to differentiate among the different types of apnea. This information may then be used to determine... Agent: Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner, P.A.

20080009756 - Method and apparatus for assessing vascular conditions: A method suitable for assessing the vascular condition of a subject is disclosed. The method comprises: measuring the transit time TT1 of a blood wavefront from the subject's heart to a distal point in a limb of the subject, and measuring the transit time TT2 of a blood wavefront from... Agent: Martin D. Moynihan Prtsi, Inc.

20080009757 - Noninvasive multi-channel monitoring of hemodynamic parameters: A method and system for measuring the electrical impedance of sections of a living body. The measurement is carried out utilizing a plurality of electrodes each of which is disposed on a section of the living body, where the electrodes are capable of applying an electrical current through at least... Agent: William S. Frommer Frommer Lawrence & Haug

20080009758 - System and method for mapping electrophysiology information onto complex geometry: The instant invention relates to an electrophysiology apparatus and method used to measure electrical activity occurring in a portion of tissue of a patient and to visualize the electrical activity and/or information related to the electrical activity. In particular, the instant invention relates to three-dimensional mapping of the electrical activity... Agent: Sjm/afd-wiley

20080009759 - Cardiac monitoring system: A method of analyzing cardiac functions in a subject using a processing system is described. The method may include applying one or more electrical signals having a plurality of frequencies to the subject and detecting a response to the applied one or more signals from the subject. A characteristic frequency... Agent: Shayglenn LLP

20080009760 - Airway bypass site selection and treatment planning: The invention relates to systems and methods for site selection and placement of extra-anatomic passages altering gaseous flow in a diseased lung.... Agent: Broncus Technologies, Inc. C/o Levine Bagade Han LLP

20080009762 - Method and apparatus for interpreting capnographic data: A method for interpreting physiological data includes obtaining a capnogram; obtaining a plurality of data points from the expiratory rise segment and the alveolar plateau segment of the capnogram; fitting a non-linear function to the plurality of data points; and calculating a plurality of calculated parameters that characterize the non-linear... Agent: Mary Y. Redman Medtronic, Inc.

20080009761 - Ventilator breath condensate sampler and method of collecting a breath condensate sample: A breath condensate sampler for use with a mechanical ventilator, the breath condensate sampler comprises an airflow valve disposed in the expiratory limb of the ventilator, a condensate formation means, and a condensate collection means. The airflow valve directs air from the expiratory limb into the breath condensate sampler wherein... Agent: Andrus, Sceales, Starke & Sawall, LLP

20080009763 - Microprobe array structure and method for manufacturing the same: A microprobe array structure with self-stabilization capability and a method for manufacturing the same are proposed. The microprobe array structure is used to sense various biopotential signals, and is characterized in that the etching parameters are controlled during etching to manufacture a microprobe structure with a reduced bottom cross section... Agent: Rosenberg, Klein & Lee

20080009764 - Method and system for detecting electrophysiological changes in pre-cancerous and cancerous tissue and epithelium: Methods and systems are provided for determining a condition of an organ, or epithelial or stromal tissue, for example in the human breast. The methods incorporate sonophoresis, the application of ultrasonic energy, in order to condition tissue for testing and enhance test measurements. A plurality of electrodes are used to... Agent: Lerner, David, Littenberg, Krumholz & Mentlik

20080009765 - Method and device for the management of lactating animals: Method and device for the management of lactating animals wherein the reproduction stage of an animal is correlated with the lactation stage of the animal. A state of the animal is determined by means of automatically obtained sensor data. The state of the animal is graphically illustrated.... Agent: Smith Law Office

20080009768 - Devices and methods for accessing and analyzing physiological fluid: Systems, devices and methods for determining the concentration of physiological fluid analytes are provided. The subject systems have a plurality of biosensor devices present on a disposable cartridge. Each biosensor device includes a biosensor and a skin penetration means. In practicing the subject methods, a movement means of the device... Agent: Philip S. Johnson Johnson & Johnson

20080009767 - System for withdrawing small amounts of body fluid: A system is provided for withdrawing small amounts of body fluid from an animal or human. The system includes a holder and a disposable lancing unit attached to the holder. The lancing unit also includes an open capillary channel for transporting the body fluid and piercing the skin.... Agent: Woodard, Emhardt, Moriarty, Mcnett & Henry LLP

20080009766 - Systems and methods for improving medical treatments: This invention is in the field of medical devices. Specifically, the present invention provides portable medical devices that allow real-time detection of analytes from a biological fluid. The methods and devices are particularly useful for providing point-of-care testing for a variety of medical applications.... Agent: Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

20080009769 - Digital type color comparisons in vaginal moisture ph determination: Apparatus for quick screening for vaginal moisture pH level as related to a pre-selected pH level, comprising a manipulable element including a probe insertable into the vagina, at least one pH indicator on the element, the indicator characterized as producing a color which corresponds to pH level of vaginal moisture... Agent: William W. Haefliger

20080009770 - Stent delivery and guidewire guidance system: A system for controlling multiple guidewires comprises a guiderail, which has a housing that defines a first guidewire lumen and a second guidewire lumen. The guidewire lumens extend through the entire length of the guiderail. The guiderail housing further defines a first longitudinal opening that extends from the first guidewire... Agent: Merchant & Gould PC

20080009771 - Exoskeleton: This document discloses, among other things, a wearable structure having links and joints corresponding to those of a human upper body. Transducers are located on the wearable structure and are coupled to a processor. The transducers exchange energy and information between the user and the wearable structure and enable control... Agent: Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner, P.A.

20080009773 - Mathematical modeling system for assisting practitioners in the detection of global subluxations, segment subluxations and their correlation - postural/spinal coupling: i

20080009772 - Systems and methods for altering brain and body functions and for treating conditions and diseases of the same: The present invention relates to systems and methods for management of brain and body functions and sensory perception. For example, the present invention provides systems and methods of sensory substitution and sensory enhancement (augmentation) as well as motor control enhancement. The present invention also provides systems and methods of treating... Agent: Medlen & Carroll, LLP

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